Angie Kontenakos, Richard Kanavati
Thank you to our Ladies of Philoptochos for hosting this Sunday!
Please join us today 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!
Get ready for delicious Spring baking! Our annual Spring Phyllo Dough sale starts today. Please stop by the Philoptochos Table in the Social Hall to order your Fresh Phyllo Dough. Orders will be available for pick up on Sunday, March 12th.
Saturday of the Souls Update
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!
Fr. Anthony Salzman in the Twin Cities
Fr. Anthony Salzman, of St. Philothea Greek Orthodox Church in Watkinsville/Athens, Georgia, will be:
- presenting on Friday night, March 7 after the 7:00 pm Akathist at St. George Antiochian Orthodox Church (1250 Oakdale Ave., W. St. Paul) on Friday, March 3rd,
- leading the annual St. Gregory Palamas retreat at St. George Greek Orthodox Church (1111 Summit Ave., St. Paul) on Saturday, March 4,
- concelebrating and speaking at St. Mary Greek Orthodox Church (3450 Irving Ave S, Minneapolis) on Sunday, March 5, and
- presenting the homily/keynote during Sunday Lenten Vespers at St. Mary OCA Cathedral (1701 5th St NE, Minneapolis) at 5:00 pm on Sunday evening March 5.
Here is more detailed information about the Friday, March 3, events at St. George Antiochian (1250 Oakdale Ave., W. St. Paul) with Fr. Anthony:
• 7:00 pm Small Compline including the First Stasis of the Akathist Hymn to the Mother of God;
• 7:45 pm light refreshments in the parish hall;
• 8:00 pm Fr. Anthony's presentation, "Ask an Iconographer: the role and impact of icons in the Orthodox Christian life;"
• The evening will conclude about 9:00 pm.
St. Gregory Palamas Lenten Retreat at St. George
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).
Sunday of Orthodoxy
Sunday School teachers and parents, please note that we do not have Sunday School on March 05 & 19. However, please join us on both dates for the Youth Procession of Icons (remember to bring an icon from home) on March 05 and the Veneration of the Cross on March 19!
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 Tuesday February 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.
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.
The Saint George Annual Ski Trip is back!
Mark your calendars for Saturday, March 11 and get ready for skiing, snowboarding, and tubing at Trollhaugen Ski Area in Dresser, WI (2232 100th Ave, Dresser, WI 54009). We will arrive at 1:30 pm, and lift tickets are active at 2:00 pm. Tickets are valid until closing at 9:00 pm (The tubing session is from 3:00 pm-5:00 pm). We will meet at Trollhaugen at the arrival time, Parents/Guardians/Families are responsible for chaperoning their own youth at the event. Pricing is as follows: Lift Ticket = $24/person – Rental = $24/person – Tubing = $16/ person 2 hour session. Money can be submitted to the church office. Checks payable to St. George GOC, memo “ski trip”. If you plan on tubing, please register by March 1. All other RSVPs and payments must be sent by March 8. Please direct questions regarding: skiing/snowboarding age appropriateness and lessons to Wendy Loudas firstname.lastname@example.org (651-235-2646) All other questions can be directed to Niko Vasilopoulos email@example.com.
FOCUS MN meal
Sunday, March 12 will be our first St. George meal of 2023 at FocusMN. We will gather at 4:30 pm at Focus House- 550 Rice Street and be done by 7:15 pm. Please consider helping St. George provide this vital community meal for the underserved. Sign-up here: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0d49ada623a0fcc70-march2#/ or talk with any member of the Missions and Benevolence committee. Thank you for volunteering!
Lenten Pantry Drive
We will be collecting shelf stable food for all of Lent to support Focus MN. In addition to opening their pantry monthly, Focus delivers weekly to 23 individuals and families experiencing food insecurity. Please contribute shelf stable soups/stews, peanut butter and jelly, boxed cereal or individually packaged oatmeal in the drop-off box in the parking lot vestibule.
Spring Plant Sale
Ready to trade in your snow shovel for a garden spade? It's time to start thinking about spring flowers! Philoptochos is selling spring bedding plants, perennials, and hanging baskets from Gertens. Sales will take place through March 26, and plants will be ready for pickup at church on Monday, May 15. Philoptochos members will be in the Fellowship Hall after church to answer questions and assist with placing orders. Profits from this fundraiser will be used to enhance the charitable works of Philoptochos, so please include these reasonably-priced, high quality plants in your spring garden plans!
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 March 16, from 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm CT.
Greek School is back!
The Greek School will resume today, Sunday, February 26, 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.
Fanari Lenten Retreat at St. George GOC
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/.
Loaves and Fishes meal
Monday, April 3 from 4:30 pm to 6:30 pm at St. Matthews Church in West St. Paul, 510 Hall Avenue. St. George is in our third decade of commitment to this ministry, and new volunteers are always welcome! Look for the sign-up link in the next bulletin or talk with any member of the Missions and Benevolence committee.
Holy Friday Retreat
Join us on Holy Friday, April 14 from 11:00 am-3:00 pm for our annual Retreat! The service of the Royal Hours will begin at 9:00 am, and will be followed by a session, lunch, a craft, and preparation activities. We are looking for volunteer(s) to provide lunch, if you are able, please email email@example.com. RSVP by emailing Niko by April 1.
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
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/.
The Ionian Village Summer Camp Experience
Ionian Village offers two fun-filled sessions. Each session is identical in daily schedule and travel locations, so your camper may choose the session that best fits their summer plans and school schedule. Both sessions are open to campers who are currently 9th grade through those who will complete the 12th grade in the spring of 2023.
2023 Summer Camp
Session One: June 19 – July 8, 2023
Session Two: July 19 – August 7, 2023
The cost of registration is $6,000, which includes roundtrip airfare from New York to Athens. (We require a non-refundable $500 deposit in order to register for camp). https://www.ionianvillage.org/summer-camp
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/.