Help Wanted, VC Greek Festival

Please sign up to be a volunteer at the 2016 Ventura County Greek Festival. Volunteers are needed for the following days:

Friday June 24, from 5:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.
Saturday, June 25, from 11:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.
Sunday, June 26, from 11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.

The Ventura County Greek Festival is a true community event that relies on the efforts of hundreds of volunteers. This year's Festival is on June 24, 25 and 26, 2016 at Freedom Park in Camarillo. We also need help setting up before and cleaning up after the Festival. Please sign up using this form to indicate how you can help. Please contact Cally Pantages at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 818-497-4661 (cell) with questions.

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Message from Fr Gary

Fr Gary

Encounter Christ


Many Evangelical Christians can name the date in which they were “Born Again.” The day in which they made Christ a priority in their life. Many of us, as Orthodox Christians, make that commitment on the day of our Baptism and Christmation, as infants. Are we transformed by the love of Christ? Do we allow ourselves to be transformed by Christ? There is a common theme in the Sunday Gospel readings following Pascha (Easter). Each of these five Sunday Gospels after Pascha distinguish a person (or persons) transformed by Christ.

The Sunday following Pascha we hear of “Doubting” Thomas. Thomas is skeptical about the encounter his brother disciples have with the risen Lord and make a bold proclamation, “Unless I see and touch!” The Lord reveals himself to Thomas and Thomas is immediately transformed. Without having to touch, he exclaims, “My Lord and my God!” Thomas encounter’s Christ and his faith is renewed.

The second Sunday after Pascha, we learn of the Myrrh-Bearing Women. These brave women approach the tomb of Christ and find it empty. Having encountered Christ, they return and share the good news with the disciples. Then on the third Sunday after our Lord’s Resurrection the Church shares the story of the paralytic. Although this happens before the Lord’s crucifixion, it holds fast to the theme of “Encountering Christ.” The man has suffered with an infirmity for 38 years...

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