May 27, 2020

A MORE DETAILED UPDATE IN REGARDS TO THE RE-OPENING OF OUR ANNUNCIATION CHURCH ON BEHALF OF THE CLERGY & THE PARISH COUNCIL

A MORE DETAILED UPDATE IN REGARDS TO THE RE-OPENING OF OUR

ANNUNCIATION CHURCH ON BEHALF OF THE CLERGY & THE PARISH COUNCIL

Our beloved parishioners, friends, and stewards of the Annunciation Church,

Christ is Risen! Χριστός Ανέστη!

We are delighted to announce you that your unique prayers have been heard. Once again, our Risen Lord, and Savior God, Jesus Christ, proved that He is the Only One, Who has the last word on everything. Once again, Jesus Christ proved that He is the eternal Winner, because He "went forth conquering, and to conquer" (Revelation 6:2). Therefore, filled with joy, we are pleased to inform you that, by the Grace of God, we have the Blessing of the Holy Metropolis of Atlanta to reopen our Annunciation Church to all the parishioners, beginning on this coming Sunday, May 31st, 2020. This is a wonderful first step in our effort to adjust to the ever-changing circumstances of the COVID-19. Through the reopening, all of us will have again the great opportunity to renew our spiritual health by freely and willingly participating again in the Holy Sacraments and Services of our Church.

Nonetheless, this is not a complete and termless reopening; it will be subject to the newly issued directives, which our Metropolis, out of sense of love and pastoral responsibility, has issued, in order to help and insure the health and safety of all. We should not forget that COVID-19 has not yet been eliminated. Unfortunately, it remains a threat to the health of all.

Being obedient to our Holy Metropolis, we have to take some serious steps in order to have the Blessing to reopen our Annunciation Church, and to provide again the in-person participation in the Holy Sacraments and Services we have so missed. Therefore, we are humbly asking a priori for your unceasing love, understanding, and most mainly your patience, as we are return to the inperson worship of our Annunciation Church after two and a half months. 


  • Parishioners who are at a higher risk (age 70 and older, those who have a chronic health condition, compromised immune system, etc.), should temporarily refrain from attending the Church Services in person. Arrangements can be made with the Clergy for home pastoral visitations in order to provide the Holy Sacraments.  
  • Parishioners, who are ill or have any COVID-19 symptoms, should refrain from attending the Church Services in-person, until they are well. 
  • All attendees will be required to wear a face mask throughout their time of Church attendance. You are kindly asked to provide your own face mask. The mask can be removed momentarily for those who are prepared to receive Holy Communion.
  • Before entering the Church, the temperature of each person will be taken by a designated Parish Council member. It will be limited to a touchless temperature reading of the forehead, and verbal confirmation in regards to your temperature. If your temperature will be above 100.4F, then you will be kindly asked not to enter the Church. This precautionary measure is generally used as a cutoff to identify a fever, which is one of the key symptoms of COVID-19.
  • All attendees will be required to sanitize their hands upon entering and exiting the Church. Please take advantage of the hand sanitizers that we will provide in the Narthex. 
  • It has been asked from us to write the name and phone number of all attendees the Church Services. This is NOT a shared information, and will only be used to contact fellow parishioners in the event someone communicates to the Annunciation Church that they have contracted the virus.
  • The main Church Building, including the upstairs Choir loft (ginaikonitits), and the Breezeway, will be set up, based on the social distancing precautionary measures. Inside the Church, we used a blue painter's tape and we designated an X mark in the pews for each attendee. Furthermore, we will try to accommodate both for families and individuals.
  • Due to the limited now seating capacity of our Annunciation Church, we encourage those that are retired or have flexible schedules to attend the weekday Services in order to allow for others to attend the Sunday Divine Liturgy. For that reason, the Annunciation Church, along with other scheduled Services, will also be offering some weekday evening Divine Liturgies. Our Church Services can be confirmed on our website, bulletins, and by contacting the Church office.
  • For those parishioners who are at a higher risk, or may not feel yet comfortable attending the in-person Worship, we will continue to livestream our Annunciation Church Services.    

