THE ORTHODOX OASIS
THE ORTHODOX OASIS
Rev. Fr. Andrew J. Barakos, Presiding Priest: firstname.lastname@example.org V. Rev. Fr. Virgil Suciu Rev. Fr. Jacob Saylor: email@example.com Evan Tsagaris, Ofﬁce Administrator: ofﬁce@assumptionaz.org Tanya Garrison, Accounting: firstname.lastname@example.org 8202 E. Cactus Rd, Scottsdale, AZ, 85260 Ofﬁce: (480) 991-3009 / Info Line: (480) 391-8182, “4” www.assumptionaz.org THE ORTHODOX OASIS Vol. XXX, Issue I | January 2019
2 The Orthodox Oasis www.assumptionaz.org From Father: God Loving People through His People O n Sunday, December 2, we invited over one- hundred foster children and their guardians to join us in our new Community Center for lunch and to give them Christmas gifts.
Chef John Mitchell and his daughter Aliki organized the event, and many volunteers assisted him in the kitchen preparing a feast like no other. The tables were set, and the care was taken to create a beautiful setting and display of treats for the youth. I expressed to them that one way we express love is through food and hospitality and thanked them for giving us the opportunity to do just that. Many times we never know what impact such an event might have but we do it anyway hoping some good may come from it. I would like to share with you a note I received from one of the foster parents after the event.
This note reminded me what the Church is all about and how this event fulﬁlled the very reason the Community Center was built—so that God may be gloriﬁed through the events we host and the good things we do with it.
“Father Andrew, Many thanks to you and your congregation for creating such a wonderful experience for our children…I wanted to share a comment from one of our house daughters as she was getting in the van after our time with you. This young teen has had very few experiences with Christians before coming to our home. Life has taught her that things can be very ugly and are most always very difﬁcult. As a rule, she is aloof and guarded…one of the most difﬁcult people to read I have ever had the pleasure to love. As she was getting into the van, she was nearly in tears and gushing about how ‘emotional’ she felt.
The gift that she had received was so touching to her, but I believe the cord it struck was that someone thought enough of her to give it. This is so contrary to her experiences and a wonderful example of God loving people through his people. I left your parking lot having been blessed by the gift of this young lady’s joy and perhaps even a new found hope in humanity. Ten other young ladies live in this home, and that sentiment rippled through the van in excited chatter all the way back to Mesa.
We were well fed, well cared for, and well loved. Thank you so much for expressing your faith and sharing your talents with these children, our family and this Dad. God Bless and be with you.” This note is an afﬁrmation of God’s presence in the hearts of His people. It reminds us of the signiﬁcance of St. Paul’s identiﬁcation of the church as the “body of Christ (1 Cor. 12:27).” The church is the very presence of Christ in the world. By extension, each of us individually carries Christ and is called to present Him through the uniqueness of our personality. Every person is a distinct personality that allows God to interact with the world through endless possibilities.
Here, the role of the Holy Spirit, of repentance and the quest for purity, all work towards new incarnations of Christ in each individual person. “A state of spiritual activity; which is acquired only after struggles and ordeals…each person’s ‘I’ is ﬁnally regained, freeing oneself from fatal bondage (to sin). But one can regain oneself only in God. True ‘whole-mindedness’ is only achieved in an encounter with the living God. The path that leads there is the path of obedience, even of servitude to God…In God the personality is restored and reintegrated in the Holy Spirit” (Florovsky). The uniqueness of each person is not missed by God but serves to allow Him to love His people in dynamic and often unexpected ways.
We may not see ourselves as “saints”, but in the eyes of God, regardless of our
Assumption Greek Orthodox Church, Scottsdale AZ January 2019 3 From Father, Cont’d weaknesses, He seeks to love us and others through those willing to allow His Grace to grow and change us. The question that Christ asks us is thus: “What limitations exist to my love towards others?” Indeed, every failure to love presents a missed opportunity for someone to meet Christ in us. God’s love is perfected in His obedience to His Father. This serves as a model for us, who seek to love with the same love God loves us. God’s love is unconditional, self-emptying, and self-sacriﬁcing. God’s Love is Perfect Every Christian is called to make God’s love perfect in themselves, primarily by examining those places in my relationships where love stops.
