Community News 2016

 

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Thank you very much for all the generous angel tree gifts and food donations. With your continuous help and support this Christmas season we were able to reach out to 5 local schools with families in need. It is with great joy we want to share with everyone that not only were we able to assist the gift request of the 119 school children but their siblings as well.

God’s grace and compassion continues to shine through St. Demetrios parish; because of the many food donations the 102 families will all have a Christ-mas meal. Every child in need of a warm coat also received a coat from the “One Warm Coat” drive.

Philoptochos, GOYA & Sunday School thank our won-derful parishioners of St. Demetrios for your support & Christmas spirit.

In Christ’s love~
St. Barbara’s Philoptochos

 

CHRISTMAS DAY DINNER HELP WANTED

Help is needed with kitchen crew and cooks for the Christmas Day Dinner that is hosted by Saint Demetrios for the benefit of the community at large, the needy, and our neighbors.

Please contact Fr. Joseph or the church office at 386-252-6012 if you can help. Supplies are needed to be ordered now to ensure a successful event.

May you have a Merry Christmas and thank you for supporting an event of love and hospitality.

 

ST BARBARA’S PHILOPTOCHOS CUTTING OF VASILOPITA – JANUARY 15

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CHRISTMAS PLAY NEXT SUNDAY – DECEMBER 18

A reminder for MANDATORY PRACTICE on Saturday the 17th – this is a drop off at 2pm to 5:30pm, so parents can do some Christmas shopping that day. The play is the next day Sunday, December 18th right after church and we ask that every parent brings a Lenten dish or snack for the coffee hour! … Raven Kastis is in charge of the food and if everyone would Email her what they’re bringing we will have a nice variety.. rkastis@aol.com

 

THANK YOU

The committee for the Annual Community Thanksgiving luncheon would like to thank all of the wonderful donors who contributed to the 23rd year of this event. We give thanks to our dynamic servers who served everyone with a joyous smile. We are thankful to our Sunday school for the very artfully decorated placemats. This event is a blessing for our church to serve our community in this manner.

 

THANK YOU FROM ST BARBARA’S PHILOPTOCHOS

Thank you to all the parishioners & business who so graciously donated food and gift cards for the Thanksgiving food drive. Because of our community, all the families in need received a delicious Thanksgiving meal.

Thank you ~
Saint Barbara’s Philoptochos

 

CHRISTMAS BLESSINGS

Christmas Angel tree Gift blessing will be Sunday December 11th. Please bring all 2016-angel-tree unwrapped gifts with angel taped on top to the hall and place under Christmas tree – or bring to the narthex Sunday.

Philoptochos & Sunday school food drive – food blessing will be Sunday, December 11th. Please place food in blue & white Christmas baskets in the narthex.

Philoptochos “One Warm Coat” Drive : please bring gently used or new coats any size to church or Sunday school hall and place in designated coat boxes 📦

Father Joseph will bless the gifts, food & coats Sunday, December 11th. All items will begin distribution to 5 local schools with children in need – December 12th-18th.

Only, they asked us to remember the poor, the very thing I was eager to do.
Galatians 2:10

St. Barbara’s Philoptochos

 

INVITING THE CHRISTMAS ANGELS CHOIR TO YOUR DOOR STEP

If you desire to invite the Christmas Angels Choir of the St. Demetrios to make an appearance at your door to sing the good tidings on Dec 11th, Please contact: Voula Koulouris 386-852-7475 or the church office 386-252-6012

 

ST BARBARA’S PHILOPTOCHOS “ONE WARM COAT” DRIVE

Saint Barbara’s Philoptochos is hosting a coat drive benefiting those in need of warmth this Christmas season. In need of new & gently used coats.. Donation boxes are in Sunday school lobby & social hall lobby. Coat drive ends December 11th with Father Joseph’s blessing before coats are distributed to local schools & organizations.
Thank you for your continuing support~
Saint Barbara’s Philoptochos

 

ANNUAL CHRISTMAS DINNER

Should you want either to help in serving, cooking, or donating toward this cause, please contact the church office 386-252-6012. Sunday December 25th.

May the Lord of the poor and the outcast bless your life through his birth, and may your love and help expressed through serving food to people who cannot afford to feed themselves shower your life with abundant mercies and blessings.

 

POINSETTIAS FOR CHRISTMAS

Please help Saint Barbara’s Philoptochos support WORC, decorate Saint Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church and then bless one of our homebound parishioners or hospital rooms for Christmas.

Order a poinsettia(s) by completing the order form below then return it with $10.00 per plant (make checks payable to: Saint Barbara’s Philoptochos) to:

Saint Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church
Attn: St Barbara Philoptochos
129 N Halifax Ave
Daytona Beach, FL 32119

Supplies are limited, so please order soon!

Poinsettias for Christmas Order Form

Following Christmas services, the ladies of Philoptochos will go around to our homebound parishioners or hospital rooms and hand delivery this thoughtful gift. Thank you for your willingness to support our ministry and May God Bless You Always!

 

ST DEMETRIOS CHRISTMAS CARD

This is the time of the year where families participate in the Christmas Card Drive and submit their names. Thank you for your continued generosity, and support of this free will offering.

Should you desire for your name to be included in the Christmas card, please reply to this email or:Contact the church office 386-252-6012. We will be sending the Annual Christmas card as a separate mailing this year.

If you have already responded – Thank you
We will be sending the Annual Christmas card as a separate mailing this year.

 

ST BARBARA’S PHILOPTOCHOS LUNCHEON – DECEMBER 4

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PHILOPTOCHOS BAKE SALE

Please Mark Your Calendars!

Saint Barbara’s Philoptochos is having a bake sale on Sunday, December 18th following church service located in the hall during coffee hour.

We are accepting pre-orders on Vasilopita now! Pre-orders will be available for pick up on Sunday, December 11th & 18th in the church hall during coffee hour. Please contact Jennifer Trastelis at jenntrastelis@aol.com / 386-847-7108 or Barbara Kosmanopolus at bkosmanopoulos@aim.com / 810-423-9506 if you would like to preorder your Vasilopita for the New Year!

Thank you for your willingness to support our ministry and may God continue to bless us.

 

CALLING ALL BAKERS!!

Annual Cutting of Vasilopita Sunday, January 15th is the annual cutting of the Vasilopita and the ladies of Saint Barbara’s Philoptochos are looking for bakers to bake alone and/or with those of our members who would like to learn, so they too can carry on this wonderful tradition. Please contact Jennifer Trastelis at jenntrastelis@aol.com / 386-847-7108 or Barbara Kosmanopolus at bkosmanopoulos@aim.com / 810-423-9506 if you would like to help. Thank you for your willingness to support our ministry and may God continue to bless us.

 

THE DRIVE OF LOVE; LIVING BY THE SPIRIT OF THE HOLIDAYS SEASON

The season of holidays is just around the corner. The Thanksgiving holiday is another opportunity to offer thanks to God. Among the several projects that are taking place during this season is the Drive of Love; the Philoptochos of Saint Barbara and the Sunday school of Saint Demetrios are working together on a wonderful project inspired by the spirit of thanksgiving and service to others.

Within our own neighborhood, and only in one of the high schools that many children attend from Saint Demetrios parish there are thirteen homeless families and another fifteen families in need.

Philoptochos of Saint Barbara and Saint Demetrios Sunday school through your support will participate in providing gifts of love to these children and their families in the name of Jesus Christ; the God of love for all humanity.

Please bring to the church by Sunday the 20th of November your non-perishable food offerings to be blessed before they are delivered to the counsel at the school and forwarded to the beneficiary families. The aim is to deliver the gifts to the families before the close of the school. The basket will be set in a way where the thirteen homeless families can have two meals a day during the holidays, and the other fifteen families will receive a thanksgiving basket.

For further information about the type of non-perishable food or other items that you may provide: Please contact Raven Kastis at rkastis@aol.com or Voula Koulouris at SaintDSundaySchool@aol.com

Thanks for your help in assisting these families and for making it possible for the youth at Saint Demetri-os to get hands-on experience serving people that are going through challenging times. Being thoughtful of others’ challenges and needs, and being sensitive to their pain and difficulties is a crucial message of the holiday season.

“What good is it, my brothers and sisters, if you say you have faith but do not have works? Can faith save you? 15 If a brother or sister is naked and lacks daily food, 16 and one of you says to them, “Go in peace; keep warm and eat your fill,” and yet you do not supply their bodily needs, what is the good of that? 17 So faith by itself, if it has no works, is dead.” (James 2:14-17)

 

FESTIVAL CORNER

Please plan on attending the blessing of the festival on Wednesday November 9th, 2016 at 6:30pm. Please bring all the children of the parish to participate in this important event. We need as many prayers as possible.

The Greek festival is starting this week. It is a time of reunion among its workers and volunteers, as it is a time of reconnecting with our city and surroundings. On a personal note, and in addition to the abovementioned, it is a time to reflect on deeper matters of life. It is the week when my world had changed with the falling asleep of my dad. I thank God for the opportunity to be able to offer a memorial service on his behalf today supported by your prayers. May God rest his soul, and the souls of all your parents and beloved ones with whom the festival brings back fond memories of them. Fr. Joseph

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ANNUAL THANKSGIVING COMMUNITY DINNER

Let us join together this year in keeping the tradition of hospitality strong within St. Demetrios by supporting the thanksgiving dinner.

Please contact Joyce Louizes, Stacy Augustine or Maria Augustine –386-405-3025 to volunteer your time this day or to donate towards the cost of the dinner.

“When you give a banquet, invite the poor, the crippled, the lame, the blind, and you will be blessed.” Luke 14:13

 

ST DEMETRIOS CHRISTMAS COMMUNITY CARD

This is the time of the year where families participate in the Christmas Card Drive and submit their names. Thank you for your continued generosity, and support of this free will offering.

Should you desire for your name to be included in the Christmas card, please contact the church office 386-252-6012 or phyllis.hawkins@stdemetriosdaytona.org

We will be sending the Annual Christmas card as a separate mailing this year.

 

USHERS AND NARTHEX SERVANTS MINISTRY

The parish council is organizing the ministry of the ushers that serve all of us during the church services by keeping order and looking out for the safety of all parishioners.

Johnny Louizes is heading up this ministry. It will be a partnership between the PC members and all willing parishioners. Your help is needed, and your service will be rewarding. Please contact Johnny Louizes at greekgator@aol.com or church office at 386-252-6012 to add your name to the list.

The schedule is based upon a six week rotation cycle, and this means once every six week you will have the opportunity to work with some really great people and get to know more parishioners.

 

40 DAY BLESSINGS

Last Sunday the Saint Demetrios parish rejoiced in celebrating the forty days blessing of Theodora and Kalliopi, the twins of Phillip and Kate Sayers. This is another miraculous addition to the St. Demetrios family, and an awesome gift of life. Our prayers go forth to strengthen the parents to handle this responsibility diligently, and for little Diacos to enjoy playing with his two sisters.

Saint Demetrios received Sophia Ellison the daughter of Ronald Szabo and Dina Borisenko through the forty days blessing. Little Sophia is another blessing addition to the St. Demetrios family. Please pray for the strength of mother and father to raise Sophia in the Lord to the best of their abilities under the wings of the holy church of God and her patron Saint; Sophia.

 

GOYA BAKE SALE

Thanks to all of the donors and supporters of the Goya bake sale last Sun-day. It was a nice and successful event. Saint Demetrios Goya’s really enjoyed themselves and showed responsibility and reliability. The proceeds will benefit charitable causes of cancers patients.

