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april 2018

Great and Holy Pascha April 8


Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church

April 2018

Rev. Fr. Matthew Carter, Proistamenos Church Website: www.annunciationgoc.org Office Email: office@annunciationgoc.org Office Phone: 850-433-2662 Office Fax: 850-549-4943 Fr. Matthew’s Contact Information: Cell phone: 850-889-3919 Email: frmatthewcarter@gmail.com

2018 PARISH COUNCIL President

Heidi Silivos

850-509-4140

Vice President

Peter Roumbos

850-516-1555

Secretary

Kyle Gatzmeyer

361-815-6115

Treasurer

Gary Tringas

850-934-4321

Assistant Treasurer

Michael Stamitoles

850-432-5836

Gus Argeris 850-572-3669 Peter Kantrales 850-932-2067 Rose Thames 850-455-1598

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

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

Stella Verzwyvelt 850-729-3494 Andy Watson 850-476-4646 Doug White 850-474-9072

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

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


Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church

April 2018

From the Desk of Fr. Matthew My brothers and sisters in Christ, On April 8, millions of faithful Orthodox Christians around the world will celebrate the glorious Resurrection of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. We Orthodox Christians refer to this feast day as Pascha rather than easter. Pascha is a transliteration of the Greek word for Passover. For us, Pascha reminds us of the spiritual significance of the Resurrection because through the Resurrection of Christ, death passes over us, and we now have the opportunity to live eternally with God in Paradise.

Christ sheds His blood on the Cross as a sacrifice for all mankind. Moreover, Christ offers His Body and Blood to all the faithful through the Eucharist (Holy Communion). Those who partake of the Eucharist have Christ dwelling inside of them, a spiritual anointing for our eternal salvation. Jesus Christ truly is our Paschal Lamb, sacrificed for the life of the world!

In Exodus chapter 12, God commanded Moses and Aaron to instruct the Israelites to slaughter a male lamb without blemish and anoint the doorposts with its blood, signifying to God that the household is a faithful household. And when God sent the tenth plague upon Egypt- the death of the first born- death would passover the house that was anointed with the blood of the lamb. This biblical event is the origin of the Jewish feast Passover.

As we prepare to celebrate Great and Holy Pascha, let us always remember to give glory to God for the sacrifice He made for us. We honor God by being faithful to His teachings and commandments; we honor God by loving Him with all of our heart, soul, strength, and mind, and by loving our neighbor as ourself; we honor God by giving freely to others without any expectation of receiving something in return; we honor God through our prayers and by being attentive during worship; and we honor God by teaching the Good News of Jesus Christ to others so that they may have the opportunity to become active members in the Body of Christ.

For us as Orthodox Christians, we see a number of spiritual similarities between Exodus 12 and Great and Holy Pascha. First, the New Testament clearly refers to Jesus Christ as the Lamb of God (John 1:29). Christ is the Paschal Lamb that is set to be sacrificed for the lives of the faithful. Second, the blood of the lamb signifies that death should pass over the household.

My brothers and sisters in Christ, Jesus came into this world to offer Himself as the Paschal Lamb, a blameless sacrifice for the life of the world. As we gather together on April 8 to celebrate Great and Holy Pascha, may the glory of the Resurrection forever shine in our hearts, and may we be blessed with opportunities to share this glory with others.


Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church

April 2018

Parish Council Monthly Report Dear Fellow Parishioners: We are pleased to report that the Church air conditioning project is approaching completion. Our sincere thanks to the Facilities Committee for their dedication to having this project done before Pascha. The handrails on the entrance ramps for the Church and Hellenic Center are now in place and the handrails for the Hellenic Center steps are currently being fabricated. Plans are also underway to address the issues of tripping hazards, standing water and damaged concrete in several areas of the complex. One of the two walk-in freezer compressor units went out last month and unfortunately, due to the age of the unit, was not repairable. It is being replaced this week. As you can see, there are many areas of our complex needing immediate attention. If you have any questions, concerns, suggestions or ideas in these areas, please contact the Facilities Committee. The Parish Council wishes each and everyone Καλο Πασχα και Καλη Ανασταση! (Kalo Pascha and Kali Anastasi)! Respectfully, Heidi D. Silivos Parish Council President

George Alexakos Fran Barker Helen Bouth-Probst Henry Bressack

40 Day Prayer List Chet Dampier Dean Peterson Gregory Gill Adam Sanders Zoe Liollio Anastasia Ta Tom Miller

Maria Thagouras Rene Thames Sava Varazo

To keep or add a loved one to our prayer list after 40 days, please contact Jonathon via email (office@annunciationgoc.org) or call 850-433-2662 by Wednesdays at 2:00 pm.


Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church

ALTAR BOYS CO-CAPTAINS Zachary Verzwyvelt Zachary Whisler Jayden Arredondo Christopher Astudillo Jackson Barrineau Christos Bithos Alexios Carter Garrett Cole Jonathon Thames Christian Truitt Joshua White

All young men, 2nd grade through 12th grade, are encouraged to join our Altar Boy Team. Please call Philip Brown, Altar Boy Director, if you are interested in joining. Altar Boys should arrive to Church no later than 9:50am on Sunday mornings so they have time to receive a blessing from Fr. Matthew before the beginning of the Divine Liturgy.

************** APRIL NARTHEX USHERS: Peter Roumbos Heidi Silivos Michael Stamitoles Stella Verzwyvelt Andy Watson Doug White

April 2018 Sunday, April 1 - Palm Sunday 8:45 am Orthros 10:00 am Divine Liturgy 6:00 pm Bridegroom Service Monday, April 2 - Holy Monday 9:00 am Pre-Sanctified Divine Liturgy 6:00 pm Bridegroom Service Tuesday, April 3 - Holy Tuesday 9:00 am Pre-Sanctified Divine Liturgy 6:00 pm Bridegroom Service Wednesday, April 4 - Holy Wednesday 9:00 am Pre-Sanctified Divine Liturgy 4:00 pm Holy Unction 7:00 pm Bridegroom Service with Anointing Thursday, April 5 - Holy Thursday 9:00 am Vesperal Divine Liturgy 6:00 pm Holy Passion Service Friday, April 6 - Holy Friday 9:00 am Royal Hours 3:00 pm Apokathelosis (Un-nailing) Service 7:00 pm Lamentations Service Saturday, April 7 - Holy Saturday 9:00 am Vesperal Divine Liturgy 11:15 pm Orthros of the Resurrection Sunday, April 8 - Great and Holy Pascha 12:00 am Anastasi Divine Liturgy 12:00 pm Agape Vespers Friday, April 13 - Theotokos of the Life-Giving Font 8:00 am Orthros 9:00 am Divine Liturgy Sunday, April 15 - Thomas Sunday 8:45 am Orthros 10:00 am Divine Liturgy Sunday, April 22 - Sunday of the Myrrh-Bearing Women 8:45 am Orthros 10:00 am Divine Liturgy Monday, April 23 - St. George 8:00 am Orthros 9:00 am Divine Liturgy Sunday, April 29 - Sunday of the Paralytic 8:45 am Orthros 10:00 am Divine Liturgy


Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church

April 2018

Philoptochos

Sunday Church School

This is a busy month for our Annunciation family. Very soon we will be celebrating the glorious resurrection of our Lord. On Saturday of Lazarus, after the Liturgy, we will be making the crosses for Palm Sunday. Please feel free to join us and lend a helping hand. Once again, the Philoptochos ladies will be dying the red eggs for Pascha. Anyone who would like to dye a dozen eggs and bring them to the hall from Holy Thursday to Holy Saturday, please let one of the board members know. A basket will be placed in the hall for eggs to be dropped off.

Oratorical Festival

A special thanks to Dr. Staviski and Dr. Nguyen along with Emerald Coast Pain Physicians for sponsoring our Holy Week HC/HC student. For the month of April, our “Item of the Month” will be to assist the Alpha Center. This month’s item is newborn clothing and baby wipes. All donations will be greatly appreciated and can be dropped off at the hall in the designated boxes on the stage. We wish everyone a blessed Pascha!

Holy Week Information Letay Teclehaimanot will be providing a 12:00 pm Luncheon for everyone who is at church during the day on Holy Friday, April 6.

Agape Vespers & Pascha Picnic Agape Vespers will be held Sunday, April 8 at 12:00 pm followed by the Pascha picnic and egg hunt. Please bring a salad, dessert, or side dish to share. To offset the expense we will be selling tickets, $7.00 for adults, children under 12 are free. If you would like to sponsor a lamb please contact the church office.

April Memorials April 22

Stefo Pengenikas Anna Pengenikas

April 29

Evie Silivos, 1 year Ernest Thames, Jr., 5 year

Sunday, April 15 is our parish’s St. John Chrysostom Oratorical Festival! 1st - 6th graders have the opportunity to present a speech, paragraph, poster, drawing, project, etc. on the topic “The Feastdays of the Church”. Students can choose one feastday or talk about/create a project about feastdays in general. Their work is NOT judged and the program is very open-ended – the idea is just to get the children to work on a project/prepare a short speech, color an icon, draw a picture, etc. about our Orthodox Faith. These projects/presentations/speeches are done at home, but if you need ideas or supplies please feel free to reach out to your child’s Sunday School teacher or Presvytera Emily. This is a voluntary project for our students, but we hope many will choose to participate! PLEASE BRING COMPLETED PROJECTS/SPEECHES/ESSAYS/ POSTERS, ETC TO CHURCH ON APRIL 15. 7th - 12th: The middle/high school students will present their Oratorical Festival speeches to the parish/judges. If you need a list of the topics from the Archdiocese please see Panayiota Whisler or visit https://www.goarch.org/-/2018-st-johnchrysostom-oratorical-festival-topics. Those that place in their division (Junior, 7th-9th grade or Senior, 10th – 12th grade) will advance to the District Oratorical Festival, in Mobile on Saturday, April 21. If you have any questions please see your child’s Sunday school teacher or Presvytera Emily.

