Coffee Hour

“Gratitude is the fairest blossom which springs from the soul”
Henry Ward Beecher

My gratitude and gratefulness to those who have so generously sponsored our coffee hours. You have been such a blessing to St. Demetrios. Welcoming people and connecting people into the life of the church have made you wonderful ambassadors for St. Demetrios.
As we celebrate our Nameday I realize the differences at St.Demetrios in the next 5 years will be greater than the changes of the past 25 years. The Coffee Hour ministry has grown over the past year, the community room full is of activity every Sunday. It takes dedication from volunteers to continue our coffee hour ministry. We would love to have you share any celebrations with your church family or if you are planning a remembrance of a loved one to consider hosting a coffee hour. We are working on establishing a coffee hour sign up on the webpage, more info to come. The coffee hour ministry also offers to shop and prepare items for the coffee hour if you are unable to, if you are interested in this option contact Jody at (805)402-3696 or via email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Message from Fr Gary

Fr Gary

Encounter Christ


Many Evangelical Christians can name the date in which they were “Born Again.” The day in which they made Christ a priority in their life. Many of us, as Orthodox Christians, make that commitment on the day of our Baptism and Christmation, as infants. Are we transformed by the love of Christ? Do we allow ourselves to be transformed by Christ? There is a common theme in the Sunday Gospel readings following Pascha (Easter). Each of these five Sunday Gospels after Pascha distinguish a person (or persons) transformed by Christ.

The Sunday following Pascha we hear of “Doubting” Thomas. Thomas is skeptical about the encounter his brother disciples have with the risen Lord and make a bold proclamation, “Unless I see and touch!” The Lord reveals himself to Thomas and Thomas is immediately transformed. Without having to touch, he exclaims, “My Lord and my God!” Thomas encounter’s Christ and his faith is renewed.

The second Sunday after Pascha, we learn of the Myrrh-Bearing Women. These brave women approach the tomb of Christ and find it empty. Having encountered Christ, they return and share the good news with the disciples. Then on the third Sunday after our Lord’s Resurrection the Church shares the story of the paralytic. Although this happens before the Lord’s crucifixion, it holds fast to the theme of “Encountering Christ.” The man has suffered with an infirmity for 38 years...

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