Monthly Archives: November 2016

12/4 announcements

December 4, 2016

Great-martyr Barbara and Venerable John of Damascus

 

Galatians 3:23-29;4:1-5:  In this reading from Galatians we hear St. Paul explain that prior to the com­ing of Christ, we were under the Law and hence divided, but now that Christ has come we are justified by faith in Christ and have become one, belonging to Christ.  Therefore, we are no longer under bond­age to the Law and the world, but are now free as children of God.

 

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: 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 St. Barbara:  Let us honor the all-revered Saint Barbara; for she did demolish the snares of the adversary and escaped from them like a bird, by the help of the Cross as with a weapon.

 

Troparion of St. John of Damascus:  Thou hast shown thyself, O God-inspired John, as a guide to the Orthodox Faith, a teacher of true worship and purity, O star of the universe and companion of the Bishops, O wise one.  Through thy light thou hast enlightened all, O harp of the Spirit.  Therefore, intercede with Christ 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 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 4   (Great-martyr Barbara)

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 5   (Sava the Sanctified)

Office Closed  — Father John’s Day Off

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

 

Tuesday, December 6    (Nicholas the Wonder-worker of Myra)

6:00 a.m.         — Festal Orthros

 

Wednesday, December 7   

6:30 p.m.         — Advent Paraklesis

           

Thursday, December 8   

6:00 a.m.         — Daily Orthros

 

Friday, December 9   (Conception of the Theotokos)

 

Saturday, December 10  

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

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

 

Sunday, December 11   (Sunday of the Forefathers)

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 Karams for the Divine Liturgy this morning.

 

Eucharist Bread and Coffee Hour Schedule:

                                            Eucharist Bread               Coffee Hour

December 4                       Karam                                 POT LUCK MEAL

(set-up: R. Root/Habeeb/Pacurari)

December 11                     Brock                                 Schelver/Lavric/Karam

December 18                     Fahmy                                Henderson/Baker/Lockhart

December 24 (Sat. p.m.)  Baker                                  1.

(Feast of the Nativity of our Lord)                    2.

3.

 

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 4                         Phillip Lasseter                   Gal. 3:23-4:5                  160-161

December 11                       Kh. Be’Be’ Schelver          Col. 3:4-11                      233

December 18                       Brenda Baker                       Heb. 11:9-10, 32-40     348

December 24 (Sat. p.m.)    David Turner                       Gal. 4:4-7                        351

 

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 remember the following in your prayers:  Steve, Sheryl 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.

 

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.

 

Remember to schedule a time for confession with your priest during the Fast of the Nativity.

 

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.

*    The Fast of the Nativity runs through the 24th of December.  During this time, as is our custom, we will celebrate the Advent Paraklesis on Wednesday evenings in place of Daily Vespers.

*    We will celebrate the feastday of St. Nicholas the Wonder-worker with Great Vespers with Litia and Artoklasia on Monday evening, December 5th, beginning at 6:30 p.m.

*    The Feast of the Nativity of our Lord will be celebrated with Orthros followed by the Divine Liturgy on Saturday evening, December 24th, beginning at 10:00 p.m.  There will be no service on Sunday morning, December 25th.

*    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.

 

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.)

 

Burial and Funeral Care Instructions forms:  These forms are located on the bureau in the hallway outside the nave.  There are two forms:  one for the church and one for the family (with a copy given to the church).  Please fill out your forms and return to the office as soon as possible.

Please be sure to have your forms notarized.  The forms will be kept in a file in the office so that we have your instructions should the need arise.

 

Fasting Discipline for December

Beginning November 15th, the first day of the Nativity Fast, the traditional fasting discipline (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 of any kind from December 25th through January 4th.

 

Major Commemorations for December

December 4     Great-martyr Barbara and Venerable Father John of Damascus

December 5     Sava the Sanctified

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 Theotokos

December 27   Protomartyr Stephen

 

Quotable:     “According to patristic tradition, the essence of the soul, which is called heart, is found as if within an organ, not in a vessel where the physical organ of the heart is.  This should be interpreted in reference to what it was said before, that the soul holds the body and gives life to it; it is not contained by the body but it contains the person’s body.  It is within this perspective that St. Nicodemos the Hagiorite speaks of the heart as a biophysical (natural) centre, since the blood is circulated to all parts of the body from there; as an affected (contrary to nature) centre, since the passions prevail therein, and as a supernatural centre since the grace of God operates there, as many passages of the Holy Scripture state

                      ‘But I say unto you, That whosoever looketh on a woman to lust after her hath committed adultery with her already in his heart’ (Matt. 5,28)

‘But after thy hardness and impenitent heart treasurest up unto thyself wrath against the day of wrath and revelation of the righteous judgement of God’ (Rom. 2,5)

‘That Christ may dwell in your hearts by faith’ (Eph. 3, 17)

‘And hope maketh not ashamed; because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given unto us’ (Rom. 5,5).”

