T HE CROSS+ROADS F ROM FATHER GEORGE E NHANCING THE RELATIONSHIP T HE REBUILDING OF ST. NICHOLAS G REEK ORTHODOX CHRISTIAN CHURCH

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1 Saints Constantine & Helen Greek Orthodox Church 60 Traverse Road Newport News VA Volume 11, Issue #7 September 2010 T HE CROSS+ROADS INSIDE THIS ISSUE: September Sundays 2-5 Registry / Announcements 6 Clubs & Community 7 Youth Corner 8-9 Welcome Families 10 Through the Bible A-Z 10 Ecclesiastical New Year 11 PC Minutes 14 September Calendar 15 Hi-Lites Ecclesiastical New Year September 1 Elevation of the Holy Cross September 14 Choir Conference coming in October p12 Steward of the Year nominations in this issue p13 F ROM FATHER GEORGE E NHANCING THE RELATIONSHIP These are the first three words found in the Book of Genesis that introduce and remind us that it was God the Father who made heaven and earth. We see that the first eleven chapters of the Book of Genesis deal with origins. Throughout these pages we see the creation of the world, all living things which included us humans, a rebellion of these people against God and the expulsion from the Garden of Eden. With the arrival of September we see a new Ecclesiastical Year ahead of us. September 1st brings to all of us a great opportunity for reflection on how we can further our Orthodox way of life. The services of the Church are celebrated not only for the Priest, but afford to all of us the necessary tools in order to build up our Orthodox character. Many people see the need for spending time at the gym. How often do we hear people making the following statement I m going to the gym, or in describing their day that they went to the gym. One usually feels the sense of an accomplishment when finishing a workout. With the New Ecclesiastical Year before us let us see this new period of time as a opportunity for accomplishment, the chance to further our Orthodox faith by not only attending the services of the Church, but by also supporting financially the ministries of the Church through the act of Christian Stewardship. T HE REBUILDING OF ST. NICHOLAS G REEK ORTHODOX CHRISTIAN CHURCH Aug 19, 2010 NEW YORK - As is well known, on September 11, 2001 our city and nation suffered a terrorist attack of unparalleled proportions. In addition to the tragic and horrific loss of almost 3,000 innocent victims, a number of whom were members of our own community, the world witnessed the unimaginable collapse of the Twin Towers. When the second Tower fell, it landed on and erased all traces of the Greek Orthodox Christian Church of St. Nicholas, the only house of worship destroyed that day. Opened in 1916 by a group of Greek immigrants, the church not only served the spiritual needs of its parishioners but was also a sacred space in which people of all ethnic and religious backgrounds working in the surrounding area would often stop, light a candle and spend a few moments in prayer and reflection. Following the events of 9/11, the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America and the St. Nicholas parish fully cooperated and worked closely with the relevant authorities. Former Governor George Pataki pledged without reservation his support for rebuilding in the belief that it was a necessary part of the healing of New York City and of our nation. Early on, as plans were being formulated for the reconstruction of the area, the Church agreed to relocate and rebuild its house of worship at a new locale to facilitate the envisioned design for the overall site. In 2004, the authorities proposed that the new edifice be built at 130 Liberty Street, a parcel on the same block as the original site, and an agreement was reached between the Archdiocese and the Port Authority. Four successive LMDC/Port Authority administrations honored this mutual agreement which entailed extensive on-going work and planning on the part of all parties. All site plans for the area which the LMDC/ Port Authority released to the public show St. Nicholas at this new locale. Regrettably, the latest Port Authority administration in 2009 (Continued on page 14)

2 The Cross+Roads Page 2 Glory Be To God Saints Constantine & Helen Greek Orthodox Church 60 Traverse Road Newport News VA Phone (757) Fax (757) Addresses: schgochurch.va.goarch.org Office Hours Monday Through Friday 9:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. Priest Father George Chioros Work Home Mobile Parish Council David Gray, President Greg Bicouvaris, Vice Pres. Kent Paumier, Secretary Theo Galoozis, Treasurer John Christou, Asst. Treas. Elias Doulgerakis Bobby Garofalis Jason Holbrook Zena Mageras John Malliarakis Pete Sun Chanter John Siokis Choir Director Renee Root Youth Director Christina Thames Office Secretary Tasia Savrides Archdiocese on the web S EPTEMBER SUNDAYS P ARISH MINISTRIES & ORGANIZATIONS Philoptochos Tessie Baker, President Religious Education Monica Hicks, Director Greek School Kathy Dermanis, Stavroula Gailey, Co-Directors Youth Ministry Christina Thames, Director Acolytes Barry Hendricks, Director JOY/HOPE Helen Micha, Director Greek Orthodox Youth Association (GOYA) Allie Galoozis, President Kent Paumier, Advisor APOLYTIKION OF THE CHURCH He beheld the image of Your Cross in the Heavens and, as Paul, he too did not receive the call from men. Your Apostle among Kings placed the care of the Royal City in Your hands. Through the intercessions of the Theotokos, O only Loving Lord, keep it ever in peace. SEPTEMBER 5 EPISTLE READING St. Paul's Second Letter to the Corinthians 4:6-15 Brethren, it is the God who said, "Let light shine out of darkness," who has shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Christ. But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, to show that the transcendent power belongs to God and not to us. We are afflicted in every way, but not crushed; perplexed, but not driven to despair; persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed; always carrying in the body the death of Jesus, so that the life of Jesus may also be manifested in our bodies. For while we live we are always being given up to death for Jesus' sake, so that the life of Jesus may be manifested in our mortal flesh. So death is at work in us, but life in you. Since we have the same spirit of faith as he had who wrote, "I believed, and so I spoke," we too believed, and so we speak, knowing that He who raised the Lord Jesus will raise us also with Jesus and bring us with you into His presence. For it is all for your sake, so that as grace extends to more and more people it may increase thanksgiving, to the glory of God. GOSPEL READING Matthew 22: th Sunday of Matthew At that time, a lawyer asked him a question, to test him. "Teacher, which is the great commandment in the law?" And he said to him, "You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind. This is the great and first commandment. And a second is like it, You shall love your neighbor as yourself. On these two commandments depend all the law and the prophets." Now while the Pharisees were gathered together, Jesus asked them a question, saying "What do you think of Christ? Whose son is he?" They said to him, "The son of David." He said to them, "How is it