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January 8, 2012
Sunday after Theophany
 
Ephesians 4:7-13:  From our reading in Ephesians we hear St Paul explain how Christ gave apostles and prophets to the Church in order that through their work we might attain maturity in Christ Jesus.
 
Matthew 4:12-17:   Jesus settles in Capernaum after the imprisonment of John the Baptist and there began His public ministry, preaching a gospel of repentance.
 
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 Theophany:  By thy baptism, O Lord, in the River Jordan, worship to the Trinity has made its appearance; for the voice of the Lord didst come forth to thee with the testimony, naming thee beloved Son; and the Spirit in the likeness of a dove, confirming the truth of the word. Wherefore, O thou who didst appear and light the world, glory to thee.
 
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 Theophany:  Today thou hast appeared to the universe, O Lord, and thy light hast been shed upon us, who praise thee with knowledge, saying, Thou hast come and appeared, O unapproachable Light.
 
 
CALENDAR
 
Sunday, January 8   (Sunday after Theophany)
            8:50 a.m.         — Orthros
            9:00 a.m.         — Christian Education
            10:00 a.m.       — Divine Liturgy
            1:00 p.m.         — Young Adults
            4:00 p.m.         — Outdoor Blessing of the Waters at the Reservoir
 
Monday, January 9   
            Office Closed  — Father John’s Day Off
           
Tuesday, January 10   
            6:00 a.m.         — Daily Orthros
 
Wednesday, January 11   (Theodosios the Head of Monasteries)
5:00 p.m.         — Catechism Class
6:30 p.m.         — Daily Vespers
7:30 p.m.         — Choir Practice
 
Thursday, January 12   
6:00 a.m.         — Daily Orthros
 
Friday, January 13   
6:00 a.m.         — Daily Orthros
 
Saturday, January 14   
7:30 a.m.         — Bible Study with Breakfast
5:45 p.m.         — Ninth Hour followed by Great Vespers
 
Sunday, January 15   (Twenty-ninth 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
            12:00 p.m.       — Ladies of St. Peter
            5:30 p.m.         — Youth Group
SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENTS
 
Eucharist Bread …was offered by the Algoods for the feast of Theophany this past Thursday evening and by the Katools 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
         January 8                              Katool                                      Woods
         January 15                            Schelver                                   POT LUCK MEAL
                                                                                                      (set-up: Algood/R. Root)
         January 22                            Morris                                      Schelver
         January 29                            Jones                                       Fahmy
 
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#
January 8                         Phillip Lasseter                    Eph. 4:7-13                     364
January 15                       Kh. Be’Be’ Schelver           Col. 3:4-11                      233
January 22                       Brenda Baker                        I Tim. 4:9-15                  252
January 29                       Tom Willingham                  II Cor. 6:16-7:1               173
 
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 their family; 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; Georgia Buchanan, George Johns (Georgia’s grandson) and his family; Dorin and Carolina Lavric and Victor (Carolina’s brother); Mary Greene (Lee and Kh. Sharon’s sister).
 
Please remember Fr. Joseph and Kh. Joanna Bittle and their daughter Abigail in your prayers. 
 
Please continue to pray for the health of His Grace, Bishop ANTOUN.
 
Our Patronal Feast (the Veneration of the Chains of St. Peter) will be celebrated next Sunday with a Pot Luck Meal following the Divine Liturgy.  The feastday of the patron saint is very important in the life of any Orthodox church.  Please make it a priority.
 
House Blessings!  A sign-up sheet is available in the Fellowship Hall to sign up for your house blessing.  Please schedule these as soon as possible.  Everyone should have their home blessed.  However, the responsibility for scheduling lies with individuals and not Father John.  No house blessings will be done once Great Lent starts (February 27th this year).
 
