The Word - Sts. Constantine and Helen Greek Orthodox Church

The Word - July/August 2013
Faith
comes
by
hearing
and
the word
hearing
by the
Word of
God.
Romans 10:17
Sts. Constantine & Helen Greek Orthodox Church
Andover, MA
In Brief
July/August 2013
Why Regularly Attend Worship?
We should regularly participate in Sunday worship regardless of how
we feel. Why?
Brothers and Sisters in Christ, enjoy this article by Dr. Steven Riser. I added #10 in for Orthodox context. A very on-point message throughout. In Christ, Fr. Christopher
Summer hours have begun in
church.
Orthos is at 8:30
and Liturgy at 9:30.
VCS 2013
July 29, 30, 31
To register or volunteer,
please contact Diana Vlamis at
[email protected]
Mark your calendars!!
1.
All week, we struggle with the secular world—controlling, laboring and acquiring. In
corporate worship, we focus on Christ who provides the proper motivation, direction
and encouragement we need to make our lives meaningful, peaceful and joyous.
2.
All week, we struggle with stress, worry, anger, hurt, resentment, frustration and fear. In
corporate worship, we learn to express our emotions in ways that are pleasing to God.
We learn to forgive and ask forgiveness and deal effectively with negative experiences.
3.
All week, we react to the world and deal with it reflexively. Sometimes, we deny and
distort it. In corporate worship, we are encouraged to be proactive rather than
reactive, reflective (meditate) rather than reflexive. We also discover healthy
(biblical) principles for interpersonal relationships.
4.
All week long we are on the go!—over-committed. We need to slow down and rest.
In corporate worship, we come to rest our bodies, renew our minds and refresh our
spirits. If we don’t come apart, we will come apart.
5.
All week long, we view the world through our own limited spectacles—our
experiences and responses. In corporate worship, we expand our vision by learning to
view things more and more from God’s perspective. We also learn to weep with
those who weep and rejoice with those who rejoice. Joys shared are multiplied.
Sorrows shared are divided.
6.
All week long, we relate to others based on our expected roles and impersonal
anonymity. In corporate worship, we are personal rather than impersonal. We are
with a caring Christian family whose mood and mind set are very similar to ours—
who want to learn how to please God more and more.
7.
All week long, we are burdened with obligations and responsibilities. In corporate
worship, we are refreshed and energized as we restore our relationship with God.
8.
All week long, we struggle with sin and guilt. In corporate worship, we learn how to
gain and maintain a clear conscience and to overcome the power of sin in our lives.
9.
All week long, we struggle to survive. In corporate worship, we learn to live and
make life more meaningful for ourselves and others.
GREEK FESTIVAL 2013
September 14, 15
Trivia Night
October 5
Metropolis Summer Camp
(see calendar)
Visit our web site for more
information on our church.
www.andoverorthodox.org
10. All week long we hunger to be fed by something to fill our souls. In Sunday morning
Liturgy we are fed and fulfilled by the Body and Blood of Christ in the Eucharist.
There’s no other place on earth, other than the Church, where we can go to receive
Christ in this way. Amen.
