St. George Greek Orthodox Church
Publish Date: 2024-02-25
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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 93301-5315

Contact Information

Services Schedule


Orthros - 8:30 a.m.

Divine Liturgy - 9:30 a.m.


Evening Vespers - 6:00 p.m.


Past Bulletins

St. George News and Events



Sunday Service
Orthros 8:30 am
Divine Liturgy 9:30 am




 General Announcements

Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

As you all know, Chris McNaughton has been slowly recovering from his surgery. Colleen is trying to juggle her work and caring for Chris and their girls. A meal train has been started to help support the family in this difficult time. If you have the ability to help, please sign up at <--- Click here to help.
Please help a parishioner who is looking for a 2 bedroom apartment/duplex/house here in Bakersfield.
Please call church office (661) 325-8694 or email the secretary at

Lent and Holy Week Needs 2024

The following list contains the needs of the Church for Lent and Holy Week for all the planned services. Some things have already been donated (names listed); there are other items that still are needed. If you would like to donate an item, please call the church office at (661) 325-8694 or email the secretary at All items are to arrive on the date before services begin (or the day before).

5 Fridays of Lent (March 22nd, March 29th, April 5th, April 12th, April 19th):

Flowers for the Icon of the Virgin Mary - ____________

3rd Sunday of Lent – Sunday of the Holy Cross (April 7th):

Flowers for the Service of the Cross – Tom and Elaine Dorlis and Family

Saturday of Lazarus (April 27th):

Palm Leaves for making Crosses for Palm Sunday - ____________

Palm Sunday Evening (April 28th):

Flowers for the Icon of the Bridegroom - The Southerd Family

Holy Wednesday (May 1st):

Cotton Balls, Swabs – The McNaughton Family

Holy Thursday (May 2nd):

Flower Wreath for the Holy Cross – ____________

Beeswax Candles (15) – ____________

Holy Friday (May 3rd):

Linen Sheet -  ____________

Rose Petals - ____________

Flowers for Epitaphios – Tray passed to congregation on Palm Sunday/Philoptochos

Holy Saturday (May 4th):

Bay Leaves – The Al-Sheikh Family

Flowers for Icon of the Resurrection - ____________

Flowers for Banner of the Resurrection - ____________

100 (approx) red dyed Eggs - ____________

Paschal Candle – Manny and Erin Strategos and Family

Easter Lilies (30) - ____________


From Fr. Jim

Children in Church

Our children are blessings from our Lord.  We are entrusted to provide and equip them with the proper tools to one day navigate through life with its joys and challenges.  Church is one environment where we can begin to show children proper behaviors that will benefit them through life.  Scripture tells us to raise them with wisdom and instruction.  Each age has its own challenges.  Each age has the potential for growth.  Teach your children how to behave while in church.  There is a proper prayer attitude.  There is proper respect to be shown to all the people who are here to pray with them. 


For those with infants and toddlers, it's never too early to show them proper posture in prayer.  Yes, prayer can be singing and prayer is also quiet. Prayer is subtle movement in place.  Prayer is not playtime.  Prayer is a time to focus our attention toward God.


For older children, it is time to show them what is written in our Liturgical Books.  Teach them to follow along while we read and singing the services.  As Psalm 46:10 teaches us “Be still and know that I am God”.  Prayer teaches us how to be attuned to our God.  Prayer in church helps us to be disciplined in worship.


