Annunciation/Evangelismos Church, Elkins Park, PA
Publish Date: 2020-07-05
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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

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Friday, July 3, 2020

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4th Sunday of Matthew, July 5,  2020

Κυριακή Δʹ Ματθαίου, 5 Ιουλίου, 2020. Το κήρυγμα ΕΔΩ

Friday, July 10, 2020

  • 8 am-12 pm Church courtyard trimming & weeding

"Many hands make light work." Please let us knows you can come and help. We will practice proper social distancing and the church will provide face masks, work gloves, and tools.

5th Sunday of Matthew July 12, 2020

  • 8:30 am MATINS, 9:30 am DIVINE LITURGY
  • We will offer memorial prayers for the peaceful repose of the soul of Garyfalia Stiftsi (40-days) of blessed memory (beloved mother of Eleni Bentoulis, died in Greece)
  • 1 pm Wedding: Eleni Pappas & Steven Janke—Congratulations!

Saints and Feasts

July 05

Athanasius of Mount Athos

Saint Athanasius had Trebizond for his homeland. He first entered the monastic life on the mountain called Kymaeos or Kyminas, which is in Mysia of Bithynia, then he went to Mount Athos and founded a large monastery, which is known as the Great Lavra. He became so renowned for his virtue that from Rome, Calabria, Georgia, and elsewhere, rulers, men of wealth and nobility, abbots, and even bishops came to him and were subject to him. When the time for his departure was at hand, God revealed to him how it would take place, so that he was able to instruct his spiritual children not to be troubled when it should come to pass. A new church was being built for the sake of the many who came to him, and only the dome had not been finished. Together with six of the brethren, the Saint went to the top of the church to help the workmen. The dome collapsed, and they fell. Five were killed at once, and the Saint died three hours later. His holy body remained incorrupt and he worked many miracles after his death. He reposed about the end of the tenth century.

July 07

Kyriake the Great Martyr

Saint Kyriake was the daughter of Christian parents, Dorotheus and Eusebia. She was given her name because she was born on Sunday, the day of the Lord (in Greek, Kyriake). She contested in Nicomedia during the reign of Diocletian, in the year 300. After many bitter torments she was condemned to suffer beheading, but being granted time to pray first, she made her prayer and gave up her holy soul in peace.

July 11

Euphemia the Great Martyr

In 451, during the reign of the Sovereigns Marcian and Pulcheria, the Fourth Ecumenical Council was convoked in Chalcedon against Eutyches and those of like mind with him. After much debate, the Fathers who were the defenders of Orthodoxy, being 630 in number, agreed among themselves and with those who were of contrary mind, to write their respective definitions of faith in separate books, and to ask God to confirm the truth in this matter. When they had prepared these texts, they placed the two tomes in the case that held Saint Euphemia's relics, sealed it, and departed. After three days of night-long supplications, they opened the reliquary in the presence of the Emperor, and found the tome of the heretics under the feet of the Martyr, and that of the Orthodox in her right hand. (For her life, see Sept. 16.)


Gospel and Epistle Readings

Epistle Reading

Prokeimenon. Grave Mode. Psalm 149.5,1.
The saints shall rejoice in glory.
Verse: Sing to the Lord a new song.

The reading is from St. Paul's Letter to the Galatians 5:22-26; 6:1-2.

Brethren, the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such there is no law. And those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. If we live by the Spirit, let us also walk by the Spirit. Let us have no self-conceit, no provoking of one another, no envy of one another. Brethren, if a man is overtaken in any trespass, you who are spiritual should restore him in a spirit of gentleness. Look to yourself, lest you too be tempted. Bear one another's burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ.

Προκείμενον. Grave Mode. ΨΑΛΜΟΙ 149.5,1.
Καυχήσονται ὅσιοι ἐν δόξῃ
Στίχ. Ἄσατε τῷ Κυρίῳ ᾆσμα καινόν.

τὸ Ἀνάγνωσμα Πρὸς Γαλάτας 5:22-26, 6:1-2.

Ἀδελφοί, ὁ καρπὸς τοῦ πνεύματός ἐστιν ἀγάπη, χαρά, εἰρήνη, μακροθυμία, χρηστότης, ἀγαθωσύνη, πίστις, πρᾳότης, ἐγκράτεια· κατὰ τῶν τοιούτων οὐκ ἔστιν νόμος. Οἱ δὲ τοῦ Χριστοῦ, τὴν σάρκα ἐσταύρωσαν σὺν τοῖς παθήμασιν καὶ ταῖς ἐπιθυμίαις. Εἰ ζῶμεν πνεύματι, πνεύματι καὶ στοιχῶμεν. Μὴ γινώμεθα κενόδοξοι, ἀλλήλους προκαλούμενοι, ἀλλήλοις φθονοῦντες. Ἀδελφοί, ἐὰν καὶ προληφθῇ ἄνθρωπος ἔν τινι παραπτώματι, ὑμεῖς οἱ πνευματικοὶ καταρτίζετε τὸν τοιοῦτον ἐν πνεύματι πρᾳότητος, σκοπῶν σεαυτόν μὴ καὶ σὺ πειρασθῇς. Ἀλλήλων τὰ βάρη βαστάζετε, καὶ οὕτως ἀναπληρώσατε τὸν νόμον τοῦ Χριστοῦ.

