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12/10 announcements

December 10, 2017

Twenty-seventh Sunday after Pentecost

Ephesians 6:10-17: St Paul encourages us to be strong in the Lord utilizing the armor given us

to withstand the forces of darkness in the world.

Luke 13:10-17: By healing a woman held in bondage to an illness for eighteen years, our Lord dem­onstrates that the Law does not prohibit righteous action on the Sabbath.

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 Martyrs: Since they had slain through their abstinence and struggles the fiery ragings and fierce motions of the passions, the staunch Martyrs of Christ God laid hold on the graces top drive off the pains and illnesses of the sick and work wonders both while living and after death. Strange indeed is the miracle! That these bare bones should pour forth such overflowing streams of cures. Glory be to our only God.

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 Preparatory for Nativity: Today the Virgin comes unto the cave to give birth in an ineffable manner to the Word before the ages. Rejoice, therefore, O universe, when you hear, and glorify with the angels and the shepherds him who shall appear by his own will as a new babe, being God before the ages.

CALENDAR

Sunday, December 10 (Twenty-seventh Sunday after Pentecost)

8:50 a.m. — Orthros

9:00 a.m. — Christian Education

10:00 a.m. — Divine Liturgy

Monday, December 11

Office Closed — Father John’s Day Off

Tuesday, December 12 (Spyridon the Wonder-worker)

6:00 a.m. — Festal Orthros

Wednesday, December 13 (Herman of Alaska)

6:30 p.m. — Advent Paraklesis

Thursday, December 14

6:00 a.m. — Daily Orthros

Friday, December 15 (Hieromartyr Eleftherios)

Saturday, December 16

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

Sunday, December 17 (Sunday of the Forefathers of Christ)

8:50 a.m. — Orthros

9:00 a.m. — Christian Education

10:00 a.m. — Divine Liturgy

12:00 p.m. — Children’s Nativity Play

SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENTS

Eucharist Bread …was offered by the Algoods for the Divine Liturgy this morning. the Artoklasia Bread for the feast of St. Nicholas this past Tuesday evening was offered by the Hendersons.

Eucharist Bread and Coffee Hour Schedule:

Eucharist Bread Coffee Hour

December 10 Algood D. Root/Dansereau/Davis

December 17 Katool Algood/Jones/Strain/Dabit

December 24 (Sun. a.m.) Schelver R. Root/Habeeb/Pacurari

December 24 (Sun. p.m.) Morris Ellis/Zouboukos

December 31 (Sun. a.m.) Jones Schelver/Meadows

December 31 (Sun. p.m.) Bakers (Artoklasia Bread)

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#

December 10 David Turner Eph. 6:10-17 223

December 17 Walt Wood Col. 3:4-11 233

December 24 (Sun. a.m.) Sh. Charlotte Algood Heb. 11:9-10, 32-40 348

December 24 (Sun. p.m.) Warren Strain Gal. 4:4-7 351

December 31 Kh. Sharon Meadows II Tim. 4:5-8 354

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 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 George (Dorothea and Daniel Staursky’s uncle) who sustained injuries in a bad fall; David Morris and his family.

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

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.

Memory Eternal! Kh. Lynn Wilson fell asleep in the Lord on Thursday, November 30th after a long battle with cancer. Please remember her in your prayers as well as her husband, Fr. Wayne, and their family.

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

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.

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

* The Nativity Fast began on Wednesday, November 15th and continues through December 24th. During this time, as is our parish custom, we will pray the Advent Paraklesis Service on Wednesday evenings in place of Daily Vespers, beginning at 6:30 p.m.

* The Children’s Nativity Play will be performed on Sunday, December 17th during Coffee Hour.

* The feast of the Nativity of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ will be celebrated with Royal Hours on Saturday, December 23rd, beginning at 7:00 a.m. and with Orthros followed by Divine Liturgy on Sunday evening, December 24th, beginning at 10:30 p.m.

* As is our custom we will celebrate the feast of the Circumcision of our Lord and the feast of St. Basil the Great with Great Vespers with Litia and Artoklasia on Sunday evening, December 31st, beginning at 6:30 p.m.

* We will celebrate the feast of Theophany with Royal Hours on Friday, January 5th beginning at 7:00 a.m. Orthros followed by the Divine Liturgy will be celebrated on Saturday morning, January 6th, beginning at 9:00 a.m.

* The Blessing of the Waters at the Reservoir will be held at Cock of the Walk on Sunday afternoon, January 7th, beginning at 4:00 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 Outdoor Blessing of the Waters at the Ross Barnett Reservoir will be held beside Cock of the Walk Restaurant on Sunday afternoon, January 7th, beginning at 4:00 p.m. We are very grateful to the ownership of Cock of the Walk for allowing us to conduct this service on their property! There will be a room reserved at the restaurant for those who want to remain afterwards and partake of a meal together. We are looking forward to this time of fellowship with our sister churches in the area.

