9/17 announcements

September 17, 2017

Sunday after the Elevation of the Holy Cross

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: 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 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 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 17 (Thirteenth Sunday after Pentecost)

8:50 a.m. — Orthros

9:00 a.m. — Christian Education

10:00 a.m. — Divine Liturgy

Monday, September 18

Office Closed — Father John’s Day Off

Tuesday, September 19

6:00 a.m. — Daily Orthros

Wednesday, September 20

6:30 p.m. — Daily Vespers

7:15 p.m. — Choir Practice

Thursday, September 21

6:00 a.m. — Daily Orthros

Friday, September 22

Saturday, September 23 (Conception of the Forerunner)

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

Sunday, September 24 (Proto-martyr Thekla)

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 Daniel Roots for the Feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross this past Wednesday evening and by the Brocks for the Divine Liturgy this morning.

Eucharist Bread and Coffee Hour Schedule:

Eucharist Bread Coffee Hour

September 17 Brock Schelver/Meadows

September 24 Baker Pigott/Alaeetawi

October 1 R. Root Skirtech/Parker

October 8 Henderson POT LUCK MEAL

(set-up: D. Root/Dansereau/Davis)

October 15 Katool Algood/Jones/Strain/Dabit

October 22 Algood R. Root/Habeeb/Pacurari

October 29 Schelver Schelver/Meadows

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 17 Warren Strain Gal. 2:16-20 193

September 24 Mildred Morris II Tim. 3:10-15 258

October 1 Kh. Be’Be’ Schelver II Cor. 6:16-7:1 173

October 8 Sam Habeeb II Cor. 9:6-11 178

October 15 David Turner Titus 3:8-15 322

October 22 Walt Wood Gal. 1:11-19 188

October 29 Sh. Charlotte Algood Gal. 2:16-20 193

Please be reminded that the Sacristy/Vestry which is adjacent to and behind the altar in our church is considered by the Orthodox Church to be part of the Sanctuary (Altar area) and should not be entered without the blessing of the priest for a specific purpose. If you need to speak with a member of the clergy while they are in the Sanctuary, please ask them to come to you in the nave.

Please be reminded of the following:

Be very careful with the Blessed Bread when you take it after communion. Because this bread has been blessed, we should take care not to let crumbs fall on the floor. Parents, especially, please help your children to choose a small piece and treat it carefully.

Also, at the end of the liturgy, maintain a prayerful disposition during the veneration of the cross as the prayers of thanksgiving after communion are still underway. Please exchange your greetings with each other in the Fellowship Hall during Coffee Hour.

Please remember 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; Sue Thayer (Charlotte Wood’s mother), Walt and Charlotte and their family; Lynda Costas; Fr. Nicholas, Kh. Jan and Angelina Speier; Peggy (David Turner’s paternal aunt) who is suffering from cancer and related complications; and George (Dorothea and Daniel Staursky’s uncle) who sustained injuries in a bad fall; David Morris and his 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. Fr. John has been ill and was recently hospitalized. He is home now but is still ill. Kh. Cheryl has also been ill.

His Grace, Bishop ANTOUN has officially retired and Metropolitan JOSEPH has appointed His Grace, Bishop NICHOLAS to oversee the Diocese of Miami and the Southeast. Father John has invited him to visit us soon and he has expressed a wish to do so. More information on His Grace is to be found in the Metropolitan’s letter which is posted on the Bulletin Board in the Fellowship Hall. Please keep him in your prayers.

Nimr Fahmy has a new cell phone number: 615-635-2223.

With the blessing of His Grace, Bishop NICHOLAS, Fr. Alex Mackoul, Camp Director for Camp St. Thekla, has requested that we take up a collection for the Camp on the feastday of St. Thekla on September 24th. Please make your checks pay to St. Peter Orthodox Church and we will write one check to send to Fr. Alex. Be sure to note that your check is for the Camp on the memo line.

Parents of Altar Servers. . . . please make sure that all of the Altar Servers see Sh. Margaret Root in the next few weeks to be measured for new vestments.

Relief for the Victims of Hurricane Harvey: At the request of His Eminence, Metropolitan JOSEPH, we will be taking up a special collection each week this month to aid the victims of Hurricane Harvey. Please indicate on your check that it is for this fund. We will then send a single check to the Archdiocese.

Fall Festival: We will hold our annual Fall Festival on Saturday afternoon, October 28th. Anna Kathryn Stewart will once again head up this activity. (As in the past, we will not have Ninth Hour and Great Vespers that day.) 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 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, beginning in September.

* Our next time to serve a meal at the Stewpot will be November 18th.

