"Welcome one another, therefore, just as Christ has welcomed you, for the glory of God." - Romans 15:7
St. Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church is dedicated to imitating the love and faithfulness of Jesus Christ by sharing the Gospel in word and deed. We worship the Holy Trinity according to the Faith and Tradition of the One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic Church. Our witnessing to the Faith is accomplished through the sacramental life, our values, traditions; stewardship, fellowship, service, and Christian education.
At this years Greek Festival, I was sincerely moved by all the hard working volunteers. So many came out and so many worked from morning till night, even many of our senior citizens. It was a blessing to see them all displaying their deep love for St. Demetrios.
It is a far better thing to have dedicated parishioners who give of their time and talent working for the good of the Church than those who simply write a check. Both are good (so don’t stop sending checks), but hard work and time spent are the epitome of true stewardship. May the Lord's Blessing be upon you.
As good if not better than the hard work was the display of unity and harmony in the work stations. Bravo to all! Others perhaps could have come, but the truth is, for the size of our parish, we do have more people working proportionally than what is found in larger parishes. We build up the Body of Christ best by our cooperation and combined efforts... in love. As St. Paul said, "we, though many, are one body in Christ, and individually members one of another.” (1 Corinthians 9:7)
Let us now reflect on our commitment and stewardship of Christ's Church, and thank Him that we have the opportunity to support a parish in Williamsburg. With His grace and help, we will be here for generations to come.
So, remember why we do this. We give, we work, and we sacrifice that we may have a Church, the parish of St. Demetrios, our parish home.
For those who helped a lot, thank you! For those who helped some, thank you! For those who helped just a little, thank you too. For those who did not help, we welcome you next time. Together we grow. Again, as St. Paul says, whatever we do, let us do it with love:
“If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I am a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal. And if I have prophetic powers, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have all faith, so as to remove mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. If I give away all I have, and if I deliver my body to be burned, but have not love, I gain nothing.” (1 Corinthians 13:1-3)
On May 11, 2019, the Holy Synod of the Ecumenical Patriarchate unanimously elected Metropolitan ELPIDOPHOROS of Bursa to be the Archbishop of America. We join all the faithful throughout the Archdiocese in welcoming Archbishop Elpidophoros.
The enthronement of His Eminence will take place on Saturday June 22 at the Archdiocesan Cathedral of the Holy Trinity in New York. His Eminence Metropolitan Avgousitnos of Germany will represent the Patriarch.
The biography of Archbishop Elpidophoros will be published in this week’s St. Demetrios e-bulletin.
Charlie Stayton will conclude his series on the Ecumenical Councils leading a discussion this week on the Seventh Council. Join us Wednesday from 7 - 8 p.m.
GREEK ORTHODOX METROPOLIS OF NJ TWITTER
We are excited to annonce that our Metropolis now has a Twitter account.
Click here to follow them on Twitter.
METROPOLIS OPIOID RESPONSE EFFORT
His Eminence Metropolitan Evangelos has initiated the Metropolis Opiod Response Effort (MORE). The opiod epidemic has reached crisis proportions, and our Greek Orthodox faithful are not imune. Check this link to learn more.
Have you fulfilled your commitment for 2019? Please remember the Church even while on travel by submitting your weekly contributions.
Giving our time, talent, and treasure to the Church is an opportunity – an opportunity to examine our priorities and values. It is an opportunity to express our thankfulness, to give of ourselves and to grow in grace. It is an opportunity to participate in the work of God by
- Worshiping together in a beautiful sanctuary
- Teaching our children our faith
- Learning the Greek language and celebrating our culture and traditions
- Better understanding the Word of God in weekly Bible Study
- Practicing our faith through supporting community charities
- Celebrating life events
- Comforting and being comforted
We are called to apply our gifts, training, abilities, education and skills to the tasks that God places before us. If we do this humbly and prayerfully, the body of Christ will function to its full potential.
St. Demetrios is a stewardship parish. There is no minimum commitment required for anyone to be considered a member of the parish. We do ask that you prayerfully consider your annual commitment and be generous with your time, talents, and treasure. We are a small community that is deeply thankful for your donations and grateful for your willingness to volunteer.
More information is available from the stewardship page on our web site. Click here for the web site and commitment card. Commitment cards are also available in the Narthex. We ask that each family complete a commitment card each year so we can keep our membership rolls current and better plan our budget.
BOOKSTORE HELP WANTED
As you may have noticed, we have a simple bookstore between the sanctuary and the hall. We would like to improve our inventory and offer a variety of selections for sale. What we need most right now is someone to take charge of the bookstore operation. We also need a few volunteers who could open the bookstore on Sundays after Divine Liturgy. If you are interested in this stewardship ministry, please contact Fr. Gianulis.
