10/14 announcements

 
October 14, 2012
Sunday of the Holy Fathers of the Seventh Ecumenical Council
 
Titus 3:8-15:  On this Sunday we read from St. Paul’s letter to Titus, whom he warns to avoid delv­ing into unprofitable and foolish questions about doctrine, and to reject heretics after two admonitions.
 
Luke 8:5-15:  Our Lord tells the parable of the sower in which he teaches us that the believer who perseveres with honest and good hearts will bear much fruit.
 
Troparion of the Resurrection:  When thou, O immortal Life, didst humble thyself unto death, then didst thou destroy death by the brightness of thy Godhead; and when thou didst raise the bowels of the earth, then all the heavenly powers exclaimed, O Christ, thou art the Giver of life!  Glory to thee, O our God!
 
Troparion of the Holy Fathers: Thou, O Christ, art our God of exceeding praise who didst establish our holy Fathers as luminous stars upon earth, and through them didst guide us unto the true Faith, O most merciful One, 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 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.
 
 
CALENDAR
           
Sunday, October 14   (Sunday of the Holy Fathers of the Seventh Ecumenical Council)
            8:50 a.m.           — Orthros
            9:00 a.m.           — Christian Education   
         10:00 a.m.         — Divine Liturgy
         12:00 p.m.         — Pot Luck Meal honoring Caroline Halley
 
Monday, October 15   
Office Closed   — Father John’s Day Off
           
Tuesday, October 16    
            6:00 a.m.           — Daily Orthros
           
Wednesday, October 17  
6:30 p.m.           — Daily Vespers
7:30 p.m.           — Choir Practice
 
Thursday, October 18    (Apostle Luke)
6:00 a.m.           — Daily Orthros
 
Friday, October 19   
6:00 a.m.           — Daily Orthros
 
Saturday, October 20    
            10:30 a.m.         — Baptism of Adelena Lavric
         5:45 p.m.           — Ninth Hour followed by Great Vespers
 
Sunday, October 21   (Eighteenth 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
 
SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENTS
 
Eucharist Bread …was offered by the Yeatts for the Divine Liturgy this morning.
 
Eucharist Bread and Coffee Hour Schedule:
                                    Eucharist Bread                      Coffee Hour
October 14                 Yeatts                                      POT LUCK MEAL
                                                                                        (set-up:  Algood/Bassinger/Yeatts)
October 21                 Abraham                                  R. Root/Abraham/Davis
October 28                  Bassinger                                Schelver/Lavric
 
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 14                      Mildred Morris                   Titus 3:8-15                     322
October 21                      Phillip Lasseter                   Gal. 1:11-19                     188
October 28                       Kh. Be’Be’ Schelver          Gal. 2:16-20                     193
 
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.
 
Please remember the following in your prayers:  Pete and Maria Costas; Steve, Sheryl and Stephen Chamblee; Amy and Brantley Oliver; Aidan Milnor, the Milnor family; Sam and Lamia Dabit and Sammie; 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); Fr. Stephen Tewfik; Sh. Gail Shannon.
 
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. 
 
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.
 
Adelena Lavric will be baptized next Saturday morning, October 20th, at 10:30 a.m.  Please keep her, her parents and her godparents, Dorin and Carolina in your prayers.
 
Fall Festival/Square Dance:  We are planning a Fall Festival with Square Dancing for the month of October.  The date will be Saturday, October 27th, beginning at 2:00 p.m. (Please note the change in time!!)   We will not have Ninth Hour Prayers that day and Great Vespers will begin at 6:00 p.m.
 
Building Fund:  As we proceed with the plans for the approval by the City of Madison and Metropolitan PHILIP for our addition/renovation, we are reviewing our Building Fund.  We currently have over $150,000 in the fund and are regularly adding to it.  The Parish Council has decided to apply cash donations from the Sunday offering to the Building Fund – UNLESS it is specified or otherwise apparent that these are intended as a regular tithe/donation.  Of course, other donations by check, etc., specified for the Building Fund are always welcome!  So feel free to chip in a little (or lot!) extra as you are able.  With God’s grace, we look forward to this next phase of our building program and beyond to the next phase of building a new main church building/temple.
 
Coffee Hour guidelines have been posted on the refrigerator in the kitchen.  These list the items to be set out for Fasting and Non-fasting Coffee Hours along with guidelines for setting out the food and for storage afterwards.  Please be sure that the power switch on the dishwasher is turned off when you are through with clean-up.  (It has been left on the last two weeks).
 
Calendar Items:
*    The Men of the parish meet for lunch and fellowship on the first Thursday of the month.
*    October is Teen Month in our Archdiocese.
*    Fall Festival and Square Dance – Saturday, October 27th, beginning at 2:00 p.m.
*    Stewpot schedule (together with Holy Resurrection) – December 29th.
 
Fasting Discipline for October
The traditional fasting (no meat, poultry, fish, eggs, dairy, wine and oil) is observed on all Wednesdays and Fridays of the month. 
 
Major Commemorations for October
October 18              Apostle Luke
October 23              Apostle James, Brother of the Lord
October 26              Great-martyr Demetrios
 
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.
 
Parish Ministry Teams:  The Ladies of St. Peter are making a change to focus more on service and spirituality and away from administrative tasks.  Therefore we are forming Parish Ministry Teams to handle some of the tasks that have been handled by the Ladies of St. Peter in the past few years (as well as some other needs not handled by them).  We are looking for volunteers to serve on these teams and hope to have both men and women involved (especially our Young Adults).
 
Happy Birthdays in October:
         October 1               —    Emily Parker
         October 3               —    Reader Basil Baker
         October 4               —    Rod Parker
         October 7               —    Glenn Morris
         October 8               —    Brantley Oliver
         October 10              —    Phillip Lasseter
         October 16              —    Jesse Milnor
         October 17              —    Max Baker
         October 20              —    Anna Kathryn Stewart
                                          —    Justyn Schelver
         October 23              —    Anne Habeeb
         October 24              —    Jean Kafoury
         October 25              —    Kathy Willingham
         October 28              —    Lamia Dabit
                                          —    Mona Fahmy
         October 29              —    Kh. Be’Be’ Schelver
 
Happy Anniversaries in October:
         October 17              —    Phillip and Nikki Lasseter (#3!)
         October 18              —    Oliver and Laura Yeatts (#4!)
         October 22              —    Walter and Charlotte Wood (#29!)
 
Quotable:  “As with the Prophet Elias (Elijah), part of our spiritual path is to come to an awareness that God is not in the earthquake, the wind, or the fire, where we expect Him to be.  God is in the sound of silence (I Kings 19:12).  We listen to this silence by becoming intensely aware, intensely present, and we become intensely present by listening to the silence.  The Fathers use the word nepsis for this state—a sense of being completely ready, completely alert, totally conscious.  When we are lost in thought (so often mistaken for a deeply prayerful state), we are not alert, present, or aware.  We cannot be any of those things until we go beyond the mind, seeking a deeper and yet deeper silence indicative of the presence of God.”
                                                 Archimandrite Meletios Webber, Bread and Water, Wine and
                                                             Oil: an Orthodox Christian Experience of God
 
Worship:         Sunday, October 21, 2012 (Twentieth Sunday after Pentecost)
 
         Scripture:                                  Galatians 1:11-19; Luke 8:26-39
         Celebrant:                                 Father John
         Epistle Reader:                         Phillip Lasseter
         Prosphora:                                Abraham
         Coffee Hour:                             R. Root/Abraham/Davis                           

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