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. Thursday, September 14th is also a strict fast day for the Feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross.

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

Parents of Young Children: Please make sure that your children are supervised if they are in the Nursery during Coffee Hour, just as they are supervised if out on the Playground. The Nursery is being left in a mess on Sunday mornings following Coffee Hour and the clean-up is falling on the same people (i.e. those who teach Sunday School classes in that room). If you leave and there are still children using the room, please make sure that your children pick up the things with which they have been playing.

Quotable: “The union of freedom with grace

St. Makarios of Egypt says (First Treatise on Guarding of the Heart, Chap. xii) that the grace which comes to man ‘does not bind his will by force of necessity, nor does it make him unchangeably good willy-nilly. On the contrary, the power of God which exists in the man gives way before his free will, in order to reveal whether the man’s will is in accordance with grace or not.’ From this moment the union of freedom with grace begins. At first grace stands outside, and acts from the outside. Then it enters within and begins to take possession of parts of the spirit: but it only does this when the man by his own desire opens the door for it, or opens his mouth to receive it. By himself man cannot do or establish within himself that which is good, but he longs and strives for it. Because of this longing, grace consolidates within him the good for which he yearns. And so it goes on, until man acquires final mastery over himself, and thus is able to fulfill that which is good and pleasing to God.”

St. Theophan the Recluse, The Art of Prayer

Worship: Sunday, September 24, 2017 (Proto-martyr Thekla)

Scripture: II Timothy 3:10-15; Luke 5:1-11

Celebrant: Father John

Epistle Reader: Mildred Morris

Prosphora: Baker

Coffee Hour: Pigott/Alaeetawi

9/10 announcements

September 10, 2017

Sunday before the Elevation of the Holy Cross

After-feast of the Nativity of the Theotokos

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: 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 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 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 10 (Sunday before the Exaltation 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

Monday, September 11

Office Closed — Father John’s Day Off

Tuesday, September 12

6:00 a.m. — Daily Orthros

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

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

Thursday, 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.

NO Daily Orthros [STRICT
FAST DAY]

Friday, September 15

Saturday, September 16

8:30 a.m. — Workday at the Church

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

Sunday, September 17 (Thirteenth Sunday after Pentecost)

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 Davises for the Divine Liturgy this morning. The Artoklasia Bread for the Litia and Artoklasia for the Feast of the Nativity of the Theotokos last Thursday evening was offered by the Meadows.

Eucharist Bread and Coffee Hour Schedule:

Eucharist Bread Coffee Hour

September 10 Davis POT LUCK MEAL

(set-up: Ellis/Zouboukos)

September 13 (Wed. p.m.) D. Root Kh. Sharon Meadows

(Feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross)

September 17 Brock Schelver/Meadows

September 24 Baker Pigott/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 10 Sh. Charlotte Algood Gal. 6:11-18 198

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

September 17 Warren Strain Gal. 2:16-20 193

September 24 Mildred Morris II Tim. 3:10-15 258

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 be reminded of the following:

Be very careful with the Blessed Bread when you take it after communion. Because this bread has been blessed, we should take care not to let crumbs fall on the floor. Parents, especially, please help your children to choose a small piece and treat it carefully.

Also, at the end of the liturgy, maintain a prayerful disposition during the veneration of the cross as the prayers of thanksgiving after communion are still underway. Please exchange your greetings with each other in the Fellowship Hall during Coffee Hour.

Please remember 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; Sue Thayer (Charlotte Wood’s mother), Walt and Charlotte and their family; Lynda Costas; Fr. Nicholas, Kh. Jan and Angelina Speier; Peggy (David Turner’s paternal aunt) who is suffering from cancer and related complications; and George (Dorothea and Daniel Staursky’s uncle) who sustained injuries in a bad fall; David Morris; John Lockhart (Mary Guy’s brother) and his family in Richmond, TX.

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. Fr. John has been ill and was recently hospitalized. He is home now but is still ill. Kh. Cheryl has also been ill.

His Grace, Bishop ANTOUN has officially retired and Metropolitan JOSEPH has appointed His Grace, Bishop NICHOLAS to oversee the Diocese of Miami and the Southeast. Father John has invited him to visit us soon and he has expressed a wish to do so. More information on His Grace is to be found in the Metropolitan’s letter which is posted on the Bulletin Board in the Fellowship Hall. Please keep him in your prayers.

Nimr Fahmy has a new cell phone number: 615-635-2223.

