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The Messenger

October 2017

Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church

November 2017

Archangel Michael, November 8

St. Matthew, November 16

St. Gregory Palamas, November 14

St. Andrew, November 30

November 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

November 2017

From the desk of Fr. Matthew My brothers and sisters in Christ, Thank you to everyone who volunteered to make our 58th annual Pensacola Greek Festival such a success! I especially want to thank our Festival Committee: George Apostle, Susie Argeris, Philip Brown, James Mohamed, Heidi Silivos, and Michael Stamitoles. Many hours were put into the preparations for this food festival, and I heard nothing but wonderful compliments about the food and service. I also want to thank Eli Pagonis and Anastasia Ta for keeping the Church open the entire weekend, greeting our visitors, and offering explanations about our Orthodox Faith. Each year, our Church tours are well attended - in some instances they are standing room only! I also want to thank our choir members for offering the beautiful hymns of our faith and making each Church tour something our guests will always remember. Bravo to everyone for all of your hard work and dedication, and Glory to God for blessing us once again with beautiful weather for the entire weekend! Now that we have completed our annual Greek Festival, it's time for us as a community to continue the work of the Church of Jesus Christ: Preaching the Gospel, baptizing new members, ministering to the poor and those less fortunate than we are, and strengthening our personal relationship with Christ. One way we are going to do this is by beginning our Tuesday morning bible study classes on Tuesday, November 7, at 10:30am. This Ecclesiastical year, we will be looking at the Book of Acts from the New Testament. Written by St. Luke, the

"beloved physician," the Book of Acts was written between 75AD and 85 AD. Acts recounts the triumphant march of the Christian mission from Jerusalem throughout the Roman empire. This achievement points to the work of the Holy Spirit, who descended on the early Church, empowering the apostles and other missionaries to carry the Good News of salvation. At the same time, Acts narrates the expansion of the Church by means of small congregations. The Acts of the Apostles is a spiritual and theological record of how the Church developed, as seen through the actions of the early Christians. The book is not to be read as a blueprint for reproducing the specific details and aspects of the Church which we read there. However, it is of great importance for understanding the organization and structure of the Church; its method of resolving controversies; the role of apostles, bishops, priests (elders), and deacons; and the spiritual life of the Church. We will also begin a new monthly tradition in November by celebrating one Divine Liturgy a month in the evening. On November 8, for the Synaxis of the Archangel Michael, we will celebrate the Divine Liturgy at 5:30 pm, with Orthros beginning at 4:30 pm. After the Liturgy, we will have a fellowship hour with food and refreshments and enjoy a discussion about our faith. We are specifically celebrating the Divine Liturgy in the evening on that day to offer our adults who work during the day, and our children who are in school during the day, the opportunity to worship God and receive Holy Communion for one of our Church's celebrated feast days.

With love in Christ, +Fr. Matthew

November 2017

Truly We Are Blessed Dear Fellow Parishioners: Thank you very much to all who assisted with our 58th Annual Greek Festival Fundraiser last month. It was a Herculean effort, and thanks to the help of many of you, we pulled it off very well. I heard many positive comments from our guests. Thanks especially to the Festival Committee: Heidi Silivos, Philip Brown, George Apostle, Susie Argeris, and Michael Stamitoles. I would also like to thank Rebecca Pappas for the outstanding job she has done as our Advertising/Publicity/Ads Sales Director, and Rose Thames and Jonathon Thames for all their efforts behind the scenes, which keep us on track. Our Fall General Assembly will be Sunday November 12th, after the Divine Liturgy. Lunch will be provided, so please plan to attend. We will be nominating candidates for the Parish Council. Any member of the community in good standing who wishes to Serve on the Parish Council is eligible and will be required to attend a one-hour class; Father Matthew will present after being nominated. This class will basically cover the UPR (Uniform Parish Regulations) and what is expected of a Parish Council member. Congratulations to our Archangel Michael recipients Rose Thames and Zachary Verzwyvelt. presentation dinner will take place in Atlanta on November 11th.


Our next Senior Luncheon will be held on November 14th, and will be a complete Thanksgiving Turkey dinner. We will need to know how many of our Seniors will be attending by no later than November 7th. Please contact either myself or Heidi Silivos, so we will be able to ensure we have enough lunch for all that attend. The luncheon will be hosted by Heidi Silivos, Bill & Kitty Randall, myself, and my lovely wife, Kris. I would like to thank everyone for the many years of support that you have shown me while serving on the Parish Council. It has been both my honor and privilege to serve as the President of this wonderful parish. This will be my last year to serve on the Parish Council. Due to health reasons, I will no longer be able to remain on the council. Again, thank you all for your continued help and support. Working together, we can accomplish all things through God. James R. Mohamed President

Congratulations to Rose Thames and Zachary Verzwyvelt, our 2017 recipients of the Archangel Michael Award! Rose and Zachary will receive their award from His Eminence, Metropolitan ALEXIOS at the Archangel Michael Awards Banquet on Saturday, November 11, in Atlanta. Bravo!

