Annunciation/Evangelismos Church, Elkins Park, PA
Publish Date: 2019-03-24
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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

Friday, March 22, 2019

  • 5 pm Youth Greek School classes.
Saturday, March 23, 2019
  • 9 am Del Val Sights & Sounds regional youth arts festival at Holy Trinity, Egg Harbor, NJ.
Sunday of St. Gregory Palamas March 24, 2019
  • 8:30 am MATINS, 9:30 am DIVINE LITURGY.
  • Memorial prayers will be offered for the repose of the soul of Peter Tsatalis of blessed memory (1-year).
  • Greek Independence Day program & fellowship hour offered by Greek School.
  • Reception hosted by Philoptochos. 
  • Luncheon hosted by Philoptochos.

Tuesday, March 26, 2019

  • 5 pm Youth Greek School classes.
  • 7 pm Adult Greek language class.

Wednesday, March 27, 2019


Thursday, March 28, 2019

  • 7 pm Choir rehearsal.

Friday, March 29, 2019

  • 5 pm Youth Greek School classes.
  • 6:30 pm III STANZA OF THE AKATHIST TO THE MOTHER OF GOD, Presided by His Eminence Metropolitan Evangelos.

Saturday, March 30, 2019

  • 9 am Archons’ Retreat on the theme “Reviving the Female Diaconate”, hosted by St. Sophia Church, Jeffersonville, PA.
  • 6 pm Federation Eleftheria Dinner at The Merion.

Sunday of the Holy Cross, March 31, 2019

  • 8:30 am MATINS 9:30 am DIVINE LITURGY.
  • Philoptochos tray collection to benefit National Philoptochos.
  • Fellowship hour hosted by GOYA.
  • 12:30 pm Baptism: Diamantas family.

Saints and Feasts

March 24

Sunday of St. Gregory Palamas

This divine Father, who was from Asia Minor, was from childhood reared in the royal court of Constantinople, where he was instructed in both religious and secular wisdom. Later, while still a youth, he left the imperial court and struggled in asceticism on Mount Athos, and in the Skete at Beroea. He spent some time in Thessalonica being treated for an illness that came from his harsh manner of life. He was present in Constantinople at the Council that was convened in 1341 against Barlaam of Calabria, and at the Council of 1347 against Acindynus, who was of like mind with Barlaam; Barlaam and Acindynus claimed that the grace of God is created. At both these Councils, the Saint contended courageously for the true dogmas of the Church of Christ, teaching in particular that divine grace is not created, but is the uncreated energies of God which are poured forth throughout creation: otherwise it would be impossible, if grace were created, for man to have genuine communion with the uncreated God. In 1347 he was appointed Metropolitan of Thessalonica. He tended his flock in an apostolic manner for some twelve years, and wrote many books and treatises on the most exalted doctrines of our Faith; and having lived for a total of sixty-three years, he reposed in the Lord in 1359.

His holy relics are kept in the Cathedral of Thessalonica. A full service was composed for his feast day by the Patriarch Philotheus in 1368, when it was established that his feast be celebrated on this day. Since works without right faith avail nothing, we set Orthodoxy of faith as the foundation of all that we accomplish during the Fast, by celebrating the Triumph of Orthodoxy the Sunday before, and the great defender of the teachings of the holy Fathers today.

March 25

Annunciation of the Theotokos

Six months after John the Forerunner's conception, the Archangel Gabriel was sent by God to Nazareth, a town of Galilee, unto Mary the Virgin, who had come forth from the Temple a mature maiden (see Nov. 21). According to the tradition handed down by the Fathers, she had been betrothed to Joseph four months. On coming to Joseph's house, the Archangel declared: "Rejoice, thou Full of Grace, the Lord is with thee: blessed art thou among women." After some consideration, and turmoil of soul, and fear because of this greeting, the Virgin, when she had finally obtained full assurance concerning God's unsearchable condescension and the ineffable dispensation that was to take place through her, and believing that all things are possible to the Most High, answered in humility: "Behold the handmaid of the Lord; be it unto me according to thy word." And at this, the Holy Spirit came upon her, and the power of the Most High overshadowed her all-blameless womb, and the Son and Word of God, Who existed before the ages, was conceived past speech and understanding, and became flesh in her immaculate body (Luke 1:26-38).

