Greek Orthodox Metropolis of Atlanta, Atlanta, GA PUBLISH DATE: September 29, 2006


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Guidelines New and updated guidelines are available for Young Adult, GOYA and JOY Ministries. These guidelines include information on starting and sustaining ministry, as well as other invaluable information. These resources will assist you in your parish programming.

Youth Ministry Resource Guide Do you need ideas for an activity, information on child abuse, or just a basic book on youth ministry? This resource guide lists different books, videos, organizations and resources of which every youth worker should be aware.

Teen Video Series: "Teen Violence", "Sexual Purity: Purity of Mind, Body and Soul", and "Substance Abuse: Our Kids Are Not Immune" (video & resource guide) These videos can be used with teens, families, parents and youth workers. The resource book contains several sessions for your youth group, parents and youth workers, as well as resources to assist you in dealing with the issues.

The Way it Really is (video & resource guide) Listen to young people talk in their own words about issues that concern them. The resource guide included will help you facilitate discussion.

JOY Handbook This book provides JOY leaders with curriculum for the Ecclesiastical year. The book contains 10 sessions with activities and tips for JOY programming. A must have for every JOY advisor.

Where Does God Go for Summer Vacation? This creative book helps breath life into summer youth programs. It is a workbook written for young people of all ages. The author takes the concepts of faith and fellowship, creating some wonderful activities that are sure to entertain and engage young people while they learn about their Orthodox Faith. The resource book also includes a youth worker/parent’s guide.
Liturgical Hymns of Praise (CD or Tape) Listen to the young people throughout the Archdiocese sing hymns from the divine services.

Coming Soon:
Hope Guidelines
Early Childhood Guidelines
Altar Boy Guidelines

A week ago, September 24th, we began the cycle of Sunday Gospel readings from St. Luke’s gospel (Luke 5:1-11), appropriately, in the first month of the ecclesiastical year. A time of a new beginning gives us the opportunity to return to the path we may have strayed from or perhaps have not yet found.

Do we gather to “praise, bless, and worship the Lord? Simon Peter and his fellow fishermen barely knew Jesus at this Gospel account. Yet His presence was commanding. They had fished all night, caught nothing, and now were well into washing and stowing their nets – yet, when Jesus told Simon to set his nets for a catch, Simon said, “ Your word I will let down the net.” He did not hesitate and his growing faith in Jesus grew even greater as he witnessed the miraculous catch of fish.

Sensing his sinfulness and Jesus’ divinity Simon Peter knelt at Jesus’ feet. This brings us to today. How does Jesus call us? How does He impress us? How do we respond to His invitation?

Certainly we are in possession of the facts of His entire ministry. We celebrate His birth, His crucifixion, and His glorious resurrection together each year. Thanks to the apostles and those who came after them; thanks to the church which began on the feast of Pentecost; thanks to the early church fathers who in councils collected the writings and oral tradition about our Lord into the New Testament of the Holy Bible. Thanks to them and all who gave their lives that the gospel of Jesus Christ may reach every corner of the earth. Because of their dedication we today can worship freely in this country and, at this time, without persecution.

All of this, however, does not answer the question, “Are we responsible Christians?” Do we gather to “praise, bless, and worship the Lord – ainoumen, eulogoumen, kai proskunoumen ton Kurion?” We sing that we do at each Orthros service. Reality, however, speaks louder than rhetoric. Reality shows us that Church, for great numbers of our “faithful,” is something for the major feastdays. The rest of the time we worry about the next social or fundraising event. Some will boldly state how they, and their families, participate in church (how they have been faithful for years); they recount the fundraisers and socials; they forget about Christ - the very reason of our existance!

Our stewardship is a reflection of our commitment. A deep commitment is seen in a parish that requires no fundraisers but thrives on the pledges of the faithful.

We read about the ten lepers further on in St. Luke’s gospel. The fact is that we are like the nine lepers which we vilify for not returning to thank Jesus after they were healed. Our commitment to Christ and His church is weak. We do not have a sense of obligation to worship and give thanks. As a church we are not bold enough to insist on faith and worship.

