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

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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