6/17 announcements

June 17, 2012
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 Holy Martyrs:   Thy Martyrs, O Lord, in their courageous contest for Thee received as the prize the crowns of incorruption and life from Thee, our immortal God.  For since they possessed Thy strength, they cast down the tyrants and wholly destroyed the demons= strengthless presumption.  O Christ our God, by their prayers, save our souls, since Thou art merciful.
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 17   (Second Sunday after Pentecost)
            8:50 a.m.         — Orthros
            10:00 a.m.       — Divine Liturgy
Monday, June 18   
            Office Closed   — Father John’s Day Off
Tuesday, June 19  
            6:00 a.m.         — Daily Orthros
Wednesday, June 20  
5:00 p.m.         — Catechism Class
6:30 p.m.         — Daily Vespers
7:30 p.m.         — Choir Practice
Thursday, June 21    
6:00 a.m.         — Daily Orthros
Friday, June 22  
6:00 a.m.         — Daily Orthros
Saturday, June 23   
7:30 a.m.         — Bible Study with Breakfast
5:45 p.m.         — Ninth Hour followed by Great Vespers
Sunday, June 24   (Third Sunday after Pentecost; Nativity of the Forerunner)
            8:50 a.m.         — Orthros
            10:00 a.m.       — Divine Liturgy
            1:00 p.m.         — Young Adults
Eucharist Bread …was offered by the Katools for the Divine Liturgy today.  
Eucharist Bread and Coffee Hour Schedule:
                                                      Eucharist Bread                     Coffee Hour
         June 17                                Katool                                      Ellis/Zouboukos
         June 24                                Schelver                                   Fahmy/Pigott
         June 28 (Thurs. p.m.)         Morris
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 17                            Warren Strain                      Rom. 2:10-16                     90
June 24                            Mildred Morris                    Rom. 13:11-14:1-4            279
                                              (reading is for the Forerunner)
June 28 (Thurs. p.m.)     Kh. Sharon Meadows        II Cor. 11:21-33; 12:1-9    389
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.
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.
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.
Calendar Items:
*    The Men of the parish meet for lunch and fellowship on the first Thursday of the month.
*    The Fast of the Apostles runs through June 28th.
*    We will celebrate the feast of the Chief Apostles, Peter and Paul with Orthros followed by Divine Liturgy on Thursday evening, June 28th.
*    Stewpot schedule (together with Holy Resurrection) – July 21st and December 29th.
*    Alexander Andrei’s Baptism is Saturday, July 28th at 10:30 a.m.
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 11-28).
Major Commemorations for June
June 24                        Nativity of the Forerunner
June 29                        Chief Apostles Peter and Paul
June 30                        Synaxis of the Twelve Apostles
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 June:
         June 8                    —    Nader and Lily Dabit (#4!)
         June 10                  —    Dorin and Carolina Lavric (#1!)
         June 14                  —    Ken and Anastasia Jones (#42!)
                                        —    Saliba and Lamia Dabit (#48!)
         June 22                  —    Fr. Leo and Kh. Be’Be’ Schelver (#38!)
         June 31                  —    Denis and Tatiana Lavric (#2!)
Happy Birthdays in June:
         June 1                    —    Fr. James Meadows
         June 5                    —    George Wood
         June 12                  —    Ellie Yeatts (#14!)
         June 13                  —    Lou Turner
         June 17                  —    Sh. Margaret Root
         June 21                  —    Sandra Strain
         June 29                  —    Jennifer Skirtech
Quotable:  “The mind attempts to be almost completely absent from the present moment—this ia actually what we experience when we lie awake early in the morning.  All anxiety, all fear, all disturbance come from memory or from anticipation, from the past or from the future, but not from the present.  The present rarely (perhaps never) poses a problem; it just presents a situation.”
                     “In our society it is not uncommon to meet people who carry huge burdens of pain around with them, all of which exists either in the past (as unhappy memories) or in the future (as anxiety).  Society in general and their minds in particular do not announce to them that carrying this burden is actually an optional activity.  We are not our thoughts.  The pain such people feel is real enough, but actually exists only in their thought processes and absolutely nowhere else.  It certainly does not exist in the present moment, the only part of their life that is ‘real in all its dimensions.  The present moment has many special qualities, but it is almost always full of joy.  However, this joy, which is available to everyone, is for many people completely obliterated by the pain of the past or the future, urged on by the mind.”
                                                 Archimandrite Meletios Webber, Bread and Water, Wine and Oil: an Orthodox Christian Experience of God
Worship:         Sunday, June 24, 2012 (Third Sunday after Pentecost; Nativity of the
         Scripture:                                Romans 13:11-14:1-4; Luke 1:1-25, 57-68, 80
         Celebrant:                               Father John
         Epistle Reader:                       Mildred Morris
         Prosphora:                              Schelver
         Coffee Hour:                           Fahmy/Pigott

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