We often feel justified in attending Church. We do not realize that casually ambling in halfway through the Divine Liturgy is not a reflection of spiritual awareness nor does it qualify as preparation to receive the awesome mysteries of the Body and Blood of our Resurrected Lord.

Join me in sincerely dedicating ourselves to our Lord, Jesus Christ. He is always there for us. Lord Jesus Christ, son of God, have mercy on me a sinner.

"Having beheld the resurrection of Chrsit, let us worship the holy Lord Jesus, the only Sinless One. We venerate Your cross, O Christ, and we praise and glorify Your holy resurrection. You are our God. We know no other than You, and we call upon Your name. Come, all faithful, let us venerate the holy resurrection of Christ. For behold, through the cross joy has come to all the world. Blessing the Lord always, let us praise His resurrection. For enduring the cross for us, He destroyed death by death."

(By Fr. Andrew Maginas, October 2006 Lamplighter newsletter, ST. CATHERINE, West Palm Beach, FL)


On Oct. 3rd all of the canonical hierarchs of SCOBA (The Standing Conference of Canonical Bishops in the Americas) will gather in Chicago to work together on issues that face Orthodoxy on the American continent. This type of meeting has not occurred in many years and we all pray that our fathers in the faith continue to be blessed by God with wisdom and foresight.

Since OCN is an agency of SCOBA, Fr. Chris will present a report to our hierarchs about the progress of our ministry. He will share with our hierarchs the work we are doing to build a national, sustainable, and effective media witness for our Church.

Please pray for our hierarchs as they meet together to fulfill the command of Christ to make disciples of all nations.
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requests the pleasure of your company
at the Ninth Annual Archangel Michael Feast Day & Honors

Saturday & Sunday, November 11 and 12, 2006

Atlanta, Georgia

The Ninth Annual
Archangel Michael Feast Day & Honors Program

Saturday, November 11, 2006
5:00 pm
Great Vespers, Metropolitan Cathedral of the Annunciation, Atlanta, Georgia
7:00 pm
The Archangel Michael Honors Banquet and Program
The Kartos Ballroom, Thalia G. Carlos Hellenic Center, Metropolitan Cathedral of the Annunciation

Sunday, November 12, 2006
9:30 am
Archangel Michael Honors Archieratical Divine Liturgy
Metropolitan Cathedral of the Annunciation, Atlanta, Georgia
Fellowship immediately following - Carlos Hall

You are cordially invited to attend the weekend festivities of the Ninth Annual Archangel Michael Feast and Honors.

Please join us in celebrating the Patron Saint of our Metropolis and the lives of all honorees chosen by their respective Parishes to receive the Archangel Michael Honors as living examples of the Orthodox Christian life and journey to Theosis.

Overnight accomodations available at The Marriott Century Center Hotel (1.7 miles from Metropolitan Cathedral of the Annunciation), 2000 Century Center Boulevard, N.E.
Atlanta, Georgia 30345

When making reservations, mention Event Code GORGORA or the "Greek Orthodox Metropolis of Atlanta" to receive the special rate of $85.00 (single or double) per night.
Reservations must be booked by October 27.

For further information or to RSVP, please contact us by email at

ECLECTIC CAFE - OCT. 21 Make plans now to be at the Eclectic Cafe on Saturday, October 21, HOLY TRANSFIGURATION, Marietta, GA.

All area parishes and friends are invited to attend a fun evening of dining, dancing and bidding at the Silent Auction. Tickets are $40 per person. The Eclectic Cafe will open at 5 pm with a Happy Hour of appetizers and Silent Auction. Dinner will be served at 6 pm by hostesses at a variety of theme tables; each guest can choose a special theme table for seating. A dance will follow dinner.

