St. George Greek Orthodox Church
Publish Date: 2024-01-14
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St. George Greek Orthodox Church

General Information

  • Phone:
  • (661) 325-8694
  • Fax:
  • (661) 325-8694
  • Street Address:

  • 401 Truxtun Avenue

  • Bakersfield, CA 93301-5315

Contact Information

Services Schedule


Orthros - 8:30 a.m.

Divine Liturgy - 9:30 a.m.


Evening Vespers - 6:00 p.m.


Past Bulletins

St. George News and Events


NO Sunday Service this week.

Saturday Service (1/13/24)
Orthros 9:00 am
Divine Liturgy 9:45 am 


 General Announcements


House blessings start this Friday (1/12/24)
Please contact our church secretary Susan at 325-8694
or via email at [email protected]
January Coffee Hour
1/14/24 Mary Mehkel
1/21/24 Basema 
1/28/24 OPEN
Why Coffee Hour?
-Most of us are hungry, especially children 
-Coffee goes well with a snack 
-Keeps us united as a parish
Coffee Hour Ideas:
Cookies of any kind 
Donuts- regular or mini 
Yogurt cups 
Bagels and cream cheese
Cheese and crackers
Granola bars
Raw Veggies and dip
Chips and salsa
Bottled water is always needed 
Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers over a multitude of sins. Offer hospitality to one another without grumbling” (1 Peter 4:8-9)
Contact Joyce Cisneros at [email protected] to be added to the coffee hour schedule. 
Beginning January 14th, the Philoptochos will begin selling tickets to this year's Mardi Gras Bingo Fundraising Event to be held on Saturday February 3rd from 11AM - 2PM and is to benefit the Valley Center for the Blind and our other Philoptochos Charities. This is a family and community wide event. We have a limited number of tickets available - so get yours early - WE ALWAYS SELL OUT! This event is filled with lots of FUN from Bingo, Beautiful Baskets to be raffled off and above all Fellowship! Tickets are $40 each and must be purchased before the event. Tickets will NOT BE SOLD AT THE DOOR. If you want to reserve a FULL TABLE of 8 - please contact Elaine Dorlis directly.
Philoptochos Donate
Interested in learning Greek?
St George is offering Greek School on Sunday's 11:30am-1:30pm. Please see attached registration form and General Information & Expectations. Some classes have started, but if interested, please call Kathy Exarchoulakos 661-805-4736.
Please see the registration form and general info documents at the end of this bulletin.


100 Year Anniversary Celebration


Cick here to buy tickets via PayPal or Credit Card

All proceeds benefit St. George Greek Orthodox Church - Bakersfield



Sunday School has started, Sunday October 29th.

If anyone is interested in being a teacher please contact Stavros at 808-778-3757.


2024 Morning Star schedule:

Please contact Joyce if you can help any of the 2024 dates.
Thank you and God bless you!

The next volunteer opportunities with
Morningstar Fresh Food Ministry 
Coming soon



Youth Group Announcements

Youth Group


*Donations to St. George Youth Group are always welcome!


Stavros will continue with evening reader services
Thursday through Saturday 6pm


Secretary office hours are 9 am to 1 pm, Monday through Friday.
Please note these hours may need to be adjusted on occasion.


If you want to be included in the email announcements and notices, please send your email to [email protected] or call church office, 325-8694 and give your info and request to be added.
Note: This is separate from the bulletin.
This is the fastest way to get updated for services changes and other important church information.

If you are not receiving the bulletin, either send your name & email to [email protected] or apply from our website here, or directly here or call church office, 325-8694 and give your info and request to be added to the weekly bulletin.



Open every Sunday following Divine Liturgy and by appointment, by calling 661.342.2407
Special orders available.

ALL are welcome, stop by, check out the variety of gifts, books & icons.