Bearing in her womb the Uncontainable One, the blessed Virgin went with haste from Nazareth to the hill country of Judea, where Zacharias had his dwelling; for she desired to find Elizabeth her kinswoman and rejoice together with her, because, as she had learned from the Archangel, Elizabeth had conceived in her old age. Furthermore, she wished to tell her of the great things that the Mighty One had been well-pleased to bring to pass in her, and she greeted Elizabeth and drew nigh to her. When Elizabeth heard Mary's greeting, she felt her six-month-old babe, Saint John the Baptist, prophesied of the dawning of the spiritual Sun. Immediately, the aged Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit and recognized her as the Mother of her Lord, and with a great voice blessed her and the Fruit that she held within herself. The Virgin also, moved by a supernatural rejoicing in the spirit, glorified her God and Savior, saying: "My soul doth magnify the Lord, and my spirit hath rejoiced in God my Saviour," and the rest, as the divine Luke hath recorded (1:39-55)


Hymns of the Day

Resurrectional Apolytikion in the Second Mode

When Thou didst descend unto death, O Life Immortal, then didst Thou slay Hades with the lightning of Thy Divinity. And when Thou didst also raise the dead out of the nethermost depths, all the powers in the Heavens cried out: O Life-giver, Christ our God, glory be to Thee.
Ὅτε κατῆλθες πρὸς τὸν θάνατον, ἡ Ζωὴ ἡ ἀθάνατος, τότε τὸν ᾅδην ἐνέκρωσας τῇ ἀστραπῇ τῆς Θεότητος, ὅτε δὲ καὶ τοὺς τεθνεῶτας ἐκ τῶν καταχθονίων ἀνέστησας, πᾶσαι αἱ Δυνάμεις τῶν ἐπουρανίων ἐκραύγαζον·Ζωοδότα Χριστὲ ὁ Θεὸς ἡμῶν δόξα σοι.

Apolytikion of Forefeast of the Annunciation in the Fourth Tone

Today is the prelude of universal joy; let us keep the forefeast in gladness. For, behold, Gabriel cometh with fear and wonder unto the Virgin, bringing her the good tidings: Rejoice, thou who art full of grace; the Lord is with thee.
Σήμερον τῆς παγκοσμίου χαρὰς τὰ προοίμια, τὴν προεόρτιον ἆσαι προτρέπεται, ἰδοὺ γὰρ Γαβριὴλ παραγίνεται, καὶ πρὸς αὐτὴν ἐκβοήσεται, Χαῖρε Κεχαριτωμένη, ὁ Κύριος μετὰ σοῦ.

Apolytikion of Sun. of St. Gregory Palamas in the Plagal of the Fourth Tone

O Gregory the Miracle Worker, light of Orthodoxy, support and teacher of the Church, comeliness of Monastics, invincible defender of theologians, the pride of Thessalonica, and preacher of grace, intercede forever that our souls may be saved.
Ὀρθοδοξίας ὁ φωστὴρ, Ἐκκλησίας τὸ στήριγμα καὶ διδάσκαλε, τῶν μοναστῶν ἡ καλλονὴ, τῶν θεολόγων ὑπέρμαχος ἀπροσμάχητος· Γρηγόριε θαυματουργὲ Θεσσαλονίκης τὸ καύχημα κήρυξ τῆς χάριτος· ἱκέτευε διὰ παντός, σωθῆναι τὰς ψυχὰς ἡμῶν.

The Apolytikion of the Annunciation/Evangelismos in the Fourth Mode

Today is the summary of our salvation, and the revelation of the age-old mystery. For the Son of God becomes the Son of the Virgin, and Gabriel announces the good news of grace. Therefore, let us join him, and cry  aloud to the Theotokos: “Rejoice, Maiden full of grace! The Lord is with you.”

