DIVINE LITURGY 9:30AM
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 Hospitality Hour hosted by the Sougelas family in memory of all their family members who have passed on and by the Zachos family in memory of their beloved family members.
Memorial Services Today For:
Anna Andreas – 1 year, Petroula Andreas – 4 years, Andreas Andreou,
Alexandros Peppes – 10 years. May their memory be eternal.
Mark Your Calendar:
Friday, September 6th ………...GOYA “Kick-Off” meeting at 7:30PM
Saturday, September 7th ……..Rummage Sale from 9am to 5pm
Sunday, September 8th ……..…Welcome Back “Agape” Sunday
Tuesday, September 10th...…..Greek School Classes Begin Paraklesis Service – 6:30PM
Wednesday, September 11th ..Sunday School Teachers Meeting – 7:30PM
Thursday, September 12th …...All Ministries Meeting – 7:30PM
Sunday, September 15th ……...Metropolis of NJ Holy Cross Celebration in Asbury Park, NJ
Tuesday, September 17th …..…Orthodox Life Institute Classes Begin at 7:30pm
.Saturday, September 21st ……Blessing of the Animals – 10:00AM
Sunday, September 22rd ….…..Sunday School Begins
Friday, October 4th ……………Wine Tasting Fundraiser at the Waterside – 7:30PM
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.
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.
New Divine Liturgy Books:
We are grateful for the donation of the 400 new Divine Liturgy books, in our pews today, which are in honor of Fr. Peter and Presvytera Georgia Souritzidis. We are blessed that they and their beautiful family, continue to be a part of our extended St. George family.
Rummage Sale Volunteers Needed:
We are asking our parishioners for assistance in helping to set up for the Rummage Sale, this Sunday after church and during the day (9am - 2pm) from Tuesday through Thursday next week, after Labor Day. This will also be the last opportunity for anyone to bring donated items. Next Friday night (9/6) will be the last night to set up. Also, on Friday (9/6) between the hours of 6 – 8 PM, we will open for a pre-sale event to our parishioners, fellow dealers, eBayers, and invited guests, giving everyone early access to great finds/treasures. This will help us get a jumpstart on selling items, since our Sale will only be held for one day on Saturday. Additionally, from 3:00PM until 5:00PM on Saturday, September 7th we anticipate having a bag sale, where shoppers can fill up a bag for one price. Thank you for all your donations and support.
Welcome Back “Agape” Sunday:
On Sunday, September 8th, immediately following Church services please join us in the Fr. John & Presvytera Margaret Orfanakos Fellowship Hall to learn more about our Ministries. Take advantage of the opportunity to see where your “Time and Talent” can best be used. Stay and enjoy a barbeque luncheon. On behalf of Fr. Peter and the Parish Council, we would like to express our appreciation to all of our parishioners and ministry leaders who dedicate themselves to our Parish. Thank you for your commitment to our St. George community and we look forward to working together as the new Ecclesiastical year begins.
St. John Commandaria Communion Wine:
One of the traditions or customs in the Orthodox Church is to donate the Communion wine for sacraments, memorial services, or Church Feast Days. The preferable choice is St. John Commandaria. Anyone wishing to make an offering of communion wine can contact the church office. The donation for each bottle of wine is $30.
Wine Tasting Experience:
Join us for an enjoyable evening at our Wine Tasting event on Friday, October 4, 2019, at the Waterside Restaurant in North Bergen. Tickets in advance are $100 and after October 1st the cost is $125. The evening will include hors d’oeuvres, wine pairings, cigar rollers, and raffle opportunities. Please consider donating your favorite bottle of wine to add to our Wine Pull Raffle. We are asking that each bottle be a minimum of $20.00. All bottles can be left at the church office. Also, please visit our table beginning on Agape Sunday to purchase tickets to the event. You can email Denise Cecchini at WineTasting2019@gmail.com or call 201-406-2827 for more information or to reserve tickets. We are looking forward to seeing everyone there.
Feast Day Flower Donations:
During the Ecclesiastical year, our Church comes alive with many Liturgical services. It is customary in our faith to decorate icons used during special Feast Day services with flowers. We encourage our parishioners to offer a special contribution for this purpose. Your donation is a unique and appropriate way to remember your departed friends and relatives, as well as an expression of love on behalf of your family and prayers for your beloved ones. Donations are still being accepted for the following:
· September 14 – Elevation of the Holy Cross $100
· November 9 – St. Nectarios the Wonderworker $500
Thank you in advance for your flower donations.
Orthodox Life Institute:
The fall Bible Studies, led by Dr. Peter Salierno, begin Tuesday, September 17th at 7:30pm. Please come and join Dr. Peter Salierno while he leads the group through the theme, The Book of the Romans – “The History of the Church, Part 2”. Classes will meet at the same time every Tuesday.
Attention all College Students:
As the official campus ministry of the Assembly of Canonical Bishops of the USA, Orthodox Christian Fellowship (OCF) works on behalf of all the Orthodox to connect students to Christ and His Church during college. Through its campus-based chapter, regional events and programs, OCF engages Orthodox college students across the continent in fellowship, education, worship and service. Please visit the following webpage to submit your information to OCF online: www.ocf.net.firstfortydays or email it to firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also submit your contact information to the church at email@example.com.
Mommy & Me:
Join us for this new program for our children, newborn to 5 years old. The program will include bible lessons, arts and crafts and snacks. An organizational meeting will be held on Thursday, September 12th at 8:00pm to discuss the development of the program. The group will meet every 2nd and 4th week of the month at 10:00am in the church. Please email the office with any question at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Orthodox Christian Adult Education (Chrismation) Classes:
Fr. Peter will be offering Orthodox Christian instruction classes that will be held on the following Thursday evenings from 7:00pm - 8:30pm:
September 19 & 26 and October 3, 10 & 17
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.
Our Sunday Church School is always looking for teachers and assistants. Prior teaching experience is not necessary. We welcome all volunteers! Please email us at email@example.com.
Greek School Registration for 2019-2020:
Greek School classes will begin on Tuesday, September 10, 2019 at 4:00pm with an Agiasmo Blessing. Registration has begun. Please drop by the Church office to pick up a registration package.
Thank you to all of our Stewards who have made their pledges and donations so far for 2019. Our Saint George parish depends upon your generous donations to envision our goals and enhance our ministries and outreach. So please don’t forget to submit your 2019 Stewardship Pledge card. We currently have 207 stewards and we are hoping to reach our goal of 350 stewards for 2019! Pledge cards can be found in the Narthex, Atrium or Church office.