Sunday Bulletin - St. George Greek Orthodox Church
Publish Date: 2021-06-13
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Sunday Bulletin - St. George Greek Orthodox Church

General Information

  • Phone:
  • (651) 222-6220
  • Street Address:

  • 1111 Summit Ave

  • St. Paul, MN 55105

Contact Information

Services Schedule


We hope that you will make this your spiritual home. Connect with us on our website, Facebook page, YouTube, or sign-up for our email list at

Worship Sunday Orthros 8:30 am & Divine Liturgy 9:30 am

Confession (by appointment)

Weekday Services (


Fellowship Hour Sunday following Divine Liturgy

Office Hours Tuesday - Friday 9:00 am - 2:00 pm

Our Mission St. George Greek Orthodox Church is a Christ-centered community that: inspires faith and worship, cultivates spiritual growth and fellowship, and encourages benevolence and outreach.

Our Vision Ascending together to the fullness of Life.

Past Bulletins


  • Upcoming Events

    June 13 to June 21, 2021

    Sunday, June 13

    Fathers of the 1st Council

    8:30AM ORTHROS


    Tuesday, June 15



    Wednesday, June 16


    1:30PM Daytime Bible Study

    Friday, June 18


    Saturday, June 19


    The Saturday of Souls

    8:30AM Orthros

    9:30AM Divine Liturgy

    10:30AM Memorial

    Sunday, June 20

    Holy Pentecost

    8:30AM ORTHROS



    11:00AM Parish Assembly

    4:00PM Pan-Orthodox Kneeling Vespers of Pentecost

    5:00PM 5K Check-in/Registration

    5:30PM Minneapolis Missions 5K starts

    6:45PM Dinner & OCMC Presentation by Dan Christopulos

    Monday, June 21

    Monday of the Holy Spirit


Hymns of the Day

Resurrectional Apolytikion in the Plagal 2nd Tone

The angelic powers appeared at your tomb, the soldiers guarding it became as dead men, and Mary stood at your grave seeking, seeking your most pure body. But you made hell a captive; you were untouched by its might. You came to the virgin and granted life. O Lord, who rose from the dead, glory to you.

Apolytikion for Holy Ascension in the 4th Tone

You ascended in glory, O Christ our God, having gladdened your disciples by your promise of the Holy Spirit. And your blessing confirmed their belief that you are indeed God's Son, the Redeemer of the world. Unending glory be yours, O Christ our God, for making our holy fathers radiant lights to all the world. Through them you led us to the true faith. Compassionate Savior, glory to you.

Apolytikion for Fathers of the 1st Council in the Plagal 4th Tone

You are greatly glorified, O Christ our God, who established our Fathers as luminaries upon the earth, and through them led us all to the true Faith. O Most compassionate, glory to You.

Apolytikion for St. George in the 4th Tone

As the deliverer of captives, and the protector of the poor, a physician of the sick, the defender of kings, O Great Martyr Saint George Victorious; intercede to Christ our God, to save our souls.

Seasonal Kontakion in the Plagal 2nd Tone

When you had joined earth to heaven and fulfilled your plan of redemption, you ascended in glory, O Christ our God, while remaining in our midst. For you assured us who love you that no one can prevail against us since you yourself are with us.

Gospel and Epistle Readings

Epistle Reading

Fathers of the 1st Council
The Reading is from Acts of the Apostles 20:16-18, 28-36

IN THOSE DAYS, Paul had decided to sail past Ephesos, so that he might not have to spend time in Asia; for he was hastening to be at Jerusalem, if possible, on the day of Pentecost. And from Miletos he sent to Ephesos and called to him the elders of the church. And when they came to him, he said to them: "Take heed to yourselves and to all the flock, in which the Holy Spirit has made you overseers, to care for the church of God which he obtained with the blood of his own Son. I know that after my departure fierce wolves will come in among you, not sparing the flock; and from among your own selves will arise men speaking perverse things, to draw away the disciples after them. Therefore be alert, remembering that for three years I did not cease night or day to admonish every one with tears. And now I commend you to God and to the word of his grace, which is able to build you up and to give you the inheritance among all those who are sanctified. I coveted no one's silver or gold or apparel. You yourselves know that these hands ministered to my necessities, and to those who were with me. In all things I have shown you that by so toiling one must help the weak, remembering the words of the Lord Jesus, how he said, 'it is more blessed to give than to receive.' " And when he had spoken thus, he knelt down and prayed with them all.

