10/9 announcements

October 9, 2011
Seventeenth Sunday after Pentecost
 
II Corinthians 6:16-7:1:  St Paul reminds us that as God has promised to dwell with us, we are to be holy, cleansing ourselves from ungodliness.
 
Luke 7:11-16:  In the reading from the Gospel of St Luke we see the Lord Jesus raise a woman’s son from death.
 
Troparion of the Resurrection:  O compassionate One, thou didst descend from the heights; thou didst submit to the three-day burial, that thou might deliver us from passion.  Thou art our Life and our Resurrection, O Lord, glory to thee.
 
Troparion of the Apostle James:  O holy Apostle James, pray to the merciful God that He may grant to our souls remission of our transgressions!
 
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.
 
CALENDAR
 
Sunday, October 9   (Seventeenth 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
 
Monday, October 10  
            Office Closed  — Father John’s Day Off
           
Tuesday, October 11 
            6:00 a.m.         — Daily Orthros
 
Wednesday, October 12   
5:00 p.m.         — Catechism Class
6:30 p.m.         — Daily Vespers
7:30 p.m.         — Choir Practice
 
Thursday, October 13   
6:00 a.m.         — Daily Orthros
 
Friday, October 14    
6:00 a.m.         — Daily Orthros
 
Saturday, October 15   
7:30 a.m.         — Bible Study with Breakfast
5:45 p.m.         — Ninth Hour followed by Great Vespers
 
Sunday, October 16   (Holy Fathers of the Seventh Ecumenical Council)
            8:50 a.m.         — Orthros
            9:00 a.m.         — Christian Education
            10:00 a.m.       — Divine Liturgy
            1:00 p.m.         — Yong Adults
 
SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENTS
 
Eucharist Bread …was offered by the Katools for the Divine Liturgy today.  
 
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.
 
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
         October 9                              Katools                                    Hendersons
         October 16                            Schelvers                                 Woods
         October 23                            Morrises                                   Schelvers
         October 30                            Joneses                                    Algoods
 
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#
October 9                           Warren Strain                        II Cor. 6:16 to 7:1           173
October 16                         Kh. Sharon Meadows           Titus 3:8-15                    322
October 23                         Mildred Morris                      Gal. 1:11-19                   188
October 30                         Phillip Lasseter                     Gal. 1:11-19                   188
 
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.
 
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.
 
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.
 
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.
 
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!!!
 
Calendar Items:
*    The Men of the parish meet for lunch and fellowship on the first Thursday of the month.
*    Father John will be in Little Rock, AR October 24-26 for the Lower MS Valley Deanery Clergy Retreat, hosted this year by Holy Trinity Orthodox Church in Little Rock.
*    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.
 
Bright Sadness:  A 40 Day Lenten Journey to Pascha:  In our bookstore, we have 15 copies of a book prepared by Sh. Myrna Martin of St. Ignatius Orthodox Church in Franklin, TN.  It contains meal plans and quotations for all days during Great Lent.  The cost of the book is $15, with ALL proceeds going to the Hogar Raphael, the orphanage in Guatemala supported by our church.  Great idea for Christmas gifts, etc!!
 
Church Photo:  We will be taking a group photo of the parish on Sunday, October 30th following the Divine Liturgy.  This will be used as the cover for our new Directory.  Also, if you have not had your individual/family photo taken, please contact Daniel Root.
 
Supper Clubs:  Several members of the parish have expressed interest in a supper club again this year.  If you would be interested in participating, please sign-up on the sheet available in the Fellowship Hall. 
 
Fasting Discipline for October
In October the traditional fasting (no meat, poultry, fish, eggs, dairy, wine and oil) is observed on all Wednesdays and Fridays of the month. 
 
Major Commemorations for October
October 9               Apostle James, Sin of Alphaeus
October 18             Apostle Luke
October 23             Apostle James the Brother of the Lord
October 26             Great-martyr Demetrios
 
Happy Birthdays in October:
         October 1                   Emily Parker
         October 3                   Reader Basil Baker
         October 4                   Rod Parker
         October 7                   Glenn Morris
         October 8                   Brantley Oliver
         October 10                 Phillip Lasseter
         October 16                 Jesse Milnor
         October 17                 Max Baker
         October 20                 Anna Kathryn Stewart
         October 23                 Anne Habeeb
         October 24                 Jean Kafoury
         October 25                 Kathy Willingham
         October 28                 Lamia Dabit
                                           Mona Fahmy
                                           Desi Roehner
         October 29                 Kh. Be’Be’ Schelver
 
 
Happy Anniversaries in October:
         October 17                 Phillip and Nikki Lasseter (#2!)
         October 18                 Oliver and Laura Yeatts (#3!)
         October 22                 Walter and Charlotte Wood (#28!)
 
Quotable:  “The small sins are often more dangerous than the greatest crimes, because the latter weigh heavily on the conscience and insist on being atoned for, confessed, settled, erased, while the small sins do not weigh too much on the soul, but they have that perilous property of making it insensitive to the grace of God and indifferent to salvation.  Fewer people have perished from ferocious wild beasts than from small microbes, invisible to the naked eye.  By being considered insignificant, the small sins are usually passed by without any attention.  They are easily forgotten, but they create in man the most terrible habit—the habit of sinning, of dulling moral consciousness.  Thus the wretched sinner comes to deceive himself that he is not sinful, that everything is all right with him, when he is both a miserable and abject slave of sin.”
                                                                        Archimandrite Seraphim Aleksiev
 
 
Worship:         Sunday, October 16, 2011 (Holy Fathers of the Seventh Ecumenical Council)
 
         Scripture:                                Titus 3:8-15; Luke 8:5-15
         Celebrant:                               Father John
         Epistle Reader:                        Kh. Sharon Meadows
         Prosphora:                              Schelvers
         Coffee Hour:                           Woods

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