Annunciation/Evangelismos Church, Elkins Park, PA
Publish Date: 2023-03-26
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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 and on holy days starting with Orthros (Matins) at 8:30, Divine Liturgy at 9:30-11 AM. Check our Parish Calendar for more information.

Past Bulletins

Weekend Update

For those unable to attend in person, install the GOA Ages Initiatives App on your phone or tablet to see the liturgy text and pray with us through our Facebook Livestream.

Friday, March 24th, 2023
Forefeast of the Annunciation/Evangelismos of the Theotokos.

  • 7:30 pm Reception hosted by Philoptochos.

Saturday, March 25th, 2023
The Annunciation/Evangelismos of the Theotokos

  • 8:30 am MATINS 9:30 am DIVINE LITURGY followed by a thanksgiving doxology for the liberation of Greece.
  • Coffee Fellowship: hosted by Philoptochos.
  • 6 pm March 25th Feast Day Dinner Dance.

Leave-taking of Annunciation, March 26, 2023
Ἀπόδοσις τοῦ Εὐαγγελισμοῦ, 26 Μαρτίου, 2023. Το κήρυγμα της Κυριακής εδώ

  • 8:30 am MATINS, 9:30 am DIVINE LITURGY
  • Youth Catechism: following Holy Communion.
  • Memorial Prayers: Join us in offering memorial prayers for the peaceful repose of the souls of Presvytera Elizabeth Limberakis (40 days) and Paul Makris (1 year) of blessed memory.
  • 40-day mother and child blessing: Francesca, daughter of Elyse & Anthony Vlahos. Congratulations!
  • Our fellowship hour today is sponsored by the Limberakis & Tsatalis families in memory of Presvytera Elizabeth Limberakis of blessed memory.
  • 2 pm Baptism: Laspee family.

Monday, March 27, 2023

Tuesday, March 28, 2023

  • 5 pm Greek School classes.

Wednesday, March 29, 2023

  • 11 am Holy Week & Pascha mailing preparation.

Thursday, March 30, 2023

Friday, March 31, 2023

Saturday, April 1, 2023

Sunday of St. Mary of Egypt, April 2, 2023



Youth Ministries

Parish Youth Safety

The Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America is deeply committed to protecting its children and youth. Those who work with our young people are accountable to God and the community to ensure their safety, well-being, and spiritual formation. As a Church, we must provide a safe and secure environment where young people can grow and mature in the Faith.

At Annunciation Church, we believe that children and youth should be safe at every youth ministry program or event. To this end, we require all of our Staff and Volunteers who come in contact with our children to register and follow the instructions here: Annunciation/Evangelismos Church Youth Worker Registration

PTO News and Events

GOYA Activities

2023 GOYA Sights & Sounds Update

GOYA is collecting diapers and wipes for their service project

“Children are a gift from the Lord. They are a reward from Him.” Psalm 127:3

While Christ is the ultimate healer, Orthodox Christians call upon Agios Stylianos to protect their children. With the Lord’s assistance, the touch of Agios Stylianos healed children of their illnesses. He put smiles on their faces while grinning his own. You could be putting smiles on the faces of families in need by donating infant diapers to GOYA. Infant diapers are a necessity for all babies. However, this product is costly for many. Since diapers are not covered by food stamps or WIC (Women, Infants, and Children) vouchers, many families cannot afford their newborn’s needs; to stay hygienic, babies need between six to twelve diapers a day. Children are a gift from the Lord, and we, as a parish, should ensure they are clean and healthy as God intended them to be.

GOYA will collect infant diapers (all brands, bundles, and sizes) until April 23; there is a box across from the trophy case. The donations will then go to The Greater Philadelphia Diaper Bank, which gives diapers to low-income families in the Philadelphia region. We thank you for your contributions, and the babies thank you for keeping them clean, dry, and healthy.


