Sts. Constantine & Helen Greek Orthodox Church - Fayetteville, NC

Sts. Constantine & Helen Greek Orthodox Church - Fayetteville, NC

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And that’s a wrap! The 2019-2020 Sunday school year is complete! The 3-4th grade has been meeting weekly on zoom since the middle of March. It was fun to connect and talk to each other. We even took one lesson outdoors and had three families on a neighborhood scavenger hunt, on what seemed to be the hottest day in April! Today was the end, and we played a puzzle game finding items the we see in church during the liturgy. We “found” all four items and hope to return them to church in person soon! Thank you moms for helping make the zoom meetings run well! Hope to see you all soon!
just seven more days to go till greek fest 2019
Does the parish offer greek classes?
A vibrant and generous parish. Filled with the love of God
just 13 more weeks till greek fest 2018
I HAVE BEEN THERE. NICE.
Great festival but never fails just about every year they always run out of the kourabenthies (sp*)...white wedding cookies... PLEASE MAKE MORE NEXT YEAR.
#GreekFest #FayettevilleNC #Fayetteville #Greek #Greece #Today #Music #Food #Fun

Our Sunday Services: Orthros at 9:15 am and Divine Liturgy at 10:15 am Liturgy is in Greek and English All are welcome! In 1908 we trace the first Greeks in Fayetteville, three brothers; Constantine (Charles), Arthur, and Thomas Havelos.

The first Greek business was the Busy Bee Cafe on Market Square on the corner of Green and Person Street. Thomas Havelos was one of its co-owners. Most of the Greeks that followed opened up cafes in the Hay Street area. Notably Steve and Nick Fasul came in 1920 soon operating Steve's Restaurant, next to the old post office. There were many other restaurants run by Greeks: The Central Cafe, owned by Charlie Kalevas and run by Gregory (Harry) Kalevas and Thomas Havelos; The New York Restaurant, run by Mr. James Kanos; the Rainbow Restaurant, run by Mr. Bill Pappas, Mr. John Moutos, Mr. Nick Phillos, and Danny Psillos; and the Royal Palm, run by Mr. Harry Daskal. For over twenty years Father George Stephanis of the Raleigh parish served our needs. The Greeks of Fayetteville wanted a place of their own. In 1954 the Parish Council and Board of Directors for the Hellenic Community Center, Inc., signed the contract to build the Hellenic Center on the northern edge of Oakridge Avenue. William Saunders was the architect for the 250' front by 358' deep building which included fellowship hall, classroom and chapel, and porch opening to a spacious lot and stage. Player Construction Company was the builder. In 1956 the Reverend Kallinikos Hatzilambrou was assigned to Fayetteville and began holding services in a classroom converted to chapel in the front room of the Hellenic Center. Sadly for our young parish, Father Hatzilambrou passed away. Reverend Papazisis, who had just retired from Jacksonville, Florida to his home in Rocky Mount, North Carolina, was asked to serve our parish until another priest could be found. Services during the holidays were held in the Hellenic Center in front of the stage. In the summer of 1961 Reverend Chrysostom Manuel, graduated, married, and was ordained. He began his service as a priest in Fayetteville in September 1961. On April 12, 1964, Bishop Aimilianos visited our parish for the groundbreaking ceremonies for our new church building. On June 17, 1984 our parish was consecrated by His Eminence Archbishop Iakovos. In August of 2000 Reverend Chrysostom Manuel retired and Reverend Dimitrios Moraitis began his service. The Reverend Dimitrios Moraitis served our parish until July of 2004. He was called to serve at St. Paraskevi Church in Greenlawn, New York. On September 1st, 2004, Reverend Konstantinos Kostaris assumed the spiritual leadership of our parish. In September of 2008 he went to live the resr of his life at a Monastery in Arizona. The Reverand Alexander M. Papagikos came to be with us and serve our parish on July 2009.

