1 Thanksgiving 2011 Whatever you do in the bustle of day to day life, remember to give thanks. Let us live in such a way that others, who watch us and experience God s goodness from our hands, can t help but pause and offer up a prayer to express their thanks. In this way, God will be glorified, and receive the thanks He deserves. November 2011 Saint Sophia Hellenic Orthodox Church 200 Hempstead Street, New London, Connecticut 06320
2 PARISH MINISTRIES Parish Council President Vice President Recording Secretary Treasurer Asst. Treasurer Dean Antipas JoAnn Ballassi George Gianakos Dean Macris Church Office Jeanne Fakis Sunday School Elsa Galetsa Director Choir Tom Charis - Director Cantor George Papadopoulos Altar Boys Andrew Papathanasiou Philoptochos Jeanne Fakis - President Bible Study Fr. Dean Greek School Dora Georgeady - Teacher Hellenic Dancers Dora Georgeady - Director Senior Citizens Youth Director Teenage Ministry Yannoula Ballassi G.O.Y.A. Bookstore Penny Maistros Web Page Julianne Swanson Paula Dart Gregory Simones John Fakis Penny Maistros Yannoula Ballassi Tim Matsas Karen Stearns Demetrius Tasoulas Order of AHEPA Demetrius E. Tasoulas - President Foundation Fund (Endowment) James Colonis Paedeia Society Stephan Nousiopoulos - President St. Sophia Hellenic Orthodox Church 200 Hempstead St., New London, CT (860) FAX (860) Fr. Dean: (860) Web Page: saintsophianl.org Facebook: Saint Sophia church Fr. Dean A. Panagos Pastor Weekly Please call the office to be placed on the parish weekly list for the most up-to-date parish news. Also, please let us know if you d like to receive the monthly bulletin via instead of having it mailed to your home. Sponsors of this issue of the Orthodox Life George and Eleni Vourtsis, in loving memory of their uncle, Leonidas Nicolaou. Jeanne, John, Nicholas and Delia Fakis, in loving memory of their beloved mother and yiayia, Stella Routsis, on the 3rd anniversary of her repose. Irene and Keith Burrows, Peter, Brenda and Kristin Pantelis and Tom and Erin Pantelis in honor of the occasion of their Aunt Bessie Mc Cary's 97th birthday. Bulletin Sponsorship Form Yes, I would like to sponsor an issue of the Orthodox Life of St. Sophia Church. Name In memory of In honor of Other (circle one) Donation: $50 Please make checks payable to: St. Sophia Hellenic Orthodox Church Thank you!
3 November Liturgical Life CHRIST THE HEALER During his earthly days, Christ healed many who were sick and freed people from their diseases. Isaiah prophesied about this by saying: Surely He has borne our grief and carried our sorrows...he was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities; upon Him was the chastisement that made us whole and with His stripes we are healed (Isaiah 53:4-5). The healing Christ provides is not just that of the body, but also of our souls. In the Psalms, we read that even those who were sick because of their sins were healed: He delivered them from their distress; he sent forth his work, and healed them, and delivered them from destruction (Psalm 107:29). The Scriptures say that when Christ saw the people around Him, e had compassion on them, and healed their sick (Matthew 14:14), even those possessed with demons (Matthew 8:16). He is not only the healer of our physical ailments, but the healer who sets us free from sin (Romans 6:7-8). NOVEMBER CHURCH SEVICES Matins 9:00 am Sunday, 11/6: Tuesday, 11/8 Wednesday, 11/9: Sunday, 11/13: Tuesday, 11/15: Sunday, 11/20: Monday, 11/21: Friday, 11/25: Sunday, 11/27: Sunday Schedule Divine Liturgy 10:00 am Weekday/Saturday Services Matins/Divine Liturgy - 8:30 am Righteous Luke Synaxis of Archangels Michael & Gabriel - Chapel St. Nektarios - Chapel St. John Chrysostom Christmas Fast begins Gregory of Decapolis Entry of Theotokos in Temple Great Martyr Katherine Great Martyr Jacob of Persia 10 year memorial service for Konstantine Johnson Wednesday, 11/30: Apostle Andrew, First Called COMMUNITY THANKSGIVNG SERVICE Sunday, November 20 4:00 pm United Baptist Church, 119 High Street in Mystic Sponsored by The New London Area Clergy and the Mystic Ecumenical Council
