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From A Dictionary of Greek T H E N E W S F RO M
by Rev. Nicon D. Patrinacos
T he Epistle is read or
chanted before the reading
VOLUME 13, ISSUE 7 JULY 14, 2009
of the Gospel and in the Greek
Orthodox Church is mostly
ONE AND EQUAL IN CHRIST
A MESSAGE FROM FR. STEVE
known by the word Apostle. It is
usually a passage from the “For as many of you as struggled to understand and to clear that the Jewish faith
Epistles or the Acts of the were baptized in Christ define what this means. had not been rejected by
Apostles bearing a close relation
have put on Christ. There The Jewish faith can be Christ, but rather, it had
to the day’s feast or merely
alluding to it. Also, apostolic is neither Jew nor Greek, said to have its beginning with been completed and
passages read at sacraments or there is neither slave nor the covenant made between transformed into a “new
other ceremonies refer directly free, there is neither male God and the patriarch covenant.” Whereas it was
or indirectly to the purpose and nor female; for you are all Abraham. God rewarded once a local covenant
meaning of the ceremony. one in Christ Jesus. And if restricted to those of
Abraham’s faith in Him with a
The Epistles are writings of you are Christ’s then you covenant (or contract). God common “sacrificial blood”
various Apostles, in the form of are Abraham’s seed, and lineage beginning with
our contemporary said that from Abraham’s seed
heirs according to the He would create great Abraham and signed with
correspondence, to local
promise.” numbers of faithful people. the flesh and blood
Churches that were either
established or visited by them. (Galatians 3:27-29) These people would be called (circumcision) of him and his
dependents, now it had
Some are addressed to all
Christians and are called
Catholic Epistles. The purpose
I n first century Christianity
there was a controversy
as to how non-Jews were to
“God’s chosen people.” That is
to say those who believe,
accept and follow God’s
become a universal
covenant open to all
of writing and sending these mankind and signed with
Letters was to deal with
be received into the Church. instructions will be called His
As we know, Jesus, the people and will receive His God’s own flesh and blood
questions of faith and practice or through Jesus Christ. We no
with problems of administration Apostles and the very first
and discipline. First place Christians were devout longer show acceptance of
among these Epistles must be followers of the Jewish faith. Christ Himself said, in God by giving our flesh and
given to the Epistles of St. Paul The name Christian was Matthew 5:17 that He blood through the act of
who wrote to various Churches mockingly given to those who has come not to circumcision. But now we
as per the following list: in all he followed Christ in the city of destroy or to change show acceptance of God by
wrote fourteen Epistles; to the accepting His sacrificial flesh
Romans, I and II to the
Antioch. The early Christians the Jewish faith, but
felt honored to be called by and blood. The contract
Corinthians, to Galatians, rather to fulfill it.
His name and willingly between God and man is
Colossians, I and II to accepted being called now signed by God Himself
Thessalonians, I and II to Christians. They didn’t, and offered to all humanity.
abundant blessings. The Whoever accepts this
Timothy, to Titus, to Philemon, however, feel that by
to the Hebrews; also the people in turn were to show sacrifice accepts the
accepting His name that they their acceptance (signing) of
following were written by other
had changed religions or covenant, becoming children
Apostles: I and II by St. Peter, 1 this contract by male of God (John 1:12); His
by St. James, I, II, and III by St. faith. Christ Himself said, in circumcision. This contract
Matthew 5:17 that He has chosen people.
John, and 1 by St. Jude; in all, was sealed with the flesh and
21 Apostolic Epistles are come not to destroy or to blood of circumcision. All of mankind is given
contained in the New change the Jewish faith, but the opportunity to be one in
Testament. rather to fulfill it. For this The question which now Christ Jesus. We are no
A great deal of subsequent reason we say that He is the arose in the early Church was; longer Jews or Greeks,
moral theology is based on fulfillment of the laws and the must someone first become slave or free, male or
opinions and answers to prophecies. Those who Jewish (circumcised) before female, we are one and
questions supplied by St. Paul in they can become Christian?
accept Christ have also equal in Christ. We are all
his various Epistles.
accepted the fulfilled Jewish Paul, in his above letter His children if we accept
faith. The early Church to the Galatians makes it very him.
