Greek Orthodox Metropolis of Atlanta, Atlanta, GA PUBLISH DATE: August 22, 2005

 

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FROM THE CHANCELLOR`S DESK Dear Reverend Vicars, Reverend Clergy, and the Faithful of the Metropolis of Atlanta:

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ:

It is with deep sadness that I inform you that our beloved brother priest and co-worker in our Lord’s Vineyard, Fr. Nicholas Capilos, formerly of the Holy Metropolis of Atlanta, fell asleep in the Lord early this morning, in Chattanooga, Tennessee. On behalf of His Eminence Metropolitan Alexios, I express our sincere and heartfelt sympathy to Presbytera Beth, their sons, John and George, and their extended family and koumbaroi. I pray that our Almighty God will comfort and strengthen them during the difficult days to come. We will all miss Fr. Nick and his ministry.

On a personal note, I met Fr. Nick and Presbytera Beth the day he was ordained a priest at Holy Trinity-Holy Cross Cathedral in Birmingham, Alabama. It was the first time I witnessed the ordination of a priest, and I presented him a photo album filled with the beautiful events of that day. Beginning that Sunday in 1982, he filled my life with many indelible memories of the beauty of our faith that transcend the photographs I took.

As a layman living in Birmingham, he served as one of my priests, and always welcomed everyone he encountered. I remember him visiting my wife and each of our three children in the hospital as soon as they were born. He taught me and many others during our Bible Studies and it was with great sadness for our family and parish when he departed to serve another parish. Later, he would serve my brother’s family in Nashville, Tennessee. Beginning in 1996, I became his brother priest while serving in Charleston, South Carolina and he served my sister parish in Savannah, Georgia.

Indeed, the lessons and love I experienced from Fr. Nick will be deeply cherished. We will miss Fr. Nick, a faithful priest and devoted co-worker in our Lord’s Vineyard. Yet even in our grief, we can draw comfort from one another and our Spiritual Family, the Church, because we know that Fr. Nick is resting in our loving Lord’s tender embrace in Heaven, for He told us, “I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in Me, though he may die, he shall live.” (John 11:25-26). May Fr. Nick’s memory be eternal!

Faithfully yours with brotherly love,

+Very Rev. Fr. George Tsahakis
Chancellor

Annunciation, Chattanooga, TN
Viewing Sunday, Aug. 28 4 PM - 7:30 PM (Main Trisagion 7 PM)
Monday, Aug. 29, Matins 8:15, Divine Liturgy 9 AM
10 AM Trisagion Prayer Service, presided by Metropolitan Nicholas of Detroit, assisted by Bishop Savas of Troas and other clergy
Memorial reception.

Holy Trinity, Columbia, SC
Viewing and Trisagion, Monday Aug. 29, 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM. Main Trisagion 8 PM
Tuesday Aug. 30 Matins 8:15, Divine Liturgy 9 AM
Funeral at 11 AM, presided by Bishop Savas of Troas and clergy from the Metropolis of Atlanta, Metropolis of Detroit and the Archdiocese.
Interment at Crescent Hill Memorial Gardens
Makaria in memory of Fr. Nick will follow the interment at Holy Trinity.



PARISH LIFE Please send us your news and events to kpowers@atlmetropolis.org

His Eminence Metropolitan Alexios visited ST. SOPHIA CATHEDRAL, in Miami, for the 40 days Memorial of Father Demosthenes Mekras.

Atlanta Area Orthodox Marriage Enrichment: First meeting for the 2005-2006 Ecclesiastical year will be SEPTEMBER 1ST, THURSDAY, 7 PMat the Hadjisimos home,2212 Tristan Circle, N.E.,Atlanta, GA 30345
Feel free to bring a covered dish!
For more information:
call or email Glykeria Hadjisimos
404-325-3888,odysseia1@yahoo.com
Sponsored by the Sts. Cyril & Methodius Orthodox Clergy Brotherhood of Greater Atlanta

SS Joseph and Andrew Eastern Orthodox Church will be hosting “Six
Days of Creation Icon Writing Workshop” in Maggie Valley, NC, November 6 - 12, 2005
For Information and Applicaton, visit:
home.earthlink.net/~iconworkshop/
or call 859 608-3608.


ANNUNCIATION CATHEDRAL, Atlanta, Adult Greek School Classes: Three classes in Conversational Greek (beginners, intermediate or other levels if preferred). Each semester runs for a period of 8 weeks. Classes are from 7:00-9:00 p.m. in the Educational Building. 1st semester: (A) Conversational Greek for Beginners: (emphasis just in conversation-phonetically) starts Tuesday, October 11th in the Kafenion. (B) Conversational Greek Class for Beginners (includes reading, writing and conversation) starts Monday, October 16th in Room #25 of the Educational Building (C) Intermediate Conversational Greek (reading writing and conversation): starts Wednesday, October 12th in Room #25 of the Educational Building. Cost per semester: $125.00. Please register by calling the Cathedral office at 404-633-7358.

