Greek Relief Fund

June 10, 2013

Rev. Fr. Metropulos and Esteemed Parish Members
St. Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church
815 N.E. 15th Avenue
Fort Lauderdale, Fl. 33304-4402

For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life a ransom for many.Mark 10:45

Dearly beloved,

Cristos Anesti! Christ is Risen!

On behalf of His Eminence Archbishop Demetrios and the revered members of the Eparchial Synod, I would like to convey to you the heartfelt appreciation of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America for your generous donation of $765.00 to the Relief Fund for the People of Cyprus. As you very well know, thousands of individuals have lost their jobs and people are in desperate need of critical assistance until they and the nation can recover. We give thanks to the Almighty God for blessing our Archdiocese with people like you who respond in times of need and offer a helping hand to those less fortunate.

In the Encyclical for the Support of the People of Cyprus, His Eminence Archbishop Demetrios said that “through our compassionate and dedicated response to the needs of these beloved people, light will shine in the darkness and fear will be dispelled by the power of God’s grace. We are called to offer from our abundance so that those in need may find relief, comfort, and renewed hope.” We are extremely grateful for your immediate answer to this “call”, which makes it possible for our Church here in the United States to give hope and tangibly respond to the urgent needs of the countless people in Cyprus who are suffering hardship.

Once again, thank you for your act of kindness, which I know is an expression of your sincere concern and desire to help the people impacted by the unfortunate situation in Cyprus. The grace of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and the love of God and Father and the communion of the Holy Spirit be with you all. AMEN.

Faithfully in the Service of our Lord

+Bishop Andonios of Phasiane

Chancellor and Director of the

Department of Philanthropy

Archangel Michael Award

St. Demetrios is proud to announce this years Archangel Michael Award Winners!


Lora Fossler

2013 Adult recipient

Lana Metropulos

2013 Youth recipient

Background of the Archangel Michael Award

The Archangel Michael Feast was prayerfully conceived by His Eminence Metropolitan Alexios upon His arrival to Atalanta, as the annual double feast of the Metropolitan family. Since 1998, the Metropolitan familty comes together in Atlanta on the weekend of, prior to, or following the November 18th Feast of the Archangels Michael and Gabriel. It is to honor and celebrate our Patron Saint and the lives of one adult and one youth/young adult from each parish, who are the living examples of the Orthodox Christian life and journey to Theosis. By extension, this special Metropolitan feast is also the annual Metropolitan celebration and thanksgiving for all devout stewards of faith, time and talent, “Who first give themselves to the Lord by the will of God.”

Presidents Message

We wanted to share with you the remarks of John Ioannou Jr., our New Parish Council President, as stated during our General Assembly on Sunday, June 2nd.

President Remarks

My remarks are about gratitude.

I have been on the Parish Council now for 9 years and during that time I have met many amazing people who have given to the Church on countless occasions and in countless ways of their time, talent, and treasure, not to gain recognition for themselves, but for the simple love of the Church, the faith and of our community – and to those people, many of whom are here today, I say thank you.

Not that you need it or even want it, but as a small way to show you that the Church appreciates all you have done, all you are currently doing, and all that you will do in the future.

Regarding the future, we have a lot of exciting things coming up such as the Church renovation project which includes the new Icons, Narthax and Altar; hall renovation project which includes the kitchen, small hall, bar, and eventually the large hall; and purchase of the property to the south of the Church.

We also have some not so exciting things coming up such as needed repairs to the Church roof and dome, and upgrading our landscaping.

But regardless of the exciting things or not so exciting things coming up, one thing I know that I will be able to count on as President is the love and support of the St. Demetrios family, and that is what I am most grateful for. So for that I say thank you as well. And I will end with a quote about gratitude.

“Let us be grateful for each new morning with its light,
For rest and shelter of the night,
For health and food,
For love and friends,
And for everything God sends.”

John Ioannou, Jr., Esq.

Pledged as of April 25

We are thankful to those who have pledge for the 2013 year. Below is a list of all those who have pledged as of April 25th, 2013. For more information about stewardship or about becoming a steward of St. Demetrios visit our website or call Kiki Sergiou 954-467-1515.

