REV. FR. JON MAGOULIAS
PARISH COUNCIL PRESIDENT
Thursday Novemer 8th
SYNAXIS OF THE HOLY ARCHANGELS MICHAEL & GABRIEL
Epistle Heb. 2:2-10
Gospel Luke 10:16-21
Divine Services 8:30 a.m.
Sunday, Novemer 11th
8TH SUNDAY OF LUKE
Epistle 2 Cor. 4:6-15
Gospel Luke 10:25-37
Divine Services 9:00 a.m.
Saturday, November 17th
Great Vespers 5:00 p.m.
Sunday, November 18th
9TH SUNDAY OF LUKE
Epistle Eph. 4:1-7
Gospel. Luke 12:16-21
Sunday Divine Services. 9:00 a.m.
Divine Services at our Church of the Annunciation can be viewed live on the Internet! Divine Services may be viewed using an iPhone or iPad. Visit our Parish Website: www.goannunciation.org and go to the "Live" link to follow directions (It is recommended to use "Chrome" as your browser. Please be sure to connect to the proper device.
In appreciation of a very generous donation, our internet broadcasting of Divine Services is now in high definition (HD). In addition to the ability to view the live broadcast of services on the internet, one may now view services from our Facebook page: Greek Orthodox Church of the Annunciation Modesto. From the Facebook site, the service may also be viewed after the service has concluded!
The purpose for this ministry is to provide shut-ins that have internet capability, college students that may not be able to get to an Orthodox Church, or people interested in our precious Christian Orthodox Faith, the opportunity to view our church services. This is not a substitute for attending Church!
It has been a blessing to have the Rev. Fr. Soteri Rousakis serve our Parish during Fr. Jon’s absence. This past week, Fr. Soteri celebrated his 20th anniversary to the Holy Priesthood. Following his ordination, Fr. Soteri’s first liturgy was celebrated in our Church on the Feastday of the Synaxis of the Holy Archangels Michael and Gabriel (November 8). We pray that our Lord will grant many years to Fr. Soteri as he continues to serve our Lord’s Church.
This Sunday, we will welcome the Rev. Fr. Christopher Flesoras to our Parish. Fr. Christopher, Pastor of the Church of St. Anna in Roseville, will be returning home to celebrate the Divine Services. We are grateful to Fr. Christopher and pray that God will continue to bless him as he serve the Church in faith and love.
We are pleased to welcome all visitors to our Parish this week and we pray that our Lord bless you through the intercessions of the All-Holy Theotokos and Ever-Virgin Mary. We invite you to join us for church services regularly and to pray with our Christian family.
Immediately following the Divine Liturgy this Sunday, we would like you to join us for our fellowship in the Very Rev. Emmanuel Papageorge Cultural Center. This Sunday, Fellowship Hour will be hosted by the Cretan Clubs of our Community. We hope you will join us for the luncheon as we break bread in the spirit of Christian Orthodox fellowship.
Looking forward to seeing you in church, we wish you a blessed week!
PLEASE TAKE NOTE WHEN COMMUNICATING WITHIN THE PARISH
Texting and social media platforms have become prevalent as the means by which we communicate with one another. Although these methods of communication may be more convenient and seemingly instantaneous, they remain informal and impersonal. Moreover, our words can be misconstrued on account of improperly placed (or lacking) punctuation, misspelled words, and/or incomplete thoughts; simply done with the click of a button.
We, therefore, ask you to please refrain from texting or reaching out to Fr. Jon, Michael, or the Office Staff through social media platforms. Rather, you are asked to contact them through the Church Office to schedule appointments or sacraments, confirm service times, meetings, request visitations and/or to ask for pastoral or theological questions. In the event of an emergency, please contact Fr. Jon via the numbers provided in our Parish.
Some internet sites of our Parish include:
Parish Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/goannunciation/
Philoptochos - https://www.facebook.com/Philoptochos4011/
Tots N Toddlers (TNT) - https://www.facebook.com/groups/1752911011651397/
GOYA - https://www.facebook.com/groups/906681666103047/
YAL - https://www.facebook.com/groups/690691877659137/?ref=group_browse_new
Dance Groups - Shutterfly - https://greekdanceclub.shutterfly.com/
iPhone App for Shutterfly Share Sites can be found at - https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/shutterfly-share-sites/id567273381?mt=8
VISIT OUR WEBSITE
In an effort to continue improving our Parish Ministry, we continue to upgrade and improve our Parish Website: www.goannunciation.org
Recent changes have been made to the format which is much more pleasing to the eye and user friendly. In addition to this wonderful look, there are many features that are constantly being improved and updated.
