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Community News 2018

 

CHRISTMAS DAY DINNER

Glory to Jesus Christ who empowered Saint Demetrios parish and made it possible for us one more time this year to organize the “Christmas Day Dinner”, and host our neighbors and the lonely people within our city.

Helping hands were plentiful; as a group of about 40 people came together to support this event including a lot of children. Thank you to the helpers, supporters, and donors that saw the benefit of this event. Thank you to God, the born baby in the manger that inspired such love in the hearts of many, and brought others to enjoy receiving this love.

 

CHRISTMAS PLAY CLEAN UP

The Christmas Play was a wonderful event on Sunday December 23rd. Almost every parishioner from Saint Demetrios had an opportunity to take a supportive role to make it happen. As you know, the work was not over when the stage curtain was closed, more work was still needed afterward to store away the robes and dresses safely for next year. This is a glimpse of the backroom of the stage during the time of the after play organization. Your donations are always welcomed to replenish dresses and obtain new and needed items. Should you become inspired to help with the work afterward, please let the “Christmas Play Team” know your desire.

 

POLAR BEAR WINTER CAMP

Thanks to the efforts of Andrew Anthony and other volunteers and parents it became possible to organize a small winter camp of the younger age of children that are in the elementary age of “JOY” and “HOPE” after Christmas on December 26 & 27.

This first time experience was successful and made it possible to test the concept. Glory to God the fountain of all good things, and for making it possible for his love to be shown to the world through the ministries of Saint Demetrios parish.

 

HOLIDAY CHURCH SERVICES

“Whoever can be trusted with very little can also be trusted with much, and whoever is dishonest with very little will also be dishonest with much.” (Luke 16:10) The Saint Barbara’s name day luncheon on December 9th was a great success and a
very delightful event. Glory to God for his mercy and compassion, all the needed details and logistics had come together in a nicely harmonious and pleasing way to all.

The generous offering of the luncheon & catering cost, the donations of the silent auction baskets, setting up, decorating, sale of tickets, cleaning and the cheerful service attitude made this day happy and joyous uniting all together for the support of the many worthy causes of the Philoptochos mission.

It is a complex process to measure church communities effectiveness and get an accurate reading about the general spiritual health of a certain parish. However, the level of hospitality and eloquence of particular church community events is usually a good manifestation of its character, and depth of commitment to God.

According to this criterion, and taking into consideration the level witnessed at Saint Barbara’s luncheon as well as other similar events, the level of joy, peace, hospitality, and generosity become a revealing factor of your love to God, and show the degree of your willingness to sacrifice for God’s sake.

Thank you for being an example of a good obedient servant of God and for heeding the word of God by going the extra mile when asked or prompted by the soft voice of the Holy Spirit.

Faithfulness to God is shown mostly by doing the small things. Those who are not ready to be faithful while doing small tasks or willing to be generous through small sacrificial giving are not going to be faithful or daring to serve God loyally when it comes to facing large and complex situations.

 

END OF THE YEAR STEWARDSHIP DONATIONS

Please send the last of your 2018 donations or stop by the office in person before 1pm on Friday December 28 so your donation can be deposited on that day. Thank you to all of the God loving parishioners who made this year exceptionally fruitful in supporting several projects and fundraising needs. “Bring the full tithes into the storehouse, that there may be food in my house; and thereby put me to the test, says the LORD of hosts, if I will not open the windows of heaven for you and pour down for you an overflowing blessing.” (Malachi 3:10)

 

CHRISTMAS CAROLING

“Sing to the Lord a new song; sing to the Lord, all the earth.

Sing to the Lord, praise his name; proclaim his salvation day after day.” (Psalm 96:1-2) The children led by their advisers and chaperons on Sunday December 16th experienced firsthand and from an early age the meaning of Christian service and attitude during the Christmas caroling day.

Through this event, children had the opportunity to visit nursing homes, shut-ins, and see other parishioners’ generosity and love. Each family had a different creative and lovely way to express love and appreciation toward their little guests.

Christmas caroling day in the life of a youngster is more than singing a few Christmas songs; it is rather an opportunity to accumulate fond memories of imitating other parishioners on their walk toward Christ and to learn valuable lessons from the parish role models.

Thanks are due to all the families who made Christmas caroling a special day either by being part of the Christmas Caroling team or by inviting the team to sing at your place.

