Christmas Caroling – Saturday, December 15
Please join the St. Demetrios Choir to visit homebound parishioners and bring Christmas cheer and song. Contact Genie Leussis (617) email@example.com or Mary Leussis (631) firstname.lastname@example.org to participate. All Parishioners are welcome! Let’s celebrate the season together!
2019 GOYA SUMMER SERVICE TRIP
Planning for the 2019 GOYA Summer Service trip has begun. Our GOYAns & families will decide between the YOCAMA trip to the Navajo Nation in Gallup, New Mexico, July 6-13, or the IOCC Home Build Program in St. Augustine, FL or Houston, TX, August 5-10. Initial fundraising for the Trip begins this Saturday, November 10. Christmas Tree Ornaments will be sold during Saturday Basketball Games in the Church Hall. Please contact Georgia Argyrople for more information or questions at Georgiaemail@example.com.
ST. DEMETRIOS INNER-CITY OUTREACH
Volunteers are needed Tuesday, November 27 for the St. Demetrios Inner-City Outreach Team which is currently helping St. Francis House in Boston, the largest nonsectarian day shelter in the region. Transportation is provided. Call Peter Mitsakos at 781-899-6583 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
All of GOYA is invited on November 17th from 6:-8:30 pm for GOYA Friendsgiving dinner being held at St. Demetrios in the small hall. GOYA and GOYA Alum are encouraged to attend for an evening of fellowship and fun as we gather to thank God for all that we’ve been given, an opportunity to offer thanks for our St. Demetrios GOYA community. Friendsgiving will be a potluck, please contact Jill Kovatsis at Ja.email@example.com to let us know what you’re bringing. We need main dishes, salads, sides and dessert!
The next Luncheon of the Senior Guild will be on November 3rd (St. John Chrystostom) following Divine Liturgy. The Senior Guild will discuss the event in December. Please come and join us. If you have any questions please contact Artemis Martakis @ (508) 785-0045. The Senior Guild hopes to see you there!
HOPE & JOY CARE PACKAGE EVENT
Next Sunday, November 11, the HOPE & JOY will meet to assemble shoebox care packages for Operation Christmas Child. Donations are being collected to fill shoeboxes that will be sent to children around the world in time for Christmas. If you have toys (new or lightly used), personal care items, school supplies, craft supplies, etc. that you would like to donate please drop off in the box outside the church office window between now and next Sunday. For questions contact Anastasia Smith at Anastasia@Anastasiadesign.com
ST. NICHOLAS GIVING TREE
This year our parish will mark the 17th Annual St. Nicholas Giving Tree. Each year we open our hearts to the neediest children in our own area during the holiday season. On Sundays- November 18th, 25th and December 2nd the names and “wish lists” of children, all ages, under the care of the Mass. Dept. of Children and Families will be available for your family to sponsor. For questions contact Nancy Agris Savage at 508- 652-9020 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
YOUNG PROFESSIONALS NETWORKING EVENT
Save the Date: As part of the 60th Anniversary celebration, join the Young Professionals for a reunion and networking event at the Back Bay Social Club in Boston on Thursday, December 6, 6-9pm.
Invitation to follow with ticket and parking details. For more information, contact Lee Condakes (email@example.com), Evangeline Condakes (firstname.lastname@example.org), or Vanessa Theoharis (or email@example.com). Event proceeds will benefit the Neighbor Brigade, in memory of our beloved Parishioner, Pamela Washek.
This Sunday, November 4th there will be a Parish General Assembly meeting following the Divine Liturgy. It is important that our stewards are present so that we may reach quorum. Please make every effort to attend.
VETERANS NOVEMBER TO REMEMBER DRIVE
This year the St. Demetrios Philoptochos is seeking dona-tions in memory of 2nd Lt. Ian Thomas McVey, USMC. There are two opportunities to assist Veterans in need. Thanksgiving Meal Program, which provides a full Thanks-giving meal to a veteran’s family, and Operation Housewarming Project, which provide housewarming bas-kets to veterans transitioning to independent living. For a complete list check out the Vine or the bulletin board flyer. Donations needed by Sunday, November 18th For questions contact Chris or Eugenia Kourlos at 508-735-8866 or firstname.lastname@example.org.Holiday Pops – Sunday, December 16, 2018
In celebration of the 60th Anniversary of the St. Demetrios Church, let us join together for an afternoon of fellowship and wonderful holiday music by attending the Holiday Pops Concert at Symphony Hall on Sunday, December 16, 3:00 p.m. Tickets: $113.00 each – floor seats. Also, you may organize a table of five. To purchase tickets or for more information, contact Jane Kourtis at (781) 363-6636 or email@example.com
Catering for the holidays- Thanksgiving and Christmas- or any time of the year
Philoptochos is delighted when parishioners take advantage of our St. Christine's Catering Program. We ask that you please place your orders two weeks ahead of time before to assure delivery of pastry. Please go to our St. Demetrios Website under Philoptochos and menu will be there. Thanks again for using our Philoptochos catering for the holidays.