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PARISH DIRECTORY
Clergy
Fr. Christopher Makiej,
Parish Priest
Dn. Sal Fazio
Parish Deacon
Parish Council
Ed George, President
John Terzakis, Vice President
Jim Panagas, Secretary
Robert Trant, Treasurer
Leonard Banos
Spiro Christopulos
Jim Demetroulakos
Maria Gudinas
Jean Koulouris
Nicholas Miminos
Valerie Murphy
Peter Souhleris
Buzz Stapczynski
George Tasiopoulos
Church Office
Karen Davies
Office Assistant
Anita Stratigakis
Philoptochos
Sandra Spanos Johnson, President
Chanter
Telly Papanikolaou
Choir
John Fugarino, Director
Organist
David Harvey
Altar Boy Captain
Basil Vergados
Sunday School
Dorothy Hatzikonstantis, Director
Greek School
Voula Nikitas
Christian Lending Library
Rachel Pantely, Director
GOYA Advisors
Connie Vergados, Sue Terzakis, Gina LaFortune
GOYA President
Kristina Terzakis
JOY Advisor
Patty Trant
YouthChoir/Women’sFellowship
Pres. Katerina Makiej
Book Store Manager
Elaine Demetroulakos
Internet Ministry
Christopher Primes
AHEPA
Steven Pithis
Daughters of Penelope
Elaine Kevgas
College Fellowship
Telly Papanikolaou
Young Professionals Ministry
Nicholas Miminos
Facilities
George Perakis
Archons
James Lolos
Telly Papanikolaou
Parish Council Notes
Dear Friends,
The Parish Council met on June 18th and heard a number of updates on parish
ministries. Two relate to Stewardship and Long-Range Planning. Efforts are underway to
coordinate the work of both committees as we address the future needs of our
community. Our parish is fortunate to have the many committed and loyal supporters who
enable us to sustain and expand ministries. This fall we will meet with various ministry
leaders and seek their input as to how we can strengthen our programs. As specific plans are
developed, we will share them with parishioners.
Planning has already begun as we prepare for our annual Festival. This year it will be held
on September 14th and 15th. Chris and Jeannette Alexandrou have agreed to serve as chairs
this year, but many hands are needed to put on a successful event. I urge you to volunteer in
some way for this wonderful event. You may contact either Chris or Jeannette or the church
office to learn when the committee will meet over the summer.
In late August we will put together a church calendar for the period
September 2013 through June 2014. This calendar allows our ministries to coordinate their
events to avoid duplication and any conflict in dates. Once it is ready, it will be circulated.
As we enjoy the summer, let’s remember to stay in touch by attending church on
Sundays. We will have our usual coffee hours after liturgy which give us the opportunity to
enjoy fellowship and the company of friends. Best wishes for a safe and happy summer!
Ed George
Parish Council President
EMBRACING ORTHODOXY:
Converts and Inquirers Classes
Wednesdays August 7,14,21
7:30 to 8:30pm. (in the Church)
Join us for 3 casual and informative classes for:
·
Parishioners who wish to convert and be Chrismated into Orthodox
Christianity from Catholic, Protestant or other religious backgrounds.
(through the Sacrament of Chrismation or Baptism).
·
Orthodox parishioners and inquirers who would like to know more about
the history, faith, spirituality and teachings of the Orthodox Christian
Church.
The class will also address the Orthodox Christian teachings on current
events and contemporary social and moral issues.
All Parishioners welcomed to attend. Bring a friend.
Fr. Christopher teaching
Please call or email the church office if you plan to attend:
The Word
Elizabeth Xaros Bigelow, Editor
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2013-14 Philoptochos Officers and Board Members
Lisa Primes-Advisor, Colleen Georgian-Board Member at Large, Sue Terzakis-Second Vice-President, Sandra Spanos
Johnson-President, Joanne McArdle-First Vice-President, Paula Goodwin-Corresponding Secretary, Stephanie ConnorTreasurer, Martha Coravos-Recording Secretary (not pictured, Olga Pithis-Assistant Treasurer
Philoptochos
The Bookstore
Philoptochos recently made a five hundred dollar donation to the
Christian Angel Smile Fund run by parishioners Peter and Desi
Souhleris. Their fund is collecting money to help the families
affected by the Marathon bombings make their homes
accessible. We are thrilled to be able to contribute to their
worthy cause.
Dear Parishioners,
Summer time! The season for family-fun activities and relaxing
vacations. We hope all goes well and we will see you in
September. If you are looking for something special during July
and August, please do not hesitate to e-mail me at
[email protected], and we will try to accommodate.