Vacation Church School (VCS) Dates for this year’s VCS will be announced soon! Please see information your child brings home from Sunday School. All children ages 4 - 5th grade are welcome to attend and middle/high schoolers and adults are needed as volunteers. Please see Pres. Emily for more information.


Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church

April 2018

GOYA We would like to send out a big THANK you to everyone that helped back in January to make the Taste of Greece a successful for the 5th year in a row! Below are pictures from the Winter Youth Rally and the Cross Dive.

-2018 Ft. Walton Cross Dive.

-December 2017 WinterYouth Rally; /Team Pensacola & Birmingham; 2nd place co-ed volleyball.

St. John’s Cemetery Clean Up Day On Saturday, February 18 we celebrated the second Saturday of the Souls Divine Liturgy and then headed to St. John’s Cemetery to clean up around the graves of the five Orthodox priests that are buried there. Fr. Matthew offered a Trisagion Service for the priests. A few parishioners also met to clean up their family members’ graves. May their memories be eternal!


STEWARDSHIP 2018 The following families listed have completed and submitted their Stewardship Commitment Card for 2018. If you would like to receive a Stewardship Commitme nt Card for 2018 to fill out and submit, please contact the church office at (850) 433-2662.

James & Helen Adams Bill & Barbara Agall Nick & Katherine Agall Angelo & Chrissy Alexakos George & Deb-b Alexakos Arthur & Vangie Anastopoulo George Apostle Constantine & Susie Argeris Johnathon Argeris & Courtney Smith Eleftheria Argeris Auna & Jayden Arredondo Fran & Jack Barker Gloria Betcher Chris Bithos Peter & Megan Bithos Mary Blanos Fotios V. Bokas George & Aspasia Bokas Harry & Sia Booros Henry & Christy Bressack Ephraim & Stavroula Brock Christina Brown Giles & Marianthe Brown Paul & Tammy Brown Philip & Paula-Maria Brown Jason Callonas Fr. Matthew & Emily Carter Dan & Connie Cassidy Stephanie Cole Debby Dasinger Bill & Maria Daughdrill Nina Dickson Georgine & John Ericsson Achilles & Betty Farsolas Magdalene Felts Maria Fivgas

Jeff & Hollie Fletcher Kyle & Angela Gatzmeyer Patricia M. Gavallas John & Donna Gaynor Anastasia Geeker Katherine Geeker Mahi Geeker Marianne Geeker Nick P. & Jan Geeker Nick S. Geeker Erik & Elizabeth Gilmore Bennie & Dena Goble William & Joanna Thagouras Heal Theodora Ioannidis Irina James Clay Jones Dr. Peter & Sophia Kantrales Sophia Katsaros Amelia Poulos Kazakos Edward Korolenko Krissy Kritselis Bill & Mache Langford Charles & Linda Liberis Gloria Lind Dr. George & Sophia Lukes Rebecca MacArthur Ruth Magoulas Dimitrios & Linda Maletsidis Bill & Liz Markopoulos Helen Milukas Catherine Mitchell James & Kris Mohamed James & Vassiliki Montgomery Demetra Morres Gene & Betty Murphy George & Linda Nikolopoulos

Joe & Despina O’Neil Eli & Dina Pagonis Phyllis Pagonis Magdalene Pappas William & Lynette Paulchek Dean & Tina Peterson Stelios & Cristin Peterson Anna (Rosie) Petrelis Katherine Petrelis Photini Pihakis Chrystyna Pittas Bill & Kitty Randall Peter & Diane Roumbos Cecil & Helen Sakalarios Spero & Toula Sampanis Hugo & Elena Sanchez Gus Silivos Heidi Silivos Steve & Sarah Spartan Maria Stamatelos Nina Stamatelos Dr. Charles & Faye Stamitoles Michael & Martha Stamitoles Giannoula Stamoulis Greg & Athena Staviski Letekidan Teclehaimanot Maria Thagouras Sotirios Thagouras Jonathon & Eran Thames Rose Thames Paul Tiblier Gary & Gia Tringas Phyllis Tringas Constantine Styke & Margie Valmus Tina Varvouris Katerina Vatsolakis

