March 4, 2021 - e-Bulletin Issue #337 -
National Youth Lenten Retreat

Are you feeling disconnected, isolated, or disoriented?

Take this opportunity to re-energize, reorient, and declutter by joining other Orthodox young people for an afternoon retreat on March 13. It is designed to help high-school-aged youth to reflect on their experiences of isolation, distraction, and clutter through small group discussions, presentations, personal reflection, and worship. The presentations will offer suggestions on building positive habits to help "sanitize our lives" and draw closer to Christ as we begin together the journey towards Pascha. 

Event Details:
Who: Students Grades 9-12
Date: Saturday, March 13
Time: 10am- 12:30pm PST (1:00 - 3:30 p.m. EST) 
Theme: "Sanitize" Your Life

Led by: The Hellenic College Holy Cross Sonia Belcher Ambassadors

If so, we're sorry to have missed you. However, you're in luck! The discussion was recorded and we are pleased to share the ZOOM recording with you so you can still experience this excellent presentation.


As we were not able to establish a quorum last Sunday (Feb. 21st) for our winter Parish Assembly, we re-scheduled the meeting to this Sunday, March 7th beginning at 2:00 PM. The timing of the meeting will help facilitate the on-line Metropolis Church School program which meets from 12:30 to 1:30 and will also give parishioners attending Liturgy on that Sunday time to get home and have something to eat prior to the beginning of the meeting.

All our Parish Assembly meetings are important, but this one more so. At this meeting, the concept of developing a Strategic Plan for our parish will be introduced as well as why a Strategic Plan is necessary. We will also provide you with information regarding an online stewardship platform which will be implemented in our parish. 

In advance of the meeting please take time to review the below documents and come prepared with corrections to the minutes and/or questions regarding the financial spreadsheet.

The Zoom information for the meeting is provided below. Please place the day and time in your calendars!

In Christ’s Service,
+Fr. Dean together with the Parish Council

On Sunday, March 7th, join the Zoom Meeting by clicking on the below link at 2:00 PM:
Meeting ID: 829 0983 6474
Passcode: 491119
The Assembly of Bishops, comprised of all the active, canonical Orthodox Bishops of every jurisdiction in the United States of America, is the primary and official forum for Orthodox Christian Unity in the United States of America. Its purpose is to preserve and contribute to the unity of the Orthodox Church by helping to further her spiritual, theological, ecclesiological, canonical, educational, missionary, and philanthropic aims.

As an Orthodox Christian it is good to know and understand what is happening on a Pan-Orthodox basis across the country. Check out this Newsletter for many good resources listed in both the Assembly newsletter and on their website. 
The Chairman of the Assembly is our own Archbishop Elpidiforos of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America.  

Flowers for the Kouvouklion/Epitaphio
Easter is approaching and when the time comes we will be decorating the Kouvouklion. If you would like to donate to help offset the expense associated with purchasing flowers, please send your contributions to the Philoptochos. Any amount will be appreciated. 
2020 & 2021 Membership Dues Being Collected Now
As you all know, this has been a challenging year for all of us. COVID has disrupted our church life, Philoptochos projects and our Philoptochos fundraisers.
We would like to remind everyone to please, if you can, pay your 2020 and 2021 Philoptochos Membership dues if you have not already done so. Many of us have forgotten this year since many of us have not been at church on a regular basis. The membership dues are $40.00 per year ($10.00 of which stays here for our own chapter).
Our Philoptochos supports many projects at our Assumption Church, and also at the Metropolis and National level.
We will be posting the names of those that have paid their dues in the April Assumption bulletin.
If you have any questions about your membership please contact Rose or Marianne Bratsanos at (206) 932-7152.
Thank you in advance!
Stay safe, warm and healthy and we hope we can return to normal soon and meet again in person! - 

(Pictured from left to right is Zachary, Christo, Rachael Pamboukas,
Alexis Katsis, Maximos, Vasilios and Athanasios)

  • Thank you, Zachary and Christo Pamboukas, and Maximos, Vasilios & Athanasios Mehas, for the Sunday afternoon you dedicated to assembling Lenten Activity Kits for all of our church school aged children!! You boys are amazing!! To all of our church school aged kids, look for your box coming soon in the mail!
  • Thank you, Laurie Skandalis, for doing much of the cooking for the Almsgivers ministry during the pandemic. Your commitment of time and talents has given comfort and nourishment to many individuals in need.
  • Thank you, Paulette Argeres, for your help in assembling the final Stewardship mailing.
  • Thank you, Thom Dimitriou and Kristina Mehas, for agreeing to serve on the Parish Council. Your offering of time and insight is much appreciated.
  • Thank you, Voula Pierides, who wakes up on Sundays before the sun comes up so that we have freshly baked prosfora for Divine Liturgy.

