Announcements for Sunday, August 23, 2009

August 23, 2009
Eleventh Sunday after Pentecost and the Leave-taking of the Dormition
I Corinthians 9:2-12:  In our reading from I Corinthians, we hear St Paul respond to those in who questioned his apostleship and his lifestyle as such.
Matthew 18:23-35:  The Lord Jesus uses a parable to teach that forgiveness is an action to be performed by all who follow Him as well as a gift to be received from God.
Troparion of the Resurrection:  When thou, O immortal Life, didst humble thyself unto death, then didst thou destroy death by the brightness of thy Godhead; and when thou didst raise the bowels of the earth, then all the heavenly powers exclaimed, O Christ, thou art the Giver of life!  Glory to thee, O our God!
Troparion of the Dormition:  In thy birth-giving, O Theotokos, thou didst keep and preserve virginity; and in thy falling-asleep thou hast not forsaken the world; for living thou wast translated, being the Mother of Life.  Wherefore, by thine intercessions, deliver our souls from death.
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 Dormition:  Verily, the Theotokos, who is ever watchful in intercessions, who is never rejected, neither tomb nor death could control.  But being the Mother of Life, he who dwelt in her ever-virgin womb didst translate her to life.
Sunday, August 23   (Eleventh Sunday after Pentecost and the Leave-taking of the Dormition)
 8:50 a.m. – Orthros
 10:00 a.m. – Divine Liturgy
 6:00 p.m. – Young Adults
Monday, August 24
 Office Closed – Father John’s Day Off
Tuesday, August 25 (Apostles Bartholomew and Titus)
 6:00 a.m. – Daily Orthros
Wednesday, August 26
 5:00 p.m. – Catechism Class
 6:30 p.m. – Daily Vespers followed by Parish Council Meeting
 7:30 p.m. – Choir Practice
Thursday, August 27
 6:00 a.m. – Daily Orthros
Friday, August 28
 6:00 a.m. – Daily Orthros
Saturday, August 29   (Beheading of the Forerunner – Strict Fast Day)
 6:30 p.m. – Great Vespers
Sunday, August 30  (Twelfth Sunday after Pentecost)
 8:50 a.m. – Orthros
 10:00 a.m. – Divine Liturgy
 5:30 p.m. – Youth Group
Eucharist Bread: …was offered by the Schelvers for the Divine Liturgy this morning.
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).
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.
Eucharist Bread and Coffee Hour Schedule:
     Eucharist Bread  Coffee Hour
 August 23                              Schelvers                 Schelvers
 August 30                              Morrises                   Dansereaus
 September 6                           Joneses                  Morrises
 September 7 (Mon. evening)     Joanna Meadows (Artoklasia Bread) No Meal
      (Feast of the Nativity of the Theotokos – Great Vespers with Litia & Artoklasia)
 September 13                        Milnors                     Strains
 September 14 (Mon. morning) Meadows                  Meadows
 September 20                        Dansereaus               Joneses/Stewarts
 September 27                        Freundts                   Milnors
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 23                       Tom Willingham               I Cor. 9:2-12         141
August 30                       Tom Skirtech                   I Cor. 15:1-11       146
September 6                   Walt Wood                      I Cor. 16:13-24      152
September 7  (Mon. pm – Reading on Quarterly Schedule not done – Great Vespers instead)
September 13                 Warren Strain                  Gal. 6:11-18          198
September 14 (Mon. am)  Kh. Sharon Meadows       I Cor. 1:18-24        311
September 20                  Mildred Morris                Gal. 2:16-20          193
September 27                  Kh. Be’Be’ Schelver         II Cor. 6:1-10         168
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.
Calendar Items:
 * Future dates for Stewpot meals are September 5th and October 31st .
 * We will celebrate the feast of the Nativity of the Theotokos with Great Vespers with Litia and Artoklasia on Monday evening, September 7th .
 * The feast of the Elevation of the Cross will be celebrated with Divine Liturgy (no Orthros)on Monday morning, September 14th at 6:00 a.m.
Fasting Discipline for August/September
The traditional fasting (no meat, poultry, fish, eggs, dairy, wine and oil) 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.  In September, the traditional fasting is observed on all Wednesdays and Fridays; however, a strict fast is observed on September 14th (Elevation of the Holy Cross).
Major Commemorations During August/ September
 August 29 Beheading of the Forerunner, John the Baptist (strict fast day)
 September 1 Beginning of the Ecclesiastical Year
 September 6 Miracle of the Archangel Michael
 September 8 Nativity of the Theotokos
 September 9 Righteous Joachim and Anna
 September 14 Elevation of the Precious Cross
 September 16 Great-martyr Euphemia, the All-praised
 September 20 Great-martyr Eustathios and his family
 September 23 Conception of the Forerunner
 September 24 Protomartyr Thekla, Equal-to-the-Apostles
 September 26 Repose of the Apostle John, the Theologian
 September 28 Venerable Chariton
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: “He who loves God both believes truly and performs the works of faith reverently.  But he who only believes and does not love lacks even the faith he thinks he has; for he believes merely with a certain superficiality of intellect and is not energized by the full force of love’s glory.  The chief part of virtue, then, is faith energized by love.”
    – Saint Diadochos of Photiki  
Weekly Quote: “Life is blessesness, and not simply because we believe in blessed eternity; but here on earth life can be blessed, if we live with Christ–fulfilling His holy commandments.  If a man is not tied to earthly goods, but will in all things rely on God, will live for Christ and in Christ, then life here on earth will become blessed.”
    – St. Barsanuphius of Optina

WORSHIP: Sunday, August 30, 2009 (Twelfth Sunday after Pentecost)
 Scriptures:  I Corinthians 15:1-11; Matthew 19:16-26
 Celebrant:  Father John
 Deacon:  Deacon Terry
 Epistle Reader:  Tom Skirtech
 Prosphora:  Morrises
 Coffee Hour:  Dansereaus

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