8/11 announcements

August 11, 2019

Eighth Sunday after Pentecost

I Corinthians 1:10-17: St. Paul appeals to the Corinthians to put away their divisions and to be joined together in Jesus Christ.

Matthew 14:14-22: In the reading from St Matthew we hear about Jesus’ feeding the five thousand with five loaves of bread and two fish. In this miracle we see that Jesus is the Bread of Life.

Troparion of the Resurrection: Thou didst shatter death by thy Cross; thou didst open paradise to the thief; thou didst turn the mourning of the ointment-bearing women into joy, and didst bid thine Apostles proclaim warning that thou hast risen, O Christ, granting the world Great Mercy.

Troparion of the Transfiguration: When, O Christ our God, thou wast transfigured on the mountain, thou didst reveal thy glory to thy Disciples in proportion as they could bear it. Let thine everlasting light also enlighten us sinners, through the intercessions of the Theotokos, O Bestower of light, 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 Transfiguration: Thou wast transfigured on the mount, and thy Disciples, in so far as they were able, beheld thy glory, O Christ our God; so that, when they should see thee crucified, they would remember that thy suffering was voluntary, and could declare to all the world that thou art truly the effulgent Splendor of the Father.


Sunday, August 11 (Eighth Sunday after Pentecost)

8:50 a.m. — Orthros

10:00 a.m. — Divine Liturgy

12:00 p.m. — Pot Luck Meal

Monday, August 12

Father John’s Day Off

6:30 p.m. — Paraklesis Service

Tuesday, August 13

NO Daily Orthros

Wednesday, August 14

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

Thursday, August 15 (Dormition of the Holy Theotokos)

NO Daily Orthros

Friday, August 16

Saturday, August 17

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

Sunday, August 18 (Ninth Sunday after Pentecost)

8:50 a.m. — Orthros

10:00 a.m. — Divine Liturgy


Eucharist Bread …was offered by Morrises for the Feast of the Transfiguration this past Monday evening and by the Schelvers for the Divine Liturgy this morning.

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.

Eucharist Bread and Coffee Hour Schedule:

Eucharist Bread Coffee Hour

August 11 Schelver POT LUCK MEAL

Set-up: Ellis/Zouboukos/Waites

August 14 (Wed. p.m.) Morris Christina Katool

(Feast of the Dormition of the Theotokos)

August 18 Jones Henderson/Lockhart/Alaeetawi/Cooper

August 25 Meadows Stewart/Pigott

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#

August 11 Warren Strain I Cor. 1:10-17 124

August 14 (Wed. p.m.) Brenda Baker Phil. 2:5-11 403

August 18 Sam Habeeb I Cor. 3:9-17 130

August 25 Walt Wood 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 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); 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; Dn. Noah and Sh. 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.

Please pray for Natalia, Emad and their family. Natalia has been diagnosed with Stage 1 breast cancer and will undergo surgery in the near future. Let us support them in every way possible.

Please refrain from wearing shorts or revealing clothes to the services of the church this summer. We realize that it is hot but the church frowns on attire that is that casual for its services.

There will be no Daily Orthros on weekdays until the fall. The date when these services will resume will be announced later.

We will have a Back to School Swim Party for the Christian Education classes following Coffee Hour on Sunday, August 25th at the home of Mike and Cheryl Pigott. Please see Cheryl for directions.

Our annual Fall Festival is tentatively scheduled for Saturday, October 19th. Many thanks to Anna Kathryn Stewart for coordinating this event for the last few years! We are looking for a volunteer who would be willing to take it on this year. If you would be willing to do so, please let Fr. John know.

If severe weather is in the area please check our website or facebook page for information on services. If it is ever necessary to cancel any of our services due to severe weather conditions, this will be posted on those sites.

Calendar Items:

* The Men of the parish meet for lunch and fellowship on the first Thursday of the month. However, they will meet on the third Thursday in July (only).

* 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 Dormition will begin on August 1st and run through August 15th. As is our parish custom, we will have the Paraklesis Service to the Theotokos on Monday, Wednesday and Friday evenings (except for the 5th and 14th), beginning at 6:30 p.m.

* We will celebrate the Feast of the Dormition of the Theotokos with Orthros followed by Divine Liturgy on Wednesday evening, August 14th, beginning at 6:00 p.m.

* There will be a Back to School Swim Party for the Christian Education classes following Coffee Hour on Sunday, August 25th at the home of Mike and Cheryl Pigott.

* The Diocese of Miami and the Southeast will hold its second Fall Retreat September 6-7 at St. Ignatius in Franklin, TN.

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

* Our annual Fall Festival is tentatively scheduled for Saturday, October 19th.

* The Women’s Pan-Orthodox Retreat will be held at Holy Resurrection on Saturday, October 26th. Abbot Tryphon of All-Merciful Saviour Monastery, Vashon Island, Washington will be our speaker. More information will be available at a later date.

* Bishop NICHOLAS will make his next arch-pastoral visit to St. Peter on the weekend of November 8-10. Please mark your calendars now.

The Diocese of Miami and the Southeast will hold its second Fall Retreat on September 6-7 at St. Ignatius in Franklin, TN. This will be strictly a spiritual retreat. There will be no business meetings of any kind. There is a $40 registration fee per person (to cover meals and snacks). Please see the flyer in the hallway outside the nave and on the bulletin board in the fellowship hall for hotel information. (Reservations must be made by August 15th for the group rate.)

Fasting Discipline for August

The Fast of the Dormition began on August 1st and runs through the 15th. During this time the traditional fasting discipline (no meat, dairy, eggs, fish, wine or oil) will be observed on all days of the week. Following the 15th, the traditional fasting discipline will be observed on the remaining Wednesdays and Fridays of the month. The feastday of the Beheading of the Forerunner on August 29th is a strict fast day.

Major Commemorations for August

August 15 Feast of the Dormition of the Theotokos

August 29 Beheading of the Forerunner

August 31 Deposition of the Belt of the Thetokos

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: “When Christians are walking on the street, they are always very careful. Their appearance is humble, their dress modest and dignified, their face joyous, their greeting extended to friends, and also to enemies, if they exist. By necessity their words are measured without vain talking, their laughter should not be loud, bursting and sarcastic, but they should be premeated with the blessed Orthodox joyful-sadness, avoiding extremes and excesses, and their seriousness should not reach a point of sternness, so that they think or show others thus, that they surpass many of their fellow men.

At work, at the office, at the business, at the doctor’s office or at the store, they should be righteous, serving, eager, patient, well-mannered not money hungry, charitable, sweet-talking, humble, flexible, speaking few words, avoiding vain and empty talk.

We could say that these are a few of the marks of struggling Christians and when our life and our behavior are seen by people of the world, they are benefited and corrected and thus the name of God is glorified and we become true LIGHT OF CHRIST and the salt of society, as our Lord also characteristically told his Disciples. ‘So let your light shine before men, so that they see your good works and glorify your Father in the heavens’ (Matt. 5:16).”

The Priest Michael, Practical Guide to Orthodoxy and Orthopraxia

Worship: Sunday, August 18, 2019 (Ninth Sunday after Pentecost; Sunday after the Dormition)

Scripture: I Corinthians 3:9-17; Matthew 14:22-34

Celebrant: Father John

Epistle Reader: Sam Habeeb

Prosphora: Jones

Coffee Hour: Henderson/Lockhart/Alaeetawi/Cooper