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Weekly Sunday Bulletin – April 21st, 2019

Lazarus Saturday  is this Saturday, April 20 join us for Orthros at 9:00am and Divine Liturgy at 10:00am.  Stay with us for a Lenten Breakfast and Palm folding.

Palm Sunday Luncheon this Sunday April 21 Join us for a Palm Sunday Luncheon immediately after the Divine Liturgy.  A delicious meal will be served at $10 per adult and $6 per child 12 and younger.

 


 

 

Palm Sunday – April 21, 2019

On Sunday, five days before the Passover of the Law, the Lord came from Bethany to Jerusalem. Sending two of His disciples to bring Him a foal of an ass, He sat thereon and entered into the city. When the multitude there heard that Jesus was coming, they straightway took up the branches of palm trees in their hands, and went forth to meet Him. Others spread their garments on the ground, and yet others cut branches from the trees and strewed them in the way that Jesus was to pass; and all of them together, especially the children, went before and after Him, crying out: “Hosanna: Blessed is He that cometh in the Name of the Lord, the King of Israel” (John 12:13). This is the radiant and glorious festival of our Lord’s entry into Jerusalem that we celebrate today.

The branches of the palm trees symbolize Christ’s victory over the devil and death. The word Hosanna means “Save, I pray,” or “Save, now.” The foal of an ass, and Jesus’ sitting thereon, and the fact that this animal was untamed and considered unclean according to the Law, signified the former uncleanness and wildness of the nations, and their subjection thereafter to the holy Law of the Gospel.

 

 


 

Parish Council on Duty:

 

Harry Tangalakis,  Marion Koliniatis, Mark Zaden, Bill Ypsilantis, Paul Fountas, Peter Kokkinos, George Georgakakis, Karyl Zitis, Katherine Ziegler, Basil Economou, Philip Vias

 


 

 Liturgical Guide

 

Apolytikion for Palm Sunday in the First Mode
Τὴν κοινὴν Ἀνάστασιν πρὸ τοῦ σοῦ Πάθους πιστούμενος …

In confirming the common Resurrection, O Christ God, Thou didst raise up Lazarus from the dead before Thy Passion. Wherefore, we also, like the children, bearing the symbols of victory, cry to Thee, the Vanquisher of death: Hosanna in the highest; blessed is He that cometh in the Name of the Lord.

Apolytikion for Palm Sunday in the Fourth Mode
Συνταφέντες σοι διὰ τοῦ Βαπτίσματος …  

As by baptism we were buried with Thee, O Christ our God, so by Thy Resurrection we were deemed worthy of immortal life; and praising Thee, we cry: Hosanna in the highest; blessed is He that cometh in the Name of the Lord.

Seasonal Kontakion in the Plagal Second Mode
Τῷ θρόνῳ ἐν οὐρανῷ, τῷ πώλῳ ἐπὶ τῆς γῆς…

In Heaven, He is seated upon a Throne and on earth He rides upon a foal. O Christ our God, accept the praise of the Angels and the hymn of the Children who cry out to You, “Blessed are You who comes to recall Adam.”
Epistle Reading ~ 

The Reading is from St. Paul’s Letter to the Philippians 4:4-9

BRETHREN, rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, Rejoice. Let all men know your forbearance. The Lord is at hand. Have no anxiety about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which passes all understanding, will keep your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Finally, brethren, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is gracious, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things. What you have learned and received and heard and seen in me, do; and the God of peace will be with you.

Gospel Reading ~

The Reading is from John 12:1-18

Six days before Passover, Jesus came to Bethany, where Lazaros was, whom Jesus had raised from the dead. There they made him a supper; Martha served, and Lazaros was one of those at table with him. Mary took a pound of costly ointment of pure nard and anointed the feet of Jesus and wiped his feet with her hair; and the house was filled with the fragrance of the ointment. But Judas Iscariot, one of his disciples (he who was to betray him), said “Why was this ointment not sold for three hundred denarii and given to the poor?” This he said, not that he cared for the poor but because he was a thief, and as he had the money box he used to take what was put into it. Jesus said, “Let her alone, let her keep it for the day of my burial. The poor you always have with you, but you do not always have me.”

When the great crowd of the Jews learned that he was there, they came, not only on account of Jesus but also to see Lazaros, whom he had raised from the dead. So the chief priests planned to put Lazaros also to death, because on account of him many of the Jews were going away and believing in Jesus.

The next day a great crowd who had come to the feast heard that Jesus was coming to Jerusalem. So they took branches of palm trees and went out to meet him, crying, “Hosanna! Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord, even the King of Israel!” And Jesus found a young donkey and sat upon it; as it is written, “Fear not, daughter of Zion; behold, your king is coming, sitting on a donkey’s colt!” His disciples did not understand this at first; but when Jesus was glorified, then they remembered that this had been written of him and had been done to him. The crowd that had been with him when he called Lazaros out of the tomb and raised him from the dead bore witness. The reason why the crowd went to meet him was that they heard he had done this sign.

 


St. John Chrysostom Oratorical Festival

 

Last Saturday, four of our students participated at the St John Chrysostom Oratorical festival at the district level. The festival was held at Saint Katherine’s church in West Palm Beach.

Teddy Ipsilantis and Anastasia Cusmano participated at the Junior level. Theophilos Cockrell and Xenya Currie participated at the Senior level. Xenya was one of the two finalists at the Senior level. The finalists will go on to New Orleans in May (Metropolis).

All students presented their speeches inside the beautiful church. Not only they conquered their fear of public speaking, they also spoke eloquently about our faith. All who attended were very proud of their accomplishment. As parents we are thankful to James Carras for his hard work and support. 

 


 

Stewardship

 

“Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart…”  (Colossians 3:23)

Thank you to all those parishioners who have made their commitment to St. Demetrios Church for year 2019! Because of you, we are able to offer liturgical services, sacraments and programs that cultivate spiritual growth, strengthen families and transform lives.  If you have yet to do so, please fill out a pledge form that you can find at the visitor desk.

Thank you for your faithfulness and generosity!

Stewardship Goal 2019: $295,000
Total Stewardship Pledged 2019:         $209,718
Total Stewardship Received 2019: $130,389
Total Number Pledged Stewards 2019: 224

Total Number Stewards 2018: 306
Total Stewardship Pledged 2018: $289,888
Total Stewardship Received 2018: $288,291
Average Pledge 2018: $947

 


 

Year 2019 Stewards pledged as of April 18

 


 

Announcements

 

Palm Sunday Luncheon Join us for a Palm Sunday Luncheon immediately after the Divine Liturgy.  A delicious meal will be served at $10 per adult and $6 per child 12 and younger.

 


Holy Thursday all night vigil  Anyone who is able is welcome to stay overnight on Holy Thursday Evening to Holy Friday morning.

 


Decorating the kouvouklion  All are welcome to help decorate the kouvouklion on Holy Friday morning after the 9:00am Royal Hours service.

 


Holy Friday Myrofores If your daughter is in second through seventh grade and would like to participate as a myrofora during the Lamentations Service, please call Effie Vasil at (954) 773-5455 or Irene Tsingelis at (954) 632-1402.

 


 

Philoptochos News Philoptochos will be accepting Pascha Orders for Tsourekia, Koulourakia and Easter Eggs on April 7, 14, and 21.   Tsourekia: round w/red egg, braided w/red egg, and braided no egg @ $10/loaf.  Koulourakia: one dozen @ $10/bag.   Dyed red eggs: one dozen @ $8/doz.  (Dyed eggs must be picked up on Thursday, April 25th between 1:00-3:00pm.)   Please be prepared to place your orders with payment on those days.   Checks payable to:  Philoptochos Ladies Society.  See Athena Loucas or Marion Koliniatis.

SAVE THE DATE:  BINGO/Feather Party (sponsored by Philoptochos) is scheduled for Saturday, May 18th in the Church Hall.  Doors open at 6:30 pm and games start at 7:00 pm.  Over 50 gift prizes were awarded at the previous event.  Bring your family and friends to this fun and relaxing evening.  More info will follow!


Scholarships Available Students, parents and grandparents: Scholarships are available for St. Stephen’s Summer Camp.  Attendance at the camp is not only fun and educational but provides our young Orthodox Christians with an environment to develop their spiritual growth. Complete information about St. Stephen’s Sumer Camp can be found on the Metropolis of Atlanta website: atlmetropolis.org/st-stephens-summer-camp  Applications are also open for the Dr. Helene Tzitsikas Scholarship Fund which will be awarded to a college student from our parish. Details about the requirements for this scholarship can be found on the St. Demetrios website. The deadline for all scholarship applications is May 1st. Applications for all scholarships can be found on the table in the narthex near the office. Scholarship applications should be returned to the church office by the May 1st deadline.

 



2019 Three Hierarchs Scholarship (THS) Award
  Application forms for the THS awards of Drs. Anthony and Joyce Kales are available in the Church office.  These scholarships are awarded strictly on the basis of meritorious academic achievement for college bound seniors.  The academic guidelines for consideration include:  Grade Point Average of 3.5 or above; membership in the National Honor Society; a combined SAT Verbal and Math score of 1320 or greater (the combined scores must be from the same SAT exam i.e., scores cannot be combined from two separate SAT exams).  ACT substitution for the SAT examination is not allowed.  Additionally, the SAT exam can be taken only a maximum of two times.  Deadline for submission of application is June 15.2019 Three Hierarchs Scholarship (THS) Award

 


 

Calendar of Events for the Week

Weekly Sunday Bulletin – April 14th, 2019

Friday April 12th will be the final Akathyst Service of the year.  Service will begin at 6:30pm.  8:00pm we will have a Lenten Dinner served in the Social Hall and we will hear an amazing Lenten lecture from Dr. Dean Vafiades, Archon of the Ecumenical Patriarchate.

Saturday April 13th at 6:30pm doors will open for the comedian Basile who will start his show at 7pm.  Call Chris Kapakos at (954) 709-9651 if you are interested in attending the show.  You can purchase your ticket at the door.

