Liturgical – St. Anna

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Apolytikion V B- 2

Ότε κατήλθες…
When You descended to the realm of death You as life immortal rendered to Hades a mortal blow by Your all radiant divinity, And when You from infernal depths and the darkness below did raise the dead all the hosts of heaven’s powers did proclaim and cry out O life giving Christ and our God we give glory.

Apolytikion for the Conception of St. Anna

Σήμερον τής ατεκνίας δεσμά διαλύονται…
Today the bonds of being barren are broken. For against all hope, hearkening to Joachim and Anna, God manifestly promises they shall bear a divine maiden. From her the Infinites One was born, becoming mortal. He ordained the angel to cry out to her, “Hail full of Grace, the Lord is with you.”

Apolytikion for St. Demetrios

Μέγαν εύρατο έν τοίς κινδύνοις…
The world found in you a great champion in dangers a victor who could turn the nations back! As you restrained Levi in the arena, you also inspired Nestor to courage! Therefore, holy, great martyr, Demetrios, entreat Christ God to grant us great mercy!


Έορτάζει σήμερον…
Today the world rejoices in the conception of Anna, wrought by God. For she bore the One who beyond comprehension conceived the Logos.



Thomas G. Angelos (Vietnam Veteran) (3yrs) son of Helene Angelos, father of Samantha, Thomas and Julia and survived by three brothers and four sisters.


Dr. Angelo Dalambakis (10yrs) survived by his loving wife Helen and family
Funeral services at St. Demetrios on Monday, December 10 for the late:
Helene Tzitsikas—1pm
Harry Columbus—2pm


Scripture Readings

Epistle Reading

St. Paul’s Letter to the Galatians 4:22-27

BRETHREN, Abraham had two sons, one by a slave and one by a free woman. But the son of the slave was born according to the flesh, the son of the free woman through promise. Now this is an allegory: these women are two covenants. One is from Mount Sinai, bearing children for slavery; she is Hagar. Now Hagar is Mount Sinai in Arabia; she corresponds to the present Jerusalem, for she is in slavery with her children. But the Jerusalem above is free, and she is our mother. For it is written, “Rejoice, O barren one who does not bear; break forth and shout, you who are not in travail; for the children of the desolate one are many more than the children of her that is married.”

Gospel Reading

Luke 13:10-17
10th Sunday of Luke

At that time, Jesus was teaching in one of the synagogues on the sabbath. And there was a woman who had a spirit of infirmity for eighteen years; she was bent over and could not fully straighten herself. And when Jesus saw her, he called her and said to her, “Woman, you are freed from your infirmity.” And he laid his hands upon her, and immediately she was made straight, and she praised God. But the ruler of the synagogue, indignant because Jesus had healed on the sabbath, said to the people, “There are six days on which work ought to be done; come on those days and be healed, and not on the sabbath day.” Then the Lord answered him, “You hypocrites! Does not each of you on the sabbath untie his ox or his donkey from the manger, and lead it away to water it? And ought not this woman, a daughter of Abraham whom Satan bound for eighteen years, be loosed from this bond on the sabbath day?” As he said this, all his adversaries were put to shame; and all the people rejoiced at all the glorious things that were done by him.

Announcements – St. Anna

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Christmas Decoration

Thank you to Marion and Katina for decorating our Church. It looks beautiful. On Sunday, the Community Center will be decorated. If you would like to help, please do.

Annual Christmas Pageant

Sunday School Christmas Pageant and Family Night Friday, December 21, 2012 at 7:00 pm In the Community Center.

Holy Confession

Fr. Chris will be hearing confession for the Christmas Lenten season on Friday, December 21 from 4 pm-6 pm… Please call the church office to make your appointment.

Parish Beautification Day

On Saturday, Dec. 15 we will be beautifying our church and grounds . Some of it will include work on the pavers around the church as well as repairs to walls in the upstairs Sunday School Classrooms . Please come by and work side by side with the Parish Council starting at 8:30 am.

Festival News

We are looking for volunteers to be part of our Festival Leadership Team: We need volunteers to act as hosts/hostesses at the Taverna. If you like to welcome guests and make them feel at home and know Greek food, please see Jim Carras or Anna Merkel.

