Annunciation/Evangelismos Church, Elkins Park, PA
Publish Date: 2022-05-15
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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.

Visit us at for information on how to attend church services during the COVIT-19 Pandemic.

Past Bulletins

Weekend Update

Χριστός Ανέστη! Christ is Risen!

Αληθώς Ανέστη! Trully He is Risen!

COVID & Church Attendance

  • Following the Montgomery County health department recommendations, wearing a mask is now optional for divine liturgy and all church activities.
  • For those unable to attend in person, install the GOA Ages Initiatives App on your phone or tablet to see the text and pray with us through our Facebook Livestream.
  • Let us know if you would like for us to light a votive candle for you here.


Sunday of the Paralytic, May 15, 2022
Κυριακὴ τοῦ Παραλύτου, 15 Μαΐου, 2022. Το κήρυγμα εδώ

  • 8:30 am MATINS, 9:30 am DIVINE LITURGY.
  • Catechism classes after Holy Communion.
  • Join us in offering memorial prayers for the peaceful repose of the souls of Eleni Karakasidou (1-year), and George Vlahos (3-years) of blessed memory.
  • Our PTO invites all to the kalosorisma/fellowship hour after the liturgy.
  • 12: 30 Baptism: The Krone family.
  • 2 pm Baptism: The Karagiannis family.

Monday, May 16, 2022

  • 10 am Metropolis of New Jersey Clergy-Laity Congress at The Waterfall Catering and Special Events, Claymont, DE. (Fr. John, Dean Dalson, Mary O'Hara, and Russell Penning are attending).

Tuesday, May 17, 2022

  • 5 pm Greek School classes.
  • 7 pm Del Val Youth Commission meeting at Holy Trinity Church, Willmington, DE.

Friday, May 20, 2022

Saturday, May 21, 2022
Constantine and Helen, Equal-to-the Apostles

Sunday of the Samaritan Woman. Youth Sunday, May 22, 2022

  • 8:30 am MATINS, 9:30 am DIVINE LITURGY.
  • Catechism classes after Holy Communion.
  • Join us in offering memorial prayers for the peaceful repose of the souls of Tilemahos Kambouris (40-days), Debra Exarchos (1-year), Nikolaos Zisios (1-year), and Valentini Costa (3-years) of blessed memory.
  • Our GOYA invites all to the kalosorisma/fellowship hour after liturgy.
  • 12: 30 Baptism: The Maris family.
  • 2 pm Baptism: The Sourovelis family.

Youth Activities and News

Sunday School News

Χριστός Ανέστη! Christ is Risen!

Αληθώς Ανέστη! Trully He is Risen!

This Week's Children's Word from OCN

Greek School News

 Help Wanted

The future is brighter than ever for Annunciation Elkins Park Greek School. We are looking for dynamic, passionate, and qualified individuals to join our team and our mission for the upcoming 2022-2023 school year! 
The ideal candidate should have mastery of the Greek Language, teaching skills, as well as a professional who wants to provide students with an exemplary, Greek education and is comfortable incorporating technology into the classroom. Our Greek school hours are Tuesdays and Fridays 5:00pm-7:00pm. 
If you are interested in becoming a teacher, or know anyone that might be interested, please email Annunciation Greek School Director, Debbie Sourias, or contact by phone 215-407-1872.

Wanted! 2022 Graduates of Annunciation/Evangelismos Church

Our community will honor the accomplishments of this year’s graduates on Sunday, June 5, 2022, at the conclusion of the divine liturgy.

We invite you to submit the names of high school, vocational-technical school, and college/university graduates, and share with your church community the acknowledgment of their achievements. Winter graduates will also be acknowledged at this time.

Please complete and submit this form by Sunday, May 22, 2022.

Our PTO will host a a buffet luncheon in your honor.


Community News & Events

May 20-21, 2022, OPA Greek Food Fest

Community Calendar

We apologize that our web calendar is currently unavailable due to technical difficulties. Here is an alternative PDF version for now.

