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."  

 
 

Continue to keep Matthew and his family in your prayers
Matthew started breathing on his own since Sunday morning the 17th.  His tubes, needles and wires have slowly disappeared. He is receiving little pain medicine to relieve pain from the facial surgery last Thursday as the plastic surgeons did their best to fix broken bones he had by his cheeks. Mathew has improved from critical care to serious condition and will move out of ICU soon.  He will be in Acute Care and hopefully will give him a chance to wake up this week from his induced coma.  The family and Mathew are grateful for your prayers!

Festival Baking Dates
 
The festival baking schedule is as follows: 
  • September 19:           Make Tsourekia
  • September 20:           Make Tsourekia
  • September 21:           Make Galactoboureko
Everyone is welcome--No Experience Necessary!!!

Souliotes Presentation

The Souliotes celebrated Welcoming Kirkland on Saturday with a lovely presentation. This event is part of a national movement Welcoming America and is designed to build bridges between all people of all cultures and diverse backgrounds. I was very proud to see our Greek Orthodox dance program participate in such an important event. 

Do You Ever Struggle to Understand the Scripture?
 
The Church has a rich tradition that can help us understand the Bible (after all, the Church wrote it). Yet, for many of us, the Scripture seems inaccessible and hard to connect with.

"Be the Bee" helped people engage with the deep and profound theology of the Church. And now we're back with a new weekly series to help people connect with Scripture: "Live the Word."

Each week, we'll cover the following Sunday's Epistle and Gospel readings. And we'll crystallize it all into three challenging questions to help you work through what God has for you, in your life.

Today's video covers the readings for the  1st Sunday of Luke.

We're also posting short intros to each New Testament book, to help guide your reading. Today we released the intro to the Gospel according to Saint Luke and Paul's 2nd Epistle to Timothy.

These videos are a great way to help you and the people in your life wrestle with Scripture and open your hearts to God's guidance and grace.

Thanks to "Be the Bee" and "The Trench," Christians of every generation connected with the Church's theology like never before. Many converts even joined the Church because of the series!

We pray that God will bear even more fruit through our new series: "Live the Word."
Check out the first episode. And pray for us!
 
Peace,
Steve Christoforou
Director, Y2AM

Volunteer at the Festival Youth Booth
 
We Need YOU to sell candy, run games and have fun at the festival Youth Booth! 
 
The following shifts are available. 
Friday, September 22nd: 11 am to 4 pm or 4 pm to 9 pm 
Saturday, September 23rd: 9:30 am to 2 pm or 1 pm to 5 pm or 5 pm to 9 pm Sunday, September 24th: 11 am to 3:30 pm or 3:30 pm to 8 pm 
 
Contact Lefteris Sitaras at 206-631-2504 to volunteer for the Festival Youth Booth! 
 
Want to help in another booth? Contact Simoni Shirland at 206-631-2500 or visit

Philoptochos News
Cooking for the Shelters in September
 
Upcoming Meeting Schedule:  All are welcome to attend our meetings and events:
No regular Philoptochos meeting in September due to the festival.
  • September 27th cook for Jubilee Womens Center
  • September 29th cook for St Martin de Porres Men's Shelter
  • October 8th - Meeting after Liturgy
Mark Your Calendar for the Sinatra Chocolate Wine Ball
The 9th Annual Sinatra Chocolate will be Sunday, November 12th.  Please plan to join Camp Agape Northwest for an elegant evening at Herban Feast. Our festive celebration will feature a seasonal dinner menu, Washington wines and chocolatiers, and the music of Frank Sinatra. Proceeds from the event will benefit Camp Agape, a camp for children with cancer and their families. Again this year there will not be an auction! For more information, contact susanreichmann@yahoo.com or call 425.772.1605.

Dance News
Choral & Greek Dance Registration is OPEN. Register Today

REGISTRATION & TUITION - 2 easy steps you can be registered and paid before the tuition rate increases.  Hurry!  
Remember, tuition is currently $235, but will go up to $285 after September 18th, so get that payment in ASAP.  Also, you will be eligible for a drawing at our Kick Off event on Monday, October 2nd. (If you are interested in the 3 payment option, you must contact Judy Varlamos at stdsdancetreasurer@gmail.com to make these arrangements).
DANCE PRACTICE - If you are planning to dance for the festival, it is important that you attend practice on Monday night. The festival schedule should be available at practice. Dinner will be served for $5 

NO DANCE PRACTICE ON MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 25TH

SAVE THE DATE: Monday, October 2nd for the DANCE & CHORAL KICK OFF EVENT -  All NEW & RETURNING Dancers and Singers and their families are invited. You will learn about the the program this year, meet the directors and the new dance board, meet new friends, AND WIN PRIZES!  Registration and tuition must be received by 6:00 on October 2nd to be eligible to win a prize. 
FDF 2018 has been announced with a new date and location - 
San Francisco on January 11-14, 2018!

