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)
SUNDAY SCHOOL OCALA MONASTERIES PILGRIMAGE
The Sunday school team took advantage of the Martin Luther King Day to organize a pilgrimage to the monasteries in Ocala for the benefit of the Sunday school children as well as the St. Demetrios families. The visit was pleasant and joyful. Everyone had nice time, and came back with many fond and sweet memories. Thank you to all of the Sunday school team for their initiative and ideas.
FRESH LOOK FOR SUNDAY SCHOOL 2015
Thank you goes to all parents for making the backpack blessing last Sunday a happy and laughter filed event. Without the dedication of parents and their hard work, it would have not been possible for the entire community to cherish the presence of the children and the joy they bring with them.
Thank you to the entire Sunday school team of teachers and volunteers for investing their time and talents to care for these children that are precious God-given gifts.
THANK YOU VOULA KOULOURIS
Thank you to Voula Koulouris for taking up the challenge of heading the Sunday school ministry, and thank you to the entire team of teachers and volunteers, those that have come back, and the new additions. May God bless the volunteers of the Sunday school family for investing their time and talents to care for the Saint Demetrios children. They are precious God-given invaluable gifts and taking care of their Christian education is an awesome undertaking and one that is highly rewarded by God, Jesus Christ the prototype and teacher of all.
Sunday September 6th will mark the first day of Sunday school classes. The blessing service of the start of the school year will take place at the church nave following the reading of the holy gospel around 10:15. Please be on time.
After the children have received the Holy Communion, they will go down stairs to start their classes along with their teachers. Parents are kindly asked to sit in the Sunday school first three pews to participate in the parents orientation offered by the Sunday school director Voula Koulouris following the conclusion of the Divine Service. Please do not miss out on this important presentation.
SUNDAY SCHOOL STAFF
Please welcome all the current and new members of the Sunday school staff. Several excited parishioners have joined the Sunday school team excited about teaching and working with children. More information will be announced about the events planned for this coming year. Staff not pictured: Chrissy Theos Bramblett, Penny Cruz, Georgia Karamitos, Nick Koulouris, and Maria Georges Kostidakis.
KICKING OFF THE SUNDAY SCHOOL PROGRAM WITH THE BLESSING OF THE BACKPACKS
Will take place on Sunday August 23 to empower with the grace of God the students of the 2015-2016 school year after the Divine Liturgy. Bring your backpack to receive a blessing and an icon to keep in your backpack all year long. All students from Pre-K to High School are encouraged not to miss out. Sunday school registration for the year 2015-2016 will take place this day (August 23) at the church hall. May your new school year be blessed, successful, and joyful.
SUNDAY SCHOOL BOWLING OUTING
SUNDAY SCHOOL GRADUATION
SUNDAY SCHOOL PICNIC
Sunday school children and family enjoyed a great day at the park during last weeks picnic. Thank you to all the volunteers and the supporters of the Sunday school and the educational programs of Saint Demetrios for making such a great and lovely difference in the hearts and the memories of God’s children at Saint Demetrios.
SUNDAY OF ORTHODOXY
“Let the children come to me, do not hinder them; for to such belongs the kingdom of God.” (Luke 18:16) Thanks to our great God for his bounties upon our parish and for blessing this community with so many beautiful children of all ages. It was very heartwarming to watch the Sunday school kids carry their icons closely and tightly to their hearts and walk the procession of the Sunday of Orthodoxy. Thanks are expressed to the entire Sunday school team, volunteers, and parents that were instrumental in making through their participation this procession such a joyful event.
SUNDAY SCHOOL PICNIC
SUNDAY SCHOOL PLANNING
2013 CELEBRATION OF THE HOLY CROSS FEAST
Sunday School-Greek School in Photos from Start till 2002