Iconography Project

Donations are coming in daily for our upcoming project. Fr. Chris will soon be updating everyone of our progress. If you would like to be part of this historic endeavor please call and speak to Fr. Chris. Thank you for all those who have come forth.

O C N Cruise– February 16-23, 2013

Come along for inspiration, fun and sun with OCN and St. Demetrios on a Caribbean Cruise. Please contact Stephen Solos at 954-290-0549 for more information.

A Journey of Faith May 22-May 31, 2013

A Pilgrimage to Turkey, Constantinople and Cappadocia -Smyrni with Fr. Chris. For more information please contact Fr.Chris.

2013 Grand Raffle

Tickets have been mailed to our parishioners. If you need more tickets, a table is set up every Sunday from now until the festival. You may turn in your tickets stubs and pick up more tickets to sell. Ticket price is $25.00 and our goal is to sell 5000 to win a new 2013 Mercedes Benz C-250 Sport.

Volunteer Photographers

In an attempt to better document our parish’s active life on our website, we are seeking photographers to volunteer their services to take digital pictures and video clips of upcoming events, activities and liturgical services. This is an important ministry as YOU will be the “eyes” of our parish to the world! For further instructions, please contact Fr. John at 954-467-1515 or Email


We are looking for faithful members to give their time, talent and voices to join our choir, under the leadership of Patricia Zeiler, to give praise and honor in song to our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. You do not have to have a perfect voice—All you need is a love for Christ and a desire to honor Him with all you heart, mind and voice. Please contact the church office at 954-467-1515.

Youth Stewardship Program

All youth program participants ages 12 years, in 7th grade through 18 years, are reminded to log their activities and to get the proper signatures.  Youth stewardship logs are available in the Narthex, Sunday school and  Language & Culture.  Dance & GOYA will include the form in emails to you.  Turn in your form each Sunday by placing it in one of the colorful the youth stewardship mailboxes.  A mailbox is located in the hall and there is one on the desk in the South Narthex as you exit the church. Please direct any questions regarding the youth stewardship program to

By-Laws of The Dance Advisory Committee

Created November 5, 2008 amended June, 2011




The mission of the Dance Program of St. Demetrios is to teach, preserve and perpetuate the history and tradition of the Greek culture through dance while espousing the values of the Orthodox Christian faith.



The Dance Advisory Committee (DAC) operates under the auspices of the Education Youth and Culture Committee (EYCC) of St. Demetrios, which reports to the Parish Council and the Clergy. The DAC was formed to implement the rules and guiding principles of the Dance Program and to effect its management.



Membership in the DAC shall be open to the parents, guardians and/or grandparents of children presently registered in the Dance Program. They must all be members in good standing of the St. Demetrios Parish. The DAC shall consist of at least seven (7) persons. Dance Directors and Instructors may attend meetings of the DAC.


Elections will take place no later than the third (3rd) Sunday of October of each year and shall be supervised by the Education Youth and Culture Committee. The electorate shall consist of all parents or guardians, and/or grandparents of children presently registered in the Dance Program. There shall be one (1) vote per family in good standing of the St. Demetrios Parish. Notice of the Election and the Nomination form shall be sent out by all means possible at least 15 days prior to the election set by the EYCC to the entire community. Nomination Forms shall be submitted to the Church Office no later than 5 days prior to the election. For the first year (2007) the four (4) recipients of the highest number of votes shall serve for a term of two (2) years. The three (3) recipients of the second highest number of votes shall serve for a term of one (1) year. Thereafter three new members will be voted on every year to serve a term of two years each. A person’s term begins upon taking the oath of office. A member of the DAC may resign by giving written notice to the President of the DAC who will then forward it to the EYCC. The organization, between elections has the right and permission to elect someone from the eligible candidates by having the Board vote and not going to a general election again to fill the spot.


