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Saint Kosmas Aitolos
The holy, glorious, and right-victorious New Hieromartyr and Equal-to-the-Apostles Kosmas Aitolos was born in 1714 in Mega Dendron, Aitolia, Greece, to a father who was a weaver and very devout mother. He attended public schools, but was also tutored by an Archdeacon. He later attended the Monastic Academy on Mount Athos in 1749. Eventually, he was tonsured a Monk and later was ordained a Priest at the Philotheou Monastery where he remained for several years. After a time, Kosmas felt a calling to attend to the spiritual needs of the world doing mis-sionary work in Greece, especially in the remote areas where there was a lack of churches and priests for the many unbaptized adults. As an aftermath of four centuries of Turkish oppression in Greece, Kosmas received the patriarchal blessing from Patriarch Sophronios II in 1759 to travel wherever needed, for however long, with complete independence, to breathe life back into Christianity in Greece. He felt called by God to undertake the mission of regenerating his fellow Christians and was willing to sacrifice himself for the salvation of his brethren.
Kosmas traveled in Greece, its islands, and Albania for 25 years, founding over 200 schools, as well as charities and rural churches. He traveled by foot, by donkey, and by ship. When he arrived at a village he would ask the villagers to plant a large wooden cross in the village square. Then he would mount a bench next to the cross and preach to the villagers about the love of God and the Orthodox faith. Kosmas’ preaching was exceedingly effective; it brought about an im-mediate and profound transformation to the hearts of his listeners. His humility and his identifi-cation with the people among whom he moved and worked, the austerity of his character, and the evangelical simplicity of his words brought about an inspiration and feeling of hope to many families. For this reason the Greek nation was to experience a spiritual revival and awakening by the itinerant preaching of Kosmas. His many prophecies also became a wake-up call to the Greek nation and to it enemies.
On 24 August 1779, Kosmas was to meet his death through the hand of the Turkish Governor named Knut Pasha who had him imprisoned for his confession of faith for the One, Holy, and Apostolic Church for which he was hanged. One account, however, reports that Kosmas prayed and gave up his spirit before this occur. His body was disposed of by being thrown naked into a river; three days later his body was found by a certain priest named Fr. Markos, and ever since his holy relics have been the result of many miracles. Patriarch Athenagoras glorified him in 1961. His feast day is celebrated on the 24th of August.
+Rev. Dr. Emanuel S. Chris, M.D., M. Div.
Annunciation Church Brings Our New Bulletin to Sunday Service
Starting July 2, we have a weekly bulletin at the entrance of the church you make pick up as you enter. This has been an addition we have been working on for some time now to allow our attending parishioners to follow along with the service and to take home.
Philoptochos donated a full scholarship to the Metropolis of Boston Camp, allowing a child to go to the summer camp this year for one week. The joy expressed by the par-ents and the child for such consideration in recognizing a child’s want to be involved is greatly appreciated.
Peter E. Baziotis M.D. has been elected Chairman of the Board of Directors of the United Cerebral Palsy RI.. Dr. Baziotis has served on the board since 2010. Dr. Baziotis also serves on the boards of the YMCA of Pawtucket, Navigant Credit Union, Pawtucket Foundation and the Memorial Hospital Foundation. Our best to you on such great accomplishments.
Phase 2/Fall Construction Starting
Starting the 20th of November—December the church will be under construction on the interior. This is our Phase 2 renovations taking place. During these months we will be having Sunday Church Service in the hall. At this point in time we are unsure of the exact first Sunday we will be having Sunday Church Service in the hall, that exact Sunday date will be later announced. We will also still be doing sacraments for who is requesting a Baptism or Wedding, for which we will be using another Orthodox Parish. You may still request memorials that will also be done here, at Sunday service.
To the Liturgical Donors & Time Donors
Thank You, last month we announced in the Annunciator requesting donors for a few items needed in the church. Through the generosity of three parishioners all the amounts for each item listed, have been donated. We are a very fortunate parish to have such giving parishioners, that give to us in such good faith. Also a parishioners time given to the church in various areas is also appreciated, important and needed.
We appreciate your sense of giving in all different ways.
~ May God Bless all of You, with Good Health, Peace and Happiness.~
Marriage Prep Classes
Please call the office (401) 942-4188, classes will be Sept. 28th and Oct. 5th at 7:pm
FESTIVAL SPONSOR BOOK ADVERTISEMENT
If anyone would like an ad entered in our 32nd Annual Festival Sponsor Book for a loved one or a business, please submit your check and advertisement to us by August 16th. You may call the office (401) 942-4188 or email your ad to: email@example.com.
