Monthly Archives: August 2016

9/4 announcements

Eleventh Sunday after Pentecost

I Corinthians 9:2-12: In our reading from I Corinthians, we hear St Paul respond to those in who questioned his apostleship and his lifestyle as such.

Matthew 18:23-35: The Lord Jesus uses a parable to teach that forgiveness is an action to be per­formed by all who follow Him as well as a gift to be received from God.

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. Babylas of Antioch: By choosing the Apostles’ way of life, thou hast succeeded to their throne. Inspired of God, thou didst find the way to divine contemplation through the practice of virtue. After teaching the Word of Truth without error, thou didst defend the Faith to the very shedding of thy blood, O Hieromartyr Babylas. Entreat the Lord our God 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 of the Nativity of the Theotokos: By thy holy birth-giving, O pure one, Joachim and Anne were delivered from the reproach of barrenness; and Adam and Eve were delivered from the corruption of death; thy people do celebrate it, having been saved from the stain of iniquity, crying unto thee, The barren doth give birth to the Theotokos, who nourisheth our life.

CALENDAR

Sunday, September 4 (Eleventh Sunday after Pentecost)

8:50 a.m. — Orthros

10:00 a.m. — Divine Liturgy

Monday, September 5

Office Closed — Father John’s Day Off

Tuesday, September 6 (Miracle of the Archangel Michael)

6:00 a.m. — Daily Orthros

Wednesday, September 7

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

7:15 p.m. — Choir Practice

Thursday, September 8 (Nativity of the Theotokos)

6:00 a.m. — Festal Orthros

Friday, September 9 (Righteous Joachim and Anna)

Saturday, September 10

10:30 a.m. — Evan Root Baptism

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

Sunday, September 11 (Twelfth 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 Morrises for the Divine Liturgy this morning.

Eucharist Bread and Coffee Hour Schedule:

Eucharist Bread Coffee Hour

September 4 Morris Ellis/Zouboukos/Fahmy

September 7 (Wed. p.m.) Meadows (Artoklasia Bread)

Feast of the Nativity of the Theotokos

September 11 Davis POT LUCK MEAL

(Set-up: Pigott/Strain/Osborne)

September 13 Karam Karen Cooper

(Feast of the Elevation of the Holy Cross)

September 18 Brock Skirtech/Skirtech/Parker

September 25 Fahmy Algood/Lasseter/Dansereau

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.

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#

September 4 Kh. Be’Be’ Schelver I Cor. 9:2-12 141

September 11 David Turner Gal. 6:11-18 198

September 13 (Tue. p.m.) Sh. Charlotte Algood I Cor. 1:18-24 311-312

September 18 Walt Wood Gal. 2:16-20 193

September 25 Warren Strain II Cor. 1:21-2:4 158

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

Please remember the following in your prayers: Steve, Sheryl and Stephen Chamblee; 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; Walt and Charlotte Wood and their family; Lynda Costas; Kevin and Angelina Speier; Tom and Kathy Willingham; Demitrius Zouboukos; Fr. James and Kh. Sharon and their family.

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 continue to keep Dr. David Morris, son of Glenn and Mildred, in your prayers as he is recovering from quadruple bypass surgery. Please also keep his wife, Ming, and their two small sons, David and James William, in your prayers as well as Glenn and Mildred and the rest of their family.

Please continue to keep Clay Stewart, Cliff’s younger brother, in your prayers as he is recovering from surgery to remove a cancerous growth.

Please remember Kh. Cheryl Morris, wife of Fr. John Morris from St. George in Vicksburg, in your prayers. She is at Baptist Hospital being treated for an issue with her foot.

Please remember Tatyana Rukhlina, a member of Holy Resurrection who has visited our church in the past months. She has been diagnosed with cancer and is staying with the Greaves at the moment. We will taking up a fund to help with some of her medicines. If you would like to contribute, please make a note of her name on your check.

Evan Root will be baptized on Saturday morning, September 10th, beginning at 10:30 a.m. Please keep him 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.

