Monthly Archives: April 2017

4/30 announcements

April 30, 2017

Sunday of the Holy Myrrh-bearers

About the beginning of His thirty-second year, when our Lord was going throughout Galilee, preaching and working miracles, many women who had received of His beneficence left their homeland and from then on followed after Him. They ministered unto Him out of their own possessions, even until His crucifixion and entombment; and afterwards, neither losing faith in Him after His death, nor fearing the wrath of the Jewish rulers, they came to His sepulcher, bearing the myrrh-oils they had prepared to anoint His body. It is because of the myrrh-oils that these God-loving women brought to the tomb that they are called the Myrrh-bearers. Of those whose names are known are the following: first of all the most holy Virgin Mary, who in Matthew 27:56 and Mark 15:40 is called Athe mother of James and Joses@ (these are the sons of Joseph by a previous marriage, and she was therefore their step-mother); Mary Magdalene; Mary, the wife of Cleopas; Joanna, wife of Chouza, a steward of Herod Antipas; Salome, the mother of the sons of Zebedee; Mary and Martha, the sisters of Lazarus; and Susanna. As for the names of the rest of them, the evangelists have kept silence.

On this day we also make commemoration of Joseph of Arimathea, who was a secret disciple, and also of Nicodemus, who was a disciple by night. Joseph went boldly to Pilate and asked for the body of Jesus, and together with Nicodemus, he gave Him burial out of reverence and love.

Acts 6:1-7: In the reading from Acts we see the establishment of the office of diaconate as an order of Church government with a purpose of serving the people and caring for their needs.

Mark 15:43-16:8: St Mark describes how Joseph of Arimathea claims the body of our Lord from Pi­late to place it in his own tomb. On the third day, the three women learn from an angel that the Lord has risen from the dead.

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!

Troparia of the Holy Myrrh-Bearers: The pious Joseph, having brought down thy pure body from the Tree, wrapped it in fine linen, embalmed it with ointment, provided for it, and laid it in a new tomb. But thou didst truly rise, after three days, O Lord, granting the world the Great Mercy.

Verily, the angel came to the tomb and said to the ointment-bearing women, The ointment is meet for the dead, but Christ is shown to be remote from corruption. But cry ye, The Lord is risen, granting the world 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 Pascha: When Thou didst descend into the grave, O Immortal, Thou didst destroy the power of Hades. In victory didst Thou arise, O Christ God, proclaiming ARejoice@ to the myrrh-bearing women, granting peace to Thine apostles and bestowing resurrection on the fallen.

CALENDAR

Sunday, April 30 (Sunday of the Holy Myrrh-bearers)

8:50 a.m. — Orthros

9:00 a.m. — Christian Education

10:00 a.m. — Divine Liturgy

12:00 p.m. — Pot Luck Meal honoring the Fahmys

Monday, May 1

Office Closed — Father John’s Day Off

Tuesday, May 2 (Athanasios the Great)

6:00 a.m. — Daily Orthros

Wednesday, May 3

6:30 p.m. — Daily Vespers

7:15 p.m. — Choir Practice

Thursday, May 4

6:00 a.m. — Daily Orthros

11:30 a.m. — Men’s Lunch

Friday, May 5

Saturday, May 6

11:30 a.m. — Serving at Stewpot

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

Sunday, May 7 (Sunday of the Paralytic)

8:50 a.m. — Orthros

9:00 a.m. — Christian Education

10:00 a.m. — Divine Liturgy

12:00 p.m. — Special Coffee Hour honoring Oliver Strange, our high school graduate

SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENTS

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

Eucharist Bread and Coffee Hour Schedule:

Eucharist Bread Coffee Hour

April 30 Karam POT LUCK MEAL (honoring Fahmys)

set-up: Algood/Strain/Dabit

May 7 Brock Schelver/Lavric/Karam (No Pot Luck)

May 14 Baker Henderson/Baker/Lockhart

May 21 R. Root Stewart/Turner/Waites

May 24 (Wed. p.m.) Henderson Mary Guy Lockhart

(Feast of the Ascension)

May 28 Algood Ellis/Zouboukos

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#

April 30 Kh. Be’Be’ Schelver Acts 6:1-7 38

May 7 Brenda Baker Acts 9:32-42 45

May 14 David Turner Acts 11:19-30 52

May 21 Walt Wood Acts 26:1, 12-20 384

May 24 (Wed. p.m.) Sh. Charlotte Algood Acts 1:1-12 63

May 28 Warren Strain Acts 20:16-18, 28-36 66

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 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.