Ahearn, Mike & Tina Makris, Jamie
Ahearn, Michelle Malahias, Angelo & Suzanne
Alexander, Thomas & Gwyn Malanos, In Ja
Anastasiou, Toni Manolakis, Molly
Angelopoulos, Dimitrios & Alexandra Marchelos, Spiro & Nikki
Antley, Juanita Markos, Chris & Marilyn
Antonaras, John & Theodora Mazer, Tony & Mary Ellen
Antonaras, Roula McDonald, Mark & Julia
Argiropoulos, John & Monica McGuirk, Thomas & Christina
Aspras, Alice McGuirk, Thomas F Jr.
Athanasakos, Elizabeth Mehallis, Stephen & Martha
Atsidakos, Nondas & Despina Mellides, Theodore & Katherine
Bakatselos, Aristotle & Melissa Mellides, Michael & Diana
Bakatselos, Platon & Rita Merkel, Kenneth & Anna
Barrett, Kenneth & Constance Metropulos, Fr. Chris & Presv. Georgia
Bartfield, Jeffrey & Angelique Michaelides, Ares & Berardelli, Lynn
Bavas, Leonidas & Maria Michaelides, Medon & Paula
Berdellans, Mary & Lillia, Joseph Milonas, John & Trudy
Bertucelli, Penelope Mitsos, Presv. Evelyn
Boghosian, Bessie Molho, Christopher
Brunt, Mark & Tassia Monezis, Betty
Cady, Vanessa Monezis, Mona
Campos, Ted & Katherine Moraites, Richard & Aphrodite
Carpenter, James & Elizabeth Mosher, Arthur & Eunice
Carratt, Mary Mulieri, Daniel
Chappen, Juana Nicholas, Theodore & Anna
Christodoulou, Stavroula Nichols, Christopher & Raffaella
Christodoulou, Paul Nichols, George & Alexandra
Christos, Catherine Nichols, Nick
Christos, Nick & Helen Niforos, Maria
Christos, Eleni Ogorelkoff, Delcho & Helen
Chryssos, Mary Oliver, Gordon & Susan
Clidas, John Owen, Mary
Clidas, Malama Pacani, Petros & Anna
Cockrell, Tim & Valerie Pagones, Bill & Carol
Codis, Fr. John & Presv. Abigail Pampoukas, Demetra
Colonnese, Christopher & Ellen Panagiotopoulos, Clara
Columbus, Faye Papadakos,Katherine
Condos, Rigas & Demetra Papadakos, Louis & Stephanie
Coutoupis, Nick Papanikos, Taki & Mary
Currie, Sackville & Malvina Papantonatos, Despina
Dalambakis, Helen Papas, Athena
Daniels, Robert & Mary Papastamatis, Alexander  & Maria
Daskos, Emanuel Papastamatis, George & Maria
De Rhodes, Douglas & Claudia Papatzanakis, Leftheris & Julia
De Turo, Vito & Zoi Pappas, Dimitrios & Judie
Delis, Thomas Pappas, Philip
Demetriou, Joanna Parady, William & Zikakis, Salome
Demetriou, Victor Partalis, Beth
Di Perna, Dominic & Kaliopi Pascal, Dean
Dikegoros, Nicholas Pascal, Manuel & Barbara
Dimitrouleas, William & Natalie Paticopoulos, Gari
Dionyssiou, Andreas & Joan Perez, Orlando & Evelyn
Drakoulias, Dean & Sophia Peters, Bette
Drivas, Peter & Renee Petosa, Stephen & Paula
Duddleston, Maria (in memory) Petrakos, Nicholas
Economou, Basil & Tam Phass, Linda
Elefter, Theodore Pieri, Costa & Mary
Eyler, Donald & Joanne Pilavakis, George & Maria
Faturos, John Planakis, Anthony & Lea
Ferrarese, Nicholas & Vola Planakis, Evangelia
Fiacos, Constantin & Stefanie Politis, Chris & Cally
Fiacos, Sophocles & Vivian Politis, George & Rhea
Fitzwilliam, Grant & Mary Politis, John & Josephine
Flessas, Mary-Linda Rapanos, Demetrios & Chrisoulla
Foskolos,John & Teri Reckas, Harry & Panayiota
