4/27 announcements

April 27, 2014
Thomas Sunday
On the Sunday following Easter, we hear the story of Thomas and are reminded of the all-permeating presence of Christ and the faith of those who followed the disciples.  Even as walls and doors proved no obstacle to His coming to His followers, so nothing can prevent His presence with us.  Even as He commissioned them to be peaceful of themselves and to bear His peace and life to those about them, so He grants us peace for ourselves and those we touch.  Even as Thomas turned from his doubt to faith, so let us bow before our Lord and God in acknowledgment and praise.  With Thomas and all the faithful who sing in heavenly worship, let us raise our hymn of adoration and life to our risen Saviour.
Acts 5:12-20:  Through healing of the sick and the addition of new believers to the Church in Jerusa­lem we see the power of the Holy Spirit at work with the Apostles.
John 20:19-31:  In our gospel reading we hear of the Apostle Thomas’ doubt regarding Jesus’ resurrec­tion.  When our Lord appears to Him he immediately believes; yet, the Lord pronounces a blessing upon those who believe without having seen Him.
Troparion of Thomas Sunday:  While the tomb was sealed, thou didst shine forth from it, O Light.  While the doors were closed, thou didst come in to thy Disciples, O Christ God, Resurrection of all, renewing in us through them an upright spirit, according to the greatness of thy mercy.

Kontakion of Thomas Sunday:  With his anxiously searching right hand, O Christ God, Thomas did probe your life-giving side; for when you did enter, the doors being shut, he shouted with the rest of the Disciples, crying, You are my Lord and my God.
Sunday, April 27   (Thomas Sunday)
            8:50 a.m.         — Orthros
            9:00 a.m.         — Christian Education
            10:00 a.m.       — Divine Liturgy
            5:30 p.m.         — Youth Group
Monday, April 28   
            Office Closed — Father John’s Day Off
Tuesday, April 29  
            6:00 a.m.         — Daily Orthros
Wednesday, April 30   
            6:30 p.m.         — Daily Vespers
            7:30 p.m.         — Parish Council
Thursday, May 1    
            11:30 a.m.       — Men’s Lunch           
Friday, May 2    (Athanasios the Great)
Saturday, May 3   
            5:45 p.m.         — Ninth Hour followed by Great Vespers
Sunday, May 4   (Sunday of the Holy Myrrh-bearers)
            8:50 a.m.         — Orthros
            9:00 a.m.         — Christian Education
            10:00 a.m.       — Divine Liturgy
Eucharist Bread …was offered by the Daniel Roots for the Divine Liturgy today. 
Eucharist Bread and Coffee Hour Schedule:
                                     Eucharist Bread                    Coffee Hour
April 27                       D. Root                                    Lockhart/Habeeb/Lasseter
May 4                          Yeatts                                      R. Root/Abraham/Algood
May 11                        Abraham                                 POT LUCK MEAL
                                                                                      set-up: Schelver/Lavric/Turner
May 18                        Karam                                      Henderson/Baker/Yeatts
May 25                        Fahmy                                     Karam/Stewart/Meadows
May 28 (Wed. p.m.)   Baker                                      Christian Katool
         (Feast of the Ascension)
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#
April 27                             Mildred Morris                     Acts 5:12-20                   32
May 4                                Phillip Lasseter                     Acts 6:1-7                       38
May 11                              Kh. Be’Be’ Schelver             Acts 9:32-42                  45
May 18                              Brenda Baker                        Acts 11:19-30                 52
May 25                              Tom Willingham                   II Cor. 4:6-15                  163
May 28 (Wed. p.m.)        Walt Wood                           Acts 1:1-12                     63
         (Feast of the Ascension)
Continue to pray for Metropolitan Paul (who is also the brother of our Patriarch) and the Syriac Archbishop John of Aleppo who were abducted while on a humanitarian mission in Syria.
Please continue to pray for the health of His Grace, Bishop ANTOUN.
His Eminence Metropolitan SILOUAN of Buenos Aires and Argentina (who is the Patriarchal Vicar of New York and all North America) has announced that the 40 Day Memorial for His Eminence, Metropolitan PHILIP will be celebrated in all the parishes of our Archdiocese on Sunday, May 4th.  Plans are being made for His Eminence, Metropolitan SILOUAN to visit all of the dioceses in our Archdiocese in the next several weeks.  At this time we do not know where or when his visit to our diocese will occur.  We will continue to commemorate His Eminence, Metropolitan PHILIP through the 40 days until May 4th, after which he will be commemorated on the anniversary of his repose.
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;
Walt and Charlotte Wood and their family; Tom and Jennifer Skirtech and their family; Tom and Kathy Willingham; Athena and Anthony Zouboukos and their family.

