1 The Voice of Holy Trinity May Since the kingdom of God is not just words, it is power. 1 CORINTHIANS 4:20 HOLY TRINITY GREEK ORTHODOX CATHEDRAL + PORTLAND + OREGON Pascha 2011 The celebration of Easter/Pascha in the Orthodox Church is once again not merely a historical reenactment of the event of Christ's Resurrection as we read in the gospels. It is not a dramatic representation of the "first Pascha Morning." As we experienced last night, the Pascha Matins and the Divine Liturgy are celebrated together in the first dark hours of the first day of the week in order to give men the experience of the "new creation" of the world, and to allow them to enter mystically into the New Jerusalem which shines eternally with the glorious light of Christ, that destroys the darkness of this mortal and sinful world. The Orthodox Church has a unique way to express the message of the Resurrection through the Byzantine Music, the poetry, the hymns, the Services, the Tradition, the customs, and the iconography. If we take a look at the icon of the Resurrection (for example), we will see that Christ is the central figure to proclaim His Divinity. We can see the halo (φωτοστέφανο) which symbolizes the brilliant Light; at His feet are the brass gates of Hades which He has just demolished. Also visible are the keys and the broken locks to those gates. Another figure is Adam, our Forefather. He is being pulled from his tomb by Christ; he is portrayed as an old man with white hair and beard; the hymns of the Church speak of Adam being "recalled" to his primordial innocence by the Incarnation. In some icons we can see Eve, our Forbearer. She is being raised from her tomb immediately behind the figure of Adam; she is portrayed as an old woman; the hymns of our Church speak of Eve being "set free" from her sin in Eden by the Incarnation. We can also see the Righteous of the Old Testament. The group of figures on the left, which represents those righteous individuals who lived and died before the Incarnation; We usually see the Holy Kings, Saint David the Psalmist and his son, Saint Solomon the Wise. The group of figures on the right represents the Righteous of the New Testament. All those righteous individuals who died after the Incarnation, but before Christ's death and resurrection. Saint John the Baptist and Forerunner is in this group. The Church teaches that while the body of Christ rested in the tomb on the Sabbath (the day after the Crucifixion), His soul descended into Hades. Prior to the Incarnation, the gates of Paradise were closed to mankind. Therefore, Hades, not to be confused with Hell, was the place where the souls of all people went upon death. It was neither a place of reward nor a place of punishment. It had been likened to Death's "prison", where the souls of both the just and the sinners were confined. Since Christ actually died upon the Cross, Death claimed His soul for Hades. However, Hades received more than it expected... it received the Giver of Life. How ironic! Hades received the Giver of Life. And the Giver of Life destroyed the power of Hades and opened again the gates of Paradise. The Church Fathers prompt us to make the resurrection a personal event, the center of our lives, the power, which gives us life, as our heart moves the blood to every part of our bodies. The message of the Resurrection is revealed in every hymn of the Church Services. How beautifully the hymnographer connects the Theotokos with the Resurrection and the whole world: Ο Άγγελος εβόα τη Κεχαριτωμενη, Αγνή Παρθένε χαίρε και πάλιν ερώ χαίρε, ο σος Υιός ανέστη τριήμερος εκ τάφου. Φωτίζου,φωτίζου η νέα Ιερουσαλήμ. H γαρ δόξα Κυρίου επί σε ανέτειλε. Χόρευε νυν και αγγάλου Σιών, συ δε Αγνή τέρπου Θετόκε εν τη Εγέρσει του τόκου σου. The angel cried to the Lady full of grace: Rejoice, 0 pure Virgin! Again I say: Rejoice! Your Son is risen from His three days in the tomb! With Himself, He has raised all the dead! Rejoice, all you people! Shine! Shine! 0 new Jerusalem The glory of the Lord has shone on you! Exalt now and be glad, 0 Zion! Be Radiant, 0 Pure Theotokos, in the resurrection of your Son! Father Dimosthenis
