November 6, 2011
Twenty-first Sunday after Pentecost
Galatians 2:16-20: We hear from St Paul’s letter to the Galatians that we are justified by faith in Christ, not by works of the Law; and that we now live our lives by faith in the Son of God.
Luke 8:41-56: From the Gospel of Luke we hear of Jesus healing a woman with a hemorrhage and raising a young girl from death; showing His desire to heal suffering and to respond to the faith of those who come to Him.
Troparion of the Resurrection: Having learned the joyful message of the Resurrection from the angel, the women Disciples cast from them their parental condemnation, and proudly broke the news to the Disciples, saying, Death has been spoiled. Christ God is risen, granting the world Great Mercy.
Troparion of St. Paul the Confessor: Thy confession of the one divine Faith showed thee to the Church to be a new Paul and a zealot among priests, O holy one. The righteous blood both of Abel and Zachary with thee doth cry out together unto the Lord. Righteous Father, intercede with Christ God in our behalf that His great mercy may be granted unto us.
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, 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
Monday, November 7
Office Closed — Father John’s Day Off
Tuesday, November 8 (Archangels Michael and Gabriel)
6:00 a.m. — Festal Orthros
Wednesday, November 9 (Nektarios of Aegina)
5:00 p.m. — Catechism Class
6:30 p.m. — Daily Vespers
7:30 p.m. — Choir Practice
Thursday, November 10
6:00 a.m. — Daily Orthros
Friday, November 11
6:00 a.m. — Daily Orthros
Saturday, November 12
7:30 a.m. — Bible Study with Breakfast
5:45 p.m. — Ninth Hour followed by Great Vespers
Sunday, November 13 (Twenty-second 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 Daniel Roots for the feast of St. Raphael of Brooklyn yesterday morning and by Joanna Meadows 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
November 6 Joanna Meadows POT LUCK MEAL
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#
November 6 Kh. Be’Be’ Schelver Gal. 2:16-20 193
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 continue to pray for Aidan Milnor (and his family) as he is recovering from surgery.
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.
Congratulations to Daniel and Elizabeth Root (and also to Simeon and his Grandparents,
Dn. Richard and Sh. Margaret) on the news of an addition to their family next summer!!
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!!!
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.
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.
* The Men of the parish meet for lunch and fellowship on the first Thursday of the month.
* The Fast of the Nativity will begin On November 15th.
* During the Fast of the Nativity, as is our parish custom, we will celebrate the Advent Paraklesis in place of Daily Vespers on Wednesday evenings, beginning at 6:30 p.m.
* 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 November 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 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.
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!)
Quotable: “‘But how can the priest absolve sins?’ you ask. He can, since God has ordered it so. ‘But is the priest himself not a sinful man?’ If he is sinful, what do you lose from that? He is sinful for himself and will answer before God for his sins. The Holy Sacraments administered by him do not cease to be active for you because of his sinfulness if you accept them with faith and humility. Does the sunray get dirty when it falls on mud? In the same way, God’s grace does not lessen by being transmitted by a priest muddied with sins. He himself may be denied grace on Judgment Day because of his sinfulness, but you, accepting through him God’s grace, will not deprive yourself of it if you show yourself to be worthy.
‘But will the priest not give away the secret of my confessed sins?’ No! No priest has the right to tell of that which he has heard during Confession. He has to take the secret of the Confession to his grave. So do not worry that the shame of your sinfulness may be announced to society.”
Archimandrite Seraphim Aleksiev
Worship: Sunday, November 13, 2011 (Twenty-second Sunday after Pentecost;
St. John Chrysostom)
Scripture: Hebrews 7:26-28, 8:1-2; Luke 10:25-37
Celebrant: Father John
Epistle Reader: Tom Willingham
Coffee Hour: Fahmys