Greek Orthodox Metropolis of Atlanta, Atlanta, GA PUBLISH DATE: October 13, 2005

 

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MEDICAL UNIT FOR HOLY TRINITY CATHEDRAL FAMILIES, OCT. 16 A Mobile Medical Unit, being provided by IOCC and supervised by Dr. John Mamalakis, will be on location at Imperial Trading Company (701 Edwards Ave, Harahan) this Sunday, October 16th. The Unit will be open following services and will stay open until 3:00 p.m. This Unit will be providing free medical assistance to all members of our Cathedral family including check-ups, shots, prescriptions, and answering questions.


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

Please pray for all the victims of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita

ST. LUKE Greek Orthodox Church
Now serving the northern Charlotte-Metro area
Weekly Divine Liturgy Services at 5:00 pm on Saturday.

ST. PHILOTHEA, Athens, GA, announces Orthodox Christian Fellowship
every other Tuesday at 6:00 PM p.m. at the church. All college students are
invited!

On Saturday, Oct. 15, HOLY TRINITY, Charleston, SC, will hold a triple celebration at a Grand Banquet in honor of the dedication of the iconography, the Parish's 95th anniversary and the renovation of the sanctuary.

"Walk With St. Paul & the Early Christians:Pilgrimage to Greece and Turkey", May 15-26, 2006. Fr. Will Mills of the Nativity of the Holy Virgin Orthodox Church in Charlotte will be leading this tour of many of the places where St. Paul journeyed. Reservation deadline: Oct. 15, with initial deposit of $500. Contact Fr. Bill Mills, 704-594-6996, or wcmills@yahoo.com.

Very special thanks to the Tiliacos family,HOLY TRANSFIGURATION,Marietta, GA,for their very generous contribution in matching the amount earned at the GOYA carwash!

OCF at the University of South Carolina meets Mondays at 7 PM in Russell House 309.

Philoptochos, HOLY TRINITY, Asheville, NC, is holding a free Prosphoro Baking Workshop, Saturday, October 22, 11 AM. Registration necessary.

Congratulations to Alexis Glover, HOLY TRINITY, Charleston, on her 500th win as volleyball coach of the Wando High School Warriors.

Philoptochos, ST. DEMETRIOS, Daytona Beach, FL, has allocated $10,000 for to assist the hurricane victims.

GOYA of DORMITION OF THE THEOTOKOS, Greensboro, NC, are participating in Operation Christmas Child through the Samaritans Purse organization. This involves filling an ordinary shoe box with age-appropriate gifts, small toys, school supplies or personal care items. Deadline in early November

Philoptochos, HOLY TRINITY, Charleston, sponsored a pizza party at the Windwood Farm Home for Boys, and provided personal care items and card games for the boys. They also assembled 128 health kits for the IOCC.

Congratulations to Peter Jones,son of Peter & Zena Jones, ST. GEORGE, Knoxville, TN, who was recently elected President of the Student Government Association at the Episcopal School of Knoxville.

On Oct. 23, Floyd Frantz, an addiction counselor who has been in Romania doing amazing work with alcoholics and their families, will visit HOLY TRINITY, Columbia, SC.

Members of DORMITION OF THE THEOTOKOS, Greensboro, NC, are working with a local Episcopal church to furnish five homes for hurricane refugees. Furniture, beds, pots & pans, and dishes are needed.

Philoptochos of ST. CATHERINE, West Palm Beach, FL, sponsored a luncheon with proceeds going to Hurricane Katrina victims. ST. CATHERINE's is also sponsoring a Community fundraising event on Saturday, October 15, with free admission, music, food and drinks to benefit hurricane relief.

Priceless vases and bronze containers from Ancient Greece will be on display from a private collection at the McClung Museum at the University of Tennessee through January.

SS. CONSTANTINE & HELEN, Fayetteville, NC recently completed the repair and renovation of their church steeple. The new steeple features a new cross and gold dome.

Members of HOLY TRINITY/ST. JOHN THE THEOLOGIAN, Jackson, MS, donated a load of cleaning supplies that was taken to the coast by Bob Blake and Jim Thorn.

Philoptochos, ST. NICHOLAS, Ft. Pierce, FL, is having a Rummage Sale, Nov.4-5. Please bring your donations to the Church Hall on or after Oct. 25.






NEWS/EIDISEIS PARISH BULLETIN BOARD - UPCOMING EVENTS

“Let’s Sing and Remember”VASSILIS GAITANOS IN CONCERT, Saturday, Oct. 15, 7:00 PM, Robert Ferst Center for the Arts at Georgia Tech.Adults $20; Students & Children $10. Contact Roula Kylintirea at 404-542-7230.

