200 Years of Greek Independence - March 4, 2021

Dear members,

As you are already probably familiar, this year marks the 200th  Anniversary of Greek Independence. Although restrictions are still in place and we will not be able to celebrate in our usual ways, we have planned several other ways to celebrate this important milestone in our cultural and religious history. 

Community Fundraiser:
Join us in celebrating the 200th year anniversary of the Independence of Greece, by sponsoring a Greek Flag. These flags will decorate the outside of our St. Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church and our Hellenic Community Hall. You can also include a special message in honor of a war hero that will be added to your flag. After March 29th, you will get to keep your flag as a memento of this special anniversary.
The minimum donation per flag is $30 (flag size 3x5 foot). Proceeds will be going toward the Calgary Hellenic Community and the Greek Community School of Calgary. To purchase your flag please visit us online at www.calgaryhellenic.com or contact our community office at (403) 246-4553 ext 3 or 5.

Calgary Tower:
On March 25th, the Calgary Tower will be lit up Blue and White in honor of this historic milestone.

City of Calgary:
The City of Calgary will be raising the Greek Flag from sunrise to sunset on March 25th. Those who have time are welcome to go to City Hall (north side of the municipal plaza) and take photos with our flag.

City of Calgary Proclamation:
A request has also been made for a proclamation from the City of Calgary acknowledging the 200 years of Greek Independence. Once it has been received, it will be shared broadly with our members.

Greek School Celebration:
Once again we will not be able to celebrate the event in our usual format, all together in the Church and in the hall. However, our Greek School staff and students will be preparing a video to share. We are all looking forward to seeing the wonderful work our students will put together. Those interested in seeing the video please contact principal@calgaryhellenic.com.

Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of Canada:
Essay challenge for all youth ages 8-17, on the topic of Why are you proud to be Greek? Contest deadline is March 31st. Click here for more information.

Official Song of the 200 years of Independence:
Listen to this beautiful song commemorating this historic time in our history by clicking here.  


On behalf of the Community Council and Fr Peter Rougas,

Diane Polesello
President

February 22, 2021

House Renovation Update
After a few months of necessary renovations to the community house, it is finally ready to be put on the market for rent. The revenue collected from the house will be used to offset the utilities and property tax. A heartfelt thank you to the following for their generous donations and time/labour/supplies:
    - Calgary Foundation - $15,000
    - George, Gus and Platona Apostolidis - Painting (all supplies and labour)
    - Anonymous
It could not have been done without you!

Christmas Ornament Donation
Thank you to everyone who helped us raise funds during our Christmas Ornament Fundraiser for the Drop-In Center. We will be donating $1,250 to sponsor a lunch at the Drop-In Center. The remaining $2,300 will be used to support the costs of the building. 

Church Support Volunteers
The Church committee is looking for some support during services. Specifically, they need members to complete the contact information for attendees, hand out candles, ensure social distancing and proper wearing of masks are maintained. If you can help, click here to sign up

Father Peter's Office Hours
Father Peter will be in his office Tuesdays to Thursday mornings, assuming there is no church service or other commitments. Appointments are still highly encouraged although members will not be turned away if he is available. To contact Father Peter, click here

Greek School
The Ellhnomatheia online registration portal is now open for those 8 years of age and older wanting to write the certification exam. It will be open until March 21st, 2021. If you find yourself stuck in the process of registering, please email Olga Sarlis  at olga.sarlis@edmontonhellenic.com or Eleni Tsekoura eleni.tsekoura@edmontonhellenic.com.

The exams will be taking place at the Hellenic Heritage Language School/Hellenic-Canadian Community of Edmonton & Region in May of this year with a date and time to be determined and then announced.

Byzantine Chanting
If you are interested in learning Byzantine Chanting, please contact Father Peter at fr.peter@shaw.ca.

College Year in Athens
College Year in Athens (CYA) is offering two opportunities for Gap Year students: one for those passionate about antiquity with the program "Archaeological Field Work: Excavation, Workshops and Digital Technologies" and one for those interested in learning more about activism and diversity, with the program "Understanding Activism, Diversity, and Equity: the example of Greece". If you think this option may be of interest to you please email 
gapyear@cyathens.org for additional information.

