27:Dec

Pan-Orthodox Winter Camp

For 5th through 12th Grade Orthodox Youth

December 27—December 30, 2015

CAMP WRIGHTWOOD—Wrightwood, CA

Sunday, December 27—5:00 p.m. Arrival and Ice-Breaker Games

Monday, December 28—Full day of Camp Activities

Tuesday, December 29—Full day of Camp Activities with liturgy

Wednesday, December 30—11:00 a.m. Farewell and pick-up

With the Blessing of the Orthodox Bishops on the West Coast

Organized by Orthodox Youth Workers and Priests of the West Coast

To register: Fill out the registration form and mail with check by Dec. 14 to:

Pan-Orthodox Winter Camp 2015 1621 West Garvey Avenue—Alhambra, CA 91803

Cost: $99 per camper Checks payable to: Cal-Pac Camps


Registration Form

1:NOV

Student Dress up Day

THIS SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 1st, Student Dress up Day- It is my desire that all the kids of our parish come to Church dressed in a costume showing their creativity!

The challenge is for them to dress up as a person from the Bible: Old or New Testament, or their very own Patron Saint.


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

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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