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September 16, 2018

Sunday after the Elevation of the Holy Cross

Great-martyr Euphemia the All-praised

Galatians 2:16-20: We hear from St Paul’s letter to the Galatians that we are justified by faith in Christ, not by works of the Law; and that we now live our lives by faith in the Son of God.

Mark 8:34-9:1: In our reading from the gospel of Mark we hear our Lord tell His disciples that self-denial is required for true spirituality.

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 Holy Cross: O Lord, save thy people and bless thine inheritance, granting to thy people victory over all their enemies, and by the power of thy Cross preserving thy kingdom.

Troparion of St. Euphemia: O Lord Jesus, unto Thee Thy lamb doth cry with a great voice: O my Bridegroom, Thee I love; and seeking Thee, I now contest, and with Thy baptism am crucified and buried. I suffer for Thy sake, that I may reign with Thee; for Thy sake I die, that I may live with Thee: accept me offered out of longing to Thee as a spotless sacrifice. Lord, save our souls through her intercessions, since Thou art great in 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 the Holy Cross: Do thou, who of thine own good will wast lifted up upon the Cross, O Christ our God, bestow thy bounties upon the new nation which is called by thy Name; make glad in thy might those who lawfully govern, that with them we may led to victory over our adversaries, having in thine aid a weapon of peace and a trophy invincible.

CALENDAR

Sunday, September 16 (Sunday after the Elevation of the Holy Cross)

8:50 a.m. — Orthros

9:00 a.m. — Christian Education

10:00 a.m. — Divine Liturgy

Monday, September 17

Father John’s Day Off

Tuesday, September 18

6:00 a.m. — Daily Orthros

Wednesday, September 19

6:30 p.m. — Daily Vespers

7:15 p.m. — Choir Practice

Thursday, September 20

6:00 a.m. — Daily Orthros

Friday, September 21

Saturday, September 22

8:30 a.m. — Workday at the Church

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

Sunday, September 23 (Conception of the Forerunner and Baptist John)

8:50 a.m. — Orthros

9:00 a.m. — Christian Education

10:00 a.m. — Divine Liturgy

SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENTS

Eucharist Bread …was offered by the Katools for the Feast of the Elevation of the Holy Cross last Thursday evening and by the Schelvers for the Divine Liturgy this morning.

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.

Eucharist Bread and Coffee Hour Schedule:

Eucharist Bread Coffee Hour

September 16 Schelver Ellis/Zouboukos/Waites

September 23 Morris R. Root/Habeeb/Cooper

September 30 Jones Henderson/Lockhart/Alaeetawi

October 7 Meadows Stewart/Meadows

October 14 Davis POT LUCK MEAL

Set-up: Baker/D. Root/Dansereau

October 21 D. Root Pigott/Strain/Dabit/Lavric

October 28 Karam Schelver/Karam/Pacurari

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#

September 16 Mildred Morris Gal. 2:1-20 193

September 23 Walt Wood Gal. 4:22:27 314

September 30 Warren Strain II Cor. 9:6-11 178

October 7 Kh. Sharon Meadows II Cor. 11:31-33; 12:1-9 183

October 14 Mildred Morris Titus 3:8-15 322

October 21 Kh. Be’Be’ Schelver Gal. 2:16-20 193

October 28 Sam Habeeb Gal. 6:11-18 198

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.

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.

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); Fr. Stephen Tewfik; 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.

Fr. John and Kh. Janet will be in Florida spending time with Jordan’s family September 24-28th. If you need a priest during this time, please contact Fr. Leo or Fr. James.

Our annual parish Fall Festival is scheduled for Saturday, October 27th, beginning at 4:00 p.m. We will not have 9th Hour prayers or Great Vespers that day. More information will be made available in the near future.

Orthodox Women’s Retreat: V. Rev. Fr. John Oliver, the pastor of St. Elizabeth the New Martyr Orthodox Church in Murfreesboro, TN, will be the speaker for the annual Women’s Retreat to be held this year at St. Peter’s on Saturday, November 10th, beginning at 9:00 a.m.

Fr. John will be addressing the topic: “Anxiety, Despondency, Despair: Helping Orthodox Women Cope”.

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. However, we will not do this in September due to the liturgy for the Feast of the Nativity of the Theotokos and other conflicts later in the month.

* The Ladies of the parish meet for lunch and fellowship on the last Tuesday of the month.

* The Feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross will be celebrated with Orthros followed by Divine Liturgy on Thursday evening, September 13th, beginning at 6:00 p.m.

* Fall Festival is scheduled for Saturday, October 27th. More information soon.

* His Grace, Bishop NICHOLAS will be visiting St. Peter November 2-6. Please mark your calendars now.

* V. Rev. Fr. John Oliver, the pastor of St. Elizabeth the New Martyr Orthodox Church in Murfreesboro, TN, will be the speaker for the annual Women’s Retreat to be held this year at St. Peter’s on Saturday, November 10th. Fr. John will be addressing the topic: “Anxiety, Despondency, Despair: Helping Orthodox Women Cope”.

* The next date for serving meals at the Stewpot will be Saturday, November 17th.

* The Children will present their Nativity Program on Sunday, December 16th during Coffee Hour. We will also have a Pot Luck Meal that Sunday to add to the festivities.

The Ladies of St. Peter will have a brief meeting at Coffee Hour on Sunday, September 30th. Please mark your calendars and plan to attend.

St. Peter will be hosting the Lower MS Valley Deanery Clergy Retreat October 22nd-24th.

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.

Fasting Discipline for September

In September, 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 September

September 23 Conception of the Forerunner

September 24 Proto-martyr Thekla

September 26 Apostle John the Theologian (repose)

September 28 Venerable Chariton

If you are the last to leave, please make sure that the doors in the Fellowship Hall, the kitchen and the hallway are all locked.

