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Great and Holy Pascha May 5, 2013


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Fr. Jon Emanuelson Parish Priest Office Hours: Monday through Friday, 9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. Church Website: Facebook: Office Phone: 910-392-4444 Office Fax: 910-392-4905 Fr. Jon’s mobile number: 910-685-0080 Office Email: Fr. Jon’s Email:

Officers Emanuel Miliotis (President) Evangelos Fragos (Vice President) Tina Bostic (Secretary) Barbara Reynolds (Treasurer)

2013 PARISH COUNCIL Members Kim Dandulakis Peter Malahias Debbie Rallis Nick Saffo

Maria Stasios Alexandros Theodoropoulos Irene Sotiriou Vogiatzis

CHURCH STAFF Daphne M. Snow, Parish Office Administrator PARISH MINISTRY TEAM Religious Education...Richard Reynolds, Ministry Chair Adult Education...Richard Reynolds Youth Catechism...Courtney Malahias, Director Bookstore/Library...Mary Ann Wall Oratorical Festival...Courtney Malahias

Communications - Technology Ministries: Alexandros Theodoropoulos, Ministry Group Leader Webmaster:Alexandros Theodoropoulos Publications:Daphne Snow & Stella McTaggart Technology:Alexandros Theodoropoulos Media/Community Relations: Beth Burgee, Debbie Rallis & Alexandros Theodoropoulos

Hellenic Culture...Kitsa Wiersteiner, Ministry Chair Hellenic School...Alexandros Theodoropoulos Romiosini Dance Group...Zaharoula Katsikis Zoyra Dance Group...Kitsa Wiersteiner Choral...Dr. Michael Rallis Special Activities...Kitsa Wiersteiner

Parish Family Life...Daphne Snow Parish Life Night…Mary Anne Vavalette Men’s Group...Rick Reynolds Women’s Group…**Volunteer** Forever Young...Stella Vallianos LOVE...Stella McTaggart

Youth Diakonia...Koula Katsikis, Ministry Chair GOYA...Dr. David Snow, Irene Sotiriou Vogiatzis, Mary Beth Miliotis, Tina Bostic, Advisors HOPE/JOY...Kim Dandulakis, Eleni Pappamihiel, Jack Poulos, Advisors

Outreach & Evangelism...James Stasios, Ministry Chair OCF...Fr. Jon Emanuelson & Alexandros Theodoropoulos Hospitality...Ed & Kathleen Mayorga Community Service...Sia Mayorga Gibbs Parish Care...Debbie Rallis

Liturgical Life...Dr. Michael Rallis, Ministry Chair Liturgical Music...Dr. Michael Rallis Acolytes (Altar Boys)...Doug Brown Neokoros/Sexton...**volunteer needed**

