Hi Everyone,
There are some premium items still on sale from the Golf Tournament Auction and they are listed below with a minimum price for each.  You'll notice they are predominantly for women...there are more men at the tournament and all the items they are most interested in get snapped up first.  However, there are some amazing baskets and products listed that would be great as gifts for friends, relatives or, lets face it, yourself!  Please feel free to forward the list to others you know who might be interested.  And see below for a children's book opportunity.
Product Minimum Price
Color Proof Volumizing Haircare w/Volumizing Shampoo 25.4 oz, 2 Volumizing Conditioners 8.5 oz, Fiber Blast Texture Crème & Hairspray

Kai Home Fragrance Set    Includes Candle, Room Linen Spray & Fine Linen Wash

K-Pak Haircare Gift Basket    Includes 2 K-Pak Shampoos, 2 Conditioners, 2 Color Therapy Conditioners, Shine Serum, Split End Mender, Protective Hairspray, Restorative Styling Oil & Intense Hydrator

Paul Mitchell Stay Calm & Curl On Set w. Detangling Shampoo, Frizz-Fighting Conditioner, Ultimate Wave Cream Gel

Josie Maran Face, Body & Hair Care Basket includes Body Butter, Intensive Hand Cream, Bear Naked Wipes, Hair Serum & Infinity Lip & Cheek Creamy Oil in Limitless Pink

Ole Henriksen Eye Care & Cleansing Set  Includes Eye Peel, Ultimate Lift Eye Contouring Crème & 3 Sets of Cleansing Cloths

Kerastase Haircare Gift Basket - Includes Bodifying Shampoo, Replenishing Mask, Hair Oil, Replenishing Balm, Strong Hold Finishing Spray & Anti-Humidity Fixing Spray

Haircut & Blow Dry w/Meghan Kuligowski at Jamie's Hair Salon, Thousand Oaks

Single Process Haircolr, Cut & Style with Justine Asperas at Regency Salon Studios in Westlake Village, CA

Automotive Care at Reino Mobil in Newbury Park - Includes Oil Change, Air Filter & Tire Rotation

Haircut & Haircolor w/Andrea Maria at Sub Posa Salon
There are also hardback copies of a rhyming, full-color children's book called "The Adventures of Kevin Bonbevin, Sail Away" which is on sale for $25 at Amazon, but available for $10 from the church to benefit the Golf Tournament/Building Fund.  You can let me know if you're interested in a copy or look at the book itself in the narthex at church.

The “S. James Vamvas Scholarship Fund” was established in 1986 in honor of S. James (Sparky) Vamvas, D.D.S, Professor Emeritus of the USC School of Dentistry and Oral Surgery. This fund allows the society to provide financial assistance to medical and dental students of Hellenic descent who are from California or attend medical or dental school in California. The fund is the only one of its kind on the west coast. Since 1988 the Society has awarded 151 scholarships to 79 men and 72 women, totaling $200,250

DEADLINE: SATURDAY, AUGUST 30, 2014 - All applications must be submitted by this date for consideration.

Hi Everyone,
I have heard from Fr. Gary periodically by email when he checks in to make sure everyone is alright.  He and his family are having a wonderful time on the island of Kefalonia.  They are staying in Argostoli and have visited Myrtos Beach and the Blue Caves at Zakinthos. 
I wanted to remind everyone of several important things this weekend:
1)  The Rummage Sale in the conference room (right inside the front gate of the church) begins this Saturday.
2)  The ladies of Philoptochos are putting on a gyros lunch after church Sunday for $5 per person.
3)  We are sharing the parking lot with another church this Sunday; Calvary Nexus is holding their annual "Church in the Park" event right across the parking lot from us and some spaces will be blocked.  If there are parking attendants when you turn into the lot, just tell them you attend St. Demetrios.
Parking may be scarce, so if you can walk a small distance, please park out on Eston Street or in the lot close to the tennis courts so that our parishioners who need assistance or can't walk very far get the front row parking.  The park event begins at 9:45 am, so you may also want to arrive for church earlier than usual to make sure you have time to park and get into church before 10 am. 
Thanks for your patience; it's only one Sunday and we want to be hospitable!:>)  You can email or call the office if you have further questions.
Thank you!
Here are a few 
Pamela West
St. Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church
New Physical Address:
St. Demetrios GOC
3100 Ponderosa Drive
Camarillo, CA 93010
New Mailing Address:
St. Demetrios GOC
PO Box 1970
Camarillo, CA 93011


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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