ORTHODOX CAMPUS FELLOWSHIP (OCF)
Fr. Gianulis is serving as spriritual advisor to the William & Mary OCF.
PHILIP LUDWELL III AND EARLY AMERICAN ORTHODOX CHRISTIANITY
www.Ludwell.org offers fresh perspectives on the history of early America through the prism of the life, community, and worldview of Colonel Philip Ludwell III of Green Spring (Williamsburg), Virginia. Philip Ludwell III is the first known convert to Eastern Orthodox Christianity in the Americas. He was a prominent figure in pre-revolutionary Virginia and a relative by blood or marriage of many great early figures in American history from George Washington to Robert E. Lee. Over two hundred years later, his life and inspiring story of faith is becoming known and reshaping our view of the diversity of early America and its connections with the rest of the world. This site is regularly updated with research, breaking news, information about scholarly and religious events, archaeological findings, as well as details of ongoing projects. We invite you to subscribe to our newsletter or follow us on Facebook to stay informed about our activities.
SUNDAY WORSHIP SCHEDULE
Sundays: Orthros (Matins): 8:45 AM
Divine Liturgy: 10:00 AM
Κυριακή: Ορθρος 8:45 πμ. Θ. Λειτουργία 10 πμ.
Upcoming Divine Services and Holy Days
ASCENSION OF OUR LORD
The Divine Liturgy will be celebrated on the eve of the feast, June 5th at 6:00 p.m.
Divine Liturgy begins at 10:00 a.m. The teachings and "Orthopraxia" of the Church, counsel that preparation to receive Holy Communion requires participation in the entirety of the service; at least from before the readings of scripture. Arriving on time also insures hearing the sermon. Please plan accordingly.
ALL ARE WELCOMED TO JOIN THE CHOIR
We are moving our small choir to the left side of the sanctuary to make room for others who wish to sing along. At this point in time, we will continue to use the Green Hymnal from the Archdiocese Department of Religious Education. No experience necessary--just a willingness to sing along.
Our prosphora supply is running low. If you are willing and able to bake prosfora, we would like to share the responsibility and thus have a fresh loaf each week. A sign up sheet is available in the Narthex, or you can call Fr. Gianulis @ 220-0994.
Young men over age 10 are encouraged to serve in the altar. No experience necessary. Altar boys are asked to arrive by 10:00 a.m.
Church camp has been proven the most effective ministry to keep your youth involved in our Faith for life. This year the camp will be held from July 7 - 13. For information and to register go to: http://app.campdoc.com/register/gomnj
The annual Walk/Run for IOCC will take place on Saturday, June 8th at 12th Street and Atlantic Ave., in front of Fish Bones Resturaunt Patio. Join this family friendly day to learn more about IOCC's life-saving work in countries like Syria, Greece and Ethiopia; and walk to support those in need! Tickets are $25 for adults, $15 for children 11 - 18 and free for under 10. Registration begins at 9:00 a.m. and the walk begins at 9:30 a.m. Or register on line at www.iocc.org/5K. T-shirts and refreshments will be provided.
OFFERINGS TO THE CHURCH
A Church is always in need of certain essential items, such as oil, wine and bread. No need to ask, but feel free at anytime to bring olive oil for the eternal light that burns behind the altar; sweet red wine, like Camandaria or Mavrodaphne, for the holy communion; and the altar bread, prosforo, that is used for holy communion and antidoron.
YOUR PRIEST IS AS CLOSE AS YOUR TELEPHONE
...but he is not a mind reader. If you are sick and hospitalized, or have any other pastoral or sacramental need, do not hesitate to call him. Fr. Gianulis can always be reached by calling the church phone number, 220-0994. If he is not in, leave a message and it will be delivered to his cell phone.
FISH, Inc. of Williamsburg, Virginia, is an all-volunteer not-for-profit agency providing help to residents of the greater Williamsburg area. FISH depends entirely upon a caring community for food, clothing, volunteers and financial donations, in order to serve our neighbors in need. Individuals within our community and our Church School have supported FISH. FISH is based on the Greek word, which was also an early Christian symbol: ΙΧΘΥΣ. Donations are at the low point in the year during the summer months, when the need is often the greatest. They accept non-perishable food items and clothing. You may donate directly to FISH located at the Messmer Community Services Center, 312 Waller Mill Road; or bring your contributions to Church and add to the collection boxes in hallway next to our new book store.
Spring Greek Festival May 17th - 19th
Stewardship & Memorials
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