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."  

 2018 Citizens of the Year
Congratulations to our 2018 Citizens of the Year,
Heather and Lindsay Stotz and Jim Christo. 

Family Retreat at All Saints Camp
 
DATES: Saturday, November 17 to Sunday, November 18
AGES: All Families with children 12 and younger

LOCATION: All Saints Camp

COST:  $25 per person

ONLINE REGISTRATION: https://goo.gl/forms/jfsGumXkGIO5Pyi12

ARRIVAL TIME: Arrival at All Saints at 9 am on Saturday. 

DEPARTURE TIME: 3:00pm on Sunday
Sunday School News
Be a part of the Sunday School Christmas Play
   
Annual Christmas Play:  
All Sunday School Students are invited to participate in "Just a Little Christmas", our Sunday School Christmas Play on Sunday, December 23rd after church.  Children are needed as Narrators, Actors, Singers and Musicians.  SIGN UP ONLINE!
Announcement for Sunday School Students and Parents
We have been asked to be extra quiet and respectful as we line up for Holy Communion.   Thank you in advance for your cooperation!
Sunday School registration
Please note that a child must be 3 years old by August 31, 2018 to register this year.
CLICK HERE for our Sunday School 2018/2019 Registration forms. 
Yiayias & Friends Luncheon
Thursday, November 8 at Takis Mad Greek
   
The next Yiayias & Friends luncheon will be held on Thursday, November 8 at Takis Mad Greek.  The restaurant is located at 1471 NW 85th Street in Ballard. 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!!!
Papouthes Group News
Join us Thursday, November 8 at Spiros Pizza
 
Our next Papouthes group luncheon will be Thursday, November 8, 2018 at Spiro's Pizza located at 18411 Aurora Ave. N. in Shoreline 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. Thanks! 
 
For reservations or questions, please contact Manuel Tramountanas at 206-783-4466 or agapemom@hotmail.com
Boyer Children's Clinic Inspiring Journeys Auction Gala
Saturday, November 10
We hope you will join us on Saturday, November 10th for Boyer Children's Clinic's Inspiring Journeys Gala, our annual semi-formal fundraising event. This special evening features an elegant party, including a cocktail reception, entertainment, and limited silent and live auctions. 
 Please Support Boyer Children's Clinic!
 
Bookstore News
The Way of A Pilgrim is In Stock

A large shipment of The Way of A Pilgrim has arrived and will be in the bookstore on Wednesday.  Fr. Photios and Fr. Daniel both urge us to read the book for our spiritual growth, even if we cannot attend the Book Study.

This past Sunday, Fr. Photios spoke about The Art of Salvation by Elder Ephraim who established most of the monasteries in America. Fr. Photios' focus was on the theme of love that the Elder stressed for us to change our ways to be more Christ-centered. In stock is a copy of the Greek language book, with two English language copies due in in a few days.

St (Elder) Paisios' series, Spiritual Struggles, also have been ordered.  Plan to come in for first picks. Orders will be taken as needed.. 
St. Demetrios Bookstore 
General Assembly Meeting
Sunday, November 11 
   
All stewards are invited to attend our General Assembly meeting on 
Sunday, November 11th after Divine Liturgy in the Large Hall.
 
Potluck after Liturgy on Tuesday, November 13

The Moms, Dads, and Tots are for families of all ages, but most specifically geared to children up to age 5. This group allows parents to bring their children to church and learn about their faith as well as meet fellow Orthodox Christian parents and children. 
 
Come and meet us in the St. Demetrios Small Hall on Tuesday, November 13th after Divine Liturgy.  Activities to include:  Coloring pages, Arts and Crafts and storytelling about Thanksgiving, the Entrance of the Theotokos and St. John Chrysostom.

If you know of anyone who would like to join, please direct them to our Facebook page under St. Demetrios Mommy & Me or have them email us:
Arianna Dumont: anjdumont@gmail.com Eirene Bekris: Eirene_georgiou@hotmail.com 

Stay tuned for our evening and weekend events!
Orthodoxy on Tap
Tuesday, November 13 at the U-Village Ram

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 Tuesday of the each month.  
Our next meeting is Tuesday, November 13th at 6 pm at the RAM in the U-Village.
Please RSVP if you can attend, contact Lefteris Sitaras at 206-660-2779
Husky Parking is NOT Available
Parking lot is closed due to event at the parish

Unfortunately, Parking is NOT Available for  
Saturday, November 17
Dance Logo
Greek Dance News
Dance Practice is Underway!
We invite everyone in our parish from four years old (must be four by September 1, 2018) to young adults (college age and older) to join the Greek Dance Ministry at St. Demetrios.
After completing the registration form online, please use this 
If you have any questions, please contact Maria Barbas at 206-794-5659 or email marbarbas@comcast.net or Demetra Biros at stdsdancepres@gmail.com.
Greek Dance News
Wreath Fundraiser is Underway!
Wreaths will be on sale each Sunday during coffee hour. For questions or more information please contact Linda Kyrimis at
 206-818-6860
Order by November 18th to receive on Sunday, December 2nd. 
Sanity through Prayer and Fellowship
Moms, Dads and Tots monthly gathering: Tuesday, November 27

This will be a time where moms or dads can come and gather through prayer and fellowship with their fellow parent-friends and their kids. Please join us in Saint Demetrios's small hall from 12:30 -2:30 pm, on Tuesday, Novmeber 27. 

