Annunciation/Evangelismos Church, Elkins Park, PA
Publish Date: 2022-10-02
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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

2nd Sunday of Luke, October 2, 2022
Κυριακὴ Β’ Λουκά, 2 Οκτωβρίου, 2022. Το κήρυγμα εδώ

  • 8:30 am MATINS (English), 9:30 am DIVINE LITURGY (English)
  • Youth Catechism: following Holy Communion.
  • Memorial: join us in offering memorial prayers for the peaceful repose of the souls of Konstantinos Vafiadis (9 months) and Theofanis Gkikas (5 years) of blessed memory.
  • College Students Sunday.
  • Coffee Fellowship: hosted by GOYA.
  • Homeless Ministry: "Socktober" - sock drive begins (Sunday School will kick off the drive).
Please see this week's events in the daily updated Parish Calendar 

Youth Activities and News

Sunday School News

Thank you to everyone who made the first two weeks of Catechism School a success ! We welcomed back more than 50 students on our kickoff Sunday! Let's keep the momentum going into what is sure to be a busy October. Our teachers are hard at work planning meaningful and fun lessons for their students.

Service is an integral part of being an Orthodox Christian. As such, we are once again partnering with the Homeless Ministry to help them kick off their annual SOCKTOBER sock drive. During the month of October, please send your child to class with new pairs of socks to be donated to those less fortunate. Perhaps they can help you pick out a fun pattern, or an extra cozy pair for the cold winter months. The classroom that donates the most pairs will win a special sweet treat for their efforts!

As always, thank you for your support!
With Gratitude,

This Week's Children's Word from OCN

Greek School News

PTO News and Events

GOYA Activities

Come and See GOYA Retreat, October 14-16, 2022

We all know that the past 2 years have been incredibly hard on everyone, and our church attendance numbers, especially in youth, have been significantly affected. Our retreat theme this year addresses exactly this issue, and prompts a campaign to return to church. 

The theme is “Come and See”, and it is an invitation for all of us to see what our faith is all about, what it means to participate in worship, and what tools the church has to offer to help us navigate this often scary world. Our goal for this retreat is to cover why Orthodoxy still works, why it is relatable in our everyday lives, and why fostering Orthodox relationships is key. 

We look forward to what is sure to be an exciting and enlightening weekend with our youth, and we truly can’t wait to get started! 

ABSOLUTE Deadline of Saturday October 1st, 2022.


Community News & Events

Looking Ahead Beyond Next Week

Philoptochos News

Annual Bid 'n Buy "Passport to Paris"

Tickets are available for purchase for our annual Bid 'n Buy on Thursday, November 10, 2022, in our Church Hall.  We look forward to you joining us for a great evening of fun and fellowship for this, our major fundraiser of the year. Seating is limited, and no tickets will be sold at the door. Please see attached flyer for the link to purchase tickets.

Homeless Ministry News


If you don’t already know, SOCKTOBER is a national movement that gives everyone an easy and fun way to help those in need!

Beginning October 1st until October 31st, we invite everyone to bring in new socks of all sizes, colors, and patterns to benefit men, women, and children in need in our area. Please place your donations in the Homeless Ministry basket located by the Resource Center on the balcony.

A big THANK YOU to our Catechism School for kick-starting our drive!
Sock donations will be distributed to those we serve at Aviator Park and by “THE JOY OF SOX.” to preselected non-profits the Homeless Ministry supports.

Please copy and paste the link below into your web browser to learn more about this mission:

Please join in and be a part of this “sole warming” drive!

Thank you!

The Homeless Ministry

Matthew25 Ministry News

Give Thanks

It’s that time of year when we reflect on the many blessings that God has graced us with. November is a month of feeling thankful and bountiful. Our tables will be overflowing with delicious turkey, fixings, and pies. Unfortunately, this isn’t true for so many people in our community who are food insufficient.  They are struggling to put weekly meals on the table, unable to provide a feast this November. As most of you are aware, food cost inflation has impacted everyone, especially those who are more in need.  Our supplier partners have notified us that turkey prices will be up considerably again this holiday season. It is recommended that we should order earlier than usual to be assured adequate supply and a more reasonable price than if we wait until later in the fall.

