TODAY - MARCH 20th
USHERS: Tom, Deb, Cally & Terri
 
TODAY’S ACOLYTE: Team 3
Gavin—Captain, Michael S.—Asst. Captain
Sean, Christopher, Austin, Myles & Michael
 
COFFEE HOUR SPONSOR:
Christina Burus

MEMORIAL:
Teodor Ionescu ~ 21 Years
Teodora Ionescu ~ 18 Years
Christina Burus' Godparents

Jim Peters ~ 1 Year
Dean Peters ~ 5 Years
Linda Peters' Husband & Brother-in-law

Mat Their Memory Be Eternal

 
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UPCOMING CHURCH EVENTS

 
▪Sunday, March 20th
Orthros 9 AM
Divine Liturgy 10 AM

Sunday School After Communion

SUNDAY OF ORTHODOXY
PROCESSION OF ICONS


▪Monday, March 21st
Parish Council Meeting 6:30 PM
Dance Practice 7:00 PM

 
▪Tuesday, March 22nd
Boy Scouts & Cub Scouts 6:30 PM
Choir 6:30 PM


▪Wednesday, March 23rd
Pre-Sanctified Liturgy 6:30 PM
Orthodox Study 7:45 PM

▪Thursday, March 24th
Parea Dance 7 PM


▪Friday, March 25th
Annunciation Divine Liturgy 9:30 AM
Akathist Hymn 7 PM

▪Saturday, March 26th
Choir Practice 10 AM
Daughters of Penelope 12:30 PM
 
▪Sunday, March 27th
Orthros 9 AM
Divine Liturgy 10 AM

Sunday School After Communion
 
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

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St. Paul's Letter to the Hebrews 11:24-26, 32-40
Prokeimenon. Mode 4.
Daniel 3.26,27

Blessed are you, O Lord, the God of our fathers.
Verse: For you are just in all you have done.

Brethren, by faith Moses, when he was grown up, refused to be called the son of Pharaoh's daughter, choosing rather to share ill-treatment with the people of God than to enjoy the fleeting pleasures of sin.

And what more shall I say? For time would fail me to tell of Gideon, Barak, Samson, Jephthah, of David and Samuel and the prophets -- who through faith conquered kingdoms, enforced justice, received promises, stopped the mouths of lions, quenched raging fire, escaped the edge of the sword, won strength out of weakness, became mighty in war, put foreign enemies to flight. Women received their dead by resurrection. Some were tortured, refusing to accept release, that they might rise again to a better life. Others suffered mocking and scourging, and even chains and imprisonment. They were stoned, they were sawn in two, they were killed with the sword; they went about in skins of sheep and goats, destitute, afflicted, ill-treated -- of whom the world was not worthy -- wandering over deserts and mountains, and in dens and caves of the earth.

And all these, though well attested by their faith, did not receive what was promised, since God had foreseen something better for us, that apart from us they should not be made perfect.

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Sunday of Orthodoxy
The Gospel according to John 1:43 — 51
 
At that time, Jesus decided to go to Galilee. And he found Philip and said to him, "Follow me." Now Philip was from Bethsaida, the city of Andrew and Peter. Philip found Nathanael, and he said to him, "We have found him of whom Moses in the law and also the prophets wrote, Jesus of Nazareth, the son of Joseph." Nathanael said to him, "Can anything good come out of Nazareth?" Philip said to him, "Come and see." Jesus saw Nathanael coming to him, and said of him, "Behold, an Israelite indeed, in whom is no guile!" Nathanael said to him, "How do you know me?" Jesus answered him, "Before Philip called you, when you were under the fig tree, I saw you." Nathanael answered him, "Rabbi, you are the son of God! You are the King of Israel!" Jesus answered him, "Because I said to you, I saw you under the fig tree, do you believe? You shall see greater things than these." And he said to him, "Truly, truly, I say to you, you will see heaven opened, and the angels of God ascending and descending upon the Son of man."
 
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ANNOUNCEMENTS
 
Orthodox Study Series
Wednesday, March 23rd

Pre-Sanctified Liturgy 6:30 PM
Orthodox Study 7:45 PM
Topic: The Book of Revelation
Studying Chapters 17 & 18

 
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.
 
