Annunciation/Evangelismos Church, Elkins Park, PA
Publish Date: 2019-01-13
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Annunciation/Evangelismos Church, Elkins Park, PA

General Information

  • Phone:
  • (215) 635-0316
  • Fax:
  • (215) 635-8301
  • Street Address:

  • 7921 Old York Road

  • Elkins Park, PA 19027

Contact Information

Services Schedule

We meet for divine worship every Sunday morning starting with Orthros (Matins) 8:30, Divine Liturgy 9:30-11AM, followed by a fellowship hour in our community center. All are invited!

Please see Community Calendar for a complete listing of all weekday feast-days and worship services.

Past Bulletins

Weekend Update

Sunday after  Epiphany / Κυριακή μετά τα Φώτα, January 13, 2019
On January 13 we commemorate the holy martyrs Hermylos and Stratonikos; our devout father Iakovos of Nisibis; the holy martyr Athanasios who was clubbed to death; Sts. Pachomios and Papyrinos who died in a river; our devout father Maximos Kafsokalyvitis. By the intercessions of Your Saints, O God, have mercy on us. Amen.
  • 8:30 am MATINS, 9:30 am DIVINE LITURGY
  • Philoptochos annual vasilopita celebration & tray collection to benefit St. Basil's Academy
  • 2019 Parish Council affirmation of office and election of officers
  • Fellowship hour hosted by GOYA
Monday, January 14, 2019
  • 6:30 pm Philoptochos & PTO annual holiday dinner at KC Prime, Warrington, PA
Tuesday, January 15, 2019
  • 10 am Matthew 25 Ministry food delivery to Seeds of Hope
  • 5 pm Youth Greek School classes and vasilopita celebration
  • 6 pm OPA 2019 organizational meeting
  • 7 pm Adult Greek language class
  • 7 pm Parish Council meeting
Wednesday, January 16, 2019
  • 7 pm Annunciation 50th Anniversary Campaign training
  • 7 pm Bible study
Thursday, January 17, 2019, Anthony the Great
  • 8:30 am MATINS, 9:30 am DIVINE LITURGY
  • 7 pm Choir rehearsal
Friday, January 18, 2019, Athanasios and Cyril, Patriarchs of Alexandria
  • 8:30 am MATINS, 9:30 am DIVINE LITURGY
  • 5 pm Youth Greek School classes
  • 6:30 pm JOY dance practice
  • 7:30 pm GOYA dance practice
Sunday, January 20, 2019
  • 8:30 am MATINS, 9:30 am DIVINE LITURGY (Youth serving)
  • Memorial prayers will be offered for the repose of the souls of our brethren: Ioannis Mavromatis (40-days); Dimitrios Maris (3-years); and Antonios Thomas (13-years)
  • Fellowship hour hosted by PTO
  • 5 pm GOYA movie night

Saints and Feasts

January 13

The Holy Martyrs Hermylus and Stratonicus

Saints Hermylus and Stratonicus contested for piety's sake during the reign of Licinius, in the year 314. Saint Hermylus was a deacon, and Stratonicus was his friend. For his confession of Christ, Hermylus was beaten so fiercely that his whole body was covered with wounds. Stratonicus, seeing him endure this and other torments that left him half dead, wept with grief for his friend. From this he was discovered to be a Christian, and when he had openly professed his Faith and had been beaten, he and Hermylus were cast into the Danube River, receiving the crown of martyrdom.


Hymns of the Day

Resurrectional Apolytikion in the Plagal Fourth Mode

O Merciful One, You came from on high, and condescended to Your three day burial to save us from suffering. You are our Life and our Resurrection. Glory to You.
Ἐξ ὕψους κατῆλθες ὁ εὔσπλαγχνος, ταφὴν καταδέξω τριήμερον, ἵνα ἡμᾶς ἐλευθερώσῃς τῶν παθῶν. Ἡ ζωὴ καὶ ἡ Ἀνάστασις ἡμῶν, Κύριε δόξα σοι.

