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Memory Eternal, Tatyana Rukhlina-Dyess

Tatyana Anatolyevna Rukhlina-Dyess, 51, died February 17, 2018 at UMMC following a lengthy battle with cancer.

Tatyana was born April 18, 1966 in Volgograd, Russia. As an only child, she grew up very close to her cousins. Tatyana was educated in Russia, obtaining a Master’s Degree in Linguistics. She moved to the United States and Mississippi in 1997 to pursue additional education, earning a Master’s Degree in Accounting from Jackson State University. Tatyana held several positions in financial services and worked as an Interpreter-Translator. Her last employment was with Jackson State University writing grants.

She married Van Dyess of Star in 2009. She attended Holy Resurrection Russian Orthodox Church in Clinton and for the past three years, St. Peter Antiochian Orthodox Church in Madison.

She is preceded in death by her father, Anatoly Ruhlina. Survivors include her mother, Zinaida Ruhlina, of Volgograd, Russia; husband, Van Dyess; cousins: Aleksandr Kuznetsov and Petr Lysenko, of Russia; and childhood friend, Irina Pronina, of Russia. She had many special friends while living and working in the Jackson area. She also leaves behind her dear cat, Murka, already adopted by her friend, Fiona.

Tatyana would be pleased to have memorials made to St. Peter Antiochian Orthodox Church, P.O. Box 2084, Madison, MS 39130 or to Holy Resurrection Orthodox Church, 414 E. College St., Clinton, MS 39056

May her memory be eternal.

Memory Eternal, Caroline Halley

Caroline L Halley was born December 21, 1927 in her family’s home in Brooklyn, NY
and died February 19, 2018 in the company of friends and family.

She was an excellent cook and held a firm belief that all of life’s problems were best
addressed with food. She was an active member of St. Peter’s Orthodox Church of
Jackson, MS before she moved to Atlanta for the past five years. She thought Brooklyn
was the best but was happiest in the South. She enjoyed sports but never learned any
rules of the games. She was the life of the party and never met anyone who couldn’t
use her advice. Frank Sinatra was the love of her life. She was a fine dancer, a poor
singer and a master of arts and crafts.

She is survived by her daughter Anna Griffin and her husband Rick of Jackson, MS and
her son Robert Halley and his wife Jeanne-Marie of Atlanta, GA. She is also survived by
four grandchildren: Zachary Freundt and his wife Brianne, Emma Freundt, Zoe Freundt
and Cassie Freundt.

Visitation will be Wednesday, February 21, 2018 at 10:00 am at St. Elias Orthodox
Church, 2045 Ponce De Leon Avenue Northeast, Atlanta, GA 30307. Funeral will follow
at 11:00 am. Burial at Floral Hills Cemetary.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to The Little Lighthouse, 620 Briarwood Drive,
Jackson, MS 39211, http://www.llhms.org/ or the charity of your choice.

2/18 announcements

February 18, 2018

Sunday of Cheese Fare

Yes, it is that time again. Lent begins on Monday, February 19th, 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 Sunday before Lent is FORGIVENESS (cheese fare) and the Gospel lesson is Matthew 6:14-21 which teaches us both of forgiveness and of fasting. “To forgive is to put between me and my enemy the radiant forgiveness of God Himself. To forgive is to reject the hopeless dead-ends of human relations and to refer them to Christ. Forgiveness is truly a breakthrough of the Kingdom into this sinful and fallen world” (Great Lent, Page 28). And to fast is to first fast before God and not men so as to curb the desires and cravings of our fallen nature. This effort can help free us from the dictatorship of the flesh over our spirit, so we can more fully love and forgive.

Romans 13:11-14:4: As we read from his letter to the Romans, St. Paul encourages us to walk in the light and put aside the deeds of darkness, knowing that the time of salvation is near at hand. He also encourages us to accept those who are weak in faith and not to make personal judgments.

Matthew 6:14-21: The Lord Jesus in this portion of the Sermon on the Mount gives us instructions on forgiving others, on fasting, and on laying up treasures in our hearts.

