11/22 announcements

November 22, 2015

Twenty-fifth Sunday after Pentecost

Ephesians 4:1-7: Reading in Ephesians, we hear St. Paul exhort us to maintain the unity of the spirit and to walk in a manner worthy of our calling.

Luke 12:16-21: In the parable of the rich landowner the Lord teaches us that material possessions are worthless when valued more than knowing God.

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 Presentation of the Theotokos: Today the Virgin is the foreshadowing of the pleasure of God, and the beginning of the preaching of the salvation of mankind. You have appeared in the Temple of God openly and have gone before, preaching Christ to all. Let us shout with one thrilling voice, saying, Rejoice, O you who are the fulfillment of the Creator’s dispensation.

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 22 (Twenty-fifth Sunday after Pentecost)

8:50 a.m. — Orthros

9:00 a.m. — Christian Education

10:00 a.m. — Divine Liturgy

Monday, November 23

Office Closed — Father John’s Day Off

Tuesday, November 24

6:00 a.m. — Daily Orthros

11:30 a.m. — Ladies Lunch

Wednesday, November 25 (Great-martyrs Catherine and Mercurios)

NO Advent Paraklesis

Thursday, November 26

NO Daily Orthros

Friday, November 27

Saturday, November 28

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

Sunday, November 29 (Twenty-sixth Sunday after Pentecost)

8:50 a.m. — Orthros

9:00 a.m. — Christian Education

10:00 a.m. — Divine Liturgy

SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENTS

Eucharist Bread …was offered by the Meadows for the Feast of the Entrance of the Theotokos into the Temple yesterday morning and by the Davises for the Divine Liturgy this morning.

Eucharist Bread and Coffee Hour Schedule:

Eucharist Bread Coffee Hour

November 22 Davis Pigott/Strain/Osborne

November 29 D. Root Skirtech/Skirtech/Parker

December 6 Brock D. Root/Dansereau

December 13 Fahmy R. Root/Habeeb

December 20 Henderson Stewart/Meadows

December 24 (Thurs pm) R. Root Sh. Charlotte Algood/Cheryl Pigott

Feast of the Nativity of our Lord

December 27 Wood Henderson/Baker/Lockhart

December 31 (Thurs pm) Baker (Artoklasia Bread)

Feast of the Circumcision of our Lord and the Feast 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 22 Kh. Sharon Meadows Eph. 4:1-7 212

November 29 Walt Wood Eph.5:8-19 217

December 6 Warren Strain Heb. 13:17-21 343

December 13 Kh. Sharon Meadows Col. 3:4-11 233

December 20 Mildred Morris Heb. 11:9-10, 32-40 348

December 24 (Thurs pm) Phillip Lasseter Gal. 4:4-7 351

December 27 Kh. Be’Be’ Schelver Acts 6:8-7:1-5,47-60 60

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 Fr. Joseph and Kh. Joanna Bittle, and their daughter Abigail, in your prayers.

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 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 began November 15th 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.

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

* The Ladies of St. Peter will have a brief meeting during Coffee Hour on Sunday, December 13th.

* The Christian Education classes will present their Christmas Play at Coffee Hour on Sunday, December 20th.

* 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.

Bethany Christian Services is a new medical clinic opening across the street from the abortion clinic in Jackson. Their mission is to provide medical services and options for women who choose to not have an abortion. They are looking for volunteers to help with the tasks of running the clinic. They are especially interested in volunteers who have some medical training. If you have some time and would like to help with this worthy cause, please contact Barbara Beavers at 601-366-4282.

Due to our annual Nativity Feast, we will not have our monthly Pot Luck Meal in December.

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.

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 23 St. Amphilochios of Iconium

November 25 St. Catherine the Great-martyr

November 30 Apostle Andrew, the First-called

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: “Where was the Lord born? Neither in a rich home nor in a luxurious palace, but in a poor cave; not in Rome, the capital of the world in those days, but in the scorned, pitiful and poor land of Judea. Where did the Lord live? He lived, in His own words, having nowhere to lay His head (Luke 9:58). How did His life on earth end? Shamefully in the eyes of society back then, executed on a cross like the endmost criminal. Celsus, a famous enemy and opponent of Christianity, wrote: ‘His life was most reprehensible, and His death was most miserable.’ Having given His own life as an example of the most profound humility, the incarnate Only-Begotten Son of God also lay humility as the foundation of His teaching.”

The Struggle for Virtue

by Archbishop AVERKY

Worship: Sunday, November 29, 2015 (Twenty-sixth Sunday after Pentecost)

Scripture: Ephesians 5:8-19; Luke 18:18-27

Celebrant: Father John

Epistle Reader: Walt Wood

Prosphora: D. Root

Coffee Hour: Skirtech/Skirtech/Parker