8/23 announcements

August 23, 2015
Twelfth Sunday after Pentecost
Leave-taking of the Dormition of the Theotokos
I Corinthians 15:1-11:  Continuing our reading from I Corinthians we hear St Paul present the facts of the resurrection as the basis for our salvation and the cornerstone of our faith.
Matthew 19:16-26:   St Matthew describes Jesus’ encounter with the rich young ruler.  In this
incident we learn that spirituality is not founded only on keeping the law, but on giving mercy to others and denial of oneself.
Troparion of the Resurrection:  Let the heavens rejoice and the earth be glad; for the Lord hath done a mighty act with his own arm.  He hath trampled down death and become the First-born from the dead. He hath delivered us from the depths of hades, granting the world the Great Mercy.
Troparion of the Dormition:  In thy birth-giving, O Theotokos, thou didst keep and preserve virginity; and in thy falling-asleep thou hast not forsaken the world; for living thou wast translated, being the Mother of Life.  Wherefore, by thine intercessions, deliver our souls from death.
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 Dormition:  Verily, the Theotokos, who is ever watchful in intercessions, who is never rejected, neither tomb nor death could control.  But being the Mother of Life, he who dwelt in her ever-virgin womb didst translate her to life.
Sunday, August 23   (Twelfth Sunday after Pentecost)
            8:50 a.m.         — Orthros
            10:00 a.m.       — Divine Liturgy
            5:30 p.m.         — Youth Group           
Monday, August 24   
            Office Closed — Father John’s Day Off
Tuesday, August 25   (Apostles Bartholomew and Titus)
            6:00 a.m.         — Daily Orthros
Wednesday, August 26   
            6:30 p.m.         — Daily Vespers
            7:15 p.m.         — Choir Practice
            7:30 p.m.         — Parish Council Meeting
Thursday, August 27  
            6:00 a.m.         — Daily Orthros
Friday, August 28   
Saturday, August 29   (Beheading of the Forerunner)
            11:30 a.m.       — Ladies Lunch and Meeting at the Meadows’
            5:45 p.m.         — Ninth Hour followed by Great Vespers
Sunday, August 30   (Thirteenth Sunday after Pentecost)
            8:50 a.m.         — Orthros
            10:00 a.m.       — Divine Liturgy
            5:00 p.m.         — Young Adults
Eucharist Bread …was offered by the Meadows 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 23                             Meadows                                 Schelver/Lavric/Turner
August 30                            Brock                                       Henderson/Baker/Lockhart
September 6                         Davis                                       Karam/Stewart/Meadows
September 7 (Mon pm)       Meadows (Artoklasia Bread)   No Meal
                  (Feast of the Nativity of the Theotokos)
September 13                      Karam                                       POT LUCK MEAL
September 14 (Mon am)     Brock                                       Kh. Sharon Meadows
                  (Feast of the Elevation of the Holy Cross)
September 20                       Fahmy                                     Pigott/Strain
September 27                       Baker                                       Skirtech/Skirtech/Parker
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 23                          Warren Strain                        I Cor. 15:1-11                 146
August 30                          Kh. Sharon Meadows          I Cor. 16:13-24               152
September 6                       Mildred Morris                     II Cor. 1:21-2:1-4           158
September 13                     Phillip Lasseter                    Gal. 6:11-18                    198
September 14 (Mon am)  Brenda Baker                        I Cor. 1:18-24                  311-312
                     (Feast of the Elevation of the Holy Cross)
September 20                     Kh. Be’Be’ Schelver           Gal. 2:16-20                     193
September 27                     David Turner                         II Cor. 6:16-7:1               173
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 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.
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.
Our Condolences and prayers go out to Jesse Milnor and his family on the repose of his uncle, Dr. Purvis Milnor, this past Wednesday morning in Memphis, TN.
Jay Davis will be enrolled as a catechumen next Sunday, August 30th.  Please keep him in your prayers.
Sad Farewells!  We say a sad farewell to
            Robert and Deb Abraham who will be moving to Oklahoma in the next few weeks;
and also to
            Rick and Kay Carlton who will be moving to Oxford, MS in September.  They will be greatly missed!
August Ladies’ Lunch:  The Ladies Lunch in August will be held at the Meadows’ home next 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 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, August 30th and September 20th.

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
After the 15th, the traditional fasting discipline (no meat, dairy, eggs, fish wine or oil) 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 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:  “The holy Fathers also teach that the world did not come into existence through its fall from the so-called real world, the world of ideas, but it was created by God in a positive way.  They also teach that the world was created ‘out of naught’ and that it is directed by the uncreated Providence and uncreated governing energy of God.  The holy Fathers also teach that love is not only a motion of man towards God, as Plato said, nor does it express the powerlessness of man who is moved towards the prime unmoving mover in order to feel completeness, but that it is a positive energy.  God is not simply the unmoving mover, but He is at the same time moved towards man.  He moves and is moved.  And love is not a matter of man’s weakness, since God Himself, Who is love and the object of love, Who moves and is moved, is also called love.
                                                The Person in the Orthodox Tradition
                                                by Metropolitan NAFPAKTOS Hierotheos
Worship:         Sunday, August 30, 2015 (Thirteenth Sunday after Pentecost)
         Scripture:                               I Corinthians 16:13-24; Matthew 21:33-42
         Celebrant:                              Father John
         Epistle Reader:                     Kh. Sharon Meadows
         Prosphora:                              Brock
         Coffee Hour:                          Henderson/Baker/Lavric

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