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10/22 announcements

October 22, 2017

Twentieth Sunday after Pentecost

Galatians 1:11-19: St. Paul defends his ministry in his letter to the Galatians, telling them of how his former way of life was changed by a direct revelation from the Lord, and of his actions immediately afterwards.

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

Troparion of the Resurrection: 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 St. Averkios: Thy works of justice did reveal thee to thy community as a canon of faith, the likeness of humility, and teacher of abstinence, O Father Bishop Averkios. Wherefore, by humility thou hast achieved exaltation, and by thy meekness wealth. Intercede, therefore, with Christ God to save our souls.

Troparion of the Seven Ephesian Youths: Thy Martyrs, O Lord, in their courageous contest for Thee received as the prize the crowns of incorruption and life from Thee, our immortal God. For since they possessed Thy strength, they cast down the tyrants and wholly destroyed the demons’ strengthless presumption. O Christ God, by their prayers, save our souls, since Thou art merciful.

Troparion of the Chains of St. Peter: O Holy Apostle, Peter, thou dost preside over the Apostles by the precious chains which thou didst bear. We venerate them with faith and beseech thee that by thine intercessions we be granted the great mercy.

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

CALENDAR

Sunday, October 22

8:50 a.m. — Orthros

9:00 a.m. — Christian Education

10:00 a.m. — Divine Liturgy

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

Office Closed — Father John’s Day Off

Tuesday, October 24

6:00 a.m. — Daily Orthros

Wednesday, October 25

6:30 p.m. — Daily Vespers

7:15 p.m. — Choir Practice

7:30 p.m. — Parish Council Meeting

Thursday, October 26 (Great-martyr Demetrios)

6:00 a.m. — Festal Orthros

Friday, October 27

Saturday, October 28

4:00 p.m. — Fall Festival at the Church

[No Ninth Hour or Great Vespers]

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

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

October 22 Algood Algood/Dansreau/Pacurari

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 22 Walt Wood Gal. 1:11-19 188

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 that the Sacristy/Vestry which is adjacent to and behind the altar in our church is considered by the Orthodox Church to be part of the Sanctuary (Altar area) and should not be entered without the blessing of the priest for a specific purpose. If you need to speak with a member of the clergy while they are in the Sanctuary, please ask them to come to you in the nave.

Please be reminded of the following:

Be very careful with the Blessed Bread when you take it after communion. Because this bread has been blessed, we should take care not to let crumbs fall on the floor. Parents, especially, please help your children to choose a small piece and treat it carefully.

Also, at the end of the liturgy, maintain a prayerful disposition during the veneration of the cross as the prayers of thanksgiving after communion are still underway. Please exchange your greetings with each other in the Fellowship Hall during Coffee Hour.

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.

Fall Festival: We will hold our annual Fall Festival on Saturday afternoon, October 28th. Anna Kathryn Stewart will once again head up this activity. (As in the past, we will not have Ninth Hour and Great Vespers that day.) More information will be available at a later date.

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.

* Fall Festival – Next Saturday, beginning at 4:00 p.m. (No Ninth Hour or Great Vespers)

* 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 October

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

Major Commemorations for October

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

October 26 Great-martyr Demetrios

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: “In the Gospel of St. Luke we are told that the prodigal son ‘came to himself’ and said, ‘I will arise and go to my father, and will say unto him, Father, I have sinned against heaven and before thee, and am no more worthy to be called thy son’ (Luke 15:18-19). This is a wondrous moment, a momentous event in the spiritual world. Suffering, affliction, and the menacing famine of the ‘far country’ compel a man to look within himself. But a single movement of divine grace is enough to convert the energy of his misfortune into great boldness, and he is enabled to see his heart and all the deadness from which he is suffering.”

Archmandrite Zacharias, The Hidden Man of the Heart

Worship: Sunday, October 29, 2017 (Twenty-first Sunday after Pentecost)

Scripture: Galatians 2:16-20; Luke 8:41-56

Celebrant: Father John

Epistle Reader: Sh. Charlotte Algood

Prosphora: Schelver

Coffee Hour: Schelver/Meadows

10/15 announcements

October 15, 2017

Sunday of the Holy Fathers of the Seventh Ecumenical Council

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

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

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

Troparion of the Chains of St. Peter: O Holy Apostle, Peter, thou dost preside over the Apostles by the precious chains which thou didst bear. We venerate them with faith and beseech thee that by thine intercessions we be granted the great mercy.