Community News & Events

March 25: The Feast Day of Annunciation/Evangelismos of Theotokos

In Honor of:

a. the Feast Day of Annunciation/ Evangelismos of Theotokos,
b. the 202th Anniversary of the Greek Revolution of 1821,  and
c. the 122th Anniversary of the Founding of Our Community in 1901,

Great Vespers and the IV Stanza of the Akathist * will be prayed on Friday, March 24, at 6:00 pm.

Our Philoptochos will offer a reception following vespers.

The Feast Day Orthros & Divine Liturgy * will be celebrated on Saturday, March 25, starting at 8:30 am, with participation of area clergy. A thanksgiving doxology for the liberation of Greece will be offered at the conclusion of the liturgy.

Our Philoptochos will host a fellowship hour following the divine liturgy.

* Please let the church office know in advance if you would like to offer artoklasia—the blessing of the bread, wine & oil- for the health and salvation of your family in honor of the Annunciation Feast.

2022 Annual Report to the Community

Help Needed

We will be processing our Holy Week mailing on Wednesday, March 29, after the liturgy of the Presanctified Gifts, from 11 am to 1 pm. Lunch will be provided. Any help would be appreciated!

Please get in touch with George Dalagelis for details: 215-635-0316

Philoptochos News

Rise Against Hunger Meal Packaging Event

Please join the Ladies Philoptochos 'Nausica' on April 1, 2023, from 1-3 PM to participate in a Rise Against Hunger Meal Packaging Event sponsored by our sister chapter - The Ladies Philoptohcos of St. Luke, Broomall, PA.
There will be two meal packaging shifts: 1:00 - 2:00 PM and 2:00 - 3:00 PM. You may participate in either shift or both shifts.
To register as a volunteer, please use this sign-up link:
Light refreshments will be available for volunteers before and after their shifts.
We look forward to working with our sister chapter again to package meals and box them up for delivery to the world's most vulnerable people.

Metropolis of New Jersey Philoptochos Scholarship

The Metropolis of New Jersey Philoptochos is once again offering an opportunity to qualifying High School seniors enrolled in an accredited University, College or Trade School to apply for a Metropolis of New Jersey Philoptochos merit-based scholarship.
Funding for these scholarships was made possible with donations made in memory of beloved past Metropolis Philoptochos President, Mrs. Anastasia Michals. Anne Michals was an educator by profession, a dedicated steward of Philoptochos, and a faithful Orthodox Christian.
The Ladies Philoptochos 'Nausica' encourages all our Annunciation high school seniors to learn more about this scholarship opportunity.
Link to learn more and to download the application from the Metropolis of New Jersey Philoptochos website:
Applications are due by June 15, 2023

Homeless Ministry News


(eleēmosúnē): alms, charitable giving

The Homeless Ministry was very grateful to have hands-on help from volunteers from our High School Catechism class last Sunday.

Together we filled AGAPE Bags with items donated by our church family, including toothbrushes, toothpaste, lotion, ChapStick, vitamins, first aid kits, tissues, Wet Ones, rain ponchos, underwear, and socks.

The bags will be distributed to our Thursday night friends at Aviator Park on March 30th!  Please sign up here if you would like to help serve.

May God continue to guide and bless you!

The Homeless Ministry

Matthew25 Ministry News

Spring has finally sprung! We are beginning to see the signs around us as new buds form on the trees and hyacinths emerge after a long winter. It is a beautiful site to be surrounded by God’s gifts and little miracles. This season of renewal is not just outward; it embraces our inward spirit.

There are so many wonderful meditations that our faith focuses on throughout Lent. Proverbs 11:24 touches on giving. Our gifts are from God, and as St. Paul says in 2 Corinthians 9:7, God loves a cheerful giver. What a wonderful reminder to give with your heart.

We thank everyone who has donated to our Lenten Meat Drive.  It’s still going, and we welcome monetary donations in any amount. You can give directly through Vanco, place it in our M25 slot in the office, or send a check to Lisa Trivelis.