then that David, inspired by the Spirit, calls him Lord, saying, 'The Lord said to my Lord, Sit at my right hand, till I put your enemies under your feet'? If David thus calls him Lord, how is he his son?" And no one was able to answer him a word, nor from that day did anyone dare to ask him any more questions. SAINTS AND FEASTS COMMEMORATED 15th Sunday of Matthew Zacharias the Prophet & Righteous Elizabeth, parents of St. John the Baptist According to the opinion of many Fathers of the Church, based on an ancient tradition, this is the Zacharias whom, as our Lord said, the Jews slew between the temple and the altar (Matt. 23:35), first, because even after the Virgin Mary gave birth, he continued to refer to her as virgin and number her among the vir- (Continued on page 3) Young Adult League (YAL) Anastasia Theodorogiannis, President Golden Hearts Zoe Marcopoulos, President Order of AHEPA Newport News Gary Nicholas, President Williamsburg Mario Kokolis, President Daughters of Penelope Zoe Lumpkin, President Hellenic Womens Penelope Society Zena Mageras, President Hellenic Youth Dancers Anastasia Theodorogiannis & Bobby Garofalis Co-Directors

3 The Cross+Roads Page 3 gins; second, because Zacharias' son John was not found during the slaughter of the Innocents, since the elderly Elizabeth had taken him and carefully hid him while he was yet an infant, in an unnamed place somewhere in the desert, where, according to the Evangelist, "the child grew, and waxed strong in spirit, and was in the deserts till the day of his showing unto Israel" (Luke 1:80). When the child was not found, his father was slain by Herod's command. Reading Courtesy of Holy Transfiguration Monastery. Icon Courtesy of St. Isaac Skete Urban, Theodore, & Medimnos the Hieromartyrs and the 77 Companions at Nicomedea APOLYTIKION AND KONTAKION HYMNS Resurrectional Apolytikion Plagal of the Second Tone O Christ, the angelic powers appeared at Your tomb, the guards were as dead, and Mary stood by the sepulcher, seeking Your sacred body. You destroyed Hades yet remained untouched by it. You encountered the Virgin and through her, bestowed Life. Glory to You who has risen from the dead! -Translation by Narthex Press Αγγελικαί Δυνάμεις επί τό μνήμά σου, καί οι φυλάσσοντες απενεκρώθησαν, καλί ίστατο οι Μαρία εν τώ τάφω, ζητούσα τό άχραντόν σου σώμα. Εσκύλευσας τόν Άδην, μή πειρασθείς υπ' αυτού, υπήντησας τη Παρθένω, δωρούμενος τήν ζωήν, ο αναστάς εκ των νεκρών, Κύριε δόξα σοι. Apolytikion for Zacharias the Prophet & Righteous Elizabeth, parents of St. John the Baptist In the vesture of a priest, according to the Law of God, thou didst offer unto Him wellpleasing whole-burnt offerings, as it befitted a priest, O wise Zacharias. Thou wast a shining light, a seer of mysteries, bearing in thyself clearly the signs of grace; and in God's temple, O wise Prophet of Christ God, thou wast slain with the sword. Hence, with the Forerunner, make entreaty that our souls find salvation. -Translation by Holy Transfiguration Monastery Ιερωσύνης στολισμόν, περιβαλλόμενος σοφέ, κατά τόν νόμον τού Θεού, ολοκαυτώματα δεκτά, ιεροπρεπώς προσενήνοχας Ζαχαρία, καί γέγονας φωστήρ, καί θεατής μυστικών, τά σύμβολα εν σοί, τά τής χάριτος, φέρων εκδήλως πάνσοφε, καί ξίφει αναιρεθείς εν τώ ναώ τού Θεού, Χριστού Προφήτα, σύν τώ Προδρόμω, πρέσβευε σωθήναι τάς ψυχάς ημών. Kontakion In your holy birth, Immaculate One, Joachim and Anna were rid of the shame of childlessness; Adam and Eve of the corruption of death. And so your people, free of the guilt of their sins, celebrate crying: "The barren one gives birth to the Theotokos, who nourishes our life." - Translation by Narthex Press WISDOM FROM THE CHURCH FATHERS The sign that thou lovest God, is this, that thou lovest thy fellow; and if thou hatest thy fellow, thy hatred is towards God. For it is blasphemy if thou prayest before God while thou art wroth. For thy heart also convicts thee, that in vain thou multipliest words: thy conscience rightly judges that in thy prayers thou profitest nought. St. Ephraim the Syrian, ON ADMONITION AND REPENTANCE. SEPTEMBER 12 EPISTLE READING St. Paul's Letter to the Galatians 6:11-18 BRETHREN, see with what large letters I am writing to you with my own hand. It is those who want to make a good showing in the flesh that would compel you to be circumcised, and not only in order that they may not be persecuted for the cross of Christ. For even those who receive circumcision do not themselves keep the law, but they desire to have you circumcised that they may glory in your flesh. But far be it from me to glory except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, by which the world has been crucified to me, and I to the world. For neither circumcision counts for anything, nor uncircumcision, but a new creation. Peace and mercy be upon all who walk by this rule, upon the Israel of God. Henceforth let no man trouble me; for I bear on my body the marks of Jesus. The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with your spirit, brethren. Amen. GOSPEL READING John 3:13-17 Sunday before Holy Cross The Lord said, "No one has ascended into heaven but he who descended from heaven, the Son of man. And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, so must the Son of man be lifted up, that whoever believes in him may have eternal life. "For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. For God sent the Son into the world, not to condemn the world, but that the world might be saved through him." SAINTS AND FEASTS COMMEMORATED Sunday before Holy Cross Icon Courtesy of Athanasios Clark Apodosis of the Nativity of Our Most Holy Lady the Theotokos and Ever-Virgin Mary Autonomos the Martyr This saint was a bishop in Italy. Fleeing from the persecution of Diocletian in 298, he came to Bithynia, where he went from place to place converting many from the idols to the true God. Because of this, one day as he was celebrating the Divine Liturgy in the Church of the Archangels, they who worshipped wood and stones fell upon him and beat him to death with staves and stones. Reading Courtesy of Holy Transfiguration Monastery Hieromartyr Cornatus, Bishop of Iconium Agirus, the Hieromartyr of Cornoutus, Bishop of Iconium Forefeast of the Elevation of the Holy Cross (Continued on page 4)

