Philoptochos (Friends of the Poor)
This women's group has been historically the backbone of philanthropic activity throughout the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese in America. Besides providing its members with the host of enjoyable social activities each year, Philoptochos gives away monatary donations to worthy charities and individuals, both nationally and internationally, and strives to be a Christ-centered ministry to assist those in need. At the beginning of each year the Philoptochos Society sponsors the Vasilopita cutting with all proceeds collected benefiting Saint Basil's Academy in New York. All women of our Church are highly encouraged to consider membership in this vital group.
The mission of the Annunciation Philoptochos is:
1) To the poor, the destitute, the hungry, the aged, the sick, the unemployed, the orphaned, the imprisoned, the widowed, the handicapped, the victims of disasters, to undertake the burial of impoverished persons and to offer assistance to anyone who may need the help of the Church through fund raising efforts; and
2) To promote the charitable, benevolent, and philanthropic purposes of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America, through instructional programs, presentations, lectures, seminars and other educational resources;
3) To preserve and perpetuate Orthodox Christian concepts and the Orthodox Christian Family, and through them, to promote the Greek Orthodox Faith and traditions, in accordance with its doctrines, canons, discipline, divine worship, usages and customs;
4) To promote participation in the activities of the Greek Orthodox community, with the cooperation of the Parish Priest and the Parish Council.
The charitable work of the Society shall be performed with discretion, courtesy and kindness.
Acolytes or Altar servers assist the clergy during services. Annunciation Church altar service is open to all Orthodox Christian boys who would like to learn more about our Divine Liturgy services and how to serve as helpers to our priests. Participants of all ages must possess a sense of reverence, respect and an eagerness to learn and serve. Altar servers are led by adult volunteers.
Altar servers must be on time each Sunday and participate at the special services throughout the year.
Members of this group are elected by our congregation yearly for 3 years of service. Some members of Parish Council are then elected by the council to fill Officer roles, which include President, Vice President, Recording Secretary, Corresponding Secretary and Treasurer. This body as a whole is responsible for the daily administrative workings of our Church community, ensuring that bills are properly paid, that a responsible yearly budget is created, that proper grounds maintenance occurs, and a host of other issues. Members also work with our clergy to create new programs and ministries for the faithful of our community. Most importantly, Parish Council members are called upon to be spiritual role models for our community. They must exhibit model Christian behavior, be respectful of one another and the community, and always work with our priests to build a strong parish. Parish Council is one of the most demanding volunteer positions in our community, but also one of the most vital and rewarding.
The Annunciation Parish Council is a dedicated group of people committed to the furtherance of the Orthodox Faith and responsible for the operations of the Annunciation Church. They have regularly scheduled monthly meetings, and each member is a liaison to other organizations within the Church. Their responsibilities and duties include the maintenance of the physical plan, creating a budget, ushering every Sunday at services and special events, planning our annual Easter Glendi, New Year's Eve Dance, and North Miami Greek Festival, and many other vital acts of stewardship.
Perhaps most importantly, the Parish Council members are all called upon to be true emissaries of good will, Christian friendship and Orthodox spirituality among the people of the parish. Being a member of the Parish Council is not a "job" or "task" but, we believe, a true calling and vocation.
To promote the ancient Hellenic ideals of education, philanthropy, civic responsibility, integrity, and family and individual excellence through community service and volunteerism.
The American Hellenic Educational Progressive Association (AHEPA) was founded on July 26, 1922 in response to the evils of bigotry and racism that emerged in early 20th century American society and helped Greek immigrants assimilate into society. Today, AHEPA brings the ideals of ancient Greece, which includes philanthropy, education, civic responsibility, and family and individual excellence to the community. Although a majority of the membership is composed of Americans of Greek descent, application for membership is open to anyone who believes in the mission of the organization.
The North Miami AHEPA Chapter was founded in 1963 and spearheaded the founding of the Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church of North Miami which held its first Liturgy on December 19, 1965. The AHEPA 421 chapter in 1989 opened the AHEPA 421 Senior Apartments in North Miami. Our senior affordable housing has 80 beautiful apartments situated within the North Miami community.