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August 10, 2014
Ninth Sunday after Pentecost
Sunday after the Transfiguration
 
I Corinthians 3:9-17:  In the reading from I Corinthians St Paul admonishes the Corinthian Church to   give credit to the Lord for the work done by men in building the Church.
 
Matthew 14:22-34:  In our reading from Matthew, we see Jesus’ mastery over creation by walking on the Sea of Galilee;  Peter’s attempt to join Jesus shows us that our faith is weakened when we take our eyes off the Lord.
 
Troparion of the Resurrection:  O compassionate One, thou didst descend from the heights; thou didst submit to the three-day burial, that thou might deliver us from passion.  Thou art our Life and our Resurrection, O Lord, glory to thee.
 
Troparion of the Transfiguration:  When, O Christ our God, thou wast transfigured on the mountain, thou didst reveal thy glory to thy Disciples in proportion as they could bear it.  Let thine everlasting light also enlighten us sinners, through the intercessions of the Theotokos, O Bestower of light, 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 Transfiguration: Thou wast transfigured on the mount, and thy Disciples, in so far as they were able, beheld thy glory, O Christ our God; so that, when they should see thee crucified, they would remember that thy suffering was voluntary, and could declare to all the world that thou art truly the effulgent Splendor of the Father.
 
CALENDAR
 
Sunday, August 10   (Ninth Sunday after Pentecost; Sunday after Transfiguration)
            8:50 a.m.         — Orthros
            10:00 a.m.       — Divine Liturgy
            12:00 p.m.       — Pot Luck Meal
            5:00 p.m.         — Young Adults
 
Monday, August 11   
            Office Closed — Father John’s Day Off
            6:30 p.m.         — Paraklesis Service
           
Tuesday, August 12  
            6:00 a.m.         — Daily Orthros
                                                           
Wednesday, August 13   
            6:30 p.m.         — Paraklesis Service
                       
Thursday, August 14  
            6:30 p.m.         — Orthros followed by Divine Liturgy
           
Friday, August 15   (Dormition of the Theotokos)
            Church Tradition states that the Virgin Mary died in her early fifties.  The icon shows her lying upon her funeral bier.  On either side of the bier stand the Apostles; the group on the left is led by St. Peter who stands at the head of the bier; the group on the right is led by St. Paul who stands at the foot of the bier.  At the time of her death many of the Apostles were scattered throughout the world preaching the Gospel.  However, they all returned to Jerusalem upon learning of her death.  All arrived in time for the burial except St. Thomas.  Standing by the bier is her Son, who had come to receive His Mother’s soul into heaven.  He holds in His arms an infant in white symbolizing the soul of the Theotokos.  The Orthodox Church, although it has never had the need to make it a dogma (as has the Roman Catholic Church), also believes in the Virgin Mary’s “assumption” or bodily resurrection into heaven.  Tradition relates that when the other disciples showed St. Thomas (who arrived in Jerusalem after the burial) the tomb in Gethsemane where the Theotokos had been buried near her parents, they discovered that the tomb was empty.
 
Saturday, August 16   
            5:45 p.m.         — Ninth Hour followed by Great Vespers

Sunday, August 17   (Tenth Sunday after Pentecost; Sunday after the Dormition)
            8:50 a.m.         — Orthros
            10:00 a.m.       — Divine Liturgy
SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENTS
 
Eucharist Bread …was offered by the Meadows for the Feast of the Transfiguration this past Tuesday evening and by the Abrahams for the Divine Liturgy today. 
 
Eucharist Bread and Coffee Hour Schedule:
                                          Eucharist Bread                     Coffee Hour
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                                       Ellis/Zouboukos  
 
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#
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)
 
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 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 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.
 
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 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.
 
Our condolences go to Cliff and Anna Kathryn Stewart on the death of Cliff’s father, Tom Stewart, last weekend.  Please keep them and their families in your prayers.
 
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 Fast of the Dormiton began on August 1st and runs through the 15th.  As is our custom we will celebrate the Paraklesis Service to the Theotokos on all Monday, Wednesday and Friday evenings during the fast, beginning at 6:30 p.m. on Friday, August 1st.
*    We celebrate the Feast of the Dormition of the Theotokos with Orthos followed by the Divine Liturgy on Thursday evening, August 14th, beginning at 6:00 p.m.
*    Fr. John and Kh. Janet will be in New Orleans the week-end of October 3-5 for the memorial of the falling asleep of Fr. Stephen Hardy who was a long-time pastor at St. Basil Orthodox Church.
 
Young Adults Study Group:  The Young Adults agreed this past Sunday evening to begin meeting twice a month.  One of these meetings will feature a teaching by Fr. John on various aspects of the Orthodox Christian faith.  Topics will include education, ethics and parenting children.  The next meeting will be Sunday, August 10th at the church at 5:00 p.m.  The second monthly meeting for the Young Adults will be for fellowship.  Fr. John and Kh. Janet will host the first fellowship meal at their home at 5:00 p.m. on August 24th.  Please try to make childcare arrangements if possible.
 
Fasting Discipline for August
The traditional fasting discipline (no meat, dairy, eggs, fish, wine or oil) is observed on all Wednesdays and Fridays of the month.  From August 1st through 14th (the Dormition Fast), the traditional fasting is observed on all days, except August 6th (the Feast of the Transfiguration) when fish and wine are permitted.  After the 15th, the traditional fasting is observed on the remaining Wednesdays and Fridays of the month.  August 29th is also a strict fast day in remembrance of the beheading of the Forerunner.
 
Major Commemorations for August
August 15              Feast of the Dormition
August 25              Apostles Bartholomew and Titus
August 29              Beheading of the Forerunner
August 31              Deposition of the Belt of the Theotokos
 
Happy Anniversaries in August:
         August 16              —    Rick and Kay Carlton (#39!)
         August 17              —    Steve and Sheryl Chamblee (#23!)
         August 18              —    Jesse and Sarah Milnor (#12!)
         August 25              —    Nimr and Mona Fahmy (#40!)
         August 27              —    Alfred and Christina Katool (#26!)
 
Happy Birthdays in August:
         August 4                —    Simeon Root (#5!)
         August 7                —    Joseph Katool 
         August 18              —    Virginia Stewart (#4!)
         August 20              —    Suzi Fino
         August 24              —    Anastasia Jones
         August 26              —    Bob Buchanan
         August 27              —    Eli Dabit (#4!)
         August 31              —    Elizabeth Root
 
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:  “Desire to be filled with the Spirit, and sing with that aim in mind. Singing will set alight the Spirit, or lead to a state of infusion by the Spirit, or show forth His action.  According to Blessed Theodoret, the Apostle refers to spiritual rapture when he says, ‘Be filled with the Spirit'(Eph. v. 18),and he shows us how to attain this, namely by ‘unceasingly singing praises to God, entering deeply into oneself, and always stimulating thought’.  That is to say:  by singing with the tongue and the heart.”
                                                The Art of Prayer, compiled by Igumen Chariton of Valamo
 
                                               
Worship:         Sunday, August 17, 2014 (Tenth Sunday after Pentecost; Sunday after the
                                                            Dormition of the Theotokos)
        
         Scripture:                                I Corinthians 4:9-16; Matthew 17:14-23
         Celebrant:                               Father John
         Epistle Reader:                       Kh. Be’Be’ Schelver
         Prosphora:                              Fahmy
         Coffee Hour:                           Skirtech/Skirtech/Parker

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