Philoptochos

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Tuesday, May 11 – Coffee Talk – 9:30 André Room
Tuesday, May 18 – Philoptochos Board Meeting 7:00 pm via Zoom
Sunday, May 23 – Philoptochos Meeting & Elections 4:00 pm via Zoom


President’s Message

Χριστός Ανέστη  Christ is Risen
Truly He is Risen! I hope that you have had a blessed Pascha. How nice it was to be able to attend services in person this year. We needed that experience of smelling the incense, venerating our icons and the Epitaphio, singing the lamentations together, raising our candles with Father Nick and chanting Χριστός Ανέστη with our fellow parishioners! My prayer is that next year we will be able to attend church services without masks and without restrictions on the number of people allowed in the church. Happy Mother’s Day to our mothers,  grandmothers, godmothers, aunts, relatives and close friends that were like mothers to all of us, the women who advised us and often came to our rescue in our time of need! I know how much I treasure the memories of my mom and miss her every day. I hope that you enjoy reading through the short tribute to moms that follows this page. The quotes and  reflections were submitted by Philoptochos members as a response to an email plea that I sent. I am pretty sure that the majority of us can relate to some if not all of these. How often do you open your mouth and hear your mom come out, saying the very things your heard as a child? This makes me laugh and remember my mom and yes, every day should be mother’s day!
Dates that I can highlight:
Tuesday, May 11 – Coffee Talk – 9:30 André Room
Tuesday, May 18 – Philoptochos Board Meeting 7:00 pm via Zoom
Sunday, May 23 – Philoptochos Meeting & Elections 4:00 pm via Zoom
Last call if you would like to join the board or if you wish to continue your service on the board. We are looking to fill 5-6 positions. It is always good to get fresh ideas and visions as we move forward. This is how we grow and continue to meet our commitments nationally and locally. Please consider joining us and sharing your talents and ideas as we work together.  You can contact me or one of the board members if you are willing to come on board. Again, I want to recognize my Board Members. I have enjoyed working with you all even as I feel a little cheated this past year. We missed so many opportunities to work closely together, but I truly appreciate your continued support. Thank you, Kathryn Geranios, for making sure that I meet deadlines and for your sticking with me. Thank you, office staff and parishioners, who support me and our missions. I especially want to say a BIG Thank YOU to Father Nick, our spiritual advisor, for his continued support of me, of our organization and for always making sure that we keep our focus in remembering the role of our Philoptochos Society.
Thank you, my fellow board members: Presvytera Vivian Bacalis, Jenifer Dillon, Cathy Jacob, Dianna Gettas, Anita Deligan, Irene Calos, Julie Beamer, Calypso Bletsos, Linda Caruthers, Wanda Ellis, Toula Halages, Pam Saunders, Daphne Tsimpris, Olga Vess.   Again, I pray that you all stay well so that we can see each other when this is over!
I appreciate and thank you for your continued support,
Barbara Bambacus
Philoptochos President


The Greek Orthodox Ladies Philoptochos Society, is the duly accredited women's philanthropic society of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America. The mission of the Society shall be:

■To aid the poor, the destitute, the hungry, the aged, the sick, the unemployed, the orphaned, the imprisoned, the widowed, the handicapped, the victims of disasters, to undertake the burial of impoverished persons and to offer assistance to anyone who may need the help of the Church through fund raising efforts; and

■To promote the charitable, benevolent, and philanthropic purposes of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America, through instructional programs, presentations, lectures, seminars and other educational resources;

■To preserve and perpetuate Orthodox Christian concepts and the Orthodox Christian Family, and through them, to promote the Greek Orthodox Faith and traditions, in accordance with its doctrines, canons, discipline, divine worship, usages and customs;

■To promote participation in the activities of the Greek Orthodox community, with the cooperation of the Parish Priest and the Parish Council.

The charitable work of the Society shall be performed with discretion, courtesy and kindness.
 
Barbara Bambacus - President