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September 4, 2011

Twelfth Sunday after Pentecost


I Corinthians 15:1-11:  Continuing our reading from I Corinthians, we hear St. Paul present the facts of the resurrection as the basis for our salvation and the cornerstone of our faith.


Matthew 19:16-26:  St. Matthew describes Jesus’ encounter with the rich young ruler.  In this incident we learn that spirituality is not founded only on keeping the law, but on giving mercy to others and denial of oneself.


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 Hieromartyr Babylas:  As a sharer of the ways and a successor to the throne of the Apostles, O inspired of God, thou foundest discipline to be a means of ascent to divine vision.  Wherefore, having rightly divided the word of truth, thou didst also contest for the Faith even unto blood, O Hieromartyr Babylas.  Interceed with Christ our God that our souls be saved.


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 Nativity of the Theotokos:  By thy holy birth-giving, O pure one, Joachim and Anne were delivered from the reproach of barrenness; and Adam and Eve were delivered from the corruption of death; thy people do celebrate it, having been saved from the stain of iniquity, crying unto thee, The barren doth give birth to the Theotokos, who nourisheth our life.





Sunday, September 4   (Twelfth Sunday after Pentecost)

            8:50 a.m.         — Orthros

            10:00 a.m.       — Divine Liturgy


Monday, September 5  

            Office Closed  — Father John’s Day Off


Tuesday, September 6   (Miracle of the Archangel Michael)

            6:00 a.m.         — Daily Orthros


Wednesday, September 7   

NO Catechism Class

6:00 p.m.         — Orthros followed by Divine Liturgy


Thursday, September 8   (Nativity of the Theotokos)

    The first feast of the liturgical year celebrates the birth of the Holy Virgin Mary, most blessed of women, chosen to bear God the Son, partaker in the Incarnation as the dwelling place of God.  To celebrate her birth and give honor to her life is unavoidably to anticipate the coming of the Messiah and to adore His person.  To remember her worthiness is to remember God’s grace.  To wonder at her faith is to arouse ourselves to emulate her strength of will and her depth of trust.  As we enter the cycle of the year, we turn first to honor the Holy Virgin, she who by her role in history and by her place among the saints most reminds us of the coming of the Saviour and the life He gives us, who by the Incarnation became the ladder between Heaven and Earth, who as the Mother of Christ is also the Mother of all His brethren.


NO Daily Orthros


Friday, September 9    (Righteous Joachim and Anna)        

6:00 a.m.         — Daily Orthros


Saturday, September 10  

7:30 a.m.         — Breakfast and Bible Study

TBA                 — Teen Project at MS Food Network

5:45 p.m.         — Ninth Hour followed by Great Vespers

Sunday, September 11   (Sunday before the Elevation of the Cross;

Sunday after the Nativity of the Theotokos)

            8:50 a.m.         — Orthros

            9:00 a.m.         — Christian Education resumes

            10:00 a.m.       — Divine Liturgy

            TBA                 — Swim Party for Christian Education at the Pigott’s





Eucharist Bread …was offered by the Freundts for the Divine Liturgy today.  


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 4                          Freundts                                   Morrises

         September 7 (Wed. p.m.)      Fahmys                                    POT LUCK

                  (Feast of the Nativity of the Theotokos)                            set-up:  Christina

         September 11                        Bakers                                     Joneses/Stewarts

         September 13 (Tues. p.m.)    Woods                                     POT LUCK

                  (Feast of the Elevation of the Cross)                                  set-up:  Kh. Sharon

         September 18                        R. Roots                                   Ellis/Zouboukos

         September 25                        Hendersons                              Meadows


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#

September 4                       Brenda Baker                      I Cor. 15:1-11                 146

September 7 (Wed. p.m.)   Sh. Charlotte Algood          Phil. 2:5-11                     307

September 11                     Tom Willingham                 Gal. 6:11-18                   198

September 13 (Tues. p.m.) Kh. Sharon Meadows         I Cor. 1:18-24                 311

September 18                     Tom Skirtech                       Gal. 2:16-20                   193

September 25                     Walt Wood                          II Cor. 4:6-15                  163


Please remember Fr. Joseph and Kh. Joanna Bittle and their daughter Abigail in your prayers.  Abigail, who was born prematurely and only recently came home after months in the NICU, has developed meningitis.  She had surgery on Friday and is still seriously ill.


Please continue to pray for the health of His Grace, Bishop ANTOUN.


Please remember the following in your prayers:  Maria Costas; Amy and Michael Surratt and Amy’s family;  Tom and Jennifer Skirtech and Jennifer’s mother, Jessamine Hinkson;  Warren and Sandi Strain and Warren’s mother, Ouida Strain; Fr. Leo, Kh. Be’Be’, Stephen and Amy, Justyn and Jeffrey; Steve, Sheryl and Stephen Chamblee; Amy and Brantley Oliver; Aidan Milnor, the Milnor family; Sam and Lamia Dabit; David Turner’s mother Mary Jean.


Conrad Useldinger is a young man from Ben Lomond, CA who will be attending classes at Belhaven beginning this fall.  He wants to attend services at St. Peter, but has no transportation.  We would like to have a group of people to help with this.  Anyone who can help with Conrad’s transportation should see Dn. Terry.


25th Anniversary Celebration:

            The Church is planning a celebration of our being received into the Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese in March 1987.  The weekend of May 4th-6th, 2012, has been set aside for some special events, including visits from Bishop ANTOUN and V. Rev. Fr. Jon Braun, with a celebratory banquet planned at the Mississippi Museum of Art on Saturday evening, May 5th.

