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					                                                                                        The Shepherd
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                                                                                        “For He (Christ) is the icon of the invisible God...”
                                                                                        Colossians 1:15

                                                                                        FROM THE DESK OF FATHER ANDREW

IN THIS ISSUE                                                                                           My Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

COUNCIL  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  . p . 2

PHILOPTOCHOS NEWS  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  . p . 2
                                                                                                        T        he first Sunday of Great and Holy Lent (for 2011 Sunday, March
                                                                                                                 13th) is called The Sunday of Orthodoxy. This Sunday celebrates
                                                                                                                 the restoration of our holy icons back into our homes and our
                                                                                                         churches. During the 8th and 9th centuries there were those called
                                                                                                         Iconoclasts who (wrongly) taught that icons were to be considered
CHURCH SERVICES  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  . p . 3                                          “graven images.” The Iconoclasts likened the veneration and honor given
                                                                                        to an icon as the worshipping of idols. Nothing could be further from the truth. The debate
BIRTHS, 40-DAY BLESSINGS, BAPTISMS,                                                     became fierce and even bloody. Besides others, Saint John of Damascus was instrumental
DEATHS, MEMORIALS  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  . p . 3                             in helping the Seventh Ecumenical Council in 787 AD decide the correct place and
                                                                                        understanding of the holy icons. In his statement he marks the difference between the
NEWS FROM THE LOFT  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  . p . 4
                                                                                        words veneration and worship. St. John uses two Greek words to help him accent the
LIBRARY & BOOKSTORE  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  . p . 4                                 difference between the words veneration and worship. The Greek word proskenisis is a
                                                                                        general word and is used to show the honor or veneration toward a person or thing, like an
AHEPA NEWS  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  . p . 4            icon. The Greek word latreia is a specific word and is used to denote the worship due only
                                                                                        to the Most High God. We give honor and venerate our icons, but we worship only God.
                                                                                        We know that up until Christ, God had not been seen. He was not visible to the human
G .O .Y .A . NEWS  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  . p . 6        eyes and therefore could not be depicted. However, with the birth of Christ, man is able
                                                                                        to see his God. Through the Incarnation, God took on flesh in the form of Jesus Christ and
SUNDAY SCHOOL  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  . p . 6                     thus made Himself visible. Therefore, man has seen God and is permitted to depict him in
                                                                                        the sacred icons. The same holds true with regard to the figures of the Theotokos and of
TRINITY KIDS CHRISTMAS PARTY .  . p . 7                                                 the Saints of the Church. The honor and veneration, though not worship, offered to the
                                                                                        icons of Christ, the Theotokos, and the Saints is recognized as being transmitted to the
O .C .M .C . MISSIONS WALK 2011  .  .  . p . 6
                                                                                        prototypes of those icons.
SCHOLARSHIPS  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  . p . 8                A prototype is recognized as the original. Thus, through the honor and veneration given
                                                                                        to the icon, it is given not to the wood, the paint, or the mosaic but to the person or the
CALENDAR  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  . p . 9
                                                                                        event that icon depicts. The Seventh Ecumenical Council relates this truth as follows: “The
2011 STEWARDSHIP PLEDGES  .  .  .  . p . 12                                             honor rendered to the icon is in effect transmitted to the prototype; he who venerates the
                                                                                        icons, venerates in it the reality for which the icon stands.”
MESSAGE FROM THE NEWSLETTER’S                                                           The icons of the Church have been around for a long, long time. One of the main purposes
PUBLISHER .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  . p . 13    of an icon was and is to teach the faithful the truths of the Church. This is why icons have
                                                                                        been called “books of the illiterate.” Thus, the icons of the Church help to properly instruct
ADVERTISING CONTRACT  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  . p . 14
                                                                                        the faithful about God’s saving plan, which include Christ, the Theotokos, and the Saints
PHILOPTOCHOS TEA PHOTOS .  .  .  .  . p . 15                                            of the Church.. The images and events depicted on the icons help relate a scriptural truth
                                                                                        about God and his attempts to save mankind.
                                                                                        From the book of Hebrews Saint Paul writes “Therefore, since we are surrounded by so
FESTIVAL ADBOOK CONTRACT  .  .  . p . 18                                                great a cloud of witnesses...” That cloud of witness are the Saints of the Church: those who
                                                                                        “gave their whole life to Christ our God.” They gave their lives to the building churches,
CONTACT INFORMATION  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  . p . 20                                   monasteries, and hospitals. They spent their days feeding the poor and clothing the naked;
                                                                                        living the practical and spiritual call of Jesus Christ. There were those who even became
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                  FROM THE PRESIDENT                                                                       PHILOPTOCHOS
                  OF THE PARISH COUNCIL                                                                        NEWS
    The 2011 parish council members were sworn in on January                         I would like to begin by congratulating our dance and choral
    16th. Afterwards, the council met and voted for the 2011                         groups on their success at the 35th annual Folk Dance Festival .
    executive board. The results were:                                               Our instructors, dancers, singers, and parents should all be very
      •	 President – Spero Tzathas                                                   proud!
      •	 1st Vice President – Bill Navrides                                          Our chapter’s annual membership drive is in full-swing with
      •	 2nd Vice President – Art Balourdas                                          our Membership Tea, which was held on February 5th. There
      •	 Secretary – John Kalas                                                      were over 100 members in attendance, of which 11 were
      •	 Treasurer – Stephen Thiros                                                  new members. It was a very enjoyable event, highlighted by
                                                                                     inspiring speeches from Metropolis Philoptochos President
    With only 11 parish council members, the council decided at the
                                                                                     Jeannie Ranglas and our guest speaker, Robert Krantz.
    January PC meeting to approach 4 parishioners in good standing
                                                                                     Congratulations to the Tea chairs, Julie Karagianides, Eleni
    to fill the four vacant spots. Anthony Kyriakidis, Francesca
                                                                                     Merziotis, and Nancy Chaconas and their fabulous committee
    Captain, Jim Gilpin and Ken Kleinhenz were asked and accepted
                                                                                     for organizing and presenting a beautiful event [see photos on
    their appointment of a 2-year term on the council.
                                                                                     page 15]. Even though the Tea has past, it’s not too late to renew
    As most of you are aware, on Saturday, January 22, I suffered                    your membership or become a new member. Please complete
    a “moderate” heart attack. I had a heart procedure done that                     the form in the brochure that was mailed to all households and
    included the installation of 2 stents in my artery. After visiting               support our chapter’s membership and philanthropic efforts.
    a host of doctors, all agree that my prognosis is very good,
                                                                                     Philoptochos brochures can also be found in the church narthex,
    although I will have to make changes / adjustments to my
                                                                                     or you may contact the Membership Chair, Nancy Chaconas.
    lifestyle that must be accomplished over the next year.
                                                                                     Each year we try to rotate hosting a Lenten retreat with our sister
    Therefore, on Saturday, February 6th, I submitted my resignation
                                                                                     chapter at Saints Constantine & Helen’s church in Cardiff. This
    as President of the Parish Council. I do intend to stay on as a
                                                                                     year the ladies of St . Helen’s Philoptochos as Saints Constantine
    member of the council to continue to serve our community.
                                                                                     and Helen church will present a Spiritual Retreat on Saturday,
    The new President of the Parish Council for the rest of 2011 is                  April 2nd from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. in their fellowship hall. The
    Bill Navrides. The PC at the February PC meeting elected Vlassi                  featured speaker is Father Steve Tsichlis of St. Paul’s Church
    Kouris as the new 1st Vice President.                                            (Irvine). Kindly RSVP to Irene Mylonas at 858-459-2288 or
    With this being my last article, I would like to thank you for your    
    support while serving our community. I thank you for keeping
                                                                                     My best wishes to all for a Blessed Lenten Season.
    me in your prayers, flowers, get well cards that I have received
                                                                                     Καλή Σαρακοστή!
    from community members and organizations.
                                                                                     Christine Tradas
                                                                                     Anthousa Chapter President
    Spero Tzathas

    FROM THE DESK OF FATHER ANDREW                                                   My Brothers and Sisters in Christ, The Sunday of Orthodoxy
    >>> Continued from p. 1                                                          celebrates the restoration of our icons back where they belong:
                                                                                     in our homes and in our Churches. Through this celebration we
    Martyrs, who paid the ultimate price because they would not                      are reminded and encouraged about the proper role our icons
    deny Christ. They stood firm in their belief, and let their blood                play in the life of faithful Orthodox Christians (you and me).
    flow to the ground as a witness to that faith.                                   As the icons pass on this designated Sunday let us reverently
    Throughout the ages and even today Orthodox Christians reap                      cross ourselves and offer prayers of thanksgiving for having
    the benefits of the Ecumenical Council’s findings. With the use of               been given the privilege and blessing to cast our eyes upon the
    icons we are reminded in a real way that we are still surrounded                 sacred images the icons represent. During this Great and Holy
    by a cloud of witnesses. The icons that adorn the walls of our                   Lent Season, having been given the opportunity to look upon
    Churches and hang in our homes and elsewhere remind us of                        the icons of the Church, let us worthily give thanks unto the
    God’s reality and correctly teach us the response to that reality.               Lord and His cloud of witnesses, the Saints. As we ascend toward
    The icons of Christ help to keep us focused upon our Lord and                    Jerusalem, may we be encouraged and strengthened in our
    Savior. The Icons of the Theotokos and of the Saints, remind us                  spiritual journey, seeing in the icons those who have completed
    that yes indeed we are still surrounded by those faithful men                    the race and received the crown of righteousness, which is
    and women who went before us.                                                    ultimately eternal life.