 

GOYA BAKE SALE – OCTOBER 30TH

 

FESTIVAL CORNER

FESTIVAL DATES: Save the following dates November 10, 11, 12, 13, 2016. Again this year’s feature will be the FREE ROUND TRIP SHUTTLE SERVICE all four days between St. Demetrios and Our Lady of Lourdes parking lots. Please let all your friends know!!! FESTIVAL FLYERS: Festival flyers are available for pick up from church office NOW. Please see Phyllis in the church office. We need them to be distributed to all banks, businesses, schools, library’s, 7-11’s,etc.. BAKING AND COOKING DATES: Volunteers needed to cook and package in preparation for the Greek Festival. Your participation is invaluable to our success. Preparation begins at 9:30a.m. On each of these days in the Community Center. Please call the office to volunteer or if you have questions. When we are blessed with many hands we get thru ahead of schedule so be sure to call the office before coming. Your time is valuable to us and we appreciate it.

Oct. 31 Pastitsio/cooking of ziti
Nov. 1 Pastitsio/making meat sauce
Nov. 2 Pastitsio/making Crema and assembly
Nov. 7 Packaging of Pastries
Nov. 7 Skewering the Souvlakia

Please plan on attending the blessing of the festival on Wednesday November 9th, 2016 at 6:30pm. Please bring all the chil-dren of the parish to participate in this important event. We need as many prayers as we can have.

 

FR IAKOVOS – OCTOBER 22ND

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HOLY CROSS FOOD FESTIVAL – OCTOBER 22ND

Dear Brothers and Sisters of St. Demetrios,

Please join us for our Annual Holy Cross Multi-Ethnic Food Festival

Holy Cross Orthodox Church
375 Fleming Ave.
Ormond Beach

This Saturday October 22nd
11:00 am until 6:30 pm

Please come join us for Wonderful food from around the World Good Food, Good Fellowship, and Good time for all!

 

PREPARING FOR THE FEAST DAY OF ST. DEMETRIOS

Please reach out to the Sunday school team if you can help in supporting any of the celebrations that are being sponsored by the Sunday school.

The vespers service on the evening of Tuesday the 25th will be followed by a reception led by Saint Barbara’s Philoptochos. Please reach out to Raven Kastis to offer your help.

Wednesday morning the hierarchal Divine Liturgy will be followed by a rich coffee hour; help is needed with food supplies and set up.

Several of the families whose children are part of the choir will be coordinating the children schedule to sing on Saint Demetrios Day.

Artoklasia can be offered either on the evening of Tuesday or on the morning of Wednesday 26th, please call the church office at 386-252-6012 to schedule your Artoclasia.

All the founders of the community, and all past parishioners will be remembered through a memorial service on Wednesday October 26th, please let Father Joseph know if you would be willing to make Koliva.

There are several icons of Saint Demetrios of different sizes that can be decorated with flowers to enrich these celebrations, please let the church office know should you want to sponsor one of them.

There are still several other miscellaneous items that are in need of
sponsorship that are not mentioned above, please let Father Joseph know if you want to help.

 

ST. DEMETRIOS DINNER DANCE

The annual dinner dance is happening in seven days (Saturday October 1st, 2016). This year many younger parishioners are enthusiastically involved in many areas of responsibilities to put this night together with great elegance.

It is very heartwarming to see so many parishioners showing such a high degree of involvement, enthusiasm, and cooperation, in taking on this project to continue the tradition of an old and established event in the life of Saint Demetrios parish.

Please support this event and this positive effort by attending the annual dinner dance with your family and friends. Your presence is very important. The event proceeds will aid many crucial needs of Saint Demetrios projects. It will also continue to cultivate parish family life. Children as well as adults will cherish
sweet memories in their hearts for many years to come.

Please call the church office at 386-252-6012, or reach out to Johnny Louizes at greekgator@aol.com, Peter and Stephanie Drymonis at petedry@mac.com.

 

OPENING TODAY

St. Demetrios Library Sundays after Divine Liturgy Dr. Paul Edson our librarian will be in the hall during coffee hour to discuss our selection and assist you with borrowing books. You may also contact him at (386) 323-0208

 

SAINT DEMETRIOS FEAST DAY

Saint Demetrios feast day is about one month away. The vespers service
on Tuesday October 25th will be followed by a reception organized by the ladies of Philoptochos.

Wednesday October 26th a memorial for the rest of all founders and parishioners of Saint Demetrios will be held. Any desiring family or group of families that would like to co/sponsor the reception following the
Divine Liturgy, please contact the church office for further details.

His eminence Metropolitan Alexios is expected to come to bless us, and usually a
group of priests also come to honor Saint commemoration, and as such it would be appropriate to show the customary hospitality that is known about Saint Demetrios parish.

The Sunday school will be launching a series of activities on the weekend prior to the
feast day for the benefit of all the children, please stay tuned for more announcement, and reach out to the Sunday school team in case you want to offer your help.

 

MINISTRY OF USHERS

The ministry of ushers is in need of your help. This is a great way to help
out by being on duty once every six weeks. It is also a great way to involve Goyans, college students, and other parishioners I the church services.

It is not practical or fair for parish council members only to cover all the needs of this ministry year round. This ministry will run more efficiently through your help, and it is great way to meet real nice parishioners and get to know them better.

The concept is very simple; six servants are needed to cover the needs of the Narthex duties each Sunday. Two parish council members will lead the team that would be consisted of two parishioners and two youngsters either from Goya or college students.

The main duty would be to help parishioners as they come in, maintain the order in the Narthex, pass the tray of the holy offerings, and ensure that door have been secured after the end of the church service.
In case it happens that you will be away on your appointed Sunday, you may reach out to a member from another team and ask for help to cover for your absence.

Johnny Louizes is the parish council liaison that is responsible for the organization and leadership of this ministry; please reach out to him at greekgator@aol.com to submit your name or suggest a name that he may reach out to include in this ministry.

Thank you for helping out in maintaining a safe, happy, and friendly environment during church services and church gatherings.

 

PHILOMENA

Congratulations to Phyllis (Philomena) on her entry into the Orthodox Church through the sacrament of the holy chrismation last Sunday. Thanks to all for your prayers for her strength and support on the path of the Lord. Warm heartfelt gratitude to all the ladies and parishioners that worked very hard to prepare a nice surprise
coffee hour to celebrate her new start. Glory to God Jesus Christ who desires the salvation of his people and his creation as the God of mercy and love for mankind.

Phyllis, and due to this new change in her life will be more active in attending the
coffee hour as a parishioner as a way to bond with the extended family of Saint Demetrios. Your support is crucial in this matter to make this experience joyful and fulfilling.

Please take into consideration that Sunday is Phyllis’ day off. It is the day of the Lord that ought to be respected according to the commandment of the Lord. Let all of us abstain from asking Phyllis to do any type of work for us on this day. In the past Phyllis would not be at the coffee hour and all business matters did in deed wait until the day after on Monday. Likewise, the same pattern can continue afterwards if we consciously choose to give her the break of time and her space by abstaining to ask her for any task regardless of how small it is. Thank you for your generosity, help, and care. May God bless you for your prayers and heartfelt sincerity and love for him and his gospel, and much gratitude for abiding by this kind and fatherly request.

 

INTRODUCING

Theodora and Kalliope Sayers. It was such a great joy to have met for the first time on Tuesday, September 20th, 2016 the newly born daughters of Phillip and Kate Sayers; the newest babies of Saint Demetrios parish; Theodora and Kalliope, the sisters of Diacos. Babies and mother are well. Family is excited and very happy about this trouble free birth giving process. Glory to God Jesus Christ, everything went smoothly and well. Babies’ entrance to the church and blessing service will take place toward the end of October.

 

PHILOPOTCHOS NEWS

Congratulations to Raven Kastis and to all of the ladies of Philoptochos on the election of Raven as the new president of Saint Barbara Philoptochos of Saint Demetrios parish. The election took place on the feast day of the birth of the Mother of God; Thursday September 8th, 2016. The decision was unanimous, and the meeting was very cordial.

At the conclusion of the meeting all the Philoptochos ladies prayed for Raven for a successful and fruitful Philoptochos ministry, and lifted supplications for a safe and healthy delivery of the outgoing president Kate Sayers and her twin girls that are being awaited with great expectation and prayerfulness. Kate (Katerina) is expected to give birth sometime this month through God’s grace. Please keep her in your prayers.

Glory to God for his continuous providence and mercy upon his entire creation and especially toward Saint Demetrios parish.

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GENERAL ASSEMBLY

This fall’s General Assembly will take place on October 30th a few days after the celebrations of Saint Demetrios name’s day and just a few days before the start of the festival.
Every fall general meeting agenda contains the nominees’ names that will be placed on the ballot for the December parish council elections.

The ministry of the parish council is a rewarding and educational ministry, and we hope many of the younger parishioners that are professionals with young families will want to experience and learn through this ministry.

Please contact Father Joseph if you are curious to know more about how this ministry might transform your church life.

This is an important matter for the life of the parish, and Father dedicates a lot of time to meet with perspective nominees and their spouses.

The Archdiocese recognizes the importance of this crucial ministry and requires the nominees to attend a regional seminar geared toward empowering them to perform their tasks in the best possible way.
Usually the term of the parish council service lasts for two years. The parish council has approximately ten monthly meetings a year, members are expected to help in one specific ministry or help with certain tasks suitable or complementary to their skills.

For further information about the ministry of the parish council please check out the official site of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America as it contains a plethora of well written articles www.goarch.org

 

GREEKS IN NEW SMYRNA CELEBRATE “PLYMOUTH ROCK OF THEIR OWN”

The smell of incense wafted over the crowd of people gathered in Riverside Park Saturday morning as a Greek Orthodox priest carefully rearranged religious items on a small table under a monument to the city’s history.

The small group of leaders and dignitaries from four corners of the state as well as members of the local Greek community were gathered in the shadow of the Odyssey Memorial to honor North America’s earliest Greek settlers.

Part religious observance, part celebration of democracy and part history lesson, the event honored the nearly 1,500 colonists who first landed in New Smyrna Beach, said Circuit Judge John Alexander, who spoke as the master of ceremo-nies for the annual event in its 17th year.

“This is our Plymouth Rock,” said Michael Trimis, state district secretary of the Greek fraternal organization AHEPA which hosted the celebration, describing the city’s cultural significance to Greeks, Corsicans, Italians and Minorcans.

Even though the colonists ultimately abandoned New Smyrna, that they landed here first needs to be remembered, said Dr. John Symeonides, chairman of the local AHEPA chapter. The national organization organizes the yearly event which is followed by a golf tournament that raises money both for maintenance of the monument and college scholarships.

“This is in honor of all the people who dared and had the will to find a better life for themselves and their families,” said Adamantia Klotsa, the Consul General of Greece in Tampa, who attended the event.

 

GOYA BEACH REACH 2016

This past weekend the Goya Beach Reach Retreat was a major event for our youth as well as the entire parish of St. Demetrios. The gracious words that were expressed by so many parishioners were very touching.
DSC_0005The retreat became an opportunity for many people to work together; I should say work very hard together. It was inspiring and encouraging in the days leading to the retreat to see the Goya of Saint Demetrios so well coordinated. They worked diligently to spread the word and making phone calls to their friends and parish youth coordinators. Church secretaries, youth directors, and others were very impressed with the courtesy, politeness, and how highly articulate these youth were. The church hall as well as the entire cam-pus was a very busy place.DSC_0388

It was a tremendous blessing to have hosted this special event. The prayers and the joy of our guests as well as our St. Demetrios parishioners were felt even after the end of the retreat and well beyond the departure of the guest Goyans.

