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The Promise

April / May 2011


Words of Wisdom
“Oh, what great happiness and bliss,
what exaltation it is to
address oneself to theEternal Father.
Always, without fail,
value this joy which has been accorded
to you by God’s infinite grace
and do not forget it during your
prayers;
God,
the angels and God’s holy men
listen to you.”

St. John of Kronstadt

Dates To Remember Inside This Issue


Pastoral Message .....................................2
April 16th
Saturday of Lazarus & Communion Breakfast Reminders ......................................................5
Divine Liturgy 9:30am Response to the Resurrection ...........7
April 17th Our Arkansan.............................................8
Holy Week Begins Lent & Holy Week Schedule ............10
Extinction Explosion ...........................13
May 14th
Taste of the Mediterranean Festival Reminder ...................................15
I am a Christian .......................................17
May 15th
Sunday School Graduation & Luncheon News & Notes ...........................................23
Youth Scenes............................................24
May 20th, 21st & 22nd
International Greek Food Festival Birthdays ....................................................26
April & May Calendar .........................27
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Pastoral Message

A
s we continue our journey through Lent to learn that Christians are called to actively follow
and enter into the joy of Pascha, we are Christ, not simply to like Him. Far too many people
reminded in dramatic fashion of our call on earth are literally betting their life that being a
to take up the cross and follow Christ our “fan” of Christ will suffice. And such stunning risk
God. To most Orthodox Christian men and women taking is perhaps best explained by virtue of the fact
this commission does not sound particularly new or that being a faithful follower of the Lord is indeed no
dramatic. For the most part, we would like to think small task; it is a cross. Followers are commissioned
that we all genuinely strive to follow the Lord. So it by Christ to go and make more people followers; while
may come as a surprise to realize, that despite the “fans” find it easier to show up every now and again,
growing number of Americans that claim no religious when the mood suits them. Followers are ordinary
allegiance whatsoever, a large segment of our society men and women who choose to put themselves in
generally describe themselves as followers of the God’s hands, and look to be His instruments of peace
Lord. The problem is that there and love. “Fans” tell themselves
is a world of difference between that they are fine just as they
being a “fan” of the Lord, and are, and that the work of serving
a “follower” of His. Christ is better left to somebody

All those people who choose


Are We else.

to remotely appreciate what


Jesus has to say are “fans”, not Fans As Orthodox Christian men and
women, we cannot overlook the
followers. All those people who fact that the Apostles and the
look at the cross as a symbol
of Western culture or little
or Saints in every generation were
not observers, they were doers
more than a trinket are “fans”,
not followers. And all those Followers of His Word. They were neither
genetically predisposed towards
people who are vaguely familiar holiness nor intrinsically smarter.
with some of the customs They were not born perfect
and traditions associated with or given greater opportunities.
the Christian faith may be “fans”, but they are not That which makes the Apostles, Saints and Orthodox
followers. After all, anyone who sits on the sidelines Christians in every generation different is the decision
and casually observes the action from a comfortable to really follow Jesus Christ, rather than be mere “fans”
distance is by every definition a “fan.” of His.

Meanwhile, followers are always in the thick of the Obviously, the world may look at us (let alone all of
action. Followers, take the words of the Lord to heart the renowned figures in the history of Christianity),
and commit their whole way of life to Him and His and snicker that based on our background, our
teachings. Followers look at the Cross and not only education or our past failures, we would be lucky
see the sacrifice of Christ, but also understand the to be considered fans; but hardly capable of being
personal responsibility that it represents. Followers anything more. But knowing that in Christ, weakness
understand the practices and worship of the Church can be turned into strength, and that past sins can be
are not quaint traditions, but instead the very manner forgiven we have the confidence to follow Him. It is in
and means by which we walk in the company of God. the realization that the new life in Christ depends on

Unfortunately, many in the world would be shocked (Continued on page 4)


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Wisdom of the Fathers


Holy Friday
Youth Encounter “Every day you provide your bodies with
good to keep them from failing. In the same
Every member of the Annunciation GOYA and way your good works should be the daily
Jr. GOYA are reminded that on Holy Friday, nourishment of your hearts. Your bodies
April 22nd, we will be conducting our annual are fed with food and your spirits with good
Holy Friday Youth Encounter. The program works. You aren’t to deny your soul, which is
begins at 9:00am sharp, with the service of the
going to live forever, what you grant to your
Royal Hours and the program will end at the
conclusion of the Service of the Descent from body, which is going to die.”
the Cross in the afternoon. This annual tradition St. Gregory the Great
of the Annunciation is a perfect way for us to
serve Christ’s Church as well as remain in His
holy presence as we commemorate the Lord’s
How to Please the Lord
Crucifixion and Burial. This gathering is a Of the many ways we
perfect opportunity for us to spend some time can show the Lord
with each other, work together and give glory to just how important
God. If you require a letter for school, please He is to us and our
submit you name to the Church Office ASAP. life, perhaps nothing
Please note that all GOYAns are expected to be is as meaningful as
present and participate in the Holy Friday Youth when we come to
Encounter: attendance is part of our Scholarship worship Him at
Foundation requirements. His House at the
appointed time. To
JOY members are also reminded that we have do this as an expres-
planned a very special Lenten program just sion of love speaks
for them on Holy Friday that will also begin at volumes about the
9:00am with the service of the Royal Hours and content of our heart, the fervor of our faith and the
conclude with the Service of the Descent from importance of Christ in our life. Just as when our own
the Cross. children do something we ask of them, not because
This holy day by every definition they “have to” but because it will please us, so too will
is a day of prayer the Lord be moved by an ongoing commitment to
attend the services at the Annunciation punctually
and a time for people to gather together
with ready hearts, minds and souls. Let us all strive
at the Church in order to serve the Lord
to attend the Holy Services of the Church from the
in word, thought and deed. very beginning and thereby glorify the Lord with
our worship as a Christ-centered church family.

SUNDAY SERVICES

Matins ~ 9:00am
Divine Liturgy ~ 10:00am

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The Pastoral Message


(Continued from page 2) The Saturday of
Lazarus & YOU!
Him and is maintained through faith in action that we
all know the way to be much more than fans of His.
Saturday, April 16th
The never changing truth of the matter is that one 9:30am
cannot honestly be a follower of Christ without
actually following Jesus Christ. This means that we do The great & high feast day will begin with a very
not merely gaze upon the Cross with a tender eye, we special Divine Liturgy at 9:30am. Not only does
are committed to lifting it up. It means that we do not this service mark the dawn of Holy Week, but it is
annually commemorate the Resurrection, it is a way also our tradition at the Annunciation to celebrate
of life. This also means that we are only be mindful of this service in a manner that allows all those in
the sacrifice of the Lord, but for us and our sake, but attendance to better see and comprehend the
we are willing to pay any price for Him and His sake. elements of the service.

