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September/October 2008

The Annunciator

Annunciation Greek Orthodox Cathedral - Norfolk, Virginia

Parish Information

Annunciation Greek Orthodox Cathedral

Ecumenical Patriarchate + Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America + 7220 Granby St Norfolk, VA 23505 His Eminence Metropolitan Evangelos Very Rev. Fr. Seraphim Poulos Rev. Fr. Constantine P. Rogakos, Ph.D. Evangelos Almyrantis Kathryn Stephanitsis J. Chris Coureas Stelianos Bredologos Angelo Neskis Maria Maroulis Chris Eugene George Karalis Martha Pantelides John Pouloutides Stephen Webb Editor Very Rev. Fr. Seraphim Poulos Content & Layout Editor Thomas John Mangus, Jr. Technical Supervisor Evangelos Almyrantis Mailing Volunteers Chris Bachas, Donnell Catherines, Mary Gretes, Pela & Dwight Jenkins, Irene Mathas Cathedral Webmaster Evangelos Almyrantis Cathedral Website Address: www.annunciation.va.goarch.org Submissions & Comments [email protected] Metropolis of New Jersey Phone (757) 440-0500 Fax (757) 423-6929 Hellenic Center (757) 489-1628 Metropolitan Archimandrite, Dean Assistant Parish Council President 1st Vice President 2nd Vice President Secretary Treasurer Assistant Treasurer Board Member Board Member Board Member Board Member Board Member

Table of Contents

September/October Reflection Orthodoxy 101/Bible Study Parish Registry /HarvestFest Stewardship Ministry Parish Council Election Information Community Christmas Card 2008 Youth Camp Memories Greek Article Community News Saint of the Month--Greek Saints of the Month--English Religious Education September/October 2008 Calendars Bookstore Ministry/Library Ministry Philoptochos Ministry Greek School Cultural Ministry Hellenic Woman's Club Daughters of Penelope AHEPA Dance Ministry Oxi Day Celebration Announcement Advertisements 2 2 3 4-5 6-7 8 9 10 11 11 12 13-14 15-18 19 20 21 22-23 23 24-25 25 26 26 27 28-33

REMINDER

Regular Service Hours Begin September 7, 2008 9am Orthros, 10am Divine Liturgy

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Reflection--September/October

On Prayer

It is good...to pray always and not to lose heart, as the Lord says, And again the Apostle says, 'Pray without ceasing', (Lord Jesus Christ Have Mercy On Me) that is by night and by day and at every hour, and not only when coming into the church, and not bothering at other times. But whether you are working, lying down to sleep, traveling, eating, drinking, sitting at table, do not interrupt your prayer, for you do not know when he who demands your soul is coming (death approaching...). Don't wait for Sunday or a feast day, or a different place, but, as the Prophet David says, 'in every place of his dominion'. Whether you are in church, or in your house, or in the country; whether you are guarding sheep, or constructing buildings, or present at drinking parties, do not stop praying. When you are able, bend your knees, when you cannot, make intercession in your mind, 'at evening and at morning and at midday'. If prayer precedes your work and if, when you rise from your bed, your first movements are accompanied by prayer, sin can find no entrance to attack your soul. ~St. Ephraim the Syrian

Orthodoxy 101/Bible Study

++ Tuesday evening Bible October 28, 2008, at 7PM. Study will begin on Tuesday, ++ On October 1st we'll meet for the first time for the evening class (Orthodoxy 101) Wednesday 7 PM & every Wednesday thereafter; ++ On October 2nd we'll begin the morning class (Orthodoxy 101) at 10:30 AM & every Thursday thereafter.

New Website

ANNOUNCING A FUN NEW ONLINE SITE FOR ORTHODOX KIDS: The Greek Orthodox Archdiocese introduces "Saints alive!", a new online site for children featuring interactive games and puzzles in a colorful, fun format, all with an Orthodox theme. Games are suitable for children age 5 and up. To explore Saints alive!, go to www.goarch.org and click on the Saints alive! sunshine logo.

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Parish Registry

Baptisms

Name Date Named Sponsor(s) Parents Rosalia James 28-June Elani Isabelle Hatzopoulos 2-August Eleni Constantine Lukas Brown 16-August Lukas Christopher Jennifer Fogle 16-August Irene Thomas Kaine Egley 16-August Thomas Peter & Melanie Economou Donald & Stephanie James Irene Clare & Theodore Petrakos Frances Hatzopoulos & Michael Daniels Dr. Stefania Dimofte Lynn Midis Christopher Rigas Samuel & Anna-Maria Brown Richard & Sharon Fogle Thomas & Alexis Egley

Chrismations

Name Jonathan Boyer Theresa Hall Date 13-July 12-August Named John Theresa Sponsor(s) Andrew Houpos Helen Kotarides Parents

HarvestFest

HOPE /JOY YOUTH MINISTRY

HARVESTFEST

In Lieu of trick or treating

"Train up a child in the way he should go, and when he is old, he will not depart from it. " (Proverbs 22:6)

Date: Location: Friday, October 31, 2008 Hellenic Center Time: 6:00 pm -9:00 pm Food: Pizza 'Party

Activities: Prayer Service, games, Moon Walk, Crafts and fellowship For more information contact Fr. Seraphim @ 757-440-0500 or Carol Mazarakis @ 757-587-7650

