Monthly Archives: May 2019

6/2 announcements

June 2, 2019

Sunday of the Blind Man

Today is the Sunday of the Blind Man. Though the Gospel account of the healing of the blind man touches many subjects, there is but one theme: Christ is the divine Light which illuminates the hearts of those who behold Him in faith. Despite the intimidation of the authorities, despite the confusion of the people who know him, despite the fear of his parents, the blind man given sight refuses to deny what he knows is the truth: Jesus has given him sight, has healed the affliction he has born from birth, and one who does such good is from God. To deny his healer is to deny the truth, and he prefers persecution and rejection to that denial. More than his eyes have been opened; his heart has been opened to true and eternal Light. As were the Israelites cast into the dark despair of his fear, as are we all blinded by the frustration of sin and of our weakness, so this man was trapped by his closed eyes; and, as may all be, he was freed by the coming of the Messiah. In faith we open our eyes to the radiant glory of our Lord and King.

Acts 16:16-34: In our reading from Acts we see Paul and Silas imprisoned unjustly; but the Lord uses the circumstances to bring the jailer to Himself by means of a dramatic rescue.

John 9:1-38: After Jesus heals a man born blind, we see the hypocrisy and unbelief of the Pharisees as they seek to learn how the man came to see. After being put out of the temple, the formerly blind man again encounters Jesus, whom he worships as his savior.

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.

CALENDAR

Sunday, June 2 (Sunday of the Blind Man)

8:50 a.m. — Orthros

10:00 a.m. — Divine Liturgy

Monday, June 3

Father John’s Day Off

Tuesday, June 4 (Metrophanes of Constantinople)

6:00 a.m. — Festal Orthros

6:30 p.m. — Paschal Vespers for the Leave-taking of Pascha

Wednesday, June 5

6:00 p.m. — Orthros followed by Divine Liturgy

Thursday, June 6 (Feast of the Ascension)

The fortieth day after Easter is the day of the Ascension, the liturgical end to the celebration of the Resurrection and the opening of the season observing the glory of the Messiah. This is a day too often associated with the sadness of departure; yet this day brought great joy to the Disciples. They saw not the departure of one dear to them, but the glorious entry of their King to His heavenly throne. They saw not the loss of their Intercessor, but the Father accepting the eternal sacrifice and blessing the completion of man’s salvation. They saw not their separation from Christ but their assumption with Him into glory through the Incarnation. They saw not the removal of the blessed One but the promise from Him of further blessings. This day is another step in our procession into eternity, a remembrance of heavenly things, a reminder that the essence of our lives is the heavenly, a refreshing of the image of our God in all His glory.

NO Daily Orthros

11:30 a.m. — Men’s Lunch

Friday, June 7

Saturday, June 8

10:00 a.m. — Ladies meet for Akathist

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

Sunday, June 9 (Sunday of the Holy Fathers of Nicea)

8:50 a.m. — Orthros

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

June 2 Henderson Meadows/Jones/Turner

June 5 (Wed. p.m.) Katool Mary Guy Lockhart

(Feast of the Ascension)

June 9 Schelver Ellis/Zuoboukos/Waites

June 16 Morris PICNIC POT LUCK MEAL

(Feast of Pentecost) Set-up: R. Root/Habeeb/Cooper

June 23 Jones Henderson/Lockhart/Alaeetawi

June 29 (Sat. a.m.) D. Root Marica Pacurari

(Feast of Sts. Peter and Paul)

June 30 Davis Pigott/Dabit/Strain/Lavric

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 2 Sam Habeeb Acts 16:16-34 58

June 5 (Wed. p.m.) Brenda Baker Acts 1:1-12 63

June 9 Walt Wood Acts 20:16-18, 28-36 66

June 16 Kh. Be’Be’ Schelver Acts 2:1-11 77

June 23 Warren Strain Heb. 11:33-12:2 84

June 29 (Sat. a.m.) Brenda Baker II Cor. 11:21-33; 12:6-9 389

June 30 Mildred Morris I Cor. 4:9-16 135

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); Lynda Costas; Fr. Nicholas, Kh. Jan and Angelina Speier; David Morris and his family; Vernie Meadows, Fr. James and Kh. Sharon and their family; Walt and Charlotte Wood and their family; Lou Turner’s cousin Amy and her husband John; Noah and Beth Ann (Baker) Pappas, the Reader Basil and Brenda and all of the Baker family; Chris and Rebecca Dansereau and their daughters; Fr. Leo and Kh. Be’Be’ 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.