                       SERVICES                                                                             BIRTHS
SUnDAy, MARCH 6: Forgiveness Sunday (Cheesefare)                             Congratulations to Dino and Sophia Mellos on the birth of their
  Orthros: 8:45 AM D Divine Liturgy: 10:00 AM                                son Constantinos, who was born on January 29, 2011 weighing
  Epistle: Romans 13:11-14; 14:1-4                                           7 pounds, 6 ounces, 20 inches long. The proud grandparents
  Gospel: Matthew 6:14-21                                                    are Constantinos and Vasiliki Mellos, and John and Athena
MonDAy, MARCH 7: Great Compline – 7:00 PM                                    Georges.
(Great & Holy Lent Begins)                                                   Congratulations to Theodore and Sophia Georggin on the
The 1st segment of the Canon of St. Andrew of Crete                          birth of their son Nicholas, who was born on February 3, 2011
  Epistle: Isaiah 1:1-20/Genesis 1:1-13 Gospel: Proverbs 1:1-20              weighing 8 pounds, 6 ounces, 21 1/2 inches long. The proud
WEDnESDAy, MARCH 9: Presanctified Gifts – 6:00 PM                            grandparents are Nicholas and Patricia Georggin, and James
 Epistle: Hebrews 12:1-10 Gospel: Matthew 20:1-16                            and Soula Saloufakos.

FRIDAy, MARCH 11: 1st Salutation to the Theotokos – 7:00 PM
  Epistle: Isaiah 3:1-14/Genesis 2:20-3:20                                                       40-DAY BLESSINGS
  Gospel: Proverbs 3:19-34
                                                                             FEBRUARy 13: Luke Marko
SUnDAy, MARCH 13 – Sunday of orthodoxy                                       The parents are Tyler and Christina Blankenship
  Orthros: 8:45 AM D Divine Liturgy: 10:00 AM
  Epistle: Hebrews 11:24-26,32-40 Gospel: John 1:43-51                       FEBRUARy 24: Constantinos
                                                                             The parents are Dino and Sophia Mellos
MonDAy, MARCH 14: Great Compline – 7:00 PM
 Epistle: Isaiah 4:2-5:7/Genesis 3:21-4:7
 Gospel: Proverbs 3:34-4:22                                                                              BAPTISMS
WEDnESDAy, MARCH 16: Presanctified Gifts – 10:00 AM
                                                                             JAnUARy 15: Sakee (Dionysios) Kromydas
 Epistle: Isaiah 5:16-25/Genesis 4:16-26
                                                                             Godparents are Demitri and Lena Lahanas
 Gospel: Proverbs 5:15-6:3
                                                                             JAnUARy 23: Haddon (Anthony) Veca
FRI, MARCH 18: 2nd Salutation to the Theotokos – 7:00 PM
                                                                             Godmother is Louise Simon
  Epistle: Isaiah 7:1-14/Genesis 5:32-6:8
SUnDAy, FEBRUARy 20 – Sunday of St. Gregory of Palamas                                                     DEATHS
  Orthros: 8:45 AM D Divine Liturgy: 10:00 AM
                                                                             JAnUARy 31: James T . Daglas – 79 years
  Epistle: Hebrews 1:10-14; 2:1-3 Gospel: Mark 2:1-12
                                                                             FEBRUARy 21: Sophia Constantinou - 91 years
MonDAy, MARCH 21: Great Compline – 7:00 PM
 Epistle: Isaiah 8:13-9:7/Genesis 6:9-22
 Gospel: Proverbs 8:1-21                                                                               MEMORIALS
WEDnESDAy, MARCH 23: Presanctified Gifts – 6:00 PM
 Epistle: Isaiah 10:12-20/Genesis 7:6-9                                      JAnUARy 30:                            FEBRUARy 27:
 Gospel: Proverbs 9:12-18                                                    Peter Theodore – 79 years              Argyroula Kouris - 30 years
FRIDAy, MARCH 25: The Annunciation of the Theotokos                          FEBRUARy 13:                           MARCH 6:
  Divine Liturgy: 10:00 AM                                                   John Anas – 3 years                    James Daglas - 40 days
  Epistle: Hebrews 2:11-18 Gospel: Luke 1:24-38                              John Natheos – 15 years                Despina Kanterakis – 3 years
  3rd Salutation to the Theotokos – 7:00 PM                                                                         Pauline (Panayiota) Kallas - 9 yrs
SUnDAy, FEBRUARy 27: Sunday of the Holy Cross                                FEBRUARy 13:                           Michael Kanterakis – 15 years
  Orthros: 8:45 AM D Divine Liturgy: 10:00 AM                                Charles Natheos – 20 years             Eleni Kanterakis – 22 years
  Epistle: Hebrews 4:14-16; 5:1-6 Gospel: Mark 8:34-38; 9:1                  Constantinos Natheos–36 yrs
                                                                             Martha Natheos – 36 years              MARCH 20:
Monday, March 28: Great Compline – 7:00 PM                                                                          Mario Panos - 1 year
Epistle: Isaiah 14:24-32/Genesis 8:21-9:7                                    FEBRUARy 20:                           Wilma Stanley - 10 years
Gospel: Proverbs 11:19-12:6                                                  Chris Plato – 3 years                  James Stanley - 49 years
WEDnESDAy, MARCH 30: Presanctified Gifts – 10:00 AM                          Alexandra Stathoulis – 15 yrs
 Epistle: Isaiah 26:21-27:9/Genesis 9:18-10:1
 Gospel: Proverbs 12:23-13:9
FRIDAy, APRIL 1: 4th Salutation to the Theotokos – 7:00 PM
  Epistle: Isaiah 29:13-23/Genesis 12:1-7
  Gospel: Proverbs 14:15-26