Apolytikion for Theophany Afterfeast in the First Mode

Lord, when You were baptized in the Jordan, the veneration of the Trinity was revealed. For the voice of the Father gave witness to You, calling You Beloved, and the Spirit, in the guise of a dove, confirmed the certainty of His words. Glory to You, Christ our God, who appeared and enlightened the world.
Ἐν Ἰορδάνῃ βαπτιζομένου σου Κύριε, ἡ τῆς Τριάδος ἐφανερώθη προσκύνησις, τοῦ γὰρ Γεννήτορος ἡ φωνὴ προσεμαρτύρει σοί, ἀγαπητὸν σὲ Υἱὸν ὀνομάζουσα, καὶ τὸ Πνεῦμα ἐν εἴδει περιστεράς, ἐβεβαίου τοῦ λόγου τὸ ἀσφαλές. Ὁ ἐπιφανεῖς Χριστὲ ὁ Θεός, καὶ τὸν κόσμον φωτίσας δόξα σοί.

Seasonal Kontakion in the Fourth Mode

You appeared to the world today, and Your light, O Lord, has left its mark upon us. With fuller understanding we sing to You: "You came, You were made manifest, the unapproachable light."
Ἐπεφάνης σήμερον τὴ οἰκουμένη, καὶ τὸ φῶς σου Κύριε, ἐσημειώθη ἐφ' ἡμᾶς, ἓν ἐπιγνώσει ὑμνούντάς σε. Ἦλθες ἐφάνης τὸ Φῶς τὸ ἀπρόσιτον.

Gospel and Epistle Readings

Matins Gospel Reading

Eleventh Orthros Gospel
The Reading is from John 21:14-25

At that time, Jesus revealed himself to his disciples after he was raised from the dead, and he said to Simon Peter, "Simon, son of John, do you love me more than these?" He said to him "Yes, Lord; you know that I love you." He said to him, "Feed my lambs." A second time he said to him, "Simon, son of John, do you love me?" He said to him, "Yes, Lord; you know that I love you." He said to him, "Tend my sheep." He said to him the third time, "Simon, son of John, do you love me?" Peter was grieved because he said to him the third time, "Do you love me?" And he said to him, "Lord, you know everything; you know that I love you." Jesus said to him, "Feed my sheep. Truly, truly, I say to you, when you were young, you girded yourself and walked where you would; but when you are old, you will stretch out your hands, and another will gird you and carry you where you do not wish to go." (This he said to show by what death he was to glorify God.) And after this he said to him, "Follow me."

Peter turned and saw following them the disciple whom Jesus loved, who had lain close to his breast at the supper and had said, "Lord, who is it that is going to betray you?" When Peter saw him, he said to Jesus, "Lord, what about this man?" Jesus said to him, "If it is my will that he remain until I come, what is that to you? Follow me!" So, the word went out among the brethren that this disciple would not die; but Jesus did not say to him that he would not die, but, "If it is my will that he remain until I come, what is that to you?" This is the disciple who is bearing witness to these things, and who has written these things; and we know that his testimony is true. But there are also many other things which Jesus did; were every one of them to be written, I suppose that the world itself could not contain the books that would be written. Amen.

