St. Anna Greek Orthodox Church
Publish Date: 2023-09-10
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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

Memorial Service today - for the parents of Leo Sideris:  the Rev. Fr. Theodore Sideris (1-year) and Presvytera Anna Sideris (3-year).  May their memory be eternal!  The Sideris family is offering the Fellowship Hour refreshments in memory of Father Theodore and Presvytera Anna.

Weekday services: Thursday, Sept. 14 - The Elevation of the Holy Cross. Orthros begins at 8:30 AM, followed by Divine Liturgy and the procession of the Holy Cross (blessed basil branches will be distributed at the end of services.)

The Enthronement of His Eminence Metropolitan Apostolos of New Jersey will take place on Saturday, September 16, 2023, at 10:30 a.m.,  at the Greek Orthodox Cathedral of Saint John the Theologian in Tenafly, New Jersey. (All are invited to the Enthronement!) The following day, Sunday, September 17, His Eminence will also celebrate his first Divine Liturgy at the Cathedral as the new Metropolitan of New Jersey.  As of now, the Enthronement Luncheon at the Venetian on Sat., Sept. 16 is sold out (waiting list).

DEADLINE TODAY: Dinner at Local Greek will take place on Monday, September 18th, 2023 from 6 to 8 pm at Local Greek Lambertville located at 2 Canal Street in Lambertville, NJ.  We hope that you will join us for this fun-filled evening of delicious Greek cuisine and fellowship with both old friends and new ones. Admission to the event will be $50 a person which includes a selection of appetizers, a  main course, sides, and dessert. Seating is limited so Please Reserve Early. Please visit to purchase your tickets/ reservation. Reservations are needed by TODAY September 10th. Please see event chairs Bill Johnson or Diana Grina with any questions.

YOUTH MINISTRIES:  Yes!  Another wonderful year is here for our youth!

YOUTH MINISTRY REGISTRATIONS:  Each of our youth ministries will be taking registrations for the 2023-2024 ecclesiastical year. 

Please sign up at the registration table during fellowship hour TODAY.  We have so many exciting plans for our youth!
SUNDAY SCHOOL1ST DAY OF CLASSES IS SUNDAY, SEPT. 24.  Please see Fr. A if you want to volunteer to help this vital ministry. 
GREEK SCHOOL: 1st DAY OF GREEK SCHOOL CLASSES IS MONDAY, SEPT. 25.  Please see Maria Sfondouris during fellowship hour to register. (Registration can also be found in the "Bulletin Inserts" tab of this e-bulletin.
GOYA: The Saturday, Sept. 16, 2023 event is CANCELLED due to the Enthronement Ceremony in Tenafly that morning.
On Sunday, Sept. 17, 2023, all NJ parishes ARE NOW OPEN! (The Holy Cross celebration will take place on Sept. 24th at the St. George Church in Ocean, NJ).
HOPE & JOY:  Please see Kristen Diagelakis during fellowship hour to register our youth in grades K-6th grade.
GREEK DANCE:   Thanks to our dedicated dancers for all their wonderful performances!  Please see Larisa Trumpy or Fr. A to be sure that all new teens join the Dance Troupe.  We are hoping to add to our numbers as we continue to grow this ministry.  All are welcome!

SAVE THE DATE: Sunday, 10/8th 11:30 am - 1:30 pm. We are happy to announce that our youth in grades K-12th grade are invited to a team building Fall Field Day to kick off our youth ministries. This is a FREE event. It will be an afternoon of outdoor field day games and refreshments. Please see Nikol Toulatos and Maria Tattoli during fellowship hour to register your youth and/or to volunteer with the event. Or you may email Nikol Toulatos at nikoltoulatos44@gmail. RSVP deadline is 9/30th. You don’t want to miss out on this fun event!

PHILOPTOCHOS:  Congratulations to the new board that was sworn in last week!  All are asked to support this vital ministry of loving outreach to those in need.  The Ladies have many outreach events planned this year so please get involved and continue your support.
Choir NEWS:  As always, the choir looks forward to growing participation. Anyone interested in joining the choir- please contact Choir Director Diana Grina- 908-392-7449,
Young Adults - 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.

