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The Messenger Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church

August 2018

Dormition of the Theotokos August 15

Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church

August 2018

Rev. Fr. Matthew Carter, Proistamenos Church Website: Office Email: Office Phone: 850-433-2662 Office Fax: 850-549-4943 Fr. Matthew’s Contact Information: Cell phone: 850-889-3919 Email:

2018 PARISH COUNCIL President

Heidi Silivos


Vice President

Peter Roumbos



Kyle Gatzmeyer



Gary Tringas


Assistant Treasurer

Michael Stamitoles


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

August 2018

From the Desk of Fr. Matthew My brothers and sisters in Christ, I had the privilege of representing our Annunciation community at the 44th biennial Clergy Laity Congress for our Holy Archdiocese. We also had Presvytera Emily, Heidi Silivos, and Athena Staviski from our community, and we all had the opportunity to participate in a variety of uplifting ministry discussions, as well as some administrative discussions for the Archdiocese as well as Philoptochos. There were over 1,200 representatives from all over the United States, accounting for roughly 2/3 of all Greek Orthodox parishes in America. The theme of the Clergy Laity Congress this year was “All Things Are Possible to the One Who Believes in Christ� (Mark 9:23). This theme reminds us of the reality that we will encounter obstacles and difficulties in our lives, both personally and professionally, but when we have faith in Jesus Christ, all things will be possible in our lives. The Church is not immune to difficulties. Throughout history, the devil has tried to divide Christians from their relationship with Christ. Schisms, heresies, and dissension have been tools used by the devil to prevent the Gospel of Jesus Christ being spread. The Good News is that Christ will always be victorious over the devil! Christ defeated the devil and death for all human beings through His Crucifixion and Resurrection. When we become more spiritually minded and less earthly minded, we will see the glory of God in our lives and in the lives of those around us.

As delegates at our Clergy Laity Congress, we learned that our Archdiocese had some financial mismanagement. Essentially, our Archdiocese was not operating on a balanced budget. For a period of time, the Archdiocese was operating on a deficit, but there were very generous benefactors who donated money at the end of the year to balance the budget. Unfortunately, these benefactors have fallen asleep in the Lord, and the Archdiocese moved money from various restricted accounts to balance the budget, a practice that our hierarchs and parishes were unaware was happening. Through the hard work and dedication of many wonderful and talented volunteers, our Archdiocese is in much better financial shape. After making budget cuts and staff reductions, our Archdiocese has restored the money to the various restricted accounts. There is still a lot of work to be done, but God is blessing us, and good things are happening to our national Church. I encourage all of you to visit to view the financial reports and summary documents presented to the delegates at our Clergy Laity Congress. Most importantly, I encourage all of you to pray for our Archdiocese; to pray for our hierarchs; to pray for our clergy; to pray for our parishes; and to pray for all of the faithful Orthodox Christians throughout the United States and the world. Together, let us strive to strengthen our relationship with Christ, so that through His love for all of us, all things will be possible.

Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church

August 2018

Parish Council Monthly Report Dear Fellow Parishioners: August is already upon us and many families are busy with summer adventures and travels. I hope that everyone is enjoying a safe and rewarding summer. We are pleased to announce that the hall kitchen improvements are nearing completion. The Parish Council has a surprise planned for the community as soon as the kitchen improvements are completed. Let’s pray for a speedy completion of the kitchen project so we can enjoy the surprise. A Security Committee has been formed to help maintain a safe and secure environment for our parishioners, consisting of Gus Argeris, Kyle Gatzmeyer, Doug White, Peter Kantrales, Greg Staviski, Stanley Pagonis, Bill Markopoulos, with Andy Watson, as our Parish Council liaison. The Parish Council, along with the Facilities Management Team, want to thank Giles (Skip) Brown for all his time and hard work on our sprinkler system, the installation of our last two handrails for the hall, and the removal and installation of our new door in the kitchen; thank you, Skip! As you may have noticed, the Facilities Committee is still busy at work. If you have a few hours to spare, please volunteer your talent. The reward of fellowship and accomplishment is gratifying. We are still looking for volunteers to help during the three-day 2018 Pensacola Greek Festival. As you all know this is the largest fundraising event that our church conducts. We are reaching out to and encouraging our new members, as well as 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 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. Respectfully,

Heidi D. Silivos Parish Council President

George Alexakos George Bokas Stephanie Cole Chet Dampier

40 Day Prayer List Gregory Gill Jack Powell Edward Korolenko Diane Roumbos Zoe Liollio Adam Sanders Dean Peterson Anastasia Ta

Maria Thagouras Rene Thames

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

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August 2018 LITURGICAL SCHEDULE Wednesday, August 1 5:30 pm Paraklesis

All boys in 2nd grade through 12th grade are invited to serve as Altar Boys. Please contact the Church Office at (850) 433-2662 to register your son as a Altar Boy. On Sunday, August 26, all of our Altar Boys will receive a special blessing during the Divine Liturgy for their service for the 2018-2019 Ecclesiastical Year.

