GLAD TIDINGS “Do not be afraid, for behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy which will be to all people.” Luke 2:10 HELLENIC ORTHODOX CHURCH O...
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GLAD TIDINGS “Do not be afraid, for behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy which will be to all people.” Luke 2:10




146 West Utica Street Buffalo, NY 14222-2085 716.882.9485 (24 Hours) 716.886.9151 fax www.greekorthodoxchurchbuffalo.org

APRIL 2014 VOL 46/NO. 4







Proistamenos - Rev. Dr. Christos B. Christakis

[email protected] 716.882.9485 (church) 716.839.0495 (h) 716.319.0099 (c)


[email protected] 716.882.9485 (church)

Gregory Conley


Rev. Fr. Perikles D. Kallis

716.598.6776 (c)

President - Dean Mellas Vice President - Brian Cervi Treasurer - Paul Scouras Secretary - Ellene Phufas-Jousma

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George Danakas Douglas Davis George Kallas Maria Klentos Barbara Kuvshinoff Dina Turecki Dean Paul Vallas


Choir Directors Adult (832.9971 or 835.3882) Byzantine (689.2464) Youth (433.5950) Protopsaltis (689.2464) Altar Boys Advisor (681.5841) Sunday School Coordinator (433.5950) Cultural Committee (694.8201) Greek Language School Principal (568.0371) P.T.O. President (649.4549) Buffalo GreekFest (882.9485 church) Hellenic Senior Club Women’s Philoptochos Committee (553.5722) Youth Council

Tom Krestos George Marinides Beth Mellas George Marinides Brian Cervi Beth Mellas Ellene Phufas Ria Andreadis Sue Lignos

Athena Tsembelis

Karen Wasieczko

Barbara Kuvshinoff Lea Cervi Fr. Perikles Fr. Perikles Mary Danakas

JOY/HOPE GOYA YAL Orthodox Action (565.3630) OCF (Orthodox Christian Fellowship) Campus Ministry Orthodox Book Shop (688.5816)





Fr. Perikles

Tina Colaizzo-Anas, Coordinator

3 Fr. Christos’ Message 4 Schedule of Easter Sacraments 5 Lent/Pascha Schedule 6 Holy Friday Retreat 6 Youth Council 7 Easter Flower Donations 8 Palm Sunday Luncheon 8 Myrrh Bearers 8 Community Pascha Meal 9 Stewardship 10-11 Calendar 11 Easter Egg Hunt 11 VCS & St. Timothy’s Camp 11 Lenten Vespers 12 Adult Choir 12 Youth Choir 13 Sunday School 14 Greek School 15 Project Flight 15 Orthodox Book Discussion Orthodox Bookstore/Gift Shop 16 16 Scholarship Trust 17 WPC Easter Baking Orders 18-19 Women’s Philoptochos 20-21 GreekFest 22 GreekFest 5K 23 Orthodox Action 24 Library 25 Hellenic Senior Club 26 Living Water 27-28 Scholarship Guidelines 29 Memorials 30 Daily Bible Guide

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Glad Tidings is published by the Hellenic Orthodox Church of the Annunciation in January, February, March, April, May, June/July/August, September, October, November, and December.

Sunday Services: 9:00 a.m. Orthros (Matins)/10:00 a.m. Divine Liturgy Sunday School: Begins following Communion until 12:00 p.m. Weekday Services: 9:00 a.m. Orthros (Matins)/10:00 a.m. Divine Liturgy

Contributing Photographers Michele Hiczewski, Fr. Perikles Kallis, Barbara Kuvshinoff



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Editor Fr. Christos B. Christakis Designer Jennifer Gogos

FR. CHRISTOS’ MESSAGE My Beloved Parishioners,

The following is a great sermon by Fr. Anthony Coniaris about the meaning of the Resurrection of Christ. I pray that we will all have a blessed Pascha! Christ is Risen! Truly he is Risen! - Fr. Christos

WE HAD HOPED! Jesus listened as they poured out their sad tale to Him, about the wonderful Jesus of Nazareth who had done such great miracles that they were sure He was the Messiah who had come to rescue Israel, but the religious leaders had handed Him over to the Roman government and He had been crucified. The men spoke as if they had just witnessed the greatest tragedy the world had ever known. “We had hoped,“ they said, “that this Jesus was going to liberate Israel.” On top of it all, they said, the body of Jesus was missing from the tomb, and some women said they’d seen angels who told them that Jesus was alive. The men seemed certain that the last bit of news could only be a fairy tale.

Three of the saddest words in the English language are “We had hoped…” They capture some of the deepest pain, loss and disillusionment human beings can feel. “We had hoped that our marriage would work out… We had hoped that our business venture would be more successful… We had hoped that life would treat us more fairly than it has… We had hoped that our son or daughter would turn out the way we wanted… We had hoped that illness would not be such a constant source of sorrow and financial drain… We had hoped that death would not separate us so soon or unexpectedly… We had hoped that our child would be normal and healthy.”

Then Jesus said to them “You are such foolish people! You find it so hard to believe all that the prophets wrote in the Scriptures. Wasn’t it clearly predicted that the Messiah would have to suffer all these things before entering His time of glory?”

Easter began as a “We had hoped experience”. Christ had warned His disciples that He would rise from the dead but they missed the meaning of His promise. And who wouldn’t? We just don’t expect the dead to rise. Nothing seems so permanent to us as dead. We had hoped!

“Then Jesus quoted them passage after passage from the writings of the prophets, beginning with the book of Genesis and going right on through the Scriptures explaining what the passages meant and what they said about Himself” (Luke 24:25-27).

Right after Jesus was killed, a couple of His disciples were slowly making their way to the town of Emmaus with very heavy hearts. Their dreams about the way life was going to be had been shattered. They saw the crucifixion of Jesus as an end to all their hopes and dreams for the future. They didn’t remember the words of Jesus when He had told them “you have sorrow now, but I will see you again and then you will rejoice and no one can rob you of that joy” (John 16:22).

By this time they were coming near the town of Emmaus, and since it was getting late, the two men asked the stranger to spend the night with them. They still had not recognized Him!

Jesus came home with them, and when “they sat down to eat, He asked God’s blessing on the food and then took a small loaf of bread and broke and was passing it over to them, when suddenly- it was as though their eyes were opened-they recognized Him!” (Luke 24:30-31).

The disciples were not looking forward to see Jesus again, and when they were told that He was no longer in the tomb, they thought His body had been stolen.

At last they believed. The Risen Savior had come to them in their despair.

As the two disciples walked along the road from Jerusalem to Emmaus, they were talking about Christ’s death, when suddenly Jesus Himself came and walked beside them. But they didn’t recognize Him.

In the midst of our shattered dreams and our broken hopes, in the midst of all our “onlys” and devastated expectations, in the midst of all our “we had hoped” experiences, the Risen Christ comes even today to bring hope and victory. Where there once appeared to be no life, only death, He comes to bring resurrection and new life.

He looked at their sad faces and said, “What are you so concerned about?”

“Haven’t you heard?” one of them named Cleopas said. “You must be the only person in Jerusalem who hasn’t heard about the terrible things that happened there last week.”

At our Good Friday service, we hear the story of Ezekiel’s


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Fr. Christos’ Message, cont. from pg. 3 vision. As he looks over an entire valley filled with dead men’s bones, he hears the voice of God say to him “Son of man these bones are the whole house of Israel. Behold they say, “Our bones are dried up and our hope is lost; we are clean cut off! Therefore prophesy and say to the captives of Babylon, “Thus says the Lord God, “Behold, I will open your graves and raise you from your graves, O my people; and I will bring you home into the land of Israel…and I will put my spirit (breath) within you and you shall live.”” Ezekiel’s vision was fulfilled by the Risen Christ Who even today calls dead men back to life and clothes their dry dead bones with meaning, purpose, life and hope!

We think of our many loved ones lying buried in the cold darkness of our cemeteries. As we think of them, we lose ourselves in despair. We had hoped! We had so many hopes for them but they were all crushed by death. Or were they? If Christ is Risen, then hope is risen. If Christ is Risen, they lay not in the darkness of a grave but in the everlasting arms of our beloved Savior in a place of brightness and joy. If Christ is Risen, there is more of life, more of joy, more of love, an endless eternity of them. We had hoped? No! St. Paul says, “He has delivered us from the dominion of darkness and transferred us to the Kindom of His beloved Son in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins” (Col. 1:13).

We had hoped? No! Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ”, writes St. Peter. “By His great mercy we have been born anew to a living hope through the Resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead and to an inheritance which is imperishable, undefiled, and unfading, reserved for you in Heaven” (I Peter 1:3-4).

