Annunciation/Evangelismos Church, Elkins Park, PA
Publish Date: 2021-04-11
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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 services during the COVIT-19 Pandemic.

Past Bulletins

Weekend Update

Please sign up HERE  to attend in person any of the church services.
All attendees must register in advance. No walk-ins are allowed. If you cannot keep your registration, PLEASE log in and delete it so others can attend.

For those unable to attend in person, install the 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.

Friday, April 9, 2021


Fourth Sunday of Lent: St John Climacus, April 11, 2021

Κυριακὴ Δʹ τῶν Νηστειῶν τοῦ Ὁσίου Ἰωάννου τῆς Κλίμακος, 11 Απριλίου, 2021. Το κήργμα ΕΔΩ

  • 8:30 am MATINS, 9:30 am DIVINE LITURGY
  • Join us in offering memorial prayers for the peaceful repose of the souls of Andreas Zafeiropoulos (1-year), Mary Stamos (1-year), and John Stamos (10-years) of blessed memory.

Monday, April 12, 2021


Wednesday, April 14, 2021


Thursday, April 15, 2021

  • 8 pm PTO Board meeting.

Friday, April 16, 2021


Sunday of St. Mary of Egypt, April 18, 2021

  • 8:30 am MATINS, 9:30 am DIVINE LITURGY.
  • Join us in offering memorial prayers for the peaceful repose of the souls of Malamo Maris (40-days), Alexandros Hatzinikolaou (40-days), Stamatia Trantas (1-year), and Efthymios Trantas (16-years) of blessed memory.
  • 12:30 pm Baptism: Hartery family.

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

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.


Saints and Feasts

April 11

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.


Wisdom of the Fathers

... he that is not covetous, will be also more disposed for almsgiving. He that fasts is light, and winged, and prays with wakefulness, and quenches his wicked lusts, and propitiates God, and humbles his soul when lifted up. Therefore even the apostles were almost always fasting.
St. John Chrysostom
Homily 57 on Matthew 17,4,5. B#54, pp.355,356., 4th Century


A Message from Our Parish Council President

Great Lent Update

Dear Parishioners,

      As we journey through Lent towards Holy Week, we invite everyone to attend and safely participate in services.

We continue to provide live video of all services through our Facebook page.  Also, we want to move towards a normal level of in-person worship, always ensuring we have a safe environment for all parishioners.  During Holy Week, we will have a tent outside the Narthex with additional seating and a live broadcast of the services.  We want to thank everyone for diligently wearing their masks and maintaining proper social distancing; these must continue through Holy Week.  With the outdoor seating, we will increase attendance limits.  Here are our plans; of course, these plans are dependent on continued progress against COVID-19.

Sunday, April 4, Sunday of the Holy Cross

We will hold services in the usual manner, including processing the Cross by maintaining social distancing.

Friday, April 23, Palms and Pizza for our Youth

Friday afternoon at the Church starting at 6:30 PM, pizza will be served outside, followed by Palms folding, either outside under a tent or the Social Hall with social distancing.

Sunday, April 25,  Palm Sunday

We will have additional seating under a tent outside of the Narthex, where we will broadcast the Liturgy.  Our youth will participate in the palms' blessing by re-enacting the young children's spreading palms on the road as Christ entered Jerusalem. We will not have our traditional fish luncheon this year.

Wednesday, April 28, Holy Unction

We will have the 4 PM afternoon anointing service outside in front of the Church to accommodate everyone who wishes to attend and help with social distancing. Although this early service is geared towards young children, it is open to all age groups.

There is no need to sign up for this open outdoor service.

Father John will anoint everyone outside at the end of the service.
The 7 PM evening anointing service will be inside the Church.

Friday, April 30, Holy Friday

We will have myrrh bearers for the afternoon service of the un-nailing of the Cross.  Friday evening, Orthros of Great Saturday will start inside the Church. We will process the Epitaphio around the Church property and complete the service outdoors without returning inside the Church.

