Church Ministries

                   

Stained Glass Window ~ St. George Entrance

The Ministries of St. George Greek Orthodox Church

Altar Servers: All practicing Orthodox Christian males (over age 7 AND adults) are encouraged to serve in the altar. Those interested in serving should speak directly with the Parish Priest. 

Bible Study and Spiritual Book Clubthemes will range from ecclesiology and denominationalism to sacramental theology and conversion. Meetings will be held in the church sanctuary and shall last approximately 60—90 minutes. Schedule TBA.

Bereavement Supporters: On the occasion of a parishioner falling asleep in the Lord, our bereavement supporters are available to assist with ushering funeral services which take place in the church sanctuary, and serving the Makaria meal that traditionally follows. The time devoted typically involves a morning/afternoon commitment of three to four hours.

Choir/Chanters: All practicing Orthodox Christian parishioners are encouraged to serve as chanters and choir members. All those who are interested should speak directly with Father and our Choir Director, Olga Delorey.

Church Ushers: This ministry is vital to welcoming the faithful. It typically involves one Sunday per month where you would greet parishioners and visitors arriving for worship services and assist them as needed in the Pangari section of the church. Ushering is very spiritually rewarding.

Epistle Readers: All practicing Orthodox Christian parishioners are encouraged to serve as Epistle readers. In addition to weekend Sunday morning services, there are occasions during lent and special sacraments that require readers. Please see the Parish Priest directly to support this ministry. 

Fellowship Group: We continuously encourage newcomers to join our group. Unless there is a special occasion when we meet at a restaurant or travel, our typical meetings take place at the Hellenic Center on the second Thursday of every month at 11:30 AM. We always begin our meetings with a meal. The cost for lunch is $3 for members and $5 for non-members. We serve a substantial meal with entrée, salad, drinks and dessert. Dues are $25 annually. Please contact our treasurer, Kathy Koines or either of our co-presidents, Paul Pagiotas or Eliana Georgelos, for information.

Festival Leaders and Volunteers: All parishioners are invited to volunteer for this fun and important activity in our parish. Activities range from Administrative to Culinary, and from pre-planning activities to weekend execution. Whether you participate in one component or all, you’ll enjoy the effort and the whole community will benefit from your gifts of time and talent.

Fund Raising Leaders and Volunteers: In addition to Greek Festival time, there are occasional times where fund raising volunteers are needed. To volunteer your talents in this area, please contact the church office.

Ladies Philoptochos Society: Philoptochos translated means “friend of the poor” and the basic mission is: To promote charitable, benevolent and philanthropic outreach to preserve the sanctity of life and family and to perpetuate and promote our Orthodox faith and traditions." Please see Olga Delorey for more information.

Order of AHEPA: Our mission is to promote the ancient Hellenic ideals of education, philanthropy, civic responsibility, integrity, and family and individual excellence through community service and volunteerism.

Parish Council Members: Leaders are needed to provide the care and oversight that the business of our parish requires. If you have a desire to contribute in this very special way, please see the Parish Priest directly, and before October of each year.

Soup Kitchen: Our soup kitchen efforts are led by the Ladies Philoptochos Society at St. George and all parishioners are welcome to participate. Please contact chairperson, Kathy Koines for more information. 

St. John Chrysostom Oratorical Festival: Introduced in 1983, the St. John Chrysostom Oratorical Festival provides Greek Orthodox teenagers the opportunity to write and talk about their faith. The Oratorical Festival Program begins at the parish level and is divided into three divisions:

  • Elementary Division (local festival only) for students in grades 4–6
  • Junior Division for students in grades 7–9
  • Senior Division for student in grades 10–12
  • The top speakers in the Junior and Senior Divisions advance to the district level. Two finalists in each district division represent the district at the Metropolis Oratorical Festival. The top speaker in each metropolis division is then selected to participate in the Archdiocese Finals, which is hosted by a different metropolis each year.

All eighteen finalists at the Archdiocese Finals participate in a weekend of activities, the highlight of which is the delivery of their speeches on Saturday morning. The Oratorical Festival Scholarship Fund provides college scholarships to the top speakers. In 2015, the top three speakers of each division received college scholarships of $2,000, $1,500 and $1,000. This year, each Honorable Mention speaker was awarded $500.

St. George Dance Troupe: All members of St. George are invited to join us as we learn and perform dances from the various regions and islands of Greece.  The Youth Troupe performs annually at regional festivals and district competitions.  Please contact Georgia Tsakopiakos for more information.

Sunday School Teachers and Assistants: All practicing Orthodox Christian adult parishioners are invited to lead or assist with our religious education program for our children. Please see the Parish Priest directly to discuss how you would like to support this ministry. 

“Thursday Morning Boys” Building and Grounds Volunteers: If you enjoy landscape or building beautification projects this group is right for you! These volunteers meet regularly to help maintain the facilities and grounds and work on special projects as needed. Please contact Charlie Koines or Morgan Gazetos for further information.

Youth Group Leaders and Volunteers: Angels/HOPE/JOY and GOYA are fun and enlightening faith based activity groups for our youth grades pre-k—12. All children are welcome. Volunteers are always needed.  Contact the Parish Priest directly.