6/19 announcements

June 19, 2011
Sunday of All Saints; First Sunday after Pentecost
    The Church commemorates and remembers all of its saints at three times during the year; in anticipation of Christmas, at the beginning of Lent, and immediately after Pentecost.  On all three days we are reminded of the unified body of God’s people and of the holiness they have achieved and for which we strive.  These two things are not abnormal and removed from us; they are truth and reality.  On this day we are especially reminded of the strength of the saints and their victories, and we move from the day of Pentecost, the empowering presence of the Holy Spirit, to join God’s people in our victorious procession, through purifying trial and sacrifice, to the Day of the Lord.
Hebrews 11:33-12:2: The writer of Hebrews calls us to consider the faith of those saints of the Old Testament who endured hardships and death and yet still did great things because of their faith.  The Apos­tle encourages us to lay aside the encumbrances of sin and run with endurance the race that is set be­fore us.
Matthew 10:32- 33, 37-38;19:27-30:  In the gospel reading we hear the Lord Jesus teach the mean­ing of discipleship, and, when asked by Peter, tells him what shall be the reward for those who truly are dis­ci­ples of His.
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 All Saints: Thy Church, O Christ God, hast regaled herself in the blood of thy Martyrs throughout all the world, as in porphyry and purple.  Through them she lifts her voice, crying, Turn with thy compassion to thy people, and grant peace to thy city, and to the souls the Great Mercy.
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 Saints:  To thee, O Lord and Author of all creation, the universe offers as first-fruits of nature the divinity-bearing Martyrs.  Wherefore, by their imploring preserve thy Church in perfect safety, for the sake of the Theotokos, O most Merciful.
Sunday, June 19   (Sunday of All Saints)
            8:50 a.m.         — Orthros
            10:00 a.m.       — Divine Liturgy
Monday, June 20   
            Office Closed  — Father John’s Day Off
Tuesday, June 21
            6:00 a.m.         — Daily Orthros
Wednesday, June 22   
5:00 p.m.         — Catechism Class
6:30 p.m.         — Daily Vespers followed by Parish Council Meeting
7:30 p.m.         — Choir Practice
Thursday, June 23   
6:00 a.m.         — Daily Orthros
Friday, June 24  (Nativity of the Forerunner)         
6:00 a.m.         — Daily Orthros
Saturday, June 25   
NO Catechism Class
5:45 p.m.         — Ninth Hour followed by Great Vespers 
Sunday, June 26   (Second Sunday after Pentecost)
            8:50 a.m.         — Orthros
            10:00 a.m.       — Divine Liturgy
Eucharist Bread …was offered by the Fahmys for the Divine Liturgy today.  
Please be reminded of the following:
Be very careful with the Blessed Bread when you take it after communion.  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.
         Also, at the end of the liturgy, maintain a prayerful disposition during the veneration of the cross as the prayers of thanksgiving after communion are still underway.  Please exchange your greetings with each other in the Fellowship Hall during Coffee Hour.
Eucharist Bread and Coffee Hour Schedule:
                                                      Eucharist Bread                     Coffee Hour
         June 19                                 Fahmys                                    Strains
         June 26                                 Bakers                                     Morrises
         June 28                                 Woods                                     Schelvers
                  (Tues. p.m. – Feast of Sts. Peter and Paul)
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#
June 19                       Warren Strain                     Heb. 11:33-12:2                         84
June 26                        Phillip Lasseter                   Rom. 2:10-16                            90
June 28 (Tues. p.m.)    Brenda Baker                     II Cor. 11:21-33, 12:1-9           389
Please remember the following in your prayers:  Fr. Leo, Kh. Be’Be’, Stephen and Amy, Justyn and Jeffrey; Steve, Sheryl and Stephen Chamblee; Maria Costas; Amy and Brantley Oliver; Aidan Milnor, the Milnor family; Sam and Lamia Dabit; David Turner’s mother Mary Jean; Fr. Joseph Bittle, Kh. Joanna, their daughter Abigail and the rest of their family.
Please continue to pray for the health of His Grace, Bishop ANTOUN.
Sophie Elizabeth Dansereau will be baptized on Saturday morning, July 16th at 11:15 a.m.
We are looking for new faces in the choir….anyone 7th grade or older who is interested should contact Karen or Sh. Margaret.
Calendar Items:
*    The Men of the parish meet for lunch and fellowship on the first Thursday of the month.
*    The Fast of the Apostles will run from June 20-28 this year.  We will celebrate Orthros and Divine Liturgy for the Feast of Sts. Peter and Paul on Tuesday evening, July 28th, beginning at 6:00 p.m. 
*    We will be serving a meal at the Stewpot in Jackson on July 9th and November 19th.
*    Father John will be out of town July 21-31st for the Archdiocese Convention in Chicago.
*    His Grace, Bishop ANTOUN will be here the weekend of May 6, 2012 to help us celebrate our 25th anniversary as a parish.  The planning committee is working very hard to make our celebration a memorable one.  There will be an evening event at the MS Museum of Art on Saturday, May 6th.  Other events are being planned and more information will be available in the coming months.
On Tuesday night, June 28th , we will be celebrating St. Peter’s and St. Paul’s Feast Day with Orthros followed by Divine Liturgy and a supper.  Kh. Be’Be’ is in charge of the meal, and there is a sign up list on the small bulletin board in the fellowship hall.  Please take a second to volunteer to bring a dish.  This will give us an idea of how many people will be coming.  Thanks!
New Parish Directory:   The Parish Council has decided to implement a new Directory with family pictures.  Pictures will be taken on the following Sundays:  June 12th, June 26th and July 3rd.  A group picture will be taken on Pentecost (June 12th) for the cover of the Directory.
Fasting Discipline for June
The traditional fasting discipline (no meat, poultry, fish, eggs, dairy, wine and oil) is observed on all days during the Fast of the Apostles (June 20-28).
Major Commemorations during June
June 19            Sunday of All Saints
June 24            Nativity of the Forerunner
June 29            Chief Apostles Peter and Paul
June 30            Synaxis of the Twelve Apostles
If you are the last to leave the building, please make sure that the heating and cooling unit in the Fellowship Hall is turned off.
Happy Anniversaries remaining in June:
         June 14                      Ken and Anastasia Jones (#41!)
                                           Saliba and Lamia Dabit (#47!)
         June 22                      Fr. Leo and Kh. Be’Be’ Schelver (#37!)
Happy Birthdays in June:
         June 1                        Fr. James Meadows
         June 5                        George Wood
         June 12                      Ellie Yeatts (1998)
         June 13                      Lou Turner
         June 17                      Sh. Margaret Root
         June 21                      Sandra Strain
         June 29                      Jennifer Skirtech
Quotable:  “Take courage, sinners!  There is deliverance for us!  Jesus Christ, Who carried on His shoulders the sin of all humanity and Who paid our debts to God with His death on the cross, can take our sin on His shoulders as well.  Is it not because of this that St. Andrew of Crete prays in the name of all of us who sin before God:  ‘Take my heavy sinful burden away from me and give me tears of repentance!’  We must shed tears of repentance, because there are only two  kinds of water which can wash away the filth of sin:  the water of baptism and the tears of repentance.”
                                                                        Archimandrite Seraphim Aleksiev
Worship:         Sunday, June 26, 2011 (Second Sunday after Pentecost)
         Scripture:                                Romans 2:10-16; Matthew 4:18-23
         Celebrant:                               Father John
         Epistle Reader:                        Phillip Lasseter
         Prosphora:                              Bakers
         Coffee Hour:                           Morrises

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