President’s Message: Chris Mallakis
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 ..