"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.
GREEK ORTHODOX METROPOLIS OF NJ TWITTER
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We are accepting donations for flowers for the Epitaphios (sepulcher of Christ) to be decorated on Good Friday. Point of contact is Argie Marakis at email@example.com, or 757-870-2997.
The Spring Greek Festival runs Friday through Sunday, May 4 - 6. Volunteers are needed. Contact Craig Dodson if you are willing and able to help by any of the following means.
· Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
· Home: 757.378.3550
· Cell: 571.224.8347
· See Craig after liturgy
To break the fast and to provide treats for fellowship, the following schedule is provided for coordination. If you have a reason to host the fellowship, please let Fr. Gianulis know to adjust the schedule.
Sunday, April 15: Parish Council
Sunday, April 22: Ladies of St. Demetrios
Sunday, April 29: PTO / Greek School
Sunday, May 6: Greek Festival
Have you fulfilled your commitment for 2018? 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.
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.
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
COMMEMORATION OF THE DEPARTED
Fr. Gianulis will read the names of our beloved departed during the procession of the Epitaphios (Sepulcher) outside the church. If you wish the names of your loved ones commemorated, bring your list to the Thursday Passion Service, the Apokathilosis Vespers, or prior to the Lamentations on Good Friday evening.
HOLY WEEK SCHEDULE
March 31, Saturday of Lazarus
Orthros, 9 a.m. Divine Liturgy, 10 a.m. Palm Folding to follow
April 1, Palm Sunday (Entry into Jerusalem)
Orthros, 8:45 a.m. Divine Liturgy, 10 a.m.
April 2, Holy Monday
Orthros of the Bridegroom, 7 p.m.
April 3, Holy Tuesday
Orthros of the Bridegroom, 7 p.m.
April 4, Holy Wednesday
Holy Unction ((Sacrament of Healing), 7 p.m.
April 5, Holy Thursday
Divine Liturgy—Institution of the Last Supper, 9 a.m.
Orthros of the Passion (12 Gospels), 7 p.m.
April 6, Good Friday
Great Vespers—the Descent from the Cross, 3 p.m.
Lamentation Service, 7 p.m.
April 7, Holy Saturday
Divine Liturgy of St. Basil, 10 a.m.
Resurrection Orthros, 11 p.m. Paschal Proclamation of the Holy Gospel, 12 p.m. followed by the Divine Liturgy.
April 8, Easter Sunday (Pascha)
AGAPE Vespers, 11 a.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.
ANNUAL IOCC 5K WALK/RUN
Saturday, April 21, at 12th St. in front of the Fish Bones Restaurant Patio on the boardwalk in Virginia Beach. Join this family friendly day to learn more about IOCC's life-saving work in countries like Syria, Greece and Ethiopia. Walk with us to support those in need! Tickets are $25 for adults, $15 for children 11-18, and free for 10 and under. Registration begins at 9:00 a.m. and the walk/run begins at 9:30 a.m. T-shirts and refreshments will be provided. You may register or donate on line at www.iocc.org/5K.
HIKE FOR WILLIAMSBURG HOSPICE HOUSE
We invite you and your congregations to join us for our 6th Annual Hike for Hospice House to be held on April 28, 2018. The hike is an uplifting memorial walk that supports the life and work of Hospice House & Support Care of Williamsburg.
To register as an individual or a team or to make a donation, please visit: www.hikeforhospicehouse.org
Tickets can also be purchased through the Save30 Store: https://peninsula.save30.com/hike-for-hospice-2018
Peace and Light to you all in this season,
Hannah, Hospice House Chaplain
We need help for this vital source of income for our parish. We need help most Fridays March 16th to pack for Saturday's market. Without helpers, revenue from the Greek Bakery at the Market on Saturday may not be feasible. Come to the church from 9:45-11:45 a.m. No experience necessary!
Also, two volunteers are needed to man the booth and sell goods in Merchants Square each Saturday morning.
If you can help or would like details, contact Helen Hollowell at 757-810-8787 or email@example.com. If every parishioner volunteered just one Friday morning and/or one Saturday, our Farmers Market booth will be a success!
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.
Stewardship & Memorials
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