This special retreat was inspiring and edifying to the entire parish family of St. Demetrios.
Thanks are due to God for giving the strength and grace to all those who helped and worked hard. May God reward their effort and sweat with great joy and abundant grace. Thanks are due to His Eminence Metropolitan Alexios for his kindness that made it possible for Bishop Gregorios of Nyssa to come from Johnstown, PA to lead the retreat, and to all the other speakers and present-ers who poured out their hearts in love and care for all the youth, and for God’s holy church.

 

MESSAGE FROM HIS EMINENCE METROPOLITAN ALEXIOS

My Beloved Ones,

I greet you with love and joy in the name of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

I am speaking to you today from Mt. Athos. This coming Sunday, August the 28th, the monasteries of the Holy Mountain—which still use the old Julian Calendar—will celebrate the Dormition of our Most Holy Theotokos and Ever-Virgin Mary.
I consider it a great blessing to able to personally commemorate this feast on both calendars, especially since the Mother of God is never far from my mind, and my heart. This Sunday, I shall pray for all of you: the clergy and the laity, the young and old; but especially for our children, that the Panagia may intercede with the Lord our God to give them the wisdom from above.

As we come to the end of summer, it is also a time for new beginnings. This Sunday represents the last weekend of the church year before the start of the Ecclesiastical New Year on September 1st. The Fathers have given us this date intentionally, as September 1st was traditionally harvest time, when we were meant to gather ourselves as the activities and labors of life began to slow down.

I realize of course, that in our modern era, this time is one of the busiest all year. Vacations end and school begins as many of us begin to move with great speed. Instead, let me encourage all of you to truly consider the Ecclesiastical New Year as an opportunity for resolutions of a spiritual nature. Resolve to find a quiet moment to pray, before or throughout the workday. Make an effort to grow closer to Christ through reading of the Holy Scriptures. Armed with these tools, you will not only be at peace while the society moves faster around you, you will also move ever closer to the Lord our God.

This time of year brings me great joy, for it is when the new Sunday school year begins and our families return to their homes. Churches begin to busy themselves with luncheons, cultural groups and festivals. For this reason, I would like express my thankfulness to both the clergy and the laity, whose zeal for the Orthodox Church inspires their parishes to continue as loving and active members of the Body of Christ.

We have many exciting programs planned as we begin this Ecclesiastical New Year: the Clergy Retreat at our own beautiful Diakonia Retreat Center, the annual Archan-gel Michael Feast and Honors Weekend, as well as our post-Christmas Winter Youth Rally. I hope you know that I look forward to returning home to our Holy and God-Protected Metropolis of Atlanta to experience all of these, with you, the faithful.

+ALEXIOS
Metropolitan of Atlanta Metropolitan

 

CONDITIONS IMPROVE IN BATON ROUGE

Conditions improve in Baton Rouge but more help is needed for full recovery

BATON ROUGE, La. (Aug. 25, 2016) — Hope is on the horizon for Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church in Baton Rouge following days of severe flooding. Fr. Anthony Monteleone and the Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church community extend many thanks for the physical, spiritual and monetary support of parishioners, local parishes, the Metropolis of Atlanta Philoptochos, the National Philoptochos and the IOCC.

Everyone in the community is safe, although several have been displaced from their homes and have lost many, if not all, of their physical belongings. Aid to these families continues to be provided by the generosity of the Metropolis of Atlanta and National Philoptochos chapters. On Sunday, the parish celebrated their first Divine Liturgy on church grounds since the floods occurred. The exterior of the church is still standing but the inside has been badly damaged by the flooding. Over the weekend, the interior and exterior of the church were cleaned up, damage assessed and all icons salvaged. The community continues to move forward with restoration plans.

“I can tell you I feel far better about this entire situation than I did when I first set foot in the church this past Wednesday and saw what we would be dealing with,” stated Mike Rood, Holy Trinity’s Parish Council President, “As time goes on, I know that through the Lord’s guidance, our efforts, and with the assistance and prayers of our entire Orthodox family that we can’t fail.”

Donations are still needed at this time to help with rebuilding efforts and to aid displaced families. To make a donation to Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church in Baton Rouge, La. for flooding disaster relief, please contact Ms. Dee Nicolaou, Director of Disaster Response and Metropolis of Atlanta Philoptochos President, at 813-294-0346 or nicolaou@msn.com.

Checks can be made out to the Metropolis of Atlanta Philoptochos and mailed to:
Dee Nicolaou
27242 Breakers Dr.
Wesley Chapel, FL 33544

 

GREEK SCHOOL

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PHILOPTOCHOS FANOUROPITA BAKE SALE

Thanks are due to our Great God for the huge success of the Fanouropita Bake Sale!

Every Fanouropita sold!

Thanks to all the parishioners who supported this project and its beneficiaries & to John Spirides who so graciously baked the cakes for Philoptochos. May the blessings of God continue to bless our St. Demetrios parish and our Philoptochos of St. Barbara .

 

ST STEPHEN CAMP 2016

Through the grace of God and through his abundant mercy more than a dozen children from St. Demetrios parish traveled to South Carolina to participate in the St. Stephen Summer Camp Program. God’s divine providence enabled all of us to travel safely back and forth, and granted the children some wonderful times, sweet memories, and life long lasting friendships.
Our great God inspired parents and volunteers to support and encourage the partici-pation of the St. Demetrios’ children in such a wonderful program. There is a very long list of names and individuals who sacrificed in so many ways to make this experience special, and joyful.

This is one more opportunity that has become available for the benefit of the youth through the sacrificial giving of time, energy, and monetary offering made by many God-loving parents. Their efforts and sacrifices in return produced many volunteering options for our youth and younger generation. Without these types of programs, our youth and youngsters within our parishes and Metropolis will lose on expressing their love to God’s church and their parishes through their gift of time, energy, and their presence.
Thanks to all of you that made this program possible in your own unique way of helping out, please keep your prayers fervent that more youth will be inspired, and more programs will be initiated and established within our parishes and Metropolis for the sake of our youth and for the glory of God.

 

GREEK DANCE PRACTICE

Greek dance is beginning today August 7th there will be a parent meeting after church in the Sunday school classroom and then practice will begin after the meeting.

 

FANOUROPITA BAKE SALE – AUGUST 14

SEEKING FANOUROPITA BAKERS!

Love to bake? Ever wanted to try a new Greek recipe?
Fanouropita is a simple cake to make! And Philoptochos needs your help!

If you are interested in baking fanouropita to donate to this wonderful fundraising event, please contact Raven Kastis at 386.295.8162 by August 10th.

During coffee hour, which will celebrate Mother of God, St. Barbara’s Philoptochos will sell Fanouropita. The Fanouropita Event is held by Atlanta Metropolis Philoptochos Chapters and is similar to the Vasilopita Event made for Saint Basil. Fundraiser proceeds benefit our youth, so that all are interested will be able to attend youth activities held within our Holy Metropolis of Atlanta.

As Mothers, Fathers, Aunts, Uncles, Grandparents, and Godparents to our youth, we realize the necessity of keeping our youth a priority and close to our church, for our children are truly the future of our church.

 

43RD CLERGY LAITY & PHILOPTOCHOS CONVENTION

43rd Clergy Laity & Philoptochos Convention of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America

“You are the Voice of Christ in a Changing World”
As the Father has sent Me, so I send you. (John 20:21)
You are the light of the world. (Matthew 5:14)

The church gathering at the clergy laity convention is always a wonderful opportunity to rekindle the enthusiasm and desire of Christian service in the church. It is a beautiful vehicle to accumulate fond memories and add to the older ones. There you will see beloved and familiar faces and catches up with friends and dear people from past and present.

The hardest part of attending the convention happens on the last day when it is time to say the goodbyes to the extended church family. The excitement of going back energized and rejuvenated to serve at our local parishes would turn the sad moments of departure in-to joyful and happy time. The anticipation of the next gathering would make the departure time hopeful.

This year convention took place in Nashville, TN and was hosted by the Metropolis of Detroit. Metropolitan Nicholas was the hosting hierarch with his Metropolis. His all holiness ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew as it is customary would assign a Metro-politan or a delegate to represent the ecumenical patriarchate. Metropolitan Dam-askinos from the island of Crete (City of Xania) along with Metropolitan Amvrosios of Korea were commissioned to carry his all holiness’ greetings and to represent him at the 43rd clergy laity convention of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese.

The official start of the convention activities would include as well the message of His Eminence Archbishop Demetrios of America reflecting on the theme of convention; “You are the Voice of Christ in a Changing World” As the Father has sent Me, so I send you. (John 20:21). It is not a surprise or news to report that His Eminence’s speech was insight-ful, relevant, and constructive as it is always.

Metropolitan Nicholas in his message shared with the congress about the work that lies ahead of them saying; “The world is always dynamic. The world is always changing. The world is always in flux. But the truth of the Gospel is constant and the salvation Christ offers the world has been accomplished. It is our sacred duty as clergy and laity, to meet the unique challenges of our own time and space so the message of Christ’s hope, love and sal-vation is brought to every corner of our blessed United States through the faith and practice of our Holy Greek Orthodox Church.”

During the convention several organizations would hold their meetings and workshops as part of the convention. The organizations are; the archdiocese council, the national philoptochos, the archdiocesan presbyters council, sisterhood of the presvyteres, retired Greek Orthodox clergy of America, archons of the ecumenical patriarchate, orthodox chap-lains, and national forum of Greek Orthodox church musicians.

Workshops presentations were offered to help inform and enable the various parish-es’ representatives to carry back with them ideas, strategy, updates, and useful infor-mation. The areas of representations included information in the areas of Steward-ship, Outreach & Evangelism, Parish De-velopment, Youth & Young Adult Minis-tries, Inter-Orthodox, Ecumenical and In-terfaith Relations, Communications, Reli-gious Education, Greek Education, Church History, Family Care, Orthodox Software Initiative, Internet Ministries, Youth & Young Adult Ministries, Archdi-ocesan Advisory Committee on Science and Technology, Congregational Singing-What? and How?

The last day of the convention focused on the plenary session. Many important reports were presented at the plenary session for approval. It is customary for a two years budget to be approved at this meeting. A copy of the budget can be found online, on the official clergy laity website; https://www.clergylaity.org/documents/618298/3759524/20172018+Final+Draft+Budget+for+
Approval+at+CLC+2016

Resolutions and amendments to the Uniform Parish Regu-lations are approved at the plenary session. There were sev-eral amendments and addendum that related to “Conflict of Interest”, “Whistleblower”, “Parish Finances and Archdioce-san Total Commitment”, and “Youth Protection” that were approved, and can be found on the official website link; https://www.clergylaity.org/documents/618298/3759524/CLC+2016+Plenary+Administration+report+FINAL

Other resolutions of various natures were part of the plenary session; religious Free-dom Resolution presented by the holy order of St. Andrew the apostle archons of the ecumenical patriarchate, resolution of thanks, resolution in regard to Hagia Sophia, resolution in regard to terrorism, and assembly of Bishops.

At times being in the ministry might make us feel that the challenges of each local parish or our very own parish are hard to handle or manage, however gatherings of this type makes facing the rising challenges easier as it brings together brothers and sisters from across the nation to share their experience and encouragements.
Praying together, Christian fellow-ship, learning together, and just be-ing together is a source of strength and comfort. Glory to God Jesus Christ who gives us these opportu-nities to enjoy and to celebrate these blessed moments, may his grace be with us all the times to strengthen and empower his church for the doing of good, and for the sanctification of the entire world.

 

GREEK LANDING DAY

248th Anniversary of the 500 Greeks who landed in America was celebrated June 24-25, 2016 at St. Photios Greek Orthodox National Shrine

St. Augustine, FL – On June 25th the chanters sang the holy Orthodox hymns under the direction of Protopsaltis Nicholas Lekas of St. Augustine, FL, as Bishop Dimitrios of Xanthos, assisted by Very Rev. Father Joseph Samaan and Deacon Athanasios Kartsonis, celebrated the early morning matins, hierarchical divine liturgy, and the memorial service in commemoration of the 500 Orthodox souls who numbered among the 1,400 New Smyrna colonists of 1768, in the chapel of St. Photios at the Greek Orthodox National Shrine located in St. Augustine.