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.

Please remember the following in your prayers: Steve, Sheryl Chamblee; Aidan Milnor, the Milnor family; Sam and Lamia Dabit and Sammie; Georgia Buchanan, George and Michael Johns (Georgia’s grandsons) and their family; Mary Greene (Lee and Kh. Sharon’s sister); Fr. Stephen Tewfik; Sue Thayer (Charlotte Wood’s mother), Walt and Charlotte and their family; Lynda Costas; Fr. Nicholas, Kh. Jan and Angelina Speier; Tom and Kathy Willingham and Tom’s stepdaughter, Marica, who has been diagnosed with MS; Peggy (David Turner’s paternal aunt) who is suffering from cancer and related complications; Alexa (Lou Turner’s very close friend) who sustained multiple injuries in a serious car wreck; and George (Dorothea and Daniel Staursky’s uncle) who sustained injuries in a bad fall.

Chanters’ Stand: We are looking into the purchase of a Chanters’ Stand for the church. The ones that are currently under consideration are carved and are similar to the beautiful tables in the nave and narthex. The cost would be somewhere between $2000 and $4000. We are soliciting donations to cover the cost. If you would like to participate, please let Fr. John know.

Sad Farewell! Nimr and Mona Fahmy will be moving to Franklin, TN in May and will be leaving St. Peter to be closer to their children and grandchildren. They will be greatly missed! In their honor we will be having a Pot Luck Meal this morning. (There will not be a Pot Luck Meal in May as listed on the Quarterly Schedule.)

On Sunday, May 7th we will have a Special Coffee Hour in honor of Oliver Strange who will be graduating from high school this year. He plans to attend the University of Southern Mississippi in the fall.

Our special collection to benefit FOCUS (Fellowship of Orthodox Christians United to Serve) last month netted $600, which was forwarded to them. Thank you for your generosity.

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 Ladies of the parish meet for lunch and fellowship on the fourth Tuesday of the month.

* Pot Luck honoring the Fahmys TODAY.

* The next time for serving meals at the Stewpot will be Saturday, May 6th.

* Special Coffee Hour honoring Oliver Strange, our graduating high school senior, on Sunday, May 7th.

Parents of Young Children: Please make sure that your children are supervised if they are in the Nursery during Coffee Hour, just as they are supervised if out on the Playground. The Nursery is being left in a mess on Sunday mornings following Coffee Hour and the clean-up is falling on the same people (i.e. those who teach Sunday School classes in that room). If you leave and there are still children using the room, please make sure that your children pick up the things with which they have been playing.

Fasting Discipline for May

Following Bright Week, the traditional fasting discipline (no meat, dairy, eggs, fish, wine or oil) is observed on the remaining Wednesdays and Fridays of the month. In May the traditional fasting discipline is observed on all Wednesdays and Fridays of the month.

Major Commemorations for May

May 2 Athanasios the Great

May 7 Sunday of the Paralytic

May 8 Apostle Johnthe Theologian

May 10 Apostle Simon the Zealot

May 14 Sunday of the Samaritan Woman

May 21 Sunday of the Blindman

Sts. Constantine and Helen

May 24 Leave-taking of Pascha

May 25 Feast of the Ascension

The Forerunner (3rd Discovery)

May 28 Sunday of the Holy Fathers of Nicea

If you are the last to leave, please make sure that the doors in the Fellowship Hall, the kitchen and the hallway are all locked.

Burial and Funeral Care Instructions forms: These forms are located on the bureau in the hallway outside the nave. There are two forms: one for the church and one for the family (with a copy given to the church). Please fill out your forms and return to the office as soon as possible.

Please be sure to have your forms notarized. The forms will be kept in a file in the office so that we have your instructions should the need arise.

Quotable: “The general significance of the sacrifice

The essential act in the celebration of the holy mysteries is the transformation of the elements into the Divine Body and Blood; its aim is the sanctification of the faithful, who through these mysteries receive the remission of their sins and the inheritance of the kingdom of heaven. As a preparation for, and contribution to, this act and this purpose we have prayers, psalms, and readings from the Holy Scripture; in short, all sacred acts and forms which are said and done before and after the consecration of the elements. While it is true that God freely gives us all holy things and that we bring him nothing, but that they are absolute graces, he does nevertheless necessarily require that we should be fit to receive and preserve them; and he would not permit those who were not so disposed to be thus sanctified. It is in this way that he admits us to Baptism and Confirmation; in this way that he receives us at the divine banquet and allows us to participate at the solemn table. Christ, in his parable of the sower has illustrated this way that God has of dealing with us.”