We can’t emphasize the growing needs enough at all the pantries this season. We continue to be humbled by the difficulties people face with food insecurities. Inflation continues to plague all of us.

We were so happy to serve the children at the Mattie Dixon After School Homework Club with healthy snacks on February 28th! It warms our hearts to see the smiles on these very grateful children.

“If you cannot feed a hundred people, then feed just one.” -Mother Theresa


YOUR NAME: _____________________________________________

Quantity: ____________ x $ 35 (or more)= _____________________

Please send the form (and check if not giving through Vanco) to:

Lisa Trivelis. 31 Trailwood Drive. Holland, PA  18966

Pray Together the Church Services on Your Smartphone!

1. Download the AGES Initiatives app on your smartphone.
2. Click on the Service Calendar. The app defaults to the current date.
3. Choose the bilingual service (Compline, Akathist, Vespers, Matins, Divine Liturgy, etc.).

Password: aoc12345

The Thyranoixia Anniversary Journal is Ready

Anyone who attended the Gala Dinner or placed an ad should stop by the office after church on Sundays to pick up their copy.

One book per family please. Please enter your name on the list by the books so we know not to mail you one. 


Gospel and Epistle Readings

Epistle Reading

Prokeimenon. Plagal Fourth Mode. Psalm 75.11,1.
Make your vows to the Lord our God and perform them.
Verse: God is known in Judah; his name is great in Israel.

The reading is from St. Paul's Letter to the Hebrews 6:13-20.

BRETHREN, when God made a promise to Abraham, since he had no one greater by whom to swear, he swore to himself, saying, "Surely I will bless you and multiply you." And thus Abraham, having patiently endured, obtained the promise. Men indeed swear by a greater than themselves, and in all their disputes an oath is final for confirmation. So when God desired to show more convincingly to the heirs of the promise the unchangeable character of his purpose, he interposed with an oath, so that through two unchangeable things, in which it is impossible that God should prove false, we who have fled for refuge might have strong encouragement to seize the hope set before us. We have this as a sure and steadfast anchor of the soul, a hope that enters into the inner shrine behind the curtain, where Jesus has gone as a forerunner on our behalf, having become a high priest for ever after the order of Melchizedek.

Προκείμενον. Plagal Fourth Mode. ΨΑΛΜΟΙ 75.11,1.
Εὔξασθε καὶ ἀπόδοτε Κυρίῳ τῷ Θεῷ ἡμῶν.
Στίχ. Γνωστὸς ἐν τῇ Ἰουδαίᾳ ὁ Θεός, ἐν τῷ Ἰσραὴλ μέγα τὸ ὄνομα αὐτοῦ.

τὸ Ἀνάγνωσμα Πρὸς Ἑβραίους 6:13-20.

Ἀδελφοί, τῷ Ἀβραὰμ ἐπαγγειλάμενος ὁ θεός, ἐπεὶ κατʼ οὐδενὸς εἶχεν μείζονος ὀμόσαι, ὤμοσεν καθʼ ἑαυτοῦ, λέγων, Ἦ μὴν εὐλογῶν εὐλογήσω σε, καὶ πληθύνων πληθυνῶ σε. Καὶ οὕτως μακροθυμήσας ἐπέτυχεν τῆς ἐπαγγελίας. Ἄνθρωποι μὲν γὰρ κατὰ τοῦ μείζονος ὀμνύουσιν, καὶ πάσης αὐτοῖς ἀντιλογίας πέρας εἰς βεβαίωσιν ὁ ὅρκος. Ἐν ᾧ περισσότερον βουλόμενος ὁ θεὸς ἐπιδεῖξαι τοῖς κληρονόμοις τῆς ἐπαγγελίας τὸ ἀμετάθετον τῆς βουλῆς αὐτοῦ, ἐμεσίτευσεν ὅρκῳ, ἵνα διὰ δύο πραγμάτων ἀμεταθέτων, ἐν οἷς ἀδύνατον ψεύσασθαι θεόν, ἰσχυρὰν παράκλησιν ἔχωμεν οἱ καταφυγόντες κρατῆσαι τῆς προκειμένης ἐλπίδος· ἣν ὡς ἄγκυραν ἔχομεν τῆς ψυχῆς ἀσφαλῆ τε καὶ βεβαίαν, καὶ εἰσερχομένην εἰς τὸ ἐσώτερον τοῦ καταπετάσματος· ὅπου πρόδρομος ὑπὲρ ἡμῶν εἰσῆλθεν Ἰησοῦς, κατὰ τὴν τάξιν Μελχισεδὲκ ἀρχιερεὺς γενόμενος εἰς τὸν αἰῶνα.