Please come in Church friendly costumes

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Stewardship Ministry

ORTHODOX CHRISTIAN STEWARDSHIP PROGRAM

Annunciation Greek Orthodox Cathedral

Your 2009 Stewardship Pledge

As we consider God's blessings, we are in awe of His immense goodness toward us. The greatest gifts to us are His Son, Jesus Christ, our Lord and Savior and the constant presence of His Holy Spirit working in the Church and in our lives. God gives each of us personal gifts, talents and material possessions. Stewardship is acknowledging that God is the source of each gift that has been received and each possession that has been accumulated. Orthodox Christian Stewardship reminds us that these gifts are not our own; that we have a trusteeship over them and not an ownership. Stewardship means to give a portion back to God, as a direct way of expressing our thanksgiving to Him for these gifts. Our Church meets the financial needs of its annual Ministries and Operating Budget by way of its Orthodox Christian Stewardship Program. Consequently, our parishioners are Stewards of the Annunciation Greek Orthodox Cathedral, rather than dues payers, and they accept direct responsibility for the financial support and progress of our Church and its mission. The Stewardship Committee of the Annunciation has planned several opportunities throughout the month of September for all of us to learn and understand the meaning of Stewardship. We invite you to join us and experience the spiritual aspects and the Orthodox Christian fellowship that our parish offers. May each of us continue to grow in our faith, acknowledge the gifts from God and cherish our Church as willing Stewards of our Orthodox Christian Faith. Yours in Christ, Kathryn Stephanitsis Stewardship Committee

Stewardship Honor Roll

The Stewardship Committee wishes to express our appreciation to the following stewards who have turned in a 2008 Stewardship Pledge card. Our goal is to enroll all of our parishioners as stewards. We have truly been blessed with tremendous support over the years and we give thanks to God for your continued support and generosity. (Note: Continued from last "Annunciator" issue)

M/M Chris Achilleos M/M George Ashikis M/M Curtis Banks Mr. Jonathan Boyer Mrs. Michelle Boogades M/M Manuel Cheracles Mr. Anastasios Emmanuelidis M/M Royall Ferguson Mr. Bill Georghiou M/M Stavros Giannakopoulos Ms. Natallia Green M/M Nick Katselos Mrs. Katherine Kontopanos M/M Paul Kyriakides M/M Christopher Kyrus M/M George Malamos Mr. Nickolas Malamos Ms. Georgia Margaritis Mrs. Dorothy Markatos M/M Thomas Martin Mr. Aaron McCain Mrs. Mary Michael Mrs. Mersine Milonas M/M Peter Minogiannis Mr. John Murray Dr. and Mrs. Themis Pangalos M/M Thomas Pantelides M/M Thomas B. Phillips M/M Michael John Sergides Dr. and Mrs. Thomas Thames M/M Ted Vergakis

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Stewardship Ministry

Outreach & Fellowship for Orthodox Christians, Families and Friends

On Sunday, September 14, 2008 the Parish Council and our entire parish will host OUTREACH SUNDAY to Welcome NEW, ACTIVE, and INACTIVE members. Representatives from the various Church Ministry Groups and Clubs will be available to answer questions and share information about their mission, purpose, and membership. As Saint John Christostom said in 396 AD, "Each of us has an apostolic mission to arouse the fervor of the Spirit in our brothers and sisters." Each of us knows a family member or friend who has fallen away from active participation in the life of the Church. We encourage all active members to reach out to inactive family members and Orthodox friends to join us for Divine Liturgy followed by fellowship and refreshments in the Hellenic Center. Did you know that Family members have the greatest influence in persuading an unchurched person to come to church?

(Source: Surprising Insights from the Unchurched by Thom S. Ranier)

A Day of Outreach & Fellowship for Orthodox Christians, Families and Friends Join us on Sunday, September 14th for COMMUNITY OUTREACH SUNDAY

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Parish Council Elections

September 1, 2008 Dear Parishioners: On Sunday, November 9, 2008 the elections for five Parish Council members will be held in our Hellenic Center. The Parish Council members will be elected to serve a term that is for a two year duration beginning January 2009. Any individual twenty-one years of age or older, who abides by our Orthodox faith and fulfills his/her financial obligation to our parish as of the election date is eligible. You must have contributed all of your 2007 Stewardship commitment and you must have satisfied seventy-five percent of your 2008 Stewardship Pledge to have fulfilled your financial obligation. Serving on the Parish Council is an honor and privilege. It is considered a highly sacred duty and it takes time, love, and effort to work together as a team to accomplish the goals and the mission of our Cathedral. Please consider placing your name as a candidate prayerfully. All candidates for the Parish Council must submit an application provided by the Election Committee, and signed by Father Seraphim no later than twelve o'clock noon on Sunday, October 5, 2008. In His Service,

