Welcome to the Saint Helen Chapter of the Ladies Philoptochos Society of Saints Constantine & Helen Greek Orthodox Church, Cardiff-by-the-Sea, California.
St Helen Philoptochos was established in 1979 and consists of women in the Parish whose main objectives are of a charitable and philanthropic nature. At its founding the concept of Circles was introduced by Father Theodore Phillips. Each member is requested to join one of the three Circles. Through our three circles, various activities and programs, we provide a wide range of services.
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Provides a personal touch of comfort, support and fellowship to others.
Takes care of the special religious items such as holy water, palm crosses, the Epitaphio,weekly prosphoron, flowers and cleaning of the sacred utensils.
Coordinates major events and fundraising activities such as: the membership tea, Palm Sunday luncheon, and a major fundraising event among others. In addition, we participate in community activities such as the Holiday Basket Program with Community Resource Center and the homeless feeding program with Two Fishes.
Other Activities supported by the Philoptochos
Philoptochos Center of Philanthropy
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Volunteers needed to assist with the baking of the weekly Prosphoro (Bread)
We are trying something a little new for supplying the prosphoro which we need on an ongoing basis. We will be having baking sessions where a group of about 5-6 will meet in the Senior Center Kitchen and use the big mixer to make 20 or more loaves at a time. We will do these baking sessions about every month of so. It takes 3 hours to make the breads and then a little more time for them to cool before they are wrapped and put in the freezer. If you would like to join these Baking Sessions or you would like to make on your own and contribute to the supply. Please contact Irene Mylonas, 858-459-2288, e-mail St. Helen Philoptochos
SAINT HELEN PHILOPTOCHOS - FEBRUARY 2014 - VINE
Irene Mylonas, President
Pistis Circle Activities: Our Pistis Circle is an active, devoted group of ladies who quietly provide many of the items that support and enhance our religious services. In December, they delivered, set up, and lovingly cared for 75 beautiful and vibrant poinsettia plants that graced the solea. In January, for Theophany, they filled 500 water bottles, set them on trays and saw to it that everything was ready for the services. For Vasilopita Sunday, they made sure the tables were set and ready, knives, cutting boards and napkins were in place, and volunteers were notified to bring in vasilopitas and to help with the cutting and distribution. Thank you very much to Helen Crisafi, Pistis chair, Christine Dorudian, co-chair, and Matina Dale, volunteer coordinator, who organized these activities and ensured that all details were addressed. Thank you, also, to our Philoptochos and Junior Philoptochos members who assisted with these special events and activities.
Vasilopitas: Many thanks to the following individuals who prepared and brought vasilopitas for us on Vasilopita Sunday, January 12: Georgia Afendoules, Matina Dale, Maria Goudamanis, Sevasti Hatzimichael, Mimi Howland, Maria Kladouras, Patty Moises, Irene Mylonas, Maria Poniros, Jeannie Ranglas, Linda Santogeanis-Crow, Lenore Trigonis, and Christina Vassiliadis. Everyone in attendance that day received at least one piece of the delicious, sweet breads and cakes. We are truly grateful for their time, talent, and generosity.
Agape Circle: Our Agape Circle once again has lovingly prepared gifts for our Homebound Parishioners. They made a small package consisting of a bottle of holy water and a piece of vasilopita, which were given out for distribution. We are grateful to Pauline Tsoris, Agape chair, and Matina Dale, co-chair, who organized the gifts, and to the many volunteers who took these gifts to our homebound and spent time with them, letting them know that we love and remember them and that they are very much in our hearts.
Fellowship: We sincerely appreciate the following groups and individuals who provided fellowship during the month of December: Sunday School, Dance Groups, Parish Council, Choir, Marilyn Cantrell, Maria Goudamanis, and Litsa Orenich. Our Fellowship Hour is a wonderful way to enjoy the company of old and new friends, and we are thankful for their efforts towards making it an enjoyable time of the day.
