3:DEC

DAUGHTERS OF PENELOPE

DAUGHTERS OF PENELOPE: Will hold a monthly potluck luncheon meeting on Thursday, December 3 at 6:30 pm upstairs. All interested ladies are welcome. Please contact Evonne Dabkovich to RSVP (805-218-5693 or 805-987-3504) and let her know what type dish you will bring. Daughters of Penelope will be holding a Sees Holiday candy sale from November 15 through December 25. Sees boxed candy, novelties, and gift certificates will be available to take, or for preorder. Proceeds help to fund national projects such as The Penelope House, domestic violence family center and the Saint Nicholas National Shrine at the World Trade Center plus local charities such as providing Christmas gifts to a needy family through the Rain project.

15:DEC

Youth Mental Illness Education

Ending The Silence: is a 50 minute program designed for jr. high & high school audiences. This transformational program is devoted to giving students an opportunity to learn about mental illness through an informative PowerPoint, short videos, and personal testimony. Through the presentation, students learn symptoms and indicators of mental illness, and are given ideas about how to help themselves, friends, or family members who may be in need of support. St. Demetrios will host a meeting here on Tuesday, December 15 at 7pm upstairs in the Assembly Hall. Call the church office 805-482-1273 for more details.

Dean Valle Eagle Scout Project

Our very own Dean Valle is working on an Eagle Scout project and beautifying St. Demetrios is his project! To accomplish this worthy goal he's asking for help.

Volunteers Needed - November 21, 27, 28 at 8am

Lunch is provided

Bring tools (shovels, rakes, gloves, trimmers)

Meet behind the Cross to pull weeds and dead plants, plant new plants and trim overgrown weeds.

Donations for new plants greatly appreciated.

Dean's Project:

Trim overgrown plants, spread bark and replace dead plants plus add some new ones.

Any money donated for the purchase of plants would be greatly appreciated.

He'll take the money at any time between now and during the weekend---he's collected about $400 bucks or so; but his budget is about $1000.

Your muscles (physical and financially) are very much appreciated!!!

You can use this event to work off some of that Thanksgiving "fluffiness" that is acquired during the holiday...

More Info on the St Demetrios Boy Scouts

Philoptochos Holiday Bake Sale

If you enjoyed the pastries at our festival, here is your opportunity to pre-order some for Holiday entertaining, to give as gifts, or just for your own enjoyment. Try our spanakopita rolls and tamales as well. Proceeds from our fundraiser support Ventura County Charities.

Please Place Orders by Sunday, November 29, 2015
Order Form

Message from Fr Gary

Fr Gary

God’s Holy Word


A great benefit of spending time at summer camp is the opportunity to disconnect from technology. Not having a phone or internet connection gets you excited to receive mail. A great joy is receiving a (good old fashioned) letter from home. The delight in holding an envelope with the familiar handwriting of a loved one is a highlight for all the staff, counselors and campers. Everyone gets electrified when they get mail (real, handwritten, stamped envelope mail).

One afternoon at St. Sophia Camp, the Director handed me a small envelope sent to me from Christie. I took it, looked at it and put it in my pocket. “You gonna read it?” He asked. I nodded, smiled and walked to the chapel to prepare for evening vespers. I placed it on the altar and put my vestments on for the service.

Vespers ended and the kids were excited to go up the hill to mail call, anticipating their own letters and packages. Prior to their leaving the chapel I shared with them the unopened envelope from my wife. I asked, “What if I just set this letter from my wife on my night stand and never opened or read it?” The responses were touching and hilarious.

One little guy said, “I think you should read it, it will make you happy!” Another jokingly said, “You might end up sleeping on the couch if you don’t.” An older teen girl said, “That’s just coldhearted, what if...

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