2018 Pledge Card Challenge
Return your Stewardship Pledge by March 20
Please return your 2018 Stewardship Pledge by March 20th to help our parish meet its 2018 Pledge Card Challenge. If we reach our goal of 450 returned stewardship pledges by March 20th, the Stewardship Committee will prepare Loukoumades for coffee hour following Divine Liturgy on April 22nd and April 29th. Thank You!
Renew your 2018 Stewardship with an online pledge form here
A big thank you to all of our 2018 St Demetrios Stewards who have returned your pledge cards and contributed to our parish. Your continued support is welcomed and appreciated.
Forgiveness: Turning Wounds into Wisdom Lenten Retreat
The Philoptochos-sponsored all-day Lenten retreat on Forgiveness held on March 3 was a huge success thanks to the hard work of our planning committee. Approximately 100 participants took part in an interactive session facilitated by Cynthia Kostas, who flew in from Houston to lead the group to a better understanding of the spiritual practice of forgiveness. A delicious Lenten luncheon was prepared and served by our talented and dedicated Philoptochos women. Based on the positive feedback received, we plan to make the Lenten retreat an annual event!
Fr. Michael Johnson receives National Boy Scout Honor Medal for Saving Life
On March 8, 2018, Fr. Michael Johnson, assistant priest at the Greek Orthodox Church of the Assumption received the National Boy Scouts of America Honor Medal for "unusual heroism in saving...life at considerable risk to self."
To read the complete article please click here.
IV Next by Ionian Village
Applications due March 15
IV Next by Ionian Village and Leadership 100 is an exciting new ministry for college students and Young Adults.
"I graduated from GOYA, I'm in college, I'm too old to go to camp, I have to work this summer....what's next for me?" IV Next is what's next.
Working together with and funded through a grant from Leadership 100, IV Next will focus on not only the influential excursions of the classic Ionian Village program, but also, the future of the participants by providing access to mentors from Leadership 100.
Dozens of colleges and universities offer study abroad programs in Greece, and many of the programs of our own diaspora offer similar opportunities. However, IV Next is the only travel based program for young adults that has our Greek Orthodox Faith as a core tenet of the program. Only IV Next combines professional development, international travel, and the Orthodox Faith into one all-inclusive program.
The twelve-day itinerary includes time at the historic Ionian Village campgrounds, as well as excursions to the cornerstones of the travel program. Throughout the program, participants will engage in discussions about career goals, the financial realities of being a millennial, and how to successfully incorporate our Orthodox Faith into everyday business life. These conversations and sessions will provide not only a more solid understanding of vocation, but also serve as an excellent inter-community networking opportunity.
Through a varied schedule that includes churches and monasteries, meetings with political and religious figures, and museums and archaeological sites, IV Next participants will become intimately familiar with all aspects of Greece, her culture and people.
Participants of the IV Next program will be selected by filling out an online application and interviewing with a member of the selection committee. Participants will be required to get themselves to JFK for departure to Greece. Full participation and all costs associated with this program (flight to and from Greece, meals, travel, lodging) are subsidized through a generous grant from Leadership 100.
Applications for IV Next are due March 15th, 2018.
To be a part of the conversation and for more information, visit ionianvillage.org/next.
Cappella Romana Concert
Friday, March 16
Greek Dance News
Loukoumades Sale this Sunday
JOIN US THIS SUNDAY FOR LOUKOUMADES
DURING COFFEE HOUR
Dance Practice Schedule - Each Monday during Lent, the 6:00 practices will begin in church for a short service. This is an important service in our Lenten journey, takes about 20 minutes, and will replace the mini-lessons from Father Daniel. Practices will start immediately after the service. It's important to continue to come to practices every Monday, as some groups are preparing for performances at the March 25th celebration and ALL groups will be performing at our end of the year Dance Recital on May 12th.
St. Demetrios Dance & Choral Ministry End of the Year Dinner & Recital - Saturday, May 12th (Note the date change) - ALL dance groups will be performing and everyone is invited to celebrate all of the hard work that the dancers and directors (and dance board and volunteers) have put into this year. This is the BIG EVENT of the year for our ministry. Everyone is invited!
