Annunciation/Evangelismos Church, Elkins Park, PA
Publish Date: 2023-05-28
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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.

Sunday of the Holy Fathers, May 28, 2023
Κυριακὴ τῶν Ἁγίων Πατέρων, 28 Μαΐου, 2023. Το κήρυγμα της Κυριακής εδώ.

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

  • There are no Catechism classes today.
  • Memorial: Join us in offering memorial prayers for the peaceful repose of the souls of Miltiadis Valais (2 years) and Stellios Haralambous (7 years) of blessed memory.
  • Coffee Fellowship: hosted by PTO.

Thursday, June 1, 2023

  • Homeless Ministry: Summer Water Drive begins.
  • 7 pm YMC/ Youth Calendar meeting.

Friday, June 2, 2023

  • 6 pm GOYA: Top Golf

Saturday of Souls, June 3, 2023

  • 8:30 am MATINS, 9:30 am DIVINE LITURGY. Please submit here the names of your loved departed ones to be commemorated.
  • Memorial: Join us in offering memorial prayers for the peaceful repose of the soul of Sofia Fotou (2 years, beloved mother of Vaso Trifonidis) of blessed memory.
  • 12 pm Graveside trisagion prayers at Lawnview Cemetery.
  • 1:30 pm Graveside trisagion prayers at Whitemarsh Memorial Park.

Holy Pentecost Sunday, June 4, 2023

  • 8:30 am MATINS (English), 9:30 am DIVINE LITURGY (English) with the KNEELING VESPERS OF PENTECOST.
  • Last day for Catechism classes.
  • Community Pentecost Potluck Luncheon.
  • 12:30 pm Baptism: Kernaghan family.

Monday of the Holy Spirit June 5, 2023

  • 8:30 am MATINS, 9:30 am DIVINE LITURGY
  • 7 pm Philoptochos Board meeting.

Youth Ministries

Wanted! 2023 Graduates of Annunciation/Evangelismos Church

Our community will honor the accomplishments of this year’s graduates on All Saints Sunday, June 11, 2023, at the conclusion of the divine liturgy.
We invite you to submit the names of high school, vocational-technical school, and college/university graduates, and share with your church community the acknowledgment of their achievements. Winter graduates will also be acknowledged at this time.
Please complete this form and email us a picture of your graduate by Sunday, May 28, 2023.

Our PTO will host a a buffet luncheon in your honor.

GOYA Activities

The Phillies Hellenic Heritage Night is on June 6!

When you use this LINK to purchase your tickets, part of the proceeds will benefit our GOYA.
EVERYONE is welcome!

Register your child (ren) now for September 2023!

Catechism School, HOPE, JOY, & GOYA Youth Groups, Altar Servers, Greek Language & Culture School, Basketball, and Greek Folk Dance. One-stop online registration here: 2023-2024 Annunciation/Evangelismos Youth Ministries Registration

Greek School News


Thank you, Greek School Families! Our end-of-year picnic was so amazing with all of you there! While the children had the opportunity to all be together in an open-air environment, being together was the best part.

All our students have an impression on all of us in more ways than they’ll ever know – so for that, I THANK YOU for keeping them close to our church community here at Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church. I am so proud of all our students’ flexibility, positivity, and resilience during this year.
Now they all can enjoy a sweet summer, and we look forward to seeing them all again in a few months.

Have a happy summer! They deserve it!

Ευχαριστούμε της οικογένειες του Ελληνικού σχολείο μας! Το πικνίκ μας για το τέλος της χρονιάς ήταν τόσο εκπληκτικό με όλους εσάς εκεί! Τα παιδιά είχαν την ευκαιρία να είναι όλα μαζί σε ένα ανοιχτό περιβάλλον, αλλά το να είναι μαζί είναι για μένα, το καλύτερο μέρος.

Όλοι οι μαθητές μας έχουν κάνει μια μεγάλη εντύπωση με περισσότερους τρόπους από ό,τι θα ξέρουν ποτέ - γι' αυτό ΣΑΣ ΕΥΧΑΡΙΣΤΩ που τους κρατήσατε κοντά στην εκκλησιαστική μας κοινότητα εδώ στην Ελληνική Ορθόδοξη Εκκλησία του Ευαγγελισμού της Θεοτόκου. Είμαι τόσο περήφανη για την ευελιξία, τη θετικότητα και την ανθεκτικότητα όλων των μαθητών μας κατά τη διάρκεια αυτής της χρονιάς.

