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January 25, 2012
Saint Gregory the Theologian
Reverend Michael Kouremetis
Reverend Matthew Gilbert
Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Cathedral
Prophet Elias Greek Orthodox Church
The Greek Orthodox Church of Greater Salt Lake
c/o 5335 S. Highland Drive
Holladay, UT 84117
Beloved in the Lord,
After consultation with the representatives of His Eminence Archbishop Demetrios, His Grace Bishop Andonios, and His Grace Bishop Sebastian, who visited me last week, and in conformity to the Uniform Parish Regulations of the Archdiocese, I hereby appoint the new Parish Council for the year 2012 who will continue the work of the current parish council.
After the Affirmation of Office is given by the new Parish Council, the current parish council will turn over all of its responsibilities, as laid out in the UPRs.
The members of the new Parish Council have been augmented to seventeen total for this year, on the basis that each of them wishes to work as one body for the good of the community, and also to continue all of the ministries of the parish as fulltime ministries.
The newly-appointed members are:
1. Mr. Randy Bathemas
2. Dr. Charles Beck
3. Mr. Philip Floor
4, Mr, Harry Hillas
5. Mr. John Johnson
6. Mrs. Margaret Kireiev
7. Mrs. Nicole Mouskondis
8. Mr. Jim Mylonakis
9. Mr. George Pappas
10. Mr. Jim Priskos
11. Mr. Ted Sargetakis
12. Mr. Joe Sasich
13. Mr. Pete Sefakis
14. Mr. Bruce Shand
15. Dr. Demetrios Skedros
16. Mr. Harry Souvall
17. Ms. Elaine Zambos
I am instructing the clergy to give the Affirmation of Office to all the above parishioners at the end of the Divine Liturgy at the Holy Trinity Cathedral on January 29, 2012, since the last affirmation of office was given at the Prophet Elias parish.
For the sake of the unity and the wellbeing of the Greek Orthodox community of Greater Salt Lake and its suburbs, I urge all of the seventeen council members to work together as one body under the Lord Jesus Christ, Who established His Church almost two thousand years ago, in order to continue, together with the assigned clergy, as the stewards of the Lord in our generation, the work of salvation for His people in your region.
According to the regulations of the Archdiocese, and immediately after the Divine Liturgy, the first meeting of the new parish council will be presided over by Father Michael Kouremetis or Father Matthew Gilbert for the election of the officers of the council, after which the new parish council will be under the new president.
I pray that all of the members of the new parish council will demonstrate true unity and Christian fellowship, in order to erase the embarrassment of our people before the non-Orthodox Christians of your region, which was brought about by individuals who unintentionally brought scandal upon Christ's Church.