Two months into our ecclesiastical year and we are in a flourish of activities. On the horizon prior to end of December are:
Poinsettia Sales, Bake Sale, Literacy Project and Christmas Dinner, Adopt-a-Family. Something for everyone to participate in!
Our Outreach committee is always ready to act. If you know someone in need or home bound, please contact Fr. Vasile or Chairperson Rena Poletes for arrangements.
We still have a healthy stock of the DVD Angels and Autism so if you know of anyone who would benefit from it, please see Joanie Ruppel or the bookstore to purchase a copy for only $10. This is a timeless video and aimed to help those create understanding and tolerance for those with special disabilities with a subject geared to autism.
The "Shoes for Orphan Souls" project is ongoing. If you are able, please purchase a pair of new tennis shoes for donation. One of our families chose to have birthday party guests bring shoes for this project instead of toys - a fantastic idea! Please put your donation in the clear plastic tub or if you are brave enough to seek out the actual collection box, that would be great too.
Cookbooks are available to purchase for $15. The cookbook was made from parishioners recipies and makes an excellent gift! Copies are to the left of the fellowship hour table in the parish hall.
Philoptochos Officers and Board for 2013-2015
President - Joanie Ruppel
Vice President - Margaret Chokas
Secretary - Kathy Fox
Treasurer & Advisor - Bertha Gianulis
Angela Cline - Board Member
Athena Pachares - Board Member
Esther Petercsak - Board Member
Barbara Vittas - Board Member
PLANNED EVENTS 2014:
Nov/Dec - Poinsettia sales
Nov/Dec - Literacy Project - a very exciting project in the works!
Dec. 7 - Christmas Dinner with our sister parish in Ft. Worth at Texas Star in Euless
Dec. 12 - Baking Day for bake sale with babysitting by GOYANS. Please invitie some younger women to join us!
Dec - Adopt-A-Family
COMPLETED EVENTS/PROJECTS 2014:
January 12 - Vasilpita Auction was a big success! We sent $1500 to St. Basil's Academy for the students and staff to continue their good works.
February 1 - A joint luncheon of the three Metroplex Greek Orthodox Ladies Philoptochos societies was hosted by our parish Philoptochos chapter. Guests included several ladies from Holy Trinity in Dallas and St. Demetrios in Fort Worth. The Denver Philoptochos Metropolis Board was also with us and it was nice to connect names with faces. Thank you to the Executive Board, Mary Mavias, Roberta Brandon and Rena Poletes for your help on that day.
February 22 - HUGE Thanks go out to Kathy Fox and Connie Rafailedes for coordinating this years Festival of Tables. The Marriott ballroom was filled with happy faces and so many compliments were shared with the beautiful tables decorated by many of our members and friends of our members. Twenty-five percent of the proceeds will go into the Scholarship Fund.
March 1 - We officially took over the "old church office" with the installation of shelving units for storage of all things Philoptochos. Many thanks go to Ted & Connie Sarros for envisioning this project and carrying it through to the end. Pop your head in and see for yourself how wonderful the room looks.
March 7 - Lenten Soup Supper #1
March 21 - Lenten Soup Supper #2
March 23 - Membership Tea. Campaign runs through April 30. Barbara Vittas chairperson
April 4 - Lenten Soup Supper #3 - Thank you to Kathy Fox for coordinating the suppers!
April 13 - Pick up items from bake sale orders in hall after Divine Liturgy, thank you Angela for chairing this bake sale.
April 20 - Anastasi repast after Resurrection Service - thank you Leo & Theresa Alexander for coodinating this celebration!
April 27 - Scholarship Winner Tim Gianitsos will be attending the University of Texas.
July 6-9 - Philoptochos BiAnnual convention in association with Clergy/Laity in Philadelphia. Veronica Fisher will give us a report in September as she was our attendee.
September - Donation to Trinity Habitat for Humanity project in DFW area
Oct 9 - A very successful Taverna Night was shared with friends, family, and guests. Thank you Executive Board for chairing!
Festival - sold cookbooks
Nov. 9 - Veterans Day Celebration - Thank you Father Vasile for a beautiful artoclasia service and memorial service for our Vets. Your words were beautiful! Thank you to Georgia P & Annie S for the loaves of bread and koliva, respectively. Annie's koliva was graced with an American flag of which Joanie took a picture and National Philoptochos put it on the Facebook page!
COMPLETED EVENTS/PROJECTS 2013:
Jan 13 - Vasilopita auction, all proceeds sent to St. Basil's Academy. Thank you to Toni, Angela & Georgia who headed up the baking crew and a big thanks to our young adult, Philip Sullivan, who conducted the auction!
Feb. 10 - Valentines Luncheon fundraiser with dessert auction - Thank you Bertha for chairing, Rena & Margaret for your talents. And thank you to all who brought desserts to be auctioned!
March 3 - Membership Tea with guests National Board Member Martha Stephanidakis, Metropolis of Denver President Marian Catechis, and National Board Member Helen Carnegis from Dallas. Thank you Barbara for opening your home to us for this special gathering. Ladies, please turn in your membership forms and stewardship pledge by April 28.
Lenten Soup Supper #1 - Thank you!
Lenten Soup Supper #2 - Double Thanks!
April 6 - The Couples Retreat was a huge success. We had 13 couples participating and interacting with Father David Eckley and Presbytera Vasiliki's presentation. A big thank you to Bertha Gianulis for spearheading this idea and seeing it come to fruition. We hope to hold these retreats on a bi-annual basis changing the curriculum each time.
Lenten Soup Supper #3 - Triple Thanks to Kathy Fox - we collected and forwarded to Holy Cross Hellenic College, the most we have ever sent!
