ORTHROS BEGINS AT 8:30AM
The mission of our beloved parish of St. George is to put into practice our Orthodox faith for our spiritual growth while creating fellowship and ministries for all the faithful. It should be our mission to spread the word of the Gospel and build harmony and love within the community and be the example of our Orthodox faith for our youth.
WE WELCOME EVERYONE TO OUR COMMUNITY!
We are grateful that you have joined us for prayer and worship. Please join us after the Divine Services in our Fellowship Hall for our Hospitality Hour hosted by the Bavas family in memory of their beloved family member.
Memorial Services Today For:
Michael Bavas – 3 years. May his memory be eternal.
Saturday, February 29th – 2nd Saturday of Souls………...Orthros & Divine Liturgy 8:30AM
Sunday Memorials, Artoclasias and Other Blessings:
Please inform the church office well in advance of Sunday mornings for all memorials, artoclasias, 40-day blessings and other blessings so as not to disrupt the Divine Liturgy. If any requests or lists of names are received after the Great Entrance they will have to wait until the following Sunday.
****Additionally, in order to preserve the sanctity of the Divine Liturgy, please wait to light candles in the St. Nectarios Chapel at the correct time. If one arrives after the Great Entrance, they will have to wait until the end of Liturgy, while the Andithoron is being given out, to light candles in the Chapel.
Baptized and Chrismated Orthodox Christians who have properly prepared, according to the Holy Orthodox Church guidelines, may receive Holy Communion. Please allow our Sunday School children to receive Holy Communion first and wait for the ushers to dismiss your row.
Mark Your Calendar:
Sunday, February 23rd ….……..Sunday School Elementary Division Oratorical Festival
St. Paraskevi Philoptochos Sandwich Sunday
Maids of Athena Meeting – 12:00PM
Tuesday, February 25th ………..Orthodox Faith Class – 10:00AM
Orthodox Life Institute – 7:30PM
Thursday, February 27th.............Adult Chrismation Class - 7:00PM
Saturday, February 29th.…..…...2nd Saturday of Souls
Sunday, March 1st ………………Sunday School Bake Sale
Monday, March 2nd ……………..Clean Monday – Lent Begins
St. Paraskevi Philoptochos Meeting – 7:00PM
Tuesday, March 3rd……………..Orthodox Faith Class – 10:00AM
Orthodox Life Institute – 7:30PM
Sunday, March 8th ………………St. Paraskevi Philoptochos Lenten Luncheon
GOYA Sights & Sounds Presentation
Tuesday, March 10th ……………Healing Service – 6:30PM
Sunday, March 29th …………….Greek Independence Day Parade in NYC
June 12, 13 & 14 …………..……Greek Festival
If you wish to partake in the Sacrament of Holy Confession, please feel free to call the Church office or Fr. Peter to arrange a time.
Church Office Request:
For all church/ministry related matters, please make sure to call the office directly or email directly rather than using texts or various forms of social media. Your cooperation is greatly appreciated.
St. Paraskevi Philoptochos Sandwich Sunday:
This Sunday, February 23rd, after liturgy, the Philoptochos is making sandwiches in the upstairs kitchen. Sandwich Sundays, was begun with the goal of preparing sandwiches for the homeless. We try to make a minimum of 225 sandwiches each time. Anyone interested in making a donation to defray the cost, please complete a donation form and return it to the office. It is a wonderful way to remember a loved one, or a special occasion. This month's sandwiches are made possible by a generous donation from Kalliope Papadakos in memory of her deceased loved ones. If anyone would like to help prepare the sandwiches, please come to the upstairs kitchen directly after church. Sandwiches are currently delivered to the St. Paul's Men's Shelter. Feeding the hungry is an important tenet of our mission to help the needy.
Orthodox Christian Adult Education (Chrismation) Classes:
Fr. Peter will be offering the last Orthodox Christian instruction class before Lent on February 27th. This is a class based on the fundamentals of the Orthodox Church and will also include Bible Fellowship and Discussion as well. This is an excellent opportunity for Orthodox Christians as well as non-Orthodox Christians to receive additional instruction about the Orthodox Christian Church, the traditions involved and many other teachings in the Holy Scriptures. This class is also for those who are considering being baptized or chrismated into the Orthodox faith.
