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Weekly Sunday Bulletin – Palm Sunday

Palm SundayApril 5, 2015

The Saviour has come today to the city of Jerusalem, to fulfill the Scriptures; and all have taken palms into their hands and spread their garments before Him, knowing that He is our God, to whom the cherubim sing without ceasing;     Hosanna in the highest. Blessed are You who shows great compassion: have mercy upon us.

Saturday Vespers Palm Sunday

All Parish Council on duty:

John Ioannou, Jr. , Demetri Rapanos, John Argiropoulos, Anna Merkel, Kathy Ziegler,  Andreas Ioannou, Mark Zaden, George Georgakakis, Manny Daskos, Eleni Varvoutis, Mihali Haralambis, Michael Fossler, Juanita Antley, Marion Koliniatis

Weekly Sunday Bulletin – Sunday of St. John Climacus

Sunday of St. John ClimacusMarch 22, 2015

O John our father, saint of God, you were revealed as a citizen of the desert, as an angel in a body and a worker of miracles. Through fasting, prayer and vigils you have received heavenly gifts of grace, and have healed the sick and the souls of those who turn to you with faith. Glory be to Him who gave you strength; glory to Him who crowned you; glory be to Him who through you grants to all men healing.

Parish Council on duty:

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

Weekly Sunday Bulletin – Sunday of the Myrrhbearers

Sunday of the MyrrhbearersChrist is Risen!

Truly He is Risen!

May 4, 2014

When You descended to death, O Immortal Life, then, the light of Your divinity destroyed Hades. When You raised the dead from the depths of darkness, all the heavenly powers cried out, “Glory to You our Christ, the Giver of Life.” Lowering Your pure body from the Cross, Joseph wrapped it in clean muslin with fragrant spices and laid it in a new tomb. Standing by the tomb the angel said to the Myrrh-bearing women:

“Myrrh is for the dead; but Christ has shown Himself stranger to death.”

Apolytikion in the Second Tone

Parish Council on duty:

John Ioannou, Jr., John Argiropoulos, Andreas Ioannou, Marion Koliniatis, Anna Merkel, Demetri Rapanos, Peter Synoyannis, Kathy Ziegler

Weekly Sunday Bulletin – Sunday of Thomas

Sunday of ThomasApril 27, 2014 – Sunday of Thomas

Thomas examined Your life-giving side with his probing right hand, O Christ our God. As You entered, though the doors were closed, he cried out to You, with the other Apostles

“You are my Lord and my God.”

Parish Council on Duty

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

Oratorical Festival Recordings 2014

We are very proud of all the youth that participated in the 2014 St. John Chrysostom Oratorical Festival. This year we are very fortunate to be able to record our youth and present it here on our website. Please listen and enjoy your children.

Stavros Taschioglou

 

Owen Cockrell

 

Michael Simitses

 

Katerina Petosa

 

John Taschoglou

 

Dominic Bowler

 

Christina Simitses

 

Athena Tsingelis

 

 

St. John Chrysostom Oratorical Festival 2014

Introduced in 1983, the St. John Chrysostom Oratorical Festival provides Greek Orthodox teenagers the opportunity to write and talk about their faith. The Oratorical Festival Program begins at the parish level and is divided into three divisions:

  • Elementary Division (local festival only) for students in grades 4–6
  • Junior Division for students in grades 7–9
  • Senior Division for student in grades 10–12

The top speakers in the Junior and Senior Divisions advance to the district level. Two finalists in each district division represent the district at the Metropolis Oratorical Festival. The top speaker in each metropolis division is then selected to participate in the Archdiocese Finals, which is hosted by a different metropolis each year.

All eighteen finalists at the Archdiocese Finals participate in a weekend of activities, the highlight of which is the delivery of their speeches on Saturday morning. The Oratorical Festival Scholarship Fund provides college scholarships to the top speakers. In 2013, the top three speakers of each division received college scholarships of $2,000, $1,500 and $1,000. This year, each Honorable Mention speaker was awarded an iPad2.

Fr. John and Presvytera Margaret Orfanakos serve as the Archdiocese Festival Co-Chairs.

