10/4 announcements

October 4, 2015

Eighteenth Sunday after Pentecost

II Corinthians 9:6-11: Reading in II Corinthians we hear St Paul encourage the church to minister gen­erously to others, knowing this, that God will grant grace in abundant measure to those who serve oth­ers.

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: The stone being sealed by the Jews, and thy pure body being guarded by the soldiers, thou didst arise on the third day, O Saviour, granting life to the world. Wherefore, the heavenly powers acclaimed thee, O Giver of life, crying, Glory to thy Resurrection, O Christ! Glory to thy kingdom! Glory to thy gracious providence, O only Lover of mankind.

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 4 (Eighteenth 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 5

Office Closed — Father John’s Day Off

Tuesday, October 6 (Apostle Thomas)

6:00 a.m. — Daily Orthros

Wednesday, October 7

6:30 p.m. — Daily Vespers

7:15 p.m. — Choir Practice

Thursday, October 8

6:00 a.m. — Daily Orthros

Friday, October 9 (Apostle James Son of Alphaeus)

[Knucklehead Family Reunion begins]

Saturday, October 10

10:00 a.m. — Ladies meet for Akathist

5:45 p.m. — Ninth Hour followed by Great Vespers

Sunday, October 11 (Holy Fathers of the 7th Ecumenical Council)

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 Woods for the Divine Liturgy today.

Eucharist Bread and Coffee Hour Schedule:

Eucharist Bread Coffee Hour

October 4 Wood D. Root/Dansereau

October 11 R. Root POT LUCK MEAL

(set-up: Algood/Lasseter)

October 18 Henderson R. Root/Habeeb

October 25 Algood Schelver/Lavric/Turner

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 4 Walt Wood II Cor. 9:6-11 178

October 11 Sh. Charlotte Algood Titus 3:8-15 322

October 18 Warren Strain Col. 4:5-18 324

October 25 Kh. Sharon Meadows Gal. 2:16-20 193

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.

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 continue to pray for the health of His Grace, Bishop ANTOUN.

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 the 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.

* The men of the parish will meet at the church once each quarter for a Saturday morning Father-Son Prayer Breakfast.

* On October 18th, Niko Petrogeorge will be with us to give a presentation about FOCUS ministries.

* Our parish Fall Festival will be held at the church on Saturday afternoon, October 31st.

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 Sundays, October 4th and 18th.

Fall Festival! We will hold our parish Fall Festival on Saturday afternoon, October 31st, beginning at 4:00 p.m. Ninth Hour and Vespers will be cancelled that day. There will be a petting zoo and bouncy house for the children, along with other fun activities. Be sure to mark your calendars now!

Mary Brock’s Baptism has been postponed due to family schedule conflicts with October 17th. The new date will be posted as soon as it is finalized.

Fasting Discipline for October

The traditional fasting discipline (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

Special Olympics Awareness Day is Sunday, October 18th. The youth Group will be collecting donations for the Special Olympics Camp that is held each year at the Antiochian Village.

Pan-Orthodox Ladies Retreat: In conjunction with Holy Resurrection and Holy Trinity/St. John the Theologian, we will be hosting a one day women’s retreat at St. Peter. The date is Saturday, November 14. Mother Nektaria will be our keynote speaker and will be talking on “How Can I Live a Christian Life in a Culture that Embraces Non-Christian Values”. We should have brochures out later this month so we can register. The registration fee will be $20.00 in advance or $25.00 at the door. This includes a continental type breakfast and a catered lunch. We will meet from 9 a.m. until about 3:00 p.m. If for any reason you cannot afford the registration fee, just let Christina know. We want all of our ladies to have the chance to attend.

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.

Quotable: “Therefore, the essence of our progenitors’ sin was that they did not want to obey God, but rather desired to become gods themselves the devil, in seducing them, communicated to them that same spirit of self-asserting pride that had been the cause of his own fall. The spirit of self-asserting human pride, and with it protest against the all-good will of God, has ever since become rooted in people’s souls and has become the cause of mankind’s infection with sin and sinful corruption. We can find its footprints throughout the entire history of mankind.”

The Struggle for Virtue

by Archbishop AVERKY

Worship: Sunday, October 11, 2015 (Holy Fathers of the 7th Ecumenical Council)

Scripture: Titus 3:8-15; Luke 5-15

Celebrant: Father John

Epistle Reader: Sh. Charlotte Algood

Prosphora: R. Root

Coffee Hour: POT LUCK MEAL

(set-up: Algood/Lasseter)