St. George Greek Orthodox Church
Publish Date: 2019-01-13
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St. George Greek Orthodox Church

General Information

  • Phone:
  • (661) 325-8694
  • Fax:
  • (661)325-8694
  • Street Address:

  • 401 Truxtun Avenue

  • Bakersfield, CA 93301
  • Mailing Address:

  • 401 Truxtun Avenue

  • Bakersfield, CA 93301

Contact Information

Services Schedule


Orthros - 9:00 a.m.

Divine Liturgy - 10:00 a.m.


Evening Vespers - 6:00 p.m.


Past Bulletins

Hymns of the Day

Apolytikion for Theophany Afterfeast in the First Tone

When you O Lord was baptized in the Jordan, the worship of the Trinity was made manifest. For the Father's voice bore witness unto you, by calling you His Beloved Son. And the Spirit in the form of a dove, reaffirmed the certainty of His words. O Christ our God, who were revealed from above and illumined the world Glory to You.

Resurrectional Apolytikion in the Plagal Fourth Tone

From on high You descended to set us free, delivering mankind from suffering. Merciful one, our Resurrection and our Life, who for us was buried three days in the tomb, glory to you, O Lord!

Seasonal Kontakion in the Fourth Tone

You have shown yourself today to all Creation, and your light shines forth, O Lord, on us who, recognizing you, now with knowledge, sing out your praise: You came and appeared as the unapproachable Light!

Saints and Feasts

January 13

Sunday after Epiphany

January 13

The Holy Martyrs Hermylus and Stratonicus

Saints Hermylus and Stratonicus contested for piety's sake during the reign of Licinius, in the year 314. Saint Hermylus was a deacon, and Stratonicus was his friend. For his confession of Christ, Hermylus was beaten so fiercely that his whole body was covered with wounds. Stratonicus, seeing him endure this and other torments that left him half dead, wept with grief for his friend. From this he was discovered to be a Christian, and when he had openly professed his Faith and had been beaten, he and Hermylus were cast into the Danube River, receiving the crown of martyrdom.

January 13

Maximos the Righteous of Kapsokalyvia, Mount Athos


Gospel and Epistle Readings

Epistle Reading

Prokeimenon. First Tone. Psalm 32.22,1.
Let your mercy, O Lord, be upon us.
Verse: Rejoice in the Lord, O ye righteous.

The reading is from St. Paul's Letter to the Ephesians 4:7-13.

BRETHREN, grace was given to each of us according to the measure of Christ's gift. Therefore it is said, "When he ascended on high he led a host of captives, and he gave gifts to men." (in saying, "He ascended," what does it mean but that he had also descended into the lower parts of the earth? He who descended is he who also ascended far above all the heavens, that he might fill all things.) And his gifts were that some should be apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, some pastors and teachers, to equip the saints for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ, until we all attain to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to mature manhood, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ.

Gospel Reading

Sunday after Epiphany
The Reading is from Matthew 4:12-17

At that time, when Jesus heard that John had been arrested, he withdrew into Galilee; and leaving Nazareth he went and dwelt in Capernaum by the sea, in the territory of Zebulun and Naphtali, that what was spoken by the prophet Isaiah might be fulfilled: "The land of Zebulun and the land of Naphtali, toward the sea, across the Jordan, Galilee of the Gentiles, the people who sat in darkness have seen a great light, and for those who sat in the region and shadow of death light has dawned." From that time Jesus began to preach, saying, "Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand."


Wisdom of the Fathers

For as persons not even knowing where to put a step forward, so they sat, overtaken by the darkness.
St. John Chrysostom
Homily 14 on Matthew 4, 4th Century

Take heed, then, often to come together to give thanks to God, and show forth His praise. For when ye assemble frequently in the same place, the powers of Satan are destroyed, and the destruction at which he aims is prevented by the unity of your faith.
St. Ignatius of Antioch
Epistle to the Ephesians Ch. 13, 2nd century



