Annunciation/Evangelismos Church, Elkins Park, PA
Publish Date: 2020-01-19
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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

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Services Schedule

We meet for divine worship every Sunday morning starting with Orthros (Matins) 8:30, Divine Liturgy 9:30-11AM, followed by a fellowship hour in our community center. All are invited!

Please see Community Calendar for a complete listing of all weekday feast-days and worship services.

Past Bulletins

Weekend Update

Saturday, January 18, 2020. Athanasios and Cyril, Patriarchs of Alexandria
  • 8:30 am MATINS, 9:30 am DIVINE LITURGY
  • Memorial prayers are offered for the repose of the soul of Michael Trifonidis of blessed memory (10-years).
  • The artoklasia (blessing of the five-loaves, wine & oil) is offered for health and salvation by the Economopoulos & LePage families – Feast of St Athanasios
  • 11:30 am Baptism: Doucoure family.

12th Sunday of Luke, January 19, 2020

Κυριακή ΙΒ΄ Λουκᾶ, 19 Ιανουαρίου, 2020 Το κήρυγμα ΕΔΩ

  • 8:30 am MATINS 9:30 am DIVINE LITURGY. Youth Sunday
  • Memorial prayers are offered for the repose of the souls of Theoharis Zissios (3-years), and Antonios Thomas (14-years) of blessed memory. 
  • The fellowship hour is hosted by the Greek School.
  • GOYA Sights & Sounds practice.
Monday, January 20, 2020
  • 3 pm Philoptochos cooking at the Ronald McDonald Erie House.
Tuesday, January 21, 2020
  • 5 pm Greek School classes.
  • 6 pm OPA 2020 planning meeting.
  • 7 pm Parish Council meeting.
  • 7 pm Intermediate/Advanced adult Greek class.
Wednesday, January 22, 2020
  • 11 am Matthew 25 Ministry delivery to Seeds of Hope and meeting.
  • 7 pm Bible study.
Thursday, January 23, 2020
  • 7 pm Choir rehearsal.
  • 7:30 pm Del Val Youth Commission meeting at Evangelismos Church, Bustleton Ave.
Friday, January 24, 2020
  • 6 pm GOYA Sights & Sounds practice.
  • 6 pm Parish level Greek School 3 Hierarchs Program.
  • 6:30 pm Beginners adult Greek class.
Saturday, January 25, 2020
  • 8:30 am MATINS 9:30 am DIVINE LITURGY.
15th Sunday of Luke, January 26, 2020
  • 8:30 am MATINS 9:30 am DIVINE LITURGY.
  • Memorial prayers will be offered for the repose of the souls of Konstantinos Melekos (40-days), and Kalliopi (Fisfis) Mennis (40-days) of blessed memory.
  • The fellowship hour will be hosted by GOYA.
  • GOYA Sights & Sounds practice.
  • 4 pm Delaware Valley Three Hierarchs/Greek Letters Celebration at St. Thomas Greek Orthodox Church, Cherry Hill, NJ.

Saints and Feasts

January 19

Macarius the Great of Egypt

Saint Macarius the Great was from the Thebaid of Egypt, a disciple, as some say, of Saint Anthony the Great. He was born about 331 and struggled in asceticism in the desert at Scete. Although young, he was called "the child elder" because of his great wisdom and austere manner of life. He was ordained presbyter and reposed in 391, at the age of sixty. There are fifty homilies ascribed to him.

It is said of Saint Macarius that he became as a God upon earth, for even as God protects the whole world, so did he cover the faults he saw as if he did not see them. Once he came back to his cell to find a thief taking his things and loading them on a camel. Macarius' non-possessiveness was so great that he helped the thief load the camel. When the camel refused to rise, Macarius returned to his cell and brought a small hoe, said that the camel wanted the hoe also, loaded it on, and kicked the camel telling it to get up. The camel obeyed Macarius' command, but soon lay down again, and would not move until everything had been returned to Macarius. His contemporary, Saint Macarius of Alexandria, was so called because he came from Alexandria and was therefore of that Greek-speaking colony; while Saint Macarius the Great is also called "of Egypt," that is, he belonged to the ancient race native to Egypt, the Copts.