For updates on Fr. Leo’s condition, please go to caringbridge.org/visit/leofredrichschelver.

Welcome Home for the summer to Dn. Herman and Sh. Emelia Lasseter and their sons Titus and Thatcher! We are glad to have you with us again!

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

Fasting Discipline for June

There is no fasting the Week following Pentecost (June 16th). The Fast of the Apostles will run from June 24th through the 28th. During this time the traditional fasting discipline (no meat, dairy, eggs, fish, wine or oil) is observed on all days.

Major Commemorations for June

June 2 Sunday of the Blind Man

June 4 Metrophanes of Constantinople

Leave-taking of Pascha

June 6 Feast of Ascension

June 8 Theodore the General (transfer of relics)

June 9 Sunday of the Holy Fathers of Nicea

June 11 Apostles Bartholomew and Barnabas

June 16 Feast of Pentecost

June 23 Sunday of All Saints

June 24 Nativity of the Forerunner

June 29 Chief Apostles Peter and Paul

June 30 Synaxis of the Twelve Apostles

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.

* We will celebrate the Feast of the Ascension with Orthros followed by Divine Liturgy on Wednesday evening, June 5th, beginning at 6:00 p.m.

* The Parish Life Conference will be held in Raleigh NC, June 13-16.

* We will celebrate the Feast of Pentecost with a Picnic Pot Luck Meal following the Divine Liturgy on Sunday, June 16th.

* We will have the Kneeling Vespers of Pentecost on the evening of June 16th, beginning at 6:30 p.m.

* Vacation Church School will be held again this year in July on the 11th,12th, and 13th. More information will be available later.

* Our next date for serving at the Stewpot is Saturday, September 28th.

Unsupervised children in the Kitchen: For health and safety concerns children are not to be allowed in the kitchen unless accompanied by a parent. Please get ice for your children and do NOT allow them to use the icemaker themselves.

ead of ManHead of Maonasteries

Quotable: “In the writings of the men of God, who were honoured with this grace of the Spirit and even lived permanently under its influence, we find that two things in particular are required if a man is to achieve this: he must cleanse hs heart from the passions, and turn to God in prayer. The Apostle Paul stressed these two things, as does St. John Chrysostom. Prayer, as he says, allows the Holy Spirit to act freely on the heart: ‘Those who sing psalms, fill themselves with the Spirit.’ And he speaks later of the cleansing from the passions which leads to the same end: ‘Is it in our power to be filled with the Spirit?’ he asks. ‘Yes, it is in our power. When we purify our souls from lies, cruelty, fornication, impurity and cupidity, when we become kind hearted, compassionate, self-disciplined, when there is no blasphemy or misplaced jesting in us—when we become worthy of it, then what will prevent the Holy Spirit from drawing near and alighting within us? And He will not only draw near, but fill our heart.’”

St. Theophan the Recluse

Worship: Sunday, June 9, 2019 (Sunday of the Holy Fathers of Nicea)

Scripture: Acts 20:16-18, 28-36; John 17:1-13

Celebrant: Father John

Epistle Reader: Walt Wood

Prosphora: Schelver

Coffee Hour: Ellis/Zouboukos/Waites

5/26 announcements

May 26, 2019

Sunday of the Samaritan Woman

After-feast of Mid-Pentecost

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.

CALENDAR

Sunday, May 26 (Sunday of the Samaritan Woman)

8:50 a.m. — Orthros

10:00 a.m. — Divine Liturgy

12:00 p.m. — POT LUCK MEAL

6:25 p.m. — Reception of the Bishop

6:30 p.m. — Vespers followed by a Reception in the Fellowship Hall

Monday, May 27

Father John’s Day Off

12:00 p.m. — Ladies’ Lunch with the Bishop at a local restaurant

5:00 p.m. — Supper with Parish Council at a local restaurant

6:30 p.m. — Vespers following by meeting with Clergy and Wives

Tuesday, May 28 (Sts. Constantine and Helen)

6:00 a.m. — Daily Orthros

Wednesday, May 29

6:30 p.m. — Daily Vespers

7:15 p.m. — Choir Practice

Thursday, May 30

6:00 a.m. — Daily Orthros

Friday, May 31

Saturday, June 1 (Justyn Martyr)

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

Sunday, June 2 (Sunday of the Blind Man)

8:50 a.m. — Orthros

10:00 a.m. — Divine Liturgy

SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENTS

Eucharist Bread …was offered by the Bakers for the Divine Liturgy this morning and by the Dn. Richard roots for the liturgy last Sunday.

