Annunciation/Evangelismos Church, Elkins Park, PA
Publish Date: 2022-07-03
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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

  • Following the Montgomery County health department recommendations, wearing a mask is now optional for divine liturgy and all church activities.
  • 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.


3nd Sunday of Matthew, July 3, 2022
Κυριακὴ Γʹ Ματθαίου, 3 Ιουλίου, 2022. Το κήρυγμα εδώ

  • 8:30 am MATINS, 9:30 am DIVINE LITURGY. Fr. Emanuel Pratsinakis celebrates the divine liturgy with us.

4th Sunday of Matthew, July 10, 2022

  • 8:30 am MATINS, 9:30 am DIVINE LITURGY. Fr. Emanuel Pratsinakis will celebrate the divine liturgy with us.

Sunday of the Holy Fathers of the 4th Ecumenical Council, July 17, 2022

  • 8:30 am MATINS, 9:30 am DIVINE LITURGY. Fr. Dennis Rhodes will celebrate the divine liturgy with us.
  • 4 pm Wedding: Soumela Makka & William Telegadis.

Tuesday, July 19, 2022

  • 7 pm Parish Council meeting.

6th Sunday of Matthew, July 24, 2022

  • 8:30 am MATINS, 9:30 am DIVINE LITURGY. Fr. Dennis Rhodes will celebrate the divine liturgy with us.

7th Sunday of Matthew, July 31, 2022

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

Monday, August 1, 2022

  • 6 pm SMALL PARAKLESIS/SUPPLICATION TO THE MOTHER OF GOD. Bilingual booklets will be available for congregational singing and praying this beautiful prayer to the Theotokos. Please bring the names of your loved ones to be lifted in prayer.

Wednesday, August 3, 2022


Friday, August 5, 2022. Forefeast of the Transfiguration of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ


Saturday, August 6, 2022. The Transfiguration of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ

  • 8:30 am MATINS, 9:30 am DIVINE LITURGY with the blessing of the first-fruits.

8th Sunday of Matthew, August 7, 2022

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

Monday, August 8, 2022


Wednesday, August 10, 2022


Friday, August 12, 2022


9th Sunday of Matthew, August 14, 2022

  • 8:30 am MATINS, 9:30 am DIVINE LITURGY.
  • Fellowship hour will be hosted by GOYA.
  • 6 pm GREAT VESPERS of the DORMITION. Please contact the parish office in advance if you would like to offer artoklasia (the blessing of the five loaves, wine, and oil) for the health and well-being of your loved ones.

Monday, August 15, 2022. The Dormition of our Most Holy Lady the Theotokos and Ever-Virgin Mary

  • 8:30 am MATINS, 9:30 am DIVINE LITURGY.
  • Our Philoptochos will host a luncheon.

Tuesday, August 16, 2022

  • 7 pm Parish Council meeting.

10th Sunday of Matthew, August 21, 2022

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

Friday, August 26, 2022

  • 10 am Wedding: Joanne Lynn Hohenwarter & Andrew Markou.

11th Sunday of Matthew, August 28, 2022

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

Monday, August 29, 2022Beheading of the Holy and Glorious Prophet, Forerunner and Baptist John.

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

Youth Activities and News

Sunday School News

Please register you children for the 2022-2023 Catechism School year and all Youth Ministries here: 2022-2023 Youth Ministries Registration Form

This Week's Children's Word from OCN

Greek School News

Please register you children for the 2022-2023 Greek School year and all Youth Ministries here: 2022-2023 Youth Ministries Registration Form

 Help Wanted

The future is brighter than ever for Annunciation Elkins Park Greek School. We are looking for dynamic, passionate, and qualified individuals to join our team and our mission for the upcoming 2022-2023 school year! 
The ideal candidate should have mastery of the Greek Language, teaching skills, as well as a professional who wants to provide students with an exemplary, Greek education and is comfortable incorporating technology into the classroom. Our Greek school hours are Tuesdays and Fridays 5:00pm-7:00pm. 
If you are interested in becoming a teacher, or know anyone that might be interested, please email Annunciation Greek School Director, Debbie Sourias, or contact by phone 215-407-1872.


Community News & Events

Are You Traveling for Your Summer Vacation?

A. Find a local Orthodox Church to attend here
B. Register your children for the 2022-2023 Youth Ministries here
C. Continue your church donations through Vanco here

Community Calendar

Our web calendar is now active on our website.

Thank you for your patience.

