CHERRY HILL, NJ – The parish of St. Thomas Greek Orthodox Church in Cherry Hill, NJ, celebrated its Golden Jubilee last weekend. The festivities started on September 30 with the Vespers serviceand continued on October 1, with the hierarchical Divine Liturgy and ordination tothe priesthood of DeaconEleftherios Plevrakis.
The gala dinner in the evening at the Adelphia Restaurant in Bedford concluded the celebration, commemorating the Church’s 50 years.
In attendance were Metropolitan Evangelos of New Jersey, Bishop Athanasios of Kisumu and Western Kenya, Konstantinos Koutras- Consul General of Greece in New York, past parish council presidents, members of the community, donors, and benefactors.
There were no honored guests because the dinner, as highlighted by the community’s president George Horiates, was dedicated to the founders, pioneers, donors, and benefactors, as well as the faithful who attend all church eventsand offer their support, monetary or otherwise.
Consul General Koutras, Metropolitan Evangelos, Bishop Athanasios, Fr. ChristoforosOikonomidis, Horiates and others spoke about the historical significance of the 50-year celebration.
Evangelos congratulated the community for the projects accomplished last year, including the dramatic change to the Church’s facade, and called on the faithful to support the work of Fr. Oikonomidis and the Parish Council in contributing to the construction of the bell tower and dome.