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

Encounter Christ


Many Evangelical Christians can name the date in which they were “Born Again.” The day in which they made Christ a priority in their life. Many of us, as Orthodox Christians, make that commitment on the day of our Baptism and Christmation, as infants. Are we transformed by the love of Christ? Do we allow ourselves to be transformed by Christ? There is a common theme in the Sunday Gospel readings following Pascha (Easter). Each of these five Sunday Gospels after Pascha distinguish a person (or persons) transformed by Christ.

The Sunday following Pascha we hear of “Doubting” Thomas. Thomas is skeptical about the encounter his brother disciples have with the risen Lord and make a bold proclamation, “Unless I see and touch!” The Lord reveals himself to Thomas and Thomas is immediately transformed. Without having to touch, he exclaims, “My Lord and my God!” Thomas encounter’s Christ and his faith is renewed.

The second Sunday after Pascha, we learn of the Myrrh-Bearing Women. These brave women approach the tomb of Christ and find it empty. Having encountered Christ, they return and share the good news with the disciples. Then on the third Sunday after our Lord’s Resurrection the Church shares the story of the paralytic. Although this happens before the Lord’s crucifixion, it holds fast to the theme of “Encountering Christ.” The man has suffered with an infirmity for 38 years...

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