Angie Kontenakos, William Clemons
Thank you to Sophronis Mantoles for hosting this Sunday!
Greek School is back!
The Greek School will resume this Sunday, February 19, 2023 through our Independence Celebration on March 26, 2023. Participants will engage with Greek culture through games, song, language, and dance. Youth who choose to, will have the opportunity to learn a poem for Greek Independence Day. Youth and adult volunteers will meet downstairs at 11:45 am on Sundays and conclude at 1:00 pm. Please contact Joanna Tzenis at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.
Please join us next Sunday, February 26, 2023 for the annual Cheesefare Luncheon. All proceeds from the free-will offering lunch will go to the Orthodox Christian Mission Center’s Support-A-Mission-Priest (SAMP) program. Currently, our Philoptochos Chapter supports 2 mission priests, please help us support these priests as they strive to share the Gospel of Christ in their communities. Thank you for your generosity!
Saturday of the Souls update
Fr. Perry will be away for the commemoration of the Saturday of the Souls on Saturday, February 18. However, we will have a memorial for our loved ones prior to our parish Lenten Retreat on Saturday, March 04 at 9:15 am. Please submit the first names of your loved ones who have departed this life on the form in the inserts section. We will need kollyva (memorial wheat) for the service. Please let Fr. Perry know if you can make a small tray. All who participate are welcome to offer kollyva for the service. May their memory be eternal!
Basketball Tournament 2023
Congratulations to all of our GOYA Basketball Players and Coaches for representing our Parish at the 2023 Family Basketball Tournament. Our JOY team, GOYA Girls and YAL Women WON the championships! The Men's team put in a great effort! Way to go St. George! Presentation of trophies to the church coming soon. Please share your photos on the following link: https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1USfdNcYuIwA-j_QYGDf-eZ4BNjgJ7T4p.
Intro to Orthodox Christianity Catechism Course - Winter 2023
Join us for our MEOCCA catechism course, Intro to Orthodox Christianity, beginning on Monday, January 23, from 7-9 pm. Catechism is for people interested in learning more about Orthodox Christianity, inquirers, catechumens, and current Orthodox Christians as well! A great way to deepen our knowledge of the Orthodox Christian Faith. Classes will be held on Monday evenings in person (1111 Summit Ave. St. Paul, MN 55105) or online via Zoom (the link will be emailed before classes begin). Register online at https://forms.gle/sVcXqVVenSgfVySa8. Learn more at www.meocca.org. Email Fr. Perry at email@example.com with questions.
2023 Winter Icon Classes from Korluka Studios
Session 2 “Protection of the Theotokos” at St. George Greek Orthodox Church on Summit Avenue in St. Paul (including zoom) held on Tuesdays February 21, 28, and March 7 from 6:00 - 9:00 pm. The tuition is $265.00 including paints brushes, a gessoed panel, and supplies.
Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com for registration. Materials are available at Wet Paint. More information to follow!
This session will focus on the icon of the Mother of God.
Calling Mental Health Providers
Mark your calendars for our next gathering of Eastern Orthodox mental health providers in the Twin Cities Metro in this MEOCCA-sponsored event at Holy Trinity Orthodox Church (956 Forest St. N, St. Paul, MN 55106) in Archangel Michael Hall (across the street from the parish) from 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm on February 21st! If you provide direct client care as an LMFT, LPCC, LADC, LP, Psychiatrist, Certified Grief Counselor, or LICSW (or are in a licensure-track for one of these fields), this group is for you. We meet to provide consultation and fellowship within the group, as well as mental health trainings for outside of the group within the Eastern Orthodox community. If you are unsure if you qualify to attend, please direct questions to Natasha Keller at firstname.lastname@example.org. RSVPs welcome, but not required to email@example.com.
The Metropolis of Chicago Book Club
Our Holy Metropolis of Chicago continues to seek ways to connect congregations across the parishes and the miles, and to that end, is introducing an Engaging with Faith series. The first event in this series is a two-part discussion of the book 'For the Life of the World: Towards a Social Ethos of the Orthodox Church', led by our brother clergy Dn. Perry Hamalis (who was on the committee that authored this book). Please see the attached flyer (in the Inserts section) for details, including dates, and ways to download or purchase the book. This will be a Zoom-only event, on February 22 and March 16, from 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm CT.
Our St. Gregory Palamas Lenten Retreat is back! Join us on Saturday, March 04
for a one-day retreat exploring the theology, history, and technique of icon painting. We will also learn more about our newly installed mural icons from Fr. Anthony Salzman, iconographer. See the flyer to learn more about our guest speaker and more about the retreat. Schedule: Orthros/Memorial 8:30 am
, Refreshments 9:30 am
, Retreat (including lunch) 10:00 am
, Vespers 3:00 pm
. To attend, please RSVP to Antigoni at firstname.lastname@example.org
. Please consider bringing a dish to pass at the potluck lunch (note in your RSVP if you can bring a dish).
Fanari Summer Camp Registration
The Fanari Summer Camp registration will open on March 6, 2023 at noon! Price is $800/camper. Please find more information here: https://www.fanari.camp/summer-camp.
2023 Lighthouse Camp dates: Saturday, June 24, 2023 – Saturday, July 1, 2023. The registration for the Orthodox Camp for High School Seniors will open on March 6, 2023 at noon! Please find more information here: https://chicago.goarch.org/lighthouse/.
Fanari Lenten Retreat
Fanari Camp is excited to continue our Metropolis-wide Fanari Lenten Retreat. The retreat will be a day in the life of camp, and will include: Worship, Orthodox Life, games, Song Night, and much more! This retreat is regional, and will have eight satellite locations throughout the Metropolis. All 5th-12th graders are invited to join us! Saturday, April 1, 2023, 2:00 pm - 8:00 pm, cost:$30. You can find more information here https://chicago.goarch.org/event/2023-fanari-lenten-retreat/ and/or register here https://chicago.goarch.org/fanari-lenten-retreat/.
Orthodox Game League
All adults (age 18yr+) are welcome to enjoy time with each other and play games on Saturday, May 13, 2023 at 7:00 pm at St. Mary's OCA Church (1701 Fifth St. NE, Minneapolis, MN 55413). Want to learn a new game? Want to play a classic? Want to teach a game? Then this is for you! Bring a munchie or dessert to share! Questions? Contact Nikki Beauchamp 612.910.2943
Pilgrimage of Discovery, applications are now open!
The Pilgrimage of Discovery is a 7-day, all-expense paid, religious and cultural trip to Constantinople from July 31, 2023, to August 7, 2023, for young adults of the Metropolis of Chicago. The mission of the Pilgrimage of Discovery is to reconnect Greek Orthodox Young Adults from the Metropolis of Chicago with their religious and cultural roots. You can find more information and apply here: https://chicago.goarch.org/pilgrimage-of-discovery/.