Very Rev. Fr. Seraphim Poulos, Dean

Ted Maroulis, Election Chairman

Evangelos Almyrantis, Parish Council President

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Parish Council Elections

APPLICATION FOR SUBMITTING YOUR NAME AS A NOMINEE FOR NOVEMBER 9TH, 2008---PARISH COUNCIL ELECTIONS I WISH TO SUBMIT MY NAME AS A NOMINEE FOR THE FORTHCOMING PARISH COUNCIL ELECTIONS TO BE HELD ON SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 9TH, 2008 NAME________________________________________________________ (PRINT YOUR NAME) ADDRESS_________________________________________________ _________________________________________________ TELEPHONE_____________________________________ SIGNATURE ____________________________________________________ SIGNATURE OF PRIEST___________________________________________________ PARISH COUNCIL BY-LAWS (Revised November 21, 2004) ARTICLE 4; MEMBERS IN GOOD STANDING Any person eighteen (18) years of age or older, who have been baptized according to the rites of the Orthodox Church, or was received into the Orthodox Church through Chrismation, who lives according to the faith and canons of the Orthodox Church, who makes an annual Stewardship pledge and has met his/her stewardship obligations (part of which is to meet his/her quarterly portion of the current calendar year's obligation to the Parish) and abides by the regulations herein and the by-laws of the Parish, is a member in good standing of the Parish, except that a person under twenty-one shall not serve on the Parish Council. NOTE: DEADLINE FOR SUBMITTING YOUR APPLICATION AS A CANDIDATE FOR THE PARISH COUNCIL ELECTIONS IS SUNDAY, OCTOBER 5TH, 2008.

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Community Christmas Card

Christmas Card Season's Greetings From the Y.A.L.

The Young Adult League would like to thank everyone who continues to support our annual community Christmas Card. We would like to once again offer our community the opportunity to share the wonderful news of our salvation while offering festive Christmas greetings inexpensively to family and friends in our community. Individual and family listings are offered for a donation of $20. Please help us help our Church again by completing the information below and returning the form to the Church office or the Annunciation Bookstore no later than: Wednesday, December 3, 2008.

We would like to wish everyone ! ! a Merry Christmas and a blessed New Year ---------------------------------------------I would like my Christmas listing to read: (please print) Name:_________________________________ _________________________________________ Address:_______________________________ _________________________________________ Telephone:_____________________________ Amount enclosed:___________ Bill Me: _______ Amount: _____________ Young Adult League c/o Annunciation Greek Orthodox Cathedral 7220 Granby Street

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2008 Youth Camp Memories

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Greek Article

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Community News

Change of Address?

If you have recently moved or plan to move please let the Cathedral office know of your change of address.

ANNUNCIATOR DEADLINE

The Deadline for Submittal of Articles For the November 2008 issue is Tuesday October 7, 2008 All articles should be sent to John Mangus; email [email protected] There cannot be exceptions made for late submissions.

Services

To schedule all services, such as Memorials, 40­Day blessings, Baptisms and Weddings please call the Cathedral Office at 440-0500.

Cyprus Benevolent Society

Sunday September 21st immediately following the Divine Liturgy @ my house: 7000 Gunn Ct. Norfolk 23505. All are invited to attend!

Hospital & Shut-In Visitations

When parishioners of Annunciation are admitted into a hospital or recovering at home and wish to have a Priest visit them, it is imperative that a family member contact our Cathedral Office (440-0500) immediately so we may minister to them. Area hospitals do not notify the Church when Orthodox patients seek medical attention.

Attention Festival Workers

The Festival Volunteers who did not return their APRONS and NAME TAGS at the end of the Festival , please wash, press and return them to the Church office as soon as possible. Thank you.

Kollyva

For clarification purposes, the Cathedral does not provide Kollyva for Memorial Services. All parishioners who would like Kollyva can call upon the assistance the Philoptochos (Tasy Penner) at 777-5613, Drucie Papafil at 489-4313.

Saint of the Month­ Greek

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Saint of the Month --October

OCTOBER 8th Our Holy Mother Pelagia.

A repentant sinner, she was born a pagan in Antioch and endowed by God with great physical beauty, but she used this beauty to destroy her own soul and those of others, acquiring great wealth from her prostitution. One day, walking past the church of the holy martyr Julian, where Bishop Nonnus was preaching, she turned into the church and listened to the sermon, which was about the dreadful Judgment and the punishment of sinners. These words so shook her, and wrought so great a change in her, that she was of a sudden filled with self-loathing and fear of God, and, repenting of all her filthy sins, fell down before St Nonnus, begging him to baptise her: 'Holy father, be merciful to me, a sinner; baptise me, and teach me repentance. I am a sea of iniquity, an abyss of destruction, a net and weapon of the devil.' Thus this penitent implored Christ's hierarch with tears. And he baptised her. Blessed Romana, a deaconess of that church, stood sponsor to her at her baptism and, after that, as her spiritual mother, grounded her well in the Christian faith. But Pelagia was not content just to be baptised. Feeling the weight of her many sins and the pricking of her conscience, she decided on a great ascesis. She gave away to the poor the enormous wealth she had amassed by her immorality and went secretly to Jerusalem, where, under a man's name as the monk Pelagius, she shut herself in a cell on the Mount of Olives and there began a strict ascesis of fasting, prayer and vigils. Three years later, St Nonnus's deacon, James, visited her and found her still alive, but

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when he went to her again a few days later, he found her dead body and gave it burial. St Pelagia entered into rest in about 461. Thus that sometime great sinner, by repentance and striving, received the mercy of God, the forgiveness of her sins and sanctification, and her purified and sanctified soul was made worthy of the Kingdom of God. (taken from The Prologue from Ochrid).

Religious Education

NEW THIS SCHOOL YEAR!!

