10/5 announcements

October 5, 2014
Seventeenth Sunday after Pentecost
 
II Corinthians 6:16-7:1:  St Paul reminds us that as God has promised to dwell with us, we are to be holy, cleansing ourselves from ungodliness.
 
Luke 6:31-36:  From St Luke’s account of the Sermon on the Mount we hear our Lord teach us to love our enemies, to be unselfish in our giving, and to have mercy upon those who do us wrong rather than condemning them.
 
Troparion of the Resurrection:  O compassionate One, thou didst descend from the heights; thou didst submit to the three-day burial, that thou might deliver us from passion.  Thou art our Life and our Resurrection, O Lord, glory to thee.
 
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 5   (Seventeenth 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, October 6   (Apostle Thomas)
            Office Closed — Father John’s Day Off
           
Tuesday, October 7  
            6:00 a.m.         — Daily Orthros
                                                                       
Wednesday, October 8 
            6:30 p.m.         — Daily Vespers
            7:30 p.m.         — Choir Practice
                                   
Thursday, October 9   (Apostle James Son of Alphaeus)
                       
Friday, October 10 
 
Saturday, October 11   
            10:00 a.m.       — Ladies meet for Akathist and lunch
            5:45 p.m.         — Ninth Hour followed by Great Vespers
 
Sunday, October 12   (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.       — Pot Luck Meal
            5:30 p.m.         — Youth Group
 
 
SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENTS
 
Eucharist Bread …was offered by the Schelvers last Sunday and by the Morrises for the Divine Liturgy today. 
 
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.
 
Eucharist Bread and Coffee Hour Schedule:
                                    Eucharist Bread                     Coffee Hour
October 5                     Morris                                      Ellis/Zouboukos/Fahmy
October 12                   Jones                                       POT LUCK MEAL
                                                                                    set-up:  Pigott/Brock/Strain
October 19                   Meadows                                 Skirtech/Skirtech/Parker
October 26                   Davis                                       D. Root/Dansereau
 
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 5*                        Warren Strain*                   II Cor. 6:16-7:1             173
October 12                         Mildred Morris                      Titus 3:8-15                    322-323
October 19                         Phillip Lasseter                     II Cor. 11:31-12:1-9       183
October 26                         Kh. Be’Be’ Schelver             II Tim. 2:1-10                 328
     * (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.
 
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.
 
The icons of the Platytera and the Nativity of our Lord have been ordered for the sanctuary.

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.
*    Fr. John and Kh. Janet are in New Orleans this week-end for the memorial of the falling asleep of Fr. Stephen Hardy who was a long-time pastor at St. Basil Orthodox Church.
*    Fr. John will be in Franklin, TN the weekend of October 17-19th for the consecration of the new temple at St. Ignatius 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.  Fr. John and Kh. Janet will be attending.
 
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, October 5th for fellowship  and October 19th for teaching. 
 
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.
 
Fr. Nikolai from St. John Orthodox Church in Memphis has been reassigned to serve as the pastor/protos of St. George Orthodox Church in New Hartford, NY.  He, Kh. Jeanette and their children will probably be leaving sometime before the 10th of October. 
 
Supper Clubs:  If you are interested in participating in a Supper Club this year, please sign the sheet located in the Fellowship Hall.
 
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).
Fasting Discipline for October
The traditional fasting (no meat, dairy, eggs, fish, wine or oil) is observed on all Wednesdays and Fridays of the month. 
 
Major Commemorations for October
October 6               Apostle Thomas
October 9               Apostle James Son of Alphaeus
October 18             Apostle Luke
October 23             Apostle James Brother-of-the-Lord
October 26             Great-martyr Demetrios
October 28             Protection of the Theotokos
 
Happy Birthdays in October:
         October 1               —    Emily Parker
         October 3               —    Reader Basil Baker
         October 4               —    Rod Parker
         October 5               —    Antonina Karam (#2!)
         October 7               —    Glenn Morris
         October 8               —    Brantley Oliver
         October 10             —    Phillip Lasseter
         October 16             —    Jesse Milnor
                                       —    Rola Karam
         October 17             —    Max Baker
         October 20             —    Anna Kathryn Stewart
                                       —    Justyn Schelver
         October 23             —    Anne Habeeb
         October 24             —    Jean Kafoury
         October 25             —    Kathy Willingham
         October 28             —    Lamia Dabit
                                       —    Mona Fahmy
         October 29             —    Kh. Be’Be’ Schelver
 
Happy Anniversaries in October:
         October 17             —    Phillip and Nikki Lasseter (#5!)
         October 18             —    Oliver and Laura Yeatts (#6!)
         October 22             —    Walter and Charlotte Wood (#29!)
 
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:  “Scripture has not explained to us what the things of the age to come are; and yet, how we might receive a perception of their delight here, without a change of nature and a translation to another place, Scripture has easily taught us.  For although it does this by the names of things desirable and highly esteemed, which to us are sweet and precious, in order to stimulate us to a yearning for them, still when it says ‘which eye hath not seen, nor ear hath heard’ and the rest, Scripture has declared to us that the good things to come are incomprehensible, and have no similarity to any thing here.”
                                                St. Isaac the Syrian     
 
                                               
Worship:         Sunday, October 12, 2014 (Eighteenth Sunday after Pentecost; Holy Fathers
                                                of the Seventh Ecumenical Council)
        
         Scripture:                               Titus 3:8-15; Luke 8:5-15
         Celebrant:                               Father John
         Epistle Reader:                       Mildred Morris
         Prosphora:                              Jones
         Coffee Hour:                          POT LUCK MEAL
                                                         set-up: Pigott/Brock/Strain

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