Welcome to the Sunday School informational page! My name is Lani Hattling and I am the director of the Sunday School for 2014-2015. On this page you will find the curriculum we are using for each grade, the teachers' names, major Sunday School events and other pertinent Sunday School information. Please contact me at LaniHattling@gmail.com or call me at 763-551-4876 if you have any questions or comments. We are regularly looking to improve the quality of our program and are eager for parent volunteers. If you are interested in offering your time and talents to our Sunday School program, please contact me. We need teachers, assistants, homeroom parents, substitute teachers and people to review and further develop our curricula and handbook. Classes begin right after communion and end at noon. Please help to make sure that the students and teachers get in line for communion first so that they won't be late for class! We appreciate your support!
- Teacher: Natalie Eidsvold
- Curriculum: God Loves Us
- K-1st Grade
- Teacher: Carol Alexis
- Curriculum: Together With God
- 2nd - 3rd Grade
- Teacher: George Canas
- Curriculum: Loving God
- 4th, 5th and 6th Grade
- Teacher: Stephen Kanavati
- Curriculum: Taylored program
- 7th, 8th and 9th Grade
- Teacher: Anastasia Mastrogiorgis
- Curriculum: Taylored program
- 10th,11th and 12th Grade
- Teachers: Nick Kanavati & Vicky Paraschou
- Taylored program
For more information on the Sunday School curriculum see the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese's Department of Religious Education web page.
Introduced in 1983, the St. John Chrysostom Oratorical Festival provides Greek Orthodox teenagers the opportunity to write and talk about their faith. The Oratorical Festival Program begins at the parish level and is divided into three divisions:
- Elementary Division (local festival only) for students in grades 4–6.
- Junior Division for students in grades 7–9.
- Senior Division for student in grades 10–12.
The top speakers in the Junior and Senior Divisions advance to the district level. Two finalists in each district division represent the district at the Metropolis Oratorical Festival. The top speaker in each metropolis division is then selected to participate in the Archdiocese Finals, which is hosted by a different metropolis each year.
All eighteen finalists at the Archdiocese Finals participate in a weekend of activities, the highlight of which is the delivery of their speeches on Saturday morning. The Oratorical Festival Scholarship Fund provides college scholarships to the top speakers. In 2015, the top three speakers of each division received college scholarships of $2,000, $1,500 and $1,000. This year, each Honorable Mention speaker was awarded $500.
Presvytera Margaret Orfanakos serves as the Archdiocese Festival Chairperson.
The 33rd National Oratorical Festival was hosted by the Metropolis of Atlanta and the Parish of St. Nektarios in Charlotte, NC on June 10-12, 2016. Click on the News Release to read about the weekend!
The 32nd National Oratorical Festival was hosted on June 5-7, 2015, by the Metropolis of San Francisco at St. Anthony Church in Pasadena, CA. Click on the News Release to read about the weekend, and check out page 4 and page 17 of the July/August 2015 issue of the Orthodox Observer to read the top speeches and see pictures from the festival.
FAITH: An Endowment for Orthodoxy and Hellenism Awards
Each finalist receives an additional scholarship award from FAITH: An Endowment for Orthodoxy and Hellenism as part of its grant to the Archdiocese. FAITH has made these awards to Oratorical Festival Finalists since 2007. We are grateful to the Founders of FAITH for their generous support of the youth of our Archdiocese and the Finalists of the St. John Chrysostom Oratorical Festival.
The Chrysostom Scholarship for Hellenic College
In the 2016 St. John Chrysostom Oratorical Festival, each Senior and Junior division first, second, and third place finalist in each category (Oratory, Poetry, and Essay) at the parish, district, metropolis, and national levels of competition is eligible to receive a Chrysostom Scholarship to Hellenic College. This scholarship has been amended to provide awards ranging from $2,500 up to $30,000 per year.