4 Parish Life PARISH REGISTER Birth A son was born to Nestor and Vasiliki Duci on Sunday, October 13, 2011 Baptism On Sunday, October 9, the daughter of Steven and Erin Bastien was baptized and given the name Alaina Juliette. Sacramental sponsors were Tamlin Poulos and Wyatt Jansen. Chrismation Ervin Romero was confirmed into the Orthodox Faith on Sunday, October 2, Sacramental sponsor was James Whittaker. We welcome Ervin into our Orthodox Family. Repose Chris Simones, beloved brother of Fr. Charles, reposed in the Lord on Monday, October 24, and was laid to rest on Thursday, October 27, MAY HIS MEMORY BE ETERNAL Sometimes I want to ask God why He allows poverty, famine and injustice in the world when He could do something about it, but I m afraid He might just ask me the same question! Food to go to New London Community Meal Center (Soup Kitchen), Montauk Avenue THE THANKSGIVING HOLIDAY The cornucopia, the horn of plenty, is a popular feature around Thanksgiving. This item graces our homes and symbolizes peace and prosperity. It represents the fruits of the harvest that God has provided for us to enjoy. The Thanksgiving holiday is an opportunity to praise God for all He has given us. We thank Him for our families, our health, our food, our homes, our friends and for all that is good and beneficial to our souls. This Thanksgiving Day as you sit down with your loved ones please remember to first give thanks to God, our creator and Savior before you feast of the foods which He has provided to us. Prayer at the Thanksgiving Table Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit, now and ever and to the ages of ages. Amen. Recite the Lord s Prayer together. Let us pray. O Lord, the story of the Pilgrims faith and Your love and grace brings us to our knees before You. Help us to learn to depend on You as they did and to appreciate the fruits of the earth and all that you provide for us. Bless us, O Lord, and these thy gifts of which we are about to partake, for You are blessed and glorified, now and forever more. Amen. ST. SOPHIA FOOD DRIVE Helping our neighbors who are hungry Sunday, November 20 Please bring non-perishable foods to church and deposit them in the boxes provided in the Narthex. Be sure items are in unbreakable containers. Items needed: Juices, Canned Fruit, Stuffing, Pasta and Pasta Sauce, Instant Mashed Potatoes or canned Potatoes, Canned or dried beans, Canned Vegetables, Rice Products Canned meat (tuna, chicken, etc)
5 Parish Life THE YOUNG AT HEART CLUB St. Sophia Seniors The St. Sophia Seniors met for their monthly meeting with twenty-nine members in attendance. Fr. Dean led the prayer and a moment of silence for departed members. All enjoyed a delicious chicken luncheon prepared by Angelo Simos. A trip to the Museum of Orthodox Icons in Clinton, Massachusetts is being planned for the group. Sunshine Chairman Helen Stratos reported a get-well card was sent to Calianthe Nousioupoulos. Members were urged to volunteer their time for our food festival in November. Raffle prizes were won by Tillie Zingus, Phyllis Pappadopoulas, Key Buonocore, Helen Stratos, George Ambulos and Bessie Mc Cary. The members will meet again on Thursday, November 17, at which time they will enjoy their annual Thanksgiving Luncheon. The turkey will be cooked by Angelo Simos and members will provide side dishes and desserts. All seniors of St. Sophia Church over the age of 60 are invited to join the Young at Heart Club. Submitted by Myrtle Johnston, Secretary MEN S SUPPORT GROUP This support group is free to the public and it will deal with serious issues related to marriage, separation and divorce. The group will meet on Friday, November 4 and Friday, November 18 at 7:00 pm For more information, please contact support group facilitator, David Arpie at (860) or the Church office at NOVEMBER MEETINGS AND ACTIVITIES Tuesday, 11/1: Thursday, 11/3: Friday, 11/4: Sunday, 11/6: Monday, 11/7: Friday, 11/11: Saturday, 11/12: Hellenic Dancers practice 5:30 pm Finikia baking 9:00 am Choir practice 5:30 pm Hellenic Dancers dress Rehearsal 5:30 pm Men s Support Group 7:00 pm Hellenic Dancers performance at the Fellowship Hour Tsoureki baking 8:00 am Parish Council Meeting 6:00 pm Tuesday, 11/8 to Friday, 11/11 FESTIVAL Soup Kitchen Outreach 4:00 pm Greek School 9:30 am Wednesday, 11/16: Bible Study 10:00 am & 7:00 pm Thursday, 11/17: Friday, 11/18: Saturday, 11/19: Sunday, 11/20: Thursday, 11/24: Friday, 11/25: Monday, 11/28: Senior Citizens 12:30 pm Choir practice 5:30 pm Philoptochos 6:30 pm Men s Support Group 7:00 pm Greek School 9:30 am General Assembly Meeting Thanksgiving The Church Office will be closed The Church Office will be closed Parish Council Seminar 7:00 pm Holy Trinity Norwich Wednesday, 11/30: Bible Study 10:00 am & 7:00 pm Church isn t where you meet. Church isn t a building. Church is what you do. Church is who you are. Church is the human outworking of the person of Jesus Christ. Let s not go to Church; let s be the Church.