Friday, August 3 9:00 am Paraklesis Sunday, August 5 - 10th Sunday of Matthew 8:45 am Orthros 10:00 am Divine Liturgy Monday, August 6 - Transfiguration of Christ 8:30 am Orthros 9:30 am Divine Liturgy 5:30 pm Paraklesis Wednesday, August 8 5:30 pm Paraklesis Friday, August 10 9:00 am Paraklesis

Alter 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


Sunday, August 12 - 11th Sunday of Matthew 8:45 am Orthros 10:00 am Divine Liturgy Monday, August 13 5:30 pm Paraklesis Tuesday, August 14 5:30 pm Great Vespers Wednesday, August 15 - Dormition of the Theotokos 8:30 am Orthros 9:30 am Divine Liturgy Sunday, August 19 - 12th Sunday of Matthew 8:45 am Orthros 10:00 am Divine Liturgy

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

Sunday, August 26 - 13th Sunday of Matthew 8:45 am Orthros 10:00 am Divine Liturgy Wednesday, August 29 - Beheading of St. John the Baptist 8:30 am Orthros 9:30 am Divine Liturgy

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Philoptochos I hope each of you had a wonderful summer. As most of you know, I attended the Clergy Laity convention held in Boston in the beginning of July. It was an uplifting and informative experience getting together with over 350 other Philoptochos ladies throughout the country. In the upcoming months, I’m looking forward to sharing with you some of the information I received. The next few months are going to be quite busy in preparation for our annual festival. Anyone wishing to help with cook days are asked to check the schedule and join in. There is going to be a brief meeting following the coffee fellowship on Sunday, August 26. Anyone not currently a member of Philoptochos is welcome to join us. Looking forward to a wonderful year! Philoptochos Bookstore has a variety of icons, books, sterling silver crosses, incense, greeting cards and much more! We are also able to order specialty items.

GOYA Congratulations to Gus Argeris, GOYA’s Father of the Year!

August 2018 served. This will be a "To Go" event. The cost for the meal is $10.00 per person. Tickets may be purchased from any AHEPA member. The meal will consist of fried mullet, french fries and coleslaw. Thank you all for your support for this worthy cause.

Dormition of the Theotokos, August 15 Letay Techlehaimanot will be sponsoring a luncheon following the Divine Liturgy on Wednesday, 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.

2018 Greek Festival Cooking Dates Volunteers are needed as we begin cooking for our festival. If you have time to spare, please volunteer your talent. Here are a list of cooking dates that have been scheduled for the month of August: Saturday, August 4 9;00 am Pastitsio Noodles - Please contact Sissy Watson at (850) 476-4646 to volunteer. Friday, August 17 5;30 pm Dolmathes - Please contact Vangie Anastopoulo at (850) 293-9964 to volunteer. Saturday August 18 9:00 am Dolmathes - Please contact Vangie Anastopoulo at (850) 293-9964 to volunteer. Friday, August 24 5;30 pm Dolmathes - Please contact Vangie Anastopoulo at (850) 293-9964 to volunteer.

AHEPA Scholarship Fundraiser On August 18th AHEPA will be putting on a Fish Fry Lunch/Dinner to raise funds for our scholarship program. This event will be held at the Annunciation GOC from 11:00 until all have been

Saturday August 25 9:00 am Dolmathes - Please contact Vangie Anastopoulo at (850) 293-9964 to volunteer.

Our Sympathy We extend our deepest sympathies to the family of Frank Hicks who fell asleep in the Lord on Sunday, July 22. May his memory be eternal!

Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church

August 2018

Sunday Church School Please join us on Sunday, August 12 for the back to school blessing (see flyer). Sunday Church School begins on Sunday, September 9! 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 2018-2019 church school year. Registration forms are available in the hall.

Vacation Church School (VCS) This year’s VCS was held June 4 – 8 from 9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. We had 22 children attend during the week this year! The theme was Going For the Gold: The Feasts of the Triumph of Christ and His Church! and the children learned all about the feasts of Palm Sunday, Ascension, Pentecost and the Elevation of the Holy Cross. At the end of the week the children recited a verse they learned from memory and were able to sing two church hymns. They had a great time learning, praying, making crafts and having fun with their Olympic themed games! Many thanks to: Fr. Matthew who led our opening prayer sessions and music lessons; our director and PreK – 2nd grade classroom teacher Presv. Emily; our 3rd– 5th grade classroom teachers Anastasia Ta and Sarah Larson; Liz Gilmore (games and recreation); Diane Roumbos and Katelyn Cole (arts & crafts); Stephanie Cole, Garrett Cole, Chris Cole, and Fran Barker (meal and snack preparation); Heidi Silivos (Wednesday lunch); and Phillip Brown (altar boy director for Friday’s Divine Liturgy). Thank you also to all of the parents, grandparents, family members and parishioners who helped during the week: Deb-b Alexakos, Chrissy Alexakos, Marianthe Brown, Sihin Enznew, Chris Hall, Stephanie Hall, Lillia Knight, Demetra Morres, Patricia Pappas, Tina Varvouris, Andy Watson, Rylie White; and to Rose Thames and Jonathon Thames who helped with office and administrative tasks. Whether you helped all week, for a few days, or a few hours, we appreciate all that you did to make the week a success! Thank you also to this year’s donors: Peter & Megan Bithos, Krissy Kritselis, William & Lynette Paulcheck, Agnes Stergion, Phyllis Tringas and Tina Varvouris. We appreciate your support of Vacation Church School!