House blessings have started
Please contact our church secretary Susan at 325-8694
or via email at
This sign up is NOT for memorials, please contact the secretary at the above number or email to schedule your memorial.
Coffee Hour Sign Ups
2/4/24 No services
2/11/24 Yohanis Mesfin
2/18/24 Namaz and Bianca
2/25/24 Olympia 
3/3/24 Antonaros and Londquist
3/10/24 Drulias 
3/17/24 Cisneros 
3/24/24 🍇 Cami and Flori 
3/31/24 🍇 Patrick Snitchler 
4/7/24 🍇
4/14/24 🍇Becerra 
4/21/24 🍇
4/28/24 🐟Parish Council
5/5/24 Pascha 
5/19/24 McNaughton 
6/9/24 Ayoub and Asmeron
Why Coffee Hour?
-Most of us are hungry, especially children 
-Coffee goes well with a snack 
-Keeps us united as a parish
Coffee Hour Ideas:
Cookies of any kind 
Donuts- regular or mini 
Yogurt cups 
Bagels and cream cheese
Cheese and crackers
Granola bars
Raw Veggies and dip
Chips and salsa
Bottled water is always needed 
Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers over a multitude of sins. Offer hospitality to one another without grumbling” (1 Peter 4:8-9)
Contact Joyce Cisneros at to be added to the coffee hour schedule. 
A Philoptochos General Meeting will be held on Sunday March 3rd immediately following Divine Liturgy in the Church Hall. Please make efforts to attend as we discuss our plans for Lent, Easter and the 100th Anniversary leading up to our Summer Break. We hope to see everyone there.
Your Philoptochos chapter continues its good works with your membership commitment. Your generosity during our membership drive helps those around us and meets our commitments at the National, Metropolis and Local level.
It is that time again where we ask you to commit and give of your heart to help the work of Philoptochos. Your annual commitment should be based on your ability and willingness to give at your particular level of spiritual growth and we prayerfully ask that you remember all our charities in your offering.
Remember, anyone can join: Women AND Men, Orthodox AND Non-Orthodox. The only criteria is that you are at least 18 years of age or older.
Please download the membership form included in this bulletin, you can fill it out and email it to and you can make your contribution click here --> VENMO or speak to a Philoptochos Board Member about your commitment. 
We invite anyone who is interested in joining the choir, or just interested in "why we sing what we sing on Sundays" to our first CHOIR CLINIC to be held on Saturday, April 6th beginning at 9AM. Spend the morning with us learning the church hymns.
Interested in learning Greek?
St George is offering Greek School on Sunday's 11:30am-1:30pm. Please see attached registration form and General Information & Expectations. Some classes have started, but if interested, please call Kathy Exarchoulakos 661-805-4736.
Please see the registration form and general info documents at the end of this bulletin.


100 Year Anniversary Celebration


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All proceeds benefit St. George Greek Orthodox Church - Bakersfield



Youth Group Announcements

Youth Group


*Donations to St. George Youth Group are always welcome!


Stavros will continue with evening reader services
Thursday through Saturday 6pm


Secretary office hours are 9 am to 1 pm, Monday through Friday.
Please note these hours may need to be adjusted on occasion.


If you want to be included in the email announcements and notices, please send your email to or call church office, 325-8694 and give your info and request to be added.
Note: This is separate from the bulletin.
This is the fastest way to get updated for services changes and other important church information.

If you are not receiving the bulletin, either send your name & email to or apply from our website here, or directly here or call church office, 325-8694 and give your info and request to be added to the weekly bulletin.



Open every Sunday following Divine Liturgy and by appointment, by calling 661.342.2407
Special orders available.

ALL are welcome, stop by, check out the variety of gifts, books & icons.


Senior Zoomers 

Our 55 and over group, self named The Senior Zoomers, meets Wednesdays at 11:00am on Zoom. Join us for good conversation and activity planning during our weekly meetings.  To join us click the follow link, or go to and enter the meeting ID and passcode located below.Click --> Join Zoom Meeting 
Meeting ID: 843 4423 5872
Passcode: 510033
By Phone Dial: (669)900-9128 

Morning Bible Study

Meet with Fr. Jim Pappas Wednesday at 9:30am on ZOOM for Morning Bible Study.  We look forward to studying God’s word together.Click --> Join Zoom Meeting
Meeting ID: 863 0526 5618

Passcode: 537328
By Phone Dial: (669)900-9128



2024 Stewardship News

Every man shall give as he is able, according to the blessing of the Lord thy God which he hath given thee.
Deuteronomy 16:17
Please see attached informational trifold and the stewardship form at the end of this bulletin.
God bless you and your families.

Donate here via paypal or Credit Card


"Every Christian, without exception, ought to dwell always in prayer."

      - St. Gregory Palamas

Click here to read more and get the app for daily prayer



Congratulations to our 2024 Parish Council members.

You may visit our website for the list of members & officers at Parish Council
Next Parish Council meeting is 3/28/24 at 7:00pm at the back office.


Social Media & website

Follow and join us on Facebook

St George Greek Orthodox Church of Bakersfield

St George Christian Outreach Facebook Page

St George Greek Orthodox Church of Bakersfield YouTube channel


Leave your mark!
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.


Click here to read how you can leave a lasting legacy to your parish.
Church Beautification and Capital Improvements. Click here for the 2021 update.

Text Notifications

If you would like to be part of our system, please provide your phone number to the church secretary at

This service will only be used to notify parishioners of any changes to service times or to provide information on events or occurrences 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. 