4 The Cross+Roads Page 4 S EPTEMBER SAINTS CONSTANTINE AND HELEN (Continued from page 3) Daniel of Thassos Julian the Martyr APOLYTIKION AND KONTAKION HYMNS Resurrectional Apolytikion Grave Tone By Your Cross, O Christ our God, You destroyed death. You opened paradise to the thief. You transformed the lament of the Myrrh-bearing women, and You commanded the Apostles to proclaim You are risen, granting the world Your great mercy. -Translation by Narthex Press Κατέλυσας τώ Σταυρώ σου τόν θάνατον, ηνέωξας τώ Ληστή τόν Παράδεισον, τών Μυροφόρων τόν θρήνον μετέβαλες, καί τοίς σοίς Αποστόλοις κηρύττειν επέταξας, ότι ανέστης Χριστέ ο Θεός, παρέχων τώ κόσμω τό μέγα έλεος. Apolytikion for Apodosis of the Nativity of Our Most Holy Lady the Theotokos and Ever- Virgin Mary Your birth, O Theotokos, brought joy to the whole world, for from you dawned the sun of righteousness, Christ our God. Freeing us from the curse, He gave us His blessings. Abolishing death, He granted us eternal life. -Translation by Narthex Press Η γέννησίς σου Θεοτόκε, χαράν εμήνυσε πάση τή οικουμένη, εκ σού γάρ ανέτειλεν ο ήλιος τής δικαιοσύνης, Χριστός ο Θεός ημών, καί λύσας τήν κατάραν, έδωκε τήν ευλογίαν, καί καταργήσας τόν θάνατον, εδωρήσατο ημίν ζωήν τήν αιώνιον. Kontakion In your holy birth, Immaculate One, Joachim and Anna were rid of the shame of childlessness; Adam and Eve of the corruption of death. And so your people, free of the guilt of their sins, celebrate crying: "The barren one gives birth to the Theotokos, who nourishes our life." - Translation by Narthex Press WISDOM FROM THE CHURCH FATHERS For since Nicodemus had said, "We know that Thou art a teacher come from God," on this very point He sets him right, all but saying, "Think Me not a teacher in such manner as were the many of the prophets who were of earth, for I have come from heaven (but) now. None of the prophets hath ascended up thither, but I dwell there." St. John Chrysostom, Homily 27 on John 3, 4th Century SEPTEMBER 19 EPISTLE READING St. Paul's Letter to the Galatians 2:16-20 BRETHREN, you know that a man is not justified by works of the law but through faith in Jesus Christ, even we have believed in Christ Jesus, in order to be justified by faith in Christ, and not by works of the law, because by works of the law shall no one be justified. But if, in our endeavor to be justified in Christ, we ourselves were found to be sinners, is Christ then an agent of sin? Certainly not! But if I build up again those things which I tore down, then I prove myself a transgressor. For I through the law died to the law, that I might live to God. I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me; and the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me. GOSPEL READING Mark 8:34-38; 9:1 Sunday after Holy Cross The Lord said: "If anyone wishes to come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me. For whoever would save his life will lose it; and whoever loses his life for my sake and the gospel's will save it. For what does it profit a man, to gain the whole world and forfeit his life? For what can a man give in return for his life? For whoever is ashamed of me and my words in this adulterous and sinful generation, of him will the Son of man also be ashamed, when he comes in the glory of his Father with the holy angels." And he said to them, "Truly, I say to you, there are some standing here who will not taste death before they see the kingdom of God come with power." SAINTS AND FEASTS COMMEMORATED Sunday after Holy Cross Trophimos, Sabbatios, & Dorymedon the Martyrs In 278, during the reign of Probus, Saints Trophimus and Sabbatius came to Antioch, and seeing the city celebrating the festival of Apollo at Daphne lamented the blindness of the people, and presented themselves as Christians to Atticus the Governor. Saint Trophimus was stripped of his clothing, and was stretched out and beaten until the earth was red with his blood. Then he was hung up, scraped on his sides, and imprisoned in torments. Saint Sabbatius was tortured so savagely that he gave up his spirit in his sufferings. Trophimus was sent to Synnada, wearing iron shoes fitted with sharp iron nails within; he was further tormented without mercy, then cast into prison. Dorymedon, a counsellor, and a pagan, came to the prison and cared for Trophimus. When a certain feast came, Dorymedon was asked why he did not sacrifice to the idols; he proclaimed himself a Christian, for which he was imprisoned, pierced with heated spits, frightfully punished, and finally beheaded with Saint Trophimus. Reading Courtesy of Holy Transfiguration Monastery Afterfeast of the Holy Cross APOLYTIKION AND KONTAKION HYMNS Resurrectional Apolytikion Plagal of the Fourth Tone O Merciful One, You came from on high, and condescended to Your three day burial to save us from suffering. You are our Life and our Resurrection. Glory to You. - Translation by Narthex Press Εξ ύψους κατήλθες ο εύσπλαγχνος, ταφήν καταδέξω τριήμερον, ίνα ημάς ελευθερώσης τών παθών, Η ζωή καί η Ανάστασις ημών, Κύριε δόξα σοι. Apolytikion for Afterfeast of the Holy Cross Lord, save Your people and bless Your inheritance, granting our rulers to prevail over adversaries, and protecting Your commonwealth by Your Cross. -Translation by Narthex Press Σώσον Κύριε τόν λαόν σου καί ευλόγησον τήν κληρονομίαν σου, νίκας τοίς Βασιλεύσι κατά βαρβάρων δωρούμενος καί τό σόν φυλάττων διά τού Σταυρού σου πολίτευμα. Kontakion Lifted up on the Cross by Your free will, Christ God, grant mercies to the new commonwealth that bears Your name. Gladden our faithful rulers by Your power, giving them victories over their adversaries. May Your alliance be for them a weapon for (Continued on page 5)

5 The Cross+Roads Page 5 (Continued from page 4) peace, an invincible standard. - Translation by Narthex Press WISDOM FROM THE CHURCH FATHERS And see how He also makes His discourse unexceptionable: not saying at all, "whether you will, or no, you must suffer this," but how? "If any man will come after me." St. John Chrysostom, Homily 55 on Matthew 16, 1. B#54, p th Century SEPTEMBER 26 EPISTLE READING St. John's First Universal Letter 4:12-19 NO MAN has ever seen God; if we love one another, God abides in us and his love is perfected in us. By this we know that we abide in him and he in us, because he has given us of his own Spirit. And we have seen and testify that the Father has sent his Son as the Savior of the world. Whoever confesses that Jesus is the Son of God, God abides in him, and he in God. So we know and believe the love God has for us. God is love, and he who abides in love abides in God, and God abides in him. In this is love perfected with us, that we may have confidence for the day of judgment, because as he is so are we in this world. There is no fear in love, but perfect love casts out fear. For fear has to do with punishment, and he who fears is not perfected in love. We love, because he first loved us. GOSPEL READING John 19:25-27; 21:24-25 The Falling Asleep of St. John the Evangelist and Theologian At that time, standing by the cross of Jesus were his mother, and his mother's sister, Mary the wife of Clopas, and Mary Magdalene. When Jesus saw his mother, and the disciple whom he loved standing near, he said to his mother, "Woman, behold, your son!" Then he said to the disciple, "Behold, your mother!" And from that hour the disciple took her to his own home. This is the disciple who is bearing witness to these things, and who has written these things; and we know that his testimony is true. But there are also many other things which Jesus did; were every one of them to be written, I suppose that the world itself could not contain the books that would be written. SAINTS AND FEASTS COMMEMORATED 1st Sunday of Luke The Falling Asleep of St. John the Evangelist and Theologian This Apostle was from Bethsaida of Galilee, and was the son of Zebedee and Salome, and the brother of James the elder. First a fisherman by trade, he became an Apostle and the beloved Disciple of Christ. Only he of all the Disciples followed Him even to the Cross, and was entrusted with the care of our Saviour's Mother, as it were another son