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January 21, 2018

Thirty-second Sunday after Pentecost

I Timothy 4:9-15: From our reading in St Paul’s first letter to Timothy, we hear him exhort

Timothy to teach concerning God, the Savior of all men, and by his conduct to be an example of godliness to unbelievers.

Luke 19:1-10: In the story of Zaccheus we are reminded of why the Only-begotten Son of the

Father became incarnate: to save mankind from our sin and its consequences.

Troparion of the Resurrection: O compassionate One, thou didst descend from the heights; thou didst submit to the three-day burial, that thou might deliver us from passion. Thou art our Life and our Resurrection, O Lord, glory to thee.

Troparion of St. Maximos the Confessor: Thou hast shown thyself, O God-inspired Maximos, 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 of the Presentation: Thou, O Christ God, who by your Birth, didst sanctify the Virgin’s womb, and as is meet, didst bless Simeon’s arms, and didst also come to save us, preserve thy fold in wars, and confirm them whom thou didst love; for thou alone art the Lover of mankind.

CALENDAR

Sunday, January 21 (Thirty-second Sunday after Pentecost)

8:50 a.m. — Orthros

9:00 a.m. — Christian Education

10:00 a.m. — Divine Liturgy

Monday, January 22

Office Closed — Father John’s Day Off

Tuesday, January 23

6:00 a.m. — Daily Orthros

Wednesday, January 24

6:30 p.m. — Daily Vespers

7:15 p.m. — Choir Practice

Thursday, January 25 (Gregory the Theologian)

6:00 a.m. — Festal Orthros

Friday, January 26

Saturday, January 27 (John Chrysostom)

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

Sunday, January 28 (Sunday of the Pharisee and the Publican)

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 Feast of the Veneration of the Chains of St. Peter this past Monday evening and by the Brocks for the Divine Liturgy this morning.

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.

Eucharist Bread and Coffee Hour Schedule:

Eucharist Bread Coffee Hour

January 21 Brock Ellis/Zoubouos

January 28 Baker Pigott/Lavric/Alaeetawi

February 1 (Thurs. p.m.) Meadows (Artoklasia Bread)

(Feast of the Presentation of our Lord in the Temple)

February 4 R. Root Skirtech/Parker

February 10 (Sat. a.m.) Henderson Brenda Baker

(Saturday of the Souls – Koliva: Karen Cooper)

February 11 Algood POT LUCK MEAL

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

February 18 Katool Algood/Jones/Strain/Dabit)

February 25 Schelver R. Root/Habeeb/Pacurari

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#

January 21 David Turner I Tim. 4:9-15 252

January 28 Walt Wood II Tim. 3:10-15 258

February 4 Sh. Charlotte Algood I Cor. 6:12-20 265

February 10 (Sat. a.m.) Kh. Sharon Meadows I Cor. 10:23-26 271

February 11 Warren Strain I Cor. 8:8-9:2 273

February 18 Sam Habeeb Rom. 13:11-14:4 279

February 25 David Turner Heb. 11:24-26, 32-40 281

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

Please keep Fr. John Morris and Kh. Cheryl in your prayers. They have both been ill recently.

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 David Morris and his family.

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.

The Diocese of Miami and the Southeast will hold a Winter Retreat in Atlanta January 25-28th. This is a spiritual retreat that is open to all – Clergy, Antiochian Men, Antiochian Women, Young Adults and Teen SOYO. There will be brief business meetings with the Bishop followed by a retreat for each organization of the Diocese with wonderful speakers. There will also be a time for His Grace, Bishop NICHOLAS to lay out his vision for our Diocese with a time for Questions and Answers. The retreat will be held at the Courtyard Atlanta Decatur Downtown and the reservation number is 1-404-371-0204 (Courtyard Decatur Front Desk) or 1-888-236-2427 (Marriott Central Reservations). Please see the enclosed flyer with the Retreat Schedule.

Father John and Kh. Janet, along with Father James and Kh. Sharon and others from our parish, will be attending the Diocese Mid-Winter Retreat in Atlanta January 25-28th. If you need a priest during this time, please call Father Leo.

House Blessings! A sign-up sheet is available in the Fellowship Hall to sign up for your house blessing. You may also e-mail Father John at frjohnc with 3 dates for your house blessing. Please schedule these as soon as possible. Everyone should have their home blessed. However, the responsibility for scheduling lies with individuals and not with Father John. No house blessings will be done once Great Lent starts (February 19th this year).

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.

* February 11th is Meatfare Sunday. As is our parish custom we will celebrate Orthros followed by Divine Liturgy for Saturday of the Souls on Saturday morning, February 10th, beginning at 9:00 a.m.

* The Diocese of Miami and the Southeast Winter Retreat in Atlanta is January 25-28th.

* Bishop NICHOLAS will be making his first arch-pastoral visit to St. Peter the weekend of March 2nd-5th. Please mark your calendars now.

2018 Church Calendars are in the foyer. Please take only one per family.

His Grace, Bishop NICHOLAS will be making his first Arch-pastoral visit to St. Peter the week-end of March 2-5, 2018. We look forward to spending this time with His Grace! More will be forthcoming in the future about his specific schedule and meetings he would like to schedule while he is here.

Pledge Letters were mailed out recently. Please return yours to the Church Office as soon as possible. This information is vital to formulating a budget for next year.

Fasting Discipline for January

The traditional fasting discipline (no meat, dairy, eggs, fish, wine or oil) is observed on the remaining Wednesdays and Fridays of the month. There is no fasting of any kind during the week following the Sunday of the Pharisee and the Publican (January 28th).

Major Commemorations for January

January 25 Gregory the Theologian

January 27 John Chrysostom

January 28 Sunday of the Pharisee and the Publican

January 30 The Three Hierarchs

January 31 Cyros and John the Unmercenary Healers

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.

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.

Quotable: “The world continues to flounder in the vicious circle of its material problems—economic, class, nationalistic and the like—because people refuse to follow Christ. We have no wish to become like Him in all things: to become His brethren and through Him the beloved children of the Father and the chosen habitation of the Holy Spirit. In God’s pre-eternal Providence for man we are meant to participate in His Being—to be like unto Him in all things. By its very essence this design on God’s part for us excludes the slightest possibility of compulsion or predestination. And we as Christians must never renounce our goal lest we lose the inspiration to storm the kingdom of heaven. Experience shows all too clearly that once we Christians start reducing the scope of the revelation given to us by Christ and the Holy Spirit, we gradually cease to be attracted by the Light made manifest to us. If we are to preserve our saving hope, we must be bold. Christ said: ‘Be of good cheer; I have overcome the world’ (John 16.33). He had overcome the world in this instance not so much as God but as Man for He did in truth become man.”

Archimandrite Sophrony, His Life Is Mine

Worship: Sunday, January 28, 2018 (Sunday of the Pharisee and the Publican)

Scripture: II Timothy 3:10–15; Luke 18:10-14

Celebrant: Father John

Epistle Reader: Walt Wood

Prosphora: Baker

Coffee Hour: Pigott/Lavric/Alaeetawi