Τώρα μπορούν όλοι να απολαύσουν ένα γλυκό καλοκαίρι καθώς θα ανυπομονούμε να τους ξαναδούμε όλους σε λίγους μήνες.

Καλό καλοκαίρι! Το αξίζουν!

Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church Greek School is HIRING!

As our Greek School continues to grow, we are in high demand! In order to accommodate all our future students, we need your help.

Looking to hire teachers for our 2023-24 school year!

Contact Debbie Sourias at 215.407.1872
Qualifications: Fluent in the Greek language

Greek Language Classes for Adults Offered Virtually Through Zoom

Details and registration here

Registration Deadline: September 17, 2023.
Classes Begin: Week of September 26.
Class Schedule:

  • Beginner I: Thursdays at 6:30 pm
  • Beginner II: Wednesdays at 6:00 pm
  • Intermediate: Tuesdays at 6:30 pm


Community News & Events

Looking Ahead Beyond Next Week

Saturday of Souls before Pentecost Memorial Service, June 3, 2023

The church teaches us that those who have fallen asleep are not dead but still alive in Christ Jesus! In its very essence, prayer for the dead is a proclamation of the Resurrection of Christ. This is a central reoccurring theme for the Saturday of the Souls. Therefore, it is imperative for us, the living, to remember our loved ones who have passed on and pray that the Lord accepts them into His heavenly kingdom.

Please submit here by 3 pm Friday 6/2/23 the names of your loved departed ones to be commemorated.

If you submit your names electronically, you don't have to re-submit them in writing when you attend liturgy in person. 

Matins begin at 8:30 am, and we kindly ask you to bring your koliva (memorial wheat) and printed names to church no later than 9 am on Saturday. Ushers on duty will be here to assist you. We will share a coffee fellowship hour after the liturgy.

Fr. John will visit Lawnview Cemetery and Whitemarsh Memorial Park afterward to offer graveside Trisagion prayers for those who are resting there.

Homeless Ministry News

Thanks to your generous donations and caring hearts, the Homeless Ministry delivered 25 OPA Meals and koulourakia from our church festival to help recently released women.

Please take a minute to read the thank you letter below from WHY NOT PROSPER.

In Christ's service,

The Homeless Ministry


Dear Annunciation Church community,   

I am writing this letter to thank you from the bottom of my heart for providing OPA meals for the recently released women and hygiene supplies for our care baskets. This generosity has helped us to support those in need and we are infinitely grateful for the love and support.  

We are honored that out of all the non-profit organizations that you could give to, you chose us. We have greatly enjoyed collaborating with you and we look forward to the opportunity to partner with you again in the near future.  

Thank you again,  

Rev. Michelle Anne Simmons 

CEO & Founder 

Why Not Prosper, Inc.


2022 Annual Report to the Community


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 Acts of the Apostles 20:16-18, 28-36.

IN THOSE DAYS, Paul had decided to sail past Ephesos, so that he might not have to spend time in Asia; for he was hastening to be at Jerusalem, if possible, on the day of Pentecost. And from Miletos he sent to Ephesos and called to him the elders of the church. And when they came to him, he said to them: "Take heed to yourselves and to all the flock, in which the Holy Spirit has made you overseers, to care for the church of God which he obtained with the blood of his own Son. I know that after my departure fierce wolves will come in among you, not sparing the flock; and from among your own selves will arise men speaking perverse things, to draw away the disciples after them. Therefore be alert, remembering that for three years I did not cease night or day to admonish every one with tears. And now I commend you to God and to the word of his grace, which is able to build you up and to give you the inheritance among all those who are sanctified. I coveted no one's silver or gold or apparel. You yourselves know that these hands ministered to my necessities, and to those who were with me. In all things I have shown you that by so toiling one must help the weak, remembering the words of the Lord Jesus, how he said, 'it is more blessed to give than to receive.' " And when he had spoken thus, he knelt down and prayed with them all.

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 Πράξεις Ἀποστόλων 20:16-18, 28-36.

