Welcome To St. George Orthodox Church!

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ

GLORY TO JESUS CHRIST!  GLORY FOREVER!
It is with great joy that I greet you on behalf of the entire parish community of St. George Orthodox Church. We are located within the beautiful section of Delaware Park. St. George Orthodox  Church is a a Pan-Orthodox, English language parish serving Western New York. We are a parish of the Diocese of New York and New Jersey of The Orthodox Church in America. We welcome people of all backgrounds and ethnicities to worship with us and learn more about the ancient and unchanging path of Orthodox Christianity. We offer a foundation for a grace-filled life in Christ through beautiful worshp, spiritual education for everyone, programs for youth, and Christian Fellowship.Our faith combines traditional values, beliefs, and teachings of The Orthodox Faith. By sharing Our Lord’s Message with everyone, we enable others to receive The Light of Christ into their lives. We welcome you into our midst where our lives are guided by God’ love and teachings.We are a growing community dedicated to the Building up of the Body of Christ by fulfilling and proclaiming the Gospel of Our Lord Jesus Christ. As you journey to Western New York and the Buffalo Area, I extend an invitation to you to come and join us in prayer and fellowship. May GOD continue to bless you and guide you as we all work together in Building up the Body of Christ by proclaiming and fulfilling the Gospel of Our Lord Jesus Christ!
With Love in Christ,
Rev. Jason Vansuch, Parish Priest

 

MISSION STATEMENT OF ST. GEORGE ORTHODOX  CHURCH

Our mission is to  live, proclaim, and bring the Gospel of Our Lord God and Savior Jesus Christ to our everyday life and ministry.

COME PRAY WITH US!                     St. George Orthodox Church                   COME GROW WITH US!

STREAMING ICON OF THE MOST-HOLY THEOTOKOS

(St. George Orthodox Church – OCA)

2 Nottingham Terrace ~ Buffalo, NY

St. George Orthodox Church (OCA) located in Buffalo, NY has been blessed with the Icon of Most-Holy Theotokos and Ever-Virgin Mary (Icon of the Annunciation) on the Iconostasis streaming Oil. A great and humble miracle and blessing for our parish and for those who come and pray here.  Alexandra and Anna Vansuch (daughters of Rev. Jason and Matushka Vansuch) witnessed the streaming of the Holy Oil following Great Vespers on the Eve of the Universal Exaltation of the Precious and Life-Giving Cross of Our Lord (September 13).  The Holy Oil began streaming from the Cross on top of the Veil of the Theotokos and then also began streaming from the back of Her Veil and has continued to stream down Her Face.

 

In consultation with His Eminence Archbishop MICHAEL and with his blessing, we served The Akathist Service to The Most-Holy Theotokos every morning at 9:00 AM for two weeks. We also had the church open every day (Monday-Friday) from 8:30 AM to 11:00 AM and from 6:00-8:30 PM for everyone to come and pray before the Icon of the Mother of God along with serving the Paraklesis Service to the Mother of God every night at 6:30 PM.

We collect the Holy Oil everyday and mix it with Holy Oil from the Wonder-Working Pochaev Icon of the Mother of God and Iveron Icon of the Mother of God and then bless that Oil on the Miraculous Oil-Streaming Icon of Most-Holy Theotokos and Ever-Virgin Mary (Icon of the Annunciation) on the Iconostasis at our parish. We also have Icon Cards of the Miraculous Oil-Streaming Icon of Most-Holy Theotokos and Ever-Virgin Mary for the faithful which have been blessed on the Icon itself.

 

The Church will be open every week on the following days for the faithful to come and pray before the Miraculous Oil-Streaming Icon of Most-Holy Theotokos and Ever-Virgin Mary:

 

Tuesday-Wednesday –Thursday Mornings

  • Daily Matins is served at 9:00 AM on Tuesdays
  • Akathist to The Theotokos is served at 9:00 AM on Wednesdays
  • Akathist to St. George or Moleben to St. George is served at 9:00 AM on Thursdays

Wednesday Evenings

  • The Paraklesis Service to the Mother of God is served at 6:00 PM on Wednesdays

Saturday

3:00 to 5:00 PM

  • Great Vespers is served at 4:00 PM

 

Sundays

9:00 to 1:00 PM

  • Divine Liturgy is served at 10:00 AM
  • Matins is served on the 1st and 3rd Sundays of each month at 9:00 AM
  • The Hours are served on the 2nd Sunday of each month at 9:30 AM
  • The Hours are served on the 4th Sundays of each month at 9:15 AM
  • General Confession is served on the last Sunday of each month at 9:30 AM

We also pray to The Most-Holy Theotokos and Ever-Virgin Mary after every Service followed by Veneration of the Miraculous Oil-Streaming Icon of Most-Holy Theotokos and Ever-Virgin Mary and anointing with Holy Oil.