Eleventh Orthros Gospel
Κατὰ Ἰωάννην 21:14-25

Τῷ καιρῷ ἐκείνῳ, ἐφανερώθη ὁ ᾿Ιησοῦς τοῖς μαθηταῖς αὐτοῦ ἐγερθεὶς ἐκ νεκρῶν, καὶ λέγει τῷ Σίμωνι Πέτρῳ· Σίμων ᾿Ιωνᾶ, ἀγαπᾷς με πλεῖον τούτων; λέγει αὐτῷ· ναί, Κύριε, σὺ οἶδας ὅτι φιλῶ σε. λέγει αὐτῷ· βόσκε τὰ ἀρνία μου. λέγει αὐτῷ πάλιν δεύτερον· Σίμων ᾿Ιωνᾶ, ἀγαπᾷς με; λέγει αὐτῷ· ναί, Κύριε, σὺ οἶδας ὅτι φιλῶ σε. λέγει αὐτῷ· ποίμαινε τὰ πρόβατά μου. λέγει αὐτῷ τὸ τρίτον· Σίμων ᾿Ιωνᾶ, φιλεῖς με; ἐλυπήθη ὁ Πέτρος ὅτι εἶπεν αὐτῷ τὸ τρίτον, φιλεῖς με, καὶ εἶπεν αὐτῷ· Κύριε, σὺ πάντα οἶδας, σὺ γινώσκεις ὅτι φιλῶ σε. λέγει αὐτῷ ὁ ᾿Ιησοῦς· βόσκε τὰ πρόβατά μου. ἀμὴν ἀμὴν λέγω σοι, ὅτε ἦς νεώτερος, ἐζώννυες σεαυτὸν καὶ περιεπάτεις ὅπου ἤθελες· ὅταν δὲ γηράσῃς, ἐκτενεῖς τὰς χεῖράς σου, καὶ ἄλλος σε ζώσει, καὶ οἴσει ὅπου οὐ θέλεις. τοῦτο δὲ εἶπε σημαίνων ποίῳ θανάτῳ δοξάσει τὸν Θεόν. καὶ τοῦτο εἰπὼν λέγει αὐτῷ· ἀκολούθει μοι. ἐπιστραφεὶς δὲ ὁ Πέτρος βλέπει τὸν μαθητὴν ὃν ἠγάπα ὁ ᾿Ιησοῦς ἀκολουθοῦντα, ὃς καὶ ἀνέπεσεν ἐν τῷ δείπνῳ ἐπὶ τὸ στῆθος αὐτοῦ καὶ εἶπε· Κύριε, τίς ἐστιν ὁ παραδιδούς σε; τοῦτον ἰδὼν ὁ Πέτρος λέγει τῷ ᾿Ιησοῦ· Κύριε, οὗτος δὲ τί; λέγει αὐτῷ ὁ ᾿Ιησοῦς· ἐὰν αὐτὸν θέλω μένειν ἕως ἔρχομαι, τί πρὸς σέ; σὺ ἀκολούθει μοι. ἐξῆλθεν οὖν ὁ λόγος οὗτος εἰς τοὺς ἀδελφοὺς ὅτι ὁ μαθητὴς ἐκεῖνος οὐκ ἀποθνήσκει· καὶ οὐκ εἶπεν αὐτῷ ὁ ᾿Ιησοῦς ὅτι οὐκ ἀποθνήσκει, ἀλλ᾽ ἐὰν αὐτὸν θέλω μένειν ἕως ἔρχομαι, τί πρὸς σέ; Οὗτός ἐστιν ὁ μαθητὴς ὁ μαρτυρῶν περὶ τούτων καὶ γράψας ταῦτα, καὶ οἴδαμεν ὅτι ἀληθής ἐστιν ἡ μαρτυρία αὐτοῦ. ἔστι δὲ καὶ ἄλλα πολλὰ ὅσα ἐποίησεν ὁ ᾿Ιησοῦς, ἅτινα ἐὰν γράφηται καθ᾽ ἕν, οὐδὲ αὐτὸν οἶμαι τὸν κόσμον χωρῆσαι τὰ γραφόμενα βιβλία. ἀμήν.


Epistle Reading

Prokeimenon. First Mode. Psalm 32.22,1.
Let your mercy, O Lord, be upon us.
Verse: Rejoice in the Lord, O ye righteous.

The reading is from St. Paul's Letter to the Ephesians 4:7-13.

BRETHREN, grace was given to each of us according to the measure of Christ's gift. Therefore it is said, "When he ascended on high he led a host of captives, and he gave gifts to men." (in saying, "He ascended," what does it mean but that he had also descended into the lower parts of the earth? He who descended is he who also ascended far above all the heavens, that he might fill all things.) And his gifts were that some should be apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, some pastors and teachers, to equip the saints for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ, until we all attain to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to mature manhood, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ.

