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November 8, 2015

Beloved Parishioners,

We are writing with a special appeal to you and your family. The Saint Nicholas Church, destroyed in the terrorist attack of September 11, 2001, is being resurrected at Ground Zero. The beautiful new building will be a House of Prayer for all people. It will tell our story, the story of the Greek Orthodox People of America.

The new Saint Nicholas is a National Shrine of our Holy Archdiocese. The design was inspired by Hagia Sophia-the great Church of Christ. It will be our American Parthenon, the Parthenon of Orthodoxy. Our Saint Nicholas National Shrine will be fashioned from the very same Pentelic marble as the temple on the Acropolis. It will rise from the ashes of 9/11. Yet, Saint Nicholas will be more.

Our National Shrine at Ground Zero stands just steps away from where so many of our parents, grandparents, and ancestors began their new life in America, in the shadow of the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island. The Statue of Liberty was the first face of America to millions.

Saint Nicholas will be a perpetual Sacred Shrine to the dream that brought our fathers and mothers to the land of freedom and opportunity. The Shrine will be the only religious presence in the 16-acre site of Ground Zero, the new World Trade Center. What an inspired, miraculous opportunity for witness. Never before has there been such a Church on public land, in such a public space. It is estimated that in the next few years, millions of people will see this National Shrine of our Church. It will be a living embodiment of our Greek Orthodox Christian faith.

The national initiative for our parishioners begins on November 8. It ends December 6th – the Feast Day of St. Nicholas. Each family’s gift will be recorded for posterity on an Honor roll in the new edifice. Each will receive a Certificate acknowledging that you have joined thousands of other families across the country. Your gift will count as part of our Parish contributions. Our objective is to rebuild, furnish, and endow the Church by 2016. It is the one-hundredth anniversary of the Parish of Saint Nicholas.

Let us come together as a Church family. Let us make evident to the world the pride we feel in our Greek Orthodox Faith. Let us demonstrate our abiding love and commitment to the Church. Let us help rebuild the Saint Nicholas Greek Orthodox National Shrine at Ground Zero.

Please make your check out to Saint Nicholas Greek Orthodox National Shrine. It can be sent to the Church office, or place it in the collection tray or give to any Parish Council member. We will forward to the Archdiocese.

Faithfully yours,

Fr. John Codis
Efimerios

John Ioannou, Jr.
Parish Council President

Weekly Sunday Bulletin – Father’s of the First Ecumenical Council

Father's of the First Ecumenical CouncilJune 1st, 2014

The Church was strengthened into one faith through the preaching of the Apostles and the doctrines of the Fathers. The Church is robed in truth woven of the word of God from above. It teaches truth, and glorifies the great mystery of faith.

Kontakion in the Plagal of the Fourth Tone

Parish Council on duty:

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

Goya in January

NOVEMBER: 

  • District GOYA “Burning Bush” overnight retreat:  Located in Boca on Nov. 23 & 24. Total Goyans at this event was 93 and of those, 13 was from our community. Overall, great turnout….  I attach some pictures for the newsletter.
  • Thanksgiving Turkey Raffle: On Sunday, November 24th GOYA raffled 5 Turkeys that weighed an average of 20-22lbs each. This was a great fundraiser. Publix had donated a $200 gift card in order for us to purchase the turkeys. Please make a nice story in the Newsletter and make sure “Publix” is mentioned, I would like to forward a copy to the individual an Publix.

DECEMBER:

  • Christmas Caroling: There were three days which the Goyans went caroling, one of which was last Wednesday, we collected $450 that evening. Our next two dates is this Wednesday the 11th and this Friday the 13th. On Wednesday we caroled at the Philoptochos Party.
  • GOYA BAKING/SOCIAL: Saturday, December 14th we gathered to bake Greek cookies and a few chocolate chip of course for our Bake Sale that was scheduled Sunday the 15th.

To view pictures of these events visit our photo gallery.

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.

Announcements – 15th Sunday of Matthew

[WSB Cover:http://stdemetrios.org/weekly-sunday-bulletin-15th-sunday-of-matthew/, Liturgical:http://stdemetrios.org/liturgical-15th-sunday-of-matthew/, Announcements:http://stdemetrios.org/announcements-15th-sunday-of-matthew/]

Grand Raffle

Continue to support your parish by selling your tickets for the Mercedes Benz C250 Sport. For more information visit the raffle update.

Festival Volunteers

Signup sheets are in the Narthex every Sunday from now until February 3 ready to welcome you to one of the grandest fund raiser and fellowship events of the year…our annual Greek Festival! Pick your spots now and join any one of the many talented teams working the festival. We have a spot for everyone: Parking Managers, Loukoumades, Grocery Store, Cashiers, Entrance Ticket Sales, Greeters, Kitchen Prep/Serve, Food Line Servers, Greek Coffee Booth, Gyro Booth, Taverna, Food Runners, Servers, Waiters, Car Raffle Sales, Bar tenders, Saganaki Booth, Volunteer-Information Booth, Dining Room Managers and more! Don’t Miss Out! Come see us today or call the office to sign up!

