Please refer to our Calendar Page for our monthly worship schedule
Sunday, December 1st
Divine Liturgy: 9:30am
Sunday, December 8th
Divine Liturgy: 9:30am
Sunday, December 15th
Divine Liturgy: 9:30am
Sunday, December 22nd
Peter Christofer- 40 Days
Theodora Skouras - 40 Days
Panagiotis Treskas - 6 Months
Alex Demetropoulos - 1 Year
George Skouras - 20 Years
May Their Memory Be Eternal
*If you would like to have a memorial for a loved one, please forward the information to our office no later than the Thursday morning before the memorial is to be done. Thank you for your cooperation.
Thank you for joing us for our festival! We are very thankful for all of our volunteers and supporters who worked so hard and were so generous to make the weekend a tremendous success!
We are pleased to announce our 50/50 Raffle Winners from the festival:
FIRST PRIZE: 2013 Grand Cherokee or $25,000 cash Winner : George Pantelidis
SECOND PRIZE: $4,000. Winner: Evelyn Tsirakis
THIRD PRIZE: Trip to Aruba - airline and hotel included or $3,500.
Winner: Zoe Pappous
FOURTH PRIZE:$2,000 cash. Winner: Anthony Pilavas.
FIFTH PRIZE: 50 INCH TV. Winner: Peter M. Psyllos.
SIXTH PRIZE: Apple i-Pad. Winner: Chris and Peggy Milonas
SEVENTH PRIZE: 4 2014 NY METS tickets with lunch or dinner. Winner:
EIGHTH PRIZE: 2 Broadway Show tickets. Winner: Mark Pappas
Winner: Zoe Pappous
NINTH PRIZE: 2 night stay for 2 at the NYC Trump International Hotel.
Winner: Mr.& Mrs. Mayor (grandchildren of Tony and Chris Arlis)
TENTH PRIZE: Dinner Certificate. Winner: Diana Zaferiou.
ELEVENTH PRIZE: Dinner Certificate. Winner: James and Eleni Sfiroudis.
TWELFTH PRIZE: Dinner Certificate. Winner: George Michelis
NO THIRTEENTH PRIZE
FOURTEENTH PRIZE: Case of Wine. Winner: Dr. William Blum.
FIFTEENTH PRIZE: Case of Wine. Winner: Nick Gabriel
Please contact the Church Office to claim your prize. Thank you to all who entered!
Our beautiful new Sanctuary was featured in an article by Jill Radar Levine of the Port Washington Patch. It includes some very striking photos of the Church. To read the article, please click here.
Welcome Back! We hope everyone had a great summer. We are looking forward to another exciting athletics season and the opening of our HOME gym!
We ask that anyone interested in participating in our sports programs come to one of the in-house Registrations, Thursday Sept.12th and Friday, Sept. 13th from 5:30-7:30pm.
Fall soccer season has begun. We have 50 boys and girls who are excited about playing soccer and having a great time. Games will be running until November and then playoffs and championship games will be played in the Spring. We would like to thank all the coaches for their hard work in teaching our children soccer techniques. Girls 1 Coaches: Michael Bapis, Spyros Maliagros; Girls 2 coaches: Spiro Katechis, Dennis Matarangas, Bill Vasiliades; Boys 1: Tom Gargas, Chris Dritsas, Dennis Matarangas; Boys 2: George Kaparos, Nick Nissirios.
Good Luck to all our teams and Let’s go AMC!!!
Exciting news! This year was the 35th Anniversary of the Greek Orthodox Youth Olympics. We held a special torch ceremony at our church on February 3rd which marked the beginning of the Olympic season. Forty children from our church participated in the Olympics on Memorial Day weekend. We started the weekend and ended the weekend with a bang. The rain on Saturday did not stop us from having a fun time. Following are all the medals that our children won! Congratulations to all and we are already looking forward to next year!
Silver Medal in 9-10 Year Old Swim Relay Team: Anastasia Cavounis with Aphrodite Dimopoulos (with two girls from St. D. Merrick)
Gold Medal in 9-10 Year Old Girls Long Jump: Victoria Gagliano
Gold Medal - Board Games Backgammon: Ariana Matarangas
Bronze Medal in 9-10 Year Old Soft Ball Throw: Ariana Matarangas
Bronze Medal in 9-10 year old Boys Basketball Free Throw: Michael Colombos
Silver Medal in 11-12 year old Boys Basketball Around the World: Tommy Drenis
Gold Medal - AMC Girls Soccer Team 7-9 year old: Ariana Matarangas, Christina Kokis, Paige Theodosopoulos, Emily Theodosopoulos, Maria Bapis, Antonia Tsismenakis, Mirianthis Tsismenakis, Marina Tsimisiris, Alexandra Maliagros, Filitsa Vasiliades
After almost a year of planning, our 2nd Annual Festival on the Harbor has come and gone. However, for many of us the memories will be long lasting—and thankfully there are plenty of photos to remember the good times had by all on the Festival’s Facebook Page. As co-chairs of the 2012 Greek Festival on the Harbor, we were honored to work shoulder to shoulder with the more than 350 volunteers from the Archangel Michael community (up from 250 volunteers last year); and based on the monies raised for the Capital Campaign and the feedback we have received, this year’s Festival was a phenomenal success!
