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(Philoptochos Logo)Do You Want to Participate in a Service Project, Be a Delegate, Bake for the Festival, or Read?
These options are all open to you in the coming weeks though Philoptochos:
•    Tuesday, July 13, 9am-9pm: Days for Girls Service Project. Come when you can! Older kids welcome!
•    Tuesday, July 27: Let me know by this date if you want to be a Philoptochos delegate to the Metropolis Clergy-Laity Assembly in St. Louis, MO, October 7-11.
•    Tuesday, August 3, 10am-4pm: Koulouria Baking Session
•    Monday, August 9, 12-5pm: Melomakarona Baking Session
•    Tuesday, August 10, 17pm: Women's Book Club Discussion of "Wounded by Love"

Each event is detailed below, so please read on to learn more and how you can participate. Also, the board will be meeting in mid-August for calendar planning. If you have project, fundraising, or other ideas to share, please let me know by August 15.

In Christ, Annette Legeros | Chapter President
952-239-5060 |
(Graphic: Purple Flower)Join us for part or all of the day on Tuesday, July 13, 9am-9pm, for our Days for Girls Day of Service. No experience is necessary -- there is a job for everyone! Days for Girls kits are filled with all a girl or woman needs during her period.

(Graphic: Green Flower)The pads and shields are washable, and generally last about 3 years. The kits allow girls to continue to go to school, women to continue to work, and provide self-esteem and dignity for all who receive them.

(Graphic: Yellow Flower)You can also donate gallon freezer bags with zip tops (not sliders), girls underwear size 12 or larger, travel size soap, dark washcloths, and quilting cotton fabric. Please join us in the Terrace Room!
(Metropolis of Chicago Clergy-Laity Assembly)

The St. Mary's Philoptochos Chapter can send up to three delegates to the Philoptochos Conference of the Metropolis of Chicago Clergy-Laity Assembly. The "early bird discount" requires registration by August 1, so we want to elect our delegates by the end of July.

Would you like to be a delegate? Here's what you need to know:

•   Delegates attend all Philoptochos meetings and plenary sessions to the best of their ability. They are asked to bring relevant information back to our local chapter.
•   Transportation, registration, and hotel expenses are covered by our chapter.
•   More information at:

If you are interested in being a delegate, please contact Annette Legeros (talk/text 952-239-5060 or email BY TUESDAY, JULY 27. Members will then vote to elect delegates via Survey Monkey, which will be sent via email by the end of the month.
The St. Mary’s community is invited to join Philoptochos as we prepare for the September 10-12, 2021 Taste of Greece Bake Sale! You are welcome for part or all of any session. To volunteer, please contact the Cookie Captain or Sign Up Here.

(Taste of Greece Logo)Koulouria
•    Tuesday, August 3, 10am-4pm
•    Debbie Theros, 952-935-3358,

•    Monday, August 9, 12-5pm
•    Paulette Hastings, 952-564-8388,

Final Packaging and Set-Up
Includes cutting baklava, powdering kourambiethes, honeying melomakarona, assembling multi-packs, and setting up the bake sale area.
•    Tuesday, September 7: 10am-4pm
•    Wednesday, September 8: 10am-4pm
•    Thursday, September 9: 10am-4pm (if needed)
Cathy Forchas, 651-434-0948, or Paulette Hastings, 952-564-8388,
(Book Cover)The current read of the Women's Book Club is "Wounded by Love: The Life and the Wisdom of Elder Porphyrios." The book is available at the church book store and the church office. The discussion is scheduled for 7pm on Tuesday, August 10, location to be determined.

Excerpt from the back cover: Elder Porphyrios, a Greek monk and priest who died in 1991, stands in the long tradition of charismatic spiritual guides in the Eastern Church which continues from the apostolic age down to figures such as Saint Seraphim of Sarov and Staretz Silouan in modern times. In this book he tells the story of his life and, in simple, deeply reflected and profoundly wise words, he expounds the Christian faith for today.

The book was compiled after his death from an archive of notes and recordings of his reminiscences, conversations and words of guidance, and was first published in Greek in 2003.
(Thank You Graphic) the Baklava Team, headed by Elena Gabor, for making 55 pans of nutty sweetness for the Taste of Greece Bake Sale! Participants were: Jeremy, Nick and Stephanie Barakos, Eva Barnes, Olga Berkovskaya, Maria Boosalis, Nick J. Boosalis, Cathy Forchas, Sean and Zoe Gabor, Eleni George, Christine Gresser, Lucas and Marcus Hannah, Paulette Hastings, Angela Hoeft, Kristi Holmquist, Diane Jackson, Meg Johnson, Sofia Johnson, Jayne Klatt, Terry Leiendecker, Annette Legeros, Krysta Legeros, Sue Legeros, Dorothy Leonard, Kristina Matsch, Tina Menter, Kathy Karlos Moffat, Lisa Mulcare, Kathy Pinger, Eleni Psihogis, Popie Rakes, Mary Risacher, Lisa Rose, Alexis Rouches, Suzanne Schilling, Cathy Selin, Linda Stanton, Ann Theodotou, and Dena Tortorelis.
(Photo: Sean, Dean, Elena)  (Photo: Cathy, Annette, Christine)
(Photo: Ann, Elena, Elaine)  (Photo: Jayne, Cathy, Sofia) the Kourambiethes Team, led by Tina Menter, for baking more than 3,000 powdery melt-in-your-mouth cookies for the Bake Sale! Participants were: Office staffers Julie Moricz and David Mertesdorf, Sandra Anderson, Giannoula Bakritzes, Stephanie Barakos, Toni Bazakos, Maria Boosalis, Nick J. Boosalis, Cathy Forchas, Elena Gabor, Linda Hodge, Sofia Johnson, Fifi Kafkas, John Kafkas, Dena Karigan, Jayne Klatt, Connie Kouzes, Annette Legeros, Donnarae Louricas, Kathy Moffat, Joanna Morgan, Barbara Nichols, and Cathy Selin. the 2021-2023 Officers and Board of Directors: Sandra Anderson (2nd Vice President), Jennifer Coin, Mary Ellis, Cathy Forchas (Correspondence Secretary), Lisa Gallmeyer (Recording Secretary), Paulette Hastings (Advisor), Jayne Klatt, Connie Kouzes (1st Vice President), Annette Legeros (President), Donna Psihos, Alexis Rouches, Carol Smith, Andrea Tiggas (Treasurer), Dena Tortorelis, and Kathleen Wendland (Assistant Treasurer).
(Photo: The Board)
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