8/4 announcements

August 4, 2013
Sixth Sunday after Pentecost
 
 
Romans 12:6-14:  In the reading from Romans, St Paul encourages us to practice the use of the gifts which the Lord has given to us and to serve the Lord with diligence.
 
Matthew 9:1-8:  Jesus demonstrates His authority by both healing the physical illness of a paralytic and by forgiving him of his sins.
 
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 Seven Youths:  Thy Martyrs, O Lord, in their courageous contest for Thee received as the prize the crowns of incorruption and life from Thee, our immortal God.  For since they possessed Thy strength, they cast down the tyrants and wholly destroyed the demons= strengthless presumption.  O Christ our God, by their prayers, save our souls, since Thou art merciful.
 
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 4   (Sixth Sunday after Pentecost)
            8:50 a.m.         — Orthros
            10:00 a.m.       — Divine Liturgy
            1:00 p.m.         — Young Adults
 
Monday, August 5   
            Office Closed — Father John’s Day Off
            6:00 p.m.         — Orthros followed by Divine Liturgy
           
Tuesday, August 6   (Feast of the Transfiguration)
  Before His Passion, Jesus ascended Mount Tabor with His disciples Peter, James and John, for the purpose of prayer.  There the three disciples beheld Him transfigured and saw a vision in which Moses the Lawgiver (shown on the icon on the right holding the tablets of the Law) and Elijah the Prophet appeared and spoke with Him.  “And He was transfigured before them, and His face shone like the sun, and His garments became white as light.  And behold, there appeared to them Moses and Elijah, talking with Him” (Matt. 17:2-3).  The fact that Moses and Elijah appeared at the Transfiguration is very significant in that these two men were the leading figures of the Old Testament – which confirms the fact that Jesus is the fulfillment of the Law and the Prophets (see Matthew 5:17).  Their presence confirmed that Jesus was indeed the Christ, the Messiah whom the people of the Old Testament had been anticipating.  The Gospel account also says that a voice from a bright cloud said “This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased, listen to Him” (Matt. 17:5), further confirming the person of Jesus as the divine Messiah.  When the three disciples saw and heard these things they fell on their faces and were filled with awe (this is shown on the icon by the way Peter, James and John are depicted at the foot of the mount).  When they came down the mountain Jesus told His disciples to “tell no one the vision, until the Son of man is raised from the dead” (Matt. 17:9).  Jesus did not want everyone to know what had happened until the time was right.  The Kontakion of the feast gives understanding as to why Jesus allowed Peter, James and John to be present at His transfiguration: “On the mountain wast Thou transfigured, O Christ God, and Thy disciples beheld Thy glory as far as they could see it; so that when they would behold Thee crucified, they would understand that Thy suffering was voluntary, and would proclaim to the world that Thou art truly the Radiance of the Father.” 
 
            NO Daily Orthros
                       
Wednesday, August 7    
            6:30 p.m.         — Paraklesis Service
 
Thursday, August 8   
            NO Daily Orthros
           
Friday, August 9    
            NO Daily Orthros
            6:30 p.m.         — Paraklesis Service
 
Saturday, August 10   
            5:45 p.m.         — Ninth Hour followed by Great Vespers
 
Sunday, August 11   (Seventh Sunday after 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 Dn. Richard Roots for the Divine Liturgy this morning.
 
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.
 
Eucharist Bread and Coffee Hour Schedule:
                                    Eucharist Bread                     Coffee Hour
August 4                      R. Root                                    R. Root/Abraham/Davis
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#
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 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 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.
 
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.
 
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 14th of the month.  As is our parish custom we will have the Paraklesis Service to the Mother of God during this time.  The remaining dates for the services this year are August  7th, 9th, and 12th, beginning at 6:30 p.m.
*    On Monday evening, August 5th we will celebrate the Feast of the Transfiguration with Orthros followed by Divine Liturgy, beginning at 6:00 p.m.
*    The Feast of the Dormition of the Theotokos will be celebrated with Orthros followed by Divine Liturgy on Wednesday evening, August 14th, beginning at 6:00 p.m.
*    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.

We welcome Abby Sayeg to St. Peter’s.  Abby is teaching (and living) in Lexington.  She is originally from Cambridge , MA.   Welcome, Abby!
 
Directory correction:  We recently welcomed Dr. Simon Karam and his wife Rula.  However, Rula’s last name was incorrectly spelled.  It should read Dr. Rula Abi-Saleh (not Abi-Salett).
 
Bible Study with Breakfast will resume on Saturday morning, October 5th from 7:30-9:00 a.m.
 
Fasting Discipline for August
From August 1st through 14th (the Dormition Fast), the traditional fasting is observed on all days, except August 6th (the Feast of the Tansfiguration) 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 6                Feast of the Transfiguration
August 15              Feast of the Dormition of the Theotokos
August 25              Apostles Bartholomew and Titus
August 29              Beheading of the Forerunner
August 31              Deposition of the Belt of the Theotokos
 
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 remaining dates for these meals are August 11th and September 8th.  Please make a note of these on your Quarterly Schedule.
 
Happy Birthdays in August:
         August 4                —    Simeon Root (#4!)
         August 7                —    Joseph Katool 
         August 18              —    Virginia Stewart (#3!)
         August 20              —    Suzi Fino
         August 22              —    Anca Basinger
         August 24              —    Anastasia Jones
         August 26              —    Bob Buchanan
         August 27              —    Eli Dabit (#3!)
         August 31              —    Elizabeth Root
 
Happy Anniversaries in July/August:
         July 30                   —    Clyde and Mary Ellis (#19!)
         August 16              —    Rick and Kay Carlton (#38!)
         August 17              —    Steve and Sheryl Chamblee (#22!)
         August 18              —    Jesse and Sarah Milnor (#11!)
         August 25              —    Nimr and Mona Fahmy (#39!)
         August 27              —    Alfred and Christina Katool (#25!)
 
Quotable:  “The material closet of a man who is silent embraces only the man himself, but the inner spiritual closet also holds God and all of the Kingdom of Heaven, according to the Gospel words of Christ Himself:  ‘The kingdom of God is within you’ (Luke xvii. 21).  Explaining this text, St. Makarios of Egypt writes:  ‘The heart is a small vessel, but all things are contained in it; God is there, the angels are there, and there is also life and the Kingdom, the heavenly cities and the treasures of grace.'”
                  The Art of Prayer; an Orthodox Anthology compiled by Igumen Chariton of Valamo
 
 
Worship:         Sunday, August 11, 2013 (Seventh Sunday after Pentecost)
 
         Scripture:                              Romans 15:1-7; Matthew 9:27-35
         Celebrant:                             Father John
         Epistle Reader:                     Mildred Morris
         Prosphora:                            Katool
         Coffee Hour:                         POT LUCK MEAL
                                                         (set-up:  Meadows/Baker/Lockhart)                                            

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