Special Events Happening Today:
The month of February is Stewardship month for the Philoptochos. Women, men, young adults (18+) are all encouraged to become members. We are using a stewardship model this year. A stewardship commitment is a pledge of time, talent and resources. It is an annual commitment based on each individual's ability and willingness to give at their particular level of spiritual growth. A commitment of time and talent is given by signing up for helping with projects during the year. A commitment of resources is just that, your financial commitment to help those in need. Please understand that every dollar after the required $30 stays here at St George for us to help those in need in our community so try to be as generous as you are able. Look for our table on the first and last weekends of February to sign up and participate in this vital ministry in the parish.
Metropolis Young Adult Lenten Retreat
St. Nicholas Ranch & Retreat Center, April 3 - 5, 2020. This retreat is open to all Orthodox young adults ages 18-30's from across the Archdiocese.
SPEAKERS: Fr. Tom & Pres. Pat Tasgalakis from the Metropolis Family Wellness Ministry.
THEME: "Let Your Light So Shine" Living out our Christian faith amidst a complicated world.
Registration at http://gosfyouth.org/young-adult-lenten-retreat.
Next meeting is February 27th, at 7:00 p.m.
There will be choir practices held the first and third Tuesday of every month at 7 p.m. If you have any questions please contact Ted Budy.
All tonsured readers are requested to contact Ted Budy regarding an organizational meeting. 661-599-2224 or at email@example.com.
Please make your appointments with Sahar or Presbytera for house blessings. There will be a sign up sheet available in the hall during coffee hour for appointments. Father will be blessing homes until the end of February.
Narthex Ushers This Week
Sunday school lesson 15.
Next Youth Group meeting is February 23rd at 12:00.
Sunday Coffee Hour
There will be a new sign up for coffee hours. Please plan on signing up for a Sunday this year.
Will be held February 13th, March 5th and March 12th at the home of Daniel and Mary Andrews. 8001 Corte Rey at 7 p.m. All parishioners are encouraged to attend. Bring and Orthodox Study Bible, pen, paper and highlighter. Study sessions will be held twice a month. Please check the St. George calendar online for future dates.
Women's Psalter Study Group
We meet on the first Tuesday of every month. Join us for study and fellowship! For more info or to RSVP, please visit our parish bookstore or see Monica (Cassiana). LENTEN PSALTER ROTATIONS: Psalter rotation reading dates are from March 2 to April 10. Ideally, we need 20 Parishioners to sign up to read roughly 4-5 Psalms every day throughout Lent. If you would like to participate, please see Heather West or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Friends & Family Night
Join us for our next Friends & Family gathering which is scheduled on Cheesefare Friday, February 28th at 7 pm in preparation for Great Lent! ALL AGES ARE WELCOME! Bring your family or bring a friend! There will be a cheese potluck and tree painting craft to help us journey through Great Lent. There is a suggested donation of $5 per family to help organizers pay for material costs. For potluck sign-ups and to RSVP please contact Monica (Cassiana) at 337-0566 or email@example.com
For Lent we are reading Great Lent: Journey to Pascha by Fr Alexander Schmemann. Our upcoming meeting dates: March 1st and May 3rd. All are welcome! For more details, see bookstore or Monica (Cassiana).
The church bookstore is open Sundays during coffee hour or by appointment. For more info, special ordering, or questions please call or text Julie Pierucci (661) 342-2407.
2/16 Nahla Demestihas, 2/23 Basema Madain, 3/01 Mary Mekhel, 3/08 Sahar Ayoub, 3/15 Joyce Cisneros, 3/22 Olympia Hackleman, 3/29 Nahla Demestihas, 4/05 Basema Madain, 4/12 Mary Mekhel, 4/19 Sahar Ayoub, 4/26 Joyce Cisneros. Thank you.Please make arrangements with Sahar or Despina to bring the offering Saturday night either to the church or Father's home. We are looking for more people to make the blessed bread. Please approach Father Joseph if interested. If you want to learn more about how to make Prosphora, you can visit our Prosphoro site under the "Resources" tab on our website. Thank you.
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Consider naming St. George Church as a beneficiary on your life insurance policy. It's a great legacy gift to your parish and very easy to do...just ask your provider for the change beneficiary form and complete and return to them. The legal name for the church is Hellenic Community St. George Church Tax ID #95-3575365 God bless you.
Honor your loved ones birthday and or anniversary by making a contribution to the Endowment Fund in their name. Make checks payable to St. George Church and write Endowment Fund on the memo line. Distributions from the fund will benefit the youth and maintenance needs of the Parish. For more information contact a Parish Council Member.