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

ead of ManHead of Maonasteries

Quotable: “Read Saint Silouan. For him, everyone has his role in the world: one is king, another patriarch, teacher, or even labourer. It is of no importance. Whether someone be a king or a simple labourer, it made no difference to Father Silouan. Someone who loves Christ, who assimilates and bears within himself the ‘feelings that were in Jesus Christ’, lives the world as one Adam, prays for the whole Adam. That is what true Christianity is.”

Archimandrite Sophrony, Words of Life

Worship: Sunday, September 23. 2018 (Conception of the Forerunner and Baptist John)

Scripture: Galatians 4:22-27; Luke 5:1-11

Celebrant: Father John

Epistle Reader: Walt Wood

Prosphora: Morris

Coffee Hour: R. Root/Habeeb/Cooper

9/9 announcements

September 9, 2018

Sunday before the Elevation of the Holy Cross

After-feast of the Nativity of the Theotokos

Synaxis of the Ancestors of God, Joachim and Anna

Galatians 6:11-18: In the conclusion of his letter to the Galatians, St Paul reminds them that to be cir­cumcised or uncircumcised is not the issue, but rather to be a new creation in Christ Jesus.

John 3:13-17: In the Gospel of John we hear Jesus speak concerning His purpose for coming into the world: to save mankind through His death and Resurrection.

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 Nativity of the Theotokos: Thy nativity, O Theotokos, hath proclaimed joy to the whole universe; for from thee did shine forth the Sun of justice, Christ our God, annulling the curse, and bestowing the everlasting blessing, abolishing death and granting us life everlasting.

Troparion of the Ancestors: We celebrate the memory of Thy holy ancestors, O Lord, and through them we beseech Thee to save our souls.

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 Nativity of the Theotokos: By thy holy birth-giving, O pure one, Joachim and Anne were delivered from the reproach of barrenness; and Adam and Eve were delivered from the corruption of death; thy people do celebrate it, having been saved from the stain of iniquity, crying unto thee, The barren doth give birth to the Theotokos, who nourisheth our life.

CALENDAR

Sunday, September 9 (Sunday before the Elevation of the Holy Cross)

8:50 a.m. — Orthros

9:00 a.m. — Christian Education

10:00 a.m. — Divine Liturgy

12:00 p.m. — Pot Luck Meal

Monday, September 10

Father John’s Day Off

Tuesday, September 11

6:00 a.m. — Daily Orthros

Wednesday, September 12

6:30 p.m. — Daily Vespers

7:15 p.m. — Choir Practice

Thursday, September 13 (Dedication of the Church of the Anastasis)

6:00 a.m. — Daily Orthros

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

Friday, September 14 (Elevation of the Precious Cross)

This feast is celebrated as one of the most important in the Church Year because it commemorates two events of great significance. After St. Helen had found at Jerusalem the cross upon which Christ was crucified, she built a Church on Mount Calvary to hold the precious relic. The Christians held the Holy Cross in such high regard that they soon began to celebrate this feast in honor of the finding of the Cross.

In the year 614, the Persians invaded the Empire and took Jerusalem, and sent the case containing the Cross back to their country. For fifteen years the Greek Emperor Heraclius waged war against the Persians, and finally in 629 defeated them, forcing them to make peace, and to restore the Holy Cross to him. It is said that the case containing the sacred relics was returned to him with the seals still unbroken. The Relics were replaced in the Church with great rejoicing, and to the original Feast in honor of the finding of the Cross was added another, in honor of its safe return to Jerusalem.

A special feature of the Church Services on this day, is the procession in which the Cross is borne aloft on a tray of flowers and placed in the midst of the Church; the Priest then elevates it to the four corners of the compass, blessing thrice with it as he does so, and praying that God will protect and preserve the President and the Civil Authorities of our country and the Armed Forces, and guard and guide the Hierarchs and clergy of the Church, and protect and preserve all His faithful people from every evil.

Saturday, September 15

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

Sunday, September 16 (Sunday after the Elevation of the Holy Cross)

8:50 a.m. — Orthros

9:00 a.m. — Christian Education

10:00 a.m. — Divine Liturgy

SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENTS

Eucharist Bread …was offered by the Hendersons for the Nativity of the Theotokos yesterday morning and by the Algoods for the Divine Liturgy this morning.

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.

Eucharist Bread and Coffee Hour Schedule:

Eucharist Bread Coffee Hour

September 9 Algood POT LUCK MEAL

Set-up: Schelver/Karam/Lavric

September 13 (Thur. p.m.) Katool Sh. Charlotte Algood

(Feast of the Elevation of the Holy Cross)

September 16 Schelver Ellis/Zouboukos/Waites

September 23 Morris R. Root/Habeeb/Cooper

September 30 Jones Henderson/Lockhart/Alaeetawi

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#

September 9 Kh. Be’Be’ Schelver Gal. 6:11-18 198

September 13 (Thur. p.m.) Sh. Charlotte Algood I Cor. 1:18-24 311

September 16 Mildred Morris Gal. 2:1-20 193

September 23 Walt Wood Gal. 4:22:27 314

September 30 Warren Strain II Cor. 9:6-11 178

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.

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.

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); Fr. Stephen Tewfik; 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.

Fr. John and Kh. Janet will be in Florida spending time with Jordan’s family September 24-28th. If you need a priest during this time, please contact Fr. Leo or Fr. James.

Our annual parish Fall Festival is scheduled for Saturday, October 27th, beginning at 4:00 p.m. We will not have 9th Hour prayers or Great Vespers that day. More information will be made available in the near future.

A Diocese of Miami and the Southeast Teen Retreat will be held in Atlanta (hosted by St. Elias Church) September 7-9th. If you are interested in going, please let Fr. John know as soon as possible. Registration forms are available at https://goo.gl/forms/SIYClotCEDFDnY823.

St. Peter will be hosting the Lower MS Valley Deanery Clergy Retreat October 22nd-24th.

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. However, we will not do this in September due to the liturgy for the Feast of the Nativity of the Theotokos and other conflicts later in the month.

* The Ladies of the parish meet for lunch and fellowship on the last Tuesday of the month.

