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February 17, 2013
Sunday of the Canaanite Woman
 
II Corinthians 6:16-7:1:  St Paul reminds us that as God has promised to dwell with us, we are to be holy, cleansing ourselves from ungodliness.
 
Matthew 15:21-28:  In the passage from Matthew we see our Lord demonstrate His mercy by healing the daughter of a Canaanite woman.
 
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 St. Theodore: Great are the achievements of faith!  In the fountain of flame, as by the water of rest, the holy Martyr Theodore rejoiced; for having been made a whole-burnt offering in the fire, he was offered as sweet bread unto the Trinity.  By his prayers, O Christ God, save our souls.
 
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, February 17   (Sunday of the Canaanite Woman)
            8:50 a.m.         — Orthros
            9:00 a.m.         — Christian Education 
10:00 a.m.       — Divine Liturgy
           
Monday, February 18   
Office Closed — Father John’s Day Off
           
Tuesday, February 19   
6:00 a.m.         — Daily Orthros
           
Wednesday, February 20    
6:30 p.m.         — Daily Vespers
7:30 p.m.         — Choir Practice
 
Thursday, February 21    
6:00 a.m.         — Daily Orthros
 
Friday, February 22    
6:00 a.m.         — Daily Orthros
 
Saturday, February 23   
            7:30 a.m.         — Bible Study with Breakfast
            9:30 a.m.         — Parish Creative Arts Festival followed by pizza lunch
5:45 p.m.         — Ninth Hour Prayers followed by Great Vespers
 
Sunday, February 24   (Sunday of the Publican and the Pharisee)
            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 Dn. Richard Roots for the Divine Liturgy this morning.

Eucharist Bread and Coffee Hour Schedule:
                                    Eucharist Bread                     Coffee Hour
February 17               R. Root                               Morris/Katool/Willingham
February 24               Henderson                         Meadows/Lasseter/Greene
March 3                     Algood                                      Ellis/Zouboukos
March 10                   Schelver                                    Fahmy/Brock/Stephanie Baker
March 17                   Morris                                       Teens
March 24                   Jones                                         Skirtech/Skirtech/Parker
March 25 (Mon. a.m.)  Meadows                             Meadows
         (Feast of the Annunciation)
March 31                   Davis                                       Strain/Dabit
 
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 17                     Tom Willingham                 II Cor. 6:16-18, 7:1         173
February 24                     Tom Skirtech                       II Cor. 4:6-15                  163
March 3                           Kh. Be’Be’ Schelver           I Cor. 6:12-20                 265
March 10                         Sh. Charlotte Algood         I Cor. 8:8-9:2                  273
March 17                         Kh. Sharon Meadows        Rom. 13:11-14:4             279
March 24                         Mildred Morris                    Heb. 11:24-26, 32-40     281
March 25 (Mon. a.m.)    Kh. Sharon Meadows        Heb. 2:11-18                  376
March 31                         Brenda Baker                        Heb. 1:10-2:3                 283
 
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.
 
Memory Eternal!  Our condolences go to Glen and Mildred Morris on the falling asleep of Mildred’s father, Dewey Myers, last week.   Please remember them in your prayers.
 
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).
 
Quarterly Schedule Update:
1) We will not be having the Saturday of the Souls Liturgy as originally scheduled on Saturday morning, March 9th.  We will instead celebrate this liturgy at a later date that is still to be determined. 
2) Due to the Julian Dabit’s baptism to be held on Sunday March 10th, we will not have our regularly scheduled Pot Luck Meal.  Instead we have a simple Coffee Hour between the Divine Liturgy and the baptism.
 
Congratulations and Many Years!  to Cliff and Anna Kathryn Stewart (as well as grandparents Ken and Anastasia Jones) on the birth of Mary Alice (8lbs. 15oz.).  Mother and daughter are at home and doing well.
 
Congratulations to Nimr and Mona Fahmy on the recent birth of their grandson, Simon (Hany and Julie’s third son)!
 
Parish Creative Arts Festival:  The Christian Education classes will have a festival to work on their entries for this year’s Creative Arts Festival next 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.
 
Holy Resurrection Anniversary…Holy Resurrection Orthodox Church in Clinton will be celebrating their 35th anniversary as a parish on March 1-2, 2013.  Vespers will be celebrated at Holy Resurrection at 5:30 p.m. followed by a dinner at Table 100, beginning at 7:30 p.m.   Dinner tickets are $40 per person.  They may be reserved by sending an email (as soon as possible) to office@holyres.net.  Divine Liturgy will be celebrated Saturday morning at 9:30 a.m. followed by a lunch at the church.  There is no charge for the Saturday lunch.
 
 
Vacation Church School …The Christian Education department will hold a Vacation Church School June 27-29 from 8:30-12:30 each day.  The curriculum will be “Ark of our Salvation – Feast Days of the Theotokos.”  Parents, please be sure to mark your calendars now.
 
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.
 
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. 
 
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.  There is no fasting of any kind during the week following the Sunday of the Publican and the Pharisee (February 24th). 
 
Major Commemorations for February
February 24           The Forerunner (1st and 2nd Discoveries)
                              Sunday of the Publican and the Pharisee
 
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.
 
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!)
 
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.
 
Quotable:  “Each one of us has treasure on earth, whether it be in the form of money or possessions, satisfactory employment or material wellbeing.  But the Lord said, ‘Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven’ (Matt. 5:3).  In St. Luke’s gospel this is put even more simply and directly:  ‘Blessed are you poor, for yours is the kingdom of God’ (Luke 6:20).  Blessed are they who realize that, while they may possess many things, they in fact own nothing.  Blessed are they who realize that no earthly acquisition can substitute for God.  Blessed are they who go and sell all their wealth in order to acquire the pearl of great price.  Blessed are they who know that without God they are poor, who have thirsted and hungered after him with all their soul, mind and will.”
                                                 The Mystery of Faith by Metropolitan HILARION Alfeyev
 
 
Worship:         Sunday, February 24, 2013 (Sunday of the Publican and the Pharisee)
 
         Scripture:                              II Corinthians 4:6-15; Luke 18:10-14
         Celebrant:                             Father John
         Epistle Reader:                     Tom Skirtech
         Prosphora:                            Henderson
         Coffee Hour:                         Meadows/Lasseter/Greene                                  

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