7/5 announcements

July 5, 2015
Fifth Sunday after Pentecost
 
Galatians 5:22-6:2:  St. Paul reminds the Galatians that a walk in the spirit comes from life in the spirit and that those who are Christ’s have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires.
 
Matthew 8:28-34; 9:1:  In the gospel reading we see the authority of Jesus over the demons, who know that they have been defeated even before the appointed time of His resurrection and later His second advent.
 
Troparion of the Resurrection:  Having learned the joyful message of the Resurrection from the angel, the women Disciples cast from them their parental condemnation, and proudly broke the news to the Disciples, saying, Death has been spoiled.  Christ God is risen, granting the world Great Mercy.
 
Troparion of St. Athnasius the Athonite:  The Angels’ ranks were awed by thy life in the flesh, how though corporeal, and clad with earthly clay, thou didst set forth with courage to invisible wars and wrestlings and didst boldly smite the hordes of the demons with mortal wounds.  Wherefore, Christ rewarded thee with abundant gifts in return.  Entreat Him that our souls find salvation, O most renowned Father Athanasius.
 
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, July 5   (Fifth Sunday after Pentecost)
            8:50 a.m.         — Orthros
            10:00 a.m.       — Divine Liturgy
            5:00 p.m.         — Young Adults
 
Monday, July 6   
            Office Closed — Father John’s Day Off
                       
Tuesday, July 7  
            6:00 a.m.         — Daily Orthros
 
Wednesday, July 8   
            6:30 p.m.         — Daily Vespers
            7:15 p.m.         — Choir Practice
           
Thursday, July 9  
            6:00 a.m.         — Daily Orthros
 
Friday, July 10   
 
Saturday, July 11   (Euphemia the all-praised)
            10:00 a.m.       — Ladies meet for Akathist
            5:45 p.m.         — Ninth Hour followed by Great Vespers
 
Sunday, July 12   (Sixth Sunday after Pentecost)
            8:50 a.m.         — Orthros
            10:00 a.m.       — Divine Liturgy
            12:00 p.m.       — Pot Luck Meal
            5:30 p.m.         — Youth Group           
 
SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENTS
 
Eucharist Bread …was offered by the Fahmys for the Feast of Sts. Peter and Paul this past Monday morning and by the Bakers for the Divine Liturgy today. 
 
Eucharist Bread and Coffee Hour Schedule:
                                    Eucharist Bread                     Coffee Hour
July 5                         Baker                                Karam/Stewart/Meadows
July 12                       Wood                                        POT LUCK MEAL
                                                                                       (Set-up:  Ellis/Zouboukos/Fahmy)
July 19                       R. Root                                     Pigott/Strain/Osborne
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#
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 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 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.

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 remember Fr. Joseph and Kh. Joanna Bittle, and their daughter Abigail, in your prayers.
 
At our Monthly Pot Luck Meal on Sunday, July 12th, we will also be collecting donations to aid the family of Fr. Matthew Baker, Ian Jones’ friend who died in an auto accident while returning from a Sunday of Orthodoxy service in March.
 
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 Ladies Lunch in August will be held at the Meadows’ home on Saturday morning, August 29th, beginning at 11:30 a.m.  Fr. John will also be giving a short teaching.
*    Father-son Prayer Breakfast at the church, Saturday morning, September 12th, beginning at 8:30 a.m.
 
Fr. John will be attending the Archdiocese Convention in Boston July 17-25.  If you need a priest during this time, please contact Fr. Leo or Fr. James.
 
Father-son Prayer Breakfast:  The men of the parish will begin meeting at the church once each quarter for a Saturday morning Father-son Prayer Breakfast.  The first prayer breakfast is scheduled for Saturday morning, September 12th, beginning at 8:30 a.m.
 
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, July 5th and 19th.
 
Fasting Discipline for July
In July the traditional fasting discipline (no meat, dairy, eggs, fish wine or oil) is observed on all Wednesdays and Fridays of the month.
 
Major Commemorations for July
July 5                     Athanasios of Athos
July 11                   Euphemia the All-praised
July 17                   Great-martyr Marina
July 20                   Prophert Elias
July 25                   Dormition of Righteous Anna
July 27                   Great-martyr Panteleimon

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 July:
         July 10                   —    Ramzi Kafoury
         July 11                   —    Titus Lasseter (#3!)
         July 14                   —    Emil Ellis (#19!)
         July 15                   —    Emad Fino
         July 22                   —    Amy Oliver
                                       —    Thomas Wood
                                       —    Walt Wood
 
Happy Anniversaries in July:
         July 3                     —    Emad and Suzi Fino (#27!)
         July 25                   —    Reader Basil and Brenda Baker (#34!)
         July 30                   —    Clyde and Mary Ellis (#21!)
 
Quotable:  “How Should We Conduct Ourselves in Relation to the Lord God?
                       To love God with all thy heart means to fulfill the will of God readily and with joy, even when this is sure to demand great self-sacrifice of us.  For it is an attribute of the love of the human heart that we try to fulfill the will of whomever we sincerely love, regardless of any obstacles, difficulties or unpleasantness, to fulfill it regardless even of clear danger to our lives.  Love overcomes all obstacles; for it, everything difficult is easy, everything unpleasant is pleasant, and everything heavy is light. “
                                                How to Live a Holy Life by Metropolitan GREGORY of
                                                            St. Petersburg
 
 
Worship:         Sunday, July 12, 2015 (Sixth Sunday after Pentecost)
 
         Scripture:                              Romans 12:6-14; Matthew 9:1-8
         Celebrant:                             Father John
         Epistle Reader:                    Mildred Morris
         Prosphora:                            Wood
         Coffee Hour:                        POT LUCK MEAL
                                                         (set-up:  Ellis/Zouboukos/Fahmy)

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