W herever you go,
God is sending
you, wherever you are,
Focus on our Community
God has put you there,
Celebrations, Milestones, Comfort & Support
He has a purpose in
your being there. Christ
IN OUR PRAYERS
who dwells in you has Tina Balosos Ethan Barnard Margaret Blehi Dave Blood Mary Cestrone Betty Cowger
something He wants to
do through you where Gary Coykendall Bessie Demas Mary Lou Elliott Shannon Elliott Maria Eleutherios
you are. Even now the Karen Gardner Rita Gaze Rima Ghanem Ted Gillis Elmer Goodwin Katina Hansen
Holy Spirit is Benita Husson Lula Kouvaris Sandra Lucas Sheri Maguire Alexandra Manalis
empowering you. Peter Mannering Georgia Mantekas George Mentavlos Christina Nixon CJ Pakuris
Believe this and go in
Vivian Pann Eileen Petransky Yianno Pournakas Harry Reinhart
His grace and love and
power. Gus Sagos Jayne Savage Mildred Sellers Linda Stowers Jim Thevaos James Tyree
Irene Vallone Teziah Williams
(Copied from the June 14,
2009 Sunday missal from
Church, Charlotte, NC.)
To Victoria Flaherty and David Perryman on their marriage
Our lives are the only To Scott Conrow on his Baptism
Bible some people will To Kathleen Andrews and Andrew McCullough on their marriage
ever read. This is a really To Katherine Kleto and Frank Bartis on their marriage
scary example of how To Bill Peter Pappas on his advancement to the rank of Eagle Scout
much people watch us as To Rolandos and Claudia Lazaris on their new home
Christians, and will put To Mena Nickolopoulos and Johnny Chalcas on their engagement
us to the test!
Always be on guard -- WITH SYMPATHY
and remember -- To Christina Bonderer on the passing of her aunt, Eunice Webb, in Charleston
You carry the name of To the Elia family on the passing of Elias’ father, Rev. Fr. Papa Pieris in Cypress
Christ on your To Maria Balatsias on the passing of her mother Rosalia Bania in Stenoma, Greece
shoulders To the Keretsis and Kalariotes families on the passing of Sam Dennis Keretsis
when you call yourself
“Thank you to everyone at St. Nektarios. We had a wonderful time at our wedding.
B ecause thy loving
kindness is better
than life, my lips shall
Everything was beautiful, especially the service. Thank you for the church and hall
and all the people that helped in anyway to make our day so special.”
praise thee. Love, David and Vickie (Flaherty) Perryman
Thus will I bless thee
while I live: I will lift up Karen Gardner would like to, “Thank everyone for their support...for all the prayers,
my hands in thy name. cards, good wishes, and good deeds offered during my illness. My family and I truly
My soul shall be feel blessed to be a part of the St. Nektarios community.”
satisfied as with marrow
and fatness; and my TO DIANE GILBERT AND COPYCAT FOR PRINTING
mouth shall praise thee THE CHURCH BULLETIN AND NEWSLETTER
with joyful lips.
Psalm 63:3-5 Please contact the church office with information we may share with the community
or to add someone to the prayer list .
Greek Orthodox Archdiocese Of America
ARCHIEPISCOPAL ENCYCLICAL ON THE
FOURTH OF JULY
Jun 30, 2009 -- Protocol 56/09 The responsibility for others, especially in their time of
Beloved Brothers and Sisters in Christ, want or crisis, is also critical to the strength and viability of a
free society. Our citizenship and our belonging in this great
The Fourth of July is a day when we join with people across
American nation implies the presence of a nurturing
this nation and around the world in the celebration of an
community that advances the ability for all people to
historic achievement that exalted the necessity of human
experience life, liberty, and happiness. It also implies the
freedom and initiated a political and social environment filled
presence of a community that itself is nurtured by the free
with opportunity and potential. The United States of America,
response of its members to the needs of their fellow citizens
in the words of Abraham Lincoln, was “conceived in liberty,”
and residents. With discernment but without discrimination,
dedicated to the ideal of justice and equality for all, thus
we respond to any person in need, knowing that our ideals of
becoming a nation that broadened the scope and function of
freedom, justice, and equality are related to the well-being of
citizenship and of the meaning of belonging and community.
each and every person in our society.
As Orthodox Christians, in addition to our American
In our celebration of Independence Day, may we take a
citizenship, we know and experience community also through
moment to reflect upon the meaning of our citizenship and
our worship, fellowship and ministry in our local parishes. In
our belonging as an American people, and as members of the
these communities of faith and love we are connected to a
Kingdom of God, affirming that compassion for and
much larger and eternal community, the Kingdom of God. In
assistance to others is essential to both. May we also
God’s Kingdom, we are citizens of a realm of life and being, in
remember that our calling as Orthodox Christians is to share
which we follow His will, and are recipients of His grace. As
the Gospel of love and truth, so that all may know the grace
citizens of His Kingdom, we are called to an awareness and
of God and may find salvation in Jesus Christ. Our sharing
response to the needs of others during the course of our lives
and heralding the message of the Gospel enhances our
on this earth. Our Lord affirmed this in His ministry and His
responsibility as Americans to care for our neighbors. When
teaching, even emphatically stating that the inheritance of the
we respond to others in need, we strengthen the general
Kingdom and of eternal life is intertwined with our response
welfare of our society; and we sustain the freedom, justice,
to the needs of one of the least of these my (i.e. Christ’s)
and equality that we cherish, and that we enjoy as a superb
brothers (Matthew 25:40). Thus, an essential characteristic of
gift of God.
our heavenly citizenship is our active care on earth for those in
need. With paternal love in Christ,
Congratulations to Nickie & Tom Kleto on celebrating
A note of thanks from Socrates Academy for the use of the
their 60th Wedding Anniversary on June 12, 2009! Spiritual Life Center for their Town Hall meeting.
