"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.
FISH FRY IS BACK
Congratulations to the newly elected officers of the Parish Council for the coming year. If you are interested in assisting any of them in their area of responsibility, please do not hesitate to ask. They would love the help. We pray God's blessings on them for good governance of our parish and for their service to the Church. They are...
President: Tom Coghill, re-elected to second term
Vice-President: Nicholas Sarantakos
Treasurer: Maria Reed
Secretary: Daniel Monahan
This week, we will have a guided discussion on the Epistle reading for the upcoming Sunday, which will be St. Paul's first letter to Timothy, chapter 4, vss. 9-15. Join us each week: Our Study Group meets on Wednesdays from 7 - 8 p.m.
If you would like your home blessed with the holy water of Epiphany, please phone the church office — 220-0994 — and leave a message. Fr. Gianulis will return your call and coordinate a day and time.
His Eminence Metropolitan Evangelos cordially invites you to the Three Hierarchs/Greek Letters Day Celebration on Saturday, February 8th. Dinner and Program at 5:00 p.m. hosted by Annunciation Greek Orthodox Cathedral. The dinner is free of charge. Please RSVP to the Annunciation Cathedral office at 757-440-0500 by January 27th.
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.
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.
The Pschosavvata, or Saturdays of the Souls, will be held on the following dates. Please note, on the first of these, the service will be on Friday evening because Fr. Gianulis will be at St. Nicholas leading the Men's Retreat on Saturday.
Friday, Febrary 21st, Divine Liturgy at 6:00 p.m. followed by the Memorial Service.
Saturday, February 29 and March 7 (The Miracle of St. Theodore and the Kolliva), Divine Liturgy at 10:00 a.m. followed by the Memorial Service.
Theme: "A Warrior's Guide to the Ten Commandments: How Do We Abide?"
All Orthodox men are warriors engaged in Spiritual Warfare. All of the commandments are precepts of God, yet there are three in particular need to be further examined and discussed. Come see.
Date: Saturday, February 22, 2020
For: All men here and everywhere in our Virginia region.
Site: @ St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church Hall, 621 First Colonial Road, Virginia Beach.
Speaker: Fr. Milton Gianulis
Host: FROGMEN Men’s Group of St. Nicholas.
Cost: $20 to cover meals and materials.
9:00 – 10:00 Saturday of Souls Liturgy
10:00 Registration, Breakfast
10:30 – 11:15 First Session
11:15 – Noon Small Groups (Reflect on questions)
Noon – 12:30 Re-Convene & Reflect
12:30 – 1:30 p.m. Lunch
1:30 – 2:15 Session two
2:15 – 3:00 Q & A.
3:00 Closing Prayer & Departure.
Registration Forms are available in the narthex of St. Demetrios, or call St. Nicholas at 757-422-5600 to register. Deadline: February 15, 2020
The annual OCF retreat held at the College of William & Mary and St. Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church will be held the weekend of February 14 - 16. The theme is "Love... Actually: from Eros to Agape."
We are thrilled to have Metropolitan Gregory Tatsis (of Nyssa) as this year's retreat leader. For more information and to register, follow the links below.
"Who has Christ Called You to Be? Hearing, Living, and Responding to His Call"
Retreat Leaders are Presbyteres Pat Tsagalakis and Donna Papas. Follow the link for more information and to register.
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.
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.
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