The Executive Board shall consist of a President, a Vice President, a Secretary and a Treasurer. The President and Vice President must have been members of the DAC for at least one (1) year prior to holding office in the Executive Board. They shall be elected by the seven (7) members of DAC following the general election and no later than two (2) weeks following the election of DAC Board Members. They in turn will elect the offices of the Executive Committee for a one (1) year term. The election will be under the Chairmanship of the Clergy or appointed member of the EYCC.




The President is the chief executive officer of the DAC. The President shall prepare the agenda of an upcoming meeting and shall preside over it. The President shall preview and approve all communication sent to the general membership by the DAC and/or the dance directors and instructors. The Priest, the Parish Council and the EYCC shall be informed in advance of all meetings of the Executive Committee or General Membership. Each year in May, the President shall review the performance of all teachers and shall make recommendations for retention or dismissal to the EYCC.

Vice President:

The Vice President shall assume all the powers and shall perform all functions of the President in case of the latter’s absence or disability. In addition he/she shall support the President following up and executing the decision made by the DAC.


The Secretary shall attend all meetings of the DAC, record all minutes and votes and prepare them for distribution to the general membership and the Church Office. In addition, the Secretary shall mail all notices of impending meetings and updates.


The Treasurer shall have custody of all funds of the DAC and the Dance Program; shall keep accurate records of receipts and disbursements; shall deposit in the appropriate accounts all monies received; shall disburse the funds as voted, ordered and authorized by the DAC; and shall render an account of the finances at regular meetings. The treasurer and the President shall have the sole co-signing authority on all financial instruments, accounts and checks.



DAC Meetings:

Regular meetings of the DAC shall be held every four to six weeks and at other times should it be deemed necessary. The meetings shall take place at the Community Center of the Church of St. Demetrios. The President shall notify the members at least one (1) week in advance of an impending meeting via electronic mail or the telephone.

General Meetings:

General meetings of all parents, guardians and/or grandparents of the dancers will be held no later than the third (3rd) dance practice and prior to the end of January of each year.

Special Meetings:

Periodically, special meetings of the parents/guardians of the dance group may be held as deemed necessary in order to gather information, to enlist volunteers and chaperons, to provide a forum for the airing of grievances and concerns and for any other reason at the discretion of the DAC.

All meetings shall follow the Parliamentary Procedures set by Robert’s Rule of Order and all members shall comport themselves according to regulations of the local By-Laws and the Uniform Parish Regulations.



Voting shall take place in the presence of the Executive Board members, i.e. President, Vice President, Secretary and Treasurer. A quorum of the DAC is needed.  Voting on a motion shall be by show of hands or by consensus.



The DAC may establish, as it deems necessary, special standing committees to carry out the work and responsibilities of the organization. The committees shall include Finance/Fundraising, Costumes, Festivals, Travel, Education and Parent Ambassadors. Each committee must be led and supervised by a DAC Board Member. Annually, two members of the EYCC shall meet with the President and Treasurer to perform an independent audit and to report their findings to the Parish Council. Committees shall be open to the parents, guardians and/or grandparents of children presently registered in the Dance Program, as well as any members in good standing of St. Demetrios Parish who have completed the required EYCC Volunteer Application.



Scheduling of all activities must be pre-approved by the EYCC.



The By-Laws of the DAC may be amended at a special meeting of the parent families by a two-thirds (2/3) majority, each family in good standing casting one (1) vote.

Any proposed change to the By-Laws shall be contained in a notice about the meeting to be sent to the general membership no less than thirty (30) days prior to the proposed date. The Secretary shall send the requisite notice by both regular and/or electronic mail.

The Nativity in Our Lives – Fecundity

Joseph Olas
December 19, 2012

Book Reference
Intimacy, Fecundity, and Ecstasy in Christian Perspective
By Henri J. M. Nouwen

Opening thoughts and basis for discussion

Have you ever felt worthless? What helped you to overcome this feeling?

Fecundity and Fear

Identify some of the forces in our world that lead to feeling useless and sterile. How do these forces relate to fear?

What is the difference between productivity and fecundity? How does an overemphasis on productivity diminish the spiritual dimension of life?

Do you tend to emphasize doing over being? Recall a time in you life when you simply allowed yourself to be.