 

HOLIDAY CHURCH SERVICES

December 24th 8:30am Royal Hours Service
4:00pm-6:00pm St. Basil Liturgy
December 25th 8:45am Christmas Day Orthros followed Divine Liturgy Service
January 1st, 2019 8:45am New years Day Orthros followed Divine Liturgy Service

 

VASILOPITA CUTTING

This year’s Vasilopita Celebration will held on Sunday, January 6, 2019, at our Community Center following Liturgy. If you are able to offer a small portion of your time for this event, please call this year’s co-chairmen to offer your help.

Raven Kastis 386-295-8162 rkastsis4@gmail.com
Christy Xynidis 386-566-2886 cxynidis@yahoo.com

All proceeds from the Vasilopita Celebration will be forwarded to Saint Basil’s Academy in New York. Please plan to be in attendance on that day for this celebration. You may be the fortunate individual who received the gold coin or the Saint Basil’s coin! We thank you for your support in the past years and wish you a healthy, happy, and safe New Year!

 

HOLIDAY CHURCH OFFICE HOURS

Closed Christmas Eve Dec. 24, 25, & 26
Open Thursday, Dec. 27 & Friday the 28th 10:00am – 1pm
Closed New Year’s Eve Dec. 31st and New Years day Jan. 1st
Opens 9:00am Wednesday, January 2nd, 2019

 

EPIPHANY – JANUARY 5TH

Epiphany service picnic and diving for the cross DeLeon Springs Saturday, January 5, 2019. Bring fond and sweet memories of the past back! Celebrate with St Demetrios. Service begins at 10:30 am under the pavilion, followed by procession and diving of the cross! Park entrance fee $6 per car (up to 8 passengers) – please carpool! Lunch provided. Enjoy delicious barbecue. Please RSVP by Thursday, January 3rd to church office (386) 566-2886. Don’t forget to bring your own folding chairs.

 

ANNUAL CHRISTMAS COMMUNITY DINNER

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

Tuesday 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. Amen FRJ

 

CHRISTMAS PLAY – DECEMBER 23RD

We do have new costumes and things that have come, so I really need to know if your child will be here for the play. I must start assigning parts! We will have a mandatory (drop off so you can shop, go to dinner, or just RELAX!) practice on Saturday, December 22, like we’ve always done, and the play itself will be the next day, Sunday, after church December 23! Please please let me know if your child(ren) will be attending! Somewhere in this schedule I will be popping up a Christmas movie night at the church with hot chocolate and treats! I’ll let you know a date soon!
Thanks again and praying for continued blessings for all of you!- Voula 852-7475

 

ST PHOTIOS – DECEMBER 17TH

Information on the Divine Liturgy with Fr. Joseph at St. Photios Shrine Dec. 17. 2018

 

CHRISTMAS CAROLING – DECEMBER 16TH

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 16th, Contact: Voula Koulouris 386-852-7475 or the church office 386-252-6012.

 

CHRISTMAS CELEBRATION – DECEMBER 15TH

Everyone’s invited to this year’s Christmas celebration by AHEPA and the Daughters of Penelope that will be held on Saturday, December 15th at Dine & Cruise (www.dineandcruise.com).

Please meet at the dock at Halifax Harbor Marina 125 Basin St. in Daytona Beach at 12:30. $30/per person, including taxes and fees. The two hour dinner cruise starts at 1:30 pm. It is important to show up on time so we can all sit together.

For more information, please contact Tasos Lyrintzis lyrintzi@erau.edu or Elaine Pitenis spinospitenis@hotmail.com

 

CHRISTMAS FOOD DRIVE AND ANGEL TREE GIFTS

Philoptochos Christmas food drive has started. Philoptochos & Sunday school are partnering for the food drive. There are 2 marked decorated baskets in the narthex. Food will benefit local school children in need. Last day for donations is Dec. 16th.

Philoptochos has a Christmas “angel of hope” tree decorated by GOYANS. Philoptochos has partnered with the GOYANS. All Gifts benefit local school children in need.

Please see the insert today for further information on Gift Boxes for Soldiers and Veterans.

Now accepting new and gently used jackets, coats and pullovers for our annual One Warm Coat drive.