* The Feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross will be celebrated with Orthros followed by Divine Liturgy on Thursday evening, September 13th, beginning at 6:00 p.m.

* Fall Festival is scheduled for Saturday, October 27th. More information soon.

* His Grace, Bishop NICHOLAS will be visiting St. Peter November 2-6. Please mark your calendars now.

* V. Rev. Fr. John Oliver, the pastor of St. Elizabeth the New Martyr Orthodox Church in Murfreesboro, TN, will be the speaker for the annual Women’s Retreat to be held this year at St. Peter’s on Saturday, November 10th. Fr. John will be addressing the topic: “Anxiety, Despondency, Despair: Helping Orthodox Women Cope”.

* The next date for serving meals at the Stewpot will be Saturday, November 17th.

* The Children will present their Nativity Program on Sunday, December 16th during Coffee Hour. We will also have a Pot Luck Meal that Sunday to add to the festivities.

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.

Fasting Discipline for September

In September, 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 September

September 9 Righteous Joachim and Anna

September 13 Dedication of the Church of the Anastasis

September 14 Elevation of the Precious Cross

September 23 Conception of the Forerunner

September 24 Proto-martyr Thekla

September 26 Apostle John the Theologian (repose)

September 28 Venerable Chariton

If you are the last to leave, please make sure that the doors in the Fellowship Hall, the kitchen and the hallway are all locked.

The Ladies of St. Peter will have a brief meeting at Coffee Hour on Sunday, September 30th. Please mark your calendars and plan to attend.

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

ead of ManHead of Maonasteries

Quotable: “In the Scriptures, it is often said that Christ died for the whole world, for the sins of the whole world. When we limit the person of Christ, when we bring Him down to the level of nationalities, we immediately lose everything and fall into darkness. then the way is open for hatred between nations, for hostility between social groups.”

Archimandrite Sophrony, Words of Life

Worship: Sunday, September 16. 2018 (Sunday after the Elevation of the Holy Cross)

Scripture: Galatians 2:16-20; Mark 8:34-9:1

Celebrant: Father John

Epistle Reader: Mildred Morris

Prosphora: Schelver

Coffee Hour: Ellis/Zouboukos/Waites

9/2 announcements

September 2, 2018

Fourteenth Sunday after Pentecost

September 1 marks the beginning of the ecclesiastical year. The liturgical year is a body of sacred “signs” which have a present effect. Each liturgical feast renews and actualizes the event of which it is the symbol; it takes the event out of the past and makes it immediate; it offers us the appropriate grace; it becomes the “effectual sign.” The liturgical year is a special means of union with Christ. Every Eucharist unites us intimately with Christ, for in it He is “both He who offers and He who is offered.” Every prayer, being the prayer of the members of the mystical body, shares in the prayer of Him who is the Head of the Body and the only One whose prayer is perfect. We are called to relive the whole life of Christ: from Christmas to Easter, from Easter to Pentecost, we are exhorted to unite ourselves to Christ in his birth and in his growth, to Christ suffering, to Christ dying, to Christ in triumph and to Christ inspiring His Church. The liturgical year forms Christ in us; the liturgical year is Christ Himself, annus est Christus. It includes the cycle of feasts of the saints, the glorified members of the body of Christ. Their sanctity is but an aspect, a shining ray of the holiness of Christ Himself. To celebrate the feast of a saint is to celebrate a special grace that flows from Christ to that saint and so to us. In the same way that the feasts of our Lord in a mysterious way renew the events of His life, so the feasts of the saints make their lives, their merits and their deaths mysteriously actual. Commemorations of the martyrs renew the grace of their violent deaths, so that, as these were a participation in the passion of Christ, this passion is relived in remembering the martyrs. The liturgical year has but one and the same object, Jesus Christ; whether we contemplate Him directly or through the members of His body. Great graces and great spiritual opportunities are offered us during the course of the liturgical year. It provides a frame and support for Christian piety; it gives it a style which is sober and objective; it maintains a bond of unity among believers. Above all, it communicates an inspiration and transmits a life. It acquires its true meaning to the extent that it becomes an adoration in spirit, in truth.

(Excerpted and paraphrased from The Year of Grace of the Lord)

II Corinthians 1:21-2:1-4: St Paul, writing in II Corinthians, reminds us that we are established in God from whom we have received the Holy Spirit as a pledge of what we shall receive in the fullness of God’s kingdom.

Matthew 22:2-14: In the gospel of St Matthew we hear our Lord tell us the parable of the marriage feast, in which we learn that readiness for the coming of our Lord requires correct preparation.

Troparion of the Resurrection: Let us believers praise and worship the Word, co-eternal with the Father and the Spirit, born of the Virgin for our salvation; for he took pleasure in ascending the Cross in the flesh, to suffer death, and to raise the dead by his glorious Resurrection.

Troparion of St. Mamas: Thy Martyr, O Lord, in his courageous contest for Thee received as the prize the crown of incorruption and life from Thee, our immortal God. For since he possessed Thy strength, he cast down the tyrants and wholly destroyed the demons= strengthless presumption. O Christ our God, by his prayers, save our souls, since Thou art merciful.

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 Nativity of the Theotokos: By thy holy birth-giving, O pure one, Joachim and Anne were delivered from the reproach of barrenness; and Adam and Eve were delivered from the corruption of death; thy people do celebrate it, having been saved from the stain of iniquity, crying unto thee, The barren doth give birth to the Theotokos, who nourisheth our life.

