Annunciation/Evangelismos Church, Elkins Park, PA
Publish Date: 2023-01-29
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Annunciation/Evangelismos Church, Elkins Park, PA

General Information

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

  • 7921 Old York Road

  • Elkins Park, PA 19027

Contact Information

Services Schedule

We meet for divine worship every Sunday morning and on holy days starting with Orthros (Matins) at 8:30, Divine Liturgy at 9:30-11 AM. Check our Parish Calendar for more information.

Past Bulletins

Weekend Update

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


Saturday, January 28

Sunday of the Canaanite Woman, January 29, 2023
Κυριακή της Χαναναίας, 29 Ιανουαρίου, 2023. Το κήρυγμα της Κυριακής εδώ

  • 8:30 am MATINS, 9:30 am DIVINE LITURGY
  • Youth Catechism: following Holy Communion.
  • Memorial: join us in offering memorial prayers for the peaceful repose of the souls of John Gouris (1 year), Mary Gouris (7 years), and George Mitsas (3 -years) of blessed memory.
  • Ask Father: 5th-7th Grades return to church for a lesson with +Fr. John.
  • Coffee Fellowship: Gyro sale hosted by Philoptochos.
  • 12 pm GOYA Sights & Sounds practice.
  • 12:30 Baptism: The Marino family.

Monday, January 30, 2023Synaxis of The Three Hierarchs: Basil the Great, Gregory the Theologian, & John Chrysostom

  • 8:30 am MATINS, 9:30 am DIVINE LITURGY.

Tuesday, January 31, 2023

  • 5 pm Greek School classes.

Wednesday, February 1, 2023

  • 7 pm Bible Study: Galatians.

Thursday, February 2, 2023 - The Presentation of Our Lord and Savior in the Temple

  • 8:30 am MATINS, 9:30 am DIVINE LITURGY.
  • 7 pm Choir practice.

Friday, February 3, 2023

  • 5 pm Greek School classes.
  • 6 pm GOYA meeting.
  • 6:30 pm GOYA Sights & Sounds practice.
  • 6:30 pm JOY Greek dance practice.
  • 7:30 pm GOYA Greek dance practice.

Saturday, February 4, 2023

Sunday of the Publican and Pharisee, February 5, 2023

  • Start of the Triodion.
  • 8:30 am MATINS (English), 9:30 am DIVINE LITURGY (English)
  • Godparents Sunday
  • Youth Catechism: following Holy Communion.
  • Coffee Fellowship: PTO Godparents’ buffet.
  • GOYA Sights & Sounds practice.

Youth Ministries

Sunday School News

Divine Liturgy begins at 9:30am at Annunciation/Evangelismos Greek Orthodox Church 7921 Old York Rd, Elkins Park, PA 19027.

All Nounos and Nounas are invited to attend church with their Godchildren.

Preceding Holy Communion, a special prayer service will be offered for Godparents and Godchildren.

Refreshments will be offered by the PTO in our Cultural Center following Liturgy.

Greek School News

HOPE & JOY Activities

GOYA Activities


Community News & Events

The Thyranoixia Anniversary Journal is Ready

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

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

Looking Ahead Beyond Next Week

Thursday, February 9: Metropolis vasilopita celebration

Friday, February 10: Young at Heart coffee get together

Saturday, February 11: Regional Altar Servers Retreat

Sunday, February 12: Philoptochos Go Red Sunday

Sunday, February 26: Parish Oratorical Festival

Clean Monday, Feb 27: Start of Great and Holy Lent
                                  Spring General Assembly of our parishioners

Saturday, March 4: Orthodox Christian Mission Center Lenten Retreat

Saturday, March 18: Regional Sights and Sounds Youth Arts Festival at St. Thomas Church, Cherry Hill, NJ

Sunday, March 19: Greek School Greek Independence Day program

Saturday, March 25: Parish Name-day & Greek Independence Day

Thursday, March 30: Homeless Ministry serving at Aviation Park

Sunday, April 2: Greek Independence Day Parade in Philadelphia

April 8-16: Holy Week and Holy Pascha

May 19-20: Spring OPA Greek Festival

Homeless Ministry News

This month, the Homeless Ministry is collecting and delivering “Grab & Go” foods for local college students experiencing homelessness currently housed by DePaul USA, a Germantown nonprofit.