2 Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Cathedral 3131 NE Glisan St., Portland, OR DIRECTORY All names without prefix are (503) Fr. Jordan Brown or Fr. Demosthenis Paraskevaidis or Fr. Deacon David Cole Parish Council President, Nick Triantafillou Holy Trinity office, Gail Morris, Secretary Holy Trinity web site: Holy Trinity fax Dynamis is the monthly newsletter of the Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Cathedral in Portland, Oregon. Articles for the next month s issue of Dynamis are due in the church office on the 11 th of the current month. Deadlines will be strictly adhered to. Dynamis Editorial Guidelines How to contribute: to: or on a CD with a hard copy to the church office. If you do not use a computer, please fax submissions to or bring a typed copy to the church office. Content and length: Church-related organizations maximum 500 words; non-church related and articles by private persons maximum 300 words. We reserve the right to edit or decline a submission. All inserts must be approved by the church office and the postal service. Announcements policy: Unpaid announcements for churchrelated events are limited to a half page. Non-church-related community event announcements are limited to a quarter page. The back cover is reserved for paid advertisements, at these rates: Full advertising section half of back page...$400 Half advertising section ¼ of back cover...$225 Quarter advertising section 1/8 of last page...$125 Treasurer s Corner 1 st Quarter Update Jace Thompson Christos Anesti! By the time this article is published, these words of joy will be ringing out throughout our community. Any talk of cathedral finances must start with the realization that all of the focus on dollars and cents that we are responsible to engage in is in humble service to the true mission of our church and our faith, greatly exemplified by the beautiful Pascha season. I recently looked back upon the article that I wrote a year ago where I discussed the word crisis and what it says to us about being a turning point moment. I challenged the community then to examine their own personal commitment in stewardship, and to seize the moment in driving our cathedral to higher levels of service to our faith, our missions and our community. Taking stock of how much has truly changed over the past year, in terms of our pastoral leadership, our focus on youth and family involvement, our energizing of our choir and chanter ministries and some behind the scenes efforts in administration and processes, I am amazed and encouraged by what has transpired. The storm of change of the past year or two is now washing away leaving behind a beautiful sunrise and foundation upon which we can all be proud and hopeful. But frankly, the work is just beginning! We were blessed through all of our stewards efforts last year to again hold the line on stewardship, and even grow it by 2% YoY. However we remained well below our expectations for a cathedral our size and our vibrancy in terms of giving best gifts to a level that allows us to move forward with our goals in confidence and peace of mind. Again, I encourage each and every one of you to search your hearts with regards to your current personal best commitment to your church as