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January 16, 2011
Twenty-ninth Sunday after Pentecost
Veneration of the Chains of St. Peter
Acts 12:1-11   Reading in Acts we learn of  the Apostle Peter’s imprisonment at the hands of Herod and of his miraculous release from prison.
Luke 17:12-19:   In the reading from St Luke we see the mercy of the Lord Jesus Christ as He heals ten lepers, only one of whom thanks the Lord for being healed.
Troparion of the Resurrection:  The stone being sealed by the Jews, and thy pure body being guarded by the soldiers, thou didst arise on the third day, O Saviour, granting life to the world.  Wherefore, the heavenly powers acclaimed thee, O Giver of life, crying, Glory to thy Resurrection, O Christ! Glory to thy kingdom! Glory to thy gracious providence, O only Lover of mankind.
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 Presentation: Thou, O Christ God, who by your Birth, didst sanctify the Virgin’s womb, and as is meet, didst bless Simeon’s arms, and didst also come to save us, preserve thy fold in wars, and confirm them whom thou didst love; for thou alone art the Lover of mankind.
Sunday, January 16   (Veneration of the Chains of St. Peter)
            8:50 a.m.         — Orthros
            9:00 a.m.         — Christian Education
            10:00 a.m.       — Divine Liturgy
            11:45 a.m.       — Pot Luck Meal
            1:00 p.m.         — Young Adults
Monday, January 17    
            Office Closed  — Father John’s Day Off
Tuesday, January 18   (Athanasios and Cyril of Alexandria)
            6:00 a.m.         — Festal Orthros
Wednesday, January 19   
5:00 p.m.         — Catechism Class      
6:30 p.m.         — Daily Vespers
7:30 p.m.         — Choir Practice
Thursday, January 20   (Euthymios the Great) 
            6:00 a.m.         — Festal Orthros
Friday, January 21  
            6:00 a.m.         — Daily Orthros
Saturday, January 22   
            5:00 p.m.         — Catechism Class
            5:45 p.m.         — Ninth Hour Prayers followed by Great Vespers
Sunday, January 23   (Thirty-first Sunday after Pentecost)
            8:50 a.m.         — Orthros
            9:00 a.m.         — Christian Education
            10:00 a.m.       — Divine Liturgy
            5:30 p.m.         — Youth Group
Eucharist Bread …was offered by the Freundts for the Divine Liturgy today.  
Please remember to keep Fr. Leo, Kh. Be’Be’, Stephen and Amy, Justyn and Jeffrey in your prayers.
Please remember the following in your prayers:  Joanna Meadows, Mary Jeanne Turner, David and Lou Turner; Sandra Strain, Warren, Tiffany and Brandon; Mrs. Gouras, Ken, Anastasia and their family; the Longa and Dn. Sidney Elliott families from St. John’s in Memphis; Sh. Charlotte Algood,   Dn. Terry and their family; Fr. James and Kh. Linda Ellison; Bobby Webb (Deborah Finley’s father); Tom Skirtech, Amy and Brantley Oliver; Reader Basil’s family; Aidan Milnor, the Milnor family; Jared and Stacy Autrey and their daughter Olivia Kate  (St. Ignatius in Franklin).
Please continue to pray for the health of His Grace, bishop ANTOUN.
Please 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.
Eucharist Bread and Coffee Hour Schedule:
                                                      Eucharist Bread                     Coffee Hour
         January 16                            Freundts                                   POT LUCK MEAL
                                                                           Set-up and Clean-up Schelvers/Pigotts
         January 23                            Fahmys                                    Fahmys
         January 30                            Bakers                                     Morrises
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#
January 16                  Kh. Sharon Meadows           Acts 12:1-11                             50
January 23                  Tom Willingham                    I Tim. 1:15-17                           245
January 30                  Tom Skirtech                        Heb. 13:17-21                          365           
Many Years! to Virginia Anastasia Stewart who was baptized last Saturday morning.
We are celebrating our Patronal Feast (the Venerations of the Chains of St. Peter) with a Pot Luck Meal following the Divine Liturgy this morning.
Calendar Items:
·         The Men of the parish have begun meeting for lunch and fellowship on the first Thursday of the month.
·         The Lower MS Valley Deanery will hold its annual Youth Retreat the weekend of February 11-13 at Roosevelt State Park in Morton.  Fr. John Parker of Holy Ascension Orthodox Church in Charleston, SC will be speaking on the topic “The Storms of Life:  Can God Save Me?”  Information of registration, etc. will be available at a later date.
House Blessings!  A sign-up sheet is available in the Fellowship Hall to sign up for your house blessing.  Please schedule these as soon as possible.  Everyone should have their house blessed.  However, the responsibility for scheduling lies with individuals and not Father John.  No house blessings will be done once Great Lent starts (March 7th this year).
Pledge Letters for 2011 have been mailed.  Please return yours as soon as possible, either by mail in the enclosed envelope, or by placing your pledge slip in the Tithes box at the back of the nave.
Fasting Discipline for January
The traditional fasting (no meat, poultry, fish, eggs, dairy, wine and oil) is observed on the remaining Wednesdays and Fridays of the month.
Major Commemorations During January
January 18       Athanasios and Cyril of Alexandria
January 20       Euthymios the Great
January 25       Gregory the Theologian
January 27       John Chrysostom
January 31       Cyros and John the Unmercenary Healers
Happy Birthdays in January:
         January 1                   Dn. Richard Root
         January 5                   Sarah Anne Milnor
         January 11                 Nicholas Henderson
         January 12                 Cheryl Pigott
         January 13                 A            ndoni Fino
         January 19                 Saliba (Sam) Dabit
         January 20                 Alfred Katool
         January 24                 Oliver Yeatts
         January 29                 Michelle Pigott
         January 30                 Chris Dansereau
         January 31                 Jared Buckles
Happy Anniversaries in January:
         January 17                 Chris and Rebecca Dansereau (#2!)
         January 19                 Ramzi and Jean Kafoury (#8!)
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.
Quotable:  “Nothing in this world but God can fill our heart or satisfy our desires.  A fire cannot be put out with brushwood and oil, because only water will put it out.  In exactly the same way, the desires of the human heart cannot be satisfied with the goods of this world, because only the grace of God can quench the thirst of our desires.”
                                                            Saint Innocent of Alaska        
Worship:         Sunday, January 23, 2011 (Thirty-first Sunday after Pentecost)
         Scripture:                                    I Timothy 1:15-17; Luke 18: 35 to end
         Celebrant:                                   Father John
         Epistle Reader:                         Tom Willingham
         Prosphora:                               Fahmys
         Coffee Hour:                           Fahmys

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