Greek Orthodox Church of Saint George & The - St George Clifton

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Greek Orthodox Church of Saint George & The Shrine of Saint Nectarios Clifton, New Jersey

Winter Issue: December 2016— February 2017

The entire community of St. George extends a heartfelt welcome to Fr. Angelo, Presvytera Patricia and their daughters, Katie, Maria, and Eleni.

Fr. Angelo, The Parish Council, and all the ministries wish everyone a Merry Christmas and a Blessed New Year!

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Some Highlights In This Issue: Fr. Angelo’s Message………….Page 1 & 3 President’s Message…………Page 4 Treasurer’s Corner…………..Pages 5 Church Sacraments…………Page 14 Recipe………………………Page 18 Support our Sponsors………Pages 19 - 32 Ministry Updates throughout

Fr. Angelos’s Message: Arrival Dearly Beloved Friends and Parishioners of St. George, As I was arriving to New Jersey, and as Orthodox Christians were preparing for the Advent (the 40 day preparation for the Nativity of Christ) it seemed rather fortuitous that the movie “Arrival” was released on November 11, 2016. Based on “Story of Your Life” by Ted Chiang and starring Amy Adams and Jeremy Renner, the Sci-fi mystery thriller about the arrival of aliens to Earth strikes several spiritual and universal chords that seem to parallel the Christmas celebration. The alien landing immediately thrusts military officials, astronomers and scientists across the globe into a panic, setting off a debate on whether to attack or attempt to communicate. It is quickly determined that the universal mode of communication would first be in “language” rather than “science,” hearkening to the Gospel of John 1:1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God and Genesis 1:3 God said let there be light… God spoke and it was created. A scientist in the story vehemently argues that the particular language of beings even determines the ideology of the beings (consider that in the face of a culture of foul language, slang, emojis and memes). A hostile response to the arrival of the aliens could have catastrophic results, while a peaceful response could bring unexpected blessings. As the world celebrates the Word become Flesh, is humanity responding positively to the arrival of God? The communication breakthrough in the movie comes when Dr. Louise Banks (played by Amy Adams), impulsively removes her contagion gear and helmet, much to the surprise Continued on Page 3

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The Orthodox Light The Official Publication of St. George Greek Orthodox Church 818 Valley Road Clifton, NJ 07013 Phone: 973-779-2626 Fax: 973-777-6946 Fr. Angelo’s Cell: 847-769-6805 EMAILS:

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Website: http://www.stgeorgeclifton.org Facebook: www.facebook.com/stgeorgeclifton.org Shutterfly Picture Sharing Site: http://stgeorgeclifton.shutterfly.com FR. ANGELO ARTEMAS, PASTOR

Church Office Hours Daily 10:00 am to 3:00 pm

PARISH COUNCIL OFFICERS President Nicholas Marcopulos 1st Vice President Michael Mastrogiannis 2nd Vice President Alec Alexiades Treasurer Dominick Pepe Assistant Treasurer Dr. Panos Diamandopoulos Secretary Nickitas Alexiades Assistant Secretary Anthoula Bozios PARISH COUNCIL MEMBERS Sophia Constandinou Dr. John Malindretos Steve Drimones Sean Mish George Gkionis Harry Prassakos Constantinos Kyriacou Dr. George Scordilis

A WORD ABOUT US We extend to you a warm and heartfelt Christian welcome! Our parish is dedicated to imitating the love and faithfulness of Jesus Christ by sharing the Gospel with our words and living it with our lives. We seek to strengthen and encourage one another in the faith so that we may be equipped to welcome many more into our family as fellow disciples of The Lord Jesus Christ.

Church Liturgical Schedule

Sunday Divine Liturgy Schedule Orthros 8:30am Divine Liturgy 9:30am Weekday Divine Liturgy Schedule Orthros & Divine Liturgy: 8:30am Bible Study Philoptochos President Choir Directors Sunday Church School Directors Greek School Chairman Greek School Director GOYA Advisors GOYA Coaches GOYA President HOPE & JOY Advisors Hellenic Music Society Orthodox Life Institute St. Nectarios Men's Fellowshio Group Kali Parea Chanters

PARISH MINISTRIES Fr. Angelo Artemas, Dr. Peter Salierno Effie Kambourakis Yannis Magiros & Angelo Duvlaris Barbara Pepe, Alicia Pepe, Darla Matsakis Anastasios Koularmanis Joyce Logothetis Sophie Logothetis, Anna Kourkoulakos Kalliope Vergis, Angela Delaney Kalliope Vergis,Stamatina Sakellaris Spyro Katechis, Lou Anastos & Nick Mariolis Alex Argiris Maria Dessipris, Gina Pramagioulis Yannis Magiros Dr. Peter Salierno Dr. George Scordilis

