11/17 annoucements

November 17, 2013
Twenty-first Sunday after Pentecost
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Galatians 2:16-20:  We hear from St Paul’s letter to the Galatians that we are justified by faith in Christ, not by works of the Law; and that we now live our lives by faith in the Son of God.
Luke 12:16-21:  In the parable of the rich landowner the Lord teaches us that material possessions are worthless when valued more than knowing God.
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. Gregory the Wonder-worker: By vigilance in prayer, and continuance in the working of wonders, thou didst acquire thine achievements as a surname; wherefore intercede with Christ our God, O Father Gregory, to enlighten our souls, lest we sleep in sin unto death.
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.
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
Monday, November 18   
            Office Closed — Father John’s Day Off
Tuesday, November 19   
            6:00 a.m.         — Daily Orthros
Wednesday, November 20    
            6:30 p.m.         — Great Vespers with Litia and Artoklasia
            7:30 p.m.         — Choir Practice
Thursday, November 21    (Entrance of the Theotokos into the Temple)
            NO Daily Orthros
Friday, November 22    
            NO Daily Orthros
Saturday, November 23   
            7:30 a.m.         — Bible Study with Breakfast
            5:45 p.m.         — Ninth Hour followed by Great Vespers
Sunday, November 24   (Twenty-second Sunday after Pentecost)
            8:50 a.m.         — Orthros
            9:00 a.m.         — Christian Education
            10:00 a.m.       — Divine Liturgy
            5:30 p.m.         — Youth Group
Eucharist Bread …was offered by Schelvers 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 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
December 1                          Davis                               R. Root/Abraham/Habeeb
December 5 (Thu pm)         Henderson (Artoklasia Bread) No Meal
         (Feast of St. Nicholas)
December 8                           D. Root                              POT LUCK MEAL
                                                                                              (set-up: Algood/Yeatts/Lasseter)
December 15                      Yeatts                                      Schelver/Lavric/Turner
December 22                      Abraham                                  Henderson/Baker/Lockhart
December 24 (Tue pm)      Fahmy                             POT LUCK MEAL
         (Feast of the Nativity of our Lord)
December 29                     Wood                                       Jones/Stewart/Meadows
December 31 (Tue pm)      Baker (Artoklasia Bread)       No Meal
         (Feast of the Circumcision of our Lord; Feast of St. Basil the Great)
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 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
December 1                        Brenda Baker                        Eph. 2:4-10                     202
December 5 (Thu pm)       NO Reading
December 8                        Walt Wood                           Eph. 2:14-22                   207
December 15                     Sh. Charlotte Algood            Col. 3:4-11                     233
December 22                      Warren Strain                        Heb. 11:9-10, 17-23, 32-40    348
December 24 (Tue pm)     Kh. Sharon Meadows           Gal. 4:4-7                       351
December 29                      Mildred Morris                      Gal. 1:11-19                   188
December 31                      NO Reading
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 Dorin and Carolina Lavric on the birth of their son, Adrian Lavric (6 lbs. 10 oz. and 19 ½ in.) this past Monday afternoon.  Mother and son are doing well.
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 evening, November 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.
*    We will celebrate the Feast of the Entrance of the Theotokos into the Temple with Great Vespers with Litia and Artoklasia next Wednesday evening (November 20th), beginning at 6:30 p.m.
*    During the Fast of the Nativity we will have the Advent Paraklesis in place of Daily Vespers on Wednesday evenings beginning on November 27th  at 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. 

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.
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 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:  “By praying we learn to pray.  In this the proverb holds good:  Practice makes perfect.  Pray often and you will delight in prayer; pray seldom and it will appear to you irksome and wearisome.  For beginners in the art of praying, short and frequent prayers are more profitable than long prayers separated from one another by a long period of time.  Also a small number of prayers said properly is better than a large number said hurriedly.  We must always remember that prayer does not mean that we should just go through our prayers, but rather that we should experience their contents in ourselves, and utter them as coming from our mind and heart.”
                                                Rev. Fr. David F. Abramtsov, The Orthodox Companion
Worship:         Sunday, November 24, 2013 (Twenty-second Sunday after Pentecost; Sunday
                                                after the Presentation of the Theotokos))
         Scripture:                              Galatians 6:11-18; Luke 18:18-27
         Celebrant:                             Father John
         Epistle Reader:                     Kh. Be’Be’ Schelver
         Prosphora:                            Jones
         Coffee Hour:                         D. Root/Dansereau/Dale Cooper

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