6/24 announcements

June 24, 2012
Third Sunday after Pentecost; Nativity of the Forerunner
 
Romans 13:11-14:4:  As we read from his letter to the Romans, St Paul encourages us to walk in the light and put aside the deeds of darkness, knowing that the time of salvation is near at hand.  He also encourages us to accept those who are weak in faith and not to make personal judgments.
 
Luke 1:1-25; 57-68; 80:  In the Gospel of St. Luke we read of how the Lord blessed Elizabeth and Zechariah with a child and named him John. The child came to be known as John the Baptist, whom our Lord Jesus Christ referred to as the greatest born of women.  On this feast day when we celebrate his, let us remember him who was called The Forerunner and prepared the way for our Lord’s Incarnation.
 
Troparion of the Resurrection:  When thou, O immortal Life, didst humble thyself unto death, then didst thou destroy death by the brightness of thy Godhead; and when thou didst raise the bowels of the earth, then all the heavenly powers exclaimed, O Christ, thou art the Giver of life!  Glory to thee, O our God!
 
Troparion of St. John: We who eagerly honor thee are unable, O Prophet, Forerunner of the presence of Christ, to extol thee as it is meet to do; for by thy noble and solemn nativity, the barrenness of thy mother was undone, and the tongue of thy father was loosened, and to the world was proclaimed the Incarnation of the Son of God.
 
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.
 
CALENDAR
 
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
           
Monday, June 25   
            Office Closed   — Father John’s Day Off
           
Tuesday, June 26  
            6:00 a.m.         — Daily Orthros
 
Wednesday, June 27  
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 28    
6:00 a.m.         — Daily Orthros
6:00 p.m.         — Orthros followed by Divine Liturgy
 
Friday, June 29   (Chief Apostles Peter and Paul)
NO Daily Orthros
 
Saturday, June 30   (Synaxis of the Twelve Apostles)
5:45 p.m.         — Ninth Hour followed by Great Vespers
 
Sunday, July 1   (Fourth Sunday after Pentecost; Sts. Cosmas and Damian)
            8:50 a.m.         — Orthros
            10:00 a.m.       — Divine Liturgy
            11:45 a.m.       — Pot Luck Meal
            5:30 p.m.         — Youth Group
SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENTS
 
Eucharist Bread …was offered by the Schelvers for the Divine Liturgy today.  
 
Eucharist Bread and Coffee Hour Schedule:
                                                      Eucharist Bread                     Coffee Hour
         June 24                               Schelver                                   Fahmy/Pigott
         June 28 (Thurs. p.m.)        Morris
         July 1                                   Jones                POT LUCK MEAL
 
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 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
July 1                                Phillip Lasseter                   I Cor. 12:27 -13:8             329
 
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.
 
Father Peter Gillquist has been diagnosed with stage 4 metastatic melanoma.  He survived a diagnosis of stage 3 melanoma in 1999 and another bout in 2010.  He, Kh. Marilyn, and family await test results to determine treatment options in the management of this aggressive cancer.  Please keep them in your prayers.
 
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 Birthdays in June/July:
         June 29                  —    Jennifer Skirtech
         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!)
 
 
Happy Anniversaries in June/July:
         June 31                  —    Denis and Tatiana Lavric (#2!)
         July 3                     —    Emad and Suzi Fino (#24!)
         July 25                   —    Reader Basil and Brenda Baker (#31!)
         July 30                   —    Clyde and Mary Ellis (#18!)
 
Quotable:  “The movement of emotion further clouds the way the mind works as our bodies react to thoughts the mind is producing.  Whether felt physically as a tightening in the chest, a knot in the solar plexus, or stomach pains, or just vaguely experienced as a sort of cloud, emotions get our attention quickly.  Unfortunately, they tend to be rather vapid, easily manipulated, rapidly changing, and often undifferentiated.  On being asked, many people know that they have a lot of feelings—they just don’t know which ones.”
                                                 Archimandrite Meletios Webber, Bread and Water, Wine and Oil: an Orthodox Christian Experience of God
 
 
Worship:         Sunday, July 1, 2012 (Fourth Sunday after Pentecost; Ss. Cosmas and
Damian)
 
         Scripture:                               I Corinthians 12:27-13:8; Matthew 8:5-13
         Celebrant:                              Father John
         Epistle Reader:                      Phillip Lasseter
         Prosphora:                             Jones
         Coffee Hour:                          POT LUCK MEAL
                                                         

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