Fecundity and Love

Why is vulnerability necessary to a fruitful life? How does the life of Jesus manifest this vulnerability?

Do you consider yourself a grateful person? When do you find it difficult to be grateful and what can you do to regain a sense of gratitude?

How does care differ from control? What enables people to be caring instead of controlling?

Fecundity and Mission

In what ways is mission more than merely improving the physical lives of the poor?


How can you find new life in the concept of fecundity as Henri has evoked it?

Emmy Louvaris Speaks About Our Community

Hello my name is Emmy Louvaris, I’ve been a member of the St. Demetrios community since I was a young girl, and the support I received along the way has been foundational for me and my family. That is why I enjoy working towards her further development and growth. At St. Demetrios Greek Orthodox church we know that an effort made for the happiness of others, lifts us above ourselves. The support and love of our community has been in the hearts of Orthodox Christians living in South Florida for generations.

Many of our family members came here searching for a brighter tomorrow and for a promising future for their loved ones, and as they searched, they never forgot the most important ingredient—God. Looking back at the courage and faith it took to achieve these goals for their family and their faith, you can’t help but to stand in awe at their commitment. Because of the dedication and perseverance of these pioneers, we are blessed, today, with a beautiful church, a strong ministry and a growing family in Christ at St. Demetrios. We owe it to them, our parents, grandparents and great-grandparents to use the resources we have available to us today and the talent and skills, much of which was inherited from our predecessors, to perpetuate the legacy of these families, our families and the Orthodox faith that binds us.



Won’t you join me today and either buy a ticket yourself or sell the book that you received from us. This will, in turn, help us better serve the faithful of our community. Tickets can be turned in or purchased during the fellowship hour after church. Also be sure to share this wonderful project with your friends and relatives, as tickets can be found on line and are available for purchase from anywhere around the world. Thank you for your continued support and commitment to St. Demetrios and I look forward to seeing you in Church soon.

Give a gift this Christmas that will last a lifetime…and then some!

In 1946, just at the end of World War II, there were only a handful of Greek Orthodox families in the Fort Lauderdale area. They gathered at a hotel on the beach to worship and dream about their own church land, buildings and community, with young people’s groups, Sunday School, Philoptochos chapter and a beautiful nave and consecrated altar to worship in and to give glory and honor to God.

Today, we have the buildings, the groups, and the people, but the work is not complete. The icons are not finished. The Community Center, which was built in 1988, is tired and needs renewal. Our altar is not yet consecrated.

It’s our turn, as the next generation, to take up the torch from our church parents, to finish the work they began and to see it through until we can celebrate the consecration of the altar of our church.In addition we will have a gloriously decorated nave, along with a newly refurbished community center and brand new kitchen.

This is the season of giving and we cannot think of a better gift than donating an icon to the Church in honor and remembrance of someone you love or one who has gone to be with the Lord. Thus far the response to our efforts has been truly amazing. We have received pledges for items totaling over $150,000.

We ask you to consider helping before Christmas with two special areas of giving opportunities:


  • 2 Sand Pits with Marble Border – $5,100.00 each
  • 1 Mosaic Candle Offering Area – $11,000.00


  • 60 Segments of Decorations and Words on Balcony Front $1,800.00 each
  • 41 Medallions – $3,600.00 each
  • 3 Standing Saints – $5,500.00 each
  • 9 Murals of Miracles – $8,200.00 each

Please call one of us to discuss your Christmas gift this year. Take advantage of making your end of the year gift to the church for tax purposes. If you haven’t seen our video, This is My Church, please take a few moments to review it.


The Nativity in Our Lives – Intimacy with God and Others

Fr. Christopher
December 2, 2012

Book Reference
Intimacy, Fecundity, and Ecstasy in Christian Perspective
By Henri J. M. Nouwen

Opening thoughts and basis for discussion

We need new eyes to see and new ears to hear the truth of our unity, a unity which cannot be perceived by our broken, sinful, anxious hearts.

Negative power of fear and the liberating power of love

Which questions guide your life? Which do we make our own?

