1 Βάπτιση Στις 29 Νοεμβρίου τελέσθηκε η βάπτιση του γιού του Θωμά & Κατίνας Βλαχάκης. Ανάδοχοι παρέστησαν η Τζίνα και ο Αγαθοκλής Νικήτας χαρίζοντας το όνομα Δημήτρης στο νεοφώτιστο. Να σας ζήσει το νεοφώτιστο! Συλλυπητήρια Στον Απόστολο & Ελένη Καλύβας και την οικογένεια τους για τον θάνατο της αδερφή του Ελένη Ηλιοπούλου στην Ελλάδα. Ο Κύριος να αναπαύσει την ψυχή της και παρηγορήσει την οικογένεια της. Συλλυπητήρια Στην Πρεσβυτέρα Μαρίκα Καναβού, Φωτεινή Μπομποτσάρη και την οικογένεια τους για τον θάνατο της αδερφής τους Βιολέτα Μπομποτσάρη στην Ελλάδα. Ο Κύριος να αναπαύσει την ψυχή της και παρηγορήσει την οικογένεια της. Συλλυπητήρια Στην Νίκη & Χρήστο Χονδρού και στην οικογένεια τους για τον θάνατο της αδερφής της Νίκης Ευαγγελία Μάστορας στην Νεα Ιορκη. Ο Κύριος να αναπαύσει την ψυχή της και παρηγορήσει την οικογένεια της. Ευχαριστήρια Στον Ευάγγελο & Κρίστι Βλάχος από το φαρμακείο Jonestown για την δωρεά των μπουκαλιών για τον Αγιασμό των Επιφανίων. Ευχαριστήρια Στην Αφροδίτη και Δημήτρη Κατσούδα για τις νέες κουρτίνες στον διάδρομο της Εκλησίας. Είναι υπέροχες! Συλλυπητήρια Στην Μαρία Βλάχος, Ντίνα, Παναγιώτη, Ευανθύα και Μαρία Μάστορας, Σεραφείμ & Γεωργία Βλάχος και την οικογένεια τους για τον θάνατο του Αθανάσιου Βλάχου. Ο Κύριος να αναπαύσει την ψυχή του και παρηγορήσει την οικογένεια του. Ευχαριστήρια Στον Πατέρα Δημήτριο και όλα τα μέλη της κοινότητας για την συμπαράσταση σας, κάρτες, τηλεφωνήματα, κατά την διάρκεια νοσηλείας και θανάτου Αθανασίου Βλάχου. - Οικ. Αθανασίου Βλάχου Ποιμαντορικές Επισκέψεις Ο Πατέρας Δημήτριος επισκέφτηκε τα παρακάτω μέλη της κοινότητας μας Δημήτριος Livesay, JoAnn Ballas, Αθανάσιος Βλάχος και Σούλα Μπαλατσιά. Παρακαλούμε να τους έχετε στις προσευχές σας. ΚΑΛΑ ΧΡΙΣΤΟΥΓΕΝΝΑ ΚΑΙ ΚΑΛΗ ΧΡΟΝΙΑ ANNUNCIATION GREEK ORTHODOX CHURCH God is Searching For You We are not orphans. We have a home. We have a Father who waits to receive us with joy a running Father who is eager to give us the best robe, the best shoes, a ring, and a roast veal dinner with dancing to welcome us home. So, if you fall, don t give up; get up and return to the Father. He will take you back, not as a criminal but as an honored guest! For the Son of Man came to seek and to save the lost, said Jesus. After Adam and Eve sinned they were ashamed and hid from God. But God is pictured as walking through the garden calling Adam, where are you? The rest of the Bible may be seen as a record of God s search. Our task is not to search for God. The parables of the lost sheep, the lost coin, and the lost son show that God is already out searching for us. Our task, like that of the prodigal son, is to respond to God s search for us, to move out of the barnyard, to take the first step toward Him in repentance, faith, and commitment. As in Paradise, God walks in the Holy Scriptures, searching for man, said St. Ambrose. It is not only in Holy Scriptures that God searches for us. He searches also through the voice of conscience; He searches for us through the sorrows and tragedies of life; He searches for us through the emptiness of life without Him. Yes, and even through your reading this meditation today, He searches and thirsts for you always!!