The new Stepping Stones of the Divine Liturgy curriculum will be taught on the days of the scheduled fall Youth Liturgies in hope to improve our youth's knowledge and spiritual experience in each important part of this service. Please mark the following dates on your calendar: YOUTH LITURGIES FOR 2008-09 October 26, November 9, November 16, November 23, (April 5, 2009)

Annunciation Cathedral Church School Calendar

For the 2008 - 2009 School Year

August 31, 2008 September 7, 2008 September 14, 2008 Agiasmos service for all students - Students remain in church Teacher Staff Meeting (Teachers, Assistants, Substitutes, Special Events Coordinators) Start of Church School classes: - Grades Pre-K report to classroom - Students grades 1-12 report to the Chapel Exaltation of the Holy Cross - Short Feast Day Lesson in Chapel for all students - Students will participate in the procession in Cathedral - Family Outreach Sunday after Church in Hellenic Center Diakonia project for Grades 7-12 following Holy Communion (Out-of-town GOYA tournament weekends) (see September 28) All students of Grades 7-12 remain in the Cathedral ­ Annunciation's Local Tournament Youth Liturgy 10:00 a.m. in the Chapel Normal Dismissal Time 12:15pm Youth Liturgy 10:00 a.m. in the Chapel See Note at the top of the page Youth Liturgy 10:00 a.m. in the Chapel Youth Liturgy 10:00 a.m. in the Chapel Presentation of the Theotokos Iconography Seminar ­ All parish members invited Iconography Workshop ­ for students of GOYA age Diakonia project for Grades 7-12 following Holy Communion (Out-of-town GOYA tournament weekend) Christmas Pageant Practice ­ Morning hours to be set Christmas Pageant - Hellenic Center following The Divine Liturgy Students remain in church with their families after Holy Communion Students remain in church with their families after Holy Communion

September 28, 2008 October 12, 2008 November 2, 2008 October 26, 2008 November 9, 2008 November 16, 2008 November 23, 2008 November 21, 2008 November 22, 2008 December 14, 2008 December 20, 2008 December 21, 2008 December 28, 2008 January 4, 2009

Sunday School Registration form is located on Cathedral Website

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Religious Education

January 11, 2009 January 18, 2009 - Stewardship envelopes issued to students - St. John Chrysostom Oratorical Festival Information Day - Chapel ­ Junior Division (Grades 7 ­ 9) - Stewardship envelopes continue to be issued to students - St. John Chrysostom Oratorical Festival Information Day - Chapel ­ Senior Division (Grades 10 ­ 12) - Teacher Staff meeting in the library following Church School Three Hierarchs Greek School Presentations ­ Grades 7-12 remain in Cathedral for the Presentations (Richmond Tournament weekend) Godparents/Godchildren Sunday ­ Church School will be in Session Forgiveness Sunday/Mission Sunday:- Special lesson offered about missions within each classroom - Mission Boxes issued to students St. John Chrysostom Local Level Junior/Senior Oratorical Festival Salutations of the Theotokos Service (Heretismi) ­ Church school activity will precede the service. Sunday of Orthodoxy - Short lesson in the Chapel for all students after Holy Communion - Students will participate in the procession with their Icons Diakonia project for Grades 7-12 following Holy Communion (Out-of-town GOYA retreat weekend) Veneration of the Holy Cross - Short lesson in the Chapel for all students after Holy Communion - Students will participate in the procession with their Crosses Youth Liturgy 10:00 a.m. in the Chapel ­ All students remain in the Chapel after Holy Communion Saturday of Lazarus - Orthros at 9 am; Divine Liturgy at 10 a.m. Breakfast and Palm Cross Making after the Divine Liturgy Decorating the Cathedral with Palm Branches Palm Sunday - Short lesson in the Chapel for all students after Holy Communion - Students will participate in the procession with palm branches

February 1, 2009 February 8, 2009 March 1, 2009 T0 BE SET March 6, 2009 March 8, 2009 March 15, 2009 March 22, 2009 April 5, 2009 April 11, 2009 April 12, 2009 April 17, 2009 April 19, 2009 May 17, 2009 May 24, 2009 May 31, 2009 Date to be set June 7, 2009 14 June 14, 2009

Holy and Great Friday Retreat - Starts at 11:15 a.m. and ends after the Great Friday Vespers Great and Holy Pascha - Agape Service - Egg Hunt following the service on Church grounds sponsored by YAL Greek Festival - Students remain in church with their families after Holy Communion Memorial Day Weekend - Church School in session - Student Surveys provided Student Surveys continued Teacher Staff meeting ­ (End of School Year) Feedback Meeting Holy Pentecost ­ Students remain in the Cathedral after Holy Communion for Kneeling Vespers Last Day of Classes Senior High School Graduates are recognized in the Cathedral

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September 2008

Return to Regular Liturgical Schedule: All Orthros Services 9 am, Divine Liturgies 10 am

1 Indiction, or the Beginning of the Ecclesiastical New Year Have a Happy and Safe Labor Day

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Golden Years Club Meeting 10:30 am

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7 Sunday Before the Exaltation of the Holy Cross Orthros 9 am; Divine Liturgy 10 am Epistle: Gal. 6:11-18; Gospel John 3:13-17. Agiasmos for Greek School

