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The Messenger Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church

January 2020

Theophany January 6

Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church

January 2020

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

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 Rose Thames (850) 455-1598 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

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From the Desk of Fr. Sampson Dear Annunciation Family, As the tradition continues each year at the beginning of the New Year, Parishioners have the opportunity to invite the priest into your homes and businesses to have him bless them with the blessed waters of Theophany (Epiphany). This is an important tradition for us as Orthodox Christians and enables us to begin the New Year by confirming that Jesus Christ is the foundation of our lives, our businesses and our homes which act as our “little church”. This feast day is important for us because it commemorates our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ’s baptism in the river Jordan by John the Baptist. Christ did not need to be baptized because He was completely without sin, but He permitted St. John the Baptist to baptize Him in order to sanctify the waters for eternity, and to give us the opportunity to have our sins washed away and begin our journey, by God’s grace, toward salvation. Following the days/weeks after it is customary to invite the priest into your home so he can bring the blessed waters and sanctify your home and everyone who lives in it through the grace of Jesus Christ. The priest brings the blessed water, and after saying the prayers, goes throughout the house and sprinkles the water of Theophany in each room. We do this in order to have God bless our personal lives and our personal space. As Orthodox Christians, we live our faith in all aspects of our lives not just specific moments. We need God’s grace and blessing in our businesses and homes so we can continue, as St. Paul writes, to “Fight the good fight” against sin and temptation. This is a wonderful opportunity to renew your commitment to Christ and His Church by receiving sanctification through the blessed waters of Theophany. It is also a wonderful opportunity for me to meet with each family within our wonderful Annunciation Family. How to arrange and prepare for your house or business to be blessed: 1. Contact Fr. Sampson DIRECTLY to schedule your house or business blessing at (941)-266-3229 or email at Thank you for being flexible on dates and times as it will be easier to make myself available to bless as many homes and businesses for our community. 2. Make a list of first names of those family members you wish to pray for together, with the living and deceased in separate columns. I will also take these to pray for at preparation for Divine Liturgy on Sundays. 3. At a place you deem appropriate, please prepare to have a bowl of water, your prayer list, and a sprig of basil or some type of greenery. 4. If you have children or family that live in the home, please try to schedule at a time where everyone can be home so I may meet everyone and have the chance to have fellowship with you all. 5. If I am coming to your place of business during business hours, please let the people who work there know so that they may know that the blessing will take place and be open to them choosing to participate or not. 6. All pets will also be blessed! If you have any allergies to any pets (or dander), let me know so I may schedule times appropriately. If you feel as if your pet will be too stimulated by a new person in their home, please put them in a room where they will feel comfortable. With Love in the Lord, Rev. Fr. Sampson N. Kasapakis

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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.

********************** JANUARY NARTHEX USHERS: Gus Argeris Skip Brown Kyle Gatzmeyer Iuri Manolov Andy Watson Wilson White

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LITURGICAL SCHEDULE Sunday, January 5 - Eve of Theophany 8:45 am Orthros 10:00 am Divine Liturgy Sunday, January 12 - Sunday after Theophany 8:45 am Orthros 10:00 am Divine Liturgy Sunday, January 19 - 12th Sunday of Luke 8:45 am Orthros 10:00 am Divine Liturgy Sunday, January 26 - 15th Sunday of Luke 8:45 am Orthros 10:00 am Divine Liturgy

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Philoptochos Hope everyone had a blessed Christmas. Thank you to everyone who attended the annual Christmas party and for our hostess Susie Argeris for coordinating our change of venue to the church hall. A special shout out to Donna Gaynor for making a special effort to come back to the church after driving to Pace. It was a wonderful time of food and fellowship. I think we may have to add the dirty Santa gift exchange to next year’s party.

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good date. Thank you to all who participated in our 2019 Christmas Pageant and Potluck Luncheon.

We will be passing a tray on January for Saint Basil’s Academy. The cutting of the Vasilopita is scheduled for January 12th. Any ladies wanting to bake a Vasilopita are asked to contact Sissy Watson. We will be distributing the coins again this year for those who will be baking for the church. If anyone is interested in purchasing any extra coins we may have available, the cost will be $12. 5th,

We will be having a membership luncheon some time in February. please check Sunday worship guide for upcoming details. May 2020 be a year filled with health, peace and happiness. 
 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.

Memorials Sunday, January 12

3 year memorial Catina Bithos

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

Thank you Dear Parishioners, Ladies of Philoptochos and AHEPANs, Thank you for your prayers, visits, cards, and phone calls with well wishes for my recovery from surgery and recent illness. Very best wishes to everyone for the Christmas Season and a Happy, Healthy New Year. KALA XRISTOUGENNA Joe O’Neil.

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Vasilopita Sunday January 12, 2020

Please join us as Philoptochos hosts our annual fundraiser for St. Basil’s Academy in Garrison, NY. Founded in 1944 by Archbishop Athenagoras, St. Basil’s Academy is the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese’s home for children in need. All of our Greek Orthodox Churches support this valuable ministry through the donations collected during the cutting of the Vasilopita. The Vasilopita will be blessed at the end of the Divine Liturgy on Sunday, January 12. Fr. Sampson will cut a piece for all of our ministry leaders. Each ministry leader is kindly asked to make a financial offering on behalf of his or her ministry that will go directly to St. Basil’s Academy. Philoptochos will also pass a special tray with proceeds going to St. Basil’s Academy on January 5. Each Vasilopita is baked with a coin inside, commemorating the miracle of the Vasilopita performed by St. Basil the Great. The coin is not a good luck charm for the recipient. Rather, it represents a blessing from God for the individual receiving the coin. Recipients of the coin should place it on their iconostasis in their home and say a prayer of thanksgiving to God for receiving His blessing.

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









5 Eve of Theophany 8:45 am Orthros 10:00 am Divine Liturgy Philoptochos will pass around a 2nd tray with all proceeds going to St. Basil’s Academy







12 Sunday after Theophany Vasilopita Sunday 8:45 am Orthros 10:00 am Divine Liturgy







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

20 Office Closed

Fr. Sampson will be attending HDF








Fr. Sampson will be attending HDF 26 15th Sunday of Luke 8:45 am Orthros 10:00 am Divine Liturgy




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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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