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2/23 announcements

February 23, 2020

Sunday of the Last Judgement

Meat Fare Sunday

Yes, it is that time again. Lent begins on Monday, March 2nd, but we begin the preparations for the journey of “bright-sadness” by especially dealing with our hearts and our spiritual condition. In her wisdom the Church is a great aid to us, for the four Sundays before Lent carry special themes that enable us to examine ourselves.

The theme of the second Sunday before Lent is THE LAST JUDGEMENT (meat fare) and the Gospel lesson is Matthew 25:31-46 in which Christ describes the last judgement. It is a lesson about Christian love. For we all need love and each have been given the gift and grace of Christ’s love. Thus, on whether or not we have accepted this responsibility (of Christ’s gift), and on whether we have loved or refused to love, shall we be judged. For “inasmuch as you have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, you have done it unto Me….”

I Corinthians 8:8-9:2: St Paul, writing to the Corinthians, uses the situation about eating meat that had been sacrificed to idols to encourage them and us that we should be aware of our actions and how they affect others in their quest for holiness.

Matthew 25:31-46: In describing the judgment of the nations, the Lord Jesus tells us that the righ­teous will receive eternal blessings, while the unrighteous shall receive eternal punishment.

Troparion of the Resurrection: Let the heavens rejoice and the earth be glad; for the Lord hath done a mighty act with his own arm. He hath trampled down death and become the First-born from the dead. He hath delivered us from the depths of hades, granting the world the 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 Meat Fare Sunday: When thou comest, O God, to earth with glory, and all creatures tremble before thee, and the river of fire floweth before the Altar, and the books are opened and sins revealed, deliver me then from that unquenchable fire, and make me worthy to stand at thy right hand, O righteous Judge.

CALENDAR

Sunday, February 23 (Sunday of Meat Fare)

8:50 a.m. — Orthros

9:00 a.m. — Christian Education

10:00 a.m. — Divine Liturgy

Monday, February 24 (The Forerunner – 1st & 2nd Discoveries)

Father John’s Day Off

Tuesday, February 25

6:30 a.m. — Daily Orthros

12:00 p.m. — Ladies’ Lunch

Wednesday, February 26

6:30 p.m. — Daily Vespers

7:15 p.m. — Choir Practice

7:30 p.m. — Parish Council Meeting

Thursday, February 27

6:30 a.m. — Daily Orthros

Friday, February 28

Saturday, February 29

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

Sunday, March 1 (Sunday of Cheese Fare)

8:50 a.m. — Orthros

9:00 a.m. — Christian Education

10:00 a.m. — Divine Liturgy

6:30 p.m. — Forgiveness Vespers

SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENTS

Eucharist Bread …was offered by the Algoods for the Divine Liturgy last Sunday, by the Katools for the Saturday of the Souls liturgy yesterday morning and by the Schelvers for the Divine Liturgy this morning. The koliva for the Saturday of the Souls liturgy yesterday morning was offered by the Joneses.

Eucharist Bread and Coffee Hour Schedule:

Eucharist Bread Coffee Hour

February 23 Schelver Pigott/Meadows

March 1 Morris Baker/D. Root/Dansereau

March 8 Jones Katool/Davis/Algood/Baba

March 15 Meadows Schelver/Karam/Pacurari

March 22 Davis Habeeb/Jones/Turner

March 24 (Tues. p.m.) D. Root Christina Katool

(Feast of the Annunciation)

March 29 Karam Ellis/Zouboukos/Waites

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#

February 23 Sam Habeeb I Cor. 8:8-9:2 273

March 1 Brenda Baker Rom. 13:11-14:4 279

March 8 Kh. Sharon Meadows Heb. 11:24-26, 32-40 281

March 15 Sh. Charlotte Algood Heb. 1:10-2:3 283

March 22 Kh. Be’Be’ Schelver Heb. 4:14-5:6 285

March 24 (Tues. p.m.) Kh. Sharon Meadows Heb. 2:11-18 376

March 29 Mildred Morris Heb. 6:13-20 287

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; Tom and Kathy Willingham.

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 continue to pray for the following members of St. Peter:

Warren Strain and their family. Warren is hospitalized at Baptist Hospital following a stroke on December 23rd.