 


 

 

Sunday of St. Mary of Egypt – April 14, 2019

The memory of this Saint is celebrated on April 1, where her life is recorded. Since the end of the holy Forty Days is drawing nigh, it has been appointed for this day also, so that if we think it hard to practice a little abstinence forty days, we might be roused by the heroism of her who fasted in the wilderness forty-seven years; and also that the great loving-kindness of God, and His readiness to receive the repentant, might be demonstrated in very deed.

 

 

 

 

 


 

Parish Council on Duty:

George Georgakakis, Karyl Zitis, Katherine Ziegler, Basil Economou, Philip Vias

 


 

 Liturgical Guide

 

Resurrectional Apolytikion in the Plagal First Mode
Τὸν συνάναρχον Λόγον Πατρὶ καὶ Πνεύματι …

Let us worship the Word, O ye faithful, praising Him that with the Father and the Spirit is co-beginningless God, Who was born of a pure Virgin that we all be saved; for He was pleased to mount the Cross in the flesh that He assumed, accepting thus to endure death. And by His glorious rising, He also willed to resurrect the dead.

Apolytikion for Sunday of St. Mary of Egypt in the Plagal Fourth Mode
Ἐν σοὶ Μῆτερ ἀκριβῶς διεσώθη τὸ κατ’ εἰκόνα …

In thee the image was preserved with exactness, O Mother; for taking up thy cross, thou didst follow Christ, and by thy deeds thou didst teach us to overlook the flesh, for it passeth away, but to attend to the soul since it is immortal. Wherefore, O righteous Mary, thy spirit rejoiceth with the Angels.

Apolytikion for Apolytikion of St. Demetrios in the Third Mode
Μέγαν εύρατο εv τοίς κιvδύvοις …

Greatness has been found in danger.  You are champion of the world.  A victor who could turn the nations back.  You boldly encouraged Nestor to defeat Lyaeus in the arena.  Therefore, holy great martyr Demetrios, intercede with Christ our God, to grant us His great mercy.

Seasonal Kontakion in the Second Mode
Προστασία τῶν Χριστιανῶν ἀκαταίσχυντε …

O Protection of Christians that cannot be put to shame, mediation unto the creator most constant: O despise not the voices of those who have sinned; but be quick, O good one, to come unto our aid, who in faith cry unto thee: Hasten to intercession and speed thou to make supplication, O thou who dost ever protect, O Theotokos, them that honor thee.

Epistle Reading ~ 

The reading is from St. Paul’s Letter to the Hebrews 9:11-14.

BRETHREN, when Christ appeared as a high priest of the good things that have come, then through the greater and more perfect tent (not made with hands, that is, not of this creation) he entered once for all into the Holy Place, taking not the blood of goats and calves but his own blood, thus securing an eternal redemption. For if the sprinkling of defiled persons with the blood of goats and bulls and with the ashes of a heifer sanctifies for the purification of the flesh, how much more shall the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself without blemish to God, purify your conscience from dead works to serve the living God.


Gospel Reading ~

The Reading is from Mark 10:32-45

At that time, Jesus took his twelve disciples, and he began to tell them what was to happen to him, saying, “Behold, we are going up to Jerusalem; and the Son of man will be delivered to the chief priests and the scribes, and they will condemn him to death, and deliver him to the Gentiles; and they will mock him, and spit upon him, and scourge him, and kill him; and after three days he will rise.” And James and John, the sons of Zebedee, came forward to him, and said to him, “Teacher, we want you to do for us whatever we ask of you.” And he said to them, “What do you want me to do for you?” And they said to him, “Grant us to sit, one at your right hand and one at your left, in your glory.” But Jesus said to them, “You do not know what you are asking. Are you able to drink the cup that I drink, or to be baptized with the baptism with which I am baptized?” And they said to him, “We are able.” And Jesus said to them, “The cup that I drink you will drink; and with the baptism with which I am baptized, you will be baptized; but to sit at my right hand or at my left is not mine to grant, but it is for those for whom it has been prepared.” And when the ten heard it, they began to be indignant of James and John. And Jesus called them to him and said to them, “You know that those who are supposed to rule over the Gentiles lord it over them, and their great men exercise authority over them. But it shall not be so among you; but whoever would be great among you must be your servant, and whoever would be first among you must be slave of all. For the Son of man also came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.”

 



Trisagion

 

Sofia Glantzis (3 months)  survived by her husband Philipp, son Nikolaos, daughter in law Tania and granddaughter Stefania.

George Stringos (3 months)  survived by his wife Angeliki, sons Emmanuel and George (Tracey) and grandson George.

 


 

Announcements


Holy Friday Myrofores
If your daughter is in second through seventh grade and would like to participate as a myrofora during the Lamentations Service, please call Effie Vasil at (954) 773-5455 or Irene Tsingelis at (954) 632-1402.



Remaining giving opportunities for Holy Week & Pascha
2 vases of red roses for Palm Sunday $150; 2 vases of red roses for Holy Thursday $150; Lilies $15 each.  Thank you for your generosity.



Thank You!
The teachers, students and parents of the Greek School at St. Demetrios are most grateful to Drs. Joyce and Anthony Kales for their donation of $1,000.00. We are humbled by the kindness and generosity of these two great supporters of the Greek Letters. Πολλά τα Έτη τους!



Philoptochos News
Philoptochos will be accepting Pascha Orders for Tsourekia, Koulourakia and Easter Eggs on April 7, 14, and 21.   Tsourekia: round w/red egg, braided w/red egg, and braided no egg @ $10/loaf.  Koulourakia: one dozen @ $10/bag.   Dyed red eggs: one dozen @ $8/doz.  (Dyed eggs must be picked up on Thursday, April 25th between 1:00-3:00pm.)   Please be prepared to place your orders with payment on those days.   Checks payable to:  Philoptochos Ladies Society.  See Athena Loucas or Marion Koliniatis.

MARK YOUR CALENDAR TODAY!!    BINGO/Feather Party (sponsored by Philoptochos) is scheduled for Saturday, May 18th in the Church Hall.  Doors open at 6:30 pm and games start at 7:00 pm.  Over 50 gift prizes were awarded at the previous event.  Bring your family and friends to this fun and relaxing evening.  More info will follow!



Scholarships Available
Students, parents and grandparents: Scholarships are available for St. Stephen’s Summer Camp.  Attendance at the camp is not only fun and educational but provides our young Orthodox Christians with an environment to develop their spiritual growth. Complete information about St. Stephen’s Sumer Camp can be found on the Metropolis of Atlanta website: atlmetropolis.org/st-stephens-summer-camp  Applications are also open for the Dr. Helene Tzitsikas Scholarship Fund which will be awarded to a college student from our parish. Details about the requirements for this scholarship can be found on the St. Demetrios website. The deadline for all scholarship applications is May 1st. Applications for all scholarships can be found on the table in the narthex near the office. Scholarship applications should be returned to the church office by the May 1st deadline.



2019 Three Hierarchs Scholarship (THS) Award
 Application forms for the THS awards of Drs. Anthony and Joyce Kales are available in the Church office.  These scholarships are awarded strictly on the basis of meritorious academic achievement for college bound seniors.  The academic guidelines for consideration include:  Grade Point Average of 3.5 or above; membership in the National Honor Society; a combined SAT Verbal and Math score of 1320 or greater (the combined scores must be from the same SAT exam i.e., scores cannot be combined from two separate SAT exams).  ACT substitution for the SAT examination is not allowed.  Additionally, the SAT exam can be taken only a maximum of two times.  Deadline for submission of application is June 15.

 


 

Calendar of Events for the Week

 

Sunday                   4/14                 
9:00am/10:00am          Orthros/Divine Liturgy
11:15am                            Sunday School

Monday                4/15  
4:15pm-6:00pm             Greek Classes A’, B’, G’, D’ & Adult Beginner
6:00pm-8:00pm            Advanced Greek class

Tuesday              4/16
11:00am                      Agape luncheon for seniors-all are welcome
6:30pm                       DOP meeting

 Thursday             4/18
6:00pm                          Cancer Chapter meeting

Saturday              4/20    Lazarus Saturday
9:00am/10:00am           Orthros/Divine Liturgy
11:30am                            Palm folding & light Lenten meal

 Sunday                4/21   Palm Sunday
9:00am/10:00am            Orthros/Divine Liturgy
7:00pm                              Bridegroom Service

 

 

Weekly Sunday Bulletin – April 7th, 2019

Sunday of St. John Climacus – April 7, 2019

Tikhon, Patriarch of Moscow

Born in 1865 in the region of Pskov, our Father among the Saints Tikhon was tonsured a monk in 1891 and ordained to the priesthood in the same year. In 1897 he was consecrated Bishop of Lublin, and a year later appointed Bishop of Alaska and the Aleutian Islands, with his see extending to all of North America from 1900 onwards. He did much to unite the Orthodox Christians of a great many ethnic backgrounds in North America, so that there was indeed one flock under one shepherd. In 1907 he was made Archbishop of Yaroslavl and Rostov, and in 1913, Archbishop of Lithuania.

In 1917, when he was Metropolitan of Moscow, he was elected to be the first Patriarch of Russia in over 200 years, in times that could not have been more difficult. After the Revolution of 1917, the persecution of the Russian Church by the atheist government grew more bold and more fierce with every year. By nature a meek and peace-loving man, Tikhon sought to determine, while giving only to God that which is God’s, what could be given to Caesar to preserve peace and avoid the shedding of blood. At his departure on the feast of the Annunciation in 1925, Saint Tikhon made the sign of the Cross thrice, pronouncing the words, “Glory to Thee, O God!” Because of the many unspeakable sufferings he endures as Patriarch, he is honoured as a Confessor.