To schedule a visit to come and pray before the Miraculous Oil-Streaming Icon of Most-Holy Theotokos and Ever-Virgin Mary, please contact Rev. Jason Vansuch at 716.875.4222.

I encourage all of us to come to the services and pray to The Mother of God that through Her Holy Prayers and Precious Omophorion, God may strengthen us, comfort us, bless us and guide us to continue doing His Will and His Work of the Gospel and of the Church!

Through the Prayers of the Most-Holy Theotokos, may God continue to watch over you, guide you and protect you, your families and all of the clergy and faithful of our parishes.

We also pray to The Most-Holy Theotokos and Ever-Virgin Mary after every Service followed by Veneration of the Miraculous Oil-Streaming Icon of Most-Holy Theotokos and Ever-Virgin Mary and anointing with Holy Oil.

To schedule a visit to come and pray before the Miraculous Oil-Streaming Icon of Most-Holy Theotokos and Ever-Virgin Mary, please contact Rev. Jason Vansuch at 716.875.4222.

I encourage all of us to come to the services and pray to The Mother of God that through Her Holy Prayers and Precious Omophorion, God may strengthen us, comfort us, bless us and guide us to continue doing His Will and His Work of the Gospel and of the Church!

Through the Prayers of the Most-Holy Theotokos, may God continue to watch over you, guide you and protect you, your families and all of the clergy and faithful of our parishes.

MOST-HOLY THEOTOKOS, SAVE US!

                                

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Please click on the link below for the yearly calendar of services and events within the life of our parish:

CALENDAR OF EVENTS FOR ST. GEORGE ORTHODOX CHURCH (Buffalo, NY) September 2017-August 2018

DECEMBER 2017{Nativity Fast: Nov. 15-Dec. 24} 

 

    1    Parish Family Night (Rehearsal for Church School Nativity/St. Nicholas Program)          

 

    2 –    Parish Council Meeting at 10:00 AM

 

    3  –  ANNUAL CHURCH SCHOOL ST. NICHOLAS PROGRAM

 

    5 – Eve of the Feast of St. Nicholas the Wonderworker

Great Vespers with Litiya at 4:00 PM

    6 – The Feast of St. Nicholas the Wonderworker               

                 Divine Liturgy at 9:30 AM

 

 10 – Youth Sunday   

       Church School Q&A with Fr. Jay (Feast Days of the Church/Confession)

Special Parish Meeting: 2018 Budget

 

Christmas Caroling at Elderwood Nursing Home (Grand Island) at 1:30 PM

 

     **Christmas Gifts are due for Baker’s Victory**

 

 11 –  Monthly Community Healing Prayer Service– 6:30 PM

 

 13 – Feast of St. Herman of Alaska

Akathist to St. Herman at 9:30 AM

Monthly Dinner at Kevin Guest House (5:30-7:30 PM)

 

17 – Uncle Tom’s Reading of ‘The Polar Express’

**Children bring your pajamas to wear after Liturgy for the Special Reading of

‘The Polar Express’….Hot Cocoa and Homemade Cookies will be served!!

 

**Bring New Pajamas for patients at Roswell Park**

**Christmas Cookies are due for Hearts for Homeless**

 

24/25 – THE GREAT FEAST OF THE NATIVITY OF OUR LORD

 

29 – Church School Outing to Our Lady of Fatima Shrine for Festival of Lights

 

     31 Eve of Feast of Circumcision of Our Lord/St. Basil the Great/New Year’s Day

            Great Vespers with Litiya – 1:00 PM

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For more information about the above services and events and upcoming services and events in the life of our parish, please contact Fr. Jason at 875-4222 or jvansuch@hotmail.com  or visit our website: www.stgeorgebuffalo.com

UPCOMING EVENTS IN DECEMBER WITHIN THE LIFE OF OUR PARISH

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CHRISTMAS CAROLING AT

ELDERWOOD NURSING HOME GRAND ISLAND

 

1:30 PM – Sunday December 10 – 1:30 PM

 