Our Lord calls upon us to look at love’s limitation in our lives. “But I say to you, keep on loving your enemies, blessing those who curse you, doing well to those who hate you, and keep on praying for those who despitefully use you and are persecuting you, so that you might become sons of your Father Who is in the heavens…For if you love those who love you, what reward are you having? You shall be perfect, even as your Father Who is in the heavens is perfect” (Mt. 5:44-48). The truth is that loving in this way has nothing to do with trying harder, but of allowing the Grace of God to enlarge one’s heart towards others.
The heart is enlarged by spending time in prayer and cultivating a deeper relationship with God. “But you, beloved, building up yourselves by your most holy faith, praying in the Holy Spirit, keep yourselves in the love of God” (Jude). Several times in the divine liturgy, we pray for the communion of the Holy Spirit. It is the presence of the warmth of the Holy Spirit that expands our capability to love both God and others. We become more apt towards obeying the Word of God by cultivating His Spirit within us. “But whosoever may keep His word, truly in this one the love of God has been perfected.
In this we know that we are in Him” (1 Jn. 2:5). Towards others we show forth a capacity to do good works because my ‘ego’ no longer exists, but the Holy Spirit is the one, Who accomplishes everything through me. “Everything is ascribed to God’s love and not to our own achievements...The love of God has been shown to us...In giving the Holy Spirit” (Chrysostom). What this means is that everyday actions of loving become transformative encounters, which change lives, as was the case with the young foster child.
St. Gregory Palamas says, “Every person worthy of it participates differently in the great gift of the Spirit. This corresponds to the degree of his own purity, mingling with the harmony of that Beauty. But even he who has but little and that little obscure when compared to the endowments of others, also unites himself to the whole of the very divine light...That unique light belongs indeed to the unique Christ.” St. Gregory is saying that, even though we all differ as to the degree of purity and holiness, the Light of God shines and makes itself known just the same. God’s love knows no limitations and acts upon the world, regardless of our imperfections.
We just need to make ourselves willing and available to be used in this way by God. With love in Christ,
4 The Orthodox Oasis www.assumptionaz.org T he ladies of Philoptochos wrapped up 2018 with so many beautiful events and fundraisers! Thank you to all that contributed throughout the year, we are blessed to have such a wonderful force of women that do all they do! We are ninety-six members strong, but we are always looking to add to our sisterhood. A special thank you to Fr. Andrew, Fr. Jacob, Pres. Andrea, Pres. Jordan, Evan Tsagaris, John Mitchell, and Cleo Aguilera, who have assisted and supported Philoptochos all year—we are thankful to have your love and support! Our Christmas Bake Sale was a huge success! Thank you to Evie Kypreos and to all those that baked and wrapped and purchased items from our Bake Sale! A special thanks to our future Philoptochos members, the young ladies from our Sunday School Middle School that contributed to the Bake Sale by baking and decorating cookies and gingerbread houses! We did things a little different this year by holding our Vasilopita Sale at the end of December.
Thank you to all of our Vasilopita bakers as well! We are looking forward to seeing new and current members at our membership Luncheon on Saturday, January 12. Upcoming Events January 12: Philoptochos Membership Luncheon February 7: General Meeting March 1: Crab Feast If you are interested in helping out with any of these events, please reach out to Eleni Sommerschield 480-421-8853 or email@example.com Philoptochos
5 Assumption Greek Orthodox Church, Scottsdale AZ January 2019 Name _ _ Phone _ Email _ _ Tables reserved for 8 or 10 Crab Leg Dinner _ x $40 _ _ Non-Crab Dinner _ x $40 _ _ Youth (6 to 12 _ x $20 _ _ Children (5 & Under _ x Free _ _ □ I cannot attend but will make a donation Total _ _ Please submit reservation form and payment to: St. Barbara Philoptochos C/O Assumption Greek Orthodox Church 8202 E. Cactus Rd. Scottsdale, AZ 85260
Assumption Greek Orthodox Church, Scottsdale AZ January 2019 7 Mobile Donations: New Ways to Give! W ith fewer of us carrying cash and checkbooks, Assumption Church is excited to announce Vanco's new give by text and app products! Designed to provide our members with more convenient ways to give to the church and fulﬁll stewardship commitments, these options make it possible to manage and view giving from the convenience of our smartphones.