Nicholas Zouboukos and his family. Nicholas is back in classes at Ole Miss but continues to undergo evaluation for a GI disorder.

Aidan Milnor and his family. Aidan is continuing to recover from his illness at home.

All those in our parish affected by the recent floods.

A Benevolence account has been established at St. Peter to help the Strain family deal with Warren’s medical bills and other needs. If you would like to make a donation to this fund, please note on your check that it is for the Warren Strain Benevolence Fund. 100% of these funds will go to the Strain family.

Pledge Letters were mailed recently. Please fill these out and return them as soon as possible.

House Blessings! A sign-up sheet is available in the Fellowship Hall to sign up to have your home blessed. 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 (March 2nd this year).

Tax letters for 2019 Donations were mailed recently. Please let Kh. Sharon know if you did not receive yours, or if there were any discrepancies in the amount listed.

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.

* Schedule for the special Services of the First Week in Great Lent:

Sunday, March 1st, 6:30 p.m. – Forgiveness Vespers

Monday, March 2nd, 6:30 p.m. — Canon of St. Andrew of Crete

Tuesday, March 3rd, 6:30 p.m.

2/9 announcements

February 9, 2020

Sunday of the Pharisee and the Publican and

Leave-taking of the Presentation (Meeting) of Christ

Yes, it is that time again. Lent begins on Monday, March 2nd, but we begin the preparations for the journey of “bright-sadness” by especially dealing with our hearts and our spiritual condition. In her wisdom the Church is a great aid to us, for the four Sundays before Lent carry special themes that enable us to examine ourselves.

The theme of the fourth Sunday before Lent is HUMILITY and the Gospel lesson of the Publican and the Pharisee (Luke 18:10-14) is read. Here we are taught to avoid the arrogant thoughts of the Pharisee and to emulate the humble prayer of the Publican “God be merciful to me a sinner.”

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 18:10-14: In the parable of the Pharisee and the tax-gatherer, Jesus teaches us that justification does not come to those who are proud and arrogant, but rather to those who are humble and repen­tant.

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 the Presentation: Rejoice, O Virgin Theotokos, full of grace; for from thee arose the Sun of justice, Christ our God, lighting those who are in darkness. Rejoice and be glad, O righteous old man, carrying in thine arms the Deliverer of our souls, who granteth us resurrection.

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, February 9 (Sunday of the Pharisee and the Publican)

8:50 a.m. — Orthros

9:00 a.m. — Christian Education

10:00 a.m. — Divine Liturgy

Monday, February 10 (Hieromartyr Haralampos)

Father John’s Day Off

Tuesday, February 11 (Blaise, Bishop of Sebaste)

6:30 a.m. — Daily Orthros

Wednesday, February 12

6:30 p.m. — Daily Vespers

7:15 p.m. — Choir Practice

Thursday, February 13

6:30 a.m. — Daily Orthros

Friday, February 14

Saturday, February 15

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

Sunday, February 16 (Sunday of the Prodigal Son)
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 Hendersons for the Divine Liturgy this morning.

Eucharist Bread and Coffee Hour Schedule:

Eucharist Bread Coffee Hour

February 9 Henderson Henderson/Lockhart/Alaeetawi/Cooper

February 16 Algood Stewart/Meadows

February 22 (Sat. a.m.) Katool Rebecca Dansereau

(Saturday of the Souls) Koliva: Sh. Charlotte Algood

February 23 Schelver Pigott/Meadows

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#

February 9 Kh. Be’Be’ Schelver II Tim. 3:10-15 258

February 16 Mildred Morris I Cor. 6:12-20 265

February 22 (Sat. a.m.) Kh. Sharon Meadows I Cor. 10:23-26 271

February 23 Sam Habeeb I Cor. 8:8-9:2 273

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 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; Tom and Kathy Willingham..

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

Please continue to pray for the following members of St. Peter:

Warren Strain and their family. Warren is hospitalized at Baptist Hospital following a stroke on December 23rd.

Nicholas Zouboukos and his family. Nicholas is back in classes at Ole Miss but continues to undergo evaluation for a GI disorder.

Aidan Milnor and his family. Aidan is continuing to recover from his illness at home.