We will once again be going to Elderwood  Nursing Home/Rehabilitation Center on Grand Island to sing Christmas Carols to the residents, staff, and their families on Sunday December 10 at 1:30 PM.  We will be leaving the Church Parking Lot at 1:00 PM to drive up to Elderwood.  We had a great turnout last year of children, families, and parishioners who not only sang beautifully and joyfully but also brought the love, joy and blessings of the Nativity Season to everyone.  Our very own, Helen Fadell, is a resident at Elderwood and is very much looking forward to seeing the children and all of us once again.  In order to make sure that we have enough transportation for everyone, please see or contact Fr. Jason is you are interested in going Christmas Caroling to Elderwood on Sunday December 10. Let us come together during this Holy Season and with one mind, one heart, and once voice bring the Love and Joy of Our Lord and the message of His Glorious Birth to Helen, the residents, the staff and their families. Thank you for your continued support, love, and generosity. May God continue to bless and guide all of you, your families, and our entire parish family during this Holy Nativity Season.

 

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HEARTS FOR HOMELESS

December 17 – Christmas Cookies – December 17

Hearts for Homeless is a mobile soup kitchen/thrift shop that feeds the poor and chronic homeless on the street. Characterized by a profound spiritual motivation. The program offers nourishing food, as well as clothing, pertinent information regarding area services, companionship and hope for the future.

They are looking for Christmas Cookies for their Annual Christmas Eve Dinner.  If anyone is able to donate an extra dozen or two of Christmas Cookies, please bring them in a zip-lock bag to Church on Sunday December 17 and place them in the container marked Christmas Cookies located in the Parish Fellowship Hall. Barbara will take them down to Hearts for Homeless for us. We all love our Christmas Cookies!! Let us share the goodness and truly embrace what this season is all about: The Love of God Who gave His Only-Begotten Son born for all of us and for our salvation.

Thank you for your continued support, love, and generosity. May God continue to bless and guide all of you, your families, and our entire parish family during this Holy Nativity Season.

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UNCLE TOM’S READING OF ‘THE POLAR EXPRESS’

Collection of New Pajamas for Roswell Park Cancer Institute

Sunday December 17

On Sunday December 17 immediately following the Divine Liturgy, please join us in the Parish Fellowship Hall where the hall will be transformed into the scene from the great Christmas book and movie: “The Polar Express”.

Uncle Tom Slaiman will be reading, in character, ‘The Polar Express’ for us.  We encourage everyone to stay and join us in listening to this Christmas Classic being read for children of all ages.

With that in mind, to get into the Christmas Spirit and to keep with the theme of ‘The Polar Express’, children are encouraged to bring their Pajamas to change into so that they can wear them while listening to the story and drinking Hot Cocoa and eating delicious homemade Christmas cookies.  We also encourage the children to bring sleeping bags as well so they will be comfortable sitting on the floor.

To continue with the theme of ‘The Polar Express’, we will be collecting New Pajama s for the patients at Roswell Cancer Park Institute.  We are asking our children and families and all parishioners to bring a pair of two of NEW pajamas to church with you on Sunday December 17 and place them in the bin marked:  Roswell Park Pajama Drive.  The pajamas will them be taken down to Roswell Park on Monday December 18 for delivery to the patients.  Sizes of pajamas are:  Adult Male (XL, L, M, S) Adult Female (XL, L, M, S) Child Male (XL, L, M, S) and Child Female (XL, L, M, S).  Thank you for your continued support, love, and generosity. May God continue to bless and guide all of you, your families, and our entire parish family during this Holy Nativity Season.

 ‘THE 2017 ANNUAL CHURCH SCHOOL

NATIVITY/ST. NICHOLAS PROGRAM

Sunday December 3

On Sunday December 3, the Church School will be holding their Annual Nativity/St. Nicholas Program.  This year’s program is very special as the children will show each of us how important life is especially around this time of the year by showing us the meaning of Christmas through their eyes. What a blessing this will be especially as we celebrate the Nativity of Our Lord. They, together with their teachers and parents, are working very hard in preparing a wonderful program for us to enjoy.   Let us come together with our children, their teachers, and their families and enjoy an afternoon of learning, fun, food, and Christian Fellowship during this Nativity Fast.  We will also be holding a special Lenten Luncheon on this day. If anyone is able to assist with the luncheon, please see or contact Fr. Jason.

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‘THE 2017 ANNUAL CHURCH SCHOOL

CHRISTMAS OUTREACH MINISTRY PROJECT

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

Glory to Jesus Christ!   Glory Forever!

Greetings to all of you during this preparation period for the upcoming Nativity Fast. As we are in the midst of preparing ourselves for the Great Feast of the Nativity of Our Lord God and Savior Jesus Christ, we are in the midst of preparing for our annual Christmas Outreach Project.

