History

Kimisis Tis Theotokou Greek Orthodox Church

20 Hillcrest Road, Holmdel NJ  07733-1614 

 

Founded in 1976, Church and Administration Building Built in 1988, Community Center added in 1999, Church Consecrated in 2007

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Welcome to Kimisis Tis Theotokou in Holmdel, NJ.

Today, we have 400+ families of diverse ages and backgrounds who worship at our Church. Here is a brief list of our milestones:

1973:
The Bayshore American Hellenic Association (BAHA) formed by early Greek residents of the Bayshore area of Central New Jersey. Meeting in members’ homes, motels, a real estate office, and the Shore Point Inn, the club was organized for the purpose of attracting Orthodox families, raising funds for a new Church complex, and to provide temporary religious services and a children’s Greek Language school.

1975:
Greek Language classes began at the Beer Street School. The first service was celebrated at the Holmdel Motor Inn. The Ladies Auxiliary of BAHA was established.

1976:
A delegation formally requested, and was granted recognition and sanctioning from the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of North and South America, for formation of a parish.

  • Approval of the Uniform Parish Regulations and Articles of Agreement were approved.
  • First Annual Greek Festival was held at Pleasant Valley Farm in Colts Neck.
  • Fr. George Prassas was assigned as first Parish Priest
  • First Official Liturgy was held at Christ Church, Middletown.
  • First General Assembly meeting was held and the name “Kimisis Tis Theotokou” (Dormition of the Virgin Mary) was officially adopted for the Parish.
  • Church services and Greek Language classes were held at the Beer Street School in Hazlet until 1988.

1977:
The General Assembly approved the purchase of 6.5 acres of property on Hillcrest Road in Holmdel for $64,000 for construction of a Parish Complex. By June, 1979, the mortgage was retired.

1980:

  • Fr. George H. Dounelis joined as Parish Priest.
  • The Ladies Philoptochos Society was established.

1986:
▪ Ground-breaking ceremony for the Church and Administration buildings was held with His Excellency Metropolitan Silas officiating.

1987:

  • Church construction began. During the foundation-blessing ceremony, on a perfectly clear day, a sudden cloud formation occurred in the shape of a miraculous cross over the site.

1988:

  • Thryranoixia (Door Opening) Ceremony for the Church building was held with His Eminence Archbishop Iakovos and His Excellency Metropolitan Silas officiating.
  • BAHA and Mr. & Mrs. Ted Countouroudas become Co-Godparents of the Church.

1992:

  • The Platytera, donated by the Ladies Philoptochos Society, was installed.

1994:

  • Church pews were installed
  • Kimisis Pre-School Playgroup was formed

1995:

  • First Annual “Run in Holmdel” was held sponsored by Kimisis
  • Annual Greek Festival first held on-site
  • Order of AHEPA Chapter 517 formed
  • Kimisis G.O.Y.A. wins 1st Place overall at Sights and Sounds

1996:

  • Iconostasion, Altar Table and Table of Oblations were installed
  • Archbishop Spyridon was enthroned
  • Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts troops were formed

1997:

  • Construction of Community Center began
  • His Eminence Archbishop Spyridon visited the Parish on Kimisis name day and blesses the Community Center construction.

1998:

  • Completion of Phase I of Community Center enclosed structure took place. Inside community center finishing work began.
  • “Tree of Life” sculpture was installed temporarily in the Church Hall to recognize Community Center donors
  • Marble floor wasinstalled at the altar.
  • Kimisis G.O.Y.A. wins 2nd Place overall at Sights and Sounds
  • Kimisis J.O.Y. reactivated
  • Kimisis electronic website created

1999:

  • His Grace, Bishop George, was elected as New Jersey Diocesan Bishop and Enthroned on April 17, 1999.
  • Kimisis G.O.Y.A. won 2nd Place overall at Sights and Sounds
  • Temporary Certificate of Occupancy was obtained on June 1, 1999 for the Community Center. Plans are to equip and furnish for use as contributions permits.
  • Blessing and Door Opening for Community Center on Kimisis Tis Theotokou Nameday, August 15, 1999, was held following Divine Liturgy.
  • Officiated by His Grace, Bishop George of New Jersey, the Tree of Life was relocated to permanent location at entrance to Community Center.
  • Plaques in recognition of Building Committee members and donors installed. September, 1999: Sunday and Greek school classes begin in new Community Center.
  • December 1999: Community Center Gym wood floor was installed and gym became available for athletic activities in 2000.