Y oung at H eart
A great big THANK YOU to the hosts/hostesses
of our June gathering. They were Effie and
Xenny Koinis, George and Pauline Velonis, Nick
and Maria Collias, Jim and Gail Chomakos, Gus
and Bessie Vrettos, Maria and Tony Manousos,
Pitsa and George Nicolopoulos, Morphia and Tony
Bouboulis, Rita Castanas, and Nick and Florence
In June we always pay tribute to fathers,
grandfathers, uncles, and mentors. Included in
this group are our priests and deacons. You are
much appreciated. We pulled a name out of a
basket and had one father represent all
fathers. That father was Badi Batshon. He was
presented with a special shirt and cap, and as
always, Badi was very gracious. The gifts were
courtesy of Ted and Madeleine Soloman.
Georgia Poular had suggested that we play a
fun game. After some thought, it was decided
that we would play, "Put the collar on the
Father." A poster-size picture of Father Steve
was placed on the wall, and a representative
from each table was given a post-it note,
blindfolded, and told to post the note at Father's
collar. It was a hoot! We gave out three prizes,
a kite, a frisbee, and a picture frame to those
who came closest. Sorry, I didn't record the
winners' names, and like many seniors, my short-
term memory isn't working well today!!! Anyway,
we had a good time.
In June, we also choose our leader for the next
year. We chose Georgia Poular by acclamation.
See you in September!!
LIFE & FAMILY MINISTRY
L ife and Family Ministry has formed a new small group in Mint Hill. Our first meeting was held at the beautiful home
of Teddy & Deme Poulos on June 14th. In attendance were Deidre & Bernie Lepkowsky & family, Mark & Lynn
Lockyer & family and Jeff & Kim Clewell & family. We were served a delicious spaghetti dinner followed by a discussion
led by Deidre on dealing with worry and anxiety as our kids played in the backyard. (Ha, ha, ha!!! - that sounded funny.)
We will be holding meetings once a month with each family taking turns as hosts. The July meeting will be held at
the home of Mark & Lynn Lockyer and the August meeting will be held at the Clewell’s home.
Philoptochos —A Legacy of Philanthropy
Report from Metropolis of Atlanta
Clergy-Laity Assembly and
R Itsa Neary and I had the opportunity to attended the Clergy
Laity Assembly & Philoptochos Conference on June 11-14.
The theme of the conference was The Day After TODAY--Our Youth.
The conference started with a kick-off dinner. His Eminence
Metropolitan Alexios addressed the conference with the comments
on how important our youth is to continuing our Orthodoxy in
America. The youth of Holy Trinity Church of Clearwater participated
in the banquet. The Second day was full of meetings; exchanging
ideas about Philoptochos concerns and issues. Also at the
Philoptochos lunch, there was a presentation to All Children's
Hospital of a check for $10,000 dollars collected in the fund drive.
Also, the Zoe Cavalaris Award was presented to our sister parish St.
Luke for having the highest membership increase in the Metropolis. Newly Elected 2009- 2011
The next day we had a great motivational speaker, Evelyn Ploumis- Metropolis of Atlanta Philoptochos Board
Devick Ph.D. If you are interested in any of the event details or President: Evan Scurtis Board Members: Jeannie Demas, Helen
workshop data, please let me know and I would be glad to share First Vice President: Laura Nixon Doulaveris, Marty Driscoll, Valine
my event book with you. Meeting highlights are also noted below. 2nd Vice President: Rose Marie Connell Georgeson, Mary Karam, Betty Lantz, Joan
Recording Secretary: Florence Lytle Marinos, Helen McKane, Effie Moraitakis,
It was a great opportunity for me to attend this conference and I Corresponding Scty: Marty Driscoll Vicky Patronis, Irene Politis, Koula Poulos,
learned a great deal which I will be glad to share with my sisters in Treasurer: Dee Nicolaou Kiki Rothman, Margaret Sarafoglu, Irene
the Philoptochos. Assistant Treasurer: Kathy Theofilos Tracy (not all pictured above)
Thanks, Charlotte Nickolopoulos
Meeting Highlights from the Philoptochos Conference
• Medically Fragile Children -- MUSC experience at the Miami Transplant
newsletters and our new website this fall.