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

CALENDAR

Sunday, October 15 (Holy Fathers of the Seventh Ecumenical Council)

8:50 a.m. — Orthros

9:00 a.m. — Christian Education

10:00 a.m. — Divine Liturgy

Monday, October 16

Office Closed — Father John’s Day Off

Tuesday, October 17

6:00 a.m. — Daily Orthros

Wednesday, October 18 (Apostle Luke the Evangelist)

6:30 p.m. — Daily Vespers

7:15 p.m. — Choir Practice

Thursday, October 19

6:00 a.m. — Daily Orthros

Friday, October 20

Saturday, October 21

8:30 a.m. — Workday at the Church

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

Sunday, October 22

8:50 a.m. — Orthros

9:00 a.m. — Christian Education

10:00 a.m. — Divine Liturgy

SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENTS

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

Eucharist Bread and Coffee Hour Schedule:

Eucharist Bread Coffee Hour

October 15 Katool R. Root/Jones/Strain/Dabit

October 22 Algood Algood/Dansreau/Pacurari

October 29 Schelver Schelver/Meadows

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 15 David Turner Titus 3:8-15 322

October 22 Walt Wood Gal. 1:11-19 188

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

Please be reminded that the Sacristy/Vestry which is adjacent to and behind the altar in our church is considered by the Orthodox Church to be part of the Sanctuary (Altar area) and should not be entered without the blessing of the priest for a specific purpose. If you need to speak with a member of the clergy while they are in the Sanctuary, please ask them to come to you in the nave.

Please be reminded of the following:

Be very careful with the Blessed Bread when you take it after communion. Because this bread has been blessed, we should take care not to let crumbs fall on the floor. Parents, especially, please help your children to choose a small piece and treat it carefully.

Also, at the end of the liturgy, maintain a prayerful disposition during the veneration of the cross as the prayers of thanksgiving after communion are still underway. Please exchange your greetings with each other in the Fellowship Hall during Coffee Hour.

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

Welcome and Many Years! to Ana Maria Lavric who was baptized yesterday morning!

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.

Fall Festival: We will hold our annual Fall Festival on Saturday afternoon, October 28th. Anna Kathryn Stewart will once again head up this activity. (As in the past, we will not have Ninth Hour and Great Vespers that day.) More information will be available at a later date.

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

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 October

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

Major Commemorations for October

October 18 Apostle Luke, the Evangelist

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

October 26 Great-martyr Demetrios

Save the Date: Ladies . . .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. More information and registration forms will be available in early October. The fee will be $25.00. As in the past their will be scholarships available. Any questions. . .see Christina Katool or Mary Guy Lockhart.

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: “When fallen man ‘comes to himself’ and turns to God, ‘it is time for the Lord to work’, as we say at the beginning of the Divine Liturgy; in pain, man then enters his own heart, which is the greatest honour reserved by God for wretched man. God knows they He can now seriously converse with him, and is attentive to him, for when man enters his heart he speaks to God with knowledge of his true state, for which he now feels responsible.”

Archmandrite Zacharias, The Hidden Man of the Heart

Worship: Sunday, October 22, 2017 (Twentieth Sunday after Pentecost)

Scripture: Galatians 1:11-19; Luke 8:26-39

Celebrant: Father John

Epistle Reader: Walt Wood

Prosphora: Algood

Coffee Hour: Algood/Dansereau/Pacurari

10/8 announcements

October 8, 2017

Eighteenth Sunday after Pentecost

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

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

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

Troparion of St. Pelagia the Righteous: Through thee the divine likeness was securely preserved, O Mother Pelagia; for thou didst carry the cross and followed Christ. By example and precept thou didst teach us to ignore the body because it is perishable, and to attend to the concerns of the undying soul. Therefore, doth thy soul rejoice with the angels.

