Newsletter May 2012,  Volume 18, Issue 4 

The Meaning of Easter: Fr. Gary

When a Sunday School teacher asked each pupil in her class to write one sentence on What Easter Means to Me, one of them wrote: "Egg salad sandwiches for the next two weeks!" Easter, or as we should more reverently call it, Pascha, is about more than hard boiled eggs, it is the feast of all feasts! 

Pascha means Passover, and in the Old Testament, Pass- over refers to the celebration in which the Jews placed the blood of a lamb on their doorways so that the Angel of Death would “pass over” their household. 

Christ’s Passover, or Pascha, is the ultimate sacrifice. Christ is known as the NEW lamb and His blood on the Cross tramples the power of death and opens the doorway of eternal salvation to all mankind.

A NOTE ON VISITATIONS & COMMUNICATION

Dear Parishioners, Christ is RISEN!

Recently I gave a sermon on putting our trust in Christ, because we humans are notorious for letting each other down. I proceeded to confess instances in which I have

THE MYRRH-BEARER VOLUME 18, ISSUE 3 APRIL 2012

Seven Goals: Fr. Gary

in the weekly cycle of services. This means Orthros and the Divine Liturgy on Sundays as well as Feasts of the Church and those services unique to seasons of our Liturgical year. Furthermore, as individuals and as families, we should find time for increased prayer in the home and in our everyday lives. We should make our dwellings an extension of our Church. Participation in the Divine Liturgy then serves as a reminder as to our calling in life.

3) Ministering to the sick

We should visit and care for shut-ins, those in hospitals

“AS COMMITTED ORTHO- DOX CHRISTIANS, EACH OF US, PRIEST AND LAY- PERSON, SHARES IN THE ROYAL PRIESTHOOD OF CHRIST. OUR TASK IS TO REALIZE THIS STEWARD- SHIP AS HIS SERVANTS, IN A MANNER BEFITTING HIS EXAMPLE TO HIS DISCIPLES, HIS PEOPLE AND HIS CREATION.”

Inside this issue:

FR. GARY CONTINUED AGAPE PICNIC INFO

PHILOPTOCHOS NEWS APRIL READINGS

MINISTRIES, YOUTH NEWS & BOY SCOUTS

AGAPE FUND, GOLF & FESTIVAL MEETING

APRIL/MAY CALENDARS

SUNDAY SCHOOL LENT RETREAT & CAMPS

APRIL BIRTHDAYS CUB SCOUTS

STEWARDSHIP UPDATE LIST OF STEWARDS

STEWARDSHIP CARD HOLY WEEK SCHEDULE

ST. DEMETRIOS INFO AND LEADERSHIP

Several years ago I sat down and constructed a list of goals and objectives for our Parish. Some of them are shared on the back of my business card. As we begin to move forward in our expansion process and as new families join our Parish, I think it would serve us well to reviewthem. I get really excited about ministry and the beauty of our Community!

1) To share the Truth of Orthodoxy with the County

We need to bring others towards Christ. We are biblically directed by our Lord to share the Good News. This in turn, encourages us to mature in our

own faith. We should adopt a "Come and See" attitude to our extended Ventura County neighbors and share the fullness of Orthodoxy.

2) To encourage healthy worship

We need to participate in Church services and increase our Sacramental awareness. Liturgical attendance and a regular personal relationships with Christ is accomplished as we constantly assess our rela- tionship with God. Realizing the spiritual growth is necessary for each of us, clergy and laity  Read More ..

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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