St. Paul's Greek Orthodox Church, Irvine, CA PUBLISH DATE: December 14, 2008


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Feeding the Homeless St. Paul’s/St. Barnabas’ Feeding the Homeless THIS Wed., Dec 17, 12-3pm in Garden Grove-sign up next door.

Christmas Bake Sale & Bazaar Christmas Bake Sale & Bazaar, hosted by St. Pauls Philoptochos, on Sunday, Dec 14, 12-3pm in the Parish Center. Please contact Marina or Denise at the church office to donate baked items or gifts on consignment for sale. All proceeds to benefit the needy!

Christmas Pageant Rehearsal This Sunday, 12:15 - 1:30pm in the Church. The Christmas program will take place next Sun, Dec 21 immediately following Divine Liturgy.

Good News Online Beginning in February Please Give the Office Your Email Address so that we may email our monthly newsletter, The Good News, to you! This will save time and money and you will get it sooner!

Great Vespers is at 6pm every Saturday,

Philoptochos Christmas Card A wonderful way to send Christmas greetings to our Parish family, sign up now in the Church hall!

See’s Candy Sale St. Paul’s Choir See’s Candy Sale following liturgy. Buy now for best selection. Candy available on-site while supplies last.

Church School Christmas Pageant Sun, Dec 21, immediately following Divine Liturgy. Rehearsals will take place Sunday, Dec 7 & 14, from 12:15-1:30pm.

Memorial Service This Sunday for Fr. George At the end of Liturgy this Sunday, we will serve a memorial service for Father George Stephanides, husband of Presvytera Elaine Stephanides. It has been 12 years since his passing to eternal life. May his memory be eternal.

Please help us with Christmas Decorations for our Church! We welcome any monetary donation to help purchase decorations. We appreciate your help.

Regular Sunday Church School Schedule on Sunday For all children(ages 3 through High School). 10am, Divine Liturgy: Families worship in Church together. Students will be ushered for Holy Communion after the Choir, then exit at rear of Church, proceeding to their classes. Class dismissed at 12-12:15pm. Parents PLEASE wait till dismissal before calling for children!

Sunday Child Care Provided in the St. Efthymia Room 102 of the Education Building from 10am to 12pm on Sundays, but please remember it is only for children aged 3yrs. and younger, and that the supervision ends at 12pm!

St. Paul`s Library Please Visit our Library during the Coffee Hour on Sunday!

Outreach Ministry St. Paul’s/St. Barnabas’ Feeding the Homeless Wed., Dec 17, 12-3pm at Anselm of Canterbury Episcopal in Garden Grove-sign up next door.

Orthodox Christianity 101 Orthodox Christianity 101 meets Wed evenings at 7pm. This class provides a broad overview of the content, history & practice of our faith. Childcare is available!

Women’s Bible Study Led by Eve Tibbs, each Thursday from 11:30-12:30pm Plan to join us! Friends, drop-ins and children are always welcome.

Orthodox Koinonia Bible Study Orthodox Koinonia Bible Study, for ages 30 & up, every Thursday at 7:30 pm.

Greek School Program for Children Classes every Tuesday and Wednesday at 4pm and 5:30pm. For info or to register please call Mrs. Loula Katalanos at 714-557-5352. Kindergarten included!

Greek Language Classes for Adults All 4 levels, from beginner to advanced, are in session. For info call Mrs. Nina Luke at 714-546-5840.

Upcoming GOYA Events GOYA Caroling Visits to Shut-ins & Christmas Party, Sun, Dec 21, after Church. Please contact Carolyn Kouracos at 949-495-5124 if you can help by driving or baking cookies. After caroling, we’ll meet at the Kouracos' home for a Christmas party, 5pm-8pm. Come & share your joy!

For more info see our GOYA webpage

Mothers Of Pre-Schoolers (MOPS) Next meets on Mon, Dec 15, 9:30-11am. For more info call Andrea at 949-633-8685. Convenient and easy! Set up your stewardship payment electronically by going to

This Weeks Internet Radio Schedule Come Receive the Light: Fr. Michael Oleksa talks with Fr. Chris about the Orthodox approach to missions and how Orthodox Christians should relate to American culture. Also, Fr. Chris speaks to a Canadian youth group about why they find inspiration in the story of St. Peter the Aleut, a young Native American who was martyred for the Orthodox Faith.

Journeys to Orthodoxy: Tune in to hear the story of Andrew Smith, a convert in Australia, who talks about coming from a Godless home to the Orthodox Faith at age 16. Although Andrew's parents were atheists, they allowed him to make his own decisions. Andrew discovered Orthodoxy when searching for God as a teen.

Generation Orthodox: Fr. Paul Wiseman joins the show and the talk is about materialism and the holiday shopping season. Listen in to hear what everybody has to say

OCN Now: Tune in to hear from Fr. Chris and Seraphim about what's going on at OCN as we wrap up a very productive year.

Theologically Thinking: What do we do as parents to focus on the true spirit of Christmas? On this week’s “Theologically Thinking,” Dr. Violet Leathers will offer us some practical ideas on how to shift the focus from material things to a sense of family, morality, spirituality, and community.

Special Moments in Orthodoxy: The ninth installment of a new adult Bible Study series with Fr. Harry Pappas, Associate Professor of Pastoral Theology at St Vladimir's Seminary. In this installment, continue learning about the Book of Acts.

Get Wisdom: In this episode Jason Barker looks at Romans chapter thirteen, talking about a Christian perspective on government

Just Thinking: Fr. Christopher Metropulos and Rod Dreher of the Dallas Morning News discuss current events, social trends and the role of Orthodox Christianity in modern life.

Icons in Sound: Orthodox sacred music with Dr. Vladimir Morosan, who plays beautiful recordings of Orthodox liturgical music and explains their theological significance.

Turning to the Fathers: Orthodox spirituality and prayer. Host Fr. John McGuckin relates the ancient wisdom of the Church Fathers to today's world.

Seeds is produced by Eric John Shanburn who spent many years in various protestant denominations as a youth pastor, music and arts director, church planter, and pastor. The program will be a regular feature on The Ark and showcases edgier music for a younger audience.

Orthodox Teen Talk Online (OTTO) features a pan-Orthodox group of teens from around the country, who discuss real-life issues with at least one Orthodox priest.

You can always access OCN's Podcast Channels at any time by visiting our parish
website at

In Our Prayers Pray for one another, that you might be healed. Js. 5:16
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