Greek School News
 

Bring a helmet for a night of fun!
Family Fun Night - 
Hungry Human Hippos
Saturday, September 30
All families with children 18 and younger are invited to an evening of Fun, Faith and a game of Hungry Human Hippos.  
 
Please join us in the small hall on Saturday, September 30th from 5 to 7 pm.  Pizza and salad will be served and this event is Free for all families!  Please RSVP to Lefteris Sitaras at 206-631-2504 so we can have an accurate count for the food.  

Young Adult Fall Retreat
September 29 - October 1 at St. Nicholas Ranch
Join Orthodox Young Adults from across the West Coast for the Metropolis Young Adult Fall Retreat at St. Nicholas Ranch & Retreat Center September 29-October 1, 2017. Young Adults from all Orthodox traditions are welcome to attend!

We are excited to announce that our keynote speaker will be Fr. Barnabas Powell speaking on the theme of "Growing Orthodoxy in America". He is a well known name on Ancient Faith, and it is a huge honor to have him with us! Arrive early on Friday September 29 from 4:30pm-6:30pm for a special book signing and enjoy sweet tea on the patio with Fr. Barnabas for a little taste of the South! 

Fr. Barnabas Powell is a prolific author, blogger, and podcaster. He has worked in Christian ministry for his entire life and one of his talents is creatively using media to share the Gospel of Jesus Christ. To this end, in addition to his full-time position as a parish priest, Fr. Barnabas founded Faith Encouraged Ministries and developed a 16-session video introduction to the Orthodox Church, A Journey to Fullness. As a convert to the Orthodox Christian Faith, Fr. Barnabas is passionate about helping others find the Church and growing in Christ. Learn more at https://blogs.ancientfaith.com/faithencouraged/

We will spend time having discussions and fellowship at St. Nicholas Ranch, as well as visit and help the Sisters at the Monastery of the Life-Giving Spring with a work project on Saturday afternoon. Saturday night we will head down to the lake and feature a Talent Show and campfire, so bring your musical instruments and creativity! 

DATE: Friday September 29 - October 1, 2017

LOCATION: St. Nicholas Ranch & Retreat Center, Dunlap, CA

COST:
$140 for a Dorm Room (cabins with multiple bunk beds)
$180 for Double Occupancy Lodge Room (hotel style room with two queen beds)
$250 for Single Occupancy Lodge Room (hotel style room)

ONLINE REGISTRATION: www.gosfyouth.org
AGES: College Students & Young Adults 
ARRIVAL TIME: Arrivals begin at 4:30pm on Friday
DEPARTURE TIME: 12:30pm on Sunday

Sunday School News
Registration is Open.  Classes resume Sunday, October 1
If you have not registered yet, please click here to download and print the registration form.  Please note that a child must be 3 years old by August 31st to register in 2017.
 
For more information, please contact Paula Charuhas Macris at pcharuhas@hotmail.com 

Mommy & Me
Next meeting Sunday, October 1
Join us in the small hall (unless otherwise noted) directly after communion (think of it as pre-Sunday School!) for a bit before moving down to coffee hour. In each meeting we discuss a subject that affects our children and community, and share ways to support one another--our Orthodox Christian faith and our culture are at the center of these conversations. 
 
For more information, and to join the St. Demetrios Mommy & Me Facebook group, please contact Pres Michelle Triant at michelle.triant@gmail.com
 
Upcoming Mommy & Me Dates:  
 November 5 and December 3

Orthodoxy on Tap 
Join us for a six-week Book Club beginning on October 3
 
Orthodoxy on Tap if for all college students and young adults. This ministry is a chance for us to meet and talk about our faith in a social environment. Beginning in October we will meet to discuss Everywhere Present: Christianity in a One-Storey Universe by Stephen Freeman.  If you would like to join us, please contact Lefteris Sitaras or Fr. Daniel Triant .  Books are available at the St. Demetrios Bookstore.  
"Have you ever referred to God as the Man upstairs ? Most Christians living in a secular society have unwittingly relegated God and all things spiritual to the second storey of the universe: a realm we cannot reach except through death. The effect of this is to banish God, along with the saints and angels, from our everyday lives. In Everywhere Present, popular blogger and podcaster Fr. Stephen Freeman makes a compelling case for becoming aware of God s living and active presence in every moment of our lives here and now. Learning to practice your Christian faith in a one-storey universe will change your life and make possible the living, intimate relationship with God you've always dreamed of."