The souls of Archbishop Iakovos of America, Bishop John of Amorion, Shrine Founders and the Archdiocesan Shrine Committee members, Shrine benefactors, Andrew and Eula Carlos of Atlanta, Georgia, and godparents of the Shrine, George and Georgia Croffead of Charleston, SC, were also commemorated.

Anastasia Papadopoulos of Falls Church, VA, sponsored the Blessing of the Five Loaves for the health and well-being of her family and in honor of His Grace Bishop of Xanthos. The service concluded with Father Samaan reading Greek Landing Day greetings from His Eminence, Metropolitan Alexios.

The civic ceremony began with her Honor Mayor Nancy Shaver reading the City of St. Augustine Greek Landing Day Proclamation. His Grace then led the clergy and laity in the dedication of the new permanent exhibit, the Three Hierarchs of St. Photios Greek Orthodox National Shrine. St. Photios Foundation First Vice President Archon Dr. Manuel Tissura and his wife Elaine, and Shrine Architect, Archon Ted Pappas and his wife Mary Lee, were among the dignitaries present. The new exhibit was designed by Tissura and Pappas, and made possible through the estate of Bishop John of Amorion.

All proceeded to the Shrine’s Constantine Sisters Courtyard where the youth of St. Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church in Daytona Beach, FL, performed four Greek folk dances. St. Barbara Philoptochos chapter of St. Demetrios, Daytona Beach, then hosted a reception and bake sale. Toula Klironomou and her son Peter, of the AHEPA Speedway Chapter, hosted the Landing Day Luncheon in honor of Bishop Dimitrios.

Over 500 people stopped by the Shrine during the 2-day festivities. Shrine volunteers and staff offered formal tours of the chapel, talks on the history of the Greek colonists, savory and sweet samples of Greek cuisine and a wine tasting on Friday evening. After Saturday’s ecclesiastical and civic ceremonies, Shrine Director Polly Hillier and Andrew Lekos, Missions Team Director at the Orthodox Christian Mission Center, spoke with Father Sampson Kasapakis and the youth and adults visiting from St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Cathedral in Tarpon Springs, Florida about these programs of the Orthodox Church located in St. Augustine. This was a first time Shrine visit for many.

For the past 30 years, the St. Photios Foundation has observed the June 26, 1768 arrival of Andrew Turnbull’s ships in St. Augustine as a day of solemnity and a celebration of faith and perseverance. Archbishop Iakovos of blessed memory coined this observance “Greek Landing Day”. This is made possible through the efforts of the parishioners of St. Demetrios, Daytona Beach, Holy Trinity, St. Augustine, and St. John, Jacksonville. Each year they take a turn in chairing the event. The Foundation recognizes the financial support of Leadership 100 and the National Ladies Philoptochos Society, who so generously and steadfastly support this event each year.

 

“The Greeks” on PBS tonight at 9:00 ET/8:00 CT (check local listings)

Hello & hope your first day of summer is fantastic! How apropos to kick-off the summer of 2016 with an incredible PBS Program produced by National Geographic Television airing tonight on PBS: The Greeks airs on PBS stations nationwide: 9:00pm et/8:00 ct (check local listings).

Cavemen to Kings, is the first episode of this incredible 3-part series and companion to The Greeks exhibit at National Geographic Museum in DC now until early October.

Check local listings and pbs.org for details: http://www.pbs.org/program/greeks/

Episode 2: The Good Strife, will air Tuesday, June 28th at 9:00pm ET
Episode 3: Chasing Greatness, will air Tuesday, July 5th at 9:00pm ET
Co-sponsored by the National Hellenic Society, several NHS members and member family foundations…Spread the word !
Be proud—we still make a difference in the world today!
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GREEKTOWN 1 YEAR ANNIVERSARY

Our Diaskedasi Dance Group will be helping GREEKTOWN Taverna celebrate their ONE year Anniversary
This Saturday night 6:30pm June 25th.

A portion of their proceeds will be donated to the dance group.

Mini Greek Festival

 

SAINT DEMETRIOS SUNDAY SCHOOL SUMMER CAMP

July 18—22nd. 8:00am—3:00pm Grades K-12
High School students are to be junior counselors

$50 per camper and $10 off for siblings.

Registration in the Community Center

 

GREEK DANCE PROGRAM UPDATE

We will be starting a year round Greek Dance program at St. Demetrios. This will give us the opportunity to prepare for the Greek Festival, outside performances and the Hellenic Dance Festival. This is a new endeavor for the Greek Dance program and we are so excited to develop our program. For the summer schedule we will be having 2 practices a month then we will be transitioning to the usual weekly festival schedule in August.

Greek Dance Age groups
Asteria- K-2nd Neolea-3rd-5th Fotia- 6th-8th Diaskeadasi-9th-College
** Asteria Dancers need to be 5 and starting Kindergarten in Fall 2016. Please contact Ashleigh with any questions**
We will be holding a Greek Dance meeting for Dancers and Parents after church on June 5th in the Sunday School classroom. We are looking forward to seeing all of you there. If you have any questions please contact Ashleigh at greekdancedb@gmail.com.

 

ANNUAL GRADUATES’ GIFTS PROGRAM

The ANNUAL GRADUATES’ GIFTS PROGRAM is having a late start this year. Date and details will be announced later.

Please call Phyllis at the church office 386-252-6012 or email at phyllis.hawkins@stdemetriosdaytona.org in order to submit your child or grandchild’s name. The program is limited to the St. Demetrios parish high school or college graduating children.

 

ST BARBARA’S PHILOPTOCHOS GIVES BACK

St. Barbara’s Philoptochos held a General Membership Meeting on Saturday, May 21

After the conclusion of the business discussion of the meeting, volunteering activities started where Philoptochos ladies helped sort and bag all of the generous clothing and accessory donations that St. Demetrios’ parishioners and local businesses including Edgewell/Banana Boat, provided for Philoptochos’ Lenten Fundraiser. A total of 27 extra-large bags and boxes were organized and will be deliv-ered to Project WARM, PACE and the Pregnancy Crisis Center. A special thanks to Philoptochos members Denise and Rick Brown for donating a storage unit at South Daytona Storage to hold all of the donations and host the volunteering event.

Additionally, through your generous donations and gracious support from Pizza King, Zeno’s Worlds Most Famous Taffy, Bello Valentino and Miss Priss, Philoptochos of St. Barbara was able to provide PACE with a prom this year (22 prom dresses, shoes and accessories, food and desserts). Saint Demetrios parish community involvement was truly a blessing.

During the meeting a special guest speaker, Polly, from St. Photios Shrine in St. Augustine, attended and discussed the forthcoming Greek Landing Day (June 25). This year the celebrations are led by St. Demetrios Church in Daytona Beach. The Greek Landing Day event serves as a reminder and commemorates the landing of the first Greeks on these blessed shores in 1768.

If you are interested in helping to support this important event through your gift of time please contact Penny Cruz at 386-852-6822. Envelops are provided in the bulletin for your convenience if you have it in your heart to make a monetary donation. Please make your donation made out to St. Barbara’s Philoptochos and earmark it as Greek Landing Day.

 

HIS EMINENCE METROPOLITAN ALEXIOS’ NIECE GEORGIA

Our Metropolis of Atlanta family extends its deepest condolences to His Eminence Metropolitan Alexios and his family on the falling asleep of his beloved niece, Georgia. In her young life, she leaves behind a beautiful legacy in the hearts of her family and friends, and she will be deeply missed by everyone who had the privilege of knowing her. In the midst of sorrow, let us comfort one another with the certain knowledge that life does not end with death, but begins anew with our Lord in eternity, where “He will wipe away every tear from their eyes; and there will no longer be any death; there will no longer be any mourning, or crying, or pain; for the old order of things has passed away…(Rev. 21:4)

Christ is Risen! Truly He is Risen!
May Georgia’s memory be eternal!

 

DAVE & NANCY JENNISON

May 3rd, 2016 would have been the forty days anniver-sary of David Jennison [passed away March 23rd, 2016]. Matt Jennison his son sent a very sweet thankyou note to St. Demetrios family. May God rest his soul and Nancy Jennison as well through the power of his holy resurrection.

Father Joseph, Thank you for all your kindness, My dad was a humble man. It’s has been 40 days since his passing. He never spoke of his accomplishments. When he was working for WORC he placed handicapped people in jobs all around the county. Places that would not have offered them the opportunity unless dad opened the door for them. In the 20 years he served the community, he touched hun-dreds of families with his actions. Yet, he never let on to what a big deal it actually was. He also was awarded for steering the Volusia County Safety Council. Another accomplishment that went unmentioned until we found it in a desk drawer. I thank all at St. Demetrios for welcoming him and Nancy to the Parish.

 

ST JOHN CHRYSOSTOM ORATORICAL FESTIVAL

This coming weekend (May 13 – 15, 2016) the Metropolis of Atlanta St. John Chrysostom Oratorical Festival Metropolis Level is being hosted by St. Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church.

The oratorical festival committee has been working hard and diligently to present St. Demetrios parish very well. The schedule of the events is rich and exciting. Should you desire to support the event with a donation or volunteering in a certain capacity, please contact oratorical festival Chairperson: Frosini Vlahopoulos-Parrish (386) 527-9063;
sinilady1@gmail.com

Join us: Saturday May 14th
9:oo am in the Church
AND
Sunday 12:00 pm AHEPA
Memorial & Scholarship Luncheon

 

MOTHER’S DAY LUNCHEON – MAY 8

Hosted by GOYA

Adult Tickets: $12 Children Tickets: $10

 

THOUGHTS ABOUT HOLY WEEK AT ST DEMETRIOS BY FR. JOSEPH

The Great Lent period leading to the special and dear season of the holy week was a very busy and demanding time of the year.

In addition to the regular activities of the Great Lent, several volunteers and parish-ioners were working hard to set the stage and prepare for the holy week. With the coming of the holy week the work of all the teams had to be intensified, and to accelerate to meet the demand of this busy season.

Saturday of Lazarus was a busy day with several activities taking place at the same time. The kitchen was busy as AHEPA was treating the children to a delicious break-fast. The church decorating team was hard at work to prepare the church for Palm Sunday.

The volunteers and parents of the Sunday school along with the kids were making the crosses, and assembling the IOCC hygiene kits sponsored by the Saint Barbara Philoptochos Ladies society for the benefit of the people in the war zone areas of Syria.

Palm Sunday another very busy day but joyful and grace-filled, it was another celebra-tion dear to the hearts and minds of the faithful. Even more teams were involved to organize the church services, guide the large crowds of the faithful during the service, and prepare for the annual Palm Sunday luncheon of Saint Barbara.

The younger children had their share of games and fun as well due to the hard work and sacrifices of many parents, teachers, and volunteers.

The holy week season witnessed a high level of coordination and cooperation in order to enjoy through the grace of God and your hard work wonderful celebrations, and unforgettable memories from these holy and dearly beloved services.

Thanks are due to all of you and the many teams who turned Saint Demetrios into a busy place full of life and movement in preparation for these important days of the year. May God grant you all good strength, and may his holy resurrection celebration gift you loads of grace and divine help.