Saturday, May 1,  Holy Saturday

Saturday morning, we will have the Divine Liturgy of Saint Basil inside the Church with additional outdoor seating.  Saturday night, the Anastasi Liturgy will be held inside with outdoor seating and live broadcast as well.  There will not be a meal after the Liturgy.

Sunday, May 2,  Holy Pascha

The Agape Vespers will be held inside the Church.  We will have an outdoor Easter Egg hunt for children.

Look for detailed information about these activities in the upcoming bulletins.


Youth Activities and News

PTO News & Events

PTO Pascha Tsoureki Sale
Pre-order & Pre-payment only. $20 per bread.
Order Deadline: April 11, 2021
Order online at: PTO Pascha Tsoureki Sale
Curbside Pick-Up:
Sunday, April 25, 11:30 am - 12:30 pm
For Questions: or Rubena Papakirk (215) 343-6414, Maria McNally (215) 885-0242
Annunciation PTO Invites Our Parish Youth to Palms and Pizza 

Friday, April 23 at 6:30 pm.

Join us for this OUTDOOR event as we fold palms for the Palm Sunday service.

Register HERE by Tuesday, April 20th.

 ~ masks required for ages 2 and over ~

Questions? Email

Young Readers Needed

As we are gradually returning to church services, we want to have more of you actively participate in the liturgy and the other church services by being a Reader for the Epistles, Psalms, and other prayers offered during the services. You can choose to read in Greek or English.

You have noticed a handful of dedicated Readers doing this occasionally. We want to make this more structured and open to anyone who wants to participate, from GOYA age boys and girls to mature adults. You have also noticed that readings are done from the Left side cantor’s stand in keeping a safe distance from the cantors and the congregation. 

Here is how to participate:

  1. Install the AGES Initiatives app on your tablet or mobile phone so that you can have access to all the church services and the Readings for each service.
  2. Call or email George Dalagelis at the church office and let him know you are interested in participating. He will go over a brief tutorial with you on the process, how and when to come up, how to intone the verses, how to end the readings etc.
  3. Sign up to attend liturgy as you would normally do, but instead of choosing Parishioner, choose Reader on the signup page.

Altar Servers Wanted

With our Altar Boys’ safety and well-being in mind and keeping with COVID directives and restrictions, we invite all Altar Boys back to church to begin serving again on Sundays (2 per Sunday rotation).

Contact me at 267-255-1380 or to place your child on the rotation to serve.  

Please make every effort to encourage your son to participate if they are healthy; we miss you all and can't wait to have everyone back together.

Many Blessings!

Paul Fisfis, Altar Servers Coordinator


Greek School News

Annunciation Greek School Level 4 students are quite the little writers. Guided by their teacher, Mrs. Effie Pollatou, we are proud to present to you their recent progress.

After looking at vocabulary on snow and after categorizing it, students were asked to assume the role of a reporter reporting live from...

They were asked to pick their own favorite location and report on snowstorms and activities with snow. 
The purpose was not only to familiarize them with the vocabulary and use it but also to use different verb tenses and focus on and describe details. This work was completed in two lessons (3 hours) and after we had all experienced the early February snowing.


Community News & Events

Looking Ahead Beyond Next Week

Pray Together the Divine Liturgy and All Lenten 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 (Matins, Divine Liturgy, Akathist, Compline, etc.).

Church Wi-Fi:  COA-Guest
Password: coa12345

Make All Your Church Donations Easy by Giving with Your Smartphone!

  1. Download the free GivePlus+ mobile app here:  iPhone or Android
  2. Make one-time or recurring donations using your debit/credit card or bank account
  3. Login or donate as a guest.
  4. Securely and conveniently manage donations using Touch ID/Fingerprint, PIN, or password.

Church Wi-Fi:  COA-Guest
Password: coa12345

Philoptochos News and Events

Philoptochos Apparel and Book Sale

The Ladies Philoptochos 'Nausica' is excited to announce that our new Philoptochos apparel is now available for purchase! 

