“Ye know that the princes of the Gentiles exercise dominion over them,

and they that are great exercise authority upon them.

But it shall not be so among you:

but whosoever will be great among you, let him be your minister;

And whosoever will be chief among you, let him be your servant:

Even as the Son of man came not to be ministered unto,

but to minister, and to give his life a ransom for many.” (Matthew 20:25-28, KJV)

The word the Athenians used for their Assembly was Ekklesia, the same word used in the New Testament for Church
(and it is the greatest philological irony in all of Western history that this word,
which connoted equal participation in all deliberation by all members,
came to designate a kind of self-perpetuating, self-protective Spartan gerousia -
which would have seemed patent nonsense to Greek-speaking Christians of New Testament times,
who believed themselves to be equal members of their Assembly.)

- Thomas Cahill, Sailing the Wine-Dark Sea: Why the Greeks Matter


Thursday, February 23, 2012

Parish Elections, Sunday, Feb. 26, 2012, starting at noon thru 3:00 p.m.

Moderators' Note: Please click HERE to download and print this letter and distribute it to other parishioners.

Dear Parishioner:
During the January 29, 2012 Special General Assembly held in the Memorial Building at Holy Trinity Cathedral, the 309 persons attending voted overwhelmingly to conduct elections for a new parish council on February 26, 2012. This email is to inform you that we believe the elections should and will take place as scheduled at both Holy Trinity and Prophet Elias this Sunday. The voting booths will be open from noon to 3:00 p.m. All persons who have been in good standing at any time during the past three years are eligible to vote.

You will also have the opportunity to fill a pledge card for calendar 2012, on Sunday, and we encourage you to do so. Ballots have been printed in both Greek and English and voting instructions will be provided. We expect that you have heard rumors that the election has been postponed, or that you might be instructed not to attend. In either case, be informed that the elections will occur. The will of the majority of persons in this community can no longer be denied. Also understand that regardless of whether the new parish council
 will be formally and immediately sanctioned or not, that we will at least have a group of persons in place should efforts by the appointed Interim Parish Council for a free and fair General Assembly and Parish Council election sanctioned by the Metropolitan fail.  Unfortunately, we have seen this before.

Fifteen persons from the following candidates will comprise our new Parish Council. Each was duly nominated during the Special General Assembly and agreed to run.

Good luck to each of them.

Angelides, Nick   *   Colessides, Gus   *   Fuskandrakis, Jim 
Gamvroulas, Steve    *   Kapos, Georgette
Kastanis, Jim   *   Kithas, Phillip   *   Mares, Alicia   *   Markogianis, George
Mastakas, John   *   McGrath, Tom   *   Melissas, George    *   Peters, Tom
Sakellariou, Sakis   *   Sifantonakis, Jim (Dimitri)    *   Teseros, Nick
Tsagaris, Dimitrios   *   Yengich, Connie (Kandas)   *   Zarkos, Jim
Thank you for your continued and strident concern for the betterment of our beloved community.

The Unity Group

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