Prayers for Thanksgiving-Healing and Help:

Please add to your daily prayers 

Orthodox: Chris Paul, Penny, Kyriakos, Eleni, Spiros, Fred, John, Ernie, George, Abram, Vickie, Elaina, Maher, Nabel, Magdy, Daniel, Natalia and family, Nickolas, Irene, Pamela, Virginia, Paraskevi, Michael, Dimitris, Margarita, Jennifer, Nikolas, Pamela.

Non-Orthodox: Judith, Nayeli and David, Peggy, Patricia

For the rest of the soul of our departed:

Orthodox: Penny, Fr. Daregas, Vasiliki, Vasilli, Fouad, Bert, Nicolas, Louise, George, George, Sooad, Leonid, Nikos, Vivian, John, Mary, Louise, Nektarios, Nicholas, Elephtheria, Kyriakos, Candess, George Lardakis. 


Elaine:  1/21, 2/18, 3/17,4/14, 1/5,6/2,7/7,8/11, 9/15, 10/27, 11/17, 12/22
Joyce:   1/7, 3/31, 5/19, 6/30, 8/4, 9/8, 11/3, 12/29
Mary:  1/28, 2/25, 3/24, 4/21, 5/12, 6/9, 7/14, 8/18, 9/22, 10/20, 11/24, 12/15
Basema:  2/4, 3/3, 6/16, 7/21, 8/25, 9/29, 10/13, 12/1
Olympia:  1/14, 2/11, 3/10, 4/7, 4/28, 5/26, 6/23, 7/28, 9/1, 10/6, 11/10, 12/8


Father Jim would like the Prosphoro brought to the church Sunday morning between 7:30 AM and no later than 8:30 AM. We are looking for more people to make the blessed bread. Please approach Father if interested to be put on the 2023 baking schedule for prosphora then let Joyce Cisneros know. Learn More




2/3 Cody & Fotini Stevens
2/19 Will & Alexandra Shackleford


2/1 Lucas Jennings
2/4 Osama Dawood
2/14 Dimitrios Demestihas
2/16 George Demestihas II
2/16 Father Joseph Chaffee
2/17 Teddy Chaffee
2/20 Eleas Exarchoulakos
2/21 Robert Niz
2/22 Alison Yanney
2/23 Basema Madain
2/24 Helen Protopapas
2/24 Brittany Southerd


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Gospel and Epistle Readings

Epistle Reading

Prokeimenon. Plagal First Tone. Psalm 11.7,1.
You, O Lord, shall keep us and preserve us.
Verse: Save me, O Lord, for the godly man has failed.

The reading is from St. Paul's Second Letter to Timothy 3:10-15.

TIMOTHY, my son, you have observed my teaching, my conduct, my aim in life, my faith, my patience, my love, my steadfastness, my persecutions, my sufferings, what befell me at Antioch, at lconion, and at Lystra, what persecutions I endured; yet from them all the Lord rescued me. Indeed all who desire to live a godly life in Christ Jesus will be persecuted, while evil men and impostors will go on from bad to worse, deceivers and deceived. But as for you, continue in what you have learned and have firmly believed, knowing from whom you learned it and how from childhood you have been acquainted with the sacred writings which are able to instruct you for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus.

Προκείμενον. Plagal First Tone. ΨΑΛΜΟΙ 11.7,1.
Σὺ Κύριε, φυλάξαις ἡμᾶς καὶ διατηρήσαις ἡμᾶς.
Στίχ. Σῶσον με, Κύριε, ὅτι ἐκλέλοιπεν ὅσιος.

τὸ Ἀνάγνωσμα Πρὸς Τιμόθεον β' 3:10-15.

Τέκνον Τιμόθεε, παρηκολούθηκάς μου τῇ διδασκαλίᾳ, τῇ ἀγωγῇ, τῇ προθέσει, τῇ πίστει, τῇ μακροθυμίᾳ, τῇ ἀγάπῃ, τῇ ὑπομονῇ, τοῖς διωγμοῖς, τοῖς παθήμασιν, οἷά μοι ἐγένετο ἐν Ἀντιοχείᾳ, ἐν Ἰκονίῳ, ἐν Λύστροις, οἵους διωγμοὺς ὑπήνεγκα· καὶ ἐκ πάντων με ἐρρύσατο ὁ κύριος. Καὶ πάντες δὲ οἱ θέλοντες εὐσεβῶς ζῇν ἐν Χριστῷ Ἰησοῦ διωχθήσονται. Πονηροὶ δὲ ἄνθρωποι καὶ γόητες προκόψουσιν ἐπὶ τὸ χεῖρον, πλανῶντες καὶ πλανώμενοι. Σὺ δὲ μένε ἐν οἷς ἔμαθες καὶ ἐπιστώθης, εἰδὼς παρὰ τίνος ἔμαθες, καὶ ὅτι ἀπὸ βρέφους τὰ ἱερὰ γράμματα οἶδας, τὰ δυνάμενά σε σοφίσαι εἰς σωτηρίαν διὰ πίστεως τῆς ἐν Χριστῷ Ἰησοῦ.