manifested in stewardship. Each of us, pulling a little harder at the oars, together, can accomplish our goals so easily. I look forward to this year and the growth that we all will witness if we choose to channel more of our energies and many blessings to our home here at Holy Trinity. Welcome to a new spring! Christos Anesti! LAST YEAR THIS YEAR 2011 Delta to HOLY TRINITY CATHEDRAL YTD MAR 2010 YTD MAR 2011 Budget YTD Budget Notes Member Contributions $140 $158 $133 $25 Incl Other Donations of ~$20K Youth, Rentals, Misc $25 $32 $19 $13 FDF Income $165 $191 $152 $39 Pastoral & Admin $99 $106 $108 ($2) On track Youth, Music & Community $25 $33 $32 $1 On track Buildings & Grounds $65 $67 $84 ($17) Endowment Payback - Pending Expenses $189 $206 $224 ($17) Net Income ($25) ($16) ($72) $56 * All $'s in Thousands ** Festival not included
3 From the Office If you or a family member is going into the hospital and would like a visitation, please remember to call the church office. Because of confidentiality, hospitals no longer call us to let us know you re there! Web site Have you checked the Holy Trinity web site recently? Gail and Debra have been working hard to keep items updated. Take a moment to check out the online calendar where you can look up dates for camp and feast days for next year. We continue to update the calendar for next year as we have the time. addresses: Remember to notify the office when you change your address and phone number. We get address changes from the post office but some of our and phone numbers may be outdated. Pascha Supplies: It takes many hands to prepare the church for Holy Week and Pascha. We wish to thank everyone who helped with the many tasks such as ordering flowers, decorating icons the church and the epitaphio and for donations that helped pay for the flowers, candles, palms and altar supplies. Thank you! ~~ A Parishioner Speaks from her Heart An enthusiastic, congratulatory crowd surrounded Koula Fkiaras after she addressed the gathering at the April 3 rd luncheon celebrating the vibrant parish life of Holy Trinity. A devoted steward of Holy Trinity, Koula shared what the church has meant to her since her arrival in Portland decades ago. Below are her thoughts, along with a translation provided by her daughter Evgenia and husband, Nick. Reverend Father Jordan Dear Don and fellow Holy Trinity parishioners A few days ago, I received a call from the Stewardship Committee asking that I make a speech this Sunday. I was surprised. Speech about what? For me, what each of us gives to the church is a purely personal matter, and I am not the appropriate person to talk about such a subject. However, the Committee made it clear that it simply wanted me, as an immigrant from Greece, to talk about my impressions of our community. I appreciate the hard work of the people who labor diligently to keep the church going. I appreciate the prolonged efforts to put on a model Greek Festival each fall, the contributions that Philoptochos makes to our community and beyond (including Camp Agape and other projects), the people who created a remarkable museum, the dance group directors who spend long hours teaching, the dancers who do their best to learn Greek dances, the Sunday school, the Greek school, and all of the other organizations that work hard for the advancement of this community. Finally, I appreciate the clergy s great leadership and guidance in our faith. I therefore decided to say a few words about how I see and what I feel about our community. The first thing I asked my husband when I met him was: Is there a church in Portland? I never considered, he answered, living in a city that did not have a Greek church and a Greek community