As followers, instead of “fans”, we cannot simply say Immediately following the Divine Liturgy, all those
that Jesus Christ is our Savior; we must obey Him and in attendance are invited to attend our annual
actively serve His will. As followers of Lord instead of Annunciation Youth Communion Breakfast.
“fans”, we cannot remotely speak of the Church as the After some refreshment and fellowship, our GOYA
Body of Christ; we must actively fulfill our part within ministry will host our youngest parishioners in our
it. And though it may seem that being a follower of annual youth Easter Egg Hunt. (All of our youth
Christ is a quite a challenge – let us be mindful of the are encouraged to prepare to receive Holy Communion on the
words of the Lord in the Gospel according to Mark Saturday of Lazarus together.)
8:36: “What will it profit a man to gain the whole world and
forfeit his life?” Finally, EVERY man, woman, and child will be
needed to help prepare the Palm Crosses that are
Brothers and sister in Christ, in the midst of this distributed on Palm Sunday. There is no expertise
most glorious season, let us renew our commitment required to make this important religious symbol,
to truly follow Jesus Christ. Let us take up the cross only a willing spirit. If everyone will sacrifice a
as followers of the Lord, and not merely be “fans” of small portion of their day after the Communion
it. If necessary, let us lose our old way of life for the Breakfast, this critical endeavor will be completed
sake of the Lord and as His followers, gain eternal with ease to the glory of God.
life. Let us from this day forward, let us look to obey
cd
Him by boldly embracing, and then proclaiming,
His words to this ‘sinful and adulterous generation’. Attention GOYAns: we need you to not only
In this way showing ourselves to be followers of the set the example by attending the Divine Liturgy
Lord and not merely “fans” of His. Let us from this on Saturday morning, but also to share some of
day continuously rise up as followers of the Lord and your precious time and many talents with the
forever refuse to sit back as “fans” of His. Annunciation to help ensure a special Saturday of
Lazarus for all. We will need you to help make
Palm Crosses and conduct the Easter Egg Hunt;
please set aside some of your Saturday morning
Rev. Dr. Nicholas J. Verdaris for the Church.

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Our Condolences Congratulations!


The Annunciation family notes with deep sadness TheAnnunciation family
the passing of our beloved sister in Christ, Sue joyously congratulates
Akel, who has fallen asleep in the Lord. Timothy Assiter &
Michelle Roy, who
 were joined in blessed
matrimony at the
The Annunciation family notes with deep sadness Annunciation on Sat-
the passing of our beloved sister in Christ, Naimeh urday, February 12th.
Alley, who has fallen asleep in the Lord. Kaye & Mike Rutter
served as their sponsor.

As our heavenly Father receives the soul of these
His servants, let us continue to pray that all those May God grant you many years
who mourn will be comforted by the bountiful of love & happiness!
love of our Savior.

Let us keep all of these families in our prayers and


beseech the Lord to offer them His comfort and strength. Thoughts on Motherhood
“May their memory be eternal.”
“On a flight to Florida, I was preparing my
notes for one of the parent education seminars
I conduct as an educational psychologist.

The elderly woman sitting next to me


explained that she was returning to Miami
after having spent two weeks visiting her six
children, eighteen grandchildren and ten
great-grandchildren in Boston.

Then she inquired what I did for a living.


“I will turn their mourning I told her, fully expecting her to question me
into joy, for free professional advice.

I will comfort them, Instead she sat back, picked up a magazine


and give them gladness and said, ‘If there’s anything you want to
know, just ask me.’”
for sorrow.”
Jeremiah 31:13 Happy Mother’s Day!
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The Annunciation’s
Lenten Charity Project:
Three Missions Priests in Kenya
"Go therefore and make disciples of all nations,
baptizing them in the name of the Father and of
the Son and of the Holy Spirit, "
Matthew 28:19

Orthodox Christianity came


to the people of East Africa,
not through the efforts of
a single missionary but
through Africans themselves
searching for the Church.
Fr. Elias In the 1920s a group
began corresponding with
the Patriarch of Alexandria
and in 1946 they were
formally received into
Orthodoxy. In 1958, the
Patriarch appointed the
first Metropolitan of All
Fr. Makarios East Africa and in 1972,
three African priests were
ordained bishops and
the construction of an
Orthodox seminary began.

Today, while the Church


in Kenya is growing, the
Fr. Thaddeos
needs have also grown ex-
ponentially. Mercifully, the
Lord has called men like Fr. Elias Mutsoto, Fr.
Makarios Ngugu and Fr. Thaddeos Wachira,
to serve. The need for priests is universal and the
tasks of these clergy are enormous. For in addition
to their own families, these priest are responsible
for the care of hundreds of parishioners in one
of the poorest regions on earth. This year the
Annunciation Church family has the opportunity
to not only celebrate the Risen Christ, but
through our generous support of these priests,
we can help share to the Good News with others!

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Our Response to the Faith in the Resurrection certainly will. But compare the
two events—a benefactor giving you ten million dollars,
Resurrection and THE BENEFACTOR, Christ, giving you a path
by Fr. Stavros Akrotirianakis to Paradise and hope for salvation. Having beheld the
Resurrection of Christ, if we truly believe in God, does
Christ is Risen! Truly He is Risen! that demand a response? The week after Holy Week, is it
back to business as usual? Does life change at all because
As it is every year, Holy Week was again a joyful time we go through Holy Week each year? Just like the person
for me. I’d almost call it a vacation. Some complain who receives the $10 Million, you don’t quit your job
about the long services—I rather enjoy them. Some are because you witness Holy Week, but for the person who
glad when the week has come and gone. Oftentimes, truly believes in God, there are certainly new-found
I am sad. Holy Week is supposed to be a time of self- freedoms that others do not have—freedom to hope,
examination, reflection and renewal. For many people, freedom from fear, freedom from sin and guilt through
it is a time of obligation—we have to trudge to church confession and repentance.
more than usual. For those who don’t attend often, it’s
maybe the one time a year they make the journey down And there certainly should be gratitude towards our
to church and when the week is over, many breathe a benefactor. Just like the new-found material riches would
sigh of relief—“Now I can eat meat again! I got my life affect a life on a daily basis, spiritual treasures should also
back!” And for those who come out of the woodwork affect our lives on a daily basis, and one would think that
for Pascha, they recede back into it, not to be heard from there would be gratitude towards our Benefactor, the
or seen again until Christmas or perhaps a wedding or Lord, on a daily basis. I would think that that gratitude,
funeral. that recognition of His awesome Gift to us during Holy
Week, would last a lifetime. I would think that at any
Imagine someone giving you ten million dollars, just age, be it 25 or 55 or 95, you’d still be grateful and you’d
because. That would demand a response, wouldn’t it? still think about the great gifts we have received from our
Having received ten million dollars, it wouldn’t just be Lord—on the cross 2,000 years ago; our adoption as His
business as usual, would it? Of course not! Life would children at our baptisms; the beautiful world we enjoy
change. Perhaps you wouldn’t quit your job, but there each and every day; and the chance for renewal that we
would certainly be new-found freedoms that you didn’t receive at the Resurrection.
have before.
At the Matins of Pascha, we hear a hymn which states,
And there would certainly be gratitude towards your “Let all things begin anew in the Resurrection of Christ.” It
benefactor. And as you looked at your new-found riches, doesn’t say “Continue business as usual tomorrow.” The
which would impact your life on a daily basis, you Resurrection demands a response, not because we are
would be grateful to your benefactor on a daily basis obligated to do so, but because this event is so big in the
I would think. And I would think that that gratitude, history of humanity and in each individual human life.
that recognition of this great gift would last for your
entire life. I would think that fifty years later, you’d still During Lent, the suggested book for my parish was “The
be grateful and you’d still be thinking about the day you Way of a Pilgrim.” If you’ve never read this book, it is
received such a great gift. I have a hard time believing a very easy read and I highly recommend it. The story
that even one day would go by that you didn’t think is about a wanderer in 19th Century Russia who seeks
about your benefactor or the gift you received. the meaning of the phrase “Pray without ceasing.” (I
Thessalonians 5:17) He learns the Jesus Prayer (“Lord
What is of more value, $10 million, or the Resurrection Jesus Christ, son of God, have mercy on me a sinner.”),
of Christ? The answer is the Resurrection, because the which is also called “The Prayer of the Heart.”
$10 Million will do you no good when you are dead. (Continued on page 15)
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Our Arkansan of the Year


