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."

 

Moms, Dads & Tots! 
 
On Tuesday, March 12th, we had so much fun learning about the Annunciation and Greek Independence Day! Father Photios came and read us a story about the Theotokos, we did a fun craft, and we also did some coloring! 
 
Thank you to all the parents who came with their kiddos! 
 
Our next event is April 9th, from 10:30 am to12:30 pm. The topic will be about Great Lent and Pascha! We will have several fun activities in preparation for pascha! 
 
Also, don't forget April 19th at 7:00pm we will come together to learn how to make tsoureki as well as April 26th, we will help decorate the epitaphion with the Philoptochos ladies. 
 

 

Sunday of Orthodoxy

Thank you to our Sunday School Students and Teachers for participating in the Icon Procession.   Click Here for more photos.  

 

 
Click HERE to register or email  auction@saintdemetrios.com

 

The History Behind the Akathist Hymn: 
The Siege of Constantinople in 626
 
We are in the season of the Great Fast. On the Friday evenings of Lent, we will once again have the opportunity to experience the beautiful and inspiring Lenten Χαιρετισμοί services of the Akathist Hymn offered to the Mother of God. This interesting and informative article gives one account of the origins of the Akathist Hymn, as a hymn of Thanksgiving offered to the Most Holy Theotokos in gratitude, after the Persian and Avar forces besieging Constantinople in the year 626 began to suffer heavy losses and saw, to their dismay, a woman in shining garments with a face full of light at the walls of the city. 
  
This inspiring story is a reminder to us of the Mother of God's maternal care for us, and of the love and mercy of Almighty God. This article will deepen our love for the Mother of God and our appreciation for the Akathist Hymn, and aid in our prayer and meditation.  Click HERE for full article.


Bible Study 
7 pm, Thursday, March 21 at Fr. Photios' Home
 
Please join us at 7:00 p.m. on every Thursday for a bible study on the Gospel of Matthew.  The Dumont home is located at 14323 1st Ave NW in North Seattle.

Everyone is welcome to attend!

 

St. John Chysostom  Oratorical Festival
Work on your speeches after Sunday School in the Fr. Homer Library. 

Please encourage your children and teens to participate in the Oratorical Festival at St. Demetrios on Sunday, April 7, 2019 at 12:30 pm in the Fr. Homer Library. 
Topics can be found at the link for all age groups. 
 
Meet in the Fr. Homer Library every Sunday in March after Sunday School to get help and work on your speeches.
 
More information and resources for students is available at www.goarch.org/oratorical

The St. Demetrios Oratorical Festival will be held on Sunday, April 7, 2019
 
 

 

RSVP to Pres. Pat Tsagalakis at 206-380-1862

 

For Reservations Contact
Chris Economou at 206-940-9455

 

Call or Text 604-220-7422 or email antreas1977@yahoo.com

 

Sunday School News
Luminaras on sale this Sunday, March 24
 
Holy Friday Luminaras
Sunday School will be selling Luminaras during the coffee hour on March 24.  
Luminaras are a wonderful way to honor the memory of a loved one and will be placed around the church grounds on Holy Friday.  
 
Holy Friday Myrrhbearers
All young ladies in the 3rd through 6th grade are invited to participate as myrrhbearers for Holy Friday, April 26, 2019.  For more information, please contact Paula Charuhas Macris at pcharuhas@hotmail.com
 
Egg Carton Request Fulfilled
Thank you to all parishioners who donated egg cartons to the Sunday School Program; we have met our goal of 100 cartons!  The cartons will be used next month to make Resurrection Eggs, a hands on learning project for Holy Week.  

Lenten Service Project
Our 2019 Sunday School Lenten Service Project involves collecting "spare change" to help support the Orthodox Christian Mission Center (OCMC).  The OCMC is the official missions agency of the Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops of the United States. It is OCMC's mission to make disciples of all nations by bringing people to Christ and His church.
 
Why Orthodox missions?  There are still over 4.7 billion people who do not know the hope, love, and joy of a life in Christ.  OCMC helps Orthodox Christians from North America welcome people around the world into the Body of Christ.  For more information, please visit www.ocmc.org.

OCMC coin boxes were distributed; we are asking each child/family to save their "spare change" and place in box.  The coin boxes should be returned to the Sunday School office on April 21, 2019.  

Thank you for your donation in helping to spread the Gospel to all nations!

 

 
The American Hellenic Institute Foundation (AHIF) is accepting applications for its leading travel abroad program the AHIF College Student Foreign Policy Study Trip to Greece and Cyprus aimed to help Greek and Cypriot American college students better understand the core foreign policy issues important to the Greek American community. The trip is scheduled for June 18 - July 5, 2019.  APPLY HERE

Yiayias & Friends Luncheon
Thursday, April 4 at Mykonos Greek Grill
   
Our next Yiayia & Friends Lunch will be on Thursday, April 4 at Mykonos Greek Grill in Green Lake. Time is 11:30 a.m. 
For reservations or questions, please contact Mary Damascus, preferably by email at mndamascus@comcast.net or 509-951-2975.
 
