Welcome to St. Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church

The mission of our web site is to provide an instant and accessible forum of information about our parish, its families, our culture and our faith, Orthodox Christianity. It is intended to be educational, informative and spiritual, with the ultimate goal being the spreading of His Word.

We welcome all resident and non-resident Orthodox and non-Orthodox faithful to our church and invite you to join us for altar services, educational programs and events.

St. Demetrios Mission Statement

"To proclaim the Gospel of Christ in the Orthodox Christian Tradition while creating a vibrant, loving, compassionate and supportive community."  

 

 
All Saints Camp 2017 - Under Construction
Advanced Camp 2017
High School Camp 2017
                                                                                                                                                                         It was a beautiful summer at All Saints Camp as close to ninety youth and teens from nineparishes went "Under Construction" and learned what it truly means to Build community with each other and keep building our relationship with God.
Our High School campers also participated in a YES Retreat (Youth Equipped to Serve), a formative two days of service that bridged the gap between the rich and the poor and brought participants to an awareness of Christ in themselves and others. 
We sincerely thank everyone who made the summer so meaningful... 

Our Clergy: Fr. Photios Dumont, Fr. Seraphim Majmudar, Fr. Michael Tervo and 
Our Counselors & Staff:  Megan Dougherty, Nick Economou, George John, Christiana Konugres, Olivia Lien, Baidar Oweis, Xenia Miller, Michael Moussa, Sotiri Panagiotopoulos, Christina Praggastis, Nikos Savranakis, Alex Schwenke, Bailey Thabit, Elizabeth Thomas and Stavroula Tsantilas. 
Our Kitchen Staff & Volunteers: George Apostolou, Christina Chacharon, Nikki Christophilis, Mary Damascus, Nina Lagos, Christina Meletis, Lisa Panagiotou, Jeff & Vicky Stenfors, Stacy Taylor, Bernadette Thabit and Ourania Tziotis. 
Thanks also to our camp board, our caretakers, our bus driver and our campers. 
With Love in Christ, Lefteris Sitaras Camp Director 

Elementary Camp 2017
 
Philoptochos News
Cooking for the Shelters in August
 
Upcoming Meeting Schedule:  All are welcome to attend our meetings and events:
No regular Philoptochos meeting in August
  • August 17th cook for St Martin de Porres Men's Shelter
  • August 23rd cook for Jubilee Womens Center
  • August 31st cook for St Martin de Porres Men's Shelter
Mark Your Calendar for the Sinatra Chocolate Wine Ball
The 9th Annual Sinatra Chocolate will be Sunday, November 12th.  Please plan to join Camp Agape Northwest for an elegant evening at Herban Feast. Our festive celebration will feature a seasonal dinner menu, Washington wines and chocolatiers, and the music of Frank Sinatra. Proceeds from the event will benefit Camp Agape, a camp for children with cancer and their families. Again this year there will not be an auction! For more information, contact susanreichmann@yahoo.com or call 425.772.1605.
GREEK FESTIVAL MEETING
Festival Meeting August 21 at 5:30 pm in the Small Hall
Help is needed in the following areas:
  • Taverna Manager
  • Greek Fries Manager #2 for our second fry booth.
  • Set-Up from September 18 -21 anytime from 8:00 am to 8:00 pm
Our annual festival is September 22-24 this year please join us by volunteering and inviting your friends and family to the festivities.  
 
Festival Hours
Friday:  12 noon to 9:00 p.m. 
Saturday:  10:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Sunday:  12 noon to 7:00 p.m.
 
Dinner tickets will also be for sale soon and pre sale would be great with order of tickets left with Simoni. Dinner tickets $15.00.  Last chance to volunteer, contact Jim Kost
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Mommy & Me
Next meeting Sunday, September 3
Festival Baking Dates
 
The baking schedule for September is as follows: 
  • September 7:             Make Strifta 
  • September 18:           Make Kataifi 
  • September 19 & 20:   Make Tsourekia 
  • September 21:           Make Galactoboureko
Everyone is welcome--No Experience Necessary!!!
Family Wellness Ministry - Regional Conference
September 8 & 9 at Holy Apostles
Join us to hear from dynamic speakers George Papageorge, Fr. Tom Tsagalakis, and Fr. Timothy Pavlatos; engage in discussions; and experience a conference which is relevant, engaging, and interactive.

ALL WELCOME! For more information and to register for this free conference, please click on our website: click here.  Like us on FACEBOOK (click here) and click on testimonial videos about our conferences.
Festival Deli Needs Your Help
 
As many of you are aware the Greek Festival is around the corner and the Deli is looking for volunteers for pricing items, cutting the cheese and the bagging of olives. The deli is also in need of cashiers for September 22nd, 23rd and 24th. Please see below for available times and dates. 
 
PREPERATION ASSITANCE NEEDED ON THE FOLLOWING DAYS:
  • Saturday, September 9, Cutting of cheese from 9:00am until we get done
  • Sunday, September 10, Pricing of Deli Items after church
  • Saturday, September 16, Bagging olives from 9:00am until we get done
CASHIERS NEEDED DURING THE FESTIVAL
Friday, September 22nd: 12:00 pm to 5:00 pm or 5:00 pm to 9:00 pm 
Saturday, September 23rd: 10:00 am to 3:00 pm or 3:00 pm to 9:00 pm 
Sunday, September 24th: 12 am to 4:00 pm or 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm 
 
Contact Steve Manos at 303-898-2591 to volunteer for the Festival Deli! 
Orthodoxy on Tap
Join us at coffee hour on September 10 
 
Orthodoxy on Tap if for all college students and young adults. This ministry is a chance for us to meet and talk about our faith in a social environment. Meetings are usually held on the second Wednesday and fourth Tuesday of the each month.
Join us after church on Sunday, September 10th in the large hall during coffee hour. We will have a short discussion to plan out the dinners and a retreat in 2018. Please RSVP to Lefteris Sitaras if you can make it.  We will go out to lunch afterwards.
Volunteer at the Festival Youth Booth
 
We Need YOU to sell candy, run games and have fun at the festival Youth Booth! 
 
