17378New Greek Cultural Center
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New Greek Cultural Center
By Star staff | January 10, 2013 - 12:54pm
The Greek Orthodox Church of the Hamptons will celebrate the completion
of the Johnides Family Cultural Center on Sunday with a ribbon-cutting
ceremony and blessing by Bishop Andonios Paropoulos, chancellor of the
Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America.
The cultural center, funded by a gift from Coula Johnides, who ran the
Old Stove Pub in Sagaponack for many years with her siblings, is one of
three new buildings that the congregation has finished or is in the
process of completing to house church programs and serve the broader
community. Also under construction are the Dormition of the Virgin Mary
Sanctuary and the Nicholas S. Zoullas Hellenic Center.
Ms. Johnides committed $1 million to the center and also established the
Johnides Family Foundation to fund educational programs, provide
scholarships, develop cultural and religious programs, and “advance
Hellenism and Orthodoxy on the East End,” as well as to aid in the
upkeep and maintenance of the cultural center named for her family.
“With the Johnides Family Cultural Center, we will be able to improve
these ministries and we will be able to offer exciting new ministries
for the enrichment of our members and for the enrichment of the broader
East End community,” the Rev. Alex Karloutsos said in a release. “Coula,
along with all of our supporters, has opened up a new horizon of
possibility for us.”
The center has seven classrooms, a recreation room for youth, a
conference room, administrative offices, a library, and a kitchen. With
the additional space, the church plans to expand its language and
cultural institute to offer instruction in Russian and Romanian in
addition to Greek, and to offer a summer Bible camp as well as
additional adult programming.
The ribbon-cutting on Sunday will follow 10 a.m. services at about 11:30
and is open to the public. The church is on St. Andrew’s Road in