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."  

A Simple Prayer from Fr. Zacharies

"Oh Lord my God, I am so ungrateful, yet I am thankful that You are merciful to me!"

 

CHRIST IS RISEN!  TRUELY HE IS RISEN! 
 
What a beautiful Holy Week and Pascha!  Please visit the links below for photos of all of our Holy Week and Paschal Events!
If you have photos to share, please contact Lefteris Sitaras.
Construction at Parking Lot Entrance
The driveway to the entrance of our St. Demetrios parking lot will be under construction
  • Wednesday, 4/18 - demolish existing driveway and excavate
  • Thursday, 4/19 - back fill and pave 
  • Friday, 4/20 - reopen driveway for full access by end of our day. 
Work is weather dependent and please be aware of flaggers if you come to church.
Karen's Corner Group News
St. Demetrios in the 21st Century!
 
Saint Demetrios is happy to announce that we have upgraded our credit card processing hardware and procedures.  The Finance office has purchases to payment machines that are able to process transactions with the latest secure and accurate technology.
The machines will enable us to accept all chip cards:  Visa, MasterCard, Discover and American Express.  We are now able to accept Apple Pay, Android Pay and Samsung Pay.  We can take your payment over the phone or in person.
In fact, one of the machines is mobile and will be able to accept payments at offsite events as well as move from the pangari to the bookstore.
Payments may be applied to Candles, Stewardship, Tree of Life, Memorials or Bookstore.
Coffee Hour Update
The purpose of this announcement is to offer heartfelt thanks and appreciation to the individuals, families and ministry teams that have graced us so much through hosting Coffee Hour.
 
We have a monthly schedule for Coffee Hours at Saint Demetrios that is posted below.  Please take note that no coffee hour is spoken for in June, July or August.
 
When a ministry team hosts coffee hour, their ministry receives the benefit of a free will offering via basket at the entry, as well as an opportunity to highlight their activities and events while having a ball during prep and execution.
 
Every so often, we have the occasion of a family hosting the coffee hour in honor of their loved one's memorial.  This is scheduled through the Church Office.
 
The Church Office is available for all questions and concerns regarding the Coffee Hour schedule.  The keys to success are flexibility, a heart of service and joyful communication.  And let's not forget coffee!
January:           Philoptochos
February:         Philoptochos
March:              Dance Group
April:                 Camp Agape
May:                  Youth Groups
June:                 Open
July:                  Open
August:              Open
September:        Dance Group
October:             Youth Groups
November:         Greek School
December:         Sunday School
2018 St. Demetrios Auction 
Donate an Item - Register for the Event!
 
Item Donation.  We are looking for donated items for the silent and live portions of the 2018 Twilight Auction.
Can you donate Seahawks tickets, a week at your vacation home, your specialty dinner or party hosted in your home, concert tickets, or airline tickets? These are just a few of the big money makers we have had in our live auction.  We are also looking for fun smaller items for the silent auction like restaurant gift certificates, gift baskets (garden, kids fun, happy hour), jewelry, and spa/salon services.  Paper donation forms are available at church or you can you enter your donation item info here with our easy online form: https://saintdemetrios.ejoinme.org/items Thank you!
Registration.  Invitations for the event are going in the mail this week, but you can register online: https://saintdemetrios.ejoinme.org/registration
  • Stargazer Sponsorship: $1,250 for Table of 8, VIP seating 4 bottles of wine, chocolates, advertising on auction webpage and in event catalog 
  • Eventide Sponsorship: $1,000 for table of 8, 2 bottles of wine, chocolates, advertising on auction webpage and recognition at the event
  • Early bird ticket (until May 8th): $70 or Standard Ticket (starting May 9th): $80
  • Registration closes June 1st - so don't delay! It is going to be a terrific night! Raffle, games, wine pull, dessert dash, photo booth!
Questions? Want to know more?  
Check out our FAQ:Contact Auction Chair, Margo Christophilis  (206) 963-5525 or 
Cross Out Cancer
Support Cross Out Cancer on April 22
Cross Out Cancer, Inc is a completely student-run organization made up of high school students from across the Seattle area with the vision of raising funds for cancer families in financial need at Seattle Children's Hospital. Our organization branch was founded on the idea that teenagers can make a difference in the lives of children fighting one of the biggest battles. Our board is made up of students who have shown commitment to childhood cancer and supporting patients in various ways. Many of the church's own GOYA members and Agape volunteers have given their time to support these children and their families throughout their individual journeys. We have been inspired by our personal encounters and experiences, and hope that you too feel inspired to help us in our mission! Look out for us at church on April 22nd during coffee hour if you have any questions or would like to donate. Thank you!
Holy Apostles Yard Sale
Saturday, April 21 to Sunday, April 22
St. Demetrios Auction Meeting  
Wednesday, April 25 at 6:30 pm in the Fr. Homer Library
Bookstore News
Join a book club at Church or Online