Nicholas Cabasilas, A Commentary on the Divine Liturgy

Worship: Sunday, May 7, 2017 (Sunday of the Paralytic)

Scripture: Acts 9:32-42; John 5:1-15

Celebrant: Father John

Epistle Reader: Brenda Baker

Prosphora: Brock

Coffee Hour: SPECIAL COFFEE HOUR honoring Oliver Strange

(set-up: Schelver/Lavric/Karam)

4/23 announcements

April 23, 2017

Thomas Sunday

On the Sunday following Easter, we hear the story of Thomas and are reminded of the all-permeating presence of Christ and the faith of those who followed the disciples. Even as walls and doors proved no obstacle to His coming to His followers, so nothing can prevent His presence with us. Even as He commissioned them to be peaceful of themselves and to bear His peace and life to those about them, so He grants us peace for ourselves and those we touch. Even as Thomas turned from his doubt to faith, so let us bow before our Lord and God in acknowledgment and praise. With Thomas and all the faithful who sing in heavenly worship, let us raise our hymn of adoration and life to our risen Saviour.

Acts 5:12-20: Through healing of the sick and the addition of new believers to the Church in Jerusa­lem we see the power of the Holy Spirit at work with the Apostles.

John 20:19-31: In our gospel reading we hear of the Apostle Thomas’ doubt regarding Jesus’ resurrec­tion. When our Lord appears to Him he immediately believes; yet, the Lord pronounces a blessing upon those who believe without having seen Him.

Troparion of Thomas Sunday: While the tomb was sealed, thou didst shine forth from it, O Light. While the doors were closed, thou didst come in to thy Disciples, O Christ God, Resurrection of all, renewing in us through them an upright spirit, according to the greatness of thy mercy.

Troparion of St. George: Liberator of captives, defender of the poor, physician of the sick, and champion of kings, O trophy-bearer, Great Martyr George, intercede with Christ God that our souls be saved.

Kontakion of Pascha: When Thou didst descend into the grave, O Immortal, Thou didst destroy the power of Hades. In victory didst Thou arise, O Christ God, proclaiming ARejoice@ to the myrrh-bearing women, granting peace to Thine apostles and bestowing resurrection on the fallen.

CALENDAR

Sunday, April 23 (Thomas Sunday)

8:50 a.m. — Orthros

9:00 a.m. — Christian Education

10:00 a.m. — Divine Liturgy

Monday, April 24

Office Closed — Father John’s Day Off

Tuesday, April 25 (Apostle Mark)

6:00 a.m. — Daily Orthros

11:15 a.m. — Ladies’Lunch

Wednesday, April 26

6:30 p.m. — Daily Vespers

7:15 p.m. — Choir Practice

7:30 p.m. — Parish Council Meeeting

Thursday, April 27

6:00 a.m. — Daily Orthros

Friday, April 28

Saturday, April 29

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

Sunday, April 30 (Sunday of the Holy Myrrh-bearers)

8:50 a.m. — Orthros

9:00 a.m. — Christian Education

10:00 a.m. — Divine Liturgy

12:00 p.m. — Pot Luck Meal honoring the Fahmys

SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENTS

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

Eucharist Bread and Coffee Hour Schedule:

Eucharist Bread Coffee Hour

April 23 D. Root R. Root/Habeeb/Pacurari

April 30 Karam POT LUCK MEAL (honoring Fahmys)

set-up: Algood/Strain/Dabit

May 7 Brock Schelver/Lavric/Karam (No Pot Luck)

May 14 Baker Henderson/Baker/Lockhart

May 21 R. Root Stewart/Turner/Waites

May 24 (Wed. p.m.) Henderson Mary Guy Lockhart

(Feast of the Ascension)

May 28 Algood Ellis/Zouboukos

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#

April 23 Mildred Morris Acts 5:12-20 32

April 30 Kh. Be’Be’ Schelver Acts 6:1-7 38

May 7 Brenda Baker Acts 9:32-42 45

May 14 David Turner Acts 11:19-30 52

May 21 Walt Wood Acts 26:1, 12-20 384

May 24 (Wed. p.m.) Sh. Charlotte Algood Acts 1:1-12 63

May 28 Warren Strain Acts 20:16-18, 28-36 66

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 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.