Philoptochos...Mary Beth Miliotis, Chapter President Stewardship...Debbie Rallis


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From The Desk of Father Jon “Give me a word Father, that I may live.” This saying stems from the life of the Fathers in monasticism. The spiritual son would say this to his elder (γεροντα), waiting for a word, a verse, that would be blessed to follow and bring spiritual life. The verse I will choose will emphasize one Greek word and how it is used. The verse below comes from the psalms and relates to Pascha. May it become a fountain of blessing to you. In the Resurrection Orthros the first four antiphonal verses sung with the Resurrectional Troparion are from Psalm 67. Αναστήτω ο Θεός καί διασκορπισθήτωσαν οι εχθροί αυτοῦ, καί φυγέτωσαν από προσώπου αυτοῦ οι µισοῦντες αυτόν. Let God arise, and let His enemies be scattered, and let those that hate Him, flee before His face. On the evening just before Pascha, we chant in the Vesporal Liturgy of St. Basil, “Ανάστα ο Θεός, κρῖνον τήν γῆν, ὄτι Σύ κατακληρονοµήσεις ἐν πάσι τοῖς ἔθνεσι. Arise O God, and judge the earth; for You shall inherit all the nations.” We are calling upon God to rise from the dead. We are calling upon God to be victorious over the evil one. Yes, the victory was won almost two thousand years ago, but we commemorate the victory by calling upon God. In the resurrection, the victory is complete. Jesus tramples down death by death and “leads captivity captive.” (ἠχµαλώτευσας αἰχµαλωσίαν) Jesus breaks down the gates of hades and rescues the souls that came before Him, and that lived in anticipation of the Anointed One, the Messiah, the King of kings, and Lord of lords. Jesus is the One who has all authority in heaven and on earth. Thus, we cry out, Αναστήτω ο Θεός, Let God arise. Let us always be of good courage in the face of opposition. Evil is always defeated by God in this life or the next. Yes, there are trials. Yes, there is tribulation. But we have God and we have faith in the victory over sin and death that is won every time we do the sign of the Cross and call to mind the resurrection of Christ. Αναστήτω ο Θεός. A blessed Pascha to all. – Fr. Jon Emanuelson A Note on Leadership We are called to serve God every day of our lives. On occasion, we are called to serve in a higher capacity within our Orthodox Church. There are many opportunities in our parish to participate in the ministries that we currently have and many opportunities to start and build new ministries. Thus, with great joy we will hold our 1st annual Workshop on Leadership on Saturday, June 15 from 9am until 2:30pm. A continental breakfast and lunch will be provided. If you are currently part of the Council of Ministries, please sign up today by calling the office or email, and bring a friend. If you have love for God and our Orthodox Church, sign up and learn more about our ministries and where we are headed for the future and how you can help. Every participant will have all materials provided. Our blessed faith in the risen Christ should compel us to help our community to grow. «You also, as living stones, are built up into a spiritual house, a holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices, acceptable!to!God!by! Jesus!Christ.»!1!Peter!2:5 3

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From Emanuel Miliotis, Parish Council President We just completed our church spring cleaning event on April 13. I would like to thank the JOY/HOPE team, GOYA and parent volunteers who participated. The church looks great as prepare for Pascha. With that, the parish council would like to invite all of our parishioners and their families to our upcoming Holy Week services. This is a very special time in our church as we gather to worship together during our Lords Passion and Resurrection. These are some of the most moving services in our Orthodox church and they will be special to share them with our new priest Fr. Jon Emanuelson. We would also extend the invitation to our Pascha picnic at Hugh McRae Park. As in other years, we will hold our Agape service at the park, shelter 6, and directly after the conclusion we will have our picnic. The church will supply the lamb as we invite everyone to bring a cover dish. Don’t forget to bring items for the outdoors as the park offers plenty to do. Of course there will be plenty of fellowship with one another. Finally, don’t forget right around the corner is our XXI Greek Festival, May 17-19th. This is our biggest event and we serve thousands. We definitely can use your help even for part of the weekend. If you would like to help please see any festival committee person or PC member, we can use your support. It is great opportunity to showcase our faith and culture to our community.

Save the Date - June 2013 June 1 - Raleigh 3rd Annual GOYA Luau June 9 - Graduation Sunday June 10 - Vacation Church School June 15 - Leadership Workshop


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Outreach & Evangelism Jim Stasios