 

DECORATING THE EPITAPHIO

Decorating the Epitaphio on Holy Friday morning is a fun activity for everyone. Please plan to include your children in this activity and join the ladies’ group that has been taking care of wonderful function for long time and have been making it a very enjoyable time. The entire decoration takes couple of hours and goes by very quickly; please plan on giving the Epitaphio decoration group your help on the morning of Friday April 29th after the first service of the royal hours. For further information, please contact Maria Augustine.

 

THANK YOU DR. ATHAS

Thanks to the craftsmanship and dedication of Dr. Athas Kometas the new holy week icons frames have been built and completed and are waiting to be decorated on the assigned day by the flowers. Thank you Dr. Athas, and all parishioners who take various initiatives for the buildup of the parish life within St. Demetrios for the better good, and God’s glory.
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MAGIRITSA BREAKFAST

Please plan on staying during the Anastasis service (Resurrection). The Easter service does not end after receiving the light, rather it is followed by Divine Liturgy celebration. Magiritsa breakfast will follow after the end of the Divine Liturgy past midnight early on the morning of Sunday.

 

PASCHA CANDLES

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GOYA RETREAT AT ST. JOHN THE DIVINE IN JACKSONVILLE

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The Goyans enjoyed their time, and came back full of good times memories.

Thank you Tasso for adding energy and excitement through new initiatives and lovely great ideas.

 

2015 & 2016 ARCHANGEL MICHAEL AWARDS

Kay Theodore and Pete Karamitos were awarded the 2015 Archangel Michael Award of the Metropolis of Atlanta on behalf of His Eminence Metropolitan Alexios, and in recognition for their dedication and many years of selfless service to God and his holy church. Saint Demetrios parish is a rich parish because of dedicated and loving parishioners like Pete Karamitos and Kay Theodore.

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The 2016 Archangel Michael Award has been awarded to two worthy and dedicated parishioners; the lot after the prayer has fallen on Pete Perakis and Maria Karris as the new honorees. Congratulations to this year honorees, and may God bless all the previous winners, and all the known and unknown dedicated and God loving parishioners of St. Demetrios parish. 
Their dedication and hard work through the grace of God makes St. Demetrios a vibrant and dynamic parish.

 

SAINT EPHRAIM PRAYER GROUP COFFEE HOUR

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Thank you to Subdeacon Seraphim for his efforts and gift of time and energy in support of this worthy ministry.

 

 

COMPLETED MAINTENANCE PROJECTS

Thanks to the efforts of several parishioners and parish council members the painting of the church main doors has been coordinated and the project was 2016-04-18 10.25.54-2completed at no cost to St. Demetrios thanks to the generous gift of Weston Coatings Inc.

Also the long awaited project on the maintenance list of painting the narthex ceiling was completed as well just before the start of the holy week thanks to the generosity of one of St. Demetrios’ caring and God-loving families.

Should you desire to help in covering the cost of any project on the maintenance list or partially support the maintenance progress of completing other awaiting projects; please earmark your check “Maintenance Projects”. May God bless these heartfelt gifts and donations, and your entire life in reward for your love and care.

 

LUMINARY BAGS

Palm Sunday marks the last day to include the names of your beloved ones in the luminary bags to be commemorated during the evening service of holy Friday and Saturday morning divine liturgy of the holy week.
Please email the names directly to Faye Louras at fotini4@aol.com or to Phyllis at phyllis.hawkins@stdemetriosdaytona.org at the church office.

Free will offerings can be made out to St. Demetrios church and earmarked “Luminary bags”.

 

THANK YOU TO GREGORY MAKRIS FOR LIFE TRANSFORMING CONTRIBUTIONS

Former students of Mr. Gregory Makris took the initiative to acknowledge and empha-size the impact of their teacher who instilled in them the spirit of loving God, his church, and their Greek Orthodox heritage. Mr. Makris was surprised by the gesture of his students who shared with him on the occasion of the 25th of March celebration the appreciation they are still holding in their hearts after all these years for his unfor-gettable effort and dedication during the years when he taught the Greek school of Saint Demetrios. This acknowledgment underlines that building churches happens through building up the spirit of people through education and silent examples of dedication and service. It also underlines that no good effort is ever lost; rather it continues to carry on decades and generations afterwards. Thank you Mr. Makris for being a bright light in the lives of many Saint Demetrios children, and for carrying the torch of the Orthodox faith and culture.

 

25th MARCH CELEBRATION

The celebration of 25th March was one of the many good examples of team work and team building efforts demonstrating the wisdom of the saying; “If you want to go fast go alone, but if you want to go far go together.”

Congratulations to the entire team and to all of its members that worked hard to build up the idea, decorations, rehearsals, programs, and all that was needed to put together a dynamic celebration. Giving as many active tasks to the youth of the parish and involving them as much as possi-ble are essential needs for strengthening their spiritual bond with their church and parish.

My appeal to all of the parents is to work together as small groups and use each other’s help to coordinate carpools and rides. Your cooperation is need-ed in order to ensure that all of the children are able to attend all the planned rehearsals/functions. Thanks be to God for all of his bounties and gifts upon our lives and our parish, and may he bless all of your efforts and dedication.

 

ARCHANGEL MICHAEL HONOREES 2016

Congratulations to Pete Perakis and Maria Karris!

 

ST JOHN CHRYSOSTOM ORATORICAL FESTIVAL

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GOYANS AND ALTAR BOYS

As it is customary on the Friday evening before the Saturday of Lazarus our youth attend St. Andrew Antiochian Orthodox church in Eustis, and participate in the vespers service that is followed afterward by a Lenten meal.

All desiring Goyans and altar boys are encouraged to communicate with Tasso Kiriakes to confirm their attendance of the outing of Friday April 22nd, 2016.

The group will leave to Eustis from the parking lot of BODEZ at 5:30p.m. St. Andrew Antiochian Orthodox Church is located at 2815 S Bay St, Eustis, FL 32726. The Even-ing service will start at 7:00 p.m.

 

SATURDAY OF LAZARUS

On Saturday of Lazarus, April 23rd, Sunday School will be having breakfast then we will begin making our annual Palm crosses!!

We need all the help we can get!!

Also as we continue on our Lenten journey to grow in the spirit of Christ’s love, the St. Barbara’s Philoptochos Society, in partnership with the Sunday school youth of St. Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church, will be packing hygiene kits for the IOCC to send to those in need.

If you are interested in sponsoring an item for the kits, please contact Penny Cruz at penelope.cruz.aicp@gmail.com

All parishioners are invited and welcome to stay and participate. Time will be set aside for holy Confession with the priority given to the children.

Looking forward to seeing everyone there! Bring Scissors!!!

 

HOLY WEEK SCHEDULE

HOLY WEEK SCHEULE 2016

 

PALM SUNDAY PROCESSION

Next Sunday the procession of Palm Sunday will start after the end of the Divine Liturgy. The St. Demetrios children along with the altar boys will lead the procession carrying their palms and palm crosses. The first part of the procession will go around, inside the church just like all other processions, and then walking down the middle isle toward the main church doors, outside, and then around the church building. The procession will conclude in front of the main doors of the church where the antidoron will be distributed.

The “PALMS” will be blessed and distributed after the reading of the holy gospel, and the children sermon. Please remember that the morning Orthros service next Sunday is a shorter service than the usual. Also please remember that the services during the Sundays of the great lent are starting at earlier time 8:30 a.m. instead of 8:45. This means that the beginning of the Divine Liturgy service will occur even earlier than 9:45. Please try to make sure that you arrive before 10:15 to receive Palms with your children in preparation for the procession. This is one of the busy and beautiful days; the children carry out an important part of it. They have been preparing to sing some additional parts of the church service. Thank you for your support and for ensuring full participation of all of the St. Demetrios children.

 

PALM SUNDAY LUNCHEON

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1ST ANNUAL PALM SUNDAY FUNDAY & EASTER EGG HUNT

We will be having a Fun Filled Day for our youth on Palm Sunday, AFTER the Philoptochos luncheon. This day is for the kids and is at no cost!

We hope you all can attend!!

Easter Egg hunt Games & Prizes Crafts
Face Painting Balloon Animals Scavenger hunt
If you would like to donate your time or talents, please email Cathy Moutsopoulos-Stafford at cmoutsie@aol.com or text 386-290-7488.

 

DECORATING THE EPITAPHIO

Decorating the Epitaphio on Holy Friday morning is a fun activity for everyone. Please plan to include your children in this activity and join the ladies’ group that has been taking care of wonderful function for long time and have been making it a very enjoyable time. The entire decoration takes couple of hours and goes by very quickly; please plan on giving the Epitaphio decoration group your help on the morning of Friday April 29th after the first service of the royal hours. For further information, please contact Maria Augustine at 386-405-3025.

 

GIANNIS TSAMIS OUR GUEST CHANTER FROM THESSALONIKI GREECE

Giannis Tsamis will arrive and will be ready to start helping at the chanter stand on Saturday of Laza-rus. Please welcome him as our Saint Demetrios’ guest and consider taking any personal initiative to assist in making his stay enjoyable and memorable.

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Here are some additional suggestions that you may want to consider in addition to your own personal initiatives:
Spend some time during Gianni’ stay to introduce yourself and to welcome him.

If you have the flexibility of time, please show him your hospitality by spending some quality time with him over coffee or a meal.

Should you desire to host him at your home if you have enough space and can accommodate him as your guest for any number of days, please let any of the parish council know.

If at certain times, you might be available to offer him a ride either before or after the services, please, please communicate your availability to the parish council.

Please consider making a monetary gift toward the holy week fund/chanter to assist in offsetting some of the related expense.

If you appreciate his presence and talent, please take a moment to express your senti-ments to him.

Thank you and may God’s blessings be upon all of you and our whole world at this special time and season of the year.

 

THE MYRRH-BEARING GIRLS (MYROPHORES)

The evening service of the Lamentations on holy and great Friday April 29th will be extra beautified by the presence of St. Demetrios parish younger girls dressed in white standing around the EPITAPHION as myrrh-bearing (Myrophores). This is a special occasion of the year and an opportunity to build them up through connecting them with Jesus Christ, our great God who has risen from the dead. All Moms please contact Stacy Striegel: stacys2@yahoo.com to coordinate the participation of your daughters. On Saturday morning April 30th, and during the Divine Liturgy of the first resurrection, the altar boys will take a backseat and support the girls as they carry on the duties of processions, and the reaming needs of the morning service.

 

PASCHA CANDLES

Pascha candles have been decorated and made available to you by the Saint Demetrios youth group at $12.00 donation. Please encourage the idea and support the creativity and the courageous initiative taking artists.

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FOR ENRICHING PASCHA

The Holy Shroud

 

2016 HOLY WEEK DONATIONS

Holy Unction supplies have been purchased- donations only please. The suggested donations recited in this list often do not reflect the actual market prices. These listed numbers are rather a guess estimate that is often lower than the actual cost. The contribution of several donors towards the same item is encouraged.

