St. Demetrios Greek Orthodox Christian Church is set to begin construction of their new facility on the corner of Woodcreek and Santa Rosa Roads in Camarillo, CA.  His Eminence Metropolitan Gerasimos of San Francisco will lead the community in the GROUNDBREAKING CEREMONY scheduled for Saturday, September 29 at 4:00 PM.  General site construction will begin in mid-October.  The community of St. Demetrios has hired HMH Contractors to run the project.


The Parish, celebrating its 35th Anniversary, is currently located at the Camarillo Airport near Pleasant Valley Road and is home to approximately 200 families in Ventura County.  Rev. Father Gary Kyriacou was assigned to St. Demetrios on August 1, 2004.  He and the community have been working together, tirelessly, through Capital Campaign projects, Festivals, Golf Tournaments and other fundraisers to build a new facility ever since.


In April 2004 St. Demetrios Greek Orthodox Christian Church purchased a beautiful parcel of land in the Mission Oaks area of Camarillo.  Fundraising efforts to pay for the land began immediately.  The land debt was retired in March 2007.  Heathcote and Associates architecture firm immediately began to design the campus of the Byzantine style complex.  


Fr. Gary and the faithful of St. Demetrios are celebrating this milestone, and, at the same time, preparing to raise the next several million to erect the new structures.  The church was established in 1977 at the Camarillo Airport.  Since its inception St. Demetrios has become the spiritual home to many desiring a closer relationship with Christ.  Both Greek and non-Greek parishioners make up the diverse group of worshippers.  “You don’t have to be Greek to be an Orthodox Christian,” says Fr. Gary.

 

St Demetrios is under the Greek Orthodox Metropolis of San Fransisco, which extends over 7 States. There are 67 parishes under the spiritual guidance of His Eminence Metropolitan Gerasimos of San Francisco.  The next closest Greek Orthodox Churches in Southern California are St. Barbara’s in Santa Barbara and St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Christian Church in Northridge, California.  Services are conducted in English and sprinkled with Greek. The Church celebrates services on Sunday mornings begin at 9:00 AM.  Visitors are welcome.  Call 805-482-1273or visit the parish website www.saintdem.org for further information.


THE MYRRH-BEARER  VOLUME 18, ISSUE 6 JULY/AUGUST 2012

The Consuming Fire: Fr. Gary

In Colorado Springs a wild-

fire is burning out of control;

tens of thousands of people have been evacuated from their homes. It takes just a few seconds for a spark to become an inferno. An average of 5 million acres burns each year in the United States, causing millions of dollars in damage.

Once a fire begins, it can spread at a rate of up to 14 miles per hour, consuming everything in its path. As a fire spreads through brush and trees, it can take on a life of its ownit finds surprising ways to keep itself alive, creating its own weather and wind patterns, even spawning smaller fires by throwing embers miles away. It jumps boundaries and shows little regard for human expectations. All consuming fire can be a very scary thing; it defies predic- tion and understanding.

But fire is necessary to the earthly cycle of renewal. When stewards of the land extinguish every spark, refusing to allow any fire at all, the cycle of life suffers. Vegetation age sandbegins to choke itself, plant can’ t reseed and diversity of flora and fauna deteriorates. Drought and wind take their toll and fire inevitably does break out creating a confla

gration like the Yellowstone National Park Fire of 1988 which burned out of control for months, and could only be extinguished when cooler, moister weather conditions came with the change of seasons  read more ...


Ventura County AHEPA Chapter 220

Ventura County AHEPA Chapter 220 recently announced Alexander Farkas as the winner of the 2012 Bill Gatsios Memorial Scholarship Award. He was presented with the $500 scholarship at an AHEPA dinner at St. Demetrios on May 29th.

Alex, a graduating senior at Westlake High School, is the son of David and Annie Farkas. He has participated in Greek Dance, volunteered at the Rescue Mission and served in the altar here at St. Demetrios for many years.

At Westlake High School, Alex ran cross country, served as the sports editor of the school paper, and was captain of the tennis team. A member of the National Honors Society with an outstanding academic record, he has been accepted to the University of Missouri where he will study journalism with the goal of pursuing a career in sports broadcasting.

AHEPA members said they were proud to present this year’s Bill Gatsios Scholarship to such a well-rounded, deserving young man. Read More ...

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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