10/21 announcements

October 21, 2012
Twentieth Sunday after Pentecost
 
Galatians 1:11-19:  St. Paul defends his ministry in his letter to the Galatians, telling them of how his former way of life was changed by a direct revelation from the Lord, and of his actions immediately afterwards.
 
Luke 8:27-39:  From the reading in St Luke, we see Jesus heal a man possessed by demons;  in do­ing so, Jesus demonstrates His authority over His creation, even when it rebels against Him.
 
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 Venerable Hilarion:  The barren wilderness thou didst make fertile with the streams of thy tears and by thy deep sighing thou hast given fruit through thy struggles a hundred-fold.  Accordingly, thou hast become a star for the universe, sparkling with miracles.  Therefore, O righteous Father Hilarion, intercede with Christ God that our souls be saved.
 
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 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
           
Monday, October 22   
Office Closed   — Father John’s Day Off
           
Tuesday, October 23   (Apostle James, Brother of the Lord)
            6:00 a.m.           — Daily Orthros
           
Wednesday, October 24  
6:30 p.m.           — Daily Vespers
7:30 p.m.           — Choir Practice
               7:30 p.m.           — Parish Council Meeting
 
Thursday, October 25    
6:00 a.m.           — Daily Orthros
 
Friday, October 26    (Great-martyr Demetrios)
6:00 a.m.           — Festal Orthros
 
Saturday, October 27    
2:00 p.m.           — Fall Festival and Square Dance at the church
6:00 p.m.           — Great Vespers
 
Sunday, October 28   (Twenty-first Sunday after Pentecost)
            8:50 a.m.           — Orthros
            9:00 a.m.           — Christian Education   
         10:00 a.m.         — Divine Liturgy
         1:00 p.m.           — Young Adults
 
 SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENTS
 
Eucharist Bread …was offered by the Abrahams for the Divine Liturgy this morning.
 
Eucharist Bread and Coffee Hour Schedule:
                                    Eucharist Bread                      Coffee Hour
October 21                   Abraham                                  R. Root/Abraham/Davis
October 28                    Bassinger                                Schelver/Lavric
November 3 (Sat am)   Freundt                                   Sh. Margaret Root
         (Feast of St. Raphael of Brooklyn)
November 4                  Fahmy                                     Henderson/Baker/Lockhart
November 11                Baker                                       POT LUCK MEAL     
                                                                                    (set-up:Morris/Algood/Willingham)
November 18                R. Root                                     Jones/Stewart/Habeeb
November 20 (Tues pm)  Katool (Artoklasia bread)       o Meal
         (Feast of the Entrance of the Theotokos into the Temple)
November 25                Algood                                     Meadows/Lasseter/Greene
 
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 21                       Teen                                    Gal. 1:11-19                      188
October 28                       Teen                                    Gal. 2:16-20                      193
November 3 (Sat am)     Brenda Baker                      Heb. 7:26-8:2                    334
November 4                     Tom Willingham                Gal. 6:11-15                      198
November 11                   Tom Skirtech                       II Cor. 4:6-15                   163
November 18                   Walt Wood                         Eph. 2:14-22                     207
November 25                    Sh. Charlotte Algood       Gal. 3:23-29, 4:1-5            160-161
 
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:  Steve, Sheryl and Stephen Chamblee; Amy and Brantley Oliver; Aidan Milnor, the Milnor family; Sam and Lamia Dabit and Sammie; Georgia Buchanan, George Johns (Georgia’s grandson) and his family; Mary Greene (Lee and Kh. Sharon’s sister); Fr. Stephen Tewfik; Sh. Gail Shannon; Dn. Sidney and Sh. Mary Elliot.
 
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.
 
Welcome and Many Years!! to Adelena Lavric who was baptized yesterday!  Please keep her, her parents (Denis and Tatiana) 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 next 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).
 
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).
 
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.

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 23              Apostle James, Brother of the Lord
October 26              Great-martyr Demetrios
 
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:  “The purpose and aim of the spiritual life is to allow God to heal us.  This opportunity presents itself in many forms and for many reasons.  The major rift between the body and the person is healed, by God’s grace, through participation in the Holy Mysteries of the Church.  The rift between the heart and the mind is healed through ‘ascetic labor’—prayerful effort—which begins with making the mind be quiet, and ends with wrapping the mind and the emotions in prayer and placing them in the heart, where they rightfully belong and where their final integration takes place.”
                                                 Archimandrite Meletios Webber, Bread and Water, Wine and
                                                             Oil: an Orthodox Christian Experience of God
 
 
Worship:         Sunday, October 28, 2012 (Twenty-first Sunday after Pentecost)
 
         Scripture:                                Galatians 2:16-20; Luke 8:41-56
         Celebrant:                               Father John
         Epistle Reader:                       Teens
         Prosphora:                              Bassinger

      Coffee Hour:                  Schelver/Lavric

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