Frangos,Christina Reyes, Elaine
Franzelas,Paul & Linda Rizopoulos, Catherine
Galatis,Kathryn Ryan, Kevin & Erin
Geane, George Santavicca, David & Theckla
Geannakakes, Thomas & Caliope Scaglione, Albert & Amelia
Georgakakis, Emanuel & Klio Schinas, William & Andreea
Georgakakis,George Schinas, Zoeanne & Lopez, Christopher
Georgiadis, Paul Sclavounos, Athina
Gerakas, Ethel Sefferly, Mary
Gerakas, Evans Selimos, Susan
Gerosideris, Kostas & Rita Sergiou, Tim & Kiki
Ghattas, Michel & Betrice Shikar, John & Nancy
Gianos, H.B. & Giavanna Shull, Matthew & Katerina
Giarikos, Dimitrios & Samantha Simitses, John & Stacey
Gogonis, George & Erica Skoundridakis, Katerina
Gregory, John & Cleo Solos, Stephen
Gretsas, George Sotirhos, Michael & Estelle
Hadjiparaskevas, Tanoula Soy, Randall & Katina
Hampares, Kay Spiegel, Ronald & Susan
Hanlon, Kalliopi Stamatellos, John & Yvonne
Haralambis, Clara Stamatos, Fr. Milton & Presv. Poppy
Haralambis, Michael & Irene Stamm, Pamela
Harmon, Thomas & Diane Stamm, Pauline
Harokopus, William & Xenia Stathakis, Emmanouil & Georgina
Herklots, Mary Stavrakis, Helen
Herrera, Roberto & Peritsalis, Nadia Stavrojohn, Evonne
Hitsos, Athena Steinmuller, James & Marilyn
Hogan, Vincent & Tracy Stokes, Linda
Homatas, Michael & Anastasia Stratoudakis, Nicholas & Niki
Hopwood, Dolores Stringer, Scott & Stella
Hyland, Antonia Tamburino, Vasiliki
Hyland, Elizabeth Tangalakis, Harry
Ioannou, George & Angeliki Tangalakis, Xenia
Ioannou, John Jr. Taschioglou, Phillip & Helen
Ioannou, Michael & Sofia Taschioglou, John & Mary
Ioannou, Helena Tavares, Geraldine
Ioannou, Andreas Tetenes, Dionisios & Angeliki
Johnson, Dave & Diane Thermis, Sophia
Jordan, John & Maria Thodos, Dianne Nickols
Kalesia, Cynthia Tranakas, Nicholas & Anna
Kapakos, Betty Trantalis, Dean
Kapakos, Chris Truman, Helen
Karachalias, Dimitra Tsacalis, Aphrodite
Karlin, David & Vicki Tsevdos, James
Kirifides, Lazarus & Paula Tsitsovich, Virginia
Klonaris, Pantelis & Amy Tzaneteas, George & Dimitra
Koliniatis, Marion Tzikas, Lorraine
Kondel, George Vagionis, Theo
Kontis, Helen Vasil, Philip & Happy
Kostelidis, Christos & Elizabeth Vasilas, Michael & Carmen
Kourakos, Catherine Vasilas, Antonios & Galantiani
Kyriacos, Helen Velis, Anne
Kyriakakis, Jessica Veras, James & Patricia
Lambrinides, Nicholas & Diane Vezos, Ann
Langas, Taki & Toula Vlasto, Kleopatra
Laskas, Suzanne Voicu, Mihai & Ana
Legakis, Emanuel Voxakis, Angeline
Lelecas, John Whiddon, Gene & Cathy
Lembessis, Daniel & Rosa Xenakis, Kaliope
Leontsinis, Evangeline Yatrousis, Steve & Barbara
Leontsinis, Stavroula Yianilos, Beatrice
Liakos, James & Bobbi Ypsilantis, Bill & April
Liakos, Peter & Kim Zachariades, George & Phrosso
Loucas, Athena Zaden, Mark & Alexandra
Loukakis, Loukas & Katina Zambrano, Gabe & Anastasia
Loupasakis, John & Pauline Zaravinos, Theodore & Irene
Maheras, Gus & Angie Zarcadoolas, Ann
Maiorana, Antonio & Georgia Ziegler, Katherine
Makrides, Christos & Margarita Zorbas,Greg & Suzanne
Makris, Barbara  