(Reprinted from the March 2011 issue of Little Rock Soiree Magazine)

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2011 Holy Week & Pascha


The Upcoming Lenten at the Annunciation
Services



SUNDAY, April 3rd Palm Sunday Evening


Sunday of St. John Climacus April 17th
Matins: 9:00am / Divine Liturgy: 10:00am The Bridegroom Service ~ 7:00pm

 
WEDNESDAY, April 6th
Presanctified Liturgy: 6:30pm Holy Monday
April 18th
 The Bridegroom Service ~ 7:00pm

FRIDAY, April 8th


The Akathist Service: 6:30pm 

 Holy Tuesday


April 19th
SUNDAY, April 10th
Sunday of St. Mary of Egypt The Bridegroom Service &
Matins: 9:00am / Divine Liturgy: 10:00am Hymn of Kassiani ~ 7:00pm
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
SATURDAY, April 16th
Saturday of Lazarus Holy Wednesday
Divine Liturgy: 9:30am April 20th

 The Liturgy of the


Presanctified Gifts ~ 9:30am
Sunday, April 17th
Palm Sunday The Sacrament of Unction ~ 6:00pm
Matins: 9:00am / Divine Liturgy: 10:00am (note the time change)

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Holy Thursday
Holy Saturday
April 21st
April 23rd
Divine Liturgy
Divine Liturgy
of Saint Basil the Great ~
of Saint Basil the Great ~
9:30am
9:30am

The Service of the Crucifixion


Matins & Divine Liturgy of the
& Passion of Christ ~
Resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ ~
7:00pm
11:00pm




Holy Friday
Great & Holy Pascha
April 22nd
April 24th
Royal Hours ~
The Agape Service ~
9:00am
11:30am
(Youth Retreat - 9:00am)

The Service of the Descent


from the Cross ~
3:00pm

The Office of the Lamentations &


The Procession of the Sepulcher ~
7:00pm

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A VERY SPECIAL
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CHURCH FAMILY
If you are passionate about Golf and want to help a On Sunday, May 15th
critical fund-raiser for the Annunciation along with immediately following the Divine Liturgy,
super charities like Easter Seals & Community
Connections, consider supporting the 2011 A Luncheon Honoring our Graduating
GreekFest Golf Classic on May 16th! It is a Sunday School Seniors!
fantastic time that does great things for a player’s
body and soul. In these troubled financial times, Perfect Attendance Awards and
our participation and sponsorship are needed now Class Promotion Certificates
more than ever!
Teacher Recognition and Appreciation!
cbd

Our Stewardship
As we prepare to herald the Resurrection of our
Lord & Savior Jesus Christ, let us keep in mind and
close to our heart the Holy House that the Lord has
entrusted unto us - the Annunciation. Through
our prayers, our presence, our generosity and our
In addition, mark your calendars for Saturday, service to the Church, together we can continue to
May 14th and the Taste of the Mediterranean lift up the Resurrected Light of Christ before the
Bash! This is going to be another “tasty” evening world. These are indeed challenging times, but inspired
that you will not want to miss. This annual event by the love that Lord shows us every day, let us generously
is not only delicious and fun, but it also goes a long contribute to the well-being of the Church that He has
way towards helping support the work of Easter Seals entrusted to us here in Little Rock through our Stewardship.
& Community Connections and the ministries of the
Annunciation. Tickets go on sale soon! With everyone’s Stewardship commitment to the
Annunciation we can truly help our corner of the
world to “Come & See” Christ in action at our
cbd parish. With every Church family member joyously
If you would like to help with these critical sharing their time, talent and treasure with Christ
fundraisers of the Annunciation, please see at the Annunciation, we all can honor the Lord
Haitham Alley, the more the merrier! and keep the doors of His House open unto
the world.
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Preparing for the The Punishment tool


