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7/22 announcements

July 22, 2018

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 St. Mary Magdalene: When Christ God had been born for our sakes from the Virgin, thou faithfully didst follow Him, keeping His statutes and heeding His sacred laws, O august Mary Magdalene. Hence, as we today observe thy holy remembrance, we receive the loosing of our sins and transgressions through thy holy prayers for us.

Troparion of the Chains of St. Peter: O Holy Apostle, Peter, thou dost preside over the Apostles by the precious chains which thou didst bear. We venerate them with faith and beseech thee that by thine intercessions we be granted the great mercy.

Kontakion of the Theotokos: O undisputed intercessor of Christians, O mediatrix, who is unrejected by the Creator, turn not away from the voice of our petitions though we be sinners; come to us in time, who cry to thee in faith, for thou art good. Hasten to us with intercessions, O Theotokos, who didst ever intercede for those who honor thee.

CALENDAR

Sunday, July 22 (Eighth Sunday after Pentecost)

8:50 a.m. — Orthros

10:00 a.m. — Divine Liturgy

Monday, July 23

Father John’s Day Off

Tuesday, July 24

6:00 a.m. — Daily Orthros

Wednesday, July 25 (Dormition of Righteous Anna)

6:30 p.m. — Daily Vespers

7:15 p.m. — Choir Practice

7:30 p.m. — Parish Council meeting

Thursday, July 26

6:00 a.m. — Daily Orthros

Friday, July 27 (Great-martyr Panteleimon)

Saturday, July 28

8:30 a.m. — Workday at the Church

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

Sunday, July 29 (Holy Fathers of the Fourth Ecumenical Council)

8:50 a.m. — Orthros

10:00 a.m. — Divine Liturgy

SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENTS

Eucharist Bread …was offered by the Morrises 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

July 22 Morris R. Root/Habeeb/Cooper

July 29 Jones Henderson/Lockhart/Alaeetawi

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#

July 22 Kh. Be’Be’ Schelver I Cor. 1:10-17 124

July 29 Sam Habeeb I Cor. 3:9-17 130

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 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; Peggy (David Turner’s paternal aunt) who is suffering from cancer and related complications; and David Morris and his family; Vernie Meadows, Fr. James and Kh. Sharon and their family; Walt and Charlotte Wood and their family.

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.

Many thanks to all those who volunteered to help with our Vacation Church School this past week! Thank you for your love for and service to the children of our parish!

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.

* 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 July/August

The traditional fasting discipline (no meat, dairy, eggs, fish, wine or oil) is observed on all Wednesdays and Fridays of July. From August 1st through August 14th (the Dormition Fast) the traditional fasting discipline is observed on all days except Saturdays and Sundays when wine and oil are permitted. On August 6th ( Feast of Transfiguration) and 15th (Feast of 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 July/August

July 25 Dormition of Righteous Anna

July 27 Great-martyr Panteleimon

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: “In order to be authentic, any divestiture of the mind from its passionate attachments to the visible and transitory elements of this life must be linked to the truth about man. When man sees himself as he is in the sight of God, his only response is one of repentance. Such repentance is itself a gift of God, and it generates a certain pain of the heart which not only detaches the mind from corruptible things, but also unites it to the unseen and eternal things of God. In other words, divestiture as an end in itself is only half the matter, and it consists of human effort operating on the level of created being. Christianity, on the other hand, enjoins the ascetic to strive in the hope and expectation that his soul will be clothed, invested with the grace of God, which leads him into the fullness of the immortal life for which he knows he has been created.”

Archimandrite Zacharias, The Hidden Man of the Heart

Worship: Sunday, July 29, 2018 (Ninth Sunday after Pentecost)

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

Celebrant: Father John

Epistle Reader: Sam Habeeb

Prosphora: Jones

Coffee Hour: Henderson/Lockhart/Alaeetawi

7/15 announcements

July 15, 2018
Holy Fathers of the Fourth Ecumenical Council

Titus 3:8-15: On this Sunday we read from St. Paul’s letter to Titus, whom he warns to avoid delv­ing into unprofitable and foolish questions about doctrine, and to reject heretics after two admonitions.

