St. Basil’s Winter Tea Thank You!
On February 10th we enjoyed our third consecutive annual St. Basil's Winter Tea party.
Thank you to our bakers and table decorators; Maria Connor and Joanna Tsiantas, Irene Falite, Trish Yanakakis and Cathy Chadwick, Melinda Patrick and Diana Uttley, Andrea Jones, and 5th-8th grade Sunday School! Funds donated will be used for improvements to St Basil’s kitchen.
Souper Sunday Thank You!
Thank you to everyone who attended the Souper Sunday Cook-off on February 3rd and to those who helped make it a success. Money collected $165 will go to Sunday School, GOYA and IOCC children’s fund.
Thanks to all of our soup cooks who prepared their delicious creations for our contest: Eric Hansen (New England Clam Chowder), Andrea Jones (Turkey Orzo), Susan George (Italian Wedding Soup), Ron Ramseur (Seafood Soup), Maria Connor (Pea Soup), Joanna Tsiantas (Chili), Daphne Tikellis (Cheesy Potato), Maria Bifsas (Egg Lemon Soup), Melinda Patrick (Cream of Leek & Chicken Soup), Brendon Cooper (Chili). Charlie Neos (Lentil).
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: Egg Lemon Soup, prepared by Maria Bifsas
2nd Place: Cheesy Potato Soup, prepared by Daphne Tikellis
3rd Place: Seafood Soup, prepared by Ron Ramseur
2019 Stewardship Pledge Reminder
The Stewardship Committee is asking for parishioners to kindly fill out a pledge card for 2019 if not already done so. We cannot process checks or monies without this vital information. This is a very important aspect of being a faithful steward to our Lord and helping our parish successfully proceed through 2019. Also, when leaving a check for stewardship, please note on your checks "stewardship 2019" or "2018", if you have a balance from last year's pledge. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Cathy Chadwick at 978-884-2149, or email me at Junecate52@yahoo.com. All information is kept strictly confidential. We are also looking for people to join our committee, so please consider adding your new energy and thoughts. We truly appreciate everyone's efforts of time, talent, and treasure.
Please fill out the newly created Proposed Event Form for any events that you may be planning to hold at the Annunciation Church, Nicholson Hall or St. Basil's Hall. The completed form should be given to Jen Cooper for review by the council and finance committee when reimbursement is necessary. This will allow us to improve our yearly financial record keeping.
Help Needed with St. Basil's Kitchen
Saint Basil's is experiencing a shortage of volunteers supporting our Monday meals ministry. Please join our dedicated crew regularly or occasionally. Come around 9:00 am and meal service is completed around noon. Phone Cathy Chadwick 978.884.2149 for ways you can assist. Thank you! Our services provide basic necessities to those in need of home-cooked meals, companionship, and visiting our food pantry. We warmly welcome all who come through our doors.
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 2019 are now available. Please see Daphne Tikellis to update your membership for 2019. 100% of the $15 donation goes toward helping others less fortunate than ourselves.
"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 email@example.com. Surprise your loved ones with this special gift!!
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Coffee Hour Help
To host your parishioner sponsored "Coffee Hours" please see Andrea Jones at Fellowship hour, or email, text or call to pick a date. Available dates are: March 24, April 7, May 26, June 2.
“Friends of Fellowship” fills in by providing one item each for unsponsored weeks without a scheduled event.
Andrea has been serving as Fellowship Coordinator for several years and is stepping down as of July 1st to allow someone (preferably more than one someone) to assume responsibility for this outreach.
Kindly contact Andrea to schedule your Fellowship Hour, to express interest in “Friends of Fellowship”, or step up lead fellowship hour coordination by calling 978.465.1021, emailing email@example.com or texting 978.621.6123.
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
Welcome Back - Sunday School Begins - September 8th!
Sunday School Begins with Blessing of the Backpacks! Please have your children bring their backpacks to church and place them in front of the Sunday School pews by 10 am. Church school registration forms are available for Melinda Patrick. Please contact Melinda at firstname.lastname@example.org.
GFF Boat Cruise - September 22nd!
Save the date for our annual boat cruise to thank all those who donated their time, talent and tithe to make our Greek Food Festival a success! George Charos has once again generously donated his ship, The Captain's Lady, to leave from Plum Island Point on September 22nd from 5 to 7pm. A light dinner will be served. Please RSVP via the sign-up sheet in Narthex, or email email@example.com or phone 978-914-1268.
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