2000:

  • First woman was elected as president of the Parish Council: Bessie Drogaris

2001:

  • Parish grows to 400 families from throughout the Bayshore area. We have over 210 children, ages 3-12 registered in Sunday school, and many also participate in Pre-School Playgroup, Greek Language Classes, Greek Dance, GOYA, Scouting, Altar Boys, and other youth programs. The long-awaited many more activities occurred for our many youth and adult Parish organizations, such as our Prime Timer Seniors, Ladies Philoptochos, AHEPA, Choir, Kimisis Close-Up Newsletter, Bible Study classes, and other organizations.
  • Stewardship Program began

2003:

  • GOYA takes 1st place at Sights & Sounds for 3rd consecutive year

2007: 

  • Consecration of Kimisis Tis Theotokou
  • On Sunday, October 21, 2007 – His Eminence Metropolitan Evangelos of  New Jersey Chief Celebrant.

2008:

  • Annual Church Dinner Dance returns, Presbytera Eleni Chakalos is honored

2009:

  • GOYA Girls Volleyball wins 3rd championship in four years
  • Interior Committee receives approval for new chandeliers and etched/stain glass windows
  • Helen Antholis was appointed Stewardship Chair (from 2009 to 2014)

2010:

  • Chandeliers were installed in Church
  • Etched Glass windows installation began
  • Annual Greek Festival breaks record for net receipts and revenue

2011:

  • Facebook Page launched

2012:

  • Town approval for New Parking Lot and new two-story addition in rear of all purpose room was achieved

2013:

  • Reverend Protopresbyter George H. Dounelis retired
  • Very Reverend Archimandrite George Nikas joined Kimisis Tis Theotokou as Parish Priest on October 15, 2013

2014:

  • YAL Launched (January 11)
  • First Kimisis Dancers participation in Metropolis of NJ Folk Dance Festival, Annapolis MD (January 18/19)
  • Hope/Joy Re-launched (January 26)
  • New Parish Website Launched (February 12)
  • Electronic Communications Launched with Email Newsletters (January)
  • Renamed Prime Timers as Kali Parea and formed new committee structure (January)
  • Frieda Mookas, Church Secretary for over 40 years, retires (March 14, 2014)
    Frieda Mookas, Founder, Church Secretary, Organist
  • Zaharoula Marmatakis hired as Office Manager (February 2014-March 2016)
  • Office moved and expanded from Church to Community Center (March)
  • Office Hours increased
  • New phone system installed (February)
  • New computer systems and printer installed (2/14)
  • New stewardship chair appointed (March 2014 until September 2015: Mark Horvath)
  • Retirement luncheon hosted for Frieda Mookas (5/14)
  • New Greek School Director appointed in August (Amalia Vapheas)
  • New Executive Committee formed to lead the Festival for 2015
  • Father Nikas presided on Holy Cross Day, Asbury Park 9/14
  • Kimisis hosted Eastern Federation of Greek Orthodox Musicians Conference 10/14
  • #Giving Tuesday launched fundraising program for Saint Nicholas Shrine at the World Trade Center (12/14)

2015:

  • New online giving funds added for Weekly Candle Offerings as well as Special Offerings for Great Lent and Holy Week
  • New Kimisis Journal in progress
  • Instagram account launched (April)
  • Father Nikas is Master of Ceremonies at 2015 Clergy Laity Assembly & Philoptochos Convention Grand Banquet (May 11)
  • Argyrios Milonas appointed Stewardship Chair for 2016
  • Honorees from Kimisis at 2015 Clergy Laity Assembly: Elias Kotsis, Helen Antholis, Connie Mellas, Mary and Michael Loizou
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  • Retired pastor of Kimisis Tis Theotokou, Rev. George H. Dounelis fell asleep in Our Lord, June 28, 2015. May his memory be eternal
  • BLESSING OF CC GROUNDS

2016:

  • Very Reverend Archimandrite George Nikas appointed Chancellor of the GOMNJ by His Eminence, Metropolitan Evangelos of NJ as of January 15, 2016
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  • Reverend Economos Panagiotis Lekkas assigned as Proistamenos of Kimisis Tis Theotokou Greek Orthodox Church effective January 15, 2016
  • Our beloved Choir Director of 25 years, Marie Angelus Devino, fell asleep in Our Lord, March 6, 2016
  • 40th Anniversary of Kimisis Gala held at Shadowbrook, October 23, 2016

2017:

  • Parking Lot project for the south lawn is launched