Eucharist Bread and Coffee Hour Schedule:

Eucharist Bread Coffee Hour

May 26 Baker POT LUCK MEAL

Set-up: Katool/Davis/Staursky/Baba

June 2 Henderson Meadows/Jones/Turner

June 5 (Wed. p.m.) Katool Mary Guy Lockhart

(Feast of the Ascension)

June 9 Schelver Ellis/Zuoboukos/Waites

June 16 Morris PICNIC POT LUCK MEAL

(Feast of Pentecost) Set-up: R. Root/Habeeb/Cooper

June 23 Jones Henderson/Lockhart/Alaeetawi

June 29 (Sat. a.m.) D. Root Marica Pacurari

(Feast of Sts. Peter and Paul)

June 30 Davis Pigott/Dabit/Strain/Lavric

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#

May 26 Mildred Morris Acts 11:19-30 52

June 2 Sam Habeeb Acts 16:16-34 58

June 5 (Wed. p.m.) Brenda Baker Acts 1:1-12 63

June 9 Walt Wood Acts 20:16-18, 28-36 66

June 16 Kh. Be’Be’ Schelver Acts 2:1-11 77

June 23 Warren Strain Heb. 11:33-12:2 84

June 29 (Sat. a.m.) Brenda Baker II Cor. 11:21-33; 12:6-9 389

June 30 Mildred Morris I Cor. 4:9-16 135

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); Lynda Costas; Fr. Nicholas, Kh. Jan and Angelina Speier; David Morris and his family; Vernie Meadows, Fr. James and Kh. Sharon and their family; Walt and Charlotte Wood and their family; Lou Turner’s cousin Amy and her husband John; Noah and Beth Ann (Baker) Pappas, the Reader Basil and Brenda and all of the Baker family; Chris and Rebecca Dansereau and their daughters; Fr. Leo and Kh. Be’Be’ 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.

His Grace, Bishop NICHOLAS will make his next arch-pastoral visit to St. Peter’s on May 26-27th (he will be leaving on Tuesday morning, May 28th).

For updates on Fr. Leo’s condition, please go to caringbridge.org/visit/leofredrichschelver.

Welcome Home for the summer to Dn. Herman and Sh. Emelia Lasseter and their sons Titus and Thatcher! We are glad to have you with us again!

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

Fasting Discipline for May/June

There will be no fasting on Wednesdays and Fridays until the Feast of the Ascension, for the whole forty days, as decided by the Holy Synod of the Church of Antioch in 1997. (This is a departure from what we have done in the past, but is what we have been directed to do by the Archdiocese.) There is no fasting the Week following Pentecost (June 16th). The Fast of the Apostles will run from June 24th through the 28th. During this time the traditional Fasting discipline (no meat, dairy, eggs, fish, wine or oil) is observed on all days.

Major Commemorations for May/June

May 26 Sunday of the Samaritan Woman

June 1 Justyn Martyr

June 2 Sunday of the Blind Man

June 4 Metrophanes of Constantinople

Leave-taking of Pascha

June 6 Feast of Ascension

June 8 Theodore the General (transfer of relics)

June 9 Sunday of the Holy Fathers of Nicea

June 11 Apostles Bartholomew and Barnabas

June 16 Feast of Pentecost

June 23 Feast of All Saints

June 24 Nativity of the Forerunner

June 29 Chief Apostles Peter and Paul

June 30 Synaxis of the Twelve Apostles

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.

* His Grace, Bishop NICHOLAS will be with us for a visit on May 26-27th.

* We will celebrate the Feast of the Ascension with Orthros followed by Divine Liturgy on Wednesday evening, June 5th, beginning at 6:00 p.m.

