As of June 23rd, a section of Glenwood Rd. will be closed for 120 days. You will need to get to the church by coming via Buck Rd. to access Glenwood and the church.
Our St. George Community welcomes you to today’s celebration of the Divine Liturgy. We are delighted to have you worship with us, and we pray that you will be blessed through your participation in our services. While Holy Communion may only be received by prepared Orthodox Christians, our non-Orthodox guests are welcome to join us in venerating the Cross and receiving blessed bread at the conclusion of the Divine Liturgy. Literature about the Orthodox faith can be found in the vestibule. Feel free to ask questions before or after the services. Please join us for refreshments and fellowship in the social hall after Liturgy. If this is your first visit to our parish, we welcome you and invite you to return as often as you are able. For those interested in learning more about Orthodoxy, please contact Fr. Paul.
SCRIPTURE READINGS THIS WEEK
July 28th Prochorus & Nicanor (70); Smolensk Icon Theotokos
1 Corinthians 9:13-18 Matthew 16:1-6
July 29th Martyr Callinicus; Martyr Theodota & Sons
1 Corinthians 10:5-12 Matthew 16:6-12
July 30th App Silas & Silvanus (70); Martyr John the Warrior
1 Corinthians 10:12-22 Matthew 16:20-24
July 31st Forefeast Procession Cross; Righteous Eudocimus
1 Corinthians 10:28-11:7 Matthew 16:24-28
August 1st Procession of Holy Cross; 7 Maccabean Martyrs
1 Corinthians 11:8-22 Matthew 17:10-18
August 2nd Relics of Protomartyr & Archdeacon Stephen
Romans 13:1-10 Matthew 12:30-37
Greeter: Cindy Hopper Reader: Mikel Hill Serving Group: Archangel Michael
Services/Activities This Week:
Great Vespers: Saturday, August 2nd, 5 PM, at the church
Last Sunday July 20th, 46 Adults and 12 Youth attended Divine Liturgy.
The Sanctuary Lamp will be burning this week for the health of Kathy Dimitroff. Liturgical Bread donated today by Sophie Timofeev for the health of Fr. Paul Gassios.
Fr. Paul’s Last Sunday:
As you know, this is Fr. Paul’s last Sunday at St. George. If you would like to send Fr. Paul any personal notes please use his personal e-mail:
, or his new address is: 933 N La Salle Dr. Chicago, IL 60610-3204. He will keep his current cell phone which is 419-930-7088.
1. Please start using the church e-mail:
for any church related communications instead of Fr. Paul's personal e-mail address.
2. Fr. Paul Monkowski of our diocese has been appointed as Administrator of the parish by His Grace Bishop Alexander to oversee the transition process of finding a new priest for St. George and seeing to it the spiritual needs for the parish are taken care of until that happens.
3. In regard to Liturgical Services, Fr. John Russin to function as supply priest from the Diocese to St. George. He has graciously agreed to do this. His duty is to serve the Divine Liturgy on Sundays and Great Vespers on the Saturdays that fit his schedule and any memorial services that may be requested. In addition, he is available for any emergency calls.
4. Until a priest is assigned to the parish:
o Sarah Allen will be doing the weekly bulletin. If you need items to be put in the bulletin write her at:
or call her at 419-494-4781.
o Rachael Hill will be contacting people to greet on Sundays from July to the end of August.
o Dan Serdar will be arranging for people to read the epistle on Sundays.
o Viviane Kazan will be contacting people to bake prosphora for liturgy. She has a list of people who make prosphora, and she will contact you when your turn to bake will come up.
o Karen Beleny will be preparing the Sunday outline sheets for Divine Liturgy. If you would like to add someone to the prayer list please contact Karen.
August Service Schedule:
Fr. John will be available for Vespers on August 2nd , 16th , & 30th. The time will remain the same at 5PM.
Fr. Paul Monkowski will be here to serve:
Vesperal Liturgy for Transfiguration on August 5th, 6:30PM, at the church
Vesperal Liturgy for Dormition on August 14th at 6:30PM, at the church
6th Annual St. George Golf Tournament
St. George is sponsoring their 6th Annual Golf Tournament on Saturday, September 6, 2014 at Chippewa Golf Club. We are seeking golfers who will play 18 holes including a golf cart and ending with a delicious Spare Rib buffet. If you are not a golfer, families and individuals are encouraged to sponsor a sign with your name or business on it. All proceeds will go to the Building Fund to reduce our mortgage. Thank you in advance for your support. Contact Stan Pentsos, George Popoff, or any Board member for further information.
July 27th, a Closer Look at Monasticism
Christians from various backgrounds are discovering the writings of the early desert monastics, and are finding great spiritual profit in the examples their lives offer. A book entitled "In the Heart of the Desert: The Spirituality of the Desert Fathers and Mothers" by the Rev. Dr. John Chryssavgis (World Wisdom, Inc. 2003) gives insight into the world of the desert-dwellers, and gently invites the reader to apply that insight in a personal way. The book also addresses some of the mistaken ideas that people may have about the monastic life. One important aspect of that life, for example, is dealing with the passions. These are understood, by many people, to be feelings and impulses that are completely negative. Monks and nuns are seen as those who spend their lives working to annihilate the passions.
But Fr. Chryssavgis points out that while some monastics did seem to view the passions in this way, others saw them as neutral or positive impulses coming from God. Taking this view, Abba Isaiah of Scetis wrote about three passions: anger, jealousy and lust. We see them as evil, he says, because we have misdirected and misused them: "However, the original purpose of anger is for it to be used against injustice in the world; the proper reason for envy is so that we may seek to emulate the virtues of the saints; and the natural goal of our desire is to thirst for God." It is possible, Abba Isaiah and others say, first to identify our own personal passions—the things we desire or are strongly drawn to—and then redirect them so they become means of loving others and loving God. This is the long struggle the monastics undertook. They strove to become "dispassionate," which does not mean indifferent, but truly charitable toward the whole world.
Fr. Chryssavgis uses Saint Anthony's example to address the common idea that monastics hated their bodies, and all matter. Anthony, after his intense fights with demons and extreme ascetical effort, was not emaciated or exhausted. He seemed to be in perfect balance, physically and in every other way. Anthony's very simple way of life seems extreme to us, Fr. Chryssavgis writes, only because "our culture teaches us that the more we have, the better we are; Anthony's taught him that the less he had, the more he was!" The truth is that "we can often manage with a lot less than we would dare to imagine."
What did "obedience" mean to the desert monastics? Not domination, Fr. Chyrssavgis writes. Obedience was a circle, and "was expected of everyone, elders and novices alike!" True spiritual guides didn't seek to be idolized or to be absolute authorities. Mother Amma said that the teacher "ought to be a stranger to the desire for domination, vainglory and pride" and should be "full of concern for others, and a lover of souls." Beautiful illustrations enhance the richness of this book, which brings the reader closer to the early men and women of the desert who have so much to teach us.
Taken from: http://dce.oca.org/page/bulletins/