Calendar Items:
*    The Men of the parish meet for lunch and fellowship on the first Thursday of the month.
*    The Annual Outdoor Blessing of the Waters at the Ross Barnett Reservoir will take place this afternoon at Old Trace Park, beginning at 4:00 p.m.  Afterwards all those who wish will enjoy a meal at Cock of the Walk restaurant.
*    Parish Creative Arts Festival – Saturday morning, February 4th from 9-12.
*    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.
*    The Youth Group is planning to hold their annual Cheesefare Fundraising Luncheon on Sunday, February 26th.
*    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.
 
We welcome Jeff and Anca Basinger and Anca’s son Andrei Anicescu to St. Peter.  (Anca and Andrei are from Romania.)  Their address is
                        340 Arbor Drive  #2296
                        Ridgeland, MS  39157
                        Cell phones:     Jeff      937-707-0668
                                                Anca    937-707-0763
                        e-mail: ancabasinger@gmail.com 
 
Fasting Discipline for January
The traditional fasting (no meat, poultry, fish, eggs, dairy, wine and oil) is observed on the remaining Wednesdays and Fridays of the month. 
 
Major Commemorations for January
January 11       Theodosios the Head of Monasteries
January 18       Athanasios and Cyril of Alexandria
January 20       Euthymios the Great
January 25       Gregory the Theologian
January 27       John Chrysostom
January 31       Cyros and John the Unmercenary Healers
 
Parish Creative Arts Festival:  The Christian Education classes will have a festival to work on their entries for this year’s Creative Arts Festival on Saturday morning, February 4th from 9-12.  There will be teaching about this year’s conference theme and then time to work on the projects themselves.  A Pizza lunch will be provided afterwards.  Please make plans now for your children to attend.
 
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.
 
Happy Birthdays in January:
         January 1               —    Dn. Richard Root
         January 5               —    Sarah Anne Milnor
         January 10             —    Georgia Buchanan
         January 11             —    Nicholas Henderson
         January 12             —    Cheryl Pigott
         January 13             —    Nader Dabit
         January 19             —    Saliba (Sam) Dabit
         January 20             —    Alfred Katool
         January 22             —    Tatiana Lavric
         January 24             —    Oliver Yeatts
         January 29             —    Michelle Pigott
         January 30             —    Chris Dansereau
 
Happy Anniversaries in January:
         January 10             —    Bob and Georgia Buchanan (1987)
         January 17             —    Chris and Rebecca Dansereau (2009)
         January 19             —    Ramzi and Jean Kafoury (2003)
 
Please be sure to turn in your pledge letters as soon as possible.  If you did not receive one in the recent weeks, please let Kh. Sharon know.
 
Windows into Heaven:  We are looking for a volunteer to take charge of the small bulletin board in the Fellowship Hall that was used in the past to display icons, hymns and information about the major feasts that occur during the year.  The packets of material needed for the bulletin board are available in the church office and only need to be changed for each of the feasts as they occur.  If you are interested in taking on this responsibility, please let Fr. John know.
 
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:      “Before we can begin to explore the Mysteries, therefore, we must come to a better understanding of the Orthodox conception of the nature and relationship of the mind and the nous or heart.
                      Like almost everyone alive, the great teachers of Orthodoxy saw that the world is not a perfect place.  God is perfect in Himself, but His creation, the world about us, has some obvious flaws.  The Fathers attributed this situation to the narrative in the first few pages of the Bible that tells the story of Adam and Eve.  Through a misuse of freedom God had given them, Adam and Eve were expelled from paradise.  We, their descendants, inherit and experience this state of exile with them until the moment when our participation in the life of Christ within the Church, and the healing that brings, leads us back to where we belong.”
                                                Archimandrite. Meletios Webber, Bread and Water, Wine and
                                                             Oil: an Orthodox Christian Experience of God
 
 
Worship:         Sunday, January 15, 2012 (Twenty-ninth Sunday after Pentecost)
 
         Scripture:                               Colossians 3:4-11; Luke 17:12-19
         Celebrant:                               Father John
         Epistle Reader:                       Kh. Be’Be’ Schelver
         Prosphora:                              Schelvers
         Coffee Hour:                           POT LUCK MEAL (set-up: Algoods/ R. Roots)

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