8/30 announcements

August 30, 2015
Thirteenth Sunday after Pentecost
Leave-taking of the Commemoration of the Beheading of the Forerunner
I Corinthians 16:13-24:  St Paul concludes his first letter to the church at Corinth with greetings
from the Christians in Asia, and encouragements to be strong in the faith and submit to their spiritual elders.
Matthew 21:33-42:  From St Matthew we hear our Lord use the parable of the landowner to    foretell His’ rejection by the Jews and the consequences to them for that rejection.
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 for the Forerunner: The memory of the righteous is celebrated with songs of praise, but the Lord’s testimony is sufficient for thee, O Forerunner.  Thou wast shown indeed to be the most honorable of the prophets, for in the waters thou didst baptize Him Who had been proclaimed.  After suffering with joy in behalf of the truth, thou didst proclaim even to those in Hades the God Who appeared in the flesh, Who takest away the sin of the world, and granteth us the Great Mercy.
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 Nativity of the Theotokos:  By thy holy birth-giving, O pure one, Joachim and Anne were delivered from the reproach of barrenness; and Adam and Eve were delivered from the corruption of death; thy people do celebrate it, having been saved from the stain of iniquity, crying unto thee, The barren doth give birth to the Theotokos, who nourisheth our life.
Sunday, August 30   (Thirteenth Sunday after Pentecost)
            8:50 a.m.         — Orthros
            10:00 a.m.       — Divine Liturgy
            5:00 p.m.         — Young Adults
Monday, August 31   
            Office Closed — Father John’s Day Off
Tuesday, September 1   (Indiction of the Ecclesiastical Year)
            6:00 a.m.         — Festal Orthros
Wednesday, September 2   
            6:30 p.m.         — Daily Vespers
            7:15 p.m.         — Choir Practice
Thursday, September 3  
            6:00 a.m.         — Daily Orthros
            11:30 a.m.       — Men’s Lunch
Friday, September 4   
Saturday, September 5   
            5:45 p.m.         — Ninth Hour followed by Great Vespers
Sunday, September 6   (Fourteenth Sunday after Pentecost)
            8:50 a.m.         — Orthros
            10:00 a.m.       — Divine Liturgy
Eucharist Bread …was offered by the Brocks 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 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 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.
Please keep Sophia Skirtech and her family in your prayers.  She is home home from the hospital recovering from her bad fall last week.
Our Condolences and prayers go out to Costas Pavlou, whose brother died in Greece last week, and to Saliba Dabit, whose brother-in-law also died last week.  May their memory be eternal.
Jay Davis will be enrolled as a catechumen this morning.  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!
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.
*    We will celebrate the Feast of the Nativity of the Theotokos with Great Vespers with Litia and Artoklasia on Monday evening, September 7th, beginning at 6:30 p.m.
*    Father-Son Prayer Breakfast at the church, Saturday morning, September 12th, beginning at 8:30 a.m.
*    The Feast of the Elevation of the Holy Cross will be celebrated with Divine Liturgy (only) on Monday morning, September 14th, beginning at 6:00 a.m.
*    On October 18th, Niko Petrogeorge will be with us to give a presentation about FOCUS ministries.
*    Our parish Fall Festival will be held at the church on Saturday afternoon, October 31st.
Christian Education Classes for the new school year will begin on Sunday, September 13th, beginning at 9:00 a.m.  Please be sure to have your children to the Church on time.

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 tonight and Sunday, 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/September
The traditional fasting discipline (no meat, dairy, eggs, fish wine or oil) is observed on all Wednesdays and Fridays of the month.  September 14th is also a strict fast day in remembrance of the Elevation of the Holy Cross.
Major Commemorations for August/September   
August 31              Depostion of the Belt of the Theotokos
September 1           Indiction of the Ecclesiastical Year
September 6           Miracle of the Archangel Michael
September 8           Nativity of the Theotokos
September 9           Righteous Joachim and Anna
September 13         Dedication of the Church of the Anastasis
September 14         Elevation of the Holy Cross
September 23         Conception of the Forerunner
September 24         Proto-martyr Thekla
September 26         Apostle John the Theologian (repose)
September 28         Venerable Chariton
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 Anniversaries in September:
         September 4           —    Ben and Jenna Skirtech (#14!)
         September 15         —    Tom and Kathy Willingham (#25!)
         September 26         —    Rod and Emily Parker (#11!)
Happy Birthdays in August/September:
         August 31              —    Elizabeth Root
         September 1           —    Adelina Lavric (#3!)
         September 3           —    Lee Greene
                                       —    Hannah Strange (#9!)
         September 4           —    Fr. John Henderson
         September 8           —    Nikki Lasseter
         September 9           —    Rebecca Dansereau
         September 10         —    Dorin Lavric
         September 12         —    Alvin Buckles
         September 15         —    Lynda Costas
         September 17         —    Jeffrey Schelver
         September 18         —    Carolina Lavric
         September 25         —    Rick Carlton
         September 30         —    Laura Algood
Quotable:  “The philosophers philosphised by conjecture, imagination, and having reason at the centre, while for the holy Fathers the nous was the centre.  They first purified their hearts of passions, and their nous was illuminated.  This illumination of the nous is not just knowledge of the archetypes of beings, but the coming of the grace of God into the heart.  As a result of this, they attained the vision of God, which is seeing God in the uncreated Light.  It is in this way that the holy Prophets, Apostles and saints received the revelation, the manifestation of God in their hearts.”
                                                The Person in the Orthodox Tradition
                                                by Metropolitan NAFPAKTOS Hierotheos
Worship:         Sunday, September 6, 2015 (Fourteenth Sunday after Pentecost)
         Scripture:                               II Corinthians 1:21-2:1-4; Matthew 22:2-14
         Celebrant:                              Father John
         Epistle Reader:                     Mildred Morris
         Prosphora:                             Davis
         Coffee Hour:                         Karam/Stewart/Meadows

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