This Sunday's Memorials
Arita Valessares - 3 years
Isabella Zouvas - 18 years
Alexandru Dinescu - 21 years
Theresa Zouvas - 45 years
James (Demetri) Valessares - 48 years
Seraphim Zouvas - 49 years
The Stewardship Committee Thanks You!
The Stewardship Committee once again thanks you for helping your parish finish strong in our stewardship efforts for 2018. We as a parish had another fruitful year and it's becuase of your attentiveness and positvie response and so once again we THANK YOU!
With the new 2019 calendar year upon us we respectfully ask you to reflect upon and pray about your 2019 pledge commitment. We thank you in advance for doing so.
Saint Spyridon GOC Stewardship Committee:
John T. Kalas: Stewardship Chair Fr. Andrew Scordalakis
Ben De La Riva, Jim Gilpin, Greg Kostas, Bill Navrides, Stephen Thiros and Spero Tzathas
This Sunday's Altar Servers
St. John: Captain: Michael Angeles, Luke Billings, Luke Georggin, Theo Huntalas, Konstantino Mellos, Alexios Savvides, John Savvides, Nektarios Sissons
Philoptochos and Fellowship
We hope you continue to enjoy the long standing tradition of fellowship throughout the year. Philoptochos is thankful for the continued support from all the families and organizations that offer every week. We kindly ask that you consider offering at least once per year, so think of name days, celebrations, memorials, fundraisers, etc. Offering fellowship should be kept simple (bagels, cream cheese, fruit and cookies) as it is a light snack to enjoy with family and friends following the Divine Liturgy. Therefore, the cost of fellowship should be approximately $100-$150 . You are also more than welcome to share your fellowship hour with another family or friend. If a ministry from the church offers fellowship then they can keep the donations for their group. Lastly, the donations collected from the coffee hour support our many ministries so please consider this when offering your donation.
To see which dates are available and sign up online visit our SignUp Genius page. To sign up over the phone, by email, or in person, contact Christina Vassos at firstname.lastname@example.org or 619-818-6882. Available dates can also be viewed using the fellowship calendar on the Philoptochos table in the hall. Thank you!
Be The Bee BEETREAT! - Please Mark Your Calendars From Now
Be the Bee Registration is OPEN for March 9, 2019 retreat in San Diego please sign up today
And on the website, it can be found here: https://www.y2am.org/beetreats
Please see the "Insert and Fliers" Section below for more information.
New Year, new book! How about trying a new read, Christ in the Psalms is a lovely, highly devotional book. It holds a wealth of insight into the Scriptures, the early Church, and the Apostles themselves who used the Psalms in their own writings. Stocked in the bookstore!
SAVE THE DATE - GOYA
GOYANS join us on Saturday, January 19th at 5:00 pm in the GOYA room for “Game Night. For those GOYAns that have not done so in the past we will put your handprints on the GOYA room wall. You’ll like the new games in the GOYA room so please join us for Christian fellowship and make SURE and RSVP no later than January 16th to Bill and Stephanie at email@example.com or (619) 825-6750.
Planning has begun on our 50th Annual Greek Festival! Please join us Wednesday, January 23rd at 7:00 pm in the education building for the first Festival meeting of 2019. Bring your ideas! The more the merrier!
Dance & Choral News
Save the Date! “Show the Love” FDF Dessert Preview on Sat., Feb. 9 at 7:30 p.m. Our kids have been working hard to prepare for FDF. Please come Show the Love and preview their FDF performances. Suggested Donation: $10.
Also, practice continues on Saturdays (times vary, please check email) and Sundays as follows: Youth Choir - 12:20-1:10 p.m. in church, Limani - 1:30-2:30 p.m. in Goya room, Ionians - 2:30-4:00 p.m. in Goya room, Aegeans - 1:30-3:00 p.m. in the church hall. See you there!
ATTENTION ALL ALTAR SERVERS- PLEASE SAVE THE DATE
There will be an Acolytes’ Winter Retreat for all current and incoming Altar Servers on Saturday, February 23, 2019, from 11 am to 1 pm. Father Andrew will discuss Movement of The Holy Liturgy in the Church and lunch will be served in the Hall. Please mark your calendars!
ARE YOU A MILITARY VETERAN?
If you are a post-WWII veteran or currently serving in the military and would like to be included in the NEW hand-stitched service banner that is being planned for the church hall, please submit your full name, branch of service, and phone number or email address to: Soula De La Riva at (760) 521-0471 or firstname.lastname@example.org. The deadline to be included is March 31, 2019. Don’t miss this special opportunity. We don’t want anyone left out!
Decorated Feast Day Icons
Philoptochos invites you and your family to commemorate a special Feast Day by offering a donation towards the cost of a beautifully decorated icon which will be displayed in the church Narthex for all to venerate. This offering, a floral adornment around the blessed icon, is a perfect way to honor both your family member(s) as well as an important day in the life of the Church. Throughout the liturgical year there are many opportunities to select a decorated icon, so please reserve your dates now. A suggested donation of $75 is much appreciated. Please contact Stella Weil at email@example.com or (858)694-0570 to reserve your icon/date or if you have any questions. Thank you.
