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8/18 announcements

August 18, 2019

Ninth Sunday after Pentecost

I Corinthians 3:9-17: In the reading from I Corinthians St Paul admonishes the Corinthian Church to give credit to the Lord for the work done by men in building the Church.

Matthew 14:22-34: In our reading from Matthew, we see Jesus’ mastery over creation by walking on the Sea of Galilee; Peter’s attempt to join Jesus shows us that our faith is weakened when we take our eyes off the Lord.

Troparion of the Resurrection: O compassionate One, thou didst descend from the heights; thou didst submit to the three-day burial, that thou might deliver us from passion. Thou art our Life and our Resurrection, O Lord, glory to thee.

Troparion of the Dormition: In thy birth-giving, O Theotokos, thou didst keep and preserve virginity; and in thy falling-asleep thou hast not forsaken the world; for living thou wast translated, being the Mother of Life. Wherefore, by thine intercessions, deliver our souls from death.

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 Dormition: Verily, the Theotokos, who is ever watchful in intercessions, who is never rejected, neither tomb nor death could control. But being the Mother of Life, he who dwelt in her ever-virgin womb didst translate her to life.

CALENDAR

Sunday, August 18 (Ninth Sunday after Pentecost)

8:50 a.m. — Orthros

10:00 a.m. — Divine Liturgy

Monday, August 19

Father John’s Day Off

Tuesday, August 20

NO Daily Orthros

Wednesday, August 21

6:30 p.m. — Daily Vespers

7:15 p.m. — Choir Practice

7:30 p.m. — Parish Council

Thursday, August 22

NO Daily Orthros

Friday, August 23

Saturday, August 24

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

Sunday, August 25 (Tenth Sunday after Pentecost)

8:50 a.m. — Orthros

10:00 a.m. — Divine Liturgy

12:00 p.m. — Pool Party for Christian Education classes at the Pigott’s

SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENTS

Eucharist Bread …was offered by Morrises for the Feast of the Dormition this past Wednesday evening and by the Joneses 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 18 Jones Henderson/Pigott/Alaeetawi/Cooper

August 25 Davis Stewart/Lockhart

September 1 Meadows Meadows/Dabit/Strain/Lavric

September 8 (Sun. a.m.) D. Root POT LUCK MEAL

(Nativity of the Theotokos) Set-up: Baker/D. Root/Dansereau

September 14 (Sat. a.m.) Karam Kh. Sharon Meadows

September 15 Brock Katool/Davis/Baba

September 22 Baker Schelver/Karam/Pacurari

September 29 Henderson Habeeb/Jones/Turner

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

August 25 Walt Wood I Cor. 4:9-16 135

September 1 Warren Strain I Tim. 2:1-7 303

September 8 Mildred Morris Phil. 2:5-11 307

September 14 (Sat. a.m.) Kh. Sharon Meadows I Cor. 1:18-24 311

September 15 Sam Habeeb Gal. 2:16-20 193

September 22 Brenda Baker II Cor. 1:21-2:4 158

September 29 Walt Wood II Cor. 4:6-15 163

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 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 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 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.

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.

* 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.)

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 still 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 no volunteers come forward, we will cancel the event.

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.

Fasting Discipline for August

Following the 15th, the traditional fasting discipline (no meat, dairy, eggs, fish, wine or oil) 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 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: “Prayer is the highest and most noble activity of the human spirit. According to the Fathers, prayer is man’s ‘mirror of progress’ on his journey towards spiritual perfection. Moreover, if we go, as we ought, by the Lord’s word that ‘all things, whatsoever ye shall ask in prayer, believing, ye shall receive’ (Matt. 21:22), we are convinced that prayer, and above all, prayer in the Name of Jesus Christ (cf. John 14:13; 15:7, 16; 16:23) is the surest source of help. Through it, man can obtain everything necessary for his spiritual growth and salvation. For this reason, prayer is as invaluable in each person’s life as it is for the sustenance of the world at large.”

Archimandrite Zacharias, The Hidden Man of the Heart

Worship: Sunday, August 25, 2019 (Tenth Sunday after Pentecost)

Scripture: I Corinthians 4:9-16; Matthew 17:14-23

Celebrant: Father John

Epistle Reader: Walt Wood

Prosphora: Davis

Coffee Hour: Stewart/Lockhart

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.

