Annunciation/Evangelismos Church, Elkins Park, PA
Publish Date: 2019-10-13
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Annunciation/Evangelismos Church, Elkins Park, PA

General Information

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

  • 7921 Old York Road

  • Elkins Park, PA 19027

Contact Information

Services Schedule

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

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

Past Bulletins

Weekend Update

Sunday of the Holy Fathers of the VII Ecumenical Council, October 13, 2019
Κυριακή τῶν Πατέρων τῆς Ζʹ Οἰκουμενικῆς Συνόδου, 13 Οκτωβρίου, 2019. Το κήρυγμα ΕΔΩ
  • 8:30 am MATINS, 9:30 am DIVINE LITURGY.
  • Memorial prayers are offered for the repose of the soul of Renee Zissios of blessed memory (40-day). Relatives & friends are invited to attend.
  • The artoklasia (blessing of five loaves, wine, and oil), is offered for health and salvation by the Sourias family for the feast of the Holy Protection of the Theotokos, October 28.
  • The fellowship hour is hosted by Greek School.
  • 1 pm Baptism: Damian family.
 Tuesday, October 15, 2019
  • 10 am Parish Directory meeting.
  • 5 pm Greek School Board & parents conference.
  • 5 pm Greek School classes.
  • 7 pm Intermediate/Advanced adult Greek class.
  • 7 pm Parish Council meeting.
Wednesday, October 16, 2019
  • 1 pm Matthew 25 Ministry meeting.
  • 7 pm Bible study
Thursday, October 17, 2019
  • 6:30 pm Philoptochos general meeting and Career Wardrobe Clothing Drive.
  • 7 pm Choir rehearsal.
 Friday, October 18, 2019—Luke the Evangelist
  • 8:30 am MATINS, 9:30 am DIVINE LITURGY.
  • 5 pm Greek School classes.
  • 6:30 pm Beginners adult Greek class.
  • 6:30 pm JOY dance practice.
  • GOYA Kick-off weekend.
6th Sunday of Luke, October 20, 2019
  • 8:30 am MATINS, 9:30 am DIVINE LITURGY
  • The fellowship hour will be hosted by PTO

Saints and Feasts

October 13

Sunday of the 7th Ecumenical Council

On the Sunday that falls on or immediately after the eleventh of this month, we chant the Service to the 350 holy Fathers of the Seventh Ecumenical Council, which gathered in Nicaea in 787 under the holy Patriarch Tarasius and during the reign of the Empress Irene and her son, Constantine Porphyrogenitus, to refute the Iconoclast heresy, which had received imperial support beginning with the Edict issued in 726 by Emperor Leo the Isaurian. Many of the holy Fathers who condemned Iconoclasm at this holy Council later died as Confessors and Martyrs for the holy Icons during the second assult of Iconoclasm in the ninth century, especially during the reigns of Leo the Armenian and Theophilus.

October 13

Chryssi the New Martyr of Greece


Gospel and Epistle Readings

Epistle Reading

Prokeimenon. Fourth Mode. Daniel 3.26,27.
Blessed are you, O Lord, the God of our fathers.
Verse: For you are just in all you have done.

The reading is from St. Paul's Letter to Titus 3:8-15.

Titus, my son, the saying is sure. I desire you to insist on these things, so that those who have believed in God may be careful to apply themselves to good deeds; these are excellent and profitable to men. But avoid stupid controversies, genealogies, dissensions, and quarrels over the law, for they are unprofitable and futile. As for a man who is factious, after admonishing him once or twice, have nothing more to do with him, knowing that such a person is perverted and sinful; he is self-condemned.

When I send Artemas or Tychicos to you, do your best to come to me at Nicopolis, for I have decided to spend the winter there. Do your best to speed Zenas the lawyer and Apollos on their way; see that they lack nothing. And let our people learn to apply themselves to good deeds, so as to help cases of urgent need, and not to be unfruitful.

All who are with me send greeting to you. Greet those who love us in the faith. Grace be with you all. Amen.

Προκείμενον. Fourth Mode. Δανιήλ 3.26-27.
Εὐλογητὸς εἶ, Κύριε, ὁ Θεὸς τῶν Πατέρων ἡμῶν.
Στίχ. Ὅτι δίκαιος εἶ ἐπὶ πᾶσιν, οἷς ἐποίησας ἡμῖν.

τὸ Ἀνάγνωσμα Πρὸς Τίτον 3:8-15.