GROUNDBREAKING CEREMONIES FOR THE NEW DINING HALL & KITCHEN AT THE DIAKONIA CENTER!Saturday, August 27, 11 AM
Thanks to the generosity of Mr. Charlie Masterpolis!

Please pray for Wilmington Police Officer, Michael Fey, the brother-in-law of Courtney Malahias, ST. NICHOLAS, Wilmington, NC, who was seriously injured in the line of duty.


ST. LUKE Greek Orthodox Church
Now serving the northern Charlotte-Metro area
. Weekly Divine Liturgy Services Begin Saturday, August 20, 2005 at 5:00 pm!
Divine Liturgy will begin at
5:00 pm weekly on Saturday. Services will be conducted by Father Steve Dalber, Father Demetri Kangalaris, and Deacon Gregory Georgiou; many thanks to the fathers for helping our community hold services.

HOLY MOTHER OF GOD, Tallahassee, will begin Monthly Spaghetti Suppers on Friday - September 9.

Discovery Place is bringing The Dead Sea Scrolls exhibit to the Charlotte, NC area beginning February 17, 2006 through May 29, 2006.

ST. GEORGE, New Port Richey, FL, is asking for donations for Orthodox books to be placed in a prison library. Please make checks payable to St. George Greek Orthodox Church and note "prison library fund."

ANNUNCIATION CATHEDRAL, ATLANTA GOYAns will be collecting items for a care package for Captain George Demetriades and his unit in the US Army stationed in Iraq. If you would like to donate toiletries, send a card, etc., please drop your items in the designated box in Carlos Hall.





















NEWS/EIDISEIS PARISH BULLETIN BOARD - UPCOMING EVENTS

"Doorway to Heaven" Icon Exhibit, St. Ignatius Museum, 3704 Spring Hill Ave., Mobile, AL through Sept. 16, 10 AM-3 PM, M-F.

Sacred Art, Secular Context: Objects of Art from the Byzantine Collection of Dumbarton OaksThe Georgia Museum of Art at UGA in Athens
Through November 6
for more information http://www.uga.edu/gamuseum/exhibitions/sacred_art.html

Groundbreaking Ceremony for the New Kitchen & Dining Hall, Saturday, August 27, 11 AM, followed by lunch. Diakonia Center, Salem, SC.

CENTRAL CONFERENCE CATECHETICAL SCHOOL TRAINING SEMINAR
Saturday, August 27, 10 AM-4 PM
ANNUNCIATION CATHEDRAL, 2500 Clairmont Rd. Atlanta, GA 30329
"Ministering to the Orthodox Family"

ST. JOHN, Tampa, announces The Glendi Dancers Luncheon, Aug. 28, to raise funds for new dance costumes from Greece.

ANNUNCIATION CATHEDRAL AUGUST 28 “Time and Talents Sunday” Special Appreciation Day for Our Countless Volunteers, immediately following the Divine Liturgy & Sunday School - Food, Fellowship and Fun and POPS CONCERT/ICE CREAM SOCIAL ANNUNCIATION CATHEDRAL, Atlanta, The Atlanta Community Symphony Orchestra Sunday, August 28, 3:30 PM in the Kartos Ballroom. Activities!

ST. DEMETRIOS,Ft. Lauderdale, "Welcome Back Cookout & Picnic," Sunday Sept 4, following church services.

SS. CONSTANTINE & HELEN, Fayetteville, NC, LABOR DAY PICNIC, Sept. 5, 5 PM (sponsored by AHEPA)

Philoptochos of ST. KATHERINE, Melbourne, FL, is holding a Rummage Sale, Sept.8-10. Please bring any items to the back of the church hall.

4TH ANNUAL DANAOS GOLF TOURNAMENT, Atlanta,Hammer’s Glen Golf & Country Club Saturday, Sept.10, 9 AM – Shotgun
$150.00 per person (Lunch & Prizes included)Contact: Nick Jones (770) 427-5473 or Mike Marinos: (770) 381-9594

HOLY TRINITY, Asheville, NC, Church Picnic,, Sunday Sept. 11, Orthros 9:15, Divine Liturgy 10:30, Blessing of the Waters 12 PM, at Lutheridge.

HOLY TRANSFIGURATION 3rd ANNUAL GOLF TOURNAMENT, Monday, Sept. 12
White Columns Country Club, 300 Clubhouse Dr., Alpharetta, GA 30004, 11:30 AM - 12:45 PM - Registration, Lunch & Warm Up
Contact Tony Blassetti at 404-520-5292, Jay Sarmir at 770-998-6404, Evan Gekas at 770-645-1985 or Dean Pallas 404-645-1985 to register or for more information.