Cήμερον τῆς σωτηρίας ἡμῶν τὸ Κεφάλαιον, καὶ τοῦ ἀπ' αἰῶνος Μυστηρίου ἡ φανέρωσις, ὁ Υἱὸς τοῦ Θεοῦ, Υἱὸς τῆς Παρθένου γίνεται, καὶ Γαβριὴλ τὴν χάριν εὐαγγελίζεται. Διὸ σὺν αὐτῷ τῇ Θεοτόκῳ βοήσωμεν· Χαῖρε Κεχαριτωμένη, ὁ Κύριος μετὰ σοῦ.

Seasonal Kontakion in the Fourth Mode

At the great Archangel's voice, O Theotokos, the All-holy Spirit came upon thee and thou didst conceive Him that is one in essence and throne with God the Father, O Adam's recovery.
Ἐπελεύσει Πνεύματος τοῦ Παναγίου, τοῦ Πατρὸς τὸν σύνθρονον, καὶ ὁμοούσιον φωνή, τοῦ Ἀρχαγγέλου συνέλαβες, Θεοκυῆτορ, Ἀδὰμ ἡ ἀνάκλησις.

Gospel and Epistle Readings

Epistle Reading

Prokeimenon. Second Mode. Psalm 117.14,18.
The Lord is my strength and my song.
Verse: The Lord has chastened me sorely.

The reading is from St. Paul's Letter to the Hebrews 1:10-14; 2:1-3.

"IN THE BEGINNING, Thou, Lord, didst found the earth in the beginning, and the heavens are the work of thy hands; they will perish, but thou remainest; they will all grow old like a garment, like a mantle thou wilt roll them up, and they will be changed. But thou art the same, and thy years will never end." But to what angel has he ever said, "Sit at my right hand, till I make thy enemies a stool for thy feet?" Are they not all ministering spirits sent forth to serve, for the sake of those who are to obtain salvation?

Therefore we must pay closer attention to what we have heard, lest we drift away from it. For if the message declared by angels was valid and every transgression or disobedience received a just retribution, how shall we escape if we neglect such a great salvation? It was declared at first by the Lord, and it was attested to us by those who heard him.

Προκείμενον. Second Mode. ΨΑΛΜΟΙ 117.14,18.
Ἰσχύς μου καὶ ὕμνησίς μου ὁ Κύριος.
Στίχ. Παιδεύων ἐπαίδευσέ με ὁ Κύριος.

τὸ Ἀνάγνωσμα Πρὸς Ἑβραίους 1:10-14, 2:1-3.

Κατʼ ἀρχάς, Κύριε, τὴν γῆν ἐθεμελίωσας, καὶ ἔργα τῶν χειρῶν σού εἰσιν οἱ οὐρανοί· αὐτοὶ ἀπολοῦνται, σὺ δὲ διαμένεις· καὶ πάντες ὡς ἱμάτιον παλαιωθήσονται, καὶ ὡσεὶ περιβόλαιον ἑλίξεις αὐτοὺς, καὶ ἀλλαγήσονται· σὺ δὲ ὁ αὐτὸς εἶ, καὶ τὰ ἔτη σου οὐκ ἐκλείψουσιν. Πρὸς τίνα δὲ τῶν ἀγγέλων εἴρηκέν ποτε, Κάθου ἐκ δεξιῶν μου, ἕως ἂν θῶ τοὺς ἐχθρούς σου ὑποπόδιον τῶν ποδῶν σου; Οὐχὶ πάντες εἰσὶν λειτουργικὰ πνεύματα, εἰς διακονίαν ἀποστελλόμενα διὰ τοὺς μέλλοντας κληρονομεῖν σωτηρίαν; Διὰ τοῦτο δεῖ περισσοτέρως ἡμᾶς προσέχειν τοῖς ἀκουσθεῖσιν, μήποτε παραρρυῶμεν. Εἰ γὰρ ὁ διʼ ἀγγέλων λαληθεὶς λόγος ἐγένετο βέβαιος, καὶ πᾶσα παράβασις καὶ παρακοὴ ἔλαβεν ἔνδικον μισθαποδοσίαν, πῶς ἡμεῖς ἐκφευξόμεθα τηλικαύτης ἀμελήσαντες σωτηρίας; Ἥτις, ἀρχὴν λαβοῦσα λαλεῖσθαι διὰ τοῦ κυρίου, ὑπὸ τῶν ἀκουσάντων εἰς ἡμᾶς ἐβεβαιώθη.

