Next Stop...Paradise: Fr. Simon Thomas

If you have ever flown on an airplane for a commercial flight you know that the first thing the crew does is announce over the PA system the destination of the flight. It sounds something like this: “Welcome aboard Flight 111, non-stop service to Santa Barbara, California.” The crew wants you to know the destination, and the expectation is that all the passengers are present, on time, and prepared to go to the announced place. I remember one time seeing a family, carry-on luggage and all, scrambling to get off, realizing they were on the wrong plane after hearing one of these announcements. The vast majority of the time, however, the announcement is a reassurance that we are heading to our anticipated destination. We then usually hear from the captain, explaining various details of the flight we are about to take. For most of us, he could be speaking a foreign language, because although it is nice to know that we will be flying at a certain altitude, at a specific airspeed, and arrive at a determined time, just how that is going to happen is well beyond our understanding. The amount of buttons, knobs, switches, and levers in the cockpit of an airplane is beyond intimidating— most people wouldn’t know where to start! What does comfort the vast majority of us (some people are afraid to fly, no matter what!) is that the captain has been properly trained by an accredited authority (flight school) is regulated by a governing body (the FAA) read more...

Newsletter February 2013

Happy New Year! Welcome to 2013 and an exciting year to come for St. Demetrios as work on the new property has begun. At the November General Assembly we set a goal of $225,000 for stewardship trusting that other fundraisers would help us reach the $284,000 needed for a balanced budget and to rebuild our reserves. 

We later decided to make some changes for this year by upping our stewardship go also we can eliminate the need for fundraisers to balance the budget. This is so we can go back to the days of having events to share fellowship in stead of depending on events to raise money read more ...

UPDATE ON FIRE AT PARISH IN EL CAJON, CA

 

“As the Saint Gregory of Nyssa Greek Orthodox Church in El Cajon, CA labors to provide for the immediate needs of their parish following an arson fire on Sunday, January 27, 2013, the Metropolis of San Francisco continues to extend its prayers and support for the faithful of this beloved community during these challenging days,” stated His Eminence Metropolitan Gerasimos of San Francisco.

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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