Sunday Bulletin - St. George Greek Orthodox Church
Publish Date: 2021-05-16
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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

    May 16 to May 23, 2021

    Sunday, May 16

    Sunday of the Myrrh-Bearing Women

    8:30AM ORTHROS


    10:30AM Sunday School Promotion & Graduation

    11:30AM Philoptochos Meeting

    5:00PM Pan-Orthodox Women's Tea

    Tuesday, May 18

    6:30PM Parish Council Meeting

    Wednesday, May 19


    1:30PM Daytime Bible Study

    Friday, May 21



    8:00AM ORTHROS


    Saturday, May 22

    9:30AM Divine Liturgy in Eau Claire, WI

    5:00PM Vespers

    Sunday, May 23

    Sunday of the Paralytic

    8:30AM ORTHROS



Gospel and Epistle Readings

Epistle Reading

Sunday of the Myrrh-Bearing Women
The Reading is from Acts of the Apostles 6:1-7

In those days, when the disciples were increasing in number, the Hellenists murmured against the Hebrews because their widows were neglected in the daily distribution. And the twelve summoned the body of the disciples and said, "it is not right that we should give up preaching the word of God to serve tables. Therefore, brethren, pick out from among you seven men of good repute, full of the Spirit and of wisdom, whom we may appoint to this duty. But we will devote ourselves to prayer and to the ministry of the word." And what they said pleased the whole multitude, and they chose Stephen, a man full of faith and of the Holy Spirit, and Philip, and Prochoros, and Nicanor, and Timon, and Parmenas, and Nicolaos, a proselyte of Antioch. These they set before the apostles, and they prayed and laid their hands upon them. And the word of God increased; and the number of the disciples multiplied greatly in Jerusalem, and a great many of the priests were obedient to the faith.

Gospel Reading

Sunday of the Myrrh-Bearing Women
The Reading is from Mark 15:43-47; 16:1-8

At that time, Joseph of Arimathea, a respected member of the council, who was also himself looking for the kingdom of God, took courage and went to Pilate, and asked for the body of Jesus. And Pilate wondered if he were already dead; and summoning the centurion, he asked him whether he was already dead. And when he learned from the centurion that he was dead, he granted the body to Joseph. And he bought a linen shroud, and taking him down, wrapped him in the linen shroud, and laid him in a tomb which had been hewn out of the rock; and he rolled a stone against the door of the tomb. Mary Magdalene and Mary the mother of Joses saw where he was laid.

And when the sabbath was past, Mary Magdalene, and Mary the mother of James, and Salome, bought spices, so that they might go and anoint him. And very early on the first day of the week they went to the tomb when the sun had risen. And they were saying to one another, "Who will roll away the stone for us from the door of the tomb?" And looking up, they saw that the stone was rolled back; for it was very large. And entering the tomb, they saw a young man sitting on the right side, dressed in a white robe; and they were amazed. And he said to them, "Do not be amazed; you seek Jesus of Nazareth, who was crucified. He has risen, he is not here; see the place where they laid him. But go, tell his disciples and Peter that he is going before you to Galilee; there you will see him, as he told you." And they went out and fled from the tomb; for trembling and astonishment had come upon them; and they said nothing to anyone, for they were afraid.



Christ is Risen! Χριστός Ανέστη!

Sign-up for Divine Liturgy May 16

Please sign up in advance by clicking for services on Sunday, May 16 at 8:30/9:30am. Thank you!

Memorial: Dimitrios Morellas (brother of Vassilios Morellas & brother-in-law of Venetia Laganis), 40 days

Greeters:  Jon Kennedy & Aida Abebe

Fellowship Hour: Thank you to Vassilios Morellas & Venetia Laganis for hosting this Sunday. 

Baptized & Chrismated in Christ!

Congratulations to Luke Gomez, who was baptized on May 1; the godparents are John & Lerah McCullough. Congratulations also to Paul & Elise Werger, who were chrismated on May 1; godparents are Steve & Minda Arsenault.

Congratulations Graduates!