 

 


 

Parish Council on Duty:

 

Harry Tangalakis,  Marion Koliniatis, Mark Zaden, Bill Ypsilantis,Paul Fountas, Peter Kokkinos

 


 

 Liturgical Guide

 

Resurrectional Apolytikion in the Fourth Mode
Τὸ φαιδρὸν τῆς Ἀναστάσεως κήρυγμα …
Having learned the joyful proclamation of the Resurrection from the Angel, and having cast off the ancestral condemnation, the women disciples of the Lord spake to the Apostles exultantly: Death is despoiled and Christ God is risen, granting great mercy to the world.

Apolytikion of Sunday of St. John Climacus in the Plagal Fourth Mode
Ταίς τών δακρύων σου ροαίς…
With the streams of thy tears, thou didst cultivate the barrenness of the desert; and by thy sighings from the depths,thou didst bear fruit a hundredfold in labours; and thou becamest a luminary, shining with miracles upon the world, O John our righteous Father. Intercede with Christ God that our souls be saved.

Apolytikion for Apolytikion of St. Demetrios in the Third Mode
Μέγαν εύρατο εv τοίς κιvδύvοις …
Greatness has been found in danger.  You are champion of the world.  A victor who could turn the nations back.  You boldly encouraged Nestor to defeat Lyaeus in the arena.  Therefore, holy great martyr Demetrios, intercede with Christ our God, to grant us His great mercy.

Seasonal Kontakion in the Plagal Fourth Mode
Τὴ ὑπερμάχω στρατηγῶ τὰ νικητήρια…
To you, Theotokos, invincible Defender, having been delivered from peril, I, your city, dedicate the victory festival as a thank offering. In your irresistible might, keep me safe from all trials, that I may call out to you: “Hail, unwedded bride!”

Epistle Reading ~ 

The reading is from St. Paul’s Letter to the Hebrews 6:13-20.
Brethren, when God made a promise to Abraham, since he had no one greater by whom to swear, he swore to himself, saying, “Surely I will bless you and multiply you.” And thus Abraham, having patiently endured, obtained the promise. Men indeed swear by a greater than themselves, and in all their disputes an oath is final for confirmation. So when God desired to show more convincingly to the heirs of the promise the unchangeable character of his purpose, he interposed with an oath, so that through two unchangeable things, in which it is impossible that God should prove false, we who have fled for refuge might have strong encouragement to seize the hope set before us. We have this as a sure and steadfast anchor of the soul, a hope that enters into the inner shrine behind the curtain, where Jesus has gone as a forerunner on our behalf, having become a high priest for ever after the order of Melchizedek.

Gospel Reading ~

Gospel Reading ~Sunday of St. John Climacus The Reading is from Mark 9:17-31
At that time, a man came to Jesus kneeling and saying: “Teacher, I brought my son to you, for he has a dumb spirit; and wherever it seizes him it dashes him down; and he foams and grinds his teeth and becomes rigid; and I asked your disciples to cast it out, and they were not able.” And he answered them, “O faithless generation, how long am I to be with you? How long am I to bear with you? Bring him to me.” And they brought the boy to him; and when the spirit saw him, immediately it convulsed the boy, and he fell on the ground and rolled about, foaming at the mouth. And Jesus asked his father, “How long has he had this?” And he said, “From childhood. And it has often cast him into the fire and into the water, to destroy him; but if you can do anything, have pity on us and help us.” And Jesus said to him, “If you can! All things are possible to him who believes.” Immediately the father of the child cried out and said, “I believe; help my unbelief!” And when Jesus saw that a crowd came running together, he rebuked the unclean spirit, saying to it, “You dumb and deaf spirit, I command you, come out of him, and never enter him again.” And after crying out and convulsing him terribly, it came out, and the boy was like a corpse; so that most of them said, “He is dead.” But Jesus took him by the hand and lifted him up, and he arose. And when he had entered the house, his disciples asked him privately, “Why could we not cast it out?” And he said to them, “This kind cannot be driven out by anything but prayer and fasting.” They went on from there and passed through Galilee. And he would not have any one know it; for he was teaching his disciples, saying to them, “The Son of man will be delivered into the hands of men, and they will kill him; and when he is killed, after three days he will rise.”

 



Memorial

Peter James (40 days) brother of Mitchell James Thermis and Sophia Thermis and uncle of many nieces and nephews of 5 generations.

Trisagion

Katerina Karpouzis Pagones (1 year) survived by her husband Paul Pagones and her children Sofia and Luke.
Jacqueline Filosofos (4 yrs) remembered by her children, Argerous, Denise and Michael Filosofos and families.
Autumn James (4 yrs) sister in law of Sophia Thermis
Zaharenia Dikegoros Kutsukos (5 yrs) survived by her husband Harry Kutsukos, son John, daughter- in- law Lori and grandchildren John, Christina, Peter and Jack.
Anastasia Kutsukos Karas (6 yrs) survived by her father Harry Kutsukos, her husband Nick Karas and her sons John and Peter.
Nikitas Legakis (7 yrs) survived by wife Georgia, children Emmanuel and Maria & 4 grandchildren.

 


 

Announcements

Flowers
The flowers on the Altar are donated by Carol and Bill Pagones in memory of beloved niece Katerina Karpouzis Pagones.  May her memory be eternal.
The flowers on the Solea are donated by Harry Kutsukos in memory of beloved wife Zaharenia and  beloved daughter Anastasia.  May their memories be eternal.

 



Sunday, April 7th: Loukoumathes for the Cure!

Please support cancer research with the purchase of a delicious treat! All funds go to the Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center, University of Miami Miller School of Medicine.

 


 

Giving Opportunities for Great Lent, Holy Week & Pascha. Please call the office for a list of items remaining to be donated. As always, thank you for your generosity!

 


 

Thank you
We would like to thank Minas Halkias for organizing and preparing the meal for the luncheon on Sunday, March 31

 


 

Philoptochos News LAST OPPORTUNITY TO DONATE!  
Today is the final day that Philoptochos will be collecting donations for the Clergy Education Fund (The Papouli Fund).  This fund assists theology students of the Metropolis of Atlanta with scholarships and opportunities for continuing education.  For those of you who have made your donations, Philoptochos sincerely thanks you.  If you have not made your donation yet, please see Denise Filosofos or Athena Loucas in the Kandaras Hall following today’s church service.

Philoptochos will be accepting Pascha Orders for Tsourekia, Koulourakia and Easter Eggs
on April 7, 14, and 21.   Tsourekia: round w/red egg, braided w/red egg, and braided no egg @ $10/loaf.  Koulourakia: one dozen @ $10/bag.   Dyed red eggs: one dozen @ $8/doz.  (Dyed eggs must be picked up on Thursday, April 25th between 1:00-3:00pm.)   Please be prepared to place your orders with payment on those days.   Checks payable to:  Philoptochos Ladies Society.  See Athena Loucas or Marion Koliniatis.

 


 

Scholarships Available Students, parents and grandparents: Scholarships are available for St. Stephen’s Summer Camp.  Attendance at the camp is not only fun and educational but provides our young Orthodox Christians with an environment to develop their spiritual growth. Complete information about St. Stephen’s Sumer Camp can be found on the Metropolis of Atlanta website: atlmetropolis.org/st-stephens-summer-camp  Applications are also open for the Dr. Helene Tzitsikas Scholarship Fund which will be awarded to a college student from our parish. Details about the requirements for this scholarship can be found on the St. Demetrios website. The deadline for all scholarship applications is May 1st. Applications for all scholarships can be found on the table in the narthex near the office. Scholarship applications should be returned to the church office by the May 1st deadline.

 


 

2019 Three Hierarchs Scholarship (THS) Award Application forms for the THS awards of Drs. Anthony and Joyce Kales are available in the Church office.  These scholarships are awarded strictly on the basis of meritorious academic achievement for college bound seniors.  The academic guidelines for consideration include:  Grade Point Average of 3.5 or above; membership in the National Honor Society; a combined SAT Verbal and Math score of 1320 or greater (the combined scores must be from the same SAT exam i.e., scores cannot be combined from two separate SAT exams).  ACT substitution for the SAT examination is not allowed.  Additionally, the SAT exam can be taken only a maximum of two times.  Deadline for submission of application is June 15.

 



Calendar of Events for the Week

 

Sunday                   4/7                 
9:00am/10:00am      Orthros/Divine Liturgy
11:15am                         Sunday School
12:00noon                    Loukoumathes for the Cure

Monday              4/8   

4:15pm-6:00pm       Greek Classes A’, B’, G’, D’ & Adult Beginner
6:00pm-8:00pm      Advanced Greek class

Wednesday        4/10
7:00pm                       Presanctified Liturgy

Friday                 4/12
7:00pm                        Akathist Hymn
8:00pm                        Lenten Dinner & speaker Dr. Dean C. Vafiadis

Saturday            4/13
6:30pm                        Lenten Comedy Special with Basile
For tickets call Chris@954-709-9651 or ckapakosahepa@gmail.com

Sunday              4/14
9:00am/10:00am     Orthros/Divine Liturgy
11:15am                        Sunday School

 

 

Weekly Sunday Bulletin – March 31st, 2019

Sunday of the Holy Cross – March 31, 2019

With the help of God, we have almost reached the middle of the course of the Fast, where our strength has been worn down through abstinence, and the full difficulty of the labour set before us becomes apparent. Therefore our holy Mother, the Church of Christ, now brings to our help the all-holy Cross, the joy of the world, the strength of the faithful, the staff of the just, and the hope of sinners, so that by venerating it reverently, we might receive strength and grace to complete the divine struggle of the Fast.

For Sunday please remember to bring some basil to adorn the Holy Cross.  Thank you!

 

 

 


 

Parish Council on Duty:

 

George Georgakakis, Katherine Ziegler, Basil Economou, Mark Zaden

 


 

 Liturgical Guide

 

Resurrectional Apolytikion in the Third Mode
Εὐφραινέσθω τὰ οὐράνια …
Let the Heavens rejoice; let earthly things be glad; for the Lord hath wrought might with His arm, He hath trampled upon death by death. The first-born of the dead hath He become. From the belly of Hades hath He delivered us, and hath granted great mercy to the world.

