I asked the Parish Council president, Paula, if she would send this email to all of you for me, as I wanted to greet you (albeit electronically) before I arrive.
On behalf of myself, Presvytera Pamela, and our son Savvas, I would like to tell you how happy we are to be moving to the area and serving in your parish. Our prayer is that we will continue to grow as a faith community and serve the Lord to the best of our ability.
Since I will not be physically in the area for another week or so, I would like to begin some preliminary arrangements for ministries so that when I do arrive, we will have begun the process of outlining some ideas. For example, the kids are back in school and adjusting to the new school year calendar already. I am hoping that we can arrange meetings concerning GOYA, HOPE/JOY, Altar Servers, and Sunday School shortly after I arrive in order to begin to plan and create a schedule of events. I am eager to learn what you have been doing and wish to do. If you have interest in helping with any of these programs or any young people interested in attending, please let me know. Also, I would be grateful to meet with the people from the other ministries as well- again, so that I may learn about what has been done and go over what we wish to do.One of the first things that Presvytera and I would love to do is have a parish family night before mid-October. I find that these events are a great way for, not only the clergy families to get to know people, but for the parishioners themselves to get to know each other better. I will let you know as soon as I have specifics.On another note, I know that transitions can be difficult for everyone involved. And it will take some time, as not only a new priest to the parish, but as a new priest to the Metropolis, and Maryland in general, to adjust. I ask for your patience and prayers, as we begin our journey with God together.