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.

Please remember the following in your prayers: Steve, Sheryl Chamblee; Aidan Milnor, the Milnor family; Sam and Lamia Dabit and Sammie; Georgia Buchanan, George and Michael Johns (Georgia’s grandsons) and their family; Mary Greene (Lee and Kh. Sharon’s sister); Fr. Stephen Tewfik; Sue Thayer (Charlotte Wood’s mother), Walt and Charlotte and their family; Lynda Costas; Fr. Nicholas, Kh. Jan and Angelina Speier; Tom and Kathy Willingham and Tom’s stepdaughter, Marica, who has been diagnosed with MS; Peggy (David Turner’s paternal aunt) who is suffering from cancer and related complications; Alexa (Lou Turner’s very close friend) who sustained multiple injuries in a serious car wreck; and George (Dorothea and Daniel Staursky’s uncle) who sustained injuries in a bad fall.

Chanters’ Stand: We are looking into the purchase of a Chanters’ Stand for the church. The ones that are currently under consideration are carved and are similar to the beautiful tables in the nave and narthex. The cost would be somewhere between $2000 and $4000. We are soliciting donations to cover the cost. If you would like to participate, please let Fr. John know.

Sad Farewell! Nimr and Mona Fahmy will be moving to Franklin, TN in May and will be leaving St. Peter to be closer to their children and grandchildren. They will be greatly missed! In their honor we will be having a Pot Luck Meal on Sunday, April 30th. (There will not be a Pot Luck Meal in May as listed on the Quarterly Schedule.)

On Sunday, May 7th we will have a Special Coffee Hour in honor of Oliver Stone who will be graduating from high school this year. He plans to attend the University of Southern Mississippi in the fall.

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 Ladies of the parish meet for lunch and fellowship on the fourth Tuesday of the month.

* Pot Luck honoring the Fahmys on Sunday, April 30th.

* The next time for serving meals at the Stewpot will be Saturday, May 6th.

* Special Coffee Hour honoring Oliver Stone, our graduating high school senior, on Sunday, May 7th.

If you are the last to leave, please make sure that the doors in the Fellowship Hall, the kitchen and the hallway are all locked.

Burial and Funeral Care Instructions forms: These forms are located on the bureau in the hallway outside the nave. There are two forms: one for the church and one for the family (with a copy given to the church). Please fill out your forms and return to the office as soon as possible.

Please be sure to have your forms notarized. The forms will be kept in a file in the office so that we have your instructions should the need arise.

Parents of Young Children: Please make sure that your children are supervised if they are in the Nursery during Coffee Hour, just as they are supervised if out on the Playground. The Nursery is being left in a mess on Sunday mornings following Coffee Hour and the clean-up is falling on the same people (i.e. those who teach Sunday School classes in that room). If you leave and there are still children using the room, please make sure that your children pick up the things with which they have been playing.

Fasting Discipline for April

Following Bright Week, the traditional fasting discipline (no meat, dairy, eggs, fish, wine or oil) is observed on the remaining Wednesdays and Fridays of the month.

Major Commemorations for April

April 23 Thomas Sunday

Great-martyr George

April 25 Apostle Mark

April 29 Apostle James of Zebedee

April 30 Sunday of the Myrrh-bearers

Quotable: “Everyone who has truly been clothed in humility becomes like Him who came down from His exalted place and hid the splendor of His majesty, concealing His glory in lowliness, so that the created world should not be utterly consumed at the sight of Him. Creation could not behold Him unless He took part of it to Himself and thus conversed with it: only thus was creation able to hear the words of His mouth face to face.”

