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Saint Peter Antiochian Orthodox Church
Madison, Mississippi
Wednesday, August 20, 2008
Announcements for August 24th, 2008
Sunday, August 24, 2008
Tenth Sunday after Pentecost
I Corinthians 4:9-16:  We hear St Paul speak to the Corinthians as their spiritual father and exhort them to imitate him in their actions.
Matthew 17:14-23:  The Lord Jesus again shows His abundant mercy when He heals a boy possessed by a demon.  We also hear Him foretell His betrayal, death and resurrection, but the disciples do not understand.
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 Holy Hieromartyr Eutyches:  As a sharer of the ways and a successor to the throne of the Apostles, O inspired of God, thou foundest discipline to be a means of ascent to divine vision.  Wherefore, having rightly divided the word of the truth, thou didst also contest for the Faith even unto blood, O Hieromartyr Eutyches.  Intercede with Christ our God that our souls be saved.
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 Nativity of the Theotokos:  By thy holy birth-giving, O pure one, Joachim and Anne were delivered from the reproach of barrenness; and Adam and Eve were delivered from the corruption of death; thy people do celebrate it, having been saved from the stain of iniquity, crying unto thee, The barren doth give birth to the Theotokos, who nourisheth our life.

Sunday, August 24 (Tenth Sunday after Pentecost)
 8:50 a.m. – Orthros
 10:00 a.m. – Divine Liturgy
 6:00 p.m. – Young Adults
Monday, August 25 (Apostles Bartholomew and Titus)
Tuesday, August 26
 6:00 a.m. – Daily Orthros
 6:30 p.m. – Choir Practice
Wednesday, August 27
 5:00 p.m. – Catechism Class
 6:30 p.m. – Daily Vespers, followed by Parish Council
Thursday, August 28
 6:00 a.m. –  Daily Orthros
   – NO Ladies Fellowship This Week!! (Only on 3rd Thursdays)
Friday, August 29 (Beheading of the Forerunner) [Strict Fast Day]
 6:00 a.m. – Festal Orthros
Saturday, August 30
 6:30 p.m. – Great Vespers
Sunday, August 31 (Eleventh Sunday after Pentecost & Deposition of the Belt of the
 8:50 a.m. – Orthros
 10:00 a.m. – Divine Liturgy
 5:30 p.m. – Youth Group
The Eucharist Bread was offered by the Richard Roots for the Divine Liturgy.
Welcome and Many Years! to Katherine Sarah Habeeb who was baptized last Saturday.
Eucharist Bread and Coffee Hour Schedule:
                 Eucharist Bread            Coffee Hour
 August 24         R. Roots                   Morrises
 August 31         Hendersons              Milnors
 September 7 (MORNING) Algoods      Karen Cooper
 September 7 (EVENING) Katools (artoklasia bread) No Meal
 (Great Vespers with Litia and Artoklasis for the Feast of the Nativity of the Theotokos)
 September 14    Meadows                 Joneses
 September 21    Schelvers                 R. Roots
 September 28    Morrises                  Woods
Schedule for Epistle Readers:
                        Reader                       Reading
August 24      Mildred Morris           I Corinthians 4:9-16
August 31      Kh. Be'Be' Schelver   Hebrews 9:1-7
September 7  Brenda Baker            Galatians 6:11-18  
The PLC (Parish Life Conference) 2009 Planning Committee members are as follows:
Elizabeth Root, Secretary; Cliff Stewart, Treasurer; Daniel Root, Teens/Web site; Bill Baker, Registration; Anna Kathryn Stewart, Souvenir Journal; Joanna Meadows, Layout for the Souvenir Journal ; Deacon Richard, Set up/altar; Jennifer Skirtech/Sh. Charlotte Algood, Vacation Bible School/Childcare; Kh. Be'Be' Schelver, Event Decorations and Tom Willingham, member-at-large.  The first meeting of the committee will be held at the church on Thursday, August 28th from 7:00-8:30 p.m.
Volunteers for Sunday School Teachers and Epistle Readers:
  Sunday School: If you are interested in teaching Sunday School, please see Sh.Charlotte Algood
  Readers: If you are interested in reading the Epistle during the Liturgy, please see Reader Basil.
