Ladies Philoptochos Society

Philoptochos:  Greek for "friend of the poor"

St. Philothea Chapter #5043

Watkinsville, Georgia Chapter #5043

President:        Karen Kimbaris
Vice President: Ann Volk
Treasurer:        Pamela Demos
Secretary:        Christina White

Corr. Secretary: Kathleen McClain

Philoptochos Chapter News Update: April 6, 2016

Good Morning!
We had a wonderful Woman's Retreat last night.  Thank you to all who participated and helped to organize this event!  I would like to try and have another one in the fall.  We had a short meeting last night and I would like to detail a few of the highlights;
  1. We are continuing to collect Nurse's Clinic items until May 15, 2016.  The items that I am collecting include; FULL SIZE shampoo, toothpaste, toothbrush, deodorant, bar soap or body wash, razor, shaving cream, wash cloth, extra items would be emery board, dental floss, comb, brush, athletic socks, body lotion, lip balm.  Please contact me to get these items or if you leave them at church.
****2. We are providing “goodie” study bags for the students again this semester.  I will need these items by Sunday, April 17, 2016  in order for the bags to be dispersed by Fr. Anthony and Kate.  We will be making 35 bags once again.  Anything that a student might like to snack on while studying  may be donated such as Ramen noodles, granola bars, juice, candy etc.  Each bag can be different, so, we do not necessarily need 35 items each.  Please contact me to get these items or if you leave them at church.
The Bid and Buy has been postponed until August 21.  We will have it the same day that the Sunday School returns from summer break.  The fashion show will be scheduled for 2017--I will need to coordinate a date with Barbara.
****We will be making 400 lunches for Action Ministries once again this summer.  It will be the week of July 25.  As soon as I coordinate the date with Action Ministry I will announce the actual date.  Many hands make quick work…..
Ken Lamson needs some help with the ACTS food bank of Oconee County.  Our church provides this service on the first Tuesday of every other month.  Our next schedule date is Tuesday June 7, 2016.  Donation of canned goods and assistance would be greatly appreciated.  Please see Ken or Fr. Anthony if you would are interested in helping this important ministry.
A BIG Thank you to all those that participated in the Bigger Vision homeless shelter meal and ESPECIALLY Christina White who lead this event in my absence.  It was a success and I hope that we will be able to do it again soon.
Finally, we have an all time high of 24 local members!  Yay!! Our bank account is at approximately $4,700.  Praise the Lord for his good grace at our continued success!
I would like to thank all of you for your assistance, participation, and words of wisdom!  It certainly takes a village….
Your sister in Christ,
Karen Kimbaris

The Greek Orthodox Ladies Philoptochos Society, Inc. is the philanthropic arm of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America that has offered 85 years of philanthropy through a multitude of programs that make a difference in the lives of people in the United States and throughout the world.  The Society was established in November 1931, by the late Ecumenical Patriarch Athenagoras I, who was then serving as Archbishop of North and South America.

Philoptochos fulfills its mission to “help the poor, the destitute, the hungry, the aged, the sick, the unemployed, the orphaned, the imprisoned, the widowed, those with disabilities and the victims of disasters through its National and Metropolis Boards and its 26,000 members and more than 400 active chapters, nationwide.  Philoptochos responds immediately to needs and crises and its philanthropic outreach extends to each area of the country and throughout the world. In 2015, National Philoptochos distributed $1.74 million in philanthropic aid.

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