May-June 2022 Annunciation Community Calendar

Philoptochos News

Metropolis of New Jersey Philoptochos Scholarship
The Ladies Philoptochos 'Nausica' announces that the Metropolis of New Jersey Philoptochos is embarking upon a new initiative. Each year they will be offering an opportunity to qualifying High School seniors, who are enrolled in an accredited University, College or Trade School, to apply for a Metropolis of New Jersey Philoptochos merit based scholarship. 
There are five (5) scholarships for 2022, each in the amount of $1,000.00 and they will be awarded to qualifying applicants. 
Funding for these scholarships was made possible with donations made in memory of beloved past Metropolis Philoptochos President Mrs. Anastasia Michals, and from an endowment gift from her family. Anne Michals was an educator by profession, a dedicated steward of Philoptochos and a faithful Orthodox Christian.
We encourage 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 website:
Applications are due by June 15, 2022

Homeless Ministry News

Thank you to all those who quickly responded to the call from Why Not Prosper to help women in prison by donating items for “Care Baskets”! If you would like to be a part of this effort, you can do so by making a monetary donation on our church’s Vanco program towards the purchase of women’s bras and underwear. A $25 donation will allow us to donate toward the purchase of 1 new bra + a 6 pack women’s brief underwear but any amount is appreciated and helpful.

 Simply click on this link and make your donation to the Homeless Ministry through Vanco on our church website and note that the donation is for the “WNP care baskets.”

We rise by lifting others!

May God continue to bless and guide us all in serving others!

Χριστός Ανέστη! Christ is Risen!

The Homeless Ministry

Matthew25 Ministry News

Χριστός Ανέστη! Christ is Risen!

It’s been a wild weather ride over the past month with cool temperatures and rain…but yet God’s beauty continues to surround us this spring. It was a very busy April for Matthew 25, with deliveries to Seeds of Hope and Somerton Interfaith. We were fortunate to collaborate with our Catechism School to provide the Mattie Dixon/After School Homework Club with an abundance of snacks. What a wonderful lesson to watch our youth contribute to a program where kids are helping kids! Charity starts at home, in our church, and is being implemented amongst our youngest parishioners! We want to thank Jacinda, Yianna, and all the parents and children who supported and donated to this wonderful program. The littlest of items make such a difference to hungry children!

We have all felt the rising cost of groceries and so many other necessities in the past few months. We spend so much more and leave with less! Imagine how our neighbors experiencing financial hardships are feeling at the markets these days? People feel desperate and discouraged! The pantries are concerned as their numbers are once again on the rise. Summer poses ongoing challenges as kids are home from school. We will work throughout the summer to stock our pantries with food. We are receiving more and more text messages from Seeds of Hope asking for additional eggs, butter, & cheese. We hope to continue to provide these simple yet necessary staples throughout the year. We will try to increase our donations for next year as inflation rises.

We continue to thank all of our parishioners who faithfully support our ministry. We are delighted to be having a copious year of giving.

We will be making another donation to Seeds of Hope this week and once again in late May to accommodate the rotation of customers. We plan on making another delivery to Somerton Interfaith later this month as well.

Enjoy the beautiful week and the sunshine that it will bring. These pristine spring days have a way of warming our hearts and bringing out the fruits of the Holy Spirit.

A simple thought for this month is to continue your charitable journey. It doesn’t matter how much you give or what you give or even to whom you give. It’s important to follow God’s word and give to our brothers and sisters. Our Annunciation family has done a wonderful job incorporating this practice into our church life. As always, we thank you!


~Saint Francis De Sales

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.).

Church Wi-Fi:  COA-Guest
Password: coa12345


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: Suffering and persecuted Christians in the Middle East and the non-Christian world, Panagiotis, Peter, Zoë, Penelope, Panagiotis, Dimitrios, Alexandra, Peter, Dimitra, Virginia, Joyce.
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 celebrating this coming week: Joyce & George Gutchigian, Leslie & James Contoudis, Argero & Andreas Hagiandreu, Demetra & Lawrence Damian, Elena & Christopher LePage, Renee & Michael Trivelis, Maropi & Stamatios Nikolis, Semo & Nick Tsoflias, Despina & Panayiotis Vasiliadis, Patricia & Alexander Maltezos, Stamatia & Kenneth Apessos, Christina & Speros Koulouris, Evdoxia & Christian Lucarini, Kelly & Iakovos Toumbanakis.