to her, and a brother of Christ the Teacher. After this, he preached throughout Asia Minor, especially in Ephesus. When the second persecution against the Christians began in the year 96 during the reign of Domitian, he was taken in bonds to Rome, and there was cast into a vat filled to the brim with boiling oil. Coming forth therefrom unharmed, he was exiled to the island of Patmos, where he wrote the Book of Revelation. Returning again to Ephesus after the death of the tyrant, he wrote his Gospel (after the other Evangelists had already written theirs) and his three Catholic Epistles. In all, he lived ninety-five years and fell asleep in the Lord during the reign of Trajan in the year 100. He was called Theologian because he loftily expounded in his Gospel the theology of the inexpressible and eternal birth of the Son and Word of God the Father. It is for this cause that an eagle-a symbol of the Holy Spirit, as Saint Irenaeus says-is depicted in his icon, for this was one of the four symbolic living creatures that the Prophet Ezekiel saw (Ezek. 1:10). Reading Courtesy of Holy Transfiguration Monastery APOLYTIKION AND KONTAKION HYMNS Resurrectional Apolytikion First Tone Savior, Your tomb was sealed with a stone. Soldiers kept watch over Your sacred body. Yet, You rose on the third day giving life to the world. Wherefore the powers of heaven cried out, "O Giver of Life, glory to Your Resurrection O Christ; glory to Your Kingdom, glory to Your dispensation who alone are the Loving One." -Translation by Narthex Press Τού λίθου σφραγισθέντος υπό τών Ιουδαίων, καί στρατιωτών φυλασσόντων τό άχραντόν σου σώμα, ανέστης τριήμερος Σωτήρ, δωρούμενος τώ κόσμω τήν ζωήν. Διά τούτο αι Δυνάμεις τών ουρανών, εβόων σοι Ζωοδότα. Δόξα τή Αναστάσει σου, Χριστέ, δόξα τή βασιλεία σου, δόξα τή οικονομία σου, μόνε Φιλάνθρωπε. Apolytikion for The Falling Asleep of St. John the Evangelist and Theologian Beloved Apostle of Christ our God, hasten to deliver a people without defense. He who permitted you to recline upon His bosom, accepts you on bended knee before Him. Beseech Him, O Theologian, to dispel the persistent cloud of nations, asking for us peace and great mercy. - Translation by Narthex Press Ἀπόστολε Χριστῷ τῶ Θεῷ ἠγαπηπημένε, ἐπιτάχυνον, ῥύσαι λαὸν ἀναπολόγητον, δέχεταί σε προσπίπτοντα, ὁ ἐπιπεσόντα τῶ στήθει καταδεξάμενος, ὃν ἱκέτευε, Θεολόγε, καὶ ἐπίμονον νέφος ἐθνῶν διασκεδάσαι, αἰτούμενος ἡμῖν εἰρήνην, καὶ τὸ μέγα ἔλεος. Kontakion O Protection of Christians that cannot be put to shame, mediation unto the creator most constant: O despise not the voices of those who have sinned; but be quick, O good one, to come unto our aid, who in faith cry unto thee: Hasten to intercession and speed thou to make supplication, O thou who dost ever protect, O Theotokos, them that honor thee. - Translation by Holy Transfiguration Monastery WISDOM FROM THE CHURCH FATHERS The sign that thou lovest God, is this, that thou lovest thy fellow; and if thou hatest thy fellow, thy hatred is towards God. For it is blasphemy if thou prayest before God while thou art wroth. For thy heart also convicts thee, that in vain thou multipliest words: thy conscience rightly judges that in thy prayers thou profitest nought. St. Ephraim the Syrian, ON ADMONITION AND REPENTANCE.

6 The Cross+Roads Page 6 C HURCH REGISTRY / ANNOUNCEMENTS BIRTHS Our congratulations: To Hazel and Olen Bruce on the birth of their son on August 4th in Newport News Virginia. Proud maternal grandparents Vassilios and Georgianna Ringas. Na sas zisi!!! 40 DAY BLESSINGS The infant daughter of Anthony and Irene Sarantakos received her 40-day blessing in our church on Sunday, August 8th. The infant son of Michael and Melissa Chalkias received his 40-day blessing in our church on Sunday, August 15th. May the blessing of our Church be with the newly churched infants, their parents, grandparents, and their entire families. BAPTISM The infant son of David and Chelsea Au was baptized in our Church on Wednesday, August 4th and given the name Sylar Elijah by his godmother Alisha L. Pasquier. Our best wishes to the newly-baptized infant. Na sas zisi!! RECENTLY ILL or HOSPITALIZED We wish a speedy recovery to: Harry Samos, Elias Doulgerakis, Julie Tsirimokos and Bill Marakos. Καλη Αναρρωσι THANK YOU Dear Church Family, Words could not possibly express our gratitude for all the prayers, kind words, hugs, cards, phone calls, food, flowers, gifts, visits to the hospital and home, and ooffers of help extended to us during the illness and passing of our beloved husband and daddy Peter Haramis. Your love and support has given us hope and strength as we face difficult days ahead. We will forever be thankful. May God Bless each one of you and keep you under His care. With grateful hearts, Katerina, Eleni and Giorgos Haramis A heartfelt thank you to the Hellenic Youth Dancers and their families for the beautiful card and gift I received at the end of our dance year. It is an honor and pleasure to be part of such a loving and talented group of children and their loved ones. I look forward to seeing everyone in September. Sincerely, Katerina Haramis PARISH MANAGEMENT SOFTWARE UPGRADE The Church Office has begun transitioning and upgrading our membership and stewardship software. The version we've used for the last eight years served us well, but unfortunately hadn't seen any product upgrades during that same time and wasn't compatible with our current hardware and operating systems. We have converted our current membership database and stewardship records to the new system, however, during this transition period, we ask that you please check your statements carefully to ensure all data transferred accurately. EPISTLE READERS NEEDED Are you looking for a way to become an active participant in the life of the Church? We are always looking for parishioners to join in the celebration of the Divine Liturgy by volunteering to read the Epistle in either Greek or English. Reading the Epistle is a simple way to help promote your own spiritual growth and strengthen your faith. If interested, please contact Father George or Barry Hendricks for details. NEEDED - YOUNG MEN TO SERVE AS ALTAR BOYS Our community continues to be richly blessed with a dedicated core group of young men who have been called to serve as Altar Boys. We've already had several young men sign up to join our ranks, but can always use more. We are looking for reliable and faithful young men, between the ages of 8 and 18, to join our dedicated team of acolytes and serve their Church as Altar Boys. Service as an Altar Boy in the liturgical celebrations of the Church remains one of prominence and distinction. It is considered the foundation and development of a young man's stewardship to the Church; a service that is offered to God as a regular offering of talent and ability, and is an experience which every young man will cherish for the rest of his life. Service as an Altar Boy will not only give a young man the knowledge of his Faith, but it will surely enrich him spiritually. If you have a son, grandson, or God-Son who is interested in serving, please contact Barry Hendricks at or CHARITY GOLF TOURNAMENT The 4th Annual Saints Constantine & Helen Charity Golf Tournament benefiting the children of Saint Basil Academy, the Hampton roads Chapter of the American Red Cross and Youth Challenge will take place on Friday, September 10th at Ford s Colony Blue Heron Course. For more information contact Theo Galoozis, John Dermanis or the church office. ATTENDANCE July August August August August Aug 10 Ave 173 Aug 09 Ave 158 YTD 10 Ave 177 YTD 09 Ave 196 REFRESHMENTS We thank all those parishioners who served as hosts for the months of August. The hosts for September are: September 5: M/M Greg Vassilakos, M/M Timothy Vaughn, M/M Paul Velissarios, September 12: M/M Vidakis, M/M Nicholas Vlattas, Ms. Evelyn & Ms. Kathy Vretos September 19: Mr. Nick Vrettos, M/M Mitch Walker, M/M John Warhol Jr., M/M John Warhol III September 26: Mrs. Katherine Yeapanis, Ms. Agapi Zaharis, M/M Gus Zaharopoulos & Dennis NEWSLETTER DEADLINE Please information no later than the 20th day of the month to Nick Vlattas

