From the Parish Council February 2016

This is an exciting time at St. Demetrios and one filled with positive change. We begin a new year in our brand new, beautiful Agape building, and our parish family is growing and welcoming a number of new parishioners. We’re a community rooted in faith, love, and dedication, and the countless years of hard work by so many are breathing life into a decades-old vision. I’m honored to serve this flourishing community and encourage all to take an active role in not only preserving what we’ve accomplished but in continuing to shape our future.

The 2016 Parish Council is outlined below. As a Parish Council, we are grateful that you have en-trusted us as lay leaders of the community and we’ll continue to work tirelessly to share in administering that sacred ministry.

Ari Qutami, President

We are pleased to announce the newly elected officers and the 2016 Parish Council
Ari Qutami—President
John Poulos—Vice President
Dr. Bob Gonzalez—Treasurer
George Mallakis—Secretary
Deb Greanias
George Joannou
Cally Pantages
Keith Valle
Tom Vegos
Please keep these parishioners in your prayers as they take on the role of servants.
Pray that the above listed in these leadership positions for the parish will have vision, wis-dom and a humble heart to carry out God's will so that St. Demetrios is a shining light to fellow members of the parish, those here locally in Camarillo and to the world.
TODAY - JANUARY 31st
USHERS: Deb, George M., Tom & Kent
 
TODAY’S ACOLYTE:ALL

COFFEE HOUR SPONSOR:
Jim and Jody Brown

In Celebration of their 46th Wedding Anniversary

 
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



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!

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            UPCOMING CHURCH EVENTS           

 
▪Sunday, January 31st
Orthros 9 AM
Divine Liturgy 10 AM
Sunday School After Communion

Dance Practice 1 PM
 
▪Monday, February 1st
F.I.R.E
(Family Integrated Religious Education)
Dinner 6 PM
Activity 6:30 PM
Youth Dance 7:00 PM

▪Tuesday, February 2nd
Presentation of Our Lord
Divine Liturgy 9:30 AM

Paraklesis 6 PM
Orthodox Study 7 PM
(The Book of Revelation)

▪Wednesday, February 3rd
Boy Scouts & Cub Scouts 6:30 PM
Choir 6:30 PM
FATHER GARY'S BIRTHDAY


▪Saturday, February 6th
Daughters of Penelope 12:30 PM
 
▪Sunday, January 31st
GOD PARENT SUNDAY
Orthros 9 AM
Divine Liturgy 10 AM

Sunday School After Communion
Dance Practice 1 PM
COLLECTION BOX: IOCC/SOUPER BOWL OF CARING
SEE BULLETIN INSERT FOR DETAILS



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I CORINTHIANS 12 : 27 — 31; 13 - 1-8

 
BRETHREN, you are the body of Christ and individually members of it. And God has appointed in the church first apostles, second prophets, third teachers, then workers of miracles, then healers, helpers, administrators, speakers in various kinds of tongues. Are all apostles? Are all prophets? Are all teachers? Do all work miracles? Do all possess gifts of healing? Do all speak with tongues? Do all interpret? But earnestly desire the higher gifts. And I will show you a still more excellent way. If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I am a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal. And if I have prophetic powers, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have all faith, so as to remove mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. If I give away all I have, and if I deliver my body to be burned, but have not love, I gain nothing. Love is patient and kind; love is not jealous or boastful; it is not arrogant or rude. Love does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice at wrong but rejoices in the right. Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never ends.
 
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Luke 18: 35 — 43

 
AT THAT TIME, Jesus entered Jericho and was passing through. And there was a man named Zacchaios; he was a chief collector, and rich. And he sought to see who Jesus was, but could not, on account of the crowd, because he was small of stature. So he ran on ahead and climbed up into a sycamore tree to see him, for he was to pass that way. And when Jesus came to the place, he looked up and said to him, "Zacchaios, make haste and come down; for I must stay at your house today." So he made haste and came down, and received him joyfully. And when they saw it they all murmured, "He has gone in to be the guest of a man who is a sinner." And Zacchaios stood and said to the Lord, "Behold, Lord, the half of my goods I give to the poor; and if I have defrauded any one of anything, I restore it fourfold." And Jesus said to him, "Today salvation has come to this house, since he also is a son of Abraham. For the Son of man came to seek and to save the lost."
 

 

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                     ANNOUNCEMENTS                   
 
New Years 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.

2016 Wall Calendars: Thanks to the Ted Mayr Funeral Home in Ventura for sponsoring our 2016 calendars! One per family please. We also have small calendars in the Narthex.

 

ALTAR FLOWER PROGRAM Parishioners can purchase altar flowers for Sunday's Divine Liturgy in honor of a loved one's Memorial, an anniversary, celebrating a birthday, etc. A local florist will create a beautiful arrangement (at the florist’s discretion) and it will be delivered to the church on Friday during office hours. At the end of the Divine Liturgy the patron may take home the arrangement to further enjoy during the week! The cost of the floral arrangement is $100. The great thing is the local florist is donating some of the proceeds back to St. Demetrios! If you have a specific date you would like to reserve please book early. Next available Sunday is March 6th and month's going forward.

How to book your special Sunday:
  1. Call the church during office hours 805-482-1273 or email Kim at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  2.  Book the desired Sunday  
  3. Pay by Cash, Check or Credit Card
  4. Flowers are on a first come, first paid basis

 
 
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                      ANNOUNCEMENTS                    

Coffee Hour: plays a vital role in the life of St Demetrios: It is our weekly occasion to gather inter-generationally, meet new and old friends, welcome visitors, learn of opportunities for involvement and education, and enjoy refreshments. Each Sunday is our opportunity to continue the gifts we have received and share with one another. Please join us today to share with your fellow Christians the gift of food and drink.

