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The Messenger Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church

february 2020

Presentation of Christ February 2


Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church

February 2020

Rev. Fr. Sampson Kasapakis, Proistamenos Church Website: www.annunciationgoc.org Office Email: office@annunciationgoc.org Office Phone: (850) 433-2662 Fr. Sampson’s Contact Information: Cell phone: (941) 266-3229 Email: Frsampson@annunciation.org

2020 PARISH COUNCIL Gus Argeris (850) 572-3669 Giles “Skip” Brown (850) 341-1002 Kyle Gatzmeyer (361) 815-6115 Iuri Manalov (850) 607-0596 Peter Roumbos (850) 516-1555 Tina Russell (850) 607-4698 Michael Stamitoles (850) 432-5836 Gary Tringas (850) 934-4321 Stella Geeker Verzwyvelt (850) 729-3494 Andy Watson (850) 723-5456 Wilson White (850) 529-3927

Subdeacon Philoptochos Community Outreach Stewardship Chanter (Protopsaltis) Choir Director Assistant Choir Director Organist

Emmanuel Zangas Athena Staviski Sissy Watson Kyle Gatzmeyer Stelios Vatsolakis Vangie Anastopoulo Eli Pagonis Tina Varvouris

Altar Boy Director Prosforo Coordinator HOPE/JOY GOYA HARA Dancers Glentzethes AHEPA

Philip Brown Phyllis Pagonis Liz Gilmore Kyle & Angela Gatzmeyer Liz Gilmore Daphne Pagonis Giles “Skip” Brown


Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church

February 2020

From the Desk of Fr. Sampson Dear Annunciation Family, On February 2nd of every year, we celebrate the Presentation of Christ to the Temple. The story of the Presentation is told in Luke 2:22-29. Mary and Joseph were faithful Jews and observed their religious customs. An important custom was for the couple to take their first-born son to the Temple. The baby was taken to the Temple forty days after his birth and was dedicated to God. In addition, if the parents were wealthy, they were to bring a lamb and a young pigeon or a turtle dove to be offered as a sacrifice at the Temple. The custom provided that if the parents were poor, they were to offer two pigeons or two turtle doves for the sacrifice. Joseph and Mary were not wealthy, so they took two turtle doves with them to offer as a sacrifice at the Temple. As they arrived at the Temple, Mary and Joseph were met by a very old man named Simeon. He was a holy man and was noted as a very intelligent scholar. Simeon spent much time studying about the prophets of Israel. It was during his studies that he learned of the coming of the Messiah. The Jewish people were waiting for the Messiah to come and deliver Israel from their conquerors. From that time on, Simeon spent his time praying for the Messiah to come. He spent many years in prayer. Finally, while Simeon was praying, he heard the voice of God. God promised Simeon that he would not die until he had seen the Messiah. When Simeon saw Jesus, he took the baby in his arms and blessed the Lord and said: "Lord, now let Your servant go in peace according to Your promise, because my eyes have seen Your salvation which you have prepared before the face of all peoples, a light to

bring revelation to the Gentiles, and the glory to your people Israel." Also, in the Temple was Anna the Prophetess. She had been a widow for many years. Anna was about eighty-four years old and spent her time in the Temple worshiping, fasting, and praying. When she saw the Christ Child she praised God and spoke of him to all who were awaiting the Messiah. After Jesus was presented in the Temple, the family returned to Galilee to the town of Nazareth. The Bible tells us that Jesus grew, became strong, and was filled with wisdom. The celebration of the Meeting of the Lord in the church is not merely a historical commemoration. Inspired by the same Holy Spirit as Simeon, and led by the same Spirit into the Church of the Messiah, the members of the Church also can claim their own “meeting” with the Lord, and so also can witness that they too can “depart in peace” since their eyes have seen the salvation of God in the person of his Christ. We commemorate this moment as well in the service of the 40-day blessing of our Children and Mothers. With Love in the Lord, Rev. Fr. Sampson N. Kasapakis


Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church

ALTAR BOYS 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 an Altar Boy. We encourage you to bring your sons to the Divine Liturgy Every Sunday! 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. Sampson before the beginning of the Divine Liturgy.