A Benevolence account has been established at St. Peter to help the Strain family deal with Warren’s medical bills and other needs. If you would like to make a donation to this fund, please note on your check that it is for the Warren Strain Benevolence Fund. 100% of these funds will go to the Strain family.

Dorin and Carolina Lavric’s temporary address (until March 31st) is

4106 Johns Creek Circle

Johns Creek, GA 30097

Pledge Letters were mailed recently. Please fill these out and return them as soon as possible.

The Annual Lebanese Dinner at St. George’s in Vicksburg will be Monday, February 10th. They will begin serving lunch at 10:00 a.m. and the evening meal at 4:00 p.m. The tit price will $15 per plate. The address is 2709 Washington Street, Vicksburg (the phone number is 601-636-2483.)

Tax letters for 2019 Donations were mailed last week. Please let Kh. Sharon know if you do not receive yours, or if there are any discrepancies in the amount listed.

House Blessings! A sign-up sheet is available in the Fellowship Hall to sign up to have your home blessed. 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 (March 2nd this year).

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 Annual Lebanese Dinner at St. George in Vicksburg is on Monday, February 10th.

* The Saturday of the Souls will be celebrated on Saturday morning, February 22nd with Orthros followed by Divine Liturgy, beginning at 9:00 a.m.

* Stewpot Dates: February 22nd and August 22nd.

* Sunday of Orthodoxy Vespers will take place at St. Peter this year on Sunday evening, March 8th. More information will be available shortly.

* Sunday May 17th will be the last day of Church School until the fall.

* Bishop NICHOLAS’ next archpastoral visit is tentatively scheduled for May17-18th.

* Vacation Church School will be July 9-11. More information will be available at a later date.

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.

Fasting Discipline for February

The traditional fasting discipline (no meat, dairy, eggs, fish, wine or oil) is observed on Wednesdays and Fridays of the month. However there is no fasting during the week following the Sunday of the Pharisee and the Publican (February 9th). Following Meat Fare Sunday (February 23rd) meat will no longer be eaten until Pascha. During the week following Meat Fare Sunday dairy products (milk, cheese, eggs, etc.) are permitted, even on Wednesday and Friday.

Major Commemorations for February

February 9 Sunday of the Pharisee and the Publican

February 10 Heiromartyr Haralampos

February 11 Blaise, Bishop of Sebaste

February 16 Sunday of the Prodigal Son

February 22 Saturday of the Souls

February 23 Meat Fare Sunday

February 24 The Forerunner (1st and 2nd Discoveries)

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

Quotable: “Passion is a knot of contradictions. It’s the expression of an egotism which wants to make all things gravitate around it; it’s the transformation of the world exclusively into a center of preoccupation as well. Passion is a product of the will of egocentric sovereignty; it’s also a force which pushes man down to the state of an object carried here and there against his will. Sometimes it seeks the infinite; other times it chooses nothingness.”

Dumitru Staniloae, Orthodox Spirtuality

Worship: Sunday, February 16, 2020 (Sunday of the Prodigal Son)

Scripture: I Corinthians 6:12-20; Luke 15:11-32

Celebrant: Father John

Epistle Reader: Mildred Morris

Prosphora: Algood

Coffee Hour: Stewart/Meadows

1/26 announcements

January 26, 2020

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: 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: 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 26 (Thirty-second Sunday after Pentecost)

8:50 a.m. — Orthros

9:00 a.m. — Christian Education

10:00 a.m. — Divine Liturgy

Monday, January 27 (John Chrysostom)

Father John’s Day Off

Tuesday, January 28

6:30 a.m. — Daily Orthros

12:00 p.m. — Ladies Lunch

Wednesday, January 29

6:30 p.m. — Daily Vespers

7:15 p.m. — Choir Practice

7:30 p.m. — Parish Council Meeting

Thursday, January 30 (The Three Hierarchs)

6:30 a.m. — Festal Orthros

Friday, January 31 (Cyros and John the Unmercenary Healers)

Saturday, February 1

10:30 a.m. — Baptism of Henry Wood

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

Sunday, February 2 (Presentation of our Lord in the Temple)

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 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 26 Brock Habeeb/Jones/Turner

