Philoptochos Chapter 1099: The Dormition of the Virgin Mary Greek Orthodox Church, Winchester VA

Fall 2013 News:

Membership Recruitment Activities:
Our annual Membership Drive will be held on Saturday, January 26th. We will have a Tea Luncheon with a speaker: Elizabeth Pendelton, Senior Trust Officer.

Maria Boyer, President

As of the beginning of October, our chapter is 38 women strong! Our annual membership drive will be in January 2014.

During our parish festival in August 2013, the Ladies Philoptochos sponsored a raffle of an I-pad. This fundraiser raised $466.50. The proceeds were donated to CCAP (Congregational Community Action Project) of Winchester, Virginia, which is a cooperative ministry involving 45 area churches and one synagogue providing financial, material, and supportive assistance to people in need in the Winchester and Frederick County area.

In September, the Ladies Philoptochos sponsored a luncheon after church services for aid to Greece and Cyprus. This fundraiser netted a total of $303.00.

Thank you!

Kathy Lutz

Vice President

 


 

Fall 2011 News:

The Dormition of the Virgin Mary is located in historic Winchester, Virginia and is the only Greek Orthodox church in the rural Northern Shenandoah Valley. Many of our members commute long distances to participate in our meetings, fundraisers, and social events.

The Philoptochos Chapter is a recent addition to our church’s ministries, established in the summer of 2008. We currently have a membership of 26. Being a small chapter, all of our members take a direct hands-on approach to all of the Chapter’s activities.

Our fund raising activities have included auctioning off a handmade quilt, Dinner Take-out, Gyro Take-Out, and selling our self-published cookbooks.

Our fundraising has resulted in the monetary support of national as well as local charities, of which there is great need. In addition, we started a church library and we also undertook the preparation of Koliva for memorial services.

Social events included Christmas Luncheons, a group excursion on the Potomac Eagle Scenic Railroad, a Greek Movie Night, and a summertime Ice-cream Social.

In addition, we have held two Annual Membership Teas. Our guest speakers were Sister Anastasia who spoke about her experience in Philoptochos and its influence on her spiritual growth and the author of “A Guide to Greek Traditions and Customs in America,” Marilyn Rouvelas. These were a well-attended events and most inspiring.

We continue to grow spiritually in the church, to promote charitable causes, and to preserve the traditions and customs of our faith in good fellowship.

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