President’s Message: Chris Mallakis

Dear Parishioners,

September was a very busy month with all the preparations for our groundbreaking. We finally had the long-awaited ceremony and all went well with the special services. Metropolitan Gerasimos blessed our new land, and all the faithful and guests present. It was beautiful and emotional; especially for me remembering old friends and the founders’ vision to someday have a beautiful new church for young and old to worship in together and keep the Orthodox faith and tradition alive in Ventura County. AHEPA and the Daughters of Penelope put on a wonderful BBQ and we thank them for that. We also look forward to a successful St. Demetrios Dinner Dance on October 27th at  the church on Skyway Drive. By now you should have your invitations. Please send in your replies as soon as possible. I hope and pray that all our St. Demetrios families and guests attend this special 35th Anniversary Dinner Dance. The Valle family is planning a great event with good food and fun for all. Another event is coming up November 3rd at the Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza where we will be holding a concert with Chris Hillman and the Desert Rose Band to benefit our building fund. Save the date and see page five for more information. Thank you and I look forward to seeing you at the events honoring our Patron St. Demetrios from October 25-27th.

Yours in Christ,  read more .. 

FESTIVAL 2012 A ROUSING SUCCESS!

 

Fr. Gary and Chris Pulos start the Festival with a blessing while Chair John Poulos and Parish Council President ChrisMallakis look on. Throughout this newsletter, you’ll find pictures of parishioners smiling and working together. So many familiar faces. Why are these people happy? Because they are working together to benefit the parish. We’d love some new faces next year. It takes MORE than a village to run this event. Please consider adding your smiling face to next year’s pictures of happy memories read more ...

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!

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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 ..

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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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