Show your Philoptochos pride with a logo apron or tote or "An Army of Women" black or camo t-shirt or sweatshirt!  

What an army of women can accomplish is limitless!  

Have you ordered your Yiayia's Greek Table ~ A Taste of Greek Cooking cookbook yet? With close to 70 Lenten recipes and many others that can be made Lenten with the omission of cheese, our cookbook offers many new dishes for you to try. 

Please support our many philanthropies and missions.  Proceeds from the sale of the cookbook and the apparel will be used to fund philanthropic causes, such as the recent support we provided to the people of Texas who have been struck with a crisis of historic proportions and the making of home-cooked meals in partnership with the Homeless Ministry to feed homeless college students. 

We thank you for your support as we minister to those in need. 

Order online at the following link and pick up at church any Sunday after the Divine Liturgy or choose shipping for an additional cost. 

Epitaphios Flowers

Dear Fellow Parishioners, Family and Friends of Philoptochos,

As the holiest time of the year approaches and we anxiously await the glorious Resurrection of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, the Ladies Philoptochos Society ‘Nausica’ is appealing to you, our parishioners, family, and friends, for a donation that will enable us to continue with our longstanding tradition of decorating our beautiful Epitaphios of Holy Friday with flowers.

Last year, we were unable to celebrate Holy Friday as a church family due to the pandemic restrictions.  This year, God willing, we hope to see as many of you as possible on Holy Friday.  As you walk into our church, we hope your spirits will be lifted with the beauty and magnificence of our Epitaphios, beautifully adorned with the flowers you helped purchase through your generous donation.

The easiest way to contribute is via GivePlus+. Choose Philoptochos Society and enter Epitaphios Flowers for the purpose of your donation.

Your generosity, as in the past, is greatly appreciated.  Kali Sarakosti!

In the Service of our Lord,

Stella Fisfis, President

Patra Karidas and Maria Mountis, Epitaphios Committee

Ladies Philoptochos 'Nausica' 2021-2023 Chapter Board οf Directors Elections

Elections for the 2021-2023 Board of Directors will take place on Sunday, May 16, 2021, in the Cultural Center following the Divine Liturgy. 

All parish COVID protocols will be followed so that we may conduct our elections in a safe manner. 

We invite all Philoptochos ‘Nausica’ members who are interested in seeking election to the Board to submit their name to Diane Saphos, Chair, Election Screening Committee, via email to or cell 215-208-5832 no later than Sunday, May 9, 2021. 

All candidates seeking election to the Chapter Board must qualify in accordance with the Philoptochos Bylaws as follows:

In order to be a candidate for election to the Chapter Board, a full member must have been a member in good standing with the parish and chapter for a period of at least one full year prior to the date of election to the Chapter Board and ** must have attended a minimum of four (4) meetings held in the previous year.** All candidates must be present at the election meeting unless reasonable cause for such absence is provided.

A member is qualified to serve on the Board of Directors of one chapter only.

** Due to limited meetings during the COVID-19 pandemic, exceptions to this requirement may be permitted. 

Please contact Stella Fisfis, President at 215-485-3810 or Diane Saphos, Chair, Election Screening Committee at 215-208-5832, or with any questions. 

Resource Center News

The Resource Center Invites You to Join Us as We Pray the Psalter Together this Lent!

"Bind yourselves to your brethren. Those bound together in love bear everything with ease….If now you want to make the bond double, your brother must also be bound together with you. He wants us to be bound together with one another, not only to be at peace, not only to be friends but to be all one, a single soul. Beautiful is this bond. With this bond, we bind ourselves together both to one another and to God. This is not a chain that bruises. It does not cramp the hands.
It leaves them free, gives them ample room and greater courage." 
- St. John Chrysostom

Sign-up Here for Our
Annunciation Psalter Group

Learn How It Works Here

Resources for praying the Psalter, available through the Resource Center or online: 

The Psalter According to the Seventy (Greek-English). This beautiful hardcover edition contains the translation of the Psalms used in our liturgical services.