Gospel Reading

Sunday of St. Gregory Palamas
The Reading is from Mark 2:1-12

At that time, Jesus entered Capernaum and it was reported that he was at home. And many were gathered together, so that there was no longer room for them, not even about the door; and he was preaching the word to them. And they came, bringing to him a paralytic carried by four men. And when they could not get near him because of the crowd, they removed the roof above him; and when they had made an opening, they let down the pallet on which the paralytic lay. And when Jesus saw their faith, he said to the paralytic, "My son, your sins are forgiven." Now some of the scribes were sitting there, questioning in their hearts, "Why does this man speak thus? It is a blasphemy! Who can forgive sins but God alone?" And immediately Jesus, perceiving in his spirit that they thus questioned within themselves, said to them, "Why do you question thus in your hearts? Which is easier, to say to the paralytic, 'Your sins are forgiven,' or to say, 'Rise, take up your pallet and walk? But that you may know that the Son of man has authority on earth to forgive sins"-he said to the paralytic-"I say to you, rise, take up your pallet and go home." And he rose, and immediately took up the pallet and went out before them all; so that they were all amazed and glorified God, saying, "We never saw anything like this!"

Sunday of St. Gregory Palamas
Κατὰ Μᾶρκον 2:1-12

Τῷ καιρῷ ἐκείνῳ, εἰσῆλθεν ὁ Ἰησοῦς εἰς εἰς Καπερναοὺμ δι᾿ ἡμερῶν καὶ ἠκούσθη ὅτι εἰς οἶκόν ἐστι. καὶ εὐθέως συνήχθησαν πολλοί, ὥστε μηκέτι χωρεῖν μηδὲ τὰ πρὸς τὴν θύραν· καὶ ἐλάλει αὐτοῖς τὸν λόγον. καὶ ἔρχονται πρὸς αὐτὸν παραλυτικὸν φέροντες, αἰρόμενον ὑπὸ τεσσάρων· καὶ μὴ δυνάμενοι προσεγγίσαι αὐτῷ διὰ τὸν ὄχλον, ἀπεστέγασαν τὴν στέγην ὅπου ἦν, καὶ ἐξορύξαντες χαλῶσι τὸν κράβαττον, ἐφ᾿ ᾧ ὁ παραλυτικὸς κατέκειτο. ἰδὼν δὲ ὁ ᾿Ιησοῦς τὴν πίστιν αὐτῶν λέγει τῷ παραλυτικῷ· τέκνον, ἀφέωνταί σοι αἱ ἁμαρτίαι σου. ἦσαν δέ τινες τῶν γραμματέων ἐκεῖ καθήμενοι καὶ διαλογιζόμενοι ἐν ταῖς καρδίαις αὐτῶν· τί οὗτος οὕτω λαλεῖ βλασφημίας; τίς δύναται ἀφιέναι ἁμαρτίας εἰ μὴ εἷς ὁ Θεός; καὶ εὐθέως ἐπιγνοὺς ὁ ᾿Ιησοῦς τῷ πνεύματι αὐτοῦ ὅτι οὕτως αὐτοὶ διαλογίζονται ἐν ἑαυτοῖς, εἶπεν αὐτοῖς· τί ταῦτα διαλογίζεσθε ἐν ταῖς καρδίαις ὑμῶν; τί ἐστιν εὐκοπώτερον, εἰπεῖν τῷ παραλυτικῷ, ἀφέωνταί σου αἱ ἁμαρτίαι, ἢ εἰπεῖν, ἔγειρε καὶ ἆρον τὸν κράβαττόν σου καὶ περιπάτει; ἵνα δὲ εἰδῆτε ὅτι ἐξουσίαν ἔχει ὁ υἱὸς τοῦ ἀνθρώπου ἀφιέναι ἐπὶ τῆς γῆς ἁμαρτίας - λέγει τῷ παραλυτικῷ· σοὶ λέγω, ἔγειρε καὶ ἆρον τὸν κράβαττόν σου καὶ ὕπαγε εἰς τὸν οἶκόν σου. καὶ ἠγέρθη εὐθέως, καὶ ἄρας τὸν κράβαττον ἐξῆλθεν ἐναντίον πάντων, ὥστε ἐξίστασθαι πάντας καὶ δοξάζειν τὸν Θεὸν λέγοντας ὅτι οὐδέποτε οὕτως εἴδομεν.