If you would like to be part of our system, please provide your phone number to Sahar (firstname.lastname@example.org).
This service will only be used to notify parishioners of any changes to service times or to provide information on events or occurences that affect the entire parish. We see this as being used infrequently but feel that we need to an effective way to communicate important information quickly.
Envelopes have arrived for the new year. Each family is asked to sign off on a box of envelopes. Please see Julie in the bookstore.
Items on the Bar in the Hall
Thank you for helping keep our hall neat and clean. We are asking all parishioners--young and old--to help clean the hall clutter. Many items are frequently left in the bar area, kitchen and back room. Any clothing, books, decorations, office supplies, etc. will be saved for two weeks. After that time all remaining items will be gathered and donated to local charities.
Please check the hall every Sunday to claim your family's items and take them home.
Father Joseph's Hours
Father Joseph will be in the office Wednesdays and Thursdays from 11:00 to 3:00.
Father will also maintain office hours on Friday evenings from from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. for the sacrament of Holy Confession. He will be available to meet in the hall, narthex, or crying room on these nights. Please feel free to send Father Joseph a text message at 661-496-5768 during this time to check his availability. You will receive an estimated wait time if any.
Confessions appointments can be made with Sahar or Presbytera.
If you need to meet with Father please make appointments during the week. Sunday should be left for Father to have time to visit with parishioners during coffee hour. Please give him the time to do so unless it is an emergency. Thank you for your understanding.
Hall Reservation System
To reserve the hall for any church functions or activities please communicate with Sahar if you will be using the hall anytime to be placed on the calendar. This includes groups that meet on a regular basis or for any event. Thank you for your cooperation.
Anyone using the hall during the week, please make sure you turn off all lights, coffee maker and the hall is left clean.
Welcome New Parish Members
Glory to God for His Bountiful Blessings
Please add to your daily prayers for:
- Holy Cross Seminarian Anthony Cornett and family (Anna, Miriam,Zoë and Despina).
- Our brothers & sisters unable to attend: Marika Psihoundas, Mary Valos & Beverly Balasis.
- Healing: Marika, Victor, Helen K., Irene, Mary, Mary, Serephima, and others in our parish.
- Those who are traveling George (Walter) and Judith Schartman.
- Orthodox-Elaina,Naguib,Katherine,Kaliope,Lorece Noel,Mary C., Sophia,Virginia, Petros, Panagi, Elle, Eva L., Nicholetta Y., Dan S., Monica, Yorgos K, Giorgos, Anna,Angela, Antonia, Stelios, Petros, Anne, Anna, Leonid, Mariyka, Archalia,Natalie, Eva,Eleni K.,Efstratios, Ourania, Christopher, Alice, Suha,Abla, Jennifer, Tom, Gabriela,Ion,Danny,Nadia, Niko, Musa Daoud, Vasiliki, Theodore, Achilles, Vasiliki, Elizabeth, Labrini, Bert & Louise Moosios,Olympia,Margarita, Seraphim, Mary, Tika,Maria Sporaa, Athina, Helen, Gerry Collis, Nektarios,Marika,Noah A.,Nick K., Kyriaki, Fred, Hannah, Irene Sinopole, Helen Protopapas, Candess Strategos,Gene, Kathy, Sofia, Clemy (Clementina), Jane, and Matthew.
- Non-Orthodox -Amparo, Mark, Uvaldo,Yesenia, Angelica, David, Nancy, Bud Lung,Julie, Pamela Y., Debbie, Emmitt, Donna,Steve, Richard,Donald, Christina, Eva, Dominic,Gaby Garcia,Romona, Elea, Graysen Astumian, Marie,Michelle, Irma, Julie, Greg, Allyson, Margaret, Valerie, Martha Rogers, Joseph, Stephen, Elizabeth,Ellen, Ling, Richard, Christine & David, Debby.
Financials Budgeted Actual
Candles & Tray
- 02/24 Will & Alexandra Shackleford
- 02/01 Lucas Jennings
02/03 Juliana Murray
02/03 Ailish Grens
- 02/04 Osama Dawood
- 02/14 Isaiah Murray
- 02/14 Dimitrios Demestihas
- 02/16 Father Joseph Chaffee
- 02/16 George Demestihas
- 02/17 Teddy Chaffee
- 02/20 Eleas Exarchoulakos
- 02/21 Robert Niz
- 02/22 Alison Yanney
- 02/24 Helen Protopapas
Please note: All bulletin announcements must be received each week by 3:00 pm Tuesday to be included in the Sunday bulletin for that week.