27:NOV

Santa Claus Helpers Needed! 

He has made his list, he’s checked it twice and realized he needs some help!

St. Demetrios will be collecting gifts and donations for Jose de Jesus from Project Mexico & St Innocent Orphanage.

ALL DONATIONS MUST BE COLLECTED BY SUNDAY, November 27th for processing plus allow time for shipment to Mexico for Christmas Day joy.

Our parish will sponsor one child named Jose de Jesus for all his needs but also would like to buy a few gifts each for the other 25 young men at the orphanage. We are looking for specific board games from their wish lists below. You may find both wish lists on the trees located in the Narthex or on Amazon. To ensure we are able to gather all the items on the list please only pull the tag off of the ornament if you are positive that you are going to purchase the item and have it in the office by November 27th. Once you have pulled the tag, write your name on the back of the ornament. You will get to take the ornament home once all donations have been collected as a thank you. Contact Tim McGuire if you would like to reserve a gift or have any questions. Tim can be reached at 818-522-8290 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

If you hate shopping like Scrooge, please feel free to donate cash, by check (please write Santa's Helpers in the memo line) or call the office and charge by phone at 805-482-1273.

THANK YOU FOR YOUR GENEROSITY IN HELPING TO MAKE THIS CHRISTMAS AWESOME FOR THOSE IN NEED!!!

Wish List

Group Picture

Christmas

13:Nov

Parish Assembly Agenda


Parish Assembly Agenda
November 13, 2016
After Divine Liturgy

1. Call to Order —Determination of Quorum – President, Ari Qutami
2. Opening Prayer —Priest, Father Gary Kyriacou
3. Election of Assembly Chair —President, Ari Qutami
4. Ratification of Minutes —Spring General Assembly 2016
5. Priest's Report —Father Gary Kyriacou —10 minutes
6. President's Report —Ari Qutami —10 minutes
7. Treasurer’s Report —10 minutes (Dr. Bob Gonzalez)
8. Stewardship Report —10 minutes (Terri Vegos)
9. Building-Related Reports —30 minutes
a. PDI Committee (Keith Valle—10 minute
b. Building Fund (Mary Freeth—10 minutes)
c. Capital Campaign (George Joannou —10 minutes)
10. Reports —10 minutes
a. Acolytes (Thomas Knauss)
b. Boy Scouts (Lou Leopold)
c. Dance Groups
i. Thavmatakia (Ari Qutami)
ii. Agape (Kerri Brode, Christina Joannou, Stella Kalivas)
iii. Parea (Dia Chass)
d. Golf Tournament (Joe and Mary Freeth)
e. Greek School (Niki Rozou)
f. Festival 2016 Report (Joannou/Knauss/Poulos)
g. Festival 2017 Status (Joannou/Knauss/Poulos)
h. Orthodox Study (Effie Stantzos)
i. Philoptochos (Martha Poulos)
j. Sunday School (Mandee Sanderson)
k. VIPs (Vacant, chairperson needed)
l. Youth (Helen Tangalos)
11. Nominations for Parish Council (Election date set for Sunday, December 4 after Divine Liturgy)
a. NOTE: BY LAW Change: ARTICLE 24:
SECTION 1: The Parish Council shall consist of nine elected members and is responsible for conducting all parish affairs in keeping with the aims and purposes as herein set forth in Article 15 - WAS AMENDED BY THE SPRING 2016 Assembly BODY to READ:
The Parish Council proposes to change the number of elected officers from a minimum of 9 (nine) to up to 11 (eleven) members.
THUS:
Six (6) Parish Council seats available for January 2017– December 2018
Returning Members whose Term Expires December 2017- five (5) seats: Bob Gonzales, Deb Greanias George Mallakis, and John Poulos ONE VACANT
12. Election of Board of Auditors - 5 minutes
13. Elect 2 Representatives to attend Metropolis Clergy-Laity 2017
14. 2017 Budget —15 minutes (Dr. Bob Gonzalez)
15. Good of the Parish—-10 minutes
16. Closing Prayer

Notice of Fall 2016 Parish Assembly

The Fall Parish Assembly will be held on Sunday, November 13, 2016. The Parish By-Laws require a 10-day advance written OR ELECTRONIC notice to all members. This shall serve as that written notice. The Parish Assembly will begin after Divine Liturgy (roughly 11:45AM). Your participation is requested and important for our future. A question and answer period is provided in the agenda to ask questions regarding presentations.

