Next Stop...Paradise: Fr. Simon Thomas

If you have ever flown on an airplane for a commercial flight you know that the first thing the crew does is announce over the PA system the destination of the flight. It sounds something like this: “Welcome aboard Flight 111, non-stop service to Santa Barbara, California.” The crew wants you to know the destination, and the expectation is that all the passengers are present, on time, and prepared to go to the announced place. I remember one time seeing a family, carry-on luggage and all, scrambling to get off, realizing they were on the wrong plane after hearing one of these announcements. The vast majority of the time, however, the announcement is a reassurance that we are heading to our anticipated destination. We then usually hear from the captain, explaining various details of the flight we are about to take. For most of us, he could be speaking a foreign language, because although it is nice to know that we will be flying at a certain altitude, at a specific airspeed, and arrive at a determined time, just how that is going to happen is well beyond our understanding. The amount of buttons, knobs, switches, and levers in the cockpit of an airplane is beyond intimidating— most people wouldn’t know where to start! What does comfort the vast majority of us (some people are afraid to fly, no matter what!) is that the captain has been properly trained by an accredited authority (flight school) is regulated by a governing body (the FAA) read more...

Newsletter February 2013

Happy New Year! Welcome to 2013 and an exciting year to come for St. Demetrios as work on the new property has begun. At the November General Assembly we set a goal of $225,000 for stewardship trusting that other fundraisers would help us reach the $284,000 needed for a balanced budget and to rebuild our reserves. 

We later decided to make some changes for this year by upping our stewardship go also we can eliminate the need for fundraisers to balance the budget. This is so we can go back to the days of having events to share fellowship in stead of depending on events to raise money read more ...

UPDATE ON FIRE AT PARISH IN EL CAJON, CA

 

“As the Saint Gregory of Nyssa Greek Orthodox Church in El Cajon, CA labors to provide for the immediate needs of their parish following an arson fire on Sunday, January 27, 2013, the Metropolis of San Francisco continues to extend its prayers and support for the faithful of this beloved community during these challenging days,” stated His Eminence Metropolitan Gerasimos of San Francisco.

Message from Fr Gary

Fr Gary

More than a Fan


I know you won’t believe me, but I really didn’t want to go to the Dodger game. When I was up visiting my brother in Seattle he had tickets to the Seattle Mariners vs. the visiting Los Angeles Dodgers. Peter bought the tickets at the beginning of the season and was not anticipating his illness when he made the purchase. As he was working through his physical therapy he looked at me and said, “you gotta go. It’s meant to be. Take Fr. Photios and have fun.” How could I have fun I thought? I was troubled by his ailment. Finally, after lots of persuading from my mom, and then confirmation by my dad, I considered leaving the hospital for the game. In a call with Christie she agreed that it would provide a good distraction for what we were all experiencing. Fr. Photios picked me up and we went to the game.


I was amazed as we approached the ballpark. It was a festive atmosphere and felt as if we were part of a parade. Hordes of people marching toward the stadium for what was the city’s major event that evening. Vendors selling peanuts and hot dogs in the streets. Kids walking with balloons and cotton candy in hand. There was even a guy dressed as Mr. Incredible giving people rides in a carriage he pulled with his bicycle. There was something very odd about this crowd though. Most of the people sauntering this parade were Dodger fans.


Dodger blue reigned. They were waving Dodger flags, chanting, “Let’s Go Dodgers,” and wearing jerseys of their favorite players. Fr. Photios, wearing a Seattle Mariners jersey, accidentally bumped into massive guy wearing Dodger gear. As Father apologized the guy said...


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