1st Annual St. Barbara`s Golf Tournament,Sunday, September 25th Mill Creek Gold Club, 1700 St. Andrews Dr. Mebane NC
12:30 Bar-B-Que Lunch - 1:30 Tee Time
Entry Fee: $75.00 (Golf and Lunch)
Format: Captains Choice
Registration Deadline: September 15th Make Checks Payable to: Saint Barbara`s Buidling Fund
For More info: Call Jim Glekas 919-563-2735 or Karen Korach 919-929-4791

Basile Live, Growing up Greek in America, HOLY TRANSFIGURATION, Marietta, Friday September 30, Upper Platea open at 6:30pm, Marietta’s Eleftheria Dancers at 7:30, Basile at 8:00. Join us for a summer ending bash under the stars in the Michael C. Carlos Amphitheater! Tickets are $40, call the church office at 770-924-8080x11 for information or ticket purchases.

GREEK FESTIVALS

HOLY TRINITY, Charlotte, NC YIASOU FESTIVAL September 8, 9, 10 & 11.

SS. CONSTANTINE & HELEN, Fayetteville, NC, 15th Annual Greek Festival
Sept. 9-11.

GREEK FESTIVAL HOLY TRINITY, Raleigh, NC Sept. 16,Sept. 17, Sept. 18.Portion of the Proceeds to benefit Habitat for Humanity









FEAST DAYS and NAME DAYS FOR THE COMING WEEK
August 29 Beheading of the Venerable Glorious Prophet and Forerunner, John the Baptist
September 1 Ecclesiastical New Year
September 3 Phoebe the Deaconess
September 4 Moses the Prophet & God-seer






METROPOLIS YOUTH NEWS AND COMING EVENTS Want to receive email information and updates about Youth, Education and Culture? Send email addresses to Michelle Cassimus,
youth@atlmetropolis.org

Check out the St. George, Greenville, website, www.stgeorgegreenville.org,for wonderful pictures of our Hellenic Dance Odyssey and St. Stephen's Camp!
(Many thanks to Dr. Charlie Joiner!)


HDF
Invites all Hellenic Dance Groups to
The HDF Annual “Panegyri”Festival
Religious Retreat, Dance & Music Workshops
Friday, Saturday, Sunday
August 26-28, 2005
$25/person
Diakonia Center-www.diakoniacenter.org
Eleni Hopes, HDF Panegyri Chairman
hopes406@knology.net
Forms available online www.atlanta.goarch.org
Gerry Clonaris gclonaris@carolina.rr.com
HDF Chairman


GOYA Advent Retreat
“We Are The World”

Loving and Caring for God’s Creation

Weekend I Oct. 28-30
Friday, Saturday & Sunday
Weekend I-Retreat Chairman-+Fr Radu Bordeianu-Raleigh, NC
frradu@msn.com 919-781-4548
or
Weekend II,Nov. 4-6
Friday, Saturday & Sunday
Weekend II-Retreat Chairman-+Father Aris Metrakos-Columbia, SC
protopop1@yahoo.com 803-252-6758
$80.00 per person*
Includes lodging for two nights, all meals: (Friday dinner/ Saturday meals and Sunday Brunch, snacks), arts & crafts, materials for the Retreat!
*(Each additional child from same family -$60.00/ Need-based scholarships available!)
at The Diakonia Center
455 Quail Ridge Road
Salem, South Carolina 29676

To download all forms, go to the Metropolis website: www.atlanta.goarch.org
-Click on 2nd top heading: “Metropolis Resources”…
-click on “Youth Diakonia” - click on “Retreats” –click on GOYA ADVENT RETREAT-2005
Registration opens:
Monday, August 22, 2005
www.atlanta.goarch.org

2005 WINTER YOUTH RALLY
Tuesday, December 27 through Friday, December 30 @ 3 p.m
Atlanta Marriott, Century Center, Atlanta, GA
Theme: The Lord’s Vineyard…..John 15:5
Save the dates and start saving your $$
Registration Forms and information will be sent to Parishes in August, & will also be available on line @ www.atlanta.goarch.org
Registration: Sept. 1st–Nov. 11
Teams:Please plan EARLY and be accurate!
Athletic brackets: No teams will be added after the deadline November 11!

HDF 2006 IT'S GREENVILLE!
Hellenic Dance Festival Byzantine Weekend, February 3,4,5.
Hosted by ST. GEORGE CATHEDRAL, Greenville, SC. Contact Haido Pourlos





ORTHODOX CHRISTIAN FELLOWSHIP Who We Are
Orthodox Christian Fellowship (OCF) is the official campus ministry effort under SCOBA. We are a Pan-Orthodox effort, overseen by an Executive Committee and aided by an 16 person Student Advisory Board. Our office is located in Boston, MA where full time staff develops OCF. We are here to guide and support local OCF chapters through communication with the larger Orthodox Community, our National Programs, and development of resources Orthodox college students and those interested in Orthodoxy can utilize.
OCF Team
Fr. Timothy Sas
Executive Director
Joseph J. Samra III
Program Coordinator

Mission
The mission of Orthodox Christian Fellowship (OCF) is to support fellowships on college campuses, whose members experience and witness to the Orthodox Christian Church through community life, prayer, service to others and study of the Faith (Acts 2:42). Furthermore, OCF will work to nurture and strengthen love for Jesus Christ and His Church in its fullness at this most critical juncture of human life through:
Communication between OCF`s and with the larger Orthodox community
Development of resources for local OCF`s
National endeavors such as College Conference, Real Break, website and a national newsletter

OCF is a Member of Syndesmos
SYNDESMOS, the World Fellowship of Orthodox Youth, is a federation of Orthodox youth movements and theological schools around the world, working under the blessing of all the local canonical Churches, to serve the Church, Her unity, witness and renewal.

