Philoptochos Chapter 1088: Kimisis Tis Theotokou, Holmdel, NJ

Spring 2012 News:

Membership Recruitment Activities:
[Our chapter] has been collecting membership dues and we had a nice wine & cheese in January. I speak at the Solea on new things Philoptochos is doing and thank them for their generous donations.

Josephine Tsarnas, President

In October, Philoptochos honored the ladies of who set the foundation for our Chapter many years ago and gave them Angel pins.

We had our Annual Christmas Party with our Greek youth dancing and our Greek School reciting poems and caroling.  We also honored our Principal of Greek School and Greek Dance for their dedication to our children.

Philoptochos staffed the Pangari on the 5th of February and passed out red flowers to all ladies as they entered which signified Heart Awareness month and also passed out educational material on the disease.

February began our “Love Drive” for Ronald McDonald House in Long Branch, NJ  whereby we collected one hundred sheets and towels.

We will be having our Annual Palm Sunday Luncheon on the 8th of April and also we will be honoring our Beloved Priest on St. George’s Name day and our George’s in our community as well.

In May, Philoptochos will present our “Mother of the Year Award” to a member of Kimisis who adheres to the Mission of Philoptochos.

Our “Stories for Cancer Committee” will be spending the 23rd at Monmouth Medical Center Pediatric and Cancer Wing reading stories and playing board games with the children.

Father’s Day, Philoptochos will be pinning white carnations on fathers’ as they enter the Church.

In July we will be making four hundred dinners for families in need and deliver them to the families.   


Fall 2011 News:

The Ladies Philoptochos Society/BAHA Chapter 1088 of Kimisis Tis Theotokou in Holmdel, New Jersey under Spiritual Advisor, Father George Dounelis work together to fulfill our Mission. We connect people with their living faith, showing them that living your faith means to extend ourselves in ways that make a difference in the lives of those in need of comfort and care. We do this through the church and its ministries. The fulfillment of our Mission is done through our numerous committees, such as The College Connection, which provides our college bound youth the opportunity to maintain a connection with their church and the community, while they are living on campus. We also maintain a relationship with the priest closest to the student’s college so we can ensure the student doesn’t forget their faith. It also enables them to acclimate to their home community easily when they return from college.
Other activities our Philoptochos spearheads to fulfill our philanthropic Mission is more hands on, such as providing three hundred meals for homeless people in Dover, New Jersey. Our Senior Citizen Home Committee, visits nursing homes and homebound people and bring them andithero. We spend time listening and counseling families in need to bring them back into the church.
Our Stories for Cancer Committee, visits children’s’ hospitals throughout the New Jersey Metropolis, knitting hats and blankets for children who are victims of cancer, while reading stories to them.
Our Helping Hands Committee prepares a meal for parishioners unable to provide for themselves and also extend themselves by giving rides to those in need in our community when they need to get to the lab for blood tests, doctor’s offices and/or supermarket. They help people in our community with cleaning medical bandages after a surgery and help provide medical assistance to those in need.
Throughout the year our Chapter joined other NJ Metropolis Chapters to participate in a National Chapter Challenge, which has its focus, on Alzheimer’s Awareness. In the month of October, we raised money for Autism Speaks and also had a health lecture.
On Sunday, October 30th we honored Ladies of the Philoptochos who set the foundation for our Chapter as well as our behind the scenes angels who were commended for their dedication to our beloved church and received angel pins.
At our Annual Christmas Party, I thanked the community for placing a priority on giving, as their means allowed, to help those in need of food or for those with no gifts under the Christmas tree. I expressed the many ways, we helped our community, other than material means, and how we had an abundance of “the sharing of God given talents.” From the Greek School students who sang, the Kimisis Greek Dancers, who danced and made joyful noise unto the Spirit of Christmas! The caroling of our Goyans, Boy Scouts, and Girl Scouts at local nursing homes to our decorations in church and stage, to our magical Choir, Chantors, and Altar Boys; we were blessed by artistic talent that opened our hearts to the joy of the season!
Our Philoptochos is blessed to have such devoted, supportive and loyal sisters who generously give to our Kimisis Family daily without regard for personal effort and the sacrifice that may be involved. May God keep you healthy and strong to always walk in his path and do His work.

Me Agape,
Josephine Halkias-Tsarnas, Philoptochos President of Kimisis Tis Theotokou
Looking forward to seeing you at our Fashion Show on October 11, 2012.

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