As we leave April and move into May, we have a busy season here at St. Nicholas. We welcome all new parishioners and visitors to join us for our many services and activities. We observe Palm Sunday on April 28th and begin our journey through Holy Week to Pascha. The Church has services each evening during Holy Week and several weekday services. Please consult other articles in this newsletter for a complete list of Holy Week & Pascha Services. We observe Holy Wednesday on May 1st. This is the day Orthodox Christians traditionally receive the Sacrament of Holy Unction. On Holy Thursday, we observe Christ’s betrayal, His arrest, trial and subsequent Crucifixion on the Cross. On Holy Friday we witness His un-nailing from the Cross and His burial in the tomb. On Holy Saturday evening at midnight, we have the Anastasis or Resurrection Service followed by the Pascal Divine Liturgy. We will sing “Xristos Anesti” (“Christ is Risen”) at Pascha and at each church service for the 40 days following Pascha – until Christ’s Ascension into heaven. On the Sunday after Pascha, we remember the disciple, Thomas, and his absence from Christ’s appearance to His Disciples following His Resurrection. Christ appeared, again, to the Disciples in the Upper Room, where Thomas finally “believed.” We encourage you to participate in as many services as you can. Another major occurrence in May is our 21st annual Greek Festival, scheduled for May 17, 18 and 19. We need everyone’s help to assure a successful event. We will be assembling some of the food and pastries during the week of our Festival in preparation of serving it over the weekend. Please see the Festival Co-Chairs, Nick Saffo and Dr. David Snow, or a Booth Chair and volunteer to work at this year’s Festival. Remember, the festival takes our entire community and the

May 2013 workdays are more than the three of the actual festival! Everyone is invited to come help. We will have thousands of guests on our church grounds during the Festival. Greet them and thank them for attending and supporting our Parish. This is our opportunity to share our Orthodox faith; Greek food & pastries; and our rich Hellenic heritage, including our music, dance and art. Hundreds of guests will take tours of our sanctuary and hear presentations on the Orthodox Church during our Festival. This year, we plan to hold introductory classes on the Orthodox Church over several weeks following the Festival. We plan to share information with Festival visitors who wanted to learn more about our Orthodox faith. Best wishes to all Parishioners for a good Pascha. “Xristos Anesti; Christ is Risen!” “Alethos Anesti; Truly He is Risen!” “Everything we do is an opportunity for outreach and evangelism!”

Philoptochos Mary Beth Miliotis

We invite you to join us for our "end of the year" celebration scheduled for Thursday, May 30th. Details will follow but please save the date. We will also be holding elections that same night for the 2013 - 2015 board members. We want to express our condolences to the family of Angeline Batuyios Saffo who fell asleep in the Lord in the hope of the Resurrection on April 7, 2013. Angeline was a member of the Ladies Philoptochos Society for many years in addition to serving in the role as President. May her memory be eternal.


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19. GOYA will be prepared to help all week as needed. Everyone will be logging in volunteer hours again. Dancers will additionally have practices, which will be announced the week prior to the festival.

Kim Dandulakis & Eleni Pappamihiel

The Bounce into Spring Clean Up at St. Nick's was a great success! Thank you to all the Joy & Hope Families and everyone else from our St. Nicholas Community for coming together to help spruce up our Church as we prepare for Pascha! Father Jon would like to have all the Joy & Hope children help wrap the body of Jesus in the sheet, during the Un-nailing Service Holy Friday afternoon at 3:00 PM. Also, all Joy & Hope young ladies are kindly asked to participate as Myrrh Bearers during Holy Friday Evening Service, please check with Ms. Kim or Ms. Joyce Patsalos if you would like to participate. Joy & Hope will have their own booth this year at the Greek Festival. We will sell Lemonade & Snow Cones and we will also do face painting! Please sign up with Ms. Kim or Ms. Eleni to help at our refreshment stand!

LOVE Stella McTaggart

Our next LOVE event will be story time at the Myrtle Grove Library followed by lunch at the Chick-Fil-A across the street. Toddler story time is scheduled for 10 AM at the library each Wednesday, so our little ones will take part in this week’s event. We would LOVE to see you!! If you would like more information about LOVE, for our children birth to preschool age, please send Stella McTaggart an email at

GOYA Our GOYA will be participating at all the Holy Week services. Additionally, on Holy Friday, Royal hours start at 8:00AM to about 10:00AM. GOYA are invited to participate in the services and help prepare the church and kouvouklion and epitafion. Our church festival will take place on May 17,18 and 6

We look forward to June 1st when we join our fellow GOYA in Raleigh for the 3rd Annual Luau. Additionally on June 1st all our Odyssey scholarship winners will be participating in a dance workshop in Charleston SC, in preparation for their trip to Greece in July.