Matthew 5:14-19: In this portion of the Sermon on the Mount Jesus teaches that we are to be Light in the darkness of this world, not hiding the glory of God from others, but rather, putting it where it can be seen.

Troparion of the Resurrection: 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 Holy Fathers: Thou, O Christ, art our God of exceeding praise who didst establish our holy Fathers as luminous stars upon earth, and through them didst guide us unto the true Faith, O most merciful One, glory to thee.

Troparion of the Chains of St. Peter: O Holy Apostle, Peter, thou dost preside over the Apostles by the precious chains which thou didst bear. We venerate them with faith and beseech thee that by thine intercessions we be granted the great mercy.

Kontakion of the Theotokos: O undisputed intercessor of Christians, O mediatrix, who is unrejected by the Creator, turn not away from the voice of our petitions though we be sinners; come to us in time, who cry to thee in faith, for thou art good. Hasten to us with intercessions, O Theotokos, who didst ever intercede for those who honor thee.

CALENDAR

Sunday, July 15 (Holy Fathers of the Fourth Ecumenical Council)
8:50 a.m. — Orthros
10:00 a.m. — Divine Liturgy

Monday, July 16
Father John’s Day Off

Tuesday, July 17 (Great-martyr Marina)
NO Daily Orthros

Wednesday, July 18
6:30 p.m. — Daily Vespers
7:15 p.m. — Choir Practice

Thursday, July 19
NO Daily Orthros
8:45 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. — Vacation Church School

Friday, July 20 (Prophet Elias)
8:45 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. — Vacation Church School

Saturday, July 21
8:45 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. — Vacation Church School
5:45 p.m. — Ninth Hour followed by Great Vespers

Sunday, July 22 (Eighth Sunday after Pentecost)
8:50 a.m. — Orthros
10:00 a.m. — Divine Liturgy

SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENTS

Eucharist Bread …was offered 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
July 15 Schelver Ellis/Zouboukos/Waites
July 22 Morris R. Root/Habeeb/Cooper
July 29 Jones Henderson/Lockhart/Alaeetawi
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#
July 8 Warren Strain Rom. 12:6-14 113
July 15 Mildred Morris Titus 3:8-15 322
July 22 Kh. Be’Be’ Schelver I Cor. 1:10-17 124
July 29 Sam Habeeb I Cor. 3:9-17 130
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 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 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; Peggy (David Turner’s paternal aunt) who is suffering from cancer and related complications; and David Morris and his family; Vernie Meadows, Fr. James and Kh. Sharon and their family; Walt and Charlotte Wood 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 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 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.

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.
* Vacation Church School will be held July 19-21 from 8:45 a.m. until 12:30 p.m.
* 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.
* 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.

Father John will be out of town July 12-21. He will be travelling to the Antiochian Village for the Clergy Symposium. If you need a priest during this time, please call Father Leo or Father James.

Fasting Discipline for July
The traditional fasting discipline (no meat, dairy, eggs, fish, wine or oil) is observed on all Wednesdays and Fridays of the month.

Major Commemorations for July
July 17 Great-martyr Marina
July 20 Prophet Elias
July 25 Dormition of Righteous Anna
July 27 Great-martyr Panteleimon

Vacation Church School will be held July 19-21 this year. The theme will be “Feasts of the Theotokos”. Parents, please make a note of these dates. Church School will begin at 8:45 a.m. each morning and pick-up time will be 12:30 p.m.

