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."  

HUSKY PARKING FOR THE FOLLOWING HOME GAMES:

November 18th vs Utah

November 25th vs Washington State

HELP PROVIDE THANKSGIVING DINNER TO JUBILEE WOMEN’S CENTER

 

Please help us provide Thanksgiving Dinner to our Sisters in Need at Jubilee on November 22nd.  Main and side dishes, salads and desserts are needed.  Please drop off food or drink to the Large Hall refrigerator by 3:00, or deliver directly to JWC.  Parishioners are welcome to stay and share dinner together as well.

 

For more information or to sign up to provide, please call Georgene Karambelas at 206 817 2523 or email: karambelas@comcast.net

Thank You!

 

Please Keep the Craciun Family in your Prayers

Dear Saint Demetrios Family,

Dorina Craciun, a member of our parish, fell ill during the early morning of October 16th, 2017. She suffered a heart attack, and was taken by ambulance to Swedish Hospital in Issaquah. She has been in ICU and in a coma since October 16th, struggling to stay alive. She is a single mother, and her two children, Elizabeth (20) and Jonathan (16), attend Sunday services regularly, with Jonathan serving in the altar most Sundays. 
Unfortunately, Dorina lost her medical insurance a month prior to her medical emergency, so the family is in dire need of help. Please pray for Dorina's health and recovery as well as for her children, Elizabeth and Jonathan, who are holding vigil at their mother's bedside. 
 
Please also visit the 'Go Fund Me' website which has been established on behalf of the family,  
https://www.gofundme.com/dorinacraciun, and make a donation to help them with their mounting medical bills. 
 
For more information, please contact Fr. Photios at the church office or through email, frphotios@saintdemetrios.com.
Karen's Corner
A weekly update from our Office Supervisor
 
Greetings from the Church Office.  
Nothing is more magnetic than working for an organization which has a deep faith in the meaning of their work.  Everyday at Saint Demetrios, I get to see belief translated into action.  These photos are just a quick peek of the wonderful week at Church.
 
  
 
Please join us this Sunday, November 19th for a celebration honoring Saundra Maroussis and Simoni Shirland at a coffee hour luncheon after Liturgy.
There will be an opportunity to for everyone to thank them for their service as well as a box for each for cards and well wishes.
Finally, our next General Assembly meeting will be held on Sunday, December 3rd after Liturgy in the large hall. Only pledged stewards are able to vote, if you have not completed your 2017 Stewardship form, please click here.  
 
Thank you.
REGISTRATION IS OPEN FOR THE GOYA WINTER RETREAT
Pacific NW GOYA Winter Retreat 
Registration is OPEN!  REGISTER HERE
 
We invite youth from all of our Orthodox Parishes to attend. 
  •  WHO:               Teens in Grades 7 - 12
  •  WHAT:             An Amazing Retreat with Orthodox Teens from around the NW!                           Discussions with Clergy! Fun with Friends, New and Old!                                     Confession and More!
  •  WHERE:           All Saints Camp in Gig Harbor, WA
  •  WHEN:            December 9 & 10, 2017. 
  •  COST:              $125 per person.  Scholarships available for those in need.
 Registration is Open!  Click Here to Register
Registration Closes on November 29, 2017.
Please pack for a cold and rainy weekend, bring a sleeping bag and pillow.
Meet at 8:00 am at St. Demetrios to take the bus to All Saints Camp on Saturday, December 9. Bus will return around 3:00 pm on Sunday, December 10.
to register please contact Lefteris Sitaras at 206-631-2504
Orthodoxy on Tap 
Join us November 14
 
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. Join us on November 14 as we discuss Everywhere Present: Christianity in a One-Storey Universe by Stephen Freeman, at 7 pm in the Fr. Homer Library.  If you would like to join us, please contact Lefteris Sitaras or Fr. Daniel Triant .  Books are available at the St. Demetrios Bookstore.  
Philoptochos News
Cook for St. Martin de Porres on November 16
 
Upcoming Meeting Schedule:  All are welcome to attend our meetings and events:
▪ November 16th - cook for St Martin de Porres Men's Shelter
▪ November 19th - Make A Difference Sunday
▪ November 22nd - cook for Jubilee Women's Center
▪ November 30th - cook for St Martin de Porres Men's Shelter
A Celebration for Saundra & Simoni
Join us this Sunday, November 19
 
Everyone is invited to a special coffee hour luncheon to honor Saundra Maroussis and Simoni Shirland for their years of service to our parish and community.  
Dance News
Support Dance and Buy See's Candy & Christmas Wreaths!
 
WREATH FUNDRAISER! 
Wreaths will be on sale each Sunday during coffee hour through November 19th, For questions or more information, please contact: Linda Kyrimis or 206-818-6860

BUY SEE's CANDY!  
All dancers are selling See's Candy during the month of November.  Find a dancer..... buy some candy. Dancers will be available on Sundays to take your order or contact Sophia Katinas or Demetra Biros. 
 
FDF 2018 has been announced with a new date and location - 
San Francisco on January 11-14, 2018!
Bookstore News
Christmas Items have Arrived!
The bookstore has new and beautiful gifts, including cards, icons and books available for your holiday shopping.  There are a variety of ornaments for the tree and Nativity books to read with little ones.  There are also Nativity themed activity books and coloring books.   For teenagers, we have the recently published and popular book, Icon: A Novel, by Georgia Briggs.
 