Troparion of the Resurrection: Having learned the joyful message of the Resurrection from the angel, the women Disciples cast from them their parental condemnation, and proudly broke the news to the Disciples, saying, Death has been spoiled. Christ God is risen, 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 Cheese Fare Sunday: O thou who guidest to wisdom, and givest understanding and intelligence, the Instructor of the ignorant and Helper of the poor, strengthen my heart and grant it understanding, O Master. Give me word, O Word of the Father; for behold, I shall not refrain my lips from crying to thee, O merciful One, have mercy upon me who am fallen.

CALENDAR

Sunday, February 18 (Sunday of Cheesefare)

8:50 a.m. — Orthros

9:00 a.m. — Christian Education

10:00 a.m. — Divine Liturgy

6:30 p.m. — Forgiveness Vespers

Monday, February 19 (Clean Monday)

[GREAT LENT BEGINS]

Office Closed — Father John’s Day Off

6:30 p.m. — Canon of St. Andrew of Crete

Tuesday, February 20

6:00 a.m. — Lenten Orthros

6:30 p.m. — Canon of St. Andrew of Crete

Wednesday, February 21

6:30 p.m. — Presanctified Liturgy followed by Soup Supper

Thursday, February 22

6:00 a.m. — Lenten Orthros

6:30 p.m. — Canon of St. Andrew of Crete

Friday, February 23

6:30 p.m. — Akathist Hymn to the Theotokos

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

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

Sunday, February 25 (Sunday of Orthodoxy)

8:50 a.m. — Orthros

9:00 a.m. — Christian Education

10:00 a.m. — Divine Liturgy

5:00 p.m. — Sunday of Orthodoxy Vespers at Holy Trinity/St. John the Divine

Greek Orthodox Church

SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENTS

Eucharist Bread …was offered by the Katools for the Divine Liturgy this morning.

Eucharist Bread and Coffee Hour Schedule:

Eucharist Bread Coffee Hour

February 18 Katool Algood/Jones/Strain/Dabit)

February 25 Schelver R. Root/Habeeb/Pacurari

March 4 Morris POT LUCK MEAL

(set-up: Schelver/Meadows/Karam)

March 11 Jones Henderson/Baker/Lockhart

March 17 (Sat. a.m.) Henderson Brenda Baker

(Saturday of the Souls) Koliva: Karen Cooper

March 18 Meadows Stewart/Turner/Waites

March 25 Davis POT LUCK MEAL

(Feast of the Annunciation) (set-up: Pigott/Lavric/Alaeetawi)

March 31 (Sat. a.m.) D. Root Kh. Sharon Meadows

(Lazarus Saturday)

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#

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

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

March 4 Mildred Morris Heb. 1:10-2:3 283

March 11 Brenda Baker Heb. 4:14-5:6 285

March 17 (Sat. a.m.) Kh. Sharon Meadows I Cor. 10:23-26 271

March 18 Kh. Be’Be’ Schelver Heb. 6:13-20 287

March 25 Sh. Charlotte Algood Heb. 2:11-18 376

March 31 (Sat. a.m.) Kh. Sharon Meadows Heb. 12:28-13:8 291

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 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 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; 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; Vernie Meadows, Fr. James and Kh. Sharon and their family; Walt and Charlotte Wood and their family.

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 keep Tatyana Rukhlina in your prayers as she is nearing the end of her life. When the event occurs, her funeral and mercy meal will be held here at St. Peter with her burial at Natchez Trace Cemetery.

Dr. Herman (Tristan) Englehardt, who spoke here several years ago, has been diagnosed with throat cancer and is not doing well. Please keep him and his family in your prayers.

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.

His Grace, Bishop NICHOLAS will be making his first Arch-pastoral visit to St. Peter the week-end of March 2-6, 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.

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.

* The Schedule of Services for the first week of Great Lent is as follows:

Sunday, February 18 — Forgiveness Vespers at 6:30 p.m.

Monday, February 19 — Great Canon of St. Andrew of Crete at 6:30 p.m.

Tuesday, February 20 — Great Canon of St. Andrew of Crete at 6:30 p.m.

Wednesday, February 21 — Presanctified Liurgy with Soup Supper at 6:30 p.m.

Thursday, February 22 — Canon of St. Andrew of Crete at 6:30 p.m.

Friday, February 23 — Akathist Hymn to the Theotokos

Sunday, February 25 — Sunday of Orthodoxy Vespers at Greek Orthodox Church in Jackson, at 5:00 p.m.