Attention Business Owners
Our membership business directory is live! Click here to view it. As a reminder, all paid members can have their business listing added free of charge. Contact Penelope at admin@calgaryhellenic.com if you wish to add your business name and contact information to the directory.

Information for Funeral Services
For information regarding funerals and memorial services, please click here.


February 9, 2021

2021 Vic Alefantis Memorial Poker Night
Thank you to all the sponsors and participants of this year's virtual poker night! Over $19 000 was raised for our community with a portion going towards Scleroderma research. Congratulations to the final table winners, all who won a prize!

     1st place - Randy Jennings
     2nd place - Jay Hanzel
     3rd place - Gordon Nelson
     4th place - Sally Zehan
     5th place Dimitrios Hontzias
     6th place - Chris Chrisohou
     7th place - Theodoros Alefantis
     8th place - Tim Matchim
     9th place - George Liaridis

Greek Tax Residency Webinar
On February 10th, 2021 at 10am, The Hellenic Initiative is hosting a webinar on the recently adopted Greek tax legislation providing incentives to people who consider relocating their primary tax residency to Greece. For more information and to register for the webinar, please click here.

College Year in Athens
College Year in Athens (CYA) is offering two opportunities for Gap Year students: one for those passionate about antiquity with the program "Archaeological Field Work: Excavation, Workshops and Digital Technologies" and one for those interested in learning more about activism and diversity, with the program "Understanding Activism, Diversity, and Equity: the example of Greece". If you think this option may be of interest to you please email 
gapyear@cyathens.org for additional information.

Council Vacancies 
Your community council is looking for two energetic volunteers to fill two, one-year terms on council! If you or anyone you know would like to be a part of council, please email admin@calgaryhellenic.com. As a reminder, you must have been a paid member for 2-years since December 6th, 2020.

Church Support Volunteers
The Church committee is looking for some support during services. Specifically, they need members to complete the contact information for attendees, hand out candles, ensure social distancing and proper wearing of masks are maintained. If you can help, click here to sign up

Father Peter's Office Hours
Father Peter will be in his office Tuesdays to Thursday mornings, assuming there is no church service or other commitments. Appointments are still highly encouraged although members will not be turned away if he is available. To contact Father Peter, click here

Niata
Hello Niata Families,
It’s been far too long since we’ve all been together. We hope that you’re all well and making the best of this cold winter. We can’t wait to see you all again, but we’re not sure when that will be yet. In an effort to lift spirits and continue our mission to pass on our Greek cultural history to our youth, we will be organizing a Zoom get together in March. Details will follow. Wishing all of you the best.
Effy Klironomos - Niata Director

Byzantine Chanting
If you are interested in learning Byzantine Chanting, please contact Father Peter at fr.peter@shaw.ca.

Attention Business Owners
Our membership business directory is live! Click here to view it. As a reminder, all paid members can have their business listing added free of charge. Contact Penelope at admin@calgaryhellenic.com if you wish to add your business name and contact information to the directory.

Information for Funeral Services
For information regarding funerals and memorial services, please click here.


January 27, 2021

Greek Tax Residency Webinar
On February 10th, 2021 at 10amThe Hellenic Initiative is hosting a webinar on the recently adopted Greek tax legislation providing incentives to people who consider relocating their primary tax residency to Greece. For more information and to register for the webinar, please click here.

Save Our Church
Thank you so much to everyone who has so graciously donated to our Save Our Church fundraising campaign. To date, we have raised just under $179,000! Covid-19 has presented challenges for everyone, so if you are able to, please give what you can. 

If you haven't donated yet, here's how:

All the funds raised will be used to sustain the maintenance, utilities and insurance of our church and community hall to ensure that we can remain open for the 2021 year and beyond. 

We are grateful for your support! 
Hellenic Community Council & Fr. Peter Rougas
(Click here to view the donation meter!)

Council Vacancies 
Your community council is looking for two energetic volunteers to fill two, one-year terms on council! If you or anyone you know would like to be a part of council, please email admin@calgaryhellenic.com. As a reminder, you must have been a paid member for 2-years since December 6th, 2020.

