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St. Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church
Publish Date: 2020-06-14
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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 Am Right. You Are Wrong.

St. Paul tells us that one of the characteristics of love is that it is kind (1 Cor. 13:4). If love is kind, then should not its tender grace shine especially among the members of the body of Christ. The Church is the place we gather with those who share our common faith and values. We believe in God, and God is Love — “He who does not love does not know God; for God is love.” (1 John 4:8). Further, the Lord Jesus Christ Himself said specifically to His disciples, “A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another; even as I have loved you, that you also love one another. By this all men will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.” (John 13:34-35) Are we not His disciples?

The reason I emphasize this now is because of the troubled times we now live in. Yes, we are dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic. Yes, we have feelings about whether to wear a mask in Church, or receive Holy Communion from a common spoon. Yes, we are watching and distressed over the deep-seated racial issues surrounding and leading up to the death of George Floyd. But it is not so much the issues that we face that I am speaking about. Rather, it is our response – our reaction in this era of social media and polarization. It seems the responses are for the most part … not kind.

It seems everyone has to have an opinion, that their opinion must be shared, and that no one else’s opinion is valid! We are affirmed if and only if we are “liked”—thumbs up, or a heart. God help us if we disagree. Is this a Christian way to act? Is it not ego (pride) that says I am right, you are wrong?

Remember, “love is kind” especially in Church, among the other Disciples, with those nearest and dearest to us.


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Upcoming Divine Services and Holy Days

YouTube SERVICES

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.

FEAST OF THE HOLY APOSTLES

Holy Apostles

 

Tuesday, June 30

Divine Liturgy at 9:30 p.m.

 


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Announcements

WE ARE OPEN FOR IN PERSON WORSHIP

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.

ORTHODOX STUDY GROUP

Our weekly Study Group is on Summer Break. We will resume in September. You still are welcome to join Fr. George Kokhno's group. They will continue to meet on Zoom on Friday’s, Saturdays and Tuesdays only. Log in information is below.

Join Zoom Meeting
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/2100687480?pwd=UmZYU29xaHVKeWJtLzlGd1J4M0NvUT09

Meeting ID: 210 068 7480
Password: 208156


HELP FOR OUR PARISHIONERS

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 OUR GRADUATES

Claire Atiyeh with a Bachelor of Science degree from The College of William & Mary.

Bill Chadwick with a Bachelor of Science degree from The College of William & Mary.

Anna Valentina Coghill from Jamestown High School.

Luke Erdahl with a Bachelor of Arts degree from The College of Williams & Mary.

George Stathopoulos with a Bachelor of Science degree from California Institute of Technology.

Catherine Tyson with a Bachelor of Science degree from The College of William & Mary.

If we have missed anyone, please let Fr. Gianulis know so they too can be recognized in next week's bulletin.


SOUND SYSTEM

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 Council has investigated and have a reasonable bid to upgrade and improve the system. As this is "off budget" we would like to raise the money from donations. $1000 has already been donated. About $4000 more is needed. If you are among those who cannot hear Father's sermons, or want to help others who have a hard time hearing, you might wish to contribute to this cause. Please send your donation earmarked for SOUND SYSTEM to the Church Office. And thank you.


STEWARDSHIP OFFERINGS

Although Church services are suspended for the time being, we still are in need of your weekly stewardship offerings. Please continue to give through our web page stdemva.com or send your weekly offering checks by mail. We have PayPal for your convenience.


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Archdiocese Announces COVID-19 Relief Program

New York - The Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America announces the creation of the “Greek Orthodox Archdiocese COVID-19 Relief Fund” as an important part of its efforts to support those around the country who have been impacted by the current pandemic. One-time grants of up to $2,500 will be made available to those who are facing extreme financial hardship as a result of COVID-19. His Eminence Archbishop Elpidophoros had urged the creation of the Fund and commented: “During this desperate time, we believe it is our responsibility to provide, in addition to our spiritual care, material support for our brothers and sisters who are facing unexpected financial hardship. We now have the ability to provide funding up to $500,000, but I want to challenge everyone to help our Church raise an additional $500,000, as we expect the consequences of the Pandemic to extend at least through the end of this year. We are committed to helping people in their daily lives, and are grateful to those who will join our cause.” Archbishop Elpidophoros named Bishop Apostolos of Medeia to lead a committee to approve applications for relief. Those facing an economic or financial hardship as a result of the COVID-19 Pandemic, and in need of emergency help with expenses such as rent, mortgage, utilities, food, childcare, medical, funeral or other daily costs, may apply to the COVID-19 Relief Fund, which has been privately funded, through the GOARCH website https://www.goarch.org/covid19relief Those who wish to contribute to the Fund may do so at www.goarch.org/covid19/donate. Twitter https://bit.ly/twittercovid19reliefvideo Facebook: https://bit.ly/fb-covid19-video YouTube: http://bit.ly/youtube-covid19-release-video


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GO FUND ME PAGE

We now have a Go Fund Me page for St. Demetrios. Help spread the word on it, share it with friends and boost it if you can.  That can be on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram etc.  


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Gospel and Epistle Readings

Matins Gospel Reading

First Orthros Gospel
The Reading is from Matthew 28:16-20

At that time, the eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain to which Jesus had directed them. And when they saw him they worshipped him; but some doubted. And Jesus came and said to them, "All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, to the close of the age. Amen."

First Orthros Gospel
Κατὰ Ματθαῖον 28:16-20

Οἱ δὲ ἕνδεκα μαθηταὶ ἐπορεύθησαν εἰς τὴν Γαλιλαίαν, εἰς τὸ ὄρος οὗ ἐτάξατο αὐτοῖς ὁ ᾿Ιησοῦς. καὶ ἰδόντες αὐτὸν πρ