THE ORTHODOX WAY
June 2018

Dear St. Nicholas Family,

We have a busy summer coming up, especially with our festival this fall. Please see info below to learn more and get involved.
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Divine Liturgy: 9:30am

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"St Nicholas Week” will be the 1st session: July 9 - 15

2018 TASTE OF GREECE SEPT. 21,22,23!  -- Let us all come together this festival season and support our St. Nicholas community. The festival website is up, please visit it regularly as it will continue to be updated between now and September. On the festival site you can: sign up for workshops , donate towards food and items , sign up to volunteer , and download the flyer . We will need the love and support of all you between now and through our festival weekend in September, so download the flyer and start promoting Taste of Greece 2018 now! Please contact us of you have any questions.
Meli Papayannis and Lou Saledas
Festival Co-Chairs

CLERGY LAITY DELEGATES FROM ST. NICHOLAS  – Our parish family will be represented by four delegates at the National Clergy Laity Congress in Boston, July 1-5. They are: Fr. Demetri (as presiding priest) George Papayannis (representing Parish Council), Maria Decoulos and Melissa Papayannis (both nominated and selected at the Spring GA). For updates and all information please visit: https://www.clergylaity.org/
2018 ST. NICHOLAS METROPOLIS AWARD RECIPIENT  – We are pleased to announce that this year’s St. Nicholas recipient is  Bill Nimee.  Congratulations to him for his many years of service to our church.  
The awards banquet will be on Sunday, June 10 at Lombardo’s in Randolph. Reception is at 5:30pm and dinner at 6:30pm. Tickets: $75. If you would like to purchase tickets, please contact the church office at 781-862-6453.
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GOYA
FR. DEMETRI'S MESSAGE

No matter what age, what era, we all have our favorite song for the summer months. Whether it is  “Surfin USA”  by The Beach Boys,  “Centerfield”  by John Fogerty,  “Summer of ’69”  by Bryan Adams or  “Summertime”  by DJ Jazzy Jeff and the Fresh Prince (Will Smith), we all have our particular song that helps us relax, and reminds us that those days are upon us. We put into affect those plans that we made all year, and look forward to them. Work is put on hold and school is over,  at least for a couple of months . There is though one responsibility in our life that there is no vacation from…our Church!
 
Our Spiritual life can not be looked upon the same way as our everyday life. Our faith is and should be the very nucleus of our life. We know that our Lord cares and watches over each and every one of us. The Church, His Home, is where God’s Word and work takes place, and we are invited to partake in this great Invitation (Parable of the Great Supper Lk. 14:15-24).
Our Church calls us no matter where we go, where we are, to attend faithfully. As we know that there are four seasons in the year, our Church is for all seasons.  Can you imagine if God took a vacation from us?  During Summertime, The Divine Liturgy will still begin at 9:30am, and ends early enough for all of us to plan activities, or to just enjoy the day that has been blessed by God. There are many wonderful liturgical opportunities that our Church gives us during these summer months.
 
Many may enjoy a week or two off from our responsibilities and either stay local or travel abroad. Have you selected your summer reading list yet? Why not include in your summer reading the following: One or a few books from the Bible?...A spiritual book about our Orthodox Faith?...Our parish has a library of many books, you can also ask me for one of mine!
 
May you have not only have a physically relaxing summer, but also a summer of Spiritual reflection and growth, that way, when we begin the Ecclesiastical Year in September, we are able by the Grace of God to offer ourselves fully to God and His Church.
 
God bless,
PC PRESIDENT'S MESSAGE

We had a General Assembly that went very smoothly and finished in less than two hours. It is so much easier with a great team and a great parish family. We all thought that would be it until the fall, but things do come up. The tenants will be leaving the Parish House and there is a good amount of work that needs to be done before we can rent it again. A Special General Assembly will be held on Monday, June 11th at 6:30PM . By then, we will have estimates from contractors and can discuss what needs to be done and the costs. We also need to discuss how to pay for it. The Parish Council is expecting estimates to be in the $15,000-25,000 range.

The biannual Clergy Laity Conference will be held in Boston during the first week of July. Our parish will be represented by Father Demetri, George Papayannis, Maria Decoulos, and Meli Papayannis. Hopefully it will be informative and productive.
 
Our Festival Committee has been hard at work preparing for the festival. It is time for the rest of us to pitch in. Look for workshop signups, sponsorship opportunities, and other ways that you can help.
 
The summer is usually a slightly quiet time for St. Nicholas. Hopefully, circumstances at the parish house will not change that so we can all enjoy the summer months with our families, friends, and parish family.
 
