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May 6, 2012
Sunday of the Paralytic
 
In the miracle of the healing of the paralytic at the pool of Bethesda, we see the Son’s power over life and sin, power which becomes fully evident in the Resurrection. The paralytic is a man crippled in body and spirit, for, even as He heals the body, Jesus warns against results of further sin.  Christ frees us from our bodies of corruption and grants us flesh glorified in Him; He also frees us from the power of sin and grants us perfection in His Spirit.  As the man at the pool accepted God’s grace and found life, so let us walk in His light and come into His presence.
 
Acts 9:32-42:  Empowered by the Holy Spirit, St Peter heals a paralyzed man and raises a woman from the dead; both acts lead to many people believing in the Lord.
 
John 5:1-15:  Jesus demonstrates His lordship over creation and the Sabbath when He heals a sick man at the pool of Bethsaida.
 
Troparion of the Resurrection:  Let the heavens rejoice and the earth be glad; for the Lord hath done a mighty act with his own arm.  He hath trampled down death and become the First-born from the dead. He hath delivered us from the depths of hades, granting the world 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 Pascha: When Thou didst descend into the grave, O Immortal, Thou didst destroy the power of Hades.  In victory didst Thou arise, O Christ God, proclaiming ARejoice@ to the myrrh-bearing women, granting peace to Thine apostles and bestowing resurrection on the fallen.
 
CALENDAR
 
Sunday, May 6   (Sunday of the Paralytic)
            8:50 a.m.         — Orthros
            10:00 a.m.       — Hierarchical Divine Liturgy
            12:00 p.m.       — Luncheon catered by Chimneyville Smokehouse
 
Monday, May 7   
            Office Closed   — Father John’s Day Off
           
Tuesday, May 8   (Apostle John the Theologian)
            6:00 a.m.         — Festal Orthros
 
Wednesday, May 9   (Athanasios the Great)
5:00 p.m.         — Catechism Class
6:30 p.m.         — Daily Vespers
7:30 p.m.         — Choir Practice
 
Thursday, May 10   (Apostle Simon the Zealot) 
6:00 a.m.         — Daily Orthros
 
Friday, May 11   
6:00 a.m.         — Daily Orthros
 
Saturday, May 12   
7:30 a.m.         — Bible Study with Breakfast
5:45 p.m.         — Ninth Hour followed by Great Vespers
 
Sunday, May 13   (Sunday of the Samaritan Woman)
            8:50 a.m.         — Orthros
            9:00 a.m.         — Christian Education
            10:00 a.m.       — Divine Liturgy
            12:00 p.m.       — Coffee Hour honoring Melissa Curtis
            5:30 p.m.         — Youth Group
 
SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENTS
 
Eucharist Bread …was offered by the Yeatts for the Divine Liturgy today.  
Eucharist Bread and Coffee Hour Schedule:
                                                      Eucharist Bread                     Coffee Hour
         May 6                                   Yeatts                                      Barbeque Luncheon
                  (set-up: Lamia Dabit/Sandy Strain/Jennifer Skirtech/Phillip Lasseter)
         May 13                                 Freundts                                  Morris/Jones/Stewart
         May 20                                 Fahmys                                    Fahmy/Pigott
         May 23 (Wed. p.m.)           Bakers                                    
         May 27                                 Wood                                        R. Root/Algood
 
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.
 
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#
May 6                               Phillip Lasseter                   Acts 9:32-42                   45
May 13                             Kh. Be’Be’ Schelver          Acts 11:19-30                 52
May 20                             Tom Willingham                 Acts 16:36-34                 58
May 23 (Wed. p.m.)        Brenda Baker                      Acts 1:1-12                     63
May 27                              Tom Skirtech                      Acts 20:16-18, 28-36      66
 
Please be reminded that the Sacristy/Vestry which is adjacent to and behind the altar in our church is considered by the Orthodox Church to be part of the Sanctuary (Altar area) and should not be entered without the blessing of the priest for a specific purpose.  If you need to speak with a member of the clergy while they are in the Sanctuary, please ask them to come to you in the nave.
 
Please remember the following in your prayers:  Maria Costas; Amy and Michael Surratt and Amy’s family; Tom and Jennifer Skirtech and Jennifer’s mother, Jessamine Hinkson;  Warren and Sandi Strain and their family; Fr. Leo, Kh. Be’Be’, Stephen and Amy, Justyn and Jeffrey; Steve, Sheryl and Stephen Chamblee; Amy and Brantley Oliver; Aidan Milnor, the Milnor family; Sam and Lamia Dabit and Sammie; David Turner’s mother Mary Jean; Georgia Buchanan, George Johns (Georgia’s grandson) and his family; Dorin and Carolina Lavric and Victor (Carolina’s brother); Mary Greene (Lee and Kh. Sharon’s sister); Joanna Meadows and Jay Davis (as they prepare for their wedding); Fr. Stephen Tewfik; Dn. Howard Shannon.
 
Please remember Fr. Joseph and Kh. Joanna Bittle and their daughter Abigail in your prayers. 

Welcome to His Grace, Bishop ANTOUN; to Fr. Jon Braun and Kh. Mary Ellen; and to Fr. Peter Gillquist and Kh. Marilyn!!  Thank you for being here to help us celebrate 25 years in Orthodoxy!
 
Please continue to pray for the health of His Grace, Bishop ANTOUN.
 
Baby Shower:  On Sunday, May 27th, we will have a “Coffee Hour/Baby Shower” in honor of Nikki and Phillip Lasseter following the liturgy.  The hostesses will be Lynda Costas, Sh. Margaret Root, Anastasia Jones, Sh. Charlotte Algood, and Kh. Be’Be’ Schelver.  If you’d like to buy a baby gift for Titus, they’re registered at Target and Babies-R-Us.  Come and help us celebrate a new addition to our church!
 
