TODAY - MARCH 13th
USHERS: John G., George M., Keith & Tim
 
TODAY’S ACOLYTE: Team 2
Dean—Captain, Michael K.—Asst. Captain
Sebastian, Tino, Fred, Andreas & Alexander
 
COFFEE HOUR SPONSOR:
The Mallakis Family

MEMORIAL: Chris Mallakis ~ 1 Year

Eugenia Zissou ~ 40 Days
Mother of Maria Kalomiras

Lynn Runkle Smith ~ 40 Days
Wife of Rusty Smith

May Their Memory Be Eternal

John Koulakis ~ 40 Day Blessing
Son of Dimitrios & Ana Daniela Koulakis


The Lord’s Prayer Schedule

AS WELL AS IN ENGLISH & GREEK
1st Sunday of the Month: Spanish—Nick Varnava
2nd Sunday of the Month: Arabic—Lucy Morcos
3rd Sunday of the Month: Romanian –Christina Burus
4th Sunday of the Month: Russian—Anya Zmed
5th Sunday of the Month: Only English & Greek
 

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UPCOMING CHURCH EVENTS

 
▪Sunday, March 13th
Orthros 9 AM
Divine Liturgy 10 AM

Sunday School After Communion


▪Monday, March 14th
Forgiveness Vespers 7:00 PM
 
▪Tuesday, March 15th
Boy Scouts & Cub Scouts 6:30 PM
Choir 6:30 PM


▪Wednesday, March 16th
Pre-Sanctified Liturgy 6:30 PM
Orthodox Study 7:45 PM

▪Thursday, March 17th
AHEPA 7 PM


▪Friday, March 18th
Akathist Hymn 7 PM

▪Saturday, March 19th
SATURDAY OF SOULS
Orthros 9 AM
Divine Liturgy 9:30 AM

Memorial Prayers 11:30AM
(Westlake Village Memorial Park)

Choir Practice 11 AM
 
▪Sunday, March 20th
Orthros 9 AM
Divine Liturgy 10 AM

SUNDAY OF ORTHODOXY—-PROCESSION OF ICONS
 
FORGIVENESS VESPERS
IS TOMORROW
Monday, MARCH 14th at 7 PM

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Romans 13 : 11 — 14, 14: 1—4

 
BRETHREN, salvation is near-er to us now than when we first believed; the night is far gone, the day is at hand. Let us then cast off the works of darkness and put on the armor of light; let us conduct ourselves becomingly as in the day, not in reveling and drunkenness, not in debauchery and licentiousness, not in quarreling and jealousy. But put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no provision for the flesh, to gratify its desires.

As for the man who is weak in faith, welcome him, but not for disputes over opinions. One believes he may eat anything, while the weak man eats only vegetables. Let not him who eats despise him who abstains, and let not him who ab-stains pass judgment on him who eats; for God has welcomed him. Who are you to pass judgment on the servant of another? It is before his own master that he stands or falls. And he will be upheld, for God is able to make him stand.
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MATTHEW 6: 14 — 21
 
THE LORD SAID, "If you forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father also will forgive you; but if you do not forgive men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.

"And when you fast, do not look dismal, like the hypocrites, for they disfigure their faces that their fasting may be seen by men.

Truly, I say to you, they have received their reward. But when you fast, anoint your head and wash your face, that your fasting may not be seen by men but by your Father who is in secret; and your Father who sees in secret will reward you.

"Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust consume and where thieves break in and steal, but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust con-sumes and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also."
 
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ANNOUNCEMENTS
 
Orthodox Study Series
Wednesday, March 16th

Pre-Sanctified Liturgy 6:30 PM
Orthodox Study 7:45 PM
Topic: The Book of Revelation
Studying Chapters 15 & 16

 
Donor Wall Mock-Up: George Joannou needs to know if there are any family name corrections needed on the wall in the Narthex (by the large Cross). If you need a correction in spelling, your family name is missing or you want to add your family please contact George Joannou by May 31. After that date, the names will be set and our Donor Recognition plaque will be professionally manufactured. Contact George at 805-231-8696 or via email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
 


Save the Date Sunday, March 27th
Independence Day of Celebration
Fish Luncheon
After the Divine Liturgy
Here at St Demetrios

Please contact Niki David at 805-444-2827 or via email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more details.
 