AHEPA Annual Dinner Dance on Saturday, Oct. 15, 7 pm in the ST. BARBARA, Durham, NC, Social Hall. Prime Rib Dinner, dancing to the music of DJ George Dennos. Adults $30, Students $15. Proceeds to the Local AHEPA Scholarship fund.

ST. MARK, Boca Raton, FL Welcome Back Dinner sponsored by the Philoptochos and the OMAS on Oct. 15.

ATLANTA AREA PAN-ORTHODOX MARRIAGE ENRICHMENT Dates: Oct. 21, Nov. 11, Dec. 2 at the Hadjisimos, 2212 Tristan Cir.

JOY FALL FESTIVAL, SS. CONSTANTINE & HELEN, Fayetteville, NC, Oct. 21, 5:30 PM-7:30 PM, cost: 1 bag of candy/family. RSVP by Oct. 14.

ST. DEMETRIOS, Ft. Lauderdale,Feast Day Dinner Dance Saturday, Oct. 22 at the Westin Cypress Creek

ST. CATHERINE, West Palm Beach, FL, Oct. 22 Heart of Greece Dance

HOLY TRINITY, Orlando, FL honors Fr. Dean Gigicos with a Retirement Celebration and luncheon, Oct. 23, following the Hierarchical Divine Liturgy.

GOYA Halloween Carnival, Sunday, Oct. 23, 5-8 PM, ST. GEORGE, Greenville,
Games, Cake Walks, Food, and Lots of Fun! Costume Contest for KIDS and ADULTS

EVRYTANIAN ASSOC., Knoxville, TN, Velouchi Members Picnic, Oct. 23, 1 PM, fun, fellowship & BBQ lunch. 12 & over $5. RSVP by Oct. 19, 865-691-7980

OXI DAY Luncheon, Oct. 23, following Liturgy, ST. NICHOLAS, Ft. Pierce, FL, Adults $10, Children $5. Sponsored by the Men's Club.

CHRIST THE SAVIOR, Spring Hill, FL, Taverna Night, Oct.24, 5-9 PM. Yanni’s Restaurant. $20 donation

ST. NEKTARIOS, Charlotte, Photo days Oct. 24-28, 2:30-9:00 PM, for pictorial directory

FALL FESTIVAL,HOLY TRINITY, Asheville,NC, Oct. 28, 6:30 PM

ST. NEKTARIOS, Charlotte, Saturday, Oct. 29, GOLDEN HARVEST Celebration & Dance. Hilton Charlotte & Towers with music by the Grecian Keys. $30 adults, $15 children 10 and under.

FALL COSTUME PARTY, Oct. 29, 6-10 PM, ST. NICHOLAS, Ft. Pierce, FL. Food, drinks, games, contests & prizes. Sponsored by Greek School PTO

PUMPKIN FEST and OXI DAY Luncheon, ST. SOPHIA, Winter Haven, FL, Oct. 30. A festival of autumn games, crafts & prizes for children & youth

GREEK FESTIVALS

HOLY TRINITY, Orlando, FL, Oct. 14-16

ST. PAUL, Savannah, Oct. 20-22

SS. RAPHAEL, NICOLAS & IRENE, 3012 Bethelview Rd., Cumming, GA, Oct. 22 -Oct. 23

ST. MICHAEL THE ARCHANGEL, Lecanto, FL, Oct. 28-30.


FEAST DAYS and NAME DAYS FOR THE COMING WEEK

Oct.16
Sunday of the 7th Ecumenical Council
Longinos the Centurion
Oct. 17
Hosea the Prophet
Holy Martyrs Cosmas and Damian of Arabia
Andrew the Righteous Monk-martyr of Crete
Oct. 18
Luke the Evangelist
Marinos the Martyr
Oct. 19
Joel the Prophet
St. Varys the Martyr
St. John of Rilas
Felix the Hieromartyr & Eusebius the Deacon
John the Wonderworker of Kronstadt
Oct. 20
Artemios the Great Martyr of Antioch
Gerasimos of Cephalonia
Matrona the Righteous of Chios
Oct. 21
Hilarion the Great
Our Righteous Father Christodoulus, the Wonderworker of Patmos
Martyrs Theodote and Socrates
John the New Martyr of Peleponnesos
Righteous Philotheus
Oct. 22
Averkios, Equal-to-the-Apostles and Wonderworker of Hierapolis
Seven Holy Martyred Youths of Ephesus
St. Cecilia the Martyr



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

GOYA Advent Retreat
“We Are The World”

