ORTHROS BEGINS AT 8:30AM & THE DIVINE LITURGY BEGINS AT 9:30AM
Website Links: Visit the church's website at www.stgeorgeclifton.org for our online streaming links.
To find the prayers for each service and to follow along, visit the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America’s Digital Chant Stand at https://digitalchantstand.goarch.org.
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ST. GEORGE PARISH MISSION STATEMENT
To worship the Holy Trinity and practice Christianity the Orthodox way. To learn and be inspired by the Holy Scripture and the lives of the Saints. To grow in following the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ through the church ministries. To live with humility and love in our home, our church family and everywhere.
WE WELCOME EVERYONE TO OUR CHURCH COMMUNITY!
We are grateful that you have joined us for prayer and worship. Please join us after the Divine Services in our Fr. John & Presvytera Margaret Orfanakos Fellowship Hall for our hospitality hour sponsored by the Papadakos & Sokolic families in memory of their departed family members Alkinoos & Mario.
Monday, December 12th – St. Spyridon the Wonderworker.…………Orthros & Div. Lit. 8:30AM
Thursday, December 15th – St. Eleutherios the Holy Martyr.………Orthros & Div. Lit. 8:30AM
Memorial Services Today For:
Alkinoos Papadakos – 3 years
Mario Sokolic, Sr.– 26 years
May their memory be eternal.
The Artoclasia Service Today is offered by Mr. & Mrs. Mike Sakellakis in honor of the feast day of St. Anna and Mr. & Mrs. Mike Kambourakis in honor of the feast day of St. Patapios.
Special Events During Church Services:
Requests for Memorial Services, Artoclasias, 40-day baby blessings, Fanouropites, etc. are welcomed. We recommend that you please let the office know ahead of time so that we can include your special service in the Sunday bulletin.
Mark Your Calendar:
Sunday, December 11th ………….Parish Council Elections Daughters of Penelope Christmas Money Tree Raffle St. Paraskevi Philoptochos Sandwich Sunday
Tuesday, December 13th …………Daughters of Penelope Meeting – 7:00PM
Thursday, December 15th ………..St. George Senior Citizen Holiday Luncheon – 12:00PM
Sunday, December 18th…………..Sunday School Christmas Pageant Greek School Hosts Christmas Brunch St. Paraskevi Philoptochos Vasilopita Sale Pick-up
Tuesday, December 20th…………Metropolis of NJ Christmas Tree Lighting at 6:00PM
Dec. 23rd, Dec. 26th, Dec. 30th & Jan. 2nd ……………Church Office Closed
Sunday, January 8th ……………St. Paraskevi Philoptochos Community Cutting of Vasilopita. A luncheon will be provided to all present at no cost.
Saturday, January 21st ………Μetropolis Northern NJ Region Greek Letters Day Celebration at Ss Nicholas, Constantine & Helen in Roseland, NJ at 5PM
Parish Council Elections:
Will be held TODAY, Sunday, December 11, 2022 following Church services until 2:30pm. Only Stewards in good standing for the year 2022 are eligible to vote in the election.
‘Tis the Season for the Angel Tree:
Parishioners are invited to select an Angel from our Christmas Tree and purchase the item mentioned. This year we will be supporting two groups: Human Needs in Montclair will receive our wrapped gifts and our own Warm the Children will ship the unwrapped gifts internationally to several orphanages. Please tape the Angel tag to the outside of the wrapped box or on your unwrapped item and place your gift under the Christmas tree in the atrium. The deadline is Sunday, December 18. We thank all of you for your generosity during this joyous season!
This year, our Sunday School children will be creating IOCC Angel Ornaments. These ornaments will be offered for sale to the community for $5.00 each. All money raised will go directly to the IOCC (International Orthodox Christian Charities.) Please support this worthwhile project and help us teach our children to think of others. Thank you!
“Introducing the Orthodox Faith” Class with Fr. Peter:
Classes will meet on Wednesday nights for the next several weeks. The classes will be held mostly in person but occasional ZOOM classes will also take place. The topic is "Introducing the Orthodox Faith" and it is intended for all Orthodox who feel they could use a “faith refresher”. Also, this is a good class for those who are thinking of embracing our faith via the sacrament of Chrismation or adult Baptism.
