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Sunday of Orthodoxy

        

On Sunday, March 11th our Sunday School students participated in the customary procession of icons.  The service is to commemorate the restoration of icons for use in services and private devotional life of Christians. See Photos here.

  "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.

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!

"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 

Sunday, June 10th - Pot Luck Picnic/Last Day of Sunday School

Join us immediately following Divine Liturgy in the courtyard for this Church Social BBQ in celebration of our 100th Anniversary and our youth, their teachers and their work in Christ over the past year!  Please contact Andrea Jones with your contributions at andreajones1@comcast.net or phone: 978-465-1021.

Also June 10th - Laity Award Dinner

Join us as we congratulate our Parisioner of Year Winner, Gina Dussi, at the 32nd Annual Metropolis of Boston Ministry Award Banquet at Lombardo's Restaurant in Randolf, MA.  The evening includes a 5:30 pm reception and picture taking, followed by dinner at 6:30pm. Contact the church office today to reserve your tickets @ $75/pp.

Sunday, June 24th - GLAS Summer Brunch

Celebrate with the Ladies at the Old Salt Tavern in Hampton, NH.  Tickets are $26 and includes tax & gratuity.  RSVP to Daphne Tikellis by June 15th.

July 27, 28, 29 - Greek Food Festival

Mark your calendars for this annual event on 7 Harris Street, Newburyport as we open our doors to the community to share food, music and Greek culture.  We are adding more food, more music, dancing and more FUN to celebrate this milestone year.  Check back here for times and details over the coming weeks.

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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