Saturday, April 27 - Meeting and Baking Day
April 28 - Stewardship Pledges Turned In
May 2 - Dying of red eggs by volunteers - Thank You to Pat, Toni, Harriet & Toni H.
May 3 - Decorate Epitaphio
May 4/5 - Anastasi Reception - Thank you to Leo, Theresa A, Gail & Cecilia!
May 12 - Mother's Day Artoclasia and Memorial - Thank you to Athena, Marie, Voula & Khanh
You know what I see? I see 11 - that's eleven - different people involved in the last three events we hosted. There were also several people other than these eleven who helped decorate the Kouvouklion and helped with the bake sale. I love it when we all lend a hand!
May 19 - Meeting with Elections
June 2 - Scholarship Presentation - congratulations Bennett Kerbow! Bennett will be attending the University of Texas @ Arlington
June 16 - Father's Day Artoclasia and Memorial - Thank you to Athena, Marie, Voula & Khanh
October 9 - Taverna Night was hosted by our chapter and was a success.
- Poinsettia plant sales to beautify the altar at Christmas in honor of and in memory of our loved ones.
- Christmas Bake Sale
- Adopted 3 Families from Mid-Cities Christmas Providers Program and 2 additional families were assisted
COMPLETED EVENTS/PROJECTS 2012:
January - Vasilopita auction, all proceeds sent to St. Basil's Academy. Metropolitan Isaiah was among us and cut the bread. Thank you to Toni N., Angela C., & Georgia P., who headed up the baking crew. Also thanks to George Vittas for acting as auctioneer!
February 12 - Once again our parish hall was transformed into a thing of beauty to celebrate the secular holiday of Valentines Day. A gourmet meal was served and a delicious dessert raffle enjoyed by all who attended. Thank you Bertha for chairing this event, to her family who helped cooked and to Leo Alexander for his delicious salad and general help.
February 26 - Membership Tea was held at the home of Barbara Vittas. Thank you Barbara for chairing the Stewardship committee.
March 2/16/30 - Lenten Soup Suppers ~7:00pm after Heretismoi service
March 25 - Coordinating of the parish Pan-Hellenic Vespers - thank you Alexanders & Geils
March 25, April 1, & April 8 - Collection for Easter Flowers
April 5 - Dying of Easter Eggs - thank you Toni and crew
April 6 - Dressing of the Kouvouklion - thank you Barbara and crew
April 7 - Easter Baking Day - thank you Toni & Angela and crew
April 8 - Delivery of Easter Bake Sale orders
April 15 - Anastasi reception - thank you Alexanders
May 5 - Festival of Tables - thank you Bertha & Allison
May 6 - Artoclasia for St. Irene's Name Day - thank you Toni Nicholas for baking!
July 16 - Presentation of $2000 grant to the Child Study Center in Ft. Worth
Sept 1 - Executive Board Meeting
Oct 12-14 - Successful Festival! Lots of cookbooks sold!
Nov 2-3 - Garage Sale profit just under $1500. Capital Campaign pledge payment made.
Nov. 4 - Tray collection for Patron Saints of Philotochos, Sts. Cosmas and Damianos
Nov 9-11 - 10th Anniversary Celebration of the Denver Metropolis Center, Denver, CO. Barb & Bert attended.
Nov 11 - Godparents Sunday gift card collection for Hurricane Sandy victims. Cards sent directly to Staten Island Orthodox Churches with parishioners in need. Over $150 was collected and sent. Another $150 was collected and given to the church benevolent fund.
Nov 26 - Poinsettia sale forms distributed. Flowers arrive Dec. 16. Thank you Connie & Angela for chairing this project!
Dec. 9 - Annual Christmas Dinner. Thank you Barb V. & Margaret C. for chairing this event!
Dec. 15 - Bake Sale Baking and Meeting. Thank you Toni & Angie for chairing this event!
Dec. 16 - Adopt-A-Family gift deadline. Thank you Linda P. for chairing this project!
St. Irene Philloptochos Scholarship
St. Irene Scholarship Fund was instituted in 1995 to help our parishes graduating high school seniors in their quest for further education. Since then, a $1,000 scholarship has been given out annually (except when there were no applicants) for those who have met the requirements, and completed the scholarship application.
In February of each year, applications are available and will be broadcast when they are due. In March, the scholarship committee gathers with outside moderators to decide the receipient. In April, usually the first week, the recipient is awarded the scholarship.
Please see Gail Poriotis, Scholarship chairman, for more information. See form here
Forms available on this website:
- Philoptochos 2012-2013 Calendar
- Angels and Autism DVD Order Form
- Philoptochos Pledge Form
- Philoptochos Stewardship Letter
- Poinsettia order form
- Bake Sale Form
- Philoptochos Scolarship Form
About The National Philoptochos Society
The Greek Orthodox Ladies Philoptochos Society, the official philanthropic organization of the Greek Orthodox Church in America, was established in November 1931, by the late Ecumenical Patriarch Athenagoras I, who was then serving as Archbishop of North and South America.
The members of the National Board of Philoptochos are dedicated church women who offer countless hours to the philanthropic, humanitarian, and Christian mission of the Church. There are 485 Philoptochos chapters in the United States filled with 27,500 members.
The structure of the Philoptochos includes the National Board, Metropolitan Boards, and Chapters in every parish of the Archdiocese.
St. John's Philoptochos was instituted in 1981 and is active with charity work, bake sales, a Festival of Tables every other year, and various projects within the community. It is with elation we have celebrated the 80th anniversary of the beginning of National Philoptochos in 2011.
OUR MISSION: To aid the poor, the destitute, the hungry, the aged, the sick, the unemployed, the orphaned, the imprisoned, the widowed, the disabled, the victim's of disasters, to undertake the burial of impoverished persons and to offer assistance to anyone who may need the help of the church through fundraising efforts.