********************** FEBRUARY NARTHEX USHERS: Peter Roumbos Tina Russell Michael Stamitoles Gary Tringas Stella Verzwyvelt

February 2020

LITURGICAL SCHEDULE Sunday, February 2 - Presentation of our Lord 8:45 am Orthros 10:00 am Divine Liturgy Sunday, February 9 - Sunday of the Publican Pharisee and Triodion Begins 8:45 am Orthros 10:00 am Divine Liturgy Sunday, February 16 - Sunday of the Prodigal Son 8:45 am Orthros 10:00 am Divine Liturgy Saturday, February 22 - Saturday of Souls 9:00 am Orthros 10:00 am Divine Liturgy Sunday, February 23 - Judgement Sunday (Meatfare) 8:45 am Orthros 10:00 am Divine Liturgy Tuesday, February 25 - Reginos, Bp. of Skopelos 9:00 am Orthros 10:00 am Divine Liturgy Saturday, February 29 - Saturday of Souls 9:00 am Orthros 10:00 am Divine Liturgy


Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church

Philoptochos Hope everyone had a blessed New Year. I would like to first thank all those ladies that baked a Vasilopita for this year’s St. Basil’s celebration, they were all delicious. Congratulations to those who received the St. Basil coins, may 2020 be a year filled with blessings and good health. We will be having a membership meeting on Saturday, February 1st at Sonny’s BBQ on 9th Ave. It will be from 11:30-1:30 and the cost for lunch including a beverage will be $10. Anyone interested in joining Philoptochos is welcome to attend. This includes all ladies over the age of 18 as well as gentlemen who would like to join as honorary members. The annual fee for national and metropolis membership is $35. Be a part of this amazing organization that is truly the right hand of the Church.

February 2020

Praying for the Servants of God Angelo Alexakos Debra Alexakos Eleftheria Argeris Gloria Betcher Christ Bithos George Bokas Harry Booros Elias Gregory Booros Sia Booros Sindy Busby Georgia Chestnut Nina Dickson John Ericsson Mahi Fotopoulos Gregory Gill Theodora Ioannidis Maria Koulianos

Ruth Magoulas George Nikolopoulos Joe O’Neil Stanley Pagonis Magdaline Pappas Lynette Paulchek Dean Peterson Natalie Pieratos Adam Sanders Georgia Scapin Maria Stamatelos Giannoula Stamoulis Anastasia Ta Maria Thagouras Gary Tringas Sava Varazo Samantha Wilson

Welcoming 2020

We have chosen O.J. Semmes Elementary School to be our Operation Classroom project. Please check Sunday worship guide for donation details.

We hope that you and your families had a joyous Christmas and New Year’s holiday.

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.

In December we held our Parish Council elections. Congratulations to Gus Argeris, Kyle Gatzmeyer, Michael Stamitoles, Stella Verzwyvelt and Andy Watson for being elected to serve on the 2020 - 2021 Parish Council.

Sunday Church School Thank you for continuing to bring your children to Sunday Church School classes. As a reminder, if you would like to provide snacks or a special treat for your child’s name day or birthday, please talk with their teacher to find a good date.

Memorials Sunday, February 2

40-day memorial Christos Kasapakis

Sunday, February 9

3-year memorial Evie Dampier

As we start this new year, we will be looking for new volunteers to come forward and contribute to the various ministries within our church; we are very grateful for all those that step forward to donate their time in the collective efforts of AGOC. We will continue to publish a list of ministries so all can consider whatever area in which they feel the call to assist our Church family. Again, thank you all for your continued help and support. To echo President Kennedy’s words years ago “…Ask not what your country (church) can do for you, but ask what you can do for your country (church).” Realize that working together we can accomplish all things through God.