Apolytikion of Sun. of the Elevation of the Cross in the First Mode
Σώσον Κύριε τόν λαόν σου καί ευλόγησον τήν κληρονομίαν σου…
Save, O Lord, Thy people and bless Thine inheritance; grant Thou unto the faithful victory over adversaries. And by the power of Thy Cross do Thou preserve Thy commonwealth.

Apolytikion for Apolytikion of St. Demetrios in the Third Mode
Μέγαν εύρατο εv τοίς κιvδύvοις …
Greatness has been found in danger.  You are champion of the world.  A victor who could turn the nations back.  You boldly encouraged Nestor to defeat Lyaeus in the arena.  Therefore, holy great martyr Demetrios, intercede with Christ our God, to grant us His great mercy.

Seasonal Kontakion in the Plagal Fourth Mode
Τὴ ὑπερμάχω στρατηγῶ τὰ νικητήρια …
To you, Theotokos, invincible Defender, having been delivered from peril, I, your city, dedicate the victory festival as a thank offering. In your irresistible might, keep me safe from all trials, that I may call out to you: “Hail, unwedded bride!”
Epistle Reading ~ 

The reading is from St. Paul’s Letter to the Hebrews 4:14-16; 5:1-6.

BRETHREN, since we have a high priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus, the Son of God, let us hold fast our confession. For we have not a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but one who in every respect has been tempted as we are, yet without sin. Let us then with confidence draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need. For every high priest chosen from among men is appointed to act on behalf of men in relation to God, to offer gifts and sacrifices for sins. He can deal gently with the ignorant and wayward, since he himself is beset with weakness. Because of this he is bound to offer sacrifice for his own sins as well as for those of the people. And one does not take the honor upon himself, but he is called by God, just as Aaron was. So also Christ did not exalt himself to be made a high priest, but was appointed by him who said to him, “Thou art my Son, today I have begotten thee”; as he says also in another place, “Thou art a priest for ever, after the order of Melchizedek.”

Gospel Reading ~

The Reading is from Mark 8:34-38; 9:1

The Lord said: “If anyone wishes to come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me. For whoever would save his life will lose it; and whoever loses his life for my sake and the gospel’s will save it. For what does it profit a man, to gain the whole world and forfeit his life? For what can a man give in return for his life? For whoever is ashamed of me and my words in this adulterous and sinful generation, of him will the Son of man also be ashamed, when he comes in the glory of his Father with the holy angels.” And he said to them, “Truly, I say to you, there are some standing here who will not taste death before they see the kingdom of God come with power.”

 


 

Announcements

 

Air Conditioner Replacement  We invite everyone to stay for a luncheon next Sunday, March 31.  The cost is $10 for adults, $5 for children.  Proceeds will benefit the air conditioner replacement fund.

 


 

Philoptochos News Philoptochos will be collecting donations for the Clergy Education Fund (Papouli Fund) on March 31 and April 7 in the Kandaras Hall after church services.  This fund assists students who are legal residents of the Metropolis of Atlanta and studying at Holy Cross School of theology for the priesthood with a scholarship based on a sliding scale according to the financial need of the student.  The second purpose is to provide priests in the Metropolis of Atlanta spiritual and professional growth by continuing education through participation in conferences and other educational programs.  Denise Filosofos, Helen Gatsonis, and Athena Loucas will be accepting donations for this worthy cause.   The suggested minimum is $10 per person.

Philoptochos will be accepting Pascha Orders for Tsourekia, Koulourakia and Easter Eggs on April 7, 14, and 21.   Tsourekia: round w/red egg, braided w/red egg, and braided no egg @ $10/loaf.  Koulourakia: one dozen @ $10/bag.   Dyed red eggs: one dozen @ $8/doz.  (Dyed eggs must be picked up on Thursday, April 25th between 1:00-3:00pm.)   Please be prepared to place your orders with payment on those days.   Checks payable to:  Philoptochos Ladies Society.  See Athena Loucas or Marion Koliniatis.

 


 

Coming soon…April 7th “Loukoumathes for the Cure” Enjoy delicious loukoumathes while supporting cancer research. Sponsored by the Cancer Chapter.

 


 

2019 Three Hierarchs Scholarship (THS) Award Application forms for the THS awards of Drs. Anthony and Joyce Kales are available in the Church office.  These scholarships are awarded strictly on the basis of meritorious academic achievement for college bound seniors.  The academic guidelines for consideration include:  Grade Point Average of 3.5 or above; membership in the National Honor Society; a combined SAT Verbal and Math score of 1320 or greater (the combined scores must be from the same SAT exam i.e., scores cannot be combined from two separate SAT exams).  ACT substitution for the SAT examination is not allowed.  Additionally, the SAT exam can be taken only a maximum of two times.  Deadline for submission of application is June 15.

 


 

Air Conditioner Replacement Project

 

 



Calendar of Events for the Week

 

Sunday                   3/31                 
9:00am/10:00am          Orthros/Divine Liturgy
11:15am                             Sunday School
12:00noon                       Luncheon-proceeds to benefit AC replacement fund

Monday              4/1   

4:15pm-6:00pm             Greek Classes A’, B’, G’, D’ & Adult Beginner
6:00pm-8:00pm            Advanced Greek class

Wednesday        4/3
7:00pm                            Presanctified Liturgy

Thursday           4/4
1:00pm                            Philoptochos meeting

Friday                4/5
7:00pm                            Salutations to the Theotokos
                   
Sunday              4/7
9:00am/10:00am         Orthros/Divine Liturgy
11:15am                           Sunday School
12:00noon                      Loukoumathes for the Cure

 

 

Weekly Sunday Bulletin – March 24th, 2019

Sunday of St. Gregory Palamas – March 24, 2019

Saint Gregory Palamas was from Asia Minor and was reared in the royal court of Constantinople, where he was instructed in both religious and secular wisdom. Later, while still a youth, he left the imperial court and struggled in asceticism on Mount Athos, and in the Skete at Beroea. He spent some time in Thessalonica being treated for an illness that came from his harsh manner of life. He was present in Constantinople at the Council that was convened in 1341 against Barlaam of Calabria, and at the Council of 1347 against Acindynus, who was of like mind with Barlaam; Barlaam and Acindynus claimed that the grace of God is created. At both these Councils, the Saint contended courageously for the true dogmas of the Church of Christ, teaching in particular that divine grace is not created, but is the uncreated energies of God which are poured forth throughout creation: otherwise it would be impossible, if grace were created, for man to have genuine communion with the uncreated God. In 1347 he was appointed Metropolitan of Thessalonica. He tended his flock in an apostolic manner for some twelve years, and wrote many books and treatises on the most exalted doctrines of our Faith; and having lived for a total of sixty-three years, he reposed in the Lord in 1359. His holy relics are kept in the Cathedral of Thessalonica. A full service was composed for his feast day by the Patriarch Philotheus in 1368, when it was established that his feast be celebrated on this day. Since works without right faith avail nothing, we set Orthodoxy of faith as the foundation of all that we accomplish during the Fast, by celebrating the Triumph of Orthodoxy the Sunday before, and the great defender of the teachings of the holy Fathers today.

 


 

Parish Council on Duty:

 

Harry Tangalakis,  Marion Koliniatis, Mark Zaden, Bill Ypsilantis, Paul Fountas, Peter Kokkinos

 


 

 Liturgical Guide

 

 

Resurrectional Apolytikion in the Second Mode
Ὅτε κατῆλθες πρὸς τὸν θάνατον …
When Thou didst descend unto death, O Life Immortal, then didst Thou slay Hades with the lightning of Thy Divinity. And when Thou didst also raise the dead out of the nethermost depths, all the powers in the Heavens cried out: O Life-giver, Christ our God, glory be to Thee.

Apolytikion of Forefeast of the Annunciation in the Fourth Mode
Σήμερον τῆς παγκοσμίου χαρὰς τὰ προοίμια …  
Today is the prelude of universal joy; let us keep the forefeast in gladness. For, behold, Gabriel cometh with fear and wonder unto the Virgin, bringing her the good tidings: Rejoice, thou who art full of grace; the Lord is with thee.

Apolytikion of Sun. of St. Gregory Palamas in the Plagal of the Fourth Tone
Ὀρθοδοξίας φωστὴρ…
O Gregory the Miracle Worker, light of Orthodoxy, support and teacher of the Church, comeliness of Monastics, invincible defender of theologians, the pride of Thessalonica, and preacher of grace, intercede forever that our souls may be saved.

Apolytikion for Apolytikion of St. Demetrios in the Third Mode
Μέγαν εύρατο εv τοίς κιvδύvοις …

Greatness has been found in danger.  You are champion of the world.  A victor who could turn the nations back.  You boldly encouraged Nestor to defeat Lyaeus in the arena.  Therefore, holy great martyr Demetrios, intercede with Christ our God, to grant us His great mercy.

Seasonal Kontakion in the Plagal Fourth Mode
Ἐπελεύσει Πνεύματος τοῦ Παναγίου …
At the great Archangel’s voice, O Theotokos, the All-holy Spirit came upon thee and thou didst conceive Him that is one in essence and throne with God the Father, O Adam’s recovery.

Epistle Reading ~ The reading of Hebrews 1: 10-14, 2: 1-3

First of all, O Lord, the sons of thy servants, and the work of thy handmaids, are abolished, and dwell therein, and every one of them is aged, and all these things are changed, and they are changed, and it is he that dwellest thee occlusion. Do you know the angels of the angels for ever, even from my right hand, so that your enemies are able to stand against your feet? What are all spiritual spirits, ministry of salvation sent by the future? By doing so, they are most concerned about listening to, or even writing. Did the word of the angel of the word be assured, and did he offend, and did he receive a trespass, how did we save ourselves from those who had lost their salvation? That the LORD hath been glorified by the glory, that he hath been assured of the sons of the dead.