The following Saints and Feast Days will be celebrated during January and February and have icons that can be displayed:
1/1 ST. BASIL THE GREAT
1/6 HOLY THEOPHANY
1/17 ST. ANTHONY THE GREAT
1/18 STS. ATHANASIOS (AND CYRIL)
1/20 ST. EUTHYMIOS
1/25 ST. GREGORY THE THEOLOGIAN
1/30 THREE HIERARCHS
2/2 PRESENTATION OF OUR LORD
2/10 ST. HARALAMBOS
2/17 SUNDAY OF THE PUBLICAN AND THE PHARISEE
2/24 SUNDAY OF THE PRODIGAL SON
ATTENTION PARENTS OF COLLEGE STUDENTS!
We are happy to report that Philoptochos’ College Connection ministry is in full swing, make sure your children don’t miss out!! Philoptochos will reach out to our college students a couple of times per year to let our students know that we are cheering them on from home. If your son or daughter is attending college, either in San Diego or away, including community college, undergraduate or graduate school, we want to reach out to them with some love from their St. Spyridon Philoptochos family.
Please send your students postal mailing address and email address while they are in college, as well as the name of the school they are attending to Michelle Defelippi at firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you have any questions, please contact Michelle at the above email or (858) 695-9772.
Body Basics Parking Spaces
Please be reminded that one of our tenants, Body Basics, has been given permission to use two parking spaces off the alley near Park Blvd. on Sunday mornings. Please be respectful of that agreement and do not park in these two marked spaces on Sunday mornings. Please know that we are working diligently and moving forward to provide more parking for our church members. In the meantime, please pay attention to the signs marking the two spaces for Body Basics and do not block their customers from using those two designated spaces. Thank you.
Your Legacy and Your Church
...to whom much is given; from them much more is required (Luke 12:48).
Please remember to include your Saint Spyridon parish in your estate plan and bequest.
Youth & Young Adults Social Media
Program Description: Connect with the Office of Youth and Young Adult Ministries through social media to stay current with all the most recent news & events. We are all living and working in the mobile age, and the Metropolis Office of Youth and Young Adult Ministries is committed to building its presence on the internet. These sites serve as a unified place to connect our youth, young adults, clergy, youth workers, and parents throughout our very geographically diverse Metropolis. It will also be a place for everyone to share their ideas. Please be sure to check out these sites!
Receive Back 0.5% From “Amazon Smile” Foundation
We are pleased to announce, St. Spyridon Greek Orthodox Church of San Diego now participates in AmazonSmile. AmazonSmile is a website operated by Amazon that lets you enjoy the same wide selection of millions of products, low prices, and convenient shopping features as on Amazon.com. The difference is that when you shop on AmazonSmile, the AmazonSmile Foundation will donate 0.5% of the purchase price to St. Spyridon Greek Orthodox Church. That’s right, every eligible purchase you or someone else makes at AmazonSmile 0.5% will be donated back to our parish!!!
Register by visiting AmazonSmile (smile.amazon.com) and select “St. Spyridon Greek Orthodox Church” before you make your first purchase (be sure to select St. Spyridon Greek Orthodox Church - San Diego, California). Amazon will remember your selection and each time a purchase is made AmazonSmile will donate 0.5% back to our parish.
For more information about AmazonSmile, go to http://smile.amazon.com/about
We hope you’ll consider this easy way to support your beloved parish. Everyone is eligible to participate so tell your friends and relatives and spread the word about this wonderful program. It takes little effort and with our collective participation and God’s continued blessings, our parish can benefit from this program.
A short video will be available on the parish website demonstrating how to select St. Spyridon GOC as your charity in your Amazon user account.
Live Stream Broadcast
If you know someone who may be in the hospital or home bound or for whatever reason just cannot get to church, don’t forget about the Live Stream Broadcast of our Divine Services. You can watch our Live Broadcast by going to our parish website and clicking on the “Live Broadcast” tab on the top tool bar. Remember, our Live Stream Broadcast is for those who absolutely cannot physically make the divine services of the church and is not a substitute for being present. Also, please be aware that conversations, crying babies, etc. can be heard on the broadcast. We have a wonderful cry room facility, which is located off the Narthex behind the candle stand, and is comfortable and provided for your convenience.
The Live Stream divine services of Saint Spyridon Greek Orthodox Church of San Diego, CA may not be recorded, retransmitted or reproduced without the express written consent of the Parish Council of Saint Spyridon Greek Orthodox Church of San Diego, CA. Thank you for your consideration.
Donations toward the digital ministries of the parish are warmly welcomed. If you would like to help support the ministries of Saint Spyridon please contact the church office. Again, thank you.