The Psalter (“pocket” size). Just the right size to take with you wherever you go.

Christ in the Psalms. In two-page meditations on each of the psalms, Fr. Patrick Henry Reardon takes readers on an enlightening pilgrimage through the prayerbook of the Church.

Songs of Praise: A Psalter Devotional for Orthodox Women. Along with the Psalter, this book offers reflections on the Psalms and pages for journaling.

Orthodox Study Bible. The complete Bible with commentary.

Homeless Ministry News

Our next serving date at Aviator Park is on April 22nd. Thanks to the generous support of our church family, all the requested items for the “Blessing Bags” have been donated! If you would like to help serve, distribute the blessing bags or donate food, please sign up HERE.

Following are the names of some of the people we serve at Aviator Park. Please include them and all of those experiencing homelessness in your prayers throughout Lent:

Prince, Gabriel, Lawrence, John, Steven, Angel, Herman, Kevin, Anna, Jiri (Yar-E), Ernie, Aya, Syenid (Sigh-Ah-Nid), Helen, Clyde, Jack, Sean, Sean, Lillian, Sam, Drew, Jean, Ronald, Jill, Rico, G, Narcissos, Carlos, John, Janice, Drew, Mercedes, Helen, Zack, Alex, Tony, Lepour, Brent, Gloria, Doug, Mark, Wolf, Marsha, Raleigh, Dan. 

In Christ's service,

The Homeless Ministry

Donate Your Extra Tools to Church

Dear parishioners,
We need some basic tools to carry out day-to-day repairs around the church building and grounds.
If you have any of the tools on this list in your home garage and no longer need them, please consider donating them to your church. Thank you!

Help Us Connect with All Parishioners

Our Weekly Bulletin is emailed to 550+ parishioners by Friday every week.

If you know of a parishioner who is not receiving the e-bulletin and would like to, please encourage them to visit our website and enter their email at the Join Our Email Listserv button on the homepage. Alternatively, give us a call (215) 635-0316 or email us at the parish office, and we will gladly do it for you.

If you know of a parishioner who does not have an email address, please let us know to place them on our Paper Bulletin mailing list.

We thank you for your support, patience, and cooperation. 


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, Fr. George, Dionysios, Helen, Luke, Lia, Mary, Irene, Agnes, Efthimia, Sandi, Dennis, Ken, Brian, Yianni, Fotini, Dimitri, Debra, Maria, Virginia.

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, 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:  Andrea & Alexander Falbo.

Χρόνια πολλά & ευλογημένα!  God grant you many years!  To those who are celebrating birthdays this coming week: Christen Cosmas, Dori Fifis, Alexandra Hionas, Jeffrey Klebanoff, Andreas Nikolaidis, Dean Samios, Many Metsikas, Eleni Papanikoloaou, Rachel Ann Pappas, Loukas Stylianou, Michael Trivelis, Georgia White, Jacqueline Angelis, Charlotte Barr, Nicholi Cardwell, Nicholas Fkiaras, Angelo Louridas, Eleana Papazis, Valerie Ristvey, Antonia Trotter, Jennifer Calliagas, Spiros Kosmatos, Matthew Christofidis, Alexandros Lawrence, Nikos Maris, Stephanie George, Steve Mesthos, Pantelis Patounas, Efpraxia Pollatou, Catherine Driscoll, Elias Ghiz, Nina Elizabeth Kosoglou, Nicholas Mazer, Georgia Mitsas, Emma Ramey, Stephanie Ristvey, Maria Sheehan.

Our Deepest Sympathy to the Nikolopoulos family for the passing of their beloved mother and grandmother, Marianthi Nikolopoulos of blessed memory on April 6, 2021.  May her memory be eternal.


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Beyond Annunciation

Montgomery County Announced a COVID-19 Rent and Utility Relief Program

Montgomery County Announced a COVID-19 Rent and Utility Relief Program.

