ST. GEORGE GREEK ORTHODOX CHURCH REV. FR. RICHARD D. ANDREWS, PRESBYTER
December 8, 2013 10th SUNDAY OF LUKE
TODAYS EVENTS: Parish Assembly 12pm; Acolyte Training 12pm; Feed the Hungry at FOCUSMN 4pm;
Epistle Reader: Stephen Kanavati Prosfora: Rita Kanavati
Fellowship: Anonymous sponsor
Monday 12-9 Loaves & Fishes 5:00PM
Choir Practice 7:00PM
Thursday 12-12 MEOCCA Meeting @ St. Mary Romanian Orthodox Church 12:00PM
Saturday 12-14 Church Cleaning 9:00PM
GREAT VESPERS 5:00PM
Sunday 12-15 11th SUNDAY OF LUKE- ORTHROS (8:15am) & DIVINE LITURGY 9:30AM
Parish Council Elections 11:30AM
Acolyte training 12:00PM
Feed the Hungry at FOCUS MN 4:00PM
Greek Dance Practice 4:30PM
Sympathies & Condolences: to Jim Andrews, whose sister, Evelyn, fell asleep in the Lord last week in South Dakota.
May Her Memory Be Eternal: Fanny (Euphrosyne) Zubulake, the daughter of Fr. Constantine Capoyiannis (the first priest of our parish) fell asleep in the Lord. Funeral service was celebrated on December 2nd. Our sympathies to her family including her sister-in-law, Helen Zubulake.
Parish Assembly Today: The Fall Parish Assembly meeting will be held after Divine Liturgy today. Agenda includes Budget 2014, Capital Improvements, Updates on Projects, and Accomplishments in 2013.
Loaves and Fishes: tomorrow Monday, December 9th, we invite you to come and participate in the ministry of feeding those in St. Paul who are hungry. We need of servers. Come to Faith Lutheran Church, 499 Charles in St. Paul at 5 pm Monday. Thank you for your support in this important ministry. Questions? Call Andrea Faches at 507-665-8053.
Think About It: As in Paradise (Eden), God walks in the Holy Scriptures, seeking mankind. St. Ambrose of Milan
Church Cleaning: Come at 9am next Saturday Dec.14th to help clean God’s house. We need lots of volunteers. The work is simple and easy but we need lots of hands on deck. Let’s make our sanctuary beautiful for the Lord’s Nativity!
Congratulations: to Katie Lake, daughter of John & Kara Lake, for her selection as the Ahepan Female Athlete of the Year award.
Parish Council Elections: The elections for six two-year terms (2014-2015) will be held after Divine Liturgy next Sunday December 15th.
Typhoon Relief: The Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America is organizing relief efforts to help the people of the Philippines who need food, shelter, medical care and other basic necessities. One can contribute by writing a check with "Philippines Relief Fund" in memo or by making direct contributions at www.goarch.org. Thank you!
Advent In Full Swing: the 40 day fast of Nativity/Advent began on November 15th. The Church prescribes a fast from all meat and dairy products. Fish, wine and oil may be eaten on any days except Wednesdays and Fridays and after December 17th. Along with fasting, use this time of year for intensified prayer, reading of scripture, participation in worship, self-examination and the Sacrament of Confession, which as always is available by appointment. The purpose of all these ascetic disciplines is to draw closer to God, ever-deepening our relationship with Him. May it be blessed!
Patristic Insights: Just as a person dies when he/she stops breathing, so too does the soul die without continuous and endless prayer. Elder Joseph the Hesychast
Adopt-A-Family: Our community will be adopting several families from FOCUS to provide gifts and household items for Christmas. A poster with sign up is located in the social hall. If you are not able to get to a store, you can donate money and gift cards will be bought. All items are due the morning of Sunday, Dec. 8. Please contact Presbytera Jane with any questions. Thank you for your generosity!
The Church Fathers Speak: Wisdom, holy dignity, a desire for justice, valor, the thoughts of a good heart, love that is strong, love of the poor, faith in Christ, freedom from anger, hospitality. If we possess these things we will find them going before us, preparing a dwelling for us in the land of the gentle. St. Anthony the Great
Donate Now! please remember that you can support our parish by using the "Donate Now" link our website to make a contribution using Paypal. It`s an easy way to further the ministries of St. George Church. We depend heavily on your contributions during this month of December to fulfill our financial obligations in supporting the Church. Thanks!
Consider IRA Gift to Church: The beauty of giving from the one`s IRA is that it is pretax dollars. This law will possibly end by the end of 2013. It is a great pretax way to give if you are 70.5 years of age. The Check must go direct to the charity to meet the requirements of the IRS. Contact Alexis Bighley for more info email@example.com.
Wisdom from the Church Fathers: The blessed remembrance of God—which is the very presence of Jesus—with a heart full of wrath and animosity against demons, dissolves all trickeries of thought, plots, argumentation, fantasies, obscure conjectures and everything with which the destroyer arms himself seeking to swallow our souls. When Jesus is invoked, He promptly burns up everything. For our salvation lies in Jesus Christ alone. The Savior Himself made this clear when He said, “Without Me you can do nothing” (John 15:5) St. Philotheos of Sinai
OCMC Gift Card this Nativity Season: Make a gift for missions in honor of someone special this Nativity season! OCMC will send you a card with a Nativity greeting to present to your loved one acknowledging the work around the world that has been made possible in their name. One (1) card can be purchased per $15 donation; this amount will not appear on the card. Order today by calling Phyllis Skinner at 1-877-463-6784 ext. 164 or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit http://www.ocmc.org/donate/ and select the "Order OCMC Gift Cards" option
The Ministry of Iconography: Session 1-"The Holy Face" at St. Mary`s Greek Thursdays 5:30 to 9:30pm on January 16, 23, 30 & February 6. Cost $135.00 plus materials. Session 2- “Christ in Majesty” at St. Mary`s Greek, Thursdays 6-9pm on February 20, 27, March 13, 20 & April 3 & 10. Cost $195.00 plus materials. Session 3- “Sacrament of Baptism & Icon of St. John the Baptist” at Catholic Basilica of Saint Mary in Mpls, 9am - 1pm on Saturdays during Great Lent; March 8 & 15 & April 5& 12; cost inc. materials $295. Register by sending a deposit of $75.00 to Icon Art Studios, 13921 127th Street North, Stillwater, MN, 55082. Questions e-mail at email@example.com or my cell at 612-889-5868
Positions Open: the Youth Minister and Administrative Assistant positions are open to applicants. If interested please send a resume and cover letter to Fr. Rick. For more info you may also contact Fr. Rick.
Basketball Tourney Info: can be found posted on the bulletin board, parish website and greekbball.org.
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