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: “In his struggle to divest himself of all suffering and instability connected with this transient life, the eastern ascetic immerses himself in the abstract and intellectual sphere of so-called Existence, a negative and impersonal sphere in which no vision of God is possible, only man’s vision of himself. There is no place for the heart in this practice. Progress in this form of asceticism depends only on one’s individual will to succeed. TheUpanishads do not say anywhere that pride is an obstacle to spiritual progress, or that humility is a virtue. The positive dimension of Christian asceticism, in which self-denial leads to one’s clothing with the heavenly man, to the assumption of a supernatural form of life, the Source of which is the One True, Self-revealing God, is obviously and totally absent. Even in its most noble expressions, the self-denial involved in Buddhism is only the insignificant half of the picture. In the mind’s desire to return to its merely ‘natural’ self, it beholds its own nakedness in a ‘cloud of divestiture’. But at this point there is a grave risk of obsession with itself, of its marveling at its own luminous but created beauty, and worshipping the creature more than the Creator (Rom. 1:25). The mind has by now begun to deify or idolise its self and then, according to the words of the Lord, ‘the last state of that man is word than the first’ (Matt. 12:45).”
Archimandrite Zacharias, The Hidden Man of the Heart

Worship: Sunday, July 22, 2018 (Eighth Sunday after Pentecost)

Scripture: I Corinthians 1:10-17; Matthew 14:14-22
Celebrant: Father John
Epistle Reader: Kh. Be’Be’ Schelver
Prosphora: Morris
Coffee Hour: R. Root/Habeeb/Cooper

7/8 announcements

July 8, 2018

Sixth Sunday after Pentecost

Romans 12:6-14: In the reading from Romans, St Paul encourages us to practice the use of the gifts which the Lord has given to us and to serve the Lord with diligence.

Matthew 9:1-8: Jesus demonstrates His authority by both healing the physical illness of a paralytic and by forgiving him of his sins.

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. Procopius the Great-Martyr: 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 Theotokos: O undisputed intercessor of Christians, O mediatrix, who is unrejected by the Creator, turn not away from the voice of our petitions though we be sinners; come to us in time, who cry to thee in faith, for thou art good. Hasten to us with intercessions, O Theotokos, who didst ever intercede for those who honor thee.

CALENDAR

Sunday, July 8 (Sixth Sunday after Pentecost)

8:50 a.m. — Orthros

10:00 a.m. — Divine Liturgy

Monday, July 9

Father John’s Day Off

Tuesday, July 10

6:00 a.m. — Daily Orthros

Wednesday, July 11 (Euphemia the all-praised)

6:30 p.m. — Daily Vespers

7:15 p.m. — Choir Practice

Thursday, July 12

NO Daily Orthros

Friday, July 13

Saturday, July 14

10:00 a.m. — Ladies meet for Akathist

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

Sunday, July 15 (Holy Fathers of the Fourth Ecumenical Council)

8:50 a.m. — Orthros

10:00 a.m. — Divine Liturgy

SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENTS

Eucharist Bread …was offered by the Katools 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

July 8 Katool POT LUCK MEAL

set-up: Algood/Jones/

Turner/Bowman

July 15 Schelver Ellis/Zouboukos/Waites

July 22 Morris R. Root/Habeeb/Pacurari

July 29 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#

July 8 Warren Strain Rom. 12:6-14 113

July 15 Mildred Morris Titus 3:8-15 322

July 22 Kh. Be’Be’ Schelver I Cor. 1:10-17 124

July 29 Sam Habeeb I Cor. 3:9-17 130

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 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; Peggy (David Turner’s paternal aunt) who is suffering from cancer and related complications; and David Morris and his family; Vernie Meadows, Fr. James and Kh. Sharon and their family; Walt and Charlotte Wood 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 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 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.

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.

* Vacation Church School will be held July 19-21.

* 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.

Father John will be out of town July 12-21. He will be travelling to the Antiochian Village for the Clergy Symposium. If you need a priest during this time, please call Father Leo or Father James.

Fasting Discipline for July

The traditional fasting discipline (no meat, dairy, eggs, fish, wine or oil) is observed on all Wednesdays and Fridays of the month.

Major Commemorations for July

July 11 Euphemia the all-praised

July 17 Great-martyr Marina

July 20 Prophet Elias

July 25 Dormition of Righteous Anna

July 27 Great-martyr Panteleimon

Vacation Church School will be held July 19-21 this year. The theme will be “Feasts of the Theotokos”. Parents, please make a note of these dates. More information will be available soon.