Pentecost Feast:  On June 3rd, Pentecost, we will have a “directed pot luck.”  Kh. Janet Henderson and Kh. Be’Be’ Schelver are the hostesses in charge.  There will be a sign-up sheet posted on the bulletin board in the fellowship hall.  Please make an effort to sign up soon for this and plan to attend this joyous occasion.
 
Annual GreekFest Celebration:  Holy Trinity and St. John the Theologian Greek Orthodox Church will be holding their annual GreekFest May 18th-20th at the church (located on Pear Orchard Road across from Christ United Methodist Church).  For more information, see one of the flyers on the information table in the hallway outside the nave.
 
Opportunity for Almsgiving:  Ian Jones will be travelling to Hogar Rafael Ayau in Guatemala the first week in June as part of a mission team led by Father Chad Hatfield. They plan to help the nuns prepare for their patronal feast, catechize incoming members of the church and help in moving the orphanage out to the monastery and away from its current location in one of the most crime-ridden parts of Guatemala City.  As a team member, he is attempting to raise $1100.  If you would like to contribute to this cause, make your check out to St. Vladimir’s Seminary, earmarked “Guatemala Mission Trip 2012,” and mail it to Ian at the following address:
                        St. Vladimir’s Theological Seminary
                        575 Scarsdale Road
                        Tuckahoe, New York 10707
 
Calendar Items:
*    The Men of the parish meet for lunch and fellowship on the first Thursday of the month.
*    Coffee Hour honoring Melissa Curtis’ graduation from high school next Sunday.
*    Joanna Meadows and Jay Davis’ wedding on Saturday, May 19th.
*    We will celebrate the Leave-taking of Pascha with Paschal Vespers on Tuesday evening, May 22nd, beginning at 6:30 p.m.
*    We will celebrate the Feast of the Ascension with a liturgy on Wednesday evening, May 23rd, beginning at 6:00 p.m.
*    Coffee Hour and Baby Shower for Nikki and Phillip Lasseter on Sunday, May 27th.
*    Stewpot schedule (together with Holy Resurrection) – July 21st and December 29th.

Fasting Discipline for May
The traditional fasting discipline (no meat, poultry, fish, eggs, dairy, wine and oil) is observed on all Wednesdays and Fridays of the month.
 
Major Commemorations for May
May 6              Sunday of the Paralytic
May 8              Apostle John the Theologian
May 10            Apostle Simon the Zealot
May 13            Sunday of the Samaritan Woman
May 20            Sunday of the Blindman
May 21            Sts. Constantine and Helen
May 24            Feast of the Ascension
May 25            The Forerunner (3rd Discovery)
May 27            Sunday of the Holy Fathers of Nicea
 
The Order of St. Ignatius  is a service organization in our Archdiocese that has founded many worthwhile projects.  If you are interested in joining this organization during His Grace, Bishop ANTOUN’s visit in May, please see Father John.
 
Happy Birthdays in May:
         May 5                    —    Dale Cooper
                                       —    Joanna Meadows
                                       —    Mary Greene
         May 7                    —    Tiffany Strain (#15!)
         May 8                    —    Kh. Janet Henderson
         May 10                  —    Fr. Leo Schelver
         May 11                  —    Meghan Brock
         May 15                  —    Tom Skirtech
         May 21                  —    Jacob Skirtech (#5!)
         May 24                  —    Paul Katool
                                       —    Daniel Root
         May 26                  —    David Turner
         May 27                  —    Luke Habeeb (#7!)
         May 30                  —    Dn. Terry Algood
         May 31                  —    Stephen Chamblee
 
Happy Anniversaries in May:
         May 12                  —    Cliff and Anna Kathryn Stewart (#5!)
         May 14                  —    Lorencz and Geraldine Quirk (#52!)
         May 30                  —    Tom and Jennifer Skirtech (#35!)
 
 
When you host Coffee Hour or the meal for a Feast please make sure that the oven, warmer, and coffee maker are turned off afterwards.  On several occasions in the past, the cleaning ladies have found the oven still on when they came in to clean later during the week.
 
Quotable:       “Since most modern people are accustomed to using their minds rather than their hearts to make sense of the world, it may be valuable to consider in greater detail how the mind works in practice.
                        “The needs and desires of the mind are limitless.  So are its fears.  However, it needs to be said right at the beginning that the mind is not evil itself.  On the contrary, the mind is a beautiful and necessary part of human existence, and like everything else in the created universe, it was fashioned by God.  The ability to use the mind is crucial in almost everything we do, even though we have not really begun to understand how it works.  Obviously, the mind has an important connection with the brain, but in some senses the mind also sems to work throughout the body, affecting every cell, perhaps every atom of our existence, as it functions.  Apart from anything else, the working of the mind underlines the immensely important relationship of co-operation between who we feel ourselves to be, as people, and our bodies.  So long as we are alive, consciousness without the cooperation of our bodies seems to be, quite literally, unthinkable.”
                                                 Archimandrite. Meletios Webber, Bread and Water, Wine and
                                                             Oil: an Orthodox Christian Experience of God
 
 
Worship:         Sunday, May 13, 2012 (Sunday of the Samaritan Woman)
 
         Scripture:                               Acts 11:19-30; John 4:5-42
         Celebrant:                              Father John
         Epistle Reader:                      Kh. Be’Be’ Schelver
         Prosphora:                             Freundts
         Coffee Hour:                          Morris/Jones/Stewart                   

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