Philoptochos Chapter 1034: Saint Philothea at Saint John Theologian Greek Orthodox Church, Tenafly NJ

Fall 2013 News:

Membership Recruitment Activities:
Our chapter starts off their membership drive with an explanation of Philoptochos at the Vasilopita meeting. Then we send out our tri-fold brochure which contains the pictures of St. Philothea (our Patron Saint) and a small history of the Saint. The flyer explains the Philoptochos mission, the charities we give to (outside of any commitments) and approximately how much money is distributed in total. We also include the National and NJ Metropolis commitments, and a little bit about social service. The Membership Committee also makes up a tri-fold display poster that has pictures from the past year. The pictures are from the business meeting, lectures, fundraising events, baking/cooking, conventions, “good times”, and service projects (this year it will be Hurricane Sandy collection). Our membership brochure is also placed in the Church Chronicle (newsletter), which is mailed to every parishioner. Every Sunday we have a table during coffee hour after Church, to sign up members. I personally then remind every Parish Council Member (of which I am also a member), that their wives should be a member and if they want, they too can be associate members.

Barbara Kostakis, President

On October 26 & 27th, the Cathedral of St. John the Theologian Consecrated its chapel Kimisis Tis Theotokou. Metropolitan Evangelos officiated. The relics of three Saints were carried around the Cathedral three times and then placed into the Altar.
The historical ceremony was a spiritual one that finalized the completion of renovations to the chapel, lobby and church administrative offices. St. Philothea Philoptochos chapter had the honor of cutting the Savanon into 2 inch squares. The Savanon was worn during the Consecration of the Chapel by the celebrant. It symbolizes the burial shroud of our Lord Jesus Christ and reminds us that the altar becomes the symbolic tomb of Christ where the relics of martyred Saints have been deposited. Following the service, it is tradition to cut the Savanon into small pieces and give them to the faithful as a “Phylocton”, a blessed object used by Orthodox Christians as protection again evil. The Philoptochos encased the pieces in plastic boxes along with an icon and a pin and distributed approximately 500 or more to the parishioners.

During the next few months, St. Philothea Philoptochos of the Metropolitan Cathedral of St. John the Theologian has many events planned.

1. St. Philothea once again will celebrate the holiday season by sponsoring our community’s annual Christmas Card for 2013. All donations are tax deductible. They are mailed to all of our parishioners.

2. On Sunday, December 8th, St. Philothea will host its annual “Christmas/Craft Holiday Bazaar” from 10am to 4 pm. There will be holiday arts and crafts, jewelry, children’s gifts, Greek refreshments and Spanakopita. For additional information please call the church office at 201-567-5072.

3. The St. Philothea Philoptochos cordially invites all for their Christmas Party on Tuesday, December 10, 6:30 to 10:30 p.m. at “Seasons” in Township of Washington, New Jersey. Come join us and have a good time for a good cause. All proceeds are donated to Philanthropic causes. For reservations or any additional information contact Maria Kamilaris @201-384-9330.

4. During the Holiday season we also sell spanakopitas and Greek deserts. Orders are taken and then filled.

5. The Chapter will honor the Veterans and all who are serving in the Armed Forces during coffee hour on Sunday, November 10th.



Spring 2012

St. Philothea Chapter in Tenafly, NJ received its state charter in 1953 and had its beginning with the Ascension Church, in Fairview, NJ. The community grew and a new church with a community center in Tenafly NJ and laid the cornerstone of the Church in November 1969. The initial charter and the name of the chapter was kept with the new Church.

This year, our chapter is on a mission to grow to 150 members. All our members actively support all the National and NJ Metropolis commitments. Four women from our chapter were honored at the Agape Luncheon this year for their 50 years of service to the Philoptochos. They were Mrs. Sophia Altin, Mrs. Madeline Jameson, Mrs. Julia Nannas and Mrs. Helen Sebekos. We also pledged $5000 for the Philoptochos Center of Philanthropy.

On February 23rd we honored our immediate past president, Katerene Halkias with a fine dinner at the Assembly Steak House. We were privileged that Mrs. Anastasia Michals, NJ Metropolis Philoptochos President, attended and presented Katerene with the Philoptochos Past President’s Pin.

During Lent, we have started a tradition of selling Luminaria. Parishioners purchase and place the name/names of deceased loved ones on a Luminaria. The names are read in prayer during the Apokathelosis Service on Holy Friday They are they lit and placed outside the Cathedral on Holy Friday evening.

Our main fundraising event this year is a Fashion Event. It will be held at Seasons, in Washington Township beginning at 6:45 pm. Please save the date and plan to attend this event.

We also support our church in all its activities but especially during the Festival, which begins May 31st. The Chapter prepares and bakes all the sweets and pites for the festival.

I am looking forward to the 2012 convention and exchanging ideas.

Barbara Kostakis, President

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