CALENDAR

Sunday, September 2 (Fourteenth Sunday after Pentecost)

8:50 a.m. — Orthros

10:00 a.m. — Divine Liturgy with the Chrismation of Davis Bourne

Monday, September 3

Father John’s Day Off

Tuesday, September 4

6:00 a.m. — Daily Orthros

Wednesday, September 5

6:30 p.m. — Daily Vespers

7:15 p.m. — Choir Practice

Thursday, September 6 (Miracle of the Archangel Michael)

6:00 a.m. — Daily Orthros

11:30 a.m. — Men’s Lunch

Friday, September 7

Saturday, September 8 (Nativity of the Theotokos)

The first feast of the liturgical year celebrates the birth of the Holy Virgin Mary, most blessed of women, chosen to bear God the Son, partaker in the Incarnation as the dwelling place of God. To celebrate her birth and give honor to her life is unavoidably to anticipate the coming of the Messiah and to adore His person. To remember her worthiness is to remember God’s grace. To wonder at her faith is to arouse ourselves to emulate her strength of will and her depth of trust. As we enter the cycle of the year, we turn first to honor the Holy Virgin, she who by her role in history and by her place among the saints most reminds us of the coming of the Saviour and the life He gives us, who by the Incarnation became the ladder between Heaven and Earth, who as the Mother of Christ is also the Mother of all His brethren.

9:00 a.m. — Orthros followed by Divine Liturgy

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

Sunday, September 9 (Sunday before the Elevation of the Cross)

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 Dn. Richard Roots for the Divine Liturgy this morning.

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.

Eucharist Bread and Coffee Hour Schedule:

Eucharist Bread Coffee Hour

September 2 R. Root Algood/Jones/Turner/Bowman

September 8 (Sat. a.m.) Henderson Kh. Sharon Meadows

(Feast of the Nativity of the Theotokos)

September 9 Algood POT LUCK MEAL

Set-up: Schelver/Karam/Lavric

September 13 (Thur. p.m.) Katool

(Feast of the Elevation of the Holy Cross)

September 16 Schelver Ellis/Zouboukos/Waites

September 23 Morris R. Root/Habeeb/Cooper

September 30 Jones Henderson/Lockhart/Alaeetawi

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#

September 2 Kh. Sharon Meadows II Cor. 1:21-2:4 158

September 8 (Sat. a.m.) Brenda Baker Phil. 2:5-11 307

September 9 Kh. Be’Be’ Schelver Gal. 6:11-18 198

September 13 (Thur. p.m.) Sh. Charlotte Algood I Cor. 1:18-24 311

September 16 Mildred Morris Gal. 2:1-20 193

September 23 Walt Wood Gal. 4:22:27 314

September 30 Warren Strain II Cor. 9:6-11 178

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.

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.

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); Fr. Stephen Tewfik; 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.

Welcome and Many Years! to Davis Bourne who is being chrismated during the Divine Liturgy this morning.

Memory Eternal! Dean Bruner, a member of St. Athanasius Orthodox Church in Goleta, CA and a very good friend of several members of our parish, fell asleep in the Lord this past week following a protracted illness. Please pray for his wife, Penny, and their family. Dean and Penny’s son, Cyrus, attended Belhaven College and was a member of St. Peter’s many years ago. Following his death, they made a very generous donation in his memory which was used to purchase our bells. May his Memory be Eternal!

Our annual parish Fall Festival is scheduled for Saturday, October 27th, beginning at 4:00 p.m. We will not have 9th Hour prayers or Great Vespers that day. More information will be made available in the near future.

A Diocese of Miami and the Southeast Teen Retreat will be held in Atlanta (hosted by St. Elias Church) September 7-9th. If you are interested in going, please let Fr. John know as soon as possible. Registration forms are available at https://goo.gl/forms/SIYClotCEDFDnY823.

St. Peter will be hosting the Lower MS Valley Deanery Clergy Retreat October 22nd-24th.

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. However, we will not do this in September due to the liturgy for the Feast of the Nativity of the Theotokos and other conflicts later in the month.

* The Ladies of the parish meet for lunch and fellowship on the last Tuesday of the month.

* We will celebrate the Feast of the Nativity of the Theotokos with Orthros followed by Divine Liturgy on Saturday morning, September 8th, beginning at 9:00 a.m.

* The Feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross will be celebrated with Orthros followed by Divine Liturgy on Thursday evening, September 13th, beginning at 6:00 p.m.

* Fall Festival is scheduled for Saturday, October 27th. More information soon.

* His Grace, Bishop NICHOLAS will be visiting St. Peter November 2-6. Please mark your calendars now.

* V. Rev. Fr. John Oliver, the pastor of St. Elizabeth the New Martyr Orthodox Church in Murfreesboro, TN, will be the speaker for the annual Women’s Retreat on Saturday, November 10th. More information will be available in the near future.

* The next date for serving meals at the Stewpot will be Saturday, November 17th.

* The Children will present their Nativity Program on Sunday, December 16th during Coffee Hour. We will also have a Pot Luck Meal that Sunday to add to the festivities.

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.

Fasting Discipline for September

In September, 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 September

September 1 Indiction of the Ecclesiastical Year

September 6 Miracle of the Archangel Michael

September 8 Nativity of the Theotokos

September 9 Righteous Joachim and Anna

September 13 Dedication of the Church of the Anastasis

September 14 Elevation of the Precious Cross

September 23 Conception of the Forerunner

September 24 Proto-martyr Thekla

September 26 Apostle John the Theologian (repose)

September 28 Venerable Chariton

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

If you are the last to leave, please make sure that the doors in the Fellowship Hall, the kitchen and the hallway are all locked.

ead of ManHead of Maonasteries

Quotable: “If, as we confess in the Creed, Christ is very God, the Saviour of the universe, the Creator of the world, ‘by whom all things were made’, how can we bring our understanding of Him down to a question of nationality, place, epoch. . .?

I do not know a Greek Christ, a Russian Christ, an English Christ, an Arab Christ . . . Christ, for me is everything, the supra-cosmic Being.”

Archimandrite Sophrony, Words of Life

Worship: Sunday, September 9, 2018 (Sunday before the Elevation of the Cross)

Scripture: Galatians 6:11-18; John3:13-17

Celebrant: Father John

Epistle Reader: Kh. Be’Be’ Schelver

Prosphora: Algood

Coffee Hour: POT LUCK MEAL

(Set-up: Schelver/Karam/Lavric)

8/26 announcements

August 26, 2018

Thirteenth Sunday after Pentecost

I Corinthians 16:13-24: St Paul concludes his first letter to the church at Corinth with greetings

from the Christians in Asia, and encouragements to be strong in the faith and submit to their spiritual elders.