With the blessing of His Grace, Bishop NICHOLAS, Fr. Alex Mackoul, Camp Director for Camp St. Thekla, has requested that we take up a collection for the Camp on the feastday of St. Thekla on September 24th. Please make your checks pay to St. Peter Orthodox Church and we will write one check to send to Fr. Alex. Be sure to note that your check is for the Camp on the memo line.

Parents of Altar Servers. . . . please make sure that all of the Altar Servers see Sh. Margaret Root in the next few weeks to be measured for new vestments.

Relief for the Victims of Hurricane Harvey: At the request of His Eminence, Metropolitan JOSEPH, we will be taking up a special collection each week this month to aid the victims of Hurricane Harvey. Please indicate on your check that it is for this fund. We will then send a single check to the Archdiocese.

Fall Festival: We will hold our annual Fall Festival on Saturday afternoon, October 28th. Anna Kathryn Stewart will once again head up this activity. (As in the past, we will not have Ninth Hour and Great Vespers that day.) 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 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, beginning in September.

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

* Our next time to serve a meal at the Stewpot will be November 18th.

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. Thursday, September 14th is also a strict fast day for the Feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross.

Major Commemorations for September

September 13 Dedication of the Church of the Anastasis

September 14 Exaltation of the Holy 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

Parents of Young Children: Please make sure that your children are supervised if they are in the Nursery during Coffee Hour, just as they are supervised if out on the Playground. The Nursery is being left in a mess on Sunday mornings following Coffee Hour and the clean-up is falling on the same people (i.e. those who teach Sunday School classes in that room). If you leave and there are still children using the room, please make sure that your children pick up the things with which they have been playing.

Quotable: “Dependence on the grace of God

The first seed of the new life is lies in the combination of freedom and grace; and growth and ripening come from the development of the same elements. When making a vow to live according to the will of God, for His glory, the penitent should say, ‘Only do Thou strengthen and confirm my resolve’; and from then on he must, as it were, place himself every minute in the hand of God, with the prayer, ‘Do Thou Thyself perform within me what is pleasing to Thy will’. In this way, alike in consciousness and will and in actual fact, it is God who will be acting in us, both in what we desire and in what we do according to His good pleasure.

But as soon as man himself expects to achieve something in virtue of his own power and self-mastery, then immediately the spiritual life, full of grace, is extinguished. In this state, in spite of immeasurable efforts, true fruit cannot come into being.”

St. Theophan the Recluse, The Art of Prayer

Worship: Sunday, September 17, 2017 (Sunday after the Exaltation of the Cross)

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

Celebrant: Father John

Epistle Reader: Warren Strain

Prosphora: Brock

Coffee Hour: Schelver/Meadows

9/3 announcements

September 3, 2017

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 for the Hieromartyr Anthimos: O Godly-minded Anthimos, as a staunch defender of thy flock, thou eagerly sheddest thy blood for its protection. Unbending and wholly unafraid of all thine adversaries= fearful threats, thou rejoicest now in Heaven, standing before the throne of the Three-Sun Godhead. Glory to Christ Who hath given thee strength. Glory to thy manly bravery. Glory to thy patient endurance of martyrdom.

Troparion for St. Theoktistos: The barren wilderness thou didst make fertile with the streams of thy tears and by thy deep sighing thou hast given fruit through thy struggles a hundred-fold. Accordingly, thou hast become a star for the universe, sparkling with miracles. Therefore, O righteous Father Theoktistos, intercede with Christ God 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, September 3 (Thirteenth Sunday after Pentecost)

8:50 a.m. — Orthros

10:00 a.m. — Divine Liturgy

Monday, September 4

Office Closed — Father John’s Day Off

Tuesday, September 5

6:00 a.m. — Daily Orthros

Wednesday, September 6 (Miracle of the Archangel Gabriel)

6:30 p.m. — Daily Vespers

7:15 p.m. — Choir Practice

Thursday, September 7

6:00 a.m. — Daily Orthros

11:30 a.m. — Men’s Lunch

6:00 p.m. — Great Vespers with Litia and Artoklasia

Friday, 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.

Saturday, September 9 (Righteous Joachim and Anna)

10:00 a.m. — Ladies meet for Akathist

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

Sunday, September 10 (Sunday before the Exaltation 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 Joneses for the Divine Liturgy this morning.