March has come in like a lion (in the Church office anyway). The City of Seattle sent out a team to work with the Parish Council to be able to trim and thin our line of poplars lining the parking lot. Now we are accepting bids and soon will begin the permitting process.
The UPS parcel service has been frequenting our door with all sorts of supplies for Holy Week. A special preparation was having our white concrete roof cleaned.
Flowers have been ordered to decorate the Epitaphion. You can look for an Epitaphion flower donation envelope in your April Orthodox Way or click here to donate online.
Below is a photo of Father Photios giving a tour of our Church to a group of schoolchildren. I knew the Priests had a busy calendar of commitments here, but since Lent, the schedule has been off the hook. Happy Spring!
Sunday School News
Lenten Service Project and more
Lazarus Saturday Sunday School-Sponsored Breakfast
Join us on Saturday, March 31, 2018 for the Lazarus Saturday Sunday School sponsored Lenten breakfast following Liturgy. After breakfast, we will tie palm crosses.
Holy Friday Myrrhbearers
All young ladies in the 3rd through 6th grade are invited to participate as myrrhbearers for Holy Friday, April 6, 2018
. For more information, please contact Paula Charuhas Macris at email@example.com
by March 25, 2018.
Lenten Service Project
Our 2018 Sunday School Lenten Service Project is sponsoring a food drive for the Seattle Children's Ronald McDonald House (www.rmhcseattle.org
Our food drive has collected 143 cans of food. Class standings thus far:
1st place: 3rd grade: 23 cans
2nd place: 5th grade: 21 cans
3rd place: Kindergarten: 18 cans
Our Luminara sale raised $393 which will be donated to Seattle's Ronald McDonald House. Thank you to everyone who purchased a bag and supported our fundraiser.
The Ronald McDonald House provides a caring home away from home for families of seriously ill children who receive medical treatment in Seattle. Housing is provided at low or no cost to these special families who often travel from across the country for treatment in Seattle.
Within the Ronald McDonald House is a food pantry, free of charge, for families to select basic food items to make a simple meal or have a snack. Donating food helps to alleviate some of the financial strain experienced as well as provides comfort and security for the over 80 families who reside there each night.
Great and Holy Lent is a time for almsgiving and helping others. Throughout Lent, we will be having a class contest to collect food for the Ronald McDonald House. Each Sunday school student who donates food will have a paper star with his/her name placed on the wall near the small hall. The Sunday School class who collects the most food will be awarded with a pizza party during Sunday School later this spring. Donations will be collected during Sunday School until April 1, 2018.
Thank you for kindly considering making a donation to this worthy cause.
No Sunday School, April 8, 2018.
Preparing for Pascha
Come see the new items for children, including books you can read together, tuck in an Easter basket or give as a special gift. For small children we have story blocks depicting Christ's resurrection. Also, newly arrived from Greece is a Holy Week coloring book from Potamitis Press.
Books for adults on St. Nectarios have arrived as have Holy Week-Easter service books and a few hardbound Divine Liturgy service books.
Check out the Lenten and Pascha books on the desk and the middle table as well as the icons of the feasts of Christ on the icon shelf. We also have a large supply of red Easter egg dye from Greece in stock, price $1.75 per pack.
Greek Independence Celebration
Saturday, March 24 from 5 pm - 11 pm
Philoptochos Easter Bake Sale
Order ONLINE until March 26
Support Philoptochos and their annual Easter bake sale on Sunday, April 1st at 12pm! Deadline to order is March 26th. ORDER ONLINE. If you know of a parishioner who is housebound and would enjoy an Easter basket, please contact Lena LaMarche.
- Tsoureki $6
- Kourabiethes $15/dozen
- Koulourakia $6/dozen
- Round bread (with red egg) $15
Pre-orders must be pre-paid by Monday, March 26th.