BACK TO SCHOOL PRAYER/BLESSING OF BACKPACKS Sunday, August 12 Please join us as Father Matthew offers a back to school prayer for our children as well as a blessing of their backpacks. Children are encouraged to bring their backpacks to the Divine Liturgy so Father Matthew can present them with an icon for their first day of school. PLEASE CALL THE CHURCH OFFICE (433-2662) IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS

Paraklesis to the Theotokos Please Print Clearly the first names of the living you wish commemorated during the Paraklesis services: ___________________________________________ ___________________________________________ ___________________________________________ ___________________________________________ ___________________________________________ ___________________________________________ ___________________________________________ ___________________________________________ ___________________________________________ ___________________________________________ ___________________________________________ ___________________________________________ ___________________________________________ ___________________________________________ ___________________________________________ ___________________________________________ ___________________________________________ ___________________________________________ ___________________________________________ ___________________________________________ ___________________________________________ ___________________________________________

STEWARDSHIP 2018 The following families listed have completed and submitted their Stewardship Commitment Card for 2018. If you would like to receive a Stewardship Commitment 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 Robert M. & Georgia M. Buchanan Jason Callonas Fr. Matthew & Emily Carter Dan & Connie Cassidy Stephanie Cole Bill & Sandy Cowling Debby Dasinger Bill & Maria Daughdrill Nina Dickson Georgine & John Ericsson Achilles & Betty Farsolas

Magdalene Felts Maria Fivgas Jeff & Hollie Fletcher Dr. Allen & Andrea Ford 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 Frank & Martha Hicks 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 George Makris Dimitrios & Linda Maletsidis Bill & Liz Markopoulos Alexander & Britney Marks James J. Marks, Jr.

Helen Milukas Kenneth & 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 Anna Sophia Pihakis Photini Pihakis Chrystyna Pittas Bill & Kitty Randall Peter & Diane Roumbos Cecil & Helen Sakalarios Spero & Toula Sampanis Hugo & Elena Sanchez Adam Sanders Gus Silivos Heidi Silivos Dr. Elias & Alice Skoufis Constantin Soltuz & Tamara Bochoryshvili Steve & Sarah Spartan Maria Stamatelos Nina Stamatelos Dr. Charles & Faye Stamitoles Michael & Martha Stamitoles Giannoula Stamoulis

Greg & Athena Staviski Cherise Stergion Anastasia Ta Letekidan Teclehaimanot Maria Thagouras Sotirios Thagouras Jonathon & Eran Thames Rose Thames Paul Tiblier Gary & Gia Tringas Phyllis Tringas Nick & Maria Valkanas Constantine Styke & Margie Valmus Chris Varazo 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 Buster & Rita Zangas

August 2018 SUNDAY



FEED THE HUNGRY Please bring non-perishable items to the food donation basket located in the Narthex. Thank you! 5 10th Sunday of Matthew 8:45 am Orthros 10:00 am Divine Liturgy Blood-drive following the Divine Liturgy

12 11th Sunday of Matthew 8:45 am Orthros 10:00 am Divine Liturgy Back to School blessing

19 12th Sunday of Matthew 8:45 am Orthros 10:00 am Divine Liturgy

6 Transfiguration of Christ 8:30 am Orthros 9:30 am Divine Liturgy


5:30 pm Paraklesis





3 9:00 am Paraklesis

4 Festival Cooking Day 9:00 am Pastitsio Noodles - Sissy Watson


10 9:00 am Paraklesis



17 Festival Cooking Day

18 Festival Cooking Day 9:00 am Dolmathes Vangie Anastopoulo

5:30 pm Paraklesis 8

5:30 pm Paraklesis



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

5:30 pm Paraklesis

5:30 pm Great Vespers

Feast-day luncheon following the Divine Liturgy.




5:30 pm Dolmathes Vangie Anastopoulo 23

24 Festival Cooking Day

5:30 pm Dolmathes Vangie Anastopoulo 26 13th Sunday of Matthew 8:45 am Orthros 10:00 am Divine Liturgy Altar Boy Sunday Philoptochos Meeting following the Divine Liturgy




29 Beheading of St, John the Baptist 8:30 am Orthros 9:30 am Divine Liturgy



11:00 am AHEPA Scholarship Fundraiser Fish Fry Lunch/Dinner 25 Festival Cooking Day 9:00 am Dolmathes Vangie Anastopoulo

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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August 2018 Newsletter  
August 2018 Newsletter