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THIS WEEK AT ANNUNCIATION

Christ is risen!  Χριστός Ανέστη!
May 30 – June 6, 2021
 
      May 30         Sunday             8:30am        Orthros
                                                          9:30am        Divine Liturgy
                                                         Sunday of the Samaritan Woman
                                                          2:00pm        Virtual Sunday School
                                                         (Last Day of Sunday School!)
     
      May 31                                      Memorial Day
                                                         (Church Office Closed)
 
      June 6           Sunday             8:30am        Orthros
                                                          9:30am        Divine Liturgy
                                                         Sunday of the Blind Man
 
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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!
ANNOUNCING "VIRTUAL" SUMMER CAMP 2021

Register Today!


The Metropolis has just announced this week that Youth Summer Camp will be "virtual" again this year, July 19 - 30.
"We're Gonna Bring St. Nick's to Your Home!"
Registration has begun this week!
Cost is only $100 per camper!
See details at the Metropolis website below.
Click here to go to the Metropolis Website and Information about Summer Camp including Registration
Memorial Day, May 31, 2021
Memorial Day is observed today, the last Monday of May, honoring the men and women who died while serving in the U.S. military.  Originally known as Decoration Day, it originated in the years following the Civil War and became an official federal holiday in 1971.  The Civil War, which ended in the spring of 1865, claimed more lives than any conflict in U.S. history and required the establishment of the country’s first national cemeteries.  By the late 1860s, Americans in various towns and cities had begun holding springtime tributes to these countless fallen soldiers, decorating their graves with flowers and reciting prayers.  Each year on Memorial Day a national moment of remembrance takes place at 3:00 p.m. local time.  It is unclear where exactly this tradition originated; numerous different communities may have independently initiated the memorial gatherings.  And some records show that one of the earliest Memorial Day commemorations was organized by a group of former slaves in Charleston, South Carolina, less than a month after the Confederacy surrendered in 1865.  Nevertheless, in 1966 the federal government declared Waterloo, New York, the official birthplace of Memorial Day.
 
A Prayer for Memorial Day
Christ our eternal King and God, you have destroyed death and the devil by your cross and have restored mankind to life by your resurrection; give rest, O LORD, to the souls of your servants all men and women who have died defending our country, in your kingdom, where there is no pain, sorrow or suffering.  In your goodness and love for all men, pardon all the sins they committed in thought, word or deed, for there is no one who lives and does not sin; you only are without sin.  Further, we ask that you will keep our nation in peace that we may live calm and serene lives in all piety and virtue.  For you are the resurrection, the life, and repose of your servants departed this life, O Christ our God; and to you do we send up glory with your eternal Father and your all-holy, good and life-creating Spirit; both now and forever and to the ages of ages.  Amen
 
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This Week at Annunciation

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

We have passed the point of Mid-Pentecost, half way between Pascha and the Feast of Pentecost.

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 last week.  You may also access this statement on the Metropolis website (link above).  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 wear a mask within the Church sanctuary, especially if you have not been vaccinated.


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" in our hall 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

The Sunday Sermon
Sunday Sermon from May 23, 2021.  Fr. Timothy.
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 22, 1994:  Divine Liturgy followed by the celebration Father Parthenios Kirmitsis’ 90th birthday.
 
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
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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
Annunciation Ministries
100th Anniversary
Annunciation Dance Ministry and Support Group
Annunciation Senior League
Philoptochos
Annunciation Choir
Youth Choir
Altar Guild
Live Services
GREEK-TO-GO
Annunciation Youth & Young Adult Ministries
Greek School
Parish Council
Bookstore
Sacramento Greek Festival
Epistle Readers
Annunciation Endowment Fund
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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