I am writing these lines and I cannot help but to worry about the condition of the world economy. In the midst of wars, corruption and the decline of societies, an oasis of hope and progress has been developed. It is our beautiful Community of Saint Demetrios. Since greed is the cause of corruption and economic decay in Wall Street, Hewlett Avenue prospers with benevolence, genuine volunteering and Christian love. The people of this Community have made their choice: faith, family and friendship are bonding them together into a strong amalgam of progress.

We press rewind to review the year that passed. We are blessed with the installation of new Byzantine-style ecclesiastical windows; we are graced with more icons in the Church. The Office has been totally renovated; the School received repairs. The Church was refurbished and maintained from top to bottom, or, more accurately, from the bell tower to the basement storage areas. The Church Hall, the pews, the icon stand, the sanctuary, the chanters’ podiums, the Bishop’s throne, the East walls, the windows and the steps received necessary fixing. Furthermore, we processed the completion of the revised Cultural Center architectural renderings and we are developing a plan for its financing and fundraising.

The Parish programs have already started and some new ones have been added. We had the honor to welcome His Grace Bishop Antonios of Phasiane for the Religious Education Seminar that Father Nikiforos organized; keynote speaker was a professor from Boston, Dr. Anton Vrame. New athletic programs are being developed for the youth, together with lessons of iconography and Byzantine music. The ministries and youth activities are more than any other year before. Additionally, our Schools have record high attendance and they are blessed with dynamic teachers and great volunteers. The Charities are more active than ever, Philoptochos and Pins for Pauly lead us with their example and their inspiring guidance.

In this website, you will be informed regarding the many exciting programs and prospects of the Parish. I am very happy to see our Church filled to capacity every Sunday. I am proud of our School that has more students than ever before. I am glad that you find in Saint Demetrios the spiritual oasis that brings us closer to God and to our heritage. Many thanks to the volunteers and the supporters. Many thanks to our dynamic and loving Parishioners. Best wishes for a healthy and beautiful winter!

Kostas Tsakos

Parish Council President