The aim of SYNDESMOS is to develop cooperation and communication among Orthodox youth movements and theological schools around the world, and to promote within them a deeper understanding and vision of their common faith.

FAQs
Q: What is OCF all about?
A: OCF stands for Orthodox Christian Fellowship. An OCF is a pan-Orthodox group of students and young adults within a college or university who meet for fellowship, worship, and spiritual development and support. Check out our Video!
Q: How are all these OCFs organized with each other?
A: The National OCF Office oversees all OCFs at over 180 Colleges and Universities in the United States and Canada. The OCF Office has recently established of a student advisory board to assist in its efforts.
Q: Does my OCF have to register even if you already have our information in the Directory?
A: Yes. Although we might have your information, their is a new process that all OCFs must complete to be recognized, including amending an existing constitution.
Q: Well, then who is in charge of the National OCF office?
A: SCOBA (the Standing Conference of Canonical Orthodox Bishops in America) reestablished the National OCF office. All Canonical Orthodox Jurisdictions in America have a stake in the OCF. An Executive Committee directly oversees its activities. Our office is located in Boston where full-time staff develops OCF.
Q: Who is SCOBA?
A: SCOBA represents nine (9) Canonical Orthodox Jurisdictions in the Americas. Below is a list of those that are in support of the National OCF project with links for some to their respective Youth or College Ministry Department.

Contacts:

Fr. Anthony Salzman
Atlanta Metropolis OCF Chair
706-310-1304
706-310-1307 - Fax
frantonios2@mindspring.com

Dr. Nicholas Louh

National OCF Main Office
US & Canada
1-800-919-1OCF (1623)
info@ocf.net

FR. Timothy Sas, Executive Director
National OCF
632 East 2nd St.
Duluth, MN. 55805
218-722-5957
frtim@ocf.net

Joseph J. Samra, III
Program Director
National OCF
617-850-1356
617-850-1464 - Fax
joe@ocf.net




GOYA Advent Retreat 2005: “We are the World: Loving and Caring for God’s Creation”
The heavens are telling the glory of God
and the firmament proclaims his handiwork (Psalm 19:1)


Dear +Rev. Fathers, Youth Workers and GOYANs,

You surely must be bothered by the polluted air that you breathe, the taste of the water that you drink, the noise coming from highways, the changes in climate, and by many other things that we include today in the expression, “ecological crisis.” And if you are not much bothered by these—which means that you lived in a city all your life long—you need to reconnect with nature. We have the right thing for you: Our Second GOYA Advent Retreat at the Diakonia Center. This year you can choose one of two weekends: Weekend I: October 28-30 or Weekend II: November 4-6.

How seriously did you think that the original cause of the ecological crisis (with all the things we mentioned above) is Adam? Yes, he’s the one who started it. Adam introduced in the world greed, abuse of creation for his own pleasure, and disrespect for the purpose for which God created the world. And now we suffer the consequences: if at the end of the sixth day of Creation “God saw everything that he had made, and indeed, it was very good” (Genesis 1:31), after Adam sinned, God told him (and us), “cursed is the ground because of you; … thorns and thistles it shall bring forth for you” (Genesis 3:17-18). He deserved it; we deserve it, too, since we do the same things that Adam did.

Did you know that the spiritual solution to the ecological crisis is the new Adam, Jesus Christ? He taught us sacrifice and obedience to God. When the storm obeyed him or when he walked on the water, he taught us that nature was made to serve us in praising God, not to rebel against us. Now, Christ needs our help.

How can we be more like Christ (for safety reasons, please, no walking on the water during the Retreat!), and less like Adam? By the end of this Retreat we should be able to point to the ecological crisis as OUR problem, not only in terms of the environment, but also of our spirituality. The spiritual solution: be like Christ. Our relationship with Christ is the foundation on which we build our relationship with the environment, including our choice of the car we buy, the things we throw away, or the number of trees we cut. The solution to the ecological crisis is both spiritual and practical. We will identify OUR part in it. Being so close to nature, at the Diakonia Center, should be most inspiring.

We are looking forward to seeing you at the Retreat,

Rev. Fr. Radu Bordeianu Rev. Fr. Aris Metrakos

Weekend I-October 28-30, 2005 Weekend II-November 4-6, 2005

PS. We will send you more specific directions as we get closer to the Retreat. In the meantime, please share the content of this letter with the youth in your parish and mark you calendars for one of the two sessions of the Retreat. Also, start thinking about the ecological crisis as YOUR spiritual and practical problem. You might also want to visit our Archdiocese’s website, at http://www.goarch.org/en/ourfaith/environment/.


