"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
We are excited to annonce that our Metropolis now has a Twitter account.
Click here to follow them on Twitter.
GOYA EVENT -- BUSCH GARDENS
Thursday July 26th! Let's join the other Orthodox Churches' GOYANS and Campers from CGS VA. Not just campers and not just GOYANS, but all young people and any parents who would like to come as well. The Plan: RSVP Thomas Manuel (or 804 614 5924) by Tuesday, July 24th to get the group rate of $62. Normal Busch Gardens price is $90. Please provide your name and cell phone number. If you do not RSVP by the 24th we cannot include you on the discounted group rate. No cancellations and no refunds because the tickets will be purchased in advance. Meet at Busch Gardens main Entrance at 10:30 am on Thursday, July 26th, for a photo and future plans.
The Parish Council needs to fill two vacancies and is seeking qualified candidates. As per the Uniform Parish Regulations, this is to be done by appointment by the current Parish Council in order to complete the remaining terms of the departing members, not by election. If you would be willing to make this commitment—a great stewardship gift to St. Demetrios—we would be most appreciative. Please contact any of the Parish Council members and express your interest.
ORTHODOX STUDY GROUP ON SUMMER VACATION
We are taking June through August off for out Orthdodox Study Group. Enjoy your summer family time and we will regroup in September.
METROPOLITANS ENCYCLICALS PENTECOST 2018
Please see the Metropolitans Encyclicals on Pentecost 2018
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 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.
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.
FAST OF THE THEOTOKOS and PARAKLESIS SERVICES
August 1 - 14 marks the Fast of the Theotokos, which precedes the Feast of the Dormition of the Theotokos. The beautiful supplication services, Paraklesis, will be held on Wednesdays and Fridays at 6:00 p.m.
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.
FARMERS’ MARKET CANCELLED
We regret to inform you that this excellent fundraiser for our St. DemetriosChurch is canceled for the remainder of 2018. We thank the volunteers who did step up. Unfortunately, there were too few, so we have no alternative but to cancel.
FOCUS--BACKPACKS FOR KIDS
Thank you all very much who participated in this FOCUS service project. The backpacks filled with school supplies will be combined with those collected by the other area Orthodox Churches and those assembled at Camp Good Shepherd and delivered next week to Jacox Elementary School in Norfolk. We look forward to future sooperative service projects with this Orthodox network, Fellowship of Orthodox Christians United to Serve (FOCUS).
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.
Phocas the Holy Martyr, Bishop of Sinope; Ezekiel the Prophet; Pelagia the Righteous of Tinos; Trophimos & Theophilios and the 13 others martyred in Lycia; St. Anna of Levkadio; The Icons of the Most Holy Theotokos of Pochaev; Icon of the Mother of God
Stewardship & Memorials
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