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St. Philothea Greek Orthodox Church
Greek Orthodox Metropolis of Atlanta
3761 Mars Hill Road
Watkinsville, Georgia 30677
For more information: 770-725-5035
For Marswood Hall Call: 770-841-3937
About St. Philothea Parish
St. Philothea Greek Orthodox Church, established in 1975, is located in Watkinsville, GA and serves the faithful in the city of Athens, GA. The Reverend Anthony Salzman serves the parish of forty (40) families. read more
NEW! Family Life Ministry
(click on logo above to be directed to the Family Life Ministry Website)
Metropolitan Alexios sends his greetings and introduction to the Family Life Ministry HERE.
Supporting Flyer is HERE.
Young and old alike are called to grow in the faith and knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. Our children’s catechetical program strives to emphasize the importance of regular worship, participation in the sacramental life of the Church and personal prayer, as well as to educate our students in the teachings and holy Traditions of our Faith. All this is accomplished within a loving atmosphere of Christian fellowship. Our youth participate in St. Stephens Summer Camp, Lenten Retreats and GOYA, JOY & HOPE activities. Likewise the adult catechetical program meets for seasonal study programs throughout the year such as the Agape Circle, and various Book Study groups. For those new to the Orthodox faith, Father Anthony leads a weekly Catechumen Class where there is always lively discussions and profound examination of the Christian life.
Let us commend ourselves and one another, and our whole life, to Christ, our God.
Each Sunday after the Divine Liturgy, the parishioners and our guests have an opportunity to make new friendships and nurture old ones as we enjoy the warm hospitality offered during our coffee hour. Beverages and snacks are provided and all are encouraged to join in the fellowship and fun. On the first of each month the parish hosts a covered dish luncheon where families bring one of their favorite dishes to share. With St. Philothea being the home of Greeks, Russians, Bulgarians, Serbians, Romanians, Albanians, Georgians, Ethiopians as well as Americans, our covered dish luncheons are international in flavor and Southern in hospitality. Check the calendar and don't miss out on this wonderful time we share together.
St. Philothea has a small but caring Philoptochos chapter that strives to be the philanthropic arm of the parish. Our greatest joy is to be able to offer help to those in need within our community and to support all the worthy causes championed by the National and Metropolis Philoptochos. We support local food bank programs, women’s shelters, Project Linus and Teen Challenge—an alcohol and drug abuse recovery program. We make discretionary funds available to our priest so he can offer confidential assistance when necessary. Sometimes it is hard in a small parish but we feel that Philoptochos is a vital part of our call to be faithful servants of our loving and merciful Lord Jesus Christ. Please consider becoming a member, everyone is welcome to join this holy work. For more information about the Greek Orthodox National Philoptochos Society please visit www.philoptochos.org.
"The mission of the Parish Council of St. Philothea Greek Orthodox Church is to uphold the dogma, teaching, Traditions, Holy Canons, worship and moral principles of the Greek Orthodox Church, as well as the constitutional charter, discipline, and regulations of the Greek Orthodox Church of America, and to fulfill faithfully and sincerely the duties and obligations required by Uniform Parish Regulations."
The Mission Statement of the Parish Council of St. Philothea
(adopted by unanimous vote of the Parish Council July 30, 2008)
The Parish Council of St. Philothea is made up of ten members. Nine are elected, with the Parish Priest (Fr. Anthony) a permanent, non-voting member. Elected representatives serve three year terms. The election of Parish Council members is conducted annually, with staggered terms so that the Council never turns all members in the same election. Nominations and election to the Parish Council is realized by a General Assembly of the Parish. Elections take place at years end. The Parish Priest along with the The Parish Council is responsible to the Bishop for the whole life and activities of St. Philothea. Any member in good standing with one year of Liturgical participation at St. Philothea and current on their family or individual stewardship can serve on the Parish Council.