Loving and Caring for God’s Creation
Weekend I Oct. 28-30
Weekend II,Nov. 4-6
$80.00 per person*
All forms available online
www.atlanta.goarch.org

2005 WINTER YOUTH RALLY
Tuesday, Dec. 27-Friday, Dec. 30 3 PM at the Atlanta Marriott, Century Center, Atlanta, GA
Theme: The Lord’s Vineyard - John 15:5
Registration Forms and information available on line
Registration deadline: Nov. 1
No team will be added after Nov. 1

Book for Bible Bowl is “A Dictionary of Greek Orthodoxy”,by Nicon Patrinacos from Department of Religious Education: 1-800-566-1088,
$25.95 plus S/H, or order on-line from
http://www.goarch.org/en/archdiocese/departments/religioused
If you have further questions, please call Mr. Jim Vergas-Bible Bowl Chairman, 864-268-5739, email: vergjam@msn.com

ATHLETIC TEAM Clarification:
Our letter states that young people may only play on one team. However if you have enough on your teams that a few are able to play multiple sports without causing the team to forfeit in the event there is a scheduling conflict, then they may play on two teams. For Example: If you have one large girl’s basketball team, and a volleyball team with several of the BB team players, and both games are scheduled at the same time during the WYR, they may play ONLY IF IT DOES NOT AFFECT EITHER TEAM, so that both teams may play and not forfeit. We made this rule in order to not have parishes remove teams after they received the final schedule from this office! Please call us with any questions! Julie Orologas,CHAIRMAN orologas@bellsouth.net
Home:770.578.9118 Cell:770-630-8595
Jimmy Tassios,CHAIRMAN jbtassios@yahoo.com
Work: 843-777-3093

Please keep in mind that we are asking each Community to bring a timer for your Community’s games. If for any reason, you are unable to provide timers for the competitions, please remember to email or call Jimmy Tassios, ASAP, so we are able to plan accordingly to support each Community.
The timer is a most important position because that is the person that keeps the scorebook that is FINAL. Since the Timer holds such a critical position, this might be helpful in choosing your timers:
1. The timer should be someone that KNOWS basketball who will be keeping the score or clock.
2. We recommend that the timer be of adult age.

Teacher Training News & Information
Fr. Panayiotis Papageorgiou, Ph.D.
Metropolis of Atlanta-Religious Education Director
fr.panayiotis@verizon.net
http://www.stgeorgenewportrichey.org/TeacherTraining/TeacherTrainingPage

On August 27,Fr. Frank Marangos, Director of Religious Education Department, presented a workshop on “Ministering to the Orthodox Family,” at the Annunciation Cathedral in Atlanta. The workshop was a wonderful opportunity to meet and hear Fr. Marangos, who used Old Testament themes from the "Testament of the Twelve Patriarchs" to highlight the importance of clarifying for the next generations the virtues and vices as they are presented in the Scriptures.
The Teacher Training Committee met at the Metropolis and organized itself to tackle the issues which face our Metropolis with regard to Teacher Training. It is apparent to the committee that much has to be done in order to help the teachers at the parish level become more effective in the classroom. The emphasis for this year will be to help the teachers acquire basic theological knowledge by utilizing certain texts, which are easy to read and provide a wider perspective on the Church and the Faith. The first book we would like all the teachers of the Metropolis to read is "Facing East" by Frederica Matthews-Green.









LOOKING FORWARD TO WELCOMING RETURNEES TO NEW ORLEANS AREA AT SUNDAY SERVICES Recently, we welcomed His Eminence Metropolitan Alexios during his pastoral visit to our Cathedral family at the temporary location in Harahan. The services were beautiful, both due to His Eminence’s encouraging words and blessings and to the fact that we were once again able to join together in prayer. Of course, many more people have been returning to the New Orleans area.

If you know of other members of our Cathedral family who have recently returned, please make a point of contacting them and making sure they are aware of our service times and location tomorrow. Once again, I encourage you that, as we continue to rebuild, let us all work together with one another, both personally and as members of our one Cathedral family, supporting one another, being patient with one another in light of the circumstances that each of us must face (some more difficult than others), and praying for one another.

Also, once again, to those who are presently too far away to attend, please continue to stay in touch as we keep you informed of our transition back to our beloved Cathedral. May our Lord strengthen us, may He continue to be with us, and may He swiftly reunite us under the dome of our Cathedral.