                                      T HE S HEPHER D • MA R C H 2 0 1 1 • SA I N T S PYR I D O N G R E E K O R T H O D OX C H U R C H O F S A N D IEGO   3
                   NEWS FROM THE LOFT                                                                      A.H.E.P.A. NEWS
    Dear Friends of the Choir,                                                       Dear Brothers of the AHEPA Family:
    Last month as the President of the S.F. Metropolis Church Music                  It has been of great pleasure and honor to be appointed as
    Federation, I had the honor of attending the 40th anniversary                    president of AHEPA San Diego Chapter 223. In the past year and
    honoring Dr . Tikey Zes. Kay Harkins, Greg and Dorothy Kostas,                   a half we have worked together in promoting the ancient Greek
    Pat Spire Tsopanoglou, and Helen Stamatelatos accompanied                        ideas of education, philanthropy, civic responsibility, family
    me to St. Nicholas, San Jose on this very special trip. Dr. Zes is               and individual excellence through community service and
    respected in the professional world as a professor, composer,                    volunteerism. Along with this statement I would like to mention
    and conductor. He is known throughout the Metropolis and                         the importance of camaraderie, sense of accomplishment
    Archdiocese for his Liturgical compositions and arrangements,                    and mutual respect for one another in utilizing our talents in a
    and is one of the most prolific composers of Orthodox                            productive manner to achieve our goals.
    liturgical music. Many of you may know him from the beautiful                    We have promoted and initiated events with Supreme President
    communion hymn we sing at Pascha , Soma Hristou Metalavete,                      Nicholas Karacostas that involved all four chapters in our area.
    his signature piece. On behalf of the Church Music Federation,                   Twice in the past year we have had dinner meetings with North
    I presented Tikey with a beautiful, engraved, gold Communion                     County, El Cajon and Temecula Chapters that involved the
    Chalice to be used at St. Nicholas, where he has served as choir                 participation of Supreme Vice President and Supreme Governor.
    director for many years. It was a beautiful evening filled with                  The support and involvement of North County, El Cajon and
    many speeches, awards, and emotion for this most humble                          Temecula Chapters has been a true fraternal blessing for the
    man. “AXIOS! “                                                                   AHEPA Family.
    On another note, we wish our own Emmanuel Pegas and                              Some of the recent contributions which were made by our
    “honorary” choir member, Nick Platis, very happy belated 80th                    chapter are the financial award scholarships given to applicants
    birthdays. May God grant them both many, many wonderful                          for a higher education. Defibrillator purchased for the Church
    years filled with good health and joy. Hronia Polla!                             Hall, financial contribution to the Dance Group, Christmas dinner
    Last month our choral groups and dancers attended the thirty                     with the El Cajon Chapter to collect funds in purchasing toys and
    fifth annual Folk Dance and Choral Festival in Ontario. Wow,                     presenting them to Children’s Hospital etc. During our meetings
    what an amazing job our children did. They sang and danced                       we have broken away from the traditional Pizza dinners and
    their hearts out. They made new friends and participated in                      have had food catered from Phil’s Barbeque, we also purchased
    Orthodox fellowship. How proud we were with all of them.                         a whole lamb and had it on a rotisserie ready for our meeting. It
    Congratulations!                                                                 is important for our members to come and enjoy their time at
    As the Lenten season approaches we will be busy rehearsing                       the meeting. I am doing my best to keep the chapter meetings
    many of the beautiful hymns sung this time of year and preparing                 at a maximum of 30 minutes with discussions that will address
    for Pascha. It is a time for all of us to reflect and enjoy the beauty           the key points without unnecessary laborious dialog that can
    of this most holy time in our Orthodox faith. The choir and I wish               initiate feelings to members of “why am I here”. Recently we
    you and your families, “Kali Sarakosti”.                                         have had a speaker from the Alzheimer’s Association come to
                                                                                     our meeting and give an excellent presentation on the causes
    In God’s Service,                                                                and prevention of this disease. We have also scheduled future
    Katherine Loukatos Meck                                                          lecturers from The American Cancer Society and American
    Choir Master                                                                     Heart Association.
                                                                                     I would like to thank the contributions that our board members,
                                                                                     Mr . Alex Cremidan Vice President, Dr . Mark Thayer Secretary,
                                                                                     Mr . Tasos Ampelas, Treasurer have made along with the
               LIBRARY AND BOOKSTORE                                                 participation of our membership in achieving our goals.
    Memorial gifts to the Library and Bookstore have been recieved                   Today it is vital that we preserve the heritage of our Greek Culture.
    from the following in Memory of Danny Gotses, husband of                         The Greek Culture is the foundation for our Democratic way of
    Anastasia and father of Christine, Constantine and William. Danny                government. It is the basis of our philosophy, mathematics,
    will be long remembered in our parish. May his memory be eternal.                logical reasoning, plays, music, healing arts and our language.
    Andreas and Anastasia Kyriakidis, Stellios and Mary Gikas.                       Help us in this great task, be a participant in history, join the
                                                                                     AHEPA. The San Diego Chapter of AHEPA was organized and
    Our grateful appreciation to the following for their contributions               chartered April 30, 1929 by 49 Greek-American pioneers of San
    to the Bookstore: Bill Navrides, Chris Tsopanoglou, Sophia Thiros.               Diego County.
    Please come and visit the Bookstore where you will find a new                    Fraternally,
    display; a one-stop shop for all your baptismal needs. All the
    baptismal items required by St. Spyridon are available from                      Constantine (Dino) Gougoulas
    decorated candles, embroidered towels, oil and soap sets, gift                   President
    ideas and more.

GEnERAL ASSEMBLy MEETInG                                                     SAVE THE DATE
Sunday, March 20, 2011                                                              Philoptochos
Following Divine Liturgy                                                        Spring Dinner Dance
                                                                                    Saturday, April 30, 2011
AGEnDA                                                                                The Cypress Room
1. Opening Prayer
2. Election of Chairperson
3. Minutes of the November 21, 2010 General
   Assembly Meeting (Approved by
   Committee & Parish Council)
4. Financial Report
   a. 2010 Final Financial Report
   b. 2011 Budget                                                                                        “your personal jewelry shopper”
5. Audit Committee Report
6. Delegates needed for Metropolis Clergy Laity
                                                                                                                         Lyle & Nicky Stone
   conference on May 2-3, 2011 at
   St. Nicholas Ranch                                                                                   P.O. Box 1849, Carlsbad, CA 92008
                                                                                                                    Phone: (760) 434-1811
7. Unfinished Business                                                                                                 Fax: (760) 730-3011
   Feasibility Study Update                                                                    Email:

8. New Business
   Welcome Committee
9. Father Andrew – Remarks
10. Adjournment
11. Closing Prayer
Next General Assembly Meeting will be Sunday,
November 20, 2011 following the Divine Liturgy

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   MARCH 13th                                                          Greek Salads • Gyros (Beef & Lamb or Chicken) • Fresh Fish Daily
   Daylight Savings Time Begins
                                                                         We make it a point to order and serve the finest ingredients. We've had
   (clocks ahead 1 hour)                                                 visitors who just arrived from vacationing in Greece saying that our
                                                                         gyros is even better that the gyros served in Greece!

                              T HE S HEPHER D • MA R C H 2 0 1 1 • SA I N T S PYR I D O N G R E E K O R T H O D OX C H U R C H O F S A N D IEGO   5
                         G.O.Y.A. NEWS                                                                   SUNDAY SCHOOL
    As this newsletter goes to print we are making our plans for the                 March 6 marks Mission Sunday wherein all Sunday School
    annual Southern California Lenten Retreat in Castaic, CA. In the                 students will view a short video learning more about our
    past, we attended and had a great time. It scheduled for March                   Orthodox Missionaries throughout the world. To show our
    4th thru 6th. We will go as a group and attend the retreat all                   support to OCMC (Orthodox Christian Mission Center),
    weekend. We will have fellowship together with other Goyans                      Maria Kelmis is spearheading a Walkathon to be held on
    from southern California churches, including, a rock climbing                    April 3. Please join us in helping others spread the Gospel of our
                                                                                     Lord… There are several ways to volunteer, i.e., donate, walk,
    wall and a really fun zip line. Hope to see you all there. If you
                                                                                     chaperone, snack/lunch preparation, etc. Please contact Father
    need more info, please contact Paulette Gallanis at Paulette@
                                                                                     Andrew, Maria Kelmis, or any Sunday School staff member for or Presvytera Diane at                            more information.
    We are also hoping that all our Goyans will join our church in                   Our Parish Saint John Chrysostom Oratorical Festival has been
    our Walk for Missions which is scheduled here at St. Spyridon                    rescheduled to Sunday, March 13, 2011. Your attendance is very
    on Sunday April 3, 2011. We will be walking to raise awareness                   much appreciated. Let us show our support to those students
    for Orthodox Christian Missions around the world as well as                      who exclaim their position on various topics of our faith. The
    raising funds to help to provide clean drinking water for people                 two finalists in each division will advance to the District level
    in other countries to have to walk miles every day just for water to             scheduled for April 10 in Anaheim.
    drink. Be watching for upcoming information on our walk and                      As we experience Great and Holy Lent, our Sunday School
    please join us! You will be receiving a sign-up sheet soon. For                  children have scheduled confessions with Father Andrew. They
    more information or to sign up, please contact Maria Kelmis at                   will be learning more about fasting, preparation, and almsgiving.                                                       2Timothy, Chapter 4:2 teaches us, ” Preach the word, be prepared
                                                                                     in season and out of season; correct, rebuke, and encourage—with
    Please contact Presvytera Diane if you would like to volunteer to                great patience and careful instruction.”
    cook and serve a meal at Rachel’s Women’s Ctr. If you have not
    helped out yet, please do, you won’t be sorry you did! Our next                  Looking ahead:
                                                                                      •	 Saturday of Lazarus Community Breakfast
    day is May 7th. God Bless You.
                                                                                      •	 Great and Holy Friday Student Retreat

                                   “ WALK SO THEY DON’ T HAVE TO ”
                                        Walk to Support OCMC Missions • Sunday, April 3, 2011
                                        Right after the Divine Liturgy all those who have registered will have a Lenten
                                        meal and then participate in the walk .