Senior Zoomers 

Our 55 and over group, self named The Senior Zoomers, meets Wednesdays at 11:00am on Zoom. Join us for good conversation and activity planning during our weekly meetings.  To join us click the follow link, or go to and enter the meeting ID and passcode located below.Click --> Join Zoom Meeting 
Meeting ID: 843 4423 5872
Passcode: 510033
By Phone Dial: (669)900-9128 

Morning Bible Study

Meet with Fr. Jim Pappas Wednesday at 9:30am on ZOOM for Morning Bible Study.  We look forward to studying God’s word together.Click --> Join Zoom Meeting
Meeting ID: 863 0526 5618

Passcode: 537328
By Phone Dial: (669)900-9128


Sign up to host a Sunday lunch!

See sign up list in the hall bulletin board. Coffee hour donations go towards scholarship/funding for our kids to attend summer camp. Please donate. See flyer at end of this bulletin


2024 Stewardship News

Every man shall give as he is able, according to the blessing of the Lord thy God which he hath given thee.
Deuteronomy 16:17
Please see attached informational trifold and the stewardship form at the end of this bulletin.
God bless you and your families.

Donate here via paypal or Credit Card


"Every Christian, without exception, ought to dwell always in prayer."

      - St. Gregory Palamas

Click here to read more and get the app for daily prayer


Parish Council

Congratulations to our 2024 Parish Council members.

You may visit our website for the list of members & officers at Parish Council
Next Parish Council meeting is 1/25/24 at 7:00pm at the back office.


Social Media & website

Follow and join us on Facebook

St George Greek Orthodox Church of Bakersfield

St George Christian Outreach Facebook Page

St George Greek Orthodox Church of Bakersfield YouTube channel


Leave your mark!
Consider naming St. George Church as a beneficiary on your life insurance policy. It's a great legacy gift to your parish and very easy to do...just ask your provider for the change beneficiary form and complete and return to them.  The legal name for the church is Hellenic Community St. George Church Tax ID #95-3575365 God bless you.


Click here to read how you can leave a lasting legacy to your parish.
Church Beautification and Capital Improvements. Click here for the 2021 update.

Text Notifications

If you would like to be part of our system, please provide your phone number to the church secretary at [email protected].

This service will only be used to notify parishioners of any changes to service times or to provide information on events or occurrences that affect the entire parish.  We see this as being used infrequently but feel that we need to an effective way to communicate important information quickly. 


Prayers for Thanksgiving-Healing and Help:

Please add to your daily prayers 

Orthodox: Chris Paul, Penny, Kyriakos, Eleni, Spiros, Fred, John, Ernie, George, Abram, Vickie, Elaina, Maher, Nabel, Magdy, Daniel, Natalia and family, Nickolas, Irene, Pamela, Virginia, Paraskevi, Michael, Dimitris, Margarita, Jennifer, Nikolas, Pamela.

Non-Orthodox: Judith, Nayeli and David, Peggy, Patricia

For the rest of the soul of our departed:

Orthodox: Penny, Fr. Daregas, Vasiliki, Vasilli, Fouad, Bert, Nicolas, Louise, George, George, Sooad, Leonid, Nikos, Vivian, John, Mary, Louise, Nektarios, Nicholas, Elephtheria, Kyriakos, Candess, George Lardakis. 


Prosphoro Schedule

Father Jim would like the Prosphoro brought to the church Sunday morning between 7:30 AM and no later than 8:30 AM. We are looking for more people to make the blessed bread. Please approach Father if interested to be put on the 2023 baking schedule for prosphora then let Joyce Cisneros know. Learn More




1/9 Tom & Elaine Dorlis


1/2 Melena Cain
1/3 Hesham Ayoub
1/3 Athina Kinsley
1/6 Cathleen Budy
1/9 Chris McNaughton
1/11 Alexandra Valos
1/14 Angela Becerra
1/16 Fentanesh Birehanu
1/16 Pamela Yanney
1/18 Achilles Canellis
1/21 Matt Jennings
1/24 Chuy Cisneros
1/24 Sofia Asmerom
1/25 Joseph Chaffee

If your Anniversary or Birthday is not listed and would like to be added or if it's incorrect, please contact the editor at [email protected]

PLEASE NOTE:  All bulletin announcements must be received each week by 5:00 pm Wednesday to be included in the Sunday bulletin for that week.