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 Letter to the Colossians 3:4-11.

Brethren, when Christ who is our life appears, then you also will appear with him in glory. Put to death therefore what is earthly in you: fornication, impurity, passion, evil desire, and covetousness, which is idolatry. On account of these the wrath of God is coming upon the sons of disobedience. In these you once walked, when you lived in them. But now put them all away: anger, wrath, malice, slander, and foul talk from your mouth. Do not lie to one another, seeing that you have put off the old nature with its practices and have put on the new nature, which is being renewed in knowledge after the image of its creator. Here there cannot be Greek and Jew, circumcised and uncircumcised, barbarian, Scythian, slave, free man, but Christ is all, and in all.

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 Κολοσσαεῖς 3:4-11.

Ἀδελφοί, ὅταν ὁ Χριστὸς φανερωθῇ, ἡ ζωὴ ἡμῶν, τότε καὶ ὑμεῖς σὺν αὐτῷ φανερωθήσεσθε ἐν δόξῃ. Νεκρώσατε οὖν τὰ μέλη ὑμῶν τὰ ἐπὶ τῆς γῆς, πορνείαν, ἀκαθαρσίαν, πάθος, ἐπιθυμίαν κακήν, καὶ τὴν πλεονεξίαν, ἥτις ἐστὶν εἰδωλολατρεία, διʼ ἃ ἔρχεται ἡ ὀργὴ τοῦ θεοῦ ἐπὶ τοὺς υἱοὺς τῆς ἀπειθείας· Ἐν οἷς καὶ ὑμεῖς περιεπατήσατέ ποτε, ὅτε ἐζῆτε ἐν αὐτοῖς. Νυνὶ δὲ ἀπόθεσθε καὶ ὑμεῖς τὰ πάντα, ὀργήν, θυμόν, κακίαν, βλασφημίαν, αἰσχρολογίαν ἐκ τοῦ στόματος ὑμῶν· μὴ ψεύδεσθε εἰς ἀλλήλους, ἀπεκδυσάμενοι τὸν παλαιὸν ἄνθρωπον σὺν ταῖς πράξεσιν αὐτοῦ, καὶ ἐνδυσάμενοι τὸν νέον, τὸν ἀνακαινούμενον εἰς ἐπίγνωσιν κατʼ εἰκόνα τοῦ κτίσαντος αὐτόν· ὅπου οὐκ ἔνι Ἕλλην καὶ Ἰουδαῖος, περιτομὴ καὶ ἀκροβυστία, βάρβαρος, Σκύθης, δοῦλος, ἐλεύθερος· ἀλλὰ τὰ πάντα καὶ ἐν πᾶσιν Χριστός.

Gospel Reading

12th Sunday of Luke
The Reading is from Luke 17:12-19

At that time, as Jesus entered a village, he was met by ten lepers, who stood at a distance and lifted up their voices and said: "Jesus, Master, have mercy on us." When he saw them he said to them, "Go and show yourselves to the priests." And as they went they were cleansed. Then one of them, when he saw that he was healed, turned back, praising God with a loud voice; and he fell on his face at Jesus's feet, giving him thanks. Now he was a Samaritan. Then said Jesus: "Were not ten cleansed? Where are the nine? Was no one found to return and give praise to God except this foreigner?" And he said to him: "Rise and go your way; your faith has made you well."

