A.P.G., Assumption Parents Group: (Cathy Livingston)
The Assumption Parent Group is a group composed of parents that plan events and activities that are family/child based which enhances the unity of the Orthodox Christian family and the Assumption Family. APG strongly supports Assumption Sunday School, Greek School and Athletic Program.
Athletics: (George Petrouleas & Dean Niforos, Coordinators)
The Assumption Basketball Program offers fellowship among our youth in an athletic setting. Everyone who signs up for the program is able to participate, and the goal is for our youth to learn the game of basketball in an environment that does not stress winning at all costs. Players ages 7 and over compete against other Orthodox teams from the metro Detroit area through the OYAA basketball season each winter.
Bookstore: (Lynn Thomas, Manager)
Orthodox religious education and spiritual edification is the ministry of our parish bookstore. We carry prayer books, Bibles, prayer ropes, incense, devotional books and essential items for Orthodox Christians. Icons are also on sale and can be easily ordered if not in stock. Feel free to contact either Fr. Michael or Fr. Tom to have a book recommended.
Choir: (Stan Takis, Director)
Members of this ministry assist the clergy with the liturgical music of the church. They lead the congregation in responses during liturgies and other services.
G.O.Y.A.: (Yannis Koukios President)
The Greek Orthodox Youth of America is the ministry to teenagers of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America. Since GOYA is ministry, the orientation and implementation of the program should reflect the Orthodox Christian Faith, Tradition and Life. GOYA is ministry to junior high and high school grade Orthodox Christian teenagers. Teenagers should be in seventh through twelfth grades to participate. The mission and goal of GOYA ministry is to lead our young people into experiencing the Holy Orthodox Faith. By developing a personal relationship with our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ and becoming active sacramental members of the living Church, our young people will be equipped with tools necessary to assist them in their journey toward salvation.
Greek Dance: (Presvytera Tina Varlamos)
Our Assumption Church has an excellent Greek dance program consisting of junior, intermediate and senior Greek Dance groups. Junior dancers learn basic steps. Intermediates learn more difficult dances, expanding their repertoire. Our Senior dancers, also known as the Hellenic Society for the Performing Arts, learn more complex dances and perform in traditional costumes at various venues.
Greek School: (Elli Patouhas)
Greek education instills Greek culture as well as Greek language in the minds and hearts of our youth. The cultural experience includes geography, history, religion, literature, fine arts, folk art, mythology and Greek dance. Students enrich their language skills which enable them to become better students in many areas of education.
HOPE/JOY (Facilitated by A.P.G.)
The Holy Orthodox Primary Education (HOPE) and The Junior Orthodox Youth (JOY) are youth ministries with a mission to strengthen the relationship of young Orthodox Christians with our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. These programs work to educate and edify young members of the church through activities and spiritual lessons, as well as offering fellowship opportunities and community service projects. The ultimate goal is to encourage them to become active sacramental participants in the life of the Body of Christ.
Orthodox Life / Orthodox Christian Bible Study: (Fr. Michael)
Orthodox Life is our adult religious education ministry which takes place on the first three Tuesdays of the month from October through May. Here we enrich our understanding of our holy Greek Orthodox Faith, and learn to live it in every situation of our lives. Topics for discussion are diverse. The Bible, the Church Fathers and contemporary Orthodox Christian theologians are our sources. All ages are welcome to attend. We also welcome your suggestions for topics to discuss.
Philanthropy Committee: (Tony Niarhos)
The Philanthropy Committee works closely with the Ladies Philoptochos and with other church ministries and organizations to raise our awareness of people who are in need and to seek ways in helping them. The committee also seeks to heighten our sensitivity of people with special needs including, but not limited to those who are: handicapped, blind, mentally challenged, afflicted with debilitating illnesses and the elderly.
Philoptochos: (Harriet Stoukas, President)
The Greek Orthodox Ladies Society is the philanthropic heart of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America. Philoptochos literally means “friends of the poor” and its mission is: to promote charitable, benevolent and philanthropic outreach, to preserve the sanctity of life and family, to perpetuate and promote our Greek Orthodox Faith and traditions. Women of all ages are encouraged to join this important ministry of the church.
The mission Statement for Philoptochos is: 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...
Senior Citizens: (Catherine Spadafore, President)
This organization began in the 1960’s by a group of men and women who gathered together on a monthly basis for fellowship. It evolved around love, compassion, respect and stewardship for the Assumption Church. It has expanded to include monthly luncheons, Senior Exercise classes twice weekly to improve lifestyles and maintain good health and participation in hosting the Assumption Cultural Center’s annual Senior Expo.
Sunday School: (Krisanne George, Director)
The educational ministry of this program serves to pursue our faith as worship and prayer, faith as love and philanthropy and faith as truth as described by His Eminence Archbishop Demetrios. Our clergy provide the curriculum with weekly lesson plans to educate our teachers concerning the Orthodox Church and through them, our children. All children from Pre-
Youth Choir: (Facilitated by Choir and Sunday School)
Church music and hymnology are an integral part of the Sunday School curriculum. All students are instructed weekly on the hymns of the Greek Orthodox Church and have a standing invitation to chant the Divine Liturgy with the adult choir. In addition, the students perform a Christmas concert each year in December, presenting hymns of our faith as well as traditional carols.