Extinction Explosion Psychologically correct means that punishment is
by Fr. George Morelli but one of a myriad of tools of discipline in a total
program of behavioral intervention. Punishment is to
be applied after a behavior is evaluated as inappropriate.
This paper is going to focus on preparing the parent
Let the children come to me, and do not hinder them; for to such
who uses negative punishment, also called extinction,
belongs the kingdom of God
for one of its major effects, the extinction explosion. This
(Luke 18: 16).
effect, if a parent does not expect it and is not helped
to deal with it, can sabotage the correct use of negative
punishment in behavioral control and, in fact, can make
In previous essays on marriage and parenting I pointed
an inappropriate behavior even stronger. However,
out the importance of parents perceiving the spiritual
before considering the extinction explosion an overview
and the psychological implications of their vocation. A
of negative punishment (extinction) in the context of the
male and female, blessed by God in Holy Matrimony,
total behavioral intervention program is useful.
are called up to be “[united] in one mind and one flesh,
and grant them fair children for education in Thy faith .
. . .” This has to be in the context that the married couple Behavioral Intervention overview
are individuals themselves, as are their children, made in Behavior is shaped by its consequences. There are four
God’s image and called to grow in Divine illumination consequences which influence behavior.
and become like Him.
Consequences which increase behavior:
Neglecting our intelligence: Sin * Positive Reinforcement: after a behavior occurs
The Church Fathers told us that intelligence is one (whether or not the behavior is good or bad) a pleasant
characteristic of God’s image in us. Thus, by the very event occurs. The behavior increases.
fact that we are made with intelligence, it behooves us to * Negative Reinforcement: after a behavior
use the findings of scientific researchers which have been occurs (whether or not the behavior is good or bad) an
shown to be effective in behavioral control. It is morally unpleasant event is taken away. The behavior increases.
necessary to use the scientific techniques which have been
found to be beneficial in helping raise Godly, morally and Consequences which decrease behavior:
socially responsible children. Not to do so, in fact, would be
neglecting an important gift given to us by God. It would * Positive Punishment: after a behavior occurs
be “missing the mark:” Not to use the results of efficacious (whether or not the behavior is good or bad) an
scientific behavioral research would be an illness and unpleasant event occurs. The behavior decreases.
infirmity, that is to say, it would be sinful parenting. * Negative Punishment (extinction): after a
behavior occurs (whether or not the behavior is good
One aspect of disciplining children which remains a or bad) a pleasant event is taken away. The behavior
problem for many Orthodox Christian parents is the decreases.
use of effective punishment techniques. In actual fact,
correct use of punishment actions can be a very effective Parents who are following Christ and His Church should
form of behavior control. The operative term here is want to increase good or appropriate behavior, but at
“correct use” of punishment. It must be psychologically, times (hopefully inadvertently) good behavior is punished.
emotionally and spiritually ‘correct.’ For example, a child who is showing a proficient school
project to their parent (an appropriate behavior) is told
(Continued on page 14)
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Extinction Explosion idea. For example, a child may do a good job fixing a
broken fence. His/her parent may say “Great! you did
(Continued from page 13)
such a good job, I’ll give you a really challenging job
now; you can repair the broken window frame in the
how awfully (even if objectively true) they are dressed. living room.” The parent may think they are rewarding
This ‘put down’ is found to be very unpleasant by the the child; the child may feel they are being punished by
child and thus in the long run decreases his doing good this difficult ‘extra’ chore. They may feel it is better not
schoolwork. [Hint: Better Parental procedure: praise the child for to do a good job ever. Why try hard, since more will be
the school project; address his or her dress at a later, more appropriate loaded on?
time].
Punishments should only be introduced by parents who
are in total emotional control. Not only do anger,
Important psychological caveats anxiety and/or depression prevent parents from effective
Use behavioral pinpointing, that is to say, be concrete- behavioral management of their children, but children
specific. Never give general-abstract instructions or cognitively focus on the inappropriate out-of-control
comment in general-abstract terms. Never tell a child to parental emotion and how awful it is to be yelled at, and
“be good” or “do better,” rather say: “sit in your chair do not attend to their own good and/or bad behavior
for the next 15 minutes,” or “check the spelling of the and its consequences.
words in this line,” etc.
Critical spiritual caveat
Spell out the behavioral contract ahead of time.
Tell the child what specific behaviors are expected, or Also needing to be overcome are fundamentalist and
are not to be done, and what the consequences will be. literal misperceptions of the teachings of Christ and His
If the child does a ‘new’ inappropriate behavior or fails Church, specifically individualistic interpretations of scripture
to do an appropriate behavior they have previously passages. In the Orthodox Church, scripture comes from
performed, do not ‘shoot from the hip’ and say something tradition and can only be interpreted in union and in
like: “Ok! No TV this evening!” Rather, tell the child the conformity with the Holy Spirit-inspired Church. If
consequence for the next time the ‘infraction’ occurs and scripture is to be followed literally, without the Holy
be sure to follow up. Punishment temporarily decreases Spirit inspired Body of Christ, the Orthodox Catholic
or suppresses behavior. Right after applying punishment Church, it is without the Holy Spirit. Christians trace
is the opportunity to catch the child doing something their founding to Jesus Christ, by His sending (descent) of
good and reward the child for doing it. This is especially the Holy Spirit on His apostles and disciples at Pentecost.
effective if it is a good behavior which would substitute According to St. Paul we know that the teachings of
for the inappropriate behavior the child was performing. Jesus were understood by Christians by their being
sanctified by this same Holy Spirit. St. Paul did much
Be consistent. Do not give a consequence which will to spread the teachings of Jesus throughout the Roman
occur and then not follow-up and apply it. Furthermore, world and writing to the Corinthians concerning the
for teaching new behaviors or modifying the behavior teachings which Jesus passed in tradition to His Church
of children who display inappropriate behavior, there he says: “I commend you because you remember me
must be no exceptions. The consistency of rewards and in everything and maintain the traditions even as I
punishments must be 100% have delivered them to you” (1 Corinthians 11:2).

Pleasant or unpleasant consequences must be defined Many who are sincere, well-meaning religious
from the child’s point of view not that of the parent
individuals, but who are seriously misguided and not
(or teacher). In fact, what a parent may think is pleasant in conformity to the Church, believe that corporal
or unpleasant may be quite different from the child’s punishment is mandated by Holy Scripture, and that,
(Continued on page 16)
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Our Response to the


Resurrection
(Continued from page 7)

It is called the prayer of the heart because when one


prays this prayer, invoking the name of Jesus Christ over
and over again, hundreds of times a day, the prayer
moves from the mouth, to the mind and eventually
into the heart, which it literally takes up residence, and
transforms the heart, the mind, the mouth and the entire
human being into a vessel of God’s grace.
May 20 - 22, 2011 You might ask, “How can I be a successful professional, or
an accomplished businessman, a dedicated teacher, or be
As we prepare this parish-wide herculean effort, raising three kids—with all the associated challenges and
everyone in our Church family is urged to get involved stresses—and still maintain a prayerful life?” The answer
in this dynamic and powerful ministry tool! With your is easy. I’m convinced that all of us have a lot of mental
help, our Church is going to have another outstanding free time, more than we think we do—standing in the line
International Greek Food Festival!! at the grocery store, sitting in traffic, folding the laundry,
As we all know, this grand project is a critical component mowing the lawn, getting dressed in the morning.
of the financial wellbeing of our parish. The proceeds And here’s where the Prayer of the Heart comes in. Start
of our annual Festival help ensure that our parish is able saying “Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God, have mercy on
to share the Good News of Christ by helping to meet me a sinner” during your mental free time. Start praying
some of the financial obligations necessary for continued for people in your life during your mental free time. And
growth. By volunteering at the Festival, we ensure the prayer you offer with your lips will become a prayer
that the ministries of the Annunciation are never stunted that enters your mind and takes residence in your heart
by a lack of funds. And because our Church is always and then you also will be transformed into a Godly
mindful of the broader community which we endeavor person, full of God’s grace and goodness.
to minister to, every year through the grace of God we
highlight the work of local non-denominational charities We need more soft hearts in our world. We need more
and share a portion of our bounty from the Festival with them. people who look out for others rather than looking out for
In addition to the Annunciation Scholarship themselves. Walk down a busy sidewalk in the downtown
Foundation, this year we as a parish have selected the area of your city and everyone is talking on a cell phone
following charities to support and increase the awareness or listening to an I-pod. They aren’t praying. And they
of their good works: are walking almost unaware that they are surrounded
by other people. It seems that society’s response to the
Love, Truth, Care Ministries
Resurrection is not one of joyful expectation or prayer of
Centers for Youth & Family
Easter Seals the heart, but indifference and self-centeredness at best.
Harmony Health Clinic
CARTI And this is where the church comes in. The church is
Community Connections supposed to encourage us and support us, as well as teach
CASA us how to transform our hearts into vessels of Christ. We
don’t celebrate the Holy Week services because they are
Let’s do our part towards helping Tradition, but because they teach us, inspire us, and heal us
the Annunciation to shine! (Continued on page 21)

