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The Messenger Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church

October 2017

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October 2017

October 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 850-288-9973 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

October 2017

From the desk of Fr. Matthew My brothers and sisters in Christ, this month we will be celebrating our 58th annual Greek Festival, and I’m looking forward to another wonderful year of service to our Church and fellowship with one another. The Greek Festival is a labor of love for our community and gives us the opportunity to share our Hellenic culture and Orthodox faith with our guests. The Festival is also the biggest fundraiser for our Church. We have a lot of volunteer opportunities before, during, and after the Greek Festival, and I hope you and your family will make every effort to participate during this wonderful event. As Orthodox Christians, when we offer hospitality to strangers, we practice φιλοξενία (philoxenia). Philoxenia is a compound word from the Greek words φιλία (filia), which means friendship, love, and affection, and ξένος (xenos), which means stranger. Philoxenia is a wonderful Christian tradition that has its roots in the bible. In chapter 18 of Genesis, God appeared to Abraham in the form of three strangers. Abraham quickly greeted these strangers with hospitality, offering them food and water. St. Paul reminds us of the significance of this event in chapter 13 of Hebrews: “Let brotherly love continue. Do not forget to entertain strangers, for by doing so some of unwittingly entertained angels.” Let us always remember that during our Greek Festival, we are the hosts. We are opening our doors to everyone in Pensacola and inviting them to join us in fellowship. Here are a few things to keep in mind about Philoxenia as we prepare for our Greek Festival this month:

1. Remember to smile People remember first impressions. Smile and greet everyone you see. Remember that you are an ambassador of Jesus Christ. “Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven” (Matthew 5:16). 2. Pace yourself The Greek Festival is a wonderful weekend event, but it can be stressful. Fatigue and stress often lead to poor decisions and regretful words and actions. Please remember to pause periodically to enjoy this celebration. I would also encourage everyone to attempt to sit in one of our Church tours. It’s refreshing to see others appreciate the beauty of our Orthodox faith! 3. Go the extra mile If you see someone who has his hands full, offer to carry his food to the table. Walk around and pick up litter. Say hello to people and thank them for coming to support our Church. I pray that we have a wonderful celebration for our 58th annual Greek Festival, and may our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ continue to bless our Annunciation community. With love in Christ, +Fr. Matthew

October 2017

58th Greek Festival Dear Fellow Parishioners: We have held many work days in preparation for our 58th Greek Festival. I would like to take this opportunity to thank all of you who have come out and donated your time and talent to this major undertaking. We will have volunteer sign-up sheets each Sunday in the Fellowship Hall, and you can stop by during the week to sign up as well. We are reaching out to and encouraging our new members, as well as to those who have grown up in 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 published dates for cooking and preparing the many dishes that go into this event. Please come out and support your church on these dates. If you have questions about how you may help, please be sure to ask any of the Parish Council members. In November, we will be having a Senior Luncheon. This will be a full traditional Thanksgiving meal. We will be moving the date from the third Tuesday to the second Tuesday, which is November 14th. This will allow all to enjoy the meal as the Nativity Fast begins on November 15th. This luncheon will be hosted by Heidi Silivos, Bill and Kitty Randall, and Kris and I. Always be sure to contact the church office to schedule any event in order to ensure proper support when needed and that there are 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

October 2017




Sunday, October 1, 2nd Sunday of Luke 8:45 am Orthros 10:00 am Divine Liturgy

Zachary Verzwyvelt Zachary Whisler Jayden Arredondo Jackson Barrineau Christos Bithos Alexios Carter Garrett Cole Jonathon Thames Christian Truitt Joshua White ************** All young men, from 2nd grade through 12th grade, are encouraged to join our Altar Boy Team. If you wold like your sons to serve as Altar Boys for the 2017-2018 Ecclesiastical Year, please contact the Church Office to register them. 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.

************** OCTOBER NARTHEX USHERS Peter Kantrales Peter Roumbos Heidi Silivos Michael Stamitoles Doug White

Sunday, October 8, 3rd Sunday of Luke 8:45 am Orthros Hierarchical Divine Liturgy 10:00 am *His Eminence, Metropolitan ALEXIOS Presiding *Blessing of the Columns/Ribbon Cutting Ceremony *Cutting of pastries for the Greek Festival following Sunday, October 15, Sunday of the Seventh Ecumenical Council 8:45 am Orthros 10:00 am Divine Liturgy Sunday, October 22, 6th Sunday of Luke 8:30 am Orthros 9:30 am Divine Liturgy Thursday, October 26, St. Demetrios 8:45 am Orthros 10:00 am Divine Liturgy Sunday, October 29, 7th Sunday of Luke 8:45 am Orthros 10:00 am Divine Liturgy

October 2017

Sunday Church School


Classes are off to a great start! Thank you parents and families for bringing your children to the Divine Liturgy and Sunday School each week!

Our Greek dancing groups will meet on Sundays following the Divine Liturgy; 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.