We had hoped! The Risen Christ has liberated us from such pessimism. That is why as we light our Easter candles we sing full of hope and joy; “Christ is Risen! Christ is Risen and the demons have fallen. Christ is risen and the tombs have been emptied of their dead. Christ is Risen, and life is liberated.” Χριστός Ανέστη! Αληθώς Ανέστη! π. Χρήστος


SACRAMENT OF HOLY COMMUNION: We could receive Holy Communion at the following services: April 17 - Holy Thursday Liturgy – 8:00 am April 19 - Holy Saturday Liturgy – 9:00 am April 19 - Paschal Liturgy – 11:00 pm SACRAMENT OF HOLY UNCTION: April 16 - Holy Wednesday - 6:00 pm

EASTER OFFERING ENVELOPE: Along with this Schedule of Services, you will find a “Special Easter Offering Envelope”. The financial needs of our Church are dependent on the generosity of all of our parishioners and friends, especially during this Holy Season. Please make an offering of love…God Bless you!

HOLY WEEK and EPITAPHIOS FLOWERS: Every year, parishioners and friends request an opportunity to contribute to the cost of the Holy Week and Easter Flowers, and especially for the flowers to decorate the “Epitaphio”, which signifies the Burial Tomb of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. For those who wish to contribute, a SPECIAL OFFERING TRAY for FLOWERS will be passed by our Women’s Philoptochos on several Sundays. 4

LENT & PASCHA 2014 SCHEDULE OF SERVICES Wednesday, April 2 Friday, April 4

Sunday, April 6

Saturday, April 12

Sunday, April 13

Monday, April 14 Tuesday, April 15 Wednesday, April 16 Thursday, April 17

Friday, April 18 Saturday, April 19 Sunday, April 20 Wednesday, April 23 Friday, April 25

Presanctified Liturgy – 6:00 pm – followed by Lenten Pot-Luck Meal, Lenten Reflection & Book Discussion (The Scent of Holiness) Akathist Hymn – 7:00 pm

FIFTH SUNDAY OF LENT – St. Mary of Egypt – Matins 9:00 am - Divine Liturgy 10:00 am Lenten Vespers – 5pm – St. Stephen’s, 177 Weber Rd. Lackawanna, 14218

Saturday of Lazarus - Matins 9:00 am - Divine Liturgy 10:00 am

PALM SUNDAY - Matins 9:00 am - Divine Liturgy 10:00 am Service of Nymphios – 7:00 pm HOLY MONDAY - Service of Nymphios – 7:00 pm HOLY TUESDAY - Service of Nymphios – 7:00 pm HOLY WEDNESDAY – Holy Unction – 6:00pm

HOLY THURSDAY – Divine Liturgy of the Mystical Supper 8:00 am - followed by Community Paschal Egg Preparation (Demakos Community Center) - Reading of 12 Gospels – 7:00 pm

HOLY (GOOD) FRIDAY – Royal Hours 10:00 am – followed by Holy Friday Youth Retreat (Grades K-12) – Removal of Christ’s Body 3:00 pm – Service of the Lamentations with Flower Girl Presentation 7:00 pm HOLY SATURDAY – Vesperal Liturgy of St. Basil 9:00am – Resurrection/Paschal Vigil Divine Liturgy 11:00 pm – followed by Pascha Community Meal

GREAT & HOLY PASCHA – Agape Service 12:00 Noon – followed by Youth Easter Egg Hunt Feast of St. George - Matins 9:00 am - Divine Liturgy 10:00 am Feast of the Life Giving Font (Zoodochos Pegi) - Matins 9:00 am - Divine Liturgy 10:00 am



Our church hosted a basketball tournament on March 1, 2014. Goyans from Toronto joined our Annunciation Youth for some hoops, fellowship and fun.

HOLY FRIDAY RETREAT Friday April 18, 2014 - at our church For all grades, K-12

Following royal hours (10:00 AM) until 3:00 PM Confession • Lunch • Teaching Presentations • Crafts If you plan to attend, please sign up with Fr. Perikles ([email protected]) For youth event details and photos, visit www.facebook.com/groups/goyabuffalo. For Orthodox Christian College Fellowship news and events, visit www.facebook.com/groups/BuffalOCF. Fr. Perry can be contacted at Church (716) 882-9485, cell (716) 598-6776, or email [email protected] 6


PALM S U N D AY LUNC H E ON APRIL 13, 2014 $15.00 Adults | $7.00 Children (under 12) Everyone is invited to share fellowship and a delicious Lenten meal on Palm Sunday after Divine Liturgy in the Demakos Community Center. All Proceeds benefit our Annunciation Church.


All young ladies ages 5 to 12 are invited to participate in the Myrrh-Bearers ministry for Holy Friday

April 18, 2014 at 6:45 PM

Limited supplies of deeply discounted white dresses are available in the Gift Shop due to the generosity of an anonymous donor.

Please contact the Church Office at [email protected] or 882-9485 to sign up

PASCHA COMMUNITY MEAL Following the Resurrection/Pascha Divine Liturgy

Saturday, April 19th

in the Demakos Community Center

All are welcome and encouraged to attend 8


Those Individuals who have contributed toward their 2014 Stewardship (as of March 10, 2014). Please complete your Stewardship Commitment for 2014 if you have not done so. Thank You. (If your name was overlooked erroneously, please call the Church Office) A Aggelis, Demetrios & Melissa Ainalakis, George & Maria Akios, Chris & Corey Alefantis, George & Joanne Alevras, John & Helen Alexandridis, Paschalis & Marina Ananiadis, Peter & Amy Ananiadis, Sophia Anthony, Tony G. & Elizabeth Antoniadis, Lela Antoulinakis, George Apostolakos, John & Jean Apostolopoulos, Lambros Ardounis, Stamatoula Ardounis, Paul Assimenios, Juliett Assimotos, John & Mary-Theresa Atti, Richard & Vicki B Barbopoulos, Anthony & Susan Basil, Bill Basil, George & Elenie Bechakas, George & Elpiniki Bechakas, George & Irene Bertrand, John & Victoria Bessighini, Victoria Blessios, Erin Brown, Larry & Constance Buck, Michael & Maria (Tsompana) Busmalis, Ulysses & Maria Butchart, William & Marina C Candiliotis, Priscilla & Nick Caputa, Anthony & Ashley (Magnini) Cervi, Vassilia & Brian Chilelli, Louis & Marina Chmielowiec, Helen Christakis, Fr. Christos & Pres. Lisa Chrites, Nicholas & Barbara Clark, Anastasia Clark, Sue Marie Colis, Dean & Georgia Colomvakos, Froso Conley, David & Evangeline Connors, Lawrence & Anastasia Conomos, Harry & Natalie Conomos, Milton & Eloise Constantinou, Michael & Danai Coran, Helen Couvutsakis, Paul & Linda Curtis, Demetra Curtis, Nicholas & Helen D Danakas, George & Maria Danakas, Mary Davis, Douglas & Christine Dermatis, Christine Desminis, Katina Diakos, Klay & Christine Diakos, Louis & Deanna Diavastes, James Dulakis, Crestalo Durham, Diane E Economou, Nicholas & Natalie Eisenman, Thomas & Chrissanthi Engel, Nicholas & Dianelle Eoannou, Constantine & Cleo Eyler, Mary F Faturos, James Foley, Lynn Frangooles, Robert

G Gabrielson, Rosemary Georgiadis, Pano Getska, Thomas Gianiodis, Andrew & Candace Gianiodis, Barbara Gikas, Sam & Stella Giokas, Helen Gionis, George, & Kim Gioulekas, Goldie Gogos, George & Jennifer

N-O Naskos, Angie Nasso, Steffie Nicholas, Joanna Noble, Stacey P Page, Georgia Papafagos, Alexander & Patricia Papazaharias, Stefano & Effie Pappas, Mary Pappas, Niki Parker, Gerald & Mary Jo Paulin, Celia & Kenneth Pavlakis, Dean & Patricia Christian Pavlakis, Peter & Elizabeth Pefanis, Angello & Bess Pefanis, Lea Perdicas, Effie Phillips, Matthew & Aretee Piatov, Areti Pozantidis, Dimitrios & Teresa Pullman, George & Marie Pullman, Peter L. Sr. & Joan

H-I-J Harb, Farid & Salwa Harb, Miriam Hatsios, George Hatzipetros, Maria Hennas, Andrew & Jackie Hiczewski, Michele & Peter Hogenkamp, Niki & Joseph Hopkins, Aliki Hutnyan, Rev. John & Pres. Nancy Jezewski, Richard Johnidas, John & Karen Jousma, Tom & Ellene (Phufas)

