11/10 announcements

November 10, 2013
Twentieth Sunday after Pentecost
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Galatians 1:11-19:  St. Paul defends his ministry in his letter to the Galatians, telling them of how his former way of life was changed by a direct revelation from the Lord, and of his actions immediately afterwards.
 
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:  Let the heavens rejoice and the earth be glad; for the Lord hath done a mighty act with his own arm.  He hath trampled down death and become the First-born from the dead. He hath delivered us from the depths of hades, granting the world the Great Mercy.
 
Troparion of the Apostles: O Holy Apostles intercede with our merciful God to grant our souls forgiveness of sins.
 
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 10   (Twentieth 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
 
Monday, November 11   
            Office Closed — Father John’s Day Off
           
Tuesday, November 12   
            6:00 a.m.         — Daily Orthros
                       
Wednesday, November 13    (St. John Chrysostom)
            6:30 p.m.         — Daily Vespers
            7:30 p.m.         — Choir Practice
           
Thursday, November 14    (Apostle Philip)
            NO Daily Orthros
 
Friday, November 15    [FAST OF THE NATIVITY BEGINS]
            NO Daily Orthros
 
Saturday, November 16   (Apostle Matthew)
            5:45 p.m.         — Ninth Hour followed by Great Vespers
 
Sunday, November 17   (Twenty-first Sunday after Pentecost)
            8:50 a.m.         — Orthros
            9:00 a.m.         — Christian Education
            10:00 a.m.       — Divine Liturgy
            5:00 p.m.         — Young Adults
 
SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENTS
 
Eucharist Bread …was offered by Algoods 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
November 10               Algood                                     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#
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.
 
Congratulations and Many Years!! to Ben and Meghan Brock (and new grandparents, Mike and Cheryl Pigott) on the birth of their son, Jude Michael (8 lbs. 10 oz. and 22 ½ in.), late Thursday evening.  Mother and son are doing well.
 
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.
*    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 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 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. Amphiloios of Iconium
November 25         St. Catherine the Great-martyr
November 30         Apostle Andrew, the First-called
 
Happy Birthdays in November:
         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
 
Happy Anniversaries in November:
         November 26         —    Glenn and Mildred Morris (#47!)
         November 28         —    Dn. Terry and Sh. Charlotte Algood (#42!)
 
Quotable:  “When we pray we ought to endeavor to restrain our mind from wandering or our feelings from becoming cold or indifferent; we should exert ourselves in every way to maintain attention and to increase our fervor.  Remember that the value of prayer consists only in the quality of it; God does not regard the length of our supplication but its fervor.  The quality of true prayer consists in the fact that the mind during prayer is attentive and the heart sympathizes with the mind.  When we speak to our fellow-mortals, we give them our whole attention; how much more when we converse with God, should we fix our mind on Him alone!  He who prays without devotion and yet looks for an answer to his prayer is like a man who sows bad grain and anticipates a crop of first-rate wheat.”
                                                Rev. Fr. David F. Abramtsov, The Orthodox Companion
 

Worship:         Sunday, November 17, 2013 (Twenty-first Sunday after Pentecost)
        
         Scripture:                                Galatians 2:16-20; Luke 12:16-21
         Celebrant:                               Father John
         Epistle Reader:                       Phillip Lasseter
         Prosphora:                              Schelver
         Coffee Hour:                           Pigott/Brock/Strain

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