Tina Stames Moschos Scoullis, Ross Halkias & Anastasia Pagonis Daughters of Penelope Alexandra Kleiner Church Secretary Angela Delaney Orthodox Light Anthoula Bozios St. George Filía Tina Anastos Warm The Children Diane Peppes Religious Book Store Lilly Markanovic Church Caretaker Efthimia Triantafylou

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Fr. Angelo’s Message continued from page 1 and protest of the experts, and looks at the alien beings face to face. Many saints of the Orthodox faith have taught that communion and paradise require face to face intimacy with others and with God (consider that in the face of a culture where humans communicate with others through face to face contact with devices). The alien faces remain shrouded, recalling Exodus 33:20 … no one has seen the face of God. Is humanity ready to behold the face of God? The aliens appear as tall columns with seven arms, and they have landed in twelve different earthly locations. The number “7” in Hebrew equates to “perfection,” and the number “12” biblically corresponds to the 12 tribes of Israel and the 12 disciples/ apostles – the New Jerusalem. “12” also has universal implications in that it is the result of 3 (eternity/trinity) X 4 (universal/complete). Numerically it can be argued that the perfect beings have arrived to usher in a perfect world; echoes of Galatians 4:4 When the fullness of time had come God sent His Only begotten Son. The twelve alien vessels are shaped like towering half-eggs, evoking images in Orthodox icons of the Resurrected Christ rising from a half-egg (tomb), and eggs as symbols of the resurrection. There is no gravity in these vessels, as what is thrown upward continues upward, just as the Cross of Christ elevates humanity. The heroine of the story is Louise, while her flawed ally is Ian (Genesis 2:18 It is not good that man should be alone upon the earth, Genesis 1:26 male and female He created them). “Louise” comes from the Germanic for warrior, and “Ian” is rooted in “gift.” Biblically “Louise” parallels “Ellias” while “Ian” corresponds with “John,” prominent prophets and

forerunners. Louise and Ian beget “Hannah,” Hebrew for the grace of God. The Nativity season is rife with biblical prophecy and God’s grace. Spoiler alert: Through the frenzied actions and communications by Louise, and thanks to the last minute restraint by military build-ups, the aliens bring unity and peace to the earth’s combustive nations; Luke 2:14 … peace on earth and goodwill to man. The Orthodox faith reminds us that we are all aliens in a strange land, longing for home. As we celebrate this Holy Season and New Year, may we discover spiritual meaning and blessings in all of God’s creation, and may this Holy Season once again encourage us on our journey to paradise. With Love in Christ the Lord,

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Fr. Angelo J. Artemas The son and grandson of Greek Orthodox priests, Fr. Angelo Artemas was born in 1965, and was raised in Chicago, Illinois. He received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from Canisius College, in Buffalo, New York in 1985, married Patricia Guethlein, of Cincinnati, Ohio in 1986, received a Master of Divinity degree from St. Vladimir’s Orthodox Theological Seminary in Yonkers, New York in 1988, and completed his course work in the Doctorate of Ministry Program at St. Vladimir’s Seminary in 1996. Fr. Angelo was ordained to the diaconate in April 1987 and to the Priesthood in July 1988 by Bishop Timothy of Detroit. He has served Holy Trinity Cathedral in Toledo, Ohio, was the Director of Youth Ministry for the Archdiocese, edited the youth supplement in the Orthodox Observer, and was a columnist for the Orthodox Observer. He served the Metropolis of Chicago from 2000 to 2015, and comes to St. George, Clifton, NJ from Holy Trinity Cathedral in Charlotte, North Carolina. Fr. Angelo and Presvytera Patricia have three adult daughters, Katie and Maria of New York, NY, and Eleni of Denver, Colorado. The Orthodox Light

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Parish President’s Message by Nick Marcopulos Dear Parishioners of St. George, I am happy to announce that we have a new Spiritual Father, Fr. Angelo Artemas which we welcomed to our St George Community of Faith on December 1. Please join me in welcoming Fr. Angelo, together with Presvytera Patricia and their family to St George. I’d also like to acknowledge and thank Fr. Peter, Presvytera Gigi and their family for their dedication and service to St. George since 2009. May the Lord continue to bless Fr. Peter and his family in their next journey. As we undergo this new chapter, I ask our community to continue to grant their love and respect to our Parish. As discussed previously, we are moving forward with our capital enhancements to our Church. We recently completed the outdoor step project and are preparing for the installation of the new icons generously donated by our parishioners. In 2017, other capital enhancements for our Church are planned. Our ministries continue to be vibrant and strong and I encourage our community to continue to support and participate. Thank you to all of our ministry leaders for your time and talent. In October we had our 3rd Annual Beefsteak dinner held at our Fellowship Hall. Special thanks to Dr. George Scordillis, Sophia Constandinou and Steve Drimones for chairing this successful event and also to those who helped with basket donations and preparation.

