Stewards of St. Athanasios Greek Orthodox Church:
Sadly, summer has ended and the cooler evenings have begun. But on the bright side, our parish youth programs are again in full swing; GOYA, Sunday School, Greek School and Alter Boys. Philoptochos, FOS, PTO and our other ministries all have meetings planned this month in order to begin the activities for the coming year.
During the summer, the building is mostly unused and this gives the Executive Board along with the Maintenance Committee time to evaluate some of the needs of the building and perform some needed work/repairs and upgrades. This past summer, with a grant from the State of New Jersey, we were able to complete the following upgrades:
- New LED Lighting in the church office.
- New LED Lighting in the south parking lot.
- Updated control units on the walk-in freezer and refrigerator.
- New Air Conditioning Unit for the Church. This replaced a unit that was over 20 years old and in need of costly repairs.
All of the above will help reduce energy usage, both now and in the future. As an example, the four (4) light poles in the south parking lot used 1900 Watts, the new LED Lighting will only use 280 Watts. This is an energy savings of over 80%!
The community center is now over 40 years old, and with age is in need of repair. We have been working with Engineers, Roofers and Contractors in order to determine what is needed to make some very important repairs. The list below includes two critical items that we need to address sooner than later; the Community Center Roof and the Façade of the building.
- Installation of newly designed Roof for the Community Center
- Repair Building Façade Church and Community Center
- Reseal all windows
- Repair and/or replace sidewalks and walkways
- Bathroom Renovation
- Kitchen Renovation
- Painting Class Rooms as needed
- Reseal Parking Lot
I highlight the Roof and the Façade items because these are the most important and require the greatest attention at this time. We have several leaks from the façade and we had to do a temporary patch on the roof. We are in the process of getting bids to make these critical repairs, and the only way we will be able to do the work is with your financial support. Let me stress, these repairs are without question needed in order to protect the building from continued water damage, and maintain the integrity of the exterior and interior of the building. As we progress with our research, we will put together a comprehensive outline so we keep the community informed.
We are always grateful for your Time, Talent and Treasures. Together we can continue serving our community. Should you have questions please feel free to speak to a member of the Executive Board.
In His service,
Peter C. Paizis
St. Athanasios Parish Council
Matching Donations from your companies
Many of you work for companies that match your donation to non-profit organizations. In addition to that some companies provide grants for your volunteer work and even have established foundation for projects or enhancements to our community building.
We know some of you have completed the necessary applications and our church is reaping the benefits of double the donation without any added financial stress on your budget. This is huge in these highly financially demanding times. We are in deep gratitude of those parishioners who have come through and we ask those who have similar opportunities in the companies they work for to follow through as well. The church council will aid in filling out any paperwork/applications and provide the necessary IRS non-profit affirmation letters to anyone who asks.
If you have any questions or if you need any help please come speak to us or contact the church office and Tina will put you in touch with us so we can give any help you may need to set this up with your companies.
St. Athanasios Church Council
Parish Council 2017:
President: Peter Paizis
Vice President: Andy Hios
2nd Vice President: Othon Katechis
Treasurer: Dean Tomaras
Asst. Treasurer: Chuck Tsocanos
Secretary: Spero Leakas
Asst. Secretary: Manny Jouvanis
Chuck K. Tsocanos
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