Please bring your own lunch :) Next meeting date is Tuesday, December 18th
Parish Council Elections
Saturday, December 9
 
, and attend a Parish Council Seminar held by Fr. Photios at the Church office on Monday, November 26

What you must be - according to the Archdiocesan Uniform Parish Regulations and our own Parish By-Laws:

* You must be eighteen years old or older;
* You must be a baptized and/or chrismated Orthodox Christian;
* You must live your life according to the faith and canons of the Orthodox Church;
* You must meet your financial obligation to the Parish; and must have done so at least one  year prior to the date of election;
* You must abide by the Uniform Parish Regulations and the Parish By-Laws;
* You must attend an Interview/Orientation Session with the priest prior to the elections.

What you must not be - according to the same documents as quoted above:

* You must not retain membership in a non-Orthodox religion, nor in an "Orthodox" parish which defies the jurisdiction or the ecclesiastical authority of the Archdiocese;
* You must not deliberately disregard nor transgress the moral law as may be determined by a Spiritual Court;
* You must not be a salaried employee of the Parish.

What does living your life "according to the faith and canons of the Church" imply?

Chapter I, Article VII, Section 6, of our Parish By-Laws:
"The religious, moral, and social duties of a parishioner are to apply the tenets of the Orthodox Faith to his or her life and activities, to attend the Divine Liturgy and other Services of worship faithfully on Sundays and Holy Days, to keep the rules and fasts of the Orthodox Tradition, to receive frequently the Sacraments of Penance and Holy Communion, to train and teach the youth according to the Faith and Spirit of Orthodoxy, to respect the Clergy, the ecclesiastical authority, and all governing bodies of the Church, to be obedient in matters of faith and ecclesiastical order, and to cooperate in every way towards the welfare and prosperity of the Parish and the success of its Sacred Mission"
Orthodox Youth Winter Retreat
Registration Ends on December 12

We welcome all Orthodox Junior High and High School Youth and their friends to an opportunity for growth in spirit through worship, prayer, good food and games! Please join us on Saturday, January 19 through Monday, January 21, 2019.
Registration is OPEN and ends on December 12th. 
Go to: www.tinyurl.com/orthodoxretreat to sign up!!  Cost $130 (subsidized by a generous donation!)   Questions?  Contact orthodoxretreat@gmail.com
Greeks in Washington
Internship Opportunity
with Greeks in Washington

The Greek-American Historical Museum of Washington State (Greeks in Washington) www.greeksinwashington.org, is a "virtual museum" that has been in operation since 2009.  During that time an archive of over 700 items has been established which contains photographs, documents, artifacts, costumes and more. The archive is located at the Greek Orthodox Church of the Assumption on Capitol Hill in Seattle.
 
This project will seek to accomplish the following tasks under the title of "Promoting the Archive" and can serve as a thesis or "capstone" project.
 
The person selected for this project will perform one or more of the following tasks and may develop additional tasks related to the mission of Greeks in Washington.

An initial stipend is available for this project and additional funds will be obtained as the project develops. 

CONTACT:  John Nicon, 206-325-8554  or info@greeksinwashington.org 
GOYA Luncheon
Sunday, December 4 in the Fr. Homer Library
   
All GOYAns (youth in grades 7 - 12) are invited to our monthly GOYA meeting on Sunday, December 7 after Divine Liturgy in the Fr. Homer Library.
2018 Parish Christmas Card

You are cordially invited to join us and send Christmas Greetings to all our Parishioners and Friends on our St. Demetrios mailing list.
Please email your name as you wish it to appear on the Christmas Card before the deadline (Tuesday, December 14th, 2018). Please mail your donation of $20 payable to: St. Demetrios-Christmas Card to St. Demetrios.
Call the church office with your information and pay by phone with a credit card.  Call 206-631-2500

Thank you for your support and for the love and joy you share with the other Parishioners.
 
Contact Pam Plumis for Tickets at pplumis@comcast.net
St. Photios Greek Orthodox Shrine
Annual Essay Contest
with Greeks in Washington

The St. Photios Foundation, Inc. invites all 13-19 year olds to submit a 1,000 word essay to the St Photios Essay Committee for the annual Essay Contest. 
Essay writers may choose between the following two topics: There are many historic and sacred sites throughout the world. What makes St. Photios Greek Orthodox National Shrine a historic and significant site for Orthodox Christians? 
OR 
Virtually every American born in the United States can trace their history to an ancestor who was first to arrive in America. Compare and contrast your family's Immigrant history with the immigrant history of the Greeks who came to the New World under the British Indentured Servitude Act in 1768. 

For more information visit www.stphotios.org.  Submissions accepted through January 7, 2019.  Results posted February 1, 2019.
Press Releases from the Archdiocese
  
Click Here for a report on the Archdicesan Council Meeting. 

Click Here for the Phase II report of the outside auditors on the St. Nicholas Church Shrine project. While no firm date has been set for the restart of construction, the report indicates no one at the Archdiocese benefited personally from the project and there is no evidence of any fraud. It is also noted that all monies "borrowed" from the St. Nicholas account have been repaid with interest.  

Click Here for a report on the Holy Eparchial Synod meeting.  Please note that our San Francisco Metropolis Chancellor, His Grace Bishop Apostolos is moving to NY to be Chief Secretary of the Holy Eparchial Synod. 
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.

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

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.