The broadcasting of our Divine Services may now be seen from both our Parish Website and Parish Facebook page. The newly installed high definition cameras have added to the viewing clarity of our services. We do suggest that when viewing Divine Services from our Parish Website, that it may be better to use Chrome as the browser.
The use of today's technology to improve our ability to serve you, the faithful stewards of the Annunciation Church, is of paramount importance. Whether it is through our website or the broadcasting of Divine Services, it is the responsibility of good stewardship that we strengthen our ability to communicate Christ's message of love, peace and salvation to all.
A feature on the website now enables donations and Stewardship offerings to be made online. After researching a number of programs to provide a means by which online contributions may be made we have chosen to use "Paypal" which is a well tested and secure method.
Please accept this improvement to our Parish Ministry as an offering from your Parish Council. We are grateful to the stewards and friends of our Parish that support our ministry and we pledge to continue to provide the highest quality of service to you, the people of God.
Sunday, November 11th – Team 1: Nick Stamos, Mary Gavrilis, Mike Kordazakis, & Nick Pallios
Sunday, November 18th – Team 3: Jeff Brown, Jaylen French, Andrea Mayer, & Nick Stavrianoudakis
ALL ALTAR BOYS ARE EXPECTED TO:
* Dress properly, wearing lightcolored shirt, tie, and dress shoes.
* The Sunday Church School Program now enables an Altar Boy to serve on Sundays when he may not be scheduled. If you wish to put in extra service on days when it is not your group day, you may do so, but following Holy Communion, you must attend Sunday Church School.
* If unable to participate at your scheduled time, please contact your team captain. Please be on time for all services.
Manoli Rodarakis - Liturgical Coordinator
SENIOR ALTAR BOYS:
Andreas Alexander ~ Frankie Zanotto ~ PJ Zanotto
Sunday, November 11th - Team B: Captain, Matthew Myrtakis, Dimitri Stamos, Walter Lemons, & Christos Zanotto
Sunday, November 18th – Team A: Captain, Jacob Gavrilis, Alex Alexander, Ryan Hatton & Carson Maroudas
Memorial prayers will be offered this Sunday for the repose of the soul of the servant of God, Eleftherios Venizelos, the greatest statesman of the Modern Greek era. At the beginning of the twentieth century his efforts succeeded in bringing recognition of the Greek nation to Europe and the West during a very tense period of history.
Remembered during today’s Memorial Service will also be the commemoration of the events in November 1866, which led to the tragic death of 964 people who died defending the Holy Monastery of Arkadi, on the island of Crete. Among them were 325 men and the rest were women and children who would not subject themselves to further cruelties of the Ottoman Empire. It is important for us to be mindful of the heroic sacrifice made in the name of freedom and to the glory of God! Their willingness to sacrifice their lives is captured in this verse: “Nothing is more noble and glorious than to die for one’s faith and country. Fire and the sword, and all else if defies for its sake.”
Memorial prayers will also be offered today for the repose of the soul of the servant of God:
Gus Mouzes 1 Year
On behalf of the entire Parish we extend our prayers to their family and friends. May our Heavenly Father grant them eternal rest where there is no pain or sorrow, but everlasting life.
ETERNAL BE THEIR MEMORY!
PARISH ASSEMBLY, PC ELECTION & SEMINAR
The Petition for Candidacy forms to be elected to the Annunciation Parish Council are now available from the Church Office. The deadline to submit the nomination form is Thursday, November 20th at 12:00 p.m. In accordance with the Uniform Parish Regulations of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America, to submit a nomination form one must attend the Parish Council Seminar for stewards of our Parish that will be held on Wednesday, November 28th at 7:00 p.m. in the Classroom Building.
On Sunday, November 25th, the Parish Assembly will convene. All candidates for the Parish Council will be introduced to the Assembly. All stewards are invited to attend.
Elections will be held on Sunday, December 2nd, following the Divine Liturgy and until 1:00 p.m. in the Very Rev. Emmanuel Papageorge Cultural Center.