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Extinction Explosion to a parent that unless they are prepared for this
(Continued from page 14)
‘explosion’ they are likely to give up on the procedure.
The child is also learning that they can persist in the
behavior and the parent will eventually ‘give-in.’
if they be parents, they would be negligent in not
Effectually this makes the child’s behavior even stronger.
employing corporal punishment in their families. The
typical verse quoted in justifying corporal punishment is
For example, suppose
supposedly from the book of Proverbs: “Spare the rod
a child is constantly
and spoil the child.” This is actually a misquote from the
yelling out, a bad behavior,
scriptural passage: “He who spares the rod hates his son,
and interrupting his/ It is morally necessary
but he who loves him is diligent to discipline him” (Pv 13:
her parent. Each time
24). There is another passage from the book of Proverbs
the parent would to use the scientific
which is also quoted in support of corporal punishment:
“Do not withhold discipline from a child; if you beat
answer the child’s techniques which
query (a pleasant have been found to be
him with a rod, he will not die. If you beat him with
event for the child).
If the parent were to beneficial in helping
the rod you will save his life from Sheol” (Pv 23:13-14).

Consider the wisdom of our holy Church Spiritual


be keeping a record raise Godly,
of the number of morally and socially
Father St. Isaac of Syria. Archbishop Hilarion Alfeyev
such interruptions
and then instituted a responsible children.
summarizes St. Isaac’s discernment: “...the Old Testament
understanding of God as a chastiser of sinners... does not
negative punishment
correspond with the revelation we have received through
(extinction) procedure
Christ in the New Testament ...one should not interpret
involving not paying
literally those Old Testament texts...they are being used
any attention at
in a figurative sense...” Thus it is the ‘spirit’ of the Old
all to the child’s interruption, they would note a
Testament message we have to discern in light of the
dramatic increase or burst of the child’s bad behavior
mind of Christ and His Church. The spirit of the “rod”
interruptions. If unprepared for this ‘extinction
is not its use in corporal beating, but in effective behavior
explosion’ a parent may well give in and respond again
management informed by the science of the day.
to the child’s inappropriate behavior. The child will
continue interrupting. The bad behavior will not only
The Extinction Explosion persist, but will more likely be harder to extinguish in
The extinction explosion is a result of using negative the future. Extinction bursts will be more intense and
punishment. As defined above: Negative Punishment pronounced. On the other hand, if the parent expects
(extinction) is the removal, taking away, that is to the extinction explosion and is prepared to “wait it out,”
say subtracting, a pleasant event following a bad (or the bad behavior, as is shown in the graph below, will
inadvertently a good) behavior. The result is that the eventually diminish.
behavior decreases.
Case Study
The behavior decreases if the removal (of the pleasant
Extinction explosions can last from several minutes to
event) is consistently applied over whatever time period
several hours. One of the most severe clinical cases I
it takes for the behavior to significantly diminish or
had involved a 6 year old male child who due to previous
disappear completely. However, in practical use of
ineffective extinction attempts (one parent was in the
this punishment technique a temporary surge, burst or
field of education and had minimal and inadequate
explosion of inappropriate behavior occurs when the
training in use of the procedure) had temper tantrum
pleasant event is removed. This can be so unsettling
(Continued on page 18)
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I am a Christian!
by Genvieve Holland.
my faith is weak, smaller than a mustard seed.

A Christian truly loves his neighbor and serves him,


All of us say these words, all of us call ourselves by the even at cost to himself; I scorn my neighbor, living
name of our Lord, but are we worthy of the name? only for myself.
What have we done, what feats of virtue have we
accomplished, to merit calling ourselves Christians? A Christian gladly obeys our Lord's command to pray
Where is our faith, that faith which is the hallmark of unceasingly; I struggle to say morning and evening
a true Christian? In what way have we emulated the prayers.
true Christians of old, Christians in deed as well as in
word, whose Christianity was everything to them? A Christian yearns with all his heart to spend every
moment worshipping his Creator; I begrudge every
When the Christians of old, enduring martyrdom for moment not spent satisfying my own desires.
their confession of the Faith, were asked their names
by the torturers, they answered, "I am a Christian." And I call myself a Christian.
When asked if they were slave or free, they replied, "I
am a Christian. I am a slave of Christ." When asked The Fathers teach that it is not our success in the
of their families and parentage, they said, "I am a Christian life, but our effort which God sees and values;
Christian. God is my Father; the Church, my Mother; that it doesn't matter so much that we fall, but that we
the saints, my brothers and sisters." When asked by get up, repent, and try again, each time we stumble.
their puzzled torturers how they could reject life and It is the trying again; the repeated effort and struggle;
honor for death and dishonor, they explained, "We the faith which makes a man continue to fight and not
are Christians. Our sole desire is to die for Christ that despair; the trust in God's mercy; the hope of eternal
we may reign eternally with Him." life, that make a Christian. I call myself a Christian,
but do I fulfill these requirements? Do I have efforts
The Christians of old, the saints, performed exalted and struggles to show? Or do I fall and stay down,
feats of virtue and endurance for the sake of and wallowing in filth and despair, not even aware of my
through the power of Christ's name. What have I depravity?
done? What have I done to merit calling myself a
Christian? What struggles and battles have I to show Millions of faithful have died for the name of
my sincerity? Christ, the name which I so carelessly dishonor, and
their blood adorns the title of Christian with more
The saints welcomed torture and death for making nobility and beauty than the richest gems or the most
the sign of the Cross; I hesitate to thank God for my prestigious medals. The title of Christian is honor
meal in public. enough to lift the head of the most wretched beggar,
and shame enough, if the inherent vow of Christ-
They endured hunger and thirst for the Gospel's sake; likeness is unfulfilled, to bow the head of the most
I complain about fasting for a month. powerful king.