البروكيمنون. Plagal First Tone. مزمور 11: 7، 1.
أنت يا رب تحفظنا وتخلصنا
Verse: خلصني يا رب فإن البار قد فنيَ

فصل من رسالة بولس الثانية الى تيموثاوس 3: 10-15.

يَا وَلَدي تِيمُوثَاوُس، قَدْ تَبِعْتَ تَعْلِيمِي، وَسِيرَتِي، وَقَصْدِي، وَإِيمَانِي، وَأَنَاتِي، وَمَحَبَّتِي، وَصَبْرِي، وَاضْطِهَادَاتِي، وَآلاَمِي، مِثْلَ مَا أَصَابَنِي فِي أَنْطَاكِيَةَ وَإِيقُونِيَّةَ وَلِسْتِرَةَ. أَيَّةَ اضْطِهَادَاتٍ احْتَمَلْتُ! وَمِنَ الْجَمِيعِ أَنْقَذَنِي الرَّبُّ. وَجَمِيعُ الَّذِينَ يُرِيدُونَ أَنْ يَعِيشُوا بِالتَّقْوَى فِي الْمَسِيحِ يَسُوعَ يُضْطَهَدُونَ. وَلَكِنَّ النَّاسَ الأَشْرَارَ الْمُزَوِّرِينَ سَيَتَقَدَّمُونَ إِلَى أَرْدَأَ، مُضِلِّينَ وَمُضَلِّينَ. وَأَمَّا أَنْتَ فَاثْبُتْ عَلَى مَا تَعَلَّمْتَ وَأَيْقَنْتَ، عَارِفاً مِمَّنْ تَعَلَّمْتَ. وَأَنَّكَ مُنْذُ الطُّفُولِيَّةِ تَعْرِفُ الْكُتُبَ الْمُقَدَّسَةَ، الْقَادِرَةَ أَنْ تُحَكِّمَكَ لِلْخَلاَصِ، بِالإِيمَانِ الَّذِي فِي الْمَسِيحِ يَسُوعَ.

Gospel Reading

Sunday of the Publican and Pharisee: Triodion Begins Today
The Reading is from Luke 18:10-14

The Lord said this parable, "Two men went up into the temple to pray, one a Pharisee and the other a tax collector. The Pharisee stood and prayed thus with himself, 'God, I thank you that I am not like other men, extortioners, unjust, adulterers, or even like this tax collector. I fast twice a week, I give tithes of all that I get.' But the tax collector, standing far off, would not even lift up his eyes to heaven, but beat his breast, saying, 'God, be merciful to me a sinner!' I tell you, this man went down to his house justified rather than the other; for everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, but he who humbles himself will be exalted."

Sunday of the Publican and Pharisee: Triodion Begins Today
Κατὰ Λουκᾶν 18:10-14

Εἶπεν ὁ Κύριος τήν παραβολὴν ταύτην· Ἄνθρωποι δύο ἀνέβησαν εἰς τὸ ἱερὸν προσεύξασθαι, ὁ εἷς Φαρισαῖος καὶ ὁ ἕτερος τελώνης. ὁ Φαρισαῖος σταθεὶς πρὸς ἑαυτὸν ταῦτα προσηύχετο· ὁ Θεός, εὐχαριστῶ σοι ὅτι οὐκ εἰμὶ ὥσπερ οἱ λοιποὶ τῶν ἀνθρώπων, ἅρπαγες, ἄδικοι, μοιχοί, ἢ καὶ ὡς οὗτος ὁ τελώνης· νηστεύω δὶς τοῦ σαββάτου, ἀποδεκατῶ πάντα ὅσα κτῶμαι. καὶ ὁ τελώνης μακρόθεν ἑστὼς οὐκ ἤθελεν οὐδὲ τοὺς ὀφθαλμοὺς εἰς τὸν οὐρανὸν ἐπᾶραι, ἀλλ᾿ ἔτυπτεν εἰς τὸ στῆθος αὐτοῦ λέγων· ὁ Θεός, ἱλάσθητί μοι τῷ ἁμαρτωλῷ. λέγω ὑμῖν, κατέβη οὗτος δεδικαιωμένος εἰς τὸν οἶκον αὐτοῦ ἢ γὰρ ἐκεῖνος· ὅτι πᾶς ὁ ὑψῶν ἑαυτὸν ταπεινωθήσεται, ὁ δὲ ταπεινῶν ἑαυτὸν ὑψωθήσεται.