When attending services, please be prompt! In order to partake of the Holy Eucharist please remember proper preparation is required to receive Holy Communion. Proper preparation in receiving Holy Communion requires that the person be in the Divine Liturgy on time, that means BEFORE 10:00 a.m.!
When receiving the Holy Eucharist come forward reverently, give your baptismal name, hold the red cloth under your chin and after receiving, wipe your lips.
Please remember that the "Cry Room" is intended only when an infant child may seem to be disrupting a divine service. It is wonderful to see so many families with young children and for this reason, we ask that only one parent and child be in the "Cry Room" at any given time. Parents should not be giving their children games to play while in the "Cry Room". Once the child has settled down they should return to the pews for the service.
Our Christian Orthodox Stewardship ministry requires us to prayerfully evaluate our obligations to Christ and His Church. The 2018 Stewardship Directory and Calendar has been mailed to members and potential members of our Parish. The Directory contains important information about how we are to fulfill our role as Stewards of the Church.
This year's Stewardship Theme: "Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart as working for the Lord, not for men" (Col. 3:23). The call to give all our "heart" to the Lord is definitely the meaning of how we live our precious Christian Orthodox Faith.
In offering our "heart" to the Lord, our active Stewardship is expressed in the fellowship of our Parish Family. In this way we will experience His love that enables us to grow and strengthen our Parish Church and Ministries.
As we are called to be active participants in our 2018 Stewardship we ask that you consider:
1.) increasing the Time you spend in Church;
2.) giving of the Talent you offer through various ministries of our Parish and;
3.) considering increasing the financial offering from your Treasure that will enable
us to fully fund the operating costs of our Parish through YOUR stewardship
The Stewardship Directory for 2018 lists the stewards of our Parish and provides the information for us to offer our Stewardship in love, faith and thanksgiving to God for ALL His blessings in our lives. We ask that you prayerfully study the Stewardship information to support the ministries of our Church. It is important that each steward return the Stewardship Form so that we may be able to track the offerings in accordance with our Ministry Budget.
Christian Stewardship is the very essence of living our precious Faith that teaches each of us to return to the Lord a portion of our earnings so that the Church may continue to grow. Every person baptized and/or chrismated into the Orthodox Christian Faith may be a parishioner but a steward is something more! A steward is a baptized and/or chrismated person who understands his responsibility to God and His Church. This understanding directs him to live his life according to the teachings of our Faith and at the same time, offers Time, Talents and Treasure to the sacred work of the Church. It is important to understand that our Stewardship obligations determine a family (husband, wife, & children) or an individual as stewards of our Parish. Young adults (18 years and older) that have completed their schooling and/or find themselves in the workplace are expected to become stewards of the Parish. These individuals are not included in one’s “Family Stewardship” obligation.
Our Holy Church emphasizes the truth found in Holy Scripture and Holy Tradition that we must give cheerfully and without reluctance to the sacred work of God’s Holy Church. Your support is necessary to continue the growth and development of our Parish Ministries.
On our Parish Website (www.goannunciation.org) one's Stewardship contributions (and other donations) may be made through “PayPal”. This is a secure means to make online donations and it provides a means for contributions to be made in a timely manner. In addition, it enables the steward to make regular contributions to support the sacred ministry of our Church.
If you have any questions regarding your offering please contact Fr. Jon. Christian Stewardship is the very essence of living our precious Faith that teaches each of us to return to the Lord a portion of our earnings so that the Church may continue to grow.
Each year we are blessed that a number of our stewards increase their commitment to the Church. In recent years, we have had a number of stewards increase their offering above the 10% we hoped for with some increasing their previous year offering by as much as 25%! Approximately $205.00 from every Stewardship offering is contributed for National Ministries.
We have an attainable goal of 325 Stewardship families/individuals for 2018…This IS an attainable goal! Please support our efforts and remember: "God so loved the world that He gave His only Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life."
The ministry of the Philoptochos Society is meaningful to the life of our Church. The membership drive for our Philoptochos has gone very well and we presently have 86 members. Included in one's membership offering is: membership obligation to the Archdiocese and Metropolis Philoptochos which totals $30.00 per person: $15.00 to the National Philoptochos; $15 to the Metropolis Philoptochos; and whatever is offered above that amount remains for local ministries. We strongly encourage the ladies of our Parish to join Philoptochos and to participate in this beautiful ministry.