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

* The dates for serving meals at the Stewpot are March 24th and November 10th.

St. Nicholas Offering: The Parish Council has decided that the money raised in December for our St. Nicholas Offering will go to the Little Lighthouse, an organization that ministers to children with Special Needs.

Fasting Discipline for February

Monday, February 19th is Clean Monday, the first day of Great Lent when the traditional fasting discipline (no meat, dairy, eggs, fish, wine or oil) is observed on all days of the week until Pascha (except the Feast of the Annunciation on March 25th and Palm Sunday on April 1st, when fish, wine and oil are permitted).

Major Commemorations for February

February 19 Clean Monday

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

February 25 Sunday of Orthodoxy

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.

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.

ead of ManHead of Maonasteries

Quotable: “The revelation of God as I AM THAT I AM proclaims the personal character of the Absolute God which is the core of His life. To interpret this revelation the Fathers adopted the philosophical term hypostasis, which first and foremost conveys actuality and can be applied to things, to man or to God. In many instances it was used as a synonym for essence. (Substance is the exact Latin translation.) In the Second Epistle to the Corinthians (2 Cor. 11.7) hypostasis denotes sober reality and is translated into English as confidence or assurance. In the Epistle to the Hebrews the term describes the Person of the Father: ‘Who being . . . the express image of his person’ (Heb. 1.3). Other renderings to be found in the same Epistle are substance—‘Now faith is the substance of things hoped for’ (Heb. 2.1)—and very being—‘the stamp of God’s very being’ (N.E.B. Heb. 1.3). So then, these three words, Person, substance, very being, taken together impart the content of the Greek theological expression hypostasis, to be understood as comprising, on the one hand, the notion of Countenance, Person, while on the other, stressing the cardinal importance of the personal dimension in Being. In the present text the terms Hypostasis and Person(a) are identical in meaning .”

Archimandrite Sophrony, His Life Is Mine

Worship: Sunday, February 25, 2018 (Sunday of Orthodoxy)

Scripture: Hebrews 11:24-26, 32-40; John 1:43-51

Celebrant: Father John

Epistle Reader: David Turner

Prosphora: Schelver

Coffee Hour: R. Root/Habeeb/Pacurari

2/11 announcements

February 11, 2018

Sunday of Meatfare

Yes, it is that time again. Lent begins on Monday, February 19th, 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 11 (Sunday of Meatfare)

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, February 12

Office Closed — Father John’s Day Off

Tuesday, February 13

6:00 a.m. — Daily Orthros

Wednesday, February 14

6:30 p.m. — Daily Vespers

7:15 p.m. — Choir Practice

Thursday, February 15

6:00 a.m. — Daily Orthros

Friday, February 16

Saturday, February 17 (Saturday of the Souls)

10:00 a.m. — Ladies meet for Akathist and Pre-Lenten meal

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

Sunday, February 18 (Sunday of Cheesefare)

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 this morning.

Eucharist Bread and Coffee Hour Schedule:

Eucharist Bread Coffee Hour

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#

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.

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 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; 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; Vernie Meadows, Fr. James and Kh. Sharon and their family; Walt and Charlotte Wood and their family.

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 keep Tatyana Rukhlina in your prayers as she is nearing the end of her life. When the event occurs, her funeral and mercy meal will be held here at St. Peter with her burial at Natchez Trace Cemetery.

Memory Eternal! Please remember Mr. Luther Meadows (Fr. James’ father) and Mrs. Sue Thayer (Charlotte Wood’s mother) in your prayers both of whom fell asleep in the Lord this past week. May their Memory be Eternal! Please keep their families in your prayers as well.

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.

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. However, they will meet on the third Saturday in February due to the Saturday of the Souls liturgy on the 10th.

* The Ladies of the parish meet for lunch and fellowship on the last Tuesday of the month.

* The Schedule of Services for the first week of Great Lent is as follows:

Sunday, February 18 — Forgiveness Vespers at 6:30 p.m.

Monday, February 19 — Great Canon of St. Andrew of Crete at 6:30 p.m.

Tuesday, February 20 — Great Canon of St. Andrew of Crete at 6:30 p.m.

Wednesday, February 21 — Presanctified Liurgy with Soup Supper at 6:30 p.m.