Your acts of service to our parish are greatly appreciated!

Peter Agris Memorial Journalism/Communications Awards
mark 29th year of
grants to Greek Americans
~ March 31 Deadline for $5,000 Communications Grants ~

BOSTON – The Peter Agris Memorial Journalism/Communications Scholarships recently kicked off its 29th year of providing critical financial aid to aspiring Greek American journalists, communications, and media specialists. 

The grants are provided through a collaboration between the Alpha Omega Council of New England and the Agris family. Comprised of leading professionals of Hellenic ancestry, the Alpha Omega Council annually honors its late founder, Peter Agris, also the founder and publisher of The Hellenic Chronicle, for fifty years the premier Greek American national English-language weekly newspaper in this country. Agris, who died in 1989, was an Archon of the Greek Orthodox Church, a trustee of Hellenic College/Holy Cross School of Theology, Anatolia College, The American College of Greece, and an Ahepan.

With over $630,000 in grants to 130 since 1993, the program has created a network of Hellenic media professionals which includes: Anna Bross, Atlantic Senior Director of Communications; Gregory Beyer, Arianna Huffington’s right hand at both Thrive Global and The Huffington Post; Marina Carver, CNN’s Senior Planning Editor; Jack Nicas, New York Times tech reporter; Alexandra Poolos, 60 Minutes producer; Arielle Mitropoulos, ABC political news associate; John Kapetaneas, ABC Nightline producer; Marielena Balouris, anchor at WAVY-TV, Norfolk, VA and one of Greek America Foundation’s 40Under40; Peter Eliopoulos, WCVB Boston general assignment reporter and scores of others. 

The program will be accepting applications through its March 31 deadline. Criteria include: Greek American heritage; U.S. citizenship; current full-time enrollment as journalism/communications/media majors at the graduate/undergraduate level in an accredited college or university in the United States; active participation in school, community, church organizations; a minimum of a 3.0 GPA and demonstrated financial need.  The application can be downloaded at Application | Alpha Omega Council - an organization dedicated to promoting Hellenism 
Interested candidates should return the application, required essay, current transcripts, and professional work which enhances the application to Committee Executive Director Nancy Agris Savage by email to: no later than March 31, 2021.
Questions may be directed to: and further information is available on the Alpha Omega Council’s website:


 View our Assumption Church Calendar to see a listing of upcoming services

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(48 parishioners maximum)
In response to the COVID-19 pandemic we are streaming live video so parishioners may attend liturgical services from their homes. We want to thank Gus Mehas for leading this effort.

please click here to view the live broadcast of a service

please click here to view archives of services

By now, you should have received our 2021 stewardship information in the mail. If you have not received your envelope, please contact the parish office and we will be sure to get one to you right away. We ask you to return your pledge form to the church by March 1st. If you have any questions regarding our parish’s journey to becoming a tithing community and how you can adjust your pledge to reflect proportional giving, please reach out to any of our Stewardship Ambassadors: Ron Delarose, Thom Dimitriou, Justin Franklin, Dimos Katsis, Nick Kokkonis, Fr. Dean Kouldukis, Gus Mehas, Kristina Mehas, Chris Pamboukas, Niko Pamboukas, Penny Peppes, Athena Sarantinos, or Christina Siaterlis. They will be able to answer the questions you may have.

To be a Steward of the Assumption Church, we ask that you fill out a commitment/pledge form every year. Those of you who received forms in the mail should find a pre-addressed return envelope to make returning your completed form easy. If you didn’t receive the Stewardship mailing and want to download and mail your 2021 Stewardship form, click here to download and print a paper copy of the pledge card, and then mail the completed pledge card to: 
Greek Orthodox Church of the Assumption
ATTN: Stewardship
1804 13th Ave.
Seattle, WA 98122