Catechism Corner Courtney Malahias

Christos Anestis! “This is the day the Lord has made; We will rejoice and be glad in it.” Psalm 118:24 I am so grateful for so many things! What a wonderful Lenten Season, filled with such blessings from our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Sunday School is going so well. The children are paying attention and have learned so much about Pascha. We are focusing on giving back, and love in all things. The last day of Sunday School is May 26th and graduation will be held on June 9th. We have a lot of fabulous things planned for this day. If you would like to help with the luncheon, please contact me by email. ( We held our Oratorical Festival on April 7th and had 18 speakers! What a wonderful day to hear all these children speak about their faith! Please encourage your child to participate every year! In the junior division, George Malahias won first place, there was a 3-way tie for 2nd – Katerina Katsikis, Tommy Malahias and George Fragos. Eliana Fragos received 3rd. In the Senior Division, Alexandra Miliotis won first place, Maria Poulos won second and there was a tie for 3rd – Peter Vogiatzis and Yianni Fragos. The District Festival was held at St. Barbara in Durham, NC on April 20th.

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Thank you so much to our judges – Sam, Eleni and Ron, our timekeeper Doug Brown and Irene Vogiatzis and Kim Dandulakis for their invaluable help.Romiosini

apologize but I don't have their names available. Finally, special thanks to Chris's restaurant for preparing and offering, on behalf of our Hellenic School, the delicious meal we enjoyed before the program started and also to Evangelos Fragos for his valuable assistance in the kitchen. Concluding, many thanks to the rest of our parishioners that contributed to the event and congratulations to the rest of our youth members for their participation with poems, dances and songs as well as to Kitsa for coordinating our celebration’s program. Of course, there are no words capable of thanking enough all of you that attended and helped with your presence and support to make our celebration such a successful event! As we say in Greek, ΚΑΙ ΤΟΥ ΧΡΟΝΟΥ! May God grant us good health so that we would be able to have another successful Hellenic Independence Day celebration next year too!

If you missed our dancers during the Azalea Festival, make sure to watch for our award winning dancers perform during our Greek festival. Performance times are: May 17th: 6:00PM, 8:00PM May 18th: 1:30PM, 4:30PM, and 7:30PM May 19th: 1:30PM, 4:30PM

Hellenic School & AHEPA Alexandros Theodoropoulos

On Sunday, March 31st, 2013, we had a great and very successful Hellenic Independence Day celebration. Despite the combination of the public school Spring Break and the American Easter holiday in that week, the event was well-attended and, based on the feedback we received, the audience enjoyed it so much! We would like to congratulate Dr. John Anagnost for his wonderful speech and slide presentation with all these stunning paintings pertaining to the Hellenic War of Independence that hadn't been shown before. Regarding our Hellenic School participation, we would like to congratulate our students for the great job they did with their poems and for their participation in the dance performances. Special thanks to our teachers, Anastasia Katris and Yanna Hernandez for working with our students on their poems. Furthermore, we would like to thank Kim & Eleni (daughter) Dandulakis, Angelo, Anastasia and Maria (daughter) Katris, Maryanne & Nicholas (son) Vavalette and Eleni, Georgia (daughter) and Annivas "Eli" (son) Theodoropoulos for decorating the Hellenic Center for the celebration. Moreover, many thanks to Barbara Harris, Yanna Hernandez for volunteering to wash the tablecloths and also for helping to clean up after the event along with Kim Dandulakis, Angelo & Anastasia Katris, Tulio Hernandez and Eleni Pappamihiel. Also, many thanks to our Hellenic School parents that contributed desserts, I

