Sunday Bulletin - St. George Greek Orthodox Church
Publish Date: 2023-02-26
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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 8:15 am & Divine Liturgy 9:30 am

Confession (by appointment)

Weekday Services (


Fellowship Hour Sunday following Divine Liturgy

Office Hours Tuesdays & Fridays 8:00 am - 3:00 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


  • Parish Calendar

    February 20 to March 5, 2023

    Monday, February 20

    +Cheesefare Week - Refrain from Meat this Week

    Sunday, February 26


    Forgiveness Sunday (Cheesefare)

    8:15AM ORTHROS


    10:30AM Sunday School

    11:15AM Philoptochos Cheesefare Luncheon (OCMC Fundraiser)

    11:45AM Greek School


    Monday, February 27


    +STRICT FAST - GREAT LENT (Through April 07)


    Tuesday, February 28

    6:00PM Iconography Class

    Wednesday, March 1

    1:30PM Online Daytime Bible Study (via Zoom only)



    Friday, March 3


    Saturday, March 4


    8:30AM Orthros

    9:15AM Memorial

    9:30AM Breakfast

    10:00AM Retreat

    3:00PM Vespers

    Sunday, March 5

    Missions Sunday

    Sunday of Orthodoxy

    8:15AM ORTHROS


    10:30AM Youth Procession with Icons

    11:45AM Greek School

    5:00PM LENTEN VESPERS @ St. Mary's Cathedral


Hymns of the Day

Resurrectional Apolytikion in the 4th Tone

The joyful news of your resurrection was proclaimed by the angel to the women disciples. Having thrown off the curse that fell on Adam, they ran elatedly to tell the apostles: Death has been vanquished; Christ our God is risen from the dead, blessing all the world with his great mercy.

Apolytikion for St. George in the 4th Tone

As the deliverer of captives, and the protector of the poor, a physician of the sick, the defender of kings, O Great Martyr Saint George Victorious; intercede to Christ our God, to save our souls.

Seasonal Kontakion in the Plagal 2nd Tone

O you who are the source of all wisdom and discernment, instructor of the ignorant and champion of the poor, strengthen our hearts, O Master, and grant us understanding. O Word of the Father, bring words to our lips, that nothing would keep us from crying out to you: In your compassion have mercy on us, for we have fallen.

Gospel and Epistle Readings

Epistle Reading

Forgiveness Sunday
The Reading is from St. Paul's Letter to the Romans 13:11-14; 14:1-4

Brethren, salvation is nearer to us now than when we first believed; the night is far gone, the day is at hand. Let us then cast off the works of darkness and put on the armor of light; let us conduct ourselves becomingly as in the day, not in reveling and drunkenness, not in debauchery and licentiousness, not in quarreling and jealousy. But put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no provision for the flesh, to gratify its desires.

As for the man who is weak in faith, welcome him, but not for disputes over opinions. One believes he may eat anything, while the weak man eats only vegetables. Let not him who eats despise him who abstains, and let not him who abstains pass judgment on him who eats; for God has welcomed him. Who are you to pass judgment on the servant of another? It is before his own master that he stands or falls. And he will be upheld, for God is able to make him stand.

Gospel Reading

Forgiveness Sunday
The Reading is from Matthew 6:14-21

The Lord said, "If you forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father also will forgive you; but if you do not forgive men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.

"And when you fast, do not look dismal, like the hypocrites, for they disfigure their faces that their fasting may be seen by men. Truly, I say to you, they have received their reward. But when you fast, anoint your head and wash your face, that your fasting may not be seen by men but by your Father who is in secret; and your Father who sees in secret will reward you.

"Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust consume and where thieves break in and steal, but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust consumes and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also."




Angie Kontenakos, Richard Kanavati


Paul Werger 

Fellowship Hour

Thank you to our Ladies of Philoptochos for hosting this Sunday!

Philoptochos News

Cheesefare Luncheon

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!

Phyllo Sale

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 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 Learn more at Email Fr. Perry at 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 or 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:

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 (651-235-2646) All other questions can be directed to Niko Vasilopoulos

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: 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 16from 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 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, 20232:00 pm - 8:00 pm, cost:$30. You can find more information here and/or register here

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 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

Lighthouse 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:

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).

