Welcome to St. Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church

The mission of our web site is to provide an instant and accessible forum of information about our parish, its families, our culture and our faith, Orthodox Christianity. It is intended to be educational, informative and spiritual, with the ultimate goal being the spreading of His Word.

We welcome all resident and non-resident Orthodox and non-Orthodox faithful to our church and invite you to join us for altar services, educational programs and events.

St. Demetrios Mission Statement

"To proclaim the Gospel of Christ in the Orthodox Christian Tradition while creating a vibrant, loving, compassionate and supportive community."  

A Simple Prayer from Fr. Zacharies

"Oh Lord my God, I am so ungrateful, yet I am thankful that You are merciful to me!"  (as shared by Fr. Photios in his December 3rd sermon)

 

 

The Spartiates Greek Dance Group before their performance at FDF. To see all of our groups performances please visit FDF Live on YouTube.  All of our groups performed beautifully. A full FDF report will be in next week's eNews
Karen's Corner
A weekly update from our Office Supervisor
 
Thank you for a wonderful first 60 days here at Saint Demetrios.  I love my job.  Thank you for the warm welcome and patience as I navigate new waters.  In fact, the next couple months may require even more patience as I get my bearings, I know just enough to figure out that I don't know enough.

The Church office is in need an an electric typewriter.  We our proud to say our parish has more sacraments than most Greek Orthodox Churches on the west coast.  Each sacrament requires a form that is issued by the Metropolis and is filled in via electric typewriter.
The current typewriter we have has a bent mechanism and resists repair.  If you have a high functioning electric typewriter that needs a home, please bring it in.  Thank you so much.
Have a peaceful week.
Housing Needed
Philoptochos needs your help
   
There is a family of four from Greece (two parents and two young children) who have come to the United States seeking medical treatment for their 3-year-old son who has multiple disabilities.  Because the father cannot get a work permit, their funds are running low and they are in dire need of housing.  Philoptochos is leading an effort to help them.  If anyone has or knows of low-cost or free housing where the family can stay beginning in February, please contact Deena Maroutsos at maroutsosd@gmail.com
Opportunity for Young Adults at International Conference 
Travel to Geneva, Switzerland from June 5 - 23
   
With an application deadline of January 31, the World Council of Churches invites ecumenical youth to be stewards at the 2018 Central Committee in Geneva, Switzerland.

The Stewards Programme aims to bring together a dynamic and diverse group of 20 young people from all over the world from June 5 - 23, 2018.

Stewards are young people between the ages 18 and 30 years old. English is the working language of the programme, and patience, ability to work with people from other countries and cultures, as well as a willingness to work together as a team, are key.

For any questions or further information, please contact youth@wcc-coe.org
Download application guidelines.  Deadline to apply is January 31.
Philoptochos News
Calendar of Events
 
January 18th - cook for St Martin de Porres Men's Shelter
January 21st - regular meeting at church after Divine Liturgy
January 24th - cook for Jubilee Women's Center
February 2nd - Presentation of Our Lord
February 4th - Celebration of the nameday of Fr. Photios after Divine Liturgy
February 10th - Assumption St Catherine's Philoptochos Valentines Day Tea (for information, call Nancy Charoni at 425.235.6426)
February 11th - regular meeting at church after the coffee hour
February 15th - cook for St Martin de Porres Mens Shelter
February 28th - cook for Jubilee Womens Shelter
Bookstore News
Reading the Bible in a Year
This week Fr. Photios spoke to us about the importance of reading Scripture and provided a daily reading guide which will help you read the entire bible in one year.  The bookstore has copies of the Orthodox Study Bible available for $45.00.  It's a beautifully published bible that includes commentary drawn from early Church Christians, Book Introductions and Outlines, footnotes and full-color icons and maps.  The Old Testament is newly translated from the Greek text of the Septuagint and the New Testament from the New King James Version.
 
Copies are also available for the current Book Study reading, For The Life of the World by Fr. Alexander Schmemann.  This book is a well loved classic and a worthy read regardless of if you're able to participate in the Book Study. 
 
We wish you and your families the blessing of health and happiness in the new year.  Heather, Lindsay and Theo

If you have any questions, please contact us at bookstore@saintdemetrios.com
H e l p  u s  C o m p o s t  a t  S t .  D e m e t r io s

Reminder:
ALL compostable coffee cups (see picture) need to be thrown away in the Compost Bins at our Church.   

Every Sunday the trash bin is filled with paper cups that can be composted.  It saves the Church loads of money to switch from garbage to compost.