AHEPA/YAL LABOR DAY WEEKEND EXTRAVAGANZA! The Atlanta YAL and the AHEPA
family organizations have planned
a full weekend of fun for the entire
family. Make your plans now
to spend the weekend with your
friends in Atlanta.
Reserve your room by August
12th at the Marriott Century
Center Hotel (404) 325-0000 to
receive the discounted rate of
$79.00 per night.
Highlights
•AHEPA Charity Golf
Tournament: 9/2 at Lake Spivey
Golf Club, 1PM
•Terry Stappas Memorial
Softball Tournament: 9/3 & 9/4
•AHEPA/ YAL Dance: 9/3
at the Hellenic Center
•Private Greek Night Party at
Taverna Plaka on 9/4
•Labor Day Picnic: 9/5

SCHEDULE OF EVENTS
Friday, September 2nd
1 PM– 8 PM
5th Annual AHEPA Memorial
Golf Tournament
Lake Spivey Golf Club- Stockbridge, GA
Awards Reception– The Penalty Box Cafe
$90 per player
Friday, September 2nd
10 PM Dancing at Cosmopolitan/Lava
45 13th Street, NE Atlanta, GA
Call (404) 873-6189 for more information
and directions
Saturday, September 3rd
9 AM– 4 PM & Sunday, September 4th
12 Noon– Conclusion
Terry Stappas Memorial Softball Tournament
Blackburn Park Dunwoody, Georgia
Team or Individual Sign-up
Saturday, September 3rd 9 PM- ??
Greek Dance at the Atlanta Hellenic Center, Featuring Kosta X and DJ Tommy Boy from Charlotte, NC
$20 per person includes entertainment,
dance & heavy appetizers.
Cash bar and AHEPA Charity Raffle.
Sunday, September 4th
9:30 AM Divine Liturgy at Annunciation Cathedral
Sunday, September 4th 7 PM- ??
Private Greek Night Party at
Taverna Plaka
$ 20 per person includes food, dancing, and musical entertainment.
Monday, September 6th 11 AM– 3 PM
Labor Day Community Picnic sponsored by
the Atlanta YAL at the ATL Church
$5 person for lunch, games and music.

Proceeds from this year’s event will benefit various AHEPA and YAL charitable causes including the
Focus on the Future Capital Campaign

For More Information, please contact:
AHEPA Golf Tournament: Ted Kipreos-(404) 281-5681, tedk@mindspring.com or visit the tournament website at: www.tournevents.com/AHEPA-2005
Softball Tournament: William Simitses-(678) 640-6680 or wsimitses@yahoo.com
AHEPA/YAL Dance: Alec Alexander- (404) 875-3335 or Pamela Gjerde– (678) 371-3688
Community Labor Day Picnic: Sarah Grivas-(404) 402-1403


NEW INFO LINE FOR HELLENES LIVING ABROAD Greece’s Interior Ministry has undertaken a pilot program to expand the concept,offering Hellenes living outside Greece a way to cut through bureaucratic “redtape” 14 hours a day. SAE V.P. Chris P. Tomaras congratulates the Government on the program, saying, “This is a giant step forward for the omogenia worldwide, and I encourage the Government to do whatever is necessary not only to enhance this
pilot program and make it permanent, but eventually have it available to Hellenes
worldwide over the internet as well.”
New “Info-Line” for Hellenes Living Abroad:
Hotline Number (from USA): 011 30 210 485-7000
8:00 am - 10:00 pm (Greek local time), Monday to Friday

Now all Greeks living abroad can easily and quickly be informed via telephone for any public administration procedure concerning them, including:
• Citizenship, Immigration … Naturalization
• Customs exemptions … expediting
• Repatriation procedures
• Social Security and Pensions
• Social Benefits
• Investments in Greece
• Military Service
• Educational Programs
• Taxation Issues
• Employment … Career opportunities in Greece
• Registrar: Licenses, Birth … Death Certificates
• IDs … Passports


NEWS FROM THE DIAKONIA CENTER Hello, Friends:

Hope everyone has had a wonderful summer. Things have been splendid here at the Center. We hosted three incredible weeks of St. Stephen`s Camp in July and a five day Family Retreat the first week of August. As I write this email, we have four folks here for a Silent Retreat and are expecting another three day Family Retreat beginning on Thursday. The following weekend we have the Hellenic Dance Camp and on Saturday of that weekend, the Groundbreaking Ceremony for our new dining hall. We have many bookings throughout the Fall (check our Calendar on the website - www.DiakoniaCenter.org).

