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Announcements – St. Ignatius of Antioch

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Annual Christmas Pageant

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

Philoptochos

The Philoptochos will be selling Vasilopita on Sunday, Dec. 16. Dec, 23 and Dec. 30. Please support the Philoptochos and purchase one for $10.00.

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.

Attention Choir Members

Judy Jimokas is the director for the Pan Orthodox Choir at the Feast of Epiphany on January 12, 2013. She invites all choir members to join in one harmonious voice for this event. Please call Judy for more info at 954-629-5697 or pick up a flier in the south narthex.

The Cancer Chapter

The Cancer Chapter would like to express their heartfelt gratitude for everyone’s generous support during the recent Cancer Fighting Sunday event. Your contributions go toward funding important research in the war against cancer.  We want to wish you and your families a wonderful Holiday Season!

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 frjohn@stdemetrios.org.

Choir

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.

Festival News

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.

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.

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.

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.

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 akmerkel@bellsouth.net.

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 frjohn@stdemetrios.org

Choir

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 akmerkel@bellsouth.net.

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:

Narthex:

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

Balcony:

  • 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.

 

We’re Moving Ahead!

Dear Blessed Parishioners,

What a difference a week can make. Last week we announced the time line for the date of the Consecration of our Church much to the joy of hundreds of faithful. The project as you know by now has several parts to it:

  • Phase 2 of the iconography
  • The renovation of our small and greater hall
  • A brand new kitchen
  • God willing the paving of our parking lot
  • Fencing
  • New light system for our grounds
  • A new covered area over the outside of our small hall

The later of these depend on future donations. The responses we have received thus far have been incredibly positive and we are now planning for this once in a lifetime event.

Thank you to those who have already stepped up and been the forerunners of the project. Thus far we have received the following donations:

  • Chris and Raffaela Nichols – Medallion
  • Jordan and Evangelia Elrod – Medallion of St. Cyril
  • Curtis and Carmen Elrod – Medallion of St. Methodios
  • Dr George Georgakakis – Two Icon Veneration Areas in the Narthex
  • Harry Tangalakis – New Dome with Icons in the Narthex in memory of his father Charlie and a Mosaic Angel over the front entrance of the Church in Honor of his mother Xenia
  • Anonymous – One of the new doors in the Nave of the Church with etched-glass of the Archangels.

These first donations amount to $66,400. We are speaking with many other faithful and the amount of donations should approach over $100,000 very soon. A great thank you to those who are leading the way. This Sunday we will announce more donations that have been received. Please be aware as we have stated multiple times that we will not be incurring debt to complete the project but will order icons and their installation once we have received the donation. A percentage of the funds collected will be set aside for the hall renovation project and as these funds become available we will begin the incredible task of renovating our hall.

We would like to finish the icons on the balcony as well as the design work and the new glass railing first so if you haven’t yet made a commitment we would ask that you consider giving in this area first. Giving opportunities start as low as $500 and go to $45,000 and can be given over a three year period. If you have any questions please feel free to contact one of us.

Thank you again and may God continue to bless you. Great things are happening at St. Demetrios and we are sure you want to be a part of them.

 

Fr. Christopher Metropulos

Chris Nichols

Why is this My Church?

Dear Beloved in Christ,

This past Sunday we unveiled the Phase II Iconography and Hall Renovation project to the amazement and approval of hundreds of faithful who were in Church. As a reminder of that presentation we are sending out this email with a video link on You Tube for you to watch as well as the documents outlining the program. Feel free to share this email with those you love and who have at one time or another had a connection to St. Demetrios Church.

This is our time to build upon the work of our forefathers by completing the iconography in our Church and then simultaneously finishing the much needed upgrade to our hall. A portion of the donation you make for the icon of your choice will go to pay for the renovation and thus we will prepare the Church for her consecration in four years and celebrate the event in our newly much needed renovated hall. In the Fact Sheet that is attached you will see each of the items identified by a letter of the alphabet so you can coordinate your gift with the renderings that will now be displayed in the Church. If you have any questions just ask one of the clergy or any member of the parish council for direction.

Please watch the video which is the first of four to be produced to learn more about the program. As the videos are produced you will learn more from those who were around when the parish was founded as well as learn why people are saying, “This is my Church what is it to you?”

 

 

Once you have discussed the project with your family, pray and then select one of the giving opportunities so that you can participate in this once in a life time event. The giving opportunities range from as little as $500 given over a three year period to as much as $45,000. Then send in your card with your first payment or the entire amount which ever you select. You can also make your donation utilizing a number of options using your credit card. If you have any questions just call us. You may wish to make your donation in honor of or in memory of someone. Just make sure you make note of that in your Giving Card response. Please be aware that this project is in addition to our stewardship commitments that each and every one us make each year. We ask that you continue to give your stewardship at its current level during the project. We are so excited about this much awaited project.

We have already received eight specific donations of icons in honor of their loved ones. If everyone participates and all items are donated then we can finish our task. Let’s keep the excitement going.

God bless you,

Fr. Christopher Metropulos

Chris Nichols

Phase II Iconography Project

Phase II Iconography Project
Hall Renovation and Kitchen Remodeling

THIS IS MY CHURCH

Purpose and Plan:

This undertaking will allow us to complete two very important projects that are integral to the sustaining, growing and improving of the spiritual and social life of our parish.

Phase II of our Iconography Project in preparation for the Consecration of our Church in 2017.
The complete remodeling of our community center. We will also, thanks to the generosity of the late Mary Kandaras, completely remodel and update the kitchen facility.

Special Note: Future plans will include the paving of the parking lot, fencing and new lighting system to our campus as well as a new canopy outside the small hall. God has always provided for our church through the generosity of our faithful. God bless everyone for your generosity.

Facts

DeSerras Hall built in 1964
Community Center built in 1976
Church built in 1988
Phase 1 Iconography 1993
Wall of Honor to be installed 2013
Consecration set for 2017

 

Iconography Giving Opportunities Sheet