Monthly Archives: December 2015

12/27 announcements

December 27, 2015

Sunday after the Nativity

Proto-martyr Stephen the Archdeacon

Acts 6:8-7:5, 47-60 Reading in Acts, we learn of the Proto-martyr Stephen’s defense of the Gospel before the elders and scribes and of his subsequent death at their hands.

Matthew 2:13-23: From the Gospel of Matthew we hear the fulfillment of several prophecies concerning the incarnation of our Lord.

Troparion of the Resurrection: Let us believers praise and worship the Word, co-eternal with the Father and the Spirit, born of the Virgin for our salvation; for he took pleasure in ascending the Cross in the flesh, to suffer death, and to raise the dead by his glorious Resurrection.

Troparion of the Nativity: Thy Nativity, O Christ our God, hath given rise to the light of knowledge in the world; for they that worshiped the stars did learn therefrom to worship thee, O Sun of justice, and to know that from the east of the Highest thou didst come; O Lord, glory to thee.

Troparion of the Sunday after Nativity: Proclaim, O Joseph, to David, the grandparent of God, the amazing wonders; for thou hast seen a Virgin great with child; for with the shepherds thou didst give glory, with the Magi thou didst worship, and by the angel it was revealed to thee. Wherefore, plead thou with Christ God to save our souls.

Troparion of the Proto-Martyr Stephen: The crown of the Kingdom hath adorned the brow of thy holy head because of the contests that thou hast endured for Christ God, thou first of the martyred Saints; for when thou hadst censured the Jews= madness, thou sawest Christ thy Saviour standing at the right hand of the Father. O Stephen, ever pray Him for us, that He would save 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 of Nativity: Today the Virgin giveth birth to the Transcendent in essence; the earth offereth a cave to the unapproachable One; the angels with the shepherds glorify him; and the Magi with the star travel on their way; for a new child hath been born for our sakes, God before the ages.

CALENDAR

Sunday, December 27 (Sunday after the Nativity)

8:50 a.m. — Orthros

9:00 a.m. — Christian Education

10:00 a.m. — Divine Liturgy

12:00 p.m. — Pot Luck Meal

Monday, December 28

Office Closed — Father John’s Day Off

Tuesday, December 29

6:00 a.m. — Daily Orthros

Wednesday, December 30

6:30 p.m. — Daily Vespers

Thursday, December 31

NO Daily Orthros

6:30 p.m. — Great Vespers with Litia and Artoklasia

Friday, January 1 (The Circumcision of our Lord; Feast of St. Basil)

Saturday, January 2

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

Sunday, January 3 (Sunday before Theophany)

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 Dn. Richard Roots for the Feast of the Nativity Thursday night and by the Woods for the Divine Liturgy this morning.

Eucharist Bread and Coffee Hour Schedule:

Eucharist Bread Coffee Hour

December 27 Wood POT LUCK MEAL

Set-up: 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

January 3 Algood Skirtech/Skirtech/Parker

January 5 (Tues. p.m.) Katool Anastasia Jones

(Feast of Theophany)

January 10 Schelver D. Root/Dansereau

January 16 (Sat. a.m.) Morris Karen Cooper/Rebecca Dansereau

(Feast of the Veneration of the Chains of St. Peter)

January 17 Jones Algood/Lasseter

January 24 Meadows R. Root/Habeeb

January 31 Davis 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#

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

January 3 David Turner II Tim. 4:5-8 354

January 5 (Tues. p.m.) Brenda Baker Titus 2:11-14; 3:4-7 361

January 10 Walt Wood Eph. 4:7-13 364

January 16 (Sat. a.m.) Sh. Charlotte Algood Acts 12:1-11 50-51

January 17 Warren Strain Heb. 13:17-21 343

January 24 Kh. Sharon Meadows I Tim. 1:15-17 245

January 31 Mildred Morris I Tim. 4:9-15 252

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

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; Lynda Costas.