40 Day Blessing

George and Mercedes Mavrookas are proud to present Leonidas for the traditional 40 day blessing.

Chris and Amy Nickolopoulos are proud to present Morgan Grace for a blessing.

Save the Date: March 2, 2013

Daughter’s of Penelope annual Fashion show. More information to follow.

Calling All Golfers!

AHEPA 12th Annual Danny Joanides Memorial Golf Tournament. For more information visit St. Demetrios.org

Any Pictures Taken?

We will be launching a new and improved website. If you have any pictures you would like to submit please email them to office@stdemetrios.org. Do we have any from the St. Demetrios, Christmas Gala or New Year’s Eve dance?

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.

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. 

 

Announcements – 15th Sunday of Luke

[WSB Cover:http://stdemetrios.org/weekly-sunday-bulletin-15th-sunday-of-luke/, Liturgical:http://stdemetrios.org/liturgical-15th-sunday-of-luke/, Announcements:http://stdemetrios.org/announcements-15th-sunday-of-luke/]

Grand Raffle

Continue to support your parish by selling your tickets for the Mercedes Benz C250 Sport. For more information visit the raffle update.

Festival Volunteers

Signup sheets are in the Narthex every Sunday from now until February 3 ready to welcome you to one of the grandest fund raiser and fellowship events of the year…our annual Greek Festival! Pick your spots now and join any one of the many talented teams working the festival.  We have a spot for everyone: Parking Managers, Loukoumades, Grocery Store, Cashiers, Entrance Ticket Sales, Greeters, Kitchen Prep/Serve, Food Line Servers, Greek Coffee Booth, Gyro Booth, Taverna, Food Runners, Servers, Waiters, Car Raffle Sales, Bar tenders, Saganaki Booth, Volunteer-Information Booth, Dining Room Managers and more! Don’t Miss Out! Come see us today or call the office to sign up!

Marketing and Sponsorship Opportunities

St. Demetrios Church offers a number of ministries, programs and events to its parish and local community. This year we are offering marketing and sponsorship opportunities for events that will support these activities. Please pick up the forms in the south narthex.

GOYA Gyro Sunday– January 27

Our Goyans are having a luncheon on Sunday, January 27th and will be serving Gyro sandwiches. Please join us in the community center.

Bakers Kneaded!

We are still in need of bakers to help with our festival pastries. Visit our calendar for times and dates.

Any Pictures Taken?

We will be launching a new and improved website. If you have any pictures you would like to submit please email them to office@stdemetrios.org. Do we have any from the St. Demetrios dance, Christmas Gala or New Year’s Eve dance?

Festival Meeting

We will be having out festival meeting on Thursday. Visit our calendar for more information.

Save the Date: March 2, 2013

Daughter’s of Penelope annual Fashion show. More information to follow.

AHEPA 12th Annual Danny Joanides Memorial Golf Tournament

Non-Golfers are welcome for Dinner, Raffle & Silent Auction. For more information contact Peter Angelakos 954-752-3179.

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.

This could be you!!!

$18,525.00 have been raised as of January 24th!!

We have sold 741 tickets out of the goal of 5000. Support your community get out and sell those 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.

Announcements – After Holy Theophany

[WSB Cover:http://stdemetrios.org/weekly-sunday-bulletin-after-holy-theophany/, Liturgical:http://stdemetrios.org/liturgical-after-holy-theophany/, Announcements:http://stdemetrios.org/announcements-after-holy-theophany/]

Baker

Please join us on January 23, 24, 26 and Jan. 30. We are baking for the festival from 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM. An extra pair of hands, for even 2 hours, would be much appreciated.

Flowers

Flowers on the solea were donated by the Christou family in loving memory of Stavros Christou.

Coffee Hour

Coffee hour is sponsored by the Bakatselos family in loving memory of Dimitrios Giannopoulos.

Thank you!

Thank you from Anthula Silver to those who helped her celebrate her 100th birthday at a reception held in her honor. Thank you for all the best wishes, flowers and gifts.

Festival Volunteers

We are looking for volunteers to be part of our Festival Team. Sign up Sheets are available in the south narthex. Please see Anna Merkel or James Carras.

Marketing and Sponsorship Opportunities

St. Demetrios Church offers a number of ministries, programs and events to its parish and local community. This year we are offering marketing and sponsorship opportunities for events that will support these activities. Please pick up the forms in the south narthex.

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. Please submit your ticket 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-250Sport.