Gospel Reading

4th Sunday of Matthew
The Reading is from Matthew 8:5-13

At that time, as Jesus entered Capernaum, a centurion came forward to him, beseeching him and saying, "Lord, my servant is lying paralyzed at home, in terrible distress." And he said to him, "I will come and heal him." But the centurion answered him, "Lord, I am not worthy to have you come under my roof; but only say the word, and my servant will be healed. For I am a man under authority, with soldiers under me; and I say to one, 'Go,' and he goes, and to another, 'Come,' and he comes, and to my slave, 'Do this,' and he does it." When Jesus heard him, he marveled, and said to those who followed him, "Truly, I say to you, not even in Israel have I found such faith. I tell you, many will come from east and west and sit at table with Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob in the kingdom of heaven, while the sons of the kingdom will be thrown into the outer darkness; there men will weep and gnash their teeth." And to the centurion Jesus said, "Go; be it done for you as you have believed." And the servant was healed at that very moment.

4th Sunday of Matthew
Κατὰ Ματθαῖον 8:5-13

Τῷ καιρῷ ἐκείνῳ, εἰσελθόντι δὲ αὐτῷ εἰς Καπερναοὺμ προσῆλθεν αὐτῷ ἑκατόνταρχος παρακαλῶν αὐτὸν καὶ λέγων· Κύριε, ὁ παῖς μου βέβληται ἐν τῇ οἰκίᾳ παραλυτικός, δεινῶς βασανιζόμενος. καὶ λέγει αὐτῷ ὁ ᾿Ιησοῦς· ἐγὼ ἐλθὼν θεραπεύσω αὐτόν. καὶ ἀποκριθεὶς ὁ ἑκατόνταρχος ἔφη· Κύριε, οὐκ εἰμὶ ἱκανὸς ἵνα μου ὑπὸ τὴν στέγην εἰσέλθῃς· ἀλλὰ μόνον εἰπὲ λόγῳ, καὶ ἰαθήσεται ὁ παῖς μου. καὶ γὰρ ἐγὼ ἄνθρωπός εἰμι ὑπὸ ἐξουσίαν, ἔχων ὑπ᾿ ἐμαυτὸν στρατιώτας, καὶ λέγω τούτῳ, πορεύθητι, καὶ πορεύεται, καὶ ἄλλῳ, ἔρχου, καὶ ἔρχεται, καὶ τῷ δούλῳ μου, ποίησον τοῦτο, καὶ ποιεῖ. ἀκούσας δὲ ὁ ᾿Ιησοῦς ἐθαύμασε καὶ εἶπε τοῖς ἀκολουθοῦσιν· ἀμὴν λέγω ὑμῖν, οὐδὲ ἐν τῷ ᾿Ισραὴλ τοσαύτην πίστιν εὗρον. λέγω δὲ ὑμῖν ὅτι πολλοὶ ἀπὸ ἀνατολῶν καὶ δυσμῶν ἥξουσι καὶ ἀνακλιθήσονται μετὰ ᾿Αβραὰμ καὶ ᾿Ισαὰκ καὶ ᾿Ιακὼβ ἐν τῇ βασιλείᾳ τῶν οὐρανῶν, οἱ δὲ υἱοὶ τῆς βασιλείας ἐκβληθήσονται εἰς τὸ σκότος τὸ ἐξώτερον· ἐκεῖ ἔσται ὁ κλαυθμὸς καὶ ὁ βρυγμὸς τῶν ὀδόντων. καὶ εἶπεν ὁ ᾿Ιησοῦς τῷ ἑκατοντάρχῳ· ὕπαγε, καὶ ὡς ἐπίστευσας γενηθήτω σοι. καὶ ἰάθη ὁ παῖς αὐτοῦ ἐν τῇ ὥρᾳ ἐκείνῃ.


