November 19, 2017
Twenty-fourth Sunday after Pentecost
Ephesians 2:14-19: In our reading from Ephesians, we are reminded that Christ not only brought us into union with Himself, but also into union with each other and the faithful saints who have gone before us to be with the Lord.
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: 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 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 Presentation of the Theotokos: The all-pure temple of the Saviour, the most precious bridal-chamber and Virgin, the treasure-house of the glory of God, today enters the Temple of the Lord, bringing with her the grace which is in the divine Spirit; whom also the angels of God do celebrate in song; for she is the heavenly tabernacle.
Sunday, November 19 (Twenty-fourth Sunday after Pentecost)
8:50 a.m. — Orthros
9:00 a.m. — Christian Education
10:00 a.m. — Divine Liturgy
Monday, November 20 (St. John Chrysostom, repose)
Office Closed — Father John’s Day Off
6:30 p.m. — Great Vespers with Litia and Artoklasia
Tuesday, November 21 (Entrance of the Theotokos into the Temple)
6:00 a.m. — Festal Orthros
Wednesday, November 22
NO Advent Paraklesis
Thursday, November 23
NO Daily Orthros
Friday, November 24
Saturday, November 25 (Great-martyrs Catherine and Mercurios)
5:45p.m. — Ninth Hour followed by Great Vespers
Sunday, November 26 (Twenty-fifth 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 Davises 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
November 19 Davis Ellis/Zouboukos
November 20 (Mon. p.m.) D. Roots (Artoklasia Bread)
(Feast of the Entrance of the Theotokos into the Temple)
November 26 Brock Stewart/Alaeetawi
December 3 R. Root Skirtech/Parker
December 5 (Tue. p.m.) Henderson (Artoklasia Bread)
December 10 Algood D. Root/Dansereau/Davis
December 17 Katool Algood/Jones/Strain/Dabit
December 24 (Sun. a.m.) Schelver R. Root/Habeeb/Pacurari
December 24 (Sun. p.m.) Morris Ellis/Zouboukos
December 31 (Sun. a.m.) Jones Schelver/Meadows
December 31 (Sun. p.m.) Meadows (Artoklasia Bread)
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 19 Kh. Be’Be’ Schelver Eph. 2:14-22 207
November 26 Sam Habeeb Eph. 4:1-7 212
December 3 Brenda Baker Eph. 5:8-19 217
December 10 David Turner Eph. 6:10-17 223
December 17 Walt Wood Col. 3:4-11 233
December 24 (Sun. a.m.) Sh. Charlotte Algood Heb. 11:9-10, 32-40 348
December 24 (Sun. p.m.) Warren Strain Gal. 4:4-7 351
December 31 Kh. Sharon Meadows II Tim. 4:5-8 354
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 keep Kh. Lynn Wilson, her husband Fr. Wayne and their family in your prayers. Kh. Lynn is suffering from cancer and has become critically weak and ill.
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. They have both been ill recently.
We have established a Seminary Fund for Phillip Lasseter. If you would like to make a contribution, please make a note on your check that it is for the Seminary Fund.
Beginning soon, Father John will meet with the Teens on a regular basis. More information on dates and times are still to be determined.
If you are the last to leave, please make sure that the doors in the Fellowship Hall, the kitchen and the hallway are all locked.
* 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.
* The Nativity Fast began on Wednesday, November 15th and continues through December 24th. During this time, as is our parish custom, we will pray the Advent Paraklesis Service on Wednesday evenings in place of Daily Vespers, beginning at 6:30 p.m.
* We will celebrate the Feast of the Entrance of the Theotokos into the Temple with Great Vespers with Litia and Artoklasia on TOMORROW evening, beginning at 6:30 p.m.
* The nuns from the Convent of St. Elizabeth in Minsk, Belarus will be doing a presentation during Coffee Hour at St. Peter’s on Sunday, December 3rd.
Parents of Young Children: Please make sure that your children are supervised if they are in the Nursery during Coffee Hour, just as they are supervised if out on the Playground. The Nursery is being left in a mess on Sunday mornings following Coffee Hour and the clean-up is falling on the same people (i.e. those who teach Sunday School classes in that room). If you leave and there are still children using the room, please make sure that your children pick up the things with which they have been playing.
There will be no services Wednesday evening, November 22nd or Thursday morning, November 23rd, due to Thanksgiving Day.
Sisters from the Convent of St. Elizabeth in Minsk, Belarus will be visiting us on Sunday, December 3rd and will be doing a presentation on their ministries during Coffee Hour. The sisters have an extensive ministry to those in need, including several hospitals, boarding homes for children and for adults with special needs, rehabilitation centers for men and for women that minister to the homeless, ex-prisoners, addicts and the less able. In the rehabilitation centers individuals are given work to do and the opportunity to change their lives. The convent is also associated with the Convents of Martha and Mary in Russia, founded by Grand Duchess Elizabeth (St. Elizabeth the New Martyr) and the Convent of St. John the Baptist in Essex, UK, founded by Archimandrite Sophrony. More information on the sisters and their ministries is available at http://obitel-minsk.by/en/convent/#social-ministry.
Fasting Discipline for November
The Fast of the Nativity begins on November 15th. During this 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.
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
October 23 Apostle James, Brother-of-the-Lord
October 26 Great-martyr Demetrios
Quotable: “The problem of knowledge of God sends the mind searching back through the centuries for instances of God appearing to man through one or other of the prophets. There can be no doubt that for us, for the whole Christian world, one of the most important happenings recorded in the chronicles of time was God’s manifestation on Mount Sinai where Moses received new knowledge of Divine Being: ‘IAM THAT I AM’ (Exos. 3.14)—Jehovah. From that moment vast horizons opened out before mankind, and history took a new turn. A people’s spiritual condition is the real cause of historical events: it is not the visible that is of primary importance but the invisible, the spiritual. Perceptions and ideas concerning being, and the meaning of life generally, seek expression and in so doing instigate the historical event.”
Archimandrite Sophrony, His Life Is Mine
Worship: Sunday, November 26, 2017 (Twenty-fifth Sunday after Pentecost)
Scripture: Ephesians 4:1-7; Luke 18:18-27
Celebrant: Father John
Epistle Reader: Sam Habeeb
Coffee Hour: Stewart/Alaeetawi