The elected members of the Philoptochos Board are: Maria Berris, Dena Brown, Diana Demetrulias, Mary Gavrilis, Tina Gianopoulos, Janelle Hatton, Helen Katotakis, Maria Skordos-Moore, Denna Tsatsaronis, Ella Velthoen, Eleni Venierakis, Gloria Vincent. Recently, the Philoptochos Board convened to elect officers. The newly elected officers are: Denna Tsatsaronis, President; Ella Velthoen, Vice-President; Dena Brown, Treasurer; and Mary Gavrilis, Secretary. We pray that our Lord may guide the stewards of the Philoptochos Ministry with faith and love in leading us to accomplish greater service to the glory of God!
COMMUNITY CHRISTMAS CARD
It’s that time of the year to sign up for our Parish Christmas Card. Once again, the card is a beautiful Byzantine Community Christmas Card this year! Please mail in or bring in your form to the Church Office by November 21st!
CHRISTMAS FLOWER DONATION
The Church Office is collecting donations for flowers to decorate our church during the season of our Lord’s Nativity. If you would like to contribute please contact Anna Petrulakis or the Church Office.
We would also like to obtain the e-mail addresses of ALL the families in our Parish. We have begun to communicate much more frequently via the internet. Parents and students are asked to send their email addresses so that we may have them for our Parish records. We also ask that you please submit the names, addresses and e-mails for college students attending school away from home.
It is also important to inform the Church Office when you have an address change. In this way we are able to keep our files current and avoid unnecessary charges from the Post Office.
In addition, we ask that you please notify the Church Office when you plan a trip and put your mail on "Hold." Each time there is an address change or a temporary hold one's mailing address, the Parish is charged by the Post Office.
PARISH COMPLEX SECURITY
For the safety of our Parish complex we have installed security cameras on the exterior and interior of our church complex. Please be aware that the cameras will be recording daily 24/7 – 365 days a year. Don’t forget to smile!
PARISH EDUCATION MINISTRY
SUNDAY CHURCH SCHOOL:
Young people ages 3-12 are expected to regularly participate in our Religious Education Ministry.
Our regular Sunday Church School year is now in session. The young people will participate in the Divine Liturgy at 10:00 a.m. Following Holy Communion, the young people will go to the Classroom Building for their lesson.
It is imperative that families come to the Divine Liturgy on time! It teaches our young people the importance of being in the Divine Liturgy from the beginning and that it is appropriate to be on time at events we attend: School, Sports, and other activities that have a "start time". Young people that participate in our Greek Folk Dance Ministry must attend the Divine Liturgy and Summer Sunday Church School in order to be able to attend practice each Sunday.
ADULT RELIGIOUS EDUCATION
Join our Pastoral Assistant, Michael Sergakis, on the first and third Thursday evenings from October 4th through December 20th at 7 pm. Becoming Like Christ: Living the Liturgy is a class to deepen our scriptural understanding of the sacrament of the holy Eucharist revealing its incredible depth and the impact it should have on our daily lives.
GREEK SCHOOL NEWS
Our afternoon Greek School program has begun and will continue every Tuesday at 4:00 p.m. Our afternoon Greek School teaches our children the Orthodox Christian Faith and Hellenistic culture and we encourage all of our young people to participate. Please register your child today during Fellowship Hour. Children must be age 3 years old or older.
Our Greek Language class for Adults begins Tuesday, November 6th at 6:00 pm in the classroom building. If you are interested in the Adult Greek Language class please contact the Church Office or Despina Rodarakis.
PLEASE TAKE NOTE
It is the practice of our Faith that as we enter the House of God, an offering is made and we say a prayer as we light candles to symbolize that Christ is the Light of the world. Please remember that if a check is being written for this purpose or for a donation, in accordance with the non-profit status of our Parish, any check made out to the Annunciation Church must be for the exact amount. Thank you!
CHURCH MUSIC MINISTRY
The ministry of our choir members is to represent YOU and to serve as volunteers by using the gift of music to sing praises to our Lord is a true act of Christian Orthodox Stewardship.
Parishioners, who may be interested in of our Church, and especially our young people, are invited to join the choir. St. Augustine wrote: "What better thing can the people do than sing. I know of no better thing than this!" Please contact Markella Tsatsaronis or the Church Office, to find out more about our Church Choir.
The success of this ministry rests with the parents as we strive to teach our young people to live our Faith through fellowship and service. We urge the parents of our young people to support this ministry with enthusiasm and love.
