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Annunciation True Vine
Parish Bulletin Board


Festival News


We want to thank all of you that supported our very successful Fall Drive-Thru festival. To all our wonderful, hardworking volunteers from baking, cooking prep, and all during the festival days.  


Let us first thank our great booth chairs that we could not have done this without all of them!  They readily stepped in from the beginning when we decided to have a Fall drive thru festival with planning and finding their volunteers, and were there till the very end running their booths flawlessly!


An enormous thank you to our wonderful volunteers who signed up and gave 100% of their time and efforts to help ensure that orders were filled, packed correctly, and sent out the door quickly.  We have had great feedback from our customers of how efficient the system ran and many had asked how they can volunteer for next year's festival!! 


We have the best staff personnel and are SO thankful for them.  They offered to work the entire weekend keeping the building clean and maintaining all equipment and various tasks.  Our hearts are full of love for them, so a big thank-you to them as well.


This has been such a pleasure to run filled with fellowship, fun and food and serving our community!


Thank you all!! 


Fall Drive-Thru Chairs:

Leah Derksen, Christopher Milanese

Thank you to the 2023 Greek Fest Express Sponsors:


Todd & Maria Powers
Kristos & Kristen Pericleous
Chris & Deb Pulos
Atlantic Foods


Lori Vavul-Roediger MD
Ladies Philoptochos Society, Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church
Jim & Tina Haubrock
Dr. Fayez & Maria Abboud
Dayton Art Institute: Oktoberfest September 22-24, 2024
George & Joanne Karras
Marker & Heller Funeral Home


Ernie & Elaine Davis

Andrea & David Casey
The Regopoulos Family

Nick & Theodora Tolias
Nikki Burns & Bob Feldmann

Dino & Phyllis Davell
Larry & Susan Andrews

Old World Jewelry & Loan

Dr. Jordan & Allie Grilliot

Boosalis Baking
Lackovich-Van Gorp Family

Jim & Libby Stamas
Dr. John & Evanthia Valassiades

Thomas L. Retzios DPM

Dan & Maria Cleary
Andrew & Linda Kididis

Pete Houvouras
Father Frank and Mrs. Cynthia Milanese
Sts. Constantine & Helen Greek Church

In-Kind Donations/Special Thanks

The Spot Restaurant
Mark & Cindy Keilholz
Alex & Tina Fote
Father Anthony
Legacy Pancake House

Philoptochos News


Upcoming Meeting

There is no meeting in September. Our next meeting will be October 5th at 10am in the Athenagoras room.

October CCM: Charity at Home

Philoptochos has a Charity At Home Fund to help members of our own parish community who are in need. Each October we sponsor a Charity at Home fundraising drive through which donations can be made. Please consider adding your assistance.


If you, or a family member, need help please know that all information is kept in most strict confidence between the Priest, Philoptochos president and Philoptochos treasurer. For further information contact Philoptochos president Nikki Burns at or Father Anthony Cook though the Church office.


You can mail a donation to the CCM Treasurer, Connie Zavakos, 3437 Dahlia Drive, Dayton, OH 45449. Please put Charity at Home in the memo line. Or you can also put your donation in the  Philoptochos red box located on the table in the Community Center lobby.

Missions and Outreach

Hannah’s Treasure Chest in October

Join us Thursday, October 12 (1:00-3:00 pm) and Thursday, October 26 (9:00-11:00 am) There are volunteer opportunities for all ages!  Questions- see Maria McFarland 937-409-9876.

Young at Heart Luncheon

Our fall luncheon will be Thursday, October 12, 2023 at 11:30 am. What a great way to celebrate Christopher Columbus' voyage to the New World. The lunch is sponsored by AIF and catered by The Spot. Hope to see everyone.

