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The Messenger Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church

August 2017

Dormition of the Theotokos August 15

August 2017

August 2017

Rev. Fr. Matthew Carter, Proistamenos Church Website: Office Email: Office Phone: 850-433-2662 Office Fax: 850-549-4943 Fr. Matthew's cell phone: 850-889-3919 Fr. Matthew's email:

2017 PARISH COUNCIL President

James Mohamed


Vice President

Eli Pagonis



Peter Roumbos



Gary Tringas


Assistant Treasurer

Michael Stamitoles


George Apostle Philip Brown Heidi Silivos

Subdeacon Philoptochos Community Outreach Stewardship SS Joachim & Anna Chanter (Protopsaltis) Choir Director Assistant Choir Director Organist Altar Boy Director

850-433-6420 850-932-2067 850-509-4140

Emmanuel Zangas Athena Staviski Sissy Watson Gary Tringas Kris Mohamed Stelios Vatsolakis Vangie Anastopolou Eli Pagonis Tina Varvouris Philip Brown

Gus Argeris Dr. Peter Kantrales Doug White

Prosforo Coordinator HOPE/JOY GOYA Hara Dancers Glentzethes Welcome Committee Parishioner Outreach Parishioner In-reach AHEPA Daughters of Penelope

850-910-4138 850-932-2067 850-474-9072

Phyllis Pagonis Liz Gilmore & Presv. Emily Joe & Panayiota Whisler Liz Gilmore Daphne Pagonis Agnes Stergion Kitty Randall Philip Brown & William Randall Adam Sanders Vangie Anastopolou

August 2017

From the desk of Fr. Matthew My brothers and sisters in Christ, This month we are commemorating the Dormition of the Theotokos on Tuesday, August 15. We will begin this commemoration with the service of Great Vespers on Monday, August 14, at 5:30pm, and we will continue on August 15 with Orthros at 8:30am and the Divine Liturgy at 9:30am. Let us come together as a community of faith to commemorate and honor the Virgin Mary, and let us pray that she continues to intercede on our behalf to her Son and our Lord, Jesus Christ. The Dormition of the Theotokos is part of the Holy Tradition of our Orthodox Church. While her Falling Asleep in the Lord does not appear in Holy Scripture, it is universally recognized by the Church as being part of our Christianity. As Orthodox Christians, we accept the authority of both Holy Scripture and Holy Tradition, and the Eastern Orthodox Church has commemorated the death of the Virgin Mary from the beginning. As part of our faith, we prepare for this solemn commemoration with a period of strict fasting. The fasting period preceding the Dormition of the Theotokos (the first fourteen days of August) is one of the four major fasting periods of our Liturgical year. These four fasting periods are the Nativity fast (November 15-December 25); Great and Holy Lent (the forty days before

Palm Sunday & Holy Week); The Apostles fast (the period after All Saints Sunday leading up to the commemoration of Sts. Peter and Paul on June 29); and the fast for the Dormition of the Theotokos. The strictness of the Dormition Fast, equal to the strictness of Great and Holy Lent, shows us the importance the Orthodox Church places on the life and ministry of the Virgin Mary. In Great Lent, we are solemnly preparing for the crucifixion, death, and resurrection of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. With the Dormition of the Theotokos, we are solemnly preparing for the death of the Virgin Mary and the miracle God raising her body out of her tomb and placing her in Paradise. Fasting as part of our spiritual journey is something we as Orthodox Christians embrace. For those of us who are healthy, let us enter into this fast with a spirit of prayer and abstain from all meat, dairy, wine and alcohol, and olive oil. For those of us who are sick and require medication with food, and for women who are pregnant and nursing, let us schedule time to meet with a priest or our spiritual father to discuss our unique situation and get guidance on how we can best follow the fast. May we be allowed, by God's grace, to honor the Virgin Mary in a manner pleasing to Him, and may she constantly intercede on our behalf for our salvation.

