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 “Pasta for a Purpose” luncheon fundraiser hosted by our St. Paraskevi Philoptochos.
Memorial Services Today For:
Mary Kumaras – 40 days
Mary Kanellos – 6 years George Kanellos – 40 years
May their memory be eternal.
The Artoclasia Service today is being offered in honor of the feast day of St. Haralambos by Mr. & Mrs. V. Manoliadis for the health and well-being of their son Haralambos “Bobby”; and for the health and well-being of the following families: Mr. & Mrs. L. Anastos, Mr. & Mrs. A. Golematis, Mr. & Mrs. A. Pandazis and for our Parish.
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, February 9th …………..St. Paraskevi Philoptochos “Pasta for a Purpose” Luncheon
Tuesday, February 11th ………..Orthodox Life Institute – 7:30PM
Thursday, February 13th ………."Mommy & Me” – 12:00PM
Adult Chrismation Class – 7:00PM
Sunday, February 16th ………….Godparent Sunday – Brunch Hosted by HOPE & JOY
Monday, February 17th …...Church Office closed in observance of Presidents’ Day
Tuesday, February 18th …………Orthodox Faith Class – 10:00AM
****Healing Service – 6:30PM
Orthodox Life Institute – 7:30PM
Saturday, February 22nd ………..1st Saturday of Souls
Sunday, February 23rd ………….Sunday School Elementary Division Oratorical Festival
St. Paraskevi Philoptochos Sandwich Sunday
Sunday, March 29th ……………..Greek Independence Day Parade in NYC
June 12, 13 & 14 ………………...Greek Festival
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.
Blessing of Homes and Businesses:
If you would like to have your home or business blessed by Father Peter, please contact the Church office to schedule a visit.
“Pasta for a Purpose” Luncheon Fundraiser:
Immediately following Liturgy, our St. Paraskevi Philoptochos will be hosting this fundraiser and all proceeds will help assist with the medical expenses of our parishioner, Steven Bauer. Steven suffered a brain clot and underwent brain surgery. He is now undergoing therapy to aid in his recovery. If you are not available to attend, please consider making a donation payable to the St. Paraskevi Philoptochos (with a notation in the check memo that the funds are for Steven Bauer). There is no charge for the luncheon, we are instead asking for a free-will donation. Steven has been active with philanthropy work with various local charities in the Clifton community and surrounding area. So, let us as a Philoptochos and St. George Community all work together to give back to Steven during his time of need. Additionally, we ask that our St. George parishioners wear RED in observance of the National “Go Red” initiative held each February for heart health awareness.
****Beginning on Tuesday, February 18th at 6:30PM and then once every month, Fr. Peter will be doing a healing service 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 they wish to be there.
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:
February 13 & 20 and 27
This is a class based on the fundamentals of the Orthodox Church and will also include Bible Fellowship and Discussion as well. This week’s topic will be Fasting and Confession. 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.
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. We would like to thank the Hariton & Marcopulos families for sponsoring February 14th in memory of Kalomera & John Hariton and Jerry Cammarata for sponsoring February 16th in memory of Debbie Cammarata. 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 to the following for their generous donations:
Mr. Evan Zaros, Ms. Dina Papadakos, The Orthodox Life Institute, Mrs. Linda Chelius, Mr. & Mrs. Nick & Lisa Marcopulos, Dr. Peter Salierno, Mrs. Morfia Sokolic, Mr. Evan Zaros, Mr. & Mrs. Emanuel & Maria Karras, Mr. & Mrs. Ross & Antionette Halkias, Mr. & Mrs. Sam & Maria Arvanites, Mrs. Helen Therianos, Mrs. Diana Pitsikoulis, Mr. & Mrs. Bill & Stella Kopellas.
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.
Saturday of Souls:
This year Saturday of Souls is on February 22nd & 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.
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.