March 21, 2017

2017 Greek Festival
The Calgary Greek Festival has been an important event at our community and the City of Calgary for over 15 years. The success of the festival year over year is largely dependent on the volunteer committee that comes together to plan, organize and execute the three day event. After numerous calls for committee volunteers via email, the community newsletter and church announcements, we did not receive adequate response to effectively run the Calgary Greek Festival. As such, and after much consideration, the 2017 Calgary Greek Festival will be cancelled.

The Community Council is grateful for the few people who did come forward to serve on the committee, however, key roles were still vacant and the general level of participation from our 500 plus members was too low. The Community Council is responsible to its members to make decisions in the best interest of the community. The high cost of running the festival without an experienced Chairperson to oversee the planning and management of the committee, is too high a risk to move forward in a financially responsible way.

The Community does rely significantly on the net proceeds from the Greek Festival to fund its operations.  The Community Council is discussing alternative sources of revenue to help replace income lost from the Greek Festival, and encourages you to share ideas for fundraising, events or new revenue streams with any member of Council.

Sincerely,

Nick Vasilakos - President
Hellenic Community of Calgary

GOYA Lenten Retreat
Taking place this Saturday, March 25th at 12:00PM at the Hellenic Community Hall. All Greek youth ages 10 and up are invited to come and prepare sandwiches to send to the Drop In Center and also have a discussion about our Faith and Pascha. Come and learn the true meaning of this time of year. Lunch will be provided. 

Please RSVP attendance to Elias and Athena Manolakos at: orthodoxyouthcalgary@gmail.com If there are any dietary restrictions, please let us know so we can accommodate you accordingly. 

Greek School Independence Day Celebration
The March 25th celebration will be taking place this Sunday, March 26th and we are looking forward to celebrating this important yiorti with you. Here are a few important details for the day:                    

  • Arrive at 11:15. Students are responsible for their own nut free snacks.  Classrooms will be open for students to drop off their snack bags and then head immediately upstairs for the church service.
  • Communion at 11:25 then head to the gym for a group photo.
  • Pictures at 11:40 in the gym.
  • Procession into church at 11:55 to take part in church service.
  • Proceed downstairs to classroom to have snack.
  • Yiorti will start at 12:30                     

Please pick up your children in their class once the yiorti is done. I encourage all families to ensure their children are prepared for their poem, play or dance. As well, please have your child wear white tops and blue bottoms. We also encourage students to wear their tsolia or amalia if they have one.

Thank you in advance for your support with the celebration.                       

Rana Argiris,
Principal - Greek Community School of Calgary 

Sunday School
Our next Sunday School dates are as follows:

  • April 2nd  (No second Sunday school date in April due to  Easter Sunday.)
  • May 7th & 21st

We are half way through Great Lent.  Please take some time to reflect as parents and to discuss Lent/Σαρακοστή with your children as a family.  Ask them what their goals are during Lent/Σαρακοστή.  What are they working on in order to get closer to God?How can you as parents, help support them with their goals?  Maybe share what you are working on as well in order to be a model for your children.  In addition, what act/acts of kindness can you do as a family to follow Jesus's teachings?  Let us all do our best to be mindful of all this during the weeks to come.

Parents who have girls aged 7 and up who would like to be Myrofores  during the evening service for Good Friday, are asked to please contact their Sunday School Teacher or email Tina Liaridis with Myrofores in the subject line of the email.  

May God bless you all.

New Way to Give
Easter and Stewardship Envelopes coming soon. Pick them up at the office - stay tuned for details! 

Philoptochos News

  • March 21st - Philoptohos Meeting at 7PM
  • April 1st & 8th - Philoptohos will be selling Tsourekia Saturday from 9am-12noon.  
  • April 2nd & 9th - Philoptohos will be selling Tsourekia Sunday after church. 
If you want a large number of tsourekia and would like to pre-order to be sure you get the number you need, Philoptohos is also taking orders now for tsourekia. Contact Kathy at 403-836-3665 or Vaso at 403-241-1712 to pre-order!
  • April 12th - Coloring Eggs for Pascha 
If you would like to help, please come at 9:00 am to help the ladies color the eggs that are handed out on Easter Sunday to the congregation. 

Thank you to everyone who has been coming to support our luncheons and fundraisers.  We really appreciate your help and support!  

