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Saint Peter Antiochian Orthodox Church
Madison, Mississippi
Thursday, June 25, 2015
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June 28, 2015
Fourth Sunday after Pentecost
Romans 6:18-23:  St Paul, writing to the Romans, explains that when we were freed from sin we
became slaves to righteousness;  therefore, we must resist enslavement to sin and instead become enslaved to God.
Matthew  8:5-13:  Jesus shows His great mercy to those who have faith in Him when He heals the servant of a centurion.
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 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.
Sunday, June 28   (Fourth Sunday after Pentecost)
            8:50 a.m.         -- Orthros
            10:00 a.m.       -- Divine Liturgy
            5:30 p.m.         -- Youth Group           
Monday, June 29   (Chief Apostles Peter and Paul)
            6:00 a.m.         -- Divine Liturgy (only)
            Office Closed -- Father John's Day Off
Tuesday, June 30   (Synaxis of the Twelve Apostles)
            6:00 a.m.         -- Daily Orthros
            11:30 a.m.       -- Ladies Lunch at High Biscuits
Wednesday, July 1   (Cosmas and Damian of Rome)
            6:30 p.m.         -- Daily Vespers
            7:15 p.m.         -- Choir Practice
Thursday, July 2   (Deposition of the Robe of the Theotokos)
            6:00 a.m.         -- Daily Orthros
            8:30 a.m.         -- Vacation Church School (see further info below)
            11:30 a.m.       -- Men's Lunch
Friday, July 3   
            8:30 a.m.         -- Vacation Church School (see further info below)
Saturday, July 4  
            8:30 a.m.         -- Vacation Church School (see further info below)   
            5:45 p.m.         -- Ninth Hour followed by Great Vespers
Sunday, July 5   (Fifth Sunday after Pentecost)
            8:50 a.m.         -- Orthros
            10:00 a.m.       -- Divine Liturgy
            5:00 p.m.         -- Young Adults
Eucharist Bread …was offered by the Brocks for the Divine Liturgy today. 
Eucharist Bread and Coffee Hour Schedule:
                                      Eucharist Bread                   Coffee Hour
June 28                         Brock                                       Henderson/Baker/Lockhart
June 29 (Mon. a.m.)    Fahmy                                     Kh. Sharon Meadows
         (Feast of Sts. Peter and Paul)
July 5                            Baker   Karam/Stewart/Meadows
July 12                          Wood                                       POT LUCK MEAL
                                                                                        (Set-up:  Ellis/Zouboukos/Fahmy)
July 19                          R. Root                                    Pigott/Strain/Osborne
July 26                          Algood                                    D. Root/Dansereau
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 28                              Phillip Lasseter                     Rom. 6:18-23                   102
June 29 (Mon. a.m.)        Kh. Sharon Meadows           II Cor. 11:21-33, 12:6-9 389
July 5                                 Kh. Sharon Meadows           Gal. 5:22-6:2                    222
July 12                               Mildred Morris                      Rom. 12:6-14                   113
July 19                               Phillip Lasseter                     Titus 3:8-15                      322
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.
As we are approaching the hot days of summer, please remember to dress appropriately for the services of the Church.  Throughout the ages, the Church has called all to show reverence and love for the Christian Faith through modest, but respectable dress.  Please do not wear shorts, tank tops or revealing clothing at our services.
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 continue to pray for the health of His Grace, Bishop ANTOUN.

