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)



Fr. Photios celebrated his nameday on February 6th at a beautiful coffee after Divine Liturgy
GOYA Basketball Tournament
 Friday to Sunday, February 16 - 18 
WHO:  Teens in Grades 7 - 12
WHAT:  Basketball Tournament: St. Demetrios vs. Holy Trinity
WHERE:  Holy Trinity Cathedral
                 3131 NE Glisen St. Portland OR
WHEN:   February  16 - 18, 2018
               Bus departs St. Demetrios on Friday at 6 pm.
               All youth will be staying with host families on Friday and Saturday night. 
               Bus returns to St. Demetrios on Sunday at 4 pm.
Cost:      $40 per person.  REGISTER HERE
Please contact Lefteris Sitaras for more information.
OCMC Mission Sunday
Sunday, February 18
Guest Speaker at Liturgy,          
Dr. Olympia A. Tachopoulou

The Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops in the United States, representing all of the Orthodox jurisdictions, has again designated the Sunday before the start of Great Lent as Mission Sunday in support of the work of the Orthodox Christian Mission Center (OCMC), the Assembly's official missions and evangelism agency. Come hear about this important and exciting ministry of the Orthodox Church.
Dr. Olympia Tachopoulou
at the parishes of St. Nektarios in Pasco and St. Nicholas in Tacoma and served 4 years on our San Francisco Metropolis Council. In November 2017, Dr. Tachopoulou (seen in the upper left of the photo) was part of an OCMC short-term Medical Mission Team to Aguacate, Guatemala where she and other medical providers served the health care needs of several isolated communities of Mayan Indians. They were also able to witness the growth of the Orthodox Christian Faith and enjoy the fellowship with the local OCMC long term missionaries.
Greek Deli Sale to Support Orthodox Missions
Sunday, February 18 after Divine Liturgy
Short Term Missions in 2018
The Best Spring Break Destination EVER!
Advertisements are popping up on social media and all over college campuses with catchy tag lines telling you about the '10 Best Deals for Spring Break' or 'Sunniest Spring Break Destinations'. They all promise you the most fun, the best beaches, the wildest parties and the greatest deal for your money. None of them advertise that you'll be doing anything meaningful. Period. Guaranteed. 
Welcome OCMC/OCF Spring Break Albania; the best alternative to everything else out there. Sign up for a week in which you will see a nation that has risen from the ashes of atheism. A week where you will see what it means to desire Christ first through your interactions with the youth, the youth leaders, the faithful and the church leadership. 

Apply for the 2018 OCMC/OCF Spring Break trip to Albania at www.ocmc.org or by calling 877-GO-FORTH (877-643-6784) and open your heart to participate in the Best Spring Break Destination EVER.
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Greek Dance News
Save the Dates
Dance Practice Schedule - Starting next Monday, 2/19, the 6:00 practices will begin in church for a short service during Lent. This is an important service in our Lenten journey, takes about 20 minutes, and will replace the mini-lessons from Father Daniel. Practices will start immediately after the service.  It's important to continue to come to practices every Monday, as some groups are preparing for performances in March and ALL groups will be performing at our end of the year Dance Recital in May.  
BALKAN FEST - Saturday, March 10th, from 5:00 PM - Midnight at ST. Ds. Everyone is invited to a night of song and dance. This year's Balkan Night featured band is FDF favorites, Endasi, with Nick Sofos, with Island music, Cretan and more!  This year, our own Akrites/Souliotes groups will be performing.  Balkan Night Northwest is a joyous explosion of music, dance and tradition from all over the Balkans, from Albania, through Serbia, Croatia, Greece, Bulgaria, Romania and beyond! This community event welcomes people of all ages, making this a family event for kids and grandparents alike. This year there will be 20 bands providing non-stop music on three stages, with delicious ethnic food provided by the Seattle Croatian and Greek communities. Bring your friends! No dance experience necessary! More information at http://www.balkannightnw.com/.

