THE MYRRH-BEARER VOLUME 18, ISSUE 3 APRIL 2012

Seven Goals: Fr. Gary

in the weekly cycle of services. This means Orthros and the Divine Liturgy on Sundays as well as Feasts of the Church and those services unique to seasons of our Liturgical year. Furthermore, as individuals and as families, we should find time for increased prayer in the home and in our everyday lives. We should make our dwellings an extension of our Church. Participation in the Divine Liturgy then serves as a reminder as to our calling in life.

3) Ministering to the sick

We should visit and care for shut-ins, those in hospitals

“AS COMMITTED ORTHO- DOX CHRISTIANS, EACH OF US, PRIEST AND LAY- PERSON, SHARES IN THE ROYAL PRIESTHOOD OF CHRIST. OUR TASK IS TO REALIZE THIS STEWARD- SHIP AS HIS SERVANTS, IN A MANNER BEFITTING HIS EXAMPLE TO HIS DISCIPLES, HIS PEOPLE AND HIS CREATION.”

Inside this issue:

FR. GARY CONTINUED AGAPE PICNIC INFO

PHILOPTOCHOS NEWS APRIL READINGS

MINISTRIES, YOUTH NEWS & BOY SCOUTS

AGAPE FUND, GOLF & FESTIVAL MEETING

APRIL/MAY CALENDARS

SUNDAY SCHOOL LENT RETREAT & CAMPS

APRIL BIRTHDAYS CUB SCOUTS

STEWARDSHIP UPDATE LIST OF STEWARDS

STEWARDSHIP CARD HOLY WEEK SCHEDULE

ST. DEMETRIOS INFO AND LEADERSHIP

Several years ago I sat down and constructed a list of goals and objectives for our Parish. Some of them are shared on the back of my business card. As we begin to move forward in our expansion process and as new families join our Parish, I think it would serve us well to reviewthem. I get really excited about ministry and the beauty of our Community!

1) To share the Truth of Orthodoxy with the County

We need to bring others towards Christ. We are biblically directed by our Lord to share the Good News. This in turn, encourages us to mature in our

own faith. We should adopt a "Come and See" attitude to our extended Ventura County neighbors and share the fullness of Orthodoxy.

2) To encourage healthy worship

We need to participate in Church services and increase our Sacramental awareness. Liturgical attendance and a regular personal relationships with Christ is accomplished as we constantly assess our rela- tionship with God. Realizing the spiritual growth is necessary for each of us, clergy and laity  Read More ..