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August 12, 2012
Tenth Sunday after Pentecost
Sunday after the Transfiguration
 
I Corinthians 4:9-16:  We hear St Paul speak to the Corinthians as their spiritual father and exhort them to imitate him in their actions.
 
Matthew 17:14-23:  The Lord Jesus again shows His abundant mercy when He heals a boy possessed by a demon.  We also hear Him foretell His betrayal, death and resurrection, but the disciples do not understand.
 
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 Transfiguration:  When, O Christ our God, thou wast transfigured on the mountain, thou didst reveal thy glory to thy Disciples in proportion as they could bear it.  Let thine everlasting light also enlighten us sinners, through the intercessions of the Theotokos, O Bestower of light, 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 Transfiguration: Thou wast transfigured on the mount, and thy Disciples, in so far as they were able, beheld thy glory, O Christ our God; so that, when they should see thee crucified, they would remember that thy suffering was voluntary, and could declare to all the world that thou art truly the effulgent Splendor of the Father.
 
 
CALENDAR
 
Sunday, August 12   (Tenth Sunday after Pentecost; Sunday after
the Transfiguration)
            8:50 a.m.         — Orthros
            10:00 a.m.       — Divine Liturgy
            12:00 p.m.       — Pot Luck Meal
 
Monday, August 13   
Office Closed   — Father John’s Day Off
 
6:30 p.m.         — Paraklesis    
           
Tuesday, August 14  
            6:00 a.m.         — Daily Orthros
            6:00 p.m.         — Orthros followed by Divine Liturgy
 
Wednesday, August 15   (Feast of the Dormition)
6:30 p.m.         — Daily Vespers
 
Thursday, August 16    
6:00 a.m.         — Daily Orthros
 
Friday, August 17   
6:00 a.m.         — Daily Orthros
 
Saturday, August 18   
7:30 a.m.         — Bible Study with Breakfast
5:45 p.m.         — Ninth Hour followed by Great Vespers
 
Sunday, August 19   (Tenth Sunday after Pentecost; Sunday after
the Transfiguration)
            8:50 a.m.         — Orthros
            10:00 a.m.       — Divine Liturgy
            12:00 p.m.       — Ladies of St. Peter
            1:00 p.m.         — Young Adults
 
SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENTS
 
Eucharist Bread …was offered by the Freundts for the Feast of the Transfiguration this past Monday morning and by the Fahmys for the Divine Liturgy this morning.
 
Eucharist Bread and Coffee Hour Schedule:
                                    Eucharist Bread                     Coffee Hour
August 12                    Fahmy                                     POT LUCK MEAL (set-up: Jones/Stewart/Habeeb)
August 14 (Tues. p.m.) Baker
August 19                    Katool                                      Morris/Katool/Willingham
August 26                    R. Root                                    Ellis/Zouboukos
 
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#
August 12                       Warren Strain                      I Cor. 4:9-16                   135
August 14 (Tues. p.m.)  Sh. Charlotte Algood        Phil. 2:5-11                     403
August 19                        Mildred Morris                   I Cor. 9:2-12                   141
August 26                        Phillip Lasseter                   I Cor. 15:1-11                 146
 
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 Joanna and Jay Davis in your prayers.  Joanna is recovering from surgery this past Wednesday.
 
Please continue to pray for the health of His Grace, Bishop ANTOUN. 

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. 
 
We will be doing a forty day Memorial Service for Fr. Peter Gillquist at the end of the Divine Liturgy this morning.
 
Membership Transfers:  Desi Roehner and her daughter Renee Brinkerhoff along with her children Kiersten and Emma Rose have transferred their membership to Holy Trinity and St. John the Theologian Orthodox Church with a blessing.  Also Bill and Lynn Vallas have transferred their membership to St. Ignatius Orthodox Church in Franklin, TN (also with a blessing).  We will miss them all.
 
