Tuesday, August 04 2020
Wednesday, August 05 2020
Thursday, August 06 2020

Community News

 

 

VIEW UPCOMING EVENTS – SELECT HERE

 

COMMUNITY NEWS

 

 

Church Re-Opening, 5/31/20 – IMPORTANT Information

 

LEARN OUR FAITH TOGETHER, (L.O.F.T) – Study Group

L.O.F.T Study group will be starting a ZOOM series of 7 bible study sessions on August 4th at 8:00pm – 8:45pm.

The sessions will have short reflections on gospel readings and will touch upon practical church life matters.

The passages that will be the focus of the study are as follows:

1. Luke 10:25-37

2. Luke 19:1-10

3. Matthew 10:1-8

4. Matthew 8:14-23

5. Matthew 25:1-13

6. Matthew 15:21-28

7. Matthew 9:9-14

Please email father Joseph at fatherjosephsamaan@gmail.com if you are interested in joining

 

PRAYERS FOR KYRIAKO, THE ORGAN DONOR & HIS FAMILY

This past Sunday, Kyriakos Louras was called to report immediately to the hospital in Tampa as he was on the backup list to receive a kidney transplant. This was the second time that Kyriakos received such a phone call. Kyriakos has been waiting for a kidney transplant for over four years. Early Monday morning, July 20th, 2020 on the feast day of Prophet Elias, Kyriakos was informed that he was being taken to the operating room to receive his kidney. Surgery went very well, and Kyriakos is recovering very well.

The donor was a young male who suffered from brain injuries and entered in a coma and was clinically dead. Several of his organs were harvested and donated to other patients including Kyriakos. May God rest the soul of this young man, comfort the hearts of his family and friends that will miss him.

 

MAY HER MEMORY BE ETERNAL

 

Katholiki John passed away in Greece on Wednesday July 22nd, 2020. She was born on June 11th, 1941 on the island of Rhodes. Katholiki is survived by her son Nick (Palatka), daughters Tina (GA) and Rena (Ormond Beach), 7 grandchildren, and 4 great grandchildren. May her memory be eternal

 

ST DEMETRIOS GREEK DANCE TROUPES

Greek Dance Practice Survey

We need your input regarding dance practice 2020.

Following link is a quick 2 question survey for dancers and parents.

Survey for parents of dancers 17 and under: TAKE SURVEY

Survey For dancers 18 and over: TAKE SURVEY

 

GREEK SCHOOOL

Great Online Options for Greek School Resources to help our children learn Greek during social distancing


• Department of Greek Education:The series of books of Greek language instruction titled “Τα Ελληνικά μου” has been published by the Department of Greek Education of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese. Select the following hyperlink to view resources and ordering options.

• Greek123.com (Papaloizos): Our Greek language lessons immerse you in the history, art and traditions of the land that gave birth to Western culture as we know it, helping you to not only learn grammar and pronunciation, but also to understand its meaning and spirit. We believe every learner should graduate from Greek123 with a genuine immersion in the culture, so that when you’re ready to talk in real life you already have common ground with native speakers.


• Ellinopoula.com: What is Ellinopoula? Ellinopoula is a unique e-learning platform designed to make Greek for kids exciting. In addition, we’ve built Ellinopoula to help parents and teachers pass on Greek heritage. We integrate fun games, engaging videos, and thousands of interactive educational activities with Greek mythology, history, and culture.

 

ORTHODOX OBSERVER NEWS

Dear Orthodox Observer Subscriber,

We are pleased to share with you the new and improved “Orthodox Observer” that is now being published digitally once a week. The decision to go to a total digital format is so you and the rest of the Orthodox Observer world can receive the news in a more timely fashion.

Please subscribe to the digital Orthodox Observer by logging on to:
https://www.goarch.org/news

 

ST BARBARA’S PHILOPTOCHOS NEWS

Blessing of the Philoptochos project of backpacks will take place at the end of the Divine Liturgy. Every year ladies of Philoptochos of St. Barbara through your support and help sponsor schools supplies for children in certain schools that are in low income areas.

Usually the proceeds of Panagia luncheon are directed toward this beautiful project. The date of the feast is close to the opening of schools’ date, and the figure of the Mother of God is associated with loving and caring for children and families.

This year’s luncheon is still pending, however, Philopotchos used other funds to keep the project on time. If you would like to support this project through a free will offering, please earmark your check/E-check or online donation as “Philoptochos Backpack Project”. Thank you for your continuous support to Philoptochos causes.

On behalf of Philoptochos thankyous are expressed to all donors who helped in defraying the needed expenses of Lignos funeral or the arrangements needed for the church service. Angie who lived alone and does not have family in town had passed away. Your continuous support toward Philoptochos ensured that her funeral and burial arrangements were proper and beautiful.

Please continue to learn more about Philoptochos project as your help during similar last minutes situation is crucial and indispensable.

 

MESSAGE ABOUT FINANCIAL STATUS

The financial deficit this year beginning January through the end of May continues to stay around $40,000. The areas of decreased donations are candle offerings, tray donations, bike week parking and hall rental proceeds.

The PC have decreased expenses wherever possible. However, the budget is basic, and does not have a large margin to decrease anymore expenses without impacting the normal operations of the parish.

The summer months usually are hard from a cash flow perspective, and with the decrease of fundraising events, it is expected to become even harder this year.

There are several events including the Annual Dinner Dance that are crucial to the cash flow of the parish budget that are on hold and may not happen.

The Festival Committee has been researching and looking into various options in regard to the Greek Festival in November. Preparations for the Greek festival continue to happen according to the timetable. However, there are elements that are out of the scope of the committee’s control that cannot be predicted, and their impact, as of yet, cannot be projected.

If your family is in the position to assist in any way to close the gap of proceeds, or assist during the difficult summer months, please consider helping out in any way you see fit. There is no donation that is too small. Any gift that comes from the heart despite its size can be a tremendous blessing.

The most cost effective ways of contributing to the church would be either mailing a check to the church office or issuing an E-Check through your bank. Understandably, making donations online through PayPal and/or other apps is easier to set up but it is not the most cost effective to the church budget. Through your respective Bill Pay all that is required to set up e-checks is the church’s address.

Please keep your church community in your prayers, and may God bless your life.

 

OPM – ORTHODOX PRISON MINISTRY

“I was in prison, and you visited me” (Matthew 25:36)

“I am so depressed. I have given away my bible and my rosary. I have become faithless. I feel like I am lost and will never be found.”

These are the words of one of the Greek inmates who communicate with the church on regular basis. It is a hard task to keep up with timely corresponds of this type.

If you calling to help with prison ministry, and if you are willing to help, please let me know. This task can be setup for all communication to be routed through the church office.

What is needed from your end is STRICTLY [nothing more than] writing back some spiritual, prayer, and inspirational materials on behalf of the church office. We have on files some previous samples to give you some helpful format to build upon.

For further information, please contact Father Joseph at FatherJospehSamaan@gmail.com.

 

GREEK LANDING DAY APPEAL

I pray this email finds you and your families well. I write to each of you today for your support of the Shrine programs and ministries through the Annual Greek Landing Day Appeal. Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, this year’s The Greek Landing Day Celebration 2020 will be livestreamed at 7:00 PM Eastern Time, on June 26th from the Courtyard of St. Photios Shrine.

The event will culminate with an exciting fundraiser requiring the participation of each and every one of us. There are only 200 tickets available at a donation of $100 each. Please see the attached flyer and follow the link! The purchase is easy to make and is sure to earn $10,000 for the ministries of St. Photios National Shrine, only if every ticket is sold. Please assist us in this exciting new venture by promoting this event to your family and friends.

Your support of the programs and ministries of the Shrine, as the first Greek colonists are remembered and honored, is a testimony to the integrity of the facility and fiscal stability of the first national Shrine of our Greek Orthodox Archdiocese. Thank you for your continued support of our beloved Saint Photios Greek Orthodox National and for participating in this inaugural event. We are grateful for your contribution to keep the memory of that first colony of Hellenes alive. I remain

In His Service,

Polexeni Maouris Hillier, Executive Director

St. Photios Greek Orthodox National Shrine

BUY YOUR TICKETS NOW ONLINE:
PURCHASE YOUR REVERSE RAFFLE TICKETS BY SELECTING HERE

 

ST BARBARA’S PHILOPTOCHOS PANAGIA LUNCHEON

The ladies of Philoptochos are planning a LAMB pick up luncheon on the day of Panagia Feast Day August 15th, 2020.

The donations from this event will be directed toward the support of the backpacks project. The backpacks project provides school backpacks and supplies for children in need, and supports students in school in low income areas.

The Philoptochos survey showed interest among the parishioners to support this event and its cause. If the current restrictions are lifted by the time of the event on August 15th, 2020; this event will turn from pickup to attendance in person.

Further information will be announced when it becomes available.

For now, please plan on supporting a pickup LAMB luncheon. Thank you

CONGRATULATIONS 2020 SENIORS

GRADUATE PRAYER

O Lord Jesus Christ the only begotten son of God the Father born of a virgin through the Holy Spirit. You are the light of the world, the only true light that illuminates the darkness of your creation. We supplicate you to cast the Divine light into the hearts, minds, and souls of these your servants the newly graduates.

Shine inside them the knowledge of your truth;

Bind them with the protection of the word of your Holy Gospel;

Shield them with your luminary guardian legions of angels;

Protect them throughout their whole lives and make them a light in the lives of others through the prayers and intercession of your all Holy Mother and all of your saints.

A MESSAGE FROM FATHER JOSEPH

The parish council has been working diligently to meet all of the requirements that have been put in place by the Metropolis to ensure a smooth opening on Sunday, May 31st.

The highlights of the Metropolis’ directive are included in the bulletin and listed below for your information.

Please let the church office know if you plan on attending service on May 31st, by clicking following link. Include family members that will be joining you. Your response will help the Parish Council plan appropriately and respond to many needed logistics. Email Office.

The seating capacity has been reduced due to social distancing requirements. The new configuration of the church nave only allows about a third of its original capacity at best, which means not having enough space to accommodate all parishioners. Therefore, it is important to email the church office using link above to let us know of your attendance.

