Monthly Archives: October 2019

10/20 announcements

October 20, 2019

Eighteenth Sunday after Pentecost

II Corinthians 9:6-11: Reading in II Corinthians we hear St Paul encourage the church to minister gen­erously to others, knowing this, that God will grant grace in abundant measure to those who serve oth­ers.

Luke 8:26-39: From the reading in St Luke, we see Jesus heal a man possessed by demons; in do­ing so, Jesus demonstrates His authority over His creation, even when it rebels against Him.

Troparion of the Resurrection: The stone being sealed by the Jews, and thy pure body being guarded by the soldiers, thou didst arise on the third day, O Saviour, granting life to the world. Wherefore, the heavenly powers acclaimed thee, O Giver of life, crying, Glory to thy Resurrection, O Christ! Glory to thy kingdom! Glory to thy gracious providence, O only Lover of mankind.

Troparion of St. Artemius the Great-martyr: 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 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.

CALENDAR

Sunday, October 20 (Eighteenth Sunday after Pentecost)

8:50 a.m. — Orthros

9:00 a.m. — Christian Education

10:00 a.m. — Divine Liturgy

Monday, October 21

Father John’s Day Off

Tuesday, October 22

NO Daily Orthros

Wednesday, October 23 (Apostle James, the Brother of the Lord)

6:30 p.m. — Daily Vespers

7:15 p.m. — Choir Practice

7:30 p.m. — Parish Council Meeting

Thursday, October 24

NO Daily Orthros

Friday, October 25

Saturday, October 26 (Great-martyr Demetrios)

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

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

Sunday, October 27 (Nineteenth 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 Schelvers for the Divine Liturgy this morning.

Eucharist Bread and Coffee Hour Schedule:

Eucharist Bread Coffee Hour

October 20 Schelver Stewart/Meadows

October 27 Morris Pigott/Dabit/Strain/Lavric

November 2 (Sat. a.m.) Jones Karen Cooper/Anastasia Jones

(Feast of St. Raphael, Bishop of Brooklyn)

November 3 Meadows Baker/D. Root/Dansereau

November 10 Davis BANQUET

November 17 D. Root Katool/Davis/BaBa/Algood

November 20 (Wed. p.m.) Katool (Artoklasia Bread) NO MEAL

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

November 24 Karam Schelver/Karam/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#

October 20 Sh. Charlotte Algood II Cor. 9:6-11 178

October 27 Mildred Morris II Cor. 11:31-12:9 183

November 2 (Sat. a.m.) Brenda Baker Heb. 7:26-8:2 334

November 3 Sam Habeeb Gal. 1:11-19 188

November 10 Walt Wood Gal. 2:16-20 193

November 17 Sh. Charlotte Algood Gal. 6:11-18 198

November 24 Warren Strain Eph. 2:14-22 207

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; Mary Greene (Lee and Kh. Sharon’s sister); Lynda Costas; Fr. Nicholas, Kh. Jan and Angelina Speier; David Morris and his family; Vernie Meadows, Fr. James and Kh. Sharon and their family; Dn. Noah and Sh. Beth Ann (Baker) Pappas, the Reader Basil and Brenda and all of the Baker family; Chris and Rebecca Dansereau and their daughters; Fr. Leo and Kh. Be’Be’ and their family; Emad and Natalia Alaeetawi and their family.

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 Maria Costas in your prayers. She is hospitalized at Baptist Hospital with a serious staph infection.

We welcome the Miller Family, Chad, Sarah, Katie, Timothy, Anna and Isaac as catechumens at St. Peter! Please keep them in your prayers.

There will be no Daily Orthros on weekdays until the Fast of the Nativity, which begins on November 15th.

Many thanks to all who helped with our Fall festival yesterday! Thanks especially to Anna Kathryn Stewart for coordinating the event!

The schedule for Bishop NICHOLAS’ visit on the week-end of November 8-10 will be forthcoming in the near future.

Calendar Items:

* The Men of the parish meet for lunch and fellowship on the first Thursday of the month. However, they will meet on the third Thursday in July (only).

* The Ladies of St. Peter 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.

* The Women’s Pan-Orthodox Retreat will be held at Holy Resurrection THIS Saturday, October 26th.

* We will celebrate the Feastday of St. Raphael, Bishop of Brooklyn with Orthros followed by Divine Liturgy on Saturday morning, November 2nd, beginning at 9:00 a.m.

* Bishop NICHOLAS will make his next arch-pastoral visit to St. Peter on the weekend of November 8-10. Dn. Herman Lasseter will be ordained into the priesthood that Sunday. Please keep him and his family in your prayers.

