11/13 announcements

November 13, 2011
Twenty-second Sunday after Pentecost
St. John Chrysostom
 
Hebrews 7:26-28; 8:1-2: We read in He­brews that priests of the New Covenant serve as representatives of the Great High Priest, Jesus Christ.
 
Luke 10:25-37:  From the Gospel reading we hear the parable of the Good Samaritan in which    the Lord teaches us that to love one’s neighbor requires giving of our time and money in addition to prayers and good words.
 
Troparion of the Resurrection:  Let us believers praise and worship the Word, co-eternal with the Father and the Spirit, born of the Virgin for our salvation; for he took pleasure in ascending the Cross in the flesh, to suffer death, and to raise the dead by his glorious Resurrection.
 
Troparion of St. John Chrysostom:  Grace shining forth from thy mouth like a beacon hath illumined the universe, and disclosed to the world treasures of uncovetousness, and shown us the heights of humility; but whilst instructing us by thy words, O Father John Chrysostom, intercede with the Word, Christ God, to save our souls.
 
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 of the Theotokos:  The all-pure temple of the Saviour, the most precious bridal-chamber and Virgin, the treasure-house of the glory of God, today enters the Temple of the Lord, bringing with her the grace which is in the divine Spirit; whom also the angels of God do celebrate in song; for she is the heavenly tabernacle.
 
 
CALENDAR
 
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
            12:00 p.m.       — Ladies of St. Peter
            5:30 p.m.         — Youth Group
 
Monday, November 14   (Apostle Philip)
            Office Closed  — Father John’s Day Off
           
Tuesday, November 15   (FAST OF THE NATIVITY BEGINS TODAY)
            6:00 a.m.         — Daily Orthros
 
Wednesday, November 16  (Apostle Matthew)
5:00 p.m.         — Catechism Class
6:30 p.m.         — Advent Paraklesis
7:30 p.m.         — Choir Practice
 
Thursday, November 17   
6:00 a.m.         — Daily Orthros
 
Friday, November 18
6:00 a.m.         — Daily Orthros
 
Saturday, November 19   
11:30 a.m.       — Serving Meal at the Stewpot
5:45 p.m.         — Ninth Hour followed by Great Vespers
 
Sunday, November 20   (Twenty-third Sunday after Pentecost; Forefeast
of the Presentation of the Theotokos)
            8:50 a.m.         — Orthros
            9:00 a.m.         — Christian Education
            10:00 a.m.       — Divine Liturgy
            6:30 p.m.         — Great Vespers with Litia and Artoklasia
SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENTS
 
Eucharist Bread …was offered by the 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 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 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 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.
 
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 continue to pray for the health of His Grace, Bishop ANTOUN.
 
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.
*    The Fast of the Nativity will begin this Tuesday.
*    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 THIS Saturday.
*    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.
 
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.
 
Breakfast and Bible Study:  we are continuing to meet every 2-3 weeks for Bible Study 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.
 
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 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
 
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!)
 
           
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.
 
Quotable:       “But remember that if you avoid Confession because of zeal for your honor, you will shame yourself.  If you are ashamed to admit your weaknesses before one man, everyone will begin talking about them!  Such is the spiritual law.  People sense our weaknesses, no matter how diligently we hide them.  If you confess them before one man, God, because of your humility before this single witness, will cover you with His grace before the many.”
                                                                        Archimandrite Seraphim Aleksiev
 
 
Worship:         Sunday, November 20, 2011 (Twenty-third Sunday after Pentecost; Forefeast
of the Presentation of the Theotokos in the Temple)
 
         Scripture:                                Ephesians 2:4-10; Luke 12:16-21
         Celebrant:                               Father John
         Epistle Reader:                        Tom Skirtech
         Prosphora:                              Freundts
         Coffee Hour:                           D. Roots/Dansereaus

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