Χρόνια πολλά & ευλογημένα!  God grant you many years!  To those who are celebrating birthdays this coming week: Dina Christman, George Kontogeorgos, James McNally, Yiannis Papanikolaou, Shane Twyman, Emmanuel Maragoudakis, Emmanuel Psoras, Argiroula Sahlanis, Mia Wittig, Helen Freedman, Argyro Kanellopoulos, Alexandra Malitas, Charles Sandilos, Lydia Changalis, Sophia Denithorne, Ana Francesca Karagiannis, Diana Klebanoff, Matrona Pieces, Nicholas Sarver, Daniel Sulon, Bessie Vafiadis, Antonia Wade, Julianna Aguilar, Helen Angelos, Dennis Cosmatos, Barbara Crits-Kelly, Peter Kolokithias, Peter Kolokithias, Ioakim Koutsouradis, Stephanie Nanz, Kristalia Nowlan, Dana Panagiotakis, Elpitha Fishman, Christopher Gabriel, Charles E Pappas, Penelope Tait, Thomas Draganis, Constance Psihogios, Christina Skoutelas, Nikolas Telegadis, Efthymios Vlahos.

Gospel and Epistle Readings

Epistle Reading

Prokeimenon. Third Mode. Psalm 46.6,1.
Sing praises to our God, sing praises.
Verse: Clap your hands, all you nations.

The reading is from Acts of the Apostles 9:32-42.

In those days, as Peter went here and there among them all, he came down also to the saints that lived at Lydda. There he found a man named Aeneas, who had been bedridden for eight years and was paralyzed. And Peter said to him, "Aeneas, Jesus Christ heals you; rise and make your bed." And immediately he rose. And all the residents of Lydda and Sharon saw him, and they turned to the Lord. Now there was at Joppa a disciple named Tabitha, which means Dorcas. She was full of good works and acts of charity. In those days she fell sick and died; and when they had washed her, they laid her in an upper room. Since Lydda was near Joppa, the disciples, hearing that Peter was there, sent two men to him entreating him, "Please come to us without delay." So Peter rose and went with them. And when he had come, they took him to the upper room. All the widows stood beside him weeping, and showing tunics and other garments which Dorcas made while she was with them. But Peter put them all outside and knelt down and prayed; then turning to the body he said, "Tabitha, rise." And she opened her eyes, and when she saw Peter she sat up. And he gave her his hand and lifted her up. Then calling the saints and widows he presented her alive. And it became known throughout all Joppa, and many believed in the Lord.

Προκείμενον. Third Mode. ΨΑΛΜΟΙ 46.6,1.
Ψάλατε τῷ Θεῷ ἡμῶν, ψάλατε.
Στίχ. Πάντα τὰ ἔθνη κροτήσατε χεῖρας.

τὸ Ἀνάγνωσμα Πράξεις Ἀποστόλων 9:32-42.