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 8

8:50 a.m. — Orthros

9:00 a.m. — Christian Education

10:00 a.m. — Divine Liturgy

12:00 p.m. — Pot Luck Meal

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

Office Closed — Father John’s Day Off

Tuesday, October 10

NO Daily Orthros

Wednesday, October 11

6:30 p.m. — Daily Vespers

7:15 p.m. — Choir Practice

Thursday, October 12

NO Daily Orthros

Friday, October 13

Saturday, October 14

10:30 a.m. — Baptism of Anna Maria Lavric

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

Sunday, October 15 (Holy Fathers of the Seventh Ecumenical Council)

8:50 a.m. — Orthros

9:00 a.m. — Christian Education

10:00 a.m. — Divine Liturgy

SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENTS

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

Eucharist Bread and Coffee Hour Schedule:

Eucharist Bread Coffee Hour

October 8 Henderson POT LUCK MEAL

(set-up: D. Root/Meadows)

October 15 Katool Algood/Jones/Strain/Dabit

October 22 Algood R. Root/Habeeb/Pacurari

October 29 Schelver Schelver/Meadows

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 8 Kh. Be’Be’ Schelver II Cor. 9:6-11 178

October 15 David Turner Titus 3:8-15 322

October 22 Walt Wood Gal. 1:11-19 188

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

Please be reminded that the Sacristy/Vestry which is adjacent to and behind the altar in our church is considered by the Orthodox Church to be part of the Sanctuary (Altar area) and should not be entered without the blessing of the priest for a specific purpose. If you need to speak with a member of the clergy while they are in the Sanctuary, please ask them to come to you in the nave.

Please be reminded of the following:

Be very careful with the Blessed Bread when you take it after communion. Because this bread has been blessed, we should take care not to let crumbs fall on the floor. Parents, especially, please help your children to choose a small piece and treat it carefully.

Also, at the end of the liturgy, maintain a prayerful disposition during the veneration of the cross as the prayers of thanksgiving after communion are still underway. Please exchange your greetings with each other in the Fellowship Hall during Coffee Hour.

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.

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 l;oved 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

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.

Anna Maria Lavric, daughter of Dorin and Carolina Lavric, will be baptized on Saturday morning, October 14th at 10:30 a.m. Please keep her, her godparents and parents in your prayers.

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.

Fall Festival: We will hold our annual Fall Festival on Saturday afternoon, October 28th. Anna Kathryn Stewart will once again head up this activity. (As in the past, we will not have Ninth Hour and Great Vespers that day.) More information will be available at a later date.

Beginning Sunday evening, October 1st, Father John will meet with the Teens on a regular basis.. More information on dates and times are still to be determined.

Parents of Altar Servers. . . . please make sure that all of the Altar Servers see Sh. Margaret Root in the next few weeks to be measured for new vestments.

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.

* October 14th — Baptism of Anna Maria Lavric at 10:30 a.m.

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

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

Fasting Discipline for October

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

Major Commemorations for October

October 9 Apostle James, Son of Alphaeus

October 18 Apostle Luke, the Evangelist

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

October 26 Great-martyr Demetrios

Save the Date: Ladies . . .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. More information and registration forms will be available in early October. The fee will be $25.00. As in the past their will be scholarships available. Any questions. . .see Christina Katool or Mary Guy Lockhart.

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: “We deprive ourselves of the feast of God’s consolation not only when we hand ourselves over to the corruption of sin, feeding swine in a far country, but also when we contend in a negligent way.”

Archmandrite Zacharias, The Hidden Man of the Heart

Worship: Sunday, October 15, 2017 (Holy Fathers of the Seventh Ecumenical Council)

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

Celebrant: Father John

Epistle Reader: David Turner

Prosphora: Katool

Coffee Hour: Algood/Jones/Strain/Dabit

10/1 announcements

October 1, 2017

Seventeenth Sunday after Pentecost

II Corinthians 6:16-7:1: St Paul reminds us that as God has promised to dwell with us, we are to be holy, cleansing ourselves from ungodliness.

Luke 6:31-36: From St Luke’s account of the Sermon on the Mount we hear our Lord teach us to love our enemies, to be unselfish in our giving, and to have mercy upon those who do us wrong rather than condemning them.

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

Troparion of St. Romanos: Through thee the divine likeness was securely preserved, O father Romanos; for thou didst carry the cross and followed Christ. By example and precept thou didst teach us to ignore the body because it is perishable, and to attend to the concerns of the undying soul. Therefore, doth thy soul rejoice with the angels.

