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."

 

  

Our 2019 Parish Council members were sworn in on Sunday, January 13th.  Congratulations to our new members: George Hatziantoniou, Brian Koceski, Chris Pallis and Barbara Trehearne.  Thank you to our current members:  Bassam Bayouk, Vicky Christianson, Thomas Dudler, Mike Gikas, John Kapelouzos, Evangelia Lagos, Georgine Looney, Bob Read and Steven Stanos.Thank you to our outgoing members: John Ales, Andrew Aliferakis, Dale Hazapis, Jim Kost and George Papanastasiou.

 

Father Photios cut the Vasilopita on Sunday, January 13th to distribute to our ministries and groups.  Congratulations to Presvytera Michele Triant, representing Moms, Dads and Tots, and John Ales, representing our Stewardship team, for finding the coins. 

Moms, Dads and Tots celebrated the New Year, this past Tuesday, January 8th! We learned about Saint Basil, read a book about the famous Vasilopita cake, made a gingerbread house, had snacks, and just had a blast with our friends! At the end, we said a prayer over our Vasilopita cakes and passed out a piece for each child and a piece for each parent!! Both loaves had a coin in it and Renae Rice received the coin and so did her daughter Marci! 
 

TUESDAY, JANUARY 15th is the LAST DAY to BUY TICKETS
 
Contact Pam Plumis at 206.349.8341.

Cost for an evening of great village dance music, food, and fun is $50.00.  Cash, check, or credit card are accepted.
The musicians are the Montreal-based and internationally known group, Diesi. All net proceeds will go support the mission of the Philoptochos to serve the needs of the poor in our community.  
You won't want to miss out!!!


Bible Study
7 pm, Thursday, January 17 at Fr. Photios' Home
 
Please join us at 7:00 p.m. on every Thursday for a bible study on the Gospel of Matthew.  The Dumont home is located at 14323 1st Ave NW in North Seattle.

Everyone is welcome to attend!

Sanity through Prayer and Fellowship
Moms, Dads and Tots monthly gathering: Tuesday, January 22

This will be a time where moms or dads can come and gather through prayer and fellowship with their fellow parent-friends and their kids. Please join us in Saint Demetrios's small hall from 12:30 -2:30 pm, on Tuesday, January 22. 

Please bring your own lunch :) Next meeting date is Tuesday, February 26th.

Virtual Town Meeting on the Most Important Issue Confronting the Orthodox Church Today 
Saturday, January 26

For more than a century, the question of autocephaly (self-governance) has divided the sacred unity of Orthodox Christianity in the Ukraine.The Ecumenical Patriarch has taken the pastoral initiative to heal these divisions and grant independence to the Church in Ukraine. 
 
Dial in and join us for a first-ever nationwide Virtual Town Hall Meeting on Saturday, January 26 from 10:00 am - 12:00 pm, and get answers on why this issue is so important for every Orthodox Christian. 
 
Go to Archons.org/townhall for more details.

Bookstore News
Our Modern Day Saints

This month the bookstore is highlighting modern day Saints and Elders, which include Elder Joseph the Hesychast and Elder Ephraim.  
 
Elder Joseph, one of the most remarkable ascetics of our time, was born in 1897 on the island of Paros, and reposed in 1959.  As a young man, Elder Joseph read about and was inspired by the lives of the strict ascetics, entered monasticism and found his way to Mount Athos.  Elder Jospeh was kind and loving and a spiritual father to many.  Although Elder Joseph maintained a level of asceticism far beyond what most are capable of, his book both challenges and motivates the reader.  You can pick up your copy of his book, "Monastic Wisdom, The Letters of Elder Joseph the Hesychast", in the Bookstore.
 
Elder Ephraim was born in 1927 in Volos, Greece and moved to Mt. Athos at the age of 19, living there for many years.  There he studied under Elder Joseph the Hesychast for 12 years and lived a very austere and ascetic life. Years later, Elder Ephraim began traveling to North America and quickly identified the need for monasteries in Canada and the United States.  Since the 1990's, he has established many monasteries in the US. The bookstore carries Elder Ephraim's books, including The Art of Salvation, which is a collection of thirty-three of his homilies.  Covering a wide variety of topics, his spiritual words are inspiring, yet practical, and provide the reader a guide to Salvation.  Copies are available in both Greek and English.  
 
St. Demetrios Bookstore Questions, contact bookstore@saintdemetrios.com.

   
CrossRoad is a ten-day academic summer institute that prepares high school juniors and seniors to make big life decisions and invites them to connect with the Orthodox Christian theological and spiritual tradition. Participants from all over the country come together to experience daily worship, take theology classes from some of the best professors in the country, visit local parishes, serve their neighbor, tour the city, and even spend a day at the beach.

Historically, CrossRoad has been hosted solely on the campus of Hellenic College Holy Cross. This year, we are excited to announce that CrossRoad will continue to offer a third session in Chicago on the campus of North Park University in Chicago, IL!

For More Information visit http://www.crossroadinstitute.org/

GOYANs Make SUPERBOWL Subs 
Saturday, February 2 beginning at 11:00 am
   
All GOYAns are invited to make subs on Saturday, February 2nd from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Small Hall. Lunch Provided!  Please RSVP.