Membership: With the beginning of the New Year, we are asking once again that you join Saint Helen Philoptochos or renew your membership for 2014. We are the major philanthropic organization for the church, and your membership helps to support our many worthwhile activities and charities. You may send in your contribution to the church, stop by the Philoptochos table on Sundays following the liturgy to turn in your membership form and donation, or go online to the Philoptochos page on the church website. The amount you give is up to you. The first $30 goes towards fulfilling our National and Metropolis obligations, and the rest stays here within our own chapter, helping us do our good works. Please make checks payable to Saint Helen Philoptochos. Thank you.
Wear Red Sunday: On Sunday, February 9, we encourage all parishioners to wear red to church. The American Heart Association sponsors Go Red for Women to increase awareness and help prevent heart disease, the number one killer of American women. However, it seems that the goals we are trying to promote – that we take charge of our own well-being and live healthier, stronger lives – are good for all of us, men, women, and children alike, so we ask everyone to participate in this activity. On that Sunday, we will be distributing information to you about the importance of awareness and prevention of heart disease, and we look forward to seeing a sea of red within our congregation!
General Assembly Meeting: Please mark your calendar and plan to join us for a meeting on Sunday afternoon, February 23, following the Liturgy. We will gather in the Senior Center, where we will have our own fellowship, roll up our sleeves, and get busy making plans and sharing ideas. We will break into our three circles and discuss circle projects and activities for the upcoming months. We welcome your participation and look forward to having you join this most important meeting.
Spiritual Retreat: On Saturday morning, March 29, we have a special event planned that you will not want to miss. We are honored to have as our guest speaker, Presbytera Tsagalakis, from Holy Apostles Greek Orthodox Church in Seattle, who will give a fascinating presentation titled: Balance – The Art of Giving and Receiving – Reflections on Saints Mary and Martha. She will be challenging Orthodox Christian women to find balance in their lives. Presbytera Tsagalakis is an engaging speaker, and will impart thoughtful insights that are sure to be meaningful to all who attend. More information will follow next month.
February 9, 2014 - Philoptochos and Parish Ladies wear red for Heart Healthy month.
· All Members - Quarterly Meeting (See the Calendar for Dates and details)
· Philoptochos Board and Circles Meetings – Monthly, or as needed (See the Calendar for Dates and details)
NOTE: Dates may change. Notification will be sent of any changes. Thank you.
May 4, 2014 Kids ‘n’ Cancer Reception 2-5pm, Big Canyon Country Club, Newport Beach, CA
TBD General Assembly Meeting – in the Senior Center
Jun. 15, 2014 Sunday School Promotion and Luncheon
NOTE: Dates may change. Notification will be sent of any changes. Thank you.
February 2014 onwards coming at a later date
Sts. Constantine and Helen Greek Orthodox Church Fellowship "Coffee and Conversation" is an important part of our Sunday morning worship experience. It is a wonderful opportunity for members, friends and visitors to greet one another and enjoy conversations, helping us to get to know one another better and provide a welcoming, warm, and caring environment for all.
To that end, our ministries, organizations and families sign up to host fellowship throughout the year. We ask that all that are able sign-up to host and bring a light snack or treat to share so we can enjoy for each Sunday. Many hands make for light work!
Have a special event to celebrate? Sign up to host at a Sunday close to your event, bring a light treat, and let us celebrate with you!
Click here to see the Fellowship Schedule
We thank each and everyone of you for signing up and making our fellowship time together possible.
How do I Join?
Your contribution is so welcome and by participating in some of the activities of our various Circles and other activities your efforts are of value to our community and will strengthen the organization.
You can complete a Membership Profile online or download and fill out our Membership Profile then mail the completed form to the address below.
Sts. Constantine & Helen Greek Orthodox Church
Attn: Argie Demas, St. Helen Philoptochos
3459 Manchester Ave.
Cardiff by the Sea, CA 92007
Just by joining and giving us your membership dues (the amount is up to you), you help us to continue the financial support of the many charities we sponsor. (NOTE: The National and Metropolis Philoptochos treasuries receive a total of $25 of every member's stewardship. Whatever you give above and beyond $25 stays in our chapter to do good works for our Philoptochos ministries as well as supporting our church. You can join any time and get involved as much or as little as you would like. Please make checks payable to St. Helen Philoptochos. Thank you for your love and support.)
