May the Name of the Lord be blessed!

On March 4/17, the Holy Orthodox Church commemorates St. Gerasimos of the Jordan; St. Gregory, Bishop of Constantius in Cyprus;  St. James the Faster in Syria; St. Daniel, monk and the Holy Prince of Moscow; Martyr Wenceslaus, Prince of the Czechs; St. Gregory, Bishop of Assa near Ephesus; the Saints of the Pskov Monastery slaughtered by the Latins; and the Repose of the Schemamonk Mark of Glinsk Hermitage. Through the prayers of Thy Saints, O God, save, have mercy upon and protect Thy people!  Amen.

Saturday, March 9: Second Saturday of Souls;  Orthros 8:30 AM and Divine Liturgy  9:30 AM.

Sunday, March 10: CHEESEFARE SUNDAY — the last day that chees and dairy products may be eaten until Great and Holy Pascha. 

Wednesday, March 13:  Liturgy of the Presanctified Gifts  6:00 PM, followed by a Lenten Supper and presentation by Fr. John Anderson “From Wounded to Healed: the Church’s Ministry.”

FOR REFLECTION….
‘Let us use fasting that cuts away all evil from our heart.’ The entrance into Great Lent is made as the entrance into the full fray of the spiritual and physical battle we must each wage on the journey into the Kingdom of God. And though this is a battle we must each wage ourselves, we do not enter into it alone. As an invisible rampart, we have the Faith and the truth of God revealed in His Son and in all the economy of space and time, borne alive in our hearts through the illumination of baptism. And as a visible rampart we have the Church, though here, too, there is the reality of the invisible. It is within the community of all the faithful, past and present, that we struggle towards resurrection, towards Pascha. It is amidst our neighbors that we stand in this arena and wage this battle. ‘If we do this, we shall receive the true crown’. From the usual context of ‘I’ and ‘thou’ in which we communicate day by day, Great Lent calls us to stand before the gates of Paradise in solidarity as the great family of humankind, the united children on the one God.  (His Grace, Bishop Irenei of Sacramento)

BIBLE STUDY: “The Gospel of St. John: Beholding the Glory”  held on Thursdays at 10:30 AM and 7:00 PM. This year’s Scripture study focuses on the fourth Gospel, composed by St. John the Theologian. Both groups are currently on Chapter 7. Join us every Thursday at 10:30 AM or 7:00 PM in the Church library to explore the depths of the Gospel written by “the disciple whom Jesus loved.”

ADULT RELIGIOUS EDUCATION: “The Shared Experience of the Orthodox Christian Faith,” Sundays in the Church Library following Divine Liturgy. Our faith is not about ideas or concepts, rules and regulations, but our relationship and daily connectedness with Jesus Christ. Through the Orthodox Christian Network’s live Facebook stream, the class reaches thousands in the United States, Canada, and dozens of countries worldwide. Enjoy the archives at http://myocn.net/orthodox-christianvideo-programs/adult-study-classes/
 
ORTHODOX ADULT INQUIRY CLASS: For adults interested in joining the Orthodox Church. Through discussion, speakers, and personal sharing, adults will be preparing to receive Baptism or Chrismation. The theme is “Living the Liturgy.” Sessions held Wednesdays through Mar. 6 at 7:30 PM in the Church Library. Contact Fr. Dimitrios for more information or to sign up at 301- 469-7990.
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CONSIDER BEING AN USHER:  In light of the upcoming Lenten and Paschal period, we would like to encourage volunteers to serve as ushers. The sign-up link has been updated: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/70A0D4AAAAB2EA4FA7-ecclesiastical   The ushers serve an important role within the church to welcome parishioners and guests, provide directions and instructions during the liturgy and during special services such as Memorials and 40-day blessings, manage the candle stand, keep order in the narthex during services, and assist to manage emergencies. The opportunity to serve as an usher is open to any adult in our parish. We are looking for anyone who is able to commit to specific dates and times. We need dedicated commitment because there are some services when we have too few volunteers.  Please note that Great Lent begins on Monday March 11, 2019, and Saturday of Lazarus/Holy Week begins on Saturday, April 20, 2019.  Please sign up soon and help us with this important ministry!

GREEK SCHOOL:  Invites you to their annual Apokriatiko Glendi, on Friday March 8th at 7pm. Come dressed in your favorite costume and enjoy fun for the whole family! The event will include dinner, soft drinks, DJ, costume contest, and a cash bar. Tickets are available for purchase online at https://stgeorge.ccbchurch.com/goto/forms/286/responses/new.
 
ST. GEORGE MEN’S GROUP: Men’s Fellowship dinner Tues. evening March 5th at Normandie Farm restaurant, 10710 Falls Rd., Potomac MD. For details email Mike Sakellarides at msakellarides53@gmail.com
 
GREEK PRESCHOOL: Current families register now for 2019-2020 school year, and new families register Feb. 25-Mar. 8. Preschool is open Mon-Fri for children 18 months-5 years to learn the Greek language through play, art and engaging activities. Visit stgeorge.org to register or email saintgeorgepreschoolregister@gmail.com for information.
 
GOYA: Annual Spaghetti Luncheon next Sunday, March 10th during coffee hour. $10 supports GOYA and includes a plate of delicious spaghetti, homemade sauce, freshly baked bread, dessert, and a drink. We look forward to serving you lunch next Sunday.
 
ST. JOHN ORATORICAL FESTIVAL: Mar. 10, 1:00 PM- 3:00 PM. For information, contact festival chairman Nick Moniodis at nickmoniodis@gmail.com
 
“BE THE BEE” RETREAT: Saturday, Mar. 30. Steven Christoforou, Director of Youth & Young Adult Ministries of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America, will lead a daylong program for 6-12 grade youth (9:30 AM-5:00 PM) and an evening program for young adults 18-25 (7:00 PM), to share the Gospel in a clear and accessible way and helping young men and women see Christ at work in their lives. Watch their videos at https://www.youtube.com/y2am
 
PHILOPTOCHOS/GOYA/YAL: Will co-sponsor an important community event on Saturday, April 13, from 9:00 AM to 2:00 PM: “Be M.O.R.E. AWARE”  The event will deal with substance dependency and its  serious consequences in the hopes of raising awareness, understanding and compassion. For registration or additional information contact stgphiloptochos1019@gmail.com

ORTHODOX YOUTH MISSION TEAM: July 6-13. Seeking St. George GOYANs and other youth participants in the Appalachian Service Project, working with families in this very poor region of our country to help make their homes “warmer, safer and drier.” Contact Athena Kaiser for information at 240-498-0870 or avkmail@verizon.net

 

    “We have such a law: If you forgive, it means that God            has forgiven you; but if you do not forgive your                brother, it means that your sin remains with you.”

                 (+ St. Silouan the Athonite, Writings, VII.9)