7/15 announcements

July 15, 2012
Sixth Sunday after Pentecost
Sunday of the Holy Fathers of the Fourth Ecumenical Council
Titus 3:8-15:  On this Sunday we read from St. Paul’s letter to Titus, whom he warns to avoid delv­ing into unprofitable and foolish questions about doctrine, and to reject heretics after two admonitions.
Matthew 5:14-19:  In this portion of the Sermon on the Mount Jesus teaches that we are to be Light in the darkness of this world, not hiding the glory of God from others, but rather, putting it where it can be seen.
Troparion of the Resurrection:  Let us believers praise and worship the Word, co-eternal with the Father and the Spirit, born of the Virgin for our salvation; for he took pleasure in ascending the Cross in the flesh, to suffer death, and to raise the dead by his glorious Resurrection.
Troparion of the Holy Fathers: Thou, O Christ, art our God of exceeding praise who didst establish our holy Fathers as luminous stars upon earth, and through them didst guide us unto the true Faith, O most merciful One, glory to thee.
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 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
            5:00 p.m.         — Youth Group/Young Adults/Young at Heart – Baseball Outing
Monday, July 16   
            Office Closed   — Father John’s Day Off
Tuesday, July 17   (Great-martyr Marina)
            NO  Daily Orthros
Wednesday, July 18  
6:30 p.m.         — Daily Vespers
7:30 p.m.         — Choir Practice
Thursday, July 19    
NO Daily Orthros
Friday, July 20   
NO Daily Orthros
Saturday, July 21   
NO Bible Study with Breakfast
11:30 a.m.       — Serving Meal at the Stewpot
NO Ninth Hour followed by Great Vespers
Sunday, July 22   (Seventh 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 Meadows for the Divine Liturgy this morning.
Eucharist Bread and Coffee Hour Schedule:
                                    Eucharist Bread                     Coffee Hour
July 15                         Meadows                               Schelver/Abraham/Davis
July 22                         Yeatts                                      R. Root/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 15                             Tom Skirtech                        Titus 3:8-15                    322
July 29                             Walt Wood                           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.
Congratulations to Phillip and Nikki Lasseter on the birth of Titus (7 pounds, 12 ounces) this past Tuesday night!  Mother and baby are doing well.
Father John is at the Clergy Symposium at the Antiochian Village this coming week.  He will be returning on Saturday evening, July 21st.  Since Father Leo and Father James will also be out of town that day, we will NOT have Ninth Hour and Great Vespers that evening.  We WILL have Orthros and Divine Liturgy as usual on Sunday morning, July 22nd.
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 has been planned this evening for the Youth Group, Young Adults and those who are young at heart! 
*    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 29thThe 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 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:  “It is as if a person has a personal computer he uses for all his work: correspondence, appointments, contacts, finances, and whatnot.  One day the computer goes on the Internet and starts to communicate with others as if it were the person who owns it—as if a computer of mine were able to get on the Internet and converse with other people, calling itself Father Meletios.  This is almost exactly what the human mind has done.  Estranged from the heart, the mind has set up an independent operation; it begins to act with a sense of independence which, if unchecked, ultimately brings ruin and destruction to everything it touches.”
                                                 Archimandrite Meletios Webber, Bread and Water, Wine and
                                                             Oil: an Orthodox Christian Experience of God
Worship:         Sunday, July 22, 2012 (Seventh Sunday after Pentecost)
         Scripture:                                Romans 15:1-7; Matthew 9:27-35
         Celebrant:                               Father John
         Epistle Reader:                       Walt Wood
         Prosphora:                              Yeatts
         Coffee Hour:                           R. Root/Lavric

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