Ἐν ταῖς ἡμεραῖς ἐκείναις, ἔκρινεν ὁ Παῦλος παραπλεῦσαι τὴν Ἔφεσον, ὅπως μὴ γένηται αὐτῷ χρονοτριβῆσαι ἐν τῇ Ἀσίᾳ· ἔσπευδεν γάρ, εἰ δυνατὸν ἦν αὐτῷ, τὴν ἡμέραν τῆς Πεντηκοστῆς γενέσθαι εἰς Ἱεροσόλυμα. Ἀπὸ δὲ τῆς Μιλήτου πέμψας εἰς Ἔφεσον μετεκαλέσατο τοὺς πρεσβυτέρους τῆς ἐκκλησίας. Ὡς δὲ παρεγένοντο πρὸς αὐτόν, εἶπεν αὐτοῖς, προσέχετε οὖν ἑαυτοῖς καὶ παντὶ τῷ ποιμνίῳ, ἐν ᾧ ὑμᾶς τὸ πνεῦμα τὸ ἅγιον ἔθετο ἐπισκόπους, ποιμαίνειν τὴν ἐκκλησίαν τοῦ κυρίου καὶ θεοῦ, ἣν περιεποιήσατο διὰ τοῦ ἰδίου αἵματος. Ἐγὼ γὰρ οἶδα τοῦτο, ὅτι εἰσελεύσονται μετὰ τὴν ἄφιξίν μου λύκοι βαρεῖς εἰς ὑμᾶς, μὴ φειδόμενοι τοῦ ποιμνίου· καὶ ἐξ ὑμῶν αὐτῶν ἀναστήσονται ἄνδρες λαλοῦντες διεστραμμένα, τοῦ ἀποσπᾷν τοὺς μαθητὰς ὀπίσω αὐτῶν. Διὸ γρηγορεῖτε, μνημονεύοντες ὅτι τριετίαν νύκτα καὶ ἡμέραν οὐκ ἐπαυσάμην μετὰ δακρύων νουθετῶν ἕνα ἕκαστον. Καὶ τὰ νῦν παρατίθεμαι ὑμᾶς, ἀδελφοί, τῷ θεῷ καὶ τῷ λόγῳ τῆς χάριτος αὐτοῦ, τῷ δυναμένῳ ἐποικοδομῆσαι, καὶ δοῦναι ὑμῖν κληρονομίαν ἐν τοῖς ἡγιασμένοις πᾶσιν. Ἀργυρίου ἢ χρυσίου ἢ ἱματισμοῦ οὐδενὸς ἐπεθύμησα. Αὐτοὶ γινώσκετε ὅτι ταῖς χρείαις μου καὶ τοῖς οὖσιν μετʼ ἐμοῦ ὑπηρέτησαν αἱ χεῖρες αὗται. Πάντα ὑπέδειξα ὑμῖν, ὅτι οὕτως κοπιῶντας δεῖ ἀντιλαμβάνεσθαι τῶν ἀσθενούντων, μνημονεύειν τε τῶν λόγων τοῦ κυρίου Ἰησοῦ, ὅτι αὐτὸς εἶπεν, Μακάριόν ἐστιν μᾶλλον διδόναι ἢ λαμβάνειν. Καὶ ταῦτα εἰπών, θεὶς τὰ γόνατα αὐτοῦ, σὺν πᾶσιν αὐτοῖς προσηύξατο.

Gospel Reading

Fathers of the 1st Council
The Reading is from John 17:1-13

At that time, Jesus lifted up his eyes to heaven and said, "Father, the hour has come; glorify your Son that the Son may glorify you, since you have given him power over all flesh, to give eternal life to all whom you have given him. And this is eternal life, that they know you the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom you have sent. I glorified you on earth, having accomplished the work which you gave me to do; and now, Father, you glorify me in your own presence with the glory which I had with you before the world was made.

"I have manifested your name to the men whom you gave me out of the world; yours they were, and you gave them to me, and they have kept your word. Now they know that everything that you have given me is from you; for I have given them the words which you gave me, and they have received them and know in truth that I came from you; and they have believed that you did send me. I am praying for them; I am not praying for the world but for those whom you have given me, for they are mine; all mine are yours, and yours are mine, and I am glorified in them. And now I am no more in the world, but they are in the world, and I am coming to you. Holy Father, keep them in your name, which you have given me, that they may be one, even as we are one. While I was with them, I kept them in your name, which you have given me; I have guarded them, and none of them is lost but the son of perdition, that the scripture might be fulfilled. But now I am coming to you; and these things I speak in the world, that they may have my joy fulfilled in themselves."