ANNUNCIATION GREEK ORTHODOX CHURCH STEWARDS OF 2020. Nick & Katherine Agall Angelo & Chrissy Alexakos Debra Alexakos Arthur & Vangie Anastopoulo George Apostle Gus & Susie Argeris Jayden & Auna Arredondo Jack & Fran Barker Christ Bithos Peter & Megan Bithos Mary Blanos Harry & Sia Booros Henry & Christy Bressack Giles & Marianthe Brown Philip & Paula-Maria Brown Robert & Georgia Buchanan Jason Callonas Dan & Connie Cassidy Stephanie Cole Bill & Sandra Cowling Debby Dasinger Scott & Holley Dean Dan & Janice Djikanovic Achilles & Betty Farsolas Kyle & Angela Gatzmeyer John & Donna Gaynor Nick & Jan Geeker Erik & Elizabeth Gilmore Martha Hicks

Amelia Kazakos Edward Korolenko Bill & Mache Langford Charles & Linda Liberis Dimitrios & Linda Maletsidis Lois Manning Alexi & Elizabeth Mantis Iuri Manolov & Valeriia Dvoriadkina James Marks, Jr. Catherine Mitchell James & Kris Mohamed Demetra Morres George & Linda Nikolopoulos Michael O’Brien Joe & Despina O’Neil Magdaline Pappas Peter & Diane Roumbos Tina Russell Dr. Charles & Faye Stamitoles Agnes Stergion Letay Techlehaimanot Jonathon Thames Rose Thames Gary & Gia Tringas Tina Varvouris Brett & Stella Verzwyvelt Georgia Walters Andy & Sissy Watson Michael & Anna Wright


Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church

February 2020

From the Desk of Fr. Sampson Dear Annunciation Family, On February 2nd of every year, we celebrate the Presentation of Christ to the Temple. The story of the Presentation is told in Luke 2:22-29. Mary and Joseph were faithful Jews and observed their religious customs. An important custom was for the couple to take their first-born son to the Temple. The baby was taken to the Temple forty days after his birth and was dedicated to God. In addition, if the parents were wealthy, they were to bring a lamb and a young pigeon or a turtle dove to be offered as a sacrifice at the Temple. The custom provided that if the parents were poor, they were to offer two pigeons or two turtle doves for the sacrifice. Joseph and Mary were not wealthy, so they took two turtle doves with them to offer as a sacrifice at the Temple. As they arrived at the Temple, Mary and Joseph were met by a very old man named Simeon. He was a holy man and was noted as a very intelligent scholar. Simeon spent much time studying about the prophets of Israel. It was during his studies that he learned of the coming of the Messiah. The Jewish people were waiting for the Messiah to come and deliver Israel from their conquerors. From that time on, Simeon spent his time praying for the Messiah to come. He spent many years in prayer. Finally, while Simeon was praying, he heard the voice of God. God promised Simeon that he would not die until he had seen the Messiah. When Simeon saw Jesus, he took the baby in his arms and blessed the Lord and said: "Lord, now let Your servant go in peace according to Your promise, because my eyes have seen Your salvation which you have prepared before the face of all peoples, a light to

bring revelation to the Gentiles, and the glory to your people Israel." Also, in the Temple was Anna the Prophetess. She had been a widow for many years. Anna was about eighty-four years old and spent her time in the Temple worshiping, fasting, and praying. When she saw the Christ Child she praised God and spoke of him to all who were awaiting the Messiah. After Jesus was presented in the Temple, the family returned to Galilee to the town of Nazareth. The Bible tells us that Jesus grew, became strong, and was filled with wisdom. The celebration of the Meeting of the Lord in the church is not merely a historical commemoration. Inspired by the same Holy Spirit as Simeon, and led by the same Spirit into the Church of the Messiah, the members of the Church also can claim their own “meeting” with the Lord, and so also can witness that they too can “depart in peace” since their eyes have seen the salvation of God in the person of his Christ. We commemorate this moment as well in the service of the 40-day blessing of our Children and Mothers. With Love in the Lord, Rev. Fr. Sampson N. Kasapakis


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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