Gospel Reading ~The Reading is from Mark 2: 1-12

At that time, Jesus entered Capernaum and it was reported that he was at home. And many were gathered together, so that there was no more room for them, not even about the door; and he was preaching the word to them. And they came, bringing him a paralytic carried by four men. And when they could not get near him because of the crowd, they removed the roof above him; and when they had made an opening, they let down the palette on which the paralytic lay. And when Jesus saw their faith, he said to the paralytic, “My son, your sins are forgiven.” Now some of the scribes were sitting there, questioning in their hearts, “Why does this man speak so? It is a blasphemy! Who can forgive sins but God alone?” And immediately Jesus, perceiving in his spirit that they so questioned within themselves, said to them, ” Why do you ask so in your hearts? Which is easier, to say to the paralytic, “Your sins are forgiven,” or to say, “Rise, take your pallet and walk? But you may know that the Son of Man has authority on earth to forgive sins “- he said to the paralytic -” I say to you, rise, take up your pallet and go home. “And he rose, and immediately took up the pallet and went out before them all, so that they were all amazed and glorified God, saying, “We never saw anything like this!” And he rose, and immediately took the pallet and went out before them all; so that they were all amazed and glorified God, saying, “We never saw anything like this!” And he rose, and immediately took the pallet and went out before them all; so that they were all amazed and glorified God, saying, “We never saw anything like this!”

 


 

Memorial

 

 Nicolas George Davros (6 months) son of Nicoleta and George, brother of Georgia, brother in law of Mark Passino, husband of Ericka, father of Cristina, Nasir and Sincere, nephew of Yianni & Maria Panageotou, cousin of George, Peter & Christos, aunts, uncles & cousins.

James George Mellides (1 yr) survived by his parents Katie & Ted, brother Michael, nephew Daniel, great uncle James, aunt Merle (Erin & Eamon), uncle Peter, aunt Joanne, and dear friends & cousins.

Trisagion

 

Robyn Pappas (2 yrs) survived by her husband Andrew Pappas, siblings Bob (Joan) Ostberg, Judith Collias, Bobbie (Ed) Isom, Bill Shadley and sister in law Betty Pappas.

Dr. George Mehallis (13 yrs) survived by his wife Mantha, son Spero (Rocio) and grandson Lazaro.

 


 

Announcements

 

Air Conditioner Replacement  We invite everyone to stay for a luncheon next Sunday, March 31.  The cost is $10 for adults, $5 for children.  Proceeds will benefit the air conditioner replacement fund.

 


Philoptochos News Philoptochos will be collecting donations for the Clergy Education Fund (Papouli Fund) on March 31 and April 7 in the Kandaras Hall after church services.  This fund assists students who are legal residents of the Metropolis of Atlanta and studying at Holy Cross School of theology for the priesthood with a scholarship based on a sliding scale according to the financial need of the student.  The second purpose is to provide priests in the Metropolis of Atlanta spiritual and professional growth by continuing education through participation in conferences and other educational programs.  Denise Filosofos, Helen Gatsonis, and Athena Loucas will be accepting donations for this worthy cause.   The suggested minimum is $10 per person.
Coming soon…Philoptochos will be accepting Pascha Orders for Tsourekia, Koulourakia and Easter Eggs on April 7, 14, and 21.  More info to follow!  Please be prepared to place your orders with payment on those days.

 


2019 Three Hierarchs Scholarship (THS) Award Application forms for the THS awards of Drs. Anthony and Joyce Kales are available in the Church office.  These scholarships are awarded strictly on the basis of meritorious academic achievement for college bound seniors.  The academic guidelines for consideration include:  Grade Point Average of 3.5 or above; membership in the National Honor Society; a combined SAT Verbal and Math score of 1320 or greater (the combined scores must be from the same SAT exam i.e., scores cannot be combined from two separate SAT exams).  ACT substitution for the SAT examination is not allowed.  Additionally, the SAT exam can be taken only a maximum of two times.  Deadline for submission of application is June 15.

 


 

Air Conditioner Replacement Project

 

 



Calendar of Events for the Week

 

Sunday                   3/24                
9:00am/10:00am            Orthros/Divine Liturgy
11:15am                              Sunday School
7:00pm                              Great Vespers at Annunciation in North Miami

Monday              3/25   The Feast of the Annunciation
9:00am/10:00am           Orthros/Divine Liturgy
4:15pm-6:00pm              Greek Classes A’, B’, G’, D’ & Adult Beginner
6:00pm-8:00pm             Advanced Greek class

Tuesday             3/26
11:30am                            Loving Stitches

Wednesday        3/27
7:00pm                             Presanctified Liturgy

Thursday           3/28
6:00pm                            Cancer Chapter meeting

Friday                    3/29
7:00pm                            Salutations to the Theotokos
                   
Sunday                  3/31
9:00am/10:00am          Orthros/Divine Liturgy
11:15am                            Sunday School
12:00noon                       Luncheon-proceeds to benefit AC replacement fund

 

 

Weekly Sunday Bulletin – March 17th, 2019

Sunday of Orthodoxy – March 17, 2019

For more than one hundred years the Church of Christ was troubled by the persecution of the Iconoclasts of evil belief, beginning in the reign of Leo the Isaurian (717-741) and ending in the reign of Theophilus (829-842). After Theophilus’s death, his widow the Empress Theodora (celebrated Feb. 11), together with the Patriarch Methodius (June 14), established Orthodoxy anew. This ever-memorable Queen venerated the icon of the Mother of God in the presence of the Patriarch Methodius and the other confessors and righteous men, and openly cried out these holy words: “If anyone does not offer relative worship to the holy icons, not adoring them as though they were gods, but venerating them out of love as images of the archetype, let him be anathema.” Then with common prayer and fasting during the whole first week of the Forty-day Fast, she asked God’s forgiveness for her husband. After this, on the first Sunday of the Fast, she and her son, Michael the Emperor, made a procession with all the clergy and people and restored the holy icons, and again adorned the Church of Christ with them. This is the holy deed that all we the Orthodox commemorate today, and we call this radiant and venerable day the Sunday of Orthodoxy, that is, the triumph of true doctrine over heresy.

 


 

Parish Council on Duty:

 

George Georgakakis, Karyl Zitis, Katherine Ziegler, Basil Economou

 


 

 Liturgical Guide

 

 

Resurrectional Apolytikion in the First Mode
Τοῦ λίθου σφραγισθέντος ὑπὸ τῶν Ἰουδαίων .
..
When the stone had been sealed by the Jews and the soldiers were guarding Thine immaculate Body, Thou didst arise on the third day, O Saviour, granting life unto the world. Wherefore, the powers of the Heavens cried out to Thee, O Lifegiver: Glory to Thy Resurrection, O Christ. Glory to Thy Kingdom. Glory to Thy dispensation, O only Friend of man.

Apolytikion in the Second Mode
Τὴν ἄχραντον Εἰκόνα σου προσκυνοῦμεν Ἀγαθέ…  

We worship Thine immaculate icon, O Good One, asking the forgiveness of our failings, O Christ our God; for of Thine own will Thou wast well-pleased to ascend the Cross in the flesh, that Thou mightest deliver from slavery to the enemy those whom Thou hadst fashioned. Wherefore, we cry to Thee thankfully: Thou didst fill all things with joy, O our Saviour, when Thou camest to save the world.

Apolytikion for Apolytikion of St. Demetrios in the Third Mode
Μέγαν εύρατο εv τοίς κιvδύvοις …

Greatness has been found in danger.  You are champion of the world.  A victor who could turn the nations back.  You boldly encouraged Nestor to defeat Lyaeus in the arena.  Therefore, holy great martyr Demetrios, intercede with Christ our God, to grant us His great mercy.

Seasonal Kontakion in the Plagal Fourth Mode
Τὴ ὑπερμάχω στρατηγῶ τὰ νικητήρια …

To you, Theotokos, invincible Defender, having been delivered from peril, I, your city, dedicate the victory festival as a thank offering. In your irresistible might, keep me safe from all trials, that I may call out to you: “Hail, unwedded bride!”

Epistle Reading ~ The reading is from St. Paul’s Letter to the Hebrews 11:24-26, 32-40.

Brethren, by faith Moses, when he was grown up, refused to be called the son of Pharaoh’s daughter, choosing rather to share ill-treatment with the people of God than to enjoy the fleeting pleasures of sin.  And what more shall I say? For time would fail me to tell of Gideon, Barak, Samson, Jephthah, of David and Samuel and the prophets — who through faith conquered kingdoms, enforced justice, received promises, stopped the mouths of lions, quenched raging fire, escaped the edge of the sword, won strength out of weakness, became mighty in war, put foreign enemies to flight. Women received their dead by resurrection. Some were tortured, refusing to accept release, that they might rise again to a better life. Others suffered mocking and scourging, and even chains and imprisonment. They were stoned, they were sawn in two, they were killed with the sword; they went about in skins of sheep and goats, destitute, afflicted, ill-treated — of whom the world was not worthy — wandering over deserts and mountains, and in dens and caves of the earth.
And all these, though well attested by their faith, did not receive what was promised, since God had foreseen something better for us, that apart from us they should not be made perfect.

Gospel Reading ~The Reading is from John 1:43-51

At that time, Jesus decided to go to Galilee. And he found Philip and said to him, “Follow me.” Now Philip was from Bethsaida, the city of Andrew and Peter. Philip found Nathanael, and he said to him, “We have found him of whom Moses in the law and also the prophets wrote, Jesus of Nazareth, the son of Joseph.” Nathanael said to him, “Can anything good come out of Nazareth?” Philip said to him, “Come and see.” Jesus saw Nathanael coming to him, and said of him, “Behold, an Israelite indeed, in whom is no guile!” Nathanael said to him, “How do you know me?” Jesus answered him, “Before Philip called you, when you were under the fig tree, I saw you.” Nathanael answered him, “Rabbi, you are the Son of God! You are the King of Israel!” Jesus answered him, “Because I said to you, I saw you under the fig tree, do you believe? You shall see greater things than these.” And he said to him, “Truly, truly, I say to you, you will see heaven opened, and the angels of God ascending and descending upon the Son of man.”