12th Sunday of Luke
Κατὰ Λουκᾶν 17:12-19

Τῷ καιρῷ ἐκείνῳ, εἰσερχομένου αὐτοῦ εἴς τινα κώμην ἀπήντησαν αὐτῷ δέκα λεπροὶ ἄνδρες, οἳ ἔστησαν πόρρωθεν, καὶ αὐτοὶ ἦραν φωνὴν λέγοντες· ᾿Ιησοῦ ἐπιστάτα, ἐλέησον ἡμᾶς. καὶ ἰδὼν εἶπεν αὐτοῖς· πορευθέντες ἐπιδείξατε ἑαυτοὺς τοῖς ἱερεῦσι. καὶ ἐγένετο ἐν τῷ ὑπάγειν αὐτοὺς ἐκαθαρίσθησαν. εἷς δὲ ἐξ αὐτῶν, ἰδὼν ὅτι ἰάθη, ὑπέστρεψε μετὰ φωνῆς μεγάλης δοξάζων τὸν Θεόν, καὶ ἔπεσεν ἐπὶ πρόσωπον παρὰ τοὺς πόδας αὐτοῦ εὐχαριστῶν αὐτῷ· καὶ αὐτὸς ἦν Σαμαρείτης. ἀποκριθεὶς δὲ ὁ ᾿Ιησοῦς εἶπεν· οὐχὶ οἱ δέκα ἐκαθαρίσθησαν; οἱ δὲ ἐννέα ποῦ; οὐχ εὑρέθησαν ὑποστρέψαντες δοῦναι δόξαν τῷ Θεῷ εἰ μὴ ὁ ἀλλογενὴς οὗτος; καὶ εἶπεν αὐτῷ· ἀναστὰς πορεύου· ἡ πίστις σου σέσωκέ σε.


Wisdom of the Fathers

Having met the Savior, therefore, the lepers earnestly besought Him to free them from their misery, and called Him Master, that is. Teacher. No one pitied them when suffering this malady, but He Who had appeared on earth for this very reason, and had become man that He might show pity to all, He was moved with compassion for them, and had mercy on them.
St. Cyril of Alexandria
Commentary on the Gospel of St. Luke, Homilies 113-116. B#42, pp. 465-466, 4th Century


Community News and Events

Philoptochos News & Events

Thank You!

We just celebrated our annual Holiday Philoptochos/PTO dinner at K.C. Prime. Thank you to everyone who attended.

As we always are trying to increase our membership, I would like to encourage you all as women in our community to have your daughters, granddaughters, nieces, and daughters-in-law to join Philoptochos. In this time of women standing up to so many obstacles in this world, it is such a blessing to have this group “Philoptochos” as a powerful presence that feeds the poor and helps people in need. This is no longer your yiayia’s Philoptochos as great as our yiayias are and were. Because of them and our strong faith in Christ and our church, we are not afraid to deal with so many serious issues like human trafficking, opioid addiction, and homelessness.

My yiayia, Stella Z. Pappas, and my mother, Carol Kyriakodis, were in this very Nausica Philoptochos, and now my soon to be daughters-in-law will be too! We all need to work together to keep our Nausica Philoptochos and thriving for generations. We depend on you and our church family to support us in every way.

Philoptochos President Stela Fisfis


Go Red Sunday – February 9, 2020

The Ladies Philoptochos ‘Nausica’ continues its commitment to Go Red for Women, the American Heart Association’s national call to increase awareness and help prevent heart disease, the number one killer of American women. This is a call for women, by women, to take charge of their well-being and live stronger, healthier lives.

We invite all of our parishioners to show support for this important mission to increase awareness and help prevent heart disease in women by wearing red, the color of our hearts, on Go Red Sunday, February 9, 2020, attending church services. We will also be taking a collection that day to benefit the American Heart Association.

Thank you for your continued support!

PTO News

Our hearts are filled with gratitude and appreciation to the following women who baked and helped make the annual PTO Bake sale a delicious success! Thank you to Cathy Avgiris, Dimitra Ganas, Kiki Malitas, Betsy McGrath, Maria Mountis, Theodora Mikroulis, Anastasia Niamonitos, Stella Nikolopoulos,  Dea Papadopoulos, Rubena Papakirk, and Venetia Voutsinas. 

