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."
A Simple Prayer from Fr. Zacharies
"Oh Lord my God, I am so ungrateful, yet I am thankful that You are merciful to me!" (as shared by Fr. Photios in his December 3rd sermon)
28 Hours of Memories at the GOYA Winter Retreat
Forty-four teens from six Northwest parishes participated in our annual GOYA winter retreat held at All Saints Camp. A great staff from IV on the GO as well as our local youth workers led our teens in arts and crafts, music & Greek culture and Orthodox Life where our focus was based on the following questions:
"When and where do you feel most yourself?" and "How do you express yourself as an Orthodox Christian?"
Thank you to the following parishes for participating:
St. Demetrios in Seattle, St. Nicholas Russian Orthodox Church in Seattle,
St. Nicholas in Tacoma, St. Sophia in Bellingham, Holy Trinity Cathedral in Portland and St. John in Beaverton.
Thank you to...
Our Clergy: Fr. Evagoras Constantinides, Fr. Paul Paris and Fr. Daniel Triant.
Our Staff: Roseanne Atsalakis, Demetrios Buck, Tasia Gorski, Christianna Konugres, Maria Kovoros, Matthew Macris, Peter Milios, Georgie Pappas II, Konstantine Salmas, Angelica Sisson and Lefteris Sitaras.
Our Volunteers: Bill & Nina Contoravdis, James Konugres, George Lebesis, Steve Miller, Mike & Eleni Semindaris.
A weekly update from our Office Supervisor
Greetings from the Church Office.
Thank you so much for the grand generosity of AHEPA, Philoptochos and Tim and Elizabeth Berg. A little bird told me that Bob and Despina Read were instrumental on Sunday. Thank you to all the helpers. It has always seemed to me that the Christmas season comes too fast and leaves too fast. The decorations were delivered just in time and will be stored safely for use year after year.
The ecclesiastical calendars and Christmas cards were mailed this week for delivery before Christmas day. This early deadline may have inadvertently caused some members to miss adding their name to the card.. Next year we may mail the Christmas card separately or give more notice for the deadline. This year, we will include a section in the January newsletter for those who wish to send Christmas greetings but missed the deadline.
Have a peaceful week.
Stewardship Committee News
Bring Your Stewardship Cards this December 17th
It's time to start wrapping...
As you begin wrapping your holiday gifts, the Stewardship Committee wants to remind you that it's also time to wrap up paying your 2017 pledges. We are still short of our goal of $500,000, so we are hopeful that all of our faithful stewards will make it a point to meet or exceed their pledges. Remember, it is through your generous stewardship that St. Demetrios is able to provide the beautiful campus and many ministries that benefit each one of us.
And while you are in the mood...
Just another reminder to please return your 2018 Stewardship Commitment Card this Sunday December 17th Completed commitment cards can be turned in at the Pangari or at the Stewardship Table during Social Hour after Divine Liturgy. You can also complete your commitment card ONLINE.
Your Stewardship Committee
Philoptochos Christmas Bake Sale
Sunday, December 17
We will also be taking orders during coffee hours. Be sure to place your order early so you aren't disappointed.
Monday, December 18
Everyone is invited to join us for a night of Christmas Caroling around the church neighborhood followed by Hot Chocolate in the Fr. Homer Library. Please join us at 6 pm. to practice the songs. We will be in the neighborhood from 6:30 -7:30 pm.
Please contact Lefteris Sitaras to attend.
Cook for Jubilee Women's Center on December 21
Upcoming Meeting Schedule: All are welcome to attend our meetings and events:
▪ December 21st - cook for Jubilee Women's Center
▪ December 27th - cook for St Martin de Porres Men's Shelter
Christmas Items have Arrived!
Christmas is just 13 days away. Your St. Demetrios Bookstore has an assortment of beautiful Sterling Silver and 14K Gold Crosses for both men, women, and children, as well as a striking ICXC round lapel pin for either a man's or woman's jacket.
The crosses are handsomely boxed and ready to wrap. All make lasting gifts. Ask also about the special icons, some antique or sterling silver. Also awaiting you are books for both children and adults as well as an abundance of icons of angels, saints, the Theotokos, Christ's Nativity and other feasts, Noah's Ark, St. Demetrios, and more. Heather, Lindsay, and Theodora are happy to help you find the perfect gifts.
If you have any questions, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Sunday School News
Service Project Donations for St. Philaret accepted until Dec. 24
Sunday School Program Christmas Service Project
"For I was hungry and you gave Me food; I was thirsty and you gave Me drink..."
This year's Sunday School Christmas service project has raised $1,074.79 thus far for the St. Philaret the Almsgiver Feed the Homeless Program. Over the past 13 years, St. Philaret has served over 25,000 hot meals and distributed over 3,000 pounds of clothing, toiletries, and other essential items directly to the homeless on the streets of Seattle. Although an outreach ministry of St. Demetrios church, we are supported 100% by individual monetary donations.
We are collecting funds to help sponsor the monthly meals for 2018 with the goal of raising $1,800. Please bring your donations to your Sunday School classroom by Sunday, December 24, 2017.
Thank you and God bless you for your support of this worthy cause during this season of giving!