(Medical University of South Carolina) Institute. The purpose is to inform chapters
• Disaster Relief Fund -- Over $1.3
playground project for Medically Fragile of organ donation and does not solicit
million was distributed through this program
Children has been halted due to budget funds nor obligate anyone to become an
and National Philoptochos has since
cuts and they have asked us to consider organ donor. Nicky Psaltis gave an
adopted a National Disaster Response
applying our donation toward their "A Place inspiring presentation on how her father's
Board with Dee Nicolaou as the
to Pray" area which will be in the new organ transplant 15 years ago saved his
chairperson. IOCC, National Philoptochos
chapel building. The money given toward life and touched their family.
and the Metropolis of Atlanta Philoptochos
this project was as follows: $22,500 fromwill coordinate efforts to establish Disaster • Agape Celebrations are to be planned
National Philoptochos (CMF); $8,796.20 Response Centers in our Metropolis. The in each Conference during the upcoming
from chapter donations for Disaster Response Plan is being ecclesiastical year.
centerpieces, and $1,920 from the art formulated and will be presented to your
auction at the 2007 Clergy Laity • Dynamic Leadership & Grants
parishes and chapters.
Conference. By unanimous vote the Development Strategies was the topic of
general assembly moved to redirect the • His Eminence Metropolitan Alexios Saturday's workshop and was led
has requested that we raise $25,000 in 5
total playground funds of $33,216.20 to the by Evelyn Ploumis-Devick, Ph.D. This was
Place to Pray in the new chapel of the years from all Metropolis chapters to build a highly motivational and educational
MUSC Hospital. a church in Cameroon, Africa. The presentation on how to build successful
General Assembly delegates and board and sustainable programs. We all came
• The White Dove funds will be members embraced the project and voted away inspired in our efforts!
heretofore redirected to the Website and to go forward.
eCommunications Committee and will work Ask your representive delegates for more
towards enhanced Philoptochos • Organ Donor Awareness Program is information on these meeting highlights.
communications throughout the being reintroduced in light of the late Also, start thinking about who will be your
Metropolis. Stay tuned for some exciting Archbishop Christodoulos' recent 2010 delegates for the
National Philoptochos Conference. It will
Philoptochos —A Legacy of Philanthropy
New Board Holds
Planning Session Charlotte Titans
Win the Day
M embers of the new Board held a morning- long
planning session on Saturday, July 11 to define
the direction of the next year’s activities. Fr. Steve The Saint Nektarios
Philoptochos sponsored the
opened the planning session with a devotional lesson on
annual Softball Challenge May 17th.
the purpose of this organization within the mission of the
greater Church. There were three teams this year.
A calendar of events through the end of this year was The Young Guns comprised of our best
developed and preliminary activities were set for 2010. high school and college students, The
Charlotte Titans comprised of the cream of the crop Charlotte
Committees were identified and some chairpersons
home town boys and The Legends, winners of last years
named. Meeting dates were set. Look for postcards to be challenge, comprised of all non-Charlotte home town boys.
mailed in August with our new schedule.
General Meetings The Titans first took on the Young Guns and showed impressive
In that the Community Fellowship Dinner is moving to play considering their average age. They were able to hold off a
last inning run by the Young Guns to win 19 to 11. The Titans now
Wednesday night starting this fall, it was decided to hold
had to face the powerful bats of the Legends. The Legends came
General Membership meetings on the third Tuesday of the to play the opening innings and led 3 to 0 after 2 innings of play.
month with varying times to accommodate those who can But the momentum turned and the Titans bats were blazing. The
and cannot travel at night. The first General Meeting will Titans took the lead in the third inning and kept it to win 11 to 5.
be a Dinner Meeting on Tuesday, September 15th at 6:30
p.m. at the Big View Diner. Details will follow. It was a wonderful day filled with fun for the kids, great softball, and
good food. Thank you to Ole’ Smokehouse Restaurant for
Volunteer Opportunities supplying the food. We raised over $700. 00 for charity. Thank you
Ladies, start thinking about how you can participate to to all the people who helped to make this charity event so
make 2009-10 a great year. A catalog of opportunities will successful.
be available for our September 15th meeting.
Strengthening our R elationship w ith G od
Time, Talent, and Treasure
Thank you to all of the stewards of the church. In these tough
economic times please continue to give proportionately and regularly
of what you have been given by God. If you have lost your job, give
more time to God in prayer. If your schedule does not allow you to
give of additional time, choose a talent God has given you and give that Gift Idea
talent back to Him in the form of helping others. If your job is secure, Need a gift for someone who has
please continue to give of your financial treasure. everything? Make a gift to the
church in honor of that person. We’ll
send them an acknowledgement.
