St. Demetrios Church, Weston, MA PUBLISH DATE: August 21, 2011


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10TH SUNDAY OF MATTHEW, Aug 21 - Orthros, 8:30 am
- Divine Liturgy, 9:30 am

FRIDAY, August 26 - Salvation Army Miracle Kitchen, 4-7 pm

11TH SUNDAY OF MATTHEW, Aug 28 - Orthros, 8:30 am
- Divine Liturgy, 9:30 am

SAYINGS OF THE DESERT FATHERS What is pure prayer? Prayer which is brief in words but abundant in actions. For if your actions do not exceed your petitions, then your prayers are mere words, and the seed of the hands is not in them.

CLERGY VISITS When a family member is ill and would like a clergy visit at home, hospital or otherwise, please contact the Church office to make arrangements with Fr. Nick or Fr. Alex.

STEWARDSHIP UPDATE A warm welcome back to all our Stewards. As you can see, summer has been non-stop activity at St. Demetrios, not only from the physical standpoint of our Church building but also with regard to our Stewardship program.

PHILOPTOCHOS TEA AND SOCIAL To welcome members back from the summer season, we will host an afternoon Tea and Social at the home of Dorothy Sophocles, 127 Buckskin Drive, Weston on Sat., Oct. 1, 2 – 5 pm. RSVP to Athena Marken (781.718.5264/ or Amalie George (781.444.7659/ New members are welcome! We look forward seeing you.

ADULT EDUCATION: ORTHODOX LIFE RESUMES SEPT. 18 Our fall series is entitled “Through the Lens of the Liturgy: Being Human,” and will be led by Dr. Jim Skedros and our clergy. Together, we will explore what it means to be sons and daughters of God: our spiritual strivings, the meaning of “good” and “evil,” what it entails to be “in” the world but not “of” the world—all through the lens of the Divine Liturgy. To make the series accessible to as many parishioners as possible, Orthodox Life will take place on Sundays throughout the fall at the close of Liturgy. Robert Krantz’s Guide to the Divine Liturgy will be our supplementary text and will provide a concrete basis for our presentations. Please join us for this unique series, which will inform our Liturgical life as well as our sense of who we are and what we are made for. As Fr. Nick reminds us in his article this month, “come and see—come to the Liturgy”! Divine Liturgy at St. Demetrios is where worship and learning will meet this fall!

General News/Events You are Invited—Prosfora Ministry!
At each Divine Liturgy, prosfora (offering bread) is used in the blessing and consecration of Holy Communion. Members of our community prayerfully bake the bread, and bring it to Church as an offering before our Sunday or weekday services. Along with it, they give our priests a list of their family and friends, living and asleep in the lord, and these names are commemorated before the Liturgy begins. In this way, the prosfora becomes a truly profound aspect of our spiritual lives, on both a personal and communal level—all of those dear to us being prayed for within the loving embrace of our Church family. We are all invited to participate in this ministry and learn more about baking prosfora. For details on our baking schedule, please contact Fr. Nick.

FAMILY NIGHT SEPT. 30 To kick off our 2011-12 program, we will welcome Eric Landry, former San Diego Charger and New England Patriot—and current strength coach with the New England Patriots. In addition to his accomplishments in the NFL, Eric has coached and trained hundreds of high school and college athletes, as well as professional athletes, including Mia Hamm and Tiger Woods. Eric will join us for dinner and engage our children, parents and parishioners on a wonderful topic: “Finding My Place: Building Confidence, Friendship & Community through Teamwork.” HOPE, JOY, GOYA, parents and all parishioners are invited. Let’s also support our friends at Chesterbrook Learning Center, by bringing water bottles and juice boxes to Family Night on the 30th!
HOPE (K – 2nd)
Donna Markis:
Stacy Katsikaris:
JOY (3rd – 6th)
Jill Kovatsis:
GOYA (7th – 12th)
Alexey & Stephanie Petrides:
Gina Spencer:

SAVE THE DATE OF FRIDAY, OCT. 21! On Friday, October 21, our St. Demetrios Community will host a Masquerade Ball at the Sheraton Hotel, Framingham. Cocktails at 6:30 pm followed by dinner at 7 pm. The ball will include a silent auction, live auction, dancing with music by the Orfeas Band, and community fellowship. All proceeds will support our St. Demetrios Church ministries.

The Dance Committee invites all parishioners, and your friends, to attend the Masquerade Ball, become a sponsor, contribute an item for the auction, or place an ad in the program book. For more information please contact Gina Spencer at / 508.655.1427.

In September parishioners will receive formal invitations by mail and tickets will be available for purchase along with decorative masks during fellowship after the Liturgy each Sunday.

We look forward to being together as a Community on Oct. 21 for an enjoyable evening and to help support our St. Demetrios Church ministries.

The St. Demetrios Dance Committee

“The Holy Fire brings to new life that period in Christianity when a great new religion spread across the Near East like a prairie fire and the early church assumed the form it was to hold for centuries. Not in modern times has this time of high excitement and deep devotion been recreated with the competence, beauty and skill that Robert Payne brings to this book.”

This book is located on the Recommendation Shelf and may be borrowed for up to 2 weeks. If you need to keep this or any book longer, please contact Cathy Smith (781.237.5561) or Cindi Dabrowski (508.881.6598).

BUILDING PROGRAM INQUIRIES As every week, members of our Building Committee will be available in the Conference Room today, following Divine Liturgy. Feel free to stop by with your questions—or to learn more about volunteer opportunities within the project.

Fellowship Hour is Back! Please see our sign-up sheet in the new hall, and connect to this terrific program. Hosting a Fellowship Hour is a great way to meet new people and serve our parish family. All supplies are provided. To learn more or reserve your Sunday, contact Mary Ellen Paravalos (781.349.8077) or Julie Kavas (781.762.1647).

Senior Guild Liturgy & Luncheon Sept. 14 Here ye, hear ye . . . come one, come all, to the first meeting of the Senior Guild in celebration of the Elevation of the Holy Cross. Bring your stories on “how you spent your summer.” Contact Artemis Martakis at 508.785.0045.

Welcome Back BBQ is Here Our Parish Council invites us all to this much-anticipated yearly event. The BBQ will take place following Divine Liturgy on Sunday, Sept. 25. Bring family, friends and fellow parishioners for terrific food and excellent company. Our children are encouraged to bring frisbees, balls and other outside toys. While you eat, support our GOYAns by letting them spruce up your car or truck with their annual car wash. Spread the word and see you on the 25th!

Metropolis Clergy Laity Join His Eminence Metropolitan Methodios, clergy and lay-leaders from our New England sister parishes on Sat., Oct. 1 for this most important assembly. This year’s theme is timely and is focused on the health of our programs and ministries: “The Ministries of our Church: Archdiocese, Metropolis and Parishes.” All interested St. Demetrios parishioners are invited to participate and should contact the Church office to register by Sept. 23.

Ministry Fair: Sept. 11, 18 & 25 It’s time, once again, to take a close look at the ministries and programs of St. Demetrios and see where you fit in. Whether it’s outreach, committee involvement, youth work, or music, there is something happening at St. Demetrios that is a perfect fit for your interests and talents. During Fellowship Hour in September, we hope you will visit our fair in the hall and learn about our 2011-12 offerings. Ministry representatives, as well as flyers and contact information, will be available. For further information on finding your place in the ministries and programs at our parish, contact Fr. Nick or Fr. Alex anytime.

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