Despite more than 2 inches of rainfall on Friday evening and Saturday morning, the weekend was salvaged with good weather on Saturday afternoon and Sunday. Also for the second year, the Port Washington Police Department estimated that we had close to 15,000 visitors on Saturday alone—that’s astounding. And more astounding is how we handled those crowds serving thousands of Souvlaki, Gyro, Haloumi, Loukoumades, Pastries, Coffees, Beers and Wines, with volunteers that do this once a year. And the feedback was very positive on how the lines moved fast, the food was served hot and tasted excellent. We should all be very proud of these accomplishments.
We are pleased to share with you a small sample of the feedback we received almost immediately after the Festival came to an end…it’s apparent that we took what we learned in 2011 and made great improvements—and we are already making plans for 2013.
“It was an Incredible festival! It is a privilege to be part of the amazing & dynamic AMC family! It warmed my heart to see all parishioners working diligently for our common goal......our church!”
“Congratulations to the entire Archangel Michael family for coming together in such an impressive fashion.”
“Once again a phenomenal effort by our Festival Committee and all involved!”
“I felt the spirit of camaraderie that is seldom felt when so many people with opinions get together. Each and every person was there for a common goal and it showed in our ability to get the food out and never get frustrated or flustered.”
It’s only fitting that we wrap up the 2012 Festival with a sincere thank you to each donor who gave big or small and to every volunteer who worked for one hour or tirelessly for three days straight. For all your time, energy, efforts, gifts, abilities, hard work, donations and prayers, please accept the thanks and appreciation of your community and us personally. We will see you once again next year!!
With sincere gratitude,
Peter Stavrinos & Michael Psyllos, Festival Co-Chairs
Thank you to everyone for supporting, volunteering and attending our Festival! On September 28th, 29th and 30th we hosted our second “Greek Festival on the Harbor” and it was a tremendous success! We will be posting photos and updates in the coming days!
We are already looking forward to next year!
Sunday School has gotten off to a wonderful start. On our first day, September 15th, Fr. Dennis and Fr. Nikolas greeted all the children in Church and blessed them and their classrooms with Agiasmo.
There are many great things happening this year. We welcome Alexandra Kapetanos who is teaching the Kindergarten class together with Kally Dipreta. For the first time, the second grade is joining the older grades in Church. After listening to the Gospel reading, the children now have the opportunity to hear the weekly Gospel lesson from Father Dennis and Father Nikolas. In the month of October we also brought back our wonderful music program with our Byzantine Youth Choir Director, Mrs. Georgia Kaufman.
Sunday School classes began on September 15th, but it's never too late to register. Please join us for Sunday School this year!
February has been set aside as “Godparent Month”. We ask that you and your children invite their godparents to attend Church with you, together as a family. Please make every effort to renew this spiritual relationship between your family and your children's godparents.
Once again we will be participating in the Modell’s Shopping Month (Team Week). Please help support HOPE/JOY and our Church by clicking here for a coupon to save 15% on items purchased at Modell’s from 12/7-1/3. Modell’s will donate 5% of sales during this period to our church.
**Please note that this coupon can be used throughout New York, not just on Long Island.**
Use the coupon to purchase soccer, basketball and football supplies, athletic gear as well as sneakers, etc. It will save you money and help our Church at the same time. Additional coupons can be found in the Trumpet and in the Church Lobby.
Our JOY basketball teams need your coaching expertise! If you are interested in coaching, please email Tommy Dimopoulos, Athletics Director at firstname.lastname@example.org. You do not have to be parent or have a child in the JOY program to coach.
Our JOY/GOYA soccer teams also need your help! We are looking for adults who are willing to coach boys or girls ages 7-9, 10-12, 13-16. The season began in mid-September. Please call Nick Kokinakis at 516-365-1028.
The interior work of our sanctuary is close to completion! The elevator and choir loft railing are awaiting parts for completion. We will soon be submitting our Public Assembly Application to the Town of North Hempstead for approval and will be requesting the sanctuary be added to our existing Temporary Certificate of Occupancy. Work on the interior of the chapel continues as scheduled with the interior walls receiving their first coat of paint. Iconographer Athanasios Clark is expected to finish the Platytera and the Communion of the Holy Apostles in early fall.
We are happy to report that the work on the gym is progressing according to schedule with completion anticipated before the end of the year!The remaining decking will be completed shortly, with the roofing to follow. Soon after, the exterior brick will also be installed. The masonry on the north wall has been installed and the framing will be completed as well. All electrical, air conditioning, heating and plumbing will follow.
Once the gym equipment proposal has been reviewed by the contractor, the manufacturer will be contacted. When the order is then placed, the manufacturer will submit shop drawings to the architects for the final approval of the basketball hoops and structures.