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.

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 next Breakfast will be February 6th.

* Following the Nativity there is no fasting through January 4th. January 5th is a strict fast day as the Forefeast of Theophany.

* We will celebrate the Feast of Theophany with Royal Hours, beginning at 7:00 a.m. on Tuesday morning, January 5th. Orthros followed by Divine Liturgy will be served that evening, beginning at 6:00 p.m.

* Our Patronal Feast (The Veneration of the Chains of St. Peter) will be celebrated on Saturday, January 16th with Orthros followed by Divine Liturgy, beginning at 9:00 a.m.

* The Deanery Youth Retreat is scheduled for February 12-14, 2016 at Camp Hopewell, outside of Oxford. More information TBA.

* Fr. John Oliver will be our Pre-Lenten speaker March 1-3. Mark your calendars now!

Pledge Letters have been mailed. Please return these as soon as possible so that we can make plans for the coming year.

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.

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.

Pre-Lenten Speaker: Rev. Fr. John Oliver, pastor of St. Elizabeth the New Martyr Antiochian Orthodox Church in Murphreesboro, TN, will be peaking at St. Peter March 1-3, 2016. His topic will be “Our Dark Emotions in the Light of Christ.” Be sure to mark your calendars now.

Fasting Discipline for December/January

From December 25th through January 4th there is no abstinence of any sort and all types of food are permitted. The forefeast of Theophany (January 5th) is observed as a strict fast day (no meat, dairy, eggs, fish, wine or oil). The traditional fasting is observed on the remaining Wednesdays and Fridays of the month.

Major Commemorations for December/January

December 27 Protomartyr Stephen

January 6 Theophany

January 7 Synaxis of the Forerunner

January 11 Theodosios the Head of Monasteries

January 16 The Veneration of the Chains of St. Peter

January 18 Athanasius and Cyril of Alexandria

January 20 Euthymios the Great

January 25 Gregory the Theologian

January 27 John Chrysostom

January 31 Cyros and John the Unmercenary Healers

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: “All the ordinances of the undefiled Church are offered to the world for the sole purpose of discovering the ‘deep heart’ (cf. Ps.64:6), the centre of man’s hypostasis. According to the Holy Scriptures, God fashioned every heart in a special way, and each heart is His goal, a place wherein He desires to abide that He may manifest Himself.”

The Hidden Man of the Heart

by Archimandrite Zacharias

Worship: Sunday, January 3, 2016 (Sunday before Theophany)

Scripture: II Timothy 4:5-8; Mark 1:1-8

Celebrant: Father John

Epistle Reader: David Turner

Prosphora: Algood

Coffee Hour: Skirtech/Skirtech/Parker

12/20 announcements

December 20, 2015

Sunday before the Nativity (the Genealogy)

First Day of the Forefeast

Hebrews 11:9-10,17-23,32-40: Reading from Hebrews we hear the Apostle tell us of the faith of Abra­ham and other saints of ancient times who endured hardships and death and yet still did great things because of their faith.

Matthew 1:1-25: In the Gospel we hear the genealogy of Jesus Christ, and of how Joseph was visited by an angel of God who told him of the child that Mary bore in her womb.

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 of the Forefeast: Be thou ready, Bethlehem, Eden hath opened unto all. Ephratha, prepare thyself, for now, behold, the Tree of life hath blossomed forth in the cave of the holy Virgin. Her womb hath proved a true spiritual Paradise, wherein the divine and saving Tree is found, and as we eat thereof we shall all live, and shall not die as did Adam. Verily, Christ shall be born, raising the likeness that fell of old.

Troparion of Daniel and the Three Holy Youths: Great are the accomplishments of faith; for the three holy youths rejoiced in the fountain of flames as though at waters of rest. And the Prophet Daniel appeared a shepherd to the lions as though they were sheep. Wherefore, by their pleadings, O Christ God, have mercy upon us.

