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June 4, 2017

In several senses, Pentecost marks for us the end of many months of anticipation, commemoration, and celebration and the beginning of the fullness of the life and faith we share. It is a day bringing our focus on the Holy Spirit, the embodiment of divine grace, the supreme gift, the ongoing presence of God in our lives; yet, it is a day directing us to the praise of the Trinity, the three divine persons, and the historical and spatial relationship God’s people have with Him. For the disciples, the day marks their spiritual maturity. Their faith began in their nationality, for they were of the nation that God the Father chose to glorify Him. The faith was completed in their confrontation with God the Son, through His presence and the nourishment He gave. The fullness of the faith came with the coming in power of God the Spirit. The disciples had grown in spirit and were ready for their work; the birth of the Church was imminent; the Bride was to be made ready. In the cycle of the calendar, we now stand ready to do likewise, and all weeks from now until our preparation for Advent are the weeks of Pentecost. In the picture of the birth of the Church there are symbols beyond mention here; the unity in the common tongue, the Light that shines brighter than day, the bold proclamation to all men of the Gospel. We look forward from this day to weeks without special celebrations, to days without reference to past days of enormous import–to normal, uneventful days. But these are not uneventful days; they are the days for which we have prepared, the days of the Church, the days of our maturity and growth, the days when, through the guidance and power of the Holy Spirit, we run the good race and cross the finish to bring praise and glory to our glorious God, the eternal Trinity.

Acts 2:1-11: In the reading from Acts we see the pouring out of God’s Spirit on the apostles, the ful­fillment of Joel’s prophecy, and the beginning of the Holy, Catholic, and Apostolic Church.

John 7:37-52, 8:12: Our Lord calls those thirsting for righteousness to Himself, promising to eternally quench their thirst by the gift of the Holy Spirit. The Pharisees, however, view Jesus as a threat to their authority and seek for ways to undermine His authority.

Troparion of Pentecost: Blessed art thou, O Christ our God, who hast revealed the fishermen as most wise, having sent upon them the Holy Spirit, and through them thou hast fished the universe, O Lover of mankind, glory to thee.

Kontakion of Pentecost: When the high One descended, confusing tongues, he divided the nations. And when he distributed the fiery tongues he called all to one unity. Wherefore, in unison we glorify the most Holy Spirit.


Sunday, June 4 (Pentecost)
8:50 a.m. — Orthros
10:00 a.m. — Divine Liturgy
12:00 p.m. — Pot Luck Meal
6:30 p.m. — Kneeling Vespers

Monday, June 5
Office Closed — Father John’s Day Off

Tuesday, June 6
6:00 a.m. — Daily Orthros

Wednesday, June 7
6:30 p.m. — Daily Vespers
7:15 p.m. — Choir Practice

Thursday, June 8 (Theodore the General)
6:00 a.m. — Daily Orthros
8:45 a.m. — Vacation Church School

Friday, June 9
8:45 a.m. — Vacation Church School

Saturday, June 10
8:45 a.m. — Vacation Church School
10:00 a.m. — Ladies meet for Akathist
5:45 p.m. — Ninth Hour followed by Great Vespers

Sunday, June 11 (Sunday of All Saints)
8:50 a.m. — Orthros
10:00 a.m. — Divine Liturgy


Eucharist Bread …was offered by the Algoods for the Saturday of the Souls liturgy yesterday morning and by the Schelvers for the Divine Liturgy this morning. The Koliva for the Saturday of the Souls liturgy yesterday was provided by the Dn. Richard Roots.

Eucharist Bread and Coffee Hour Schedule:
Eucharist Bread Coffee Hour
June 4 Schelver POT LUCK MEAL
(Feast of Pentecost) set-up: Pigott/Meadows/Alaeetawi
June 11 Morris Skirtech/Skirtech/Parker
June 18 Jones D. Root/Davis
June 25 Meadows Algood/Strain/Dabit
June 28 (Wed. p.m.) Davis Karen Cooper
Feast of Sts. Peter and Paul)

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#
June 4 Mildred Morris Acts 2:1-11 77
June 11 Phillip Lasseter Heb. 11:33-12:2 84
June 18 Kh. Be’Be’ Schelver Rom. 2:10-16 90
June 25 David Turner Rom. 6:22-33 96
June 28 (Wed. p.m.) Brenda Baker II Cor. 11:21-33, 12:6-9 389

Please remember Fr. Joseph and Kh. Joanna Bittle, and their daughter Abigail, in your prayers.