Philoptochos had their elections in May. The following are the
officers and Board members for the 2013-2015 years: President–
Sandra Spanos Johnson, First Vice-President–Joanne McArdle,
Second Vice-President–Sue Terazkis, Recording Secretary–
Martha Coravos, Corresponding Secretary–Paula Goodwin,
Treasurer–Stephanie Connor, Assistant Treasurer–Olga Pithis,
Advisor–Lisa Primes, Board Member at Large–Colleen
Georgian. The Board and officers were sworn in last month.
Thank you, as always, for your support.
The Bookstore Staff
The Word
Volume 15, Issue 6
Colleen Georgian and Lisa Primes have been hard at work on
our fall fundraiser, Trivia Night, with DJ Ed, on October 5th. If
you are interested in buying tickets or learning more about it,
please contact Kathy Coufos at 978-828-1065 or any member of
Philoptochos. Tickets are available over the summer.
Published monthly except August and January by
Sts. Constantine & Helen Greek Orthodox Church,
71 Chandler Road Andover, MA 01810
Phone 978-470-0919 vFax 978-470-0239
The date for our September meeting has not been determined
yet. It will be announced in the next issue of The Word.
I wish you all a restful, happy summer.
Periodicals postage paid at Andover, MA.
Permit No. 022-997. POSTMASTER: Send address changes
to Sts. Constantine & Helen Church.
With Sisterly Love,
Sandra Spanos Johnson
Elizabeth Xaros Bigelow, Editor. [email protected]
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Sunday School Graduation - June 9, 2013
Vacation Church School! Kingdom Rock! Please register your
students to participate in Vacation Church School this summer
from July 29-31. It is a great time for students to enrich their
faith during the summer season through lessons, singing, crafts,
games, dinner, and fellowship. Diana Koster and Gary Kent will
be Co-Directors this year. If you would like to volunteer to help,
please contact Diana Koster at [email protected] We need
volunteers in all areas: bible lessons, food, games, crafts,
decorations, etc.
Sunday School News
Sunday School Updates
I hope you are all enjoying your summer vacation! Don’t forget
to come to church and to keep learning in your faith! There are
many activities for students on the www.goarch.org site if you
go to the religious education section.
Sunday School Calendar Ahead:
July 29-31―Vacation Church School
Jesus Loves You!
Mrs. Hatzikonstantis
The National St. John Chrysostom Oratorical Festival:
Basil and Costas Vergados competed at the National St. John
Chrysostom Oratorical Festival in Memphis Tennessee the
weekend of June 8th. Here is an update from Connie Vergados:
“The Festival was wonderful! We met Archbishop Demetrios of
America, and Archbishop Nicholas. There were 18 students
there from all across the country and they all were wonderful!
The boys made some great friends. Both Basil and Costas
presented their essays really well. They received "honorable
mention" and were given a Faith Scholarship, a beautiful plaque,
a certificate, a backpack filled with books and icons and an iPad!
At Orthros, Basil chanted along with the church chanter and His
Eminence's chanter. When we all arrived at the church on
Sunday for the Divine Liturgy, it was so beautiful to see and
hear Basil up there! Telly would have been proud of him! You
can visit the National Oratorical Festival Facebook page at:
https://www.facebook.com/pages/St-John-ChrysostomOratorical-Festival/131326533552689”
VCS 2013 - KINGDOM ROCK!
Three evenings of fun and excitement, July 29, 30, and 31,
for kids ages 4-12!
For QUICK registration, send your child's name, age, and
T-shirt size to [email protected]
We are also looking for teen and adult volunteers...please
contact Diana at [email protected] if you are interested!
Basil and Costas Vergados
in Memphis, Tennessee for
the Archdiocese National
Oratorical Contest
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COLLEGE SENIORS
HIGH SCHOOL SENIORS
Susan Davies (Ithaca College)
Nicolette Kafasis
Kelly McLoon (Boston University)
Arianna Murphy (UMass Lowell)
Nick Terzakis (Bryant University)
Nick Tzavalas ( UNH, Paul College, School of
Business & Economics)
Michael Brandon (UMass Amherst)
Zachary Brown
Andreas Christopulos (Bentley Univesity)
Arianna Demetroulakos (Eckerd College, St.
