The first Greek immigrants came to the city of Flint, MI in the year 1910. However, the history of the Assumption Greek Orthodox Church of Flint began in 1920 with approximately twenty families. These families, being concerned about their Orthodox faith and traditions decided to establish their church in Flint.
In 1917 the faithful of Flint decided to undertake the tremendous task of building their own church. With much dedication, personal sacrifice and hard work, they built the second Greek Orthodox Church of Michigan on the corner of North Saginaw and Gillespie Streets at a cost of $16,000. The AGOC of Flint was completed in 1928 and was considered an outstanding building in the city. The first priest of AGOC was the late Rev. Fr. John Kapenekas who was ordained in Detroit by his Eminence Archbishop Rodostolou of New York.
The Assumption was dedicated on May 6. 1928, during the Divine Liturgy celebrated by His Grace Bishop Filaretos of Chicago. This historical event projected a renewed fervor in the hearts of the faithful. They instructed a Sunday School, a Greek School, along with a mixed choir of adults and children. The Philopochos Society was established by the late Patriarch Athenagoras (then Archbishop of North and South America). The Philoptochos built a parish home for their priest and his family.
As the years passed on under the spiritual leadership of Rev. Fr. Demetrios G. Koursaris, the Assumption family grew until finally a new church was needed to accommodate the faithful of Flint. This church was built in 1961 at G-3170 W. Beecher Rd. The Assumption family continued to grow under Fr. Tom, Fr. Dean, Fr. Stavros, Fr. Ignatious, and Fr. Angelo. In 2010 the Assumption family moved to its newest location at 2245 E. Baldwin Rd., Grand Blanc, MI. We can’t wait to continue to grow and make history!
Who is Philoptochos?
Philoptochos, meaning “friend of the poor”, is a philanthropic organization of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America, both nationally and internationally.
What is the Mission of Philoptochos?
To preserve and perpetuate the sacredness of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese, through programs, lectures, seminars, and other educational resources. Formulating plans and methods to voluntarily aid the poor, the destitute, the aged, the sick, the unemployed, the orphaned, the imprisoned, the widowed, the handicapped and the victims of disasters.”
When Did Philoptochos Start?
Though the beginning of the Philoptochos Society can be traced to 1894 in New York City, when hundreds of immigrants were arriving daily in the United States from Greece, Asia Minor, and Constantinople, the first Ladies Philoptochos was officially established at the Holy Trinity Church in New York City in 1902.
How is Philoptochos organized?
Philoptochos functions from an administrative and membership basis on three levels, as follows: The National Board, The Metropolis Board of each Metropolis, and the Philoptochos Chapter of each Parish. Each local chapter is a member of both the Metropolitan and National Philoptochos organizations.
Who Can Join?
Women of the Greek Orthodox Faith who are at least 18 years of age are eligible for Full Membership in the Society.
Any non-Greek Orthodox woman or man, with a Greek Orthodox spouse, is elegible for Associate Membership. An Associate Member shall enjoy all privileges of membership, except the right to vote or hold office.
Why Should I Join?
As the philanthropic heart of the Greek Orthodox Church and the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America, Philoptochos symbolizes the basic characteristic and teaching of Christianity, which is charity in all of its forms. Philanthropy is a tradition of the Greek Orthodox Church that dates back to the Byzantine Empire. It is identified with love and active feelings of benevolence toward any person, independent of the person’s identity. We, the Greek Orthodox Ladies Philoptochos Society, have held fast to this tradition of philanthropy, and we have fervently strengthened the sense of love and compassion for all individuals that are in need. Thus, joining Philoptochos really means actively living and practicing our Orthodox faith. It also means being an important part of a truly dynamic force of humanitarian outreach, whose impact is, simply stated, tremendous in scope and widespread in breadth. There can be no better response to the question of why join Philoptochos than to say your membership is the manifestation and witness of your faith as an Orthodox Christian. As our Society evolves, our members experience the satisfaction of participating, giving and sharing in our most worthy philanthropic endeavors, as friendships are made and a connectedness between individuals is nurtured. Let us encourage all of our friends to become a part of this enriching and fulfilling experience.”
Parish Council Members:
Cathy Yeotis, President
John Hountalas, Vice-President
JoAnne Schultze, Secretary
Dr. Debra Chinonis, Treasurer
What is a Parish Council?
The Parish Council is the elected, governing body of the parish that attends to the welfare, mission, and vision of the parish. A Parish Council serves many of the functions served by boards of directors or trustees at other non-profit organizations. Our Parish Council is responsible for the financial management of the church, making sure our bills are paid, our facilities maintained and our money managed safely and effectively. While our priest is our spiritual leader, the Parish Council support, through their actions and example, is critical in moving all of us to a closer relationship with Christ.
Eleven people serve on our Parish Council here at Assumption Church. Each Fall, when we hold our annual General Assembly meeting, we elect new Council members to begin serving a two-year term. Typically, one half of the Council will be finishing their terms on any given year. This ensures that there are fresh voices and new energy every year.
The entire congregation votes for who will be on the Council. The Council then, in turn, votes for a handful of positions to represent them: the president, vice president, secretary and treasurer.
Our Parish Council meets on the fourth Wednesday night of every month. The meetings start at 6:15 p.m, and any member of the congregation is welcome to attend. However, there may be a rare occurrence that the Council chooses to “close” or have a private meeting. This is done at the discretion of the Council. The minutes of the Council meetings will be available on the website in the near future.
The rules of governance of our church were established by the Uniform Parish Regulations (UPR), and also by our Parish By-Laws, which are similar to a constitution. To see a copy of the UPR, please click here.
Latest Minutes can be found here