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IOCC Delivers Relief To Gaza's Displaced Families
August 7, 2014

Baltimore, MD (IOCC) - Living conditions for thousands of displaced families in the Gaza Strip are rapidly deteriorating as families uprooted from their homes and forced to find shelter now face a shortage of water as well as decreasing access to food. The recent escalation of the conflict has destroyed Gaza's power plant and civilian infrastructure, depriving vulnerable Gazans of the most basic needs and adding to the misery of more than half a million people displaced across the densely populated territory.

Many of the displaced families have sought refuge at schools, mosques, and churches, including St. Porphyrius Greek Orthodox Christian Church in the Az Zaitoun neighborhood of Gaza City. More than 2,400 displaced children and their parents are sheltering at the church, sleeping in the community center as well as outside in the church courtyard. International Orthodox Christian Charities (IOCC) staff is on the ground in Gaza to provide humanitarian relief to families in urgent need of food and basic supplies.

IOCC distributed hot meals to hundreds of displaced families seeking refuge at the church, for many their first hot meal in weeks. "We were not able to provide meals like this," explained Hani, one of the church council members, who expressed gratitude for the critically- needed assistance. "With this support we are able to help feed these people who have come to us for help."

IOCC is also working to provide emergency relief items such as water, bedding, blankets, hygiene items and infant supplies to 40,500 displaced people seeking refuge at the church and a nearby mosque, as well as to vulnerable families in the northern Gaza communities of Gaza City, Beit Hanoun, Shuj'iyeh, Az Zaitoun, and At Tuffah.

IOCC has had a humanitarian presence in Jerusalem, the West Bank, and Gaza since 1997, assisting more than 30,000 families with emergency food and household items as well as working with communities to improve their access to food, employment opportunities, and agricultural production. In the Gaza Strip, IOCC has been establishing reliable water sources and support for home gardens and livestock care to ensure that families have enough to eat and to help the local economy by supporting locally-produced fresh food.

HOW YOU CAN HELP
You can help provide relief in Gaza by making a financial gift to the IOCC Gaza Relief Fund, which will provide immediate relief through the provision of emergency assistance as well as longer-term support. To make a gift, please visit www.iocc.org or call toll free at 1-877-803- IOCC (4622), or mail a check or money order payable to IOCC, P.O. Box 17398, Baltimore, MD 21297. You may also leave gifts here at Saint George, which will be forwarded to IOCC.



CALENDARS

This week we celebrate the Feast of the Dormition of the Theotokos. Please join us this Thursday at 6:00 pm for the Evening Divine Liturgy.

A lecture on the Holy Eucharist will be given by Richard Fillon, M.T.S., M.Th at Saint Paul's Catholic Church, 147 North Street, Hingham, this Tuesday at 7:00 pm.

The annual Unction Service to honor the Holy Mandylion, for Joy's miraculous healing of cancer in 2005 will be celebrated on August 19th at 6:30 pm at Saint Catherine Orthodox Church in Braintree. (Joy, if you have not yet met her, is new to Saint George. Her husband is Richard, who is noted above, as giving the lecture in Hingham.)

Paw Sox: The diocesan Teen SOYO (and anyone who wants to join them) are headed to Pawtucket for baseball on Thursday the 21st. See Father Joseph if you are interested.

Join us Sunday, August 24th for Hierarchical Liturgy with His Grace Bishop JOHN. That day is also the 40-Day Memorial for Father Bob Bethoney. The memorial will be served at Saint George in El Paso, TX that same day. Father's family will travel to Norwood for the six-month memorial, which is scheduled for December 28th.

Norwood Day is Saturday, September 13th.Our church has signed up for a booth. We are open to ideas for our space and for volunteers to help out during the day. The Ladies of Saint George are meeting next Sunday to discuss this very item.

AABA Annual Golf Tournament is September 15 at the Foxboro Country Club. 1:00 shotgun start. For tickets, reservations or sponsor information, phone Bill Seaver at 617-590-0253.

Sonia's Run: The annual 5K Race is September 20 at Saint George of West Roxbury. The run is at 9:00 am. See www.soniasrun.org for information.

Orthodox Men's Retreat: On the weekend of Sept. 19 - 21, Saint Stephen's Church will be holding our annual reteat at the Saint Methodios Retreat Center in Contoocook, New Hampshire. This year's topic is Faith as A Verb: The Action and Existence of both the Great Commandment and the Great Commission. Bishop JOHN will lead the majority of the discussion. Contact mensgroup@stsoc.org for details.

The Saint Thekla / Saint Raphael Pilgrimage takes place September 26-28 at the Antiochian Village Conference Center. Phone AV at 724.238.3677 x426 or email barli@antiochianvillage.org for more info.



Norwood News

at the end of June, with a listing price of $700,000. There were extensive preparations to reach this step. The Parish Council met numerous times and had discussions with realtors, engineers and attorneys to make sure the right steps were taken and a proper amount set for the sale. To date, there have been a number of inquiries, but no offers yet.

Here on Atwood Avenue, the roofing consultant, hired by the Council, has produced specifications and has put the job of replacing the roof out to bid. The specs will insure that the bids are "apples to apples". It is anticipated that a contractor can be chosen very shortly and the work will begin soon after. Our architect is being kept up to date to make sure that our new roof will be in sync with any future plans.

In the parish hall you will find minutes of recent meetings and the latest treasurer's report. The Council is committed to keeping everyone up to date. If you have a question, don't hesitate to ask (and if we don't have an answer right away, we will get it.)



Donations

It is the time of year when many folks are travelling and are away from their homes. See that Saint George is on your "to do" list before you head out.

Don't forget, when there are significant events in your life, the Church is where you turn first. Remember also, your donations to Saint George at these times are most appropriate, whether in thanksgiving, for health, to mark a birthday or name day, or in memory of a loved one. Envelopes are available in the narthex and in the parish hall.



Help Wanted

Theophany School is seeking a loving, creative, energetic teacher for our three day preschool classroom for the 2014-2015 school year. If you are interested in working in a collaborative environment that emphasizes challenging curriculum and Orthodox values, please contact Emily Pappas at 781-444-3058, or email Director@TheophanySchool.org.



Brochure Rack

New titles have arrived from Ancient Faith Ministries and are in the narthex. These are for both your benefit and those inquiring about the Orthodox Church.



TV Guide

Arab American Stories will air on the next three Sundays, July 27, August 3 & 10, all at 4:30pm on WGBX 44. Episode 8 includes a profile of Father George Shalhoub of Saint Mary Church, Livonia, MI.





 

 


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Regular Schedule of Services

Sunday
9:00 AM - Matins
10:00 AM - Divine Liturgy
11:30 AM - Coffee Hour

Saturday
5:00 PM - Great Vespers

Confessions are heard on Saturdays after Great Vespers or by appointment



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