R Revelas, Athansios & Irene Revelas, Helen Revelas, James & Anne Revelas, William & Nancy Robbins, Deborah Robbins, Paula Rosowicz, John & Elpiniki Rosowicz, John Jr. & Michelle Rossiter, Benjamin Rossiter, Michael & Anne Roussi, Gus & Penny Ruska, Arthur & Suzanne Ruska, Helen & Christopher

K Kallas, George & Maria Kaminski,Michael & Joanne Kehrer, Herbert & Katherine Kentros, Matthew & Effie Klentos, Tim & Angela Klentos, Themistoklis & Maria Kokinos, Donna Kollidas, Andreas & Ann Kombos, Christos & Ourania Kontras, George & Riki Kosmas, George & Clara Kotzambasis, Elias Kouvoutsakis, George & Maroulio Krestos, Mary Krestos, Tom Kuvshinoff, Boris & Barbara

S Salonikis, Valentinos & Sophia Sapona, Regina Sardo, Eftehia Schlabig, James & Diane Schnell, Luke & Vicki Scordalakis, Steve & Katherine Scouras, Paul & Kelly Scouras, Sharon Semertzides, Haralambos Semertzides, Maria Siebert, Craig & Andrea Siradas, John & Sandra Skaros, Carolyn Skaros, Emmanuel & Barbara Skolikas, Emil & Karen Skotnicki, Cynthia Smolka, Christopher & Katherine Solotes, George & Yvette Spanos, Fran Spanos, John Stamatikos, Nikolaos & Eleni Stamboulis, Madeline Stevens, James & Elizabeth Strzalka, Olga Sullivan, Regina Sykas, Sophia Syracuse, Kathleen

L Lalayianis, James & joanne Leon, Eduardo & Joanne Lewlew, Everett Lewlew, John & Mary Liaros, Anna Liaros, George Liaros, Maria Liaros, Peter & Beverly Lignos, John & Suzanne Liolios, Elisa Liolios, Lee & Kathy Lurier, Mary M Malagisi, Nicholas & MaryAnn Malamas, Bessie Malamas, John & Vickie Malamas, Thomas & Judy Mandilas, Spiro & Sandra Manning, Patrick & Anne Manos, Audrey Manos, Margaret Maragliano, Jerome & Navene Marcello, Christopher & Nicole Marchelos, Barbara Marinides, George & Andrea Manyon Markey, Patrick & Joanne Mastoras, Spiros & Mary Mastoris, Anne Mathews, Peter & Jeanne Mazaris, Tom McDaniels, Joyce McDermott, Olga McQuestion-Burg, Connie & Burg Michael Mellas, Constantine & Beth Morphis, Peter & Alexandra Moumoulidis, Stamatia

T Taglis, Dean & Gail Taglis, George Tassiopulos, Emanuel & Fay Tassy, Dean Toufexis, George & Lorraine Touris, Lambros Tsakos, Peter & Angeline Tsembelis, Theodore & Athena Tshulos, Nicholas & Eleni Tzimas, John & Tina Tzimou, John & Nancy


V Vallas, Dean & Vhristine Vallas, Hope Varverakis, Steve & Lambrini Vasiliadis, Suzanna Veanes, Angelo Veanes, Anthony & Barbara Vergos, Helen W Wagner, Mary Wallace, Scott Wasieczko, Karen X, Y, Z Yeager, Georgia Yeostros, Viola Zografos, Genovefa Zotos, Thomas M. & Artemis


- 9:00a.m. Orthros (Matins)/ 10:00a.m. Divine Liturgy - St. Thomas


- Pascha -12:00 Noon – Agape Service -1:00 pm –Easter Egg Hunt


- 9:00a.m. Orthros (Matins)/ 10:00a.m. Divine Liturgy - Palm Sunday - Palm Sunday Luncheon -7:00pm – Bridegroom Service





- 9:00a.m. Orthros (Matins)/ 10:00a.m. Divine Liturgy - St. Mary of Egypt -Oratorical Festival -5:00pm - Vespers









- 7:00pm – Festival Meeting



-10:00am – Easter Eggs Dye -7:00pm – Bridegroom Service



-1:00pm – Seniors Coffee Klatch -7:00pm – Festival Meeting

Tuesday 2

- 6:30 pm – Bible Study


-The Feast of St. George -9/10:00 am Matins/Divine Liturgy


- 6:00pm - Holy Unction



- 6:00pm Pre-sanctified Service - 7:00pm Lenten Pot Meal & Book Discussion - 8:00pm – Adult Choir Rehearsal


- 6:30pm – Adult Greek Language Class

- 6:30pm – Adult Greek Language Class



-8:00am –Liturgy -7:00pm - 12 Gospels


- 6:30pm – Adult Greek Language Class




- 6:30pm – Adult Greek Language Class

Thursday 4


- Life Giving Font -9/10:00 am Matins/Divine Liturgy


18 -Holy Friday -10:00am Royal Hours -11:30am – Holy Friday Retreat -3:00pm Apokathelosis -7:00pm Lamentations --Office Closed


-7:00pm Salutations to the Virgin Mary

Friday 5

- 10:00 am - Greek School -3:30 pm – Altar Boy Retreat


-10:00 - Greek School -11:30 am Orthodox Action Soup Kitchen



- Holy Saturday - Proti Anastasis - 9/10:00 am Matins/Divine Liturgy -11:00 pm - Vigil of Pascha -1:30 am – Easter Meal - NO Greek School

12 -Sat. of Lazarus -9/10:00 am Matins/Divine Liturgy 10:00pm – Palm Cross Making -10:00 - Greek School -NO Orthodox Action Soup Kitchen

-10:00am - Greek School









Don’t forget to bring your own Easter Basket

All children of the parish are invited to participate

in the Church Courtyard

Right after Agape Vespers

Easter Sunday, April 20th

Annual Church Easter Egg Hunt

- 9:00a.m. Orthros (Matins)/ 10:00a.m. Divine Liturgy - Mother’s Day


- 9:00a.m. Orthros (Matins)/ 10:00a.m. Divine Liturgy - JOY – HOPE make cards for Mother’s Day - District Oratorical Festival, Rochester, NY





-10:00am - Greek School -11:30 am Orthodox Action Soup Kitchen


Please save the dates for St. Timothy Summer Camp (ages 8-18) August 9-15. For more info contact one of the Fathers or visit www.sttimothycamp.org

Contact Fr. Perikles ([email protected]) to sign up

Monday, June 30 - Thursday, July 3 Ages 5-11 (Grades K-5) at our church

Save the Date! Vacation Church School (VCS)


-6:30pm – Adult Greek Language Class -7:00pm – Festival Meeting


ADULT CHOIR Tom Krestos, Director

Contact any member or me, Tom Krestos 364-7921 if you would like to give the Adult Choir a try – just-a-try!

Give the Adult Choir a try…. singing “Christ is Risen!” When singing in the choir at this time of the year (starting April 20th), we sing the following hymn before and after the “Little Entrance,” in the Divine Liturgy, and all gatherings/services, etc for 40 days following.

April is here, it will soon be springtime… soon…. think MUSIC,

Resurrectional Hymn – Christos Anesti – Christ is Risen, from the dead, by death trampling down upon death, and to those in the tombs, He has granted Life. Another hymn sung after A Kontákion – I ke en tafo



think SONGS,

think HYMNS, think about…


singing in the Choir!

Into the grave, You descended, Immortal One, You destroyed the power of Hades, and You Arose victoriously, O Christ our God; You proclaimed to the Myrrh-bearing women a greeting of joy, You brought peace to Your Holy Apostles, and to the fallen You granted Resurrection.

Christ is Risen ~ Truly He is Risen Christos Anesti ~ Alithos Anesti


Beth Mellas, Youth and Congregation Director | Dean Vallas and Lea Cervi, Assistant Directors

We are looking for more students to get involved in Youth Choir. Ages 6 through 17. We will practice the second and third Sunday of every month. Meet in the Hymnology classroom downstairs in the Sunday school area. Our goal is to have fun, and sing during Liturgy.



Beth Mellas, Coordinator ([email protected]) Dr. Barbara Kuvshinoff and Peter Hiczewski, Assistant Coordinators Thank you to Katerina Schlabig for reading the Epistle, and to Basil Christakis and Alex Marinides for helping out in the Narthex during Youth Sunday in March. Everyone loves to see students getting involved.

April 6: May 18: May 25:

This month, Dean Mellas presents what is discussed in the 11th grade. Dean has been teaching Sunday school for 25 years, sings in the Adult Choir, and participates in many other activities of our Church community.

