2/3 announcements

February 3, 2013
Thirty-second Sunday after Pentecost
Sunday after the Presentation
 
I Timothy 4:9-15:  From our reading in St Paul’s first letter to Timothy, we hear him exhort Timothy to teach concerning God, the Savior of all men, and by his conduct to be an example of godliness to unbelievers.
 
Luke 19:1-10:  In the story of Zaccheus we are reminded of why the Only-begotten Son of the Father became incarnate:  to save mankind from our sin and its consequences.
 
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 Presentation:  Rejoice, O Virgin Theotokos, full of grace; for from thee arose the Sun of justice, Christ our God, lighting those who are in darkness.  Rejoice and be glad, O righteous old man, carrying in thine arms the Deliverer of our souls, who granteth us resurrection.
 
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: Thou, O Christ God, who by your Birth, didst sanctify the Virgin’s womb, and as is meet, didst bless Simeon’s arms, and didst also come to save us, preserve thy fold in wars, and confirm them whom thou didst love; for thou alone art the Lover of mankind.
 
 
CALENDAR
 
Sunday, February 3   (Thirty-second Sunday after Pentecost; Sunday after
the Presentation)
            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 4   
Office Closed — Father John’s Day Off
           
Tuesday, February 5   
6:00 a.m.         — Daily Orthros
           
Wednesday, February 6    
6:30 p.m.         — Daily Vespers
7:30 p.m.         — Choir Practice
 
Thursday, February 7    
6:00 a.m.         — Daily Orthros
              11:30 a.m.       — Men’s Lunch
 
Friday, February 8    
6:00 a.m.         — Daily Orthros
 
Saturday, February 9   
            7:30 a.m.         — Bible Study with Breakfast
         5:45 p.m.         — Ninth Hour Prayers followed by Great Vespers
 
Sunday, February 10   (Thirty-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
         5:30 p.m.         — Youth Group
 
SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENTS
 
Eucharist Bread …was offered by the Fahmys for the Feast of the Presentation of our Lord in the Temple yesterday morning and by the Bakers for the Divine Liturgy this morning.
 
Eucharist Bread and Coffee Hour Schedule:
                                    Eucharist Bread                     Coffee Hour
February 3                 Baker                                        Algood/Bassinger/Yeatts
February 10               Wood                              POT LUCK MEAL
                                                                                      set-up: Jones/Stewart/Habeeb
February 17               R. Root                               Morris/Katool/Willingham
February 24               Henderson                         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#
February 3                       Mildred Morris                    I Tim. 4:9-15                   252
February 10                     Phillip Lasseter                    II Tim. 2:1-10                  328
February 17                     Tom Willingham                  II Cor. 6:16-18, 7:1         173
February 24                     Tom Skirtech                        II Cor. 4:6-15                  163
 
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 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 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.

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 (March 18th this year).
 
Parish Creative Arts Festival:  The Christian Education classes will have a festival to work on their entries for this year’s Creative Arts Festival on Saturday morning, February 23rd from 9:30-12:00.  There will be teaching about this year’s conference theme and then time to work on the projects themselves.  A Pizza lunch will be provided afterwards.  Please make plans now for your children to attend.
 
Pledge Letters were mailed earlier this month.  Please fill these out and return them to office as soon as possible.  Your pledges make it possible to plan a budget for the coming fiscal year.
 
Directory Update:   Dale Cooper has a new address:
                        572 Robinhood Road
                        Jackson, MS  39206
 
Ancient Faith Radio:  Ian Jones recently gave a talk at the St. Ambrose Society (a student pro-life group at St. Vladimir’s Seminary).  It is available on Ancient Faith Radio at the following link:   http://ancientfaith.com/podcasts/svsvoices/st. ambrose society
 
Calendar Items:
*    The Men of the parish meet for lunch and fellowship on the first Thursday of the month.
*    Deanery Youth Retreat is scheduled for February 15-17, 2013.  More details later.
*    Parish Creative Arts Festival Workshop is scheduled for Saturday morning, February 23rd 9:30-12:00.
*    We will not be having Great Vespers on Saturday evening, March 9th , as all the clergy will be in Memphis for a wedding.
*    Julian Dabit will be baptized on Sunday afternoon, March 10th at 12:30 p.m.
*    The Youth Group will be hosting their annual Cheesefare Fundraising Luncheon on  Sunday, March 17th .
*    This year the Sunday of Orthodoxy Vespers will be hosted by St. George Orthodox Church in Vicksburg on Sunday evening, March 24th.
 
The Deanery Youth Retreat is scheduled for February 15-17, 2013 at Roosevelt State Park.  Sister Magdalene has had to cancel her plans to be here due to her sister’s critical illness in Australia.  Fr. John Henderson will lead the retreat instead.  More details will be available at a later date. 

Fasting Discipline for February
The traditional fasting discipline (no meat, poultry, fish, eggs, dairy, wine or oil) is observed on the remaining Wednesdays and Fridays of the month.
Major Commemorations for February
February 3             Simeon the God-receiver
February 10           Hieromartyr Haralampos
February 11           Blaise, Bishop of Sebaste
February 24           The Forerunner (1st and 2nd Discoveries)
                              Sunday of the Publican and the Pharisee
 
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. 
 
Happy Anniversaries in February:
         February 7             —  Ben and Meghan Brock (#4!)
                                       —    Jeffrey and Anca Bassinger (#4!)
         February 18           —    David and Lou Turner (#7!)
         February 21           —    Michael and Amy Surratt (#15!)
         February 25           —    Daniel and Elizabeth Root (#7!)
 
Happy Birthdays in February:
         February 5             —    Andrei Anicescu
         February 11           —    Cassie Freundt
                                       —    Zoe Freundt
                                       —    Demetrius Zouboukos
         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 (#8!)
 
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.
 
Parish Life Conference 2013:  This year St. Basil Orthodox Church in Metairie, LA will be hosting the Parish Life Conference for our Diocese on June 13-16.  His Grace, Bishop JOHN Abdallah will be the speaker.  There will also be a special presentation by Fr. Philip Rogers on keeping our children in the church.  Parents are especially encouraged to hear his presentation.  Please mark your calendars now and make plans to attend.
 
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.
 
Quotable:  “Faith is both a mystery and a miracle.  Why does one person respond to the call       while another does not?  Why is one open to receive the word of God, while another remains deaf?  Why, having encountered God, does one immediately abandon everything and follow him, while the other turns away and takes a different road.”
                                                 The Mystery of Faith by Metropolitan HILARION Alfeyev
 
 
Worship:         Sunday, February 10, 2013 (Thirty-third Sunday after Pentecost;
St. Kharalampos)
 
         Scripture:                               II Timothy 2:1-10; Matthew 25:14-30
         Celebrant:                              Father John
         Epistle Reader:                      Phillip Lasseter
         Prosphora:                             Wood
         Coffee Hour:                          POT LUCK MEAL
                                                         (set-up:  Jones/Stewart/Habeeb)                                                  

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