The goal is to make church services open at all times. However, meeting the requirements necessitates a dedicated team and to undergo a systematic and in-depth training. Therefore, until all logistics are implemented allowing more weekday services, livestreaming only will continue except for Wednesday Paraklesis service.

It must be noted with emphasis, that one of the directives requires parishes to keep ongoing detailed lists of everyone entering the church. By signing your information upon entering the church. Please be aware that the list might be made available later for contact tracing if required. You can continue to attend the online streaming if the contact tracing is a matter is of concern to you.

There are some parishes across the country that have chosen to continue “livestreaming only”, since meeting all established requirements are too complex for their respective settings.

There is no perfect solution for every situation or one that fits every parishioner. Please consider the best solution that works best in your favor.

Looking forward to seeing you..

 

ST DEMETRIOS REOPENING PHASE

 

ST DEMETRIOS VOLUNTARILY ENTERING

 

JOIN US FOR OUR FIRST ST DEMETRIOS VIRTUAL COFFEE HOUR

Greetings to all St. Demetrios Parishioners,

On behalf of the entire Parish Council, I extend our warmest regards to all of you. We do hope that everyone is continuing to stay safe and healthy during these unusual times.

I am extending an invitation to all of you to join us this Sunday for our first ever virtual coffee hour using Zoom Meetings. The meeting will begin immediately following Father Josephs livestream of the Divine Liturgy. If you have a smartphone, all you need to do is download the Zoom App in the App Store . Or you can visit zoom.us and download the meeting app for your computer. Upon opening the app, click the join button and enter meeting ID 965 932 2820. This will be a great opportunity to see your fellow parishioners and say hello to everyone. The moderators for the meeting will give everyone an opportunity to speak.

Additionally, we are preparing the church for in person worship starting Sunday May 31st. An extensive update from the metropolis this week provided us with guidance and directives. Live-streaming services will continue as well for those wishing to view from the safety of their homes.

Thank you to all parishioners for your continued support of St. Demetrios. We will see you all Sunday.

Sincerely,

Kyriakos Drymonis

PC President

May 17, 2020 12:00pm—1:00pm

Eastern Time (US and Canada)

Select here to participate via Zoom

Meeting ID: 965 932 2820

 

DIRECTIVE FROM HIS EMINENCE METROPOLITAN ALEXIOS ON RE-OPENING CHURCHES

His Eminence Metropolitan Alexios of Atlanta issued an extensive and detailed directive on May 13, 2020, regarding the reopening of churches in the Metropolis.

Per directive, the earliest date for reopening churches is May 31st, 2020 and only if the churches are in compliance with said directive. If the criteria are not fully met by May 31st, 2020, then parishes are advised to delay the opening date of their house of worship until criteria can be met.

Below are highlights that parishioners should keep in mind and abide by. Along with below highlights the parish council is currently reviewing extensive details from respective directive and will be taking appropriate actions in conjunction with the National, State and local regulation, orders and directives. Communication with the parish will continue to remain a priority and ongoing as more information is received.

His Eminence Metropolitan Alexios of Atlanta issued an extensive and detailed directive on May 13, 2020, regarding the reopening of churches in the Metropolis. Per directive, the earliest date for reopening churches is May 31st, 2020 and only if the churches are in compliance with said directive. If the criteria are not fully met by May 31st, 2020, then parishes are advised to delay the opening date of their house of worship until criteria can be met. Below are highlights that parishioners should keep in mind and abide by. Along with below highlights the parish council is currently reviewing extensive details from respective directive and will be taking appropriate actions in conjunction with the National, State and local regulation, orders and directives. Communication with the parish will continue to remain a priority and ongoing as more information is received.

His Eminence emphasized that “Our society today is dealing with the pandemic of COVID-19, which is an infectious and deadly virus. We must consistently think about other people: relatives, coworkers, strangers–as well as ourselves, in order to create a safe society.” His Eminence is scheduling conferences with each Priest and 2 members of their parish council to discuss details and implementation of procedures in their parish while taking into account all regulations pertaining specifically to their local conditions and to decide accordingly.

Following are some of the important points for parishioners to know and follow:

1. Each parish must alert its parishioners to become familiar with the symptoms of the novel coronavirus, COVID-19 (fever, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, chills, repeated shaking with chills, muscle pain, headache, sore throat, new loss of taste or smell), and direct parishioners that if any of these symptoms present themselves, they must NOT attend church, and immediately seek medical attention for themselves and their household.

2. Parishioners who are at higher risk for severe illness from COVID-19 as defined by civil authorities shall be given dispensation not to attend services and shall be asked to refrain from attending.

3. In terms of preventing the spread of this virus, alert all parishioners to follow CDC directives, which currently include: washing of hands thoroughly and frequently, covering your coughs and sneezes, avoiding sharing personal items, wearing a mask, and maintaining a social distance of six feet.

4. Parishioners who are high risk and those with medical conditions are advised to contact your clergy to make special arrangements for them.

Follow social distancing guidelines:

1. All attendees must wash or sanitize hands upon entering and exiting the church.

2. Parish Council will direct each parishioner to the designated X in the pews for each person or household to sit starting in the front of the church and working their way to back.

3. Parishioners must limit their movement in the church. Candles can be lit on behalf of the parishioner by a parish council member upon request.

4. A place to accept offerings will be provided in the Narthex upon entering or leaving. If your community has set up online giving, people should be directed to visit the website to make an online offering.

5. As for the Memorials, please write the names of your deceased for the clergy to pray for their souls (without Koliva).

6. No service books should be distributed or left out for common use. This includes papers of any kind (bulletins etc.)

7. Communicants must line up row by row (with help from Parish Council) and remain six feet apart using the designated social distancing X’s that have been placed in the church.

8. The red communion cloths (μάκτρα) will be held underneath the person’s chin by the assigned adult helpers. The communicant may not touch it and absolutely no wiping of mouths.

9. Please read the guidelines for the reception of Holy Communion, HERE

10. Clergy and faithful will refrain from handshakes or hugs.

11. For the continued safety of those attending church services in person, parishioners should immediately leave when the service is finished.

12. For the sake of others, please do not socialize in the Narthex or other areas of the church or its surrounding buildings or parking lots.

13. Additionally, Sunday Coffee Fellowship hours should continue to be suspended until further notice.

All non-liturgical activities in the community that require personal attendance are to REMAIN suspended until further notice. This includes, but is not limited to:

 Youth Ministries like Day Schools, Greek Schools, Catechetical Schools, HOPE/JOY, GOYA, OCF, Young Adult, and Hellenic Dance

 Adult Education Classes or Bible Studies

 Philoptochos

 All ministries intended for seniors

 Luncheons, speakers, Hellenic Fraternal Organizations and social gatherings (i.e. Book Clubs)

 Athletic Activities

 Service Projects

(Should your parish have the means to conduct Bible Studies over video, you may use this technology until in-person events can be resumed)

Youth ministries should take place virtually as much as possible. Please note that no Vacation Bible Schools or other summer camps should take place this summer in the community, but I encourage you to look at virtual options.

Parish Council and ministry meetings should continue to meet as normally scheduled and should only be conducted through conference calls or video conferencing.

Parishioners are encouraged to contact the office by email or phone and if necessary by appointment only, keeping social distancing requirements while wearing masks for all in person meetings.

ST BARBARA’S PHILOPTOCHOS PANAGIA LUNCHEON SURVEY

The ladies of Philoptochos are revisiting the calendar to find ways to balance various needs and events in these challenging times. One of those such events is the Panagia Luncheon. The donations from this event has been of substantial aid and support in the past few years. It helps with providing backpacks and school supplies for children in need.

As a parishioner of St. Demetrios and/or if you are part of our local community, please complete the brief survey below. The Philoptochos Board would like to gauge the level of interest in scheduling the important annual Panagia luncheon.

The survey has three quick questions, and will only take a moment to complete. Select here to complete Panagia Luncheon Survey 2020

Your help and support is very much appreciated.

 

MOTHER’S DAY PRAYER

Lord our God, Jesus Christ on this day we are gathered to honor our mothers and first among them is your own holy mother, Mary the Virgin, all holy pure. We supplicate you to accept our supplications on behalf of all the mothers throughout the world. Give rest to those who are gone to your resting place. Grant those who are still with us joy in the remembrance of their accomplishments. Forgive us if we failed at any time in our life to offer them the honor & the respect as we should.

Help and support all mothers in their mission to always be a good role model to others and new mothers, strengthen those who are single mothers, help those who have children of special needs, comfort the hearts and souls of those mothers who have lost their children. Be an aid to those who are unable to become mothers whatever the reason might be, be everything to every one as they need you. Teach us that every day should be a special day to remember and honor mothers. Accept our praises and thanksgiving offered to you, along with your eternal and originates Father and your all holy and lifegiving Spirit.

 

PARISH COUNCIL COMMUNICATIONS

On behalf of the entire Parish Council of St. Demetrios, we ask that you continue to practice social distancing and remain safe. Church services are still being offered on a livestream basis only, per the archdiocese.

Please remain patient and vigilant as we eagerly await the time when we can have parishioners attend a service in person again. However, this does not mean that our Church is closed. Should you have any issue or questions, please contact Father Joseph Samaan directly.

If you have not already picked up your Anastasi candle, the PC will be in church once again this upcoming Monday and Tuesday from 10am-2pm and 5pm7pm for pickup services.

We are constantly discussing scenarios and protocols related to reopening the church and creating a safe and sanitary environment for all our parishioners.

As more information comes our way from our governmental and religious entities, we process that information and integrate it into our decisions.

Thank you,

Kyriakos Drymonis

PC President

Stewardship & Donations

For your convenience, you can now make stewardship payments and donations online via PayPal. Click below E-checks are also another convenient option for your monthly stewardships. Just add church to your PayBill via your banking institution.

Address is provided for your convenience:

St. Demetrios GO Church, 129 N. Halifax Ave, Daytona Beach, FL 32118. (386) 252-6012

 

FROM THE DESK OF FATHER JOSEPH

As social distancing requirements continue to impact various aspects of our life, church attendance is also being affected.

