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September 24, 2017

Proto-Martyr Thekla, Equal to the Apostles

II Timothy 3:10-15: In St Paul’s second letter to Timothy we are reminded that godliness will bring persecutions; and we are encouraged to continue doing those things that we have been taught so as to gain the wisdom that leads to salvation in Christ.

Luke 5:1-11: In the reading from the Gospel of St Luke we see Simon Peter, James, and John become disciples of our Lord.

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. Thekla: O glorious Thekla, companion of Paul the divine, thou wast inflamed with the love of thy Creator by the teaching of the divine preacher. Thou didst despise the passing earthly pleasures, and offered thyself to God as an acceptable and pleasing sacrifice, disregarding all suffering. Intercede with Christ thy Groom to grant us His great mercy.

Troparion for Holy Father Silouan: By thy prayers, thou didst receive Christ as thy Master on the path of humility and in thy heart the Holy Spirit witnessed unto thy salvation. For this cause all people called to live in hope now rejoice and celebrate thy memory. O Holy Father Silouan, pray to 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 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, September 24 (Proto-martyr Thekla)

8:50 a.m. — Orthros

9:00 a.m. — Christian Education

10:00 a.m. — Divine Liturgy

Monday, September 25

Office Closed — Father John’s Day Off

Tuesday, September 26 (Apostle John the Theologian)

NO Daily Orthros

Wednesday, September 27

6:30 p.m. — Daily Vespers

7:15 p.m. — Choir Practice

Thursday, September 28 (Venerable Chariton)

NO Daily Orthros

Friday, September 29

Saturday, September 30

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

Sunday, October 1 (Seventeenth Sunday after Pentecost)

8:50 a.m. — Orthros

9:00 a.m. — Christian Education

10:00 a.m. — Divine Liturgy


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

Eucharist Bread and Coffee Hour Schedule:

Eucharist Bread Coffee Hour

September 24 Baker Pigott/Alaeetawi

October 1 R. Root Skirtech/Parker

October 8 Henderson POT LUCK MEAL

(set-up: D. Root/Dansereau/Davis)

October 15 Katool Algood/Jones/Strain/Dabit

October 22 Algood R. Root/Habeeb/Pacurari

October 29 Schelver Schelver/Meadows

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 24 Mildred Morris II Tim. 3:10-15 258

October 1 Kh. Be’Be’ Schelver II Cor. 6:16-7:1 173

October 8 Sam Habeeb II Cor. 9:6-11 178

October 15 David Turner Titus 3:8-15 322

October 22 Walt Wood Gal. 1:11-19 188

October 29 Sh. Charlotte Algood Gal. 2:16-20 193

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.

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 remember the following in your prayers: Steve, Sheryl Chamblee; Aidan Milnor, the Milnor family; Sam and Lamia Dabit and Sammie; Mary Greene (Lee and Kh. Sharon’s sister); Fr. Stephen Tewfik; Sue Thayer (Charlotte Wood’s mother), Walt and Charlotte and their family; Lynda Costas; Fr. Nicholas, Kh. Jan and Angelina Speier; Peggy (David Turner’s paternal aunt) who is suffering from cancer and related complications; and George (Dorothea and Daniel Staursky’s uncle) who sustained injuries in a bad fall; David Morris and his family.

Please keep Fr. John Morris and Kh. Cheryl in your prayers. Fr. John has been ill and was recently hospitalized. He is home now but is still ill. Kh. Cheryl has also been ill.

His Grace, Bishop ANTOUN has officially retired and Metropolitan JOSEPH has appointed His Grace, Bishop NICHOLAS to oversee the Diocese of Miami and the Southeast. Father John has invited him to visit us soon and he has expressed a wish to do so. More information on His Grace is to be found in the Metropolitan’s letter which is posted on the Bulletin Board in the Fellowship Hall. Please keep him in your prayers.

With the blessing of His Grace, Bishop NICHOLAS, Fr. Alex Mackoul, Camp Director for Camp St. Thekla, has requested that we take up a collection for the Camp on the feastday of St. Thekla TODAY. Please make your checks pay to St. Peter Orthodox Church and we will write one check to send to Fr. Alex. Be sure to note that your check is for the Camp on the memo line.

Relief for the Victims of Hurricane Harvey: At the request of His Eminence, Metropolitan JOSEPH, we will be taking up a special collection each week this month to aid the victims of Hurricane Harvey. Please indicate on your check that it is for this fund. We will then send a single check to the Archdiocese.

Fall Festival: We will hold our annual Fall Festival on Saturday afternoon, October 28th. Anna Kathryn Stewart will once again head up this activity. (As in the past, we will not have Ninth Hour and Great Vespers that day.) More information will be available at a later date.

Father John and Kh. Janet will be out of town September 23rd through 28th. They will be in Pensacola for the 10th Anniversary of St. Andrew the Apostle Orthodox Church and then in Tallahassee visiting Jordan and his family. If you need a priest during this time, please call either Fr. Leo or Fr. James.

Congratulations to Simon and Rola Karam on the birth of their son Elias Ephrim this past Wednesday morning! Both mother and child are doing well.

Beginning Sunday evening, October 1st, Father John will meet with the Teens on a regular basis.. More information on dates and times are still to be determined.

Upcoming Baptisms:

Saturday, September 30th at 10:30 a.m. — Lazar Gojgovic, son of new members Srdjan and Yana Goygovic;

Saturday, Ocotber 14th at 10:30 a.m. — Anna Maria Lavric, daughter of Dorin and Carolina Lavric.

Parents of Altar Servers. . . . please make sure that all of the Altar Servers see Sh. Margaret Root in the next few weeks to be measured for new vestments.

Save the Date: Ladies . . .the 3rd Annual Orthodox Women’s Retreat will take place Saturday, November 4, 2017 at Holy Trinity/St. John the Theologian Greek Orthodox Church in Jackson. Father Barnabas Powell of Sts. Raphael, Nicholas and Irene Greek Orthodox Church in Cummings, GA will be our speaker. More information and registration forms will be available in early October. The fee will be $25.00. As in the past their will be scholarships available. Any questions. . .see Christina Katool or Mary Guy Lockhart.

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 Ladies of the parish meet for lunch and fellowship on the last Tuesday of the month, beginning in September.

* September 30th