Congratulations to the Girls G1 Soccer Team (ages 7-9) coached by Dennis Matarangas and Spiro Katehis on winning the soccer championship on Saturday, June 16th!
The team beat YKT (Kimisis) of Brooklyn by a score of 3-1, with Ariana Matarangas scoring two goals and Christina Kokis scoring one.
The team members are: Maria Bapis, Nikki Colaitis, Maria Doulis, Ariana Matarangas, Christina Kokis, Mary Tsahas, Sophia Stefanakis, Ethymia Kaparos, Eleni Vasiliades, Barbara Nictas, Irene Katehis, Victoria Gagliano, Despina Tsiamtsiouris, and Isabella Koumpourlis.Special thanks to the parents and community for their support.
To be a Christian means to be a part of the Church, which enables us to practice our active commitment to our belief in God and to acknowledge Christ in our way of life.
The Church is the Body of Christ on Earth, the fellowship of the faithful. Its parishioners worship together and help one another learn and practice the faith. With the help of God and each other, we seek to become better Christians.
Since the very beginning, the Greek Orthodox community of Archangel Michael has worked together, diligently and unselfishly, to become the "Ecclesia," an expanded family that receives its blessings from Almighty God.
While striving for this goal, we offer a full program of activities for our community, and encourage all members to participate as actively as they can.
We invite you to join us in His work!
Please consider supporting us in the completion of our Sanctuary. Please click here for our entire Book of Needs, or explore below to find several remaining gift opportunities.
Book Of Needs
|Gift Opportunity||Available||Sponsored||Gift Amount|
|North and South Transept Windows|
|South Transept Window Right||0||1||$25,000|
|South Transept Window Left||0||1||$25,000|
|South Transept Window Center||1||0||$75,000|
|North Transept Window Right||1||0||$25,000|
|North Transept Window Left||1||0||$25,000|
|North Transept Window Center||1||0||$75,000|
|Stained Glass Windows Located in Foyer||1||1||$15,000 each|
|Stained Glass Windows Located in Hallway||1||0||$15,000 each|
|Two Carved Marble Balustrades on the Solea in front of the Altar||2||0||$12,000 each|
|Wood Carved Bishop's Throne on the Solea in front of Icon Screen||0||1||$25,000|
|Synthronos (Bishop's Throne in the Altar Area)||1||0||$15,000|
|Chanter's Analogion (Book Stand)||0||1||$5,000|
|Two Carved Wood Pangaria (Candle and Vigil Light Stands)||0||2||$25,000 each|
|Two Carved Wood Candle Boxes (Candle Sandboxes)||0||2||$20,000 each|
|Two Carved Wood Sacrament Tables||0||2||$7,5000 each|
|Two Baptismal Fonts (Wood Carved with Marble Top)||2||0||$25,000 each|
|Icon of St. Nectarios (located within the Altar)||0||1||$25,000|
|Icon of St. Philip Located on the Iconostasis (Deacon's Door)||0||1||$20,000|
|Five Carved Wood Icon Stands||5||0||$4,500 each|
|Wood Carved Kouvouklion (Christ's Tomb)||0||1||$15,000|
|Chalice, Paten and Veil Covers||4||1||$750 per set|
|Holy Gospel Cover||5||0||$500 each|
|Altar Table Coverings||2||2||$1,000 per set|
|Acolyte Robes||11||4||$500 per robe|
|Lighting Fixtures for Church, Narthex, Colonnade & Foyer|
|Byzantine Style Sconces for Colonnade Area||18||0||$1,500 each|
|Byzantine Style Flushmount Fixture for Narthex Area||1||1||$3,500 each|
|Byzantine Style Semi-flush Mount Fixtures for Under Balcony Area||4||0||$3,000 each|
|Byzantine Style Sconces for Church Area||12||0||$1,500 each|
|Byzantine Style Chandelier for Foyer between Church and Fellowship Hall||0||1||$3,000|
|Byzantine Style Two-Tier Chandelier for Chapel||3||0||$5,000 each|
|Byzantine Style Semi-flush Mount Fixtures Library||4||0||$2,000 each|
MARK YOUR CALENDARS:
Greek Independence Day Parade: Sunday, April 7th
Greek Night out: Friday, May 10, 2013
Ammos of Central Lounge in Astoria, 7pm
Open bar, food, raffles, and music by Power Station Entertainment featuring Christos Lambropoulos
Proceeds to benefit the Archangel Michael Church, Greek Language Institute PTA, and Archangel Michael Preschool
Watsonian Golf Tournament: June 13th, 2013 at Plandome Country Club.