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 1 (Seventeenth Sunday after Pentecost)

8:50 a.m. — Orthros

9:00 a.m. — Christian Education

10:00 a.m. — Divine Liturgy

Monday, October 2

Office Closed — Father John’s Day Off

Tuesday, October 3

6:00 a.m. — Daily Orthros

Wednesday, October 4

6:30 p.m. — Daily Vespers

7:15 p.m. — Choir Practice

Thursday, October 5

6:00 a.m. — Daily Orthros

11:30 a.m. — Men’s Lunch

Friday, October 6 (Apostle Thomas)

[KNUCKLEHEAD FAMILY REUNION BEGINS
TODAY]

Saturday, October 7

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

Sunday, October 8

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.

Eucharist Bread and Coffee Hour Schedule:

Eucharist Bread Coffee Hour

October 1 R. Root Skirtech/Parker

October 8 Henderson POT LUCK MEAL

(set-up: D. Root/Dansereau/Davis)

October 15 Katool Algood/Jones/Strain/Dabit

October 22 Algood R. Root/Habeeb/Pacurari

October 29 Schelver Schelver/Meadows

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 1 Sam Habeeb II Cor. 6:16-7:1 173

October 8 Kh. Be’Be’ Schelver II Cor. 9:6-11 178

October 15 David Turner Titus 3:8-15 322

October 22 Walt Wood Gal. 1:11-19 188

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

Please be reminded that the Sacristy/Vestry which is adjacent to and behind the altar in our church is considered by the Orthodox Church to be part of the Sanctuary (Altar area) and should not be entered without the blessing of the priest for a specific purpose. If you need to speak with a member of the clergy while they are in the Sanctuary, please ask them to come to you in the nave.

Please be reminded of the following:

Be very careful with the Blessed Bread when you take it after communion. Because this bread has been blessed, we should take care not to let crumbs fall on the floor. Parents, especially, please help your children to choose a small piece and treat it carefully.

Also, at the end of the liturgy, maintain a prayerful disposition during the veneration of the cross as the prayers of thanksgiving after communion are still underway. Please exchange your greetings with each other in the Fellowship Hall during Coffee Hour.

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.

His Grace, Bishop ANTOUN has officially retired and Metropolitan JOSEPH has appointed His Grace, Bishop NICHOLAS to oversee the Diocese of Miami and the Southeast. Father John has invited him to visit us soon and he has expressed a wish to do so. More information on His Grace is to be found in the Metropolitan’s letter which is posted on the Bulletin Board in the Fellowship Hall. Please keep him in your prayers.

Welcome and Many Years! to Lazar Gojgovic, son of new members Srdjan and Yana Goygovic, who was baptized yesterday morning!

Anna Maria Lavric, daughter of Dorin and Carolina Lavric, will be baptized on Saturday morning, October 14th at 10:30 a.m. Please keep her, her godparents and parents in your prayers.

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.

Fall Festival: We will hold our annual Fall Festival on Saturday afternoon, October 28th. Anna Kathryn Stewart will once again head up this activity. (As in the past, we will not have Ninth Hour and Great Vespers that day.) More information will be available at a later date.

Beginning Sunday evening, October 1st, Father John will meet with the Teens on a regular basis.. More information on dates and times are still to be determined.

Parents of Altar Servers. . . . please make sure that all of the Altar Servers see Sh. Margaret Root in the next few weeks to be measured for new vestments.

Save the Date: Ladies . . .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. More information and registration forms will be available in early October. The fee will be $25.00. As in the past their will be scholarships available. Any questions. . .see Christina Katool or Mary Guy Lockhart.

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.

* October 14th — Baptism of Anna Maria Lavric at 10:30 a.m.

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

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

Fasting Discipline for October

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

Major Commemorations for October

October 1 The Protection of the Theotokos

October 6 Apostle Thomas

October 9 Apostle James, Son of Alphaeus

October 18 Apostle Luke, the Evangelist

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.

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: “But the head of every good endeavor and the guiding force of right actions is perseverance in prayer. By means of it, we can daily obtain the rest of the virtues by asking God for them. By this means are engendered in those deemed worthy the fellowship of God’s holiness and of spiritual energy and the attachment of the mind disposed toward the Lord in ineffable love. For the person who daily forces himself to persevere in prayer is enflamed with divine passion and fiery desire from a spiritual love toward God, and he receives the grace of the sanctifying perfection of the Spirit.”