  • St. George Calendar

    January 13 to January 20, 2019

    Sunday, January 13

    9:00AM Orthros

    10:00AM Divine Liturgy

    12:00PM Coffee Hour

    12:30PM Youth Group Meeting Followed by Movie Fellowship

    Monday, January 14

    6:30PM Philoptochos Board Meeting

    Tuesday, January 15

    6:00PM Vespers

    6:30PM Inquirer Class

    Wednesday, January 16

    6:00PM Vespers

    Thursday, January 17

    6:00PM Vespers

    Friday, January 18

    Family Camp

    10:00AM Divine Liturgy

    6:00PM Paraklisis

    Saturday, January 19

    6:00PM Vespers

    Sunday, January 20

    9:00AM Orthros

    10:00AM Divine Liturgy

    11:00AM Religious Education

    12:00PM Coffee Hour


St. George News and Events


Special Events Happening Today:



House Blessings

Father will be blessings homes through the end of February. Please contact Sahar or Presbytera to schedule.

Stewardships Envelopes

Each family is asked to sign off on a box of envelopes.  Please see Julie in the bookstore.

Men’s Group of St. George Church

Next meeting is February 21st from 6:45 p.m. to 7:45 p.m. following Vespers.

Couples Ministry

Thursday, February 7th, from 7:00 -8:00 p.m. at the home of Tom & Elaine Dorlis, 8813 Bridlewood Lane 93311.  Visit our Couples Ministry resource page for more information and upcoming discussion topic and video. 

Parish Council News

The Parish Council has implemented new safety and security measures for the hall.  The front hall doors will remain closed during church services.  Please see a Parish Council member for access to the hall and/or restrooms during services.  On Sundays, the front doors will be opened after Holy Communion.

Thank you for your understanding as we want to keep our facilities secure. 

Also note: Please contact a Parish Council member or usher if anyone is loitering in the hall during services. 

Thank you.

Father Joseph's Hours

Father Joseph will be in the office Tuesday and Thursday from 11:00 to 3:00. Wednesday and Friday available at the church by appointment. Confessions appointments can be made with Sahar or Presbytera.

Appointments with Father Joseph

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.

Women’s Prayer Group

There will be a stand in the Narthex for you to leave your prayer request to be added to the list our prayer list.  We need women’s prayer group partners.  Please see or call Irene Sinopole at 832-1871.  

Coffee Hour

Hosted by the Hackleman family.

Parish Council 

Next meeting is January 24th , at 7 p.m. 

Prosphora Schedule 

1/13 Mary Mekhel, 1/20 Elaine Dorlis, 1/27 Nahla Demestihas, 2/3 Olympia Hackleman, 2/10 Sahar Ayoub, 2/17 Elaine Dorlis, 2/24 Mary Mekhel, 3/3 Nahla Demestihas, 3/10 Olympia Hackleman, 3/17 Sahar Ayoub, 3/24 Elaine Dorlis, 3/31 Mary Mekhel. 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.Thank you.

Sunday School

Sunday school lesson 12.  Anyone in grades 5th and up who is interested in having their children participate in the monthly skits please see Zain or Hana Ayoub..

Youth Group/GOYA

Youth group is at 12:45.  We will leave the church at 1:40 to go to the movies. Questions please call Michael or Gabriella Ryan at 219-3421.


Next meeting to be announced.

Book Club 

Our parish book club is currently reading Our Thoughts Determine Our Lives: The Life and Teachings of Elder Thaddeus of Vitovnica. Our next gathering is Sunday, January 27th during coffee hour. All are welcome to join us! For more info call or text Monica (Cassiana) 661-337-0566 or email


The church bookstore is open Sundays during coffee hour. For more info, special ordering, or questions please call or text Julie Pierucci (661) 342-2407.

Inquirers Class

Every Tuesday at 7:10 p.m. there will be an inquirers class for information regarding the Orthodox faith. We meet at the hall side door on U Street. Class is approximately 40 to 45 minutes. We are currently going through the “Journey of Faith” program by Fr. Barnabas. For more information please call Michael Ryan 661-747-1603.

Church Beautification

Church beautification/Capital Improvements Fund collections as of December 29th, 2018  are $6,850.00. Once more funds are collected we can begin Phase II.


Philoptochos Announcements

Think about joining the ranks of the Philoptochos!  

We will be collecting dues now through February 3rd for 2019.  $40 helps our charities!

