9/7 announcements

September 7, 2014
Sunday before the Exaltation of the Cross
Fore-feast of the Nativity of the Theotokos
Galatians 6:11-18:  In the conclusion of his letter to the Galatians, St Paul reminds them that to be cir­cumcised or uncircumcised is not the issue, but rather to be a new creation in Christ Jesus.
John 3:13-17:  In the Gospel of John we hear Jesus speak concerning His purpose for coming into the world:  to save mankind through His death and Resurrection.
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 Prefeast: From the root of Jesse, and from the stem of David, the Child of God, Mary is born to us today!  Wherefore everything together rejoiceth and is renewed.  Rejoice together, O ye heavens and earth!  Praise her, O ye lands of the nations!  Joachim exulteth and Anna maketh festival crying out: the barren one giveth birth to the Theotokos the nourisher of our life.
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 Prefeast: Today the virgin Theotokos, Mary, the fortified chamber of the heavenly groom, is born by the will of God of a barren woman, being prepared as a chariot for God the Word; for to this she had been fore-destined, since she is the divine gate and the Mother of Life in truth.
Sunday, September 7   (Sunday before the Elevation of the Holy Cross)
            8:50 a.m.         — Orthros
            9:00 a.m.         — Christian Education
            10:00 a.m.       — Divine Liturgy
            5:00 p.m.         — Young Adults
Monday, September 8    (Nativity of the Theotokos)
            6:00 a.m.         — Divine Liturgy (only)
            Office Closed — Father John’s Day Off
Tuesday, September 9   (Righteous Joachim and Anna)
            6:00 a.m.         — Daily Orthros
Wednesday, September 10   
            6:30 p.m.         — Daily Vespers
            7:30 p.m.         — Choir Practice
Thursday, September 11  
Friday, September 12   
Saturday, September 13   (Dedication of the Church of the Anastasis)
            10:00 a.m.       — Ladies Meet for Akathist and Lunch
            5:45 p.m.         — Ninth Hour followed by Great Vespers
Sunday, September 14   (Elevation of the Holy Cross)
            8:50 a.m.         — Orthros
            9:00 a.m.         — Christian Education
            10:00 a.m.       — Divine Liturgy
            12:00 p.m.       — Pot Luck Meal (Lenten dishes, please)
            5:30 p.m.         — Youth Group
Eucharist Bread …was offered by the Dn. Richard Roots for the Divine Liturgy today. 
Eucharist Bread and Coffee Hour Schedule:
                                           Eucharist Bread                   Coffee Hour
September 7                       R. Root                                    R. Root/Abraham/Habeeb
September 8 (Mon a.m.)   Henderson                             Kh. Sharon Meadows
         (Feast of the Nativity of the Theotokos)
September 14                    Algood                                   POT LUCK MEAL [Lenten dishes]
                                                                                           set-up:  Schelver/Lavric/Turner
September 21                    Katool                                     Henderson/Baker/Lockhart
September 28                    Schelver                                  Karam/Stewart/ Meadows
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 7 *                        David Turner *                    Gal. 6:11-18                   198
September 8 * (Mon. a.m.)     Tom Willingham *            Phil. 2:5-11                  307-308
             (Feast of the Nativity of the Theotokos)
September 14 *                      Walt Wood *                        I Cor. 1:18-24                311-312
September 21 *                       Sh. Charlotte Algood *      Gal. 2:16-20                   193
September 28 *                       Warren Strain *                  II Cor. 6:1-10                168
     * (Please note that these assignments differ from the Quarterly Schedule)
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 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.
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;
Walt and Charlotte Wood and their family; Tom and Jennifer Skirtech and their family; Tom and Kathy Willingham; Athena and Anthony Zouboukos and their family.
Continue to pray for Metropolitan Paul (who is also the brother of our Patriarch) and the Syriac Archbishop John of Aleppo who were abducted while on a humanitarian mission in Syria.
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.
We welcome Preston and Brittany Salisbury and their children, Micah (3) and Noah (2) into the fellowship of St. Peter’s.  They come to us from Christ the Savior Orthodox Church (OCA) in McComb, MS.  Preston is employed at Hinds Community College as the Assistant Librarian in Raymond.  May God grant them Many Years!
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.
*    We will celebrate the Feast of the Nativity of the Theotokos with Divine Liturgy (only) on Monday morning, September 8th, beginning at 6:00 a.m.
