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!"  (as shared by Fr. Photios in his December 3rd sermon)

 

 

Congratulations to our St. Demetrios GOYAns for taking home the trophy in a close game verses Holy Trinity.  Over 25 teens from both parishes played in three games on Saturday, February 17th.  The boys of St. Demetrios defeated the boys of Holy Trinity, the girls of Holy Trinity defeated the girls of St. Demetrios and in the final game the boys and girls combined; St. Demetrios won a close game 42 - 41 and brpught the trophy home to St. Demetrios.  Thank you to the Holy Trinity parish for hosting the tournament.  Thanks also to the Bekris and Hunt families for hosting our teens.
The Veritas Forum
Thursday, February 22 at University of Washington
   
The Veritas Forum, a national, nonprofit Christian organization that strives to create a space for multi-faith dialogue, are hosting an event entitled "The Pursuit of Wholeness: perspectives on hope and suffering in medicine" on Thursday February 22nd, 2018 in Kane Hall 130 at 8:00 pm. Each year, UW students plan and organize a forum to encourage a robust dialogue between people of all different backgrounds and beliefs. 
 
This year will be a dialogue exploring the intersection between worldview, visions of wholeness, and suffering, and specifically in a medical healthcare setting. Conversations of health and wholeness are becoming increasingly prevalent in the local Seattle community, and The Veritas Forum would like to examine wholeness, its relationship to worldview, and a similar dynamic that is seen between a caregiver and patient in cases of suffering. We will have two speakers on our panel this year. Ray Barfield is a pediatric oncologist at Duke University with an interest in bridging medicine, philosophy, and theology. Patricia Arean is a clinical psychologist at the Department of Behavioral Sciences and Psychiatry at the University of Washington.
 
We invite all students and young adults along with their friends from St. Demetrios in the Forum on January 26th at 8 pm in Kane Hall. 
Sunday School News Sunday of Orthodoxy
Bring an Icon for the Sunday of Orthodoxy, February 25

Sunday School Students:
 
This Sunday, February 25th is the Sunday of Orthodoxy icon procession.  Please bring an icon with you to Sunday School for the procession.

2018 Sunday School Lenten Service Project 
This Lent, we are sponsoring a food drive for the Seattle Children's Ronald McDonald House. 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, February 25-April 1, 2018.   
Thank you for kindly considering making a donation to this worthy cause.
Dance Logo
Greek Dance News
Save the Dates
Dance Practice Schedule - Each Monday during Lent, the 6:00 practices will begin in church for a short service. This is an important service in our Lenten journey, takes about 20 minutes, and will replace the mini-lessons from Father Daniel. Practices will start immediately after the service.  It's important to continue to come to practices every Monday, as some groups are preparing for performances in March and ALL groups will be performing at our end of the year Dance Recital in May.  
 
BALKAN FEST - Saturday, March 10th, from 5:00 PM - Midnight at ST. Ds. Everyone is invited to a night of song and dance. This year's Balkan Night featured band is FDF favorites, Endasi, with Nick Sofos, with Island music, Cretan and more!  This year, our own Akrites/Souliotes groups will be performing.  Balkan Night Northwest is a joyous explosion of music, dance and tradition from all over the Balkans, from Albania, through Serbia, Croatia, Greece, Bulgaria, Romania and beyond! This community event welcomes people of all ages, making this a family event for kids and grandparents alike. This year there will be 20 bands providing non-stop music on three stages, with delicious ethnic food provided by the Seattle Croatian and Greek communities. Bring your friends! No dance experience necessary! More information at http://www.balkannightnw.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!
Yiayias & Friends Luncheon
Thursday, March 1
   
Our next Yiayias & Friends luncheon will be on Thursday, March 1 at Costas on the Ave.   Costas is located at 4559 University Way NE.  Time is 11:30 a.m.  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!!!
Bookstore News
Great Lent is Here
 
Come shop the large display of books for Lent as well as for Holy Week and Pascha.  For adults there are books on meditation, meaning of Great Lent, The Ladder of Divine Ascent by St. John Climacus, and more.  
 
