July 28, 2014



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“Let us commit ourselves
and one another and our whole life
to Christ our God”

Welcome to
St. Christopher Hellenic Orthodox Church
in Peachtree City, Georgia

 

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Thank you for your visit. We invite you to join us and participate in our worship services, educational, fellowship, and service ministries.

 
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We invite you to join us for worship services, religious education, and fellowship afterwards. You are welcome!
Join us on Sundays for worship and fellowship...
7:45 a.m. Orthros
9:00 a.m. Divine Liturgy

News & Updates 
Dormition.jpgJoin and pray with us at our August Paraklesis Services on August 1, 4, 8, 11, & 13.

"We will pray for mercy, life, health, peace, salvation, visitation, forgiveness and remission of sins of the servants of God."


Looking ahead... join us for the Feast of the Dormition of the Theotokos, celebrated on the Eve of the Feast

Thursday, August 14th (Eve of Dormition of our Most Holy Lady the Theotokos)

  5:00 pm  Great Vespers Service

  5:45 pm   Divine Liturgy/Community Dinner (fasting - fish permitted) 


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Tuesday, August 5th (Eve of Feast of the Transfiguration of our Lord):

  5:00 pm   Great Vespers Service (Evening)

  5:45 pm Divine Liturgy (Evening), Blessing of the Grapes, followed by Community Dinner (Please bring fasting food; fish is permitted)

 

 

 

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August, 2014 Newsletter

(Click to download and read)


 


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St. Christopher Philoptochos is hosting an emergency food drive for:

Wellspring Girls’ Pantry

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YOU’RE INVITED to help our parish prepare our baked goods for GREEKFEST - click to learn more...
 

 


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You're invited to join us on Saturday, September 20th at 6:30 p.m. for

GREEKFEST 2014!

Click to Order Tickets

Click to Become a Sponsor 


Hands_of_Love.jpgHands of Love for July, 2014
Soldiers' Angels

Throughout the month of July, we will be collecting monetary donations to benefit Soldiers' Angels.

 

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Soldiers' Angels is a volunteer-led 501(c)(3) nonprofit with the mission to provide aid and comfort to the men and women of the United States Army, Marines, Navy, Air Force, and Coast Guard, their families, and to improve the lives of a growing veteran population.

For more information about Soldiers' Angels, please visit: http://soldiersangels.org


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Click to download July, 2014 Newsletter


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Cancer Patients

The next Prayer Shawl blessing will be during the Feast of the Dormition of the Theotokos on August 10th. The blessed shawls will be shared with the counseling staff at the Cancer Treatment Center of America (CTCA) in Newnan. Since both men and women are served at CTCA, they can utilize lap blankets, as well as shawls, for their patients. We sent 11 beautiful blessed shawls to Guatemala, and were able to share 7 shawls with our April 7th guest speaker from Wellspring. For the first time, our most prolific producer of prayer shawls, Mildred Mayson, was able to be with us when Fr. George blessed the prayer shawls. Please contact Susan Kleto at 770.253.8469 or sbkleto@gmail.com to either become a participant in this ministry, to receive yarn, to receive sew-in labels, to receive a Prayer Guide, or if you have any questions. We have some beautiful skeins of yarn available to those who need some yarn.


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Monday, June 9 (Holy Spirit - Day 3 -
"Share the Spirit" Weekend - Fruit/Fun):

           Session 3 – “Share the Spirit” Weekend – FRUIT
(& FUN for all ages)

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  Did you see them?
 
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Yes, they spent the day here! 
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 They brought the
 Spirit of God
 with them!

Share_the_Spirit_Theme.jpgAt Serenbe (Chattahoochee Hills, GA), our families shared the FRUIT of the SPIRIT through FAITH and FAMILY in a FUN day using interactive activities: scavenger hunt, picnic, and hayride.

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 O heavenly King, the Comforter, the Spirit of Truth, Who are in all places, and fill all things, Treasury of good things, and Giver of life, come, and dwell in us, and cleanse us from every stain; and save our souls, O good One. Amen.

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She is nice like the others who came with her... They sang and taught us a song about love, goodness, peace, faithfulness, gentleness, joy, kindness, patience, and self-control.

Donkey.jpg I wish they would visit us again. They had so much fun searching for the beautiful aspects of our natural environment at Serenbe to share with their families and friends. Here, they found a reflection of the beauty of God's creation - plants, animals, and people serving together as good stewards of God's gifts to humanity. After a relaxing and reflective lunch, they saw the expanse of our home on a hayride and fed some of the horses!


