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

Christ-Centered Parish


I learn a lot of interesting things at committee meetings. At one meeting, when discussing the newsletter of our parish, The Myrrh-Bearer, someone frankly said, “Nobody reads that.” That person is either right or wrong depending on how much further you go into this message. At our most recent Parish Council meeting, a parish council member, politely, combined the conversation about healthy church finances with the status of our relationship with Christ.

It wasn’t me, I wasn’t preaching, it was one of YOUR ELECTED OFFICERS, that was sharing this thought. I was mesmerized by his conviction; I looked around at the other members and they were too! The Holy Spirit was present. His inspiration moved us to take the conversation about Parish financial health to a new level.

“Every year we consider ways to raise money. What fundraisers can we hold? How will we meet our obligation to the Metropolis and Archdiocese? How can we motivate better giving? Instead,” he went on, “How can we serve Christ? How can we instill a deep love for Jesus, in every member, young and old, so that our Parish becomes financially healthy and shows greater concern for how Christ-Centered we are as a group?”

It was refreshing to hear a leader of our community express these thoughts. I have offered them in the past, but it is cliché for the priest to say it, because I’m supposed to. A group begins to reexamine the metric for success when a respected member of the Parish Council looks intently at his peers and says, “Are you concerned for your salvation?” If we look at our challenges through the lens of salvation, that is, how what we do will enhance our relationship with Christ, a new perspective is born.

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