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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

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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