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August 9, 2015
Tenth Sunday after Pentecost
Sunday after the Transfiguration
 
I Corinthians 4:9-16:  We hear St Paul speak to the Corinthians as their spiritual father and exhort them to imitate him in their actions.
 
Matthew 17:14-23:  The Lord Jesus again shows His abundant mercy when He heals a boy possessed by a demon.  We also hear Him foretell His betrayal, death and resurrection, but the disciples do not understand.
 
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 Transfiguration:  When, O Christ our God, thou wast transfigured on the mountain, thou didst reveal thy glory to thy Disciples in proportion as they could bear it.  Let thine everlasting light also enlighten us sinners, through the intercessions of the Theotokos, O Bestower of light, 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 Transfiguration: Thou wast transfigured on the mount, and thy Disciples, in so far as they were able, beheld thy glory, O Christ our God; so that, when they should see thee crucified, they would remember that thy suffering was voluntary, and could declare to all the world that thou art truly the effulgent Splendor of the Father.
 
CALENDAR
Sunday, August 9   (Tenth Sunday after Pentecost)
            8:50 a.m.         — Orthros
            10:00 a.m.       — Divine Liturgy
            5:30 p.m.         — Youth Group           
 
Monday, August 10   
            6:30 p.m.         — Paraklesis Service
            Office Closed — Father John’s Day Off
                       
Tuesday, August 11  
            6:00 a.m.         — Daily Orthros
 
Wednesday, August 12   
            6:30 p.m.         — Paraklesis Service
           
Thursday, August 13  
            6:00 a.m.         — Daily Orthros
 
Friday, August 14   
            6:30 p.m.         — Great Vespers
 
Saturday, August 15   (Dormition of the Theotokos)
Church Tradition states that the Virgin Mary died in her early fifties.  The icon shows her lying upon her funeral bier.  On either side of the bier stand the Apostles; the group on the left is led by St. Peter who stands at the head of the bier; the group on the right is led by St. Paul who stands at the foot of the bier.  At the time of her death many of the Apostles were scattered throughout the world preaching the Gospel.  However, they all returned to Jerusalem upon learning of her death.  All arrived in time for the burial except St. Thomas.  Standing by the bier is her Son, who had come to receive His Mother’s soul into heaven.  He holds in His arms an infant in white symbolizing the soul of the Theotokos.  The Orthodox Church, although it has never had the need to make it a dogma (as has the Roman Catholic Church), also believes in the Virgin Mary’s “assumption” or bodily resurrection into heaven.  Tradition relates that when the other disciples showed St. Thomas (who arrived in Jerusalem after the burial) the tomb in Gethsemane where the Theotokos had been buried near her parents, they discovered that the tomb was empty.
            9:00 a.m.         — Orthros followed by Divine Liturgy
            5:45 p.m.         — Ninth Hour followed by Great Vespers

Sunday, August 16   (Eleventh Sunday after Pentecost)
            8:50 a.m.         — Orthros
            10:00 a.m.       — Divine Liturgy
            12:00 p.m.       — Pot Luck Meal
            5:00 p.m.         — Young Adults
 
SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENTS
 
Eucharist Bread …was offered by the Katools for the Feast of the Transfiguration this past Wednesday evening and by the Schelvers 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
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                        Meadows                                 Schelver/Lavric/Turner
August 30                       Brock                                       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#
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.

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.
 
August Ladies’ Lunch:  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 be giving a short teaching and we will be discussing plans for the upcoming year.  Please mark your calendar!
 
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 Dormition began 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.
*    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.
*    Our parish Fall Festival will be held at the church on Saturday afternoon, October 31st.
 
 
 
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, 16th and 30th.
 
Fall Festival!  We will hold our parish Fall Festival on Saturday afternoon, October 31st.  Ninth Hour and Vespers will be cancelled that day.  There will be a petting zoo and bouncy house for the children, along with other fun activities.  Be sure to mark your calendars now!
 
Fasting Discipline for August
From August 1st through August 14th (The Dormition Fast), the traditional fasting discipline(no meat, dairy, eggs, fish wine or oil)  is observed on all days, except August 6th (the Feast of the Transfiguration) when fish and wine are permitted.  After the 15th, the traditional fasting discipline is observed on the remaining Wednesdays and Fridays of the month.  August 29th is also a strict fast day in remembrance of the beheading of the Forerunner.
 
Major Commemorations for August  
August 15              Feast of the Dormition of the Theotokos
August 25              Apostles Bartholomew and Titus
August 29              Beheading of the Forerunner
August 31              Depostion of the Belt of the Theotokos
 
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.
 
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.
 
Happy Birthdays in August:
         August 4                —    Simeon Root (#6!)
         August 7                —    Joseph Katool 
         August 18              —    Virginia Stewart (#5!)
         August 20              —    Suzi Fino
         August 24              —    Anastasia Jones
         August 26              —    Bob Buchanan
         August 27              —    Eli Dabit (#5!)
         August 31              —    Elizabeth Root
 
Happy Anniversaries in August:
         August 16              —    Rick and Kay Carlton (#40!)
         August 17              —    Steve and Sheryl Chamblee (#26!)
         August 18              —    Jesse and Sarah Milnor (#13!)
         August 25              —    Nimr and Mona Fahmy (#41!)
         August 27              —    Alfred and Christina Katool (#27!)
 
Quotable:  “Ancient Greek philosophy makes a clear distinction between matter and reality.  It considers reality to be a different thing from matter and the world—all that we see and feel.  ‘A basic assumption of philosophy is that only the unbegotten and unchangeable is immortal and real.  Everything which has a beginning in time also has an end.’  Starting from this finding, ancient philosophy arrived at various conclusions which are diametrically opposed to the teaching of the Church.”
                                                The Person in the Orthodox Tradition
                                                by Metropolitan NAFPAKTOS Hierotheos
 
 
Worship:         Sunday, August 16, 2015 (Eleventh Sunday after Pentecost; Sunday after the
                                                            Dormition of the Theotokos)
 
         Scripture:                               I Corinthians 9:2-12; Matthew 18:23 to end
         Celebrant:                              Father John
         Epistle Reader:                     Sh. Charlotte Algood
         Prosphora:                              Jones
         Coffee Hour:                          POT LUCK MEAL
                                                         (Set-up:  R. Root/Habeeb)

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