The next healing service will be on Tuesday, March 10th at 6:30PM for all our faithful as well as anyone else who would like to attend and be a part of the service. One does not have to be Orthodox or a member of our parish to participate. Please note this is NOT Holy Unction but a service to heal and help those who are suffering physically, spiritually and emotionally. We encourage all our faithful to attend and bring along others.
Parish Elementary Oratorical Festival:
As our older Sunday School students (Grades 7th-12th) prepare their speeches, essays or poems for our annual St. John Chrysostom Oratorical Festival on Sunday March 22nd, TODAY our focus will be on our younger students (Little Angels through 4th). These students will present brief songs and prayers as they highlight some of their lessons from Sunday School. Our 5th & 6th grade will be featured during the judge’s deliberations at the Parish Oratorical Festival on Sunday, March 22nd, so mark your calendars and plan on spending the afternoon with us that day; our youth will inspire you!
St. Paraskevi Philoptochos:
Wishes to extend our deepest gratitude to our St. George community for your overwhelming support of our “Pasta for a Purpose” luncheon held February 9th. Special thanks to our ministries, businesses and many others for your donations and assistance with the event. As a result of our community’s outpouring of their “time, treasure and talent” we had a very successful fundraiser and raised over $5,000 which will help off-set the medical expenses of our parishioner Steven Bauer. The Bauer family also extends their gratitude and love to all. May God bless you all and our St. George community.
Saturday of Souls:
The remaining dates for the Saturday of Souls are February 29th and March 7th. Please bring your own dish of Koliva to the church by 8:45am and place it on the table and submit your list of names with your offering. If you would like to order your own individual dish of Koliva, the cost is $25 per dish. Please contact the church office and make arrangements by Thursday before the Saturday of Souls. 973-779-2626 or email@example.com.
Sponsor A Day Program:
In the New Year 2020 our ambitious goal is to meet our operating budget through Stewardship. It is estimated that the operating expenses of our church average to be $1,400 per steward/family. If this average were to be reached, then the Church would be able to pay all its bills only with Stewardship donations and no other monies. All other funds collected from candles, trays, raffles, fundraisers, etc. could be used towards capital improvements. One way to bridge the gap in the meantime is through our “Sponsor a Day” program. We encourage our parishioners to select a day that has special meaning to them like a birthday, feast day, anniversary or a memorial and make a $250 donation. All donors will be recognized on a calendar located in our atrium. For more information about the program, speak to one of our Parish Council members or Ministry Leaders wearing their “Sponsor A Day” buttons.
Security System and Office Computer Upgrades:
The new office computers have been installed and we are very grateful for all the generous donations and thank you for your support and for assisting us in making our Church office more productive and efficient. However, we are still in need of donations that will be used to install a Door Access Control System on the church doors. The remaining cost for the Door System is $6,700. A new fob security system will be installed on the front glass doors, the metal doors by the downstairs kitchen, the glass doors in the gym and the rear metal gym doors. All this will greatly enhance the security of our building. We ask that you please consider contributing to this project.
Affirmation of Office for Parish Council Members:
On Sunday February 16, 2020 our newly elected Parish Council members received the Affirmation of Office. We congratulate all the faithful parishioners who serve St. George in this meaningful way and pray that God will bless them as they enter another year of service to our Church. The new Parish Council is as follows:
President: George Scordilis Treasurer: Morfia Sokolic
1st VP: Steve Drimones Asst. Treasurer: Sophia Constandinou
2nd VP: Vasilios Manoliadis Secretary: Denise Cecchini
Asst. Secretary: Nick Dessipris
Members: Jerry Cammarata, Spyros Demetropoulos, Nora Kokozos, Dean Kyriacou, Phyllis Magiros, Nicholas Marcopulos, Antonios Papamarkos
February is National Cancer Prevention Month:
Please see the online flyer for more details. February is also American Heart Month. Heart disease is the #1 cause of death for both men and women in the United States, however, it is also one of the most preventable. Take care of your heart by diet, exercise and being a non-smoker. Do you know how to do CPR or how to use an automated external defibrillator (AED)? This knowledge has the power to save a life. Contact the Heart Foundation for more information on CPR/AED course. Remember: you’re never too young, and it’s never too late to choose a heart healthy life style.