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September 1, 2013
Tenth Sunday after Pentecost
Indiction of the Ecclesiastical Year
I Timothy 2:1-7:   From our reading in St. Paul=s first letter to Timothy, we hear him exhort Timothy to offer intercessory prayers for all without partiality, and to give special attention to prayer for those in authority.
Luke 4:16-22:  In a synagogue in Nazareth, Jesus reads from the prophet Isaiah concerning the anointing of the Christ and the blessings that he will bring to the Jewish people.  Then He tells them that He is the fulfillment of that prophecy.
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 for the Indiction: O Maker of all creation, Who hast established the times and seasons in Thine own power:  bless the crown of this year with Thy goodness, O Lord, and keep our rulers and Thy flock in peace, by the intercessions of the Theotokos, and save us.
Troparion for the Righteous Simeon the Stylite: Thou becamest a pillar of patience and didst emulate the Forefathers, O righteous one:  Job in his sufferings, Joseph in temptations, and the life of the bodiless while in the body.  O Simeon, our righteous Father, intercede with Christ God that our souls be saved.
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 Nativity of the Theotokos:  By thy holy birth-giving, O pure one, Joachim and Anne were delivered from the reproach of barrenness; and Adam and Eve were delivered from the corruption of death; thy people do celebrate it, having been saved from the stain of iniquity, crying unto thee, The barren doth give birth to the Theotokos, who nourisheth our life.
Sunday, September 1   (Tenth Sunday after Pentecost)
            8:50 a.m.         — Orthros
            10:00 a.m.       — Divine Liturgy
Monday, September 2   
            Office Closed — Father John’s Day Off
Tuesday, September 3   
            6:00 a.m.         — Daily Orthros
Wednesday, September 4    
            6:30 p.m.         — Daily Vespers
            7:30 p.m.         — Choir Practice
Thursday, September 5         
            NO Daily Orthros
            11:30 a.m.       — Men’s Lunch
Friday, September 6   (Miracle of the Archangel Michael)
            NO Daily Orthros
Saturday, September 7   
            10:00 a.m.       — Ladies Gathering for Akathist to the Mother of God
            5:45 p.m.         — Ninth Hour followed by Great Vespers
Sunday, September 8   (Nativity of the Theotokos)
            8:50 a.m.         — Orthros
            9:00 a.m.         — Christian Education
            10:00 a.m.       — Divine Liturgy
            12:00 p.m.       — Pot Luck Meal
            5:30 p.m.         — Youth Group
Eucharist Bread …was offered by the Meadows 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
September 1                 Meadows                                 Ellis/Zouboukos
September 8                 Davis                                        POT LUCK MEAL
         (Feast of the Nativity of the Theotokos)             (Set-up:  Fahmy/Brock/Pigott)
September 14 (Sat. a.m.)     D. Root                           
         (Feast of the Exaltation of the Cross)                 
September 15               Yeatts                                       Skirtech/Skirtech/Parker          
September 22               Abraham                                  D. Root/Dansereau/Dale Cooper
September 29               Meadows                                 Algood/Yeatts/Lasseter
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#
September 1                       Tom Willingham                   I Tim. 2:1-7                    303
September 8                       S. Charlotte Algood             Gal. 6:11-18                   198
September 14 (Sat. a.m.)   Warren Strain                        I Cor. 1:18-24               311-312
September 15                     Kh. Sharon Meadows          Gal. 2:16-20                   193
September 22                     Mildred Morris                     I Cor. 16:13-24               152
September 29                     Phillip Lasseter                     II Cor. 1:21-2:1-4           158
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 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.
Also, please keep Amy and Michael Surratt in your prayers, along with Amy’s mother, Becky Ballard who is in hospice care.
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.
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.
Sam Habeeb will be heading up Christian Education and will be serving on the Parish Council as well.  Many thanks to Sh. Charlotte Algood for her years of service with the Christian Education program.
Christian education will resume next week at 9:00 a.m.  Parents please be sure to have your children arrive on time.  Also, we are in need of volunteers to help with the Pre-school Group.  If you would like to help with this, please get in touch with Sam Habeeb.
Calendar Items:
*    The Men of the parish meet for lunch and fellowship on the first Thursday of the month.
*    The Ladies will meet to pray the Akathist to the Mother of God, Nourisher of Children next Saturday, September 7th at 10:00 a.m.  They will hold ashort business meeting afterwards.
*    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.
Bible Study with Breakfast will resume on Saturday morning, October 5th from 7:30-9:00 a.m.
Canned food drive:  The Christian Education classes will once again be collecting canned good s for the needy. 
Fall Festival:  We have tentatively set a date for this year’s Fall festival on Saturday, October 26th.  However, this is contingent upon a volunteer or volunteers to head up the festival.  If you are interested in helping to plan this, please let Father John know.
Camping trip for Youth Group:  A camping trip to Louisville is planned for the Teens on Friday and Saturday, November 1-2.  (Rain date will be November 8-9).
Fasting Discipline for September
The traditional fasting (no meat, dairy, fish, wine or oil) is observed all Wednesdays and Fridays of the month.  September 14th is also a strict fast day in remembrance of the Elevation of the Holy Cross.
Major Commemorations for September
September 1           Indiction of the Ecclesiastical Year
September 6           Miracle of the Archangel Micahel
September 8           Nativity of the Thetokos
September 9           Righteous Joachim and Anna
September 13         Dedication of nthe Church of the Anastasis
September 14         Elevation of the Holy Cross
September 23         Conception of the Forerunner
September 24         Proto-martyr Thekla
September 26         Apostle John the Theologian (repose)
September 28         Venerable Chariton
Happy Anniversaries in September:
         September 4           —    Ben and Jenna Skirtech (#12!)
         September 6           —    Richard and Vickie Curtis (#27!)
         September 15         —    Tom and Kathy Willingham (#23!)
         September 26         —    Rod and Emily Parker (#9!)
Happy Birthdays in September:
         September 3           —    Lee Greene
                                       —    Hannah Strange (#7!)
                                       —    Geraldine Quirk
         September 4           —    Fr. John Henderson
         September 8           —    Nikki Lasseter
         September 9           —    Rebecca Dansereau
         September 10         —    Dorin Lavric
         September 12         —    Alvin Buckles
         September 15         —    Lynda Costas
         September 17         —    Jeffrey Schelver
         September 18         —    Carolina Lavric
         September 25         —    Rick Carlton
         September 27         —    Jeffrey Schelver
         September 30         —    Laura Yeatts
Quotable:  “To kindle in his heart such a divine love, to unite with God in an inseparable union of love, it is necessary for a man to pray often, raising the mind to Him.  For as a flame increases when it is constantly fed, so prayer, made often, with the mind dwelling ever more deeply in God, arouses divine love in the heart.  And the heart, set on fire, will warm all the inner man, will enlighten and teach him, revealing to him all its unknown and hidden wisdom, and making him like a flaming seraph, always standing before God within his spirit, always looking at Him within his mind, and drawing from this vision the sweetness of spiritual joy.”
                  The Art of Prayer; an Orthodox Anthology compiled by Igumen Chariton of Valamo
Worship:         Sunday, September 8, 2013 (Sunday before the Elevation of the Cross;
                                                Nativity of the Theotokos)
         Scripture:                             Galatians 6:11-18; John 3:13-17
         Celebrant:                            Father John
         Epistle Reader:                    Sh. Charlotte Algood
         Prosphora:                           Davis
         Coffee Hour:                        POT LUCK MEAL (set-up:  Fahmy/Brock/Pigott)

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