* Daily Orthros will resume with the Fast of the Nativity, which begins on November 15th.

Directory update: Davis Bourne has a new address:

4661 Trawick Drive

Jackson, MS 39211

Fasting Discipline for October

In October, the traditional fasting discipline (no meat, dairy, eggs, fish, wine or oil) is observed on all Wednesdays and Fridays of the month.

Major Commemorations for October

October 23 Apostle James, Brother of the Lord

October 26 Great-martyr Demetrios

2019 Orthodox Women’s Retreat: The fifth annual Orthodox Women’s Retreat is scheduled for the last Saturday of October at Holy Resurrection Orthodox Church in Clinton, MS. We are honored to have Abbot Tryphon of All-Merciful Saviour Monastery, Vashon Island, Washington, as our speaker. The ladies of Holy Resurrection, Holy Trinity-St. John the Theologian, and St. Peter Orthodox Churches look forward to hosting you on October 26th. Flyers and registration forms are available in the hallway outside the nave.

Unsupervised children in the Kitchen: For health and safety concerns children are not to be allowed in the kitchen unless accompanied by a parent. Please get ice for your children and do NOT allow them to use the icemaker themselves.

If severe weather is in the area please check our website or facebook page for information on services. If it is ever necessary to cancel any of our services due to severe weather conditions, this will be posted on those sites.

For Parents: Children in the nursery during Coffee Hour MUST be supervised just as they are on the playground. This room is used for Sunday School each week. Children who are unsupervised create disarray and use materials set aside for the teaching of Christian Education. This creates extra work for the Sunday School teachers who have to come in and set the room in order before class or who find supplies depleted unexpectedly. A parent must be in the room with their children at all times. Please help us with this! — Fr. John

ead of ManHead of Maonasteries

Quotable: “The grace of mindfulness of death must, however, be cultivated, because it unites man with the personal God of Revelation. As he perceives the magnitude of his fall and begins to dread the consequences of sin, he cleaves to God in fear, and this fear of God humbles his heart in all its depth. The heart has now been discovered and rekindled, and there is new strength in his prayer of repentance. He becomes an expression of the biblical truth about man, who is described as a ‘deep heart’ (Ps. 64:6) thirsting after that sense of divinity which alone satisfies his nous (cf. Prov. 15:14 Lxx).”

Archimandrite Zacharias, The Hidden Man of the Heart

Worship: Sunday, October 27, 2019 (Nineteenth Sunday after Pentecost)

Scripture: II Corinthians 11:31-12:9; Luke 8:41-56

Celebrant: Father John

Epistle Reader: Mildred Morris

Prosphora: Morris

Coffee Hour: Pigott/Dabit/Strain/Lavric

10/13 announcements

October 13, 2019

Sunday of the Holy Fathers of the Seventh Ecumenical Council

Titus 3:8-15: On this Sunday we read from St. Paul’s letter to Titus, whom he warns to avoid delv­ing into unprofitable and foolish questions about doctrine, and to reject heretics after two admonitions.

Luke 8:5-15: Our Lord tells the parable of the sower in which he teaches us that the believer who perseveres with honest and good hearts will bear much fruit.

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 the Holy Fathers: Thou, O Christ, art our God of exceeding praise who didst establish our holy Fathers as luminous stars upon earth, and through them didst guide us unto the true Faith, O most merciful One, glory to thee.

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.

CALENDAR

Sunday, October 13 (Sunday of the Holy Fathers of the 7th Ecumenical Council)

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, October 14

Father John’s Day Off

Tuesday, October 15

NO Daily Orthros

Wednesday, October 16

6:30 p.m. — Daily Vespers

7:15 p.m. — Choir Practice

Thursday, October 17

NO Daily Orthros

Friday, October 18 (Apostle Luke)

Saturday, October 19

4:00 p.m. — FALL FESTIVAL

NO Ninth Hour followed by Great Vespers

Sunday, October 20 (Eighteenth 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 Katools for the Divine Liturgy this morning.