 
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ANNOUNCEMENTS

Coffee Hour: Fellowship is first the sharing together in a common life with hopefully other Christians. Fellowship is a relation-ship, rather than a activity. The principle is that any activity that follows, should come out of the relationship. The early church was not merely devoting itself to activities, but to a relationship. Fellowship means we belong to each other in a relationship because we share together the common life as Christians! Please join us today for fellowship and coffee after Liturgy, your present is always a gift. If you would like to share your gifts please sponsor a coffee hour. Upcoming available dates are April 10,17 & May 8th. Contact Jody to schedule any date at (805) 402-3696 or via email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Read about Hosting the Coffee Hour During Lent.

PLEASE NOTE: IN ORDER TO CREATE KOLIVA AND BREAD FOR ARTOKLASIA FOR A PARISHIONER, ARRANGEMENTS MUST BE CONFIRMED AND PAID BY THE PRIOR TUESDAY OF THE DESIRED SUNDAY DATE OR THE REQUEST WILL BE MOVED TO THE NEXT AVAILABLE SUNDAY. COST IS $100 AND IS PAYABLE BY CASH, CHECK OR CREDIT CARD TO COVER THE LABOR & TIME INVOLVED. IF YOU MAKE AND BRING YOUR OWN KOLIVA THERE IS NO CHARGE. THANK YOU.

Project Mexico Pantry Partners Collection: Please place your items in the donation box located upstairs TODAY. Please help support the boys by donating items from their wish list or financially to this worthy cause! As I am sure you can imagine when caring for 22 boys, there are many mouths to feed, clothes to wash, and bathrooms to clean to say the least! Please help ensure more than just the survival of these boys and young men. Please visit the St. Demetrios’ website at www.saintdem.org 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. Thank you all for your generosity and all you do in building hope for these youngsters without families.





2016 St. Demetrios Directory is Coming!! Proofs will be available Sundays - April 3, 10 & 17  for review and directories will be available May 1st!

 
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ANNOUNCEMENTS
 
Do you know of a parishioner who is ill that is in need of a
visitation? Please contact Father Gary by calling the church
office 805-482-1273 or his cell directly 805-443-3376 to
notify him of a parishioner that needs a visit or a prayer!

 
NEW CHURCH OFFICE HOURS:
EFFECTIVE IMMEDIATELY
ARE AS FOLLOWS:
CLOSED MONDAYS
TUESDAY—FRIDAY 8AM—12PM (NOON)
THANK YOU!

 
St. Nicholas/Temecula: Cordially invites you to the Blessing of the Grounds, Thyranoixia & 25th Anniversary Gala on Saturday, May 7. Visit stnicholastemecula.org or call 951-296-6207 for more details.
 


NEXT WEEK-  (March 20th)
USHERS: Tom, Deb, Cally & Terri
TODAY’S ACOLYTE: Team 3
Gavin—Captain, Michael S.– Asst. Captain
Sean, Christopher, Austin, Myles & Michael
 
COFFEE HOUR SPONSOR: Christina Burus
MEMORIAL: Teodor Ionescu ~ 21 Years & Teodora Ionescu ~ 18 Years
Christina Burus’ Godparents

May Their Memory Be Eternal

 
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Hosting The Coffee Hour During Lent

Thank you for volunteering to share your time, talent and treasure with St. Demetrios. Here are a few gentle guidelines that should make the process easier.

Jody Brown

Please keep in mind Lenten observance for Coffee Hour Fellowship. No dairy products or meat items. If you would like a list of suggestions for appropriate foods just let me know.

**Following Communion the Sunday School will meet in the Assembly Hall and Conference/Warming room. So we do not disrupt the classes it is VERY IMPORTANT to have all snacks arrive by 9:45AM

  • Plan to bring snacks for approximately 125 adults.
  • Please bring ANY SERVING dishes you will need.
  • Please clean up the kitchen/Assembly Hall after coffee hour. Do not leave any food at church. Take home any leftovers or give them away.
  • Wash coffee hour pot and store on counter in Warming Room.
  • Please replace all liners in trash containers.

The coffee will be prepared for you. Coffee, coffee cups, sugars, non-dairy creamer will be provided.

Paper goods are provided, i.e. napkins, small plates, juice cups, plastic ware. If you require something special please let me know in advance.

If you are having a Memorial Service the koliva cups and spoons will be available downstairs in the kitchen, then brought upstairs for the coffee hour. In addition if you require someone to make the koliva you can contact the church office and Kim will arrange that for you. The cost is $100.00

If you would like to bring Metaxa for your Memorial Service small shot glasses can be provided, please let me know in advance.

