2/19 announcements

February 19, 2012
Meatfare Sunday
 
    The theme of the second Sunday before Lent is THE LAST JUDGEMENT (meat fare) and the Gospel lesson is Matthew 25:31-46 in which Christ describes the last judgement.  It is a lesson about Christian love.  For we all need love and each have been given the gift and grace of Christ’s love.  Thus, on whether or not we have accepted this responsibility (of Christ’s gift), and on whether we have loved or refused to love, shall we be judged.  For “inasmuch as you have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, you have done it unto Me….”
 
I Corinthians 8:8-9:2:  St Paul, writing to the Corinthians, uses the situation about eating meat that had been sacrificed to idols to encourage them and us that we should be aware of our actions and how they affect others in their quest for holiness.
 
Matthew 25:31-46:  In describing the judgment of the nations, the Lord Jesus tells us that the righ­teous will receive eternal blessings, while the unrighteous shall receive eternal punishment.
 
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 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 Meat Fare Sunday:  When thou comest, O God, to earth with glory, and all creatures tremble before thee, and the river of fire floweth before the Altar, and the books are opened and sins revealed, deliver me then from that unquenchable fire, and make me worthy to stand at thy right hand, O righteous Judge.
 
 
CALENDAR
 
Sunday, February 19   (Sunday of Meatfare)
            8:50 a.m.         — Orthros
            9:00 a.m.         — Christian Education
            10:00 a.m.       — Divine Liturgy
            1:00 p.m.         — Young Adults
 
Monday, February 20   
            Office Closed  — Father John’s Day Off
           
Tuesday, February 21   
            6:00     — Daily Orthros
 
Wednesday, February 22   
5:00 p.m.         — Catechism Class
6:30 p.m.         — Daily Vespers followed by Parish Council Meeting
7:30 p.m.         — Choir Practice
 
Thursday, February 23    
6:00 a.m.         — Daily Orthros
 
Friday, February 24   (The Forerunner – 1st & 2nd Discoveries)
6:00 a.m.         — Festal Orthros
 
Saturday, February 25  
7:30 a.m.         — Breakfast with Bible Study
10:30 a.m.       — Bridal Shower for Joanna Meadows
5:45 p.m.         — Ninth Hour followed by Great Vespers
 
Sunday, February 26   (Sunday of Cheesefare)
            8:50 a.m.         — Orthros
            9:00 a.m.         — Christian Education
            10:00 a.m.       — Divine Liturgy
            12:00 p.m.       — Annual Cheesefare Meal (fundraiser for Youth Group)
            6:30 p.m.         — Forgiveness Vespers
SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENTS
 
Eucharist Bread …was offered by the Daniel Roots yesterday for Saturday of the Souls and by the Yeatts for the Divine Liturgy today.   Koliva for the Saturday of the Souls was offered by the Algoods.
 
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
         February 19                          Yeatts                                      Morris
         February 26                          Freundt                                    YOUTH GROUP
         March 4                                Fahmy                                     Jones/Stewart
         March 11                              Baker                                       Meadows/Lasseter
         March 18                              Wood                                       Ellis/Zouboukos
         March 25                              R. Root                                    POT LUCK MEAL
                                                                           (Set-up: R. Root/Jones/Pigott/Basinger)
 
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#
February 19                    Warren Strain                       I Cor. 8:8-9:2                   273
February 26                     Phillip Lasseter                    Rom. 13:11-14:4             279
March 4                           Mildred Morris                    Heb. 11:24-26, 32-40      281
March 11                         Kh. Be’Be’ Schelver            Heb. 1:10-2:3                  283
March 18                         Brenda Baker                        Heb. 4:14-5:6                  285
March 25                         Sh. Charlotte Algood          Heb. 2:11-18                   376
 
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 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. 

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); Joanna Meadows and Jay Davis (as they prepare for their wedding).
 
