I hope this letter finds you and your family well. Since the beginning of the year, our parish council and the entire community have been hard at work. Already in the first two months, we’ve had three very successful events that brought our community together. All of these events are examples of what we can do as a community when we join together in the spirit Christianity and love.
Our Taste of the Shore was a social and financial success. Many of our parishioners and friends from the greater Ocean Township area joined together to taste food and drink from local restaurants and vendors. Thank you to our Taste of the Shore committee and all our vendors and sponsors!
We also enjoyed the “kefi” of the Apokriatiko Glendi, where we gathered as a community to enjoy each other’s company in our Cultural Center. Our thanks to the PTO for organizing this wonderful event.
And finally, we had our “Connection Sunday” which showcased all our various ministries and showed our appreciation to all of our St. George stewards. A special thank you to our cantor, Evan Kartsakalis who donated all the food for the occasion and an extra special thank you to our Stewardship Committee for organizing this event.
Progress is being made on the Iconography Project. See update on this page from Anne Papageorge, Chairperson of the Iconography Committee. The Committee is overseeing the design, fundraising and installation efforts. If you’re interested in participating in this effort, financially or as a member of the Committee, please contact Anne or any member of the Parish Council.
At the February parish council meeting, elections were held for the 2017 Executive Committee. Your new committee members are as follows: John Vrettos, Executive V.P.; Theo Koufidakis, V.P.; Athena Loesch, Treasurer; George Costidis, Asst. Treasurer; Barbara Terlecsky, Secretary. I will continue on as President for another year and I ask that you all pray for every member of the parish council so that God may grant us strength and wisdom to serve our St. George community. I can honestly say that this is a most dynamic group of members and I look forward to a great year! Please feel free to contact any of us with your thoughts or input in the growth of our community.
Last, but certainly not least, I would like to take a moment to thank Vicki Kamaratos for all her years of service on our parish council. Vicki has been on the council since 2012 and has served our community with great enthusiasm and Christian love. Among other things, she has been instrumental in the conception and growth of our agape ministries. Scheduling conflicts have forced Vicki to step down from the council but we look forward to her continuing her efforts on behalf of our parish. Vicki is succeeded by Dimitris Ganeas. We welcome him the council.
As we enter this Lenten season, let’s all reflect on the sacrifices our Lord Jesus Christ made for us and focus on growing closer to Him by participating in the life of St. George; attending services, becoming an active Steward, and joining one or more of our various ministries
In His Service, Spiro Pappas