 

THANKSGIVING COMMUNITY DINNER

A big thank you to all our workers who made this lovely day possible. Thanks to our donors, our Sunday school for the beautiful art work, the kitchen crew, particularly head chef Stacy Augustine, GALS for tins of cookies they donate every year, and all our hard working servers. This event is in it’s 24th year and still growing. We will always be grateful to Michael Forest, Steno Augustine, and Lambros Papalambros for starting this tradition for our St Demetrios parish. Thanksgiving dinner committee

 

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

 

BAKING VASILOPITA

The First Monastery Vasilopita baking day is Tuesday November 13 beginning at 8:30am and continues all day. Please RSVP to Raven Kastis rkastis4@gmail.com by November 11th.

 

PHILOPTOCHOS CORNER

We are starting our Thanksgiving food for School children in need drive until– Today November 11th The numbers have doubled this year in some schools. Our goal is to provide the families with a Thanksgiving meal and the children with snacks during the break. Baskets will be in the narthex.

Suggested items are:
•Turkey                                                                                                                                    •Canned Ham
•Boxed Stuffing                                                                                                                       •Boxed Instant Mashed Potatoes
•Cans or Jars of Gravy                                                                                                           •Cranberry Sauce
•Canned Vegetables (corn, green beans, peas) Fruit Juices or Drink Mixes
•Canned Fruit                                                                                                                         •Boxes of Pasta
•Sauce for Pasta                                                                                                                    •Macaroni & Cheese
•Peanut butter & Jelly                                                                                                             •Ramen Noodles
•Snack Bars                                                                                                                            •Breakfast Bars

 

PANAMA CITY RELIEF DRIVE

The Saint Barbara’s Philoptochos Ladies want to thank all of the donors that made it possible for the Panama City Relief Drive to be successful. Gary Yeomans Daytona Ford Lincoln Dealership generously provided the large truck needed to transport the donated items. Joe Daprile from American Foundation for Disabled Children, INC donated generously many of the needed relief items. These and all the other collections that the parishioners of Saint Demetrios and their friends donated were transported through the gracious effort of Dr. Michael Psikogios who drove the truck last Saturday all the way there and back to Panama City to deliver them to St. John the Theologian Greek Orthodox Parish.

 

SAINT DEMETRIOS FEAST DAY 2018

The celebrations of the Saint Demetrios feast day through the grace of God this year were glorious as it is customary to happen at Saint Demetrios parish. Your strong participation in the church services, the generous and elegant meals afterward, the busy activities for the vari-ous ages made it another magnificent year in the line of all the previous years of the past. The Philoptochos ladies of Saint Barbara’s as al-ways organized an impressive evening reception after the vespers service. The parish council organized the luncheon after the Divine Liturgy that was led by his grace bishop Dimitri of Xan-thos. The Sunday school group organized an evening of activities with the children and a day of fishing, baking, art, and fun. Thanks to all the parishioners and families that supported through this weekend celebra-tions with their donations, help and cleaning, flower arrangements, serving, cooking, and baking of prosfora & artos. The prayers of all passed and departed parish-ioners were very strongly felt during the pray-er services, and along with all of your prayers were lifted up to the heavens interceding God for the salvation of the entire world. May God Jesus Christ through the intercessions of his great martyr Saint Demetrios the patron of our parish grant you always the strength to stay steady in the faith and on your walk on his path, amen

 

PREMARITAL SEMINAR 2018

“O Lord, our God, crown them with glory and honor” Saint Demetrios parish has hosted another successful premarital seminar for a group of future couples who are preparing to be married and establish their own future Orthodox Christian families. This premarital course is part of the Family Life Ministry of the Atlanta Metropolis, and aims to keep family life healthy and joyful. The health of a Christian family is a matter of art, and knowledge as much as it’s a matter of dedication and prayer. Please check out the available resources for everyone in the family through the Fami-ly Life Ministry Page of the Greek Orthodox Metropolis of Atlanta and keep your family life healthy and strong (http://www.familylifeministry.atlanta.goarch.org/).