Eucharist Bread and Coffee Hour Schedule:

Eucharist Bread Coffee Hour

October 13 Katool POT LUCK MEAL

Set-up: Henderson/Lockhart/

Allaeetawi/Cooper

October 20 Schelver Stewart/Meadows

October 27 Morris Pigott/Dabit/Strain/Lavric

November 2 (Sat. a.m.) Jones Karen Cooper/Anastasia Jones

(Feast of St. Raphael, Bishop of Brooklyn)

November 3 Meadows Baker/D. Root/Dansereau

November 10 Davis BANQUET

November 17 D. Root Katool/Davis/BaBa/Algood

November 20 (Wed. p.m.) Katool (Artoklasia Bread) NO MEAL

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

November 24 Karam Schelver/Karam/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#

October 6 Kh. Sharon Meadows II Cor. 6:1-10 168

October 13 Warren Strain Titus 3:8-15 322

October 20 Sh. Charlotte Algood II Cor. 9:6-11 178

October 27 Mildred Morris II Cor. 11:31-12:9 183

November 2 (Sat. a.m.) Brenda Baker Heb. 7:26-8:2 334

November 3 Sam Habeeb Gal. 1:11-19 188

November 10 Walt Wood Gal. 2:16-20 193

November 17 Sh. Charlotte Algood Gal. 6:11-18 198

November 24 Warren Strain Eph. 2:14-22 207

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; Mary Greene (Lee and Kh. Sharon’s sister); Lynda Costas; Fr. Nicholas, Kh. Jan and Angelina Speier; David Morris and his family; Vernie Meadows, Fr. James and Kh. Sharon and their family; Dn. Noah and Sh. Beth Ann (Baker) Pappas, the Reader Basil and Brenda and all of the Baker family; Chris and Rebecca Dansereau and their daughters; Fr. Leo and Kh. Be’Be’ and their family; Emad and Natalia Alaeetawi and their family.

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.

We welcome the Miller Family, Chad, Sarah, Katie, Timothy, Anna and Isaac as catechumens at St. Peter! Please keep them in your prayers.

There will be no Daily Orthros on weekdays until the Fast of the Nativity, which begins on November 15th.

Our annual Fall Festival is scheduled for Saturday, October 19th. Many thanks to Anna Kathryn Stewart for agreeing to coordinate this event again! Several people have agreed to help with this as well, but we need more volunteers, including men to help cook burgers and hotdogs, etc. A link to the sign–up sheet was e-mailed earlier. Also, an e-mail was sent asking for a headcount for food purposes. If you did not receive either e-mail, please let Anna Kathryn know. As in past years, we will not have Ninth Hour or Great Vespers that evening.

Calendar Items:

* The Men of the parish meet for lunch and fellowship on the first Thursday of the month. However, they will meet on the third Thursday in July (only).

* The Ladies of St. Peter 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.

* Our annual Fall Festival is scheduled for Saturday, October 19th.

* The Women’s Pan-Orthodox Retreat will be held at Holy Resurrection on Saturday, October 26th. Abbot Tryphon of All-Merciful Saviour Monastery, Vashon Island, Washington will be our speaker.

* We will celebrate the Feastday of St. Rapael, Bishop of Brooklyn with Orthros followed by Divine Liturgy on Saturday morning, November 2nd, beginning at 9:00 a.m.

* Bishop NICHOLAS will make his next arch-pastoral visit to St. Peter on the weekend of November 8-10. Please mark your calendars now.

* Daily Orthros will resume with the Fast of the Nativity, which begins on November 15th.

Fasting Discipline for October
In October, the traditional fasting discipline (no meat, dairy, eggs, fish, wine or oil) is observed on all Wednesdays and Fridays of the month.

Major Commemorations for October

October 18 Apostle Luke

October 23 Apostle James, Brother of the Lord

October 26 Great-martyr Demetrios

Directory update: Davis Bourne has a new address:

4661 Trawick Drive

Jackson, MS 39211

2019 Orthodox Women’s Retreat: The fifth annual Orthodox Women’s Retreat is scheduled for the last Saturday of October at Holy Resurrection Orthodox Church in Clinton, MS. We are honored to have Abbot Tryphon of All-Merciful Saviour Monastery, Vashon Island, Washington, as our speaker. The ladies of Holy Resurrection, Holy Trinity-St. John the Theologian, and St. Peter Orthodox Churches look forward to hosting you on October 26th. Flyers and registration forms are available in the hallway outside the nave.

Unsupervised children in the Kitchen: For health and safety concerns children are not to be allowed in the kitchen unless accompanied by a parent. Please get ice for your children and do NOT allow them to use the icemaker themselves.

If severe weather is in the area please check our website or facebook page for information on services. If it is ever necessary to cancel any of our services due to severe weather conditions, this will be posted on those sites.