Church Support Volunteers
The Church committee is looking for some support during services. Specifically, they need members to complete the contact information for attendees, hand out candles, ensure social distancing and proper wearing of masks are maintained. If you can help, click here to sign up

Father Peter's Office Hours
Father Peter will be in his office Tuesdays to Thursday mornings, assuming there is no church service or other commitments. Appointments are still highly encouraged although members will not be turned away if he is available. To contact Father Peter, click here

Byzantine Chanting
If you are interested in learning Byzantine Chanting, please contact Father Peter at fr.peter@shaw.ca.

Attention Business Owners
Our membership business directory is live! Click here to view it. As a reminder, all paid members can have their business listing added free of charge. Contact Penelope at admin@calgaryhellenic.com if you wish to add your business name and contact information to the directory.

Information for Funeral Services
For information regarding funerals and memorial services, please click here
 


January 11, 2021

Save Our Church
Thank you so much to everyone who has so graciously donated to our Save Our Church fundraising campaign. To date, we have raised just about $ 178,000!! Covid-19 has presented challenges for everyone, so if you are able to, please give what you can. 

If you haven't donated yet, here's how:

All the funds raised will be used to sustain the maintenance, utilities and insurance of our church and community hall to ensure that we can remain open for the 2021 year and beyond. 

We are grateful for your support! 
Hellenic Community Council & Fr. Peter Rougas
(Click here to view the donation meter!)

Council Vacancies 
Your community council is looking for two energetic volunteers to fill two, one-year terms on council! If you or anyone you know would like to be a part of council, please email admin@calgaryhellenic.com. As a reminder, you must have been a paid member for 2-years since December 6th, 2020.

Church Support Volunteers
The Church committee is looking for some support during services. Specifically, they need members to complete the contact information for attendees, hand out candles, ensure social distancing and proper wearing of masks are maintained. If you can help, click here to sign up

Maids of Athena
The Maids of Athena gathered and delivered items to the Drop In Centre in support of the "Togetherness" initiative. Three of the Maids also volunteered to be greeters at our church during a recent Sunday service. Additionally, one of the Maids, with her family, created a Santa's Workshop in their garage where they collected and packaged items for seniors' homes, and ended up giving presents to over 200 residents! For their New Year’s fundraiser, the Maids have created a special video. Give them a follow on Instagram @moa.calgary to watch it. All the best of health and happiness in 2021!  

Philoptochos
Philoptochos continued to give to those in need during December! They purchased 20 backpacks and filled each backpack with winter items (tuques, warm gloves, neck warmers) hygiene items, masks, hand sanitizers, nutritional bars and much more. Pictures of the items are on the Philoptochos Facebook page. They were dropped them off at the Mustard Seed a few days before Christmas to help the homeless in Calgary. The Philoptochos Ladies are very proud to have been able to continue their good work, despite the challenges of 2020. They wish you all a healthy and joyful new year!

Sunday School
We wish everyone a healthy, prosperous and joyful start to the New Year and XRONIA POLLA to
 all who celebrate this month too!
"A tree is known by it's fruit; a man by his deeds. A good deed is never lost; he who sows courtesy reaps friendship, and he who plants kindness gathers love." - Saint Basil

Online Sunday School returns on January 17th. Register for classes by clicking here, to enroll your children in the appropriate Level(s). Unless notified, classes are offered the 1st and 3rd Sunday of the month from 12:30-1pm. Sunday School Chat's with Father Peter resume on January 24th.

Father Peter's Office Hours
Father Peter will be in his office Tuesdays to Thursday mornings, assuming there is no church service or other commitments. Appointments are still highly encouraged although members will not be turned away if he is available. To contact Father Peter, click here

Byzantine Chanting
If you are interested in learning Byzantine Chanting, please contact Father Peter at fr.peter@shaw.ca.

Met Youth Chats
Calling all youth 15+! Join Father Peter for monthly Google Meets sessions after his Religious Education classes. Be sure to check the community calendar for upcoming dates and the link to the meeting. 

Attention Business Owners
Our membership business directory is live! Click here to view it. As a reminder, all paid members can have their business listing added free of charge. Contact Penelope at admin@calgaryhellenic.com if you wish to add your business name and contact information to the directory.

Information for Funeral Services
For information regarding funerals and memorial services, please click here.  

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