Sunday Bulletin - St. George Greek Orthodox Church
Publish Date: 2021-09-12
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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

    September 12 to September 20, 2021

    Sunday, September 12

    Sunday before Holy Cross

    8:30AM ORTHROS


    10:30AM Sunday School Classes Begin - Blessing for the New School Year

    11:30AM Philoptochos Meeting

    Tuesday, September 14


    8:00AM ORTHROS

    9:00AM LITURGY

    7:00PM Catechism - Introduction

    Wednesday, September 15


    1:30PM Bible Study

    Thursday, September 16


    Friday, September 17



    Sunday, September 19

    Sunday after Holy Cross

    8:30AM ORTHROS


    10:30AM Procession of the Cross

    10:30AM Sunday School

    11:30AM Church Picnic

    Monday, September 20



Hymns of the Day

Resurrectional Apolytikion in the 3rd Tone

Let the heavens rejoice and the earth be glad, for the Lord has shown the mighty power of his arm. He has trampled down death by death, becoming the first born of the dead. He has delivered us from the depths of hell and has granted to all the world his great mercy.

Apolytikion for Apodosis of Nativity of the Theotokos in the 4th Tone

Your birth, O Theotokos, has filled the world with joy, for there rose from you the Sun of Justice, Christ our God. He destroyed the ancient curse and replaces it with a blessing, thus confounding death by giving us eternal life.

Seasonal Kontakion in the 4th Tone

Your holy birth delivered Joachim and Anna from the reproach of childlessness, and liberated Adam and Eve from death's corruption, O Pure One. Thus freed from the stain of sin, we your people honor your birth, crying out to you: A woman thought barren brings forth the Theotokos who nourishes Christ our Life.

Gospel and Epistle Readings

Epistle Reading

Sunday before Holy Cross
The Reading is from St. Paul's Letter to the Galatians 6:11-18

Brethren, see with what large letters I am writing to you with my own hand. It is those who want to make a good showing in the flesh that would compel you to be circumcised, and only in order that they may not be persecuted for the cross of Christ. For even those who receive circumcision do not themselves keep the law, but they desire to have you circumcised that they may glory in your flesh. But far be it from me to glory except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, by which the world has been crucified to me, and I to the world. For neither circumcision counts for anything, nor uncircumcision, but a new creation. Peace and mercy be upon all who walk by this rule, upon the Israel of God. Henceforth let no man trouble me; for I bear on my body the marks of Jesus. The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with your spirit, brethren. Amen.

Gospel Reading

Sunday before Holy Cross
The Reading is from John 3:13-17

The Lord said, "No one has ascended into heaven but he who descended from heaven, the Son of man who is in heaven. And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, so must the Son of man be lifted up, that whoever believes in him may have eternal life.

"For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. For God sent the Son into the world, not to condemn the world, but that the world might be saved through him."



Greeters: Paul Werger & Dean Natto

Fellowship Hour: Thank you to the Hattling family for hosting this Sunday.

Memory Eternal

It is with a heavy heart, but with hope in the Resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ, that we share with you the passing of +Marina Emms on September 5, 2021. Marina is the daughter of Thomas and Laura (Manos) Emms and the granddaughter of Michael and Christina Manos. May the Lord grant her rest with the saints and may her memory be eternal!

"Visitation will take place from 4-7 PM on Tuesday, September 14 at Mueller-Bies Funeral Home (Roseville), 2130 N. Dale Street at County Road B. Visitation will also be held from 12-1 PM Wednesday, September 15 at the Roselawn Cemetery Chapel, 803 W. Larpenteur Ave, Roseville, with a celebration of Marina’s life beginning at 1 PM." Obituary:

Philoptochos Meeting Today

Our first Philoptochos meeting will be held today following Divine Liturgy in the board room. We welcome you to join us at our meeting to hear what we have planned for the upcoming year! New members are always welcome!!

Hellenic College Holy Cross 

Today, Philoptochos is passing a tray for the Hellenic College Holy Cross Scholarship Fund. The Exaltation of the Holy Cross commitment provides tuition scholarships to worthy and dedicated students, both men and women at Hellenic College and seminarians at Holy Cross to assist with tuition expenses. Thank you for your generosity!

Sunday School Begins Today

In-person classes will be held starting today, September 12.

Church Picnic

The annual Church picnic will be hosted by the Kontinakis-Negron/Youso families on Sunday, September 19th at Highland Park Shelter. Come for food, fun, and fellowship! (Highland Park Shelter - 1200 Montreal Ave, St. Paul 55116)


Apples Apple Orchard Picking - Free photo on Pixabay

Save the Date September 26 - Youth & Family Trip to Afton Apple Orchard!

  • Apple picking, Hayride, Petting farm, Playground

Sunday, September 26, immediately following Divine Liturgy. Please email to sign-up. Details to follow regarding cost!

Basil for the Elevation of the Holy Cross

Please let Fr. Perry or Julie know if you have any basil at home you would be willing to donate for the Cross-tray for the Elevation on September 14.

Vespers Cancelled

There will be NO vespers service on Monday, September 13 for the Elevation of the Holy Cross.

Bible Study

Bible Study continues Wednesday, September 15 at 1:30 pm with our study of Paul in his missionary journeys with Acts 16.1-20.38. We continue to meet via zoom for the time being. Everyone is invited to become a “bible buddy”!

Join Zoom Meeting: Meeting ID: 853 5326 3744; Passcode: 691127; or dial +1 312 626 6799.

