PARISH COUNCIL MEMBERS
Pete Choukalas (term expires 2018)
Connie Contes (term expires 2017)
Dina Anagnopoulos (term expires 2018)
Tiffani Bichekas (term expires 2017)
Barabara Cope (term expires 2016)
Charlie DeMoss (term expires 2017)
Sandy Meris (term expires 2018)
Tony Nicoluzakis (term expires 2018)
Chris Pritsos (term expires 2016)
Angela Raup (term expires 2018)
Jim Thomas (term expires 2016)
A Parish Council is a body of practicing Orthodox Christians sacramentally in good standing with the Church, elected by the members of a parish for the purpose of working together with the priest in fulfilling the goals and needs of that parish. This brief description of a local governing body also describes the fundamental structure of the Orthodox Church. That the clergy and laity together are the "People of God," seeking, to the best of their human capabilities, to fulfill the mission entrusted to them by our Lord God and Savior Jesus Christ.
The Parish Council is a sacred office that requires total love, loyalty and dedication to our Holy Orthodox Church. A Parish Council member is an official representative of the Church, and as such is expected to exert every effort to exemplify its sacred character and spirit. Upon being elected to this trusted office one assumes three basic obligations which will help guide them in making the many decisions and policies that will be their responsibility in the months to follow.
These obligations are
1. To know and uphold the sacred tenets of Holy Scripture and the teachings and traditions of the Greek Orthodox Church;
2. To know and abide by the uniform parish regulations as set forth by the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America through its biennial Clergy-Laity Congresses.
3. To live by and uphold the oath of office by utilizing the God-given talents and energies for the spiritual progress and advancement of the parish.
The role that is played as a member of Parish Council is best understood, however, when the parish is viewed as one part of the total structure of the overall Church. Misunderstandings can occur when the Church is looked upon purely from a local or parochial point of view. To be sure, the needs of the local parish are the most immediate concern of the parish council, but to see only this, and fail to comprehend the role of the parish in the overall life and structure of the Church is like one family member showing no interest in or responsibility for the problems and needs of other members of the family.
Without a basic understanding that the Church is the Body of Christ, the parish can easily be reduced to an organizational center or administrative structure instead of the holy and divine institution which sets it apart from all other organizations and bodies in society.
For more information contact the cathedral office 602-264-7863.