Gospel Reading

Sunday of St. John Climacus
The Reading is from Mark 9:17-31

At that time, a man came to Jesus kneeling and saying: "Teacher, I brought my son to you, for he has a dumb spirit; and wherever it seizes him it dashes him down; and he foams and grinds his teeth and becomes rigid; and I asked your disciples to cast it out, and they were not able." And he answered them, "O faithless generation, how long am I to be with you? How long am I to bear with you? Bring him to me." And they brought the boy to him; and when the spirit saw him, immediately it convulsed the boy, and he fell on the ground and rolled about, foaming at the mouth. And Jesus asked his father, "How long has he had this?" And he said, "From childhood. And it has often cast him into the fire and into the water, to destroy him; but if you can do anything, have pity on us and help us." And Jesus said to him, "If you can! All things are possible to him who believes." Immediately the father of the child cried out and said, "I believe; help my unbelief!" And when Jesus saw that a crowd came running together, he rebuked the unclean spirit, saying to it, "You dumb and deaf spirit, I command you, come out of him, and never enter him again." And after crying out and convulsing him terribly, it came out, and the boy was like a corpse; so that most of them said, "He is dead." But Jesus took him by the hand and lifted him up, and he arose. And when he had entered the house, his disciples asked him privately, "Why could we not cast it out?" And he said to them, "This kind cannot be driven out by anything but prayer and fasting." They went on from there and passed through Galilee. And he would not have any one know it; for he was teaching his disciples, saying to them, "The Son of man will be delivered into the hands of men, and they will kill him; and when he is killed, after three days he will rise."

