July 11, 2021
Third Sunday after Pentecost
St. Euphemia the All-Praised
II Corinthians 6:1-10: In our reading from II Corinthians, St Paul commends his and the other apostles’ ministry as servants of God, explaining the means by which they were able to endure all things for the glory of God.
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 Great-martyr Euphemia: O Euphemia, Christ’s comely virgin, thou didst fill the Orthodox with gladness and didst cover with shame all the heretics; for at the holy Fourth Council in Chalcedon, thou didst confirm what the Fathers decreed aright. O all glorious Great Martyr, do thou entreat Christ God that His great mercy may be granted unto us.
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.
ATTENTION: From Father John: There is no longer a need to call or text to reserve a place for the liturgies, since we are now set up to accommodate overflow into the fellowship hall. Masks and social distancing will still be in effect, both in the nave and in the fellowship hall. Seating in the nave will be on a first come, first serve basis.
UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE: All services listed on the calendar will be available through streaming and webcast.
Sunday, July 11 (Third Sunday after Pentecost; Euphemia the all-praised)
8:50 a.m. — Orthros (webcast)
10:00 a.m. — Divine Liturgy (webcast)
Monday, July 12
Father John’s Day Off
Tuesday, July 13
Wednesday, July 14
6:30 p.m. — Daily Vespers
Thursday, July 15
Saturday, July 17(Great-martyr Marina)
8:45a.m.-12:30 p.m. — Vacation Church School
4:45 p.m. — Choir Practice
6:00 p.m. — Great Vespers (No Ninth Hour)
Sunday, July 18 (Holy Fathers of the Fourth Ecumenical Council)
8:50 a.m. — Orthros (webcast)
10:00 a.m. — Divine Liturgy (webcast)
11:30 a.m. — Special Coffee Hour honoring Gabby Alaeetawi and Breeze Johns
1:30 p.m. — Vacation Church School
The Eucharist Bread …was offered by the Meadows for the Divine Liturgy this morning.
Eucharist Bread Schedule (MODIFIED Coffee Hour — Coffee only, no food**):
Eucharist Bread Coffee Hour
July 11 Meadows Kh. Be’Be’, Anastasia
July 18 Schelver Kh. Janet, Kh. Sharon, Karen**
(** there will be a cake in honor of Breeze and Gabby, our graduates)
July 25 Katool Elizabeth, Brenda
August 1 Davis Sh. Charlotte, Cheryl
August 5 (Thurs. p.m.) Jones NO Coffee Hour
(Feast of the Transfiguration)
August 8 D. Root Rebecca, Natalia
August 15 Karam Kh. Sharon, Kh. Be’Be’
August 22 Brock Elizabeth, Brenda
August 29 R. Root Kh. Janet, Anastasia
September 5 Henderson Kh. Sharon, Cheryl
September 7 (Tues, p.m.) Baker (Artoklasia Bread) NO Coffee Hour
(Feast of the Nativity of the Theotokos)
September 12 Algood Rebecca, Natalia
September 13 (Mon. p.m.) Katool NO Coffee Hour
September 19 Schelver Kh. Sharon, Christina
September 26 Jones Kh. Be’Be’, Sh. Charlotte
Coffee Hour Going Forward: We will continue to serve coffee (and juice for the children), but no food as yet, following the Divine Liturgy on Sunday mornings. We will also continue to use disposable cups and individual sweeteners and creamers. Coffee will be served inside the fellowship hall and people will be free to go outside or to sit inside with some distance. Those serving the coffee will still wear gloves and masks while serving. (The one exception to the no food rule will be Sunday, July 18th when a cake will be provided in honor of Gabby and Breeze.)
A listing of the Epistle Readers and the readings will be sent out shortly by Reader Basil.
Also, please remember that we still need your tithes and offerings which may be placed in the tithe box at the back of the nave or be mailed to: St. Peter Orthodox Church, P.O. Box 2084, Madison, MS 39130-2084.
Please remember the following in your prayers: Steve, Sheryl Chamblee; Aidan Milnor, the Milnor family; Sam and Lamia Dabit; Mary Greene (Lee and Kh. Sharon’s sister); Jay and Joanna; Fr. Leo and Kh. Be’Be’ and their family; Emad and Natalia Alaeetawi and their family; Tom and Kathy Willingham; Marilyn (Kyriake) Snell; Jack and Jill Weatherly; Darlene Amason and her 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 keep Lottie Dabbs (Sh. Charlotte Algood’s mother) in your prayers as she recovers from a bad fall which resulted in a fractured pelvis. Please also remember Sh. Charlotte and their family as well.
Please remember Fr. Joseph and Kh. Joanna Bittle, and their daughter Abigail, in your prayers.
Maria Costas is currently at St. Catherine’s Village. Please keep her in your prayers as well.
If you get sick, especially with the Corona virus, please let Fr. John know.
Father John will be retiring as of August 1, 2021. Father Herman Lasseter will become the pastor at that time. We welcome Fr. Herman, Kh. Emelia (Nikki) and their family back from their service at St. Stephen’s Church in Hiram, GA. We look forward to his leadership and ministry. Please support his efforts to grow our church in every way.
Congratulations to our graduating High School Seniors, Gabby Alaeetawi and Breeze Johns!
May God grant them Many Years! We will honor them with a special Coffee Hour next Sunday.
Fasting Discipline for July
In 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 11 Euphemia the all-praised
July 17 Great-martyr Marina
July 20 Prophet Elias
July 25 Dormition of Righteous Anna
July 27 Great-martyr Panteleimon
Please continue to follow the CDC Guidelines to limit contagion and the spread of the COVID virus.
* Beginning Saturday, July 10th, the Ladies will resume meeting at the church at 10:00 a.m. to pray the Akathist to the Mother of God, Nurturer of Children on behalf of our children.
* Vacation Church School will be held on July 17-19th. It will be held from 8:45a.m.-12:30 p.m. on Saturday the 17th and Monday the 19th. On Sunday the 18th there will be a pool party at the Pigotts beginning at 1:30 p.m.
* A Special Coffee Hour is scheduled on Sunday, July 18th to honor Gabby Alaeetawi and Breeze Johns, our graduating high school seniors.
* The next Parish Council Meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, July 28th following Daily Vespers.
* The remaining Stewpot date for this year is November 6. More information will be available closer to time.
Instructions for streaming our services can be found on the parish website.
ead of ManHead of Maonasteries
Quotable: “If we move out of our self, whom do we encounter? asks Bishop Theophan. He supplies the answer at once: We meet God and our neighbour. It is for this very reason that denying oneself is a stipulation, and the chief one, for the person who seeks salvation in Christ: only so can the centre of our being be moved from self to Christ, who is both God and our neighbour.”
Tito Colliander, The Way of the Ascetics
Worship: Sunday, July 18, 2021 (Holy Father of the Fourth Ecumenical Council)
Scripture: Titus 3:8-15; Matthew 5:14-19
Celebrant: Father John
Coffee Hour: Kh. Janet, Karen, Kh. Sharon