Compost bins are GREEN.  Please throw paper towels, paper cups, paper plates and food leftovers in the compost bins.   If it isn't Plastic or Metal or Glass...we must compost it.  
Family Bingo Night 
Friday, January 26 
Bring the whole family for a fun evening of BINGO.  Please join us at 6:30 pm in the Small Hall for dinner followed by Bingo at 7 pm.  Please RSVP.  $10 per person includes dinner and Bingo.  Additional Bingo cards available for purchase.  
Please RSVP or contact Lefteris Sitaras for more information.
All Saints Camp Benefit Dinner
Join us Saturday, January 27, 2018 
Scholarship Opportunity for Ionian Village
Deadline is February 1 
   
FAITH: An Endowment for Orthodoxy and Hellenism will once again sponsor a series of financial aid travel grants for the summer of 2018 to campers participating in the Ionian Village Summer Camp program. FAITH provides full and partial scholarships to those participants that qualify. This grant affords recipients the opportunity to travel across Greece, visiting churches, walking in the footsteps of the Apostles, and exploring significant sites of Greek history and culture.

FAITH - Ionian Village Travel Grant applications are NOW available for participants of Session One and Session Two ages 16 - 18: 

Completed applications must be received by February 1, 2018. 

FAITH: An Endowment for Orthodoxy and Hellenism supports the development of innovative educational, cultural, and scholarship programs for young people that promote an understanding of the Orthodox faith, Hellenism, and the relationship of the two to America's history and multicultural landscape. For more information, please call: 212-644-6960.
Yiayias & Friends Luncheon
Join us on Thursday, February 1 at Eastlake Bar & Grill
   
Our February Yiayias & Friends luncheon will be on Thursday, February 1 at Eastlake Bar and Grill.  The restaurant is located at 2947 Eastlake Avenue East.  Time is 11:30 a.m.  
The restaurants appreciate knowing how many to expect so they can adequately accommodate us.  For reservations or questions, please contact Mary Damascus, preferably by email at mndamascus@comcast.net or 509-951-2975.
 
Everyone is welcome--you don't have to be a Yiayia to join us!!!
GOYAns make Superbowl Subs 
Saturday, February 3
 
All GOYAns are invited to make subs on Saturday, February 3rd from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Small Hall. Lunch Provided!
18th annual Superbowl Sub Sale 
Sunday, February 4
 
Get ready for your Superbowl party and enjoy Subs made by our Jr. & Sr. GOYAns!  Buy a sub and support our GOYA's biggest fundraiser of the year on Sunday, February 5th after Liturgy.  Subs are $7.50 each with 5 varieties to choose from.
  • The SEAHAWK... Turkey & Provolone 
  • The RAVEN... Roast Beef & Provolone 
  • The AFC Champ... Ham, Roast Beef, Turkey, American & Provolone Cheeses 
  • The NFC Champ... Ham, Turkey, American & Provolone 
  • The PIGSKIN...Ham & American Cheese
All subs include lettuce, a packet of mayo & mustard and are wrapped up and ready to eat. Onions and Tomatoes are optional. 
Sunday School News 
Godparents Sunday is February 4
 
Godparent Sunday 
The role of the Godparent in the Orthodox Church is an important one. Along with the parents, the Godparent is charged with the responsibility of assisting in the spiritual development of the child. Whether a blood relative or not, the Godparent is now embraced as part of the "spiritual family" of that child. 
On Sunday, February 4, 2018, we will celebrate Godparent Sunday to recognize the importance of the Godparent/Godchild bond in Christ. On this special day, consider taking communion together with your Godparent/Godchild. An opportunity for photos will also be available during the coffee hour. 
Mommy & Me
Next meeting Sunday, February 4
 Orthodox Connections
Next Meeting Sunday, February 4
Follow Orthodox Connections on Facebook, a ministry for our teens and young adults.
Papouthes Group News
Papouthes at Mykonos Restaurant in December
Join us in February 
 
Our next Papouthes group meeting will be at announced soon.  Carpooling is available at St. Demetrios at 11:00 am. 
 
For reservations or questions, please contact Manuel Tramountanas at 206-783-4466 or agapemom@hotmail.com
Short Term Missions in 2018
Contact 1-877-GO-FORTH 
 
Consider joining a short-term mission team in 2018! Why missionary work? It's a great opportunity to make a difference in someone's life by ministering to other's spiritual and physical needs. Within these 2-3 week excursions, team members may share the Gospel message of Jesus Christ, minister to the youth, provide healthcare, and participate in various forms of outreach. Here are the current 2018 mission team opportunities:
All Saints Camp 2018
Camp Registration opens on January 27th
  by Wednesday, January 31, 2018
Philoptochos Retreat
Saturday, March 3
   
Save the Date--Saturday, March 3, 2018!!!  Philoptochos is excited to sponsor a one-day retreat on Forgiveness: Transforming Wounds into Wisdom.  All women are welcome to attend! More information to follow in next week's eNews.
2018 St. John Chrysostom Oratorical Festival Topics 


The St. Demetrios Oratorical Festival will be held on Sunday, March 4, 2018
2018 Church Directory
Digital Version Available
 
digital version of the 2018 Church Directory is available for all stewards. For more information, visit http://www.saintdemetrios.com/stewardship/directory
 
Complete your 2018 Stewardship Commitment ONLINE.

 
Complete your 2018 Stewardship Commitment ONLINE.