A good time was had by all with record-breaking attendance. Looking forward to next year’s event!! We also had a successful Art Auction this past November chaired by Harry Prassakos and Dean Kyriacou. Thank you all for your support of this event, to the chefs and to those who donated food. I would like to take this opportunity to wish our St. George family a blessed Christmas Season with much good health & happiness for the upcoming New Year. Thank you for your continued love and support for our St. George. May the Lord continue to bless our community of faith. With my best wishes always, Nicholas Marcopulos Parish Council President “For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, which is Christ the Lord”, Luke 2: 11

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Choir by Angelo Duvlaris The St. George Choir is a major part of our church services. We strive to excel in enhancing the spiritual experience by rehearsing every week. In addition to singing on Sunday mornings, we also sing for special events like our Christmas Pageant and on Christmas and Holy Week. In recent years we have become a smaller group of dedicated volunteers. We would love to welcome new members who would enjoy singing to the Lord. All the music has English Phonetics so knowledge of Greek is not necessary. If you are interested, please contact Angelo Duvlaris at [email protected]

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Treasurer’s Corner by Dominick Pepe (Parish Treasurer) It is that time again when many of us pause to reflect upon the year which is fast approaching its end. Beginning with giving thanks for all of the blessings in our lives on Thanksgiving Day and culminating with our list of resolutions and change for the New Year ahead. As I reflect on this past year in the Church I am thankful for the wonderful families in our Parish who give so much of themselves towards the success of all of the ministries and all of the various events that have taken place at St. George. I am also thankful for being involved with a Parish Council that that is so dedicated to the task of ensuring that our Church is beautiful inside and out and that our Parish continues to grow and prosper for future generations. As I look ahead and ponder the New Year I am hopeful that our Parish continues to grow and prosper economically and that we also continue to grow and prosper in fellowship as well. In order for that to happen we must all try to get involved, in some way, in the life our Church. To do so is very rewarding because it allows you an opportunity to meet and work with some really amazing people. So I ask all of you during this most wondrous of seasons when we celebrate the birth of our Lord & Savior Jesus Christ to remember, that without Him & His blessings we would have nothing. Please continue to support your Church by attending services, attending ministry functions and completing your stewardship for 2016 if you have not yet done so. I also challenge you to try to do a little more in the coming year than you did in the year ending and to try to be a little more involved too! Dominick Pepe Parish Council Treasurer

We all wish Fr. Peter a wonderful retirement! We extend warmest wishes to Fr. Peter, Presvytera Gigi and their 3 boys! Stay tuned for his retirement party in 2017!!! Details will be forth coming. The Orthodox Light

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Orthodox Life Institute by Dr. Peter Salierno The Orthodox Life Institute is completing a study of the Book of Daniel by Dec 13th. We read this book in preparation for an in depth study of the Book of the Revelation and the Gospel of John in the New Testament. Since the imagery in the Book of Daniel is used both in the Book of the Revelation and the Gospel of John, we have laid the foundation for closer in depth study of all three books. In addition, we have been directed to investigation of the 1st & 2nd Books of the Macabees. We find all these books are interrelated through the symbols and metaphors used and the historic events and periods in which they were lived. We are hoping that you come and join us for the 2nd semester. At this time we would like to welcome our new pastor, Father Angelo Artemis, and we ask God's blessings on his ministry at St. George's church and we look forward to cooperating with him with our ministry. Have a happy and blessed New Year!

AHEPA by Ted Vittas St George’s AHEPA Hellenic History Tournament Team Is Formed Traditionally, November is the month of the AHEPA Hellenic History Tournament. This is a competition of high school students to test their knowledge of Hellenic History. Always promoting the Hellenic heritage, AHEPA is the organizer of the annual event. The tournament is held annually in Orange, CT at St Barbara’s Greek Orthodox Church. A team consists of 3 players and they play-off in matches of 24 questions each match. Each of the three members of the championship team will receive a $1,000 scholarship. This year, our St. George boys, Mathew Delaney, Panayioti Logothetis, and Fotis Tsambounieris competed in the event as part of the Paramus, NJ team. Now, the St George GOYA has formed a team of their own for next year’s competition. The team members are: Alexa Alexiades, Megan Fitzpatrick and Ioulia Bollano. AHEPA will begin fundraising to enter the team in the next tournament.

