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St. George Orthodox Church is a center for Christian worship, teaching and ministry in Fishers, Indiana. Founded in Indianapolis, Indiana in 1926, we are in communion with the ancient Orthodox Christian Church whose history goes all the way back to the time of Christ and His Apostles.
You may have heard us referred to as “Greek Orthodox” or “Eastern Orthodox.” We are the original Christian Church of Jerusalem, the Holy Land, Greece, Asia, Africa and the Slavic countries. Our history in North America goes back to 1794 when Orthodox missionaries first arrived to minister to the Native Peoples of Alaska. We believe that God is not an angry and vengeful judge anxious to destroy sinners. Rather, He is the loving and eternally merciful God who created the universe and called it “good.” He made mankind in His own image and likeness for a life of joyful communion with Him. Despite our failings, sins and mistakes, He never ceases to love and freely offer His mercy, forgiveness and grace. The Word of God became man, the carpenter Jesus of Nazareth, and revealed Himself to us as the Way, the Truth and the Life. By His death on the cross, He destroyed the power of death, hell and the devil. And by His glorious Resurrection He arose victorious over every foe and power, offering to us participation in His very life. Jesus Christ founded His Church to be His body on earth as a fellowship of healing, teaching and communion. The Church is a hospital for healing the sick, the wounded and the weak.
Date and time: Sept. 18, 5:00-11:00 pm & Sept. 19, 12:00 noon to 11:00 pm.
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St. George Festival: A heritage of faith, hospitality, food, music and crafts
The St. George Festival on Sept. 18-19 presents “a heritage of faith, hospitality, good food, music and crafts from our roots in the Holy Land, the Middle East and the cultures that make up our congregation,” according to the Rev. Fr. Nabil Hanna, pastor.
The family-oriented festival includes ethnic cuisines, live music, a zip line, dancing, silent auction, indoor marketplace, and a children’s carnival. Guided tours will explain the church’s Byzantine architecture and iconography painted by team of Greek iconographers in 2013. The church was named No. 1 on a list of “10 surprising things to see, eat, do in Fishers this summer” by the Indianapolis Star in both 2014 and 2015.
The festival was called the “Middle Eastern Festival of Indianapolis” from 1996-2012 when the church was at its old location on Sherman Drive. After the new church was built in Fishers in 2014, it was re-named the St. George Festival. Fr. Nabil explains, “We wanted to honor the various other traditions and all the people who have joined and that make up St. George today. We are extremely diverse. We have people of backgrounds from every continent except Antarctica.”
Last year’s festival in Fishers attracted an estimated 8,000 visitors. “It was far more than expected. The response of our guests was overwhelming and positive,” says Brad Tirey, festival manager. “This year, the food booths will be more centrally located around the church and easier for people to browse and get to. The patio and amphitheater will be used more this year,” says Tirey.
How does the St. George Festival differ from other summer festivals? “Our festival historically offers a sense of intimacy and guests see us as a family. We prepare all the food in-house, we serve it, and we interact with our guests. This is our home, and we are trying to share a little about ourselves, our faith, and our background,” says Fr. Nabil.
Date and time: Sept. 18, 5:00-11:00 pm; Sept. 19, 12:00 noon to 11:00 pm.
Cost: Free admission. Offsite parking is $5 at Fall Creek Community Church, 10401 East 116th Street (within walking distance). Shuttle buses will run continuously. Handicapped parking will be available at St. George and all facilities are fully accessible.
Where: St. George Orthodox Christian Church, 10748 E. 116h Street, Fishers 46037. “At the Church on the hill, under the gold dome.”