The surplus of donations toward some of the popular items will offset the deficit in obtaining other less popular items, or items that are needed but not on the “Pascha Wish List”. If you would like to donate towards any of these items, please submit your selec-tion by contacting the office (386-252-6012) – phyllis

Items and Suggested Donations Increment:
Floral frame / Icon of Palm Sunday…$75
4 bags of Palms for Palm Sunday…$20@
Floral frame / Icon of the Nymphios (Bridegroom)…$120
Holy Week Guest Chanter…No set amount
Holy Unction supplies purchased donations only…$10@
Wreath / Cross Holy Thursday Evening…$75
3 sets of 3 candles for top of the Cross…$30@
Floral frame / Icon of the Crucifixion…$75
12 candles / Holy Thursday Evening…$10@
Floral frame / Icon of the Apokathelosis…$75
White double bed sheets…$20@
50 bouquets of flowers for top of Epitaphion…$20@
3 sets of 12 candles for top of Epitaphion…$30@
2 bottles rose water…$10@
5 bags of rose pedals…$15@
Bay leaves for Holy Saturday morning…$20@
Floral frame / Icon of the Resurrection…$75
Paschal Candle…$50@
24 Potted Easter lilies for Solea…$10@
Magiritsa to follow Evening resurrection Liturgy
Volunteers are needed to help with Magiritsa…No set amount
American Easter Neighborhood Community Dinner…No set amount
Sponsorship of Candles Cost for Holy Week…$50
Miscellaneous / items not listed and other needs…No set amount

 

ENCOURAGING THE INVOLVEMENT OF PARISH YOUTH

One of the common failures within parishes that lead to losing their youth stems from not tapping efficiently into the energy and help of the younger-aged parishioners. In this situation I am referring to the parish youngest youth. The young parishioners that stay with the life of the church after college are usually the youth who had been allowed to offer their help to their church, and were given the opportunity to express themselves by being able to take initiatives, and whose talents were appreciated. Some boys from the altar team on the feast day of the Evangelismos added through their presence a special pleasant touch to the celebration by carrying successfully on their own the regular altar tasks. I would like to take this opportunity to express my admiration of all the youth of Saint Demetrios that are involved in enriching the various ministries of the parish. Also, this is my appeal to all of the ministry teams to create as many opportunities as possible to include and involve our youth by taking them under their wings, and using their help by putting their talents to good use.

 

AMERICAN EASTER COMMUNITY DINNER

The divine grace of God has gifted St. Demetrios parish this year with another opportunity to cook and offer a community dinner to our neighborhood on the occa-sion of American Easter Sunday. Heartfelt gratitude is expressed to God for making us worthy of this honor and making us capable to offer this gift. Thank you goes to all of the donors, volunteers, and cooks who made this day bright. Of course, another thank you goes to our guests who made this ministry possible by allowing us to serve them through their presence. Their humility and acceptance of the gift of hospitality made giving possible and delightful for St. Demetrios parish.

 

AMERICAN EASTER COMMUNITY DINNER

The divine grace of God has gifted St. De-metrios parish this year with another op-portunity to cook and offer a community dinner to our neighborhood on the occa-sion of American Easter Sunday. Heartfelt gratitude is expressed to God for making us worthy of this honor and making us capable to offer this gift. Thank you goes to all of the donors, volunteers, and cooks who made this day bright. Of course, another thank you goes to our guests who made this ministry possible by allowing us to serve them through their presence. Their humility and acceptance of the gift of hospitality made giving possible and delightful for St. Demetrios parish.

 

BAPTISM OF MICHAEL SOTIRIN

Congratulations to Mike and Desiree Sotirin on the baptism of their little boy Michael Michalis Sotirin on Saturday March 26th, 2016. Little Michael Michalis is the greatgrandchild of one of Saint Demetrios outstanding servants Virginia Sotirin. Father Milton Magos from St. John in Jacksonville enriched the baptism service by his presence and participation. Wishing Mike and Desiree, their family, and all their friends to be blessed with the gift of enjoying little Michael Michalis growing up into a full man in Jesus Christ.

 

HOLY FRIDAY OF 2016 – HOLY FRIDAY CHIOR

Holy week season is quickly drawing near, rehearsals to synchronize the melody for holy Friday lamentations in order to sing as one group will be announced soon. Please contact Presbytera Linda at LindaNassour@Gmail.com if you are interested in singing the lamentations on holy Friday night in rotation with our chanter Mr. Panos, and our visiting holy week chanter Giannis.

 

ELECTRIC CHAIR AND OTHER ACCESSORIES

The wheel chairs and other accessories that are shown here in the pictures are used accessories but in good condition. The intention is to make them available for free to people who might need them, and who might not necessarily qualify to get them at a discounted rate. If you or someone else that you know might need them, please call the church office for further information.

 

SPECIAL SEASON OF GREAT LENT AND UNIQUE GIVING OPPORTUNITIES

Along with Great Lent come many good opportunities to donate and to respond to various philanthropic worthy needs. As far as the church needs, there are five Fridays during the Great Lent season where the icon of the Mother of God is in need of flow-ers decoration for the salutations services. If you are interested in covering the flowers cost of any of these weeks, please call/email the church office at 386-252-6012/phyllis.hawkins@stdemetriosdaytona.org

Also, please support the collections effort led by the ladies Philoptochos of Saint Barbara for needful items that are useful for many people in various challenging situations. Special marking tags are provided in the bulletin for your convenience to insert inside the bags of your offerings. The purpose is to make it easier to distinguish the destination of each of your donated items, and ensure correct delivery.

 

PHILOPTOCHOS LENT FUNDRAISER

LENT FUNDRAISER

 

IF YOU CAN PLEASE MAKE THE TIME

There are several Saint Demetrios parishioners that have not been with us for various health reasons. They would appreciate to hear from you though a phone call, a card, or even a visit if that can be arranged. But for sure all of them can benefit from your personal daily prayers for them if you can add them to your prayer list. Please add these names to your list, and if you are able to take extra initiatives to reach out to them that would be wonderful.

                                               Doris Baxewanis                                         Mike Forest
                                               Ted Fundoukas                                           Gloria George
                                               Dia Gurlides                                                Mary Kwiatkowski
                                               Lydia Kouracos                                           Marina Kouvousis
                                               Angie Lignos                                               Evangelia Mahairas
                                               Nitsa Melachrino                                         Danny Skandalakis
                                               Sarah Iltsopoulos                                        Bob Marcinko
                                               Virginia Sotirin                                            Sofia Taylor

 

SUNDAY OF ORTHODOXY

Thanks to all the parents who ensured the participation of their children in the celebration of the Sunday of Orthodoxy, especially in the light that it was spring break and several families had travel plans.

It was heartwarming to see all the children holding unto their icons and walking proudly and prayerfully with their icons. The celebration was beautiful and inspiring. May God bless all of the youth program volunteers and supporters. Without your help and dedication the impact of these programs would have been minimal. But through your support these programs will have a long lasting positive and beautiful impact in the lives of your children and the youth of our parish.

 

ANNUAL SPRING LENT RETREAT

Thanks to our great God Jesus Christ who has given us an opportunity to be inspired and to ponder upon his great gift of salvation. Last weekend and through the blessings of His Eminence Metropolitan Alexios of Atlanta, St. Demetrios hosted his grace bishop Sebastian, the arch secretary of the Holy Parochial Synod and an assistant to the His Eminence Demetrios the Archbishop of the Greek Orthodox Church of America.

Deep thanks go to all the parishioners and volunteers who through many ways and personal sacrifices made this retreat successful and fruitful.

The retreat was very well received by the parishioners of Saint Demetrios who attended as well as the parishioners of our sister church of the Holy Cross. The feedback was positive and encouraging. Some have expressed their wish to see his grace bishop Sebastian come back to do another retreat in the future.

One of the many complements that were expressed is the following message that was sent to me, and I thought it would be a good idea to share it with all of you.

The message reads as follows; “I want to take a moment to thank everyone who assisted with and participated in this weekend’s Lenten Retreat. As I listened to His Grace Bishop Sebastian delve into each character of the story of The Prodigal Son, I couldn’t help but examine my own life: the various times when I was and still am like both the younger son and the older son, the importance of the younger son’s and my own repentance, and how I want to continue to strive to become more like the father. There were many moments throughout the discussion that left me with beautiful nuggets of wisdom that will always stay with me. One such moment was as we were discussing some of the suffering going on in the world today, His Grace Bishop asked if suffering is bad or bitter, and we went on to discuss that because it is bitter we can take it (like bitter medicine that heals us). There was the simple, yet powerful visual of forgiveness with his fist showing how if our heart is closed we cannot receive God’s forgiveness even when it’s right there, but when we open our heart and truly forgive others, then we too are also open to receive God’s for-giveness. I’m also grateful for His Grace Bishop’s explanation of the story of the Ca-naanite Woman – a story that I have always struggled with but that I now can ap-preciate. Overall, this retreat provided a wonderful charge to my spiritual battery that will help power my journey through Great Lent. I encourage more people (of all ages) to participate in these retreats as I believe these experiences help us as a Church to grow together in communion with each other and God”.

 

THANKS ARE DUE TO OUR GREAT GOD

Thanks are due to our great God for he always takes care of us and his vineyard of St. Demetrios even before we know about our needs or ask for them.

The Sunday school through the efforts of Tasso Kiriakes has obtained generous donation of good quality of new classroom boards. This is only one of the numerous improvements that are taking place on a constant basis.

This is also an indication of the hard work and dedication of the volunteers, parents, and supporters who help in so many ways. Your efforts are paying off positively and joyfully. Glory be to God for his bounties and for rewarding the work of his dedicated servants.

 

SAINT JOHN CHRYSOSTOM ORATORICAL FESTIVAL – DISTRICT LEVEL APRIL 2

Please mark your calendar on Saturday April 2nd to support and cheer St. Demetrios parish speakers at the Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church. Some of our children are moving on to the district level to deliver their speeches. The speakers that will get the highest points will deliver their speeches again on the next level that is the Metropolis.

Thanks to all of the volunteers and organizers of the parish level of St. John Oratori-cal Festival. It was a wonderful and uplifting event. Saint Demetrios parish has been chosen by the Metropolis this year to host the Metropolis level event. This upcoming event will take place on the weekend of May 13-15.

There is already another dynamic committee in place that is led by Sini Vlahopoulos Parrish and have started working on this project. We pray for their strength and suc-cess. More information about ways where you can help will be posted in the upcom-ing weekly bulletins.

 

VIP CLUB APRIL 5

V I P Club will be going to Holy Dormition Byzantine Catholic Church on Tuesday April 5 at 11am for a tour by Fr Vincent Brady. Directions: 17 Buckskin Lane, Ormond Beach (off w. Granada/route 40). Lunch is on your own afterwards. Please call Program Chair Aphie Nichols at 676-7665 by March 30.

 

SAINT STEPHEN SUMMER CAMP UPDATE

The Saint Stephen Summer Camp dates have been announced by the St. Stephen Program as follows:
Week #1: June 26th- July 2nd.
Week #2: July 3rd- July 9th.
Week #3: July 10th – July 16th.
Week #4: July 17th- July 23rd.
Week #5: July 24th- July 30th.
The registration of counselors and volunteers that would help lead the program has already started and will last until March 15th.
The campers’ registration who will attend the program will open on April 1st, and will close when all spots are filled.
The registration happens online, and spots are filled very quickly. Our St. Demetrios team plan to travel to St. Stephen for session number 5 from July 24th- July 30th.

 

ST DEMETRIOS ANNUAL EASTER DINNER MARCH 27

St Demetrios Easter Dinner 2016

 

PARISH ORATORICAL FESTIVAL

Thanks are due to our great God Jesus Christ that has gifted us with abundance grace and in-numerous invaluable gifts spiritual and physical. The oratorical festival and the inspiring speeches of the parish children were nothing short of a great gift and miraculous work of the hand of God. Last Sunday the Saint Demetrios parish held its oratorical festival. It was a dynamic event that showed for one more time the vibrant youth pro-grams and the high level of dedication of the youth ministry leaders, and all the volunteers.

The children’s speeches were heartwarming, inspirational, and promising of a bright future. Congratulations to all the children that are moving to the district level to represent the parish of Saint De-metrios in Saint Augustine at the church of the Holy Trinity. Please plan on traveling to Saint Augustin on April 2nd, 2016 to cheer and support our parish team. Salute all of the participants of the oratorical festival, thanks to all the volunteers, and all the supporters and donors of these awesome events.

