Annunciation/Evangelismos Church, Elkins Park, PA
Publish Date: 2022-01-23
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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

COVID & Church Attendance

  • The two outer sections are for those who wish to distance themselves socially. The seating is limited to every other pew.
  • The two middle sections are for those who can distance themselves at their own discretion. Every pew is open.

We strongly encourage everyone to wear masks while in the church building regardless of their vaccination status.

  • For those unable to attend in person, install the GOA 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.

14th Sunday of Luke, January 23, 2022

Κυριακὴ ΙΔʹ τοῦ Λουκᾶ, 23 Ιανουαρίου, 2022. Το κήρυγμα εδώ

  • 8:30 am MATINS (All English), 9:30 am DIVINE LITURGY (All English)
  • Catechism School classes after Holy Communion.
  • GOYA invites all to the kalosorisma/fellowship hour after the liturgy.
  • Greek School Three Hierarchs Celebration.
  • 12 pm GOYA Sights & Sound practice.
  • 1 pm Baptism: The Kagiavas family.

Tuesday, January 25, 2022
Gregory the Theologian, Archbishop of Constantinople

  • 8:30am MATINS, 9:30am DIVINE LITURGY.
  • 5 pm Greek School classes.
  • 6:30 pm Intermediate Adult Greek class.
  • 7 pm Council of Ministries quarterly meeting.

Wednesday, January 26, 2022

  • 6 pm Advanced Adult Greek class.

Friday, January 28, 2022

  • 5 pm Greek School classes.
  • 6:30 pm GOYA Sights & Sound practice.
  • 7 pm Beginners Adult Greek class.

Sunday, January 30, 2022
Synaxis of The Three Hierarchs: Basil the Great, Gregory the Theologian, & John Chrysostom

  • 8:30am MATINS, 9:30am DIVINE LITURGY.
  • Catechism School classes after Holy Communion.
  • The Hellenic University Club of Philadelphia offers the artoklasia (blessing of the wine, oil, and bread) for the health and well-being of their members.
  • Philoptochos invites all to the kalosorisma/fellowship hour after the liturgy.
  • 12 pm GOYA Sights & Sound practice.

Youth Activities and News

GOYA Activities

The eye is the lamp of the body. If your eyes are healthy, your whole body will be full of light.” - Matthew 6:22. 

While Christ is the ultimate healer, Orthodox Christians often pray to Agia Paraskevi to cure them of blindness and other eye ailments. A martyr due to her devout profession of Christianity in pagan Rome, Agia Paraskevi saved herself from an earlier execution by curing the Emperor’s blindness. Multiple miracles related to vision and eyesight continue to be attributed to her in the present day.

Glasses are an accessible resource that easily improves the quality of sight; however, one billion people are unable to acquire or afford proper eyewear. Millions of children suffer without glasses to assist them in everyday activities. GOYA is collecting new or gently used eyewear for One Sight, an organization dedicated to making eyewear accessible.

Please donate to help others see a better quality of light. The collection box will be located across from the parish office.

Agia Paraskevi Project: GOYA is collecting gently used or new eyewear for One Sight


Community News & Events

Epiphany In-person and Drop-off House Blessings

Due to the rising cases of the Omicron variance in our area, we are instituting a Drop-off House Blessing option in addition to the traditional In-person House Blessing.

If you're at-risk and would still like your home blessed for the Feast of Epiphany, please enter your information here, and Fr. John will come to bless your front door and leave a Holy Water Kit for you to bless the inside. 

Fr. John will do his best to deliver these kits by the end of January.

For the traditional In-person House Blessing, please contact the parish office, (215) 635-0316 based on the House Blessing Schedule you received in your Christmas Package.

Blessed Feast of Theophany and stay safe!

Looking Ahead Beyond Next Week

  • Sunday, February 6: Godparents Sunday
  • Sunday, February 13: Start of the Triodion (three-week pre-Lenten period).
  • Monday, February 28: Spring General Assembly of our parishioners.
  • Saturday, March 5: Lenten Retreat.
  • Sunday, March 6: Parish level St. John Chrysostom Oratorical Festival.
  • Monday, March 7: Start of Great Lent.
  • Sunday, March 13: Greek Independence Day celebration by our Greek School.
  • Sunday, March 20: Greek Independence Day Parade in Philadelphia.
  • Saturday, March 26: Parish nameday & Greek Independence dinner celebration.
  • Sunday, April 24: Great and Holy Pascha.

Homeless Ministry News

The Office of Homeless Services issues a Code Blue when the National Weather Service predicts wind chills of 20 degrees or lower or precipitation with temperatures below 32 degrees. Extra homeless outreach teams will patrol the streets encouraging homeless people to come indoors and avoid prolonged exposure to the elements amid dangerously cold temperatures. This winter, OHS has added 304 beds and 124 Café slots for Code Blue. Persons experiencing homelessness do not need to present ID to enter Code Blue shelters or cafes from the street. They may remain indoors throughout the entire Code Blue period and are encouraged to do so.