As noted in our by-laws, participation in the Parish Assembly requires that one be a member in good ecclesiastical and financial standing at Saint Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church; Camarillo, CA. This means that participants must be Baptized and/or Chrismated in the Orthodox Church, and where applicable, married or divorced in the Orthodox Church, and living in accordance with the faith and canons of the Church. Simply, there must exist no spiritual impediments for complete participation in the life of the Church.

In order to vote, your stewardship pledge must be paid up to the lesser of: 1) The average stewardship pledge of the parish or 2) Two-thirds of your stewardship pledge. You must have been a member in good standing for at least three months to vote. (Per our by-laws, this means you must have pledged for year 2016 by August 13, 2016)

29:Oct

Fr Gary’s 15th Year Anniversary of Ordination


The Celebration is at the Camarillo Community Center 1605 E. Burnley St. Camarillo, CA 93010

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St. Demetrios Feast Day Dinner Dance Celebration

The world has found in you, o victor, a mighty champion in great danger, and the one who caused the nations to flee, in the arena overcoming the strength of Liaus by inspiring Nestor with courage, do you also O Great Martyr, Demetrios, pray to Christ, our God, that He may give us His great mercy.

Hymns of the Feast

Saint Demetrios suffered in Thessalonica during the reign of Galerius Maximian (c. 306). He belonged to one of the most distinguished families of the province of Macedonia and was widely admired not only because of his noble ancestry and grace of bearing, but also for virtue, wisdom and goodness of heart surpassing that of his elders.

The military expertise of Saint Demetrios led Galerius, as Caesar of the Eastern Empire, to appoint him commander of the Roman forces in Thessaly and Proconsul for Hellas. But for all this, Demetrios remained ever aware of the underlying realities of life. Since faith in Christ had touched his heart, all the glory of this world meant nothing to him, and there was nothing he preferred to teaching and preaching the word of God.

Despite the persecution directed against Christians by the Emperor, Saint Demetrios brought a large number of pagans to the faith. His words convinced them because they saw in the righteousness, peace and brotherly love that marked his life an illustration of the truth of which he spoke.

The Emperor Maximian had just won a series of brilliant victories over the Scythians and was on his way back to Rome when he halted at Thessalonica to receive the acclamations of the populace and to offer sacrifices in thanksgiving to the idols. A number of pagans, envious of the success of the Saint, took advantage of the Emperor's presence in the city to denounce Demetrios as a Christian. Maximian's astonishment gave way to violent indignation when he was told that Demetrios' was making use of his official position to spread the faith. Demetrios was summoned and confined in a cell, located in the basement of nearby baths.

Maximian arranged for games and gladiatorial combats to take place in the amphitheater of the city. He had brought with him a man of gigantic stature and Herculean strength called Lyaios, a Vandal by origin. Such was this man's strength and skill in single combat that no one could withstand him. There was in the city a young Christian called Nestor, who observing the empty pride of the Emperor in the victories of his champion, made up his mind to show him that real power belongs to Christ alone. He ran to the baths where Demetrios was imprisoned and asked for the protection of his prayer in going to confront the giant. The Martyr made the sign of the Cross on the brow and the heart of the boy, and sent him like David before Goliath. He reached the amphitheater just as the heralds were crying out on all sides for any who would stand against Lyaios. Advancing towards the Emperor, Nestor threw his tunic to the ground and shouted, "God of Demetrios, help me!" In the first encounter, at the very moment the giant rushed upon him, Nestor slipped aside and stabbed him to the heart with his dagger. There was uproar and amazement at the marvel, and people asked themselves how a mere child, relying neither on strength nor weapons, could so suddenly have brought down the barbarian.

Rather than yield to the sign of the sovereign power of God, the Emperor flew into a rage and ordered the immediate arrest of Nestor and his beheading outside the city. He had heard Nestor calling upon the God of Demetrios and, supposing the Saint had used some kind of witchcraft, Maximian ordered his soldiers to go and thrust Demetrios through with their lances, without trial, in the depths of his prison cell. There were some Christians, including Demetrios' servant Lupus, present at his martyrdom, and when the soldiers had gone, they reverently buried the Saint's body.

It was God's will that the grace with which He filled Saint Demetrios should remain active even after his death. This is why He caused to flow from his body a myron with a delightful scent, which had the property of healing all who took it as an unction, with faith in the intercession of the Saint. Time and again, during sixteen hundred years, Saint Demetrios has given proof of his benevolent care for the city of Thessalonica and its inhabitants. He has defended them from the attacks of barbarians, he has preserved them from plague and famine, healed the sick and comforted the afflicted.

Apolytikion and Kontakion courtesy of Holy Cross Press, Brookline, MA
http://www.goarch.org/special/demetrios/index_html

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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