At this time the directive from Metropolis remain unchanged and church services continue to be offered through livestreaming only. Physical access to church services are not available to parishioners until further instructions are received and/or issued by the Metropolis.

The State of Florida has eased some of the previous restrictions in regards to the regulations of gatherings. Therefore, it has become possible to allow very limited access for special closed church services to families that have scheduled memorials or anniversaries only. The church office will reach out to these families and arrange the logistics with them directly. Regrettably, attending church services in person is still unavailable to parishioners outside the above mentioned provisions until further notice. Restrictions continue to pertain to gatherings during church services and divine liturgies.

Safe distance guidelines and recommended precautions will be observed, and parish council members will have the extra task of sanitizing and disinfecting the church nave, narthex and before and after each service.

However, if you have any special need for private prayer or personal time at the church, or if you feel the urge to come and light a candle to spend time alone with God in the church building, please contact me at FatherJosephSamaan@gmail.com, or call me.

Please do not hesitate to contact me if you need to reach out during any difficult time or situation, I will be more than happy to assist you in any way possible.

This has been a challenging time for all of us. Along with parish leadership, we are trying hard to be mindful of state and church hierarchy directives, while taking care of you and your needs.

Thank you for your patience and your understanding.

 

XRISTOS ANEST— CHRIST IS RISEN

Anastasis Candles Donations

Thank you to all parishioners listed below for their donations toward the Anastasis candles.

As a result of the current state requirements and Archdiocese directive, parishioners were not able to be present during Anastasis services. Parish Council took the initiative to make the Anastasis light available and labelled candles with family names respectively. The candles were placed in the narthex where the Anastasis service took place. They were positioned in a semicircle symbolizing the presence of each family. See picture below.

It was a beautiful display, to see all candles aflame and filling the narthex with the grace that came from your prayers. There are still several extra candles that do not have labels printed on them for families that may wish to donate and perhaps did not get the word in time. If your name is not listed here and you wish to be included, please let the church office know by calling Phyllis at 386-252-6012, or contacting Billy Gahagan at wmgahagan@gmail.com. This announcement will serve as a thank you for your free will donation, and your upcoming statement will reflect your specific donation toward the Anastasis candle.

Thank you for filling the church with your prayers through your Anastasis candle… the feeling of awe and grace is hard to explain in words..

TRULY THE LORD IS RISEN

CATHERINE APOTHAKER… ANASTSIA ARENA… AUGUSTINE FAMILY

PETER / ELLIE BACOPOULOS… BALLAS FAMILY… PETER BOULOUKOS

PENNY BOWDREN… CHRISSY BRAMBLETT… RICK / DENISE BROWN

CAIN FAMILY… HARRIETT CARRATT… DINO / ASHLEY CHRISTOFORAKIS

ANASTASIA D. CHRISTOPOULOS… CHRISTY XYNIDIS / THANOS NIKOLAKOPOULOS… JIMMY / MARINA CONSTANT

SOPHIA CONSTANTOPOULOS… TAS / SUSAN CORONEOS… CRUZ FAMILY

DELIGIANIS FAMILY… MARY DENNING… DIMITRAKOPOULOS FAMILY

ELIAS / VELOUDITSA DRYMONIS… KYRIAKOS / KENNA DRYMONIS… PETER / STEPHANIE DRYMONIS

DR. MICHAEL EPITROPOULOS… RYAN FARRELL… ANNAMARIA / JUSTIN FLAGG

VICTOR FUGUET… BILLY / DEBBIE GAHAGAN… RENEE / SAMMY GAHAGAN

JENNIE / NIKKI GALANTIS… FRANKLIN / JULIA GEORGES… GEORGETTE, JOE AND FAMILY

ANTHONY (GEORGI)… ERNEST GEORGI… MONICA (GEORGI)

PANAYIOTA GIANNOMOROS… PANAYIOTIS GIANNOMOROS… CHRIS / LILA GINAKES

DEMOS GINAKES… HAWKINS FAMILY… SYLVIE / PHILIPPE HENNESSY

EDDIE / KIMBERLY HENNESSY… DIMITRI / NNA IOANNIDES… IOANNIDIS FAMILY (x2)

MARIA ILTSOPOULOS… ELLIOT / MARGO IRBY… KAMMENOS FAMILY

PETROS / JENNIFER KANIARIS… CHRIS / ROISIE KARAGIANNIS… DEMETRI KARAGIANNIS

GEORGIA KARAGIANNIS… TED KAREGIANES… GEORGE / CINDY KARAMITOS

GEORGIA KARAMITOS… KOSTA KARAMITOS… PANAGIOTA KARAMITOS

PETER / MARIA KARAMITOS… FOFI KARAS… DEAN / MARIA KARRIS (x2)

IRENE KATRA… TASSO KIRIAKES… YIOTA KIRIAKES

ANNE KISSEL… ATHAS / DONNA KOMETAS… GUS / BARBARA KOSMANOPOULOS

JOHN / VOULA KOULOURIS… NICK KOULOURIS… KOURACOS / DANIELIDES FAMILIES

IRENE KOUTOUZIS… JOHN / CHRISTINA LOUIZES… FAYE LOURAS

DEMETRI / COURTNEY MAHAIRAS… ELIAS MAHAIRAS… MANNY / MARY MANOLAS

SAM / ERIN MASTERS… MARK / MARIA McDONALD… PHILLIP / DESIREE MEESE

MERRY FAMILY… MICHALAKAKIS FAMILY… MOURMOURIS FAMILY (x2)

MOUTSOPOULOS / STAFFORD FAMILIES… PETER / MARIA NEWMAN… ATHENA APHRODITIE NICHOLS

NOTARAS FAMILY… PANOREA PAPALAMBROS… PEGGY PARKER

DINO / CHRISTINA PASPALAKIS… DINO / SOPHIA PASPALAKIS… JOHN / RENNA PASPALAKIS

KATHERINE PASPALAKIS… MICHAEL / SARAH PASPALAKIS… CHRIS / SOULA PAPPAS

PETE PERAKIS… LOGAN PERAKIS… MARYELLEN PAPADEAS

GARY / FOTINI PETERSON… KENNY PRESLEY… XENIA PREVEZIOTIS FAMILY

KOMIS / LISA PSAROS… JAMES / EFFIE SARANTOS… SAUSKOJUS FAMILY

SCHOLZ FAMILY… TINA SMITH… CALLIE / DON SNOW

STEVE / LITSA SOULIMIOTIS… NELLY / THOMAS STONER… MIKE / STACY STRIEGEL

SZABO FAMILY… ANDREW / ELENI TEMPLE… ANGELO / KAY THEODORE

CHRIS / BECKY THEOS… FAY THEOS / MIKE ABATE… NICK AND JENNIFER TRASTELIS

VLAHOPOULOS / PARRISH FAMILY… GEORGE / IRENE VONAKIS… JOSEPH VONAKIS

JAMES VOTSIS… VOTSIS FAMILY… WEBER / KRAMER FAMILIES

ELIZABETH WILLIAMS… JERRY WISE… PENELOPE ZANNIKOS… GEORGE ZARAFONITIS

 

ANASTASIS CANDLE PICK-UP PLAN & SCHEDULE

YouTube Video Link: Holy Week Review and Anastasis Candle Plan and Pick-up Schedule
https://www.youtube.com/watch v=Zoi3BEzazn4&feature=youtu.be

Monday, April 27, 2020

10:00am to 2:00pm

4:00pm to 7:00pm

Tuesday, April 28, 2020

10:00am to 2:00pm

4:00pm to 7:00pm

Anastasis candles will be available at the Pangari. Parishioners are asked to remain in the Narthex while a PC Member retrieves respective candle(s). We have candles available for parishioners that were not able to reserve one in time. Parishioners will be able to light a candle and venerate the icon by making the sign of the cross and bowing. Kissing of the icons is prohibited at this time due to social distancing requirements. Please note we can only allow up to 8 parishioners at a time.

 

WRITE UP FOR THE “CHURCH AT HOME” PROJECT

Please accept my deepest apology for not being able to accommodate all the offers to help with church projects. During the “Easter Community Dinner to Go” we had many offers to help, but we were able to use only limited number of volunteers.

The same was true during holy week, and due to the small number restriction we could not accommodate the request as much as we would have liked.

In an attempt to engage parishioners in the life of the church and through different ways, we have launched the “Church at Home- Project”. Parishioners are given the opportunity to take initiatives or do certain projects that would connect them with the church even though remotely.

The miniature epitaphio, and the priest candle are some of the idea that resonated with parishioners. The miniature epitaphio was a replica made out of cardboard or shoe box for Holy Friday service.

The priest candle would constitute decorating a candle for the next forty days that is used by the priest or during the processions. Several parishioners have brought in their candles, and will be able to take them back to their homes later to light them during their personal time of prayers. If you would like to decorate a candle, please check with Father Joseph for the details.

 

THANK YOU NOTES SENT TO THE CHURCH

Since COVID-19 has become our main concern, the parish council utilized several channels to maintain communication with St. Demetrios parishioners. It was given high priority on the parish council agenda with heavy emphasis placed on adhering to state guidelines and Archdiocese directives.

Feedback from St. Demetrios parishioners was positive and encouraging. It gave parish leadership the strength and grace to continue supporting the life of the parish even under financial and personal stressors.

I hope below thank you notes will encourage you as well, and reveal to you the deep level of love that Saint Demetrios parishioners have for their parish and the church of God in general.

…………………………………………………………………………………………………

Christ is risen, Father Joseph

Through God’s strength we have been able to go through the Holy Week and Pascha. God has blessed our restaurant as well, and it is open for “To Go” orders. I am sending you a gift to St. Demetrios from the business as a token of thanksgiving to God. Please convey our love to the girls and to Presbytera who chanted beautifully the Engomia, Asking for your blessings.

……………………………………………………………………………………………….

Dear Father Joseph & staff, Thank you for reading out to us in this time of uncertainty, thank God we are doing fine and we hope all of you are well also.

With God’s love and care, this ordeal will be behind us soon and perhaps all of us will be more appreciative of God’s blessings and all the great gifts He sends our way. The greatest and most precious one being life itself.

To all of you our brothers and sisters in Christ have a blessed Easter and be safe until we meet again in the near future.

