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June 7, 2015
First Sunday after Pentecost
Sunday of All Saints
 
    The Church commemorates and remembers all of its saints at three times during the year; in anticipation of Christmas, at the beginning of Lent, and immediately after Pentecost.  On all three days we are reminded of the unified body of God’s people and of the holiness they have achieved and for which we strive.  These two things are not abnormal and removed from us; they are truth and reality.  On this day we are especially reminded of the strength of the saints and their victories, and we move from the day of Pentecost, the empowering presence of the Holy Spirit, to join God’s people in our victorious procession, through purifying trial and sacrifice, to the Day of the Lord.
 
Hebrews 11:33-12:2: The writer of Hebrews calls us to consider the faith of those saints of the Old Testament who endured hardships and death and yet still did great things because of their faith.  The Apos­tle encourages us to lay aside the encumbrances of sin and run with endurance the race that is set be­fore us.
 
Matthew 10:32- 33, 37-38;19:27-30:  In the gospel reading we hear the Lord Jesus teach the mean­ing of discipleship, and, when asked by Peter, tells him what shall be the reward for those who truly are dis­ci­ples of His.
 
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 All Saints: Thy Church, O Christ God, hast regaled herself in the blood of thy Martyrs throughout all the world, as in porphyry and purple.  Through them she lifts her voice, crying, Turn with thy compassion to thy people, and grant peace to thy city, and to the souls the Great Mercy.
 
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 All Saints:  To thee, O Lord and Author of all creation, the universe offers as first-fruits of nature the divinity-bearing Martyrs.  Wherefore, by their imploring preserve thy Church in perfect safety, for the sake of the Theotokos, O most Merciful.
 
 
CALENDAR
 
Sunday, June 7   (Sunday of the All Saints)
            8:50 a.m.         — Orthros
            10:00 a.m.       — Divine Liturgy
            5:00 p.m.         — Young Adults
 
Monday, June 8   (Theodore the General)
            Office Closed — Father John’s Day Off
                       
Tuesday, June 9  
            6:00 a.m.         — Daily Orthros
 
Wednesday, June 10   [Parish Life Conference begins]
            6:30 p.m.         — Daily Vespers
            7:15 p.m.         — Choir Practice
           
Thursday, June 11  
            NO Daily Orthros
 
Friday, June 12   
 
Saturday, June 13  
            10:00 a.m.       — Ladies Meet for Akathist and Lunch
            5:45 p.m.         — Ninth Hour followed by Great Vespers
 
Sunday, June 14   (Second Sunday after Pentecost)
            8:50 a.m.         — Orthros
            10:00 a.m.       — Divine Liturgy
            5:30 p.m.         — Youth Group           
 
SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENTS
 
Eucharist Bread …was offered by the Daniel Roots for the Divine Liturgy today. 
 
Eucharist Bread and Coffee Hour Schedule:
                                      Eucharist Bread                   Coffee Hour
June 7                          D. Root                                    Algood/Lasseter
June 14                        Abraham                                  R. Root/Abraham/Habeeb
June 21                        Karam                                      Schelver/Lavric/Turner
June 28                        Brock                                       Henderson/Baker/Lockhart
June 29 (Mon. am)    Fahmy                                      Kh. Sharon Meadows
         (Feast of Sts. Peter and Paul)
 
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#
June 7                                Walt Wood                           Heb. 11:33-12:2               84
June 14                              Sh. Charlotte Algood         Rom. 2:10-16                    90
June 21                              Warren Strain                       Rom. 5:1-11                      96
June 28                              Phillip Lasseter                    Rom. 6:18-23                    102
June 29 (Mon. am)          David Turner                        II Cor. 11:21-33, 12:6-9   389
 
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.

As we are approaching the hot days of summer, please remember to dress appropriately for the services of the Church.  Throughout the ages, the Church has called all to show reverence and love for the Christian Faith through modest, but respectable dress.  Please do not wear shorts, tank tops or revealing clothing at our services.
 
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 continue to pray for the health of His Grace, Bishop ANTOUN.
 
Please remember Fr. Joseph and Kh. Joanna Bittle, and their daughter Abigail, 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 the 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 Apostles will then begin on Monday, June 8th and last through June 28th.  We will celebrate the Feast of Sts. Peter and Paul with Divine Liturgy (only) on Monday morning, June 29th, beginning at 6:00 a.m.
*    Vacation Church School will be held Thursday, July 2nd through Saturday, July 4th.
 