Matthew 21:33-42: From St Matthew we hear our Lord use the parable of the landowner to foretell His’ rejection by the Jews and the consequences to them for that rejection.

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 of the Martyrs Adrian and Natalie: Thou didst deem that faith which hath salvation to be riches never lost or plundered. Thou forsookest thy father=s impiety, and thou didst follow thy Master, becoming rich in His Divine gifts, O glorious Adrian. With the godly-minded Natalie, who emboldened thee, entreat Christ God, O Martyr, that our souls be saved.

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 Nativity of the Theotokos: By thy holy birth-giving, O pure one, Joachim and Anne were delivered from the reproach of barrenness; and Adam and Eve were delivered from the corruption of death; thy people do celebrate it, having been saved from the stain of iniquity, crying unto thee, The barren doth give birth to the Theotokos, who nourisheth our life.

CALENDAR

Sunday, August 26 (Thirteenth Sunday after Pentecost)

8:50 a.m. — Orthros

10:00 a.m. — Divine Liturgy

Monday, August 27

Father John’s Day Off

Tuesday, August 28

6:00 a.m. — Daily Orthros

12:00 p.m. — Ladies Lunch

Wednesday, August 29 (Beheading of the Forerunner)

6:30 p.m. — Daily Vespers

7:15 p.m. — Choir Practice

7:30 p.m. — Parish Council

Thursday, August 30

6:00 a.m. — Daily Orthros

Friday, August 31 (Deposition of the Belt of the Theotokos)

Saturday, September 1 (Indicition of the Ecclesiastical Year)

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

Sunday, September 2 (Fourteenth Sunday after Pentecost)

8:50 a.m. — Orthros

10:00 a.m. — Divine Liturgy with the Chrismation of Davis Bourne

SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENTS

Eucharist Bread …was offered by the Bakers 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 26 Baker Katool/Davis/Staursky

September 2 R. Root Algood/Jones/Turner/Bowman

September 8 (Sat. a.m.) Henderson

(Feast of the Nativity of the Theotokos)

September 9 Algood POT LUCK MEAL

Set-up: Schelver/Karam/Lavric

September 13 (Thur. p.m.) Katool

(Feast of the Elevation of the Holy Cross)

September 16 Schelver Elli/Zouboukos/Waites

September 23 Morris R. Root/Habeeb/Cooper

September 30 Jones Henderson/Lockhart/Alaeetawi

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 26 Mildred Morris I Cor. 16:13-24 152

September 2 Kh. Sharon Meadows II Cor. 1:21-2:4 158

September 8 (Sat. a.m.) Brenda Baker Phil. 2:5-11 307

September 9 Kh. Be’Be’ Schelver Gal. 6:11-18 198

September 13 (Thur. p.m.) Sh. Charlotte Algood I Cor. 1:18-24 311

September 16 Sam Habeeb Gal. 2:1-20 193

September 23 Walt Wood Gal. 4:22:27 314

September 30 Warren Strain II Cor. 9:6-11 178

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 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.

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); Fr. Stephen Tewfik; 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.

Davis Bourne will be chrismated during the Divine Liturgy on Sunday, September 2nd. Please keep him in your prayers as he prepares for this important step.

Our annual parish Fall Festival is scheduled for Saturday, October 27th. More information will be made available in the near future.

A Diocese of Miami and the Southeast Teen Retreat will be held in Atlanta (hosted by St. Elias Church) September 7-9th. If you are interested in going, please let Fr. John know as soon as possible. Registration forms are available at https://goo.gl/forms/SIYClotCEDFDnY823.

St. Peter will be hosting the Lower MS Valley Deanery Clergy Retreat October 22nd-24th.

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. However, we will not do this in September due to the liturgy for the Feast of the Nativity of the Theotokos and other conflicts later in the month.

* The Ladies of the parish meet for lunch and fellowship on the last Tuesday of the month.

* We will celebrate the Feast of the Nativity of the Theotokos with Orthros followed by Divine Liturgy on Saturday morning, September 8th, beginning at 9:00 a.m.

* The Feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross will be celebrated with Orthos followed by Divine Liturgy on Thursday evening, September 13th, beginning at 6:00 p.m.

* Fall Festival is scheduled for Saturday, October 27th. More information soon.

* His Grace, Bishop NICHOLAS will be visiting St. Peter November 2-6. Please mark your calendars now.

* V. Rev. Fr. John Oliver, the pastor of St. Elizabeth the New Martyr Orthodox Church in Murfreesboro, TN, will be the speaker for the annual Women’s Retreat on Saturday, November 10th. More information will be available in the near future.

Fasting Discipline for August/September

After the 15th, the traditional fasting discipline (no meat, dairy, eggs, fish, wine or oil) is observed on the remaining Wednesdays and Fridays of the month. August 29th is also a strict fast day in remembrance of the beheading of the Forerunner. In September, the traditional fasting discipline is observed on all Wednesdays and Fridays of the month.

Major Commemorations for August/September

August 29 Beheading of the Forerunner

August 31 Deposition of the Belt of the Theotokos

September 1 Indiction of the Ecclesiastical Year

September 6 Miracle of the Archangel Michael

September 8 Nativity of the Theotokos

September 9 Righteous Joachim and Anna

September 13 Dedication of the Church of the Anastasis

September 14 Elevation of the Precious Cross

September 23 Conception of the Forerunner

September 24 Proto-martyr Thekla

September 26 Apostle John the Theologian (repose)

September 28 Venerable Chariton

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.

If you are the last to leave, please make sure that the doors in the Fellowship Hall, the kitchen and the hallway are all locked.