Ἐν ταῖς ἡμεραῖς ἐκείναις, ἐγένετο Πέτρον διερχόμενον διὰ πάντων κατελθεῖν καὶ πρὸς τοὺς ἁγίους τοὺς κατοικοῦντας Λύδδαν. Εὗρεν δὲ ἐκεῖ ἄνθρωπόν τινα Αἰνέαν ὀνόματι, ἐξ ἐτῶν ὀκτὼ κατακείμενον ἐπὶ κραββάτῳ, ὃς ἦν παραλελυμένος. Καὶ εἶπεν αὐτῷ ὁ Πέτρος, Αἰνέα, ἰᾶταί σε Ἰησοῦς ὁ Χριστός· ἀνάστηθι καὶ στρῶσον σεαυτῷ. Καὶ εὐθέως ἀνέστη. Καὶ εἶδον αὐτὸν πάντες οἱ κατοικοῦντες Λύδδαν καὶ τὸν Ἀσσάρωνα, οἵτινες ἐπέστρεψαν ἐπὶ τὸν κύριον. Ἐν Ἰόππῃ δέ τις ἦν μαθήτρια ὀνόματι Ταβηθά, ἣ διερμηνευομένη λέγεται Δορκάς· αὕτη ἦν πλήρης ἀγαθῶν ἔργων καὶ ἐλεημοσυνῶν ὧν ἐποίει. Ἐγένετο δὲ ἐν ταῖς ἡμέραις ἐκείναις ἀσθενήσασαν αὐτὴν ἀποθανεῖν· λούσαντες δὲ αὐτὴν ἔθηκαν ἐν ὑπερῴῳ. Ἐγγὺς δὲ οὔσης Λύδδης τῇ Ἰόππῃ, οἱ μαθηταὶ ἀκούσαντες ὅτι Πέτρος ἐστὶν ἐν αὐτῇ, ἀπέστειλαν πρὸς αὐτόν, παρακαλοῦντες μὴ ὀκνῆσαι διελθεῖν ἕως αὐτῶν. Ἀναστὰς δὲ Πέτρος συνῆλθεν αὐτοῖς· ὃν παραγενόμενον ἀνήγαγον εἰς τὸ ὑπερῷον, καὶ παρέστησαν αὐτῷ πᾶσαι αἱ χῆραι κλαίουσαι καὶ ἐπιδεικνύμεναι χιτῶνας καὶ ἱμάτια ὅσα ἐποίει μετʼ αὐτῶν οὖσα ἡ Δορκάς. Ἐκβαλὼν δὲ ἔξω πάντας ὁ Πέτρος θεὶς τὰ γόνατα προσηύξατο· καὶ ἐπιστρέψας πρὸς τὸ σῶμα, εἶπεν, Ταβηθά, ἀνάστηθι. Ἡ δὲ ἤνοιξεν τοὺς ὀφθαλμοὺς αὐτῆς· καὶ ἰδοῦσα τὸν Πέτρον, ἀνεκάθισεν. Δοὺς δὲ αὐτῇ χεῖρα, ἀνέστησεν αὐτήν· φωνήσας δὲ τοὺς ἁγίους καὶ τὰς χήρας, παρέστησεν αὐτὴν ζῶσαν. Γνωστὸν δὲ ἐγένετο καθʼ ὅλης τῆς Ἰόππης, καὶ πολλοὶ ἐπίστευσαν ἐπὶ τὸν Κύριον.

Gospel Reading

Sunday of the Paralytic
The Reading is from John 5:1-15

At that time, Jesus went up to Jerusalem. Now there is in Jerusalem by the Sheep Gate a pool, in Hebrew called Bethesda which has five porticoes. In these lay a multitude of invalids, blind, lame, paralyzed, waiting for the moving of the water; for an angel of the Lord went down at certain seasons into the pool, and troubled the water; whoever stepped in first after the troubling of the water was healed of whatever disease he had. One man was there, who had been ill for thirty-eight years. When Jesus saw him and knew that he had been lying there a long time, he said to him, "Do you want to be healed?" The sick man answered him, "Sir, I have no man to put me into the pool when the water is troubled, and while I am going another steps down before me." Jesus said to him, "Rise, take up your pallet, and walk." And at once the man was healed, and he took up his pallet and walked.

Now that day was the sabbath. So the Jews said to the man who was cured, "It is the sabbath, it is not lawful for you to carry your pallet." But he answered them, "The man who healed me said to me, 'Take up your pallet, and walk.' "They asked him, "Who is the man who said to you, 'Take up your pallet, and walk'?" Now the man who had been healed did not know who it was, for Jesus had withdrawn, as there was a crowd in the place. Afterward, Jesus found him in the temple, and said to him, "See, you are well! Sin no more, that nothing worse befall you." The man went away and told the Jews that it was Jesus who had healed him.