Fall Family Camp 

Family Camp is Oct 8-10, 2021. We are currently looking for up to 11 staff members. If interested, please contact Doria Saros at 612-825-9595 or The Family Camp theme is: “And He Shall Come Again!"

Town Hall with Metropolitan Nathanael

Join in welcoming His Eminence to Minnesota for an in-person and live stream event at St. Mary’s GOC in Minneapolis on Saturday, October 2 from 1-3 pm. RSVP at

Message from Festival Committee

Please return any festival yard signs, aprons, hats, or any other festival equipment to the church as soon as possible so they can be inventoried and go to storage – Thanks!

Save the Date - Youth & Family Potluck!

Join us on Saturday, November 6 at the home of Misael & Lisa Jordan for an evening of fun and fellowship. Please call Lisa at (651) 470-6705 if you can bring a dish to pass.

2022 Ecclesiastical Wall Calendars

Please contact the office at or 651.222.6220 if you do NOT wish to have a wall calendar mailed to your home.


Wisdom of the Fathers

For since Nicodemus had said, "We know that Thou art a teacher come from God," on this very point He sets him right, all but saying, "Think Me not a teacher in such manner as were the many of the prophets who were of earth, for I have come from heaven (but) now. None of the prophets hath ascended up thither, but I dwell there."
St. John Chrysostom
Homily 27 on John 3, 4th Century

For not in heaven only is He, but everywhere, and He fills all things; but yet He speaks according to the infirmity of His hearer, desiring to lead him up little by little ... For after having spoken of the very great benefaction that had come to man by Baptism, He proceeds to mention another benefaction, which was the cause of this, and not inferior to it; namely, that by the Cross ...
St. John Chrysostom
Homily 27 on John 3, 4th Century


In Other News

Intro to Orthodox Christianity Course Begins this Week

Our MEOCCA sponsored, 12-week, Fall 2021 cooperative catechism course, Intro to Orthodox Christianity will begin on Tuesday, September 14, from 7-9 pm. The class is open to all; people interested in learning more about Orthodox Christianity, inquirers, catechumens, and current Orthodox Christians as well! The course is an excellent opportunity to deepen the knowledge of the Orthodox Christian Faith. Classes will be held on Tuesday evenings in-person and via Zoom. Register online at Feel free to join for an individual session as well!

LOCMP Gala September 19

The annual gala in support of the Lyn Olson Medical Crisis Program will be held on September 19, 2021 from 3-6:30pm at the Korluka Equestrian Farm in Stillwater, MN. Tickets are on sale at 

Twin Cities YAL Event September 25

On Saturday, September 25th, the Twin Cities Young Adult League will travel to Duluth and Gooseberry Falls. Please see this flyer for more information and to RSVP! 

FOCUS MN 2021 Fundraiser September 30

This in-person event will be held Thursday, September 30, 2021, 6-9 pm at St. Mary’s GOC in Minneapolis. All are invited to celebrate FOCUS’s work and reflect on the blessings of the past year. Small plates and refreshments; free-will offering – all are welcome!

Orthodox Young Adult Conference

The 5th annual Connect Conference for Orthodox young adults will be held in Dallas, Texas from October 8-10. For more information, visit, and please share with family and friends who may be interested!

2021 Family Camp Registration: October 8-10 is LIVE!

Thinking of Family Camp this year? We hope so! Registration is now open! Here are a few important facts to consider as you make your decision: 

  • Bishop Anthony is our speaker this year. A fun dynamic presenter, he will be speaking on the topic, "And He Shall Come Again". With all the crazy things going on in our world, it is a wonderful opportunity to think about the good news of Christ's second coming. We will have age-appropriate discussions for your kids, ages 4+, too! As a reminder, we do not have programming for little ones 3 and under.
  • We are thinking about your safety! We have made the decision to have a smaller Family Camp where we can spread out a bit more. True Friends (Camp Courage) has provided their Fall Safety Plan and can be viewed here. Some of our meals may be outside under tents if weather permits. We will of course, ask anyone who is not feeling well to stay home. If this happens, please contact ASAP. Doria or Jon will follow up with you.
  • Registration information can be found at, select Family CampIt will close on September 28 at 4:30 PM.  Because space is limited due to a smaller camp, register early! As in the past, we will only be accepting credit card payments. Refunds will be allowed through September 28 at 4:30 PM, less the 3.5% processing fee.
  • There are many informational documents on the website. Please check them out:  FAQSample SchedulePlay-by-Play weekend descriptionPacking ListDirections, etc. If you still have questions, feel free to contact us at
  • Family Camp is for all members of our Orthodox Family! You don't need to bring children to join us! We already have had some empty-nesters register!

September-October 2021 Glad Tidings

Watch your mailboxes for the latest issue of Glad Tidings, which was mailed earlier this week. To read the digital version:

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

September 12

Sunday before Holy Cross

September 12

Apodosis of the Nativity of Our Most Holy Lady the Theotokos and Ever-Virgin Mary

September 12

Autonomos the Martyr

This saint was a bishop in Italy. Fleeing from the persecution of Diocletian in 298, he came to Bithynia, where he went from place to place converting many from the idols to the true God. Because of this, one day as he was celebrating the Divine Liturgy in the Church of the Archangels, they who worshipped wood and stones fell upon him and beat him to death with staves and stones.





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

$127,197 of $250,000 (through June)

Pledges Received

As of July 30, 107 families have pledged $157,174 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.