March 2015 - Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church of Greater Orlando

Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church
Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople
Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America * Holy Sacred Metropolis of Atlanta
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WHAT’S INSIDE
March 2015
Pascha Glendi ...................................2
Ministry Contacts ............................3
Sunday of Orthodoxy ...................4-10
Pascha Flower Arrangements ........... 11
Pascha Books &Pascha Card.............12
Holy Week Liturgical Schedule ......13
Our Ministries..................................14
Youth .........................................15-16
Philoptochos.............................17-18
Stewardship ...............................19-22
Palm Sunday Luncheon ....................23
Talent Show ..................................24
Our 2015 Sponsors.....................25-26
Calendar .........................................27
Today marks the crowning of our salvation
and the revelation of the mystery before all ages.
For the Son of God becomes the son of the
Virgin, and Gabriel proclaims the grace.
Wherefore, we also cry out with him,
“Hail, O full of grace, the Lord is with you.”
Come join us to celebrate the traditional…
HOLY TRINITY GREEK ORTHODOX CHURCH
ANNUAL FAMILY PASCHA
GLENDI & PICNIC
APRIL 12, 2015
Agape Service 11 am ~ 12 pm
Picnic in the pavilion ~ Food will be served at 1 pm
Appetizers, Lunch, and Dessert! Entertainment! Dancing!
Bring your family and friends!
16 years - Adult $25.00, 8-15 years $15.00, Children 7 & under free
Your RSVP is kindly requested by April 5, 2015
Reservations are made on a first-purchase, first-service basis!
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Mail form & payment to: Holy Trinity, 1217 Trinity Woods Lane, Maitland, FL 32751
For further information call 407-331-4687 or [email protected]
CHURCH
Reverend Protopresbyter Constantine Simeonidis, Proistamenos
Reverend Protopresbyter Demetrios Simeonidis, Liturgical Assistant
Proto Psalti: Pantelis Xikis
Sexton: Fotios Fotakidis
Choir Director: Stacey Norton
LITURGICAL SERVICES
Sunday Services: Orthros: 8:15 am
Weekday Services: Orthros: 9:30 am
Divine Liturgy 9:30 am
Divine Liturgy 10:00 am
CHURCH FRONT OFFICE
CONFERENCE & RECEPTION CENTER
Monday - Friday: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Church & Office Administration: Flora Milios
Accountant: Eileen Dodd
Assistant Bookkeeper: Joyce Yarbrough
Monday - Friday: 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Events Coordinator: Elaine Simeonidis
PARISH COUNCIL
Protopresbyter: Rev. Father Constantine Simeonidis
Members:
President: Mrs. Maria Haun
Dr. Sophia Cordoba, Mr. George Kassianides,
Mr. Alex Vidas, Mrs. Lisa Elliott, Mrs. Gina Gjurich,
Vice President: Mrs. Aris Harrelson Mr. John Masterjohn & Mrs. Dora Francis
Secretary: Mr. Nick Panagakis
Treasurer: Mrs. Anne Logas
Assistant Treasurer: Mr. Michael Sorich & Mr. Sebastian Filutowski
PARISH COMMITTEES PARISH MINISTRIES
Bible Study: Father Demetrios Simeonidis
Bereavement Group: Chris Rothenberger
Building and Grounds Chairs: Mike Pampoukis & Dean Bolaris
CBC: Flora Milios & Katerina Papaioanou
Members: Joe Territo, Pantelis Xikis & John Richtmyer
Gift Shop & Bookstore: Peter Pullman
Architectural Review Board: John Dragash
Philoptochos: Mary Mantzaris
Finance Committee: Alex Vastardis & Dimitri Katsihtis
Meals for Moms: Niki Tringas
Greek Fest: Spiro Kokolis, Lynn Taylor & John Masterjohn
Prayer Armada: Melissa Georgiadis & Linda Martin
Hall Rental: Gina Gjurich, Aris Harrelson & Andy Tringas
Society of Wisdom:Mary Mantzaris & Matina Pullman
Stewardship Committee: John Masterjohn
Pre-Marital Seminar: John & Jeana Dragash
Tables Extraordinaire: Catherine Kassianides, Joyce Yarbrough & Chef George Paterakis
Welcoming Committee: Rosie Papagiannakis
EDUCATION, CULTURE, AND YOUTH DIAKONIA COMMITTEE
Chairman: Dora Francis
Advisor: Jeana Dragash
Members: Anna Bolaris, Georgette Khoury, Eve Montero, Alex Vastardis & Andy Tringas
Adult Spiritual Enrichment: Deacon Chris Burdette, Jeana Dragash & Pamela Filutowski
Altar Servers: Timmy Johnson
Asteria Dance Troupe: Stacey McMahon
Astrapi: Tonya Curts
Catechetical School: Presbytera Elaine Simeonidis, Maria Haun & Irene Sorich
Children’s Play Group: AVAILABLE
Filarakia: George Saad & Gina Avgeropoulos
GOYA Advisors: Katerina Papaioanou & Sebastian Filutowski
Hellenic Dance Troupe: Staci Lagoutaris
HOPE/JOY Advisor: Aspacia Lindstrom
Jr. Hellenic Dance Troupe: Venetta Jones
Little Aegean Dance Troupe: Loucenda Teter & Effie Hill
Mission Ministry: AVAILABLE
St. John Oratorical Festival: Tina & Elena Scuro
Youth Choir: Stacey Norton
Hellenic Academy Principal: Tina Stoumbos & Nicholas Kontaridis
Auxiliary Groups
Orthodox Christian Fellowship at UCF * AHEPA
*
Daughters of Penelope
The Sunday Of Orthodoxy
Introduction
The Sunday of Orthodoxy is the first Sunday of
Great Lent. The dominant theme of this Sunday
since 843 has been that of the victory of the
icons. In that year the iconoclastic controversy,
which had raged on and off since 726, was
finally laid to rest, and icons and their
veneration were restored on the first Sunday in
Lent. Ever since, this Sunday has been
commemorated as the "Triumph of Orthodoxy."