Operating as usual

Youth Ministry spent the afternoon at Hubbs Farm. 🎃🎃

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Metropolitan Alexios saying grace before our socially distant coffee hour

Another view of the service opening our newly renovated Hellenic Center

Beginning of the procession to bless the Hellenic Center

Blessing of our newly renovated Hellenic Center

We had the honor of having Metropolitan Alexios with us today to celebrate the opening and blessing of the newly renovated Hellenic Center

Just a reminder!!!!

Just a few more weeks........🙌🏼🙌🏼🙌🏼

We had the pleasure of hosting our bishop Metropolitan Alexios for Divine Liturgy yesterday. We look forward to seeing his eminence this October when we open the Hellenic Center after renovations are complete

Χρόνια πολλα or happy name day to all in our community and the world who celebrate today!

Please join us for Divine Liturgy today at 10 am!

More progress......Ceiling tiles/ lights are up, carpet being laid and paint beginning today!!!

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Listen: The Sound Of The Hagia Sophia, More Than 500 Years Ago

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[07/31/20]   Good afternoon!

Please Note: Tile is being laid in the Hellenic Center and the floor will be stained. No one can step on the floor until the end of next week.

For church you will have to use the bathrooms in education building.

Thank you and have a Blessed Day!

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Holy Eparchial Synod Designates July 24 as a Day of Mourning

“And Let Our Cry Come Unto Thee”

Sunday, July 19, 2020

Again and most fervently, the Members of the Holy Eparchial Synod of Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America, under the presidency of His Eminence Archbishop Elpidophoros of America, write to you with urgency, determination, and great faith; for we have heard your cries of anguish and pain over the seizure of the Great Church of Holy Wisdom, our Ἁγία Σοφία. We know that your hearts are broken and, for you as well as our Ἁγία Σοφία, we have spoken out and will continue to do so “in season and out of season,” (εὐκαίρως ἀκαίρως, II Timothy 4:2), and we will not relent in our pursuit of justice and righteousness.

Therefore, knowing that on Friday, July 24th, there will be an ‘inauguration’ of this program of cultural and spiritual misappropriation and a violation of all standards of religious harmony and mutual respect, we call upon all the beloved faithful of our Holy Archdiocese to observe this day as a day of mourning and of manifest grief. We urge you to invite your fellow Orthodox Christians and indeed all Christians and people of goodwill to share in the following observances.

We ask that every Church toll its bells in lamentation on this day. We call for every flag of every kind that is raised on the Church property be lowered to half-mast on this day. And we enjoin every Church in our Holy Archdiocese to chant the Akathist Hymn in the evening of this day, just as we chant it on the Fifth Friday of the Great and Holy Fast.

Let us, in this time of grief and mourning, appeal to the Most Holy Theotokos and Ever-Virgin Mary. She is the “only Hope of the hopeless” (Ἡ τῶν ἀπελπισμένων μόνη Ἐλπίς), and as we chant to Her in the Akathist, “the Repository of the Wisdom of God, the Treasury of His Foreknowledge” (Σοφίας Θεοῦ Δοχεῖον, Προνοίας Αὐτοῦ Ταμεῖον, οἶκος Ρ).

Therefore, with complete faith in the Foreknowledge of our Trinitarian God, and in the Divine Plan for our salvation (oἰκονομία), we entrust the future of our beloved Ἁγία Σοφία to His Wisdom, and we supplicate She who is the very Treasury of that Knowledge and the Repository of that Wisdom to intercede for us, to comfort us, to give us Her strength, and to manifest to us Her counsel, that we may ever do and say that which is pleasing in the sight and in the hearing of Her Son, our Lord, God, and Savior Jesus Christ, to the glory of God the Father, Who together with the Holy Spirit is worshipped One God, unto the ages of ages. Amen!

With paternal love in our Lord Jesus Christ,

† ELPIDOPHOROS, Archbishop of America
Metropolitan Methodios of Boston
Metropolitan Isaiah of Denver
Metropolitan Alexios of Atlanta
Metropolitan Nicholas of Detroit
Metropolitan Savas of Pittsburgh
Metropolitan Gerasimos of San Francisco
Metropolitan Evangelos of New Jersey
Metropolitan Nathanael of Chicago

Ceiling grid and beams going up!

