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St. Anna Greek Orthodox Church is name of new church to be built in Raritan Township

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  • Bill Samsonoff
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      St. Anna Greek Orthodox Church is name of new
      church to be built in Raritan Township
      By Hunterdon County Democrat
      February 22, 2010, 7:11AM

      RARITAN TWP. — Another momentous milestone was
      reached by the Greek Orthodox Parish of Hunterdon County.

      His Eminence Metropolitan Evangelos, spiritual
      leader of the Greek Orthodox Church in the
      mid-Atlantic states, announced the official name
      of the parish will be St. Anna Greek Orthodox
      Church. In doing this recently, he also issued
      the permanent charter for the church, which is
      part of the Greek Orthodox Metropolis of New
      Jersey. St. Anna is considered the mother of the
      Virgin Mary and this name was chosen in honor of
      the beloved, deceased wife of one of the parish’s
      primary benefactors who wishes to remain anonymous.

      The Very Rev. Archimandrite George Nikas, interim
      pastor of St. Anna Church and chancellor of the
      Greek Orthodox Metropolis of New Jersey
      commented, “His Eminence has once again blessed
      our young parish by honoring us with the name of
      St. Anna, a most beloved saint of the Orthodox
      Church. The naming of our church and granting of
      the permanent charter has infused renewed
      enthusiasm and determination into the community.

      “Now more than ever, our devout faithful are
      inspired to build our church and community
      center, which shall be a blessing and welcomed
      addition to the residents of Hunterdon.”

      The parish last October celebrated the purchase
      of a 12-acre property on Voorhees Corner Road in
      Raritan Township (next to the J.P. Case Middle
      School) on which to build the parish’s church and
      community center. The metropolitan will visit the
      parish in the spring to bless the faithful and
      place the sign “Future Home of St. Anna Greek Orthodox Church” at the site.

      The township Planning Board last June approved
      the two-phase site plan for the church complex to
      include multi-functional spaces in which to
      conduct religious, educational, social, and
      recreational activities. The first phase will
      include construction of a small church,
      administrative offices, classrooms for the Greek
      language school and Sunday School, and a
      community hall. The hall will be used for social
      gatherings and will have the ability to convert
      to a basketball or volleyball court for recreational purposes.

      The second phase will include construction of the
      main church, with seating for approximately 300
      and a dome which is indicative of Byzantine
      architecture, and conversion of the first phase
      church into a chapel and additional administrative and educational spaces.

      Formed in 2002, with about a dozen or so
      families, the parish has blossomed into a
      vibrant, dynamic community serving Hunterdon and
      the surrounding areas. Currently, it has about
      100 steward families and this number is projected
      to grow. Since 2006, through a gesture of
      kindness and Christian fellowship, the parish has
      been holding weekly services at the Allerton
      United Methodist Church in Clinton Township.
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