If there is anything you need or any help please do not hesitate to contact me. I am generally in the church by 9:15 and set up the tables in advance and can also be available to assist you.

Call/Text (805) 402-3696 or via email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

TODAY - MARCH 6th
USHERS: George J, John P, Ari & Joanne
 
TODAY’S ACOLYTE: Team 1
Leo - Captain, Peter - Asst. Captain
Dean, Cody, Christos, Demetri & Lucas
 
COFFEE HOUR SPONSOR:
Food for Thought Sunday

The Lord’s Prayer Schedule
As Well as in English & Greek
1st Sunday of the Month: Spanish—Nick Varnava
2nd Sunday of the Month: Arabic—Lucy Morcos
3rd Sunday of the Month: Romanian –Christina Burus
4th Sunday of the Month: Russian—Anya Zmed
5th Sunday of the Month: Only English & Greek

MINISTRY LEADERSHIP MEETING: All ministry leaders are asked to attend this meeting on Wednesday, March 9 at 7PM in the chapel. We will discuss fundraising protocols for the rest of the year, expectations for Lent and Pascha plus a few other topics. An email invite has been sent. If you cannot attend please send a representative in your place Please RSVP to Kim. Thanks!
 
Forgiveness Vespers
Monday, March 14
7pm


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UPCOMING CHURCH EVENTS

 
▪Sunday, March 6th
Orthros 9 AM
Divine Liturgy 10 AM

Sunday School After Communion

▪Monday, March 7th
F.I.R.E. Dinner 6 PM & Activity 6:30 PM
 
▪Tuesday, March 8th
Paraklesis 6:00 PM
Orthodox Study 7:00 PM

▪Wednesday, March 9th
Boy Scouts & Cub Scouts 6:30 PM
Choir 6:30 PM
Ministry Leadership Meeting 7 PM

▪Thursday, March 10th
NO Parea Dance This Week


▪Saturday, March 12th
SATURDAY OF SOULS
Orthros 9 AM
Divine Liturgy 9:30 AM
Ivy Lawn/Ventura 11:30AM

Choir Practice 11 AM

 
▪Sunday, March 13th
Orthros 9 AM
Divine Liturgy 10 AM

Sunday School After Communion
 
2015 Stewardship Donation Statements
HAVE BEEN SENT
We apologize for the delay in sending 2015 Stewardship Donation Statements and understand their importance in preparing your tax returns. If you have not received your statement or if you have an urgent need or problem, Please contact Dr. Bob Gonzalez, Parish Council Treasurer at 805-987-8895 or Nick Mirras at 818-913-1568. Thank you for your continued patience.

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I Corinthians 8 : 13, 9 : 1 — 2

 
BRETHREN, food will not commend us to God. We are no worse off if we do not eat, and no better off if we do. Only take care lest this liberty of yours somehow become a stumbling block to the weak. For if any one sees you, a man of knowledge, at table in an idol's temple, might he not be encouraged, if his conscience is weak, to eat food offered to idols? And so by your knowledge this weak man is destroyed, the brother for whom Christ died. Thus, sinning against your brethren and wounding their conscience when it is weak, you sin against Christ. Therefore, if food is a cause of my brother's falling, I will never eat meat, lest I cause my brother to fall.
Am I not free? Am I not an apostle? Have I not seen Jesus our Lord? Are not you my workmanship in the Lord? If to others I am not an apostle, at least I am to you; for you are the seal of my apostleship in the Lord.
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MATTHEW 25: 31 — 46
 
THE LORD SAID, "When the Son of man comes in his glory and all the holy angels with him, then he will sit on his glorious throne. Before him will be gathered all the nations, and he will separate them one from another as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats, and he will place the sheep at his right hand, but the goats at the left. Then the king will say to those at his right hand, 'Come, O blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world; for I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, I was naked and you clothed me, I was sick and you visited me, I was in prison and you came to me.' Then the righteous will answer him, 'Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you drink? And when did we see you a stranger and welcome you, or naked and clothe you? And when did we see you sick or in prison and visit you?' And the King will answer them, 'Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brethren, you did it to me.' Then he will say to those at his left hand, 'Depart from me, you cursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels; for I was hungry and you gave me no food, I was thirsty and you gave me no drink, I was a stranger and you did not welcome me, naked and you did not clothe me, sick and in prison and you did not visit me.' Then they also will answer, 'Lord, when did we see you hungry or thirsty or a stranger or naked or sick or in prison, and did not minister to you?' Then he will answer them, 'Truly, I say to you, as you did it not to one of the least of these, you did it not to me.' And they will go away into eternal punishment, but the righteous into eternal life."
 
