May 6, 2018
Sunday of the Samaritan Woman
This Sunday concludes the week which includes mid-Pentecost. The scriptures for that day make reference to the great and final feast and the Lord’s words concerning fountains of living water and the nourishment of the spirit. The episode of the Samaritan woman at Jacob’s Well and Jesus’ further description of Himself as living water continue this theme. There are innumerable nuances to the message of this episode, ranging from the allusion to the patriarch Joseph to the faith of those who believe without seeing, but let us concentrate on the woman who comes into the presence of her God. Christ asks service of her, asks her to ignore their traditional enmity, confuses her with parables, confronts her with her sins, and claims to be her Messiah and Lord. She enters the scene with skepticism, but she does not let circumstances blind her, for the words of the man before her ring with unmistakable authority and truth. Whether she wants to or not, she must believe herself to be in the presence of the Son of God; she not only believes, but she quickly bears witness to the others of her town. We join her in her faith, and we, too, partake of the Water of Life.
Acts 11:19-30: Reading in Acts, we see the establishment of the first predominately Gentile church in Antioch under the leading of Barnabas and Saul.
John 4:5-42: In Jesus’ encounter with the Samaritan woman we see our Lord’s concern with the truth, both in our dealings with others and in our worship of God. We also see that spreading the eternal gospel of the Kingdom is a corporate action and not that of just one or two.
Troparion of the Resurrection: Having learned the joyful message of the Resurrection from the angel, the women Disciples cast from them their parental condemnation, and proudly broke the news to the Disciples, saying, Death has been spoiled. Christ God is risen, granting the world Great Mercy.
Troparion for mid-Pentecost: In the midst of this Feast, O Saviour, give my thirsty soul to drink of the waters of true worship; for thou didst call out to all, saying, Whosoever is thirsty, let him come unto me and drink. Wherefore, O Christ our God, Fountain of life, glory to thee.
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 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.
Sunday, May 6 (Sunday of the Samaritan Woman)
8:50 a.m. — Orthros
9:00 a.m. — Christian Education
10:00 a.m. — Divine Liturgy
Monday, May 7
Father John’s Day Off
Tuesday, May 8 (Apostle John the Theologian)
6:00 a.m. — Festal Orthros
Wednesday, May 9
6:30 p.m. — Daily Vespers
7:15 p.m. — Choir Practice
Thursday, May 10
6:00 a.m. — Daily Orthros
Friday, May 11
Saturday, May 12
10:00 a.m. — Ladies meet for Akathist
5:45 p.m. — Ninth Hour followed by Great Vespers
Sunday, May 13 (Sunday of the Blindman)
8:50 a.m. — Orthros
9:00 a.m. — Christian Education
10:00 a.m. — Divine Liturgy
Eucharist Bread …was offered by the Schelvers for the Divine Liturgy this morning.
Eucharist Bread and Coffee Hour Schedule:
Eucharist Bread Coffee Hour
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 27 D. Root PICNIC POT LUCK MEAL
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 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 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 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.
Please keep Fr. John Morris and Kh. Cheryl in your prayers. They have both been ill recently.
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 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.
Father John will be out from May 19-26 for family vacation. If you need a priest during this time, please contact Father Leo or Father James.
* 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.
* We will have Paschal Vespers for the Leave-taking of Pascha on Tuesday evening, May 15th, beginning at 6:30 p.m.
* We will celebrate Feast of the Ascension with Orthros followed by Divine Liturgy on Wednesday evening, May 16th, beginning at 6:00 p.m.
* We will not celebrate the Saturday of the Souls liturgy on Saturday morning as previously noted on the monthly calendar.
* Sunday, May 27th will be the last day of Church School for this year. It will resume in September.
* We will celebrate the Feast of Pentecost with a Picnic Pot Luck Meal following the Divine Liturgy on Sunday, May 27th. Later that evening we will have Kneeling Vespers, beginning at 6:30 p.m.
* The next date for serving meals at the Stewpot is November 10th.
Following the Picnic Pot Luck Meal on Sunday, May 27th, Father John and anyone who desires to participate will go to the Natchez Trace Cemetery to say the Trisagion Prayers for the Departed for our departed loved ones who are buried there.
Vacation Church School will be held July 19-21 this year. The theme will be “Feasts of the Theotokos”. Parents, please make a note of these dates. More information will be available soon.
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.
Fasting Discipline for May
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 27th).
Major Commemorations for May
May 8 Apostle John the Theologian
May 10 Apostle Simon the Zealot
May 13 Sunday of the Blindman
May 15 Leave-taking of Pascha
May 17 Ascension
May 20 Sunday of the Holy Fathers of Nicea
May 21 Sts. Constantine and Helen
May 25 The Forerunner (3rd Discovery)
May 26 Saturday of the Souls
May 27 Pentecost
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.
ead of ManHead of Maonasteries
Quotable: “‘In the beginning was the Word.’ Without Him nothing of all that exists was made. Every day we know in our own bodies the painful experience of life, and how pitiful it is. Nonetheless, we are created in the image of Christ, of the Absolute. The problem, the mystery of our life, is to move from what is relative to the Absolute. If what exists has been created by God, it should not die. God created life; He did not create death. Our goal is life with Christ-God, immortality, eternity. According to divine revelation, God’s own eternity can be communicated to us.
We have to look towards the personal God; that is to set our sights upwards, so as to give our body (which is inclined to inertia) an eternal momentum.”
Archimandrite Sophrony, Words of Life
Worship: Sunday, May 13, 2018 (Sunday of the Blindman)
Scripture: Acts 16:16-34; John 9:1-38
Celebrant: Father John
Epistle Reader: Sh. Charlotte Algood
Coffee Hour: Schelver/Meadows/Karam