Weekly and annual offerings, responses to special appeals, and one-time or recurring donations may now be accomplished by using Vanco's "GivePlus Church" app and "Give+ Text" feature. To set up a "Give+ Text" account, text the amount you wish to give to 480-470-9015 and follow the prompts. To get the app on your phone, simply download Vanco's "GivePlus Church" app and create your account. For more detailed instruction, please see our steward webpage: assumptionaz.org/stewardship. With any questions please contact our Church accountant, Tanya Garrison (firstname.lastname@example.org). And of course, members may continue to give in person and online.
8 The Orthodox Oasis www.assumptionaz.org Women’s Book Club T he Assumption Women's Book Club meets once each month to discuss a wide variety of books. This month’s gathering will be Thursday, January 24, at 7pm. Our book this month will be The Great Alone, by Kristin Hannah. For more information, please contact Presvytera Andrea: email@example.com. Angel Tree T HANK YOU from the bottom of our hearts! You did it again! We are so thankful for all of you, and as always, you have shared your blessings with those in need. All angels were taken, plus we found out about additional needs, and our parish family came through again.
God is deﬁnitely at work here in our community. Thank you. God bless each and every one of you.
In Christ, Tammy Belt
Assumption Greek Orthodox Church, Scottsdale AZ January 2019 9 Loving Life +50 T his month, we will meet on Wednesday, January 23, for a trip to St. Anthony’s Monastery. We will carpool from Assumption in the morning. We are still solidifying itinerary details, so please stay tuned for more information in the weekly bulletin. We are also extending an invitation to our sister parishes, so invite a friend! Please contact Helen Noplos for more information. Last Month: December event was really nice, we had 30 people attend a Holiday concert at the Scottsdale Center for the performing arts.
Wow what a fantastic performance, really got us into the festive spirit! See the picture of some of those attending.
And a special thank you to the following people that helped John Mitchell during the week before prepare for the luncheon that was hosted for the foster children from Sunshine Acres: Mary Lou Aleck, Mary Ann Bissias, Elaine Bowman, Bonnie Karraz, Zoe Leonard, Jeanne Karamigios, Popy Skagos, Sandy Douglass, Dorothy Parides, Angie Eliades, and Phil & Helen Noplos. Thank you for your special efforts! For any questions or to RSVP for these events, contact Helen Noplos 480-991-3473 or firstname.lastname@example.org. F or all parents, high school youth, and young adults, this June 18-July 24, Assumption Church will be returning to St Innocent Orphanage to participate in Project Mexico! These spots are going to go quickly, so sign up today! .
Spots are limited and are ﬁlled on a 'ﬁrst come, ﬁrst served' basis. In order to reserve your spot, please ﬁrst contact Assumption's church ofﬁce directly or reach out to Fr. Jacob, and submit a $100 deposit to "Assumption Church" (8202 East Cactus Rd., Scottsdale, AZ, 85260), for our "2019 Project Mexico Trip". Your spot is not reserved until we have received your $100 deposit. Project Mexico
10 The Orthodox Oasis www.assumptionaz.org Moms, Pops, ‘N’ Tots Moms & Tots D id you know that Mom & Tots is NOT solely for just stay at home moms and their tots? It encompasses ages infant through four years and includes any caregiver of children: moms, dads, grandparents, aunts, uncles, etc.
We also are planning activities on evenings and weekends to accommodate the working parents in addition to still offering activities during the week. Below is a calendar of activities for the month of December. Please join in anytime, no advanced notice needed. Activities are constantly being added, so please be sure to check the weekly e-blasts or calendar.
January Dates 11: First Fridays: 6pm 18: Moms n Tots: 9:30am If you have any questions about the ministry, please feel free to contact Anna Rognstad at (480) 394-1617 or Jennifer Lopez (832) 851-5983. T hanks to all who attended the Second Annual New Year's Eve Gala. The proceeds of the event will be used to purchase new costumes and scholarships for dancers who wish to attend the Folk Dance Festival competition in February. A good time was had by everyone of all ages as we rang in 2019 with a bang! Start planning for next year's bash now! Mark your calendars for our annual Soup and Salad Fundraiser on Sunday, January 27, following Liturgy.
All of our groups will be showcasing their talents. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for children 12 and under and may be purchased at the door.
