St Athanasios Places in 2019 Hellenic Folk Dance Festival!

Congratulations to the St. Athanasios Dance Team and our instructor Anna-Maria!!!

On January 19-20, 2019 St. Athanasios competed in the annual Greek Orthodox Metropolis of NJ Hellenic Folk Dance Festival. The dance team placed 1st for best costume and 2nd place in their category overall.

We would like to thank the students and parents for their dedication, Joanne Glavas and assistants for coordinating the program, and our instructor Anna-Maria Delardas for getting us ready for this event.

Feast Day of our Patron Saint Athanasios

Feast Day of our Patron Saint Athanasios

Thursday, January 17th  – 7:00 p.m. 
Great  Vespers and Artoklasia

Friday, January 18th  –  9:00 a.m. 
Orthros and Hierarchical Divine Liturgy

His Eminence Metropolitan Evangelos of New Jersey will preside at both services.

Reception to follow after the Services, hosted by our Philoptochos. 

Ιερά Πανήγυρις Του Αγίου Αθανασίου

Μέγας Εσπερινός 
Πέμπτη,  17 Ιανουρίου στις 7:00 μ.μ.

Μέγας Αρχιερατικός Εσπερινός με Αρτοκλασία προεξάρχοντος του Σεβασμιωτάτου Μητροπολίτου Νέας Ιερσέης κ.κ. ΕΥΑΓΓΕΛΟΥ. 

Όρθρος και Θεία Λειτουργία
Παρασκευή, 18 Ιανουαρίου στις 9:00 π.μ.

Όρθρος και Αρχιερατική Θεία  Λειτουργία με Αρτοκλασία χοροστατούντος του Σεβασμιωτάτου Μητροπολίτου Νέας Ιερσέης κ..κ. ΕΥΑΓΓΕΛΟΥ.

Εορταστική δεξίωσις κατόπιν των Ιερών Ακολουθιών από την Φιλόπτωχο  

Father’s Message – January 2019

Dear Parishioners,

            In a few days, we will celebrate the beginning of the New Year 2019. In giving us a new year, God is giving us a new chance to do His will in the world. The beginning of a new year is a good time to ask some questions of ourselves and our family. But before we begin to question ourselves and families, we should stop and think of our many blessings and say our prayers of thanksgiving to God.

            Some might think they have little for which to be thankful, but with reflection they will find, many reasons for thanks.

            Thankful people are the happiest people in the world. These people consistently practice gratitude towards God and others. The attitude of thanksgiving is practiced daily, not just one day each year.

St. Athanasios Panigiri 2019

Please join us with friends and family to celebrate the feast day of our Patron Saint Athanasios.  We will have great food, music and fun.  Please see any Parish Council member to purchase your tickets or contact the Church Office.

Note: We would like to clarify that while officially the event ends at 9pm, unofficially the event ends when your feet are too tired to dance anymore.

Stewardship Sunday

Fr. Anargyros, Ladies and Gentlemen:

About 2 months ago, Dean Tomaras, Treasure of the Parish Council stood here to give you our stewards an update on the financial status of the parish and continued this discussion at our fall General Assembly Meeting.   

Today I want to reinforce those needs and talk about the financial needs of our parish for 2019.   Now I do realize that this is not a complete financial report, but the main objective is to focus on one of the key aspects of the income of the parish, our stewards.  

For fiscal year 2018, we are running at shortfall of approximately, $65,000.00.  Now I could spend a good amount of time on why this is the case, but what is more important is how we bring the parish back to stable financial condition.

Paramount for 2019 is what we receive from Stewardship.   Yes, we do have income from several sources, but those sources are subject to several factors, for example the Festival, good weather, we do very well, poor weather, like this past year, well, has a dramatic impact on the net income.  

What we need for 2019.   The numbers are simple:

  • 2019 Budget – $568,000
  • Per Stewards at 340 = $1670.00 we need to operate the parish
  • Take out what we estimate from other income
  • What we need per steward on average is $800.00. This is our suggested minimum
  • The average now is about $500.00 

We need all of our stewards to step forward and meet this target.  We do have individuals who give more, much more, and we understand the challenges of some who give what they can.   And we are grateful for both.  Grateful for those who with prayer, dedication and the understanding that they are contributing to the support of the church, our place of worship and second home.

On a positive note and in closing, if you need that little extra spark, look no further than the younger generation  that is already serving our church.  We have in our youth programs:

  • Over 50 teens registered in GOYA
  • 40 in Hope and Joy
  • 77 Students in Dance  
  • Over 125 in Greek and Sunday School

We who support the church at present, must continue to meet the challenge, so we have the resources to prepare for the next generation, who is active now and growing within our Orthodox Faith.

Thank you for your time today, and please when you receive your stewardship card form 2019, complete it, and return it to us as soon as you can, and if possible no later than January 31, 2019.

Thank you, and Happy Holidays 

Peter C. Paizis
Parish Council President

Father’s Message – November

Dear Parishioners, 

  Christmas is approaching and Christians all the world will be preparing themselves for the celebration of the «great and paradoxical mystery», which is the incarnation of the Only-begotten Son of God for our salvation and for the reconciliation of man with his Creator. Christmas remains a mystery for those who live outside the Church and beyond the Christian Faith. For this reason, in the service on the Sunday before the Feast of Christmas the Church reads the Epistle to the Hebrews, written by the great missionary and Apostle, St. Paul. In both the chapter and throughout the Epistle, he reminds the Jewish people about their forefathers; More particularly about Abraham and all the Patriarchs, who by faith and in obedience to God, had accomplished great miracles and victories over those who were against them. Having faith in the promises and the authority of God, they lived like strangers in this world, because they believed that God would never fail in his words and his promise. Abraham and all his descendants in faith «For he looked forward to the city which has foundations, whose builder and maker is God» 

[Hebrews 11:10].