Homeless Ministry News

4Th Annual Parish Backpack Drive

Help restore some sense of normalcy for these children and send the message that they are important—and so is their education!

Donate $10 to cover the cost of one backpack
Donate $15 to cover the cost of school supplies for one backpack
Donate $25 to cover the cost of one backpack filled with school supplies

Donate any amount towards this drive!

FOCUS North America will supply the backpacks and school supplies.

You can participate either by mailing or dropping off a check made payable to “FOCUS North America” to our church office or by donating to the Homeless Ministry through Vanco Faith. Please be sure to indicate that your donation is for the backpack drive.

This drive will end on August the 15th.

Backpacks and supplies will be distributed to homeless families through Philadelphia Interfaith Hospitality Network and Project Home.

Let’s Help Kids in Need Succeed!

Looking Ahead

  • July 3-7: Archdiocese Clergy-Laity Congress and National Philoptochos Convention in New York City
  • August 1: Start of the Dormition Fast
  • Friday, September 2: Start of Greek dance classes. Plese register here
  • Thursday, September 8: Start of choir practice
  • Saturday, September 10: HOPE-JOY welcome back picnic at Mason Mill Park
  • Tuesday, September 14: Young at Heart welcome back and coffee get-together
  • Saturday, September 17: Spiritual Life Ministry day trip to Agia Skepi Monastery 
  • Sunday, September 18: Start of Catechism classes. Plese register here
  • Sunday, September 18: Annual Book Fare by our Resource Center
  • Tuesday, September 20: Philoptochos cooking for the Ronald McDonald House
  • Tuesday, September 20: Start of Greek School classes. Plese register here
  • September 30-October 1: Fall OPA Greek Festival
  • Saturday, October 22: Young Couples Ministry Retreat
  • Saturday, November 5: Golden Thyranoixia Anniversary
  • Saturday, November 19: Spiritual Life Ministry Nativity Retreat

Save the Date!

Annunciation/Evangelismos Church Golden Thyranoixia Gala

Saturday, November 5th, 2022. Green Valley Country Club, Lafayette Hill, PA.

We are excited to be planning this celebration commemorating our 50 years in Elkins Park, PA, as a church family.

We are equally excited and honored to be blessed with the presence of His Eminence Archbishop Elpidophoros and His Grace Bishop Apostolos for the evening.

Details will be posted here as they become available. Please mark your calendars!


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, Panagiotis, Peter, Zoë, Penelope, Panagiotis, Dimitrios, Alexandra, Peter, Dimitra,  Joyce, Eleni, Efthimia, Sophia.
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: Konstantina & Panagiotis Kyriakou, Roseanne & Gregory Kaldes, Anna & Steve Makris, Maria & Paul Anagnostakos, Stacy & Dimitrios Pappas, Paula & Peter Pavlis, Voula & David Sidelsky, Sophia & Albert Pappas, Trevor & Olivia Speir.

Χρόνια πολλά & ευλογημένα!  God grant you many years!  To those who are celebrating birthdays this coming week: Danielle Melisiotis, Despina Peterman, Zoe Pitsakis, Ioannis Fisfis, Mary Koutsouros, Konstantina Kyriakou, Alexandra Loizos, Steve Makris, Maria Sisto, Loukas Stoupakis, Ioannis Limbanovnos, Anna Toumbanakis, Konstantinos Toumbanakis, Maria Anagnostakos, Dimitrios Andreadis, Constantine Konugres, Alexia Louca, Stephanos Papanikolaou, Maria Grigorakakis, Steven Kagiavas, Dean Kalogrias, Georgia Pitsakis, Stephanie Ballas, Gloria Johnson, Anne Marshall.

Archdiocese News

GOA Center for Family Care’s “Soak Up the Son” Video Series Begins June 13th


GOA Center for Family Care’s “Soak Up the Son” Video Series Begins June 13th

Updated Sexual Misconduct Policy Announced


The Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America, under the leadership of His Eminence Archbishop Elpidophoros of America, has instituted a revised policy on sexual misconduct by clergy. This revised policy updates the current one in place since 2000.

Gospel and Epistle Readings

Epistle Reading

Prokeimenon. Second Mode. Psalm 117.14,18.
The Lord is my strength and my song.
Verse: The Lord has chastened me sorely.

The reading is from St. Paul's Letter to the Romans 5:1-10.