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Greek Festival — Sts. Constantine & Helen

An update on the 2020 Fayetteville Greek Festival

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Arches done!

Some great information.

Progress continues on the Hellenic Center. Right side columns are changed to round now moving to left side. Looking good!

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Church Consecration — Sts. Constantine & Helen

With all the issues we are facing today we felt everyone could use a happy throwback thursday. Today 36 years ago, Archbishop Iakovos consecrated our church. We have added selected photos of this event to our website. Please take a look and you might see some familiar faces, remember good times and friends.

Overtime we will scan and add more photos of older church events to provide a digital history of our parish.

We would also like to take a moment to share these memories with our current Archbishop Elpidophoros of America and the
Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America.

Also look for a young then deacon Metropolitan Gerasimos of Greek Orthodox Metropolis of San Francisco

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faygreekchurch.com  Sts. Constantine and Helen was consecrated by the late Archbishop Iakovos of North and South America of blessed memory on June 4th, 1984 during the tenure of our pastor emeritus the Rev. Fr. Chrysostom Manuel. Archbishop Iakovos was assisted by the late Bishop John of Amorion who was at the time b...

[05/30/20]   AN UPDATE IN REGARDS TO THE RE-OPENING OF
STS. CONSTANTINE AND HELEN GREEK ORTHODOX CHURCH


We write to you to share the wonderful news that our Church is preparing to open to fifty percent (50%) capacity on June 7, the Sunday of Holy Pentecost. While the reopening of our Church is an answer to so many prayers, this is not a complete reopening of our church. The reopening has some conditions and guidelines that we are to follow which have been provided by the Metropolis, out of a sense of love for each church community and pastoral responsibility. The guidelines the Metropolis has provided are to help and insure the health and safety of all who come to church to celebrate the Divine Liturgy and partake in the Holy Sacraments, something we have missed greatly during the pandemic.

Attached you will find the list of guidelines that the Metropolis has provided, and that the Parish Council has been advised we must follow in order to reopen the Church.

We humbly ask for your love, understanding, cooperation and most importantly your patience while we reopen the Church using these guidelines. Attached to this letter you will find the complete list of guidelines from the Metropolis that we are responsible for implementing. Please read the attached list of guidelines carefully. We are highlighting a few of those guidelines below:

1. Parishioners, who are ill or have any COVID-19 symptoms (i.e. fever, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, fatigue, muscle or body aches, headache, sore throat, congestion or runny nose) should refrain from attending the Church services in-person, until they are well.
2. All attendees (over the age of 2) will be required to wear a face mask or covering throughout your time in the Church. You may bring your own face mask or, if you do not have one, we will have a face mask to give to you. The mask may be removed briefly to receive Holy Communion.
3. Before entering the Church, the temperature of each person will be taken by a designated Parish Council member. We will use a touchless temperature reading device to the forehead. If your temperature is above 100.4 F, then you will be kindly asked not to enter the Church.
4. All attendees will be required to sanitize their hands upon entering and exiting the Church. We will provide hand sanitizer for all attendees in the Narthex.
5. It has been asked of us to write down the name of all attendees at the Church Services. This is NOT a shared information, and will only be used to contact fellow parishioners in the event someone communicates to the Church that they have contracted the virus.
6. The sanctuary, including the choir loft has been marked, based on the social distancing precautionary measures. We have used a blue painter’s tape and we designated a mark in the pews for each attendee. We will do our best to accommodate families and individuals.

The Metropolis has advised that there will be no altar servers under the age of 18 until further notice. We will let you know when our younger boys are able to return to their acolyte duties.

During Holy Communion, we ask that you move to the center isle of the sanctuary to approach the chalice and return to your seat walking to the outside isles of the sanctuary remembering to social distance. There will be a Parish Council member available to assist with this process.

While we pray no one develops Covid-19, if that were to happen, you will need to advise Dr. Andrew Morfesis or Dr. Peter Kalogerinis so that they may privately inform those parishioners who attended the same service as you. This information will be kept confidential and names will not be shared. The Metropolis also requires that if you are diagnosed with Covid-19, you are asked to bring a note to the Church from your doctor advising you have recovered.

