To Our Valued Sponsor Partners,

On behalf of St. Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church and the 22nd Annual Golf Classic, we would like to thank you for your support. The 22nd Annual St. Demetrios Golf Tournament was held on Monday, September 12th at Sunset Hills Country Club, Thousand Oaks. A good time was had by all the golfers and those who came out for a fabulous Dinner, Auction and Raffle.

Once again, the event was a huge success! Generating $65,034 in net revenue for the Building Fund, this year’s event was the most profitable ever, up over 8% vs. last year’s record. We could not have reached this level of success without your support and generosity.

Our 23nd Annual St. Demetrios Annual Golf Classic will be held in September of 2017.

God Bless All of You, your families and businesses!

With Sincere Thanks,

Joe Freeth
Tournament Chairman

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Sunday Bulletin

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Saint Demetrios Bullitin

Please quiet your cell phone during the service. Thank you!

We welcome everyone joining us for the celebration of the Divine Services. We ask that only those who have been baptized and/or confirmed, and are in good standing in the Eastern Orthodox Faith may participate in the Holy Sacrament, the Holy Eucharist. At the end of the Liturgy, though, everyone is invited to receive the blessed bread, called antidoron, which means “instead of the gift,” from the priest as a token of Christian fellowship.

As you approach for Holy Communion: Please remember the sacredness of this Sacrament, please remove lipstick and refrain from any conversations. We request that you proceed up the center aisle, following the instructions from the Parish Council Ushers.


Todays Events:
Ushers: Cally, Keith, John G. and Joanne K
Acolytes: Will begin serving on Sunday October 2
The Lord’s Prayer Schedule (in English & Greek): Anya Zmed, in Russian
SUNDAY SCHOOL starts today! Our Youth ages 4-18 are invited to participate after Holy Communion
40-Day Blessing (Sarantismos): Prayers of blessings and petitions for Chloe Sophia Dimitrakopoulos as she is being dedicated to the Lord. Chloe Sophia is the daughter of proud parents, Pete and Gabriela Dimitrakopoulos.
Philoptochos Used Book Sale: Outside our Church, from 11:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Come find something great to take home to read!
Greek Dance Gyro Lunch Fundraiser: Hungry? Buy a Gyro or two after liturgy today. Proceeds support our Youth Dance Program.

 

For Your Information:
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 soon. The names will be set and our Donor Recognition plaque will be professionally manufactured. Contact George at (805) 231-8696 or via email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

St. Demetrios Parish Directory:
Our Parish Directory is now available online at www.saintdem.org. Only those who have information in the directory will have access to the directory. To sign up and create a private password: Click the “Sign Up” link, then the “verify by email” link. Follow the instructions, and an email will be sent to you with information on how to complete your setup to begin using the secure online directory. If your email address is not in the directory, or if you have any trouble, and need assistance, 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..

Visitations:
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 at (805) 482-1273, or (805) 443-3376, to notify him.

Driving Miss (Greek) Daisy:
What if you couldn’t drive at night? Or get to a church service? Well, we have a few parishioners that live this reality. We are looking for volunteers to drive parishioners who can’t attend services or activities on their own. 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.

Financials: Budgeted September 18th -Actual
Stewardship $4,905/week $ 4,139.50
Candles $500/week $127
Tray $225/week $137
Misc. $370/week $128

Upcoming Events and Meetings:
Agape Dance Group: Monday, September 26, at 7:00 p.m. and Monday, October 3, at 7:00 p.m.

Paraklesis: Tuesday, September 27, at 6:00 p.m. Orthodox Study: Tuesday, September 27, at 7:00 p.m.

Adult Choir: Practice every Wednesday, from 6:30-9:30 p.m., and every Saturday, from 10:00-1:00 p.m.

BSA Troop 808 Meeting: Wednesday, September 28, from 6:30-9:30 p.m.

B.O.O.T.: Thursday, September 29, at 7:00 p.m. at the new Institution Ale Company.

AHEPA Family BBQ: Saturday, October 1, 5:00 p.m. Social and Dinner at 6:00 p.m., $25 per person, No-Host Bar, Tri-Tip BBQ with all the fixins. Dancing and Music, Proceeds benefit the Gatsios and Simitzi Scholarship funds.

