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 21st Ven. Simeon fool-for-Christ; Ven. John the Faster
1 Corinthians 5:9-6:11 Matthew 13:54-58
July 22nd St. Mary Magdalene; Virgin Martyr Marcella
1 Corinthians 6:20-7:12 Matthew 14:1-13
July 23rd Trophimus & Theophilus; Apollinarius of Ravenna
1 Corinthians 7:12-24 Matthew 14:35-15:11
July 24th Great Martyr Christina; Martyrs Boris & Gleb
1 Corinthians 7:24-35 Matthew 15:12-21
July 25th Repose of Righteous Anna, mother of Theotokos
1 Corinthians 7:35-8:7 Matthew 15:29-31
July 26th Ven. Martyr Paraskevi; Hieromartyr Hermolaus
Romans 12:1-3 Matthew 10:37-11:1
Greeters: The Ghareeb Family Reader: David Beleny Serving Group: Archangel Gabriel
Services/Activities This Week:
Vacation Church School: Mon. July 21st- Thurs. July 24th, 6-8 PM, at St. George Woodley
Great Vespers: Saturday, July 19th, 5 PM, at the church
Last Sunday July 13th, 57 Adults and 22 Youth attended Divine Liturgy.
The Sanctuary Lamp will be burning this week in memory of Popadia Marina Dimitroff. Trisagion Prayers will be offered for Popadia Marina Dimitroff today after Liturgy.
During Transition: 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. Fr. Paul (Gassios) will be reading a letter to the parish describing some of this in greater detail.
Some Updates for the Parish to Know
Until a priest is assigned to the parish:
• Sarah Allen will be doing the weekly bulletin starting Sunday, July 13th. If you need items to be put in the bulletin write her at:
or call her at 419-494-4781.
• Rachael Hill will be contacting people to greet on Sundays from July to the end of August.
• Dan Serdar will be arranging for people to read the epistle on Sundays.
• 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.
• Karen Beleny will be preparing the Sunday outline sheets for Divine Liturgy starting Sunday July 20th. If you would like to add someone to the prayer list please contact Karen.
Vacation Church School Help Needed!
As a parish, we are responsible for providing snack Tuesday evening for all of the children.
We need help in 2 ways:
1) serving the snack for the children (be at St George Woodley 6-approx 8:30)
2) Donating the following items...
-Wheat Chex Cereal (4-5 boxes)
-Bear shaped Cookies (4-5 boxes
-Popcorn (already popped) (could someone pop and fill a large brown paper bag?)
-Candy corn (4 bags)
-Fish shaped crackers (1-2 large boxes)
Please contact Vicki Ghareeb (734 847 3531)to donate your time or any items! Thank you!
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.
Vacation Church School
The program will take place from Monday, July 21st to Thursday, July 24th from 6 PM to 8:30 PM each day at St. George Cathedral, 3754 Woodley Rd, Toledo, OH 43606. The theme this year is “The Summer Feasts of Christ.” Children from the ages of 3 to 12 are invited to participate. Registration forms are in the narthex of the church; please register by July 13, 2014. Financial donations would be appreciated for materials, snacks and food. You can make your donation check out to: “Presbyter’s Council of Toledo” and mail it to St. George on Woodley St. or give it to Fr. Paul. Please note on the check that your donation is for the Vacation Church School. The last day by the way is being planned as a picnic and people from all four parishes are invited to attend. Please bring a side dish if you are planning to come!
On July 21 the Church remembers the prophet and priest Ezekiel, known as a visionary who had many vivid dreams.
But he was also stern and unyielding in his insistence on Israel's responsibility to God, having been given a forehead "like adamant harder than flint" by the Lord (3: 9). He would need to be adamant in the first years of his ministry because, as God told him, he would be dealing with "all the house of Israel", who were "of a hard forehead and of a stubborn heart" (3: 7). One of Ezekiel's famous visions came as he began his ministry. He saw a kind of chariot or wagon on four wheels, full of brightness and flashing fire, drawn by four fantastic-looking creatures. It came from the north, in a great cloud and driven by a rush of wind. The chariot was topped by a throne, on which was a seated figure. Ezekiel couldn't describe any of this in clear terms; he could only say, "Such was the appearance of the likeness of the glory of the Lord" (1:28).
Ezekiel is so overwhelmed that he falls on his face, but God graciously calls him to rise so that they can speak face to face. Ezekiel needs help from the Spirit to be able to stand up, but he does so, and is told that he must go and prophesy to the "impudent and stubborn" people of Israel.
The prophet spent the years from 593 to 586 in Jerusalem. He saw shocking things going on in the Temple itself: people were worshipping the pagan sun-god and practicing other pagan rites. When Jerusalem fell to the Babylonians in 586, Ezekiel was devastated but hardly surprised. He had warned the people that God would let it happen; they had not listened. By 587, Ezekiel had joined the Babylonian exiles. He felt compassion for them, and took very seriously the Lord's words: "So you, son of man, I have made a watchman for the house of Israel; whenever you hear a word from my mouth you shall give them warning from me" (33: 7). Ezekiel reminded the exiles that his job was to watch and warn, but that each person was personally responsible before God.
Ezekiel also reassured the exiles that the foreign conquest of Jerusalem did not mean that God had abandoned His people, as some of them feared. His visions continued, including the vision of a valley full of dry bones that are renewed to life by God's word. This is a prophecy of the restoration of Israel, but also a foretelling of the new life given by Jesus Christ, which is why it is part of the Orthodox Church's worship during Holy Week.
Ezekiel had a vision of Israel once again living in its land, and worshipping God in the restored Temple. He also prophesied in a way that anticipates Christ's loving words: "I will bring back the strayed, and I will bind up the crippled, and I will strengthen the weak, and the fat and the strong I will watch over" (34: 16).Taken from: http://dce.oca.org/page/bulletins/