7 The Cross+Roads Page 7 C LUB AND COMMUNITY NEWS PHILOPTOCHOS Dear Friends, I hope everyone had a great summer! September is here and it's time once again for our meetings to begin. Our First Meeting - Monday, September 13th at 6:30 p.m. at the Community Center. This is a Cover Dish Dinner so come and bring your favorite recipe. The Club Year was very successful. We met all the National, Metropolis and local financial obligations. We worked hard baking Vasilopetes and Tsourekia, having the Vasilopeta & Palm Sunday Luncheons and holding the Lira Raffle at the New Year's Eve Dance. We thank all our friends in the Community for their continued support of all our projects, both large and small, and for their many monetary donations given to our Philoptochos this past year. We were successful in meeting all our goals because of ALL OF YOU! Our heartfelt thanks is extended to everyone. We laughed and whistled while we worked and then cried at the loss of eleven of our friends who departed from this life. We were honored and it was our privilege to prepare the Makaries for seven of our families. Your loved ones will be sorely missed by all of us and we extend our deepest sympathy to you. Many thanks to my Executive Board, Board of Director and the entire membership for a job well done this past year. You performed the charitable work of the Society with discretion, courtesy and kindness. And you worked enthusiastically as ONE. No one could be more proud of you than me. Father George, I have not forgotten about you. Thank you for attending all our regular meetings, except one (Baltimore with His All Holiness), and all our BOD meetings. We appreciate our Spiritual Leader being present when we meet. GOD BLESS YOU ALL. Tessie Baker, President HELLENIC WOMAN S PENELOPE SOCIETY The first meeting for the calendar year of the Hellenic Woman s Penelope Society (HWPS) will be held on Thursday, September 9 th at the Sacalis Hall of the Hellenic Center. Mrs. Tessie Baker will serve as hostess. The Book Discussion Group will meet on Monday, September 20 th at the Hellenic Center to review the New York Times best seller, Three Cups of Tea, by Greg Mortenson and David Oliver Relin. Kathy Vretos will lead the discussion. As the New York Times wrote, In 1993, a mountaineer named Greg Mortenson drifted into an impoverished Pakistan village in the Karakoram mountains after a failed attempt to climb mountain K2. Moved by the inhabitants kindness, he promised to return and build a school. Three Cups of Tea is the story of that promise and its extraordinary outcome. Over the next decade, Mortenson built not just one but fifty-five schools - especially for girls - in the forbidding terrain that gave birth to the Taliban. His story is at once a riveting adventure and a testament to the power of the humanitarian spirit. The month of September is going to be a very busy month for the members of the Hellenic Woman s Penelope Society. On Saturday, September 25 th, the dedication of the Biblical Garden will take place at 6 PM, followed by the first -ever vesper service for the protection of the environment, which His All Holiness Patriarch Bartholomew I has, since 1997, recommended that Orthodox Churches around the world celebrate at the beginning of each ecclesiastical year. Following the vesper service, a reception will be held at the Hellenic Center, compliments of the Hellenic Woman s Penelope Society. Father George has extended an invitation to all reverend priests and their parishes in Virginia, and our choir director, Renee Root, has very graciously accepted our invitation to have the choir participate in the vesper service. This is another milestone in the history of our community and we hope that our parishioners will honor us with their attendance. AN INVITATION TO ALL PARISHIONERS As most of you already know, in 2007 the Hellenic Woman s Penelope Society (HWPS) established a beautiful and spiritually moving Biblical Garden adjacent to our church edifice. On Saturday, September 25, 2010, we will be celebrating another milestone in the history of our parish. On that date, we will celebrate the dedication of our Biblical Garden, followed by the firstever Greek Orthodox Vesper Service for the protection of the environment. It was while reading the Labrys, by Eugene and Penelope Maurakis, that we learned of the Liturgy for the Protection of the Environment and All Creations. We began to inquire about this liturgy, but no one was able to provide us with any information. This summer, however, we contacted the patriarchate in Constantinople and were told that it is not a liturgy, but a vesper service, which His All Holiness Patriarch Bartholomew I has, since 1997, recommended that Orthodox churches around the world celebrate at the beginning of each ecclesiastical year. The English Office of the patriarchate kindly sent us two copies of the vesper service - one in English and one in Greek It is with great pleasure that we extend to all of you, our parishioners, a kind invitation to join us on Saturday, September 25 th for the dedication, vesper service, and the reception which will follow, compliments of the Hellenic Woman s Penelope Society. Please respond either to Father George ( ) or to Marika Anthony ( ) to let us know whether you will be able to attend. The dedication of the Biblical Garden will take place at 6:00 PM, the vesper service at 7:00 PM, and the reception at 8:00 PM. An invitation has also been extended to all Virginia priests and their parishes by Father George. Hoping to see all of you on this HISTORIC DAY. With kindest regards, Father George Protopresbyter Zena Mageras HWPS president Marika Anthony Maggie Thompson