Gospel Reading

Fathers of the 1st Council
The Reading is from John 17:1-13

At that time, Jesus lifted up his eyes to heaven and said, "Father, the hour has come; glorify your Son that the Son may glorify you, since you have given him power over all flesh, to give eternal life to all whom you have given him. And this is eternal life, that they know you the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom you have sent. I glorified you on earth, having accomplished the work which you gave me to do; and now, Father, you glorify me in your own presence with the glory which I had with you before the world was made.

"I have manifested your name to the men whom you gave me out of the world; yours they were, and you gave them to me, and they have kept your word. Now they know that everything that you have given me is from you; for I have given them the words which you gave me, and they have received them and know in truth that I came from you; and they have believed that you did send me. I am praying for them; I am not praying for the world but for those whom you have given me, for they are mine; all mine are yours, and yours are mine, and I am glorified in them. And now I am no more in the world, but they are in the world, and I am coming to you. Holy Father, keep them in your name, which you have given me, that they may be one, even as we are one. While I was with them, I kept them in your name, which you have given me; I have guarded them, and none of them is lost but the son of perdition, that the scripture might be fulfilled. But now I am coming to you; and these things I speak in the world, that they may have my joy fulfilled in themselves."



Greeters:  Yodahe Gamada & Aida Abebe

Fellowship Hour: Thank you to the Simon/Kato family for hosting this Sunday.

Saturday of the Souls

Don't forget to turn in names for those +who have fallen asleep for the Saturday of the Souls Memorial on Saturday, June 19 following Divine Liturgy. Name cards are available at the candle stand or you can submit names online in the section, "+Names for those have fallen asleep in the Lord," at Also, please bring kollyva (boiled wheat). May our loved ones memories be eternal!

Parish Assembly June 20th

A Parish Assembly Meeting is scheduled for Sunday, June 20 immediately following Divine Liturgy, both in the fellowship hall and virtually. See agenda in Inserts section for Zoom link. To be discussed: Ministries Update, Sanctuary Lighting Project, Capital Projects.

Moving Volunteers Needed

Volunteers needed the last week of June to help move furniture to and from the Sunday school room. Please reach out to Dean Natto for more details- 612-501-8647. 

John Pitsavas Memorial Scholarship Essay Contest

Mission Statement: The John Pitsavas Memorial Scholarship is set up to provide the youth of St. George Greek Orthodox Church, St. Paul, Minnesota, assistance in their pursuit of education by providing them an opportunity to share and express their Orthodox Christian Faith through a written essay. In addition, the Scholarship is meant to motivate active participation in the youth programs and parish life. 

Rules Of Qualification: Grants are available only to youth affiliated with St. George, provided that they are attending church and participating in its activities. Eligibility applies to students who have graduated twelfth grade, or those attending a vocational school or an academic institution of higher education seeking to obtain a Bachelor’s degree or the equivalent. 

2021-22 Essay Topic: 

  • Some people say that “my life is mine to do as I please.” 
  • Jesus says in Mark 8:34-36 the following: “Whoever desires to come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross and follow Me. For whoever desires to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for My sake and the gospel’s will save it. For what will it profit a man if he gains the whole world, and loses his own soul? Or what will a man give in exchange for his soul?” 

Questions: What do these opposing statements mean to you as an Orthodox Christian? How do these statements apply to your life?

The deadline for submission is July 15, 2021. See Inserts section for application and guidelines.


Wisdom of the Fathers

For there is One God, and One Mediator between God and Man, the Man Christ Jesus. For He still pleads even now as Man for my salvation; ...
St. Gregory the Theologian
4th Theological Oration, 4th Century

... for He continues to wear the Body which He assumed, until He make me God by the power of His Incarnation; although He is no longer known after the flesh -- I mean, the passions of the flesh, the same, except sin, as ours.
St. Gregory the Theologian
4th Theological Oration, 4th Century



Archdiocese News

Family Matters Podcast: Balancing Work & Family


Fr Alex Goussetis speaks with Dr Vasilia Vamvakis on the challenges and opportunities of balancing the demands of family and career.