Important Upcoming Dates

  • April 2nd - Labatha (Easter Candle) sales begin for Pascha. All proceeds to go to the community. 
  • April 8th - 3rd Annual Palm Making Event
  • April 9th - Palm Sunday Luncheon. Sponsored by Oceana Seafood, Steakhouse and Bar
  • April 13th - Epitaphios Preparation

Memorial Announcements
In an effort to keep our community members informed, the decision has been made to announce upcoming memorials in this Community Newsletter. Newsletters are published every second Tuesday. Only memorials that have been booked with Father Peter at the time of publication will appear in the Newsletter. Also, please note that because Newsletters are issued bi-weekly, only memorials for the 2 Sundays following the publication date will appear. In order to provide the best and most current information regarding memorials and to avoid the unfortunate instance that one is inadvertently missed in the Newsletter,  we ask that if you are planning a memorial for a loved one, that you give as much notice as possible to Father Peter

Holy Lands Pilgrimage 
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March 7, 2017

International Women's Day 
Join us for our very first speakers series on Wednesday, March 8th for International Women's Day at 6PM at the Hellenic Community Hall. We are excited to have Fay Chrisohou, founder and president of FCPC Tax and Consulting, presenting "Get Curious About Your Finances" and Dr. Ramona Chrisohou answering all your medical questions. Please have your questions ready. We look forward to seeing you there!

Used Book Sale Carried Over
Our used book sale has been very successful, but we still have a number of adult Greek and English books that you might be interested in. The book sale will continue on Saturday, March 11th from 9AM-12PM and on Sunday, March 12th from 12PM-1:30PM. Thank you for supporting our community. 

Skating at the Saddledome
On Sunday, March 12th at 4PM, the Calgary Hitmen play against the Edmonton Oil Kings. After the game, they are offering a family skate for the fans. All it would cost is a ticket purchase to the game with the Community is offering for $10 per person. There will also be face painters on the concourse throughout the game, making this a fun family event. 

Parents are responsible for the supervision of their children. Children may skate alone and parents watch from the stands or parents may join them on the ice. 

To reserve your tickets, please sign up here! Tickets will be available for pick-up on Saturday, March 11th at 9:30AM or Sunday, March 12th, after church. For more information, please email Dimitra Fotopoulos at dimfoto403@gmail.com

Did You Know?
Our community now has Thank You cards available! Has someone shown an act of kindness, demonstrated their commitment to our community, or gone out of their way to make our community great? Let them know! Stop by the office and grab a Thank You card to acknowledge individuals or organizations that have made a difference in our community! 

Sunday School
Our next Sunday School dates are as follows:

  • March 19th
  • April 2nd 
As we go through this period of Great Lent, please remember to pray for those you love and to pray for those who are truly in need of love. Please be a good model for your children and help them to understand what Great Lent is really about. In Matthew 25:35-40, Christ tells us to feed the hungry, clothe the naked, comfort the sick and visit the imprisoned. This is a time to reflect on Jesus's teachings and to do our best to follow His example in preparation for the Great and Holy Pascha. May God bless you all.

Golden Ladies Makaronada Luncheon 
On Sunday, March 12th, the Golden Ladies will be hosting a "Makaronada" luncheon at the Hellenic Community Hall immediately following church services, during fellowship. The price is $8 per person (cash only). Please come and enjoy!!

Philoptoxos News

  • March 19th - Loukoumades sale following church services, during fellowship. 
  • March 21st - Monthly Meeting at 7PM
  • April 2nd & 9th - Tsourekia sale following church services, during fellowship.  
  • April 1st & 8th - Tsourekia sale from 9AM-12PM
If you would like to order a large number of tsourekia and would like to pre-order to be sure you get the number you need, Philoptochos is also taking orders now for tsourekia. Contact Kathy at 403-836-3665 or Vaso at 403-241-1712

Thank you to everyone who has been coming to support our luncheons and fundraisers. We appreciate your support!

What's the BIG Secret?
Our Community Hall is the best kept secret in Calgary - so help spread the word! Do you know of someone organizing a fundraising event, getting married, or celebrating a special occasion? Our hall is available to everyone and brings funds to our community. We are one of the few halls left in the city offering the flexibility to bring outside vendors - a HUGE competitive advantage for our hall. So let your friends, family, and coworkers know about your fabulous facility and in turn, help generate income for our community! 

Holy Lands Pilgrimage 
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February 21, 2017

Used Book Sale & Library News
Our community library is now weeded thanks to the efforts and hard work of these dedicated volunteers: Judy Gray, Katerina Soku, and Antigone Kollias. The criteria used for the weeding of the book collection was relevancy, currency, bias, physical condition, language used and esthetics. 

Books that do not fit in the collection will be sold on March 5th at the Hellenic Community Hall from 12-2 and on Monday, March 6th form 6-7. Proceeds from the sale of children's and adult books in Greek and English will support the transformation of our library room into a multi-purpose room that will better meet the community needs. 

We will accept donations of used books in good condition and appropriate content in Greek or English. Children and adult books and magazines will be accepted in the Hellenic Community Hall from February 22nd until March 4th during office hours. 

Please call Antigone Kollias at 403-477-5724 with any suggestions or questions regarding the library and book sale. Volunteers are always welcome. 