Petersburg, Fla.)
Christopher George (Fordham College, NY)
Christina Grillakis (Middlesex Community College)
Andrew Hatch (Trinity College, Hartford, CT)
Eleni Kent (UMass Amherst)
Mia Koulopoulos
Victoria LaFortune (University of New England)
Alexander Lemonias (UMass Amherst)
Andrea Pappey (College of the Holy Cross)
Dina Roumeliotis (Rollins College, Fla)
Christina Serpa (Boston University)
Jason Smith (Umass Amherst, Isenberg school of Mgmt)
Emma Sonberg
Kristina Terzakis (Villanova University, Pennsylvania)
Scouting Parents
If you have a youngster in scouting—Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, Cub Scouts, Camp Fire—your child can earn an award for Religion. This is
a religious emblems program created by the national church bodies cooperating with P.R.A.Y. It is a CHURCH program, approved for
use by national youth agencies.
Children in grades 1-12 can participate in this program. If you or your children are interested, please contact Deacon Sal by September 8
at [email protected] and let him know that your children will be participating. This is the first meeting and subsequent
meetings will be after church with Deacon Sal several times during the year. You can download the booklet your children will need
for the first meeting at http://www.andoverorthodox.org/Orthodox_Scouting.html
When the program is complete, you will fill out a form and order the appropriate medal for your child, based on grade and religion.
The medal will be presented to all scouts, boys and girls, during church services on Scout Sunday in February. If you have questions,
you can learn more from Deacon Sal or at www.praypub.org
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All children ages 7–11 and all Middlers in the 5th and 6th
grades are welcome to attend all of the JOY /Middler events and
outings. If you would like to attend, please feel free to come to
the next meeting in the fall.
J O Y and Middlers
It’s hard to believe that our JOY and Middlers year has come to a
close. Our last meeting of the year was our ice cream social held
on June 2nd. We had a wonderful afternoon filled with sunshine,
fellowship, and ice cream! I would like to thank all the JOY and
Middler children for making this year such a success! I truly enjoyed meeting with you every month. You are a very bright, energetic, and fun group of children. Congratulations to our 6th
grade Middlers moving on to GOYA. We will greatly miss you!
In Christ,
Patty Trant
Thank you to all the parents and grandparents for bringing your
children to the church meetings and outings this year. Not only
did the children learn about our Orthodox faith but they developed many friendships and had a great time. I too had a great
time with you all at our outings and I feel that I developed real
friendships with many of the parents.
I would also like to thank Deacon Sal and Mr. Gary Kent for
leading the discussions throughout the year during our church
meetings. We thank you for sharing your knowledge with us.
Your enthusiasm and sense of humor was very contagious and
made our JOY/ Middler meetings fun!
I wish everyone a very happy and safe summer! See you all in
church this summer and at our first meeting in September!
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ότι όλες τις θεραπείες και τα θαύματα τα
επιτελούσαν με μαγικές τέχνες. Τότε οι Άγιοι
εμφανίσθηκαν στον αυτοκράτορα όπου όχι
μόνο ομολόγησαν την πίστη τους αλλά και
κατάφεραν να αλλάξουν και τον ίδιο μετά τις
θεραπευτικές τους ενέργεις και στον ίδιο.
Συγκεκριμένα, ότνα ο Καρίνος ανέκρινε τους
Άγίους το πρόσωπο του μετατοπίστηκε προς
την ράχη του. Επανήλθε όμως μετά την
προσευχή των Αγίων. Όσοι είδαν το θαύμα
εκείνη την στιγμή πίστεψαν και ο Καρίνος
τους έστειλε πίσω στους συγγενείς τους με
τιμές. Δυστυχώς όμως φθονήθηκαν και από
τον ίδιο τον δάσκαλό τους που τους είχε μάθει
την ιατρική επιστήμη, γιατί είχαν αποκτήσει
πολλή δόξα. Αυτός τους προσκάλεσε σε ένα
βουνό για να μαζέψουν δήθεν κάποια
θεραπευτικά βότανα και εκεί βρήκε ευκαιρία
και τους θανάτωσε.
