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

Four in Three


Ecclesiastes is one of my favorite books of the Bible. We find classic lines like, “To everything there is a season,” or “Vanity of vanities, all is vanity!” Taken as a whole, the Book of Ecclesiastes is full of wonderful wisdom. During my time at the seminary, a beloved priest professor would encourage us to read the entire book from beginning to end whenever we felt overwhelmed with the pressures of life. This tool served me well as a student, and has become a valuable tool in my ministry to Christ’s Church. A Priest witnesses all the emotions of life. You rejoice at the birth of a child and you mourn with the passing of a loved one. Ecclesiastes verbalizes this sentiment well.


In the past three weeks, I have participated in four funerals. Four beloved individuals left this world in the hope of the resurrection. Two funerals were for 30 something year old’s and two funerals were for 80 something year old’s, yet their loved ones shed the equal number of tears at each of the funerals. All four individuals left behind the same thing, a lasting memory of the relationships developed. Their grieving loved ones mourn their physical losses.


In late February, we lost Kevin, a 33 year old loving husband, father of two, son and good friend. Kevin battled stage 4 oral cancer for 16 months before leaving this life. During his last days, as he prepared to die, he taught those around him how to live! His love for baseball inspired a road trip, with his father, to San Francisco to see his beloved Giants play, and the holidays gave him the opportunity to express his love for his family and friends as they showered him with their loving sentiments. I stood, in rapt amazement, watching his beautiful young wife, with her their two year old child in her arms, sharing cherished memories. She made us laugh and she made us cry, but she reminded us that our hope as Christians is in our Lord’s Resurrection.

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