St. John Chrysostom Oratorical Festival

Introduced in 1983, the St. John Chrysostom Oratorical Festival provides Greek Orthodox teenagers the opportunity to write and talk about their faith. The Oratorical Festival Program begins at the parish level and is divided into three divisions:

  • Elementary Division (local festival only) for students in grades 4–6
  • Junior Division for students in grades 7–9
  • Senior Division for student in grades 10–12

The top speakers in the Junior and Senior Divisions advance to the district level. Two finalists in each district division represent the district at the Metropolis Oratorical Festival. The top speaker in each metropolis division is then selected to participate in the Archdiocese Finals, which is hosted by a different metropolis each year.

All eighteen finalists at the Archdiocese Finals participate in a weekend of activities, the highlight of which is the delivery of their speeches on Saturday morning. The Oratorical Festival Scholarship Fund provides college scholarships to the top speakers. In 2012, the top three speakers of each division received college scholarships of $2,000, $1,500 and $1,000. This year, each Honorable Mention speaker was awarded an iPad2.

Fr. John and Presvytera Margaret Orfanakos serve as the Archdiocese Festival Co-Chairs.

National Festival

On June 7-9, 2013, the 30th National Oratorical Festival will be hosted by the Metropolis of Detroit at the Annunciation Church in Memphis, Tennessee! Click on the News Release for more information.

On June 8–10, 2012, the National Oratorical Festival was hosted by the Metropolis of New Jersey at St. George Greek Orthodox Church in Bethesda, Maryland. Read the top speeches and see pictures from the festival on page 25 of the July/August 2012 issue of the Orthodox Observer.

The Chrysostom Scholarship for Hellenic College

Hellenic College offers The Chrysostom Scholarship to each parish’s top senior division speaker. The Chrysostom Scholarship provides 100% of tuition for the recipient’s first year of study, and, based on a GPA scale, up to 80% of tuition for three additional years. For more information visit

Additional Information about the St. Demetrios Festival

  • We have held an Oratorical Festival for over 20 years
  • At least 3 of our students have spoken at the National Festival (Chris Nichols, Mary Kirifides, Elias Selimos)
  • The Festival is part of the Sunday school curriculum and teachers spend class time helping students prepare their speeches.

Our Oratorical Festival will be held on March 17th in the Church.  For more information on how to participate please contact Paula Kirifides at

Banquet Hall

We thank those that have inquired to rent our facility for various events.  Unfortunately until further noted St. Demetrios will not be renting out its Hall Facilities due to construction that will render the hall unusable.  We ask for your patience and understanding through this process.  You will be notified when construction is completed.  Thank you.


Honduras Gifts

The Elfrida Brooks School in Coxen Hole, Roatan

The second week in February  St. Demetrios and OCN are organizing a cruise to Central America. Even though many of these islands have beautiful resorts many of their inhabitants live in impoverished conditions. So in the spirit of giving and truly carrying through a mission to help make a difference I along with 5 teens accompanying me (including 2 of my own) will visit one of the poorest schools in Roatan, Honduras during our day visit. We will deliver backpacks and suitcases of needed items. If you have any of the listed items to give or would like to make a donation to help pur- chase them or do so yourself let me know and we will deliver the items to the children. The enrichment to both the teens accompanying me and the kids they help will make our trip more meaningful. I even told the kids that I will treat them afterward for some fried iguana!         

Fr. Chris

This school has 180 students grades K-6 which are all housed in 3 classrooms.

What we need:


  • Band-aids
  • Alcohol wipes
  • Cotton balls
  • Antibiotic ointment
  • Calamine lotion
  • Toothbrushes
  • Toothpaste
  • Bar soap
  • Band instruments
  • Crayons
  • Pencils
  • Backpacks
  • Erasers
  • White board erasers 
  • Cookies and fruit
  • Coloring Books
  • Composition notebooks
  • Spanish-English Dictionaries
  • Black Shoes and white socks (K-6)
  • Clothes and underwear
  • Children’s Vitamins
  • Children’s Books Bilingual

4 Days Until the Drawing!!!

John George and His Secret

I want to thank you for your support in this years grand raffle for the brand new 2013 Mercedes. I don’t know about you but I am excited to know that very soon one of those who purchased tickets for this event will be awarded a brand new Mercedes- Benz and our church and its ministries will benefit from all of the hard work and success of this event.

It is time to step out of our comfort zone just like our family members have done before us, so that we may build upon this solid foundation we stand on today, to ensure it stays strong for our children, grandchildren and generations of families that will settle here in our community in the years to come. We are St Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church. We are one community bound in faith and tradition and we all work together as one family to ensure we continue to grow for all generations. Supporting this fund raising endeavor is a big step in the right directions!

So here is what I want you to do! If you have sold your grand raffle tickets bring the stubs and money to the church If you haven’t sold your tickets..what are you waiting for!!!…it is soo easy…. All you have to do is go online and buy your ticket and tell your friends to do as well. Why not forward them this video?? If you’ve bought a ticket as a gift for someone and not one for yourself do so today! It is a win win win. A person will win the car, the person who sells the winning ticket will win, the ones who sell the most tickets will win as well….

Remember come to this years festival February 8th, 9th, 10th to have a great time, support your church and help us have our most successful grand raffle ever.


Our ticket sales have never been better!!  Thank you to all those who have sold tickets for this years Mercedes Grand Raffle.

Grand Raffle Update!!

$23,350.00 has been raised as of January 31th!!

We have sold 934 tickets out of the goal of 5000.  Support your community by selling your tickets.   You can purchase tickets online at our website.
Look for the large raffle banners in our hall during our Fellowship hour and ask any Parish Council member for further information. 

Reminder to those who have sold tickets…
Please bring in the tickets you have sold thus far.