      There will be a presentation to the Sunday School on Sunday,                 Anyone who registers for the walk will receive a T-shirt and
      March 6th by Maria Kelmis who will discuss the work that has                 water bottle with the oCMC logo on it (if ordered before
      been done by the Orthodox Christian Mission Center, including                March 15th, 2011).
      the team she was a part of that physically constructed a church              We need advertisers! If there are any business owners in the
      in Magoma, Uganda in 1990. She will also discuss future plans                community who would like to sponsor the printing of the
      of OCMC and where the money we raise through this walk will                  T-shirts and/or water bottles, we can put your business logo
      be targeted. Maria will also give a presentation in the lounge               on the back of the T-shirt and/or the water bottle so that your
      after the Divine Liturgy on March 13th, 20th and 27th and show               business will be advertised every time one of us wears the T-shirt
      the DVD taken in Uganda by one of her team members. Anyone                   or is using the water bottle. What a great way to have ongoing
      interested in learning more about missions and/or participating              advertisement of your business! This way all the money raised
      in the walk on April 3rd is encouraged to attend any of the above            will go to OCMC! If you are interested, please contact Maria
      dates to get a sponsor sheet and register to walk.                           Kelmis by March 13th at lifecoach_maria@yahoo .com.

 Trinity Kids
 Christmas Party

On Monday, December 20, Philoptochos sponsored the
first annual Trinity Kids Christmas Party . It was an inspiring
and magical evening for all .

They came in their Sunday best and filled the Cypress Room
with sweet laughter and joy . Boldly they sampled tastes
unknown . . . spanakopita, moussaka, and galaktoboureko!
They gathered around the tree and sat upon Santa’s
knee, one by one your gifts melted into smiles . There
was hidden treasure in nooks and crannies at St Spyridon
last night, popsicle Christmas trees and snowflakes to be
made . . . The grandest time was enjoyed by all! The hugs
they gave as they left with their bounty, will long live in
our hearts!

Thank you to each of you that volunteered your time,
shared your bounty with these deserving angels, and
made this dream come true!

                                                                                                              AlexAndrA MouzAs


Happy 100th Birthday
                                                                                                                      DRE #00969679

                To our best friend
 Theodoros Ioannis Georgaris
           Steve and Maria Kosmos                                                                      3936 Hortensia st., san Diego, Ca 92110

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                                              S cholarShipS
           st. sPyriDoN g.o.c. & gEorgE b. aND rosE PaPaNicolaoU scHolarsHiP
     Since 1984 the George and Rose                     Eligibility Factors aND                             4. Student must be a graduating senior
     Papanicolaou Scholarship has provided              limitatioNs                                         from a San Diego City / County High
     financial assistance to many of the                1. Application is limited to students who           School.
     deserving young people of the St.                  are members of the St. Spyridon Church,             sElEctioN basis
     Spyridon Community. Once again the                 or have one parent who is a member.
     Board of Directors of the Papanicolaou                                                                 1. Complete and forward application by
     Scholarship are happy to announce that             2. Applicant must attend a four year                March 31,2011
     the applications are available for the year        college / university leading to a bachelor’s        2. Grades - 40%
     2011. If you would like an application,            degree in the fall of the year of the receipt
                                                        of the scholarship.                                 3. Depth and scope of interest -15%
     please contact Helen Mellos at
     619.298.2070.                                      3. Student must provide evidence of                 4. Ability to communicate ideas -15%
                                                        matriculation at a four year college /              5. Financial need -15%
                                                                                                            6. Leadership qualities & potential -15%

                                             ZatHas FoUNDatioN scHolarsHiP
     One of the primary purposes of the                 3. Scholarships will be granted only to             If you would like an application, please
     Zathas Foundation is to provide financial          qualified members of the Greek Orthodox             contact one of the following:
     assistance to high school graduating               faith residing in the County of San Diego.          Toni Kanakaris – 619.291.8589
     seniors and to full-time undergraduate             4. Scholarships MUST be applied for                 email:
     college/university students.                       tuition.                                            Elias Katsoulas – 619.464.7957
     rEqUirEmENts                                       5. Scholarships will be paid directly to the        email:,
     1. Competed applications must be                   college/university on the student’s behalf.         Patricia Moises – 858.755.4502
     received before May 1, 2011.                       6. The criteria for granting scholarships           email:,
     2. Eligibility is limited to high school           will be financial need. Other criteria will         Spero Tzathas – 619.561.1061 ext. 12,
     graduating seniors and to full-time                be prior academic performance, scores               email:
     undergraduate 4-year college/university            of test, character, motivation, potential,
     students.                                          honors, and activities.

                                               2011 PaNarcaDiaN scHolarsHiP
     The Pan Arcadian Federation of America             3. Applicant must attend a four-year or             - high school or college teacher or
     Tegea #101 of San Diego California is              community college in the fall of the year           administrator
     pleased to announce its scholarship                of the receipt of the scholarship.                  - the parish priest
     award. This scholarship will assist young          4. Students will provide evidence of                - another source
     adults with tuition and/or books.                  matriculation at a four-year or community           2. Personal interview or telephone
     Eligibility                                        college.                                            interview for out of town students
     1. Applicant must have parents or                  All interested applicants please contact            sElEctioN basis
     grandparents who are Pan Arcadians in              Fred Georggin at 858.748.9188 to                    1. Grades
     good standing for at least two years.              receive an application.                             2. Leadership qualities and potential
     2. Applicant’s family must be members              rEqUirEmENts                                        3. Financial need
     at either St. Spyridon, Sts. Constantine           1. Complete and forward application by              4. Activities, interests, and achievements
     & Helen or St. Gregory Greek Orthodox              April 15, 2011 to include 3 letters of
     Church.                                            recommendation from:

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                                                                                                    AHEPA Mtg. 7 pm                   Choir Rehearsal 7 pm                                                          So. Cal. Oratorical Festival

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PC: St. Athanasios                Newsletter Deadline                                               FOCUS 2:30 pm                     Choir Rehearsal 7 pm                2nd Salutations 7 pm
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                                                                                                    Pre Sanctified Gifts 6 pm         Choir Rehearsal 7 pm                Divine Liturgy 10:00 am
PC: St. Spyridon
Altar: St. Basil                                                                                                                                                          Greek School 4-8:45 pm

General Assembly                                                                                                                                                          3rd Salutations 7 pm

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PC: St. Basil                                                                                       Sunday School Teachers            Choir Rehearsal 7 pm                4th Salutations 7 pm
Altar: St. John                                                                                     Mtg. 6:30 pm
                                                                                                                                      Pan Arcadians Mtg. 7 pm
Greek Independence

     ST. BASIL THE GREAT                                          ST. JOHN CHRYSOSTOM                                        ST. DEMETRIOS                                                  ST. GREGORY
     Co-cap . Daniel Berhe                                        Co-cap . Stavros Markakis                                  Co-cap . Michael Balourdas                                     Co-cap . Tony Gallanis
     Co-cap . Steve Terris                                        Co-cap . Gregory Kouris                                    Co-cap . Tanner Angeles                                        Co-cap . Louie Thiros
     Stefanos Alexiou                                             Adrian Dinescu                                             Michael Chaconas                                               Andrei Fratian
     Tasos Moros                                                  Christopher Kouris                                         Demetri Chaconas                                               Mihai Fratian
     Theo Samouris                                                Stefan Kleinhenz                                           Dino Eracleous                                                 Alex Gallanis
     Alex Stokes                                                  Niko Markakis                                              Dimitri Giannousopoulos                                        Petros Kapetanios
     George Terris                                                Andoni Sooklaris                                           Alexios Scordalakis                                            John Navrides
                                                                                                                             Sean Yeatts                                                    Paolo Quattrociocchi