For Parents: Children in the nursery during Coffee Hour MUST be supervised just as they are on the playground. This room is used for Sunday School each week. Children who are unsupervised create disarray and use materials set aside for the teaching of Christian Education. This creates extra work for the Sunday School teachers who have to come in and set the room in order before class or who find supplies depleted unexpectedly. A parent must be in the room with their children at all times. Please help us with this! — Fr. John

ead of ManHead of Maonasteries

Quotable: “If man is to pray in a way that will both unite him with God and sustain the world, he will need inspiration and energy. We have seen how the grace of mindfulness of death powerfully alters man’s perspective on life, and prepares man to turn his whole being towards God in prayer. This is because eternity is knocking at the door of his soul, bearing witness to the unbearable fact that every created thing, being tainted by sin, has been deprived of the glory of God and is therefore devoid of true life. He now sees clearly that he originates from nothing, and that he is nothing outside the good pleasure and kind intention of God. This realization almost inevitably begets in him a humble disposition, a humble faith in God’s revelation, and his soul is prepared for enlightenment by grace. This humble disposition is a most precious foundation which will inspire him to turn in prayer and hope to ‘the living God, who is the Saviour of all men, specially those that believe’ (I Tim. 4:10). At this point, man begins to know the action of the right hand of the Most High. He is enriched in his heart by the illumination of ‘the light of knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ’ (2 Cor. 4:6). At first, the light of God illumines man ‘unseen and from behind’, without his being able to see its source—the Person of Christ. But he is gradually granted faith in Christ’s divinity, and he becomes increasingly aware of his spiritual poverty and uselessness, for the divinity of Christ discloses the true nature of sin. Man now perceives the metaphysical dimension of his fall from the blessed and undefiled life ‘in the Light proceeding from the Countenance of the Father of all’, and his sense of spiritual poverty and sinfulness prepare him further for deeper repentance in prayer.”

Archimandrite Zacharias, The Hidden Man of the Heart

Worship: Sunday, October 20, 2019 (Eighteenth Sunday after Pentecost)

Scripture: II Corinthians 9:6-11; Luke 8:26-39

Celebrant: Father John

Epistle Reader: Sh. Charlotte Algood

Prosphora: Schelver

Coffee Hour: Stewart/Meadows

10/6 announcements

October 6, 2019

Sixteenth Sunday after Pentecost

II Corinthians 6:1-10: In our reading from II Corinthians, St Paul commends his and the other apostles’ ministry as servants of God, explaining the means by which they were able to endure all things for the glory of God.

Luke 7:11-16: In the reading from the Gospel of St Luke we see the Lord Jesus raise a woman’s son from death.

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 Apostle Thomas: O Holy Apostle Thomas, intercede with our merciful God to grant our souls forgiveness of sins.

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.

CALENDAR

Sunday, October 6 (Apostle Thomas)

8:50 a.m. — Orthros

9:00 a.m. — Christian Education

10:00 a.m. — Divine Liturgy

Monday, October 7

[Knucklehead
Family Reunion continues in Arkansas]

Father John’s Day Off

Tuesday, October 8

NO Daily Orthros

Wednesday, October 9 (Apostle James, Son of Alphaeus)

6:30 p.m. — Daily Vespers

7:15 p.m. — Choir Practice

Thursday, October 10

NO Daily Orthros

Friday, October 11

Saturday, October 12

10:00 a.m. — Ladies meet for Akathist

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

Sunday, October 13 (Sunday of the Holy Fathers of the 7th Ecumenical Council)

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 Algoods for the Divine Liturgy this morning.

Eucharist Bread and Coffee Hour Schedule:

Eucharist Bread Coffee Hour

October 6 Algood Ellis/Zouboukos/Waites

October 13 Katool POT LUCK MEAL

Set-up: Henderson/Lockhart/

Allaeetawi/Cooper

October 20 Schelver Stewart/Meadows

October 27 Morris Pigott/Dabit/Strain/Lavric

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#

October 6 Kh. Sharon Meadows II Cor. 6:1-10 168

October 13 Warren Strain Titus 3:8-15 322

October 20 Sh. Charlotte Algood II Cor. 9:6-11 178

October 27 Mildred Morris II Cor. 11:31-12:9 183

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; Mary Greene (Lee and Kh. Sharon’s sister); Lynda Costas; Fr. Nicholas, Kh. Jan and Angelina Speier; David Morris and his family; Vernie Meadows, Fr. James and Kh. Sharon and their family; Dn. Noah and Sh. Beth Ann (Baker) Pappas, the Reader Basil and Brenda and all of the Baker family; Chris and Rebecca Dansereau and their daughters; Fr. Leo and Kh. Be’Be’ and their family; Emad and Natalia Alaeetawi and their family.

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.