For children, there is a fresh stock of Potamitis Press books, including beautifully illustrated hardbacks on the warrior saints and St Catherine and Holy Week coloring books.  For little ones there are mini books on Prophet Jonah, Holy Week and the Resurrection (many other titles available, $4 each). 

Looking for something special?  Your bookstore staff of Heather, Lindsay and Theodora can assist.  For special orders it is helpful to allow 3-4 weeks lead-time for sourcing, ordering and delivery.
If you have any questions, please contact us at bookstore@saintdemetrios.com
Philoptochos News
Save the Date for our Retreat on March 3
Membership Drive
January began our membership drive for 2018. We hope you will support us with your annual dues of $40 and join us when you can for fellowship. All are welcome and if you have time to donate in addition to your check, even better. You will not receive a call when you write a check as we are a volunteer organization and we are grateful for every member whatever their participation. A membership form is included in February's Sunday bulletins and can be turned in to Lena LaMarche.
Philoptochos Society of Saint Catherine Annual Valentine Tea
Join the ladies of the Church of the Assumption in their beautiful community hall for a 'Hat and Gloves Tea Party'. Family and friends are welcome to come for tea, tasty treats, entertainment, door prizes and a raffle on Saturday, February 10th from 1:00 to 4:00 PM. Your $10 donation benefits Philoptochos ministries. For information, contact Nancy Charoni at 425.235.6426.
Diaper Drive 2018
Philoptochos will again collect diapers, pull ups and baby wipes for needy families throughout Lent. Size 4 and 5 diapers are especially needed. Children's clothing and toys are also welcome. A Pack N Play will be located in the Narthex to collect donations until Easter. For more information or to make a donation, contact Kathy Mitalas at 206-824-8511 or Stacy Taylor at 206-501-9500. 
Philoptochos Retreat
Saturday, March 3, Please RSVP by February 28
   
The Ladies Philoptochos of Saint Demetrios is pleased to sponsor a one-day Lenten retreat open to women from all our sister parishes in the Pacific Northwest.  Join us on Saturday, March 3 from 8:30 am to 3:00 pm for "Forgiveness: Transforming Wounds into Wisdom."
 
Forgiveness is a fundamental skill of our spiritual practice.  We are instructed by Christ to forgive 70 times 7.  We pray for forgiveness "as we forgive the trespasses of others."  However, many of us have been hurt and continue to feel burdened by the pain of that offense.  Many of us wish to be released from our resentment towards someone who has deeply hurt us.  But how?  How can we turn our negativity into compassion?  How do we know when we have truly forgiven?  Do we forgive ourselves?
In this full-day retreat and workshop (with lunch provided), we will explore the meaning of forgiveness, what it is and what it is not.  During breakout sessions, we will work through a process that will help us shift our view of ourselves, the offense, and the offender, in a helpful and health-full manner.
For reservations, please contact Pam Plumis at (206) 349-8341 by February 28.
2018 St. John Chrysostom Oratorical Festival Topics 


The St. Demetrios Oratorical Festival will be held on Sunday, March 4, 2018

For more information contact Parish Chairperson, Lefteris Sitaras at lsitaras@saintdemetrios.com
Mommy & Me
Next meeting Sunday, March 4
Orthodox Connections
Next Meeting Sunday, March 4
Follow Orthodox Connections on Facebook, a ministry for our teens and young adults.
Papouthes Group News
Join us in March 8
 
Our next Papouthes group luncheon wiil be on March 8, 2018 at Bay Cafe at fisherman's terminal, that is just south west of Ballard bridge, almost next to chinook's restaurant at 12:00 noon. Those that wish to carpool may meet at Saint 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
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.  
Balkan Night NW
Saturday, March 10 

Visit www.balkannightnw.com for details
All Saints Camp 2018 
Camp Registration is Open.  Register Here
IV Next by Ionian Village
Applications due March 15
IV Next by Ionian Village and Leadership 100 is an exciting new ministry for college students and Young Adults.
 