                                    Orthodox Spirituality by Metropolitan HIEROTHEOS of Nafpaktos

 

 

Worship:         Sunday, December 11, 2016 (Sunday of the Forefathers of Christ)

 

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

Celebrant:                               Father John

Epistle Reader:                      Kh. Be’Be’ Schelver

Prosphora:                               Brock

Coffee Hour:                          Schelver/Lavric/Karam

11/27 announcements

November 27, 2016

Twenty-third Sunday after Pentecost

Ephesians 2:4-10: St Paul, writing to the Ephesians, encourages us by reminding us that we who were dead in our sins are now alive in our union with Christ because of God’s mercy toward us and are now able to do the good works prepared for us.

Luke 18:18-27: In the Gospel according to St Luke we hear our Lord tell us via an encounter with a rich, young ruler that to obtain eternal life we must be willing to give up everything that we possess in service to the Kingdom of God.

Troparion of the Resurrection: When Mary stood at thy grave looking for thy sacred body, angelic powers shone above thy revered tomb, and the soldiers who were to keep guard became as dead men. Thou led hades captive and wast not tempted thereby. Thou didst meet the Virgin and didst give life to the world; O thou who art risen from the dead! O Lord, glory to thee.

Troparion of St. James the Persian: Thy Martyr, O Lord, in his courageous contest for Thee received as the prize the crown of incorruption and life from Thee, our immortal God. For since he possessed Thy strength, he cast down the tyrants and wholly destroyed the demons= strengthless presumption. O Christ our God, by his prayers, save our souls, since Thou art merciful.

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, November 27 (Twenty-third Sunday after Pentecost)

8:50 a.m. — Orthros

9:00 a.m. — Christian Education

10:00 a.m. — Divine Liturgy

Monday, November 28

Office Closed — Father John’s Day Off

Tuesday, November 29

6:00 a.m. — Daily Orthros

11:30 a.m. — Ladies Lunch

Wednesday, November 30 (Apostle Andrew the First-called)

6:30 p.m. — Advent Paraklesis

7:30 p.m. — Parish Council Meeting

Thursday, December 1

6:00 a.m. — Daily Orthros

11:30 a.m. — Men’s Lunch

Friday, December 2

Saturday, December 3

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

Sunday, December 4 (Great-martyr Barbara)

8:50 a.m. — Orthros

9:00 a.m. — Christian Education

10:00 a.m. — Divine Liturgy

12:00 p.m. — Pot Luck Meal

SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENTS

Eucharist Bread …was offered by the Davises for the Entrance of the Theotokos into the Temple this past Monday morning and by the Daniel Roots for the Divine Liturgy this morning.

Eucharist Bread and Coffee Hour Schedule:

Eucharist Bread Coffee Hour

November 27 D. Root Algood/Lasseter/Strain/Dabit

December 4 Karam POT LUCK MEAL

(set-up: R. Root/Habeeb/Pacurari)

December 11 Brock Schelver/Lavric/Karam

December 18 Fahmy Henderson/Baker/Lockhart

December 24 (Sat. p.m.) Baker 1.

(Feast of the Nativity of our Lord) 2.

3.

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 27 Warren Strain Eph. 2:4-10 202

December 4 Phillip Lasseter Gal. 3:23-4:5 160-161

December 11 Kh. Be’Be’ Schelver Col. 3:4-11 233

December 18 Brenda Baker Heb. 11:9-10, 32-40 348

December 24 (Sat. p.m.) David Turner Gal. 4:4-7 351

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 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 remember the following in your prayers: Steve, Sheryl 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.

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

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

December Pot Luck Meal: In December we will have our monthly Pot Luck Meal on the first Sunday of the month instead of the second Sunday because of the meal for the feast of the Nativity later in the month. This Pot Luck Meal on December 4th is not on the Quarterly Schedule that was recently distributed. So please make a note of it on your copy at home.

Directory Update: Arthur Jones and DeeDee Baba’s address is as follows:

1014 Poplar Boulevard

Jackson, MS 39202

Arthur – 601-863-9127 (c) arthurjones3@ gmail.com

DeeDee – 713-577-9110 (c) deedee@midtownlaw.com

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.