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                                                  Happy 100th
                                                  Birthday Papou!
                                                 T          heodoros Ioannis Georgaris was born on April 23 1911,
                                                       in Constantinople. A few years later his family was forced to move back to their
                                                       home in Sifnos, a small island in the Cyclades, Greece after losing everything they
                                             owned during the Greek/Turkish unrest going on at the time. Life in Sifnos was simple and
                                             wholesome and it was there that he developed and instilled the roots of wholesome nurturing
                                             that molded him into the man he became. He has taken his children and grandchildren back
        to show them his beloved island so they could fall in love with it too and realize their beautiful heritage. His family was poor
        having lost everything and he often tells us stories about life on the island including going barefoot in his youth. He went to
        school in Sifnos until he graduated high school in 1928 and then went to Athens to study mechanics and machinery at the
        Prometheas School. During this time he also had a brief one year study at the seminary in Corinth following his mother’s wishes
        to become a priest. However, he realized that being a priest was not for him. He wanted to follow in his father’s footsteps and
        become a sailor and therefore joined the Greek navy and served his term. He then joined the merchant marines and through
        hard work and dedication he became a Chief Engineer. His career spanned more than 30 years and some of the more colorful
        stories he shares include the ordeal he suffered after his ship was torpedoed, and on another occasion when he helped hide Jewish
        people on three separate excursion during WWII. In 1949 he met and married Dorothy Jones, a Greek-American girl he met in
        New York City. Dorothy was the love of his life and traveled with him on many of his “taxidia.” Together they had two daughters,
        Irene and Louise. In 1961 he left the merchant marines, moved his family to New Jersey and began a new career as an electrician
        and plumber working for a fifth avenue hotel chain in New York City. Family was always #1 with Ted and he knew that when
        he married Dorothy, the family package came along with his marriage and his home life. Her family joined them and they have
        all lived together since – nieces and nephews became his children. He retired in 1975 and he, Dorothy and the entire family
        followed their children to San Diego so they could be closer to their grandchildren. There they soon found their Greek church,
        St. Spyridon, and became fully immersed into the church and the Greek community. Ted lost his beloved Dorothy after 59 years
        of marriage but he was given longevity and health to carry on.
            That was his factual bio; now let us share with you the man we, his children and family know.
            Our father has always been hardworking and never stops being active. When we were young, he worked on weekends and
        holidays because it meant double salary pay and we celebrated Xmas at night after he came home from work. On snowy days,
        he shoveled the 40 feet of driveway at 4 AM before he took the one and half hour bus ride to work, and by the way, he brought
        Dorothy’s coffee in bed every morning before he left for work. He also came home with his hands full of shopping bags and
        ate dinner by himself much later than the family. He raked leaves in the fall and mowed the grass in the summer on his one day
        off each week. He still can’t stay still; he does the laundry and folds the wash for all his grandchildren, and cooks fasoulatha,
        rovithara and faki during the week; the grandchildren stop by and pick up containers full on their way home from work. And by
        the way, did I mention he still rides the stationary bike 30 minutes a day to stay healthy.
            Our dad is also caring and generous. I can still remember him running to visit friends and seamen, some that he didn’t know,
        who were in the hospital and he did this after work or on his lunch hour so they would have some company. Our house always
        had people who had recently immigrated to the US. He housed all his “patriotes” and fed them until they got jobs and landed
        on their feet. I even remember college students from Sifnos living with us who won scholarships in the US. Theodore took care
        of his mother until the day she died sending money to Greece every month. And to this day he still calls his family and friends in

Greece and across the US every week. He gives them advice and “tharos” with their problems. Just ask him for help and see how
fast he responds. He will drop everything to help you.
    He cares about everyone, young and old, family or friend, good or bad. He is a loving and forgiving man. Just look at him with
his grandchildren. The sun shines and sets on them. He never tires of doing for them. He raised them all from babies while we
worked. He can change diapers, bathe a newborn, and no one can put a baby to sleep like he can with his tenderness and softly
singing the “nani nani to moro mou” song which he still sings to his great-grandchild today. His grandchildren can do no wrong
and when they falter, he accepts it and helps them. He developed patience in his old age which he didn’t have during his younger
years. It was black and white in those days and now it is gray for his grandchildren. He accepts today’s modern times and the
changing world in which we live with understanding.
    Baba has a great sense of humor telling stories about his past and growing up in Greece. He likes to say that he married our
mother 13 years his junior so she could take care of him in his old age and instead he took care of her. On a side note, he loves to
hear off-color jokes.
    He is the most compassionate man we know. He nursed our mother during her illness during the last two years of her life better
than any nurse on this planet. He bathed her, dressed her, fed her and saw to all her needs 24 hours a day. And may we add that he
hasn’t missed a Sunday going to the cemetery since she died with fresh flowers and praying there for forgiveness of her soul.
    This brings us to Baba’s spirituality and his love and devotion to God. Our father is a religious man in the truest sense and he
has attended church every Sunday for as long as we can remember. When our mother was sick, they watched the Greek Liturgy
on satellite TV every Sunday. He fasts every time our faith calls for it and always before communion and I don’t mean modern
day fasting. He fasts with no meat products or oil from Wednesday until he receives communion and on Good Friday he does
not eat all day. But he will tell you that it is not what goes into your mouth that makes you worthy but what comes out. He can
recite the liturgy, every church service, prayer and chant that exists and he knows every Saints day. You can hear him praying all
the time, whenever he is idle, in the car, sitting at the table, or just waiting for something. He is extremely faithful in every sense
of the word. Some people say he is a saint and we couldn’t agree more.
    Our father has no hobbies, nor was he a sports fan. He had no time for that. His time was spent working or being with his
family. He is proud to be Greek and his home was Greek – Greek friends, Greek food, Greek language Greek TV, Greek music,
Greek newspapers and books and Greek Orthodoxy and it was open to everyone 24/7. He is proud of his family and his life. We
have seen him put his head down and cry only twice – when his mother died and when our mother died. We remember all the
sacrifices he made in his lifetime and the hardships he endured for us and how he has gone without so others can have and he has
never complained – never, not once. His reply to everything is “Doxa To Theo.”
  Baba, as you reach 100 years young, we want to take this opportunity to say Happy Birthday
and “Chronia Polla.” Thank you from the bottom of hearts for everything and who you are. We
are truly blessed to have you. Your Family

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                         The following is a list of those who have thus far completed a
                                       2011 Stewardship pledge card
                 As we look forward to another fruitful year at Saint Spyridon G.O.C., the Stewardship Committee would like to
                   thank the following stewards of the parish who have made their 2011 stewardship pledge commitment.
                                                The Stewardship list is as of February 16, 2011.

