7/8 announcements

July 8, 2012
Fifth Sunday after Pentecost
 
Romans 10:1-10:  St Paul, writing to the Romans, contrasts the righteousness of the law with the righ­teousness of faith and goes on to say that if we confess with our mouth and believe in our hearts that Jesus is Lord, then we shall be saved.
 
Matthew 8:28-34; 9:1:  In the gospel reading we see the authority of Jesus over the demons, who know   that they have been defeated even before the appointed time of His resurrection and later His second advent.
 
Troparion of the Resurrection:  Having learned the joyful message of the Resurrection from the angel, the women Disciples cast from them their parental condemnation, and proudly broke the news to the Disciples, saying, Death has been spoiled.  Christ God is risen, granting the world Great Mercy.
 
Troparion of the Martyr Prokopios:  Thy Martyr Prokopios, O Lord, by his struggle hath received for Thee, our God, the imperishable crown because, acquiring Thy strength, he demolished usurpers and crushed the powerless might of Satan.  Therefore, through his intercessions, O Christ God, save our souls.
 
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, July 8   (Fifth Sunday after Pentecost)
            8:50 a.m.         — Orthros
            10:00 a.m.       — Divine Liturgy
            1:00 p.m.         — Young Adults
 
Monday, July 9   
            Office Closed   — Father John’s Day Off
           
Tuesday, July 10  
            6:00 a.m.         — Daily Orthros
 
Wednesday, July 11   (Euphemia the all-praised)
6:30 p.m.         — Daily Vespers
7:30 p.m.         — Choir Practice
 
Thursday, July 12    
6:00 a.m.         — Daily Orthros
 
Friday, July 13   
6:00 a.m.         — Daily Orthros
 
Saturday, July 14   
8:30 a.m.         — Workday at the Church
5:45 p.m.         — Ninth Hour followed by Great Vespers
 
Sunday, July 15   (Sixth Sunday after Pentecost; Sunday of the Holy Fathers
of the Fourth Ecumenical Council)
            8:50 a.m.         — Orthros
            10:00 a.m.       — Divine Liturgy
            12:00 p.m.       — Ladies of St. Peter
            5:30 p.m.         — Youth Group
 
SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENTS
 
Eucharist Bread …was offered by the Joneses for the Divine Liturgy this morning.
 
Eucharist Bread and Coffee Hour Schedule:
                                    Eucharist Bread                     Coffee Hour
July 8                          Jones                                        Algood/Bassinger/Yeatts
July 15                        Meadows                                 R. Root/Abraham/Davis
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 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).
 
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.
*    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 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 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!)
 
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!)
 
Quotable:  “In fallen humanity, the mind and the heart have been alienated from each other.  The heart has been almost entirely hidden from view, or at least obscured.  The mind has started to function on its own, separately from the heart.  It actually has the audacity to set up shop on its own and start behaving as if it had a life of its own.  This is where the problems start.  The mind is very good and valuable as a tool, but it does not have the strength of character to be independent.”
                                                 Archimandrite Meletios Webber, Bread and Water, Wine and
                                                             Oil: an Orthodox Christian Experience of God
 
 
Worship:         Sunday, July 15, 2012 (Sixth Sunday after Pentecost; Sunday of the Holy
Fathers of the Fourth Ecumenical Council)
 
         Scripture:                               Titus 3:8-15; Matthew 5:14-19
         Celebrant:                               Father John
         Epistle Reader:                       Tom Skirtech
         Prosphora:                              Meadows
         Coffee Hour:                           R. Root/Abraham/Davis
                                                         

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