Please sign up here to help.

Homelessness among college students has existed almost undetected for years. Homeless students blend in with other college students; they all wear jeans and T-shirts. There’s much shame associated with being homeless, and students try to hide it if they can.

Homelessness can strike college students at any time and for various reasons: Financial aid is delayed. A poor choice is made. A car breaks down. A parent gets sick. Sometimes a door has been shut.

Most are students who have had very challenging lives and see education and college as the way out. And that’s really the marvel, the miracle, and hope in all that. The kind of persistence and tenacity they show to keep going despite all the obstacles.

If we don’t help those students get through whatever challenge they’re experiencing, we’re doing a disservice not only to them but to the broader society. Education is key.  Someone can take away your home, money, and physical possessions, but they can’t take away your knowledge.

Please click In college and without a home to listen to a KYW podcast. 

REMINDER: Our next scheduled date to serve at Aviator Park is 3/30. Please join us!

Thank you!

Matthew25 Ministry News

New Year Prayer: “Thank you, God, for giving us the brand new year ahead. Help us live the way we should as each day we tread. Give us gentle wisdom that we might help someone in need; give us strength and courage so a shoulder we might lend. The year ahead is empty; let us fill it with good things, each new day filled with joy and happiness that it brings. Amen”

This prayer is a beautiful reminder of the heart of Matthew 25 but applies to every one of us as we begin a new year and focus on the positive change we hope to nurture and grow from within. Our ministry has quieted down for a few weeks, and we look forward to what the winter and spring will bring. We distributed over 18 gift cards to Aspira schools this month. We will continue to collect gift cards until the end of January. Feel free to place them in our Matthew 25 slot in the office. These gift cards can be Visa, Walmart, Mastercard, or grocery store cards. They provide food, clothing, and hygiene to so many children and families in need. We are preparing another delivery to Seeds of Hope in late January. Egg prices will remain high throughout the spring, but we will continue to provide them to the many shoppers at Seeds of Hope.

We plan on coming together in February to make several pans of lasagna for a wonderful organization called “Lasagna Love.” We will provide the link to research and get involved with this philanthropic organization. We would love to see our parish ministries come together in the future and bake trays of lasagna that we will gladly distribute for you. If you are interested in participating, reach out to and for more information.

Our Lenten Meat drive will run from February 28 through April 17. We will purchase an assortment of requested meats and foods and deliver them to Seeds of Hope and Somerton Interfaith on April 4 and 18. We break up the deliveries to ensure that all shoppers can have Easter meat in April. We will be asking for monetary donations (as we did for our Turkey Drive) and will be doing the buying for the parish. As always, donations are accepted throughout the year on Vanco. We are always appreciative to receive these donations. They sustain the ministry!
Lasagna Love Link:

“Be the change you wish to see in the world.” - Mahatma Gandhi

Friendly Reminders

Bulletin Announcements

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Sunday Extra Services

Please call or email us at the parish office at least two weeks in advance if you would like a 40-day mother & child blessing, memorial, trisagion, artoklasia (the blessing of the five loaves-wine & oil), fanouropita (St. Phanurios bread), etc.

Requests are considered based on the ecclesiastical calendar.


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, Kyriaki, Mary, Maria, Betty, Lisa, Dennis, Sandi, Karl, Athena, Andy, Eugene,  Philip, Donna, Lucy, John, Smaragdi.
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:

Χρόνια πολλά & ευλογηµένα! God grant you many years! To those who are celebrating birthdays this coming week: Nicholas Panagiotakis, Maria Georgiou, Marianne Marmarou, Anastasia Niamonitos, Juan Nunez, Andrew Voutsinos, George Voutsinos, Parashos Koltsaklis, Georgios Koskinas, Zoe Melisiotis, Sophia Rega, Eleftherios Topakas, Eleni Angelucci, Linda Koltsaklis, Dimitrios Sarver, Dimitrios Stoupakis, Leslie Contoudis, Nicole Gilliland, Vasilis Karras, Maria Makrisis, Zachary Shaw, Panteleimon Telegadis, Ioannis Haviaras, Alexander Maltezos, Stelios Melekos, Jannina Nika, John Avgiris, Heather Fkiaras, Paraskevi Hagiandreu, Rebecca Johnson, Athanasios Makris, Theodoros Pappas.