Προκείμενον. First Mode. ΨΑΛΜΟΙ 32.22,1.
Γένοιτο, Κύριε, τὸ ἔλεός σου ἐφ' ἡμᾶς.
Στίχ. Ἀγαλλιᾶσθε δίκαιοι ἐν Κυρίῳ

τὸ Ἀνάγνωσμα Πρὸς Ἐφεσίους 4:7-13.

Ἀδελφοί, ἑνὶ ἑκάστῳ ἡμῶν ἐδόθη ἡ χάρις κατὰ τὸ μέτρον τῆς δωρεᾶς τοῦ Χριστοῦ. Διὸ λέγει, Ἀναβὰς εἰς ὕψος ᾐχμαλώτευσεν αἰχμαλωσίαν, καὶ ἔδωκεν δόματα τοῖς ἀνθρώποις. Τὸ δέ, Ἀνέβη, τί ἐστιν εἰ μὴ ὅτι καὶ κατέβη πρῶτον εἰς τὰ κατώτερα μέρη τῆς γῆς; Ὁ καταβάς, αὐτός ἐστιν καὶ ὁ ἀναβὰς ὑπεράνω πάντων τῶν οὐρανῶν, ἵνα πληρώσῃ τὰ πάντα. Καὶ αὐτὸς ἔδωκεν τοὺς μὲν ἀποστόλους, τοὺς δὲ προφήτας, τοὺς δὲ εὐαγγελιστάς, τοὺς δὲ ποιμένας καὶ διδασκάλους, πρὸς τὸν καταρτισμὸν τῶν ἁγίων, εἰς ἔργον διακονίας, εἰς οἰκοδομὴν τοῦ σώματος τοῦ Χριστοῦ· μέχρι καταντήσωμεν οἱ πάντες εἰς τὴν ἑνότητα τῆς πίστεως καὶ τῆς ἐπιγνώσεως τοῦ υἱοῦ τοῦ θεοῦ, εἰς ἄνδρα τέλειον, εἰς μέτρον ἡλικίας τοῦ πληρώματος τοῦ Χριστοῦ.

Gospel Reading

Sunday after Epiphany
The Reading is from Matthew 4:12-17

At that time, when Jesus heard that John had been arrested, he withdrew into Galilee; and leaving Nazareth he went and dwelt in Capernaum by the sea, in the territory of Zebulun and Naphtali, that what was spoken by the prophet Isaiah might be fulfilled: "The land of Zebulun and the land of Naphtali, toward the sea, across the Jordan, Galilee of the Gentiles, the people who sat in darkness have seen a great light, and for those who sat in the region and shadow of death light has dawned." From that time Jesus began to preach, saying, "Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand."

Sunday after Epiphany
Κατὰ Ματθαῖον 4:12-17

Τῷ καιρῷ ἐκείνῳ, ἀκούσας δὲ ὁ ᾿Ιησοῦς ὅτι ᾿Ιωάννης παρεδόθη, ἀνεχώρησεν εἰς τὴν Γαλιλαίαν, καὶ καταλιπὼν τὴν Ναζαρὲτ ἐλθὼν κατῴκησεν εἰς Καπερναοὺμ τὴν παραθαλασσίαν ἐν ὁρίοις Ζαβουλὼν καὶ Νεφθαλείμ, ἵνα πληρωθῇ τὸ ῥηθὲν διὰ ῾Ησαΐου τοῦ προφήτου λέγοντος· γῆ Ζαβουλὼν καὶ γῆ Νεφθαλείμ, ὁδὸν θαλάσσης, πέραν τοῦ ᾿Ιορδάνου, Γαλιλαία τῶν ἐθνῶν, ὁ λαὸς ὁ καθήμενος ἐν σκότειεἶδε φῶς μέγα, καὶ τοῖς καθημένοις ἐν χώρᾳ καὶ σκιᾷ θανάτουφῶς ἀνέτειλεν αὐτοῖς. ᾿Απὸ τότε ἤρξατο ὁ ᾿Ιησοῦς κηρύσσειν καὶ λέγειν· μετανοεῖτε· ἤγγικε γὰρ ἡ βασιλεία τῶν οὐρανῶν.