There will be no Daily Orthros on weekdays until the Fast of the Nativity, which begins on November 15th.

Our annual Fall Festival is scheduled for Saturday, October 19th. Many thanks to Anna Kathryn Stewart for agreeing to coordinate this event again! Several people have agreed to help with this as well, but we need more volunteers, including men to help cook burgers and hotdogs, etc. A link to the sign–up sheet was e-mailed last week. If you did not receive the e-mail, please let Anna Kathryn know. As in past years, we will not have Ninth Hour or Great Vespers that evening.

Calendar Items:

* The Men of the parish meet for lunch and fellowship on the first Thursday of the month. However, they will meet on the third Thursday in July (only).

* The Ladies of St. Peter 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.

* Our annual Fall Festival is scheduled for Saturday, October 19th.

* The Women’s Pan-Orthodox Retreat will be held at Holy Resurrection on Saturday, October 26th. Abbot Tryphon of All-Merciful Saviour Monastery, Vashon Island, Washington will be our speaker.

* We will celebrate the Feastday of St. Rapael, Bishop of Brooklyn with Orthros followed by Divine Liturgy on Saturday morning, November 2nd, beginning at 9:00 a.m.

* Bishop NICHOLAS will make his next arch-pastoral visit to St. Peter on the weekend of November 8-10. Please mark your calendars now.

* Daily Orthros will resume with the Fast of the Nativity, which begins on November 15th.

Fasting Discipline for October

In October, the traditional fasting discipline (no meat, dairy, eggs, fish, wine or oil) is observed on all Wednesdays and Fridays of the month.

Major Commemorations for October

October 6 Apostle Thomas

October 9 Apostle James, Son of Alphaeus

October 18 Apostle Luke

October 23 Apostle James, Brother of the Lord

October 26 Great-martyr Demetrios

Directory update: Davis Bourne has a new address:

4661 Trawick Drive

Jackson, MS 39211

Please refrain from wearing shorts or revealing clothes to the services of the church this summer. We realize that it is hot but the church frowns on attire that is that casual for its services.

2019 Orthodox Women’s Retreat: Plans are underway for the fifth annual Orthodox Women’s Retreat on the last weekend of October at Holy Resurrection Orthodox Church in Clinton, Ms. We are honored to have Abbot Tryphon of All-Merciful Saviour Monastery, Vashon Island, Washington, as our speaker. The ladies of Holy Resurrection, Holy Trinity-St. John the Theologian, and St. Peter Orthodox Churches look forward to hosting you on October 26th. Flyers and registration forms are available in the hallway outside the nave.

If severe weather is in the area please check our website or facebook page for information on services. If it is ever necessary to cancel any of our services due to severe weather conditions, this will be posted on those sites.

For Parents: Children in the nursery during Coffee Hour MUST be supervised just as they are on the playground. This room is used for Sunday School each week. Children who are unsupervised create disarray and use materials set aside for the teaching of Christian Education. This creates extra work for the Sunday School teachers who have to come in and set the room in order before class or who find supplies depleted unexpectedly. A parent must be in the room with their children at all times. Please help us with this! — Fr. John

Unsupervised children in the Kitchen: For health and safety concerns children are not to be allowed in the kitchen unless accompanied by a parent. Please get ice for your children and do NOT allow them to use the icemaker themselves.

ead of ManHead of Maonasteries

Quotable: “True prayer, then, cannot be attained without divine grace. If the true God does not condescend, the one who prays will be unable to commune with God’s Spirit. The paths of prayer are intricate and he who prays meets with opposition from many angles. His corruptible body has not the strength to raise itself to the level of the Spirit; his mind is not sufficiently enlightened or inspired to surrender to the Great God and Saviour Who ‘raiseth the dead’ (2 Cor. 1:9) and thereby leap over the confines of fear, doubt, falsehood and ignorance. Furthermore, his social environment and its proud ethos of self-justification, which is ‘abomination in the sight of God’ (Luke 16:15), is not conducive to prayer. The spirits of wickedness, moreover, cannot bear the saving work of prayer. For prayer draws the entire created world back from its fall, and accomplishes man’s sanctification.”

Archimandrite Zacharias, The Hidden Man of the Heart

Worship: Sunday, October 13, 2019 (Sunday of the Holy Fathers of the Seventh Ecumenical Council)

Scripture: Titus 3:8-15; Luke 8:5-15

Celebrant: Father John

Epistle Reader: Warren Strain

Prosphora: Katool

Coffee Hour: POT LUCK MEAL

Set-up: Henderson/Lockhart/Alaeetawi/Cooper