Eucharist Bread and Coffee Hour Schedule:

Eucharist Bread Coffee Hour

September 3 Jones R. Root/Habeeb/Pacurari

September 7 (Thur. p.m.) Meadows (Artoklasia) NO Meal

(Feast of the Nativity of the Theotokos)

September 10 Davis POT LUCK MEAL

(set-up: Ellis/Zouboukos)

September 13 (Wed. p.m.) D. Root Kh. Sharon Meadows

(Feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross)

September 17 Brock Schelver/Meadows

September 24 Baker Pigott/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 3 Walt Wood I Cor. 16:13-24 152

September 10 Sh. Charlotte Algood Gal. 6:11-18 198

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

September 17 Warren Strain Gal. 2:16-20 193

September 24 Mildred Morris II Tim. 3:10-15 258

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 be reminded of the following:

Be very careful with the Blessed Bread when you take it after communion. Because this bread has been blessed, we should take care not to let crumbs fall on the floor. Parents, especially, please help your children to choose a small piece and treat it carefully.

Also, at the end of the liturgy, maintain a prayerful disposition during the veneration of the cross as the prayers of thanksgiving after communion are still underway. Please exchange your greetings with each other in the Fellowship Hall during Coffee Hour.

Please remember 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; Sue Thayer (Charlotte Wood’s mother), Walt and Charlotte and their family; Lynda Costas; Fr. Nicholas, Kh. Jan and Angelina Speier; Peggy (David Turner’s paternal aunt) who is suffering from cancer and related complications; and George (Dorothea and Daniel Staursky’s uncle) who sustained injuries in a bad fall; David Morris; John Lockhart (Mary Guy’s brother) and his family in Richmond, TX.

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. Fr. John has been ill and was recently hospitalized. He is home now but is still ill. Kh. Cheryl has also been ill.

His Grace, Bishop ANTOUN has officially retired and Metropolitan JOSEPH has appointed His Grace, Bishop NICHOLAS to oversee the Diocese of Miami and the Southeast. Father John has invited him to visit us soon and he has expressed a wish to do so. More information on His Grace is to be found in the Metropolitan’s letter which is posted on the Bulletin Board in the Fellowship Hall. Please keep him in your prayers.

Nimr Fahmy has a new cell phone number: 615-635-2223.

Indiction of the Ecclesiastical Year: We will have the Prayers for the Indiction of the Ecclesiastical Year (September 1st ) at the end of the Divine Liturgy on Sunday morning September 3rd.

Christian Education will resume on Sunday mornings at 9:00 a.m., beginning Sunday, September 10th.

With the blessing of His Grace, Bishop NICHOLAS, Fr. Alex Mackoul, Camop Director for Camp St. Thekla, has requested that we take up a collection for the Camp on the feastday of St. Thekla on September 24th. Please make your checks pay to St. Peter Orthodox Church and we will write one check to send to Fr. Alex. Be sure to note that your check is for the Camp on the memo line.

Parents of Altar Servers. . . . please make sure that all of the Altar Servers see Sh. Margaret Root in the next few weeks to be measured for new vestments.

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 first Saturday in July 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, beginning in September.

* The Indicition of the Ecclesiastical Year is September 1st. We will have the prayers for the Indiction at the end of the Divine Liturgy today.

* We will celebrate the Feast of the Nativity of the Theotokos with Great Vespers with Litia and Artoklasia on Thursday evening, September 7th, beginning at 6:30 p.m.

* Christian Education resumes on Sunday mornings, beginning September 10th.

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

* Our next time to serve a meal at the Stewpot will be November 18th.

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. Thursday, September 14th is also a strict fast day for the Feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross.

Major Commemorations for September

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 Exaltation of the Holy 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

Parents of Young Children: Please make sure that your children are supervised if they are in the Nursery during Coffee Hour, just as they are supervised if out on the Playground. The Nursery is being left in a mess on Sunday mornings following Coffee Hour and the clean-up is falling on the same people (i.e. those who teach Sunday School classes in that room). If you leave and there are still children using the room, please make sure that your children pick up the things with which they have been playing.

Quotable: “The tree of life

The essential mood of the penitent is this: ‘In the way Thou knowest, O Lord, save me. For my part I will labour without hypocrisy, without deviation and misinterpretation, but according to a pure conscience, doing everything that I understand and that lies in my power.’ Whoever can truly feel this in his heart, is accepted by the Lord, who then comes to rule as king within him.

God is his teacher, God it is who prays in him, God it is who wills and acts in him, God it is who bears fruit in him. God is his ruler. Such a state is the seed and the heart of the heavenly tree of life within him.”

St. Theophan the Recluse, The Art of Prayer

Worship: Sunday, September 10, 2017 (Sunday before the Exaltation of the Cross)

Scripture: Galatians 6:11-18; John 3:13-17

Celebrant: Father John

Epistle Reader: Sh. Charlotte Algood

Prosphora: Davis

Coffee Hour: POT LUCK MEAL

(Set-up: Ellis/Zouboukos)