10/25 announcements

October 25, 2015

Twenty-first Sunday after Pentecost

Galatians 2:16-20: We hear from St Paul’s letter to the Galatians that we are justified by faith in Christ, not by works of the Law; and that we now live our lives by faith in the Son of God.

Luke 8:27-39: From the reading in St Luke, we see Jesus heal a man possessed by demons; in do­ing so, Jesus demonstrates His authority over His creation, even when it rebels against Him.

Troparion of the Resurrection: Having learned the joyful message of the Resurrection from the angel, the women Disciples cast from them their parental condemnation, and proudly broke the news to the Disciples, saying, Death has been spoiled. Christ God is risen, granting the world Great Mercy.

Troparion for the Martyrs Marcian and Martyrios: Thy Martyrs, O Lord, in their courageous contest for Thee received as the prize the crowns of incorruption and life from Thee, our immortal God. For since they possessed Thy strength, they cast down the tyrants and wholly destroyed the demons= strengthless presumption. O Christ God, by their prayers, save our souls, since Thou art merciful.

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.


Sunday, October 25 (Twenty-first Sunday after Pentecost)

8:50 a.m. — Orthros

9:00 a.m. — Christian Education

10:00 a.m. — Divine Liturgy

5:30 p.m. — Youth Group

Monday, October 26 (Great-martyr Demetrios)

Office Closed — Father John’s Day Off

Tuesday, October 27

6:00 a.m. — Daily Orthros

11:30 a.m. — Ladies Lunch

Wednesday, October 28 (Protection of the Theotokos)

6:30 p.m. — Daily Vespers

7:15 p.m. — Choir Practice

7:30 p.m. — Parish Council Meeting

Thursday, October 29

6:00 a.m. — Daily Orthros

Friday, October 30

Saturday, October 31

4:00 p.m. — Fall Festival at the Church

NO Ninth Hour or Great Vespers

Sunday, November 1 (Cosmas and Damian of Asia)

8:50 a.m. — Orthros

9:00 a.m. — Christian Education

10:00 a.m. — Divine Liturgy

5:00 p.m. — Young Adults


Eucharist Bread …was offered by the Dn. Richard Roots for the Divine Liturgy on October 11th, the Hendersons on October 18th and the Algoods for this morning.

Eucharist Bread and Coffee Hour Schedule:

Eucharist Bread Coffee Hour

October 25 Algood Schelver/Lavric/Turner

November 1 Katool Stewart/Meadows

November 7 (Sat am) Schelver Sh. Margaret Root

Feast of St. Raphael of Brooklyn

November 8 Morris POT LUCK MEAL

(set-up: Henderson/Baker/Lockhart)

November 15 Jones Ellis/Zouboukos/Fahmy

November 21 (Sat am) Meadows Rebecca Dansereau

Feast of the Entrance of the Theotokos into the Temple

November 22 Davis Pigott/Strain/Osborne

November 29 D. Root Skirtech/Skirtech/Parker

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 25 Sh. Charlotte Algood Gal. 2:16-20 193

November 1 Mildred Morris I Cor. 12:27-31; 13:1-8 329

November 7 (Sat am) Phillip Lasseter Heb. 7:26-8:2 334

November 8 Kh. Be’Be’ Schelver Heb. 2:2-10 332

November 15 David Turner Eph. 2:14-22 207

November 21 (Sat am) Brenda Baker Heb. 9:1-7 337

November 22 Walt Wood Eph. 4:1-7 212

November 29 Kh. Sharon Meadows Eph.5:8-19 217

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.

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 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.

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.

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

* Father John will be in Memphis, November 9-11 for the Clergy Retreat which will be held at St. John’s Orthodox Church. If you need a priest during that time, please contact Father Leo.

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!

Fasting Discipline for October/November

The traditional fasting discipline (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 October/November
October 26 Great-martyr Demetrios

October 28 Protection of the Theotokos

November 8 Archangels Gabriel and Michael

November 9 St. Nektarios the Wonder-worker

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

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, November 1st and 15th.

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”. 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: “It was precisely this spirit of self-asserting human pride that was the cause of the first war: the fratricide performed by Cain, who was envious of his brother Abel. This awful sin of fratricide led mankind to such a hopeless situation of complete depravity that the Lord had to have recourse to as radical a means of suppressing the spread of sin as the universal flood. Yet sinful corruption made itself known again in Noah’s descendants who survived the flood. His son Ham, whose name became a byword, became a striking example of disrespect to parents and rejection of parental authority—the source of which was rooted, of course, in that same self-affirming human pride that induces one to act condescendingly, contemptuously, scornfully, and sarcastically towards other people, even if they are older and worthy of respect due to their position.”

The Struggle for Virtue

by Archbishop AVERKY

Worship: Sunday, November 1, 2015 (Cosmas and Damian of Asia)

Scripture: I Corinthians 12:27-31; 13:1-8; Luke 16:19-31

Celebrant: Father John

Epistle Reader: Mildred Morris

Prosphora: Katool

Coffee Hour: Stewart/Meadows