The Steward Ship, Get on the Boat!

Message from Fr Gary February 2016

The Steward Ship, Get on the Boat!

The Steward Ship is the newest and latest craze! It is a way to encounter fascinating and exciting adventure! The Steward Ship will change your life. Let the Steward Ship transform your outlook. . . take a little trip . . . and . . . GET ON THE BOAT!

The Steward Ship offers youth, energy, and renewal! It offers direction for the lost, hope for the hopeless, and does not cost you anything more than what it has already given to you. Imagine that, receiving all this at a value you decide! The Steward Ship’s Captain is expecting you to board, He can’t wait to see you. The Sail has been adjusted, the invitation is set, and the Destination awaits you.

You say you don’t have TIME to get on the BOAT. You say you don’t have enough TREASURE to share for your ride. You say you don’t have the TALENT to assist with the direction of the BOAT. No worries! The Captain (our Savior Jesus Christ) wants you on the Boat. The Sail (the Holy Spirit) will guide you. The Destination (the Kingdom of Heaven) awaits you.

How are you using your TIME, TREASURE, and TALENT? Is the Boat afloat only when you think you want to take a casual cruise? Do you want the confidence of owning a season pass to ride the BOAT forever? What can you do?

The Steward Ship needs you to provide your TIME, TREASURE, and TALENT.

TIME, TREASURE, TALENT:

Volunteer to assist with the various ministries our Cathedral offers. Are you a teacher? Then teach. Do you enjoy meeting and greeting people? Then provide support at coffee hour after Divine Liturgy. Can you cook? Then cook! Do you enjoy a comfortable lifestyle? Then share a small percentage with your Church. Do you have a beautiful voice? Then sing in our Choir!

The BOAT won’t set sail without you! The Steward Ship has a cabin for everyone! You have to decide how you wish to ride. What is the worth of arriving at the Destination? When you are given the option to enter the Destination, will you have secured your ticket?

Every moment we are given the opportunity to share our TIME, TREASURE, and TALENT. Don’t pass on the ability to give! Don’t let the Blessings of the Steward Ship go unused! Help the Steward Ship set sail. Get on, take a seat, and ask what you can do for STEWARDSHIP!

In Christ’s Service,

Fr. Gary

Fr Gary

Steward Ship Card

From the Parish Council February 2016

This is an exciting time at St. Demetrios and one filled with positive change. We begin a new year in our brand new, beautiful Agape building, and our parish family is growing and welcoming a number of new parishioners. We’re a community rooted in faith, love, and dedication, and the countless years of hard work by so many are breathing life into a decades-old vision. I’m honored to serve this flourishing community and encourage all to take an active role in not only preserving what we’ve accomplished but in continuing to shape our future.

The 2016 Parish Council is outlined below. As a Parish Council, we are grateful that you have en-trusted us as lay leaders of the community and we’ll continue to work tirelessly to share in administering that sacred ministry.

Ari Qutami, President

We are pleased to announce the newly elected officers and the 2016 Parish Council
Ari Qutami—President
John Poulos—Vice President
Dr. Bob Gonzalez—Treasurer
George Mallakis—Secretary
Deb Greanias
George Joannou
Cally Pantages
Keith Valle
Tom Vegos
Please keep these parishioners in your prayers as they take on the role of servants.
Pray that the above listed in these leadership positions for the parish will have vision, wis-dom and a humble heart to carry out God's will so that St. Demetrios is a shining light to fellow members of the parish, those here locally in Camarillo and to the world.
TODAY - JANUARY 31st
USHERS: Deb, George M., Tom & Kent
 
TODAY’S ACOLYTE:ALL

COFFEE HOUR SPONSOR:
Jim and Jody Brown

In Celebration of their 46th Wedding Anniversary

 
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



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!

