"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.
Sunday school starts on September 10, first with a Water Blessings Service (Aghiasmos) in the church, then with an orientation for the students in the classrooms.
Registration forms are available outside the Narthex. Please fill them out with your child’s information and leave the completed form in the box provided.
This is a Special Assembly to discuss two specific agenda items only: The Roof Repair way ahead; and a Parish Status Report. When? On September 24 after Divine Liturgy. Please come and have your questions answered and offer you constructive comments.
Beginning on Thursday, Sept. 21st, Fr. Gianulis will offer an 8 week Catechism Class, formerly known as Orthodoxy 101. This if required for those seeking to be baptized or chrismated in the Faith, but is open to all who would like to refresh their knowledge of the Orthodox Church. It is a basic catechism, meaning the fundamentals of our Faith. The class will meet weekly on Thursdays from 7 - 8 p.m. in person in the Vlahakis Education Center.
Anyone who wishes to support IOCC’s humanitarian response to the Ukraine crisis is asked to pray for all those affected and the people serving them, to share what IOCC is doing in order to spread the word, and to give as they are able financially. To make a donation toward these efforts, please visit iocc.org/ukraine22 or call 877.803.4622.
The Greek Orthodox Archdiocese also has a donation page on their web site. Click here for more information.
COMMUNIQUE OF THE HOLY EPARCHIAL SYNOD
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.
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.
OPEN FOR IN PERSON WORSHIP
Please join us Sunday. We all should feel comfortable and safe attending worship services if you are among those who have received your vaccination for the Coronavirus. If you do not feel quite secure or if you have not been vaccinated, you are welcome to wear a mask. Masks will still be available in the narthex.
The Orthodox believe in the actual presence of the Body and Blood of Christ. In the Divine Liturgy, we believe that the bread and wine are consecrated and are truly changed into the Body and Blood of Christ. A communicant must prepare to receive through prayer and fasting. Only baptized and confirmed Orthodox Christians should receive Holy Communion, and only when properly prepared.
Currently, at St. Demetrios, Holy Communion is distributed using separate spoons, one per person. What is critical is not the means of receiving Christ's gift, but what we receive: His Body and Blood. This is not only consistent with the wisdom of the Holy and Sacred Synod of the Ecumenical Patriarchate, but it underscores what His Eminence Archbishop Elpidophoros has affirmed since the beginning of the crisis: "It is not the way we receive; it is the Communion itself that saves us and gives us eternal life.”
Thursday September 14
Orthros, 8:45 a.m.
Divine Liturgy 9:30 a.m.
Procession of the Holy Cross, 10:30 a.m.
Please, basil is needed for the decoration of the tray. If you have basil, please bring it to church on Sunday, Sept. 10th or Wednesday, Sept. 13th. Thank you.
Note also, the procession will ONLY take place on the Feastday, i.e., on Thursday. There will not be a procession of the Sunday after the Holy Cross.
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.
There is a great need and the food pantry shelves are starting to empty. There are two big ways we can help:
1. Donate items. attached below is a list of nonperishable foods and toiletries that they need right now. Highest of need are canned proteins: canned tuna, canned chicken, canned beans and pork, peanut butter, and canned pasta meals. Then next on the list is canned fruits and vegetables. People can either drop off these items to Williamsburg House of Mercy from 10am to 4pm each day, or they can order them on Amazon and have them delivered. They have an outside dop-off bin. Williamsburg House of Mercy is located at:
Williamsburg House of Mercy
10 Harrison Avenue
Williamsburg, VA 23185
2. Donate financially. The easiest way to do is to go directly to their giving page on their website here:
Chariton the Confessor
Saints and Feasts Commemorated
Chariton the Confessor; Our Righteous Father Alkeisonus, Metropolitan of Nicopolis; Old Epirus; Baruch the Prophet; Neophytos & Auxentios the Martyrs of Cyprus; Wenceslaus the Martyr, Prince of the Czechs
Visit the Online Chapel for more daily readings, hymns, a monthly calendar of saints and feasts, and more.