I am writing to find out who may be interested in being part of our volunteer Food Service Committee, helping with the following:

[1] Providing Food Service for various bookings
[2] Helping plan standard menus for recurring events
[3] Helping plan kitchen inventory processes
[4] Helping with anything else to do with the Kitchen and Food Service

From the responses I get from this email, I will put together a committee of folks to work on this, primarily via email for items 2-4. Anyone who wants to consider spending time here this coming fall, volunteering to do Food Service for one or more events, please look over the Calendar on the website and let me know your preferences. Thanks - Elaine


"Grace and peace be yours in abundance." 2 Peter 1:2

Elaine Cohoon Miller
Executive Director
Diakonia Retreat Center
864-944-6788 ( Center )
704-906-9077 ( Cell )
www.DiakoniaCenter.org

PHILOPTOCHOS UPDATE The Agape International Food & Wine Celebration
Saturday September 10, 2005, 4 – 7 PM
St. Paul’s Greek Orthodox Hellenic Center
14 West Anderson Street
Savannah, Georgia
Please join us for delectable dishes from some of Savannah’s finest restaurants and a selection of wines from around the world!
First prize is a one night's stay at the Marshall House Hotel, dinner for 2 at A-Vida Restaurant, and a carriage ride. Second prize is lunch for 2 at the Lady and Sons and an autographed cook book signed by Ms. Paula Deen herself! Raffle tickets are $5 each.
$20 per person in advance/$25 at the door.912-236-8256

A Celebration of Marriage Agape Luncheon, hosted by St. George Philoptochos, New Port Richey, FL
Saturday October 8, 11:15
Entertainment by George Skaroulis, Silent Auction, Wedding Wall.
$30 donation.
Kontos Community Center, St. George Church, 9426 Little Rd., New Port Richey, FL, New Port Richey,727-868-5911
All proceeds to benefit the many charities of the Greek Orthodox Ladies Philoptochos Society



DIAKONIA MAGAZINE COMING SOON TO YOUR PARISH! The beautiful publication of our Metropolis of Atlanta, Diakonia Magazine will be distributed soon to your Parish!

In this issue, we will be featuring the St. John Chrysostom Oratorical Festival, the Hellenic Dance Odyssey, and many other interesting articles on our spiritual journey.

Look for it soon!

FATHER BRENDAN PELPHREY TO SPEAK AT ST. NEKTARIOS, CHARLOTTE Fr. Brendan Pelphrey is currently Proistamenos (Priest-in-charge) at St. George Greek Orthodox Cathedral in Shreveport, Louisiana, and
served at Hellenic College/Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology in Brookline
♦Met with leaders of many religions from all parts of the world for interfaith dialogue
♦Has served as a missionary, worked as a drug counselor, and worked with street gangs
♦Serves as a consultant to other congregations and churches regarding interfaith dialogue
and apologetics
Monday, September 19, 6:00 - 9:00 p.m.
GOYA Dinner and Discussion:
“Witches, Cults and Weird religions 101”
Tuesday, September 20, 9:30 a.m.
Paraklesis, followed by a light brunch
and Bible study:
“Mission in the Marketplace: Acts 17 and
Paul’s Dialogue with Paganism”
Tuesday, September 20, 7:00 p.m.
Theology Discussion:
“Orthodox Mission in 21st Century America”

PETITION TO RESTORE HAGIA SOPHIA If you believe in the just case that Hagia Sophia should be restored to its proper religious role as a church, for which it was built in the first place, then we ask you to support our petition to the EU Parliament that Turkey should not be admitted as a member of the European Community until it restores Hagia Sophia to its original purpose as a church and not a museum.
We need a minimum of 1.000.000 signatures in order to force the European Union to consider this proposal seriously and debate it immediately as one of the conditions to allow Turkey to be admitted as a new member of the EU.
As you know, Turkey is doing everything it can today to convince the European Union that it is a worthy country to join it. If you agree with us that Turkey should not be admitted to the EU before restoring justice to Hagia Sophia, please visit our website and click on "Your Signature" and send us your message.
We would be grateful if you could also tell your friends about this site and its purpose.
Angeliki Papagika and partners http://www.hagiasophiablog.com

ORTHODOX MOTHERS` AGAPE SOCIETY Orthodox Mothers’ Agape Society (OMAS), ST. MARK, Boca Raton,announces the first morning O.M.A.S. meeting will be held on Wednesday, Sept. 7 at 9:30 A.M. in the Church library. The first evening meeting will be held on Monday evening, Sept. 19. The topic of discussion will be: “How to Bring Orthodoxy into our Homes on a Daily Basis.”
OMAS is made up of a group of spiritually centered women who concentrate on enriching orthodoxy in their homes and lives, and appreciate the significance of family relationships and friendships. Although many of the members are mothers, there are members who are not, but who aspire, as we all do, to achieve the proper balance of faith, friendship and orthodoxy in their lives. OMAS consists of both spiritual and social activities. Spiritual activities include monthly meetings, delivering meals to new mothers, delivering gifts to angel tree children, and hosting Lenten dinners. Social activities consist of covered dish dinners, movie nights, family socials, Labor Day weekend getaway, Christmas caroling, and year end banquet.
The program is open to any of our parish mothers…especially those who have not been Chrismated into Orthodoxy and want to learn more about the faith. OMAS has a wonderful calendar of events planned for the coming year from September to May. All interested women are invited to register in the church hall following Liturgy on August 21 and 28. and to attend the OMAS membership party on September 17th. For further information about this event or upcoming activities please contact Angela Mitchell (561) 963-9835.