 

CONGRATULATIONS PETROS & JENNIFER KANIARIS

“Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these” (Mark 10:14) Saint Demetrios parish has been tremendously blessed the last few years with many little ones that are frequently being bap-tized. They are growing up quickly making the youngsters min-istries lively. Seeing them in the pews and hearing their voices bring great joy to all of us. May God grant strength to parents, grandparents, and all the volunteers in the service of upbringing the little children. Congratulations to Petros and Jennifer Kaniaris, their children, Nona Demetra, and their extended family on the baptism of their little daughter Evgenia Anne on Satur-day; October 13th, 2018.

 

EMMANUELLA ELIZABETH PSILOPOULOS

Glory to our great God Jesus Christ and abundant thanksgiving for the birth of Emmanuella (Emma) Elizabeth on the evening of October 24th, 2018. Congratulations to her parents Gianni and Maria Psilopoulos. Also congratulations to grandparents Stacy and Soula Augustine, and all relative locally and faraway. The birth of Emma is a gift to Saint Demetrios parish as well which has been blessed one more time this year with this priceless divine gift from God. The Forty days blessing will happen in December.

 

GRADUATION RECOGNITION PRAYER AND CELEBRATION – JUNE 3, 2018

Graduates please contact the office to confirm your attendance on this special Sunday. 386-252-6012 phyllis.hawkins@stdemetriosdaytona.org

 

WELLNESS CHECK – MAY 2, 2018

The St. Demetrios Community is invited!

If you care about the well being of your heart, you are invited to attend a presentation from one of the top cardiologists at Florida Hospital. Learn about the latest advancements in cardiology and heart wellness.

Cost: FREE! Date: Wednesday, May 2nd
When: 6:30 PM-7 PM
Where: AHEPA Apartments, 3rd floor
575 N. Williamson Blvd. in Daytona Beach
Contact: Dr. Athas Kometas (386) 760-0030

 

PENELOPE HOUSE DONATIONS NEEDED

The Daughters of Penelope are asking our church community for new clothing donations for the Penelope House, a Domestic Violence Shelter located in Mobile, Alabama. They are requesting New Pajamas and Socks (all sizes) for Women and Children. Please drop off your donation in the Penelope House Basket in the Narthex.

Deadline for Donations – May 13th.

 

MOTHER’S DAY LUNCHEON – MAY 13, 2018

Saint Demetrios GOYA Would like to invite the Community to attend our Annual Saint Demetrios Mother’s Day Luncheon on Sunday May 13th, 2018.

Tickets will be available in the Church Hall after the Divine Liturgy. Cost per ticket is $10.00 and we will be serving a special meal prepared in our own kitchen, as well as sides and a drink. Please help support our GOYA Ministry.

 

ARE YOU GAME ENOUGH FOR ANOTHER FAMILY NIGHT? – MAY 26, 2018

On Saturday May 26th from 6:00 pm to 8:30 pm, join the Masters of Games for a night of fun activities with your Saint Demetrios family. There will be a Spaghetti Dinner served by our GOYA families, a short 15-minute keynote address and games for all ages.

The cost is free and it’s the place to be. So, be there or be square, as in, you won’t be around. So be around, play a round and get down with the Masters of the Game.

Are You Game Enough?

 

ST DEMETRIOS

Saint Demetrios parish has been recently featured in the Observer newsletter of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese for the month of April, you may read the full article either when you receive the observer hard copy that is mailed to all of the households of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese parishioners or by following this link online: https://www.goarch.org/news/observer

 

PHILOPTOCHOS CORNER

We are collecting PROM dresses ALL sizes

 

AHEPA SCHOLARSHIP

“The AHEPA Speedway Chapter 410 is accepting applicants for this year’s scholarship awards. The deadline for application is April 30th . Applications can be downloaded from the website at www.ahepa410.org or picked up from the church office. If you know a student who can benefit from a scholarship, please encourage them to apply”. The Scholarship luncheon is Sunday May 20th.

HOLY WEEK THANK YOU

“It is the day of the Resurrection. Let us shine brightly for the festival, and also embrace one another”

A fervent thank you is owed to our great God for showering upon us his abundant grace during this Paschal season. Thank you to all the parents for their efforts in teaching their children that church life and services should be a priority in their lives.

Holy week season that starts on Saturday of Lazarus is an intense time of church services and events. It would require parishioners to dedicate considerable effort and time for carrying out all the needed tasks. Even when some parishioners could not be present at all the services; they still had to dedicate considerable time as part of other much needed preparations or activities from decoration, to cooking, baking, cleaning, setting up for special events, shopping or obtaining necessary materials, or lining up people for various tasks.

