GREEK SCHOOL STARTS SEPTEMBER 27TH

 

Get your “Greek On!” Know what it means to be Proud and Greek! Cost is $100 per student. Class schedule is as follows: Kids 12-12:30 pm and Adults 12:30-1:30 pm and will be held in the upstairs Library. Contact Kiki Rozou for more information by email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 805-444-2827.

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SUNDAY SCHOOL STARTS after Holy Communion on Sunday, September 27, 2015

St. Demetrios Sunday School serves students from preschool (age 4 by September 27, 2015) through high school. We offer a complete Orthodox Christian education ranging from arts and crafts that also teach a lesson about our Lord, Church, family, and self to teen-age self-awareness, interacting with our peers in a Christian manner to history of the Church and much, much, more. What’s better is that it is provided as part of the parents’ stewardship membership in St. Demerios Church! No registration fees or tuition, it is provided at a VERY reasonable rate (your cooperation and encouragement).

To help in ordering supplies and materials it would be great to know who will be attending next year and their grade placement. So, please fill out the form below and return it to the church office by September 20, 2015.

Also, if you are interested in the exciting experience of being a Sunday School Teacher of Substitute (no experience necessary), please indicate your interest in the form below.

It is very important to register your child for the 2015-16 Sunday School year.

Contact Mandee via phone 805-484-7756 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information.

Letter from Tom Vegos, Parish Council President

 

AS OUR SUMMER DRAWS TO A CLOSE and so many changes are going on within our small parish, I thought it would be a good time for each of us to reflect back on what we all have to be grateful for in our lives. We are lucky to be living in this great country, we are lucky to live in Southern California where we have friends and family and most importantly we are lucky to have the love of our church family that has had such a major impact on all our lives.

Our future is bright! We are now in our new sanctuary and Father Gary has already performed a few wed-dings and baptisms. Of course this wouldn’t have been possible without the hard work and dedication of so many of our parishioners – young and old, living and those whose memories will be eternal. All played a role in the growth & development of St. Demetrios. We have been patient and now our patience has paid off!! Our new church is a thing of beauty that we can all be proud of and thankful for God’s blessings in achieving this goal.

We have been fortunate to call the “library” our temporary home for more than a year but now it is time to say Good Bye and look forward to our move. As with any change, there will be periods of adjustment as we settle in. It will take a little time to work out all the little “bugs” that will inevitably pop up as we become comfortable in the new property. Once again I ask for your patience and respect in taking care of “our” new home.

Our grand opening celebrations in May was the “Cherry on Top”. It brought our entire community together and has now become a bright star in the Camarillo landscape - one that will only get brighter as time moves on.

In closing, I wish to add a personal note on what I was lucky enough to have in my life. Aside from being fortunate enough to have a loving family & friends I was extremely lucky to know and become friends with Chris Mallakis. Chris was not only a friend but someone I was able to look up to and respect. He taught me so much about living life in a reverent manner and how important the church is in our everyday lives. I know that he joins us in spirit as we move to the new church. I will miss him deeply and may his memory be eternal.

Yours in Christ’s service,
Tom Vegos, Parish Council President

OUR NEW HOME- Fr. Gary’s message

 

“This is the Lord’s doing and it is marvelous in our

eyes.” Psalm 118: 23-24

After years of praying, and hoping, meetings, bake sales, discussions, capital campaigns, meetings, Greek Festivals, more meetings, and several fundraisers it is time for us to enter into the splendor of our new home. The time has come for us to take up residency in the St Demetrios Agape Chapel. As we move in and get comfortable I think it would be wise for us to share and review the necessary responsibilities of inheriting this blessing.

This is an inheritance in the greatest sense of that word! We are stewards of what God has entrusted to us. Every detail of our new chapel is to remind us of the beauty of the Kingdom of God. It is a physical manifestation of our love for God, and then, ultimately for one another. We must treat the St Demetrios Agape Chapel, the rooms, restrooms, reception area, offices and chapel with the utmost reverence and respect. Following are recommendations that we are to adopt, follow and practice on a regular basis.

In regards to Divine services (all services whether Sunday mornings or weekday mornings, evenings, or sacraments of any kind):

* Please dress appropriately as if you were to encounter a dignitary. This is where get the saying, “wear your Sunday best.” A three piece suit or an elaborate dress is not what I am referring to but a presentable ensemble is always wise. 

Please light a candle and make an offering as you enter. The entrance area where we find the candle sandbox is called the Narthex. The point of the Narthex is for us to prepare our mind and soul for entrance into God’s Church. We light a candle to represent the light of Christ coming into our lives. This should help you prepare for prayer.

* Please do not enter through the center, glass doors. When entering the Nave (the area where the pews are found) please use the wooden doors on either side. This causes less distraction and limit interruptions. You may want to get in the habit of sliding all the way towards the center so that those coming after you won’t have to climb over you.

* Whenever the Priest is facing the people or outside of the altar, either with the censer, giving the blessing, reading the Gospel or giving the sermon everyone should stay still.

* Please remember that the Parish Council members and the ushering staff are required to keep order during services, and all should follow their instructions at all times

* Keep from participating in unnecessary conversations.

Glass Doors (and the walls):

* Don’t leave your prints everywhere. By touching the glass (or walls) with your bare hand you will leave a print, and that guy, “Someone Else,” will have to clean that glass. Use the handles or railings.

Restrooms:

* Please consider the next person that will occupy the bathroom after you have finished. Please leave it the way you wish to find it. You know what that means.

* If supplies are low or you encounter an issue, please tell a member of the Parish Council.

The Elevator:

* Only use it if you really must. I think everyone should have the opportunity to ride the elevator once, but then after that, “Young legs use the stairs.”

* Consider the wear and tear on our elevator, remembering that if it doesn’t function then someone that really needs it will not be able to go upstairs read more.. 


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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