St. Makarios the Great

Worship: Sunday, October 8, 2017 (Eighteenth Sunday after Pentecost)

Scripture: II Corinthians 9:6-11; Luke 7:11-16

Celebrant: Father John

Epistle Reader: Kh. Be’Be’ Schelver

Prosphora: Henderson

Coffee Hour: POT LUCK MEAL

(set-up: D. Root/Dansereau/Davis)

9/24 announcements

September 24, 2017

Proto-Martyr Thekla, Equal to the Apostles

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 5:1-11: In the reading from the Gospel of St Luke we see Simon Peter, James, and John become disciples of our Lord.

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 St. Thekla: O glorious Thekla, companion of Paul the divine, thou wast inflamed with the love of thy Creator by the teaching of the divine preacher. Thou didst despise the passing earthly pleasures, and offered thyself to God as an acceptable and pleasing sacrifice, disregarding all suffering. Intercede with Christ thy Groom to grant us His great mercy.

Troparion for Holy Father Silouan: By thy prayers, thou didst receive Christ as thy Master on the path of humility and in thy heart the Holy Spirit witnessed unto thy salvation. For this cause all people called to live in hope now rejoice and celebrate thy memory. O Holy Father Silouan, pray to Christ 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 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, September 24 (Proto-martyr Thekla)

8:50 a.m. — Orthros

9:00 a.m. — Christian Education

10:00 a.m. — Divine Liturgy

Monday, September 25

Office Closed — Father John’s Day Off

Tuesday, September 26 (Apostle John the Theologian)

NO Daily Orthros

Wednesday, September 27

6:30 p.m. — Daily Vespers

7:15 p.m. — Choir Practice

Thursday, September 28 (Venerable Chariton)

NO Daily Orthros

Friday, September 29

Saturday, September 30

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

Sunday, October 1 (Seventeenth 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 Bakers for the Divine Liturgy this morning.

Eucharist Bread and Coffee Hour Schedule:

Eucharist Bread Coffee Hour

September 24 Baker Pigott/Alaeetawi

October 1 R. Root Skirtech/Parker

October 8 Henderson POT LUCK MEAL

(set-up: D. Root/Dansereau/Davis)

October 15 Katool Algood/Jones/Strain/Dabit

October 22 Algood R. Root/Habeeb/Pacurari

October 29 Schelver Schelver/Meadows

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#

September 24 Mildred Morris II Tim. 3:10-15 258

October 1 Kh. Be’Be’ Schelver II Cor. 6:16-7:1 173

October 8 Sam Habeeb II Cor. 9:6-11 178

October 15 David Turner Titus 3:8-15 322

October 22 Walt Wood Gal. 1:11-19 188

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

Please be reminded that the Sacristy/Vestry which is adjacent to and behind the altar in our church is considered by the Orthodox Church to be part of the Sanctuary (Altar area) and should not be entered without the blessing of the priest for a specific purpose. If you need to speak with a member of the clergy while they are in the Sanctuary, please ask them to come to you in the nave.

Please be reminded of the following:

Be very careful with the Blessed Bread when you take it after communion. Because this bread has been blessed, we should take care not to let crumbs fall on the floor. Parents, especially, please help your children to choose a small piece and treat it carefully.

Also, at the end of the liturgy, maintain a prayerful disposition during the veneration of the cross as the prayers of thanksgiving after communion are still underway. Please exchange your greetings with each other in the Fellowship Hall during Coffee Hour.

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.

His Grace, Bishop ANTOUN has officially retired and Metropolitan JOSEPH has appointed His Grace, Bishop NICHOLAS to oversee the Diocese of Miami and the Southeast. Father John has invited him to visit us soon and he has expressed a wish to do so. More information on His Grace is to be found in the Metropolitan’s letter which is posted on the Bulletin Board in the Fellowship Hall. Please keep him in your prayers.

With the blessing of His Grace, Bishop NICHOLAS, Fr. Alex Mackoul, Camp Director for Camp St. Thekla, has requested that we take up a collection for the Camp on the feastday of St. Thekla TODAY. Please make your checks pay to St. Peter Orthodox Church and we will write one check to send to Fr. Alex. Be sure to note that your check is for the Camp on the memo line.