* The men of the parish will meet at the church once each quarter for a Saturday morning Father-Son Prayer Breakfast.

* We will celebrate the Feast of the Nativity of the Theotokos with Great Vespers with Litia and Artoklasia on Wednesday evening, September 7th, beginning at 6:30 p.m.

* Evan Root will be baptized on Saturday morning, September 10th, beginning at 10:30 a.m.

* The Feast of the Elevation of the Holy Cross will be celebrated with Orthros followed by Divine Liturgy on Tuesday evening, September 13th, beginning at 6:00 p.m.

* The remaining dates for serving at the Stewpot Ministries this year are September 17th and November 26th.

* The MS Valley Deanery Clergy Retreat will be held at St. Peter October 24-26th.

* The MS Valley Deanery will hold its annual Teen Retreat February 3-5, 2017 at Camp Hopewell in Oxford, MS. Fr. Daniel Bethancourt, Retreat Master this year, will be addressing issues related to self-esteem. Please mark your calendars now.

Tithes and Donations: We have had several unexpected expenses this summer (new a/c unit for the nave, etc.) and have used some of our financial buffer. If you are behind on your contributions, please catch them up as soon as you are able, so that we can rebuild our buffer.

Fasting Discipline for September

In September the traditional fasting discipline (no meat, dairy, eggs, fish, wine or oil) is observed on all Wednesdays and Fridays of the month. September 14th is also a strict fast day inremembrance of the Feast of the Elevation of the Holy Cross.

Major Commemorations for September

September 6 Miracle of the Archangel Michael

September 8 Nativity of the Theotokos

September 9 Righteous Joachim and Anna

September 13 Dedication of the Church of the Anastasis

September 14 Elevation of the Precious Cross

September 23 Conception of the Forerunner

September 24 Proto-martyr Thekla

September 26 Apostle John the Theologian (repose)

September 28 Venerable Chariton

Acolyte Schedule: The new Acolyte Schedules are located on the table in the hallway. Acolytes, please pick one up!

Burial Plots at Natchez Trace Cemetery: Mr. Michael Hudgins, the Director of the Natchez Trace Funeral Home has made a very generous offer to the members of St. Peter who wish to purchase a burial plot and pre-arrange their funeral needs. The offer will expire at the end of 2016. Copies of Mr. Hudgins letter may be found on the information table in the Fellowship Hall. If you are interested in this offer, please contact Mr. Hudgins for an appointment. (We will not have another meeting of the parish as previously announced.)

Quotable: “This sensibility is produced by the grace of mindfulness of death and in its most acute form all history and world events seem like a mirage, a wicked mockery of man in that true life in God has no past in them, and the dominion of death is everywhere. But when man is enlightened and sees his spiritual state, he also knows that he is bereft of God’s living eternity. He is convinced that when he dies, everything that his consciousness has embraced until then—even God—will cease to be. Man has a deep sense that he was made to live eternally with his Creator, and now he sees that the pre-eternal divine Will remains unfulfilled.”

The Hidden Man of the Heart by Archimandrite Zacharias

Worship: Sunday, September 11, 2016 (Twelfth Sunday after Pentecost; Sunday before

the Elevation of the Holy Cross)

Scripture: Galatians 6:11-18; John 3:13-17

Celebrant: Father John

Epistle Reader: David Turner

Prosphora: Davis

Coffee Hour: POT LUCK MEAL

(Set-up: Pigott/Strain/Osborne)

8/28 announcements

August 28, 2016

Tenth Sunday after Pentecost

I Corinthians 4:9-16: We hear St Paul speak to the Corinthians as their spiritual father and exhort them to imitate him in their actions.

Matthew 17:14-23: The Lord Jesus again shows His abundant mercy when He heals a boy possessed by a demon. We also hear Him foretell His betrayal, death and resurrection, but the disciples do not understand.