"I graduated from GOYA, I'm in college, I'm too old to go to camp, I have to work this summer....what's next for me?"  IV Next is what's next.
 
Working together with and funded through a grant from Leadership 100, IV Next will focus on not only the influential excursions of the classic Ionian Village program, but also, the future of the participants by providing access to mentors from Leadership 100.
 
Dozens of colleges and universities offer study abroad programs in Greece, and many of the programs of our own diaspora offer similar opportunities. However, IV Next is the only travel based program for young adults that has our Greek Orthodox Faith as a core tenet of the program. Only IV Next combines professional development, international travel, and the Orthodox Faith into one all-inclusive program.
 
The twelve-day itinerary includes time at the historic Ionian Village campgrounds, as well as excursions to the cornerstones of the travel program. Throughout the program, participants will engage in discussions about career goals, the financial realities of being a millennial, and how to successfully incorporate our Orthodox Faith into everyday business life. These conversations and sessions will provide not only a more solid understanding of vocation, but also serve as an excellent inter-community networking opportunity.
 
Through a varied schedule that includes churches and monasteries, meetings with political and religious figures, and museums and archaeological sites, IV Next participants will become intimately familiar with all aspects of Greece, her culture and people.
 
Participants of the IV Next program will be selected by filling out an online application and interviewing with a member of the selection committee. Participants will be required to get themselves to JFK for departure to Greece. Full participation and all costs associated with this program (flight to and from Greece, meals, travel, lodging) are subsidized through a generous grant from Leadership 100.

Applications for IV Next are due March 15th, 2018. 
 
To be a part of the conversation and for more information, visit ionianvillage.org/next.
Greek Independence Celebration
Saturday, March 24 from 5 pm - 11 pm

Contact Chris Economou at 206-940-9455 for reservations. 
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
  • Scholarship applications are due April 1, 2018.
  • Scholarship application packets must be postmarked by the April 1, 2018 deadline. Late submissions or incomplete packets will not be accepted or considered by the Scholarship Committee.
  • Scholarship Awards are determined and announced by July 31, 2018.
  • Scholarship Recipients' Acceptance Agreements are due by August 15, 2018.
  • Scholarship Award Distribution Checks are issued and mailed to the Scholarship Recipients' School by August 31, 2018.
  • Download a Scholarship Application here
  • Download a Budget Form here
All questions should be submitted in writing to the Scholarship Committee at info@kulisfoundation.org or visit kulisfoundation.org 
Youth Equipted 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 sfraser@uoregon.edu

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!  
AHiF
Call for Applications 
AHIF is Accepting Applications for its Tenth Annual
College Student Foreign Policy Study Trip -
Washington, D.C., Greece and Cyprus


June 19-July 6, 2018

 
WASHINGTON, DC-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 19 - July 6, 2018.

For more information, click here.  For an application please, APPLY HERE
Short Term Missions in 2018
The Best Spring Break Destination EVER!
 
Advertisements are popping up on social media and all over college campuses with catchy tag lines telling you about the '10 Best Deals for Spring Break' or 'Sunniest Spring Break Destinations'. They all promise you the most fun, the best beaches, the wildest parties and the greatest deal for your money. None of them advertise that you'll be doing anything meaningful. Period. Guaranteed. 
Welcome OCMC/OCF Spring Break Albania; the best alternative to everything else out there. Sign up for a week in which you will see a nation that has risen from the ashes of atheism. A week where you will see what it means to desire Christ first through your interactions with the youth, the youth leaders, the faithful and the church leadership. 

Apply for the 2018 OCMC/OCF Spring Break trip to Albania at www.ocmc.org or by calling 877-GO-FORTH (877-643-6784) and open your heart to participate in the Best Spring Break Destination EVER.
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.
2018 Twilight Auction
Save the Date: Saturday, June 2
 
Please save the date for our 2018 Twilight Auction to be held on June 2nd.  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 Margo to Volunteer at  (206) 963-5525 or margomba@hotmail.com