Thank you for supporting our community! 

Tax Presentation
James Kromidas (http://kromida.com), a Chartered Accountant from Montreal, will present in the Hellenic Community Hall on March 5th after the Philoptochos luncheon (1:00-1:30). The emphasis will be on how Greek taxation laws affect Greeks who live abroad and what they need to do to comply with these laws.

The presentation will be for 30 minutes and there will be opportunities for questions.

Bible Study
This Wednesday, February 22nd at 6PM in the Church. The topic of discussion will be bioethics. 

Membership Committee Events
To the ladies of our Community, we invite you to our Speaker Series evening for women on March 8th at the Hellenic Community in celebration of International Women's Day. Please save the date and come for an opportunity to learn from others and at the same time celebrate being a woman! More information on our guest speakers to follow in the next newsletter. 

Paint Night
We would like to thank everyone who came to our First Annual Paint Night! It was a great success and we look forward to the next one!

Did Someone Say Hockey?
Thank you to everyone who joined us for the Multicultural Night with the Calgary Hitmen. It was a great game and a great night out with the members of our community. We had a great time representing Greece. Check out the video by clicking here!

Sunday School
The next dates for Sunday School are:

  • March 5th 
  • March 19th 

Great lent begins on February 27th. Discuss as a family how you will work together in faith to become even closer to God.

Golden Ladies Makaronada Luncheon
On Sunday, March 12th following church service, the Golden Ladies will be hosting a Makaronada Luncheon. The price is $8 per person. Please come and enjoy!

Phioptochos News
On February 26th, the ladies will be selling tiropites and spanakopites after church service. On March 19th, the ladies will be selling loukoumades. YUM!

Holy Lands Pilgrimage 
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February 7, 2017

Paint Night
Please join us for paint night fundraiser for our community on February 8th at 6PM at the Hellenic Community Centre (upstairs hall). The cost is $30 (payable in cash) and covers all supplies to create your very own masterpiece! Everyone is welcome but geared towards those 14 years and older. 

Please contact Diane Polesello - dapolesello@shaw.ca for more information. To register, please click here! 

We look forward to seeing you there! 

Did Someone Say Hockey?
Join us for a Multicultural Night as the Calgary Hitmen take on Swift Current on February 11th. Wear your blue and white, bring flags and enter the draw to join us for a flag ceremony on centre ice. Tickets are $10/each for members. We have limited tickets available so be sure to register early by clicking here!

Sunday School
The next dates for Sunday school are:

  • February 19th
  • March 5th
The Presentation of Our Lord - February 2nd 
Virgin Mary and Joseph brought baby Jesus into the temple for the 40 day Blessing (according to the Law of Moses). Also at the temple, was Simeon a just and devout man who had long awaited the salvation of God ... who had been informed by divine revelation that he would not die until he saw the Saviour Jesus. Simeon took Jesus up in his arms and gave glory to God, saying, "Lord, now let your servant depart in peace, according to your word; for my eyes have seen your salvation which you have prepared in the presence of all peoples....".  Some of you may not know this but our Orthodox Church has preserved this beautiful tradition of the 40 day blessing (also known as the "churching" ) of the mother and new-born child with the reading of prayers of purification. 

Membership Committee Events
To the ladies of our Community, we invite you to our Speaker Series evening for women on March 8th at the Hellenic Community in celebration of International Women's Day. Please save the date and come for an opportunity to learn from others and at the same time celebrate being a woman! More information on our guest speakers to follow in the next newsletter. 

Way to go Members!
A big thank you to all community members who have already paid their 2017 memberships! Early membership payment helps our community plan and budget more effectively for the upcoming year. Thanks to all for your continued support! 

Philoptochos News
Philoptochos will be honouring our seniors by hosting a Seniors Luncheon on Sunday, February 19th. If you are able to assist at the luncheon, please contact the president of Philoptochos or come early to help out. Many hands make light work!

Did you know that the Philoptochos ladies make approximately 700 sandwiches for the Drop In Center every month? The next date for making sandwiches is Tuesday, February 21st at 9AM at the Community Hall. If anyone would like to join the ladies at that time, they would appreciate it! 

The next Philoptochos meeting is on February 21st at 7PM

Holy Lands Pilgrimage 
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January 24, 2017

President's Message for 2017 
Hello to all Members,

I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas season and want to wish you all a Happy New Year as the Community Council is really looking forward to having a great year in 2017. 

As happens every year, the Community Council changes as terms finish and new members help to do their part. I would like to welcome Antigone Kollias and Demetrios Nicolaides to our Council this year for a 3 year term. Also, myself, Sam Kaketsis and Mike Sinesios have come back for a new 3 year term, as our previous term of service had expired.

