New Philoptochos Officers

 


Marth Poulos - President
Natalie Habash - 1st VP
Katherine Russell - 2nd VP
Oliva Bibian - Corr. Secretary
Susan Valle - Rec. Secretary
Nancy Jassak - Treasurer
Mary Freeth - Assistant Treasurer
Danke Schmidt - Advisor
Carrie Nicholeris - Advisor

Congratulations Ladies!!
We look forward to your leadership.
And the wondrous works your ministry will provide.

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.

REGISTER NOW

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

Message from Fr Gary

Fr Gary

The Cure for Disappointment


We have all experienced disappointment in life. Disappointment is bred from a variety of matters, from the most trivial to the most crucial. We have been disappointed by a friend or family member. The outcome of our favorite sports team in the World Series can add disappointment to our lives. We may disappoint ourselves by not properly preparing for a test at school or a project at work. We encounter disappointment, for the most part, because things just don’t go the way we want or expect them to. There is a cure for disappointment.


There are three important realizations to make about disappointments and understanding their influence in our lives. First, disappointment is inevitable. Everything and everyone, in every situation, at some point or another, will eventually provide us with a good dose of disappointment. A close friend, a loving family member, and even your parish priest will disappoint you some way, somehow sometimes. When our expectations are not met we feel disappointment. Second, realizing...


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