     Alexiou Mr. & Mrs. George             Frangos Mr. & Mrs. Peter               Lambron Mrs. Bess                  Runge Mr. & Mrs. Paul
     Aliano Mr. & Mrs. Anthony             Fratian Mr. & Mrs. George              Lane Mr. & Mrs. Barry              Ryan Mrs. Dianne D.
     Almaraz Mr. & Mrs. Ramon              Galione Mr. & Mrs. Craig               Lazoya Mr. & Mrs. Eric             Sadlier Mr. & Mrs. Richard
     Ampelas Mr. & Mrs. Tasos              Gallanis Mr. & Mrs. Themis             Leventis Mr. & Mrs. James          Samarkos Mr. & Mrs. Ted
     Anas Mr. & Mrs. Paul                  Gamvrellis Mr. & Mrs. Steve            Lithopoulos Mr. & Mrs. Kostas      Samarkos Ms. Andrea V.
     Anas Mrs. Angeline                    Gatsis Mr. & Mrs. George               Lougiakis Mr. & Mrs. Gerasimos     Sarantinos Dr. & Mrs. A.L.
     Anastopoulos Mr. & Mrs. Nick          Gatzolis Mrs. Katina                   Loukeris Ms. Evangelia             Savvas Mr. & Mrs. Minas
     Angeles Mr. & Mrs. James              Georgaris Mr. Theodore                 Mamalakis Mr. & Mrs. Jeff          Scarvelis Ms. Stella
     Angeles Mr. & Mrs. Michael            Georges Mr. & Mrs. John                Mangel Mr. George                  Scoortis Mr. & Mrs. William
     Angelopoulos Mr. & Mrs. Tom           Georggin Mr. & Mrs. Fred               Marantos Mr. & Mrs. Georgios       Scordalakis Fr. Andrew & Presv.
     Arapostathis Mrs. Elaine              Georggin Mr. & Mrs. Anastash           Marantos Ms. Nicole                Scordalakis Steven & Caitlin Benn
     Argerake Mr. & Mrs. George            Georggin Mr. & Mrs. James              Marantos Mr. & Mrs. Kostantinos    Searles Dr. & Dr. Chris
     Atsalos Mrs. Hariklia                 Georggin Mr. & Mrs. George             Marinos Mr. & Mrs. George          Shilling Mr. & Mrs. Stephen
     August Mrs. Christine                 Georggin Mr. & Mrs. Nicholas           Marinos Mr. & Mrs. James           Sidell Mr. & Mrs. Steve
     Bachelder Mrs. Vasso                  Giannos Mrs. Mary                      Markopoulos Mrs. Angeline          Simon Mr. & Mrs. Andy
     Baddour Mr. & Mrs. George             Gianulis Mr. & Mrs. Dino               Mastorakos Mr. & Mrs. James        Sissons Mr. & Mrs. Brad
     Bell/Robas Ms. Adrienne               Giforos Mr. & Mrs. Petros              Mastorakos Ms. Stephanie           Solowczuk Mr. & Mrs. Tom
     Benetatos Mrs. Vivian                 Gikas Mr. & Mrs. Stellios              Mavrikos Mr.& Mrs. Marios          Sooklaris Mr. & Mrs. John
     Billings Mr. & Mrs. David             Gikas Mr. & Mrs. John                  Mazis Mr. & Mrs. Spero             Sotiros Mrs. Helen
     Blaine Mr. & Mrs. David               Gilliland Mr. & Mrs. Kenneth           Mazis Mr. & Mrs. George            Stamatopoulos Mr. Jon
     Bratakos Maroula & John Coleman       Gilpin Mr. & Mrs. Jim                  Meck Ms. Katherine                 Stamatopoulos Mrs. Sally
     Brown Mr. & Mrs. Rhad                 Gines Mr. Nicholas                     Mellos Mr. & Mrs. Costas           Stanley Mr. George
     Brown Mr. & Mrs.Charlie               Glavas Ms. Christa                     Mellos Mr. & Mrs. James            Star Mr. & Mrs. Gregory
     Burell Mr. & Mrs. James               Glavas Mr. Theodore                    Menas Mrs. Carmalettia             Stathoulis Mr. & Mrs. Dennis
     Burgess Mr. & Mrs. John               Gotses Mrs. Athanasia                  Merziotis Mr. & Mrs. John          Stokes Mr. & Mrs. Don
     Buzunis Mr. Constantine               Gougoulas Mr. Dino                     Michas Mrs. Bess                   Stone Mr. & Mrs. Lyle
     Capatanos Mr. & Mrs. Ted              Halby Ms. Stephanie                    Milesis Mr. Christ                 Tamer Mr. William
     Caplaneris Mr. & Mrs. Chris           Hardy Mr. & Mrs. Dennis                Miller Ms. Terry                   Taylor Mr. & Mrs. Donald
     Caplaneris Mr. & Mrs. Peter           Harkins Mrs. Kay                       Miserlis Mr. & Mrs. Anastasios     Tesfamichael Mrs. Nigisti
     Capous Mr. & Mrs. James               Harman Mrs. Athena                     Mitrakos Mr. & Mrs. Steven         Theodore Dr. & Dr. Charles
     Cappos Mrs. Theodora                  Harnish Mr. & Mrs. Peter               Moody Mr. & Mrs. Edmond            Theodorelos Mr. & Mrs. James
     Cappos Mr. & Mrs. Angelo              Hasse Ann & Xenia                      Moros Mr. & Mrs. Theodore          Theodorelos Mrs. Tessie
     Captain Ms. Francesca                 Heintz Dr. & Mrs. Philip               Mouzas Ms. Alexandra               Theodorelos Mrs. Elizabeth
     Cavadias Ms. Mary                     Hesse-Low Ms. Carolyn                  Mundell Mr. & Mrs. Allen           Thiros Mr. & Mrs. Stephen
     Chaconas Dr. & Mrs. Spiro             Hormovitis Mr. & Mrs. Vincent          Mylonas Mr. & Mrs. Evangelos       Tignor Mr. & Mrs. Steve
     Chrisikos Mr. George                  Huber Mr. & Mrs. Michael               Nanos Ms. Vera                     Toon Mrs. Vita A.S.
     Christakos Mr. & Mrs. Chris           Hunt Mrs. Genevieve                    Natheos Mrs. Victoria              Tradas Mr. & Mrs. Nektarios
     Christakos Mr. & Mrs. Sarantos        Huntalas Mr. & Mrs. Nick               Navrides Mr. & Mrs. William        Trakas Mr. & Mrs. Philip
     Clevenger Mr. & Mrs. Eric             Huntalas Mr. & Mrs. Ted                Nicholas Mr. & Mrs. Nick           Trikounakis Mr. & Mrs. George
     Constant Mr. & Mrs. Ernie             Huntalas Maria & John Ferguson         Nicolaidis Mr. & Mrs. Steve        Tsiamis Mr. & Mrs. Vasilios
     Constantine Mr. & Mrs. Stamo          Joseph Mrs. Mary Ann                   Nicolaou Dr. & Mrs. Kyriakos       Tsigaridas Mr. & Mrs. Christos
     Couris Dr. & Mrs. Michael             Kaitson Mr. & Mrs. Paul                Nicoll Mrs. Georgia                Tsopanoglou Mr. & Mrs. Chris
     Couvelis Mr. Steven                   Kalas Mr. & Mrs. John                  Oatman Ms. Effie                   Tsopels Dr. George
     Cratsa Ms. Arlene                     Kallas Mr. & Mrs. Mike                 Panos Mrs. Litsa                   Tzathas Mrs. Christina
     Dahl Mr. & Mrs. Jorgen                Kantartzis Dr. Deana                   Papadopoulos Mr. Mrs. Dimitrios    Tzathas Mr. & Mrs. Spero
     De La Riva Mr. & Mrs. Ben             Kapetanios Mr. & Mrs. Vaselyos         Papas Dr. George                   Tzathas Mr. Sam
     Defelippi Mr. & Mrs. Brian            Kapsimalis Mr. & Mrs. Michael          Pappas Mr. Johnny                  Uhl Mr. & Mrs. Thomas
     Dellas Mr. & Mrs.George               Karagianides Mr. & Mrs. Tasos          Paras Mrs. Elaine                  Umberson Mr. & Mrs. William
     DeMangos Mrs. Pamela                  Karavokiris Mr. & Mrs. Thanos          Pegas Mr. & Mrs. Emmanuel          Vallin Mrs. Becky
     Demos Mr. & Mrs. William              Karounos Mr. & Mrs. James              Pepelis Mrs. Collette              Vartelas Mr. & Mrs. Spyros
     Demos Mr. & Mrs. John                 Kassis Mrs. Vasso                      Peponis Mrs. Pinio                 Vasilakis Ms. Stella
     Deneris Mrs. Joyce                    Katsoulas Mr. & Mrs. Elias             Peppas Mrs. Eleni                  Vasiliadis Mrs. Kyriaki
     Dennis Mr. & Mrs. Robert              Khalil Mr. & Mrs. Issa                 Perri Mr. & Mrs. John              Vasiliou Mr. & Mrs. Peter
     DePerro Mr. Frieda (Paris)            Kipreos Mr. Harold                     Peters Mr. & Mrs. John             Vassiliadis Mrs. Carol
     Dick Mr. & Mrs. Todd                  Kleinhenz Mr. & Mrs. Kenneth           Petroulias Mr. & Mrs. Christos     Veca Mr. & Mrs. Anthony
     Difilippi Mr. & Mrs. Mario            Kosmos Mr. & Mrs. Steve                Pikoulas Mrs. Annette              Veca Mr. Alex
     Dimas Dr. & Mrs. Louis                Kostas Mr. & Mrs. Gregory              Platis Mr. & Mrs. Nicholas         Veca Mr. Gregory
     Dimas Ms. Marina                      Kotitsa Mr. & Mrs. Chris               Platis Mr. & Mrs. Michael          Veca Mr. & Mrs. Chris
     Dinescu Ana                           Kotselas Mrs. Evlabia                  Polles Mrs. Marianna               Weil Mr. & Mrs. David
     Dougenis Mr. & Mrs. Constantine       Koucouvelis Mr. & Mrs. Ed              Preovolos Mr. & Mrs. Peter         Wilhelm Mrs. Mary
     Dougenis Mr. & Mrs. George            Koulaxes Mr. & Mrs. George             Preovolos Mr. & Mrs. Athanasios    Yeatts Mr. & Mrs. Michael
     Durvis Mr. & Mrs. Nick                Kouletsis Mr. & Mrs. John              Preovolos Mr. Nicholas             Zabetakis Mr. & Mrs. Nick
     Eracleous Mr. & Mrs. Akis             Kounaves Ms. Harriet                   Psahoulias Mr. & Mrs. Peter        Zathas Mr. & Mrs. James
     Famelis Ms. Elizabeth                 Kouris Mr. & Mrs. Vlassi               Ragousis Mr. & Mrs. Nicholas       Zathas Ms. Voula
     Fesseha Mr. & Mrs. Ogbai              Koutsoukos Mr. & Mrs. John             Reinheimer Mr. & Mrs. Timothy      Zathas Mr. John
     Fetsis Mrs. Elene                     Kromydas Mr. & Mrs. Bill               Richards Fr. & Mrs. Ben            Zazas Mr. & Mrs. Chris
     Fotias Mr. & Mrs. Antonios            Kromydas Mrs. Helen                    Rodrigues Mrs. Mary                Zouvas Mr. & Mrs. Peter
     Fowler Mr. & Mrs. Pete                Kuty Mr. & Mrs. Robert                 Roland Mr. & Mrs. George
     Frangos Mr. & Mrs. John               Kyriakidis Mr. & Mrs. Anthony          Rowe Mr. & Mrs. John