SPARTAN MEN ARE
T he St. Nektarios men have
been playing in the JCC
basketball league for 3 years.
They have played very well and
have come close to winning it all
many times. This spring they
finally put it all together and won
first place regular season with the
best record and won the
tournament to be crowned
“CHAMPIONS”. They have been JCC Men’s Basketball Spring
“CROWNED”! This word sounds 2009 Tournament Champions
and feels important. Were these
men this worthy of such an elegant
Trophy Presentation on July 12, 2009
Pictured (from left): Stuart Andrews, John Anderson, Vaki Karampourniotis, Fr.
and bold honor? Are these men
Steve, George Demakis, Todd Fisher, and Dean Kalariotes (and a few future players).
deserving of the TROPHY given to
Not pictured: Mark Duncan, Gus Gianakopoulos and Greg Oliven
them honoring them as Kings of
the court? sacrifice, the respect, and the commitment we must have in
order to obtain each.
I remember being a young man in my teens and visiting
many Orthodox churches. I noticed in many of these These humble men are Kings in my eyes and are well
churches there would be a trophy case. There would be deserving of this FIRST PLACE TROPHY! I see in their
trophies, plaques, and pictures displaying victories from all actions the love, sacrifice, respect, and commitment they
sports. As an athlete you understand the ultimate passion give to their family, church and to God! I hope when you
behind this wall of hardware. And as a young Orthodox see your TROPHY you will remember your DIRECTION
Christian there is an even more powerful meaning. I see and always have good stories (exaggerated just a little) to
the parallel direction that we take for the joys of this world share!
and the goal of coming closer to God. I see the love, the Theo Karavokiros
7-12-09 COMMUNITY LUNCHEON
T he Hospitality Ministry under the direction of Pete Douglas, presented their
second Community Luncheon. Almost 200 people enjoyed hamburgers and
hotdogs hot off the grill with all the typical cook-out side dishes and topped off with
freshly baked cookies for dessert. Thanks to Tommy Demopoulos for braving the
heat from the grill, and the incredible hospitality team for keeping the all-you-can-
eat buffet stocked and the beverage containers full. Proceeds help fund our church
ministry budget. Plan to attend the next luncheon on August 16th!
“The future of our
CLERGY-LAITY ASSEMBLY REPORT youth is the Church”
T he Holy Trinity Church of Clearwater graciously His Eminence reflected on the many wonderful
hosted the 2009 Metropolis of Atlanta Clergy- things that have happened in the Metropolis and in
Laity Assembly and Philoptochos Conference from the local parish communities over the last two years:
committees of the Assembly. Mr. Jerry Dimitriou,
Executive Director of Administration for the
June 11th to the 14th. The event opened with the (1) The position of Ierokyrix, or a traveling Archdiocese, presented a detailed report on the
Grand Banquet when over 210 clergy, delegates and preacher and confessor was created and financial position of the Archdiocese. The 2010 and
participants were officially welcomed. Special implemented. V. Rev. Archimandrite Grigorios 2011 budgets for the Metropolis were approved.
remarks were also delivered by local dignitaries. Tatsis, serving in this position, has been While Fr. George Tsahakis, Chancellor, distributed a
enthusiastically welcomed by the numerous written report highlighting the areas of responsibility
In his keynote speech at the opening banquet, His communities he has visited. He not only assists of the office of the Chancellor, he stressed the
Eminence Metropolitan Alexios gave “thanks and the local pastors by emphasizing and importance of the combined work of all those within
praise to Almighty God for all His abundant highlighting the Sacrament of Confession; he the Metropolis and at the Parish level. George
blessings, among them is this blessed opportunity to celebrates the Divine Liturgy, gives homilies Matthews explained how the workings of the
gather as the people of God . . . and to discuss our and inspirational talks, and meets with people in Metropolis Council had been restructured into five
common concerns, sharing our ideas, hopes and different organizations and programs; working committees to address the issues identified
dreams for the future for our Metropolis of Atlanta, (2) The Metropolis Parish Development team in a strategic planning session held in 2007. Those
and specifically for our youth.” has focused on developing leadership and committees are Outreach and Evangelism, Priest
The theme of the Assembly, “The Day after involvement on the Parish level by assisting the Continuing Education, Laity Education,
Today: Our Youth,” is to help all to understand not local communities to better organize themselves Communications and PR, and Parish Council
only the responsibilities but more importantly the in a professional way, and helping them to Education. Information on the Diakonia Center was
opportunities enabling us to create ways to serve our understand the life of our Church and the spirit presented. Fr. Tatsis reported on the Youth
Lord and our precious children, according to the of sharing; Education Cultural Ministry and introduced the new
Prophet Jeremiah, (3) The Metropolis of Atlanta Philoptochos and Youth Director for the Metropolis, Presbytera Mari
“There is hope in your future, says the LORD, the 65 parish Philoptochos chapters have been Mars. Fr. Chris Metropulos updated the assembly on
that your children will return to their own land.” very active and productive. Last year they the latest developments of Orthodox Christian
Jeremiah 31:17 received the most awards for recognition of Network. Dee Nicolaou queried everyone, “Are we
Further, this continues the theme of His Eminence good works at the Clergy-Laity Congress of our ready” to respond to emergencies and natural
Archbishop Demetrios’ address to the Clergy-Laity Archdiocese in Washington, DC; disasters in our parish communities. Training
Congress last year in Washington, D.C.: “Gather my (4)The Metropolis Education, Culture and Youth opportunities are available to help parishes respond.
