6/26 announcements

June 26, 2011
Second Sunday after Pentecost
Romans 2:10-16:  In our reading from Romans we hear St Paul tell us that the Gentiles who obey the Law of God and yet are unbelievers do so out of knowledge of the Law written in their hearts and will be judged by the Lord.
Matthew 4:18-23:  In the reading from Matthew we see our Lord begin His public ministry by set­tling in the region of Galilee and calling His first four disciples.
Troparion of the Resurrection:  The stone being sealed by the Jews, and thy pure body being guarded by the soldiers, thou didst arise on the third day, O Saviour, granting life to the world.  Wherefore, the heavenly powers acclaimed thee, O Giver of life, crying, Glory to thy Resurrection, O Christ! Glory to thy kingdom! Glory to thy gracious providence, O only Lover of mankind.
Troparion of the Righteous Father David of Thessalonika: In thee the image was preserved with exactness, O Father; for taking up thy cross, thou didst follow Christ, and by thy deeds thou didst teach us to overlook the flesh, for it passeth away, but to attend to the soul since it is immortal.  Wherefore, O righteous David, thy spirit rejoiceth with the angels.
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 Theotokos:  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.
Sunday, June 26   (Second Sunday after Pentecost)
            8:50 a.m.         — Orthros
            10:00 a.m.       — Divine Liturgy
Monday, June 27   
            Office Closed  — Father John’s Day Off
Tuesday, June 28
            6:00 a.m.         — Daily Orthros
            6:00 p.m.         — Orthros followed by Divine Liturgy and Meal
Wednesday, June 29   (Chief Apostles Peter and Paul)
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 30   (Synaxis of the Twelve Apostles)
6:00 a.m.         — Daily Orthros
Friday, July 1             (Cosmas and Damian of Rome)
6:00 a.m.         — Daily Orthros
Saturday, July 2  (Deposition of the Robe of the Theotokos)
5:45 p.m.         — Ninth Hour followed by Great Vespers
Sunday, July 3   (Third Sunday after Pentecost)
            8:50 a.m.         — Orthros
            10:00 a.m.       — Divine Liturgy
Eucharist Bread …was offered by the Bakers 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 26                                 Bakers                                     Morrises
         June 28                                 Woods                                     Schelvers
                  (Tues. p.m. – Feast of Sts. Peter and Paul)
         July 3                                                                                    R. Roots     Joneses
         July 10                                  Hendersons                              Ellis/Zouboukos
         July 17                                  Schelvers                                 Woods
         July 24                                  Katools                                    Algoods
         July 31                                  Algoods                                   Hendersons
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 26                       Phillip Lasseter                      Rom. 2:10-16                          90
June 28 (Tues. p.m.)   Brenda Baker                        II Cor. 11:21-33, 12:1-9          389
July 3                          Kh. Be’Be’ Schelver             Rom. 5:1-11                            96
July 10                        Tom Willingham                    Rom. 6:18-23                          102
July 17                        Tom Skirtech                        Titus 3:18-15                           322
July 24                        Sh. Charlotte Algood            Rom. 12:6-14                          113
July 31                        Walt Wood                          Rom. 15:1-7                            119
Please keep Walt and Charlotte Wood and their family in your prayers as Walt recovers from back surgery.
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.
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!
Sophie Elizabeth Dansereau will be baptized on Saturday morning, July 16th at 11:15 a.m.
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 26th and July 3rd.  A group picture will be taken at a later date for the cover of the Directory.
Fasting Discipline for June/July
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).  In July, the traditional fasting is observed on all Wednesdays and Fridays of the month.
Major Commemorations during June/July
June 29            Chief Apostles Peter and Paul
June 30            Synaxis of the Twelve Apostles
July 1               Cosmas and Damian of Rome
July 2               Deposition of the Robe of the Theotokos
July 5               Athanasios of Athos
July 11             Euphemia the all-praised
July 17             Great-martyr Marina
July 20             Prophet Elias
July 25             Dormition of Righteous Anna
July 27             Great-martyr Panteleimon
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 in July:
         July 3                         Emad and Suzi Fino (#23!)
         July 25                       Reader Basil and Brenda Baker (#30!)
Happy Birthdays in June/July:
         June 29                      Jennifer Skirtech
         July 2                         Irene N’Ser
         July 7                         Nimer Fino (1992)
         July 10                       Ramzi Kafoury
         July 13                       Abraham Dabit
         July 15                       Emad Fino
         July 17                       Jackie Rezk
         July 22                       Zachary Freundt
                                           Walt Wood
                                           Thomas Wood
                                           Amy Oliver
Quotable:  “The Holy Sacrament of Confession can rightly be called ‘the Forgotten Medicine.’  The whole world is lying in evil.  Every one of us is infected with the deadly disease of sin, and one can be cured from this disease!  The medicine is provided, and it is miraculous at that.  You are healed the moment you take it.  But we do not reach for it, to be healed and to lighten our conscience.  Why?  Because we have forgotten and neglected it.”
                                                                        Archimandrite Seraphim Aleksiev
Worship:         Sunday, July 3, 2011 (Third Sunday after Pentecost)
         Scripture:                                 Romans 5:1-10; Matthew 6:22-33
         Celebrant:                                Father John
         Epistle Reader:                         Kh. Be’Be’ Schelver
         Prosphora:                               R. Roots
         Coffee Hour:                           Joneses/Stewarts

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