10/30 announcements

October 30, 2011
Twentieth Sunday after Pentecost;
Galatians 1:11-19:  St. Paul defends his ministry in his letter to the Galatians, telling them of how his former way of life was changed by a direct revelation from the Lord, and of his actions immediately afterwards.
Luke 16:19-31:  In the parable of the rich man and Lazarus, our Lord teaches us that giving mercy to others, regardless of the form, is essential to holiness.
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 Martyrs:  Thy Martyrs, O Lord, in their courageous contest for Thee received as the prize the crowns of incorruption and life from Thee, our immortal God.  For since they possessed Thy strength, they cast down the tyrants and wholly destroyed the demons= strengthless presumption.  O Christ our God, by their prayers, save our souls, since Thou art merciful.
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, October 30   (Twentieth Sunday after Pentecost)
            8:50 a.m.         — Orthros
            9:00 a.m.         — Christian Education
            10:00 a.m.       — Divine Liturgy
            4:00 p.m.         — Fall Festival at the Church
Monday, October 31  
            Office Closed  — Father John’s Day Off
Tuesday, November 1   (Cosmas and Damian of Asia)
            6:00 a.m.         — Daily Orthros
Wednesday, November 2  
5:00 p.m.         — Catechism Class
6:30 p.m.         — Daily Vespers
7:30 p.m.         — Choir Practice
Thursday, November 3   (Dedication of the Church of St. George)
6:00 a.m.         — Daily Orthros
11:30 a.m.       — Men’s Luncheon
Friday, November 4  
6:00 a.m.         — Daily Orthros
Saturday, November 5   (Rapahael, Bishop of Brooklyn)
9:00 a.m.         — Orthros followed by Divine Liturgy
5:45 p.m.         — Ninth Hour followed by Great Vespers
Sunday, November 6   (Twenty-first Sunday after Pentecost)
            8:50 a.m.         — Orthros
            9:00 a.m.         — Christian Education
            10:00 a.m.       — Divine Liturgy
            12:00 p.m.       — Pot Luck Meal
            1:00 p.m.         — Young Adults
Eucharist Bread …was offered by the Joneses 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
         October 30                            Joneses                                    Algoods
         November 5 (Sat. a.m.)         D. Roots                                  Karen Cooper
                  (Feast of St. Raphael of Brooklyn)
         November 6                          Joanna Meadows                     POT LUCK MEAL
                                                                                                            Set-up:  Pigotts
         November 13                        Meadows                                 Fahmys
         November 20                        Freundts                                   D. Roots/Dansereaus
         November 20 (p.m.)             Katools (Artoklasia Bread for Nativity of the Theotokos)
         November 27                        Dansereaus                              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#
October 30                         Phillip Lasseter                      Gal. 1:11-19                    188
November 5 (Sat. a.m.)      Brenda Baker                        Heb. 7:26-8:3                  334
November 6                       Kh. Be’Be’ Schelver             Titus 3:8-15                     193
November 13                     Tom Willingham                     Heb. 7:26- 8:3                 334
November 20                     Tom Skirtech                         Eph. 2:4-10                     202
November 27                     Walt Wood                           Eph. 2:14 to end              207
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 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 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.
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!!!
Church Photo:  We will be taking a group photo of the parish TODAY 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.
Calendar Items:
*    The Men of the parish meet for lunch and fellowship on the first Thursday of the month.
*    A Fall Festival is scheduled here at the church this afternoon from 4:00-6:00 p.m.  Be sure to come for the fun and fellowship.
*    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.
*    Father Thomas Hopko will be speaking at Holy Resurrection Orthodox Church in Clinton February 14-16, 2012.  More information will be available at a later date.
*    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 November
In October the traditional fasting (no meat, poultry, fish, eggs, dairy, wine and oil) is observed on all Wednesdays and Fridays in the first half of the month.  Then, beginning November 15th, the first day of the Nativity Fast, the traditional fasting is observed each day of the week.  Note, however, through December 19th there is a katalysis on Tuesdays and Thursdays when wine and oil are permitted, and on Saturdays and Sundays when fish, wine and oil are permitted.
Major Commemorations for November
            November 1     Sts. Cosmas and Damian of Asia
            November 5     St. Raphael of Brooklyn
            November 8     Archangels Gabriel and Michael
            November 9     St. Nektarios the Wonder-worker
            November 13   St. John Chrysostom (repose)
            November 14   Apostle Philip
November 16   Apostle and Evangelist Matthew
November 21   Entrance of the Theotokos into the Temple
November 23   St. Amphilocios of Iconium
November 25   St. Catherine the Great-martyr
November 30   Apostle Andrew, the First-called
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.
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.
At the request of some of our young parents, Father John will speak on the Orthodox view of the rearing and disciplining children in the near future.  This will probably take place on a Saturday morning.  For those who are interested in participating in this forum, please let Father John know what dates would be best for you as soon as possible.
Happy Birthdays in November:
         November 5               Alexia Parker (#13!)
         November 11             Beth Ann Baker Pappas
                                           Lorencz Quirk
         November 13             Sophia Skirtech (#3!)
         November 16             Melissa Curtis (#18!)
         November 17             Karen Cooper
         November 21             Ken Jones
         November 24             Mildred Morris
         November 29             Mike Pigott
         November 30             Peter Henderson
Happy Anniversaries in November:
         November 26             Glenn and Mildred Morris (#45!)
         November 28             Dn. Terry and Sh. Charlotte Algood (#40!)
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!!
Quotable:  “Besides, Confession before a priest has an enormous instructive meaning.  It humbles us.  It cures our pride; it makes us blush savingly; it instills in us shame and fear and thus protects us from future sins.  When we sin, we sin against the Omnipotent God, but we are not ashamed before Him because we do not see Him.  In the same manner, when we confess before God, we do so easily, because we do not see Him, and it is as if we were talking to our selves.  But what shyness comes over us when we confess before the priests!  The man who has submitted to the Church order to confess before a priest will hardly dare to repeat his sins, when he thinks of having to reveal them again during Confession.  Jesus Christ has ordered very wisely that our repentance should be done before a priest who is God’s witness!”
                                                                        Archimandrite Seraphim Aleksiev
Worship:         Sunday, November 6, 2011 (Twentieth Sunday after Pentecost)
         Scripture:                               Titus 3:8-15; Luke 8:41-56
         Celebrant:                               Father John
         Epistle Reader:                        Kh. Be’Be’ Schelver
         Prosphora:                              Joanna Meadows
         Coffee Hour:                           POT LUCK MEAL (set-up:  Pigotts)

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