8/24 announcements

August 24, 2014
Eleventh Sunday after Pentecost
I Corinthians 9:2-12:  In our reading from I Corinthians, we hear St Paul respond to those in who    questioned his apostleship and his lifestyle as such.
Matthew 18:23-35:  The Lord Jesus uses a parable to teach that forgiveness is an action to be per­formed by all who follow Him as well as a gift to be received from God.
Troparion of the Resurrection:  When thou, O immortal Life, didst humble thyself unto death, then didst thou destroy death by the brightness of thy Godhead; and when thou didst raise the bowels of the earth, then all the heavenly powers exclaimed, O Christ, thou art the Giver of life!  Glory to thee, O our God!
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 Nativity of the Theotokos:  By thy holy birth-giving, O pure one, Joachim and Anne were delivered from the reproach of barrenness; and Adam and Eve were delivered from the corruption of death; thy people do celebrate it, having been saved from the stain of iniquity, crying unto thee, The barren doth give birth to the Theotokos, who nourisheth our life.
Sunday, August 24   (Eleventh Sunday after Pentecost)
            8:50 a.m.         — Orthros
            10:00 a.m.       — Divine Liturgy
            5:00 p.m.         — Young Adults
Monday, August 25    (Apostles Bartholomew and Titus)
            Office Closed — Father John’s Day Off
Tuesday, August 26  
            6:00 a.m.         — Daily Orthros
            11:30 a.m.       — Ladies Lunch
Wednesday, August 27   
            6:30 p.m.         — Daily Vespers
            7:30 p.m.         — Choir Practice
            7:30 p.m.         — Parish Council Meeting
Thursday, August 28  
Friday, August 29   (Beheading of the Forerunner)
Saturday, August 30   
            5:45 p.m.         — Ninth Hour followed by Great Vespers
Sunday, August 31   (Twelfth Sunday after Pentecost)
            8:50 a.m.         — Orthros
            10:00 a.m.       — Divine Liturgy
Eucharist Bread …was offered by the Bakers for the Divine Liturgy today. 
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.
Eucharist Bread and Coffee Hour Schedule:
                                             Eucharist Bread                   Coffee Hour
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 24 *                              Tom Skirtech *                  I Cor. 9:2-12                  141
August 31 *                                 Kh. Sharon Meadows *    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 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.
Lower Mississippi Valley Teen Retreat:  The Teen Retreat will be February 13-15, 2015 at Roosevelt State Park.  The speaker for the retreat will be Heiromonk Benedict (Josuah Armitage).  His topic will be “Dealing with Doubts about God.”  We are very excited to have Fr. Benedict come to address this important topic with our teens!  Be sure to mark your calendars now.
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
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).
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.
Quotable:  “But let us remember that this effect is conditional on their use being accompanied by purification of the heart.  St. John Chrysostom enjoins this, guided by the teaching of St. Paul himself, and also says that the songs must primarily be spiritual, and sung not only by the tongue but also by the heart.
                     Therefore, in order that the singing of Church songs may lead us on to be filled by the Spirit, the Apostle is insistent that the songs should be spiritual.  By this it should be understood that they must be not only spiritual in content but moved by the Spirit:  they must themselves be the fruit of the Holy Spirit, and be poured forth by hearts that are filled with Him.  Without this they will not lead to our possession by the Spirit.  This is according to the law whereby the singer is given that which has been put into the song.”
                                                The Art of Prayer, compiled by Igumen Chariton of Valamo
Worship:         Sunday, August 31, 2014 (Twelfth Sunday after Pentecost)
         Scripture:                               Hebrews 9:1-7; Matthew 19:16-26
         Celebrant:                              Father John
         Epistle Reader:                      Kh. Sharon Meadows
         Prosphora:                             Wood
         Coffee Hour:                          Ellis/Zouboukos

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