St. George Orthodox Church of Spring Valley is a parish community of the Antiochian Orthodox Archdiocese of North America, under the authority of His Eminence Metropolitan JOSEPH of New York, and Bishop ANTHONY of the Diocese of Toledo and the Midwest. Father Mark Sahady is the Pastor.
St. George was founded by Lebanese immigrants, and we are proud of our Middle Eastern heritage. Today, however, we have a unique calling as the sole Orthodox Church in the Illinois Valley and surrounding area. We are a multi-ethnic community, happy to serve all local Orthodox Christians and those interested in Orthodoxy.
Our mission statement
The mission of Saint George Orthodox Church is to love God and to grow closer to God through worshipping together in the Liturgical Life of the Church. We worship and pray together as a faithful community that witnesses to all: the Good News of Jesus Christ.
Our Vision Elements
As dedicated stewards, we share in fellowship and love; teach and lead by example as we grow together through forgiveness, service, education, and outreach to each other and our community.
Goals, aka Mission Essential Task List (METL)
MET 1 – Worship/Liturgia, Strengthening the Faith of participants by joining the Worship in Heaven of the Holy Trinity. (Sanctification)
MET 2 – Fellowship/Koinonia, Nurturing worshipers’ relationships to be in the Holy Trinity’s image of Love. (Community)
MET 3 – Witness/Martyria, Encouraging all to enter more deeply into the Life of Christ through His Body, the Church, developing spiritual lives, words, and deeds giving Meaning. (Evangelization)
MET 4 – Service/Diakonia, Living out the Life of Christ in the practical transformation of His World by being in humble service through our Time, Talents and Treasure to the needs of our Parish and to others in the local community, in our nation, and in the world at large bringing Hope. (Mission)