Icon: A Novel by 
Georgia Briggs
The next book for the Book Study group is also available.  It's For the Life of the World written by the late Very Rev. Fr. Alexander Schmemann.  The discussion will start shortly, so stop by the bookstore and pick up your copy to get a head start on the reading. 
 
This is the last week to place orders for Fr. Zacharias' books. Four of his books are on display on the bookstore desk: 
Man The Target of GodRemember Thy First LoveThe Enlargement of the Heart, and The Hidden Man of the Heart.  All copies quickly sold out during the weekend spiritual events with Fr. Zacharias but orders for more copies will be placed soon. Please let us know if you'd like a particular book or all four. There is a sign up sheet in the bookstore or you can send your order via email. 
Our new email address is   bookstore@saintdemetrios.com
This & That Shop Christmas Sale
Sunday, December 3
The This & That Shop Chairpersons will have a Christmas sale on Sunday, December 3rd, after the Divine Liturgy. Please mark your calendar and come to shop for some great items that did not sell at the Festival. 
 
All proceeds will go to Hurricane Maria relief fund.
Mommy & Me
Next meeting Sunday, December 3
 Orthodox Connections
Next Meeting Sunday, December 3
Follow Orthodox Connections on Facebook, a ministry for our teens and young adults.
Papouthes Group News
A new Ministry for our Grandfathers on December 4
 
Somebody suggested to form the Papouthes Group, similar to Yiayia & Friends group and meet once a month on the first Monday of each month.  Our next meeting will be held December 4th, 2017 at St. Demetrios Fr. Homer Library, 11:00 am to discuss the details of this group and the scope.  Please contact Manuel Tramountanas at 206-783-4466 or agapemom@hotmail.com
2017 Christmas Card
Deadline for submissions is Tuesday, December 5

You are cordially invited to join us and send Christmas Greetings to all our parishioners and friends on our St. Demetrios mailing list.
 
Please write your name as you wish it to appear on the Christmas Card and mail it and your donation to the Church Office before the deadline (Tuesday, December 5th, 2017).  Please make your donation of $20 payable to: St. Demetrios-Christmas Card. 
Thank you for your support and for the love and joy you share with the other Parishioners.
Yiayias & Friends Luncheon
Join us on Thursday, December 7 at the Bay Cafe
 
Our next Yiayias & Friends luncheon will be on Thursday, December 7 at the Bay Cafe on Fisherman's Wharf in Ballard.   The Bay Cafe is located at 1900 West Nickerson.  Time is 11:30 a.m.  Parking is available.  
We will have an optional Christmas gift exchange again this year.  If you bring a gift, you can take one.  Gifts should be around $10.00. 
 
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!!!
Philoptochos Christmas Bake Sale
Coming on December 17
Our annual Christmas Bake Sale will be Sunday, December 17th after Divine Liturgy.  Pre-orders are due by Tuesday, December 12th and will be available for pickup on Sunday, December 17th.  Online Orders available soon.  We will also be taking orders during coffee hours.  Be sure to place your order early so you aren't disappointed. 
Christmas Caroling 
Monday, December 18 
Everyone is invited to join us for a night of Christmas Caroling around the church neighborhood followed by Hot Chocolate in the Fr. Homer Library.  Please join us at 6 pm. to practice the songs.  We will be in the neighborhood from 6:30 -7:30 pm.  
Please contact Lefteris Sitaras to attend.
Matthew continues to improve 
Matthew has moved to a facility in Colorado that better suits his needs. You can read about his progress at the caringbridge site: https://www.caringbridge.org/ visit/matthewgray or ask to be a friend of his dad Jim Gray on Facebook.

His friends have started a "gofundme" to help defray some of the costs.   If you feel moved to donate the link is below: 
   
The Gray family is extremely grateful for everyone's prayers is which they believe has made a huge difference in Matthew's recovery. They also really appreciate the messages people are posting on Facebook and the caringbridge site. Please keep praying for Matthew and his family Andrea, Jim, Abby and Elizabeth. They feel that love will create miracles in their journey.    
Festival Volunteers Feedback 
GREAT FEEDBACK SO FAR!  Please give us your input!
 
If you have not given us your feedback, yet, we still want it!
Please take a couple of minutes and give us your opinion, comments and suggestions!  Answer the 7 question survey below:
THANK YOU!
"Noon" Years Eve Party
Sunday, December 31 at NOON
Join us on December 31st for a "Noon Years Eve" Party. After Divine Liturgy, we will have a special coffee hour and count down to the new year at Noon. No need for the kids to stay up late! Join us for a party at church and stay to watch the Seahawks vs Cardinals game on the big screen! 
Liturgy starts at 9:30 am, Seahawks play at 1:25 pm. Spend the last day of 2017 with friends and our parish family. Reservations not needed. Just come for the fun. To donate a dish for the pot luck lunch, please contact Karen at 206-631-2503 or by email at karensevans@saintdemetrios.com.
Winter Orthodox Youth Retreat
January 13 - 15, 2018.   REGISTRATION IS OPEN
This year's speaker will be Fr. Jeremiah Vollman from St Paul Orthodox Church. Come join him for a weekend of fun activities, games and discussion on how to come to the awareness of God and ultimately to own your own faith.  
2018 St. John Chrysostom Oratorical Festival Topics 


The St. Demetrios Oratorical Festival will be held on Sunday, March 4, 2018
Medical Professionals needed for short term missions
Contact 1-877-GO-FORTH or visit OCMC.org
 Calling all Medical Personnel 
(904.829.5132 ext 141
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