St. Demetrios Dance & Choral Ministry End of the Year Dinner & Recital - Saturday, May 12th (Note the date change) - ALL dance groups will be performing and everyone is invited to celebrate all of the hard work that the dancers and directors (and dance board and volunteers) have put into this year. This is the BIG EVENT of the year for our ministry. Everyone is invited!
Bookstore News
Prepare for Great Lent
Great Lent starts next Monday, February 19. Your church bookstore has a large display on the center table of books for Lent as well as for Holy Week and Pascha, for adults and children--books on meditation, meaning of Great Lent, The Ladder of Divine Ascent by St. John Climacus, and more. Icons and books continue to come in from different companies, some to replenish our offerings and others new to the bookstore. 
Looking for candles for weddings, baptisms/chrismations and the subsequent communions? The bookstore carries white taper candles that are 23" tall, nearly 1" in diameter and burn 4-5 hours.  They contain a fire-stop wick so the candle will burn out about half way down and not interfere with decorations on the lower part of the candles.  They are also drip resistant (however, a draft or breeze might cause minimal dripping) and they are $5.00 each since we were able to order this new supply directly from the manufacturer.
Your bookstore staff of Heather, Lindsay and Theodora look forward to your stopping after church and to helping you with your special requests. For special events, it is helpful, when possible, to give us a lead time of 3 to 4 weeks to allow for ordering and delivery, and sometimes to research sources to find the items you need.
If you have any questions, please contact us at bookstore@saintdemetrios.com
The Veritas Forum
Thursday, February 22 at University of Washington
The Veritas Forum, a national, nonprofit Christian organization that strives to create a space for multi-faith dialogue, are hosting an event entitled "The Pursuit of Wholeness: perspectives on hope and suffering in medicine" on Thursday February 22nd, 2018 in Kane Hall 130 at 8:00 pm. Each year, UW students plan and organize a forum to encourage a robust dialogue between people of all different backgrounds and beliefs. 
This year will be a dialogue exploring the intersection between worldview, visions of wholeness, and suffering, and specifically in a medical healthcare setting. Conversations of health and wholeness are becoming increasingly prevalent in the local Seattle community, and The Veritas Forum would like to examine wholeness, its relationship to worldview, and a similar dynamic that is seen between a caregiver and patient in cases of suffering. We will have two speakers on our panel this year. Ray Barfield is a pediatric oncologist at Duke University with an interest in bridging medicine, philosophy, and theology. Patricia Arean is a clinical psychologist at the Department of Behavioral Sciences and Psychiatry at the University of Washington.
We invite all students and young adults along with their friends from St. Demetrios in the Forum on January 26th at 8 pm in Kane Hall. 
Sunday School News Sunday of Orthodoxy
Sunday of Orthodoxy February 28

Sunday School Students:
Sunday, February 28th is the Sunday of Orthodoxy icon procession.  Please bring an icon with you to Sunday School for the procession.
All Saints Camp 2018 
Camp Registration is Open.  Register Here
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.  
Yiayias & Friends Luncheon
Thursday, March 1
Our next Yiayias & Friends luncheon will be on Thursday, March 1 at Costas on the Ave.   Costas is located at 4559 University Way NE.  Time is 11:30 a.m.  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 mndamascus@comcast.net or 509-951-2975.
Everyone is welcome--you don't have to be a Yiayia to join us!!!
Philoptochos News
Save the Date for our Retreat on March 3
Membership Drive
January began our membership drive for 2018. We hope you will support us with your annual dues of $40 and join us when you can for fellowship. All are welcome and if you have time to donate in addition to your check, even better. You will not receive a call when you write a check as we are a volunteer organization and we are grateful for every member whatever their participation. A membership form is included in February's Sunday bulletins and can be turned in to Lena LaMarche.
Philoptochos Society of Saint Catherine Annual Valentine Tea
Join the ladies of the Church of the Assumption in their beautiful community hall for a 'Hat and Gloves Tea Party'. Family and friends are welcome to come for tea, tasty treats, entertainment, door prizes and a raffle on Saturday, February 10th from 1:00 to 4:00 PM. Your $10 donation benefits Philoptochos ministries. For information, contact Nancy Charoni at 425.235.6426.
Diaper Drive 2018
Philoptochos will again collect diapers, pull ups and baby wipes for needy families throughout Lent. Size 4 and 5 diapers are especially needed. Children's clothing and toys are also welcome. A Pack N Play will be located in the Narthex to collect donations until Easter. For more information or to make a donation, contact Kathy Mitalas at 206-824-8511 or Stacy Taylor at 206-501-9500. 
Philoptochos Retreat
Saturday, March 3, Please RSVP by February 28
The Ladies Philoptochos of Saint Demetrios is pleased to sponsor a one-day Lenten retreat open to women from all our sister parishes in the Pacific Northwest.  Join us on Saturday, March 3 from 8:30 am to 3:00 pm for "Forgiveness: Transforming Wounds into Wisdom."
Forgiveness is a fundamental skill of our spiritual practice.  We are instructed by Christ to forgive 70 times 7.  We pray for forgiveness "as we forgive the trespasses of others."  However, many of us have been hurt and continue to feel burdened by the pain of that offense.  Many of us wish to be released from our resentment towards someone who has deeply hurt us.  But how?  How can we turn our negativity into compassion?  How do we know when we have truly forgiven?  Do we forgive ourselves?
In this full-day retreat and workshop (with lunch provided), we will explore the meaning of forgiveness, what it is and what it is not.  During breakout sessions, we will work through a process that will help us shift our view of ourselves, the offense, and the offender, in a helpful and health-full manner.
For reservations, please contact Pam Plumis at (206) 349-8341 by February 28.
2018 St. John Chrysostom Oratorical Festival Topics 