What happens to the money we raise?
Annually, we give over $20,000 to support our church-based institutions such as International Orthodox Charities, St. Basil's Academy, Hellenic College/Holy Cross, St. Nicholas Ranch, our Mission priests and our seminary school students as well as to outside charities such as Community Resource Center, Elizabeth Hospice, Kids 'n' Cancer, San Diego Food Bank, Voices for Children, Autism Assistance, the Cancer Fund, UNICEF, Haiti Relief Fund among others. In addition, we have provided financial assistance for individual needs within our community and to our parishioners.
National and Metropolis Ministry Commitments
- Help Those in Need
Social Services - Provides outreach, support, financial assistance
75Th Anniversary Founders Fund - Supports care facilities for aged
Social Welfare Emergency Fund (Metropolis)
- Worldwide Outreach
Orthodox Christian Mission Center (OCMC) - Supports missionaries
Support a Mission Priest (SAMP) - Helps Clergy to build facilities, do training
International Orthodox Christian Charities (IOCC) - Provides food, shelter, self-sufficiency
National Philoptochos Emergency Fund - Responds immediately to disasters
Pennies 'n' Prayers (Metrolpolis) - Aids mission churches
- Support Our Youth
Saint Basil Academy - Provides for its operating expenses
Sisterhood of St. Basil Academy - Provides for physical needs of children
Orthodox Christian Fellowship - Supports fellowship on college campuses
UNICEF - Protects rights, health, and well-being of all children
- Our Clergy
Hellenic College Holy Cross School of Theology - Scholarships, operational expenses of the school
Bishop Anthony Philoptochos Student Endowment Fund
Retired Clergy and Widowed Presvyteras Benelovent Fund - Helps those facing financial problems
National Sisterhood of Presvyteras Benelovent Fund - Provides short-term support for clergy and families in times of crisis
- Religious Centers
Ecumenical Patriarchate - Benefits its philanthropic programs and charities
Saint Photios - Assistance to preserve the National Shrine
Saint Nicholas Ranch (Metropolis)
- Medical Charities
Cancer Fund - Provides individuals with financial assistance
Autism Assistance Fund - Assists individuals, promotes awareness
General Medical Fund - Provides financial resources for individuals
Kids 'n' Cancer - Provides for a family camping experience
Women's Health and Wellness (Metropolis)
Our Local Contributions
President Irene Mylonas
1st Vice President Carolyn Koumaras
2nd Vice President Diane Truesdell
Recording Secretary Michelle Pekos
Corresponding Secretary Gail Slemon
Treasurer Nicki Cometa
Assistant Treasurer Heather Hetrick
Advisor Carolyn Grage
Agape Circle Pauline Tsoris, chair; Matina Dale, co-chair; Patricia Karetas
Elpis Circle Anne Panagakos, co-chair; Alexis Ranglas, co-chair; Patricia Karetas; Marianne Pekos; Diane Truesdell; Pauline Tsoris
Pistis Circle Helen Crisafi, chair; Christine Dorudian, co-chair; Heather Hetrick
Charity Liaison Pauline Tsoris, Patricia Karetas, Nicky Cometa, Maria Leslie Georgiou
College Project Michelle Pekos, Heather Hetrick
Educational Programs Gail Slemon, Marianne Pekos
Fellowship Coordinator Irene Mylonas
Historian Carolyn Grage
Junior Philoptochos/Angels Rene Grevas, Carolyn Grage
Membership Argie Demas, chair; Gail Slemon; Diane Truesdell
Newsletter Diane Truesdell
Parliamentarian Carolyn Koumaras
Prosphoro Coordinator Matina Dale
Seminarian Liaison Rene Grevas, Carolyn Grage
Special Projects Maria Leslie Georgiou, Nicky Cometa
Volunteer Coordinator Matina Dale
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