Sunday of the Paralytic
Κατὰ Ἰωάννην 5:1-15

Τῷ καιρῷ ἐκείνῳ, ἀνέβη ὁ Ἰησοῦς εἰς Ἱεροσόλυμα. Ἔστι δὲ ἐν τοῖς ῾Ιεροσολύμοις ἐπὶ τῇ προβατικῇ κολυμβήθρα, ἡ ἐπιλεγομένη Ἑβραϊστὶ Βηθεσδά, πέντε στοὰς ἔχουσα. ἐν ταύταις κατέκειτο πλῆθος πολὺ τῶν ἀσθενούντων, τυφλῶν, χωλῶν, ξηρῶν, ἐκδεχομένων τὴν τοῦ ὕδατος κίνησιν. ἄγγελος γὰρ κατὰ καιρὸν κατέβαινεν ἐν τῇ κολυμβήθρᾳ, καὶ ἐταράσσετο τὸ ὕδωρ· ὁ οὖν πρῶτος ἐμβὰς μετὰ τὴν ταραχὴν τοῦ ὕδατος ὑγιὴς ἐγίνετο ᾧ δήποτε κατείχετο νοσήματι. ἦν δέ τις ἄνθρωπος ἐκεῖ τριάκοντα καὶ ὀκτὼ ἔτη ἔχων ἐν τῇ ἀσθενείᾳ αὐτοῦ. τοῦτον ἰδὼν ὁ ᾿Ιησοῦς κατακείμενον, καὶ γνοὺς ὅτι πολὺν ἤδη χρόνον ἔχει, λέγει αὐτῷ· θέλεις ὑγιὴς γενέσθαι; ἀπεκρίθη αὐτῷ ὁ ἀσθενῶν· Κύριε, ἄνθρωπον οὐκ ἔχω, ἵνα ὅταν ταραχθῇ τὸ ὕδωρ, βάλῃ με εἰς τὴν κολυμβήθραν· ἐν ᾧ δὲ ἔρχομαι ἐγώ, ἄλλος πρὸ ἐμοῦ καταβαίνει. λέγει αὐτῷ ὁ ᾿Ιησοῦς· ἔγειρε, ἆρον τὸν κράβαττόν σου καὶ περιπάτει. καὶ εὐθέως ἐγένετο ὑγιὴς ὁ ἄνθρωπος, καὶ ἦρε τὸν κράβαττον αὐτοῦ καὶ περιεπάτει. ἦν δὲ σάββατον ἐν ἐκείνῃ τῇ ἡμέρᾳ. ἔλεγον οὖν οἱ ᾿Ιουδαῖοι τῷ τεθεραπευμένῳ· σάββατόν ἐστιν· οὐκ ἔξεστί σοι ἆραι τὸν κράβαττον. ἀπεκρίθη αὐτοῖς· ὁ ποιήσας με ὑγιῆ, ἐκεῖνός μοι εἶπεν· ἆρον τὸν κράβαττόν σου καὶ περιπάτει. ἠρώτησαν οὖν αὐτόν· τίς ἐστιν ὁ ἄνθρωπος ὁ εἰπών σοι, ἆρον τὸν κράβαττόν σου καὶ περιπάτει; ὁ δὲ ἰαθεὶς οὐκ ᾔδει τίς ἐστιν· ὁ γὰρ ᾿Ιησοῦς ἐξένευσεν ὄχλου ὄντος ἐν τῷ τόπῳ. μετὰ ταῦτα εὑρίσκει αὐτὸν ὁ ᾿Ιησοῦς ἐν τῷ ἱερῷ καὶ εἶπεν αὐτῷ· ἴδε ὑγιὴς γέγονας· μηκέτι ἁμάρτανε, ἵνα μὴ χεῖρόν σοί τι γένηται. ἀπῆλθεν ὁ ἄνθρωπος καὶ ἀνήγγειλε τοῖς ᾿Ιουδαίοις ὅτι ᾿Ιησοῦς ἐστιν ὁ ποιήσας αὐτὸν ὑγιῆ.


