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St. Anna Greek Orthodox Church
Publish Date: 2022-07-31
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St. Anna Greek Orthodox Church

General Information

  • Phone:
  • (908) 968-4004
  • Fax:
  • (908) 968-4002
  • Street Address:

  • 85 Voorhees Corner Road,

  • Flemington, NJ 08822


Contact Information






Services Schedule

Sunday Services:  Orthros 8:30 am; Divine Liturgy 9:30  am.  

Weekday Services:  See parish website calendar link for updates.

 


Past Bulletins


Parish News

20th Anniversary Journal / Memory Book: "Honoring our Past, Celebrating our Present, Looking Forward to Our Future"

As part of our 20th Anniversary Commemoration & Gala Luncheon, we are designing a print & online St. Anna 20th Anniversary Memory Book in lieu of a traditional ad journal. The intent is to include current family photos, as well as historic photos celebrating our growth as a Parish over the past 20 years. In particular, we would love to hear from our Youth over the years about their memories of growing up as members of St. Anna’s! Using a template we will provide, families can create their personalized St. Anna Family Memory Page (with up to 4 photos of your choosing depending on size and resolution). More details regarding the template and how to submit your own family photos and special Parish memories will be coming soon. As yet another way to capture the beauty of our Church at this historic milestone, we are also scheduling family photo sessions with a professional photographer in the Church after liturgy on select Sundays this fall. This family photo can be added to your Family Memory page along with other photos, or on its own. A link to book an appointment for your family photo will be provided shortly. For now, please start going through your family photo albums and join in the fun of documenting our first 20 years! 

 On Sunday, July 31, we are expecting a guest homilist who will offer the Sunday Sermon.  Please come and join us.
 
Starting on Aug. 1, we will be celebrating the Paraklesis (Supplication Service) to the Virgin Mary each weekday evening at 7 pm.  Please bring names of loved ones so we can pray for their health and welfare.  Paraklesis each evening Aug. 1 - 4 this week.
Other services this week:  Aug. 5 - Great Vespers of Transfiguration at 7 pm.  August 6 - Transfiguration Feastday.  Orthros 8:30 AM followed by Divine Liturgy and the Blessing of the Grapes (Please bring grapes for blessing and sharing, if you like.)
 
Opa! Festival News
Planning is underway for our Opa! festival from Sept. 9 to 11. 
Look for paper mail in your mailbox soon on how you can help support parish festival efforts at this time. (Also, please note the inserts in the OPA! section of this electronic bulletin that includes the Letter to the Parishioners and a Sponsor Form).

Holy Land Trip /Constantinople! - January 2023!!!    Fr. A is organizing a Holy Land / Constantinople Trip for our parish from January 8-20, 2023.  Please visit the Travel Agent link for our trip: https://selectinternationaltours.com/fr-anastasios-kousoulas/.  Everyone who attends must be able to walk about 8 miles each day without assistance.  

Deposits are officially due in September, but please book early to reserve your spot. See Fr. A. if you have any questions. Thank you.

 

4 x 8 paver for $300.
12 x 12 paver for $800 if ordered by 8/1/22 then $1,000 after that. The order form is on our parish website. Please contact any PC member (especially Evan Sakellos, the Paver Campaign Chair) with any questions about the program.  This is a historic year (20th Anniversary) and this is a beautiful way to honor or memorialize our loved ones.
 

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Please complete the Parish Ministries Survey that was emailed to everyone on our list.  The Parish Council is asking the parishioners for ways we can best serve their ministry needs.  Your anonymous and candid reply is most appreciated.

SAVE THE DATE! SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 13 - 20TH ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION!  His Eminence Archbishop Elpidophoros of America is expected to preside at services this day along with other clergy.  We are planning a wonderful 20th Anniversary Luncheon at Razberry's Catering Hall on Rte. 12 for all to celebrate our 20th Anniversary together!  Please be sure to attend this wonderful celebration of our 20th Anniversary!
 

