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:

October 28th vs UCLA

Parking is NOT available on November 4th vs Oregon

November 18th vs Utah

November 25th vs Washington State

 
  
Join Prof. Andreas Stathopoulos on October 19
 
A Lecture titled the "Greek Economic Crisis- Causes and Impact" will be held on Thursday October 19th in the Small Hall at St Demetrios and presented by Prof. Andreas Stathopoulos of the University of Washington's Foster School of Business. He will discuss the build-up to the Greek economic crisis and the challenges of Greece's eurozone participation. Dr. Stathopoulos received his Ph.D in Finance and Economics from Columbia University and teaches undergraduates at the UW along with research work focusing on international finance and macroeconomics. 

Festival Volunteers Feedback 
 If you volunteered at the festival, please give us your input!
 
Please take a couple of minutes and give us your opinion, comments and suggestions!  Answer the 7 question survey below:
THANK YOU!

Continue to keep Matthew and his family in your prayers
   
Matthew's parents wanted to thank all of you who have been following his story, praying for his recovery, and visiting him the past 6 weeks. The expressions of love and support have been deeply felt by the Gray family and they truly believe this massive tide of positive energy is raising Matthew up each day.
 
You can read about the surgery and his progress at the caringbridge site the family has started:  https://www.caringbridge.org/visit/matthewgray

His friends have started a "gofundme" to help defray some of the costs.   If you feel moved to donate the link is below: 

Orthodoxy on Tap 
 Book Club meets TODAY, October 17 at 7 pm.
 
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 October 17 as we discuss Everywhere Present: Christianity in a One-Storey Universeby 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.  
"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."

2018 St. John Chrysostom Oratorical Festival Topics 
The 2018 Oratorical Festival Topics are now available! Read More

Bookstore News
Book Clubs underway
 
There are two book clubs that will be reading Everywhere Present: Christianity in a One-Storey Universe by Stephen Freeman.  Pick up a copy of this book in the bookstore ($12.95).  There is a daytime reading group as well as an evening group for college students and young adults called Orthodoxy on Tap.  Please refer to the church calendar and bulletins for more information including time and location.  

Later this month, we will be placing a variety of orders to replenish our stock, including icons.  Icons make a wonderful gift for many occasions such as Christmas, weddings, baptisms and name days. Please let us know if you need a special icon such as a guardian angel, a patron saint or for an upcoming feast such as the Presentation of the Theotokos, the Nativity of Christ or Epiphany.

Dance News
Support Dance and Buy See's Candy!
REGISTRATION IS STILL OPEN!
Register today on the St. Demetrios website at:  http://www.saintdemetrios.com/community/greekdance/ and come to practice on Monday night. 

BUY SEE's CANDY!  Our first fundraiser of the year!  SELL, SELL, SELL!  Get your Christmas shopping done early; sell to your friends, teachers, co-workers, neighbors, PTA, soccer team, etc.; sell after church on Sunday (I didn't see anyone selling last Sunday); order a couple boxes for Thanksgiving; buy chocolate for yourself (why not?)!  All dancers are selling See's Candy during the month of October and November.  Prizes for the top seller and top selling group!  If you didn't get your order form last week, pick it up tonight. fundraiser of the year.  Get your Christmas shopping done early, order a couple boxes for Thanksgiving, or just buy chocolate for yourself (why not?)!  All dancers are selling See's Candy during the month of October and 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!

Sunday School News
All Sunday School Students are invited to participate in "Just a Little Christmas", our Sunday School Christmas Play on Sunday, December 24th after church.  Children are needed as Narrators, Actors, Singers and Musicians.  Please return this form to your Sunday School Office by October 29th or SIGN UP ONLINE!

Greek School News
 Registration is Closed
For more information about our Greek School program, please email   greekschoolseattle@gmail.com 

Philoptochos News
Cook for St. Martin dePorres Men's Shelter on October 19
 
Upcoming Meeting Schedule:  All are welcome to attend our meetings and events:
No regular Philoptochos meeting in September due to the festival.
▪ October 19th - cook for St Martin de Porres Men's Shelter
▪ October 25th - cook for Jubilee Women's Center
▪ November 5th - Memorial for departed Philoptochos Sisters
▪ November 12th - Sinatra Chocolate Wine Ball at Herban Feast
▪ 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
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.

Celebrate the Feast of St. Demetrios
Thursday, October 26

Please join us for Divine Liturgy at 9:30 am with Orthros beginning at 8:30 am.  Join us for our Parish Council sponsored luncheon.  We will also celebrate our Parishioners of the Year at the lunch. Nominations are open. 
Please contact Simoni Shirland with your nomination by October 21st.