Fr. Dennis presented the Stewardship Report at the June 2nd General Assembly meeting. As of April 30, 2013, 366 stewards have made pledges totaling $368,810, of which $279,898 has been collected. To date we have approximately 250 stewards who have not yet submitted pledges for 2013. The full support and commitment of our entire community will help meet both our budgeted goal of $530,000 and the financial needs of our parish! For those stewards who have given we thank you for helping us get closer to our goal. We ask those families who have not yet made a Stewardship Commitment for 2013 to please do so as soon as possible. Please take a moment to contact our office at 516-944-3180 and submit your pledge today. Thank you.
To download a copy of the 2013 Stewardship Pledge form, please click here. Thank you for giving!
Fr. Dennis is celebrating the 40th anniversary of his ordination to the deaconate on July 1, 2013, and to the priesthood on July 29, 2013. We want to express our Congratulations and Best Wishes. “ΠΑΝΤΑ ΑΞΙΟΣ”
Fr. Dennis(Dionysios) was born in Chicago, Illinois to Peter and Mary Strouzas. He spent most of his early years in Chicago among family and friends. He graduated from Lane Tech, attended the University of Illinois and worked for Continental Airlines. He loved playing basketball and listening to music.
He served in the altar at St. George Greek Orthodox Church where his grandparents, parents, brother, aunts, uncles and cousins were active members. His true love for Christ and the Church was nurtured from a very young age by his family and Fr. Rexinis, his parish priest.
In some mystical way, he was drawn to Hellenic College and Holy Cross Theological School where he continued his education and received his Bachelor of Arts and Masters of Divinity degrees. While at Holy Cross Seminary he did field work with Fr. Kallistos Samaras (the late Bishop Kallistos of Blessed Memory) at St. Catherine’s Greek Orthodox Church in Quincy, Massachusetts. Fr. Kallistos became his spiritual father and mentor.
Fr. Dennis and Presvetera Paula met at St. Catherine’s Church and were married at Holy Cross Chapel. Fr. Dennis was ordained to the deaconate at St. Catherine’s Church on July 1, 1973, and to the priesthood at St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church in Oaklawn, Illinois, on July 29, 1973.
He served St. Nicholas in Oaklawn for four and a half years and St. Nektarios in Palatine, Illinois for six years. He also served as Youth Director and Camp Fanari Co-director for the Chicago Diocese.
Fr. Dennis came to us at Archangel Michael Church on March 1, 1984 and has been our spiritual father for 29 years. His love, faith and compassion have touched all of us. We thank God for sending him to us.
Fr. Dennis and Presvetera Paula have two wonderful children, Peter and Maria Nicole. Maria Nicole is married to Dr. John Koutsoyiannis and Peter is engaged to Elizabeth Johnson.
We pray that the Lord will continue to Bless all of them always.
We had the pleasure of welcoming Deacon Nikolas Karloutsos to our Archangel Michael Church family on August 1, 2012 to assist Father Dennis. On December 22, 2012, we had the pleasure of witnessing his Ordination to the Holy Priesthood by Archbishop Demetrios on the very same day that His Eminence opened our Sanctuary! Please join us in welcoming Fr. Nikolas as the Assistant Priest of our parish.
Fr. Nikolas was born and raised in a clergy family in Danbury, CT, joining two older siblings in the loving home created by their parents, Father Peter and Presvytera Maria Karloutsos, and sustained by an abundance of God's blessings. For his undergraduate studies, Fr. Nikolas attended Western Connecticut State University and later transferred to NYU, earning a B.A. in History and Hellenic Studies in 2004.
Upon graduation, he worked for five years as a corporate paralegal in New York City, and was a member at the Assumption Greek Orthodox Church in Danbury, CT where Fr. Peter continues to serve as parish priest. In June 2009, Fr. Nikolas married Meghan, originally from New Fairfield, CT, who had graduated a month earlier with a Master's degree in Elementary Education from Hunter College.
In August 2009, they moved to the campus of Hellenic College Holy Cross (HCHC) Greek Orthodox School of Theology in Brookline, MA in order for Fr. Nikolas to attend HCHC as a seminarian to further discern his vocational calling. Presvytera Meghan worked as a Kindergarten and First Grade teacher in Boston Public Schools while Fr. Nikolas studied toward a Master of Divinity, which he was awarded in May 2012. On February 16, 2012, they welcomed son Thomas (Anastasios) George to their family.
Ever grateful to God for His blessings and providence, they look forward to journeying and growing together with the Archangel Michael Church family in prayer, fellowship and service, as they begin their ministry of bearing witness to our Lord's love and Gospel.
The Archangel Michael Greek Language Institute welcomed back the students of our Greek School with a special blessing from Father Nikolas at the annual Agiasmos on the first day of school. Since then, the principals and teachers have been conscientiously working to provide the children with a strong and well-rounded Hellenic education.
We are looking forward to our annual Christmas Assembly on December 19th and urge you to please support our amazing PTA’s upcoming Glendi on January 24th, 2014 so that they can continue to enhance the Archangel Michael Greek Language Institute!
• Please be sure to check the Trumpet Calendar for important dates.