Our classes and teachers for 2017-18 are: PreK and Kindergarten - Liz Gilmore and Lynette Paulchek; 1st and 2nd grade - Presv. Emily and Sarah Larson; 3rd - 5th grade - Paula Maria Brown. The middle/high school class is getting organized and they are currently meeting with Fr. Matthew after Divine Liturgy on certain Sundays. If you are interested in helping with any of the classes or leading the middle/high school class, please contact the church office. There will be no Sunday School classes on Sunday, October 8 (all children are encouraged to be at the Divine Liturgy with their families as His Eminence, Metropolitan ALEXIOS will be celebrating Divine Liturgy that Sunday) and Sunday, October 15 (Greek Festival Sunday). In November we will begin preparing for our annual Christmas Pageant, so be on the lookout for more information about that in late October/early November. If you are able to provide snacks/drinks for your child's Sunday School class, please let your child's teacher know. Thank you for your support!

Philoptochos The Philoptochos ladies are going to be very busy in the next couple of months. Soon after the festival, we will start preparing for our Christmas bake sale. This bake sale is our primary fund raiser for the year and we will need as much help as we can get to make it a success. The bake days will be announced once we have scheduled them. October is also choir and chanters appreciation month, the date will be announced. I would like to thank you ladies for all the hard work and dedication. Icons, Books, Prayer Ropes, Beautiful Crosses, Incense, Candles, and so much more can be found in our little Philoptochos Bookstore. Come by for a visit.

Thank You The Fotopoulos family wishes to thank everyone for their love and support, and for the wonderful assortment of baked goods and snacks that were brought for the 1 year memorial of Chris Fotopoulos; may his memory be eternal! The Church Office would also like to thank Deb-b Alexakos, Sophia Katsaros, Bill & Mache Langford, Sissy Watson, Mike & Anna Wright, and all of the volunteers who assist in getting our monthly newsletter mailed out; Thank you for all of your continued help, and God bless you all!

Praying for the Servants of God William Adamopoulos 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

October 2017

2017 Greek Festival Chairperson/Volunteer Information Volunteers will be needed for the following areas throughout the duration of the festival, Friday October 13 – Sunday, October 15. Please contact the listed chairperson or persons to inquire about volunteer opportunities in these areas:


Mitsa Morres (850) 438-1257

Dinner Line Tina Gill (850) 525-9685 Linda Nikolopoulos (850) 456-2480

Beverages Joe Whisler (850) 712-1920 Doug White (850) 474-9072

Dining Area

Kyle Gatzmeyer (850) 748-1351


Church Tours


Kitty Randall (850) 346-8938

Eli Pagonis (850) 916-1246

Kris Mohamed (404) 731-0842



Gift Booth

Rebecca Pappas (850) 602-6830

Patricia Pappas (850) 476-3773

Angelo Alexakos (850) 375-7899 Henry Bressack (850) 626-3425 Philip Brown (850) 288-9973


Grounds Setup




Letay Teclehaimanot (850) 475-7856

Angelo Alexakos (850) 375-7899

Paul Brown (850) 276-9793

Henry Bressack (850) 626-3425

Henry Bressack (850) 626-3425

Heidi Silivos (850) 509-4140

Brett & Stella Verzwyvelt (850) 729-3494

Sissy Watson (850) 476-4646

Philip Brown (850) 288-9973

Philip Brown (850) 288-9973

October 2017

Youth Ministry

Fall Activity! Sunday, October 29 12:00pm-1:30pm Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church All children are invited to our Youth Ministry Fall Activity! (children 4 and younger are invited to attend with a parent or guardian) Lunch will be provided. Each family is asked to bring one small/medium pumpkin per child (if you have any pumpkin carving/decorating supplies, please bring those as well). Please contact the Church Office (433-2662) for more information


"OPENING OF THE DOORS" Thursday, October 12, 2017 Diakonia Retreat Center | 455 Quail Ridge Road, Salem, SC |Â 864.944.6788 Orthros - 7:30 a.m. Liturgy - 8:30 a.m. Thyranoixia/Program - 11:00 a.m. Lunch to follow P L E A S E








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29 8:45 am Orthros 10:00 am Divine Liturgy 12:00 pm Youth Ministry Fall Activity

GREEK FESTIVAL 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm

15 8:00 am Orthros 9:00 am Divine Liturgy No Sunday School



8 8:45 am Orthros 10:00 am Divine Liturgy Hierarchal Divine Liturgy with His Eminence Metropolitan ALEXIOS

Festival Workday: Pastry Cutting HARA & Glentzethes Dance Practice


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GREEK FESTIVAL 11:00 am - 9:30 pm

GREEK FESTIVAL 11:00 am - 9:30 pm








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

26 St. Demetrios the Myrrh-streamer 8:30 am Orthros 9:30 am Divine Liturgy

Greek Festival Clean up


Fr. Matthew attending Clergy Meeting Diakonia Center, Salem, SC

Greek Festival Set Up



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