My Dear Fellow Parishioners of St. Spyridon,

I am writing to you regarding this very publication you are reading, The Shepherd, which is the official monthly
newsletter of our church. In order to sustain its viability, Fr. Andrew and the Communications Committee have
awarded me and my company the honor and responsibility of taking over the publishing of the newsletter.
Like before, the newsletter is funded solely by advertising. This means that the newsletter’s very existence
still depends on generous people like you who make the decision to advertise and sustain the uninterrupted
publishing of this valuable resource.
I am sure that you have noticed the new design and I hope that you like it. In addition, the previous advertising
conventions of the newsletter have been re-evaluated, and the following changes and improvements are now
being implemented. These new conventions are designed to offer more value to you as an advertiser and
increase the exposure and effectiveness of your ad:
1. The minimum ad space has been increased from 2.625”x 1.25” to 3.5”x2”, which is more than twice the
   area! Now even the smallest ad will be much more noticeable. Moreover, this size accommodates a business
   card layout perfectly, without cropping or reduction. There are many more ad sizes to choose from, all of
   them much bigger and more affordable than before.
2. All ads are now printed in full color for maximum impact.
3. The ads are dispersed throughout the newsletter, as much as possible, instead of being clustered all
   together on the back inner cover where they used to go unnoticed. This is the standard method used in all
   professional publications and it ensures a high degree of ad visibility.
4. The newsletter is now published 12 times a year, instead of 11 times, as it has been. This way, you will
   remain informed year-long without interruption.
Please notice that in addition to business advertising, personal announcements are also allowed at the same
cost as regular advertisements. Whether you’d like to wish someone close to you a happy birthday or anniversary,
thank someone, or announce an engagement, this is a great venue for your announcement! Please see pages
7, 10 & 11 for real examples. Don’t forget that in addition to the newsletter’s direct distribution to the 600+
families of the St. Spyridon parish, the newsletter is made available online at, thus increasing
your ad’s or announcement’s exposure and reach.
I hope that the St. Spyridon parish and I can count on your support. For ad sizes and rates, please see
opposite page. Call me at 858.292.6070 or email
for more information.

                   With warm regards,

                   Nektarios Tradas
                   Newsletter Publisher

                              T HE S HEPHER D • MA R C H 2 0 1 1 • SA I N T S PYR I D O N G R E E K O R T H O D OX C H U R C H O F S A N D IEGO   13
     Thank you for choosing to advertise in The Shepherd, the official newsletter of
     St. Spyridon Greek Orthodox Church of San Diego. Please start by filling out this form:

     NAME ______________________________________________________________________
     TITLE ______________________________________________________________________                                           858.345.3350 fax
     BUSINESS NAME ___________________________________________________________                                    
                                                                                                                            P.O. Box 1691
     MAILING ADDRESS __________________________________________________________
                                                                                                                            La Mesa, CA 91944

     PHONE #     (where you can be reached directly)   _________________________________________

     EMAIL _____________________________________________________________________

     Please circle the ad size you are purchasing. If you are purchasing an ad without a 12-month agreement, please indicate the
     number of insertions and the total due. You may submit a new layout as often as you like, to keep your ad fresh and generate
     more interest over time.
                                                    12-MONTH AGREEMENT                                         OPEN RATE INSERTION

      AD CODE              AD SIZE          MONTHLY COST          ANNUAL COST DUE              OPEN RATE              # INSERTIONS          TOTAL DUE

          1U              3.5” x 2”                $39                     $468                     $49         x       ________     =       $________

         1U-B             7.5” x 1”                $48                     $576                     $60         x       ________     =       $________

          2U            3.5” x 4.25”               $76                     $912                     $95         x       ________     =       $________

          3U             3.5” x 6.5”              $111                    $1332                    $139         x       ________     =       $________

         3U-B           7.5” x 3.25”              $122                    $1464                    $152         x       ________     =       $________

         4U-V           3.5” x 8.75”              $144                    $1728                    $180         x       ________     =       $________

         4U-H           7.5” x 4.25”              $144                    $1728                    $180         x       ________     =       $________

          6U             7.5” x 6.5”              $205                    $2460                    $256         x       ________     =       $________

        9U-FP            7.5” x 10”               $280                    $3360                    $350         x       ________     =       $________
                                                                                                                                   858.345.3350 fax
     ARTWORX is the Publisher of The Shepherd. This is a legal agreement between you and ARTWORX. St. Spyridon Greek     
     Orthodox Church of San Diego is not a co-signer in this transaction. Your paid advertisement will ensure the uninterrupted    P.O. Box 1691
     publishing of this invaluable communication medium. Specific placement requests will be considered but exact placement        La Mesa, CA 91944
     cannot be guaranteed, as the newsletter layout varies each month.

     Your signature herein signifies that you understand and accept these terms & conditions: X ______________________________

     Please make your check payble to ARTWORX and mail it with this contract to: P Box 1691, La Mesa, CA 91944.
     You may also pay by credit card by filling out this section:

     Credit card holder’s name __________________________________________________

     q VISA / MC       q AMEX Card number: _______________________________________ Expiration Date: ____________________

     Billing Address: ______________________________________________________________________________________________

     Amount to be charged: $_____________ Authorized signature: X ____________________________________________________

Philoptochos Membership Tea
Saturday, February 5, 2011                                                 Photos by Nektarios Tradas

                         T HE S HEPHER D • MA R C H 2 0 1 1 • SA I N T S PYR I D O N G R E E K O R T H O D OX C H U R C H O F S A N D IEGO   15
     Our 42nd Annual Greek Festival is just around the corner. This                If you or your business would like to SPONSOR A BOOTH for only
     year the festival will be on Friday, June 3rd, Saturday, June 4th             $500.00 please contact Vicky or Tina at the Church office. Your
     and Sunday, June 5th.                                                         name (or business name) will be prominently displayed at your
     The next GENERAL FESTIVAL MEETING will be held on Thursday,                   booth and in the program. All festival attendees will be able to
     March 3rd at 7:00 pm in the Church hall. If you are interested                share your commitment and support of our 42nd St. Spyridon
     in chairing any one of the many committees, please mark your                  Festival. Please do it now – complete and return the form below.
     calendars and attend this important meeting.                                  In April we will begin distributing Opportunity Drawing Tickets
     We are in the early planning stages of the festival. We would                 to our community and we need everyone’s cooperation with
     like to take this opportunity to personally invite each and every             the sales of these tickets.
     one of you to become actively involved in the planning of this                Our festival is our Church’s most important event. A successful
     important community event.                                                    festival will take total involvement from everyone in our
     A number of chair positions are open at this time – no experience             community. When you are approached to work at the festival, or
     is required!! We hope that those of you who have assumed a                    purchase on ad for our program book, or offer donations to the
     chairmanship in the past will continue to offer your expertise to             festival, we know you will step forward, as we have always done
     our festival by assuming the same role.                                       at St. Spyridon, and make a serious commitment to our Church.
                                                                                   Festival Organizing Committee