Ladies Philoptochos: 

Philoptochos has been reinvigorated to continue outreach where we can be of service to our St. Anna family as well as to our Hunterdon County community.  Many parishioners (old and new friends) are Philoptochos members and enjoy this very important ministry of the church.  If you are not a current member, Philoptochos invites you to become a member and welcomes your talents and support.  For membership information and an enrollment form, please contact either Maria Tattoli at mtattoli@gmail.com or Arge Mardakis at mardakis@co.somerset.nj.us.  We look forward to hearing from you.

 
Young Adults - Fr. A is helping to organize the Young Adult ministry in the region.  Many events are being planned for our region!  Please be sure that Fr. A has the email and cell numbers of all our 18-35-year-olds so that he can reach out to them.  See Fr. A for information on upcoming Young Adult events.  NEXT REGIONAL EVENT:  FRIDAY, AUG. 19, END OF SUMMER KICK-OFF BASH ON THE HUDSON RIVER.  EARLY BIRD REGISTRATION BY TODAY JULY 31.  See Fr. A for more info (flyers are posted on the bulletin board).

 

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STEWARDSHIP 2022: Thank you for your support!
2022 Stewardship Status: we have 159 Pledges totaling $167,740 and $125,794 received to date.  We also have 12 families who have contributed $6,320 to date but have not submitted a stewardship card.  It is important that all families complete a stewardship card to be considered a steward.  Current Stewardship List and other stewardship information is posted in bulletin board by water cooler.


