11/11 announcements

November 11, 2012
Twenty-third Sunday after Pentecost
 
II Corinthians 4:6-15:  From our reading in II Corinthians we hear St Paul discuss how his and the other apostles’ sufferings have brought forth life in the people of God.
 
Luke 10:25-37:  From the Gospel reading we hear the parable of the Good Samaritan in which    the Lord teaches us that to love one’s neighbor requires giving of our time and money in addition to prayers and good words.
 
Troparion of the Resurrection:  When Mary stood at thy grave looking for thy sacred body, angelic powers shone above thy revered tomb, and the soldiers who were to keep guard became as dead men.  Thou led hades captive and wast not tempted thereby.  Thou didst meet the Virgin and didst give life to the world;  O thou who art risen from the dead!  O Lord, glory to thee.
 
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 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 Presentation of the Theotokos:  The all-pure temple of the Saviour, the most precious bridal-chamber and Virgin, the treasure-house of the glory of God, today enters the Temple of the Lord, bringing with her the grace which is in the divine Spirit; whom also the angels of God do celebrate in song; for she is the heavenly tabernacle.
 
 
CALENDAR
 
Sunday, November 11   (Twenty-third 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 Meal
        1:00 p.m.           — Young Adults
           
Monday, November 12   
Office Closed   — Father John’s Day Off
           
Tuesday, November 13   (Repose of St. John Chrysostom)
            NO Daily Orthros
           
Wednesday, November 14   (Holy Apostle Philip)
6:30 p.m.           — Daily Vespers
7:30 p.m.           — Choir Practice
 
Thursday, November 15    (FAST OF THE NATIVITY BEGINS)
NO Daily Orthros
 
Friday, November 16    (Holy Apostle Matthew)
NO Daily Orthros
 
Saturday, November 17    
10:00 a.m.         — Akathist to the Mother of God, Nurturer of Children
6:00 p.m.           — Ninth Hour Prayers followed by Great Vespers
 
Sunday, November 18   (Twenty-fourth 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 Dn. Richard Roots for the Divine Liturgy this morning.
 
Eucharist Bread and Coffee Hour Schedule:
                                    Eucharist Bread                      Coffee Hour
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#
November 11                  Tom Skirtech                        II Cor. 4:6-15                  163
November 18                  Walt Wood                           Eph. 2:14-22                   207
November 25                   Brenda Baker                       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 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.
 
Please continue to pray for the health of His Grace, Bishop ANTOUN.
 
Father John is at home recovering from surgery on his hip last Wednesday.  He will be out of commission for the next few weeks and Fr. Leo and Fr. James will be filling in for him.  Please keep Fr. John and Kh. Janet in your prayers.  (There will be no Daily Orthros for the remainder of November.)
 
The Ladies of St. Peter will gather at the church next 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.
 
The Deanery Youth Retreat is scheduled for February 15-17, 2013.  Sister Magdalene from the Monastery of St. John in England will be the speaker.  Sister Magdalene will also be speaking at St. Peter’s for two evenings around the time of the retreat.  More details will be available at a later date.  But be sure to mark your calendars now for the retreat and Sister Magdalene’s talks!!
 
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.
*    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.
*    Deanery Youth Retreat is scheduled for February 15-17, 2013.  More details later.
 
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.
 
Fasting Discipline for November
The traditional fasting is observed on all Wednesdays and Fridays of the month.  Beginning November 15th, the first day of the Nativity Fast, the traditional fasting (no meat, poultry, fish, eggs, dairy, wine and oil) 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 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 November:
         November 5            —    Alexia Parker (#15!)
         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:  “For what purpose does the Lord add day after day, year after year, to our existence?  In order that we may gradually put away, cast aside, evil from our souls, each one his own, and acquire blessed simplicity; in order that we may become truly gentle; in order that we may learn not to have the least attachment to earthly things, but as loving and simple children may cling with all our hearts, all pour souls, and all our thoughts, to God alone, and so to love Him, and our neighbors as ourselves.  Let us therefore hasten to pray to the Lord, fervently and with tears, to grant us simplicity of heart, and let us strive by every means to cast out the evil from our souls.”
                                                            St. John of Kronstadt
 
 
Worship:         Sunday, November 18, 2012 (Twenty-fourth Sunday after Pentecost)
 
         Scripture:                                 II Corinthians 4:6-15; Luke 10:25-37
         Celebrant:                                Father James
         Epistle Reader:                        Walt Wood
         Prosphora:                               Baker
         Coffee Hour:                            Jones/Stewart/Habeeb                  

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