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Η ΑΓΙΑ ΚΥΡΙΑΚΗ
Η Αγία Κυριακή ήταν κόρη τουΔωροθέου και
της Ευσεβίας. Αυτοί ήταν άτεκνοι και
παρακαλούσαν τον Θεό να τους δώσει παιδί.
Πράγματι, αυτός ευδόκησε και το χριστιανικό
ζευγάρι απέκτησε ένα κοριτσάκι. Γεννήθηκε
ημέρα Κυριακή για αυτό και της έδωσαν το
όνομα Κυριακή. Κατά τον διωγμό του
Διοκλητιανού, το έτος 282μ.χ. οι γονείς της
συνελήφθησαν, και μετά από ανάκριση
βασανίστηκαν και αποκεφαλίστηκαν από τον
Δούκα Ιούστο. Η δε Κυριακή παραπέφθηκε
στον Καίσαρα Μαξιμιανό και από εκεί στον
άρχοντα Βιθυνίας Ιλαριανό, ο οποίος της
υπενθύμισε ότι η ομορφιά της είναι για
απολαύσεις και όχι για βασανιστήρια. Τότε η
Κυριακή του απάντησ娨 « Ούτε στην ομορφιά
μου , ούτε στην νεότητά μου δίνω την
Απολυτίκιο
παραμικρή προσοχή. Και τα λαμπρότερα από
‘Αγιοι Ανάργυροι και θαυματουργοί
τα επίγεια είναι προσωρινά. Σήμερα έπαρχε
επισκέψασθε τας ασθενείας ημών, δωρεά
είμαι όμορφη, αύριο μια άσχημη γριά. Να
ελάβατε δωρεά δότε ημίν.
κάνω λοιπόν κέντρο της ζωής μου την
ομορφιά μου? Για αυτό στο λέω
έπαρχε¨ήμουν και θα είμαι πάντα χριστιανή».
Εξοργισμένος ο επάρχος έδωσε διαταγή να την
βασανίσουν σκληρά και τέλος να την
αποκεφαλίσουν. Αλλά εκείνη παρέδωσε το
πνεύμα της στον Κύριο πριν ακόμη
αποκεφαλιστεί.
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ΑΓΙΟΙ ΚΟΣΜΑΣ ΚΑΙ
ΔΑΜΙΑΝΟΣ ΟΙ ΑΝΑΡΓΥΡΟΙ
Οι Άγιοι Κοσμάς και Δαμιανός ήταν ιατροί
στο επάγγελμα και παρείχαν ιάσεις σε όσους
είχαν ανάγκη. Για αντάλλαγμα δεν έπαιρναν
χρήματα αλλά ζητούσαν από τους ασθενείς
τους να πιστέψουν στον Χριστό. Κάποιοι
όμως διέβαλαν τους Αγίους στον αυτοκράτορα
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Easter Egg Hunt
Greek School Graduation
Our Greek School Graduation Program this year was held on
June 1st. It was a huge success. All of our students presented
poems, songs, dances, and plays to the delight of all in attendance. Congratulations to our Graduates and their families. We
are so proud. We also look forward to new students in the Fall
and welcoming back all of our students so we can enjoy all of
their accomplishments in Greek School.
On Easter Sunday we held our Annual Easter Egg Hunt. Our
children enjoyed hunting for eggs in our Family Life Center with
famiy and friends. Following the Hunt, all the children and their
families went Into Church to celebrate the Agape Service.