For more information regarding this ministry, please contact Program Director, Jerry Zannis: email@example.com. Greek Dance T he Orthodox Forum will meet Thursday evenings, January 3 & 17, at 7 pm! We meet twice a month throughout the year. All young adults are welcomed and warmly encourage to attend! So invite your friends, and feel free to bring along a drink or snack for the whole crowd or your own dinner you've yet to get to during your busy day. This ministry typically meets twice monthly on Thursday evenings, from 7-9 pm. For more information regarding this ministry, please contact Fr.
Jacob Saylor: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Young Adult Orthodox Forum
Assumption Greek Orthodox Church, Scottsdale AZ January 2019 11 O ur next First Fridays will be on Friday evening, January 11, at 6 pm! A program available to all youth Kindergarten-8th grade, First Fridays provides youth with an evening of fun, fellowship, and learning, this parish program is hosted on the ﬁrst Friday of each month, September through May. Running from 6-8:30 pm (with middle school program running from 7-9 pm), the mission of this monthly activity, beside providing a safe environment for youth to hang out and enjoy one another, is to engage through fun activities, fellowship, and discussion our youth in their Orthodox faith.
For any questions or to get involved: please contact Fr. Jacob Saylor: email@example.com. First Fridays Sr. GOYA H osted by Assumption Church, and open to all Middle and High School youth, our Annual GOYA Winter Retreat returns January 18-20! . Sign up now for a retreat that promises to be a fantastic weekend experience! The total cost per participant is $125 before January 1 (or $150 after this date). Space is limited, so sign up today! To register, click on the link in the comments below! Packing lists and other logistical documents will be available in the coming weeks. Financial aid is also available; please see Fr.
Andrew or Fr. Jacob.
For more information regarding this ministry, please contact Fr. Jacob Saylor: firstname.lastname@example.org or 480-991-3009.
12 The Orthodox Oasis www.assumptionaz.org Sunday School Spotlight: First & Second Grade H ello! My name is Joanne Demetropoulos, and I am thrilled to be a part of the Sunday School team. I am originally from Wisconsin, and I have called sunny Arizona home for almost eleven years. My nine-to-ﬁve is teaching Pre-K at Anasazi Elementary School. I have been a part of the Scottsdale Uniﬁed School District for fourteen years. Teaching children is something I am passionate about, and watching academic growth is truly the best feeling.
When I’m in the classroom, my strengths include positive classroom management (ask your child how they can earn treasure box), cultivating art projects, and creating a safe learning environment. When I am not teaching, I enjoy spending time with my friends and family, cooking, traveling, working out, photography, exploring all the wonderfulness Arizona offers, and growing my Young Living Essential Oil business.
Our darling class has been busy learning about the Orthodox faith. A central theme in our classroom has been on love. Ways we show our love are by loving one another, forgiving others, and by obeying our parents. Also, we have read Bible stories that teach love and forgiveness. Our class recently learned a big word: sacrament. In the upcoming weeks, we will continue to learn about sacraments and ways to show our love at home, school, and church. Hello! My name is Aliki Mitchell. This is my ﬁrst year teaching Sunday School at Assumption, and I absolutely love it. I started teaching First and Second Grade in Sunday school after an incredible experience being a counselor at the All Saints Camp this past summer.
I really felt like I wanted to continue that experience throughout the year and be more involved in the life of the church other than attending Sunday Liturgies. While starting college a few years ago, I realized just how important it is to have a foundation and base in the faith and in the church community. Joanne and I regularly talk to our students and discuss how they can incorporate their faith into their daily lives whether it be at home, at school, with their friends, or out in public. My favorite part about working with the children at Assumption is talking with them about the stories of the saints and explaining how much they loved God.
It is so wonderful to see their faces light up when they realize that they can love God just as much. We then discuss how they themselves can impact the world by being good Christians and good examples to others around them. Within these discussions, it is obvious that they are all so pure and innocent and how they have such big hearts and great love for the world around them; it is in these conversations where I realize that I am still learning from them as much as I hope they are learning from me. In Christ, Ms. Joanne Demetropoulos & Ms. Aliki Mitchell First & Second Grade Sunday School Teachers
Assumption Greek Orthodox Church, Scottsdale AZ January 2019 13 AHEPA C ome together with fellow Assumption parishioners the ﬁrst Monday of each month, as we joyfully labor to offer meals to local struggling families and homeless, at the Society of St. Vincent de Paul Food Reclamation Center, 420 West Watkins Road in Phoenix. An opportunity to help to serve between one hundred to four hundred hot meals to working families in need, volunteers can also lead children in enriching activities in the Dream Center, playground, or assist with interviewing families in need. All spots must be conﬁrmed by the Thursday prior to service.
