ST. GEORGE GREEK ORTHODOX CHURCH
Rev. Fr. Richard Demetrius Andrews, Presbyter
1111 Summit Avenue, St. Paul, MN 55105, (651) 222-6220, www.stgeorgegoc.org
March 24, 2019 SUNDAY of ST. GREGORY PALAMAS
TODAY’S EVENTS: Greek Independence celebration 12pm; Pan-Orthodox Annunciation Vespers here at St. George 4pm.
Epistle Reader: Stephen Kanavati Prosfora: anonymous
Fellowship: AHEPA Independence Celebration Greeters: Andrea Walkush, Diane Anastos
Monday 03-25 ORTHROS (8:00am) &LITURGY- ANNUNCIATION 9:00AM
COMPLINE SERVICE 6:00PM
Catechism Class “Sacraments III- Marriage & Monasticism” with Fr. Proctor 7:00PM
Youth Ministry Planning meeting 7:00PM
Tuesday 03-26 Choir practice 6:30PM
Wednesday 03-27 Bible Study 1:30PM
NINTH HOUR (5:30PM) & PRESANCTIFIED LITURGY 6:00PM
Lenten Meal & Lecture: “Siena Italy- Cathedral & Baptistery” with Fr. Rick 7:30PM
Friday 03-29 AKATHISTOS – SALUTATIONS 6:00PM
Lenten Meal & Lecture – “Cappadocian Fathers/Doctors” with Fr. Morbey 7:30PM
Saturday 03-30 Divine Liturgy in Eau Claire, WI 9:30AM
Sunday 03-31 ORTHROS (8:15am) &LITURGY- SUNDAY of HOLY CROSS 9:30AM
PAN-ORTHODOXLENTEN VESPERS at St Mary Romanian in St. Paul 4:00PM
Welcome! to Fr. Moses Berry, our Lenten retreat speaker. Fr. Moses serves Theotokos Unexpected Joy Orthodox Church (OCA) in Ash Grove, Missouri. Fr. Moses is the homilist at Vespers this evening.
Greek Independence will be celebrated today immediately following liturgy. The St. George Greek School will have a short program and the Greek Dancers of Minnesota will perform. AHEPA will serve lunch. $15 for adults; $10 for kids 12 and under. Proceeds will benefit the St. George Gekas Scholarship Fund.
Memory Eternal: Chris Georgantones fell asleep in the Lord on March 12; funeral was March 18. Sympathies and condolences to wife Mary, children: Stephanie, Peter and Jimmy, and grandchildren.
Think About It: The 40 day fast is to be observed as a memorial to our Lord’s way of life and His teachings. Didache of the Apostles (1st cent.)
Good Cooks Wanted: throughout the year, we have community meals. We need volunteer cooks to help with these important events. Please contact George Mastrogiiorgis (firstname.lastname@example.org) to volunteer. Don’t worry, we have resources and help to organize, serve and clean-up. This is a great way to serve and share your culinary talents. Next event is Pascha Lamb dinner on late evening / early morning of April 27-28.
Community Blood Drive: Lexington-Hamline Community Council will sponsor a Blood Drive in the social hall on Tuesday, April 9 from 1-7pm. Please consider donating blood or volunteering to help with the event. For more information, call LexHam at 651.645.3207 or visit giveblood. A representative from LexHam Council will be available after liturgy today to answer questions or assist with signing up.
Pan-Orthodox Sunday Lenten Vespers- All services begin at 4pm followed by a Lenten meal at 5pm. March 31st Fr. Thaddeus Wojcik at St. Mary Romanian, Fr. Richard Andrews at Holy Trinity OCA, April 14th Fr. Jonathan Proctor St. George Antiochian, April 21st Fr. Jason Houck at St. Herman OCA. Let us come together to worship God and support each other in the Journey to Pascha!
Loaves and Fishes- We will be serving our second meal of 2019 on Monday, April 1. Volunteers are always needed starting at 4:30pm, we serve from 5-6pm and clean up is usually done by 7pm. Location is St. Matthews, 490 Hall Avenue in West Saint Paul. Please join us in helping feed the hungry.