Our Youth Ministry is comprised of young people in:
H.O.P.E. - Grade 3-5;
J.O.Y. - Grades 6-8;
G.O.Y.A. - High School;
Y.A.L. - College - 35 yrs. old
The elected officers of our youth groups are:
John Capous, President
Sophia Kokologiannakis, Vice-President
Christina Kappas, Secretary
Nicholas Affholter, President
Kathleen Ramirez, Secretary
Sophia Shaw, President
Matthew Myrtakis, Vice-President
Demitri Stamos, Treasurer
Kristina Gavrilis, Secretary
Lexie Mason, Corresponding Secretary
It is important for our young people to participate in this ministry so that they may develop the skills necessary to live our Christian Orthodox teachings in today’s world.
It has been said: "The more you read.the more you know!" We have a great selection of books, icons, music and other items that every Orthodox Christian can use! Our bookstore is brimming with new arrivals that also make excellent gifts for every occasion.
We have received a new selection of books for all ages. New titles in our bookstore include: The Story of YOU; Every Time I do My Cross; God and You: Person to Person; and Eastern Orthodox Christianity; Pamphlets on the lives of the Saints; the Orthodox Study Bible - New Testament and Psalms. Other excellent titles are: A Boy’s Journey to Sainthood; The Boy, a Kitchen, and His Cave; In the Candle’s Glow; Josiah and Julia Go to Church; The Miracle of the Red Egg; What Do You Hear Angel?; Yiayia and the Prosphoron; St. Nicholas & the Nine Gold Coins; Drita: An Albanian Girl; and Goodnight Jesus. One may also find: The Holy Week Book; The Lenten Spring; If we Confess our Sins; Praying with the Orthodox Mind; Becoming Icons of Christ; Beginners Guide to Prayer; Meditations for Great Lent; Turning The Heart To God; Walking In Wonder; Icon.; and others.
In addition, we have received some fun Orthodox games for young people. Other titles in our bookstore include: When God Made You; Food - Faith and Fasting (A Sacred Journey to Better Health; Thirty Steps to Heaven; Our Thoughts Determine Our Lives (Teachings of the Elder Thaddeus); Father Arseny; The Meditations of Fr. Thaddeus; Meditations for Holy Week; and several other children’s titles that include: Pictures of God and From God to You. In addition, our bookstore has many excellent gifts for every occasion. Please visit our Bookstore during Fellowship Hour!
ANNUNCIATION GREEK DANCE GROUP NEWS
Our Annunciation Dancers would like to thank our Parish Family for their love and support throughout the year. Registration for the 2018-2019 Greek Folk Dance Ministry is now in progress. Please register your children in this fun and exciting ministry.
We would like to thank everyone that made this year's Fall Festival a huge success. The evening was enjoyed by all. We are especially grateful to everyone who decorated their cars for the Trunk or Treat; the ones who barbecued, the Goyans and Young Adults for their participation, and Janelle Hatton and her committee for an outstanding event.
Our Dance Support Group invites you to their “Crab Feed” Saturday, November 17th. Please make plans to join us! Tickets are available in the Church Office and will be available during Fellowship Hour.
DANCE PRACTICE CONTINUES!
Each Sunday, following the Divine Liturgy, our young people will gather for Greek Dance practice. It is important that dancers attend practice regularly as we plan routines for performances in which they participate.
We wish to thank our Dance Directors and Dancers for their outstanding performances during out GFF 2018. Dancers are expected to be in the Divine Liturgy, attend Sunday Church School, and then go to practice.
Over the years families that have been involved in our Greek Folk Dance ministry have been gracious to loan their costumes for other young dancers and we thank them. We would like to remind the families that may have borrowed costumes in the past to please return them as quickly as possible. This includes all parts of the costume including jewelry and we ask that it be returned clean! Thank you!
The Dance Parent Support Group officers elected to serve for 2018-2020 are:
Joanne Capous - President
Janelle Hatton - Vice-President
Maria French - Treasurer
Cassandra Ramirez - Secretary
GFF NEWS UPDATE
It is with much appreciation that we thank ALL the parishioners, the young and the experienced that worked diligently for the success of our GFF2018. You have been so generous in donating your Time, Talents and Treasure and we thank God for your love and dedication to our Parish and we thank you! We are especially grateful to the 2018 Greek Food Festival Committee and its leadership, Chairperson Maria Skordos-Moore and, Co-Chairperson John Mangelos.
