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OCMC News - St. Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church in Perth Amboy, NJ, Celebrates its 100th Anniversary with a Commitment to Missions

by Caitlyn Sargent (Posted 1/16/2018)

OCMC News - St. Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church in Perth Amboy, NJ, Celebrates its 100th Anniversary with a Commitment to Missions
Retired Judge Marina Corodemus, Khouria Maggie Houk, Fr. Spiro and Fr. Gerasim distribute gifts to the children at the Special Needs Center in Albania. They, along with, the entire parish of St. Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church in Perth Amboy, NJ, have committed to supporting Orthodox missions in Albania for the celebration of the parishes 100th anniversary.

As St. Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church in Perth Amboy, NJ, celebrated their 100th anniversary, the church proved that their commitment to supporting missions is stronger than ever. They have decided to dedicate the year to prayerfully supporting Albania. Each year, the parish selects a project or ministry to support, and working with their Philoptochos and Sunday School, they have reached out to the Orthodox Church in Albania with friendship and love.

In 2014, St. Demetrios Parish President Ret. Judge Marina Corodemus and Philoptochos President Stella Wacker participated in an Orthodox Clergy Wives and Women’s Retreat in Albania that forever changed their lives and perception of the Orthodox family throughout the world. Ever since that fateful mission trip, the women have prayerfully sought to renew their dedication to missions throughout their parish.

As a result, for St. Demetrios’ 100th anniversary the church dedicated itself to Albania in many wonderful ways: Christmas gifts, shoes, and coats for Albanian children, fundraising $8,000 to assist the Special Needs Residential Center for Children with 40 new wooden beds to complement the new tables they donated for the dining rooms last year.

In the past, St. Demetrios has helped the Albanian American Protagonist School and the Orthodox Children’s Home of Hope at Shen Vlash with musical instruments, along with the Special Needs Residential Center for Children with computer equipment, warm coats, and backpacks, and the Orthodox Children’s Home of Hope with Christmas presents, warm coats, and backpacks, among other things.

St. Demetrios is a wonderful example of what other communities can do to make missions a major and important part of their commitment to sharing the good news with “all nations.” To see how you can get involved to support the work of missionaries in Albania and all over the world, visit https://www.ocmc.org/. The OCMC is also accepting applications for those who have heard the word of Christ and would like to go forth themselves on short-term mission teams in 2018. Visit https://www.ocmc.org/about/open_teams.aspx, e-mail teams@ocmc.org, or call 1-877-463-6784 for more information or to volunteer.

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God of truth and love: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, Hear our prayer for those who do not know You. That they may come to a saving knowledge of the truth, and that Your Name may be praised among all peoples of the world. Sustain, inspire, and enlighten Your servants who bring them the Gospel. Bring fresh vigor to wavering faith; sustain our faith when it is still fragile. Continually renew missionary zeal in ourselves and in the Church, and raise up new missionaries who will follow You to the ends of the world. Make us witnesses to Your goodness full of love, full of strength, and full of faith for Your glory and the salvation of the entire world. Through the prayers of all the missionary saints, Have mercy on us and save us. Amen.
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