Karen Cooper has requested to be relieved of her duties as Choir Director due to ongoing concerns with her health. Sh. Margaret Root has agreed to be the interim Choir Director. Many Thanks to Karen for her faithful service to our parish over the years! May God grant her Many Years!

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: “Eastern asceticism aims at divesting the mind of all that is relative and transitory, so that man may identify with the impersonal Absolute. This Absolute is believed to be man’s original ‘nature’ which suffered degradation and degeneration by entering a multiform and ever-changing earth-bound life. Ascetic practice like this is, above all, centred upon the self, and is totally dependent on man’s will. Its intellectual character betrays the fullness of human nature, in that it takes no account of the heart. Man’s main struggle is to return to the anonymous Supra-personal Absolute and to be dissolved in it. He must therefore aspire to efface the soul (Atman) in order to be one with this anonymous ocean of the Supra-personal Absolute, and in this lies its basically negative purpose.”

Archimandrite Zacharias, The Hidden Man of the Heart

Worship: Sunday, July 15, 2018 (Holy Fathers of the Fourth Ecumenical Council)

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

Celebrant: Father John

Epistle Reader: Mildred Morris

Prosphora: Schelver

Coffee Hour: Ellis/Zouboukos/Waites

7/1 announcements

July 1, 2018
Unmercenaries Cosmas and Damian of Rome

I Corinthians 12:27-31;13:1-8: In our reading from St. Paul’s first letter to the Corinthians, we are reminded that although we all have received gifts from the Holy Spirit, they are meaningless without love.

Matthew 8:28-34; 9:1: In the gospel reading we see the authority of Jesus over the demons, who know that they have been defeated even before the appointed time of His resurrection and later His second advent.

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 Sts. Cosmas and Damian: O ye silver-hating, wonder-working saints, Cosmas and Damian, visit our sicknesses. Freely received ye, freely give unto us.

Troparion of the Chains of St. Peter: O Holy Apostle, Peter, thou dost preside over the Apostles by the precious chains which thou didst bear. We venerate them with faith and beseech thee that by thine intercessions we be granted the great mercy.

Kontakion of the Theotokos: O undisputed intercessor of Christians, O mediatrix, who is unrejected by the Creator, turn not away from the voice of our petitions though we be sinners; come to us in time, who cry to thee in faith, for thou art good. Hasten to us with intercessions, O Theotokos, who didst ever intercede for those who honor thee.

CALENDAR

Sunday, July 1 (Cosmas and Damian)
8:50 a.m.

6/24 announcements

June 24, 2018
Nativity of the Forerunner and Baptist John

Romans 13:11-14:4: As we read from his letter to the Romans, St Paul encourages us to walk in the light and put aside the deeds of darkness, knowing that the time of salvation is near at hand. He also encourages us to accept those who are weak in faith and not to make personal judgments.

Luke 1:1-25; 57-68; 80: In the Gospel of St. Luke we read of how the Lord blessed Elizabeth and Zechariah with a child and named him John. The child came to be known as John the Baptist, whom our Lord Jesus Christ referred to as the greatest born of women. On this feast day when we celebrate his, let us remember him who was called The Forerunner and prepared the way for our Lord’s Incarnation.

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 Nativity of the Forerunner: O Prophet and Forerunner of Christ God’s coming to us, all we who with longing now extol thee are at a loss to honor thee worthily. For thy mother’s barrenness and father’s long silence, by thine all-renowned and hallowed birth were both ended, and the Incarnation of the Son of God is preached unto all the world.

Troparion of the Chains of St. Peter: O Holy Apostle, Peter, thou dost preside over the Apostles by the precious chains which thou didst bear. We venerate them with faith and beseech thee that by thine intercessions we be granted the great mercy.

Kontakion of the Theotokos: O undisputed intercessor of Christians, O mediatrix, who is unrejected by the Creator, turn not away from the voice of our petitions though we be sinners; come to us in time, who cry to thee in faith, for thou art good. Hasten to us with intercessions, O Theotokos, who didst ever intercede for those who honor thee.