Great Vespers- The Nativity of the Theotokos - 6 PM

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The Nativity of the Theotokos- Orthros 9 am; Divine Liturgy 10 am Chapel Greek School begins and Registration Greek School 4:30 pm

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Golden Years Club Meeting 10:30 am

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Greek School 4:30 pm

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The Exaltation of the Venerable and Life-Giving Cross (Fast Day) Orthros 9 am; Divine Liturgy 10 am Epistle: 1st Cor.1:18-24; Gospel: John 19:6-11, 13-20, 25-28, 30. Procession with Sunday School students

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Greek School 4:30 pm

16 Golden Years Club Meeting - 10:30 am

Greek School 4:30 pm

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Greek School 4:30 pm

21 Sunday after the Exaltation of the Holy Cross Orthros 9 am; Divine Liturgy 10 am Epistle: Gal. 2:16-20; Mark 8:3438, 9:1. Cyprus Benevolent Society Picnic following the Divine Liturgy

Cultural Committee Movie Night "Do You Wanna Dance?" 6:30PM

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Greek School 4:30 pm

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Greek School 4:30 pm

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1st Sunday of Luke Orthros 9 am; Divine Liturgy 10 am 2nd Cor. 4:6-15; Luke 5:1-11. Philoptochos Meeting following Coffee Hour

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Greek School 4:30 pm

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Golden Years Club meeting 10:30 am Greek School 4:30 pm

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October 2008

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PM Orthodoxy 101- 7 pm in the Social Hall Greek School 4:30

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Second Sunday of Luke Orthros: 9 AM Divine Liturgy: 10 AM- Epistle: 2nd Cor. 6:1-10; Gospel Luke 6:31-36.

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Greek School 4:30 PM GOYA Basketball Practice Girls- 5:30-6:45 PM; Miracle of the Day 6:45-7:15 PM: Boys ­ 7:15-8:30 PM

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Golden Years Club meeting 10:30 am Greek School 4:30 PM

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Greek School 4:30 PM

Bible Study 7:00 PM ­Social Hall

Orthodoxy 101 7 pm in the Social Hall

7th Ecumenical Council Fourth Sunday of Luke Orthros: 9 AM; Divine Liturgy: 10 AM - Epistle: Titus 3-8-15; Gospel Luke 8:5-15. Cultural Committee Movie Night "Conversations with God," 6:30 PM

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Greek School 4:30 PM

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Golden Years Club meeting 10:30 AM Greek School 4:30 PM

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Greek School 4:30 PM

Orthodoxy 101- 7 pm in the Social Hall

Bible Study 7:00 PM ­Social Hall

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Third Sunday of Luke Orthros: 9 AM;Divine Liturgy:10 AM; Epistle: 2nd Cor. 9:6-11; Gospel Luke 7:11-16. SOCRATES OXI Day LuncheonAfter Divine Liturgy-Hellenic Ctr Feast of The Venerable St. Gerasimos, the New Ascetic of Cephalonia- Great Vespers 6 PMCathedral

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Feast of The Venerable St. Gerasimos, the New Ascetic of Cephalonia Orthros: 9:00AM Divine Liturgy: 10:00AM -Chapel Greek School 4:30 PM GOYA Basketball Practice Girls- 5:30-6:45 PM; Miracle of the Day 6:45-7:15 PM: Boys ­ 7:15-8:30 PM

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Golden Years Club meeting 10:30 am Greek School 4:30 PM

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Greek School 4:30

Bible Study 7:00 PM ­Social Hall

Orthodoxy 101- 7 pm in the Social Hall

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Feast Day of the Great Martyr St. Demetrios the Myrrh-Streaming and Sixth Sunday of Luke Epistle: 2nd Tim. 2:1-10; Gospel: Luke 8:26-39. Orthros: 9:00AM; Divine Liturgy: 10:00AM

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Greek School 4:30 PM

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Greek School 4:30

GOYA Basketball Practice Girls- 5:30-6:45 PM; Miracle of the Day 6:45-7:15 PM: Boys ­ 7:15-8:30 PM

Bible Study 7:00 PM ­Social Hall

Orthodoxy 101- 7 pm in the Social Hall

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Thusday

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Greek School 4:30 PM

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Orthodoxy 101- 10:30 am in the Social Hall

Philoptochos Fall Festival-Market, Lunch and White Elephant 10 AM ­ 3 PM

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Greek School 4:30 PM

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Orthodoxy 101- 10:30 am in the Social Hall

Cultural Committee trip to The Monastery of the Nativity of the Theotokos in Saxonburg, PA

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Greek School 4:30 PM Orthodoxy 101- 10:30 am in the Social Hall

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Greek School 4:30 PM

Harvestfest 6-9 pm in the lenic center

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Bookstore Ministry

New Item!!!

THE GIFTED PAN-- Finally here!!!

A nonstick pan for baking Prosfora. The seal is in the bottom of the pan so as to make a more reliable reveal , a clear impression of the seal. $59.00 This pan will make a nice gift for your mom or yiayia.