A note from the publisher: PLEASE READ CONTENT AFTER THE CALENDAR, THERE MAY BE MORE, there may be inserts of interest!

If you have ANY kind of a challenge reading this bulletin or ANY part of it, like unable to or know how to open various inserts at the end of the bulletin, PLEASE DONOT HESITATE, contact me at [email protected]
I'll be happy to help you! And any and all suggestions for improvement are welcome!

Please send email with your request or suggestion to [email protected]



Gospel and Epistle Readings

Epistle Reading

Prokeimenon. First Tone. Psalm 32.22,1.
Let your mercy, O Lord, be upon us.
Verse: Rejoice in the Lord, O ye righteous.

The reading is from St. Paul's Letter to the Ephesians 4:7-13.

BRETHREN, grace was given to each of us according to the measure of Christ's gift. Therefore it is said, "When he ascended on high he led a host of captives, and he gave gifts to men." (in saying, "He ascended," what does it mean but that he had also descended into the lower parts of the earth? He who descended is he who also ascended far above all the heavens, that he might fill all things.) And his gifts were that some should be apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, some pastors and teachers, to equip the saints for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ, until we all attain to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to mature manhood, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ.

Προκείμενον. First Tone. ΨΑΛΜΟΙ 32.22,1.
Γένοιτο, Κύριε, τὸ ἔλεός σου ἐφ' ἡμᾶς.
Στίχ. Ἀγαλλιᾶσθε δίκαιοι ἐν Κυρίῳ

τὸ Ἀνάγνωσμα Πρὸς Ἐφεσίους 4:7-13.

Ἀδελφοί, ἑνὶ ἑκάστῳ ἡμῶν ἐδόθη ἡ χάρις κατὰ τὸ μέτρον τῆς δωρεᾶς τοῦ Χριστοῦ. Διὸ λέγει, Ἀναβὰς εἰς ὕψος ᾐχμαλώτευσεν αἰχμαλωσίαν, καὶ ἔδωκεν δόματα τοῖς ἀνθρώποις. Τὸ δέ, Ἀνέβη, τί ἐστιν εἰ μὴ ὅτι καὶ κατέβη πρῶτον εἰς τὰ κατώτερα μέρη τῆς γῆς; Ὁ καταβάς, αὐτός ἐστιν καὶ ὁ ἀναβὰς ὑπεράνω πάντων τῶν οὐρανῶν, ἵνα πληρώσῃ τὰ πάντα. Καὶ αὐτὸς ἔδωκεν τοὺς μὲν ἀποστόλους, τοὺς δὲ προφήτας, τοὺς δὲ εὐαγγελιστάς, τοὺς δὲ ποιμένας καὶ διδασκάλους, πρὸς τὸν καταρτισμὸν τῶν ἁγίων, εἰς ἔργον διακονίας, εἰς οἰκοδομὴν τοῦ σώματος τοῦ Χριστοῦ· μέχρι καταντήσωμεν οἱ πάντες εἰς τὴν ἑνότητα τῆς πίστεως καὶ τῆς ἐπιγνώσεως τοῦ υἱοῦ τοῦ θεοῦ, εἰς ἄνδρα τέλειον, εἰς μέτρον ἡλικίας τοῦ πληρώματος τοῦ Χριστοῦ.

البروكيمنون. First Tone. مزمور 32: 22، 1.
لتكن يا رب رحمتك علينا
Verse: ابتهجوا بالرب يا أبراره

فصل من رسالة بولس الى أَفسس 4: 7-13.