We also wish to thank everyone that sold tickets for this year’s Festival. Please remember to turn in all unsold tickets and monies collected for the pre-sale of tickets to Bessie Grillos, or the Church Office this Week!
The ongoing responsibility to maintain the beauty and safety of our church complex is of utmost importance. We have accomplished many projects and express our appreciation to the Stewards and Friends of our Parish that have been so generous to our ministry.
In the last three years we have completed:
1. The replacement of the doors throughout our facility which was approximately $25,000.00.
2. The installation of new lighting around the complex perimeter that was completed at a cost of $3500.00.
3. The new lighting in front of the church (replacing the old MID poles) has finished. The cost of this project was $23,000.00.
4. Sealing and repairing the parking lot - cost $17,000.00
5. The addition of new curbing on back parking lot planters - cost $4,000.00.
6. New lighting in the Classroom Building - cost $10,000.00...DONATED.
7. New Heating/Air Conditioning for the back of the Church Hall - cost $12,000.00;
8. Upgrading of the main electrical panel of our Church complex - cost $3,000.00.
9. Painting of the outdoor pavilion. (Donated.)
10. Landscaping in the upgraded planters behind our complex.
11. Trimming of the cypress trees. (Donated)
12. Upgrade to the Internet Broadcast equipment.
13. Painting of the Vestry and Sacristy. (Donated).
14. Sound System for the Pavilion. (Donated).
15. 2 Flagpoles (Donated).
16. New handicap ramp on side of the church (Donated).
17. Remodeling of the Classroom Building (Donated).
18. New and repair of gutters on the entire church complex (Donated and completed).
19. Security cameras inside and outside our facilities (Donated).
20. A new sound system for the church (Donated and completed).
21. A railed platform area and ramp behing the kitchen. (Donated and completed)
22. Roofing repairs over the kitchen, Lodge Room and entry way to the Hall. (Completed at a cost of $12,580.00)
23. Resealing and restriping of the front Church parking lot and area behind the kitchen. (Completed at a cost of $10,500.00)
24. The purchase of 3 AED units (Donated)
25. The paneling of the kitchen walls (Donated and being completed).
26. Installation of a ceiling fan and lights in the Choir Room. (Donated and completed)
27. Installation of automatic hand towel and soap dispensers throughout our facility. (Completed)
28. Replacing of the church carpet (Donated and installed).
29. Refurbishing the cushions in the church pews (Donated and completed).
We, again, are grateful to the parishioners that have already made contributions towards these projects.
Recently, we have received donations for new items that will be used during Divine Services. They are:
1. New Acolyte Robes (Donated and received);
2. A new Resurrection Candleholder (Donated and received);
3. 2 new sets of covers for the Holy Altar Table and Chalice Set (Donated and received);
4. A set of new Bishop Candlesticks (Donated and received);
5. A new Gospel in Greek and English (Donated and received);
6. A new set of covers for the Holy Altar Table and Chalice Set (Donated)
7. One Rantistirion (Sprinkler) for Holy Week (Donated)
8. Two silver vigil lights that are placed on each side of the Cross (Donated);
9. An icon of the Virgin Mary Directress (Donated)
10. A new set of covers for the Holy Altar Table and Chalice Set (Donated and received)
11. Updating of our electronic Carillon (bell) system (Donated and installed)
12. The installation of 7 new chandeliers for the Church (Donated and completed).
13. The installation of a new High Definition Broadcast System (cameras, control panel, monitors, and computer) for the church (Donated and completed).
14. Two brass candlestands for the 7 Day Vigil Lights (Donated and completed).
1. Seal coating and striping of the church parking lot (Donations being accepted)
2. New altar and chalice covers (Donated).
3. Chairs and Tables for the Hall.
The Parish Council is presently reviewing each area of our Parish Complex so that we can meet the ongoing needs that include upgrading certain areas. Once the study is completed, a presentation will be given at the Parish Assembly.
If you would like to contribute toward ecclesiastical items needed, please contact Fr. Jon or a member of the Parish Council.
We encourage you to visit our Parish Website: www.goannunciation.org. It is frequently updated and contains the Monthly and Weekly Bulletins, along with photographs and other information about our Parish.