2022 Stewardship List
* Contributed but have not submitted stewardship card Report Date: Jul 29, 2022
1 Agrapides, Peter & Stella 65 Kasabian, Spiro & Kathleen 129 Staikos, George & Christi
2 Andreou, Anthony 66 Katsiaficas, John&Soula 130 Staikos, Nicholas, Eirini Daskalakis
3 Andriopoulos-Perez, Elena 67 Kazantzis, Sava & Nancy 131 Stathopulos, Peter&Julan, Adriana *
4 Angelus, James&Elizabeth 68 Kehayes, Peter & Helen 132 Stavrakas, Spyros & Bia
5 Archimedes, Alexander & Debbie 69 Kehayes, Stephen & Beth 133 Stellakis, John & Eileen
6 Argiropoulos, Anthony & Amy 70 Kizoulis, Menas & Antonia 134 Stellakis, Stanley & Kathleen
7 Arvanitidou, Evangelia 71 Kosoglou, Teddy and Roula 135 Steubing, Michael & Maria Katsamani
8 Balaskas, Alexander & Meagan Maguire 72 Kousoulas, Constantine 136 Stevenson, Michael & Joanna *
9 Balios, Efthimia 73 Kousoulas, Demetrios 137 Stier, Benjamin & Eleftheria Tsatsos
10 Bauer, Paul 74 Kousoulas, Evangelos 138 Sullivan, Mary
11 Bongiovanni, Robert & Michele 75 Kousoulas, Fr. Anastasios & Presv. Nektaria 139 Tattoli, Larry & Maria
12 Bunce, Daniel & Marianne 76 Kousoulas, Panayiotis 140 Tattoli, Mark
13 Bunce, Evangelos & Brittany 77 Kousoulis, Theodore & Ayotte, Dawn 141 Tattoli, Steven
14 Callanan, Ryan & Christina Roros 78 Kubu, James & Evangeline 142 Theodoropoulos, Pete & Brittany Daniels
15 Ciacciarelli, Tom and Nancy 79 Kypridakes, Michael & Asimina 143 Ticas, Cesar & Areti
16 Collett, Martin & Adriane 80 Lambrianakos, George&Helen 144 Ticas, Christopher
17 Connell, William & Nikki 81 Logothetis, Nikita & Sophia 145 Toulatos, Katerina M *
18 Costalas, Paul & Josephine 82 Loukedis, Alexander & Jennifer 146 Toulatos, Nikoleta & Polixenia
19 Coutros, George & Lana 83 Mahdavian, Sharif & Stacey 147 Trumpy, Fred & Larisa
20 Coutros, Peter 84 Manoussakis, Stamati & Sofia 148 Tsatsos, Costa & Maria
21 Coutsouridis, John & Denise 85 Manteo, Michael & Gramatiki 149 Tsatsos, Sofia
22 Demetriou, Dorothy&James 86 Mardakis, Arge 150 Tsentas, Constantine & Eugenia
23 Diagelakis, Gerasimos & Kristen 87 Mariani, Anthony & Kristen 151 Tsokas, Lorraine
24 Diamantis, Ioannis & Gerasimoula 88 Markos, Elaine 152 Tsokas, Spyros
25 DiAndrea, Leoni 89 Martin, Stephen & Despina 153 Tsourounakis, Anthony *
26 DiBuono, Matthew & Pia Kasabian 90 Martini, Matt & Meropi, Louis 154 Tzovolos, Demetri and Arete
27 Disla, Mark & Anastasia Pappas 91 Mavrode, John Steven 155 Tzovolos, Olympia
28 Doty, James & Kathy * 92 Mavrode, Michael & Demetra 156 Vaporakis, John & Kim
29 Douvris, John & Aimee 93 Mavrode, William Michael 157 Vaporakis, Kaliope
30 Douvris, Nikolas 94 Mazza, Emily Connelly & Costa & Poulis, Renee 158 Varas, Alexander Pericles
31 Fallon, Ellie 95 McElroy, Stephanie 159 Varas, Loukas Michael
32 Fallon, Tom & Anna 96 Millett, Matthew & Maria 160 Varas, Michael & Elaine
33 Fania, Michael & Vicky 97 Montalvo, Alex&Maria 161 Vlahakes, Louis & Anastasia
34 Fearon, TJ & Colette * 98 Moshonas, Nektaria 162 Vlahakis, Dan
35 Ferreira, Jorge & Angela 99 Mulcahy, Dr. Wayne and Mary 163 Vlahakis, Peter *
36 Finley, Thomas & Antoinette 100 Nelson, Stephanie 164 Weekley, Dave & Sophia
37 Foglia, Katina 101 Nicolaou, Nicolaos & Kaliopi * 165 Wygera, Walter & Constance
38 Gacos, Chris & Frances 102 Olsen, Richard & Kattia 166 Xenakis, Matthew & Vasiliki
39 Gatanis, Michael & Angela 103 Paitakes, John&Linda 167 Ypsilantis, Ioannis
40 Georgeles, George & Maria 104 Paliatsos, Mary * 168 Ypsilantis, Peter & Antonia
41 Giambrone, Charles J 105 Panageas, Bill & Margaret 169 Zajac, Pegi
42 Gianakos, Michael & Dianne 106 Panageas, Sophia 170 Zanidakis, Theodore & Charlotte
43 Giannouris, John & Tracey 107 Panayote, William & Deborah 171 Zannikos, Peter & Amy
44 Gianos, Irene 108 Pappas, Demitrios & Stacy 172  
45 Gilman, Cliff & Karen 109 Pappas, Vivian Schiavone 173  
46 Giotis, John & Karen 110 Pelios, Georgia 174  
47 Grina, Peter & Diana 111 Peppe, George & Demetra 175  
48 Halkiadakis, John & Vassie * 112 Petromelis, Christopher & Georgette 176  
49 Hawes, Ashlynn 113 Petromelis, Phyllis 177  
50 Hawes, Brian & Allison Faches 114 Procyk, Eugenia 178  
51 Hawes, Carrick 115 Radzicki, Martin & Katie 179  
52 Heinke, Michael & Simone 116 Rentoulis, Nikolaos 180  
53 Heinke, Zoe & Andy Riley * 117 Rienzo, Candice 181  
54 Higueros, Jorge & Katerina Douvris 118 Roupas, Daniel & Mary 182  
55 Iliakostas, Vasilis & Konstantina 119 Rudy, George & Sofia 183  
56 Iliopoulos, Christos & Anna 120 Sacalis, John 184  
57 Jaghab, Danny & Delmy 121 Sakellos, Evan & Catherine 185  
58 Jimenez, Lee&Deanne 122 Sakellos, George 186  
59 Johnson, Bill 123 Sfondouris, John & Maria 187  
60 Johnson, Gloria 124 Shepardson, Lilyan 188  
61 Kaldes, John & Zoi 125 Sideris, Leonidas & Elizabeth 189  
62 Kamnitsis, Christopher & Heather 126 Soteropoulos, Dean & Elizabeth 190  
63 Kamnitsis, Constantine & Nancy 127 Staikos, Angelica 191  
64 Karazoupis, Vasilios & Panayiota * 128 Staikos, Anthony 192