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

Quotable: “‘We must have the same consciousness as Christ, who bears in Himself the whole world; this is what makes for the universality of the human person. The word of Christ does not stop; it is without limits.”
Archimandrite Sophrony, Words of Life

Worship: Sunday, September 2, 2018 (Fourteenth Sunday after Pentecost)

Scripture: II Corinthians 1:21-2:4; Matthew 22:2-14

Celebrant: Father John

Epistle Reader: Kh. Sharon Meadows

Prosphora: R. Root

Coffee Hour: Algood/Jones/Turner/Bowman

8/19 announcements

August 19, 2018

Twelfth Sunday after Pentecost

After-feast of the Dormition of the Theotokos

I Corinthians 15:1-11: Continuing our reading from I Corinthians we hear St Paul present the facts of the resurrection as the basis for our salvation and the cornerstone of our faith.

Matthew 19:16-26: St Matthew describes Jesus’ encounter with the rich young ruler. In this

incident we learn that spirituality is not founded only on keeping the law, but on giving mercy to others and denial of oneself.

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 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 19 (Twelfth Sunday after Pentecost)

8:50 a.m. — Orthros

10:00 a.m. — Divine Liturgy

Monday, August 20

Father John’s Day Off

Tuesday, August 21

6:00 a.m. — Daily Orthros

Wednesday, August 22

6:30 p.m. — Daily Vespers

7:15 p.m. — Choir Practice

Thursday, August 23

6:00 a.m. — Daily Orthros

Friday, August 24

Saturday, August 25 (Apostles Bartholomew and Titus)

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

Sunday, August 26 (Thirteenth Sunday after Pentecost)

8:50 a.m. — Orthros

10:00 a.m. — Divine Liturgy

SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENTS

Eucharist Bread …was offered by the Karams for the Feast of the Dormition this past Tuesday evening and by the Brocks 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 19 Brock Baker/D. Root/Dansereau

August 26 Baker Katool/Davis/Staursky

September 2 R. Root Algood/Jones/Turner/Bowman

September 8 (Sat. a.m.) Henderson

(Feast of the Nativity of the Theotokos)

September 9 Algood POT LUCK MEAL

Set-up: Schelver/Karam/Lavric

September 13 (Thur. p.m.) Katool

(Feast of the Elevation of the Holy Cross)

September 16 Schelver Elli/Zouboukos/Waites

September 23 Morris R. Root/Habeeb/Cooper

September 30 Jones Henderson/Lockhart/Alaeetawi

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 19 Warren Strain I Cor. 15:1-11 146

August 26 Mildred Morris I Cor. 16:13-24 152

September 2 Kh. Sharon Meadows II Cor. 1:21-2:4 158

September 8 (Sat. a.m.) Brenda Baker Phil. 2:5-11 307

September 9 Kh. Be’Be’ Schelver Gal. 6:11-18 198

September 13 (Thur. p.m.) Sh. Charlotte Algood I Cor. 1:18-24 311

September 16 Sam Habeeb Gal. 2:1-20 193

September 23 Walt Wood Gal. 4:22:27 314

September 30 Warren Strain II Cor. 9:6-11 178

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 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); Fr. Stephen Tewfik; 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.

Please keep Fr. John Morris and Kh. Cheryl in your prayers. They have both been ill recently.

Davis Bourne will be chrismated during the Divine Liturgy on Sunday, September 2nd. Please keep him in your prayers as he prepares for this important step.

Our annual parish Fall Festival is scheduled for Saturday, October 27th. More information will be made available in the near future.

A Diocese of Miami and the Southeast Teen Retreat will be held in Atlanta (hosted by St. Elias Church) September 7-9th. If you are interested in going, please let Fr. John know as soon as possible. Registration forms are available at https://goo.gl/forms/SIYClotCEDFDnY823.

St. Peter will be hosting the Lower MS Valley Deanery Clergy Retreat October 22nd-24th.

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. However, we will not do this in September due to the liturgy for the Feast of the Nativity of the Theotokos and other conflicts later in the month.

* The Ladies of the parish meet for lunch and fellowship on the last Tuesday of the month.

* We will celebrate the Feast of the Nativity of the Theotokos with Orthros followed by Divine Liturgy on Saturday morning, September 8th, beginning at 9:00 a.m.

* The Feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross will be celebrated with Orthos followed by Divine Liturgy on Thursday evening, September 13th, beginning at 6:00 p.m.

* Fall Festival is scheduled for Saturday, October 27th. More information soon.

* His Grace, Bishop NICHOLAS will be visiting St. Peter November 2-6. Please mark your calendars now.

* V. Rev. Fr. John Oliver, the pastor of St. Elizabeth the New Martyr Orthodox Church in Murfreesboro, TN, will be the speaker for the annual Women’s Retreat on Saturday, November 10th. More information will be available in the near future.

Fasting Discipline for August

After the 15th, the traditional fasting discipline (no meat, dairy, eggs, fish, wine or oil) is observed on the remaining Wednesdays and Fridays of the month. August 29th is also a strict fast day in remembrance of the beheading of the Forerunner

Major Commemorations for August

August 25 Apostles Bartholomew and Titus

August 29 Beheading of the Forerunner

August 31 Deposition of the Belt of the Theotokos

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.

If you are the last to leave, please make sure that the doors in the Fellowship Hall, the kitchen and the hallway are all locked.

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

Quotable: “‘We must be extremely sensitive to the needs of the others. Then we shall be one, and the blessing of God will always be with us–abundantly.”
Archimandrite Sophrony, Words of Life

Worship: Sunday, August 26, 2018 (Thirteenth Sunday after Pentecost)

Scripture: I Corinthians 16:13-24; Matthew 21:33-42

Celebrant: Father John

Epistle Reader: Mildred Morris

Prosphora: Baker

Coffee Hour: Katool/Davis/Staursky

8/12 announcements

August 12, 2018

Eleventh Sunday after Pentecost

After-feast of the Transfiguration of Christ

I Corinthians 9:2-12: In our reading from I Corinthians, we hear St Paul respond to those in who questioned his apostleship and his lifestyle as such.

Matthew 18:23-35: The Lord Jesus uses a parable to teach that forgiveness is an action to be per­formed by all who follow Him as well as a gift to be received from God.

