• Our Philoptochos invites all the parishioners to attend it’s annual Lenten Luncheon—Membership Drive on March 5th, after the conclusion of the Divine Liturgy. Dr. Panos Stavrianidis will talk about the meaning and importance of Orthodox Sunday. The proceeds and donations from the luncheon will go to the Hellenic College/Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology. The Lenten Luncheon, kicks off our 2017 membership drive. We encourage all of our current members to pay their 2017 dues and welcome new members to the Philoptochos Society.
• SUNDAY SCHOOL parents please note that Sunday school’s dismissal is at 12pm. At that time you can pick up your children. Thank you for your attention.
• Festival Preparation has started. You are all invited to come and help for the preparation of Baklava, on Tuesday, March 7th at 9 a.m. Your help is necessary to make yet another Festival, a success!
• The next BIBLE STUDY meetings will take place on March 9th and March 23rd at 7pm respectively.
• The St. George G.O.Y.A. is looking for a 2nd dance instructor to work with our youth group starting in September of 2017. Must have previous experience. If you are interested please contact Mrs. Fotini Mangafas at firstname.lastname@example.org
• The Metropolis of New Jersey cordially invites you to a beautiful and inspirational program that has been prepared by the Byzantine Choir of St. Thomas - Cherry Hill, under the direction of Protopsaltis Apostolos Combitsis, and which will present the Hymnology of Holy and Great Lent. The Byzantine Music Concert will take place on the Sunday of the Veneration of the Holy Cross, March 19, 2017, 6:00pm at the St. Thomas Greek Orthodox Church in Cherry Hill, New Jersey. A reception will follow.
• Our community will participate in the Parade in honor of our Greek Independence Day (March 25, 1821) on Sunday March 26th, in New York City. Let’s show how proud we all are of our St. George community! Church Services on this day will be as follows: Orthros 8:00 a.m. and Divine Liturgy 9:00 a.m. Buses will be leaving our church parking lot at 11:30 a.m. The cost is $25/adults, college students/$10 with ID. All GOYA members, Sunday & Greek school students are free of charge. A complimentary lunch will be provided on the bus. Church attire is required to participate. Children who would like to be on the float must be 5 years old or older and dressed in their Greek costumes. No parents will be allowed on the float. For reservations contact Sophie Exarchakis at 732-723-9088 or email us at email@example.com
• The pastry committee of St. George Festival seeks your support in order to offset the cost of ingredients. Any donation, large or small, will be greatly appreciated. You can bring your cash donation or check (payable to St. George festival committee) to church on Sundays. Bring it to the church office during office hours, or mail it to: Anna Kalogridis 11 Bartha Ave., Edison, NJ 08817.
• Elmwood cemetery, located in North Brunswick, is offering a discount in March to our parishioners who are thinking about the purchase of a plot, and want to come in to prearrange. They want to support church members who keep the traditional ways. They are offering a 10% discount for those who purchase 1-3 graves; a 25% discount for those who purchase 4-9 graves; and a 50% discount for those who purchase 10+ graves. In other words, if 5 couples from the church want to each purchase 2 graves, for a total of 10, they will give the group a 50 % discount. If people from the church have been thinking about settling their affairs, March would be the time to take action.
* Godparents’ Day was a wonderful celebration! It was great to see the special bond between Nouna and Nouno and their godchildren. The St. George PTO would like to thank all of the families that purchased corsages and lambathes to help support this unique event. The St. George PTO especially wants to extend our utmost gratitude to Leah Kambitsis and Vicky Gianoukakis for devoting their time to build the lambathes and corsages for the event. We can not express enough our tremendous appreciation for the generosity that Leah and Vicky provided the PTO and our community.
* We would like to thank Sophia Voudouris for her efforts in organizing PTO Godparent Sunday. The PTO appreciates all of her coordination for this special day for our St George Community.
* In the upcoming weeks in March and April, the PTO will be having Easter Lambathes available for purchase in the AHEPA Hall following the Divine Liturgy. Please stop by our table to browse and purchase a lambatha as a gift for your children, godchildren, and family. The lambatha is lit during Easter Paschal services and the Eternal Flame is brought home to symbolize that the light of the Resurrection has blessed your home.
* In the upcoming weeks in March, the Greek School Chocolate Fundraiser will be beginning. If you opted to sell chocolates for our fundraiser commitment, the chocolates will be sent home with your children after their respective Greek
School classes during the week.
* Please mark your calendars for upcoming April events: Easter Lenten Communion Breakfast on Sunday, April 8th and Easter Egg Hunt on Sunday, April 16th Easter Day.
"Food For Thought" is a project of the Middlesex County Office of Culture and Heritage to document and celebrate the lives, traditions, and myriad rituals that tell the history of the people of New Jersey. By interviewing new immigrants and 1st/2nd generation Americans, the project captures original oral histories before these disappear from memory or yield to the pressures of contemporary society. Rooted in the commonality of food, the stories are a social history that tell the experience of assimilation into American society and preservation of traditions. You are invited to share your memories and recollections of arriving in America, growing, gathering, or shopping for food with parents or grandparents, stories of celebrations, holidays, festive banquets and cultural or religious traditions in which foods were an important component. We are also collecting recipes of "grandma’s" special treats and from immigrant groups that have added to the American palette. If you would like to share your family story please contact Arete Bouhlas-Tzovolos to set up an interview: 732.236.2108; firstname.lastname@example.org.