Church Design Approved 

St. Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church took a major step closer to building a new church in Camarillo with the city planning commission’s recent unanimous approval of the church’s architectural design.

The Rev. Gary Kyriacou, head of St. Demetrios, said the church intends to break ground 12 to 18 months on the four-acre property near Santa Rosa and Woodcreek roads. The church bought the $2- million property in 2007 after three years of fundraising by its members Read more..

THE MYRRH-BEARER  VOLUME 17, ISSUE 9 NOVEMBER 2011 Change Would Do Us Good 

The story is told of a mon- astery in Greece, perched high on a 3,000 foot cliff and accessible only by a terrifying ride in a swaying basket. The basket is pulledwith a single rope by several strong men, perspiring under the strain of the fully loaded basket. One American tourist who visited the site got nervous halfway up the cliff when he noticed that the rope was old and frayed. Hoping to relieve his fear he asked, "How often do you change the rope?" The monk in charge replied, "Whenever it breaks!"  Read more ..

Liturgy, Usher, Acolyte Schedule 

Sunday, November 6th Ushers John Gonzalez, Toula Thomas, and George Joannou Sunday, November 6th Acolyte Team One Captains: Alexander Farkas, Christopher Farkas Gavin Martinez, Harrison Kyriacou, & Cody McBryde Tuesday,

November 8th Liturgy of Archangels Michael & Gabriel Orthros 9 am, Divine Liturgy 9:30 am Wednesday, November 9th Liturgy of St. Nectarios Orthros 9 am, Divine Liturgy 9:30 am Monday, November 21st Entry of the Theotokos Orthros 9 am, Divine Liturgy 9:30 am Wednesday, November 23rd Thanksgiving Liturgy at 7 pm Tuesday, November 30th Liturgy of St. Andrew the First Orthros 9 am, Divine Liturgy 9:30 am. Read More ..

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Message from Fr Gary

Fr Gary

God’s Holy Word


A great benefit of spending time at summer camp is the opportunity to disconnect from technology. Not having a phone or internet connection gets you excited to receive mail. A great joy is receiving a (good old fashioned) letter from home. The delight in holding an envelope with the familiar handwriting of a loved one is a highlight for all the staff, counselors and campers. Everyone gets electrified when they get mail (real, handwritten, stamped envelope mail).

One afternoon at St. Sophia Camp, the Director handed me a small envelope sent to me from Christie. I took it, looked at it and put it in my pocket. “You gonna read it?” He asked. I nodded, smiled and walked to the chapel to prepare for evening vespers. I placed it on the altar and put my vestments on for the service.

Vespers ended and the kids were excited to go up the hill to mail call, anticipating their own letters and packages. Prior to their leaving the chapel I shared with them the unopened envelope from my wife. I asked, “What if I just set this letter from my wife on my night stand and never opened or read it?” The responses were touching and hilarious.

One little guy said, “I think you should read it, it will make you happy!” Another jokingly said, “You might end up sleeping on the couch if you don’t.” An older teen girl said, “That’s just coldhearted, what if...

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