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 December

During the Fast of the Nativity the traditional fasting discipline (no meat, dairy, eggs, fish, wine or oil) is observed each day of the week. Note, however, through December 19th there is a katlysis on Tuesdays and Thursdays when wine and oil are permitted, and on Saturdays and Sundays when fish, wine and oil are permitted. There is no fasting of any kind from December 25th through January 4th.

Major Commemorations for December

December 12 Spyridon the Wonder-worker

December 13 Herman of Alaska

December 15 Hieromartyr Eleutherios

December 20 God-bearer Ignatius of Antioch

December 25 Nativity of our Lord

December 26 Synaxis of the Theotokos

December 27 Protomartyr Stephen

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.

Quotable: “Moses was endowed with exceptional genius but we esteem him more especially because he realized that the revelation granted to him, for all its grandeur and validity, was not yet complete. He sensed that He Who had revealed Himself was the ‘first and the last’ (Is. 44.6); that there could be no one and nothing before Him or after Him. And he sang: ‘Give ear, O ye heavens, and I will speak; and hear, O earth, the words of my mouth’ (Deut. 32.1). At the same time he continued to pray for better knowledge of God, calling to Him out of the depths: ‘Shew me Thyself [as Thou art], that I may know thee’ (Exos. 33.13; I John 3.2). God heard his prayer and revealed Himself in so far as Moses could apprehend, for Moses could not contain the whole revelation. ‘I will make all my goodness pass before thee, and I will proclaim the name of the Lord before thee. . . And I will lake away mine hand, and thou shalt see my back parts: but my face shall not be seen’ (Exos.33.19, 22, 23).”

Archimandrite Sophrony, His Life Is Mine

Worship: Sunday, December 17, 2017 (Sunday of the Forefathers of Christ)

Scripture: Colossians 3:4-11; Luke 14:16-24

Celebrant: Father John

Epistle Reader: Walt Wood

Prosphora: Katool

Coffee Hour: Algood/Jones/Strain/Dabit

12/3 announcements

December 3, 2017

Twenty-sixth Sunday after Pentecost

Ephesians 5:8-19: St Paul exhorts us to walk as wise men by doing the will of God and avoiding the deeds of darkness.

Luke 18:35-43: In our reading from Luke we see the Lord’s mercy toward those who have faith as He restores the sight of a blind man on the road to Jericho.

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 Preparatory for Nativity: Today the Virgin comes unto the cave to give birth in an ineffable manner to the Word before the ages. Rejoice, therefore, O universe, when you hear, and glorify with the angels and the shepherds him who shall appear by his own will as a new babe, being God before the ages.

CALENDAR

Sunday, December 3 (Twenty-sixth Sunday after Pentecost)

8:50 a.m. — Orthros

9:00 a.m. — Christian Education

10:00 a.m. — Divine Liturgy

12:00 p.m. — Presentation by the Nuns from the Convent of St. Elizabeth

Monday, December 4 (Great-martyr Barbara and John of Damascus)

Office Closed — Father John’s Day Off

Tuesday, December 5 (Sava the Sanctified)

6:00 a.m. — Festal Orthros

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

Wednesday, December 6 (Nicholas the Wonder-worker of Myra)

6:30 p.m. — Advent Paraklesis

Thursday, December 7

6:00 a.m. — Daily Orthros

11:30 a.m. — Men’s Lunch

Friday, December 8

Saturday, December 9 (Conception of the Theotokos)

10:00 a.m. — Ladies meet for the Akathist

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

Sunday, December 10 (Twenty-seventh Sunday after Pentecost)

8:50 a.m. — Orthros

9:00 a.m. — Christian Education

10:00 a.m. — Divine Liturgy

SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENTS

Eucharist Bread …was offered by the Dn. Richard Roots for the Divine Liturgy this morning.

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.

Eucharist Bread and Coffee Hour Schedule:

Eucharist Bread Coffee Hour

December 3 R. Root Skirtech/Parker

December 5 (Tue. p.m.) Henderson (Artoklasia Bread)

December 10 Algood D. Root/Dansereau/Davis

December 17 Katool Algood/Jones/Strain/Dabit

December 24 (Sun. a.m.) Schelver R. Root/Habeeb/Pacurari

December 24 (Sun. p.m.) Morris Ellis/Zouboukos

December 31 (Sun. a.m.) Jones Schelver/Meadows

December 31 (Sun. p.m.) Meadows (Artoklasia Bread)

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#

December 3 Brenda Baker Eph. 5:8-19 217

December 10 David Turner Eph. 6:10-17 223

December 17 Walt Wood Col. 3:4-11 233

December 24 (Sun. a.m.) Sh. Charlotte Algood Heb. 11:9-10, 32-40 348

December 24 (Sun. p.m.) Warren Strain Gal. 4:4-7 351

December 31 Kh. Sharon Meadows II Tim. 4:5-8 354

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 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 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 George (Dorothea and Daniel Staursky’s uncle) who sustained injuries in a bad fall; David Morris and his family.

