11/15 announcements

November 15, 2015

Twenty-fourth Sunday after Pentecost

Ephesians 2:14-19: In our reading from Ephesians, we are reminded that Christ not only brought us into union with Himself, but also into union with each other and the faithful saints who have gone before us to be with the Lord.

Luke 10:25-37: From the Gospel reading we hear the parable of the Good Samaritan in which the Lord teaches us that to love one’s neighbor requires giving of our time and money in addition to prayers and good words.

Troparion of the Resurrection: Thou didst shatter death by thy Cross; thou didst open paradise to the thief; thou didst turn the mourning of the ointment-bearing women into joy, and didst bid thine Apostles proclaim warning that thou hast risen, O Christ, granting the world Great Mercy.

Troparion of Sts. Guria, Shamuna and Habib: Since Thou hast given us the miracles of Thy Martyrs Guria, Shamuna and Habib as an invincible battlement, by their entreaties scatter the counsels of the heathen, O Christ our God, and strengthen the faith of Orthodox Christians, since Thou art good and the 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 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.


Sunday, November 15 (Twenty-fourth Sunday after Pentecost)


8:50 a.m. — Orthros

9:00 a.m. — Christian Education

10:00 a.m. — Divine Liturgy

Monday, November 16 (Apostle and Evangelist Matthew)

Office Closed — Father John’s Day Off

Tuesday, November 17

6:00 a.m. — Daily Orthros

Wednesday, November 18

6:30 p.m. — Advent Paraklesis

7:30 p.m. — Parish Council Meeting

Thursday, November 19

6:00 a.m. — Daily Orthros

Friday, November 20

Saturday, November 21 (Entrance of the Theotokos into the Temple)

9:00 a.m. — Orthros followed by Divine Liturgy

3:00 p.m. — Fall Festival

NO Ninth Hour or Great Vespers

Sunday, November 22 (Twenty-fifth Sunday after Pentecost)

8:50 a.m. — Orthros

9:00 a.m. — Christian Education

10:00 a.m. — Divine Liturgy


Eucharist Bread …was offered by the Joneses for the Divine Liturgy this morning.

Eucharist Bread and Coffee Hour Schedule:

Eucharist Bread Coffee Hour

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#

November 15 Kh. Be’Be’ Schelver 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.

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.

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 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; Elias and Olga Karam (Simon’s parents) as well as Simon and Rola Karam.

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.

* The Fast of the Nativity begins today and runs through December 24th. During this time, as is our parish custom, we will celebrate the Advent Paraklesis in place of Daily Vespers on Wednesday evenings, beginning at 6:30 p.m.

* We will celebrate the Feast of the Entrance of the Theotokos into the Temple with Orthros followed by Divine Liturgy next Saturday morning, November 21st, beginning at 9:00 a.m.

* The Fall festival has been moved to November 21st from 3-5 p.m. We will not have Ninth Hour or Great Vespers that evening.

* The Baptism of Mary Brock has been rescheduled for Saturday morning, December 5th, beginning at 10:30 a.m.

* The Deanery Youth Retreat is scheduled for February 12-14, 2016 at Camp Hopewell, outside of Oxford. Fr. Phillip Rogers will be the speaker. More information TBA.

Fasting Discipline for 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 November

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

Supper Clubs: A Sign-up sheet has been placed on the table in the Fellowship Hall for anyone wishing to participate in Supper Club this year.

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: “When evil had reached its highest strain on earth, when mankind through its limitless fall had reached a complete moral impasse, then the ‘great mystery of Godliness’ was accomplished: God sent His Only-Begotten Son to earth to save the perishing human world. How did the Son of God, having come to earth, heal fallen mankind? Naturally, with the very medicine that was capable of healing man’s primary disease. Mankind, as we have seen, was sick with pride—so the Lord healed it with humility. The Lord teaches this lesson of humility not only through His preaching, but above all through His own example—the example of His earthly life, beginning with His very birth.”

The Struggle for Virtue

by Archbishop AVERKY

Worship: Sunday, November 22, 2015 (Twenty-fifth Sunday after Pentecost)

Scripture: Ephesians 4:1-7; Luke 12:16-21

Celebrant: Father John

Epistle Reader: Walt Wood

Prosphora: Davis

Coffee Hour: Pigott/Strain/Osborne