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THIS WEEK AT ANNUNCIATION

Christ is risen!  Χριστός Ανέστη!
May 16 – May 23, 2021
 
      May 16          Sunday                 8:30am        Orthros
                                                          9:30am        Divine Liturgy
                                                         Sunday of the Holy Myrrh-Bearers
                                                          2:00pm        Virtual Sunday School
 
      May 17          Monday                6:00pm        Parish Council Meeting
 
      May 19          Wednesday         11:00am        Studies in the Faith
 
      May 23         Sunday                  8:30am        Orthros
                                                          9:30am        Divine Liturgy
                                                          Sunday of the Paralytic
                                                          2:00pm        Virtual Sunday School
 
Please see the important statement concerning the CDC and safety practices below.
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Attention, Annunciation Grads!

Congratulations!  One of our Parish traditions is honoring our graduates, and we want to share the good news of your graduation from high school or college/university in the July issue of the Parish Newsletter, the Observer.  If you (or your child) will be graduating soon from high school or university, please email the following information to Demetri Dogias at dtdogias@hchc.edu  Please copy Fr. Timothy at frtimothy@annunciationsac.org  by June 10:
 
▪ The school from which you (they) are graduating
▪ The degree you (they) will receive, including honors
▪ What your (their) plans are, and what you will study if you are pursuing further education
▪ Most importantly, please include a current photo in JPG format
 
Thank you!
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May 16 was AHEPA Sunday!
 
The Order of AHEPA was founded in 1922 in Atlanta, Georgia, on the principles that undergirded its fight for civil rights and against discrimination, bigotry, and hatred felt at the hands of the Ku Klux Klan.  AHEPA is the largest and oldest grassroots association of American citizens of Greek heritage and Philhellenes with more than 400 chapters across the United States, Canada, and Europe.  The Mission of AHEPA is to promote the ancient Hellenic ideals of education, philanthropy, civic responsibility, family and individual excellence through community service and volunteerism.
To find out more: https://ahepa.org/
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To follow along in any of the Church services, you can look up and follow or download the services from AGES Initiatives at https://www.agesinitiatives.com/dcs/public/dcs/dcs.html.  Look up the calendar date and the service.  Services are available in Greek and English.  You can read them on your phone, tablet, or computer, or download and print them.  This is a free service that is funded by grants and gifts.  AGES also has an excellent app available for Android or iPhone via the app store at no cost.
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This Week at Annunciation

Dear Faithful of Annunciation,
 
Christ is risen!  Χριστός Ανέστη!

As you no doubt have heard, the CDC has begun to lift restrictions!  This is certainly a positive development.  To insure your safety, at this point, we as a Metropolis continue to worship while adhering to some COVID-19 precautions and safety measures.  We sent the Metropolitan's statement concerning this to you on Friday, May 14.  You may also access this statement on the Metropolis website (link below).  We will no longer be asking for your name and phone number for tracing, and we will no longer be taking temperatures.  At this point, we still ask you to observe physical distancing and wearing of masks within the Church sanctuary.


If you are able, healthy, and comfortable, we invite you to pray and celebrate with us, in person, in church.  As always, our services will continue to be broadcast via our live-stream.  We have now been able once again to offer "Coffee Hour" on the Plateia following Divine Liturgy!  A big thank you to all of the volunteers who are making coffee and providing food.

With love in Christ,
 
Fr. James Retelas 
Presiding Priest

Every week in our Sunday Bulletin, This Week at Annunciation e-mails, and on our social media platforms, we will feature important events in the history of our Parish! Don't forget to check back weekly to learn more about Annunciation over the past 100 years!
May 16th – The Golden Age Group, now known as ASL (Annunciation Senior League), was founded in 1975.
SHARE YOUR STORY
To celebrate Annunciation’s 100th Anniversary, we are preparing a celebration album to convey the history of our Church, its organizations and wonderful families. Instead of advertisements or “best wishes” pages, we’d like our parishioners to submit their family history and treasured photos to help us tell Annunciation’s story for generations to come. We also encourage our church organizations to submit their history and contributions to Annunciation over the decades. Please submit your story and photos from March 15 through June 15, 2021.  If you wish, you may simply submit a picture with names for the album.  This only costs $20!
Click here to read more
Click Here to Download a Registration Form
Sunday School
Last virtual class for this year will be May 30!
Our Sunday School teachers are working diligently to bring our curriculum into your home via Google Meet every Sunday afternoon!  We will continue this until we have permission to resume in-person instruction. We have a wonderful staff and Fr. James and Fr. Timothy are both on-line with the classes.  We endeavor to instruct your children in the Faith and also provide them with encouragement and spiritual support.