The St. Demetrios Oratorical Festival will be held on Sunday, March 4, 2018

For more information contact Parish Chairperson, Lefteris Sitaras at lsitaras@saintdemetrios.com
Mommy & Me
Next meeting Sunday, March 4
Orthodox Connections
Next Meeting Sunday, March 4
Follow Orthodox Connections on Facebook, a ministry for our teens and young adults.
Papouthes Group News
Join us in March 8
Our next Papouthes group luncheon wiil be on March 8, 2018 at Bay Cafe at fisherman's terminal, that is just south west of Ballard bridge, almost next to chinook's restaurant at 12:00 noon. Those that wish to carpool may meet at Saint Demetrios at 11:00 AM. 
Please RSVP so we can let the restaurant  know how many seats to reserve. Thank  you
For reservations or questions, please contact Manuel Tramountanas at 206-783-4466 or agapemom@hotmail.com
Papouthes at Mykonos Restaurant in December
Greek Independence Celebration
Saturday, March 24 from 5 pm - 11 pm

Contact Chris Economou at 206-940-9455 for reservations. 
Balkan Night NW
Saturday, March 10 

Visit www.balkannightnw.com for details
Another Scholarship Opportunity
We are committed to supporting the scholastic future of all eligible students. We encourage students to honor Dr. Kulis' legacy by considering pursuing a career in the field of science or medicine and our scholarship committee is particularly interested in rewarding students with exemplary community or church service records. We offer a variety of different types of scholarships. We invite you to learn more about which scholarship might be the right for you and to apply if you meet the eligibility requirements.
Students may only apply for one (1) of the following scholarship programs each year.
2018-2019 Scholarships
  • Scholarship applications are due April 1, 2018.
  • Scholarship application packets must be postmarked by the April 1, 2018 deadline. Late submissions or incomplete packets will not be accepted or considered by the Scholarship Committee.
  • Scholarship Awards are determined and announced by July 31, 2018.
  • Scholarship Recipients' Acceptance Agreements are due by August 15, 2018.
  • Scholarship Award Distribution Checks are issued and mailed to the Scholarship Recipients' School by August 31, 2018.
  • Download a Scholarship Application here
  • Download a Budget Form here
All questions should be submitted in writing to the Scholarship Committee at info@kulisfoundation.org or visit kulisfoundation.org 
Youth Equipted to Serve - YES Retreat in Portland, OR
Friday, April 13 to Sunday, April 15
WHEN?      Friday- Sunday, April 13-15, 2018

WHAT?      A wonderful opportunity to serve and love our most needy neighbors in Portland, OR.
WHO?        13 years old - College Students
WHERE?    We will leave St. Demetrios on Friday at 5 pm and stay Friday and Saturday nights at Holy Trinity Cathedral: 3131 NE Glisan St. The service learning weekend will come to a close following Liturgy on Sunday.  The bus will return to St. Demetrios around 3 pm.
COST?        A registration gift of $175 a person will cover all trip expenses, make it possible for the YES Program to prepare and execute the trip, and enable our service team to meet the needs of those we serve.  We will have a special fundraiser to help offset the cost of the retreat.  Please contact Lefteris Sitaras to participate.
ANY QUESTIONS?   Contact YES Leader Sophia Fraser at sfraser@uoregon.edu

St. Demetrios Scholarship 
Deadline to apply is May 1

Our church currently has five scholarships available of $500 each 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!  
Call for Applications 
AHIF is Accepting Applications for its Tenth Annual
College Student Foreign Policy Study Trip -
Washington, D.C., Greece and Cyprus

June 19-July 6, 2018

WASHINGTON, DC-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 19 - July 6, 2018.

For more information, click here.  For an application please, APPLY HERE
2018 Church Directory
Digital Version Available
digital version of the 2018 Church Directory is available for all stewards. For more information, visit http://www.saintdemetrios.com/stewardship/directory
Complete your 2018 Stewardship Commitment ONLINE.
2018 Twilight Auction
Save the Date: Saturday, June 2
Please save the date for our 2018 Twilight Auction to be held on June 2nd.  Your help is needed in many ways:  Attend, Donate or Volunteer.  Margo Christofilis has graciously agreed to be our chairperson for the auction this year.  Contact Margo to Volunteer at  (206) 963-5525 or margomba@hotmail.com