*    The Feast of the Elevation falls on a Sunday this year.  So we will celebrate the feast with a Pot Luck Meal following the Divine Liturgy on September 14th.  Please be aware that this feastday is also a day of fasting and bring a Lenten dish for the meal.
*    Fr. John and Kh. Janet will be in New Orleans the week-end of October 3-5 for the memorial of the falling asleep of Fr. Stephen Hardy who was a long-time pastor at St. Basil Orthodox Church.
*    We will be serving a meal at the Stewpot Ministries on Saturday, October 25th in conjunction with members of Holy Resurrection and Holy Trinity/St. John the Theologian Orthodox Churches.  St. Peter will be providing casseroles for the meal.  We will also be serving a meal with them on Saturday, November 29th.
*    Fr. Patrick Henry Reardon will be speaking at Holy Resurrection Orthodox Church in Clinton on November 4-6th.  His topic will be Christ in the Old Testament.
*    The enthronement of  His Eminence, Metropolitan JOSEPH is scheduled for the weekend of December 5-7th at the Cathedral in Brooklyn, NY.
Young Adults Study Group:  The Young Adults agreed to begin meeting twice a month.  One of these meetings will feature a teaching by Fr. John on various aspects of the Orthodox Christian faith.  Topics will include education, ethics and parenting children.  The next meetings will be Sunday, September 7th for teaching and September 21st for fellowship. 
Supper Clubs:  If you are interested in participating in a Supper Club this year, please sign the sheet located in the Fellowship Hall.
Lower Mississippi Valley Teen Retreat:  The Teen Retreat will be February 13-15, 2015 at Roosevelt State Park.  The speaker for the retreat will be Heiromonk Benedict (Josuah Armitage).  His topic will be “Dealing with Doubts about God.”  We are very excited to have Fr. Benedict come to address this important topic with our teens!  Be sure to mark your calendars now.
Fasting Discipline for September
The traditional fasting (no meat, dairy, eggs, fish, wine or oil) is observed on all Wednesdays and Fridays of the month.  September 14th is also a strict fast day in remembrance of the Elevation of the Holy Cross.
Major Commemorations for September
September 1           Indiction of the Ecclesiastical Year
September 6           Miracle of the Archangel Michael
September 8           Nativity of the Theotokos
September 9           Righteous Joachim and Anna
September 13         Dedication of the Church of the Anastasis
September 14         Elevation of the Holy Cross
September 23         Conception of the Forerunner
September 24         Proto-martyr Thekla
September 26         Apostle John the Theologian (repose)
September 28         Venerable Chariton
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).
Happy Birthdays in September:
         September 1           —    Adelina Lavric (#2!)
         September 3           —    Lee Greene
                                       —    Hannah Strange (#8!)
         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 30         —    Laura Yeatts
Happy Anniversaries in September:
         September 4           —    Ben and Jenna Skirtech (#13!)
         September 15         —    Tom and Kathy Willingham (#24!)
         September 26         —    Rod and Emily Parker (#10!)
Thermostats in the Fellowship Hall:  There are two thermostats in the Fellowship Hall—one in the main room to control the air in the main room, and a second one in the Nursery room that controls the air in all four of the Sunday School rooms.  Please be sure that both thermostats are set to 80 degrees when you leave the building
Suggestions on use of the Cry Room:
            — Please remember you’re in liturgy when you’re in the cry room.
            — Its main purpose should be a place for parents to take their children if they’re being disruptive during liturgy, staying for 5-10 minutes (or until the child is calmed down) and then returning to liturgy.
            — It should not be used as a main sitting area during the liturgy.
            — Children should not be eating snacks or watching electronic devices while in the cry room.
Quotable:  “Ever keep in remembrance those who surpass you by their virtue, so as to see yourself always inferior to their measure.  And be ever conscious of the bitter tribulations of the afflicted and oppressed, so that you may render due thanksgiving for your small and inconsequential troubles, and be able to endure them patiently and with joy.”
                                                St. Isaac the Syrian     
Worship:         Sunday, September 14, 2014 (Elevation of the Holy Cross)
         Scripture:                              I Cor. 1:18-24; John 19:6-35
         Celebrant:                             Father John
         Epistle Reader:                     Walt Wood
         Prosphora:                            Algood
         Coffee Hour:                         POT LUCK MEAL [Lenten dishes, please]
                                                         set-up:  Schelver/Lavric/Turner

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