Coffee Hour

“Gratitude is the fairest blossom which springs from the soul”
Henry Ward Beecher

My gratitude and gratefulness to those who have so generously sponsored our coffee hours. You have been such a blessing to St. Demetrios. Welcoming people and connecting people into the life of the church have made you wonderful ambassadors for St. Demetrios.
As we celebrate our Nameday I realize the differences at St.Demetrios in the next 5 years will be greater than the changes of the past 25 years. The Coffee Hour ministry has grown over the past year, the community room full is of activity every Sunday. It takes dedication from volunteers to continue our coffee hour ministry. We would love to have you share any celebrations with your church family or if you are planning a remembrance of a loved one to consider hosting a coffee hour. We are working on establishing a coffee hour sign up on the webpage, more info to come. The coffee hour ministry also offers to shop and prepare items for the coffee hour if you are unable to, if you are interested in this option contact Jody at (805)402-3696 or via email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Message from Fr Gary

Fr Gary

God’s Holy Word


A great benefit of spending time at summer camp is the opportunity to disconnect from technology. Not having a phone or internet connection gets you excited to receive mail. A great joy is receiving a (good old fashioned) letter from home. The delight in holding an envelope with the familiar handwriting of a loved one is a highlight for all the staff, counselors and campers. Everyone gets electrified when they get mail (real, handwritten, stamped envelope mail).

One afternoon at St. Sophia Camp, the Director handed me a small envelope sent to me from Christie. I took it, looked at it and put it in my pocket. “You gonna read it?” He asked. I nodded, smiled and walked to the chapel to prepare for evening vespers. I placed it on the altar and put my vestments on for the service.

Vespers ended and the kids were excited to go up the hill to mail call, anticipating their own letters and packages. Prior to their leaving the chapel I shared with them the unopened envelope from my wife. I asked, “What if I just set this letter from my wife on my night stand and never opened or read it?” The responses were touching and hilarious.

One little guy said, “I think you should read it, it will make you happy!” Another jokingly said, “You might end up sleeping on the couch if you don’t.” An older teen girl said, “That’s just coldhearted, what if...

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