• Uniforms: please contact Mrs. Kathy Fournaris, email@example.com or 516.627.3734
Having rallied through Hurricane Sandy just two days after OXI Day, we concluded 2012 with a successful Barnes and Noble Book Fair Fundraiser in support of our school, and our Annual Christmas Celebration. The audience enjoyed both festive holiday songs and poetry from our littlest stars as well as our Greek School seniors, and entertaining skits performed by our 2nd and 3rd graders. It was a wonderful way to celebrate the onset of the holiday season with our friends, family and community.
The Archangel Michael Preschool invites you and your preschooler to our “Open House” on Tuesday, March 19, 2013 at 10:00a.m. Come meet the teachers and parents and become familiar with our programs and new facilities including a new enclosed playground and equipment. Please spread the word to your families and friends!
The Preschool offers the following programs:
Mommy & Me (Ages 18 months-3 years)
Toddler Program (Ages 2-3)
Nursery (Ages 3-4) 9am-1pm
Pre-K (Ages 4-5) 9am-1pm
The School Board is happy to welcome Mrs. Nicoletta Gargas as Co-President, Mrs. Chris Ioannou as a NonParent Board Member and Mrs. Mahi Vasiliades as Treasurer. We thank the aforementioned ladies, the parents of our students, the Teachers, Principals and our Spiritual Leaders, Father Dennis and Deacon Nikolas for their dedication and commitment to our community and the education of our children.
The School Board recently introduced The Hellenic Book Club to our families. It is a wonderful way to enhance the children’s libraries at home, as well as further develop The Greek Language Institute’s Children’s Library.
Our school receives 20% back in books and we are happy to announce that after our first order, our school will be receiving $140 worth of literature! We cannot stress enough the importance of both the parents and children reading to each other during the summer months, as well as throughout the school year. Please take the time to write and review with your children! Studies show that summer loss for all students is estimated to be equal to about 1 month (Cooper 1996)!
Remember to look for the fall issue of The Hellenic Book Club, as well as our first Hellenic Book Fair, tentatively scheduled for late October. To order or for additional information regarding The Hellenic Book Club, kindly contact Mrs. Chris-Marie Tzavelis, firstname.lastname@example.org or 347-256-4492.
Greek School The children of Mrs. Kamberis’ 1st grade 2nd session class happily invited Father Dennis to their classroom and presented him with a Protomagiatiko stefani and card that they had created just for him! They were thrilled to take a photo with him and to hear that Father Dennis would display this special gift in his office! It is customary in Greece for children and adults to gather blossoms and create wreaths for the 1st of May. These wreaths are placed on their front doors to celebrate Mother Nature and welcome the summer! They are taken down and burned in big fires on June 24th, the birthday of Saint John the Baptist.
On the Saturday of Lazarus the Patriarch Athenagoras Medallion was bestowed upon Father Dennis by His Eminence Archbishop Demetrios. Each year, the National Forum of Greek Orthodox Church Musicians awards this prestigious national award to individuals who have made exemplary contributions to church music in their Metropolises. Anna Dounelis, President of the Direct Archdiocesan District Federation, expressed gratitude to Father Dennis for his ongoing support of the Federation and the Music Ministry in his parish. Axios! On Saturday, May 18, 2013 the Direct Archdiocesan District Federation of Church Musicians presented A Cabaret evening to benefit the Federation Scholarship Fund. Our Psalti Andreas Modinos did an outstanding job as the Master of Ceremonies. Youth Choir Musical Director and Organist Eleni Rodopoulos Kaufman and Alexandra Karras gave tremendous performances. Alexia Efstathiadis’ premiere of her original composition entitled ‘Believe’ was truly amazing. A memorable evening was shared by all! Youth Choir Rehearsals resume on Wednesday, September 4th at 7PM and we will sing the Divine Liturgy on Sunday, September 15th. We Wish Everyone A Happy and Healthy Summer!
The Youth Choir sings the Divine Liturgy on the first and third Sunday of every month.
Youth Choir rehearsals are conducted on Wednesday evenings at 7:30 PM.
January 9th - Broadway Theatre Trip to see Wicked
Special rate Orchestra seats are available at $67.00 per ticket. Door to door bus transportation will be provided.
February 3rd - Choir Photo Day immediately following the Liturgy.
February 10th - Visit to St. George Church at 54th St. and 8th Avenue, NYC
Welcome to our new youth choir members! Angeline Chantly, Mary Classi, Evangelina Gatanas, Efthymia Aparos, Gabrielle Pappas, Sophia Sfiroudis, Anastasia Stratakis, Paige Theodosopoulos, Antonia Tsismenakis, Mirianthi Tsismenakis and Katerina Tsongas.
The Annual Conference of the Direct Archdiocesan District Federation of Greek Orthodox Church Musicians, hosted by our church on the weekend of October 12th and 13th, was a huge success! Many church musicians from across the Archdiocesan District joined together to share educational and spiritually uplifting workshops and activities that culminated with their beautiful voices singing the magnificent hymns of the Divine Liturgy at the service on Sunday.We thank everyone for their support of our Music Ministry and for their help in making the Conference an amazing and memorable event!
