Once upon a time, a festival was to be held in a certain village. To ensure there would be enough wine for the celebration, each member of the village agreed to pour one bottle of his best wine into a large cask. “If I fill my bottle with water,” reasoned one villager, “the dilution will be so slight, who will notice?” But when the feast and time for merrymaking commenced, and the cask was tapped, nothing but water poured forth. Every member in the village had reasoned alike: “My portion will not be missed!”
Scripture is filled with passages of God’s call for us to be generous, loving, compassionate givers. The priority of compassionate stewardship is not to pay the bills. It is about how we, as a community, can do God’s work with love and compassion. It is less about the parish’s need to receive, and more about our need to give. It is our generosity with the gifts and blessings God has entrusted to us. Compassionate stewardship is an attitude and a way of life.
We thank the 174 Stewards that have joined so far in 2021. As we journey through this new year, let us continue to serve our community and support our beloved Saint Spyridon parish. Your stewardship offering may be submitted by mail to the church office. We have also made online giving available on our church website (www.Saint-Spyridon.net) for one-time and periodic giving.
Spring into Action to Help Kids Fighting Cancer!
Saint Spyridon’s Lenten Toy Drive
All proceeds to benefit: The Pediatric Oncology Treasure Chest Foundation
Suggested Donations by Age:
School Age: Action Figures, Barbie Dolls and accessories, Trucks and Cars, Snaptite Models, Board Games, Arts/Crafts, Playdough, Coloring Books, Crayola Markers/Crayons, Activity Sets/Prepackaged Crafts.
Adolescent: Journals, Jewelry, Nail Polish Kits, Cosmetic Bags, Purses/Wallets, Scarves/Hats, DVD’s/CD’s, Board Games, Gift Cards ($5 increments)
Infant/Toddler/Preschool: Fischer-Price/Playskool toys, Play Dish Sets & Play Food, Baby Dolls & accessories, Wooden & Plastic Puzzles, Activity Books
Drop off all NEW, unwrapped donations in boxes near the office and gym.
Donation Deadline is Sunday, April 25th
Cash/Check donations may be dropped off in the church office: Monday – Friday from 9am to 2pm
Checks payable to “St. Spyridon” & “Toy Drive” in the Memo section, or Donate online: https://tithe.ly/give_new/www/#/tithely/give-one-time/1390651
(Please Select “Toy Drive – Pediatric Oncology Treasure Chest” from the dropdown menu)
For questions, please contact: Stella Parhas at 708.717.2518 or Demetria Papadopoulos at 708.870.2783 Thank you for donating!
The Greek Orthodox Ladies Philoptochos Society of St. Spyridon, Palos Heights offers a $1,000 scholarship to one high school senior OR college student who is a member of our parish. This is a competitive scholarship based on need and merit with the award winner to be selected upon recommendation by the Scholarship Committee. Applicants must be accepted into an accredited college, university or vocational program OR currently attending an accredited college, university or vocational program.
APPLICATION & ALL REQUIRED INFORMATION MUST BE SUBMITTED TO CHURCH OFFICE BY JUNE 15, 2021
Download the application at: http://nebula.wsimg.com/1992141ef4e88656fd560b19dde15f51?AccessKeyId=2C76C7C685C924A52032&disposition=0&alloworigin=1
Starting tomorrow, April 4th, the Saint Spyridon PTA will be selling Pascha candles, Baskets and other gift items in the community hall. Our Saint Spyridon PTA supports the needs of our students and teachers in our parish schools: Sunday Church School, Plutarchos Greek School, and Archangels Academy.
Join us for Saint Spyridon's 24th Annual Golf Outing at the Odyssey Country Club in Tinley Park on Tuesday, June 8th, 2021. Registration and Sponsorship forms are at: http://nebula.wsimg.com/f6c9e881bced8384dabab6e4ca50b8d8?AccessKeyId=2C76C7C685C924A52032&disposition=0&alloworigin=1. All proceeds from the Golf Outing benefit the Saint Spyridon building fund.
The Voice is the monthly publication of Saint Spyridon Hellenic Orthodox Church. Hard copies are available at church and by mail upon request.
Consider becoming an advertiser on the Voice by contacting the church office. Ad costs range from $100-$250 annually.
All the ministries displayed in the VOICE are made possible by the generosity of our dedicated Saint Spyridon Stewards. Consider becoming a Steward of Saint Spyridon or invite a friend or family member to join our parish family. Please visit our website for more details. www.Saint-Spyridon.net
We have been busy this Spring! Covid will not stop us from continuing our good works. Our next fundraising event, our annual Easter Bake Sale will take place on Saturday of Lazarus - Saturday, April 24th. This will be a streamlined bake sale, but as always with our homemade touch.
This year we will feature homemade Tsourekia and Koulouria. Please pre-order & pre-pay your order by April 20th. Orders can be made online with Eventbrite or by calling Helen Sotiropoulos. See the attached flyer for all the details. Pick up orders on Saturday, April 24th after the Divine Liturgy.
Join us this summer for a five-day immersive Greek language camp for students in K - 6th grade. Every day we will focus on a different region of Greece, its local customs, traditions, music, foods, and stories as well as its Orthodox religious sites. Our "itinerary" will include Thessaloniki/Mainland Greece, Kerkyra/Eptanisa, Peloponissos/Crete, the Aegean Islands, and Cyprus. Daily activities will include crafts, music, and gym time dedicated to teaching students about traditional Greek children's games. Camp is limited to 24 students. To register, students must have completed Kindergarten in the 2020-2021 school year. For more information please email Presvytera Georgia at email@example.com. Registration through Eventbrite: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/camp-kalokairaki-registration-146515049457