Icon of the The Sunday of Orthodoxy used with permission and provided by:
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Historical Background
The Seventh Ecumenical Council dealt predominantly with the controversy
regarding icons and their place in Orthodox worship. It was convened in
Nicaea in 787 by Empress Irene at the request of Tarasios, Patriarch of
Constantinople. The Council was attended by 367 bishops.
Almost a century before this, the iconoclastic controversy had once more
shaken the foundations of both Church and State in the Byzantine empire.
Excessive religious respect and the ascribed miracles to icons by some
members of society, approached the point of worship (due only to God) and
idolatry. This instigated excesses at the other extreme by which icons were
completely taken out of the liturgical life of the Church by the Iconoclasts.
The Iconophiles, on the other-hand, believed that icons served to preserve
the doctrinal teachings of the Church; they considered icons to be man's
dynamic way of expressing the divine through art and beauty.
The Council decided on a doctrine by which icons should be venerated but
not worshipped. In answering the Empress' invitation to the Council, Pope
Hadrian replied with a letter in which he also held the position of extending
veneration to icons but not worship, the last befitting only God.
The decree of the Council for restoring icons to churches added an
important clause which still stands at the foundation of the rationale for
using and venerating icons in the Orthodox Church to this very day: "We
define that the holy icons, whether in colour, mosaic, or some other
material, should be exhibited in the holy churches of God, on the sacred
vessels and liturgical vestments, on the walls, furnishings, and in houses
and along the roads, namely the icons of our Lord God and Saviour Jesus
Christ, that of our Lady the Theotokos, those of the venerable angels and
those of all saintly people. Whenever these representations are
contemplated, they will cause those who look at them to commemorate and
love their prototype. We define also that they should be kissed and that they
are an object of veneration and honour (timitiki proskynisis), but not of real
worship (latreia), which is reserved for Him Who is the subject of our faith
and is proper for the divine nature. The veneration accorded to an icon is in
effect transmitted to the prototype; he who venerates the icon, venerated in
it the reality for which it stands".
An Endemousa (Regional) Synod was called in Constantinople in 843.
Under Empress Theodora. The veneration of icons was solemnly
proclaimed at the Hagia Sophia Cathedral. The Empress, her son Michael
III, Patriarch Methodios, and monks and clergy came in procession and
restored the icons in their rightful place. The day was called "Triumph of
Orthodoxy." Since that time, this event is commemorated yearly with a
special service on the first Sunday of Lent, the "Sunday of Orthodoxy".
Orthodox teaching about icons, as defined at the Seventh Ecumenical
Council of 787, is embodied in the texts sung on this Sunday.
From Vespers: “Inspired by your Spirit, Lord, the prophets foretold
your birth as a child incarnate of the Virgin. Nothing can contain or hold
you; before the morning star you shone forth eternally from the spiritual
womb of the Father. Yet you were to become like us and be seen by those
on earth. At the prayers of those your prophets in your mercy reckon us fit
to see your light, "for we praise your resurrection, holy and beyond
speech. Infinite, Lord, as divine, in the last times you willed to become
incarnate and so finite; for when you took on flesh you made all its
properties your own. So we depict the form of your outward appearance
and pay it relative respect, and so are moved to love you; and through it
we receive the grace of healing, following the divine traditions of the
apostles.”
“The grace of truth has shone out, the things once foreshadowed now are
revealed in perfection. See, the Church is decked with the embodied image
of Christ, as with beauty not of this world, fulfilling the tent of witness,
holding fast the Orthodox faith. For if we cling to the icon of him whom we
worship, we shall not go astray. May those who do not so believe be
covered with shame. For the image of him who became human is our
glory: we venerate it, but do not worship it as God. Kissing it, we who
believe cry out: O God, save your people, and bless your heritage.”
“We have moved forward from unbelief to true faith, and have been
enlightened by the light of knowledge. Let us then clap our hands like the
psalmist, and offer praise and thanksgiving to God. And let us honor and
venerate the holy icons of Christ, of his most pure Mother, and of all the
saints, depicted on walls, panels and sacred vessels, setting aside the
unbelievers' ungodly teaching. For the veneration given to the icon passes
over, as Basil says, to its prototype. At the intercession of your spotless
Mother, O Christ, and of all the saints, we pray you to grant us your great
mercy. We venerate your icon, good Lord, asking forgiveness of our sins,
O Christ our God. For you freely willed in the flesh to ascend the cross, to
rescue from slavery to the enemy those whom you had formed. So we cry
to you with thanksgiving: You have filled all things with joy, our Savior,
by coming to save the world.”
The name of this Sunday reflects the great significance which icons possess
for the Orthodox Church. They are not optional devotional extras, but an
integral part of Orthodox faith and devotion. They are held to be a
necessary consequence of Christian faith in the incarnation of the Word of
God, the Second Person of the Trinity, in Jesus Christ. They have a
sacramental character, making present to the believer the person or event
depicted on them. So the interior of Orthodox churches is often covered
with icons painted on walls and domed roofs, and there is always an icon
screen, or iconostasis, separating the sanctuary from the nave, often with
several rows of icons. No Orthodox home is complete without an icon
corner (iconostasion), where the family prays.
Icons are venerated by burning lamps and candles in front of them, by the
use of incense and by kissing. But there is a clear doctrinal distinction
between the veneration paid to icons and the worship due to God. The
former is not only relative, it is in fact paid to the person represented by the
icon. This distinction safeguards the veneration of icons from any charge of
idolatry.
The theme of the victory of the icons, by its emphasis on the incarnation,
points us to the basic Christian truth that the one whose death and
resurrection we celebrate at Easter was none other than the Word of God
who became human in Jesus Christ.