You don’t have to be a female or orthodox to join - the only requirement is a minimum age of 18.


Our local giving project for this winter is for the Kern Autism Society. Please bring your items in and put them in the bins in the hall.

We will be collecting the following 12 different items (per their request) now until the end of January: 

  • Small drinking water bottles
  • Non-toxic paints
  • Non-toxic markers
  • Construction Paper
  • Craft Supplies of all sorts
  • Play-Doh-non toxic
  • LEGO kits in boxes new-all ages are appreciated
  • Puzzles (large size pieces)
  • Coloring books
  • Toys-sensory learning type-all ages
  • Children's picture books
  • Printer Paper 8.5 X 11 

Annual Kids-n-Cancer Bingo Fundraiser Event – February 2nd - TICKETS ON SALE NOW!

It's not too early to put our Annual Kids-n-Cancer Event on your calendars! It will be held on Saturday, February 2nd from 1:00- 4:00 pm. Tickets are currently on sale and every year we sell out as there are a limited number of seats - so get yours early!

This event is filled with lots of bingo fun, beautiful baskets to be raffled off and above all fellowship – all profits go to great causes: the Philoptochos Kids-n-Cancer Program and the Emilio Nares Foundation for transferring children back and forth between their hospital/medical visits and their homes. Tickets are $25 each and must be purchased before the event - tickets WILL NOT BE SOLD at the door!


Evangelism and Outreach

Questions please call Michael Ryan at 747-1603.


Scrip Cards

Scrip gift cards are now accessible online. You choose the card (cards) you would like and St. George Church receives a percentage of each sale. If you choose e-cards you will receive them same day in your email. If you choose gift cards, we will receive a notice and the order will be delivered to the church. Best to select e-cards so no shipping fee. Use this link and code when purchasing online. www.shopwithscrip.comCode:42A1521E58345. 


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. 
Thank you.

Please Note: 

About Communion

If you are a visitor and planning to take Holy Communion, please inform one of our ushers in the Narthex ahead of time. During Communion, parents with infants, and Sunday School Teachers should be first in line to receive Communion. All Christians Orthodox and Non-Orthodox are invited to come up to receive Blessed Bread (Antidoron) at the end of the service. However, present Church guidelines allow that only baptized and confirmed Eastern Orthodox Christians (who have properly prepared) may approach to receive Holy Communion. Thank you.

Dear Parishioners, 

Sundays should be set aside for quality time with God, our Church and Family.  This is true for the Priest, Parish Secretary and Parish Council.  Please let us try to address church business and make appointments during the week during office hours, and not wait until Sunday to address these matters.  For the generous providers of Coffee Hour, please arrange all meal preparation so that everyone is attending Divine Liturgy. The hall will always be open at least one hour before Divine Liturgy begins, as well as the evening before from 6:30 to 7:30.

Hall Reservation System

To reserve the hall for any church functions or activities please communicate with Annette or 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: 

Catechumens: Walter (George), Daniel (Porphyrios), Joshua (Michael). 

Holy Cross Seminarian Anthony Cornett and family (Anna, Miriam, and Zoë).

Our brothers & sisters unable to attend: 

Marika Psihoundas, Mary Valos, Zoe Spanos & Beverly Balasis.

Healing: Marika, Victor, Helen K., Irene, Mary, Mary, Serephima, and others in our parish.

Those who are traveling

Orthodox-Edward, Nicholas, Elaine, 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,Bessie Mattly, Noah A., Nick A.,Nick K., Kyriaki, Fred, Hannah, Irene Sinopole, Helen Protopapas, Candess Strategos,Gene, Kathy, Sofia, Clemy (Clementina), Jane, and Matthew.

Non-Orthodox -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




  • 1/9 Tom & Elaine Dorlis
  • 1/28 Michael & Kim Niz



  • 1/2 Melena Demestihas
  • 1/3 Hesham Ayoub
  • 1/3 Athina Kinsley
  • 1/4 Tegest Mesfin
  • 1/6 Cathleen Budy
  • 1/16 Fantanesh Birehanu
  • 1/18 Achilles Canellis
  • 1/24 Chuy Cisneros
  • 1/24 Sofia Asmerom
  • 1/25 Joseph Chaffee


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.