6/11 announcements

June 11, 2017

First Sunday after Pentecost

All Saints Sunday

The Church commemorates and remembers all of its saints at three times during the year; in anticipation of Christmas, at the beginning of Lent, and immediately after Pentecost. On all three days we are reminded of the unified body of God’s people and of the holiness they have achieved and for which we strive. These two things are not abnormal and removed from us; they are truth and reality. On this day we are especially reminded of the strength of the saints and their victories, and we move from the day of Pentecost, the empowering presence of the Holy Spirit, to join God’s people in our victorious procession, through purifying trial and sacrifice, to the Day of the Lord.

Hebrews 11:33-12:2: The writer of Hebrews calls us to consider the faith of those saints of the Old Testament who endured hardships and death and yet still did great things because of their faith. The Apos­tle encourages us to lay aside the encumbrances of sin and run with endurance the race that is set be­fore us.

Matthew 10:32- 33, 37-38;19:27-30: In the gospel reading we hear the Lord Jesus teach the mean­ing of discipleship, and, when asked by Peter, tells him what shall be the reward for those who truly are dis­ci­ples of His.

Troparion of the Resurrection: O compassionate One, thou didst descend from the heights; thou didst submit to the three-day burial, that thou might deliver us from passion. Thou art our Life and our Resurrection, O Lord, glory to thee.

Troparion of All Saints: Thy Church, O Christ God, hast regaled herself in the blood of thy Martyrs throughout all the world, as in porphyry and purple. Through them she lifts her voice, crying, Turn with thy compassion to thy people, and grant peace to thy city, and to the souls 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 All Saints: To thee, O Lord and Author of all creation, the universe offers as first-fruits of nature the divinity-bearing Martyrs. Wherefore, by their imploring preserve thy Church in perfect safety, for the sake of the Theotokos, O most Merciful.

CALENDAR

Sunday, June 11 (Sunday of All Saints)

8:50 a.m. — Orthros

10:00 a.m. — Divine Liturgy

Monday, June 12

[FAST
OF THE APOSTLES BEGINS]

Office Closed — Father John’s Day Off

Tuesday, June13

6:00 a.m. — Daily Orthros

Wednesday, June 14

6:30 p.m. — Daily Vespers

7:15 p.m. — Choir Practice

Thursday, June 15

6:00 a.m. — Daily Orthros

Friday, June 16

Saturday, June 17

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

Sunday, June 18 (Second Sunday after Pentecost)

8:50 a.m. — Orthros

10:00 a.m. — Divine Liturgy

SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENTS

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

Eucharist Bread and Coffee Hour Schedule:

Eucharist Bread Coffee Hour

June 11 Meadows Skirtech/Skirtech/Parker

June 18 Jones D. Root/Davis

June 25 Morris 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 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 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.

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

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.

Medical Update:

* Jay Davis underwent surgery two weeks ago 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 last Saturday and is recovering at home. Please keep her and Jack in your prayers.

* Sh. Charlotte Algood had eye surgery this past Tuesday. Please keep her and Dn. Terry 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.

Many Thanks!!…to all those adults who helped with our Vacation Church School which was a great success! Thank you for your patience and all your hard work on behalf of our children!

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.

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.

Fr. John will be out of town June 16-18 for the Parish Life Conference and June 19-24 for a family vacation. If you need a priest during this time, please call Fr. Leo.

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 last Tuesday of the month, beginning in September. They will still meet for lunch on the fourth Tuesday in August.

* The Fast of the Apostles will begin tomorrow and run through June 28th.

* The Parish Life Conference will be held June 16-18 in Atlanta.

* We will celebrate the feast of the Holy Apostles Peter and Paul with Orthros followed by Divine Liturgy on Wednesday evening, June 28th, beginning at 6:00 p.m.

* Our next time to serve a meal at the Stewpot will be November 18th.

Fasting Discipline for June

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 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

Quotable: “The first fruits of prayer—attention and a warm tenderness of heart

Any rule of prayer that is properly followed will produce as its first-fruits attention and a warm tenderness of heart; but especially will these things come from the practice of the Jesus Prayer, which stands on a higher level than psalmody and other forms of prayer. Attention gives birth to warm tenderness of heart, which in its turn increases attention. They grow in strength together, supporting each other. They give depth to prayer, gradually quickening the heart: banishing distraction and wandering thoughts, they bestow on prayer its purity. True prayer is a gift of God; so also are attention and warm tenderness of heart.”

St. Theophan the Recluse, The Art of Prayer

Worship: Sunday, June 18, 2017 (Second Sunday after Pentecost)

Scripture: Romans 2:10-16; Matthew 4:18-23

Celebrant: Father John

Epistle Reader: Kh. Be’Be’ Schelver

Prosphora: Jones

Coffee Hour: D. Root/Davis