Annunciation/Evangelismos Church, Elkins Park, PA
Publish Date: 2021-09-19
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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 Update

  • 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 do not wish to distance themselves socially. 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.

September 19, 2021, Sunday after the Feast of Holy Cross

  • 8:30 AM – MATINS, 9:30 AM - DIVINE LITURGY
  • Procession of the Holy Cross.
  • Join us in offering memorial prayers for the peaceful repose of the soul of Christos Karagiannis (40-days) of blessed memory.
  • The Karagiannis family invites all to a luncheon in memory of their beloved father and grandfather, Christos Karagiannis.
  • Our Philoptochos will take a collection to benefit Hellenic College/Holy Cross.
  • PTO Membership Drive begins today.

Monday, September 20, 2021

  • Metropolis of New Jersey Clergy-Laity & Philoptochos Convention at the Venetian in Garfield, NJ.

Tuesday, September 21, 2021

  • 10:00 AM - Viewing for Irene Kahrilas of blessed memory.
  • 11:00 AM - Funeral for Irene Kahrilas of blessed memory.
  • 5:00 PM - Agiasmos/Blessing and start of Greek School classes.

Friday, September 24, 2021

  • 5:00 PM - Greek School classes.
  • 5:30 PM – GOYA Friday with Father at the Dalson's home.

Sunday, September 26, 2021

Youth Ministries kick-off & start of Catechism classes.

  • Artoklasia and Agiasmos/Blessing of the students, teachers, and youth advisors.
  • Installation of GOYA advisors and officers.
  • PTO welcome back buffet.
  • 40-day mother & child blessing: The Psaroudis family.
  • First Annual Children's Religious Book Fair. Books will be on sale in the church hall.
  • 12:30 PM -Baptism: Pitsakis family.
  • 2:00 PM -Baptism: Papakonstantinou family.

Youth Activities and News

2021-2022 Annunciation/Evangelismos Youth Ministries Registration is Now Open

Please register your children for all church youth activities here:

Youth Ministries Sunday, September 26, 2021

GOYA Activities

  • September 24, @ 6 PM 1st GOYA meeting and Friday with         Father. Location: The Dalsons’ residence.
  • September 26, after the liturgy - installation of GOYA officers,         start of Sunday School and welcome back event hosted by PTO.
  • October 1, - GOYA dance practice @ 7:30 in the church hall. 
  • October 10, - "Kick Start to the College Process Workshop" hosted by Dr. Mendrinos - in the church hall *** after the liturgy.

PTO News & Events

Sarurday, October 10, 2021 - Trunk or Treat Evet


Community News & Events

Our First Fall Greek Food Fest is Here! Sep 17-18, 2021

Similar in format to the May festival but with some new features:

  • We will have tables set up in the grassy areas; some will be under small tents, and some out in the open for people to eat on-site.
  • We will have a Beer Garden serving varieties of draft beer and appetizers.
  • We will be serving packaged entrees at the restaurant as we did in May, adding lamb shank and Grecian lemon chicken platters. In addition, the restaurant entrees and pastries will be available to order online and on-site.
  • We will have the Gyro / Souvlaki tent as well, with some new offerings!

Here is how you can help us make this scaled-down version of OPA a success:

  1. Share our event with your social media friends and family.
  2. Gather your family and friends and commit to volunteer together for a few shifts.
  3. Please make a ‘festival donation’ here to help us with the cost of the event.
  4. Preorder your food here for pick up.

Our Church’s New Mobile App is Here!

We are pleased to announce we have an upgraded mobile app! 

Vanco, our eGiving provider, has launched an updated mobile app called Vanco Mobile.
This new mobile app will be replacing GivePlus Mobile. With Vanco Mobile, you can send one-time donations or set recurring gifts.

How Do You Download Vanco Mobile?

It’s easy! Head over to the App Store or Google Play to download Vanco Mobile for free.

Be sure o download this app soon, as GivePlus Mobile will be retired as of September 30, 2021.

Current GivePlus App users will receive an email this week from Vanco with instructions on how to switch to the new app.

To give using Vanco Mobile, follow these five easy steps:

1. Search for our church by name.
2. Select your gift amount, fund, and frequency.
3. Enter your payment method. (You can save this information for future use!).
4. Choose whether you want to cover processing fees.
5. Click Submit to complete your donation.