يَُّا إِخْوَة، لِكُلِّ وَاحِدٍ مِنَّا أُعْطِيَتِ النِّعْمَةُ حَسَبَ قِيَاسِ هِبَةِ الْمَسِيحِ. لِذَلِكَ يَقُولُ: ((إِذْ صَعِدَ إِلَى الْعَلاَءِ سَبَى سَبْياً وَأَعْطَى النَّاسَ عَطَايَا)). وَأَمَّا أَنَّهُ ((صَعِدَ)) ، فَمَا هُوَ إِلاَّ إِنَّهُ نَزَلَ أَيْضاً أَوَّلاً إِلَى أَقْسَامِ الأَرْضِ السُّفْلَى. اَلَّذِي نَزَلَ هُوَ الَّذِي صَعِدَ أَيْضاً فَوْقَ جَمِيعِ السَّمَاوَاتِ، لِكَيْ يَمْلأَ الْكُلَّ. وَهُوَ أَعْطَى الْبَعْضَ أَنْ يَكُونُوا رُسُلاً، وَالْبَعْضَ أَنْبِيَاءَ، وَالْبَعْضَ مُبَشِّرِينَ، وَالْبَعْضَ رُعَاةً وَمُعَلِّمِينَ، لأَجْلِ تَكْمِيلِ الْقِدِّيسِينَ، لِعَمَلِ الْخِدْمَةِ، لِبُنْيَانِ جَسَدِ الْمَسِيحِ، إِلَى أَنْ نَنْتَهِيَ جَمِيعُنَا إِلَى وَحْدَانِيَّةِ الإِيمَانِ وَمَعْرِفَةِ ابْنِ اللهِ. إِلَى إِنْسَانٍ كَامِلٍ. إِلَى قِيَاسِ قَامَةِ مِلْءِ الْمَسِيحِ.

Gospel Reading

Sunday after Epiphany
The Reading is from Matthew 4:12-17

At that time, when Jesus heard that John had been arrested, he withdrew into Galilee; and leaving Nazareth he went and dwelt in Capernaum by the sea, in the territory of Zebulun and Naphtali, that what was spoken by the prophet Isaiah might be fulfilled: "The land of Zebulun and the land of Naphtali, toward the sea, across the Jordan, Galilee of the Gentiles, the people who sat in darkness have seen a great light, and for those who sat in the region and shadow of death light has dawned." From that time Jesus began to preach, saying, "Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand."

Sunday after Epiphany
Κατὰ Ματθαῖον 4:12-17

Τῷ καιρῷ ἐκείνῳ, ἀκούσας δὲ ὁ ᾿Ιησοῦς ὅτι ᾿Ιωάννης παρεδόθη, ἀνεχώρησεν εἰς τὴν Γαλιλαίαν, καὶ καταλιπὼν τὴν Ναζαρὲτ ἐλθὼν κατῴκησεν εἰς Καπερναοὺμ τὴν παραθαλασσίαν ἐν ὁρίοις Ζαβουλὼν καὶ Νεφθαλείμ, ἵνα πληρωθῇ τὸ ῥηθὲν διὰ ῾Ησαΐου τοῦ προφήτου λέγοντος· γῆ Ζαβουλὼν καὶ γῆ Νεφθαλείμ, ὁδὸν θαλάσσης, πέραν τοῦ ᾿Ιορδάνου, Γαλιλαία τῶν ἐθνῶν, ὁ λαὸς ὁ καθήμενος ἐν σκότειεἶδε φῶς μέγα, καὶ τοῖς καθημένοις ἐν χώρᾳ καὶ σκιᾷ θανάτουφῶς ἀνέτειλεν αὐτοῖς. ᾿Απὸ τότε ἤρξατο ὁ ᾿Ιησοῦς κηρύσσειν καὶ λέγειν· μετανοεῖτε· ἤγγικε γὰρ ἡ βασιλεία τῶν οὐρανῶν.