1st-2nd Grade: Dessi Chuchas
3rd-4th Grade: Kristen Kane & Vicki Meers
5th-6th Grade: Lisa Harr & Kathy Fotopoulos
High School: Dr. Nicholas Rotas, Nicholas Wilk, & Demetri Dogias

Message us for the Google Meet link for your child's class and see you online soon!
Scholarships are being posted from our Parish, Annunciation Endowment Fund, Archdiocese, Metropolis, PenHellenic Society, and MORE! Check out our scholarship resource page on our website or by clicking the link below!
Scholarship Opportunities at Annunciation Sacramento
Click here for more information and to enroll
Resources for Seniors in our Community
 
Many aging adults are unaware of the available care options and programs that can help them maintain their independence and quality of life.  There is a free resource that provides comprehensive information on topics like financial support and assisted living options that are available in our area. You can read more about this work here:  https://www.senioradvice.com/assisted-living/sacramento-ca
Resources from the Metropolis of San Francisco and the Archdiocese
Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops | Statement Regarding Developments in Medicine: COVID-19 Vaccines & Immunizations
COVID 19 Vaccine Information for Orthodox Christians
Saint Photios Greek Orthodox National Shrine
2021 Drawing Competition
Commemorating the Fall of Constantinople
 
In conjunction with the annual commemoration of the Fall of Constantinople, the Saint Photios Greek Orthodox National Shrine is proud to announce its inaugural Drawing Competition open to children ages 9-12 of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America.  
The annual commemoration of the Fall of Constantinople is not only a remembrance of the fall of the capital of the Roman Empire on May 29, 1453 by the Ottomans who finally took the “Queen of Cities” established by Saint Constantine the Great some eleven centuries earlier; rather, it is also a celebration of Byzantine culture and the Hellenic culture that sprang from this pivotal event in world history.
An enduring symbol of the Imperial Capital and of the Orthodox Church is the “jewel of the city,” the magnificent Church of the Holy Wisdom, Haghia Sophia.  Built under the Emperor Justinian I in Constantinople in the 6th century, the “Great Church” was the cathedral of the Ecumenical Patriarchate until the Fall of the City about 900 years later when it was forcibly changed to a mosque under the Ottoman conquerors.  After the end of the Ottoman Empire, it was converted into a museum at the beginning of the 20th century, though recently converted back to a mosque under the current leadership of modern Turkey.
Participants will submit drawings of the famous Haghia Sophia, the Church of the Holy Wisdom, still a symbol of the vibrant faith, culture and spirit of the Hellenes and Ecumenical Patriarchate that continue in Constantinople, modern-day Istanbul, Turkey.
ELIGIBILITY: 
This competition is open to all children ages 9-12 of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America. There are no fees for participation.
 
PRIZE:
One grand prize of $250.00.
 
DUE DATE:
All submissions must be received at the Saint Photios Nation Shrine NO LATER THAN Friday, May 14, 2021 via email to: Polexeni Maouris Hillier, Executive Director of St. Photios National Shrine at phillier@stphotios.com.The Winner will be announced on May 29, 2021 during the annual Fall of Constantinople Commemoration (virtual) of the St. Photios National Shrine. All submissions will become property of the Saint Photios National Shrine.
 
SUBMISSION REQUIREMENTS:
  1. One 2-dimensional drawing of Haghia Sophia, on 8 ½” by 11” paper (landscape/horizontal view).
  2. The following media (or combination of media) may be used: crayon, marker, colored pencil, water color paint.
  3. Two high-definition photographs of drawings; one of the drawing itself (alone), and one including the artist holding the original drawing.
  4. Contact information including artist’s name, age, home address, parish affiliation, and parent or guardian’s email address.
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OUR MISSION is to bring all people to full maturity in Christ through Worship (Liturgia), Service (Diakonia), Education (Paideia), Witness (Martyria), and Fellowship (Koinonia), guided and united in all things by the One Holy Spirit.

We are committed to serving YOU! Please do not hesitate to reach out to us so that we may help with any questions or concerns.
Below, for your convenience, are email addresses, and other contact information, that you can click on to initiate your correspondence with the appropriate individuals.  We look forward to assisting you!

Parish Clergy & Office Staff
Fr. James Retelas, Presiding Priest 
Fr. Timothy Robinson, Associate Priest
Effie Theodor, Office Coordinator
Maro Mavroforakis, Financial Administrator 

Executive Committee of the Parish Council
Dr. Nicholas Rotas, Parish Council President 
Michael Dariotis, 1st Vice-President
Nicholas Avdis, 2nd Vice-President
Demetri Romas, Treasurer 
Chris Georgoulias, Secretary 
 
Annunciation Hellenic Center
616 Alhambra Blvd.
Sacramento, California 95816
Parish Office Hours: Monday – Friday | 9:00 am – 4:30 pm
Parish Website: www.AnnunciationSac.org
Parish Office: (916) 443-2033
Annunciation Hellenic Center Contact & Booking: (916) 443-2033 x225
Annunciation Parish Bookstore: (916) 231-9949
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