10/27 announcements

October 27, 2013
Eighteenth Sunday after Pentecost
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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 7:11-16:  In the reading from the Gospel of St Luke we see the Lord Jesus raise a woman’s son from death.
 
Troparion of the Resurrection:  The stone being sealed by the Jews, and thy pure body being guarded by the soldiers, thou didst arise on the third day, O Saviour, granting life to the world.  Wherefore, the heavenly powers acclaimed thee, O Giver of life, crying, Glory to thy Resurrection, O Christ! Glory to thy kingdom! Glory to thy gracious providence, O only Lover of mankind.
 
Troparion of St. Demetrios, the Myrrh-streaming:  A great champion hath the whole world found thee to be when in grave perils; for thou dost put to flight the heathen, O victorious one.  As thou didst humble Lyaeus= arrogance and gavest boldness to Nestor in the stadium, thus, O holy Great Martyr Demetrios, do thou entreat Christ God that we be granted great mercy.
 
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 27   (Eighteenth Sunday after Pentecost)
            8:50 a.m.         — Orthros
            9:00 a.m.         — Christian Education
            10:00 a.m.       — Divine Liturgy
            12:00 p.m.       — Baby Shower for Dorin and Carolina
            5:30 p.m.         — Youth Group
 
Monday, October 28   (Protection of the Theotokos)
            Office Closed — Father John’s Day Off
           
Tuesday, October 29   
            6:00 a.m.         — Daily Orthros
                       
Wednesday, October 30    
            6:30 p.m.         — Daily Vespers
            7:30 p.m.         — Choir Practice
           
Thursday, October 31   
            NO Daily Orthros
 
Friday, November 1    (Cosmas and Damian of Asia)
            NO Daily Orthros
 
Saturday, November 2   (Raphael, Bishop of Brooklyn)
            9:00 a.m.         — Orthros followed by Divine Liturgy
            11:30 a.m.       — Serving at Stewpot Ministries
            5:45 p.m.         — Ninth Hour followed by Great Vespers
 
Sunday, November 3   (Nineteenth Sunday after Pentecost)
            8:50 a.m.         — Orthros
            9:00 a.m.         — Christian Education
            10:00 a.m.       — Divine Liturgy
 
 
SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENTS
 
Eucharist Bread …was offered by the Dn. Richard Roots 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
October 27                   R. Root                                     Baby Shower for Dorin & Carolina
November 2 (Sat. a.m.)                                                 Henderson       Christina Katool
         (St. Rapahel of Brooklyn)
November 3                 Algood                                     Ellis/Zaboukos/Fahmy
November 10               Katool                                      POT LUCK MEAL     
                                                                                       (Set-up:  Skirtech/Skirtech/Parker)
November 17               Schelver                                   Pigott/Brock/Strain
November 20 (Wed. p.m.)  Meadows (Artoklasia Bread)        No Meal
         (Presentation of the Theotokos in the Temple)
November 24               Jones                                        D. Root/Dansereau/Dale Cooper
 
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 27                          Sh. Charlotte Algood            II Cor. 9:6-11                  178
November 2 (Sat. a.m.)      Warren Strain                        Heb. 7:26-8:2                  334
November 3                        Kh. Sharon Meadows          II Cor. 11:31-33; 12:1-9    183
November 10                      Mildred Morris                      Gal. 1:11-19                     188
November 17                      Phillip Lasseter                      Gal 2:16-20                      193
November 20 (Wed. p.m.) NO Reading
November 24                      Kh. Be’Be’ Schelver              Gal. 6:11-18                    198
 
Please remember Fr. Joseph and Kh. Joanna Bittle, and their daughter Abigail, in your prayers. 
 
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 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 continue to pray for the health of His Grace, Bishop ANTOUN.
 
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.
 
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 next meeting will be November 17th.  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 meet 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.
*    The Youth Group will meet for a meal and Christian Education with Father John on Sunday evenings, November 10th and 24th, beginning at 5:30 p.m.
*    The Young Adults will meet at the church Sunday, November 17th from 5:00-6:30 p.m.
*    The Ladies of St. Peter will not meet for lunch and fellowship on the fourth Tuesday of November and December, due to the holiday seasons.  More information will be available once the dates for those two months have been set.
*    We will celebrate the Feast of St. Raphael of Brooklyn with Orthros followed by Divine Liturgy next Saturday, November 2nd, beginning at 9:00 a.m.
*    We will also be serving at Stewpot Ministries on Saturday, November 2nd, beginning at 11:30 a.m. in conjunction with Holy Resurrection and Holy Trinity/St. John the Theologian Orthodox Churches.
*    Father John will be attending the Deanery Fall Clergy Retreat November 4th-6th.
*    The Christian Education classes will present a play during Coffee Hour on Sunday, December 22nd.  More information will be available soon.
 