Community News & Events

Philoptochos Annual Vasilopita Celebration in Memory and Honor of St. Basil the Great (Memory commemorated January 1)

One of the most beautiful and inspiring traditions and customs of the Greek Orthodox Church is the observance of Vasilopita. It is this annual family observance, together with many other traditions of our Church, which joins our Orthodox Faith and heritage with the history of the Christian religion itself. The word Vasilopita "βασιλόπιτα" is a compound Greek word from βασιλεύς 'king' + πίτα 'pie', but was reinterpreted as Basil's (Βασίλειος) cake.


This age-old tradition commenced in the fourth century, when Saint Basil the Great, who was a bishop, wanted to distribute money to the poor in his Diocese. He commissioned some women to bake sweetened bread, in which he arranged to place gold coins. Thus the families in cutting the bread to nourish themselves were pleasantly surprised to find the coins.

The Annual Home Observance

This original event which happened in Cappadocia of Caesarea in the last half of the fourth century is very much alive in our Orthodox homes each year on January 1st. According to tradition, special sweet bread (in some areas of Greece, it takes the form of a pita, or a cake) is prepared both in the Orthodox homes and in the Church community which is called Vasilopita. Sweets are added to the bread which symbolizes the sweetness and joy of life everlasting. It also symbolizes the hope that the New Year will be filled with the sweetness of life, liberty, health, and happiness for all who participate in the Vasilopita Observance. When the Vasilopita is prepared, a coin is usually added to the ingredients. When the bread is cut and the observance begins, the individual who receives that portion of the Pita which contains the coin is considered blessed. This tradition adds joy to the celebration at the beginning of the New Year, which everyone hopes will bring joy to all. Many Orthodox Christians enjoy the Vasilopita at home with their loved ones during the New Year celebration. The head of the family cuts the pieces of pita for all members of the family. Since Saint Basil loved the poor people, a special piece is cut for the unfortunate of the world, which symbolizes our concern for the poverty-stricken people of all nations.

Who was Saint Basil?

During the fourth century, one of the greatest Fathers of the Christian Church appeared on the spiritual horizon of the Orthodox Faith. His name was Basil and he was Bishop of Caesarea, Cappadocia (Asia Minor). He was born four years after the First Ecumenical Council held in the year 325 A.D. Saint Basil was one of the three Cappadocian Fathers of the Church (the others were Gregory of Nazianzus, his best friend, and his brother, Gregory of Nyssa). Saint Basil used his family's wealth to establish an orphanage for little children. He also founded the first Christian hospital in the world. His fame as a holy man spread like wildfire throughout the Roman world. He was considered one of the wisest and compassionate clergymen in the entire history of the Church. His feast day is observed on January 1st, the beginning of the New Year and the Epiphany season. The Church, therefore, in respect for his many contributions to the Church and to mankind in general, combined the joy and happiness of the New Year with the glory of the birth of Christ, and the Epiphany into what is known in the Orthodox Church as the Vasilopita Observance. The Vasilopita is a joyous observance, and it is a custom which continues to be observed by Greek Orthodox Christians worldwide.

Our Church Celebration

At the conclusion of the divine liturgy, Father John will be blessing and sharing this special bread in honor of our Universal Church, as well as our local Annunciation Church and her ministry leaders, as we are remembering the inspiring life of St. Basil the Great, who offered his life to God and the needs of the poor.

Annunciation Ministry Leaders will be called to the solea to receive a piece of the vasilopita on behalf of each church ministry. Following the example of St. Basil, we will be charged on this day to receive our blessed piece of bread and then find a way to multiply it in the lives of those in need throughout the year!

2019 Parish Council Affirmation of Office Today

We are pleased to inform you that we have received the blessing of His Eminence Metropolitan Evangelos to administer the Affirmation of Office to our 2019 Parish Council.

