“Philoptochos” means “Friend of the Poor”. For more than 80 years, the women of St. Sophia Church have joined together to work for our church, assist individuals in need, contribute to charitable projects and medical research.
At our recent National Convention, we were “Chosen and Appointed by God to Go and Bear Fruit”. Our local St. Barbara’s Chapter is part of the Greek Orthodox Ladies Philoptochos Society, Inc. – the largest Christian women’s philanthropic organization in the United States. Ongoing programs include but are not limited to: Informational Programs, Brown Bag Lunches for the Homeless, Breast Cancer Walk, Cooking Class, Cancer Fund, St. Barbara’s Day Party, Lenten Luncheon, Nursing Home and Hospital Visitations, Makaria lunches, St. Sophia Feast Day and many Church Events. We offer events/projects of interest to everyone. Because of these efforts, we are able to support local, national and worldwide charities.
Meetings are generally held the second Tuesday of each month according to our current calendar. Business meeting/refreshments begin at 6:30 pm many times with a program to follow at 7:00 pm. Please join us at a meeting this year to see how you can make a difference in your community. Specific Calendar is mailed to parishioners or call the church office. Please pick up our brochure at the Pangari. Questions should be directed to the church office at 489-4442.
Philoptochos Executive Board 2013 – 2015
Jan Gallas, President
Stephanie Kontakos, Recording Secretary
Theo Karatzou, Treasurer
Shalyn Docous, Assistant Treasurer
Kathy Nucci, Corresponding Secretary
The Knitters of St. Sophia
We are a group of volunteers who knit/crochet for local charities. Our purpose is fellowship, learning to knit/crochet and make a difference in our community. We have donated handmade items to The Children’s Hospital at Albany Medical Center, Grassroot Givers, Capital City Rescue Mission, Samaritan Hospital Maternity Unit, Samaritan Hospital Cancer Care Center, Veterans’ families among others. We meet every Wednesday from 12:30-4:00 pm – come and go as you wish. Want to learn to knit?? We’ll teach you. Need a refresher lesson?? We’ll help you brush up. Yarn/needles/supplies all available within the group. Join us to continue our mission. Monetary donations to purchase yarn are always welcome and well received.