Sunday of St. John Climacus
Κατὰ Μᾶρκον 9:17-31

Τῷ καιρῷ ἐκείνῳ, ἄνθρωπός τις προσῆλθε τῷ Ἰησοῦ λέγων, διδάσκαλε, ἤνεγκα τὸν υἱόν μου πρός σε, ἔχοντα πνεῦμα ἄλαλον. καὶ ὅπου ἂν αὐτὸν καταλάβῃ, ῥήσσει αὐτόν, καὶ ἀφρίζει καὶ τρίζει τοὺς ὀδόντας αὐτοῦ, καὶ ξηραίνεται· καὶ εἶπον τοῖς μαθηταῖς σου ἵνα αὐτὸ ἐκβάλωσι, καὶ οὐκ ἴσχυσαν. ὁ δὲ ἀποκριθεὶς αὐτῷ λέγει· ὦ γενεὰ ἄπιστος, ἕως πότε πρὸς ὑμᾶς ἔσομαι; ἕως πότε ἀνέξομαι ὑμῶν; φέρετε αὐτὸν πρός με. καὶ ἤνεγκαν αὐτὸν πρὸς αὐτόν. καὶ ἰδὼν αὐτὸν εὐθέως τὸ πνεῦμα ἐσπάραξεν αὐτόν, καὶ πεσὼν ἐπὶ τῆς γῆς ἐκυλίετο ἀφρίζων. καὶ ἐπηρώτησε τὸν πατέρα αὐτοῦ· πόσος χρόνος ἐστὶν ὡς τοῦτο γέγονεν αὐτῷ; ὁ δὲ εἶπε· παιδιόθεν. καὶ πολλάκις αὐτὸν καὶ εἰς πῦρ ἔβαλε καὶ εἰς ὕδατα, ἵνα ἀπολέσῃ αὐτόν· ἀλλ᾿ εἴ τι δύνασαι, βοήθησον ἡμῖν σπλαγχνισθεὶς ἐφ᾿ ἡμᾶς. ὁ δὲ ᾿Ιησοῦς εἶπεν αὐτῷ τὸ εἰ δύνασαι πιστεῦσαι, πάντα δυνατὰ τῷ πιστεύοντι. καὶ εὐθέως κράξας ὁ πατὴρ τοῦ παιδίου μετὰ δακρύων ἔλεγε· πιστεύω, κύριε· βοήθει μου τῇ ἀπιστίᾳ. ἰδὼν δὲ ὁ ᾿Ιησοῦς ὅτι ἐπισυντρέχει ὄχλος, ἐπετίμησε τῷ πνεύματι τῷ ἀκαθάρτῳ λέγων αὐτῷ· τὸ πνεῦμα τὸ ἄλαλον καὶ κωφόν, ἐγώ σοι ἐπιτάσσω, ἔξελθε ἐξ αὐτοῦ καὶ μηκέτι εἰσέλθῃς εἰς αὐτόν. καὶ κράξαν καὶ πολλὰ σπαράξαν αὐτὸν ἐξῆλθε, καὶ ἐγένετο ὡσεὶ νεκρός, ὥστε πολλοὺς λέγειν ὅτι ἀπέθανεν. ὁ δὲ ᾿Ιησοῦς κρατήσας αὐτὸν τῆς χειρὸς ἤγειρεν αὐτόν, καὶ ἀνέστη. Καὶ εἰσελθόντα αὐτὸν εἰς οἶκον οἱ μαθηταὶ αὐτοῦ ἐπηρώτων αὐτὸν κατ᾿ ἰδίαν, ὅτι ἡμεῖς οὐκ ἠδυνήθημεν ἐκβαλεῖν αὐτό. καὶ εἶπεν αὐτοῖς· τοῦτο τὸ γένος ἐν οὐδενὶ δύναται ἐξελθεῖν εἰ μὴ ἐν προσευχῇ καὶ νηστείᾳ. Καὶ ἐκεῖθεν ἐξελθόντες παρεπορεύοντο διὰ τῆς Γαλιλαίας, καὶ οὐκ ἤθελεν ἵνα τις γνῷ· ἐδίδασκε γὰρ τοὺς μαθητὰς αὐτοῦ καὶ ἔλεγεν αὐτοῖς ὅτι ὁ υἱὸς τοῦ ἀνθρώπου παραδίδοται εἰς χεῖρας ἀνθρώπων, καὶ ἀποκτενοῦσιν αὐτόν, καὶ ἀποκτανθεὶς τῇ τρίτῃ ἡμέρᾳ ἀναστήσεται.


Focus on Our Church Family

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 add someone to the prayer list.
Let us pray to the Lord for the health and salvation of: The families who lost loved ones and the homeless and displaced due to the devastating earthquake in Türkiye and Syria; suffering and persecuted Christians arround the world; Kyriaki, Maria, Betty, Lisa, Dennis, Sandi, Karl, Athena, Andy, Eugene, Philip, Donna, Lucy, John, Smaragdi, Josephine, Emma, Aikaterini.
We will keep the names 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 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, 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. 

Happy wedding anniversary! To those who are celebrating this coming week: Stephanie Matthew & Tsolakis, Alexandra & John Metzger.