Thursday, October 26 from 7 to 9 pm at St. Demetrios.  
Buy Tickets HERE!

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Family Fun Night - annual HARVEST FESTIVAL
Saturday, October 28
All families with children 18 and younger are invited to an evening of Fun, Faith and Fellowship at our annual Harvest Festival in the St. Demetrios Large hall from 5 to 7:30 pm.  Activities include the GOYA Maze of Mystery, Mummy Wrap, Costume Contest and more.  Dinner includes Worms, Eyeball Juice and Salad.

Cost is $5 per person.  Please RSVP to Lefteris Sitaras at 206-631-2504.  

Yiayias & Friends Luncheon
Join on Thursday, November 2
 
Our next Yiayias & Friends luncheon will be on Thursday, November 2, at a location announced soon!   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!!!

Orthodox Home Fellowship 
Join us November 4 at 6 pm at the Pallis Home
 
An exciting new ministry is beginning this Fall called Orthodox Home Fellowship. The idea is to bring people together for fellowship in a home of one of our church families, to spend time with one another, have a meal, and have a presentation on atopic relevant to all of us regarding our Orthodox Christian Faith. We hope to do this on a regular basis, every four to six weeks or so. 
 
The first event will take place at the home of Chris and Vicki Pallis, on November 4th, 2017 at 6 pm. A potluck meal will be served. We will have a very special guest and presenter to lead our first OHF, and that is Fr. Zacharias Zacharou of St. John the Baptist Monastery in Essex, England. Fr. Zacharias is a renowned theologian, and is the spiritual son of the late Elder Sophrony, and spiritual grandson of St. Silouan. He will be speaking to us about how to be an Orthodox Christian in the world today, with all it's challenges. You don't want to miss this opportunity to have an evening with your fellow friends from our parish, and an intimate evening with Fr. Zacharias. As the meal is potluck, we will need to know ahead of time who is coming and what you can bring for the meal. 

Please call the Pallis home at (206) 232-1113 or Vicki's cell at (206) 948-2922 to rsvp by November 1. Their home address is 9600 SE 33rd Street, Mercer Island, WA 98040. Please note: for this event, a babysitting service is not provided.

Fr. Zacharias Zacharou at St. Demetrios
Join us at services on Sunday, November 5

Fr. Zacharias Zacharou of St. John the Baptist Stavropegic Monastery, Essex England will be with us at St. Demetrios Sunday, November 5th.

Morning Program
8:15am Orthros
9:30am Divine Liturgy with Homily by Fr. Zacharias
11:30:am Light Lunch with Talk by Fr. Zacharias with Questions and Answers

Evening Program
6:30pm Akathist to St. Silouan
7:00pm Talk by Fr. Zacharias with Questions and Answers
Click Here for more information

Mommy & Me
Next meeting Sunday, November 5
November's Theme:  
"Keeping Christ at the center of our holidays"
 
Join us in the Toy Room (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
 
Next Mommy & Me Date:  December 3:  "What to do with all those TOYS."

 Orthodox Connections
Next Meeting Sunday, November 5
Follow Orthodox Connections on Facebook, a ministry for our teens and young adults.

Papouthes Group News
A new Ministry for our Grandfathers on November 6
 
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 first meeting will be held November 6th, 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

Join us for the Seattle Chocolate and Wine Ball - a benefit for Camp Agape NW on Sunday, November 12th at the Herban Feast at 5:30 pm.  
Enjoy local hand made chocolates, NW wines, delicious seasonal dinner menu and dancing to a Sinatra era big band. 

Tickets on sale through www.BrownPaperTickets or from your Philoptochos Camp Agape NW Rep. $100 per person. (Early bird $90 until 10/8) 

Pacific NW GOYA Winter Retreat at All Saints Camp
Coming in December
More information coming soon!

Winter Orthodox Youth Retreat
January 13 - 15, 2018.   REGISTRATION OPENS NOVEMBER 1
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.  
 
Enjoy fun outdoor activities, Fire on Father, games, dancing, and more! WHO: Junior & Senior High School Teens (7th-12th Grades) 
WHEN: Saturday, January 13th - Monday, January 15th 2018 
WHERE: Cedar Springs Camp in Lake Stevens, WA 
COST: $160 YOUTH.  Deadline for registration is December 4.
 
 
For more information contact Tina Soubeih at orthodoxretreat@gmail.com 
 
VOLUNTEERS NEEDED

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
 
A 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