Please note that regular Church Office hours will not be in effect next week (September 11-15, 2017) as our Office Administrator, Karla Fisher, will be out of town.
The Sunday School Year begins this Sunday, September 10th! If you are a member of the Annunciation Church family and have not yet registered your child for this vital ministry, please register ASAP. In order to share the Good News of Christ and the treasure trough of faith that the Church safeguards, we not only rely upon everyone's Stewardship, we also depend upon parents to make sure that the work that our Sunday School initiates on Sunday, blossoms throughout the week. It is incumbent on all of us together to share the light, life and principles of our Orthodox Christian faith. Beginning this Sunday, please remember that the distribution of Holy Communion will mark the dismissal of all Sunday School students and staff. Sunday School students and staff prepared to receive the Holy Gifts will be invited to come forward FIRST for Holy Communion and then proceed directly to their classroom. At this point in the service, those children and staff not receiving Holy Communion may exit their pew and proceed immediately to their class. After our students and teachers have received Holy Communion, then the rest of the parish family will be led forward by the ushers in the accustomed order. Parents are also reminded that Sunday School classes run until 12:00 noon. So enjoy the Fellowship Hour and please do not seek to take your child out of class before its conclusion.
With the unfolding catastrophe that the recent hurricanes have unleashed, the Annunciation Church family is encouraged to respond in whatever means possible to help alleviate the suffering of our brothers and sisters in Christ. This Sunday, September 10th, we will passing a Second Tray to send economic support via the IOCC - please respond generously. (Checks should be written to the "Annunciation" and the memo line must stipulate: "Hurricane Relief.")
This Sunday, September 10th, the Annunciation family will have the joy of welcoming into the Holy Church, Colin James McCrary, the newborn son of Lauren & Matthew McCrary. Lauren and her son will observe the Old and New Testament custom of the Forty Day Blessing - a beautiful service that emulates Mary bringing Jesus to the Temple on the fortieth day after His birth (The Presentation of Christ). This ancient rite offers prayers of thanksgiving to God for the safe delivery of both the mother and child, blesses them both, and then formally brings the infant into the House of the Lord for the very first time. At the conclusion of the Divine Liturgy after the Blessed Bread has been distributed, everyone who wishes to participate in this timeless service is invited to return to their pew.
On Thursday, September 28th the OPA group will be going to the Diamond Bear Brewery at 600 N. Broadway in the Argenta District of North Little Rock! We will meet at 9:45am in the Church parking lot and leave at 10:00am for the brewery. At 10:30am, we will be led on a guided Tour and Tasting by our own Ken Haycook (No Cost), followed by lunch in the cafe (Dutch Treat). Please join us!
Fr. Nicholas will be conducting a six-part series of classes at the Annunciation entitled “Understanding Iconography.” These classes will explore the origins, art, theology and use of iconography in the Orthodox Christian Church and Faith. This series of classes will take place every Wednesday from 6:00pm to 7:00pm beginning on Wednesday, October 4th and concluding on November 8th. Let’s encounter together the “windows into heaven.”