around it. The answer satisfied me. For me, having a church in the far West was a critical issue. Being able to hear from a priest, Christ is born, and Christ is risen, and carrying out my duties as an Orthodox Christian were very important. Thirty-five years have passed since then. I am an inseparable member of our community. I have raised three children here. My children have roots and memories that are tied to Holy Trinity. These memories will be with them throughout their lives. I have made good friends here, dear friends whom I consider a surrogate family. I have kept a close eye on the progress of this community. I am impressed. We have been blessed to have fine clergy. All of them have contributed something, to a greater or lesser extent. We have made progress throughout the years. Now we again are blessed to have two capable priests and a deacon with an extensive knowledge of Orthodoxy. They have excellent co-workers: three charismatic presvyteres. Each presvytera has her own talent, which she lovingly puts to use for the benefit of the community. They support the work of the clergy, through community service, caring for seniors (who might have otherwise been forgotten), leading and participating in the choir and the Greek school, and, most importantly, maintaining personal relationships with the members of the community. Father Demosthenes made a video of the Greek festival. Those of you who have seen it should agree with me that it is an excellent piece of work. My husband and I decided to send it to relatives and friends in Greece. The response we got was overwhelming. They wrote to us, Your actions filled us with emotions, enthusiasm, and pride. A friend showed it to his buddies as something worth imitating. I must admit, I felt proud to be a member of such an active community. A community which puts on a festival every year that all of Portland eagerly waits for, a community that has key members, Greeks and non-greeks, with vision. A community whose children make me cry from joy every time I watch them dance on stage. They make me feel young again. All of these are the result of having a functional and welcoming church. If we did not have a church, which I think deserves the title of Cathedral (given all of its activities and achievements), we would have none of these things. I will finish with a passage from the holy anafora. When we kneel, the priest says, We offer to you these gifts from your own gifts, in all, and for all. Meaning, we offer to you these gifts from God s gifts, not from our gifts, wherever this bloodless sacrifice is performed for all you give us, for our own good. These gifts come back to
4 us, because we are the ones who need them, not God. How do these gifts come back? Via Holy Communion and God s great mercy. Service, by whatever means - manual labor, financial offering, moral support, psychological support - always has rewards. This is because giving includes one word: Love. And as the disciple Paul says, Love always shelters, always endures, always hopes. Thank you, Koula Fkiaras Σεβαςτϋ μου πϊτερ Ιορδϊνη Αγαπητϋ Don Αγαπητό μου κοινότητα Πριν μερικϋσ μερϋσ ϋλαβα ϋνα τηλεφώνημα απο το Στούαρςιπ κομύτι να μιλόςω αυτό την Κυριακό. Ξαφνιϊςτηκα. Να μιλόςω και να πω τι; Το τι δύνει ο καθϋνασ εύναι καθαρϊ προςωπικό θϋμα κι εγώ δεν εύμαι το κατϊλληλο ϊτομο για κϊτι τϋτοιο. Αλλϊ διευκρύνηςαν πωσ απλϊ όθελαν, μια και προϋρχομαι από την Ελλϊδα, να εκφρϊςω τισ εντυπώςεισ μου για την κοινότητα. Εκτιμώντασ τον αγώνα αυτών των ανθρώπων που προςπαθούν να κρατόςουν τισ πύλεσ τησ εκκληςύασ ανοιχτϋσ, την ςυνεχό κι ακούραςτη, πϊνω από μιςό χρόνο, εργαςύα εκεύνων που παρουςιϊζουν ϋνα υποδειγματικό φϋςτιβαλ κϊθε φθινόπωρο, την προςπϊθεια τησ φιλοπτώχου για προςφορϊ ςτην κοινότητα και ςτο ευρύτερο κοινωνικό ςύνολο με το καμπ αγϊπη κι ϊλλεσ δραςτηριότητεσ, των ανθρώπων που κατϊφεραν να ςτόςουν ϋνα αξιόλογο μουςεύο, των δαςκϊλων του χορευτικού που βϊζουν ώρεσ διδαςκαλύασ και όλων των παιδιών που κϊνουν το καλλύτερο για να μϊθουν Ελληνικούσ χορούσ, την προςπϊθεια του κατηχητικού και του Ελληνικού ςχολεύου και γενικϊ όλων των οργανιςμών πουαγωνύζονται για την πρόοδο αυτόσ τησ κοινότητασ, τϋλοσ εκτιμώντασ την τερϊςτεια προςπϊθεια των ιερϋων και του διακόνου που προςπαθούν να οδηγόςουν τον κόςμο ςτην ορθό πύςτη, αποφϊςιςα να πω δυό λόγια για το πωσ νιώθω και πωσ βλϋπω την κοινότητα μασ. Οταν γνώριςα τον ϊνδρα μου το πρώτο που τον ρώτηςα όταν: Εχει Eκκληςύα ςτο Πόρτλαντ; Ποτϋ δεν ςκϋφτηκα, απϊντηςε, να ζόςω ςε μια πόλη χωρύσ Ελληνιςμό ςυςπειρωμϋνο γύρω απο Ορθόδοξη εκκληςύα. Με κϊλυψε πλόρωσ. Για μϋνα η ύπαρξη εκκληςύασ ςτη μακρυνό Δύςη όταν θϋμα ζωτικό. Το να μπορώ να ακούω το Χριςτόσ Γεννϊται και το Χριςτόσ Ανϋςτη και να εκτελώ τα καθηκοντϊ μου ςαν Ορθόδοξη Χριςτιανό όταν πολύ ςπουδαύο για μϋνα. Πϋραςαν 35 χρόνια από τότε. Εύμαι πια αναπόςπαςτο μϋλοσ τησ κοινότητασ μασ. Μεγϊλωςα 3 παιδιϊ. Τα παιδιϊ μου ϋχουν πια παρελθόν, μνόμεσ. Και αυτϋσ εδρϊζονται ςτην Αγύα Τριϊδα. Θα τουσ ςυνοδεύουν για πϊντα. Εκανα φύλουσ, πιςτούσ και αγαπημϋνουσ, που εύναι η ευρύτερη οικογϋνεια μου πια. Παρακολούθηςα από κοντϊ την πορεύα τησ κοινότητασ. Εντυπωςιακό. Εύχαμε την ευλογύα να ϋχουμε καλούσ ιερεύσ. Ολοι τουσ ϋδωςαν κϊτι. Αλλοσ πιο πολύ,ϊλλοσ πιο λύγο. Προχωρόςαμε. Τώρα πϊλι ϋχουμε ευλογηθεύ με δυό αξιόλογουσ ιερεύσ και ϋναν διϊκονο, βαθύ γνώςτη τησ Ορθοδοξύασ, οι οπούοι ϋχουν λαμπρούσ ςυνεργϊτεσ, τρεύσ χαριςματικϋσ πρεςβυτϋρεσ. Η κϊθε μια με το ταλϋντο τησ το οπούο δεν κρατούν για τον εαυτό τουσ, αλλϊ το προςφϋρουν με αγϊπη ςτην κοινότητα. Εύτε με την κοινωνικό προςφορϊ, εύτε με τη φροντύδα τησ τρύτησ ηλικύασ, που διαφορετικϊ θα εύχε ξεχαςτεύ, εύτε με τη χορωδύα, εύτε με το Ελληνικό ςχολεύο και το ςπουδαιότερο με την επαφό που ϋχουν με τον κόςμο, βοηθούν το ϋργο των ιερϋων. Ο πϊτερ Δημοςθϋνησ ϋκανε ϋνα βύντεο για το φϋςτιβαλ το οπούο όλοι όςοι το εύδατε θα ςυμφωνόςετε μαζύ μου πωσ πρόκειται για εξαιρετικό δουλειϊ. Αποφαςύςαμε με τον ϊνδρα μου να το ςτεύλουμε ςτην Ελλϊδα. Η ανταπόκριςη όταν το κϊτι ϊλλο. Μασ ϋγραψαν χαρακτηριςτικϊ Η δρϊςη ςασ μασ γϋμιςεϋπαρςη, ςυγκύνηςη, ενθουςιαςμό και περηφϊνια. Ενασ φύλοσ μασ μϊζεψε την παρϋα μασ να το προβϊλλει ςαν παρϊδειγμα προσ μύμηςη. Δεν ςασ κρύβω πωσ καμϊρωςα γιατύ εύμαι μϋλοσ μιασ τϋτοιασ ζωντανόσ και δραςτόριασ κοινότητασ. Μιασ κοινότητασ που παρουςιϊζει ϋνα φϋςτιβαλ που το περιμϋνει κϊθε χρόνο με ανυπομονηςύα η κοινωνύα του Πόρτλαντ, μιασ κοινότητασ που ϋχει ςτελϋχη, Ελληνεσ και μη, με όραμα. Μιασ κοινότητασ που με γεμύζει δϊκρυα κϊθε φορϊ που χορεύουν τα παιδιϊ ςτην ςκηνό και μαζύ τουσ ξανανιώνω. Και όλα αυτϊ γιατύ εύναι ανοιχτϋσ οι πόρτεσ τησ εκκληςύασ μασ. Αν δεν υπόρχε η εκκληςύα, που για μϋνα τησ ϊξιζε ο τύτλοσ του Καθεδρικού μ ολη τη δρϊςη που ςημεύωςε ςτην πορεύα τησ, δεν θα ϋχαμε τύποτα από όλα αυτϊ. Θα κλεύςω με μια φρϊςη από την αγύα αναφορϊ. Οταν γονατύζουμε ο ιερεύσ αναφωνεύ. Τα ςα εκ των ςων ςοι προςφϋρομεν κατϊ πϊντα και δια πϊντα. Δηλαδό, τα δικϊ ςου από τα δικϊ ςου, όχι από τα δικϊ μασ, προςφϋρουμε κατϊ πϊντα τόπο που τελεύται αυτό την ώρα η αναύμακτοσ θυςύα και για όλα όςο μασ δύνεισ προσ δικό μασ ευεργεςύα. Και αυτό η προςφορϊ επιςτρϋφει πϊλι ςε μασ, γιατύ εμεύσ τη χρειαζόμαςτε, όχι Εκεύνοσ. Πωσ; Με τη Θεύα Κοινωνύα και με πλούςια τα ελϋη του. Η προςφορϊ, ς όποια δόποτε μορφό κι αν εύναι, προςωπικό εργαςύα, χρηματικό, ηθικό ςυμπαρϊςταςη, ψυχολογικό υποςτόριξη ςτον πϊςχοντα, ϋχει αντιπροςφορϊ πϊντα. Γιατύ η προςφορϊ περικλεύει μια λϋξη. Αγϊπη. Και η αγϊπη, κατϊ τον Απόςτολο Παύλο πάντα στέγει, πάντα υπομένει, πάντα ελπίζει. Ευχαριςτώ Κούλα Φκιαρϊ
