Philoptochos - October 2017
Dear Philoptochos members and friends:
We hope everyone had an enjoyable summer whether it was vacationing away or just being able to catch up at home and spend more time with family and friends. It is always good in the fall to get back in our routine and start seeing our church friends again after the summer season.
The hectic September month is behind us. Our church community was blessed with perfect weather for our annual Greek Festival helping make it another successful fundraiser. The Philoptochos sold out of everything except 30 pieces of baklava. Many thanks to all those who worked so hard for the good of our organization and the church. Thanks to the members who helped with the baking, to those who helped set up the pastry area, to those always cleaning up behind others, and to those who donated ingredients. Special thanks to Mrs. Stavroula Kanos, Presbytera Manuel, and Mrs. Eleftheria Skenteris who not only worked at the church, but baked so many delicious breads, cakes, cookies, treats at home for our pastry sales, all the while juggling family needs at home. Thank you to Nicko Poulos and Family who continue their family’s commitment of preparing dough for our baking days and ordering the ingredients. How fortunate and blessed we are! A special thank you to Pete Pavlikianides for driving through the rain to Charlotte to pick up our ordered pastries as the delivery was delayed due to problems with the truck.
Six weeks from now we will have our annual Spaghetti Dinner. As you all know this is our church’s other main fundraiser. We will again be baking pastries for this event.
Tentative baking days have been set. Check your Sunday church bulletins for updates.
The September 26th meeting was well attended. It was inspiring to see so many of our older members there as well as this next generation of women that are stepping up. There is a lot of love and respect for these first generation Philoptochos members who have done so much in the establishment our church community and our organization.
Sadly we lost two wonderful women from our community in August. Our condolences to Mr. Steve Pappas and family for the loss of his beloved wife Vasiliki. Also heartfelt sympathies to Mrs. Kathy Jensen and family, and to her brothers Jimmy and Johnny Keefe and their families for the loss of their wonderful mother, Mrs. Sophie Keefe. May their memories be eternal.
The Philoptochos, as Father Alex says, is the right arm of the church. It is part of our mission “to help the poor, the destitute, the hungry......and offer assistance to anyone who may need help”. It is humbling to belong to this generous, compassionate organization. If you are a member of our church, you are eligible to join. We welcome you.
Our next meeting is scheduled for Sunday, December 3, 2017 immediately after church.