May God keep you and protect you,
Fr. Anthony Stratis



MESSAGE FROM FR. ANTHONY IN NEW ORLEANS The central point of an Orthodox Christian’s life is the Precious and Holy Body and Blood of our Lord and Savior – and we re-focus our life whenever we gather together for the Divine Liturgy where the Eucharist is offered to each of us. Our worship of God is our common goal. As a community, it is this central point that identifies us. We are known as members of the Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Cathedral – each an individual member, yet known by our association with the Body of Christ.

For all of us, as fellow Cathedral family members, our first step to being “home” has been to worship together. At the present, our life is not as it was prior to Katrina; however, our faith is just as fervent, if not more so! We have been celebrating the Liturgy together at the offices of the Imperial Trading Company (701 Edwards Avenue, Harahan) for a couple of weeks now and will continue to do so until we return to worship together under the dome of our beloved Cathedral. Also, a request has been submitted to FEMA for a representative to come following this Sunday’s services and be available for consultation on related issues (we should learn within the next day or so if a FEMA representative will in fact attend).

Work on the physical site has been underway, and diligently continues, in order to minimize the amount of time that we must spend away from our Cathedral edifice. However, work has also been underway, and continues with just as much love and dedication, to bring the “family” together. We are trying to track down the re-located address and contact information (phone, cell and land line, and email) for all of our members. Many have been accounted for, but not everyone – not yet.

As more and more are returning to our area, and dealing with the challenges left behind by Katrina, our need to be hand in hand with Christ has clearly intensified. United in our faith, let us continue to reach out to one another, looking for His blessings in the wake of the storm. Let each of us continue to spread the word to everyone we know about our weekly services (Sunday in Harahan, with the Divine Liturgy beginning at 10:00 a.m.) and ask them to contact us [htrinno@bellsouth.net or (504) 461-5981] with their present location (whether they have returned back home or are still away from our area) and their contact information (phone lines, land and cell, and email addresses). Also, survey forms will once again be available (asking for contact info and your special needs) for those present this Sunday to fill out. Let us serve one another, now more than even, and truly demonstrate that, “God has visited His people” [Luke 7:16]. I look forward to seeing you on Sunday.


MOBILE PARISHIONER AIDS HURRICANE VICTIMS Elsa Dimitriadis, a Katrina evacuee from New Orleans and a member of ANNUNCIATION, in Mobile, is selling red, white and blue Katrina Relief bracelets to raise money for hurricane victims. For a $5 donation to the Red Cross, you receive a Support Katrina Relief Bracelet. The bracelets were donated by Brainchild Products of Toledo, Ohio and the shipping costs are being handled by AHEPA.

PHOTOS OF HOLY TRINITY AND ANNUNCIATION, MOBILE`S RELIEF MISSION Photos of the clean up at Holy Trinity Cathedral and the Annunciation, Mobile, relief effort may be seen at:
http://www.goarch.org/en/special/hurricane_katrina

IOCC REQUESTS KITS FOR HURRICANE VICTIMS Kits To Help Victims of Hurricane Katrina

Put together a small assistance package and make a big difference. Basic materials such as soap, toothpaste, band-aids, paper, pencils, and diapers seem small, but make a huge difference in an ongoing development program or when disaster strikes. Our Health, and School Kits are among the items most requested by our partners each year. The need is great, and we can never have too many on hand.

Please carefully follow the instructions below:

1.Buy a one-gallon plastic bag with a zipper closure and fill it with the following items:
oOne hand towel
oOne washcloth
oOne comb
oOne metal nail file or nail clipper
oOne bar of soap (bath size)
oOne toothbrush
oOne tube of toothpaste (4-7 ounces)
oSix Band-Aids
2.Secure the bag and pack it in a box. Secure the box with packing tape.
3.Clearly mark the outside of the box with the words "Health Kit", apply the correct amount of postage and mail the box to IOCC.

Emergency Clean-up Bucket
These supplies enable people to begin the overwhelming job of cleaning up after a flood, hurricane, tornados, or other disaster here in the United States
•0ne 5 gallon bucket with resealable lid
•Five scouring pads
•Seven sponges, assorted sizes
•One scrub brush
•Eighteen cleaning towels (reusable, like Easy Wipes)
•One 50-78 oz. box dry laundry detergent
•One 12 oz. bottle of liquid concentrated household cleaner (like Lysol)
•One 25 oz. bottle liquid disinfectant dish soap (like Dawn)
•Fifty clothes pins
•Clothesline, two 50 ft. or one 100 ft.
•Five dust masks
•Two pairs latex gloves
•One pair work gloves
•One 22-27 count box heavy-duty trash bags (33-45 gallon)
•One 6-14 oz. bottle of insect repellant (drops or lotion, not aerosol)
Please purchase all liquids in plastic bottles. Be sure to send all new, unopened materials. Put all items in the plastic bucket, making sure they are packed securely to avoid damage during shipment, and seal lid with packing tape. Place each bucket in a separate box and include the name and address of the church, group, or individual sending the bucket.

