News

St. Basil's is Green At Last! 

On Monday, June 25th we will use our new plates, cups and silverware with the meal we serve. Thanks to the many organizers and parishoners who participated in Saint Basil’s Ministries fundraisers this year starting with our annual tea in January, a bake sale before Western Easter and an appeal to purchase reusable place settings.  With your generosity we were able to buy and install a commercial dishwasher, purchase new place settings for the Monday Meal and eliminate the use of dispoable items.  In the next week or so, we will also install one new cabinet in the kitchen to house all of the new dishes as well as two shelves next to the coffee bar in the hall to accommodate the coffee mugs.  These items can also be used for small parish events in St. Basil’s Hall too.  Once again – thank you to everyone who participated in the improvement of our outreach services through Saint Basil’s Ministries.

Help St. Basil's Kitchen Go Green!                                  

With the newly purchaced dishwasher installed and ready for use in St. Basil's Kitchen, we are positioned to save money and the environment with the elimination of our weekly use of plastic and styrofoam serving dishes and silverware.  We  are asking for your help to purchase 48 place settings of Corelle Brand china to stock our kitchen. Each set includes a dinner and dessert plate, salad bowl, and coffee mug and costs just $6.99 each.  If 48 families or individuals buy just one place setting, we will meet our goal!  Your $6.99 donation will benefit St. Basil's Ministry and reducing our weekly trash output, as well as making steps to improve our global environment.  Please give your check to any member of the St. Basil's Ministries Team: Cathy Chadwick, Daphne Tikellis, Mary Dollas, John Housianitis, Arthur Housianitis, Don Argyrople, or Fr. Costin.

The Greek Ladies Aid Association (GLAS) Charitable Works

The GLAS ladies of our community work hard to provide us with delicious meals and the beautification of our church in celebration of important dates like our name day celebration with the Annunciation Vesper Reception and Palm Sunday Luncheon.  They are also committed to supporting our community, visiting parishioners with Easter plants and goodies who are unable to come to church, providing a yearly $100 scholarship to every graduating senior, and making monthly donations to various charities throughout the community.  GLAS made donations to the following charities in April - June: Philoxena House, The Hellenic Women's Benevolent Nursing Center, The Jeanne Geiger Crisis Center, The Greek Food Festival Ad Book.

GLAS membership cards for 2018 are now available.  Please see Dorothy Davis to update your membership for 2018.  100% of the $15 donation goes toward helping others less fortunate than ourselves.

Annunciation Note Cards On Sale Now

Our beautiful 3 ½” x 5” notecards featuring a print of the original 2006 acrylic painting of The Annunciation Church by artist, Evan Freeman. are available 6 cards with envelopes for just $5. All proceeds will help cover the cost of the Eikona Concert on September, 22, 2018. Please see Stacey Kevorkian to purchase cards.

Sunday of Orthodoxy

        

On Sunday, March 11th our Sunday School students participated in the customary procession of icons.  The service is to commemorate the restoration of icons for use in services and private devotional life of Christians. See Photos here.

  "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 andreajones1@comcast.net.  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.

Please Note

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

"Pick A Month" Mortgage Initiative

During the December 2015 General Assembly, the Parish Council had announced a mortgage reduction initiative. This initiative has several components, including negotiating a lower interest rate/term length; seeking future donations of one month’s mortgage obligation; and developing and implementing fundraising events with a sole purpose/focus of reducing our mortgage obligation. We are very pleased to announce that PC member Charlie Neos’ diligent efforts have led to a renegotiation of our mortgage term to 15 years, with a corresponding interest rate of 4% (nearly a 1.5% reduction). Our monthly payment obligation will be only $75 more, and we will save tens of thousands in interest over the life of the loan. Great first step!

How you can help....

The Parish Council is inviting parishioners to assume the mortgage payment for a month ($1500).

Each parishioner that assumes the cost of a month will be recognized with a gold leaf on a custom made giving tree that will be permanently mounted on the wall in our lobby.  Click here for more information and to signup to help.

These combined efforts will lead to a lower overall mortgage burden, allow us to pay off our mortgage debt more quickly, and ultimately give our beloved Parish more financial freedom.

Parish Communications

It seems that some people are not aware of our parish wide email program called Listserv.  We are using Listserv to send out weekly announcements like our Sunday bulletin and other items regarding church events.  If you would like to receive Listserv announcements, add your name and email address by notifying us at agocport@gmail.com.

Coffee Hour Help

Parish Council has proposed a new approach to filling a Sunday void of a Coffee Hour host.  We know that it can be overwhelming for one family to bring all of the food for coffee hour, but not so if five families bring just one item each.  Andrea Jones will create a list of email addresses for those parishioners who are willing to provide one item for coffee hour on an open Sunday.  On an open Sunday, Andrea will email the first five people on the list to bring something, and reach out to the next five when the need arises again, etc.  If you would like to contribute to coffee hour in this way please send your email address to andreajones1@comcast.net, or contact any member of the Parish Council with your preferred contact information.

Got Koliva?

No time to make the traditional Koliva for the memorial service of a loved one?  Daphne Tikellis is now available to make the koliva for you at $100/tray.  Call Daphne at (978)270-6089.  

 

 

 

 

Save the Date 

 

July 27, 28, 29 - Greek Food Festival

Mark your calendars for this annual event on 7 Harris Street, Newburyport as we open our doors to the community to share food, music and Greek culture.  We are adding more food, more music, dancing and more FUN to celebrate this milestone year.  

Parish Resources

Weekly Sunday Bulletin View the parish weekly news bulletin online, includes news and events.

      

Monthly Bulletin - The Beacon

Shining Forth the Good News!

Orthodox Marketplace - The official online store of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America.                                          

Send an Iconogram Send a message to a loved one or a friend in celebration of a name day, feast day, or sacrament.

Annunciation Online  "Like" our Facebook page so that you may be kept up on services, events and activities.

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