ST. DEMETRIOS BOOKSTORE
The St. Demetrios Bookstore is open to greet the new ecclesiastical year. Take a few moments to stop by and check out our new arrivals. There are inspirational books in Greek and English for adults and children. There are also St. Demetrios crosses in gold and silver, icons, prayer bracelets, and prosfora seals from the Holy Land all suitable gifts.
60TH ANNIVERSARY RESEARCH PROJECT HELP
In celebration of its 60th anniversary, St. Demetrios is preparing an online, multi-media version of its history. In the next few months we’ll be seeking historical information from parishioners and we’ll be conducting interviews with long-time church members. We are looking for five HS seniors and/or college students with a serious interest in history or journalism to do interviews and collect materials. The selected students will receive training and equipment. Students will earn a stipend for each assignment completed. Send a brief resume and letter to Dr. Manny Paraschos at the church office by Sept. 28. Access to transportation is essential. For more information contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
ST. DEMETRIOS DIRECTORY
As part of our 60th Anniversary activities, we will be publishing an updated membership directory. We will be reaching out to you for confirmation of the accuracy of your contact information (address, phone number, email etc.)
There will alo be an opportunity, as in the past, for business and underwriter support.
More information will be forthcoming. Feel free to contact Georgia Gefteas with any questions– 781-431-7479
SPONSORING FELLOWSHIP HOUR
The calendar is open for any one wishing to sponsor coffee hour this coming year. If you are interested please contact Pam Brody at 781-864-6427.
APPEAL– CAR DONATION NEEDED
If you or anyone you know has a working car that is no longer needed consider donating it to the church for a seminarian in need. For more information contact the church office.
ST. DEMETRIOS 60TH ANNIVERSARY
2019 marks the 60th Anniversary of our St. Demetrios Community. A committee co-chaired by Peter and Stephen
Condakes has begun to think about ways to celebrate this milestone. Soon they will share some events and ways that we can all participate as we mark this joyous jubilee year of our Church. We hope our entire community will come together as one family in thanking God for our beloved St. Demetrios.
As the Church School year comes to a start, we ask that everyone assist us by waiting patiently in your seats for the children to receive Holy Communion first so that they may get to their classes.
In order to facilitate this process as efficiently as possible, we ask that Church School Teachers, Children and their parents be dismissed first for communion. All other parishioners are asked to stay in their seats and wait for the ushers to dismiss their row. We appreciate your patience and your support!
ST. DEMETRIOS ORTHO-TAXI SERVICE
We miss you when you are not with us! If you need a ride to and from church consider taking the St. Demetrios Ortho-Taxi service. If you are interested call the church office (781-237-5561) by Friday at noon for Sunday Liturgy, or two days in advance for other services or events. You will receive a call from your driver to arrange pick-up times. The roundtrip fare is $5 to be donated to the Senior Guild.
We are looking for additional people to help greet/welcome our parishioners to church on Sunday mornings. All those who are interested in being a part of this wonderful program please contact Angel Hatgelakas through Marianne at the church office. Tel: 781-237-5561 or email: email@example.com. Thank you.
If you are interested in joining the Usher Team please contact Georgia Gefteas at firstname.lastname@example.org or 978-973-7476.
The webpage of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America has a great amount of resources for anyone looking to learn more about the faith. You can find the daily readings of the church, information about saints, what we believe, and prayers for any occasion. Additionally, you can stay up to date with news that affects us as Christians. Be sure to check www.goarch.org regularly!
Located near HCHC in Brookline, the Philoxenia House offers a home and hospitality to patients and those who accompany them while they are undergoing treatment in the Boston area. For several years a few of us visit the home twice a year to try to brighten their lives by planting flowers. This is a joy for us. For more information regarding this ministry please contact Betty Titus, 781.237.4748, or Eleanor Spiliakos, 978.443.3746.
WHAT IS THE ORTHODOX CHURCH
Being asked this during our festival a number of times — we as Orthodox Christians ought to respond:
“The Orthodox Christian Church is a worldwide body of believers who confess and worship Jesus Christ as the Son of God, as Lord and Messiah. This body has a tangible and continuous history of Christian faith and practice from the time of Christ’s Apostles. The use of the adjective ‘orthodox’ to describe the Church dates back to the earliest centuries and was applied to those Christians who maintained the tradition transmitted by Christ’s Apostles (1 Thess 2:15)”
FR. MANIKAS LIBRARY
Come and visit the Fr. Manikas Library and check out one of our many books on a variety of different topics. After Divine Liturgy, please stop by the library and see what we have to offer. See Cindi Dabrowski in the library for assistance on picking out a selection to take home and further your knowledge of our faith.
DAILY READINGS APP
The Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America has developed and released a Daily Readings App for iOS and Android. It offers the daily Epistle and Gospel readings of the day as well as the saints that are commemorated on that day. Furthermore, it offers prayers, dates of future Feast Days and fasting guidelines.
It’s a great resource that is offered by our Archdiocese. Sign into your app store and download it today!
BE THE BEE WEBSERIES
The National Office of Youth and Young Adult Ministries offers a weekly web video series on YouTube called “Be the Bee” each week a question or theme about our faith is answered in just 5 minutes! Check out this new and interesting approach to learning about our faith! Go to: www.youtube.com/user/y2am to see the entire series!