A Call for Action – The Renewal of St. George Church NYC

Capital Campaign extended - one goal accomplished; another goal created

We are pleased to inform you that the Capital Campaign for St. George has reached its goal of raising $130,000!    This money, held in a separate Capital Campaign account, will be used to renew the façade of the church and for various improvements to the interior.

We have formed a construction committee which will review contractor bids and prepare their recommendation to the Parish Council in June.   There are many details to be addressed and we are always concerned about surprises that our 1886 building may hold; but we are happy to share with you that we have achieved this milestone.

We considered the original $130,000 goal a ‘stretch goal’ and, because of this, we did not include the replacement of the aging main façade window.   Because of the success of the last two months, we are extending our Capital Campaign to raise an additional $40,000 – primarily for the replacement of the main window with a first-rate stained glass depiction of St. George (initial sketch below).

We thank all of you who have contributed to the Capital Campaign.   The generosity that you have shown has given us the confidence to proceed forward with this final piece of the façade renewal.

To give online, please go to: http://www.saintgeorgenyc.org/giving/donate1
Or checks can be sent to: Saint George Greek Orthodox Church 307 W 54th St, New York, NY 10019 Make checks payable to: Saint George Greek Orthodox Church

We are fortunate to have an architect in our community who is donating her services and providing a vision for this endeavor (rendering above).

In addition, others have donated their services. While many pieces are coming together, we need to complete this final financial drive so we can begin construction this summer.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us. The time has come to take care of the church which has taken care of us. We ask for your support and look forward to hearing from you.

We look forward to providing you an update in the weeks to come.

Protopresbyter Andreas Vithoulkas, Chancellor of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America and Presiding Priest frandreas@goarch.org

Andrew V. George, Parish Council President andrewvgeorge21@gmail.com 

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Saint George Church seeks to offer:

* A sense of Peace and the Presence of God in worship

* Opportunities to Serve Others

* Meaningful opportunities for Fellowship

* Education in aspects of the Faith for all ages

* A well-maintained and inspiring place of worship & fellowship

On Monday May 3, 2021 Orthros and Hierarchical Divine Liturgy was officiated by His Eminence Archbishop Elpidophoros of America at Saint George Greek Orthodox Church celebrating the Feast of St. George



St George Feast Day Service:  https://fb.watch/5huO7JmPfr/

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Orthos 8:30 AM
Divine Liturgy 9:30 AM

Worship is conducted in English & Greek

Fellowship & Refreshments follow Sunday Worship

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Giving to His Church is a way to thank God for His grace and generosity in our lives. The question is not, "How much do I give to stay in the club?' or "What are the dues?" but rather  "How can I thank God for my many blessings?" Please remember that a gift to the church is most meaningful when accompanied by your presence, by your willingness to serve, by your prayers and by your commitment. Giving is not a substitute for commitment -- it is an expression of your commitment.

 

MARILENA'S MEALS: I was hungry and you fed me."  Matthew 25:35   

Our Marilena's Meal program ran on Sunday June 27th, for the first time since February 2020!  We successfully distributed 80 meals to hungry New Yorkers who are currently living without food and shelter.  
We will be running our program this summer on Sunday July 25 and Sunday August 29th. The full 2021 - 2022 schedule will be released soon. 

We invite any vaccinated volunteers that would like to help us prepare and distribute meals to attend.  We will begin putting together the bagged meals at 9:45am, and will aim to leave church to distribute meals near Penn Station at 11am. 

---->If you would like more information about volunteering, please contact May Vlachos at marilenasmeals@gmail.com  Thank you! 
---->If you cannot physically volunteer, please consider supporting our efforts through a donation.  

2020-2021 program information:
For the past year, we have partnered with the Antonio Olivieri Drop-In Center at 257 West 30th Street, as they are continued their efforts to give aid to those in need.   

With the funds donated in September, October and November 2020, we purchased 58 pairs of sweatpants and 38 sweatshirts, as we were alerted that those are the items that are most in need for the men and women receiving services at the center.  We also purchased gloves for when the weather turns cold.
Our December 2020 funds raised were donated to Philoxenia.  Philoxenia will be arranging for dinner for the residents of the Jan Peek House in Peekskill, NY, a shelter for about 25 individuals who are homelesshttps://www.chhop.org/. They provided 40 meals for the residents so that they can have a second serving and so that there is enough food for any walk-ins.  Visit https://philoxenia.org/ for more information.

For our January 2021 program, our two 11th grade teen volunteers, Kayla Malcolm-Joseph and Leah Allen, donated funds that they raised to purchase thirty $10 Dunkin Donuts gift cards for those in need at the Antonio Olivieri Drop-In Center.  Hand written cards from the girls are included with each gift card. 

The funds raised for our February and March 2021 program were donated to help support a pop up food pantry, supporting community members in need of food in Harlem.  This effort was organized by Philoxenia.   Marilenas Meals sponsored 24 bags of groceries (the equivalent of 360 meals).  
We are actively looking for sponsors and other donations.  Please contact May Vlachos for information on sponsorship and donations: marilenasmeals@gmail.com 

2020 - 2021 Program:

September 2020 - Sponsored by an anonymous donor and dedicated with love and gratitude to God for helping their mother live a cancer-free, long and healthy life. 

October 2020 - Sponsored by Irene Gregov and her family, in loving memory of her mother Popi Stefanidis, a faithful long time parishioner of St. George.

November 2020 -  Sponsored with love by May Vlachos, in celebration of her godchildren Peter Bounougias, Jack Theodore Venditto and Sophia Anna Onesto.

December 2020 -  Dedicated in loving memory of our grandparents: Theodore Vlachos, May Vlachos, James Karitenos, Amelia Karitenos, Panagiotis Nictas, Marianthi Nictas, Nicholas Mikedis and Anna Mikedis, by Ted, Maria, Ioanna and Eleni Vlachos.

January 2021 -  Sponsored by our two 11th grade volunteers, Kayla Malcolm-Joseph and Leah Allen.  The teens worked with their school, Sacred Heart Greenwich in Greenwich, Connecticut to raise money.  Kayla and Leah volunteer during our traditional Marilena’s Meals program every month, and are two of our most diligent, dedicated and youngest volunteers.  


February 2021 -  Dedicated in loving memory of Athanasios Lolis and Alexandra Dimitrakakis by Soula Lolis.

March 2021 -  Thank you to our generous anonymous sponsor.  We are so thankful for you. 

April 2021 -  Sponsored with love by Christina Halatsis. 

May 2021 -  Sponsored by Thanos and Marilena, for the health and wellbeing of our families and everyone.  With gratitude and humility for making it through this past year.

June 2021 -  Sponsored with love by Steve and JoAnne Gregos. 

We are actively looking for sponsors.  Please contact May Vlachos for information on sponsorship and donations: marilenasmeals@gmail.com 

June 2021 Outreach: