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SUNDAY SCHOOL CORNER

we have a new charity we are donating to. We are collecting all kinds of shoes! Men’s, women’s, kids, anything! New or used!!! Please bring them to church and place them in the pink bin in the Sunday school!!!

GENERAL ASSEMBLY MEETING – FEBRUARY 24TH

Please mark your calendar to attend the spring parish general meeting on February 24th. Your parish council has some exciting progress reports to share with you about the fruits of your prayer and labor for the glory of God in regard to your St. Demetrios parish. Please make every attempt to enrich the meeting with your presence.

 

DAUGHTERS OF PENELOPE MEMBERSHIP WINE & CHEESE – MARCH 2ND

You are cordially invited to attend a Daughters of Penelope Membership Wine & Cheese Event Saturday, March 2nd 6 PM- 8 PM at the Aliki Condos 2

828 N. Atlantic Ave. Daytona Beach.

Please RSVP (386) 299-6522

 

VIP – MARCH 5TH

Tuesday March 5 at 11am we will meet to have the annual election of officers. Ed Eisler will speak on health and aging. The club is offering a lunch to celebrate its 20th year anniversary. Dues may be paid at meeting.

 

ST DEMETRIOS SUNDAY SCHOOL SUMMER CAMP – JUNE 17TH-21ST

Registration will begin during our Greek Independence Day Program on 3/24/19

 

GREEK LANDING DAY! – JUNE 26TH

Please mark your calendars as this year St. Demetrios will be hosting GLD at St. Photios in St. Augustine. Keep an eye out for more information.

 

SAINT STEPHEN SUMMER 2019!

Week 1: June 23 -June 29 Week 2: June 30 – July 6 Week 3: July 7 – July 13 Week 4: July 14 – July 20 Week 5: July 21 – 27

It is customary that the Saint Demetrios’ group of children would travel to Saint Stephen summer camp on WEEK 5 (July 21-27). Online registration will open early March; the date to be announced soon. If your child or grandchild is eligible to get enrolled or interested, please contact Denise Brown for further information at denise@southdaytonastorage.com.

Denise Brown will be giving a presentation during coffee hour/General Assembly Meeting.

If you are interested in helping a child to attend or donating toward a scholarship for a camper, please contact Father Joseph at FatherJosephSamaan@Gmail.com.

SAINT STEPHEN SUMMER 2019

Week 1: June 23 -June 29 Week 2: June 30 – July 6 Week 3: July 7 – July 13 Week 4: July 14 – July 20 Week 5: July 21 – 27

It is customary that the Saint Demetrios’ group of children would travel to Saint Stephen summer camp on WEEK 5 (July 21-27).

Online registration will open early March; the date to be announced soon. If your child or grandchild is eligible to get enrolled or interested, please contact Denise Brown for further information at denise@southdaytonastorage.com.

If you are interested in helping a child to attend or donating toward a scholarship for a camper, please contact Father Joseph at FatherJosephSamaan@Gmail.com.

 

ARE YOU A BIBLIOPHILE?

Do you love helping others? Come help out at the bookstore!

Help at the bookstore can be scheduled to fit your own calendar.

You are free to help as often as weekly or a seldom as quarterly. Information meeting to be held soon. Please contact Agape Sauskojus at StDemetriosPhilokaliaBookstore@gmail.com or call 763-360-1011

 

ST BARBARA’S PHILOPTOCHOS MEMBERSHIP TEA – FEBRUARY 16TH

ST BARBARA'S PHILOPTOCHOS MEMBERSHIP TEA

 

*CALLING ALL VOLUNTEERS*

Your help is much needed to assist Dr. Athas on Sat Feb 2nd in one of the maintenances projects around the church campus. Your hard labor will last only few hours but it is going to be a lot of fun ala Dr. Athas party style. Please call the church office at 386-252-6012 or communicate with Dr. Athas to confirm your attendance so that he can get the necessary tools for the right number of workers as well as adequate food for everyone… Without 6-8 volunteers the project cannot be attempted

 

THANK YOU AND GOD BLESS OUR PARISH COUNCIL MEMBERS

“Remember your leaders, those who spoke to you the word of God; consider the outcome of their life, and imitate their faith” (Hebrew 13:7) The affirmation of the newly elected parish council has taken place on Sunday Jan 13th, 2019 which was followed by the meeting of the officers’ election. The current officers of 2019 PC are as follows: Kyriakos Drymonis; President, Dino Paspalakis; Vice President, Billy Gahagan; Vice President, George Karamitos; Treasurer, Gary Koliopulos; assistant treasurer, Irene Koutouzis; assistant treasurer, and Johnny Louizes; Recording secretary. Members are Marilynn Formicola, Jim Mahairas, Maximos Karl Sauskojus, Dr. Nick Trastelis, Sini Vlahopoulos Parrish.

Welcome is extended to Maximos Karl Sauskojus who has been elected to the parish council for his first term ever. Thank you is expressed to John Koulouris who successfully completed his 2 years term on the parish council.

Thank you is expressed to Jim Mahairas for his three years of dedicated service as the president of the parish council.

The parish of Saint Demetrios has been blessed throughout its history with dedicated leadership that continues even today. It is of utmost importance that the entire parish community continues to work cooperatively to cultivate and groom new leadership.