The team will begin studying their Greek history. With a little help from their coach, Gus Haritos, a student of classical history, they will be ready for the competition. To contribute to the St George team, please see Ted Vittas or any member of the AHEPA or Daughters of Penelope. Any amount will be accepted. To find out more about the tournament visit the website: http:// www.ahepad7.org. In another event, the Sons of Pericles of St George will be hosting a basketball tournament in the St George gym on the weekend of January 14 – 15. It is open to young adults of high school or college ages. There will be a St George team entered, in addition to other teams from NJ and NY. To participate in the tournament contact either Ted Vittas at [email protected] or Spiro Katechis at [email protected] The entire AHEPA Family extends to you our best wishes for a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.

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Warm the Children by Diane Peppes and Diana Pitsikoulis

An outreach ministry of St. George Greek Orthodox Church Clifton WARM THE CHILDREN Warm The Children is a ministry that raises awareness about and promotes donations for orphaned, disabled and needy children. This project began in August 2000 as the child of Barbara and Stefan Nafranowicz of Holy Trinity Orthodox Church in Rahway, NJ. In 2014 Warm The Children became a ministry of St. George Greek Orthodox Church in Clifton, NJ. We are Orthodox Christians extending our hands to the hearts of children in need. We serve Orthodox Christian sponsored orphanages in Russia, Belarus, the Ukraine, Romania and Greece as well as state run orphanages and institutions in these countries.

For more information about Warm The Children please call Diane Peppes at 201-704-8524.

Merry Christmas By Athens Zambalis Have you noticed the chill that's in the air Even in the morning tide You could almost hear the reindeer hooves Prepare for their special ride. And you see the hustle and bustle At every mall and store In preparation of Christmas Buying toys and gifts galore. But I ask you to stop for a moment And think across our land Where the less fortunate force a smile Even though hunger and cold are at hand.

I ask again, not for myself But for the children who pray each night Let's "Warm The Children" once again And start the season right.

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Our Sunday Church School by Alicia Pepe “The only constant in life is change.” This is a familiar expression that we have all had to make peace with at one point or another. Even in our constant faith, we still need to be accustomed to change, even within our community. We are saddened to see Father Peter leave our parish but are thankful for all he’s done and wish him all the best in the future! We would also like to extend a warm welcome to Father Angelo – welcome to our St. George community! There are changes happening in the seasons as well. Our year in Sunday School has been off to a great start and the teachers and children have all been busy in their classrooms. As we move into the winter months, we must remember to take the time to reflect on all that we have and show our gratitude by helping others who are less fortunate. The Sunday School students did this by participating in a Thanksgiving food drive – and it’s important to note that food banks need items throughout the year, not just at the holidays! We are also teaching our students the importance of giving by setting up our annual Angel Tree and by collecting donations for Warm the Children. The Angel Tree will be up until December 11 so please stop by to drop off a gift! Our students are also creating our IOCC Christmas Cards which we will sell with the help of the Philoptocos Society. The cards will be sold December 4 and 11. One thing that does not change in our church is the annual Christmas Pageant. This year the pageant will be exactly a week before Christmas, on December 18. The pageant is a powerful way for our students to understand and appreciate the miraculous birth of our Lord and Savior. We hope everyone can come out and celebrate this reenactment, which will take place after church services.

After the holidays, we will be changing gears to focus on the New Year. Godparent Sunday will be celebrated on February 12 and our Cake Sale will be held February 26 – just before Lent starts! We are also looking forward to our Oratorical Festival for the Elementary grades which will be on February 18. Our older children will prepare for their own Oratorical Festival on March 19. Change may be a constant in life but there are other things that are constant too – like the love God has for us. This is a lesson our Sunday School teachers strive to teach our children throughout the year. Remember that even with change, God is with us. Have a Merry Christmas and blessed New Year!

