STS MARY MAGDALENE AND MARKELLA GREEK ORTHODOX CHURCH JULY 2007 NewsLetter Orthos 9 00 a m Divine Liturgy 10 00 a m 3714 3716 Dublin Road

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      JULY 2007 NewsLetter

         Orthos:       9:00 a.m.
         Divine Liturgy: 10:00 a.m.

         3714-3716 Dublin Road
          Darlington, MD 21034

    Mailing Address: P.O. Box 1575
           Bel Air, MD 21014

       Web Site:
                                                                                  A Message from our Stewardship Committee
Matthew 8:5-13 (New King James Version)
New King James Version (NKJV)
                                                                                   Christ Shows Us How to Give & How to Ask
Jesus Heals a Centurion’s Servant
                                                                           Our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ, sent His Disciples into the
Now when Jesus had entered Capernaum, a centurion came to Him,            crowd to ask that they give what they could for the benefit of all.
pleading with Him, saying, “Lord, my servant is lying at home               May we be encouraged, knowing that The Lord will bless our
paralyzed, dreadfully tormented.” And Jesus said to him, “I will          efforts and multiply our own gifts today, just as He did that day,
come and heal him.” The centurion answered and said, “Lord, I am                   making our individual sacrifice an abundance.
not worthy that You should come under my roof. But only speak a
word, and my servant will be healed. For I also am a man under           Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
authority, having soldiers under me. And I say to this one, „Go,‟ and
he goes; and to another, „Come,‟ and he comes; and to my servant,        Last Sunday our parish celebrated the graduation of our Sunday
„Do this,‟ and he does it.” When Jesus heard it, He marveled, and        School students. It was a beautiful day that reflected the
said to those who followed, “Assuredly, I say to you, I have not         commitment of teachers, parents and children to grow in our faith.
found such great faith, not even in Israel! And I say to you that many   We can be proud that Sts. Mary Magdalene and Markella has so
will come from east and west, and sit down with Abraham, Isaac,          much to offer our children: Greek school, Sunday school,
and Jacob in the kingdom of heaven. But the sons of the kingdom          Children‟s Greek Folk Dance group, Goya, Hope & Joy and
will be cast out into outer darkness. There will be weeping and          Vacation Bible School. It is through these youth programs that
gnashing of teeth.” Then Jesus said to the centurion, “Go your way;      our children will learn the traditions, values, teachings and culture
and as you have believed, so let it be done for you.” And his servant    of our Orthodox faith. We need your help to support and
was healed that same hour.                                               expand our church’s ministries.

