27:NOV

Santa Claus Helpers Needed! 

He has made his list, he’s checked it twice and realized he needs some help!

St. Demetrios will be collecting gifts and donations for Jose de Jesus from Project Mexico & St Innocent Orphanage.

ALL DONATIONS MUST BE COLLECTED BY SUNDAY, November 27th for processing plus allow time for shipment to Mexico for Christmas Day joy.

Our parish will sponsor one child named Jose de Jesus for all his needs but also would like to buy a few gifts each for the other 25 young men at the orphanage. We are looking for specific board games from their wish lists below. You may find both wish lists on the trees located in the Narthex or on Amazon. To ensure we are able to gather all the items on the list please only pull the tag off of the ornament if you are positive that you are going to purchase the item and have it in the office by November 27th. Once you have pulled the tag, write your name on the back of the ornament. You will get to take the ornament home once all donations have been collected as a thank you. Contact Tim McGuire if you would like to reserve a gift or have any questions. Tim can be reached at 818-522-8290 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

If you hate shopping like Scrooge, please feel free to donate cash, by check (please write Santa's Helpers in the memo line) or call the office and charge by phone at 805-482-1273.

THANK YOU FOR YOUR GENEROSITY IN HELPING TO MAKE THIS CHRISTMAS AWESOME FOR THOSE IN NEED!!!

Wish List

Group Picture

Christmas

13:Nov

Parish Assembly Agenda


Parish Assembly Agenda
November 13, 2016
After Divine Liturgy

1. Call to Order —Determination of Quorum – President, Ari Qutami
2. Opening Prayer —Priest, Father Gary Kyriacou
3. Election of Assembly Chair —President, Ari Qutami
4. Ratification of Minutes —Spring General Assembly 2016
5. Priest's Report —Father Gary Kyriacou —10 minutes
6. President's Report —Ari Qutami —10 minutes
7. Treasurer’s Report —10 minutes (Dr. Bob Gonzalez)
8. Stewardship Report —10 minutes (Terri Vegos)
9. Building-Related Reports —30 minutes
a. PDI Committee (Keith Valle—10 minute
b. Building Fund (Mary Freeth—10 minutes)
c. Capital Campaign (George Joannou —10 minutes)
10. Reports —10 minutes
a. Acolytes (Thomas Knauss)
b. Boy Scouts (Lou Leopold)
c. Dance Groups
i. Thavmatakia (Ari Qutami)
ii. Agape (Kerri Brode, Christina Joannou, Stella Kalivas)
iii. Parea (Dia Chass)
d. Golf Tournament (Joe and Mary Freeth)
e. Greek School (Niki Rozou)
f. Festival 2016 Report (Joannou/Knauss/Poulos)
g. Festival 2017 Status (Joannou/Knauss/Poulos)
h. Orthodox Study (Effie Stantzos)
i. Philoptochos (Martha Poulos)
j. Sunday School (Mandee Sanderson)
k. VIPs (Vacant, chairperson needed)
l. Youth (Helen Tangalos)
11. Nominations for Parish Council (Election date set for Sunday, December 4 after Divine Liturgy)
a. NOTE: BY LAW Change: ARTICLE 24:
SECTION 1: The Parish Council shall consist of nine elected members and is responsible for conducting all parish affairs in keeping with the aims and purposes as herein set forth in Article 15 - WAS AMENDED BY THE SPRING 2016 Assembly BODY to READ:
The Parish Council proposes to change the number of elected officers from a minimum of 9 (nine) to up to 11 (eleven) members.
THUS:
Six (6) Parish Council seats available for January 2017– December 2018
Returning Members whose Term Expires December 2017- five (5) seats: Bob Gonzales, Deb Greanias George Mallakis, and John Poulos ONE VACANT
12. Election of Board of Auditors - 5 minutes
13. Elect 2 Representatives to attend Metropolis Clergy-Laity 2017
14. 2017 Budget —15 minutes (Dr. Bob Gonzalez)
15. Good of the Parish—-10 minutes
16. Closing Prayer

Notice of Fall 2016 Parish Assembly

The Fall Parish Assembly will be held on Sunday, November 13, 2016. The Parish By-Laws require a 10-day advance written OR ELECTRONIC notice to all members. This shall serve as that written notice. The Parish Assembly will begin after Divine Liturgy (roughly 11:45AM). Your participation is requested and important for our future. A question and answer period is provided in the agenda to ask questions regarding presentations.

