Letter from Tom Vegos, Parish Council President


AS OUR SUMMER DRAWS TO A CLOSE and so many changes are going on within our small parish, I thought it would be a good time for each of us to reflect back on what we all have to be grateful for in our lives. We are lucky to be living in this great country, we are lucky to live in Southern California where we have friends and family and most importantly we are lucky to have the love of our church family that has had such a major impact on all our lives.

Our future is bright! We are now in our new sanctuary and Father Gary has already performed a few wed-dings and baptisms. Of course this wouldn’t have been possible without the hard work and dedication of so many of our parishioners – young and old, living and those whose memories will be eternal. All played a role in the growth & development of St. Demetrios. We have been patient and now our patience has paid off!! Our new church is a thing of beauty that we can all be proud of and thankful for God’s blessings in achieving this goal.

We have been fortunate to call the “library” our temporary home for more than a year but now it is time to say Good Bye and look forward to our move. As with any change, there will be periods of adjustment as we settle in. It will take a little time to work out all the little “bugs” that will inevitably pop up as we become comfortable in the new property. Once again I ask for your patience and respect in taking care of “our” new home.

Our grand opening celebrations in May was the “Cherry on Top”. It brought our entire community together and has now become a bright star in the Camarillo landscape - one that will only get brighter as time moves on.

In closing, I wish to add a personal note on what I was lucky enough to have in my life. Aside from being fortunate enough to have a loving family & friends I was extremely lucky to know and become friends with Chris Mallakis. Chris was not only a friend but someone I was able to look up to and respect. He taught me so much about living life in a reverent manner and how important the church is in our everyday lives. I know that he joins us in spirit as we move to the new church. I will miss him deeply and may his memory be eternal.

Yours in Christ’s service,
Tom Vegos, Parish Council President

OUR NEW HOME- Fr. Gary’s message


“This is the Lord’s doing and it is marvelous in our

eyes.” Psalm 118: 23-24

After years of praying, and hoping, meetings, bake sales, discussions, capital campaigns, meetings, Greek Festivals, more meetings, and several fundraisers it is time for us to enter into the splendor of our new home. The time has come for us to take up residency in the St Demetrios Agape Chapel. As we move in and get comfortable I think it would be wise for us to share and review the necessary responsibilities of inheriting this blessing.

This is an inheritance in the greatest sense of that word! We are stewards of what God has entrusted to us. Every detail of our new chapel is to remind us of the beauty of the Kingdom of God. It is a physical manifestation of our love for God, and then, ultimately for one another. We must treat the St Demetrios Agape Chapel, the rooms, restrooms, reception area, offices and chapel with the utmost reverence and respect. Following are recommendations that we are to adopt, follow and practice on a regular basis.

In regards to Divine services (all services whether Sunday mornings or weekday mornings, evenings, or sacraments of any kind):

* Please dress appropriately as if you were to encounter a dignitary. This is where get the saying, “wear your Sunday best.” A three piece suit or an elaborate dress is not what I am referring to but a presentable ensemble is always wise. 

Please light a candle and make an offering as you enter. The entrance area where we find the candle sandbox is called the Narthex. The point of the Narthex is for us to prepare our mind and soul for entrance into God’s Church. We light a candle to represent the light of Christ coming into our lives. This should help you prepare for prayer.

* Please do not enter through the center, glass doors. When entering the Nave (the area where the pews are found) please use the wooden doors on either side. This causes less distraction and limit interruptions. You may want to get in the habit of sliding all the way towards the center so that those coming after you won’t have to climb over you.

* Whenever the Priest is facing the people or outside of the altar, either with the censer, giving the blessing, reading the Gospel or giving the sermon everyone should stay still.

* Please remember that the Parish Council members and the ushering staff are required to keep order during services, and all should follow their instructions at all times

* Keep from participating in unnecessary conversations.

Glass Doors (and the walls):

* Don’t leave your prints everywhere. By touching the glass (or walls) with your bare hand you will leave a print, and that guy, “Someone Else,” will have to clean that glass. Use the handles or railings.


* Please consider the next person that will occupy the bathroom after you have finished. Please leave it the way you wish to find it. You know what that means.

* If supplies are low or you encounter an issue, please tell a member of the Parish Council.

The Elevator:

* Only use it if you really must. I think everyone should have the opportunity to ride the elevator once, but then after that, “Young legs use the stairs.”

* Consider the wear and tear on our elevator, remembering that if it doesn’t function then someone that really needs it will not be able to go upstairs read more.. 

Easy to give to St. Demetrios We are excited to announce an important update to giving at St. Demetrios. Your generosity and financial partnership with St. Demetrios is immensely appreciated. We now have automatic/recurring giving setup in Through our website, www.saintdem.org We are now in the process of transitioning givers to a giving experience called ‘Pushpay’ that allows for simple giving from a variety of locations. It is easy to set up a new recurring gift using Push pay: Visit https://pushpay.com/pay/saintdem/ and setup your automatic gift using Pushpay. After you setup your recurring gift, you will be prompted to complete the setup of your new Pushpay account! As always, if you have any questions, please contact Fr. Gary. Please visit the following site and create your giving profile today! https://pushpay.com/pay/saintdem/ For a quick tutorial, check this out . . . just make sure your speakers are turned up: https://vimeo.com/98096366