CASE STATEMENT

by Miltos Apostolidis, June 10, 2013

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Our parishes in America began as organizations and developed into religious communities. Today they are churches. Around them our whole life is entwined and is developed. Thus we have accepted what St. Paul states with these words: “Whether we live or die, we are the Lord’s (Rom. 14:8). We are born and we die in the bosom of the Church. We place all our hopes for the future in the Church, for the Church alone will remain as the divine and eternal institution. And for this reason we have made the Church the center of our lives. The Church is everything to us!

 
Archbishop Iakovos

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For nearly 100 years God has faithfully provided a home away from home, a place where we gather together not only to worship in the rich traditions of the Orthodox Christian Faith, but also a place to raise our children in the Greek culture and share our heritage with each other and our community.

In 1920 a small group of immigrants laid the cornerstones of our foundation and, brick upon brick, they built our future. The Greek Orthodox Church of the Annunciation was born through faith, sacrifice, hard work and determination. For many years, the parish continued to grow and thrive in the heart of Sacramento in a small church on 620 N Street. By the late 1940’s, an increasing number of families prompted the migration over to our current location on the corner of Alhambra Blvd and F Street. In 1951, for the first time, we had a planned Annunciation campus that included the church, administrative buildings, event hall and educational classrooms. We are forever indebted to our forefathers who had the bold vision to imagine our new spiritual home going beyond a church and office space.

Now it’s our turn! What will we imagine? What will future generations of The Annunciation find in the next 100 years? How will we contribute to past generation’s efforts? Our church campus has served us well, but it is tired and it is broken. Physically and spatially, the Annunciation Campus can no longer provide for the demands of a growing parish, nor can the existing spaces adequately support our many services and programs. Our campus should be an avenue for generating resources that can sustain the church and the needs of the parish. Instead, the current structures are in constant need of repair, thus hemorrhaging monies that could otherwise be directed towards programs including but not limited to Dance Groups, Sunday School, Greek School, GOYA, JOY, Greek Festival, Choir and Senior League.

Twenty five years ago, we recognized that we were outgrowing our current campus and started on a journey that has taken a few detours, but never lost sight of the ultimate initiative: To build a better Annunciation Campus that will meet the growing demands of our vibrant community today as well as in the future. THE BUILD | Annunciation Sacramento is the culmination of that journey. Our goal is to build with the generosity and devotion of our parishioners.  We have acquired a short-term construction/bridge loan that will pay for the construction of the new campus, while giving our parish, all of us, enough time to evaluate and give our best gift.  After a truly beautiful and long-awaited Groundbreaking Ceremony on June 14th, 2015, construction has begun, foundation has been poured, and we are well on our way to completing construction in 12-14 months.

THE BUILD is about more than structures, it’s about our survival. As we step out in Faith to build for our Church, community, children and our children’s children, we invite you to join us in a lifetime opportunity to preserve and enhance our heritage. As our forefathers, only through faith, sacrifice, hard work and determination will we succeed. Please pray and join us in the journey and contribute your best gift. This can only be done with YOU.

 

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