2019 Guide to Lenten Weekday Services


Great Compline / Απόδειπνο

  • Mondays March  11, 18, 25, and April 1, & 8, at 6 pm. 

Great Compline is prayed in monasteries on a daily basis before one retires for sleep. It is prayed in our churches during the Great Lent.  This 45 minute-long service consists mostly of Psalm readings and prayers and ends with the very powerful hymn, “Lord of the Powers, be with us” The service  allows us an opportunity to pray and reflect, seek God’s mercy and forgiveness, and to acknowledge that all our hopes and salvation must be placed in God’s hands. (Bilingual booklets will be available for congregational reading & singing. Please see George Dalagelis if you would like to participate as a reader/singer at the cantor’s stand).

Divine Liturgy of the Presanctified Gifts / Λειτουργία των Προηγιασμέμων Δώρων

  • Five consecutive Wednesdays starting March 13 and alternating 6 pm, and 9 am every other week. 

Since the Divine Liturgy is a festive and joyous celebration, it is not celebrated on weekdays during Lent, except on the Saturdays of the Souls and the Feast of the Annunciation. However, because Lent is a period of fasting, it should also be a period of more frequent reception of Holy Communion. There is no consecration of the Gifts at this Liturgy (hence the name Pre-sanctified). They have been consecrated on the preceding Sunday at a regular Divine Liturgy. It lasts just over an hour and contains the service of the Ninth Hour and the Vespers, with Holy Communion added at the end. Those who choose to keep the entire fast are encouraged to attend this service and to receive Holy Communion as a way of sustaining the fast by receiving the Body and Blood of Christ even more frequently during this period of spiritual discipline.

The Akathist Hymn to the Mother of God / Ο Ακάθιστος Υμνος εις την Υπεραγία Θεοτόκο

  • Five consecutive Fridays beginning March 15, at 6:30 pm.

This service consists of hymns and prayers addressed to Christ and the Theotokos. It is a beautiful poem of praise and devotion to the Mother of our Lord. It was sung in the year 626 in the Church of the Theotokos in Constantinople on the occasion of the deliverance and freedom of the City from the barbarians. It is comprised of 24 stanzas, each beginning with a letter of the Greek alphabet from Alpha to Omega. It is divided into four parts, one part sung on each of the Fridays of Lent (Salutations) and on the fifth Friday, the Hymn is sung in its entirety. It is called "Akathist" because the people, out of love, devotion and gratefulness to the Theotokos, stood during the entire Hymn.


The Generous Soul

Priest: Let us lift up our hearts! (Ἄνω σχῶμεν τὰς καρδίας.)
People: We have them (lifted up) with the Lord. (Ἔχομεν πρὸς τὸν Κύριον.)
Priest: Let us give thanks to the Lord! (Εὐχαριστήσωμεν τῷ Κυρίῳ.)
People: It is proper and right. (Ἄξιον καὶ δίκαιον.)

This part of the Pre-Anaphoral Dialogue is common to the traditional Eucharistic Prayers of both East and West. And it reminds me of a vital aspect of any Christian prayer, or of any prayerful life, – that when we “lift up our hearts to the Lord,” we do so “in to,” and via, gratitude, or “giving thanks” to the Lord. It is gratitude that lifts up our hearts, like nothing else, and overcomes that which weighs them down most of all, like fears of not being loved (enough), or of not being financially secure (enough). It also overcomes the resentments we might harbor, as a result of these fears, toward others or even ourselves, for not doing or accomplishing enough, for us, in these areas.