Dean Mellas, 11th grade Sunday School Teacher 11th Grade is a crucial year for high school students; college entrance exams, school & vocational applications, campus visits, critical GPA assessments, part-time work load, scholastic sport demands and much more. In addition to the weight associated with these challenges is a myriad of peer social-pressures as well. It’s no wonder that the 11th grade, 15-16 year old teenager, is considered one of the highest “at risk” age groups. With this dynamic as its root, the 11th grade Sunday School curriculum is designed to assist teens during these formidable years by offering a practical application of our Orthodox Christian faith.

Our curriculum is divided into two relatively equal sections. The first several weeks of lessons focus primarily on guiding students to better develop an Orthodox Mindset of the world around us. Students of the 11th grade are slowing liberating themselves from the influence of their parents and are developing critical independent thinking and decision making processes and skills. Incorporating lessons from Sunday School years past, our initial section challenges the students to intellectualize the information they have been taught to “know”. Our first section covers subject matter such as; the fallen nature of man, our corrupted human nature, God’s gift of free will and His Plan of salvation and the struggle to understand God’s will verses man’s reasoning and behavior. These lessons help students better grasp the forces of our fallen condition with our juxtaposed divinely created nature and Holy purpose.

Our second section of the school year (which begins after Jan 1st), is designed to take what we “know” and apply it to become “part of our life – or who we are”. As the fathers teach, Orthodoxy is a way of life. To engage the interest of the students I start this section with a series of lessons entitled “Drugs, Sex and Rock & Roll”; paraphrased and defined as “Passions, Self-Absorption (self-centeredness) and Secular/Worldly Influence”. In a mature



St. John Chrysostom Oratorical Festival in Chapel and Elementary Festival in Community Center Senior Commencement and Dinner Class presentations and awards

First Sunday each month is Youth Sunday

and unabashed manner we address difficult topics that confront teenagers, in a lecture/question/discussion format. We apply the lessons of developing and Orthodox Mindset, from our first section, and apply it to contemporary moral and social issues of today. Yes - the intent of the course title is to perk student interest (and hopefully get them to attend Sunday School), but much more it’s dually intended to provoke thoughtful discussion while developing an Orthodox Understanding of the world around us. After 25 years of teaching I can honestly say this section always seizes students and leads to lively and productive discussion. We use many resources including: “The Orthodox Church: 455 Questions and Answers,” by Fr. Stanley Harakas, the Orthodox Study Bible, and various resources of the Archdiocese. Please encourage your teen to come and participate in this very important Sunday School year. I thank you for the opportunity to share our Orthodox Faith with your son or daughter and welcome you as a visitor to participate in our class anytime!

The procession of Icons on Sunday of Orthodoxy.



I don’t know about you, but I have a passion for books and reading. Books can take you on many journeys – into the past, into the future, into foreign and exotic places, into science, history and art. Ultimately books and the ability to read can take you anywhere you want to go. Imagine a life without books or the ability to read them. Philoptochos is dedicated to improving literacy and access to books for children in Buffalo. We are teaming up with Project Flight – Books for Kids to collect books and advocate literacy. Please help us make this a successful initiative! Here’s how you can help… • Speakers from Project Flight will join us at an upcoming general meeting. Everyone is invited! Details TBA.

• Donate a new book to Project Flight – Books for Kids and place it in the receptacles at church beginning April 1st and continuing through May 18th.

• Bring in gently used books for distribution…we are targeting preschool thru middle school

• Make a financial donation to WPC earmarked for Project Flight to be used for the purchase of special needs books (braille, large print etc.)

Project Flight - Books for Kids, under the direction of two distinguished professors at Buffalo State College: Drs. Geraldine Bard and Betty Cappella, is a children's literacy program that collects and distributes books to empower underprivileged children and their families in its mission to increase family literacy in Western New York.

Project Flight's goal is to tackle literacy at its roots by ensuring every child in Western New York will have a book of his own and be able to read it at grade level. Since 1995, Books for Kids has conducted an annual community book drive to collect new children's books and monetary donations to purchase special needs books, such as Braille, multicultural and large print books. Books are sorted and then distributed to local children of need through an expansive network of recognized reading and literacy organizations - matching every single book with one individual child.

Since its inception, Books for Kids has collected and donated 2.2 million children's books to children in our community, successfully advocating literacy as a pathway out of poverty. Kids who read, succeed!

Orthodox Book Discussion Group June

The World of Faith and Freedom: Why International Religious Liberty is Vital to American National Security

During her recent visit to our church, Elizabeth Prodromou spoke about Endangered Christian Communities in the Middle East. Her talk provoked great concern for the plight of Christians throughout the lands through which Jesus once walked and preached. These lands are the cities, countries, and regions from which our Orthodox faith emerged. The one question that predominated after the talk was, “ What can we do to help the threatened Christian communities in the Middle East and throughout the world?” One of Dr. Prodromou’s first recommendations was to be informed. To this end, The Book Discussion Group has selected The World of Faith and Freedom: Why International Religious Liberty is Vital to American National Security by Thomas Farr.

From Publisher’s Weekly: “….American foreign policy … ignores religion or sees it as an obstacle to human freedom. (The author) suggests that American foreign policy is … limiting our capacity to defend ourselves by overlooking religion as a powerful influence on how nations act. He argues for a strong connection between religion and democracy, urging U.S. foreign policy makers to encourage Islamic and other religious leaders to use their own sacred texts to derive liberal norms that promote human dignity.” From the Orthodox publication, Touchstone: “Farr makes a compelling case for placing the issue of religious freedom at the center of American foreign policy.” Join us for the discussion of this very important book. It is available in the bookstore and church library. Time, date, & place TBA.

For Book Discussion Group updates visit: www.hocalibrary.blogspot.com • To join the book group email list, email [email protected] 15


The Bookstore also offers the following books on baptism:

Pascha is a celebration that helps us remember that by Jesus’ death and resurrection, we can re-experience the joy of our baptism.

Baptism and Chrismation: Beginning Our Christian Life in the Orthodox Church

The Gift Shop Coordinator, Vickie Malamas, provides guidance on purchasing all the items that are needed for a baptism. These include: • 2 white hand towels

Child of Light: the Greek Orthodox Baptism Book

• 1 white bath towel • I white sheet

• 1 small bottle of olive oil • 1 small bar of soap • 2 small candles

• 1 decorated large candle

• 1 set of new white clothing, including diapers and undergarments • 1 gold cross and chain

• Martyrika (small lapel crosses) • 1 icon (optional)

• Boubounieres (favors) (optional) • Books on baptism


The commemorative DVDs have been mailed out to all those who attended the Centennial Gala last September. If you did not attend, but would like a copy (or if you did attend, and would like some extras), they are available in the Gift Shop for $10.00 each.


The Committee thanks the following who have donated to the Church’s Scholarship Fund. We can think of no better way for our Church, in a tangible way, to show its appreciation to the members of our parish for their hard work, dedication, and devotion.

The Church Scholarship Committee Rev. Dr. Christos B. Christakis • Dean Mellas (Parish Council President) • Dean Pavlakis • Boris Kuvshinoff Angelo T. Eoannou Trulla Curtis & Family

George Ladas Trulla Curtis & Family John & Tina Tzimas 16



WOMEN’S PHILOPTOCHOS COMMITTEE Barbara Kuvshinoff, President

assist Hope Lodge, Kevin Guest House and the Ronald McDonald House or be a participant/donor to the Hellenic Angels Ride for Roswell team. The point is - TOGETHER we can accomplish so much, but when we try to do it all, we burn out and get discouraged or resentful. Find your niche and participate.

In case you hadn’t noticed, Philoptochos has been very active lately. We had the IOCC baby kit project, the Last Chance Dessert Deli fundraiser before Lent, organized the bus trip to Rochester for the vespers of the Annunciation, passed a tray for Holy Cross/Hellenic College, collected Lenten recipes during the pre-sanctified liturgy pot luck dinners, baked for Pascha, solicited walkers and donors for the Summit Autism Awareness Walk, and oh yes, had a membership drive. With all that activity I sometimes receive feedback that Philoptochos is trying to do too much. I also hear questions and comments like “Why do we send money to National and Metropolis Philoptochos causes? and “We should do more locally and for our own church.” In this issue of Glad Tidings, I would like to respond to these sentiments.

