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We are delighted to announce that the Camarillo community site on AmericanTowns has a fresh new look this month and we have expanded our rich content offering for every town in America. The updated Camarillo community site focuses much more on "Things to Do" around Camarillo and the surrounding area, plus new navigation features and a more user-friendly design aesthetic.

In addition to all that local goodness, the Camarillo Community site of course offers easy-to-use tools for nonprofits to promote their events and activities - all at no cost!

Please take a few moments to review the page for St. Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church on the Camarillo site and we invite you to add your upcoming events, latest press releases and news, or even post a photo. If you need assistance updating your page, please let me know and we'll be happy to help.

INSTANT MOM book tour by Nia Vardalos

Hi Father Gary! I hope this note finds you well! I'm in Los Angeles on a pit stop for my INSTANT MOM book tour and am wondering if you want to email your parish about my LA appearance? MEET N GREET and INSTANT MOM Book Signing: SATURDAY May 11, starts at 2 pm, Chevaliers Books, 126 N Larchmont Blvd LA 90004 INSTANT MOM makes a great Mother's Day gift, is a New York Times bestseller and the profits are being shared among adoption groups. I write about being Greek (of course), how I broke into the film industry and how I became a mom. More info below, thank you! - Nia REVIEWS: CLEVELAND PLAIN DEALER: "The deft title captures the sudden burst of love Vardalos and her husband feel as they adopt their daughter.... This instant phenomenon comes only at the end of a very long journey. Grade: A KIRKUS: "...laugh-out-loud and painful-in-the-shins moments of raising a scared 3-year-old child. The author holds nothing back as shechronicles the years leading up to the adoption, and she recounts the minute details of the first year of life as a mother, as her daughter began to learn how to love and trust her new surroundings." BOOKLIST: "Readers can feel the tension between desire to share her joy and good fortune and wish to maintain her child’s privacy. Vardalos offers candor,humor, and poignancy in her account of adoption and parenthood as she pokes fun at parenting memoirs but delivers on emotional impact." Click here for the BOOK COVER

President’s Message: Chris Mallakis

CHRIST IS RISEN 

May begins with the great, pious and very moving services of Holy Week. We finish Lent with the glorious Resurrection Service beginning at 11 pm on Holy Saturday and ending very early Sunday morning. We gather again for Agape Vespers at noon and, as always, the traditional Agape Picnic afterward. Many thanks go to Nick Mirras for organizing the picnic. Although Nick and his family recently moved to Texas, he still organized the picnic from afar with the help of a great ground crew including Joanne Mirras-Knauss, Tim Harmantzis and Ari Qutami.

We have Nick, Joanne, Tim and Ari and their families and helpers to thank for making this wonderful tradition possible again this year. Last month the capital campaign had a fund raising event with a well-known magician to benefit the building fund. Thanks to Sandra Arline for taking charge of that event. The Agape Building Fund headed by George Joannou has done well, but we still face a big challenge ahead in building our Agape center. Any donations, large or small, are greatly appreciated. On May 19th we have our Spring General Assembly. I would like to see full participation so everyone is informed about what is going on in the present and future at St. Demetrios 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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