7/20 announcements

July 20, 2014
Sixth Sunday after Pentecost
Holy Prophet Elias
James 5:10-20: In his epistle St. James sets before us the faithful prophets as examples in how to practice suffering and patience.  He also uses the example of the Prophet Elijah to show the effectiveness of fervent prayer.
Matthew 9:1-8:  Jesus demonstrates His authority by both healing the physical illness of a paralytic and by forgiving him of his sins.
Troparion of the Resurrection:  Let us believers praise and worship the Word, co-eternal with the Father and the Spirit, born of the Virgin for our salvation; for he took pleasure in ascending the Cross in the flesh, to suffer death, and to raise the dead by his glorious Resurrection.
Troparion of the Prophet Elias: O angelic of body, pillar of the Prophets and their corner-stone, the second forerunner of the Coming of Christ, the venerable and glorious Elias, thou didst send grace from on high to Elisha to dispel sicknesses and to purify lepers.  Wherefore, he ever overfloweth with healing to those who honour him.
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 20   (Sixth Sunday after Pentecost; Prophet Elias)
            8:50 a.m.         — Orthros
            10:00 a.m.       — Divine Liturgy
Monday, July 21   
            Office Closed — Father John’s Day Off
Tuesday, July 22  
            6:00 a.m.         — Daily Orthros
            11:30 a.m.       — Ladies Lunch
Wednesday, July 23    
            6:30 p.m.         — Daily Vespers
            7:30 p.m.         — Choir Practice
            7:30 p.m.         — Parish Council
Thursday, July 24  
Friday, July 25    (Dormition of Righteous Anna)
Saturday, July 26   
            5:45 p.m.         — Ninth Hour followed by Great Vespers
Sunday, July 27   (Seventh Sunday after Pentecost; Great-martyr Panteleimon)
            8:50 a.m.         — Orthros
            10:00 a.m.       — Divine Liturgy
            5:00 p.m.         — Young Adults
Eucharist Bread …was offered by the Meadows for the Divine Liturgy today. 
Eucharist Bread and Coffee Hour Schedule:
                                            Eucharist Bread                    Coffee Hour
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 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 home from the 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 are in 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 several days before she left.  Please keep them and Simon in your prayers.
Karen Cooper was admitted to St. Dominic’s Hospital last Sunday afternoon where she has been undergoing tests and treatment for a pulmonary embolus.  Please keep her and Dale in your prayers.
Father John has been at the Clergy Symposium at the Antiochian Village.  He will be returning tomorrow.  Please contact Father Leo or Father James if you need a priest.
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 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:  “Out ward prayer alone is not enough, God pays attention to the mind, and they are no true monks who fail to unite the exterior prayer with inner prayer.  Strictly defined, the word ‘monk’ means a recluse, a solitary.  Whoever has not withdrawn within himself is not yet a recluse, he is not yet monk even though he lives in the most isolated monastery.  The mind of the ascetic who is not withdrawn and enclosed within himself dwells necessarily among tumult and unquietness.  Innumerable thoughts, having free admission to his mind, bring this about; without purpose or necessity his mind wanders painfully through the world, bringing harm upon itself.  The withdrawal of a man within himself cannot be achieved without the help of concentrated prayer, especially the attentive practice of the Jesus Prayer.”
                                                The Art of Prayer, compiled by Igumen Chariton of Valamo
Worship:         Sunday, July 27, 2014 (Seventh Sunday after Pentecost; Great-martyr
         Scripture:                               II Timothy 2:1-10; Matthew 9:27-35
         Celebrant:                              Father John
         Epistle Reader:                      Sh. Charlotte Wood
         Prosphora:                              Davis
         Coffee Hour:                           Karam/Stewart/Henderson

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