July 19, 2015
Seventh Sunday after Pentecost
Sunday of the Holy Fathers of the Fourth Ecumenical Council
Titus 3:8-15: On this Sunday we read from St. Paul’s letter to Titus, whom he warns to avoid delving into unprofitable and foolish questions about doctrine, and to reject heretics after two admonitions.
Matthew 5:14-19: In this portion of the Sermon on the Mount Jesus teaches that we are to be Light in the darkness of this world, not hiding the glory of God from others, but rather, putting it where it can be seen.
Troparion of the Resurrection: When Mary stood at thy grave looking for thy sacred body, angelic powers shone above thy revered tomb, and the soldiers who were to keep guard became as dead men. Thou led hades captive and wast not tempted thereby. Thou didst meet the Virgin and didst give life to the world; O thou who art risen from the dead! O Lord, glory to thee.
Troparion of the Holy Fathers: Thou, O Christ, art our God of exceeding praise who didst establish our holy Fathers as luminous stars upon earth, and through them didst guide us unto the true Faith, O most merciful One, glory to thee.
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, July 19 (Seventh Sunday after Pentecost)
8:50 a.m. — Orthros
10:00 a.m. — Divine Liturgy
5:00 p.m. — Young Adults
Monday, July 20 (Prophet Elias)
Office Closed — Father John’s Day Off
Tuesday, July 21
NO Daily Orthros
Wednesday, July 22
6:30 p.m. — Daily Vespers
7:15 p.m. — Choir Practice
Thursday, July 23
NO Daily Orthros
Friday, July 24
Saturday, July 25 (Dormition of Righteous Anna)
5:45 p.m. — Ninth Hour followed by Great Vespers
Sunday, July 26 (Eighth 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 Dn. Richard Roots 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
July 19 R. Root Pigott/Strain/Osborne
July 26 Algood D. Root/Dansereau
August 2 Henderson Skirtech/Skirtech/Parker
August 5 (Wed. p.m.) Katool Karen Cooper
(Feast of the Transfiguration)
August 9 Schelver Algood/Lasseter
August 15 (Sat. a.m.) Morris Brenda Baker
(Feast of the Dormition of the Theotokos)
August 16 Jones POT LUCK MEAL
(set-up: R. Root/Abraham/Habeeb)
August 23 Davis Schelver/Lavric/Turner
August 30 Brocks Henderson/Baker/Lockhart
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 19 Phillip Lasseter Titus 3:8-15 322
July 26 Kh. Be’Be’ Schelver Gal. 3:23-4:5 160-161
August 2 Brenda Baker I Cor. 3:9-17 130
August 5 (Wed. p.m.) Reader Basil II Peter 1:10-19 401
August 9 David Turner I Cor. 4:9-16 135
August 15 (Sat. a.m.) Walt Wood Phil. 2:5-11 403
August 16 Sh. Charlotte Algood I Cor. 9:2-12 141
August 23 Warren Strain I Cor. 15:1-11 146
August 30 Kh. Sharon Meadows I Cor. 16:13-24 152
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.
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.
Memory Eternal!…our thoughts and prayers go out to
Glen and Mildred Morris and their family on the falling asleep of Mildred’s mother, Nita Myers a week ago on Friday.
Saliba and Lamia Dabit, Ramzi and Jean Kafoury, and Warren and Sandra Strain and their families on the falling asleep of Lamia’s father Youssef Rustom last week-end.
* 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 Dormition begins on August 1st and runs through the 15th. As is our custom, we will celebrate the Paraklesis Service to the Theotokos on all Monday, Wednesday (except the 5th) and Friday evenings, beginning at 6:30 p.m., during the fast.
* The Feast of the Transfiguration will be celebrated with Orthros followed by Divine Liturgy on Wednesday evening, August 5th, beginning at 6:00 p.m.
* We will celebrate the Feast of the Dormition of the Theotokos with Orthros followed by Divine Liturgy on Saturday morning, August 15th, beginning at 9:00 a.m.
* 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 19th and August 2nd, 16th and 30th.
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 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: “Enslavement to expediency, whether political, social or moral, works to violate personal freedom.
The holy Fathers were concerned with the person and freedom. This was not a philosophical quest, but arose from existential personal problems, mainly as part of their effort to safeguard the right way of life which has been revealed and which leads man to salvation “
The Person in the Orthodox Tradition
by Metropolitan NAFPAKTOS Hierotheos
Worship: Sunday, July 26, 2015 (Eighth Sunday after Pentecost; Great-martyr
Scripture: Galatians 3:23-4:5; Matthew 14:14-22
Celebrant: Father James
Epistle Reader: Kh. Be’Be’ Schelver
Coffee Hour: D. Root/Dansereau