CALENDAR

Sunday, June 24 (Nativity of the Forerunner)
8:50 a.m.

6/17 announcements

June 17, 2018

Third Sunday after Pentecost

Romans 5:1-10: In his letter to the Romans, St Paul establishes that our standing before God is the result of faith whereby we are justified and thus receive the benefits of His salvation.

Matthew 6:22-33: Our Lord teaches us that striving for the things of God rather than the things of the world will enable us to be at peace about what we need to live in this world.

Troparion of the Resurrection: When thou, O immortal Life, didst humble thyself unto death, then didst thou destroy death by the brightness of thy Godhead; and when thou didst raise the bowels of the earth, then all the heavenly powers exclaimed, O Christ, thou art the Giver of life! Glory to thee, O our God!

Troparion of the Chains of St. Peter: O Holy Apostle, Peter, thou dost preside over the Apostles by the precious chains which thou didst bear. We venerate them with faith and beseech thee that by thine intercessions we be granted the great mercy.

Kontakion of the Theotokos: O undisputed intercessor of Christians, O mediatrix, who is unrejected by the Creator, turn not away from the voice of our petitions though we be sinners; come to us in time, who cry to thee in faith, for thou art good. Hasten to us with intercessions, O Theotokos, who didst ever intercede for those who honor thee.

CALENDAR

Sunday, June 17 (Third Sunday after Pentecost)

8:50 a.m. — Orthros

10:00 a.m. — Divine Liturgy

Monday, June 18

Father John’s Day Off

Tuesday, June 19

6:00 a.m. — Daily Orthros

Wednesday, June 20

6:30 p.m. — Daily Vespers

7:15 p.m. — Choir Practice

Thursday, June 21

6:00 a.m. — Daily Orthros

Friday, June 22

Saturday, June 23

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

Sunday, June 24 (Nativity of the Forerunner)

8:50 a.m. — Orthros

10:00 a.m. — Divine Liturgy

SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENTS

Eucharist Bread …was offered by the Bakers 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

June 17 Baker Skirtech/Parker

June 24 R. Root D. Root/Dansereau/Davis

June 28 (Thur. p.m.) Henderson Karen Cooper

July 1 Algood Schelver/Karam/Lavric

July 8 Katool POT LUCK MEAL

set-up: Algood/Jones/

Turner/Bowman

July 15 Schelver Ellis/Zouboukos/Waites

July 22 Morris R. Root/Habeeb/Pacurari

July 29 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#

June 17 Brenda Baker Rom. 5:1-10 96

June 24 Walt Wood Rom. 13:11-14:4 279

June 28 (Thur. p.m.) Sh. Charlotte Algood II Cor. 11:21-33; 12:6-9 389

July 1 Warren Strain I Cor. 12:27-13:8 329

July 8 Kh. Sharon Meadows Rom. 12:6-14 113

July 15 Mildred Morris Titus 3:8-15 322

July 22 Kh. Be’Be’ Schelver I Cor. 1:10-17 124

July 29 Sam Habeeb I Cor. 3:9-17 130

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 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; Peggy (David Turner’s paternal aunt) who is suffering from cancer and related complications; and David Morris and his family; Vernie Meadows, Fr. James and Kh. Sharon and their family; Walt and Charlotte Wood and their family; Dr. Herman (Tristan) Englehardt.

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

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.

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 Apostles continues through June 28th.

* We will celebrate the feast of the Apostles Peter and Paul with Orthros followed by Divine Liturgy on Thursday evening, June 28th, beginning at 6:00 p.m.

* 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 June

The Fast of the Apostles began on June 4th and continues through June 28th. During this time the traditional fasting discipline (no meat, dairy, eggs, fish, wine or oil) will be observed on all days of the week except Tuesdays and Thursdays when wine and oil are permitted and Saturdays and Sundays when fish, wine and oil are permitted.

