Annunciation/Evangelismos Greek Orthodox Church
Publish Date: 2024-02-25
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Annunciation/Evangelismos Greek Orthodox Church

General Information

  • Phone:
  • (215) 635-0316
  • Street Address:

  • 7921 Old York Rd.

  • Elkins Park, PA 19027

Contact Information

Services Schedule

We invite you to worship with us on Sundays and on holy days to Matins at 8:30 and Divine Liturgy at 9:30-11 a.m. Join us for coffee fellowship afterwards.

Past Bulletins

Welcome to Annunciation/Evangelismnos Church!

For Our Guests & Visitors

OUR MISSION is to proclaim the Gospel of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, sanctify the faithful through the liturgy and the Holy Sacraments, grow the church by receiving new members, live the Orthodox Christian Faith, and serve humanity through Christ-centered ministries.

OUR VISION is to be a loving, caring, and welcoming Christian community where all belong and grow in the Orthodox Christian Faith through worship, witness, fellowship, and service to others.

HOLY COMMUNION is offered to those baptized and confirmed in the Eastern Orthodox Christian Faith who have prepared according to the Orthodox Tradition. Guests and visitors are welcome to worship with us and receive the antidoron (“instead of the gifts”) blessed bread at the dismissal.
Please allow Catechism School children to receive Holy Communion first, followed by the newly baptized infants. When you approach the chalice, please give your baptismal name to the priest.

GUESTS AND VISITORS: Enter your contact information in the Guest Book at the narthex if you want us to contact you and join us for fellowship hour in our church hall following the liturgy.

Weekend Update

16th Sunday of Luke (Publican and Pharisee), February 25, 2024
Start of the Triodion
ΙΣΤ΄ Λουκᾶ (Τελώνου καί Φαρισαίου), 25 Φεβρουαρίου, 2024. Το κήρυγμα της Κυριακής εδώ

  • 8:30 am MATINS, 9:30 am DIVINE LITURGY
  • Catechism classes following Holy Communion.
  • "Ask Father", Little Apostles.
  • Greek School hosts our coffee fellowship hour.
  • 1 pm Baptism: O'Hara family.
  • 12:30 pm GOYA Sights & Sounds practice.

Tuesday, February 27, 2024

  • 5 pm Greek School classes.
  • 6 pm GOYAns will make sandwiches for the Homeless Ministry to be served on Thursday.

Thursday, February 29, 2024

Friday, March 1, 2024

  • 5 pm Greek School classes.
  • 6:30 pm GOYA Sights & Sounds practice followed by dance practice at 7:30.
  • 6:30 pm JOY dance practice.
  • 6:30 Understanding Byzantine Chant class.

Sunday of the Prodigal Son, March 3, 2024

  • 8:30 am MATINS, 9:30 am DIVINE LITURGY
  • Catechism classes following Holy Communion.
  • GOYA will host our coffee fellowship hour.
  • 12:30 pm GOYA Sights & Sounds practice.

Monday, March 4, 2024

Tuesday, March 5, 2024

  • 5 pm Greek School classes.

Thursday, March 7, 2024

  • 7 pm Philoptochos Board meeting

Friday, March 8, 2024

Saturday of Souls, March 9, 2024

  • 8:30 am MATINS, 9:30 am DIVINE LITURGY
  • 11 am Young @ Heart coffee fellowship.
  • 12 pm Graveside trisagion prayers at Lawnview Cemetery.
  • 1:30 pm Graveside trisagion prayers at Whitemarsh Cemetery.

Judgement Sunday, March 10, 2024

  • 8:30 am MATINS, 9:30 am DIVINE LITURGY
  • Catechism classes following Holy Communion.
  • We will offer memorial prayers for the peaceful repose of the soul of Stamatios Mountis of blessed memory (40-days).
  • Collection by Philoptochos to benefit the Metropolis Social Services.
  • The Mountis family will offer luncheon in memory of Stamatios of blessed memory.
  • 12:30 pm GOYA Sights & Sounds practice.

Looking Ahead Beyond Next Week


Gospel and Epistle Readings

Epistle Reading

Prokeimenon. Plagal First Mode. Psalm 11.7,1.
You, O Lord, shall keep us and preserve us.
Verse: Save me, O Lord, for the godly man has failed.

The reading is from St. Paul's Second Letter to Timothy 3:10-15.

TIMOTHY, my son, you have observed my teaching, my conduct, my aim in life, my faith, my patience, my love, my steadfastness, my persecutions, my sufferings, what befell me at Antioch, at lconion, and at Lystra, what persecutions I endured; yet from them all the Lord rescued me. Indeed all who desire to live a godly life in Christ Jesus will be persecuted, while evil men and impostors will go on from bad to worse, deceivers and deceived. But as for you, continue in what you have learned and have firmly believed, knowing from whom you learned it and how from childhood you have been acquainted with the sacred writings which are able to instruct you for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus.