6 Parish Council News PARISH COUNCIL ELECTIONS Would YOU like to serve our Church? We will be electing 6 members of the Council Elections for six positions on the Parish Council, each serving a two year term, will take place on Sunday, December 4, Individuals who wish to be candidates may pick up an application form at the church. Candidates may also be nominated at the Parish Assembly. The deadline for submitted applications is Sunday, November 20. PARISH GENERAL ASSEMBLY MEETING Sunday, November 20 Noon 1:30 pm According to the parish by-laws, a quorum of 40 members in good standing is needed to conduct the meeting. PLEASE NOTE: The 2012 Church Budget and agenda of the Assembly will be mailed to your homes. Please plan to attend! Child Care will be provided If you want to run for the Parish Council please be advised of the following guidelines: According to the U.P.R. (Archdiocese Unified Parish Regulations) a candidate for the Parish Council must be a member in good standing of the parish at least one year proceeding the date of election and who lives his or her life in accordance with the faith and canons of the Church. PARISH COUNCIL ELECTIONS AND ELIGIBILITY TO VOTE Parish Council elections will take place Sunday, December 4 Following is the criteria for eligibility to vote, a Parish by-law addendum that was voted on at the April 29, 2007 General Assembly meeting. Article 25 Section 4: A parishioner in good standing and duly enrolled in the Parish Record but delinquent in his or her Parish Stewardship obligations for the current year may vote in the election by having fulfilled his or her previous year commitment and making a Stewardship Commitment for the current year 15 days prior to the date of the elections - Friday, November 20. PARISH COUNCIL SEMINAR The District Metropolis seminar for all candidates to the Parish Council will be held on Monday, November 28, at 7:00 pm at Holy Trinity Church in Norwich, CT. This seminar is mandatory for all candidates as per the U.P.R., Article 25, Section 3 SAVE THE DATE!! New Year s Eve Dance Saturday, December 31, 2011 Mezzethakia 9:00 pm Greek Music by Elliniki Leventia American Music by The George Holmes Trio Champagne Toast Cash Bar $55 adults Reserved paid table of 10 $450 by 12/25 College Students, 21 and under (must show college ID) & Youth: $25.00
7 ST. SOPHIA FINANCIAL REPORT 9/1/11 9/30/11 Income Stewardship $12, Candles 1, Trays Donations 5, Religious Education Fundraisers 11, Fellowship Bookstore Bank Adj Total Income $31, Expenses Salaries/Benefits 15, Archdiocese Commitment 4, Utilities 2, Maintenance 3, Church & Office. Expense 1, Education Fellowship Fundraisers 3, Insurance 1, Postage Bookstore Total Expenses $33, Overall Total ($1,710.00) Operating Funds of the Parish Checking Account Balance - $ 2, Money Market Balance - 29, Restricted Funds/Loan Balances Foundation Fund Assets - $339,45269 St. Sophia F.F. Loan Balance - 71, Kavarnos Trust - 250, Development Fund Acct Chelsea Bank Loan Balance - 353, Parish Council News FROM PROETHRINA PAPADOULA (President Paula) Dear Parishioners Η had the privilege of attending the Laity Conference with Father Dean JoAnn Ballassi and Jeanne Fakis on October 1 st, found it to be an uplifting and very informative day. Sadly out of 63 parishes only 19 participated in the Oratorical Festival last year. We should definitely participate in the Oratorical Festival this year. Topics for the Junior and Senior Divisions will be distributed to our youth when made available. Father Dean gave us a tour of the grounds of Hellenic College/Holy Cross School of Theology which are absolutely beautiful. Work is continuing in the Vallas Building with new carpeting being installed in the Annunciation Chapel and the meeting room made possible with donations from the Mitchell Trust (chapel) and Enosis Philoptochos Society (meeting room). Thank you for your generous donations. Looking forward we can use the Chapel for more weekday services and the meeting room for Philoptochos, parish council meetings, etc instead turning on the heat in the church and in the community