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, December 20 (Sunday before the Nativity)

8:50 a.m. — Orthros

9:00 a.m. — Christian Education

10:00 a.m. — Divine Liturgy

12:00 p.m. — Christmas Play

Monday, December 21

Office Closed — Father John’s Day Off

Tuesday, December 22

6:00 a.m. — Daily Orthros

Wednesday, December 23

6:30 p.m. — Advent Paraklesis

Thursday, December 24

7:00 a.m. — Royal Hours

10:00 p.m. — Orthros followed by Divine Liturgy

Friday, December 25 (The Nativity of our Lord)

Saturday, December 26 (Synaxis of the Theotokos)

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

Sunday, December 27 (Sunday after the Nativity)

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 Hendersons for the Divine Liturgy this morning.

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.

Eucharist Bread and Coffee Hour Schedule:

Eucharist Bread Coffee Hour

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#

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

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; Lynda Costas.

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.

Our condolences and prayers go

…to Marianna Greaves on the death this week of her mother-in-law, Vary (Bobbie) Greaves;

…and also to Jesse Milnor on the death this week of his cousin, Charlotte Dowell of Memphis, who succumbed to cancer after a long battle.

Please keep all these families 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 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 next Breakfast will be February 6th.

* 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 Christian Education classes will present their Christmas Play at Coffee today.

* The Deanery Youth Retreat is scheduled for February 12-14, 2016 at Camp Hopewell, outside of Oxford. 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 did not have our monthly Pot Luck Meal on the second Sunday during December. Instead, we will have a Pot Luck Meal on Sunday December 27th utilizing left-overs from our Nativity Feast and dishes brought from home.

Nativity Feast: There is a sign-up sheet in the Fellowship Hall for the Meal following the Divine Liturgy for the Feast of the Nativity. Please bring only the dishes requested on the sign-up sheet and please use one of the disposable pans available from the church. This will be important for the sake of clean-up afterwards. The janitorial staff will clean up on Saturday morning. Please be sure to take your dirty dish home with you. If there is a dish not listed that you really want to bring, make it instead for the Pot Luck Meal we will be having on Sunday, December 27th, as we continue to celebrate the Incarnation of our Lord.

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.

Pre-Lenten Speaker: Rev. Fr. John Oliver, pastor of St. Elizabeth the New Martyr Antiochian Orthodox Church in Murphreesboro, TN, will be peaking at St. Peter March 1-3, 2016. His topic will be “Our Dark Emotions in the Light of Christ.” Be sure to mark your calendars now.

Fasting Discipline for 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 December

December 20 God-bearer Ignatius of Antioch

December 25 Nativity of our Lord

December 26 Synaxis of the Thetotokos

December 27 Protomartyr Stephen

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: “Such, then, is the ‘spirit of Christ’! The spirit of Christ is the spirit of humility, the antithesis of self-asserting human pride. Learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart (Matt. 11:29)—these words should be the life’s motto of every Christian.”

The Struggle for Virtue

by Archbishop AVERKY

Worship: Sunday, December 27, 2015 (Sunday after the Nativity)

Scripture: Acts 6:8-7:1-5, 47-60; Matthew 2:13-23

Celebrant: Father John

Epistle Reader: Kh. Be’Be’ Schelver

Prosphora: Wood

Coffee Hour: Henderson/Baker/Lockhart

12/13 announcements

December 13, 2015

Sunday of the Forefathers

Colossians 3:4-11: As we read in Colossians, we see St Paul encouraging the Church to practice the virtues of compassion, kindness, and humility. He reminds us that love is the bond which holds us together and calls us to let the peace of Christ to rule us.

Luke 14:16-24: In the parable of the man who gave a dinner we see that not all who are called to dine will come and that the consequences of refusing the invitation are great.

Troparion of the Resurrection: Let the heavens rejoice and the earth be glad; for the Lord hath done a mighty act with his own arm. He hath trampled down death and become the First-born from the dead. He hath delivered us from the depths of hades, granting the world the Great Mercy.

