7/21 announcements

July 21, 2013
Fourth Sunday after Pentecost
Romans 6:18-23:  St Paul, writing to the Romans, explains that when we were freed from sin we
became slaves to righteousness;  therefore, we must resist enslavement to sin and instead become enslaved to God.
Matthew  8:5-13:  Jesus shows His great mercy to those who have faith in Him when He heals the servant of a centurion.
Troparion of the Resurrection:  Let the heavens rejoice and the earth be glad; for the Lord hath done a mighty act with his own arm.  He hath trampled down death and become the First-born from the dead. He hath delivered us from the depths of hades, granting the world the Great Mercy.
Troparion of Sts. Simeon and John:  O God of our Fathers, ever dealing with us according to Thy gentleness:  take not Thy mercy from us, but by their entreaties guide our life in peace.
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 21   (Fourth Sunday after Pentecost)
            8:50 a.m.         — Orthros
            10:00 a.m.       — Divine Liturgy
            1:00 p.m.         — Young Adults
Monday, July 22   
            Office Closed — Father John’s Day Off
Tuesday, July 23   
            6:00 a.m.         — Daily Orthros
Wednesday, July 24    
            6:30 p.m.         — Daily Vespers
            7:30 p.m.         — Choir Practice
            NO Parish Council Meeting  (Rescheduled for July 31st instead)
Thursday, July 25      (Dormition of Righteous Anna)
            NO Daily Orthros
Friday, July 26    
            NO Daily Orthros
Saturday, July 27   (Great-martyr Panteleimon)
            5:45 p.m.         — Ninth Hour followed by Great Vespers
Sunday, July 28   (Fifth Sunday after Pentecost)
            8:50 a.m.         — Orthros
            10:00 a.m.       — Divine Liturgy
            5:30 p.m.         — Youth Group
Eucharist Bread …was offered by the Woods for the Divine Liturgy this morning.
Eucharist Bread and Coffee Hour Schedule:
                                    Eucharist Bread                     Coffee Hour
July 21                           Wood                                     Algood/Bassinger/Yeatts
July 28                            Henderson                             R. Root/Abraham/Davis
August 4                        R. Root                                   Schelver/Lavric/Turner
August 5 (Mon. p.m.)  Algood                                    
         (Feast of the Transfiguration)
August 11                      Katool                                    POT LUCK MEAL
                                                                             (Set-up:  Meadows/Baker/Lockhart)
August 14 (Wed. p.m.)                                                Schelver          
         (Feast of the Dormition of the Theotokos)
August 18                     Morris                                     Jones/Stewart/Habeeb
August 25                     Jones                                      Morris/Katool/Tom Willingham
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 21                              Walt Wood                         Rom. 6:18-23                  102
July 28                              Sh. Charlotte Algood        Rom. 10:1-10                  108
August 4                          Warren Strain                     Rom. 12:6-14                  113
August 5 (Mon. p.m.)     Kh. Sharon Meadows      II Pet. 1:10-19                 401
August 11                         Mildred Morris                  Rom. 15:1-7                    119
August 14 (Wed. p.m.)   Phillip Lasseter                  Phil. 2:5-11                     403
August 18                         Kh. Be’Be’ Schelver          I Cor. 1:10-17                 124
August 25                         Brenda Baker                      I Cor. 3:9-17                   130
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.
This morning we welcome Fr. Nicholas and Kh. Jan Speier who are visiting this week from California.  Fr. Nicholas is the pastor of St. Athanasius Antiochian Orthodox Church in Santa Barbara.
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)
                                       Rola (804) 980-8641 (cell)
Fr. John and Kh. Janet will be attending the Archdiocese Convention in Houston from Monday, July 22nd through Friday, July 26th.  Please contact Fr. Leo or Fr. James if you need a priest during his absence.
Calendar Items:
*    The Men of the parish meet for lunch and fellowship on the first Thursday of the month.
*    The remaining dates for POT LUCK MEALS this quarter are 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 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:  “The first, in other words the prayer of the Church, has an established number of Psalms, troparia, canons, and other hymns, together with rites performed by the priest:  but the other kind of prayer—secret and voluntary—since it has no definite time, is also not limited to a definite number of prayers:  everyone prays as he wishes, sometimes briefly, sometimes at length.  The first kind is performed aloud by the lips and voice, the second only in spirit.  The first is performed standing, the second, not only standing or walking, but also lying down, in a word, always—whenever you happen to raise your mind to God.  The first, made in company with others, is performed in church, or on some special occasion in a house where several people are gathered together; but the second is performed when you are alone in the shut closet, according to the word of the Lord:  ‘When thou prayest, enter into thy closet, and when thou hast shut thy door, pray to thy Father which is in secret’ (Matt. vi. 6).”
                  The Art of Prayer; an Orthodox Anthology compiled by Igumen Chariton of Valamo
Worship:         Sunday, July 28, 2013 (Fifth Sunday after Pentecost)
         Scripture:                               Romans 10:1-10; Matthew 8:28-34; 9:1
         Celebrant:                              Father John
         Epistle Reader:                     Sh. Charlotte Algood
         Prosphora:                            Henderson
         Coffee Hour:                         R. Root/Abraham/Davis                                      

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