Kali Parea Visitation to St. Nektarios Monastery, Roscoe, NY

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Our Greek School by Joyce Logothetis As our students continued to build their knowledge in Greek about the birth of Christ and learn the Greek Christmas carols, "Kalanda," the Greek School Ministry of St. George once again hosted the Christmas Brunch following the Sunday School Christmas Pageant on December 18th. All community members and friends are always invited to attend and express their blessed wishes to one another during this special time of the year. There was a special visit from Santa and special gifts for all of our little ones. As always, all proceeds benefitted our Greek School Ministry. Every year, the Feast Day of The Three Hierarchs is commemorated on January 30th. The Three Hierarchs refer to: Basil the Great, John Chrysostom, and Gregory the Theologian, who were highly influential bishops of the early church whose love of language and knowledge played significant roles in shaping Christian theology. It continues to remain symbolic that our own St. George Greek School pays tribute to these Saints. This year, on January 29th in our Fellowship Hall, our students will display their assigned cultural projects at our annual "Greek Cultural Exhibit." As we try to emulate their love of learning and maintain the Greek education in our parish, our efforts are placed on giving our younger generation a faith and heritage to be proud of and prepare them for a fulfilled life. There are countless aspects of the Greek culture that have influenced everyone's lives around the world. The ancient Greeks were pioneers in many fields such as biology, geometry, history, tragedy, comedy, poetry, etc. Greece was the birthplace of Western culture and democracy. Every year, while we honor our Three Hierarchs, we give an opportunity to our Greek School students to explore and discover yet another aspect of Greek culture to be proud of and become an expert on as they present their projects. The St. George Adult Greek Language program has begun. The class will be in session until the end of May. If anyone is interested, please notify the Director. Anyone interested in further acquiring Greek language lessons for the NY Regents/Ellinomatheia levels, please notify us as well. The St. George Greek School Lending Library headed by Mrs. Kathy Fitzpatrick definitely continues to inspire all of our students' interests every month with a great selection of appealing children's Greek books and cds. This is definitely an effective mode in supporting the children's Greek literacy skills. In order to provide enriching language and cultural activities for our students, we had a wonderful visit by the famous Greek actor and author, Mr. Manos Gavras on November 17th! He introduced his two new "Fistikios" books, showed an animated video, answered questions and signed books. All of the children and adults in attendance enjoyed a pleasant afternoon with this live performance of "It's Diary of the Wimpy Kid meets Greek Mythology!" Greek School students will enjoy a winter recess on February 21st and 23rd following the distribution of report cards. Upon their return, lesson plans will be underway for Great Lent, Greek Independence Day, Mother's Day, and finally, our traditional end of the year events. In closing, on behalf of our entire Greek School - Board Members, Staff, Students and Parents - I would like to acknowledge our very sincere appreciation of Father Peter's spiritual guidance and support for our Greek School all of these years. Father Peter has faithfully and compassionately served our Greek School and students, and his presence will definitely be missed. With much affection and gratitude, our entire St. George Greek School congratulates Father Peter on his retirement and pray that God will continue to bless him and his family in this new chapter in his life. On behalf of our Greek School Board Members, Teaching Staff, and Students, we thank all of our fellow Parishioners for their constant support. We wish all of our St. George families and their loved ones a blessed holiday season filled with health and happiness.

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The Greek School welcomed Mr. Manos Gavras who is a famous Greek actor and author of children's Greek books.

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Our GOYA—Mr. & Miss GOYA 2016 by Panayioti Logothetis It is inevitable that at some point in our lives, we will face the challenges and pressures to veer away from our known religious practices. The experience of participating in the 2016 Mr. and Miss GOYA Pageant and having the honor to represent my parish of St. George in Clifton, NJ, is something I will always cherish. This occasion took me on a journey which brought me closer to my faith and the teachings of Christ. From the incipient stage of being nominated amongst my fellow peers, completing the necessary paperwork, annotating Mr. Coniaris’s book on the Orthodox faith, reaching the interview stages, being selected as a top 5 finalist, responding to an unknown question in front of a large crowd, to receiving 1st Runner Up, I wouldn’t change anything in this long enduring process. Some things that I always hold with me and remember in times of adversity that especially helped me throughout the process of the Mr. and Miss GOYA Pageant, I’d like to share with you all. It is important to remember we are all on a journey in being Christian decision makers in order to seek our Lord’s eternal kingdom. God became what we are so that we may become what He is. We must reach the ultimate goal of Theosis meaning becoming more like God. In that way, we can reach salvation. Moreover, pillars were used and built in the old days to give people the highest honors. Jesus said, “He who conquers, I will make a pillar in the house of my God.” This represents the ongoing fight and battle of our faith as we reach Theosis and salvation. I defend my faith that I know and live with it daily. I know that Orthodoxy represents the role of spreading Christianity. As I fight this “religious warfare,” I wear a cross to symbolize the glorious Resurrection and the Komboskini with 33 knots representing the years Jesus lived on this earth. I have been given the tools necessary to deal with adversity and address challenges that media, soccer, academic schedules, and all the external pressures that I face. I am proud of our Greek language, as it was the vehicle that carried Christianity to the rest of the world. We preserve the Doctrine of Jesus Christ as His Disciples preached it. I now challenge you, the reader, to remember… Church isn’t just a building, it is the people who make up the building. I believe the best part of the Divine Liturgy is when the figurative warriors (the church goers) of our church leave. When everyone leaves, they have the responsibility of spreading our faith and preserving it. We must all be the “warriors” which defend our faith in order to win battles. Although, we may lose many battles because of the many daily challenges and external influences, it is important to keep fighting so we can win the war.