Hymns of the Day

Resurrectional Apolytikion in the Third Mode

Let the Heavens rejoice; let earthly things be glad; for the Lord hath wrought might with His arm, He hath trampled upon death by death. The first-born of the dead hath He become. From the belly of Hades hath He delivered us, and hath granted great mercy to the world.
Εὐφραινέσθω τὰ οὐράνια, ἀγαλλιάσθω τὰ ἐπίγεια, ὅτι ἐποίησε κράτος, ἐν βραχίονι αὐτοῦ, ὁ Κύριος, ἐπάτησε τῷ θανάτῳ τὸν θάνατον, πρωτότοκος τῶν νεκρῶν ἐγένετο, ἐκ κοιλίας ᾅδου ἐρρύσατο ἡμᾶς, καὶ παρέσχε τῷ κόσμῳ τὸ μέγα ἔλεος.

Apolytikion for Athanasius of Athos in the Third Mode

The Angels' ranks were awed by thy life in the flesh, how, though corporeal, and clad with earthly clay, thou didst set forth with courage to invisible wars and wrestlings and didst boldly smite the hordes of the demons with mortal wounds. Wherefore, Christ rewarded thee with abundant gifts in return. Entreat Him that our souls find salvation, O most renowned Father Athanasius.
Τήν εν σαρκί ζωήν, σού κατεπλάγησαν, Αγγέλων τάγματα, πώς μετά σώματος, πρός αοράτους συμπλοκάς, εχώρησας πανεύφημε, καί κατετραυμάτισας, τών δαιμόνων, τάς φάλαγγας, όθεν Αθανάσιε, ο Χριστός σέ ημείψατο, πλουσίαις δωρεαίς, Διό Πάτερ, πρέσβευε Χριστώ τώ Θεώ, σωθήναι τάς ψυχάς ημών.

The Apolytikion of the Annunciation/Evangelismos in the Fourth Mode

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

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

Seasonal Kontakion in the Second Mode

O Protection of Christians that cannot be put to shame, mediation unto the creator most constant: O despise not the voices of those who have sinned; but be quick, O good one, to come unto our aid, who in faith cry unto thee: Hasten to intercession and speed thou to make supplication, O thou who dost ever protect, O Theotokos, them that honor thee.
Προστασία τῶν Χριστιανῶν ἀκαταίσχυντε, μεσιτεία πρὸς τὸν Ποιητὴν ἀμετάθετε. Μὴ παρίδῃς ἁμαρτωλῶν δεήσεων φωνάς, ἀλλὰ πρόφθασον, ὡς ἀγαθή, εἰς τὴν βοήθειαν ἡμῶν, τῶν πιστῶς κραυγαζόντων σοι· Τάχυνον εἰς πρεσβείαν, καὶ σπεῦσον εἰς ἱκεσίαν, ἡ προστατεύουσα ἀεί, Θεοτόκε, τῶν τιμώντων σε.

Matthew 25 Ministry News

How can we make this happen for those who are struggling right now?  There are several ways. One way is to donate to Matthew 25 from the GIVE PLUS app.  We will safely purchase and deliver items to the pantry for you. Another way is to fill those bins that have been empty for so long now that our church doors are beginning to open.  Also, if you are out and would like to visit the pantry on your own, contact a Matthew 25 member and we will give you the information you need to deliver safely.

Items that are always in demand are:

  • Peanut Butter and Jelly
  • Pasta and Pasta sauce
  • Soups (especially low-sodium)
  • Canned Tuna and Chicken
  • Flour and Yeast
  • Sugar
  • Healthy Cereals
  • Pancake Mix and Syrup

God calls and gifts people with specific jobs. It is our calling to use our minds, hearts, voices, and hands to continue to help our brethren who are without their daily bread. We delivered eggs in June and will continue to provide the pantry with eggs in July and August.

Thank YOU for your continued support!  As you may remember Matthew 25 contributed $300 to Philabundance last month. We wanted to take this opportunity to share this thank-you note sent to us from Philabundance because without you this contribution would not have been possible.

God Bless – Matthew 25 Ministry

P.S. We are excited to announce that our small ministry’s little voice reached the ears of State Farm and through the Good Neighbor Community Fund they will be donating over $8000 in food to Seeds of Hope the week of June 14th!  They are purchasing enough beef, chicken, fish, and other desired wish list items to feed 300 families.  There are so many great companies that are out there willing to help during this season of Covid-19.  We are so happy to be able to announce this tremendous donation and act of kindness.


Homeless Ministry News

"Start children off on the way they should go, and even when they are old they will not turn from it."  Proverbs 22:6

An article by Presvytera Tina Oshaana, (MA) in the Praxis magazine, "Listening to Suffering" addresses how to teach empathy to our children in a society focused on "me, me, me". 

Children desire a sense of purpose in life, the feeling that they are ‘making a difference’. Participating in regular volunteer work is a spiritually beneficial activity for children. Exposing them to poverty helps them become more thankful for what they have. Raising compassionate children will in turn lead them closer to God.