Gospel and Epistle Readings

Epistle Reading

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

The reading is from St. Paul's Second Letter to the Corinthians 6:16-18; 7:1.

Brethren, you are the temple of the living God; as God said, "I will live in them and move among them, and I will be their God, and they shall be my people. Therefore come out from them, and be separate from them, says the Lord, and touch nothing unclean; then I will welcome you, and I will be a father to you, and you shall be my sons and daughters, says the Lord Almighty."

Since we have these promises, beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from every defilement of body and spirit, and make holiness perfect in the fear of God.

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

τὸ Ἀνάγνωσμα Πρὸς Κορινθίους β' 6:16-18, 7:1.

Ἀδελφοί, ὑμεῖς ἐστε ναὸς Θεοῦ ζῶντος, καθὼς εἶπεν ὁ θεός ὅτι Ἐνοικήσω ἐν αὐτοῖς, καὶ ἐμπεριπατήσω· καὶ ἔσομαι αὐτῶν θεός, καὶ αὐτοὶ ἔσονταί μοι λαός. Διὸ, Ἐξέλθετε ἐκ μέσου αὐτῶν καὶ ἀφορίσθητε, λέγει κύριος, καὶ ἀκαθάρτου μὴ ἅπτεσθε· κἀγὼ εἰσδέξομαι ὑμᾶς, καὶ ἔσομαι ὑμῖν εἰς πατέρα, καὶ ὑμεῖς ἔσεσθέ μοι εἰς υἱοὺς καὶ θυγατέρας, λέγει κύριος παντοκράτωρ. Ταύτας οὖν ἔχοντες τὰς ἐπαγγελίας, ἀγαπητοί, καθαρίσωμεν ἑαυτοὺς ἀπὸ παντὸς μολυσμοῦ σαρκὸς καὶ πνεύματος, ἐπιτελοῦντες ἁγιωσύνην ἐν φόβῳ θεοῦ.

Gospel Reading

Sunday of the Canaanite
The Reading is from Matthew 15:21-28

At that time, Jesus went to the district of Tyre and Sidon. And behold, a Canaanite woman from that region came out and cried, "Have mercy on me, O Lord, Son of David; my daughter is severely possessed by a demon." But he did not answer her a word. And his disciples came and begged him, saying, "Send her away, for she is crying after us." He answered, "I was sent only to the lost sheep of the house of Israel." But she came and knelt before him, saying, "Lord, help me." And he answered, "It is not fair to take the children's bread and throw it to the dogs." She said, "Yes, Lord, yet even the dogs eat the crumbs that fall from their master's table." Then Jesus answered her, "O woman, great is your faith! Be it done for you as you desire." And her daughter was healed instantly.

Sunday of the Canaanite
Κατὰ Ματθαῖον 15:21-28

Τῷ καιρῷ ἐκείνῳ, ἐξελθὼν ἐκεῖθεν ὁ ᾿Ιησοῦς ἀνεχώρησεν εἰς τὰ μέρη Τύρου καὶ Σιδῶνος. καὶ ἰδοὺ γυνὴ Χαναναία ἀπὸ τῶν ὁρίων ἐκείνων ἐξελθοῦσα ἐκραύγαζεν αὐτῷ λέγουσα· ἐλέησόν με, Κύριε, υἱὲ Δαυΐδ· ἡ θυγάτηρ μου κακῶς δαιμονίζεται. ὁ δὲ οὐκ ἀπεκρίθη αὐτῇ λόγον. καὶ προσελθόντες οἱ μαθηταὶ αὐτοῦ ἠρώτων αὐτὸν λέγοντες· ἀπόλυσον αὐτήν, ὅτι κράζει ὄπισθεν ἡμῶν. ὁ δὲ ἀποκριθεὶς εἶπεν· οὐκ ἀπεστάλην εἰ μὴ εἰς τὰ πρόβατα τὰ ἀπολωλότα οἴκου ᾿Ισραήλ. ἡ δὲ ἐλθοῦσα προσεκύνησεν αὐτῷ λέγουσα· Κύριε, βοήθει μοι. ὁ δὲ ἀποκριθεὶς εἶπεν· οὐκ ἔστι καλὸν λαβεῖν τὸν ἄρτον τῶν τέκνων καὶ βαλεῖν τοῖς κυναρίοις. ἡ δὲ εἶπε· ναί, Κύριε· καὶ γὰρ τὰ κυνάρια ἐσθίει ἀπὸ τῶν ψυχίων τῶν πιπτόντων ἀπὸ τῆς τραπέζης τῶν κυρίων αὐτῶν. τότε ἀποκριθεὶς ὁ ᾿Ιησοῦς εἶπεν αὐτῇ· ὦ γύναι, μεγάλη σου ἡ πίστις! γενηθήτω σοι ὡς θέλεις. καὶ ἰάθη ἡ θυγάτηρ αὐτῆς ἀπὸ τῆς ὥρας ἐκείνης.