We would like to thank Sarah Meier and Greg Grillakis for
kindly donating the candy to fill our Easter eggs. And we also
want to thank Diana Vlamis Koster, Sarah, Greg, and all the
parents that filled over 1,000 eggs for our children to enjoy
another delightful Easter Egg Hunt.
We would also like to thank Peter and Desi Souhleris for underwriting the expenses that went into making this a great day.
Also, thanks to Kathy Papadopoulos and her family for donating the delicious pizza. And also, thanks to all of the parents
that brought food for our delicious buffet table and helped set
up and clean up. And thanks especially to our parents, grandparents, relatives, and friends, that attend our celebrations every
year to support and cheer for our beautiful children. A big
thank you also goes out to all of our dedicated teachers, their
assistants and helpers for the commitment and love to all of our
children.
Have a safe and blessed summer. And remember to practice
your Greek:-)
With much love,
Fr. Chris and Presvytera Katerina Makiej
Kindergarten Greek school class performing
To Kokoraki". (The Little Rooster,)
First Grade performing "Ta Koulourakia".
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July 2013
Saints Constantine and Helen Greek Orthodox Church
Sunday
Monday
Tuesday
1
2
Wednesday
Thursday
Friday
Saturday
3
4
5
6
Metropolis
Family Camp
Session 1
July 3-7
7
8
Orthros 8:30
Liturgy 9:30
Metropolis
Youth Camp
Session 2
July 8-14
14
15
Orthros 8:30
Liturgy 9:30
Metropolis
Youth Camp
Session 3
July 15-21
21
22
Orthros 8:30
Liturgy 9:30
Metropolis
Youth Camp
Session 4
July 22-28
28
29
Orthros 8:30
Liturgy 9:30
Metropolis
Youth Camp
Session 5
July 29-Aug 4
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10
11
12
13
16
17
18
19
20
23
24
25
26
27
30
31
Vacation Church School
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August 2013
Saints Constantine and Helen Greek Orthodox Church
Sunday
Monday
Tuesday
Wednesday
Thursday
1
Friday
Saturday
2
3
Paraklesis
6:30 pm
4
5
6
7
Orthros 8:30
Liturgy 9:30
Metropolis
Youth Camp
Session 6
Aug 5-11
Transfiguration
Orthros 8:30 am
Liturgy 9:30 am
Paraklesis
6:30 pm
12
13
11
14
Paraklesis
6:30 pm
Embracing
Orthodoxy 7:30
18
19
9
10
Paraklesis
6:30 pm
Embracing
Orthodoxy 7:30
Orthros 8:30
Liturgy 9:30
Orthros 8:30
Liturgy 9:30
8
20
21
Parish Council
7:15 pm
Embracing
Orthodoxy 7:30
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28
15
16
17
Dormition of the Wedding 4:00 pm
Theotokos
(Randall)
Orthros 9:00 am
Liturgy 9:30 am
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23
24
29
30
31
Wedding 2:00 pm
(Georgacopolis)
25
26
Orthros 8:30
Liturgy 9:30
Baptism 12 noon
(Chavez)
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MARK YOUR CALENDARS!!
Sts. Constantine & Helen Greek Orthodox Church
September 14 and 15
th
th
There is something for everyone to enjoy!
Greek food, Music and dancing, a market place,
church tours, children’s games and much more.
CALLING ALL VOLUNTEERS
There are many ways for all parishioners,
young & Old, Big & Small, to help make this festival a huge Success!
Food Prep Sessions: Spanakopita, Pastichio, Moussaka, Pastry
Advertising and Publicity
Church Grounds Clean up and pruning
Cooking Demonstrations
Donations coordinator
Kid’s Area
Marketplace coordinator…….and so much more!!
Let us know early if you would like to be a part of our
church’s largest event of the year
Contact the church office at 978-470-0919 or [email protected]
Saints Constantine & Helen
Greek Orthodox Church
71 Chandler Road
Andover MA 01810
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