Thank you to the GOYA and JOY teams along with many members of PTO who volunteered their time to help with set up, preparation and selling of the various baked goods, your continued support and enthusiasm is not only appreciated but essential to the future of all our youth programs.

Wishing everyone a happy, healthy and fruitful New Year!

The PTO Board

Matthew 25 Outreach

Matthew 25 has put away the Angel Tree, delivered the many gifts to the happy recipients, and is now preparing for our next delivery to Seeds of  Hope which is scheduled for 1/22/2020.  January and February are difficult and lean months for the pantry.  Our ministry doesn’t focus on the month of December for food donations. The reason for this is due to individuals and organizations that like to donate once a year to keep up with the spirit of giving.  This is wonderful, but when the cold weather settles in, many people have less work or increased heating bills and once again food insecurities peak. 

Please consider giving more generously during these next few months.  The shelves become so bare, as the needs increase.  Soups, warm cereals, pasta, red sauce, peanut butter, go such a long way.  Think about the foods that keep you warm and full this time of year.  We accept frozen vegetables along with feminine hygiene products. These are just suggestions. 

Please help us deliver more than a carload of non-perishable goods this January.  This is a new year with new resolutions.  If you would like to fulfill your resolution of being more charitable this year, donate or join our team.  Reach out to with any questions.   We look forward to feeding more families this year as our fight to help reduce food insecurities continues. 

Wishing you a blessed and abundant New Year.


To Anna Dalson for being nominated to be our parish Greek School honoree at the 2020 Regional Greek Letters Day Celebration on Sunday, January 26, 2020.

To Dimitra Ganas for being nominated to be our parish PTO honoree at the 2020 Regional Greek Letters Day Celebration on Sunday, January 26, 2020.

We Will Be Celebrating Godparents Sunday on Sunday, February 9th.

We invite all children and their godparents to attend the liturgy and a special ceremony as a reminder of this beautiful sacrament and bond. Please join us for refreshments in the cultural center with your nounas and nounos!

If your godparents are unavailable, please bring a special family member or friend with you. We want every child to participate.

Thank you,

Sunday school Directors Tina Hadgimallis and Stella Fisfis

Looking Ahead Beyond Next Week...

  • Sunday, February 9, 2020- Triodion Starts (Three-week pre-Lenten Season)
        • Godparents Sunday
  • Sunday, February 16, 2020- Council of Ministries Meeting
  • Saturday, February  22, 2020- First of Three Saturday of Souls
        • Taverna Night - Save the date & look for your invitation in the mail soon
  • Sunday, February 23, 2020- Judgment Sunday (Meatfare) Sunday
        • Spring General Assembly of Our Parishioners
  • Saturday, February  29, 2020- Lenten Retreat: “Behold The Bridegroom: Preparing for Lent with The Parables of Jesus.”
  • Sunday, March 1, 2020- Forgiveness Sunday
        • Parish Oratorical Festival
  • Monday, March 2, 2020- Clean Monday, Start of Holy and Great Lent
  • Saturday, March 14, 2020- Regional Sights and Sounds Youth Arts Festival. St. Luke Church, Broomall, PA
  • Sunday, March 29, 2020- Philadelphia Greek Independence Day Parade
  • Sunday, April 13, 2020- Palm Sunday, Stat of Holy Week

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!

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

Thank you!

CrossRoad 2020

CrossRoad is a ten-day academic summer institute that prepares high school juniors and seniors to make big life decisions and invites them to connect with the Orthodox Christian theological and spiritual tradition. 

Participants from all over the country come together to experience daily worship, take theology classes from some of the best professors in the country, visit local parishes, serve their neighbors, tour the city, and even spend a day at the beach.