To join us for the 2013-2014 year, download the Youth Choir registration form and choirister's pledge. AMC Youth Choir Registration Form 2013
Make youth choir a part of your child's life! Choir members learn to sing the hymns of our faith and develop a deeper understanding of Orthodoxy through their participation in liturgical services. Come meet New Friends at our welcome Back Get Together / Registration on Wednesday, September 12, 2012 from 7:30 to 8:30 pm.
Young people, both male and female, ages 8 to 18 years of age are welcome. Join us for exciting choir trips and a year filled with fun activities! We look forward to sharing the rich musical heritage of our Orthodox faith.
The Byzantine Youth Choir sings the Divine Liturgy on the first and third Sunday of every month beginning on September 16th, 2012. Youth choir Rehearsals will be conducted every Wednesday evening in September and October from 7:30 to 8:30 PM, with the exception of September 5th & October 3rd.
We will be singing the Divine Liturgy with Fr. Evan at the Annunciation Church in Stamford, Connecticut on March 31st, chanting the Heretismi-Salutations on April 12th and singing the Divine Liturgy on the Saturday of Lazarus and on Palm Sunday.
Congratulations to Christina Lipinski, our organist, who earned her second Master’s Degree from St. John’s University in May. She is now qualified to work as a school psychologist. Christina, who has been our community’s organist since her high school years, will resume her studies toward her doctorate. We wish her continued success!
Our choir was happy to welcome its newest member - a Protégé L-5 Allen Organ delivered on May 9, 2013 - in time to be played during the Divine Liturgy on the Sunday of Thomas. This beautiful instrument will grace the musical aspect of our worship as exclaimed in Psalms: “Praise Him with trumpet sound; praise Him with the lute and harp! Praise Him with strings and pipe! Praise Him with sounding cymbals; praise Him with loud clashing cymbals! Let everything that breathes praise the Lord!”
Lastly, congratulations to Maria Eleni Zollo on her graduation from Manhattan School of Music’s Pre-College Division and from Smithtown High School East. She was selected as an All-County and All-State musician in Voice and participated in the NYSSMA Music Festival as soloist for four years in Voice and Piano. Maria has been a presence in our choir all of her life, as a member and soloist, and has been a featured soloist in several Direct Archdiocesan Choir Federation concerts. Maria will study Voice at Mannes the New School of Music in the fall and will pursue a career in Opera.
Registration is now open for our annual Parent-Child Basketball Tournament! Please download, complete and return the registration form. Included in the registration packet are a waiver form (which must be filled out for each player) and the Tournament rules and guidelines. We're looking forward to making this year's even better than last year's!
The Greek Orthodox Archdiocesan District Olympics will be held on Memorial Day weekend, from May 24th to 26th at Suffolk County Community College. This year the Olympics program is celebrating its 35th year.
On Sunday, February 3rd, Archangel Michael will be hosting a special torch ceremony right at the end of church. The Archdiocesan Olympic Torch will be brought to our church and be presented to us to mark the beginning of the preparation for the Olympics. This should be a very exciting event for all of us.
We invite all parishioners including GOYA and JOY aged children to come to church this Sunday, February 3rd to celebrate with us. Looking forward to seeing you there.
Over the past few months, the Archangel Michael Church’s website has been under construction. In order to update this site and let people know about the various ministries and organizations of the church, we will frequently be adding photos, text and links. If you wish to opt out of the possibility that we might include your child's photo on our church website, please click here to read more and fill out the opt-out form.
We started the year with rock climbing at Island Rock and had a great time. Our JOY group got to enjoy open sport night in our brand-new gym and had a great time breaking in our new courts. We ended October with our ever-popular Halloween Party. The costumes were great as both the HOPE and JOY groups danced and played the night away, creating wonderful memories with great friends.
Our HOPE group can look forward to our Family Gingerbread House Making followed by our Christmas Party on Saturday December 7th.
Our JOY members will be participating in two special retreats: Thanks and Giving on November 16th, and Celebrating the Birth of Christ on December 7th.
All of our HOPE/JOY information and events are sent via email. If your email address has changed, please let us know and email email@example.com. We look forward to seeing you soon!
For information, please check back in October.
For registrations received after September 28, late fees of $25 per registration will be applied.
Please feel free to complete and drop off the form in the HOPE/JOY mailbox in the Church office, or contact Mariann Matarangas at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Sample uniforms will be on hand for children to try on for the placement of orders!
Please ensure that when you do register, you give HOPE and JOY your correct email addresses and also sign up for our church’s electronic email bulletin (the “Listserv”) to receive emails and announcements of all the upcoming events!
We look forward to another terrific year! We welcome volunteers and encourage all those who would like to become involved to contact anyone listed above from our Board, or email us at email@example.com.
Welcome back! We hope everyone had a fantastic summer. We are looking forward to another exciting athletics season and are excited by the overwhelming support of all of our athletic programs! For families who are new and/or have children who are eligible to participate in JOY Sports (ages 7-12) we are always looking for children to participate in soccer and basketball.