Sunday of the Publican and Pharisee: Triodion Begins Today
لوقا 18: 10-14

10(( قال الرب هذا المثل إِنْسَانَانِ صَعِدَا إِلَى الْهَيْكَلِ لِيُصَلِّيَا ، وَاحِدٌ فَرِّيسِيٌّ وَالآخَرُ عَشَّارٌ. 11أَمَّا الْفَرِّيسِيُّ فَوَقَفَ يُصَلِّي فِي نَفْسِهِ هَكَذَا: اَللَّهُمَّ أَنَا أَشْكُرُكَ أَنِّي لَسْتُ مِثْلَ بَاقِي النَّاسِ الْخَاطِفِينَ الظَّالِمِينَ الزُّنَاةِ ، وَلاَ مِثْلَ هَذَا الْعَشَّارِ. 12أَصُومُ مَرَّتَيْنِ فِي الأُسْبُوعِ ، وَأُعَشِّرُ كُلَّ مَا أَقْتَنِيهِ.13وَأَمَّا الْعَشَّارُ فَوَقَفَ مِنْ بَعِيدٍ ، لاَ يَشَاءُ أَنْ يَرْفَعَ عَيْنَيْهِ نَحْوَ السَّمَاءِ ، بَلْ قَرَعَ عَلَى صَدْرِهِ قَائِلاً: اللهُمَّ ارْحَمْنِي ، أَنَا الْخَاطِئَ. 14أَقُولُ لَكُمْ : إِنَّ هَذَا نَزَلَ إِلَى بَيْتِهِ مُبَرَّراً دُونَ ذَاكَ ، لأَنَّ كُلَّ مَنْ يَرْفَعُ نَفْسَهُ يَتَّضِعُ ، وَمَنْ يَضَعُ نَفْسَهُ يَرْتَفِعُ)). 




Hymns of the Day

Resurrectional Apolytikion in the Plagal First Tone

Let us worship the Word, O ye faithful, praising Him that with the Father and the Spirit is co-beginningless God, Who was born of a pure Virgin that we all be saved; for He was pleased to mount the Cross in the flesh that He assumed, accepting thus to endure death. And by His glorious rising, He also willed to resurrect the dead.
Τὸν συνάναρχον Λόγον Πατρὶ καὶ Πνεύματι, τὸν ἐκ Παρθένου τεχθέντα εἰς σωτηρίαν ἡμῶν, ἀνυμνήσωμεν πιστοὶ καὶ προσκυνήσωμεν, ὅτι ηὐδόκησε σαρκί, ἀνελθεῖν ἐν τῷ σταυρῷ, καὶ θάνατον ὑπομεῖναι, καὶ ἐγεῖραι τοὺς τεθνεῶτας, ἐν τῇ ἐνδόξῳ Ἀναστάσει αὐτοῦ.

لنسبح نحن المؤمنين ونسجد للكلمة المساوي للآب والروح في الأزلية وعدم الابتداء ، المولود من العذراء لخلاصنا . لانه سُر بالجسد ان يعلو على الصليب ويحتمل الموت ، وينهض الموتى بقيامته المجيدة.

Apolytikion for the Church in the First Tone

As a liberator of prisoners, and as a guardian of the poor, a doctor of the sick, a defender of kings. Trophy bearer, O Great Martyr George. Intercede to Christ our God, and save our souls.

Ως των αιχμαλώτων ελευθερωτής και των πτωχών υπερασπιστής, ασθενούντων ιατρός, βασιλέων υπέρμαχος, τροπαιοφόρε, μεγαλομάρτυς Γεώργιε, πρέσβευε Χριστώ τω Θεώ σωθήναι τα ψυχάς ημών.

Seasonal Kontakion in the Fourth Tone

Let us flee from the boasting of the Pharisee and learn through our own sighs of sorrow the humility of the Publican. Let us cry out to the Savior, "Have mercy on us, for through You alone are we reconciled."
Φαρισαίου φύγωμεν ὑψηγορίαν, καὶ Τελώνου μάθωμεν, τὸ ταπεινὸν ἐν στεναγμοῖς, πρὸς τὸν Σωτῆρα κραυγάζοντες· Ἵλαθι μόνε ἡμῖν εὐδιάλλακτε.