Announcements for Sunday, August 9, 2009

August 9, 2009
Ninth Sunday after Pentecost and the Sunday after the Transfiguration
I Corinthians 3:9-17:  In the reading from I Corinthians St Paul admonishes the Corinthian Church to   give credit to the Lord for the work done by men in building the Church.
Matthew 14:22-34:  In our reading from Matthew, we see Jesus’ mastery over creation by walking on the Sea of Galilee;  Peter’s attempt to join Jesus shows us that our faith is weakened when we take our eyes off the Lord.
Troparion of the Resurrection:  O compassionate One, thou didst descend from the heights; thou didst submit to the three-day burial, that thou might deliver us from passion.  Thou art our Life and our Resurrection, O Lord, glory to thee.
Troparion of the Transfiguration:  When, O Christ our God, thou wast transfigured on the mountain, thou didst reveal thy glory to thy Disciples in proportion as they could bear it.  Let thine everlasting light also enlighten us sinners, through the intercessions of the Theotokos, O Bestower of light, glory to thee.
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 of the Transfiguration: Thou wast transfigured on the mount, and thy Disciples, in so far as they were able, beheld thy glory, O Christ our God; so that, when they should see thee crucified, they would remember that thy suffering was voluntary, and could declare to all the world that thou art truly the effulgent Splendor of the Father.
Sunday, August 9  (Ninth Sunday after Pentecost and Sunday after Transfiguration)
 8:50 a.m. – Orthros
 10:00 a.m. – Divine Liturgy
 6:00 p.m. – Young Adults
Monday, August 10
 Office Closed – Father John’s Day Off
 6:30 p.m. – Paraklesis Service
Tuesday, August 11
 6:00 a.m. – Daily Orthros
Wednesday, August 12
 5:00 p.m. – Catechism Class
 6:30 p.m. – Paraklesis Service
 7:30 p.m. – Choir Practice
Thursday, August 13
 6:00 a.m. – Daily Orthros
Friday, August 14
 6:00 a.m. – Daily Orthros
 6:30 p.m. – Great Vespers
Saturday, August 15 (Dormition of the Theotokos)
    We celebrate this month the Feast of the Dormition (or “Falling Asleep”) of the Theotokos.  Church Tradition states that the Virgin Mary died in her early fifties.  The icon shows her lying upon her funeral bier.  On either side of the bier stand the Apostles; the group on the left is led by St. Peter who stands at the head of the bier; the group on the right is led by St. Paul who stands at the foot of the bier.  At the time of her death many of the Apostles were scattered throughout the world preaching the Gospel.  However, they all returned to Jerusalem upon learning of her death.  All arrived in time for the burial except St. Thomas.  Standing by the bier is her Son, who had come to receive His Mother’s soul into heaven.  He holds in His arms an infant in white symbolizing the soul of the Theotokos.  The Orthodox Church, although it has never had the need to make it a dogma (as has the Roman Catholic Church), also believes in the Virgin Mary’s “assumption” or bodily resurrection into heaven.  Tradition relates that when the other disciples showed St. Thomas (who arrived in Jerusalem after the burial) the tomb in Gethsemane where the Theotokos had been buried near her parents, they discovered that the tomb was empty.
 9:00 a.m. – Orthros followed by Divine Liturgy
 6:30 p.m. – Great Vespers
Sunday, August 16  (Tenth Sunday after Pentecost and the Sunday after the Dormition)
 8:50 a.m. – Orthros
 10:00 a.m. – Divine Liturgy
 5:30 p.m. – Youth Group
Eucharist Bread: …was offered by the Woods for the Divine Liturgy this morning and by the Hendersons for the Feast of the Transfiguration this past Wednesday evening.
Please be very careful with the Blessed Bread when you take after communion or at the end of the liturgy.  Because this bread has been blessed, we should take care not to let crumbs fall on the floor.  Parents, especially, please help your children to choose a small piece and treat it carefully.
Congratulations and Many Years!  Congratulations to Daniel and Elizabeth Root of the arrival of Simeon Paul this past Tuesday morning.  Vital statistics: 8 pounds, 1 ounce; 20 ½ inches!!  Parents and son doing well!  May God grant them many years! …and to Grandparents Deacon Richard and Margaret.
Eucharist Bread and Coffee Hour Schedule:
                                 Eucharist Bread  Coffee Hour
 August 9                         Woods             Pigotts
 August 15 (Sat. morning)  Algoods
 August 16                       Katools            Chamblees
 August 23                       Schelvers         Schelvers
 August 30                       Morrises          Dansereaus
Schedule for Epistle Readers   –  Page numbers refer to the Apostolos (book of the Epistles) located on the front pew.  Please be sure to use this book when you read.
                                    Reader                    Reading          Page #
August 9                   Warren Strain              I Cor. 3:9-17         130
August 15 (sat. morn) Brenda Baker              Philp. 2:5-11         403
August 16                 Kh. Be’Be’ Schelver      I Cor. 4:9-16         135
August 23                 Tom Willingham           I Cor. 9:2-12         141
August 30                 Tom Skirtech               I Cor. 15:1-11        146
Please remember the following in your prayers: Tom Skirtech, Amy and Brantley Oliver ; Jack and Ginny Henderson (Fr. John’s parents) and their family; Reader Basil’s family (Dad, Bill; sister Betty; and uncle and aunt, James and Sarah Powell), Ken Jones’ mother (recovering from hip surgery), Aidan Milnor, the Milnor family, Penny and Dean Bruner and their family, Deborah and Paul Finley, Effie Johnson (Kh. Susan Cushman’s mother) and the Cushman family (St. John’s in Memphis) Jared and Stacy Autrey and their daughter Olivia Kate (St. Ignatius in Franklin).

