11/9 announcements

November 9, 2014
Twenty-second Sunday after Pentecost
St. Nektarios the Wonder-worker
 
Ephesians 5:8-19:  St Paul exhorts us to walk as wise men by doing the will of God and avoiding the deeds of darkness.
 
Luke 8:41-56:  From the Gospel of Luke we hear of Jesus healing a woman with a hemorrhage and rais­ing a young girl from death; showing His desire to heal suffering and to respond to the faith of those who come to Him.
 
Troparion of the Resurrection:  Let us believers praise and worship the Word, co-eternal with the Father and the Spirit, born of the Virgin for our salvation; for he took pleasure in ascending the Cross in the flesh, to suffer death, and to raise the dead by his glorious Resurrection.
 
Troparion of St. Nektarios the Wonder-worker:  The offspring of Selyvria and the guardian of Aegina, the true friend of virtue who didst appear in the last years, O Nektraios, we faithful honour thee as a godly servant of Christ, for thou pourest forth healings of every kind for those who piously cry out:  Glory to Christ Who hath glorified thee.  Glory to Him Who hath made thee wondrous.  Glory to Him Who worketh healings for all through 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 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 9   (Twenty-second 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 10   
            Office Closed — Father John’s Day Off
           
Tuesday, November 11  
            NO Daily Orthros
                                                                                   
Wednesday, November 12 
            6:30 p.m.         — Daily Vespers
            7:30 p.m.         — Choir Practice
                                               
Thursday, November 13   (John Chrysostom)
           
Friday, November 14  (Apostle Philip)
 
Saturday, November 15   
            [FAST OF THE NATIVITY BEGINS]
            11:00 a.m.       — Ladies meet for lunch and teaching at Christina Katool’s
            5:45 p.m.         — Ninth Hour followed by Great Vespers
 
Sunday, November 16   (Twenty-third Sunday after Pentecost; Apostle Matthew)
            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 the Karams for the Divine Liturgy today. 
 
Eucharist Bread and Coffee Hour Schedule:
                                                Eucharist Bread                    Coffee Hour
November 9                           Karam                                      POT LUCK MEAL
                                                                                                      set-up:  R. Root/Abraham/Habeeb
November 16                        Fahmy                                     Algood/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#
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.
 
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.
 
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.
*    Father John will be in New Orleans November 10th-12th for the Deanery Clergy Retreat.
*    The Fast of the Nativity begins Saturday, November 15th.
*    As is our parish custom, we will celebrate the Advent Paraklesis service to the Theotokos in place of Daily Vespers on Wednesday evenings, beginning November 19th, at 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 on Thursday evening, November 20th, beginning at 6:30 p.m.
*    We will be serving a meal at the Stewpot Ministries on Saturday, November 29th  in conjunction with members of Holy Resurrection and Holy Trinity/St. John the Theologian Orthodox Churches. 
*    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.
*    The Feast of St. Nicholas will be celebrated with Orthros followed by Divine Liturgy on Saturday morning, December 6th, beginning at 9:00 a.m.
*    Dr. Christopher Veniamin, Professor of Patristics at St. Tikhon Seminary will be speaking at St. Peter’s February 1-4, 2015.
 
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, November 16th and December 7th and 21st
 
The Ladies of St. Peter will meet at the home of Christina Katool  on Saturday, November 15, at 11:00 a.m.. Lunch will be served and Fr. John will be addressing the ladies as we begin our spiritual journey into the Advent Season.  There will also be a brief organizational meeting.  Please contact Christina if you would like to help in anyway.
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.
 
Dr. Christopher Veniamin, Professor of Patristics at St. tikhon Seminary in South Canaan, Pennsylvania, will visit St. Peter’s February 1-4, 2015.  He will speak at our church on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday evenings at 7:00 p.m.  His topic will be “The Orthodox Understanding of Salvation.”  We are priviledged to have a man of Dr. Veniamin’s stature with us.  This promises to be a most edifying and instructive time for our church.  Please put these dates on your calendar and plan to be here.
 
Fasting Discipline for November
The traditional fasting (no meat, dairy, eggs, fish, wine or oil) is observed on 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. Amphilochios of Iconium
November 25         St. Catherine the Great-martyr
November 30         Apostle Andrew, the First-called
 
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 November:
         November 5           —    Alexia Parker (#17!)
         November 7           —    Jude Brock (#1!)
         November 11         —    Adrian Lavric (#1!)
         November 13         —    Sophia Skirtech (#6!)
                                       —    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 (#48!)
         November 28         —    Dn. Terry and Sh. Charlotte Algood (#43!)
 
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:  “By contemplative examination, the world is also called the aggregate of the collective noun which is applied to the separate passions.  When we wish to give a collective name to the passions, we call them the world.  And when we wish to designate them specifically according to their names, we call them passions.  The passions are portions of the course of the world’s onward flow; and where the passions cease, there the world’s onward flow stands still.  These are the passions:  love of wealth; gathering objects of any kind; bodily pleasure, from which comes the passion of carnal intercourse; love of esteem, from which springs envy; the wielding of power; pride in the trappings of authority; stateliness and pomposity; human glory, which is the cause of resentment; fear for the body..”
                                                St. Isaac the Syrian     
 
                                               
Worship:         Sunday, November 16, 2014 (Twenty-third Sunday after Pentecost; Holy
                                                Apostle and Evangelist Matthew)
        
         Scripture:                                I Corinthians 4:9-16; Matthew 9:9-13
         Celebrant:                               Father John
         Epistle Reader:                      Walt Wood
         Prosphora:                               Fahmy
         Coffee Hour:                          Algood/Lavric/Turner

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