2 Wed Dec 31 St. Basil s Liturgy Matins 8:00pm Divine Liturgy 9:00pm NEW YEAR S DANCE IN SUPPORT OF YOUTH MINISTRIES (see details in bulletin) Thu Jan 1 Office is closed. The GOYA youth will visit as many parishioners homes as possible, to wish them a blessed, healthy and happy New Year while singing the traditional New Year s carols (Kalanda). If this is inconvenient, please call the office requesting to be taken off the list. Happy New Year! Sun Jan 4 Mon - Wed, Jan 5th - 7th Mon Jan 5 Tue Jan 6 Regular Schedule Vasilopita Luncheon - The traditional Vasilopita and Luncheon will take place after services. All proceeds benefit St. Basil s Orphanage. The ladies of Philoptochos cordially invite the community to attend. First days of Greek School after holidays Eve of Theophany Blessing of Water - Strict Fast Day Matins & Divine Liturgy 8:45am First day of school after the holidays for Annunciation Christian Academy Men s Discussion Group Meeting 6:30am Theophany - Greater Blessing of Water - - Matins & Divine Liturgy 8:45am Wed Jan 7 St. John the Baptist Matins & Divine Liturgy 8:45am Thu Jan 8 Sun Jan 11 Mon Jan 12 Tue Jan 13 Wed Jan 14 Philoptochos Board Meeting 6:00pm Adult Discussion 9:30am Regular Schedule 20yr Memorial - Nick Hodges At the conclusion of services, the Parish Council will receive the Oath of Office and will also hold the election of officers for A special presentation will be made to the members of the Parish Council ending their term. Fellowship Hour is offered in loving memory of Nick by his loving family. Warm-up America in the Breezeway 9:00-Noon Parish Council Meeting 6:00pm Men s Discussion Group Meeting at 6:30am Community Fellowship Night 6:00-6:30 PM Paraklesis Service 6:30-7:00 PM Fellowship Meal 7:00-8:15 PM I. Philoptochos Meeting II. Joy & Hope Meeting III. GPTO Meeting in the Greek School room 7:00pm Τετ 14 Ιαν Πεμπ 15 Ιαν Kοινοτική βραδιά 6:00-6:30 μμ Παράκληση 6:30-7:00μμ Δείπνο 7:00-8:15μμ Συνεδρίαση της Φιλόπτωχου Συνεδρίαση της Joy HOPE Συνεδρίαση του GPTO στην αίθουσα του Ελληνικού Σχολείου Θρησκευτική συζήτηση 9:30πμ Κυρ 18 Ιαν Του Αγίου Αθανασίου Κανονικό ωράριο Αγγελική χορωδία Νήπια 3 ης Δευτ 19 Ιαν Τριτ 20 Ιαν Ο καφές προσφέρετε από το GPTO προς τιμή των Τριών Ιεραρχών Η Χριστιανική Ακαδημία θα είναι κλειστή «Ας ζεστάνουμε την Αμερική» στον διάδρομο της Εκκλησίας 9:00 12:00 Θρησκευτική συζήτηση της ομάδας των ανδρών 6:30πμ Πεμπ 22 Ιαν Των Αγίων Τιμόθεου και Αναστασίου Όρθρος Θ. Λειτουργία 8:45πμ Κυρ 25 Ιαν Του Αγίου Γρηγορίου του Θεολόγου Κανονικό ωράριο Αγγελική χορωδία Νήπια 3 ης Ετήσιο Μνημόσυνο της Σοφίας Μπάμπαλη. Ο καφές προσφέρετε στην αγαπημένη μνήμη της Σοφίας από την οικογένεια της Δευτ 26 Ιαν «Ας ζεστάνουμε την Αμερική» στον διάδρομο της Εκκλησίας 9:00 12:00 Τριτ 27 Ιαν Πεμπ 29 Ιαν Θρησκευτική συζήτηση της ομάδας των ανδρών 6:30πμ Θρησκευτική συζήτηση 9:30π.μ Παρ 30 Ιαν Των Τριών Ιεραρχών Όρθρος Θ. Λειτουργία 8:45πμ Γέννηση Συγχαρητήρια στην Ελισάβετ & Δημήτριο Νταλή για την γέννηση της κόρής τους Σοφία. Περήφανοι παππούδες και γιαγιάδες είναι ο Αναστάσιος & Σταυρούλα Καζάκος και Γεώργιος & Γεωργία Νταλής. Να σας ζήσει! Βάπτιση Στις 23 Νοεμβρίου τελέσθηκε η βάπτιση του γιου του Γιάννη & Βιργινία Καζάκος. Ανάδοχοι παρέστησαν ο Θεόδωρος & Μαρία Καζάκος χαρίζοντας το όνομα Ανδρέας στο νεοφώτιστο. Να σας ζήσει το νεοφώτιστο!
3 Τετ 31 Δεκ Αγίου Βασιλείου Ορθρος 8:00μμ Θ. Λειτουργία 9:00μμ Πρωτοχρονιάτικη χοροεσπερίδα 10: Πεμπ 1 Ιαν Το γραφείο κλειστό Καλή Χρονιά Κυρ 4 Ιαν Η GOYA θα επισκεφτεί όσα σπίτια μπορεί να εκφράσουν τις ευχές για το νέο έτος και να ψάλλουν τα κάλαντα. Εάν κάποιος δεν θα είναι στο σπίτι παρακαλούμε να επικοινωνήσετε με το γραφείο της εκκλησία να ενημερώσετε. Κανονικό ωράριο Η τελετή της Βασιλόπιτας θα γίνει μετά την Θεία Λειτουργία όλες οι προσφορές θα δοθούν στην Ακαδημία του Αγίου Βασιλείου. Οι κυρίες της Φιλόπτωχου σας προσκαλούν να συμμετάσχετε στην εκδήλωση αυτή. Δευτέρα 5 Τρίτη 6- Τετάρτη 7 Ιανουαρίου Πρώτες μέρες του Ελληνικού σχολείου μετά τις διακοπές Δευτ 5 Ιαν Τριτ 6 Ιαν Παραμονή των Θεοφανείων Όρθρος/Θ. Λειτουργία/Αγιασμός 8:45πμ Νηστεία Πρώτη μέρα της Χριστιανικής Ακαδημίας μετά τις διακοπές Θρησκευτική συζήτηση της ομάδας των ανδρών 6:30πμ Των Θεοφανίων Όρθρος- Θ. Λειτουργία 8:45πμ Τετ 