Everyone is warmly encouraged to participate in this labor of love Monday, January 7, from 4pm to 6:30pm! For further information, or to get involved, please feel free to contact Tina Kanelos Jones at email@example.com, or check out the Society of St Vincent de Paul's website, here: http:// www.stvincentdepaul.net/. Family Meal Outreach
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15 Assumption Greek Orthodox Church, Scottsdale AZ January 2019 2018 REGISTERED STEWARDS The names listed below represent those whose 2018 pledge cards have been received.
If you have marked a donation as stewardship and are not listed below, we welcome you to ﬁll out a pledge card and then contact the parish ofﬁce. Agnos, Christ & Christine Agnos, Kosta & Erin Agra, Catherine Aleck, Kyrieckos & Mary Lou Amanatidis, Laz & Popy Skagos- Amanatidis Anastos, Nick & Athena Apostolatos, Maria & Mr. Artin Knadjian Aravosis, Peter & Carol Argyropoulos, Ann Argyros, Apostolos Asay, Lavinia Ashby, Ennis & Sophia Athanasopoulos, George & Vasso Barakos, Eva Barakos, Rev. Fr. Andrew & Pres. Andrea Barker, Shawn & Michelle Bartol, Lee & Ann Batog, Karl & Ioana Belt, Tammy Beratis, Lou & Judie Bergquist, John & Elaine Bissias, George & Mary Ann Bogues, James & Joyce Botsios, Georgia Boudreaux, Clent & Soula Bourdamis, James & Hilda Bowman, Elaine Braskett, Diana Brewer, Deborah Brown, Mark & Alyssa Browne, Slater & Elaine Bubeck, Ben & Karina Burke, Tom & Mrs.
Joanna Gonos Burton, Dean & Mary Catsadimas, Sotera Catsoules, Nick Chandiles, Eva Chirbas, Bessie Christias, Eleftherios & E. Diane Christofellis, Angela Clary, Andrew & Irene Cole, Scott & Maggie Columbus, Frank & Elaine Conti, Edward & Pam Contos, Pete & Elizabeth Costanzo, Samuel & Kris Craig, Michael & Christina Csencsits, Bill & Michelle Arcamuzi Cummings, Janet Curtis, Ethan & Talia Dalianes, Thanos & Marguerite Damiris, John & Amanda Dandas, Gus Darian, Zachari David, Jack & Shannon David, Joseph & Paru Defﬁgos, John & Mary Delaportas, Susanna Demeris, Theodore & Pamela Demetropoulos, Billy & Kim Demetropoulos, James Demetropoulos, Joanne Demetropoulos, John & Mary Demetrulias, George & Janis Demogenes, Steve Demos, Alexandros & Kelly Diamont, Jesse & Leo Diamantopoulos, John & Angie DiMino, Michael & Joni Dimtsios, Dorothy Dimtsios, John & Christina Dmitrick, Robert Dollas, Byron & Elaine Donahoe, Georgine Douglas, Sandra Drivaras, Alexandros & Kathy DuBois, Brad & Trisha Folk Dungan, Richard & Dorothy Egnash, Rodney Eliades, Nick & Angie Elias, George Evangelides, Chris & Sophie Floor, Mary Floor, Timothy & Karla Fotias, Theodore & Evangeline Francis, Andrew Francis, Kalli Francis, Katherine Gallios, Angela Gambaccini, David & Marta Garrison, Thomas & Tanya Gavras, Chris & Anne Goad, Van & Irene Bafaloukos-Goad Goumas, Kostas, Stavroula & Greg Govas, James & Popi Grubor, Mylan & Joanne Hakim, Abby Harris, Diana Hellwig, Amelia Hiras, Mary Hiras, Michael & Dr.