8 The Cross+Roads Page YOUTH REGISTRATION FORMS ARE NOW AVAILABLE! They are in the Narthex or please ask in the church office. They will also be handed out the first day of Sunday School. Please complete them and submit promptly to the office so your children can participate fully in all our youth ministry programs. Contact Christina Thames with any questions. Thank you! YOUTH CHOIR PRACTICES have resumed for grades 3-8. Practices are from 12-12:30pm on Sunday afternoons after church in the choir room. Contact Renée Root (reneeroot AT cox.net) for more info. NEW ACOLYTE TEAM SCHEDULE for the ecclesiastical year has been published. Contact Barry Hendricks (brhendricks AT cox.net) with questions or if your son (age 8-18 years) is interested in joining this ministry of our church. HELLENIC YOUTH DANCERS have a special practice schedule until the Chicago Competition in October (Columbus Day weekend.) Practice times are shared via ; contact Paula Detweiler (kdetweiler AT cox.net) if you are not receiving these s. ST. BASIL ACADEMY BENEFIT DANCE FOR TEENS In conjunction with our annual golf tournament fundraiser for St. Basil Academy (Friday, September 10th), this year we are hosting a dance fundraiser for the school as well. It will be on Saturday, September 11 in the evening; fun at Busch Gardens with some of our out-oftown guests is planned for earlier in the day. There will even be some students from St. Basil present! Contact G.O.Y.A. president Allie Galoozis (stbasilsbenefitrsvp AT gmail.com) for details or to register for the dance! I+I YOUTH CORNER I+I G.O.Y.A. BASKETBALL resumes Wednesday evenings on Sept. 1st. RELIGIOUS EDUCATION CLASSES RESUME ON SEPTEMBER 12, ALL STUDENTS AND TEACHERS ARE ASKED TO SIT IN THE FRONT LEFT- HAND PEWS OF THE CHURCH AND FUNNEL THROUGH THESE PEWS IF THEY WILL BE RECEIVING HOLY COMMUNION. Immediately after Holy Communion, please head next door upstairs to our classrooms. There will be people to direct our children to their rooms. Please note that children in the PreK and Kindergarten classes must be picked up by a parent after class is over. Children grades 1st and up will be dismissed downstairs to coffee hour. If you have questions about our Religious Education program, please speak to Monica Hicks, our director. The Sunday School office is right next to the elevator upstairs. Thank you for your cooperation! Religious Education classes go until 12pm; please wait for your child s class to finish. We value every moment we have with our precious students and want to make the most out of our time together. Thank you to our group of dedicated volunteers who have committed to serving in our Religious Education program! We ask everyone to please pray for the fruitfulness of our program this year. SPECIAL NOTE: Our high school class will be meeting in the St. Stylianos Chapel for its first class on Sunday, September 12th, so that students may then return to church to participate in the G.O.Y.A. Oath of Office that will take place at the conclusion of the Liturgy. Religious Education Class Calendar Fall 2010 Sept. 12 First Class session / AHEPA Family Picnic / GOYA Oath of Office ( class for grades 9 12 in chapel) Sept. 19 Classes in session Sept. 26 Classes in session Oct. 3 Classes in session Oct. 10 Classes in session / Chicago Dance Competition / combined classes Oct. 17 Classes in session / Choir Conference Oct. 24 Classes in session Oct. 31 Classes in session Nov. 7 Classes in session Nov. 14 Classes in session Nov. 21 Classes in session Nov. 28 NO CLASSES Family Worship/Thanksgiving Weekend Dec. 5 Classes in session Dec. 12 Classes in session / Newport News GOYA Tournament (no class for grades 6 12) Dec. 18 SATURDAY Morning Rehearsal for Christmas Pageant (time TBA) followed by lunch, stocking stuffing & cookie decorating Dec. 19 Christmas Pageant all children report to chapel after Holy Communion Dec. 26 NO CLASSES Family Worship/Christmas Holiday Jan. 2, 2011 NO CLASSES Family Worship/New Year Holiday Jan. 9, 2011 Classes resume ~~~ Walk in Love, Walk in Light, Walk in Wisdom ~Ephesians 5~

9 The Cross+Roads Page 9 O N TEACHING MERCY TO OUR YOUNG PEOPLE How can we teach young people the true meaning of mercy as a Christian? What practical ways can youth workers offer young people on how to be merciful to others? We offer a few ideas and concepts to consider when teaching young people about Mercy. TEACHING MERCY - Ideas to help shape compassionate young people! Mercy We usually think of mercy in terms of leniency. But mercy is more than just giving or getting a break. Mercy, for Christians, is an opportunity to share compassion, kindness, and other blessings with those in need. Even though Pascha has passed us, every day we should remember the awesome sacrifice that Christ endured for us. God, in His infinite love for mankind, showed us abundant mercy and gave of Himself Jesus Christ so that we might be spared from death and inherit eternal life. So how can we apply this to the lives of young people? Teaching young people about mercy simply means teaching them to use their gifts and abilities to make other s lives easier. St. Peter of Damaskos writes that the merciful person is he who gives to others what he has himself received from God, whether it be money, or food, or strength, a helpful word, a prayer, or anything else that he has through which he can express his compassion for those in need. In other words, we must learn how to take from the gifts God has given us to help alleviate the struggle and suffering of our brothers and sisters. Here are a just a few concepts and ideas to share with your youth groups: CHARITY Some of us spend at least $1,000 a year on coffee from Starbucks. In 2008, some studies show that families spend an average of $750 per family on Christmas gifts. But did you know that $10.00 can buy a mosquito net for an African family to protect them from malaria for almost four years through the Nothing-but-Nets program ( Or for $500 or less, one can donate a farm animal to a family in need so they can provide food and income to live ( Charity seems like a difficult task, especially with the current economic climate. No one asks us to give of our entire life savings to charity But we are called to do as much as we can with what we are given. Therefore, maybe we can try to cut out things that aren t as important in order to provide something for those in need. Even our smallest financial contribution will be a merciful offering to those without. For more ideas, visit the International Orthodox Christian Charities website ( You can search online for many other charitable organizations. Of course, ask your local Philoptochos chapter for ideas. VOLUNTEERING One thing that young people can do, especially over the summer, is give of their time as well as their talents. Volunteering is such an important way to express mercy and compassion to others. It says that those who are in need are worthy of our time to take care of them. But what can young people volunteer to do? There are PLENTY of ways they can volunteer. Here are some ideas: Work at a local soup kitchen. These places always need a helping hand. Have your youth group offer to do yard work or handy work for the senior citizens and shutins of your community. Organize a group to work on a Habitat for Humanity project. This is a great way to gather the youth to build a future for a needy family. Contact your city government to see if there are any community projects which your group can volunteer to do. There might be a city beautification project, or an event at the community center which your group can provide manpower for. FORGIVENESS Mercy can also come in the form of forgiveness. It takes a great deal of ourselves to forgive someone. Jesus Christ asked God to forgive us, even as He was crucified on the cross. In