I hope that everyone had a wonderful Christmas and that you have a most healthy and happy 2022!  I chose this quote because it reminds me of a country music song that I love so much by Garth Brooks.  The song is titled “Unanswered Prayers.”  Here is a small excerpt from the chorus which always catches my attention. How true are these words:  Sometimes I thank God for unanswered prayers; Remember when you're talkin' to the man upstairs; That just because he doesn't answer doesn't mean he don't care; Some of God's greatest gifts are unanswered prayers

We all wish and want things at times whether it be material goods or emotional or spiritual in nature.  I know there have been times of frustration for me over something that I had hoped for that ended up not happening only to realize later that it was for my good.  I remind myself then that I must trust God. I hope that this new year will be one of positive change and new opportunities for each of us.  We had a very nice turnout for Torch Club in December.  Thank you to our hostess, Kitsa Panos, and to all who came to serve that evening. Leisure Group was quite festive with the Christmas decorations.  I would like to thank our hostesses: Athena Agapis, Maria Tarasides, Dianna Gettas and Calypso Bletsos for a wonderful meal and beautiful setup! And thank you, Tom Kirk, for being there as a team member as always!  Thank you, as well, to those who came to help the team, setting up and serving.  Imagine that you were planning a dinner party at your home, but you had no idea how many people were going to attend.  How would you cook accordingly?  How would you arrange seating? The unknown would present a bit of a problem.  It is for this reason that we ask that you please try to remember to let us know if you or a family member is planning to attend Leisure group so that we can make sure and have enough seats and enough food.  You can always call me or email me: or (804)-357-4281 or you can let the ladies at the church office know.  Thank you for understanding!  I understand that the Philoptochos Christmas Party at the Westwood Club was very nice and those who were able to attend enjoyed a wonderful evening.  Thank you, Dianna Gettas and all your helpers for making this happen.  We also thank everyone involved in thoughtfully making Christmas a happy event for others as well as for those who adorned the Chrismon Tree.

Vasilopita Sunday will be January 9th.  We invite you to prepare a Vasilopita bread or cake to share with us during coffee hour which we will be hosting. Please bring your Vasilopita as precut pieces on a fancy tray (labeled with your name) before church services. Also, we invite you to sign the sign- up sheet in the kitchen when you bring your Vasilopita.  Kathryn Geranios has graciously accepted to be the chairperson for this beautiful gathering.  I know that she, along with her committee, will make it very special. The Vasilopitas will be the “Festival of the Breads” for the coffee hour.

Membership dues are continually being collected.  The dues are $35.00 and can be mailed or dropped off at the church office or given to our membership chairman, Pamela Saunders.

Wishing you all the healthiest and happiest New Year!  Thank you for your continued support

With a grateful heart, I remain your sister in Christ, Barbara Bambacus, President

The Greek Orthodox Ladies Philoptochos Society, is the duly accredited women's philanthropic society of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America. The mission of the Society shall be:

■To aid the poor, the destitute, the hungry, the aged, the sick, the unemployed, the orphaned, the imprisoned, the widowed, the handicapped, the victims of disasters, to undertake the burial of impoverished persons and to offer assistance to anyone who may need the help of the Church through fund raising efforts; and

■To promote the charitable, benevolent, and philanthropic purposes of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America, through instructional programs, presentations, lectures, seminars and other educational resources;

■To preserve and perpetuate Orthodox Christian concepts and the Orthodox Christian Family, and through them, to promote the Greek Orthodox Faith and traditions, in accordance with its doctrines, canons, discipline, divine worship, usages and customs;

■To promote participation in the activities of the Greek Orthodox community, with the cooperation of the Parish Priest and the Parish Council.

The charitable work of the Society shall be performed with discretion, courtesy and kindness.

Philoptochos 2021-2022 Executive Board:

Barbara Bambacus - President

Daphne Tsimpris - 1st Vice President

Pam Saunders - 2nd Vice President

Julie Beamer - Recording Secretary

Anita Deligan - Treasurer