We are grateful to the selected parishioners who have offered to be servant leaders of our community: Cathy Avgiris, Dean Dalson, Evangelos Exarchos, Christine Ferello, Craig Godshall, Peter Gouris, Demetrios Hatzopoulos, Demetrios Papakirk, Philip Pappas, Russell Penning, Theodosios Sourias, and George Vlahos.

A note of gratitude to outgoing members Apostolos Fisfis and Peter Nikolopoulos for their service and leadership. In addition, we appreciate the good work of the Elections Committee.

Please Mark Your Calendars for Godparents Sunday- February 10th, 2019

Serving as a godparent is a great blessing and spiritual responsibility. And if we allow Him to, God nurtures special spiritual relationships between godchildren and godparents and with their families as well.
Celebrating Godparents Sunday is one way of renewing and reaffirming our relationship with God and the special relationships we enjoy with our godparents and godchildren. Please make plans to participate in the Divine Liturgy with your godchild/godparent on Sunday, Feb 10, 2019.
Reception to follow sponsored by Annunciation PTO.

Save the Date!

Annual Feast Day and March 25 Celebration Dinner

Saturday, March 2, 2019

Join us for dinner, music, and dancing!

Invitations to follow

Mathew 25 Ministry News

A Heartfelt Thank You from Matthew 25 

We would like to wish everyone a very Happy & Healthy New Year! Matthew 25 would also like to express their gratitude to all of you who participated in our Angel Tree this holiday season. As a church family, we brought so much joy to so many families. We have received notes of thanks from individuals who couldn’t believe the kindness and generosity given to them from complete strangers. One particular family suggested “paying it forward” one day. The gift cards received will continue to provide people in need with items necessary to make life more comfortable.
We love the enthusiasm that comes with the spirit of giving during Christmas. We hope that this spirit of giving will continue throughout the year.
January and February are generally very difficult months for the food pantry. People assume that their donations will carry the pantry over for months. Unfortunately, shelves become bare by next week. We will be making our monthly delivery on 1/15/19. Consider items like peanut butter, cereal, pasta sauce, pasta, soup, and anything else that can fill up bellies and warm you up and sustain you on a cold day. We are so thankful to all of you for all that you do! Thank you for giving Annunciation the opportunity to change lives and fight hunger throughout the year. God bless you this New Year and always!

Help Wanted: Church Sexton/Caretaker

Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church in Elkins Park, PA is seeking a full or part-time Sexton/Caretaker.

The qualified applicant will have a demonstrated knowledge of building cleaning, building maintenance, basic repairs, grounds care, and kitchen and banquet hall setup and cleanup. He/She must be trustworthy, reliable, willing to follow instructions, and be able to work flexible working hours with minimal supervision.

For further information and consideration, please contact Parish Council President Mrs. Cathy Avgiris, 215-635-0316.

H Ελληνική Ορθόδοξη Εκκλησία Ευαγγελισμός της Θεοτόκου στο Elkins Park, PA, ζητά να προσλάβει Νεωκόρο/ Eπιστάτη, πλήρους ή μερικής απασχόλησης.

Ο/Η κατάλληλος/η υποψήφιος/α πρέπει να κατέχει βασικές γνώσεις καθαρισμού και συντήρησης οικοδομής, γνώσεις βασικών επισκευών, και προετοιμασίας και καθαρισμού κουζίνας και αίθουσας. Πρέπει να είναι ειλικρινής, αξιόπιστος/η, να ακολουθεί οδηγίες πρόθυμα, να μπορεί να εργάζεται με ελάχιστη επίβλεψη και να είναι προσαρμόσιμος/η σε ευέλικτο ωράριο.

Για περαιτέρω πληροφορίες  και ραντεβού για συνέντευξη, παρακαλώ απευθυνθείτε στην πρόεδρο του Κοινοτικού Συμβουλίου κ. Αικατερίνη Αυγήρη, 215-635-0316


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Focus on Our Church Family

Celebrations, Milestones, Gratitude, Comfort & Support

Pastoral care: If you or someone you know is sick, homebound elderly, or scheduled for surgery, please call the church office to let us know so Fr. John can make a pastoral visit, or to add someone to the prayer list.