Sophia Fountis Houpis, Maria Hubbard, Diane Ishak, Tony & Lindsay Issichopoulos, Connie Jasmer, David & Alice Johnson, Daniel & Nicole Jones, Kevin & Tina Jones, Rita H Kalivas, James & Linda Kalivas, Laurie & Robert Gibney Kalomas, George Kalomas, Helen Kanios, John Kanios, Louis Kantaros, Nick & Dena Karamigios, Jeannie Karandreas, Ted & Asemo Kariotoglou, Dimitrios & Ekaterine Karraz, Antonios & Bonnie Kenney, Leslie Kenrick, Thomas Kenworthy, Don & Andrea Kingsley, Harrison Kircos, Spiro Kircos, William & Meghan Kireopoulos, Christopher Kireopoulos, Louis & Maura Kireopoulos, Steve & Jennie Klausing, Kathy Kobs, Kenneth & Sophia Kockinis, David & Maria Koines, Nick & Vickie Kompouras, Petros & Anastasia Tsokas Kontos, Mary Kossaras, George & Lia Kostaras, John & Maria Kostas, John J.
Kostas, Jr., John & Valerie Kostas, Tiffany Kotsovos, Nick & Georgia Kotsovos, Spiros & Krista Kouﬁdakis, Philip & Angela Kypreos, Bill & Evie Latonis, Anthony Lewandowski, Craig & Joanne Liakas, Nicholas & Katherine Logan, Stacy & Ginger Lopez, Julian & Jennifer Lucia, Charleen Lyons, Christine Makridis, Takis & Vanessa Makridis, Tony & Susan Manchen, Charles & Pamela Maniatis, Bette Maniatis, Maria Maniatis, Mary Manos, Anna Manos, George & Peter Manuel, Luke & Kara Marmas, Gregory & Susan Maroulis, John & Anna Maroulis, Spiro & Christine Mavrikos, Irene Maydanis, Peter & Christina McNamara, Ed & Andrea Mellas, Alexander Mellas, Nicholas & Georgia Mellas, Nicholas & Roxana Mellas, Pete & Vanessa Mellas, Stephen Metanias, Andrew & Joanne Metropoulos, Kyriakos & Panagiota Mihailidis, Nicholas & Irene Millstine, John & Denise Moschonas, Constantine & Debbie Mourikes, James & Irene Murray, Martin & Eugenia Nakhla, Susie Nassos, Marc & Terah Neckopulos, Bettie Nemer, Donald & Lorraine Nicholson, Nicholas & Rennie Nicolopoulos, Chris & Lee Nicolopoulos, Kathy Nicols, Paula Nomicos, Dino & Nicole Noplos, Mary Noplos, Phil & Helen Palmer, Elizabeth Pandi, Alex & Toni Papadopoulos, Anthony & Sandra Papadopoulos, George & Chrysoula Pappas, Andrew & Ms.
Emily Sipchen Parides, George & Dorothy Parides, Nitsa Pasisis, George & Vicky Pasisis, Ted & Fotini Pateras, Angelo & Joyce Pena, Elenitsa Perna, Rocco & Harriet Pessimisis, Sara Petrus, Shawn Plache, Ken & Penelope Poulos, Andrew & Angela Pullos, Christina Reichert, Joanne Riethmann, Elizabeth Ristagno, Mike & Antonia Sampanes, John Santorios, Andrew & Barbara Biaett Sarantinos, Les & Christine Sarigiannides, Lazaros & Mrs. Ageliki Bekos Saylor, Rev. Fr. Jacob & Pres. Jordan Scoulas, Lucille Serelis, Helen Sgouros, George & Traci Shewmaker, Douglass & Juliet Shraiky, Hanadi Sideris, Nikolaos & Maria Sioles, Robert & Donna Sisson, Angelica Sisson, Rocky & Constance Skarlis, Jim & Sandra Solomon, Constantin Solomon, Sally Sommerschield, Scott & Eleni Sotos, George & Diane Spanos, Dimitri & Jewel Stallone, John & Maria Stamas, James & Laurie Stamatakis, Josephine Stamatelos, Kimberly Stamatis, Andrew & Christine Stamos, Carol Stanek, James & Michelle Stathas, Achilles & Janet Stehling, Linda Stell, Dennis & Estelle Stephenson, Sean & Stephanie Stuck, Roy & Maria Syregelas, Christopher & Angela Syregelas, Nick & Mary Tambakeras, Markos & Pamela Tavlarides, Nickolette Tavlarides, Teddy Terzis, Alexandros & Mrs.
