Hello to you, the Friends & Family of
The Greek Orthodox Church of St. Demetrios
Happy New Ecclesiastical Year!
Make yours acceptable to the Lord!
September 1st is, for the Church, the first day of a New Year. A pious tradition of the Church holds that Jesus of Nazareth began preaching the good news of His mission on September 1st. When our Lord entered the Synagogue, He was given the book of the Prophet Isaiah to read, and He opened it and found the place where it is written: The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he has anointed me to preach good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim release to the captives and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty those who are oppressed, to proclaim the acceptable year of the Lord. And he closed the book, and gave it back to the attendant, and sat down; and the eyes of all in the synagogue were fixed on him. And he began to say to them, "Today this scripture has been fulfilled in your hearing" (Luke 4:18-21).
Tradition also holds that it was during the month of September that the Hebrews entered the promised land. Τhe custom of beginning a new year with autumn was common in Biblical and Mediterranean lands because the summer harvest was completed, the crops were stored, and it was a time when people began preparing for a new agricultural cycle. It was an appropriate time for a new beginning.
As we begin this new year it should be noted that the church calendar is loaded with important events, especially the 12 great feasts, the four fasts, and Pascha. Each day of the church year is set aside to honor saints; many of whom died on that particular date. Similar to our personal calendars where we mark the earthly birthdays of family and friends, the Church remembers the saints on their "heavenly birthday" — the day they passed from this life to Paradise.
Τhe church year begins and ends with the Mother of God. The first great feast of the year, September 8, honors her birth; the last great feast of the year, August 15, remembers her falling asleep. Between these two great feasts the Church marks 10 other major Feasts and Pascha, the Feast of Feasts. 
Why not start the new ecclesiastical year off right? Mark your personal calendar with the feasts, fasts, & saints days of the Church. Make a resolution to participate in the liturgical cycle of the Church. Marking your calendar, keeping the feasts and fasts, and embarking for a new life within the annual life of the Church, is a wonderful way to sanctify time. Let’s make this an “acceptable year of the Lord!” Happy New Year!
Excerpts from Sermon by Fr. Joseph Huneycutt (Antiochian Archdiocese)

13th Sunday of Matthew

What Jesus thought concerning evil deeds and their consequences is illustrated by the Parable of the Tenants in the Vineyard (Mt. 21:33-42), a lesson read on the 13th Sunday of Matthew.

The image of the vineyard is a beloved one for the people of the lands of the Bible and of the Mediterranean. The Old Testament prophets described Israel as God's vineyard. There is joy and fulfillment in belonging to and working for the vineyard of which THE LORD HIMSELF IS THE OWNER AND PROVIDER OF ALL THINGS; there is joy watching its rich fruits grow and sharing them with others.

But on the other hand, the wonderful privilege of belonging to and working for the Lord's vineyard, a precious gift which the Lord alone gives, bears significant responsibilities and serious consequences.

Do you recognize that God provides all the basic resources of your personal life, for example, even the very oxygen you breathe and the voice you use, and that you yourself are His gift, too, and belonging to Him? As a baptized Christian you also belong in a special way to the Lord's vineyard and are working in it, whether faithfully or unfaithfully.

Here are some questions to think about as we begin this New Church Year in reference to this parable. How can we become fully aware that we live by the gracious hospitality of God, that He is the Host and we are the guests, so that we will use the talents and resources which He has given us properly? What do you as a tenant or steward of God's gifts return to God as His "share of the harvest?"
Information obtained from "A Year of the Lord:Liturgical Bible Studies" by Rev. Fr. T. Stylianopoulos.
Epistle Reading (9/6/2020): 1st Letter to the Corinthians 16:13-24
Gospel Reading (9/6/2020): Matthew 21:33-42
St. Demetrios Parish Information



 This Week at St. Demetrios
As a courtesy reminder, it is necessary to call the Church Office to register for an upcoming service.  Live-streaming is offered on Sundays (Orthros & 1st Divine Liturgy) and as needed on major feast days.

Κυριακή, 6 Σεπτεμβρίου / Sunday, September 6th
ΙΓ΄Ματθαίου /13th Sunday of Matthew
Όρθρος, 7π.μ. / Orthros, 7a.m. (Live)
ΠΡΩΤΗ Θεία Λειτουργία, 8:30 π.μ. / FIRST Divine Liturgy, 8:30a.m. (Live)
ΔΕΥΤΕΡΗ Θεία Λειτουργία, 11:00 π.μ. / SECOND Divine Liturgy, 11:00a.m.