St. Isaac the Syrian

Worship: Sunday, April 30, 2017 (Sunday of the Holy Myrrh-bearers)

Scripture: Acts 6:1-7; Mark 15:43-16:8

Celebrant: Father John

Epistle Reader: Kh. Be’Be’ Schelver

Prosphora: Karam

Coffee Hour: POT LUCK MEAL honoring the Fahmys

(set-up: Algood/Strain/Dabit)

4/16 announcements

April 16, 2017

Great and All Holy PASCHA

“Unique and holy day, King and lord of days, feast of feasts, solemnity of solemnities. . . ” Thus we celebrate the Great Feast because of the resurrection of our Lord and begin the season of celebration which lasts through Pentecost. The paschal solemnities (of Maundy Thursday and Good Friday) are joined to the feast of the resurrection to endow the mystery of Christmas and the Incarnation with the fulness of its meaning and are the prerequisite condition for Pentecost. Easter, therefore, is the center, the heart of the Christian Year.

“Come, take light from the Light that has no evening, and glorify Christ, risen from the dead.” The Church again represents the Christian mystery in terms of light; this Light, whose birth was marked by the star of Bethlehem, is shining among us with growing intensity; the darkness of Golgotha could not extinguish it. The physical Resurrection of Jesus would be without value to us if the divine light did not shine at the same time among us, within us. But the good news of the Resurrection is that the light brought by the Saviour now completely overcomes the darkness of our sins!

“Christ is risen from the dead, trampling down Death by death, and to those in the tomb He has given life!”

Acts 1:1-8: From our reading in Acts we are reminded that following the Resurrection and Ascen­sion of our Lord, the Church would receive the Holy Spirit to empower Her in spreading the eternal gos­pel to all parts of the Earth.

John 1:1-17: Reading in the Gospel of John we see Jesus Christ as the eternally Begotten Son of The Father with Whom He has always existed. We also see John the Baptist coming to prepare the way for our Lord’s ministry.

Paschal Troparion: Christ is risen from the dead; by Death has he trodden death, and upon those in the tombs, hath he bestowed life.

Hypakoe of Easter: They who were with Mary came before the dawn, found the stone rolled away from the sepulchre, and heard the angels say unto them, Why seek ye him as man with the dead, who dwelleth in light eternal? Behold the grave wrappings; make haste and declare to the world that the Lord is risen, and hath caused death to die; for he is the Son of God, the Saviour of mankind.

Kontakion of Pascha: When Thou didst descend into the grave, O Immortal, Thou didst destroy the power of Hades. In victory didst Thou arise, O Christ God, proclaiming ARejoice@ to the myrrh-bearing women, granting peace to Thine apostles and bestowing resurrection on the fallen.

CALENDAR

Sunday, April 16 (Great and All Holy PASCHA)

4:00 p.m. — Agape Vespers at Holy Trinity/St. John the

Theologian Greek Orthodox Church

[We are asked to bring desserts]

Monday, April 17 (Bright Monday)

Office Closed — Father John’s Day Off

Tuesday, April 18 (Bright Tuesday)

6:00 a.m. — Bright Week Orthros

Wednesday, April 19 (Bright Wednesday)

6:30 p.m. — Vespers of Bright Week

Thursday, April 20 (Bright Thursday)

6:00 a.m. — Bright Week Ortheos

Friday, April 21 (Bright Friday)

Saturday, April 22 (Bright Saturday)

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

Sunday, April 23 (Thomas Sunday)

8:50 a.m. — Orthros

9:00 a.m. — Christian Education

10:00 a.m. — Divine Liturgy

SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENTS

Eucharist Bread …was offered by Jones for the Vesperal Liturgy on Great and Holy Thursday; by the Meadows for the Vesperal Liturgy of Great and Holy Saturday this morning and by the Davises for the Paschal Liturgy tonight.

Eucharist Bread and Coffee Hour Schedule:

Eucharist Bread Coffee Hour

April 15 (Sat. p.m.) Davis Lamia/Carolina/Brenda

April 23 D. Root R. Root/Habeeb/Pacurari

April 30 Karam POT LUCK MEAL (honoring Fahmys)

set-up: Algood/Strain/Dabit

May 7 Brock Schelver/Lavric/Karam (No Pot Luck)

May 14 Baker Henderson/Baker/Lockhart

May 21 R. Root Stewart/Turner/Waites

May 24 (Wed. p.m.) Henderson Mary Guy Lockhart

(Feast of the Ascension)

May 28 Algood Ellis/Zouboukos

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#

April 15 (Sat. p.m.) Warren Strain Acts 1:1-8 25

April 23 Mildred Morris Acts 5:12-20 32

April 30 Kh. Be’Be’ Schelver Acts 6:1-7 38

May 7 Brenda Baker Acts 9:32-42 45

May 14 David Turner Acts 11:19-30 52

May 21 Walt Wood Acts 26:1, 12-20 384

May 24 (Wed. p.m.) Sh. Charlotte Algood Acts 1:1-12 63

May 28 Warren Strain Acts 20:16-18, 28-36 66

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 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 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.

