Philoptochos Mission Statement
The Greek Orthodox Ladies Philoptochos Society, Inc., is the duly accredited women’s philanthropic society of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America. The mission of the Society shall be:
To aid the poor, the destitute, the hungry, the aged, the sick, the unemployed, the orphaned, he imprisoned, the widowed, the handicapped, the victims of disasters, to undertake the burial of impoverished persons and to offer assistance to anyone who may need the help of the Church through fund raising efforts; and
To promote the charitable, benevolent, and philanthropic purposes of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America, through instructional programs, presentations, lectures, seminars and other educational resources;
To preserve and perpetuate Orthodox Christian concepts and the Orthodox Christian Family, and through them, to promote the Greek Orthodox Faith and traditions, in accordance with its doctrines, canons, discipline, divine worship, usages and customs;
The charitable work of the Society shall be performed with discretion, courtesy and kindness.
Saint Barbara’s Philoptochos Society Through the Eyes of History
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!
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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)
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.
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.
PHILOPTOCHOS LENT FUNDRAISER
AID TO GREECE PHILOPTOCHOS COFFEE HOUR
Thanks are due to our great God for every gracious gift and for all of his inspiration within people’s hearts to will and to do acts of goodness in his name for the benefit of others.
Last Sunday several Philoptochos ladies came to-gether to organize and hold a coffee hour to bring awareness of and line up support to the national drive to aid Greece.
There are many philanthropic organizations that offer help to worthy causes in Greece who are currently facing hardship in continuing their invaluable mission. Your donation small or large com-bined with donations from other caring people from across the country can make a difference in the lives of many people.
It is true that Greek Orthodox people in America are helping friends and families directly since many people maintain close ties with their relatives. But as noble as this personal help is, giving help through the church organized errand is still needed, and will be greatly valued in the eyes of God.
Requests for aid are frequently sent from reputable and worthy sources in Greece to the Archdiocese, hierarchy, and communities. Many times the situations are desperate, and it is heartbreaking for our hierarchy and/or our national Philoptochos to ignore these cries for help or choose to do nothing about them, and therefore our support is greatly needed.
How can the Greek Orthodox Archbishop of America, who is the leading representative for the Greek Orthodoxy in this country, or any of our metropolitans, choose with good con-science when they are asked to show no support to their brothers in the faith or ignore their needs?
Your generosity means a lot in the eyes of God as it goes to aid people that you do not know, but still want to help because you care for them in the name of Jesus Christ. Your support enables our hierarchy and
Philoptochos organization to demonstrate their level of care and sensitivity for a country that is rich with spirituality, deep in its Christian values, and now happens to face hard times.
May God reward you according to his unfathomable wisdom for your generosity. Thank you to all the volunteers and the ladies for organizing a rich coffee hour, and for their warm and welcoming spirit.
May God continue to preserve Saint Demetrios parish as a beacon of light and grace to our city and to people elsewhere as well.
NATIONAL PHILOPTOCHOS AID TO GREECE DRIVE
Even before there was a time of prosperity in Greece in the 1980s and 1990s, Greek philanthropic organizations, as well as the people of Greece, showed a high level of charitable sensitivity towards foreigners, students, and refugees.
The Greek philanthropic spirit extended beyond the boundaries of Greece and into other places. Greek philanthropists and missionaries from different walks of life dedicated their efforts to help and support people who were challenged economically, medically, or spiritually in many countries. I know this to be the case as I reflect on my own personal experience of living and studying in Greece for many years. What I personally saw and experienced is more than can be contained in a book.
The truth of the matter is that Greece and its people did not hesitate either during the times of prosperity or times of hardship to share their bread with others. Greek people have shown to be equally concerned as other generous nations about other people proving to have a soft spot within them for philanthropy especially toward refugees.
Many are still impacted today from the hard years of the refuge periods after the catastrophe of Asia Minor and the exchange of the Greek-Turkish population around the 1920. The generations that were born after still recall the years of their parents and grandparents being refugees or immigrants in other countries. The experience of WWII and the harshness of the civil war years that followed are still very much alive in the memory and conscience of the Greek people.
The fruit born from the years of prosperity is pretty much gone. The financial support that many philanthropic organizations had enjoyed in Greece during these years has dried up as well, though the needs have increased to record numbers.
Perhaps never has the need for us to make sacrifices in the spirit of Christ to help our suffering brothers and sisters been so great – especially among the most vulnerable including the elderly, orphans, and others struggling to survive and to maintain their dignity.
We are especially challenged to respond to this crisis by coverage of it by the media has not been completely fair, blaming many of Greece’s problems on the people.
As followers of Christ, we are called to respond to the very real pain and suffering of ordinary people who are simply trying to survive this crisis. It is not for us to argue over economic analysis and all the conflicting reports about what caused this economic crisis and what can fix it.
Rather, we are called to be healers and comforters during times like this when the light of Christ is desperately needed. Our obligation is even greater when it concerns a sister church and a nation that is an integral part of the fabric of our faith. The body of Christ is one body.
Together we can make a difference and ease the pain of many people. The aid that is given from the church to people who are from all walks of life will help to bring hope to others, connect them to God, and heal them.
They will feel and know that God is true and he cares about them. They will sense the hand of God through the people that are helping them in his name without any expectations of praise or reward.
The parish of St. Demetrios invites you to support the “National Philoptochos Aid Drive for Greece”. This week’s coffee hour has been dedicated to this worthy cause.
Please mail your donation to the church office or drop it in the church-offering basket. Checks should be made payable to St. Demetrios Church and earmarked
“Greece Aid Drive”.
God bless you and reward you for being his hands and feet.
NATIONAL PHILOPTOCHOS FEEDING THE HUNGRY INITIATE
Dear Philoptochos Sisters,
Attached is a QUICK GUIDE to help you start a program for the Philoptochos FEEDING THE HUNGRY initiative.
Even if your chapter takes a summer break, it is worth reviewing now to start considering the possibilities. Every chapter should participate in a small or large way. It will be very fulfilling to provide 250,000 meals by summer 2016 and meet the challenge of President Logus set for Philoptochos!
Watch our progress on Philoptochos.org at Feeding the Hungry: 250,000 Meals and on social media via #250thousandmeals
Feeding the Hungry Committee