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:


Wisdom of the Fathers

Spiritual delight is not enjoyment found in things that exists outside the soul.
St. Isaac of Syria
Unknown, 7th century

Do we forgive our neighbors their trespasses? God also forgives us in His mercy. Do we refuse to forgive? God, too, will refuse to forgive us. As we treat our neighbors, so also does God treat us. The forgiveness, then, of your sins or unforgiveness, and hence also your salvation or destruction, depend on you yourself, man. For without forgiveness of sins there is no salvation.
St. Tikhon of Zadonsk
Unknown, 18th century


In Other News

Earthquake Relief Fund

His Eminence Archbishop Elpidophoros of America announces the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese Earthquake Relief Fund, a fundraising effort by the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America to provide humanitarian aid to the victims of the recent earthquakes in Türkiye and Syria. The Archdiocese has set an initial fundraising goal of $500,000. Donations can be made online or checks may be sent to: Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America, 8 East 79th St., New York, NY 10075 (Made Payable To: "Greek Orthodox Archdiocese" Memo: "Earthquake Relief Fund"). More information can be found here:


New year opportunities! Focus, MN is entering their 13th year of ministry. Thanks be to God! If there's room in your February schedule, check out the times and days below when help is needed at FOCUS House. To volunteer, contact us at (651) 222-0712 or

Sandwiches and Distribution, 10:00 am - 12:30 pmMonday (2 people): February 27 - Tuesday (3 people): February 28.

Antiochian Village Camp

Nestled in the Laurel Highlands of Pennsylvania, Antiochian Village Camp is a camping program of the Antiochian Archdiocese and invites participants from all Orthodox Christian jurisdictions. Many Orthodox Christians from the Minnesota pan-Orthodox community have been able to experience the mission of Antiochian Village Camp, and would like to share the opportunity with you to apply to be a Volunteer Staff member! Volunteer Staff applications are currently open, and the priority deadline with completed references is due this Tuesday, February 28, but applications may remain open (and be submitted) after this time. Transportation to and from the Pittsburgh airport and other local transportation centers is available on certain dates.

For more detailed information and to apply, please visit:
For further detailed information, questions, and inquiries, please contact Liam Boris, Antiochian Village Camp Volunteer Program Coordinator, at (724) 238-9565 Ext. 501 or

SURVEY - Orthodox Parenting & Technology: Holy Use in the Home

My name is Cooper Buss and I am a parishioner at St. Mary's Greek Orthodox Church in Minneapolis. As part of my Master of Theology degree through the Antiochian House of Studies, I am working with the clergy of St. Mary’s Church to create a number of resources to educate and equip Orthodox parents to lead their families in the holy use of technology.

Movie in Greek language with English subtitles

This film is an immersion into the life of one of the monasteries of Holy Mount Athos. Secluded monastic life full of authentic characters and everyday saints comes forth onto the screen from under the wraps of our mundane priorities. What emerges is a fascinating account of a completely unparalleled way of life within a thriving monastic community in the midst of the twenty-first century. «Where are you, Adam?» is set at the ancient Dochiariou Monastery on the western shore of Mount Athos, the Aegean peninsula dedicated solely to Eastern Christian monasticism. Images of nature alternate with the monks' almost ceaseless round of work and prayer, creating a rhythmic bond between man and the natural world that hints at a paradise we all dimly yearn for. The jewel of this rich Byzantine setting, however, are the monks themselves, whose warmth and authenticity has been captured through a revelation of their daily lives, each with its joys, hopes and frailties. By inviting the filmmakers into their midst, the monks hope to encourage each viewer to awaken to his own resurrection. A central figure in the film is the monastery Elder, Abbot Gregory, whose decades of leadership have given him a keen understanding of the souls under his charge and their desire to regain for themselves a state akin to the humanity of Adam before the Fall.

WHEN? March 12, 2023 at 2:30 pm

WHERE? Plymouth Grand 15 (Mann Theaters) -3400 Vicksburg Ln N #13, Plymouth, MN 55447

At Eventbrite-

- Film’s website -
- Trailer -
- English press-kit -
- Russian press-kit -


Anton Gress | +1 (470) 679-5900

Orthodox Volunteer Corps 

Orthodox Volunteer Corps (OVC) is a new ministry for Orthodox young adults, 21 to 29 years old. It develops and equips young adults to lead lives of faithful service for the Church and the world. OVC offers a 10-month immersive experience for young adults that integrates service placements with vulnerable communities, weekly formation in Orthodoxy and community-based leadership development, living in community, and immersion in the life of the Church. OVC is recruiting now for the Fall 2023 Cohort. If you are 21-29 years old or know someone who is, please see the bulletin insert [or, see the flyer on the bulletin board] [or, see their website,–all one word and corps is spelled “c-o-r-p-s”).

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, FOCUS MN, etc. are here to help!


Oratorical Festival 2023

Below are the topics for the Oratorical Festival to be held at St. George GOC on Sunday, April 2, 2023. Our Metropolis includes Speech, Vocal Solo, Essay, Poetry, and Iconography! Click here to learn more:


The Ecumenical Patriarchate in Constantinople is the highest seat and the Mother Church of Orthodox Christians. The Ecumenical Patriarch is the spiritual leader of 300 million Orthodox Christians worldwide. Discuss how the Patriarchate has been a symbol of unity, a source of missionary growth, an advocate of dialogue among Christians, and a defender of the historical Orthodox Faith. 