Today let me carry in my heart an “Amen” to gratitude, or an “It is meet and right" to gratitude, which is just a different way of saying “Amen.” Let me embrace gratitude, for my here and now, in which I am OK, and have “enough” for today, by God’s grace. I have also had “enough” in the past, through which God has sustained me all the way up to today, regardless of my shortcomings, or those of others. Today, as we prepare to be “lifted up” into the springtime of Lent, let me not have my heart weighed down. Let me pray and forgive, both myself and others, in gratitude for everything. “Take heed to yourselves, lest your hearts be weighed down with carousing, drunkenness, and cares of this life, …Watch, therefore, and pray always that you may have the strength to escape all these things that will come to pass, and to stand before the Son of Man.” (Lk 21: 34, 36) Today I stand before You, Lord, in humble gratitude for it all.

-From Sister Vassa’s “Daily Reflections” 


Community News & Events

Archpastoral Visit, Friday, March 29, 2019

Dear Parishioners & Friends,

I am pleased to announce the pastoral visit of His Eminence Metropolitan Evangelos next Friday, March 29th for the 3rd Salutation of the Akathist Hymn to the Virgin Mary @ 6:30 PM.

I personally invite you to honor our spiritual father with your presence at this sacred and holy Lenten service as we pray together.

Sincerely in Christ,

Fr. John Johns

In Honor of the Feast Day of Annunciation

In Honor of the Feast Day of Annunciation/ Evangelismos of the Mother of God, March 25

Great Vespers * will be prayed on Sunday, March 24, at 7:00 pm.

Our Philoptochos will host a reception afterward.

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

 Join us for a luncheon afterward offered by Philoptochos.

* Please let us know in advance of you would like to offer Artoklasia -Blessing of the Bread, Wine & Oil- for health and salvation of your family in honor of the Annunciation Feast.

Mathew 25 Ministry News

Thank you for your donations for the March delivery to Seeds of Hope Food Pantry! The pantry is so thankful for all that our community has done and continues to do for them.

We continue to collect for the pantry with the 40 Day Lenten Project during our spiritual journey to Pascha. As Archbishop Demetrios reminds us*, “the Lenten season is a time for enhancing our relationships not only with Christ but also with others from all walks of life.” We are given many opportunities during this season to pray, worship, gain insight into our own behaviors, and intensify our efforts to serve the needs of others.

With this in mind, we ask you to consider selecting one non-perishable food item from your pantry or local grocery store and putting it into the bag we have provided to you during Great Lent. You can place your lovingly filled bag into one of the bins labeled Matthew 25 in the church hall. These goods will be delivered by the Matthew 25 Ministry to the Seeds of Hope Food Pantry. You may want to consider donating meat items (turkey, pork loin, ham, beef roast) that will be delivered as well. These can be placed in our church freezer. Our next pantry delivery is on April 9.

This year the Greek School and JOY programs are participating in the 40 Day Lenten Project by assembling and distributing the bags. A big THANK YOU to all in advance for your participation and donations.


Philoptochos News & Events

Rise Against Hunger Meal Packing Event

On Saturday, April 6, 2019, the Ladies Philoptochos ‘Nausica’ will be participating in a Rise Against Hunger meal packing event being hosted by the Ladies Philoptochos Society of St. Luke, 35 N. Malin Rd, Broomall, PA.
We will join in with 6 of our sister Philoptochos chapters that day to pack over 35,000 meals. Our chapter will be making a donation of $1700.00 to sponsor 5000 of the meals packed that day.

All are welcome to participate in this event with us! The schedule for the day is:

  • 12:00 Noon, Lunch provided by St. Luke Philoptochos.
  • 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM, Meal packing.

Please sign up here to participate in the event by March 31, 2019.
or contact Diane Saphos at 215-208-5832 or email with any questions or to sign up for the event.