 
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ANNOUNCEMENTS
Coffee Hour: The season of Great Lent is the time of preparation for the feast of the Resurrection of Christ, It is the living symbol of man’s entire life which is to be fulfilled in his own resurrection from the dead with Christ. It is a time of renewed devotion: of prayer, fasting, and almsgiving. It is a time of repentance, a real renewal of our minds, hearts and deeds in conformity with Christ and his teachings. It is the time, most of all, of our return to the great commandments of loving God and our neighbors.

In the Orthodox Church, Great Lent is not a season of morbidity and gloominess. On the contrary, it is a time of joyfulness and purification. We are called to “anoint our faces” and to “cleanse our bodies as we cleanse our souls.”

During this blessed time coffee hour will continue to be part of this wonderful time, our host will observe the Lenten restrictions, however this doesn't mean it will be boring!! Our ingenious sponsors have gone above and beyond to make this time we spend together very special. Please join us each and every Sunday during Lent and rejoice in the coming Pascha.

If you would like more information on coffee hour sponsorship, please contact Jody at (805) 402-3696 or via email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
Dates still available April 17, May 8,22 & 29. Thanks!!

 
Read about Hosting the Coffee Hour During Lent.


 
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: Please place your items in the donation box located upstairs TODAY. Please help support the boys by donating items from their wish list or financially to this worthy cause! 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. Please visit the St. Demetrios’ website at www.saintdem.org 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!! Proofs will be available Sundays for review and directories will be available May 1st!


 

Archbishop Demetrios' 10 Suggestions for Lent

Mar 18, 2016





LENTEN CALENDAR
Wednesday, March 23rd Pre-Sanctified Liturgy at 6:30pm Orthodox Study at 7:45pm
Friday, March 25th Annunciation Divine Liturgy at 9:30am Akathist Hymn at 7:00pm
Sunday, March 27th Sunday of St. Gregory Palamas Orthros at 9:00am Divine Liturgy at 10:00am
Wednesday, March 30th Pre-Sanctified Liturgy at 6:30pm Orthodox Study at 7:45pm
Friday, April 1st Akathist Hymn at 7:00pm
Sunday, April 3rd Veneration of the Holy Cross, Orthros at 9:00am followed by Divine Liturgy at 10:00am
Wednesday, April 6th Pre-Sanctified Liturgy at 6:30pm Orthodox Study at 7:45pm
Friday, April 8th Akathist Hymn at 7:00pm and Pasta Dinner at 8:00pm
Sunday, April 10th Sunday of St. John Climacus: Orthros at 9:00am followed by Divine Liturgy at 10:00am
Wednesday, April 13th Pre-Sanctified Liturgy at 6:30pm Orthodox Study at 7:45pm
Friday, April 15th Akathist Hymn at 7pm
Sunday, April 17th Sunday of St. Mary of Egypt: Orthros at 9:00am followed by Divine Liturgy at 10:00am
Saturday, April 23rd Saturday of Lazurus: Orthros at 9:00am followed by Divine Liturgy at 10:00am
Saturday, April 23rd Pancake Breakfast and Palm Making

 
Great and Holy Week
Palm Sunday, April 24th Orthros at 9:00am followed by Divine Liturgy at 10:00am, Bridegroom Service at 7pm
Monday, April 25th Bridegroom Service at 7pm
Tuesday, April 26th Bridegroom Service at 7pm
Wednesday, April 27th Holy Unction at 7pm
Thursday, April 28th Liturgy of St. Basil at 10am
Friday, April 29th Good Friday Retreat 9:30am, Royal Hours 10:00am, Descent from Cross 3:00pm, Lamentations 7:00pm
Saturday, April 30th Liturgy of St. Basil at 10:00am, Resurrection Service 11:00pm, Liturgy of St. Chrysostom at 12am (midnight)
Pascha, Sunday May 1st, AGAPE Vespers at 12pm followed by the Agape Picnic

We need PALMS!
If you can donate Palms
Please call the church office.

 
***MANDATORY REHEARSALS***
AS THIS IS OUR FIRST HOLY SEASON HERE AT THE AGAPE CHAPEL REHEARSALS WILL BE HELD. PLEASE COME TO FULLY PREPARE FOR THIS GLORIOUS TIME!
ACOLYTES REHEARSAL ~ SUNDAY, APRIL 17 AFTER DIVINE LITURGY
CHOIR AND CHANTERS REHEARSAL TUESDAY, APRIL 19 AT 7 PM


Philoptochos Scholarship
Beginning March 1, 2016; the application period for the $1,000 Irene Chapter Philoptochos Scholarship will open.
Qualified applicants must meet the following requirements: attend a four year college/university in the 2016-17 school year plus meet the eligibility requirements listed below.
Eligibility Requirements
Student and/or parent must be a member in good standing of St. Demetrios
Student must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0
Submit completed application & recommendations to church office, in person or must be postmarked NO later than May 1, 2016
Official school transcripts must be mailed or emailed directly from the school(s), and be received or postmarked NO later than May 1, 2016.
It is the responsibility of the applicant to ensure delivery of ALL documentation.

