Agape Building Campaign

The 2nd Phase of our Fundraising Campaign

Our Objective:  Raise sufficient funds in the next three years to complete the ground-breaking ceremony(June 2012), site grading(July 2012), and build the Agape Center, the Arbor and the Parking Lot, with a scheduled occupancy date of October 26, 2013.

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 ..

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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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