During times of crisis, our faith is tested. How are Orthodox Christians taught to understand and manage pain and suffering? 

The Christian message in C.S. Lewis’s The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe has influenced many believers of Christ. How has another work of fiction inspired people to seek Jesus Christ?

We have lived through a pandemic and emerged with deep societal divides. How can our faith in Christ heal us and take us forward together?

The Resurrection of Jesus Christ both transforms the relationship between God and humanity and alters the course of history. How would you explain its significance to someone who has not heard about it or is unsure if God exists?


Orthodox tradition teaches that the saints remain spiritually active beyond their earthly life. Discuss how we ask the Saints to intercede and pray for us and why.

Orthodox Christians honor the Virgin Mary, the Most Holy Theotokos. What does the Orthodox Church believe about her and her role in our salvation?

The sacraments are the mysteries of the Church through which God gives us His grace by actions, words, and material objects (for example, oil, wine, and bread). Pick one sacrament and explain its meaning.

Jesus models and teaches humility throughout His life and ministry. Discuss the challenges of living according to Jesus’ teachings in a society that does not necessarily emphasize humility.

Consider and discuss why and how icons are central to our faith and Orthodox practice.


Dear Reverend Fathers, Oratorical Chairpersons, and Participants,
We hope this new year brings health and happiness to you, your families, and your communities.  Once again, we are pleased to announce that the 39th Annual Saint John Chrysostom Oratorical and Fine Arts Festival will be held on Saturday, April 29, 2023 (the week after Bright Saturday) at Ascension of Our Lord Greek Orthodox Church, 1207 Riverwoods Road, Lincolnshire, Illinois, 60069.  We are excitedly anticipating a weekend of spiritual celebration and fellowship for all in attendance.  All necessary information may be obtained by clicking on the document and registration links below or by visiting our Metropolis Oratorical website 
The Metropolis Festival will offer 6 categories (Speech, Essay, Poetry, Iconography, Vocal Solo, and Vocal Chant), each with 2 divisions (Senior and Junior).  New this year, we will be adding a separate Vocal Chant category to accommodate the growing interest in this ministry.  Once again, our Metropolis youth are invited to register for as many as two separate events at the Metropolis Festival.  The guidelines for these changes are contained in the Parish Information Packet ( We hope these changes will welcome more participation at the Festival.  
We have also made available a list of this year’s Topics ( (for Speech, Essay, and Poetry), the Musical Selections ( (for Vocal Solo and Vocal Chant), and the Tips and Resources ( from the Archdiocese.  Please take time to read through these documents and forward copies to all participants.
All entries for Speech, Essay, Poetry, Vocal Solo, and Vocal Chant, both Senior and Junior Divisions, must be submitted no later than Monday, April 10, 2023.  These submissions must be sent electronically to  All entries for 
Iconography, both Senior and Junior Divisions, must be postmarked no later than Monday, April 10, 2023.  These submissions must be sent by mail to Andrea Tsakopoulos, 8800 Verbena Court, St. John, Indiana, 46373.  Late submissions in any category will not be judged.
Additional information regarding the Awards Luncheon, hotel information in the Lincolnshire area, and a schedule for the day of the Festival will be posted to our website and sent to you as the date draws nearer.  
The National Oratorical Festival, which includes the Metropolis winners for the Speech category only (Senior and Junior Divisions), is scheduled to take place during the weekend of June 9-11, 2023 at St. George Greek Orthodox Church in Clifton, New Jersey.  
We ask that you forward this Metropolis Festival information to everyone at your parish who is involved in a youth ministry, as well as parents of your church school registrants. In the meantime, please do not hesitate to e-mail us at with any questions. 
We look forward to celebrating with everyone in April!


Audrey Polite

Andrea Tsakopoulos


Chicago Metropolis Oratorical Festival Committee


Saints and Feasts

February 26

Forgiveness Sunday

The Holy Fathers have appointed the commemoration of Adam's exile from the Paradise of delight here, on the eve of the holy Forty-day Fast, demonstrating to us not by simple words, but by actual deeds, how beneficial fasting is for man, and how harmful and destructive are insatiety and the transgressing of the divine commandments. For the first commandment that God gave to man was that of fasting, which the first-fashioned received but did not keep; and not only did they not become gods, as they had imagined, but they lost even that blessed life which they had, and they fell into corruption and death, and transmitted these and innumerable other evils to all of mankind. The God-bearing Fathers set these things before us today, that by bringing to mind what we have fallen from, and what we have suffered because of the insatiety and disobedience of the first-fashioned, we might be diligent to return again to that ancient bliss and glory by means of fasting and obedience to all the divine commands. Taking occasion from today's Gospel (Matt. 6:14-21) to begin the Fast unencumbered by enmity, we also ask forgiveness this day, first from God, then from one another and all creation.