Saints and Feasts

May 15

Sunday of the Paralytic

Close to the Sheep's Gate in Jerusalem, there was a pool, which was called the Sheep's Pool. It had round about it five porches, that is, five sets of pillars supporting a domed roof. Under this roof there lay very many sick people with various maladies, awaiting the moving of the water. The first to step in after the troubling of the water was healed immediately of whatever malady he had.

It was there that the paralytic of today's Gospel way lying, tormented by his infirmity of thirty-eight years. When Christ beheld him, He asked him, "Wilt thou be made whole?" And he answered with a quiet and meek voice, "Sir, I have no man, when the water is troubled, to put me into the pool." The Lord said unto him, "Rise, take up thy bed, and walk." And straightaway the man was made whole and took up his bed. Walking in the presence of all, he departed rejoicing to his own house. According to the expounders of the Gospels, the Lord Jesus healed this paralytic during the days of the Passover, when He had gone to Jerusalem for the Feast, and dwelt there teaching and working miracles. According to Saint John the Evangelist, this miracle took place on the Sabbath.

May 21

Constantine and Helen, Equal-to-the Apostles

This great and renowned sovereign of the Christians was the son of Constantius Chlorus (the ruler of the westernmost parts of the Roman empire), and of the blessed Helen. He was born in 272, in (according to some authorities) Naissus of Dardania, a city on the Hellespont. In 306, when his father died, he was proclaimed successor to his throne. In 312, on learning that Maxentius and Maximinus had joined forces against him, he marched into Italy, where, while at the head of his troops, he saw in the sky after midday, beneath the sun, a radiant pillar in the form of a cross with the words: "By this shalt thou conquer." The following night, our Lord Jesus Christ appeared to him in a dream and declared to him the power of the Cross and its significance. When he arose in the morning, he immediately ordered that a labarum be made (which is a banner or standard of victory over the enemy) in the form of a cross, and he inscribed on it the Name of Jesus Christ. On the 28th Of October, he attacked and mightily conquered Maxentius, who drowned in the Tiber River while fleeing. The following day, Constantine entered Rome in triumph and was proclaimed Emperor of the West by the Senate, while Licinius, his brother-in-law, ruled in the East. But out of malice, Licinius later persecuted the Christians. Constantine fought him once and again, and utterly destroyed him in 324, and in this manner he became monarch over the West and the East. Under him and because of him all the persecutions against the Church ceased. Christianity triumphed and idolatry was overthrown. In 325 he gathered the First Ecumenical Council in Nicaea, which he himself personally addressed. In 324, in the ancient city of Byzantium, he laid the foundations of the new capital of his realm, and solemnly inaugurated it on May 11, 330, naming it after himself, Constantinople. Since the throne of the imperial rule was transferred thither from Rome, it was named New Rome, the inhabitants of its domain were called Romans, and it was considered the continuation of the Roman Empire. Falling ill near Nicomedia, he requested to receive divine Baptism, according to Eusebius (The Life of Constantine. Book IV, 61-62), and also according to Socrates and Sozomen; and when he had been deemed worthy of the Holy Mysteries, he reposed in 337, on May 21 or 22, the day of Pentecost, having lived sixty-five years, of which he ruled for thirty-one years. His remains were transferred to Constantinople and were deposed in the Church of the Holy Apostles, which had been built by him (see Homily XXVI on Second Corinthians by Saint John Chrysostom).

As for his holy mother Helen, after her son had made the Faith of Christ triumphant throughout the Roman Empire, she undertook a journey to Jerusalem and found the Holy Cross on which our Lord was crucified (see Sept. 13 and 14). After this, Saint Helen, in her zeal to glorify Christ, erected churches in Jerusalem at the sites of the Crucifixion and Resurrection, in Bethlehem at the cave where our Saviour was born, another on the Mount of Olives whence He ascended into Heaven, and many others throughout the Holy Land, Cyprus, and elsewhere. She was proclaimed Augusta, her image was stamped upon golden coins, and two cities were named Helenopolis after her in Bithynia and in Palestine. Having been thus glorified for her piety, she departed to the Lord being about eighty years of age, according to some in the year 330, according to others, in 336.


