11/30 announcements

November 30, 2014
Twenty-fifth Sunday after Pentecost
The Holy Apostle Andrew the First-called
 
I Corinthians 4:9-16:  We hear St Paul speak to the Corinthians as their spiritual father and exhort them to imitate him in their actions.
 
John 1:35-51: In the Gospel account we hear of the calling of the first Apostles, beginning with Andrew who had been a disciple of St. John the Forerunner.
 
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 Holy Apostle Andrew the First-called: As the first-called of the Apostles, and brother of their leader, O Andrew, entreat the Master of all that peace be granted unto the world and great mercy to our souls.
 
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 Preparatory for Nativity:  Today the Virgin comes unto the cave to give birth in an ineffable manner to the Word before the ages.  Rejoice, therefore, O universe, when you hear, and glorify with the angels and the shepherds him who shall appear by his own will as a new babe, being God before the ages.
 
 
CALENDAR
 
Sunday, November 30   (Twenty-fifth Sunday after Pentecost; Holy Apostle Andrew)
            8:50 a.m.         — Orthros
            9:00 a.m.         — Christian Education
            10:00 a.m.       — Divine Liturgy
 
Monday, December 1   
            Office Closed — Father John’s Day Off
           
Tuesday, December 2  
            6:00 a.m.         — Daily Orthros
                                                                                   
Wednesday, December 3 
            6:30 p.m.         — Advent Paraklesis
                                                           
Thursday, December 4   (Great-martyr Barbara and St. John of Damascus)
            11:30 a.m.       — Men’s Lunch
                       
Friday, December 5   (St. Sava the Sanctified)
 
Saturday, December 6   (St. Nicholas the Wonder-worker)
            9:00 a.m.         — Orthros followed by Divine Liturgy
            5:45 p.m.         — Ninth Hour followed by Great Vespers
 
Sunday, December 7   (Twenty-second 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
 
 
SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENTS
 
Eucharist Bread …was offered by the Dn. Richard Roots for the Divine Liturgy today. 
 
Eucharist Bread and Coffee Hour Schedule:
                                          Eucharist Bread                     Coffee Hour
November 30                   R. Root                                     Karam/Stewart/Meadows
December 6 (Sat am)      Henderson                               Sh. Charlotte Algood
                  (Feast of St. Nicholas)
December 7                        Algood                            Ellis/Zouboukos/Fahmy
December 14                    Katool                                      Pigott/Bock/Strain
December 21                    Schelver                                   Skirtech/Skirtech/Parker
December 24 (Wed pm)  Morris                                      Cheryl Pigott/Kh. Sharon Meadows
                  (Feast of the Nativity of our Lord)
December 28                    Jones                                         D. Root/Dansereau
December 31 (Wed pm)  Meadows (Artoklasia Bread for Great Vespers with Litia & Artoklasia)
                  (Feast of the Circumcision of our Lord and the Feastday 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 30                    Warren Strain                      I Cor. 4:9-16                   135
December 6 (Sat am)        Kh. Sharon Meadows       Heb. 13:17-21                343
December 7                       Mildred Morris                   Eph. 5:8-19                     217
December 14                     Phillip Lasseter                  Col. 3:4-11                      233
December 21                     Kh. Be’Be’ Schelver         Heb. 11:9-10, 17-23, 32-40  348
December 24                     Tom Skirtech                      Gal. 4:4-7                        351
December 28                     David Turner                      Gal. 1:11-19                    188
 
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 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.
 
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 to Peter Henderson on his engagement to Amy Guffin.  A date has not been finalized yet, but they will be getting married sometime in the spring.  Please keep them in your prayers.
 
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.
*    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.
*    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.
*    The Christian Education classes will present a special program during Coffee Hour on Sunday, December 14th.
*    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, December 7th and 21st
 
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 November/December
Beginning November 15th, the first day of the Nativity Fast, the traditional fasting (no meat, dairy, eggs, fish, wine or oil) 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.  There is no fasting from December 25th through January 4th.

Major Commemorations for November/December
November 30         Apostle Andrew, the First-called
December 4           Great-martyr Barbara and Father John of Damascus
December 5           Sava the Sanctified
December 6           Nicholas of Myra
December 9           Conception of the Theotokos
December 12         Spyridon the Wonder-worker
December 15         Hieromartyr Eleutherios
December 20         God-bearer Ignatius of Antioch
December 25         Nativity of our Lord
December 26         Synaxis of the Theotokos
December 27         Protomartyr Stephen
 
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 December:
         December 1           —    Christina Katool
         December 3           —    Stephanie Baker
                                         —    Athena Zouboukos
         December 4           —    Brenda Baker
         December 8           —    Ben Brock
                                         —    Sam Habeeb
                                         —    Michael Surratt
         December 11         —    Sh. Charlotte Algood
         December 12         —    Jenna Skirtech
         December 20         —    Steve Chamblee
         December 21         —    Caroline Halley
         December 27         —    Ben Skirtech
                                         —    Warren Strain
                                         —    Nicholas Zouboukos (#15!)
                                         —    Eli Milnor (#2!)
         December 28         —    Sheryl Chamblee
 
Happy Anniversaries in December:
         December 21         —    Fr. John and Kh. Janet Henderson (#40!)

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.
 
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 when you leave the building that both thermostats are set to 80 degrees in warm weather or 60 degrees in cold weather.
 
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:  “Prayer is the primary work of the moral and religious life.  The root of this life is a free and conscious relationship with God, which then directs everything.  It is the practice of prayer that expresses this free and conscious attitude towards God, just as the social contacts of daily life express our moral attitude towards our neighbor, and our ascetic struggles and spiritual efforts express our moral attitude towards ourselves.  Our prayer reflects our attitude to God, and our attitude to God is reflected in prayer.  And since this attitude is not identical in different people, so the kind of prayer is not identical either.  He who is careless of salvation has a different attitude to God from him who has abandoned sin and is zealous for virtue, but has not yet entered within himself, and works for the Lord only outwardly.”
                                                St. Theophan the Recluse
                                                from The Art of Prayer compiled by Igumen Chariton of Valamo
 
Worship:         Sunday, December 7, 2014 (Twenty-sixth Sunday after Pentecost)
        
         Scripture:                                Ephesians 5:8-19; Luke 13:10-17
         Celebrant:                               Father John
         Epistle Reader:                      Mildred Morris
         Prosphora:                              Algood
         Coffee Hour:                          Ellis/Zouboukos/Fahmy

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