The winners of the Super Raffle will be announced at 10 pm...1st prize is $2000, 2nd prize is $1000, and 3rd prize is $500. Super Raffle tickets are on sale now for $50 each. Proceeds from this event will benefit Social Services, Family Lighthouse Retreat, Camp Stars at Camp Twin Lakes, Women for Women of Cobb, and the Diakonia Center.

Honorary luminaries will line the walk and can be purchased for $5. Please call the Church Office 770-924-8080 for tickets.

See you there!

Marty Driscoll
Philoptochos Panagia Chapter President

The St Photios Foundation is sponsoring an essay contest
for teen writers of high school age
Deadline November 1, 2006
Eligibility Open to high school students
Entry Fee Free
Type 1,000 Word Essay
Essay Theme Choices:
a) St Photios Greek Orthodox Shrine – The significance of a place to honor the memory
of those first Greeks who came to America in 1768
b) St Photios the Great – What impact did this “Missions Patriarch” have on the nations
surrounding Byzantium? How did he fulfill the Christ’s exhortation to go forth, teach,
baptize and make disciples of all nations?
c) The Colonists’ Odyssey - Leaving Greece, working in New Smyrna and the eventual
exodus to St Augustine – Who, what, why, where and how?
d) Archbishop Iakovos - The impact today of his leadership for the Greek Orthodox
Church in America
GRAND PRIZE: Reading of the Prize Winning Essay at the Twenty-fifth Annual National
Shrine Day Luncheon, February 4, 2007 in St Augustine, Florida (transportation and hotel
expenses paid) and a LAPTOP Computer
First Prize $500.00 Savings Bond
Second Prize $250.00 Savings Bond
Third Prize $100.00 Savings Bond
Please send four copies of your essay to the following address. All essays become property of St Photios Greek
Orthodox National Shrine. Please include a cover page with name, address, phone number and email address. Also,
it is recommended that a one paragraph autobiographical statement and photo be submitted for possible publication.
Remember the deadline is November 1, 2006.
Committee Members: Dr Louis Gaitanis, St Augustine; Katherine Bacalis, Jacksonville;
Renee Gahagan, Daytona Beach
Polexeni Maouris Hillier - Associate Director
St Photios Greek Orthodox National Shrine
41 St George St
St Augustine, Florida 32084
904 829 8205

The Feast of the Holy Skepi of the Theotokos
Ananias, Apostle of the 70
Romanos the Melodist

on Oct. 2
Cyprian the Holy Martyr, Justina the Virgin-martyr of Nicomedea
Eleutherios and Roustikos, the Athenian Martyrs
Theophilus the Confessor

on Oct. 3
Dionysios the Areopagite
John the Chozebite, Bishop of Caesaria

on Oct. 4
Hierotheos, Bishop of Athens
Domnina the Martyr and her daughters

on Oct. 5
Charitina the Martyr
Methodia the Righteous of Kimolos
Eudokimos the Unknown of Mount Athos
Peter, Alexis, Jonah, Hermogenes & Tikhon, Metropolitans of Moscow

on Oct. 6
Thomas the Apostle of the 12
Eroteis the Martyr of Cappadocia
Makarios the Righteous of Chios

on Oct. 7
Sergius & Bacchus the Great Martyrs of Syria
Polychronios the Martyr
Julian the Presbyter & Caesarius the Deacon
John the Hermit of Crete

PARISH LIFE His Eminence Metropolitan Alexios travelled to HOLY TRINITY/ST. JOHN THE THEOLOGIAN in Jackson, MS, and will travel to Chicago to attend the SCOBA meeting.

Philoptochos HOLY TRINITY, Asheville, NC is collecting empty medicine bottles; and food for the needy; as well as knitting scarves.

HOLY TRANSFIGURATION, Marietta, GA Byzantine Chant Class Tuesday evenings beginning Oct. 3, 7pm

HOLY TRINITY, Asheville, NC Iconography Classes, beginning Sat. Oct. 7,12pm, Instructor: Gloria Gaffney

ST. GEORGE Greenville, SC Greek School Saturday, Oct. 21, picnic at Paracletos Monastery

ST. SOPHIA, Miami, FL, GOYA Halloween Bash, Saturday, Oct. 28, 6:30 pm. Games, prizes, costume contest, trick or treating, and `not so haunted` house. Admission is free - but bring a covered dish for a potluck dinner & a bag of candy.

