“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


Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Second Note from the Parish Council: December 10, 2013

Moderator's Note: The second correspondence sent from the Parish Council today may be viewed here.

December 10, 2013

Dear Parishioners,

Our Thanksgiving dinner was a great success thanks to a wonderful group of volunteers and some very generous donations. We would like to give special thanks to AAA, Nicholas & Co, Kessimakis Produce, Stone Ground Bakery, Costco, Village Inn and the LDS Church. There were also two anonymous donations of $2,500.00. We were able to serve 1,112 dinners at the Memorial Hall, delivered to 427 shut in’s and had 400 people take dinners home for a grand total of 1, 939 meals.

Special thanks to all of our co-chairpersons, Yannis Armaou, Bill Rekouniotis, Zeljko Milovic, and Philoptochos, to just name few. There were many other volunteers that worked behind the scenes for several days prior to and or during the event.

272 ballots were cast at the Parish Council Elections. Your newly elected Parish Council members are:

Nick Bapis
Greg Skedros
Ted Sargetakis
Cindy Skedros
Alicia Mares
Maria Oneida
Yannis Armaou
Steve Gamvroulas

There will be a Community Christmas Card this year. If you would like to participate you can use the Parish website to give your $10.00 donation or you can submit it to the Church offices. The final date for submissions will be Monday December 16th.

The Parish Council will once again be hosting the New Year’s Eve party. Tickets will be sold at both churches on Sundays.

Adults: $30.00
Children, 12 and under: $15.00
Children, under 5: free

Doors open at 7:00PM with Cocktail Hour at 8:00PM and Prime Rib Dinner at 9:00PM.

Please plan to share this wonderful evening with us.

We are grateful for all of your continued support.

In His Name and Service,

Your Parish Council

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