 


 

Announcements

 

Philoptochos News  Saturday, March 16 6:30pm Feather Party. Sunday, March 17. Following church services today, Philoptochos once again offers PITA SUNDAY in the Kandaras Hall. A piece of Spanakopita and Tiropita, plus salad…all for $10.  Please support this very worthy cause. SAVE THE DATE!!  MARK YOUR CALENDARS!! There will be baking of koulourakia for selling for Easter on Thursday, April 11th at 9:00 am.  Please consider coming and helping out on that day.  Many hands make light work!  Any questions, you can contact Suzanne Zorbas 647-549-0820.

 


 

Annual Celebration of the War for Greek Independence * The teachers and students of the Greek School at St. Demetrios cordially invite you to the Celebration of the War for Greek Independence 1821-28. The event will be in the Hall of St. Demetrios at 7:00 PM on Saturday, March 23, 2019. Dr. Christina Zarcadoolas, a sociolinguist, will speak on the importance of political/territorial freedom for the viability and perpetuation of the Greek Language. The students will recite poetry and will sing. Dr. George Georgakakis and his able crew will prepare a delectable Lenten dinner for All. Θερμές ευχές για μια Καλή Σαρακοστή γεμάτη από νηστεία, προσευχή και αγάπη για τον πλησίον μας.

 


 

Thank You Thank you for your generous donations to St. Demetrios Church.  Please remember to note the intention of your donation on the memo line of your check; for example, “Pledge 2019”, “Sunday Tray”, “Candles”, Air Conditioner, etc.

 



Flowers for the Icon of the Theotokos 
We welcome donations towards flowers for the icon of the Theotokos which is adorned for the Salutations Service, March 15, 22, 29, April 5 and April 12.

 


 

Air Conditioner Replacement Project

 


 

Fashion Show Luncheon  Come join the Daughters of Penelope for a wonderful afternoon with family and friends at our annual luncheon at the Lighthouse Point Yacht Club on Saturday, March 23rd at 11:00am.  We hope you will join us for a ladies fashion show by Dressbarn (Roz and Ali), entertainment and wonderful raffle baskets that will be auctioned.  We are excited to support our cause, Limbitless Solutions, located at the campus of the University of Central Florida this year and provide financial assistance to their research team that assists young children that are in need of prosthetic limbs.  Tickets are available for $55.  Please see the attached invite for more information or if you would like to be involved. Judie at 954-849-5859 or dop.fashionshow@gmail.com

 



Calendar of Events for the Week

 

Sunday                3/17 
9:00am/10:00am                            Orthros/Divine Liturgy
11:15am                                               Sunday School students participate in procession
12:00pm                                             Pita Sunday
Monday              3/18
4:15pm-6:00pm                               Greek Classes A’, B’, G’, D’ & Adult Beginner
6:00pm-8:00pm                              Advanced Greek class
Tuesday             3/19
11:00am                                             Agape-luncheon for seniors
Wednesday       3/20
7:00pm                                               Presanctified Liturgy
Friday                3/22
7:00pm                                               Salutations to the Theotokos
Saturday           3/23
7:00pm                                               Celebration of the War for Greek Independence
Sunday             3/24
9:00am/10:00am                            Orthros/Divine Liturgy
11:15am                                              Sunday School

 

 

Weekly Sunday Bulletin – March 10th, 2019

Forgiveness Sunday – March 10, 2019

The Holy Fathers have appointed the commemoration of Adam’s exile from the Paradise of delight here, on the eve of the holy Forty-day Fast, demonstrating to us not by simple words, but by actual deeds, how beneficial fasting is for man, and how harmful and destructive are insatiety and the transgressing of the divine commandments. For the first commandment that God gave to man was that of fasting, which the first-fashioned received but did not keep; and not only did they not become gods, as they had imagined, but they lost even that blessed life which they had, and they fell into corruption and death, and transmitted these and innumerable other evils to all of mankind. The God-bearing Fathers set these things before us today, that by bringing to mind what we have fallen from, and what we have suffered because of the insatiety and disobedience of the first-fashioned, we might be diligent to return again to that ancient bliss and glory by means of fasting and obedience to all the divine commands. Taking occasion from today’s Gospel (Matt. 6:14-21) to begin the Fast unencumbered by enmity, we also ask forgiveness this day, first from God, then from one another and all creation.

 


 

Parish Council on Duty:

 

Harry Tangalakis,  Marion Koliniatis, Mark Zaden, Bill Ypsilantis, Paul Fountas, Peter Kokkinos

 


 

 Liturgical Guide

 

 

Resurrectional Apolytikion in the Plagal Fourth Mode
Ἐξ ὕψους κατῆλθες ὁ εὔσπλαγχνος …

From on high didst Thou descend, O Compassionate One; to burial of three days hast Thou submitted that Thou mightest free us from our passions. O our Life and Resurrection, Lord, glory be to Thee.

Apolytikion for Apolytikion of St. Demetrios in the Third Mode
Μέγαν εύρατο εv τοίς κιvδύvοις …

Greatness has been found in danger.  You are champion of the world.  A victor who could turn the nations back.  You boldly encouraged Nestor to defeat Lyaeus in the arena.  Therefore, holy great martyr Demetrios, intercede with Christ our God, to grant us His great mercy.

Seasonal Kontakion in the Plagal Second Mode
Τῆς σοφίας ὁδηγέ …

O Master, Prudence, Guide of Wisdom, Instruction to the foolish and Defender of the poor, strengthen my heart and grant it discernment. Give me words, Word of the Father, for behold, I shall not keep my lips from crying out to You, “O Merciful One, have mercy on me who has fallen.”

Epistle Reading ~

The reading is from St. Paul’s Letter to the Romans 13:11-14; 14:1-4.

Brethren, salvation is nearer to us now than when we first believed; the night is far gone, the day is at hand. Let us then cast off the works of darkness and put on the armor of light; let us conduct ourselves becomingly as in the day, not in reveling and drunkenness, not in debauchery and licentiousness, not in quarreling and jealousy. But put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no provision for the flesh, to gratify its desires.
As for the man who is weak in faith, welcome him, but not for disputes over opinions. One believes he may eat anything, while the weak man eats only vegetables. Let not him who eats despise him who abstains, and let not him who abstains pass judgment on him who eats; for God has welcomed him. Who are you to pass judgment on the servant of another? It is before his own master that he stands or falls. And he will be upheld, for God is able to make him stand.

Gospel Reading ~

The Reading is from Matthew 6:14-21

The Lord said, “If you forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father also will forgive you; but if you do not forgive men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.
“And when you fast, do not look dismal, like the hypocrites, for they disfigure their faces that their fasting may be seen by men. Truly, I say to you, they have received their reward. But when you fast, anoint your head and wash your face, that your fasting may not be seen by men but by your Father who is in secret; and your Father who sees in secret will reward you.
“Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust consume and where thieves break in and steal, but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust consumes and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.”

 


 

Memorial 

 

Protopresbyter Father Constantine Halkias (40 days) survived by his children.

Venet Maria Nickas (40 days) survived by her sisters Tina Ahearn and Billie Ann Arvanitakis and their families.

Niko Mladenovic (6 months) survived by his sister Nia Hatzisavvas and family.

Kasyani Mladenovic (1 yr) survived by her daughter Nia Hatzisavvas and family.

 

Trisagion

 

Helen Klonarides (40 days) survived by her husband Gerard Klonarides, by her daughters Geraldine (Kevin) and Caroline, and granddaughter Lylia.

Mitch Manesiotis (40 days) survived by his wife Barbara, daughter Cayce (Yoni), son Ross (Jenna), and grandson Ayan.

Speros Vlahos (20 yrs) survived by his daughter Mantha Mehallis, his grandson Spero (Rocio) Mehallis and great grandson Lazaro.

 


 

Announcements

 

Oratorical Festival The Education, Youth and Culture Committee (EYCC) invites members of the St. Demetrios community to stay after church on Sunday, March 10, for the 2019 St. John Chrysostom Oratorical Festival. Students in the junior division (Grades 7-9) and senior division (Grades 10-12) have prepared speeches on topics of Church history, theology, and modern relevance. Please support our youth by listening to their researched topics this afternoon beginning at 12:15 in the church.

 


 

Fellowship Hour

The coffee hour is sponsored by: Tina Ahearn in loving memory of her sister Venet Maria Nickas and by Nia Hatzisavvas in loving memory of her brother Niko and her mother Kasyani.

The fish luncheon is sponsored by: Mike Halkias in loving memory of his father Protopresbyter Father Constantine Halkias.

May their memories be eternal.

 



Flowers for the Icon of the Theotokos 
We welcome donations towards flowers for the icon of the Theotokos which is adorned for the Salutations Service, March 15, 22, 29, April 5 and April 12.

 


 

Parish wide clean up day Saturday March 9 at 8:30am.

 


 

Air Conditioner Replacement Project

 



Honoring our past
On March 16 after the Saturday of the Souls service we will honor all the grand benefactors of our community including but not limited to our founding parishioners and donors. A small reception will follow in the Kandaras Hall.

 



Thank You
Thank you for your generous donations to St. Demetrios Church.  Please remember to note the intention of your donation on the memo line of your check; for example, “Pledge 2019”, “Sunday Tray”, “Candles”, Air Conditioner, etc.

