8/11 announcements

   August 11, 2013
Seventh Sunday after Pentecost
Sunday after the Transfiguration
Romans 15:1-7:  St Paul encourages us to deny ourselves on behalf of others for our own edification.  He reminds us that the Lord has brought salvation to the Gentiles, thus giving hope to those who were lost.
Matthew 9:27-35:  The Lord Jesus again demonstrates His mercy by healing two blind men and cast­ing out a demon from a man possessed.  We see that the Lord has compassion for all those who are op­pressed by sin, death and Satan.
Troparion of the Resurrection:  When Mary stood at thy grave looking for thy sacred body, angelic powers shone above thy revered tomb, and the soldiers who were to keep guard became as dead men.  Thou led hades captive and wast not tempted thereby.  Thou didst meet the Virgin and didst give life to the world; O thou who art risen from the dead!  O Lord, glory to thee.
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.
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
Monday, August 12   
            Office Closed — Father John’s Day Off
            6:30 p.m.         — Paraklesis Service
Tuesday, August 13   
            6:00 a.m.         — Daily Orthros
Wednesday, August 14    
            6:00 p.m.         — Orthros followed by Divine Liturgy
Thursday, August 15  (Feast of the Dormition of the Theoeokos)
    We celebrate this month the Feast of the Dormition (or “Falling Asleep”) of the Theotokos.  Church Tradition states that the Virgin Mary died in her early fifties.  The icon shows her lying upon her funeral bier.  On either side of the bier stand the Apostles; the group on the left is led by St. Peter who stands at the head of the bier; the group on the right is led by St. Paul who stands at the foot of the bier.  At the time of her death many of the Apostles were scattered throughout the world preaching the Gospel.  However, they all returned to Jerusalem upon learning of her death.  All arrived in time for the burial except St. Thomas.  Standing by the bier is her Son, who had come to receive His Mother’s soul into heaven.  He holds in His arms an infant in white symbolizing the soul of the Theotokos.  The Orthodox Church, although it has never had the need to make it a dogma (as has the Roman Catholic Church), also believes in the Virgin Mary’s “assumption” or bodily resurrection into heaven.  Tradition relates that when the other disciples showed St. Thomas (who arrived in Jerusalem after the burial) the tomb in Gethsemane where the Theotokos had been buried near her parents, they discovered that the tomb was empty.
            NO Daily Orthros

Friday, August 16    
            NO Daily Orthros
Saturday, August 17   
            5:45 p.m.         — Ninth Hour followed by Great Vespers
Sunday, August 18   (Eighth Sunday after Pentecost)
            8:50 a.m.         — Orthros
            10:00 a.m.       — Divine Liturgy
            1:00 p.m.         — Young Adults
Eucharist Bread …was offered by the Schelvers for the Feast of the Transfiguration last Monday evening and by the Algoods 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 11                            Algood                                     POT LUCK MEAL
                                                                                   (Set-up:  Meadows/Baker/Lockhart)
August 14 (Wed. p.m.)         Katool 
         (Feast of the Dormition of the Theotokos)
August 18                            Morris                                      Jones/Stewart/Habeeb
August 25                               Jones                                       Morris/Katool
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 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.
Please keep Tom Willingham and his wife Kathy in your prayers.  Tom is still hospitalized following abdominal surgery to remove a tumor.
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 service will be August  12th, beginning at 6:30 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!
Many thanks to Tom Willingham for managing our bookstore for the last few years.   Elizabeth Root has generously agreed to take over the management now.  Many thanks to her as well.
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.  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              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:  “Man needs to enclose himself in the inner closet of his heart more often than he need go to church:  and collecting all his thoughts there, he must place his mind before God, praying to Him in secret with all warmth of spirit and with living faith.  At the same time he must also learn to turn his thoughts to God in such a manner as to be able to grow into a perfect man.”
                  The Art of Prayer; an Orthodox Anthology compiled by Igumen Chariton of Valamo
Worship:         Sunday, August 18, 2013 (Eighth Sunday after Pentecost; Sunday after the
         Scripture:                          I Corinthians 1:10-17; Matthew 14:14-22
         Celebrant:                         Father John
         Epistle Reader:                 Kh. Be’Be’ Schelver
         Prosphora:                        Morris

       Coffee Hour:                 Jones/Stewart/Habeeb                          

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