5 Pre-Marital Seminar Saturday, May 14, :00 am 1:00 pm If you are preparing for the Sacrament of Marriage (seminar is required for those getting married in the church), or would like a better understanding of the Orthodox Church teachings on the sacrament of marriage, please join Father Jordan for this marriage seminar. Married couples seeking to strengthen relationship are welcome to attend this seminar. Father Timothy Pavlatos will be the retreat master. Father Timothy is a marriage and family pastoral counselor. The Pre-Marital seminar will take place at Holy Trinity. Schedule: 9:00 am Divine Liturgy for the Feast of St. Isidore 10:30 am Welcome and refreshments 11:00 am Session 1 12:00 noon Session 2 There is a $45 per couple registration fee. If you have any questions please contact Father Jordan at or For indeed a house is a little church. Thus it is possible for us by becoming good husbands and wives to surpass all others. St. John Chrysostom Orthodox Spirituality Father Jordan will be offering a series in May to discuss the topic of Orthodox Spirituality. This class will focus on Prayer and Fasting, Holy Scripture in prayer, Sacraments of Confession, Baptism, Chrismation, Holy Communion. Classes will be held on Wednesday evenings, 7:00 pm in the museum. We will meet on the following Wednesdays in May: May 4, May 11, and May 25. Class will close with an evening compline prayer service. The class is offered to everyone. If you are interested in learning more about the Orthodox faith, please join us. If you have any questions, contact Father at or Youth Ministry Corner Senior GOYA Bible Study & Fellowship, Saturday, May 7th, 7:00 pm All Senior GOYANs (grades 9th - 12th) are invited to Stoumbos home (Demetre), SW Petrel Ct, Beaverton 503) Junior GOYA Bible Study & Fellowship, Saturday, May 14th, 7:00 pm All Junior GOYANs (grades 6th-8th) are invited. GOYANs are encouraged to attend vespers at 6:00pm in the church. We will have games in the gym. Dinner will be provided. Bible study and discussion will take place in the church. If you have any questions, please contact either Father Jordan or Father Dimos. Cappella Romana presents Georgian Chanters from Tbilisi This May, Cappella Romana welcomes to Portland The Chanters of the Church of St. Panteleimon in Tbilisi, Georgia. This professional all-male quartet makes its only West Coast performance in Portland on its 2011 US Tour, singing ancient Georgian Orthodox chants with their hauntingly beautiful and vigorous three- or four-voice polyphony, and traditional Georgian folk melodies, yodels, and table songs. (One night only: Sat., May 7, 2011, 8 pm, at St. Mary's Cathedral, NE 18th and Couch. Tickets start at $22 with discounts for students, seniors, and Music for All ). Portland Amazing Race On the first weekend in April, forty seven teens from the Seattle parishes of St. Demetrios and Church of the Assumption, along with GOYAns from Holy Trinity competed in the Portland Amazing Race, a GOYA Lenten Retreat. Twelve teams traveled by car, foot and train around the city to see sights including Portland's Living Room, the world's smallest park, the Saturday Market, Portlandia, a 3-D Mini-Golf Course, Voodoo Donuts, a bookstore the size of a city block and some interesting public art and fountains. The teams raced to the final destination, Oaks Park Amusement Park and enjoyed time together roller skating in a classic roller rink. Congratulations to our winners from St. Demetrios and Holy Trinity: Anna, Lindsey, Sophia and Stavroula. Our teens also had the opportunity to meet Metropolitan Nikitas. At Vespers, His Eminence spoke to our youth about the struggles of Lent and challenged our teens and their families to stay for the Divine Liturgy after the Holy Light is revealed. "It is the time to celebrate the Resurrection of Christ, receive the body and blood of our Lord and be together in Christ... it is not the time to go home and get a cheeseburger." After dinner our young people watched a slideshow of all the team's photos taken during the race, the points were totaled and the trophy was awarded.
