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Amazon Smile

If you haven't heard Amazon donates a percentage of every purchase you make to St Demetrios. You only need to select St Demetrios and head over to smile.amazon.com for purchases, everything else remains the same.

You shop. Amazon gives.

  • Amazon donates 0.5% of the price of your eligible AmazonSmile purchases to St Demetrios.
  • AmazonSmile is the same Amazon you know. Same products, same prices, same service.
  • Support St Demetrios by starting your shopping at smile.amazon.com



The AmazonSmile Foundation will donate 0.5% of the purchase price
from your eligible smile.amazon.com purchases. Tens of millions of products are eligible for donations. You will see eligible products marked “Eligible for AmazonSmile donation” on their smile.amazon.com product detail pages. Recurring Subscribe-and-Save purchases and subscription renewals are not currently eligible to generate donations.

Remember, only purchases made at smile.amazon.com, (not www.amazon.com or the mobile app,) generate AmazonSmile donations.

Frequently Asked Questions:

What is AmazonSmile?

AmazonSmile is a website operated by Amazon that lets customers enjoy the same wide selection of products, low prices, and convenient shopping features as on Amazon.com. The difference is that when customers shop on AmazonSmile (smile.amazon.com), the AmazonSmile Foundation will donate 0.5% of the price of eligible purchases to the charitable organizations selected by customers.

How does AmazonSmile work?
When first visiting AmazonSmile, customers are prompted to select a charitable organization from almost one million eligible organizations. In order to browse or shop at AmazonSmile, customers must first select a charitable organization. For eligible purchases at AmazonSmile, the AmazonSmileFoundation will donate 0.5% of the purchase price to the customer’s selected charitable organization.

Is there any cost to charitable organizations or to customers?
No. There is no cost to charitable organizations or to AmazonSmile customers. The shopping experience is identical to Amazon.com with the added benefit that the AmazonSmile Foundation will donate to the charitable organizations selected by customers.

Does the AmazonSmile Foundation take any portion of donations to fund its operations?
No. Amazon funds the operations of the AmazonSmile Foundation.

Amazon Wish Lists

Amazon Smile

You Shop. Amazon Gives

  • Amazon Donates 0.5% of the price of your eligible Amazon Smile purchase to St Demetrios.
  • Amazon Smile is the same Amazon you know. Same products, same prices, same service.
  • Help support St Demetrios by shopping at smile.amazon.com

St Demetrios needs your help to continue our philanthropic efforts and further develop our ministries. God bless you abundantly!

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Coffee Hour Update

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Update from our Coffee Hour Ministry

The season of Great Lent is the time of preparation for the feast of the Resurrection of Christ, It is the living symbol of man’s entire life which is to be fulfilled in his own resurrection from the dead with Christ. It is a time of renewed devotion: of prayer, fasting, and almsgiving. It is a time of repentance, a real renewal of our minds, hearts and deeds in conformity with Christ and his teachings. It is the time, most of all, of our return to the great commandments of loving God and our neighbors. 

In the Orthodox Church, Great Lent is not a season of morbidity and gloominess. On the contrary, it is a time of joyfulness and purification. We are called to “anoint our faces” and to “cleanse our bodies as we cleanse our souls.” 

During this blessed time coffee hour will continue to be part of this wonderful time, our host will observe the Lenten restrictions, however this doesn't mean it will be boring!! Our ingenious sponsors have gone above and beyond to make this time we spend together very special. Please join us each and every Sunday during Lent and rejoice in the coming Pascha.

If you would like more information on coffee hour sponsorship, please contact Jody at (805) 402-3696 or via email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Hosting The Coffee Hour During Lent

Hosting The Coffee Hour During Lent

Thank you for volunteering to share your time, talent and treasure with St. Demetrios. Here are a few gentle guidelines that should make the process easier.

Jody Brown

Please keep in mind Lenten observance for Coffee Hour Fellowship. No dairy products or meat items. If you would like a list of suggestions for appropriate foods just let me know.

**Following Communion the Sunday School will meet in the Assembly Hall and Conference/Warming room. So we do not disrupt the classes it is VERY IMPORTANT to have all snacks arrive by 9:45AM

  • Plan to bring snacks for approximately 125 adults.
  • Please bring ANY SERVING dishes you will need.
  • Please clean up the kitchen/Assembly Hall after coffee hour. Do not leave any food at church. Take home any leftovers or give them away.
  • Wash coffee hour pot and store on counter in Warming Room.
  • Please replace all liners in trash containers.

The coffee will be prepared for you. Coffee, coffee cups, sugars, non-dairy creamer will be provided.

Paper goods are provided, i.e. napkins, small plates, juice cups, plastic ware. If you require something special please let me know in advance.

If you are having a Memorial Service the koliva cups and spoons will be available downstairs in the kitchen, then brought upstairs for the coffee hour. In addition if you require someone to make the koliva you can contact the church office and Kim will arrange that for you. The cost is $100.00

If you would like to bring Metaxa for your Memorial Service small shot glasses can be provided, please let me know in advance.

If there is anything you need or any help please do not hesitate to contact me. I am generally in the church by 9:15 and set up the tables in advance and can also be available to assist you.

Call/Text (805) 402-3696 or via email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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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