Relief for the Victims of Hurricane Harvey: At the request of His Eminence, Metropolitan JOSEPH, we will be taking up a special collection each week this month to aid the victims of Hurricane Harvey. Please indicate on your check that it is for this fund. We will then send a single check to the Archdiocese.

Fall Festival: We will hold our annual Fall Festival on Saturday afternoon, October 28th. Anna Kathryn Stewart will once again head up this activity. (As in the past, we will not have Ninth Hour and Great Vespers that day.) More information will be available at a later date.

Father John and Kh. Janet will be out of town September 23rd through 28th. They will be in Pensacola for the 10th Anniversary of St. Andrew the Apostle Orthodox Church and then in Tallahassee visiting Jordan and his family. If you need a priest during this time, please call either Fr. Leo or Fr. James.

Congratulations to Simon and Rola Karam on the birth of their son Elias Ephrim this past Wednesday morning! Both mother and child are doing well.

Beginning Sunday evening, October 1st, Father John will meet with the Teens on a regular basis.. More information on dates and times are still to be determined.

Upcoming Baptisms:

Saturday, September 30th at 10:30 a.m. — Lazar Gojgovic, son of new members Srdjan and Yana Goygovic;

Saturday, Ocotber 14th at 10:30 a.m. — Anna Maria Lavric, daughter of Dorin and Carolina Lavric.

Parents of Altar Servers. . . . please make sure that all of the Altar Servers see Sh. Margaret Root in the next few weeks to be measured for new vestments.

Save the Date: Ladies . . .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. More information and registration forms will be available in early October. The fee will be $25.00. As in the past their will be scholarships available. Any questions. . .see Christina Katool or Mary Guy Lockhart.

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.

* September 30th

9/17 announcements

September 17, 2017

Sunday after the Elevation of the Holy Cross

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.

Mark 8:34-9:1: In our reading from the gospel of Mark we hear our Lord tell His disciples that self-denial is required for true spirituality.

Troparion of the Resurrection: When Mary stood at thy grave looking for thy sacred body, angelic powers shone above thy revered tomb, and the soldiers who were to keep guard became as dead men. Thou led hades captive and wast not tempted thereby. Thou didst meet the Virgin and didst give life to the world; O thou who art risen from the dead! O Lord, glory to thee.

Troparion of the Holy Cross: O Lord, save thy people and bless thine inheritance, granting to thy people victory over all their enemies, and by the power of thy Cross preserving thy kingdom.

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 Holy Cross: Do thou, who of thine own good will wast lifted up upon the Cross, O Christ our God, bestow thy bounties upon the new nation which is called by thy Name; make glad in thy might those who lawfully govern, that with them we may led to victory over our adversaries, having in thine aid a weapon of peace and a trophy invincible.

CALENDAR

Sunday, September 17 (Thirteenth Sunday after Pentecost)

8:50 a.m. — Orthros

9:00 a.m. — Christian Education

10:00 a.m. — Divine Liturgy

Monday, September 18

Office Closed — Father John’s Day Off

Tuesday, September 19

6:00 a.m. — Daily Orthros

Wednesday, September 20

6:30 p.m. — Daily Vespers

7:15 p.m. — Choir Practice

Thursday, September 21

6:00 a.m. — Daily Orthros

Friday, September 22

Saturday, September 23 (Conception of the Forerunner)

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

Sunday, September 24 (Proto-martyr Thekla)

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 Daniel Roots for the Feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross this past Wednesday evening and by the Brocks for the Divine Liturgy this morning.

Eucharist Bread and Coffee Hour Schedule:

Eucharist Bread Coffee Hour

September 17 Brock Schelver/Meadows

September 24 Baker Pigott/Alaeetawi

October 1 R. Root Skirtech/Parker

October 8 Henderson POT LUCK MEAL

(set-up: D. Root/Dansereau/Davis)

October 15 Katool Algood/Jones/Strain/Dabit

October 22 Algood R. Root/Habeeb/Pacurari

October 29 Schelver Schelver/Meadows

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#

September 17 Warren Strain Gal. 2:16-20 193

September 24 Mildred Morris II Tim. 3:10-15 258

October 1 Kh. Be’Be’ Schelver II Cor. 6:16-7:1 173

October 8 Sam Habeeb II Cor. 9:6-11 178

October 15 David Turner Titus 3:8-15 322

October 22 Walt Wood Gal. 1:11-19 188

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

Please be reminded that the Sacristy/Vestry which is adjacent to and behind the altar in our church is considered by the Orthodox Church to be part of the Sanctuary (Altar area) and should not be entered without the blessing of the priest for a specific purpose. If you need to speak with a member of the clergy while they are in the Sanctuary, please ask them to come to you in the nave.