Please keep Kh. Lynn Wilson, her husband Fr. Wayne and their family in your prayers. Kh. Lynn is suffering from cancer and has become critically weak and ill.

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

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.

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

* The Nativity Fast began on Wednesday, November 15th and continues through December 24th. During this time, as is our parish custom, we will pray the Advent Paraklesis Service on Wednesday evenings in place of Daily Vespers, beginning at 6:30 p.m.

* We will celebrate the Feast of St. Nicholas with Great Vespers with Litia and Artoklasia on Tuesday evening, December 5th, beginning at 6:30 p.m.

* The Children’s Nativity Play will be performed on Sunday, December 17th during Coffee Hour.

* The feast of the Nativity of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ will be celebrated with Royal Hours on Saturday, December 23rd, beginning at 7:00 a.m. and with Orthros followed by Divine Liturgy on Sunday evening, December 24th, beginning at 10:30 p.m.

* As is our custom we will celebrate the feast of the Circumcision of our Lord and the feast of St. Basil the Great with Great Vespers with Litia and Artoklasia on Sunday evening, December 31st, beginning at 6:30 p.m.

* The Blessing of the Waters at the Reservoir will be held at Cock of the Walk on Sunday afternoon, January 7th, beginning at 4:00 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.

Sisters from the Convent of St. Elizabeth in Minsk, Belarus are visiting us today and will be doing a presentation on their ministries during Coffee Hour. The sisters have an extensive ministry to those in need, including several hospitals, boarding homes for children and for adults with special needs, rehabilitation centers for men and for women that minister to the homeless, ex-prisoners, addicts and the less able. In the rehabilitation centers individuals are given work to do and the opportunity to change their lives. The convent is also associated with the Convents of Martha and Mary in Russia, founded by Grand Duchess Elizabeth (St. Elizabeth the New Martyr) and the Convent of St. John the Baptist in Essex, UK, founded by Archimandrite Sophrony. More information on the sisters and their ministries is available at http://obitel-minsk.by/en/convent/#social-ministry.

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.

The Outdoor Blessing of the Waters at the Ross Barnett Reservoir will be held beside Cock of the Walk Restaurant on Sunday afternoon, January 7th, beginning at 4:00 p.m. We are very grateful to the ownership of Cock of the Walk for allowing us to conduct this service on their property! There will be a room reserved at the restaurant for those who want to remain afterwards and partake of a meal together. We are looking forward to this time of fellowship with our sister churches in the area.

Fasting Discipline for December

During the Fast of the Nativity the traditional fasting discipline (no meat, dairy, eggs, fish, wine or oil) is observed each day of the week. Note, however, through December 19th there is a katlysis on Tuesdays and Thursdays when wine and oil are permitted, and on Saturdays and Sundays when fish, wine and oil are permitted. There is no fasting of any kind from December 25th through January 4th.

Major Commemorations for December

December 4 Great-martyr Barbara and Venerable Father John of Damascus

December 5 Sava the Sanctified

December 6 Nicholas the Wonder-worker of Myra

December 9 Conception of the Theotokos

December 12 Spyridon the Wonder-worker

December 13 Herman of Alaska

December 15 Hieromartyr Eleutherios

December 20 God-bearer Ignatius of Antioch

December 25 Nativity of our Lord

December 26 Synaxis of the Theotokos

December 27 Protomartyr Stephen

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.

Quotable: “In the Name of Jehovah Moses led the still primitive Israelites out of their captivity in Egypt. During their wanderings in the desert, however, he discovered that his people were far from ready, despite the many miracles they had witnessed, to receive the sublime revelation of the Eternal. This became particularly clear as they approached the borders of the Promised Land. Their faintheartedness and lack of faith caused the Lord to declare that none of those impregnated with the spirit of Egypt should see the ‘good land’ (Deut. 1.32, 35, 38). They would leave their bones in the wilderness, and Moses would encourage and prepare a new generation capable of apprehending God—Invisible but holding all things in the palm of His hand.”

Archimandrite Sophrony, His Life Is Mine

Worship: Sunday, December 10, 2017 (Twenty-seventh Sunday after Pentecost)

Scripture: Ephesians 6:10-17; Luke 13:10-17

Celebrant: Father John

Epistle Reader: David Turner

Prosphora: Algood

Coffee Hour: D. Root/Dansereau/Davis

11/26 announcements

November 26, 2017

Twenty-fifth Sunday after Pentecost

Ephesians 4:1-7: Reading in Ephesians, we hear St. Paul exhort us to maintain the unity of the spirit and to walk in a manner worthy of our calling.

Luke 18:18-27: In the Gospel according to St Luke we hear our Lord tell us via an encounter with a rich, young ruler that to obtain eternal life we must be willing to give up everything that we possess in service to the Kingdom of God.