Πιστὸς ὁ λόγος, καὶ περὶ τούτων βούλομαί σε διαβεβαιοῦσθαι, ἵνα φροντίζωσιν καλῶν ἔργων προΐστασθαι οἱ πεπιστευκότες θεῷ. ταῦτά ἐστιν καλὰ καὶ ὠφέλιμα τοῖς ἀνθρώποις · μωρὰς δὲ ζητήσεις καὶ γενεαλογίας καὶ ἔριν καὶ μάχας νομικὰς περιΐστασο, εἰσὶν γὰρ ἀνωφελεῖς καὶ μάταιοι. αιῥετικὸν ἄνθρωπον μετὰ μίαν καὶ δευτέραν νουθεσίαν παραιτοῦ, εἰδὼς ὅτι ἐξέστραπται ὁ τοιοῦτος καὶ ἁμαρτάνει, ὢν αὐτοκατάκριτος. Ὅταν πέμψω Ἀρτεμᾶν πρὸς σὲ ἢ Τυχικόν, σπούδασον ἐλθεῖν πρός με εἰς Νικόπολιν, ἐκεῖ γὰρ κέκρικα παραχειμάσαι. Ζηνᾶν τὸν νομικὸν καὶ Ἀπολλῶν σπουδαίως πρόπεμψον, ἵνα μηδὲν αὐτοῖς λείπῃ. μανθανέτωσαν δὲ καὶ οἱ ἡμέτεροι καλῶν ἔργων προΐστασθαι εἰς τὰς ἀναγκαίας χρείας, ἵνα μὴ ὦσιν ἄκαρποι. Ἀσπάζονταί σε οἱ μετ ᾽ἐμοῦ πάντες. Ἄσπασαι τοὺς φιλοῦντας ἡμᾶς ἐν πίστει. ἡ χάρις μετὰ πάντων ὑμῶν.

Gospel Reading

Sunday of the 7th Ecumenical Council
The Reading is from Luke 8:5-15

The Lord said this parable: "A sower went out to sow his seed; and as he sowed, some fell along the path, and was trodden under foot, and the birds of the air devoured it. And some fell on the rock; and as it grew up, it withered away, because it had no moisture. And some fell among thorns; and the thorns grew with it and choked it. And some fell into good soil and grew, and yielded a hundredfold." And when his disciples asked him what this parable meant, he said, "To you it has been given to know the secrets of the kingdom of God; but for others they are in parables, so that seeing they may not see, and hearing they may not understand. Now the parable is this: The seed is the word of God. The ones along the path are those who have heard; then the devil comes and takes away the word from their hearts, that they may not believe and be saved. And the ones on the rock are those who, when they hear the word, receive it with joy; but these have no root, they believe for a while and in time of temptation fall away. And as for what fell among the thorns, they are those who hear, but as they go on their way they are choked by the cares and riches and pleasures of life, and their fruit does not mature. And as for that in the good soil, they are those who, hearing the word, hold it fast in an honest and good heart, and bring forth fruit with patience." As he said these things, he cried out "He who has ears to hear, let him hear."