2

            UPCOMING CHURCH EVENTS           

 
▪Sunday, January 31st
Orthros 9 AM
Divine Liturgy 10 AM
Sunday School After Communion

Dance Practice 1 PM
 
▪Monday, February 1st
F.I.R.E
(Family Integrated Religious Education)
Dinner 6 PM
Activity 6:30 PM
Youth Dance 7:00 PM

▪Tuesday, February 2nd
Presentation of Our Lord
Divine Liturgy 9:30 AM

Paraklesis 6 PM
Orthodox Study 7 PM
(The Book of Revelation)

▪Wednesday, February 3rd
Boy Scouts & Cub Scouts 6:30 PM
Choir 6:30 PM
FATHER GARY'S BIRTHDAY


▪Saturday, February 6th
Daughters of Penelope 12:30 PM
 
▪Sunday, January 31st
GOD PARENT SUNDAY
Orthros 9 AM
Divine Liturgy 10 AM

Sunday School After Communion
Dance Practice 1 PM
COLLECTION BOX: IOCC/SOUPER BOWL OF CARING
SEE BULLETIN INSERT FOR DETAILS



3

I CORINTHIANS 12 : 27 — 31; 13 - 1-8

 
BRETHREN, you are the body of Christ and individually members of it. And God has appointed in the church first apostles, second prophets, third teachers, then workers of miracles, then healers, helpers, administrators, speakers in various kinds of tongues. Are all apostles? Are all prophets? Are all teachers? Do all work miracles? Do all possess gifts of healing? Do all speak with tongues? Do all interpret? But earnestly desire the higher gifts. And I will show you a still more excellent way. If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I am a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal. And if I have prophetic powers, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have all faith, so as to remove mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. If I give away all I have, and if I deliver my body to be burned, but have not love, I gain nothing. Love is patient and kind; love is not jealous or boastful; it is not arrogant or rude. Love does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice at wrong but rejoices in the right. Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never ends.
 
4


Luke 18: 35 — 43

 
AT THAT TIME, Jesus entered Jericho and was passing through. And there was a man named Zacchaios; he was a chief collector, and rich. And he sought to see who Jesus was, but could not, on account of the crowd, because he was small of stature. So he ran on ahead and climbed up into a sycamore tree to see him, for he was to pass that way. And when Jesus came to the place, he looked up and said to him, "Zacchaios, make haste and come down; for I must stay at your house today." So he made haste and came down, and received him joyfully. And when they saw it they all murmured, "He has gone in to be the guest of a man who is a sinner." And Zacchaios stood and said to the Lord, "Behold, Lord, the half of my goods I give to the poor; and if I have defrauded any one of anything, I restore it fourfold." And Jesus said to him, "Today salvation has come to this house, since he also is a son of Abraham. For the Son of man came to seek and to save the lost."
 

 

5

                     ANNOUNCEMENTS                   
 
New Years 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.

2016 Wall Calendars: Thanks to the Ted Mayr Funeral Home in Ventura for sponsoring our 2016 calendars! One per family please. We also have small calendars in the Narthex.

 

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. Next available Sunday is March 6th and month's going forward.

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

 
 
6

                      ANNOUNCEMENTS                    

Coffee Hour: plays a vital role in the life of St Demetrios: It is our weekly occasion to gather inter-generationally, meet new and old friends, welcome visitors, learn of opportunities for involvement and education, and enjoy refreshments. Each Sunday is our opportunity to continue the gifts we have received and share with one another. Please join us today to share with your fellow Christians the gift of food and drink.

If you would like to host a future coffee hour 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.. Current  available dates are February 14, March 6 & 20th. If you have a specific date you like to reserve please book early.

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.



Orthodox Study Series
Tuesday, February 2nd
Paraklesis 6 PM & Orthodox Study 7 PM
Topic: The Book of Revelation
This week, Studying Chapters 7 & 8

 
Please Welcome: Ingrid Poehler, our new bookkeeper to St Demetrios. Her email is This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and her office hours will be 10 AM - 2 PM Drop her a line of welcome.
 
7

                    ANNOUNCEMENTS                   
 

This weeks F.I.R.E. Meeting Topic:
Join us in an informative presentation on bullying when that includes defining the various types of bullying that impact children and teens today. More specifically, we will be identifying the role kids and teenagers play in bullying and those who are most at risk in the school and community environments. We will discuss both proactive and reactive measures, such as how to prevent bullying before it starts and how to respond should your child experience bullying by another peer.


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.

 
NEXT WEEK-  (February 7th)
USHERS: Ari, George J., John P. and Frank
 
TODAY’S ACOLYTE: Team 1
Leo - Captain, Peter - Asst. Captain
Dean, Cody, Christos, Demetri, Lucas
 
COFFEE HOUR SPONSOR:
The Gyurkovitz, Ryan's Father - 1 Year

May his Memory be Eternal

 
8