Bill Sager
PHILOPTOCHOS

JUNE 4:  Philoptochos Summer Wrap-Up Meeting & Potluck Dinner
Join us for our last meeting before the summer:  JUNE 4th (6:30-8pm)  We will have a  potluck dinner - please bring any food item you'd like. Please try to attend this meeting as we will be voting on donating a much needed new grill for the Philoxenia house. Also, please come with a few fundraiser ideas for the fall so we can boost up our treasury to continue helping with unexpected needs that arise, such as this. 

JULY 14: Volunteer with us at Lexington's Interfaith Garden from 8:30-10am
Please RSVP to me if you are able to come help - we have reserved this date at the garden and need a MINIMUM of 8 volunteers. I don't think we should have an issue getting 8 people together for a Saturday morning but I hope we will have many more folks from St. Nicholas come out to join us.  

Together, as an interfaith community, we are growing high quality, healthy food and giving it away to people in need. The Interfaith Garden is located near the Lexington Battle Green and First Parish at 5 Harrington Road.

God Bless, 

Eleni Saledas    
esaledas@gmail.com / 803.514.8696 
GREEK SCHOOL

Καλό Μήνα! It is hard to believe that yet another year has finished. The Greek School students received their certificates on May 20 along with the Church School students. Congratulations to all for your hard work. We would also like to thank everyone who contributed a dessert or fruit to the cookout. It was a wonderful day.
 
In May, a few of the students took the Greek Certification Exam. We wish them good luck. We look forward to another successful year starting in September. Please consider signing up your children to learn the Greek language and culture.
 
Finally, we are happy to announce that the dance group will be dancing at the festival. Opa!
 
Καλό Καλοκαίρι!
STEWARDSHIP

"Remember God and all he has done for you, honoring and thanking him in your heart."

Thank you, St. Nicholas family, for your love and support; you help us grow. This past month we celebrated our youth in graduating and completing their church school year. A big thank you to all who volunteered during our graduation cookout. Thank you to those who joined us for a cookout at the Philoxenia House last weekend - we had a wonderful day and beautiful weather.

The first quarter of our stewardship year is over and we have had a great start to the second quarter. We are a strong community and grow closer every day. We pray you all have a safe and wonderful summer, and look forward to worshiping with you over the summer. 

Our Numbers as of May 22nd, 2018:  
GOAL for 2018 Stewardship: $191,095
Total collected thru 5/22/18: $95,359
Total pledged thru 5/22/18: $136,255

With love in Christ,

Meli Papayannis 
Stewardship Chair
GOYA

Congratulations to our GOYA Seniors who are graduating - Dimitri and Zoe we are so proud of you both! 

We have had a great GOYA year filled with fellowship, faith, conversations, service projects and Orthodox learning. The Splagounias family will be hosting our GOYA family cookout, we pray all the GOYAns and families can join us. This summer we have a number of GOYAns attending MBC camp (most going the first week). If you have not signed up for MBC camp, make sure to check it out, its great summer fun! https://www.metropolisofbostoncamp.org/

A few fun things happening this summer: a day at the Interfaith Garden in Lexington, and a day hike. We are looking for another local service project for the summer, if any GOYAns have a project they are interested and would want to help lead, let Eleni or me know! 

Have a great and safe summer and remember if you are not joining us for service on a Sunday, post on our facebook page where you are attending church over the summer!

With Love in Christ,
Meli and Eleni
Announcements
On March 10, the daughter of Vanessa and John-Kevin Delegas was baptized and given the name Adeline Maria.  The Godmother is Megan-Marie Delegas.
 
On April 14, Melissa and George Papayannis celebrated the baptism of their daughter Evanthia Despina.  Godparents are Fr. Michael and Katherine Marcantoni.
 
On April 23, a funeral service was held for John Dulchinos.  He was the father of George, John, Michael and Alexandria Dulchinos.
 
On May 7, the funeral of George Primes was held at St. Nicholas. He was the husband of Kondylia Primes and father of Peter Primes.
Reminders
Lost & Found
Please check the church coat rack for items forgotten during the winter months; also, any trays, etc. in the kitchen that may belong to you. If not claimed, all items will be donated to Morgan Memorial.  Thank you. 

Sunday Fellowship Hour:
A gentle reminder to all Fellowship hosts: Please keep in mind that families hosting coffee hour (children's table and main table) are responsible for clean up after completion. We appreciate your help with keeping our parish clean and treating it as your own home...because it is! Thank you.

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