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 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 Preparatory for Nativity: Today the Virgin comes unto the cave to give birth in an ineffable manner to the Word before the ages. Rejoice, therefore, O universe, when you hear, and glorify with the angels and the shepherds him who shall appear by his own will as a new babe, being God before the ages.

CALENDAR

Sunday, November 26 (Twenty-fifth Sunday after Pentecost)

8:50 a.m. — Orthros

9:00 a.m. — Christian Education

10:00 a.m. — Divine Liturgy

Monday, November 27

Office Closed — Father John’s Day Off

Tuesday, November 28

6:00 a.m. — Daily Orthros

11:30 a.m. — Ladies’ Lunch

Wednesday, November 29

6:30 p.m. — Advent Paraklesis

7:30 p.m. — Parish Council Meeting

Thursday, November 30 (Apostle Andrew the First-called)

6:00 a.m. — Festal Orthros

Friday, December 1

Saturday, December 2

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

Sunday, December 3 (Twenty-sixth Sunday after Pentecost)

8:50 a.m. — Orthros

9:00 a.m. — Christian Education

10:00 a.m. — Divine Liturgy

12:00 p.m. — Presentation by the Nuns from the Convent of St. Elizabeth

SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENTS

Eucharist Bread …was offered by the Brocks for the Divine Liturgy this morning. The Artoklasia Bread for the Feast of the Entrance of the Theotokos into the Temple last Monday evening was offered by the Daniel Roots.

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.

Eucharist Bread and Coffee Hour Schedule:

Eucharist Bread Coffee Hour

November 26 Brock Ellis/Zouboukos

December 3 R. Root Skirtech/Parker

December 5 (Tue. p.m.) Henderson (Artoklasia Bread)

December 10 Algood D. Root/Dansereau/Davis

December 17 Katool Algood/Jones/Strain/Dabit

December 24 (Sun. a.m.) Schelver R. Root/Habeeb/Pacurari

December 24 (Sun. p.m.) Morris Ellis/Zouboukos

December 31 (Sun. a.m.) Jones Schelver/Meadows

December 31 (Sun. p.m.) Meadows (Artoklasia Bread)

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#

November 26 Sam Habeeb Eph. 4:1-7 212

December 3 Brenda Baker Eph. 5:8-19 217

December 10 David Turner Eph. 6:10-17 223

December 17 Walt Wood Col. 3:4-11 233

December 24 (Sun. a.m.) Sh. Charlotte Algood Heb. 11:9-10, 32-40 348

December 24 (Sun. p.m.) Warren Strain Gal. 4:4-7 351

December 31 Kh. Sharon Meadows II Tim. 4:5-8 354

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 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 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 George (Dorothea and Daniel Staursky’s uncle) who sustained injuries in a bad fall; David Morris and his family.

Please keep Kh. Lynn Wilson, her husband Fr. Wayne and their family in your prayers. Kh. Lynn is suffering from cancer and has become critically weak and ill.

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

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.

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.

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 Nativity Fast began on Wednesday, November 15th and continues through December 24th. During this time, as is our parish custom, we will pray the Advent Paraklesis Service on Wednesday evenings in place of Daily Vespers, beginning at 6:30 p.m.

* The nuns from the Convent of St. Elizabeth in Minsk, Belarus will be doing a presentation during Coffee Hour at St. Peter’s on Sunday, December 3rd.

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

Sisters from the Convent of St. Elizabeth in Minsk, Belarus will be visiting us on Sunday, December 3rd and will be doing a presentation on their ministries during Coffee Hour. The sisters have an extensive ministry to those in need, including several hospitals, boarding homes for children and for adults with special needs, rehabilitation centers for men and for women that minister to the homeless, ex-prisoners, addicts and the less able. In the rehabilitation centers individuals are given work to do and the opportunity to change their lives. The convent is also associated with the Convents of Martha and Mary in Russia, founded by Grand Duchess Elizabeth (St. Elizabeth the New Martyr) and the Convent of St. John the Baptist in Essex, UK, founded by Archimandrite Sophrony. More information on the sisters and their ministries is available at http://obitel-minsk.by/en/convent/#social-ministry.

Fasting Discipline for November/December

During the Fast of the Nativity the traditional fasting discipline (no meat, dairy, eggs, fish, wine or oil) is observed each day of the week. Note, however, through December 19th there is a katlysis on Tuesdays and Thursdays when wine and oil are permitted, and on Saturdays and Sundays when fish, wine and oil are permitted. There is no fasting of any kind from December 25th through January 4th.