Thank you to all for carrying out whatever task you had under your watch, and for dedicating for it the necessary time, effort and attention. Without the conscious effort of each and every one of you through the grace of God, we would not have enjoyed such a special time. Thank you as well to all of the donors who provided for all the extra needs of holy week that beautified the church and community hall.

May the divine light of the holy resurrection and the grace of the empty tomb of our Risen God and Lord Jesus Christ bless your dedication, attention, and
efforts. Amen

 

VIP CRUISE

 

TRUE MEANING OF STEWARDSHIP UNDER THE MICROSCOPE

True Meaning of Stewardship Under the Microscope

 

PALM SUNDAY LUNCHEON

 

AMERICAN EASTER COMMUNITY DINNER HELP

It is becoming a tradition at St. Demetrios to offer a free meal to our neighborhood on American Easter Sunday in addition to Christmas Day, and the well-established tradition of the Thanksgiving Day. In order to continue this wonderful
tradition your financial help is needed as well as your skills and time. About two or three helpers are needed to help clean the kitchen after Palm Sunday luncheon on April 1st. 2018. Cooks and servers are also needed to prepare the meal beforehand and serve our guests. Please send in any donation you desire to offset the previous deficit, and the cost of the upcoming dinner to church office earmarked “Community Dinners”. If you are able to help, please let church office know by calling or emailing Phyllis: 386-252-6012 phyllis.hawkins@stdemetriosdaytona.org

 

PHILOPTOCHOS CORNER

RANDOM ACTS OF KINDNESS

During this Great Lent season period, your Philoptochos of Saint Barbara would like encourage you to do extra random acts of kindness above and beyond what you are doing now or outside of lent.
Please take any initiatives you think would be practical or proper. These acts can be small and simple- such as opening a door for someone or return yours & someone else’s grocery cart from the Parking lot, write letters to soldiers, buying a coffee for the person behind you. Saint Barbara’s ladies want to encourage you to email them with your suggestions or feedback at philoptochosdaytonabeach@gmail.com

LETTERS TO SERVICEMEN

Please take the time to write a thank you to the men and women in uniform or serving to protect our country. Philoptochos has thank you cards next to a box in the social hall to drop the letters in and they will be shipped to active duty servicemen.
The servicemen who will be receiving these letters have connections and or have served with St. Demetrios parishioners. Please contact Raven Kastis with any questions 386-295-8162

 

COFFEE HOUR

Exclusive of Palm Sunday luncheon and Pascha Sunday, four consecutive Sunday coffee hours are open for sponsorship. Please help filling these empty spots by calling the church office and volunteering your efforts or share it with another family of your choice.

The coffee hour is a wonderful opportunity for parishioners to meet and greet after the Sunday Divine Liturgy. This is how we are able to host our guests, offer them hospitality, and make them feel welcomed.

It is impractical to invite all parishioners to your home; hosting the coffee hour fellowship gives each family the opportunity to welcome parishioners at the church instead, while creating same cordial family environment.

Do not let logistics intimidate you, the church office has full instructions manual on all the related logistics to make it super easy for all families to sponsor a coffee hour. Please call church office at 386-252-6012 or send an email to phyllis.hawkins@stdemeteriosdaytona.org

 

ATTENTION ALL ALTAR BOYS

Part of the new set of red altar boys robes is estimated to be ready by holy Friday April 6th, 2018. It is envisioned that all the altar boys will wear the new robes for uniformity during the annual pictures of myrrh bearers’ girls and altar boys pictures.

The rest of the set will be completed at a later date. For now only enough robes will be ready for the service of holy Friday April 6th, 2018. It is very important to inform Tasso Kiriakes if you are going to be attending the holy Friday evening Epitaphio service and Pascha midnight service on Saturday April 7th, 2018.

Due to time restraint not all the sizes can be ready by holy Friday, but only the necessary sizes that can be completed in this short period of time. Therefore, if you are planning to come but you do not submit your name, a robe will not be waiting for you. Please, inform Tasso at TKiriakes@aol.com so he can have an accurate headcount by Friday March 9th, 2018, or call church office at 386-252-6012 or email Phyllis at phyllis.hawkins@stdemetriosdaytona.org

New boys that are of age and adequate maturity to be entered into the altar service
team, please contact Tasso so he can determine if they would be ready to join the holy Friday service team.