fact, God calls us to do more than forgive once or twice. He calls us to forgive our brother seventy times seven. Youth workers can teach young people about mercy through forgiveness. Talk about forgiveness, repentance, and Holy Confession in a youth group meeting or retreat. A great tool is the Parable of the Prodigal Son. The parable illustrates the mercy and love the father extends to his son, even though the Prodigal turned his back on his father and squandered his inheritance. KINDNESS Ultimately, we can express mercy through kindness. We can live in a pretty cut-throat society. Sometimes people can be selfish and out for themselves. Sharing a simple gesture of kindness can go a long way. Instead of the cruelty of harsh words and actions, offering kindness, sympathy, comfort, and love can relieve those pressures and burdens. In exchange, we will find that most people return that kindness to us. To express this idea of kindness and mercy toward others, have a Random Acts of Kindness night or retreat. Challenge the young people to do different things throughout the night/retreat ( random acts of kindness ) and to not expect a "thank you" or "great job." They should simply do it to be kind. It could be helping someone carry heavy items, saying something nice about someone, or simply saying thank you. At the end of the night, ask the group the following questions: 1) How did it feel to do something nice for someone? 2) How did other people react when you did something nice for them? 3) How did you feel when someone did something nice for you? 4) Does kindness have to be a big gesture or can it be something simple? Examples? From The Department of Youth and Young Adult Ministries, Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America

10 The Cross+Roads Page 10 W ELCOME NEW FAMILIES The newest members of our Church family were introduced to the congregation at the conclusion of the Divine Liturgy on August 15. Recognized on "New Member Welcome Sunday" were the following: Dr. Jon Jerke and his wife Debbie Christopoulos recently moved to our area following their marriage on the Yale University Campus. Jon is a Physics Professor and Debbie teaches private piano students in Virginia Beach. Howard Mandeville resides in Smithfield with his wife Sherry. He is self-employed as a construction manager. He is an active volunteer at Sentara Obici and Riverside Hospitals and is also a member of Cancer Care Foundation of Tidewater and Isle of Wight Christian Outreach Program. Captain James Allen, Rodica and baby Christian will be with us for the next three years while James is stationed at Ft. Eustis. Rodica is originally from Romania. Christian was born in Newport News earlier this year. Warrant Officer Marius Ciubucciu, Madalina and baby Sonia will also be with us for the next three years while Marius is stationed at Ft. Eustis. Both Marius and Madalina are from Romania, but Sonia was born in Newport News in July. Marius was the 2002 American National Champion in Karate for the style he practices which is called Shotokan. Lieutenant Colonel Christos Papantoniou, Angie, Themis and Thanai recently moved to Hampton Roads from Greece. Christos serves in the Greek Army and will be the Greek Liaison Officer at Ft. Monroe for the next three years. Themis is 9 1/2 yrs. old and Thanai is 4 1/2 years old. The family will reside in Grafton. Accompanying the family for the next two months is Angie's mother, Dina Antonopoulos, from Piraeus, Greece. Unable to attend New Member Welcome Sunday was Dr. and Mrs. Jim Dallis and their family who moved from Winston Salem, NC to Williamsburg. Dr. Dallis is an orthopedist. The event was sponsored by the Sts. Constantine & Helen Welcome Committee who provided refreshments during the reception. Members of the Welcome Committee are: Dottie Andre, Jim Bailey, Alexa Garrison, Helen George, Dina Headrick, Matina Mimikos, Tasia Savrides, Dianne Sun, Voula Vretakis T HROUGH THE BIBLE A Z Not to keep quiet for the sake of Jerusalem - Isaiah 62:1 Nothing by any means shall hurt you Luke 10:19 Nothing can separate you from God s Love - Romans 8:35 Nourished on the words of the faith and of sound doctrine 1 Timothy 4:6 Oaks of righteousness Isaiah 61:3 Obedient children not conformed to the former lusts which were yours in your ignorance 1 Peter 1:14 Obedient from the heart Romans 6:17 Obedient to the point of death Philippians 2:8 Obedient to the truth in purifying your soul for a sincere love of the brethren 1 Peter 1:22 Obey God rather than men Acts 5:20 Observing and doing the Lord s commandments Deuteronomy 28:12 Of Christ 1 Cor. 11:1 Of faith and blessed with Abraham Galatians 2:9 First row, left to right: Dianne Sun (Welcome Chairman), Madalina Ciubucciu, Rodica Allen holding baby Christian, Debbie Christopoulos Jerke, Dina Antonopoulos, Angie Papantoniou with daughter Thanai and son Themis. Back row, left to right: CW1 Marius Ciubucciu holding baby Sonia (hidden), CPT James Allen, David Gray (Parish Council President), Fr. George, Howard Mandeville, Dr. Jon Jerke, LTC Christos Papantoniou.

11 The Cross+Roads Page 11 E CCLESIASTICAL NEW YEAR SEPTEMBER 1 Reading For the maintenance of their armed forces, the Roman emperors decreed that their subjects in every district should be taxed every year. This same decree was reissued every fifteen years, since the Roman soldiers were obliged to serve for fifteen years. At the end of each fifteen-year period, an assessment was made of what economic changes had taken place, and a new tax was decreed, which was to be paid over the span of the fifteen years. This imperial decree, which was issued before the season of winter, was named Indictio, that is, Definiton, or Order. This name was adopted by the emperors in Constantinople also. At other times, the latter also used the term Epinemisis, that is, Distribution (Dianome). It is commonly held that Saint Constantine the Great introduced the Indiction decrees in A.D. 312, after he beheld the sign of the Cross in heaven and vanquished Maxentius and was proclaimed Emperor in the West. Some, however (and this seems more likely), ascribe the institution of the Indiction to Augustus Caesar, three years before the birth of Christ. Those who hold this view offer as proof the papal bull issued in A.D. 781 which is dated thus: Anno IV, Indictionis LIII -that is, the fourth year of the fifty-third Indiction. From this, we can deduce the aforementioned year (3 B.C.) by multiplying the fifty-two complete Indictions by the number of years in each (15), and adding the three years of the fifty-third Indiction. There are three types of Indictions: 1) That which was introduced in the West, and which is called Imperial, or Caesarean, or Constantinian, and which begins on the 24th of September; 2) The so-called Papal Indiction, which begins on the 1st of January; and 3) The Constantinopolitan, which was adopted by the Patriarchs of that city after the fall of the Eastern Empire in This Indiction is indicated in their own hand on the decrees they issue, without the numeration of the fifteen years. This Indiction begins on the 1st of September and is observed with special ceremony in the Church. Since the completion of each year takes place, as