Events in the Parish
Wedding Luncheon - Honoring the Sacraments
Sunday, May 20th marked a special day honoring the Sacraments as part of our year long 100th Anniversary Church celebration! The festivities began in church with a special Marriage Blessing for all Eastern Orthodox married couples. Then it was off to Nicholson Hall, where guests where surrounded by elaborate decorations and a display of wedding dresses, photos, crowns and other memorable wedding items all provided by our church members. The event concluded with a delicious lunch including mimosas and specialty coffees. Thank you to everyone who made this event a success! See more photos from this event here.
Click on images below to enjoy pictures taken during Holy Week 2018.
Palm Sunday Oratorical Festival Holy and Great Friday
Greek Independence Day Celebration
On Sunday, March 25th in addition to the celebration of the Feast of the Annunciation, our youth performed alongside some special guests from the Metropolis of Boston Dance Troupe in celebration of Greek Independence Day. A special thanks to the GLAS ladies for organizing a delicious luncheon and festive decorations in Nicholson Hall. See more photos here.
“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.
Winter Tea Fundraiser a Fun Success!
St. Basil The Great Icon Donated in Memory of Bill Kacher
It was cold outside, but nothing but warm smiles and warm tea simmered inside St. Basil's Kitchen following Divine Liturgy on Sunday, January 21st. Many thanks to the vision and efforts of Andrea Jones to coordinate 10 table sponsors each providing a uniquely decorated table including a cake centerpiece, and adorned with tea, finger sandwiches, scones and muffins baked and served with the help of GLAS and our Sunday School students. The event included the blessing of a new icon of St. Basil The Great which was donated by the friends and family of William Kacher in his memory and the Icon frame donated by Port Sheet Metal in memory of Jenney Nichpor Knapp. The event raised $1100 toward the $4000 needed to purchase a new dishwasher for St. Basil's Kitchen. Thank you to all who participated!
2017 Christmas Pageant
The Christmas Program presented by the Sunday School was enjoyed by all. Many thanks to our Sunday School Director Jill Argyrople, to the pageant director Melinda Patrick, the children, Sunday School teachers, and parents who worked so hard to bring us this lovely program. See more Photos of the event here.
In December 2017 the following special activities took place to kick off our 100th Anniversary Celebration.
Dr. Papanicou chanted an all Greek early Divine Liturgy December 3rd.
AGOC Choir chanted early 19th century Liturgical music December 10th,
Founders Day Program was presented December 10th
Seminarians chanted the Liturgy December 17th
Christmas program was presented by Sunday School students December 24th
Senior GOYA Bake Sale - October 22, 2017
October 22nd Fellowship hour was hosted by the Senior GOYA. The funds raised were put toward their ministry to the Church.
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.
Oratorical Festival 2017
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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Save the Date
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.
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