AHEPA & Daughters of Penelope News

Daughters of Penelope

Congratulations to our 2023-2024 officers elected at our September meeting. Four officers were re-elected: Alexis Brun, President; Maria McFarland, VP; Mary Haritos, Recording Secretary; and Thomai Bessler, Treasurer. Our newly elected officer, Nicole Bacas, Corresponding Secretary.


Thank you to our Board of Governors, Committee Chairpersons and Maids of Athena Advisors! We also welcome two new Sisters to our Polydama Chapter. Congratulations on the newly elected officers for our Maids of Athena! Please be on the look out for their upcoming fundraisers and how you might be able to support their efforts.


Upcoming Events

  • Next meeting is Thursday, October 12 at the church at 6pm.

  • Hosting coffee hour on October 29.

  • AHEPA Christmas dinner December 12 at Kohler Catering.

  • On Saturday, December 16,  there will be a Christmas dinner-dance, coordinated by AHEPA. More details to follow.

  • DOP is hosting for our community a guest speaker on Sunday, January 28 to present on the Three Holy Hierarchs. 

  • We have a fun evening planned for our annual wine and craft beer tasting, “Cheers and Beers”, Friday, January 26.

  • Look for details as well on our Tsourekia bread sales, serving at the Ronald McDonald House, and looking
    forward to planning a new outreach project(s) and fundraiser(s).


Lastly, please remit your 2024 dues of $45.00 to our Treasurer.


All ladies are warmly invited to join our Daughters of Penelope. Please contact Alexis Brun, (937) 219-0463,

Catechism School News

Ice Cream Social!

Thanks to all who attended our Ice Cream Social! 


Join us for a hayride at Lucas Brothers Farm 3229 Ferry Rd Bellbrook on Sunday , October 8 at 3:00 pm.  HOPE/JOY children admission will be paid by AIF.  All family members welcomed to join us, just purchase admission when arriving.  Questions - see Maria McFarland


​Pumpkin Glow 2023: Volunteers Needed!

What has 2 crazy popcorn machines, hotdogs, delicious chili and a fun night for all? Our Pumpkin Glow Booth, of course! On October 30th & 31st, the Annual Stoddard Avenue Pumpkin Glow will be happening and we need volunteers to make it a successful and fun evening. Volunteers are needed Monday during the day for booth set-up and Monday and Tuesday from 5-10:30 for the event. Please contact Dena Inempolidis at or Stacy Bambakidis at for more information or to sign up. We will have candy!

Attention Youth Workers

It is that time of year - renewal of training is around the corner as well as some of us will have to renew our background checks.  Please watch your email mailboxes for emails with instructions.  They will not be from our local church - they will be from Safety Platform with Sterling Volunteers.  Please pay attention to the directions in the emails and complete the training / background checks in a timely manner.  

2023 Parish Council Elections

There are five open positions for Parish Council. Each position will serve a three-year term starting January 2024. The list of eligible candidates will be presented at the October 22nd Fall General Assembly meeting. 

Elections will be held by secret ballot on Sunday, November 12th from 11:30am-1:00pm in the Athenagoras room. 

The Parish Council is the administrative body of the parish elected by its stewards for the purpose of working together with the parish Priest in fulfilling the mission and goals of the church. Parish Council members serve as role models for parishioners and must take their ministry seriously. They should lead by example by attending Church and other parish events, and regularly participating in the sacramental life of the church. By doing so, they will have a powerful effect on the overall life of the community. If Parish Council members treat everyone with love and respect, as Christ loves us, then parishioners will do likewise. Interested individuals may contact one of the following Nomination Committee members: Leah Derksen or Evan Bambakidis, or Father Anthony directly.

Basile Comedy Show: Tickets on Sale Now

The Basile comedy show has been rescheduled for Friday, February 23, 2024. 


To purchase tickets: prices are $50/person or $350 for a table of 8 and include admission, light hors devours, and two drinks. Cocktails &  hors devours begin at 6:30pm; the show starts at 8pm. Please contact the church office to order tickets:

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