Troparion of the Resurrection: The stone being sealed by the Jews, and thy pure body being guarded by the soldiers, thou didst arise on the third day, O Saviour, granting life to the world. Wherefore, the heavenly powers acclaimed thee, O Giver of life, crying, Glory to thy Resurrection, O Christ! Glory to thy kingdom! Glory to thy gracious providence, O only Lover of mankind.

Troparion of St. Moses the Ethiopian: Thou didst prove to be a citizen of the desert, an angel in the flesh, and a wonderworker, O Moses, our God-bearing Father. By fasting, vigil, and prayer thou didst obtain heavenly gifts, and thou healest the sick and the souls of them that have recourse to thee in faith. Glory to Him that hath given thee strength. Glory to Him that hath crowned thee. Glory to Him that worketh healings for all through thee.

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 Nativity of the Theotokos: By thy holy birth-giving, O pure one, Joachim and Anne were delivered from the reproach of barrenness; and Adam and Eve were delivered from the corruption of death; thy people do celebrate it, having been saved from the stain of iniquity, crying unto thee, The barren doth give birth to the Theotokos, who nourisheth our life.

CALENDAR

Sunday, August 28 (Tenth Sunday after Pentecost)

8:50 a.m. — Orthros

10:00 a.m. — Divine Liturgy

Monday, August 29 (Beheading of the Forerunner)

[STRICT FAST DAY]

Office Closed — Father John’s Day Off

Tuesday, August 30

6:00 a.m. — Daily Orthros

Wednesday, August 31 (Deposition of the Belt of the Theotokos)

6:30 p.m. — Daily Vespers

7:15 p.m. — Choir Practice

Thursday, September 1 (Indiction of the Ecclesiastical Year)

6:00 a.m. — Daily Orthros

Friday, September 2

Saturday, September 3

10:00 a.m. — Ladies meet for Akathist

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

Sunday, September 4 (Eleventh Sunday after Pentecost)

8:50 a.m. — Orthros

10:00 a.m. — Divine Liturgy

SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENTS

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

Eucharist Bread and Coffee Hour Schedule:

Eucharist Bread Coffee Hour

September 4 Jones Ellis/Zouboukos/Fahmy

September 7 (Wed. p.m.) Meadows (Artoklasia Bread)

Feast of the Nativity of the Theotokos

September 11 Davis POT LUCK MEAL

(Set-up: Pigott/Strain/Osborne)

September 13 Karam Karen Cooper

(Feast of the Elevation of the Holy Cross)

September 18 Brock Skirtech/Skirtech/Parker

September 25 Fahmy Algood/Lasseter/Dansereau

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.

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#

August 28 Kh. Be’Be’ Schelver I Cor. 4:9-16 135

September 4 Brenda Baker I Cor. 9:2-12 141

September 11 David Turner Gal. 6:11-18 198

September 13 (Tue. p.m.) Sh. Charlotte Algood I Cor. 1:18-24 311-312

September 18 Walt Wood Gal. 2:16-20 193

September 25 Warren Strain II Cor. 1:21-2:4 158

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

Please remember the following in your prayers: Steve, Sheryl and Stephen Chamblee; 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; Walt and Charlotte Wood and their family; Lynda Costas; Kevin and Angelina Speier; Tom and Kathy Willingham; Demitrius Zouboukos; Fr. James and Kh. Sharon and their family.

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

Please continue to keep Dr. David Morris, son of Glenn and Mildred, in your prayers as he is recovering from quadruple bypass surgery. Please also keep his wife, Ming, and their two small sons, David and James William, in your prayers as well as Glenn and Mildred and the rest of their family.

Please continue to keep Clay Stewart, Cliff’s younger brother, in your prayers as he is recovering from surgery to remove a cancerous growth.

Please remember Kh. Cheryl Morris, wife of Fr. John Morris from St. George in Vicksburg, in your prayers. She is at Baptist Hospital being treated for an issue with her foot.

Welcome and Many Years! to Gabriel Salisbury who was baptized last Saturday morning.

