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."

 


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Bible Study 
7 pm, Thursday, March 28 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!
 

 

St. John Chysostom Oratorical Festival
Sign up to participate today! CLICK HERE

Please encourage your children and teens to participate in the Oratorical Festival at St. Demetrios on Sunday, April 7, 2019 at 12:30 pm in the Fr. Homer Library. 
Topics can be found at the link for all age groups. 
 
Meet in the Fr. Homer Library every Sunday in March after Sunday School to get help and work on your speeches.
 
More information and resources for students is available at www.goarch.org/oratorical

The St. Demetrios Oratorical Festival will be held on Sunday, April 7, 2019
 

Sunday School News
Girls in 3rd to 6th Grade are invited to be Myrrhbearers
 
Holy Friday Myrrhbearers
All young ladies in the 3rd through 6th grade are invited to participate as myrrhbearers for Holy Friday, April 26, 2019.  For more information, please contact Paula Charuhas Macris at pcharuhas@hotmail.com
 
Egg Carton Request Fulfilled
Thank you to all parishioners who donated egg cartons to the Sunday School Program; we have met our goal of 100 cartons!  The cartons will be used next month to make Resurrection Eggs, a hands on learning project for Holy Week.  

Lenten Service Project
Our 2019 Sunday School Lenten Service Project involves collecting "spare change" to help support the Orthodox Christian Mission Center (OCMC).  The OCMC is the official missions agency of the Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops of the United States. It is OCMC's mission to make disciples of all nations by bringing people to Christ and His church.
 
Why Orthodox missions?  There are still over 4.7 billion people who do not know the hope, love, and joy of a life in Christ.  OCMC helps Orthodox Christians from North America welcome people around the world into the Body of Christ.  For more information, please visit www.ocmc.org.

OCMC coin boxes were distributed; we are asking each child/family to save their "spare change" and place in box.  The coin boxes should be returned to the Sunday School office on April 21, 2019.  

Thank you for your donation in helping to spread the Gospel to all nations!
 

 
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 18 - July 5, 2019.  APPLY HERE
 

Click HERE for more information
 

Philoptochos Diaper Drive 2019
Click HERE for more information 

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 at 206.501.9500
 

Yiayias & Friends Luncheon
Thursday, April 4 at Mykonos Greek Grill
   
Our next Yiayia & Friends Lunch will be on Thursday, April 4 at Mykonos Greek Grill in Green Lake. 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!!!
 

RSVP to Patti Kost at 206-783-8387 by Monday, April 1
 

Bookstore News
Books by our Lenten Retreat Speaker

Elissa Bjeletich, author and public speaker, will be at St. Demetrios on April 6 leading a Lenten retreat.  Please consider attending, the retreat will offer inspiration, fellowship and an opportunity to meet the author and hear her messages first hand.  
 
The Bookstore will be selling her books at the retreat or you can pick up a copy afterwards.  The books offer encouragement and ideas for families to practice their Orthodox faith day to day.  
 
Tending the Garden of Our Hearts: Daily Lenten Meditations for Families is divided into chapters that correspond with the weeks of Lent and offers daily devotions followed by a series of questions for family discussions that reinforce the themes.  The text is clearly written and benefits children as well as adults regardless of whether it is read daily or occasionally.
 
Blueprints for the Little Church provides ideas for incorporating Orthodoxy into family life and covers such topics as creating an icon corner, getting children to (and through) church services, and fasting and praying together as a family.  Additionally, she provides lessons and craft ideas that can be done with children on feast days.
St. Demetrios Bookstore Questions, contact bookstore@saintdemetrios.com.
 

Papouthes Group News
Thursday, April 11 at The Greek House
 
Our next Papouthes group luncheon will be on Thursday April 11 at The Greek House, Burien at 113 SW 153rd St. Burien, WA 98166 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.
 
For reservations or questions, please contact Manuel Tramountanas at 206-783-4466 or agapemom@hotmail.com
 

Philoptochos Easter Bake Sale
Order ONLINE until April 14 

Support Philoptochos and their annual Easter bake sale on Sunday, April 21st at 12pm!  Deadline to order is April 14th.  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, April 15th. 
ONLY PRE-ORDERS WILL BE ACCEPTED!
 

