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July 10, 2016

Third Sunday after Pentecost

Hieromartyr Joseph of Damascus

II Timothy 2:1-10: Through the example of the soldier, athlete and farmer, St. Paul reminds us that faithful ministry requires discipline, obedience, self-denial and struggle.

Matthew 6:22-33: Our Lord teaches us that striving for the things of God rather than the things of the world will enable us to be at peace about what we need to live in this world.

Troparion of the Resurrection: When thou, O immortal Life, didst humble thyself unto death, then didst thou destroy death by the brightness of thy Godhead; and when thou didst raise the bowels of the earth, then all the heavenly powers exclaimed, O Christ, thou art the Giver of life! Glory to thee, O our God!

Troparion of the Hieromartyr Joseph of Damascus: Come, ye faithful, let us honor the martyr of Christ, a priest of the Church of Antioch who by the word of the Word and by his blood and the blood of his companions baptized the land of Syria, its Church and its people. Being immersed in the light of the Gospel from his youth, he worked and taught and defended the Church of Christ and her flock. O Father Joseph of Damascus, be for us an example, defending us and interceding for us fervently before the Savior.

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 10 (Third Sunday after Pentecost)

8:50 a.m. — Orthros

10:00 a.m. — Divine Liturgy

12:00 p.m. — Pot Luck Meal

Monday, July 11 (Euphemia the All-praised)

Office Closed — Father John’s Day Off

Tuesday, July 12

6:00 a.m. — Daily Orthros

Wednesday, July 13

6:30 p.m. — Daily Vespers

7:15 p.m. — Choir Practice

Thursday, July 14

6:00 a.m. — Daily Orthros

8:15 a.m. — Vacation Church School

Friday, July 15

8:15 a.m. — Vacation Church School

Saturday, July 16

8:15 a.m. — Vacation Church School

5:45 p.m. — Ninth Hour followed by Great Vespers

Sunday, July 17 (Fourth Sunday after Pentecost)

8:50 a.m. — Orthros

10:00 a.m. — Divine Liturgy


Eucharist Bread …was offered by the Karams for the Divine Liturgy this morning.

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 10 Karam POT LUCK MEAL

set-up: Ellis/Zouboukos/Fahmy

July 17 Brock Pigott/Strain/Osborne

July 24 Fahmy Skirtech/Skirtech/Parker

July 31 Baker Algood/Lasseter

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 10 Kh. Be’Be’ Schelver II Tim. 2:1-10 328

July 17 Brenda Baker Titus 3:8-15 322

July 24 David Turner Rom. 10:1-10 108

July 31 Phillip Lasseter Rom. 12:6-14 113

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 continue to pray for the health of His Grace, Bishop ANTOUN.

Please remember the following in your prayers: Steve, Sheryl and Stephen Chamblee; 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; Walt and Charlotte Wood and their family; Lynda Costas; Kevin and Angelina Speier; Tom and Kathy Willingham; Demitrius Zouboukos; Fr. James and Kh. Sharon and their family.

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.

Please keep Phillip, Nikki and Titus Lasseter in your prayers as Phillip is seeking the Metropolitan’s blessing to attend seminary in the fall.

Congratulations to Daniel and Elizabeth Root on the birth of Evan Joshua (8lb 12oz) last Sunday morning! Mother and child are home and doing well!

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.

* The men of the parish will meet at the church once each quarter for a Saturday morning Father-Son Prayer Breakfast.

* Mother Christophora of Holy Transfiguration Monastery will be speaking at Holy Resurrection Orthodox Church in Clinton Tuesday through Thursday, July 12-14, beginning at 7:00 p.m. Her topic will be “Spiritual Healing: Working through the Bumps and Bruises of Human Failings and Hurts”.

* Vacation Church School will be held July 14th – 16th.

* The remaining dates for serving at the Stewpot Ministries this year are September 17th and November 26th.

* His Grace, Bishop THOMAS will be with us August 12-15th. Be sure to mark your calendars now.

* The MS Valley Deanery Clergy Retreat will be held at St. Peter October 24-26th.

Burial Plots at Natchez Trace Cemetery: Mr. Michael Hudgins, the Director of the Natchez Trace Funeral Home has made a very generous offer to the members of St. Peter who wish to purchase a burial plot and pre-arrange their funeral needs. The offer will expire at the end of 2016. Copies of Mr. Hudgins letter may be found on the information table in the Fellowship Hall. If you are interested in this offer, please contact Mr. Hudgins for an appointment. (We will not have another meeting of the parish as previously announced.)

Supper Club!! Supper Club is not dead—merely delayed. If you wish to participate, please sign the list located on the information table in the hallway.

Father John will be out July 15-22nd for the Clergy Symposium at the Antiochian Village. If you need a priest during this time, please contact Fr. Leo or Fr. James.

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 11 Euphemia the all-praised

July 17 Great-martyr Marina

July 20 Prophet Elias

July 25 Dormition of Righteous Anna

July 27 Great-martyr Panteleimon

Quotable: “Man and his destiny were in the Mind of the Triune God ‘before the world began’

(2 Tim. 1:9; Tit. 1:2; cf. Rom. 8:29). At a particular moment which man’s limited powers cannot discern, the pre-eternal God decided to create man according to His image and likeness. He made him in a personal and direct way, and endowed him with an incredible mind and a wondrous heart that is capable of embracing not only the whole of creation, both ‘seen and unseen’, ‘visible and invisible’, as the Divine Liturgy of St. Basil says, but even the very eternity of God. Man is the true lord of the kingdom of the world, the crown of the whole creation.”

The Hidden Man of the Heart by Archimandrite Zacharias

Worship: Sunday, July 17, 2016 (Fourth Sunday after Pentecost; Holy Fathers of the

Fourth Ecumenical Council)

Scripture: Titus 3:8-15; Matthew 5:14-19

Celebrant: Father John

Epistle Reader: Brenda Baker

Prosphora: Brock

Coffee Hour: Pigott/Strain/Osborne