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Programs
Sunday School
Greek School
Stewardship
Flavors of Greece Spring Festival
Annual Golf Outing
Fall Food Festival

Organizations
Parish Council
Philoptochos
Altar Boys

Choir
Busy Bees
GOYA
JOY
Apollo Dance Troupe

Sunday School
Sunday School is a very important aspect of the life of the Church, and the understanding of our faith through religious classes brings our children closer to the understanding of God. Sunday School meets every Sunday, September – May after the reception of Holy Communion. We feel that it is important for families to worship together, and then have the children participate in their classes. The enrollment of our Sunday School is some 300 children, which keeps all of us on our toes. If you are interested in getting more information please contact our Sunday School director Diane Hoffmeyer.

Teachers meet every last Tuesday of the Month at 7:00 p.m.
Sunday School classes meet immediately following communion every Sunday.

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Greek School
There are two programs, which brings the Greek language to our children. The 1st is our traditional Greek School which meets on Monday and Wednesday from 5:00p.m.-7:00p.m. The 2nd is our GSSL (Greek as a Second Language) which meets on Saturdays from 9:00a.m.-12 noon. This program is geared to those who do not speak Greek in the home at all. Between the two programs this gives everyone the opportunity to participate in the Greek language classes at their level. E-mail Eleni Hountalas for more information.

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Stewardship
“Each one must do as he has made up his mind, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God so loves a cheerful giver.” 2 Corinthians 9:7.

Everyone at Saint Athanasios receives an invitation to become a Steward, involved in the life, work and mission of the Church. We are all asked to ponder to what degree we will share our Time, Talents and Treasure with God who is the giver of all.

The Stewardship program enables us to give to God and His Church in a very respectable and dignified manner that portion of our fruit, through love and a sincere heart. You are invited to become stewards and to give aid to the message of our Lord, which is spread, throughout the world.

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Flavors of Greece Spring Festival
The festival is a wonderful opportunity for our community to bring to the Fox Valley area a little taste of our Greek heritage. There are Greek foods and pastries, along with dance performances by our Apollo Dance troupe and fellowship. This year’s festival which took place over Memorial Day Weekend at the Kane County Fairgrounds in St. Charles, Illinois was another record-breaking year! Thanks to all who helped make this happen.

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5th Annual Golf Outing
The 2004 5th Annual Golf Scramble will be held on Saturday, Oct. 2 at Tamarack Golf Club in Sugar Grove. Last year's outing was a lot of fun and a great success! Click here for more information.

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Fall Food Festival
This year's Fall Food Festival will take place on the weekend of Nov. 7 through 9. We offer to the local community around our Church the opportunity to partake of the wonderful Greek food and pastries with our Fall Food Fest. Every year on Friday Saturday and Sunday a smaller version of our spring fest is brought to the people for their enjoyment.

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Parish Council
The Parish Council is comprised of 17 members who have been duly elected from the membership of the community according to the Uniform Parish By-Laws of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America.

The Parish Council meets on the 2nd Tuesday of every month at 7:30 p.m. at the Church.

Executive Committee
President
: Mr. Frank Demas
1st Vice President: Mr. George Pullos
2nd Vice President: Mr. Nick Rantis
Treasurer: Mr. Marshall Finch
Assistant Treasurer: Mr. George Mossides
Recording Secretary: Mr. George Burbules
Corresponding Secretary: Mr. Louis Halkias

Remaining members:
Mrs. Anna Alcott
Mr. Pete Condos
Mr. Bill Deligiannis
Mr. Chris Dagiantis
Mr. Chuck Cucuras
Dr. Michael Kontos
Mr. Peter Metrou
Mr. George Nicholas
Ms. Helen Niforos
Mr. Nick Vranas

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Philoptochos
The Philoptochos Society are the ladies of our parish who strive to meet the philanthropic challenges put before them, to reach out not only to the membership, but also to the community and the world at large.

The Philoptochos meets every 3rd Thursday of the month at 7:00 p.m. at the Church.

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Altar Boys
Our young men are encouraged to join the altar at 8 years of age. There participation in the Altar is invaluable and very important to the smooth function of the Holy services. Not only do they have a wonderful opportunity to serve the Church, but also get a chance to see the services of the Church from a different perspective. This is a very serious commitment and one that should be entered into with faith and respect. Contact the church office at
(630) 851-6106 for more information.

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Choir
St. Athanasios: He, the wisdom of God, holds the universe in tune together.

The St. Athanasios Choir sings the liturgy a cappella in Greek every Sunday and on special feast days. The choir rehearses on Monday evening from 7:30 to 9:00 in the choir loft. The choir is now accepting new members and anyone who can commit to the choir’s schedule is welcome. For more information, contact the director, Dr. Lawrence Sisk.

Every one of you should join a choir so that you may bring harmony and concord, so that taking the keynote of God in unison, you may sing with one voice through Jesus Christ to the Father, so that he may hear you and through your good deeds recognize that you are parts of his Son.
•  St. Ignatius to the church in Ephesus

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Busy Bees
Our senior citizens are a very important part and aspect of our parish. They take trips to the monasteries where they get an opportunity to witness and practice their faith. They meet approximately once a month with various programs and outings, which give them a chance to enjoy each other’s company while visiting with each other. If you have any questions, Mrs. Dora Stamatopoulos is the coordinator of this wonderful group.

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G.O.Y.A.: (Greek Orthodox Youth of America)
As teenagers it is of the utmost importance to keep our youth involved with the Church, while trying to balance all they’re other commitments and activities. Our Goya services the needs of our youth between the ages of 13-18, and meets twice a month on the 2nd and 4th Thursday’s at 6:30 p.m. with various activities and projects. Gregory Kontos , director.

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J.O.Y.: (Junior Orthodox Youth)
Much of what we learn comes at a very young age in our lives. For this reason it is important to have our younger children involved in the work of the Church. Through Joy who meet every 2nd and 4th Friday of the month at 7:00 p.m., our children are kept in touch with the importance and significance of the Church and faith. E-mail Argie Smith for more information.

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Apollo Dance Troupe:
Our parish is truly blessed with an abundance of youth, and through these beautiful young people we have been able to bring our ethnic heritage to the community around us. Dr. Michael Kontos and Eva Kontos the founders of our Apollo dance troupe have done a wonderful job in bringing dance to the hearts of our children. Twenty-Five years ago they brought together a small number of children and started what has now become a very prominent and professional dance troupe.

Today the dance troupe has three different levels. The Apollo Troupe are the High school and older dancers, the Intermediates are those who are in 6th, 7th and 8th grades in school and who learning the dances which will transition them into the Apollo troupe. The Neophytes are our young new dancers who are just getting started, and will move up to the various levels and they get older and learn the dances.

Apollo Dance Troupe
Practices every Thursday at 7:30 p.m.

Intermediate Dance Troupe
Practices every Thursday at 6:30 p.m.

Neophyte Dance Troupe

Practices every 2nd and 4th Friday at 8:00 p.m.

Click here to see photos of the Apollo Dance Troupe!

If you would like more information regarding the dance troupe please E-Mail Dr. Kontos.

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St. Athanasios Greek Orthodox Church
1855 E. Fifth Avenue • Aurora, IL • 60504
Phone: (630) 851-6106 • FAX: (630) 851-6186

Father Peter J. Spiro