The History Behind the Akathist Hymn: 
The Siege of Constantinople in 626
 
We are in the season of the Great Fast. On the Friday evenings of Lent, we will once again have the opportunity to experience the beautiful and inspiring Lenten services of the Akathist Hymn offered to the Mother of God. This interesting and informative article gives one account of the origins of the Akathist Hymn, as a hymn of Thanksgiving offered to the Most Holy Theotokos in gratitude, after the Persian and Avar forces besieging Constantinople in the year 626 began to suffer heavy losses and saw, to their dismay, a woman in shining garments with a face full of light at the walls of the city.  Click HERE for full article.
 

Holy Friday Retreat
Friday, April 26 

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 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.  

Parents and GOYAns are needed to volunteer. Please RSVP by Holy Monday, April 22.
 

  
St. Demetrios Scholarships
Deadline to apply is May 1

Our church has up to $2500 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!  

More Scholarships Applications
Deadline to apply is May 3

The Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America announces that applications for the Scholarship and Fellowship programs administered by the Archdiocese are now available.

Applications can be accessed by visiting http://www.goarch.org/-/scholarship

For more information, please email scholarships@goarch.org or call 212-774-0283. The deadline for submitting an application for any of these scholarships is May 3, 2019.
 

  
St. Demetrios Family Retreat:  PRACTICING SILENCE
May 18 & 19 at All Saints Camp

All families are invited to join us for our annual Family Retreat at All Saints Camp where our focus will be on Practicing Silence. We want the family to be there all together. No unattended minors allowed.  Spend a fun weekend together in fun and SILENCE!
 
Retreat will begin at 10 am on Saturday, May 18 and conclude after we celebrate Divine Liturgy together on Sunday, May 19, 2019. Cost is $30 per person.
 
 
For questions contact Lefteris Sitaras at lsitaras@saintdemetrios.com
 

 
We are proud to continue our founding project of providing full-semester study abroad scholarships in Greece to deserving American and Canadian students. The scholarships cover 15 credits of study at the Hellenic American University in central Athens.
 
 

Registration Closes on June 1, 2019 
 

Camp Agape Northwest News
July 22 - 27

Camp Agape Northwest 2019 will be July 22-27, 2019.  Volunteer training and set-up is on July 20.  Reunion day is on Sunday July 21 and a bus will be provided from St Demetrios. Click HERE for more information about volunteering.
 
Camp Agape Northwest is looking for a volunteer head chair to represent St. Demetrios beginning on September 1, 2019. Please click HERE for more information.

Be a part of our group headed to the conference.  RSVP HERE
 
Labor Day Weekend 2019 in southern California is the place to be for young adults ages 18 - 35 at the Greek Orthodox Metropolis of San Francisco Young Adult League Conference. This event will offer a wide array of activities including engaging workshops, inspiring speakers, worship, fellowship, and a community service project. Mark your calendars for August 29 - September 2, 2019 because the YAL Conference is where you will want to be!
 
"I am excited that we are offering this opportunity for our young adults to come together for this weekend conference and participate in an uplifting program designed to both deepen their faith and cultivate friendships with other Greek Orthodox young professionals," remarked His Eminence Metropolitan Gerasimos of San Francisco. "There is a great need to expand our efforts in the area of Young Adult ministry, and this conference will be a catalyst for even more programs to come."  Read more!
 

Reactivation of the Maids of Athena- Alethea Chapter #2
Join Us
 
Are you between the ages of 14 and 28 with an interest in Hellenism, education, philanthropy and friendship?  Check out the many opportunities the MAIDS of ATHENA have in store for you.
 
WHO WE ARE:  The MAIDS of ATHENA is an international philanthropic and fraternal organization and junior auxiliary to the DAUGHTERS OF PENELOPE. Founded in 1930 in TACOMA, WA., our sisterhood quickly grew among young Greek women and today claims chapters across the U.S., Canada, and Greece. 
 
For more information contact: Holly Poulias-- hpoulias@hotmail.com or Helen McClure District 22 MOA advisor at helenzmc@aol.com

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.