If you have any questions regarding the reopening of the Church, please contact Father Alexander, the Church office or a member of the Parish Council.

Please pray for us and forgive us as we temporarily put in place the guidelines provided by the Metropolis. This has not been an easy process for anyone and we ask for your patience as we navigate through this challenging process.

We look forward to seeing more of our parishioners in the pews of our beautiful church June 7th.

And not only that, but we also glory in tribulations, knowing that tribulation produces perseverance; and perseverance, character; and character hope. Now hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out in our hearts by the Holy Spirit who was given to us. (Romans 5:3-5)

Joyfully in Christ,
Father Alexander and
Your Parish Council

Χρόνια πολλά! Our Church is celebrating today!

Don’t forget our church feast day is tomorrow and we will have vespers this evening and Divine Liturgy tomorrow am.
Given that we still have a 10 person limit on attendance the parish council and Father Alexander will still be lighting candles you request via our church’s website. We are lighting the candles from Fathers paschal candle until it burns out.

Χρόνια πολλα to all the Celebrants!!!!

Final Sunday School Zoom of the year! Thankful to our Sunday School teachers for keeping our kids engaged. 🙏🏼

Good morning! Our Hellenic Center Renovation is proceeding quite nicely! Right side columns are changed to round now moving to left side.

The transformation of the columns to round! Our hall renovation is coming along!

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"For You are the Resurrection, the Life, and
the Repose of our departed sister, Helen
O Christ our God, and to You, we send up
the Glory as to Your Father Who is from Everlasting,
and Your All-Holy, Good, and Life-Giving Spirit,
now, and forever, and unto the ages of ages." Amen.

Christos Anesti! Christ is Risen!

With the utmost sadness, and profound regret, Fr. Alexander and the parish council wish to inform you all that our beloved brother in Christ, Nicholas Finch, age 32, passed unto the Lord Tuesday April 28, 2020. Nicholas is survived by his parents Hank and Anna Finch of Fayetteville, his brother Dr. Thomas Finch of New York, and many other relatives.

Due to the outbreak of the Coronavirus and local, state and federal regulations, a private funeral service will be held by the family at Sts. Constantine and Helen on Saturday, May 2, 2020 at 1:00pm.

You can view the Funeral Service by using the following link: https://www.optikoolillusions.com/live/

This will also be posted on our new church website for access as well (www. Faygreekchurch.com).

Please join us in prayer for the repose of Nicholas’ soul, that he may dwell among the Spirits of the Righteous made perfect, and abide forever in the glorious Light of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, the Embrace of God the Father, and the bliss of the Holy Spirit.

May His Memory Be Eternal.

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Dear Parishioners and visitors,

CHRIST IS RISEN!

On behalf of Fr. Alexander and the Parish Council we wish to thank you all for your continued support during the past few weeks. We hope you all had a great and renewing Bright Week and hope all of you are safe during this trying time. Know that even though we are all apart, we are still united through our church and God himself.

During Holy Week the parish council lit a total of 253 taper candles and 40 7 day candles from gracious patrons using our website and over 150 people were prayed for.

One common question asked by many was why the large taper candles were not listed. As such the candle ministry page has been updated to include the large taper candles.

If you wish to light a candle and/or would like to submit names to be prayed for during Sunday service please visit our webpage.

All candles will be lit during Divine Liturgy tomorrow morning and Father will continue to pray for the names he receives.

Feel free to share this post on your page.

We hope and pray that this virus will go away soon so we can all return back to our normal life.

We love all of you and thank you again for all that you do for our Church and it's ministries

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Sunday of Thomas

Tomorrow our church commemorates St. Thomas. Read more here
https://www.goarch.org/thomas-sunday

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Χρήστος Ανέστη!
Christ is risen!

Archbishop Elpidophoros of America

I fervently pray that you all have a safe and blessed Anastasis (Easter). While we find ourselves unable to gather together physically to receive the Light of Christ this year, may we use this moment of isolation to still come together and pray as One Body for the health, safety, and recovery of all humanity, as we rejoice in the glorious Resurrection of our Lord.

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