Please call Homeless Outreach at 215-232-1984 at any time if you see someone who is homeless and sleeping on the street.

Thank you to all those who participated in the Warm Winter Clothing Drive and our Hope/Joy for their donation of hats and gloves!

Please continue to keep the homeless, especially those we serve that are 

living on the streets, in your prayers during this cold weather. 

In Christ's service,

The Homeless Ministry   

Liturgical Items Needed

Prosforo for the Eucharist. We use 2 –3 loaves on Sunday plus a few more for weekday liturgies.  There will never be too much prosforo in stock.  Please do not hesitate to bring any amount at any time!

If you haven't made it before and are interested in making it, please call the parish office for help with the seal, baking pans, and recipe.

Charcoal briquettes & incense. Donations are appreciated as we purchase specific kind of charcoal & incense.

Thank you!

Pray Together the 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 (Hours, Vespers, Matins, Divine Liturgy, etc.).

Church Wi-Fi:  COA-Guest
Password: coa12345


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, Virginia, George, Maria, Constantino, Panagiotis, Peter, Zoë, Penelope, Panagiotis, Dimitrios,  Alexandra.
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 Chin, William Koutsouros, Viviana Malita, Michael Avrich, George Hionas, Panagiotis Psihogios, Elizabeth Trivelis, Alexandra Vlachos, Alexandra Drobac Diagne, Lambros Karazournias, Nicholas Lucarini, Nicholas Romas, John Avgiris, Urania Staurinos, Adam Anastasiadis, Katerina Botsaris, Aspasia McGrath, Lukas Rodenhausen, Olivia Speir, Joshua Tait, Annamaria Topakas, Isabella Weggel, Nicholas Panagiotakis, Spiro Sisto.

Archdiocese News

SPOTS LEFT! Join us for our New Year series on: How to Make the Church a Place of Healing


This series is a 5-week commitment, which includes a small group led by one of our YES leaders. Beginning on Tuesday, January 25th, 2022 we will come together weekly to have conversations about how to create communities in the Church where our doubt and darkness can be welcomed with love and faced without fear.

Adopt a Yiayia and Pappou Program


This past year and a half, when the COVID-19 pandemic shut down all social gatherings and forced us to stay 6 feet apart, I felt an urge to connect. I took an idea that was brewing within me, and brought it to life. With the help of my priest and GOYA advisor, I launched the Adopt a Yiayia and Pappou Program in my church.

Registration open for the 2nd Annual Teacher Certification Program


The Office of Greek Education in cooperation with The Center for Lifelong Learning at Democritus University of Thrace will once again offer the program entitled: Education and certification in the teaching of Greek as a heritage language for educators in the diaspora, from March 1 to December 30, 2022.

Stewardship Update

Stewardship Reflection

In these most uncertain times, hope is one of the virtues we need most. Hope is the virtue by which we desire the kingdom of heaven and eternal life as our happiness, placing our trust in Christ’s promises and relying not on our strength but the help of the grace of the Holy Spirit .” In many ways, this is the very definition of a stewardship way of life — focusing on eternity as we live our daily lives and relying on God to provide for our needs and satisfy our deepest longings for meaning and happiness right now.

In the Gospel from Luke, Jesus describes the true richness of life that is possible for those of us who are willing to live as his hope-filled disciples. We are all familiar with this passage in which Jesus reveals the Beatitudes: blessed are the poor; they have the kingdom of God. Blessed are those now hungry because they will be satisfied. Blessed are those who weep because they will laugh. Blessed are those who are hated, excluded, and insulted because they are disciples of Jesus; they will be greatly rewarded in heaven. Jesus is describing here the character of one who is living a life of hope – the life of a Christian steward whose trust is firmly rooted in God and who is focused on others and eternity. It is not always an easy life, but it is a deeply meaningful life and one that leads to eternal reward.

With many prayers,

The Stewardship Committee

Stewardship 2022 Campaign is Under Way

You should have received your 2022 personalized Stewardship Pledge Card of Time, Talent, and Treasure in the mail, including our Sustaining Stewardship Initiative information.

If you are already a Sustaining Steward, that is, you have set up regular payments through Vanco or your bank bill payer service:

  • You do not have to fill out a pledge card!
  • Use the 2022 Pledge Card information as a guide to update your giving to reflect your current level of commitment and personal/family situation.
  • Check with your Vanco account or bank bill payer service to ensure that your regular payments continue through 2022.

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

You can support your church from anywhere at any time, including Great Lent, even if you forget to bring cash or your checkbook. Simply use the Vanco Mobile Faith Engagement app to give with your smartphone.

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



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Gospel and Epistle Readings

Epistle Reading

Prokeimenon. Plagal Second Mode. Psalm 27.9,1.
O Lord, save your people and bless your inheritance.
Verse: To you, O Lord, I have cried, O my God.

The reading is from St. Paul's First Letter to Timothy 1:15-17.