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 the following in your prayers: Steve, Sheryl Chamblee; Aidan Milnor, the Milnor family; Sam and Lamia Dabit and Sammie; Georgia Buchanan, George and Michael Johns (Georgia’s grandsons) and their family; Mary Greene (Lee and Kh. Sharon’s sister); Fr. Stephen Tewfik; Sue Thayer (Charlotte Wood’s mother), Walt and Charlotte and their family; Lynda Costas; Fr. Nicholas, Kh. Jan and Angelina Speier; Tom and Kathy Willingham and Tom’s stepdaughter, Marica, who has been diagnosed with MS; Peggy (David Turner’s paternal aunt) who is suffering from cancer and related complications; Alexa (Lou Turner’s very close friend) who sustained multiple injuries in a serious car wreck; and George (Dorothea and Daniel Staursky’s uncle) who sustained injuries in a bad fall.

Chanters’ Stand: We are looking into the purchase of a Chanters’ Stand for the church. The ones that are currently under consideration are carved and are similar to the beautiful tables in the nave and narthex. The cost would be somewhere between $2000 and $4000. We are soliciting donations to cover the cost. If you would like to participate, please let Fr. John know.

Congratulations and Many Years! to Phillip and Nikki Lassseter on the birth of their son, Thatcher Jude (8lbs. 4oz.) this past Monday! Mother and son are doing well.

Sad Farewell! Nimr and Mona Fahmy will be moving to Franklin, TN in May and will be leaving St. Peter to be closer to their children and grandchildren. They will be greatly missed! In their honor we will be having a Pot Luck Meal on Sunday, April 30th. (There will not be a Pot Luck Meal in May as listed on the Quarterly Schedule.)

If you are the last to leave, please make sure that the doors in the Fellowship Hall, the kitchen and the hallway are all locked.

Burial and Funeral Care Instructions forms: These forms are located on the bureau in the hallway outside the nave. There are two forms: one for the church and one for the family (with a copy given to the church). Please fill out your forms and return to the office as soon as possible.

Please be sure to have your forms notarized. The forms will be kept in a file in the office so that we have your instructions should the need arise.

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 Ladies of the parish meet for lunch and fellowship on the fourth Tuesday of the month.

* The next time for serving meals at the Stewpot will be Saturday, May 6th.

Parents of Young Children: Please make sure that your children are supervised if they are in the Nursery during Coffee Hour, just as they are supervised if out on the Playground. The Nursery is being left in a mess on Sunday mornings following Coffee Hour and the clean-up is falling on the same people (i.e. those who teach Sunday School classes in that room). If you leave and there are still children using the room, please make sure that your children pick up the things with which they have been playing.

Fasting Discipline for April

During Bright Week (the week following Pascha) there is no fasting of any kind. Following Bright Week, the traditional fasting discipline (no meat, dairy, eggs, fish, wine or oil) is observed on the remaining Wednesdays and Fridays of the month.

Major Commemorations for April

April 16 PASCHA

April 23 Thomas Sunday

Great-martyr George

April 25 Apostle Mark

April 29 Apostle James of Zebedee

April 30 Sunday of the Myrrh-bearers

Quotable: “Let no one weep for his sins, for forgiveness has shone forth from the grave. Let no one fear death, for the Savior’s death has set us free. He that was held prisoner by it has destroyed it. By descending into Hell, He made Hell captive. He embittered it when it tasted of His flesh. . . O Death, where is your sting? Hell, where is your victory? Christ is risen and you are overthrown. Christ is risen, and the demons are fallen. Christ is risen, and the angels rejoice. Christ is risen, and life reigns. Christ is risen, and not one dead remains in the grave. For Christ, being risen from the dead, is become the First-fruits of those who have fallen asleep. To Him be glory and dominion unto ages of ages.”

St. John Chrysostom

Worship: Sunday, April 23, 2017 (Thomas Sunday)

Scripture: Acts 5:12-20; John 20:19-31

Celebrant: Father John

Epistle Reader: Mildred Morris

Prosphora: D. Root

Coffee Hour: R. Root/Habeeb/Pacurari