It is time:
Our 2017 Festival
Do you think maybe this year we could have too many volunteers????
Let’s try and see how many we can get!!!!
Volunteering is rewarding not just to the cause but to yourself.
You make a difference!!!
Baking, Kitchen helpers, Food preparations, Outdoor stands, the list goes on and on and on, that we can use another set of hands for. Amazing the work that needs to be done to present this Festival to our community. We should all be very proud of our-selves that we have been able to put together such an event every year and make it a SUCCESS. Will 2017 be our best ever, let’s try and see just how far we can take an event like this for our 32nd one. But it all relies on your help, your dedication. When you volunteer to helping out at an event like this, the memory remains with you a lifetime. The reward you feel, that feeling never goes away.
We look forward to seeing your name on one of the volunteer lists.
Get Involved, Its Fun & Thank You
Remaining Baking Dates
Wed. Aug. 16, Diples (Please note date & time is now the 16th @ 6:pm)
Tues, Aug 22, Koulourakia 6:pm
Wed. Aug. 23, Koulourakia 6:pm
Tues. Aug. 29, Kourambiedes 6:pm
Wed. Aug. 30, Melomakarona/Pack Kourambiedes 6:pm
Tues. Sept. 5, Honey Diples/Melomakarona 9:am
Wed. Sept. 6, Pack Pastry 6:pm
(Many hands are also needed at 4:pm for pre-work)
Will be open to the public in the Mihailides Center Library
Asteria Orchestra, Orfeas, Kokoras Brothers & Angelki, & Kostas Haloulakos
2017 PLEDGE PROGRAM REPORT
We have to date 343 parishioners with a pledge of $178,677.00
The Actual Amount Received is $141,865.30
Since our last newsletter, the following pledges have been received for 2017
Dimitri Benekos, M/M Richard Cragin, M/M James Degaitas, Joanne Spires-Fay,
M/M Marcos Fountoulakis, M/M Cody Harris, M/M James Harritos, Dr. & Mrs. James Karon, Niki Kyrou, M/M David Loffler, M/M Constantine Marses, Marianthi Mastri-ano, M/M Athanasios Meltsakos, Stephanie Papadopoulos, M/M Steven Rothemich, M/M Dionisios Sampalis, Dr. & Mrs. Peter Sardella, M/M George Stergis, Peter Strekouras, M/M Socrates Zafiriades, Jr., Drs. John & Eleni Pappas-Zervos.
God provides all that we need and we give in response to God’s provision. God desires intentional gifts that can be freely given with a smile. As we give we not only meet the needs of others but we also give thanks to God.
CAPITAL IMPROVEMENT PHASE 2
Our fund-raising effort continues and we have received to date a total of $176,592.00 in pledges. This is an increase of $4,000.00 since our last month’s edition of the Annunciator. As of today, a total of $116,304.50 has been paid and deposited. Since last month the following parishioners have submitted a pledge:
James & Nancy Harritos, Dr. James P. & Nikki L. Karen and Drs. John & Eleni Zervos.
Thank you all for your generous pledges.
If you have not yet submitted your donation, please do so. We have a lot of work to complete in the coming months.
Submitted by James Silva
OUR QUOTE FOR THE MONTH
“Prayer is the road to Heaven, but Faith opens the door”
Dr. Mary Despina Lekas Endowment Fund News
Financial Report for the period ending 6/30/17
Endowment Fund Portfolio: $836,170.84
Endowment Fund Checking Account: $8,723.28
A donation has been made to the Endowment Fund by:
M/M Michael Haveles, M/M Emmanuel Mihailides, Elizabeth Marses,
in memory of Mary Kanelos
A donation has been made to the Endowment Fund by:
M/M James Demetriou in memory of Nicholas Apostolou
A donation has been made to the Endowment Fund by:
M/M Frank Vasiliadis in memory of Eleftheria Perdikakis
A donation has been made to the Endowment Fund by:
Flora Popovici in memory of Richard Popovici
9TH Annual ANNUNCIATION GOLF TOURNAMENT
In memory of Presvytera Maria George
Sunday, Aug. 27, 2017 @ 1pm, Metacomet CC, East Prov., RI
Registration deadline: Friday, Aug. 25, 2017
Register online: www.annunciationgolf.org
11:30am Registration /Lunch will be available
1:pm Shotgun start/Scramble format
6:00pm Cocktails/Hors D’oeuvres
6:30pm Awards Dinner
This is a Charity Event to benefit the Church of the Annunciation and the Interfaith Food Ministry
St. George Greek Orthodox Church Comedy Night
The Greek Goddess of Comedy, Ellen Karis will be at the St. Greek Orthodox Church of Cape Cod, 1130 Falmouth Rd., Centerville, Ma. 02632, on Saturday, August 19th. Tickets are $35.00 includes mezedakia, Tickets at the door are $40.00. A 50/50 raffle. Also featuring Preston Simpson, Flapjack. Door @ 7 pm & show @ 8pm. Call 508-775-3045. RSVP by Aug.15th.