Finally, in response to comments I hear about our ties to the National and Metropolis Philoptochos and the sentiment that we should remember that “charity begins at home,” I would like to point out that the National and Metropolis philoptochos organizations support us here in Buffalo through both monetary and resource avenues. It is detrimental for us to be an island unto ourselves, and that is not the way the church works. We are a community of believers and so our fellowship and our philanthropy must extend beyond the walls of our church and the borders of our city. Stepping off my soapbox, I invite you to look at the donations and philanthropic efforts that our chapter made in 2013 and see that a significant portion was allotted to our parish and causes in the Buffalo area. I also urge you to read the list of mandatory donations that we as a chapter are required to make each year and the purpose of those donations. A complete list of our donations is posted on the bulletin board in the hallway to the gym.

It is true that Philoptochos is constantly fundraising and organizing events. It is our mission to “be a friend to the poor,” and in order to do that we must raise funds so that we can give them away. Our purpose is to fundraise so that we may immediately put those donations to work assisting individuals in need. That means that we don’t have opportunity to sit back and relax while writing our checks to different organizations – there is a constant cycle of fundraising and philanthropy at work. In a typical year, our chapter in Buffalo raises and gives away $13,000$15,000. Within the Metropolis of Detroit we are the fourth largest Philoptochos chapter, and so we are called to act as a leading example for other chapters in the metropolis. Recognizing that Buffalo is the 3rd poorest city of its size in the nation, I realize that it is hard to give, and give so often. However, I urge all of our parishioners here in Buffalo to remember the widow who gave all that she had (Mark 12:41-44), and that we truly are the City of Good Neighbors. Giving always lightens our heart and increases our thankfulness for the blessings we enjoy.

I hope this article has sufficiently answered those questions and concerns you may have had regarding the activities and donations of Philoptochos. In closing, I want to remind you that if you have not joined our organization for 2014, please consider doing so. With so much to do, you can see why we need you! I also humbly ask that you keep Philoptochos in your prayers so that we may have the health, strength and energy to fulfill our mission to be the philanthropic arm of the church.

Now that you understand why the activity of Philoptochos never ceases, it’s important to realize that no one has to do everything! We try to offer a variety of ways to participate so that you can give of your time, talents, and treasure in the way that best speaks to your heart. Do children hold a soft spot in your heart? Then perhaps you will want to be involved with our school kits, Walk for Autism, or fundraisers for St. Basil’s. The hungry or homeless? Then our food drive, Warm Up America blankets, Hearts for the Homeless bin and Orthodox Action Soup Kitchen are the opportunities for you. Literacy? Try our upcoming Project Flight Book drive. Health and medical issues? Give during the Go Red Campaign or support our efforts to

MANDATORY National Philoptochos Donations for each Chapter

• Vasilopita – For the needs of the Academy of St. Basil

• St. Photios Shrine – Funds for the preservation of the First National Shrine of Orthodoxy in America

• Orthodox Christian Mission Center (OCMC) – Funds to promote Orthodoxy throughout the world

• Hellenic College/Holy Cross Lenten Event – Funds for upkeep & maintenance of the school

• Support A Mission Priest (SAMP) – Provides financial aid to priests in missionary work and parishes


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• Cancer Fund – Assistance to cancer patients

• Sisterhood of St. Basil – Funds for the benefit & welfare of the children at the Academy and for the reimbursement of costs of graduation ceremonies and awards

• Social Services – Financial assistance to the needy or infirmed members of the community & foreign nationals

• International Orthodox Christian Charities (IOCC) – Orthodox humanitarian organization which works with local Orthodox churches to bring emergency and development aid to those in need.

• The National Philoptochos Office allocates 88% of all these funds for designated purposes. The remaining 12% of all funds collected is used to offset the costs of administering these restricted funds.

• Hellenic College/Holy Cross Scholarships – Financial assistance to seminarians and students at HC/HC

MANDATORY Metropolis Philoptochos Donations from each chapter

• Ecumenical Patriarchate – Benefitting philanthropic programs of the Ecumenical Patriarchate

• Metropolis Scholarship Fund – Provides financial aid to persons from the metropolis attending Hellenic College/Holy Cross School of Theology

• UNICEF – Funds for the United Nation’s International Children’s Emergency Fund

• Metropolis Summer Camps programs – Helps develop programs and facilities for camps. Monies go to camp in your specific area (WNY – St. Timothy’s)

• Children’s Medical Fund – assisting children with life threatening illnesses & hospitals that provide treatment for children • National Philoptochos Emergency Fund – Funds for national & international emergency relief

• Metropolis Emergency Relief Fund – Provides financial assistance to those in need in the Metropolis due to natural disasters

• General Medical Fund – Funds providing financial assistance to adults afflicted with various medical conditions, not specifically covered by other Philoptochos funds/programs

• St. Spyridon Fund – Support Metropolis ministries

• Partners in Philanthropy – Emergency relief for individuals & families in the metropolis for food, clothing, medications, utility assistance and other needs

• Archdiocesan Presbyters Council/National Sisterhood of Presbyteres Benevolent Fund – Provides short term support for clergy and/or their families in times of crisis

Buffalo Chapter #7035 Donation Totals in 2013

• Retired Clergy & Widowed Presbyteres Fund – Provides financial support for retired clergy and widowed presbyteres who are facing financial difficulty

For a COMPLETE, DETAILED list visit our Facebook Page or see the Bulletin Board:

• Seventy Fifth Anniversary Founders Fund – Provides financial support to Greek Orthodox older adults and their families to assist with housing, utility, unreimbursed or uncovered medical expenses, home health care, hospice, funerals and support to existing continuing care facilities serving the aging Greek Orthodox population in the United States

• Donations to National & International Causes $7798 • Donations to Metropolis $1200 • Donations to Local & Parish Causes $5159 School kits to local elementary, food and clothing to Hearts for the Homeless, and Christmas gifts to Be an Angel Bornhava families

• Orthodox Christian Fellowship (OCF) –Support to OCF on college campuses throughout the USA


• Autism Assistance Fund – Assistance and support to persons with autism spectrum

We are busy making baklava! Marge Manos George & Joanne Alefantis, Ann Rossiter, Barbara Gianiodis and Joyce McDaniels are pictured. To order your Easter baked goods from WPC, see the form on page 17.


BUFFALO GREEKFEST Athena Tsembelis, Chairwoman

To Volunteer: http://www.buffalogreekfest.org/volunteer.html [email protected], or reach Dean and Pat by phone •716-874-6528.

How can you help? By now, you have most likely received an email or a letter. The most important way to help right now is to help the church by giving generously of your time and talents on May 30, 31, and June 1, 2014. Please contact Dean and Pat any way you wish, and help us fill up all our shifts early.

Do you like to play backgammon? Our first-ever tournament last year was a great add, but we need to have someone receive and manage registrations, and organize the event this year. If you are interested, please call me @510-9683 or the church office as soon as possible. If no one comes forward, we cannot run it this year. What about cooking up hotdogs? We could use someone to help us keep the Volunteer area well-stocked and welcoming when people need to take a break. Not only will you have everyone’s gratitude, but we will provide a chair and umbrella, if you provide your time and smile! Do I hear two people? The more, the merrier.

Our goals for this year are to: 1. Maintaining relationships year ‘round – increase the overall number of volunteers at festival. Be a regular part of our church family. 2. “When the corner of Delaware and Utica becomes a little bit like Greece” – after all these years, we still agree this is the overall feel/tone we want to maintain. 3. Finish documentation – Assemble a handbook for generations to come 4. Have fun! 5. Improve and simplify what we can. Make Festival easier to manage. Don’t forget about Yiayia’s Attic..Barbara Kelly will accept your items now. Yiayia’s Attic needs donations! Household goods like dishes, bowls, serving platters, glasses, kitchenware, pictures and other decorative items, books, costume jewelry, handbags, toys, and games. Call Barbara Kelly, 885-1729, for questions or pick up. Please donate no later than May 28 if possible.


GREEKFEST SWEEPSTAKES Sweepstakes drawing/Cocktail Party: Thursday, May 22, 2014 at 7:00 PM in the Demakos Community Center. 500 tickets will be sold; cost is $150 per ticket. If you wish to purchase tickets, please contact Nina and Tracy Krestos: 839-5540.

Volunteer for the BUFFALO GREEK FEST – Friday May 30, Saturday May 31, & Sunday June 1

The Festival succeeds only because of the hundreds of volunteers who give their time. We need your help! Call Dean Pavlakis or Pat Christian at 874-6528 to sign up to help for a few hours or more, or email us at [email protected] It’s fun to help out, so bring your family and friends! Thanks!