OCTOBER WINE AND DINE: Be sure to mark your calendars for our Wine & Dine fundraiser on Saturday, October 21 at 6 p.m. For many years prior to the pandemic, this was always a highly anticipated annual fundraiser as it combines fellowship, wine education, and wonderful food and wine pairings in a reception-style, intimate in-home setting. Parishioner George Staikos, who is a sommelier and wine educator, will lead this event with his wife Christi along with the executive chef/co-owner of the Sergeantsville Inn, Daniel Brunina, who will prepare the menu for us that evening. This event will be held in the home of parishioner Dan Vlahakis in nearby Ringoes (Copper Hill Country Club) who has generously offered to host this not-to-be-missed fundraiser. 

Stewardship:  Please be sure that you have submitted a Stewardship Commitment Card for 2023.  Also, those 2022 Stewards who have forgotten to submit a card for this year can expect a gentle reminder via email and mail in the coming weeks.  The refinancing of our Mortgage in August is dependent on having a strong stewardship count with all our families participating.  The Stewardship Card is critical for this accounting of our "Committed" Stewards. Please reach out to if you have any Stewardship questions. See the Stewardship update below. Thank you.

2023 Stewardship Status: We have 148 Pledges totaling $190,930 and $154,928 received to date.  We also have 9 families who have contributed $4,570 to date but have not submitted a stewardship card.  It is important that all families complete a stewardship card to be considered a steward.  The current Stewardship List and other stewardship information are posted on the bulletin board by the water cooler.


