11/6 announcements

November 6, 2016

Twentieth Sunday after Pentecost

Galatians 1:11-19: St. Paul defends his ministry in his letter to the Galatians, telling them of how his former way of life was changed by a direct revelation from the Lord, and of his actions immediately afterwards.

Luke 8:41-56: From the Gospel of Luke we hear of Jesus healing a woman with a hemorrhage and rais­ing a young girl from death; showing His desire to heal suffering and to respond to the faith of those who come to Him.

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 St. Paul the Confessor: Thy confession of the one divine Faith showed thee to the Church to be a new Paul and a zealot among priests, O holy one. The righteous blood both of Abel and Zachary with thee doth cry out together unto the Lord. Righteous Father, intercede with Christ God in our behalf that His great mercy may be granted unto 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 of the Theotokos: O undisputed intercessor of Christians, O mediatrix, who is unrejected by the Creator, turn not away from the voice of our petitions though we be sinners; come to us in time, who cry to thee in faith, for thou art good. Hasten to us with intercessions, O Theotokos, who didst ever intercede for those who honor thee.


Sunday, November 6 (Twentieth Sunday after Pentecost)

8:50 a.m. — Orthros

9:00 a.m. — Christian Education

10:00 a.m. — Divine Liturgy

Monday, November 7

Office Closed — Father John’s Day Off

Tuesday, November 8 (Archangels Michael and Gabriel)

8:30 a.m. — Daily Orthros

Wednesday, November 9 (Nektarios of Pentapolis)

6:30 p.m. — Daily Vespers

7:15 p.m. — Choir Practice

Thursday, November 10

6:00 a.m. — Daily Orthros

Friday, November 11

Saturday, November 12

9:00 a.m. — Women’s Retreat at Holy Resurrection Orthodox Church

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

Sunday, November 13 (St. John Chrysostom)

8:50 a.m. — Orthros

9:00 a.m. — Christian Education

10:00 a.m. — Divine Liturgy

12:00 p.m. — Pot Luck


Eucharist Bread …was offered by the Schelvers for the Feast of St. Raphael yesterday morning and by the Morrises for the Divine Liturgy this morning.

Eucharist Bread and Coffee Hour Schedule:

Eucharist Bread Coffee Hour

November 6 Morris Pigott/Meadows/Alaeetawi

November 13 Jones POT LUCK MEAL

(set-up: Skirtech/Skirtech/Parker)

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

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 6 Walt Wood Gal. 1:11-19 188

November 13 Sh. Charlotte Algood Heb. 7:26-8:2 334

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

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.

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 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.

Congratulations to Nicholas and Carrie on the birth of Thomas Clark Henderson this past Tuesday!

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 second Annual Pan-Orthodox Ladies’ Retreat will be held at Holy Resurrection Orthodox Church in Clinton on Saturday, November 12th. V. Rev. Fr. Stephen Rogers, Pastor of St. Ignatius Orthodox Church in Franklin, TN will be speaking on the topic of God’s Gardens. Registration forms are available in the hall.

* 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.

* 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.)

Directory Update: Maria Grillis’ address is as follows:

1340 Simwood Place

Jackson, MS 39211

601-212-2183 (c)


November and December Pot Luck Meals: In November, we will have our Pot Luck Meal on the second Sunday of the month as we usually do. In December, however, we will have our Pot Luck Meal on the first Sunday of the month instead 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.

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 8 Archangels Michael and Gabriel

November 9 Nektarios of Pentapolis

November 13 John Chrysostom (repose)

November 16 Apostle Matthew

November 21 Entrance of the Theotokos into the Temple

November 25 Great-martyrs Catherine and Mercurios

November 30 Apostle Andrew the First-called

Quotable: “What has been said about the soul may seem highly theoretical, although it is a distinct teaching of the Church, and as such indispensable to the reader’s understanding of the matter of heart and nous, which is the centre of Orthodox spirituality. We are not able, otherwise, to comprehend where the Orthodox Church is headed and what she seeks to cure.

As God has essence and energy, so also does the soul—having been made in the image of God—have essence and energy. Essence and energy in God are of course uncreated, whereas the soul’s essence and energy are created. Nothing exists without an energy. The sun’s essence is beyond the atmosphere of the earth, yet its energy, which gives light, heat and causes burning, etc., reaches to earth and affords her with light, heat, etc. The same happens with all objects. The soul’s essence is found in the heart not like in a vessel but as if in an organ; its energy operates through the thoughts (logismoi).

According to St. Gregory Palamas, the soul is called the nous as well. Yet, both the essence of the soul—the heart—and its energy—consisting of the thoughts—are called the nous.”

Orthodox Spirituality by Metropolitan HIEROTHEOS of Nafpaktos

Worship: Sunday, November 13, 2016 (St. John Chrysostom)

Scripture: Hebrews 7:26-8:2; Luke 10:25-37

Celebrant: Father John

Epistle Reader: Sh. Charlotte Algood

Prosphora: Jones

Coffee Hour: POT LUCK MEAL

(Set-up: Skirtech/Skirtech/Parker)