Please mark your calendars for our End of Year Hellenic School social. It will take place at the Theodoropoulos’s residence on May 24th from 5:30 pm until … and everyone is invited. Please stay tuned for more information that will be posted on our other communications media. For more information please contact Eleni Pappamihiel at . Finally, we are looking forward to seeing all of you at our End of Year / Graduation ceremony for our Sunday & Hellenic School ministries as well as our high school/college graduates on Sunday, June 9th, after the Divine Liturgy. Like last year, our Hellenic School students have been working on a short play that they feel excited to present in front of our parish at that event. A Presidential Proclamation "NOW,&THEREFORE,&I,&BARACK&OBAMA,&President&of&the& United&States&of&America,&by&virtue&of&the&authority&vested& in&me&by&the&ConsFtuFon&and&the&laws&of&the&United&States,& do&hereby&proclaim&March&25,&2013,&as&Greek&Independence& Day:&A&NaFonal&Day&of&CelebraFon&of&Greek&and&American& Democracy.&I&call&upon&the&people&of&the&United&States&to& observe&this&day&with&appropriate&ceremonies&and& acFviFes."


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Sympathies and Memorials

Hellenic Culture Kitsa Wiersteiner

The Hellenic Culture Ministry wants to than Dr. John Anagnost, the speaker for the Greek Independence Day Celebration. He was very informative and an excellent speaker. A big thank you to the children who recited poems, sang, and danced. Also thank you to Katina Papanikolaou, Cassie Snow, the instructors of the Zoyra Dancers and Zaharoula Katsikis the instructor of the Romiosini Dancers, a very good job was done by everybody. We would like to thank Kim Dandulakis, her daughter Helen, Angelo and Anastasia Katris and their daughter Maria, Eleni Theodoropoulos and her daughter Georgia and son Eli, and Mary Ann Vavalette and son Nicolas for decorating the Hellenic Center.

On March 24 a one-year memorial for Peter Doukas, father of Maria Heller and Tony Starfas, was offered. May his memory be eternal! On March 24 a one-year trisagion for Stamatios Passaris, father-in law of Fr. Jon, was offered. May his memory be eternal. We extend our deepest sympathy to Kay Skandalakis, Peter Saffo, and their families on the falling asleep of their mother, Angeline Saffo. May her memory be eternal!

With the saints, give rest to the souls of Your servants, where there is no pain, sorrow, or suffering, but life eternal.

We also want to thank Chris’s Restaurant for preparing the most delicious Lenten meal. Many thanks to Kim Dandulakis, Irini Haralambous, Eleni Kaprantzas, Koula Katsikis, Lola Loizidis, Dena Poulos, Alexia Porizio, Mary Ann Vavalette and Barbara Vogiatzis for bringing desserts, fruit and drinks. We also want to than Dr. Ron Demas, Ifigenia Diakogiannis and Kathy Dimopoulos for helping the children with their poems. We would like to thank Barbara Harris for photographing this event and to John Diakogiannis for video taping it. We also like to thank Kathy Dimopoulos for printing the program and flyer and those who helped with the clean up; too many to mention by name. We apologize if we missed anybody. Most of all thank you for being present and showing your support for the efforts of our children.


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2013 Stewards as of April 15

Anagnost, John & Kathleen Andrews, Louis & Roula Angeledes, Angelo & Evelyn Balourdos, Konstantinos * Karla Batis, John & Emily Batounis, John & Nancy Bostic, Michael & Tina Brants, Angelique Skandalakis Brown, Doug & Argie Cranidiotis, Chris & Joy Dandulakis, Gregory & Kimberly Demas, Ron & Sharon Dentiste, Angela Diakogiannis, Ifigenia Diakogiannis, John Dimopoulos, Peter & Kathy Dukas, Nota Faraclas, Pearl Flowers, Larry & Helen Fokakis, George Fragakis, John & Sophia Fragos, Evangelo & Olympia Frankos, Dr. Mary Gerry, Despina Hale, Pamela Mavros Haralambous, Irini Harris, Benjamin & Barbara Efthymiou Hiletca, Dan & Gerogeta Jeffries, Phil & Irene Kaprantzas, Chris & Eleni Karonis, Yiannis & Evyenia Katris, Angelo & Anastasia