Major Commemorations for November/December

November 30 Apostle Andrew the First-called

December 4 Great-martyr Barbara and Venerable Father John of Damascus

December 5 Sava the Sanctified

December 6 Nicholas the Wonder-worker of Myra

December 9 Conception of the Theotokos

December 12 Spyridon the Wonder-worker

December 13 Herman of Alaska

December 15 Hieromartyr Eleutherios

December 20 God-bearer Ignatius of Antioch

December 25 Nativity of our Lord

December 26 Synaxis of the Theotokos

December 27 Protomartyr Stephen

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: “Moses, possessed of the supreme culture of Egypt, did not question the revelation that he was so miraculously given came from Him Who had indeed created the whole universe. In the Name of this God, I AM, he persuaded the Jewish people to follow him. Invested with extraordinary power from Above, he performed many wonders. To Moses belongs the undying glory of having brought mankind nearer to Eternal Truth. Convinced of the authenticity of his vision, he issued injunctions as prescripts from on High. All things were effected in the Name and by the Name of the I AM Who had revealed Himself. Mighty is this Name in its strength and holiness—it is action proceeding from God. This Name was the first ingress into the living eternity; the dayspring of knowledge of the unoriginate Absolute as I AM.”

Archimandrite Sophrony, His Life Is Mine

Worship: Sunday, December 3, 2017 (Twenty-sixth Sunday after Pentecost)

Scripture: Ephesians 5:8-19; Luke 18:35-43

Celebrant: Father John

Epistle Reader: Brenda Baker

Prosphora: R. Root

Coffee Hour: Skirtech/Parker

11/19 announcements

November 19, 2017

Twenty-fourth Sunday after Pentecost

Ephesians 2:14-19: In our reading from Ephesians, we are reminded that Christ not only brought us into union with Himself, but also into union with each other and the faithful saints who have gone before us to be with the Lord.

Luke 12:16-21: In the parable of the rich landowner the Lord teaches us that material possessions are worthless when valued more than knowing God.

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

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Kontakion of the Presentation of the Theotokos: The all-pure temple of the Saviour, the most precious bridal-chamber and Virgin, the treasure-house of the glory of God, today enters the Temple of the Lord, bringing with her the grace which is in the divine Spirit; whom also the angels of God do celebrate in song; for she is the heavenly tabernacle.

CALENDAR

Sunday, November 19 (Twenty-fourth Sunday after Pentecost)

8:50 a.m. — Orthros

9:00 a.m. — Christian Education

10:00 a.m. — Divine Liturgy

Monday, November 20 (St. John Chrysostom, repose)

Office Closed — Father John’s Day Off

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

Tuesday, November 21 (Entrance of the Theotokos into the Temple)

6:00 a.m. — Festal Orthros

Wednesday, November 22

NO Advent Paraklesis

Thursday, November 23

NO Daily Orthros

Friday, November 24

Saturday, November 25 (Great-martyrs Catherine and Mercurios)

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

Sunday, November 26 (Twenty-fifth Sunday after Pentecost)

8:50 a.m. — Orthros

9:00 a.m. — Christian Education

10:00 a.m. — Divine Liturgy

SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENTS

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

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.

Eucharist Bread and Coffee Hour Schedule:

Eucharist Bread Coffee Hour

November 19 Davis Ellis/Zouboukos

November 20 (Mon. p.m.) D. Roots (Artoklasia Bread)

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

November 26 Brock Stewart/Alaeetawi

December 3 R. Root Skirtech/Parker

December 5 (Tue. p.m.) Henderson (Artoklasia Bread)

December 10 Algood D. Root/Dansereau/Davis

December 17 Katool Algood/Jones/Strain/Dabit

December 24 (Sun. a.m.) Schelver R. Root/Habeeb/Pacurari

December 24 (Sun. p.m.) Morris Ellis/Zouboukos

December 31 (Sun. a.m.) Jones Schelver/Meadows

December 31 (Sun. p.m.) Meadows (Artoklasia Bread)

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#

November 19 Kh. Be’Be’ Schelver Eph. 2:14-22 207

November 26 Sam Habeeb Eph. 4:1-7 212

December 3 Brenda Baker Eph. 5:8-19 217

December 10 David Turner Eph. 6:10-17 223

December 17 Walt Wood Col. 3:4-11 233

December 24 (Sun. a.m.) Sh. Charlotte Algood Heb. 11:9-10, 32-40 348

December 24 (Sun. p.m.) Warren Strain Gal. 4:4-7 351

December 31 Kh. Sharon Meadows II Tim. 4:5-8 354

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

Please keep Kh. Lynn Wilson, her husband Fr. Wayne and their family in your prayers. Kh. Lynn is suffering from cancer and has become critically weak and ill.

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 George (Dorothea and Daniel Staursky’s uncle) who sustained injuries in a bad fall; David Morris and his family.

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

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.

Beginning soon, Father John will meet with the Teens on a regular basis. More information on dates and times are still to be determined.

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.

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 Nativity Fast began on Wednesday, November 15th and continues through December 24th. During this time, as is our parish custom, we will pray the Advent Paraklesis Service on Wednesday evenings in place of Daily Vespers, beginning at 6:30 p.m.

* We will celebrate the Feast of the Entrance of the Theotokos into the Temple with Great Vespers with Litia and Artoklasia on TOMORROW evening, beginning at 6:30 p.m.