Before the Triumph of Orthodoxy came to be celebrated on the first Sunday
of Lent, there was on this day a commemoration of Moses, Aaron, Samuel
and the prophets. Traces of this more ancient observance can still be seen
in the choice of the Epistle reading at the Liturgy and in the Alleluia verse
appointed before the Gospel: “Moses and Aaron among His priests, and
Samuel among them that call upon His Name.”
Icon Of The Feast
The icon of the Sunday of Orthodoxy commemorates the “restoration” of
icons in the churches and to their use in Orthodox worship. The focal point
of the icon is an icon itself, the Virgin Hodegetria, a popular depiction of
the Theotokos as “Directress,” or literally “She who shows the way to God.”
The icon is carried by two angels. (1)
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The icon of the Virgin Hodegetria, depicting the Theotokos as the "Directress", is processed amongst
the people and held on high by two angels.
To the left of the icon is the Empress Theodora and her son Michael III. (2)
To the right of the icon are the Patriarchs Methodios and Tarasios. (3) The
icon is surrounded by numerous saints who struggled against the
Iconoclastic heresy.
Emperess Theodora, who proclaimed the veneration of icons, is depicted to the right of the icon.
Theodora's son Michael III.
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To the left of the icon are Patriarch Methodios (left), Bishop Michael of Synnadon (center), and
Patriarch Tarasios.
The icon also represents the triumphant procession that was made on
Sunday, March 11, 843, from the Church of the Theotokos in Blachernai to
Hagia Sophia, where a Liturgy was celebrated to mark the restoration of
icons.
Orthodox Christian Commemoration Of The
Sunday Of Orthodoxy
The Sunday of Orthodoxy is commemorated with the Divine Liturgy of
Saint Basil the Great, which is preceded by the Matins service. A Great
Vespers is conducted on Saturday evening. The hymns of the Triodion for
this day are added to the usual prayers and hymns of the weekly
commemoration of the Resurrection of Christ.
Scripture readings for the Sunday of Orthodoxy are: At the Orthros
(Matins): The prescribed weekly Gospel reading. At the Divine Liturgy:
Hebrews 11:24-26,32-40; John 1:43-51.
At the conclusion of the Divine Liturgy, a service is conducted in
commemoration of the affirmations of the Seventh Ecumenical Council in
787 and the restoration of the use of icons in 843. Orthodox faithful carry
icons in a procession, while the clergy offer petitions for the people, civil
authorities, and those who have reposed in the faith. Following is a reading
of excerpts from the Affirmation of Faith of the Seventh Ecumenical
Council and the singing of the Great Prokeimenon.
It is becoming a common practice that the Procession of the Icons is
conducted as part of a Pan-Orthodox Vespers service on the evening of the
Sunday of Orthodoxy. This is a service when Orthodox Christians of the
various jurisdictions in America come together for worship and in a united
affirmation of the Truth of the Orthodox Faith.
On the Saturday before this Sunday, the third of three Saturdays of the
Souls are held. This is a special commemoration when the Church offers a
Divine Liturgy and Memorial Service for the departed faithful. This is
considered a universal commemoration of the dead. Through the memorial
services, the Church is commending to God all who have departed and who
are now awaiting the Last Judgment.
This specific Saturday is a special commemoration of the Great Martyr
Theodore of Tyre and the miracle of the kolyva. In 361, Julian the Apostate
was doing his utmost to restore pagan customs. Knowing that the
Christians were accustomed to sanctify the first week of Lent by fasting and
prayer, the wily tyrant told the Prefect of Constantinople to have all of the
food set out for sale in the markets sprinkled with the blood of animals
sacrificed to the gods, so that no one in the city would escape the contagion
of idolatry. However, the Lord did not abandon His chosen people, but sent
His servant Theodore to outwit the tyrant. Appearing in a vision to
Patriarch Eudoxius (360-364), the holy Martyr informed him of what was
happening and told him to instruct the Christians not to buy food from the
markets but instead to eat kolyva made from grains of boiled wheat. Thus,
thanks to the intervention of the holy Martyr Theodore, the Christian
people were preserved from the stain of idolatry. The Church has
commemorated this miracle ever since on the first Saturday of Great Lent,
in order to remind the faithful that fasting and temperance have the power
to cleanse all the stains of sin.
Hymns Of The Feast
Apolytikion (Tone Two) O Christ our God, begging forgiveness of our
sins, we venerate your pure image O Good One. Of Your own will You
condescended to ascend upon the Cross in the flesh and delivered those you
created from the bondage of the enemy. Wherefore, thankfully we cry out:
When You came to save the world You filled all things with joy, O our
Savior. Listen »
Kontakion (Plagal Fourth Tone) The undepictable Word of the Father
became depictable when He took flesh of you, O Theotokos; and when He
had restored the defiled image to its ancient state, He suffused it with
divine beauty. As for us, confessing our salvation, we record it in deed and
word.
References
The Lenten Triodion. translated by Mother Mary and Kallistos Ware (South
Canaan, PA: St. Tikhon’s Seminary Press, 1994), pp. 51-52, 299-313.
Schmemann, Alexander. Great Lent: Journey to Pascha (Crestwood, New
York: St. Vladimir’s Seminary Press, 1969), pp. 73-75.
Barrois, Georges. Scripture Readings in Orthodox Worship (Crestwood, New
York: St. Vladimir’s Seminary Press, 1977), pp. 61-62.
