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Epiphany Celebration

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ST DEMETRIOS GREEK ORTHODOX CHURCH
ANNUAL EPIPHANY CELEBRATION
SUNDAY, JANUARY 15th 2017
Rain or Shine
Divine Liturgy 10:00 am @ Agape Center
5575 Santa Rosa Road, Camarillo, CA 93012
Then proceed to the Ventura Harbor
for
Blessing of Harbor waters & dive for the Cross
12 NOON


Youth Divers needed (male and female) 12 to 18 yrs old
(must be 12 as of January 1, 2017)

Youth Consent Form


Buffet Luncheon immediately follows event celebration at the
THE GREEK Mediterranean Steak & Seafood
1583 Spinnaker Drive, Suite 101
Ventura Harbor, California 93001

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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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