ST. BARBARA, Sarasota, FL Outreach Ministry is collecting different items for the Resurrection House Center for the homeless. For Oct., they will be collecting men’s and women’s tennis shoes

Please continue to pray for little Jacob Rickman (age 2, currently undergoing chemotherapy in preparation for a bone marrow transplant. Parents Jay & Wendy Rickman,Charleston and Yiayia Mary Rickman, Columbia, SC.

Polly Hillier is looking for help with the first Saturday morning cultural experience at the St Photios Shrine,
to teach Orthodoxy, Greek Language, Music and Cuisine. Also needed are donations of Spanakopita, Baklava, and Keftedakia for the Taste of Greece. Pre-event planning meeting Tuesday Oct. 10, 5pm. at the Shrine.

ST. GEORGE, New Port Richey, FL is asking for donations to purchase Orthodox books for a prison library.

ST. PAUL, Savannah, GA is looking for home movies of their Parish’s activities from the 70s-the present for a video history of the church for the 100th Anniversary Celebration, as well as copies or extra originals of newspaper and/or magazine clippings. Contact Leah Stoupenos for more information 897-2744

Speaker Series Life & Family Ministry present Megan Brightwell, Professional Counselor, Oct. 8, 5pm for Discussion with GOYANs “Risky Business:Your Choices Matter” 6:45pm - Discussion with Adults “Today’s Teens: What you don’t know can kill them!” RSVP by Oct. 1, Pot Luck Dinner: Main dish will be provided. Please bring a side dish to share.

Philoptochos,ST. NEKTARIOS Charlotte NC, is collecting new or
gently used children's book for a Literacy Outreach Project Books will be donated to Charlotte Reads.


HOLY TRANSFIGURATION, Marietta, GA, Movie Night,Friday,Sept. 29,7:30–10:30pm

ST. ATHANASIOS, Gulf Shores, AL, Golf Classic, Saturday, Sept. 30, Glenlakes Golf Club

Philoptochos, ST. NEKTARIOS, Saturday, Sept. 30, 9-4pm Bake sale at UNCC International Festival

Godparent Sunday,Oct.1,ST. CATHERINE, W. Palm Beach,FL,brunch by Sunday School

PAREA, ANNUNCIATION, Atlanta, GA Oct. 2, 11:30am. Athens Pizza House

District GOYA meeting, Oct. 2, ST. DEMETRIOS, Ft. Lauderdale, FL

Landmark Diner, Atlanta, GA Tuesday, Oct. 3, 5pm, meet Abbess Pavlina, Sisters Mariam & Alexia of the PARACLETOS MONASTERY, Abbeville, SC. Food and refreshments. All proceeds benefit building the Chapel at the Monastery. Special guest, Father Ioannou, from Meteora. Contact Theodora Abazis 678-557-7492

ST. NEKTARIOS Charlotte NC Blood Drive Tuesday, Oct. 3, 3:30-8pm.

HOLY TRINITY/HOLY CROSS Birmingham, AL, Family Night, begins Wednesday, Oct. 4

District GOYA Basketball Tournament, Oct. 7, ST. MARK, Boca Raton, FL

ST. JOHN, Tampa, FL, 50th Anniversary Celebration, with His Eminence Metropolitan Alexios. Vespers, Sat. Oct. 7, 5:30pm, Sunday Oct. 8, 8:30am, Divine Liturgy 10am, followed by lunch

ST. NEKTARIOS, Charlotte, NC Speaker Series: Megan Brightwell, Oct. 8, 5pm Discussion with GOYANs
“Risky Business: Your Choices Matter”,6pm Pot Luck Dinner
6:45pm Discussion with Adults
“Today’s Teens: What you don’t know
can kill them!”