Farley, Donna. Seasons of Grace: Reflections on the Orthodox Church Year
(Ben Lomond, CA: Conciliar Press, 2002), pp. 100-102
PA S C H A F L O W E R S
Pascha Flower Arrangements for Pascha Services
 SALUTATIONS OF THE THEOTOKOS (5 Arrangements) $50 Each
February 27, 2015 ~ Mr. & Mrs. Emanuel Davatelis
March 6, 2015 ~
March 13, 2015 ~
March 20, 2015 ~
March 27, 2015 ~
 SUNDAY OF THE HOLY CROSS ~ Daffodils $450
 PALM STRIPS FOR CROSSES ~ $102
 PALM FRONDS ~ $153
 SATURDAY OF LAZARUS (NARTHEX ARRANGEMENT) & PALM SUNDAY-ICON OF CHRIST
COMING INTO JERUSALEM (NARTHEX) $50
 BRIDEGROOM (SUNDAY, MONDAY & TUESDAY IN NARTHEX ) $50 ~
 BRIDEGROOM (SUNDAY, MONDAY & TUESDAY ON SOLEA) $50
 HOLY MONDAY, HOLY TUESDAY AND HOLY WEDNESDAY ~
TWO ARRANGEMENTS ON EACH SIDE OF ICON STAND $25 EACH ~ Anonymous
 MYSTICAL SUPPER (WEDNESDAY NIGHT & THURSDAY MORNING IN NARTHEX ) $50
 MYSTICAL SUPPER (WEDNESDAY & THURSDAY) ON SOLEA $50
 CRUCIFIXION IN NARTHEX ON THURSDAY AND HOLY FRIDAY $50
 CROSS ON SOLEA (ROSE WREATH ON CHRIST’S HEAD) $50
~ Mrs. Bess Francisco
 CROSS ON SOLEA ~ CARNATION WREATH AT CHRIST’S FEET $50
~ Miss Jennie & Evelyn Logas
 FLOWERS FOR THE KOUVOUKLION ~ $500
 EASTER LILIES FOR THE SOLEA AND NARTHEX ~ $450
 RESURRECTION (SATURDAY AND SUNDAY) WHITE & BRIGHT COLORS-ON SOLEA $50
 RESURRECTION (SATURDAY AND SUNDAY) IN NARTHEX $50
Please contact the Front Office to donate towards an arrangement.
PLEASE MAKE CHECKS PAYABLE TO: PHILOPTOCHOS
AND IN THE MEMO: PASCHA FLOWERS
LENTEN BOOKS
Please visit the Bookstore and purchase a copy of these books for your Lenten journey.
The Akathist Hymn
The Archangel was sent from heaven to say “Hail” to the Theotokos
The Akathist Hymn is a book of hymns for the Salutations of the Theotokos. The book
is used each Friday during lent for 5 consecutive weeks and the Akathist Hymn will be
on March 27, 2015. This book is sold for $15.
Holy Week Book
The Holy Week Book is a great guide and reference for all the Holy Week worship services
beginning on April 5, 2015, with the Bridegroom Service at 7 pm. This is a great gift for one
who attends the celebrated services during Holy Week. Both books have been published by
the Blessed Father George Papadeas and printed by
Patmos Press. This book is sold for $30.
S P R I N G PA R I S H A S S E M B LY
March 29, 2015
The Spring Parish Assembly will be held on March 29, 2015, Please note date change.
If you have any questions please feel free to call the Front Office.
PA S C H A C A R D F O R M
Name:
(Name as you would like it on the Easter card)
Please print clearly.
Suggested donation: $20
Please make check out to:
Holy Trinity GOYA
All proceeds from our Pascha card will go to GOYA scholarships to pay for
St. Stephens Camp at the Diakonia Center this summer.
Cash: ___________
Check: ___________ GOYAn: _______________
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WORSHIP SCHEDULE FOR HOLY WEEK 2015
Palm Sunday - April 5, 2015
8:15 AM
9:30 AM
7:00 PM
Matins (Morning Worship)
Divine Liturgy and Distribution of Palms
Matins (Bridegroom)
Holy Monday - April 6, 2015
7:00 PM
Matins (Bridegroom)
Holy Tuesday - April 7, 2015
10:00 AM
7:00 PM
Presanctified Divine Liturgy
Matins (Bridegroom)
Holy Wednesday - April 8, 2015
3:00 PM
7:00 PM
Holy Unction
Orthros of Holy Thursday & Anointing of Holy Unction
Holy Thursday - April 9, 2015
9:00 AM
7:00 PM
Vesperal Divine Liturgy of Saint Basil (The Mystical Supper)
Matins (Crucifixion)
Holy Friday - April 10, 2015
9:00 AM
3:00 PM
7:00 PM
Royal Hours
Vespers (Descent from the Cross)
Matins (Lamentations)
Holy Saturday - April 11, 2015
10:00 AM
11:30 PM
11:45 PM
Vesperal Divine Liturgy of St. Basil
Matins (Pannychida)
Resurrection Service
Holy Pascha - April 12, 2015
12:30 AM
11:00 AM
Orthros & Divine Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom
Agape Service (Great for Children) followed by our Pascha Glendi
and Easter Egg Hunt
OUR MINISTRIES
A/C FUND
There will be a second tray passed each Sunday for the
Church’s Air Conditioning Fund. Please give generously.
As of December 31, 2014 we have collected $57,266.91.
ADULT SPIRITUAL ENRICHMENT
The Adult Spiritual Enrichment class is learning about
the Feasts of the Church this semester. All adults are
welcome. Please join us in the Aegean Hall after Holy
Communion.
CATECHISM
Parents, please remember to bring healthy individual
snacks for our students. On Sunday, March 1, 2015 is
Orthodoxy Sunday. Parents please remember to bring
your favorite icon to church for the procession.
COFFEE FELLOWSHIP
Holy Trinity continues to provide coffee for the Sunday
Coffee Fellowship. Please consider sponsoring a coffee
hour to commemorate an anniversary, memorial,
birthday, etc. Please understand that the coffee social
does not begin until after Divine Liturgy. The Agape
Ballroom will be unlocked after the final dismissal prayer
is given by the Priest.
