6/21 announcements

June 21, 2015
Third Sunday after Pentecost
Romans 5:1-10:  In his letter to the Romans, St Paul establishes that our standing before God is the result of faith whereby we are justified and thus receive the benefits of His salvation.
Matthew 6:22-33:  Our Lord teaches us that striving for the things of God rather than the things of the world will enable us to be at peace about what we need to live in this world.
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 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.
Sunday, June 21   (Third Sunday after Pentecost)
            8:50 a.m.         — Orthros
            10:00 a.m.       — Divine Liturgy
            5:00 p.m.         — Young Adults
Monday, June 22   
            Office Closed — Father John’s Day Off
Tuesday, June 23  
            6:00 a.m.         — Daily Orthros
Wednesday, June 24   (Nativity of the Forerunner)
            6:30 p.m.         — Daily Vespers
            7:15 p.m.         — Choir Practice
            7:30 p.m.         — Parish Council Meeting
Thursday, June 25  
            6:00 a.m.         — Daily Orthros
Friday, June 26   
Saturday, June 27  
            5:45 p.m.         — Ninth Hour followed by Great Vespers
Sunday, June 28   (Fourth Sunday after Pentecost)
            8:50 a.m.         — Orthros
            10:00 a.m.       — Divine Liturgy
            5:30 p.m.         — Youth Group    
Eucharist Bread …was offered by the Karams for the Divine Liturgy today. 
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.
Eucharist Bread and Coffee Hour Schedule:
                                       Eucharist Bread                     Coffee Hour
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)
July 5                             Baker                               Karam/Stewart/Meadows
July 12                          Wood                                         POT LUCK MEAL
                                                                                          (Set-up:  Ellis/Zouboukos/Fahmy)
July 19                          R. Root                                      Pigott/Strain
July 26                          Algood                                      D. Root/Dansereau
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 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
July 5                                  Kh. Sharon Meadows          Gal. 5:22-6:2                     222
July 12                                Mildred Morris                      Rom. 12:6-14                   113
July 19                                Phillip Lasseter                     Titus 3:8-15                      322
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.
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 Archdiocese Convention in Boston July 17-25.  If you need a priest during this 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.
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 Birthdays in June:
         June 1                    —    Fr. James Meadows
                                       —    Irina Osborne
         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 means to speak about the Lord God as often, as long, and as readily as we can.  Because it is an attribute of the love of our heart that we speak as often, as long, and as willingly as possible about whomever we sincerely love, for you speak of whatever lies deepest in your heart:  for out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaketh (Matt. 12:34). “
                                                How to Live a Holy Life by Metropolitan GREGORY of
                                                            St. Petersburg
Worship:         Sunday, June 28, 2015 (Fourth Sunday after Pentecost)
         Scripture:                                Romans 6:18-23; Matthew 8:5-13
         Celebrant:                               Father John
         Epistle Reader:                      Phillip Lasseter
         Prosphora:                               Brock
         Coffee Hour:                          Henderson/Baker/Lockhart

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