7/15 announcements

July 15, 2018
Holy Fathers of the Fourth Ecumenical Council

Titus 3:8-15: On this Sunday we read from St. Paul’s letter to Titus, whom he warns to avoid delv­ing into unprofitable and foolish questions about doctrine, and to reject heretics after two admonitions.

Matthew 5:14-19: In this portion of the Sermon on the Mount Jesus teaches that we are to be Light in the darkness of this world, not hiding the glory of God from others, but rather, putting it where it can be seen.

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 Fathers: Thou, O Christ, art our God of exceeding praise who didst establish our holy Fathers as luminous stars upon earth, and through them didst guide us unto the true Faith, O most merciful One, 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 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.

CALENDAR

Sunday, July 15 (Holy Fathers of the Fourth Ecumenical Council)
8:50 a.m. — Orthros
10:00 a.m. — Divine Liturgy

Monday, July 16
Father John’s Day Off

Tuesday, July 17 (Great-martyr Marina)
NO Daily Orthros

Wednesday, July 18
6:30 p.m. — Daily Vespers
7:15 p.m. — Choir Practice

Thursday, July 19
NO Daily Orthros
8:45 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. — Vacation Church School

Friday, July 20 (Prophet Elias)
8:45 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. — Vacation Church School

Saturday, July 21
8:45 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. — Vacation Church School
5:45 p.m. — Ninth Hour followed by Great Vespers

Sunday, July 22 (Eighth Sunday after Pentecost)
8:50 a.m. — Orthros
10:00 a.m. — Divine Liturgy

SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENTS

Eucharist Bread …was offered by the Schelvers 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
July 15 Schelver Ellis/Zouboukos/Waites
July 22 Morris R. Root/Habeeb/Cooper
July 29 Jones Henderson/Lockhart/Alaeetawi
August 5 Meadows Stewart/Meadows
August 6 (Mon. a.m.) Davis Kh. Sharon Meadows
(Feast of the Transfiguration of our Lord)
August 12 D. Root POT LUCK MEAL
Set-up: Pigott/Dabit/Strain/Pacurari
August 14 (Tues. p.m.) Karam Christina Katool
(Feast of the Dormition of the Theotokos)
August 19 Brock Baker/D. Root/Dansereau
August 26 Baker Katool/Davis/Staursky

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#
July 8 Warren Strain 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
August 5 Brenda Baker I Cor. 4:9-16 135
August 6 (Mon. a.m.) Kh. Sharon Meadows II Peter 1:10-19 401
August 12 Walt Wood I Cor. 9:2-12 141
August 14 (Tues. p.m.) Sh. Charlotte Algood Phil. 2:5-11 403
August 19 Warren Strain I Cor. 15:1-11 146
August 26 Mildred Morris I Cor. 16:13-24 152

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.

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. 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.
* Vacation Church School will be held July 19-21 from 8:45 a.m. until 12:30 p.m.
* The Fast of the Dormition begins on Wednesday, August 1st and runs through August 14th. As is the custom in our parish we will pray the Paraklesis Service to the Theotokos on Monday, Wednesday and Friday evenings during the fast, beginning at 6:30 p.m.
* We will celebrate the Feast of the Transfiguration of our Lord with Divine Liturgy (only) on Monday, August 6th, beginning at 7:00 a.m.
* The Feast of the Dormition of the Theotokos will be celebrated with Orthros followed by Divine Liturgy on Tuesday evening, August 14th, beginning at 6:00 p.m.
* His Grace, Bishop NICHOLAS will be visiting St. Peter November 2-6. Please mark your calendars now.
* 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.

Father John will be out of town July 12-21. He will be travelling to the Antiochian Village for the Clergy Symposium. If you need a priest during this time, please call Father Leo or Father James.

Fasting Discipline for July
The traditional fasting discipline (no meat, dairy, eggs, fish, wine or oil) is observed on all Wednesdays and Fridays of the month.

Major Commemorations for July
July 17 Great-martyr Marina
July 20 Prophet Elias
July 25 Dormition of Righteous Anna
July 27 Great-martyr Panteleimon

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. Church School will begin at 8:45 a.m. each morning and pick-up time will be 12:30 p.m.

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

Quotable: “In his struggle to divest himself of all suffering and instability connected with this transient life, the eastern ascetic immerses himself in the abstract and intellectual sphere of so-called Existence, a negative and impersonal sphere in which no vision of God is possible, only man’s vision of himself. There is no place for the heart in this practice. Progress in this form of asceticism depends only on one’s individual will to succeed. TheUpanishads do not say anywhere that pride is an obstacle to spiritual progress, or that humility is a virtue. The positive dimension of Christian asceticism, in which self-denial leads to one’s clothing with the heavenly man, to the assumption of a supernatural form of life, the Source of which is the One True, Self-revealing God, is obviously and totally absent. Even in its most noble expressions, the self-denial involved in Buddhism is only the insignificant half of the picture. In the mind’s desire to return to its merely ‘natural’ self, it beholds its own nakedness in a ‘cloud of divestiture’. But at this point there is a grave risk of obsession with itself, of its marveling at its own luminous but created beauty, and worshipping the creature more than the Creator (Rom. 1:25). The mind has by now begun to deify or idolise its self and then, according to the words of the Lord, ‘the last state of that man is word than the first’ (Matt. 12:45).”
Archimandrite Zacharias, The Hidden Man of the Heart

Worship: Sunday, July 22, 2018 (Eighth Sunday after Pentecost)

Scripture: I Corinthians 1:10-17; Matthew 14:14-22
Celebrant: Father John
Epistle Reader: Kh. Be’Be’ Schelver
Prosphora: Morris
Coffee Hour: R. Root/Habeeb/Cooper