Thursday, February 22 — Canon of St. Andrew of Crete at 6:30 p.m.

Friday, February 23 — Akathist Hymn to the Theotokos

Sunday, February 25 — Sunday of Orthodoxy Vespers at Holy Trnity/St. John the Theologian Greek Orthodox Church in Jackson,
time TBA

* The Ladies of St. Peter will pray the Akathist on Saturday morning, February 17th beginning at 10:00 a.m. (instead of the usual second Saturday). They will also have a lunch afterwards and Father John will give a Pre-Lenten talk. Please mark your calendars now and make plans to be there.

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

* The dates for serving meals at the Stewpot are March 24th and November 10th.

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

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.

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).

St. Nicholas Offering: The Parish Council has decided that the money raised in December for our St. Nicholas Offering will go to the Little Lighthouse, an organization that ministers to children with Special Needs.

Father Patrick Reardon will be speaking on the Psalms at Holy Resurrection Orthodox Church in Clinton on Tuesday, February 13th at 10:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. These two talks are open to the public.

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.

Ladies of St. Peter Pre-Lenten Luncheon: On Saturday morning, February 17th, the Ladies will meet to pray the Akathist to the Mother of God, Nurturer of Children at 10:00 a.m. Afterwards, we will have a Pre-Lenten Luncheon and Father John will give a teaching. There will also be a brief business meeting. This has always been a wonderful means of fellowship and of preparing our hearts for the journey through Great Lent together. Please make plans to attend.

Fasting Discipline for February

After today meat will no longer be eaten until Pascha. During the week following Meatfare Sunday dairy products (milk, cheese, eggs, etc.) are permitted, even on Wednesday and Friday. February 18th is Cheesefare Sunday, the last day that dairy and wine are permitted. Monday, February 19th is Clean Monday, the first day of Great Lent when the traditional fasting discipline (no meat, dairy, eggs, fish, wine or oil) is observed on all days of the week until Pascha (except the Feast of the Annunciation on March 25th and Palm Sunday on April 1st, when fish, wine and oil are permitted).

Major Commemorations for February

February 11 Sunday of Meatfare

Blaise, Bishop of Sebaste

February 18 Sunday of Cheesefare

February 19 Clean Monday

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

February 25 Sunday of Orthodoxy

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: “In Christ and the coming of the Holy Spirit God gave us the full and final revelation of Himself. His Being now for us is the First Reality, incomparably more evident than all the transient phenomena of this world. We sense His divine presence both within us and without: in the supreme majesty of the universe, in the human face, in the lightning flash of thought. He opens our eyes that we may behold and delight in the beauty of His creation. He fills our souls with love towards all mankind. His indescribably gentle touch pierces our heart. And in the hours when His imperishable Light illumines our heart we know that we shall not die. We know this with a knowledge impossible to prove in the ordinary way but which for us requires no proof, since the Spirit Himself bears witness within us.”

Archimandrite Sophrony, His Life Is Mine

Worship: Sunday, February 18, 2018 (Sunday of Cheesefare)

Scripture: Romans 13:11-14:4; Matthew 6:14-21

Celebrant: Father John

Epistle Reader: Sam Habeeb

Prosphora: Katool

Coffee Hour: Algood/Jones/Strain/Dabit

2/4 announcements

February 4, 2018

Sunday of the Prodigal Son

Yes, it is that time again. Lent begins on Monday, February 19th, 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 third Sunday before Lent is RETURN FROM EXILE and the Gospel lesson of the Prodigal Son (Luke 15:11-32) is read. We are taught by this lesson that even as we stray from God, a banquet is set for our return. And we find that nothing in this fallen world truly satisfies, and thus we find ourselves on a pilgrimage of repentance – returning to God.

I Corinthians 6:12-20: In our reading from I Corinthians we hear St Paul remind us that we have been bought with a price and that our bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit; therefore we should turn from immorality and glorify God.

Luke 15:11-32: The parable of the prodigal son as told by our Lord serves to illustrate how precious in the sight of the Lord is one who repents from his sin and is returned to the fold.

Troparion of the Resurrection: When thou, O immortal Life, didst humble thyself unto death, then didst thou destroy death by the brightness of thy Godhead; and when thou didst raise the bowels of the earth, then all the heavenly powers exclaimed, O Christ, thou art the Giver of life! Glory to thee, O our God!

