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Saint Peter Antiochian Orthodox Church
Madison, Mississippi
Thursday, July 16, 2009
Announcements for Sunday, July 19, 2009
July 19, 2009
Sixth Sunday after Pentecost
and the 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:  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 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 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, July 19
 8:50 a.m. – Orthros
 10:00 a.m. – Divine Liturgy
 5:30 p.m. – Youth Group
Monday, July 20 (Prophet Elias)
 Office Closed – Father John's Day Off
Tuesday, July 21
 NO Daily Orthros
 6:30 p.m. – Choir Practice
Wednesday, July 22
 NO Catechism Class
 6:30 p.m. – Daily Vespers
Thursday, July 23
 NO Daily Orthros
Friday, July 24 (Great-martyr Marina)
 NO Daily Orthros
Saturday, July 25 (Dormition of the Righteous Anna)
 NO Great Vespers – CANCELLED due to Matthew Baker's wedding in South Carolina
Sunday, July 26  (Seventh Sunday after Pentecost)
 8:50 a.m. – Orthros
 10:00 a.m. – Divine Liturgy
 5:30 p.m. – Youth Group
Eucharist Bread: ...was offered by the Freundts for the Divine Liturgy this morning.
There will be NO Great Vespers service NEXT Saturday, July 25th due to the absence of our clergy for Matthew and Sally's wedding in South Carolina.  However, Father John will be returning Saturday night and services will be held as usual on Sunday morning. 
Eucharist Bread and Coffee Hour Schedule:
               Eucharist Bread  Coffee Hour
 July 19         Freundts         Hendersons
 July 26         Fahmys          Fahmys
 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
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 19              Tom Skirtech                          Titus 3:8-15                   322
July 26              Walt Wood                             Gal. 3:23-29; 4:1-5         160
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
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; Mom, Cleo; 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).
Father John will be traveling to California on July 16th for the Archdiocese Convention.  He will be traveling directly from there to South Carolina for Matthew and Sally's wedding and will be returning home late on the 25th .  There will be no catechism class or daily Orthros services during his absence, but daily vespers services will be held as usual on Wednesday evenings.  Please contact Father Leo or Father James for any pastoral needs.
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.
Please remember Sally Dubose and Matthew Baker in your prayers as they prepare for their wedding on July 25, 2009.
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.
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 .
Fasting Discipline for July:
The traditional fasting (no meat, fish, dairy, wine or oil) is observed on all Wednesdays and Fridays of July.
Major Commemorations During July
 July 20   Prophet Elias
 July 25   Dormition of the Righteous Anna, Mother of the Theotokos
 July 27   Great-martyr and Unmercenary Panteleimon
 July 31   Forefeast of the Procession of the Precious Cross
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 you desire to have communion with God in your mind by receiving the perception of that delight which is not subject to the senses?  Cleave to mercy.  For if mercy is found within you, it is formed by that holy beauty which it resembles."
    - St. Isaac the Syrian   
Weekly Quote:  "He who loves God both believes truly and performs the works of faith reverently.  But he who only believes and does not love lacks even the faith he thinks he has; for he believes merely with a certain superficiality of intellect and is not energized by the full force of love's glory.  The chief part of virtue, then, is faith energized by love."
    - St. Diadochos of Photiki
WORSHIP: Sunday, July 26, 2009 (Seventh Sunday after Pentecost)
 Scriptures:  Galatians 3:23-29; 4:1-5 (St. Paraskeva); Matthew 9:27-35
 Celebrant:  Father John
 Homily:  Father John
 Deacon:  Deacon Richard
 Epistle Reader:  Walt Wood
 Prosphora:  Fahmys
 Coffee Hour:  Fahmys
posted by Daniel Root at 1:58 PM Parish Life

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