Stelios & Alice Vatsolakis Brett & Stella Verzwyvelt Victoria Verzwyvelt Georgia Walters Andy & Sissy Watson Bill & Maria Weisnicht Joe & Panayiota Whisler Leo Wilson White Wyatt Douglas & Rose Mary White Michael & Anna Wright


Holy Week & Pascha 2018 Lazarus Saturday - March 31 • 8:30 am Orthros • 9:30 am Divine Liturgy • Community pancake breakfast and folding of palm crosses • Youth retreat for all youth following breakfast (approx. 11:15 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.) Palm Sunday - April 1 • 8:45 am Orthros • 10:00 am Divine Liturgy (Palm crosses to be blessed at the beginning of the Divine Liturgy) • Palm Sunday luncheon • 6:00 pm Bridegroom Service Holy Monday - April 2 • 9:00 am PreSanctified Liturgy • 6:00 pm Bridegroom Service Holy Tuesday - April 3 • 9:00 am PreSanctified Liturgy • 6:00 pm Bridegroom Service Holy Wednesday - April 4 • 9:00 am PreSanctified Liturgy • 4:00 pm Holy Unction with anointing • 7:00 pm Bridegroom Service with anointing Holy Thursday - April 5 • 9:00 am Vesperal Liturgy commemorating the Mystical Supper • 6:00 pm Service of the Holy Passion Holy Friday - April 6 • 9:00 am Royal Hours • Preparations of flowers and other necessary items for services • 3:00 pm Apokathelosis (Unnailing) Service • 7:00 pm Lamentations Service Holy Saturday - April 7 • 9:00 am Vesperal Liturgy • 11:15 pm Orthros of the Resurrection Great and Holy Pascha - April 8 • 12:00 am - Anastasi (Resurrection) Service and Divine Liturgy • 12:00 pm - Agape Vespers •Agape Picnic and egg hunt following Vespers


Sunday, April 8th 12:00 pm Agape Vespers Followed by Pascha picnic and egg hunt Please bring a dish to share Families with last names “A” – “I” Bring a salad Families with last names “J” – “R” Bring a dessert Families with last names “S” – “Z” Bring a side dish ********** To offset part of the expense we will be selling tickets. Tickets are $7.00 and children under 12 are free If you would like to sponsor a lamb please contact the Church Office


Lilies for Pascha

This year we celebrate Great and Holy Pascha on Sunday, April 8. If you wish to place a lily in the Church in honor of or in memory of a loved one you may do so by completing the form below. Please make checks payable to the Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church. Payment must accompany your order.

Donation is $15 per lily. Deadline for ordering lilies is Sunday, April 1 (Palm Sunday) DONOR (Your name) __________________________________________________________

Address ______________________________________________________________________

City___________________________________ State__________ Zip code _______________

Phone_______________________________

In Memory of (Please Print Clearly in English) ______________________________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________________ In Honor of (Please Print Clearly in English) ______________________________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________________ Check # ______________ in the amount of $_____________ is enclosed for _____________(#) of Lillies


april 2018 SUNDAY

MONDAY

TUESDAY

1 Palm Sunday 8:45 am Orthros 10:00 am Divine Liturgy 12:00 pm Palm Sunday Luncheon

2 Holy Monday 9:00 am Pre-Sanctified Divine Liturgy

3 Holy Tuesday 9:00 am Pre-Sanctified Divine Liturgy

6:00 pm Bridegroom Service

6:00 pm Bridegroom Service

6:00 pm Bridegroom Service

8 Great and Holy Pascha 12:00 am Anastasi Service

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WEDNESDAY 4 Holy Wednesday 9:00 am Pre-Sanctified Divine Liturgy

THURSDAY

FRIDAY

SATURDAY

5 Holy Thursday 9:00 am Vesperal Divine Liturgy

6 Holy Friday 9:00 am Royal Hours

7:00 pm Bridegroom Service with Anointing

6:00 pm Holy Passion Service

7:00 pm Lamentations Service

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13 Theotokos of the Life-Giving Font 8:00 am Orthros 9:00 am Divine Liturgy

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4:00 pm Holy Unction

12:00 pm Agape Vespers 1:00 pm Pascha Picnic & Egg Hunt

3:00 pm Apokathelosis

7 Holy Saturday 9:00 am Vesperal Divine Liturgy

11:15 pm Orthros of the Resurrection

Bright Week - no fasting this week

CHRIST IS RISEN! 15 8:45 am Orthros 10:00 am Divine Liturgy St. John Chrysostom Oratorical Festival

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17 10:30 am Bible Study

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21 11:00 am Western Conference Oratorical Festival in Mobile, AL

22 8:45 am Orthros 10:00 am Divine Liturgy

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24 10:30 am Bible Study

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29 8:45 am Orthros 10:00 am Divine Liturgy

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


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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April 2018 newsletter final online  
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