Events in the Parish
2018 Annual Christmas Pageant
On Sunday, December 16th following Divine Liturgy, the children of our parish reinacted the story of the birth of our savior Jesus Christ through a play complete with costumes, readings, and festive carols. Thank you to our children, their parents and our Sunday School teachers who made this a memorable event.
Sunday, December 16th marked the Grand Finale of our parish 100th Anniversary Celebration. Our final event celebrated our youth and the future of our parish, with the 5th Annual Christmas Extravaganza! A pot luck luncheon was enjoyed by all, followed by a talent show presented by our own Annunciation Parishioners. The talent included Voice and Piano by Audrey Cooper, Piano duet by Father and Ana Costin, Recorder by Joshua Farley, Jokes by Alexis Cusak, Clarinet by Lucy Schaeffer, Viola by Olivia Salkovitz as well as an additional dance and piano performances. Thank you to everyone who participated and made this a festive and memorable afternoon!
Centennial Gala Celebration!
On November 3rd many gathered to enjoy a festive evening of dinner and dancing at Angelica’s Restaurant, as the finale begins for the year-long celebration of the 100th Anniversary of our blessed Annunciation Church. Guests included current members and friends of the parish, as well as visitors and family members who traveled a distance to celebrate memories of this special place from their past. Rev. Christopher Foustoukos addressed the guests with his remarks on the impact that the Annunciation made on his life as a newly ordained Priest. Letters were read from Rev. Aris Metrakos and Rev. Stanely Harakas who also extended their congratulations and shared warm words for their memories of time spent at the Newburyport parish.
A special thanks to the 100th Anniversary Gala Committee: Diane Hansen, Irene Katsoulis and Daphne Tikellis
Following on Sunday, November 4th we were honored to have His Eminence Metropolitan Methodios of Boston celebrate Divine Liturgy. Our choir combined with special guests of the Metropolis of Boston Choir Federation responded with resounding traditional hymns making for a memorable service. Everyone was invited to a specail brunch in Nicholson Hall following the service. See Photos Here.
Eikona Weekend a Big Success!
The weekend of September 21st - 23rd was alive with the voices of Eikona, a professional trio consisting of three sisters with a lifetime of musical talent embedded in liturgical music. Their angelic voices, along side our own talented choir, filled our church during the Paraklesis Service on Friday night, a concert on Saturday night and the Matins and Divine Liturgy on Sunday. Thank you to all of the volunteers and musical talents who came together to make this weekend a great and unforgetable success!
Presbytera Appreciation Day and Sunday School Artist Reception
On September 23rd the Sunday School presented an Icon as a 100th Anniversary Gift to our church along with creative ceramic tiles which they made to hang along with the Icon. The pride of the children was evident as the watched Fr. Costin consecrate their gifts. See photos here.
September 23rd was also set aside to recognize our Presbyteras and the sacrifices and hard work that they accept as the spouse of our devoted orthodox clergy. A special luncheon was prepared in honor of our own Presbytera Irina, in addition to two past Presbyteras Sophia and Claire, our Parishioner Inkeri, and Presbyteras Stacey and Marika of the Eikona trio.
GFF Boat Cruise Pics Here!
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.
Click on the image below to see pictures from the June 10th Graduation celebration and Pot-Luck Picnic held in the beautiful courtyard of the Annunciation Church.
Wedding Luncheon - Honoring the Sacraments
Sunday, May 20th marked a special day honoring the Sacraments as part of our year long 100th Anniversary Church celebration! The festivities began in church with a special Marriage Blessing for all Eastern Orthodox married couples. Then it was off to Nicholson Hall, where guests where surrounded by elaborate decorations and a display of wedding dresses, photos, crowns and other memorable wedding items all provided by our church members. The event concluded with a delicious lunch including mimosas and specialty coffees. Thank you to everyone who made this event a success! See more photos from this event here.
Click on images below to enjoy pictures taken during Holy Week 2018.
Palm Sunday Oratorical Festival Holy and Great Friday
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.
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.
In December 2017 the following special activities took place to kick off our 100th Anniversary Celebration.
Dr. Papanicou chanted an all Greek early Divine Liturgy December 3rd.
AGOC Choir chanted early 19th century Liturgical music December 10th,
Founders Day Program was presented December 10th
Seminarians chanted the Liturgy December 17th
Christmas program was presented by Sunday School students December 24th
Senior GOYA Bake Sale - October 22, 2017
October 22nd Fellowship hour was hosted by the Senior GOYA. The funds raised were put toward their ministry to the Church.
Do Words Matter? Some Do
Dr. Bruce Beck, Professor of New Testament at Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology, recently spoke during Orthodoxy on Tap held at St. Vasilios Greek Orthodox Church in Peabody. The topic covers four categories of words: important words, idle words, harmful words and lastly Holy Words. Click here to see his presentation.
2017 Parishioners of the Year - Honored on June 11th
The Parish Council has chosen two most deserving sisters to share the honor this year. Congratulations go to Irene Katsoulis and Daphne Tikellis. They will be honored at the 31st Annual Metropolis of Boston Ministry Awards Banquet at Lombardo's, Randolph, MA, 5:30 pm reception, 6:30 pm dinner, June 11th. Please contact the church office to reserve tickets.
Read about their long and devoted history to Annunciation Church here.
Oratorical Festival 2017
On Sunday. March 26th seven of our Sunday School students presented brief homilies on topics chosen from a pre-assigned list from the St. John Chrysostom Oratorial Festival. Thank you to the following students for presenting their views on Christianity to our parish: Max George, Anastacia Hansen, Stephanie Patriakeas, Christopher Connor, Ana Popescu, Kylie and Mikayla Cuzak.
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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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