About Our Parish

SAINT ANDREW STRATEGIC PLAN

Orthodox Worship Goal: Learning to live the Divine Liturgy every day.

• Increase level of understanding and respectfulness in the Divine Liturgy

• Give college bound young adults ways to stay connected to our faith and community

• Ensure translations are always available in Greek and English

• Establish ways for lay people to take greater roles during services

Christian Education Goal: Understanding the teachings of Jesus Christ and our Christian responsibility in the world.

• Develop more adult religious education venues based on various interests and comfort levels (for learners, non-Orthodox spouses, all adults, etc.)

• Increase youth involvement in choir and liturgy (weekly epistle reading, religious singing at an early age, etc.)

• Engage parish during liturgy to understand and sing hymns of the Church in Greek and English

• Long term — Create a curriculum for high school seniors addressing college years’ faith challenges

• Long term — Conduct parishioner led community outreach events involving all ages (e.g., a community Christmas play based on the life of a Saint)

Philanthropy Goal: Sacrificing for others as Jesus sacrificed for us.

• Short-term — Find a charity that will unite the church, involving all ministries (e.g., Habitat for Humanity)

• Long-term — Provide support groups for families in need (i.e., due to illness) such as shoveling snow, mowing lawns, visiting, “circle-the-wagons group”, etc.

• Long-term — Develop programs with trained leaders for our parishioners in need (divorce, bereavement, etc.)

Hellenic Culture Goal: Keeping the culture and language a part of the holistic Orthodox experience, as part of our community.

Short-term

  • Establish a Hellenic activity night
  • Create a “Greek Corner” in the monthly magazine
  • Create adult Greek dance class
  • Expand Greek school to higher grade levels

Long-term

  •  Establish a theatrical group which will perform in Greek
  •  Conduct Hellenic Culture Lessons 101
  •  Establish bilingual school
  •  Consider a Greek day care

PROCLAMATION

St. Andrew Greek Orthodox Church

WHEREAS, this community of believers, with their first priest, Fr. Konstantine Tsigas, which included approximately 50 families, came together for St. Andrews Greek Orthodox Church’s First Divine Liturgy on December 23, 1962 in Dover, NJ; and

WHEREAS, on December 16, 1973, the ground breaking ceremony for a new church facility in Randolph took place with the Blessing of Holy Water and Celebration; and

WHEREAS, on December 16, 1975, the Divine Liturgy was officiated by His Eminence Archbishop Iakovos of North and South America followed by the Door Opening Ceremony and Mr. and Mrs. Peter Sedereas being named Godparents of St. Andrews; and

WHEREAS, in December of 1991, St. Andrews Greek Orthodox Church was consecrated as an eternal Holy House of Worship; and

WHEREAS, in 1998, plans for a new community center were approved by the Parish Council and Development Committee; and

WHEREAS, on April 4, 1999, His Grace, Bishop George officiated the Community Center Groundbreaking ceremony; and

WHEREAS, the new Community Center, under the spiritual leadership of Fr. John Theodosion, is now complete and is celebrating its grand opening with a blessing of Holy Water by His Eminence, Metropolitan Evangelos, of New Jersey.

NOW , THEREFORE, BE IT PROCLAIMED that on this day, May 1, 2011, I, Trina Ruane Mitsch, Mayor of Randolph Township, Morris County, New Jersey, on behalf of the Randolph Township Council and the residents of Randolph, congratulate St. Andrew’s Greek Orthodox Church on the dedication of their gymnasium.

May 1st 2011 Trina Ruane Mitsch, Mayor