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ANNOUNCEMENTS
 
Orthodox Study Series
Tuesday, March 8th
Paraklesis 6 PM & Orthodox Study 7 PM
Topic: The Book of Revelation
Studying Chapters 13 & 14


 
Donor Wall Mock-Up: George Joannou needs to know if there are any family name corrections needed on the wall in the Narthex (by the large Cross). If you need a correction in spelling, your family name is missing or you want to add your family please contact George Joannou by May 31. After that date, the names will be set and our Donor Recognition plaque will be professionally manufactured. Contact George at 805-231-8696 or via email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
 


Save the Date Sunday, March 27th
Independence Day of Celebration
Fish Luncheon
After the Divine Liturgy
Here at St Demetrios

Please contact Niki David at 805-444-2827 or via email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more details.
 
 
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ANNOUNCEMENTS

Coffee Hour: The Christian faith not only involves a relationship and communion with God but also with fellow believers. St. Demetrios supports this not only through our weekly worship but also though other ministry's. Each Sunday after Liturgy many members and friends gather for coffee hour. This time also provides an opportunity to to learn about programs that are available to the community. AHEPA and Philoptochos are offering scholarships to our youth. Donations are needed for Project Mexico. So as you have your coffee look around the Assembly Room and see what other ministry's can offer to your family and what you can offer to those in need. If you would like to sponsor a coffee hour please contact Jody (805) 402-3696 or via email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Upcoming available dates are April 10 and 17.

PLEASE NOTE: IN ORDER TO CREATE KOLIVA AND BREAD FOR ARTOKLASIA FOR A PARISHIONER, ARRANGEMENTS MUST BE CONFIRMED AND PAID BY THE PRIOR TUESDAY OF THE DESIRED SUNDAY DATE OR THE REQUEST WILL BE MOVED TO THE NEXT AVAILABLE SUNDAY. COST IS $100 AND IS PAYABLE BY CASH, CHECK OR CREDIT CARD TO COVER THE LABOR & TIME INVOLVED. IF YOU MAKE AND BRING YOUR OWN KOLIVA THERE IS NO CHARGE. THANK YOU.

Project Mexico Pantry Partners Collection: Please place your items in the donation box located upstairs TODAY. Please help support the boys by donating items from their wish list or financially to this worthy cause! As I am sure you can imagine when caring for 22 boys, there are many mouths to feed, clothes to wash, and bathrooms to clean to say the least! Please help ensure more than just the survival of these boys and young men. Please visit the St. Demetrios’ website at www.saintdem.org 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. Thank you all for your generosity and all you do in building hope for these youngsters without families.


2016 St. Demetrios Directory is Coming!! Proofs will be available Sundays - April 3, 10 & 17  for review and directories will be available May 1st!

 
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ANNOUNCEMENTS
 
Do you know of a parishioner who is ill that is in need of a
visitation? Please contact Father Gary by calling the church
office 805-482-1273 or his cell directly 805-443-3376 to
notify him of a parishioner that needs a visit or a prayer!

 
NEW CHURCH OFFICE HOURS:
EFFECTIVE IMMEDIATELY
ARE AS FOLLOWS:
CLOSED MONDAYS
TUESDAY—FRIDAY 8AM—12PM (NOON)
THANK YOU!

 
2016 AHEPA Scholarship: Know a child or a grandchild entering college? The AHEPA Family of Ventura County is offering a scholarship! Applications are available in the Narthex. Contact Frank Gankas at 805-390-2909 or via email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information.

2016 Bible Challenge: Join Father Gary by reading the bible this year! If you can’t be physically fit at least be spiritually fit. Pick up a Bible reading card in the Narthex.


St. Demetrios is on Facebook! Join in the conversation or catch up on the latest happenings here at St. Demetrios at https://www.facebook.com/SDGOCCam
 
NEXT WEEK-  (March 13th)
USHERS: John G, George M., Keith & Tim
TODAY’S ACOLYTE: Team 2
Dean - Captain, Michael K. - Asst. Captain
Sebastian, Tino, Fred, Andreas & Alexander
 
COFFEE HOUR SPONSOR: The Mallakis Family
MEMORIAL: Chris Mallakis ~ 1 Year
Eugenia Zissou ~ 40 Days Lynn Runkle smith ~ 40 Days
May Their Memory Be Eternal
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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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