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."  

 
Continue to keep Matthew and his family in your prayers
Matthew is still unconscious, but the doctors have been slowly reducing his sedation and within the next day or so he will be entirely off the drugs that have kept him unconscious. It might take another day or two for them to completely leave his system. It's been 20 days since he fell. Sometimes it seems like it just happened, other times it feels endless. Once Mathew wakes up the doctors will learn more of the rehab that needs to take place.  Please continue to pray for Mathew and for his medical team and family.

Festival Baking Dates
 
The festival baking schedule is as follows: 
  • September 13:           Make Pasteli
  • September 18:           Make Kataifi
  • September 19:           Make Tsourekia
  • September 20:           Make Tsourekia
  • September 21:           Make Galactoboureko
Everyone is welcome--No Experience Necessary!!!

Sunday School News
The first day of Sunday School is September 17.  Pre-School and Pre-Kindergarten classes will meet in the bookstore room, grades K-8/9th will meet in the small hall, and high school will meet in the library.  

Please have your child bring their completed registration form with them to class.
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.

Greek School News
 

Dance News
Choral & Greek Dance Registration is OPEN. Register Today
 
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!

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 or visit

This & That Shop News
Donate your items today!
 
Thanks to all who are contributing to the This and That Shop!  

Please if at all possible, bring items soon as to give us a chance to price and set up our tables so that they look as enticing as possible!  

We can't do it without you!  Thank you to everyone who has already donated many of their "Treasures"  

Festival Deli Needs Your Help
 
We had a MAGNIFICENT turnout on Saturday to assist with the preparation of the cheese.  The turnout was so good, we did all the olives as well. Please volunteer as a cashier during the festival.  Thanks again for your support!!!

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! 

Philotimo Scholarship Competition for Grades 6 - 12
Apply by Friday, October 6

The Washington Oxi Day Foundation is offering the following scholarships to five Greek-American students (Grades 6-12) who best describe "philotimo"
  • First Place: $2,000 scholarship and an invitation to the Foundation's October 26 black tie gala in Washington, DC, where the winner will be recognized 
  • Second Place: $1,000 scholarship (two) 
  • Third Place: $500 scholarship (two)
To apply: 
1. Watch the Foundation's video 'The Greek Secret' on the subject of philotimo at www.oxidayfoundation.org/video-the-greek-secret/ 
2. In 500 words, or less, answer one of the following questions: 
* What does philotimo mean to you? 
* What are some extraordinary examples of philotimo that you have seen? 
* What are some of the things you can do in your daily life to exhibit philotimo? 
* How can philotimo improve your life? 
3. Submit your answer to the Foundation via email at info@oxidayfoundation.org by Friday, October 6.

Volleyball Players Wanted
Compete in San Jose on October 13-15, 2017
On October 13, 14, 15,  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.

Bookstore News
11 Days till the Festival
Your bookstore staff has been preparing for the St. Demetrios Festival coming in just 11 days. We will be setting up in the library over the next two weekends, so it will be a little topsy-turvy during the process. We look forward to everyone coming to the library during the festival, on your breaks from wherever you are working as we all join hands to help make the 2017 Greek festival the best ever. 
The bookstore has something for everyone: lots of children's books, guidelines for life by St. Paisios and St, Porphyrios, books on the exemplary lives of saints like St. Nikiforos the Leper, St. Nectarios, Cretan Saints, Saints of Cyprus, and many more. Icons are innumerable. If we don't have it, we will research your saint and try to find it. Great for Baptisms and births are Noah's Ark icons, icons of the child's saint, Christ or the Theotokos., for weddings: the marriage at Cana, Joachim and Anna, Christ, or the Theotokos. Religious items for personal use: CDs, prayer ropes of all types and sizes, filakta, incense, censers, oil lamps and fitilakia (wicks). Lovely gifts including 14k Gold and Sterling Silver crosses, Sterling Lapel Pins (for men), blue glass medallions with a silver metal Theotokos on each one, varied laser wood  plaques, night lights, ceramic incense holders with incense inside, ceramic holy water bottles, ceramic icon medallions, and lots more. Shop for Christmas, birthdays, baptism, weddings, and for yourselves.

 

Philoptochos News
Cooking for the Shelters in September
 
Upcoming Meeting Schedule:  All are welcome to attend our meetings and events:
No regular Philoptochos meeting in September due to the festival.
  • September 27th cook for Jubilee Womens Center
  • September 29th cook for St Martin de Porres Men's Shelter
  • October 8th - Meeting after Liturgy
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.

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.  

Orthodoxy on Tap 
Join us for a six-week Book Club beginning in October
 
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. Beginning in October we will meet to discuss Everywhere Present: Christianity in a One-Storey Universe by Stephen Freeman.  If you would like to join us, please contact Lefteris Sitaras or Fr. Daniel Triant to get a copy of the book.  
"Have you ever referred to God as the Man upstairs ? Most Christians living in a secular society have unwittingly relegated God and all things spiritual to the second storey of the universe: a realm we cannot reach except through death. The effect of this is to banish God, along with the saints and angels, from our everyday lives. In Everywhere Present, popular blogger and podcaster Fr. Stephen Freeman makes a compelling case for becoming aware of God s living and active presence in every moment of our lives here and now. Learning to practice your Christian faith in a one-storey universe will change your life and make possible the living, intimate relationship with God you've always dreamed of."

Mommy & Me
Next meeting Sunday, October 1

A Pan-Orthodox Young Adult Conference in Atlanta, Georgia
OCTOBER 6, 7, 8 2017
REGISTER TODAY                      www.connectorthodoxy.org

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!!!

October 6-8, 2017
St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church
1523 S Yakima Ave, Tacoma, WA

Free Admission | Authentic Greek Cuisine | Church Tours | Live Greek Dance Performances
We are proud to donate a portion of our proceeds to the Tacoma Rescue Mission. 
Like the Tacoma Greek Festival Facebook page to get updates throughout the year.  

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