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

Project Mexico St Innocent Orphanage

Project Mexico & Saint Innocent Orphanage Pantry Partners

Project Mexico St Innocent Orphanage

Three new boys have just joined the Project Mexico and St. Innocent Orphanage family: Armando, age 8, Carlos, age 7, and Christopher, age 6. They are already enrolled in elementary school and are adjusting to orphanage life. Please keep all the boys and staff in your prayers during this important transition time. Glory to God for all things! As we continue to collect pantry items for the Orphanage please take a minute to look over their current needs list and consider grabbing something the next time you are out and about.


It would be a blessing for us to further aid our neighbors to the south at Project Mexico & St Innocent Orphanage. As I am sure you can imagine when caring for 25 boys, there are many mouths to feed, clothes to wash, and bathrooms to clean!


"We all sing the praises of the loving parishes who make these donations possible and directly impact the lives of our boys!"

Project Mexico & St Innocent Orphanage

Please help ensure more than just the survival of these boys and young men. Thank you all for your generosity and all you do in building hope for these youngsters without families.

Please contact Tim McGuire at 818-522-8290 or via email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more details.

A donation box will be located up stairs during coffee hour to collect items on an ongoing basis.

Please help support the boys by donating any of the items below or financially to this worthy cause!

Amazon Smaile

We have set up an Amazon Smile Wishlist to help with some shopping ideas & and they will donate 0.5% back to St Demetrios.

Project Mexico St Innocent Orphanage

Project Mexico & St Innocent Orphanage Website

All of the boys in St. Innocent Orphanage are considered orphans because they were removed from their home by social services, they ran away from home due to an abusive situation or their parents are deceased or imprisoned. St. Innocent Orphanage is not a foster care facility, so when we accept one of these special boys into our home, we do so with the knowledge that they will be with us until they are grown men.

Because of the substantial number of orphaned children in Mexico, the inadequate state and capacity of municipal and city orphanages, and the need to prioritize available resources for the care of younger children, these adolescent and teenage boys become marginalized and are left to care for themselves on the streets. If not for the existence of St. Innocent Orphanage, these boys would eventually be drawn into a violent life of drug trafficking, prostitution and other criminal activity.

A healthy and vibrant spiritual life is vital for the therapeutic and developmental needs of our boys, and is led by the Orthodox priest on staff, who lives on the orphanage property. The teachings and practices of Orthodoxy are taught and experienced daily as our boys enjoy a rich Sacramental Life. Each morning the boys begin their day with prayers, and every Sunday they participate in Divine Liturgy. We are proud that many of our boys serve in the altar, while others serve as chanters.

We seek to integrate the Orthodox faith into most aspects of the boys’ daily lives, and provide them with many examples to live out their Orthodox faith by interacting with and learning from others. In addition, as home building volunteers and clergy come to visit St. Innocent Orphanage throughout the year, our boys are blessed to witness and share so many great examples of Orthodox Christianity.

A strong academic program is our top priority at St. Innocent Orphanage. Because many of our boys come into the orphanage severely behind in school or having no education at all, we work very hard to help them catch up with their grade-level peers. Each day, many hours are spent helping our boys with their homework and re-teaching the day’s lessons. Our highly-trained educational staff prioritize not only homework completion, but subject comprehension, supplemental lessons and practical application projects.

Since the average education level completed in northern Mexico is 8th grade, we push our boys to strive for at least a high school diploma and even a college degree, if they are able and willing. A sound education will empower each boy to become a responsible, productive, self-sufficient man, able to support his own family and make a significant contribution to society. While education is no doubt a struggle for many of our boys, there is nothing they love more than going to school. All of our boys attend public schools in the communities surrounding the orphanage.


Message from Fr Gary

Fr Gary

More than a Fan


I know you won’t believe me, but I really didn’t want to go to the Dodger game. When I was up visiting my brother in Seattle he had tickets to the Seattle Mariners vs. the visiting Los Angeles Dodgers. Peter bought the tickets at the beginning of the season and was not anticipating his illness when he made the purchase. As he was working through his physical therapy he looked at me and said, “you gotta go. It’s meant to be. Take Fr. Photios and have fun.” How could I have fun I thought? I was troubled by his ailment. Finally, after lots of persuading from my mom, and then confirmation by my dad, I considered leaving the hospital for the game. In a call with Christie she agreed that it would provide a good distraction for what we were all experiencing. Fr. Photios picked me up and we went to the game.


I was amazed as we approached the ballpark. It was a festive atmosphere and felt as if we were part of a parade. Hordes of people marching toward the stadium for what was the city’s major event that evening. Vendors selling peanuts and hot dogs in the streets. Kids walking with balloons and cotton candy in hand. There was even a guy dressed as Mr. Incredible giving people rides in a carriage he pulled with his bicycle. There was something very odd about this crowd though. Most of the people sauntering this parade were Dodger fans.


Dodger blue reigned. They were waving Dodger flags, chanting, “Let’s Go Dodgers,” and wearing jerseys of their favorite players. Fr. Photios, wearing a Seattle Mariners jersey, accidentally bumped into massive guy wearing Dodger gear. As Father apologized the guy said...


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