June/July 2015 Monthly Newsletter

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St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church, Wilmington NC, June/July 2015 Monthly Newsletter


<ul><li><p>608 SOUTH COLLEGE ROAD WILMINGTON NC 28403 (910) 392-4444 FAX (910) 392-4905 </p><p>www.stnicholaswilmington.org </p><p>June &amp; July 2015 </p><p>The Sunday of All Saints </p><p>June 7 </p></li><li><p>St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church June &amp; July 2015 </p><p>2 </p><p>Fr. Jon Emanuelson Parish Priest </p><p>Office Hours: Monday through Friday, 9AM 2PM Office Phone: 910-392-4444 Office Fax: 910-392-4905 </p><p>Fr. Jons Mobile Number: 910-685-0080 </p><p>Office Email: office@stnicholaswilmington.org Fr. Jons Email: FrJon@stnicholaswilmington.org </p><p>Church Website: www.stnicholaswilmington.org Find us on Facebook: www.facebook.com/StNicholasWilmington </p><p>2015 PARISH COUNCIL </p><p>CHURCH STAFF </p><p>Angelique Skandalakis, Parish Office Administrator </p><p>PARISH MINISTRY TEAM </p><p>Officers Members </p><p>Barbara Reynolds, President John Burgee Debra Rallis </p><p>Evangelos Fragos, Vice President Peter Manolukas Nick Saffo </p><p>Irene Sotiriou Vogiatzis, Secretary Peter Malahias Maria Stasios </p><p>Tina Bostic, Treasurer Emanuel Miliotis </p><p>Religious EducationRichard Reynolds, Ministry Chair Communications - Technology Ministries </p><p>Adult EducationRichard Reynolds Alexandros Theodoropolos, Ministry Group Leader Youth CatechismCourtney Malahias, Director Webmaster Alexandros Theodoropolos Bookstore/LibraryMary Ann Wall PublicationsAngelique Skandalakis, Stella McTaggart Oratorical FestivalCourtney Malahias Technology Alexandros Theodoropolos Media/Community RelationsBeth Burgee, Debra Hellenic CultureKitsa Wiersteiner, Ministry Chair Rallis, Alexandros Theodoropolos Hellenic SchoolAnestis Logothetis, Acting Director Romiosini Dance Group Zaharoula Katsikis Parish Family Life**Volunteer Needed** Zoyra Dance Group Zaharoula Katsikis Parish Family Night**Volunteer Needed** ChoralDr. Michael Rallis Mens GroupRichard Reynolds Special Activities Kitsa Wiersteiner Womens Group**Volunteer Needed** Forever YoungStella Vallianos Youth DiakoniaKoula Katsikis, Ministry Chair LOVEStella McTaggart, Angelique Skandalakis, and </p><p>Kay Skandalakis GOYAMary Beth Miliotis, Tina Bostic, Dr. David Snow, Irene Vogiatzis Outreach &amp; EvangelismDiane McGowan HOPE/JOY Joyce Patsalos, Rene Psilos, Sophia OCFFr. Jon, Alexandros Theodoropolos Brewer, Connie Ronner, Jaime Saffo HospitalityEd and Kathleen Mayorga Community ServiceChristina Mount Liturgical Life Dr. Michael Rallis, Ministry Chair Parish CarePat Poulos, Tina Stamatakis Liturgical Music Dr. Michael Rallis AcolytesDoug Brown PhiloptochosThalia Kefalas, Chapter President Neokoros/Sexton**Volunteer Needed** StewardshipDebra Rallis </p></li><li><p>St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church June &amp; July 2015 </p><p>3 </p><p>From the Desk of Father Jon </p><p>On the Ministry of Parish Care </p><p>We have a beautiful ministry in our St. Nicholas parish. Well, in truth we have many beautiful ministries. But in this article I wish to share with you one of the ministries under the guidance of Outreach &amp; Evangelism Our Parish Care Ministry! </p><p> Many people do what is mentioned below by nature. At the heart of this ministry is the gospel mes-sage from Matthew 25:31-40 which in part says, Then the king will say to those on His right hand, Come, you blessed of My Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world: for I was hungry and you gave Me food; I was thirsty and you gave Me drink; I was a stranger and you took Me in; I was naked and you clothed Me; I was sick and you visited Me; I was in prison and you came to Me. Then the righteous will answer Him, saying, Lord, when did we see You hungry and feed You, or thirsty and give You drink? When did we see You a stranger and take You in, or naked and clothe You? Or when did we see You sick, or in prison, and come to You? And the king will answer and say to them, Assuredly, I say to you, inasmuch as you did it to one of the least of these My brethren, you did it to Me. </p><p> The people in our parish care ministry are Kay Skandalakis, Dr. Mary Frangos, Pat Poulos, Jimmy Stasios, Konstantina Stamatakis, and myself. Together we strive to minister to all those who are sick, suffer-ing and shut-in. The ministry meets every couple of months to check in with each other on what the needs of our people are. There are many different things we do for Gods glory and the benefit of the faithful. </p><p> Sometimes we call and check on people. Sometimes we visit people at the hospitals, assisted living homes, nursing homes and their homes. We are always praying for people. Sometimes we write cards. Sometimes I anoint them with Holy Unction or give them Holy Communion. Many times, just spending time and speaking with people is all that is needed. </p><p> Many times it is a ministry that does not need words, but a prayer filled presence and a hug. </p><p> All this ministry is rooted in love for God and for His people and it really knows no bounds. The only boundary we encounter is the one when people do not let us know about their loved