Sunday of the 7th Ecumenical Council
Κατὰ Λουκᾶν 8:5-15

Εἶπεν ὁ Κύριος τήν παραβολὴν ταύτην· Ἐξῆλθεν ὁ σπείρων τοῦ σπεῖραι τὸν σπόρον αὐτοῦ. καὶ ἐν τῷ σπείρειν αὐτὸν ὃ μὲν ἔπεσε παρὰ τὴν ὁδόν, καὶ κατεπατήθη, καὶ τὰ πετεινὰ τοῦ οὐρανοῦ κατέφαγεν αὐτό· καὶ ἕτερον ἔπεσεν ἐπὶ τὴν πέτραν, καὶ φυὲν ἐξηράνθη διὰ τὸ μὴ ἔχειν ἰκμάδα· καὶ ἕτερον ἔπεσεν ἐν μέσῳ τῶν ἀκανθῶν, καὶ συμφυεῖσαι αἱ ἄκανθαι ἀπέπνιξαν αὐτό. καὶ ἕτερον ἔπεσεν εἰς τὴν γῆν τὴν ἀγαθήν, καὶ φυὲν ἐποίησε καρπὸν κατονταπλασίονα. ταῦτα λέγων ἐφώνει· ὁ ἔχων ὦτα ἀκούειν ἀκουέτω. ᾿Επηρώτων δὲ αὐτὸν οἱ μαθηταὶ αὐτοῦ λέγοντες· τίς εἴη ἡ παραβολὴ αὕτη; ὁ δὲ εἶπεν· ὑμῖν δέδοται γνῶναι τὰ μυστήρια τῆς βασιλείας τοῦ Θεοῦ, τοῖς δὲ λοιποῖς ἐν παραβολαῖς, ἵνα βλέποντες μὴ βλέπωσι καὶ ἀκούοντες μὴ συνιῶσιν. ἔστι δὲ αὕτη ἡ παραβολή· ὁ σπόρος ἐστὶν ὁ λόγος τοῦ Θεοῦ· οἱ δὲ παρὰ τὴν ὁδόν εἰσιν οἱ ἀκούσαντες, εἶτα ἔρχεται ὁ διάβολος καὶ αἴρει τὸν λόγον ἀπὸ τῆς καρδίας αὐτῶν, ἵνα μὴ πιστεύσαντες σωθῶσιν. οἱ δὲ ἐπὶ τῆς πέτρας οἳ ὅταν ἀκούσωσι, μετὰ χαρᾶς δέχονται τὸν λόγον, καὶ οὗτοι ῥίζαν οὐκ ἔχουσιν, οἳ πρὸς καιρὸν πιστεύουσι καὶ ἐν καιρῷ πειρασμοῦ ἀφίστανται. τὸ δὲ εἰς τὰς ἀκάνθας πεσόν, οὗτοί εἰσιν οἱ ἀκούσαντες, καὶ ὑπὸ μεριμνῶν καὶ πλούτου καὶ ἡδονῶν τοῦ βίου πορευόμενοι συμπνίγονται καὶ οὐ τελεσφοροῦσι. τὸ δὲ ἐν τῇ καλῇ γῇ, οὗτοί εἰσιν οἵτινες ἐν καρδίᾳ καλῇ καὶ ἀγαθῇ ἀκούσαντες τὸν λόγον κατέχουσι καὶ καρποφοροῦσιν ἐν ὑπομονῇ. ταῦτα λέγων ἐφώνει· ὁ ἔχων ὦτα ἀκούειν ἀκουέτω.


Wisdom of the Fathers

For by seed here He means His doctrine, and by land, the souls of men, and by the sower, Himself .... For as the sower makes no distinction in the land submitted to him, but simply and indifferently casts his seed; so He Himself too makes no distinction of rich and poor, of wise and unwise, of slothful or diligent, of brave or cowardly; but He discourses unto all, fulfilling His part, although foreknowing the results.
St. John Chrysostom
Homily 44 on Matthew 12, 4th Century

When you see life's pleasures, beware that they might not distract you, for they conceal death's snares. Likewise a fisherman casts not his hook to no purpose. As bait for his hook, the enemy uses the delusion of sensuality to arouse desire, that he might thereby catch men's souls and subject them to himself. A soul which has been caught to serve the enemy's will then serves as a snare for other souls, for it conceals the grief of sin with its apparent delight.
St. Ephraim the Syrian
A Spiritual Psalter no 43, pg. 74, 4th century


Annunciation Sunday Catechism School

As autumn arrives the weather is beginning to change. God said that He created every season for a purpose. Not only do seasons have their purpose, but times of our lives have a purpose too. That means that there will be times when we will laugh, dance, love others, be loved, and have peace. There will also be times when we will cry, mourn and grieve, give up, fix something that is broken, and have to deal with war.

But you have to know that God will never change. If you have a relationship with Him, He will never leave you. He will always be there to help you through. God says that He has made everything beautiful in its time. That means that He can take even the worst seasons of life and turn them into something more beautiful than we could ever have imagined. Our God is incredible!

The transition from summer to fall can be challenging for our children! Let us remind them of the bigger picture. Ask your children what they learned in class to continue the discussion at home. Thank you all for giving your children the gift of orthodox education!

This Sunday, October 13th, normal classes will continue. Please have your children line up on the left side of the church to receive communion so they can be expedited to class. Also, please register for Sunday school HERE if you have not done so already.

Many blessing,

Directors Tina Hadgimallis & Stella Fisfis


Sunday School Stewardship

In the 5th and 6th grades of our Sunday school program, our focus is to understand the principals of giving and helping others from the heart! Please communicate with the children at home and teachers in Sunday school classrooms, the importance of using their God-given skills and abilities, (talents) to help others with love, kindness, faithfulness, compassion, & humility. We’d like to invite you to participate in this year’s endeavor each Sunday with a small token, however big or small that may be.

Let’s teach our kids how to grow in faith and help them understand the importance of offering to much-needed causes like those we’ve contributed in the past. Some of those are IOCC, “MATTHEW 25” ministry, Project Mexico, help a priest from Holy Cross Seminary, support a church family in need, send funds to rebuild St. Nikolas Shrine in NY, Archdiocese in Kisumu Kenya, etc.