Προκείμενον. Plagal First Mode. ΨΑΛΜΟΙ 11.7,1.
Σὺ Κύριε, φυλάξαις ἡμᾶς καὶ διατηρήσαις ἡμᾶς.
Στίχ. Σῶσον με, Κύριε, ὅτι ἐκλέλοιπεν ὅσιος.

τὸ Ἀνάγνωσμα Πρὸς Τιμόθεον β' 3:10-15.

Τέκνον Τιμόθεε, παρηκολούθηκάς μου τῇ διδασκαλίᾳ, τῇ ἀγωγῇ, τῇ προθέσει, τῇ πίστει, τῇ μακροθυμίᾳ, τῇ ἀγάπῃ, τῇ ὑπομονῇ, τοῖς διωγμοῖς, τοῖς παθήμασιν, οἷά μοι ἐγένετο ἐν Ἀντιοχείᾳ, ἐν Ἰκονίῳ, ἐν Λύστροις, οἵους διωγμοὺς ὑπήνεγκα· καὶ ἐκ πάντων με ἐρρύσατο ὁ κύριος. Καὶ πάντες δὲ οἱ θέλοντες εὐσεβῶς ζῇν ἐν Χριστῷ Ἰησοῦ διωχθήσονται. Πονηροὶ δὲ ἄνθρωποι καὶ γόητες προκόψουσιν ἐπὶ τὸ χεῖρον, πλανῶντες καὶ πλανώμενοι. Σὺ δὲ μένε ἐν οἷς ἔμαθες καὶ ἐπιστώθης, εἰδὼς παρὰ τίνος ἔμαθες, καὶ ὅτι ἀπὸ βρέφους τὰ ἱερὰ γράμματα οἶδας, τὰ δυνάμενά σε σοφίσαι εἰς σωτηρίαν διὰ πίστεως τῆς ἐν Χριστῷ Ἰησοῦ.

Gospel Reading

Sunday of the Publican and Pharisee: Triodion Begins Today
The Reading is from Luke 18:10-14

The Lord said this parable, "Two men went up into the temple to pray, one a Pharisee and the other a tax collector. The Pharisee stood and prayed thus with himself, 'God, I thank you that I am not like other men, extortioners, unjust, adulterers, or even like this tax collector. I fast twice a week, I give tithes of all that I get.' But the tax collector, standing far off, would not even lift up his eyes to heaven, but beat his breast, saying, 'God, be merciful to me a sinner!' I tell you, this man went down to his house justified rather than the other; for everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, but he who humbles himself will be exalted."

Sunday of the Publican and Pharisee: Triodion Begins Today
Κατὰ Λουκᾶν 18:10-14

Εἶπεν ὁ Κύριος τήν παραβολὴν ταύτην· Ἄνθρωποι δύο ἀνέβησαν εἰς τὸ ἱερὸν προσεύξασθαι, ὁ εἷς Φαρισαῖος καὶ ὁ ἕτερος τελώνης. ὁ Φαρισαῖος σταθεὶς πρὸς ἑαυτὸν ταῦτα προσηύχετο· ὁ Θεός, εὐχαριστῶ σοι ὅτι οὐκ εἰμὶ ὥσπερ οἱ λοιποὶ τῶν ἀνθρώπων, ἅρπαγες, ἄδικοι, μοιχοί, ἢ καὶ ὡς οὗτος ὁ τελώνης· νηστεύω δὶς τοῦ σαββάτου, ἀποδεκατῶ πάντα ὅσα κτῶμαι. καὶ ὁ τελώνης μακρόθεν ἑστὼς οὐκ ἤθελεν οὐδὲ τοὺς ὀφθαλμοὺς εἰς τὸν οὐρανὸν ἐπᾶραι, ἀλλ᾿ ἔτυπτεν εἰς τὸ στῆθος αὐτοῦ λέγων· ὁ Θεός, ἱλάσθητί μοι τῷ ἁμαρτωλῷ. λέγω ὑμῖν, κατέβη οὗτος δεδικαιωμένος εἰς τὸν οἶκον αὐτοῦ ἢ γὰρ ἐκεῖνος· ὅτι πᾶς ὁ ὑψῶν ἑαυτὸν ταπεινωθήσεται, ὁ δὲ ταπεινῶν ἑαυτὸν ὑψωθήσεται.