2021 CrossRoad Summer Institute

Hellenic University Club of Philadelphia

College Year in Athens 2021

We are delighted to share an exciting new initiative, ideal for high-school graduates of Greek heritage:

Know Thyself while exploring Greece, volunteering for a worthy cause, and adventuring on cultural immersion. An exceptional way to enrich the students' educational and life experiences, and a unique opportunity to deepen the connection and understanding of Greek culture.

College Year in Athens (CYA) is offering two opportunities for Gap Year students: one for those passionate about antiquity with the program "Archaeological Field Work: Excavation, Workshops and Digital Technologies" and one for those interested in learning more about activism and diversity, with the program "Understanding Activism, Diversity, and Equity: the example of Greece".

While gaining a fuller understanding of a different culture via interactive learning methods, students will create an e-portfolio as a record of what is learned and accomplished through this program. Field trips within Greece will not only allow the broadening of perspective and expanding of the worldview but mainly grant them a unique chance to come into a close encounter with the land of their ancestors whose cultural heritage became the pillar of the western civilization.

CYA, recognizing the difficult times that COVID-19 has created, has established the Fall 2021 Gap Flight Award. A student who will be accepted in the Fall 2021 Gap program, will receive $1,000 to offset the cost of the round-trip ticket to/from Athens, Greece.

College Year in Athens (CYA) is a non-profit educational institution, which, since 1962, provides English-speaking undergraduates (more than 10,000 to date)  the transformative experience to study in Athens and familiarize themselves with the Greek culture.  To find out how Greece & CYA is faring up, please check out the COVID-19 FAQ on our website here.


Become an Annunciation Sustaining Steward Now

“…the greatest of these is love” I Corinthians 13:13


A Sustaining Steward commits to stay engaged continuously and support the church through regular weekly or monthly payments. A Sustaining Steward’s pledge rolls over to the following year without filling out a pledge card each year. A Sustaining Steward can adjust their pledge anytime to reflect their level of commitment or personal/family situation.


Becoming a Sustaining Steward (1) fulfills God’s command to give faithfully and regularly.  As a sustaining steward, your enrollment and giving (2) rolls-over annually, eliminating the need to re-register and re-pledge every year. This automatic and recurring giving also (3) helps the church address seasonal funding gaps, and (4) helps us achieve festival independence, allowing us to save more. 

Ultimately, it (5) creates better ministry and budgetary planning, and (6) helps support our church, her ministries, and their growth. 

  1. Fill out the Family Information Form HERE (first- time registration or annual update)

  2. Fill out the Online Pledge Form HERE and choose  your method of payment (auto-debit from a debit card, credit card, or checking account through GivePlus+; personal check; or your bank’s bill payer service)

  3. If you are already signed up for regular payments through GivePlus+ or your bank's bill payer service, you are already a Sustaining Steward!  Please adjust your pledge and payment to reflect your new level of commitment for 2021 and ensure your automatic payments continue through the new year.

Annunciation is a full stewardship parish that requires no minimum pledge to be a Steward.
Our Stewardship Program encourages parishioners 18 and over to pledge donations in any amount, according to the blessings they have received from our Lord.
Our Stewardship Pledge Drive starts in November for the following calendar year, although new members and current members may submit a pledge at any time.
We offer you the Weekly Giving Guideline chart below to help you determine your level of giving. Being a good steward is using your resources wisely.

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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

Live with the Louhs: Self Esteem and Our Children


On this week's episode of "Live with the Louhs," a radio ministry of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America, hosts Fr. Nicholas and his wife, Dr. Roxanne, a Clinical Psychologist, discuss "Self Esteem And Our Children" with Psychologist, Dr. Philip Mamalakis, Professor at Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology.

A Missionary Mindset: How International Missions Benefit the Local Parish


Overseas missions is an experience that fulfills our calling as Christians, transforms individuals who participate and infects the local parish with a zeal for sharing the faith.Mission-minded parishes instill the importance of mission. Parishioners return from overseas missions forever changed. A missionary mindset can play a key role in revitalizing the faith of active Orthodox Christians and the entire parish.