DANCE TROUPES
Dance classes will begin this month after Catechism
classes. We have made changes to our dance program
to accommodate its increasing growth. This year we are
excited to announce a few new divisions as well as an
adult learning division. Please see the list in this monthly
bulletin. We look forward to seeing you all in March!
FOOD & CLOTHING DRIVE
While you are grocery shopping, remember those less
fortunate than yourself. Show your appreciation for the
good things in your life by picking up one or two items
per week for someone in need. Two receiving baskets
have been permanently placed in the Narthex to receive
your contributions, which will be forwarded to local
families in need. If you have clothes to bring to church
for the homeless, please bring them during office hours,
Monday through Friday, from 9 am to 5 pm.
GOYA
There will be a GOYA meeting on Sunday, March 8,
2015. Please meet in the GOYA room after catechism
class. Seniors, please read the section for AHEPA and
Daughters of Penelope for scholarship information.
Please stop by the table in the foyer and place your family
name in the Pascha card that will be distributed to the
parish. A donation of $20 will benefit the GOYA events
in the future.
GREAT COMPLINE
The Great Compline service will be held on Mondays in
March at 6 pm. If you wish to have the Holy Sacrament of
Confession, please remain in the back pews after service.
HELLENIC ACADEMY
We will hold class on Wednesday, March 4, 11, 18 & 25,
2015. If you have any questions about the Greek language
classes, please call Mrs. Tina Stoumbos at 407-401-8890.
PAN-ORTHODOX FEEDINGS
The monthly pan-Orthodox feeding of the homeless will
take place on Friday, March 27th, at St. George Orthodox
Church. Those planning to cook should arrive at noon,
and those planning to set-up or serve should arrive at 4
pm and stay until 6 pm.
PAN-ORTHODOX SUNDAY OF ORTHODOXY
Vespers will be held on Sunday, March 1, 2015 at St.
Stephen’s Orthodox Church at 5 pm. Please join us for
this event.
PARISH ASSEMBLY
The spring Parish Assembly will be held on Sunday, March
29th, in the Agape Ballroom.
PRESANCTIFIED DIVINE LITURGY
The Presanctified Divine Liturgy will be held on
Wednesdays, in March, at 6 pm. They will be followed
by a Lenten supper and the Life of Saints series. If you
wish to have the Holy Sacrament of Confession, please
call the Front Office to schedule an appointment before
the service.
SOCIETY OF WISDOM
Our next luncheon will be held on Thursday, March 19th,
at 11:30 am in the Aegean Hall. Join us for good fellowship
and an informative lecture by Father Demetrios about
Holy and Great Lent. For further information, contact
Mrs. Mary Mantzaris @ 407-322-6958 and Mrs. Matina
Pullman @ 407-695-6942.
STEWARDSHIP
Orthodox Christian Stewardship is a way of life,
which acknowledges accountability, reverence, and
responsibility before God. Becoming a Steward begins
when we believe in God, to whom we give our love,
loyalty and trust and act on those beliefs. As Stewards,
we affirm that every aspect of our lives comes as a
gift from Him. Please remember to return your 2015
Stewardship Commitment card. If you would like to
join the Stewardship Committee, please contact Mr.
John Masterjohn or Mr. Sebastian Filutowski.
AHEPA & DAUGHTERS OF PENELOPE
GRADUATING SENIORS: The Orlando AHEPA
and Daughters of Penelope have scholarships for you! We
have Chapter, District and National Scholarships that
you could be eligible for even if you are not a member
of our organization. Please visit our websites AHEPA.
org or Daughters of Penelope.org or to request Chapter
applications contact Jim Sirks, 407-275-5842 [email protected]
bellsouth.net or Stella Sirks 407-275-5842 [email protected]
com. Deadlines begin April 1st, so don’t delay, Apply
TODAY! For questions concerning the luminaries please
contact our chairman, Julia Nikitas or stop by our table in
the church hall from the first Sunday of Lent until Palm
Sunday which will be the last day to purchase them .
PHILOPTOCHOS
“KINDNESS, LOVE AND PATIENCE”
PHILOPTOCHOS CALENDAR
MARCH
3rd Tuesday – Philoptochos General Meeting – Aegean Hall – 7:00 P.M.
4th Wednesday – Philoptochos to sponsor the Lenten Dinner
8th Sunday – Sell Palm Sunday Lunch Tickets
15th Sunday - Veneration of the Cross
Tray for Hellenic College/Operational Expenses
Sale of Loukoumathes – Philoptochos Fundraiser for the Diakonia Center
Sell Palm Sunday Lunch Tickets
22nd Sunday - Narthex Duty – If you would like to volunteer to serve in the Narthex, please see Dena Holt or
Mary Mantzaris.
