Hosting The Coffee Hour During Lent

Thank you for volunteering to share your time, talent and treasure with St. Demetrios. Here are a few gentle guidelines that should make the process easier.

Jody Brown

Please keep in mind Lenten observance for Coffee Hour Fellowship. No dairy products or meat items. If you would like a list of suggestions for appropriate foods just let me know.

**Following Communion the Sunday School will meet in the Assembly Hall and Conference/Warming room. So we do not disrupt the classes it is VERY IMPORTANT to have all snacks arrive by 9:45AM

  • Plan to bring snacks for approximately 125 adults.
  • Please bring ANY SERVING dishes you will need.
  • Please clean up the kitchen/Assembly Hall after coffee hour. Do not leave any food at church. Take home any leftovers or give them away.
  • Wash coffee hour pot and store on counter in Warming Room.
  • Please replace all liners in trash containers.

The coffee will be prepared for you. Coffee, coffee cups, sugars, non-dairy creamer will be provided.

Paper goods are provided, i.e. napkins, small plates, juice cups, plastic ware. If you require something special please let me know in advance.

If you are having a Memorial Service the koliva cups and spoons will be available downstairs in the kitchen, then brought upstairs for the coffee hour. In addition if you require someone to make the koliva you can contact the church office and Kim will arrange that for you. The cost is $100.00

If you would like to bring Metaxa for your Memorial Service small shot glasses can be provided, please let me know in advance.

If there is anything you need or any help please do not hesitate to contact me. I am generally in the church by 9:15 and set up the tables in advance and can also be available to assist you.

USHERS: George J, John P, Ari & Joanne
Leo - Captain, Peter - Asst. Captain
Dean, Cody, Christos, Demetri & Lucas
Food for Thought Sunday

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

MINISTRY LEADERSHIP MEETING: All ministry leaders are asked to attend this meeting on Wednesday, March 9 at 7PM in the chapel. We will discuss fundraising protocols for the rest of the year, expectations for Lent and Pascha plus a few other topics. An email invite has been sent. If you cannot attend please send a representative in your place Please RSVP to Kim. Thanks!
Forgiveness Vespers
Monday, March 14


▪Sunday, March 6th
Orthros 9 AM
Divine Liturgy 10 AM

Sunday School After Communion

▪Monday, March 7th
F.I.R.E. Dinner 6 PM & Activity 6:30 PM
▪Tuesday, March 8th
Paraklesis 6:00 PM
Orthodox Study 7:00 PM

▪Wednesday, March 9th
Boy Scouts & Cub Scouts 6:30 PM
Choir 6:30 PM
Ministry Leadership Meeting 7 PM

▪Thursday, March 10th
NO Parea Dance This Week

▪Saturday, March 12th
Orthros 9 AM
Divine Liturgy 9:30 AM
Ivy Lawn/Ventura 11:30AM

Choir Practice 11 AM

▪Sunday, March 13th
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. If you have not received your statement or if you have an urgent need or problem, Please contact Dr. Bob Gonzalez, Parish Council Treasurer at 805-987-8895 or Nick Mirras at 818-913-1568. Thank you for your continued patience.

I Corinthians 8 : 13, 9 : 1 — 2

BRETHREN, food will not commend us to God. We are no worse off if we do not eat, and no better off if we do. Only take care lest this liberty of yours somehow become a stumbling block to the weak. For if any one sees you, a man of knowledge, at table in an idol's temple, might he not be encouraged, if his conscience is weak, to eat food offered to idols? And so by your knowledge this weak man is destroyed, the brother for whom Christ died. Thus, sinning against your brethren and wounding their conscience when it is weak, you sin against Christ. Therefore, if food is a cause of my brother's falling, I will never eat meat, lest I cause my brother to fall.
Am I not free? Am I not an apostle? Have I not seen Jesus our Lord? Are not you my workmanship in the Lord? If to others I am not an apostle, at least I am to you; for you are the seal of my apostleship in the Lord.

MATTHEW 25: 31 — 46
THE LORD SAID, "When the Son of man comes in his glory and all the holy angels with him, then he will sit on his glorious throne. Before him will be gathered all the nations, and he will separate them one from another as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats, and he will place the sheep at his right hand, but the goats at the left. Then the king will say to those at his right hand, 'Come, O blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world; for I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, I was naked and you clothed me, I was sick and you visited me, I was in prison and you came to me.' Then the righteous will answer him, 'Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you drink? And when did we see you a stranger and welcome you, or naked and clothe you? And when did we see you sick or in prison and visit you?' And the King will answer them, 'Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brethren, you did it to me.' Then he will say to those at his left hand, 'Depart from me, you cursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels; for I was hungry and you gave me no food, I was thirsty and you gave me no drink, I was a stranger and you did not welcome me, naked and you did not clothe me, sick and in prison and you did not visit me.' Then they also will answer, 'Lord, when did we see you hungry or thirsty or a stranger or naked or sick or in prison, and did not minister to you?' Then he will answer them, 'Truly, I say to you, as you did it not to one of the least of these, you did it not to me.' And they will go away into eternal punishment, but the righteous into eternal life."
Orthodox Study Series
Tuesday, March 8th
Paraklesis 6 PM & Orthodox Study 7 PM
Topic: The Book of Revelation
Studying Chapters 13 & 14

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: The Christian faith not only involves a relationship and communion with God but also with fellow believers. St. Demetrios supports this not only through our weekly worship but also though other ministry's. Each Sunday after Liturgy many members and friends gather for coffee hour. This time also provides an opportunity to to learn about programs that are available to the community. AHEPA and Philoptochos are offering scholarships to our youth. Donations are needed for Project Mexico. So as you have your coffee look around the Assembly Room and see what other ministry's can offer to your family and what you can offer to those in need. If you would like to sponsor a coffee hour please contact Jody (805) 402-3696 or via email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Upcoming available dates are April 10 and 17.


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 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 - April 3, 10 & 17  for review and directories will be available May 1st!

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!


2016 AHEPA Scholarship: Know a child or a grandchild entering college? The AHEPA Family of Ventura County is offering a scholarship! Applications are available in the Narthex. Contact Frank Gankas at 805-390-2909 or via email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information.

2016 Bible Challenge: Join Father Gary by reading the bible this year! If you can’t be physically fit at least be spiritually fit. Pick up a Bible reading card in the Narthex.

St. Demetrios is on Facebook! Join in the conversation or catch up on the latest happenings here at St. Demetrios at
NEXT WEEK-  (March 13th)
USHERS: John G, George M., Keith & Tim
Dean - Captain, Michael K. - Asst. Captain
Sebastian, Tino, Fred, Andreas & Alexander
COFFEE HOUR SPONSOR: The Mallakis Family
MEMORIAL: Chris Mallakis ~ 1 Year
Eugenia Zissou ~ 40 Days Lynn Runkle smith ~ 40 Days
May Their Memory Be Eternal

Message from Fr Gary March 2016

The recent drought and the threat of “El Nino” have given me the opportunity to reflect on Great and Holy Lent. Every Spring I give thought to what I’m going to give up for Lent, as if taking something away from my everyday routine or diet is going to help my spiritual growth. Lenten spiritual growth should be compared to the care of a garden. There are very few things to take away from a garden to keep it healthy. Actually, it is imperative to add items, and of course, when a weed appears we quickly pluck it. The health of the garden relies mostly on what is added to it. This is how we should approach Great and Holy Lent.

Year after year we talk about what we are “giving up” for Lent: meat, dairy, television, rock music, video games, etc. Removing certain items from our lives is a good practice and an integral part of a productive Lenten Season, but the things we give up are similar to weeds. Merely plucking the weeds does not insure the health of the garden. It takes hard work! The garden needs good soil and adequate sunlight and water to grow. Much like our souls require a steady course of prayer, almsgiving and Holy Scripture to do the same. We are not going to mature in our Faith by simply altering our diet.

It is just as important to consider what we are going to add in to our Lenten regimen as it is to purify our bodies and environment by giving things up.

Imagine willing a garden to grow without the proper amount of water, sunlight and good soil. You can grab a cold glass of lemonade and beg the seeds to mature as you stand by idly, or you can roll up your sleeves and give the garden what it needs to succeed. The same is true of our souls. During the forty plus days of Lent, how are we imagining the appearance of our souls? We have the opportunity to tend to our souls and let them grow full and strong, or we can stand by and risk them becoming barren and dry.

Lent is a time for discipline, but it’s also a joyful time in which we open our hearts and souls so that God can sow the seeds of faith that will grow and give us strength for the challenges we face throughout the rest of the year. Let us examine our hearts and souls, making sure we pluck the weeds that we find, but giving even more energy to ensuring adequate resources for growth in our faith, and in our love for each other.

O Lord and Master of my life! Take from me the spirit of laziness, faint-heartedness, lust of power, and idle talk. But give rather the spirit of chastity, humility, patience, and love to Your servant.

Yes, Lord and King! Grant me to see my own errors and not to judge my brothers and sisters, for You are blessed unto ages of ages. Amen.

Lenten Prayer Of St. Ephrem The Syrian

REGULAR, PROMPT ATTENDANCE AT DIVINE LITURGY ON SUNDAYS Regular indicates consistent attendance and prompt means being on time. We are on time for soccer games, work and school, and few of us would pay $10 to walk into a movie 20 minutes late. It is time for us to re-devote Sunday as a day of worship, literally The Lord’s Day. We should be at church no later than 9:45 am on Sundays.

DAILY PRAYER In order for our community to be focused on Christ, each of us, individually, needs to be set on Christ. Each day should begin with an intimate and personal conversation with Christ; TRUE PRAYER for at least ten minutes in the morning and ten minutes in the evening. Prayer should also be offered before meals. As you pray over your food, think about offering thanks to God for the blessings in your life, and also remember those less fortunate.

GIVING OUR TIME Join, sign-up, or assist with a ministry of the Church. Cheerfully offering time to the choir, Philoptochos, Sunday School, or one of our many fundraisers can bring a great feeling of connection to the Church and satisfaction to your life.

EDUCATING OURSELVES IN THE WORD OF GOD Reading the Gospels and meditating on God’s Word is essential to Christian growth. Come to our Orthodox Study Classes and read the Bible daily.

FORGIVENESS Mend relationships that, for one reason or another, have deteriorated. Ask for and seek to of-fer forgiveness. Do not wait for the other person to extend the olive branch; offer reconciliation and pray for those with whom you’ve been in conflict.

In Christ’s Service,

Fr. Gary

Fr Gary