                                                                         Just as your household has monthly expenses that must be met, the
                                                                         church too has monthly expenses. Currently, salaries, mortgage,
                                                                         utilities and operating expenses total approximately $15,000 per
                                                                         month. Your financial support is needed!
Dear Fellow St's. Mary Magdalene and Markella parishioners,              Here’s how you can help:
                                                                               1) Please submit your 2007 stewardship card immediately.
We have received word from the Archdiocese that Fr. Basil will be              2) If you have submitted your 2007 pledge, thank you!
retiring. His last official day will be this Friday, June 15, 2007. We             Please invite your friends to become stewards of our
wish Fr. Basil and his family well, and thank him for his 30 plus                  parish!
years of service to the Church. Our services will continue as                  3) Prayerfully consider increasing your stewardship
scheduled, with Fr. Matthew from the Cathedral, and Fr. Stephen                    commitment.
from St. Demetrius alternating serving the needs of our growing
community. His Eminence, Metropolitan Evangelos, has assured us          When we first purchased our new home last summer, our church
that he is working very hard to find a permanent priest for our          building was merely a shell. Through the physical, spiritual and
community. We want to thank you - our fellow brothers and sisters        financial support of our parishioners we now have a beautiful
in Christ - as we have persevered through some challenges in our         Greek Orthodox Church! More important than the physical
first two years of existence. But we have remained faithful to His       beauty of our church is the love and fellowship of our community.
mission, and have been able to sustain our Church for His glory, and     To see the many beautiful children at our Sunday School
for the salvation of our souls. As Parish Council members, we vow        graduation and picnic last week was truly a blessing! Many of us
to keep you informed and involved, in all that we do.                    dream of watching our children grow up and even get married in
                                                                         Sts. Mary Magdalene and Markella. We can make this dream a
                                                                         reality by financially supporting our parish. The Lord continues to
Yours in Christ,                                                         bless us each and every day. Please give generously to support his
                                                                         Holy House.
The St's. Mary Magdalene and Markella Parish Council
                                                                         With love in Christ,
                                                                         Lisa Boutilier
                                                                         Stewardship Chairperson
Festival                                                               A Town Meeting was held on Sunday, May 20, 2007, following the
   Our church will be hosting our first Greek Festival on Friday       liturgy. Here are the highlights from that meeting:
July 20, 2007 from 5:00pm to 11:00 pm and on Saturday July 21,         Newly Elected Parish Council
2007                                                                        President – Paula Steber
from 12:00pm to 11:00pm. We are in need of volunteers to help               Vice President – George Stavrou
with the festival, please contact Nick Fafalios at (443) 309-2119 if        Treasurer – Paul Giannas
you can give us a hand. If you are interested in placing an ad              Secretary – Lisa Boutilier
please contact Wade Stephens at (410) 838-6190.                             Corresponding Secretary – Dennis Koulatsos
   Our expenses for the Festival will be in the $12,000 range. To           Ted Demetriou
cover them, we are reaching out to our fellow brothers and sisters          Jennifer Conway
in our community and to Christians everywhere. As a new church,             Anastasia Rajewski
we have many expenses and overhead in building a home and                   Argie Mimaros
creating the various ministries which are now pleased to offer to           Andrew Anthony
Orthodox Christians everywhere.                                        Program Liasons: Parish Council Members who will work with
   We are reaching out for cash donations, or a donation of goods      program directors
and/or services. All donors will be recognized in our festival              Greek School: George Stavrou
program flier, and a banner at the Festival.                                Hope & Joy (and Goya in the future): Andrew Anthony
                                                                            Sunday School: Jennifer Conway
Metropolitans’ Visit                                                        Festival: Argie Mimaros
We are also pleased to announce that His Eminence, Metropolitan             Philoptohos: Anastasia Rajewski
Evangelos, will be attending the weekend‟s festivities. There will          Dance Group: Argie Mimaros
be Vesper Services on Saturday July 21st, His Eminence well also            Stewardship: Lisa Boutilier
be presiding over the Divine Liturgy on Sunday, July 22, 2007.              Beautification and Building: Paul Giannas
                                                                           A Treasurer’s Report was given by Paul Giannas. Paul
                                                                       reported that we have approximately $25,000 in the building fund
                 SUNDAY SCHOOL UPDATE                                  and this amount cannot be used for operating expenses. We have
                                                                       about $25,000 in the operating budget and $21,000 came from profit
                                                                       from the Bull Roast/ Auction. The church‟s monthly expenses are
                            June, 2007
                                                                       approximately $15,000.
                                                                           A stewardship update was given by Lisa Boutilier. Lisa
On Sunday, May 20, 2007, Sunday School graduation was held in          reported that we have lost a number of stewards since 2006 and we