They gave away the last of their sustenance for the sake So, at the same time as I raise my head because of the
of the One Whose Name they bore; I am reluctant to dignity of the name of Christian, I prostrate myself to
surrender even one penny. the earth in shame because of my unworthiness.

A true Christian has faith enough to move mountains; (Continued on page 20)

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Extinction Explosion
(Continued from page 7) the body and the mind, that is to say psychological
procedures, do not exist separately from their synergia
with the spirit. As St. James tells us:
outbursts which lasted 6-7 hours. His inappropriate Is there any one among you suffering? Let him pray... Is any
behavior included yelling, screaming, throwing among you sick? Let him call for the presbyters of the Church,
objects through glass windows, turning over kitchen and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name
and dining table set with dinnerware and food, etc. of the Lord; and the prayer of faith will save the sick man, and
the Lord will raise him up; and if he has committed sins, he will
Before I had the parents employ an ‘effective extinction be forgiven (Jas 4:13 - 15).
procedure,’ I had to thoroughly train the parents and
some extended family members. This training involved St. John Chrysostom presented us with the idea that the
a didactic phase explaining all aspects of negative entire Church of Christ is a hospital, thereby expressing
punishment (extinction) and probable consequences in clearer theological terms the relationship between the
(extinction explosion), role playing, an assessment of healing of body and soul practiced by the early healers. A
the home, rearranging furniture and safety-proofing prayer by St. John Chrysostom which is included in “The
objects. It also involved stripping bare one room in the Book of Needs” concisely states the goal of our earthly life:
house which would serve as a “time-out” room.
O Lord Jesus Christ...We beseech You, look mercifully upon him
Upon the first outburst of a temper tantrum the child (or her), and in your great love grant him (or her) relief from his
would be escorted (or carried) to the time-out room. The (or her) pain... that restored to the vigor of health, he (or she)
door to the room would be held shut by a family member. may... serve you faithfully and gratefully all his (or her) life, and
All family members were instructed not to answer the become heir of Your Kingdom,
child at all or open the door until the child was quiet for For You are the Physician of our souls and bodies, O Christ.
5 minutes. Upon opening the door the adult would, in
a pleasant tone of voice, praise the child for how ‘quiet
they are now.’ The program was explained to the child. I
Kid Logic
made myself available for telephone consultation during
this week. Family members would take turns holding After the Baptism
on to the door handle. The child’s first temper tantrum of his baby brother
lasted 6 hours. Over the next few days he continued in church, little
to have temper tantrums, but the time-out period Jason began to
significantly diminished. Within two weeks there were sob uncontrolla-
no reports of outbursts. The parents came in for support bly.
counseling for consistency in continuing the procedure
for several more weeks. A follow-up several months later Alarmed, his father
indicated no more behavioral outbursts. & mother asked
him repeatedly
what was wrong.
Body, Mind, Spirit
Elder Paisios of the Holy Mountain reminds earthly Finally, the boy
physicians: “You must have a practical mind. Generally replied:
speaking, every one of us must take advantage of his
“The priest said he wanted us
mind which is a gift from God.”
brought up in a Christian home...
and I want to stay with you guys!”
It must be considered that in the Orthodox tradition

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Our Covenant with Christ a minimum of four services during Great Lent (there
are 11 evening services in Lent and taken into account
is a possible absence for those going out of town for
Spring Break). In addition, during Holy Week the youth are
During Great Lent, the Holy Church offers a series of
asked to commit themselves to attend every single evening
evening services to nourish our souls in anticipation
service of Holy Week (this means seven evening services in
of the Resurrection of Christ. Again this year, the
addition to the two day services of Holy Friday which are a
Annunciation invites young and old alike to make a
part of their responsibility in attending the Good Friday Retreat,
special commitment to our Lord and Savior this Great
for a grand total of nine services during Holy
Lent through what we like to call the Covenant with
Week.) Then in order to support and acknowledge
Christ.
such a faithful commitment, the Annunciation Church
family will present those members of the GOYA that
On the Sunday of Forgiveness, Sunday, March 6th,
choose to complete this Covenant with Christ at
we were all invited to consider the great love of God
the conclusion of the Resurrection Service on Holy
and the manner and means by which we will choose
Saturday with a blessed symbol of love.
to respond to Him. In order to help us focus on this
blessed endeavor and put
Parents, as you personally
this spiritual journey in its
strive to fulfill your own
proper perspective, everyone
“covenant” with the Lord,
in our Church family was
please help your child
invited to make a personal
develop into a faithful
“covenant” with the Lord.
Orthodox Christian by
Hopefully, this call to action
encouraging them to
will help those who chose to
embrace this spiritual
participate to grow in their
challenge. Nothing would
relationship with Christ
be more beautiful as we
through the instructions
herald the Resurrection of
and disciplines of the Holy
Our Lord during the wee
Orthodox Church. This
hours of Pascha than to be
covenant is meant to be a
able to gather together (young and old alike) as a people
source of motivation to greet each day of Great Lent
who are consciously walked together the journey that
with even greater determination than the day before.
His Church has prescribed for centuries. Consider
the spiritual joy we will experience in proclaiming
For the younger members of the Annunciation, ages
His Glorious Resurrection and knowing that we have
12-18 (with a little help from their parents) we hope
seriously sought to prepare our heart, body and soul
that they are pursuing some important goals with
and that of our children for Him and Him alone.
the Covenant with Christ. As always, part of their
commitment in this covenant is between them and God
(prayer, almsgiving, fasting), but there is a part of this
pledge that can be observed, and that is their attendance Festival Divine Liturgy
of Church services. So in addition to their faithful
Sunday Divine Liturgy attendance and whatever other means on May 22nd,
they will personally employ to honor our Lord and Savior during the Sunday of the Festival,
this most sacred season, our young people are being asked
to attend at least one Lenten Service every week the Divine Liturgy will be
of Great Lent: Wednesday’s Presanctified Liturgy at celebrated at 9:30am.
6:30pm or Friday’s Salutation Service at 6:30pm for
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Wisdom:
A Thank You Note
“Let our throat become hoarse from
to the crying out the sweetest name of Jesus
Annunciation all day long,
and it will become “sweeter than
Church Family honey and honeycomb”
The entire Naimeh Alley Family would like to to the noetic larynx-the heart. With
extend our heartfelt appreciation for all of the no other name
love, prayers and comfort that everyone has will we be able to overcome the
shown us during this very difficult time. We are passions within us,
deeply humbled and take much comfort in all except with the name of Jesus.
of your kind words, deeds, and memories of our
beloved Mother and Grandmother.
With no other name
will we be able to expel the darkness
Our mother loved the Annunciation Church from our heart and to have the
and its parishioners with all of her heart. We are radiance of luminous knowledge shine
truly blessed to have so many loving friends. Our forth in our mind,
mother and “Tata” will be dearly missed. except with the name of Jesus.”
May her memory be eternal.
Elder Ephraim of the Holy Mountain
In Christ, (Mt. Athos)
The Alley Family
I am a Christian!
(Continued from page 17)
The Annunciation Needs
And yet - all of us are unworthy. The greatest of the
Her Flock! saints was not truly worthy to bear Christ's name. "Be
ye perfect," we are told, and not one man ever born,
On Holy Friday, April 22nd, EVERY able man, save Christ Jesus Himself, the God-man, has completely
woman and child is invited to help decorate fulfilled this commandment.
the Sepulcher & Church in anticipation of
Yet, I am a Christian. I am a Christian, not through any
the Lamentations and Pascha Services. It is a
virtue or merit of my own, but through God's infinite
tradition in our Church to make  Holy Friday
love, grace, and mercy, and His acceptance of my
a day of prayers and service centered at the
struggles, poor as they are. Because of His care for me,
Church. It will begin with the service of the Royal
I may truthfully and proudly and humbly cry: I am a
Hours at 9:00am and then all together we will
Christian!
help prepare the House of the Lord for the great
and sacred events that unfold within it thereafter. I Cor 15:9 -10
Please plan to attend the service at 9:00am and For I am the least of the apostles, that am not meet to be
called an apostle, because I persecuted the church of God. But
then stay afterwards to participate in this sacred
by the grace of God I am what I am: and his grace which
undertaking. As hear at every Liturgy, the Lord was bestowed upon me was not in vain; but I labored more
blesses and sanctifies, “those who love the beauty of His abundantly than they all: yet not I, but the grace of God which
House.” was with me.

