7/6 announcments

July 6, 2014
Fourth Sunday after Pentecost
 
Romans 6:18-23:  St Paul, writing to the Romans, explains that when we were freed from sin we
became slaves to righteousness;  therefore, we must resist enslavement to sin and instead become enslaved to God.
 
Matthew  8:5-13:  Jesus shows His great mercy to those who have faith in Him when He heals the servant of a centurion.
 
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 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.
 
CALENDAR
 
Sunday, July 6   (Fourth Sunday after Pentecost)
            8:50 a.m.         — Orthros
            10:00 a.m.       — Divine Liturgy
 
Monday, July 7   
            Office Closed — Father John’s Day Off
           
Tuesday, July 8  
            6:00 a.m.         — Daily Orthros
                                   
Wednesday, July 9    
            6:30 p.m.         — Daily Vespers
            7:30 p.m.         — Choir Practice
                       
Thursday, July 10  
             
           
Friday, July 11    (Euphemia the all-praised)
 
Saturday, July 12   
            10:00 a.m.       — Ladies meet for Akathist and Lunch
            5:45 p.m.         — Ninth Hour followed by Great Vespers
 
Sunday, July 13   (Sunday of the Fathers of the Fourth Ecumenical Council)
            8:50 a.m.         — Orthros
            10:00 a.m.       — Divine Liturgy
            12:00 p.m.       — Pot Luck Meal
  
SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENTS
 
Eucharist Bread …was offered by the Morrises for the Divine Liturgy today. 
 
Eucharist Bread and Coffee Hour Schedule:
                                    Eucharist Bread                     Coffee Hour
July 6                           Morris                             R. Root/Abraham/Habeeb
July 13                         Jones                                       POT LUCK MEAL
                                                                                       set-up:  Meadows/Lockhart/Baker
July 20                         Meadows                                 Schelver/Lavric/Turner
July 27                         Davis                                        Karam/Stewart/Henderson

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#
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 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.
 
Please remember Fr. Joseph and Kh. Joanna Bittle, and their daughter Abigail, in your prayers. 
 
Please continue to pray for the health of His Grace, Bishop ANTOUN.
 
Many Thanks to Sam Habeeb and all the volunteers who worked so hard to make our Vacation Church School a success!
 
Father John will be out July 9-13 for family vacation and July 14-21 for travel to and from the Clergy Symposium at the Antiochian Village.  Please contact Father Leo or Father James if you need a priest during this time.
 
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.
 
Fasting Discipline for July
The traditional fasting discipline (no meat, dairy, eggs, fish, wine or oil) is observed on all Wednesdays and Fridays of the month.
 
Major Commemorations for July
July 11                   Euphemia the all-praised
July 17                   Great-martyr Marina
July 20                   Prophet Elias
July 25                   Dormition of Righteous Anna
July 27                   Great-martyr Panteleimon
 
Happy Anniversaries in July:
         July 3                     —    Emad and Suzi Fino (#26!)
         July 25                   —    Reader Basil and Brenda Baker (#33!)
         July 30                   —    Clyde and Mary Ellis (#20!)
 
Happy Birthdays in July:
         July 10                   —    Ramzi Kafoury
         July 11                   —    Titus Lasseter (#2!)
         July 14                   —    Emil Ellis (#18!)
         July 15                   —    Emad Fino
         July 22                   —    Amy Oliver
                                       —    Thomas Wood
                                       —    Walt Wood
 
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:  “What then is prayer?  Prayer is the raising of the mind and heart to God in praise and thanksgiving to Him and in supplication for the good things that we need, both spiritual and physical.  The essence of prayer is therefore the spiritual lifting of the heart towards God.  The mind in the heart stands consciously before the face of God,  filled with due reverence, and begins to pour itself out before Him.  This is spiritual prayer, and all prayer should be of this nature.  External prayer, whether at home or in church, is only prayer’s verbal expression and shape; the essence or soul of prayer is within a man’s mind and heart.  All our Church order of prayer, all prayers composed for home use, are filled with spiritual turning to God.  Anyone who prays with even the least part of attention cannot avoid this spiritual turning to God, unless he is completely inattentive to what he is doing.”
                                                The Art of Prayer, compiled by Igumen Chariton of Valamo
 
                                               
Worship:         Sunday, July 13, 2014 (Sunday of the Holy Fathers of the Fourth Ecumenical
                                                                        Council)
        
         Scripture:                               Titus 3:8-15; Matthew 5:14-19
         Celebrant:                              Father John
         Epistle Reader:                     Tom Willingham
         Prosphora:                             Jones
         Coffee Hour:                          POT LUCK MEAL
                                                         set-up:  Meadows/Baker/Lockhart

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