For this purpose, a tray will be passed in Sunday school classes to collect funds and help the students feel the lesson taught. Information about this year’s cause will be forthcoming!

If you have any questions or want to offer your assistance please communicate that to:
Mrs. Zaffie Zoubroulis, or 267-394-2925
We thank you from the Heart!



Community News and Events

Philoptochos News & Events

Tuesday, October 17, 2019
Wednesday, November 6, 2019

The Ladies Philoptochos 'Nausica' annual Bid n Buy "Havana Nights" will be on Wednesday, November 6, 2019, at 6:30 PM. It will be held again this year at St. Cyril of Jerusalem Church, 1410 Almshouse Road, Jamison, PA. The donation includes dinner $27.00 in advance, $32.00 at the door.

Please contact Ticket Chair Stella Nikolopoulos at 215-850-4066 or email to purchase your ticket.  Tickets are also easy to purchase online at 

You Are Invited!

To the Fall General Assembly of our parishioners, Sunday, October 27, 2019, after the liturgy.

Your invitation is HERE as well as forthcoming in the mail.

Looking Ahead...

  • Wednesday, October 16, 2019, 7 pm  -   Our weekly Bible study continues on Wednesday evenings. Please check the weekly bulletin and online calendar for exceptions.
  • Sunday, October 27, 2019  - General Assembly of our parishioners after the d. liturgy (look for your invitation in the mail).
  • Saturday, November 2, 2019,  9:30 am  -  Regional GOYA Drug & Suicide Prevention Retreat at  St. George Church, Media, PA.
  • Sunday, November 3, 2019  -  Philoptochos Sunday.
  • Sunday, November 10, 2019, 4 pm  -  Metropolitan Evangelos Ambassador Awards Banquet (look for your invitation in the mail).
  • Friday, November 15, 2019  -  Start of the Nativity fast. Regional Holy Unction service (location TBD).
  • Saturday, November 16, 2019, 9 am  -  Regional HOPE/JOY Kids Mission at Holy Trinity Church, Wilmington, DE.
  • Sunday, November 24, 2019  -  Council of Ministries meeting after the d. liturgy.
  • Sunday, December 1, 2019  -  Start of The Angel Tree project.
  • Sunday, December 8, 2019  -  Stewardship Sunday. Parish Council elections.
  • Saturday, December 14, 2019, 9 am  -   Regional GOYA Nativity Retreat at St. Thomas Church, Cherry Hill, NJ.
  • Sunday before the Nativity, December 22, 2019  - Community Christmas pageant. PTO vasilopita & bake sale.
  • Wednesday, December 25, 2019  - The Nativity of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.


Bulletin Announcements: Please submit your material by Wednesday 12 noon for the upcoming Sunday’s bulletin. Send your submission to, and always Cc Fr. John at for his review and approval. All submissions will be placed on a first-come, first-served, space-available basis and all submissions are subject to editing and review.

Sunday Special Services: Please contact the parish office at least two weeks in advance if you would like to have a 40-day Mother & Child Blessing, Memorial, or Artoklasia. All requests are considered based on the ecclesiastical calendar.


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Focus on Our Church Family

Celebrations, Milestones, Gratitude, Comfort & Support

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

Let us pray to the Lord for health and salvation: Suffering and persecuted Christians in the Middle East and the non-Christian world,

Athena, Stephen, Tom, Sandra, Susan, George, Betty, Antonios, Anthony, Debora, Despina, Nikolaos, George, Yiannis, Eugene, Mary, Maria, Noel.

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

Our “Happy Anniversary” list will not be available for a few weeks because we are in the process of doing some reindexing work in our system. Thank you for your patience!

Χρόνια πολλα!  Happy birthday!   God grant you many years!  To those celebrating this week:  Harisios Hirst, George Johns, Arianna Olga Kosoglou, Mark Malusa, Kristina Wittig, Thomsen Cummings, Jordan Demetris, Kaliopi Hionas, Ekaterini Hirst, John Kanakis, Nicole Kosmatos, Heather Christodoulakis, Andreas McKendry, Nikolas Vargas, Nina Borras, John Telegadis, Peristera Browne, Stephen Kolokithias, Glykeria Kontogeorgos, Dennis O'Hara, Ken Chin, Pavlos Psihogios, Louise Zervos, Christopher Cripps, Helen Koutsouros, Kimberly Pashardis, Nikolaos Spiliotis.

Congratulations!  To Jessica Degroot on her baptism on  October 4, 2019. Stella & Paul Fisfis are the godparents.

Thank You! To Stephen Oratis & Bonnie Koletas for weeding our courtyard and flower beds last week.