  
CLICK HERE for Tickets

Sunday School News
Godparent Sunday, February 3
 
Christmas Service Project Update
Thank you to all Sunday School children and St. Demetrios parishioners for your donations to our bedding drive for the St. Philaret Feed the Homeless program.  We collected several dozen blankets/sleeping bags and raised $748.16 to purchase additional supplies.
 
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 3, 2019, 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.

19th Annual SUPERBOWL SUB SALE
Sunday, February 3 

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 $8.00 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 and tomatoes.  Onions are optional. 

Yiayias & Friends Luncheon
Thursday, February 7 at 14 Carrot Cafe
   
Our next Yiayia & Friends Lunch will be on Thursday, January 3, 2019 at 14 Carrot Cafe, located at 2305 Eastlake Avenue East.  Time is 11:30 a.m. 
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!!!

Correction to the Orthodox Way
 
Church of the Assumption Philoptochos Valentine Tea 
Saturday, February 9 from 1 to 4 pm

The Valentine Tea (an afternoon of tea, tasty treats, entertainment, door prizes and a raffle) will be held at the Church of the Assumption on Saturday, February 9th from 1:00 to 4:00 PM..  The correct price for the event is $15 and $5 for children ages 6-12.
 
For information, contact Mary Lou Barton at barzar@comcast.net or 425.432.9592.
 
We apologize for the incorrect information in the Orthodox Way.

This and That Shop News
Donations taken all year long!

Our ladies are frequently asked if donations can be made to the This and That Shop at other times of the year and not just at festival time.  The answer is YES!  Just mark your boxes This And That, bring them to church, and ask that they be put into room 110.  If you would like a tax form, Karen has them in the office.  Excellent if you would like to donate before year's end.  

Potluck after Liturgy on Tuesday, February 12

The Moms, Dads, and Tots are for families of all ages, but most specifically geared to children up to age 5. This group allows parents to bring their children to church and learn about their faith as well as meet fellow Orthodox Christian parents and children. 
 
Come and meet us in the St. Demetrios Small Hall on Tuesday, February 12th after Divine Liturgy.  Potluck with activities to include:  Story time of St. Valentine, making cookies, coloring and making cards. 

If you know of anyone who would like to join, please direct them to our Facebook page under St. Demetrios Mommy & Me or have them email us:
Arianna Dumont: anjdumont@gmail.com Eirene Bekris: Eirene_georgiou@hotmail.com 

Papouthes Group News
Thursday, February 14 at Varlamos Pizzeria
 
Our next Papouthes group luncheon will be on Thursday, February 14 at Varlamos Pizzeria at 3617 NE 45th St. in Seattle at 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.
 
For reservations or questions, please contact Manuel Tramountanas at 206-783-4466 or agapemom@hotmail.com

SAVE THE DATE: GOYA LENTEN RETREAT 
Saturday, March 30 & Sunday, March 31 at All Saints Camp
 
This year's GOYA Lent Retreat welcomes our teenagers to come to All Saints Camp and see what impact each of us makes to those around us and our community at large.
 
WHO: Teens in Grades 7 - 12
 
WHAT: An Amazing Retreat at All Saints Camp! Discussions with our Clergy! Fun with Friends, New and Old! Confession and More!
 
WHERE: All Saints Camp and Retreat Center. 205 Camp Road. Gig Harbor, WA 98335
 
WHEN:   March 30 - 31, 2019
            
             Bus leaves from Holy Trinity to All Saints Camp on Saturday, March 30 at 6 am.
             Returns to Holy Trinity on Sunday, March 31th around 2:00 to 3:00 pm
 
             Bus leaves St. Demetrios to All Saints Camp on Saturday, March 30h at 8 am.
             Returns to St. Demetrios on Sunday, March 31th around 2:00 to 3:00 pm
 
Cost:     $125 per person.
 To pay with a credit card, contact Lefteris Sitaras at 206-631-2504.
Limited Scholarships available for those in need.
           Checks made out to "St. Demetrios Youth" and mailed to:
                       St. Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church  Attn: Lefteris Sitaras
                               2100 Boyer Ave East. Seattle, WA 98112
 
We invite youth from all of our Orthodox Parishes to attend. All teens will be housed in cabins at All Saints Camp.
 
Packing List:  Sleeping bag/pillow, Warm clothing for outdoor weather, Church clothes for Liturgy and Toiletries.
 
Note: Please tell your teens to leave their cell phones at home.
 
Please fill out separate registrations forms for EACH child attending. Thank you!
 REGISTRATION CLOSES ON Friday, March 15, 2019. Register Here
Please submit payment and copy of medical insurance card as soon as possible.

 
St. Demetrios 
Spring Glendi & Auction
Saturday, May 4
 
Save the date for a night you won't want to miss.  
More details to come...
 

 

2019 Church Directory
Digital Version Available
 
A digital version of the 2019 Church Directory is available for all stewards. For more information, visit http://www.saintdemetrios.com/stewardship/directory
 
Complete your 2019 Stewardship Commitment ONLINE.

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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.