Saints and Feasts

January 29

Removal of the Relics of Ignatius the God-bearer

Saint Ignatius was a disciple of Saint John the Theologian, and a successor of the Apostles, and he became the second Bishop of Antioch, after Evodus. He wrote many epistles to the faithful, strengthening them in their confession, and preserving for us the teachings of the holy Apostles. Brought to Rome under Trajan, he was surrendered to lions to be eaten, and so finished the course of martyrdom about the year 107. The remnants of his bones were carefully gathered by the faithful and brought to Antioch. He is called God-bearer, as one who bare God within himself and was aflame in heart with love for Him. Therefore, in his Epistle to the Romans (ch. 4), imploring their love not to attempt to deliver him from his longed-for martyrdom, he said, "I am the wheat of God, and am ground by the teeth of the wild beasts, that I may be found to be the pure bread of God."

Saint John Chrysostom has a homily in honour of the translation of the Saint's relics (PG 50:587).

January 30

Synaxis of The Three Hierarchs: Basil the Great, Gregory the Theologian, & John Chrysostom

This common feast of these three teachers was instituted a little before the year 1100, during the reign of the Emperor Alexis I Comnenus, because of a dispute and strife that arose among the notable and virtuous men of that time. Some of them preferred Basil, while others preferred Gregory, and yet others preferred John Chrysostom, quarreling among themselves over which of the three was the greatest. Furthermore, each party, in order to distinguish itself from the others, assumed the name of its preferred Saint; hence, they called themselves Basilians, Gregorians, or Johannites. Desiring to bring an end to the contention, the three Saints appeared together to the saintly John Mavropous, a monk who had been ordained Bishop of Euchaita, a city of Asia Minor, they revealed to him that the glory they have at the throne of God is equal, and told him to compose a common service for the three of them, which he did with great skill and beauty. Saint John of Euchaita (celebrated Oct. 5) is also the composer of the Canon to the Guardian Angel, the Protector of a Man's Life. In his old age, he retired from his episcopal see and again took up the monastic life in a monastery in Constantinople. He reposed during the reign of the aforementioned Emperor Alexis Comnenus (1081-1118).


Stewardship Update

Stewardship 2023 Campaign Under Way

You should have received your 2023 personalized Stewardship Pledge Card of Time, Talent, and Treasure in the mail, including our Sustaining Stewardship Initiative information.

  • Please return your card at the offering basket at the pangari, church office, or via mail.
  • If you are already a Sustaining Steward, that is, you have set up regular payments through Vanco or your bank bill payer service:
    1. You do not have to fill out a pledge card !
    2. Use the 2023 Pledge Card information as a guide to update your giving to reflect your current level of commitment and personal/family situation.
    3. Check with your Vanco account or bank bill payer service to ensure that your regular payments continue through 2023.

As always, do not hesitate to contact us at the church office with any questions about your Stewardship.

Have You Noticed We Are Not Passing Offering Trays During the Liturgy?

Please make all your church donations via:

Thank you for your generosity


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Archdiocese News

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Beyond Annunciation

Hellenic University Club of Philadelphia Scholarships Available

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

Any questions regarding eligibility can be sent to