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August 17, 2014
Tenth Sunday after Pentecost
Sunday after the Dormition
I Corinthians 4:9-16:  We hear St Paul speak to the Corinthians as their spiritual father and exhort them to imitate him in their actions.
Matthew 17:14-23:  The Lord Jesus again shows His abundant mercy when He heals a boy possessed by a demon.  We also hear Him foretell His betrayal, death and resurrection, but the disciples do not understand.
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 Dormition:  In thy birth-giving, O Theotokos, thou didst keep and preserve virginity; and in thy falling-asleep thou hast not forsaken the world; for living thou wast translated, being the Mother of Life.  Wherefore, by thine intercessions, deliver our souls from death.
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 Dormition:  Verily, the Theotokos, who is ever watchful in intercessions, who is never rejected, neither tomb nor death could control.  But being the Mother of Life, he who dwelt in her ever-virgin womb didst translate her to life.
Sunday, August 17   (Tenth Sunday after Pentecost; Sunday after the Dormition)
            8:50 a.m.         — Orthros
            10:00 a.m.       — Divine Liturgy
Monday, August 18   
            Office Closed — Father John’s Day Off
Tuesday, August 19  
            6:00 a.m.         — Daily Orthros
Wednesday, August 20   
            6:30 p.m.         — Daily Vespers
            7:30 p.m.         — Choir Practice
Thursday, August 21  
Friday, August 22   
Saturday, August 23   
            5:45 p.m.         — Ninth Hour followed by Great Vespers
Sunday, August 24   (Eleventh Sunday after Pentecost)
            8:50 a.m.         — Orthros
            10:00 a.m.       — Divine Liturgy
            5:00 p.m.         — Young Adults
Eucharist Bread …was offered by the Karams for the Feast of the Dormition this past Thursday evening and by the Fahmys for the Divine Liturgy today. 
Eucharist Bread and Coffee Hour Schedule:
                                            Eucharist Bread                   Coffee Hour
August 17                          Fahmy                                     Skirtech/Skirtech/Parker
August 24                          Baker                                       D. Root/Dansereau
August 31                           Wood                                       Ellis/Zouboukos
September 7                         R. Root                                    R. Root/Abraham/Habeeb
September 8 (Mon a.m.)   Henderson                              Kh. Sharon Meadows
         (Feast of the Nativity of the Theotokos)
September 14                     Algood                                     POT LUCK MEAL [Lenten dishes]
                                                                                             set-up:  Schelver/Lavric/Turner
September 21                    Katool                                      Henderson/Baker/Lockhart
September 28                   Schelver                                    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#
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
September 7 *                             David Turner *                    Gal. 6:11-18                   198
September 8 * (Mon. a.m.)        Tom Willingham *             Phil. 2:5-11                  307-308
             (Feast of the Nativity of the Theotokos)
September 14 *                        Walt Wood *                         I Cor. 1:18-24                311-312
September 21 *                          Sh. Charlotte Algood *       Gal. 2:16-20                   193
September 28 *                          Warren Strain *                  II Cor. 6:1-10                 168
     * (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 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 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.
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.
*    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.
*    We will be serving a meal at the Stewpot Ministries on Saturday, October 25th in conjunction with members of Holy Resurrection and Holy Trinity/St. John the Theologian Orthodox Churches.  St. Peter will be providing casseroles for the meal.  We will also be serving a meal with them on Saturday, November 29th.
*    Fr. Patrick Henry Reardon will be speaking at Holy Resurrection Orthodox Church in Clinton on November 4-6th.  His topic will be Christ in the Old Testament.
Young Adults Study Group:  The Young Adults agreed 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 24th 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
After the 15th, the traditional fasting (no meat, dairy, eggs, fish, wine or oil) 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 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:  “It is not difficult to understand that the most important part of this is not good harmony in singing, but the content of what is sung.  It has the same effect as a speech written with warm feeling, which animates whoever reads it.  Feeling, expressed in words, is carried by words into the soul of those who hear or read them.  The same can be said of Church songs.  Psalms, hymns and church songs are spiritually inspired outbursts of feeling towards God.  The Spirit of God filled His elect, and they expressed the plenitude of their feelings in songs.  He who sings them as they should be sung enters again into the feelings which the author experienced when he originally wrote them.  Being filled by these feelings, he draws near to the state wherein he is able to receive the grace of the Spirit, and to adapt himself to it.  The purpose of Church songs is precisely to make the spark of grace that is hidden within us burn brighter and with greater warmth.  This spark is given by the sacraments.  Psalms, hymns and spiritual odes are introduced, to fan the spark and transform it into flame.  They act upon the spark of grace as the wind acts on a spark hidden in firewood.”
                                                The Art of Prayer, compiled by Igumen Chariton of Valamo
Worship:         Sunday, August 24, 2014 (Eleventh Sunday after Pentecost)
         Scripture:                                I Corinthians 9:2-12; Matthew 18:23-35
         Celebrant:                               Father John
         Epistle Reader:                      Tom Skirtech
         Prosphora:                              Baker
         Coffee Hour:                           D. Root/Dansereau

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