We are very blessed to have a wonderful church complex. This has only been accomplished by the generosity of the stewards of our Parish that understand the importance of gathering for Christian Orthodox Fellowship. We are grateful to everyone that has contributed over the years and we commit ourselves to be responsible to maintain our facilities to the best of our abilities.
For this to happen, we need YOUR support too! This is why we must remind parishioners that church property is not to be removed from our complex. Please do not remove plates, pans or other utensils from our facilities for any reason unless approved by the Parish Priest and Parish Council. If you have any items from the Cultural Center please return them this week. In addition, we would like to remind parishioners that we rely on volunteers to serve the meals at our luncheons. During meals that are served in our Church Hall please do not enter the kitchen unless you are volunteerin g to help! We thank you for your understanding and support!
The demands on each individual and family are great. In an effort to understand this we would like to remind our parishioners that before anyone plans on selling items in our church complex or during Parish activities, they must have the approval of the Parish Priest. We also understand that organizations within our Community, as well as, organizations we may support, have a need to raise funds for their activities. We do not want times of fellowship to become a time when parishioners may be bombarded to purchase items.
We would also like to remind everyone that the placement of flyers on our cars is prohibited! Flyers that you wish to have distributed may be brought by the Church Office for approval and then included in either our Monthly and/or Weekly bulletins.
IN TIMES OF ILLNESS
"Come, O blessed of my father, inherit the Kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world;.for I was sick and you visited me." (Matt. 25:31-46). When a member of our Parish is ill and has been hospitalized or may be recuperating at home, the immediate family of the ill person should contact the Church Office, 522-7694. It is beneficial to both the body and the soul when our priest prays for us when we are healthy or ill. The local hospitals will not notify us when an Orthodox Christian has been admitted to the hospital, so it is imperative that the immediate family accept this responsibility.
Divine Services on Sunday morning begin promptly at 9:00 a.m. There is no set time as to when the Divine Liturgy actually begins since the hymns of the Matins vary from week to week. According to actual Church Service procedures, each and every member of the congregation is required to be seated in the pews by the beginning of the Divine Liturgy. It is only through leniency that anyone is allowed to enter the Church once the Service has begun. Thus it behooves us not to take undue advantage of this leniency. Also, unnecessary noise is extremely distracting during worship, especially when it comes from the adults talking; in addition, our nursery is equipped with all the conveniences for young children and a parent to participate in the Liturgy. Please remember to prepare yourself properly to attend the Divine Liturgy; dress accordingly; do not chew gum; turn off your cell phone; and please do not create a disturbance. Please remember that the Parish Council members are re quired to see to the order during Church Services and everyone should follow their directions at all times.
"The Lord has given us many counsels and commandments to help us toward salvation. He has even given us a pattern of prayer, instructing us on how we are to pray. He has given us life, and with His accustomed generosity, He has also taught us how to pray. He has made it easy for us to be heard, as we pray to the Father in words taught us by the Son.Let us pray as God our Master has taught us. To ask the Father in words His Son has given us, to let Him hear the words of Christ ringing in our ears, is to make our prayer one of friendship, a family prayer." St. Cyprian, martyred Bishop of Carthage (+258)
The Divine Liturgy begins with the offering of the faithful people of God. The gifts we bring forth are an expression of our faith in the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Holy Communion makes us one with the Holy Trinity and is given for "remission of sins and life everlasting". The people are invited to bring forth their offering, i.e. "Prosforon", for the Divine Liturgy to be celebrated. We use 4 prosfora on a regular Sunday and they may be given through our Philoptochos for a donation. The Eucharist Bread may be offered in memory of a loved one or for someone's health and well-being. Anyone wishing to donate the Eucharist Bread ("Prosphoron") on a particular Sunday may contact Anna Petrulakis, 522-0298.
In addition to contributing the Eucharist Bread it is customary to bring a bottle of olive oil for the vigil lights and a bottle of wine for Holy Communion. The ONLY wine being used for Holy Communion is Coumantaria and will now be available for purchase from the Church Office.
“Whatever you do work at it with all your heart
as working for the Lord, not for men...”
SUNDAY CHURCH SCHOOL
September 2 - June 2
Every Sunday at 10:00 a.m.
Parents are urged to bring their children to
Sunday Church School each Sunday
Ages 3 – Grade 12
Please be prompt in coming to church each Sunday and remember that the SS children are to sit in the front pews each Sunday!