Kefalas, Thalia King, Lee & Doris Kirk, Graham and Stephanie Kirkby, Matthew & Melissa Koklanaris, Emmanuel & Lambra Koklanaris, Dena Lionikis, Emmanuel & Athanasia Logothetis, Anestis & Constance Loizides, Michael & Theodora Maggio, Ralph & Evelyn Charalombous Malahias, Peter & Courtney Manousaridis, Christos Marmaras, Mary Mayorga, Aspasia Mayorga, Ed & Kathleen McGowan, Calvin & Diane McTaggart, Stella Miliotis, Emanuel & Mary Beth Moskogianis, Karen & Driscoll, Thomas Nashed, Neemat Pappamihiel, Ruth Papanicolaou. Lambros & Niki Patsalos, Jimmy & Anna Pinkston, Anne Bakalis Poulos, Jack & Danielle Poulos, John & Athena Poulos, Koula & Argie Poulos, Pat Proukou, Theodore & Katherine

Psilos, Constantine & Renee Karonis Rallis, Michael & Debra Reynolds, Rick & Barbara Ronner, Tom & Connie Saffo, Angeline Saffo, Marian & Marika Saffo, Nick & Tia Saffo, Tony & Jamie Schaefer, Robert & Rena Skandalakis, Kay & Joanna Sljaka, Sophie Snow, David & Daphne Souflas, Thomas & Linda Starnes, Debra & Kenneth Stasios, James & Maria Theodoropoulos, Alexandros & Eleni Pappamihiel Theophilos, Plato & Rene Tsangarides, Arthur & Wanda Tsingelis, Chris & Angie Vallianos, Stella Vavalette, Mary Ann Verikios, Mary E Vogiatzis, Anastasios & Georgia Vogiatzis, Vasilios & Irene Sotirou Wall, Mary Ann & James Whitley, John and Elaine Wiersteiner, Samuel & Kyriaki Zezefellis, Effie Zondos, Angela Toolie

We thank all the parishioners who have submitted a 2013 pledge card. If you haven't yet pledged we ask that you prayerfully consider becoming a St. Nicholas steward. Your stewardship helps us fund all the wonderful ministries that we are able to offer in addition to supporting the operation of our church. Stop by the office to obtain a pledge card. God bless you and keep you. 9

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Total Stewards as of 4/15/2013 Total $ Pledged 2012 Budget (goal) Avg $ pledge per steward % Parish participation to date % of total goal

$123,680 $208,377 $1,374.22 45% 59%

Average Pledge Total Giving to date Total Giving as %age of Pledges Total Giving as %age of Goal Families who didn't pledge in 2012 ** Includes 4 new stewards Pledged in 2012 and not 2013

$1,873.94 0% 0% 5

Number of families pledging more than 2011 Number of families pledging less than 2011 Number of families pledging same as 2011 New pledgers to 2012 vs 2011 2012 Pledge breakdown $1-$599 $600-$999 $1000-$2499 $2500-$4999 $5,000-$9,999


24 14 46 5

25% 4% 64% 4%

40 20 15 7 4 3

36% 23% 17% 11% 6%


Church Financial Snapshot Apr 2, 2013

Operating Income Operating Expense Net Operating Income / Loss

Mar $21,457 $24,946 ($3,489)

Stewardship Pledged Full Year Stewardship Goal

$122,880 $208,377


Jan - Mar $68,195 $58,779 $9,416

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Community News Community Service Thank You To My St. Nicholas Family: I want to thank you all for donating eyeglasses to Delta Gamma Fraternity, and the Lion's Club. Service for Sight is a philanthropy my sorority founded in 1951 that aids to the blind and visually impaired. Our goal is to raise awareness about blindness and provide services to those suffering from visual impairments. This is a Foundation that has been close to my heart for the past four years, and I am very thankful to have a Church community that continues to support my every endeavor. – Maria Dimopoulos