6 The GOYAns from Seattle were warmly welcomed and hosted by the community of Holy Trinity. Thank you to Fr. Jordan Brown and the following families who hosted our youth in their homes: the Courogen family, the Corvallis family, the Dimond family, the Geist family, the Mason family, the Paskill family and the Stoumbos family. Thank you also to the drivers and team chaperones during the retreat: Christina Chacharon, Dawn Damiani, Zachary Dimond, Anysia Dumont, Alexis Gianopoulos, Nicole Ossey, Greg Peterson, Nick Mallos, Kevin Mason, Bill & Karen Rockwell, Rachel Russell, Yianna Savranakis, Kristin Simpson, Lauren Sporck, Vlasi Stavros, Theodora Teodosiadis and Anthony Tsakis. The retreat was organized by Lefteris Sitaras, the youth ministry director at St. Demetrios in Seattle. Plans are underway for the Portland GOYA to visit Seattle at the 2012 GOYA Lenten Retreat. HACCM News: The annual Marguerite Frances Sylvia exhibit of paintings celebrating life in a Greek Village on the island of Lesbos runs from May 8 to May 30 in the Hellenic-American Cultural Center & Museum. Join HACCM for a coffee and cake reception for the community in St. Katherine s Hall on Sunday, May 15 from noon to 2 pm. This exhibit features paintings from the Sylvia collection specially selected to complement the Museum s Year in Byzantium We invite you to walk through the exhibit. See Spiro in There Are So Few Kings. Walk with the Processsion on St. Nicholas Day. Stand with the Women of Skiathos as they light their candles during Holy Week. The Museum is open on Wednesdays from 11am to 3 pm and Sundays from noon to 2 pm or by appointment, call Hellenic-American Cultural Center & Museum presents Live Greek music with Yanni Sahamis & Friends on Saturday, May 21, in the Fr. Elias Stephanoppoulos Center. Join us for an evening celebrating our culture, food and music. For all the Helens and Constantines, come celebrate your name day with your friends and family at this event. Doors open at 7PM. Admission is $15.00, Children under 12 are free. Tickets will be on sale on Sundays after church in the hall. Food and beverages will be available for purchase at the event. RSVPO is appreciated. Call (Katherine Karafotias) or us at If you remember our Rebetiko Night, you won t want to miss this evening! Volunteers needed for the event - all ages, young and old, for one-hour shifts. Hats Off to 60 Years! The Daughters of Penelope celebrate the 60 th anniversary of their annual Mother s Day luncheon. This year s event is on Saturday, May 7, 2011 at the Stockpot Broiler, 8200 SW Scholls Ferry Road in Beaverton. We invite everyone to this special luncheon where we will be honoring our 60-year members. Wear your favorite hat you might get a prize! Adults $30 in advance, $35 at the door (with no reservation. Children under 12 are $ For reservations call Sylvia Handris ( ) Kiki Farrier ( or Mary Pazeotopoulos ( ). When you call in, please give us the names of everyone in your party. See you there! ~ MOTHER S DAY TRIBUTES: Please see the article describing this meaningful Philoptochos project to honor women on Mother s Day, both living and those who have passed. Tribute gifts can be made to the work of Philoptochos in honor