Timothy, my son, the saying is sure and worthy of full acceptance, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners. And I am the foremost of sinners; but I received mercy for this reason, that in me, as the foremost, Jesus Christ might display his perfect patience for an example to those who were to believe in him for eternal life. To the King of ages, immortal, invisible, the only God, be honor and glory to the ages of ages. Amen.

Προκείμενον. Plagal Second Mode. ΨΑΛΜΟΙ 27.9,1.
Σῶσον, Κύριε τὸν λαὸν σου καὶ εὐλόγησον τὴν κληρονομίαν σου.
Στίχ. Πρὸς σἐ, Κύριε, κεκράξομαι ὁ Θεός μου.

τὸ Ἀνάγνωσμα Πρὸς Τιμόθεον α' 1:15-17.

Τέκνον Τιμόθεε, πιστὸς ὁ λόγος καὶ πάσης ἀποδοχῆς ἄξιος, ὅτι Χριστὸς Ἰησοῦς ἦλθεν εἰς τὸν κόσμον ἁμαρτωλοὺς σῶσαι, ὧν πρῶτός εἰμι ἐγώ· ἀλλὰ διὰ τοῦτο ἠλεήθην, ἵνα ἐν ἐμοὶ πρώτῳ ἐνδείξηται Ἰησοῦς Χριστὸς τὴν πᾶσαν μακροθυμίαν, πρὸς ὑποτύπωσιν τῶν μελλόντων πιστεύειν ἐπʼ αὐτῷ εἰς ζωὴν αἰώνιον. Τῷ δὲ βασιλεῖ τῶν αἰώνων, ἀφθάρτῳ, ἀοράτῳ, μόνῳ σοφῶ θεῷ, τιμὴ καὶ δόξα εἰς τοὺς αἰῶνας τῶν αἰώνων. Ἀμήν.

Gospel Reading

14th Sunday of Luke
The Reading is from Luke 18:35-43

At that time, as Jesus drew near to Jericho, a blind man was sitting by the roadside begging; and hearing a multitude going by, he inquired what this meant. They told him, "Jesus of Nazareth is passing by." And he cried, "Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!" And those who were in front rebuked him, telling him to be silent; but he cried out all the more, "Son of David, have mercy on me!" And Jesus stopped, and commanded him to be brought to him; and when he came near, he asked him, "What do you want me to do for you?" He said, "Lord, let me receive my sight." And Jesus said to him, "Receive your sight; your faith has made you well." And immediately he received his sight and followed him, glorifying God; and all the people, when they saw it, gave praise to God.

14th Sunday of Luke
Κατὰ Λουκᾶν 18:35-43

Τῷ καιρῷ ἐκείνῳ, ᾿Εγένετο δὲ ἐν τῷ ἐγγίζειν αὐτὸν εἰς ῾Ιεριχὼ τυφλός τις ἐκάθητο παρὰ τὴν ὁδὸν προσαιτῶν· ἀκούσας δὲ ὄχλου διαπορευομένου ἐπυνθάνετο τί εἴη ταῦτα. ἀπήγγειλαν δὲ αὐτῷ ὅτι ᾿Ιησοῦς ὁ Ναζωραῖος παρέρχεται. καὶ ἐβόησε λέγων· ᾿Ιησοῦ υἱὲ Δαυΐδ, ἐλέησόν με· καὶ οἱ προάγοντες ἐπετίμων αὐτῷ ἵνα σιωπήσῃ· αὐτὸς δὲ πολλῷ μᾶλλον ἔκραζεν· υἱὲ Δαυΐδ, ἐλέησόν με. σταθεὶς δὲ ὁ ᾿Ιησοῦς ἐκέλευσεν αὐτὸν ἀχθῆναι πρὸς αὐτόν. ἐγγίσαντος δὲ αὐτοῦ ἐπηρώτησεν αὐτὸν λέγων· τί σοι θέλεις ποιήσω; ὁ δὲ εἶπε· Κύριε, ἵνα ἀναβλέψω. καὶ ὁ ᾿Ιησοῦς εἶπεν αὐτῷ· ἀνάβλεψον· ἡ πίστις σου σέσωκέ σε. καὶ παραχρῆμα ἀνέβλεψε, καὶ ἠκολούθει αὐτῷ δοξάζων τὸν Θεόν· καὶ πᾶς ὁ λαὸς ἰδὼν ἔδωκεν αἶνον τῷ Θεῷ.


Saints and Feasts

January 23

Hieromartyr Clement, Bishop of Ancyra

Saint Clement, who was from Ancyra in Galatia, was the son of an unbelieving father, but a believing mother whose name was Sophia. At first he lived as a monk, later he became the bishop of his city. He suffered so many things in confession of the Faith in Christ, that the time of his sufferings and struggles stretched out over a period of twenty-eight years. Finally he and Saint Agathangelus (who was from Rome) were beheaded together during the reign of Diocletian and Maximian, in the year 296.


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.