ones needs. I am so thankful for everyone who does this ministry. I want to leave you with one story that shows the wisdom and love of Christ bore by a child. </p><p> A four year old child whose next door neighbor was an elderly gentleman who had recently lost his wife. Upon seeing the man cry, the little boy went into the old gentlemans yard, climbed up onto his lap, and just sat there. </p><p> When his mother asked him what he had said to the neighbor, the little boy said, Nothing, I just helped him cry. God is love. May we all become the gospel that many have never read! </p></li><li><p>St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church June &amp; July 2015 </p><p>4 </p><p>From the Parish Council President Barbara Reynolds </p><p>We werent sure it could be done, but this years festival was even more successful than last years festival which was a record! We were blessed with beautiful weather and so many tireless volunteers that worked the week before prepping the food and the pastry, and worked for weeks before selling a record number of sponsor-ships. Then it all came together on the weekend with all our volunteers working to make our guests have an en-joyable experience at the festival with delicious food, great dancing by our youth, interesting food demonstra-tions with cultural explanations, and amazing church tours. Over 750 people attended the church tours. Several hundred more walked through the church and talked to the tour leaders. The high attendance was thanks to the encouragement and buttons worn by the other festival workers out front. It is wonderful to see how our church family comes together to work so hard to make the festival a success sharing our culture and religion. On be-half of the parish council and the festival committee I would like to thank all of you! </p><p>We have more exciting events coming up this summer: </p><p> May 31- Pentacost Sunday June 7 - Sunday School and Greek School graduation June 13 Joy / Hope end of the year beach party June 15 19 Vacation Bible School. All children of Joy &amp; Hope ages are invited to attend. July 12 18 St. Stephens Camp for GOYA age children. </p><p>August 1 Dormition Fast Begins </p><p>August 15 Dormition of the Theotokos </p><p>August 22 Habitat for Humanity Faith Build </p><p>August 22 CPR Certification Class </p><p>SAVE THE DATE - AUGUST 2015 </p><p>8:00 AM Orthros </p><p>9:30 AM Liturgy </p><p>June 14 - August 23 </p><p>SUMMER HOURS </p></li><li><p>St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church June &amp; July 2015 </p><p>5 </p><p>Outreach &amp; Evangelism Diane McGowan </p><p>Christ has Ascended---In Glory </p><p>Indeed we have been blessed, as the opportunity rose via OUR FESTIVAL for what has been described as AN AMAZING EXPERIENCE. It all started with Father Jons vision that we could bring in more peo-ple to Orthodoxy, who are hungry for the truth. Pa-rishioner and Ministry leader, Nick Dodge, who worked inside the church, to assist with visitors, and the tours, reports the following: </p><p>Because of the efforts of ALL festival workers -- food and beverage servers, attendants, ven-dors, dancers...everyone -- the church tours were a tremendous success. By reminding visitors about church tours, YOU created a viral response that kept the tour guides very busy each day. </p><p>Over the three days of the Festival, approxi-mately 800-900 people -- and possibly more -- toured the church and experienced Orthodox Christianity. More than 100 visitors (more than 10% of all visitors) requested to be noti-fied of upcoming Divine Liturgies, Vespers, and other services and inquiry classes. </p><p>The work doesn't end with the festival. Now, each of us must openly and warmly welcome each newcomer into the St. Nicholas family as they begin their "Journey to Orthodoxy." </p><p>A special thank you to Father Jon, and Presbytera Barbara, Father Timothy Yates, Dr. Michael Rallis (Liturgical Life Leader) and Rick Reynolds (Adult Education Leader), Deacon Tom and Stacey, our choir, and all others for their diligence and excellence in engaging our community in what Orthodoxy truly is. </p><p>SECONDLY, the blessings continue, O &amp; Es Community/Charity OUTREACH work continues and our participation in Habitat for Humanity. </p><p>GROUND BREAKING NEWS---HABITATS ECUMENICAL BUILD PROJECT submitted by Christina Mount, Community/Charity Outreach Leader </p><p>It has been a cool and damp winter, but it is nice to have the warmth of spring now. We have the honor of participating in Habitat for Humanity's Ecumenical Building project. There will be plenty of opportunity for those who want to participate to do so. The first task at hand is the ground breaking on May 30, 2015. Ecumenical Build Address: 1106 North 8th St We are all invited to participate in the ceremony and a few lucky folks can stay and participate in the digging of the footings. For those who are interested in digging the footings, you must be at least 14 years old. We only need two or three people for this event. If you are interested, please feel free to talk with me on Sunday after church or con-tact me ( Christina Mount) by phone at 910-262-4429. This is a fun way to give back to our community, and no skills are required, just bring your positive