Affectionately, Eric & Nicole Davides

 

METROPOLITAN OF ATLANTA -ALEXIOS

April 22, 2020

To the Reverend Clergy and Monastics, The esteemed Parish Council Presidents & members of the Metropolis of Atlanta:

My Brothers and Sisters in the Lord,

Χριστός ἀνέστη! Ἀληθῶς ἀνέστη! Christ is Risen! Truly He is Risen!

I greet you with love and joy in the name of our Risen Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ! Having been found worthy to once again witness our Lord’s life-giving Resurrection, I pray that you and your families are healthy and safe during this holy season.

On this Bright Wednesday, I come with important updates about our Metropolis of Atlanta’s Coronavirus (COVID19) protocols. Firstly, to both our Clergy and Laity, please accept my sincere congratulations for your devotion to your fellow brothers and sisters in Christ, and for your continued patience.

Presently, several governors of states in our Metropolis have sought to provide instructions concerning the possible reopening of businesses, including religious institutions. For example, in his directive for the state of Georgia, while Governor Brian Kemp has allowed churches to re-open, this has been done on the condition that religious leaders use their own discretion–and that all places of worship continue to observe rules of social distancing, if they chose to open their doors.

While I understand the desire to join together in the light of our Lord’s Resurrection, as your Hierarch, I ask that our parishes continue offering live-streaming services to the faithful in their homes. My hope is that, in keeping ourselves from rushing to reopen, we continue to protect our families, and our wider communities. We have already seen examples of public spaces opening in the Southeast, even as more cases continue to be reported.

Please know that in these uncertain and difficult times, we are all being asked to make the sacrifices of working from home and sheltering in place, so that we may honor the health and lives of our friends, families and neighbors. Though I too look forward to the day when we may join together in our sanctuaries, by worshiping inside our homes, we are honoring our Lord’s Commandment, not only to love your God, but also, “…your neighbor as yourself.” (Mark 12:31). I remain,

Paternally yours with love in the Risen Lord,

A L E X I O S

Metropolitan of Atlanta

 

METROPOLITAN OF ATLANTA -ALEXIOS

April 15, 2020

To the Reverend Clergy and Monastics, the esteemed Archons, the esteemed Parish Council Presidents and members the esteemed Philoptochos Presidents and members, And all the faithful of the Metropolis of Atlanta:

My Brothers and Sisters in the Lord,

As we are in the middle of Holy Week, I wish to offer some thoughts during an uncertain time. We have heard stories of grandparents separated from their grandchildren; and though this is an understandable protection, it is still painful. Similarly, as spiritual people, it is understandable that we miss being in the home of our Heavenly Father, who took on flesh for our sakes, and gave Himself up, as the Divine Liturgy says, “…for the life of the world.” However, despite our absence from our parishes, Christ is risen from the dead—whether or not we are in church.

If we think of the life of St. Mary of Egypt, she was literally not permitted to enter the Church of the Holy Sepulchere because she was a great sinner. Another way of looking at her story though, is not that God was denying her the sacramental life, but He was guiding her. I do not try to judge when I say that we too live in sin, whether these sins are in our desire for material things, or in our relationships. Therefore, we should consider the Coronavirus not as a punishment from God, but as opportunity to grow closer to Him. Our Heavenly Father is the God of Love, forever ready to welcome us, Prodigal Sons and Daughters, if we show a willingness to repent.

I was blessed to receive a message from an Abbess whom I greatly respect, Gerondissa Thekla of the Convent of the Panagia Panagoritissa in Quebec, Canada. Her message, which I will quote in part, offers a beautiful reflection on the power of God, even in the absence of Eucharist. To summarize, when the Gerondissa first entered the monastic life, a lack of monks and priests meant that her convent did not receive the Eucharist on the Great Feasts. The Abbess writes that instead of complaining or becoming angry (as the Devil wishes), “We would fast as if preparing for Holy Communion, we would gather together in our chapel which was an extension to a hallway… We would read the services and at the end, our Most Holy Gerondissa Makrina would “commune” us by giving us Great Holy Water and Holy Bread. She would always counsel us that, “If we would be as we should be spiritually, then it is possible noetically to receive Holy Communion from Holy Angels, just like we have read many times in the lives of the Saints.”

Gerondissa Thekla goes on to describe the “…many heavenly moments which we never encountered again even after when we had a permanent priest and would serve forty-day liturgies… The chapel would be fragrant as if someone had sprinkled it all over with myrrh. Our eyes would stream with endless tears. Our heart would leap from the Grace of God. On the days that we supposedly “communed”, without even realizing it, we would speak softly because we felt as if we had partaken in some sacred ceremony. Saying the prayer, our mouth would taste as if we had taken a very fragrant candy. We would feel the presence of Holy Communion, even though we had not received it… No matter what I write, it is not possible to describe the feeling of Christ’s grace that we lived back in those days of deprivation, because there are not words to express this.”

In a few years, the number of Priests’ grew, but when her obedience brought her to Canada, a similar situation occurred. Though there were enough clergymen to serve the Sisters during weekday Liturgies, the priests’ responsibilities to their home parishes meant that, again, the nuns were left alone to support the younger novices during the Great Feasts. However, the Gerondissa had not forgotten how a lack of Communion had mysteriously uplifted her. “…Whoever prepares themselves with humility, without grumbling and protesting, but with much prayer and faith in the Providence of God, and receives Holy water and Holy Bread in replacement of Holy Communion and contemplates that theoretically “God did not permit me to receive Holy Communion, as being “unworthy and unprepared”, then this person will be filled by God’s grace of endurance of martyrdom, of which Saint Luke the doctor would say: “I loved much the grace of martyrdom, which so wonderfully cleanses the soul”.

If you still feel sadness at missing Divine Liturgy, I only ask that you think, not only of Gerondissa Thekla, but again, of St. Mary of Egypt. When she became an ascetic, she lived for 47 years without any community at all. She did not attend church and received Holy Communion only once. St. Paul wrote to the Corinthians, “Don’t you know that you yourselves are God’s temple and that God’s Spirit dwells in your midst?” (Corinthians 3:16) St. Mary of Egypt knew this, which is how, despite living without any sort of community, St. Mary was still a faithful Orthodox Christian who lived in purity, until she was prepared to greet her Heavenly Father. And so, my beloved, I encourage all of us to take strength, for as long as we may be apart from one another, it will certainly not be the 47 years which St. Mary dedicated to her spiritual life.

I would like to take these thoughts just a step further: how many times in our life do we use the many wonderful media tools we have, simply for pleasure—whether for movies, television or sports? Like St. Mary of Egypt, before her conversion, we too are focused on these things which make us feel “better”, but really provide no true spiritual nourishment. In spite of the fact that we cannot attend the services, I, His Grace Bishop Sevastianos, your clergymen, and our Archbishop, His Eminence Elpidophoros, continue to commemorate this Holy Week, as well as to honor those fighting this virus, the sick, and those who have fallen asleep.

I firmly agree with the Gerondissa when she writes of this pandemic that, “The tempter wanted to close the churches; let us make our homes into churches. He shut 11 churches; let us open 11 thousand. May each home become a church; let prayer be raised like a torch of fire towards heaven; let the incense fragrance all the neighbourhoods; may the candle and the vigil lamp always be lit. Let us attend the services through electronic correspondence, praying together… If we do this, instead of closing down the churches, they will grow and spread and whole cities will become churches. Then God will give His blessing, and seeing our repentance and our faith, He will cast away this evil plague and give us the freedom along with our churches to live many years working for Him.”

I think of that phrase, “…working for Him.” How, especially, can we work for Him during this time, this struggle, which as St. Paul says, “…is not against flesh and blood, but against… the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.” (Ephesians 6:12)? Let us look at this time in our homes, not only as a time for spiritual growth, but living out the Word of the Lord, who instructed us to feed, clothe and visit those in need: “Truly I tell you, just as you did it to one of the least of these who are members of my family, you did it to me.’” (Matthew 25:40). Even in this time of social distancing, we can still care for those who are vulnerable, by helping provide their food and their basic needs, or just to call our friends and remind them we love them.

I offer all these thoughts to encourage positivity in this time when it seems negative. Participate in all the coming Holy Week services throughout the Metropolis: offer your own processions, respond to the petitions. Truly, when we are together in prayer, we are together in spirit, even if we are far from one another physically.

Please know that you have my love and blessings, praying for your forgiveness, as I hope you will also pray for me. May we grow, so that when God gives us the ability to be together in person, our prayers and hymns will be full of the Paschal spirit. I remain, Paternally yours with love in the Lord

A L E X I O S

Metropolitan of Atlanta

 

GREEK ORTHODOX ARCHDIOCESE OF AMERICA – HOLY PASCHA 2020

To the Most Reverend Hierarchs, the Reverend Priests and Deacons, the Monks and Nuns, the Presidents and Members of the Parish Councils of the Greek Orthodox Communities, the Distinguished Archons of the Ecumenical Patriarchate, the Day, Afternoon, and Church Schools, the Philoptochos Sisterhoods, the Youth, the Hellenic Organizations, and the entire Greek Orthodox Family in America

My Beloved Christians,

Νῦν πάντα πεπλήρωται φωτός… Now all things are filled with light… (Paschal Canon, Ode 2)

In this time of darkness: through the most difficult Lent in memory, through a radical reduction of our lives and livelihood, through the threat of sickness on an unprecedented scale, and the through the grievous loss of family, friends, and neighbors taken from us too soon, we have finally arrived at the dawn.

Like the Myrrh-Bearing Women, going to the Tomb λίαν πρωὶ, ὂρθρου βαθέος – “very early in the morning, in the deep of the dawn” – we are yet in the depths of a darkness from which we pray to be delivered. But we hold fast to the promise of this night:

Καὶ τὸ φῶς ἐν τῇ σκοτίᾳ φαίνει, καὶ ἡ σκοτία αὐτὸ οὐ κατέλαβεν.

And the light shines on in the darkness, never overcome by the darkness. (John 1:5)

Indeed, and in very truth, “Now all things are filled with light!” The Light of Christ, Who is Himself the Light of the world, can never be extinguished. It chases away the shadow of even the darkest soul, and it burns most brightly in the human heart, which with every beat sings praises to the Lord of Glory.

