This Sunday, January 21st, we will celebrate one of the most inspiring traditions of the Orthodox Church: the observance of the Vasilopita (Saint Basil's Bread), an annual observance which serves to join our Orthodox Faith with the history of Christianity itself. With this event, the Ladies Philoptochos (Friends of the Poor) Society will be raising funds for Saint Basil Academy - a refuge for children and families in crisis. An "auction" of these special loaves will take place immediately following the Divine Liturgy and donations will be taken for slices of Vasilopita for Parishioners to take home.
The Annunciation Scholarship Foundation is hosting a grand event on Saturday, January 27, 2018: "A Passport to the World: Featuring Food, Wine and a Silent Auction." Tickets are $40 per person and are on sale now! Buy tickets both for yourself and to give as gifts!
**Parishioners who would like to donate items for the Passport to the World Silent Auction are asked to email William Hronas (email@example.com) by Monday, January 22nd. Together we can make this year's event a success and provide for the Youth of our parish.**
The OPA group will be gathering at the Church on Thursday, January 25th at 11:30am for Lunch & Games! RSVP to Dena Parker (214-783-4366 or firstname.lastname@example.org) and please join us!
We ask all of our parishioners to please attend our Festival Meeting on Wednesday, January 31st at 6:00pm. Working all together, we can do great things to the glory of God! Please plan on attending!
Starting on January 23rd, our parish is launching an eight-week program to help people discover Orthodox Christianity entitled "Seeking Authentic Christianity." If you have friends, coworkers or relatives who have asked questions about our faith and Church, or expressed an interest in learning more about Orthodox Christianity, and are looking for the original New Testament faith that's relevant in modern times, encourage them to join our Seeking Authentic Christianity classes, Tuesdays starting at 6:00pm on January 23rd. Our first class is entitled: "Welcome Home!" Please post this class invitation to your social media or "Like" on Facebook. Personally help spread the Word, the Love and the Truth that lives at the Annunciation: we are Christ's representatives to the world.
We are happy to announce that Fr. Nicholas has compiled an Orthodox Christian Prayer Book with many of the spiritual treasures of the Orthodox Church to help our Annunciation family with their prayer life and speak to God. This is a 140 page book with prayers covering a variety of situations and needs. The hope is that we will be able to distribute this book to everyone by the beginning of Great Lent. But in order to provide every single member of our Church family a free personal copy to have and use, we need donations to cover the cost of publication. The printing cost for this prayer book is $2000. If on top of your Stewardship to the parish you can make a gift of any amount to cover the cost of the book (no donation is too small or too big - it all helps!), please make a donation today! Whatever you are able to give would be a gift to the parish and your fellow parishioners. Personal checks should be made out to the "Annunciation" and specify "Prayer Book" so that your generous gift will allow this book be printed and distributed.