March 1st, 2018

Spiritual Retreat
This Saturday, March 3rdfollowing the Divine Liturgy, we are having a spiritual retreat open to everyone. The schedule for the day is as follows:
   -   10:30am-11:15am Brunch
   -   11:15am-12:30pm Presentation by His Eminence Metropolitan Archbishop Sotirios – On the theme “Whosever therefore shall confess me before men, him will I confess also before my Father which is in heaven”.
   -   12:30pm-1:00pm Coffee break
   -   1:00pm-1:05pm Greetings by Sapfo Rassias, Philoptochos President of Cananda
   -   1:05pm-1:30pm Presentation by Rev. Fr. Peter Rougas on the theme – “Philoptochos and Missions; internal and external philanthropy”.
   -   1:30pm-2:00pm Question and answer session
   -   2:30pm Closing Prayer

Greek School
Volunteers are needed for the celebration on March 25th. Please see the attached document by clicking here for areas that require volunteers. Parents, this will count towards your mandatory 10 hours of volunteering for the year. Interested parents can email Fofo or Yanna atprincipal@calgaryhellenic.com.

Easter Baskets
We will be selling a few Easter baskets this year for our young members! They will be available in mid March. More details to come in the next newsletter! 

Multicultural Night at the Hitmen Game!
The Calgary Hitmen are hosting their 3rd Annual Multicultural Night on Sunday, March 4th at 4:00 p.m. Please join us for the game with your Greek flags and blue and white to showcase our community. Tickets are $10.00/each. For more information or to reserve your tickets, please contact dimfoto403@gmail.com

Giannis Sofillas - Live!
Our Community is hosting a concert featuring Giannis Sofillas on March 24th! This is an 18+ event with proceeds to benefit the Facility Maintenance Fund for our Community. For tickets, please contact Angela at 403-966-6930, Diane at 403-616-3426 or Katerina at 587-998-9322. We hope to see everyone there! 

2018 Calgary European Film Festival
Preparations have begun in planning this years European Film Festival, and we are looking for a community volunteer to represent our community in the Film Festival. The volunteer will help with organizing and also, with the help of the other members of the CEFF, choose a film from Greece. Interested members can contact 
Beatrix Downton at beatrix.downton@gmail.com

Inquiry
A family from Lethbridge has reached out to our community to find out if there is anyone in their area who would be able to provide Greek lessons for their children. If you are or someone you know would be able to provide lessons, please contact the Greek School at greekschool@calgaryhellenic.com. 


February 2nd, 2018

2018 President's Message
Dear community members, 

I want to start by wishing all of you a Happy New Year. The community council met earlier this month and we are all looking forward to a productive year ahead. This year we welcomed three new council members, George Mylonas, Kathy Vlismas, and Kathy Marinakos. We would also like to welcome back to the council Nick Zannis and John Yiannitsos. During our first meeting of the year, we focused on the importance of transparency, community engagement and the future of our community. The executive for the 2018 term was elected and committees were put into place. To see a list of all council members, the executive, and committees please click here

As always, please do not hesitate to contact any one of us if you have questions or concerns. 

Thank you, 

Nick Vasilakos
President
Hellenic Community of Calgary 

Community Blood Drive
Thank you to all who have signed up for our first hosted blood drive in the Hellenic Community.  We still require more donors.  Please consider registering today for Monday February 5th, and bringing along a friend or family member to donate with you! God has given us all the ability to GIFT LIFE - with your blood donation, you can save someone's mother, father, sister, brother, husband, wife, child.  It is the greatest gift you can give someone. Please sign up today at blood.ca or 1-888-2-DONATE.

Philoptochos 
To honour the golden aged members of our community for their hard work and dedication, the Greek Ladies of Philoptochos will be hosting a Senior's Luncheon on Sunday, February 4th right after the Divine Liturgy. Seniors, ages 65 and up are free.  For those under 65, the price will be $10 a person. We hope to see you there!

Sunday School
Upcoming Sunday school dates are February 4th and February 18th. Happy Valentine's Day to all! Continue to be a light in people's lives by spreading kindness and love wherever you go!

10th Annual Poker Tournament
Thank you to all who attended our 10th Annual Poker Tournament and making it a huge success! A special thank you to the volunteers and donors - this event couldn't have happened without you! 