LYKION TON ELLINIDON OFFERS EXCEPTIONAL EDUCATIONAL PROGRAM in ATLANTA Lykion Ton Ellinidon is proud to offer to our community an exceptional program that enables our youth to enrich their education about their Greek heritage and culture in a creative and enjoyable format. Our curriculum includes Dance, Music Theory and Song, Geography, History, Myths and Legends.

Tuition is $50 for the year

We will also be offering an adult class of basic Greek dancing for use in a social setting.



UPCOMING PROGRAMS ON 08/27/2005 Numbers & Symbolism in the Book of Revelations
V. Rev. Paul Nadim Tarazi

09/03/2005 Loss of a Child
V. Rev. Fr. Don Hock & Khouriya Maggie Hock
How can one survive the loss of a child? Will things ever be the same? Be sure to join us as Father Chris and Emmy speak with Fr. Don and Khouriya Maggie Hock on their very personal experience. Married 35 years with 4 daughters and a son, they share their story with us in an effort to give hope to families who have suffered a loss and educate those around them on how to be supportive.

09/10/2005 Ecumenism in the 21st Century
Dr. Despina Prassas

09/17/2005 Orthodox Christianity in American Public Life
Dr. Elizabeth H. Prodromou
There are many differences between the pluralistic society we live in and a Byzantium like state…so how do we deal with the challenges and are we able to be good Orthodox Christians while living in such a society? Be sure to join us when we speak with Dr. Elizabeth Prodromou, Assistant Professor in International Relations from Boston University.

09/24/2005 Religion & Illness
Fr. John Panagiotou
Another barrier has been created to keep religion out of public places. Fr. John Panagiotou will be discussing why priests should be allowed to visit the sick in hospitals and how a new law has created unintended consequences. Listen to learn how this can affect you and your family.



Each week "Come Receive The Light" the National Orthodox Christian Radio Program brings to its listening audience, contemporary topics of interest in its radio ministry talk program.



FALL ICONOGRAPHY WORKSHOP AT THE DIAKONIA CENTER BYZANTINE ICONOGRAPHY WORKSHOP
WITH ICONOGRAPHER FR. ANTHONY SALZMAN AT THE
DIAKONIA CENTER SEPTEMBER 22, 23, 24, 2005 A THREE DAY INTENSIVE COURSE SIGN UP NOW, CLASS SIZE LIMITED TO 15

-STUDENTS WILL WRITE AN ICON IN EGG TEMPERA
-INCLUDES MATERIALS, LODGING, MEALS AND INSTRUCTION

-COST $250 PER PERSON

FOR REGISTRATION INFORMATION CONTACT
Fr. Anthony Salzman at (706)310-1306


2005 Orthodox Youth Worker Conference ARE YOU READY?

Inter-Orthodox Christian Youth Ministries

October 21-23, 2005

Diakonia Center
455 Quail Ridge Road
Salem, SC 29676
www.diakoniacenter.org

Fr. James Gavrilos, Keynote Speaker

For more information contact Michelle Cassimus, youth@atlmetropolis.org, 404-634-9345 or youthoffice@goarch.org


NATIONAL YOUNG ADULT RETREAT, SEPT. 23-25 In cooperation with the Antiochian Archdiocese, the Fellowship of St. John the Divine
invites you to join us for the
2005 NATIONAL YOUNG ADULT RETREAT
SEPTEMBER 23-25, 2005

Retreat theme: WORSHIP: GOD IS SPIRIT, AND HIS WORSHIPERS MUST WORSHIP IN SPIRIT AND IN TRUTH. JOHN 4:24

Keynote Speaker:
REV. FR. DANUT SUCIU
St. Sophia Greek Orthodox Church
San Antonio, TX
Retreat will be held at:
HELLENIC COLLEGE/HOLY CROSS GREEK ORTHODOX
SCHOOL OF THEOLOGY
Brookline, MA

REGISTRATION INFORMATION AND RETREAT DETAILS
COMING SOON AT WWW.YAL.ORG
A ministry for young adults 18-35


WORKING IN HIS VINEYARD: St. Nektarios, Charlotte, NC Participates in “SAMP”Support A Mission Priest
Fr. Innocentios Byakatonda of Kenya

