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 our Hospitality Hour hosted by the Nicolaides and Tzavlakis families in memory of their beloved family member and by the Orthodox Life Institute.
Memorial Services Today For:
Eleni Nicolaides – 3 months
Dimitra Tzavlakis – 2 years
May their memory be eternal.
Friday, Oct. 25th – Great Hierarchical Vespers at St. Demetrios, Perth Amboy.................7:00PM
Saturday, October 26th – St. Demetrios the Myrrhbearer Hierarchical Divine Liturgy at St. Demetrios, Union………………………9:00AM
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.
Mark Your Calendar:
Sunday, October 13th ………....Bible Awareness Sunday
Mr./Miss GOYA Pageant at the Pines Manor, Edison, NJ
***Monday, October 14th ………Church Office Closed for Columbus Day***
Tuesday, October 15th ………...Orthodox Faith Class – 10:00AM Orthodox Life Institute – 7:30PM
Thursday, October 17th…....…..Adult Christmation Class – 7:00PM
Sunday, October 20th …………St. Paraskevi Philoptochos Sandwich Sunday
Tuesday, October 22nd ………..Orthodox Faith Class – 10:00AM Orthodox Life Institute – 7:30PM
Thursday, October 24th ……….Greek School OXI Day Celebration – 4:00PM
Saturday, October 26th ………..Kali Parea bus trip to St. Nektarios Monastery
Greek School Harvest Party – 5:00PM
Metropolis of NJ Byzantine Choir Concert at St. Barbara’s in Toms River, NJ – 6:30PM
Wednesday, October 30th …….Stewardship Committee Meeting – 7:00PM
Sunday, November 3rd ………..Fellowship Sunday
Friday, November 8th …………St. Nectarios Vespers
Saturday, November 9th ………St. Nectarios Feastday
Sunday, November 10th ………GOYA Youth Sunday
Sunday, November 17th ………Parish General Assembly
Saturday, December 7th ………Metropolis of NJ Christmas Benefit Concert in Tenafly, NJ
Tuesday, December 31st ……...New Year’s Eve Celebration at St. George
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.
Bible Awareness Sunday:
Join us on Sunday, October 13th for Bible Awareness Sunday hosted by the Orthodox Life Institute. There will be a raffle for an icon of St. Demetrios as well as a 50/50 raffle. The Orthodox Life Institute will be hosting Coffee Hour so please stop by their table for more information about Bible Study.
St. Paraskevi Philoptochos Sandwich Sunday:
On Sunday, October 20th, 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. 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 of the season on Thursday October 17th from 7:00pm – 8:30pm. 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. More classes will be scheduled in the New Year.
A bus trip is scheduled to St. Nektarios Monastery in Roscoe, New York on Saturday, October 26th. The cost is $30 per person and the bus will be leaving from St. George at 8:30am. If you are interested in going, please call Tina Stames for more information at 201.213.5504.
Attention all College Students:
Fr. Peter is leading an OCF gathering which covers our faith, worship services and general discussions at Seton Hall University. The next gathering will be held on Wednesday, October 16th at 6:30pm. Please call the church office for further information. 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.
Use of Cell Phones:
In accordance with the Encyclical from the Patriarchate, the use of cell phones, iPads, and other electronic devices is not allowed anywhere in the church. We ask our parishioners to please refrain from using such items until they are in the Fellowship Hall. Thank you for your cooperation.
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.
A reflection on Stewardship:
Are you a contributing member of the body of Christ? Are you actively serving God and sharing Him with others? Are you contributing to peace and unity within His body? Do you worship regularly? Take a moment to evaluate your life in light of these principles. We are called to apply our gifts, training, abilities, education and skills to the tasks that God places before us. If we do this humbly and prayerfully, the body of Christ will function to its full potential. The Biblical motivation for giving is grace; giving is an act of worship in response to the generosity of God. You are to give, Paul says, “as God has prospered you.” II Corinthians 8 and 9 teach clearly, “He who sows bountifully will also reap bountifully.” God blesses those who give with generosity.” Giving is a way to thank God for His grace and generosity. The question is not, “How much do I give to stay in the club?” or “What are the dues?” but “How can I thank God for my many blessings?”
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 260 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.