God is Love
‘For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.” (John 3:16). So great is the love of God the Father that He sent His only begotten Son, Jesus Christ, by way of our Lord being incarnated by the Holy Spirit and the Virgin Mary to become man, and allowed Him to be sacrificed on the Cross, so that humankind might be forgiven And reconciled with God the Father, thereby granting us the gift of salvation. This, my beloved, is the very essence of the Gospel, that God’s gift of His Son is the ultimate expression of His love for the world.
Many of us take the word “love” for granted in our post modern society and American cul-ture. In the English language in particular, we tend to use and misuse the word “love” in many ways, for instance, in correctly saying to someone, “I love you,” to applying the word “love” to material or other things, for example, ‘I love your dress,” or ‘Don’t you just love going apple picking?” as thee is only one and no other word for “love.” In the Greek language, however, there are four words for ‘love,” the first is eros, meaning physical love, the second is philia, meaning platonic love between friends, as well as that which is good, beautiful, and perfect, and that is selective, and the third is stratigos meaning affectionate, fond, or loving of a parent or sibling. The fourth Greek word for “love” is agape that especially became manifested when God became man, because this agape/love allowed Jesus Christ to sacrifice Himself on the Cross for the love of others, and in so doing, God lavished His agape/love upon all of humani-ty.
God redeems us in love. “Beloved, let us love one another, for love is of God; and everyone who loves is born of God and knows God. He who does not love does not know God, for
God is love. In this the love of God was manifested toward us, that God has sent His only be-gotten Son into the world, that we might live through Him. In this is love, not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son to be the propitiation for our sins. Beloved, if God so loved us, we also ought to love one another.” (1 John 4:7-11). True Christian love is agape. We must experience the infinite agape/love of God in order to love one another. God’s agape is different from human love. I does not take into consideration the worth of the person loved. God’s agape is for all persons, it is neither selective nor racist, rather, it is inclusive and all em-bracing. All races of people are equal before God because He created them in His image and likeness. God’s agape/love is everlasting. It is not here today and gone tomorrow. Since God is changeless, so is His agape; it is perfect love. It is not based on what people think about us or what they say about us. No matter what happens to us in our life, no matter what crisis we face, no matter what illness, disappointment, sorrow, or failure we experience, we must always trust in God’s agape/love to see us through all. We must respond to His agape/love by wor-shipping and praising Him and by loving others as He loves us all.
Thus we ultimately rely upon the scriptural words of St. John the Evangelist, “God is Love.” God the Father, though He had the power to prevent the Crucifixion of Jesus Christ for the atonement of the sins of all humanity throughout the ages, showed the depth of His agape/love for humankind by allowing His Son, Jesus Christ, to be crucified, thereby granting us the gift of salvation. We must live and breathe and have our being by consciously witnessing our Orthodox Christian beliefs, commitments, and experience by loving God and one another un-conditionally. O THOES AGAPE ESTIN.
+Rev. Dr. Emanuel S. Chris, M.D., M. Div.
September 22nd is the first day of Fall
God of all seasons, we thank you for Autumn. We thank you for the touch of coolness in the air that gives us a new burst of energy, for the coloring of trees that shows the creativity of the Divine Artist, for the falling leaves that reveal the strength of the branches, for the hues of fields that bring peace to our souls, for the smiles on pumpkins that bring joy to children, for the fall harvest which that brings us gratitude for the bounty of our land, for this change of seasons that reveals the circle of life.
God of all seasons, as you transform the earth, transform us by your Spirit. Amen
Good Health for Singing Seniors
A U.S. study of 166 older adults revealed that those who joined a choir were in bet-ter health, used less medication, were less lonely, and had fewer falls after a year that a similar group of non-singers. This could be due to the effect that singing has on breath-ing as well as the emotional benefits of creating harmony with a group. Another small study out of Sweden found that when choir members sang in unison, their heart rates slowed down and eventually synchronized which may have long-term benefits for both cardiovascular and mental health.