Matthew 25 is excited to once again promote our Annual Turkey Drive!  Anyone can participate.  It doesn’t matter if you are unable to attend church.  We will collect money, place the order, and deliver your turkeys to Seeds of Hope Food Pantry on November 14th, 2022. It’s so easy… all you need to do is fill out the form below and mail it by October 24th.  The cost per turkey is $35.  You can make a donation directly through Vanco and type “Turkey Drive” under Matthew 25. You can also make a check payable to Annunciation Church and in the memo write “M25 Turkey Drive.”  Of course, you’re always welcome to bring your own turkey to church if you prefer.  If you choose to bring your own turkey or have any questions, please email us at  Matthew 25 will also be donating a few turkeys to the Homeless Ministry . 

Thank you so much for supporting us and being a part of feeding families this Thanksgiving.  Continue to drop off any food donations in our bins throughout the months of September, October and November.  Fixings are always appreciated this time of year along with any other non-perishable foods you might like to donate.

Friendly Reminders

Bulletin Announcements

Please submit your material by Tuesday noon for the upcoming Sunday’s bulletin.
Your submission should be an editable document (Word, Publisher, Google Doc, Pages), as well as your final PDF document. Avoid dark page backgrounds and use white because it is easier to read and ‘lighter’ to include on our e-bulletin. Please 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 are subject to editing for content, clarity, and space.

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.


Stewardship Update

Stewardship Reflection

The chief virtue that characterizes the Christian steward is humility. This virtue is widely thought of as a form of self-abasement. That understanding, however, is off the mark. Humility is simply the awareness of who (and Whose) we truly are. 

On the one hand, we are children of the Most High God who loved us into existence and who, by virtue of our Baptism, have the Holy Trinity dwelling within us. On the other hand, we are children who are completely dependent on God for our existence and for every breath we take.

Our Lord speaks of true humility in our Gospel passage from Luke, telling the parable of the guests invited to a wedding banquet and instructing us not to seek a place of honor at the banquet table lest a more distinguished guest arrives and we are asked to move to a lower place. 

Jesus has much more in mind here than an etiquette lesson. He is reminding us that all glory belongs to God. The visual image He offers in having to slink down to a lower seat at the table points out how silly we are when we forget to give God credit for our blessings and talents. 

On the other hand, when we live in humility — recognizing that all we have is a gift from God and using those gifts to serve Him and others — then God “exalts” us by filling us with even more of Himself and His grace.

Jesus encourages us to serve and share our blessings with people facing circumstances that would make it impossible for them to offer us any worldly advantage or prestige — “the poor, the crippled, the lame.”  

Our attitude and how we serve and share should be centered on true humility — recognizing that we are all “little” ones in the eyes of God. We are all His children, brothers, and sisters invited to our Father’s heavenly banquet. 

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

Please make all your church donations via:

  • Regular Sustaining Stewardship payments through Vanco Faith, your bank’s bill payer, personal checks, or cash at the church office.
  • Great Lent donations through Vanco or cash/checks at the narthex.
  • Candle donations through Vanco or cash/checks at the narthex.

Thank you for your generosity


Golden Thyranoixia Anniversary. Celebrating 50 Years in Elkins Park


Annunciation/Evangelismos Church Golden Thyranoixia Gala

Saturday, November 5th, 2022. 5-10:30 pm.

Green Valley Country Club, Plymouth Meeting, PA.


Dancing, Dinner, Live Music, Cocktails, and Visuals take us through our first 50 years at Elkins Park as a Church Community – and unlock the many possibilities of our future! 

We will be blessed with the presence of His Eminence Archbishop Elpidophoros and His Grace Bishop Apostolos.


Your participation will make this a wonderful success!

For more information, please contact the church office (215-635-0316), Mary O’Hara, or Christine Ferrello (co-chairs).

We are creating a Commemorative Album for the event. This will be gifted to each family attending the Golden Thyranoixia Gala.

A portion of the proceeds will benefit our Capital Campaign. Please contact Marina Blackton or Peter Gouris for further information.


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, Dimitra, Joyce, Efthimia, Sophia, Noel, Kyriaki, Mary, Maria, Betty, Lisa, Dennis, Sandi, Karl, Athena, Andy, Eugene,  Philip, Donna, Anthony, Aurora.
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: Kimberly & Anthony Alfaro, Christina & Peter Skoutelas, Carol & Frank Voutsinos, Krystin & Constantine Avgiris, Christine & Peter Georgiou, Georgia & Antonios Pitsakis, Karen & Christos Romas, Connie & Harry Bandy, Christina & Demetrios Staurinos, Peristera & Michael Browne, Maria & Anastasios Rigalos, Caitlyn & Nikolaos Tsiakanikas, Lisa & Charles Crits, Eugenia & Panagiotis Giannoumis, Joyce & Timothy Sutcliffe.

