Just a reminder that this Sunday, November 19th, we are all invited to share a splendid Thanksgiving Luncheon together as a Church family and thank God for our many blessings. Let's also make that Sunday an Outreach Sunday! We all know someone who has either fallen away from the sacramental life of the Church or someone who might be curious about Orthodox Christianity - invite them to Church that Sunday. We are encouraging all of our parishioners to actively reach out and personally invite family members, friends and neighbors to join us for the Divine Liturgy (10:00am) and then enjoy the Thanksgiving Luncheon with us. Also please keep in mind that we will celebrate a Thanksgiving Eve Liturgy on Wednesday, November 22nd at 6:00pm.
This Sunday, November 19th, the Orthodox Church and the Annunciation in particular, are pleased to receive into her warm and loving embrace the beloved servants of God Erik Joseph & Nina Mary Lawrence, and their son, Erik John Lawrence. Their entrance into the Holy Church is being sponsored by Mike & Amy Bailey. With their Chrismations, 69 people have been received into the Orthodox Church at the Annunciation through Chrismation since the year 2000! At the conclusion of the Divine Liturgy today, the Lawrence family and their sponsors will be called forward to be anointed with Holy Oil (Chrism) and formally received into the Orthodox Church, as well as become beloved members of our Church family.
In anticipation of Christmas, we need to adorn His Holy House at the Annunciation for the forthcoming great event. Therefore, all those who are willing and able to assist in decorating the Church for Christmas on Saturday, December 9th at 9:00am, please see Pete Vratsinas who will be leading this uplifting and important endeavor!
Please make a note that the final Parish Assembly of 2017 will take place on Sunday, December 3rd after the Divine Liturgy. As faithful Stewards of the Annunciation, let us gather and work together to help spread the Good News of Christ.
It is time for our Church family to help spread the word to any local non-denominational charities that would like to be considered for inclusion in our 2018 International Greek Food Festival and encourage them to submit a letter to the Church Office expressing their interest along with a description of their work. All applications must be received at the Church Office by December 3rd. We will have a Festival Meeting on Tuesday, December 5th for our Church family to review the applications and make our selections for 2018. This project is enormous: the more we all participate, the better off the parish and our charities will be. For any questions please see our Festival co-chairs Edmund Hurst and Sara Massana.
Share your Christmas greetings with the Annunciation Church family as well as help support the ministries of the Annunciation by including your family name in the annual Annunciation Parish Christmas Card. Starting this Sunday, November 19th, for $15 you can support the work of the parish and spread some love. For further details, underwrite the cost of the card, and/or register your name, please see Eva Sargent.
Elections for the Annunciation Parish Council will be held on Sunday, December 3, 2017. Those faithful men and women who have a desire to serve Christ and His Church at the Annunciation and would like to be a candidate for a seat on the Parish Council must be members in good standing with the Parish for at least one year immediately preceding the date of the election. All potential candidates must register in person and have a witness sign the form on the Fellowship Hall bulletin board by this Sunday, November 19th. Then in accordance with Archdiocesan Uniform Parish Regulations, all candidates are required to attend a meeting with Fr. Nicholas on November 19th (after our Thanksgiving Luncheon), in order to be placed on the ballot.
The Annunciation Ladies Philoptochos (Friends of the Poor) are hosting a special Festival of Tables on Saturday, December 2nd at 11:00am. Tickets are on sale now! Come and enjoy a fun and fashionable event!
The Annunciation’s Ladies Philoptochos (Friends of the Poor) Society are spearheading a special project to bring some joy to disadvantaged youth in Little Rock. This year we are invited to donate gift cards ($5-$10 McDonald’s cards and/or $10-$20 Walmart gift cards) to give to the youth of Immerse Arkansas. This local charity plays a vital role in helping children from difficult situations and from hard places to experience hope and healing. It strives to support and equip young people in moving toward wholeness and healing and fills the gaps in the child welfare system with trauma-sensitive initiatives that are child-focused. Our Church family can bring some joy to these young people by donating Gift Cards that can be added to these children’s Christmas stockings. So from now until December 17th, please purchase some gift cards to donate to Immerse Arkansas. A donation box will be set up in the Fellowship Hall to drop off your gifts for disadvantaged youth.
Make sure to save Saturday, January 27, 2018, on your calendar, when the Annunciation Scholarship Foundation will be hosting A Passport to the World: Featuring Food, Wine and a Silent Auction. Tickets are $40 and are now on sale!