Our choir is taking a summer break, but we will start up again in September. Please contact Beth Nichols (firstname.lastname@example.org or call 401-383-6708) if you’d like to join us. It will be good for your body and mind as well as your heart and soul!
Thank You Dr. Eleni Pappas-Zervos
September Brings Busy Days
You’re busy– who isn’t these days? Whether at work or at play, you’re always on the go. From the moment you wake up, as you drive through rush-hour traffic, when you’re talking on your cell phone, until your head hits the pillow, you’re in a hurry. And the drive to get things done is taking its toll. Your mind gets overwhelmed, and your body gets tense.
It’s time to slow down and think clearly, you become more efficient. When you take time to be friendly and polite to those around you, the day is much more pleasant. When you’re rested, you make fewer mistakes. When you take de-stress breaks, your creativity skyrockets. When you focus on giving to others, your relationships improve. Taking care of each area, step by step, you are guaranteed to find more peace of mind.
Take Your Two-Minute Calm Break
Turn the phone off, sit quietly, for two minutes you will do nothing but breathe and relax. Your mind will be chattering, but tell it to be quiet. Keep returning to your deep, relaxing breaths. When your two minutes are complete, go slowly and you will find you remember forgotten things, be-come more efficient. So when overwhelmed try this quick fix. You will feel good.
Since our last issue’s tribute to graduates, we have received the following additional information.
Sandra Maliangos, graduated from URI /Doctorate in Physical Therapy &Accepted a Posi-tion at a Nursing Home in Woonsocket.
Because He Lives Food Ministry located in Woonsocket, RI , has an opening for a part-time cook to prepare meals. The days are Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday. The hours would be from 8Am to 2PM each day. This will be a paid position. If you are interest-ed please contact, Pat Dempster @ (401) 648-1328 or Lisa Wheatley @ (401) 965-9558 for additional information.
Importance of Sunday School
The greatest gift, the most precious inheritance that we have to give to our children is our Greek Orthodox Faith. Jesus makes it clear that He wants children to come to know Him, and the He considers it a grave offence for an adult to hinder this process or lead child astray: “whoever causes one of these little ones who believe in me to sin, it would be bet-ter for him to have a great millstone fastened round his neck and to be drowned in the depth of the sea.” Matt 18:6
The Central aim of Christian education in our Church is to evoke and nurture faith in Je-sus Christ according to the Orthodox phronema (vision) out of which issues a genuine Orthodox way of life. The Church nurtures a living awareness of the risen Christ in our midst, who is the true Celebrant of Sacraments and the true Teacher of His people, and makes Himself known to use by the grace of the Holy Spirit. The whole range of Ortho-dox educational material- books, filmstrips, visuals, Bible Studies, lives of saints contem-porary discussion of Christian values- becomes effective to the degree that communi-cates the love and sprit of Christ.
The focus of our efforts to educate our beloved children in the Orthodox Christian Faith must remain in our Sunday School program. When we bring our children regularly to Sunday School we provide them with a gift of knowledge that has lifelong value and sig-nificance.
Dimitrios Tsoukatos, age 86, of North Providence, RI passed away on 6/10/17. His funeral was held on 6/13/17. Nicholas Apostolou, age 92, of Warwick, RI passed away on 6/10/17. His funeral was held on 6/15/17. Mary Kanelos, age 97, of East Providence, RI passed away on 6/20/17. Her funeral was held on 6/24/17. Virginia DeNinno, age 75, of Warwick, RI passed away on 7/16/17. Her funeral was held in Brooklyn, NY. Peter Kapanakis, age 96, of Foster, RI passed away on 7/24/17. His funeral was held on 7/24/17. The father of Dio-nisios (Dennis) Sampalis, Panagiotis “Panos” Sampalis, age 85, of Cranston, RI passed away on 7/25/17, his burial was in Greece.
Back to School
Back-to-school prep is upon us! The summer is drawing to a close, and it will soon be time to get ready to begin a new school year. We know it can be overwhelming when you start to think about the long list of things to do in order to prepare for school, so here are some steps to help you get orga-nized for back to school and start the year off with confidence and on a successful note!
Write down goals! Review last years notes! Get one step ahead! Form a study group with a chart! Purchase a daily planner! Organize your study time before school starts! Seek out a tutor now (if needed)! Being prepared is a good way to start the year! Good Luck!
