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!"
2018 Pledge Card ChallengeReturn your Stewardship Pledge TODAY!!! Deadline is Midnight!
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.
Twilight Auction Meeting
Wednesday, March 21 at 6:30 pm in the Small Hall
All are invited to attend. Help us make the auction a success!
Greek Independence Celebration
Saturday, March 24 from 5 pm - 11 pm
Contact Chris Economou at 206-940-9455 for reservations.
Philoptochos Easter Bake Sale
Order ONLINE until March 26
Support Philoptochos and their annual Easter bake sale on Sunday, April 1st at 12 pm
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.
Pre-orders must be pre-paid by Monday, March 26th.
ONLY PRE-ORDERS WILL BE ACCEPTED!
Greek Dance News
COME TO THE FAMILY DANCE RETREAT
- Register HERE
No Dance Practices on April 2 and April 9.
Family Dance Retreat at All Saints Camp - April 21 & 22
Come join us for a Family Dance Retreat at All Saints Camp on April 21st and 22nd
WHO: All Families with children of all ages. We want the family to be there all together. No unattended minors allowed.
WHAT: A Family Dance Retreat at All Saints Camp
WHERE: All Saints Camp on Raft Island.
WHEN: April 21 & April 22, 2018
Cost: $25 per person.
For questions contact Lefteris Sitaras at email@example.com
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!
Sunday School News
Lenten Service Project and more
Holy Friday Myrrhbearers - Sign up by March 25
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 firstname.lastname@example.org by March 25, 2018.
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.
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 248 cans of food. Class standings thus far:
1st place: 3rd grade: 34 cans
2nd place: 1st grade: 30 cans
3rd place Tie: 4th grade and pre-school/pre-K: 28 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.
If you have any questions, please contact us at email@example.com
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.
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:
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.2018-2019 Scholarships
Mommy & Me
Next meeting Sunday, April 1
Next Meeting Sunday, April 1at Holy Apostles, 5 pm.
"Kick off to Holy Week!" It's time to invite your parents to join us for ORTHODOX CONNECTIONS as we share a great evening of fun and conversations about "Living from the Inside Out" 5 pm. Dinner included! Feel free to join us for our first Holy Week Service @ 7 pm. RSVP on facebook
Follow Orthodox Connections on Facebook, a ministry for our teens and young adults.
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.
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!
Please contact Lefteris Sitaras to RSVP or to volunteer.
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 to participate.
ANY QUESTIONS? Contact YES Leader Sophia Fraser at email@example.com
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
Tuesday, May 1
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or 509-951-2975.
Everyone is welcome--you don't have to be a Yiayia to join us!!!
Orthodox Missions News
Short-Term Mission Team Opportunities
2018 Church Directory
Digital Version Available
A 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.
2018 Twilight Auction
Save the Date: Saturday, June 9
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.
THE ORTHODOX WAY - Our Monthly Newsletter