"Welcome one another, therefore, just as Christ has welcomed you, for the glory of God." - Romans 15:7
Through this web site, we are pleased to be able to introduce you to that same worship and fellowship as it is expressed in the life of our Parish. If you are a new member of our parish, or are considering membership, these web pages will acquaint you with what our parish offers to those who give it support and sustenance; to those who already belong to the church, we hope they will provide you with the assurance that your sacrificial offerings are received with profound respect, and are utilized to maximum effectiveness. They will, in any case, enable you to make the informed decisions that are necessary for a meaningful relationship with your church.
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Greek Mini Fest
Join us on Thursday August 20th and 27th from 11am-7pm for our Greek Mini Fest at Butterfield Pavilion in Valparaiso. All orders are taken curbside and brought out to your car. Hope to see you there.
Meals are $10 and you can chose from the following meals:
Pork Shish ka bob sandwich served with rice, tsatsiki, tomato, and a drink
Chicken Shish ka bob sandwich served with rice, tsatsiki, tomato, and a drink
Greek Burger: Hamburger topped with gyro, feta, and tsatsiki served with potato chips and a drink
Patichio( Greek lasagna) served with bread and a drink
Greek Village Salad served with bread and a drink
We also have Baklava and Loukoumades(Greek Honey Balls) available for $5.00
A letter to our Parish family about the cancellation of this years festival. Please note the information below about our raffle, our community picnic, and our mini drive through pop up fests.
After much discussion and consideration, the decision has been made to cancel this year’s St. Iakovos Greek Festival that was to be held in September at the Porter County Expo Center. The decision was made out of an abundance of caution and concern for the health of those that attend the Festival as well as our Parishioners that work the Fest. This is the second major fundraising event that we have had to cancel this year. In March, we also cancelled the Annual Charity Tasting Event held at the Old Town Banquet Center. In addition, the 2020 Popcorn Festival and Wine Festival (two events we committed to setting up food tents) were also cancelled.
As everyone knows, we have come to rely on the revenue that these events generate to cover the shortfall in our general operating budget, and support our Charity FaithWorks Projects throughout the year. The Festival income has become quite important in paying bills like lighting, heating and cooling, general maintenance, supplies, and much more. The Charity Tasting Event helps us support those in need within our community by providing many with food and clothing.
The Festival Committee, along with the Church Council will continue exploring fundraising opportunities to help offset the lost income as a result of the Covid-19 Pandemic. Here are just a few ways you can help support your church;
- Support our Annual Raffle: We are still having our annual raffle. The drawing date and location will be Saturday, October 17th at our Church grounds. Please buy and help sell as many tickets as you can.
- vevent, we ask that you make a donation in the amount of what you normally would spend at our Annual Greek Festival.
- If you have supported our past Fuel the Fest fundraising drives, we ask that you do so again this year. While your donation will not go towards offsetting the cost of having the fest, it will go directly towards the general operating budget just as the festival profits have in the past.
- Support our three scheduled Mini-Drive through Greek Fests we have scheduled for Thursdays, August 13, 20, and 27 at the Butterfield Pavilion located in the heart of Valparaiso. If successful, we may schedule additional Thursday Mini-Fests on September 3, 10, 17, and beyond. These fests will consist of a limited drive though menu consisting of 4 or 5 different prepackage meals and a few prepackaged dessert items. The fests are planned for ease of execution and minimal operating costs. We will need volunteers to man the grill, kitchen prep, meal packaging, and order takers/meal runners. Most of all, we need everyone’s help in marketing and communicating this event. Please contact Father Jim, Chris Hatseras, or Lawrence Eleftheri to donate and or volunteer your time.
With everyone’s help, we will be able to make up our revenue lost from the cancellation of our annual fest.
Lawrence Eleftheri Father James Greanias Chris Hatseras
Festival Chairman 219-462-4052 Council President
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