 
 
Andrea Kalliaras is a parishioner within our Metropolis who has a health need. She has been diagnosed with a rare form of Leukemia that can only be cured by a stem cell transplant. We have an opportunity to help Andrea by volunteering to take a test to determine donor suitability. This 10-second cheek swab test can be done in the convenience of one's home and is free of charge. We ask that you please include Andrea in your prayers and consider participating in the donor process.

Please use the following link to learn more about Andrea's situation and to find the instructions for ordering a test kit. www.swab4andrea.com.
(See Fr. A for more info). Thank you.
 
Nanny needed in Branchburg: "My husband and I are in search of a loving nanny for our 11-month-old daughter.  We just moved to Branchburg, NJ...either full-time or part-time.  Ella is 11 months old. Either 4 or 3 days a week. My phone number is 315-420-6523. We live in Branchburg, NJ... Thank you."   - Anna Badalian 

Kidney Donor Needed for 18-year-old: Melina Galias of the Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church in Egg Harbor Township, NJ has been on dialysis since June 2021.  She has been accepted to Drexel University but needs a kidney transplant.  Please register with VirtualHealth Kidney Donor Program on behalf of Melina.  A donor must be older than 18 and in good overall health.  A living donor is sought with O or B blood types. For more info re: registration --> virtua.org/KidneyDonation or call Jennie Roggio at 856-796-9376.  Thank you.

 From our Travel Agent for the Pilgrimage:

"I wanted to reach out to you in case you know people from your community who may be looking for work. We are hiring for a part-time bookkeeper to work 2-3 days per week and two administrative assistants who would work with the Travel Account Managers. Just in case you know someone who is an experienced office professional, good with people and loves to travel, please give them my contact."  (See Fr. A if interested)

 
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OPA! Festival News

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Saints and Feasts

Twoblindmen
July 31

7th Sunday of Matthew


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August 01

Procession of the Precious Cross

Because of the many diseases that occur in the month of August, the custom prevailed of old in Constantinople to carry the precious Wood of the Cross in procession throughout the city for its sanctification and its deliverance from illnesses. It was brought forth from the imperial treasury on the last day of July and placed upon the Holy Table of the Great Church of the Holy Wisdom; and beginning today, until the Dormition of the Theotokos, it was carried in procession throughout the city and was set forth for veneration before the people.


Salome
August 03

Salome the Holy Myrrhbearer


Allsaint
August 04

Seven Holy Youths of Ephesus

The Seven Youths hid themselves in a certain cave near Ephesus in the year 250, to escape the persecution of Decius. By divine grace, a sleep came upon them and they slept for 184 years, until the reign of Saint Theodosius the Younger, when the doctrine of the resurrection was being assailed by heretics. They then awoke, that is, were resurrected, confirming in the sight of all the bodily resurrection; and again after a short time, by divine command, they reposed in the Lord in the year 434.


Transfiguration
August 06

Transfiguration of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ

Our Lord had spoken to His disciples many times not only concerning His Passion, Cross, and Death, but also concerning the coming persecutions and afflictions that they themselves would endure. Since all these evils were near at hand, but the enjoyment of good things which they hoped to receive in their stead was yet to come, our Savior desired to give them full assurance, evidently and openly, concerning that glory which is prepared for those who endure to the end. Therefore, fulfilling that which He had promised shortly before, that "there be some standing here which shall not taste of death, till they see the Son of man coming in His Kingdom" (Matt. 16:28), He took His three foremost disciples and ascended Mount Tabor, where He was transfigured before them. His face shone like the sun, and His clothes became white as the light. Suddenly, together with this dread and marvelous effulgence of light, there appeared those pinnacles of the Prophets, Moses and Elias, who spoke with the Lord Jesus concerning His saving Passion which was about to take place. Standing before Him as reverent servants, they showed that He is the Lord of both the living and the dead, for Moses came forth from Hades, having died many centuries before, and Elias, as it were from heaven, whither he had been taken up while yet alive. After a little while a radiant cloud overshadowed them and out of the cloud they heard that same voice which had been heard at the Jordan at the Baptism of Christ, testifying to the Divinity of Jesus and saying: "This is My beloved Son, in Whom I am well-pleased; hear ye Him" (Matt. 17: 5).