Youth Ministries

Greek School News

HOPE/JOY Activities

GOYA Activities

  • Attention all GOYAns! We will be making sandwiches for the homeless on Tuesday, Feb. 27 at 6:00 PM, in the kitchen of our church hall. These sandwiches will be handed out at Aviator Park that week by our homeless ministry. 
    Your help will be greatly appreciated. Any questions, please contact Gina at

  • June 23-29: Camp Good Shepherd
  • Summer 2024Crossroads Institute
  • IONIAN VILLAGE 2024. The Office of Ionian Village, with the blessing of His Eminence Archbishop Elpidophoros of America, is pleased to announce applications for need-based scholarships for those wishing to attend Ionian Village 2024. Ionian Village Scholarships Here



Community News & Events

Spring General Assembly of Our Parishioners

Our Spring General Assembly will be held on Monday, March 4, 2024, at 6:30 PM.

Information here:

  1. 2024 Spring Assembly Invitation and 2023 Fall Assembly Minutes
  2. The 2023 Annual Report highlighting our community’s activities (coming soon)

We are excited to see you actively participate in the administration of your Parish.
If you are unable to participate in person, please join us through Microsoft Teams here:

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March 9, 16, 23/2024, Saturdays of Souls Memorial Service —Ψυχοσάββατο

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.

You have two options to submit the name of your loved departed ones to be commemorated:

A)   electronically here, or

B)   in writing with your koliva when you attend liturgy. 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 also offer graveside trisagion prayers after the divine liturgy on Saturday, March 9. He will be at Lawnview Cemetery at approximately 12 pm, and Whitemarsh Cemetery at 1:30 pm.


Matthew 25 News

We associate February with the heart and LOVE! February is also the beginning of the season of Lent. Preparing for Lent is a great time to reflect on ourselves and open our hearts to the world. There are several elements to Lent: prayer, fasting, and giving back. Matthew 25 is a ministry that acts on love and hope for our brothers and sisters. Although our Lenten timeline doesn't align perfectly with Western Easter this year, we will ensure that Matthew 25 and our parish can provide holiday meats to our pantries before March 29th. Please complete and return the donation form below. You can always donate directly through VANCO, and in the memo portion, type Lenten Meat Drive. We recommend donating around $35 or more, but you give what you can. Please help us continue to care for our food-insecure communities.

We will prepare about 15 trays of lasagna for Lasagna Love on 3/5/2024. It's a great organization, and we are excited to cook for a worthy cause for the second year. If you would like to act on this individually, please visit

Sowing seeds of goodness is good for both the heart and the soul. These straightforward acts of kindness that Matthew 25 offers to our parish are simple ways to prepare your personal Lenten journey and give hope to those in need.

During Lent, let us find CONCRETE ways to overcome our indifference~ Pope Francis.
YOUR NAME: _______________________________
Quantity: ____________ x $35 = ______________
Please send the form (and check if not giving through VANCO) to:
Lisa Trivelis. 31 Trailwood Drive. Holland, PA 18966

Understanding Byzantine Chant Class

We are pleased to offer introductory lessons to Byzantine Chant starting Friday, February 23 at 6:30 pm. The lessons will be a combination of in-person, virtual, self-study, and practicum during the services of Great Lent.

Open to all parishioners, especially the young. The only requirement is a willingness to learn. We will focus on the following:

  1. The structure of the liturgical services and cycles of the Eastern Orthodox Church: when, how, and why we do what we do in church.
  2. The history and purpose of our hymnology: what are the eight Modes? Psalms? Troparion? Apolytikion? Kontakion? Triodion?
  3. Sight reading neumes - the distinctive musical notation of the Eastern Orthodox Church.

Please let George Dalagelis know if you are interested (215) 635-0316, If Friday night does not work for you, the group can decide on a different date.


March 25: The Feast Day of Annunciation/Evangelismos of Theotokos

In Honor of:

a. the Feast Day of Annunciation/ Evangelismos of Theotokos,
b. the 203th Anniversary of the Greek Revolution of 1821,  and
c. the 123th Anniversary of the Founding of Our Community in 1901,

Great Vespers * will be prayed on Sunday, March 24, at 6:00 pm.

Our Philoptochos will offer a reception following vespers.

The Feast Day Orthros & Divine Liturgy * will be celebrated on Monday, March 25, starting at 8:30 am, with participation of area clergy. A thanksgiving doxology for the liberation of Greece will be offered at the conclusion of the liturgy.

Our Philoptochos will host a luncheon following the divine liturgy.

* Please let the church office know in advance if you would like to offer artoklasia—the blessing of the bread, wine & oil- for the health and salvation of your family in honor of the Annunciation Feast.


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.

In Our Prayers: “Pray for one another that you might be healed.” (James 5:16): Josephine, Emma, Paulette, Virginia, Effie, James, Grace, Hollie, Valerie, Virginia, Rizos, Brad, Elaine, Diane, Evangelia, Vaitsa, Donna, Anastasia, Michael, Kyriaki, Olga.

