Events in the Parish
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.
“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 $206 that will go directly to the scholarship fund.
Thanks to all of our soup cooks who prepared their delicious creations for our contest: Andrea Jones (Clam Chowder), Susan George (Vegetarian Chowder), Ron Ramseur (Special Chicken Soup), Jim Sperelakis (Lentil Soup), John Patriakeas (Bean Soup), Ruth Riley (Cream of Carrot & Cheddar), Joanna Tsiantas (Chili), Genie Schaeffer (Onion Soup), Cathy Chadwick (Seafood Chowder), Daphne Tikellis (Corn Chowder).
Thanks to all of the dessert chefs who made our event complete. Also a special thanks to Jennifer Cooper for donating the carefully chosen chef prizes! See photos from this event here.
Congratulations to our Winners:
1st Place: Special Chicken Soup, prepared by Ron Ramseur
2nd Place: Onion Soup, prepared by Genie Schaeffer
3rd Place: Corn Chowder, prepared by Daphne Tikellis
St. Basil's Committee would like to thank everyone who participated in the High Tea event during coffee hour on January 15th. Thank you for your generous donations. All were used for the purchase and installation of a new dishwashing sprayer unit for the sink. See pictures from the day by clicking on the photo above!
The event would not have been possible without our generous table sponsors who decorated a table and provided a delicious cake centerpiece. Special thanks to our sponsors: Maria Andriotakis Connor and Tina Klidaras, Jill and Don Argyrople, Melinda Patrick, Ruth Riley, Genie Schaefer and the 6th, 7th, and 8th grade Sunday School Class students and parents Irina Popescu and Joanna Hight. Thanks also to those who helped to shop, prepare the sandwiches and scones, and clean up.
2016 Christmas Pageant
On Sunday, December 18th our traditional Christmas Pageant took place following Divine Liturgy. Once again our Sunday School children did an outstanding job of telling the story of Christmas through readings and by reinacting the trip to the manger by Mary and Joseph, shepherds and kings. Christmas spirit filled the air as parishioners joined the choir and children in songs of the season. See photos from this event here.
A "Spectacular" Evening
On Sunday evening, December 11th, the 4th Annual Christmas Extravaganza took place at Annunciation Church with over 100 parish family and friends in attendance, making it an event to remember and one to look forward to again next year!
Together, the parish enjoyed a beautiful and festive service of Lessons & Carols with our talented choir singing traditional carols from America, Lebanon and Russia along with traditional hymns in the Greek Orthodox tradition, with readings done by the children. Then it was off to Nicholson Hall, where the tables were covered in red & green tablecloths with centerpieces made from fresh cut greens. Everyone enjoyed the bountiful and delicious pot-luck dinner and we wish to thank everyone who helped setup, cleanup and brought something to share and make our dinner so special.
Christmas was in the air, the stage was set and waiting for our talented parish children and adults to entertain us, and they did just that! Our Master of Ceremonies, Sam Cooper did an outstanding job of introducing eight spectacular acts including voice, piano, saxophone, and clarinet. We are so thankful for all of our talented performers who made the evening so memorable: Audrey Cooper, Fr. Costin and Ana Popescu, Jack, Lucy and Genie Schaeffer, William and Jonathan Hight and Our Choir Sextet – Don Argyrople, Fontaine Dubus, Amy Gentile, Jen Jansen, Stacey Kevorkian and Fr. Costin Popescu. A good time was had by all. See photos from this event here.
On April 1-3rd several members of our parish participated in a Iconography Workshop lead by Chris Cosey. Beautiful icons were created.
Newburyport/Haverhill Basketball Team Competes in Metropolis Tournament
On Saturday, February 27th, several young men (Dan Hansen, Alexander Connor, Chris Connor, Elias Connor, Max George) from Annunciation Church and Holy Apostles Church in Haverhill joined forces to participate in the Metropolis of Boston Youth Basketball Tournament held at St. Vasilios Greek Orthodox Church in Peabody. The team, professionally represented in custom made t-shirts of red and gold, came together with the efforts of Eric Hansen. Our talented coaches, Kevin and Ed Connor kept the team fresh and motivated to get the job done. Read more and see pictures here.
GOYA Saco Retreat - By Alexander Connor
A few Sundays ago some of the GOYA members --Myself, Anastasia and Christopher--along with Anna traveled up through the snow to Saco, Maine. We visited beautiful St. Demetrios for a day long retreat with some familiar faces from the Metropolis Camp where many of us attend in the summer. When we arrived...read more.
GOYA Kayak Trip on the Ipswich River
October 12, 2015
On a spectacular Columbus Day afternoon, a group of 18 paddlers from Annunciation Church made up of GOYA members, their families and friends, traveled down the Ipswich River by canoe and kayak. Father Costin lead the 3 hour trip, while the group enjoyed nature at it's best: peak foliage, wildlife and even time to cast a line and catch a fish. The trip included a delicious barbecue on Pine Island prepared by Eric Hansen.
Greek Food Festival 2015
July 24, 25, 26
Many thanks to all those who volunteered their time and talent to the Festival planning and workshops, as well as on the days of the festival.
We were blessed by three beautiful summer days and hundreds of hungry guests who enjoyed a delicious meal of Greek food and pastries, all handmade by our parishioners.
Sunday School Graduation BBQ
June 7, 2015
Sponsored by the Stewarship Committee
The Stewardship Committee sponsored a BBQ following Divine Liturgy in honor of all the Sunday School Graduates and their families complete with a grill chef, hot dogs, and burgers. Delicious sides and desserts were provided by parishioners in classic pot-luck style. A fun time was had by all!
Congratulations to all of our Sunday School Graduates and especially High School Graduate Scholarship Winners: Elias Connor and Ana Perreault.
Save the Date
February 11 - Meatfare Pasta & Meatball Dinner
Senior GOYA will be hosting a Pasta and Meatball dinner during coffee hour next week, Meatfare Sunday, February 11th in Nicholson Hall. Tickets for this event are Adults: $7.00 and Children (12 and under) $3.00. Please see Anastasia Hansen or Christopher Connor to make your reservation, if you haven't already! Prep/set up on Saturday, February 10th 10:00am Nicholson Hall.
February 16-17 - Kardiotissa Icon Visit
Please mark your calendars - February 16-17 we will have the Myrhh Streaming and Miracle Working Kardiotissa Icon in our church. See the complete schedule of events here.
March 16-18 - GOYA Ski Trip
Our Junior and Senior GOYA members are invited to join the St. Vasilios GOYA for a weekend of winter fun at Sunday River Ski Resort in Maine. See the attached flier for details. FOR MORE INFORMATION CALL OR TEXT MARK METROPOLIS 781-771-4008 OR EMAIL firstname.lastname@example.org
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