Library Ministry

FALL GREETINGS FROM THE LIBRARY STAFF We hope everyone had a pleasant summer. Now it is time to get back to studying and reading. We are proud to announce that fourteen years have passed since our library was started. Many, many heartfelt thanks to our Annunciation family for supporting us all these years with books, monetary donations, videos, and DVD's. The library staff also appreciates your kind words, interest, and enthusiasm for this worthwhile project. The collection has grown immensely. The RELIGION SECTION is the largest, with books on God, Jesus, the Virgin Mary, sacraments, monasteries, prayers, icons, Orthodoxy, faith, Church Services, Bibles, dictionaries, saints, Church leaders, etc. The second largest part of the library is the HISTORY SECTION, where informative, new books can be found on Greece, Macedonia, Cyprus, Crete, Sparta, Athens, Troy, the Olympic Games, wars, etc. Also, on other shelves are biographies, cookbooks, literature, fiction, and mythology. To quote PLA TO in The Republic, Book I: "Let early education be a sort of amusement; you will then be better able to find out the natural bent." Don't forget to check through the PHILOSOPHY books for Plato, Aristotle, Socrates, and other philosophers. Please continue to come in to browse, study, or borrow materials. LIBRARY HOURS-Every Wednesday from 10:00 A.M. to 1:00 P.M. and on the 2nd and 3rd Sunday of every month after the Divine Liturgy. During the summer, book donations were received from: Drs. George & Des Dandalides Mr. & Mrs. Gus James Mr. & Mrs. Thomas Kyrus We thank them very much for being constant supporters! May God Bless Them Always!!!! Please don't forget our library fund with your memorial donations. New and expensive books are being published every day-books that would be beneficial to our parishioners, especially to our children in the religious education department. We strive to support our religious programs. ---THANK YOU!!!!! Plato

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Philoptochos Ministry

Philoptochos Board/Committee Leaders: President: Tasy Penner 1st Vice President: Penny Tzavellas 2nd Vice President: Sylvia Butler Recording Secretary: Mary Ellis Corresponding Secretary: Karen Tsiantas Treasurer: Millie Kartis Assist Treasurer: Brenda Stevens Advisor: JoAnna Goumenis Sick Committee: Effie Michaels Membership: Theresa Eugene Publicity: Des Dandalides Shut-ins: Dorothy Delianides Social Services: Jane Williams & Susan Rogers Hostess/Telephone: Dubby Metrakos & Nitsa Pratsis Did you know that Philoptochos means Friends of the Poor? Philoptochos Chapters across America raise money for charities. Our local chapter raises money for various local organizations in the Norfolk area via the Agora and other events throughout the year. This year, we plan to focus on literacy by assisting under privileged school-age children by assisting them with the purchasing of school supplies. More to follow on this project. In July, our President, Tasy Penner, and Vice President, Penny Tsavellas, attended the Church Laity Convention in Washington, DC. The theme of the conference was "Bring My People Home". On many occasions Fr. Seraphim challenges us as Orthodox Christians to reach out to those who have fallen away from the Church and invited them to join us. Pull out that old address book, call your Thea (who we know isn't your real Thea) to locate your friends from Sunday school years ago, and invite them to church or better yet, to one of our Philoptochos meetings. 2008-2009 Philoptochos Schedule (not inclusive) 28 September General Meeting and Welcome New Members 16 November General Meeting 7 December General Meeting Christmas party date to be determined 20 4 January 10 February 22 February 15 March 17 April 14-17 May 26 April 14 June Vasilopita Luncheon Sr. Valentines Day Luncheon General Meeting General Meeting Good Friday Retreat Church Festival Scholarship Luncheon General Elections

Philoptochos General Meetings are held on Sundays, after Coffee Hour, in the Hellenic Center. Any one interested in joining, please call Penny Tzavellas at 622-0917 or Karen Tsiantas at 627-1126 or e-mail at [email protected] We challenge you go get out this year to join us and make a difference!

PHILOPTOCHOS TO ADOPT LITERACY PROGRAM

The Annunciation Philoptochos is adopting a Literacy Program as introduced by the National Philoptochos at the last Clergy-Laity Congress and is inviting the Parish to join in the effort A Norfolk elementary school that has a large enrollment of underprivileged children will be adopted and new books and new pajamas will be collected for the children who are 5-12 years old. It is possible that parishioners will also have an opportunity to meet with the children and read with them at regularly scheduled times to encourage reading and to help those who need more one-on-one help. More information will be disseminated to the Parish as plans develop. This is an exciting new program that was used by Philoptochos in the D. C. inner city schools and was met with great success and gratification for all involved. Tassie Penner, Annunciation Philoptochos president, assigned the project to a committee that includes Brenda Stevens, Penny Tsavellas, and Des Dandalides. The committee will be asking parishioners to get involved and those who have a special interest in the project should contact one of the committee members.