Everyone is welcome--you don't have to be a Yiayia to join us!!!

 

RSVP to Patti Kost at 206-783-8387 by Monday, April 1

Papouthes Group News
Thursday, April 11 at The Greek House
 
Our next Papouthes group luncheon will be on Thursday April 11 at The Greek House, Burien at 113 SW 153rd St. Burien, WA 98166 at 12:00 noon. Those that wish to carpool may meet at St. Demetrios at 11:00 am. Please RSVP so we can let the restaurant know how many seats to reserve.
 
For reservations or questions, please contact Manuel Tramountanas at 206-783-4466 or agapemom@hotmail.com

 

  
St. Demetrios Scholarships
Deadline to apply is May 1

Our church has up to $2500 to be awarded to our members pursuing undergraduate, graduate or post-graduate studies.  The awards are made available through the St. Demetrios Educational Fund.  The fund was established to recognize scholastic achievement and commitment to one's faith among the youth of our parish and others who have been accepted to institutions of higher learning. APPLY TODAY!  

More Scholarships Applications
Deadline to apply is May 3

The Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America announces that applications for the Scholarship and Fellowship programs administered by the Archdiocese are now available.

Applications can be accessed by visiting http://www.goarch.org/-/scholarship

For more information, please email scholarships@goarch.org or call 212-774-0283. The deadline for submitting an application for any of these scholarships is May 3, 2019.

 

 
We are proud to continue our founding project of providing full-semester study abroad scholarships in Greece to deserving American and Canadian students. The scholarships cover 15 credits of study at the Hellenic American University in central Athens.
 

 

Bookstore News
Lent is upon us

The Lenten Triodion books almost sold out in one day. Two copies are left on the front desk. The book has an excellent overview on the structure of services of Great Lent and contains many of the special hymns for the first week of Lent, each Sunday in Lent, the Canon of St Andrew, and Holy Week. The contents of this book will make the services even more meaningful. Buy your personal copy before they run out.
 
Holy Week--Easter Service Books have arrived. They make wonderful gifts for your children to have their own personal copies. The sense of ownership will enable them to be more involved in the services.
Last year we ran out of the books for the first time in many years  We suggest for you to buy the books now early in Lent. Then, if we need to order more, there will be time for them to arrive. Thank you.
 
The Boy, A Kitchen, and His Cave is a newly arrived hardbound book by Catherine K. Contopoulos  A clumsy scullery boy finds solace in a place known only to him and his God in this charming story of the ninth-century Saint Euphrosynos, commonly known as "The Cook."  Recommended for readers 6-10.  
St. Demetrios Bookstore Questions, contact bookstore@saintdemetrios.com.

 

Registration Closes on June 1, 2019 

 

Camp Agape Northwest News
July 22 - 27

Camp Agape Northwest 2019 will be July 22-27, 2019.  Volunteer training and set-up is on July 20.  Reunion day is on Sunday July 21 and a bus will be provided from St Demetrios. Click HERE for more information about volunteering.
 
Camp Agape Northwest is looking for a volunteer head chair to represent St. Demetrios beginning on September 1, 2019. Please click HERE for more information.

 

Be a part of our group headed to the conference.  RSVP HERE
 
Labor Day Weekend 2019 in southern California is the place to be for young adults ages 18 - 35 at the Greek Orthodox Metropolis of San Francisco Young Adult League Conference. This event will offer a wide array of activities including engaging workshops, inspiring speakers, worship, fellowship, and a community service project. Mark your calendars for August 29 - September 2, 2019 because the YAL Conference is where you will want to be!
 
"I am excited that we are offering this opportunity for our young adults to come together for this weekend conference and participate in an uplifting program designed to both deepen their faith and cultivate friendships with other Greek Orthodox young professionals," remarked His Eminence Metropolitan Gerasimos of San Francisco. "There is a great need to expand our efforts in the area of Young Adult ministry, and this conference will be a catalyst for even more programs to come."  Read more!

 

Reactivation of the Maids of Athena- Alethea Chapter #2
Join Us
 
Are you between the ages of 14 and 28 with an interest in Hellenism, education, philanthropy and friendship?  Check out the many opportunities the MAIDS of ATHENA have in store for you.
 
WHO WE ARE:  The MAIDS of ATHENA is an international philanthropic and fraternal organization and junior auxiliary to the DAUGHTERS OF PENELOPE. Founded in 1930 in TACOMA, WA., our sisterhood quickly grew among young Greek women and today claims chapters across the U.S., Canada, and Greece. 
 
For more information contact: Holly Poulias-- hpoulias@hotmail.com or Helen McClure District 22 MOA advisor at helenzmc@aol.com

 

2019 Church Directory
Digital Version Available
 
A digital version of the 2019 Church Directory is available for all stewards. For more information, visit http://www.saintdemetrios.com/stewardship/directory
 
Complete your 2019 Stewardship Commitment ONLINE.

 

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Reminder:
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.