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 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 12 (Eleventh Sunday after Pentecost)

8:50 a.m. — Orthros

10:00 a.m. — Divine Liturgy

12:00 p.m. — Pot Luck Meal

Monday, August 13

6:30 p.m. — Paraklesis Service

Father John’s Day Off

Tuesday, August 14

6:00 a.m. — Daily Orthros

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

Wednesday, August 15 (Dormition of the Theotokos)

6:30 p.m. — Daily Vespers

7:15 p.m. — Choir Practice

Thursday, August 16

6:00 a.m. — Daily Orthros

Friday, August 17

Saturday, August 18

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

Sunday, August 19 (Twelfth Sunday after Pentecost)

8:50 a.m. — Orthros

10:00 a.m. — Divine Liturgy

SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENTS

Eucharist Bread …was offered by the Davises for the Feast of the Transfiguration this past Monday morning and by the Daniel Roots for the Divine Liturgy this morning.

Eucharist Bread and Coffee Hour Schedule:

Eucharist Bread Coffee Hour

August 12 D. Root POT LUCK MEAL

Set-up: Pigott/Dabit/Strain/Pacurari

August 14 (Tues. p.m.) Karam Christina Katool

(Feast of the Dormition of the Theotokos)

August 19 Brock Baker/D. Root/Dansereau

August 26 Baker Katool/Davis/Staursky

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 12 Walt Wood I Cor. 9:2-12 141

August 14 (Tues. p.m.) Sh. Charlotte Algood Phil. 2:5-11 403

August 19 Warren Strain I Cor. 15:1-11 146

August 26 Mildred Morris I Cor. 16:13-24 152

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.

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 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); Fr. Stephen Tewfik; 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.

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.

Davis Bourne will be chrismated during the Divine Liturgy on Sunday, September 2nd. Please keep him in your prayers as he prepares for this important step.

Our annual parish Fall Festival is scheduled for Saturday, October 27th. More information will be made available in the near future.

A Diocese of Miami and the Southeast Teen Retreat will be held in Atlanta (hosted by St. Elias Church) September 7-9th. If you are interested in going, please let Fr. John know as soon as possible. Registration forms are available at https://goo.gl/forms/SIYClotCEDFDnY823.

St. Peter will be hosting the Lower MS Valley Deanery Clergy Retreat October 22nd-24th.

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.

* The Fast of the Dormition begins on Wednesday, August 1st and runs through August 14th. As is the custom in our parish we will pray the Paraklesis Service to the Theotokos on Monday, Wednesday and Friday evenings during the fast, beginning at 6:30 p.m.

* The Feast of the Dormition of the Theotokos will be celebrated with Orthros followed by Divine Liturgy on Tuesday evening, August 14th, beginning at 6:00 p.m.

* Fall Festival is scheduled for Saturday, October 27th. More information soon.

* His Grace, Bishop NICHOLAS will be visiting St. Peter November 2-6. Please mark your calendars now.

* V. Rev. Fr. John Oliver, the pastor of St. Elizabeth the New Martyr Orthodox Church in Murfreesboro, TN, will be the speaker for the annual Women’s Retreat on Saturday, November 10th. More information will be available in the near future.

Fasting Discipline for August

From August 1st through August 14th (the Dormition Fast) the traditional fasting discipline (no meat, dairy, eggs, fish, wine or oil) is observed on all days except Saturdays and Sundays when wine and oil are permitted. On August 6th (Feast of the Transfiguration) and 15th (Feast of the Dormition falls on Wednesday this year) fish, wine and oil are permitted. After the 15th, the traditional fasting discipline is observed on the remaining Wednesdays and Fridays of the month. August 29th is also a strict fast day in remembrance of the beheading of the Forerunner

Major Commemorations for August

August 15 Feast of the Dormition of the Theotokos

August 25 Apostles Bartholomew and Titus

August 29 Beheading of the Forerunner

August 31 Deposition of the Belt of the Theotokos

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.

If you are the last to leave, please make sure that the doors in the Fellowship Hall, the kitchen and the hallway are all locked.

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

ead of ManHead of Maonasteries

Quotable: “‘The life of the others is more valuable to me than myself, than my own life.’ When you have understood that, there will no longer be any conflicts between you. Resolving a problem or a conflict does not come from better organization, or from a certain way of behaving, but from determination to bear everything. Each one of us must have for the others the love which a mother has.”

Archimandrite Sophrony, Words of Life

Worship: Sunday, August 19, 2018 (Twelfth Sunday after Pentecost)

Scripture: I Corinthians 15:1-11; Matthew 19:16-26

Celebrant: Father John

Epistle Reader: Warren Strain

Prosphora: Brock

Coffee Hour: Baker/D. Root/ Dansereau

8/5 announcements

August 5, 2018

Forefeast of the Transfiguration of Christ

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.”

I Corinthians 4:9-16: We hear St Paul speak to the Corinthians as their spiritual father and exhort them to imitate him in their actions.

Matthew 17:14-23: The Lord Jesus again shows His abundant mercy when He heals a boy possessed by a demon. We also hear Him foretell His betrayal, death and resurrection, but the disciples do not understand.

Troparion of the Resurrection: The stone being sealed by the Jews, and thy pure body being guarded by the soldiers, thou didst arise on the third day, O Saviour, granting life to the world. Wherefore, the heavenly powers acclaimed thee, O Giver of life, crying, Glory to thy Resurrection, O Christ! Glory to thy kingdom! Glory to thy gracious providence, O only Lover of mankind.

Troparion of the Forefeast of the Transfiguration: Come, let us all welcome the Transfiguration of Christ, and joyously celebrate the bright pre-festival, O ye faithful, and let us cry: Nigh at hand now is the day of God-given gladness, as the Sov=reign Master goeth up on Mount Tabor to flash forth with the beautiful light of His Divinity.

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 Forefeast of the Transfiguration: All of mortal nature now divinely shineth on this day with the divine Transfiguration ere the time; and in great gladness, she crieth out: Christ is transfigured, and saveth the race of man.