School Kits

1.Buy a 12-by-14-inch cloth bag with cloth handles (or a comparable knapsack of these dimensions or larger) and a closure (VELCRO®, snap, zipper or button) and fill it with the following items:
oOne pair of blunt scissors
oOne 30-centimeter ruler (12")
oOne pencil sharpener
oSix new pencils with erasers
oOne large eraser
oOne box of 24 crayons
oPads or notebooks of ruled paper, approximately 8½-by-11 inches, containing 150-200 sheets of paper
oTwelve sheets of colored construction paper
2.Secure the bag and pack it in a box. When shipping, please:
•Indicate the type of Kit clearly on the outside of the box.
•Secure the boxes with packing tape.
Be sure to include the name of the parish, group or individual sending the kits on the box.
Clearly mark the outside of the box with the words "school kit", apply the correct amount of postage and mail the box to the following address:
IOCC / Church World Service
Brethren Service Center Annex
601 Main St.
P.O. Box 188
New Windsor, Md. 21776-0188




DONATIONS NEEDED: BABY ITEMS AND CANNED FOOD Father Brendan Pelphrey is coordinating donations of:
• Baby Diapers
• Baby clothing (new)
• Baby food
• Baby blankets
• Plastic baby bottles (new, not glass)
• Canned food
Donated items will go to help both Orthodox and non-Orthodox. All donated items should be brand new.
Please send your donations to:
St. George Church
Attn: Father Brendan Pelphrey
Clothing Relief
1719 Creswell Street
Shreveport, LA 71101

For additional information, contact Father Brendan at 318-222-5225.


DONATIONS NEEDED: COMPUTERS FOR PARISHES AND ON-SITE IOCC AID WORKERS The Greek Orthodox Archdiocese IT Department in coordination with the SCOBA Technology Commission is asking for individuals or companies who would be willing to donate the following items, which are needed by affected parishes, who have had total damage to their computer systems and IOCC on-site relief workers who are in need of additional equipment.

I've been in contact with IOCC and the telecommunications situation is very bad. Cell phone service is presenting a problem so IOCC for the time being is only going to be using NEXTEL phones so that they can take advantage of the walkie-talkie feature, which is working very well for them.

We were able to secure an additional three Nextel phones donated.

We are still looking for a donor to underwrite nine (9) additional Nextel phones. Please contact me if you can assist.

We are looking for:

1) 6 Desktop computers running WIndows XP and Office XP
2) 6 Laptop computers running Windows XP and Office XP
3) 3 Portable inkjet printers (these will be used by on-site relief workers)
4) 3 Digital cameras 4.0 megapixels or higher (these will be used to document damage in affected areas)
5) 1 Digital video camera (also to be used to document damage)

The Greek Orthodox Archdiocese has a special discount with Dell and other vendors and we can get deeply discounted pricing on the above-items.

Anyone wishing to assist in this effort can post to the forum here or contact me confidentially at: theo@internet.goarch.org or 212-744-0266.


DIAKONIA MAGAZINE COMING SOON TO YOUR PARISH! The beautiful publication of our Metropolis of Atlanta, Diakonia Magazine is being mailed today 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!

ALL TAMPA BAY AREA PARISHES ST. NICHOLAS Greek Orthodox Cathedral
Presents Seminars for Youth and Adults
on the Issues of
Dependence and Substance abuse.
By Fr. George Pallas, October 22,
At the St. Nicholas Pappas-Spanos Community Center, Conference Suite - Tarpon Springs, FL

Dependence & Substance Abuse, and Our Youth & Family
10:AM-12:00PM Youth Seminar (ages 7 to 18)

•Understand the Peer Pressures and Risks Associated with Illegal and
Harmful substances.

•Know What to Look Out For And What To Stay Away From.

•Learn How to Identify Problem in Self and Peers and Know What To Do and How to Cope.

2:00PM---4:00PM Adult Seminar

•Learn How to Know When a Child, Friend, or Loved One is in Trouble.

•Understand Difference Between Being Supportive or Enabling.