it were, with the harvest and gathering of the crops into storehouses, and we begin anew from henceforth the sowing of seed in the earth for the production of future crops, September is considered the beginning of the New Year. The Church also keeps festival this day, beseeching God for fair weather, seasonable rains, and an abundance of the fruits of the earth. The Holy Scriptures (Lev. 23:24-5 and Num. 29:1-2) also testify that the people of Israel celebrated the feast of the Blowing of the Trumpets on this day, offering hymns of thanksgiving. In addition to all the aforesaid, on this feast we also commemorate our Saviour's entry into the synagogue in Nazareth, where He was given the book of the Prophet Esaias to read, and He opened it and found the place where it is written, "The Spirit of the Lord is upon Me, for which cause He hath anointed Me..." (Luke 4:16-30). It should be noted that to the present day, the Church has always celebrated the beginning of the New Year on September 1. This was the custom in Constantinople until its fall in 1453 and in Russia until the reign of Peter I. September 1 is still festively celebrated as the New Year at the Patriarchate of Constantinople; among the Jews also the New Year, although reckoned according to a moveable calendar, usually falls in September. The service of the Menaion for January 1 is for our Lord's Circumcision and for the memorial of Saint Basil the Great, without any mention of its being the beginning of a new year. Apolytikion in the Second Tone Creator of the universe, setting times and seasons by Your sole authority, bless the cycle of the year of Your grace, O Lord, guarding our rulers and Your nation in peace, at the intercession of the Theotokos, and save us. Kontakion in the Fourth Tone You who created all things in Your infinite wisdom, and set the times by Your own authority, grant Your Christian people victories. Blessing our comings and goings throughout this year, guide our works according to Your divine will. Reading courtesy of Narthex Press Apolytikion courtesy of Narthex Press Kontakion courtesy of Narthex Press Icon courtesy of St. Isaac's Skete

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14 The Cross+Roads Page 14 P ARISH COUNTIL MINUTES JUNE 21, 2010 The meeting convened at 7:15 PM by David Gray with the opening prayer by Father George Chioros. The following items were discussed and action items are shown in bold script. Present: David Gray, Father George Chioros, Greg Bicouvaris, Theo Galoozis, John Christou, Elias Doulgerakis, Bobby Garofalis, Jason Holbrook, Zena Mageras, Pete Sun Absent: Kent Paumier, John Malliarakis Guests/Visitors: None Minutes: Bicouvaris moved to approve 10 May 10 meeting minutes. Seconded by Christou Passed unanimously Correspondence: Received receipt from St Nektarios; 2 donation requests from Salvation Army-forwarded to Missions Committee; VA Council of Churches: Doulgerakis moved to donate $250, seconded by Mageras-Passed unanimously; request from Peri family for donation for Okinawa Karate; Metropolitan requested donation for Camp Good Shepherd: Galoozis moved to donate $ for Giovani Peri and one additional person to attend camp, seconded by Doulgerakismotion passed. Treasurer s Report: Copies of April, May statements provided (Attached to minutes). Detailed report to follow Committee Reports: Stewardship: New software purchased Youth: Report attached to minutes House / Education: Rentals: 31 Jul Wrestling match, possibility of one per quarter in the future; 30/31 Oct Hindu wedding; date TBD April 2011 Hindu wedding Maintenance: New audio system donated now operational but needs adjustment Finance & Investment: No report Festival: Gross proceeds expected to be between $450K-$465K 60th Anniversary: Album to printer at the end of June; delay attributed to one very late submission, publication scheduled for September Missions: No report Planning: Mens room partition color selected, must be ordered (4+ weeks delivery) and installed. Other: None Priest s Report: Father George thanked all for festival, Christina Thames for VBS. Father, Presbytera, and John Dermanis will attend National Clergy-Laity on 8 July. American Red Cross hosting a breakfast scheduled for 29 Sep and are requesting sponsors for tables. Sun moved to offer a $1,000 donation, seconded by Galoozis-motion passed. Response to Lazana estate prepared and will be mailed on 22 June. Patriarch Athenagoras Institute requested a donation; Mageras moved to donate $300.00, Doulgerakis seconded-motion passed. Father will be on vacation July (No substitute needed, but Father Ted is available for emergencies). New Business: Golf Tournament needs sponsors, golfers, and donors. Parish Council was advised of a request for assistance from a parishioner. Galoozis moved to donate $ in response to this request for assistance, seconded by Doulgerakismotion passed. Adjournment: Father George closed with a prayer at 9:25PM. The next meeting is 16 August 10 at 7:00 PM. Respectively Submitted, Peter F. Sun R EBUILDING ST. NICHOLAS CHURCH AFTER 9/11 (Continued from page 1) unexpectedly and arbitrarily reneged on this agreement and as a result, the Archdiocese and St. Nicholas parish are suddenly offered no viable option. LMDC/Port Authority has refused to meet with us. In the meantime the LMDC/Port Authority has excavated the original site without our consent, rendering it unusable, in flagrant violation of our legal rights. The Archdiocese and parish leadership remain firmly committed to the rebuilding of the church honoring the long standing agreement with LMDC/ Port Authority. Confident that we have acted in good faith and trusting in Almighty God, we expect that justice will prevail and that we will be successful in this sacred endeavor. Contact: Stavros Papagermanos Tel.: (212) ACOLYTE SCHEDULE SEPTEMBER 19 Team A - Dean Chioros, Kostas Polyzos, Jorgie Polyzos, Christian Detweiler, George Dallis, Joseph Dennie, Yianni Tsimplekis SEPTEMBER 5 & 26 Team B - Manoli Vidakis, Collin Patrinely, Dominic Peri, Ian Sadler, Hayden Hendricks, Michael Christou, Nicholaos Sarantakos SEPTEMBER 12 Team C - Dimitrios Konstantinou, Christos Konstantinou, Georgios Haramis, George Petrakos, Brandon Pingley, Ethan Detweiler, Anastasios Dallis, Yianni Prassas

15 The Cross+Roads Page 15 SEPTEMBER 2010 Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat 1 Beginning of the Ecclesiastical Year :00am Divine Liturgy 5 8:45am Orthros 10:00am Liturgy 6 Labor Day Office closed 7 7:00pm Fundraiser 8 10:00am Liturgy Nativity of Theotokos 7:00pm Choir 9 6:45pm HWPS Meeting 10 Golf Tournament 11 GOYA Dance 12 8:45am Orthros 10:00am Liturgy Goya Oath of office First day of Sunday School Ahepa picnic 13 10:00am Golden Hearts 6:45 Philoptochos Meeting (Covered Dish) 14 Exaltation of the Holy Cross 9:00am Orthros 10:00am Liturgy 7:00pm Fundraiser 15 7:00pm Choir Wedding 5:00pm 19 8:45am Orthros 10:00am Liturgy 1 year Memorial Fannie Blentson 20 7:00pm Parish Council Mtg 21 7:00pm Fundraiser 22 7:00pm Choir Dedication of Biblical Garden :45am Orthros 10:00am Liturgy 10:00am Golden Hearts 7:00pm Fundraiser 7:00pm Choir 6;45pm Ahepa/DOP Dinner Mtg.

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