* The nuns from the Convent of St. Elizabeth in Minsk, Belarus will be doing a presentation during Coffee Hour at St. Peter’s on Sunday, December 3rd.

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.

There will be no services Wednesday evening, November 22nd or Thursday morning, November 23rd, due to Thanksgiving Day.

Sisters from the Convent of St. Elizabeth in Minsk, Belarus will be visiting us on Sunday, December 3rd and will be doing a presentation on their ministries during Coffee Hour. The sisters have an extensive ministry to those in need, including several hospitals, boarding homes for children and for adults with special needs, rehabilitation centers for men and for women that minister to the homeless, ex-prisoners, addicts and the less able. In the rehabilitation centers individuals are given work to do and the opportunity to change their lives. The convent is also associated with the Convents of Martha and Mary in Russia, founded by Grand Duchess Elizabeth (St. Elizabeth the New Martyr) and the Convent of St. John the Baptist in Essex, UK, founded by Archimandrite Sophrony. More information on the sisters and their ministries is available at http://obitel-minsk.by/en/convent/#social-ministry.

Fasting Discipline for November

The Fast of the Nativity begins on November 15th. During this fast the traditional fasting discipline (no meat, dairy, eggs, fish, wine or oil) is observed each day of the week. Note, however, through December 19th there is a katlysis on Tuesdays and Thursdays when wine and oil are permitted, and on Saturdays and Sundays when fish, wine and oil are permitted.

Major Commemorations for November

November 21 Entrance of the Theotokos into the Temple

November 25 Great-martyrs Catherine and Mercurios

November 30 Apostle Andrew the First-called

October 23 Apostle James, Brother-of-the-Lord

October 26 Great-martyr Demetrios

Quotable: “The problem of knowledge of God sends the mind searching back through the centuries for instances of God appearing to man through one or other of the prophets. There can be no doubt that for us, for the whole Christian world, one of the most important happenings recorded in the chronicles of time was God’s manifestation on Mount Sinai where Moses received new knowledge of Divine Being: ‘IAM THAT I AM’ (Exos. 3.14)—Jehovah. From that moment vast horizons opened out before mankind, and history took a new turn. A people’s spiritual condition is the real cause of historical events: it is not the visible that is of primary importance but the invisible, the spiritual. Perceptions and ideas concerning being, and the meaning of life generally, seek expression and in so doing instigate the historical event.”

Archimandrite Sophrony, His Life Is Mine

Worship: Sunday, November 26, 2017 (Twenty-fifth Sunday after Pentecost)

Scripture: Ephesians 4:1-7; Luke 18:18-27

Celebrant: Father John

Epistle Reader: Sam Habeeb

Prosphora: Brock

Coffee Hour: Stewart/Alaeetawi

11/5 announcements

November 5, 2017

Twenty-second Sunday after Pentecost

Galatians 6:11-18: In the conclusion of his letter to the Galatians, St Paul reminds them that to be cir­cumcised or uncircumcised is not the issue, but rather to be a new creation in Christ Jesus.

Luke 16:19-31: In the parable of the rich man and Lazarus, our Lord teaches us that giving mercy to others, regardless of the form, is essential to holiness.

Troparion of the Resurrection: Let us believers praise and worship the Word, co-eternal with the Father and the Spirit, born of the Virgin for our salvation; for he took pleasure in ascending the Cross in the flesh, to suffer death, and to raise the dead by his glorious 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 Theotokos: O undisputed intercessor of Christians, O mediatrix, who is unrejected by the Creator, turn not away from the voice of our petitions though we be sinners; come to us in time, who cry to thee in faith, for thou art good. Hasten to us with intercessions, O Theotokos, who didst ever intercede for those who honor thee.

CALENDAR

Sunday, November 5 (Twenty-second Sunday after Pentecost)

8:50 a.m. — Orthros

9:00 a.m. — Christian Education

10:00 a.m. — Divine Liturgy

Monday, November 6

Office Closed — Father John’s Day Off

Tuesday, November 7

6:00 a.m. — Daily Orthros

Wednesday, November 8 (Archangels Michael and Gabriel)

6:30 p.m. — Daily Vespers

7:15 p.m. — Choir Practice

Thursday, November 9 (Nektarios of Pentapolis)

6:00 a.m. — Daily Orthros

Friday, November 10 (Dedication of the Church of St. George)

Saturday, November 11

10:00 a.m. — Ladies meet for Akathist

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

Sunday, November 12 (Twenty-third Sunday after Pentecost)

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 Morrises for the Feast of St. Raphael, Bishop of Brooklyn yesterday morning and by the Joneses for the Divine Liturgy this morning.

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.