Orthodoxy came to the people of East Africa,
not through the efforts of a single missionary,
but through charismatic African men searching
for truth and ‘ortho doxia’ in the early 1920’s.
Correspondence began with the Patriarch of
Alexandria, and in 1946, they were received
into canonical Orthodoxy through Patriarch
Christophoros. In 1958 the Patriarch appointed
Nicholas Valeropoulos the first Metropolitan of
Irinoupolis and All East Africa and in 1972 three
African priests were ordained to the rank of
auxiliary bishop.
In 1972 construction began on the Makarios III
Patriarchal Seminary in Nairobi Kenya.
Archbishop Anastasios Yannoulatos who, in
1982 was assigned as Acting Archbishop, completed
the seminary and undertook the training
of indigenous priests, translations and the building of Churches, clinics and schools.
On February 22nd, 2001 the Patriarch of Alexandria,PETROS and the Holy and Sacred Synod
of the Patriarchate met to assign Archbishop
MAKARIOS (of Zimbabwe) as Metropolitan of
Kenya. The new Metropolitan has studied at
Sorbonne and Oxford and holds a doctorate of
Philosophy. He taught at the Orthodox Patriarchal
Seminary in Nairibi for more than 15 years
before being assigned to Zimbabwe. His Eminence
continues the great commission of
spreading Orthodoxy in Kenya along with dedicated
priests who serve in communities around
the country.
Innocentios Byakatonda grew up in Uganda
with the deep desire to serve the Orthodox
Church. From the time he was young, he
wanted to be a teacher and priest and serve his
church in this manner. In the early 1990’s Innocentios received a scholarship to study at St. Tikhon’s Seminary in South Canaan, PA. In
1996 he graduated with a Master of Divinity. At
this time he requested further studies in Boston,
MA at Holy Cross Orthodox Seminary.
The Orthodox Christian Mission Center in St.
Augustine, FL fulfilled his need for another
scholarship, which he completed in summer
of 1999.
After his graduation from Holy Cross, Innocentios
returned to East Africa to serve his
church. He was offered a position to teach at
the Patriarchal seminary in Nairobi, Kenya
where he would best be able to offer to others
the wealth of knowledge which he had
accumulated while in the United States.
Since he has accepted the teaching post in
Nairobi, Innocentios has been teaching Liturgics
I, II, III, Byzantine History and Orthodox
Spirituality I and II. On Saturdays he holds a
class for training Sunday School teachers
and on Sundays he is at St Anargyroi Orthodox
Church in Nairobi. In addition he is responsible
for chapel attendance of the seminarians
both for morning and evening services.
Since his ordination Fr. Innocentios also
travels to different parishes for youth seminars
throughout Kenya. He speaks about the
role of the youth in the Orthodox Church and
always warns them about AIDS, which is a
great enemy all over Africa. Fr. Innocentios
feels the need to reach out to the youth and
give them good guidance in their lives so that
the Orthodox Church in Kenya can become a
strong example of a vibrant Orthodox
Church.
His return home has not been easy. He sees
the difficult family situations that many of the
ordained seminarians have. The extreme
poverty, which many of the students face,
can be discouraging in addition to the long
separation from their families. The students
look up to him with his education and knowledge,
yet he can not help them with their
financial difficulties. He always prays that a
solution will be found.


NATIONAL YOUNG ADULT PILGRIMAGE Announcing
the National Young Adult Pilgrimage

a ministry for young adults 18-35
ROME AND CONSTANTINOPLE
November 4 -11, 2005
2005 Pilgrimage Details, Registration
Information, as well as 2004 Pilgrimage Pictures
and Articles are Available at www.yal.org or
Email Us at youthoffice@goarch.org
Please Join Us For This Unique Journey Of Faith!
Sponsored By:Department of Youth and Young Adult Ministries National Young Adult Ministry Committee

Philoptochos of ST. NEKTARIOS, Charlotte invite you to join them as they
WALK
F.A.R. for NAAR...
Saturday,
October 8, 2005
Lowe’s Motor
Speedway,
Concord, NC
Walk F.A.R. for NAAR is the signature fundraising event of the National Alliance for Autism Research and is the first and largest Walk program dedicated to autism research in the United States. Since its inception in May 2000, approximately 171,000 people have participated in Walk F.A.R. for NAAR and collectively 65 events have raised over $18.3 million for autism research.In 2004 NAAR awarded $6.2 million in Research Awards for pilot studies and mentor-based fellowships. To date NAAR has committed $21.1 million, directly funding 200 autism research projects and fellowships—more
than any other non-governmental organization in the U.S.
Philoptochos will be participating in this fundraising event and will organize volunteers from St. Nektarios.
NAAR needs walkers, sponsors and volunteers. If you have any questions, please contact Tina Heracklis at 704-708-4669.


ST. NICHOLAS, SPARTANBURG, PLANS TARPON SPRINGS TRIP Feast of Epiphany
Tarpon Springs, Florida
Jan 5 - 8, 2006
$236
($25 DEPOSIT REQUIRED)
Depart Jan. 5th. On January 6th, Church services begin at 10:00am and continue until
approximately 12:00pm. At the conclusion the procession makes its way to Spring Bayou where
the dive for the cross takes place. A Glendi festival follows at Craig Park with Greek food-dancing-music etc. A gala Epiphany Ball will be held in the evening.
Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew, who is the spiritual leader of over 250 million
Orthodox Christians worldwide, will preside over the centennial Epiphany celebration in Tarpon Springs, Florida, and will also commemorate the centennial of the St. Nicholas Cathedral in Tarpon Springs during a Patriarchal Divine
Liturgy.
Return Jan. 8th.
Call Mary Ford at (864) 683-2808 now for reservations!

(please note that this was attributed to St. George, Greenville, in error, because the announcement appeared in their bulletin.)


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