Calendar Items:
*    The Men of the parish meet for lunch and fellowship on the first Thursday of the month.
*    Bridal Shower for Joanna Meadows – February 25th at the home of Mildred Morris.
*    The Youth Group is planning to hold their annual Cheesefare Fundraising Luncheon on Sunday, February 26th.
*    Great Lent begins with Clean Monday on February 27th.  As is our parish custom, we will celebrate the Presanctified Liturgy on Wednesday evenings and the Akathist Hymn to the Theotokos on Friday evenings during the time of the fast.
*    The schedule of services for the first week of Great Lent is as follows (all services begin at 6:30 p.m.):
            Sunday, February 26th             Forgiveness Vespers
            Monday, February 27th           Great Compline with the Canon of St. Andrew of Crete
            Tuesday, February 28th           Great Compline with the Canon of St. Andrew of Crete
            Wednesday, February 29th     Presanctified Liturgy followed by Soup Supper
            Thursday, March 1st                Great Compline with the Canon of St. Andrew of Crete
            Friday, March 2nd                     Akathist Hymn to the Theotokos
*    On Sunday evening, March 4th we will celebrate Sunday of Orthodoxy vespers with the other Orthodox churches in the area.  The service will be held at Holy Trinity and St. John the Theologian Greek Orthodox Church, located on Old Canton Road.  Time is TBA.
*    The Ladies of St. Peter will hold their annual fund-raising lunch and auction on Sunday morning, March 25th.
*    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.
 
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).
 
Welcome!  Robert and Debbie Abraham have moved their membership officially from St. George Orthodox Church in Vicksburg to St. Peter’s and we welcome them as an “official” members!
 
Camping Scholarships:  We have received the request form for Scholarships to attend one of the Archdiocese camps this summer.  If your camper needs financial assistance to attend Camp St. Thekla or the Antiochian Village, please see Kh. Sharon for a form.  Father John must submit these forms to the Department of Camping no later than March 1, 2012 (no exceptions).
 
When you host Coffee Hour or the meal for a Feast please make sure that the oven, warmer, and coffee maker are turned off afterwards.  On several occasions in the past, the cleaning ladies have found the oven still on when they came in to clean later during the week.
 
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 February
The traditional fasting (no meat, poultry, fish, eggs, dairy, wine and oil) is observed on Wednesdays and Fridays of the month.  Following Meatfare Sunday (February 19th) meat will not be eaten again until Pascha.  During the week following Meatfare Sunday, dairy products (millk, cheese, eggs, etc.) are permitted, even on Wednesday and Friday.  February 26th is Cheesefare Sunday, the last day until Pascha that cheese, dairy and wine are permitted.  Monday, February 27th is Clean Monday, the first day of  Great Lent when the traditional fasting discipline is observed on all days of the week until Pascha (except Annunciation on March 25th and Palm Sunday on April 8th, when fish, wine and oil are permitted).
 
Major Commemorations for February
February 19     Judgment Sunday (Meatfare)
February 24     The Forerunner (1st and 2nd Discoveries)
February 26     Forgiveness Sunday (Cheesefare)
February 27     Clean Monday (Great Lent begins)
 
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 Anniversaries in February:
         February 7             —  Ben and Meghan Brock (#3!)
         February 18           —    David and Lou Turner (#6!)
         February 21           —    Michael and Amy Surratt (#14!)
         February 25           —    Daniel and Elizabeth Root (#6!)
 
 
Happy Birthdays in February:
         February 11           —    Cassie Freundt (#19!)
                                         —    Zoe Freundt (#19!)
                                         —    Demetrius Zouboukos (#19!)
         February 13           —    Clyde Ellis
         February 15           —    Mary Guy Lockhart
         February 17           —    Anthony Zouboukos
         February 18           —    Tom Willingham
         February 22           —    Kh. Sharon Meadows
         February 24           —    Nimr Fahmy
         February 28           —    Cole Parker (#7!)
 
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.
 
Quotable:  “The ascetic authors often seem to talk about thoughts as if they arrived one at a time.  However, we also experience undifferentiated streams of thought that follow the progression noted above, sometimes quickly, sometimes slowly, and often with many competing or even contradictory thoughts arising at any given moment.  It is possible that this is a condition that has been experienced only in modern times.”
                                                 Archimandrite. Meletios Webber, Bread and Water, Wine and
                                                             Oil: an Orthodox Christian Experience of God
 
 
Worship:         Sunday, February 26, 2012 (Sunday of Cheesefare)
 
         Scripture:                                Romans 13:11 to 14:4; Matthew 6:14-21
         Celebrant:                               Father John
         Epistle Reader:                       Phillip Lasseter
         Prosphora:                              Freundt
         Coffee Hour:                           Youth Group (Cheesefare Fund-raising Meal)

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