* The Fast of the Nativity runs through the 24th of December. During this time, as is our custom, we will celebrate the Advent Paraklesis on Wednesday evenings in place of Daily Vespers.

* POT LUCK MEAL next Sunday, December 4th.

* We will celebrate the feastday of St. Nicholas the Wonder-worker with Great Vespers with Litia and Artoklasia on Monday evening, December 5th, beginning at 6:30 p.m.

* 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.

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.)

Fasting Discipline for November/December

Beginning November 15th, the first day of the Nativity Fast, the traditional fasting discipline (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 of any kind from December 25th through January 4th.

Major Commemorations for November/December

November 30 Apostle Andrew the First-called

December 4 Great-martyr Barbara and Venerable Father John of Damascus

December 5 Sava the Sanctified

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 Theotokos

December 27 Protomartyr Stephen

Burial and Funeral Care Instructions forms: These forms are located on the bureau in the hallway outside the nave. There are two forms: one for the church and one for the family (with a copy given to the church). Please fill out your forms and return to the office as soon as possible.

Please be sure to have your forms notarized. The forms will be kept in a file in the office so that we have your instructions should the need arise.

Quotable: “Having made these clarifications it is important to examine more analytically what the heart and nous are in Orthodox tradition.

The heart is the centre of man’s psychosomatic constitution, since, as we noted previously, there is an ‘unconfused’ union between soul and body. The centre of this union is called heart.

The heart is the place which is discovered through ascetic practice in a state of grace; it is the place wherein God is revealed and made manifest. This definition may seem abstract, yet it is a matter of spiritual experience. [No
one] can fully show the place of the heart by rational and speculative definitions. In any case the heart is the centre and summation of the three faculties of the soul: of the intellect, the appetitive and the irascible. The fact is that when a person lives the inner life—when his nous returns within his inner world from its previous dispersion; when he experiences mourning and, in the deepest sense, repentance—he is then conscious of the existence of this centre, i.e. the existence of the heart. He feels therein pain and spiritual sorrow; he experiences the grace of God; there also he even hears the voice of God.”

Orthodox Spirituality by Metropolitan HIEROTHEOS of Nafpaktos

Worship: Sunday, December 4, 2016 (Great-martyr Barbara)

Scripture: Galatians 3:23-4:5; Luke 13:10-17

Celebrant: Father John

Epistle Reader: Phillip Lasseter

Prosphora: Karam

Coffee Hour: POT LUCK MEAL

Set-up: R. Root/Habeeb/Pacurari

11/20 announcements

November 20, 2016

Twenty-second Sunday after Pentecost

Forefeast of the Entrance of the Theotokos into the Temple

Galatians 6:11-18: In the conclusion of his letter to the Galatians, St Paul reminds them that to be cir­cumcised or uncircumcised is not the issue, but rather to be a new creation in Christ Jesus.

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: 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 Forefeast: By blossoming forth the only Ever-virgin as fruit, today holy Anna doth betroth us all unto joy, instead of our former grief; on this day she doth fulfill her vows to the Most High, leading her with joy into the Lord=s holy temple, who truly is the temple and pure Mother of God the Word.

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 Forefeast of the Entrance of the Theotokos: The whole world is filled today with joy and gladness on the Theotokos’ auspicious and resplendent feast, whereupon with great voice it crieth out: The heavenly tabernacle is she in truth.

CALENDAR

Sunday, November 20 (Twenty-second Sunday after Pentecost)

8:50 a.m. — Orthros

9:00 a.m. — Christian Education

10:00 a.m. — Divine Liturgy

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

The Presentation of the Holy Virgin into the Temple is found in the apocryphal gospels, which describe the three-year-old Mary being taken by her parents to the Temple, where she remained in a life of holiness and dedication. Though the story be legend, as symbol it yields insight into spiritual truth. The scriptures for vespers, matins, and the divine liturgy all speak to the relationship between man and God within the context of the Temple and emphasize two themes: holiness and the superiority of the living, eternal temple to that built of stone. In Mary we see both. Rather than being sanctified by the Temple, she sanctifies the Temple and all mankind by becoming herself the perfect temple in which dwelt the eternal Son. Truly she was set apart, even as a child, and consecrated to the most glorious work God granted humanity. Truly she is the instrument by which we, too, become living temples in which God lives and which live eternal. Truly we, the holy, catholic church, the living Temple of God, open our doors to her, most blessed of women, the Holy Mother of God.