            The planning committee (composed of Dn. Terry, Kh. Janet, Sh. Charlotte, Brenda Baker, Elizabeth Root and Paul Katool) is working on some other projects and we need your help!  An “Anniversary Book” is being compiled and will be printed and made available that weekend.  It will contain, among other things, articles on the life of our church, our church’s history, and photos (new and old) of church members and activities.  We are asking you to look through your files and albums for pictures that can be included in the book and also in a special video presentation.  These photos will of course be returned to you as soon as they are scanned, etc.  We need photos of church events going back 25 years or longer – but also events and photos from recent activities – from newer church members as well as the “old heads!”  These can include our chrismation weekend in ’87, teen retreats, work-days, our renovation project, ladies’/men’s activities, feast day celebrations, etc., etc., etc.  Please put your photos in an envelope –CLEARLY LABELED WITH YOUR NAME, AND ON THE BACK OF EACH PHOTO INCLUDE YOUR NAME, DATE OF PICTURE (IF KNOWN) NAMES OF THE PEOPLE, AND WHAT THE EVENT WAS.  Give these either to Deacon Terry or Kh. Janet NO LATER THAN TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 1ST.

            We will also need a host of volunteers to help with various things over the next several months.  If you would like to help, please contact Deacon Terry.  THANK YOU!!!


If you are the last to leave the building, please make sure that the heating and cooling unit in the Fellowship Hall is turned off.

Breakfast and Bible Study:  we are continuing our Bible Study of  1st Peter.  The Bible Study will meet every 2-3 weeks on Saturday morning at 7:30 a.m. with breakfast. This is open to all who are interested.  Be sure to come and enjoy the fellowship.


Calendar Items:

*    The Men of the parish meet for lunch and fellowship on the first Thursday of the month.

*    The Teens will be working at MS Food Network on Saturday, September 10th.

*    Christian Education will resume on Sunday, September 11th at 9:00 a.m.  There will be a Swim Party that afternoon at the Pigotts’ for all those in Sunday School.

*    The Annual Knucklehead Family Reunion (aka Men’s Fishing Trip) will be held in

      Arkansas, on September 16-23 this year.

*    A Fall Festival is scheduled here at the church on Sunday afternoon, October 30th from 4:00-6:00 p.m.  More details will be available at a later date.

*    We will be serving our next meal at the Stewpot in Jackson on November 19th.

*    His Grace, Bishop ANTOUN will be at St. Andrew Orthodox Church in Pensacola the weekend of December 4th to consecrate their church.  Father John and others from our parish plan to attend.

*    The Annual Deanery Youth Retreat will be held on February 10-12, 2012 at John W. Kyle State Park in Sardis.  Joel and Sarah Finley will be addressing the topic of the Culture of Dating.  More information will be available as the time draws near.

*    His Grace, Bishop ANTOUN will be here the weekend of May 6, 2012 to help us celebrate our 25th anniversary as a parish.  The planning committee is working very hard to make our celebration a memorable one.  There will be an evening event at the MS Museum of Art on Saturday, May 6th.  Other events are being planned and more information will be available in the coming months.


Fasting Discipline for September

In September the traditional fasting (no meat, poultry, fish, eggs, dairy, wine and oil) is observed on all Wednesdays and Fridays of the month.  September 14th is also a strict fast day in remembrance of the Elevation of the Cross.


Major Commemorations for September

September 6           Miracle of the Archangel Michael

September 8           Nativity of the Theotokos

September 9           Righteous Joachim and Anna

September 16         Euphemia the all-praised

September 20         Martyr Eustathios and his family

September 23         Conception of the Forerunner

September 26         Apostle John the Theologian (repose)

September 28         Venerable Chariton the Confessor



Happy Birthdays in September:

         September 3               Lee Greene

                                           Geraldine Quirk

         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 25             Rick Carlton

         September 30             Laura Yeatts


Happy Anniversaries in September:

         September 4               Ben and Jenna Skirtech (#10!)

         September 6               Richard and Vickie Curtis (#25!)

         September 15             Tom and Kathy Willingham (#21!)

         September 26             Rod and Emily Parker (#7!)



Quotable:  “‘But is it possible,’ you will say, ‘for the one who repents to be saved?’  It is perfectly possible!  ‘But I have spent my entire life in sin:  if I repent, will I be saved?’  Of course!  ‘How do we know that?’  From the love of God for man.  Am I relying on your repentance to destroy your heavy sins?  If you were to rely on your repentance then, indeed, you should tremble; but the mercy of God unites with repentance.  And the mercy of God has no limits; words cannot express His kindness.  Your wickedness has an end, but the Medicine for it is boundless!  Your wickedness is human wickedness, but God’s mercy is ineffable, so, have hope that it will exceed your sins.  Imagine a spark, which falls in the sea:  will it start a fire?  Will it appear again?  Sin is to God’s love for man what that spark is to the sea, not even that, but something much smaller!  The sea, however big it may be, has an end, but God’s love for man is limitless!”

                                                                        Archimandrite Seraphim Aleksiev


Worship:         Sunday, September 11, 2011 (Sunday before the elevation of the Cross;

Sunday after the Nativity of the Theotokos)


         Scripture:                                Galations 6:11-18; John 3:13-17

         Celebrant:                                Father John

         Epistle Reader:                       Tom Willingham

         Prosphora:                               Bakers

         Coffee Hour:                           Joneses/Stewarts

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