Greek School

Annunciation Greek Orthodox Cathedral Greek School 7220 Granby Street, Norfolk, Virginia 23505 757-440-0500 Website: www.annunciation.va.goarch.org

Dear Greek School Parents: Welcome back to a new year of Greek School!!! We will begin our year with an Agiasmos Service (Small Blessing) on Sunday, September 7th, 2008 after the Divine Liturgy. Greek School classes and Registration will begin on Monday, September 8th, 2008. The Parish Council has decided that this year the Tuition Payment & PTA Fees will be due in full upon registering your child. All registration forms and schedules can be found on the Cathedral's website for easy download or by calling the office, 40-0500. As you look at the 2008-09 Greek School Calendar, you may notice that there are several non-Greek holidays that we are closing. The reason for this is that when the public schools are off on a Monday, many families take off for the long weekend and do not attend Greek School. This causes a problem for the teacher and so we decided to close on those days. This is subject to change however, if the class and teacher as a whole decide to have class then they will go ahead and meet as usual. Therefore, on those days please contact your teacher to make sure of your schedule. Please ensure that each student has the following supplies prior to his/her 1st day of class: 3 ring binder, loose leaf paper, and Pencil (2) In addition, please keep in mind that our teachers will also be asking for Room Mother volunteers to coordinate various things throughout the year. Please help out if you are able. Our 1st PTA Meeting is scheduled for Friday, November 7th 2008 at 6:00pm with pizza, salad and desert. Hope to see you there!!! Father Seraphim, Mrs. Simmons, Mrs. Marshall , and The Greek School PTA

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Cultural Ministry

TRIP TO THE MONASTERY OF THE NATIVITY OF THE THEOTOKOS

hosted by

The Annunciation Cathedral Cultural Committee

Please join the members of the Cultural Committee on October 24 and 25 for a two-day one night excursion to visit the Monastery of the nativity of the Theotokos, a Greek Orthodox monastery for women in Saxonburg, Pennsylvania. ITINERARY: Dinner and Vespers at the monastery Friday evening. Oct. 24 with lodging at the Fairfield Inn and Suites for the night. Saturday morning will include Holy Services with Communion, followed by breakfast and a tour of the monastery grounds. The return to Norfolk will include a stop in Maryland to see a mountain shrine devoted to the Mother of our Lord. It features one of the oldest American replicas of the Lourdes shrine in France. PRICE: $230 per person double occupancy: $212 per person triple occupancy; $288 single. The price of the trip includes hotel, transportation aboard a motor Coach, light breakfast on the coach, games and prizes, Lunch to and from the monastery is not included in the price. RESERVATJONS: Deadline September 1st. Please Call Chris Bachas at 484-7058 or Jane Williams at 410-9199.

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Cultural Ministry (Cont.)

We hope everyone had an enjoyable and relaxing summer. The Cultural Committee has several upcoming events and we hope everyone will participate: Book Club Sept. 17 ­ We will meet at 11 a.m. and discuss the book "Nights of Rain and Stars," by Maeve Binchy. In this novel, four strangers cross paths in a tiny Greek seaside village. The Book Club is open to everyone that loves reading. We meet in the Cathedral Library. Please join us for fun and interesting discussions. Movie Nights Sept. 21, 6:30 p.m.: "Do You Wanna Dance?" a GreekAmerican film, will be shown. All it takes is a little faith. A story of love and respect. Oct. 12, 6:30 p.m.: "Conversations with God," autobiography of Neale Donald Walsch who went from life's lowest point to its greatest dream. Movies are shown in the Social Hall. $2 per person admission includes refreshments. Variety Show DVDs are now on sale for $10. Relive the wonderful talent of our Annunciation family on this wonderful keepsake edition. Contact Jane Williams at 410-9299

Hellenic Woman's club

Goanos, will have a schedule for baking this fall. The daylight ends a little sooner each night and Plan to come as often as possible to help and to there are some cool breezes. The seasons are enjoy the company of our wonderful ladies. changing and fall will arrive in a few weeks. The Hellenic Woman's Club will welcome the end of the hot weather and the beginning of the See you September 10 for a new season with the traditional spaghetti dinner on Wednesday, September 10 at 6:30 pm in the delicious spaghetti dinner! Hellenic Center. The Board will make the desserts for this meeting. Yianni Almyrantis and George Foussekis, who attended the Ionian Village Camp for two weeks in July, will tell us about their experiences. Please come, bring a friend, and join in the fun!! The schedule for the rest of 2008 is: Spaghetti Dinner Meeting September 10 October Meeting after Church October 5 Fall Fashion Show November 7 Service for deceased members November 9 Christmas Meeting December 10 Bake Sale & Craft Show December 12 & 13 Luncheon for Seniors December 16 In September Ways and Means chairman, Sophie