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Our GOYA by Angela Delaney GOYA stands for the Greek Orthodox Youth of America, a ministry created to guide young people into experiencing the orthodox faith by fostering a personal relationship with our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and becoming active, sacramental members of the living church through community service and philanthropic endeavors. Our mission is to teach and keep our youth close to God and our Orthodox Christian Faith, through social, cultural and athletic events. Our GOYA officers for the 2016-2017 Ecclesiastical Year are: President: Alex Argiris Co-Vice Presidents: Panayiotis Logothtetis & Sofia Pramagioulis Recording Secretary: Mathew Delaney Corresponding Secretary: Heidi Kourkoudelis Co-Treasurers: Viki Delaney & Athina Pramagioulis Historian: Ioulia Bollano On September 11th, during Registration Sunday, we welcomed new and returning members of our GOYA and encouraged all youth between the ages of 12 -18 and who are entering 7th-12th grade to join our GOYA. Currently we have 64 registered GOYAns. PAST EVENTS On September 18th, the Metropolis of NJ held its celebration in Asbury Park for Holy Cross Day, in which they had a diving for the Holy Cross following church services. Clifton GOYA had 4 representatives: Michael Matsakis, Eleni Dakos, Adam Kaloudis and Megan Fitzpatrick. On October 9th, the Metropolis of NJ held the Mr. & Miss GOYA Pageant at the Pines Manor in Edison, NJ. Our community was represented by Sofia Pramagioulis and Panayioti Logothetis. Both our GOYAns did a great job representing us, and Panayioti Logothetis was the 1st runner up for 2016 Mr. GOYA. Additionally, Maria Matsakis and Evangelia Pelidis were the recipients of the 2016 NNJYC GOYA Scholarship Award. We are very proud of Maria and Evangelia and wish them all the best in their future endeavors.

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The GOYA Bowling Tournament and dance was held on Saturday, November 5th. Our GOYAns had a blast and received the following awards: First Place Junior Team: Fotini Hiras, Viki Delaney and Michael Kourkoulakos Third Place Senior Team: Maria Pandazis Second Place Senior Team: Fotis Tsiambounieris First Place Senior Team: George Anastos, Maria Bollano, Nadia Belverio, Nicholas Halkias, Matthew Delaney High Score Senior Girl and Senior Boy: Maria Pandazis and Panayioti Logothetis FUNDRAISING We are very grateful to the families and supporters who participated in all of our past fundraising efforts. In an ongoing effort to maintain and improve the programs of our St. George GOYA, we began, in September, the GERTRUDE HAWK Chocolate Sale. Christmas is quickly approaching, and we are looking forward to the joy and happiness that the season brings. This time of year is often recognized for opening hearts with the spirit of giving. With this in mind, our GOYA would like to spread Holiday Cheer by going Christmas caroling and also to raise funds. We look forward to sharing our musical talents with you in the month of December. LOOKING AHEAD Our St. George GOYA has a lot of exciting events planned for this year, both through our St. George family and Statewide. On December 2nd, our youth will be participating in the NJ District 1 Retreat. That night sandwiches will be made for the Bridges Outreach Program and toiletry kits will be assembled to be delivered to the homeless. The Sights & Sounds competition is scheduled for early March and we are excited to display all of our GOYAns’ artistic talents. In conclusion, we would like to genuinely thank Fr. Peter for his many years of spiritual support and guidance of our GOYA ministry. We wish Fr. Peter, Presvytera Gigi and their family many blessings on this new phase of their life and we look forward to seeing them with us still in our community. So this is not a “good-bye” but a pleasant realization that we will “see you soon”. Thus, it is with much enthusiasm that we welcome Fr. Angelo Artemas and Presvytera Patricia to our St. George community. We are excited to discover all the new directions Fr. Angelo will guide us in. We wish for them many years of pleasant experiences and memories with us. Sincerely, The GOYA Advisors Sophie Logothetis, Angela Delaney, Kalliope Vergis, Anna Kourkoulakos

