9/17 announcements

September 17, 2017

Sunday after the Elevation of the Holy Cross

Galatians 2:16-20: We hear from St Paul’s letter to the Galatians that we are justified by faith in Christ, not by works of the Law; and that we now live our lives by faith in the Son of God.

Mark 8:34-9:1: In our reading from the gospel of Mark we hear our Lord tell His disciples that self-denial is required for true spirituality.

Troparion of the Resurrection: When Mary stood at thy grave looking for thy sacred body, angelic powers shone above thy revered tomb, and the soldiers who were to keep guard became as dead men. Thou led hades captive and wast not tempted thereby. Thou didst meet the Virgin and didst give life to the world; O thou who art risen from the dead! O Lord, glory to thee.

Troparion of the Holy Cross: O Lord, save thy people and bless thine inheritance, granting to thy people victory over all their enemies, and by the power of thy Cross preserving thy kingdom.

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 Holy Cross: Do thou, who of thine own good will wast lifted up upon the Cross, O Christ our God, bestow thy bounties upon the new nation which is called by thy Name; make glad in thy might those who lawfully govern, that with them we may led to victory over our adversaries, having in thine aid a weapon of peace and a trophy invincible.


Sunday, September 17 (Thirteenth Sunday after Pentecost)

8:50 a.m. — Orthros

9:00 a.m. — Christian Education

10:00 a.m. — Divine Liturgy

Monday, September 18

Office Closed — Father John’s Day Off

Tuesday, September 19

6:00 a.m. — Daily Orthros

Wednesday, September 20

6:30 p.m. — Daily Vespers

7:15 p.m. — Choir Practice

Thursday, September 21

6:00 a.m. — Daily Orthros

Friday, September 22

Saturday, September 23 (Conception of the Forerunner)

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

Sunday, September 24 (Proto-martyr Thekla)

8:50 a.m. — Orthros

9:00 a.m. — Christian Education

10:00 a.m. — Divine Liturgy


Eucharist Bread …was offered by the Daniel Roots for the Feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross this past Wednesday evening and by the Brocks for the Divine Liturgy this morning.

Eucharist Bread and Coffee Hour Schedule:

Eucharist Bread Coffee Hour

September 17 Brock Schelver/Meadows

September 24 Baker Pigott/Alaeetawi

October 1 R. Root Skirtech/Parker

October 8 Henderson POT LUCK MEAL

(set-up: D. Root/Dansereau/Davis)

October 15 Katool Algood/Jones/Strain/Dabit

October 22 Algood R. Root/Habeeb/Pacurari

October 29 Schelver Schelver/Meadows

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#

September 17 Warren Strain Gal. 2:16-20 193

September 24 Mildred Morris II Tim. 3:10-15 258

October 1 Kh. Be’Be’ Schelver II Cor. 6:16-7:1 173

October 8 Sam Habeeb II Cor. 9:6-11 178

October 15 David Turner Titus 3:8-15 322

October 22 Walt Wood Gal. 1:11-19 188

October 29 Sh. Charlotte Algood Gal. 2:16-20 193

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 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; 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; Peggy (David Turner’s paternal aunt) who is suffering from cancer and related complications; and George (Dorothea and Daniel Staursky’s uncle) who sustained injuries in a bad fall; David Morris and his 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 Fr. John Morris and Kh. Cheryl in your prayers. Fr. John has been ill and was recently hospitalized. 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.

Nimr Fahmy has a new cell phone number: 615-635-2223.

With the blessing of His Grace, Bishop NICHOLAS, Fr. Alex Mackoul, Camp Director for Camp St. Thekla, has requested that we take up a collection for the Camp on the feastday of St. Thekla on September 24th. Please make your checks pay to St. Peter Orthodox Church and we will write one check to send to Fr. Alex. Be sure to note that your check is for the Camp on the memo line.

Parents of Altar Servers. . . . please make sure that all of the Altar Servers see Sh. Margaret Root in the next few weeks to be measured for new vestments.

Relief for the Victims of Hurricane Harvey: At the request of His Eminence, Metropolitan JOSEPH, we will be taking up a special collection each week this month to aid the victims of Hurricane Harvey. Please indicate on your check that it is for this fund. We will then send a single check to the Archdiocese.

Fall Festival: We will hold our annual Fall Festival on Saturday afternoon, October 28th. Anna Kathryn Stewart will once again head up this activity. (As in the past, we will not have Ninth Hour and Great Vespers that day.) More information will be available at a later date.

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.

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

Fasting Discipline for September

In September the traditional fasting discipline (no meat, dairy, eggs, fish, wine or oil) is observed on all Wednesdays and Fridays of the month. Thursday, September 14th is also a strict fast day for the Feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross.

Major Commemorations for September

September 23 Conception of the Forerunner

September 24 Proto-martyr Thekla

September 26 Apostle John the Theologian (repose)

September 28 Venerable Chariton

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: “The union of freedom with grace

St. Makarios of Egypt says (First Treatise on Guarding of the Heart, Chap. xii) that the grace which comes to man ‘does not bind his will by force of necessity, nor does it make him unchangeably good willy-nilly. On the contrary, the power of God which exists in the man gives way before his free will, in order to reveal whether the man’s will is in accordance with grace or not.’ From this moment the union of freedom with grace begins. At first grace stands outside, and acts from the outside. Then it enters within and begins to take possession of parts of the spirit: but it only does this when the man by his own desire opens the door for it, or opens his mouth to receive it. By himself man cannot do or establish within himself that which is good, but he longs and strives for it. Because of this longing, grace consolidates within him the good for which he yearns. And so it goes on, until man acquires final mastery over himself, and thus is able to fulfill that which is good and pleasing to God.”

St. Theophan the Recluse, The Art of Prayer

Worship: Sunday, September 24, 2017 (Proto-martyr Thekla)

Scripture: II Timothy 3:10-15; Luke 5:1-11

Celebrant: Father John

Epistle Reader: Mildred Morris

Prosphora: Baker

Coffee Hour: Pigott/Alaeetawi