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Announcements for Sunday, August 2, 2009
August 2, 2009
Eighth Sunday after Pentecost
I Corinthians 1:10-17:  St.  Paul appeals to the Corinthians to put away their divisions and to be joined together in Jesus Christ.
Matthew 14:14-22:  In the reading from St Matthew we hear about Jesus' feeding the five thousand with five loaves of bread and two fish.  In this miracle we see that Jesus is the Bread of Life.
Troparion of the Resurrection: Thou didst shatter death by thy Cross; thou didst open paradise to the thief; thou didst turn the mourning of the ointment-bearing women into joy, and didst bid thine Apostles proclaim warning that thou hast risen, O Christ, granting the world Great Mercy.
Troparion of the Proto-Martyr Stephen: The crown of the Kingdom hath adorned the brow of thy holy head because of the contests that thou hast endured for Christ God, thou first of the martyred Saints; for when thou hadst censured the Jews' madness, thou sawest Christ thy Saviour standing at the right hand of the Father.  O Stephen, ever pray to Him for us, that He would 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 for Usual Sundays:  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.

Sunday, August 2 ( Eighth Sunday after Pentecost)
 8:50 a.m. – Orthros
 10:00 a.m. – Divine Liturgy
 5:30 p.m. – Youth Group
Monday, August 3
 Office Closed – Father John's Day Off
 6:30 p.m. – Paraklesis service
Tuesday, August 4
 6:00 a.m. – Daily Orthros
 6:30 p.m. – Choir Practice
Wednesday, August 5
 5:00 p.m. – Catechism Class
 6:00 p.m. – Orthros/Divine Liturgy – Feast of the Transfiguration
Thursday, August 6 (Feast of the Transfiguration)
  Before His Passion, Jesus ascended Mount Tabor with His disciples Peter, James and John, for the purpose of prayer.  There the three disciples beheld Him transfigured and saw a vision in which Moses the Lawgiver (shown on the icon on the right holding the tablets of the Law) and Elijah the Prophet appeared and spoke with Him.  "And He was transfigured before them, and His face shone like the sun, and His garments became white as light.  And behold, there appeared to them Moses and Elijah, talking with Him" (Matt. 17:2-3).  The fact that Moses and Elijah appeared at the Transfiguration is very significant in that these two men were the leading figures of the Old Testament - which confirms the fact that Jesus is the fulfillment of the Law and the Prophets (see Matthew 5:17).  Their presence confirmed that Jesus was indeed the Christ, the Messiah whom the people of the Old Testament had been anticipating.  The Gospel account also says that a voice from a bright cloud said "This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased, listen to Him" (Matt. 17:5), further confirming the person of Jesus as the divine Messiah.  When the three disciples saw and heard these things they fell on their faces and were filled with awe (this is shown on the icon by the way Peter, James and John are depicted at the foot of the mount).  When they came down the mountain Jesus told His disciples to "tell no one the vision, until the Son of man is raised from the dead" (Matt. 17:9).  Jesus did not want everyone to know what had happened until the time was right.  The Kontakion of the feast gives understanding as to why Jesus allowed Peter, James and John to be present at His transfiguration: "On the mountain wast Thou transfigured, O Christ God, and Thy disciples beheld Thy glory as far as they could see it; so that when they would behold Thee crucified, they would understand that Thy suffering was voluntary, and would proclaim to the world that Thou art truly the Radiance of the Father." 
 NO Daily Orthros 
Friday, August 7
 6:00 a.m. – Daily Orthros
 6:30 p.m. – Paraklesis service
Saturday, August 8
 6:30 p.m. – Great Vespers
Sunday, August 9 (Ninth Sunday after Pentecost and the Sunday after the Transfiguration)
 8:50 a.m. – Orthros
 10:00 a.m. – Divine Liturgy
 6:00 p.m. – Young Adults

