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Monday, April 13, 2015
As many of you know, our beloved St. George Greek Orthodox Church suffered significant fire, smoke and water damage on April 12th, Orthodox Easter Sunday morning. Our parish is heartbroken and devastated by the tremendous loss, but through that loss, many blessings have been found...
The first responders from the Knoxville Fire Department, while working to extinguish the flames, shared their cautious optimism and compassion with the many parishioners who gathered on the church grounds. While parishioners were trying to offer support to the firefighters, they were in turn providing much needed support to our parishioners. One firefighter was injured Sunday morning and the St. George community is praying for a very swift and smooth recovery for him. God had His hand on these gentlemen who worked with diligence, efficiency and professionalism to save what they could of our church.
St. George parishioners worked today to salvage and clean altar items used during our Divine Liturgy services, prayer books, icons and Sunday School materials. Alongside parishioners were employees from Elder's Ace Hardware in Bearden sent to our church to help with the clean up. These friends worked just as hard as any others and the generosity of that business owner to offer his employees to St. George is heartwarming.
Many churches have contacted the Church Office offering prayers, their facilities for church services, and asking where help is needed. These offers remind us of the true meaning of "brothers and sisters in Christ".
Our church leaders and parishioners have been overwhelmed and humbled by so many friends, religious communities, businesses and organizations offering to make donations. Fortunately, we have adequate insurance which should cover the extensive damage, however, if you would like to make a donation, please click here to visit the fundraising site created by our parish. Please be aware that any other sites raising funds on behalf of St. George are not affiliated with our parish and those funds are not guaranteed to make their way to St. George. Also, donations can be mailed to St. George Greek Orthodox Church, 4070 Kingston Pike, Knoxville, Tennessee, 37919. Thank you for your support in any form whether it be monetary, physical help or a simple prayer. All are welcome and appreciated!
While the building has been damaged, our spirit to continue has not been damaged and listed above are just a few examples why. With so many generous acts of kindness, support, compassion, caring and love shared with our St. George parish, as well as our strong Orthodox faith, how could our spirits and desire to serve God possibly be weakened? We are lifted up by our parishioners and the Knoxville community to continue God's work and to give back what we have been given!
We are hopeful because of the love shared with us by so many. We are peaceful because God is truly working through us all to persevere. We are strengthened with the knowledge that no obstacle could possibly shake our Orthodox faith. Our church is our home and provides comfort and peace.
Words simply can not express our heartfelt thanks to all who have offered and continue to offer support in all ways.
Christ is Risen!
~St. George Greek Orthodox Church
Dear Web Site Visitor,
As the Pastor of our Saint George Greek Orthodox Church, and on behalf of our entire Church family from the East Tennessee area, welcome to our Parish's web site!
The St. George community is a body of faithful Orthodox Christians, dedicated to worshiping and serving God, committed to the sacramental life of His Church, and sincere in the effort to live in obedience to the teachings and commandments of Christ. Our parish is under the guidance of the Greek Orthodox Metropolis of Atlanta,
which is part of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America and under the Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople.
Our community includes Orthodox Christians mostly of Hellenic heritage, but also of other traditionally Orthodox ethnic backgrounds (including Romanian, Arabic, Serbian) as well as of purely American roots. It is our pleasure to welcome to our services visitors who would like to experience worship according to the honored and treasured historical traditions of Orthodoxy.
Take a look around our web site and as you navigate through its pages, you will find a great deal of information about our Church. Take advantage of our links to other sites as well, especially to the award winning site of our Archdiocese. We also encourage you to consult our on-line calendar for the most current information on upcoming events.
Quite naturally, our site will go through a continual series of updates, due to our interest in providing you with pertinent information on our Parish and offering you items of spiritual benefit.
So enjoy your visit to our site, please accept our standing invitation to come join us for services or for a visit whenever the opportunity presents itself, and click on to our site again soon.
Meanwhile, if you have any questions, do not hesitate to contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
In Christ's Agape,
Rev. Fr. Anthony Stratis