10/28 announcements

October 28, 2012
Twenty-first Sunday after Pentecost
 
Galatians 2:16-20:  We hear from St Paul’s letter to the Galatians that we are justified by faith in Christ, not by works of the Law; and that we now live our lives by faith in the Son of God.
 
Mark 8:34-9:1:  In our reading from the gospel of Mark we hear our Lord tell His disciples that self-denial is required for true spirituality.
 
Troparion of the Resurrection:  Having learned the joyful message of the Resurrection from the angel, the women Disciples cast from them their parental condemnation, and proudly broke the news to the Disciples, saying, Death has been spoiled.  Christ God is risen, granting the world Great Mercy.
 
Troparion of the Martyrs:  Thy Martyrs, O Lord, in their courageous contest for Thee received as the prize the crowns of incorruption and life from Thee, our immortal God.  For since they possessed Thy strength, they cast down the tyrants and wholly destroyed the demons= strengthless presumption.  O Christ our God, by their prayers, save our souls, since Thou art merciful.
 
Troparion of the Righteous One:  Guide of Orthodoxy, teacher of piety and holiness, luminary of the world, God-inspired adornment of hierarchs, O wise Stephen, by thy teachings thou hast enlightened all, O harp of the Spirit.  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 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
           
Monday, October 29   
Office Closed   — Father John’s Day Off
           
Tuesday, October 30   
            6:00 a.m.         — Daily Orthros
           
Wednesday, October 31  
6:30 p.m.         — Daily Vespers
7:30 p.m.         — Choir Practice
 
Thursday, November 1    
6:00 a.m.         — Daily Orthros
              11:30 a.m.       — Men’s Lunch
 
Friday, November 2    
6:00 a.m.         — Daily Orthros
 
Saturday, November 3    (Rapahel, Bishop of Brooklyn)
9:00 a.m.         — Orthos followed by Divine Liturgy
6:00 p.m.         — Ninth Hour Prayers followed by Great Vespers
 
Sunday, November 4   (Twenty-second 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 Bassingers for the Divine Liturgy this morning.
 
Eucharist Bread and Coffee Hour Schedule:
                                    Eucharist Bread                     Coffee Hour
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               R. Root                                    POT LUCK MEAL     
                                                                                    (set-up:Morris/Algood/Willingham)
November 18               Baker                                       Jones/Stewart/Habeeb
November 20 (Tues pm)  Katool (Artoklasia bread)    No 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 28                       Alex Parker                          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.
 
Father John will be having surgery on his hip on November 7th.  He will be out of commission for a few weeks afterwards and Fr. Leo and Fr. James will be filling in for him.  Please keep Fr. John and Kh. Janet in your prayers.
 
The Ladies of St. Peter will gather at the church on Saturday morning, November 17th at 10:00 a.m. to pray the Akathist to the Mother of God, Nurturer of Children.  There will also be a time of fellowship afterwards.  Please make plans to come, pray for our children and enjoy each other’s company.
 
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).
 
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.
*    The Ladies of St. Peter will gather at the church on Saturday morning, November 17th, at 10:00 a.m. to pray the Akathist to the Mother of God, Nurturer of Children.
*    Stewpot schedule (together with Holy Resurrection) – December 29th.
 
Fasting Discipline for October/November
The traditional fasting (no meat, poultry, fish, eggs, dairy, wine and oil) is observed on all Wednesdays and Fridays of the month.  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 katlysis 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 1           Sts. Cosmas and Damian of Asia
November 3           St. Raphael of Brooklyn
November 8           Archangels Gabriel and Michael
November 9           St. Nektarios the Wonder-worker
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 October/November:
         October 28             —    Lamia Dabit
                                       —    Mona Fahmy
         October 29             —    Kh. Be’Be’ Schelver
         November 5           —    Alexia Parker (#14!)
         November 11         —    Beth Ann Baker
                                       —    Lorencz Quirk
         November 13         —    Sophia Skirtech (#4!)
         November 16         —    Melissa Curtis (#19!)
         November 17         —    Karen Cooper
         November 21         —    Ken Jones
         November 24         —    Mildred Morris
         November 29         —    Mike Pigott
 
Happy Anniversaries in November:
         November 26         —    Glenn and Mildred Morris (#46!)
         November 28         —    Dn. Terry and Sh. Charlotte Algood (#41!)
 
Quotable:  “While we are here, we have good hopes; when we depart to that place, we have no longer the option of repentance, nor of washing away our misdeeds.  For this reason we must continually make ourselves ready for our departure from here.”
                                                            St. John Chrysostom
 
 
Worship:         Sunday, November 4, 2012 (Twenty-second Sunday after Pentecost)
 
         Scripture:                               Galatians 6:11-15; Luke 16:19-31
         Celebrant:                              Father John
         Epistle Reader:                      Tom Willingham
         Prosphora:                             Fahmy
         Coffee Hour:                          Henderson/Baker/Lockhart         

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