Click HERE for more information. Application deadline is February 1, 2020


Focus on Our Church Family

Celebrations, Milestones, Gratitude, Comfort & Support

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 to add someone to the prayer list.

Let us pray to the Lord for health and salvation: Suffering and persecuted Christians in the Middle East and the non-Christian world, Antonios, Anthony, Debora, Despina, Nikolaos, George, Yiannis, Eugene, Mary, Maria, Noel, Pavlos, Vincent, Alexandros, Constantino, Dionysios, Elizabeth, Peter, Athanasia, Earnest, Virginia.

Names will be kept on this list for approximately three 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 also.

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, the 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

Χρόνια πολλα!  Happy birthday!   God grant you many years!  To those celebrating this week: Kostandenos Mashas, Nicole Pogas, Maria Botsaris, Markella Calliagas, Patricia Malamas, Anastasia Niamonitos, James Trivelis, Michael Trivelis, Anna Botsaris, Gerasimos Cosmatos, George Giordas, Vasilis Kambouris, Anthony Mariani, Stella Triantafellou, Kaden Avgiris, Alice Karnavas, Angelique Maher, Athanasia McLeod, Victoria Sourovelis, Nicholas Chin, William Koutsouros, Panagiotis Psihogios, Elizabeth Trivelis, Alexandra Vlachos, Alexandra Drobac Diagne, Lambros Karazournias, Nicholas Lucarini, Nicholas Romas.

Our deepest sympathy to Eleni Giovetsis and to her extended family for the passing of her beloved husband, Constantine Giovetsis, 82, who fell asleep in the Lord on January 13, 2020. The funeral was held at Annunciation Church on Thursday, January 16. May his memory be eternal.




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Help Needed


My name is Andrea Thomas Merrick, and I am an Annunciation parishioner. 

My husband, Alan Gnessin, was diagnosed at age 16 with Type 1 Diabetes. Back then, treatment was much different than today.  Now, there are insulin pens, different types of insulin,  pumps, meters that test your blood without pricking your fingertips and many other medical advances. He followed the rules, watched what he ate, and lived his life.  But, these things don’t stop the progression of this chronic, incurable disease.

Today, Alan has Stage IV Kidney Disease and needs a kidney transplant. This is a daunting milestone.  His quality of life has greatly diminished.  His kidneys are failing with each passing day.  He continues to live the best life that he can but, without a kidney transplant, he will not be able to continue.  That is just the inevitably sad fact for all of us who care so much for him. 

There are two ways of obtaining a kidney. The first is from a deceased donor, which means you are put on the List and wait your turn until a matching kidney becomes available. You must receive dialysis while you wait what could be 5 or more years if you are lucky.

Alternatively, there are living kidney donors.  Having a living kidney donor has better outcomes than a cadaver donor. It also avoids having to wait years on the List for a match and means that the recipient need not spend endless time on dialysis.  This is a true gift.

On behalf of Alan, I am reaching out to you and asking for your help. Would you be willing to be tested to see if you are a compatible donor? Would you be willing to share Alan’s story and ask others? I am hoping that among family, friends, acquaintances and new connections, there is someone out there who can help save a life.  Please know that Alan’s immediate family are not suitable donor candidates, hence this outreach. (Alan has Type O blood, so a direct donor needs to be Type O (+ or -).

If you want to learn more about how the process works to be evaluated as a kidney donor, please go to  If you prefer speaking directly and confidentially with the transplant program, please feel free to reach out to our transplant coordinator at Jefferson at or at 1-888-855-6649.  You can download and complete the Living Donor Medical Assessment and Referral Form at  and e-mail it to if you are interested in being considered as a living kidney donor. This form is the initial screening form.

We are so grateful for your interest, your questions, your help, and your friendship during this very difficult time.

Thank you all for listening to Alan’s story and considering his situation.

Andrea Thomas Merrick, Alan’s wife.

For questions and more information, please contact Fr. John at  215-6350316