7 Ιαν Αγίου Ιωάννου του Βαπτιστή Όρθρος Θ. Λειτουργία 8:45πμ Πεμπ 8 Ιαν Κυρ 11 Ιαν Συνεδρίαση του συμβουλίου της Φιλόπτωχου 6:00μμ Θρησκευτική συζήτηση 9:30πμ Κανονικό ωράριο Εικοσαετές Μνημόσυνο του Νικολάου Χαντζηκωστόπουλου Ορκωμοσία του νέου Διοικητικού Συμβουλίου μετά την Θ. Λειτουργία. Eιδική προσφορά θα δοθεί στα μέλη που τελειώνουν την υπηρεσία τους στο Διοικητικό Συμβούλιο. Ο καφές προσφέρετε στην αγαπημένη μνήμη του Νικολάου από την οικογένεια του. Δευτ 12 Ιαν «Ας ζεστάνουμε την Αμερική» στον διάδρομο της Εκκλησίας 9:00 12:00 Τριτ 15 Ιαν Συνεδρίαση του Δ. Συμβουλίου του 6:00μμ Θρησκευτική συζήτηση της ομάδας των ανδρών 6:30πμ Thu Jan 15 Sun Jan 18 Mon Jan 19 Tue Jan 20 Thu Jan 22 Sun Jan 25 Mon Jan 26 Tue Jan 27 Thu Jan 29 Adult Discussion 9:30am St. Athanasios Regular Schedule K-3rd grade Angel Choir Fellowship Hour is offered by the GPTO in honor of The Three Hierarchs Annunciation Christian Academy closed Warm-up America in the Breezeway 9:00-Noon Men s Discussion Group Meeting 6:30am Sts. Timothy & Anastasios - Matins & Divine Liturgy 8:45am St Gregory the Theologian - Regular Schedule K-3rd grade Angel Choir 1yr Memorial - Sophia Bambalis Fellowship Hour is offered in loving memory of Sophia by her loving family. Warm-up America in the Breezeway 9:00-Noon Men s Discussion Group Meeting 6:30am Adult Discussion 9:30am Fri Jan 30 The Three Hierarchs Matins & Divine Liturgy 8:45am The Stonecutter Someone tells of watching a stonecutter bang away at the stone with his hammer and wedge. He might hit the stone a hundred times with no apparent effect, but on the hundred and first strike, the stone would crack. The point is, the hundred and first blow did not crack the stone by itself; it was the cumulative effect of the hundred blows before which brought the results. That is the way our moments and our days work. Sometimes it seems we make no progress. Sometimes it seems all our efforts are useless, but we keep trying; we struggle without giving up. Then one day, the victory we have sought belongs to us. It was not that final effort it was all those efforts that went before. The Bible is full of examples of saints who persevered in the race of life. They had a staying power that came from their faith; a faith that kept its eyes fastened on Jesus: Looking to Jesus the pioneer and perfecter of our faith. One of the greatest of these saints was St. Paul who, when he reached the end of his life, said what I hope and pray each one of us will be able to say one day when the end comes for us, I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. Henceforth there is laid up for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, will award to me on that Day, and not only to me but also to all who have loved his appearing (2 Tim. 4:7-8).
4 SUNDAY, JANUARY 4 USHERS - Chris Kroustalis, Vicky Russell, Jimmie Toompas, Bobby Leloudis CHURCH SERV COMM Team 4 - Chris Macropoulos, James (Paki) Hondros, Michael Kangelaris, Brian McFarlin READER - George Kalamaras ALTAR BOYS Team 2 - Zachary Blevins, Gregory Ballas, Demetri Hodges, Stephen Macropoulos, Terry Rizos, Kosmas Boutis, Christopher Gallos, Demetri Kortesis, Spero Moutos, George Sechrest, Christian Gallos NURSERY Natalie Spinosa, Chrissy McCullough, Kelly Kontos SUNDAY, JANUARY 11 USHERS - Jim Paloumbas, Will Moye, Chris Karahalios, Dr. Mike Olympio CHURCH SERV COMM Team 1 - Patricia Valier, Sammy Ballas, Tom Giannopoulos, Tommy Karathanas READER - Anthony Whitley ALTAR BOYS Team 3 - George A. Vlahos, Elias Ziogas, Andreas C. Kalogeromitros, Mikie Ioannou, Costa Kortesis, Alexander Marshall, Nicholas Woody, Stevie Raptis, Stavros Karagiorgis, Panagiotis Vgenopoulos, Parker Moye, Yanni Petropoulos, Angelo Petropoulos NURSERY Maria Capparelli, Georgia Hull SUNDAY, JANUARY 18 USHERS - To be determined CHURCH SERV COMM Team 2 - Nick Samaras, Helen Uhl, James Smalling, Chris Gallos READER - Will Moye ALTAR BOYS Team 4 - Kosta Demopoulos, Soulis Boutis, Vasilios Liaskonis, Patrick Gonzales, Christopher Mathes, Nicholas Mathes, George Dallis, Chris G. Moutos, Max Clark, Anastasios Dallis, Max Rogatsios, Lucas Hondros, William Nolan NURSERY Irene Chamis, Lena Balourdos, Christina Soriano SUNDAY, JANUARY 25 USHERS - To be determined