November 2017




Wednesday, November 1 – Ss. Cosmas & Damianos 8:30 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

Sunday, November 5 – 5th Sunday of Luke 8:45 am Orthros 10:00 am Divine Liturgy Wednesday, November 8 – Synaxis of the Archangel Michael 4:30 pm Orthros 5:30 pm Divine Liturgy Sunday, November 12 – 8th Sunday of Luke 8:45 am Orthros 10:00 am Divine Liturgy

************** All young men, from 2nd grade through 12th grade, are encouraged to join our Altar Boy Team.

Monday, November 13 – St. John Chrysostom 8:30 am Orthros 9:30 am Divine Liturgy

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.

Tuesday, November 14 – Ss. Philip & Gregory Palamas 8:30 am Orthros 9:30 am Divine Liturgy

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.

************** NOVEMBER NARTHEX USHERS George Apostle Gus Argeris James Mohamed Peter Roumbos Gary Tringas

Thursday, November 16 – St. Matthew 8:30 am Orthros 9:30 am Divine Liturgy Sunday, November 19 – 9th Sunday of Luke 8:45 am Orthros 10:00 am Divine Liturgy Sunday, November 26 – 13th Sunday of Luke 8:45 am Orthros 10:00 am Divine Liturgy Thursday, November 30 – St. Andrew 8:30 am Orthros 9:30 am Divine Liturgy

November 2017

Sunday Church School


Sunday school is off to a great start! We missed two Sundays in October - October 8 due to the tropical storm and October 15 due to the festival, but we are ready to start back up and look forward to seeing everyone! We will begin preparations in mid-November for our Sunday school Christmas Pageant. The pageant will be held on Sunday, December 17 following the Divine Liturgy. Please look for information from your child's Sunday school teacher for practice dates. 1st & 2nd Grade News: Please welcome Anastasia Ta as one of the teachers for our 1st & 2nd grade class. Anastasia joins Sarah Larson in working with the students in that class. 3rd – 5th Grade News: I would like to thank one of my Sunday school Parents for responding to the September Messenger by providing my 3rd to 5th Grade Sunday school Class with snacks for several weeks. We will need a new supply of snacks in early November. We thank in advance any family represented by my students that generously continue to provide snacks for the next set of upcoming weeks. Please contact Paula-Maria Brown if you have any questions.

What a fantastic Greek Festival we had this year! I am so proud of our dancers. They performed well and I enjoyed it immensely. I have been blessed to work with our dance groups for over 12 years now and it never gets old. The pride I feel watching our children every festival is enough to bring tears to my eyes. Thank you for allowing me to share this with your children. I would like to thank all the parents, yiayias, nounas, theas and theos who helped to dress and keep an eye on our dancers; I couldn’t have done it without your help. I would also like to extend a huge thank you to “Aunt Deb-b” Alexakos! Thank you for all your help every Greek Festival; you are an amazing woman! Kaitlyn and Christian, we will miss you in Hara but you will be great in Glentzethes next year! Great job this year HARA! You all made me so happy! -Mrs. Liz

Philioptochos We hope everyone has rested up from this year’s Greek Festival, because it’s time to bake again! The Philoptochos ladies are getting ready for our Christmas bake sale. It is our biggest project of the year, and we will be needing as many hands as we can get. A tray will be passed on Sunday November 5th for Saints Cosmas and Damianos. Also on the 5th, we will pass a special tray in memory of those members of Philoptochos who have fallen asleep in the Lord; a huge thank you to Sophia Katsaros for making the koliva and Artos. The bake days for the Christmas bake sale will be as follows unless there are any changes: Dolmathes – November 2nd and 3rd; Pastitsio – November 10th and 11th; Kourambiethes – November 16th and 17th; Koulourakia – November 20th. I would like to thank you ladies for all your hard work and dedication. Catch up on your Christmas Shopping! Stop by the Philoptochos Bookstore for crosses, icons, Nativity decorations from Bethlehem, Christmas cards, Christmas wreaths and more!

GOYA We would like to thank everyone that volunteered with this year’s 58th Annual Pensacola Greek Festival! The funds raised from the GOYA Baklava Sundae booth will help GOYA with their 1st major event of the year in Atlanta. Over the next 6-8 weeks, GOYAn’s will be practicing volleyball and studying for the Bible Bowl tournament in December. We have six high school youths going this year. We will begin practices on Sundays after church. A group chat will be set up by coach Joe to confirm any date changes.

Praying for the Servants of God William Adamopoulos Samantha Barrineau Helen Bouth Probst Jeffery Gallo George Giouzelis Mary Karniotis Mandy Miller Dean Peterson Ross Pieratos Nicole Salter Helen Sakalarios Anastasia Ta Sava Varazo

George Alexakos Perry Baniakas Frank & Nina Chestnut Gregory Gill Martha Hicks Zoe Liollio Tom Miller Harry Pieratos Jermaine Salter Adam Sanders Sia Stanton Rene Thames

Fall General Assembly This year’s Fall General Assembly will be held on Sunday, November 12, following fellowship in the hall to discuss the proposed budget for the 2018 year, a Greek Festival Update, and nominations for the upcoming Parish Council elections. We wish to thank for their dedicated Service, the members of the Parish Council whose twoyear terms are up; James Mohamed – President, Eli Pagonis – Vice President, George Apostle, Philip Brown, and Gus Argeris. Thank you, and God bless you all!

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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