6/17 announcements

June 17, 2018

Third Sunday after Pentecost

Romans 5:1-10: In his letter to the Romans, St Paul establishes that our standing before God is the result of faith whereby we are justified and thus receive the benefits of His salvation.

Matthew 6:22-33: Our Lord teaches us that striving for the things of God rather than the things of the world will enable us to be at peace about what we need to live in this world.

Troparion of the Resurrection: When thou, O immortal Life, didst humble thyself unto death, then didst thou destroy death by the brightness of thy Godhead; and when thou didst raise the bowels of the earth, then all the heavenly powers exclaimed, O Christ, thou art the Giver of life! Glory to thee, O our God!

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 Theotokos: O undisputed intercessor of Christians, O mediatrix, who is unrejected by the Creator, turn not away from the voice of our petitions though we be sinners; come to us in time, who cry to thee in faith, for thou art good. Hasten to us with intercessions, O Theotokos, who didst ever intercede for those who honor thee.


Sunday, June 17 (Third Sunday after Pentecost)

8:50 a.m. — Orthros

10:00 a.m. — Divine Liturgy

Monday, June 18

Father John’s Day Off

Tuesday, June 19

6:00 a.m. — Daily Orthros

Wednesday, June 20

6:30 p.m. — Daily Vespers

7:15 p.m. — Choir Practice

Thursday, June 21

6:00 a.m. — Daily Orthros

Friday, June 22

Saturday, June 23

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

Sunday, June 24 (Nativity of the Forerunner)

8:50 a.m. — Orthros

10:00 a.m. — Divine Liturgy


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

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.

Eucharist Bread and Coffee Hour Schedule:

Eucharist Bread Coffee Hour

June 17 Baker Skirtech/Parker

June 24 R. Root D. Root/Dansereau/Davis

June 28 (Thur. p.m.) Henderson Karen Cooper

July 1 Algood Schelver/Karam/Lavric

July 8 Katool POT LUCK MEAL

set-up: Algood/Jones/


July 15 Schelver Ellis/Zouboukos/Waites

July 22 Morris R. Root/Habeeb/Pacurari

July 29 Jones Henderson/Lockhart/Alaeetawi

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 17 Brenda Baker Rom. 5:1-10 96

June 24 Walt Wood Rom. 13:11-14:4 279

June 28 (Thur. p.m.) Sh. Charlotte Algood II Cor. 11:21-33; 12:6-9 389

July 1 Warren Strain I Cor. 12:27-13:8 329

July 8 Kh. Sharon Meadows Rom. 12:6-14 113

July 15 Mildred Morris Titus 3:8-15 322

July 22 Kh. Be’Be’ Schelver I Cor. 1:10-17 124

July 29 Sam Habeeb I Cor. 3:9-17 130

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.

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 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 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.

Calendar Items:

* The Men of the parish meet for lunch and fellowship on the first Thursday of the month.

* The Ladies of St. Peter 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 Fast of the Apostles continues through June 28th.

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

* V. Rev. Fr. John Oliver, the pastor of St. Elizabeth the New Martyr Orthodox Church in Murfreesboro, TN, will be the speaker for the annual Women’s Retreat on Saturday, November 10th. More information will be available in the near future.

Fasting Discipline for June

The Fast of the Apostles began on June 4th and continues through June 28th. During this time the traditional fasting discipline (no meat, dairy, eggs, fish, wine or oil) will be observed on all days of the week except Tuesdays and Thursdays when wine and oil are permitted and Saturdays and Sundays when fish, wine and oil are permitted.

Major Commemorations for June

June 24 Nativity of the Forerunner

June 39 Chief Apostles Peter and Paul

June 30 Synaxis of the twelve Apostles

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.

Karen Cooper has requested to be relieved of her duties as Choir Director due to ongoing concerns with her health. Sh. Margaret Root has agreed to be the interim Choir Director. Many Thanks to Karen for her faithful service to our parish over the years! May God grant her Many Years!

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.

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

ead of ManHead of Maonasteries

Quotable: “During prayer, the believer’s attention ought to be accompanied by self-restraint and patience, which is also termed ‘prayerful vigilance.’ This checks the dispersion of the mind and keeps it undistracted in the work of prayer. Indeed, prayer per se, as it has developed within the Orthodox tradition, is itself a form of vigilance, in that it involves the repeated invocation of the Lord’s Name in a single sentence: ‘Lord, Jesus Christ, Son of God, have mercy upon me.’

The first part of this prayer contains a confession of faith in the divinity of Christ and in the Holy Trinity. The second part,‘have mercy upon me’, is the supplication of the one who prays—his acknowledgement of man’s fall (in both its universal and personal dimensions), his sinfulness, and his need of redemption. Both parts of the prayer, the confession of faith and the supplication of the penitent, are complementary and give the prayer the fullness of its content.

Initially, this prayer of a single sentence is said aloud. This develops into its silent expression, and finally, by the co-operation of grace, the prayerful mind descends into the deep heart of man where the Name of the Lord finds its rightful dwelling-place. This kind of prayer is therefore known as noetic prayer, or prayer of the heart.

The continual invocation of Christ’s Name and the mind’s attentiveness to the words of the prayer foster a stable prayerful disposition. Prayer gradually becomes man’s natural state, the soul’s garment, and the natural reaction of the heart relative to every event in the spiritual sphere. In passing, we draw attention to the great significance of such prayer at the hour of death. The work of noetic prayer is ultimately a preparation for the heavenly life, and the ascetic therefore looks ahead to the end of life on earth. He trains himself to forsake every earthly care, that his birth into the heavenly life may be painless and as free from danger as possible.”

Archimandrite Zacharias, The Hidden Man of the Heart

Worship: Sunday, June 24, 2018 (Nativity of the Forerunner)

Scripture: Romans 13:11-14:4; Luke 1:1-25, 57-68, 76, 80

Celebrant: Father John

Epistle Reader: Walt Wood

Prosphora: R. Root

Coffee Hour: D. Root/Dansereau/Davis