people to My home.” His Eminence Metropolitan Ministry staff and volunteers have worked hard Evangeline Mekras-Scurtis reported on the
Alexios commented that while we say that the youth to develop programs and provide resources for diversified list of programs supported by the Ladies
are the future of the Church, he believes more our youth, Sunday School, HDF and Greek Philoptochos and their goals for the future.
importantly that “the future of our youth is the culture and heritage programs. There has been
Church.” He emphasized that everyone must devote an increase in programs and participation Elected and appointed to serve on the Metropolis
time, energy and resources to shape the right because of the unselfish offering of the time, Council for 2009 to 2011 are: Nick Moraitakis,
character in the hearts of our children. As he stated, talent and resources of the Metropolis staff, Metropolis Council Vice Chairman; George
“It is our God-given privilege and responsibility to many clergy and lay volunteers working on Matthews, Metropolis Council Vice Chairman of
teach our children what is right and wrong in the behalf of our precious youth. Finance and Development and Council Treasurer;
eyes of God, to teach and model love and respect for Larry Gess, Metropolis Council Vice Chairman of
ourselves and for each other, because this leads to In conclusion, His Eminence reminded all that Administration; Evelyn Klund, Metropolis Council
true Christian love. We must promote and strengthen evangelism is not limited to the mission field in Secretary; with members: Fr. Stavros Akrotirianakis,
authentic Orthodox Christian spirituality and guide foreign countries. The real work of evangelization is Tina Christy, Les George, Fr. John Johns, Fr. Paul
each young person to become an active member of here among our children and youth, our college Kaplanis, Andrew Karres, Dr. George Koulianos, Fr.
the Church so that they experience our Orthodox students, our young families, and our unchurched Nick Louh, Chris Mandelaris, Dr. George Mavros,
Faith through participation in the ecclesiastical and brothers and sisters. V.R.Fr. Constantine Mersinas, Fr. Panayiotis
sacramental life of the Church.” He highlighted how Papageorgiou, George Psetas, Fr. Anthony
the Metropolis through its Education, Cultural and In addition to participating in the routine committee Salzman, Fr. Joseph Samaan, Harry Stathopoulos,
Youth Ministry is there to support the parishes in this meetings on the business of the Metropolis, Clergy- Nick Stratas, Evvie White, Tommy Yearout, and
critical work. Laity delegates had numerous opportunities to attend Peter Zervakos. Elected to the Archdiocesan
one of the six workshops offered: Teaching our Council are: Fr. James Rousakis, Gerry Clonaris,
His Eminence shared that he has received the
Youth, Reaching out to our Youth, Faith and and Ted Vlahos.
highest honor that can come to a Hierarch, and
Science, Stewardship for our Youth, “I Was in Prison
consequently to this Metropolis, to have the honor of
and You Visited Me, and Parish Stewardship 101& Interspersed throughout the four days of ceremonies,
serving in the Holy Synod of the Ecumenical
201. Through these workshops attendees were meetings and workshops were many opportunities
Patriarchate. This is a great responsibility which
armed with information to support the work to be for the delegates to enjoy each others fellowship.
allows His Eminence the opportunity to participate in
done in our parishes with resources offered by the The four days culminated on Sunday with the
the discussions and decisions regarding the
Metropolis and by the Archdiocese. Fr. Mark Leondis Hierarchical Divine Liturgy, Oath of Office of the new
challenges and opportunities of the global Orthodox
and Fr. James Kordaris were among the presenters. Metropolis Council Members and Philoptochos Board
Church at this time. Through this experience, there is
followed by the Farewell Luncheon.
even a better understanding of the love of the
The Joint Parliamentary Session for all delegates of
Ecumenical Patriarchate. One also can see the
the Clergy-Laity Assembly and Philoptochos Evelyn Klund,
Metropolis of Atlanta as one cell of the larger body
Conference accepted the reports of the working St. Nektarios Delegate
becoming better servants of God.