                                               ST. SPyRIDon FESTIVAL 2011
                                                  Please Complete and Return to the Church office

                              FESTIVAL DonATIon / BooTH SPonSoRSHIP
        I am willing to assist in the success of our 42nd Annual Greek Festival. I am able to donate the following:

        ITEM(S) ______________________________________________________________ or CASH DONATION $ _____________

        I am willing to sponsor one of our Festival Booths for $500. If you have a specific booth you wish to Sponsor
        please indicate name of booth ___________________________________________________________

        NAME: ___________________________________________________ PHONE: ____________________________________

TIME To BAKE FoR oUR FESTIVAL                                                                                                     INSURANCE AGENCY
                                                                                           Jim L. PaPastathis &
             AND NEEDED!
                                                                                          angeLa C. PaPastathis
               Dolmathes Prep – Apr 3                                             1913 East 17th strEEt, suitE 213, santa ana, Ca 92705
                  Dolmathes – Apr 4                                         tEl: 714.972.0950 • Fax: 714.541.5597 • WEb: kosmosinsuranCE.Com
           Galaktoboureko Prep – Apr 10                                       Business PersonaL auto heaLth Life
              Galaktoboureko – Apr 11                                        “Support the businesses that support our church and community.”
            Koulouria, Paximadia – May 9
      Melomakarona, Kourambiethes – May 16
       Baklava, Sarali, Kataifi – May 23, 24, 25
                   Diples – May 31                                                                                        4421 Genesee Avenue
                                                                                  TEL: 858-560-1961                       San Diego, CA 92117
                “Melomata” – June 1st                                                       Next to Henry’s
               Further details to follow.
               Please plan to attend!                                        Pizza • Sandwiches • Dinner Menu
                                                                                   Italian & Domestic Wine List    1/2 OFF SPECIAL
                                                                                        Lunch & Dinner Specials    Buy any entrée at full price and get a
                                                                                             Deli, Dining Room     second one of equal or lesser value at
                                                                                                        Catering   50% OFF WITH THIS COUPON ONLY
                                                                                                 Lots of Parking

                                                                                        Sts. Constantine & Helen
                                                                                Invites the whole family to spend the morning with

                                                                                                 Gerondissa Markella
                                                                                             Abbess of the Life-Giving Spring Monastery
                                                                                                          Dunlap, California

GREEK MUSIC                                                                         Saturday, March 5, 2011
CDs WANTED!                                                                                   Come early and hear the nuns chant!!

                                                                                                      8:00 am      Orthros/Matins
Tired of listening to those old                                                                       9:00 am      Divine Liturgy
Greek music CDs? Do you have
duplicates that you don’t need? Now                                                                   Immediately following...
you can donate your used Greek music                                                   A lovely brunch provided by Philoptochos, with a DVD
CDs to our Festival! If they are in good                                            presentation. You will also have the opportunity to purchase
condition and in their original packaging                                               handmade Monastery items, and a chance to win a
                                                                                                  beautiful icon made by the nuns!
(no bootleg copies please!), they will be
sold at the Greek Music CDs booth .                                                                      Featuring:
All proceeds will benefit our Festival .                                                   A presentation by Gerondissa Markella
                                                                                                    Sts. Constantine & Helen, GOC
Please bring them to the Church                                                                        3459 Manchester Avenue
                                                                                                  Cardiff-by-the-Sea, California, 92007
Office by May 15, to allow sufficient
time for their processing . Thank you!
                                                                                            Kindly R.S.V.P. by March 2, 2011

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                 Festival Brochure
             Ad Submission Guidelines                                                           St. Spyridon’s

                                                                                     Pascha Picnic
To accommodate the many different software programs and computer                             Sunday April 24, 2011
platforms (Macintosh, Windows etc.), we have established a PDF
workflow. PDF is a ubiquitous file format developed by Adobe Systems
                                                                                             Admiral Baker Field
Inc, standing for “Portable Document Format.” A properly created
PDF file preserves the original look of the document, no matter what
type of computer or software was used to create it. Fonts, photos and
graphic images should appear intact.
There are a number of ways to create a PDF file, but not all are
suitable for offset printing. Some are only suitable for internet use,
while others are intended for printing a copy to a desktop printer. A
PDF file that has been created properly for a printing press contains
embedded fonts and high resolution images and graphics. The best
way to produce your PDF is by using Adobe Acrobat, which gives
you two settings that are perfect for offset printing, either the “press
quality” or “PDFX-1a” settings. For more information on PDF files you
can go online and check or
Our low advertising rates require digital PDF ad submission, which
enable us to produce a quality product for our advertisers and meet

                                                                                              Agape Service
the standards of quality printing. If for some reason you are unable
to create a PDF of an ad created on a computer, a “native” file may
be accepted, however an additional charge will be added for file
conversion. As of March 2008 we can no longer accept non-digital
camera-ready art.
                                                                                          Greek Music & Dancing
                                                                                                Egg Hunt
                       ADDITIONAL CHARGES:
                                                                                         There will be no food or beverage served on the
For native files (files which require conversion to a PDF file) computer
time will be billed as needed @ $60 per hour ($15 minimum), payable
                                                                                           premises, so there are no tickets to purchase .
to the adbook designer. You must include all linked files and fonts                      Please bring your own food and beverage . There
with the native files. A printout of the layout is also mandatory.                      are several grills in the park, so you may barbecue
Most professional-grade layout software files are acceptable. These                        your own food there if you wish . Also keep in
include Indesign CS3 or earlier, QuarkXPress 6.1 or earlier, Illustrator
CS3 or earlier, and Freehand MX or ealier. Photoshop is not intended                          mind that no glass bottles are allowed .
for layout purposes but rather for creation of support files, so a layout                DIRECTIonS: Take Friars Road to about half a
created entirely in Photoshop will not be accepted. Non-professional
program files (Microsoft programs such as Word, Excel, Powerpoint,                       mile East of the Qualcomm Stadium, turn left
Publisher, etc) will be reviewed, but may be returned as unworkable.                   onto Santo Road, then immediately right onto the
If you can only provide loose materials (hand-written content, typed                                   Admiral Baker Road .
text, photos to be scanned, business cards, etc), we can create an ad
for you according to your specifications and suggestions. A reduced                     There is a $1 parking fee . Parking is limited, so try
rate of $60 per hour is available through the adbook designer for                                   to carpool and arrive early!
adbook advertisers only. An estimate will be given prior to commencing
any work. You may also hire any other designer of your choice.
Please note that printed business cards are not acceptable as artwork
and must be professionally rebuilt for a fee. However, submitting a
business card layout as a properly formatted PDF (not just a scan) is
acceptable and will not be assessed an additional fee.

For additional information, please send an email with your questions
to Nektarios Tradas at or call him at

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          SUNDAY SERVICES: . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .                                      8:45 am Orthros D 10:00 am Divine Liturgy
          CHURCH OFFICE HOURS: . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .                                            Monday - Thursday 9 am - 3 pm D Friday 9 am - 1 pm
          PHONE: . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .                          619 .297 .4165
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          EMAIL: . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .                        Father Andrew: frandrew@stspyridon .org
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                                                                                                              Tina • office@stspyridon .org

          Fr. Andrew Scordalakis, Proistamenos . . . . . 619.297.4165
          Cantor John Kanterakis  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .619 .252 .4429       The Shepherd is published monthly
          President of the Parish Council Bill Navrides  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  . 619 .992 .6775                                           by ARTWORX for the parish of St.
          President of Philoptochos Christine Tradas  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .619 .253 .4153
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          Greek School Director Helen Gevas  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .619 .282 .3160
          Dance Groups - Andreas Capetanakis  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .619 .216 .6088                                     San Diego. It is mailed directly to the
          Senior Citizens Sophia Mellos  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .858 .272 .3478                     members of the St. Spyridon parish and
          Sunday School Director Diana Fowler  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .760 .741 .1390                                    it is also available at the narthex of the
          Sunday School Director Marina Karavokiris .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .760 .744 .4518                                              church and online at www.stspyridon.
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          JOY Advisor Sophia Thiros  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .619 .743 .3177
                                                                                                                                            advertising. To advertise, please call
          JOY Advisor Mary Ann Angeles  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .619 .561 .3765
          YAL Director Lauren Jury  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .760 .632 .5258           Nektarios Tradas at 858.292.6070 or
          Toddler Playgroup - Margaux Merziotis  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .619 .370 .6733                                        email
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