Annunciation Church
Publish Date: 2019-07-21
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Annunciation Church

General Information

  • Phone:
  • (231) 799-0185
  • Street Address:

  • 185 East Pontaluna Road

  • Muskegon, MI 49444

Contact Information

Services Schedule

Orthros/Matins: Sunday, 9:00 AM
Divine Liturgy:
 Sunday, 10:00 AM



Past Bulletins

Parish Calendar

  • Parish Calendar

    July 21 to July 28, 2019

    Sunday, July 21

    9:00AM Matins Service (Orthros)

    10:00AM Divine Liturgy

    11:30AM Parish Council Meeting

    Monday, July 22

    10:00AM Pilaf Baking: Kourambiethes

    Thursday, July 25

    12:00PM Church Picnic @ Kruse Park

    Sunday, July 28

    Guest Speaker & visit by Kenneth Kidd - Development Director FOCUS North America

    10:00AM Divine Liturgy


Saints and Feasts

July 21

John and Symeon the Fool for Christ

These Saints were from the city of Edessa in Mesopotamia and flourished during the reign of Justin the Younger (565-578). After a pilgrimage to Jerusalem they were moved with a desire to forsake the world; they were tonsured monks by the Abbot Nicon, and soon after left the monastery to struggle together in the wilderness near the Dead Sea. When they had passed a little more than thirty years together in silence and prayer, Symeon, having reached the heights of dispassion, departed for Emesa in Syria, where he passed the rest of his life playing the fool, saving many souls from sin while hiding his sanctity with seemingly senseless behavior. He reposed in 570; by the providence of God, John, who had remained in the wilderness, departed soon after.


Hymns of the Day

Resurrectional Apolytikion in the Fourth Mode

When the women Disciples of the Lord had learned from the Angel the joyful message of the Resurrection and had rejected the ancestral decision, they cried aloud to the Apostles triumphantly: Death has been despoiled, Christ God has risen, granting His great mercy to the world.

Apolytikion for the Church/Feast of the Annunciation of the Theotokos in the Fourth Mode

Today is the summary of our salvation, and the revelation of the age-old mystery. For the Son of God becomes the Son of the Virgin, and Gabriel announces the good news of grace. Therefore, let us join him, and cry aloud to the Theotokos: "Rejoice, Maiden full of grace! The Lord is with you."

Seasonal Kontakion in the Second Mode

O Protection of Christians that cannot be put to shame, mediation unto the creator most constant: O despise not the voices of those who have sinned; but be quick, O good one, to come unto our aid, who in faith cry unto thee: Hasten to intercession and speed thou to make supplication, O thou who dost ever protect, O Theotokos, them that honor thee.

Gospel and Epistle Readings

Epistle Reading

5th Sunday of Matthew
The Reading is from St. Paul's Letter to the Romans 10:1-10

Brethren, my heart's desire and prayer to God for Israel is that they may be saved. I bear them witness that they have a zeal for God, but it is not enlightened. For, being ignorant of the righteousness that comes from God, and seeking to establish their own, they did not submit to God's righteousness. For Christ is the end of the law, that every one who has faith may be justified. Moses writes that the man who practices the righteousness which is based on the law shall live by it. But the righteousness based on faith says, Do not say in your heart, "Who will ascend into heaven?" (that is, to bring Christ down) or "Who will descend into the abyss?" (that is, to bring Christ up from the dead). But what does it say? The word is near you, on your lips and in your heart (that is, the word of faith which we preach); because, if you confess with your lips that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For man believes with his heart and so is justified, and he confesses with his lips and so is saved.

Gospel Reading

5th Sunday of Matthew
The Reading is from Matthew 8:28-34; 9:1

At that time, when Jesus came to the country of the Gergesenes, two demoniacs met him, coming out of the tombs, so fierce that no one would pass that way. And behold, they cried out, "What have you to do with us, O Son of God? Have you come here to torment us before the time?" Now a herd of many swine was feeding at some distance from them. And the demons begged him, "If you cast us out, send us away into the herd of swine." And he said to them, "Go." So they came out and went into the swine; and behold, the whole herd rushed down the steep bank into the sea, and perished in the waters. The herdsmen fled, and going into the city they told everything, and what had happened to the demoniacs. And behold, all the city came out to meet Jesus; and when they saw him, they begged him to leave their neighborhood. And getting into a boat he crossed over and came to his own city.


Parish News & Events

Coffee Hour:

Please join us for coffee hour hosted by Nicci Clark & Magdalene Afendoulis. Today we are celebrating all July birthdays of parishioners. Also Magdalene celebrates her name day tomorrow.  May God grant them many years!

