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Parish Assembly Agenda


Parish Assembly Agenda
November 13, 2016
After Divine Liturgy

1. Call to Order —Determination of Quorum – President, Ari Qutami
2. Opening Prayer —Priest, Father Gary Kyriacou
3. Election of Assembly Chair —President, Ari Qutami
4. Ratification of Minutes —Spring General Assembly 2016
5. Priest's Report —Father Gary Kyriacou —10 minutes
6. President's Report —Ari Qutami —10 minutes
7. Treasurer’s Report —10 minutes (Dr. Bob Gonzalez)
8. Stewardship Report —10 minutes (Terri Vegos)
9. Building-Related Reports —30 minutes
a. PDI Committee (Keith Valle—10 minute
b. Building Fund (Mary Freeth—10 minutes)
c. Capital Campaign (George Joannou —10 minutes)
10. Reports —10 minutes
a. Acolytes (Thomas Knauss)
b. Boy Scouts (Lou Leopold)
c. Dance Groups
i. Thavmatakia (Ari Qutami)
ii. Agape (Kerri Brode, Christina Joannou, Stella Kalivas)
iii. Parea (Dia Chass)
d. Golf Tournament (Joe and Mary Freeth)
e. Greek School (Niki Rozou)
f. Festival 2016 Report (Joannou/Knauss/Poulos)
g. Festival 2017 Status (Joannou/Knauss/Poulos)
h. Orthodox Study (Effie Stantzos)
i. Philoptochos (Martha Poulos)
j. Sunday School (Mandee Sanderson)
k. VIPs (Vacant, chairperson needed)
l. Youth (Helen Tangalos)
11. Nominations for Parish Council (Election date set for Sunday, December 4 after Divine Liturgy)
a. NOTE: BY LAW Change: ARTICLE 24:
SECTION 1: The Parish Council shall consist of nine elected members and is responsible for conducting all parish affairs in keeping with the aims and purposes as herein set forth in Article 15 - WAS AMENDED BY THE SPRING 2016 Assembly BODY to READ:
The Parish Council proposes to change the number of elected officers from a minimum of 9 (nine) to up to 11 (eleven) members.
THUS:
Six (6) Parish Council seats available for January 2017– December 2018
Returning Members whose Term Expires December 2017- five (5) seats: Bob Gonzales, Deb Greanias George Mallakis, and John Poulos ONE VACANT
12. Election of Board of Auditors - 5 minutes
13. Elect 2 Representatives to attend Metropolis Clergy-Laity 2017
14. 2017 Budget —15 minutes (Dr. Bob Gonzalez)
15. Good of the Parish—-10 minutes
16. Closing Prayer

Notice of Fall 2016 Parish Assembly

The Fall Parish Assembly will be held on Sunday, November 13, 2016. The Parish By-Laws require a 10-day advance written OR ELECTRONIC notice to all members. This shall serve as that written notice. The Parish Assembly will begin after Divine Liturgy (roughly 11:45AM). Your participation is requested and important for our future. A question and answer period is provided in the agenda to ask questions regarding presentations.

As noted in our by-laws, participation in the Parish Assembly requires that one be a member in good ecclesiastical and financial standing at Saint Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church; Camarillo, CA. This means that participants must be Baptized and/or Chrismated in the Orthodox Church, and where applicable, married or divorced in the Orthodox Church, and living in accordance with the faith and canons of the Church. Simply, there must exist no spiritual impediments for complete participation in the life of the Church.

In order to vote, your stewardship pledge must be paid up to the lesser of: 1) The average stewardship pledge of the parish or 2) Two-thirds of your stewardship pledge. You must have been a member in good standing for at least three months to vote. (Per our by-laws, this means you must have pledged for year 2016 by August 13, 2016)

Message from Fr Gary

Fr Gary

Four in Three


Ecclesiastes is one of my favorite books of the Bible. We find classic lines like, “To everything there is a season,” or “Vanity of vanities, all is vanity!” Taken as a whole, the Book of Ecclesiastes is full of wonderful wisdom. During my time at the seminary, a beloved priest professor would encourage us to read the entire book from beginning to end whenever we felt overwhelmed with the pressures of life. This tool served me well as a student, and has become a valuable tool in my ministry to Christ’s Church. A Priest witnesses all the emotions of life. You rejoice at the birth of a child and you mourn with the passing of a loved one. Ecclesiastes verbalizes this sentiment well.


In the past three weeks, I have participated in four funerals. Four beloved individuals left this world in the hope of the resurrection. Two funerals were for 30 something year old’s and two funerals were for 80 something year old’s, yet their loved ones shed the equal number of tears at each of the funerals. All four individuals left behind the same thing, a lasting memory of the relationships developed. Their grieving loved ones mourn their physical losses.


In late February, we lost Kevin, a 33 year old loving husband, father of two, son and good friend. Kevin battled stage 4 oral cancer for 16 months before leaving this life. During his last days, as he prepared to die, he taught those around him how to live! His love for baseball inspired a road trip, with his father, to San Francisco to see his beloved Giants play, and the holidays gave him the opportunity to express his love for his family and friends as they showered him with their loving sentiments. I stood, in rapt amazement, watching his beautiful young wife, with her their two year old child in her arms, sharing cherished memories. She made us laugh and she made us cry, but she reminded us that our hope as Christians is in our Lord’s Resurrection.

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