He fills the world with His Light, enlightening our souls through love, forgiveness, compassion and mercy. And if this year we cannot pass that light from candle to candle, we can still pass that same light from heart to heart. The holiest fire that burns without destroying is love, for our God is a consuming fire (Hebrews 12:29). Indeed, God loved the world so intensely that there was no suffering that He would not embrace in order to enfold us in His love. On His Precious and Life-Giving Cross, He showed us with one word that His Passover, His Pascha from death to life, would be the fulfillment for us all: Τετέλεσται! “It is accomplished!”

But now Christ is risen from the dead! Νυνὶ δὲ Χριστὸς ἐγήγερται ἐκ νεκρῶν! (I Cor. 15:20) He is the first fruits of them that slept in death, and as Lord of both the living and the dead, He is the promise, the “Amen,” of our future life in eternity.

Therefore, my beloved brothers and sisters, let us rejoice in the light of the Resurrection that shines across the Heavens, around the globe, and in our hearts. This dawn knows no horizon line; it shines even in the depths of hades.

Embrace the light with all your heart, soul, mind, and strength. Share it with everyone in gratitude and gentleness. Recognize its power to transform you and transfigure the world. And know, by faith, that the shadows we experience today are fleeting, cast by the Light Who is come upon us to dispel every darkness, and to raise us up with Him to everlasting light and life!

Χριστὸς Ἀνέστη! Ἀληθῶς Ἀνέστη! Christ is Risen! Truly He is Risen!

†ELPIDOPHOROS

Archbishop of America

 

HOLY FRIDAY LUMINARY BAGS

Dear Parishioners of Saint Demetrios,

“Holy Friday Luminary Bags” Committee is going to setup the luminary bags at the church on Holy Friday night as usual. We still have names from last year that will be given to Father Joseph to read during the service. If you do not have any newer names to add to your list from last year, no action is needed on your part, as everything is set and ready to go.

If you have any additional names and would like to include them, please email the additional names to phyllis.hawkins@stdemetriosdaytona.org.

DONATION OPTIONS: Should you desire to send a donation, we have 2 options available:

#1. Check: Please earmark your check as “Luminary Bags” donation and mail to the church office.

#2. PayPal: Select following link PayPal, or click on image below and be sure to add “Luminary Bag Donation” under notes.

 

APPRECIATION & FEEDBACK

Beloved Parishioners of St Demetrios,

I’d like to thank everyone for all your feedback. Your comments that you have shared in various ways have been very supportive and they are also providing helpful direction to your team of servers. Your engagement in the life of your parish, even though remotely, is very much needed and appreciated.

Your sense of sadness that you are currently not able to physically come to church is understandable and justified. However, please be assured that together we are maintaining order as if the parish life is 100% functional.

Your church is alive, your church family and all leaders of our ministries are still busy and working tirelessly. Most of the work is being done remotely to ensure that parish life, communications and services are accessible to all. We are working diligently to keep you connected. Please know that you are on our minds, inspiring us and energizing us to work hard to serve you. Let all of us know how we can be one of your best resources in this unusual phase of life.

Below are some of the comments that parishioners have shared with us. The encouragement shown toward your hard working team is invaluable, and greatly appreciated.

Lovingly at your service,

Father Joseph

SHARED FEEDBACK BELOW

“Awesome Father for article in today’s paper! I hope we don’t get spoiled watching on our iPads but looking forward to being back in church” (I.K)

“Thank you Father for the Palm. What a wonderful idea. I’m so happy to have it in my home. God bless you and your family. Please stay safe and healthy.”(P.P.) Greek translation – “Δεν ξερω ποσό πολυ να σας ευχαριστήσω για την εικόνα με το σταυρό που πήραμε σημερα. Ειναι σαν να δίψας και βλέπεις μια πηγή με νερό. Να είστε καλα πάτερ. Παντα άξιος και ο Θρος να σας δίνει δύναμη στο έργο σας. Καλη δύναμη , καλο Πασχα και καλη και ευλογημένη Ανασταση!”

“I don’t know how much to thank you for the icon with the cross we received today. It’s like you’re thirsty and you see a spring of water. Be well father. Always worthy. May God give you strength in your work. Good strength, happy Easter and happy and blessed Resurrection!” (R.R.)

“A great idea of the laminated icon with the palm cross. Life will prevail . Thank you Father Joseph for all you do everyday. (P.B)

“Love and appreciate palm cross, beautiful pictures and article in paper and all the services. Thank you, stay well and Kali Sarakosti.” (M.P)

STEWARDSHIP & DONATIONS

For your convenience, you can now make stewardship payments and donations online.

Make a donation of your specification – click on the donate link below to be directed to the St. Demetrios Paypal site. You will be prompted to enter a one time donation of your choosing and you may use your credit card to pay for this donation.

 

PHILOPTOCHOS CORNER ON COVID-19

MEMBERSHIP

 

ST DEMETRIOS FEEDING THE NEEDY

 

METROPOLITAN ALEXIOS

My Beloved Ones,

As we continue through the remainder of our Lenten journey, the Church, in its infinite love and mercy, has compassion for our struggles. Pascha is weeks away, and it can become easy to allow our weariness to become, at first a distraction, and then a temptation. It is for this very reason that the Church has chosen to dedicate this Sunday of Lent to a saint who gave us a guide to help us overcome our weaknesses. I am of course referring to St. John Climacus, and his Ladder of Divine Ascent.

What little we know St. John’s life is that he was an ascetic whose time in the Sinai Desert brought him great respect. Eventually, St. John compiled his many years of struggles into a book for the benefit of the Brotherhood of the Raithu Monastery.

The Ladder of Divine Ascent takes the form of thirty “steps” toward theosis, or human unification with our Creator. These steps on the ladder begin with a renunciation of the world, continue with discussions on sins like slander & greed, before nearing the top of the ladder and learning how to acquire, ἡσυχία, or peace of the soul.

While the book began as a guide for those living in asceticism, there is much that we can learn from it, even simply by examining the icon of the Ladder of Divine Ascent. The activity of the monks against the demons is frightening, but perhaps strengthening. I say it is strengthening, for we realize that even these men and women who have chosen to set themselves apart from the world (which is the meaning of agios, or holy), are still subject to the weapons of the demons—even to the point that one of the monks is seen being swallowed by the Evil One.

In the face of such challenges ourselves, we might wonder as the Disciples did, after Jesus told them it would be easier for a camel to enter through the eye of a needle than for a Rich Man to see Heaven, “Who then can be saved?” (Luke 18:26) Of course, if we, like the Rich Man, rely only on our belief in ourselves, we are destined to fall from the Ladder too. However, if we cling to God, to His Commandments, and to prayer and fasting, we too can continue our way up the Heavenly Ladder.

brothers and sisters, though we may be weary with cares, and with the burden of our own sinfulness, let us not fall into the sin of despair, let us instead rest in the spirit of prayer and fasting, so that we might gather strength to complete the course of the Fast with God’s grace and love.

+ALEXIOS

Metropolitan of Atlanta

 

FROM THE DESK OF FATHER JOSEPH

Beloved parishioners of St. Demetrios,

As we get closer to the Holy Week celebrations, we are longing more for the dear services that we experienced every year in the past and participated in with much desire and enthusiasm.

This year’s situation however, has put us in unfamiliar territory and unprecedented times.

At this point and in adherence to directives from local, state, and federal authorities, we are going to have to rely more on participating in the services of Holy Week from home through livestreaming.

As of now there does not seem to be a definite answer on how you are going to get the holy unction for example. However, you will be able to follow the service remotely, and the holy oil might be something that you will receive in person at a later point when it becomes possible.

Please keep in mind that our year-round healing service of the Paraklesis every Wednesday is a permanent window that is available to you to be anointed with the holy unction. If nothing changes in the foreseeable future, and once some of the current restrictions are lifted, you can always receive the holy unction during this service.

We are preparing for the holy Friday service of the Epitaphio to be streamed live. This will allow you to from home. In adherence to the current directives, it will have to happen behind closed doors inside the church with a small number of Parish Council members and altar help only.

The liturgical schedule of the Holy Week that had been publicized in the past (Saturday of Lazarus through Pascha) will be adjusted slightly to accommodate some of the current restrictions and anticipated curfew times if they are extended to include the holy week.

Anastasis service details have not been finalized yet since there is still some margin for change due to new directives that might happen in the following two or three weeks.

As of now, the plan is to stream a service in the evening of Saturday, but the Divine Liturgy along with the Agape service will take place on the morning of Sunday at the regular time of Sunday Divine Liturgy.

Please remember that even from home, you are still going to be able to light your candles or send names to be commemorated during the prayer services. Please communicate with the church office at (386) 252-6012, with any of the Parish Council members, or with me for further assistance.

Your list of names will be read during the preparations of the holy gifts, and your candles can be lit by one of the Parish Council members on duty.

Thank you for staying connected, and please let the ministry chairs and volunteers know if they can be of any assistance.

Lovingly at your service,

Father Joseph

 

LIVE STREAMING VIA YOUTUBE

Father Joseph needs your help to reach 1000 subscribers on his YouTube channel in order to Live-Stream the church services on You Tube. You may subscribe several times through all of your different email addresses; as each email address can be counted as one subscription.

Here’s the link: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCIInuxfV8SZ1a54LOhCp1Zw

Please encourage your friends to do the same as well.

 

FATHER JOSEPH VIRTUAL OFFICE

Preparations for setting up Father Joseph Virtual office are close to completion. Father Joseph will be able to, very soon, meet with you one-on-one remotely, do his usual classes, pray with you, send in his frequent written messages, and/or publish his video messages.

Please do not hesitate to email him at FatherJosephSamaan@Gmail.com, text or church campus is not open for regular business, Father Joseph is working as usual and available when needed.

It is noteworthy, that the leadership of Saint Demetrios is working as usual on church affairs, even though remotely, and is standing by ready to serve your needs as well… all of your leadership support is one click away from you.