Wisdom from the Fathers: If a person only turns to God in prayer when misfortunes beyond his power happen, and only then does he begin to hope in God, such a hope is vain and false. St. Seraphim of Sarov (+1883)
Lenten Lectures- Wednesday theme is Christian Italy in which Fr. Rick shares images, memories and history from his recent trip including Venice, Florence, Sienna, Pisa & Rome. Friday’s theme is Patrology and Patristics: Church Fathers in Orthodoxy including The Cappadocians of the 4th cent (March 29th Fr. Andrew Morbey), Greek Fathers (April 6th Fr. George Dokos) and the Syriac/Desert Fathers (April 13th Fr. Paul Wesche). Each preceded by Presanctified Liturgy & Lenten meal.
Church Fathers Speak: Silence the man who utters slander. Otherwise you sin twice over: first, you accustom yourself to this deadly passion and, second you fail to prevent him from gossiping against his neighbor. St. Maximos the Confessor (+662)
Strategic Planning Mission Statement is intended to describe why an organization exists and its purpose for being. The Strategic Planning Ministry compiled individual and organizational Word-Exercise responses to draft a mission statement. "St. George Greek Orthodox Church is a Christ-centered community that inspires faith, worship, spiritual growth, benevolence and outreach." Please give us your feedback with positive and constructive critical comments. Thank you! https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/6S5CDSQ
Exterior Restoration- Brick, block and tuckpointing have been completed. Cost of project is $118,647. We have raised over $86,305 from our parishioners and friends. Please join us in this important work. Thank you!
Patristic Wisdom: On three pillars faith stands firm, devotion remains constant and virtue endures. They are prayer, fasting and mercy (almsgiving). Prayer knocks on the door, fasting obtains and mercy receives. Prayer, fasting and mercy: these three are one and they give life to one another. Bishop Peter Chrysologos of Ravenna (+450)
Stewardship 2019: Theme is “All things are possible to the one who believes in Christ” (Mark 9:23). 87 pledges have been received averaging $1,776, total $154,535. Three things to do: 1) pray for God’s inspiration and guidance, 2) plan-budget stewardship first, 3) give generously and sacrificially, at least three percent (3%) of gross yearly income. We thank you for supporting the ministries of our parish!
St. Mary’s Summer Camp 2019: will be held at Camp Wapogasset in Amery, WI from Saturday June 29 to Friday July 6. Registration opens Tuesday April 16 at 10am. Early Bird Discount: 4/16 through 5/3: $445. Standard Fee: 5/4 through 5/23: $495. Registration closes Thursday May 23 at 4:30pm. For more info visit https://stmaryscamp.com/summer-camp/
Choir Practices: on the third Sunday of each month after Divine Liturgy. Also, in preparation for Lent and holy Week: March 26th, April 2nd, April 9th – 6:30 pm, April 15th 7:00pm.
Youth Ministry Updates: youth & family events scheduled for April 20 & 26, and May 11. Next organizational planning meetings will be Monday March 25th at 7pm, and Wednesday May 15th.
Welcome Visitors Thank you for joining with us in prayer and fellowship. The worship of the Orthodox Church is deeply rooted in and very similar to that of the early Christian Church. Unique sensory stimuli and mystery are elements that go back even to the liturgy of the Jewish temple. Everything in an Orthodox Christian church communicates the majestic presence of God the Holy Trinity with His Saints. It is literally heaven on earth. It is a sad consequence of the divisions in Christianity that we cannot extend a general invitation to receive Holy Communion. Visitors are invited to receive the blessed bread (antithoron) at the conclusion of the liturgy. We pray and work for the reconciliation and unity of all Christians. If you are interested in learning more about Orthodoxy, please contact Fr. Rick at email@example.com. We are proud of our Greek heritage, but one does not have to be of Greek descent, nor speak Greek to be a Greek Orthodox Christian.
Note to Orthodox about Holy Communion: Receiving the Body and Blood of Christ is one of the most Holy experiences for a Christian in order to be granted the forgiveness of sins and everlasting life. We are never worthy to partake of Divine Nature. Yet, it is essential that we prepare ourselves for this sacred Communion by constant prayer, reading the Scriptures, regular fasting and periodic Confession. At a minimum, we should fast all morning before Communion, arrive at the beginning of Liturgy, and come for Confession at least once a year. In addition, we should not have separated ourselves from the Church through serious sin. Otherwise, please refrain from Communion to avoid “judgment…not discerning the Lord’s body” (1Cor. 11:29). Contact Fr. Rick for pastoral guidance.
Glad Tidings deadline: The 10th of each month. Glad Tidings email: firstname.lastname@example.org Sunday Bulletin Deadline: Wednesday Noon each week. Email: email@example.com