•Know Steps To Take and How to Cope

Father George is a priest at Holy Transfiguration, Marietta and a Substance Abuse Counselor and Therapist. Father George is a loving Father and Grandfather and Spiritual Mentor of Priests and Laymen


ST. NEKTARIOS FEAST DAY CELEBRATION ST. NEKTARIOS, Charlotte, NC, announces the celebration of the Feast Day of St. Nektarios and the Ground Blessing for their new sanctuary, Nov. 6-9. On Sunday, Nov.6, there will be a Hierarchical Divine Liturgy at 9 AM followed by the Ground Blessing Service and a family luncheon. On Tuesday, the sanctuary will be open for veneration before the Holy Relics of St. Nektarios from 6 PM- midnight, with a Vespers and Artoclasia at 7 PM followed by a Fellowship Coffee and Akathist Hymn and Vigil until midnight. On Wednesday, Nov. 9, the sanctuary will be open for veneration from 9 AM-6 PM, with Orthros at 9 AM and the Divine Liturgy at 10 AM, followed by a luncheon hosted by Philoptochos.

"DANCE AMONG THE RUINS" GALA ST. DEMETRIOS, Daytona Beach, FL, announces a Gala "Dance Among the Ruins," on Oct. 29 at 6:30 PM, an evening of Greek entertainment, gourmet dining, specialty desserts and drinks. There will be a live and silent auction to benefit hurricane victims, and bouzouki melodies by Menexis, and special appearances by Jennie and Michael Epitopoulos and Zeno Louizes. Tickets are $50/person. Contact the church for tickets and information.

PATRIARCHAL CENTENNIAL VISIT 2006 His Eminence Archbishop Demetrios of America has announced that His All Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew will visit the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America and specifically the Metropolis of Atlanta, headed by Metropolitan Alexios of Atlanta, on January 4-8, 2006. 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. This is the first time that an Ecumenical Patriarch will visit the Tarpon Springs area for the festivities associated with the celebration of Epiphany.

The annual Epiphany service in Tarpon Springs is recognized as one on the largest Epiphany Celebrations and attracts tens of thousands of people on the Bayou for the Blessing of the Water and the dive for the recovery of the precious Cross by the young men of the community.

Schedule of Events
Tuesday, January 3, 2006 –
Ø Meetings, Orientations & Registrations for all attending Organizations
Ø Tarpon Springs Centennial Golf Tournament on Copperhead Course at Innisbrook
($250,000 for first Hole-in-One on specified hole, other prizes also to be awarded)
Ø Arrival of Archbishop Demetrios, Metropolitan Alexios and other Metropolitans of
our Synod (tentatively 11:00 am)
Ø Welcoming Luncheon for Archbishop Demetrios, Metropolitan Alexios, other Metropolitans,
Tampa Bay Clergy and 2006 Patriarchal Epiphany Visitation Committee Members at St.
Nicholas Community Center (Noon till 2:00 pm)
Ø Welcome Bar-B-Que for Winter Greek Dance Conference and open to all Clergy and Laity
at St. Nicholas Community Center
Wednesday, January 4, 2006 –
Ø Arrival of His All Holiness BARTHOLOMEW – Welcoming Ceremony at Clearwater/St.
Petersburg International Airport
Ø Doxology at St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Cathedral
Ø Beginning of Winter Greek Dance Conference
Thursday, January 5, 2006 -
Ø Orthros & Liturgy
Ø Blessing of the Fleet
Ø Patriarchal Celebration of Youth (for youth and young adults) 11:00 am – 12:30 pm
Ø Patriarchal Epiphany Centennial Clergy/Laity Luncheon 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm
Ø Continuation of Winter Greek Dance Conference
Friday, January 6, 2006 –
Ø Orthros and Patriarchal Liturgy for Epiphany
Ø Diving for the Cross at Spring Bayou
Ø Epiphany Glendi at the Tarpon Springs Sponge Exchange
Ø Continuation of Winter Greek Dance Conference
Ø Patriarchal Centennial Epiphany Reception & Banquet
Saturday, January 7, 2006 –
Ø Final Day of Winter Greek Dance Conference
Ø Orthros and Liturgy for the Feast Day of St. John the Forerunner at St. John’s Greek
Orthodox Church in Tampa, FL, with Luncheon to Follow
Ø VIP Reception for His All Holiness with Mario Frangoulis (6:00 pm)
Ø Patriarchal Concert featuring Mario Frangoulis and special guests at the Sun
Dome 7:00 pm
2006 PATRIARCHAL EPIPHANY VISITATION
St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Cathedral of Tarpon Springs




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ANNUAL BYZANTINE STUDIES CONFERENCE OCT. 27-30 Annual Byzantine Studies Conference
October 27-30, 2005
at the
Georgia Center for Continuing Education

