6/22 announcements

June 22, 2014
Second Sunday after Pentecost
Romans 2:10-16:  In our reading from Romans we hear St Paul tell us that the Gentiles who obey the Law of God and yet are unbelievers do so out of knowledge of the Law written in their hearts and will be judged by the Lord.
Matthew 4:18-23:  In the reading from Matthew we see our Lord begin His public ministry by set­tling in the region of Galilee and calling His first four disciples.
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 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 Theotokos:  O undisputed intercessor of Christians, O mediatrix, who is unrejected by the Creator, turn not away from the voice of our petitions though we be sinners; come to us in time, who cry to thee in faith, for thou art good.  Hasten to us with intercessions, O Theotokos, who didst ever intercede for those who honor thee.

Sunday, June 22   (Second Sunday after Pentecost)
            8:50 a.m.         — Orthros
            10:00 a.m.       — Divine Liturgy
            5:30 p.m.         — Youth Group                       
Monday, June 23   
            Office Closed — Father John’s Day Off
Tuesday, June 24   (Nativity of the Forerunner)
            6:00 a.m.         — Daily Orthros
            11:30 a.m.       — Ladies’ Lunch
Wednesday, June 25    
            6:30 p.m.         — Daily Vespers
            7:30 p.m.         — Choir Practice
Thursday, June 26  
            8:15-12:15       — Vacation Church School
Friday, June 27    
            8:15-12:15       — Vacation Church School
Saturday, June 28   
            8:15-12:15       — Vacation Church School
            5:45 p.m.         — Ninth Hour followed by Great Vespers
Sunday, June 29   (Third Sunday after Pentecost; Chief Apostles Peter and Paul)
            8:50 a.m.         — Orthros
            10:00 a.m.       — Divine Liturgy
Eucharist Bread …was offered by the Katools for the Divine Liturgy today. 
Father John saw His Grace, Bishop ANTOUN at the Parish Life Conference in Orlando last week.  His Grace sends his greetings and love to all at St. Peter.
Eucharist Bread and Coffee Hour Schedule:
                                     Eucharist Bread                     Coffee Hour
June 22                        Katool                                       D. Root/Dansereau/Dale Cooper
June 29                        Schelver                                   Algood/Yeatts/Lasseter
July 6                                                                             Morris  R. Root/Abraham/Habeeb
July 13                         Jones                                        POT LUCK MEAL
                                                                                       set-up:  Henderson/Lockhart/Baker
July 20                         Meadows                                 Schelver/Lavric/Turner
July 27                         Davis                                        Karam/Stewart/Meadows
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#
June 15                              Mildred Morris                    Heb. 11:33-12:2               84
June 22                              Phillip Lasseter                    Rom. 2:10-16                    90
June 29                              Kh. Be’Be’ Schelver           II Cor. 11:21-33; 12:6-9   389-390
July 6                                 Brenda Baker                       Rom. 6:18-23                    102
July 13                               Tom Willingham                 Titus 3:8-15                      322-323
July 20                               Walt Wood                          James 5:10-20                  395-396
July 27                               Sh. Charlotte Algood          II Tim. 2:1-10                   328
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 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 continue to pray for the health of His Grace, Bishop ANTOUN.
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.
The Holy Synod of the Patriarchate of Antioch will meet July 1-2 to elect a new Metropolitan from the three candidates nominated in Chicago at the recent Special Assembly.  Please pray for His Beatitude, Patriarch John X and the Holy Synod in their deliberations.
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.  Please drop your children off by 8:15 a.m. and pick them up at 12:15 p.m.
Creative Arts Festival Winners:  Luke Habeeb received two First Place awards (Art – Age 8 and Writing – Age 8).  Oliver Strange also received a First Place Award (Art – Age 16).  Aiden Milnor and Jacob Skirtech received Silver Ribbons.  Simeon Root, Sophia Skirtech and Katherine Habeeb submitted art work even though they were not eligible for awards age-wise.  We are very proud of our children for their efforts in expressing their faith in Christ.  Father John will present the awards today.
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 Apostles Fast begins on Monday, June 16th and continues through June 28th.
*    Vacation Church School – June 26th – 28th, 8:15 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.
*    The Feast of The Chief Apostles Peter and Paul will be celebrated on Sunday, June 29th
Fasting Discipline for June
The Fast of the Apostles begins on Monday, June 16th and continues through the 28th.  During this time the traditional fasting discipline (no meat, dairy, eggs, fish, wine or oil) is observed on all days of the week.
Major Commemorations for June
June 24                  Nativity of the Forerunner
June 29                  Chief Apostles Peter and Paul
June 30                  Synaxis of the Twelve Apostles
Happy Anniversaries in June:
         June 8                    —    Nader and Lily Dabit (#6!)
         June 10                  —    Dorin and Carolina Lavric (#3!)
         June 14                  —    Ken and Anastasia Jones (#44!)
                                       —    Saliba and Lamia Dabit (#50!)
         June 22                  —    Fr. Leo and Kh. Be’Be’ Schelver (#40!)
         June 31                  —    Denis and Tatiana Lavric (#4!)
Happy Birthdays in June:
         June 1                    —    Fr. James Meadows
         June 5                    —    George Wood
         June 6                    —    Michel Root (#2!)
         June 7                    —    Simon Karam
         June 12                  —    Ellie Yeatts (#16!)
         June 13                  —    Lou Turner
         June 17                  —    Sh. Margaret Root
         June 21                  —    Sandra Strain
         June 22                  —    Isabelle Goss (#4!)
         June 29                  —    Jennifer Skirtech
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.
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).
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, July 27th .  Please let Father John know by text or e-mail if you will be there, so that plans may be made for the meal.
Quotable:  “When the feeling of prayer reaches the point where it becomes continuous, then spiritual prayer may be said to begin.  This is the gift of the Holy Spirit praying for us, the last degree of prayer which our minds can grasp.”
                                                The Art of Prayer, compiled by Igumen Chariton of Valamo
Worship:         Sunday, June 29, 2014 (Third Sunday after Pentecost; Chief Apostles Peter
                                                            and Paul)
         Scripture:                                II Corinthians 11:21-12:9; Matthew 16:13-19
         Celebrant:                               Father John
         Epistle Reader:                       Kh. Be’Be’ Schelver
         Prosphora:                              Schelver
         Coffee Hour:                          Algood/Yeatts/Lasseter

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