Assumption's St. Barbara Philoptochos

Philoptochos News & Upcoming Events 

Philoptochos Holiday Bake Sale 2015 to Support St. Nicholas Shrine ~ Click Here

Become a member of Philoptochos! Whether you are new to the Assumption community or you are a lifetime member of our parish, we encourage you to become a member of St. Barbara’s Philoptochos.  At last count, our chapter has 50 pledged members.  Membership is open to all women (and men) over 18 years of age who are of the Greek Orthodox faith.  If you are willing to commit any amount of time to any one of our many ministries and programs, whether it is packing backpacks for Camp Agape; collecting school supplies for Vista del Camino; reading to orphaned children; visiting the sick and elderly; adorning icons; participating in the National AIDS walk; baking Paximadia, selling raffle tickets at the CrabFest, etc., you will be greatly rewarded.  As members we get so much more than we give and we are rewarded with fellowship and lifelong friendships that enrich all our lives.  Please click here for the membership registration form!

As the philanthropic heart of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America, the Greek Orthodox Ladies Philoptochos Society has for over 78 years,  undertaken a multitude of philanthropic programs to aid the poor, the sick, and the elderly (  With over 27,500 members nationwide, Philoptochos is one of the largest Christian women’s philanthropic organizations in the United States.  The structure of Philoptochos includes the National Board, Metropolis Boards and approximately 475 Chapters in parishes throughout the Archdiocese. 

The Mission of the Greek Orthodox Ladies Philoptochos Society

  • To aid the poor, the destitute, the hungry, the aged, the sick, the unemployed, the orphaned, the imprisoned, the widowed, the handicapped, the victims of disasters, to undertake the burial of impoverished persons and to offer assistance to anyone who may need the help of the Church through fund raising efforts; and
  • To promote the charitable, benevolent, and philanthropic purposes of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America, through instructional programs, presentations, lectures, seminars and other educational resources;
  • To preserve and perpetuate Orthodox Christian concepts and the Orthodox Christian Family, and through them, to promote the Greek Orthodox Faith and traditions, in accordance with its doctrines, canons, discipline, divine worship, usages and customs;  
  • To promote participation in the activities of the Greek Orthodox community, with the cooperation of the Parish Priest and the Parish Council (

Social hour is the time we spend after Liturgy meeting new friends and welcoming visitors to the Assumption Greek Orthodox Community.  We are seeking social hour volunteers.  Please consider hosting an upcoming social hour with simple sweets, fruits, and juice for the children.  You may host it alone or with others.   

George, our Philoptochos volunteer, prepares the coffee and assist with set-up.  All you have to do is arrange your food items on the tables provided and clean-up afterwards (this includes removing all leftover food, cleaning any dishes used, etc.)  You don’t have to worry about the coffeepots, other than unplugging them; they are left to cool.   To volunteer, please see Michele Genetos in the community center after Liturgy or email or call Michele at 602.692.1015.  Several October and November dates are still available.

A Gift of Time, Talent & Treasure  Each of us through our participation in the ministries and programs of Philoptochos, have the opportunity and privilege to return to God a small portion of the time, talent and treasures with which He has so generously blessed us. 

Respectfully submitted by Michele Genetos

St. Barbara Philoptochos Chapter President

St. Barbara Philoptochos Master Calendar 2014-15

The  Board of Directors :

Denise MillstinePresident

Michele Genetos –  Advisor to the President

Christina Craig1st Vice President

Nicole Johnson – 2nd Vice President

Tina JonesCorrespondence Secretary

Helen SerelisRecording Secretary

Christina Dimtsios – Treasurer

Members at Large:

Sotera Catsadimas, Angie Eliades, Maria Houpis, Melissa Koistinen, Heidi Konstantopoulos, Paula Nicols, Christina Pullos, Juliet Shewmaker, Eleni Sommerschield, and Christine Taratsas

National Philoptochos Website


9/12/2012        Philoptochos General Meeting--Kick off BAPSAEF Seed Program
9/16/2012        HCHC Sunday- pass tray

9/ 16/2012       Super Sunday

10/10/2012      Board meeting 6 pm/General Membership meeting 7pm

10/7- 10/28     Shoebox Ministry Undie Sunday

TBD                  EATS & SWEETS or FESTIVAL BAKING?



11/4-18/2012   Turkey Drive (fundraiser for Vista Del Camino

11/14/2011       Board meeting 6 pm/General Membership meeting 7pm

11/17/2012       Metropolis BAPSAEF Light the Path Luncheon-St. Sophia- Los Angeles, CA

10/18-12/16     Shoebox Ministry Sock Drive

TBD                  Loukoumades Sale



12/01/2012    Metropolis BAPSAEF Light the Path Luncheon-Holy Cross Belmont CA

                        Stewardship-Member Drive /St. Barbara Christmas Party 1-5pm

12/8/2012        Kids ‘n’ Cancer Christmas Party Reunion AGOC noon to 5pm 

AHEPA Christmas Dinner Dance – (HTC 6pm)

12/12/2012      Board Meeting - 2013 budget planning 6:30 pm

TBD                  Adopt-a-Class—turn in gifts

TBD              Guadalupe Children’s Christmas Party



1/6/2013          Tray for St. Basil Academy
1/6/2013          Vasilopita Bake Sale

1/9/2013          General Membership meeting 7pm

1/12/2013        Choir Conference

1/19/2013        Alternate date for Agape Ball*

1/26/2013        St. Paisius Monastery visit



2/2/2013         Tentative-Kids ‘n’ Cancer – Agape Ball Holy Trinity Cathedral (alt* Jan 19)

2/03/2013       Go Red Sunday—Awareness for Heart Health American Heart Assoc.

2/13/2013        General Membership Meeting 7pm

2/14-18            FDF-Anaheim, CA



3/6/2013         General meeting 7pm

3/15/2013        Tentative Crab Feast (Cheese Fare)

3/31/2013        Pascha Plant Sale through 4/21/2013

TBD                  Fasoulada Sunday –During Lent



4/10/2013        General Meeting 7pm- Lenten Program

4/28/2013       Tsourekia/Koulourakia Sale - Palm Sunday

TBD                  Loukoumades Sale



5/05/2013       Pascha

5/15                 Meeting 6:30pm- Potluck/Elections



5/31-6/3 or

6/7-10/2012    TBD Kids ‘n’ Cancer Family Camp--Location TBD



6/30 thru         Backpacks & School Supplies for Vista Del Camino



8/14/2012        Dormition Reception—following Vespers