Northwest and Pacific Notes – October 2017

Author ​Steve​ Sourapas with his daughters Alicia (left) and Angela (right) at the book launch.

SOURAPAS BOOK: Steve Sourapas, with Roasanne Gostovich Royer, has written his 310-page family history, A Seattle Greek Immigrant Family’s Soft Drink Business. Partly inspired by St. Demetrios Church’s A History of Saint Demetrios Church and Her People, the Sourapas publication tells wonderful stories of the business as well as the geographical and historical environment in which the company operated beginning in Portland, OR before moving to Seattle, WA. A first book unveiling event was held at St. Demetrios Church in August. Copies of the book with its many photographs are for sale at the St. Demetrios Bookstore in Seattle.

GREEKS IN WASHINGTON welcomes Andrea Christensen who has assumed the duties of content administrator for the “museum without walls.”  She takes over for Ted Maroutsos who generously gave his expertise and devotion to developing the Greeks in Washington site since 2009.

LARGE GRANT: Camp Agape Northwest received $30,000 in the 2017 Community Grant sponsored by the Pano Koumantaros Cancer Research Fund of Tacoma, WA. The Fund was so overwhelmed by the enthusiastic support of and voting for a grant, that the fund decided to award monetary gifts to all three petitioning organizations. The other recipients were The Good Times Project for $10,000, and Cancer Pathways for $5,000. Presentations were made at the 2017 Spectrum Open Golf Tournament Banquet.

GOLDENDALE FUNDRAISER: Gerontissa Efpraxia and her Synodia cordially invite you to an evening of fine dining at the 11th Annual Monastery Builders Benefit Dinner and Auction in support of Saint John the Forerunner Greek Orthodox Monastery. The event will be held Sunday, October 15, at 5:30 p.m. at the Fort Dalles Readiness Center, 402 East Scenic Drive in The Dalles, Oregon.  Tickets are $65 a person. To RSVP, please visit the website at

PRAY FOR MATTHEW: In the early hours of Thursday, August 24, Matthew Gray, 18, fell through his second story dorm room window in Pullman, WA. He suffered severe head trauma along with other injuries. He was airlifted to Sacred Heart Medical Center in Spokane.  Close church, school, and personal friends arrived from far-flung places to join Matthew’s parents, Jim and Andrea Gray, in the vigil at the hospital. Some 150 supporters gathered Friday evening at Assumption Greek Orthodox Church in Seattle to light candles and to join Matthew’s priest, Fr. Dean Kouldukis, in prayer for Matthew. That same evening Matthew was airlifted to Seattle’s Harborview Medical Center, the leading trauma center in the Northwest, where Dr. Richard Ellenbogen, the chair of neurosurgery at the University of Washington, and his associates performed surgery on Matthew’s fractured skull to relieve the pressure on his brain. His condition is being updated on  May God bless Matthew and his family.

HALF-MARATHON WINNER: Congratulations to Anchorage’s Holy Transfiguration Church member, Michelle Baxter, for winning the women’s group in the Skinny Raven Half-Marathon in August. A half-marathon is 13.1 miles long. Skinny Raven is the most popular race of Anchorage Run Fest. She overcame a labral hip tear that kept her out of training for ten months, and has worked very hard to get back to racing.

Bill Marianes

ON STEWARDSHIP: On September 7, Bill Marianes presented the topics of Being Engaged Disciples and the Culture of True Stewardship at Portland’s Holy Trinity Cathedral for parish council members and parishioners alike.  Bill, a retired attorney from Atlanta, has traveled throughout our Archdiocese making presentations on such important topics to help engage parishioners in the life of the Church.  While in Oregon, he also led a Strategic Planning session at St. John the Baptist in Beaverton. For more information on his messages, go to





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