Martha Pena Terzis, Pete & Katerina Theoharatos, Constantino & Karen Thomas, Jim Thomopoulos, Georgianna Throuvalas, John & Patty Tobey, William & Carole Torre, Henry & Lina Tourlis, Gust Tournas, Joshua & Lucille Tripsas, Trifon & Georgia Tsikalas, Gust & Barbara Tsikalas, Sophia Tsikitas, Frank & Georgia Tsokas, Kathy & Panayote Tucker, Marvin & Eleni Tuman, Walter & Helena Tutelman, Maria Tzavaras, Thomas & Bessie Unks, Ray & Dee Valos, John & Georgia Vasilakis, Alexia Vlachos, Demetrios & Lydia Von Schottenstein, Greg Vouniozos, Helen Wallach, David & Maria Weiss, Ed & Stephanie Demogenes Weiss, William & Catherine Wilder, Kevin & Tina Wrasman, Brent & Cynthia Wright, Athena Yannakopoulos, George & Helen Zack, Bob & Robin Hamilton Zaﬁrakis, George & Nikoletta Zahariades, Tena + Zannis, Jerry & Amanda Zarvos, J.B.
Zias, John & Mary Zotos, Christopher & Anna Zouvas, Areta + Deceased John Defﬁgos John Demetropoulos John Dimtsios Spiro Kircos Julian Lopez Takis Makridis Michael Ristagno Tony Papadopoulos Christina Pullos George Sgouros Sally Solomon Ed Weiss 2019 PARISH COUNCIL
Our calendar often changes from day to day. For the most recently updated calendar please visit http://assumptionaz.org/calendar/ January 2019 S M T W T F S December 30 December 31 January 1 January 2 January 3 January 4 January 5 7:50am: Matins 9:10am: Point of Renewal 9:30am: Liturgy 11:30am: Bookstore Open 11:30am: Greek Dance 12pm: Vasilopita Sale 5pm: Vesperal Liturgy 7pm: New Years Eve Gala Ofﬁces Closed Ofﬁces Closed +St.
Basil Happy New Year! 7pm: Greek Dance 7pm: Young Adult Forum 7:30am: Royal Hours 7:30am: Matins 8:30am: Liturgy & Blessing of the Waters 5pm: Great Vespers January 6 January 7 January 8 January 9 January 10 January 11 January 12 7:30am: Matins 9:10am: Point of Renewal 9:30am: Liturgy 11:30am: Bookstore Open 11:30am: Greek Dance 12pm: Vasilopita Sale + Holy Theophany 7:30am: Matins 8:30am: Liturgy 4pm: Family Meal Outreach 7:30pm: Adult Greek Dance +Synaxis of St. John the Baptist 7pm: Greek Dance 7pm: Philoptochos Meeting 6pm: First Fridays 6pm: Moms & Tots 11am: Philoptochos Membership Luncheon 5pm: Great Vespers January 13 January 14 January 15 January 16 January 17 January 18 January 19 7:50am: Matins 9:10am: Point of Renewal 9:30am: Liturgy 11:30am: Bookstore Open 11:30am: Greek Dance 12pm: Parish Luncheon 5pm: Vesperal Liturgy +St.
John the Hut-Dweller 6pm: Paraklesis 7pm: Greek Dance 7:30am: Matins 8:30am: Liturgy 7pm: Young Adult Forum +St. Anthony the Great 7:30am: Matins 8:30am: Liturgy 9:30am: Moms & Tots +St. Athanasios GOYA Departs for Winter Retreat January 20 January 21 January 22 January 23 January 24 January 25 January 26 7:50am: Matins 9:10am: Point of Renewal 9:30am: Liturgy 11:30am: Bookstore Open 11:30am: Greek Dance GOYA Returns from Winter Retreat 6pm: Parish Council 7pm: Greek Dance TBD: Loving Life +50 (St. Anthony’s Trip) 7pm: Women’s Bookclub 7:30am: Matins 8:30am: Liturgy +St.
Gregory 5pm: Great Vespers 6:30pm: Agape Ball January 27 January 28 January 29 January 30 January 31 February 1 February 2 7:50am: Matins 9:10am: Point of Renewal 9:30am: Liturgy 11:30am: Bookstore Open 12pm: Soup & Salad Luncheon 5pm: Great Vespers 7:30am: Matins 8:30am: Liturgy 7pm: Greek Dance +Synaxis of the Three Hierarchs 6pm: First Fridays 6pm: Moms & Tots 8:30am: Matins 9:30am: Liturgy 5pm: Great Vespers +Presentation of Our Lord
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