Philoptochos Membership – Through Philoptochos, we fully exercise our Christianity. Whether our time,
talents and treasure allow us to give as active members, or as supporting members, we can each play our part
in providing the good works that benefit those whom Philoptochos serves. It is through this love, support and
dedication of our members that allows Philoptochos to continue our important mission of commitments to
Holy Trinity, our community and the many outreach programs. “Show me your faith without deeds, and I will
show you my faith by what I do”. James 2:18. Now is the time to renew your membership. If you have not
joined Philoptochos, please do so, we need your support. Dues are $30.00. As of January 31, 2015, the
following have paid their dues:
Tina Andre
Jeanine Ballinger
Anna Bolaris
Helen Christakos
Stella Cokias
Amanda Cranias
Helen Davatelis
Callie Elliott
Maria Flood
Georgia Fotakidis
Dora Francis
Bess Francisco
Cornelia Georgantis
Maria Georgo
Sandra Gionis
Vivian Gjurich
Penny Harbilas
Aris Harrelson
Lola Haynes
Dena Holt
Jeanine Kasotakis
Ted Caras
Emanuel Davatelis
Crist Francisco
Christina Kotsonis
Elena Kirastoulis
Roula Law
Diane Levine
Jennifer McCloud
Florence McMahon
Doina Magda
Tula Maniatis
Mary Mantzaris
Lydia Masterjohn
Evangelia Mastorides
Elaine Miliotes
Julia Nikitas
Stacy Norton
Rosie Papagiannakis
Susan Pfeil
Marika Polygalaktos
Bea Pond
Catherine Psarakis
Matina Pullman
Patricia Reardon
Associate members
George Kotsonis
Bill Yarbrough
Chris Miliotis
Richard Wemple
Mary Samitas
Pres. Olympia Simeonidis
Stella Sirks
Mary Stavros
Tina Stoumbos
Sophia Stratis
Despina Tenekedes
Anne Thomas
Drucilia Tiliakos
Maria Toscas
Antoinette Tsiotis
Lula Vastardis
Peggy Vergos
Bea Wagner
Lillian Wemple
Judith Wirnowski
Luz Xikis
Joyce Yarbrough
PHILOPTOCHOS
If you have paid your dues and are not listed, please see Stella Sirks, Treasurer, or any Board Member.
PACE Center for Girls – The mission of this organization is to provide girls and young women an opportunity for a better
future through education, counseling, training and advocacy. – For our Easter Charity Program, the Philoptochos and the
Daughters of Penelope have joined together in collecting various items for the Pace Center. Items needed are toiletries,
school supplies, nail polish, make-up, bottled water, hair supplies/accessories, shampoo, conditioner, art supplies,
perfumes, sweaters, sneakers, flip-flops, socks, small to medium stuffed animals, jewelry, etc. Baskets to accommodate
these items can be found outside the Gift Shop in the foyer of the Church hall. The campaign will continue through Lent.
Please be generous so these girls can receive a great Easter gift.
“Sports 4 the Kids” Philoptochos has taken on a new charity which provides homeless and disadvantaged kids
in Central Florida an opportunity to participate in sports. This organization will accept useable sports
equipment such as cleats & shoes, helmets & apparel, shin guards & pads, bats & gloves, lacrosse sticks, tennis
rackets, golf clubs and balls. Please let a Philoptochos Board member know if you have any of this equipment.
St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church – Recently you were sent a letter regarding the St. Nicholas Greek
Orthodox Church destroyed in the terrorist attack of September 11, 2001. The Church is being resurrected on
hallowed ground bearing witness to the victory of Christ over evil, death and destruction. An appeal has been
made to each of us in our Chapter to consider an offering to this campaign. Please make checks payable to
Holy Trinity Philoptochos. Thank you for your support.
Sunshine Committee – This is a major part of our ministry. We knit healing shawls to present to those who are
ill with prayers for a quick recovery. If you like to knit, we can use your expertise. Contact any Board member
if you are interested in participating in this ministry.
“It’s All Greek to Me” – The third reprint of our cookbook is now available for sale. The cookbooks are $16.00.
We also have aprons with the “It’s Greek to Me” logo at $16.00. Purchase both items at $30.00. Please see
any Board member to purchase these items. Cookbooks and aprons are also available for sale in the Gift shop.
Remember, cookbook/aprons make great gifts.
“It’s All Greek to Me, Two” We are preparing a sequel to our cookbook. This is an important fundraiser for
Philoptochos and we hope you will contribute your favorite recipes, including Lenten recipes. Recipe forms are
available in the Narthex. Submit your recipes to Luz Xikis, Mary Mantzaris or any Board member. Help us
ensure our community cookbook will be a success.
Baptismal Items - Planning a baptism, Philoptochos is selling the items you need for your baptism. We have
decorated candles and the necessary items such as sheet, towels, oil, soap, etc., all in one package or sold
separately. If you are interested, please see Luz Xikis or any Board member.
Decorated candles for Easter – Philoptochos is selling decorated Easter candles for your children or
godchildren. If you are interested, please see Luz Xikis or any Board member.
USO Phone Home Project – We are still collecting old cell phones to benefit our soldiers. The funds received
from the phones are turned over to the USO for our soldiers to “phone home”. Bring your phones to Church
and deposit them in the container located just outside the Gift Shop.
Hunger Knows No Holiday – While you are grocery shopping, continue to remember those less fortunate.
Show your appreciation for the good things in your life by picking up one item per week for someone in need
and deposit it into the collection baskets located in the Narthex. Thank you for your generosity.
Ephraim Project Feeding – Volunteers are needed to help with the Pan Orthodox feedings of the homeless at
St. George Church. Help is needed to serve food.
2 0 1 5 S T E WA R D S H I P
“You are a Member of the Body of Christ”
2015 Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church Confidential Stewardship Commitment Card – Side A
Family Name: ___________________________________
Existing stewards need only indicate changes to the following information:
Address: ___________________________ City: ___________________________State: FL Zip: _____________
Home Telephone: _________________ E-mail Address: ______________________________________________
In gratitude for God’s blessings I/we make the following commitment to the ministries of Holy Trinity:
£ $75 monthly £ $100 monthly £ $150 monthly £ $200 monthly £ Weekly Come and see God work through your talents, skills and experience, as well as your financial support. Your offering to Christ and His Church can do as much
as you empower it to do. We give to Christ and His Church not according to our means but according to our love for Him.
CONFIDENTIAL: May not be Distributed or Reproduced / For Authorized Parish Personnel Only
I/We would like to offer my/our time & talents to the ministries of Holy Trinity Church in the following areas:
Please check 
 Bible Study
 Youth Work Real Estate Management
 Teaching Catechetical School  Medical
 Greek Language School
 Church Choir
 Church Camp
 Visitation of Elderly/Infirm
 Cooking - Events or Outreach
 Youth Ministry
 Scouting Finance Nursery
 Computer - general
 Legal Ushering - Welcome
 Computer - Web Site Mgt
 Mechanical - Plumbing
 Reader (in liturgy)
 Parish Newsletter
 Construction
 Other  Gardening Office Work
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MINISTRY RESOURCES
The Holy Trinity operating budget for the calendar year 2015 will be $803,705. Our Stewardship giving
should support all the Parish Ministries and the entire operating budget.