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;
Walt and Charlotte Wood and their family; Tom and Jennifer Skirtech and their family; Tom and Kathy Willingham; Athena and Anthony Zouboukos and their family.
Please remember Fr. Joseph and Kh. Joanna Bittle, and their daughter Abigail, in your prayers.
Congratulations to Ben and Meghan Brock on the birth of Mary Zita (9 lbs. 5oz.) this past Tuesday morning!  Mother and daughter are doing well.  May God grant them all Many Years!!
At our Monthly Pot Luck Meal on Sunday, July 12th, we will also be collecting donations to aid the family of  Fr. Matthew Baker, Ian Jones' friend who died in an auto accident while returning from a Sunday of Orthodoxy service in March.
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.  Those who are able will go out for lunch and fellowship afterwards. 
*    The Fast of the Apostles will last through June 28th.  We will celebrate the Feast of Sts. Peter and Paul with Divine Liturgy (only) tomorrow morning, beginning at 6:00 a.m.
*    Vacation Church School will be held Thursday, July 2nd through Saturday, July 4th.
*    The Ladies Lunch in August will be held at the Meadows' home on Saturday morning, August 29th, beginning at 11:30 a.m.  Fr. John will also be giving a short teaching.
*    Father-son Prayer Breakfast at the church, Saturday morning, September 12th, beginning at 8:30 a.m.
Fr. John will be attending the Archdiocese Convention in Boston July 17-25.  If you need a priest during this time, please contact Fr. Leo or Fr. James.
Vacation Church School will be held in the Fellowship Hall July 1-4.  The complete schedule will be as follows:
            8:00 a.m.                     --          Teachers and Volunteers Arrive
            8:15-8:30 a.m.             --          Sign in and Drop off of Children
            12:15-12:30 p.m.         --          Sign out and Pick up of Children.
Father-son Prayer Breakfast:  The men of the parish will begin meeting at the church once each quarter for a Saturday morning Father-son Prayer Breakfast.  The first prayer breakfast is scheduled for Saturday morning, September 12th, beginning at 8:30 a.m.

Young Adults Study Group:  The Young Adults agreed to begin meeting twice a month.  One of these meetings will feature a teaching by Fr. John on various aspects of the Orthodox Christian faith.  Topics will include education, ethics and parenting children.  The next meetings will be Sunday, July 5th and 19th.
Fasting Discipline for June/July
The Fast of the Apostles begins on Monday, June 8th and continues through the 28th.  During this time the traditional fasting discipline (no meat, dairy, eggs, fish wine or oil) is observed on all days of the week.  In July the traditional fasting discipline is observed on all Wednesdays and Fridays of the month.
Major Commemorations for June/July
June 29                  Chief Apostles Peter and Paul
June 30                  Synaxis of the Twelve Apostles
July 1                     Cosmas and Damian of Rome
July 2                     Deposition of the Robe of the Theotokos
July 5                     Athanasios of Athos
July 11                   Euphemia the All-praised
July 17                   Great-martyr Marina
July 20                   Prophert Elias
July 25                   Dormition of Righteous Anna
July 27                   Great-martyr Panteleimon
 Parents, please supervise your children with food in the Fellowship Hall.  We are getting stains on the new carpet (and also the chairs in the nave).
Thermostats in the Fellowship Hall:  There are two thermostats in the Fellowship Hall—one in the main room to control the air in the main room, and a second one in the Nursery room that controls the air in all four of the Sunday School rooms.  Please be sure when you leave the building that both thermostats are set to 80 degrees in warm weather or 60 degrees in cold weather.
Happy Birthdays in June/July:
         June 29                  --    Jennifer Skirtech
         July 10                   --    Ramzi Kafoury
         July 11                   --    Titus Lasseter (#3!)
         July 14                   --    Emil Ellis (#19!)
         July 15                   --    Emad Fino
         July 22                   --    Amy Oliver
                                       --    Thomas Wood
                                       --    Walt Wood
Happy Anniversaries in June/July:
         June 31                  --    Denis and Tatiana Lavric (#5!)
         July 3                     --    Emad and Suzi Fino (#27!)
         July 25                   --    Reader Basil and Brenda Baker (#34!)
         July 30                   --    Clyde and Mary Ellis (#21!)
Quotable:  "How Should We Conduct Ourselves in Relation to the Lord God?
                       To love God with all thy heart means to try to the greatest extent possible to learn the will of God, or that which is pleasing to God and that which offends Him, and then as readily, diligently, and joyfully as possible to do what is pleasing to the Lord God, and as attentively and thoughtfully as we can to avoid what offends Him.  For it is an attribute of the love of our heart that we try to the greatest extent possible to know the will of whomever we sincerely love and to fulfill it with all diligence and pleasure, no matter how difficult that may be. "
                                                How to Live a Holy Life by Metropolitan GREGORY of
                                                            St. Petersburg
Worship:         Sunday, July 5, 2015 (Fifth Sunday after Pentecost)
         Scripture:                               Galatians 5:22-6:2; Matthew 8:28-34; 9:1
         Celebrant:                              Father John
         Epistle Reader:                     Kh. Sharon Meadows
         Prosphora:                             Baker
         Coffee Hour:                         Karam/Stewart/Meadows
posted by Daniel Root at 10:08 AM Parish Life

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