7/13 announcements

July 13, 2014
Fifth Sunday after Pentecost
Sunday of the Holy Fathers of the Fourth Ecumenical Council
Titus 3:8-15:  On this Sunday we read from St. Paul’s letter to Titus, whom he warns to avoid delv­ing into unprofitable and foolish questions about doctrine, and to reject heretics after two admonitions.
Matthew 5:14-19:  In this portion of the Sermon on the Mount Jesus teaches that we are to be Light in the darkness of this world, not hiding the glory of God from others, but rather, putting it where it can be seen.
Troparion of the Resurrection:  Having learned the joyful message of the Resurrection from the angel, the women Disciples cast from them their parental condemnation, and proudly broke the news to the Disciples, saying, Death has been spoiled.  Christ God is risen, granting the world Great Mercy.
Troparion of the Holy Fathers: Thou, O Christ, art our God of exceeding praise who didst establish our holy Fathers as luminous stars upon earth, and through them didst guide us unto the true Faith, O most merciful One, glory to thee.
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, 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
Monday, July 14   
            Office Closed — Father John’s Day Off
Tuesday, July 15  
            NO Daily Orthros
Wednesday, July 16    
            6:30 p.m.         — Daily Vespers
            7:30 p.m.         — Choir Practice
Thursday, July 17   (Great-martyr Marina)
Friday, July 18    (Euphemia the all-praised)
Saturday, July 19   
            8:30 a.m.         — Workday at the Church
            5:45 p.m.         — Ninth Hour followed by Great Vespers
Sunday, July 20  (Sixth Sunday after Pentecost; Prophet Elias)
            8:50 a.m.         — Orthros
            10:00 a.m.       — Divine Liturgy
Eucharist Bread …was offered by the Joneses for the Divine Liturgy today. 
Eucharist Bread and Coffee Hour Schedule:
                                         Eucharist Bread                     Coffee Hour
July 13                             Jones                                        POT LUCK MEAL
                                                                                          set-up:  Meadows/Lockhart/Baker
July 20                             Meadows                                 Schelver/Lavric/Turner
July 27                             Davis                                        Karam/Stewart/Henderson
August 3                        D. Root                                     Ellis/Zouboukos/Fahmy
August 5 (Tues. p.m.)  Meadows                                  Elizabeth Root
         (Feast of the Transfiguration)
August 10                     Abraham                                    POT LUCK MEAL
                                                                                          set-up:  Pigott/Brock/Strain
August 14 (Thur. p.m.)   Karam                            Christina Katool
         (Feast of the Dormition of the Theotokos)
August 17                      Fahmy                                       Skirtech/Skirtech/Parker
August 24                      Baker                                         D. Root/Dansereau
August 31                      Wood                                       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#
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
August 3                            Warren Strain                          I Cor. 1:10-17                 124
August 5 (Tues. p.m.)       Kh. Sharon Meadows           II Pet. 1:10-19                 401
August 10                           Mildred Morris                      I Cor. 3:9-17                    130
August 14 (Thur. p.m.)      Phillip Lasseter                      Phil. 2:5-11                      403
August 17                           Kh. Be’Be’ Schelver              I Cor. 4:9-16                    135
August 24 *                       Tom Skirtech *                     I Cor. 9:2-12                  141
August 31 *                       Brenda Baker *                     Heb. 9:1-7                      337
     * (Please note that these assignments differ from the Quarterly Schedule)
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.
Lamia Dabit is currently at Baptist Hospital undergoing treatment for colitis.  Please keep her, Saliba and their family in your prayers.  If you wish to visit, please call beforehand.  Anna Kathryn Stewart is scheduling meals for them.  If you would like to send a meal, please contact Anna Kathryn.
Rola and Antonina Karam left for Lebanon on Friday so that Rola can clear up some visa issues related to her work in this country.  Rola also had a laparoscopic appendectomy last Sunday evening.  Please keep them and Simon in your prayers.
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.
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.
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 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).
 Quotable:  “Rising in the morning, stand as firmly as possible before God in your heart, as you offer your morning prayers; and then go to the work apportioned to you by God, without withdrawing from Him in your feelings and consciousness.  In this way you will do your work with the powers of your soul and body, but in your mind and heart you will remain with God.”
                                                The Art of Prayer, compiled by Igumen Chariton of Valamo
Worship:         Sunday, July 20, 2014 (Sixth Sunday after Pentecost; Prophet Elias)
         Scripture:                                James 5:10-20; Matthew 9:1-8
         Celebrant:                                Father John
         Epistle Reader:                       Walt Wood
         Prosphora:                              Meadows
         Coffee Hour:                           Schelver/Lavric/Turner

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