Updates from the Parish Council President

“Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men” (Colossians 3:23).    2018 Archdiocese Stewardship Theme 

 Dear Stewards of St. Athanasios Greek Orthodox Church:

With Spring at last upon us, we can all look forward to the better weather and longer days.  My principal reason for writing you today is to ask for your help. The past several months has proven to be difficult on the financial operations of the church.   Increased insurance, and building repairs to list just a few of the excessive expenses we have incurred.   As you all know our parish relies heavily on two principal areas for income, STEWARDSHIP and FUNDRAISING EVENTS.

Our main fundraiser for the year is our Annual Festival that took place from May 17th to May 20th. This year we added an additional fundraising event as part of the Festival, a Car Raffle.  The winner of the 2018 BMW X1, was ticket number 0887 – Michael Karantinidis.   The ticket was sold by Emmanuel Kavrakis.   Thank you to all those who sold tickets and made this raffle a success. We are blessed and grateful to all the organizations and individuals who spent Time, Talent and Treasure to help with the Festival this year.   We are also thankful to all our donors for the contributions they made towards the operating costs of the festival.     With the poor weather, the results of the Festival will not be as good as last year. At the writing of this letter we are still in the process of finalizing the total income and expenses, we know from experience that our net income will be lower than last year.

The second and most important source of income is Stewardship.  Our focus today is on Stewardship, and the need for all our Stewards to recognize what the needs of the church are.   As previously communicated in our 2018 Stewardship Program, we need on average from each Steward (Family) approximately $1600.00 per year for the general operations of the church.    Other income helps in our operations such as, weekly trays, candles and events.   But the main source of our income is our dedicated Stewards.   We need your help as our Parish Family and as Stewards of our church.   We are thankful to all those who have paid Stewardship for 2018 and for those who have met the challenge and paid at or above the $1600.00.

What you can do, and what we are asking:

⸰  Pay what you can towards your 2018 Stewardship by the end of June.

⸰  If you have already paid your commitment, please consider what we need per Steward,

and if you are able to meet or exceed the per Stewart Amount needed.

As Christian Stewards we are called to give back to God from the “first fruits” of our labor. We support our parish and her ministries in an intentional way and not with only what it left after everything else has been taken care of.

In His Service,

Peter C. Paizis – Parish Council President

Father’s Message – June 2018

My Dear Parishioners,

Once again our church community and parish of St. Athanasios came together to celebrate the beautiful and inspiring services of Holy Week and Pascha.

The beauty of these Holy Days was made even more memorable by the beautiful Epitaphio, the loving prayers and offerings of all the faithful who came to share in both tears and great joy.  Added to the joy of the Resurrection, I do wish to express my gratitude to all the faithful who made this Paschal Celebration a memorable one.

Many thanks to all who offered their Paschal donations, the Altar Boys, the Myrofores, the members of the Parish Council, the Psaltes and the choir, the Neokoro, the icon & Epitaphio Decorators, the Philoptochos, the ladies who prepared the red eggs and the PTO who donated the Easter Baskets for our children, the donors and volunteers who prepared the Lenten Dinners during Great Lent and the breakfast prepared on Saturday of Lazarus, the Palm Crosses crew, young and old, our office staff and custodians, the Gospel Readers at the Agape Vespers, all Parish Organizations and all the faithful who offered their prayers and their presence by the Cross of our Lord and Risen Savior.  We are also very grateful to Fr. John Andreadis for his assistance.

As the school year draws to its end and the beautiful season of summer is approaching us, I would like to wish you all an enjoyable summer season.  Try, as much as you can, to take some time off your busy schedule, business and work, to be outside with your entire family.  A vacation is equally needed as work. Enjoy your family and the beauty of nature because life is short.  These are precious years when the children are around.  Enjoy them and be with them before like birds, they will fly away.

With these thoughts I wish each and everyone a Blessed Summer!

In Christ with grateful feelings,

Fr. Anargyros

2018 Festival – Thank You

We would like to thank all our volunteers and everyone who attended and supported our Festival!   Many thanks to all our donors, parishioners and friends for their festival donations!

Θέλουμε να ευχαριστήσωμε όλους ανεξαιρέτως, ενορίτες και φίλους πού εργάστηκαν με μεγάλη προθυμία για το Φεστιβαλ της ενορίας μας.  Ευχόμεθα ο Πανάγαθος Θεός διά των Πρεσβειών του Αγίου Αθανασίου να χαρίζη, υγεία, χαρά και ευτυχία σε όλους.

Annual Car Raffle

The St. Athanasios Annual Car Raffile is featuring a 2018 BMW X1 28i. Drawing is Sunday, May 20, 2018 at 7:00 PM

For Tickets Call: 201-368-8881 or visit the church office. Donation $100.  All net proceeds are for the benefit of St. Athanasios Greek Orthodox Church. Winner need not be present. All taxes and license fees are the responsibility of the winner.

Click the image to fill out & mail the form with payment. Tickets will be sent to you by mail.

 

2018-2019 Greek School Registration

Greek School registration must be completed and paid in full by 6/30/18.  Download and complete the registration form and return to the Church office.  For your convenience we also now accept credit card payments through PayPal.  Just click the button below to pay registration fees.