 

SHOP WITH AMAZON, DONATE TO THE DRC

Amazon Smile is a program that allows for 0.5% of your eligible Amazon purchase to be donated to the Diakonia Retreat Center. To find our Amazon Smile page, visit Amazon Smile

 

DEMI KOULOURIS 40 DAYS BLESSING

Another happy moment at St. Demetrios through the 40 days blessing of Demi Koulouris the sister of Alexia and daughter of Nick and Angela. Glory be to God for enriching Saint Demetrios with many children and for entrusting to our hands the care of these precious divine gifts.

 

GOYA SLEEP OVER

Saint Demetrios Goya had a very successful sleepover at the church last week. Goyans came to church service early in the morning after long night of various activities, stayed thorough the general assembly, observed the meeting, participated, and left energized and happy despite ruffing it up, and lack of sleep. Thank you Andrew Anthony for organizing this event, parents, and the college students volunteers whose presence was much needed,their aid was invaluable, and very much appreciated.

 

SAINT DEMETRIOS SPRING GENERAL ASSEMBLY 2018

This past Sunday the parish of Saint Demetrios held its regular spring general assembly after the Divine Liturgy. The meeting was cordial and pleasant. Our youth has a strong presence in it, and participated through making reports related to their areas of activities or responsibilities. The general assemblies of Saint Demetrios are lately seeing more youth and families with younger children becoming more interested in attending, participating, and wanting to be kept informed
about the different aspects and activities of St. Demetrios parish.

Thank you to the parish council and ministries for making this meeting a happy and inspiring family event for the entire body of St. Demetrios parishioners.

 

BIKE WEEK VOLUNTEERS NEEDED

Bike Week starts March 9th and will last until March 18th. This an opportunity to meet other parishioners and to get to know some familiar faces while helping out and volunteering to park cars. This is also an opportunity to make Bike Week a fun activity to our city and surrounding by helping people secure their vehicles while they check out Bike Week activities on Main Street. Help is needed to staff the parking lots during morning and evening shifts. Please get in touch with Gary Koliopulos 386-295-2987 gjkolio@aol.com and/or Billy Gahagan 386-451-8172 coachgahagan@aol.com

 

PHILOPTOCHOS CORNER – “GIVE A LITTLE LOVE”

FOOD DONATIONS FOR SCHOOL CHILDREN IN NEED:
Nonperishable food items

RANDOM ACTS OF KINDNESS

During this Great Lent season period, your Philoptochos of Saint Barbara would like encourage you to do extra random acts of kindness above and beyond what you are doing now or outside of lent.

Please take any initiatives you think would be practical or proper. These acts can be small and simple- such as opening a door for someone or return yours & someone else’s grocery cart from the Parking lot, write letters to soldiers, buying a coffee for the person behind you.

 

SHARE WITH THE LORDS PEOPLE WHO ARE IN NEED PRACTICE HOSPITALITY (ROMANS 12:13)

A family of two from St. Demetrios with special needs and limited mobility is in need of help for car rides either to the grocery store or to doctor’s office. If you are able to help by providing a ride or through other means, please contact the church office for further information or to coordinate your times. Office: 386-252-6012

 

2018 HOLY WEEK DONATIONS

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 market 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 selection by contacting the office (386-252-6012) – phyllis.hawkins@stdemetriosdaytona.org

ITEM SUGGESTED DONATION INCREMENT
Floral frame / Icon of Palm Sunday $75
4 bags of Palms for Palm Sunday $20 each
Floral frame / Icon of the Nymphios (Bridegroom) $120
Honorarium of Holy Week Guest Chanter from Chicago IL No set amount
Holy Unction supplies donations ONLY items have already been purchased $10 each
Wreath / Cross Holy Thursday Evening $75
3 sets of 3 candles for top of the Cross $30 each
Floral frame / Icon of the Crucifixion $75
12 candles / Holy Thursday Evening $10 each
Floral frame / Icon of the Apokathelosis $75
White double bed sheets $20 each
50 bouquets of flowers for top of Epitaphion $20 each
3 sets of 12 candles for top of Epitaphion 30 each set
2 bottles rose water $10 each
5 bags of rose pedals $15 a bag
Bay leaves for Holy Saturday morning donations and clean bay leaves are appreciated $20 each
Floral frame / Icon of the Resurrection $75
Paschal Candle $200
24 Potted Easter lilies for Solea $10 each
Magiritsa to follow Evening resurrection Liturgy
Volunteers are needed to help with Magiritsa
No set amount
American Easter Neighborhood Community Dinner currently has a deficit of $750.00 No set amount
Sponsorship of Candles Cost for Holy Week $50 each
Any and all donations toward the many miscellaneous needs that are not listed are greatly appreciated No set amount