Cranston & Providence Public Schools First day of school for ALL students is Sept. 5, 2017
TEENS Make a Difference at the Festival
All the areas need help and our volunteers make it happen. We want to extend an invi-tation to all the children ages 14 and up to come volunteer for the weekend!
Let us know the area in which you would like to assist and our team leaders will place you. Provide us with the hours you can help and we will see that your request is met.
(Please call the office (401) 942-4188 or email email@example.com.)
Greek School Classes
Greek School will be Tuesday thru Thursday this year. Children have to be at least 6 years old to attend. If you do have a child that is younger and you would like for them to attend, you need to speak with Koula Rougas. The hours are 4-6 pm. Tues. are for 1st & 2nd graders, Wed. are for 3rd & 4th graders, Thurs. are for 5th & 6th graders. We also offer parent and child classes.
* Registration date, start date and registration fees will be announced.
We hope everyone is enjoying the beautiful summer weather and are now getting ready for the fall activities. First, of course, is our Annual Parish Greek Festival September 8, 9, 10. Please volunteer your time to help with the baking, and to help the weekend of our Greek Festival.
Recently, Philoptochos women met to begin planning our Annual Greek Food Fair and Christmas Bazaar. This year our major fund-raiser will be held on November 4-5. Chairlady, Diane Mitrelis, discussed the various booths and is urging Booth Chairla-dies to have their workshops in order to prepare their areas. Workshops may be held at the Church Center or in their homes if they so wish. The Booth Chairladies are: Ago-ra, Bessie Papigiotis; Day Raffle, Georgia Pappas; Handcraft, Maria Zaharakos; Jew-elry, Anna Demetrakas, Anna Massenzio, Marie Andreopoulos; Taverna, Koula Rou-gas and Roula Proyous; Pastry, Nancy Harritos and Angela Provost; Kaffenio, Mari-anne Phelan; White Elephant, Eleni Trikoulis. We must stress those items for the White Elephant must be clean, glassware not chipped or broken, and everything in good working order. Please, no clothing, shoes, baby items. We appreciate your donations, but ask that donations not be brought prior to the week before the Ba-zaar. We simply do not have storage space. Thank you so very much for your co-operation.
As always we ask for ideas and suggestions for new, exciting booths. New this year will be Themed Gift Baskets which will be available for purchase as gifts for the up-coming holidays, or other special events. Ideas for themes are Easter, Wedding, Victo-rian, Christmas, Baby, Movie or Theater Night, Sports, Bridal Shower, Breakfast/Coffee, Beach, Travel, Beauty, Special Birthday, or any other idea you may have. We hope to have these baskets donated. We are asking that they be of a good dollar value, so we are able to sell them, and of course, profit from the sale. If items are provided, with a basket if possible, we will put the basket together for you. Please call
Diane Mitrelis 946-3339 if you can donate a basket. This is an easy area to work, and we are asking for a volunteer to chair the Gift Baskets.
On-Going Philoptochos Projects: Our Homeless Veterans’ Project is ongoing and we ask you to please bring your household products and place them in the large barrel provided at the entrance to the Demetrakas Hall. We also continue to collect Health and Beauty Aid Products and Eyeglasses of all types which are donated to the proper agencies. Baskets for these items are also in the entrance to the Demetrakas Hall.
The Prayer Shawl Ministry is continuing and recently Anna Demetrakas, Josie Alifer-akis, and Bessie Papigiotis traveled to St. Michael’s Home in Yonkers, NY to fulfill our commitment and delivered almost 50 prayer shawls to the residents there. Beneath the Olive Tree movie and book presentation is on our Fall agenda. Date and time will be announced soon.
National Philoptochos Children’s Medical Fund Luncheon will be hosted this year by the Metropolis of New Jersey at The Venetian in Garfield, New Jersey on Saturday, No-vember 11, 2017. More information will be announced at our September meeting when we have received details from National Philoptochos.
Chapter Elections: Our Philoptochos Board for the term 2017-2019 has been ratified by the National Philoptochos Board, and they are the following: Marianne Phelan, Geor-gia Pappas, Helen Argeris, Koula Rougas, Nancy Harritos, Karen Drager, Elizabeth De-gaitas, Nikki Deary, Bessie Papigiotis, Carol Rothemich, Eleni Trikoulis, Kate Silva, An-gela Provost, Ann Heberg, Elaine Crabtree, Josephine Aliferakis, and Roula Proyous.