Please join me in thanking the following people/families of our parish who have agreed to take on extra work and manage the major areas this year. I also wish to acknowledge the Morphis family from Antoinette’s Sweets, for their generosity these many years. May God bless everyone, each with what they need- as we work for our blessed Annunciation Church. MAIN AREA



Assistant to the Chair

Vicky Stamataros


Kevin Wilde




Ad Book


Greek Market/Bakaliko


Dean Pavlakis, Pat Christian

Ria Andreadis Sandy Siradas



Mike Valantasis



Sandy Siradas



Bar for Sweepstakes party and 5K run

John P. Manyon

Cashiers/Ticket Booths

Maria Klentos, Greg Conley


Clean up during festival

Al Koutsandreas, George Kallas


Dancers (3 groups)





Church Tours


1. Niki V. Angela K. – small 2. Assimoula K. – teens 3. Milton K. - From Greece

Milton Koutsandreas


John Lignos

Gift Shop

Tina Anas/Vicki Malamas

Face Painting




Ellene Phufas

Bands & Music

16. 17.

Fr. Christos, Fr. Perry

Hired service

Jennifer Gogos

Greek Writing

Fotini Koutsandreas


Greek Run – 5k

Jean Botsoglou


NEW • Surface Drawing

Fotini Galanes



Andy Gianiodis



Lou Pozantides



Kathy Fabiatos, Penny Vergos

Souvlaki on a Stick

Tim Klentos


23. 25. 27.


Niki Hogenkamp, Maria Papafagos

Logistics – tents, set up/take down

Jeff Gianiodis

Opening Ceremonies

Peter Plumpis

Purchasing /inventory (all food/paper products) Al Koutsandreas/ George Kallas




Sweet Shop (set up & running it. –not baking.)

Christina Palmerton

Sweepstakes Party (Food)

Nico Nicolaidis






Christina Davis

Sweepstakes Raffle (Ticket sales)


Ted Tsembelis

Greg Conley


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“Share your bread with the hungry and bring the homeless and poor into your house.” Isaiah 58:7 On Pascha night, our Church will plunge into a total darkness that symbolizes a life without God, a life without meaning, a life without hope, a life overwhelmed with problems, a life that ends in death. In the midst of that darkness, a single light representing Jesus Christ comes forth: Come receive the light from the unwaning light, and glorify Christ who is risen from the dead. This is the Paschal Good News – a joyous message that Christ’s victory will prevail! Pascha celebrates Christ’s victory over all darkness. His love prevails over evil and His hope conquers despair.

looks with compassion on this world. Yours are the feet with which He walks to do good. Yours are the hands with which He blesses all the world. Yours are His hands. Yours are His feet. Yours are His eyes. Yours are His body.

We cannot forget the lost, the poor, or the needy. If you have some time to give and a heart to serve, come join us at one of our Saturday Soup Kitchens and help make wonderful things happen for our Buffalo neighbors in need.

Christos Anesti! Christ is Risen! Alethos Anesti! Truly He is Risen!

In our small way, Orthodox Action celebrates the hope and new life in Christ of the Paschal Good News at our Saturday Soup Kitchens as we continue to feed and care for our Buffalo neighbors who are hungry, homeless and hurting people.

Unfortunately, with the continuous economic downturn, there are now a number of people in our Buffalo community who never thought homelessness could happen to them. But it can. It can happen to anybody. We hear about people who are “just one paycheck away from the streets.” That man, woman, or family may have received their last paycheck and are now on the other side – on the streets and struggling to survive.

Then there are others who simply cannot make a living with their current income and are considered the “working poor” – those who work, but due to high levels of debt and expensive housing costs simply cannot make ends meet and are also struggling to survive.

Answer God’s Call To Serve the Needy... Volunteer at one of our Soup Kitchens

Many of our prayers refer to Christ as the philanthropos – “the lover of mankind”. The Church is clear in Her teaching. We are commanded to love and serve the poor, the hungry, care for the sick and suffering, because we are given the model - in the personal example of Jesus Christ. If Jesus is the great philanthropos, we too are called to do the same.

• The Orthodox Action Soup Kitchens serve two Saturday’s each month - the second Saturday and the last Saturday of every month in the Demakos Community Center. Lunch is served from 11:00 AM-12:30 PM. • If Saturdays don’t work for you – consider helping with the preparing of meals or making or buying the desserts. (The Ministry will reimburse any expenses.)

Each one of us, in our own unique calling, serves as examples of caring for those who are less fortunate. We will not singly solve the poverty problem, but we can reach out and serve those around us who are homeless and hurting and in need.

• To volunteer, please call Mary Mastoras, the Volunteer Coordinator at 440-2130. • This is a great way for our youth to gather their community service hours!

Teresa of Avila once said: Christ has no body but yours. No hands, no feet on earth but yours. Yours are the eyes with which He

• Better yet…volunteer as a family!


LIBRARY Aglaia Polisson

Holy and Great Lent is a time of spiritual preparation and growth. We have the opportunity through daily prayer, fasting and service to others to reach spiritual blessings.

This book introduces pre-teens to serving Christ in the real world. Readers are invited to become special agents. The first part of the book encompasses the operation of these agents. Each chapter features a saint (special agent), a brief explanation of why each is a special agent and prayers for children on the theme of each agent. The St. Lazarus chapter features prayers for the dead. The Prophet Daniel chapter has the daily prayers. In the chapter about St. Moses the Ethiopian, renowned for his repentance, the 10 commandments and example children can relate to as a preparation for confession are featured. The second part is the training section and discusses 4 targets for the young to aim for as they live life as an agent.

LENTEN PRAYER OF ST. EPHRAIM Lord and master of my life, deliver me from the spirit Of laziness ,meddling, ambition and gossip. Give me, Your servant, the spirit of prudence, humility, patience and love. Lord and King grant that I may see my sins and Faults and not judge my brother, for You are blessed forever and ever. The library has an abundance of Lenten and prayer books:

• Daily Lenten Meditations for the Orthodox Christian by Presbytera E. Harakas.

If you have teens, then the prayer book for them is Hear me: a prayer book for Orthodox teens also by Annalisa Boyd. In addition to a prayer section, this book includes a section on questions and answers geared to the teens and a section encouraging the teens in challenges they face daily.

• Fasting in the Orthodox Church - Discusses theological, pastoral and social implications on fasting • A Journey Through Great Lent

• Holy Week and Easter

- by Anonymous

• First Fruits of Prayer: A Forty Day Journey through the Canon of St. Andrew


• The Meaning of Great Lent - by Father Kallistos Ware.

• Story Time - Second Sunday of each month. We introduce new books. Come – enjoy!

• The Lenten Triodion - by Father Kallistos Ware.

• Orthodox Book Discussion Group - Book of discussion during Lent: The Scent of Holiness. Check HOCAlibrary. blogspot.com for information.

• A Lenten Cookbook for Orthodox Christians

• The Royal Road - An interactive CD for all ages. Be the first to review one of our library books: Special Agents of Christ : A prayer book for young Orthodox Saints by Annalisa Boyd



bros who I’m sure is happy to be relieved of her role as advisor. I called her frequently to discuss ideas and direction for the club. I also want to thank the membership who gave my work purpose.

On February 25, 41 people braved the cold to come to our Membership and Election of Officers Luncheon held at Rizotto’s. We enjoyed good food and the company of each other. Thank you to Helen Curtis for arranging and coordinating this event.

Karen Wasieczko is our new president. Fotini Koutsandreas [senior in training] is our new vice-president. The other officers remain the same: Joyce McDaniels, treasurer; Patricia Papafagos, secretary; Helen Curtis, luncheon chairperson; and the past president, Barbara Kelly is advisor. Please give Karen your support and cooperation. She will bring new energy and ideas to the club. This transition has been bittersweet for me. I thoroughly enjoyed the five years I was president, but needed a break from the responsibilities. I enjoyed planning and attending our events, and most of all I enjoyed getting to know the wonderful seniors in our group who supported our events. I will continue to be active as advisor and will enjoy the group from a different perspective. I want to thank all the officers who so competently did their jobs causing me no worry, and who were so supportive. A special thank you to Colleen Lam-


• April 29 - Coffee Klatch, 1:00-3:00. Program TBA.

• May - No Coffee Klatch due to festival preparations.

• June 24 - Coffee Klatch 1:00 -3:00. A Birthday Party to celebrate ALL of our birthdays!

• July 29 - Annual picnic in “Demakos Park,” beginning at noon.

• August 26 - Coffee Klatch, 1:00-3:00. Ice Cream Social – make your own sundaes.

Seniors’ Membership and Election of Officers Election, February 25, 2014.