Congratulations to our advancing Sunday School students and to all graduating High School and College seniors! A special insert will be published in the Sunday Bulletin on May 30.

Graduate in Your Family?

Please send us info (email about your high school and/or college graduate no later than Wednesday, May 26, so we can honor them in a special bulletin insert on May 30. Please provide school, diploma, special awards/achievements, and future plans.

Philoptochos Meeting

Philoptochos will meet after Liturgy on Sunday, May 16th.  The meeting will be hybrid, you can join us in person or through Zoom using the following link:

Philoptochos Mother's Day Honorees/Memorial

The following names did not appear in last week's insert, honoree: Ann Pathos, and memorials: Joanna Angelis, Frances Arvanitis, Georgia Ehrich, and Cecelia Johnson, may their memories be ever eternal. 

Daytime Bible Study

Daytime Bible Study continues on Wednesday, May 19 at 1:30 pm. We begin a study of the story of Joseph in Genesis 37, verses 1-36. Please join us by zoom by clicking the link that follows. This is a good starting place for new members. We would love to have you join us! Join Zoom Meeting: Meeting ID: 881 6168 2898; Passcode: 508956. Or dial +1 312 626 6799.

May-June Glad Tidings

Watch your mailboxes for the latest issue of Glad Tidings. To view, click

Sign-up for Divine Liturgy May 23

Please sign up in advance by clicking for services on Sunday, May 23 at 8:30/9:30am. Thank you!


Wisdom of the Fathers

They [the women] had followed Him ministering to Him, and were present even unto the time of the dangers. Wherefore also they saw all; how He cried, how He gave up the ghost, how the rocks were rent, and all the rest.
St. John Chrysostom
Homily 88 on Matthew 27, 4th Century

And these [the women] first see Jesus; and the sex that was most condemned, this first enjoys the sight of the blessings, this most shows its courage. And when the disciples had fled, these were present.
St. John Chrysostom
Homily 88 on Matthew 27, 4th Century


In Other News

Virtual Women’s Tea May 16 

This year’s Twin Cities Pan-Orthodox Women’s Tea will be held virtually on May 16 at 5:00 pm, with Fr. Perry and Presvytera Cassie presenting. To attend, please click the zoom link: ID: 812 2575 7159; Passcode: 745543; or call +1 312 626 6799. For questions, contact Minda Pearson Arsenault at

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

Run with Fr. Perry! If you are a runner and would like to participate, please contact Fr. Perry. We would like to get a small group to participate.

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: . See flyer in the inserts section.

Virtual Cooking Series

On June 20th, the Metropolis of Chicago Philoptochos Society will launch a virtual fundraiser on YouTube "Men in Black, Priests Who Cook." The series will feature 40 clergy members from all 6 states in the Metropolis, including Metropolitan Nathanael. The cost is $40; all proceeds will benefit the Metropolis of Chicago Philoptochos Philanthropy Fund. See flyer in inserts section or click this link to the fundraiser:

Photos Updated in Shutterfly 

Shutterfly has been updated with Holy Week photos. Take a look. 

Volunteer for the Greek Festival

Click here to sign up for our Greek Fest volunteer email list.

Sermons on YouTube Channel

Click the following link to view past sermons: 

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.

Volunteer Needed

Seeking a volunteer with a truck to help transport a donation next week. Please email


Archdiocese News

Marriage In and Beyond a Pandemic: Challenges and Opportunities


Why are marriage difficulties amplified right now? The simplest explanation? Couples are experiencing more relational strain as they navigate the challenges and stressors of Covid.

Dates Announced for Ionian Village IV Next Summer Program - A Few Spots Still Available


Under the guidance of the Holy Archdiocese, Ionian Village’s “IV Next” program will be offered July 25th - August 5th, 2021. The program will be for fully vaccinated young adults. Participants must be either ages 19-24, and/or students from the high school class of 2020 (even if only age 18). Anyone that does not meet that exact criteria, unfortunately, will not be permitted to register this summer. The price of IV Next for participants is $1,650.

