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June 14, 2015
Second Sunday after Pentecost
The Holy Prophet Elisseus (Elisha)
 
Romans 2:10-16:  In our reading from Romans we hear St Paul tell us that the Gentiles who obey the Law of God and yet are unbelievers do so out of knowledge of the Law written in their hearts and will be judged by the Lord.
 
Matthew 4:18-23:  In the reading from Matthew we see our Lord begin His public ministry by set­tling in the region of Galilee and calling His first four disciples.
 
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 Holy Prophet Elisseus:  The incarnate angel and the Prophets’ summit and boast, the second forerunner of the coming of Christ our God, Elias, the glorious, from above sent down his grace upon Elisseus; he doth cast out sickness and doth cleanse lepers; and unto all that honor him, he poureth forth streams of cures.
  
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.
 
CALENDAR
 
Sunday, June 14   (Second Sunday after Pentecost)
            8:50 a.m.         — Orthros
            10:00 a.m.       — Divine Liturgy
            5:30 p.m.         — Youth Group           
 
Monday, June 15   (Theodore the General)
            Office Closed — Father John’s Day Off
                       
Tuesday, June 16  
            6:00 a.m.         — Daily Orthros
 
Wednesday, June 17   
            6:30 p.m.         — Daily Vespers
            7:15 p.m.         — Choir Practice
           
Thursday, June 18  
            6:00 a.m.         — Daily Orthros
 
Friday, June 19   
 
Saturday, June 20  
            5:45 p.m.         — Ninth Hour followed by Great Vespers
 
Sunday, June 21   (Third Sunday after Pentecost)
            8:50 a.m.         — Orthros
            10:00 a.m.       — Divine Liturgy
            5:00 p.m.         — Young Adults
 
SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENTS
 
Eucharist Bread …was offered by the Abrahams for the Divine Liturgy today. 
 
Eucharist Bread and Coffee Hour Schedule:
                                        Eucharist Bread                     Coffee Hour
June 14                          Abraham                                    R. Root/Abraham/Habeeb
June 21                          Karam                                        Algood/Lavric/Turner
June 28                          Brock                                        Henderson/Baker/Lockhart
June 29 (Mon. a.m.)    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 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. a.m.)          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.
 
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.
 
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 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 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).
 
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 21st and July 5th and 19th.
 
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 24                  Nativity of the Forerunner
June 29                  Chief Apostles Peter and Paul
June 30                  Synaxis of the Twelve Apostles
 
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.
 
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?
                       To love God with all thy heart, and so forth, means to think more often and more readily about God and about what is pleasing to God, because in general it is an attribute of the love of our heart that the one whom we sincerely love is constantly with us in our thoughts.  We are often separated from the one we love, but are always with that one in our thoughts:  looking at, listening to, and speaking with him or her. “
                                                How to Live a Holy Life by Metropolitan GREGORY of
                                                            St. Petersburg
 
 
Worship:         Sunday, June 21, 2015 (Third Sunday after Pentecost)
 
         Scripture:                               Romans 5:1-10; Matthew 6:22-33
         Celebrant:                              Father John
         Epistle Reader:                     Warren Strain
         Prosphora:                              Karam
         Coffee Hour:                          Algood/Lavric/Turner

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