Sunday Bulletin - St. George Greek Orthodox Church
Publish Date: 2021-11-28
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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

    November 15 to December 6, 2021

    Monday, November 15


    Sunday, November 28

    13th Sunday of Luke

    8:30AM ORTHROS


    Tuesday, November 30


    8:00AM ORTHROS


    7:00PM Catechism - The Goal: Second Coming & Living the Christian Life

    Wednesday, December 1


    1:30PM Online Daytime Bible Study (via Zoom only)

    Saturday, December 4


    9:30AM Divine Liturgy in Eau Claire, WI

    11:00AM Philoptochos Advent Luncheon

    6:00PM Youth & Family - Makers Mall

    Sunday, December 5


    10th Sunday of Luke

    8:30AM ORTHROS


    10:30AM Sunday School

    Monday, December 6



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 Stephen the New in the 4th Tone

Trained on the mountain in ascetical labours, with the whole armour of the Cross thou didst vanquish the spiritual arrays of unseen enemies; and when thou hadst stripped thyself with great courage for contest, thou didst slay Copronymus with the sword of the true Faith. For both these things hast thou been crowned by God, O righteous Martyr, blest Stephen of great renown.

Seasonal Kontakion in the 3rd Tone

On this day the Virgin cometh to the cave to give birth to * God the Word ineffably, * Who was before all the ages. * Dance for joy, O earth, on hearing * the gladsome tidings; * with the Angels and the shepherds now glorify Him * Who is willing to be gazed on * as a young Child Who * before the ages is God.

Gospel and Epistle Readings

Epistle Reading

13th Sunday of Luke
The Reading is from St. Paul's Letter to the Ephesians 2:4-10

Brethren, God who is rich in mercy, out of the great love with which he loved us, even when we were dead through our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved), and raised us up with him, and made us sit with him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, that in the coming ages he might show the immeasurable riches of his grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus. For by grace you have been saved through faith; and this is not your own doing, it is the gift of God: not because of works, lest any man should boast. For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.

Gospel Reading

13th Sunday of Luke
The Reading is from Luke 18:18-27

At that time, a ruler came to Jesus and asked him, "Good Teacher, what shall I do to inherit eternal life?" And Jesus said to him, "Why do you call me good? No one is good but God alone. You know the commandments: 'Do not commit adultery, Do not kill, Do not steal, Do not bear false witness, Honor your father and mother.' " And he said, "All these I have observed from my youth." And when Jesus heard it, he said to him, "One thing you still lack. Sell all that you have and distribute it to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, follow me." But when he heard this he became sad, for he was very rich. Jesus looking at him said, "How hard it is for those who have riches to enter the kingdom of God! For it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God." Those who heard it said, "Then who can be saved?" But he said, "What is impossible with men is possible with God."



Greeters: Yodahe Gamada & Bill Clemons

Fellowship Hour: Thank you to Stella & Peter Hofrenning for hosting this Sunday 

Youth and Family Maker’s Mall Night

Join us on Saturday, December 4 at 6:00 pm for our annual Maker’s Mall Night! Please contact Anastasia Mastrogiorgis with questions. Don’t forget your creativity! We will learn about St. Nicholas and create some crafts for Christmas.

Advent Luncheon December 4

Please join us on Saturday, December 4th for our annual Advent Luncheon. This year we are gathering at The Lowell Inn Stillwater Historic Hotel, in the Garden Room. All our welcome! Tickets are $30.  For more information and for tickets please contact Lisa Jordan at 651-470-6705 or by email at

Loaves & Fishes December 6

Please join us for Loaves & Fishes at St. Matthew’s Catholic Church on Monday, December 6, starting at 4:30pm. Signup Genius coming soon.

Philoptochos Gift Collection

Be a Christmas Blessing! FOCUS MN (our local Orthodox mission to the poor and homeless) is in need of new underwear and socks to distribute from its Rice Street location. All sizes welcomed. Especially needed in men’s sizes. Small bottles of laundry detergent also needed. If you are able to purchase items, please bring to church. Philoptochos will have a collection box in the narthex where you may place your gifts. Thanks to all of you in advance for your kindness to help meet these needs.

Greetings from Hazel Leaskas


Hazel sends her greetings to our St. George family!

NEW: 50+ Get-Togethers

(formerly Young-at-Heart)

Goal:  Interactive socializing, fellowship, usually with an outing
Plan:  Events once every 2 months, come when you can, no cost for membership
Stay tuned:  Get-togethers will be announced.
Co-Chairs: Joanne Halatsis and Krisandrea Ballas-Rylander

Christmas Flower Donations

We welcome your donations for Christmas floral decorations in memory of a loved one(s). Please complete the form in the bulletin or the recent Glad Tidings and submit it by Sunday, December 19. 