For more conference information please visit the
Thirty-Fist Annual Byzantine Studies Conference website.http://www.gactr.uga.edu/conferences/2005/Oct/27/byzantine.phtml
General Information
The Georgia Center for Continuing Education, a unit of the University of Georgia`s Office of the Vice President for Public Service and Outreach, provides innovative lifelong learning opportunities that develop intellectual and human potential. A full-service, residential adult-learning facility on UGA`s campus, the Georgia Center includes a 200-room hotel, restaurants, banquet areas, conference rooms, auditoriums, a fitness center, and computer labs — all under one roof. For more information, visit www.gactr.uga.edu.
Special Needs:
If you require special services, facilities, or dietary considerations (vegetarian or otherwise), contact Jane Mertens, Meeting Planner, at 706.542.6592 or Jane.Mertens@gactr.uga.edu, at least five working days before your event.
Lodging:
A block of rooms is being held for your conference until 5:00 p.m. ET, September 30, 2005.
Lodging Policies (Georgia Center Hotel & Suites):
(1) Tax Exemption — The State of Georgia only allows tax-exempt charges for a payment by a state-issued credit card or check or by a direct bill to a state agency (with a Georgia State Tax Exemption Certificate). (2) Lodging Cancellation — To avoid being charged one night`s room and tax, you must cancel your reservation by 4:00 p.m. the day prior to your scheduled arrival.
Transportation and Directions:
All flights into Athens connect through Charlotte, NC. Regular ground transportation is available from Atlanta`s Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport to the Georgia Center. For directions, see www.gactr.uga.edu/conferences/about/directions.phtml. A parking deck is located adjacent to the Center (hourly rates; vehicles over seven feet require alternative parking arrangements).
Program Cancellation Policies:
(1) We will gladly issue full refunds for cancellations made by 5:00 p.m. ET, October 20, 2005. No refunds will be issued thereafter. Substitutions will be allowed. (2) If a program is cancelled for any reason, the Georgia Center will not be responsible for any cancellation changes/charges assessed by airlines or travel agencies.
Early Registration deadline is September 30, 2005. A confirmation letter will be mailed to those who register prior to the deadline. Late registrants may not receive conference materials.
NOTE: In order to participate in the BSC, you must submit the membership dues. For membership-related questions, visit www.byzconf.org or e-mail Lynn Jones, BSC Treasurer @ ljones915@cs.com.

Registration
You have several registration options:

1. Register for this event online and request a room at the Georgia Center.

Register for the event online without requesting a hotel room.

A major credit card is required for on-line registration.


2. Call either 1-800-884-1381 or (706) 542-2134 to register by telephone. Please mention you saw this web page.


3. Download a registration form and FAX it to the number on the form or mail it to the address below. You need a copy of the free Adobe Acrobat Reader to view and print this application form.


4. Mail the form to:
Annual Byzantine Studies Conference (#52226)
Attn: Conference Registration, Room 129
Georgia Center for Continuing Education
The University of Georgia
Athens, GA 30602-3603


Payment of Fees
The Georgia Center for Continuing Education accepts payments for registration by cash (on-site), check (payable to the University of Georgia), and credit card (Visa, Mastercard, American Express, and Discover).


BACK WHERE IT ALL BEGAN: WINTER DANCE CONFERENCE January 4-8, 2006
Back where it all began……
Tarpon Springs, Florida

Come join us for the 2006 Winter Dance Conference

And celebrate the 100 year celebration of Epiphany
In the presence of
His All Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I

For more information please contact John Lulias at 727.942.9172 or lulias@aol.com

Check our website for the latest information
levendia.org
www.patriarchalcentennialvisit.com


HOLY TRANSFIGURATION PHILOPTOCHOS "ECLECTIC CAFE" "The Eclectic Cafe", sponsored by Philoptochos, Panagia Chapter, of Holy Transfiguration, Marietta, GA, will be held on Saturday, October 15, to raise money for the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation, the Diakonia Center, and Social Services. The fun-filled evening of festive theme tables will begin at 5 pm in the Parish Life Center. Luminaries in honor of breast cancer survivors and memorials will light the way to a multi-course dinner/ dance. A silent auction and super raffle will entertain guests throughout the evening. Tickets are $35 per person for the event. For more information please contact the Church office at 770-924-8080 or e-mail at holytrans@comcast.net.



UPCOMING PROGRAMS ON Schedule of Programs for October 2005

10/15/2005
Topic: The Papacy
Guest: Dr. Aristeides Papadakis

To better understand the view of the Papacy from an Orthodox perspective, you must first understand the schism. Join us when we speak with Dr. Aristeides Papadakis, author of The Christian East and the Rise of the Papacy for a discussion on the differences between the western (Roman Catholic) and the eastern (Orthodox Church) views on Papal authority and much more.