Major Commemorations for June

June 24 Nativity of the Forerunner

June 39 Chief Apostles Peter and Paul

June 30 Synaxis of the twelve Apostles

Vacation Church School will be held July 19-21 this year. The theme will be “Feasts of the Theotokos”. Parents, please make a note of these dates. More information will be available soon.

Karen Cooper has requested to be relieved of her duties as Choir Director due to ongoing concerns with her health. Sh. Margaret Root has agreed to be the interim Choir Director. Many Thanks to Karen for her faithful service to our parish over the years! May God grant her Many Years!

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: “During prayer, the believer’s attention ought to be accompanied by self-restraint and patience, which is also termed ‘prayerful vigilance.’ This checks the dispersion of the mind and keeps it undistracted in the work of prayer. Indeed, prayer per se, as it has developed within the Orthodox tradition, is itself a form of vigilance, in that it involves the repeated invocation of the Lord’s Name in a single sentence: ‘Lord, Jesus Christ, Son of God, have mercy upon me.’

The first part of this prayer contains a confession of faith in the divinity of Christ and in the Holy Trinity. The second part,‘have mercy upon me’, is the supplication of the one who prays—his acknowledgement of man’s fall (in both its universal and personal dimensions), his sinfulness, and his need of redemption. Both parts of the prayer, the confession of faith and the supplication of the penitent, are complementary and give the prayer the fullness of its content.

Initially, this prayer of a single sentence is said aloud. This develops into its silent expression, and finally, by the co-operation of grace, the prayerful mind descends into the deep heart of man where the Name of the Lord finds its rightful dwelling-place. This kind of prayer is therefore known as noetic prayer, or prayer of the heart.

The continual invocation of Christ’s Name and the mind’s attentiveness to the words of the prayer foster a stable prayerful disposition. Prayer gradually becomes man’s natural state, the soul’s garment, and the natural reaction of the heart relative to every event in the spiritual sphere. In passing, we draw attention to the great significance of such prayer at the hour of death. The work of noetic prayer is ultimately a preparation for the heavenly life, and the ascetic therefore looks ahead to the end of life on earth. He trains himself to forsake every earthly care, that his birth into the heavenly life may be painless and as free from danger as possible.”

Archimandrite Zacharias, The Hidden Man of the Heart

Worship: Sunday, June 24, 2018 (Nativity of the Forerunner)

Scripture: Romans 13:11-14:4; Luke 1:1-25, 57-68, 76, 80

Celebrant: Father John

Epistle Reader: Walt Wood

Prosphora: R. Root

Coffee Hour: D. Root/Dansereau/Davis

6/10 announcements

June 10, 2018

Second Sunday after Pentecost

Romans 2:10-16: In our reading from Romans we hear St Paul tell us that the Gentiles who obey the Law of God and yet are unbelievers do so out of knowledge of the Law written in their hearts and will be judged by the Lord.

Matthew 4:18-23: In the reading from Matthew we see our Lord begin His public ministry by set­tling in the region of Galilee and calling His first four disciples.

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 Chains of St. Peter: O Holy Apostle, Peter, thou dost preside over the Apostles by the precious chains which thou didst bear. We venerate them with faith and beseech thee that by thine intercessions we be granted the great mercy.

Kontakion of the Theotokos: O undisputed intercessor of Christians, O mediatrix, who is unrejected by the Creator, turn not away from the voice of our petitions though we be sinners; come to us in time, who cry to thee in faith, for thou art good. Hasten to us with intercessions, O Theotokos, who didst ever intercede for those who honor thee.