Brethren, since we are justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ. Through him we have obtained access by faith to this grace in which we stand, and we rejoice in our hope of sharing the glory of God. More than that, we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, and hope does not disappoint us, because God's love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit which has been given to us. While we were still weak, at the right time Christ died for the ungodly. Why, one will hardly die for a righteous man -- though perhaps for a good man one will dare even to die. But God shows his love for us in that while we were yet sinners Christ died for us. Since, therefore, we are now justified by his blood, much more shall we be saved by him from the wrath of God. For if while we were enemies we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, now that we are reconciled, shall we be saved by his life.

Προκείμενον. Second Mode. ΨΑΛΜΟΙ 117.14,18.
Ἰσχύς μου καὶ ὕμνησίς μου ὁ Κύριος.
Στίχ. Παιδεύων ἐπαίδευσέ με ὁ Κύριος.

τὸ Ἀνάγνωσμα Πρὸς ῾Ρωμαίους 5:1-10.

Ἀδελφοί, δικαιωθέντες οὖν ἐκ πίστεως, εἰρήνην ἔχομεν πρὸς τὸν θεὸν διὰ τοῦ κυρίου ἡμῶν Ἰησοῦ Χριστοῦ, διʼ οὗ καὶ τὴν προσαγωγὴν ἐσχήκαμεν τῇ πίστει εἰς τὴν χάριν ταύτην ἐν ᾗ ἑστήκαμεν, καὶ καυχώμεθα ἐπʼ ἐλπίδι τῆς δόξης τοῦ θεοῦ. Οὐ μόνον δέ, ἀλλὰ καὶ καυχώμεθα ἐν ταῖς θλίψεσιν, εἰδότες ὅτι ἡ θλῖψις ὑπομονὴν κατεργάζεται, ἡ δὲ ὑπομονὴ δοκιμήν, ἡ δὲ δοκιμὴ ἐλπίδα· ἡ δὲ ἐλπὶς οὐ καταισχύνει, ὅτι ἡ ἀγάπη τοῦ θεοῦ ἐκκέχυται ἐν ταῖς καρδίαις ἡμῶν διὰ πνεύματος ἁγίου τοῦ δοθέντος ἡμῖν. Ἔτι γὰρ Χριστός, ὄντων ἡμῶν ἀσθενῶν, κατὰ καιρὸν ὑπὲρ ἀσεβῶν ἀπέθανεν. Μόλις γὰρ ὑπὲρ δικαίου τις ἀποθανεῖται· ὑπὲρ γὰρ τοῦ ἀγαθοῦ τάχα τις καὶ τολμᾷ ἀποθανεῖν. Συνίστησιν δὲ τὴν ἑαυτοῦ ἀγάπην εἰς ἡμᾶς ὁ θεός, ὅτι ἔτι ἁμαρτωλῶν ὄντων ἡμῶν Χριστὸς ὑπὲρ ἡμῶν ἀπέθανεν. Πολλῷ οὖν μᾶλλον, δικαιωθέντες νῦν ἐν τῷ αἵματι αὐτοῦ, σωθησόμεθα διʼ αὐτοῦ ἀπὸ τῆς ὀργῆς. Εἰ γὰρ ἐχθροὶ ὄντες κατηλλάγημεν τῷ θεῷ διὰ τοῦ θανάτου τοῦ υἱοῦ αὐτοῦ, πολλῷ μᾶλλον καταλλαγέντες σωθησόμεθα ἐν τῇ ζωῇ αὐτοῦ.

Gospel Reading

3rd Sunday of Matthew
The Reading is from Matthew 6:22-33

The Lord said, "The eye is the lamp of the body. So, if your eye is sound, your whole body will be full of light; but if your eye is not sound, your whole body will be full of darkness. If then the light in you is darkness, how great is the darkness! No one can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and mammon. Therefore I tell you, do not be anxious about your life, what you shall eat or what you shall drink, nor about your body, what you shall put on. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing? Look at the birds of the air: they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they? And which of you by being anxious can add one cubit to his span of life? And why are you anxious about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow; they neither toil nor spin; yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. But if God so clothes the grass of the field, which today is alive and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will he not much more clothe you, O men of little faith? Therefore do not be anxious, saying, 'What shall we eat?' or 'What shall we drink?' or 'What shall we wear? For the Gentiles seek all these things; and your heavenly Father knows you need them all. But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things shall be yours as well."