attitude and maybe a pair of work gloves. </p><p>Finally, we need YOU ALL to be part of the amazing growth that we are blessed to be experi-encing here at St. Nicholas. Call Father Jon, or Diane McGowan, 910 256-8610 to find out how you can participate. </p><p>Stewardship Debra Rallis </p><p>Consider </p><p>Weekly Giving In I Corinthinans 16:2 we read On the first day of every week, each one of you should set aside a sum of money in keeping with his/her income. Regular stewardship contributions are easier to manage and keep the Church and her ministries in our thoughts and plans. One way to do this is through automatical-ly scheduled payments sent directly from your bank. In this way, we offer back to God the first fruits of our labor, realizing that all we possess comes from Him. </p><p>Cheerful Giving In II Corinthians 9:7 we read Each person should give what he/she has decided in his/her heart, not re-luctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheer-ful giver. Consider your weekly expenditures on en-tertainment, coffee, etc. Keep in mind that the ex-</p></li><li><p>St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church June &amp; July 2015 </p><p>6 </p><p>penses of the Church increase every year. In order to grow our ministries and meet our expenses, steward-ship contributions must also increase each year. </p><p>Proportionate Giving The more we are given, the more is expected of us. Each steward should determine the percentage of their income that will be committed to Christ and His Church. </p><p>Stewardship is all around St. Nicholas! There is al-ways something happening and it simply could not be done without everyone pulling together and truly wanting to be together under Gods home. The St. Nicholas community exemplifies unity in many ways and with it St. Nicholas will continue to be a strong and vibrant community. </p><p>Stewardship giving helps ensure the churchs main purpose of providing a spiritual environment for all. As of May 30th, we have received $88,937.76 in stew-ardship. This is approximately $10, 0627.27 short of where we need to be by this time. Our annual goal is $240,000.00 and therefore we need $20,000 a month to operate. St. Nicholas we can do it! Of course your time participating in the various ministries (Sunday school, Love, Joy, GOYA, Forever Young, Choir, etc.) and the activities they offer sustains the groups. None of this can be accomplished without your talent for teaching, singing, coordinating events, publishing, communication, etc. Looking around St. Nicholas and all it has to offer it is amazing to see what all we accomplish as a family and community with your lov-ing contributions. Thank you for your commitment as stewards of St. Nicholas. </p><p>From your Stewardship Committee </p><p>Bookstore Mary Ann Wall </p><p>The bookstore/library has rescheduled the open house to September. No firm date has been set but I hope all parishioner will COME SEE. Thank you. In Christs Service, Mary Ann Wall. </p><p>Philoptochos Thalia Kefalas </p><p>We want to thank all the ladies that helped, came and supported our group this year. In whatever way you </p><p>gave your time, talent, and treasure, please know it made a difference!! </p><p>For those members that worked tirelessly at this years festival THANK YOU! We could not have been a success without your working at all areas of the festi-val, from baking, cupping, prep work, selling pastries, merchandise, cleanup, the list goes on and on, all festi-val workers who are ladies thank you from all of Philoptochos. </p><p>Philoptochos is a philanthropic organization open to ALL ladies 18 years and older. This group spans the generations and never stops working, even in the sum-mer. </p><p>Please remember to save the date for the annual Au-gust 15 Panagiri pig picking event with the gift bas-kets raffle in the evening. For any gift basket ideas please contact any Board Member of Philoptochos!! Again, we cant do this without everyones help throughout the year. </p><p>Forever Young Stella Vallianos </p><p>Forever Young will meet on Tuesday, June 2nd, 11:00 a.m., at the church. This will be our last meeting be-fore recessing for the months of July and August. We will restart in September. Let's all make an effort to attend. Please bring a covered dish to share with eve-ryone. </p><p>Annual Philoptochos Social, Seapath Towers </p></li><li><p>St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church June &amp; July 2015 </p><p>7 </p><p>Greek School Anestis Logothetis, Interim Hellenic School Director </p><p>The last day of Greek School will be Friday, June 5. Graduation exercises will be held on Sunday, June 7 after the Divine Liturgy. The Sunday School will also have their celebration the same day after the Greek School program. The students will present a short en-tertaining play and sing some songs. Parishioners are invited to attend and watch with pride as our young-sters display what they have learned in their Greek School classes. A light lunch and refreshments will be provided. </p><p>I would like to personally thank the teachers Evyenis Karonis, Anastasia Katris, Panyiotis Malahias and Kitsa Wiersteiner who are there every week. They are volunteers and have put many long hours in p...</p></li></ul>