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"Welcome one another, therefore, just as Christ has welcomed you, for the glory of God." - Romans 15:7
St. Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church is dedicated to imitating the love and faithfulness of Jesus Christ by sharing the Gospel in word and deed. We worship the Holy Trinity according to the Faith and Tradition of the One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic Church. Our witnessing to the Faith is accomplished through the sacramental life, our values, traditions; stewardship, fellowship, service, and Christian education.
Join us from 7 - 8 p.m. every Thursday.
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Meeting ID: 854 4389 2141
Theme: Preparing for the Kingdom
Speakers: Fr. Luke Veronis and Presbytera Faith Veronis. Missionary, Author, Professor, and Seminarian Mentor, Fr. Luke teaches homiletics and classes regarding church growth and missions at the Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology. He is well-known in the Orthodox Church for his dynamism and vision. Presbytera Faith is a full-time professional educator, and the mother of four amazing children. The Veronises spent 10 years as missionaries in Albania, where they witnessed the resurrection of the Church there.
Date: Friday, July 23 to Saturday, July 24th, 2021
For: Anyone and Everyone.
Site: @ St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church, 621 First Colonial Road, Virginia Beach, Va. 23451.
Host: FROGMEN Men’s Group of St. Nicholas.
Cost: Free of charge. Just register in advance.
Giving our time, talent, and treasure to the Church is an opportunity – an opportunity to examine our priorities and values. It is an opportunity to express our thankfulness, to give of ourselves and to grow in grace. It is an opportunity to participate in the work of God by
- Worshiping together in a beautiful sanctuary
- Teaching our children our faith
- Learning the Greek language and celebrating our culture and traditions
- Better understanding the Word of God in weekly Bible Study
- Practicing our faith through supporting community charities
- Celebrating life events
- Comforting and being comforted
We are called to apply our gifts, training, abilities, education and skills to the tasks that God places before us. If we do this humbly and prayerfully, the body of Christ will function to its full potential.
St. Demetrios is a stewardship parish. There is no minimum commitment required for anyone to be considered a member of the parish. We do ask that you prayerfully consider your annual commitment and be generous with your time, talents, and treasure. We are a small community that is deeply thankful for your donations and grateful for your willingness to volunteer.
More information is available from the stewardship page on our web site. Click here for the web site and commitment card. Commitment cards are also available in the Narthex. We ask that each family complete a commitment card each year so we can keep our membership rolls current and better plan our budget.
BOOKSTORE HELP WANTED
As you may have noticed, we have a simple bookstore between the sanctuary and the hall. We would like to improve our inventory and offer a variety of selections for sale. What we need most right now is someone to take charge of the bookstore operation. We also need a few volunteers who could open the bookstore on Sundays after Divine Liturgy. If you are interested in this stewardship ministry, please contact Fr. Gianulis.
ORTHODOX CAMPUS FELLOWSHIP (OCF)
Fr. Gianulis is serving as spriritual advisor to the William & Mary OCF.
PHILIP LUDWELL III AND EARLY AMERICAN ORTHODOX CHRISTIANITY
www.Ludwell.org offers fresh perspectives on the history of early America through the prism of the life, community, and worldview of Colonel Philip Ludwell III of Green Spring (Williamsburg), Virginia. Philip Ludwell III is the first known convert to Eastern Orthodox Christianity in the Americas. He was a prominent figure in pre-revolutionary Virginia and a relative by blood or marriage of many great early figures in American history from George Washington to Robert E. Lee. Over two hundred years later, his life and inspiring story of faith is becoming known and reshaping our view of the diversity of early America and its connections with the rest of the world. This site is regularly updated with research, breaking news, information about scholarly and religious events, archaeological findings, as well as details of ongoing projects. We invite you to subscribe to our newsletter or follow us on Facebook to stay informed about our activities.
WE ARE OPEN FOR IN PERSON WORSHIP
Please join us Sunday. We all should feel comfortable and safe attending worship services if you are among those who have received your vaccination for the Coronavirus. If you do not feel quite secure or if you have not been vaccinated, please wear a mask. Masks will still be available in the narthex.
On August 1st, we enter the two-week fast of the Theotokos leading up to the Feast of the Dormition of the Theotokos on August 15th. During this time, we will sing the Paraklesis Services on Tuesdays and Friday at 6:00 p.m., excluding Friday August 6th, The Feast of the Transfiguration. On the Feastday, we celebrate Orthros (8:45) and Divine Liturgy (9:30 a.m.).
OFFERINGS TO THE CHURCH
A Church is always in need of certain essential items, such as oil, wine and bread. No need to ask, but feel free at anytime to bring olive oil for the eternal light that burns behind the altar; sweet red wine, like Camandaria or Mavrodaphne, for the holy communion; and the altar bread, prosforo, that is used for holy communion and antidoron.
YOUR PRIEST IS AS CLOSE AS YOUR TELEPHONE
...but he is not a mind reader. If you are sick and hospitalized, or have any other pastoral or sacramental need, do not hesitate to call him. Fr. Gianulis can always be reached by calling the church phone number, 220-0994. If he is not in, leave a message and it will be delivered to his cell phone.
There is a great need and the food pantry shelves are starting to empty. There are two big ways we can help:
1. Donate items. attached below is a list of nonperishable foods and toiletries that they need right now. Highest of need are canned proteins: canned tuna, canned chicken, canned beans and pork, peanut butter, and canned pasta meals. Then next on the list is canned fruits and vegetables. People can either drop off these items to Williamsburg House of Mercy from 10am to 4pm each day, or they can order them on Amazon and have them delivered. They have an outside dop-off bin. Williamsburg House of Mercy is located at:
Williamsburg House of Mercy
10 Harrison Avenue
Williamsburg, VA 23185
2. Donate financially. The easiest way to do is to go directly to their giving page on their website here:
7th Thursday after Pentecost
Saints and Feasts Commemorated
Forefeast of the Transfiguration of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ; Eusignius the Martyr of Antioch; Our Righteous Father Eugene of Aitola; Euthymios, Patriarch of Constantinople; Christos the New Martyr of Prevezis; Oswald the Martyr, King of Northumbria
Visit the Online Chapel for more daily readings, hymns, a monthly calendar of saints and feasts, and more.