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Daughters Of Penelope by Alexandra Kleiner The Daughters of Penelope was pleased to host the Coffee Hour in church on November 13 in celebration of our national Founder’s Day. Alexandra Apostolides was inspired and encouraged by members of the AHEPA to form a Women’s Organization to work with AHEPA. She gathered 25 women together to form the first chapter, Eos No. 1, in San Francisco on November 16, 1929. Today there are 250 chapters worldwide. Alexandra advocated the pursuit of knowledge and higher learning. She received a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of California, a great accomplishment for a woman at that time, particularly one born in Greece who had immigrated to the United States with her father at the age of 10. Alexandra was a poet and a writer. She envisioned a more progressive and involved role that afforded Greek American women the opportunity to greatly contribute to both their Hellenic and American communities. We took this occasion also to recognize two of our Kronos Chapter (1949) founders, Olga Parks and Irene Houlis. Mrs. Parks and Ms. Houlis are pillars of the St. George community. Their families were among the core group of faithful who started this parish in Passaic. Besides their work with the Daughters, Irene and Olga have served our community with devotion, especially as long-time choir members. Irene was active as a Sunday School teacher and Supervisor and Olga has been nationally recognized for her leadership in Philoptochos. Three of our members attended the District Workshop on October 1 where we heard a speaker from Covenant House New Jersey talk about the extensive work of that Christian-based charity. Covenant House is the largest privately-funded agency in New Jersey that provides food, shelter, immediate crisis care, and an array of other important services to homeless youth between the ages of 18-21. We have adopted Covenant House as our District project for the next two years. Please assist us as we aim to assist others in need. We will be holding our annual Christmas money tree raffle on December 4 and 11, with the drawing to be held on December 11. Two beautifully decorated miniature Christmas trees, one with $100, the other with $50 placed among the ornaments, will be raffled off. This is a major fundraiser for us, and we thank you for your participation.

Daughters of Penelope celebrating the 80th Birthday of Athens Zambalis. Na ta ekatostisi!!!

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Our Philoptochos by Lisa Marcopulos We kicked off the new Church year as we hosted a very successful “Meet and Greet” in early October. Thank you to all who brought treats to enjoy and to all who attended! As part of the national “Make the Difference Initiative” in honor of His Eminence Archbishop Demetrio's’ Nameday, our chapter elected to prepare sandwiches (meat and cheese) for the Hoboken Shelter located in Hoboken NJ. So far we have provided hundreds of sandwiches and will continue to do so on a monthly basis together with our youth. We’d like to recognize and thank our St. George GOYA for their participation with this initiative. A special thank you also to Christothea Pandazis and her family for their donation in memory of her parents. Their very generous donation of turkey, cheese and bread, allowed us to make 250 sandwiches for the shelter this November. Also, a very special thanks to Helga Diamondopoulos for coordinating these efforts and for delivering the sandwiches to the shelter. Future dates for sandwich making will be posted in the weekly bulletin; please join us in the kitchen after Church services to help make a difference. In conjunction with Make a Difference Day and Veteran's Day we held additional activities to involve the younger children at our St. George Community. Our Church School students created a flag banner with their hand-prints and notes of thanks to our Veterans. This banner was brought to the McGuire Air Force Base along with Greek pastries prepared by our Philoptochos members. We also worked with our HOPE and JOY children, who created homemade greeting cards for the residents of the Veteran's Retirement Home located in Paramus, NJ, where our own Mr. Thom Georgaros resides. The cards were delivered to the residents along with some pastries. Thank you again to Helga for all her efforts with these programs. Thank you to the ladies who baked the delicious pastries and assisted with the coffee hour following the St. Nectarios Vesper services. Special mention and thanks to Katy Stratos and Fay Pappas for coordinating a lovely evening.

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In conjunction with our Church School, several activities will take place during the Thanksgiving/ Christmas season including food, clothes and toy drives for St. Peter’s Haven located in Clifton. Additionally, the annual IOCC Christmas card will be prepared by our Church School Students. Cards will be on sale in December and will be displayed during the holidays in our Fellowship hall. All monies collected by the Church School will be matched by our Philoptochos and sent to the IOCC. On Sunday, December 18th, we will hold our Vasilopita bread sale following Church services. Please stop by and purchase a delicious home-made bread baked by our ladies. We soon will have our cookbook available for sale; check the weekly bulletin in the coming weeks for more details. Our Christmas Party is planned for Monday, December 12th at Calandra’s Mediterranean Grill located in Fairfield. Please join us as we celebrate this special time of year. Save the Date! Our Tricky Tray is planned for Thursday, March 16, 2017. At this time, we’d like to request donations for new, unused gifts from our parishioners. We had a very successful event this past March and look forward to another great event in 2017. Gift amounts range from $10 to $350, so all donations are appreciated. We thank our generous parishioners in advance for your assistance. Last but not least, our Philoptochos held a “Paint Party” night as well as a “Ceramic’s Night” during the fall months in order to promote fellowship amongst our members. Both events were very successful and everyone had a wonderful time as we enjoyed each other’s company while creating beautiful works of art! Special thanks to Denise Cecchini for coordinating these fun activities and we look forward to hosting future social events in the new year. We wish everyone a Blessed Christmas season and a Happy, Healthy New Year! Our Philoptochos wishes Fr. Peter a happy and blessed retirement along with Presvytera Gigi and their family! We welcome Fr. Angelo, Presvytera Patricia and their family!!!

