THE MYRRH-BEARER VOLUME 18, ISSUE 3 APRIL 2012

Seven Goals: Fr. Gary

in the weekly cycle of services. This means Orthros and the Divine Liturgy on Sundays as well as Feasts of the Church and those services unique to seasons of our Liturgical year. Furthermore, as individuals and as families, we should find time for increased prayer in the home and in our everyday lives. We should make our dwellings an extension of our Church. Participation in the Divine Liturgy then serves as a reminder as to our calling in life.

3) Ministering to the sick

We should visit and care for shut-ins, those in hospitals

“AS COMMITTED ORTHO- DOX CHRISTIANS, EACH OF US, PRIEST AND LAY- PERSON, SHARES IN THE ROYAL PRIESTHOOD OF CHRIST. OUR TASK IS TO REALIZE THIS STEWARD- SHIP AS HIS SERVANTS, IN A MANNER BEFITTING HIS EXAMPLE TO HIS DISCIPLES, HIS PEOPLE AND HIS CREATION.”

Inside this issue:

FR. GARY CONTINUED AGAPE PICNIC INFO

PHILOPTOCHOS NEWS APRIL READINGS

MINISTRIES, YOUTH NEWS & BOY SCOUTS

AGAPE FUND, GOLF & FESTIVAL MEETING

APRIL/MAY CALENDARS

SUNDAY SCHOOL LENT RETREAT & CAMPS

APRIL BIRTHDAYS CUB SCOUTS

STEWARDSHIP UPDATE LIST OF STEWARDS

STEWARDSHIP CARD HOLY WEEK SCHEDULE

ST. DEMETRIOS INFO AND LEADERSHIP

Several years ago I sat down and constructed a list of goals and objectives for our Parish. Some of them are shared on the back of my business card. As we begin to move forward in our expansion process and as new families join our Parish, I think it would serve us well to reviewthem. I get really excited about ministry and the beauty of our Community!

1) To share the Truth of Orthodoxy with the County

We need to bring others towards Christ. We are biblically directed by our Lord to share the Good News. This in turn, encourages us to mature in our

own faith. We should adopt a "Come and See" attitude to our extended Ventura County neighbors and share the fullness of Orthodoxy.

2) To encourage healthy worship

We need to participate in Church services and increase our Sacramental awareness. Liturgical attendance and a regular personal relationships with Christ is accomplished as we constantly assess our rela- tionship with God. Realizing the spiritual growth is necessary for each of us, clergy and laity  Read More ..

 

THE MYRRH-BEARER VOLUME 18, ISSUE 2MARCH 2012

 Inside this issue:

TEEN COFFEE & COUCH  GREEK INDEPENDENCE

PHILOPTOCHOS NEWS MARCH READINGS

MINISTRY, YOUTH NEWS, SUNDAY SCHOOL

AGAPE DANCERS FDF PHOTOS

COOK W/ CHEF FABIO FOOD SHARE DRIVE

MAR/APRIL CALENDARS

AGAPE BF UPDATE & UPCOMING EVENTS

AGAPE PICNIC TICKETS ORTHODOXY VESPERS

MARCH BIRTHDAYS CUB SCOUT PACK 3808

STEWARDSHIP UPDATE WAYS YOU CAN HELP

STEWARDSHIP CARD NEEDS FOR HOLY WEEK

WEEKDAY SERVICES & LITURGIES FOR LENT

In John 17:15, our Lord said, “My prayer is not that you take them out of the world but that you protect them from the evil one.”

At St. Demetrios we are sur- rounded by amazing, hard- working parishioners that dedi- cate so much of their time and talenttotheChurch. Wehost amazing events, festivals, bake sales, luncheons, and other events. We roll up our sleeves and find creative ways to raise money for the Church’s minis- tries and Building Campaign.

It is apparent that we are dedicated to preserving our current and future structure. Read more..


THE MYRRH-BEARER  VOLUME 18, ISSUE #1 FEBRUARY 2012

newspapperPresident’s Message: Chris Mallakis

As your new president, I would like to wish all of you a very happy, healthy and prosperous year. I would also like to ask for your support of Fr. Gary and the parish leadership so we can go forward and accomplish our goals with love and God’s Blessings.  Read more..

We had a good first meeting and elected our officers, including Vice President Deb Greanias, Treasurer Nick Mirras, and Secretary John Gon- zalez. I am thankful for such a good parish council. We pledged to work in unison, while

supporting each other and our priest.

Thanks to Philoptochos and Alex and Anna Alexiades for providing Vasilopita for the ser- vice and celebration on Sunday, January 15th. And congratulations to AHEPA for finding the coin in the Vasilopita!

I will do my best to serve you and hear all your comments and suggestions during my term.

Yours in Christ,

Chris Mallakis  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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