Sweet Hosts - Sunday July 15th
Munir & Asma Salameh
Nassim & Munira Salameh
Samir & Suad Salameh
Meetings & Events Schedule
July ~ Summer Break ~ No Ladies Auxiliary
nor Parish Council Meeting.
In July we will not have a meeting due to everyone's
busy summer schedules and travel plans. We'll regroup in August.
The next monthly “Ladies Auxiliary Meeting” will be Tuesday August 7th, 2018.
The next monthly “Parish Council Meeting” will be Tuesday August 28th, 2018
We would like to congratulate
Jameel Suhail Akel
on the baptism of his daughter;
“Mya Katrena Akel”
who was baptized at our Church on Sunday July 1st.
The Proud Godparents are:
Anthony Akel & Najlen Jaser
We pray to the Almighty God to direct the newly illuminated child so that she may keep her baptismal garment undefiled and that the Holy Spirit which she received, will produce much of the fruit of the Holy Spirit in their life.
Happy 17th Anniversary in
the Holy Priesthood
Archpriest Fr. Kamal Al-Rahil
July 15th, 2001– July 15th,2018
… The son of Man did not come to be served. He came to serve others and to give his life as a ransom for many people.”( Mark 10:45)
The authority of the pastor and his leadership is always and only to be one of a “service” ( ministry), and not of power! Our Lord made this very clear in the above mentioned quote.
St. Gregory says:“ The shepherd is to be superior to ordinary person in virtue, but he is never to consider himself better because of this.”
“Because of this elevated but still humble position, the shepherd, as Gregory describes it, is even like ‘walking a tight rope.’ The pastor must know this to properly care for his flock” ( Fr. Joseph Allen, “The Ministry of the Church: Image of Pastoral care.” 1986. Pp.73-74)
Thank you, Father Kamal, for your zeal and devotion to the work of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ through His Church. With your steadfast and heartfelt loyalty, you lead us forward as a parish of believers encountering life’s joys and sorrows.
We appreciate not only your hard work as our Pastor, but the genuine love you show for the souls of all God’s Children.
May Almighty God, who called you forth into Holy Priesthood, enrich your ministry by providing peace, strength and inspiration to serve, and may the
prayers of the Holy Theotokos and all the Saints and Martyrs who have reached Heaven’s Glory, protect you from all evil and help you to grow in God’s love.
As members of the Church, let us pray, support, encourage, and honor our priest who has committed his life to Christ. Amen.
Congratulations Fr. Kamal on
your 17th Anniversary
Daily Vitamins for Spiritual Growth
(You don’t live on the mountain)
A certain young woman had come back from a glamorous weekend full of glitter, exciting parties, and stimulating people. She was complaining about the contrast with her routine job, her modest apartment, her day-to-day friends. “Young lady,” a wise older woman interrupted, “no one lives at the top of the mountain. It’s fine to go there occasionally- for inspiration, for new perspectives. But you have to come down.
Life is lived in the valleys. That’s where the farms and gardens and orchards are, and where the plowing and the work are done. That’s where you apply the visions you may have glimpsed from the peaks.
1. In loving memory of Nabeel Haddad (8yrs.) offered by Madlen Haddad and her children. May his memory be eternal.
2. For the health and spiritual welfare of Munir and Asma Salameh and their children, offered by Munir & Asma Salameh
3. For the health and spiritual welfare of Samir & Suad Salameh and their children , offered by Samir & Suad Salameh
4. For the health and spiritual welfare of Nassim & Munira Salameh and their children, offered by Nassim & Munira Salameh
5. For the health and spiritual welfare
of Ramzi & Poline Salameh and their
children, offered by Ramzi & Poline Salameh.
English: Sbdn. Nadeem Tannous
Robert & Melinda Elias
Issa & Shadia Odeh
Sam Awwad, Khalil Farhat, Bader Bajalia, Timothy Conner, Jamil & Jean Fayad, Dominic & Nicholas Joseph, Jacob & Anthony Akel, Nicholas & Anthony Odeh, Michael Fakhouri & Jad Butrus.
Mid-Year reminder to update
your Membership Dues !
It’s hard to believe we’ve reached the middle of the summer, which means it is already the mid-point of 2018. Now is a great time to update your membership dues (Pledge donations) to the General Fund.