For the sake of brevity, we have not listed every precautionary measure. Nevertheless, we are humbly asking for your continued love, understanding, support, cooperation, and your prayers as we are doing our best to adjust. Please forgive us as we implement these temporary precautions in order to combat the COVID-19, humbly attempting to balance safety while maintaining the reverence of our unique Orthodox Faith. This not easy for any of us, and we truly appreciate your unique patience, as we work through this pandemic together!  

May our Risen Lord, and Savior God, Jesus Christ, through the intercessions of our most beloved Panaghia, the Patroness of our Parish, continue to strengthen our faith, more so now, and unceasingly bestow upon us His Divine Grace as we enter this unprecedented first stage of returning to the in-person liturgical, sacramental, and the worshiping Church life. AMEN! 

 

June 2020 Monthly Bulletin


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May 22, 2020

Reopening of the Annunciation

AN IMPORTANT UPDATE IN REGARDS TO THE RE-OPENING OF OUR ANNUNCIATION CHURCH ON BEHALF OF THE CLERGY & THE PARISH COUNCIL

Our beloved parishioners, friends, and stewards of the Annunciation Church, Christ is Risen! Truly He is Risen!

 We are delighted to announce you that your unique prayers have been heard. Once again, our Risen Lord, and Savior God, Jesus Christ, proved that He is the Only One, Who has the last word on everything. Once again, Jesus Christ proved that He is the Lord of the history. Therefore, filled with joy, we are happy to inform you that, by the Grace of God, we have the Blessing of the Holy Metropolis of Atlanta to reopen our Church to all the parishioners, beginning on Sunday, May 31st. Nonetheless, this is not a complete reopening, and it will be subject to temporary directives, which our Metropolis, out of sense of pastoral responsibility, has issued, in order to help and insure the health and safety of ALL. These current directives include, along with others, limited seating capacity, social distancing, hand sanitizing, taking the temperature before entering the Church, and the required wearing of a mask. We will be sending out more detailed information by email and social media very soon. Your clergymen and the Parish Council, humbly ask for your love, understanding, support, and your prayers. May the Risen Lord grant us ALL humility, love, unceasing repentance, understanding, as we enter this first stage of returning to the liturgical, sacramental and the worshiping Church life. AMEN!


Αγαπητοί μας ενορίτες, Χριστός Ανέστη! Αληθώς Ανέστη!

 Θα θέλαμε να γνωρίζετε ότι οι έμπονες και καρδιακές προσευχές σας, εισακούστηκαν. Για άλλη μία φορά, ο Κύριος μας απέδειξε ότι τίποτα δεν μπορεί να σταθεί ενάντια στην Θεϊκή Του Πρόνοια. Για άλλη μια φορά, ο γλυκύτατός μας Ιησούς, μας έδειξε ότι Αυτός είναι που έχει τον πρώτο και τον τελευταίο λόγο σε όλα. Και αυτό μας δίνει δύναμη και ελπίδα! Έτσι, λοιπόν, σήμερα βρισκόμαστε στην ευχάριστη θέση να σας ανακοινώσουμε ότι, με την Χάρη του Θεού, έχουμε την ευλογία της Ιεράς Μητροπόλεως Ατλάντας, να ξανανοίξουμε την Εκκλησία μας, από την Κυριακή, 31 Μαΐου. Όπως είναι φυσικό, λόγω της μη εξάλειψης, μέχρι σήμερα, της πανδημίας του Κορωνοιού, δεν πρόκειται περί ενός πλήρους και απροϋπόθετου ανοίγματος της Εκκλησίας. Προκειμένου, λοιπόν, να διασφαλισθεί, κατά το ανθρωπίνως δυνατόν, η υγεία των ενοριτών, οφείλουμε να υπακούσουμε στις νέες κατευθυντήριες γραμμές, τις οποίες με αίσθημα ποιμαντικής ευθύνης, εξέδωσε η Ιερά μας Μητρόπολις. Μεταξύ των νέων προσωρινών απαραίτητων μέτρων, τα οποία πρέπει να τηρηθούν, για να μας επιτραπεί το άνοιγμα της Εκκλησίας, είναι και τα εξής: τήρηση αποστάσεως μεταξύ των εκκλησιαζομένων, απολύμανση χεριών με την χρήση αντισηπτικού κατά την είσοδο και έξοδο από την Εκκλησία, λήψη θερμοκρασίας σώματος, και υποχρεωτική χρήση μάσκας κατά την διάρκεια των Ακολουθιών. Την ερχόμενη εβδομάδα θα λάβετε εκτενέστερη πληροφόρηση σχετικά με όλα τα απαιτούμενα προληπτικά μέτρα υγιεινής. Οι ιερείς σας, και το Ενοριακό Συμβούλιο, ταπεινά σας ζητούν να τους έχετε στις προσευχές σας. Είθε ο Αναστάς Κύριος να χαρίζει σε όλους, ταπείνωση, αγάπη, συνεχή μετάνοια, ακλόνητη πίστη, κατανόηση, υπακοή, και υπομονή καθώς εισερχόμαστε στο πρώτο στάδιο επιστροφής της ψυχοσωματικής μας παρουσίας και συμμετοχής στη λειτουργική, λατρευτική και μυστηριακή ζωή της Εκκλησίας μας! ΑΜΗΝ