CHURCH SERV COMM Team 3 - Dennis Hondros, Virginia Moutos, Stan Carroll, Alan Ball READER - Ron Sheppard ALTAR BOYS Team 5 Sammy Moutos, Thomas Anthony, Ian Hellmer, Travis Liontis, Ralph Shepherd, Marcus Neacsu, George Raptis, Nicholas Rizos, Vasili Karagiannis, Michael Ioannou, Matthew Moutos, John Kroustalis, Sebastian Neacsu NURSERY Mary Paloumbas, Katie Kroustalis PARISH COUNCIL MEETING UPDATE The following items of note resulted from business discussed at the December 8, 2014 Parish Council meeting: Recap of the election and Stewardship Luncheon. Parish Council was updated on status of Church projects. Information relayed on GOYA participating in the Youth Rally in Atlanta. Recommendation to begin working on a new pictorial directory. Recap of Fr. Christodoulos visit to our parish. BIRTH - Congratulations are extended to Elizabeth & Dr. James Dallis on the birth of their baby girl, Sophia Grace. Proud grandparents are Anastasios & Stavroula Kazakos and George & Georgia Dallis. May God bless them. NA SAS ZISI! BIRTH - Congratulations are extended to Aileen & Dr. Lucas Santos on the birth of their baby girl, Helen. May God bless them. 40-DAY BLESSING was administered to Corrie Ebert and her baby boy, Thomas Roger. May our Lord grant them progress in faith and in life. BAPTISM - On November 23, Andreas was baptized into the Orthodox Church. He is the son of John & Virginia (Nia) Kazakos. Godparents - Theodore & Maria Kazakos. May God bless the newly baptized! NA SAS ZISI TO NEOFOTISTO! BAPTISM - On November 29, Demetri was baptized into the Orthodox Church. He is the son of Tom & Katina Vlahakis. Godparents - Gina and Kyle Nikitas. May God bless the newly baptized! NA SAS ZISI TO NEOFOTISTO! BAPTISM - On November 30, Basileios was baptized into the Orthodox Church. He is the son of Jared & Catherine Apostolides Lee. Godmother - Francis Cook. May God bless the newly baptized! NA SAS ZISI TO NEOFOTISTO! BAPTISM - On December 13, Teilly (Ying Han) was baptized into the Orthodox Church. Godmother - Christina Soriano. May God bless the newly baptized! CONFIRMATION A warm welcome is extended to Katie Kroustalis who joined the Orthodox Church through the Sacrament of Chrismation on December 14. Sponsor - Paula Manser. CONFIRMATION A warm welcome is extended to Kinsley Harris who joined the Orthodox Church through the Sacrament of Chrismation on December 14. Sponsor - Leni Fragakis. CONDOLENCES are extended to Apostolos & Eleni Kalyvas and to the extended family on the falling asleep of his sister Eleni Iliopoulou in Greece. May our Lord rest her soul and comfort her loving family. CONDOLENCES are extended to Presv. Marika Canavos, Fotini Bobocharis and to the extended family on the falling asleep of their sister Violetta Bobocharis in Greece. May our Lord rest her soul and comfort her loving family. CONDOLENCES are extended to Nicky & Chris Hondros and to the extended family on the falling asleep of her sister Evangelia Mastoras in New York. May our Lord rest her soul and comfort her loving family. CONDOLENCES are extended to Maria Vlahos, Dina, Pete, Eva & Maria Mastoras, Sam & Georgia Vlahos and to the extended family on the falling asleep of Athanasios Vlahos. May our Lord rest his soul and comfort his loving family. CONGRATULATIONS are extended to Peter George Bambalis II who graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Agricultural Business Management and a minor in Economics from NC State. He plans to pursue a career in his field of study. MANY, MANY THANKS to Ike & Kristi Vlahos of Jonestown Pharmacy for donating the bottles that will be used for Holy Water during the Epiphany season. MANY, MANY THANKS to Aphroditi & Dimitri Katsoudas for the new window treatments that grace our new and improved Breezeway. They look beautiful! MANY, MANY THANKS to Fr. Demetri and all the members of our community for your support and acts of kindness during hospitalizations and calls, cards, visits, flowers, prepared foods and expression of sympathy on the falling asleep of Athanasios Vlahos. --- His loving family PASTORAL VISITATIONS - The following member was visited by Father Demetri: Demetrius Livesay, JoAnn Ballas, and Soula Ballas. Please keep them in your prayers.