center. The sealing of the parking lot has been completed. The cost was split with the dentist s office next door. We thank Effie Sfugaras who donated our half of the cost of the sealing, in memory of her nephew, Taki Kannes and for the well-being of her family. After the fall festival the community center floor will be stripped and waxed. A donation has been received from a parishioner for this expense and we thank them. Congratulations to Fr. Dean who has been elected by the Metropolis Assembly to serve on the Metropolis Council and the Archdiocesan Council. The Archdiocesan Council is the advisory and consulting body to the Archbishop and the Holy Synod. It saddens me to hear comments from parishioners that feel the church is divided due to the fact that it is Us against, Them. I don t know who THEM is but do know that this is OUR church and it doesn t and shouldn t matter whether you were born in Greece or New London. It would do us all well to remember this. TOGETHER EVERYONE ACCOMPLISHES MORE Let us work together, keeping in prospective that we are working for St. Sophia Church and God, not for one another. Thank you Paula
8 Come and See God s Grace in Thanksgiving The first time the early pilgrims gathered for a day of thanksgiving it was a remembrance of life and grace. In the Spring of 1621, after enduring a bitter winter that brought illness and death to nearly half of the 102 settlers, those who remained learned how to survive in their new homeland; how to hunt, farm, and cook, from several natives. Their diligence and hard work helped prepare them for the coming winter. Much of what they would need for the cold months ahead would be stored away. In celebration and relief the settlers called their community together to thank God for the bounty they received and the opportunity to seek a new life with religious freedom. The celebration we offer today is far from what was offered in 1621, but the central theme remains the same. Thanksgiving was a celebration of life and gratitude for the pilgrims; they came together to give witness to God s grace. There are two points that we need to examine. First, the pilgrims in pursuit of religious freedoms seemed to heed the words of Philip when he spoke to Nathaniel, Come and see (Jn 1:43). Though their expression of faith is not consistent with our expression of faith as Orthodox Christians, we look to their desire and hope to find a place in which they could worship in freedom; that they would be able to come together in hope of seeing God in their lives and find shelter and consolation in Him. As Orthodox we should take notice of their deep personal desire to open their lives to God; and in doing so, use the rich tools and opportunities that the Church provides us to come and see. Secondly, the pilgrims expression of life and gratitude found in Thanksgiving is central to Orthodoxy. The earliest and most distinctive expression of Christian worship is the Holy Eucharist. In Greek, Eucharist means literally, thanksgiving. By definition, then, the Holy Eucharist is the ultimate expression of thanksgiving by God s people. The Divine Liturgy gathers the faithful today as Christ gathered his disciples around the table in the upper room where he lifted up the bread and wine in prayer and is offered to the disciples as His Body and Blood. These Gifts provide sustenance for our souls. The Church gathered then, as it continues to do so today, to celebrate life in Christ experienced in this world and to foretaste the world yet to come experienced in the Divine Thanksgiving. Today, as we gather at our Thanksgiving tables in remembrance of the first day of thanksgiving offered by the Pilgrims, let us also come and see the blessings that God has bestowed upon us and give thanks to Him. Let us remember the very first Thanksgiving gathering the gathering of Christ and his disciples in the upper room. As we do so, Thanksgiving becomes more than a big feast focused on food, it becomes for us a prayer of thanksgiving for God s grace in our life and an opportunity for us to come and see. Fr. Thomas Chininis St. Philip Church, Nashua, NH
