7/18 announcements

July 18, 2021

Fourth Sunday after Pentecost

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: 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 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.

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. 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 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

Monday, July 19

Father John’s Day Off

Tuesday, July 20 (Prophet Elias)

NO Services

Wednesday, July 21

6:30 p.m. — Daily Vespers

Thursday, July 22

NO Services

Friday, July 23

NO Services

Saturday, July 24

4:45 p.m. — Choir Practice

6:00 p.m. — Great Vespers (No Ninth Hour)

Sunday, July 25 (Fifth Sunday after Pentecost; Dormition of Righteous Anna)

8:50 a.m. — Orthros (webcast)

10:00 a.m. — Divine Liturgy (webcast)


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

Eucharist Bread Schedule (MODIFIED Coffee Hour — Coffee only, no food**):

Eucharist Bread Coffee Hour

July 18 Schelver Kh. Janet, Kh. Sharon**

(** 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

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 18 Brenda Baker Titus 3:8-15 322

July 25 Walt Wood Gal. 4:22-27 314

August 1 Kh. Elizabeth Rom. 12:6-14 113

August 5 (Thurs. p.m.) Sam Habeeb II Pet. 1:10-19 401

(Feast of the Transfiguration)

August 8 Sh. Charlotte Algood Rom. 15:1-7 119

August 15 Kh. Sharon Phil. 2:5-11 403

August 22 Brenda Baker I Cor. 3:9-17 130

August 29 Walt Wood Acts 13:25-33 406

September 5 Kh. Elizabeth I Cor. 9:2-12 141

September 12 Sam Habeeb Gal. 6:11-18 198

September 13 (Mon. p.m.) Kh. Sharon I Cor. 1:18-24 311

(Feast of the Elevation of the Holy Cross)

September 19 Brenda Baker Gal. 2:16-20 193

September 26 Walt Wood I John 4:12-19 315

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 today when a cake will be provided in honor of Gabby and Breeze.)

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 are honoring them today with a special Coffee Hour.

We welcome Eugene Berry back into the communion and fellowship of St. Peter Orthodox Church!

Instructions for streaming our services can be found on the parish website.

Please continue to follow the CDC Guidelines to limit contagion and the spread of the COVID virus.

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 20 Prophet Elias

July 25 Dormition of Righteous Anna

July 27 Great-martyr Panteleimon

Calendar Items:

* 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. Today there will be a pool party at the Pigotts beginning at 1:30 p.m.

* A Special Coffee Hour is scheduled today 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.

Quotable: “The main difference between Christian spirituality and any other, besides the fact that it doesn’t advocate man’s identification with the divinity or with a total essence, is its Christological character. In other words, the ascent of Christians to God has Jesus Christ not only as a norm, but also as the way, according to His own words: ‘I am the way… .’ No one can reach the mystical union with God, if he takes another way than Christ (He is the only Way), and no one in this union can go beyond Christ. In addition, our relationship with Him is realized and strengthened by His Holy Spirit.”

Fr. Dumitru Staniloae, Orthodox Spirituality

Worship: Sunday, July 25, 2021 (Holy Father of the Fourth Ecumenical Council)

Scripture: Titus 3:8-15; Matthew 5:14-19

Celebrant: Father John

Epistle Reader: Walt Wood

Prosphora: Katool

Coffee Hour: Brenda Baker, Elizabeth Root