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 4 (Sunday of the Prodigal Son)

8:50 a.m. — Orthros

9:00 a.m. — Christian Education

10:00 a.m. — Divine Liturgy

Monday, February 5

Office Closed — Father John’s Day Off

Tuesday, February 6

6:00 a.m. — Daily Orthros

Wednesday, February 7

6:30 p.m. — Daily Vespers

7:15 p.m. — Choir Practice

Thursday, February 8

6:00 a.m. — Daily Orthros

11:30 a.m. — Men’s Lunch

6:30 p.m. — Great Vespers with Litia and Artoklasia

Friday, February 9

Saturday, February 10 (Saturday of the Souls)

9:00 a.m. — Orthros followed by Divine Liturgy

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

Sunday, February 11 (Sunday of Meatfare)

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 Dn. Richard Roots for the Divine Liturgy this morning. The Artoklasia Bread for the Feast of the Presentation of our Lord in the Temple this past Thursday evening was offered by the Meadows.

Eucharist Bread and Coffee Hour Schedule:

Eucharist Bread Coffee Hour

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#

February 4 David Turner 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.

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 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.

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. However, they will meet on the third Saturday in February due to the Saturday of the Souls liturgy on the 10th.

* The Ladies of the parish meet for lunch and fellowship on the last Tuesday of the month.

* 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.

* Due to the Saturday of the Souls Liturgy on February 10th, the Ladies of St. Peter will pray the Akathist on Saturday morning, February 17th beginning at 10:00 a.m. (instead of the usual second Saturday). They will also have a lunch afterwards and Father John will give a Pre-Lenten talk. Please mark your calendars now and make plans to be there.

* 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.

Ladies of St. Peter Pre-Lenten Luncheon: On Saturday morning, February 17th, the Ladies will meet to pray the Akathist to the Mother of God, Nurturer of Children at 10:00 a.m. Afterwards, we will have a Pre-Lenten Luncheon and Father John will give a teaching. There will also be a brief business meeting. This has always been a wonderful means of fellowship and of preparing our hearts for the journey through Great Lent together. Please make plans to attend.

Fasting Discipline for February

The traditional fasting discipline (no meat, dairy, eggs, fish, wine or oil) is observed on the following Wednesday and Friday. Following Meatfare Sunday (February 11th) meat will no longer be eaten until Pascha. During the week following Meatfare Sunday dairy products (milk, cheese, eggs, etc.) are permitted, even on Wednesday and Friday. February 18th is Cheesefare Sunday, the last day that dairy and wine are permitted. Monday, February 19th is Clean Monday, the first day of Great Lent when the traditional fasting discipline is observed on all days of the week until Pascha (except the Feast of the Annunciation on March 25th and Palm Sunday on April 1st, when fish, wine and oil are permitted).

Major Commemorations for February

February 10 Saturday of the Souls

Hieromartyr Haralampos

February 11 Sunday of Meatfare

Blaise, Bishop of Sebaste

February 18 Sunday of Cheesefare

February 19 Clean Monday

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

February 25 Sunday of Orthodoxy

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.

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.

Quotable: “In its eternal essence Christian life is divine spirit and truth and therefore transcends all outward forms. But man comes into this world as tabula rasa, to ‘grow, wax strong in spirit, be filled with wisdom’ (cf. Luke 2.40), and so the necessity arises for some kind of organization to discipline and co-ordinate the corporate life of human beings still far from perfect morally, intellectually and, more important, spiritually. Our fathers in the Church and the apostles who taught us to honour the true God were well aware that, though the life of the Divine Spirit excels all earthly institutions, this same Spirit still constructs for Himself a dwelling-place of a tangible nature to serve as a vessel for the preservation of His gifts. This habitation of the Holy Spirit is the Church, which through centuries of tempest and violence has watched over the precious treasure of Truth as revealed by God. (We need not be concerned at this point with zealots who value framework rather than content.) ‘The Lord is that Spirit: and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty . . . Beholding . . . the glory of the Lord, we are changed into the same image from glory to glory. (2 Cor. 3.17-18)’ The Church’s function is to lead the faithful to the luminous sphere of Divine Being. The Church is the spiritual centre of our world, encompassing the whole history of man. Those who through long ascetic struggle to abide in the Gospel precepts have become conscious of their liberty as sons of God no longer feel impeded by formal traditions—they can take general customs and ordinances in their stride. They have the example of Christ Who kept His Father’s commandments without transgressing the law of Moses with all its ‘burdens grievous to be borne’ (Luke 11.46).”

