Parish News

“Souper” Thank You!

The Stewardship Committee would like to thank everyone who attended the Souper Sunday Cook-off and to those who helped make it a success.  We collected $335 that will go directly to the scholarship fund.  See Photos here.

Thanks to all of our soup cooks who prepared their delicious creations for our contest:  Andrea Jones (Mexican Chicken Soup), Susan George (Buffalo Wing Chicken Soup), Ron Ramseur (3 Bean Seafood Soup), Jim Sperelakis (Guacamole and Chips), Joanna Tsiantas (Chili), Cathy Chadwick (Beef & Barley Soup), Daphne Tikellis (Stuffed Pepper Soup), Melinda Patrick (Creamy Tomato Basil Soup w/Cheese Croutons), Brendon Copper (Chili). Don Argyrople (Broccoli Cheddar Soup).              

Thanks to all of the dessert chefs and to all of the kids who served and made our event complete.  Also a special thanks to Jennifer Cooper for donating the carefully chosen chef prizes!

Congratulations to our Winners:

 1st Place: Creamy Tomato Basil Soup, prepared by Melinda Patrick

 2nd Place: Buffalo Wing Chicken Soup, prepared by Susan George

 3rd Place: Stuffed Pepper Soup, prepared by Daphne Tikellis    

St. Basil The Great Icon Donated in Memory of Bill Kacher

Winter Tea Fundraiser a Fun Success!

It was cold outside, but nothing but warm smiles and warm tea simmered inside St. Basil's Kitchen following Divine Liturgy on Sunday, January 21st.  Many thanks to the vision and efforts of Andrea Jones to coordinate 10 table sponsors each providing a uniquely decorated table including a cake centerpiece, and adorned with tea, finger sandwiches, scones and muffins baked and served with the help of GLAS and our Sunday School students. The event included the blessing of a new icon of St. Basil The Great which was donated by the friends and family of William Kacher in his memory and the Icon frame donated by Port Sheet Metal in memory of Jenney Nichpor Knapp.  The event raised $1100 toward the $4000 needed to purchase a new dishwasher for St. Basil's Kitchen.  Thank you to all who participated!

See photos here.


2017 Christmas Pageant

The Christmas Program presented by the Sunday School was enjoyed by all.  Many thanks to our Sunday School Director Jill Argyrople, to the pageant director Melinda Patrick, the children, Sunday School teachers, and parents who worked so hard to bring us this lovely program.  See more Photos of the event here.

Elections Results for 2018 Parish Council

Congratulations to the following new or re-elected 2018 Parish Council members: Ed Connor, Maria Connor, Jennifer Cooper, Jim Georgopoulos, John Housianitis and Daphne Tikellis.

The new Parish Council will convene in January.

Urgent Need: Winter Clothing Drive for Hurricane Victims Now Living in Essex County

Please look and see if you have an extra unneeded coat or a pair of gloves or mittens, or socks or blankets.  We have placed large totes in the Narthex  to accept donations.  Items need not be new, but do need to be clean and in good condition.  The drive will continue all the Sundays of January.  Tell others too.  The need is great.  The Narthex at Annunciation Church is open every Sunday morning from 9 to noon – donations can be dropped off at that time or Mondays at the community meal sponsored by St. Basil’s Ministries.  Read More.  Thank You!

PanHellenic Scholarship Application

The 2017-18 scholarship application is now available for the first time in digital format, and we ask that you share this opportunity with every exceptional Greek American college student you know. Please visit our website to  apply online; submissions and all supplementary materials are due by January 31, 2018. We also ask that you save the date for our next Awards Ceremony and Gala, taking place Saturday, June 16, 2018 at the Hilton Chicago - we hope to see you there.

Lessons from the Greek Kitchen

We will again offer cooking lessons though Newburyport Adult and Community Education.  Proceeds will support the Nicholson Hall Kitchen Committee efforts to stock and organize the kitchen.  Lessons will be offered Thursday evenings in February.  Harry Zarkades wine expert from Kappy’s in Peabody is collaborating to bring you this Greek cooking series with wine pairings. Cooking demonstrations and lessons as well as “take homes” for this session will include: Cephalonian meat pie, our famous festival Plaki haddock with a tomato and vegetable topping, Flaounes a Cypriot cheese pie and vegetable Moussaka.  We will finish each class with a taste of Harry’s recommended wine served with the entre we are preparing and a different salad each week.   You will take home a ready to heat dinner for four. Come and try these very old foods made new for you paired expertly with the perfect wine! Register here.

Thank You! - 

Thank you to all those who made Christmas Donations for families in need.

  "100 Years in the Kitchen" Cookbook - The Perfect Gift!!

Our parish members have shared their Greek recipes passed down through generations and more in this rare cookbook compiled for our 100th anniversary celebration.  The cookbook is available now for $20 and can be purchased at The Annunciation Church Candle Stand in the Narthex, the Daniel Lynch Pharmacy, Tina's European Fashions and Dance Place of Newburyport or by contacting Andrea Jones at  Surprise your loved ones with this special gift!!

100th Anniversary Update 

Our 100 years celebration of Greek Orthodoxy in Newburyport has begun!  The parish council decided to recognize the date of December 18, 2018 as the anniversary of our Church.  See the full year schedule of planned Monthly activities here.  Please reach out to our 100th Anniversary co-chairs of Andrea Jones and Charlie Neos.  Each monthly event has many tasks to fill and could use your help.  Please come to one of the regularly scheduled meetings listed on the calendar Tuesdays@6:30PM or Sundays@11:45AM and offer your time, talent and energy.

Request for Pictures and Any Documents Related to our Parish

We are looking for your old pictures and documents of activities from events that were held at our church over the past 100 years!  This can include photographs, as well as programs, tickets, raffle prize tickets, flyers and newspaper clippings of events, etc.  Also, please send sedding, baptismal, ordination or any other pictures of events taken in our Church.  Pictures and items circa 1918-1924 please send asap so that we may include them in our Founders Day event.  Thank you!

Clean copies may be sent electronically to Tina Papadopoulos at with dates and names of persons and events.

Please Note

If you have recently moved or changed your email address, please contact Stacey Kevorkian at so that we can keep both our mailing list and the listserv for email current.  Thank you!

Save the Date 

February 11 - Meatfare Pasta & Meatball Dinner

Senior GOYA will be hosting a Pasta and Meatball dinner during coffee hour next week, Meatfare Sunday, February 11th in Nicholson Hall.  Tickets for this event are Adults: $7.00 and Children (12 and under) $3.00.  Please see Anastasia Hansen or Christopher Connor to make your reservation, if you haven't already! Prep/set up on Saturday, February 10th 10:00am Nicholson Hall.

February 16-17 - Kardiotissa Icon Visit

Please mark your calendars - February 16-17 we will have the Myrhh Streaming and Miracle Working Kardiotissa Icon in our church.  See the complete schedule of events here.

March 16-18 - GOYA Ski Trip 

Our Junior and Senior GOYA members are invited to join the St. Vasilios GOYA for a weekend of winter fun at Sunday River Ski Resort in Maine. See the attached flier for details.  FOR MORE INFORMATION  CALL OR TEXT MARK METROPOLIS 781-771-4008 OR  EMAIL 

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