Troparion of the Forefathers: Thou hast justified by faith the ancient forefathers and through them thou hast gone before and betrothed unto thyself the Church of the Gentiles. Let the saints, therefore, take pride in glory; for from their seed sprouted forth a noble fruit, and she it was who gavest birth to thee without seed. Wherefore, by their pleadings, O Christ God, save 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, December 13 (Sunday of the Forefathers)

8:50 a.m. — Orthros

9:00 a.m. — Christian Education

10:00 a.m. — Divine Liturgy

12:00 p.m. — Ladies of St. Peter

Monday, December 14

Office Closed — Father John’s Day Off

Tuesday, December 15 (Hieromartyr Eleftherios)

6:00 a.m. — Daily Orthros

Wednesday, December 16

6:30 p.m. — Advent Paraklesis

7:30 p.m. — Parish Council Meeting

Thursday, December 17

6:00 a.m. — Daily Orthros

Friday, December 18

Saturday, December 19

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

Sunday, December 20 (Sunday before the Nativity)

8:50 a.m. — Orthros

9:00 a.m. — Christian Education

10:00 a.m. — Divine Liturgy

12:00 p.m. — Christmas Play

SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENTS

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

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.

Eucharist Bread and Coffee Hour Schedule:

Eucharist Bread Coffee Hour

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#

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 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.

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.

Congratulations to Ian Jones on the completion of his doctorate at Fordham University!

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 Ladies of St. Peter will have a brief meeting during Coffee Hour TODAY.

* 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. More information TBA.

Due to our annual Nativity Feast, we will not have our monthly Pot Luck Meal on the second Sunday during December. Instead, we will have a Pot Luck Meal on Sunday December 27th utilizing left-overs from our Nativity Feast and dishes brought from home.

Nativity Feast: There is a sign-up sheet in the Fellowship Hall for the Meal following the Divine Liturgy for the Feast of the Nativity. Please bring only the dishes requested on the sign-up sheet and please use one of the disposable pans available from the church. This will be important for the sake of clean-up afterwards. If there is a dish not listed that you really want to bring, make it instead for the Pot Luck Meal we will be having on Sunday, December 27th, as we continue to celebrate the Incarnation of our Lord.

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.

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.

Pre-Lenten Speaker: Rev. Fr. John Oliver, pastor of St. Elizabeth the New Martyr Antiochian Orthodox Church in Murphreesboro, TN, will be peaking at St. Peter March 1-3, 2016. His topic will be “Our Dark Emotions in the Light of Christ.” Be sure to mark your calendars now.

Fasting Discipline for 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 December

December 15 Hieromartyr Eleutherios

December 20 God-bearer Ignatius of Antioch

December 25 Nativity of our Lord

December 26 Synaxis of the Thetotokos

December 27 Protomartyr Stephen

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: “At the Mystical Supper, wishing once again to emphasize the necessity of humility for His followers, the Lord washed the feet of His disciples, saying: Do you know what I have done to you? You call me Teacher and Lord: and you say well, for so I am. If I then, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also ought to wash one another’s feet. For I have given you an example, that you should do as I have done to you (John 13:12-15).”

The Struggle for Virtue

by Archbishop AVERKY

Worship: Sunday, December 20, 2015 (Sunday before the Nativity)

Scripture: Hebrews 11:9-10, 17-23, 32-40; Matthew 1:1-25

Celebrant: Father John

Epistle Reader: Mildred Morris

Prosphora: Henderson

Coffee Hour: Stewart/Meadows

12/6 announcements

December 6, 2015

St. Nicholas the Wonder-worker of Myra

Hebrews 13:17-21: Reading in Hebrews, we hear St. Paul encourage us to obey our spiritual leaders and obey them, for they watch over our souls. He tells us that they should do so with joy, and con­duct themselves honorably.