WORKING IN HIS VINEYARD MISSIONS AND PHILANTHROPY MINISTRY
“ So faith by itself, if it has no works, is dead.” James 3:17
Reflections from Project Mexico
O ur group gathered at the airport nice and early on
Tuesday morning, as we prepared to fly to San
Diego. Everyone was excited to go on our mission trip. I
was looking forward to going back and to getting to know
the group from St. Nektarios. Upon arriving in San Diego
we went to Walmart to get our necessities. Afterward, it
was off to find a place for lunch. That afternoon we met
with our Project Mexico family to cross the border and
head to the orphanage, which we all refer to as the
Ranch, and our home for the next week.
Our community would be so very proud of
the group that represented St. Nektarios.
Everyone was respectful and worked very hard to
help build the house for the family. We also got to
know and spend time with the boys at the Ranch.
Sam Alyateem came up with the great idea of
purchasing a soccer ball, which we all signed, and
presented to the boys at the Ranch on our last
night there. It was a beautiful gesture which the
boys loved. It represented the bond we had
created with them over the week. One of my
favorite times of the week was the last work day.
My most memorable moment of the week
was when we had completed the house blessing
and given the keys to the family (very emotional
time) and were preparing to head home for the
day, and when Madi took some of us to visit the
family we built for in June 2007. It was Emily
Couchell, George Alyateem, & myself who had been
on the trip in 2007. The three of us, along with
Rachel Kokenes, Sam Alyateem, and two Project
Mexico interns, went to visit the family from 2007.
Maria and her family welcomed us with open arms.
They were so excited to see us. It was very nice to
see the finished house with wedding pictures
hanging on the wall, and their little boy Chuye
running around. Sofas were in place and there was
a television in the front room of the
house. They had painted the front
of the house and had also built a
smaller house on the front of the
land for one of their sons and his
family. We gave them a little help
in 2007 and they took that
knowledge and help and were
able to better their lives. I enjoyed
visiting them and being able to see
what truly happens after we are
long gone. I pray that Edgar and
his family have the same success
over the next two years, as did Maria and her family.
Project Mexico was a wonderful time and I
recommend that everyone take the opportunity to
participate on a project. I look forward to going back to
the orphanage with a future mission group in 2011.
WORKING IN HIS VINEYARD MISSIONS AND PHILANTHROPY MINISTRY
“ So faith by itself, if it has no works, is dead.” James 3:17
Project Mexico’s Gift
R ecently I had the pleasure of accompanying nine of the best
folks I have ever met on a Project Mexico trip. In spite of the
H1N1 scare and my overprotective mother and sister, we trekked
down to Rosarito, Mexico, just outside of Tijuana, and stayed at the
St. Innocent’s Orphanage while building a home for a family in need.
In preparing for the trip, I arranged for my pets to be taken care
of, got some extra vaccinations, squared everything away at work,
made sure I packed my work gloves and wondered if this area of
Mexico would be like the third world countries we so often see on
television. And, as the folks in my van heard me say over and over –
it is exactly like TV. People live with no electricity, no running water,
no bathroom or toilet and have to purchase potable water. Children
cannot afford to finish elementary school much less graduate from
high school or college; the average education level in Mexico is
the 5th grade. Homes are built out of scraps of rubbish, even old
garage doors, and many people must walk miles to make it out of
the shanty towns they live in just to get food or water. And, much
to my dismay, I was not surprised by this in the least – in fact, this
lack of surprise brought home how desensitized I have become.
What did surprise me was the kindness of the family we,
along with 2 other groups: one from St. Louis and the other from
Jacksonville, Florida, built for. “Our family” was there all four
construction days and “our dad”, Edgar, helped us build on
three of these days (the first day he was at work). And while I
got tired and hot and frustrated with how long the nails we had
to hammer were - or how tricky I found it to get the stinkin’
stucco to stick to the wall, Edgar smiled non-stop. He came
over and showed all of us how to do things in an easier way...
smiling as he went – never once upset with the Americans or
frustrated by the language barrier.
Edgar made me realize how blessed I truly am. This man,
who by most standards, has so little and has every reason to
resent Americans, was so kind to us and so happy to see us
and have our help - it was truly humbling. Edgar, who grew up
in a country with no such thing as “credit”, could not have been happier to
build his new home and seemed focused on how blessed he was by such
a gift. I learned many things about myself on this trip and thanks to
Edgar, I now kiss every student loan payment I make and gleefully make
that mortgage payment, because as an American I have been afforded
countless opportunities I take for granted on a daily basis.
Yet, when I returned to Charlotte, I could feel these lessons and the
beauty I had seen in Mexico slipping away. But through sharing my
experiences with others and staying focused on the positive we all can
do, like food drives, sponsorship of a child at St. Innocent’s and
Project Mexico, or
other mission trips.