You may have met Fr. Themi, now Bishop Themi, when he visited St. George during Easter 2011 as a missionary priest. His inspiring biography is now available for purchase! A portion of the proceeds will benefit the poor and needy in Sierra Leone, Africa. To make a purchase, please visit this website www.arkoudaglobalpress.com.
St. George Choirs:
"Sing praise to the Lord!" (Ps. 68:32) New members, all ages, welcome & needed!
- Youth Choir is welcome to sing with the adult choir Sunday mornings from 9:30 – 10:30am.
- Sunday, December 11th – Youth & Adult choirs combined rehearsal. 12:00pm in the choir loft. NO REHEARSALS ON Sunday, December 18th & 25th
Feast Day Flower and Icon 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 this special donation as a way to remember departed friends and relatives, as well as an expression of love for their family and loved ones. Donations are now being accepted for:
(24) 22 Christmas Poinsettia Plants - $25 each
Icon of the Nativity of our Lord - $200 – Donated by the Manis family in honor of their son Christos’ Name Day and in memory of their father & grandfather Christos Manis.
GOYA Christmas Caroling:
Our GOYA would like to bring you good tidings and visit your household to sing Christmas Carols on Saturday, December 17th. If you would like us to stop by your home or business, please contact Elaine Manoliadis (973) 865-9452 or email firstname.lastname@example.org by Sunday, December 11th. We Thank You in advance for your support and wish everyone a Merry Christmas.
St. Paraskevi Philoptochos News:
- Coat Drive: During the month of December, we will be collecting coats for the less fortunate. Clean, gently used coats & jackets of all sizes for adults & children are welcome. We will be donating to onewarmcoat.org. Donations will be accepted until December 31, 2022. Please place coats in the box labeled “Coat Drive”. For more information, please contact Presvytera Gigi at 973.650.9510 or Elaine Manoliadis at 973.865.9452.
- Vasilopita Sale: Baked by the Sisters of Agia Skepi and beautifully boxed. $25 each and the final date to order is Sunday, December 11th. Pick up is on Sunday, December 18th. Koulourakia, Kourabiedes and Melomakarona will also be sold on December 18th.
Northern NJ YAL New Year’s Bash:
Friday, January 6, 2023 from 7:30pm – 12:30am at the Liberty House in Jersey City, NJ. Admission is $95 and includes a buffet dinner. Cash bar and entertainment by DJ Alex Kouros. Go to nnjyalnewyearsbasg.eventbrite.com to purchase tickets.
Sunday School Food Collection:
Our Sunday School children are starting this year’s food collection and it will continue throughout the school year. Our goal is to work together to stock the empty shelves of the food pantry all year long! This initial collection will help provide healthy Thanksgiving dinner options for families in need. Please bring in non-perishable food items and leave them in the atrium in the food collection basket. It is so important to help our children think of others and we sincerely thank you for helping us make that happen. Your support is important to so many!
St. George Greek School News:
Pending interest, we intend to hold a Greek School class for 3-year-olds and a Regents/Ellinomatheia Conversation Class (which can earn High School and College language credits) for anyone 12 years old and older. In addition, we would like to establish a Greek Adult Conversation/Culture Course. Anyone interested, please send an email to email@example.com or contact the Church Office at 973-779-2626 as soon as possible so plans can be made accordingly. Don't miss the opportunity to either enhance your knowledge or learn more about this rich and beautiful language and culture! “If the violin is the most perfect musical instrument, the Greek language is the violin of the human thought.” Helen Keller
Sponsor A Day Program:
One way to help the church 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 suggested $250 donation. We would like to thank Militsa Phillips for sponsoring December 5th, the Feast Day of St. Sabba, in memory of her husband Peter and father of Patti Manis & Stella Kopellas. For more information about the program, speak to one of our Parish Council members, Ministry Leaders or call the church.
Please consider sponsoring these feast days:
- December 12th – St. Spyridon the Wonderworker
- December 15th – St. Eleftherius the Holy Martyr
- December 22nd – St. Anastasia the Great Martyr
- December 24th – St. Eugenia the Righteous, Eve of the Nativity of Christ