Having a dedicated and well prepared leadership from the parishioners that grew up within the life of the parish is of great importance. As of a matter of fact, one of the goals of the various ministries is to cultivate the leadership of the parish ministries.

There is no minimum age for this training to happen. Even the baby that is blessed at the age of forty days is a perfect candidate for the leadership training program. All the church services, events, and various functions are suitable opportunities to be a teachable moment.

It is noteworthy that most of the teachable and training moments are the casual times that parishioners come together; their conversations and the exchange of their personal experiences can be deeply inspiring to their peers that would prepare them to assume at one point a leadership position.

Please continue to pray for your leaders that serve you in many capacities to keep the life of the parish community functional, peaceful, joyful, uplifting, and edifying, and may the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ fill your hearts with every good gift and divine virtue. Amen

CONGRATULATIONS JASON BROWN

St. Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church celebrates the Epiphany with traditional cross dive

Members of St. Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church in Daytona Beach celebrated the Epiphany on Saturday with a traditional blessing of the waters and dive to retrieve the cross in the spring pool at DeLeon Springs State Park.

The Epiphany is a Christian feast day traditionally celebrated 12 days after Christmas to commemorate the baptism of Jesus and visit of the Three Wise Men or Three Kings. In the Greek church, church members follow the clergy after the service to the nearest body of water. After a blessing, the priest casts the cross the water. The person who dives in and retrieves the cross will be blessed with good fortune for the rest of the year.

 

Perhaps the country’s best-known Epiphany celebration is in Tarpon Springs, where thousands gather to watch swimmers brave the cool waters at Spring Bayou in hopes of coming up with the cross, a tradition that dates back more than a hundred years

By Staff Report Saturday Posted Jan 5, 2019 at 7:09 PM Updated Jan 5, 2019 at 7:09 PM

https://www.news-journalonline.com/news/20190105/st-demetrios-greek-orthodox-churchcelebrates-epiphany-with-traditional-cross-dive

 

PHILOPTOCHOS NEWSCORNER

Glory to Jesus Christ who empowered Saint Demetrios parish and made itA big Thank You to all of the supporters of the Saint Barbara’s Philoptochos who made 2018 such a wonderful year.

Saint Barbara’s Philoptochos ongoing philanthropic efforts get more amazing each year because of your continued support.

Here are some upcoming events and community service programs Saint Barbara’s Philoptochos will be working on. Ask how you can help.

January

•Coffee Hour: – Please contact Phyllis at the church office 386-252–6012 to host one Sunday coffee hour

•Bakers Needed: – Saint Barbara’s Philoptochos Ladies are looking for bakers who, at their leisure, would bake cookies for our coffee hour. We could schedule a date to have them served or we would keep them and freeze them until needed.

•Pascha Food Drive: – Food List will be on Saint Barbara’s Philoptochos Face Book, published in the bulletin, there will be baskets in the Narthex, and Saint Barbara’s Philoptochos will send email updates. The goal is to service 3 schools and over 60 children, all donations welcome!

February

•Membership Tea – Date to be determined. Membership to become member of Saint Barbara’s Philoptochos is now open for MEN & WOMEN and membership forms are available in the church office or you may contact Denise Brown (denise@southdaytonastorage.com) or Christy Xynidis (cxynidis@yahoo.com) for more information. Membership forms will also be available each Sunday at coffee hour. We would love to have you join us!

SAVE THE DATE: JUNE 26TH IS GREEK LANDING DAY!!

Please mark your calendars as this year St. Demetrios will be hosting GLD at St. Photios in St. Augustine. Keep an eye out for more information  

ANNUAL BLESSING OF HOMES

The season is here for the tradition of the annual blessing of homes. The blessed waters of the Theophany from the church service that takes place on January 6th each year are used for the blessing of homes. The needed items to prepare for the blessing service at your place are; An icon, small/medium glass bowl with water, few branches of Vasiliko (Basil), handheld incensor, charcoal and incense.

In case not all of these items can be found, Father Joseph usually carries in his suitcase many if not all of the required items. As such, not having any or all of the items is not a predicament at all.

The service is short. It is constituted from a few petitions, prayers of blessing of homes. Then the priest with the family will go around the different rooms to sprinkle the water, and return back to the starting point to conclude the prayer service. Usually if children are present; Father will try to assign different roles that are age appropriate to include the children in the service.

This home visit is an opportunity for Father to know each family better, and address their personal needs. Usually after the prayer service if the family have certain topics to discuss or questions to be answered, Father will visit with them to address these issues.

In most of the situations, families want to express their appreciation in various ways, however, Father does not have any expectations; a cup of tea or coffee is sufficient. Father would want to make this visit as simple and as easy as possible on the family. Please contact the church office at 386-252-6012 to schedule your home blessing. The best scenario is for the entire family to be present during the visit of the priest, and to participate in the blessing service. The general experience of the Orthodox people finds the house blessing service to be a graceful experience.  

MASHA DELIGIANIS TEMPLE

Through the grace of God, his compassion, and generosity; one more blessing has been added to Saint Demetrios parish that is the 40 days blessing of little Masha, sister of little Luca, and daughter of Andrew and Eleni Deligianis. Congratulations to Yiayia, Pappou, Theia and to all of the family of Saint Demetrios community that Mash has become part of their lives.    

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