 

HOW TO SETUP THE CHURCH@HOME IN YOUR HOUSE

I came across this post by Father Thaddaeus Hardenbrook that reminded us with an interesting historical events. “In the 11th century, the Muslim Caliph Al-Hakim decreed the closure of all Churches in Egypt for nine years. It was a time of great distress for all Christians. One day, the Caliph was walking through the streets where Christians resided and he heard their voices praising and praying in each house. Then he said, “Open their churches again and let them pray as they please. I wished to close a Church in every street. But today I discovered that when I made this decree, a church was opened in every home.” The Church@Home is as ancient as the church itself, and it was how the church started in the first place. This global crisis has caused us to remember some of the essential elements of our church life. This is a very positive unintended consequence.

Daily church services are being live-streamed for your benefit. You may follow the live streaming, or review the recording afterward. Designate an area in your house as a dedicated place for your icons. That should be the place of your regular personal and family prayer. Follow the safety instruction as you light your handheld incensor. Read/Sing along the service text as you follow the live streaming, or the recording while holding the service booklet in your hand. If the church service is longer than what is in your ability to follow; pray for as long as you can, and train yourself to gradually increase your endurance. Each person has a certain ability, either less or more; that is quite normal.

The attached picture is from our home church, it is offered as an example, you may adjust your settings according to the configuration of your house.

Should you have any question, please send in your inquiry to Father Joseph at FatherjosephSamaan@Gmail.com or to Phyllis at the church office phyllis.hawkins@stdemetriosdaytona.org

 

HOLY WEEK AND PASCHA DIVINE SERVICES

At this point of time, it is uncertain if Christian congregations around the country this year, 2020, are going to be able to celebrate the Paschal season as usual. The Holy Week and Pascha celebrations might happen on time with a limited number of people as it has been the case up until this point. They might happen with closed churches, without any presence of laity. The date might be pushed further; or some other option could present itself at the last minute. The bottom line is that we are hoping to celebrate this holy season as it is customary, and we are going to be ready, even though we do not know how it is going to happen. We will keep you informed, and adjust the plans based upon the directive of the Archdiocese and other official channels, as they are shared with us. In the meantime, should you want to contribute toward the holy week needs or the church budget in general, please do so. With the drop of Bike Week proceeds, the suspension of offering trays and drop in the candles offerings: the parish cash flow has seen a sizable decrease.

Understandably, these are tough times for most of the people in our country and city. St. Demetrios parishioners, as well, are feeling the impact. It is important to state that the parish leadership has no demands or expectations other than for each parishioner to assess what they can do, and to do whatever is in their hearts or within their means. We all share the firm belief that God is the provider and the sustainer of our lives, and he will take care of his church, as well as of all his creation. “Do not be afraid… I am your shield, your very great reward.” (Genesis 15:1) Should you want to send in your donation/stewardship offering by mail; the church office will process it as usual. For those who would like to use the online giving, please use the PayPal account of the St. Demetrios. The PayPal account is “office@stdemetriosdaytona.org”. The word “SAINT” is abbreviatedly spelled as “ST” in that name or the email. Divine services continue to happen daily. Prayers for health and rest of the souls of the departed are being offered without interruption. Should you want to make a virtual candle donation or make an electronic offer. The PC members in attendance of the services, or those who come to check on the church building periodically, will light your candles for you.

 

THE DAY AFTER – THE CHURCH IN THE TIME OF COVID-19

This is a crisis-era of public concern, for global health issues that we are currently experiencing, will not leave the church ministry unchanged.

We have already entered a phase where the way we conducted our church ministries, even up to a few weeks ago, has become obsolete.

If you live long enough to tell memories to your grandchildren about the life of the church of this generation; your stories will sound like strange tales to them. Your children might vaguely remember how the church ministries functioned up until a few weeks ago, but the new style that has already started will be their main point of reference.

Church ministries that were enjoyed up until today; the comfort of large or exquisite buildings will gradually lose its commodity. Beautiful and functional church buildings have already become vacant and prohibited from being occupied under the social distancing remedy.

What does it mean to the future of the Church that buildings of worship were considered safer to the public health if closed rather than open?

It would be hard to argue against the answer that the church ministries have managed over the past decades to convince the public that the Church was something similar in nature to the rest of other public, educational, entertainment and theme parks’ buildings.

Christians have forgotten that the Lord said to his disciples that they are in the world but they are not of the world (John 17:14)! Are we not waking up to realize that modern Christianity is in the world and has made herself or came to be considered as part of the world?

Is it not thought-provoking that many Christians themselves felt the need to keep a certain list of categories of buildings open and operational, but church buildings did not make it to the list? The list included food and grocery supplies, warehouses of other types of supplies, utilities and other providers. Is not it even more interesting that some churches beat the public health officials and the public opinion in general to this suggestion?

This unfolding new reality makes the mission of today’s Christians as monumental as it was on the day of Pentecost. The consequences of this global health crisis have given the Christians across the world the ultimate challenge for the sake of their fellow citizens.The new duty of today’s Christians is to help their fellow brethren of humanity to understand the simultaneous dual nature of the church as divine and human.

The church today has more urgent need to work harder even than the apostles themselves in order to demonstrate to the rest of the world the dire need for all people to embrace Jesus Christ as their savior.

What went wrong that buildings or services that provided the public with pizza, bread and pasta won priority, according to some Christians, over buildings that were intended to introduce Jesus Christ, the bread of life, to people?

Today’s Christians have some real hard questions to ask themselves. Do we want to be faithful to the message of Jesus Christ? Do we want to carry out the Christian mission to the rest of the world in a good conscious, and to reflect to people what was desired by the Lord himself?

If the answer is positive, then now is the time to act and to restructure the church ministries in a way that is going to mirror the presence of Jesus Christ himself in them, and Through them!

Any Christian that comprehends the deep meaning of the church being placed on the list of the dispensable services at this time of global crisis has an obligation to act with urgency to correct this grave failure on the part of the Christians and the church ministries.

Where do we start?

All actions and plans ought to be tossed out immediately if their purpose or character does not mirror Jesus Christ or if they are a compromise of the character and the Christian message.

It is quite probable that this global crisis will cause a decrease in the Christian population in the future, and it will not consist of the high six or seven digits anymore.

As a result, the future of Christianity will have less grandiose church buildings and significantly fewer church buildings in general.

This newer reality will not matter at all as far as the effectiveness of the Christian message. However, it will greatly matter if tomorrow’s Christians are not dedicated to Jesus Christ with their whole heart, soul, strength, and mind, and if they will or not love their neighbor as themselves. (Luke 10:27)

 

SUNDAY SCHOOL BIBLE SUMMER CAMP – PENDING

6/15/20 – 6/19/20

Registration and more details to come soon

 

IONIAN VILLAGE 2020 SUMMER SESSION REGISTRATION OPENS

Ionian Village is not just another summer camp; it is like nothing you have ever experienced.

The goal of Ionian Village is simple: to bring the young people of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America into a close understanding and love for both the Orthodox faith and Hellenic heritage. A strong Spiritual Life is at the center of everything at Ionian Village. By starting and ending every day with services at our St. Iakovos Chapel, as well as our innovative and inclusive Orthodox Life program, Ionian Village focuses on bringing its campers closer to Jesus Christ. Ionian Village allows campers to experience life in a fully Orthodox environment as they travel to historic churches and religious sites across Greece. When not traveling, campers take part in activities on the campgrounds. Daily life at Ionian Village includes many traditional summer camp activities that emphasize fun, fellowship, and learning. Time is also spent at either the world class pool or our private beach every day while at camp. IV2020 registration is open and will proceed as usual. Parents should sign up with the link posted on our website www.ionianvillage.org. In light of the coronavirus, the unpredictability of the situation, and what it will be like in June, we are suspending the “non-refund policy” of the $500 deposit upon registration. In the coming weeks, our office will announce a date on which the non-refund policy will go back into effect, but for now, parents can register and hold a spot with the reassurance of a full refund if they decide to drop out in the future before the policy is reinstated. https://ionianvillage.campintouch.com/ui/forms/application/camper/ App https://vimeo.com/352846489

 

UPDATE ON THE VISITING CHANTER FROM THESSALONIKI

Panagiotis, from Thessaloniki, is arriving this upcoming week to help with the musical programs of Saint Demetrios until the week after Pascha. Please, take advantage of his presence to enjoy the extra, but rare, services that offered during Great Lent season.

Panagiotis is going to help with the chanting during holy week services. Please, mark your calendar to attend as many services as possible during the holy week. They are inspiring and uplifting services.

The visit of Panagiotis is going to be beneficial to some of the programs of our Saint Demetrios parish. Your support and attendance will be crucial to make this period successful. There will be time to break bread together, participate in different activities, and attend the lent services right after. All parishioners that would like to sing along during the evening service of Holy Friday, are encouraged to join the rehearsals that will take place in preparation for this important service.

Children activities will be focused around music and Greek language, but will include art activities as well as preparing for 25th of March celebrations.

There are several presenters that will give brief talks about matters related to the great lent, fasting, and Q&A to connect us to our faith. Often, we discuss in our ministry’s leadership meetings the drop in attendance after festivals. We also discuss other issues, such as ways that parents can help to make Sunday school or youth programs run even better.

These upcoming gatherings will give us an opportunity, not only to enjoy the beautiful extra lent services, but also to increase the level of communications among ourselves within the St. Demetrios parish.

Please, plan to help out or sponsor one of these evenings. Encourage your friends and family to participate. Furthermore, bring the children to participate in the various upcoming activities.

Let us create more opportunities to interact with each other, and learn about the areas where help is needed within St. Demetrios.

The Church Hall will be open on the following dates at 4:00p.m., to gather and serve food. We will either break off into different groups or participate in the various functions. The appointed church service will start afterwards. Paraklesis Wed 3/18 Akathist Friday 3/20 Compline Monday 3/23 Akathist Friday 3/27 Compline Monday 3/30 Paraklesis Wed 4/1 Akathist Friday 4/3 Compline Monday 4/6 Paraklesis Wed 4/8

 

AHEPA SCHOLARSHIP

The AHEPA Speedway Chapter 410 is accepting applicants for this year’s scholarship awards. The deadline for application is May 15th and applications can be downloaded from the website at www.ahepa410.org or picked up from the church office. If you know a student who can benefit from a scholarship, please encourage them to apply. Also a district 2 scholarship is available and the link to that application can be found on the AHEPA 410 website.

