4/28 announcements

April 28, 2013
Palm Sunday
    Palm Sunday begins the observance of the eight days that encapsulate all of time and eternity as relates to man.  The days begin with the proclamation on earth of the entry of the Messiah into Jerusalem and end with the Eternal King rising in incomprehensible victory to establish the heavenly Jerusalem and His eternal reign.  On Palm Sunday, we begin the days of the full exhibition of the awful corruption sin has spread in mankind and the measureless love that heals and deifies our humanity.  Today we thrill at the picture of Christ and the praises of the people, the object of adoration yet the perfection of humility.  The imagery of the scene is beyond description:  the King amidst His people, the palm and olive branches symbolizing His victory, His anointing, His peace; the cloaks and garments cast before Him symbolizing our complete submission to His will; the cries of adoration, of “Hosanna,” the coming of the Lord.  Yet, on this day we are also near enough to feel acutely the dread of His passion, the desolation of the trial and Golgotha.  This day also begins the week of the Eighth Day, the entry to eternity.  As we observe Palm Sunday, we observe all history and the fulfillment of all history.
Philippians 4:4-9:  The Apostle Paul encourages us in the reading from his letter to the Philippians:  we are to rejoice in the Lord and to let our concerns and desires be made known to God in prayer and sup­plication.  By doing so, he tells us that the peace of God will guard our hearts and minds.
John 12:1-18:  In anticipation of her Lord’s passion, Mary anoints Jesus’ feet with costly ointment, fore­shadowing His coming death.  Jesus then enters Jerusalem shortly before Passover in fulfillment of Zechariah’s prophecy.
First Troparion of Palm Sunday:  O Christ God, when thou didst raise Lazarus from the dead before thy Passion, thou didst confirm the universal resurrection.  Wherefore, we, like babes, carry the insignia of triumph and victory, and cry to thee, O Vanquisher of death, Hosanna in the highest.  Blessed is he that cometh in the Name of the Lord.
Second Troparion of Palm Sunday:  O Christ God, when we were buried with thee in Baptism, we became deserving of thy Resurrection  to immortal life.  Wherefore, we praise thee, crying, Hosanna in the highest, blessed is he that cometh in the Name of the Lord.
Kontakion of Palm Sunday: Seated upon Thy throne in heaven, and a foal on earth, O Christ our God, Thou didst receive the praise of the angels and the hymns of the children: Blessed is He that cometh to recall Adam.
Sunday, April 28   (Palm Sunday)
               8:50 a.m.         — Orthros
               9:00 a.m.         — Christian Education 
10:00 a.m.       — Divine Liturgy
12:00 p.m.       — Meal at Cock of the Walk
               6:30 p.m.         — Bridegroom Matins
Monday, April 29   (Great and Holy Monday)
Office Closed — Father John’s Day Off
               6:30 p.m.         — Bridegroom Matins
Tuesday, April 30   (Great and Holy Tuesday)
6:00 a.m.         — Lenten Orthros
               6:30 p.m.         — Bridegroom Matins
Wednesday, May 1    (Great and Holy Wednesday)
6:30 p.m.         — Holy Unction Service
Thursday, May 2    (Great and Holy Thursday)
            6:00 a.m.         — Vesperal Liturgy
            6:30 p.m.         — Reading of the Twelve Passion Gospels
Friday, May 3    (Great and Holy Friday)
            6:00 a.m.         — Royal Hours
            3:00 p.m.         — Taking down from the Cross           
         6:30 p.m.         — Lamentations Service
Saturday, May 4    (Great and Holy Saturday)
            9:00 a.m.         — Vesperal Liturgy and Milnor/Stewart Baptisms
            10:30 p.m.       — Paschal Service
Sunday, May 5   (PASCHA)
            4:00 p.m.         — Agape Vespers at Holy Trinity/St. John the Theologian Greek
 Orthodox Church
Eucharist Bread …was offered by the Fahmys for Lazarus Saturday and by the Abrahams for the Divine Liturgy this morning. 
Eucharist Bread and Coffee Hour Schedule:
                                    Eucharist Bread                     Coffee Hour
April 28                      Abraham                                  MEAL AT COCK OF THE WALK
May 2 (Thur. a.m.)    Wood                                       Kh. Sharon Meadows
May 4 (Sat. a.m.)       R. Root                                     Milnor/Stewart Baptisms
May 4 (Sat. p.m.)       Henderson                               Kh. Be’Be’ Schelver/Cheryl Pigott
May 12                        Algood
May 19                        Katool
May 26                        Schelver                                  
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#
April 28                            Mildred Morris                   Phil. 4:4-9                        294
May 2 (Thur. a.m.)          Kh. Sharon Meadows       I Cor. 11:23-32                295
May 4 (Sat. a.m.)             Phillip Lasseter                   Rom. 6:3-11                    300-301
May 4 (Sat. p.m.)            Brenda Baker                       Acts 1:1-8                       25
May 12                             Kh. Be’Be’ Schelver           Acts 5:12-20                   32
May 19                             Tom Willingham                  Acts 6:1-7                       38
May 26                             Tom Skirtech                        Acts 9:32-42                   45
Please remember Fr. Joseph and Kh. Joanna Bittle, and their daughter Abigail, in your prayers. 
Please remember the following in your prayers:  Steve, Sheryl and Stephen Chamblee; Amy and Brantley Oliver; Aidan Milnor, the Milnor family; Sam and Lamia Dabit and Sammie; Georgia Buchanan, George Johns (Georgia’s grandson) and his family; Mary Greene (Lee and Kh. Sharon’s sister); Fr. Stephen Tewfik; Sh. Gail Shannon; Dn. Sidney and Sh. Mary Elliot;Fr. Alexander Atty, the Dean of St. Thikon’s who is battling cancer.