Please be reminded of the following:

Be very careful with the Blessed Bread when you take it after communion. Because this bread has been blessed, we should take care not to let crumbs fall on the floor. Parents, especially, please help your children to choose a small piece and treat it carefully.

Also, at the end of the liturgy, maintain a prayerful disposition during the veneration of the cross as the prayers of thanksgiving after communion are still underway. Please exchange your greetings with each other in the Fellowship Hall during Coffee Hour.

Please remember the following in your prayers: Steve, Sheryl Chamblee; Aidan Milnor, the Milnor family; Sam and Lamia Dabit and Sammie; Mary Greene (Lee and Kh. Sharon’s sister); 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.

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. Fr. John has been ill and was recently hospitalized. He is home now but is still ill. Kh. Cheryl has also been ill.

His Grace, Bishop ANTOUN has officially retired and Metropolitan JOSEPH has appointed His Grace, Bishop NICHOLAS to oversee the Diocese of Miami and the Southeast. Father John has invited him to visit us soon and he has expressed a wish to do so. More information on His Grace is to be found in the Metropolitan’s letter which is posted on the Bulletin Board in the Fellowship Hall. Please keep him in your prayers.

Nimr Fahmy has a new cell phone number: 615-635-2223.

With the blessing of His Grace, Bishop NICHOLAS, Fr. Alex Mackoul, Camp Director for Camp St. Thekla, has requested that we take up a collection for the Camp on the feastday of St. Thekla on September 24th. Please make your checks pay to St. Peter Orthodox Church and we will write one check to send to Fr. Alex. Be sure to note that your check is for the Camp on the memo line.

Parents of Altar Servers. . . . please make sure that all of the Altar Servers see Sh. Margaret Root in the next few weeks to be measured for new vestments.

Relief for the Victims of Hurricane Harvey: At the request of His Eminence, Metropolitan JOSEPH, we will be taking up a special collection each week this month to aid the victims of Hurricane Harvey. Please indicate on your check that it is for this fund. We will then send a single check to the Archdiocese.

Fall Festival: We will hold our annual Fall Festival on Saturday afternoon, October 28th. Anna Kathryn Stewart will once again head up this activity. (As in the past, we will not have Ninth Hour and Great Vespers that day.) More information will be available at a later date.

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 September

In September the traditional fasting discipline (no meat, dairy, eggs, fish, wine or oil) is observed on all Wednesdays and Fridays of the month. Thursday, September 14th is also a strict fast day for the Feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross.

Major Commemorations for September

September 23 Conception of the Forerunner

September 24 Proto-martyr Thekla

September 26 Apostle John the Theologian (repose)

September 28 Venerable Chariton

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 union of freedom with grace

St. Makarios of Egypt says (First Treatise on Guarding of the Heart, Chap. xii) that the grace which comes to man ‘does not bind his will by force of necessity, nor does it make him unchangeably good willy-nilly. On the contrary, the power of God which exists in the man gives way before his free will, in order to reveal whether the man’s will is in accordance with grace or not.’ From this moment the union of freedom with grace begins. At first grace stands outside, and acts from the outside. Then it enters within and begins to take possession of parts of the spirit: but it only does this when the man by his own desire opens the door for it, or opens his mouth to receive it. By himself man cannot do or establish within himself that which is good, but he longs and strives for it. Because of this longing, grace consolidates within him the good for which he yearns. And so it goes on, until man acquires final mastery over himself, and thus is able to fulfill that which is good and pleasing to God.”

St. Theophan the Recluse, The Art of Prayer

Worship: Sunday, September 24, 2017 (Proto-martyr Thekla)

Scripture: II Timothy 3:10-15; Luke 5:1-11

Celebrant: Father John

Epistle Reader: Mildred Morris

Prosphora: Baker

Coffee Hour: Pigott/Alaeetawi