Philoptochos - St. Dorkas Adelphotis Chapter
Vasiliki Fotinis, President / email@example.com
Responding to our community in this challenging time
Philanthropic outreach is the heart of the National Philoptochos Society, with each chapter around the country contributing to their communities and beyond in unique ways. The St. Dorkas Adelphotis Chapter at Ss. Nicholas, Constantine & Helen has been involved in a number of outreach efforts over the last few years—and we want you to know about them. Please open the document to learn about the charities our chapter has supported, which has been made possible through your continued prayers, support, and financial donations.
The Ladies Philoptochos St Dorkas Adelphotis News:
Being Physically apart but Socially Connected is how Philoptochos is moving forward this year. Please join the Philoptochos to make a difference (see membership form for 2021). The chapter is reaching out to our Philoptochos sisters and parishioners with the following activities:
December 6 & 13 Giving Tree – led by Katherine Foley; please provide a monetary donation made out to Philoptochos; we will purchase gift cards and a small gift for each child per request of DYFS this year. Each year our generous community provides gifts to 100 foster children in Essex County.
December Christmas Pastry and Vasilopita sale – led by Vikki Glock; please pre-order and prepay by 12/13/20 and pick up Saturday Dec 19 or Sunday Dec 20 11 am to 2 pm.
Boxed Greek flag ornaments and Ceramic dove ornaments (made by Mudgirls studios which helps women transition out of poverty towards self-sufficiency) are available for purchase (see order form).
The Philoptochos charitable outreach in 2020:
Supporting local charities ($1,250) – Toni’s Kitchen and SOFIA organization (helping abused women) in Montclair, and Trinity Food Pantry in West Orange, this year and a West Virginia church hard hit by COVID.
Supporting Archdiocese and Metropolis charities – these continue to help Orthodox in need (go to https://www.philoptochos.org/commitments/ for detailed information). In lieu of fundraising, we will be able to fund most of our modest monthly obligations thanks to a bequest (donations in memory of Dr Athanasios Roumanas).
Philoptochos members participated at the September 7, 2019 - SOFIA 9th Annual Walk Against Domestic Violence
1 - 30: Ovarian Cancer / Turn the Town Teal Ribbons
9: Philoptochos General Meeting - 6:30pm - Board Room - Guest Speaker: Father George Khitiri - "Mission of the Church/Philoptochos
29th: Hellenic College / Holy Cross Scholarship Tray
PARISH PILGRIMAGE OPPORTUNITY:
September 25th: Pilgrimage to St. George Church in Taylor, PA to venerate the Tenderheart Icon of the Theotokos. - Depart: 3:15pm
Must RSVP to the Church Office as soon as possible! Ca.. (973) 251-2920
ORTHODOX BOOKSTORE MINISTRY:
We offer books, Icons, CD's and more that help feed / heal the soul. We also have a section for slightly used items for a donation of your choice. Come and see!
2019 Visit to Apostle House
Philoptochos Altar Iconography Donation
The Ladies Philoptochos Society St Dorkas Adelphotis Chapter 1028/1029 has donated 2 full length altar icons, presenting checks totaling $8,000 in May and June. The goal is to raise the full $12,000 (or more) by St Nicholas Feast Day.
Father George and the Philoptochos are grateful for the generosity of our Philoptochos sisters, their families and friends. Our gratitude is surpassed only by the knowledge that we have made a significant contribution to beautifying our beloved Ss Nicholas, Constantine and Helen Church, and we could not have done it without you.
The Committee (Mary Koutsaftes, Helen Oliva, and Vivian Pagoulatos) will continue to accept donations and any amount is most welcomed. All donors will be listed on the special Altar Iconography Poster in the rotunda. If you wish to donate, please contact us.
O Lord Jesus Christ, we bow our heads before You, and with humble hearts we give thanks to You for the abundant blessings, which You have poured forth upon us. We praise You for gathering us together as members of the Ladies Philoptochos Society in the service to Your Holy Church. We bless You for the selfless sacrifice of countless generations of women who have faithfully fulfilled the philanthropic mission entrusted to them. Through Your ineffable wisdom and Your Divine power, You have enabled us to minister to those who are in need of Your love, Your comfort, and Your care. Make us instruments of Your peace and of Your hope, O Lord.
Where there is pain and suffering, may we bring Your healing and comfort. Where there is loneliness and isolation, may we bring the fellowship of Your Holy Church. Where there is despair and discouragement, may we inspire hope and faith in You. Where there is hatred and strife, may we be peace-makers producing the fruits of love and reconciliation.
We also ask You, O Lord, to guide our deliberations, our decisions, our fellowship, and all our labors, so that in all we do, or say, we may bring glory to Your Holy Name, of the Father and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.