8/18 announcements

August 18, 2013
Eighth Sunday after Pentecost
Sunday after the Dormition
 
I Corinthians 1:10-17:  St.  Paul appeals to the Corinthians to put away their divisions and to be   joined together in Jesus Christ.
 
Matthew 14:14-22:  In the reading from St Matthew we hear about Jesus’ feeding the five thousand with five loaves of bread and two fish.  In this miracle we see that Jesus is the Bread of Life.
 
Troparion of the Resurrection: Thou didst shatter death by thy Cross; thou didst open paradise to the thief; thou didst turn the mourning of the ointment-bearing women into joy, and didst bid thine Apostles proclaim warning that thou hast risen, O Christ, granting the world Great Mercy.
 
Troparion of the Dormition:  In thy birth-giving, O Theotokos, thou didst keep and preserve virginity; and in thy falling-asleep thou hast not forsaken the world; for living thou wast translated, being the Mother of Life.  Wherefore, by thine intercessions, deliver our souls from death.
 
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 Dormition:  Verily, the Theotokos, who is ever watchful in intercessions, who is never rejected, neither tomb nor death could control.  But being the Mother of Life, he who dwelt in her ever-virgin womb didst translate her to life.
 
 
CALENDAR
 
Sunday, August 18   (Eighth Sunday after Pentecost)
            8:50 a.m.         — Orthros
            10:00 a.m.       — Divine Liturgy
            1:00 p.m.         — Young Adults
 
Monday, August 19   
            Office Closed — Father John’s Day Off
           
Tuesday, August 20   
            6:00 a.m.         — Daily Orthros
                       
Wednesday, August 21    
            6:30 p.m.         — Daily Vespers
            7:30 p.m.         — Choir Practice
 
Thursday, August 22 
            NO Daily Orthros
 
Friday, August 23    
            NO Daily Orthros
 
Saturday, August 24   
            5:45 p.m.         — Ninth Hour followed by Great Vespers
 
Sunday, August 25   (Ninth Sunday after Pentecost)
            8:50 a.m.         — Orthros
            10:00 a.m.       — Divine Liturgy
            12:00 p.m.       — Meal to Celebrate New Fellowship Hall
            5:30 p.m.         — Youth Group
 
 
SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENTS
 
Eucharist Bread …was offered by Costas Pavlou  for the Feast of the Dormition this past Wednesday evening and by the Morrises 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 18                  Morris                                      Jones/Stewart/Habeeb
August 25                  Jones                                       Celebratory Meal by Costas Pavlou
                                                                                     (set-up:  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 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 home from the hospital and continuing to recover 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.
 
Next Sunday we will bless the New Construction in the Fellowship Hall.  Afterwards we will have a Celebratory Meal provided by Costas Pavlou.  Families are asked to bring desserts to share.
 
Calendar Items:
*    The Men of the parish meet for lunch and fellowship on the first Thursday of the month.
*    The remaining date for POT LUCK MEALS this quarter is 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.
 
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
The traditional fasting (no meat, dairy, fish, wine or oil) 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 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 date for these meals is September 8th.  Please make a note of these on your Quarterly Schedule.
  
Happy Anniversaries in August:
         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!)
 
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
 
Quotable:  “First of all it must be understood that it is the duty of all Christians—especially of those whose calling dedicates them to the spiritual life—to strive always and in every way to be united with God, their creator, lover, benefactor, and their supreme good, by whom and for whom they were created.  This is because the centre and the final purpose of the soul, which God created, must be God Himself alone, and nothing else—God from whom the soul received its life and its nature, and for whom it must eternally live.  For all visible things on earth which are lovable and desirable—riches, glory, wife, children, in a word everything of this world that is beautiful, sweet, and attractive—belong not to the soul but only to the body, and being temporary, will pass away as quickly as a shadow.  But the soul, being eternal by its nature, can attain eternal rest only in the Eternal God:  He is its highest good, more perfect than all beauty, sweetness, and loveliness, and He is its natural home, whence it came and whither it must return.  For as the flesh coming from the earth returns to the earth, so the soul coming from God returns to God and dwells in Him.  For the soul was created by God in order to dwell with Him for ever; therefore in this temporary life we must diligently seek union with God, in order to be accounted worthy to be with Him and in Him eternally in the future life.”
 
                  The Art of Prayer; an Orthodox Anthology compiled by Igumen Chariton of Valamo
 
 
Worship:         Sunday, August 25, 2013 (Ninth Sunday after Pentecost)
 
         Scripture:                              I Corinthians 3:9-17; Matthew 14:22-34
         Celebrant:                             Father John
         Epistle Reader:                     Brenda Baker
         Prosphora:                            Jones
         Coffee Hour:                         Celebratory Meal by Costas Pavlou
                                                         (set-up:  Morris/Katool)

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