Sunday Bulletin February 21st 2016
TODAY - FEBRUARY 21st
USHERS: Keith, John G., Cally & Ryan G.
 
TODAY’S ACOLYTE:Team 3
Gavin- Captain, Michael S- Asst. Captain
Sean, Christopher, Austin, Myles & Michael

 

COFFEE HOUR SPONSOR: AHEPA

Memorial: Dimitri N. Lazarou - 2 Years
Husband of Julie

Micki "Demetra" Pulos - 40 Days

May Their Memory Be Eternal

Father Gary has been promoted to the office of Economos. Please congratulate him on his accomplishment!



The Lord’s Prayer Schedule
As Well as in English & Greek
1st Sunday of the Month: Spanish—Nick Varnava
2nd Sunday of the Month: Arabic—Lucy Morcos
3rd Sunday of the Month: Romanian –Christina Burus
4th Sunday of the Month: Russian—Anya Zmed
5th Sunday of the Month: Only English & Greek




Thanks to all those on behalf of the Parish Council and Father Gary that came out to participate at yesterday's St Demetrios Clean Up Day! You make this parish awesome and beautiful!

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UPCOMING CHURCH EVENTS

 
▪Sunday, February 21th
Orthros 9 AM
Divine Liturgy 10 AM

Special Recognition Sunday for FDF Participants
Sunday School After Communion

 
▪Monday, February 22nd
Parish Council Meeting 6:30 PM

▪Tuesday, February 23rd
Paraklesis 6 PM
Orthodox Study 7 PM

▪Wednesday, February 24th
Boy Scouts & Cub Scouts 6:30 PM
Choir 6:30 PM

▪Thursday, February 25th
AHEPA 7 PM


▪Saturday, February 27th
Choir Practice 10 AM
 
▪Sunday, February 28th
Orthros 9 AM
Divine Liturgy 10 AM

Sunday School After Communion
 
2015 Stewardship Donation Statements
We apologize for the delay in sending 2015 Stewardship Donation Statements and understand their importance in preparing your tax returns. We experienced a vacancy in our Bookkeeper position in December which has been filled by a very qualified individual, Ingrid Poehler. With the much appreciated assistance of Nick Mirras and Ingrid’s hard work, we expect to have the Statements ready for distribution by the end of February. Please contact Dr. Bob Gonzalez, Parish Council Treasurer at 805-987-8895 or Nick Mirras at 818-913-1568 if you have an urgent need or problem. Thank you for your continued patience.

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II TIMOTHY 3 : 10 — 15

 
TIMOTHY, my son, you have observed my teaching, my conduct, my aim in life, my faith, my patience, my love, my steadfastness, my persecutions, my sufferings, what befell me at Antioch, at lconion, and at Lystra, what persecutions I endured; yet from them all the Lord rescued me. Indeed all who desire to live a godly life in Christ Jesus will be persecuted, while evil men and impostors will go on from bad to worse, deceivers and deceived. But as for you, continue in what you have learned and have firmly believed, knowing from whom you learned it and how from childhood you have been acquainted with the sacred writings which are able to instruct you for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus.
 
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LUKE 18 : 10 — 14

 
The Lord said this parable, "Two men went up into the temple to pray, one a Pharisee and the other a tax collector. The Pharisee stood and prayed thus with himself, 'God, I thank you that I am not like other men, extortioners, unjust, adulterers, or even like this tax collector. I fast twice a week, I give tithes of all that I get.' But the tax collector, standing far off, would not even lift up his eyes to heaven, but beat his breast, saying, 'God, be merciful to me a sinner!' I tell you, this man went down to his house justified rather than the other; for everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, but he who humbles himself will be exalted."

 

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ANNOUNCEMENTS
 
Orthodox Study Series
NEXT MEETING Tuesday - February 23rd
Paraklesis 6 PM & Orthodox Study 7 PM
Topic: The Book of Revelation
Studying Chapters 11 & 12


 
Donor Wall Mock-Up: George Joannou needs to know if there are any family name corrections needed on the wall in the Narthex (by the large Cross). If you need a correction in spelling, your family name is missing or you want to add your family please contact George Joannou by May 31. After that date, the names will be set and our Donor Recognition plaque will be professionally manufactured. Contact George at 805-231-8696 or via email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
 


Save the Date Sunday, March 27th
Independence Day of Celebration
Fish Luncheon
After the Divine Liturgy
Here at St Demetrios

Please contact Niki David at 805-444-2827 or via email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more details.
 

Coffee Hour: We cordially invite you to join us for treats, laughter, and the support of a community brought together by the desire to love one another as Christ loved us. AHEPA is sponsoring a light lunch today. Contact Jody @ (805) 402-3696 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for available dates: March 29th, April 10,17 and beyond.