CALENDAR

Sunday, August 5 (Forefeast of the Transfiguration of Christ)

8:50 a.m. — Orthros

10:00 a.m. — Divine Liturgy

Monday, August 6 (Feast of the Transfiguration of Christ)

7:00 a.m. — Divine Liturgy (only)

6:30 p.m. — Paraklesis Service

Father John’s Day Off

Tuesday, August 7

6:00 a.m. — Daily Orthros

Wednesday, August 8

6:30 p.m. — Paraklesis Service

Thursday, August 9

6:00 a.m. — Daily Orthros

11:30 a.m. — Men’s Lunch

Friday, August 10

6:30 p.m. — Paraklesis Service

Saturday, August 11

10:00 a.m. — Ladies meet for Akathist

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

Sunday, August 12 (Eleventh 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 the Meadows for the Divine Liturgy this morning.

Eucharist Bread and Coffee Hour Schedule:

Eucharist Bread Coffee Hour

August 5 Meadows Stewart/Meadows

August 6 (Mon. a.m.) Davis Kh. Sharon Meadows

(Feast of the Transfiguration of our Lord)

August 12 D. Root POT LUCK MEAL

Set-up: Pigott/Dabit/Strain/Pacurari

August 14 (Tues. p.m.) Karam Christina Katool

(Feast of the Dormition of the Theotokos)

August 19 Brock Baker/D. Root/Dansereau

August 26 Baker Katool/Davis/Staursky

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 5 Brenda Baker I Cor. 4:9-16 135

August 6 (Mon. a.m.) Kh. Sharon Meadows II Peter 1:10-19 401

August 12 Walt Wood I Cor. 9:2-12 141

August 14 (Tues. p.m.) Sh. Charlotte Algood Phil. 2:5-11 403

August 19 Warren Strain I Cor. 15:1-11 146

August 26 Mildred Morris I Cor. 16:13-24 152

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.

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 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); Fr. Stephen Tewfik; 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.

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.

Sunnybrook Children’s Home will be holding their annual Fundraising Banquet on Saturday evening, August 11th. This year the featured speaker will be Greg Harper. Tickets are $75 and we will be having a St. Peter table at the event. If you are interested in going, the deadline for registration is Thursday, August 2nd. Also, please be sure to let Christina know so that you can be included in our table.

Our annual parish Fall Festival is scheduled for Saturday, October 27th. More information will be made available in the near future.

A Diocese of Miami and the Southeast Teen Retreat will be held in Atlanta (hosted by St. Elias Church) September 7-9th. If you are interested in going, please let Fr. John know as soon as possible. Registration forms are available at https://goo.gl/forms/SIYClotCEDFDnY823.

St. Peter will be hosting the Lower MS Valley Deanery Clergy Retreat this fall. Dates and more information will be available at a later date.

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.

* The Fast of the Dormition begins on Wednesday, August 1st and runs through August 14th. As is the custom in our parish we will pray the Paraklesis Service to the Theotokos on Monday, Wednesday and Friday evenings during the fast, beginning at 6:30 p.m.

* We will celebrate the Feast of the Transfiguration of our Lord with Divine Liturgy (only) on Monday, August 6th, beginning at 7:00 a.m.

* The Feast of the Dormition of the Theotokos will be celebrated with Orthros followed by Divine Liturgy on Tuesday evening, August 14th, beginning at 6:00 p.m.

* Fall Festival is scheduled for Saturday, October 27th. More information soon.

* His Grace, Bishop NICHOLAS will be visiting St. Peter November 2-6. Please mark your calendars now.

* V. Rev. Fr. John Oliver, the pastor of St. Elizabeth the New Martyr Orthodox Church in Murfreesboro, TN, will be the speaker for the annual Women’s Retreat on Saturday, November 10th. More information will be available in the near future.

Fasting Discipline for August

From August 1st through August 14th (the Dormition Fast) the traditional fasting discipline (no meat, dairy, eggs, fish, wine or oil) is observed on all days except Saturdays and Sundays when wine and oil are permitted. On August 6th (Feast of the Transfiguration) and 15th (Feast of the Dormition falls on Wednesday this year) fish, wine and oil are permitted. After the 15th, the traditional fasting discipline is observed on the remaining Wednesdays and Fridays of the month. August 29th is also a strict fast day in remembrance of the beheading of the Forerunner

Major Commemorations for August

August 1 Procession of the Holy Cross

August 6 Feast of the Transfiguration of our Lord

August 15 Feast of the Dormition of the Theotokos

August 25 Apostles Bartholomew and Titus

August 29 Beheading of the Forerunner

August 31 Deposition of the Belt of the Theotokos

Please take Note that there have been several car burglaries in our neighborhood recently. These involved cars that had been left unlocked. Please be sure that your car is locked in the parking lot.

If you are the last to leave, please make sure that the doors in the Fellowship Hall, the kitchen and the hallway are all locked.

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

ead of ManHead of Maonasteries

Quotable: “‘O Lord, vouchsafe unto us to pass this day without sin.’ I have often repeated to you this prayer of the Church. Life without sin on earth opens to us the doors of heaven. It is not a person’s intellectual acquisitions which will save him. It is life without sin which prepares us for life with God in the age to come. The grace of the Holy Spirit teaches us eternal realities, insofar as we live according to the commandments of Christ: Love God thy Creator with all thy being and love thy neighbour as thyself. Yes, always keep these commandments!

Remain in prayer, persevere, go through the day without sin. All the rest will be given by God Himself.”

Archimandrite Sophrony, Words of Life

Worship: Sunday, August 12, 2018 (Eleventh Sunday after Pentecost)

Scripture: I Corinthians 9:2-12; Matthew 18:23-35

Celebrant: Father John

Epistle Reader: Walt Wood

Prosphora: D. Root

Coffee Hour: POT LUCK MEAL

(Set-up: Pigott/Dabit/Strain/Pacurari)