FROM THE GREEK ORTHODOX CHURCH OF ST. GEORGE
Christ is baptized in the Jordan!  Glorify Him!

On January 13/26, the Holy Orthodox Church commemorates the Martyrs Hermylus and Stratonicus of Bulgaria; Martyr Peter at Herapolis; St. James, Bishop of Nisibis; Martyr Athanasius, Martyr Pachomius, and Martyr Papyrirus in Greece; St. Maxiomus of Kavsokalyvia Monastery on Mt. Athos; St. Irinarch of Rostov; and St. Hilary of Poitiers. Through the prayers of Thy Saints, O God, save, have mercy upon, and protect Thy people!

Friday, January 17: FEAST OF ST. ANTHONY THE GREAT, FATHER OF MONKS    Orthros 8:30 AM   Divine Liturgy 9:30 AM

FOR REFLECTION….
“The truly intelligent man pursues one sole objective: to obey and conform to the God of all. With this single aim in view, he disciplines his soul, and whatever he may encounter in the course of his life, he gives thanks to God for the compass and depth of His providential ordering of all things.

For it is absurd to be grateful to doctors who give us bitter and unpleasant medicines to cure our bodies, and yet to be ungrateful to God for what appears to us to be harsh, not grasping that all we encounter is for our benefit and in accordance with His providence. For knowledge of God and faith in Him is the salvation and perfection of the soul.”  (St. Anthony the Great, from the Philokalia)

BIBLE STUDY 2019-2020: Having completed the Prison Epistles of St. Paul, the Bible Study Groups will move back the the book Unseen Warfare — a text that provides a blue print for developing one’s Orthodox spiritual life.  Meets every Thursday 10:30 AM and 7:00 PM in the Church Library. All are welcome even if you missed the first part of the “Unseen Warfare” study!

ADULT RELIGIOUS EDUCATION: 11:30 AM, following Divine Liturgy in the Church Library. The theme is “Forming Christian Culture.” In His parables to the masses, Christ always uses practical examples from everyday life to help people understand and draw near to God. The format is a round-table discussion in a relaxed atmosphere. Please join and participate freely.
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GOYA: “One Warm Coat” Drive. We are collecting clean, gently-worn coats of all types and sizes. Please place all coats in the bin located in the foyer outside the Grand Hall. Through Jan. 19, donated coats will be distributed throughout our local community. Please heed the Gospel’s call to clothe those in need, especially during these winter months. Turn the Gospel into action!

GOYA:  Get-together with H.O.P.E. & J.O.Y. next Friday, January 17 for an artistic workshop that will tie in with our upcoming Sights & Sounds event. Please sign up and join us in the Founders Hall from 6pm-9pm. On Sunday, January 19, make sure to help the Feed the Hungry ministry in the Church kitchen. Our next fundraiser will be a Pizza Sale on Sunday, January 26.

50 PLUS CLUB:  Annual Valentine Party, Saturday, February 8, 11:30am, at Normandie Farm Restaurant, 107010 Falls Rd., Potomac, Md – $35/person (tip/tax included.  Choice of Entree:  Tilapia with Crabmeat or Chicken Piccata served with mashed potatoes and green beans.  Also Cream of Asparagus Soup. Dessert is Creme Broulee with Tea or Coffee.  Cash Bar on your own.  Call for reservations as soon as possible to Maria 301.493.5789.

STEWARDSHIP: Please reflect on making a generous 2020 pledge, without which we cannot properly budget for St. George operations, and be sure to have fulfilled your 2019 pledge. Your support helps to sustain our church’s ministries and our operations budget of $1.3 million, or $3,560 each day. Thank you for your strong and enduring commitment to the Greek Orthodox Church of St. George, so we may continue to express our gratitude to Christ our God and carry out His will in our own lives, those of our families, and throughout our wider community.

HOPE AND JOY: For children 4 to 11 years of age. to build a strong connection with their church and faith through fun activities including sports, crafts, outreach projects, faith enrichment, social events and much more. Families meet on select Friday evenings 7:00-9:00 PM in the Founder’s Hall – $40 registration fee for first child, $20 for each additional child, checks payable to St. George Greek Orthodox Church. Upcoming meetings and events: General Meeting with GOYA on Friday, Jan. 17; and General Meeting on Friday, Jan. 31. Through January, Hope and Joy will host the Fellowship Hour after Divine Liturgy. For information, contact Fran Solovieff at fpvlantis@aol.com or Maria Campbell at mariadcampbell@yahoo.com

JAMES G. PULOS SCHOLARSHIPS will be awarded in Spring 2020. Established through a bequest to St. George by John Pulos, it provides college scholarships to select graduating high school seniors with a GPA (weighted) of 3.0 or above. Participant families must be stewards in good standing at St. George. Applications are due April 1. Applications are available online at https://stgeorge.org/pulos-scholarship/  – for information, contact pulosfund@gmail.com

“Sometimes, late at night, the words are only whispers– Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God. The quiet is kindness and gratitude and calm–Have mercy on me, a sinner. And I fall asleep like that, the words of the Jesus Prayer melting from English to Greek– Kyrie Iesou Christe. Floating around me– Yie tou Theou. Swimming apart from me– Eleison me.”   (Angela Carlson, from Nearly Orthodox)