Eucharist Bread and Coffee Hour Schedule:

Eucharist Bread Coffee Hour

November 5 Jones Henderson/Lockhart

November 12 Meadows POT LUCK MEAL

(set-up: Stewart/Turner/Waites)

November 19 Davis Ellis/Zouboukos

November 20 (Mon. p.m.) D. Roots (Artoklasia Bread)

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

November 26 Brock Pigott/Alaeetawi

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#

November 5 Warren Strain Gal. 6:11-18 198

November 12 Mildred Morris II Cor. 9:6-11 178

November 19 Kh. Be’Be’ Schelver Eph. 2:14-22 207

November 26 Sam Habeeb Eph. 4:1-7 212

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 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 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 George (Dorothea and Daniel Staursky’s uncle) who sustained injuries in a bad fall; David Morris and his family.

Please keep Fr. John Morris and Kh. Cheryl in your prayers. Fr. John has been ill and was recently hospitalized. He is home now but is still ill. Kh. Cheryl has also been ill.

Please keep Kh. Lynn Wilson, her husband Fr. Wayne and their family in your prayers. Kh. Lynn is suffering from cancer and has become critically weak and ill.

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.

Beginning soon, Father John will meet with the Teens on a regular basis. More information on dates and times are still to be determined.

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.

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.

* Our next time to serve a meal at the Stewpot will be November 18th.

Fasting Discipline for November

In November the traditional fasting discipline (no meat, dairy, eggs, fish, wine or oil) is observed on all Wednesdays and Fridays until the 15th of the month, when the Fast of the Nativity begins. During this fast the traditional fasting discipline is observed each day of the week. Note, however, through December 19th there is a katlysis on Tuesdays and Thursdays when wine and oil are permitted, and on Saturdays and Sundays when fish, wine and oil are permitted.

Major Commemorations for November

November 8 Archangels Michael and Gabriel

November 9 Nektarios of Pentapolis

November 13 John Chrysostom (repose)

November 16 Apostle and Evangelist Matthew

November 21 Entrance of the Theotokos into the Temple

November 25 Great-martyrs Catherine and Mercurios

November 30 Apostle Andrew the First-called

October 23 Apostle James, Brother-of-the-Lord

October 26 Great-martyr Demetrios

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: “True repentance demands that a man turn away from his sins and from the vanity of this world and turn to God with all his heart, that he be changed within, and that he become different than he was before, and so work out his salvation with fear and trembling (cf. Phil. 2:12), and so endeavor to do nothing else but only to please God and so be saved. For if you wish to be in true repentance and so be saved, change yourself and be renewed, and become different from what you were before, and take care for nothing else but only to please God and be saved, and so you shall be a new creature in Christ.”

St. Tikhon of Zadonsk

Worship: Sunday, November 12, 2017 (Twenty-third Sunday after Pentecost; St. John the Merciful)

Scripture: II Corinthians 9:6-11; Luke 10:25-37

Celebrant: Father John

Epistle Reader: Mildred Morris

Prosphora: Meadows

Coffee Hour: POT LUCK MEAL

Set-up: Stewart/Turner/Waites

10/29 announcements

October 29, 2017

Twenty-first Sunday after Pentecost

Galatians 2:16-20: We hear from St Paul’s letter to the Galatians that we are justified by faith in Christ, not by works of the Law; and that we now live our lives by faith in the Son of God.

Luke 8:41-56: From the Gospel of Luke we hear of Jesus healing a woman with a hemorrhage and rais­ing a young girl from death; showing His desire to heal suffering and to respond to the faith of those who come to Him.

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 the Theotokos: O undisputed intercessor of Christians, O mediatrix, who is unrejected by the Creator, turn not away from the voice of our petitions though we be sinners; come to us in time, who cry to thee in faith, for thou art good. Hasten to us with intercessions, O Theotokos, who didst ever intercede for those who honor thee.

CALENDAR

Sunday, October 29 (Twenty-first Sunday after Pentecost)

8:50 a.m. — Orthros

9:00 a.m. — Christian Education

10:00 a.m. — Divine Liturgy

Monday, October 30

Office Closed — Father John’s Day Off

Tuesday, October 31

6:00 a.m. — Daily Orthros

Wednesday, November 1 (Cosmas and Damian of Asia)

6:30 p.m. — Daily Vespers

7:15 p.m. — Choir Practice

7:30 p.m. — Parish Council Meeting

Thursday, November 2

6:00 a.m. — Daily Orthros

Friday, November 3 (Dedication of the Church of St. George)

Saturday, November 4 (Raphael, Bishop of Brooklyn)

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

9:00 a.m.- 2:00 p.m. — Women’s Retreat at the Greek Church

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

Sunday, November 5 (Twenty-second Sunday after Pentecost)

8:50 a.m. — Orthros

9:00 a.m. — Christian Education

10:00 a.m. — Divine Liturgy

SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENTS

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

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.