Dates to Remember

Local junior division: March 2
Local senior division: March 9
Local elementary division: March 16
 
District at St. George, Hollywood: April 2
Metropolis in Jacksonville, May 23-24
National: Cleveland, Ohio, June 13-15

National Festival

On June 13-15 2014, the 2014 National Oratorical Festival will be hosted by the Metropolis of Pittsburgh at the Annunciation Church in Cleveland, Ohio! Click here to read the Press Release.

The 30th National Oratorical Festival was hosted on June 7-9, 2013, by the Metropolis of Detroit at the Annunciation Church in Memphis, Tennessee. Click on the News Release to read about the weekend, and check out page 4 of the July 2013 issue of the Orthodox Observer to read the top speeches and see pictures from the festival.

The Chrysostom Scholarship for Hellenic College

Hellenic College offers The Chrysostom Scholarship to each parish’s top senior division participant of each category. The Chrysostom Scholarship provides 100% of tuition for the recipient’s first year of study, and, based on a GPA scale, up to 80% of tuition for three additional years. For more information visit hchc.edu.

Additional Information about the St. Demetrios Festival

  • We have held an Oratorical Festival for over 20 years
  • At least 3 of our students have spoken at the National Festival (Chris Nichols, Mary Kirifides, Elias Selimos)
  • The Festival is part of the Sunday school curriculum and teachers spend class time helping students prepare their speeches.

Our Oratorical Festival will be held on March 17th in the Church. For more information on how to participate please contact Paula Kirifides at paula.kirifides@gmail.com.

Sunday School in January

For the January Youth Newsletter from Sunday school

Upcoming

  • Hymn singing with Fr. John on Sunday, January 5
  • Kick-off event for the St. John Oratorical Festival on Sunday, January 19, for all students in grades 7-9.  This year’s Festival allows poetry and essays in addition to oration.

Recent events:

The “Christmas Path,” this year’s Sunday School Christmas pageant, was presented on December 20.  About 50 children told the story of the Nativity through a modern play that also illustrates how the timeless story of the Nativity affects us still today.  The Parish Council offered a delicious dinner and Sunday School parents provided dessert.  Santa even came to distribute small gifts to the children.

Sunday School children and parents donated 50 Boxes of Hope to the Children’s Home Society.  They collected empty shoe boxes then donated appropriate items for various ages.  Finally they filled the boxes, gift-wrapped them and delivered them to the Children’s Home Society.

To view pictures of the kids dropping off the Boxes of Hope see the gallery.

Announcement – Sunday of the Holy Cross

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St. John Chrysostom Oratorical Festival

Congratulations to Elias Selimos who was the senior level winner at the District Oratorical at St. George. Elias will go to Tarpon Springs in May to compete at the Metropolis level.

Catechism Classes

If you have thought about converting to Orthodoxy, Fr. Chris will be starting classes on our faith. Please call the church office.

Good Friday– Myrofores

If your daughter is in grades 1-4 and is interested in being a myrofora (flower girl) for Good
Friday, please call Effie Vasil at 954-773-5455 after 5pm.

Pascha Glendi

Join us in celebrating the Resurrection of our Lord following Agape Vespers Sunday May 5th, at 2:00 pm. For more information visit our website.

Nia Vardalos is Visiting

Nia Vardalos is here today in the community center. This is a Pre-Sale Event Only and it is sold out! No books or tickets will be sold at the door. Coffee will be served in the small hall only.

Announcements – Judgement Sunday (Meatfare)

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Calling All Pictures!!

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 or our Festival?

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. The Choir will be having rehersals Saturday 9th, 16th, & 23rd.

Save the Date April 7, 2013

Nia vardalos will be coming to St. Demetrios. For more information visit st.demetrios.org

Clergy Education Fund (Papouli)

The Philoptochos is starting to collect money to help the education of our future priests. It is suggested that we give $10 per person or $20 per family.

St. Demetrios Oratorical Festival

St. Demetrios will be holding its Oratorical Festival on March 17th. For more information please visit our website.

AHEPA National Scholarship Application – MARCH 31 Deadline

Scholarship Application

AHEPA District #2 Scholarship Application