2023 Stewardship List
* Contributed but have not submitted stewardship card  
1 Alexandros and Mary Zervos 69 Logothetis, Nikita & Sophia 137 Tzovolos, Olympia
2 Archimedes, Alexander & Debbie 70 Loukedis, Alexander & Jennifer 138 Vaporakis, Efharis Karise
3 Arvanitidou, Evangelia 71 Manoussakis, Stamati & Sofia 139 Vaporakis, John & Kim
4 Balios, Efthimia 72 Manteo, Michael & Gramatiki 140 Vaporakis, Kaliope
5 Bulzacchelli, Thomas & Valerie 73 Mardakis, Arge 141 Vaporakis, Mihail
6 Bunce, Daniel & Marianne 74 Mariani, Anthony & Kristen 142 Varas, Alexander Pericles
7 Callanan, Ryan & Christina Roros 75 Martin, Stephen & Despina 143 Varas, Loukas Michael
8 Collett, Martin & Adriane 76 Martini, Matt & Meropi, Louis 144 Varas, Michael & Elaine
9 Connell, William & Nikki 77 Martini, Nicole+Emilio Verrillo 145 Veneman, Ryan & Polyxeni-Tolis
10 Costalas, Paul & Josephine 78 Mavrode, John Steven 146 Vespa, Paul & Fay
11 Coutros, George & Lana 79 Mavrode, Michael & Demetra 147 Vlahakes, Louis & Anastasia
12 Coutros, Peter 80 Mavrode, Ouania (Ronnie) 148 Vlahakis, Dan
13 Coutsouridis, John & Denise 81 Mavrode, William & Vanessa 149 Wolf, Chad and Jennifer
14 Diagelakis, Gerasimos & Kristen 82 McElroy, Stephanie 150 Wolfe, Richard & Penelope
15 Diamantis, Ioannis & Gerasimoula 83 Millett, Matthew & Maria 151 Wygera, Walter & Constance
16 Diver, Sean & Joanne 84 Missios, Michael & Popi 152 Xenakis, Matthew & Vasiliki
17 Doty, James & Kathy 85 Montalvo, Alex&Maria 153 Zacharatos, Jerry & Justine Raspanti *
18 Douvris, John & Aimee 86 Mulcahy, Dr. Wayne and Mary * 154 Zajac, Pegi
19 Fallon, Tom & Anna 87 Nelson, Anna 155 Zanidakis, Theodore & Charlotte
20 Ferreira, Jorge & Angela 88 Nelson, Stephanie 156 Zannikos, Peter & Amy
21 Finley, Thomas & Antoinette 89 Nicolaou, Nicolaos & Kaliopi 157 Zavitsanos, Anna
22 Foglia, Katina 90 Olsen, Richard & Kattia * 158  
23 Gabriel & Ioana Patuleanu Swift 91 Paitakes, John&Linda 159  
24 Gacos, Chris & Frances * 92 Paliatsos, Mary 160  
25 Gacos, Christopher & Escarlen 93 Panageas, Bill & Margaret 161  
26 Gatanis, Michael & Angela * 94 Panayote, William & Deborah 162  
27 Georgeles, George & Maria 95 Pappas, Demitrios & Stacy 163  
28 Giambrone, Charles J 96 Patel, Kesha * 164  
29 Gianakos, Michael & Dianne 97 Pelios, Georgia 165  
30 Gianakos, Phillip & Arianna 98 Peppe, George & Demetra 166  
31 Giannouris, John & Tracey 99 Perris, Emanuel E. 167  
32 Gianos, Irene 100 Peter Allen 168  
33 Gimbel, Maria 101 Petromelis, Christopher & Georgette 169  
34 Giotis, John & Karen 102 Petromelis, Phyllis 170  
35 Glynos, Peter & Cindy 103 Polychronis, Cary & Chara 171  
36 Grigsby, Thomas & Alexandra Pogogeff 104 Procyk, Eugenia 172  
37 Grina, Peter & Diana 105 Roros, Constantine (Dean) 173  
38 Gus and Anna Kodersha 106 Rosengarth, Derek & Sara Marin 174  
39 Hawes, Ashlynn 107 Roupas, Daniel & Mary 175  
40 Hawes, Brian & Allison Faches 108 Rudy, George & Sofia 176  
41 Hawes, Teagan 109 Sacalis, John 177  
42 Hindle, Irene * 110 Sakellos, Alexandra 178  
43 Iliakostas, Vasilis & Konstantina * 111 Sakellos, Evan & Catherine 179  
44 Iliopoulos, Christos & Anna 112 Sakellos, George 180  
45 Jaghab, Danny & Delmy 113 Sauma, Abdo & Gladys 181  
46 Jimenez, Lee&Deanne 114 Sfondouris, John & Maria 182  
47 Johnson, Bill 115 Sheehan, Katherina 183  
48 Johnson, Gloria 116 Shepardson, Lilyan 184  
49 Kaldes, John & Zoi 117 Sideris, Leonidas & Elizabeth 185  
50 Kamnitsis, Christopher & Heather 118 Soteropoulos, Dean & Elizabeth 186  
51 Kamnitsis, Constantine & Nancy 119 Soteropoulos, Marisa 187  
52 Kanterakis, Anthony & Maria 120 Staikos, George & Christi 188  
53 Karazoupis, Vasilios & Panayiota 121 Staikos, Nicholas, Eirini Daskalakis 189  
54 Kazantzis, Sava & Nancy 122 Stathopulos, Peter&Julan, Adriana 190  
55 Kefalas, Carrie 123 Stellakis, Eileen 191  
56 Kehayes, Peter & Helen 124 Stier, Benjamin & Eleftheria Tsatsos 192  
57 Kehayes, Stephen & Beth 125 Sullivan, Mary 193  
58 Kosoglou, Arianna * 126 Tattoli, Larry & Maria 194  
59 Kosoglou, Teddy and Roula 127 Tattoli, Steven 195  
60 Kousoulas, Constantine 128 Ticas, Cesar & Areti 196  
61 Kousoulas, Demetrios 129 Toulatos, Katerina M 197  
62 Kousoulas, Evangelos 130 Toulatos, Nikoleta 198  
63 Kousoulas, Fr. Anastasios & Presv. Nektaria 131 Toulatos, Polixenia 199  
64 Kousoulas, Panayiotis 132 Trumpy, Fred & Larisa 200  
65 Kubu, James & Evangeline 133 Trumpy, Grace 201  
66 Kypridakes, Michael & Asimina 134 Tsatsos, Costa & Maria 202  
67 Lambrianakos, George&Helen 135 Tsokas, Lorraine 203  
68 Lappen, Justin&Danielle 136 Tzovolos, Demetri and Arete 204
Regional News:  Greek Festivals this weekend in Union and Ocean, NJ.  See times on the Flyer on the Bulletin Board near the office.  
Save the date!  The Flemington Area Food Pantry's main fundraiser is happening this year on Friday, September 29th at the Pantry from 11:00 AM to 2:30 PM.  "The Empty Bowl" is an annual drive-up lunch event that raises funds to provide food and personal care items to approximately 1,600 income-qualified Hunterdon County families who are food insecure.
 This year's $30 donation will provide a delicious take-out lunch with a restaurant soup, a mini sandwich, a dessert,  water, and a handcrafted bowl.  Purchase your ticket online and just drive up to the Food Pantry, located across the parking lot from the Flemington Walmart, and your tasty lunch and unique bowl will be delivered right to your car.  More than 80% of the Pantry's income is derived from contributions of monetary donations and groceries.  For more information, visit  Tickets will be available in late August.  Please check back as participating restaurants are confirmed.
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.
(See Fr. A for more info). Thank you.