Our Soccer season began in the middle of September and runs through November, then continues again in the Spring. Although Basketball begins when soccer is over, we began practices in September.
Soccer: We are aggressively looking for children born between 1995-2005 interested in playing soccer for our church. Please contact Chrissa at firstname.lastname@example.org and also please see registration dates for HOPE & JOY to meet all deadlines. We have teams for ages 7-9, ages 10-12 and GOYA ages 13-16 for both girls and boys. Our girls 1 (7-9) year old soccer team won the championship game in the Spring of 2012!!
Basketball: All children born between 2000-2005 (7-12 years old) interested in playing basketball for our Church are also urged to follow registration procedures to meet all deadlines. Our Boys 2 Maroon team finished in 2nd place this year & our Girls 2 team won the Championship Game!
With the tremendous number of participants, we remind players that all forms must be completed and submitted, along with payment, in a timely manner. Only those who have submitted their forms and made payment will be allowed to attend early season practices! Stay tuned for more information.If anyone has any questions please feel free to contact Tommy Dimopoulos at email@example.com. We are looking forward to a great year, and with much anticipation, to our new Church and Gymnasium for all to enjoy.
The Greek Orthodox Archdiocesan District Olympics was lots of fun. We thank Dean Moustakas, Natalie Tsaketas, Athena Kokinakis, Rena Mamais, Ariel Livanos, Kaliope and Barbara Nictas, and Eleni and Alexia Efstathiadis, for participating and representing our community beautifully. Congratulations to Eleni Efstathiadis for receiving gold medals in the high jump and long jump, and a silver medal in the 200M. Special thanks to our former GOYANS Ariadne Tzoumas and Alissa Kokinakis who came back and coached our teams.
We want to thank Nick Tzoumas, Nick Rontiris, Peter Christopher, John Keriazes, John Papaporfiriou, Billy Haralampoudis for coaching our basketball teams this year. Thank you Despina Haralampoudis and Maria Katsoulis, our former GOYANS who came back to assist. We are all looking forward to next year! Registration for the 2012-2013 began in early September. Stay tuned for more information.
On Friday, September 6th, we kicked off the GOYA year with registration and an Ice Cream Social. What made the evening so special was that the GOYAns had the opportunity to use our new gym for the very first Gym Night! Fr. Nikolas led about 50+ GOYAns in a reflection discussion and then they had an hour of playing basketball and socializing with each other. Everyone had a great time!
Upcoming November and December events include meetings, monthly GOYA Nights in the Gym, InterGOYA Harvest Dance at St. Markella, Nativity Retreat & Christmas Tree Decorating, Camp St. Paul Reunion @ Church of Our Savior, Rye, NY and the InterGOYA Christmas Dance hosted by AMC.Be sure to check the Trumpet calendar and emails for dates and times.
If you are interested in joining GOYA or simply would like to volunteer, please contact Fr. Nikolas. And if you haven’t had the opportunity to register, registration forms are available online at http://archangelmichaelchurch.org/youth.php?page=youth-goya&style=goya
For the GOYANs going off to college, please let us know where you are going so we can connect you to a campus ministry. Please call the church office at (516) 944-3180.
The Orthodox Christian Fellowship (OCF) is the official campus ministry of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America. OCF is a growing vital ministry to young adults who are looking for an Orthodox Christian community while in college. Visit ocf.net and navigate the site for registration, a list of campuses, available resources and retreat/event opportunities in the U.S. and abroad.
We thank everyone who participated and helped in our Annual Pancake Breakfast. It was a huge success!
Special thanks to Williston Town House Diner in Williston Park for generously donating all the delicious food and condiments. We are deeply grateful. Thank you Mr. and Mrs. Limperopoulos for all your support!
We want to thank Nick Tzoumas, Nick Rontiris, Peter Christopher, John Keriazes, John Papaporfiriou and Billy Haralampoudis for coaching our basketball teams this year. Thank you Despina Haralampoudis and Maria Katsoulis, our former GOYANs who returned to assist.
We thank all of the parents who volunteer their time and all of the GOYANs who participated this year. Good luck to all the graduates!
Mark your calendars for the following dates as we kick off the year:
Friday, October 5th (time TBD)
JOY Group: Rock Climbing
Saturday, October 6th from 6pm-8pm
HOPE Group: Unlimited Sports
Saturday, October 20th 5:30pm-7:30pm
HOPE & JOY: Halloween Party, Fellowship Hall
The troupe was also featured in the Hellenic Voice NY newspaper. The article can be viewed here.
The Troupe meets on Saturdays throughout the school year and welcomes children from Kindergarten through 12th grades. Classes will begin on Saturday, September 21st.
