Announcements for July 20th, 2008

Sunday, July 20, 2008
Fifth Sunday after Pentecost
Holy Prophet Elias
 
James 5:10-20: In his epistle St. James sets before us the faithful prophets as examples in how to practice suffering and patience.  He also uses the example of the Prophet Elijah to show the effectiveness of fervent prayer.
 
Matthew 8:28-34; 9:1:  In the gospel reading we see the authority of Jesus over the demons, who know that they have been defeated even before the appointed time of His resurrection and later His second advent.
 
Troparion of the Resurrection:  Having learned the joyful message of the Resurrection from the angel, the women Disciples cast from them their parental condemnation, and proudly broke the news to the Disciples, saying, Death has been spoiled.  Christ God is risen, granting the world Great Mercy.
 
Troparion of the Prophet Elias: O angelic of body, pillar of the Prophets and their corner-stone, the second forerunner of the Coming of Christ, the venerable and glorious Elias, thou didst send grace from on high to Elisha to dispel sicknesses and to purify lepers.  Wherefore, he ever overfloweth with healing to those who honour him.
 
Troparion of the Chains of St. Peter: O Holy Apostle, Peter, thou dost preside over the Apostles by the precious chains which thou didst bear.  We venerate them with faith and beseech thee that by thine intercessions we be granted the great mercy.

Kontakion for Usual Sundays:  O undisputed intercessor of Christians, O mediatrix, who is unrejected by the Creator, turn not away from the voice of our petitions though we be sinners; come to us in time, who cry to thee in faith, for thou art good.  Hasten to us with intercessions, O Theotokos, who didst ever intercede for those who honor thee.
 

CALENDAR
 
Sunday, July 20
 8:50 a.m. – Orthros
 10:00 a.m. – Divine Liturgy
 
Monday, July 21
 CHURCH OFFICE CLOSED – FATHER JOHN’S DAY OFF
 
Tuesday, July 22
 NO Daily Orthros
 6:30 p.m. – Choir Practice
  
Wednesday, July 23 
 NO Catechism Class
 6:30 p.m. – Daily Vespers
 
Thursday, July 24
 NO Daily Orthros
 –  NOTE: Ladies Fellowship (Only on 3rd Thursdays)
  
Friday, July 25 (Dormition of the Righteous Anna)
 NO Daily Orthros
        
Saturday, July 26
 5:00 p.m. – Catechism Class 
 6:30 p.m. – Great Vespers
 
Sunday, July 27 (Great-martyr Panteleimon)
 8:50 a.m. – Orthros
 10:00 a.m. – Divine Liturgy
 6:00 p.m. – Young Adults
 
 
SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENTS
 
The Eucharist Bread was offered by Rebecca Root for the Divine Liturgy today.
 
Welcome and Many Years to Cliff Stewart who was chrismated last Saturday!
 
Eucharist Bread and Coffee Hour Schedule:
     Eucharist Bread  Coffee Hour
 July 20     Rebecca Root  Freundts
 July 27     Joanna Meadows  Schelvers
 August 3     Elizabeth Root  Fahmys
 August 5 (Tues. evening)   Freundts   Sh. Charlotte &
  (Feast of the Transfiguration)     Laura Algood
 August 10     Fahmys   Pigotts
 August 14 (Thurs. evening)   Bakers   Patti/Anna Buckles
  (Feast of the Dormition)     & Rebecca Root
 August 17     Woods   D. Roots
 August 24     R. Roots   Morrises
 August 31     Hendersons   Milnors
 
Kitchen Maintenance: We have a number of perishable items being left in the kitchen (including condiments, etc., in the refrigerator).  These tend to spoil and often attract insects.  Following any church event (feast, coffee hour, fellowship, etc.), unless specific arrange-ments are made to use left overs very soon, please take them home with you!
 
Sister Olga and Sister Natalia from the Convent of St. Elizabeth, Minsk, Belarus, will be at Holy Resurrection Orthodox Church in Clinton, July 30th .  They will speak and show a video about their ministry to the mentally ill and others.  They will also speak at Christ the Saviour in McComb July 29th .   More information is available in the handouts located in the hallway.
 
Calendar Items:

 * Father John is attending the Clergy Symposium at the Antiochian Village this week.  If you have pastoral needs during this time, please contact Father Leo or Father James..
 
 * The Ladies of St. Peter will be meeting at the church on Saturday morning, August 2nd for prayers, breakfast and a brief meeting to discuss plans for the upcoming months.
 
 * Katherine Sarah Habeeb will be baptized on Saturday, August 16th at 2:00 p.m.  Please keep her and her family in your prayers!
 
 * St. Peter’s will be hosting the Parish Life Conference next year.  The dates for the conference will be June 10-14.  This will a wonderful opportunity to showcase our parish.  More information will be available in the future.
 
Please supervise your children to avoid spills, ink stains or marks from their writing and drawing on our new chairs.  Thank you for your help with this.
 
Fasting Discipline for July
The traditional fasting (no meat, poultry, fish, eggs, dairy, wine and oil) is again observed on Wednesdays and Fridays in July.
 
Major Commemorations During  July
 July 20  Prophet Elias
 July 25  Dormition of the Righteous Anna the Mother of the Theotokos
 July 27  Great-martyr and Unmercenary7 Panteleimon
 July 31  Forefeast of the Procession of the Precious Cross
 
 
Quotable: “Creatures are not …separate from their Creator, nor can He misunderstand them.  The place for which He designs them in His scheme of things is the place they are made for.   When they reach it, their nature is fulfilled and their happiness attained; a broken bone in the universe has been set, the anguish is over.  When we want to be something other than the thing God wants us to be, we must be wanting what, in fact, will not make us happy.  Those Divine demands which sound to our natural ears most like those of a despot and least like those of a lover, in fact marshal us where we should want to go if we knew what we wanted.”
    – C. S. Lewis, The Problem of Pain
 
Weekly Quote: “Our sins do not in the least hinder our Christianity… Sin, to one who loves God, is nothing other than an arrow from the enemy in battle. The vain desires of this world separate us from our homeland; love of them and habit clothe our soul as if in a hideous garment. We who travel on the journey of this life and call on God to help us, ought to divest ourselves of this garment and clothe ourselves in new desires, in a new love of the age to come, and thereby receive knowledge of how near or how far we are from our heavenly homeland. But it is not possible to do this quickly; rather one must follow the example of sick people, who, wishing the desired health, do not leave off seeking means to cure themselves.”
    – St. Herman of Alaska
 
WORSHIP: Sunday, July 27, 2008 (Sixth Sunday after Pentecost; Great-martyr Panteleimon)
 
 Scripture:  II Timothy 2:1-10 (St. Panteleimon); Matthew 9:1-8
 Celebrant:  Father John
 Homily:  Father John
 Deacon:  Deacon Terry
 Acolytes:  Stephen Collins
 Prosphora:  Joanna Meadows
 Coffee Hour:  Schelvers
 Teen Hosts:  TBA
 
 

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