How can we, as Orthodox Christians, help our children reveal, nurture and cultivate the love and empathy hidden within their hearts and raise children who will become adults with a desire to care for and serve others? We can help cultivate these virtues in our children by leading by example and giving them opportunities so that they can learn by doing!


An Opportunity for our Children to help other Children

Cradles to Crayons is ready to accept our donations!

Poverty is a year-round condition, and young children outgrow essentials like clothes, toys, and books pretty quickly. The U.S. Census Bureau shows Philadelphia as having the highest poverty rate among the nation’s ten largest cities. Nearly one in four Philadelphians, including over 134,000 children, live in poverty. Without adequate and appropriate clothing, children face unfair barriers and are on an unequal playing field. They don’t want to go to school and have a hard time learning. They don’t go outside to play. They don’t feel valued.

Cradles to Crayons provides children from birth through age 12, living in homeless or low-income situations, with the essential items they need to thrive - at home, at school, and at play.


Current Needs List:





Everyday Shoes




Hygiene Items

Socks & Underwear

School Supplies

Activity/Coloring Books


Since Cradles to Crayons is not engaging volunteers at the moment, please help by Sorting, Sizing, and Labeling each bag/box containing your donation.  Please contact one of the Homeless Ministry team members (see below) or bring your donation to the church and place it in the Homeless Ministry Basket located by the Resource Center (bookstore).   

Thank you for your prayers and support!  

Let's help fulfill the vision that one day, every child will have the essentials they need to feel safe, warm, ready to learn, and valued!

“Whoever welcomes one of these little children in my name welcomes me; whoever welcomes me does not welcome me but the one who sent me.”     Mark 9: 3  

In Christ's service,

The Homeless Ministry (Angela Godshall) (Talia Hatzopoulos) (Bonnie Koletas)




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 to add someone to the prayer list.

Let us pray to the Lord for the health and salvation of Suffering and persecuted Christians in the Middle East and the non-Christian world, Anthony, Janet, Dionysios, Elizabeth, Peter, Athanasia, Earnest, Virginia, Sandra, Tom, Stephen, Betty, Chryssie, Stacey, Athena, Konstantinos, Donna, Fr. George, Helen, Luke, Lia.

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 anniversary to those celebrating this coming week: Roseanne & Gregory Kaldes, Anna & Steve Makris, Maria & Paul Anagnostakos, Stacy & Dimitrios Pappas, Kathleen & George Moustakas, Olivia & Trevor Speir, Kyriaki & Eleftherios Malitas, Virginia & Ronald Markos.

Χρόνια πολλά & ευλογημένα!  God grant you many years!  To those who are celebrating birthdays this coming week: Yianni Fisfis, Mary Koutsouros, Konstantina Kyriakou, Dimitri Lambrou, Alexandra Loizos, Steve Makris, Loukas Stoupakis, Ioannis Limbanovnos, Anna Toumbanakis, Konstantinos Toumbanakis, Maria Anagnostakos, Constantine Konugres, Alexia Louca, Stephanos Papanikolaou, Maria Grigorakakis, Steven Kagiavas, Dean Kalogrias, Georgia Pitsakis, Alexa Zissios, Stephanie Ballas, Gloria Johnson, Anne Marshall, Jonathan Contoudis, Christopher Morris, Christine Samaras, T. R. Seiler, Sebastian Gonzales, Julia Marmarou, Louise Voutsinos.



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 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 are considered “asset stewardship.” As Orthodox Christian faithful, we are encouraged to offer 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 a 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

To Learn More about the Annunciation / Evangelismos Endowment Fund

Please call the church office, (215) 635-0316, 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.


Greek Orthodox Archdiocese News

Be the Bee: Does God Have a Plan for You?


In the season finale of "Be the Bee," Steve is joined by Anna Karos to explore how we can figure out what God wants for us. They draw inspiration from the lessons taught during the CrossRoad Summer Institute, a program designed to help high school juniors and seniors discover their vocation.

Department of Greek Education Announces the Launch of Online Learning Tool StaEllinika


The Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America Department of Education is pleased to announce the launch of StaEllinika, a Greek Language learning platform, available to schools and language programs of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America. The Program is developed in collaboration with the Ministry of Education and Religious Affairs of Greece and the SNF Centre for Hellenic Studies at Simon Fraser University (SFU) and is supported by the Stavros Niarchos Foundation.

Spring Meeting of the Archdiocese Council Convenes Virtually


On June 29, 2020 His Eminence Archbishop Elpidophoros of America convened the Spring Meeting of the Archdiocese Council. Due to the COVID 19 pandemic, travel and meeting restrictions, and public health concerns, the meeting was held virtually via video conferencing in two separate sessions.