 

COULD WE HAVE A NEW AMERICAN BORN ORTHODOX SAINT

Over the weekend, the Orthodox Church in America (OCA) gathered to move the interred body of Vladyka (Archbishop) Dmitri from Restland Cemetery to the Saint Seraphim Cathedral in Dallas. Vladyka Dmitri fell asleep in the Lord in August 2011, and was buried naturally, without embalming, as is according to Orthodox bur-ial tradition. During the process of moving the body they noticed something quite amazing! According to Rod Dreher, an Orthodox Christian and a senior editor at The American Conservative, “On Friday his body was disinterred for transferal to his new tomb in St. Seraphim Orthodox Ca-thedral in Dallas, which was his own. When the cemetery personnel opened his coffin, they found Vladyka Dmitri incorrupt.” Yes! After 4.5 years in the grave, the body did not decompose. Granted this is not the only thing the Church considers when canonizing a saint, but it does move someone along the process. We are looking forward to posting more regarding this modern day miracle

 

SAINT STEPHEN SUMMER CAMP UPDATE

The Saint Stephen Summer Camp dates have been announced by the St. Stephen Program as follows:
Week #1: June 26th- July 2nd.
Week #2: July 3rd- July 9th.
Week #3: July 10th – July 16th.
Week #4: July 17th- July 23rd.
Week #5: July 24th- July 30th.
The registration of counselors and volunteers that would help lead the program has already started and will last until March 15th.
The campers’ registration who will attend the program will open on April 1st, and will close when all spots are filled.
The registration happens online, and spots are filled very quickly. Our St. Demetrios team plan to travel to St. Stephen for session number 5 from July 24th- July 30th.
Please put your summer plan in order as early as you can in order not to miss out on this important and exciting expe-rience. Should you have any questions/ challenges/ or a desire to offer a donation to help a camper please contact Father Joseph.

 

BIKE WEEK PARKING VOLUNTEERS

Thanks are due to our great God Jesus Christ for giving the strength  2016-03-05 20.04.34 and the inspiration to many of the St. Demetrios parishioners to handle the load of the Bike week volunteering work. Once again with the coming of this annual event, many dedicated parishioners came out to support and help in keeping St. Demetrios parish life strong and vibrant despite their busy and loaded personal schedule. This is one of the events that shows the depth of dedication and love of God that exists within the hearts and minds of the faithful believers of Saint Demetrios who are willing to give of themselves, their energy, and attention.

 

HI, HOW ARE YOU

There are several Saint Demetrios parishioners that have not been with us for various health reasons. They would appreciate to hear from you though a phone call, a card, or even a visit if that can be arranged. But for sure all of them can benefit from your personal daily prayers for them if you can add them to your prayer list.
Please add these names to your list, and if you are able to take extra initiatives to reach out to them that would be wonderful.

                                               Doris Baxewanis                                         Mike Forest
                                               Ted Fundoukas                                           Gloria George
                                               Dia Gurlides                                                Mary Kwiatkowski
                                               Lydia Kouracos                                           Marina Kouvousis
                                               Angie Lignos                                               Evangelia Mahairas
                                               Nitsa Melachrino                                         Danny Skandalakis

 

LENTEN CHURCH SCHEDULES

Starting next Sunday and through Palm Sunday on April 24th, 2016 the Divine Liturgy will start 15 minutes earlier at 9:45am.
As you know the text of the Divine Liturgy of Saint Basil that is used during the five Sundays of the great Lentinstead of St. John Chrysostom, and it is bit longer than Saint John Chrysostom liturgy that is used most of the days of the year.
This arrangement will allow the children to have their full regular lesson without losing on the procession of the Sunday of Orthodoxy, as it will allow for the service to end around the same regular time without having to rush or leave out any part of the Divine Litur-gy of Saint Basil.
Next Sunday His Grace Bishop Sebastian will be presiding on the Divine Liturgy service, and the procession of the Sunday of Orthodoxy has been set tentatively to take place around 10:15 after the reading from the holy gospel.
Please bring your children on time and encourage them to bring with them their holy icons.

 

ONE YEAR IN THE HOUSE OF THE LORD

I would like to encourage you if you have 9 minutes to watch this movie titled one year in the house of the Lord that was prepared for our parish by one of our young parishioners Alexia Stephanie Paspalakis.

It is an opportunity to cherish the beautiful moments that we have lived together this past year and to celebrate the memories that God has gifted us through the life of our parish together in the house of God and the company of each other.

There are many wonderful gifts in our life that we ought to be grateful to God for as the saying goes one picture is worth more than a thousand words.

If you enjoy the movie please offer your heartfelt Thanksgiving prayer to God on behalf of the entire parish, and its leadership. Tell your friends about it and encourage the people that worked hard to bring you moments of joy and happiness.

ONE YEAR IN THE HOUSE OF THE LORD

 

VOICES OF TOMORROW

“Voices of Tomorrow” musical program is starting to produce its first fruits due to the dedication of parents, children, and ministries leaders. A small group of Saint Demetrios children started to get engaged in the liturgical life of the Orthodox Church in a deeper form by learning church hymns and singing during the Divine Liturgy. Please encourage your children or grandchildren to commit to getting engaged in the life of the Orthodox Church through this ministry. For further questions or information please contact Presbytera Linda at LindaNassour@gmail.com

 

PARISH COUNCIL UPDATE FEBRUARY 25

On Thursday evening Feb 25th, 2016 the PC met with the ministry leaders of Saint Demetrios. The meeting was pleasant and productive. Many constructive ideas and suggestions were exchanged at this meeting. The various ministries shared their calendar events, future plans, list of needs to keep the ministries vibrant and strong, and various other thoughts.

The meeting can be considered fruitful and beneficial. One interesting fruit is that it reassured the wealth and the vibrant parish life that exist within Saint Demetrios due to the strong and many times invisible dedication on the part of many God loving parishioners.

Thanks are due to our great God for his plentiful bounties upon our life, our parish, for the gift of all the ministries servants and leaders, the spiritual wealth within the parish life, and for all the dedicated parishioners that enrich the Saint Demetrios parish through their presence, and to the life and journey of their fellow parishioners.

PRAYERS NEEDED

Please keep Frank (Foti) Georges in your prayers. He might need some type of surgical intervention. Through your prayers his healing can be tremendously boosted. “Pray for one another, that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous man has great power in its effects.” (James 5:16)

 

ORATORICAL FESTIVAL

Hi Everyone! Oratorical Festival is right around the corner for us! March 6th! In the next week or two the speakers should have their speeches written so that we may proofread and they can type them and start practicing!!! Remind the children and encourage them to take part in this amazing event! Also, the same goes for the children who will speak with-out being judged! We would like to help them as well! We are hosting the Metropolis Level Oratorical Festival here in Daytona Beach in April and I need all the help I can get! I need a committee! Please let me know if you would like to join me to make this an amazing experience for all! Thanks again for all the continued support!

 

OUT OF SIGHT SHOULD NOT ALWAYS BE OUT OF MIND

There are several Saint Demetrios parishioners that have slowed down over the past few years, and it would be nice for you to check on them, and they would appreciate to hear from you though a phone call, a card, or even a visit if that can be arranged. But for sure all of them can benefit from your personal daily prayers for them if you can add them to your prayer list.

Please add these names to your list, and if you are able to take extra initi-atives to reach out to them that would be wonderful. Please contact the church office for further information

Doris Baxewanis
Ted Fundoukas
Gloria George
Dia Gurlides
Lydia Kouracos
Angie Lignos
Evangelia Mahairas
Nitsa Melachrino
Danny Skandalakis
Virginia Sotirin
Sofia Taylor

 

SPRING RETREAT MARCH 18—20

With the blessings of His Eminence Metropolitan Alexios the parish family of Saint Demetrios will be hosting His Grace Bishop Sebastian of Zela from the Greek Archdiocese of America as the keynote speaker of the spring retreat.

His Grace Bishop Sebastian of Zela was and is still considered one of our own clergy at the family of the Metropolis of Atlanta. He served the Atlanta Metropolis for long time before he moved on to the Archdiocese.
Bishop Sebastian is the first clergy that comes from Cyprus who was ordained as a bishop in America. He grew up in a traditional church setting in one of the first churches in the history of the Orthodox Church.

His Grace Bishop Sebastian started his service from the bottom of the lad-der in church ministry and ascended to the position of episcopacy. Bishop Sebastian as a priest was the president of the clergy syndesmos i.e. the clergy organization.

He led small church communities, built Marietta church in Georgia from a small mission into a well-established community. He was the lead priest in Tarpon Springs during the 100th celebration and the visit of his all holiness patriarch Bartholomew in 2006.

Currently he is the national advisor of Philoptochos ladies society, assistant to the Archbishop of America, and he is the arch-secretary of the holy synod of the Greek Archdiocese of America.

The theme of the retreat will focus on the Great Lent is as a spiritual journey, an opportunity to return to the loving embrace of our heavenly Father. At this retreat we will have the opportunity to explore the biblical story of the Prodigal Son and specifically the characters of the two brothers and their father and shed light to the story by drawing from Rembrandt’s famous painting The Return of the Prodigal Son and the reflections of Henri Nouwen on it as well as the rich Tradition of our Church. Hosting the guest of our Great Lent Retreat

If you have enough space in your home or an extra furnished condo/house that you can make available to host our Great Lent guest speaker from March 18th- March 20th, please Father Joseph know

 

SAINT DEMETRIOS ANNUAL COMMUNITY DINNER DANCE UPDATE

Congratulations to Pete and Stephanie Drymonis on their assignment by the parish council of Saint Demetrios to lead the Annual Community Dinner Dance event. Pete and Stephanie’s enthusiasm to offer the best of themselves in the service of God through this commission was impressive and inspiring. They are to be commended as they strive through their example to support and energize a healthy family life within the parish of Saint Demetrios for the spiritual benefit of all the parishioners and our city.

The Annual Community Dinner Dance will take place on the first Saturday of Octo-ber, and its proceeds will benefit the Saint Demetrios parish needs. Please reach out either to Pete at petedry@mac.com or to Stephanie at StephanieC423@gmail.com to extend your congratula-tions to them or express your desire to aid them with your thoughts, suggestions, time and talents.

Your positive encouragement can go a long way in energiz-ing them and making their ministry joyful and fulfilling, and in turn this will impact positively your experience and your spiritual journey through Saint Demetrios parish.

 

DAUGHTERS OF PENELOPE UPDATE

The Daughters of Penelope’s 1st Wine & Cheese Membership event on February 10th was a huge success! Beautiful bistro tables were arranged around the party room at The Aliki with nearly 15 different wines and cheeses for everyone to sample, as well as a homemade bougatsa, a festive fruit platter, organic herbed cheese balls, and a big birthday cake! Many prizes were given away to winners for their knowledge of Wine Trivia, and for guessing the correct number of wine corks in an enormous glass vase (278!)

Not only did we learn a great deal about wines and cheeses, but we learned about the wonderful and philanthropic contributions that the Daughters of Penelope makes to help people around the world. There are two themes to our organization which origi-nated in 1929: Philanthropy and Philoxenia. The Daughters of Penelope has over 50,000 active members worldwide and has raised millions of dollars over the years for scholarships, medical research, earthquake relief, Special Olympics, the Alzheimer’s Foundation, and dozens of other projects.

For those of you who missed this great Wine & Cheese event but would still like to join the Daughters of Penelope, please contact President Eleni Pitenis at DaytonaDaughtersOfPenelope@gmail.com, or call (386) 299-6522. Upcoming events: May 15th AHEPA Scholarship Luncheon, and the 2nd Annual AHEPA Golf Tournament – End of August!