Χρόνια πολλά & ευλογηµένα! God grant you many years! To those who are celebrating birthdays this coming week: Nicholaos Diamantas, Christopher Gardner, Zoe Holahan, Angela Ilisco, Theodore Makris, Kevin Nikolas McKendry, Michele Klebanoff, Harry Laspee, Regina Rodenhausen, Christopher Steber, Stephanie Scheuring, Emily Moscow, Leontios Diamantas, George Millili, John Stine, Niko Stoupakis, Gianni Gouvakis, Ashley Hatzigeorgiou, Maria Kontas, George Pashardis, Katerina Toulatos, Chris Zoubroulis.


Saints and Feasts

March 26

Sunday of St. John Climacus

The memory of this Saint is celebrated on March 30, where his biography may be found. He is celebrated today because his book, The Ladder of Divine Ascent, is a sure guide to the ascetic life, written by a great man of prayer experienced in all forms of the monastic polity; it teaches the seeker after salvation how to lay a sound foundation for his struggles, how to detect and war against each of the passions, how to avoid the snares laid by the demons, and how to rise from the rudimental virtues to the heights of Godlike love and humility. It is held in such high esteem that it is universally read in its entirety in monasteries during the Great Fast.


Archdiocese News

Archons of New Jersey ‘Women In Orthodoxy’ Lenten Retreat with Young Adults A Great Success


With the blessing of Archbishop Elpidophoros of America and His Grace Bishop Apostolos of Medeia, more than 100 people attended “Women In Orthodoxy,” the New Jersey Lenten Retreat of the Order of Saint Andrew the Apostle, Archons of the Ecumenical Patriarchate.

Homily by His Eminence Archbishop Elpidophoros of America At the Divine Liturgy – Veneration of the Cross


What better place, in all of our Archdiocese, to observe the Sunday of the Veneration of the Holy Cross – than in this Sacred Space, this glorious Chapel of the Holy Cross?

Forthcoming from University of Notre Dame Press: Global Initiatives of Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew: Peace, Reconciliation, and Care for Creation


In celebration of the 2021 visit to the University of Notre Dame by Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew, as well as the thirtieth anniversary of his election, this groundbreaking volume gathers together and introduces eleven important joint statements from the patriarch, addressing diverse topics from climate change to ecumenical dialogue.

Step Closer to God with Books & Icons Available on Orthodox Marketplace


The perfect books for self-reflection during the Lenten season. The spiritual steps you will take while reading these books will guide you closer to God and help you better understand the life of Christ and the Saints.

Department of Greek Education Celebrates Greek Independence Day


The Department of Greek Education of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America invites you to our Greek Independence Day celebration on Wednesday, March 29, 2023, at 6:00 p.m. The event will be held at the Hellenic Cultural Center located at 27-09 Crescent St. Astoria N.Y.

Beyond Annunciation

Documentary on the experiences of migrants who settled in the US from Asia Minor, Eastern Thrace, Imbros, Tenedos, and the Islands in the Sea of Marmara during the early 20th century.

Dr. Yiorgo Topalidis - Ph.D., graduated from the Department of Sociology and Criminology & Law at the University of Florida in 2022.

Yiorgo will visit eastern Pennsylvania between May 10 and 19 to interview descendants of immigrants from Asia Minor, Eastern Thrace, Imbros, Tenedos, and the Islands in the Sea of Marmara.

Yiorgo will collect information regarding immigration and settlement of immigrants from the late Ottoman Empire to eastern Pennsylvania between 1900 and 1940. He is personally invested in this research because he is the descendant of refugees from the region of northern Asia Minor (Pontus).

If you or anyone you know is from the aforementioned regions and is interested in being interviewed, please contact Yiorgo directly at 727-207-0623 or

Hellenic University Club of Philadelphia Scholarships Available

The Hellenic University Club of Philadelphia is now accepting applications for the 2023-2024 scholarships we are offering for graduating high school seniors, undergraduate and graduate students. Students will find eligibility requirements and descriptions for all the scholarships being offered this year on our website and may apply electronically. The deadline to apply is Monday April 3, 2023.

Any questions regarding eligibility can be sent to


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