Annunciation Church, Newburyport, MA PUBLISH DATE: February 12, 2012


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Offering of the Prosphora Today`s Prosphora are offered by Vicki Pomerleau.

Fellowship Hour Today`s Fellowship Hour is offered by the Social Committee.

Valentine`s Day Bake Sale Get your Sweets for the Sweet today after Liturgy. The Social Committee is selling baked goods and candies to help raise some funds for the Church. Please be generous (and sweet!).

GOYA Flower Sale Please remember to pick up and pay for your flower orders. Thanks for supporting our GOYA!

Apokreatiko Dance 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 are on sale today. There are a limited number, so be sure to reserve early!

Flowers for the Salutations Yes, Great Lent is just around the corner! That means we have to begin thinking about all the details and logistics for a fruitful celebration of the season.

If you would like to donate the flower decorations for the Icon of the Panagia for the Salutations (Chairetismoi), please see Fr. Constantine. We need flowers for 5 Fridays, and we are asking for a donation of $35 for the first four Fridays, and $45 for the Akathist Hymn on the 5th Friday. Different families are more than welcome to sponsor the icon decoration together. Thank you for your generosity.

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)

St. Basil Cook`s Corner This week our guests enjoyed American Chop Suey -- our chefs included Donna Hill, Mike Mamakos, Sharon Anderson, Joanne Hight, Elizabeth Keefe and John Patriakeas. Mike Murphy returned from his short trip to Florida and was in the kitchen leading our ever terrific crew. We thank you all for the work you all do week after week to make our guests feel welcomed at St. Basil's Kitchen.

Jr. Goya Souper Bowl Collection The Jr. GOYA Souper Bowl food drive was a great success. We had three overloaded baskets of food last week -- truly a wonderful offering in St. Basil`s name. As a result we were able to make a large food donation to the pantry at Pettengill House in Salisbury. The Jr. GOYA achieved this large food donation by sponsoring a raffle connected to the food drive. The winners of the raffle were Kylie Cusack, Ellie Mamakos, Elias Connor and Dimitri Connor. Congratulations to the winners and a BIG thank you to all for your support of our on-going food drive each week in our parish.

Toiletries Needed 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.

We need:
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.

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