Saint George Portland, Oregon

"Believe in the light
that you may become the children of light." John 12:36

October 4, 2015

Eighteenth Sunday after Pentecost
Tone 1 Eothinon 7
Today we commemorate: Hieromartyr Hierotheos, bishop of Athens; Hieromartyr Peter of Capitolia in Syria; Martyrs Domnina and her daughters of Syria; Gurios, first archbishop of Kazan and Barsanouphios, bishop of Tver; and Martyrs Stephen (Stiljanovich) and Elizabeth of Serbia

Apolytikion of the Resurrection - Tone 1: While the stone was sealed by the Jews, and the soldiers were guarding Thy most pure body, Thou didst arise on the third day, O Savior, granting life to the world. For which cause the heavenly pow'rs cried aloud unto Thee, O Giver of Life: Glory to Thy Resurrection, O Christ, glory to Thy Kingdom, glory to Thy providence, O Thou Who alone art the Lover of Mankind.

Apolytikion of St. George - Tone 4: Liberator of captives, defender of the poor, physician of the sick, and champion of kings, O trophy-bearer, Great Martyr George, intercede with Christ God that our souls be saved.

Kontakion of the Theotokos - Tone 2: O protection of Christians that cannot be put to shame, mediation unto the Creator most constant: O despise not the suppliant voices of those who have sinned, but be thou quick, O good one, to come unto our aid, who in faith cry unto thee. Hasten to intercession and speed thou to make supplication, thou who dost ever protect, O Theotokos, all who honor thee.

Fasting Guidelines
This week we fast as usual on Wednesday, Oct 7 and Friday, Oct 9. The usual Wednesday and Friday fast consists of abstinence from meat, eggs, milk and milk products, fish (with backbones), wine (i.e. all alcoholic beverages), and-for those who keep the fast in its fullest measure-olive oil. Shellfish are permitted.

Festival Wrap-Up
A festival wrap-up meeting will be held today in the Church office at 11:45am. Please attend and offer your suggestions as to how we can make next year's festival even more successful!

SOYO Meeting
There will be a SOYO meeting (all parish teens ages 13-18) today in the parish hall during coffee hour to elect officers for the 2015-16 year.

Antiochian Women's Retreat
Saturday, Nov 14, St Andrew Antiochian Orthodox Church of Arlington, WA will host a women's retreat from 9am - 4:30pm. Registration forms are available on the exo-narthex table or may be downloaded from the St George Parish Facebook page.

Youth Retreat Registration Now Open
ATTENTION Junior High and Senior High students, grades 7 and up--Orthodox Christian Winter Youth Retreat
Over Martin Luther King Jr Weekend, January 16 -18, an Orthodox Christian Winter Youth Retreat will be held in Enumclaw, WA at the Buck Creek Camp facility. This is an awesome opportunity for Orthodox youth to get together once more for fun, fellowship and growth in faith. Our retreat's title is "Who is your Superhero?" with presentations by Fr Seraphim Majmudar. Registration is open October 1 through November 30; go to: for a registration packet. Volunteer positions need to be filled as well. Young adults 18+ years old are encouraged to go to: to learn how you can help make this weekend a success. General questions can be directed to Nia Chopelas at:

Coffee Hour Hosts: Today - Kh Krista West; Oct 11 - date available; Oct 18 - date available; Oct 25 - Erin Robertson; Nov 1 - date available; Nov 8 - Nektaria Fortier; Nov 15 (fasting) - Linda Dibe
Holy Bread: Today - Kh Krista West; Oct 11 - date available; Oct 18 - date available; Oct 25 - date available; Nov 1 - Alexandra Obeid; Nov 8 - Nektaria Fortier; Nov 15 - Linda Dibe
Ushers: Today - Team 1: Patrick Barnes, Patrick Stuart, Wael Sekkariah; Oct 11 - Team 2: Joshua Cheves, David Morgan, Kai Johnson, Michel Teeny; Oct 18 - Team 3: Paull Kaady, Jacob Kaady, Wadie Khouri, Larry Williams; Oct 25 - Team 4: Nick Charles, Nabeel Hanna, Robert Keys

A Message from the Festival Chairman
Thank you to all who worked very hard to make our 38th Annual Saint George Middle Eastern Festival such a great success. Thank you to all who donated time, talent and effort to ensure that every guest and visitor had a very positive and memorable experience. Your work is greatly appreciated and admired. We look forward to doing this again next September 2016. Please look for a detailed article and pictures of this festival in the upcoming issue of the "Word."
A festival wrap-up meeting will be held on Sunday, October 4, 2015 at the Church office at 11:45 AM.

Weekly Schedule

Saturday Vespers 5pm, Confessions Follow

Sunday Matins 8:30am, Divine Liturgy 9:30am

The schedule above is the normal schedule throughout the year, no matter what season. During fasting seasons, such as Lent, and Advent, there will be added services. If these services do not appear on this page they will be on the Bulletin page.

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Contact Us

Saint George is a parish of the Antiochian Archdiocese of North America.

Our mailing address is:
Saint George Antiochian Orthodox Christian Church
P.O. Box 20695
Portland, Oregon 97294

Father Alban's e-mail address is:

Father Alban's phone number is: 503 313 3575

Father Edward Hillhouse's phone number: 503 591 8242

Deacon Dionysius Seib's phone number: 503 929 5121

Deacon Steven Bambakidis's phone number 971 217 5742

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The Very Rev. Fr. Alban West
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