Our Stewardship GOAL is $500,000 for 2015
We should not depend on special affairs to meet our budget, for this is our direct responsibility. Stewardship places the responsibility
on us, for we are the recipients of God’s gifts and play an active role in perpetuating His work of salvation. The expenses of our
Parish are vital to our Church for: •Keeping in Touch With You •Maintaining our Buildings •Those Who Serve Us •Worship and
Education •National Ministries Commitment.
The quality of our service as a Parish, Metropolis, and Archdiocese depends directly on the level of your generous giving.
HOLY TRINITY GREEK ORTHODOX CHURCH
2015 Stewardship
Pledged Families
Amount Pledged
Year
2 0 1 5 S T E WA R D S H I P
Stephanos and Kathy Anamisis
Sophie and Vivian Argeros
John and Lana Argyrakis
Jason and Kathryn Ashford
James and Beatrice Athanas
George and Ifigenia Avgeropoulos
John and Jeanine Ballinger
Spiro and Kelly Bartzokis
Jose and Simone Behar
Jane Bennett
Dean and Anna Bolaris
Michael and Keti Booker
Deacon Chris & Deaconesa Amy Burdette
Jim and Barbara Caldwell
Peter and Elizabeth Carellas
Alan and Vasiliki Chaddon
Irene Christ
Chris and Helen Christakos
Stella Cokias
John and Sophia Cordoba
johnny Cordoba
John Cranias
Michael and Amber Crikis
Emanuel and Helen Davatelis
Nicholas and Svetlana Davatelis
Danae Dewitt
George Dimas
Teddy Dimas
Thomas and Laura Dimitriadis
John and Jeana Dragash
Marisa Dragash
William and Wassiliki Dunstone
Georges and Monica El-Gharib
Emanuel and Callie Elliott
Lisa Elliott
George and Marlene Evans
George Everett and Anna Lillios
Argeros Filosofos
Sevaste Filosofos
Sebastian Filutowski
Joseph and Maria Flood
Fotios and Georgia Fotakidis
George and Vivian Fotieo
Vivian Fotieo
Gary and Dora Francis
Bess Francisco
Crist Francisco
John and Kathleen Francisco
Nicholas Francisco
Jacob and Sarah Gabbard
Peter and Maha Gadah
Harry M. Gayes
Georgette George
Paul Georgelos
Alexander and Jacqueline Gianareas
Xrisanthi Giannas
Paul and Mary Gianoukos
Dean Gionis
George and Sandra Gionis
Maria Georgo
Andy and Gina Gjurich
Vivian Gjurich
Theodoros and Ourania Grammenos
Kent and Maria Gritton
Sophia Gritton
Tiffany Gritton
John and Penny Harbilas
Elaine Harbilas
Ken and Aris Harrelson
Casey Harrelson
Maria Haun
Tom and Lola Haynes
Joyce Heitman
Basem and Aida Hilal
Iman and Martha Hilal
Louie and May Hilal
Eric and Effie Hill
Jonathan and Harriet Holder
Thomas and Kostantina Holt
Angela Hughes
Barbara Hughes
Mike and Dawn Hughes
Michael Ibrahim
Denny and Fay Johnson
Edward and Venetta Jones
Louis and Tina Kantounis
Theodoros and Drosoula Karamanis
Thomas and Jaqueline Karastamatis
George and Catherine Kassianides
Demetri and Maren Katsihtis
Valerie Kenski
John and Maria Kevgas
Joseph and Georgette Khoury
Elena Kirastoulis
Caleb and Christina Kizelewicz
Sadie Klotz
George and Tara Knecht
Savvas and Adela Konstantinidis
Nicholas Kontaridis
George and Christina Kotsonis
James and Connie Kouchalakos
Costa and Cecilia Kourtis
George Kousiry
Dionysios Koutsoulieris
Jennifer Kyriakakis
Leonardo and Amanda LaCommare
Michael and Diane Levine
Stephen and Jennifer Lipofsky
Evelyn P. Logas
Jennie Logas
Louis and Alexandra Logas
Phil and Anne Logas
Mark and Athena Longwell
Robert and Eleni Longwell
Aristides and Mary Lucos
Stephen and Katrina Mackrides
Victoria Malias
James and Anna Mallous
Pete and Tula Maniatis
Emanuel and Millicent Manos
Mary Mantzaris
John and Lydia Masterjohn
Evangelia Mastorides
Anastasia McMahon
David and Flo McMahon
Marina Milios
Peter Milios
Stasia Milios
Steve and Flora Milios
Chris and Elaine Miliotes
George and Leanne Miliotes
Anastasia Milner
Dawn Mina
Jose and Eve Montero
Robert and Tina Morrell
Ted and Diane Moshos
Nancy Lee Mary Newman
Cletus and Anastasia Norton
Gerasimos and Elisavet Pampoukis
Vasiliki Pampoukis
Helen Panagakis
2 0 1 5 S T E WA R D S H I P
Nicholas and Heather Panagakis
Themistoklis and Ioanna Papadatos
Nick and Rosie Papagiannakis
George and Katerina Papaioanou
Alexis Pappas
Christina Pappas
Harry and Jaqueline Pappas
Mary E. Pappas
Stephanie Pappas
William and Joyce Patsio
Pandelis Perdikes
Stephanie Peroulakis
John Petrakis
Debbie Efremidis Plevin
Kostas and Marika Polygalaktos
Gary and Bea Pond
Peter and Matina Pullman
Mark and Effie Psarakis
John and Hester Rallis
John and Stephanie Raptis
Patricia Reardon
John and Elizabeth Richtmyer
David and Katherine Rinkacs
John and Bessie Rollas
Larry and Christine Rothenberger
James and Patricia Sanders
Mrs. Doris T. Sanidas
Vincent and Tina Scuro
Father Demetrios & Presbytera Olympia
Simeonidis
Father Constantine and Presbytera Elaine
Simeonidis
Todd Sirks
James and Stella Sirks
Rocky and Constance Sisson
Michael and Irene Sorich
Mary Stavros
Sophia C. Stratis
Chryssie Tavrides
Nicholas and Despina Tenekedes
Joseph and Angela Territo
Linda Theodorakis
Anne Thomas
Mike and Dru Tiliakos
Mrs. Nicholas J. Toscas
Andrew and Niki Tringas
James and Anna Tsikouras
Emmanuel and Marina Tzenevrakis
Sam and Anastasia Vallas
Alex and Amy Vastardis
William and Lula Vastardis
Peter and Peggy Vergos
Alex and Tonya Vidas
Alfred Dean Vonetes
Dean and Mary Ann Vonetes
Bea Wagner
Richard and Judith Wirnowski
Pantelis and Luz Xikis
William and Joyce Yarbrough
Heidi Zuppas
196 Stewards
Pledged
$250,450
Over half way there!!
