RESCUE MISSION

Next opportunity to help: Saturday, May 19th

The 11 am to 1 pm shift is great for kids who need community service hours. Were always open to receiv- ing funds to help feed the hungry: St. Demetrios Rescue Mission Fund. Sign-up sheet in hallway at church!

Nick & Barbara Kokkinis (805) 815-3063 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

John Poulos (805) 558-2633 cell This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.   read more ..

2012 SCHOLARSHIP OPPORTUNITIES

The Order of AHEPA, Daughters of Penelope and Irini Chapter of Philoptochos at St. Demetrios are happy to announce the availability of their annual scholarships.

Application forms are available in the St. Demetrios church office. Arrangements can be made to pick them up or have them sent. Please call 482-1273 for help.

We wish all of our applicants the best of luck with their continuing educational progress read more ..

YOUTH DIVERS NEEDED:

 

MALE OR FEMALE, 12 TO 17 YEARS OF AGE FOR RELEASE FORMS CONTACT: FR. GARY IN THE OFFICE AT 482-1273

EARLY BIRD DISCOUNTS AVAILABLE ONLY IF PAID IN FULL

BY THURSDAY, DECEMBER 15TH, 2011 ST. DEMETRIOS GREEK ORTHODOX CHURCH, 400 SKYWAY DRIVE, CAMARILLO CA 93010 QUESTIONS? CALL BARBARA KOKKINIS AT (805) 815-3063 OR EMAIL HER AT This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. LARGE PARTIES MUST PRE-PAY & NOTE LAST NAMES OF ALL GUESTS read more ..

TEEN EVENT: Coffee & Couches

For youth from 15 to 19 years of age Sunday, April 29th at 6 pm in Camarillo Hosted The Coler Family

Join Fr. Gary at the Coler Home for coffee and informal talk with your peers. RSVP to Fr. Gary at 443-3376  read more..



A LIMITED NUMBER OF DRAWING TICKETS ARE AVAILABLE FOR $50 EACH

We will be having the drawing we started at last year’s October Dinner Dance. Only 25 more tickets are available for $50 each, winners to receive cash prizes of up to $1,000 All drawing proceeds benefit the Building Fund; all tickets previously bought will be included Contact Pam in the office, Fr. Gary, or Keith Valle to purchase your tickets!  read more..



ATTEND OUR ANNUAL AGAPE PICNIC

Directly following Agape Vespers (12 pm) on Easter Sunday, April 15th, 2012 at 1pm

We are trying something new this year, and asking people to pay according to their ability. We want everyone to attend! The actual cost of the picnic is about $20 per person, some can afford more, some less, and we want you to pay what you can. You can make a payment of any amount at any time, but PLEASE RSVP ASAP with the number of people attending so we know how much food to provide!

You can make a donation at the door, but we really need to know how many people to expect. Call or email Pam at the office:(805) 482-1273 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or get in touch with Nick Mirras, contact information below. 

See Nick Mirras on Sunday for tickets, more information, or to offer help. Contact him at (818) 913-1568 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  read more..

YOUTH EPIPHANY CELEBRATION: SUNDAY, JANUARY 8th, 2012

EPIPHANY SERVICE AT ST. DEMETRIOS BEGINS AT 9:30 AM THEN PROCEEDS TO VENTURA HARBOR CROSS PROCESSION & DIVE FOR THE CROSS BEGINS AT NOON LUNCHEON IMMEDIATELY FOLLOWING THE GREEK AT THE HARBOR 1583SPINNAKERDR-VENTURA HARBOR-VENTURA,CA93001 (805) 650-5350 FOR DIRECTIONS ONLY or WWW.GREEKVENTURAHARBOR.COM $45 ADULTS — $35/PERSON IF PAID BY WED, DECEMBER 15TH $17 YOUNG ADULTS 12 – 17 YEARS OF AGE $10CHILDREN 6 TO 11 YEARS OF AGE SPAGHETTI LUNCH CHILDREN 5 AND YOUNGER ARE FREE read more..

Message from Fr Gary

Fr Gary

I’m Your Buckaroo, I Wanna Be Like You


Country singer Rodney Atkins has a song called, “Watching You.” He talks about going through the McDonald’s drive thru and riding around town with his four-year-old. He says he stops quickly to avoid a red light and as he screeched to a stop the little boy’s fries and drink go flying all over the car. The four-year-old yells a four-letter word. Atkins says, "Son, now where did you learn to talk like that?" The boy said, "I've been watching you, dad, ain't that cool? I'm your buckaroo, I wanna be like you.”

I want to be like you. Flattering words, but some of our actions don’t need to be repeated. As parents we all have instances where our kids, when they are young, imitate our behavior. Whether it is trying to shave with soap bubbles, make cookies with play-doh, put on our shoes, or use a toy lawnmower as we push the real thing: they want to be like us. Our example is an important one. They learn so much from what we do, what we say, and how we behave. Are we giving them the best version of ourselves?

Making the lives of our children easier is a goal of every parent. We do what we can to help them advance in life, teaching them lessons along the way. These lessons can be well structured and thought out, or the child can learn, like in the song mentioned, just by watching. What is it we display?


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