Navy Chaplains Reunite for First Time Since Seminary


During the week of 09-16 April 2021 in Bahrain, an island nation in the Arabian Gulf, the small community of Orthodox Christians worshipping aboard Naval Support Activity Bahrain, was privileged to host Fr. David Hostetler (HCHC ’11). Fr. David’s visit was all the more blessed as it facilitated his reunion of classmate and fellow Navy Chaplain and GOA priest, Fr. Andrew Kearns (HCHC ’08, ’11).

Saints and Feasts

May 16

Sunday of the Myrrh-Bearing Women

About the beginning of His thirty-second year, when the Lord Jesus was going throughout Galilee, preaching and working miracles, many women who had received of His beneficence left their own homeland and from then on followed after Him. They ministered unto Him out of their own possessions, even until His crucifixion and entombment; and afterwards, neither losing faith in Him after His death, nor fearing the wrath of the Jewish rulers, they came to the sepulchre, bearing the myrrh-oils they had prepared to annoint His body. It is because of the myrrh-oils, that these God-loving women brought to the tomb of Jesus that they are called the Myrrh-bearers. Of those whose names are known are the following: first of all, the most holy Virgin Mary, who in Matthew 27:56 and Mark 15:40 is called "the mother of James and Joses" (these are the sons of Joseph by a previous marriage, and she was therefore their step-mother); Mary Magdalene (celebrated July 22); Mary, the wife of Clopas; Joanna, wife of Chouza, a steward of Herod Antipas; Salome, the mother of the sons of Zebedee, Mary and Martha, the sisters of Lazarus; and Susanna. As for the names of the rest of them, the evangelists have kept silence (Matt 27:55-56; 28:1-10. Mark 15:40-41. Luke 8:1-3; 23:55-24:11, 22-24. John 19:25; 20:11-18. Acts 1:14).

Together with them we celebrate also the secret disciples of the Saviour, Joseph and Nicodemus. Of these, Nicodemus was probably a Jerusalemite, a prominent leader among the Jews and of the order of the Pharisees, learned in the Law and instructed in the Holy Scriptures. He had believed in Christ when, at the beginning of our Saviour's preaching of salvation, he came to Him by night. Furthermore, he brought some one hundred pounds of myrrh-oils and an aromatic mixture of aloes and spices out of reverence and love for the divine Teacher (John 19:39). Joseph, who was from the city of Arimathea, was a wealthy and noble man, and one of the counsellors who were in Jerusalem. He went boldly unto Pilate and asked for the body of Jesus, and together with Nicodemus he gave Him burial. Since time did not permit the preparation of another tomb, he placed the Lord's body in his own tomb which was hewn out of rock, as the Evangelist says (Matt. 27:60).


Metropolis of Chicago News

Metropolis of Chicago Announces a New Parish Advancement Initiative


Inspired by the impact of the COVID-19 Parish Relief Fund established during the pandemic, the Metropolis of Chicago announced the establishment of a new parish advancement initiative – the Mustard Seed Fund – to help drive parish growth through evangelism, welcoming, and outreach.




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.

As of May 11, 97 families have pledged a total of $152,352.

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!

Stewardship Statements

Watch your mailboxes for first quarter stewardship and pledge statements, which will be mailed by the end of April. Unlike years past, if you have not pledged or contributed towards our 2021 program, you will not receive a statement. You’ll also notice a change in format. Thank you for your patience as we transition to our new bookkeeping solution.

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.




St. Mary's Summer Camp Is Back!

There is about a week left to sign up!
Families of St. George, please do not miss camp for financial reasons. Scholarships are available. Contact Fr. Perry ( We are also working on subsidizing our St. George campers. More info next week. Please register ASAP and contact Fr. Perry with financial/scholarship questions.

St. Mary's Summer Camp will be held this year July 3-10 at Camp Courage near Maple Lake, MN. Appropriate safety protocols will be in place to ensure a safe, fun, and enriching experience for our youth. Click the following link for all the Registration info, on our Camp web page: