The Need for Participation

The year 2014 is nearly over and we have accomplished so much. Of course the biggest achievement for our community is the reality that we will soon have a new sanctuary where we can settle in and continue expanding our church and growing our church family in Ventura County. All our progress would not be possible without the involvement and participation of our parishioners: young & old, male & female, Greek & non-Greek. We work, love and care with a common goal of love for Christ and our community. For many of us who have been part of St. Demetrios for over 20 years, the Agape Building is a dream come true. With so much more to do, we need more parishioners to become involved. We need leaders to actively seek help and mentor people, and we need parishioners who may not have taken an active role up to this point to find more ways to be involved. The leaders among us may not always feel comfortable asking for help and ceding control to new people, but the reality is that this is the only way our community will grow. We have to be involved and work together. That being said, I ask our parishioners to get even more involved in the weekly operations of our parish. If you haven’t found your “spot”, ask Father Gary, any parish council member, PDI or Capital Campaign member about what might need to be done and offer your help. Over the last few weeks, we have been asking our parishioners to pay their stewardship or bring themselves current on their pledges. We don’t love to bring up finances, but we need your support in order for the church to maintain financial balance and stay within budget. The Parish Council has done an admirable job of keeping expenses down; now we need everyone to honor their pledge commitments through the end of the year to keep the budget on track. Equally important is the involvement of our parishioners with each other and the community as a whole. Reach out to those who may need help and comfort. Those who are in need – don’t be afraid to ask your fellow parishioners for help.

Yours in Christ’s Service

Tom Vegos

Parish Council President

Hi Everyone,
 
There are some premium items still on sale from the Golf Tournament Auction and they are listed below with a minimum price for each.  You'll notice they are predominantly for women...there are more men at the tournament and all the items they are most interested in get snapped up first.  However, there are some amazing baskets and products listed that would be great as gifts for friends, relatives or, lets face it, yourself!  Please feel free to forward the list to others you know who might be interested.  And see below for a children's book opportunity.
 
 
 
Product Minimum Price
Color Proof Volumizing Haircare w/Volumizing Shampoo 25.4 oz, 2 Volumizing Conditioners 8.5 oz, Fiber Blast Texture Crème & Hairspray

$75.00
Kai Home Fragrance Set    Includes Candle, Room Linen Spray & Fine Linen Wash

$75.00
K-Pak Haircare Gift Basket    Includes 2 K-Pak Shampoos, 2 Conditioners, 2 Color Therapy Conditioners, Shine Serum, Split End Mender, Protective Hairspray, Restorative Styling Oil & Intense Hydrator

$100.00
Paul Mitchell Stay Calm & Curl On Set w. Detangling Shampoo, Frizz-Fighting Conditioner, Ultimate Wave Cream Gel

$25.00
Josie Maran Face, Body & Hair Care Basket includes Body Butter, Intensive Hand Cream, Bear Naked Wipes, Hair Serum & Infinity Lip & Cheek Creamy Oil in Limitless Pink

$60.00
Ole Henriksen Eye Care & Cleansing Set  Includes Eye Peel, Ultimate Lift Eye Contouring Crème & 3 Sets of Cleansing Cloths

$45.00
Kerastase Haircare Gift Basket - Includes Bodifying Shampoo, Replenishing Mask, Hair Oil, Replenishing Balm, Strong Hold Finishing Spray & Anti-Humidity Fixing Spray

$150.00
Haircut & Blow Dry w/Meghan Kuligowski at Jamie's Hair Salon, Thousand Oaks

$30.00
Single Process Haircolr, Cut & Style with Justine Asperas at Regency Salon Studios in Westlake Village, CA

$65.00
Automotive Care at Reino Mobil in Newbury Park - Includes Oil Change, Air Filter & Tire Rotation

$40.00
Haircut & Haircolor w/Andrea Maria at Sub Posa Salon
$55.00
 
 
There are also hardback copies of a rhyming, full-color children's book called "The Adventures of Kevin Bonbevin, Sail Away" which is on sale for $25 at Amazon, but available for $10 from the church to benefit the Golf Tournament/Building Fund.  You can let me know if you're interested in a copy or look at the book itself in the narthex at church.

The “S. James Vamvas Scholarship Fund” was established in 1986 in honor of S. James (Sparky) Vamvas, D.D.S, Professor Emeritus of the USC School of Dentistry and Oral Surgery. This fund allows the society to provide financial assistance to medical and dental students of Hellenic descent who are from California or attend medical or dental school in California. The fund is the only one of its kind on the west coast. Since 1988 the Society has awarded 151 scholarships to 79 men and 72 women, totaling $200,250

DEADLINE: SATURDAY, AUGUST 30, 2014 - All applications must be submitted by this date for consideration.