St. Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church
Publish Date: 2020-06-28
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St. Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church

General Information

  • Phone:
  • 757-220-0994
  • Street Address:

  • 4900 Mooretown Road

  • Williamsburg, VA 23188

Contact Information

Services Schedule

Sunday Services -- Kuriakh:

Orthros, 8:45 a.m.

Divine Liturgy, 10:00 a.m.

OrqroV, 0845 pm.

Q. Leitourgia, 1000 pm.


Weekday Holy Days (as scheduled):

Orthros, 8:45 a.m.

Divine Liturgy, 9:30 a.m.

KaqhmerineV EorteV:

OrqroV, 0845 pm.

Q. Leitourgia, 0930 pm.


Past Bulletins

Message from Fr. Gianulis

I Asked God...

I asked God...

I asked God for strength, that I might achieve, I was made weak, that I might learn humbly to obey.

I asked God for health, that I might do greater things, I was given infirmity, that I might do better things.

I asked for riches, that I might be happy, I was given poverty, that I might be wise.

I asked for power, that I might have the praise of men, I was given weakness, that I might feel the need of God.

I asked for all things, that I might enjoy life, I was given life, that I might enjoy all things.

I got nothing that I asked for - but everything I had hoped for.

Almost despite myself, my unspoken prayers were answered.

I am among men, most richly blessed.

Ecumenical Patriarchate Acts on Mode of Distribution of Holy Communion

NEW YORK – Today, June 25, 2020, The Holy and Sacred Synod of the Ecumenical Patriarchate released the summation of their work at the Meeting of the Holy Synod in Chambésy, Geneva at Orthodox Center of the Ecumenical Patriarchate.  This included consideration of the responses of the Local Autocephalous Churches to the May 17, 2020 Letter of His All-Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew on the issue of Holy Communion and its manner of distribution.

 Commenting on the decision of the Ecumenical Patriarchate, the Archbishop said:

Once again, the Ecumenical Patriarchate, under the exemplary leadership of His All-Holiness Bartholomew, has demonstrated authentic conciliar Orthodox primacy in Her fraternal consultation with the Local Autocephalous Churches. The pastoral wisdom and sensitivity that can be applied by economia in the Diaspora further manifests the love and concern of the Mother Church of Constantinople for all Her spiritual children throughout the world. We are grateful for the wise and prudent counsel of the First Throne of Orthodoxy.”

In the Communiqué, the Holy and Sacred Synod affirms that the “Mystery of the Divine Eucharist is non-negotiable,” and “the Church remains steadfast and immovable in its teaching towards the essence of the Mystery of Holy Communion.”

The Communiqué further states: At the same time, the Mother Church, mindful of the special needs of Her children in the Diaspora, urges the Chief Shepherds who serve in the Diaspora that with a pastoral sensitivity, responsibility, and consciousness, to temporarily make, by economia, accommodations to problematic situations that arise from local laws of the State for the greater spiritual benefit of the Christian people, always in coordination with the Sacred Center at the Phanar.”

Amidst the continuing or even rising increase of COVID 19 spread in the USA, in its wisdom, the Synod of the Ecumenical Patriarchate has offered the liberty to the priests to address this emergency situation by temporarily distributing Holy Communion using multiple spoons that are dedicated for only that purpose and belonging to the local parish, an accommodation mindful of the special needs of the faithful in the Diaspora and with "pastoral sensitivity, responsibility, and consciousness". 

This is not only consistent with the wisdom of the Holy and Sacred Synod of the Ecumenical Patriarchate, but it underscores what His Eminence Archbishop Elpidophoros has affirmed since the beginning of the crisis: " It is not the way we receive, it is the Communion itself that saves us and gives us eternal life.”