If you would like to host a future coffee hour please contact Jody at (805) 402-3696 or via email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Current  available dates are February 14, March 6 & 20th. If you have a specific date you like to reserve please book early.

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.



Orthodox Study Series
Tuesday, February 2nd
Paraklesis 6 PM & Orthodox Study 7 PM
Topic: The Book of Revelation
This week, Studying Chapters 7 & 8

 
Please Welcome: Ingrid Poehler, our new bookkeeper to St Demetrios. Her email is This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and her office hours will be 10 AM - 2 PM Drop her a line of welcome.
 
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                    ANNOUNCEMENTS                   
 

This weeks F.I.R.E. Meeting Topic:
Join us in an informative presentation on bullying when that includes defining the various types of bullying that impact children and teens today. More specifically, we will be identifying the role kids and teenagers play in bullying and those who are most at risk in the school and community environments. We will discuss both proactive and reactive measures, such as how to prevent bullying before it starts and how to respond should your child experience bullying by another peer.


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.

 
NEXT WEEK-  (February 7th)
USHERS: Ari, George J., John P. and Frank
 
TODAY’S ACOLYTE: Team 1
Leo - Captain, Peter - Asst. Captain
Dean, Cody, Christos, Demetri, Lucas
 
COFFEE HOUR SPONSOR:
The Gyurkovitz, Ryan's Father - 1 Year

May his Memory be Eternal

 
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Message from Fr Gary Jan 2016

BE A PIG!

A pig and a chicken were walking by a Church one day. They noticed a sign that said, “Free Bacon and Egg Breakfast this Saturday.” The chicken insisted to the pig that they should attend. The pig was quite hesitant. As the chicken’s patience evaporated he asked, “What’s the problem? Let’s go! At least we can see how they prepare our offerings.” The pig scared and panicky said, “My friend in the preparation of a bacon and egg breakfast, you are ‘involved,’ however, I AM COMMITTED!”

As we begin the New Year I want to urge us all to be PIGS! How much more invested is one that dedicates their entire being to the community, rather than just making an offering. Anyone can be involved, (and that can be a good thing), but it is commitment to one another, to Christ and His Church that is going to make our community successful! And success is determined by our faithful desire to be true servants of Christ!

“Let us commit ourselves and one another and our whole life to Christ our God!” This wonderful petition is repeated many times during the Divine Liturgy. In everything we do, every ministry, from the oldest parishioner to the youngest, this petition serves as our premise and foundation of faith.

In order for our community to be the light of Christ, we must be committed to our Church. Being involved in the ministry of our Parish is acceptable, but our commitment to our Church is the fundamental key to it’s success. There is a major difference between “involvement” and “commitment.”

In the Melanesian islands of the South Pacific during WWII, the natives watched closely as the American and British engineers came in and built airstrips. The islanders were amazed to see that when the airstrips were completed, planes began to arrive filled with cargo: food, building materials, machinery, even vehicles. This, they decided, was something they wanted in on. The Melanesians deduced, that if they built airstrips, then planes would come to them, too, likewise bringing cargo.

They accordingly hacked makeshift runways out of the jungle and built mock-up control towers out of grass and mud. They put fires along the sides of the runways, and put a man in the grass-hut control tower, with two coconut halves on his head for headphones, they rigged antennas out of bamboo and then they waited for the airplanes to land. As far as they could see they were doing everything right.

The form was perfect. It looked exactly the way it was supposed to. But it didn’t work. No airplanes ever came. (John Derbyshire, National Review Online, June 14, 2002 "It’s All America’s Fault: The cargo-cult mentality")

We, like the natives, can come into the sanctuary, light our candles, kiss the icons, do our cross, and make believe that we are fruitful Christians, or we can “commit ourselves and one another to Christ” and be the bearers His light! Commitment is defined in three ways: 1.) noun: the trait of sincere and steadfast fixity of purpose, 2.) noun: the act of binding yourself (intellectually or emotionally) to a course of action, 3.) noun: a message that makes a pledge.

The New Year presents us many opportunities to offer ourselves to one another, Christ, and His Church. The first way to commit ourselves is to become true stewards of the Church, by submitting an adequate pledge and financial donation to our Church. Our giving must be elevated to reflect the beauty and true needs of our new Agape Building. Prayerfully consider a pledge that reflects the responsibility that has been entrusted to us. Another way to show your commitment is to attend wor-ship services faithfully. Divine Liturgy begins promptly at 10:00 AM every Sunday. Let’s set aside the early hours of Sunday morning to commune with God. Also, the coming spring brings with it Great Lent and the opportunity to advance our spiritual lives. Participate in the Lenten services with your family. Still another “commitment” is to serve at our Annual Greek Festival (June 24-26). The Greek Festival is a great way for us to display the richness of our Greek Culture and an even better opportunity to demonstrate our Orthodox

Faith, our Christian Ethos and “COMMITMENT” to one another and our greater community.

We all begin the New Year by making resolutions, promises we will fulfill, and some we may never realize. This Year may our shared declaration be our “Commitment to one another and to Christ our God!” I am committed to leading St. Demetrios along the sparkling path of our Orthodox Faith. Join me on this journey as we strive to serve each other, implementing the words St. Paul wrote to the Galatians, “Bear one another's burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ.”

In other words….Be a pig!

Happy New Year!

In Christ’s Service,

Fr Gary

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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