of or in memory of the important women in your life. The gift will keep on giving as Philoptochos will use the funds to carry on our philanthropic work and assist in the work of our church. Thank you for supporting this worthy program and, be assured, your tribute will be acknowledged. PHILO MEMBERSHIP DRIVE. Please send in your 2011 membership envelopes to the Church office today. Men and women are invited to become members. Fairshare dues due by May1, We will be printing a MEMBERSHIP DIRECTORY soon and all current members will be listed. Tues. May 3 PHILO BOARD MEETING Small Hall 7:00 p.m. Philo Semi-annual General Assembly Dinner Meeting & Election of Board of Directors, Tuesday, May 10, 6:00 p.m. Small Hall. A delicious meal is being prepared so please plan to attend and vote on your future Philoptochos leadership.
7 INSTALLATION OF NEW PHILO BOARD (in church) & Special Board Meeting to elect New Philo Exec. Board (immediately following church service). Sunday, June 5. Philoptochos Past President s Luncheon Sunday, June 5, 2011, 1:30 p.m. Portland Golf Club. See attachment. With faith & love in Christ, Paula D. Diamond Philoptochos President ~ Vacation Church School: June 28 - July 1st Mark your calendars. Vacation Church School is just around the corner. The program is open to children K - 8 grades. The program runs from 10 am - 1pm each day and is full of music, art, activities and lessons with our priests. Registration forms are available on the church web site and in the plastic holder outside the church office. AND VOLUNTEERS ARE VERY MUCH NEEDED. If you can donate any time before or during VCS we'd love to have you. Please contact Father Elias Memorial Coffee Hour Sunday, June 19th, Father's Day Coffee Hour for the 17 year memorial of Father Elias Stephanopoulos. Please join us in St. Demetrios Hall after liturgy for coffee and refreshments. May his memory be eternal. ~ Festival 2011 Festival preparations are underway for the 60 th Anniversary of our Greek Festival Come and join us for baking events in May: Tyropita: Saturday, April 30 9AM Sunday, May 1st, after Liturgy Spanakopita: Saturday, May 9AM Sunday, May 15, after Liturgy Monday, May 9AM (Please call church office to see if we are baking) This is a great opportunity to bring your family and build a lasting legacy of our festival and its preparation. A wonderful lunch will be served Mother s Day Gift Opportunity Honor your mother, yiayia, thea, sister, nouna, daughter, goddaughter, cousin, granddaughter or special woman by giving a tribute gift in her name to Philoptochos. Your honoree will receive a beautiful card to acknowledge your thoughtful gift. You may also donate in memory of a loved one. A special floral bouquet will be placed in front of the Icon of Panagia, the Mother of our Lord, to honor those deceased love ones on Mother s Day. Your gift will be deeply appreciated and used to continue the philanthropic work of Philoptochos. Please complete the information and return with your donation to: Philoptochos 3131 NE Glisan Street, Portland, OR Gifts received by May 1 st will be acknowledged in time for Mother s Day. Philoptochos Past- President s Luncheon Please join us as we honor Paula D. Diamond (our Ace of Diamonds) Past Presidents & all our Members (our Queens of Hearts) Sunday, June 5 th, :30 to 3:30 PM Portland Golf Club 5900 SW Scholls Ferry Road Portland, Oregon $27.00 Choice of Turkey Dinner or Vegetarian RSVP By Monday, May 30 th, 2011 To Mari Lou P. Diamond In Honor of: Name Address Or in Memory of: Your contact information May we your receipt? If so, please print your address. If you d like a mailed receipt, please print your mailing address. Name and or mailing address: