Sunday after the Elevation of the 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: 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 Holy Cross: O Lord, save thy people and bless thine inheritance, granting our believing kings victory over the Barbarians, and by the power of thy Cross preserving thy commonwealth.
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.
Sunday, September 15 (Sunday after the Elevation of the Cross) 9:00 a.m. -- Christian Education 10:00 a.m. -- Divine Liturgy
Office Closed -- Father John's Day Off 6:00 a.m. -- Daily Orthros 6:30 p.m. -- Daily Vespers 7:30 p.m. -- Choir Practice
8:30 a.m. -- Workday at the Church 5:45 p.m. -- Ninth Hour followed by Great Vespers
Sunday, September 22 (Nativity of the Theotokos) 9:00 a.m. -- Christian Education 10:00 a.m. -- Divine Liturgy 5:00-6:30 p.m. -- Young Adults Study Group (For more info, see note later in these announcements)
Eucharist Bread …was offered by the Daniel Roots for the Feast of the Elevation of the Cross yesterday and by the Yeatts for the Divine Liturgy this morning.
Please be reminded of the following: Be very careful with the Blessed Bread when you take it after communion. Because this bread has been blessed, we should take care not to let crumbs fall on the floor. Parents, especially, please help your children to choose a small piece and treat it carefully. Also, at the end of the liturgy, maintain a prayerful disposition during the veneration of the cross as the prayers of thanksgiving after communion are still underway. Please exchange your greetings with each other in the Fellowship Hall during Coffee Hour.
Eucharist Bread and Coffee Hour Schedule: Eucharist Bread Coffee Hour September 15 Yeatts Skirtech/Skirtech/Parker September 22 Abraham D. Root/Dansereau/Dale Cooper September 29 Meadows Algood/Yeatts/Lasseter
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. September 15 Warren Strain Gal. 2:16-20 193 September 22 Mildred Morris I Cor. 16:13-24 152 September 29 Phillip Lasseter II Cor. 1:21-2:1-4 158
Please remember Fr. Joseph and Kh. Joanna Bittle, and their daughter Abigail, in your prayers.
Please remember the following in your prayers: Steve, Sheryl and Stephen Chamblee; Amy and Brantley Oliver; Aidan Milnor, the Milnor family; Sam and Lamia Dabit and Sammie; Georgia Buchanan, George Johns (Georgia's grandson) and his family; Mary Greene (Lee and Kh. Sharon's sister); Fr. Stephen Tewfik; Sh. Gail Shannon; Dn. Sidney and Sh. Mary Elliot; Fr. Alexander Atty, the Dean of St. Thikon's who is battling cancer.
Please keep Tom Willingham and his wife Kathy in your prayers. Tom is home from the hospital and continuing to recover following abdominal surgery to remove a tumor.
Continue to pray for Metropolitan Paul (who is also the brother of our Patriarch) and the Syriac Archbishop John of Aleppo who were abducted recently while on a humanitarian mission in Syria.
Please continue to pray for the health of His Grace, Bishop ANTOUN.
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.
Christian education has resumed. Parents please be sure to have your children arrive on time. Also, we are in need of volunteers to help with the Pre-school Group. If you would like to help with this, please get in touch with Sam Habeeb.
Young Adults Study Group: The Young Adults will meet once a month on Sunday evening from 5:00 – 6:30 p.m. (time will be strictly adhered to) for a meal, fellowship and teaching. The first meeting will be next Sunday, September 22nd. Please let Father John know by text or e-mail if you will be there, so that plans may be made for the meal.
Teen Sunday School Group: The Teen Sunday School Group will meet tonight at 5:30 p.m. In the future they will meet two Sunday evenings a month for Sunday School and one Sunday evening for fun and fellowship. The exact dates have not been set yet.
* The Men of the parish meet for lunch and fellowship on the first Thursday of the month. * The Ladies of St. Peter will begin meeting for lunch and fellowship on the fourth Tuesday of each month. The first lunch will be Tuesday, September 24th at 11:30 a.m. at Sombra, which is located in the Township area on Highland Colony Parkway. * The Ladies of St. Peter will have a fundraiser on Sunday, September 29th to replenish funds used for charitable activities. They will be auctioning off casseroles and baked goods during Coffee Hour that Sunday. * The Ladies of St. Peter will begin meeting at 10:00 a.m. on the second Saturday of each month to pray the Akathist to the Mother of God, Nurturer of Children. Those who are able will go out for lunch and fellowship afterwards.
Canned food drive: The Christian Education classes will once again be collecting canned good s for the needy.
Fall Festival: We have tentatively set a date for this year's Fall festival on Saturday, October 26th. However, this is contingent upon a volunteer or volunteers to head up the festival. If you are interested in helping to plan this, please let Father John know.
Camping trip for Youth Group: A camping trip to Louisville is planned for the Teens on Friday and Saturday, November 1-2. (Rain date will be November 8-9).
Bible Study with Breakfast will resume on Saturday morning, October 5th from 7:30-9:00 a.m.
Directory Update: Please add the following to your Directories:
Happy Birthdays in September: September 3 -- Lee Greene September 4 -- Fr. John Henderson September 8 -- Nikki Lasseter September 9 -- Rebecca Dansereau September 10 -- Dorin Lavric September 12 -- Alvin Buckles September 15 -- Lynda Costas September 17 -- Jeffrey Schelver September 18 -- Carolina Lavric September 25 -- Rick Carlton September 27 -- Jeffrey Schelver September 30 -- Laura Yeatts
Fasting Discipline for September The traditional fasting (no meat, dairy, fish, wine or oil) is observed all Wednesdays and Fridays of the month.
Major Commemorations for September September 23 Conception of the Forerunner September 24 Proto-martyr Thekla September 26 Apostle John the Theologian (repose) September 28 Venerable Chariton
Happy Anniversaries in September: September 4 -- Ben and Jenna Skirtech (#12!) September 6 -- Richard and Vickie Curtis (#27!) September 15 -- Tom and Kathy Willingham (#23!) September 26 -- Rod and Emily Parker (#9!)
Quotable: "Prayer is conversation between the soul and its Maker, whether it by means of words or by thoughts only. It is the lifting up of our minds and hearts to the loving and almighty Father Who made us, in order to (1) praise Him for His greatness, goodness, kindness, power and justice; (2) to adore and worship Him as our King, for we must approach Him not only with the confidence and love of a child, but also with the respect and submission due to our Sovereign Lord; (3) to thank Him for the unbounded and numberless benefits He has bestowed upon us and others, and is constantly bestowing; (4) to petition His bounty for the many favors we need for ourselves and others, and to ask His pardon for our offenses."
Rev. Fr. David F. Abramtsov, The Orthodox Companion
Worship: Sunday, September 22, 2013 (Thirteenth Sunday after Pentecost)
Scripture: I Corinthians 16:13 to end; Luke 5:1-11 Epistle Reader: Mildred Morris Coffee Hour: D. Root/Dansereau/Dale Cooper