Sunday after Epiphany
متى 4: 12-17

12 في ذلك الزمان لَمَّا سَمِعَ يَسُوعُ أَنَّ يُوحَنَّا أُسْلِمَ ، انْصَرَفَ إِلَى الْجَلِيلِ. 13وَتَرَكَ النَّاصِرَةَ وَأَتَى فَسَكَنَ فِي كَفْرِنَاحُومَ الَّتِي عِنْدَ الْبَحْرِ فِي تُخُومِ زَبُولُونَ وَنَفْتَالِيمَ ،14لِكَيْ يَتِمَّ مَا قِيلَ بِإِشَعْيَاءَ النَّبِيِّ الْقَائِلِ :15((أَرْضُ زَبُولُونَ ،وَأَرْضُ نَفْتَالِيمَ ، طَرِيقُ الْبَحْرِ ، عَبْرُ الأُرْدُنِّ ، جَلِيلُ الأُمَمِ .16الشَّعْبُ الْجَالِسُ فِي ظُلْمَةٍ أَبْصَرَ نُوراً عَظِيماً ،وَالْجَالِسُونَ فِي كُورَةِ الْمَوْتِ وَظِلاَلِهِ أَشْرَقَ عَلَيْهِمْ نُورٌ)). 17مِنْ ذَلِكَ الزَّمَانِ ابْتَدَأَ يَسُوعُ يَكْرِزُ وَيَقُولُ : ((تُوبُوا لأَنَّهُ قَدِ اقْتَرَبَ مَلَكُوتُ السَّمَاوَاتِ)). 




Hymns of the Day

Resurrectional Apolytikion in the Grave Tone

Thou didst abolish death by Thy Cross; Thou didst open Paradise to the thief; Thou didst transform the myrrh-bearers' lamentation, and didst bid Thine Apostles to preach that Thou art risen, O Christ God, granting great mercy to the world.
Κατέλυσας τῷ Σταυρῷ σου τὸν θάνατον, ἠνέῳξας τῷ Λῃστῇ τὸν Παράδεισον, τῶν Μυροφόρων τὸν θρῆνον μετέβαλες, καὶ τοῖς σοῖς Ἀποστόλοις κηρύττειν ἐπέταξας, ὅτι ἀνέστης Χριστὲ ὁ Θεός, παρέχων τῷ κόσμῳ τὸ μέγα ἔλεος.

حطمت بصليبك الموت، وفتحت للص الفردوس، وحولت نوح حاملات الطيب، وأمرت رسلك ان يكرزوا ، بانك قد قمت ايها المسيح الاله ، مانحاً العالم الرحمة العظمى.

Apolytikion for Apodosis of Epiphany in the First Tone

When Thou wast baptized in the Jordan, O Lord, the worship of the Trinity was made manifest; for the voice of the Father bare witness to Thee, calling Thee His beloved Son. And the Spirit in the form of a dove confirmed the certainty of the word. O Christ our God, Who hast appeared and hast enlightened the world, glory be to Thee.
Ἐν Ἰορδάνῃ βαπτιζομένου σου Κύριε, ἡ τῆς Τριάδος ἐφανερώθη προσκύνησις, τοῦ γὰρ Γεννήτορος ἡ φωνὴ προσεμαρτύρει σοί, ἀγαπητὸν σὲ Υἱὸν ὀνομάζουσα, καὶ τὸ Πνεῦμα ἐν εἴδει περιστεράς, ἐβεβαίου τοῦ λόγου τὸ ἀσφαλές. Ὁ ἐπιφανεῖς Χριστὲ ὁ Θεός, καὶ τὸν κόσμον φωτίσας δόξα σοί.

باعتمادك يا رب في نهر الأردن ظهرت السجدة للثالوث لأن صوت الآب تقدم لك بالشهادة مسمياً إياك ابنا محبوباً والروح بهيئة حمامة يؤيد حقيقة الكلمة فيا من ظهرت وأنرت العالم أيها المسيح الإله المجد لك.

Seasonal Kontakion in the Fourth Tone

You appeared to the world today, and Your light, O Lord, has left its mark upon us. With fuller understanding we sing to You: "You came, You were made manifest, the unapproachable light."
Ἐπεφάνης σήμερον τὴ οἰκουμένη, καὶ τὸ φῶς σου Κύριε, ἐσημειώθη ἐφ' ἡμᾶς, ἓν ἐπιγνώσει ὑμνούντάς σε. Ἦλθες ἐφάνης τὸ Φῶς τὸ ἀπρόσιτον.