"Come and see" (from the Holy Gospel according to St. John 1:39)

Located in beautiful Camarillo, St. Demetrios has served Ventura County, California for over 45 years. St. Demetrios was founded in 1970 as the Greek Orthodox Church of Ventura County.

The parish became the St. Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church in 1977 by purchasing the Oxnard Air Force base chapel at the Camarillo Airport. In 2004, in response to our growing community, the Parish purchased land to build a new church, meeting hall, and chapel on a 4-acre parcel near Santa Rosa and Woodcreek Road in the Mission Oaks area of Camarillo. Work on the new property began in the fall of 2013. The first phase of construction was completed and the Thyranoixia Celebration was held on Saturday May 30th 2015 with the first Divine Liturgy the following day (Sunday).

Today the parish aptly reflects the American experience and comprises approximately 200 families representing at least 12 different nationalities, all witnessing to the Good News of Jesus Christ, striving to reflect His love, and living according to the ancient Christian principles and disciplines of the Eastern Orthodox Christian Church.

All are welcome at St. Demetrios. The church hosts weekly meetings for Bible study sessions, baking groups, Boy Scout and Cub Scout troops, a women’s group, potlucks and barbecues, and Family Integrated Religious Education…all to create a welcoming family atmosphere.

Message from Fr Gary

Fr Gary

What are Sundays For?


Recently I came across an advertisement that said, “Sundays are for the LA Times.” In the ad, various people, representing every demographic, wonder their kitchen with a mug of coffee, proclaiming, “Sundays are for the LA Times.” Their statement implies, “We have worked hard all week long, it is time to curl up in a ball and spend the day reading the newspaper.” Another commercial shows a young man taking a load of his clothes down to the laundry room. As he opens the washing machine it is packed with dried concrete. Confused the young man turns around, and with the rift of a bass note, a bowling ball glares at him. Fade to black and we see, “Sundays are for bowling.” This ad, just like the LA Times commercial, implies, “Stay home and watch bowling.” So, according to leading Advertising Executives, “Sundays are for staying home and resting.”

 

They’re right. Stay home and rest. That is exactly what Sunday is for, being home and resting. Certainly, this truly depends on your definition of “home” and “rest.” Isaiah 44 warns, “17 From the rest he makes a god, his idol; he bows down to it and worships.

 

He prays "Save me; you are my god." 18 They know nothing, they understand nothing; their eyes are plastered over so they cannot see, and their minds closed so they cannot understand.”

 

We should redefine rest and must plan our time wisely. I was once told that Sunday is the only day of the week that laundry can be done. “Father, my week is so hectic that I just can’t be in Church on Sunday. I need the morning to rest and the day to complete tasks.” This interpretation of the Church, trivializes our worship and the Divine Liturgy. To our children it conveys a message that Church is trivial and insignificant.

 

Our faith in God serves as a source of energy and vitality. It must be anchored in our Church. We read in the 59th Psalm, “O my Strength, I sing praise to you; you, O God, are my fortress, my loving God.” Recall the comic book, “The Green Lantern.” This superhero has a Power Battery that is used to recharge the ring every twenty four hours. Certainly, we need recharging too. The Divine Liturgy is exactly that, a source of power and solitude. An opportunity to reconnect and refresh ourselves in Christ.

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