St. George Greek Orthodox Church, St. Paul, MN PUBLISH DATE: September 15, 2013


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September 15, 2013 SUNDAY AFTER THE CROSS

TODAYS EVENTS: College Student Sunday; Assembly Sunday; Sunday School classes begin; Church Picnic at Hidden Falls Park; Feed the Hungry at FOCUS MN, 4:00pm.

Epistle Reader: Steve Kanavati Prosfora: Anonymous

Fellowship: Church Picnic

Tuesday 9-17 Prison Ministry Bible Study (MCF - Lino Lakes) 6:30PM

Catechism Class- God as Holy Trinity by Dcn. Paul Gavrilyuk 7:00PM

Bible Study at Fr. Rick`s home 7:00PM

Thursday 9-19 Ahepa Meeting 7:00PM

Theological Minds with Fr. Marc Boulos at MacLaurin CSF 7:00PM

Saturday 9-21 Stewardship Retreat including Estate Planning & Cemetery Program 9:00AM

100th Anniversary Celebration at St. George Antiochian Church in W. St. Paul 4:00PM

Sunday 9-22 1st SUNDAY OF LUKE- 8:15am ORTHROS & DIVINE LITURGY 9:30AM

Stewardship Presentation by George Matthews and George Vourvoulias


Welcome to Fr. Haralambos & Presvytera Topalides: who are visiting their son and daughter-in-law, Dimitri & Anna. They will be with us until mid-October. We thank Fr. Haralambos for assisting Fr. Rick in concelebrating the Divine Liturgy on Sundays. Father & Presvytera are from the village of Anarrachi near Kozani, Greece, where Fr. Haralambos has been serving as the priest at St. George Church for 43 years. He also was a school teacher for 30 years. They have six adult children: twins George & Anastasia; Sister Steliani, a nun and teacher at the Greek Orthodox Patriarchate of Jerusalem;.Aphrodite, a school teacher in Thessaloniki, Sophia who lives in Chios, and Dimitri, who is a fellow in cardio-thorasic surgery at the UMN. They also have seven grandchildren. God bless their family!

Sunday School Classes Begin Today: We thank our teachers for volunteering to lead this year`s efforts. Director: Lani Hattling; Grades 10-12: Nick Kanavati & Vicky Paraschou; Grades 7-9: Anastasia Mastrogiorgis & Eleni Christoforides; Grades 4-5-6: Stephen Kanavati; Grades 2-3: Christine Balasis; Grades K-1: Lisa Paraschou & Georgia Panopoulos; Pre-school: Kelly Barbes. Some things to keep in mind: please bring children to liturgy at 9:30am. Liturgy was, is and will always be the heart and center of Orthodox Christian life. Everything else builds upon it. Also, due to space and staff limits, the pre-school will only accept children three years and older. Thanks to all our staff!

Think About It: A tree is known by its fruit; a man by his deeds. A good deed is never lost. He who sows courtesy reaps friendship, and he who plants kindness gathers love. St. Basil the Great

Church Picnic: is scheduled for today after Divine Liturgy at Hidden Falls Park on the Mississippi River. If interested in helping, please contact co-chairs: Joe Weiser and Daniel Simon.

Assembly Sunday- the Canonical Assembly of Bishops in North and Central America are convening for the fourth time since their formation in 2009 on September 17-19. They have designated today as a day of prayer throughout all Orthodox churches for their inspiration and guidance. May their work be blessed by the Holy Spirit!

College Student Sunday: the Assembly of Bishops has also designated today to honor and welcome college students into our midst. Please be sure to send you student`s contact info to Fr. Rick, so he (and local priests near your child`s college) can stay in touch with our students. Help us reach out to students in our area at Concordia, Hamline, Macalester, Metropolitan State, St. Catherines, St. Thomas and the University of Minnesota.

Stewardship Retreat Next Saturday- September 21st here at St. George Church. Mr. George Matthews and Mr. George Vourvoulias, both Executive Committee Members of the Archdiocese Council and the National Stewardship Commission will lead our retreat. 9:00am Foundations; Role of Priest & Council; Changing Culture of Parish & Strategic Planning, 10:00am Estate Planning & Roselawn Cemetery Program, 11:00am Stewardship: Nuts & Bolts, 12:00pm Working Lunch: Council of Ministries & Ministry Based Organizations 1:00pm. Final Wrap-up. Sunday: 11:30 Presentation during Social Hour on Stewardship will provide a recap of Saturday`s of Highlights.

Centennial Celebration!: St. George Antiochian Orthodox Church in West St. Paul is celebrating their centennial with His Eminence Metropolitan Philip , His Grace Bishop Anthony Saturday September 21, 2013 at Royal Cliff 2280 Cliff Rd, Eagan, MN 55122 Vespers 6pm, Social hour 6:30pm, Grand Banquet 7:30pm. To see if tickets are still available, contact Lina Smith at 612-308-3177. Visit for more info.

Wisdom from the Church Fathers: For man, the earthly life, life in the body, serves only as a preparation for eternal life, which will begin after the death of the body. Therefore, we must avail ourselves without delay of the present life as a preparation for the other life. And as we chiefly work during weekdays for the earthly life, we must work on Sundays and other holidays wholly for the Lord God, devoting them to attendance at Divine service, to reading the Word of God, to pious meditation, to edifying conversations, good works, and especially to works of mercy. St. John of Kronstadt.

Greek School Begins Sunday, September 22: Greek School language classes for kids (ages 7 and above) begins Sunday, September 22. Greek School Teachers are needed especially for young children`s class (ages 4-6). If interested or if you have any questions, please contact Stella Hofrenning at

Catechism Classes Begin: not too late to join, started Sept.10th; every Tuesday 7-9pm for twelve weeks. This Introduction to Orthodox Christianity is a great way for interested people to learn about the Orthodox Faith whether an inquirer or a life-long Orthodox. The classes are required for those who do wish to convert to Orthodoxy. Classes are held here at St. George and are sponsored by the Minnesota Eastern Orthodox Christian Clergy Association and one can register for class on their website. For further info, contact Fr. Rick.

Family Ministry Conference: September 25-28; Sponsored by the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America and hosted by our sister parish of St. Mary Greek in Mpls; featuring speakers Fr. Anthony Coniaris, Fr. Harry Pappas and Mr. Jim Burns. Will include various workshops and discussions to learn about family and youth ministry. For more info: (845) 424-8175, This is great opportunity for us to participate in national event. You can register online at:

The Church Fathers Speak: Boldness of speech is success; anger is failure. Therefore, if we should aspire to boldness, we must be free from anger, in case anyone should attribute our words to the latter. For no matter how just your words may be, when you speak with anger, you ruin everything. This is true no matter how boldly you speak or how fairly you admonish-in short, no matter what you do. St. John Chrysostom

Taste of Northeast Festival- on Saturday September 28, 2013 from 11am to 8pm at St. Mary OCA Cathedral; includes food, entertainment, fun, shopping and tours. For more info:

St. George Greek Orthodox Church
1111 Summit Avenue
St. Paul, MN 55105

Phone: (651) 222-6220
Fax: (651) 225-9276

Proistamenos: Rev. Fr. Richard Demetrius Andrews

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