5 In loving memory of our beloved fathers and grandfathers, Gus Kafant and George Vlasis by John, Helen, Elizabeth, Dean and Emilia Vlasis. In loving memory of our beloved brother & uncle Fred Vlasis by John, Helen, Elizabeth, Dean and Emilia Vlasis. In memory of my loving husband, Angelo D. Kortesis from Mrs. Ricke A. Kortesis In memory of Dimitriou, Vasiliki, and Olga Kortesis and George and Anastasia Vlahos by Mrs. Ricke A. Kortesis. In memory of Yiannis Vonortas, George C. Vlahos, Stefanos and Margarita Drosinis, Konstantina Pappas, Serafim Vlahos, George Pappaspirou and Martha Dalipis by Mrs. Ricke A. Kortesis. In memory of Kosta Tsigolis, Eleni Gounaris, Marika Galanos, and Vasisli Ziakas by Mrs. Ricke A. Kortesis. In loving memory of our father Angelo D. Kortesis by Richard, Bessie and Maggie Epes. In loving memory of our parents Richard and Elizabeth Epes by Richard and Bessie Epes and family. In loving memory of our grandparents Demitri, Vasiliki and Olga Kortesis and George and Anastasia Vlahos by Richard and Bessie Epes and Family. In memory of our family members Yiannis Vonortas, Margarita and Stefanos Drosisnis, George C. Vlahos, Kosta Tsigolis, Vasili Ziaka, and Eleni Gounaris and Marika Galanos, Konstantina Pappas, George Pappaspirou. In loving memory of departed family members by George & Stamey Moutos. In honor of our children Chris and Spero by George & Stamey Moutos. In loving memory of our beloved son John P. Gallins by Gus & Margarita Floros. In loving memory of my beloved husband & our father John P. Gallins and father & Παππου Paul J. Gallins by Marika, Paul, Constantina & Deno. For the good health of my family and our community by Maria (Marika) Gallins. We would like to thank you for beautifying our church during the Christmas Season with your loving donations in honor, in health and in memory of your beloved. If anyone s name was left off this list, we are truly sorry. WARM UP AMERICA Almost every Monday morning, ladies of our Greek Orthodox Church meet either in the breezeway or in the library to knit and crochet for many different charities. We then deliver them to Brenner Children's Hospital, the Shelter for Abused Women, SCAN, many different nursing homes and to our own members when needed. We have recently given them to be delivered by the police to the homeless who have nowhere to go and sleep under bridges and other similar places. The items we knit are afghans, lap robes, caps, scarves, booties (for babies) and bags to go on walkers. These items take a lot of yarn. We are asking you ladies who have knit or crocheted in the past, and no longer do so, to see if you have any unused yarn you might be willing to donate. It would be very much appreciated as we are almost out of our supply. It is heart warming to see how the eyes, of the persons receiving these articles, light up with joy and appreciation that someone has thought of them as they are going through difficult times or are having to adjust to living in nursing or assisted living homes. We also invite you to join us if you would like to. We not only enjoying helping others with our work, but have gained a fellowship with those who are in our circle, and have benefited by getting to know each other, making wonderful friendships by participating in this mission. Gratefully, The Ladies of Warm Up America STEWARDSHIP 2014 & 2015 With 2014 coming to an end we would like to thank all of our Stewards for your support of Annunciation Ministries. The Stewardship list is updated on the 15th of every month. Mr. & Mrs. Pete Bobotsiares Mr. & Mrs. David Cook Mr. & Mrs. Sotirios Kaliviotis Mr. & Mrs. Nick Karagiorgis Mr. & Mrs. Theodore Kazakos Mr. & Mrs. John G. Kortesis Mrs. Niki Kortesis Mr. & Mrs. George Kroustalis Mr. Vasilios Xenikakis Mr. Theodoro Ziogas Should you need a statement for IRS tax purposes, please call Our goal was 400 families, we are the so Church blessed to office have been ( ) able to get very close to it. Stewardship 2015 From God every family in heaven and on earth is named. Ephesians 3:15 Our goal for 2014 was 410 Stewardship families, we close the year with 400. Thank you Stewardship Sunday was a delicious event. The food was wonderful and Angel Choir and Greek School youth gave us all a wonderful holiday lift. A special spirit was present once again, as we gathered as a Church Community to break bread. Chris Karahalios, our Chef did a wonderful job assisted by his many helpers. Our thanks to all who helped, and to all who supported the Annunciation Ministries through Stewardship in We reached our goal once again with your generosity, however falling a little short in Stewardship family goal. To date 121 Stewardship Cards have been received for We would like to thank all who responded in such a timely fashion. We would like to remind all those who have yet to respond, to do so at your earliest convenience. May God bless you in the coming year. Dino Cortesis and Bill Karahalios, Stewardship Co-Chairmen On behalf of the Parish Council, I would like to wish all of the community a Blessed New Year! Jim Paloumbas President, Parish Council
