Philoptochos – January 2019
Dear Philoptochos Members and Friends:
We hope everyone is enjoying this Christmas season. This is a joyous time of the year whose true message is often forgotten through the hustle and bustle of holiday preparations. Let us never forget this miraculous time when we reflect on and celebrate the birth of our Saviour, Jesus Christ. May we also remember those in our prayers that are not able to enjoy this special time of the year because of sadness, sickness, or misfortune.
December was a very busy month for all of us personally but also for the Philoptochos. On December 2, we passed an extra tray in church and collected $302 for the Ecumenical Patriarchate. As we mentioned in our last letter, this year we were able to give $3,000 in Christmas donations to different charities and causes. How heartwarming it is to give back to those in need. So much of what we do depends on the support and generosity of our church community and for this we say thanks to each of you. After consulting with Father Alex it was decided that this year’s Vasilopita will be set for January 27, the last Sunday of the month. That being said, we are asking our Philoptochos members and church friends to consider baking, for this annual event. As always all proceeds from the luncheon will benefit St. Basil’s Academy. Please join us for this annual event.
On December 8th, many of our members, some spouses, some Daughters of Penelope members and other friends of the Philoptochos enjoyed a Christmas luncheon at Sammio’s Restaurant in Hope Mills. We were blessed to have Father Alex with us and were also fortunate to have His Grace, Bishop Sevastianos join us. We had a great turnout and had a wonderful time lunching together, talking and even singing Christmas carols. His Grace Sevastianos has been serving the last few years as the National Advisor to the Philoptochos. He is a passionate advocate of the “Feeding the Hungry Program” and spoke about this at length. We will all benefit from his new position as an assistant to His Eminence Metropolitan Alexios. The third weekend of the month was spent preparing Christmas baskets for certain “special people” in our community.The beginning of the year is the perfect time to think about joining the Philoptochos. Our mission is simple: to help support the needs of the poor, the sick, and the less fortunate. Our national stewardship is set at $25.00, therefore any amount given over that remains in our chapter treasury. We would welcome any new members to our next meeting which is set for Sunday, the 13th of January.
Xronia polla to those with a January name day and Happy New Year to all! May the blessings of peace, love, and joy follow you throughout the year.
In God’s Love,
Dina Goodson Philoptochos President
Philoptochos Meeting and Dinner at Alberto's Restaurant
Holy Thursday 2018