5/11 announcements

May 11, 2014
Sunday of the Paralytic
In the miracle of the healing of the paralytic at the pool of Bethesda, we see the Son’s power over life and sin, power which becomes fully evident in the Resurrection. The paralytic is a man crippled in body and spirit, for, even as He heals the body, Jesus warns against results of further sin.  Christ frees us from our bodies of corruption and grants us flesh glorified in Him; He also frees us from the power of sin and grants us perfection in His Spirit.  As the man at the pool accepted God’s grace and found life, so let us walk in His light and come into His presence.
Acts 9:32-42:  Empowered by the Holy Spirit, St Peter heals a paralyzed man and raises a woman from the dead; both acts lead to many people believing in the Lord.
John 5:1-15:  Jesus demonstrates His lordship over creation and the Sabbath when He heals a sick man at the pool of Bethsaida.
Troparion of the Resurrection:  Let the heavens rejoice and the earth be glad; for the Lord hath done a mighty act with his own arm.  He hath trampled down death and become the First-born from the dead. He hath delivered us from the depths of hades, granting the world the Great Mercy.
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 Pascha: When Thou didst descend into the grave, O Immortal, Thou didst destroy the power of Hades.  In victory didst Thou arise, O Christ God, proclaiming ARejoice@ to the myrrh-bearing women, granting peace to Thine apostles and bestowing resurrection on the fallen.
Sunday, May 11   (Sunday of the Paralytic)
            8:50 a.m.         — Orthros
            9:00 a.m.         — Christian Education
            10:00 a.m.       — Divine Liturgy
            5:30 p.m.         — Youth Group
Monday, May 12   
            Office Closed — Father John’s Day Off
Tuesday, May 13  
            6:00 a.m.         — Daily Orthros
Wednesday, May 14    (Mid-Pentecost)
            6:30 p.m.         — Daily Vespers
            7:30 p.m.         — Choir Practice
Thursday, May 15   
Friday, May 16    
Saturday, May 17   
            8:30 a.m.         — Workday at the Church
            5:45 p.m.         — Ninth Hour followed by Great Vespers
Sunday, May 18   (Sunday of the Samaritan Woman)
            8:50 a.m.         — Orthros
            9:00 a.m.         — Christian Education
            10:00 a.m.       — Divine Liturgy
            12:00 p.m.       — Pot Luck Meal
            5:00 p.m.         — Young Adults
Eucharist Bread …was offered by the Abrahams for the Divine Liturgy today. 

Eucharist Bread and Coffee Hour Schedule:
                                     Eucharist Bread                     Coffee Hour
May 11                        Abraham                                  Schelver/Lavric/Turner
May 18                         Karam                                      POT LUCK MEAL
                                                                                      Set-up:  Henderson/Baker/Yeatts
May 25                        Fahmy                                      Ellis/Zouboukos
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#
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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 leavetaking of Pascha will be celebrated with Paschal vespers on Tuesday evening, May 27th, beginning at 6:30 p.m.
*    We will celebrate the feast of the Ascension with Orthros followed by Divine Liturgy on Wednesday evening, May 28th beginning at 6:00 p.m.
*    Special Coffee Hour honoring our Graduating High School Seniors will be held following the Divine Liturgy on Sunday, June 1st.
Fasting Discipline for May
  The traditional fasting discipline (no meat, dairy, eggs, fish, wine or oil) will be observed on all the Wednesdays and Fridays of the month of May..
Major Commemorations for May
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
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 is ,Sunday, May 18th.  Please let Father John know by text or e-mail if you will be there, so that plans may be made for the meal.
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 May:
         May 12                  —    Cliff and Anna Kathryn Stewart (#7!)
         May 19                  —    Jay and Joanna Davis (#2!)
         May 30                  —    Tom and Jennifer Skirtech (#37!)
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.
Canned food drive:  The Christian Education classes are collecting canned goods for the needy.
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.  Sam Habeeb is looking for volunteers to help with this wonderful program.
Quotable:  “The goal of reading is the application, in our lives, of what we read.  Not to learn it by heart, but to take it to heart.  Not to practice using our tongues, but to be able to receive the tongues of fire and to live the mysteries of God.  If one studies a great deal in order to acquire knowledge and to teach others, without living the things he teaches, he does not more than fill his head with hot air.  At most, he will manage to ascend to the moon using machines.  The goal of the Christian is to rise to God without machines.”
                                                Elder Paisios the Athonite                                                       
Worship:         Sunday, May 18, 2014 (Sunday of the Samaritan Woman)
         Scripture:                              Acts 11:19-30; John 4:5-42
         Celebrant:                             Father John
         Epistle Reader:                    Brenda Baker
         Prosphora:                           Karam
         Coffee Hour:                        POT LUCK MEAL
                                                        Set-up:  Henderson/Baker/Yeatts

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