"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.
HIGHLIGHTS OF THE JUNE 22, 2017 PARISH COUNCIL MEETING
The parish thanks Nick Sarantakos, Robert Marakos, and Jimmy Alimonos for their leadership in conducting a very successful June Festival. The ladies of St. Demetrios also provided wonderful pastries. A special thanks to Marianthi Gianulis for leading the publicity effort - it really boosted attendance. The most common comment was - the food is so good - you should have the festival more often. Revenue is still coming in - we currently have $71,000 in gross receipts and d $22,700 in expenses. Mark your calendars - the fall festival is Oct 27, 28, 29.
Many have commented on the maintenance of the grounds. We have an annual proposal for $9,900 for full lawn care including weeding and mulching. Our current budget simply will not stretch to cover this cost. We are looking for additional stewardship donations and volunteer labor to assist with the grounds. Ten weed control treatments is $1,000 and mulching the beds is $2,000. Getting the trees and shrubs trimmed $1,100.
The weekend of December 2-3 we will be sponsoring a craft fair. We are selling booths and asking the ladies of St. Demetrios to provide baked goods for an expanded Greek Bakery. If you know of vendors that might like to participate please contact Melissa Meyers at the WHC.
SUMMER CHRISTIAN EDUCATION SERIES
“A JOURNEY TO FULLNESS” (Part I)
The series, presented by Fr. Barnabas Powell, will benefit:
Those who are inquiring about the Orthodox Christian faith
Those who want to explain Orthodoxy to their non-Orthodox spouses
Orthodox Christians who want to understand their faith better
Every Wednesday evening; June 14 – July 26, 2017
Refreshments 7:00 – 7:15 pm; Lecture and Q&A 7:15 – 8:00 pm
Saints Constantine & Helen Greek Orthodox Church (Sacalis Hall), 60 Traverse Road, Newport News, VA
Attend one session or all seven. Come and learn about the richness of Orthodoxy!
For more information, contact:
Dianne Sun at firstname.lastname@example.org or 757/868-8411
Fr. Barnabas pastors Sts. Raphael,Nicholas, and Irene Greek Orthodox Church in Cumming, GA, and hosts Faith Encouraged Live and Faith Encouraged Daily at Ancient Faith Radio, http://www.ancientfaith.com .
To break the fast and to provide treats for fellowship, the followning schedule is provided for coordination. If you have a reason to host the fellowship, please let Fr. Gianulis know to adjust the schedule.
Sunday, July 2: Jamie Agnew in honor of Catherine Fisher
Sunday, July 9: AHEPA
Sunday, July 16: Palantzis and Paparis families in memory of Rose Paparis
BECOMING A STEWARD
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 bible study, Orthodoxy 101 & adult Church School
- 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 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, along with Fr. James Purdie of St. Basil's in Hampton.
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
Orthros, 8:15 a.m.
Divine Liturgy, 9:30 a.m.
Sundays: Orthros (Matins): 8:45 AM
Divine Liturgy: 10:00 AM
Κυριακή: Ορθρος 8:45 πμ. Θ. Λειτουργία 10 πμ.
Weekdays: Orthros (Matins): 8:00 AM
Divine Liturgy: 9:00 AM
Καθημερινές: Ορθρος 8 πμ. Θ. Λειτουργία 9 πμ.
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.
Are you willing to assist with the Greek Pastry Booth at the Williamsburg Farmers’ Market on Saturday mornings this summer in Market Square, please contact Lisa Jones at email@example.com. This is an enjoyable way to spend some time in Colonial Williamsburg and help the Church!
RELIABLE BABYSITTER AVAILABLE
Catherine Tyson, one of the OCF students at W&M and regular attendee of Divine Liturgy at St. Demetrios, is in Williamsburg for the Summer working on a summer research project and a class. She is seeking babysitting jobs, so if you have such a need, please contact her at: firstname.lastname@example.org
CAMP GOOD SHEPHERD VIRGINIA
REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN FOR Camp Good Shepherd Virginia, July 2 - 8, 2017. This is an overnight Orthodox Christian Summer Camp for the Greek Orthodox parishes in the southern region of the Metropolis of New Jersey. CGSV is for children who have completed 5th grade through 12th grade. At camp the children have an opportunity to grow closer to Christ, their faith and their fellow Orthodox Christians through daily services, Christian education and prayer. The week is jam-packed full of fun camping activities like campfires, canoeing, rock wall climbing, archery, cabin competitions and more! For more information, contact email@example.com .
NARTHEX GREETERS WANTED
This year the parish council would like to include more members in welcoming worshipers on Sunday. Each Sunday there will be one or two parish council members in the Narthex, but we would also like to invite families, couples, and singles to work in the Narthex and during coffee fellowship as greeters.
The primary goal is to provide a friendly and caring introduction to the church. Specific tasks will include opening the doors, handing out bulletins, providing a warm welcome to parishioners and visitors and passing the collection trays. During coffee fellowship - facilitating the introduction of members and visitors to each other.
We hope that you will agree that this initiative provides a wonderful opportunity for your family to provide a vital service to the church. If you, your spouses, or your whole family would be interested in participating please let Barbara Short know and she will work with you to add you to the Sunday narthex schedule.
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.
HIGH SCHOOL GRADUATES & COLLEGE STUDENTS
Thank you so much for your continued prayers for the ministry of Orthodox Christian Fellowship (OCF), the Orthodox campus ministry. Fr. Gianulis continues to serve as a spiritual advisor for the College of William and Mary, but many of our students attend other universities.
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