PLEASE NOTE: IN ORDER TO CREATE KOLIVA AND BREAD FOR ARTOKLASIA FOR A PARISHIONER, ARRANGEMENTS MUST BE CONFIRMED AND PAID BY THE PRIOR TUESDAY OF THE DESIRED SUNDAY DATE OR THE REQUEST WILL BE MOVED TO THE NEXT AVAILABLE SUNDAY. COST IS $100 AND IS PAYABLE BY CASH, CHECK OR CREDIT CARD TO COVER THE LABOR & TIME INVOLVED. IF YOU MAKE AND BRING YOUR OWN KOLIVA THERE IS NO CHARGE. THANK YOU.

Project Mexico Pantry Partners Collection: As I am sure you can imagine when caring for 22 boys, there are many mouths to feed, clothes to wash, and bathrooms to clean to say the least! Please help ensure more than just the survival of these boys and young men. A donation box will be located in the church to collect items on an ongoing basis beginning TODAY. See today's bulletin insert for supplies or go St. Demetrios’ website at www.saintdem.org Please help support the boys by donating any of the items below or financially to this worthy cause! 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. Thank you all for your generosity and all you do in building hope for these youngsters without families.


2016 St. Demetrios Directory is Coming!! In order to for us to capture your correct information please subscribe online or fill out the paper survey in February’s Myrrh-Bearer or this week’s bulletin insert. The deadline to turn in your information is March 1. Proofs will be available Sundays - April 3, 10 & 17  for review and directories will be available May 1st!

 
ANNOUNCEMENTS

 

FUNDRAISER DINNER: Please join us to celebrate the achievements of our youth groups at FDF and the elevation of Fr. Gary Kyriacou to Economos by Archbishop Demetrios. Our gracious friends at Cut 360 (formerly Napa Tavern) will host the event on Saturday, February 27th. The Chef's Endless Tasting Event includes 7 premium meats. The cost is $20 per adult and $10 per child and proceeds will benefit the St. Demetrios Building Fund. Seating times will be tiered at 6pm, 6:30pm & 7pm to accommodate everyone. Join the fun!!!

SPECIAL RECOGNITION SUNDAY! Congratulations to the FDF Participants! The kids at St. Demetrios really represented our church well, both on and off the stage. In dance, they won 4th place in the Events-Jr category , Received Special Achievement and won 3rd place in the Choral Competition! WELL DONE!
 
NEXT WEEK-  (February 28th)
USHERS: George M, Tom, Deb & Ted S.
 
TODAY’S ACOLYTE: Team 4
Jacob - Captain, Nicholas - Asst. Captain
Alex, Andreas, Alexander, Peyton & Zachary
 
COFFEE HOUR SPONSOR: Walt Zmed & Anya Zemliakova

Memorial: Walt Zmed & Anya Zemliakova Family

Walt's Parents
Presbytera Persida Zmed - 1 Year
Very Reverend Father George Zmed

Anya's Grandparents
Valentina Zemliakova and Vasiliy Zemliakova

May Their Memory Be Eternal

 
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FDF Faith • Dance • Fellowship • 2016

Last weekend our family had the privilege of participating in FDF. For those who are not familiar with FDF, it is an annual event for the Greek Orthodox youth and adults in our Metropolis to gather, celebrate, and compete in folk dancing and music showcasing different areas of Greece. We celebrate Liturgy and life together. This event draws over 3000 participants and is a showcase of many months of hard work.

This past June our son Alexander announced he was determined to join the dance group at St Demetrios for the 2015/2016 season. I will admit as his mother I silently thought “no way.” Alexander is not someone you would immediately think of as a competitive dancer. He was born with a rare condition that placed him in a body that doesn’t often agree with his mind in what he wants to do. He is alive today as a result of several miracles and modern medicine. While he remains on this side of heaven, we as his family are privileged to serve him in ways many of us would take for granted.

None the less the dance instructors agreed to let him into the group and went about to make FDF a reality for Alex. When the weekend finally arrived he was more excited to dance than he was for Christmas. I wish I could accurately convey the look of sheer joy on his face as he was dressed in his costume and joined his friends on stage. No, he didn’t dance many parts of the suites, nor was he physically capable of doing all the steps correctly, but that night he was a dancer.

The name of our group is Agape, which means love in Greek. Much love outside of family has been poured into our small (well, not so small anymore) son. My sincere thanks go to Fr. Gary and Pres. Christie Kyriaccou, Kerri Broude, Stella Kalivas, and Christina Joannou for making Alexander’s dream a reality. I’d like to also acknowledge the countless small deeds of kindness that make being a village such as this such a joy. To those kids and adults who pushed his wheelchair, offered a helping hand, made introductions, and simply treated him as a normal 12 year boy I’d love to hug you all and thank you.

May the Holy Trinity Guide and protect you now and always.

With Love,
Sara Gyurkovitz