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Weekly Sunday Bulletin – Sunday before the Exhaltation of the Holy Cross

Nativity of the Holy TheotokosSeptember 7, 2014

Your birth, O Theotokos, brought joy to the whole world, for from you dawned the sun of righteousness, Christ our God. Freeing us from the curse, He gave us His blessings. Abolishing death, He granted us eternal life.

Apolytikion in the Fourth Tone Nativity of the Theotokos– September 8

Parish Council on duty:
John Ioannou, Jr., John Argiropoulos, Andreas Ioannou, Marion Koliniatis, Anna Merkel, Demetri Rapanos, Peter Synoyannis, Kathy Ziegler

Dance in December

The Kamaria Dancers have been diligently working on extending the basic Greek dances, like “sta tria, and syrto” and applying them to the more challenging dances from the regions of Thrace, Florina and the island of Crete. 

Over the years, the Kamaria Dancers have prided themselves in performing suites of dances from areas in Greece that otherwise would go unseen. They have earned a well deserved reputation of excellence. I pray this is achievable by the 2014 Festival; however, I honestly question if it will happen. Attendance and commitment are very low.  Based on these challenges, for first time in over 25 years of teaching Greek dance, we may have to consider changing the format and lowering our standard of performance at the Festival.

Although we are enjoying a wonderful space where we can focus and dedicate undisturbed time to practicing, the lack of consistent attendance makes it almost impossible to move forward. I am teaching and re-teaching the same dances over and over again, trying to catch up those who missed, and then having to review instead of progress.

Senior Palazakia is currently working on two suites of dances.  The first is a mixed suite of dances from the region of Northern Greece, including Syrtos, Serres, Sfarlis, Bana, Baiduska, Thrace, Zonaradiko, Thrace, and Ksesyrtos, Thrace.  The second suite of dances are from Kefalonia. 

Palazakia is working on ten different dances that represent five different regions throughout Greece.  Some of the dances include Pendozali, Syrto, Esios, Zorba and Hassapiko.

The Junior Palazakia are practicing the Kalamatiano and Sta Tria. We are looking to teach them the Hassaposerviko and the Tsamikos. Our dancers are a wonderful group of young learners who are learning coordination and structure and to follow along as they learn different dances within our wonderful culture.

Dancers Prepare

All of our students are continuing to work hard at mastering all of the dances that our dedicated instructors have been teaching our children.  It’s hard to believe that the festival is 17 short weekends away!  With the introduction of many new dances, as well as students moving up in their groups, we do ask that parents make every effort to have your children attend practices on a regular basis.  Some groups have up to 20 students, but many Sundays, less than 10 students are in attendance.  Please remember that Junior Palazakia and Palazakia practices are from 1:30 – 2:30pm, and Senior Palazakia and Kamaria, at ArtServe are from 1:45-2:45pm. 

After our recent elections, and Dance Advisory Committee Board Meeting, we are happy to share that the DAC Board for 2013-2014 are:

President:  Erin Ryan
Vice President:  Maggie Barlow
Treasurer:  Lea Planakis
Secretary:  Teri Foskolos

Board Members:
Nicole Angelakos
Tracy Hogan
Toni Anastasiou

Weekly Sunday Bulletin – 4th Sunday of Luke

All Saints Sunday

O Protection of Christians that cannot be put to shame, mediation unto the creator most constant: O despise not the voices of those who have sinned; but be quick, O good one, to come unto our aid, who in faith cry unto thee: Hasten to intercession and speed thou to make supplication, O thou who dost ever protect, O Theotokos, them that honor thee.

Seasonal Kontakion in the Second Tone

Parish Council on Duty

George Georgakakis, Manny Daskos,  Medon Michaelides, Delcho Ogorelkoff, Eleni Varvoutis

Weekly Sunday Bulletin – 3rd Sunday of Luke

Thomas the Apostle

Christ’s Apostle, who was filled with God’s divine grace, he who was His genuine and faithful servant in all truth, all-lauded
Thomas exclaimed aloud in deep repentance: Thou art both my God and Lord.

Kontakion in the Fourth Tone

Thomas the Apostle– October 6

Parish Council on duty:

John Ioannou, Jr., John Argiropoulos, James Carras, Anna Merkel, Demetri Rapanos, Peter Synoyannis, Kathy Ziegler

Dance Your Heart Away

St. Demetrios offers students from kindergarten through college-age the opportunity to learn about the culture and regions of Greece through dance and songs.  Our program is broken down into four groups: Junior Palazakia – kindergarten – second grade, Palazakia – third grade through fifth grade, Senior Palazakia – sixth grade through eighth grade, and Kamaria – high school.  We also have a very strong HDF (Hellenic Dance Festival) group who train on a vigorous schedule and take part in the annual HDF competition with other dancers from the Greek Orthodox Metropolis of Atlanta.  We plan to have multiple groups perform at HDF, which is in Orlando this year, with dancers from middle school through young adults.  If you have a dancer who would like to learn more about HDF, please ask your child’s instructor, or any member of the DAC Board.

Please remember that all dancers should be prepared each week, with proper clothing and shoes.  Also, if you have any dance clothes or shoes that your child has outgrown and you would like to donate, or if you need any items for dance, we have our YiaYia’s Attic for our dancers!

The time and talents shared by our dancers, their families, and our instructors culminates in our annual St. Demetrios Greek Festival where we’re able to showcase the hard work and dedication of our dancers.