2015
2 0 1 5 S T E WA R D S H I P AT W O R K
VA C AT I O N B I B L E
SCHOOL ~ EACH
YEAR IN JUNE WE
HOLD OUR
ANNUAL VBS
PALM SUNDAY LUNCHEON
April 5, 2015
Sponsored by the Philoptochos
Cost $ 12 Adults
BAKED FISH PLAKI
RICE PILAF
SALAD
DESSERT
BEVERAGE
$ 7 Children 4 - 10
FISH STICKS
GREEK FRENCH FRIES
GREEN BEANS
DESSERT
BEVERAGE
3 and under FREE
Make your reservations now at the table in the foyer!
There will be a limited number of tickets sold at the door.
Holy Trinity’s Got Talent
April 26, 2015
T
GOT TALENT?
he Hellenic Dance Program is looking for participants for our first annual Holy
Trinity’s Got Talent Show. Can you play a musical instrument, sing, act, dance, do
stand up comedy, magic, gymnastics, poetry, or have any special talent you’d like to
present? If so, please consider joining us for this fun event! Let’s see how talented Holy
Trinity really is! All ages are encouraged to participate. All proceeds go to support our
Hellenic Dance Program.
DEADLINE TO REGISTER IS MARCH 29, 2015
Luncheon and Talent show:
$10 adults
$8 children
Registration Fee:$20 per entry
For more information on how to enter, please contact
Venetta Jones at [email protected] or call 407-913-7583.
F E B R U A RY S A C R A M E N T S
BAPTISM:
Mario & George Hatzivlassiou ~ February 8, 2015 Sponsored by Mr. & Mrs. Louis Papaefstathiou
Polixeni Tsiolis ~ February 14, 2015 ~ Sponsored by Stelios Tsiolis
HOLY MATRIMONY:
Mark Kiczulo and Stephanie Sorich ~ February 21, 2015 ~ Sponsored by Mr. & Mrs. Jay Yamamoto
FUNERAL:
Agalaia “Gail” Givoglu ~ February 7, 2015
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† Sunday of St.
† Sunday of St.
Mary of Egypt
SPRING PARISH
ASSEMBLY
Catechism
Adult Catechism
Hellenic Dance
John Climacus
Catechism
Adult Catechism
Hellenic Dance
Holy Cross
Catechism
Adult Catechism
Hellenic Dance
15
8
† Sunday of the
Gregory of Palamas
Youth Sunday
Catechism
Adult Catechism
Hellenic Dance
† Sunday of St.
Vespers at St. Stephen’s
Orthodox Church 5 pm
Orthodoxy
Hellenic Dance
† Sunday of
Sunday [Kυρ]
9
Great Compline 6pm
30
Great Compline 6pm
23
Parish Council Meeting
7 pm
Great Compline 6pm
16
Great Compline 6pm
Great Compline 6pm
2
Monday [Δευτ]
31
24
17
AHEPA and Daughters
of Penelope Meeting
7:00 pm
10
3
25
Hellenic Academy
4:30-6:30 pm
Presanctified Divine
Liturgy 6pm &Catechism
Lenten Supper
OFFICE CLOSED
Hellenic Academy
4:30-6:30 pm
Presanctified Divine
Liturgy 6pm &Choir &
Missions Lenten Supper
18
CBC Meeting 10:30 am
Hellenic Academy
4:30-6:30 pm
Presanctified Divine
Liturgy 6pm &Dance
Troupe Lenten Supper
11
Hellenic Academy
4:30-6:30 pm
Presanctified Divine
Liturgy 6pm &Philoptochos Lenten Supper
4
Wednesday [Τετ]
2015
Tuesday [Τρ]
Philoptochos 7 pm
March
Orthros 9:30 am Divine Liturgy 10:00 am
† Weekday and Weekend Liturgy
Orthros 8:30 am Divine Liturgy 9:30 am
† Sunday Liturgy
27
20
13
Feeding of the
Homeless at 4-6 pm
GOYA Fun Night
Akathist Hymn 6 pm
Salutations to the
Theotokos 6 pm
Salutations to the
Theotokos 6 pm
Salutations to the
Theotokos 6 pm
6
Friday [Παρ]
Liturgy Schedule
Bible Study 10:30 am
26
Bible Study 10:30 am
Society of Wisdom11:30 am
19
Bible Study 10:30 am
12
Bible Study 10:30 am
5
Thursday [Πεμ]
Μάρτιος
28
21
14
7
Saturday [Σαβ]
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