8/6 announcements

August 6, 2017

Transfiguration of our Lord Jesus Christ

II Peter 1:10-19: In our reading from II Peter, St. Peter encourages us to be diligent regarding our calling by the Lord. This is after a section where he tells us that we have power to practice godliness. He tells us that his knowledge of this power is not based on tales, but rather on the revelation of the Transfiguration of Jesus Christ, at which he (St. Peter) was present.

Matthew 17:1-9: The Gospel of Matthew for today contains the account of the Transfiguration of the Lord in which He is revealed to Sts. Peter, James and John as the Son of God.

Troparion of the Transfiguration: When, O Christ our God, thou wast transfigured on the mountain, thou didst reveal thy glory to thy Disciples in proportion as they could bear it. Let thine everlasting light also enlighten us sinners, through the intercessions of the Theotokos, O Bestower of light, glory to thee.

Kontakion of the Transfiguration: Thou wast transfigured on the mount, and thy Disciples, in so far as they were able, beheld thy glory, O Christ our God; so that, when they should see thee crucified, they would remember that thy suffering was voluntary, and could declare to all the world that thou art truly the effulgent Splendor of the Father.


Sunday, August 6 (Feast of the Transfiguration of our Lord)

8:50 a.m. — Orthros

10:00 a.m. — Divine Liturgy

12:00 p.m. — Pot Luck Meal honoring the Lasseters and the Salisburys

Monday, August 7

Office Closed — Father John’s Day Off

6:30 p.m. — Paraklesis Service to the Theotokos

Tuesday, August 8

6:00 a.m. — Daily Orthros

Wednesday, August 9

6:30 p.m. — Paraklesis Service to the Theotokos

Thursday, August 10

6:00 a.m. — Daily Orthros

11:30 a.m. — Men’s Lunch

Friday, August 11

6:30 p.m. — Paraklesis Service to the Theotokos

Saturday, August 12

10:00 a.m. — Ladies meet for Akathist

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

Sunday, August 13 (Tenth Sunday after Pentecost)

8:50 a.m. — Orthros

10:00 a.m. — Divine Liturgy


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

Eucharist Bread and Coffee Hour Schedule:

Eucharist Bread Coffee Hour

August 13 Algood Algood/Jones/Strain/Dabit

August 14 (Mon. p.m.) Katool Christina Katool

(Feast of the Dormition of the Theotokos)

August 20 Schelver Skirtech/Parker

August 27 Morris D. Root/Dansereau/Davis

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 6 Phillip Lasseter II Pet. 1:10-19 401

August 13 Kh. Be’Be’ Schelver I Cor. 4:9-16 135

August 14 (Mon. p.m.) Brenda Baker Phil. 2:5-11 403

August 20 Sam Habeeb I Cor. 9:2-12 141

August 27 David Turner I Cor. 15:1-11 146

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.

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

Update on the health of Caroline Halley . . .Anna has sent a letter to the church giving an update on Caroline’s health (she was diagnosed with Lewy Bodies Dementia last November and has experienced a marked decline). Copies of the letter are available in the foyer. Please keep Caroline and all of her family in your prayers.

Please keep Fr. John Morris and Kh. Cheryl in your prayers. Fr. John has been ill and was hospitalized this past week. He is home now but is still ill. Kh. Cheryl has also been ill.

His Grace, Bishop ANTOUN has officially retired and Metropolitan JOSEPH has appointed His Grace, Bishop NICHOLAS to oversee the Diocese of Miami and the Southeast. Father John has invited him to visit us soon and he has expressed a wish to do so. More information on His Grace is to be found in the Metropolitan’s letter which is posted on the Bulletin Board in the Fellowship Hall. Please keep him in your prayers.

Congratulations to Dorin and Carolina Lavric on the birth of their daughter, Ana Maria, this past Monday! She Weighed 7 lbs and 2 oz. Mother and baby are at home again and doing well.

Today our Pot Luck Meal in celebration of the Feast of the Transfiguration will also be a time when we will honor Phillip and Nikki Lasseter who will be leaving in August for Holy Cross Seminary, and Preston and Brittany Salisbury who will also be leaving for Austin, TX.

Thatcher Jude Lasseter will be baptized next Sunday following Coffee Hour. Please keep him, his parents and his godparents in your prayers.

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 first Saturday in July 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 Dormition began on August 1st and will run through August 14th. During this time we will pray the Paraklesis Service to the Theotokos on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, as is our parish custom, beginning at 6:30 p.m.

* Thatcher Jude Lasseter will be baptized on Sunday, August 13th following Coffee Hour.

* We will celebrate the Feast of the Dormition of the Theotokos with Orthros followed by Divine Liturgy on Monday evening, August 14th, beginning at 6:00 p.m.

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

Fasting Discipline for August

From August 1st through August 14th (the Dormition Fast) the traditional fasting discipline (no meat, dairy, eggs, fish, wine or oil) is observed on all days, except August 6th (the Feast of the Transfiguration)when fish and wine are permitted. After the 15th, the traditional fasting discipline is observed on the remaining Wednesdays and Fridays of the month. August 29th is also a strict fast day in remembrance of the beheading of the Forerunner.

Major Commemorations for August

August 6 Feast of the Transfiguration

August 15 Feast of the Dormition of the Theotokos

August 25 Apostles Bartholomew and Titus

August 29 Beheading of the Forerunner

August 31 Deposition of the Belt of the Theotokos

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.

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.

Quotable: “You have a book? Then read it, reflect on what it says, and apply the words to yourself. To apply the content to oneself is the purpose and fruit of reading. If you read without applying what is read to yourself, nothing good will come of it, and even harm may result. Theories will accumulate in the head, leading you to criticize others instead of improving your own life. So have ears and hear. If you have the Philokalia, look up Hesychios and read what he says on sobriety. He gives exact directions how to control and set in order one’s thoughts. Read his words attentively, take them in with your heart and then act as suggested.”

St. Theophan the Recluse, The Art of Prayer

Worship: Sunday, August 13, 2017 (Tenth Sunday after Pentecost; Sunday after the Transfiguration of Christ)

Scripture: I Corinthians 4:9-16; Matthew 17:14-23

Celebrant: Father John

Epistle Reader: Kh. Be’Be’ Schelver

Prosphora: Algood

Coffee Hour: Algood/Jones/Strain/Dabit