9/22 announcements

September 22, 2013
Thirteenth Sunday after Pentecost
I Corinthians 16:13-24:  St Paul concludes his first letter to the church at Corinth with greetings
from the Christians in Asia, and encouragements to be strong in the faith and submit to their spiritual elders.
Luke 5:1-11:  In the reading from the Gospel of St Luke we see Simon Peter, James, and John become disciples of our Lord.
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 Hieromartyr PhocasAs a sharer of the ways and a successor to the throne of the Apostles, O inspired of God, thou foundest discipline to be a means of ascent to divine vision.  Wherefore, having rightly divided the word of truth, thou didst also contest for the Faith even unto blood, O Hieromartyr Phocas.  Intercede with Christ our 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.
Sunday, September 22   (Nativity of the Theotokos)
            8:50 a.m.         — Orthros
            9:00 a.m.         — Christian Education
            10:00 a.m.       — Divine Liturgy
            5:00-6:30 p.m. — Young Adults Study Group
                                       (For more info, see note later in these announcements)
Monday, September 23   (Conception of the Forerunner)
            Office Closed — Father John’s Day Off
Tuesday, September 24   (Proto-martyr Thekla)
            6:00 a.m.         — Daily Orthros
            11:30 a.m.       — Ladies Lunch at Sombra
Wednesday, September 25    
            6:30 p.m.         — Daily Vespers
            7:30 p.m.         — Choir Practice
            7:30 p.m.         — Parish Council Meeting
Thursday, September 26    (Apostle John the Theologian)
            NO Daily Orthros
Friday, September 27    
            NO Daily Orthros
Saturday, September 28   (Venerable Chariton)
            5:45 p.m.         — Ninth Hour followed by Great Vespers
Sunday, September 29   (Fourteenth Sunday after Pentecost)
            8:50 a.m.         — Orthros
            9:00 a.m.         — Christian Education
            10:00 a.m.       — Divine Liturgy
            12:00 p.m.       — Ladies of St. Peter Auction during Coffee Hour
            5:30 p.m.         — Youth Group

Eucharist Bread …was offered by the Abrahams for the Divine Liturgy this morning.
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.
Eucharist Bread and Coffee Hour Schedule:
                                    Eucharist Bread                     Coffee Hour
September 22               Abraham                                  D. Root/Dansereau/Dale Cooper
September 29               Meadows                                 Algood/Yeatts/Lasseter
October 6                     Fahmy                                     POT LUCK MEAL
                                                                                        (set-up: R. Root/Abraham/Habeeb)
October 13                   Baker                                       Henderson/Baker/Lockhart
October 20                   Wood                                       Jones/Stewart/Meadows
October 27                   R. Root                                    Baby Shower for Dorin & Carolina
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#
September 22                     Warren Strain                        I Cor. 16:13-24               152
September 29                     Phillip Lasseter                     II Cor. 1:21-2:1-4            158
October 6                           Kh. Be’Be’ Schelver             II Cor. 4:6-15                  163
October 13                         Brenda Baker                        Titus 3:8-15                     322
October 20                         Walt Wood                           II Cor. 6:16-7:1               173
October 27                         Sh. Charlotte Algood          II Cor. 9:6-11                  178
Please remember Fr. Joseph and Kh. Joanna Bittle, and their daughter Abigail, in your prayers. 
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;
Fr. Alexander Atty, the Dean of St. Thikon’s who is battling cancer.
Please keep Tom Willingham and his wife Kathy in your prayers.  Tom is home from the hospital and continuing to recover following abdominal surgery to remove a tumor.