3rd Sunday of Matthew
Κατὰ Ματθαῖον 6:22-33

Εἶπεν ὁ Κύριος· ῾Ο λύχνος τοῦ σώματός ἐστιν ὁ ὀφθαλμός· ἐὰν οὖν ὁ ὀφθαλμός σου ἁπλοῦς ᾖ, ὅλον τὸ σῶμά σου φωτεινόν ἔσται· ἐὰν δὲ ὁ ὀφθαλμός σου πονηρὸς ᾖ, ὅλον τὸ σῶμά σου σκοτεινὸν ἔσται. εἰ οὖν τὸ φῶς τὸ ἐν σοὶ σκότος ἐστί, τὸ σκότος πόσον; Οὐδεὶς δύναται δυσὶ κυρίοις δουλεύειν· ἢ γὰρ τὸν ἕνα μισήσει καὶ τὸν ἕτερον ἀγαπήσει, ἢ ἑνὸς ἀνθέξεται καὶ τοῦ ἑτέρου καταφρονήσει. οὐ δύνασθε Θεῷ δουλεύειν καὶ μαμωνᾷ. Διὰ τοῦτο λέγω ὑμῖν, μὴ μεριμνᾶτε τῇ ψυχῇ ὑμῶν τί φάγητε καὶ τί πίητε, μηδὲ τῷ σώματι ὑμῶν τί ἐνδύσησθε· οὐχὶ ἡ ψυχὴ πλεῖόν ἐστι τῆς τροφῆς καὶ τὸ σῶμα τοῦ ἐνδύματος; ἐμβλέψατε εἰς τὰ πετεινὰ τοῦ οὐρανοῦ, ὅτι οὐ σπείρουσιν οὐδὲ θερίζουσιν οὐδὲ συνάγουσιν εἰς ἀποθήκας, καὶ ὁ πατὴρ ὑμῶν ὁ οὐράνιος τρέφει αὐτά· οὐχ ὑμεῖς μᾶλλον διαφέρετε αὐτῶν; τίς δὲ ἐξ ὑμῶν μεριμνῶν δύναται προσθεῖναι ἐπὶ τὴν ἡλικίαν αὐτοῦ πῆχυν ἕνα; καὶ περὶ ἐνδύματος τί μεριμνᾶτε; καταμάθετε τὰ κρίνα τοῦ ἀγροῦ πῶς αὐξάνει· οὐ κοπιᾷ οὐδὲ νήθει· λέγω δὲ ὑμῖν ὅτι οὐδὲ Σολομὼν ἐν πάσῃ τῇ δόξῃ αὐτοῦ περιεβάλετο ὡς ἓν τούτων. Εἰ δὲ τὸν χόρτον τοῦ ἀγροῦ, σήμερον ὄντα καὶ αὔριον εἰς κλίβανον βαλλόμενον, ὁ Θεὸς οὕτως ἀμφιέννυσιν, οὐ πολλῷ μᾶλλον ὑμᾶς, ὀλιγόπιστοι; μὴ οὖν μεριμνήσητε λέγοντες, τί φάγωμεν ἢ τί πίωμεν ἢ τί περιβαλώμεθα; πάντα γὰρ ταῦτα τὰ ἔθνη ἐπιζητεῖ· οἶδε γὰρ ὁ πατὴρ ὑμῶν ὁ οὐράνιος ὅτι χρῄζετε τούτων ἁπάντων. ζητεῖτε δὲ πρῶτον τὴν βασιλείαν τοῦ Θεοῦ καὶ τὴν δικαιοσύνην αὐτοῦ, καὶ ταῦτα πάντα προστεθήσεται ὑμῖν.


Saints and Feasts

July 03

Hyacinth the Martyr of Caesarea & Theodotos and Theodota the Martyrs

The Martyr Hyacinth, who was from Caesarea of Cappadocia, was the chamberlain of the Emperor Trajan. On being constrained by the Emperor to partake of the sacrifices offered to idols and not wishing to do so, he was shut up in prison without food, where he gave up his spirit to God in the year 108.

July 04

Andrew of Crete Author of the Great Canon

Saint Andrew was from Damascus; his parents' names were George and Gregoria. He became a cleric and secretary of Theodore and Patriarch of Jerusalem; from this, he is called "the Jerusalemite." He was present at the Sixth Ecumenical Council in Constantinople, which was convoked in 680 during the reign of Emperor Constantine IV (668-685). He became deacon of the Great church in Constantinople, that is, the Church of the Holy Wisdom of God, then Archbishop of Crete. He reposed in 720 or 723. Beside his other sacred writings, he also composed various hymns, among which is the famous Great Canon, which is chanted during Great Lent (see the Thursday of the Fifth Week of the Fast).

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.


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