Webinar in Honor of the Feast Day of St. Augustine of Hippo Featuring Dr. John Fotopoulos


The St. Photios Greek Orthodox National Shrine, located in Saint Augustine, Florida is delighted to present its second annual webinar, a presentation by Dr. John Fotopoulos entitled “Let Us Exercise In the Field of Scripture: The Correspondence between Augustine and Jerome for Orthodox Biblical Scholarship,” on Tuesday, June 15, the Feast of Saint Augustine of Hippo, from 7:00 to 8:00 PM EST.

"Living and Leading According to What We Believe" (Parish Leadership Moment 1-1)


Leadership Moment on "Living and Leading According to What We Believe" from Episode 1 of the Parish Leadership Series featuring Fr. Theodore Dorrance, Director of Parish Health and Church Growth, Greek Orthodox Metropolis of Denver. About the Parish Leadership Series at HCHC A series of 1-hour presentations on various aspects of parish leadership.

How to Balance Faith and Career as a Christian


We often talk about faith and career in terms of balance. As if you can "have it all." In this talk, Steve offers a different way to confront this important life question. Because, as he learned from an Athonite monk and Wall Street attorney, faith and career isn't about balance. It's about putting first things first.

Metropolis of Chicago News

Update on the Burton Place Property and the New Metropolis Center


The Metropolis of Chicago released an update on the efforts to sell the Burton Place Property and secure a new Metropolis Center.

In Other News

5k Run for the Orthodox Christian Mission Center (OCMC)

Run (or walk) with Fr. Perry! We have a small group of St. George runners - come cheer us on! If you are a runner and would like to participate, please sign up at the link below.

Join OCMC on Sunday, June 20 at St. Mary’s GOC for Pan-Orthodox Vespers at 4 pm followed by laps around Bde Maka Ska (Lake Calhoun), dinner, and presentation. Register online at: ($25 donation). See flyer in the inserts section.

St. George Antiochian Middle Eastern Festival Bake Sale

This year's annual Saint George Middle Eastern Festival is scheduled as a one-day DRIVE THROUGH BAKE SALE JULY 17, 2021 at 1250 Oakdale Avenue; West St. Paul, MN 55118.  You may shop and pay online now at  We hope to resume the Festival in 2022. Please see flyer in Inserts section or refer to for updates. 

IOCC Serv-X-Treme!

Calling all rising high school seniors - IOCC is hosting their annual Serv-X-Treme! Conference this July, and this year there will be TWO conferences: July 17-23, 2021 and July 24-30, 2021 in Minneapolis, MN.

During each week-long conference, participants will have the opportunity to:

  • forge new friendships with their pan-Orthodox peers and advisors
  • put their understanding of Orthodox philanthropy and diakonia (service) into practice with hands-on service projects
  • acquire leadership skills that will benefit the Church as well as local, national, and global communities
  • gain a new understanding of how important giving of their time and talents is
  • learn about volunteer opportunities available through IOCC’s US disaster response programming 


  • High-school seniors as of fall 2021
  • Participants may apply or be nominated by their bishop


  • If nominated by a hierarch, the cost is $100 and IOCC will be covering airfare
  • If not nominated, the cost is $350 per participant (which covers housing, meals, workshops, transportation, and other activities for the week) as well as airfare/travel costs
  • Limited scholarships are available.

 For more information visit

Nickitas Camp Scholarship Fund

This fund has been integral in providing the opportunity for many of our St. George youth to attend Summer Camp. This year, the fund made it possible for 13 St. George youth to participate in camp!

Contributions to the fund are welcome to ensure that it will effectively support our youth for years to come! If you would like to contribute, please make checks payable to St. George GOC and note "Nickitas Camp Scholarship Fund" on the check. PayPal contributions ( are also welcome. Again, please note "Nickitas Camp Scholarship Fund" on the transaction.

