Do Words Matter? Some Do
Dr. Bruce Beck, Professor of New Testament at Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology, recently spoke during Orthodoxy on Tap held at St. Vasilios Greek Orthodox Church in Peabody. The topic covers four categories of words: important words, idle words, harmful words and lastly Holy Words. Click here to see his presentation.
2017 Parishioners of the Year - Honored on June 11th
The Parish Council has chosen two most deserving sisters to share the honor this year. Congratulations go to Irene Katsoulis and Daphne Tikellis. They will be honored at the 31st Annual Metropolis of Boston Ministry Awards Banquet at Lombardo's, Randolph, MA, 5:30 pm reception, 6:30 pm dinner, June 11th. Please contact the church office to reserve tickets.
Read about their long and devoted history to Annunciation Church here.
On Sunday. March 26th seven of our Sunday School students presented brief homilies on topics chosen from a pre-assigned list from the St. John Chrysostom Oratorial Festival. Thank you to the following students for presenting their views on Christianity to our parish: Max George, Anastacia Hansen, Stephanie Patriakeas, Christopher Connor, Ana Popescu, Kylie and Mikayla Cuzak.
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Annunciation Men's Club
We are pleased to announce the resurrection of our Men’s Club. The first meeting took place on Thursday, April 6. Subsequently, we will meet monthly, either at church or in a dinner setting.
We would like all the men of our parish to take a few minutes and contemplate how this can influence their lives and their participation. There are many aspects we would like you to consider: spiritual, community service, philanthropic outreach, Church tasks, fundraising and just plain fun and a time out enjoying our camaraderie. It made sense for us to initiate this thought process now as we are all hopefully in a time of reflection and change, as we approach Pascha. Please feel free to talk to Ed Connor, Arthur and John Housianitis, and John Tsakirgis (617-686-2939), the newly elected officers. Please help reach out to those men, who have just joined our Parish and would welcome the idea and thought of participating. We do not want anyone left out. We welcome ideas and free thought as we move forward with this adventure.
Greek Ladies Aid Society
Membership cards for 2017 are now available. Please see Irene Falite or Dorothy Davis to update your membership for 2017. A donation of $15 goes a long way in helping us help others less fortunate than ourselves.
"Pick A Month" Mortgage Initiative
During the December 2015 General Assembly, the Parish Council had announced a mortgage reduction initiative. This initiative has several components, including negotiating a lower interest rate/term length; seeking future donations of one month’s mortgage obligation; and developing and implementing fundraising events with a sole purpose/focus of reducing our mortgage obligation. We are very pleased to announce that PC member Charlie Neos’ diligent efforts have led to a renegotiation of our mortgage term to 15 years, with a corresponding interest rate of 4% (nearly a 1.5% reduction). Our monthly payment obligation will be only $75 more, and we will save tens of thousands in interest over the life of the loan. Great first step!
How you can help....
The Parish Council is inviting parishioners to assume the mortgage payment for a month ($1500).
Each parishioner that assumes the cost of a month will be recognized with a gold leaf on a custom made giving tree that will be permanently mounted on the wall in our lobby. Click here for more information and to signup to help.
These combined efforts will lead to a lower overall mortgage burden, allow us to pay off our mortgage debt more quickly, and ultimately give our beloved Parish more financial freedom.
It seems that some people are not aware of our parish wide email program called Listserv. We are using Listserv to send out weekly announcements like our Sunday bulletin and other items regarding church events. If you would like to receive Listserv announcements, add your name and email address by notifying us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Coffee Hour Help
Parish Council has proposed a new approach to filling a Sunday void of a Coffee Hour host. We know that it can be overwhelming for one family to bring all of the food for coffee hour, but not so if five families bring just one item each. Andrea Jones will create a list of email addresses for those parishioners who are willing to provide one item for coffee hour on an open Sunday. On an open Sunday, Andrea will email the first five people on the list to bring something, and reach out to the next five when the need arises again, etc. If you would like to contribute to coffee hour in this way please send your email address to email@example.com, or contact any member of the Parish Council with your preferred contact information.
No time to make the traditional Koliva for the memorial service of a loved one? Daphne Tikellis is now available to make the koliva for you at $100/tray. Call Daphne at (978)270-6089.
Save the Date
December 10 - 100th Anniversary Founders Brunch
Please join us as we Kick off the 100th Anniversary Celebration of our Church on December 10, 2017 from 10am - 3pm. We will honor the founding families starting with Divine Liturgy followed by a Memorial Service and Brunch in Nicholson Hall. Brunch Tickets are $20 for Adults and $10 for children under 12. Reserved seating with paid tickets only. No tickets at the door. Tickets can be purchased online at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/founders-day-celebration-annunciation-church-newburyport-tickets-39349265713, or by contacting Tina Papadopoulos at (617) 828-7543, Maria Andriotakis-Conor at (978) 270-9121, or Melinda Patrick at (617) 543-0824.
December 13 - Fresh Greenery Holiday Centerpieces
Join GLAS with florist Debbie Sousane at 6PM in Nicholson Hall. We are making long and low Centerpieces with fresh greens, candles and bows. Cost is $25 with all materials provided. If interested please RSVP to Irene Falite at Ireneff02@yahoo.com.
December 17 - 2018 Parish Council Elections
Please be advised that elections for the 2018 Parish Council of Annunciation Church will take place on Sunday, December 17, 2017 immediately following the Divine Liturgy and ending promptly at 2:00 PM.Only Orthodox Christian Members in good standing are permitted to vote.
December 24 - Children's Christmas Pageant
Join us for this annual festive event following Divine Liturgy, as the youth in our parish reinact the story of Christmas with readings and carols sung by all!
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