I am doing my best
to hold tight to my
time there and to
show God how
thankful I am of
blessings he has
bestowed on me
and my family.
At Vacation Church Camp, we
always checked in with our
teachers, then we began the
day with prayers and hymns…..
Then the GOYANS
would tell us
the Day in
a funny skit...
Next, we would go
to our class rooms to learn
about that day’s Evangelist
with our teachers...
After class time, we
would line to go to
We did CRAFTS,
We did MUSIC,
We did SPORTS,
and, we WALKED WITH JESUS!
On the last day at VCC, we sang
songs about the FANTASTIC 4:
Matthew, Mark, Luke and John!
Some things we learned at VCC:
THE GOSPELS are the first four books of the New Testament and tell the story of Christ and His teachings.
“Gospel” means “good news.” The “Good News” is Christ is risen from the dead and has granted us eternal life.
MATTHEW: WHO? Matthew, also called Levi, a tax collector, became a disciple of Christ. WHAT? A gospel
about Jesus’ life, ministry and teaching. WHEN? Written around 70 AD, about 37 years after the crucifixion.
WHERE? Happened in Judea (Israel) ; written in Antioch. WHY? To show the Jews that Jesus was the Messiah
promised by the prophets of the Old Testament.
MARK: WHO? John Mark, a follower and student of the Apostle Peter. WHAT? A gospel about Jesus work.
WHEN? Written around 65 AD about 32 years after Christ was crucified. WHERE? Happened in Israel, written
in Rome. WHY? For the Roman Christians. They were being persecuted by the Romans and Jews—Mark reminded
people that Jesus suffered too, and was sent to serve.
LUKE: WHO? Luke, a physician, became a follower of the Apostle Paul. He is the only evangelist to write a
“sequel”: The Acts of the Apostles, which tells of the Apostles after the resurrection and ascension of Christ.
WHAT? A gospel about the life and ministry of Jesus. WHEN? Probably written around AD 70—80 AD, about
37—47 years after the Crucifixion. WHERE? Takes place in Israel; written in Greece or Asia Minor. WHY?
For the non-Jews (Greeks) to show Jesus as the Savior of the world, Who has compassion for all human beings.
JOHN: WHO? John, the beloved disciple of Jesus. He was the brother of the disciple James. Jesus called them
the “Sons of Thunder” because they were so outspoken. John was the only disciple brave enough to witness Jesus’
crucifixion, and Jesus asked him to look after His mother Mary after His death. WHAT? About the life and
teachings of Jesus. John probably read the other gospels before writing his gospel. He wrote when he was very
old (lived to be 100)and had thought a lot about Jesus. His gospel has more theology. WHEN? Was probably
written around 96 AD, about 63 years after the crucifixion. WHERE? Takes place in Israel, was written in Asia
Minor. WHY? To show Jesus as the Son of God, so that all His followers would continue to believe in Him, that
He lived among us and provides eternal life for all who believe in Him.
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Panteleimon the Great DIRECTORY SUNDAYS AT
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T his Saint, who had
Nicomedia as his
homeland, was the son of
Charlotte, NC 28270
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although his parents had named him Pantoleon ("in all things Ass’t Sect’y: Stavroula Koutsoupias provided by the Hospitality Ministry
a lion"), because of the compassion he showed for the souls Treasurer: Scott Munday Team.
and bodies of all, he was worthily renamed Panteleimon, Ass’t Treasurer: Mark Malatras
meaning "all-merciful." On one occasion, when he restored Members:
the sight of a certain blind man by calling on the Divine John Anderson, Kellie Karavokiros, Flowers
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knowledge of the truth. This also became the cause for the Dimitrios Stefanidis family member’s feast day, in
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endured many wounds, he was finally beheaded in the year Ministries Manager church office to reserve a Sunday.
305, during the reign of Maximian. Saint Panteleimon is one Elaine Miller Dena Kondilis
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ancestor of God, lived for sixty-nine
years, and her spouse Joachim, for
eighty; according to one account, Saint
Joachim died two years before Saint
St. Nektarios Greek Orthodox Church is dedicated to the continuation of our Lord
Anna. The Theotokos had been and Savior Jesus Christ’s ministry of salvation through the proclamation and
orphaned of both her parents already teaching of the Gospel; through Baptism in the name of the Father, Son, and Holy
when she was eleven years of age, Spirit; and through loving service to God and to mankind.
when she was living in the Temple (see OUR VISION:
Sept. 8 and Nov. 21). Saint Anna is invoked for conceiving The community will provide a loving, caring and welcoming environment where all
children, and for help in difficult childbirth. belong and grow in the faith through worship, service, witness,
and fellowship .