Saint George Portland, Oregon

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

January 24, 2016

Fourteenth Sunday of Luke
Blessed Xenia of St Petersburg, Fool-for-Christ
Tone 1 Eothinon 1
Today we also commemorate: Righteous Mother Xenia the Merciful of Rome; Hieromartyr Babylas of Sicily;
Venerable Philotheos, founder of Philotheou monastery on Athos
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. Xenia - Tone 8: In thee, O wandering stranger, Christ the Lord hath given us an ardent intercessor for our kind. For having received in thy life sufferings and grief and served God and men with love, thou didst acquire great boldness. Wherefore, we fervently hasten to thee in temptations and grief, crying out from the depths of our hearts: Put not our hope to shame, O Blessed Xenia.
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 Meeting - Tone 1: Thou Who didst sanctify the virginal womb by Thy Nativity, and didst bless the hands of Simeon hast come this day and saved us, O Christ God. Grant peace and strength to the Orthodox people whom Thou hast loved, O Thou only Lover of mankind.
Fasting Guidelines
Wednesday, Jan 27, we fast with katalysis for wine and olive oil on account of the Translation of the Relics of St John Chrysostom. Friday, Jan 29, we fast as usual.
Welcome, Kliros
We are very blessed this morning to have the Kliros Liturgical Choir, directed by Tracey Edson, leading us in the hymns and responses of the Divine Liturgy. Thank you, Tracey and Kliros choristers!

SWING DANCE PARTY - Teens and young adults, please plan to join us for a 1940's-themed swing dance party in the St George Parish Hall on Saturday, Feb 6, at 6pm. The evening will begin with professional dance instruction and we will then dance the night away! Young adults of St George, we would like your assistance in hosting this event for the pan-Orthodox community. To volunteer your time and assistance with setup, snacks, cleanup, etc, please contact Josephine West at

HEALTH SCREENING - Schedule your participation in a health screening event at the St George Parish Hall on Tuesday, Feb 9, by calling 888-653-6450 or visiting

SYRIAN RELIEF FUNDRAISER - The Order of St. Ignatius and the Missions & Outreach Ministry will host a Valentine's Day Brunch on Sunday, Feb 14, following the Divine Liturgy. All proceeds will go to our Archdiocese Syrian Relief Fund. The minimum suggested donation is $10 for adults and $5 for children, but we encourage those who are able to give generously for this important project. Please spread the word among your family and friends. If you have any questions, please contact Nektaria Blalock or members of the Order or Missions & Outreach Ministry.

Coffee Hour Hosts: Today - St George Choir; Jan 31 - Alexandra Obeid; Feb 7 - Heam Doumit & Nahla Doughly; Feb 14 - Penelope Teeny & Souad Teeny; Feb 21 - date available; Feb 28 - Dianna Kaady
Holy Bread: Today - Nektaria Fortier; Jan 31 - Alexandra Obeid; Feb 7 - Heam Doumit & Nahla Doughly; Feb 14 - Penelope Teeny & Souad Teeny; Feb 21 - date available; Feb 28 - Dianna Kaady
Ushers: Today - Team 4: Nick Charles, Nabeel Hanna, Robert Keys; Jan 31 - Volunteer team (5th Sunday); Feb 7 - Team 1: Patrick Barnes, Wael Sekkariah, Patrick Stuart; Feb 14 - Team 2: Joshua Cheves, David Morgan, Michel Teeny; Feb 21 - Team 3: Paull Kaady, Jacob Kaady, Wadie Khouri, Larry Williams

Young Adult (18+) Retreat Hosted by Holy Trinity Cathedral
"A Life of Your Own in Christ"
Led by Rev. Hieromonk Fr. James Corazza
When: February 26-28th, 2016
Arrive: Friday, February 26th at 7:30pm (Note: no dinner will be served)
Depart: Sunday, February 28th at 12pm following Divine Liturgy

Where: Camp Angelos Retreat Center, 32149 SE Stevens Rd, Corbett, OR 97019
Cost: $35 per person ($50 for married couples). All meals included.

Turning to Christ Together: Marriage as a Spiritual Path
A talk and conversation on marriage with Dn. Stephen Muse, PhD
March 11 - 12, 2016
Fri: 7:30pm. - 9pm Sat: 11am - 3:00pm
St. John the Baptist Greek Orthodox Church
14485 SW Walker Rd, Beaverton, Oregon
Register online beginning Jan 25:

Immediate Job Opening!
Agia Sophia Academy is seeking a long-term substitute to teach the remainder of this school year, to replace a K/1 teacher who unexpectedly needed to relocate across the country. Full and part-time options are available. Due to the immediacy of this job opening, please email a letter of interest, and resume to To find out more visit

Stewardship Pledge - Renew Your Parish Membership
According to the St George Parish constitution and by-laws, membership in good standing in the parish requires that each household (individual or husband and wife with their dependent children) submit, on an annual basis, a signed pledge of financial support. Now is the time to initiate your membership or renew it for 2016. If you are an Orthodox Christian in good sacramental standing and wish to have your local membership registered at St George, please submit your pledge for the coming year. Pledge forms are available in the exonarthex.
A Message from Agia Sophia Academy
Agia Sophia Academy is working hard to complete its Tuition Assistance campaign, which helps to raise funds for families in need. ASA has always endeavored to make Orthodox private education a realistic possibility for any family for whom it is a priority. Please consider giving the gift of Orthodox education to children in need. A generous donor will match dollar for dollar up to $12,500. With $7,000 raised thus far, please help make this educational opportunity a reality. Checks can be sent to 14485 SW Walker Road,Beaverton,OR 97006 or through the online portal at Thank you for your consideration.

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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

For Web related issues contact me, Barney Athanasius Blalock at:

His Eminence Metropolitan Joseph

The Clergy of St. George Parish

Saint Ignatius of Antioch
The Very Reverend Fr. Alban West
December 20, 2015

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