You can also check out this Vanco Mobile How-To Guide for step-by-step instructions.

Please stop by the church office or call us if you have questions or need assistance.

Community Calendar

Our website interactive calendar is unavailable at this time.

An alternative calendar is available here until we work out the technical difficulties.

Homeless Ministry News

Why be a Volunteer?

It’s not for money, it’s not for fame.
It’s not for any personal gain.
It’s just for love of fellowman.
It’s just to send a helping hand.
It’s just to give a tithe of self.
That’s something you can’t buy with wealth.
It’s not medals won with pride.
It’s for that feeling deep inside.
It’s that reward down in your heart.
It’s that feeling that you’ve been a part.
Of helping others far and near,
that makes you be a Volunteer!
Author Unknown

The Homeless Ministry will be serving at Aviator Park on September 30th.

Thank you to all who have already signed up to donate food or to help serve!

If you haven’t signed up yet and would like to help by volunteering to serve or by donating bananas or some other healthy treat, please sign up here.

Thank you!

The Homeless Ministry

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.

Please send your submission to and 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 and review.

Sunday Extra Services

Please call or email us at the parish office at least two weeks in advance if you would like to have 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.

Donate Your Extra Tools to Church

Dear parishioners,
We need some basic tools to carry out day-to-day repairs around the church building and grounds.
If you have any of the tools on this list in your home garage and no longer need them, please consider donating them to your church. Thank you!


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, Vaia, Maria, Constantino, Panagiotis, Peter, Zoë, Penelope, Theophilos, Kalliopi.
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 week: Aspasia & John Varoumas, Stephanie & Jonathan Fellenz, Jessica & Yianni O'Hara, Karen & Anthony Poulos, Regina & Jake Rodenhausen, Magdalini & Nickolas Bougioukas, Helen & Konstantinos Jasionowicz.
Χρόνια πολλά & ευλογημένα!  God grant you many years!  To those who are celebrating birthdays this coming week: Kathryn Galbraith, Alexis Lehmann, Michael Sjostedt, Hanna Apostolidis, Andrea Cosmas, Simeon Mackrides, Evangelos Mariani, Luka Marino, Leonidas Pashos, Alex Potter, Despina Raggousis, Georgette White, Dije Dardeshi, Vasilis Dardeshi, Susan Gouris, Nikolaos Twyman, Nickolas Bougioukas, Anthony Cardenas, Nikos Christodoulakis, Christopher Cooper, Katarina Haviaras, Ashley Porter, James Ricks, Constadean Lambardakis, Anna Anagnostakos, Thomas Dinoulis, Carl Freedman, Katerina Georgiou, Christos Kambouris, Alexandra Patella, John Contoudis, Apostolos Fisfis, Kostas Giovetsis, Athanasios Pappas, Heather Pitsakis, Natalie Sarantidis, George Vafiadis.

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Archdiocese News

Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America Exceeds One Million Dollars Donated for Greece Fires Relief


In just one month’s time, the faithful of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America have responded to the call of His Eminence Archbishop Elpidophoros of America, raising over 1 million dollars in order to provide support to those who have been impacted by the devastating fires in Greece this summer.

Center for Family Care Webinar


Archbishop Elpidophoros of America Meets with Newly Appointed Consul of the Hellenic Republic to New York


His Eminence Archbishop Elpidophoros of America received the newly appointed Consul of the Hellenic Republic to New York, Dimitrios Papageorgiou, along with the Consul General, Dr. Konstantinos Koutras.

Faith Matters Newsletter - September/October 2021


Dear Friends, As we shift together from summer to fall, we welcome a new season of growth for the Department. We are pleased to introduce both Niki Devaris Morgulis, our new Coordinator of Programs & Special Assistant to the Director, and Ana Eveleigh, our new intern. Please be confident in our prayers for your health and safety in a continuously difficult year.

Greek Orthodox Archdiocese Launches New Orthodox Marketplace


Orthodox Marketplace of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America launched a new store on Wednesday September 7, 2021. The new platform (still at ) has many updated features from the previous platform, improving the user interface and enhancing the marketing capabilities of the store.

Archbishop Elpidophoros Meets With New Consul General of Cyprus in NY


On September 10, 2021, His Eminence Archbishop Elpidophoros of America received Mr. Michalis Firillas, the new Consul General of Cyprus in New York.