Names will be kept 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 up 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:  Jennifer & Peter Kyriakodis, Heather & Alexandros Pitsakis, Heidi & James Garvin Ballas, Maria & Brian Holahan.

Χρόνια Πολλά & Ευλογηµένα! God Grant You Many Years! To Those Who are Celebrating Birthdays this Coming Week:  

Eleftherios Nikolaidis, Gianna Tsaketas, Laurie Tsinontides, Dimitrios Verros, Nicos Nicolaou, Tatiana Tsinontides, Dimitrios Armenakis, Kristen Lankford, Maria Maragoudakis, Glykeria Ntakou, Zissis N Pappas, Nikki Bakas, Elizabeth Karakasidis, Helen Spilliotis, Jeanette Bandy, Theodore Bandy, Isabel Diaz, Vikki Glynos, Gabriel Gonzales, Argie Draganis, Matthew Langsdorf, Theodoros Makris, Tasia Mullock.

Do We Have Your Birthday and Anniversary Dates?

We include upcoming birthdays and anniversaries in our bulletin to help us celebrate each other's milestones and get to know each other better.
If you notice that your birthday or anniversary is not included in our weekly bulletin, it means that we do not have that information from you. We ask you kindly to contact the parish office and provide us with those dates.
This information also gives us a better understanding of our community's demographics, which helps us improve our ministries and how we serve you.

Stewardship News

Monthly Stewardship Communication

Stewardship 2024 Campaign is Under Way

Last November, you received your 2024 personalized Stewardship Pledge Card of Time, Talent, and Treasure and the 2024 Stewardship Increase Request in the mail.

Thank you to the 162  parishioners who have already returned their 2024 Pledge Card or pledged through VANCO.

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. Check with your VANCO account or bank bill payer service to ensure your regular payments continue through 2024.
  3. Use the 2024 Pledge Card information as a guide to update your giving to reflect your current level of commitment.
  4. Don't hesitate to call us at the parish office if you need help updating your VANCO donations for 2024.


Beyond Annunciation


  • EXPERIENCE ORTHODOX AND GOSPEL MUSIC TOGETHER. Our faith is for all! Our friends at Cappella Romana are offering their recent concert online for you. “How Sweet the Sound: Black Voices in Orthodox Music” features selections from the "Jubilee Divine Liturgy" based on spirituals by Abbess Katherine and Greek Orthodox Vespers infused with Gospel and Jazz by Shawn Wallace. You'll hear "O Gladsome Light" (Phos hilaron) and Psalm 103 chanted as you've never heard them: accompanied by Hammond B3 organ in Gospel style. This very moving concert is available until the end of October, with video samples and interviews, at

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Archdiocese News

Sunday Sermon Series Sunday of the Publican and Pharisee February 25


This week, find insights about the upcoming Gospel reading, where we learn about the prayers of the Pharisee and the tax collector (the Publican) in the Jerusalem Temple. In what way are they opposites in the eyes of people? But more importantly, how are they opposites in the eyes of God? Also, why isn’t faith alone enough to save us?

AHEPA hosts History Tournament, Anna Rezan and her movie “My People”


The root of the saying “twice as nice” hails from Plato, the ancient Greek philosopher of the Classical period. On February 19, 2024, AHEPA Chapter 69 and the Daughters of Penelope Nike #230 of Cherry Hill, NJ opened up their doors to the community for its own version of Plato’s Academy of Hellenism to the Delaware Valey and beyond.

Early Church History: Receiving the Ancient Faith Behind Bars


Holy Transfiguration Orthodox Church in Meridian, Idaho, is quickly becoming a model parish for Orthodox prison ministry. Among the 200 people that regularly attend services, at least a quarter of their parishioners are involved in prison ministry. “Oh my gosh, the attitude and response of my parish has been fantastic!” says Donna Allee, Prison Ministry Coordinator at Holy Transfiguration. “Even the children and other adults prepare Christmas and Pascha cards for the inmates.”

Episode 1 – Season 2, The Black American Orthodox Experience on OCN. An Interview with Rev. Nathaniel Johnson, “Becoming Orthodox, A lifetime of Service”


In this second season of “The Black American Orthodox Experience”, a collaboration of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America and the Orthodox Christian Network, Rev. Samuel Davis discusses with Rev. Nathaniel Johnson on the topic “Becoming Orthodox, A lifetime of Service”. From a jazz musician to the later encounter with Dr. Martin Luther King and the creation of new Orthodox liturgical music, Rev. Nathaniel’s life story and advice can speak to the younger generation and inspire. He encourages us to remain servants of God with respect and patience for the people around us and with no judgment.