ST BARBARA’S PHILOPTOCHOS BLESSING BAG DONATIONS NEEDED

On Saturday of Lazarus, the youth will be preparing Blessing Bags that will be distributed to those less fortunate than us at our Easter community meal. Your donations are needed to help us reach as many people in need as we can. Please contact Penny Cruz if you are able to help and she will let you know what is still needed.

Items should be small, personal size so everything can fit in the bags. We will make as many bags as we have supplies for, with a goal of 200 bags.

Items needed: Large Freezer Ziplock bags, mini hand sanitizers, lip balm, bar soaps, small packs of wet wipes, small packs of tissues, ban-aides, non-aerosol deodorant, toothpastes, tooth brushes, hair combs, white socks, sandpaper emery boards, small snacks, notes of encouragement

Thank you to those who already donated: hair combs, toothpastes,toothbrushes, granola bars

 

ST BARBARA’S PHILOPTOCHOS FEEDING THE NEEDY

Saint Barbara’s Philoptohos ladies, on Monday February 24th, provided delicious hot meals to the needy in the area of New Smyrna in cooperation with local facilities. Should you want to be part of the cooking and serving when it is St. Barbara’s turn next month, please contact Barbara Kosmanopoulos at Bkosmanopoulos@aim.com

 

ST JOHN THE DIVINE GOYA LENTEN LOCK-IN

March 13-14 , 2020

St. John the Divine

3850 Atlantic Blvd.

Jacksonville, FL 32207

Join us as we focus on the importance of helping others. Featuring speakers from the Orthodox Christian Mission Center, active missionaries, and local non-profits.

Open to Teens in 7th – 12th grade

Please contact Alyssa Kyritsis at pastoral.assistant@stjohnthedivine.com or 904-396-5383 x 12 for more information or to register!

 

DIAKONIA RETREAT CENTER: WINTER PILGRIMAGE FROM ST DEMETRIOS

Through the grace of God and the help of many parishioners and donors; parishioners from Saint Demetrios and various surrounding parishioners traveled to Diakonia Retreat Center for a weekend retreat.

The program included various activities that made the entire weekend very special time for all participants. His Eminence Metropolitan Alexios of Atlanta shifted his schedule to be present during this retreat. He dedicated much of his time to be with the participants and share with them many valuable reflections and lessons.

Paula Marchman from the family life ministry of the Metropolis of Atlanta offered the main presentation about the theme of the retreat. It was focused on the theme of desiring and finding the true love in our lives.

The winter retreat group had parishioners from four parishes that got to know each other and built bond of love and friendship.

Here are some of the comments and the feedback that participants shared with the organizing committee after their return.

“Thank you so much for a wonderful, edifying weekend! We were well-taken care of and the food was amazing.” “We really need this love and warmth in our everyday life and we need to free ourselves from the care and worries of the world and live a simple, humble, and peaceful life. This retreat allowed us to do so.”

“We enjoyed meeting and getting to know everyone and looking forward for more retreats.”

 

SATURDAY OF SOULS ANNOUNCEMENT

Beloved Parishioners,

Please mark your calendar to attend at least one of the Saturday of Souls service coming up on February 22nd, 29th, and March 7th.

This particular tradition used to be very popular and widely attended at St. Demetrios. Starting a few years ago; this tradition has declined sharply and very quickly.

It is important for all families and parishioners to help reserve and teach this tradition to the upcoming generations.

Below, please find a brief reading adapted from the website of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese for your information. It contains a quick explanation about the origin and value of this tradition.

Should you need any further information; please respond to this email with your questions.

Reading about the Saturdays of Souls

The Church of Christ has received through the Apostolic Constitutions (Book VIII, ch. 42), the custom to make commemorations for the departed on the third, ninth, and fortieth days after their repose.

Since many people throughout the ages, suffered an untimely death in a faraway place, or because of other adverse circumstances, have died without receiving the appointed memorial services, the holy Fathers of the Church have decreed that a common memorial be made. This is referred to as the Saturday of Souls.

Therefore, out of love for mankind, the Saturday of Souls has been designated as a day of prayers for all pious Orthodox Christians who have reposed since the beginning of time.

Also, in addition to the prayers; the Church of Christ teaches us that alms should be given as a memorial to the poor by the relatives of the departed.

Besides this, since we make commemoration of the Second Coming of Christ before the start of great lent, and since the departed have neither been judged, nor have received their complete reward (Acts 17:31; II Peter 2:9; Heb. 11:39-40), the Church has arranged to commemorate the souls on the day before Sunday of judgment.

This commemoration is intended to bring repose to all the departed, it reminds each of us of his own death, and arouses us to repentance, and to remind us with the boundless mercy of God toward sinners.

 

GENERAL ASSEMBLY – SAVE THE DATE

Feb 23rd the general assembly materials have been mailed out. Please look for it in your mail box. If your mailing does not arrive at the anticipated time, please call the church office.

 

BIKE WEEK – SAVE THE DATE

Bike Week 2020 start on Friday, March 6 and ends on Sunday, March 15. Please plan on volunteering a few hours; please contact either BillGahagan wmgahagan@gmail.com or George Karamitos george.karamitos@mauinix.com

 

ORATORICAL FESTIVAL

Saint Demetrios Oratorical Festival will take place on Sunday March 8th, 2020. It is going to be the first Sunday of great lent, and the Sunday of Orthodoxy celebration.

Your help will be needed to supply the items for the coffee hour on that day as well as the setup to make the church hall look beautiful. Food brought for the oratorical festival day ought to be fasting, so please try to check out some nice vegan menus.

Already several parishioners have started working hard on this important event that is widely loved by the St. Demetrios parish. Please contact any of the following committee members to offer your help; Voula Koulouris voulagianni@aol.com, Charity Sauskojus at csauskojus@yahoo.com, Stavros Cruz at stavroscruz@gmail.com, and Ted Sofianos at theodore.sofianos@daytonastate.edu

THANK YOU!

 

PAINTING WITH A TWIST

Saint Barbara’s Philoptochos Ladies organized a successful membership event and at the same time discovered their artistic abilities. Thank you to the organizing committee that put together a wonderful membership night event. Please reach out to Philoptochos ladies for your membership. Your donation is crucial in carrying out many philanthropic needs, and can help in responding to various requests of help to cover rent, bills, needs, and more.

 

HIS EMINENCE’S VISIT

Thank you is expressed to His Eminence Metropolitan Alexios of Atlanta for coming to be with us this past Sunday. It was not a planned visit; rather it was decided only the day before. His Eminence had wanted for a while to be with us, but his loaded schedule prevented him. Being at the St. Photios Shrine celebrations gave him the opportunity he had desired to come and bless us. Thank you to all of the ministries that had to get some last minute preparations ready in place for His Eminence’s visit and to all the teams whose help was needed to ensure proper order and adequate support. After the visit ended, I learned about a cute story that came from one of the Sunday school teachers. She shared with us that she has had all of this years’ Sunday School Lessons planned out since August. On the day that His Eminence happened to come to St. Demetrios church for a visit; the lesson of that day included an older picture of His Eminence.

 

CONGRATULATIONS DENISE BROWN & CHRISTY XYNIDIS

Congratulations to Denise Brown and Christy Xynidis for being the honorees of the foundation of Saint Photios National Shrine for the year 2019. His Eminence Archbishop Elpidophoros of America awarded two parishioners from St. Demetrios this past Sunday during the annual celebrations of St. Photios with the award of the volunteer of the year.

Denise and Christy have led the efforts and the organization of Greek Landing Day as well as other related projects. They worked hard to mobilize the Philoptochos ladies as well as many more volunteers for the service of St. Photios Shrine. Saint Photios National Shrine of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America is located in St. Augustine. It was established by the efforts of many parishioners in St. Augustine, Daytona Beach, and Jacksonville.

Saint Photios shrine keeps the remembrance of all immigrants, especially the first Greek Orthodox pioneer immigrants into America in 1768 that arrived as indentured servants. They were instrumental in building the city of New Smyrna.

 

BLESSING OF THE WESTON COASTING SITE WORK IN PORT LUCIE

A Blessing Service was held at the construction site of the New York Mets Stadium in Port Lucie on Tuesday, February 4th. The invitation was extended by Weston Coatings of Daytona Beach Florida. The prayer service was a great opportunity to meet many wonderful people from the general contractor company Barton Malow

 

38TH ANNUAL PILGRIMAGE BANQUET

Keynote Address: His Eminence, Archbishop Elpidophoros of America Sunday, February 9, 2020 at 1:00 PM

Casa Monica Hotel Grand Ballroom with an AMAZING WINE AUCTION

(Call the Shrine (904) 829-8205 for details, advanced ticket purchase required)

 

THANK YOU!!

Thank you to all the members of the winter luncheon team; donors as well as workers. Through everyone’s selfless effort, last Sunday’s luncheon went well. Thank you to all supporters as well, your presence was a huge source of joy

 

BAPTISMS

This past Saturday, the community of Saint Demetrios was blessed with the privilege of holding the baptism of three children. Joanna Maria, daughter of Brian and Catherine Aleman, Elias, son of Anthony and Christina Schimenti, and Evelyn Maria, daughter of John and Allison Varvarikos.

These three little cuties are cousins, and were blessed with the sacrament of the holy baptism all on the same day. The Schimenti and Varvarikos families have recently relocated to Daytona Beach and have become a part of the Saint Demetrios parish. Please congratulate our new families for the baptism of their children, and welcome them warmly into Saint Demetrios family.

 

PARISHIONERS FROM ST DEMETRIOS ARE HONORED BY ST PHOTIOS SHRINE FOUNDATION IN ST AUGUSTINE ON FEB 9TH, 2020

The St. Photios Foundation will host the 38th anniversary of the Dedication of the Greek Orthodox National Shrine of St. Photios at the Casa Monica Hotel.

This year, the Trustees recognize Denise Brown and Christy Xynidis of Daytona Beach, Florida as the Volunteers of the Year for their exemplary service throughout the year.