Δευτέρα, 7 Σεπτεμβρίου / Monday, September 7th
National Observance: Labor Day
Εθνική Εορτή: Ημέρα των Εργατών
Church Office Closed

Τρίτη, 8 Σεπτεμβρίου / Tuesday, September 8th
Γενέθλιον της Θεοτόκου / Nativity of the Theotokos
Όρθρος, 8π.μ. / Orthros, 8a.m.
Θεία Λειτουργία, 9π.μ. / Divine Liturgy, 9 a.m.

Κυριακή, 13 Σεπτεμβρίου / Sunday, September 13th
Προεόρτια Υψώσεως / Sunday before the Holy Cross
Όρθρος, 7π.μ. / Orthros, 7a.m.
ΠΡΩΤΗ Θεία Λειτουργία, 8:30 π.μ. / FIRST Divine Liturgy, 8:30a.m. (Live)
ΔΕΥΤΕΡΗ Θεία Λειτουργία, 11:00 π.μ. / SECOND Divine Liturgy, 11:00a.m.

Live-streaming is offered on Sundays (Orthros & 1st Divine Liturgy)
and as needed on major feast days.
1. Church Website (Live-Stream Feed)
2. Church You-Tube Channel
3. Church Facebook Page

Church Office Hours

Tuesday - Friday: 9a.m. - 5p.m.
Saturday: 9a.m. - 1p.m.
Sunday: Closed
Parish Registry as of September 6th:
Baptisms 22   Chrismations 2
Weddings 1   Funerals 26
Shut-Ins 20   
Hospital & Home Visitations 454
New Email Address For ΠαπΑνδρέας

papandreasgeorganas@gmail.com
2020 Stewardship of The Greek Orthodox Church 
of St. Demetrios
Stewardship as of Friday, September 4th - 538

OR
His Eminence Metropolitan NATHANAEL's
2020 Archpastoral Teaching

September 1, 2020
 
Dear beloved Clergy, Monastic Brotherhoods and Sisterhoods, and faithful of the Holy Metropolis of Chicago, and all people of goodwill,
 
It’s a great joy to share with you this year’s Archpastoral Teaching, On Life. During these tumultuous times, we are all invited to focus on what is always true, always right, always perfect—God’s love for us through His gift of life.
 
I pray this reflection helps spiritually edify you and your loved ones. Of course, your feedback is always welcome and a joy to receive. 
 
Wishing you a blessed start to the ecclesiastical New Year, I remain
 
In Christ,
+Metropolitan Nathanael of Chicago

Worth the Moment to Read a Second Time
Καλό Θα Ήταν Να Το Διαβάσουμε Πάλι
Dear Faithful of St. Demetrios, 

We pray you are all well. We are happy and very thankful to have received such a positive response to Campaign 84. Your love and continued support keeps us all connected.

The effects of Covid-19 greatly hampered our parish, closing the Church for 84 days during our busiest and most festive period of the year. We need your help. On the wings of prayer and faith, we humbly implore you to join us in giving at least $84 more per family.

For those who have already made their 2020 Stewardship Contribution or if you just want to make a donation, you may do so online or by sending your donation to the Church Office. If you have not given your stewardship yet, please consider at least an additional $84 when making your 2020 contribution.

Our concern has always been how to minister to you during this difficult time. In addition, we are anxious about meeting the obligations of our Church. Yet, our trust and faith in God and you, our stewards, continue to answer every prayer and ease our anxiety through your response. Thank you for your loyal support.

You can make a donation online and/or complete your stewardship at  saintdemetrioselmhurst.org/donate.
"THE ORTHODOX STORE"

THANK YOU to those who have donated to this ministry 
of compassion & love.

Click on the link provided for information on how you can help. Just outside the Church Office door are 3 bins in which your donations can be dropped off.

Donation drop-off during 
Church Office hours, 
Monday-Friday, 
9a.m. - 4p.m.

A Heartfelt Message from your
Pythagoras Greek School Directors
PYTHAGORAS GREEK SCHOOL ENROLLMENT

Enrollment has begun for 2020-2021. We are excited to have all our students back!

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Metropolis of Chicago Philoptochos
Virtual Fundraiser

Saturday, September 19th






Metropolis of Chicago
Launches a New Women-Led Initiative

Order of the Myrrhbearing Women



Inaugural Servant Leadership Awards




The Greek Orthodox Metropolis of Chicago has rescheduled its Inaugural Servant Leadership Awards to be held on Friday, May 14, 2021 as a virtual event (more details to be announced). The evening is dedicated to recognizing laypersons from throughout the Metropolis who have demonstrated exceptional and innovative servant leadership in the Church and whose service has made a difference in the lives of others. During the event, His Eminence Metropolitan Nathanael will bestow the Metropolis Cross on these exemplary servant leaders in recognition of their efforts.
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