10/22/2005
Topic: How Do You Help a Friend That Has a Chemical Dependency?
Guest: Michael Kallas

Addiction is one of the hardest things for people who are not addicted to understand. As Christians, divine law and its two supreme values, To Love God & To Love Thy neighbor, direct us. As frustrating as it is we need to find ways to help our neighbor and ourselves. You as a listener of this program may be concerned about a loved one’s drinking or a family member’s drug abuse problem. In any case, be sure to join Fr. Chris and Emmy while they speak with Michael Kallas and explore some ways of reaching out and helping those struggling with an addiction

10/29/2005
Topic: The Search for Orthodox Spirituality
Guest: Dr. Kyriacos Markides

Over the last several decades, there has been resurgence by many in search of Orthodox Spirituality. On of the many was Dr. Kyriacos Markides who has written a series of books relating to his spiritual journey back to Orthodoxy; the newest to be released in the fall of 2005 is, “Gifts of the Desert: The Forgotten Faith of Christian Spirituality”. Be sure to tune in this week as Dr. Markides tells us how to discover spirituality from a grounded, historical Christian faith; offering insights into the way that the Christian religion has developed within the context of the modern world.


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.



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


GREEK AMERICAN AUTHORS` WEEKEND As part of the ongoing Centennial Celebration, ANNUNCIATION CATHEDRAL, Atlanta, announces

COMING TO AMERICA:
Stories about Greek Immigrants
A Greek American Authors` Weekend

featuring
Eleni Gage, Michael N. Kalafatas
Saturday, Oct. 29, 7 PM
Wine & cheese reception & presentations
$15, students $10
and
Dr. Charles C. Moskos
Sunday, Oct. 30, noon
Luncheon & presentation
$15, students $10

Both events will be held in the Kartos Ballroom of the Cathedral, and are sponsored by Annunciation Cathedral and the Ladies Philoptochos Society.

For ticket information, please contact Victor or Christian Polizos, 404-320-6506.

Please RSVP by Oct. 23

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

SAVE THE DATE - AHEPA MID-WINTER CONFERENCE AHEPA Family District #1
Mid-Winter Conference
Save the Dates:
February 24-26, 2006
Make your plans NOW to attend the 2006 District # 1
Mid-Winter Conference. The weekend will be filled with
many youth-oriented events to include a basketball
tournament (men’s and coed divisions), a Saturday
night dance, and special youth activities planned by the
Sons of Pericles and the Maids of Athena. More details
to follow very soon to include a final schedule of events
and special room accommodations for those who plan
to attend. We look forward to seeing you in Atlanta!


SYRTAKI DANCE CONFERENCE AND DINNER DANCE A DAY OF GREEK DANCE & MUSIC
Saturday, November 5th, 2005

Join us for a day of workshops to be followed by a Greek "GLENDI" Dance Party

St. Mark`s Community Center
Boca Raton, FL

Instructors for workshops will be:
Dennis Souvranos
(workshop from Thrace, Anatoliki Roumeli)
Aris Yortzidis
(workshop from Pontos)

The music will be from an assortment of players; Pontic Lyra, Accordion, Gaida, Clarinet, Violin, Drums..etc..
We recommend Hampton Inn, and Embassy Suites, on Yamato Road if you are in need of hotel accommodations, both located less than a mile from St Mark`s church.


9am to 4pm Dance workshops (light breakfast and lunch provided)

7pm until midnight "Horiatiko Glendi Under the Stars"
Cash Bar and welcome reception
Authentic Greek Menu with all the trimmings!!
Live Music and Dance all night!!
Short performance by award winning Syrtaki of Boca dancers

Complete package price for workshop and glendi $60.00
Workshop only $25.00
Chaperones or visitors attending workshops (non participating)$15.00

Horiatiko Glendi only $40.00

For a registration package or for more information please contact Carmen at cartaya4@aol.com


DIRECTIONS


From I-95

Yamato Rd. (West) exit (Exit 48) off of I-95
Church is 2.5 miles west of I-95
on Yamato Road (NW 51st)


From Florida`s Turnpike

Glades Rd. exit (Exit 75) off of the turnpike
Take Glades Rd. east to Jog Rd. (1.7 mi)
Take Jog Rd. north to Yamato Rd. (2 mi)
Church is 1.5 miles east of Jog Rd.
on Yamato Road (NW 51st)

HOTELS
Hampton Inn on Yamato Road in Boca Raton (only 1/2 from St Mark`s church)
Embassy Suites on Yamato Road in Boca Raton ( less than 1/2 mile from the church)





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