9:00 a.m. –Divine Liturgy (only)

Office Closed — Father John’s Day Off

Tuesday, November 22

6:00 a.m. — Daily Orthros

Wednesday, November 23

NO Advent Paraklesis

Thursday, November 24

NO Daily Orthros

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

Saturday, November 26

11:30 a.m. — Serving Meal at Stewpot

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

Sunday, November 27 (Twenty-third 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 Divine Liturgy this morning.

Eucharist Bread and Coffee Hour Schedule:

Eucharist Bread Coffee Hour

November 20 Meadows D. Root/Dansereau/Davis

November 21 (Mon. a.m.) Davis Kh. Sharon Meadows

(Feast of the Entrance of the Theotokos into the Temple)

November 27 D. Root Algood/Lasseter/Strain/Dabit

December 4 Karam POT LUCK MEAL

(set-up: R. Root/Habeeb/Pacurari)

December 11 Brock Schelver/Lavric/Karam

December 18 Fahmy Henderson/Baker/Lockhart

December 24 (Sat. p.m.) Baker 1.

(Feast of the Nativity of our Lord) 2.

3.

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 20 Warren Strain Gal. 6:11-18 198

November 21 (Mon. a.m.) Kh. Sharon Meadows Heb. 9:1-7 337

November 27 Mildred Morris Eph. 2:4-10 202

December 4 Phillip Lasseter Gal. 3:23-4:5 160-161

December 11 Kh. Be’Be’ Schelver Col. 3:4-11 233

December 18 Brenda Baker Heb. 11:9-10, 32-40 348

December 24 (Sat. p.m.) David Turner Gal. 4:4-7 351

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 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 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.

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

Our condolences and prayers continue to go out to Ken and Anastasia Jones, Ian Jones and Cliff and Anna Kathryn Stewart as well as their families on the falling asleep of Anastasia’s mother, Mrs. Anna Gouras, last week. May her Memory be Eternal!

Our congratulations go to Reader Basil and Brenda Baker on the birth of their grandson, Colin Baker last week in Houston! Congratulations also to parents, Matthew and Sally Baker!!

December Pot Luck Meal: In December we will have our monthly Pot Luck Meal on the first Sunday of the month instead of the second Sunday because of the meal for the feast of the Nativity later in the month. This Pot Luck Meal on December 4th is not on the Quarterly Schedule that was recently distributed. So please make a note of it on your copy at home.

Directory Update: Arthur Jones and DeeDee Baba’s address is as follows:

1014 Poplar Boulevard

Jackson, MS 39202

Arthur – 601-863-9127 (c) arthurjones3@ gmail.com

DeeDee – 713-577-9110 (c) deedee@midtownlaw.com

Burial and Funeral Care Instructions forms: These forms are located on the bureau in the hallway outside the nave. There are two forms: one for the church and one for the family (with a copy given to the church). Please fill out your forms and return to the office as soon as possible.

Please be sure to have your forms notarized. The forms will be kept in a file in the office so that we have your instructions should the need arise.

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.

* The Fast of the Nativity begins on Tuesday, November 15th and runs through the 24th of December. During this time, as is our custom, we will celebrate the Advent Paraklesis on Wednesday evenings in place of Daily Vespers.

* We will celebrate the Feast of the Entrance of the Theotokos into the Temple with Divine Liturgy (only) beginning on Monday, November 21st, beginning at 9:00 a.m.

* The remaining date for serving at the Stewpot Ministries this year is November 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.

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.)

Fasting Discipline for November

In November the traditional fasting discipline (no meat, dairy, eggs, fish, wine or oil) is observed on all Wednesdays and Fridays until the 15th of the month, when the Fast of the Nativity begins. During this fast the traditional fasting discipline 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 21 Entrance of the Theotokos into the Temple

November 25 Great-martyrs Catherine and Mercurios

November 30 Apostle Andrew the First-called

Quotable: “All asceticism in the Church aims at mans theosis (divinization), at his communion with God the Trinity. This is accomplished when the energy of the soul (nous) returns to its essence (heart) and ascends to God. For unity with God to be attained, the unity of the soul, through the grace of God, must precede it. Sin in fact is the dispersion of these powers; it is primarily the scattering of the soul’s energy, i.e. of the nous, to things and its separation from the heart.”

Orthodox Spirituality by Metropolitan HIEROTHEOS of Nafpaktos

Worship: Sunday, November 27, 2016 (Twenty-third Sunday after Pentecost)

Scripture: Ephesians 2:4-10; Luke 18:18-27

Celebrant: Father John

Epistle Reader: Mildred Morris

Prosphora: D. Root

Coffee Hour: Algood/Lasseter/Strain/Dabit