TODAY - MARCH 27th
USHERS: John P., Ari, George J. and Kent
 
TODAY’S ACOLYTE: Team 4
Jacob —Captain, Nicholas — Asst. Captain
Alex, Andreas, Alexander, Peyton & Zachary
 
Independence Day Luncheon

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


40 Day Blessing
Luca Anthony Eagar
Anthony & Ambrie Eagar, Parents

 
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UPCOMING CHURCH EVENTS

 
▪Sunday, March 27th
Orthros 9 AM
Divine Liturgy 10 AM

Sunday School After Communion

Independence Day Luncheon
 
▪Tuesday, March 29th
Boy Scouts & Cub Scouts Movie Night 6:30 PM
Choir 6:30 PM


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

▪Friday, April 1st
Akathist Hymn 7 PM

▪Saturday, April 2nd
Choir Practice 10 AM
 
▪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

 
Rose Petals Donations are Needed for the Lamentations service on Friday, April 29 at 7:00 pm. We need around TEN — 5 gallon buckets worth. Please drop them off during great and holy week. Thank you!

DRIVING MISS (Greek) DAISY What if you couldn’t drive at night? Or get to church for a Great Lent, Holy Week or Pascha service? Well, we have a few parishioners that live this reality. We are looking for volunteers to assist parishioners who can’t drive be able to attend this Holy season of activities. If you need a ride or can provide a ride for someone who lives nearby please call Linda Peters at 805-340-4695. Thank you. 

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HEBREWS 1:10 - 14, 2:1-3
 
"IN THE BEGINNING, Thou, Lord, didst found the earth in the beginning, and the heavens are the work of thy hands; they will perish, but thou remainest; they will all grow old like a garment, like a mantle thou wilt roll them up, and they will be changed. But thou art the same, and thy years will never end." But to what angel has he ever said, "Sit at my right hand, till I make thy enemies a stool for thy feet?" Are they not all ministering spirits sent forth to serve, for the sake of those who are to obtain salvation?

Therefore we must pay closer attention to what we have heard, lest we drift away from it. For if the message declared by angels was valid and every transgression or disobedience received a just retribution, how shall we escape if we neglect such a great salvation? It was declared at first by the Lord, and it was attested to us by those who heard him.
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MARK 2:1 - 12
 
AT THAT TIME, Jesus entered Capernaum and it was re-ported that he was at home. And many were gathered together, so that there was no longer room for them, not even about the door; and he was preaching the word to them. And they came, bringing to him a paralytic carried by four men. And when they could not get near him be-cause of the crowd, they re-moved the roof above him; and when they had made an opening, they let down the pallet on which the paralytic lay. And when Jesus saw their faith, he said to the paralytic, "My son, your sins are forgiven." Now some of the scribes were sitting there, questioning in their hearts, "Why does this man speak thus? It is a blasphemy! Who can forgive sins but God alone?" And immediately Jesus, perceiving in his spirit that they thus questioned within themselves, said to them, "Why do you question thus in your hearts? Which is easier, to say to the paralytic, 'Your sins are forgiven,' or to say, 'Rise, take up your pallet and walk? But that you may know that the Son of man has authority on earth to for-give sins"-he said to the paralytic-"I say to you, rise, take up your pallet and go home." And he rose, and immediately took up the pallet and went out before them all; so that they were all amazed and glorified God, saying, "We never saw anything like this!"
 
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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 19 & 20

 
Red Dye is now available for a suggested $5.00 donation per packet. See an usher for details. Please only bring red eggs to the 11PM Resurrection Service on April 30th.

 
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..
 
 
 
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ANNOUNCEMENTS
Coffee Hour: Greek Independence Day will be celebrated today with a luncheon in our Assembly Hall.

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.


Coffee hour sponsors are needed. For those who don't have the opportunity to shop or prepare snacks your coffee hour ministry will shop and prepare the items for you. If you are interested in this option please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Upcoming available coffee hour dates April 10, May 8,22 & 29.
 
Read about Hosting the Coffee Hour During Lent.
 
PHILOPTOCHOS FUNDRAISER During the month of April our Philoptochos Society will be accepting donations for the annual Kids ‘n’ Cancer Ministry. The mission for this project is to provide support for children afflicted with cancer and other life-threatening diseases. The Kids ‘n’ Cancer Camp Agape Ministry offers a life-changing experience for the children and their fami-lies. The kindness and caring that surrounds them offers an ideal environment for therapy & healing.

Checks can be made out to St. Demetrios Philoptochos or go to PushPay and enter Kids ‘n’ Cancer in the memo line. Thank you for your generous support.


 
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.


Parish Directory




2016 St. Demetrios Directory is Coming!! Proofs will be available Sundays for review and directories will be available May 1st!

Agape Picnic

Agape Picnic
Agape Picnic
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


St Demetrios Holy Friday Retreat: The Sunday School is hosting a Holy Friday Retreat from 9:30 am - 3:30 pm on April 29, 2016, here at the church. The retreat will include religious lessons about Easter, games movies and lots of fun.

Please register your child for this activity. Not only does your child get to learn about our religion and have fun, he or she will have the benefit of interacting with the children of our church, and invaluable opportunity that will bring benefit throughout their lives.

Contact Mandee Sanderson or Helen Tangelos for more information. Click here for Registration Form

 
***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)

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!

 

KINDLE (AMAZON OFFER) The FIRST EVER Orthodox Study Bible presents the Bible of the early church and the church of the early Bible. Starting at $2.99

Features include: Old Testament newly translated from the Greek text of the Septuagint, including the Deuterocanon,New Testament from the New King James Version,  Commentary drawn from the early Church Christians, Easy-to-Locate liturgical readings, Book Introductions and Outlines, Subject Index, Full-color Icons, & Maps



American Hellenic Institute Foundation is accepting applications for its 8th 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-  (April 3rd)
USHERS: Cally, Keith, John G. & Frank
 
TODAY’S ACOLYTE: Team 1
Leo—Captain, Peter – Asst. Captain
Dean, Cody, Christos, Demetri and Lucas
 

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