The full Communiqué may be found in the official Greek and an English translation at


From the Parish Council

St Demetrios Parish Council June President’s Message

We hope that this finds you all safe and healthy.  We are writing to let you know that Parish Council held their June meeting using the Zoom virtual platform on Monday, June 22. Our most serious concern, and the only one I will address in this message, is the significant decrease in stewardship we are experiencing this year. 
Income from stewardship and collections is averaging $5,000 per month while our monthly expenses are averaging $13,000 resulting in an average loss of $8,000 per month. These expenses are limited to essential payments only and include interest payments on the $2,000,000 short-term bridge loan, the Fr. Gianulis’s salary, utility bills, insurance premiums, and emergency maintenance on long-neglected building systems. Obviously, this is not sustainable especially without the ability to conduct additional fundraising efforts or event rentals at the Hellenic Center.
To address the stewardship issue, your president, stewardship chairman and other Parish Council members will begin making personal appeals to the community. We are asking that everyone please do what they can financially to help get us through these trying times. The need for signed stewardship pledge cards cannot be overstated as there is a correlation between pledge cards and increased stewardship! We are grateful for those of you who contribute, but if you have not signed a pledge card your planned contribution is not having the full impact necessary to budget and to sustain the Church. If you have not yet done so, please fill out a pledge card and leave it in the box next to the narthex, give it to a Parish Council member, or mail it in as soon as possible. We further hope you can find it within your generous spirit to fulfill at minimum, the place you should be in your annual giving after six months.
We understand that these are frightening and difficult times filled with uncertainty. Keeping our commitment and faith focused on the Lord and our church community will help guide us through these trying times. We are blessed with a beautiful church building and more importantly a loving, passionate and resilient congregation. Please do not forget your financial commitment to our church so that we can continue the positive momentum we had gathered last year. We have come so far!   
Please feel free to call me at 757-784-5410 if you want to know how you can help. 
In service,
Tom Coghill, Parish Council President
Maria Reed, Treasurer

Archpastoral Encyclical


Upcoming Divine Services and Holy Days


Although the Church will re-open for in person services, we will still live stream for those who may not attend out of an abundance of caution. Please join us on line for Sunday Divine Liturgy via YouTube.  Click HERE and you will go directly to the St. Demetrios livestream. Orthros, 9 a.m. Divine Liturgy, 10 a.m.


Holy Apostles


Tuesday, June 30

Divine Liturgy at 9:30 a.m.





As of last Sunday, we are open for public worship, as the photo indicates, with a light crowd and respectful of social distancing. We look forward to your attendence if, and only if, you are comfortable doing so. Please be considerate of others and share the responsibility of maintaining a safe and controled worship environment. Your Parish Council will be on hand to assist you in doing your part in maintaining the protocols listed below.

What should you do for your part?

  • Please arrive early. The procedures upon entry may take some time. You will need to register with your name, phone number and email address prior to entering the sanctuary.
  • If you are elderly, in a more vulnerable situation, or have been exposed to anyone who has contracted the Coronavirus, STAY HOME and watch our services via YouTube.
  • Wash or sanitize your hands immediately before entering the sanctuary. 
  • Allow the Parish Council member on duty to take your temperature (we have no touch thermometers) and ask important questions about your health and contacts.
  • Wear a mask.  Masks will be required. Bring one from home, but if you do not have one, one will be provided for you.
  • Maintain a minimum of 6 feet social distancing while in the services. Only immediate families will be able to sit together.
  • When receiving Holy Communion, open your mouth wide and tilt your head back so that communion may be dropped into your mouth without touching. Do not wipe your mouth with the cloth.
  • Antidoron will be given on request only in a plastic bag.
  • Do not kiss any icons or the hand of the priest. Bow before the icon. Do not shake any hands or hug your friends. Do not congregate outside following the liturgy. Please return to your cars and homes.
  • A collection tray will not be passed, but please offer a weekly donation. We are way behind in our budget. A basket to deposit your checks, envelopes or cash will be placed at the back of the sanctuary.


If you or a loved one needs help with grocery shopping, picking up prescriptions, or other needs that do not involve personal contact please call Tom Coghill at 757-784-6410. Also, volunteers are needed to help.

Congratulations to...

Natalie Nowicki on her Baptism. Her sponsors are David Pearson and Pam Scruggs. 

We further congratulate Natalie Nowicki and Alexander Williams on their Wedding. Sponsor was Nicholas Williams. 

May God grant them many years!


At some point in the near future, we will return to our beloved Church to worship together. Many of you are well aware that our sound system is not the best. The parish Coun