Youth Dance: Sunday, October 2, at 1:00 p.m.

Philoptochos General Meeting: Sunday, October 2, after Liturgy.

F.I.R.E.: (Family Integrated Religious Education) Monday, October 3 Dinner at 6:00 p.m. and activity starts at 6:30 p.m. This is an opportunity for young families to develop their faith together. Fr. Gary will BBQ cheeseburgers and then lead a fun-filled family activity that will help enhance your young families understanding of the Orthodox Church. Families with children 4- 18 are encouraged to attend.

Time Capsule PROJECT - 25 YEARS:
A time capsule will be placed into the center of the ARBOR on Sunday, October 30. If you would like to contribute to the capsule that will be opened at the St. Demetrios Dinner Dance in October of 2041, please bring it to the Church by October 26, 2016. Pictures, notes, letters to future children or grandchildren can be offered. All items must be able to be folded and fit into a small container.

Landscaping Needs:
In the next several weeks the Parish is undertaking a huge landscaping project to beautify our property and satisfy our obligations to the city by the end of October. The following items are needed. Please consider making a donation to cover the cost of the items listed below. There are opportunities to give from $3 to $6,500. In order to ensure consistency, donations will be accepted and the items will be purchased by our vendor. Please do not bring potted plants. Thank you

700 LF of Star-Jasmine $3/each 250 1-gallon buckets 0 received
Iceberg roses $10/each 50 buckets 2 received
Lemon trees $50/each 10 trees 0 received
Pomegranate trees $50/each 6 needed 0 received
Climbing Jasmine $50/each 4 needed 0 received
Irrigation System $6500 one needed 0 received
Planting Amphitheater $3500 one needed 0 received
Replanting Woodcreek $2500 one needed 0 received
Replanting Santa Rosa $2500 one needed 0 received
Replanting Woodcreek $2500 one needed 0 received
Bark (ground-cover) $1500 one needed 0 received

Coffee Hour Ministry:
Life isn’t about waiting for the storms to pass. It’s about learning to dance in the rain.
Today you have a wonderful opportunity to support our dance group by purchasing a gyro sandwich. Besides having a great sandwich, your generosity and support of this endeavor will go directly to our kids.
Our regular Coffee Hour will commence again in October.
If you would like to host a Coffee Hour, please contact Jody at (805) 402-3696 or via email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Upcoming available dates are October 2 and October 9.
Todays Coffee Hour is hosted by the Agape Dance Group

Epistle Reading:
2 Corinthians 1:21-24; 2:1-4
BRETHREN, it is God who establishes us with you in Christ, and has commissioned us; he has put his seal upon us and given us his Spirit in our hearts as a guarantee. But I call God to witness against me - it was to spare you that I refrained from coming to Corinth. Not that we lord it over your faith; we work with you for your joy, for you stand firm in your faith. For I made up my mind not to make you another painful visit. For if I cause you pain, who is there to make me glad but the one whom I have pained? And I wrote as I did, so that when I came I might not suffer pain from those who should have made me rejoice, for I felt sure of all of you, that my joy would be the joy of you all. For I wrote you out of much affliction and anguish of heart and with many tears, not to cause you pain but to let you know the abundant love that I have for you.

Gospel Reading:
Luke 5:1-11:1-4
At that time, Jesus was standing by the lake of Gennesaret. And he saw two boats by the lake; but the fishermen had gone out of them and were washing their nets. Getting into one of the boats, which was Simon’s, he asked him to put out a little from the land. And he sat down and taught the people from the boat. And when he had ceased speaking, he said to Simon, “Put out into the deep and let down your nets for a catch.” And Simon answered, “Master, we toiled all night and took nothing! But at your word I will let down the nets.” And when they had done this, they enclosed a great shoal of fish; and as their nets were breaking, they beckoned to their partners in the other boat to come and help them. And they came and filled both the boats, so that they began to sink. But when Simon Peter saw it, he fell down at Jesus’ knees, saying, “Depart from me, for I am a sinful man, O Lord.” For he was astonished, and all who were with him, at the catch of fish which they had taken; and so also were James and John, sons of Zebedee, who were partners with Simon. And Jesus said to Simon, “Do not be afraid; henceforth you will be catching men.” And when they had brought their boats to land, they left everything and followed him.