10/17 announcements

October 17, 2021

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

UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE: All services listed on the calendar will be available through streaming and webcast.

Please continue to follow the CDC Guidelines to limit contagion and the spread of the COVID virus.

Sunday, October 17 (Holy Fathers of the 7th Ecumenical Council)

8:50 a.m. — Orthros (webcast)

9:00 a.m. — Christian Education

10:00 a.m. — Divine Liturgy (webcast)

Monday, October 18 (Apostle Luke)

Father Herman off

Tuesday, October 19


NO Services

Wednesday, October 20

6:30 p.m. — Daily Vespers

7:30 p.m. — Parish Council Meeting

Thursday, October 21

NO Services

Friday, October 22

NO Services

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

4:00 p.m. — Fall Festival (Great Vespers cancelled)

Sunday, October 24 (Eighteenth Sunday after Pentecost)

8:50 a.m. — Orthros (webcast)

9:00 a.m. — Christian Education

10:00 a.m. — Divine Liturgy (webcast)

SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENTS

Please be reminded that it is common Antiochian practice to tilt your head back and open your mouth to receive the Body and Blood. Please be aware of this when you approach the Chalice.

The Eucharist Bread …was offered by the Karams for the Divine Liturgy this morning. The Artoklasia Bread for the Litia & Artoklasia for the Sunday of the Holy Fathers was offered last night by the Daniel Roots.

Eucharist Bread Schedule (MODIFIED Coffee Hour — Coffee only, no food**):

Eucharist Bread Coffee Hour

October 17 Karam Dansereau, Alaeetawi

October 24 Brock Meadows, Algood

October 31 R. Root Schelver, Pigott

November 6 (Sat. a.m.) Baker D. Root, Baker

(Feast of St. Raphael, Bishop of Brooklyn)

November 7 Algood Henderson, Jones

November 14 Katool Dansereau, Alaeetawi, Katool

November 20 (Sat. p.m.) Meadows (Artoklasia Bread)

November 21 Schelver Meadows, Pigott

November 28 Jones Schelver, Algood

We will continue to serve coffee (and juice for the children), and will now add pre-packaged snacks, following the Divine Liturgy on Sunday mornings. We will also continue to use the disposable cups and individual sweeteners and creamers. Please use the available hand sanitizer before using the air-pots to get your coffee. Coffee will be served inside the fellowship hall and people will be free to go outside or to sit inside. For those sitting inside, we ask that you spread out and provide some space for each other. Please DO NOT congregate in front of the coffee table or in the entrance to the Fellowship Hall.

Schedule for Epistle Readers – Page numbers refer to the Apostolos (book of the Epistles) located on the Chanters’ stand at the front of the nave. Please be sure to use this book when you read.

Reader Reading Page#

October 17 Sam Habeeb Titus 3:8-15 322

October 24 Sh. Charlotte Algood II Cor. 9:6-11 178

October 31 Kh. Sharon Meadows II Cor. 11:31-12:9 183

November 6 (Sat. a.m.) Ian Jones Heb. 7:26-8:2 334

November 7 Brenda Baker Gal. 1:11-19 188

November 14 Walt Wood I Cor. 4:9-16 135

November 21 Kh. Be’Be’ Schelver Heb. 9:1-7 337

November 28 Sam Habeeb Eph. 2:4-10 202

Also, please remember that we still need your tithes and offerings which may be placed in the tithe box at the back of the nave or be mailed to: St. Peter Orthodox Church, P.O. Box 2084, Madison, MS 39130-2084.

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; Mary Greene (Lee and Kh. Sharon’s sister); Jay and Joanna; Fr. Leo and Kh. Be’Be’ and their family; Emad and Natalia Alaeetawi and their family; Tom and Kathy Willingham; Marilyn (Kyriake) Snell; Jack and Jill Weatherly; Darlene Amason and her family; Lottie Dabbs (Sh. Charlotte Algood’s mother), Sh. Charlotte and their family; Maria Costas (currently at St. Catherine’s Village); Eugene and Bea Berry.

Maria Costas’ address is listed below. She would enjoy any cards you wish to send her.

St. Catherine’s Village

200 Dominican Drive

Sienna Room 201

Madison, MS 39110

If you are not feeling well, PLEASE do not attempt to come to the services. This also includes anyone who may have been exposed to you during this time. Also, please let Fr. Herman know if you are not feeling well and have COVID like symptoms.

Decorations Volunteers: If you are interested in decorating the church and the festal icon for the major feasts during the year, please see Sh. Charlotte or Kh. Nikki.

Fall Festival has been scheduled for next Saturday, October 23rd, beginning at 4:00 p.m.!! Great Vespers will be cancelled for that day. We need a headcount for the food, so please place your name (and the number coming from your family) on the sign-up sheet in the Fellowship Hall if you plan to attend. If you have any questions, please see Anna Kathryn Stewart.

We will celebrate Fr. John’s Retirement as well as our 35th Anniversary and our annual visit from His Grace, Bishop NICHOLAS on the weekend of March 5-6, 2022. More information will be coming on the festivities in the near future.

There are still a few more books on the table in the Fellowship Hall. Please take as needed.

Instructions for streaming our services can be found on the parish website.

Dn. Richard is in charge of showing photos from St. Peter’s last 35 years for the celebration on March 5th. Please look through your photos and submit good selections to him within the next couple of weeks. They may be physical prints of digital clips. Be sure to put your name on them if you want them returned. Suggested Categories:

Weddings, Baptisms, Chrismations Bible Studies

Fishing Trips Men’s and Women’s lunches

Retreats Angel Tree

Fall Festival Sunday School and Garden work

Stew Pot Work Days

Any other things involving the life of our parish

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 17 Sunday of the Holy Fathers of the Seventh Ecumenical Council

October 23 Apostle James, Brother of the Lord

October 26 Great-martyr Demetrios

Calendar Items:

* The Ladies will meet at the church at 10:00 a.m. on the second Saturday of the month to pray the Akathist to the Mother of God, Nurturer of Children on behalf of our children. They will also enjoy a book study afterwards.

* The Ladies will meet for a brown-bag lunch at the church on the last Tuesday of the month.

* We will celebrate the feastday of St. Raphael, Bishop of Brooklyn with Orthros followed by Divine Liturgy on Saturday morning, November 6th, beginning at 9:00 a.m.

* The remaining Stewpot date for this year is November 6. More information will be available closer to time.

* His Grace, Bishop NICHOLAS will be at St. Peter the weekend of March 5-6, 2022 to help us celebrate Fr. John’s retirement and our 35th anniversary as a parish. Please mark your calendars now.

Quotable: “True Christians live in this world as travellers, pilgrims, and sojourners, and they look ever toward their heavenly homeland with faith and with the eyes of the soul, and they strive to reach it. You should also be a pilgrim and sojourner in this world and constantly look toward that homeland and strive to obtain it, and so the world and its enticements and lusts will become abhorrent to you. Whoever seeks eternal blessedness and desires it and strives to reach it will despise everything temporal, lest while seeking the temporal he be deprived of the eternal.”

St. Tikhon of Zdansk, Journey to Heaven

Worship: Sunday, October 24, 2021 (Eighteenth Sunday after Pentecost)

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

Celebrant: Father Herman

Epistle Reader: Sh. Charlotte Algood

Prosphora: Brock

Coffee Hour: Meadows, Algood