9 My Life in Christ PRAYER REQUESTS Please remember in prayer the servants of God Mimi, Mary, Helen, Rosaleen, Mari, Peter, Irene, Katherine, Athena, Lee, Costas, Barbara, Alexandra, Jacquelyn, Efrosine, John, Kyriaki, Helen, Catherine, Mary, Angeliki, Despina, Dodi, Joseph, John, George, Richard, Sophia, Melissa, Karl, Antigone, Donna, Tony, Caryn, Philip, Ernest, Olga, Constantine, Shaun, Niko, Calianthe, Cindy DISCRETIONARY FUND Our Parish has a Discretionary Fund to assist our parishioners in times of financial need. If you would like to contribute to this Fund. please send your contribution to the Church office payable to: St. Sophia Discretionary Fund WEDNESDAY STUDIES IN THE FAITH To know God is to study the Word of God Wednesday in the Vallas Building The Book of Genesis Morning Study - 10:00 am Evening Study - 7:00 pm The study lasts for one hour November Topics November 16 Genesis 9:18-11:32 The Tower of Babel November 30 Genesis Abram s Call PRAYERS FOR THE DECEASED ΟΝΟΜΑΣΩΝ ΣΩΝ ΑΠΟΘΑΝΟΝΣΩΝ We will have a special memorial service on Sunday, November 27, for the following Orthodox Christians who have fallen asleep in the Lord in the month of November. Panagiotis Kazakos, Nov. 23, 1947 Constantinos Tsesmelis, Nov. 10, 1950 Christos Tsiropoulos, Nov. 4, 1952 Mersina Pantelis, Nov. 24, 1953 Demetra Giannitsa, Nov. 17, 1954 Demetrios Ganouselis, Nov. 20, 1955 Helen Patterson, Nov. 28, 1956 Panagiotis Catogas, Nov. 19, 1956 Christos Zingus, Nov. 5, 1961 Panagiotis Tsekeris, Nov. 26, 1963 Kalliopi Selicious, Nov. 1, 1964 Maria Sklavounos, Nov. 30, 1964 Logothetis Stacinos, Nov. 1, 1966 Peter Benois, Nov. 21, 1967 Diamond Louziotis, Nov. 17, 1974 Magdalene Ganacopoulos,Nov.11, 1974 JoAnn Angelopoulos, Nov. 19, 1974 James Williams, Nov. 17, 1975 Constantine Pantelis, Nov. 25, 1975 William Tramis, Nov. 28, 1975 Irene Pascal, Nov. 4, 1976 Marianthi Stevens, Nov. 25, 1976 Areti Dato, Nov. 23, 1978 Helen Georgian, November 1978 Evdokia Kombouzis, Nov. 27, 1979 Spiro Copsinis, Nov. 18, 1980 Paraskevi Paspati, Nov. 26, 1980 Aristarho Coin, Nov. 15, 1981 Calliope Velles, Nov. 5, 1982 Panagiota Zavoritis, Nov. 9, 1983 Sophia Traggis, Nov. 18, 1983 Gregory Yatrousis, Nov. 21, 1985 Edward White, Nov. 13, 1987 Vasilios Papathanasiou, Nov. 1, 1990 Efstratia Ballis, Nov. 25, 1991 Christopher Zymaris, November 1992 Anna Kravchuck, Nov. 13, 1992 Panagiotis Ganacoplos, Nov. 18, 1993 Theodore Poulos, Nov. 22, 1994 Leonidas Giotis, Nov. 18, 1995 Maria Christoforou, Nov. 3, 1996 Sergius Gromyko, Nov. 3, 1996 Thomas Bellos, Nov. 22, 1996, Nicholas Velles, Nov. 21, 1998 Michael Danos, Nov. 11, 1999 Louis Spanos, Nov. 13, 1999 Alexander Serdici, Nov. 10, 2000 Gregory P. Ballassi, Nov. 5, 2003 Demitrios Mitsalexakis, Nov. 21, 2004 Mark Drennan, Nov. 25, 2004, Elizabeth Marie Botchis, Nov. 24, 2005 William Ganacoplos, Nov. 25, 2005, Panagiotis Christopher, Nov. 25, 2005 Amalia Korlotsos, Nov. 1, 2006 Pamela Kovacik, Nov. 14, 2006 John Bly, Nov. 15, 2006 Julia Patria, Nov. 30, 2006 Stella Routsis, Nov. 9, 2008, Ilias Nousiopoulos, Nov. 18, 2008
10 The Holy Metropolis of Boston The Metropolis of Boston is a metropolis of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America in the United States of America, under the jurisdiction of the Church of Constantinople. The metropolis includes the states of Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, Vermont, and part of Connecticut. Prior to the establishment of metropolises within the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America, the New England area was designated in 1968 as the Third Archdiocese District of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of North and South America. In 1979, the archdiocese was re-organized under a decree of the Ecumenical Patriarchate into a number of dioceses of which the Diocese of Boston replaced the 3rd district. In 1996, the Archdiocese of North and South America was split into four separate archdioceses: those of America, Canada, Central America, and South America. With the establishment of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America, the