Saints and Feasts

September 10

Sunday before Holy Cross

September 10

Menodora, Metrodora, & Nymphodora the Martyrs

These Martyrs, sisters according to the flesh, were from Bithynia. They lived in virginity on a mountain near the Pythian hot springs of Bithynia, devoting themselves to asceticism and prayer. Betrayed to the local governor, Fronto, they were subjected to frightful tortures, and so gave up their holy souls into the hands of God. They contested for the Faith during the reign of Maximian, in the year 304.

September 10

Poulcheria the Empress


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 Galatians 6:11-18.

Brethren, see with what large letters I am writing to you with my own hand. It is those who want to make a good showing in the flesh that would compel you to be circumcised, and only in order that they may not be persecuted for the cross of Christ. For even those who receive circumcision do not themselves keep the law, but they desire to have you circumcised that they may glory in your flesh. But far be it from me to glory except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, by which the world has been crucified to me, and I to the world. For neither circumcision counts for anything, nor uncircumcision, but a new creation. Peace and mercy be upon all who walk by this rule, upon the Israel of God. Henceforth let no man trouble me; for I bear on my body the marks of Jesus. The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with your spirit, brethren. Amen.

Gospel Reading

Sunday before Holy Cross
The Reading is from John 3:13-17

The Lord said, "No one has ascended into heaven but he who descended from heaven, the Son of man who is in heaven. And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, so must the Son of man be lifted up, that whoever believes in him may have eternal life.

"For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. For God sent the Son into the world, not to condemn the world, but that the world might be saved through him."


Hymns of the Day

Resurrectional Apolytikion in the Plagal 1st Tone

Let us worship the Word, O ye faithful, praising Him that with the Father and the Spirit is co-beginningless God, Who was born of a pure Virgin that we all be saved; for He was pleased to mount the Cross in the flesh that He assumed, accepting thus to endure death. And by His glorious rising, He also willed to resurrect the dead.

Apolytikion for Afterfeast of the Nativity of the Theotokos in the 4th Tone

Thy Nativity, O Theotokos, hath procliamed joy to the whole world; for from thee hath dawned the Sun of Righteousness, Christ our God, annulling the curse and bestowing the blessing, abolishing death and granting us life everlasting.

Seasonal Kontakion in the 4th Tone

In your holy birth, Immaculate One, Joachim and Anna were rid of the shame of childlessness; Adam and Eve of the corruption of death. And so your people, free of the guilt of their sins, celebrate crying: "The barren one gives birth to the Theotokos, who nourishes our life."

Wisdom of the Fathers

Our Redeemer and Maker, Who was Son of God before the ages, became Son of Man at the end of ages. Thus the One Who, through the power of His divinity, had created us to enjoy the happiness of everlasting life, might Himself restore us, through the weakness of our humanity, to recover the life we had lost.
St. Bede the Venerable
Homilies on the Gospels, 2.18. 7th Century. Taken from: Ancient Christian Commentary on Scripture. Vol: John 1-10. Intervarsity Press, 2006, p. 126.

For since Nicodemus had said, "We know that Thou art a teacher come from God," on this very point He sets him right, all but saying, "Think Me not a teacher in such manner as were the many of the prophets who were of earth, for I have come from heaven (but) now. None of the prophets hath ascended up thither, but I dwell there."
St. John Chrysostom
Homily 27 on John 3, 4th Century


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