CALENDAR

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

SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENTS

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

8/4 announcements

August 4, 2019

Seventh Sunday after Pentecost

Romans 15:1-7: St Paul encourages us to deny ourselves on behalf of others for our own edification. He reminds us that the Lord has brought salvation to the Gentiles, thus giving hope to those who were lost.

Matthew 9:27-35: The Lord Jesus again demonstrates His mercy by healing two blind men and cast­ing out a demon from a man possessed. We see that the Lord has compassion for all those who are op­pressed by sin, death and Satan.

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 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.

CALENDAR

Sunday, August 4 (Seventh Sunday after Pentecost)

8:50 a.m. — Orthros

10:00 a.m. — Divine Liturgy

Monday, August 5

Father John’s Day Off

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

Tuesday, August 6 (Feast of the Transfiguration)

Before His Passion, Jesus ascended Mount Tabor with His disciples Peter, James and John, for the purpose of prayer. There the three disciples beheld Him transfigured and saw a vision in which Moses the Lawgiver (shown on the icon on the right holding the tablets of the Law) and Elijah the Prophet appeared and spoke with Him. “And He was transfigured before them, and His face shone like the sun, and His garments became white as light. And behold, there appeared to them Moses and Elijah, talking with Him” (Matt. 17:2-3). The fact that Moses and Elijah appeared at the Transfiguration is very significant in that these two men were the leading figures of the Old Testament – which confirms the fact that Jesus is the fulfillment of the Law and the Prophets (see Matthew 5:17). Their presence confirmed that Jesus was indeed the Christ, the Messiah whom the people of the Old Testament had been anticipating. The Gospel account also says that a voice from a bright cloud said “This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased, listen to Him” (Matt. 17:5), further confirming the person of Jesus as the divine Messiah. When the three disciples saw and heard these things they fell on their faces and were filled with awe (this is shown on the icon by the way Peter, James and John are depicted at the foot of the mount). When they came down the mountain Jesus told His disciples to “tell no one the vision, until the Son of man is raised from the dead” (Matt. 17:9). Jesus did not want everyone to know what had happened until the time was right. The Kontakion of the feast gives understanding as to why Jesus allowed Peter, James and John to be present at His transfiguration: “On the mountain wast Thou transfigured, O Christ God, and Thy disciples beheld Thy glory as far as they could see it; so that when they would behold Thee crucified, they would understand that Thy suffering was voluntary, and would proclaim to the world that Thou art truly the Radiance of the Father.”

NO Daily Orthros

Wednesday, August 7

6:30 p.m. — Paraklesis Service

Thursday, August 8 (Procession of the Holy Cross)

NO Daily Orthros

Friday, August 9

6:30 p.m. — Paraklesis Service

Saturday, August 10

10:00 a.m. — Ladies meet for Akathist

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

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

SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENTS

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

Eucharist Bread and Coffee Hour Schedule:

Eucharist Bread Coffee Hour

August 4 Henderson Habeeb/Jones/Turner

August 5 (Mon. p.m.) Katool

(Feast of the Transfiguration)

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 4 Mildred Morris Rom. 15:1-7 119

August 5 (Mon. p.m.) Kh. Sharon Meadows II Pet. 1:10-19 401

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; 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 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.

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 on the bulletin board for hotel information. (Reservations must be made by August 15th for the group rate.)

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.

* The Feast of the Transfiguration of our Lord will be celebrated with Orthros followed by Divine Liturgy THIS Monday evening, August 5th, beginning at 6:00 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 first 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 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.

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 6 Feast of the Transfiguration of our Lord

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: “It would be holy for all Orthodox Christians, if possible, to be eager to serve whenever the Church and those who serve her ask some help in whatever form, because it is a great blessing to help and to serve the house of God with eagerness and joy, that is, with our heart. Then our service has greater value and our offering to God becomes acceptable, because ‘God loves a cheerful giver’ (II Cor. 9:7).”

The Priest Michael, Practical Guide to Orthodoxy and Orthopraxia

Worship: Sunday, August 11, 2019 (Eighth Sunday after Pentecost; Sunday after the Transfiguration)

Scripture: I Corinthians 1:10-17; Matthew 14:14-22

Celebrant: Father John

Epistle Reader: Warren Strain

Prosphora: Schelver

Coffee Hour: POT LUCK MEAL

Set-up: Ellis/Zouboukos/Waites