title of the dioceses was changed to metropolises and the Diocese of Boston became the Metropolis of Boston in December The following hierarchs have served the Metropolis of Boston : Bishop Joachim (Alexopoulos) Bishop Athenagoras (Kavadas) Bishop Ezekiel (Tsoukalas) of Nazianzus Bishop Athenagoras (Kokkinakis) of Eleia Bishop Meletios (Tripodakis) of Christianoupolis Bishop Gerasimos (Papadopoulos) of Abydos Bishop Demetrios (Makris) of Olympus Bishop Iakovos (Garmatis) of Apameia Bishop Anthimos (Drakonakis) Metropolitan Methodius (Tournas) 1983 to the present Today the Metropolis of Boston oversees 63 parishes and 87 priests. The Metropolis provides the following ministries for the faithful. Clergy Brotherhood of Saint Andrew Retired Clergy Association Sisterhood of Presbyteres Seminarian Development Metropolis Stewardship Committee Parish Council Seminars Clergy/Laity Conference Ministry Awards Banquet Radio Ministry Federation of Church Musicians Marriage Preparation Seminars Summer and Winter Camp (MBC) Philoxenia House Greek Education Orthodox Christian Religious Education St. John Chrysostom Oratorical Festival Youth and Young Adult Ministries Metropolis Youth Dance Group Athletic Ministries Orthodox Christian Fellowship Vacation Church School Family District Retreats Ecumenical and Interfaith Relations
11 Stewardship 2011 STEWARDSHIP REPORT 1/1/11-10/18/11 Stewards 192 Pledged Amount $ 131,094 Amount Collected $ 137,318 To fulfill our Church s mission, we pray for everyone s participation in supporting our Stewardship Program. Please make your pledge today! Your support would be greatly appreciated. Please give of your TIME, TALENTS and TREASURES To our beloved parish of Saint Sophia Experience with us in the Joy of Christian Giving 2012 Stewardship Sunday December 11 THE STEWARDSHIP OF THE VIOLIN A well-known violinist was talking about his violin. The violinist had mentioned that the violin was a couple hundred years old and worth many hundreds of thousands of dollars. The interesting point of the conversation was the way the violinist viewed himself as a steward of the instrument. He knew that many great musicians had played the instrument before he was even born. He was also not naive to think that he would be the last to play the fine instrument. He understood that it was just temporarily passing through his hands. The violinist s outlook on his violin can really help us get a better understanding of the role possessions should have in our life. Changing our thinking in this way can affect how we handle our money and even our weekly buying decisions. It s not that having possessions is a good or bad thing, just that it needs to be in the proper perspective. WE NEED YOU! There s something missing in the choir loft YOU! Come on up and join us. We need sopranos, alto, tenors and basses. We know you can do it we hear you singing in the pews. There s a choir robe with your name on it in the closet. Please join us! Practice Schedule November 3 and 17 at 5:30 pm MISSION BOXES We collected $500 for the Orthodox Christian Mission Center with the Lenten Coin Collection. We thank our parishioners for helping to raise these funds for OCMC. THANK YOU Our thanks go out to the following parishioners and their families for their generous donations Spyros and Rita Spanos for their donation of the balance of the Altar Boy robes. Peter Demos, Athena Economou and Effie Economou for the new bell system (replacing the broken system) in memory of their beloved wife and mother, Photine, and to perpetuate the gift of the original bell system to St. Sophia given by Thomas and Euphrosine Millaras. The Mitchell Trust for the new carpeting and painting of the Annunciation Chapel. The Philoptochos Society for taking on the task of renovating the meeting room of the Vallas Center, with new carpeting, a fresh coat of paint and lighting. Effie Sfugaras for the sealing of the parking lot in memory of her nephew and for the health and wellbeing of her family. The anonymous donor of the cost of stripping and waxing the community center floor.