Let us pray to the Lord for the health and salvation of: Suffering and persecuted Christians in the Middle East and the non-Christian world, Polly, Debra, Antonios, Sophia, Stephen, Gina, Anthony, George, Chryssie, Sandra, Donna, Anthony, Alice, Eugene, George, Patrick, Anne, Virginia, Irene, Konstantinos, Efthimios, Sophia.

Names will be kept on this list for approximately 3 months. Please resubmit Names if needed. Fr. John will include the submitted names at the Psokomide “Offering of Gifts” during the first part of the liturgy when he prepares the mystical gifts of bread & wine. Please lift these names up to the Lord in your personal prayer life as well.

Prayer for healing: Heavenly Father, physician of our souls and bodies, who have sent our Lord to heal every sickness. Visit and heal us. Grant patience in this sickness, the strength of body and spirit, and recovery of health. Lord, You have taught us to pray for each other that we may be healed. We pray that You heal, guide and protect your servant (s) (pray by name for those who are sick) and grant them the gift of complete health. You are the source of healing and to You we give glory, Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Amen

Χρόνια πολλα!  Happy birthday!   God grant you many years!  To those celebrating this week: Angelina Makris, Athanasios Maragoudakis, Stephen Zevitas, Antonio Gonzales, Angeliki Karamatsoukas, Melena Tsoflias, Daphne Calliagas, Christopher Lawrence, Antonios Malitas, Haralambos Malitas, Angela McCulloch, Argiris Mountis, Olga Stylianou, Christopher Cosmas, Lazaros Mackrides, Nikolaos Papanikolaou, Haroula Psihogios, Effi Angelikas, Demetra Diamantas, John Ferello, Michael Ferello, Alan Gnessin, Alexandra Marino, Panagiotis Mavrakis, Angeliki Mountis, Maria Stakias Rigalos, Katerine Tsakiris, Constantine Avgiris, Geovanny Cardenas, Greg Driscoll, Yiannis Moustakas, Philip Nanos, Kostandenos Mashas, Nicole Pogas.

Happy wedding anniversary to those celebrating this week: Fifis, Dori & Chris; Rodgers, David & Denise; Warner, Christina & Byron; Angelikas, Effi & Kimon.


Capital Improvement Projects and 50th Anniversary Campaign Update

HVAC Replacement Project –  We are pleased to announce that the project to replace the Heating and Air Conditioning systems is now complete.  We installed new air conditioning and heating systems that serve the Church and Cultural Hall along with the necessary support systems.  The project was completed within the approved budget, and while it took a little longer to complete the project, the delay was a result of waiting for some final materials to arrive.  At the Fall General Assembly, we will provide a review of the project.

Thank you for your patience and support during this vital project and we hope you find the environment to be comfortable.

Father John and Parish Council


ΟΠΑ 2019 Greek Food Fest

Yes, it is time to start planning for OPA 2019!

The OPA Organizing Team is holding the first OPA 2019 planning meeting on Tuesday, January 15, 6 pm at the church.

The meeting is open to all who are interested in being part of our OPA Organizing Team and offering their time and talent to help organize this event.

We will be focusing on these items:

  1. Review the overall structure of the event and identify areas that need improvement.
  2. Identify a co-chair of OPA who will work closely and assist OPA chairman, Peter Gouris.
  3. Identify a chair & co-chair for the 2019 OPA Journal.
  4. Identify a donations chairman who will work with the OPA Team to help us maximize our food donations and tent sponsorships.
  5. Identify and assign chairs for:
      • Supplies
      • Baking
      • Kitchen
      • Restaurant
      • Grill/ Souvlaki
      • Bar/Beer Garden
      • Volunteers/Labor
      • Advertising
      • Entertainment
      • Vendors

Peter Gouris will be delighted to hear you are interested in being a part of the OPA Team!


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