 

PARISH COUNCIL UPDATE

In a communication on behalf of the parish council to Sini Vlahopoulos Parrish, president Demetrios Mahairas informed her about the result of the parish council decision in selecting her as the new member chosen to replace Nancy Jennison, and welcomed her to the parish council saying; “I want to thank you for your heartfelt letter expressing your interest and enthusiasm to become part of the parish council at St. Demetrios. The parish council met last night for our February meeting, and I am excited to say that you have been voted in as a member of the St. Demetrios parish council. Father Joseph will be contacting you concerning the swearing in process. Our next parish council meeting is set for March 17th at 6pm downstairs in the Sunday school. I and the entire parish council welcome you, and are looking forward to hav-ing you being an invaluable member of our ministry.” God Bless,

Last Sunday and with the grace of God Sini was officially affirmed as the newest member of the parish council, and was prayed for along with her family for their strength and success in supporting her for the service of God at St. Demetrios.

I want to take this opportunity to express my congratulations to Sini and her family for being entrusted with this awesome responsibility. Also, I want to share my joy with all of you for the increased interest within the parish of Saint Demetrios to embrace the ministries. More parishioners are becoming enthused about serving God through the ministries of Saint Demetri-os. It is becoming a regular occurrence where parishioners are taking various initiatives in different ways for the buildup of this God protected parish. This indicates that more faithful are realizing the importance of the parish life as an integral part of their life journey on the path of God.

Glory to God for blessing his vineyard of Saint Demetrios parish with faithful and loving believers like all of you that are striving to implement the teaching of the holy gospel in your life. Please keep up the good work, and continue your heartfelt prayers for each other, and for the entire world.

 

HOLY COMMUNION WINE

This is around the time of year where part of the wine for Holy Communion is ordered. This process happens twice or three times a year to replenish the holy altar supplies. Should you desire to donate either part or an entire twelve bottle case, please send in your donation earmarked for Holy Communion wine, or call the church office.

 

STEWARDSHIP SUNDAY

On Sunday Feb 21st. the parish family of St. Demetrios will offer a common prayer for the blessing of all the stewardship cards. Please make sure that your card is included by mailing it, or dropping it in the offering tray.

This short blessing service aims to offer thanks to God for making us crea-tures that are able us to thank him, for all the blessing he has given us freely. This is an opportunity to thank God for giving us a place of worship to water and nourish our souls, and a community to share and proclaim out faith.

Do not miss out on the opportunity of joining the whispers of thanks that are in your heart with the gratitude of the entire family of Saint Demetrios.

“Have no anxiety about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplica-tion with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.” (Philippians 4:6)

 

APPLICATIONS FOR THE 2016-2017 CHRISTOS AND GEORGIA TRAKATELLIS FELLOWSHIP ARE NOW AVAILABLE

The Christos and Georgia Trakatellis Fellowship Fund was established in 2011 by His Eminence Archbishop Demetrios and his brother, Prof. Antonios Traka-tellis, in memory of their parents, Christos and Georgia.

The Fund offers fellowships to graduates of Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology to study Greek language, Hellenic culture and liturgical prac-tice. These studies can take place in the United States or, preferably, in Greece or at the Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople. The study could be part of an estab-lished academic program (Doctoral or Master Levels) or part of a free program, which should be well structured and clearly defined in view of the above stated purpose of the Fund.

Candidates shall be chosen based on merit and need. The amount of the fellowship is $3,000 per semester for up to two semesters. One or more full or partial fellowships will be awarded annually.

Instructions and applications can be downloaded from the Scholarship Web Page of the Archdiocese. Candidates can request more information via email scholar-ships@goarch.org or by calling 212-774-0283. The deadline for submitting an applica-tion for the fellowship is May 6, 2016.

 

SAINT NICHOLAS GREEK ORTHODOX SHRINE OUTREACH

Never before has there been such an Orthodox Church on
public land, in such a public place like Saint Nicholas church. In the next few years more than fifty million people will see The Saint Nicholas Greek Orthodox National Shrine at Ground Zero in NY. It will truly be a place of pilgrimage and comfort to many wearied and thirsty souls for the Nation and the world.
If you are inspired to become a partner in this outreach and evangelism effort through your contribution and other ideas, please direct your ques-tions to Father Joseph.

 

ORATORICAL FESTIVAL

Hi Everyone! Oratorical Festival is right around the corner for us! March 6th! In the next week or two the speakers should have their speeches written so that we may proofread and they can type them and start practicing!!! Remind the children and encourage them to take part in this amazing event! Also, the same goes for the children who will speak without being judged! We would like to help them as well! We are hosting the Metropolis Level Oratorical Festival here in Daytona Beach in April and I need all the help I can get! I need a committee! Please let me know if you would like to join me to make this an amazing experience for all! Thanks again for all the continued support!

 

PHILOPTOCHOS NEWS

Glory be to God! St. Barbara’s Philoptochos Society held its first annual Membership Tea on Saturday, January 30. Nearly 30 ladies and gentlemen attended this beautiful event. The church hall was transformed into a tea room. Tea pots, tea cups and saucers were purchased from local thrift stores benefitting the poor. Traditional tea finger foods were plentiful: quiches, scones, tea sandwiches, petite fours and more!

Attendees had fun using props and having their photos taken in the “I Philoptochos” photo booth. Three lucky winners won giveaway prizes.

“Philoptochos” translates to “friends of the poor.” Its mission is to help the poor, the destitute, the hungry, the aged, the sick, the unemployed, the orphaned, the imprisoned, the widowed, those with disabilities and the victims of disasters through its National and Metropolis Boards and its 26,000 members and more than 400 active chapters, nationwide.

Saint Barbara Philoptochos Society at Saint Demetrios is committed to continue to carry the torch of long history of charity-oriented ministry. A ministry that has been marked by a strong and positive legacy of an army of dedicated ladies who provided support through their sacrifices to plethora of Philan-thropic causes within the local church community, our city, the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese in America, and beyond.

If you are inspired to become a partner in transforming lives through the min-istry of Philoptochos, please contact Membership Chair Kenna Drymonis or President Kate Sayers at PhiloptochosDaytona@gmail.com.

 

SAINT DEMETRIOS’ PROSFORO BAKERS

A warm thank you is expressed to Katherine Moraites and to the newer Prosforo bakers who have invested their time to learn the baking of the offering bread. As you know this special type of bread is needed and used during the Divine Liturgy as antidoro (blessed bread that is given at the end of the divine service) and for the Holy Communion.

This offering bread is so essential that a Divine Liturgy cannot be held without it. If you are interested in joining this important ministry, please reach out to Katherine Moraites. There is an existing schedule of bakers who take turns to bake the bread for the offerings. Currently about two people cover the needs of one week of services. The rotation cycle is about one week of duty per six weeks. Bakers can take turns to cover for one another when needed.

Please salute the unknown and quiet soldiers who are the current team of Saint Demetrios’ Prosforo bakers. They are an outstanding team. They have been keeping the holy altar’s needs provided for and well covered without failing for decades. May God bless their efforts and reward them accordingly.

 

SUNDAY COFFEE HOUR

The coffee hour on Sunday after the Divine Liturgy is an excellent opportunity for St. Demetrios parishioners to get together and share fellowship. This gathering is really important especially if you take into consideration that it is difficult for all of us to get together during the weekdays, or visit with each other as often as we wish. Please con-sider hosting one Sunday a year where your family along with some of your friends can cosponsor one Sunday.

Philoptochos as well as the church office stand ready to assist you should you wish to sign up for one of the available Sundays. Anything you need to know about hosting a coffee hour Sunday from where to begin all the way down to the smallest detail is only one phone call away. For further information, please do not hesitate to call the church office at 386-252-6012

 

ANGELA WEBER AND SEAN KRAMER

Congratulations to a wonderful young couple; Angela Weber and Sean Kramer on their wedding, and for the start of their journey of a married life together. It was absolutely a wonderful experience being part of the start of their journey together, and to have walked by their side all these previous months as they prepared for their big day. Please keep the newlywed couple in your prayers, for God to grant them strength, and for this new young family to succeed and to prosper on the path of salvation and Christian.

 

THANK YOU TO GEORGE KARAMITOS

I am confident that the sentiment of the St. Demetrios parishioners would agree with me about the two years of service of our outgoing president George Karamitos as being positive and fruitful.

The parish council group under his leadership has witnessed a time of stability and productivity. When George stepped up to assume a leading role on the ministry of the parish council, his personal life and obligations were not the most comfortable, ideal, or the least demanding.

I think most of you remember that George gave a tremendous amount of ener-gy and attention to caring for his dad Nick Karamitos (may God rest his soul) along with the rest of his family, and his lengthy stay in TX for his cancer treatment.

With God’s help George completed two years of exemplary service. The grace of God gave him sufficient time to take care of all the elements in his personal life, while giving him enough time and energy to serve God through the ministry of the parish council.

Please join me in offering gratitude to God for the wonderful quality service offered by George Karamitos. I also personally want to thank Cindy Karamitos for being supportive by graciously allowing me to take from her family time and share George’s attention when I had to speak with him over the phone, during meetings, and expecting him to be present at certain church functions.

In conclusion, let us lift up our joint thanksgiving prayers to our great God who has called us all to-gether from different walks of life, and made us one family to witness together as one body to his glory, and to thank him for the service of each and every one of you for trying to be a source of light and hope to many people around us.

“We are bound to give thanks to God always for you, brethren, as is fitting, because your faith is growing abundantly, and the love of every one of you for one another is increasing.” (2 Thessalonians 1:3)

 

AHEPA AND DAUGHTERS OF PENELOPE NEWS

Thank you to everyone who attended the AHEPA Family Christmas Party and Dinner Dance at the Daytona Beach Resort on December 12th. This event was sold out and was a tremendous success. We especially were honored to receive guests from St. Augustine, Orlando, Melbourne, Jacksonville, and Atlanta, Georgia. We were al-so honored by the presence of Fr. Dimitri Leussis who blessed our event.

Congratulations to all who helped organize the AHEPA, Daughters of Penelope, Philoptochos, and Parish Council luncheon on January 17th, and to everyone who at-tended. This luncheon benefited the rebuilding of St. Nicholas Greek Ortho-dox Church at Ground Zero in New York City. This Shrine will serve and benefit many worthy charitable causes. Through God’s grace and His great mercy, the luncheon was a great success, raising almost $1200, thanks to the love and strong support of the St. Demetrios parishioners and the Parish Council.

One of the central missions of AHEPA and the Daughters of Penelope has been to raise money to fund scholarships to local Greek Orthodox students. Our local AHEPA’s commitment to education has been well documented throughout its history with more than $125,000 awarded in scholarships to worthy students.

AHEPA’S annual cutting of the Vasilopita took place at the AHEPA 410 Apartments on January 13th. Next month, the Daughters of Penelope will be hosting their annual Membership Tea in the form of a Wine & Cheese Event. This Open Invitation will give all of the ladies in the St. Demetrios parish the opportunity to have a fun evening. Please mark your calendars and to attend: Wednesday February 10, 2016 from 6 PM-8 PM at the Aliki Condo’s at 2828 N. Atlantic Ave. in Daytona Beach. RSVP (386) 299-6522.

May God Bless You and Your Families,
Dr. John Symeonides, President AHEPA Chapter 410 Eleni Pitenis, President Daytona Beach Daughters of Penelope

 

ST PHOTIOS BAKE SALE FEB 14

ST PHOTIOS BAKE SALE FEB 14

 

THANK YOU FROM AHEPA

THANK YOU From the AHEPA,
Saint Demetrios Parish, Daughters of Penelope and Philoptochos For your Donations last Sunday.
The luncheon proceeds through the generous donations were about $1200 and will be shared with St. Demetrios in support of the rebuilding of St. Nicholas national shrine at ground zero.