Archimandrite Sophrony, His Life Is Mine

Worship: Sunday, February 11, 2018 (Sunday of Meatfare)

Scripture: I Corinthians 8:8-9:2; Matthew 25:31-46

Celebrant: Father John

Epistle Reader: Warren Strain

Prosphora: Algood

Coffee Hour: POT LUCK MEAL

Set-up: D. Root/Dansereau/Davis

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January 28, 2018

Sunday of the Pharisee and the Publican

Yes, it is that time again. Lent begins on Monday, February 19th, 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 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 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

Monday, January 29

Office Closed — Father John’s Day Off

[NO
FASTING THIS WEEK]

Tuesday, January 30 (The Three Hierarchs)

6:00 a.m. — Festal Orthros

11:30 a.m. — Ladies Lunch

Wednesday, January 31 (Cyros and John the Merciful)

6:30 p.m. — Daily Vespers

7:15 p.m. — Choir Practice

7:30 p.m. — Parish Council Meeting

Thursday, February 1

6:00 a.m. — Daily Orthros

11:30 a.m. — Men’s Lunch

6:30 p.m. — Great Vespers with Litia and Artoklasia

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

Saturday, February 3 (Simeon the God-receiver)

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

Sunday, February 4 (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 Bakers for the Divine Liturgy this morning.

Eucharist Bread and Coffee Hour Schedule:

Eucharist Bread Coffee Hour

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 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.

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 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.

Father John and Kh. Janet, along with Father James and Kh. Sharon and others from our parish, are attending the Diocese Mid-Winter Retreat in Atlanta and will be travelling home today. 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.

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

* 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.

* Due to the Saturday of the Souls Liturgy on February 10th, the Ladies of St. Peter will pray the Akathist on Saturday morning, February 17th beginning at 10:00 a.m. (instead of the usual second Saturday). They will also have a lunch afterwards and Father John will give a Pre-Lenten talk. Please mark your calendars now and make plans to be there.

* 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.

Fasting Discipline for January/February

There is no fasting of any kind during the week following the Sunday of the Pharisee and the Publican (January 28th). The traditional fasting discipline (no meat, dairy, eggs, fish, wine or oil) is observed on the following Wednesday and Friday. Following Meatfare Sunday (February 11th) meat will no longer be eaten until Pascha. During the week following Meatfare Sunday dairy products (milk, cheese, eggs, etc.) are permitted, even on Wednesday and Friday. February 18th is Cheesefare Sunday, the last day that dairy and wine are permitted. Monday, February 19th is Clean Monday, the first day of Great Lent when the traditional fasting discipline is observed on all days of the week until Pascha (except the Feast of the Annunciation on March 25th and Palm Sunday on April 1st, when fish, wine and oil are permitted).

Major Commemorations for January/February

January 28 Sunday of the Pharisee and the Publican

January 30 The Three Hierarchs

January 31 Cyros and John the Unmercenary Healers

February 2 Presentation of our Lord in the Temple

February 3 Simeon the God-receiver

February 4 Sunday of the Prodigal Son

February 10 Saturday of the Souls

Hieromartyr Haralampos

February 11 Sunday of Meatfare

Blaise, Bishop of Sebaste

February 18 Sunday of Cheesefare

February 19 Clean Monday

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

February 25 Sunday of Orthodoxy

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.

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.

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: “Genuine Christian life is lived ‘in spirit and in truth’ (John 4.23), and so can be continued in all places and at all times since the divine commandments of Christ possess as absolute character. In other words, there are and can be no circumstances anywhere on earth which could make observance of the commandments impossible.”

Archimandrite Sophrony, His Life Is Mine

Worship: Sunday, February 4, 2018 (Sunday of the Prodigal Son)

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

Celebrant: Father John

Epistle Reader: Sh. Charlotte Algood

Prosphora: R. Root

Coffee Hour: Skirtech/Parker

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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