See the two attachments below from the Metropolitan Alexios of Atlanta regarding the reopening of our parish:





May 8, 2020

FR. GEORGE’S MESSAGE IN REGARDS TO MOTHER’S DAY!

FR. GEORGE'S MESSAGE IN REGARDS TO MOTHER'S DAY!

In order to better understand "Mother's Day" and what it really means, we need first to understand the unique person in our life called "mother". Mother is one who, in cooperation with God's Grace, nurtures us in her womb for nine months and brings us forth to enjoy the ultimate blessing on earth, i.e. life. Mother is one who guides us through our infancy and continually tries, with the Grace of God, to turn the soft and helpless child into the strong and self-supporting us! She is protecting us and helping us. She is serving us sacrificially and silently, always with a smile on her face. She feels so blessed to watch us grow and always provides us a shoulder to lean on whenever we need it.

At the same time, my beloved brothers and sisters in Christ, it is very beneficial for ALL always to remember our unique and common Mother, i.e. the Most Holy Theotokos and Ever-Virgin Mary, our beloved Panaghia, the Patroness of our Annunciation Church. Therefore, let us ALL, with one soul, heart, and mind, express our most sincere and wholehearted gratitude to Panaghia for nonstop being such as compassionate and wonderful Mother to ALL! It is true that only Panaghia knows how to uniquely understand and soften our pain and bring peace to our wounded souls. Through her unique intercessory prayers to Her Son and God, Panaghia is very close to us, and willingly comforts us in our hardships, trials and tribulations. Therefore, let us ALL express our sincere thankfulness to Panaghia for voluntarily continuing to keep us, even though we are not worthy of it, under Her Holy Protection, and especially during this uncertain time period of the new Coronavirus pandemic.

Your Clergymen, Your Parish Council, Your Philoptochos Society, and ALL the organizations and the committees of our Annunciation Parish, would like to wholeheartedly wish ALL Mothers, Grand-Mothers, Mothers-in-law, God-Mothers, Step- Mothers, and Mothers to Be,

A HAPPY & BLESSED MOTHER'S DAY !
ΧΡΟΝΙΑ ΠΟΛΛΑ & ΕΥΛΟΓΗΜΕΝΑ ΣΕ ΟΛΕΣ ΤΙΣ ΜΗΤΕΡΕΣ !


With love in our Risen Lord,
Fr. George Kouzelis,
Parish Priest

April 28, 2020

May 2020 Monthly Bulletin

Christ is Risen!
Χριστός Ανέστη!


Click the link below for the monthly bulletin


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April 12, 2020

Online Prayer Card

Due to the current health crisis, the faithful are no longer allowed to attend church services. But, we should never stop praying. Fill out this prayer card and your names will be commemorated and the candles will be lit on Sunday Liturgies.

Have a blessed Holy Week and a Joyous Easter! Kali ANASTASI!

wsgoc.org/prayercard

March 30, 2020