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