Continue to pray for Metropolitan Paul (who is also the brother of our Patriarch) and the Syriac Archbishop John of Aleppo who were abducted recently while on a humanitarian mission in Syria.
Please continue to pray for the health of His Grace, Bishop ANTOUN.
Our condolences go to Rick Carlton on the falling asleep of his father, Fred, last week.  Please keep them 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.
Christian education has resumed.  Parents please be sure to have your children arrive on time.  Also, we are in need of volunteers to help with the Pre-school Group.  If you would like to help with this, please get in touch with Sam Habeeb.
Young Adults Study Group:  The Young Adults will meet once a month on Sunday evening from 5:00 – 6:30 p.m. (time will be strictly adhered to) for a meal, fellowship and teaching.  The first meeting will be TONIGHT.  Please let Father John know by text or e-mail if you will be there, so that plans may be made for the meal.
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 begin meeting for lunch and fellowship on the fourth Tuesday of each month.  The first lunch will be Tuesday, September 24th at 11:30 a.m. at Sombra, which is located in the Township area on Highland Colony Parkway.
*    The Ladies of St. Peter will have a fundraiser on Sunday, September 29th to replenish funds used for charitable activities.  They will be auctioning off casseroles and baked goods during Coffee Hour that Sunday.
*    The Ladies of St. Peter will begin meeting at 10:00 a.m. on the second Saturday of each month to pray the Akathist to the Mother of God, Nurturer of Children.  Those who are able will go out for lunch and fellowship afterwards.
Canned food drive:  The Christian Education classes will once again be collecting canned good s for the needy. 
Fall Festival:  We have tentatively set a date for this year’s Fall festival on Saturday, October 26th.  However, this is contingent upon a volunteer or volunteers to head up the festival.  If you are interested in helping to plan this, please let Father John know.
Bible Study with Breakfast will resume on Saturday morning, October 5th from 7:30-9:00 a.m.

Directory Update:  Please add the following to your Directories:
                        Summer and Isabelle Goss
                        252 Marilyn Drive
                        Pearl, MS  39208
                        601-383-0158 (cell)
Camping trip for Youth Group:  A camping trip to Louisville is planned for the Teens on Friday and Saturday, November 1-2.  (Rain date will be November 8-9).
Happy Birthdays in September:
         September 3           —    Lee Greene
                                       —    Hannah Strange (#7!)
                                       —    Geraldine Quirk
         September 4           —    Fr. John Henderson
         September 8           —    Nikki Lasseter
         September 9           —    Rebecca Dansereau
         September 10         —    Dorin Lavric
         September 12         —    Alvin Buckles
         September 15         —    Lynda Costas
         September 17         —    Jeffrey Schelver
         September 18         —    Carolina Lavric
         September 25         —    Rick Carlton
         September 27         —    Jeffrey Schelver
         September 30         —    Laura Yeatts
Fasting Discipline for September
The traditional fasting (no meat, dairy, fish, wine or oil) is observed all Wednesdays and Fridays of the month. 

Major Commemorations for September
September 23         Conception of the Forerunner
September 24         Proto-martyr Thekla
September 26         Apostle John the Theologian (repose)
September 28         Venerable Chariton
Happy Anniversaries in September:
         September 4           —    Ben and Jenna Skirtech (#12!)
         September 6           —    Richard and Vickie Curtis (#27!)
         September 15         —    Tom and Kathy Willingham (#23!)
         September 26         —    Rod and Emily Parker (#9!)
Quotable:  “Prayer is a communing with God.  God loves us and we love God.  He gave us the right to call Him our Heavenly Father.  This means that we are His children.  A child goes to its father to express its thoughts and feelings, its needs and joys, to express its filial love and devotion and to obtain the satisfaction of its wants.  This companionship makes both father and child happy.  Such fellowship is joyous in an immeasurably greater degree for God because with Him all things are perfect.  Our prayer, our communion with God, should make us very happy.  God is the Friend of man, and as a friend talks to a friend so in prayer the pious soul speaks to God and communes with its Creator.  God made man in His image, after His likeness, that He might have communion with him.  When the image was marred by sin the bond of fellowship was broken, but when the image was restored in Christ, we were also restored to fellowship with the Father and with the Son (I John 1:3).  Communion with God in prayer is one of the Christian’s highest privileges and makes a better man of him.  As it is written: ‘We all, with unveiled face, beholding the glory of the Lord, are being changed into His likeness from one degree of glory to another; for this comes from the Lord who is the Spirit’ (2 Cor. 3:18).”
                                                Rev. Fr. David F. Abramtsov, The Orthodox Companion
Worship:         Sunday, September 29, 2013 (Fourteenth Sunday after Pentecost)
         Scripture:                                II Corinthians 1:21-2:1-4; Luke 6:31-36
         Celebrant:                               Father John
         Epistle Reader:                       Phillip Lasseter
         Prosphora:                              Meadows
         Coffee Hour:                           Algood/Yeatts/Lasseter

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