Godparents Sunday, Oct. 8, ST. NICHOLAS, Tarpon Springs, FL

Lock-in Retreat, ST. NICHOLAS, Tarpon Springs, FL, Oct. 13-14, 2:30pm-11am, “The Beauty of God’s Creation,” Vespers,Music,Games,Icebreakers, Karaoke,Talent Show,Food,Movie,fun! Register online, deadline Oct. 6

ST. MARK, Boca Raton, FL Philoptochos Annual Welcome Back Dinner Dance, Oct. 14

ANNUNCIATION, Ft. Myers, FL Golf Tournament, Saturday, Oct. 14, entry fee $100, Lexington CC, check-in 11:30am, shotgun start 1pm

ST. BARBARA, Sarasota, FL GOYA Spaghetti Luncheon, Oct. 15

Laconian Society of Atlanta Bake Sale Sunday,Oct. 15,ANNUNCIATION,Atlanta, GA

IOCC Pan Orthodox Prayer Service & Dinner,HOLY TRINITY,Charlotte,NC,Oct. 18

SS. CONSTANTINE & HELEN, Fayetteville, NC, Oct. 20, Fall Festival

ST. BARBARA,Sarasota,FL,Family Night Fall Festival, Friday, Oct. 20

ST. SOPHIA, Miami, FL Philoptochos Taverna Night, Friday, Oct. 20, 7pm. Greek Food, Music & fun!Adults/$15, Students/$7(17 & under)

ST. SOPHIA Philoptochos Dinner Dance/Silent Auction, Suntree Country Club, Saturday Oct. 21

HOLY TRANSFIGURATION, Marietta, GA, The Eclectic Cafe - Oct. 21

ST. GEORGE Greenville, SC GOYA Halloween Carnival Sunday, Oct. 22
5:30pm to 8:00pm

ST. GEORGE Greenville, SC AHEPA Number’s Night Sunday, Oct. 22, 6pm fun, drinks, appetizers, dinner, dessert & drawings. Ticket $100.

ST. BARBARA, Sarasota, FL. Young Spirits Sunset Dinner Cruise, Friday, Oct. 27

ST. BARBARA, Sarasota, FL, Greek School OXI Day Luncheon,Sunday,Oct. 29

SS. CONSTANTINE & HELEN, Fayetteville, NC, Youth Ministry Holly Day Fair fundraiser Nov. 2-5

ST. MARK, Boca Raton, FL Religious Education Seminar & Workshop Saturday, Nov. 4

ST. MARK, Boca Raton, FL Philoptochos Membership Champagne Brunch, Saturday, Nov. 4, 11am-1pm,for reservations contact Ann Douglas at 561-620-0408.

ST. NEKTARIOS Feast Day CELEBRATION SATURDAY, Nov. 4, Comedy night featuring Greek American commedian Hope Mihalap, dinner & dancing, benefiting the Sanctuary

District GOYA "Survivor" Weekend & Meeting, Nov. 4 ST. NICHOLAS, Ft. Pierce, FL

ST. CATHERINE, W. Palm Beach, FL, Nov. 18, Dinner Dance

12th Annual Glendi, Evrytanian & Laconian Associations & ANNUNCIATION, Atlanta, GA, Nov. 25, cocktails 7pm, heavy hors d'ouevres, 8-10pm, music by the fabulous Grecian Keys, adults $25, children under 10, $12

District GOYA Soccer Tournament, Dec. 2, ST. CATHERINE, W. Palm Beach, FL

December 27-30 Winter Youth Rally-Atlanta, GA


ST. ATHANASIOS, Gulf Shores, AL Greek Night 2007, Dinner/Dance, Nick Trivelas and the Ageans Band, January 13, 2007

ANNUNCIATION, Atlanta, GA, Cathedral Ball, Saturday, January 27, 2007

ST. SOPHIA, Miami, FL, June 15, 16 & 17, 2007 Archdiocesan Oratorical Festival

GA, Atlanta Greek Festival, Oct. 5–8

HOLY TRINITY, Orlando, FL 28th annual Greek Fest Oct. 6-8. Traditional Greek food, live music & vendors. For more information please visit our Greek Fest web site at

