RESCUE MISSION

Next opportunity to help: Saturday, May 19th

The 11 am to 1 pm shift is great for kids who need community service hours. Were always open to receiv- ing funds to help feed the hungry: St. Demetrios Rescue Mission Fund. Sign-up sheet in hallway at church!

Nick & Barbara Kokkinis (805) 815-3063 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

John Poulos (805) 558-2633 cell This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.   read more ..

2012 SCHOLARSHIP OPPORTUNITIES

The Order of AHEPA, Daughters of Penelope and Irini Chapter of Philoptochos at St. Demetrios are happy to announce the availability of their annual scholarships.

Application forms are available in the St. Demetrios church office. Arrangements can be made to pick them up or have them sent. Please call 482-1273 for help.

We wish all of our applicants the best of luck with their continuing educational progress read more ..

YOUTH DIVERS NEEDED:

 

MALE OR FEMALE, 12 TO 17 YEARS OF AGE FOR RELEASE FORMS CONTACT: FR. GARY IN THE OFFICE AT 482-1273

EARLY BIRD DISCOUNTS AVAILABLE ONLY IF PAID IN FULL

BY THURSDAY, DECEMBER 15TH, 2011 ST. DEMETRIOS GREEK ORTHODOX CHURCH, 400 SKYWAY DRIVE, CAMARILLO CA 93010 QUESTIONS? CALL BARBARA KOKKINIS AT (805) 815-3063 OR EMAIL HER AT This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. LARGE PARTIES MUST PRE-PAY & NOTE LAST NAMES OF ALL GUESTS read more ..

TEEN EVENT: Coffee & Couches

For youth from 15 to 19 years of age Sunday, April 29th at 6 pm in Camarillo Hosted The Coler Family

Join Fr. Gary at the Coler Home for coffee and informal talk with your peers. RSVP to Fr. Gary at 443-3376  read more..



A LIMITED NUMBER OF DRAWING TICKETS ARE AVAILABLE FOR $50 EACH

We will be having the drawing we started at last year’s October Dinner Dance. Only 25 more tickets are available for $50 each, winners to receive cash prizes of up to $1,000 All drawing proceeds benefit the Building Fund; all tickets previously bought will be included Contact Pam in the office, Fr. Gary, or Keith Valle to purchase your tickets!  read more..



ATTEND OUR ANNUAL AGAPE PICNIC

Directly following Agape Vespers (12 pm) on Easter Sunday, April 15th, 2012 at 1pm

We are trying something new this year, and asking people to pay according to their ability. We want everyone to attend! The actual cost of the picnic is about $20 per person, some can afford more, some less, and we want you to pay what you can. You can make a payment of any amount at any time, but PLEASE RSVP ASAP with the number of people attending so we know how much food to provide!

You can make a donation at the door, but we really need to know how many people to expect. Call or email Pam at the office:(805) 482-1273 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or get in touch with Nick Mirras, contact information below. 

See Nick Mirras on Sunday for tickets, more information, or to offer help. Contact him at (818) 913-1568 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  read more..

YOUTH EPIPHANY CELEBRATION: SUNDAY, JANUARY 8th, 2012

EPIPHANY SERVICE AT ST. DEMETRIOS BEGINS AT 9:30 AM THEN PROCEEDS TO VENTURA HARBOR CROSS PROCESSION & DIVE FOR THE CROSS BEGINS AT NOON LUNCHEON IMMEDIATELY FOLLOWING THE GREEK AT THE HARBOR 1583SPINNAKERDR-VENTURA HARBOR-VENTURA,CA93001 (805) 650-5350 FOR DIRECTIONS ONLY or WWW.GREEKVENTURAHARBOR.COM $45 ADULTS — $35/PERSON IF PAID BY WED, DECEMBER 15TH $17 YOUNG ADULTS 12 – 17 YEARS OF AGE $10CHILDREN 6 TO 11 YEARS OF AGE SPAGHETTI LUNCH CHILDREN 5 AND YOUNGER ARE FREE read more..

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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