Volunteers Needed for our 20th Annual Greek Festival May 17, 18, 19 "Come and See" It’s volunteer time for the Festival. Your help is needed and greatly appreciated. If you are available to help during this week extra hands are needed: Tuesday (May 14) Morning at 9:30 a.m. for skewering meat. Please see John Poulos, John Psilos, or George Meimaridis for directions when you arrive. Wednesday (May 15) Morning at 9:30 a.m. for skewering souvlaki . Please see John Poulos, John Psilos, or George Meimaridis for directions when you arrive. Afternoon at 3:30 p.m. to cup tzadziki Anytime from 12-5 p.m. to cut and cup pastries. Please see Tia Saffo. Additional pastry cupping 6-8 p.m. Please see Maria Stasios.Your help is also needed under the tent any time during the day/early evening. Please see Patrick Gallaher, Matt Kirkby or Lee King when you arrive and they can direct you. Thursday (May 16) Anytime from 12-5 p.m. to assemble pastry variety boxes. Please see Tia Saffo upon arrival. Additional pastry cupping 6-8 p.m. Please see Maria Stasios.Your help is also needed under the tent any time during the day/early evening. Please see Patrick Gallaher, Matt Kirkby or Lee King when you arrive and they can direct you. Friday (May 17) 9:00 a.m. pastry preparation for PPD. Please see Tia Saffo or Maria Stasios. 10:30 a.m. is start time for preparing the pastry booth. Saturday and Sunday same time. Serving line/stations open at 11:00 a.m.; please arrive by 10:30 a.m. to help get ready and for admission area. Please see the booth coordinator and/or Thomas Simotas. We are typically short during the lunch service on Friday; please come if you can even for an hour or two (there's a lull from 2-5 p.m.), see all areas. In addition, help is needed on the serving lines in the main food tent at these times: Friday, May 17th: 5:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. 11

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March of Dimes March for Babies April 6, 2013

May 2013

Congratulations Congratulations to Team St. Nick, lead by Katerina Katsikis, raised over $300 for March of Dimes! Congratulations to all the youth who participated in the St. John Chrysostom Oratorical Festival, you left a most beautiful impression with everyone. Congratulations to the winners; in the Senior Division: Alex Miliotis (1st), Maria Poulos (2nd), Peter Vogiatzis and Yianni Fragos (tied 3rd). In the Junior Division: George Malahias (1st), Katerina Katisikis, Tommy Malahias and George Fragos (tied 2nd), Eliana Fragos (3rd).

Fr. Jon accompanied the the first and second place winners (Alex Militos, Katerina Katsikis, George Malahias and Yianni Fragos) who advanced to the Northeast Conference Oratorical Festival held on Saturday, April 20 at St. Barbara’s in Durham, NC.




PASCHA EGG HUNT for the youth!! Bring egg baskets! Sponsored by JOY/HOPE.

“ C O M E a n d S EE!!”


Pascha Lamb will be provided by our church. P l e a s e b r i n g a c o v e r e d d i s h & d r i n k t o s h a r e , your favorite picnic games & lawn chairs.

Join us for the Annual Pascha Picnic followed by Agape Vespers.

“Christ is Risen”





Time: 10a

Wednesday May 29

**Even if  you  cannot  join  us  for  this  month’s  event,  please  contact  the  Church  so  we  can  add  you   to  our  mailing  list.    We  want  to  make  sure  all  families  with  preschool  and  younger  children  (or  ex-­‐ pecting)  are  part  of  this  group  so  we  can  come  up  with  unique  and  age  appropriate  events  that   work  for  you.  **

Let’s go  to  the  Library  for   “Toddler”  Story  time   followed by lunch and playtime in the indoor play yard of the Chick-Fil-A across the street.

5155 & 5106 South College Road

Myrtle Grove Library & Chick-Fil-A Monkey Junction

Story time & Lunch



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Register Now!