Contact Kat Russell for more information at 805-797-4833 Completed applications, recommendations, and transcripts must be submitted no later than May 1, 2016 Deadline to be considered as only one scholarship will be awarded. Thank you & Good Luck!

 
2016 Daughters of Penelope Scholarship
The application for the DOP Chapter 94 scholarship is the same application form as the AHEPA form, for young men. Copies are located in the community room, or from your school counselor.
This scholarship is available to young women of Greek descent or women who are related to an Ahepan or Daughter of Penelope, are residents of Ventura County and will be enrolled in post secondary education during the 2016-2017 school year.
The Daughters scholarship amount has been increased to $1000.00

Further, the Daughters have extended the deadline for submission to April 30th.

To be considered, Applications MUST be postmarked by this date. Please contact Evonne Dabkovich at 805-218-5693 or via email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


2016 Easter Bake Sale!
Here is your opportunity to pre-order some for Easter entertaining, to give as gifts, or just for your own enjoyment (Proceeds from our fundraiser support Ventura County Charities)
Please place orders by Sunday, April 3
To place orders for your
Baklava, Kourabiethes, Koulourakia and Tsoureki Complete this order sheet (CLICK HERE)

Today's Altar Flowers were donated by Linda Peters in Memory of:
Jim Peters ~ 1 Year
Dean Peters ~  Years
May Their Memory Be Eternal


St Demetrios Altar Flower Program:
Parishioners can purchase altar flowers for Sunday's Divine Liturgy in honor of a loved one's Memorial, an anniversary, celebrating a birthday, etc.
A local florist will create a beautiful arrangement (at the florist’s discretion) and it will be delivered to the church on Friday during office hours.
At the end of the Divine Liturgy the patron may take home the arrangement to further enjoy during the week!
The cost of the floral arrangement is $100.
The great thing is the local florist is donating some of the proceeds back to St. Demetrios! If you have a specific date you would like to reserve please book early.

How to book your special Sunday:

 
  1. Call the church during office hours 805-482-1273 or email Kim at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  2. Book the desired Sunday
  3. Pay by Cash, Check or Credit Card
  4. Flowers are on a first come, first paid basis
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ANNOUNCEMENTS
 
Do you know of a parishioner who is ill that is in need of a
visitation? Please contact Father Gary by calling the church
office 805-482-1273 or his cell directly 805-443-3376 to
notify him of a parishioner that needs a visit or a prayer!

 
NEW CHURCH OFFICE HOURS:
EFFECTIVE IMMEDIATELY
ARE AS FOLLOWS:
CLOSED MONDAYS
TUESDAY—FRIDAY 8AM—12PM (NOON)
THANK YOU!

 
American Hellenic Institute Foundation is accepting applications for its 9th annual college student foreign policy study trip to Greece and Cyprus (June 15- July 1, 2016). Contact Yola Pakhchanian at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information.
Deadline is April 15.

St. Nicholas/Temecula: Cordially invites you to the Blessing of the Grounds, Thyranoixia & 25th Anniversary Gala on Saturday, May 7. Visit stnicholastemecula.org or call 951-296-6207 for more details.

 
Spaghetti Dinner Fundraiser, Philoptochos Pasta Dinner
Friday, April 8
After the Akathist Hymn
Adults are $10 - Children $8 (Under 10)
MENU
Pasta Dinner
Includes Garlic Bread & Salad

Contact Susan Valle
This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
To RSVP or for more details

Monies donated will support local charities.




NEXT WEEK-  (March 27th)
USHERS: John P., Ari, George J. and Kent
 
TODAY’S ACOLYTE: Team 4
Jacob—Captain, Nicholas– Asst. Captain
Alex, Alexander, Peyton and Zachary
 
Independence Day Luncheon

40 Day Blessing:
Alexandra Eve Cook
Marty and Gina Cook, Parents


 
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