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Holy Week is Here
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(Philoptochos Logo)Holy Week is here. There are many ways to serve the parish. Plus, a look at upcoming gatherings.

There are many ways to serve during Holy Week:
  • Beautify the church by helping decorate the church and kouvouklion (tomb of Christ). Volunteer at the Philoptochos table on Sunday or contact Andrea Tiggas (612-239-1522).
  • Help on Lazarus Saturday and Pascha Burger Night! SIGN UP HERE.
  • Volunteer for the children's Holy Friday Retreat by contacting Dena Tortorelis (651-334-1842). 
And as a reminder, our Lenten Drives end on April 17, Palm Sunday. 
  • TANDEM Baby Bottle Collection
    Return your filled baby bottles or make a donation at the Philoptochos table! Your gift will support women and children in crisis. 
  • FOCUS Fun and Games Drive
    Bring in new or gently used books and backpacks for adults and puzzles and games for all ages! Place them in the box at the Philoptochos table in the Great Hall.
I look forward to worshipping and working with you in the coming days.
 
Blessed Holy Week, Annette Legeros | Chapter President
952-239-5060 | MplsPhilo@gmail.com
(Graphic: Join Philoptochos)Membership Drive Coming to a Close
We appreciate the many people who have become Philoptochos members during the 2022 Membership Drive! We are wrapping up the drive, so if you meant to join but haven't yet, please stop by the Philoptochos table during the social hour and make it so!

Thank you for helping us help the parish and those in need.
May 1: Help Us Make Dinner for FOCUS Minnesota 
Help us provide dinner for FOCUS Minnesota clients on Sunday, May 1. Volunteers will prepare food in their homes using a provided recipe and deliver it to St. Mary's on Saturday, April 30 or Sunday, May 1. It will then be warmed and transported to FOCUS in St. Paul. 

If you are able, please SIGN UP HERE  to do one of the following jobs:

(Free Meal Sign)• Make three Meatloaves
• Make a double recipe of Cheesy Potatoes 
• Make triple recipe of Green Bean Casserole 
• Volunteer to heat food, cut and package baklava, and load cars with food (May 1, 1:30-3:30pm)
• Volunteer to work at FOCUS (May 1, 3:00-7:30pm)

Thank you for your willingness to feed the hungry! Reimbursement is available. Please contact Carol Smith (952.210.8618, smithzc1@gmail.com) if you have any questions.
Final Sacred Baking Workshop: Artoclasia
(Photo: 5 loaves)One of the missions of Philoptochos is "to promote the Greek Orthodox Faith and traditions, in accordance with its doctrines, canons, discipline, divine worship, usages and customs." With that in mind, you are invited to our final sacred baking workshop:

Artoclasia | Blessing of Five Loaves
Saturday, May 21, 11am-3pm


All parishioners are welcome to attend. The workshop will be led by Toni Bazakos. Register at the Philoptochos table during the social hour or contact Toni at 612-554-7861 or georg310@umn.edu. There is no cost to attend.
Festival Baking Starts in May!
We are delighted the the 2022 Taste of Greece is scheduled for September 9-11! Philoptochos is running the Bake Sale, and we are starting our baking next month! Please join us when you can.
 
(Photo: Kourambiethes)Kourambiethes
Tuesday, May 17, 12-5pm
Cookie Captains: Toni Bazakos and Tina Menter

(Photo: Baklava Piece)Baklava
Assembly: Wednesday, June 15 and Tuesday, June 20, 2-8pm
Cut, Clove, Syrup: Tuesday, June 21, 9am-1pm
Syrup, Package: Wednesday, June 22, 9am-12pm
Cook Captain: Elena Gabor

 
Novice & Experience Bakers Welcome • Come for Part or All of a Session • Bring a Friend
SAVE THESE DATES!
(Flower graphic)Saturday, May 14, 6pm: Ladies Night Out
Come to the home of Dena Tortorelis for fun and fellowship...no agenda! This is for all women of the parish, not only Philoptochos members. Bring an appetizer or dessert to share. Philoptochos will provide the beverages.

(Flower graphic)Tuesday, May 24, 5:30pm: Spring Finale Dinner and Meeting
Join us for our final gathering before summer! We'll have a delicious meal, discuss upcoming Philoptochos plans, and get your ideas, too. Watch for ways to RSVP in May.
Thank You!
(Photo from workshop)...to Toni Bazakos and Tina Mentor for leading the Prosforo Workshop.

...to everyone who helped at the dinner following the Pan Orthodox MEOCCA Vespers

...to all who joined during the Philoptochos Membership Drive!
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