Eucharist Bread and Coffee Hour Schedule:

Eucharist Bread Coffee Hour

October 29 Schelver Schelver/Meadows

November 4 (Sat. a.m.) Morris Rebecca Dansereau/Kh. Sharon

(Feast of St. Raphael of Brooklyn)

November 5 Jones Henderson/Lockhart

November 12 Meadows POT LUCK MEAL

(set-up: Stewart/Turner/Waites)

November 19 Davis Ellis/Zouboukos

November 20 (Mon. p.m.) D. Roots (Artoklasia Bread)

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

November 26 Brock Pigott/Alaeetawi

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

Reader Reading Page#

October 29 Sh. Charlotte Algood Gal. 2:16-20 193

November 4 (Sat. a.m.) Kh. Sharon Meadows Heb. 7:26-8:2 334

November 5 Warren Strain Gal. 6:11-18 198

November 12 Mildred Morris II Cor. 9:6-11 178

November 19 Kh. Be’Be’ Schelver Eph. 2:14-22 207

November 26 Sam Habeeb Eph. 4:1-7 212

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 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 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 George (Dorothea and Daniel Staursky’s uncle) who sustained injuries in a bad fall; David Morris and his family.

Please keep Fr. John Morris and Kh. Cheryl in your prayers. Fr. John has been ill and was recently hospitalized. He is home now but is still ill. Kh. Cheryl has also been ill.

We mourn the passing of His Grace, Bishop ANTOUN. Each and every one of us owes him a debt of gratitude for his role in establishing St. Peter Church as a canonical Orthodox Church back in 1987. During his many visits here, he always expressed his love for each of us and his firm belief that we would continue to grow and fulfill our mission to this community in which God had planted this church. He expressed to me many times that he loved to come here. Let us honor his memory by taking up our cross and following our Lord Jesus Christ and faithfully doing our part to make St. Peter’s a beacon for any and all who might come this way seeking the Kingdom of God. May our dear Bishop ANTOUN’s memory be eternal! — Fr. John

We are establishing 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.

Many Thanks! to Anna Kathryn Stewart and to all who helped make our annual Fall Festival such a wonderful event!

Beginning soon, Father John will meet with the Teens on a regular basis. More information on dates and times are still to be determined.

Many Thanks! to Reader Basil, the Choir, Dn. Richard and all who contributed for getting our new Chanters Stand which is beautiful!

Phillip and Nikki Lasseter’s new address is 50 Goddard Avenue

Brookline, MA 02445

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.

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.

* November 4th — Annual Orthodox Women’s Retreat at Holy Trinity/St. John the Theologian Greek Orthodox Church in Jackson.

* We will celebrate the feast of St. Raphael, Bishop of Brooklyn on Saturday, November 4th with Orthros followed by Divine Liturgy, beginning at 9:00 a.m.

* Our next time to serve a meal at the Stewpot will be November 18th.

Fasting Discipline for November

In November the traditional fasting discipline (no meat, dairy, eggs, fish, wine or oil) is observed on all Wednesdays and Fridays until the 15th of the month, when the Fast of the Nativity begins. During this fast the traditional fasting discipline is observed each day of the week. Note, however, through December 19th there is a katlysis on Tuesdays and Thursdays when wine and oil are permitted, and on Saturdays and Sundays when fish, wine and oil are permitted.

Major Commemorations for November

November 1 Cosmas and Damian of Asia

November 3 Dedication of the Church of St. George

November 4 Raphael, Bishop of Brooklyn

November 8 Archangels Michael and Gabriel

November 9 Nektarios of Pentapolis

November 13 John Chrysostom (repose)

November 16 Apostle and Evangelist Matthew

November 21 Entrance of the Theotokos into the Temple

November 25 Great-martyrs Catherine and Mercurios

November 30 Apostle Andrew the First-called

October 23 Apostle James, Brother-of-the-Lord

October 26 Great-martyr Demetrios

The 3rd Annual Orthodox Women’s Retreat will take place Saturday, November 4, 2017 at Holy Trinity/St. John the Theologian Greek Orthodox Church in Jackson. Father Barnabas Powell of Sts. Raphael, Nicholas and Irene Greek Orthodox Church in Cummings, GA will be our speaker. Registration forms are available in the foyer. The fee will be $25.00. As in the past their will be scholarships available. Any questions. . .see Christina Katool or Mary Guy Lockhart.

Father Barnabas Powell will also be speaking at the Greek church on Friday evening, from 7:00-8:00 p.m. He will be signing books and answering questions from 8:00-9:00 p.m. This event is separate from the Women’s retreat and is open to the public.

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: “When man falls into sin his mind moves in an outward direction and loses itself in created things, but when, conscious of his perdition, he comes to himself seeking salvation, he then moves inward as he searches for the way back to the heart. Finally, when all his being is gathered in the unity of his mind and heart, there is a third kind of movement in which he turns his whole being over to God the Father. Man’s spirit must pass through this threefold circular motion in order to reach perfection.”

Archmandrite Zacharias, The Hidden Man of the Heart

Worship: Sunday, November 5, 2017 (Twenty-second Sunday after Pentecost)

Scripture: Galatians 6:11-18; Luke 16:19-31

Celebrant: Father John

Epistle Reader: Warren Strain

Prosphora: Jones

Coffee Hour: Henderson/Lockhart