St. John Chrysostom was an outspoken advocate for the poor. He spoke boldly about the excesses of the ruling class in the face of abject poverty in Constantinople. St. John offered this message not only as an advocate for the poor, but also as a spiritual lesson since our giving has spiritual consequences. Therefore, he wrote the following: “The rich man is not one who has much, but one who gives much. For what he gives away remains his forever.” These two powerful sentences comprise the 2014 stewardship theme for the Archdiocese. These words offer much material for reflection as we prepare to make our stewardship commitments for 2014.
We are sorry that these memorials were not included in the December Voice calendar. Below are the following memorials for December:
1-year memorial for Tony Poleondakis
40-year memorial for George Poleondakis
2-year memorial for Sam Spataro
30-year memorial for Katherine Manuselis
1-year memorial for Bess Lioces
5-year memorial for Tom Lioces
December 8, 2013, immediately after Liturgy.
1. Bylaw Changes
2. Approve the 2014 Budget
3. Building Fund Expenditures
100-person quorum required.
Wed., Dec. 18, Holy Unction, 7 pm
Tues., Dec. 24, Royal Hours of the Nativity, 9 am
Tues., Dec. 24, Vesperal Liturgy for the Nativity, 6 pm
Wed., Dec. 25, Nativity of our Lord, God and
Savior Jesus Christ
Orthros 8:20 am
Divine Liturgy 9:30 am
No Fasting December 25 — January 4
Fri., Dec. 27 St. Stephen The First Martyr
Orthros 8:20 am
Divine Liturgy 9:30 am
Tues., Dec. 31, St. Basil the Great Vesperal Liturgy, 6 pm
Help us decorate the Church for Christmas by donating:
* 2 Icon Sprays @ $35 each
* 2 Altar Vases @ $45 each
* Poinsettias @ $20 each
* 2 lengths Pine Roping @ $22 each.
Make checks payable to: Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church. Mail or bring your check to the office.
This Advent Season we will again be supporting the Saint Philothea Project which collects donations from Orthodox people in America and delivers them to Orthodox orphans and other poor children in Romania. Items are needed for children of every age and gender. We are asking each child to bring in the following items for a child their gender, size and age. These items are gloves , a scarf and a cap/hat. All items should be brought to Sunday School by December 8. The Sunday School will place all packages into a mailing box and ship to a location in the U.S., and then they will be transported by plane to Romania this summer. Monetary donations will also be accepted to cover the cost to mail/transport these items to Romania. Last year the Saint Philothea Project received donations of 1,000 pair of socks, 150 packages for children (Akron donated over half of these), and $2,000. They spent $1,500 for shipping support material to Romania, $325 for transportation in Romania, $3,250 for food and other necessities and $600 for construction material in several orphanages. With our support, they assisted 850 fatherless children and widows. The Saint Philothea Project supports the orphanages in the Diocese of Alba Iulia, The Pro-Vita at the Tabar in Valea Screzii, Saint Theodore's Shield in the Curtea de Arges and Albestii, and continuous assistance to widows and their children in the area north of Curtea de Arges. Thank you to our Sunday School for your generosity last year!
CELEBRATE WITH FAMILY AND FRIENDS
Saturday, January 11, 2014, 9:30 am – Noon, St. Thomas Orthodox Church, 555 S. Cleveland Massillon Road, Fairlawn.
Speaker Fr. David Betras.
Continental breakfast included. There is no charge -- everyone welcome. No reservations required. Contact Nikki Bober (330-563-4278) if you have questions.
"Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves…" (Proverbs 31:8)
Bus departs ZOE House for Washington, DC, on Wednesday, January 22, 2014 at 4:00 am, returning at midnight. Parking behind St. Vladimir's Orthodox Church, 5913 State Road, Parma. Cost is $30 per person (food and beverages will be provided). Join hundreds of other Orthodox Christians as we witness to the truth of the sanctity of life. For more information and to reserve your seat on the bus, please call: Kathy Kovalak at 440-842-6639.
Good Samaritans food ministry distributes food baskets to low-income families in the area. Volunteers of all ages are always needed and welcome. Families, students and our own OCF have recently become a part of the Good Samaritans family. No experience required! Call or text Pam Kesler (330-858-2478) if you have questions or can help. On Tuesday, December 10, there are two set-up times: 2-4pm to unload food delivery and prepare for distribution; 6-8pm to separate bulk items and continue preparations. The morning of the distribution is from 8-11am, followed by a group meal. Please donate recycled clean and sturdy plastic and paper grocery bags.
Thank you! We want to thank the clergy, all of the church staff, and the entire Annunciation family for your generous donations, volunteer hours, prayers and support.
Prepaid orders only must be received by November 24. Pick-up is on Sunday, December 15, during Coffee Hour. Available items: Tiropita or Spanakopita -- $15/dozen. Pastitsio -- $50/full pan or $25/half pan. Make checks payable to Philoptochos Society "Melissa" and mail them with your order to 129 S. Union Street, Akron 44304.
It’s time! Acme is once again offering community Cashback — 5% cash back to community organizations on certain purchases between September 14, 2013 and February 2014. Receipts dated earlier than 9/14/13 without the “Community Cashback” amount at the bottom are ineligible. GOYA will receive 5% of the Community Cashback amount and is asking everyone to bring in all Acme receipts. Place them in the box outside the Bookstore. Last year, we earned $250 to put toward our tournaments, and with your help, we are aiming for $500 this year. For questions, please contact Melanie Morris at 330-836-4968. Thank you for your support!
Congratulations to Nick Lekas, who received the honor of joining the Archons of the Ecumenical Patriarch last weekend in New York by Archbishop Demetrios. The Archons are those who have exhibited exceptional service to the Church over the years and offer special support for the preservation and ministries of the Ecumenical Patriarchate. Axios Nick.
This is a basic course in Orthodox Church theology and life taught by Fr. Jerry. If you are considering joining the Orthodox Church or just want to know more – this is for you! Tuesdays at 7:00 pm: October 1, 15, 22 November 5, 19, 26 and December 3
Required text: Introducing the Orthodox Church by Fr. Anthony Coniaris
(Available in the Bookstore).
12:00 PM - 01:00 PM
04:00 PM - 05:00 PM
06:00 PM - 07:30 PM
JOY Basketball Practice
06:00 PM - 08:00 PM
Good Samaritans Setup