The following shifts are available. 
Friday, September 22nd: 11 am to 4 pm or 4 pm to 9 pm 
Saturday, September 23rd: 9:30 am to 2 pm or 1 pm to 5 pm or 5 pm to 9 pm Sunday, September 24th: 11 am to 3:30 pm or 3:30 pm to 8 pm 
 
Contact Lefteris Sitaras at 206-631-2504 to volunteer for the Festival Youth Booth! Want to help in another booth? Contact Simoni Shirland at 206-631-2500
This & That Shop News
Donate your items today!
 
Happy Summer everyone!  The ladies of the This and That Shop will begin setting up in preparation for the Festival very soon.  Thank you to everyone who has already donated items, and to all who will be emptying some cabinets, closets and garages.  
 
I would like to ask for your help by please running kitchen items through the dishwasher before bringing them in.  Items sell for more when they're clean and shiny. We are not making money when we have to use the church's water and soap.  
Also, please do not bring us stained old Tupperware that's been microwaved to death,  pans that are burned and scratched,  linens that are stained or have holes, (linens should be dropped off at  Goodwill, which will sell them to Retext, which makes them into new items so they are out of the landfill), dishes that are chipped, vases that are cracked etc. No one buys these items and it just fills up the dumpster.  
Please be honest with yourself,  If you wouldn't buy it, no one else will either. Please make sure that games have all their pieces, books are not colored in and have all their pages, stuffed animals have their eyes,  (God will not restore their sight).  My best wishes to all, let's have fun and good parea once again, Mary.
Volleyball Players Wanted
Compete in San Jose in October
In October 2017, St. Nicholas church in San Jose, CA will host their 13th annual volleyball tournament and we want YOU to represent St. Demetrios. Anyone can play! We are looking to form 2-4 teams in the following categories: GOYA (14 - 18 years old); Young Adults (18 - 35); and Adults (35 and older) Contact Lefteris Sitaras at 206-631-2504 to participate.
Sunday School News
Sunday School classes will begin on September 17th.  Please click here to download and print the registration form.  Please note that a child must be 3 years old by August 31st to register in 2017.
Dance News
Choral & Greek Dance Registration is OPEN. Register Today
 
Dance Practice will begin on Monday, September 11th with only 2 practices before the St. Demetrios Festival. Please attend both practices if you are planning to dance for the festival. 

SAVE THE DATE:  Monday, October 2nd for the Dance & Choral Kick Off event for all NEW & RETURNING dancers and singers. All new and returning dancers and singers will meet their directors and the new dance board, learn about the plans for they year, enjoy a tasty treat, and possibly win prizes.  Registration and tuition must be received by 6:00 on October 2nd to be eligible to win a prize.  We encourage all parents/guardians to attend the Kick Off event and learn more about our dance and choral program.  
Click HERE for this year's dance & choral online registration.  All dancers and singers must be registered in order to participate in the program.  Tuition is the same as it has been for the last few years, $235 if you register and pay by September 18th; $285 if tuition is received after the 18th.  At the end of the registration form, please indicate how you would like to pay.  If paying by credit card, we will send out a link in late August.
FDF 2018 has been announced with a new date and location - 
San Francisco on January 11-14, 2018!
Bring a helmet for a night of fun!
Family Fun Night - 
Hungry Human Hippos
All families with children 18 and younger are invited to an evening of Fun, Faith and a game of Hungry Human Hippos.  
A Pan-Orthodox Young Adult Conference in Atlanta, Georgia
OCTOBER 6, 7, 8 2017
REGISTER TODAY                      www.connectorthodoxy.org
Bookstore News
Orders Being Taken Now
Your bookstore staff is taking stock and preparing to order for the festival. If there is anything you need, please contact Theo Argue.
Greek School News
 
Yiayias & Friends Luncheon
Join on Thursday, October 5
 
No Yiayias & Friends lunch in September but save the date for October's  Yiayias & Friends luncheon on Thursday, October 5 at a soon to be announced location.  Stay Tuned!  For reservations or questions, please contact Mary Damascus at 509-951-2975 or mndamascus@comcast.net.  
Everyone is welcome--you don't have to be a Yiayia to join us!!!
Medical Professionals needed for short term missions
Contact 1-877-GO-FORTH or visit OCMC.org
 Calling all Medical Personnel 
(904.829.5132 ext 141
2017 Church Directory
Digital Version Available
 
digital version of the 2017 Church Directory is available for all stewards. For more information, visit http://www.saintdemetrios.com/stewardship/directory
 
Complete your 2017 Stewardship Commitment ONLINE.
Help Sophia Kaplanis beat cancer
 
In July of 2016, Sophia Kaplanis was diagnosed with a rare muscle/bone cancer called Rhabdomyosarcoma. Like a true warrior Sophia has taken the diagnosis and treatment with amazing grace, strength and courage. With a positive attitude and an amazing heart warming smile she will beat this disease! Sophia has been a part of the St. Nicholas Northridge Greek Orthodox Church family all her life, many families at St. Demetrios know Sophia and are asking our community for support.  A GoFundMe for Sophiapage has been created to help.

If you want to read more about Sophia and see some pictures of her progress, you can visit their website you see below.
https://www.caringbridge.org/visit/heartsforsophia