Fathers of the 1st Council
Κατὰ Ἰωάννην 17:1-13

Τῷ καιρῷ ἐκείνῳ, ὁ ᾿Ιησοῦς, καὶ ἐπῆρε τοὺς ὀφθαλμοὺς αὐτοῦ εἰς τὸν οὐρανὸν καὶ εἶπε· πάτερ, ἐλήλυθεν ἡ ὥρα· δόξασόν σου τὸν υἱόν, ἵνα καὶ ὁ υἱός σου δοξάσῃ σε, καθὼς ἔδωκας αὐτῷ ἐξουσίαν πάσης σαρκός, ἵνα πᾶν ὃ δέδωκας αὐτῷ δώσῃ αὐτοῖς ζωὴν αἰώνιον. αὕτη δέ ἐστιν ἡ αἰώνιος ζωή, ἵνα γινώσκωσί σε τὸν μόνον ἀληθινὸν Θεὸν καὶ ὃν ἀπέστειλας ᾿Ιησοῦν Χριστόν. ἐγώ σε ἐδόξασα ἐπὶ τῆς γῆς, τὸ ἔργον ἐτελείωσα ὃ δέδωκάς μοι ἵνα ποιήσω· καὶ νῦν δόξασόν με σύ, πάτερ, παρὰ σεαυτῷ τῇ δόξῃ ᾗ εἶχον πρὸ τοῦ τὸν κόσμον εἶναι παρὰ σοί. ᾿Εφανέρωσά σου τὸ ὄνομα τοῖς ἀνθρώποις οὓς δέδωκάς μοι ἐκ τοῦ κόσμου. σοὶ ἦσαν καὶ ἐμοὶ αὐτοὺς δέδωκας, καὶ τὸν λόγον σου τετηρήκασι. νῦν ἔγνωκαν ὅτι πάντα ὅσα δέδωκάς μοι παρὰ σοῦ ἐστιν· ὅτι τὰ ῥήματα ἃ δέδωκάς μοι δέδωκα αὐτοῖς, καὶ αὐτοὶ ἔλαβον, καὶ ἔγνωσαν ἀληθῶς ὅτι παρὰ σοῦ ἐξῆλθον, καὶ ἐπίστευσαν ὅτι σύ με ἀπέστειλας. ᾿Εγὼ περὶ αὐτῶν ἐρωτῶ· οὐ περὶ τοῦ κόσμου ἐρωτῶ, ἀλλὰ περὶ ὧν δέδωκάς μοι, ὅτι σοί εἰσι, καὶ τὰ ἐμὰ πάντα σά ἐστι καὶ τὰ σὰ ἐμά, καὶ δεδόξασμαι ἐν αὐτοῖς. καὶ οὐκέτι εἰμὶ ἐν τῷ κόσμῳ, καὶ οὗτοι ἐν τῷ κόσμῳ εἰσί, καὶ ἐγὼ πρὸς σὲ ἔρχομαι. πάτερ ἅγιε, τήρησον αὐτοὺς ἐν τῷ ὀνόματί σου ᾧ δέδωκάς μοι, ἵνα ὦσιν ἓν καθὼς ἡμεῖς. ὅτε ἤμην μετ᾽ αὐτῶν ἐν τῷ κόσμῳ, ἐγὼ ἐτήρουν αὐτοὺς ἐν τῷ ὀνόματί σου· οὓς δέδωκάς μοι ἐφύλαξα, καὶ οὐδεὶς ἐξ αὐτῶν ἀπώλετο εἰ μὴ ὁ υἱὸς τῆς ἀπωλείας, ἵνα ἡ γραφὴ πληρωθῇ. νῦν δὲ πρὸς σὲ ἔρχομαι, καὶ ταῦτα λαλῶ ἐν τῷ κόσμῳ ἵνα ἔχωσι τὴν χαρὰν τὴν ἐμὴν πεπληρωμένην ἐν αὐτοῖς.


Saints and Feasts

May 28

Fathers of the 1st Council

The heresiarch Arius was a Libyan by race and a protopresbyter of the Church of Alexandria. In 315, he began to blaspheme against the Son and Word of God, saying that He is not true God, consubstantial with the Father, but is rather a work and creation, alien to the essence and glory of the Father, and that there was a time when He was not. This frightful blasphemy shook the faithful of Alexandria. Alexander, his Archbishop, after trying in vain to correct him through admonitions, cut him off from communion and finally in a local council deposed him in the year 321. Yet neither did the blasphemer wish to be corrected, nor did he cease sowing the deadly tares of his heretical teachings; but writing to the bishops of other cities, Arius and his followers requested that his doctrine be examined, and if it were unsound, that the correct teaching be declared to him. By this means, his heresy became universally known and won many supporters, so that the whole Church was soon in an uproar.

