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Weekly Sunday Bulletin – 2nd Sunday of Matthew

Prophet ElishaJune 14, 2015

A prophet of God didst thou become when worthily thou hadst been vouchsafed a double portion of God’s grace as Elias’ true companion, O Elisseus, divinely-blest; and with him, thou unceasingly entreatest Christ God in behalf of us all.

Kontakion of Prophet Elisha in the Second Tone

St. Elisha the Prophet– June 14

Parish Council on duty:

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

Weekly Sunday Bulletin – Sunday of St. Gregory Palamas

St. Gregory PalamasMarch 16, 2014

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

George Georgakakis, Manny Daskos, James Carras, Eleni Varvoutis, Michael Haralambis, Michael Fossler, Juanita Antley

Language & Culture in January

In the month of December, the students and their teachers continued to delve into the study of the Greek language. The children had a busy month rehearsing the Christmas Pageant under the auspices of Sunday School. The Community attended the play “Christmas Path” on Friday, December 20th and applauded the children for a wonderful performance. As we say in Greek “καμαρώσαμε τα παιδιά μας.”

The EYCC has accepted the Language and Culture Program proposal to organize a group of parishioners to help shepherd the children every Sunday from Sunday School to Language and Culture to Dance classes. This new group is called “Κηδεμόνες” [kithemo’nes] and is led by Mrs. Jamie Makris. The Kithemones will start their most needed activities in the new year. If anyone is interested in helping, please call Mrs. Pauline Loupasakis at the church office 954-467-1515.

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!!!

Χαρούμενα Χριστούγεννα και Ευτυχισμένος ο Καινούργιος Χρονος!!!

Language and Culture in December

The Language and Culture Program celebrated OXI Day on October 25th. Following the Vesper services for the feast of Saint Demetrios, many members of our Community and several visitors from other churches attended a reception graciously offered by the Philoptochos Ladies Society in the large Hall. There, they listened to poetry recitation by two very young students and a lecture by Petros Tsingelis who gave a detailed and moving overview of the fateful events on October 28, 1940 and their aftermath.

Natalia Cerna, Xenya Currie, Nikita Legakis, Dimitri Selimos and Athena Tsingelis continue to practice the Prayer to the Theotokos and the Prayer to the Lord. We are looking forward to hear them offer these beautiful prayers during the Heretismoi in the Spring.

Grades 6-12 have been merged with the Adult Sunday class taught by Petros Tsingelis. This was done in order to expose the Junior High School and High School students to a series of lectures on the history of Greece that complement their studies in their daily schools. It has proved to be a welcome arrangement whereby mature students, some over 90 years old, became role models to the young ones, some of whom are just entering their teenage years. This is a testament that learning is a lifelong process and that different generations can and do share common interests.

Language & Culture in November

The Embassy of Greece in Washington, D.C. moved their Education Department to the Consulate of Greece in New York City. As a result of this move, they offered gratis a list of books to the Greek Schools in the United States. Malvina Protogerou Currie saw this invitation on the Internet and compiled a wish list for our Program. She called repeatedly the number on the website but she was unable to make contact with the Embassy personnel. Enter Fr. Christopher Metropulos. As soon as he heard of the difficulty at his monthly meeting with the teachers of the Program, he sent an email to Fr. Steven P. Zorzos, Dean of the Cathedral of Saint Sophia in Washington, D.C., asking for his help. Within hours, Fr. Steven contacted the office manager of his church who in turn spoke to the appropriate person at the Embassy. Two boxes of books and dictionaries arrived at Saint Demetrios within a few days!!! All we had to do was to pay the postage. Thank you Fr. Christopher!

Petros Tsingelis has prepared his part of the presentation for the OXI Day celebration and Malvina Protogerou Currie has videotaped the other part that features several of our students reenacting some of the events of that fateful day, October 28, 1940! The reenactment required that some children dress in costumes from Epirus and the Dance Youth Ministry graciously provided the costumes. We thank Erin Ryan, the Head of Dance and Maggie Barlow, curator of the Dance extensive and beautiful wardrobe. This was cooperation at its best for the benefit of our children.

Five children are learning to intone the Prayer to the Panagia and the Prayer to the Lord. They are: Natalia Cerna, Xenya Currie, Nikita Legakis, Dimitri Selimos and Athena Tsingelis. It is hoped that, God willing, they will delight the parishioners with their angelic voices during Lent.

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

Join Us!!

Youth Worker Volunteers 2011-2012

St. Demetrios Educational Youth and Cultural Committee (EYCC) is calling you froth to serve our Lord by investing your time and talents in our children through Sunday School, Greek School, Greek Dance or GOYA Programs.

In the faith journey of our children

Being a Youth Worker Volunteer comes with GREAT rewards!

As a youth worker volunteer, you will be helping to instill in our youth the care and love for others that Jesus displayed in his own ministry

it takes nearly 100 Adult volunteers to successfully carry on the youth programs offered at our church.

Join EYCC and our youth in their journey as they learn about God, explore His teachings and grow in their faith.


Please fill out the application and submit to the Church Office or email office@stdemetrios.org.  Application must be received by May 22, 2011