 



Philoptochos News 

Thursday, March 7th @ 7pm –Free Lecture by Dr. Cara Giusti,
Physical Therapist.  “It’s a Matter of  Movement, Not Aging”  Regain mobility, strength, alleviate pain and move better.   Bring family & friends. Doors open @ 6:45pm.   Refreshments.
Saturday, March 16th @ 6:30pm Buy your tickets today for the popular Feather/BINGO Party! Doors open at 6:30pm; game time is 7:00pm; and tickets @ $7/person include 2 game cards.  Ticket proceeds go to Feeding South Florida.  Refreshments available.  Tickets will be sold at the door.  For more information see Sue Carmona or Athena Loucas.  Sunday, March 17th.  Following church services, Pita Sunday in the Kandaras Hall.

 



Annual Celebration of the War for Greek Independence
The Greek School at St. Demetrios cordially invites you and your friends to the Annual Celebration of the War for Greek Independence. Date: March 23,2019 Time:  7:00 PM Place:  The Hall of St. Demetrios Speaker: Dr. Christina Zarcadoolas, sociolinguist, will expound on the influence of political/territorial freedom on the Greek language. Poems/songs: The children will recite poetry and will sing. Dinner:  Dr. George Georgakakis and his able crew are planning a delectable Lenten repast for All.

 


Fashion Show Luncheon  Come join the Daughters of Penelope for a wonderful afternoon with family and friends at our annual luncheon at the Lighthouse Point Yacht Club on Saturday, March 23rd at 11:00am.  We hope you will join us for a ladies fashion show by Dressbarn (Roz and Ali), entertainment and wonderful raffle baskets that will be auctioned.  We are excited to support our cause, Limbitless Solutions, located at the campus of the University of Central Florida this year and provide financial assistance to their research team that assists young children that are in need of prosthetic limbs.  Tickets are available for $55.  Please see the attached invite for more information or if you would like to be involved. Judie at 954-849-5859 or dop.fashionshow@gmail.com

 



Calendar of Events for the Week

 

Sunday                  3/10  
9:00am/10:00am               Orthros/Divine Liturgy
11:15am                                 Sunday School
12:15pm                                Oratorical Festival

Monday                 3/11   Clean Monday
No Greek classes
Wednesday          3/13
6:30pm                               Daughters of Penelope meeting

Friday                   3/15
7:00pm                              Salutations to the Theotokos

Saturday              3/16
9:00am/10:00am            Saturday of the Souls Orthros/Divine Liturgy
11:30am                             Reception honoring founding families and benefactors
6:30pm                              Feather party-ticket proceeds benefiting “Feeding South Florida”

Sunday                3/17
9:00am/10:00am           Orthros/Divine Liturgy
11:15am                             Sunday School
12:00pm                           Pita Sunday

 

 

Weekly Sunday Bulletin – March 3rd, 2019

Judgement Sunday – March 3, 2019

The foregoing two parables — especially that of the Prodigal Son — have presented to us God’s extreme goodness and love for man. But lest certain persons, putting their confidence in this alone, live carelessly, squandering upon sin the time given them to work out their salvation, and death suddenly snatch them away, the most divine Fathers have appointed this day’s feast commemorating Christ’s impartial Second Coming, through which we bring to mind that God is not only the Friend of man, but also the most righteous Judge, Who recompenses to each according to his deeds.  It is the aim of the holy Fathers, through bringing to mind that fearful day, to rouse us from the slumber of carelessness unto the work of virtue, and to move us to love and compassion for our brethren. Besides this, even as on the coming Sunday of Cheese-fare we commemorate Adam’s exile from the Paradise of delight — which exile is the beginning of life as we know it now — it is clear that today’s is reckoned the last of all feasts, because on the last day of judgment, truly, everything of this world will come to an end.  All foods, except meat and meat products, are allowed during the week that follows this Sunday.

 


 

Parish Council on Duty:

George Georgakakis, Karyl Zitis, Katherine Ziegler, Basil Economou

 


 

 Liturgical Guide

 

Resurrectional Apolytikion in the Grave Mode
Ἀγγελικαὶ Δυνάμεις ἐπὶ τὸ μνῆμά σου…

Thou didst abolish death by Thy Cross; Thou didst open Paradise to the thief; Thou didst transform the myrrh-bearers’ lamentation, and didst bid Thine Apostles to preach that Thou art risen, O Christ God, granting great mercy to the world.

Apolytikion for Apolytikion of St. Demetrios in the Third Mode
Μέγαν εύρατο εv τοίς κιvδύvοις …

Greatness has been found in danger.  You are champion of the world.  A victor who could turn the nations back.  You boldly encouraged Nestor to defeat Lyaeus in the arena.  Therefore, holy great martyr Demetrios, intercede with Christ our God, to grant us His great mercy.

Seasonal Kontakion in the Third Mode
Ὅταν ἔλθῃς ὁ Θεός ..
.
O God, when You come upon the earth in glory, the whole world will tremble. A river of fire will bring all before Your Judgment Seat and the books will be opened, and everything in secret will become public. At that time, deliver me from the fire which never dies, and enable me to stand by Your right hand, O Judge most just.


Epistle Reading ~

The reading is from St. Paul’s First Letter to the
Corinthians 8:8-13; 9:1-2

Brethren, food will not commend us to God. We are no worse off if we do not eat, and no better off if we do. Only take care lest this liberty of yours somehow become a stumbling block to the weak. For if any one sees you, a man of knowledge, at table in an idol’s temple, might he not be encouraged, if his conscience is weak, to eat food offered to idols? And so by your knowledge this weak man is destroyed, the brother for whom Christ died. Thus, sinning against your brethren and wounding their conscience when it is weak, you sin against Christ. Therefore, if food is a cause of my brother’s falling, I will never eat meat, lest I cause my brother to fall. Am I not free? Am I not an apostle? Have I not seen Jesus our Lord? Are not you my workmanship in the Lord? If to others I am not an apostle, at least I am to you; for you are the seal of my apostleship in the Lord.

Gospel Reading ~

The Reading is from Matthew 25:31-46

The Lord said, “When the Son of man comes in his glory and all the holy angels with him, then he will sit on his glorious throne. Before him will be gathered all the nations, and he will separate them one from another as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats, and he will place the sheep at his right hand, but the goats at the left. Then the king will say to those at his right hand, ‘Come, O blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world; for I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, I was naked and you clothed me, I was sick and you visited me, I was in prison and you came to me.’ Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you drink? And when did we see you a stranger and welcome you, or naked and clothe you? And when did we see you sick or in prison and visit you?’ And the King will answer them, ‘Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brethren, you did it to me.’ Then he will say to those at his left hand, ‘Depart from me, you cursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels; for I was hungry and you gave me no food, I was thirsty and you gave me no drink, I was a stranger and you did not welcome me, naked and you did not clothe me, sick and in prison and you did not visit me.’ Then they also will answer, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry or thirsty or a stranger or naked or sick or in prison, and did not minister to you?’ Then he will answer them, ‘Truly, I say to you, as you did it not to one of the least of these, you did it not to me.’ And they will go away into eternal punishment, but the righteous into eternal life.”

 


 

Memorial 

Catherine Fountas (40 days) Catherine is survived by her children, Charles Peter, Irene, Nicoletta, Linda  and Paul Peter. She held close to her heart the memory of her son John Peter, who passed away in 2015. Also surviving are granddaughters, Natalie Fountas-Davis and Devin Eicher; great granddaughter, Penelope Eicher; her sister, Betty Philopoulos; her sister-in-law, Catherine Halachis; many nieces, nephews, great nieces and great nephews.



Artoklasia

The Artoklasia is offered for the health of Charlotte, Cynthia and Karyl Zitis and Andrea and Paul Velisarios

 


Announcements

 

Fellowship Hour  The coffee hour,  is sponsored byThe Fountas family in loving memory of Catherine Fountas. May her memory be eternal.

 



Parish wide clean
up day Saturday March 9 at 8:30am.


Honoring our past On March 16 after the Saturday of the Souls service we will honor all the grand benefactors of our community including but not limited to our founding parishioners and donors. A small reception will follow in the Kandaras Hall.


Fashion Show Luncheon  Come join the Daughters of Penelope for a wonderful afternoon with family and friends at our annual luncheon at the Lighthouse Point Yacht Club on Saturday, March 23rd at 11:00am.  We hope you will join us for a ladies fashion show by Dressbarn (Roz and Ali), entertainment and wonderful raffle baskets that will be auctioned.  We are excited to support our cause, Limbitless Solutions, located at the campus of the University of Central Florida this year and provide financial assistance to their research team that assists young children that are in need of prosthetic limbs.  Tickets are available for $55.  Please see the attached invite for more information or if you would like to be involved. Judie at 954-849-5859 or dop.fashionshow@gmail.com



* Philoptochos News

Thursday, March 7th @ 6pm –Philoptochos General Meeting (Brief, to finish by 6:45pm.)
Thursday, March 7th @ 7pm –Free Lecture by Dr. Cara Giusti, Physical Therapist.  “It’s a Matter of  Movement, Not Aging”  Regain mobility, strength, alleviate pain and move better.   Bring family & friends. Doors open @ 6:45pm.   Refreshments.  See Athena Loucas for more info. Saturday, March 16th @6:30 -Feather/BINGO Party.  Doors open at 6:30pm; game time is 7:00pm; and tickets @$7/person include 2 game cards.  Ticket proceeds go to Feeding South Florida.  See Sue Carmona or Athena Loucas for more info.