Χρόνια πολλά & ευλογηµένα! God grant you many years! To those who are celebrating birthdays this coming week: Ursula Glazewska, Jennifer Kyriakodis, Scott Mcleod, Nicholas Zombolas, Nicholas Christman, Thomas Dinneen, Paraskeve Gardner, Lazaros Ioakimidis, Sofia Mitsas, Elise Pasles, Aspasia Varoumas, Alfredo Yiannateli, Kiriaki Godshall, Kristina Kapotas, Jane Papacostas, Chris Fifis, Matthew Gouvakis, Vasiliki Gouvakis, Peter Hadgimallis, Stefanos Mitsas, Demetrios Malitas, Christopher Markos, James Kambouris, Eugenios Dardeshi, Jacklyn Gouris, Nina Heinze, James Papacostas, George Vlahos.


Gospel and Epistle Readings

Epistle Reading

Prokeimenon. Grave Mode. Psalm 28.11,1.
The Lord will give strength to his people.
Verse: Bring to the Lord, O sons of God, bring to the Lord honor and glory.

The reading is from St. Paul's Second Letter to the Corinthians 6:1-10.

Brethren, working together with him, we entreat you not to accept the grace of God in vain. For he says, "At the acceptable time I have listened to you, and helped you on the day of salvation." Behold, now is the acceptable time; behold, now is the day of salvation. We put no obstacle in any one's way, so that no fault may be found with our ministry, but as servants of God we commend ourselves in every way: through great endurance, in afflictions, hardships, calamities, beatings, imprisonments, tumults, labors, watching, hunger; by purity, knowledge, forbearance, kindness, the Holy Spirit, genuine love, truthful speech, and the power of God; with the weapons of righteousness for the right hand and for the left; in honor and dishonor, in ill repute and good repute. We are treated as impostors, and yet are true; as unknown, and yet well known; as dying, and behold we live; as punished, and yet not killed; as sorrowful, yet always rejoicing; as poor, yet making many rich; as having nothing, and yet possessing everything.

Προκείμενον. Grave Mode. ΨΑΛΜΟΙ 28.11,1.
Κύριος ἰσχὺν τῷ λαῷ αὐτοῦ δώσει.
Στίχ. Ἐνέγκατε τῷ Κυρίῳ υἱοὶ Θεοῦ, ἐνέγκατε τῷ Κυρίῳ δόξαν καὶ τιμήν.

τὸ Ἀνάγνωσμα Πρὸς Κορινθίους β' 6:1-10.

Ἀδελφοί, συνεργοῦντες δὲ καὶ παρακαλοῦμεν μὴ εἰς κενὸν τὴν χάριν τοῦ θεοῦ δέξασθαι ὑμᾶς - λέγει γάρ, Καιρῷ δεκτῷ ἐπήκουσά σου, καὶ ἐν ἡμέρᾳ σωτηρίας ἐβοήθησά σοι· ἰδού, νῦν καιρὸς εὐπρόσδεκτος, ἰδού, νῦν ἡμέρα σωτηρίας - μηδεμίαν ἐν μηδενὶ διδόντες προσκοπήν, ἵνα μὴ μωμηθῇ ἡ διακονία· ἀλλʼ ἐν παντὶ συνιστῶντες ἑαυτοὺς ὡς θεοῦ διάκονοι, ἐν ὑπομονῇ πολλῇ, ἐν θλίψεσιν, ἐν ἀνάγκαις, ἐν στενοχωρίαις, ἐν πληγαῖς, ἐν φυλακαῖς, ἐν ἀκαταστασίαις, ἐν κόποις, ἐν ἀγρυπνίαις, ἐν νηστείαις, ἐν ἁγνότητι, ἐν γνώσει, ἐν μακροθυμίᾳ, ἐν χρηστότητι, ἐν πνεύματι ἁγίῳ, ἐν ἀγάπῃ ἀνυποκρίτῳ, ἐν λόγῳ ἀληθείας, ἐν δυνάμει θεοῦ, διὰ τῶν ὅπλων τῆς δικαιοσύνης τῶν δεξιῶν καὶ ἀριστερῶν, διὰ δόξης καὶ ἀτιμίας, διὰ δυσφημίας καὶ εὐφημίας· ὡς πλάνοι καὶ ἀληθεῖς· ὡς ἀγνοούμενοι, καὶ ἐπιγινωσκόμενοι· ὡς ἀποθνῄσκοντες, καὶ ἰδού, ζῶμεν· ὡς παιδευόμενοι, καὶ μὴ θανατούμενοι· ὡς λυπούμενοι, ἀεὶ δὲ χαίροντες· ὡς πτωχοί, πολλοὺς δὲ πλουτίζοντες· ὡς μηδὲν ἔχοντες, καὶ πάντα κατέχοντες.

