Good afternoon fellow parishioners.
I hope you're having an enjoyable summer. I'm writing today with an important request from our 2017 Festival Committee. As you know, the Festival is coming up September 7th and we are in full preparation to make this year's festival the best one ever! For that reason I am asking everyone who is available beginning this Monday, July 31st at 10am to come to the church to beginbaking the delicious food and desserts that everyone enjoys for our Festival. So, beginning Monday, please join us for baking! We will be baking for much of the month, so please set aside as much time as you can to help. No experience need....we do on the job training! Also, don't forget to bring in your items now for the Flea Market. The storage truck is in the parking lot ready to be filled!
God bless you all.
Last Night's Soup Run
by Despina Kartson
Our caravan of 5 cars and 17 volunteers left Holy Trinity last night and served more than 100 meals to our guests on 33rd Street in Manhattan during last night's soup run. We took 10 bins of new socks, underwear and clothing, which were distributed in record time, to the large crowd that was lined up and waiting for us when we arrived. We also provided whistles and toiletries, all received with much appreciation. Thanks to the generosity of our community, we packed a trunk full of kitchen items and drove the recipient to their new apartment. They were grateful and amazed with all they were given.
We happily reconnected with Judy, whom we haven't seen in a number of months. She and Richie have been dealing with significant health issues, spending much of the last year in hospitals and rehabilitation facilities. Judy hopes that the worst is behind them and we will keep them, along with all we serve, in our prayers.
There were lots of people we met who were happy to see us on our regularly scheduled visit to receive our dinners - pasta with meat sauce and vegetables - and others who stopped by to talk about what we do and offer their support. We will be following up with one gentleman who has items he'd like to donate to us for the next soup run. And Louie, who leads a volunteer homeless outreach program in Manhattan, visited with us and helped organize our guests as we were in transit.
A special thank you to Ana Dimas for sponsoring last night's soup run and for her donation of the very useful Amazon food bags we now use to transport our meals. Thanks to Manny Louros for cooking, Cynthia Herzegovitch and Constance Mavrovitis for sorting and organizing the clothing donations and the large group of volunteers who spent their evening with our friends on 33rd Street. Please join us on Thursday, July 27th.
Evangelia Roumoudi, who served as Greek School director for six years and taught the Greek language to both children and adults for the last 10 years, was honored for her dedication and final year to the program. She was presented with an icon of the Three Hierarchs by the community. Evangelia is pictured with her family Dr. Nick Skubas and their children Ioanna, Apostolos and Matthew. The Skubas family will be moving to Cleveland, OH.