The St. Demetrios Book Club offers fellowship and great discussions while exploring various Orthodox topics.  The next book club begins this Tuesday, April 17, and will be reading "Spiritual Formation: Following the Movements of the Spirit" by Henri Nouwen.  The group will be led by Fr. Daniel and will meet at 11:00am at the church.  Everyone is welcome to attend.  If you are unable to make it during this time, there is another book club offered online by the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese called We Read Together.  They will be reading "For the Life of the World" by Alexander Schmemann and will host weekly discussions on Thursday evenings, starting in May, from 7:00 to 8:30pm.  More information can be found on their website (http://groworthodoxy.org/we-read-together/). 
 
Please visit the St. Demetrios Bookstore to pick up your copy of one or both of these wonderful books.  Questions, contact bookstore@saintdemetrios.com 
All Saints Camp 2018 
Camp Registration is Open.  Register Here

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 Greeks in Washington
Tuesday, May 1

Seattle is fortunate to welcome Greek singer Nana Mouskouriwho will appear at the MOORE THEATER on Tuesday, May 1, 2018 at 7:30 pm.   This is a stop on her West Coast and Canada "Forever Young Tour." Seattle's event is sponsored by the Seattle Theater Group. Tickets begin at $45 and are available from most ticketing sources.
Yiayias & Friends Luncheon
Next meeting date Thursday, May 3
   
Our next Yiayias & Friends luncheon will be May 3rd.  Location announced soon.
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!!!
Mommy & Me
Next meeting Sunday, May 6
Orthodox Connections
Next Meeting Sunday, May 6 at Holy Apostles, 4:30 pm.
Follow Orthodox Connections on Facebook, a ministry for our teens and young adults.
Papouthes Group News
Join us Thursday, May 10
 
Our next Papouthes group meeting will be on Thursday May 10, 2018 at Olympia pizza located at 6414 Roosevelt Way NE 98115 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 agapemom@hotmail.com
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Greek Dance News
Annual Dinner Dance Recital, Saturday, May 12
St. Demetrios Dance & Choral Ministry End of the Year Dinner & Recital - Saturday, May 12th - 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!
Screenagers Movie Screening
Free for Everyone, Saturday, May 19 from 2 pm to 5 pm
Please join us on Saturday, May 19 from 2 pm to 5 pm for a special free screening and discussion of "Screenageres: Growing Up in a Digital Age" 
More than any other time in history, technology is an ever-present part of our children's experience of the world. But what impact do social medial, smart phones, video games and computers have on their development? 
Physician and filmmaker Delaney Ruston saw that with her own kids and learned that the average kid spends 6.5 hours a day looking at screens. She wondered about the impact of all this time and about the friction occurring in homes and schools around negotiating screen time- friction she knew all too well. 
In Screenagers, as with her award-winning documentaries on mental health, Delaney takes a deeply personal approach as she probes into the vulnerable corners of family life, including her own, to explore struggles over social media, video games, academics and internet addiction. Through poignant, and unexpectedly funny stories, along with surprising insights from authors, psychologists, and brain scientists, SCREENAGERS reveals how tech time impacts kids' development and offers solutions on how adults can empower kids to best navigate the digital world and find balance.  Everyone is invited!  Please RSVP!
Orthodox Missions News
Short-Term Mission Team Opportunities
 
Consider joining a short-term mission team in 2018! Why missionary work? It's a great opportunity to make a difference in someone's life by ministering to other's spiritual and physical needs. Within these 1-3 week excursions, team members may share the Gospel message of Jesus Christ, minister to the youth, provide healthcare, and participate in various forms of outreach. Here is the updated 2018 mission team schedule:
 
and click on the "Teams" link for information and mission team applications.
2018 Church Directory
Digital Version Available
 
digital version of the 2018 Church Directory is available for all stewards. For more information, visit http://www.saintdemetrios.com/stewardship/directory
 
Complete your 2018 Stewardship Commitment ONLINE.
Sunday School News
Last Day of Classes Sunday, June 3

Our last day of classes are Sunday, June 3rd.  Get ready for another fun day of food, games, pony rides and more at our annual Sunday School Carnival!
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 Vickie Christianson or Margo to Volunteer at  (206) 963-5525 or margomba@hotmail.com.
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

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.