Gospel Reading

2nd Sunday of Luke
The Reading is from Luke 6:31-36

The Lord said, "As you wish that men would do to you, do so to them. If you love those who love you, what credit is that to you? For even sinners love those who love them. And if you do good to those who do good to you, what credit is that to you? For even sinners do the same. And if you lend to those from whom you hope to receive, what credit is that to you? Even sinners lend to sinners, to receive as much again. But love your enemies, and do good, and lend, expecting nothing in return; and your reward will be great, and you will be sons of the Most High; for he is kind to the ungrateful and the selfish. Be merciful, even as your Father is merciful."

2nd Sunday of Luke
Κατὰ Λουκᾶν 6:31-36

Εἶπεν ὁ Κύριος· καθὼς θέλετε ἵνα ποιῶσιν ὑμῖν οἱ ἄνθρωποι, ποιεῖτε αὐτοῖς ὁμοίως. καὶ εἰ ἀγαπᾶτε τοὺς ἀγαπῶντας ὑμᾶς, ποία ὑμῖν χάρις ἐστί; καὶ γὰρ οἱ ἁμαρτωλοὶ τοὺς ἀγαπῶντας αὐτοὺς ἀγαπῶσι. καὶ ἐὰν ἀγαθοποιῆτε τοὺς ἀγαθοποιοῦντας ὑμᾶς, ποία ὑμῖν χάρις ἐστί; καὶ γὰρ οἱ ἁμαρτωλοὶ τὸ αὐτὸ ποιοῦσι. καὶ ἐὰν δανείζητε παρ᾿ ὧν ἐλπίζετε ἀπολαβεῖν, ποία ὑμῖν χάρις ἐστί; καὶ γὰρ ἁμαρτωλοὶ ἁμαρτωλοῖς δανείζουσιν ἵνα ἀπολάβωσι τὰ ἴσα. πλὴν ἀγαπᾶτε τοὺς ἐχθροὺς ὑμῶν καὶ ἀγαθοποιεῖτε καὶ δανείζετε μηδὲν ἀπελπίζοντες, καὶ ἔσται ὁ μισθὸς ὑμῶν πολύς, καὶ ἔσεσθε υἱοὶ ὑψίστου, ὅτι αὐτὸς χρηστός ἐστιν ἐπὶ τοὺς ἀχαρίστους καὶ πονηρούς. Γίνεσθε οὖν οἰκτίρμονες, καθὼς καὶ ὁ πατὴρ ὑμῶν οἰκτίρμων ἐστί.


Saints and Feasts

October 02

The Holy Hieromartyr Cyprian and the Virgin Martyr Justina

Saint Justina who was from Damascus, lived in virginity for the sake of Christ. Saint Cyprian, who was from Antioch, began as an initiate of magic and worshipper of the demons. A certain foolish young man who had been smitten with Justina's beauty hired Cyprian to draw her to love him; when Cyprian had wed every demonic device he knew, and had failed, being repulsed by the power of Christ Whom Justina invoked, he understood the weakness of the demons and came to know the truth. Delivered from demonic delusion, he came to Christ and burned all his books of magic, was baptized, and later ascended the episcopal throne in his country. Later, he and Justina were arrested by the Count of Damascus, and having endured many torments at his hands, they were sent finally to Diocletian in Nicomedia, where they were beheaded about the year 304.

October 03

Dionysios the Areopagite

This Saint was from Athens, a learned man, and a member of the famous judicial court of Mars Hill (in Greek Aeros Pagos, hence the name Areopagite (see Acts 17:19-34). When Saint Paul preached in Athens, he was one of the first there to believe in Christ, and, according to some, became the first bishop of that city. Others say -- and this may be more probable--that he was the second Bishop of Athens, after Saint Hierotheus, whom Dionysios calls his friend and teacher "after Paul" (On the Divine Names, 3:2). With Saint Hierotheus he was also present at the Dormition of the most holy Theotokos; the Doxasticon of the Aposticha for the service of the Dormition is partly taken from a passage in Chapter III of On the Divine Names. According to ancient tradition, he received a martyr's end (according to some, in Athens itself) about the year 96.


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