LIVING WATER nun or a monk to live in peace, especially for the younger ones. However, you should realize that as soon as you intend to live in peace, at once evil comes and weighs down your soul through akidia (a state of spiritual sloth where one doesn’t want to pray or do any spiritual work; a most dangerous state of being for monastics), fainheartedness, and evil thoughts. It also attacks your body through sickness, debility, weakening of the knees, and all the members. It dissipates the strength of soul and body, so that one believes one is ill and no longer able to pray. But if we are vigilant, all these temptations fall away. There was, in fact, a monk who was seized by cold and fever every time he began to pray, and he suffered from headaches, too. In this condition, he said to himself, “I am ill, and near to death; so now I will get up before I die and pray.” By reasoning in this way, he did violence to himself and prayed. When he had finished, the fever abated also. So, by reasoning in this way, the brother resisted, and prayed and was able to conquer his thoughts.’

We will continue with sayings of the Fathers of the Egyptian desert for the next few months. Abba Theodore of Ferme

1. A brother came to Abba Theodore and spent three days begging him to say a word to him without getting any reply. So he went away grieved. Then the elder’s disciple said to him, ‘Abba, why did you not say a word to him? See, he has gone away grieved.’ The elder said to him, ‘I did not speak to him, for he is a trafficker who seeks to glorify himself through the words of others.’

2. He also said, ‘If you are friendly with someone who happens to fall into the temptation of fornication, offer him your hand, if you can, and deliver him from it. But if he falls into heresy and you cannot persuade him to turn from it, separate yourself quickly from him, in case, if you delay, you too may be dragged down with him into the pit.’ 3. One of the elders came to Abba Theodore and said to him, ‘Look how such and such a brother has returned to the world.’ Abba Theodore said to him, ‘Does that surprise you? No, rather be astonished when you hear that someone has been able to escape the jaws of the enemy.’

3. The same Ammas Theodora said that a teacher ought to be a stranger to the desire for domination, vain-glory, and pride; one should not be able to fool him by flattery, nor blind him by gifts, nor conquer him by the stomach, nor dominate him by anger; but he should be patient, gentle and humble as far as possible; he must be tested and without partisanship, full of concern, and a lover of souls.

4. A brother came to Abba Theodore and began to converse with him about things which he had never yet put into practice. So the elder said to him, ‘You have not yet found a ship nor put your cargo aboard it and before you have sailed, you have already arrived at the city. Do the work first; then you will have the speed you are attempting now.’

4. She also said that neither asceticism, nor vigils nor any kind of suffering are able to save, only true humility can do that. There was an anchorite (in Greek: anachoritis) who was able to banish the demons; and he asked them, ‘What makes you go away? Is it fasting?’ They replied, ‘We do not eat or drink.’ ‘Is it vigils?’ They replied, ‘We do not sleep.’ ‘Is it separation from the world?’ ‘We live in the deserts.’ ‘What power sends you away then?’ They said, ‘Nothing can overcome us, but only humility.”

5. He also said, ‘In these days many take their rest before God gives it to them.’

Ammas Theodora (Ammas means Mother, so she is the equivalent of a male elder, and gave spiritual guidance and advice like the elders - in Greeek, “gerontissa”).

5. Another elder questioned Ammas Theodora saying, ‘At the resurrection of the dead, how shall we rise?’ She said, ‘As pledge, example, and as prototype we have him who died for us and is risen, Christ our God.’

1. Ammas Theodora said, ‘Let us strive to enter by the narrow gate. Just as the trees, if they have not stood before the winter’s storms cannot bear fruit, so it is with us; this present age is a storm and it is only through many trials and temptations that we can obtain an inheritance in the kingdom of heaven.’

2. She also said, ‘It is good to live in peace, for the wise man practises perpetual prayer. It is truly a great thing for a


HELLENIC ORTHODOX CHURCH OF THE ANNUNCIATION SCHOLARSHIP All applications and any supporting documents must be submitted to the Church Office on or before June 1, 2014. Applicants received after that date will not be considered. I. YOU CAN APPLY IF:


2. 3. 4.

You or at least one of your parents are in good standing of the parish at the time of graduation and during the college entrance period, based on the Church’s stewardship policy.

You have been active in Sunday School and church activities such as Altar Server, Byzantine-Adult or Youth Choir, Holy Friday Retreat Participant, Hellenic Festival Volunteer, Library, Gift Shop, Foreign Missions or other ministry or Church volunteerism. You must have been accepted as a matriculating student by an accredited four-year college or university within two years of high school graduation.

You have not previously received this scholarship, unless you are a seminary student. Actual or prospective seminary students should contact the Parish Priest for instructions.


Candidates who fulfill the following qualifications will have priority consideration for the Scholarship.

Sunday School: An aggregate attendance record in Sunday School (SS) of 75% from grades 9-12. (The Sunday School Coordinator provides this information directly to the Committee).

Essay: An essay, in accordance to the rules of the St. John Chrysostom Oratorical Festival, as completed during any grade 912, and approved by the Festival Chair. The candidate will be encouraged but not required to compete in the oration portion of the Festival.

GOYA: A four-year aggregate participation record in GOYA sponsored activities of 50% from grades 9-12, and provide evidence from the GOYA advisor. III. APPLICATION CHECKLIST:

Required documents:

___ Personal letter requesting the scholarship addressed to the Trustees

___ Proof of admission to a four-year university

___ High School Transcript, including class ranking

___ Résumé (list of extracurricular activities, community service, honors and achievements)

___ One Academic reference ___ One Personal reference

Optional documents to support priority consideration:

___ An essay in accordance with the rules of the St John Oratorical Festival ___ Note from GOYA Advisor indicating participation of 50% or more

___ Proof of participation in other church activities

___ FAFSA – EFC Application Verification form – see below. 27

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Scholarship Guidelines, continued from pg. 27

IV. FINANCIAL: The committee will take into account financial need based upon an official copy of the “FAFSA – EFC Appli-

cation Verification (AV) form, if the family would like to provide it. This form does not include income information but does include the Expected Family Contribution. Do not include Tax Returns or other personal financial information. The Scholarship Committee: Rev. Dr. Christos B. Christakis, Dean Mellas, Parish Council President Boris Kuvshinoff Dean Pavlakis

THE THEODORE G. AND FREDA DANAKAS SCHOLARSHIP FUND All applications and any supporting documents must be submitted to the Church Office on or before June 1, 2014 Applications received after that date will not be considered. QUALIFICATIONS AND SELECTION CRITERIA

Each applicant must satisfy the following qualifications: 1.


3. 4.

5. 6.


Applicants must have been accepted as a matriculating freshman or an upper-level student (sophomore, junior, or senior) by an accredited four-year college or university, an accredited two-year college or university, or a vocational tech school. At the time of application, the student must be a member in good standing within the parish.

Applicants must have been or presently be active participants in Sunday School and other Parish-related activities. Obtain the certification of your parish priest on the attached form.

All qualifications being equal, the financially neediest applicant will take precedent based on an official copy of the FAFSA-

EFC Application Verification (AV) form.

Previous successful applicants are eligible for scholarships.

One scholarship, per year, in the amount of One Thousand dollars ($1,000.00) will be awarded to the best-qualified applicant.

The following factors and criteria will be considered in the selection process:

1. 2. 3. 4. 5.

Transcript of grades Extra curricular school activities Community service Church activities and involvement Honors and achievements

6. 7. 8. 9.

Evaluation of student’s application One academic reference and one personal reference Class placement/ranking Financial Need

The Theodore G. Danakas and Freda Danakas Scholarship Committee Rev. Dr. Christos B. Christakis

Dean Mellas, Parish Council President George T. Danakas, M.D. Stefanos Papazaharias

Dean Pavlakis



We gratefully acknowledge donations received by our memorial funds in loving memory of the following:

Helen Spanos Alevras

(Fran Spanos’ sister-in-law)

Hope Vallas Anne Mastoris John & Mary Lewlew Margaret M. Manos

Paulette Vergos Cesana Thomas & Ellene (Phufas) Jousma Kostas G. Desminis Thomas & Ellene (Phufas) Jousma Angelo T. Eoannou George Antoulinakis Barbara Gianiodis Sylvia Klentos Mary Krestos Tom Krestos Hope Vallas William Siradas Anne Mastoris Anna F. Liaros Helen Coran & Family Nicolaos & Daphne Christou Doug & Christina Davis Robert & Betty-Lou Frangooles Ted & Athena Tsembelis Sophia Sykas George & Riki Kontras & Family Dean & Georgia Colis Thomas & Ellene (Phufas) Jousma Valentinos & Sophia Salonikis Sandra Ladas & Family Theologia Kukuliatas & Family Margaret M. Manos Trulla Curtis & Family

