Greek Dancers at the 2016 Des Moines Greek Food Fair

There used to be many more Greeks in Des Moines, but they have passed on now, so the Greek community is not that large anymore. We have a lot of new people coming in from outside the U.S., like from Russia and Africa. They are all welcomed, but the bad part about it is that most of our children have grown up and not retained the faith. However, you cannot be stuck in the past, present or future, so you have to do the best with what you have.


Greek Orthodox Church of St. George

The church community was mostly Greeks. It was smaller, but mostly because that’s who built the church, and was supporting it then. Today, the church community changes. It changes with the people that attend and how active they are. A lot of them don’t take a big part other than the liturgical one on Sunday, but whoever helps with and works for the church is very well accepted. When they just come, come in and light a candle and get up and go, its just a little more difficult to get acquainted. The congregation is changing, and we have to change with the times no matter what. While faith has something to do with bringing people together, it is the social part that involves you.