ONLY PRE-ORDERS WILL BE ACCEPTED!
Lazarus Saturday Liturgy & Lenten Breakfast
Saturday, March 31
Join us on Saturday, March 31st, 2018 for Lazarus Saturday Liturgy followed by a Sunday School-sponsored Lenten breakfast. We will also be tying Palm Crosses for Palm Sunday.
Call for Applications
AHIF is Accepting Applications for its Tenth Annual
College Student Foreign Policy Study Trip -
Washington, D.C., Greece and Cyprus
June 19-July 6, 2018
WASHINGTON, DC-The American Hellenic Institute Foundation (AHIF) is accepting applications for its leading travel abroad program the AHIF College Student Foreign Policy Study Trip to Greece and Cyprus aimed to help Greek and Cypriot American college students better understand the core foreign policy issues important to the Greek American community. The trip is scheduled for June 19 - July 6, 2018.
Registration Deadline is March 31.
For more information, click here
. For an application please, APPLY HERE
Diaper Drive 2018
Our donations have helped over 1800 families
Did you know?
· 30% of mothers report running short of diapers for their children.
· 8% of mothers report they "stretch" disposable diapers, that is clean them out and reuse them, leading to rashes and infections.
· An infant may need up to 12 diapers a day or 84 a week, which can run from $56-100 per month for families.
Throughout Lent, the St. Demetrios Philoptochos will be sponsoring a collection of the following items:
- Diapers of all sizes (special need for sizes 1-4)
- Cleansing wipes (Travel size wipes also needed)
- Pull ups/disposable
- training pants (for girls and boys in all sizes S/M/L/XL)
A Collection Bin (Pack N Play) will be located in the Narthex of the church to collect donations until Easter. You can place individual diapers in a gallon sized Ziploc bag to donate or complete packages of items are also acceptable.
Monetary donations will also be accepted. All Donations will be distributed to Pregnancy Aid of King County. For more information or to make a donation, please contact: Kathy Mitalas
at 206.824.8511 or Stacy Taylor
Another Scholarship Opportunity
We are committed to supporting the scholastic future of all eligible students. We encourage students to honor Dr. Kulis' legacy by considering pursuing a career in the field of science or medicine and our scholarship committee is particularly interested in rewarding students with exemplary community or church service records. We offer a variety of different types of scholarships. We invite you to learn more about which scholarship might be the right for you and to apply if you meet the eligibility requirements.
Students may only apply for one (1) of the following scholarship programs each year.
All questions should be submitted in writing to the Scholarship Committee at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit kulisfoundation.org
- Scholarship applications are due April 1, 2018.
- Scholarship application packets must be postmarked by the April 1, 2018 deadline. Late submissions or incomplete packets will not be accepted or considered by the Scholarship Committee.
- Scholarship Awards are determined and announced by July 31, 2018.
- Scholarship Recipients' Acceptance Agreements are due by August 15, 2018.
- Scholarship Award Distribution Checks are issued and mailed to the Scholarship Recipients' School by August 31, 2018.
- Download a Scholarship Application here
- Download a Budget Form here
Mommy & Me
Next meeting Sunday, April 1
Next Meeting Sunday, April 1
Follow Orthodox Connections on Facebook
, a ministry for our teens and young adults.
Yiayias & Friends Luncheon
Next meeting date announced soon
Our next Yiayias & Friends luncheon will be announced soon.
For reservations or questions, please contact Mary Damascus, preferably by email at email@example.com or 509-951-2975.
Everyone is welcome--you don't have to be a Yiayia to join us!!!
Holy Friday Retreat
Friday, April 6
All of our youth are invited to learn about the services of Holy Friday and how the services reflect the last day of Christ's life and lead us to the wondrous day of His Resurrection.
The retreat will be held from 9:30 am to 3:00 pm in the small hall. Please bring a bag lunch and snacks for your child. Children 6 and under must be accompanied by an adult.
Teens, Young Adults and Parents are needed to volunteer. Please RSVP
by Holy Monday, April 2.