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 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.
Archdiocese Special Assembly:  The date of June 5, 2014 has been set for the special assembly to nominate 3 candidates for Metropolitan of the Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese of North America. These will be forwarded to His Beatitude, Patriarch John X and the Holy Synod where the final decision will be made as to who succeeds His Eminence, Metropolitan PHILIP of Thrice Blessed Memory. Father John will represent St. Peter’s at this assembly which will be held in Chicago from 9-5 at an, as yet, undisclosed hotel. Please pray for the guidance of the Holy Trinity in these proceedings.  
Please remember Simon, Rola and Antonina Karam in your prayers as they are in Lebanon for the next few weeks visiting Simon’s father who is ill.
Fasting Discipline for April/May
  The traditional fasting discipline (no meat, dairy, eggs, fish, wine or oil) will again be observed on the last Wednesday of April and on all the Wednesdays and Fridays of the month of May..
Major Commemorations for April/May
April 27                 Thomas Sunday
May 2                    Athanasios the Great
May 4                    Sunday of the Holy Myrrh-bearers
May 8                    Apostle John the Theologian
May 10                  Apostle Simon the Zealot
May 11                  Sunday of the Paralytic
May 14                  Mid-Pentecost
May 18                  Sunday of the Samaritan Woman
May 21                  Constantine and Helen
May 25                  Sunday of the Blindman/The Forerunner (3rd Discovery)
May 29                  Feast of the Ascension

A Very Big Thank You to all who worked so hard to make Pascha and Agape Vespers a success!
Calendar Items:
*    The Men of the parish meet for lunch and fellowship on the first Thursday of the month.
*    The Ladies of St. Peter will meet at 10:00 a.m. on the second Saturday of each month to pray the Akathist to the Mother of God, Nurturer of Children.  Those who are able will go out for lunch and fellowship afterwards.
*    The Youth Group will meet for a meal and Christian Education with Father John TONIGHT beginning at 5:30 p.m.
Young Adults Study Group:  The Young Adults will meet once a month on Sunday evening from 5:00 – 6:30 p.m. (time will be strictly adhered to) for a meal, fellowship and teaching.  The date for next meeting will be set sometime soon.  Please let Father John know by text or e-mail if you will be there, so that plans may be made for the meal.
Canned food drive:  The Christian Education classes are collecting canned goods for the needy. 
Suggestions on use of the Cry Room:
            — Please remember you’re in liturgy when you’re in the cry room.
            — Its main purpose should be a place for parents to take their children if they’re being disruptive during liturgy, staying for 5-10 minutes (or until the child is calmed down) and then returning to liturgy.
            — It should not be used as a main sitting area during the liturgy.
            — Children should not be eating snacks or watching electronic devices while in the cry room.
Happy Birthdays in May:
         May 5                    —    Dale Cooper
                                       —    Joanna Davis
         May 7                    —    Tiffany Strain (#17!)
         May 8                    —    Kh. Janet Henderson
         May 10                  —    Fr. Leo Schelver
         May 11                  —    Meghan Brock
         May 15                  —    Tom Skirtech
         May 21                  —    Jacob Skirtech (#7!)
         May 24                  —    Paul Katool
                                       —    Daniel Root
         May 26                  —    David Turner
         May 27                  —    Luke Habeeb (#9!)
         May 30                  —    Dn. Terry Algood
         May 31                  —    Stephen Chamblee
Happy Anniversaries in April/May:
         April 28                 —    Anthony and Athena Zouboukos (#24!)
         May 12                  —    Cliff and Anna Kathryn Stewart (#7!)
         May 19                  —    Jay and Joanna Davis (#2!)
         May 30                  —    Tom and Jennifer Skirtech (#37!)
Parents, please supervise your children with food in the Fellowship Hall.  We are getting stains on the new carpet (and also the chairs in the nave).
Vacation Church School:  We will be holding our Vacation Church School on Thursday-Saturday, June 26-28.  The focus of this year’s school will be on educating our children about the lives of their Name-Saints and of Sts. Peter and Paul.  After Pascha, Sam Habeeb will be looking for volunteers to help with this wonderful program.
Quotable:   “Still more deserving of censure are those Christians who indeed make the Sign of the   Cross, but make it carelessly.  It is true there is a tendency to do mechanically what a person does often, but for that very reason, if no other, particular attention should be bestowed upon such things.  It is seriously to be doubted whether persons who make the Sign of the Cross carelessly receive the same graces attached to the proper use of the sacred Sign.  To those who make the Sign of the Cross hurriedly, without due deliberation, with the whole hand, or simply wave their hand in the air fanning their breast, St. John Chrysostom says:  ‘The demons rejoice in this frantic waving.’  On the other hand the Cross traced correctly, with faith and reverence, dispels demons, calms sinful passions, attracts Divine Grace, and gives us the strength to do good and expel that which is evil.”
                                                Rev. Fr. David F. Abramtsov, The Orthodox Companion                                                       
Worship:         Sunday, May 4, 2014 (Sunday of the Holy Myrrh-bearers)
         Scripture:                              Acts 6:1-7; Mark 15:43-16:8
         Celebrant:                             Father John
         Epistle Reader:                     Phillip Lasseter
         Prosphora:                            Yeatts
         Coffee Hour:                         R. Root/Abraham/Habeeb

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