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Independence Day Celebration

27:Mar

Independence Day Celebration


St Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church
Independence Day Celebration
Sunday, 27 March 2016
After Divine Liturgy (around 11:30)
5575 Santa Rosa Road, Camarillo, CA 93012
Fish Luncheon $15 a person
Children 5 and under are free but still need to RSVP
Featuring Performances by the St Demetrios Greek School Students and Agape Dancers

For Tickets Call
Niki David 805-444-2827 or
Olivia Pandelides 805-377-896?
For Credit Card Reservations Call
Kim at the church office 805-482-1273
PushPay Please use the comment box to list attendees
Seating will be assigned on a first come first paid basis
Seating is limited

All Proceeds benefit the St Demetrios Building Fund

St Demetrios Building Fund

Message from Fr Gary

Fr Gary

Christ-Centered Parish


I learn a lot of interesting things at committee meetings. At one meeting, when discussing the newsletter of our parish, The Myrrh-Bearer, someone frankly said, “Nobody reads that.” That person is either right or wrong depending on how much further you go into this message. At our most recent Parish Council meeting, a parish council member, politely, combined the conversation about healthy church finances with the status of our relationship with Christ.

It wasn’t me, I wasn’t preaching, it was one of YOUR ELECTED OFFICERS, that was sharing this thought. I was mesmerized by his conviction; I looked around at the other members and they were too! The Holy Spirit was present. His inspiration moved us to take the conversation about Parish financial health to a new level.

“Every year we consider ways to raise money. What fundraisers can we hold? How will we meet our obligation to the Metropolis and Archdiocese? How can we motivate better giving? Instead,” he went on, “How can we serve Christ? How can we instill a deep love for Jesus, in every member, young and old, so that our Parish becomes financially healthy and shows greater concern for how Christ-Centered we are as a group?”

It was refreshing to hear a leader of our community express these thoughts. I have offered them in the past, but it is cliché for the priest to say it, because I’m supposed to. A group begins to reexamine the metric for success when a respected member of the Parish Council looks intently at his peers and says, “Are you concerned for your salvation?” If we look at our challenges through the lens of salvation, that is, how what we do will enhance our relationship with Christ, a new perspective is born.

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