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STS. CONSTANTINE AND HELEN GREEK ORTHODOX CHURCH to CELEBRATE GROUNDBREAKING in SILVER SPRING
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STS. CONSTANTINE AND HELEN GREEK ORTHODOX CHURCH to CELEBRATE GROUNDBREAKING in SILVER SPRING

US Congressmen Sarbanes, Van Hollen and Greek Ambassador to Attend Groundbreaking

After more than 90 years of calling Washington, D.C. home, the Sts. Constantine and Helen Greek Orthodox Church of Washington, D.C. has moved to Silver Spring, Md., and will host a ground-breaking celebration on Sat. June 15, from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the church’s future site, 701 Norwood Road, in Silver Spring, Md.
U.S. Congressmen, John Sarbanes and Chris Van Hollen, representing Maryland’s third and eighth districts, respectively, as well as His Excellency Christos Panagopoulos, Greek ambassador and Montgomery County Executive Isaiah Leggett will be attending the groundbreaking ceremony. A family-fun reception will immediately follow the ground-breaking, featuring tea sandwiches, homemade baklava and assorted homemade Greek pastries, beverages, face-painting and hard-hats for the children. The family-fun celebration is free and open to the public. For more information, visit www.schgocdc.org.

The Sts. Constantine and Helen Greek Orthodox of Washington, D.C. is renowned for its largest and oldest Greek Festival in Washington, D.C, which it hosted for more than 50 years. The 2013 Sts. Constantine and Helen Greek Festival is being planned for October 2013, and will debut for the first time at its new location; the temporary church location (St. Andrew Ukrainian Orthodox Cathedral), 15100 New Hampshire Avenue, Silver Spring, Md.

Liturgies are currently being held at St. Andrew Ukrainian Orthodox Cathedral on New Hampshire Avenue in Silver Spring, Md. until the new church is built.

“The parish is very excited about re-building and re-establishing Sts. Constantine and Helen Greek Orthodox Church,” said Matt Tiches, parish council president of Sts. Constantine and Helen Greek Orthodox Church of Washington, D.C.  “The church is continuing to grow with more parishioners and younger families, who live in the surrounding D.C.-suburbs…when it was time to move, we knew it made sense to locate closer to our parishioner base,” said Tiches.

About Sts. Constantine and Helen Greek Orthodox Church of Washington, D.C.:

Sts. Constantine and Helen Greek Orthodox Church of Washington, D.C. office is located at 701-A Norwood Road, Silver Spring, Md. The first three-day festival began in 1960. The festival had originated as a small one-day bazaar in the late 1940s, which later developed into the largest Greek festival featured today in Washington, DC. The 95-year old church was started by a small group of Greek immigrants in 1918 at 6th and C streets, NW, in Washington, D.C., headed up by Fathers Menides and Metaxopoulos with a small congregation of 100. The 16th and Upshur location was acquired in 1954 to fulfill the growing numbers of parishioners currently at more than 1400 members. The church moved into the Silver Spring, Md. area in 2012, with building construction to be completed in late 2014. For information about the Sts. Constantine and Helen Greek Orthodox Church of Washington, D.C, please call the parish office at 240-389-1366 or visit the web site at www.schgocdc.org

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