Memorial Services DAUGHTERS OF PENELOPE: Will hold a monthly potluck luncheon meeting on Thursday, December 3 at 6:30 pm upstairs. All interested ladies are welcome. Please contact Evonne Dabkovich to RSVP (805-218-5693 or 805-987-3504) and let her know what type dish you will bring. Daughters of Penelope will be holding a Sees Holiday candy sale from November 15 through December 25. Sees boxed candy, novelties, and gift certificates will be available to take, or for preorder. Proceeds help to fund national projects such as The Penelope House, domestic violence family center and the Saint Nicholas National Shrine at the World Trade Center plus local charities such as providing Christmas gifts to a needy family through the Rain project.


Youth Mental Illness Education

Ending The Silence: is a 50 minute program designed for jr. high & high school audiences. This transformational program is devoted to giving students an opportunity to learn about mental illness through an informative PowerPoint, short videos, and personal testimony. Through the presentation, students learn symptoms and indicators of mental illness, and are given ideas about how to help themselves, friends, or family members who may be in need of support. St. Demetrios will host a meeting here on Tuesday, December 15 at 7pm upstairs in the Assembly Hall. Call the church office 805-482-1273 for more details.

Dean Valle Eagle Scout Project

Our very own Dean Valle is working on an Eagle Scout project and beautifying St. Demetrios is his project! To accomplish this worthy goal he's asking for help.

Volunteers Needed - November 21, 27, 28 at 8am

Lunch is provided

Bring tools (shovels, rakes, gloves, trimmers)

Meet behind the Cross to pull weeds and dead plants, plant new plants and trim overgrown weeds.

Donations for new plants greatly appreciated.

Dean's Project:

Trim overgrown plants, spread bark and replace dead plants plus add some new ones.

Any money donated for the purchase of plants would be greatly appreciated.

He'll take the money at any time between now and during the weekend---he's collected about $400 bucks or so; but his budget is about $1000.

Your muscles (physical and financially) are very much appreciated!!!

You can use this event to work off some of that Thanksgiving "fluffiness" that is acquired during the holiday...

More Info on the St Demetrios Boy Scouts

Philoptochos Holiday Bake Sale

If you enjoyed the pastries at our festival, here is your opportunity to pre-order some for Holiday entertaining, to give as gifts, or just for your own enjoyment. Try our spanakopita rolls and tamales as well. Proceeds from our fundraiser support Ventura County Charities.

Please Place Orders by Sunday, November 29, 2015
Order Form

Message from Fr Gary

Fr Gary

Challenges for 2016

St. Paul inspires the Hebrews to stand firm and increase their desire to be like Christ. In his letter to the Hebrews, at 12:1, he writes, “let us run with endurance the race that is set before us.” Life as a race is a metaphor we can easily comprehend. The clever athlete prepares weeks in advance, she doesn’t wait until the night before to start her training. As Orthodox Christians we are “ATHLETES FOR CHRIST.” In this month’s Myrrh-bearer, I would like to issue a “challenge” for the upcoming New Year, 2016. I ask that we all adhere to this “Spiritual Training” as a way for us to grow in our Faith.

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Tuesday's Epistle Reading

Saints Feasts and Readings

St. Paul's First Letter to Timothy 5:11-21

Prokeimenon. Grave Mode.

Psalm 63.11,1

The righteous shall rejoice in the Lord.

Verse: Oh God, hear my cry.

TIMOTHY, my son, refuse to enrol younger widows; for when they grow wanton against Christ they desire to marry, and so they incur condemnation for having violated their first pledge. Besides that, they learn to be idlers, gadding about from house to house, and not only idlers but gossips and busybodies, saying what they should not. So I would have younger widows marry, bear children, rule their households, and give the enemy no occasion to revile us. For some have already strayed after Satan. If any believing man or woman has relatives who are widows, let him assist them; let the church not be burdened, so that it may assist those who are real widows. Let the elders who rule well be considered worthy of double honor, especially those who labor in preaching and teaching; for the scripture says, "You shall not muzzle an ox when it is treading out the grain," and, "The laborer deserves his wages." Never admit any charge against an elder except on the evidence of two or three witnesses. As for those who persist in sin, rebuke them in the presence of all, so that the rest may stand in fear. In the presence of God and of Christ Jesus and of the elect angels I charge you to keep these rules without favor, doing nothing from partiality.

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Tuesday's Gospel Reading

Saints Feasts and Readings

Tuesday of the 11th Week

The Gospel according to Luke 19:45-48

At that time, Jesus entered the temple and began to drive out those who sold, saying to them, "It is written, 'My house shall be a house of prayer'; but you have made it a den of robbers." And he was teaching daily in the temple. The chief priests and the scribes and the principal men of the people sought to destroy him; but they did not find anything they could do, for all the people hung upon his words.

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