Calendar Items:

 * The fast of the Dormition will begin August 1st and continue through the feast on the 15th .  As usual we will be celebrating the Paraklesis service on Monday, Wednesday and Friday evenings during this time.  Please make plans to attend as many of these beautiful services as possible.
 * The feast of the Dormition falls on Saturday this year.  We will be having Great Vespers on Friday evening, August 14th at 6:30 p.m. and Orthros and Divine Liturgy on Saturday morning, August 15th , beginning at 9:00 a.m.
 * Future dates for Stewpot meals are September 5th and October 31st .
St. Peter shirts….several of you placed an order for one of the shirts with our name on them.  They have arrived and the cost is $30.  If you ordered one of these, please see Fr. John.  We do have a few extras if someone wanted one but was unable to order it.
Fasting Discipline for August
The traditional fasting (no meat, fish, dairy, wine or oil) is observed August 1 through 14 (the Dormition Fast), except on August 6 (the Feast of the Transfiguration) when fish and wine are permitted.  After the 15th  the traditional is observed on the remaining Wednesdays and Fridays of the month.  August 29th is also a strict fast day in remembrance of the Beheading of the Forerunner.
Major Commemorations During August
 Aug 15  Dormition of the Theotokos
 Aug 29  Beheading of the Forerunner, John the Baptist (strict fast day)
Please supervise your children to avoid spills, ink stains or marks from their writing and drawing on our new chairs.  We also ask that you not allow them to stand on the kneelers.  Thank you for your help with this.
Those hosting Coffee Hour or feasts MUST be sure to place fresh trash bags in the trash cans when cleaning up afterwards.  If this is not done, items get thrown into the empty trash cans and then dumped as is into the cans outside.  The trash people will NOT pick up loose trash from the cans and have even dumped it out in the past.  This means that Father John has to pick these items up by hand and bag them!  Please help us with this!!
If you are the last to leave the building, please make sure that the heating and cooling unit in the Fellowship Hall is set to the optimum temperature for the building when unoccupied.  If you have overridden the programmed setting, please be sure to restore it to the original setting.  We are trying to keep our utility costs down.  If you do not know how to operate the thermostat, please consult with either Father James or Deacon Richard for instruction.       
Quotable: “Prayer is the lifting up of the mind and heart to God, the contemplation of God, the daring converse of the creature with the Creator.  The soul reverently standing before Him as before the King and the Life Itself.  The oblivion of everything that surrounds us.  Prayer is the food of the soul, its air and light, its life-giving warmth, its cleansing from sin, the easy yoke of Christ, His light burden.”
    – St. John of Krondstadt   
Weekly Quote: “Lord, teach me to bestow charity willingly, kindly, joyfully, and to believe that by bestowing it I do not lose but gain infinitely more than that which I give.”
    – St. John of Kronstadt

WORSHIP: Sunday, August 16, 2009 (Tenth Sunday after Pentecost and Sunday after the Dormition)
 Scriptures:  I Corinthians 4:9-16; Matthew 17:14-23
 Celebrant:  Father John
 Deacon:  Deacon Richard
 Epistle Reader:  Kh. Bebe Schelver
 Prosphora:  Katools
 Coffee Hour:  Chamblees

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