Such are the marvels, truly worthy of God, celebrated in this present feast, which is an image and prefiguring of the future state of the righteous, whose splendor the Lord spoke of, saying: "Then shall the righteous shine forth as the sun" (Matt. 13:43). It is because of this that the Kontakion of this Feast is said daily (when there is not a great feast) in the Service of the Typica in perpetual commemoration of the glory that will be the lot of the Saints. According to tradition, the Lord's Transfiguration came to pass forty days before His Crucifixion; this is why the Transfiguration is celebrated forty days before the Exaltation of the Cross.


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Gospel and Epistle Readings

Epistle Reading

Prokeimenon. Plagal 2nd Tone. Psalm 27.9,1.
O Lord, save your people and bless your inheritance.
Verse: To you, O Lord, I have cried, O my God.

The reading is from St. Paul's Letter to the Romans 15:1-7.

Brethren, we who are strong ought to bear with the failings of the weak, and not to please ourselves; let each of us please his neighbor for his good, to edify him. For Christ did not please himself; but, as it is written, "The reproaches of those who reproached thee fell on me." For whatever was written in former days was written for our instruction, that by steadfastness and by the encouragement of the scriptures we might have hope. May the God of steadfastness and encouragement grant you to live in such harmony with one another, in accord with Christ Jesus, that together you may with one voice glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. Welcome one another, therefore, as Christ has welcomed you, for the glory of God.


Gospel Reading

7th Sunday of Matthew
The Reading is from Matthew 9:27-35

At that time, as Jesus passed by, two blind men followed him, crying aloud, "Have mercy on us, Son of David." When he entered the house, the blind men came to him; and Jesus said to them, "Do you believe that I am able to do this?" They said to him, "Yes, Lord." Then he touched their eyes, saying, "According to your faith be it done to you." And their eyes were opened. And Jesus sternly charged them, "See that no one knows it." But they went away and spread his fame through all that district.

As they were going away, behold, a dumb demoniac was brought to him. And when the demon had been cast out, the dumb man spoke; and the crowds marveled, saying, "Never was anything like this seen in Israel." But the Pharisees said, "He casts out demons by the prince of demons."

And Jesus went about all the cities and villages, teaching in their synagogues and preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and healing every disease and every infirmity among the people.


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Hymns of the Day

Resurrectional Apolytikion in the Plagal 2nd Tone

Angelic powers were above Thy tomb, and they that guarded Thee became as dead. And Mary stood by the grave seeking Thine immaculate Body. Thou hast despoiled Hades and wast not tried thereby. Thou didst meet the Virgin and didst grant us life. O Thou Who didst arise from the dead, Lord, glory be to Thee.

Apolytikion for Eudocimus of Cappadocia in the 4th Tone

The One that hath called thee from the earth to Heaven to dwell * preserveth thy body uncorrupted after thy death, O saintly Eudocimus; * for in living modestly and chastely, O blest one, * thou didst keep thy flesh free of all stain and defilement; * with boldness, therefore, pray unto Christ that we may all be saved.

Seasonal Kontakion in the Grave Tone

You were transfigured upon the mount, O Christ our God, and Your disciples, in so far as they could bear, beheld Your glory. Thus, when they see You crucified, they may understand Your voluntary passion, and proclaim to the world that You are truly the effulgence of the Father.
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Wisdom of the Fathers

He puts an end to the woman's fear ... He sets her right, in respect of her thinking to be hid ... He exhibits her faith to all, so as to provoke the rest also to emulation ...
St. John Chrysostom
Homily 31 on Matthew 9, 4th Century

And then at last He for His part lays His hand upon them, saying, "According to your faith be it unto you." And this He does to confirm their faith, and to show that they are participators in the good work ...
St. John Chrysostom
Homily 32 on Matthew 9, 4th Century

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