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April 15, 2018
Thomas Sunday
Antipascha

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.

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 15 (Thomas Sunday)
8:50 a.m. — Orthros
9:00 a.m. — Christian Education
10:00 a.m. — Divine Liturgy

Monday, April 16
Father John’s Day Off

Tuesday, April 17
6:00 a.m. — Daily Orthros

Wednesday, April 18
6:30 p.m. — Daily Vespers

Thursday, April 19
6:00 a.m. — Daily Orthros

Friday, April 20

Saturday, April 21
10:00 a.m. — Ladies meet for Akathist
5:45 p.m. — Ninth Hour followed by Great Vespers with Paschal Format

Sunday, April 22 (Sunday of the Myrrh-bearers)
8:50 a.m. — Orthros
9:00 a.m. — Christian Education
10:00 a.m. — Divine Liturgy

SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENTS

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

Eucharist Bread and Coffee Hour Schedule:
Eucharist Bread Coffee Hour
April 15 Henderson Skirtech/Parker
April 22 Algood D. Root/Dansereau/Davis
April 29 Katool Algood/Jones/Strain/Dabit
May 6 Schelver R. Root/Habeeb/Pacurari
May 13 Morris Schelver/Meadows/Karam
May 16 (Wed. p.m.) Jones Mary Guy Lockhart
May 20 Meadows Henderson/Baker/Lockhart
May 26 (Sat. a.m.) Davis Kh. Sharon Meadows
May 27 D. Root PICNIC POT LUCK MEAL
(Set-up: Stewart/Turner/Waites)

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 Kh. Be’Be’ Schelver Acts 5:12-20 32
April 22 Sam Habeeb Acts 6:1-7 38
April 29 Brenda Baker Acts 9:32-42 45
May 6 Walt Wood Acts 11:19-30 52
May 13 Sh. Charlotte Algood Acts 16:16-34 58
May 16 (Wed. p.m.) Kh. Sharon Meadows Acts 1:1-12 63
May 20 Warren Strain Acts 20:16-18, 28-36 66
May 26 (Sat. a.m.) Kh. Sharon Meadows Acts 28:1-31 72
May 27 Mildred Morris Acts 2:1-11 77

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 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; Mary Greene (Lee and Kh. Sharon’s sister); Fr. Stephen Tewfik; Lynda Costas; Fr. Nicholas, Kh. Jan and Angelina Speier; Peggy (David Turner’s paternal aunt) who is suffering from cancer and related complications; and David Morris and his family; Vernie Meadows, Fr. James and Kh. Sharon and their family; Walt and Charlotte Wood and their family; Dr. Herman (Tristan) Englehardt.

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. They have both been ill recently.

Please take Note that there have been several car burglaries in our neighborhood recently. These involved cars that had been left unlocked. Please be sure that your car is locked in the parking lot.

The memorial for Tatyana and Caroline will be held NEXT Sunday, April 22nd. We need to get beyond Thomas Sunday to do it. They were both remembered during the Saturday of the Souls liturgy last week.

Calendar Items:
* The Men of the parish meet for lunch and fellowship on the first Thursday of the month. However, in April they will meet on the second Thursday since the first week of the month is Holy Week.
* 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.
* The next date for serving meals at the Stewpot is November 10th.

Fasting Discipline for April
The Holy Synod of the Church of Antioch decided that there would be no fasting on Wednesdays and Fridays, not only during Bright Week but until the Feast of the Ascension (May 16th), for the whole forty days. Following Ascension, the traditional fasting discipline (no meat, dairy, eggs, fish, wine or oil) is observed on the remaining Wednesdays and Fridays of the month. There will also be no fasting during the week following the Feast of Pentecost (May 27).

Major Commemorations for April
April 15 Thomas Sunday
April 22 Sunday of the Myrrh-bearers
April 23 Great-martyr George
April 25 Apostle Mark
April 29 Sunday of the Paralytic; Apostle James of Zebedee

For Parents: Children in the nursery during Coffee Hour MUST be supervised just as they are on the playground. This room is used for Sunday School each week. Children who are unsupervised create disarray and use materials set aside for the teaching of Christian Education. This creates extra work for the Sunday School teachers who have to come in and set the room in order before class or who find supplies depleted unexpectedly. A parent must be in the room with their children at all times. Please help us with this! — Fr. John

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.

Bookstore News: We have a new book in the bookstore! It is called Lantern of Grace by Protopresbyter Valery Lukianov. This book is about the life of St. John Maximovitch, also called St. John of San Francisco. He is an American saint, and if you don’t know much about him this book would be a wonderful opportunity to be inspired. If you do know about him, the book is beautiful and packed with stories about St. John and copies of his sermons and prayers. There are many color photographs throughout the book and it is a high quality edition.

Quotable: “How can we be healed from this paralysis, from this foreshadowing of eternal death? Through sincere, profound, complete repentance of sins. That is why, of course, today’s Gospel reading about the paralytic is appointed, so that his situation, which was a consequence of his sins, would touch our hearts and also dispose us to diligent repentance. That is why Jesus Christ healed the paralytic by first granting him forgiveness of his sins. When Jesus saw their faith, He said unto the paralytic, ‘Son, your sins are forgiven you’ (Markn2:5). From this it is clear that the paralytic was suffering as a result of his sins.”
Father John of Kronstadt, Season of Repentance

Worship: Sunday, April 22, 2018 (Sunday of the Myrrh-bearers)

Scripture: Acts 6:1-7; Mark 15:43-16:8
Celebrant: Father John
Epistle Reader: Sam Habeeb
Prosphora: Algood
Coffee Hour: D. Root/Dansereau/Davis