2018 Membership Dues (Pledge) Budget = $ 205,098.00
YTD Actual Pledge Dues received
We need to collect $94,992.84 in membership dues in the next six month in order to meet our pledge budget by the end of the year.
Your pledge contribution is the foundation of the BUDGET and all that we accomplish here at St. George.
Steady cash flow is imperative for the
operation of the Church.
We encourage you to use your Pledge Envelopes on a regular basis, to help your Church financially and spiritually. St. George Orthodox Church of Jacksonville is made possible through the generosity of people like you.
A Mid-Year statement will be sent to all members by the end of July.
As always, remember that your donations to the church are
We are challenged by God to be good stewards...
Thank you in advance for your generosity
Coffee Hour Hosting Guidelines
“And above all things, have fervent charity among yourselves, for charity shall cover the multitude of sins. Use hospitality one to another without grudging.” (1 Peter 4:8-9).
Coffee Hour is designed for the purpose of fellowship after the Divine Liturgy. Hosts are encouraged to provide sweet dish for coffee hour.
Option 1: If you are assigned to bring sweets, please do so. If you know that you will not be at church, please send in your sweets with another family member or relative.
Option 2: If you know that you will not be in church, you may also bring the sweets by the church on Friday and put them in the cooler.
As a last option, if you cannot do option #1 or #2, then please call the Church secretary during regular business hours.
Having a social hour with no sweets reflects poorly on the church and the people who are hosting social hour that week. Let’s make every effort to be faithful & generous during our scheduled time of service to the Lord.
Please note The offering of Sweets for Sunday coffee social hour comes around only 2-3 times per year, per family as part of our membership responsibilities towards the church. Therefore do your best to be generous in this regard showing that we, the Middle eastern community are still known for our generosity and hospitality.
Also please ensure that the sweets you are offering are presentable in an appropriate dish. For example; If you are buying pre-made sweets, please make sure to unpack them and put them on a disposable tray. If you are buying a cake , please pre-slice the cake and present it on a disposable tray.
The church offers the coffee, condiments and napkins for the sweet table. You are offering sweets to the church and to your brothers and sisters in Christ, therefore treat the members of our community the way you would treat your guest when they come to visit you at home.
Thank you for sharing in the fellowship of the St. George’s community
Holy Bread offering
Lord Jesus Christ called himself "the bread of life" (Jn. 6:35); he also said, "If a man eats of this bread, he will live forever" (Jn. 6:51).
All pledging members of St. George are on a rotating schedule to offer Holy Bread for Great Eucharistic Mystery i.e., the Divine Liturgy and to bring Sweets for the weekly Social Hour. In relation to the number of families which are pledging members, you will see your family’s name on the Server schedule to offer Holy Bread or Sweets approximately twice per year for each.
However, please note that if you call and ask to offer Holy Bread for a specific occasion such as memorial, birthday etc., this does NOT delete your upcoming turn to offer Holy Bread, as it would normally fall in the schedule. In addition, because of the way that these lists rotate (by last name, A to Z and Z to A), you may notice that you offer Holy Bread and Sweets in the same month, or you may notice that you offer Sweets one month and then Holy Bread the next.
Keep in mind that the names of the families DO stay on a steady rotation; they are not picked randomly, as other schedules are, such as Ushers or Tray Collectors.
Something else to remember: the “Mail-Out Bulletin” is completed & printed approximately 8-10 days before the actual date, and the monthly calendars are completed & printed approximately 8-10 days before the end of the prior month. Therefore, there are several occasions on which we will receive a request for Holy Bread in the bulletin and/or monthly calendar has already been printed. In these circumstances, it’s best to refer to the website, as information is updated there on a weekly basis (Wednesdays).
Thank you for your understanding, cooperation and generosity which make our spiritual service goes smoothly and in order as St. Paul says:
“Let all things be done decently and in order” (1Cor. 14:40).
كنيسةُ القِدِّيسِ جَاورجِيُوسَ الَأنطَاكِيَّة للرُّومِ الأُرْثُوذُكسِ في جَاكسِنْفل فلُوريدا
Fathers of the Ecumenical Council
Tone 6 Eoth 7
Epistle: Titus 3:8-15
Gospel: Matthew 5:14-19