 

THANK YOU DENISE BROWN

Thank you Denise Brown for a wonderful presentation about St. Stephen summer camp.

Please consider sponsoring a camper who has never attended or who is financially unable to attend.

Our St Stephen’s Summer Camp has a rich tradition, dating back to the 1980’s, and is grounded on the principals of living a true Orthodox lifestyle with twice daily liturgical services, opportunities for reflection, community living and meals, athletics, arts & crafts, and nightly social activities.

The cost of attendance for 1 camper is $400 (excluding transportation). Our hope is to have enough sponsorship to send all the children who wish to attend. It is an incredible lifetime experience. St. Demetrios Campers will be attending Week #5 July 22-July 28, 2018.

 

ST. DEMETRIOS PARISH ORATORICAL FESTIVAL

Last Sunday the St. Demetrios parish oratorical festival was held. Children from
elementary, junior, and high school wrote and delivered their speeches.
Thanks are due to the large number of volunteers, parents, judges, and donors that
made this event a happy and uplifting festival. Four speakers will be going to Jacksonville to deliver their speeches during the district level. They will be speaking today as part of their preparation. Thank you to parents
and coach

 

DEMI NICOLE KOULOURIS

Congratulations to Nick and Angela Koulouris on the birth of their second baby girl Demi Nicole. Mother and child are in good health. Thanks be to God for a safe delivery, and for this wonderful gift of life. Forty days blessing will take place on March 4th
2018

 

ST PHOTIOS GREEK ORTHODOX SHRINE

On behalf of the National Shrine Dedication Committee chairs,
Archon Dr. Manuel N. and Elaine Tissura, I am honored to remind you of your invitation to the 36th Anniversary of the Dedication of St. Photios Greek Orthodox

National Shrine:
Saturday, February 3rd
2:00 p.m.: St. Photios Foundation Annual Meeting convenes at the Casa Monica Hotel.
5:30 p.m.: His Eminence, Metropolitan Alexios of Atlanta will celebrate Great Vespers in St. Photios Chapel.
7:00 p.m.: the Trustees Dinner will begin at the Casa Monica hotel. Emmy winner
and co-founder/owner of Spectrum films, Nicholas J. Furris will emcee the event. Television news correspondent Michael Emanuel and AHEPA Supreme President Carl Hollister will be the speakers.

Sunday, February 4th
Matins and Hierarchical Divine Liturgy and Ordination to the Priesthood for Deacon
Theofanis Kitsiklis at HOLY TRINITY, 2940 CR 214, St. Augustine, FL 32084. Matins begin at 8:30.
1:00 p.m.: The St. Photios Feast Day Banquet will begin at the Casa Monica Hotel. Archon Nick Furris will emcee the event with Michael Emanuel. Dr. Elizabeth Prodromou, professor in the Program in International Negotiation and Conflict Resolution at the Fletcher School of Diplomacy at Tufts University, will give the keynote address.

Tuesday, February 6th
Ecclesiastical Services celebrating the Feast of St. Photios, Patriarch of Constantinople with Father John Hays beginning at 9:30 a.m. Followed by the Founders’ Memorial
and hospitality.

2018 EPIPHANY SERVICE, DELEON SPRINGS

Last weekend was a wonderful blessing for the entire parish family of Saint Demetrios community. On Saturday the outdoor Divine Liturgy to celebrate the baptism of our Lord and God Jesus in the Jordan River by the hands of Saint John the Baptist took place in Ponce DeLeon Springs.

The Divine Liturgy through the effort of a very dedicated team went very well; the diving for the cross was a blissful event; and the barbecue afterwards turned out to be a nice celebration.