* The Parish Life Conference will be held in Raleigh NC, June 13-16.

* We will celebrate the Feast of Pentecost with a Picnic Pot Luck Meal following the Divine Liturgy on Sunday, June 16th.

* We will have the Kneeling Vespers of Pentecost on the evening of June 16th, beginning at 6:30 p.m.

* Vacation Church School will be held again this year in July on the 11th,12th, and 13th. More information will be available later.

* Our next date for serving at the Stewpot is Saturday, September 28th.

Unsupervised children in the Kitchen: For health and safety concerns children are not to be allowed in the kitchen unless accompanied by a parent. Please get ice for your children and do NOT allow them to use the icemaker themselves.

ead of ManHead of Maonasteries

Quotable: “To those who already have the Spirit it is obviously appropriate to say: ‘Quench npt the Spirit’ (I Thess. v. 19). But how can one say to such people: ‘Be filled with the Spirit’ (Eph. v. 18)? The grace of the Holy Spirit is indeed given to all Christians, because such is the power of the Christian faith. But the Holy Spirit, living in Christians, does not effect their salvation by Himself, but works together with the free actions of each individual. In this sense the Christian can offend or extinguish the Spirit—or else he may contribute to the perceptible manifestation of the Spirit’s action within him. When this happens, the Christian feels himself to be in an extraordinary state which expresses itself in deep, sweet, and quiet joy, sometimes rising to the rejoicing of the spirit: this is spiritual exultation. Contrasting it with intoxication from wine, the Apostle says that we must not seek the exultation of wine, but the exultation which he calls ‘being filled with the Spirit’. Therefore the commandment to ‘be filled with the Spirit’ is simply an injunction to behave and act in such a manner as to cooperate with or allow free scope to the Holy Spirit, to make it possible for the Holy Spirit to manifest Himself by perceptibly touching the heart.”

St. Theophan the Recluse

Worship: Sunday, June 2, 2019 (Sunday of the Blind Man)

Scripture: Acts 16:16-34; John 9:1-38

Celebrant: Father John

Epistle Reader: Sam Habeeb

Prosphora: Henderson

Coffee Hour: Meadows/Jones/Turner

5/19 announcements

May 19, 2019

Sunday of the Paralytic

In the miracle of the healing of the paralytic at the pool of Bethesda, we see the Son’s power over life and sin, power which becomes fully evident in the Resurrection. The paralytic is a man crippled in body and spirit, for, even as He heals the body, Jesus warns against results of further sin. Christ frees us from our bodies of corruption and grants us flesh glorified in Him; He also frees us from the power of sin and grants us perfection in His Spirit. As the man at the pool accepted God’s grace and found life, so let us walk in His light and come into His presence.

Acts 9:32-42: Empowered by the Holy Spirit, St Peter heals a paralyzed man and raises a woman from the dead; both acts lead to many people believing in the Lord.

John 5:1-15: Jesus demonstrates His lordship over creation and the Sabbath when He heals a sick man at the pool of Bethsaida.

Troparion of the Resurrection: Let the heavens rejoice and the earth be glad; for the Lord hath done a mighty act with his own arm. He hath trampled down death and become the First-born from the dead. He hath delivered us from the depths of hades, granting the world the Great Mercy.

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.

CALENDAR

Sunday, May 19 (Sunday of the Paralytic)

8:50 a.m. — Orthros

9:00 a.m. — Christian Education

10:00 a.m. — Divine Liturgy

Monday, May 20

Father John’s Day Off

Tuesday, May 21 (Sts. Constantine and Helen)

6:00 a.m. — Festal Orthros

Wednesday, May 22

6:30 p.m. — Daily Vespers

7:15 p.m. — Choir Practice

7:30 p.m. — Parish Council Meeting

Thursday, May 23

6:00 a.m. — Daily Orthros

Friday, May 24

Saturday, May 25 (The Forerunner, 3rd Discovery)

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

Sunday, May 26 (Sunday of the Samaritan Woman)

8:50 a.m. — Orthros

9:00 a.m. — Christian Education

10:00 a.m. — Divine Liturgy

12:00 p.m. — POT LUCK MEAL

SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENTS

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

Eucharist Bread and Coffee Hour Schedule:

Eucharist Bread Coffee Hour

May 19 R. Root Schelver/Karam/Pacurari

May 26 Baker POT LUCK MEAL

Set-up: Katool/Davis/Staursky/Baba

June 2 Henderson Meadows/Jones/Turner

June 5 (Wed. p.m.) Katool Mary Guy Lockhart

(Feast of the Ascension)

June 9 Schelver Ellis/Zuoboukos/Waites

June 16 Morris PICNIC POT LUCK MEAL

(Feast of Pentecost) Set-up: R. Root/Habeeb/Cooper

June 23 Jones Henderson/Lockhart/Alaeetawi

June 29 (Sat. a.m.) D. Root Marica Pacurari

(Feast of Sts. Peter and Paul)

June 30 Davis Pigott/Dabit/Strain/Lavric

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#

May 19 Kh. Be’Be’ Schelver Acts 9:32-42 45

May 26 Mildred Morris Acts 11:19-30 52

June 2 Sam Habeeb Acts 16:16-34 58

June 5 (Wed. p.m.) Brenda Baker Acts 1:1-12 63

June 9 Walt Wood Acts 20:16-18, 28-36 66

June 16 Kh. Be’Be’ Schelver Acts 2:1-11 77

June 23 Warren Strain Heb. 11:33-12:2 84

June 29 (Sat. a.m.) Brenda Baker II Cor. 11:21-33; 12:6-9 389

June 30 Mildred Morris I Cor. 4:9-16 135

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); Lynda Costas; Fr. Nicholas, Kh. Jan and Angelina Speier; David Morris and his family; Vernie Meadows, Fr. James and Kh. Sharon and their family; Walt and Charlotte Wood and their family; Lou Turner’s cousin Amy and her husband John; Noah and Beth Ann (Baker) Pappas, the Reader Basil and Brenda and all of the Baker family; Chris and Rebecca Dansereau and their daughters; Fr. Leo and Kh. Be’Be’ 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.

His Grace, Bishop NICHOLAS will make his next arch-pastoral visit to St. Peter’s on May 26-27th (he will be leaving on Tuesday morning, May 28th). More information will be available at a later date. Please mark your calendars now!

For updates on Fr. Leo’s condition, please go to caringbridge.com.

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.

* His Grace, Bishop NICHOLAS will be with us for a visit on May 26-27th. More details will be available at a later date.

* We will celebrate the Feast of the Ascension with Orthros followed by Divine Liturgy on Wednesday evening, June 5th, beginning at 6:00 p.m.

* The Parish Life Conference will be held in Raleigh NC, June 13-16.

* We will celebrate the Feast of Pentecost with a Picnic Pot Luck Meal following the Divine Liturgy on Sunday, June 16th.

* We will have the Kneeling Vespers of Pentecost on the evening of June 16th, beginning at 6:30 p.m.

* Vacation Church School will be held again this year in July on the 11th,12th, and 13th. More information will be available later.

* Our next date for serving at the Stewpot is Saturday, September 28th.

Fasting Discipline for May

There will be no fasting on Wednesdays and Fridays until the Feast of the Ascension, for the whole forty days, as decided by the Holy Synod of the Church of Antioch in 1997. (This is a departure from what we have done in the past, but is what we have been directed to do by the Archdiocese.)

Major Commemorations for May

May 19 Sunday of the Paralytic

May 25 The Forerunner (#rd Discovery)

May 26 Sunday of the Samaritan Woman

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

Unsupervised children in the Kitchen: For health and safety concerns children are not to be allowed in the kitchen unless accompanied by a parent. Please get ice for your children and do NOT allow them to use the icemaker themselves.

ead of ManHead of Maonasteries

Quotable: “The Spirit of grace lives in Christians from the time of baptism and chrismation. And to participate in the sacraments of repentance and communion—is not this to receive the most abundant floods of grace?’”

St. Theophan the Recluse

Worship: Sunday, May 26, 2019 (Sunday of the Samaritan Woman)

Scripture: Acts 11:19-30; John 4:5-42

Celebrant: Father John

Epistle Reader: Mildred Morris

Prosphora: R. Root

Coffee Hour: POT LUCK MEAL

Set-up: Katool/Davis/Staursky/BaBa