Fr. John's Schedule

Fr John will be out of the country from July 10th- August 2nd  and can be reached by email. In case of an emergency, please contact Fr. Basil  (231-286-2196

Pilaf Festival Baking

We will meet to bake kourembides on Monday, July 22nd  @ 10 AM. We will be making many batches of cookies for the Pilaf Dinner and we need many volunteers. We will be baking until about 5 pm. Parishioners are welcome to stop in and help as their schedule permits.

Church Picnic @ Kruse Park - Thursday, July 25 @ 12PM

The picnic is open to all parishioners and friends of all ages to join us at Kruse Park on Thursday, July 25th @ 12:00.  Please contact Christine Encelewski (231-755-4801) if you would like to attend and if you are able to bring a dish.

Upcoming Soup Kitchen

Our next soup kitchen will be at the First Congregational Church Soup Kitchen on Saturday, August 3rd @ 8:15 AM. Please contact Pat Ladas ( if you would like to volunteer.

Detroit Metropolis Clergy-Laity and Philoptochos Conference

The next Detroit Metropolis Clergy-Laity and Philoptochos Conference will take place in Troy, Michigan on Wednesday, September 25th through Saturday, September 28th. The Grand Banquet will be held Friday evening. Please contact Nick Davros or George Maniates if you would like to represent the parish in the upcoming meeting. More information on the Conference is available on  The deadline to register is August 20.

Upcoming Services

  • Dormition Fast begins on Thursday, August 1st 
  • Paraklesis (Intercessory Prayer) to the Theotokos will be held on the following dates @ 6  PM during the Dormition Fast:
    • Friday, August 2nd
    • Wednesday, August 7th
    • Friday, August 9th
    • Monday, August 12th
  • During each of the Paraklesis Services, it is the custom to pray for all living Orthodox Christians. Names can be emailed to Fr. John or placed in the basket near the candle stand in the narthex (Please print names clearly).
  • Transfiguration of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ: 9 AM Orthros followed by Divine Liturgy @ 10 AM on Tuesday, August 6th.
  • Great Vespers for the Dormition of the Theotokos: Wednesday, August 14th @ 6 PM with along with Artoklasia (blessing of the five loaves).
  • Dormition of the Theotokos: 9 AM Orthros followed by Divine Liturgy @ 10 AM on Thursday, August 15th.

Host a Fellowship Hour

The Fellowship Hour is a continuation of the Christian Fellowship experienced in the Eucharist during the Divine Liturgy. It is also a wonderful way to commemorate an anniversary, birthday, family milestone, or memorial.  If you would like to host a Fellowship Hour, please use the Coffee Hour signup sheet in the community hall. 

Metropolis of Detroit Summer Camp

Upcoming Programs for Youth Entering Grades 3-11:

Week 4: July 21 – July 27, 2019
Week 5*: July 28 – August 3, 2019 

*The majority of children from our Parish are going to Camp for Week 5

Iconography Committee

We would like to thank the following parishioners who have pledged/donated towards the continued beautification of our Church!

  1. Saint Elpiniki: Phyllis (Photine) Afendulis
  2. Saint Mary Magdalene: Afendoulis and Clark Families
  3. Angel Raphael: The Anton Family
  4. Saint Nectarios of Aegina: Georgia Baker 
  5. Great Martyr Irene: Ted & Fran Anton
  6. Saint Catherine of Alexandria: Karen & Barry Eifert
  7. Saint Photini: Micheil Family & James Afendulis
  8. Saint Demetrios: John Bati
  9. Saint George: Gust (Deno) & Mary Danigelis
  10. Saint Procopius of Scythopolis: Gust (Deno) & Mary Danigelis
  11. Theotokos: George Maniates
  12. Prophet Zachariah: Fr. John, Pres. Pavlina, George Sakellariou & Alan Spivak
  13. Saint Helen: Laura & John Wright
  14. Saint Sophia & her three daughters: Faith, Hope, and Love: Maria Soeder
  15. Dormition Scene: Fr. Basil & Pres. Sandra
  16. Holy Transfiguration Scene: Christine Encelewski


Metropolis of Detroit Summer Camp

    Metropolis Summer Camp

    Metropolis Summer Camp

    Camper registration remains open for the Metropolis of Detroit Summer Camp (MDSC), located in Rose City (MI), for the upcoming 2019 season The camp program is for youth going into the 3rd – 11th grades, and there is also a unique week at the beginning of the summer for young adults going into 12th grade or who have just graduated.