Yiayias & Friends Luncheon
Join on Thursday, October 5
 
Our next Yiayias & Friends luncheon will be on Thursday, October 5, at Acropolis Pizza and Pasta, located at 500 Central Way in Kirkland.  Time is 11:30 a.m. There is some parking available. Those who wish to carpool may meet at the church at 11:00 am. 
 
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!!!

Philotimo Scholarship Competition for Grades 6 - 12
Apply by Friday, October 6

The Washington Oxi Day Foundation is offering the following scholarships to five Greek-American students (Grades 6-12) who best describe "philotimo"
  • First Place: $2,000 scholarship and an invitation to the Foundation's October 26 black tie gala in Washington, DC, where the winner will be recognized 
  • Second Place: $1,000 scholarship (two) 
  • Third Place: $500 scholarship (two)
To apply: 
1. Watch the Foundation's video 'The Greek Secret' on the subject of philotimo at www.oxidayfoundation.org/video-the-greek-secret/ 
2. In 500 words, or less, answer one of the following questions: 
* What does philotimo mean to you? 
* What are some extraordinary examples of philotimo that you have seen? 
* What are some of the things you can do in your daily life to exhibit philotimo? 
* How can philotimo improve your life? 
3. Submit your answer to the Foundation via email at info@oxidayfoundation.org by Friday, October 6.

Volleyball Players Wanted
Compete in San Jose on October 13-15, 2017
On October 13, 14, 15,  2017, St. Nicholas church in San Jose, CA will host their 13th annual volleyball tournament and we want YOU to represent St. Demetrios. Anyone can play! We are looking to form 2-4 teams in the following categories: GOYA (14 - 18 years old); Young Adults (18 - 35); and Adults (35 and older) Contact Lefteris Sitaras at 206-631-2504 to participate.

A Pan-Orthodox Young Adult Conference in Atlanta, Georgia
OCTOBER 6, 7, 8 2017
REGISTER TODAY                      www.connectorthodoxy.org

October 6-8, 2017
St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church
1523 S Yakima Ave, Tacoma, WA

Free Admission | Authentic Greek Cuisine | Church Tours | Live Greek Dance Performances
We are proud to donate a portion of our proceeds to the Tacoma Rescue Mission. 
Like the Tacoma Greek Festival Facebook page to get updates throughout the year.  

Medical Professionals needed for short term missions
Contact 1-877-GO-FORTH or visit OCMC.org
 
Calling all Medical Personnel 
Do you work in the medical field? Have you ever wondered if you can offer your medical skills in a region of the world where access to primary care is limited? Have you heard God speak in your heart about serving Him but you really weren't sure whether that was practical? If so, OCMC Health Care Teams need you! By participating on an OCMC health care outreach, you will treat illnesses, care for the poor and needy, offer public health training and be a witness of our Orthodox Faith. Health care providers are needed! 

Participate in an outreach of the local Church in Guatemala or Indonesia, and serve as a living witness of Christ, our Lord and Savior. If God is calling you, then call the OCMC today (904.829.5132 ext 141) to see how you can be part of a Health Care Outreach Team.

2017 Church Directory
Digital Version Available
 
digital version of the 2017 Church Directory is available for all stewards. For more information, visit http://www.saintdemetrios.com/stewardship/directory
 
Complete your 2017 Stewardship Commitment ONLINE.

Help Sophia Kaplanis beat cancer
 
In July of 2016, Sophia Kaplanis was diagnosed with a rare muscle/bone cancer called Rhabdomyosarcoma. Like a true warrior Sophia has taken the diagnosis and treatment with amazing grace, strength and courage. With a positive attitude and an amazing heart warming smile she will beat this disease! Sophia has been a part of the St. Nicholas Northridge Greek Orthodox Church family all her life, many families at St. Demetrios know Sophia and are asking our community for support.  A GoFundMe for Sophiapage has been created to help.

If you want to read more about Sophia and see some pictures of her progress, you can visit their website you see below.
https://www.caringbridge.org/visit/heartsforsophia