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“Souper” Thank You!

The Stewardship Committee would like to thank everyone who attended the Souper Sunday Cook-off and to those who helped make it a success.  We collected $335 that will go directly to the scholarship fund.  See Photos here.

Thanks to all of our soup cooks who prepared their delicious creations for our contest:  Andrea Jones (Mexican Chicken Soup), Susan George (Buffalo Wing Chicken Soup), Ron Ramseur (3 Bean Seafood Soup), Jim Sperelakis (Guacamole and Chips), Joanna Tsiantas (Chili), Cathy Chadwick (Beef & Barley Soup), Daphne Tikellis (Stuffed Pepper Soup), Melinda Patrick (Creamy Tomato Basil Soup w/Cheese Croutons), Brendon Copper (Chili). Don Argyrople (Broccoli Cheddar Soup).              

Thanks to all of the dessert chefs and to all of the kids who served and made our event complete.  Also a special thanks to Jennifer Cooper for donating the carefully chosen chef prizes!

Congratulations to our Winners:

 1st Place: Creamy Tomato Basil Soup, prepared by Melinda Patrick

 2nd Place: Buffalo Wing Chicken Soup, prepared by Susan George

 3rd Place: Stuffed Pepper Soup, prepared by Daphne Tikellis    

Elections Results for 2018 Parish Council

Congratulations to the following new or re-elected 2018 Parish Council members: Ed Connor, Maria Connor, Jennifer Cooper, Jim Georgopoulos, John Housianitis and Daphne Tikellis.

The new Parish Council will convene in January.

 

  "100 Years in the Kitchen" Cookbook - The Perfect Gift!!

Our parish members have shared their Greek recipes passed down through generations and more in this rare cookbook compiled for our 100th anniversary celebration.  The cookbook is available now for $20 and can be purchased at The Annunciation Church Candle Stand in the Narthex, the Daniel Lynch Pharmacy, Tina's European Fashions and Dance Place of Newburyport or by contacting Andrea Jones at andreajones1@comcast.net.  Surprise your loved ones with this special gift!!

100th Anniversary Update 

Our 100 years celebration of Greek Orthodoxy in Newburyport has begun!  The parish council decided to recognize the date of December 18, 2018 as the anniversary of our Church.  See the full year schedule of planned Monthly activities here.  Please reach out to our 100th Anniversary co-chairs of Andrea Jones and Charlie Neos.  Each monthly event has many tasks to fill and could use your help.  Please come to one of the regularly scheduled meetings listed on the calendar Tuesdays@6:30PM or Sundays@11:45AM and offer your time, talent and energy.

Request for Pictures and Any Documents Related to our Parish

We are looking for your old pictures and documents of activities from events that were held at our church over the past 100 years!  This can include photographs, as well as programs, tickets, raffle prize tickets, flyers and newspaper clippings of events, etc.  Also, please send sedding, baptismal, ordination or any other pictures of events taken in our Church.  Pictures and items circa 1918-1924 please send asap so that we may include them in our Founders Day event.  Thank you!

Clean copies may be sent electronically to Tina Papadopoulos at tpapadop@aol.com with dates and names of persons and events.

Please Note

If you have recently moved or changed your email address, please contact Stacey Kevorkian at staceykevorkian@gmail.com so that we can keep both our mailing list and the listserv for email current.  Thank you!

Do Words Matter? Some Do

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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.

Oratorical Festival

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. 

Click on photo to view complete album.

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 2018 are now available.  Please see Irene Falite or Dorothy Davis to update your membership for 2018.  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.

Parish Communications

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 agocport@gmail.com.

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 andreajones1@comcast.net, or contact any member of the Parish Council with your preferred contact information.

Got Koliva?

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 

Thursday, April 12 - Orthodoxy Discussion Group

Topic: God

This group is open to all, especially those considering becoming Orthodox and meets every other Thursday at 5:30 pm.

Parish Resources

Weekly Sunday Bulletin View the parish weekly news bulletin online, includes news and events.

      

Monthly Bulletin - The Beacon

Shining Forth the Good News!

Orthodox Marketplace - The official online store of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America.                                          

Send an Iconogram Send a message to a loved one or a friend in celebration of a name day, feast day, or sacrament.

Annunciation Online  "Like" our Facebook page so that you may be kept up on services, events and activities.

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