Annunciation/Evangelismos Endowment Fund

Like all gifts that benefit Annunciation / Evangelismos Greek Orthodox Church, endowed gifts to the church contribute to its growth, to ministry creation, and to its service to others fulfilling the Gospel of Christ. Endowments are particularly powerful because they deliver a dependable, perpetual source of funding to the ministries of Christ you care about most and that our Lord commands us, in the Holy Scriptures, to fulfill. Your Gift to establish an endowment is an investment in the future – an eternal investment - one that affects the salvation of each spiritual life in our church family and of those our ministries serve.

Mission Statement

The Annunciation / Evangelismos Greek Orthodox Church Endowment Fund aims to provide for the long-term financial support and stability of our church’s programs, ministries, and missions consistent with the Holy Scriptures and the Orthodox Christian Tradition, to witness to the Orthodox Faith, and to serve others.

What is an Endowment Fund?

An Endowment Fund is composed of restricted funds given as individual bequests and gifts through such giving vehicles as wills, trusts, retirements or estate plans, life insurance, charitable lead or remainder trusts, gift annuities, cash, or real estate. Endowed funds are unique in that the total amount of the gift is invested and remains intact. The investment income, then, becomes a financial resource for Annunciation / Evangelismos to use. Each year, a percentage of the endowment fund’s income is distributed to benefit the mission of the Fund.  In this respect, an endowment is intended to be a perpetual gift.

Why Should I Give to the Annunciation / Evangelismos Endowment Fund?

Giving through accumulated, inherited and appreciated resources is considered “asset stewardship”. As Orthodox Christian faithful, we are encouraged to give from our accumulated resources and wealth during our life and after death. The Endowment Fund is a way for stewards to make a perpetual gift to the church from their lifetime accumulated resources. Knowing that your gift will grow with sound investment and spending practices, endowed funds:

  • Help create and grow the programs, ministries, and missions of the Church
  • Provide the assurance we need to recruit and maintain staff that ministry and church growth necessitate
  • Leave a perpetual and enduring Legacy of Faith to the Church
  • Honor and memorialize your faithful family or loved-one
  • Protect your estate and legacy
  • Reduce your income and/or estate taxes – ask your tax accountant or financial advisor how

The Different Ways of Planned Giving

  • Wills and Bequests - Leave a lasting legacy by adding the Endowment Fund as a beneficiary to your will - most common method
  • Life Insurance policy - You can gift an existing policy your family no longer needs or a new policy naming the fund as a beneficiary
  • Cash, Stocks, Bonds, Real Estate or other assets
  • Charitable Remainder Trust
  • Will, bequest, beneficiary form or check made to: Annunciation / Evangelismos Endowment Fund, EIN#  83-3399560

To Learn More about the Annunciation / Evangelismos Endowment Fund

Please call the church office and one of the Endowment Fund committee members will call you back. The directors are: Jim Verros, Jim Trivelis, Demetrios Hatzopoulos, John Gilliland, Mitch Papakirk, Dean Dalson and Father John Johns.


Archdiocese News

Mother's Day at the Archdiocese


Mother's Day at the Archdiocese

Archbishop Elpidophoros Offers Keynote Address at National Workshop on Christian Unity


On May 4, 2022, His Eminence Archbishop Elpidophoros of America offered the keynote address at the National Workshop on Christian Unity, at the Christ Cathedral in Orange County, CA.

46th Biennial Clergy-Laity Congress 2022 Schedule


The Clergy-Laity Congress Committee, under the direction of His Eminence Archbishop Elpidophoros and Co-Chaired by Chrysanthy Demos and Nick Karacostas, continues its preparation of this summer’s Centennial Congress. While preparing this historic Centennial Congress, His Eminence’s theme of “Legacy, Renewal, Unity” has been built into all parts of the program.

SPEAKER SERIES BONUS EDITION: Orthodox Scholars Preach - Sunday of the Myrrh-Bearing Women, May 8


George Demacopoulos: Professor | Author | Archon

Bulletin Inserts