August 2017

Days of Summer Dear Fellow Parishioners:

August is already upon us and many families are busy with summer adventures and travels, from trips to New York to as far away as Greece. I hope that everyone is enjoying a safe and rewarding summer. We are still looking for volunteers to help during the three day Greek Food Festival. As you all know, this is the largest fundraising event that our church conducts. We are reaching out and encouraging to our new members as well as those who have grown up with the church to step forward and help with this wonderful event. The Festival Committee is working hard to make sure that this year will run as smoothly as last year. We will be publishing dates for cooking and preparing the many dishes that go into this event. If you have questions about how you may help please be sure to ask any of the Parish Council members. We are moving forward with the columns in front of the church. Gus Argeris has been working on this project and will have it completed soon. We have addressed the water dripping in the church on several pews and believe we have corrected the problem. Please be sure to look at our web site and keep up with events at the church. Always be sure to contact the church office to schedule any event in order to ensure proper support when needed and no conflicts with other events. The church office hours are 10 am to 2 pm. If you need assistance after hours please be sure to contact the office and set up an appointment. Again, thank you all for your continued help and support. Working together we can accomplish all things through God.

James R. Mohamed President

August 2017 LITURGICAL GUIDE ALTAR BOYS Wednesday, August 2 5:30 pm Paraklesis All boys in 2nd grade through 12th grade are invited to serve as Altar Boys. Please contact the Church Office (433-2662) to register your son as an Altar Boy. On Sunday, September 10, all of our Altar Boys will receive a special blessing during the Divine Liturgy for their service for the 2017-2018 New Ecclestical Year.

Altar Boys are asked to arrive to Church by 9:50 am on Sunday mornings so they have time to receive a blessing from Fr. Matthew before the beginning of the Divine Liturgy.

Friday, August 4 9:00 am Paraklesis Sunday, August 6, Transfiguration of our Lord 8:45 am Orthros 10:00 am Divine Liturgy Monday, August 7 5:30 pm Paraklesis Wednesday, August 9 5:30 pm Paraklesis Friday, August 11 9:00 am Paraklesis Sunday, August 13, 10th Sunday of Matthew 8:45 am Orthros 10:00 am Divine Liturgy Monday, August 14 5:30 pm Great Vespers


August NARTHEX USHERS Peter Kantrales Peter Roumbos Heidi Silivos Michael Stamitoles Gary Tringas Doug White

Tuesday, August 15, Dormition of the Theotokos 8:30 am Orthros 9:30 am Divine Liturgy Sunday, August 20, 11th Sunday of Matthew 8:45 am Orthros 10:00 am Divine Liturgy Sunday, August 27, 11th Sunday of Matthew 8:45 am Orthros 10:00 am Divine Liturgy

August 2017

Sunday Church School Sunday Church School begins on Sunday, August 27! We're looking forward to another wonderful year with our children as we share with them our love for God and offer educational opportunities for them to grow in their Orthodox Christian faith. Parents: Be sure to register your children for the 2017-2018 church school year. Registration forms are in the church hall.

Dormition of The Theotokos, August 15 Letay Techlehaimanot will be hosting a luncheon following the Divine Liturgy on August 15, the Dormition of the Theotokos. Orthros will begin at 8:30 a.m. followed by the Divine Liturgy at 9:30 a.m.

Congratulations Congratulations to Tino and Shaleah Argeris on the 40 day blessing of their son, Costa, on Sunday, July 9. Many Years!

2017 Pensacola Greek Festival Cooking days are being scheduled for this year’s upcoming festival. To volunteer for the preparation of moussaka and kourambiethes, please contact Heidi Silivos at (850) 509-4140; for the completion of pastitso and preparation of pasta, please contact Sissy Watson at (850) 476-4646; and for the preparation of koulourakia, please contact Vangie Anastopoulo at (850) 293-9964. This year’s Greek Festival will run Friday, October 13 through Saturday, October 14 from 11:00 a.m. to 9:30 p.m., and Sunday, October 15 from 12:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Our Sympathy We extend our deepest sympathies to the family of Irene Georgia Silivos Tiblier who fell asleep in the Lord on Sunday, July 9. May her memory be eternal! The family of Irene Silivos-Tiblier wishes to thank our Annunciation Church family for your expressions of love. We deeply appreciate the calls, e-mails, cards, flowers, dessert-table goodies, fruit platters, and all those who attended our sister’s funeral. We are especially grateful for the Ladies’ Philoptochos, who set up and were there throughout the Makaria. May Irene Georgia’s memory be eternal. LIFE TO US ALL.