This recognition is going to take place during the first visit of His Eminence Archbishop Elpidophoros to St. Augustine. He will be joined by His Eminence, Metropolitan Alexios of Atlanta, Bishop Dimitrios of Xanthos and Hierarchal Proistamenos of St. Photios, Bishop Demetrios of Mokissos.

Should you like to be part of this award ceremony; tickets can be reserved at $75.00 per person by calling Gina Bingman at 904 829 8205.

Congratulations Denise Brown and Christy Xynidis!

When and Where:

Casa Monica Hotel

95 Cordova St., St. Augustine, FL 32084

On February 9, 2020 at 1:00 p.m.

 

SAINT DEMETRIOS NEWLY RATIFIED PARISH COUNCIL

Congratulations to the newly ratified parish council, and to the newly reelected members. The affirmation of the new parish council took place this past Sunday after the approval of the elections by His Eminence Metropolitan Alexios of Atlanta.

Thanks are due to God and Jesus Christ for inspiring and energizing our God-loving parishioners to dedicate themselves to his service and by serving his people in the capacity of parish council members.

Please, reach out to your parish leadership to thank them for their effort to maintain an orderly parish life. It is positive to share with the pc members your concerns about certain affairs when things do not go well. It is also important to share with them your gratitude for their efforts for throughout the year.

Your encouraging words can create a tremendously positive effect in boosting their enthusiasm to continue to carry out their godly duties. Please, encourage your parish council leadership by expressing your gratitude so that they would feel the zest to dedicate even more energy toward the service of God’s people and his church.

The newly elected officers are: Kyriakos Drymonis; President [not pictured], Dino Paspalakis; Vice President, George Karamitos; Treasurer, Irene Koutouzis; Assistant Treasurer, Gary Koliopoulos; Assistant Treasurer, Johnny “Hollywood” Louizes; Recording secretary, member are Bill Gahagan [not pictured], Jim Mahairas, , Karl Sauskojus, Nick Trastelis [not pictured], and Sini Vlahopoulos.

Fervent thank you goes to the outgoing member, Marilynn Formicola, who has finished her term. This spot has become vacant. The parish council will elect a parishioner in good standing in one of its upcoming meeting to fill in this vacancy. Please direct your suggestions in this regard to any of the pc members.

 

THANK YOU VOLUNTEERS

Thank you for volunteering to help with Lady of Lourdes Italian Festival Feb 6 till Feb 9, 2020

Saint Demetrios parish council and festival committee are grateful for your support. Billy Gahagan & George Karamitos have reported that the Italia Festival volunteer list is complete. Saint Demetrios parish takes on the responsibility of the Calamari booth at the Italian Festival. This is in recognition and as a thank you to the help with the additional parking spaces given through the courtesy of the Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church during our Annual Greek Festival.

 

WATCH “ST DEMETRIOS 2020 EPIPHANY CELEBRATION AT DE LEON SPRINGS” ON YOUTUBE

Dear Parishioners,

Please enjoy this short video from the 2020 Epiphany Service. The video was edited for you by our Saint Demetrios youth.

The tradition of the outdoor Divine Liturgy and diving for the cross at De Leon Springs, started back in the mid-seventies through the efforts of Saint Demetrios parishioners. Even though it was interrupted for some time; it continues to be a dear event.

Saint Demetrios parishioners look forward every year to attend this outdoor service. Even when the weather conditions are not ideal, courageous divers and families will show up to prepare for the church service.

It is time, for all the divers and those who have retrieved the cross in the past, to become more involved in this annual function.

This is an ideal opportunity for the youngsters to be given church responsibilities, and to realize that they have an important role to carry out.

It is also important for us to convey and emphasize to our youngsters that their role is important and indispensable.

I want to encourage our youth that have been connected with the event to communicate with the epiphany committee to offer their help.

Please reach out to any of the parish council members, and to Jim Mahairas <flbruin@bellsouth.net> or Billy Gahagan <wmgahagan@gmail.com> to offer your help and get connected.

Please view this link below to watch the video.

ST DEMETRIOS 2020 EPIPHANY CELEBRATION AT DE LEON SPRINGS – Click Here to View

 

PHILOPTOCHOS MEMBERSHIP DRIVE

MEMBERSHIP

 

CONGRATULATIONS CHRISTOFORAKIS FAMILY

Congratulations to Dino and Ashley on the baptism of their children; Constantine, Atlas John, and Alina.

Congratulations also to the families that have taken the role of the nonoi (sponsors); Kotsonis, Koulouris, and Paspalakis, Axioi (worthy).

May God protect and look over the newly baptized children. the baptism was beautiful, and deeply inspiring.

 

WINTER LUNCHEON BENEFITING ST DEMETRIOS

Sponsors: Peter Karamitos/Christopher Tsiongas/Stavros Petropouleas/Angelo Tompros

January 26th, 2020

Church Hall at 12:00 pm

½ roast chicken, Roast potatoes, Salad and Bread

Tickets $12 (Tickets sold during coffee hour and at the door)

Kids Under 12-pizza free

 

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED TO HELP WITH OUR LADY OF LOURDES ITALIAN FESTIVAL

Help is needed starting on Feb 6 till Feb 9, 2020:

Thursday, Feb 6, 5 p.m. – 10 p.m.

Friday, Feb 7, 5 p.m. – 10 p.m.

Saturday, Feb 8, Noon – 10 p.m.

Sunday, Feb 9, Noon – 6 p.m.

(Midway Open Until 8 p.m.)

Saint Demetrios parish runs the Calamari booth at the Italian Festival in recognition and as a thank you to the help with the additional parking spaces given through the courtesy of the Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church during our Annual Greek Festival. Please contact Billy Gahagan; wmgahagan@gmail.com or George Karamitos; george.karamitos@mauinix.com

 

HOLY CROSS ORTHODOX CHURCH

Invites all to Please Join Us for Our 2020 Annual Dinner Dance Friday, February 7th At St. Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church

Riverfront Center

129 N. Halifax Ave., Daytona Beach, FL 32118

6:00-7:00 Reception

7:00-8:00 Dinner

8:00—10:30 Great Music will be provided for dancing and reminiscing.

Cash Bar, Silent Auction & Red Ticket Raffle Throughout the evening.

 

JOIN US ON OUR ANNUAL DRC RETREAT FEBRUARY 14-17, 2020

We have an exciting weekend planned with arts and crafts, sessions, food, and relaxation, so join us on our Journey to the Diakonia Retreat Center!

This weekend is the perfect time to relax and get away from the distractions of everyday life. Staying at the DRC is an opportunity that you do not want to miss out on.

PRICE: Bungalow – $219 | Lodges – $189 | Children 16 and under – $89

• Covers all meals, bus expenses, activities, and room and board

• Housing capacity is limited, so make your reservation today!

• $100 Security Deposit (Nonrefundable)

Bungalow: Fully furnished private cabin (1bed/1 bath)

Lodge: Private room in a fully furnished lodge with a shared common area. All under 18 must be accompanied by an adult

 

FIRST FRIDAY ART WALK IN ST AUGUSTINE

FIRST FRIDAY ART WALK

 

EPIPHANY

The outdoor liturgy and diving for the cross at De Leon Springs started in the mid-seventies and even though it was interrupted for some time; it continues to be a dear event. Saint Demetrios parishioners look forward every year to attend this outdoor service.

Even when the weather conditions are not ideal, courageous divers and families will show up to prepare for the church service. Generous donors provided for the various needs, in order to make this day joyful and extra special.

The diving for the cross event has long been practiced and has became dear to the hearts of many families and many youngsters. It is time for all the divers and those who caught the cross in the past to become more involved in this annual function.

It is a great opportunity for the youngsters to be given church responsibilities and to know that they have an important role to carry out. Their role is indispensable. I want to encourage our youth that were connected with the event to communicate with the epiphany committee.

Please offer your help by getting connected with your church and your faith’s traditions. Please reach out to any of the parish council members, Jim Mahairas flbruin@bellsouth.net or Billy Gahagan wmgahagan@gmail.com and offer your help.

Thank you all for being attentive faithful parishioners.

2020 Divers and Cross Retriever

On January 4th, 2020; six divers participated in the outdoor service of retrieving the holy cross; Michael Bramblett, Theophany Cruz, Demetrios Hill (Orlando), Lambros Paspalakis, Demetrios Perviziotis, and Mark Sauskojus.

Congratulations to Mark Sauskojus and his family on receiving the honor of retrieving the holy cross. This happened to be Mark’s third time diving.

 

ANNUAL VASILOPITA EVENT BY LADIES OF ST BARBARA’S PHILOPTOCHOS

Gratitude is expressed to all of the ladies of Saint Barbara’s Philoptochos. Thank you for the wonderful Vasilopita cutting event they organized on the first Sunday of the year.

In addition to the customary parts of the program, a few additions were augmented into the program and made it a richer experience.

 

 

ST PHOTIOS GREEK ORTHODOX NATIONAL SHRINE VASILOPITA CELEBRATION

Saint Augustine, FL: The Saint Photios Greek Orthodox National Shrine invites one and all to the Inaugural Vasilopita Celebration of the Saint Photios Greek Orthodox National Shrine here in Saint Augustine, Florida, to be held on Sunday, January 12. 2020 at 6:30 p.m. 41 St. George Street

 

FIRST ANNUAL VASILOPITA-A-THON

VASILOPITA-A-THON

 

DECORATING GOYAN VASILOPITA

Saint Demetrios Goyans enjoyed a wonderful evening after the New Year through the hospitality of Mike and Stacy Striegel.

It was a wonderful evening with Goyans gathered around bonfire, which was meticulously prepared by Michael Striegel. Goyans enjoyed decorating the Goya Vasilopita. The Goya Vasilopita was successfully auctioned on the previous Sunday for the benefit of Saint Basil Academy.

 

PHILOPTOCHOS WELCOMES YOU TO ATTEND THE CUTTING OF THE VASILOPITA

CUTTING OF VASILOPITA

 

COMMUNITY NEWS HISTORY

 

2019 Community News

2018 Community News

2017 Community News

2016 Community News

2015 Community News

Community History

 

%MINIFYHTML19a333b654b6e1e3d2d5fb961a60c5171%