Please continue to pray for the health of His Grace, Bishop ANTOUN.
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 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.
Palm Sunday Feast:  We will be going to Cock of the Walk for our meal today immediately following the Divine Liturgy.  They will be providing a separate room for us and will be offering the same menu that they give us when they serve us at the church (all-you-can-eat catfish, French fries, coleslaw, cornbread and tea).  The cost of the meal with gratuities is $18.00 per adult.  The restaurant has requested that we write one check.  You may write your checks to St. Peter and designate them for the Palm Sunday Feast.  If anyone wishes to donate extra, they may do so.  If anyone has a financial difficulty with the cost of the meal, please see Fr. John.  We do not want anyone to miss the meal because of financial reasons.
Calendar Items:
*    The Men of the parish meet for lunch and fellowship on the first Thursday of the month.  However, due to the first Thursday in May falling in Holy Week, the monthly luncheon will be held on the second Thursday of May.
*    Palm Sunday Fish Meal at Cock of the Walk restaurant following the Divine Liturgy (for more information, see the notice that follows).
*    Agape Vespers will be held at Holy Trinity/St. John the Theologian Greek Orthodox Church on May 4th, beginning at 4:00 p.m.  We are asked to bring desserts.
*    Parish Life Conference in New Orleans – June 12-16th.
*    Vacation Church School will be held June 27-29, 8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Paschal Feast:  There will be a feast following the Pascal Liturgy on May 4.  Cheryl Pigott and Kh. Be’Be’ Schelver are in charge.  They have posted a sign-up sheet in the fellowship hall, and need everyone to help by bringing items.  We will need some folks to help with clean up after the feast as well. 
Bible Study with Breakfast:  We will suspend the biweekly Bible Study with Breakfast until after Pascha.
Vacation Church School …The Christian Education department will hold a Vacation Church School June 27-29 from 8:30-12:30 each day.  The curriculum will be “Ark of our Salvation – Feast Days of the Theotokos.”  Parents, please be sure to mark your calendars now.
Fasting Discipline for April/May
The traditional fasting discipline (no meat, poultry, fish, eggs, dairy, wine or oil) is observed on all days of the week until Pascha (except Palm Sunday on April 28th, when fish, wine and oil are permitted).  There is no fasting of any kind during the week following Pascha (Bright Week).  After the 12th the traditional fasting will be observed on the remaining Wednesdays and Fridays of the month.
Major Commemorations for April/May
April 28                 Palm Sunday
April 29-May 4      Holy Week
May 2                    Athanasios the Great
May 5                    PASCHA
May 6-11               Bright Week
May 8                    Apostle John the Theologian
May 10                  Apostle Simon the Zealot
May 12                  Thomas Sunday
May 19                  Sunday of the Myrrh-bearers
May 21                  Sts. Constantine and Helen
May 25                  The Forerunner (3rd Discovery)
May 26                  Sunday of the Paralytic
Happy Anniversaries in April/May:
         April 28                 —    Anthony and Athena Zouboukos (#23!)
         May 12                  —    Cliff and Anna Kathryn Stewart (#6!)
         May 14                  —    Lorencz and Geraldine Quirk (#53!)
         May 19                  —    Jay and Joanna Davis (#1!)
         May 30                  —    Tom and Jennifer Skirtech (#36!)
Happy Birthdays in May:
         May 5                    —    Dale Cooper
                                       —    Joanna Davis
         May 7                    —    Tiffany Strain (#16!)
         May 8                    —    Kh. Janet Henderson
         May 10                  —    Fr. Leo Schelver
         May 11                  —    Meghan Brock
         May 15                  —    Tom Skirtech
         May 21                  —    Jacob Skirtech (#6!)
         May 24                  —    Paul Katool
                                       —    Daniel Root
         May 26                  —    David Turner
         May 27                  —    Luke Habeeb (#8!)
         May 30                  —    Dn. Terry Algood
         May 31                  —    Stephen Chamblee
Parish Life Conference 2013:  This year St. Basil Orthodox Church in Metairie, LA will be hosting the Parish Life Conference for our Diocese on June 12-16.  His Grace, Bishop JOHN Abdallah will be the speaker.  There will also be a special presentation by Fr. Philip Rogers on keeping our children in the Orthodox Christian Church.  Parents are especially encouraged to hear his presentation.  Please mark your calendars now and make plans to attend.
Quotable:  “As God has essence and energy, so also does the soul—having been made in the image of God—have essence and energy.  Essence and energy in God are of course uncreated, whereas the soul’s essence and energy are created.  Nothing exists without an energy.  The sun’s essence is beyond the atmosphere of the earth, yet its energy, which gives light, heat and causes burning etc., reaches to earth and affords her with light, heat etc.  The same happens with all objects.. The soul’s essence is found in the heart not like in a vessel but as if in an organ; its energy operates through thoughts (logsmoi).”
                                    Metropolitan HIEROTHEOS, Orthodox Spirituality
Worship:         Sunday, May 4, 2013 (PASCHA)
         Scripture:                                Acts 1:1-8; John 1:1-17
         Celebrant:                               Father John
         Epistle Reader:                       Brenda Baker
         Prosphora:                              Henderson
         Coffee Hour:                           Kh. Be’Be’ Schelver/Cheryl Pigott                                              

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