Holy Lent Information and Participation

KATHARA DEFTERA – CLEAN MONDAY

On Monday,  February 19th, Kathara Deftera  –  Clean Monday, we encourage everyone to attend the special service “The Great Compline”,  for the beginning of Lent.  We would like everyone, including the Greek & Sunday Church School Students, JOY and GOYA, to attend this special service and join in the circle of forgiveness.  The ladies of our Philoptochos will be hosting a Lenten Dinner following the Great Compline Service.

ΚΑΘΑΡΑ ΔΕΥΤΕΡΑ

Την Δευτέρα 19 Φεβρουαρίου, Καθαρά Δευτέρα, προσκαλούμεν όλους συμπεριλαμβανομένων και μαθητών των σχολείων μας, να παρακολουθήσουν την Ακολουθία του Μεγάλου Απoδείπνου και να λάβουν μέρος και στον κύκλο της συγχωρήσεως, στη συνέχεια.  Οι κυρίες της Φιλοπτώχου θα προσφέρουν το νηστήσιμο δείπνο μετά την Ακολουθία του Αποδείπνου.

ORTHODOX EASTER  (PASCHA)

This year, Orthodox Christians will celebrate Easter on April 8th.  The Orthodox date for Easter is based on a decree of the Council of Nicae, Asia Minor, held in 325 A.D. under Emperor Constantine the Great.  According to this decree, Easter must be celebrated on the Sunday following the first full moon of the vernal equinox, but always after the Hebrew Passover to maintain the Biblical sequence of events of the Crucifixion and the Resurrection.  The Orthodox Christian Churches have adhered strictly to this formula, but the Easter of other Christian Churches is not necessarily preceded by the Passover.

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.

 

Message from the Parish Council President on Stewardship

Fr. Anargyros, Parish Council Members, Stewards of St. Athanasios

Like everyone present and for those that are not here, deciding what to give to our second home, our Church Home is never an easy decision.   As in our residential home, we budget for maintance, utilities, mortgage, taxes and so forth.   We make plans, whether it be retirement, college funding or planning for a future large or small purchase.  We all know the responsibility we have to take charge and care of our homes and family.

Our Church Home is no different, and we all must except the same responsibility for the church as we do for our personnel home.  The responsibility for the care of our church, for the service to our Seniors, Adults, Young Adults and Children belongs to all of us.   At the end of each year, the Parish Council reviews the expenses paid in the prior year and tries to estimate what our needs will be in the coming year.  Much of our budget depends on you, the stewards of the parish.

In 2018, we have budgeted for $568,000.00.  In 2017, we had 344 stewards supporting our parish.   These are the individuals who make the financial commitment to support the Church Home and its ministries.    What we need is to bring Stewardship to the point that 100 Percent of our budget is met by Stewardship.   How do we do this, well the math is simple.

In order for us as a collective family in the communion of our church, each Steward would need to contribute $1,670.00.    In other words, to pay for our home we need to truly look at our needs and budget, and show the support we need.  That would bring us to 100% Stewardship, and show true support of our church.   Since stewardship recognizes that not all individuals and families are the same, and we know we have families that give and will continue to give more.

I am hoping, asking and offer prayer that we as a parish family can at minimum offer $800.00 for 2018.  This amount, given the total population of the parish would bring our income from Stewardship to $275,000.    With 50% of our budget met, we can then build from that point for future years and reach the goal of 100% stewardship.

The speaker has my Stewardship Commitment, and yes, it is private, as we keep all private, but I will state that I have met my own challenge in my commitment, and offered my fair share, and I challenge all our stewards to do the same.

In His Service,

Peter C. Paizis

Parish Council President

Photos and Video from 2018 Panigiri

We would like to thank all our parishioners and friends for coming out and supporting our Annual Panigiri, honoring the Patron Saint of our Parish.  We had a wonderful turnout of 300 people! Everyone had a great time enjoying the live music, delicious food, youth dance performances  and great parea!  A special thank you to all the donors, whose generosity helped make this event a success.   We are looking forward to next year’s Panigiri!   Click the image to see the media library.