12:NOV

VIP's Wine Food and Fellowship


VIP's Wine, Food and Fellowship, at Sunstone Vineyards and Winery in Santa Ynez on Thursday, November 12th at Noon. Cost is only $10 per person for all food and drinks. VIP’s from Saint Demetrios and Saint Barbara’s will meet at this Winery for a relaxing wine tasting and followed by a luncheon with some Greek dancing! This event is hosted by John and Martha Poulos. Depending on number of sign ups, we hope to get a van or small bus to travel together. To sign up for the luncheon, call Martha at 805-558-2466. Even if you’re not a VIP you can still enjoy it as we could use some assistance with cooking and serving. To assist with the luncheon, call John at 805-558-2633.

Greetings! You are invited to the benefit fundraiser dinner organized by St. Paul's parishioners Gaby Munayer, Elie Sarraf and Wally Bashawaty to support and help Mother Markella and the nuns at the Life-Giving Spring Monastery at St. Nicholas Ranch in Dunlap, California.

The purpose of this fundraiser dinner is the extension of the nuns' quarters/monastery cells and dining room/trapeza facilities at the Life-Giving Spring Monastery--they need more room with the growing number of nuns!

Mother Markella and the Nuns
Benefit Fundraiser
Sunday, November 1
6 pm
St. John's Greek Orthodox Church Hall
405 N. Dale Street
Anaheim, CA 92801
Phone: 714-827-0181

Respectfully yours, Dean Langis Pastoral Assistant
St. Paul's Greek Orthodox Church in Irvine
For more information call 949-733-2366

Life-Giving Spring Monastery

St. Demetrios 21st Annual Golf Tournament

The 21st Annual St. Demetrios Golf Tournament was held on Monday, September 21st at Sunset Hills Country Club, Thousand Oaks. A good time was had by all the golfers and those who came out for a fabulous Dinner, Auction and Raffle.

Once again, the event was a huge success! Generating $60,056 in net revenue for the Building Fund, this year’s event was the most profitable ever, up over 11% vs. last year’s record. The support of the local community as well as key sponsors in various Greek parishes throughout the region was instrumental to our success.

For all that joined us for the event, thank you for your support!

A very special THANK YOU to our Tournament Workers!

Your efforts and hard work helped make this a great event!

Sincerely,

St Demetrios Feast Day Dinner Dance

St. Demetrios Feast Day Celebration!

We are very excited to announce
His Eminence, Metropolitan Gerasimos
will be celebrating with us during this special time!


His schedule is as follows:
Sunday, October 25, 2015
Vespers 7pm
Monday, October 26 2015
Orthros 9 am
Liturgy 10 am

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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