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HOPE & JOY by Maria Dessipris & Gina Pramagioulis On Sunday, October 2nd, HOPE and JOY hosted the Pancake Breakfast. Thanks to all who attended and supported. It was lovely to see the children make crafts and take home some delicious apples. Special thanks to Steve Drimones who made tons of pancakes for all of us to enjoy! On Sunday, November 6th, HOPE and JOY children helped the Ladies of Philopthocos make cards for the veterans. It was a wonderful, collaborative opportunity for the little ones to show appreciation and gratitude for their service. On Friday, Nov. 11th, we hosted Movie Night with pizza, popcorn and ice cream. The children and their families enjoyed an evening of fun with crafts and raffles, while watching "Finding Dory" in an inflatable screen and relaxing on blankets in their pijamas. Special thanks to our GOYAns, Maria and Daniela, for lending a hand that night. Moving forward, we will have the Godparents' Brunch on February 12, and several tentative possibilities in the Spring: Mother's Day fundraiser, a fun outing/outdoor activity and the Clifton Centennial Celebration at the Public Library where they would like to have the Greek church and community represented with a table, artifacts, food samples and dancers. Please share your ideas and suggestions with us. We wish you all a blessed holiday season. The HOPE and JOY Team, Maria, Gina, Kathy and Amy HOPE Ministry (Holy Orthodox Primary Education) Holy Orthodox Primary Education, or HOPE, ministers to children in Kindergarten through 2nd grade. JOY Ministry (Junior Orthodox Youth) Junior Orthodox Youth, or JOY, ministers to children in 3rd through 6th grade.

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Our Church Sacraments 09/03/16 10/01/16 11/05/16 11/27/16

WEDDINGS 09/11/16 Antonis Nerantzoulis & Jennifer Lynn Stalter Nicolas Jon Freeman & Stephanie Zoe Efaplomatides 09/24/16 Fred W. Miller IV & Maria T. Dimitrakis Dimiti Iatrou & Theodora Drakas 09/25/16 10/01/16

To the newly baptized and the newly married - Na Zisete!

10/01/16 10/02/16

For all our departed parishioners may their memories be eternal.

10/15/16 10/23/16 11/13/16

10/24/16 10/20/16 10/28/16 11/30/16

FUNERALS Fani Androulakis Louis K. Hios Jeannie Routsis Peter M. Vassilakis

11/19/16 11/20/16 11/20/16

BAPTISMS Tsambikos Petros (Fred) Miller Sponsor: Tsambikos Pelaridis Stella Sofia Bakas Sponsors: George & Mujde Koutroubis Freya Joanne Curran Sponsors: Maryanne Koblos & Nicholas Gallucci Silas Marcello DeLia Sponsor: Paul Kaliades Charlotte Anastasia Bavas Sponsor: James Bavas Kostas Carmine Tsanakos Sponsor: Dimitrios Kartsakalis Thomas Demitrios Vella Sponsors: Krystina Moustakis & Nicholas Moustakis Sylvana Maria Fae Sponsor: Angeliki Jacovides Marc Demetrios ReCasino Sponsor: Katerina Kontopanagiotis Lucas Edmond Smith Sponsors: Andrea Cartwright & Angelo Amitsis Demetra Anastasopoulos Sponsors: Lambros & Irene Metrakos Sophia Alicia Vieira Sponsor: Angelica M. Demiris

Recipe: Greek Fava Greek fava – the puree of yellow spilt peas – is a favorite traditional Greek food. The basic recipe for fava is the base of any fava-centric meal. It doesn’t take long to make, it is very healthy and is budget-friendly. Fava 500g yellow split peas (18 ounces) 3 red onions, roughly chopped 2 cloves of garlic, chopped 1 lt warm water (3 and 1/3 cups) juice of 2 lemons 1/3 of a cup olive oil thyme (optional) salt and fresh pepper

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1. To Prepare your Fava first rinse the split peas with water several times. 2. Heat a large pot over medium-high heat and add 2-3 tbsps olive oil, the chopped onions, garlic and some fresh thyme (optional) and sauté until the onions start to caramelize and then add the peas and blend. 3. Pour in the warm water and the olive oil, turn the heat down to medium and season well with salt and pepper. Allow to simmer with the lid on for about 40-50 minutes, until the split peas are thick and mushy. Remove any foam that might surface on the water as the peas cook by skimming the water with a slotted spoon. 4. After you have removed the foam and the peas are cooked, pour in the lemon juice and transfer the mixture in food processor. Mix, until the peas become smooth and creamy, like a puree. Serve the fava with a drizzle of olive oil, a tablespoon of diced onion and some capper or chopped parsley along with lemon wedges.

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