Agape Service Gospel Readers Needed
Are you bilingual? Read the Gospel on Sunday, April 8
On Pascha, the Gospel lesson (John 20:19-25) is read in various languages to illustrate the universality of the Good News of the Resurrection. The Agape service is a joyous Christian celebration, inspired by love and forgiveness. Our Lord's Resurrection is joyfully sung and proclaimed to all.
If you would like to read the Gospel in any international language during the Agape Service, please contact Bassam Bayouk
Paschal Celebration and Egg Hunt
Sunday, April 8
Everyone is invited to celebrate the Resurrection of our Lord at the Agape Service at noon on Sunday, April 8th. Following the service, please join us for an Egg Hunt at Montlake Community Center at 1:30 p.m. All youth should bring a basket!
|Papouthes Group News
Join us in April 12
Our next Papouthes luncheon will be on April 12.2018 at Varlamos Pizzeria at 3617 NE 45th st Seattle, Wa 98105 at 12:00 noon. Those that wish to carpool may meet at St. Demetrios at 11:00 am.
Please RSVP so we can let the restaurant know how many seats to reserve. Thank you
For reservations or questions, please contact Manuel Tramountanas at 206-783-4466 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Youth Equipped to Serve - YES Retreat in Portland, OR
Friday, April 13 to Sunday, April 15
WHEN? Friday- Sunday, April 13-15, 2018
WHAT? A wonderful opportunity to serve and love our most needy neighbors in Portland, OR.
WHO? 13 years old - College Students
WHERE? We will leave St. Demetrios on Friday at 5 pm and stay Friday and Saturday nights at Holy Trinity Cathedral: 3131 NE Glisan St. The service learning weekend will come to a close following Liturgy on Sunday. The bus will return to St. Demetrios around 3 pm.
COST? A registration gift of $175 a person will cover all trip expenses, make it possible for the YES Program to prepare and execute the trip, and enable our service team to meet the needs of those we serve. We will have a special fundraiser to help offset the cost of the retreat. Please contact Lefteris Sitaras
ANY QUESTIONS? Contact YES Leader Sophia Fraser at email@example.com
$15.00/person Registration Deadline: April 16, 2018
LUNCH AND SNACKS PROVIDED
St. Demetrios Scholarship
Deadline to apply is May 1
Our church currently has five scholarships available of $500 each to be awarded to our members pursuing undergraduate, graduate or post-graduate studies. The awards are made available through the St. Demetrios Educational Fund. The fund was established to recognize scholastic achievement and commitment to one's faith among the youth of our parish and others who have been accepted to institutions of higher learning. APPLY TODAY!
Nana Mouskouri Concert
Tuesday, May 1
Short Term Missions in 2018
The Best Spring Break Destination EVER!
Advertisements are popping up on social media and all over college campuses with catchy tag lines telling you about the '10 Best Deals for Spring Break' or 'Sunniest Spring Break Destinations'. They all promise you the most fun, the best beaches, the wildest parties and the greatest deal for your money. None of them advertise that you'll be doing anything meaningful. Period. Guaranteed.
Welcome OCMC/OCF Spring Break Albania; the best alternative to everything else out there. Sign up for a week in which you will see a nation that has risen from the ashes of atheism. A week where you will see what it means to desire Christ first through your interactions with the youth, the youth leaders, the faithful and the church leadership.
Apply for the 2018 OCMC/OCF Spring Break trip to Albania at www.ocmc.org
or by calling 877-GO-FORTH (877-643-6784) and open your heart to participate in the Best Spring Break Destination EVER.
2018 Church Directory
Digital Version Available
Complete your 2018 Stewardship Commitment ONLINE.
Save the Date: Saturday, June 9
Please save the date for our 2018 Twilight Auction to be held on June 9th. Your help is needed in many ways: Attend, Donate or Volunteer. Margo Christofilis has graciously agreed to be our chairperson for the auction this year. Contact Margo to Volunteer at (206) 963-5525 or firstname.lastname@example.org
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
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.