I feel Council has made progress in having a very open and approachable Council that will engage with our members, old and new, to address your needs and concerns so we all have a Community that we can all enjoy and be proud of.

Saying all of that, there is still a lot of work to be done and we need our members to be active with their time and ideas do we can grow the Community to new heights. 

Click here to find information for Father Peter, the Executive Council as well as all Council members and their respective areas of responsibility. 

Please do not hesitate to contact anyone of us if you have any concerns or needs. Also, you can contact the Society office during office hours Monday-Thursday between 9:00AM and 2:00PM at 403-246-4553 or email the office admin@calgaryhellenic.com. 

Thank you, 

Nick Vassilakos
President
Hellenic Community of Calgary

Future Development Meeting
Please join our Future Development Committee.

The aim of this Committee is to analyze the immediate and future needs of our Community and develop a 5-10 year plan of action. Interested members are invited to attend an open house on Sunday, January 29th at 12:30PM in the basement of the Community hall. 

Greek School
Happy New Year and welcome back! 

We would like to congratulate Level 2 and Level 35 for winning the Christmas door decorating contest. All doors looked amazing and the students had so much fun decorating them. A pizza party will take place for the winners in the next couple of weeks.

We welcome Matina Liaridis as the Level 3 teacher. Tina was a former teacher and principal and we are delighted to have her back! 

Report cards go home on:

  • Wednesday, January 25th 
  • Saturday, January 28th 

Parent/teacher interviews are on:

  • Wednesday, February 1st from 7PM-8PM
  • Saturday, February 4th from 11AM-12PM

We encourage all parents to book a time to meet with teachers. Any support and feedback will help you and your child work together in learning Greek as a second language.

We look forward to seeing you!

Rana Argiris
Principal
Calgary Greek School

International Women's Day
Join us on March 8th as we will be hosting a Speaker Series event for women. Please look for more details in the February newsletter. 

Paint Night
Please join us for a Paint Night Fundraiser for our community on February 8th at 6:00PM at the Hellenic Community Centre. The cost is $30 and covers all supplies to create your very own masterpiece. 

Everyone is welcome although geared towards those 14 years and older. You must pre-register by February 6th using this attached form. Please contact Diane Polesello at dapolesello@shaw.ca for more information.

We look forward to seeing you there! 

Did Someone Say Hockey?
Join us for a Multicultural Night as the Calgary Hitmen take on Swift Current on February 11th. Wear your blue and white, bring flags and enter the draw to join us for a flag ceremony on centre ice. Tickets are $10/each for members. We have limited tickets available so be sure to register early by clicking here

Sunday School 
The next dates for Sunday School are:

  • February 5th
  • February 19th

We have very few students coming for our 3rd group (ages 12-18). Parents, we really need your support - please encourge your teen to come and join us. In February, please let us all focus on this passage from 1 John 4:7 "Dear friends, let us love one another, for love comes from God. Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God."

Have You Paid Your 2017 Membership? 
Renew your membership from the comfort of your (warm) home. Just log in to your community account at www.calgaryhellenic.com or visit the community office from 9AM-2PM on Monday through Thursday. You can also pay at the church office following Sunday church services!

Philoptochos News
Did you know that the Philoptochos Ladies make approximately 7 000 sandwiches for the drop in centre every month? The Saint Philotheli donation box is located in the entrance of the church on the left, towards the stained glass windows. The money that is collected in that donation box is used for making those sandwiches. If you would like to contribute, please make a donation when you come to church. If you would like to help make sandwiches, you are welcome to join the ladies. The next date for making sandwiches is Tuesday, February 21st at 9AM in the Hellenic Community Hall. Our other February events are:

  • February 19th - Seniors Luncheon
  • February 26th - Tyropites & Spanakopites Sale 

Holy Lands Pilgrimage 
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January 10, 2017

Holy Lands Pilgrimage 
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Tavli Tournament 
CANCELLED for January 22nd  but will be rescheduled for a later date. If you have registered, please contact Dimitra Fotopoulos at dimfoto403@gmail.com.

Sunday School
Upcoming Sunday School dates:

  • January 22nd 
9th Annual Greek Poker Tournament 
Happening January 28th! Contact Mitch at dhontzias@yahoo.ca to reserve your spot. Only 100 seats available! 

Have You Paid Your 2017 Membership? 
Renew your membership from the comfort of your (warm) home. Just log in to your community account at www.calgaryhellenic.com or visit the community office from 9AM-2PM on Monday through Thursday. You can also pay at the church office following Sunday church services!  

The Alexandra Klironomos FUN CASINO 
The Order of AHEPA & the Daughters of Penelope are once again hosting a Fun Casino on February 25th. Tickets are now on sale. Contact Diane at dapolesello@shaw.ca or 403.616.3426. These will go fast! Proceeds of this event will go towards dementia care.  
 


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