Philoptochos

Philoptochos; "Every man shall give as he is able, according to the blessing of the Lord your God which He has given you" Deuteronomy 16:17. Our mission 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...".

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Saint Euphemia, Patron Saint of the Metropolis of Atlanta Philoptochos
Through the dedicated labor of faithful Greek Orthodox women from across the United States, the Philoptochos Society has been there for countless persons for more than 65 years. Our St. Stefanos Philoptochos chapter, formed in 1962, has worked and continues to work diligently with faith and with love, to fulfill its mission.

On the national level, our chapter, through its fundraising efforts, supports Hellenic College - Holy Cross School of Theology, the Academy of St. Basil by sponsoring Vasilopita Sunday at the commencement of the New Year, the Children's Cardiac Program, the Orthodox Christian Mission Center and many other national programs.

On the local level, our chapter helps to feed the homeless at Beacon House, a local soup kitchen and shelter, and contributes to the Harbinger House social services, which supports children from broken homes. We also award college scholarships to graduating high school seniors and help individuals in the local community who are having financial difficulties. Our chapter actively participates during important feast days and church fundraisers by assisting with the celebration of our church's name day, Sunday of Orthodoxy, and dye eggs for Pascha. We also bake and sell pastries for the annual St. Stefanos Greek Festival. These wonderful ladies visit shut-ins during the Christmas and Pascha seasons and throughout the year, are responsible for the coffee hour after Divine Liturgy on Sundays and much, much more.

To support these worthwhile charities and causes, these dedicated and hard working ladies have many projects and fundraisers throughout the year, including bake sales, a lamb raffle for Pascha, a turkey raffle for Thanksgiving, a Palm Sunday luncheon, sell Easter bread for Pascha and many other projects.

Along with all their hard work, they do take time out for some fun and fellowship. They have an occasional covered dish lunch after monthly meetings, gather together for a Christmas party and an end-of-the-year luncheon at a local restaurant.

We would like to encourage and invite all the ladies of our parish family, 18 years of age and older, to join us in service to our Lord and His church. Join us in giving back to those in need, that which the Lord has given you.