Anderson Greek Festival, Saturday, Oct. 7,12:30-11pm, Anderson Farmer’s Market & Arts Center in downtown Anderson, SC. Enjoy authentic Greek food and pastries!Entertainment featuring Nick Demos and the
Greek Islanders, Troupe Adelphia of
Greenville. Proceeds benefit the Building Fund of the Paracletos Greek Orthodox Monastery (in

Annual HOLY TRINITY, St. Augustine, FL Greek Festival Oct. 6-8, St. Augustine Amphitheater

HOLY TRINITY, Orlando/Maitland, FL 28th annual Greek FestOct. 6-8. For more information please visit our Greek Fest web site at

HOLY TRINITY, Augusta GA Greek Festival Oct. 13-15

2nd Annual Cumming Greek Festival
Greek food & pastries, Greek folk dancing & music, shopping, kids play area, raffles. Oct 21-22,STS. RAPHAEL, NICHOLAS & IRENE, 3074 Bethelview Rd. Cumming, GA,

ST. PAUL, Savannah, GA, Savannah Greek Festival, Oct. 19-21

HOLY MOTHER OF GOD, Tallahassee, FL Greek Food Festival 2006, Oct. 27 & 28

ST. MICHAEL THE ARCHANGEL, Lecanto, FL Greek Festival Oct. 27-29, 11am–7pm Friday and Saturday, til 5pm on Sunday. For additional information, visit the Parish’s web site at, and visit the Festival page

ST. NICHOLAS, Tarpon Springs, FL Annual Grecian Festival, Oct. 26-29

Tampa Greek Festival, ST. JOHN, Nov. 3-5

29th Annual ST. DEMETRIOS Greek Festival, Daytona Beach, FL, Nov. 9-12
OPA!!! Please, join us for the Fun, Food, Wine, Music and Dance!
You won't be able to resist becoming Greek for a Day!

12th ANNUAL GLENDI Nov. 25, 2006

Kartos Ballroom, ANNUNCIATION CATHEDRAL, Atlanta, GA

Featuring music by the fabulous Grecian Keys

Sponsored by the Evrytanian & Laconian Associations and Annunciation Cathedral

Cocktails 7 pm, heavy hors d’ouevres, 8-10pm

Don’t miss this event of the year! Make your plans to attend Atlanta this Thanksgiving weekend.

Affordable to all $25/adults, $12/children (10 & under)

Contact Gus Plagianis, 770-242-8722 or Nick Katapodis, 404-252-4653 for information and reservations


Opa! On October 6th, 7th and 8th, St. Augustine’s rich Greek history will be on center stage with music, dancing and authentic food and drink at the St. Augustine Amphitheatre (A1A South).

In its ninth year, the Greek Festival, hosted by Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church, has become a St. Augustine tradition. We would like to personally invite you to join us for this fun-filled event.

We will have an assortment of your favorite Greek dishes including lamb, souvlaki, gyro, pastitsio, spanakopita, tiropita and more. Don’t forget to stop by the Kafenio (a cup of Greek Coffee is the perfect afternoon treat) and Pastry Shop for a wide selection of pastries - baklava, kourambiedes, pastes, galactobouriko, diples and more; there will also be loukoumades. New this year, try our Baklava Sundae.

Visit the Agora, Bakaliko, and various other vendors. And don’t forget the Kid’s center where there will be games, face painting, and more. Also on Saturday, a live Collectibles and Memorabilia Auction*, featuring exquisite piece from the first "modern" Olympics in 1896, and many other items.

Visitors will also enjoy continuous live music from The Hellenic Band of Jupiter. The Nisiotes Greek Dance Troupe will perform throughout the weekend in beautiful ethnic costumes representing various islands and regions of Greece. Free Greek dance lessons will be offered.