February 2 Baker POT LUCK MEAL

Set-up: Ellis/Zouboukos/Waites

February 9 Henderson Henderson/Lockhart/Alaeetawi/Cooper

February 16 Algood Stewart/Meadows

February 22 (Sat. a.m.) Katool Rebecca Dansereau

(Saturday of the Souls) Koliva: Sh. Charlotte Algood

February 23 Schelver Pigott/Meadows

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#

January 26 Sam Habeeb I Tim. 4:9-15 252

February 2 Sh. Charlotte Algood Heb. 7:7-17 371

February 9 Kh. Be’Be’ Schelver II Tim. 3:10-15 258

February 16 Mildred Morris I Cor. 6:12-20 265

February 22 (Sat. a.m.) Kh. Sharon Meadows I Cor. 10:23-26 271

February 23 Sam Habeeb I Cor. 8:8-9:2 273

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; Tom and Kathy Willingham..

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

Please continue to pray for the following members of St. Peter:

Warren Strain and their family. Warren is hospitalized in the ICU at St. Dominic’s following a stroke on December 23rd.

Nicholas Zouboukos and his family. Nickolas has recovered from his pneumonia and will be undergoing tests for a GI disorder in the future.

Aidan Milnor and his family. Aidan is now recovering from his illness at home.

A Benevolence account has been established at St. Peter to help the Strain family deal with Warren’s medical bills and other needs. If you would like to make a donation to this fund, please note on your check that it is for the Warren Strain Benevolence Fund. 100% of these funds will go to the Strain family.

We welcome Leonid Ivanovski into the fellowship of St. Peter’s. Leonid is a Serbian Orthodox Christian who has recently taken a job here and relocated from her home in Michigan.

Henry Wood (son of Thomas and Katie Wood) will be baptized on Saturday morning, February 1st, beginning at 10:30 a.m. Dale Cooper will be his Godfather. Please keep them in your prayers.

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.

* We will celebrate the Feast of the Presentation of our Lord in Temple with a POT LUCK MEAL on Sunday, February 2nd. (As a result, there will be no Pot Luck Meal on the second Sunday of the month, as is our parish custom.)

* The Annual Lebanese Dinner at St. George in Vicksburg is on Monday, February 10th.

* The Saturday of the Souls will be celebrated on Saturday morning, February 22nd with Orthros followed by Divine Liturgy, beginning at 9:00 a.m.

* Stewpot Dates: February 22nd and August 22nd.

* Sunday of Orthodoxy Vespers will take place at St. Peter this year on Sunday evening, March 8th. More information will be available shortly.

Pledge Letters were mailed earlier this week. Please fill these out and return them as soon as possible.

Tax letters for 2019 Donations will be mailed shortly. Please let Kh. Sharon know if you do not receive yours, or if there are any discrepancies in the amount listed.

House Blessings! A sign-up sheet is available in the Fellowship Hall to sign up to have your home blessed. 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 (March 2nd this year).

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.

Fasting Discipline for January

Following the Feast of Theophany the traditional fasting discipline (no meat, dairy, eggs, fish, wine or oil) is observed on the remaining Wednesdays and Fridays of the month.

Major Commemorations for January

January 27 John Chrysostom

January 30 The Three Hierarchs

January 31 Cyros and John the Unmercenary Healers

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: “Man, without being himself infinite, not only is fit, but is also thirsty for the infinite and precisely for this reason is also capable of, and longs for, God, the true and only infinite (homo capax divini—man capable of the divine). He has a capacity and is thirsty for the infinite not in the sense that he is in a state to win it, to absorb it in his nature—because then human nature itself would become infinite—but in the sense that he can and must be nourished spiritually from the infinite, and infinitely. He seeks and is able to live in a continual communication with it. But man didn’t want to be satisfied with this sharing in the infinite; he wanted to become himself the center of the infinite, or he believed that he is such a center; he let himself be tricked by nature’s thirst for the infinite.”

Dumitru Staniloae, Orthodox Spirtuality

Worship: Sunday, February 2, 2020 (Feast of the Presentation of our Lord in the Temple)

Scripture: Hebrews 7:7-17; Luke 2:22-40

Celebrant: Father John

Epistle Reader: Sh. Charlotte Algood

Prosphora: Baker

Coffee Hour: POT LUCK MEAL

Set-up: Ellis/Zouboukos/Waites