Luke 13:10-17: By healing a woman held in bondage to an illness for eighteen years, our Lord dem­onstrates that the Law does not prohibit righteous action on the Sabbath.

Troparion of the Resurrection: When thou, O immortal Life, didst humble thyself unto death, then didst thou destroy death by the brightness of thy Godhead; and when thou didst raise the bowels of the earth, then all the heavenly powers exclaimed, O Christ, thou art the Giver of life! Glory to thee, O our God!

Troparion of St. Nicholas: Thy work of justice did show thee to thy congregation a canon of faith, the likeness of humility, a teacher of abstinence, O Father, Bishop Nicholas. Wherefore, by humility thou didst achieve exaltation, and by meekness, richness. Intercede, therefore, with Christ to save 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, December 6 (St. Nicholas the Wonder-worker of Myra))

8:50 a.m. — Orthros

9:00 a.m. — Christian Education

10:00 a.m. — Divine Liturgy

Monday, December 7

Office Closed — Father John’s Day Off

Tuesday, December 8

6:00 a.m. — Daily Orthros

Wednesday, December 9 (Conception of the Theotokos)

6:30 p.m. — Advent Paraklesis

Thursday, December 10

6:00 a.m. — Daily Orthros

Friday, December 11

Saturday, December 12 (St. Spyridon the Wonder-worker)

10:00 a.m. — Ladies meet for Akathist and lunch

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

Sunday, December 13 (Sunday of the Forefathers)

8:50 a.m. — Orthros

9:00 a.m. — Christian Education

10:00 a.m. — Divine Liturgy

12:00 p.m. — Ladies of St. Peter

SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENTS

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

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.

Eucharist Bread and Coffee Hour Schedule:

Eucharist Bread Coffee Hour

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#

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 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.

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.

Welcome and Many Years! to Mary Brock, who was baptized yesterday morning!

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 Ladies of St. Peter will have a brief meeting during Coffee Hour NEXT 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. More information TBA.

Due to our annual Nativity Feast, we will not have our monthly Pot Luck Meal on the second Sunday during December. Instead, we will have a Pot Luck Meal on Sunday December 27th utilizing left-overs from our Nativity Feast and dishes brought from home.

Nativity Feast: There is a sign-up sheet in the Fellowship Hall for the Meal following the Divine Liturgy for the Feast of the Nativity. Please bring only the dishes requested on the sign-up sheet and please use one of the disposable pans available from the church. This will be important for the sake of clean-up afterwards. If there is a dish not listed that you really want to bring, make it instead for the Pot Luck Meal we will be having on Sunday, December 27th, as we continue to celebrate the Incarnation of our Lord.

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.

Pre-Lenten Speaker: Rev. Fr. John Oliver, pastor of St. Elizabeth the New Martyr Antiochian Orthodox Church in Murphreesboro, TN, will be peaking at St. Peter March 1-3, 2016. His topic will be “Our Dark Emotions in the Light of Christ.” Be sure to mark your calendars now.

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.

Fasting Discipline for 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 December

December 6 Nicholas the Wonder-worker 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 Thetotokos

December 27 Protomartyr Stephen

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: “According to the Lord’s words, those who desire to enter the Kingdom of God must humble themselves like little children. At that time the disciples came to Jesus, saying, ‘Who then is greater in the kingdom of heaven?’ Then Jesus called a little child to Him, set him in the midst of them, and said, ‘Assuredly, I say to you, unless you are converted and become as little children, you will by no means enter the kingdom of heaven.’ (Matt 18:1-3).”

The Struggle for Virtue

by Archbishop AVERKY

Worship: Sunday, December 13, 2015 (Sunday of the Holy Forefathers)

Scripture: Colossians 3:4-11; Luke 14:16-24

Celebrant: Father John

Epistle Reader: Kh. Sharon Meadows

Prosphora: Fahmy

Coffee Hour: R. Root/Habeeb