Philoptochos Chapter 1024: Saint Andrew Greek Orthodox Church, Randolph NJ

Fall 2015 News:

The St. Andrew, Randolph, Philoptochos completed our second “Feed the Hungry” initiative at the Trinity Lutheran Church Soup Kitchen in Dover, NJ on September 7, 2015. Our Labor Day guests were served gyro meat which had been prepared in the St. Andrew kitchen, hot dogs, vegetables, fruit cup and dessert, all provided by the Philoptochos. As a gyro meal is not usually served at a Soup Kitchen, we “sold out” quickly! Our guests were very much appreciative of the meal served as evidenced by the many compliments and sincere words of thanks expressed to the servers. In total, we served 100 people and had 30 who took takeout. We had absolutely nothing left over – all food was gratefully consumed.             

 The volunteers for this endeavor were: Jack, Betty and Chris Kelly, Effie Gizas, Monica Pallestis, Melissa Dobias, Eleni Constantinides, Nick and Themelis Monokandilos, Teddy Strategis, Reta Matthews, Mary Papageorgis and Petra Knox. Together we made another powerful statement of philanthropy. We are working with the Trinity Lutheran Church to establish a frequent endeavor to “Feed the Hungry”.

 In service to the Lord

Petra Knox

President, St. Andrew Philoptochos 
Summer 2015 News:

The St. Andrew, Randolph, Philoptochos completed our first “Feed the Hungry” initiative at the Trinity Lutheran Church Soup Kitchen in Dover, NJ on July 7, 2015. The guests were served pastitsio prepared in the St. Andrew kitchen, a vegetable, salad and dessert, all provided by the Philoptochos. As this was a meal not usually served at a Soup Kitchen, our guests were very much appreciative of the meal served as evidenced by the many compliments and sincere words of thanks expressed to the servers. In total, we served 100 people and had 28 who took takeout. We left one full tray of pastitsio and the remainders of the other trays for a subsequent lunch as well as three trays of prepared gyro meat, salad and unopened vegetable cans and cookies.

The volunteers for this endeavor were: Debbie Damkas, Melissa Dobias, Eleni Constantinides, Jutta, Rob, Natalie and Claudia Ferrer, Eleni Gougas, Mary Hadjyerou, Reta Matthews, Mary Papageorgis and Petra Knox. Together we made a powerful statement of philanthropy. We will continue our mission to “Feed the Hungry” at Trinity Lutheran again on Monday, September 7, 2015.

   

  

Spring 2012 News:

Membership Recruitment Activities:
Every year we begin our membership drive in January. Our membership committee prepares a letter stating our mission and purpose *(see attachment). The letter is sent to our current membership. This year we have reached out to our members that are in the age group of 30’s and 40’s, to become ambassadors for their age group and to encourage women and men to join Philoptochos. We have taken the new materials showcasing the new image of Philoptochos and prepared a tri-fold poster. On this poster we have identified the Who/What/Why on Philoptochos. Every Sunday, we will have a table distributing the Circle of Interest forms and reaching out to all our parishioners. We have tried food events, but the attendance was not good.”

Maro Schuster, President

St. Andrew Philoptochos of Randolph, N.J. commenced this Lenten period with a complimentary Lenten luncheon for members of the parish to express gratitude for their ongoing support. Again, in keeping with this season’s focus on Lenten, we were happy to have as our guest speaker for our March meeting, a member of our congregation who regularly conducts orthodox discussion groups for our parish. She most eloquently spoke to us about our Lenten journey, with emphasis on the powerful and moving church services of Holy Week. During this quarter, we have increased our efforts to visit a number of our older members who are either shut-ins or housed in nursing homes. Lastly, we are happy to report that several of our members continue to volunteer at one or our local soup kitchens to feed the poor in our area. We pray that God continues to bless the endeavors of Philoptochos chapters nationally, and we wish everyone Kali Anastasi!

 

Fall 2011 News:

The Ladies Philoptochos Society of St. Andrews (Chapter 1024) consists of 135 active members. Our chapter performs philanthropy through various fundraising, social, educational, religious and cultural activities. Our current projects and fundraisers include: Social Services, Food drives, Coat drives, Habitat for Humanity, Smile Train, Cyprus Children’s Fund and many more.

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