6 Blessing of Homes - During the Epiphany Season the Fr. Demetri will be blessing homes only by request. Please call the office ( ) before January 5 should you wish a visitation to bless your home. Thank you. Join us as we ring in the New Year! 2015 NEW YEAR S EVE PARTY Featuring DJ Jimmy E December 31 st 10:00 pm THE HELLENIC CENTER PRESALE: $25 Adults / $15 Students / 12 & Under FREE (Tickets at the door will be an additional $5) Join us for a night of greek & American music, delicious food, and a lot of fun! Champagne toast at midnight Dinner Buffet - Filet tips, chicken marsala, meatballs Tickets will be sold after church services every Sunday All proceeds benefit youth ministries! for more info call Church office or Jimmy The Good Samaritan helpers visited/sent cards to the following members of the Church this month: Presv, Marika, Nicky, Athena, Fotini, JoAnn, Jane, Dina, Angela, Tina and Demetrius. If you desire members of the Good Samaritan Helpers to visit you, or know of others that desire it, or those who need cards, please let one of our members know. We would also like to help those who need rides to doctors' of ices or need help in other ways. Members to call are: Mary Wnentowski ; Persephone Cortessis ; Martha Dentiste ; Emily Kafant ; Nicky Hondros In honor of our families by Father George & Presv. Betsy Vlahos. In honor of this Church and God at work within by Alexandra Smalling. In loving memory of Harilaos & Verginia Hadzikostopoulos and James George Lappas by their children, Kosta, Maria, Bobby, Nia, John & Demetri and great grandchildren. In loving memory of departed family members by Pete & Anthoula Sklapanis. In loving memory of Alex & Andra Fragakis. In loving memory of my husband Nick and our parents by Mel N. Anggelis. In loving memory of our brothers and parents by Nick & Effie Rizos. In honor of our family by Nick & Effie Rizos. In loving memory of our parents, brothers and sisters by John & Elizabeth Strates. In loving memory of our parents, brother, sister-in-law and cousin by Vasilios & Bessie Fallis. In loving memory of Georgia & Seraphim Balatsia and Haralambos Tsatsaronis by John & Penny Ballas and family. For the good health of our family by John & Penny Ballas. In loving memory of Mom & Mimi Trish Westbrook and our brother & Uncle Jimmy Stabolitis by George, Ashley, John & Victoria Stabolitis. In loving memory of Miss Toni Plumber by Victoria Blevins. In honor of my Goddaughter Julia Spinosa by Victoria Blevins. In loving memory of Konstantinos E. Tsiolkas by his children Ted & Litsa Tsiolkas, grandchildren and great grandchildren. In loving memory of Jimmie & Dorothy Toompas Sr. by Jimmie & Kim Toompas. For the good health of Victoria & Zachary Blevins by Maria Blevins. In loving memory of my beloved husband Gus, George Vlasis and Alexandra Peters by Emily S. Kafant. In loving memory of Thomas Polonyfis, George, Spirithoula & Pete Tasios by Jim & Helen Tasios. In loving memory of Pete Nichols by Vi Nichols. In honor of John & Vickie Ioannou by Tamara and Mara. In loving memory of Gregory & Antonia Conides by Elaine C. Ross. In loving memory of Bill & Mabel Sfikas by the Sfikas Family. In loving memory of Barbara Despina Pappas Meletis by her beloved children and family. In honor of Thomas Roger Ebert by Yiayia Sophia Meletis and N. Harrison Ebert. In honor of our families by Georgia & Greg Wood. In loving memory of Athanasios Tommy Leloudis by Sia Leloudis. In loving memory of Athanasios Tommy Leloudis by Mr. & Mrs. Bobby Leloudis. In loving memory of Athanasios Tommy Leloudis by George Leloudis. In honor of our children Stavros & Maria by Greg & Helen Karagiorgis. In loving memory of Angelo & Georgia Pantazis by John & Louisa Pantazis. In loving memory of George & Bessie Papadis by John & Louisa Pantazis. In loving memory of Stefanos & Polyxeni Kroustalis and George & Mary Hondros by Jimmy & Irene Kroustalis and family. In loving memory of Alex & Andra Fragakis. In loving memory of my beloved husband and our father John Kroustalis by Rose Kroustalis, Angie, Robert and Mariane. In loving memory of my husband Sam Havelos by Dina Havelos. In loving memory of beloved wife, mother, grandmother Dina Papathanasiou by her loving family.
7 In loving memory of our family members, departed but still in our hearts by Tom, Virginia, Frank and Stuart. In honor of our Godchildren, Cindy, James, Thomas, Matthew and Mario by Tom, Virginia, Frank and Stuart. In loving memory of our parents, Mr. & Mrs. Beskas and Mr. & Mrs. Konomos by George & Dee Beskas. In loving memory of my Nouna Jane Emanuel by Theodora B. Katsis. In honor of my Nouno Angelo Emanuel by Theodora B. Katsis. In loving memory of my father, George K. Kalamaras by George & Angela Kalamaras. In loving memory of Aristidis Gatsis by Maria and Penny Gatsis. In loving memory of my parents by Maria Gatsis. In loving memory of my precious angels, Father George & Presvytera Maria Thalassinos, Frances Mathes Nelson, Carnie J. Davis by Despina T. Davis. In loving memory of my father George Cortesis by Chad & Effie Davis. In loving memory of my beloved husband George & son Fred by Voula Vlasis. In loving memory of George Vlasis and Linda O Brien by Mike, Caroline & George Vlasis. In loving memory of departed family members by Vasiliki Murphy. In loving memory of Helen & Capt. George T. Kantrales by Drs. Michael & Georgia Olympio and family. (2 poinsettias) In loving memory of our parents by James & Stavroula Hodges. In honor of our children and grandchildren by James & Stavroula Hodges. In loving memory of Harry & Helen Poulos by their loving family. In loving memory of George, Lili & Gary Morris by their loving family. In honor of our children and grandchildren by Nick & Katina Kroustalis. In loving memory of our father, Paul J. Gallins by Teddy & Helen Gallins. In loving memory of our big brother, John P. Gallins by Teddy & Helen Gallins. In loving memory of our most precious daughter & sister, Sophia by George, Chris and Peter Bambalis. In honor of our son, nephew, nieces and Godchildren by George & Chris Bambalis. In honor of the Annunciation Parish for its unwavering faith, steadfast hope and boundless love by George & Chis Bambalis. In loving memory of our Yiayia and Papou, Rose & William Indianos by Patricia & Frank Valier and family. In loving memory of Sean & Rachael Carroll by Stan & Angelic Carroll. In loving memory of our parents by Stan & Angelic Carroll. In loving memory of John & Maria Mathes, Angelo & Georgia Vlahos by George & Olga Vlahos. In loving memory of my husband Frank, son Frank, and other departed