Ventura County Greek Festival 2016

Saint Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church Dodgers Stadium Greek Heritage Day

21:June

KVTA 1590 Radio Interview with Fr Gary


Radio Interview

24:June

Ventura County Greek Festival Radio Ad


Ventura County Greek Festival Promotion


To help spread the word about the Festival we are asking all Facebook users to Invite, Share and RSVP for the Festival.


Facebook SharingTo invite people to the Ventura County Greek Festival:
1. Go to the event page (https://www.facebook.com/events/1612012372450514/)
2. Click Invite in the top right, below the event photo
3. Click on Choose Friends & then Search for and select friends to invite and then click Send Invites


To Share the Ventura County Greek Festival:
1. Go to the event page (https://www.facebook.com/events/1612012372450514/)
2. Clicking Invite as you did above, then click on Share Event


To RSVP for the Ventura County Greek Festival:
1. Go to the event page (https://www.facebook.com/events/1612012372450514/)
2. Click Interested or Going in the top right, below the event photo. When you choose Interested, you'll get updates on the event and have the option to change your RSVP later.


To “Like” the Ventura County Greek Festival Facebook Page:
1. Go to the Facebook Page (https://www.facebook.com/vcgreekfestival/)
2. Click Like on the cover photo

27:AUG

Dodgers Stadium Greek Heritage Day


Asking all Greek Dodger Fans to fill the Right Field Pavilion!
Come celebrate Greek Heritage Day at Dodgers Stadium on August 27th as the Dodgers take on the Chicago Cubs.
Wear your Greek - Dodger Blue and enjoy the game by sitting in the All-You-Can Eat Pavilion, which includes unlimited Dodger Dogs, nachos, popcorn, peanuts and soft drinks.
This event will SELL OUT so purchase your tickets before it's too late!
Buy Tickets Now

Message from Fr Gary

Fr Gary

Map It

Preparing for a fishing expedition, I handed a copy of a map of the lake to each of my boys. It was a copy of an original and an old one at that. You could see the residue that accumulated on the copy print after print after print. We gathered our supplies, some tackle, snacks, drinks and a variety of activities to help us with our patience.

After approving the snacks and activities one of the boys asked an important question. While pointing to the map he asked, “Where are we going to fish?” “Right there,” I said touching the map and pointing to a corner of the lake. He responded, “How do we get there?” “Well,” I said, “you follow this road and turn left up over here.” “And how do you know that? Have you been there before?” “No,” I said, “never been there. We’ll follow the map.” “Who drew the map, Dad?” “Someone who knows the lake.”

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Constant communication with God is imperative as believers.
I ask that we pray the following prayer.

O Lord, our God, please bless those who contribute to the enrichment of our Church, our Chanters, Choir, Staff, Stewards, Ushers, and Volunteers with a sacred desire to serve with gladness and dedicated hearts. Assign a Guardian Angel to walk before them so that they grow in faith and discernment. Multiply their efforts, sanctify their work and bless all of their endeavors. Grant them well-being and health. Grant them understanding, peace and happiness in this life to help them fulfill Your will. AMEN

Fr Gary Kyriacou

Friday's Epistle Reading

Saints Feasts and Readings

St. Paul's Letter to the Romans 13:11-14; 14:1-4

Prokeimenon. Grave Mode.

Psalm 63.11,1

The righteous shall rejoice in the Lord.

Verse: Oh God, hear my cry.

Brethren, salvation is nearer to us now than when we first believed; the night is far gone, the day is at hand. Let us then cast off the works of darkness and put on the armor of light; let us conduct ourselves becomingly as in the day, not in reveling and drunkenness, not in debauchery and licentiousness, not in quarreling and jealousy. But put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no provision for the flesh, to gratify its desires.

As for the man who is weak in faith, welcome him, but not for disputes over opinions. One believes he may eat anything, while the weak man eats only vegetables. Let not him who eats despise him who abstains, and let not him who abstains pass judgment on him who eats; for God has welcomed him. Who are you to pass judgment on the servant of another? It is before his own master that he stands or falls. And he will be upheld, for God is able to make him stand.

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Friday's Gospel Reading

Saints Feasts and Readings

Nativity of the Forerunner John the Baptist

The Gospel according to Luke 1:1-25, 57-68, 76-80

Inasmuch as many have undertaken to compile a narrative of the things which have been accomplished among us, just as they were delivered to us by those who from the beginning were eyewitnesses and ministers of the word, it seemed good to me also, having followed all things closely for some time past, to write an orderly account for you, most excellent Theophilos, that you may know the truth concerning the things of which you have been informed. In the days of Herod, king of Judea, there was a priest named Zacharias, of the division of Abijah; and he had a wife of the daughters of Aaron, and her name was Elizabeth. And they were both righteous before God, walking in all the commandments and ordinances of the Lord blameless. But they had no child, because Elizabeth was barren, and both were advanced in years. Now while he was serving as priest before God when his division was on duty, according to the custom of the priesthood, it fell to him by lot to enter the temple of the Lord and burn incense. And the whole multitude of the people were praying outside at the hour of incense. And there appeared to him an angel of the Lord standing on the right side of the altar of incense. And Zacharias was troubled when he saw him, and fear fell upon him. But the angel said to him, "Do not be afraid, Zacharias, for your prayer is heard, and your wife Elizabeth will bear you a son, and you shall call his name John. And you will have joy and gladness, and many will rejoice at his birth; for he will be great before the Lord, and he shall drink no wine nor strong drink, and he will be filled with the Holy Spirit, even from his mother's womb. And he will turn many of the sons of Israel to the Lord their God, and he will go before him in the spirit and power of Elijah, to turn the hearts of the fathers to the children, and the disobedient to the wisdom of the just, to make ready for the Lord a people prepared." And Zacharias said to the angel, "How shall I know this? For I am an old man, and my wife is advanced in years." And the angel answered him, "I am Gabriel, who stands in the presence of God; and I was sent to speak to you, and to bring you this good news. And behold, you will be silent and unable to speak until the day that these things come to pass, because you did not believe my words, which will be fulfilled in their time." And the people were waiting for Zacharias, and they wondered at his delay in the temple. And when he came out, he could not speak to them, and they perceived that he had seen a vision in the temple; and he made signs to them and remained dumb. And when his time of service was ended, he went to his home. After these days his wife Elizabeth conceived, and for five months she hid herself, saying, "Thus the Lord has done to me in the days when he looked on me, to take away my reproach among men." Now the time came for Elizabeth to be delivered, and she gave birth to a son. And her neighbors and kinsfolk heard that the Lord had shown great mercy to her, and they rejoiced with her. And on the eighth day they came to circumcise the child; and they would have named him Zacharias after his father, but his mother said, "Not so; he shall be called John." And they said to her, "None of your kindred is called by this name." And they made signs to his father, inquiring what he would have him called. And he asked for a writing tablet, and wrote, "His name is John." And they all marveled. And immediately his mouth was opened and his tongue loosed, and he spoke, blessing God. And fear came on all their neighbors. And all these things were talked about through all the hill country of Judea; and all who heard them laid them up in their hearts, saying, "What then will this child be?" For the hand of the Lord was with him. And his father Zacharias was filled with the Holy Spirit, and prophesied, saying, "Blessed be the Lord God of Israel, for he has visited and redeemed his people. And you, child, will be called the prophet of the Most High; for you will go before the Lord to prepare his ways." And the child grew and became strong in spirit, and he was in the wilderness till the day of his manifestation to Israel.

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