Constantine J. “Gus” Gianiodis Spiro & Anna Paravalos Tony & Susan Barbopoulos Melanie Crassidis & Family Jim & Liz Stevens & Family Sandra Ladas & Family Theologia Kukuliatas & Family

Dolores (Grammatakis) Graham

(Mother of Michele Grammatakis Hiczewski)

Thomas & Ellene (Phufas) Jousma

Eva Perdicas Grenos Spiro & Anna Paravalos Andrew M. Kalambukas

(Father of Markos – Brother of Goldie Gioulekas)

Barbara Gianiodis Sandra Ladas & Family Theologia Kukuliatas & Family

Anastasios “Tom” Kukuliatas Sandra Ladas & Family Theologia Kukuliatas & Family

George Ladas George Antoulinakis Barbara Gianiodis Mary Krestos Tom Krestos Peter & Elizabeth Pavlakis Hope Vallas William Siradas Socrates J. & Anastasia Karas Valentinos & Sophia Salonikis James & Helen Pozantides Peter Plumpis & Family Anna F. Liaros Christ A. Ravenas Helen Coran & Family Ernstrom & Dreste LLP Doug & Christina Davis Robert & Betty-Lou Frangooles Peter & Sophia Triantafillou Ted & Athena Tsembelis Sophia Sykas George & Riki Kontras & Family Dean & Georgia Colis John & Vickie Malamas Thomas & Ellene (Phufas) Jousma Patrick & Anna Manning Takis & Effie Tertis Jim & Liz Stevens & Family Sandra Ladas & Family Theologia Kukuliatas & Family Trulla Curtis & Family John & Tina Tzimas Matt & Toula Phillips Don & Katrina Butzer George & Georgette Hasiotis George & Chrisoula Scouas Frances Spanos Mrs. Niki Ravenas From the families of: Helen Douvlos, Jim Douvlos, Maria Stanton, Suzzane Douvlos Spiro T. Liaros – Phoenix AZ The Adult Greek School Class Spiro & Anna Paravalos Margaret M. Manos John T. Manyon

Sylvia Klentos Melanie Crassidis & Family Margaret M. Manos

James R. McQuestion II Mrs. Pauline McQuestion

Adamantios “Adam” Orfanos Tony & Susan Barbopoulos Antonios G. “Tony” Pitliangas Melanie Crassidis & Family Lula Siradas Clyde & Helen Drake Michael & Nicole Drake II Dean & Georgia Colis James T. Sykas Melanie Crassidis & Family Nicholas Triantafillou Navene & Jerome Maragliano James P. Vallas Tony & Susan Barbopoulos Alexander G. Vergos Thomas & Ellene (Phufas) Jousma Louis G. Vergos Thomas & Ellene (Phufas) Jousma Angelo J. “Lee” Yeostros Thomas & Ellene (Phufas) Jousma Kosta Yeostros Thomas & Ellene (Phufas) Jousma

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Researched from: http://www.goarch.org/resources/monthly_readings

4/1/2014 .............Orthros OT: Isaiah 40:18-31; Vespers OT1: Genesis 15:1-15;

4/19/2014 ...........Matins: Matthew 27:62-66; Epistle: Romans 6:3-11; Gospel:

4/2/2014 .............Orthros OT: Isaiah 41:4-14; Vespers OT1: Genesis 17:1-9;

4/20/2014 ...........Epistle: Acts 1:1-8; Gospel: John 1:1-17

4/3/2014 .............Orthros OT: Isaiah 42:5-16; Vespers OT1: Genesis 18:20-33;

4/22/2014 ...........Epistle: Acts 2:14-21; Gospel: Luke 24:12-35

...........................Vesper OT2: Proverbs 15:7-19

...........................Matthew 28:1-20

...........................Vespers OT2: Proverbs 15:20-16:9

4/21/2014 ...........Epistle: Acts 1:12-17, 21-26; Gospel: John 1:18-28

...........................Vespers OT2: Proverbs 16:17-17:17

4/23/2014 ............Matins: Luke 21:12-19; Epistle: Acts 12:1-11; Gospel: John 1:35-52

4/4/2014 .............Orthros OT: Isaiah 45:11-17; Vespers OT1: Genesis 22:1-18;

4/24/2014 ...........Epistle: Acts 2:38-43; Gospel: John 3:1-15

4/5/2014 .............Epistle: Hebrews 9:1-7; Gospel: Luke 1:39-49, 56

4/26/2014 ...........Epistle: Acts 3:11-16; Gospel: John 3:22-33

...........................Vespers OT2: Proverbs 17:17-18:5

4/25/2014 ...........Epistle: Acts 3:1-8; Gospel: Luke 10:16-21

4/6/2014 .............Matins: John 20:11-18; Epistle: Hebrews 9:11-14; Gospel: Mark

4/27/2014 ...........Matins: Matthew 28:16-20; Epistle: Acts 5:12-20; Gospel: John



4/7/2014 .............Orthros OT: Isaiah 48:17-49:4; Vespers OT1: Genesis 27:1-41;

4/28/2014 ...........Epistle: Acts 3:19-26; Gospel: John 2:1-11

4/8/2014 .............Orthros OT: Isaiah 49:6-10; Vespers OT1: Genesis 31:3-16;

4/30/2014 ...........Epistle: Acts 12:1-11; Gospel: Luke 9:1-6

...........................Vespers OT2: Proverbs 19:16-25

4/29/2014 ...........Epistle: Acts 4:1-10; Gospel: John 3:16-21

...........................Vespers OT2: Proverbs 21:3-21

5/1/2014 .............Epistle: Acts 4:23-31; Gospel: John 5:24-30

4/9/2014 .............Orthros OT: Isaiah 58:1-11; Vespers OT1: Genesis 43:26-31; 45:1-

5/2/2014 .............Epistle: Hebrews 13:7-16; Gospel: Matthew 5:14-19

...........................16; Vespers OT2: Proverbs 21:23-22:4

5/3/2014 .............Epistle: Acts 5:21-32; Gospel: John 6:14-27

4/10/2014 ...........Orthros OT: Isaiah 65:8-16; Vespers OT1: Genesis 46:1-7;

5/4/2014 .............Matins: Luke 24:1-12; Epistle: Acts 6:1-7; Gospel: Mark 15:43-47;

...........................Vespers OT2: Proverbs 23:15-24:5


4/11/2014............Orthros OT: Isaiah 66:10-24; Vespers OT1: Genesis 49:33-50:26;

5/5/2014 .............Epistle: Acts 6:8-15; 7:1-5, 47-60; Gospel: John 4:46-54

...........................Vespers OT2: Proverbs 31:8-31

5/6/2014 .............Epistle: Acts 8:5-17; Gospel: John 6:27-33

4/12/2014 ...........Epistle: Hebrews 12:28-29; 13:1-8; Gospel: John 11:1-45

5/7/2014 .............Epistle: Acts 8:18-25; Gospel: John 6:35-39

4/13/2014 ...........Matins: Matthew 21:1-11; 15-17; Epistle: Philippians 4:4-9; Gospel:

5/8/2014 .............Epistle: John I 1:1-7; Gospel: John 19:25-28, 21:24-25

...........................John 12:1-18

5/9/2014 .............Epistle: Acts 8:40; 9:1-19; Gospel: John 6:48-54

4/14/2014 ...........Gospel: Matthew 21:18-43; Gospel: Matthew 24:3-35

5/10/2014 ...........Epistle: I Corinthians 4:9-16; Gospel: Luke 6:12-19

...........................25:1-46; 26:1-2

5/12/2014 ...........Epistle: Acts 10:1-16; Gospel: John 6:56-69

4/15/2014 ...........Gospel: Matthew 22:15-46; 23:1-39; Gospel: Matthew 24:36-51;

5/11/2014............Matins: Luke 24:13-35; Epistle: Acts 9:32-42; Gospel: John 5:1-15

4/16/2014 ...........Gospel: John 12:17-50; Gospel: Matthew 26:6-16

5/13/2014 ...........Epistle: Acts 10:21-33; Gospel: John 7:1-13

4/17/2014 ...........Epistle: I Corinthians 11:23-32; Gospel: Matthew 26:1-20; John

5/14/2014 ...........Epistle: Acts 14:6-18; Gospel: John 7:14-30

...........................13:3-17; \Matthew 26:21-39; Luke 22:43-44; Matthew 26:40-75;

5/15/2014 ...........Epistle: Acts 10:34-43; Gospel: John 8:12-20

27:1-2; 12 Gospels: The Twelve Gospels of the Passion of Our

Lord and Savior Jesus Christ

4/18/2014 ...........Epistle: I Corinthians 5:6-8; Gospel: Matthew 27:62-66


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