Office Closures

The office will be closed on the following days: December 16, December 24, January 5. Julie will return from vacation on Thursday, January 6. The annual Glad Tidings + wall calendar mailing will be delayed.

50+ Get-Together January 13

A small planning group has already met and decided that the first social/fellowship event will be at church at 11 am on Thursday, January 13. A catered meal will be covered by a donor for this event. By Jan 7, please let Joanne or Krisandrea know if you will attend. Joanne Halatsis,, 651-778-2485; Krisandrea Ballas-Rylander,, 641-261-9009.

Save the Date - Western Region Basketball Tournament

 "Youth Basketball" - 2022 Feb 4-6 Basketball Tournament - St. George, St. Paul Team Creation

 Host: Our Sister Parish, St. Mary's, Minneapolis

 Contact: Dan Simon, or (612) 207-3405

  • Local Participants - Practices
    • When to start practices: Sunday after Church at 12pm but need a Start Date? 
      • Consider we rent a practice facility and will try for Ramsey Middle School again.
      • To make this practical, we would need to reach 10 weekly participants to begin.
  • Categories: Case by Case exceptions for youth younger than 7 and Adults that are not Young.
    • Joy: 7-12 years old - CoEd
    • Goya: 13-High School Sr.
    • YAL: Post High School to Boomer
  • Coaches: 
    • We need you, please volunteer, again! 
    • All School-age Coaches will need to complete the Archdiocese Training/Screening.

Parish Council

Thank you to those who have volunteered to serve on our Parish Council. We are close to filling all vacancies. We appreciate your support in this vital work!


Wisdom of the Fathers

Love of money is the worship of idols, a daughter of unbelief, an excuse for infirmities, a foreboder of old age, a harbinger of drought, a herald of hunger.
St. John Climacus
The Ladder of Divine Ascent, Step 16:2,7 and Step 17:1, 6th Century

He who has conquered this passion has cut out care; but he who is bound by it never attains to pure prayer.
St. John Climacus
The Ladder of Divine Ascent, Step 16:2,7 and Step 17:1, 6th Century


In Other News

Join us in January for an Iconography Class taught by Debra Korluka here at St. George!

See the flyer for more information!

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.

Tuition-Free Semester of Faith at Hellenic College

Click to watch a new video about the tuition-free Semester of Faith program of Hellenic College. Just as many college students take advantage of semester abroad programs to broaden their cultural horizons, Orthodox undergraduates can spend a semester on our campus broadening their spiritual as well as intellectual horizons. In this video, you will hear firsthand accounts of the Semester of Faith experience from students who came for a semester and, in some cases, found it so rewarding that they chose to stay on and complete their bachelor's degrees here.

Summer Camp 2022 – Staff Applications Are Due This Week! 

By God's grace, Summer Camp 2022 will be held July 2-8, 2022, at Camp Wapo and we are now accepting applications for Camp staff! Please prayerfully consider this amazing ministry! Summer Camp Staff Applications are due Tuesday, November 30, 2021. Questions? Please contact Doria at 612-825-9595 or

Apply at and follow 3 steps:

1. If new to this site please create a NEW account using a NEW Password. If returning please sign in with your username and password.  Please remember that the “forgot your password” link will send your password to the same email that you initially used. The retrieved password frequently ends up in spam or junk mail. If you still don’t receive your password within 30 minutes either Jon Klein or Doria Saros can reset it for you.

2. Create/Update a Profile.

3. Register for Summer Camp 2022.

Annual Metropolis Christmas Open House

This year's Christmas Open House that will be held at the Carlisle Banquets in Lombard, IL., on Sunday, December 12, 2021, from 3:00pm to 7:00pm.  Please see flyer in Inserts section.


Saints and Feasts

November 28

Irenarchos & his Companion Martyrs at Sebaste

Saint Irenarchos, who was from Sebastia, lived during the reign of Diocletian. In his youth he ministered to the holy Martyrs during the time of their punishment in prison. Once, on beholding seven women being tormented in behalf of Christ, and marvelling at their courage, and seeing how, although they were weak in body, they nonetheless became like men before the tyrant and put him to shame, the Saint was enlightened by divine grace and confessed Christ with boldness. Tried by fire and water, he was beheaded together with the holy women in the year 298.




Our 2021 Archdiocesan theme comes from Paul's first epistle to the Corinthians, "…the greatest of these is love" (13:13). May we continue to fulfill our mission at St. George, especially through developing the gift of love.

You can now submit your 2021 Pledge Form Online

Click here to submit your 2021 Stewardship Pledge Form.

2021 Stewardship Goal

$198,704 of $250,000 (through October)

Pledges Received

As of October 29, 109 families have pledged $157,374 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.