Eucharist Bread: ...was offered by Dn. Richard and Sh. Margaret for the Divine Liturgy this morning.
Memory Eternal!  Please remember the Archpriest James Kenna (age 74), who died in a car wreck this past Sunday.  Father James was the pastor at St. Elias in Austin, TX for many years.  He also founded many missions, including St. Sophia Orthodox Church in Dripping Springs, TX, where he was serving as pastor.  Father James spoke at St. Peter's during our early years as a parish and was a dear friend of many here.  Also, please remember his wife, Anne and their four children, as well as the parish of St. Sophia.
Eucharist Bread and Coffee Hour Schedule:
                                         Eucharist Bread  Coffee Hour
 August 2                                  R. Roots         Freundts
 August 5 (Wed. Not Thurs. eve) Hendersons
          Feast of the Transfiguration
 August 9                                  Woods           Schelvers
 August 15 (Sat. morning)           Algoods
 August 16                                Katools           Chamblees
 August 23                                Schelvers        Pigotts
 August 30                                Morrises         Dansereaus
Congratulations and Many Years! Mr. and Mrs. Matthew Baker – who were married last week (July 25th) in Newberry, S.C.  May God grant them many years!
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 2                 Sh. Charlotte Algood         I Cor. 1:10-17       124
August 5 (Wed. eve) Kh. Sharon Meadows       II Peter 1:10-19     401
August 9                 Warren Strain                   I Cor. 3:9-17         130
August 15 (Sat. morn) Brenda Baker                Philp. 2:5-11         403
August 16                Kh. Be'Be' Schelver          I Cor. 4:9-16         135
August 23                Tom Willingham               I Cor. 9:2-12         141
August 30                Tom Skirtech                   I Cor. 15:1-11       146
Memory Eternal!  Our thoughts and prayers continue to be with the Baker family in the falling asleep in the Lord of Reader Basil's mother, Mrs. Cleo Baker in Starkville.  May her memory be eternal!
Please remember the following in your prayers: Tom Skirtech, Amy and Brantley Oliver (they will be moving to Monroe shortly); Jack and Ginny Henderson (Fr. John's parents) and their family; Reader Basil's family (Dad, Bill; sister Betty; and uncle and aunt, James and Sarah Powell), Ken Jones' mother (recovering from hip surgery), Aidan Milnor, the Milnor family, Penny and Dean Bruner and their family, Deborah and Paul Finley, Effie Johnson (Kh. Susan Cushman's mother) and the Cushman family (St. John's in Memphis) Jared and Stacy Autrey and their daughter Olivia Kate (St. Ignatius in Franklin).
Calendar Items:
 * The fast of the Dormition will begin August 1st and continue through the feast on the 15th .  As usual we will be celebrating the Paraklesis service on Monday, Wednesday and Friday evenings during this time.  Please make plans to attend as many of these beautiful services as possible.
 * We will celebrating the feast of the Transfiguration of our Lord with Orthros and Divine Liturgy beginning at 6:00 p.m. on Wednesday evening, August 5th .
 * The feast of the Dormition falls on Saturday this year.  We will be having Great Vespers on Friday evening, August 14th at 6:30 p.m. and Orthros and Divine Liturgy on Saturday morning, August 15th , beginning at 9:00 a.m.
 * Future dates for Stewpot meals are September 5th and October 31st .
St. Peter shirts....several of you placed an order for one of the shirts with our name on them.  They have arrived and the cost is $30.  If you ordered one of these, please see Fr. John.  We do have a few extras if someone wanted one but was unable to order it.
Fasting Discipline for August
The traditional fasting (no meat, fish, dairy, wine or oil) is observed August 1 through 14 (the Dormition Fast), except on August 6 (the Feast of the Transfiguration) when fish and wine are permitted.  After the 15th  the traditional 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 During August
 Aug 1   Procession of the Cross
 Aug 6   Transfiguration of Our Lord
 Aug 15   Dormition of the Theotokos
 Aug 29   Beheading of the Forerunner, John the Baptist (strict fast day)
Please supervise your children to avoid spills, ink stains or marks from their writing and drawing on our new chairs.  We also ask that you not allow them to stand on the kneelers.  Thank you for your help with this.
Those hosting Coffee Hour or feasts MUST be sure to place fresh trash bags in the trash cans when cleaning up afterwards.  If this is not done, items get thrown into the empty trash cans and then dumped as is into the cans outside.  The trash people will NOT pick up loose trash from the cans and have even dumped it out in the past.  This means that Father John has to pick these items up by hand and bag them!  Please help us with this!!
If you are the last to leave the building, please make sure that the heating and cooling unit in the Fellowship Hall is set to the optimum temperature for the building when unoccupied.  If you have overridden the programmed setting, please be sure to restore it to the original setting.  We are trying to keep our utility costs down.  If you do not know how to operate the thermostat, please consult with either Father James or Deacon Richard for instruction.       
Quotable:  "Do not hate the sinner.  We are, indeed, all laden with guilt.  If for the sake of God you are moved to oppose him, weep over him.  Why do you hate him?  Hate his sins and pray for him, that you may imitate Christ, who was not wroth with sinners, but interceded for them."
    - St. Isaac the Syrian   
Weekly Quote:  "Hear and be comforted, beloved, how merciful is God!  To the sinful woman He forgave her offenses; yea, He upheld her when she was afflicted.  With clay He opened the eyes of the blind, so that the eyeballs beheld the light.  To the palsied He granted healing, who arose and walked and carried his bed.  And to us He has given the pearls; His holy Body and Blood."
    - St. Ephraim the Syrian
WORSHIP: Sunday, August 9, 2009 (Ninth Sunday after Pentecost)
 Scriptures:  I Corinthians 3:9-17; Matthew 14:22-34
 Celebrant:  Father John
 Deacon:  Deacon Richard
 Epistle Reader: Warren Strain
 Prosphora:  Woods
 Coffee Hour:  Schelvers
posted by Daniel Root at 3:21 PM Parish Life

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