12 Υouth News SUNDAY SCHOOL Classes are held every Sunday following Holy Communion Divine Liturgy begins at 10:00 am Fr. Dean speaks with the children following the consecration of the Holy Gifts. This year s theme: The Book of Acts Seating for students and families is on the left hand side of the church. STUDENT ATTENDANCE INCENTIVE PROGRAM The Sunday School Department honors students who have perfect attendance for a four week block with a special ceremony where they each receive a St. Sophia chocolate bar and their name is placed in a drawing for a gift card. The class that has the highest percentage of students with perfect attendance receive a breakfast of bagels, cream cheese and juice. Those with perfect attendance for the 4 week period of 9/18/11 to 10/9/11 are: Grade K Cooper Bellos, Emilia Podeszwa, Jase Di Buono, John Whitaker 1 Marina Colonis, Juliette Condulis 3 Spiro Gialpis, Angela Colonis, Alki Karabelas 4 Sam Bellos, James Babinski, Stella Georgian 5 Olivia Billis, Nicholas Condulis, Samuel Whittaker 6 Zachary Caputo, Sophia Papathanasiou, Sophia Podeszwa 8 Achilles Adams, Sarah Billis, Matthew Caputo, Lillian Whittaker, George Zingus 10 Danielle Olsen 11 John Adams, Christine Flynn The winner of a Dunkin Donuts gift card was Sarah Billis. The winner of the class breakfast was Grade 8 Congratulations to all the students with perfect attendance for the first four week block. Check out your pictures in the foyer of the church. There are no Sunday School classes on November 27. GREEK SCHOOL Classes are held every Saturday. In Greek School you will learn the Greek language and different elements of Greek culture. For information please contact Dora Georgeady at Tuition For members of the parish $175 for first child $125 for second child $100 for third child HELLENIC DANCERS November Dance Practice Schedule Tuesday, November 1 5:30 pm Dress Rehearsal Friday, November 4 5:30 pm The dance troupe will perform for our parishioners at the Fellowship Hour on Sunday, November 6 The dancers will perform at the festival on Wednesday and Thursday evenings at 6:30 pm. CONGRATULATIONS On September 25, Nicholas Vangel, son of David and Julie Vangel, who recently was awarded the Boy Scout s Eagle Scout Award. Nicholas is a member of Troop 21 in Ashaway, Rhode Island.
13 Philoptochos News Members of the Philoptochos Society came together Thursday evening, October 20, to continue their Passport to the World tour with a stop to Hawaii and observed Cancer Awareness Month with Pina Colada s and Pink Ribbons. Following the business meeting, members were treated to a pot luck supper with delicious foods native to Hawaii. and enjoyed a Hawaiian trivia quiz and learning fun facts about our 50th state. Thank you to Mary Peteros for chairing the evening and to our members for the delicious food. The Appreciation Luncheon held on October 16, was very successful thank you to all who attended in support of this fund raiser. Philoptochos past presidents were honored. Everyone enjoyed the delicious meal, the informative program and fellowship. Proceeds from the luncheon go to the Fr. Charles J. Simones Scholarship Fund, which gives a scholarship annually to a seminarian at Holy Cross School of Theology. Thank you all who helped make the luncheon a success, the cooks, the kitchen crew, those who set up, served, cleaned up and donated raffle gifts, baked goods and non-perishable foods for the local food pantry your hard work is greatly appreciated. A thank you also to Metropolis President Philippa Condakes and her board for being our guests. Saints Cosmas & Damian On November 6 th, Philoptochos will observe the feast day of our Patron Saints Cosmas & Damian with an artoclasia for the health and welfare of our members. The fellowship hour will be hosted by the Philoptochos members. Thelma Hunter and Mary Peteros are co-chairing this event. Members are asked to bring in baked goods. Community Christmas Card Jo Ann Ballassi, Kay Buonocore and Marcia Wenzel are chairing this annual fundraiser which will begin on Sunday, November 6 th and extend through December 4 th. It is a wonderful way to extend your Christmas greetings to fellow parishioners and at the same time support the philanthropic ministries of the Philoptochos Society. Please support this fundraiser which benefits many of our philanthropic endeavors. Details and a sign-up form are in this bulletin. Holiday Pastry Fundraiser The committee will be taking orders for Greek Pastries for the holidays. Baking and packaging will begin in mid-november and extend through early December. Assistance with the baking and/or packaging will be greatly appreciated. The baking schedule will be announced in the weekly bulletin. You will find an order form in this bulletin for further information. Please place your orders early. Christmas Angel Tree Paulette Sferrazza and Marcia Wenzel are chairing this annual outreach project