Evan Root will be baptized on Saturday morning, September 10th, beginning at 10:30 a.m. Please keep him 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. Due to Evan Root’s baptism we will meet for prayer on the first Saturday of September.

* The men of the parish will meet at the church once each quarter for a Saturday morning Father-Son Prayer Breakfast.

* We will celebrate the Feast of the Nativity of the Theotokos with Great Vespers with Litia and Artoklasia on Wednesday evening, September 7th, beginning at 6:30 p.m.

* Evan Root will be baptized on Saturday morning, September 10th, beginning at 10:30 a.m.

* The Feast of the Elevation of the Holy Cross will be celebrated with Orthros followed by Divine Liturgy on Tuesday evening, September 13th, beginning at 6:00 p.m.

* The remaining dates for serving at the Stewpot Ministries this year are September 17th and November 26th.

* The MS Valley Deanery Clergy Retreat will be held at St. Peter October 24-26th.

Tithes and Donations: We have had several unexpected expenses this summer (new a/c unit for the nave, etc.) and have used some of our financial buffer. If you are behind on your contributions, please catch them up as soon as you are able, so that we can rebuild our buffer.

Fasting Discipline for August/September

The traditional fasting discipline (no meat, dairy, eggs, fish, wine or oil) is observed on the remaining Wednesdays and Fridays of the month. August 29th is also a strict fast day in remembrance of the beheading of the Forerunner. In September the traditional fasting discipline is observed on all Wednesdays and Fridays of the month.

Major Commemorations for August

August 29 Beheading of the Forerunner

August 31 Deposition of the Belt of the Theotokos

September 1 Indicition of the Ecclesiastical Year

September 6 Miracle of the Archangel Michael

September 8 Nativity of the Theotokos

September 9 Righteous Joachim and Anna

September 13 Dedication of the Church of the Anastasis

September 14 Elevation of the Precious Cross

September 23 Conception of the Forerunner

September 24 Proto-martyr Thekla

September 26 Apostle John the Theologian (repose)

September 28 Venerable Chariton

Acolyte Schedule: The new Acolyte Schedules are located on the table in the hallway. Acolytes, please pick one up!

Burial Plots at Natchez Trace Cemetery: Mr. Michael Hudgins, the Director of the Natchez Trace Funeral Home has made a very generous offer to the members of St. Peter who wish to purchase a burial plot and pre-arrange their funeral needs. The offer will expire at the end of 2016. Copies of Mr. Hudgins letter may be found on the information table in the Fellowship Hall. If you are interested in this offer, please contact Mr. Hudgins for an appointment. (We will not have another meeting of the parish as previously announced.)

Quotable: “However, God, Who abides unto the ages and has no pleasure in the death of the sinner, does all He can that ‘the wicked [might] turn from his way and live’ (Ezek. 33:11). He summons the dissolute from the blindness of their desolation, intensifying by His grace the cruel spectacle of mortality, which entered the whole creation through man’s fall into sin. God increases the threat of death by keeping before man’s eyes this terrible spectacle. He opens the eyes of the soul that it might behold the mark of corruption and mortality on every created thing. Man then hears the groaning of a universe which has delivered itself up to vanity from which there is no escape. The soul is then granted the grace of perceiving the dark veil of death, corruption, and despair which envelop mankind and all life on earth. This spiritual phenomenon, unknown to modern psychology, is called ‘mindfulness of death’ in Orthodox ascetic terminology. It has nothing to do with psychological awareness that we shall die some day; it is more like a deep knowledge, accompanied by a wondrous sensitivity of the heart, which perceives clearly ‘the futility of any and every acquisition on earth’, and that ‘all is vanity’ (Eccles. 1:2).”

The Hidden Man of the Heart by Archimandrite Zacharias

Worship: Sunday, September 4, 2016 (Eleventh Sunday after Pentecost)

Scripture: I Corinthians 9:2-12; Matthew 18:23-35

Celebrant: Father John

Epistle Reader: Brenda Baker

Prosphora: Jones

Coffee Hour: Ellis/Zoubukos/Fahmy