Fr. Matthew Baker, the 37-year-old Orthodox priest (and dear friend of Ian Jones) who died in a car accident on March 1st while pursuing a doctorate in Theology at Fordham University, was awarded a degree posthumously on May 16th.  An article about Fr. Matthew may be found in the University Newsletter at the following link:  http://news.fordham.edu/faith-and-service/fordham-awards-posthumous-degree-to-theology-doctoral-student-2/ 
 
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).
 
Parish Life Conference 2015:  This year St. Ignatius Orthodox Church in Franklin, TN will be hosting the Parish Life Conference for our Diocese on June 10-14.  His Grace, Bishop JOHN Abdallah will be the speaker.  Registration forms are available in the office or you can go online at www.saint-ignatius.org to register.  The Conference will take place at the Franklin Marriott Cool Springs.
 
Fr. David Alexander, an Antiochian priest who is also a Marine Corps Chaplain, will be here with his wife on June 7-9 to visit Ian Jones.  Please make them welcome.
 
Fr. John will be attending the Parish Life Conference in Franklin, TN June 10-14 and the Archdiocese Convention in Boston July 17-25.  If you need a priest during these times, please contact Fr. Leo or Fr. James.
 
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 meetings will be Sunday, June 7th and 21st.
 
Fasting Discipline for June
The Fast of the Apostles begins on Monday, June 8th and continues through the 28th.  During this time the traditional fasting discipline (no meat, dairy, eggs, fish wine or oil) is observed on all days of the week.
 
Major Commemorations for June
June 7                    Sunday of All Saints
June 8                    Theodore the General (transfer of relics)
June 24                  Nativity of the Forerunner
June 29                  Chief Apostles Peter and Paul
June 30                  Synaxis of the Twelve Apostles
 
Thermostats in the Fellowship Hall:  There are two thermostats in the Fellowship Hall—one in the main room to control the air in the main room, and a second one in the Nursery room that controls the air in all four of the Sunday School rooms.  Please be sure when you leave the building that both thermostats are set to 80 degrees in warm weather or 60 degrees in cold weather.
 
Happy Birthdays in June:
         June 1                    —    Fr. James Meadows
         June 5                    —    George Wood
         June 6                    —    Michel Root (#3!)
         June 7                    —    Simon Karam
         June 12                  —    Ellie Yeatts (#17!)
         June 13                  —    Lou Turner
         June 17                  —    Sh. Margaret Root
         June 21                  —    Sandra Strain
         June 22                  —    Isabelle Goss (#5!)
         June 29                  —    Jennifer Skirtech
 
Happy Anniversaries in June:
         June 8                    —    Nader and Lily Dabit (#7!)
         June 10                  —    Dorin and Carolina Lavric (#4!)
         June 14                  —    Ken and Anastasia Jones (#45!)
                                       —    Saliba and Lamia Dabit (#51!)
         June 22                  —    Fr. Leo and Kh. Be’Be’ Schelver (#41!)
         June 31                  —    Denis and Tatiana Lavric (#5!)
 
Quotable:  “How Should We Conduct Ourselves in Relation to the Lord God?
                           Our Lord Jesus Christ Himself gave us the answer to that question:  Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy strength, and with all thy mind; and thy neighbor as thyself (Luke 10:27).
                           What does love God mean?  Without any doubt, to love God means to be devoted to God.
                           What does to ‘love God with all our hearts, with all nour souls, with all our mind, and with all our strength’ mean?  This means to be steadgfastly devoted to God with our whole hearts and souls; that is, with all the strength and fullness of love that is possible for the human heart, not sharing our love in the same measure with any other being, however beloved, needed, and dear that being may be to us. “
                                                How to Live a Holy Life by Metropolitan GREGORY of
                                                            St. Petersburg
 
 
Worship:         Sunday, June 14, 2015 (Second Sunday after Pentecost)
 
         Scripture:                               Romans 2:10-16; Matthew 4:18-23
         Celebrant:                              Father John
         Epistle Reader:                     Sh. Charlotte Algood
         Prosphora:                             Abraham
         Coffee Hour:                         R. Root/Abraham/Habeeb

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