Offering of the Prosphora
Today`s Prosphora are offered by Anna Chetsas.
Today`s Fellowship Hour is offered by the Evangelism Team. Enjoy some great hot dogs and make your own ice cream sundae! The proceeds will go to help fund the projects of the Evangelism Team.
GOYA Raffle Drawing
Congratulations to Chris Connor, the winner of the GOYA Celtics Ticket Raffle. Enjoy the game, Chris!
GOYA Flower Sale
Don`t forget to get your flower order forms in today for the GOYA Valentine`s Day flower sale. You may pick up your orders next Sunday after Liturgy.
You are invited to our annual Apokreatiko Dance on Saturday, February 18 from 6-11 pm. This year is an Italian theme--Un Ballo in Maschera--The Masked Ball. The menu features an abundance of meat dishes, with mezedakia, salad and dessert. Dance the night away to the tunes of DJ Meleti. Tickets are: Adults--$15; Children under 12--$5; Children under 5--free.
Tickets go on sale today. Next Sunday there will be a table in the hall where you can make a mask for yourself or for your children.
Jr. Goya Special Food Drive--February 5
Today, IOCC, the International Orthodox Christian Charities, has its annual Souper Bowl food drive. Our Jr. GOYAns have embraced the challenge to fill the food baskets to overflowing today to help feed hungry families in our area. We hope to send a sizable food donation to Pettengill House this week -- but the need does not end with a special food drive. We need your help filling the food baskets every week. We all understand there are hungry people out there who need our help. Why are we expected to do this week after week? The answer is simple. Jesus asked us to feed the hungry.
Next time you are food shopping, please buy one item for the food basket and offer a silent prayer as you do so for the person who will recieve your gift. That person will pray for you too.
Discovering the Liturgy for the First Time
Our Discovering the Way Series continues this week on Wednesday at 7:00 pm. We will be looking in detail at the ceremonies and prayers of the Divine Liturgy, and especially discussing ways of making these ceremonies and prayers real in our own lives.
Even if you did not come to the first session, you are welcome to join us for this session to learn more about the most important thing an Orthodox Christian can do--worship God at the Divine Liturgy.
Mark Your Calendar
Sunday, February 12--Candy and Bake Sale and GOYA flower sale
Saturday, February 18--Apokreatiko Dance
Sunday, February 26--General Assembly
Sunday, February 26--Vespers of Forgiveness
Monday, February 27--Clean Monday (Kathara Deftera) beginning of Great Lent
Sunday, March 4--Sunday of Orthodoxy--bring an icon and take part in the outdoor procession (weather permitting)
Parish Planning Calendar
Annunciation Church is blessed to have various groups and clubs sponsor activities that enrich our parish life. The Parish Planning Calendar is a year-at-a-glance calendar posted in the church office. Those planning an event or activity can check the calendar for availability. Organizers will be able to see what`s coming up so that there is no overlap in securing a date or space within the church. The calendar is for reference only. Joanne Perreault will administer the parish calendar and add items as they are requested.
Booking your event is easy. Simply do the following:
1. Review the calendar to see what other events are taking place so that you may plan accordingly. Remember that Nicholson Hall is available for rental to the general public. If you would like to hold that space, you must check availability with Joanne Housianitis, Function Hall Manager, in addition to holding the date with Joanne Perreault.
2. Once you have a date in mind, contact Joanne Perreault at 978-388-8353 or via email at The.Perreaults@verizon.net. If you need to check Nicholson Hall availability, include Joanne Housianitis in the email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
3. Joanne Perreault and/or Joanne Housianitis will check the calendars to be sure your preferred date is available and will notify you if there are any concerns or potential conflicts.
4. If your date is available, Joanne Perreault will add it to the planning calendar and if applicable, Joanne Housiantis will add it to the function hall calendar.
St. Basil Cook`s Corner
This week we treated the guests of St. Basil's Kitchen to Beef Stew -- such a great winter meal. This recipe was prepared at home by a group of choir members which included Kathy Tsiantas, Melinda Patrick, Fontaine Dubus, Stacey Kevorkian Gina Dussi, and recently retired member, Anna Mamakos. Our kitchen crew leader, Mike Murphy was on hand briefly Monday morning to get things started, but then Mike took off for a week in Florida. We hope he had great weather there. The rest of the crew continued with serving our guests and all the clean up tasks. Thanks to Ann Peralta, Connie Mathieu, Mary Francis Claire, Peter Mamakos and Annie Sayer.
Winter is here! We need to start getting toiletry bags together for distribution by our GOYA on the Lazarus House Soup Truck and at other times.
Toothpaste, deodorant, bodywash or soap, combs or hair brushes.
Please bring regular size items. They are actually not more expensive than the sample size items, and last much longer!
Thank you for your generosity.
Can You Help Out Our Choir?
The choir is getting ready to order some new choir robes and stoles and we are soliciting donations from parishioners. If anyone would like to make a donation towards the new robe/stole purchase, both the choir and board would be much appreciative. Please see Stacey Kevorkian if you are interested in making a donation.