Memorials August 13

Sophia Gavallas Thomas Willis

1 year 3 year

October 13 – 15, 2017

August 20

Irene Silivos Tiblier 40 day

August 27

Chris Fotopoulos

1 year

August 2017

Glenzethes and HARA Our Greek dancing groups will meet on Sunday, August 13, after the Divine Liturgy, to discuss dance requirements and practice schedules. All children Kindergarten through 12th grade are invited to participate. Please contact Liz Gilmore, our HARA dance instructor for information for kids K-5th grade, or Daphne Pagonis, our Glenzethes dance instructor, for information for kids 6-12th grade.

Stewardship Update We are more than halfway through 2017, and its time to renew our financial commitment to our beloved Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church. Our Church is fully funded through your Stewardship offerings, our annual Greek Festival, and earned interest from our Endowment Fund. Did you know... * It costs approximately $25,000 each month to operate our Church. *Our 2017 budget includes $155,000 in expected income from pledges. *To date, 100 individuals/families have completed a 2017 pledge card for a total of $110,945 in anticipated pledges. If you have not completed your 2017 Stewardship card, please contact the Church office at 433-2662. Together, let's continue to promote Stewardship for our Church and for the glory of God!

Praying for the Servants of God George Alexakos Samantha Barrineau Frank & Nina Chestnut Jeffery Gallo Martha Hicks Zoe Liollio Dean Peterson Ross Pieratos Jermaine Salter Adam Sanders Sia Stanton Rene Thames

Perry Baniakas Helen Bouth Probst Gregory Gill George Giouzelis Mary Karniotis Mandy Miller Harry Pieratos Helen Sakalarios Nicole Salter Anastasia Ta Sava Varazo Mike Wright

G.O.Y.A. – July/August Articles

Congratulations to Phyllis Pagonis GOYA Mother of the Year 2017

Congratulations to Doug White GOYA Father of the Year 2017

*July 16th - 22nd St. Stephen's Camp We will post pictures in September.

August 2017

The Dormition of the Theotokos The Icon of the Feast of the Dormition of the Theotokos shows her on her deathbed surrounded by the Apostles. Christ is standing in the center, looking at His mother. He is holding a small child clothed in white representing the soul of the Virgin Mary. With His golden garments, the angels above His head, and the mandorla surrounding Him, Christ is depicted in His divine glory. The posture of the Apostles direct attention toward the Theotokos. On the right Saint Peter censes the body of the Theotokos. On the left Saint Paul bows low in honor of her. Together with the Apostles are several bishops and women. The bishops traditionally represented are James, the brother of the Lord, Timothy, Heirotheus, and Dionysius the Areopagite. They are shown wearing episcopal vestments. The women are members of the church in Jerusalem.

In front of the bed of the Theotokos is a candle that helps to form a central axis in the icon. Above the candle is the body of the Theotokos and Ever-Virgin Mary. Standing over His mother is Christ holding her most pure soul. Above Christ the gates of heaven stand open, ready to receive the Mother of God. This great Feast of the Church and the icon celebrates a fundamental teaching of our faith—the Resurrection of the body. In the case of the Theotokos, this has been accomplished by the divine will of God. Thus, this Feast is a feast of hope, hope in Resurrection and life eternal. Like those who gathered around the body of the Virgin Mary, we gather around our departed loved ones and commend their souls into the hands of Christ. As we remember those who have reposed in the faith before us and have passed on into the communion of the Saints, we prepare ourselves to one day be received into the new life of the age to come.