family members by Alice Piedad. For the good health of our children George, Michael & Luke and our Godchildren Athena & Will by Ike & Kristi Vlahos. In loving memory of Gus & Mary Chrysson by Jimmy & Rita Chrysson. In honor of Chris & Nicky Hondros, Christopher & Jee Chrysson and Jackson & Nicole Blaylock by Jimmy & Rita Chrysson. In honor of our grandchildren by Uly & Teddie Grisette. In loving memory of my husband Xenophon and other departed family members by Bessie Gallins and family. For the good health of my children and grandchildren by Bessie Gallins. In loving memory of Gregory Mikitka by Harry & Theresa Makitka. In loving memory of George Georgoulias by Kiki, Chris, Sheryl, Anthony & Caleb. In loving memory of my beloved husband Paul, my beloved son John, parents and in-laws by Maria P. Gallins. Dear Ladies of Philoptochos Wow, what a busy December we had. We had many Christmas Socials, Trip to the Biltmore and we took a group to deliver meals on Sunday for H.O.P.E. In November we had our Wine Tasting/General meeting at the home of Dino and Leigh Cortesis. I truly believe that after all the hard work that we all put into the bake sale, that having this is the perfect way for everyone to just relax and be able to socialize and form new friendships with each other. Thank you Leigh for opening your home to all of us! For our December Christmas Social Effie Davis and Kim Karahalios were our chairs for this event, and what a wonderful job they did as always. Oso Eats catered this event for us, and the food was delicious. Our Senior Citizens Luncheon is our way of letting our Senior Citizens know how much we love and appreciate them. This gives us a chance to give back to them, since they all have given so much to all of us. It was a wonderful dinner and everyone had a good time just being together. Helen Karagiorgis and Rene Kortesis were our chairs this year and they did an outstanding job of pulling this all together. Our elves this year that helped were Penny Kaliviotis, Olga Kangelaris and Maria Blevins. Jimmy s Seafood was our caterer for our Senior Citizens Luncheon, and what another delicious meal we had. This month we also went on a day trip to Biltmore House. I want to thank Maria Blevins and Maria Mathes for putting this together for us. We had a great turn out and boy what fun did we have! So much so that I heard everyone asking when our next trip will be and where can we go? I do believe this is something we can do again and that we should do again. So we are open for suggestions! January 4 th we will have our Vasilopita Luncheon 100% of the net proceeds will go to St Basils Academy. We all know that when we go up to get a piece of Vasilopita, that we give a donation for that piece. This is the perfect time to explain to your child that by doing this, they are helping another child in need. These children do not have a mother or father to help them out with some of the small things that we take for granted. By giving to them allows them to have a warm bed to sleep in, food on their table, clothes and shoes to wear to school and most of all people there that will care for them and love them. So please come out and help support this event. Our next general meeting will be January 14th th and we will present out 2015 Budget. This meeting is also the start of our new year so we will take memberships for I hope everyone has a blessed New Year! She opens her arms to the poor and extends her hands to the needy. Proverbs 31:20 Your Sister in Christ, Ann-Marie Dentiste-Speas
8 H.O.P.E (Help Our People Eat) is a program that serves over 700 bag lunches every Sunday to children in Winston-Salem who sometimes goes without a meal on the weekend. They also hand out over 700 lbs of produce to the adults, who most of the times do not have access to fresh produce. Last month we took a group from our church to help deliver meals on a Sunday. Our church was in charge of that Sunday and we were responsible for loading the truck, driving the route, handing out meals and produce and then unloading and cleaning up. We met at 12:15 and then we were through around 4:00 pm. I know the whole group that went were touched by what they saw and how wonderful it felt to be able to help others. Many have never been to that side of town, and never knew that out city had areas that were in that much need of help. As some told me It was an eye opening experience We will be doing this again soon and we will have a calendar out to let you know what Sunday s we will be in charge of. We still need people to sign up on Saturday s to help make sandwiches. We do this every 11:00 am in the church s kitchen. It only takes about 40 min. to do this. In addition to making the bag lunches we will also take on some Sunday s right after church to deliver the meals. If you would like to help or know more about delivery of the meals on Sunday please contact Ann-Marie Dentiste-Speas. You may either call or me Prayer List As members of an Orthodox Christian family, we are called upon to pray for each other in time of need. Please pray for: Presv. Marika, J, Helen, Stevie, Jan, Dean, Stella, Tom, Demetrius, Soula Yiani If you would like us to remember you or your loved one in our prayers, please contact our Church office at We will begin with a fresh list of names every month. Parish Council News We would like to thank ALL who accepted nominations for Parish Council. The following were elected to serve: George Bambalis, Stan Carroll, Mike Kangelaris, Tommy Karathanas, Sam Liontis, Patricia Valier They will be serving for 2015 & Our thanks to the nomination committee comprised of Chris Karahalios, George Kalamaras and Nick Karagiorgis. Our sincere appreciation is expressed to the Parish Council members who have completed their term of office: Chris Karahalios, Bobby Leloudis, Will Moye, Vicky Russell, Jimmie