Once fearful survival questions become the guiding question of our lives we tend to dismiss words spoken from the house of love as unrealities.

“Perfect love casts out all fear” says St. John in the first letter.

There is no reason to fear anymore. “It is I; do not be afraid.” (John 6:21)

The house of love is not simply a place in the afterlife.

1. Jesus spoke of Himself as the vine and a disciple as the branches- John 15:4

2. Invitation to intimacy- a call to productivity- John 15:5

3. Have joy in your life and you may be complete- John 15:11


When you contemplate the word home what do you think of? “Make your home in me as I make in you”

A sense of belonging, cared for, protected and loved.

Christian faith calls us to experience life “as going home, and death as “coming home at last”.

Fear and Intimacy

Fear makes us move away from each other at a safe distance. Fear does not create a home.

Intimacy and Love

If fear is the great enemy of intimacy, love is its true friend.

Intimacy is not a happy medium. It is a way of being in which the tension between distance and closeness is dissolved and a new horizon appears. Intimacy is beyond fear.

Prayer leads us to intimacy with love with God. In and through God we can be fulfilled to each other: in friendship, marriage and community.

Intimacy and Solidarity- Nativity

“The Word was made flesh and pitched his tent among us. (John 1:14)

The mystery of the incarnation reveals to us the spiritual dimension of human solidarity. All of humanity is taken up into God through the incarnation of the Word.

Christians are called to bear witnesses to the truth that God has gathered all people into one family.

In God’s House we are consecrated to the truth.

Giving Opportunities Fact Sheet

This table consists of all the giving opportunities included in this Iconography Hall Renovation Project. With all these opportunities given we will be able to completely refurbish our community center and beautify our sanctuary in preparation for its Consecration in 2017.

Giving Opportunities ID Item

Monthly donation (36 months)

Donation asking price per item
Balcony and Downstairs Walls
60 A Decoration and words on balcony front $73.00 $1,800.00
47 B Medallions $100.00 $3,600.00
5 C Standing Saints $153.00 $5,500.00
10 D Murals of Miracles $228.00 $8,200.00
Arches – With Decoratives And 2 Icons
12 E Decorative for Columns $67.00 $2,400.00
60 F Decorative Around Dome $70.00 $2,500.00
1 G Over Altar/Narthex $278.00 $10,000.00
2 H Small Arch $153.00 $5,500.00
8 I Middle Size Arches $195.00 $7,000.00
Stained Glass
48 J Stained Glass Window Panes $90.00 $3,200.00
1 K Mural of Holy Communion $556.00 $20,000.00
2 L Wood Closets $211.00 $7,600.00
2 M Small Icon Stands $128.00 $4,600.00
5 N 1 Dome Side Altar Build and Icons $160.00 $5,700.00
5 O 1 Dome Side Altar Build and Icons $158.00 $5,700.00
2 P Feast Days of the Lord (under domes of side of altar) $375.00 $13,500.00
2 Q Proskinitaria $84.00 $3,00.00
4 R Feast Days of the Lord $3,667.00 $13,200.00
2 S Pangaria $211.00 $7,600.00
2 T Icon Stands $250.00 $9,000.00
2 U Sand Pits & Marble $142.00 $5,100.00
2 V Mosaics Candle Offering Area $306.00 $11,000.00
1 W Dome Build and Icons $500.00 $18,000.00
Outside Mosaic – Front
2 X Angels   $16,000.00
1 Y Name of Church   $21,200.00
Outside Mosaic – Back
1 Z Name   $20,000.00
1 AA Theotokos   $41,000.00
1 BB St. John   $41,000.00
Glass Doors In Church Etching
8 CC Door Plus Etching of Icon on Each $98.00 $3,500.00
Rail Around Balcony
 150  DD Glass Balcony  $14.00 $500.00
 1 EE  Marble Floor    $170,000.00

2013 Grand Raffle Update

As a result of your contributions we have as of November 19th sold 368 tickets and raised $9200!!

We ask that you continue to support your community to reach its goal of selling 5000 tickets!!  You can purchase tickets online here at our website.  Also look for the raffle table in our hall during our Fellowship hour.