February 26

Porphyrius, Bishop of Gaza

Saint Porphyrius had Thessalonica as his homeland. He became a monk in Scete of Egypt, where he lived for five years. He went on pilgrimage to Jerusalem, after which he spent five years in much affliction in a cave near the Jordan. Stricken with a disease of the liver, he departed to Jerusalem, where he was ordained presbyter and appointed Keeper of the Cross at the age of 45. Three years later he was made Bishop of Gaza. He suffered much from the rulers and pagans of Gaza; but with the friendship of Saint John Chrysostom, and the patronage of the Empress Eudoxia, he razed the temple of the idol Marnas in Gaza and built a great church to the glory of God. He reposed in 450.

March 01

Eudokia the Martyr of Heliopolis

This Saint, who was from Heliopolis of Phoenicia (Baalbek in present-day Lebanon), was an idolater and led a licentious life. Being beautiful beyond telling, she had many lovers, and had acquired great riches. Yet brought to repentance by a monk named Germanus, and baptized by Bishop Theodotus, she distributed to the poor all her ill-gotten gains, and entered a convent, giving herself up completely to the life of asceticism. Her former lovers, enraged at her conversion, her refusal to return to her old ways, and the withering away of her beauty through the severe mortifications she practiced, betrayed her as a Christian to Vincent the Governor, and she was beheaded, according to some, under Trajan, who reigned from 98 to 117, according to others, under Hadrian, who reigned from 117 to 138.




Year-End Stewardship Totals for 2022

Thank you! $284,539 of our goal of $260,000. The number of Pledges was 110. What an amazing year for our church. Thank you everyone for your generosity and support of the work of our church! 

Here are some of the things stewardship helped make possible in 2022:

195 Worship Services
17 Youth & Family Events
4 Pioneers (55+) Events
8 Loaves & Fishes & FOCUS MN Events
71 Faith Education Classes
19 Baptisms, Chrismations & Weddings
$13,750 For Missions & Benevolence

2023 Stewardship Goal

Our Stewardship theme for 2023 is "Giving Thanks: Eucharistic Stewardship. As true stewards of the Body of Christ, we understand the power of our Stewardship to revitalize the Church."

$43,450 of $260,000

Pledge Cards Received

As of February 26, 59 families have pledged a total of $108,744.

Make Your Stewardship Pledge Online

Thank you for your continued support! Make your 2023 pledge by visiting
Final numbers for 2022 will be available soon, but it looks like we made our 2022 Stewardship Goal! Thank you all for your support of the work of the Church! 


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Fellowship (Coffee) Hour

Thank you for signing up to host Fellowship Hour! This is not only an important time for fellowship but also for sharing a nutritious snack and drink after the Sunday morning fast. Feel free to keep it as simple as you like. In general, expect to serve approximately 100 people when Sunday School is in session. 
NEW THIS YEAR: Please prepare a tray for the Sunday School students & teachers to be ready at the very beginning of coffee hour. Place approximately 30 servings of items on a tray and a representative of Sunday School will come to the kitchen to pick it up.
FASTING: Fasting Sundays are noted on the SignUp. On these days, it’s important to serve food that follows the fast (no meat, eggs, or dairy). There are many options; if you’re looking for ideas, here are a few: Bread, bagels, crackers, rice cakes, pretzels, or corn chips/ Peanut butter, jam, humus, guacamole, or salsa. Fasting-friendly baked goods, granola bars, or cookies such as Oreos, ginger snaps, or wafer cookies/ Olives, vegetables, or fruit.
MEMORIALS: Many families like to host or co-host on the same day as a memorial and/or serve Kollyva. Some coordination or flexibility may be needed from host families already scheduled for those Sundays. We appreciate your understanding and flexibility.
Refreshments for approximately 100 people
1 pound of coffee
1 gallon of milk (or 1-2 gallons of juice during fasts)
Cream (non-dairy during fasts)
COFFEE: Instructions for making coffee are on a yellow poster near the large coffee maker. It takes approximately 15 minutes for a pot to brew.
SUPPLIES: Disposable plates, napkins, cups, and sugar will be in the kitchen. Pitchers are available for serving water. Tongs and disposable gloves are available for handling food.
CLEAN-UP: Please clean the kitchen after you’re done serving and remove any leftover food (leftover coffee grounds may be left if you wish). Wipe down the counters and tables with disinfectant spray. Hang used cleaning cloths on the edge of the sink. Return chairs to their original positions around the tables. Before you leave, please be sure that coffee makers and all burners in the kitchen are OFF!
QUESTIONS? Contact Elise (612-867-8047).  If you run into any problems on Sunday morning, look for Elise or Angie Kontenakos, Parish Council President. Thanks again for providing hospitality to our church community!

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 and fellowship hour are 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.

We hope you will join us in our hall upstairs after service this morning for fellowship and refreshments.

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