7/7 announcements

July 7, 2013
Second Sunday after Pentecost
 
Galatians 3:23-29;4:1-5:  In this reading from Galatians we hear St. Paul explain that prior to the com­ing of Christ, we were under the Law and hence divided, but now that Christ has come we are justified by faith in Christ and have become one, belonging to Christ.  Therefore, we are no longer under bond­age to the Law and the world, but are now free as children of God.
 
Matthew 4:18-23:  In the reading from Matthew we see our Lord begin His public ministry by set­tling in the region of Galilee and calling His first four disciples.
 
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 St. Kyriake:  O Lord Jesus, unto Thee Thy lamb doth cry with a great voice: O my Bridegroom, Thee I love; and seeking Thee, I now contest, and with Thy baptism am crucified and buried.  I suffer for Thy sake, that I may reign with Thee; for Thy sake I die, that I may live with Thee:  accept me offered out of longing to Thee as a spotless sacrifice.  Lord, save our souls through her intercessions, since Thou art great in mercy.
 
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 7   (Second Sunday after Pentecost)
            8:50 a.m.         — Orthros
            10:00 a.m.       — Divine Liturgy
            12:30 p.m.       — Baptism of Anna Grace Dansereau
 
Monday, July 8   
            Office Closed — Father John’s Day Off
           
Tuesday, July 9   
            6:00 a.m.         — Daily Orthros
                       
Wednesday, July 10    
            6:30 p.m.         — Daily Vespers
            7:30 p.m.         — Choir Practice
 
Thursday, July 11      (Euphemia the all-praised)
            NO Daily Orthros
            11:30 a.m.       — Men’s Lunch
           
Friday, July 12    
            NO Daily Orthros
 
Saturday, July 13   
            5:45 p.m.         — Ninth Hour followed by Great Vespers
 
Sunday, July 14   (Third Sunday aftet Pentecost)
            8:50 a.m.         — Orthros
            10:00 a.m.       — Divine Liturgy
            12:00 p.m.       — Pot Luck Meal
            5:30 p.m.         — Youth Group
SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENTS
 
Eucharist Bread …was offered by the Fahmys for the Divine Liturgy this morning.
 
 Eucharist Bread and Coffee Hour Schedule:
                                    Eucharist Bread                     Coffee Hour
July 7                                                                            Fahmy D. Root/Dansereau/Dale Cooper
July 14                         Baker                                        POT LUCK MEAL
                                                                           set-up:  Meadows/Lasseter/Greene/Strain
July 21                         Wood                                       Algood/Bassinger/Yeatts
July 28                         Henderson                               R. Root/Abraham/Davis
 
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 7                               Tom Willingham                  Gal. 3:23-4:5                   160-161
July 14                             Tom Skirtech                        Titus 3:8-15                    322
July 21                             Walt Wood                           Rom. 6:18-23                  102
July 28                              Sh. Charlotte Algood          Rom. 10:1-10                  108
 
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 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.
 
Continue to pray for Metropolitan Paul (who is also the brother of our Patriarch) and the Syriac Archbishop John of Aleppo who were abducted recently while on a humanitarian mission in Syria.
 
Please continue to pray for the health of His Grace, Bishop ANTOUN.
 
Anna Grace Dansereau will be baptized today following the Divine Liturgy.  Please pray for her; her Godmother, Anna Kathryn Stewart; and her parents, Chris and Rebecca Dansereau.
 
We welcome Dr. Simon Karam and his wife Dr. Rola Abi-Salett along with their nine-month old daughter Antonina to St. Peter.  Simon and Rola are on staff at UMMC where Simon is a Neonatologist and Rola is an Internist.
                                       761 Rice Road, Apt. 220
                                       Ridgeland, MS  39157
                                       Simon (804) 502-6365 (cell)
                                             simonos3@hotmail.com
                                       Rola (804) 980-8641 (cell)
                                             Rola_as@hotmail.com
 
Calendar Items:
*    The Men of the parish meet for lunch and fellowship on the first Thursday of the month.
      Due to the July Fourth holiday, they will meet on July 11th this month.
*    The dates for POT LUCK MEALS this quarter are July 14th, August 11th and September 8th (this Sunday is also the Feast of the Nativity of the Theotokos).
*    The Ladies of St. Peter will have a fundraiser on Sunday, September 29th to replenish funds used for charitable activities.  They will be auctioning off casseroles and baked goods during Coffee Hour that Sunday.
 
Fasting Discipline for July
The traditional fasting (no meat, poultry, fish, eggs, dairy, wine or 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 Righteous Anna
July 27                   Great-martyr Panteleimon
 
Palm Sunday Feast:  If you have not yet paid for your meal at Cock of the Walk on Palm Sunday, please do so as soon as possible.  Make checks payable to St. Peter and designate Palm Sunday Feast on the memo line.
 
Quarterly Schedule Update:  When the Quarterly Schedule was compiled for July through September, the dates for POT LUCK MEALS were left off inadvertently.  The dates for these meals are July 14th, August 11th and September 8th .  Please make a note of these on your Quarterly Schedule.
 
Happy Birthdays in July:
         July 10                   —    Ramzi Kafoury
         July 11                   —    Titus Lasseter (#1!)
         July 14                   —    Emil Ellis (#17!)
         July 15                   —    Emad Fino
         July 22                   —    Amy Oliver
                                       —    Thomas Wood
                                       —    Walt Wood
         July 25                   —    Vickie Curtis
         July 26                   —    George Curtis (#14!)
 
Happy Anniversaries in July:
         July 3                     —    Emad and Suzi Fino (#25!)
         July 25                   —    Reader Basil and Brenda Baker (#32!)
         July 30                   —    Clyde and Mary Ellis (#19!)
 
Quotable:  “Training, then, must be twofold, outer and inner:  outer in reading books, inner in thoughts of God; outer in love of wisdom, inner in love of God; outer in words, inner in prayer; outer in keenness of intellect, inner in warmth of spirit; outer in technique, inner in vision.  The exterior mind is ‘puffed up’ (I Cor. vii. 1), the inner humbles itself; the exterior is full of curiosity, desiring to know all, the inner pays attention to itself and desires nothing other than to know God, speaking to Him as David spoke when he said, ‘My heart hath talked with thee:  “Seek ye my face”; “Thy face Lord will I seek”‘ (Ps. xxvi. 8. Sept.)  And also ‘Like as the hart desireth the water brooks, so longeth my soul after thee, O God’ (Ps. xli. 2 (Sept.).”
 
                  The Art of Prayer; an Orthodox Anthology compiled by Igumen Chariton of Valamo
 
 
Worship:         Sunday, July 14, 2013 (Third Sunday after Pentecost; Holy Fathers of the
                                     Fourth Ecumenical Council)
 
         Scripture:                               Titus 3:8-15; Matthew 5:14-19
         Celebrant:                              Father John
         Epistle Reader:                      Tom Skirtech
         Prosphora:                             Baker
         Coffee Hour:                          POT LUCK MEAL
                                                         (set-up:  Meadows/Lasseter/Greene/Strain)                                             

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