Church followed by a wonderful family cookout. I am very               need to build our stewardship rolls. Everyone was encouraged to
pleased to announce that 49 Sunday School Certificates were            submit their 2007 stewardship card and encourage friends to join us
awarded. What an accomplishment! We have been blessed with             and become stewards of our church. We have a number of
wonderful families who are devoted to bringing their children on       programs to offer such as Hope & Joy (and soon Goya), Greek
Sunday to study our Orthodox faith.                                    School, Sunday School, Children‟s Dance Group and Vacation
                                                                       Bible School. We need everyone‟s financial support to continue
We are currently preparing our 2007-2008 Sunday School year.           and expand the church‟s ministries.
Registration will begin on Sunday, August 5th and continue each            Name Day Festival Update: The Festival, chaired by Nick
Sunday through September 9th, at which time classes will begin.        Fafalios, will be held on Friday and Saturday, July 20 and 21.
                                                                       Many volunteers are needed to make our first festival a success! If
We are looking for volunteers to teach and substitute. I ask you to    you can help please attend the next meeting at the church on May
please consider helping. Our children learn from example. What a       29th at 6:30 p.m.
wonderful way to teach your children about God's blessings and             Bill Roros discussed options for expanding the church building
the importance of volunteering in our Church. If you are interested    in the future. Estimates of architectural fees range from $10,000 to
in teaching, substituting, or helping in any way please contact me.    $30,000 just for the drawings and permits. We, as a parish, need to
                                                                       consider whether this site will be our permanent home. In the future
“Train a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will     we will need to think about putting money towards expanding our
not turn from it.” Proverbs 22:6                                       space, or looking for another site.
                                                                           A guest from St. Demetrios made a suggestion that we ask each
                                                                       parishioner to provide names of five families that we could contact
Again, thank you for a wonderful year. May the Lord bless and          and invite to our church.
watch over your families.                                                  Kim Karas asked if there is a master calendar of events for our
                                                                       parish. Paula Steber answered that the Parish Council is working to
In His Name,                                                           prepare a master calendar.
                                                                           Paula Steber announced that Father Basil is taking some personal
Penelope Xecominos Green, Sunday School Director                       time off. In his absence, Father Steven from St. Demetrios and
                                                                       Father Matthew from the Cathedral of the Annunciation will serve.
410-515-4221/                                     Questions and comments were taken from the floor. Paula said
                                                                       that the Parish Council would like to hold Town meetings every 1-2
                                                                       months to keep parishioners informed about our church.
Steward List as of 6-30-07
Ahrenberg, Mark & Pauline          Kissal, Constantine
Alatzas, George & Rene             Kissal, Fr. Basil & Pres. Rita
Alatzas, Triffon & Stacia          Konstant, Eugenia
Alevras, Petros & Hrissa           Konstant, Gus
Anthony, Andrew & Christina        Koulatsos, Dennis & Margo
Batis, Nikolaos & Maria            Lefter, James & Angeline
Bonincontri, Raymond & Jamie       Lomis, Van & Demi Ann
Boswell, Richard & Vicky           Macrides, Peter
Boutilier, Stephan & Lisa          Mathious, Mark & Cheryl
Butterworth, Greg & Kallia         Mimaros, Dimitrios & Argie
Callas, Aspassia                   Nikas, George & Diane
Calos, Constantine & Despina       Papademetriou, George & Smaragdi
Calos, Andrew & Stacy              Pappas, Basil & Linda
Chrisopoulos, Pete & Maria         Pikounis, Vasilios & Stacy
Conits, Nick & Elena               Prapas, Spiros
Conway, Joseph & Jennifer          Rajewski, Leonard & Anastasia
Demetriou, Ted & Maria             Roros, Bill & Mary
Diamandaras, Helen                 Roros, George & Nicoletta
Diamond, Sam & Donna               Roumeliotis, Nick
Doehring, Anthony & Angela         Sakell, Pete & Debbie
Donithan, Wayne & Kathy            Sakell, Virginia
Dulaney, Jessica                   Santiago, Raymond & Clare
Edmundson, Tom & Helen             Skleres, John & Helen
Englesson, George & Jeanette       Stakias, Stelios & Tina
Fafalios, Jasmine                  Stavrou, George & Tina
Fafalios, John & Mitchell          Steber, Paula
Fafalios, Nick & Ava               Stephens, Wade & Helen
Gazonas, George & Demitra          Stillwell, Bill & Pauline
Geer, Joan                         Valsamaki, George & Gwen
Georgiades, Peter & Kathleen       Votolato, Dori
Giannaras, Chris                   Xecominos, Harold & Barbara
Giannas, Apostolos & Maria         Xecominos, John
Giannas, Stylianos & Maria
Green, John & Penelope             Memorial Donations for Mary Karas
Hadjipanteli, Nicos & Christina    Anthony & Clarice Konstant
Hatzianoglou, Eva                  George & Demetra Kanaras
Hyde, Michael & Maryann            Nelly Kanaras
Jaghab, Danny & Delmy              Art & Doreen McArthur
Kalamaras, Efstatios & Millicent   James McArthur & Ms. Lorrie White
Kanaras, George & Demetra
                                   Alexandra X. Lygoumenos
Kanaras, Julie
                                   Dr. & Mrs James & Tasia Argires
Kanaras, Nelly
Kanaras, Thomas & Penny            Conits, Nick & Elena
Karalekas, George G. & Lisa
                                   Memorial Donation for Margaret Konstant
Karalekas, George P.
                                   Anthony & Clarice Konstant
Karas, John & Belinda
Karas, Michael & Linda
                                   Memorial Donation for Hoberta Xecominos
Karas, Peter & Kim
                                   Manuel Koukoulas
Karas, Steve Jr.
Katsaros, Stilianos & Kalliopi
Kiriazoglou, Angelo & Kim
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