CALENDAR

Sunday, June 10 (Second Sunday after Pentecost)

8:50 a.m. — Orthros

10:00 a.m. — Divine Liturgy

12:00 p.m. — Pot Luck Meal

Monday, June 11 (Apostles Bartholomew and Barnabas)

Father John’s Day Off

Tuesday, June 12

6:00 a.m. — Daily Orthros

Wednesday, June 13

[Parish
Life Conference begins in West Palm Beach]

6:30 p.m. — Daily Vespers

7:15 p.m. — Choir Practice

Thursday, June 14

NO Daily Orthros

Friday, June 15

Saturday, June 16

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

Sunday, June 17 (Third Sunday after Pentecost)

8:50 a.m. — Orthros

10:00 a.m. — Divine Liturgy

SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENTS

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

Eucharist Bread and Coffee Hour Schedule:

Eucharist Bread Coffee Hour

June 10 Brock POT LUCK MEAL

(Set-up: Pigott/Lavric/Alaeetawi)

June 17 Baker Skirtech/Parker

June 24 R. Root D. Root/Dansereau/Davis

June 28 (Thur. p.m.) Henderson Karen Cooper

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#

June 10 Sam Habeeb Rom. 2:10-16 90

June 17 Brenda Baker Rom. 5:1-10 96

June 24 Walt Wood Rom. 13:11-14:4 279

June 28 (Thur. p.m.) Sh. Charlotte Algood II Cor. 11:21-33; 12:6-9 389

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 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; Peggy (David Turner’s paternal aunt) who is suffering from cancer and related complications; and David Morris and his family; Vernie Meadows, Fr. James and Kh. Sharon and their family; Walt and Charlotte Wood and their family; Dr. Herman (Tristan) Englehardt.

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.

Father John and Father James will be attending the Parish Life Conference in West Palm Beach June 13-16. If you need a priest during this time, please contact Father Leo.

The Annual Parish Life Conference is scheduled for June 13-16 in West Palm Beach, FL. Please let Fr. John know if you are planning to attend. His Grace, Bishop NICHOLAS is trying to make plans, establish goals and bring people together for the health of the diocese and needs input from the parishes. He would like the Conference to be have a spiritual aspect and be more than just business meetings.

Calendar Items:

* The Men of the parish meet for lunch and fellowship on the first Thursday of the month.

* The Ladies of St. Peter will 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 Apostles continues through June 28th.

* The Parish Life Conference will be held June 13-16 in West Palm Beach, FL.

* We will celebrate the feast of the Apostles Peter and Paul with Orthros followed by Divine Liturgy on Thursday evening, June 28th, beginning at 6:00 p.m.

* The next date for serving meals at the Stewpot is November 10th.

Fasting Discipline for June

The Fast of the Apostles will begin on June 4th and continue through June 28th. During this time the traditional fasting discipline will be observed on all days of the week.

Major Commemorations for June

June 11 Apostles Bartholomew and Barnabas

June 24 Nativity of the Forerunner

June 39 Chief Apostles Peter and Paul

June 30 Synaxis of the twelve Apostles

Vacation Church School will be held July 19-21 this year. The theme will be “Feasts of the Theotokos”. Parents, please make a note of these dates. More information will be available soon.

Karen Cooper has requested to be relieved of her duties as Choir Director due to ongoing concerns with her health. Sh. Margaret Root has agreed to be the interim Choir Director. Many Thanks to Karen for her faithful service to our parish over the years! May God grant her Many Years!

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: “A basic facor in the building up of the heart and the practice of prayer is vigilance, which greatly assists in directing the mind to the heart, and then to God. Vigilance concentrates the entire man in his effort to abide in God’s presence and carry out His commandments.

In the ascetic tradition, vigilance or watchfulness of mind during prayer is essential in the fulfillment of the first great commandment—to love God. It aims to ensure that every movement of the mind and heart is in harmony with the Spirit of God, so that man’s return to God may be complete, for our God is a jealous God, Who will not settle for anything less than the whole of a man’s heart. That is why the Christian stands before God at the start of every day: he attunes his whole disposition by stationing his mind in his heart, thereby keeping his thoughts and feelings in the constant presence of the Lord.”

Archimandrite Zacharias, The Hidden Man of the Heart

Worship: Sunday, June 17, 2018 (Third Sunday after Pentecost)

Scripture: Romans 5:1-10; Matthew 6:22-33

Celebrant: Father John

Epistle Reader: Brenda Baker

Prosphora: Baker

Coffee Hour: Skirtech/Parker