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Our Response to the And so we come now to the question, “What is your
response to the Resurrection of Christ?” Is it business as
Resurrection usual? Indifference? Thank God that’s over? Does your
(Continued from page 15) response last a day? A week? The 40 days until Ascension?
I’ve been preaching in my parish that goals without
plans are fantasies. A goal without a plan, or without an
when we celebrate them in the proper spirit. In setting up appropriate plan will never be achieved. (i.e. The person
churches, the intention is not to set up an organization who wants to lose ten pounds by doing nothing will never
that is supported with dues and with activities, but rather achieve that goal. Neither will the person who wants to
to set up a heaven on earth, that is part classroom (where lose ten pounds by eating a pint of ice cream each day
we learn), part hospital (where we find healing), and part achieve that goal). If our goal is to go to heaven, the plan
heaven (where we leave our earthly cares so that we may must be appropriate - not coming to church except during
receive the King of All.) Holy Week, never praying, never reading the Bible, never
going to confession, these are not plans that will lead to
In the 21st Century, sadly, we do not find our churches as our goal of salvation.
bastions of faith, or safe havens for those seeking spiritual
renewal and inspiration. We find them more as clubs. Does God want His Churches to grow? That is a yes or
I remember a children’s book in the bookstore at the no question. The answer is yes, it says so in Matthew 28:
Seminary which was entitled “The World, My Church.” “Go therefore and baptize all nations.” Christ wants His church
Indeed, that is supposed to be the focus of the world, to grow, to be alive, to be vibrant. And this doesn’t mean
making it like what the church is supposed to be—a place just to have great social activities, a successful festival and
where we commune with God through prayer constantly. various clubs and groups. It means for people, individually
A more proper title might be “The Church, my Club.” and collectively, to be alive in their faith, in Christ’s love,
and not just lip service, but as we sing in the Matins service,
Most churches are closer to country club than they are “Let every breath praise the Lord.”
to church. People sit at the same tables with their same
friends. There are people who will participate actively As we look to Holy Week and beyond, it really is a time
in certain “clubs” of the church, but not partake in the to assess what is your spiritual goal in life, and where are
sacramental life. And various ministries will see themselves you in your spiritual plan. Is your spiritual plan/goal-
as “special interests” rather than as extensions of the Altar. appropriate or not? And then you not only take a reflective
The mission statement for every group in our church is look at your life, but at the life of your parish, and re-orient
supposed to be bringing the Gospel of Jesus Christ to its ourselves so that we are going in some direction towards
members. Each group just uses a different grab—the choir God, not just at Holy Week, but each day of our lives.
through singing, the youth group through youth activities,
the Ladies Aid Society through philanthropy—but the Just like the man who receives $10 Million should be
purpose of each should be the same, growth in faith. grateful to his benefactor each and every day and should
honor the gift, so should each of us, having been given the
After all, what good is it for the youth group to provide opportunity for salvation and eternal life, be grateful to
a place for our children to play basketball if it is not our Benefactor, the Lord, each and every day and should
concerned with our children developing a genuine honor the gift, with each day, with each thing that we do.
relationship with Christ? Or for the choir to sing God’s
praises and not live lives that praise God? Or for a We hear in the hymns of Pascha, “Let everything begin anew
member of the dance group to dance dozens of Greek in the Light of the Resurrection.” It doesn’t say, “Let us rest on
dances but not have read the Bible or rarely attend the our laurels until next year,” or “let us self-congratulate,”
Liturgy? Or for a Parish Council member to count the but rather, take up the Cross of the Christian life with
money in the tray but never approach the Chalice or go renewed energy, enthusiasm and purpose.
to confession?

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Easter Flowers
are Needed!
Holy Week In the celebration of Christ’s Holy Resurrection, flowers
BEGINS play a special role in the Church’s expression of profound
joy. Not only is the Church beautifully adorned with
April 17th flowers, but the very services and customs of Holy
Week mandate the use of flowers. With that in mind,
we can help support the liturgical expressions of Holy
Week and Pascha by making an extra donation for the
flowers that will play an integral role in heralding the
life-giving news of Christ’s Resurrection.
Making Lent Great We seek extra donations for the the following:
$300 for Holy Week
There is still time to make Great Lent and Pascha, a $300 for Pascha
blessed opportunity to change!
24 potted Lilies for $10 each
The choice for us this Lenten season is to either
If you can make a donation of any kind to help
continue to follow the flawed routines of the past
the Annunciation meet this need, please see a Parish
that have kept us from glorifying the Lord regularly
Council member or submit such a specific offering to
and at the appointed hour or to meaningfully
the Church Office.
change our ways and honor the Lord by attending
the Divine Services faithfully and on time. Our
spiritual life is in the balance! Either our life in
Memorial Day
Christ can be refreshed by faith in action, or we
can fail to be vigilant about our spiritual life and we
will keep His love at bay.

Let us live in the Resurrection of our Savior


by redoubling our efforts to gather at the
Annunciation at 10:00am at the latest in
order to worship our Lord and draw closer
to Him and one another.

