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Weekly Sunday Bulletin – St. Gregory Palamas

St. Gregory PalamasMarch 8, 2015

The season of the virtues now has come, and the Judge is at the door. Let us not hold back with darkened face, but let us keep the Fast, offering tears, contrition and almsgiving; and let us cry: our sins are more in number than the sand of the sea; but, Deliverer of all, forgive each one of us, that we may receive an incorruptible crown.

Orthros– Second Sunday of Lent

Parish Council on duty:

John Ioannou, Jr., Demetri Rapanos, John Argiropoulos,Anna Merkel, Kathy Ziegler, Andreas Ioannou, Mark Zaden

Dance in January

The Metropolis HDF will be held January 17, 18, and 19 in Orlando, Holy Trinity.

All dancers are requested to make every effort to attend all of the practices from now until the festival.  There are only SIX MORE PRACTICES! With many students missing multiple days each month, it is difficult for them to be truly learn each dance as we prepare to welcome so many people to our festival.  We will be holding a parent meeting – date TBA, and will begin fitting our dancers for costumes as well.  It is essential for all dancers to be present!

Our two HDF groups have been showing an amazing level of dedication, and we appreciate all of the support from the families and parishioners who have encouraged and supported us through all of our practices.

We wishing you all health and happiness in 2014, and look forward to an amazing year of fellowship in our dance program..

The Metropolis HDF will be held January 17, 18, and 19 in Orlando, Holy Trinity.

New Year’s Eve 2013

Celebrate New Year’s

Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Festivities begin at 9:00pm


Entertainment services provided by DJ Jimmy!

Delicious menu catered by The Culinary Republic

aka Nikol Maroulis


Adults:   $60.00

Teens(13-18):  $30.00



Tickets on sale in the community center on Sundays or

Phone reservations only by credit card call 954-467-1515

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 – 6th Sunday of Luke

St. Demetrios

God, who gave you invincible power and with care kept your city invulnerable, royally clothed the Church in purple with the streams of your blood, for you are her strength, O Demetrios.

Kontakion in the Second Tone

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.

Weekly Sunday Bulletin – 9th Sunday of Matthew

The memory of the just is celebrated with hymns of praise, but the Lord’s testimony is sufficient for thee, O Forerunner; for thou hast proved to be truly even more venerable than the Prophets, since thou was granted to baptize in the running waters Him Whom they proclaimed. Wherefore, having contested for the truth, thou didst rejoice to announce the good tidings even to those in Hades: that God hath appeared in the flesh, taking away the sin of the world and granting us great mercy.

Apolytikion in the Second Tone – Beheading of St. John the Baptist – August 29

Parish Council on duty

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

Youth Ministry Program Registration

August 2016

Dear Parishioners,

Our parish continues to serve hundreds of faithful each and every day of the year.  One of our most precious tasks is to educate and prepare the next generation of Orthodox Christians through our Youth Ministry Programs.

Recently, we conducted a survey of the parents of our children, both young and old, and asked some very specific questions about their ability to commit themselves to a program over the course of the year to educate and serve our youth.  Based on the information gathered and the decision of the Education Youth and Culture Committee and approved by the Parish Council, we are pleased to offer the following schedule.

First, we will continue to offer our parishioners the opportunity to volunteer to teach, advise or assist in one of our programs.  Everyone who volunteers is carefully screened and a background check is done before they can be officially appointed.  All appointments are for one year and are reviewed annually for progress.  It takes over 50 volunteers to properly staff all of our Youth Ministry programs.

Second, programs will meet each and every Sunday with few exceptions.  Please check the Church website for the schedule of dates.

Third, Sunday School classes will be visited by Fr. John the first Sunday of each month in order to teach students the hymns of the Faith in both Greek and English.  There will also be an effort created to put together some kind of orchestra or band from the youth of our parish.

Fourth, each Sunday a Children’s Sermonette will be given.  We ask all students to sit in the front left hand side pews so that they will be together.

We will offer Program Registration on August 28th in the Community Hall as well as on our website.  Program fees can also be found at our website.  www.stdemetrios.org

The schedule on Sunday will be as follows:

Orthros: 9:00 a.m.
Adult Study Class: 10:00 a.m.
Doxology: 10:20 a.m.
Divine Liturgy: 10:30 a.m.
Children’s Sermonette: Immediately after the Reading of the Gospel


Sunday School 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Sunday School will include projects such as making incense, prayer ropes, Prosforo, Kolyva, and other activities.  In order to participate in any other programs, students must attend Sunday School.

Lunch and Learn   12:30 – 1:30 p.m.

Students who register for this Greek Language and Culture class will be offered Greek food and taught Greek    using some of the latest techniques in teaching a foreign language.  Older students will also learn Greek history and culture.

Students who do not register for Lunch and Learn are free until 1:30PM if attending Dance.

Greek Folk Dance   1:30 – 2:30 p.m.

Students who register for this program will learn Greek ethnic dances.  As in the past, students will be divided into proper age and grade categories.

Students who elect only Greek Folk Dance are free until 1:30. Students who do not elect either program, may leave after Sunday School.

GOYA 12:30 – 1:30 –  Sundays  once a month and special events

GOYA (Greek Orthodox Youth of America) is for students in grades 7-12.  They will meet once a month instead of Lunch and Learn (if attending) and participate in a variety of social, spiritual and service events at other times.

For specific dates for all GOYA meetings and events please check the St. Demetrios Calendar on the Website.

Students who have not elected to take any other programs are free to leave for the day.

Summer Camp

Our parish will offer a summer camp for the youth of our parish June 9 – 13, 2014.  Please watch your mail for further exciting details of the program that will be offered.

Registration for the 2013 – 2014 year is offered online at www.stdemetrios.org

Should you have any questions, please feel free to contact us.

In His Service,

Fr. Christopher T. Metropulos
John Ioannou, Jr.
President Parish Council
Dr. Mantha Mehallis
Chairperson EYCC