Phase II Construction:  We will be taking a vote today on the proposed plans for the Construction of new classroom space and the remodeling of the Fellowship Hall. 
 
Fall Festival/Square Dance:  We are planning a Fall Festival with Square Dancing for the month of October.  The tentative date is either Saturday, October 20th or Saturday, October 27th.  If you have any interest in this, please let Sh. Charlotte Algood know.  Please give her your feedback also on the proposed dates.
 
Calendar Items:
*    The Men of the parish meet for lunch and fellowship on the first Thursday of the month.
*    The Fast of the Dormition runs through the Feast of the Dormition on August 15th.  As is our custom at St. Peter’s, we will have Paraklesis Services on Monday, Wednesday and Friday evenings during the Fast beginning at 6:30 p.m.
*    The Feast of the Dormition of the Theotokos will be celebrated with Orthros followed by Divine Liturgy on Tuesday evening, August 14th beginning at 6:00 p.m.
*    Stewpot schedule (together with Holy Resurrection) – December 29th.
 
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.
 
Fasting Discipline for August
From August 1st through 14th (the Dormition Fast), the traditional fasting (no meat, poultry, fish, eggs, dairy, wine and oil) is observed on all days, except on August 6th (the Feast of the Transfiguration) when fish and wine are permitted.  After the 15th, the traditional fasting is observed on the remaining Wednesdays and Fridays of the month.  August 29th is also a strict fast day in remembrance of the beheading of the Forerunner. 
 
Major Commemorations for August
August 15        Dormtion of the Theotokos
August 29        Beheading of the Forerunner
 
Happy Anniversaries in August:
          August 16             —    Rick and Kay Carlton (1975)
         August 17              —    Steve and Sheryl Chamblee (1991)
         August 18              —    Jesse and Sarah Milnor (2002)
         August 25              —    Nimr and Mona Fahmy (1974)
         August 27              —    Alfred and Christina Katool (1988)
 
Happy Birthdays in August:
         August 4                —    Simeon Root (2009)
         August 7                —    Joseph Katool  (1991)
         August 18              —    Virginia Stewart (2010)
         August 20              —    Suzi Fino
         August 24              —    Anastasia Jones
         August 26              —    Bob Buchanan
         August 27              —    Eli Dabit (2010)
         August 31              —    Elizabeth Root
 
Quotable:       “Another useful exercise, which tests both the strength of our honesty and the degree of our willingness, is to read the words of Jesus  in the Gospels slowly, listening first with the mind (in the normal way), and then from a place of great stillness.  Get hold of a copy of the New Testament that highlights the words of Jesus in red.  Much of what Jesus says (for example, ‘Love your enemies’ or ‘Blessed are the pure in heart’) will be condemned by our minds as dangerous nonsense.  In fact (if we are honest with ourselves), if the words of the Gospel do not make our minds feel very uncomfortable every time we hear them, we are not listening hard enough.  Receiving the words in a place of great stillness, however, gives the teachings a new dimension, one we might learn to recognize as being separate from the mind.  The heart receives the words of Jesus with quiet joy.”
                       “Take care, though, not to have any expectations of what should happen, and don’t make the mistake of assuming that you might receive some sort of personal revelation.  As with everything to do with the heart, all that is to be gained from this exercise is a subtle awareness—an awareness that is rich and fulfilling, but also deeply personal.  It makes us alive to a possibility; that is all.”
                                                 Archimandrite Meletios Webber, Bread and Water, Wine and Oil: an Orthodox Christian Experience of God
 
 
Worship:         Sunday, August 19, 2012 (Eleventh Sunday after Pentecost; Sunday after the Dormition)
 
         Scripture:                                I Corinthians 9:2-12; Matthew 18:23-35
         Celebrant:                               Father John
         Epistle Reader:                       Mildred Morris
         Prosphora:                              Katool
         Coffee Hour:                           Morris/Katool/Willingham
                                                         

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