The hours of the festival are Friday, Oct 6, 4 p.m. – 9 p.m.; Saturday, Oct 7, 11 a.m. – 9 p.m.; and Sunday, Oct 8, 12 p.m. – 6 p.m. Admission is only $1.00. Additional parking will be at R. B. Hunt Elementary School with free shuttle.

For more information call the church office at 904/829-0504 or visit the festival website at

come and be Greek for a day! Please pass this along. We hope to see you there

We have just finished sending out the main forms you will need for the upcoming GOYA Advent Retreat. All forms will be in the mail today to your parishes, and on the website by Monday!

The main forms you need to be concerned for now are:

0. The letter from the Priests who are facilitating these weekends.
1. The main flyer for this event
2. Registration form for your GOYANS
***3.***This one is new: Diakonia Center Participant Guidelines
4. GOYA Advent Retreat Information Page:(how much/ when checking....details about the event)
12. The Schedule for the weekend
13. What to bring

I have found that most organized GOYA Advisors purchase a portable file...(Target), and put all of their GOYANS in a file with all the the information below, as it is the same for every event we host, and they do not have to hunt it down for every event. If you keep an original on each child, you have the main information!

Registration Forms filled out...(except for the event....and they add that later for each event they attend)
Medical forms
Insurance Card-front and back
Metropolis Waiver
Any local forms you may need!

Please do not hesitate to email or call at any time! This retreat is sure to be great!
If you are 'planning' on attending...if you will take a moment and email me of your intentions....that would be great!
Take care....
Your sister in Christ,
404-634-9345 EXT 19

Camp Photos on the Saint Stephens Camp web site. You can link to them directly or through the camp home page.
The website is:
Here are the direct links
Session 1:
Session 2:
Session 3:

Please share your best photos with us so that we may add these to the website! Send your photos on a disc to:

Michelle Cassimus-Metropolis of Atlanta-2480 Clairmont Road, NE, Atlanta, GA 30329
If you only have a few to send, you may email them to me:
Michelle Cassimus:

You may also link to the photos from our Metropolis website:
1. Click on second top heading: "Metropolis Resources"
2. Click on: "Youth Diakonia, Education & Hellenic Culture"
3. Click on: "Camps"
Photos will be added to these two websites as campers and staff share their photos with us! Please check weekly!


CAMP REUNION, ST. JOHN, Tampa, FL, Sept. 30-Oct.1
St. John, Tampa, will again be hosting a reunion for Florida youth who attended our St. Stephen Camp this usmmer. The reunion will be a "lock-in" event, so participants should bring sleeping bags etc. $10/for the weekend. RSVP to Fr. Stavros by Sept. 15,

Orlando Advent Retreat
Lake Yale Retreat Center in Leesburg, FL, Dec. 1-3

February 2-4, 2007

"GREECE: SECRETS OF THE PAST" IMAX Movie August 19, 2006 through January 19, 2007

Journey to the birthplace of democracy and embark on a quest to uncover the buried secrets of one of the world's most enlightened societies. Set against the breathtaking, azure vistas of the Greek Isles, Greece is both a modern detective story and a sweeping journey to the distant past, complete with digitally recreated scenes that restore centuries-old spectacles such as the original Parthenon and the volcanic eruption that buried Santorini in 1646 BC.

MacGillivray Freeman's Greece: Secrets of the Past is presented by Alex G. Spanos in association with the Canadian Museum of Civilization and Museum Film Network with major funding from the National Science Foundation. Greece is sponsored locally by Buckhead Life Restaurant Group, VIP Gift and Delta Air Lines.

IMAX Times
Monday — Saturday
11 a.m., 1 p.m., 3 p.m., 5 p.m.
1 p.m., 3 p.m., 5 p.m.
Friday for Martinis & IMAX®
7 p.m., 9 p.m.

767 Clifton Road, NE • Atlanta, GA 30307-1221
Administration: 404.929.6300 • Ticket Sales: 404.929.6400
Free parking available.