As noted in our by-laws, participation in the Parish Assembly requires that one be a member in good ecclesiastical and financial standing at Saint Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church; Camarillo, CA. This means that participants must be Baptized and/or Chrismated in the Orthodox Church, and where applicable, married or divorced in the Orthodox Church, and living in accordance with the faith and canons of the Church. Simply, there must exist no spiritual impediments for complete participation in the life of the Church.

In order to vote, your stewardship pledge must be paid up to the lesser of: 1) The average stewardship pledge of the parish or 2) Two-thirds of your stewardship pledge. You must have been a member in good standing for at least three months to vote. (Per our by-laws, this means you must have pledged for year 2016 by August 13, 2016)

29:Oct

Fr Gary’s 15th Year Anniversary of Ordination


The Celebration is at the Camarillo Community Center 1605 E. Burnley St. Camarillo, CA 93010

Please RSVP via Pushpay or contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. at 805-482-1273

RSVP with Pushpay

Project Mexico St Innocent Orphanage

Project Mexico & Saint Innocent Orphanage Pantry Partners

Project Mexico St Innocent Orphanage

Three new boys have just joined the Project Mexico and St. Innocent Orphanage family: Armando, age 8, Carlos, age 7, and Christopher, age 6. They are already enrolled in elementary school and are adjusting to orphanage life. Please keep all the boys and staff in your prayers during this important transition time. Glory to God for all things! As we continue to collect pantry items for the Orphanage please take a minute to look over their current needs list and consider grabbing something the next time you are out and about.


It would be a blessing for us to further aid our neighbors to the south at Project Mexico & St Innocent Orphanage. As I am sure you can imagine when caring for 25 boys, there are many mouths to feed, clothes to wash, and bathrooms to clean!


"We all sing the praises of the loving parishes who make these donations possible and directly impact the lives of our boys!"

Project Mexico & St Innocent Orphanage

Please help ensure more than just the survival of these boys and young men. Thank you all for your generosity and all you do in building hope for these youngsters without families.

Please contact Tim McGuire at 818-522-8290 or via email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more details.

A donation box will be located up stairs during coffee hour to collect items on an ongoing basis.

Please help support the boys by donating any of the items below or financially to this worthy cause!

Amazon Smaile

We have set up an Amazon Smile Wishlist to help with some shopping ideas & and they will donate 0.5% back to St Demetrios.

Project Mexico St Innocent Orphanage

Project Mexico & St Innocent Orphanage Website

All of the boys in St. Innocent Orphanage are considered orphans because they were removed from their home by social services, they ran away from home due to an abusive situation or their parents are deceased or imprisoned. St. Innocent Orphanage is not a foster care facility, so when we accept one of these special boys into our home, we do so with the knowledge that they will be with us until they are grown men.

Because of the substantial number of orphaned children in Mexico, the inadequate state and capacity of municipal and city orphanages, and the need to prioritize available resources for the care of younger children, these adolescent and teenage boys become marginalized and are left to care for themselves on the streets. If not for the existence of St. Innocent Orphanage, these boys would eventually be drawn into a violent life of drug trafficking, prostitution and other criminal activity.

A healthy and vibrant spiritual life is vital for the therapeutic and developmental needs of our boys, and is led by the Orthodox priest on staff, who lives on the orphanage property. The teachings and practices of Orthodoxy are taught and experienced daily as our boys enjoy a rich Sacramental Life. Each morning the boys begin their day with prayers, and every Sunday they participate in Divine Liturgy. We are proud that many of our boys serve in the altar, while others serve as chanters.

We seek to integrate the Orthodox faith into most aspects of the boys’ daily lives, and provide them with many examples to live out their Orthodox faith by interacting with and learning from others. In addition, as home building volunteers and clergy come to visit St. Innocent Orphanage throughout the year, our boys are blessed to witness and share so many great examples of Orthodox Christianity.

A strong academic program is our top priority at St. Innocent Orphanage. Because many of our boys come into the orphanage severely behind in school or having no education at all, we work very hard to help them catch up with their grade-level peers. Each day, many hours are spent helping our boys with their homework and re-teaching the day’s lessons. Our highly-trained educational staff prioritize not only homework completion, but subject comprehension, supplemental lessons and practical application projects.

Since the average education level completed in northern Mexico is 8th grade, we push our boys to strive for at least a high school diploma and even a college degree, if they are able and willing. A sound education will empower each boy to become a responsible, productive, self-sufficient man, able to support his own family and make a significant contribution to society. While education is no doubt a struggle for many of our boys, there is nothing they love more than going to school. All of our boys attend public schools in the communities surrounding the orphanage.