10/19 announcements

October 19, 2014
Nineteenth Sunday after Pentecost
 
II Corinthians 11:31-12:9: Today we hear St Paul encourage the Corinthian church not to engage in boasting about their greatness in this or that, but rather to boast as he does, in their weaknesses that the Lord has made strong.
 
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:  When thou, O immortal Life, didst humble thyself unto death, then didst thou destroy death by the brightness of thy Godhead; and when thou didst raise the bowels of the earth, then all the heavenly powers exclaimed, O Christ, thou art the Giver of life!  Glory to thee, O our God!
 
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 19   (Nineteenth 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 20   
            Office Closed — Father John’s Day Off
           
Tuesday, October 21  
            6:00 a.m.         — Daily Orthros
                                                                       
Wednesday, October 22 
            6:30 p.m.         — Daily Vespers
            7:30 p.m.         — Choir Practice
            7:30 p.m.         — Parish Council Meeting
                                   
Thursday, October 23   (Apostle James, Brother of the Lord)
                       
Friday, October 24 
 
Saturday, October 25   
            5:45 p.m.         — Ninth Hour followed by Great Vespers
 
Sunday, October 26   (Twentieth Sunday after Pentecost; Great-martyr Demetrios)
            8:50 a.m.         — Orthros
            9:00 a.m.         — Christian Education
            10:00 a.m.       — Divine Liturgy
            5:30 p.m.         — Youth Group
SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENTS
 
Eucharist Bread …was offered by the Meadows 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 19                          Meadows                                Skirtech/Skirtech/Parker
October 26                          Davis                                       D. Root/Dansereau
November 1 (Sat. a.m.)       D. Root                              Rebecca Dansereau
         (St. Raphael, Bishop of Brooklyn)
November 2                       Abraham                                  Algood/Yeatts/Lasseter
November 9                       Karam                                      POT LUCK MEAL
                                                                                              set-up:  R. Root/Abraham/Habeeb
November 16                     Fahmy                                     Schelver/Lavric/Turner
November 20 (Wed. p.m.)    D. Root (Artoklasia Bread)         Great Vespers with Litia & Artoklasia
         (Feast of the Presentation of the Theotokos in the Temple)
November 23                      Wood                                       Henderson/Baker/Lockhart
November 30                       R. Root                                    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#
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
November 1 (Sat. a.m.)    Tom Skirtech                        Heb. 7:26-8:2                 334
November 2                       David Turner                        Gal. 2:16-20                   193
November 9                       Tom Willingham                 Gal. 6:11-18                   198
November 16                     Walt Wood                           I Cor. 4:9-16                   135
November 23                     Sh. Charlotte Algood          Eph. 2:14-22                  207
November 30                     Warren Strain                        I Cor. 4:9-16                  135
 
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 is in Franklin, TN this 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 19th and November 2nd 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.
 
Supper Clubs:  If you are interested in participating in a Supper Club this year, please sign the sheet located in the Fellowship Hall.
 
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 23             Apostle James Brother-of-the-Lord
October 26             Great-martyr Demetrios
October 28             Protection of the Theotokos
 
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 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:  “Practice the work of virtue in your soul and do not concern yourself with futile matters.  Always lay bare your weakness before God, and you will never be put to the test by aliens when you are found alone, distant from your Helper.”
                                                St. Isaac the Syrian     
 
                                               
Worship:         Sunday, October 26, 2014 (Twentieth Sunday after Pentecost; Great-martyr
                                                 Demetrios the Myrrh-streaming)
        
         Scripture:                               II Timothy 2:1-10; Luke 8:27-39
         Celebrant:                              Father John
         Epistle Reader:                     Kh. Be’Be’ Schelver
         Prosphora:                             Davis
         Coffee Hour:                         D. Root/Dansereau

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