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Excerpts from the Epistle & Gospel Lessons offered in the Divine Liturgy for the Feast of the Holy Spirit, Monday, June 9, 2014:

"For once you were darkness, but now in the Lord you are light. Live as children of light— for the fruit of the light is found in all that is good and right and true. Try to find out what is pleasing to the Lord." (Eph. 5:8-10)

"Take care that you do not despise one of these little ones; for, I tell you, in heaven their angels continually see the face of my Father in heaven. What do you think? If a shepherd has a hundred sheep, and one of them has gone astray, does he not leave the ninety-nine on the mountains and go in search of the one that went astray? And if he finds it, truly I tell you, he rejoices over it more than over the ninety-nine that never went astray. So it is not the will of your Father in heaven that one of these little ones should be lost." (Mt. 18:10-11)

Fr. George wishes to thank our parish family and friends who supported and participated in our 2014 "Share the Spirit" Weekend. Without the involvement of our teachers, our planners, our participants, and the parish's unending support, we would have missed this great opportunity to learn how to grow in and through the fruit of God's Holy Spirit. Glory to God in all things. Amen.


Sunday, June 8 (Pentecost - Day 2 -
"Share the Spirit" Weekend - FAMILY):

       Session 2 - "Share the Spirit" Weekend - FAMILY

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(Click for update)


 Saturday, June 7 (Sat. of Souls - Day 1 - "Share the Spirit" Weekend - FAITH):

         Session 1 - "Share the Spirit" Weekend - FAITH

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                     Praying for a Blessed Pentecost!

The staff, missionaries, and board of the Orthodox Christian Mission Center (OCMC) pray that you have a blessed Feast of Pentecost. At Pentecost the Holy Spirit came down like tongues of fire upon the Apostles, empowering them to preach the Gospel and establish Christ’s Church. May the gifts of the Holy Spirit enable you and your community to continue this work by sharing the Orthodox Faith with people around the world!

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Sharing the "Fruit of the Holy Spirit" This Coming Sunday...
 
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Following Fr. George's introduction of "Sharing the Spirit" Weekend scheduled for Saturday - Monday, June 7 - 9, 2014, we enjoyed the following parishioners' sharing about the "Fruit of the Holy Spirit" on Sunday, June 1st:
 
Love - Helen P.
Goodness - Lydia M.
Peace - George P.
Fruitfulness - Christos V.
Gentleness - Tammy S.
Joy - Costas S.
Kindness - Gail E.
Patience - Katie W.
Self-Control - Becky B.
 

2014 Memorial Day . . .
(May their memory be eternal)
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Fr. George thanks our parishioners and their friends who joined him at the Georgia National Cemetery in Canton, Georgia, on May 26th to pay tribute and offer prayers in behalf of our brave men and women who offered their lives in sacrifice to our country. He and our faithful prayed for all deceased brethren who served our country and their families who survive them. May their memory be eternal!
"All gave some . . . some gave all . . . "
 
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Our parish observed the Orthodox Church's dedication of the 6th Sunday of Pascha as the official day to recognize prison ministry in every Orthodox parish around the nation!. This year the official date was May 25th and Fr. George incorporated the need for this ministry in his sermon and thanks all of our parishioners who supported our Philoptochos' special collection tray.
 
(Click to read Bishops' Statement & Click to read Metropolitan Alexios' Letter )



"St. Christopher Church Honors
JEANIE ELLINAS Night"
at Atlanta Braves Baseball Game at Turner Field - Friday, June 13, 2014

(We have had a tremendous response and have sold out of available tickets!)
 
Jeanie_Ellinas.jpgAtlanta_Braves.jpg.jpgOur parish has planned this special night of fun and fellowship, hot dogs and hamburgers at Turner Field to honor Jeanie Ellinas for her ten years of faithful service as our GOYA Advisor. We thank her for her dedicated service! May God bless Jeanie and her family always. Keep in mind her favorite expression... "Everyone's a winner at St. Christopher's!"


40 Day Service of Blessing - Welcome to our Newest Parishioner
& Congratulations to His Family!

Sunday, May 25, 2014

 

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Thank You for 2014 Diakonia Retreat Center
Volunteer Work Weekend - May 16-18, 2014

  Our theme for our volunteer efforts this year included the following goals:

     Refresh, Renew, Repair, Restore 

  (Click to read Fr. George's Report)

(Click to read message from Metropolis Development Office)

 

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Celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the Historic Meeting in Jerusalem of Pope Paul VI &Patriarch Athenagoras I

(Click to view photos of event)  


Thanks be to God for the Name Day
of our parish on May 9th!
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Archdiocesan Council Spring Meeting Convened in Washington, DC

Fr. George attended the Archdiocesan Council Spring Meeting Convened in Washington, DC on May 2nd pictured above.

(Click here to read more.)


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"Discovering Orthodox Christianity," a 26-part series of talk shows and Bible studies is now available on the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese homepage at www.goarch.org Produced by Greek Orthodox Telecommunications, (GOTelecom) and designed to educate viewers about the basic teachings of Orthodox Christianity, the series was made possible with a grant from the Archbishop Iakovos Leadership 100 Endowment Fund.

The programs are now available and can be viewed at www.goarch.org/ourfaith/discovering

His Eminence Archbishop Demetrios presents five of the 26 programs, and the remaining 21 (which were videotaped in Holy Cross Chapel at HCHC), feature as presenters Metropolitans of the Archdiocese, theologians, clergymen and other leaders in the Church and experts their particular fields.
(click to view)