His Grace, Bp. ANTOUN will retire this summer. He has continuing health problems, so please keep him in your prayers. We thank God for all that he has done for us. We are especially thankful for his role in bringing us into canonical Orthodoxy. Many Years to you, Master!

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 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.

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.

Chanters’ Stand: We have ordered a Chanters’ Stand for the church. It will be hand-carved carved and is similar to the beautiful tables in the nave and narthex. The cost will be a little more than $3400. We are soliciting donations to cover the cost. If you would like to participate, please let Fr. John know.

Welcome! to Mary Greene (sister of Lee and Kh. Sharon) from St. John Orthodox Cathedral in Eagle River, AK who is staying with the Meadows.

Medical Update:
* Jay Davis underwent surgery last week to implant a Tens device in his back. The surgery went extremely well. He has experienced relief from his previous pain, but has been in considerable pain due to the surgery itself. However, he has turned the corner now and is improving daily. Please keep him and Joanna in your prayers.
* Jill Weatherly had hip-replacement surgery this past Thursday. Please keep her and Jack in your prayers.

Congratulations to Phillip Lasseter on his acceptance into Seminary at Holy Cross Seminary. He and Nikki and their sons will be moving to the Boston area before seminary begins in the fall. Please keep them in your prayers.

Congratulations to Emil Ellis on making another All Tournament Team at second base as Delta State went undefeated in the NCAA Division II South Region Tournament! They played in the Division II College World Series in Texas this past week!

The Fahmys’ new address is 2117 Loudenslager Drive
Thompsons Station, TN 37179-5313

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.

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.
* We will have the Kneeling Vespers of Pentecost this evening, beginning at 6:30 p.m.
* Vacation Church School will be held June 8-10 at the church from 8:45-12:00 each day.
* The Parish Life Conference will be held June 16-18 in Atlanta.
* Our next time to serve a meal at the Stewpot will be November 18th.

Fasting Discipline for June
There will be no fasting of any kind during the week following Pentecost. The Apostles fast will begin on June 12th and run through June 29th. The traditional fasting discipline (no meat, dairy, eggs, fish, wine or oil) is observed on all days of the week during this time.

Major Commemorations for June
June 4 Feast of Pentecost
Metrophanes of Constantinople
June 8 Theodore the General (transfer of relics)
June 11 Sunday of All Saints
June 24 Nativity of the Forerunner
June 29 Chief Apostles Peter and Paul
June 30 Synaxis of the Twelve Apostles

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: “Even if one maintains that the readings and psalms serve another purpose—for they are introduced in order to dispose us to virtue and to cause God to look favourably on us—that does not mean that the same ceremonies cannot at once urge us to virtue and illustrate the scheme of Christ’s redemptive work. Robes fulfill their function as clothes, and cover the body; but sometimes, by their style, they indicate the profession, rank, and dignity of the wearer. The same is true of these liturgical matters. Because the Holy Scriptures contain divinely-inspired words and praises of God, and because they incite to virtue, they sanctify those who read or chant them. But, because of the selection which has been made, and the order in which the passages are arranged, they have another function: they signify the coming of Christ and his work. Not only the chants and readings but the very actions themselves have this part to play; each has its own immediate purpose and usefulness. But at the same time each symbolizes some part of the works of Christ, his deeds or his sufferings.”
Nicholas Cabasilas, A Commentary on the Divine Liturgy

Worship: Sunday, June 4, 2017 (First Sunday after Pentecost; Sunday of All Saints)

Scripture: Hebrews 11:33-12:2; Matthew 10:32-33, 37-38; 19:27-30
Celebrant: Father John
Epistle Reader: Phillip Lasseter
Prosphora: Morris
Coffee Hour: Skirtech/Skirtech/Parker