Ladies of St. Peter:   It's time to pay your annual dues ($20).  Please give  them to Sh. Margaret Root.  Many thanks to Charlotte Wood, Rebecca Root and Sh. Margaret Root who have graciously served as officers.  In January it will time to elect new officers.  Please think about volunteering for an office.  Also, the Ladies are conducting a fund-raising drive during the month of August by selling subscriptions to certain very popular magazines.  Please see Christina Katool for further information.  The next meeting will be Sunday, September 21st with lunch together at Macaroni Grill following Liturgy and Coffee Hour.  Please make plans to come for the fellowship.
Buddy Cooper transferred his membership to Holy Resurrection Orthodox Church in Clinton.  Please keep him in your prayers.
A number of videos and audiotapes belonging to the church's library have been checked out and not returned.  Please look through your belongings for any that you may have forgotten about.  We are especially looking for the copy of the presentation that was done by Father Ted Pulcini at the 1994 Parish Life Conference that was hosted here.  Thank you for your assistance in locating these items.
Kitchen Maintenance: We have a number of perishable items being left in the kitchen (including condiments, etc., in the refrigerator).  These tend to spoil and often attract insects.  Following any church event (feast, coffee hour, fellowship, etc.), unless specific arrange-ments are made to use left overs very soon, please take them home with you!
Calendar Items:
 * The first meeting of the PLC (Parish Life Conference) 2009 Planning Committee will be held at the church Thursday, August 28th from 7:00-8:30 p.m.
 *  We will be serving at The Stewpot next Saturday, August 30th along with volunteers from Holy Resurrection.  Please see Cheryl Pigott for details.
 * The Ladies of St. Peter will be meeting for lunch at Macaroni Grill following the Liturgy and Coffee Hour on Sunday, September 21st .
 * The annual fall Clergy Retreat for the Lower Mississippi Valley Deanery will be held here at St. Peter's on November 5-7.  We will need places for some of the priests to stay, so Father John may in touch with you about housing them for the retreat.
 * St. Peter's will be hosting the Parish Life Conference next year.  The dates for the conference will be June 10-14.  This will a wonderful opportunity to showcase our parish.  More information will be available in the future.
Fasting Discipline for August/September
The traditional fasting (no meat, poultry, fish, eggs, dairy, wine and oil)  is observed on the remaining Wednesdays and Fridays of the month of August and all of September; however, a strict fast is observed on August 29th, the Commemoration of the Beheading of the Forerunner, and on September 14th (Elevation of the Precious Cross).
Major Commemorations During  August/September
 Aug 29  Beheading of the Forerunner
 Sept 1  Beginning of the Ecclesiastical Year
 Sept 6  Miracle of the Archangel Michael
 Sept 8  Nativity of the Theotokos
 Sept 9  Righteous Joachim and Anna
 Sept 14 Elevation of the Precious Cross
 Sept 16 Great-martyr Euphemia, the All-praised
 Sept 20 Great-martyr Eustathios and His Family
 Sept 23 Conception of the Forerunner
 Sept 24 Protomartyr Thekla, Equal-to-the-Apostles
 Sept 26 Repose of the Apostle John, the Theologian
 Sept 28 Venerable Chariton
Please supervise your children to avoid spills, ink stains or marks from their writing and drawing on our new chairs.  We also ask that you not allow them to stand on the kneelers.  Thank you for your help with this.
Quotable: "The saints participate in God; not only do they participate, but they communicate Him."
    - St. Gregory of Palamas
Weekly Quote:  "If we flee to the Lord, He will visit us–enter into our heart, protect us, and shield us from every temptation.  He will be for us a strong pillar in the face of the enemy, and will lead us unerringly to the pinnacle of our desires and yearnings–to the eternal, blessed, heavenly Kingdom."
    - St. Nikon of Optina
WORSHIP: Sunday, August 31, 2008 (Eleventh Sunday after Pentecost)
 Scripture:  Hebrews 9:1-7 (for the Theotokos); Matthew 18:23-35
 Celebrant:  Father John
 Homily:  Father James
 Deacon:  Deacon Terry
 Acolytes:  Stephen Collins
 Epistle Reader:  Kh. Be'Be' Schelver
 Prosphora:  Hendersons
 Coffee Hour:  Milnors
 Teen Hosts:  TBA
posted by Daniel Root at 1:14 PM Parish Life

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