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Daughters of Penelope

The 'Rockettes , in Baltimore--Dec. 5-6, 2008

DAY 1 6 a.m. Depart from GREEK ORTHODOX CATHEDRAL in Norfolk, (7220 Granby St) This morning we will travel to Baltimore with a continental breakfast served upon departure. Appropriate REST STOP will be made en-route. 11a.m. Est. time of arrival in Baltimore at the InnerHarbor, time for lunch and Shopping on your own. 1:30 p.m. Seating at the 1st MARINER ARENA, Baltimore's largest indoor entertainment facility, for a live performance by the RADIO CITY MUSIC HALL ROCKETTES of their CHRISTMAS SPECTACULAR. These world renowned entertainers will surely get you in the mood for the HOLIDAYS. (Show starts at 2 p.m.) 4:30 p.m. Check into the CROWNE PLAZA HOTEL. Luggage will be delivered to your room ASAP. (PHONE # 410- 252-7373) 6:30 p.m. Depart the Hotel for dinner. The 'Rockettes', in Baltimore Dec. 5-6, 2008 7 p.m. DINNER included at IKAROS GREEK RESTAURANT( 4805 Eastern Ave., Baltimore) Please choose one of the following for your main entrée. (Also included with your meal, will be Greek appetizers, dessert, coffee, tea or soda). (1) Calamari (2) Broiled Crab Cakes (3) Lamb Kebab (4) Chicken Kebab (STATE YOUR CHOICE WHEN MAKING YOUR RESERVATION) 8:30 p.m. Return to the Hotel for the evening. DAY 2 8 a.m. Check out of Hotel, Breakfast on your own. 8:45 a.m. Meet your guide for tours of the EVERGREEN HOUSE and WALTERS ART MUSEUM. 9:30 a.m. Arrive for a tour of EVERGREEN HOUSE (Johns Hopkins University owns and operates this historic 48 room) 1850s Italianate Mansion decorated with post-Impressionist paintings and sculptures, rare books, Tiffany glass and chandeliers. Chinese porcelains, Japanese netsuke and 17th Century Belgian tapestries. The impressive home contains 24 Baltimore's only private theater designed by Leo Bakst. 11 a.m. Enjoy a self-guided tour of the WALTERS ARE MUSEUM. The Walters Art Museum in Baltimore, is internationally renowned for its collection of art, which was amassed substantially by two men, William & Henry Walters. Eventually bequeathed to the City of Baltimore. YOU WILL SEE ANCIENT GREEK ANTIQUATIES EXHIBIT, direct from Greece. (Includes, ICONS, JEWELRY, ART, SCULPTURES, CHINA, VASES AND MORE ARRIVING FROM GREECE SEVERALMONTH"S BEFORE WE VISIT THIS MUSEUM.) renowned for its collection of art, which was amassed substantially by two men, William & Henry Walters. Eventually bequeathed to the City of Baltimore. YOU WILL SEE ANCIENT GREEK ANTIQUATIES EXHIBIT, direct from Greece. (Includes, ICONS, JEWELRY, ART, SCULPTURES, CHINA, VASES AND MORE ARRIVING FROM GREECE SEVERAL MONTH"S BEFORE WE VISIT THIS MUSEUM.) Other features includes world art from pre-dynastic Europe, and Roman sarcophagi, medieval ivories and Old Master paintings; Art Deco Egypt to 20th Century Jewelry and 19th century European and American masterpieces 12:30 p.m. Drop Guide and depart for home with rest stops being made. (STOP FOR LUNCH on your own) 6:30 p.m. Est. time of arrival in the Norfo1k, VA area. PRICE: $271.00 per person double occupancy $252.00 per person triple occupancy $243.00 per person quad occupancy $327.00 per person single occupancy PACKAGE INCLUDES: 1 night's lodging, luggage handling, 1 dinner, 1 show, all tours and admissions, 1 continental breakfast, refreshments, games and prizes aboard the FUN TOURS COACH, and services of a Fun Tours Escort throughout the tour. RESERVATIONS ALL RESERVATIONS,

Daughters of Penelope (Cont.)

Your entree choice and money must be received no later than Sunday, October 5, 2008 call or see: Carolyn Papafil, Daughters of Penelope; Telephone: (757) 5879066 (seats will be assigned as your money is received). Note: we strongly recommend some form of cancellation Insurance Protection for this tour and will gladly forward the proper forms upon request. These cancellation plans will waiver any pre-existing conditions if cancellation plan is purchased with your initial payment to Fun Tours and you qualify to travel at time of purchase. If individual cancellations occur within 45 days of departure and any non-recoverable funds paid out by Fun Tours, inc., on customers behalf will be forfeited. This trip is sponsored by the Daughters of Penelope, Norfolk Chapter, and everyone is invited to join. Your friends are also invited.

AHEPA

Order of AHEPA

Robert E. Lee Chapter 122 Norfolk, Virginia

The delegates of the American Hellenic Educational Progressive Association (AHEPA), a leading association for the nation's 1.4 million American citizens of Greek ancestry, and Philhellenes, re-elected Supreme President Ike Gulas at its 86th Annual Supreme Convention in Athens. Gulas ran unopposed in an election that was held Sunday, July 6. "I am truly honored to have the confidence of the membership and be re-elected in this capacity," said Gulas. "I look forward to working with the Supreme Lodge to build upon the work we started this past year, and to also build upon the momentum generated from the Athens convention, which all agree, was a tremendous success.

AHEPA REELECTS IKE GULAS TO SECOND TERM AS SUPREME Gulas is a member of Birmingham Chapter No. 3, and has served AHEPA in numerous capacities inPRESIDENT

cluding Supreme Vice President, Supreme Counselor, and as a member of the Board of Directors.

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Dance Ministry

Dance Age Groups and Directors: **All dancers must be 3, 8, or 13 by September 30th, 2008 to move into a group Primary Group: Age 3-7 --Andriani Vastardis 484-0509 --Irene Clare 321-1776 Junior Group: Ages 8-12 (Groups 1,2,3) --Annette Mavrophilipos 288-5667 --Anna Maria Stepanovich 436-5436 Senior Group: Age 13-18 --Mimi Kopassis 481-7787

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Registration Form for Dance Groups is located on the Cathedral Website.

Oxi Day Celebration

Day

Luncheon

Historic Hellenic "" Day-- October 28, 1940 Celebration Luncheon Sunday October 19, 2008 Hellenic Center following Divine Liturgy

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Announcement

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