Join us on Sunday, December 24 after Liturgy for the annual Christmas Program "Just A Little Christmas," in the Large Hall.
No Sunday School on December 31, 2017.
YAL Christmas Party
Friday, December 22 at Varlamos Pizza
All are welcome to the biggest Seattle Greek-American Christmas party of the decade. on Friday, December 22nd beginning at 9 pm at Varlamos Pizzeria.
$20 cover includes a complimentary Christmas drink, a raffle ticket, appetizers, and a picture with Santa Stelios. DJ Yanni Vlahas will be in the house making sure everyone brings the Kefi!!!
Raffle Prizes may or may not include....a wine basket, gift cards, and a grab bag of Pocket Shots from Spirits of WA, plus much much more (we're still working on it).
Feel free to be tardy, but please RSVP for the party.
A portion of proceeds will benefit All Saints Camp.
Dance Calendar for the rest of 2017
SAVE THE DATE -
Sunday, January 7th, for the FDF Dress Rehearsal performance. Everyone is invited to celebrate the hard work of the groups that will be participating in FDF this year. This is the one and only opportunity to dance in front of an audience before the competition. Come and support these hard working dancers and singers! Note, due to the timing of Lent, FDF is scheduled one month earlier this year, January 11-15th, in San Francisco, CA. Good Luck to all of our dancers!
12/18 - Dance practice OR Christmas Caroling around Montlake; if you plan on Christmas Caroling, please inform your dance director
12/25 - No dance practice - Merry Christmas!
1/1 - No dance practice - Happy New Year!
1/7 - FDF Dress Rehearsal
1/8 - Practice for FDF Participants Only, a prayer service, and a quick FDF meeting
1/15 - No dance practice - FDF in San Francisco!
Greek School News
Thank You Donors
Thank you to all families who contributed items and/or time towards the Greek School coffee hours in November! More specifically, a huge thank you to Rena Kalasountas, Kari and Steve Manos, Dina Apostolou, and Carrie Avlonitis for leading the efforts in set up, serving and cleaning. Your generosity and dedication are appreciated!
Winter break, NO Greek School classes:
Wednesday, December 20th
Sunday, December 24th
Wednesday, December 27th
Sunday, December 31st
"Noon" Years Eve Party
Sunday, December 31 at NOON
Join us on December 31st for a "Noon Years Eve" Party. After Divine Liturgy, we will have a special coffee hour and count down to the new year at Noon. No need for the kids to stay up late! Join us for a party at church and stay to watch the Seahawks vs Cardinals game on the big screen!
Liturgy starts at 9:30 am, Seahawks play at 1:25 pm. Spend the last day of 2017 with friends and our parish family. Reservations not needed. Just come for the fun. To donate a dish for the pot luck lunch, please contact Karen at 206-631-2503 or by email at email@example.com.
H e l p u s C o m p o s t a t S t . D e m e t r io s
ALL compostable coffee cups (see picture) need to be thrown away in the Compost Bins at our Church.
Every Sunday the trash bin is filled with paper cups that can be composted. It saves the Church loads of money to switch from garbage to compost.
Compost bins are GREEN. Please throw paper towels, paper cups, paper plates and food leftovers in the compost bins. If it isn't Plastic or Metal or Glass...we must compost it.
Short Term Missions in 2018
Consider joining a short-term mission team in 2018! Why missionary work? It's a great opportunity to make a difference in someone's life by ministering to other's spiritual and physical needs. Within these 2-3 week excursions, team members may share the Gospel message of Jesus Christ, minister to the youth, provide healthcare, and participate in various forms of outreach. Here are the current 2018 mission team opportunities:
Mommy & Me
Next meeting Sunday, January 7
Follow Orthodox Connections on Facebook, a ministry for our teens and young adults.
Papouthes Group News
A new Ministry for our Grandfathers on January 3
Our next Papouthes group meeting will be on Wednesday, January 3, 2018 at a location to be announced soon. Carpooling is available at St. Demetrios at 11:00 am.
Yiayias & Friends Luncheon
Join us on Thursday, December 7 at the Bay Cafe
Our next Yiayias & Friends luncheon will be on Thursday, December 7 at the Bay Cafe on Fisherman's Wharf in Ballard. The Bay Cafe is located at 1900 West Nickerson. Time is 11:30 a.m. Parking is available.
We will have an optional Christmas gift exchange again this year. If you bring a gift, you can take one. Gifts should be around $10.00.
The restaurants appreciate knowing how many to expect so they can adequately accommodate us. For reservations or questions, please contact Mary Damascus, preferably by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or 509-951-2975.
Everyone is welcome--you don't have to be a Yiayia to join us!!!
All Saints Camp Benefit Dinner
Join us Saturday, January 28, 2018
Apply at www.panhellenicsf.orgby Wednesday, January 31, 2018
2018 St. John Chrysostom Oratorical Festival Topics
The St. Demetrios Oratorical Festival will be held on Sunday, March 4, 2018
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
A 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.
Herman the Wonderworker of Alaska & First Saint of America; The Holy Martyrs Eustratius, Auxentius, Eugene, Mardarius, and Orestes of Greater Armenia; Lucia the Virgin-martyr; Gabriel the Hieromartyr, Archbishop of Serbia
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