The Orthodox community of Saint Nectarios Mission Church in the Tri-Cities was blessed to have Sophronia Nickolaou Tomaras as their first Presvytera. The seeds that she and Father Anthony Tomaras planted in their mission work in the Tri-Cities continue today as an active and growing local parish. From community outreach, to Sunday school, to iconography, to worship participation, to just being there when you needed kind words, Presvytera Sophronia is remembered and cherished by all that were in our local community.
Everywhere in our Church we see her influence. Her hymnals sit on the stand by the candles. She painted our icons on our iconostasis. She painted them when we secured our current church. She then painted them again after someone broke in the church and stole the originals. The thieves were more right than they knew, gifts such as the icons that she gave were truly priceless treasures.
A world without Presvytera Sophronia just doesn't seem possible. She gave so much light and inspiration to everyone she touched. We especially want to give our condolences to Father Anthony Tomaras. We know it has been very difficult for him -- and hope our words of recognition and appreciation in at least some small way will provide him with some comfort.
Their mission efforts have resulted in an enduring community that continues to work towards the goals set by Father and Presvytera Tomaras. Over the past year, an expansion of the worship area (planned by them many years ago) was accomplished. The expanded worship area now is already regularly filled during services and we are now looking to develop the resources for a full time priest. We greatly appreciated the family's direction of donations in memory of Presvytera Sophronia to our local Parish, and will direct all funds so donated to a memorial in her name to a Clergy Salary Fund assisting us in meeting the goal of having a full time priest at Saint Nectarios Mission Church.