Toompas, John Vlachos. We thank them for their desire to lead our community with dedication and love. CHRISTMAS DONATIONS The white poinsettia that adorned our Altar for the Christmas Season was given in loving memory of our Beloved Father George Thalassinos by the members of the Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church. The red poinsettias that were placed on the solea were in loving memory and in honor of the following: In loving memory of our parents, Vasiliki Bouloubasis, Demetrios Bouloubasis and Helen Amprazis by Gus Bouloubasis and family. In honor of our family, Vicky & Elina Bouloubasis and Hercules Amprazis by Gus & Litsa Bouloubasis. In loving memory of Sarandis Kangelaris by Father Demetri, Presbytera Olga and family. In loving memory of John Janos, beloved husband & father by Roula, Kosta & Dia Janos. In loving memory of my wife, Helen Amprazis by Hercules Amprazis. In loving memory of our parents Chris & Irene Moutos by George, Stamey, Chris and Spero Moutos. In loving memory of Panagiote & Romalea Bobotsiares by Mr. & Mrs. Stavro Bobotsiares. In loving memory of our Παππού Stavros Karagiorgis and our Προγιαγιά Anastasia Kokinos by Stavros & Victoria Karagiorgis. In honor of our children, Stavros & Victoria, parents, godchildren, extended family members and members of our community by Nick & Stacey Karagiorgis. In loving memory of Nick Anggelis and in honor of our children and family by Kenny & Vicky Russell. In loving memory of Helen Tsiolkas and Andy Carros by Jim & Helen Tsiolkas. In honor of our children and grandchildren by Jim & Helen Tsiolkas. In loving memory of our father and grandfather Andrew Carros by Jimmy, Anthoula, Johnny Carros and Irene Mavroidis and grandchildren. For the health of our family by Tom & Anna Giannopoulos. In loving memory of departed family members by Tom Giannopoulos and family. In loving memory of Konstantinos Stogias by Maria and Bessie Stogias. In loving memory of Konstantinos Stogias by Stasie, Athan and Konstantina Kanellos. In loving memory of Sophia, Sophia, Pete and John by Nitsa Bambalis. In honor of my Godchildren, George, Mary Helen & Helen Leigh by Nitsa Bambalis. In loving memory of Ralph & Rebecca Shepherd and Gus Kafant by Deacon Constantine (Millard) & Stacy Shepherd. In honor of our children, Godchildren, nieces and nephews by Deacon Constantine (Millard) & Stacy Shepherd. In loving memory of Jim Uhl by Helen Sfikas Uhl. In loving memory of Frank Nicholson Jr. by Heather Vlachos & Jan Assimos. In loving memory of Mom, Dad & Chris by Robin. In loving memory of Gus Gallins by Alex & Gussie Kroustalis and family. In loving memory of Stephano & Polyxeni Kroustalis by Alex & Gussie Kroustalis and family. In loving memory of Dennis D. Paloumbas, Fotios & Dimitra Kalabokis by Jim & Maria Paloumbas. In loving memory of James & Panayiota Hondros, John & Eloise Thompson, Nick Hondros, Steve Hondros and Justin Stutts by Dennis & JoAnn Hondros. In honor of our children, Debbie, Pocky and Penny and our grandchildren, Joshua, Tyler, Nick, Lucas, D.J. and Evan by Dennis & JoAnn Hondros.
9 The Four Circles. The Newsletter for the Youth Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church, Winston-Salem NC January 2015 Proistamenos - Fr. Demetri Kangelaris Deacon - Constantine Shepherd JANUARY EVENTS FOR OUR YOUTH Thursday January 1st: HAPPY NEW YEAR!!! GOYA will meet at 1:00pm at the Church for Kalanda!! We need parent drivers and GOYANs to participate. The more teams we have the quicker the process will be. This is really a fun event. It is an opportunity for our youth to meet and talk with church members that they may not normally have an opportunity to see. THANKS!!! To all who are helping out with the Winter Youth Rally in Atlanta. We have two volleyball teams, two basketball teams, and three Bible Bowl teams participating! A big thanks to the coaches and Advisors: Sam Jacobs Sophia Kazakos Jim and Irene Kroustalis Scott Marshall Gus Siokis Maria Tsiolkas Our goal is for our GOYA to have a time of fun, fellowship and worship with other GOYANS from around the Metropolis.
10 Sunday School News from Annunciation The Food Drive was a success thank you students and families who participated in this act of kindness and giving. The donations will be distributed to those students and families in need by the WS/FC School Social Workers. Many families will benefit from your donations. Our students performed beautifully at the Stewardship Luncheon, we thank Connie Marshall and Sandy Smalling for their dedication to the Angel Choir. Our Christmas Program is a wonderful tradition for our students and congregation. We thank Angie Raptis for her dedication to this program as well as our Angel Choir and directors. Students, consider participating in the Oratorical Festival-more information to come from Bessie Epes and Ted Kazakos. Calendar for January Jan. 4 - Sunday School regular schedule Jan 11 - Sunday School regular schedule Jan 18 - Angel Choir K-3 rd grade Attendance may be low for older students due to HDF Jan 25 - Angel Choir K-3 rd grade ANNUNCIATION CHRISTIAN ACADEMY Happy New Year to all of you! We hope you had a relaxed and fun family me during Holidays. We are very excited to begin our new year with more fun days at the preschool. Thank you for bringing you friends and family to our Christmas Program. The children were such great singers and loved to perform. Have a Happy and Prosperous New Year! Evdoksia Tsakas Christmas fun at Annunciation Christian Academy! Coming up in February Feb 8- Godparent/Godchild Sunday (Sunday School for 3&4 yr. olds only) Feb 22- Oratorical Festival begins With service in Christ, Fr. Demetri & Sunday School Coordinators--Bessie Epes/Athena Karahalios/Tina White-Kennedy MERRY CHRISTMAS And HAPPY NEW YEAR
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