Rise Against Hunger is an international hunger relief organization that distributes food and life-changing aid to the world’s most vulnerable, mobilizing the necessary resources to end hunger by 2030.

The meals are designed to provide a comprehensive array of micronutrients and include enriched rice, soy protein, dried vegetable, and 23 essential vitamins and nutrients.

PTO Pascha Tsoureki Sale

Place your order here by Sunday, April 7, 2019.
Pick up at the church on Lazarus Saturday, April 20, and Palm Sunday, April 21.

OCMC Announces New Teams to Spread the Good News!

Colombia, Ghana, and Alaska have been added to the list of OCMC Mission Teams in 2019. These new openings offer you an opportunity to follow in the apostolic footsteps of Orthodox missionaries throughout the ages who have answered the call to spread the Good News to the world.

Visit to find the complete list and dates of all the 2019 Orthodox Mission Team opportunities. Apply today!

Hellenic University Club of Philadelphia Scholarship Opportunities

The Hellenic University Club of Philadelphia proudly announces the 2019-2020 Hellenic University Club of Philadelphia Scholarships. Established in 1936, the Hellenic University Club of Philadelphia promotes the Hellenic Ideal of PAIDEIA (ΠΑΙΔΕΊΑ), the pursuit of continued education and intellectual enlightenment, through speaking programs, field trips and scholarship opportunities to worthy undergraduate and graduate students with high academic achievements, and who are pursuing to advance their educational goals. This year, the Hellenic University Club of Philadelphia is offering 17 undergraduate and graduate scholarships totaling $55,000. For questions please contact us at


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, George, Chryssie, Sandra, Donna, Anthony, Alice, Eugene, George, Patrick, Anne, Virginia, Irene, Konstantinos, Sophia, Dimitrios, Yianni, Matina, George, Madison.

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: Paul Anagnostakos,  Eleni Konugres, Andrea Merrick, Stamatia Pries, Pablo Vargas, Marina Blackton, Zoe Gimbel, Christopher Gardner, Zoe Holahan, Angela Ilisco, Theodore Makris, Kevin Nikolas McKendry, John Samaras, Michele Klebanoff, Regina Rodenhausen, Konstantinos Vafiadis, Jamie Kostas, Stephanie Scheuring, Debra Exarchos, Emily Moscow, Leontios Diamantas, George Millili, Niko Stoupakis.


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50th Anniversary Campaign Update


Dear Parishioners, the objective of the 50th Anniversary Campaign is to Build the Future of our Church by providing resources so we can start new activities.  Last week I wrote about our efforts to create a Facilities Master Plan, basically a roadmap of improvements such as an elevator to the Social Hall and improvements to bathrooms, classrooms and the Social Hall.  Additionally, and perhaps even more important, we must provide and expand ministries and programs that help our Parishioners on their Christ-centered journey and help them with their spiritual and educational needs.

If we are serious about ensuring the future of our Church, we must expand ministries and programs for our youth, and they must be designed in a way that attracts and interests the youth.  Older parishioners, especially those who find themselves alone, need ministries and programs that help them stay active and involved socially.  We need to provide ministries that help families and individuals in need, whether it is grief counseling, avoiding or dealing with substance abuse and addiction, or financial assistance in tough times.  The ministries we create should be both Christ-centered and community-centered to help both our Parishioners and our local communities.

We must also make it easier for our Community to participate in religious and community life.  I’m sure many of us have used smartphones and apps such as Facetime to stay in touch with loved ones both in the US and in Greece.  Wouldn’t it be great to offer weekly Bible study through video conferencing?  If that would enable more people to participate it would be a good thing.  Technology such as podcasting would give Father John the ability to reach more Parishioners with more messages and prayers.  Even ministry and organizational meetings would be more productive and efficient through the use of technology.

These are some broad ideas of what we would like to build to ensure the spiritual health of our community.  If you have ideas or would like to participate in creating ministries and programs, please contact Father John, Cathy Avgiris, John Avgiris, or Paul Fisfis.

Thank you for your support in building the future of our Church!

Dean Dalson

50th Anniversary Campaign Chairperson