 

For this year’s Christmas Outreach Project, our parish has been given the awesome opportunity to work with Baker Victory Services and provide Christmas gifts to the foster children that are in their Group Emergency Foster Care Program in the Nelson and Michael Houses. These children have not been matched to any foster family this holiday season, so they have nowhere else to go. This also means they have no family to celebrate with on Christmas Day. To the Glory of God, our parish will be providing them their Christmas gifts. We will have an Angel tree available starting November 19thwith a couple gift ideas for each child. All gifts are due on Sunday, December 10thunwrapped. Please do not spend more than $25 per child to ensure that all children receive gifts for about the same amount.  To help get a better understanding and summary on Baker Victory Services and their Group Emergency Foster Care Program, please refer to the information provided below.

On behalf of these dear children and those who work with and care for them, we thank you for your love, prayers, and support for these children in need. We ask that you pray for these children through this holiday season, that they will be able to go back to their own families or be matched with foster families as quickly as possible. For more information or if anyone has any questions please do not hesitate to contact Andrea Chmiel who is organizing this project for us. May God continue to bless and guide all of you and your families. Have a wonderful and blessed holiday season!!

With Love in Christ,

Your Beloved Church School Children and Teachers

Additional Information on Baker Victory Services

Baker Victory Services (BVS) has been providing residential care for at-risk children in Western New York for more than 160 years. Today, BVS has an annual operating budget of $52 million and more than 1,100 employees, making it one of the largest and most comprehensive social service organizations in the region. More than 5,000 children, youth, adults, and families are served each year through a combination of residential, mental health, education, and services for individuals with developmental disabilities. Each of these programs include extensive intake, needs assessment, case management, education, vocational training, recreation, cultural interaction, mental health services, medical services, group counseling, behavior management, transportation, and regulation by a number of governmental bodies.

 

The Group Emergency Foster Care Program at Baker Victory Services, or the Nelson and Michael Houses, were created to provide safe, immediately available placement options in cases where removal of children from their homes is necessary for their own protection. This program is designed to meet the needs of all children from birth to age eighteen including individual children, sibling groups, pregnant, and parenting teens. The Nelson and Michael Houses provide temporary care, diagnostic services, trauma care and treatment for children entering foster care on an emergency basis while offering recreational activities and maintaining the child’s connections to school and siblings. Stays are intended to be brief, as resources for longer term placements, such as family members or foster homes, are explored and facilitated.

 

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PARISH FAMILY NATIVITY BRUNCH

 

Immediately Following the Festal Divine Liturgy on Christmas Morning

 

As is our tradition here at St. George’s, we have a Parish Family Nativity Brunch following the Divine Liturgy on Christmas Morning.
With that in mind, if anyone would like to bring something for the Parish Family Nativity Brunch, which will be held on MONDAY DECEMBER 25 in the Parish Fellowship Hall following the Divine Liturgy, please bring it with you to church either when you come for The Vigil Prayer Service on Christmas Eve December 24 at 5:00 PM or when you come to church on Christmas Morning (December 25) for The Divine Liturgy at 9:30 AM.
So far, we have the following items for our brunch:

 

French Toast Casserole,      Sausage/Egg Casserole

If anyone has any questions or concerns or would like to bring something for the Parish Family Nativity Brunch,  please see or contact Mat. Katia who is organizing the Brunch for us. May God continue to bless and guide all of you, your families, and our entire parish family during this Holy Nativity Season.

 

 

 

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We have our on-going collection for The Buffalo City Mission which exists to meet the spiritual and practical needs of the poor through the demonstration of the love and preaching of the Gospel of Jesus Christ in providing love, care, shelter, food, and other means necessary to those in need.

We also have on-going collections for Hearts for the Homeless Program which is a mobile soup kitchen/thrift shop  that feeds the poor and chronic homeless on the street. Characterized by a profound spiritual motivation. The program offers nourishing food, as well as clothing, pertinent information regarding area services, companionship and hope for the future.

Please refer to the list of items located on the bulletin board in The Parish Fellowship Hall (canned goods, hygiene products, feminine products, socks, underwear, undershirts, etc).  Items may be brought and placed in the clear plastic bin located in the Parish Fellowship Hall.

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Please bring these items to church and place them in the collection box near the Church School Classroom. Once a month, Fr. Jason will take these items down to the Buffalo Mission Center/ Hearts for the Homeless Program. Thank you for your continued love, generosity and prayerful support. May God continue to richly bless and guide you.