Dance Groups at FDF 2015

Congratulations & Good Luck to St. Demetrios Dance Groups at FDF 2015 This is the first year St. Demetrios will have two dance groups performing at FDF! The youth Agape Dancers (at right on Epiphany) will compete this weekend led by directors Christina Joannou, Stella Kalivas and Kerri Brode. They have been practicing diligently both dancing and singing to prepare. This year, Ari Qutami has taken directorship of the tiny dancers of St. Demetrios and Ta Thavmatakia will perform in a showcase at the weekend event for the first time. The dancers are spirited and, as you can see from the picture below left, they are quite charming in their traditional costumes. Thanks to all the dance directors, helpers, dancers and parents of dancers that keep Greek dance a vibrant part of St. Demetrios! And of course, to Fr. Gary who chairs the entire FDF for the Metropolis of San Francisco. NEW YORK – The 2015 Folk Dance and Choral Festival of the Metropolis of San Francisco begins today in Anaheim, California and will run through Sunday, Feb. 15. The renowned FDF event, now in its 39th year celebrates Faith, Dance and Fellowship and is the largest gathering of Greek Orthodox Youth in America, expected to surpass 3,000 people in attendance. The events will culminate on Sunday when His Eminence Archbishop Demetrios of America will celebrate the Divine Liturgy, assisted by over 30 clergy from throughout the Metropolis of San Francisco. The afternoon will feature the Advanced Senior Competition Finals during which the final eight dance groups will compete in performing some of the most complex dances and music from numerous regions in Greece. The evening’s Awards Ceremony will mark the concluding event at which the winners in the various categories in dance, music and choral singing will be announced. THAVMATAKIA DANCE: Ari Qutami These key events of the final day of this year’s Folk Dance and Choral Festival will be live-streamed online through www.yourfdf.org. His Eminence Metropolitan Gerasimos of San Francisco stated: “This is a wonderful opportunity to share this ministry with the faithful from across our Archdiocese and celebrate the accomplishments of our youth. We are grateful to the Department of Internet Ministries of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America for making this possible.” The schedule of the online live streaming is as follows: Sunday, February 15, 2015 Watch Online at www.yourfdf.org 7:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. PST Hierarchical Divine Liturgy 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. PST Adv. Competition Finals 7:00 p.m. – 9:30 p.m. PST Awards Ceremony
Commemorative Keepsake Album Reservation Form

To mark the occasion of our Grand Opening Thyranoixia (opening of the doors), we are creating a Commemorative Keepsake Album. It will be an 8 1⁄2 by 11 inch, full-size, bound, color book filled with a timeline of significant events from our parish his- tory, letters, congratulations and photos. You can be part of history by purchasing space in this collectible volume: O I would like to purchase a full page in the Commemorative Album at a cost of $250.00. O I would like to purchase a half page in the Commemorative Album at a cost of $ 125.00. O I would like to purchase a quarter page in the Commemorative Album at a cost of $ 62.50. ___________________________________________ Click here to download the form https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B6bgfXs44Ek-M2FMVmk2MGZqRm8/view?usp=sharing This album and our invitations are being professionally designed through the generosity of Jim and Judi Paliungas of Palimor Studios. Pam and Bob Gonzalez This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 805-987-8895 Camarillo, CA

 

The Need for Participation

The year 2014 is nearly over and we have accomplished so much. Of course the biggest achievement for our community is the reality that we will soon have a new sanctuary where we can settle in and continue expanding our church and growing our church family in Ventura County. All our progress would not be possible without the involvement and participation of our parishioners: young & old, male & female, Greek & non-Greek. We work, love and care with a common goal of love for Christ and our community. For many of us who have been part of St. Demetrios for over 20 years, the Agape Building is a dream come true. With so much more to do, we need more parishioners to become involved. We need leaders to actively seek help and mentor people, and we need parishioners who may not have taken an active role up to this point to find more ways to be involved. The leaders among us may not always feel comfortable asking for help and ceding control to new people, but the reality is that this is the only way our community will grow. We have to be involved and work together. That being said, I ask our parishioners to get even more involved in the weekly operations of our parish. If you haven’t found your “spot”, ask Father Gary, any parish council member, PDI or Capital Campaign member about what might need to be done and offer your help. Over the last few weeks, we have been asking our parishioners to pay their stewardship or bring themselves current on their pledges. We don’t love to bring up finances, but we need your support in order for the church to maintain financial balance and stay within budget. The Parish Council has done an admirable job of keeping expenses down; now we need everyone to honor their pledge commitments through the end of the year to keep the budget on track. Equally important is the involvement of our parishioners with each other and the community as a whole. Reach out to those who may need help and comfort. Those who are in need – don’t be afraid to ask your fellow parishioners for help.

Yours in Christ’s Service

Tom Vegos

Parish Council President

Message from Fr Gary

Fr Gary

Hurricane Harvey


With all the tragic events happening in our world today: hurricanes earthquakes and shootings, it is comforting to know that our Orthodox Christian Church plays an active role in the recovery efforts. As a frontliner for the IOCC (International Orthodox Christian Charities) I can be deployed for any number of catastrophes to offer emotional and spiritual care (ESC). Following our deployment we are to submit a report to identify some of the work we encountered. The following is part of my incident report. The names have been changed to protect identities.

Some of the most touching visits I had with those that had lost everything were:

● Wheelchair bound woman, approximately 55 years old. Lives in 9 story building across the street. As soon as she realized that the Brown Convention Center was opened to those displaced she came over to lend a hand. Working off very little sleep. Was very emotional and shared many, many stories and encounters. The most telling was:

She took guardianship of a (total) stranger’s children (3 kids ages 7 and younger), while this stranger went into labor to deliver her fourth child.

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