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

Hurricane Harvey


With all the tragic events happening in our world today: hurricanes earthquakes and shootings, it is comforting to know that our Orthodox Christian Church plays an active role in the recovery efforts. As a frontliner for the IOCC (International Orthodox Christian Charities) I can be deployed for any number of catastrophes to offer emotional and spiritual care (ESC). Following our deployment we are to submit a report to identify some of the work we encountered. The following is part of my incident report. The names have been changed to protect identities.

Some of the most touching visits I had with those that had lost everything were:

● Wheelchair bound woman, approximately 55 years old. Lives in 9 story building across the street. As soon as she realized that the Brown Convention Center was opened to those displaced she came over to lend a hand. Working off very little sleep. Was very emotional and shared many, many stories and encounters. The most telling was:

She took guardianship of a (total) stranger’s children (3 kids ages 7 and younger), while this stranger went into labor to deliver her fourth child.

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