Sunday School & Little Angels
Christmas tree decoration: Join our Sunday School children, and every child of our parish, for the Christmas tree decoration on December 3rd, after Sunday School in the Big Hall! Please contact the director of Sunday School Antonia Degliantoni email@example.com for more information.
The Christmas pageant: The Christmas pageant is a Holy Trinity tradition that is being played out by our congregation this holiday season for generations. It is a beautiful opportunity for our community to share our faith by having our community children retelling the Nativity story in scripture and carols. The pageant will take place in the church, on Sunday, 17th of December, just after Liturgy.
Christmas party: Just after the pageant everyone is invited to our coffee hour and Christmas celebration hosted by Sunday School and Greek School. Delicious appetizers will be served along with coffee, juice, hot apple cider and hot chocolate. Santa and Mrs. Santa will be there to welcome the kids and Gus with his piano will invite everyone to join him to community caroling! The event will take place in the big hall after the pageant.
Sunday School Class Schedule
November 26— No Sunday School. Happy Thanksgiving!
December 3 — Regular class. Please join us in the Large Hall after class to decorate the tree! All are welcome!
December 10 — Rehearsal for Christmas Program (we will meet downstairs as usual)
December 17 — Christmas Program/ party!
December 24 — No Sunday School. Merry Christmas!
December 31 — No Sunday School. Happy New Year!
3 and younger (with parent participation):
This is a parent/child class, held directly after communion in room C-14 during Sunday school hours. During each class there is a faith-based story, short lesson, activity, and song! Little Angels is a great opportunity for fun and learning, as well as fellowship among the parents. This year Little Angels will be taught by Rachel Mattert, Eleni Booth, and Vasiliki Estes.
The goal of our Sunday School program is to mold the lives of our children in the Orthodox Christian ethos. We will utilize the teachings of Holy Scripture and Holy Tradition to develop each student spiritually, and guide them towards living a Christ-centered life. Our hope is that by having our children actively participating in the liturgical, sacramental, and communal life of the Orthodox Church, they will develop a personal and lifelong relationship with our Lord and Savior.
Our director and teachers are fellow parishioners who love children and show a desire to serve our Lord through the stewardship of teaching.
The curriculum in use is from the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese Department of Religious Education and is supplemented with other materials and activities obtained from other Orthodox Christian sources. Our program is closely moderated by our devoted youth priest, Father Christos Kalaitzis.
We are looking forward to a fun and fulfilling year ahead guiding the children as they use their heart, their art, and their songs to glorify Him and sing His praises! Don’t forget to register!
—Antonia Degliantoni, Director
Katerina Koukoumanos — Pre-K / Kindergarten
This year marks Katerina’s 5th year teaching the pre-K/Kindergarten class, and she has loved every second of it! Katerina is very grateful to be a part of this wonderful Sunday school program. For this age group, they focus on teaching all about what we see and do in church. The kids learn this foundation through songs, stories, and crafts. Between snack-time stories, glitter glue, and finger-painting, there is never a dull moment with these little ones!
Kathryne Psihogios — 1st / 2nd grade
Kathryne has always felt compelled to help the youth in the Orthodox Church. They’re the future of the community. Now that she has her own two daughters (Gigi, 8 and Kalli, 6), she is excited to watch them grow in their faith. Kathryne grew up attending St. John the Baptist GOC in Beaverton. She also participated in Holy Trinity’s youth programs over the years. She and her husband Peter, with their two daughters, love being involved with Holy Trinity and its ministries. Outside of her full time job, she enjoys trying new restaurants, outdoor activities like camping and hiking, and traveling with her family and friends.
Joana Maletis — 1st / 2nd grade
Joana was baptized and raised at Holy Trinity from a long line of Holy Trinity families dating back to 1907. She has been involved in many ministries including the dance program, Philoptochos, festival, GOYA and Sunday School. Joana attended the University of Oregon and graduated with a BS in 2010. She has been married to Andy Maletis since 2014 and is blessed with two children, Stella and George! Holy Trinity is like a second home for Joana, and she looks forward to teaching and learning right alongside the next generation of Holy Trinity children.
Kelly Lymberopoulos — 3rd / 4th grade
Kelly is a senior public relations specialist in the high-tech industry. She recently relocated to Portland from the Bay Area, CA, and before that, St. Nicholas in San Jose where she attended Sunday School and Greek School during her childhood years. This year, Kelly serves as a teacher for third and fourth grade, with hopes to support young students in their discovery of the faith.
JoeAnne (Joe) Gianopoulos — 3rd / 4th grade
JoeAnne (Joe) is a senior at the University of Portland pursuing a bachelors in Biology with a minor in Chemistry. She was born and raised in Portland, Oregon and has been a lifelong parishioner of Holy Trinity. She attended Greek School during elementary and has been part of the Greek Dance program and Sunday School since preschool. She is teaching third and fourth grade. This is her first year as a Sunday School teacher, and she is excited to learn the ropes and get involved with the community.
Eleni Mallos — 5th / 6th grade
Growing up, Eleni watched members of our community, like her Dad Nick Mallos, dedicate their time to kids every Sunday to teach about our church and faith. Those teachings stayed with her to this day. Eleni is honored to now have the opportunity to do the same! This year her class is learning about the Parables. The Parables are a great way for younger kids to understand Gods word and relate it to their everyday lives. She is excited to watch the kids of our community grow in their faith.
Dina George Khoury — 7th / 8th grade
Dina loves working with kids. She has taught Sunday School on and off for over 30 years. She has taught here at Holy Trinity, St. George, and also at Holy Trinity in NYC. Dina grew up 9 blocks away from Holy Trinity, moved away for 20 years and came back with her husband Nick, to raise their kids- Helena and Kam - near their families and in our community. This year she is excited to team-teach 7th and 8th Grade with Noah Carandanis. They will focus on what it means to be an Orthodox Christian and how to live our lives as an Orthodox every day.
Noah Carandanis — 7th / 8th grade
Noah Carandanis has been a member of Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Cathedral his entire life. He is currently a sophomore at the University of Portland studying Philosophy and Political Science with a minor in Hellenic Studies. He wants to continue to challenge and grow in his Orthodox faith and serve other people throughout his life. Noah will teach his first year of Sunday School alongside Dina Khoury.
Christina Lingas Geist — High School
Since her youth, Christina has been an active member of the parish here at Holy Trinity. She has served on the Parish Council, the Philoptochos Board, taught middle and high school Sunday school for many years and has been actively involved in Youth Ministries for over 25 years. Christina holds a BA, and MAT, and is currently finishing a Master’s degree in Marriage and Family therapy. Christina has three grown children who have also been active members of Holy Trinity.
Ted Nieuwsma— High School
Ted was born and raised in San Jose, California until moving to New York where he attended the City College of New York. During college he found his way into the world of software development and is now a VP of Product for a tech company based in New York City. Ted came to the Northwest back in 2018 where he met his wife, Kara, and started attending Holy Trinity. He has a passion for the faith and a strong desire to share this passion with others.
Antonia Degliantoni — Sunday School Program Director (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Antonia grew up attending Holy Trinity and participating in their many youth ministries. Teaching Sunday School has brought her so much joy throughout the years, and she is looking forward to beginning her new role as director. Antonia loves being a stay-at home-mom to her children, Adele and Andrew, hand embroidery, and working in her garden.
Questions or Concerns?
Contact Antonia Degliantoni: email@example.com