August 2017

Columns Update: The details for all of the dates are still being worked out, but work is in progress as we speak on manufacturing new columns, along with restoration of the front entry doors. The delay that occurred when we noticed that we needed structural repair has postponed the start-up commencement date for the beginning of manufacturing for the new columns to be built; we didn't have accurate measurements until the structural repair was completed. The new columns are now in the manufacturing process and coming along quite well; it's going to be a little bit longer but should be complete before the festival. There are no guarantees with the weather and delays we cannot control. Specifics on dates and times will be announced when they have been further solidified. -Gus Argeris

Nicholas & Katherine Agall Angelo & Chrissy Alexakos George & Deb-b Alexakos Arthur & Vangie Anastopoulo George Apostle Constantine & Susie Argeris Auna & Jayden Arredondo Perry & Claude Baniakas Christ Bithos Peter & Megan Bithos Mary Blanos Fotios V. Bokas George & Aspasia Bokas Harry & Sia Booros Henry & Christy Bressack Ephraim & Stavroula Brock Giles & Marianthe Brown Philip & Paula-Maria Brown Sindy & Mark Busby Fr. Matthew & Emily Carter Dan & Connie Cassidy Bill & Sandy Cowling Debby Dasinger Maria & Bill Daughdrill Nina Dickson Achilles & Betty Farsolas Magdalene Felts Andrea & Allan Ford Angela & Kyle Gatzmeyer Patricia Gavallas Donna & John Gaynor Anastasia Geeker Katherine Geeker Mahi Geeker Marianne Geeker Nick S. Geeker Nick P. & Jan Geeker Christina A. Gill Erik & Elizabeth Gilmore George Giouzelis Benjamin & Dena Goble Nina Gomenis Pete A. Gomenis Martha Isiantou Hicks Theodora V.V. Ioannidis Chrisoula & David Jernigan Peter D. Kantrales Sophia Katsaros Edward Korolenko Bill & Mache Langford Sarah Larson Gloria Lind Dimitrios & Linda Maletsidis James Marks, Jr. Catherine Mitchell James & Kris Mohamed Jim & Vassiliki Montgomery Demetra Morres Betty & Gene Murphy George & Linda Nikolopoulos Joe & Despina O’Neil Eli & Dina Pagonis Phyllis Pagonis George Panagos Magdalene Pappas William & Lynette Paulchek Katherine Petrelis Harry & Natalie Pieratos Photoni Pihakis Ionel & Carola Pirpiliu

2017 Stewards William & Katherine Randall Peter & Diane Roumbos Richard & Tina Russell Cecil & Helen Sakalarios George A. Sakellariou Spero & Toula Sampanis Hugo & Elena Sanchez Georgia Scapin Gus P. Silivos Dr. Elias & Alice Skoufis Maria Stamatelos Nina Stamatoles Michael & Martha Stamitoles Giannoula Stamoulis Agnes Stergion Anastasia Ta Letay Teclehaimanot Maria & Sotirios Thagouras Jonathon Thames Rose E. Thames Gary & Gia Tringas Phyllis Tringas Constantine & Styke Valmus Katterina Vatsolakis Manoly Vatsolakis Stelios & Alice Vatsolakis Brett & Stella Verzwyvelt Andy & Sissy Watson Georgia Walters Bill & Maria Weisnicht Wyatt Douglas & Rose Mary White Mike & Anna Wright

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14 5:30 pm Great Vespers





1 Dormition Fast Begins



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15 Dormition of the Theotokos 8:30 am Orthros 9:30 am Divine Liturgy






6 Transfiguration of Christ 8:45 am Orthros 10:00 am Divine Liturgy



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20 8:45 am Orthros 10:00 am Divine Liturgy


FEED THE HUNGRY Please bring non-perishable items to the food donation basket located in the Narthex. Thank you!

13 8:45 am Orthros 10:00 am Divine Liturgy HARA & Glenzethes Meeting

27 8:45 am Orthros 10:00 am Divine Liturgy Sunday School begins

Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church 1720 West Garden Street Pensacola, FL 32502

Apolytikion of the Annunciation Today is the beginning of our salvation. And the revelation of a mystery which was hidden from eternity. The Son of God becomes the Virgin’s Son. And Gabriel announces the grace of this good news. Let us also join with him, calling to the Theotokos: Rejoice, O woman full of grace. The Lord is with you.

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