Class times are as follows:
Group A (Grades K-2) Saturdays from 9-10am
Group B (Grades 3-5) Saturdays from 10-11am
Group C (Grades 6-8) Saturdays from 11am -12pm
Group D (Grades 9-12) Saturdays from 12-1pm
Please mark your calendars—to begin the year we will meet in the Church on Sunday, September 15, 2013 after dismissal from Divine Liturgy and Sunday School, to welcome everyone, to discuss the upcoming year, and to learn a bit more about service in the Holy Altar. Thereafter, we will meet semi-regularly with the next gathering to tentatively take place on Sunday, October 20, 2013.
The new season has begun and we look forward to another successful year. Plans are underway for our annual Christmas Liturgy and Party which will take place on Saturday, December 14th. Volunteers are welcome.
On Saturday, May 12th, a glorious spring day complete with sunny blue skies, the members of the Challenge Liturgy Program gathered for the monthly Challenge Liturgy, which was followed by the Annual Picnic.
The north parking area of the church property was transformed into festive picnic grounds dotted with colorful tents designating dining, food service, barbecue and dancing areas.
The picnic menu offered a selection of breakfast treats, barbecued meats, prepared hot/cold food, drinks, salads, pastries and fruit, virtually all donated, a lovingly prepared and served by enthusiastic parishioner volunteers. Many thanks to those who supported and/or participated in this much-anticipated event, which proved to be a happy, care-free and fun-filled afternoon that will long be remembered.
The Challenge Liturgy group meets once a month, twelve months a year. Parishioners are invited to join us on Saturday, July 21st and Saturday, August 18th for the Divine Liturgy which begins at 10:30am, followed by our fellowship hour.
Thanks to the generosity of the Philoptochos chapters of the Direct Archdiocesan District (DAD), the residents of Hellenos House again attended a week-long summer camp, conducted by the social agency, Association for Children with Down Syndrome (ACDS), at St. Basil’s Academy in Garrison, NY.
The DAD chapters, along with our parish, actively support Hellenos House throughout the year and frequently visit with the residents. This is in keeping with a promise made to the New York State agency, Office for People With Developmental Disabilities (OPWDD), that the Greek-American community would partner with them to support such a project.
We need your skills, knowledge, and life experience to fulfill this legacy of love, and in turn offer our assistance to those in need, through our Orthodox faith. Won’t you consider becoming a member of our Archangel Michael Philoptochos, if you are not already? Our upcoming meetings are on November 4, 2013 and on December 2, 2013 at 7:30 P.M. in the Church Library. As always, all Philoptochos members are invited and encouraged to attend.
We anticipate celebrating the Feast of our church on November 7th and 8th, the Synaxis of the Archangels. Also please mark your calendars for our annual Family Christmas Luncheon on Sunday, December 8th at noon at the North Hills Country Club in Manhasset, NY.
We hope that everybody had a wonderful summer and that you will be joining us for our exciting forthcoming events.
To raise the funds needed to support our philanthropic commitments, Philoptochos sponsors one major event for the year, the annual Christmas Family Brunch. The brunch was held in December and was a great success thanks to the very hard work by the co-chairladies, Androula Xenophontos and Chris- Marie Tzavelis and all the members who contributed their time, talent and financial support to produce a memorable holiday celebration. We would also like to thank all of our sponsors and donors for their generosity and to our community for showing their support by attending the brunch. Thank you also to our very talented Byzantine Youth Choir and Georgia Kaufman for entertaining us and filling our hearts with the spirit of Christmas.
In July, Marina Katsoulis and Eleni Raptis attended the 2012 National Philoptochos Convention in Phoenix, Arizona. They found it to be a very spiritual, uplifting, and informative conclave.
Over 396 delegates from 485 chapters nationwide attended. This year Philoptochos is celebrating 80 years of philanthropy. It is a testament to our membership that our past is so rich, our present is so vibrant, and our future is so bright. When you join Philoptochos, you have the opportunity to meet new people, and to share experiences, knowledge and fellowship. Through compassion, love, and dedication, Philoptochos transcends all boundaries. Please become a part of this wonderful organization by joining today. If you have any questions or would like additional information about our organization, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
June, 1980—Organization meeting
February 15, 1981—Fr. P. Nicholas Papageorge celebrates the first divine liturgy
September, 1981—Greek Language Institute
December 20, 1981—Naming of the church
July 1, 1982—Fr. Christopher Metropoulos becomes the first full-time priest
March 1, 1984—Fr. Dennis Strouzas becomes present full-time priest
December 21, 1986—Dedication of Iconostasis
November 1990—10th Anniversary
2000—Fr. Jim Kordaris Joins as second priest
February 2003—Fr. Sean Govostes becomes new second priest
August 6, 2004—Closing on the purchase of Port Washington property
September 25, 2006—Liturgy in honor of Groundbreaking celebrated at new property by His Emminence Archbishop Demetrios
August 2, 2009—Final liturgy celebrated at Roslyn Heights location
August 6, 2009—Closing on the sale of Roslyn Heights property
October 4, 2009—First liturgy celebrated in the fellowship hall/temporary church at the Port Washington location