 



Calendar of Events for the Week

 

Sunday                 3/03  
9:00am/10:00am               Orthros/Divine Liturgy
11:15am                                 Sunday School

Monday              3/04
4:15pm-6:00pm                 Greek Classes A’, B’, G’, D’ & Adult Beginner
6:00pm-8:00pm                Advanced Greek class

Thursday           3/07
6:00pm                                Philoptochos meeting
7:00pm                                Lecture on physical fitness-details in Philoptochos news

Saturday            3/09
8:30am                                Church grounds cleanup
9:00am/10:00am             Saturday of the Souls Orthros/Divine Liturgy

Sunday             3/10
9:00am/10:00am             Orthros/Divine Liturgy
11:15am                               Sunday School

 

Weekly Sunday Bulletin – February 24th 2019

Sunday of the Prodigal Son – February 24, 2019

Through the parable of today’s Gospel, our Saviour has set forth three things for us: the condition of the sinner, the rule of repentance, and the greatness of God’s compassion. The divine Fathers have put this reading the week after the parable of the Publican and Pharisee so that, seeing in the person of the Prodigal Son our own wretched condition — inasmuch as we are sunken in sin, far from God and His Mysteries — we might at last come to our senses and make haste to return to Him by repentance during these holy days of the Fast.Furthermore, those who have wrought many great iniquities, and have persisted in them for a long time, oftentimes fall into despair, thinking that there can no longer be any forgiveness for them; and so being without hope, they fall every day into the same and even worse iniquities. Therefore, the divine Fathers, that they might root out the passion of despair from the hearts of such people, and rouse them to the deeds of virtue, have set the present parable at the forecourts of the Fast, to show them the surpassing goodness of God’s compassion, and to teach them that there is no sin — no matter how great it may be — that can overcome at any time His love for man.

 


 

Parish Council on Duty:

Harry Tangalakis,  Marion Koliniatis, Mark Zaden, Bill Ypsilantis, Paul Fountas, Peter Kokkinos

 


 

 Liturgical Guide


Resurrectional Apolytikion in the
Plagal Second Mode
Ἀγγελικαὶ Δυνάμεις ἐπὶ τὸ μνῆμά σου…

Angelic powers were above Thy tomb, and they that guarded Thee became as dead. And Mary stood by the grave seeking Thine immaculate Body. Thou hast despoiled Hades and wast not tried thereby. Thou didst meet the Virgin and didst grant us life. O Thou Who didst arise from the dead, Lord, glory be to Thee.

Apolytikion for 1st and 2nd Finding of the Head of the Forerunner in the Fourth Mode
Εκ γής ανατείλασα η τού Προδρόμου κεφαλή…
The Forerunner’s sacred head, having dawned forth from the earth, doth send incorruption’s rays unto the faithful, whereby they find healings of their ills. From on high he gathereth the choirs of the Angels and on earth he summoneth the whole race of mankind, that they with one voice might send up glory to Christ our God.

Apolytikion of St. Demetrios in the Third Mode
Μέγαν εύρατο εv τοίς κιvδύvοις …

Greatness has been found in danger.  You are champion of the world.  A victor who could turn the nations back.  You boldly encouraged Nestor to defeat Lyaeus in the arena.  Therefore, holy great martyr Demetrios, intercede with Christ our God, to grant us His great mercy.

Seasonal Kontakion in the Third Mode
Τῆς πατρῴας, δόξης σου …
O Father, foolishly I ran away from Your glory, and in sin, squandered the riches You gave me. Wherefore, I cry out to You with the voice of the Prodigal, “I have sinned before You Compassionate Father. Receive me in repentance and take me as one of Your hired servants.”

Epistle Reading ~ The reading is from St. Paul’s Second Letter to the Corinthians 4:6-15.

Brethren, it is the God who said, “Let light shine out of darkness,” who has shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Christ. But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, to show that the transcendent power belongs to God and not to us. We are afflicted in every way, but not crushed; perplexed, but not driven to despair; persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed; always carrying in the body the death of Jesus, so that the life of Jesus may also be manifested in our bodies. For while we live we are always being given up to death for Jesus’ sake, so that the life of Jesus may be manifested in our mortal flesh. So death is at work in us, but life in you. Since we have the same spirit of faith as he had who wrote, “I believed, and so I spoke,” we too believe, and so we speak, knowing that he who raised the Lord Jesus will raise us also with Jesus and bring us with you into his presence. For it is all for your sake, so that as grace extends to more and more people it may increase thanksgiving, to the glory of God.

Gospel Reading ~ The Reading is from Luke 15:11-32

The Lord said this parable: “There was a man who had two sons; and the younger of them said to his father, ‘Father, give me the share of the property that falls to me.’ And he divided his living between them. Not many days later, the younger son gathered all he had and took his journey into a far country, and there he squandered his property in loose living. And when he had spent everything, a great famine arose in that country, and he began to be in want. So he went and joined himself to one of the citizens of that country, who sent him into his fields to feed swine. And he would gladly have filled his belly with the pods that the swine ate; and no one gave him anything. But when he came to himself he said, ‘How many of my father’s hired servants have bread enough and to spare, but I perish here with hunger! I will arise and go to my father, and I will say to him, ‘Father, I have sinned against heaven and before you; I am no longer worthy to be called your son; treat me as one of your hired servants.’ And he arose and came to his father. But while he was yet at a distance, his father saw him and had compassion, and ran and embraced him and kissed him. And the son said to him, ‘Father, I have sinned against heaven and before you; I am no longer worthy to be called your son.’ But the father said to his servants, ‘Bring quickly the best robe, and put it on him; and put a ring on his hand, and shoes on his feet; and bring the fatted calf and kill it, and let us eat and make merry; for this my son was dead, and is alive again; he was lost, and is found.’ And they began to make merry. Now his elder son was in the field; and as he came and drew near to the house, he heard music and dancing. And he called one of the servants and asked what this meant. And he said to him, ‘Your brother has come, and your father has killed the fatted calf, because he has received him safe and sound.’ But he was angry and refused to go in. His father came out and entreated him, but he answered his father, ‘Lo, these many years I have served you, and I never disobeyed your command; yet you never gave me a kid, that I might make merry with my friends. But when this son of yours came, who has devoured your living with harlots, you killed for him the fatted calf!’ And he said to him, ‘Son, you are always with me, and all that is mine is yours. It was fitting to make merry and be glad, for this your brother was dead, and is alive; he was lost, and is found.'”


 

Memorial 

Sofia Glantzis (40 days) survived by her husband Philipp, son Nikolaos (Tania) and granddaughter Stefania.

Georgia Retsinas (40 days) survived by her husband Johnny Kountouridis and her children Thalia and Matheo.

George Stringos (40 days) survived by his wife Angeliki, sons Emmanuel and George (Tracey) and grandson George.

Trisagion

Constantine Lycouris survived by Steve, Alexander and Constantine Lycouris.


Baby Blessings

We welcome Ioannis and Natasha Stathakis as they present Melina for the traditional 40 day blessing.

We welcome Elias and Peggy Zapantis and big brother Yiorgos as they present Theofilos for the traditional 40 day blessing.


Announcements

Fellowship Hour
The coffee hour is sponsored by Angeliki Stringos in loving memory of her husband George Stringos and by the students of the Greek School at St. Demetrios in loving support for their classmates Matheo and Thalia Kountouridis. May their mother’s memory be eternal.


EYCC News  Post-Festival Attendance Policy:  We will continue to take attendance after the festival to encourage families to participate in the Divine Liturgy and students to go regularly to Sunday school.  Post-Festival attendance, however, will not count toward dancing in the 2020 festival.  Instead we will recognize students who have superior attendance, and students who participate in other ways, such as Oratorical Festival, Epistle Reading, Choir, etc. at the Youth Sunday celebration on May 12. Adults in the community are encouraged to invite student participation and to let an EYCC member know about such participation. In September, 2019, we will revert to the Pre-Festival Attendance Policy, which connects attendance in church and Sunday school with the privilege of attending Dance Practice.


Bookstore News Now available at the bookstore, 2019 wall calendars featuring angels and angelic visitations. Also come and see the newest books in stock.


DOP The Daughters of Penelope would like to invite you to take on a challenge that is close to our heart as well as close to home.  Our focus this year for philanthropy is to raise money for the University of Central Florida and their research team that assists young and old that are in need of prosthetic limbs.  Saturday, March 23rd we will be having our annual Fashion Show luncheon at Lighthouse Point Yacht Club and you are all invited to attend.  The cost is $55 for a delicious lunch, wonderful company and basket raffles to benefit the University of Central Florida and their dream team to build bionic limbs for children. If you or someone you know want to sponsor a raffle basket personally or with services from a business and would like to get involved in anyway please see Melissa Bakatselos, Tara Bakatselos or any officer from the Daughters of Penelope for more information.  We will gladly accept donations of any amount to help UCF reach their goals and their organization “Limbitless Solutions”. Email: dop.fashionshow@gmail.com. Starting Sunday, February 17, tickets for the Fashion Show will be available  for purchase in the hall during Sunday coffee hour.


* Philoptochos News
SAVE THE DATE:  Thursday, March 7th @ 7pm.
Bring your family and friends to a Special Lecture:   Dr. Cara Giusti, Physical Therapist and owner of B3 Physical Therapy, has helped thousands of patients regain mobility, strength, alleviate pain and move better with improved balance.   Her treatment plans continue to evolve with new discoveries in brain science, movements, and understanding of pain. Her talk will include a complimentary movement health assessment to identify your risk of sustaining an injury.   It’s a matter of movement, not aging! Philoptochos meeting promptly at 6pm will precede the lecture.  Refreshments will be served.  Please plan to attend this timely event.  For more info, see Athena Loucas.
SAVE THE DATE:   Saturday, March 16th @ 6:30pm.
Feather/BINGO Party is back!  Doors open at 6:30pm; game time is 7:00pm; and tickets @ $7/person include 2 game cards.  Ticket proceeds go to Feeding South Florida.   For more info, see Sue Carmona or
Athena Loucas.


Calendar of Events for the Week

 

Sunday                   02/24  
9:00am/10:00am                          Orthros/Divine Liturgy
11:15am                                             Sunday School

Monday                 02/25
4:15pm-6:00pm                             Greek Classes A’, B’, G’, D’ & Adult Beginner
6:00pm-8:00pm                            Advanced Greek class

Tuesday                 02/26
11:30am                                            Loving Stitches

Thursday               02/28
6:00pm                                            Cancer Chapter meeting

Sunday                  03/03
9:00am/10:00am                          Orthros/Divine Liturgy
11:15am                                            Sunday School