Dance Practice Resumes

Time to dust off the dancing shoes! The Greek Dancers of Minnesota are resuming practice on Sundays from 7-8 pm at St. George GOC in the hall. New this year: a youth division will be coached by Marisa Mortari. New members welcome!  For more info, please contact Marisa or Angela Mortari at 651-730-1652. 

Sermons on YouTube Channel

Click the following link to view past sermons: Please share!

Support for those in Need

Please contact Fr. Perry or our Ladies Philoptochos if you or someone you know is in need (food, clothing, shelter, etc.). Our Ladies Philoptochos, Missions & Benevolence, Discretionary support, FOCUS MN, etc. are here to help.


Saints and Feasts

June 13

Fathers of the 1st Council

The heresiarch Arius was a Libyan by race and a protopresbyter of the Church of Alexandria. In 315, he began to blaspheme against the Son and Word of God, saying that He is not true God, consubstantial with the Father, but is rather a work and creation, alien to the essence and glory of the Father, and that there was a time when He was not. This frightful blasphemy shook the faithful of Alexandria. Alexander, his Archbishop, after trying in vain to correct him through admonitions, cut him off from communion and finally in a local council deposed him in the year 321. Yet neither did the blasphemer wish to be corrected, nor did he cease sowing the deadly tares of his heretical teachings; but writing to the bishops of other cities, Arius and his followers requested that his doctrine be examined, and if it were unsound, that the correct teaching be declared to him. By this means, his heresy became universally known and won many supporters, so that the whole Church was soon in an uproar.

Therefore, moved by divine zeal, the first Christian Sovereign, Saint Constantine the Great, the equal to the Apostles, summoned the renowned First Ecumenical Council in Nicaea, a city of Bithynia. It was there that the shepherds and teachers of the Church of Christ gathered from all regions in the year 325. All of them, with one mouth and one voice, declared that the Son and Word of God is one in essence with the Father, true God of true God, and they composed the holy Symbol of Faith up to the seventh article (since the remainder, beginning with "And in the Holy Spirit," was completed by the Second Ecumenical Council). Thus they anathematized the impious Arius of evil belief and those of like mind with him, and cut them off as rotten members from the whole body of the faithful.

Therefore, recognizing the divine Fathers as heralds of the Faith after the divine Apostles, the Church of Christ has appointed this present Sunday for their annual commemoration, in thanksgiving and unto the glory of God, unto their praise and honour, and unto the strengthening of the true Faith.

June 13

Aquilina the Martyr of Syria

This Martyr contested in Byblos of Syria during the reign of Diocletian, in 289. Because she taught other young maidens to turn from the idols to Christ, she was brought before the governor. Her ears were pierced with heated spits until blood ran from her nostrils; finally she was beheaded, at the age of ten or twelve.




Our 2021 Archdiocesan Stewardship theme comes from Paul's first epistle to the Corinthians, "…the greatest of these is love" (13:13). We are excited for 2021 and continuing the challenge of fulfilling our mission at St. George, especially through developing the gift of love.

2021 Stewardship Goal

$89,431 of $250,000 (through April)



100 Pledges Received
As of May 28, 100 families have pledged $153,154 for the 2021 stewardship year.

Please consider submitting a 2021 pledge card and becoming active in our 2021 program today! Pledge cards are available on the candle stand. Please contact the office to have one sent to you, or print one from a pdf by clicking here. Pledge cards can be filled out and emailed digitally to or mailed to the church office. We thank you for supporting the ministries of our parish!

Welcome Visitors!
Thank you for joining us in worship. Whether you are an Orthodox Christian or this is your first visit to an Orthodox Church, we are pleased to have you with us. Although Holy Communion is offered only to baptized and chrismated Orthodox Christians, all are invited to receive the Antidoron (blessed bread) at the end of the service. The Antidoron is reminiscent of the agape feast that followed worship in the early Church. One does not have to be of Greek descent, nor speak Greek, to be an Orthodox Christian and member of our parish. All people, of any background, are welcome to join the Orthodox Church. For those interested in learning more about the Christian Faith or becoming a member of our church, please contact Fr. Perry after services or at or (651) 222-6220. You may also sign our Guest Book with your preferred contact and we will follow up. Finally, we hope you will join us in our hall upstairs after service this morning for fellowship and refreshments.