Therefore, moved by divine zeal, the first Christian Sovereign, Saint Constantine the Great, the equal to the Apostles, summoned the renowned First Ecumenical Council in Nicaea, a city of Bithynia. It was there that the shepherds and teachers of the Church of Christ gathered from all regions in the year 325. All of them, with one mouth and one voice, declared that the Son and Word of God is one in essence with the Father, true God of true God, and they composed the holy Symbol of Faith up to the seventh article (since the remainder, beginning with "And in the Holy Spirit," was completed by the Second Ecumenical Council). Thus they anathematized the impious Arius of evil belief and those of like mind with him, and cut them off as rotten members from the whole body of the faithful.

Therefore, recognizing the divine Fathers as heralds of the Faith after the divine Apostles, the Church of Christ has appointed this present Sunday for their annual commemoration, in thanksgiving and unto the glory of God, unto their praise and honour, and unto the strengthening of the true Faith.


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: The families who lost loved ones and the homeless and displaced due to the devastating earthquake in Türkiye and Syria; suffering and persecuted Christians arround the world; Kyriaki, Maria, Betty, Lisa, Dennis, Sandi, Karl, Athena, Andy, Philip, Donna, Lucy, John, Smaragdi, Josephine, Emma, Paulette, Virginia, Effie, James, Grace.
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: Christina & Leontios Diamantas, Helen & Carl Freedman, Angela & George Gaugler, Mary & Paul Koutsouros, Rose & George Kagiavas, Maria & Christopher Morris, Hanna & Anastasios Apostolidis, Sophia & Russell Penning, Carly & Efthymios Vlahos, Kalliroi & Vasilios Lebotesis.

Χρόνια πολλά & ευλογηµένα! God grant you many years! To those who are celebrating birthdays this coming week: Brian Holahan, Ekaterini Kontogeorgos, Andriana Pieces, Christos Romas, Angela Roscioli, Alexandra Trivelis, James Ballas, Christine Bouikidis, Ryder Hunsicker, Anthony Prousi, Angelo Labrinakos, Nicholas Mitsas, Alexander Zeka, Demitra Zissios, Dena Zissios, Christopher Avgiris, Seamus Couppas, Stacey Metsikas, Alexander Prieston, Olivia Trifonidis, Brian Wittig, Christopher Zombolas, Thomas Fournaris, Charles Henderson, Bonnie Koletas, Eleftherios Psoras, John Perry, Georgianna Sandilos, George Steiros, Christopher Barletta, Argero Hagiandreu, Anastasios Pappas, Evangelos Pappas, Dominique Tsaketas, Janine Zanikos.

Our deepest sympathy: To the Zissios and Moros families for the loss of their beloved wife, mother, and grandmother, Maria (Moros) Zissios, 68, of blessed memory, who reposed in the Lord on May 12, 2023. Her funeral was on May 19, 2023. May her memory be eternal.

To the Yiantsos, Marcantonis, and Franchetti families for the loss of their beloved wife, mother, and grandmother, Ekaterini Yiantsos, 60, of blessed memory, who reposed in the Lord on May 16, 2023. Her funeral was on May 22, 2023. May her memory be eternal.



Stewardship Update

Monthly Stewardship Communication

Click here for our new Monthly Stewardship Communication

How do I Become a Sustaining Steward?

A. Go to and:

  1. fill out the Family Information Form (first-time registration or annual update)
  2. fill out the Online Pledge Form and choose your payment method (auto-debit from a debit card, credit card, or checking account through Vanco; your personal check; or your bank’s bill payer service).

B. Alternatively, you can fill out your family and pledge information on the 2023 Tιme, Talent & Treasure card you received in the mail and return it to the parish office.

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. If you have an end date on your scheduled contributions, please enter a new schedule to reflect your new level of commitment for 2023. If you don't have an end date, please delete your current schedule and set up a new contributions schedule to reflect your new level of commitment. If you need help with this, please give us a call at the parish office and we can do it with you. 215-635-0316.

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


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