“Most of those who died in defense


of our country were boys when they
2011 Parish Assembly died, and they gave up two lives - the
one they were living, and the one they
Sunday, April 3rd would have lived. They gave up their
chance to be husbands and fathers and
“Working together for the glory of grandfathers. They gave up everything
for their country... for us.
God and His Holy House!” All we can do is remember.”
Ronald Reagan
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Making A Splash! Pack Your


Attention JOY Bags!
members and
parents! On Attention GOYA & Jr. GOYA 
members and their families!
Tuesday, May
We are planning a fun filled
31st at 4:30pm excursion to...
we have
scheduled a San Antonio, Texas
Pool Party at June 20th - 23rd!
the Arkansas
The plan is for us to depart
Valley Pool for from the Church via motor
all to attend. coach on Monday morning (6/20) and make our way
We will provide to the Hyatt Regency Riverwalk in San Antonio. On
the Lifeguards Tuesday (6/21), we will spend the day exploring Sea
& Pool - all you World! On Wednesday (6/22), we will have guided
need to do is tours of The Alamo, San Jose Mission, San Fernando
come with a Cathedral, plus shopping at the Mercado Mexican
spirit of fun. Market, a riverboat cruise and then enjoy dinner
all together at the Mi Tierra Restaurant. Finally, on
Save the date!!! Thursday (6/23), our exhausted group will return to
Little Rock.
The bus, hotel and tickets to all the events are all
included for the heavily discounted amount of $250.
(So please make sure to set some time aside to help with the Youth
Festival Booth and our Summer Garage Sale.) For parents
1 1 S t. J o hn who would like to attend and prefer two to a room,
2 0 m there will have to be an additional fee of $100 per
y s osto val! person. Registration forms are available and space will
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JOY Movie Night

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Youth Gathering!

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Happy Birthday
to our parishioners celebrating Outreach Committee
during the upcoming months! Meet & Greet Schedule
April 1st . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Liz Masching April 3rd. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Robin Jones
April 3rd. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Lisa Alley April 10th . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Susan McDowell
Katherine Verdaris April 17th . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Sharon Johnson
April 4th. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Kerri Moutos April 24th . . . . . . . . . . . . . Christopher Huckabay
April 5th. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Oleksandra Pavliv
Kaitlyn Zraick May 1st. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Carole Hawkins
Brooklyn Zraick May 8th. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Jack Weatherly
May 15th. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Mark Hunter
April 6th. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Caroline Lewis
May 22nd . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Robin Jones
April 10th. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Linda Haycook May 29th. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Susan McDowell
Sultaneh Kassissieh
April 13th. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Ana Stathakis
April 14th. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Jessica Alley
Jerry Melnyk
Grace Rutter c Fellowship Hour d
April 15th. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Kevin Wilcox
April 19th. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Graham Campbell If you or your family would like to commemorate
April 24th . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Will Ramser a special event, honor the memory of a loved
one or would simply like to after a gift to the
April 25th . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Janet Miron
Annunciation family... you too can sponsor a
April 26th . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Sam Cimino Fellowship Hour!
Diana Mann
Roxana Terlea Please check the Bulletin Board
April 29th . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Madeleine Gess and sign up today!
May 1st. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Julie Blackwell
May 3rd . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Harley Burks
May 7th . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Kaitlyn Akel
Many Thanks!
Lauren Bailey As we look forward to heralding the Resurrection
May 11th. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Alex Harb of Christ together as a Church family, we must also
May 13th . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Bobby Bishara take this opportunity to offer our profound thanks
May 14th . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . John Hawkins May to everyone who made our annual Parish Feast Day
Luncheon such a blessed occasion. From the creative
May 15th . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Ian Ramser
decorators, the talented cooks, dedicated clean-up
May 19th . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Erin Kaiser crew, the generous Harb family who underwrote
May 20th. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Elias Bishara the event, to all those loving men and women who
May 29th. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Andrew Cora attended - we give thanks to God!
Anna Cora
May 30th. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Ken Haycook May the Lord continue to bless the
Annunciation in Little Rock!
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April / May 2011

ANNUNCIATION GREEK ORTHODOX CHURCH


1100 NAPA VALLEY DRIVE, LITTLE ROCK, AR 72211
REV. DR. NICHOLAS J. VERDARIS, PASTOR

A pril 2011
Sun Mon Tues Wed Thurs Fri Sat
1 2

4th Stanza Salutations


6:30pm

3 4 5 6 7 8 9
Sunday of John Climacus
Matins 9:00am
Divine Liturgy 10:00am
Parish Assembly
Presanctified Liturgy
The Akathist Service
6:30pm
6:30pm

10 11 12 13 14 15 16
Sunday of the Publican
Matins 9:00am Saturday of Lazarus
Divine Liturgy 10:00am Quiet Week Quiet Week Quiet Week Quiet Week Quiet Week Liturgy 9:30am

Youth Breakfast
Parish Council Meeting Easter Egg Hunt
6:00pm & Palm Cross Making

17 18 19 20 21 22 23
Palm Sunday The Royal Hours
Matins 9:00am Presanctified Liturgy Liturgy of St. Basil 9:00am Liturgy of St. Basil
Divine Liturgy 10:00am 9:30am 9:30am 9:30am
The Descent from the Cross
3:00pm
Bridegroom Service Bridegroom Service Bridegroom Service Unction Service The Passion Service Services of the Resurrection
The Lamentations Service
7:00pm 7:00pm 7:00pm 6:00pm 7:00pm 11:00pm
7:00pm

24 25 26 27 28 29 30
Pascha

Bright Week Bright Week Bright Week Bright Week Bright Week Bright Week
The Agape Service
11:30am
Stewardship Meeting
6:00pm

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THE PROMISE

ANNUNCIATION GREEK ORTHODOX CHURCH


1100 NAPA VALLEY DRIVE, LITTLE ROCK, AR 72211
REV. DR. NICHOLAS J. VERDARIS, PASTOR

M ay 2011
Sun Mon Tues Wed Thurs Fri Sat
1 23 4 5 6 7
Sunday of Thomas
Matins 9:00am
Divine Liturgy 10:00am

89 10 11 12 13 14
Myrrhbearers Sunday
Matins 9:00am
Divine Liturgy 10:00am 2011
Taste of the Mediterranean
Mother’s Day
Parish Council Meeting
6:00pm

15 16 17 18 19 20 21
Sunday of the Paralytic
Matins 9:00am 2011 2011
Divine Liturgy 10:00am GreekFest Golf Classic International International
Greek Food Festival! Greek Food Festival!
Sunday School Graduation
Presanctified Liturgy
6:30pm

22 23 24 25 26 27 28
Sunday of the Samaritan
Divine Liturgy 9:30 am

2011
International
Greek Food Festival!

29 30 31 May 1 23 4
The Sunday of Blind Man
Matins 9:00am
Divine Liturgy 10:00am Memorial Day

JOY Pool Party


4:30pm

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