Stay tuned for our next community event on March 24th


January 16th, 2018

10th Annual Poker Tournament
Join us on Saturday, January 27th for our 10th Annual Poker Tournament! Proceeds from the night will go towards the Hellenic Community of Calgary and the Pulmonary Hypertension Clinic at the Peter Lougheed Centre. Tickets to this wonderful event are $250 (includes the tournament buy in, prime rib dinner and all drinks) or $50 (includes the prime rib dinner and all drinks). Doors open at 5PM and dinner service will begin at 5:30PM. Register before January 20th  by calling Gus at 403-998-3386 or Mitch at 403-862-9459. For sponsorship opportunities, please call Diane at 403-616-3426. Jackets and some purple attire requested.

Community Blood Drive 
Our community has teamed up with Blood Services to host our first Blood Drive on Monday, February 5th from 3pm-8pm. This clinic is open to anyone, so get your family, friends, and neighbours to sign up. Simply go to www.blood.ca to register today! 

Fun Casino Night

Mark your calendars - the Daughters of Penelope and Ahepa are hosting their Fun Casino on February 10th! For event details, cick here to visit their Facebook page. Tickets go fast, so be sure to get yours early by contacting Diane Polesello at 403-616-3426.

2018 Community Memberships
As a reminder, memberships run on a calendar basis so please be sure to renew your membership at the church office or online for 2018 to ensure your status remains active! Currently, we have no active student members. Parents of young adults aged 18-25 and attending a post secondary institution, please encourage them to pay their dues. Doing so as young adults will ensure that they too have a community for their future use. Our church and community can only continue to grow when we inspire, encourage and embrace our youth!

Greek School
We had a festive time at Greek School, right before Christmas! Our lovely teacher, Nancy Koutselas, prepared a traditional craft for our students. The traditional sailing boat the signifies the Greeks decorating the sailing boats in the harbour to welcome the sailors coming home during this season. Click here to see what the students made! Thank you to all the teachers for helping and participating!


January 2nd, 2018

Office Hours
Please note that regular office hours will resume on January 8th.

Greek School
The Greek 15 class has a new teacher - welcome Maria Brophy! Maria is originally from Crete and is now working on her Bachelor of Education. To our outgoing teacher Eirini Psaropoulou, the Community thanks you for your years of dedication to the Greek School program and to the students you worked with. 
Towards the end of January, we are offering a begginers-intermediate adult class with Nancy Koutselas, on Wednesday evenings. We are also offering a beginners adult class on Saturday mornings. For more information on either classes please contact Yanna or Fofo at principal@calgaryhellenic.com
We hope you had a festive season and we look forward to seeing you in the new year!

Philoptochos News
Happy New Year! Thank you to all who supported and attended the Philoptochos New Years Eve Celebration! Without your continued support, we would not be able to help as many people as we are able to. 

Sunday School
Our Sunday school classes for January are: January 7th & 21st.

Epiphany 2018
The Blessing of Homes for Epiphany will take place on January 5th, from 11AM to 9PM, and on January 6th, from 1PM to 9PM. If you would like to receive the blessings of Epiphany for 2018, please fill out the form by clicking here and sending it to Father Peter at Fr.Peter@shaw.ca.  

MET Youth 
Met Youth Calgary is having a soup and sandwich luncheon after church on Sunday January 7th. All proceeds will be going to the youth group and their upcoming events. Any youth interested in volunteering, please email orthodoxyouthcalgary@gmail.com. We hope to see everyone there! 

10th Annual Poker Tournament
Join us on Saturday, January 27th for our 10th Annual Poker Tournament! Proceeds from the night will go towards the Hellenic Community of Calgary and the Pulmonary Hypertension Clinic at Peter Lougheed Centre. Tickets for this wonderful event are $250 (includes the tournament buy in, prime rib dinner and all drinks) or $50 (includes the prime rib dinner and all drinks). Doors open at 5PMand dinner service will begin at 5:30PM. Call Gus at 403-998-3386 or Mitch at 403-862-9459 for tickets before January 20th. For sponsorship opportunities, please call Diane at 403-616-3426. Jackets and some purple attire requested.

Fun Casino Night
Mark your calendars - the Daughters of Penelope and Ahepa are hosting their Fun Casino on Saturday, February 10th! For event details, cick here to visit their Facebook page. Tickets go fast, so be sure to get yours early by contacting Diane Polesello at 403-616-3426.

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