Honorary Lifetime Board Members are: Helen Pappas, Mary Quinn, Mary Samaras, Anna Demetrakas and Diane Mitrelis.
We are following the Election Procedure for Philoptochos and our Chapter Officers’ Election has now been sent to the National Office. As soon as we receive our ratification, we will announce the Philoptochos Officers for the next two years.
Important: We have reached a point in our Philoptochos Chapter where we must ask all the women in our parish to become members of Philoptochos. To those who are already members, we thank you and ask that you please take a more active role. In order for us to continue in this philanthropic ministry, we need your help. Our first meeting will be held on Monday, September 18th, Board Meeting at 6:15 p.m. and General Meeting at 7:00 p.m. Please come and be part of this important ministry.
Thank you. Enjoy the rest of your summer.
Georgia Pappas, President Karen Drager, Corresponding Secretary
September 14, Feast Of the Holy Cross
September 14, Feast Of the Holy Cross “0 Lord, save thy people and bless thine inher-itance: To our Rulers grant victo-ries over the barbarians, And by thy Cross protect thine own Es-tate.”
Each year on September 14 the Orthodox Church celebrates the feast of “The Elevation of the Honorable and Life-giving Cross.” This is one of the great feasts of the Church year, and one which has an important historical background. Although one or two of the hymns for the day refer obliquely to the vision of the cross in the heavens, the actual commemoration is not that of Con-stantine’s vision before his battle with Maxentius on Oc-tober 28, 312.
On that occasion, while he was in doubt about the out-come of the impending battle for Italy, he saw in the heav-ens the arms of the cross stretching far and wide, and the words. “In This Conquer.” The battle won, he did begin to aid Christians, and ended by being baptized himself….
Mid August – Mid September 2017
Divine Services (year round) Orthros (morning prayer) 8:15 am / Liturgy 9:30 am
Sun Aug 13 Sun of 10th Matthew– Transferal of the Relics of St. Maximos
MEMORIAL—Harriet Butler 2/yrs.
Mon Aug 14 OFFICE CLOSED/VJ DAY
Vespers (Eve of Dormition) – Assumption Parish (Pawtucket)
Tues Aug 15 Dormition of the Theotokos-Services per usual morning hours
Parish Council Meeting 7:30 pm
Wed Aug 16 Festival Baking/Diples 6: pm
Thu Aug 17 Festival Committee Meeting
Sun Aug 20—Sun 11 of Matthew / Prophet Samuel Loukios the Senator
MEMORIAL—Presv. Maria George 5/yrs.
Tues Aug 22—Festival Baking—Koulourakia—6:PM
Wed Aug 23—Festival Baking—Koulourakia—6:PM
Sun Aug 27—Sun 12 of Matthew / Righteous Poemen Great Martyr Phanourios
9th Annual Annunciation Golf Tournament/1:pm/Metacomet CC, E. Prov
Tues Aug 29—Beheading of St. John—Fast Day/ Service per usual morning hours
Tues Aug 29—Festival Baking—Kourambiedes—6:PM
Wed Aug 30—Festival Baking—Melomakarona/Pack Kourambiedes—6:PM
Sun Sept 3—Sun 13 of Matthew / Hieromartyr Anthimos New Martyr Polydoros
MEMORIAL— Frank DiMaio 7/yrs.
Mon Sept 4—OFFICE CLOSED/LABOR DAY
Tues Sept 5—Festival Baking Honey Diples/Melomakarona—9:AM / Festival set up
Wed Sept 6—Pack Pastry—6:PM / Festival set up
Thu Sept 7—Festival set up
Fri Sept 8—ANNUAL FESTIVAL BEGINS 5 pm.—10 pm.
Sat Sept 9– ANNUAL FESTIVAL 12 pm—10 pm.
Sun Sept 10—Sun bef Holy Cross / Martyrs Menodora, Metrodora & Nymphodora
ANNUAL FESTIVAL 12 pm—9 pm.
Thu Sept 14—Holy Cross Day—Service per usual morning hours
Sunday School Teachers start up meeting 7: pm
Sun Sept 17—Sun aft Holy Cross / Sophia & 3 daughters Faith, Love & Hope
Sunday Church School Begins
Mon Sept 18—Philoptochos Meeting 7: pm
Faith Nursery Pre-School begins for 2017-2018
Sun Sept 24—Sun 1 of Luke / Protomartyr Thekia Righteous Koprios
MEMORIAL—Liselotte (Lilo) Topouzis 1/yr.