which will benefit the needy throughout the community. New and unwrapped gifts such as toys, books, socks, hats, mittens, and other warm clothing items are needed. Canned and nonperishable food items as well as gift cards to supermarkets, department stores, or gas stations are also welcome. The Angel Tree will be set up on November 21 st and gifts will be accepted through mid December. November Meeting Please join us on Thursday, November, 17 th at 6:30 p.m. in the Hellenic Center as we continue on our world tour and travel back in time to Plymouth and the first Thanksgiving. Following a brief business meeting we will enjoy foods and desserts enjoyed by the Pilgrims. MARK YOUR CALENDARS AND PLAN TO ATTEND!!!!! We need YOU, your FELLOWSHIP, your IDEAS, your TALENTS, and your PARTICIPATION!!!! Upcoming Events November 6 Sts Cosmas & Damian Artoclasia & Fellowship Hour November St Sophia Food Festival November 17 Chapter Meeting November 19 - Metropolis Officer and Member Workshop Submitted by Jeanne Fakis, President
14 COMMUNITY CHRISTMAS CARD Enosis Philoptochos Society thanks all of you who donated to our Annual Community Christmas Card in Your donation allowed Philoptochos to help out several charities such as: Philoxenia House, Trinity Children s Fund, National Emergency Fund, Hellenic College/Holy Cross, Autism Assistance Fund, IOCC (health kits), St. Methodios Faith & Heritage Center Local charities such as American Cancer Society, Lawrence & Memorial Chaplaincy, Oratorical Festival, The Battered Women s Center St. Sophia s Sunday School and Greek School Memorial Scholarship for Graduating High School Seniors and Welcoming New Parents & their Babies to The St. Sophia Family (Churching Service) Please help us continue to support these and other charities in the future. Starting November 6th through December 4 th, you may sign up for the 2011 Community Christmas Card. You may sign up with the order form below or look for us in the entrance of the Hellenic Center. Thank you in advance for your support. =========================================================== 2011 COMMUNITY CHRISTMAS CARD ORDER FORM Name As you want it to appear on the card PLEASE PRINT Telephone Number I would like to donate $ (minimum donation $20.00, please) for the Annual Community Christmas Card. $ check (made out to Enosis Philoptochos Society) $ cash Order taken by Deadline is Sunday, December 4 th Philoptochos thanks you for your support!
15 HOLIDAY PASTRY 2011 The Philoptochos Society of St. Sophia Church is now taking orders for Greek Pastries for the Holidays. Order early - the last day to place your order is November 30, Pastry Available Baklava 9 x 12 tray $35.00 Layers of phyllo and walnuts topped with a honey syrup Kourambiedes 1 dozen $ Butter cookies coated with 4 dozen $ powdered sugar Koulourakia 1 dozen $ 6.50 Twisted butter cookie 4 dozen $24.00 Finikia 1 dozen $10.00 Honey-dipped walnut cookie 4 dozen $36.00 Variety Package $15.00 Spanakopeta 9 x 12 tray $30.00 All orders must be prepaid. Pastry Order Form NAME PHONE Baklava $35 each = $ Spanakopeta $30 each = $ Kourambiedes $10.00 doz.(4 doz. $36) $ Koulourakia dozen(s $6.50 doz.(4 doz. $24) $ Finikia dozen(s $10.00 doz. (4 doz. $36) $ Variety Package $15 $ Please choose from the following pick-up dates: December 10 th and December 17 th from 10 am 12 noon and December 11 th and December 18 th, from 12 noon to 1:00 pm Please call Penny Maistros at if other arrangements are needed. Pick-up date Please return this form with your check payable to: Enosis Philoptochos Society 200 Hempstead Street New London, CT ( )
20 St. Sophia Hellenic Orthodox Church 200 Hempstead Street, New London, Connecticut ADDRESS SERVICE REQUESTED Non-Profit Org. U.S. Postage PAID New London, CT Permit No. 272 PLEASE DELIVER PROMPTLY TIME VALUED MATERIAL Our 59th Annual November 8, 9, 10 & 11 Tuesday - Wednesday - Thursday - Friday 11:00 am - 9:00 pm Festival Raffle 1st Prize: 55 Samsung 3D LED Smart-TV 2nd Prize: Mac Book Pro 13 Notebook 3rd Prize: I-Pad 2 Wi-Fi 16 GB Tickets: $5 each 6 for $25 Please support this raffle by buying and selling tickets Become a Festival Sponsor Sponsor $500 Friend $250 Donor $100 Sponsor names will be listed and displayed on each table. All donations will be listed on the menu. Donations will greatly help defray festival expenses. WE NEED YOU!!! Volunteer Today!! We need each and every one of our parishioners to give of their time to make this a successful event. Please give as much time as possible. We encourage our young adults and teenagers to also get involved. Donations to help defray expenses are always appreciated. We ask the women of the parish to donate pastry for the pastry booth. They can be dropped off at the Church the Monday or Tuesday before the festival or the days of the festival. Help will also be needed to work the booth.
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