After 50 years at their current property, Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church in Sacramento, California has begun a transformative project to construct a multipurpose activity center, build a new library and better accommodate its 600 families and church organizations.

With His Eminence Metropolitan Gerasimos of San Francisco on hand, Fr. James Retelas broke ground on June 14, 2015 in what will become “a modern campus for an ancient faith”.

First, a 24,500 square foot Family Center and Fellowship Hall will host church conferences, social gatherings, sports activities, weddings and a new bookstore.

Next, a two-story Educational Center will provide a new library, museum and church resource center. Further, there are plans for Sunday School classrooms, administrative offices and even living space.

Finally, the heart of the property will feature a plateia, or courtyard, that extends into the neighboring McKinley Park for both active and passive recreation.

“We are excited about THE BUILD and all that it will afford us to continue to be a full partner in the vibrant community life of East Sacramento and the Sacramento Region,” said Fr. James Retelas.

“These new facilities are meant to serve the greater Sacramento community, not just one particular faith, tradition or congregation.”

The $12.5 million project has been in the works for four years and a Capital Campaign has thus far raised a quarter of the total funds needed. The campus is expected to be finished in the fall of 2016.

The Annunciation Sacramento community has thrived for over 90 years. This project seeks to inspire and empower the next generation, while paying homage to those who made the current facilities 50 years before them.

Stay tuned throughout the year for updates on this historic development.

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