St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church

Vacation Church School

Telephone 910.392.4444 608 S. College Road Wilmington, NC 28403

Monday - Wednesday will see our children “Going for the Gold” as they learn about the Feasts of the Triumph of Christ & His Church: Palm Sunday; Ascension; Pentecost; Exaltation of the Cross

June 10 — June 14, 2013 8:45am — Noon Focus Ages: Birth – Rising 6th Graders Ev ery one Welcome! Please register by: May 5, 2013

Thursday, Parents please stay! Liturgy @ 9am followed by crafts for kids & Lunch for ALL (parents included)

For more information call: Shannon Johns at 910-508-1010

Friday, Parents please stay! Assembly with Skit performed by our kids followed by WATER PLAY! **Don’t forget to bring suits, towels, sunscreen, and toys**

GOYAs: Please volunteer as Assistants!!

Parents’/Caregivers’ Name (s): Cell/Emergency Number (s): Child’s Name

Baptismal Name

Grade Next Fall

Date of Birth


Food allergies or other medical conditions of which we should be aware Registration Cost: Please enclose $15 per child or $10 per child for preschool & younger. Please note that for our participants in preschool and under we request that a caregiver please participate in Vacation Church School with their child(ren.)

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5 Pascha 12:00 AM Resurrection Orthros and Divine Liturgy 12:30 PM Agape Service 1:30 PM Pascha Picnic

12 Sunday of Thomas Mother’s Day 8:30 AM Orthros 10:00 AM Divine Liturgy 12:30 PM ZOYRA Practice


19 Sunday of Myrrh Bearers 8:30 AM Orthros 10:00 AM Divine Liturgy Greek

26 Sunday of the Paralytic 8:30 AM Orthros 10:00 AM Divine Liturgy

12:30 PM ZOYRA Parents Meeting


6 Renewal Monday St. George Office Closed 8:00 AM Orthros 9:00 AM Divine Liturgy 7:00 PM Festival Meeting





3 Office Closed 8:00 AM Royal Hours

3:00 PM Apokathelosis (Un-nailing Service) 7:00 PM Lamentations

5:00 PM Hellenic School



6:00 PM Great Vespers

8:00 AM Orthros




6:00 PM Great Vespers

11:00 AM Wedding

8:00 AM Men’s Group

11 Renewal Saturday

11:00 PM Canon of Holy Friday

9:00 AM Vesporal Liturgy


Parish Calendar May 2013 TUESDAY 2

9:00 AM Vesporal Liturgy

1 4:00 PM Service of the Holy Unction

7:00 PM Holy Passion Service


7:00 PM Bridegroom service H O LY

9 Renewal Thursday

7:00 PM Parish Council

8 Renewal Wednesday

10 Renewal Friday Life-Giving Font 8:00 AM Orthros 9:00 AM Divine Liturgy Life-Giving Font 5:00 PM Hellenic School 7:00 PM Wedding Rehearsal

7 Renewal Tuesday


11:00 AM Forever Young








5:00 PM ZOYRA Practice 6:00 PM Romiosini Practice THE




5:00 PM ZOYRA Practice 6:00 PM Romiosini Practice FOR

21 Ss. Helen & Constantine 8:00 AM Orthros 9:00 AM Divine Liturgy

29 Mid-Pentecost 8:00 M Orthros 9:00 Am Divine Liturgy

6:00 PM Philoptochos End-of-Year Event


5:00 PM ZOYRA Practice 6:00 PM Romiosini Practice

20 Newsletter Articles are due



27 Memorial Day Office Closed

10:00 AM LOVE Activity 6:00 PM ECY/COM Meeting

ST. NICHOLAS GREEK ORTHODOX CHURCH 608 S. College Road, Wilmington, NC 28403


May 2013 Monthly Newsletter  

St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church, Wilmington NC, May 2013 Monthly Newsletter