July 1, 2012
Fourth Sunday after Pentecost
Sts. Cosmas and Damian
I Corinthians 12:27-31;13:1-8: In our reading from St. Paul’s first letter to the Corinthians, we are reminded that although we all have received gifts from the Holy Spirit, they are meaningless without love.
Matthew 8:5-13: Jesus shows His great mercy to those who have faith in Him when He heals the servant of a centurion.
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 Sts Cosmas and Damian: O holy unmercenaries and wonder-workers Cosmas and Damian, visit our infirmities. Freely have ye received, freely give to us.
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, July 1 (Fourth Sunday after Pentecost; Sts. Cosmas and Damian)
10:00 a.m. — Typica Service with Communion
11:30 a.m. — Pot Luck Meal
5:30 p.m. — Youth Group
Monday, July 2 (Deposition of the Robe of the Theotokos)
Office Closed — Father John’s Day Off
Tuesday, July 3
6:00 a.m. — Daily Orthros
Wednesday, July 4
6:30 p.m. — Daily Vespers
7:30 p.m. — Choir Practice
Thursday, July 5
6:00 a.m. — Daily Orthros
11:30 a.m. — Men’s Lunch
Friday, July 6
6:00 a.m. — Daily Orthros
11:00 a.m. — Ladies’ Outing to Eudora Welty House
Saturday, July 7
7:30 a.m. — Bible Study with Breakfast
5:45 p.m. — Ninth Hour followed by Great Vespers
Sunday, July 8 (Fifth Sunday after Pentecost)
8:50 a.m. — Orthros
10:00 a.m. — Divine Liturgy
1:00 p.m. — Young Adults
Eucharist Bread …was offered by the Morrises for the feast of the Chief Apostles Peter and Paul this past Thursday evening.
Eucharist Bread and Coffee Hour Schedule:
Eucharist Bread Coffee Hour
July 1 POT LUCK MEAL
July 8 Davis Algood/Bassinger/Yeatts
July 15 Meadows R. Root/Abraham
July 22 Yeatts Schelver/Lavric
July 29 Abraham MEN of the Parish
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#
July 1 Phillip Lasseter I Cor. 12:27 -13:8 329
July 8 Tom Willingham Rom. 10:1-10 108
July 15 Tom Skirtech Titus 3:8-15 322
July 29 Kh. Be’Be’ Schelver Rom. 15:1-7 119
July 29 Brenda Baker I Cor. 1:10-17 124
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.
Please remember the following in your prayers: Pete and Maria Costas; 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); Fr. Stephen Tewfik; Dn. Howard and Sh. Gail Shannon; Robert and Betsy Stone (Kh. Janet and Sheryl’s dad).
Father Peter Gillquist has been diagnosed with stage 4 metastatic melanoma. He is currently in hospice care. Please keep them in your prayers.
Please keep Father James in your prayers as he is home recovering from gall bladder surgery this past Friday.
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 Fr. Joseph and Kh. Joanna Bittle, and their daughter Abigail, in your prayers.
Please continue to pray for the health of His Grace, Bishop ANTOUN.
Memory Eternal! Our condolences go to the family of Sam Leonard (Holy Resurrection) who died unexpectedly after surgery this past Tuesday evening. Please pray for her husband Tim and her sons, Shaun and Todd, and daughter, Kim.
Alexander Andrei, the son of Silviu and Anna Marie Andrei, will be baptized on Saturday morning, July 28th at 10:30 a.m. Friends and family (many from Romania) will be here to celebrate the event.
* The Men of the parish meet for lunch and fellowship on the first Thursday of the month.
* The Ladies of St. Peter will meet at the Eudora Welty House on Friday, July 6th for a tour beginning at 11:00 a.m.
* A baseball night at Trustmark Park is being planned in July for the Youth Group, Young Adults and those who are young at heart! Date is TBA.
* Stewpot schedule (together with Holy Resurrection) – July 21st and December 29th.
* Alexander Andrei’s Baptism is Saturday, July 28th at 10:30 a.m.
* The Ladies will meet at Anastasia’s for lunch and a teaching from Father John following the Liturgy on Sunday, July 29th. The Men of the parish will handle Coffee Hour that morning.
Fasting Discipline for July
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 July
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 the Righteous Anna
July 27 Great-martyr Panteleimon
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.
Happy Anniversaries in July:
July 3 — Emad and Suzi Fino (#24!)
July 25 — Reader Basil and Brenda Baker (#31!)
July 30 — Clyde and Mary Ellis (#18!)
Happy Birthdays in July:
July 10 — Ramzi Kafoury
July 14 — Emil Ellis (#16!)
July 15 — Emad Fino
July 22 — Zachary Freundt
— Amy Oliver
— Thomas Wood
— Walt Wood
July 25 — Vickie Curtis
July 26 — George Curtis (#13!)
Quotable: “In particular, emotion is of little importance in establishing or developing our contact with God, and yet almost everyone alive is tempted to use emotion in just that way. Unfortunately, this makes the presence of God nothing more important than a feeling, on a level with being happy or sad—if our conscious contact with God is not radically different from our experience in a theater or auditorium—then the mind has won a decisive battle. God is then exiled to the past or the future, where He is totally powerless—He is completely at the mercy of the human mind which imprisons Him there.”
Archimandrite Meletios Webber, Bread and Water, Wine and
Oil: an Orthodox Christian Experience of God
Worship: Sunday, July 8, 2012 (Fifth Sunday after Pentecost)
Scripture: Romans 10:1-10; Matthew 8:28-34; 9:1
Celebrant: Father John
Epistle Reader: Tom Willingham
Coffee Hour: Algood/Bassinger/Yeatts