Weekly Sunday Bulletin – Sunday before Nativity

Stewardship

We thank the 391 Stewards who have pledged for 2014.

With Christmas almost upon us, we at St. Demetrios are truly thankful for you and your family here in our Church. You are a vital part of our Church Community. Please take a few minutes to review your 2014 Stewardship Commitment in support of our Parish Ministries and kindly consider this reminder during this season of joy and good will.

Please complete your Stewardship Commitment for 2014 and ensure the success of the programs undertaken for the spiritual needs of the families entrusted to our care. Remember that your Stewardship provides the foundation for our Parish Ministries and our efforts in meeting the challenge of spreading Christ’s Word and our Orthodox Faith.

Giving Opportunities at St Demetrios

The Clergy and Parish Council offer several giving opportunities to everyone contemplating involvement and donations to St Demetrios Church.

  1. Stewardship Commitment of Time, Talent and Treasure-If you are a member of our Church , reach out and bring in one new family or reactivate a family you know by asking them to join you at Church.
  2. Iconography Project-9 Medallions and 1 Standing Saint, 3 Murals of Miracles, 2 dome icons, Glass Railing on balcony, Glass doors to narthex are still available to be dedicated to a loved one.
  3. Land Purchase of property to the South of the Church-half of the funds have been raised for this long awaited accomplishment.
  4. Church Roof Renovation-Raising funds to complete the roof and then renovate the interior of the Church damaged by water over the years.Please speak to Fr. Chris or Fr. John , as well as any member of the Parish Council about these giving opportunities. We are grateful to all for the assistance and support given to our blessed Church and call all to mind and prayer during our Feast Day Celebration.
  5. Endowment Program Individuals, families, businesses or corporations may give to the Endowment fund and designate these funds to be utilized within the church.. This giving can be done during your lifetime or designated in your will.

Thank you  for your support

A big thank you for your support and generosity in making  our annual Christmas Gala — White Dream a huge success!  Many of you got to feel a winter breeze that evening, regardless , your smiles and festive spirits kept us all warm.  Our Silent Auction was very successful and the proceeds will help benefit our ministries.

Some of the winner s were:

Mr. Tom Shea  |  2 Night Stay at the Waldorf Orlando Resort

Laskaris Family  | SPA it Up @ In Sync Hair & Body Works

Varvoutis Family  | 2 Night Stay at the Hilton Downtown Miami

Matson Family  |  Waterford Crystal Decanter & prime Angel’s Envy Whisky

Azar Family  |  Unforgettable 7 day stay at the Villa Vina in Kefalonia

Mark your calendars for next year’s festivities early December 2015

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year 2015

Poinsettas

Poinsettas on the solea donated by  Dr. Kay Hampares and Dr. Nelly Santos and son in loving memory of A. James Hampares and
Marion Koliniatis and Katina Loukakis in loving memory of George Koliniatis

Vasilopita Sale

Philoptochos is selling Vasilopita on Sunday, Dec. 14, Dec. 21 and Dec. 28. Be ready for the holidays and also support the Philoptochos and purchase one for $10.00.

Christmas Services at St. Demetrios

Wednesday- Dec. 24-Christmas Eve

7:00pm Vesporal Liturgy of St. Basil

Thursday—Dec. 25- Nativity of Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ

9am Orthros and Divine Liturgy of St. Basil

Home Blessings

Fr. Chris and Fr. John will be blessing homes in the new year. If you wish for your home to be blessed , please pick up a form in the south narthex or call the church office.

Visiting Angels

Fr. Chris, Fr. John and the Visiting Angels visit those who are in the hospital and those who are home bound. If you or a loved one would like a visit from Fr. Chris or Fr. John or companionship from the Visiting Angels, please call the office at (954) 467-1515.

St. Demetrios New Years Cruise!

Book your cabin today with Stephen Solos 954-290-0549 for a one week cruise aboard the MSC Divina. Set to sail Dec. 27 with stops in St. Maarten, San Juan and Gr. Stirrup Key and back Jan. 3.

Ground Zero New Years Eve Dinner Dance

sponsored by the AHEPA Family to benefit the St.Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church Rebuilding Project at Ground Zero. In the St. Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church Hall , December 31st 2014 at 9pm. $50.00 per person. Children from 3- 12 $15.00 and under 2 free. For reservations please contact Chris Kapakos at 954-709-9651 or 954-463-6500

Dear St. Demetrios Parishioner:

As you are aware, St. Demetrios Church offers a number of ministries, programs and events to its parish and local community. To support these ministries and share our Orthodox faith and Hellenic culture, we hold our annual Festival.

This year, the Fort Lauderdale Greek Festival will be held on February 6, 7, and 8, 2015.

To support the event, you can purchase a quarter, half or full page ad in our Festival Ad Book to wish the Church well on its upcoming festival, congratulate a loved one on a special occasion, or celebrate an anniversary.

For pricing, please see the attached Sponsorship Form and return it to the Church office, or visit our website at www.stdemetrios.org where you can purchase your ad and upload any photos. All donations are tax deductible. Forms and artwork must be submitted by January 15, 2015. And if you know of friends or family members who would also be interested in this opportunity, please forward this information to them.

If you have any questions or need additional information, please contact us directly. We look   forward to hearing from you.

Thank you,

John Ioannou, Jr. Committee Chair

PS If you or anyone you know is interested in a business sponsorship please pick up our marketing and sponsorship opportunity packet in the south narthex

Festival News

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

Grand Raffle

Tickets have been mailed to our parishioners. If you need more tickets, a table is set up every Sunday from now until the festival., you may turn in your tickets stubs and pick up more tickets to sell. Ticket price is $25.00 and our goal is to sell 5000 to win a new 2014 Mercedes Benz CLA-250.

Save the Date

December 27New Year’s Eve Cruise aboard the MSC Divina
February 6-8 Fort Lauderdale Greek Festival
2015Grand Raffle 1st Prize 2015 Mercedez Benz CLA250
March 2015 Anchors Away.. Gala Event