Sept 29—Oct 1 College Student Retreat Learning to live and apply a deeper Orthodox Christian faith
DIAKONIA CENTER 455 Quail Ridge Road Salem, SC, 29676 864-944-6788 Directions:

Past work-days have proved to be FUN & rewarding to all. Meet & network with other Orthodox students from the South-East. Work outdoors planting & watering (or dreaming?) at this naturally beautiful & spiritually refreshing retreat. The DC is located in upstate SC off Scenic Hwy 11 in Oconee County. For Photos & EZ directions check out the DIAKONIA website above. Sign up today to reserve your spot! Call Connie 828-890-1983

More info about the Orthodox Christian Fellowship can be found at Director for the Greek Orthodox Atlanta Metropolis OCF- Fr. Anthony Salzman, Athens GA

What a deal ;-) Reflect & Relax while you work for free lodging & food. Register with: or call 828-890-1983 for a registration form. Arrive Fri, eve: 7-10 pm– Depart Sunday after lunch.

Looking for that special gift for a college student?

Orthodox Christian Fellowship has developed the Connect Kit, an essential collection of resources to help young persons stay connected to the Church during one of the most challenging times of their lives, college.

The Connect Kit aims to equip the college student with resources and information to aid them in growing in and connecting to their faith.
The Connect Kit makes a great gift!

�� Diptych Self-standing Icon (4x6 in. ea.)
�� Bible (Standard NKJV or Orthodox Study Bible)
�� The Orthodox Way - Bp. Kallistos Ware
�� My Orthodox Prayer Book
�� Finding One’s Calling in Life - Fr. Thomas Hopko
�� OCF Water Bottle
�� OCF Fridge Magnet
�� Chocolate Candied Popcorn
�� Information - Using Your Kit,
OCF Brochure and more
(*does not include shipping, prices are subject to change without notice)

To order go to or call 800-919-1OCF.
Volume Ordering Available
$29.95-$53*(with the Orthodox Study Bible)

CELEBRATING OUR GREEK CULTURE Celebrating Our Greek Culture, at the St. Photios Shrine,
Saturday, Oct. 21, 10am -12:30pm.

Experience an armchair trip to Greece learning a bit of its land, history, people, arts and language culminating with a Taste of Greek Delights

A free event geared to persons of all ages

RSVP with Patsy Elliot by Wednesday, October 18!


10:00 a.m. Greece – the lay of the land and its beautiful seas -

Ancient Greece- 800–100 BC – the birth of Civilization as we know it today…Looking at a its Millennium through a timeline

10:30 a.m. Modern Greece – its history can arguably begin with the Treaty of London in 1832 when it became a monarchy. Explore this benchmark right through to the Second Athens Olympic Games of 2004.

11:00 a.m. Interactive Learning Experience – Choose one topic to explore–

·The language – the alphabet, basic conversation, writing ones name

·The music – religious, folk and modern song

·The religion – Greek Orthodoxy is the predominant religion – what does it mean to be Greek Orthodox?

·The cuisine – what is it that makes Greek cuisine Greek – take three recipes home with you

11:45 A TASTE OF GREECE – Savor spinach pie (spanakopita), meatballs (keftedakia), pasta (makaronada) and baklava while listening to that famous Greek Jazz music – rembetika.

Space is Limited to 25

For further information please call Polly at St Photios 904 829 8205

or email your inquiry at

WINTER YOUTH RALLY 2006 Isaiah 64:8 “…We are the clay, You are our potter…”

“Shaping Our Life According to Christ”

When: December 27-30, 2006
Wednesday evening – Saturday afternoon

Where: Atlanta, Georgia
The Newly Renovated
Atlanta Century Marriott Hotel
4 days, 3 nights,
Basketball, Volleyball,
Social Activities, Bible Bowl,
Nick Demos & the Islanders, dinner/dance & MORE!
Registration/Forms available September 1st via website

Winter Youth Rally Chairmen

+Father John Johns:
Julie Orologas: or 770.578.9118
Please call to VOLUNTEER or for questions!

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