Canned food drive:  The Christian Education classes are collecting canned good s for the needy. 
 
Parents, please supervise your children with food in the Fellowship Hall.  We are getting stains on the new carpet (and also the chairs in the nave).

The website of the Episcopal Assembly has recently posted important statements concerning Orthodoxy.  (Two of these statements are located on the Bulletin Board in the Fellowship Hall.  Please be sure to take a look at them.)  The website is an important source of information on the Orthodox Church.
 
Supper Clubs are being re-formed.  If you would like to participate, please sign-up on the sheet located on the Bulletin Board in the Fellowship Hall (as soon as possible).  We hope to get the groups organized in the next few weeks, so that they may begin meeting in November.
 
Amy Surratt has volunteered to be in charge of the Angel Tree here at St. Peter’s this year.  She will have more information available in the future.
 
Nativity Feast:  This year we will be doing something new for our meal following the Divine Liturgy for the Feast of the Nativity.  It will be a true Pot Luck Meal.  Every family is asked to bring a dish.  If your dish requires cooking, that should be done at home BEFORE you come.  The warmer will be turned on to keep casseroles warm during the service.  Please be sure to TAKE YOUR DISH home with you when you leave (even if you have to leave a little early).  No one will be staying late to wash dishes after the meal.
 
Fasting Discipline for October/November
The traditional fasting (no meat, dairy, fish, wine or oil) is observed 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 October/November
October 28             Protection of the Theotokos
November 1           Sts. Cosmas and Damian of Asia
November 2           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. Amphiloios of Iconium
November 25         St. Catherine the Great-martyr
November 30         Apostle Andrew, the First-called
 
Camping trip for Youth Group:  The camping trip for the Teens has been moved to the week-end of November 8-9.  Please make a note of the change in dates.

Happy Anniversaries in November:
         November 26         —    Glenn and Mildred Morris (#47!)
         November 28         —    Dn. Terry and Sh. Charlotte Algood (#42!)
 
Happy Birthdays in October/November:
         October 28             —    Lamia Dabit
                                       —    Mona Fahmy
         October 29             —    Kh. Be’Be’ Schelver
         November 5           —    Alexia Parker (#16!)
         November 11         —    Beth Ann Baker
         November 13         —    Sophia Skirtech (#5!)
                                       —    Summer Goss
         November 17         —    Karen Cooper
         November 21         —    Ken Jones
         November 24         —    Mildred Morris
         November 29         —    Mike Pigott
 
Quotable:  “Prayer means simple, loving converse between the soul and God, as between a child and its father, yet it is quite obvious that certain dispositions of soul are indispensable to this holy exercise.  The Sacred Scriptures admonish us, in the first place, to prepare ourselves:  ‘Before prayer prepare your soul, and be not as a man who tempts God’ (Ecclus. 18:23).  This preparation is not difficult, consisting simply in humility, sorrow for sin, a wish to improve our lives, confidence in God and His mercy and freedom from hatred of our neighbor.  During prayer the chief things required are:  a realization of the presence of God, attention to what we are saying, sincerity and fervor.  If, while praying, we are purposely or consciously distracted we become like those irreligious worshippers, of whom our Lord said:  ‘This people honors Me with their lips, but their heart is far from Me’ (Matt. 15:8).  Finally, for good prayer it is necessary that we pray with entire submission to the Will of our Heavenly Father who knows what is best for us.  And we must pray with perseverance, which means that we should continue to implore god’s help and grace as long as we live.  Christ the Lord said:  ‘We ought always to pray’ (Luke 18:1).  Our prayers will be greatly enhanced in value and power, if we add to them works of charity and mortify ourselves with penitence and abstinence,”
                                                Rev. Fr. David F. Abramtsov, The Orthodox Companion
 

Worship:         Sunday, November 3, 2013 (Nineteenth Sunday after Pentecost)

         Scripture:                                II Corinthians 11:31-33; 12:1-9; Luke 16:19-31
         Celebrant:                               Father John
         Epistle Reader:                       Kh. Sharon Meadows
         Prosphora:                              Algood
         Coffee Hour:                           Ellis/Zouboukos/Fahmy

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