Dear Friends in Christ,
On behalf of the entire Annunciation Parish, we wanted to send this letter of invitation to you and your families and friends to save the date for our special 100th Anniversary Celebration.
Being that this is our 100th Anniversary as a Church, we want to be sure that we mark this occasion with the recognition worthy of such a milestone.
One hundred years ago, a group of faithful “pioneers” gathered together for the first time as clergy and laity to celebrate the Divine Liturgy. It was with this particular act – the celebration of the Holy Eucharist- that this group first became a Church. Little did they know then of all the tremendous plans God had for the Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church, yet we are here today as a testimony to the Sovereign plan of God, as well as serving as representatives of what God can do with people following His will.
While there have been difficulties along the way, and times of great testing, we have seen miracles of God's providence, power, and protection! God truly is good ALL the time...even when we may not understand His ways.
As your Priests, we want you to know how honored we are to be here at this special time in the history of the Annunciation, yet we look with anticipation to even greater things in the future!
The Lord made it very clear that He would build His Church; “And I tell you that you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of Hades will not overcome it (Mt. 16:18).”
At times, we can become a bit preoccupied with our own sense of importance and accomplishment, yet we must remember during our time of celebration to glorify first and foremost Christ as both the "head builder" and "chief cornerstone" of the Church He established.
Our Anniversary celebration will take place from October 22- 24, 2010. Please visit our website for more details so that you won't miss a moment of this great time together.
In Christ’s love and service,
|Fr. James S. Katinas||Fr. Mark Curtright|