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Saint Peter Antiochian Orthodox Church
Madison, Mississippi
Monday, October 06, 2008
Announcements for Sunday, October 5, 2008
October 5, 2008
Sixteenth Sunday after Pentecost
II Corinthians 6:1-10:  In our reading from II Corinthians, St Paul commends his and the other apostles' ministry as servants of God, explaining the means by which they were able to endure all things for the glory of God.
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: 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 Martyr Charitina:  Thy ewe, O Jesus, doth cry unto thee with a loud voice, saying, Nay bridegroom, I long for thee and in struggles seek thee.  I am crucified and buried with thee in thy Baptism, and for thee I do suffer until I reign with thee.  I die for thee that I may live in thee.  Then as a sacrifice without blemish receive her who for thy sake was slain.  Through her intercessions, therefore, since thou art merciful, 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 for Usual Sundays:  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.

Sunday, October 5
 8:50 a.m. – Orthros
 9:00 a.m. – Sunday School
 10:00 a.m. – Divine Liturgy
 6:00 p.m. – Young Adults
Monday, October 6   (Apostle Thomas)
Tuesday, October 7
 6:00 a.m. – Daily Orthros
 6:30 p.m. – Choir Practice
Wednesday, October 8
 5:00 p.m. – Catechism Class
 6:30 p.m. – Daily Vespers followed by Clergy Meeting
Thursday, October 9   (Apostle James, the Son of Alphaeus)
 6:00 a.m. –  Daily Orthros
Friday, October 10
 6:00 a.m. – Daily Orthros
Saturday, October 11
 6:30 p.m. – Great Vespers
Sunday, October 12
 8:50 a.m. – Orthros
 9:00 a.m. – Sunday School
 10:00 a.m. – Divine Liturgy
 5:30 p.m. – Youth Group 

The Eucharist Bread was offered by the Joneses for the Divine Liturgy today.
Eucharist Bread and Coffee Hour Schedule:
                Eucharist Bread      Coffee Hour
 October 5     Joneses                 Algoods
 October 12   Milnors                  Chamblees
 October 19 Joanna Meadows      Freundts
 October 26   Meadows               Schelvers
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 5 Sh. Charlotte Algood II Corinthians 6:1-10 168
October 1 Warren Strain           Titus 3:8-15             322
October 1 Mildred Morris          II Corinthians 9:6-11  178
October 26 Kh. Be'Be' Schelver II Timothy 2:1-10      328
(During the month of October the Teens will be reading the Epistle and these assignments are for back-up only)
Memory Eternal!  Our prayers and thoughts are extended to the Fahmys on the sad news of the falling-asleep-in-the Lord of Nimr's brother in Cairo, Egypt recently.  Please remember the Fahmy family in your prayers.  Mona's brother in Cairo is also very ill.
Congratulations to the Fahmys! ...on the happy news that Amira and Tony (Smith) are expecting in April!
The month of October is designated as Teen Month in our Archdiocese.  During this month the Teens will be reading the Epistle during the Divine Liturgy on Sunday mornings.
The Lower MS Valley Deanery's annual teen retreat will be held the week-end of February 20-22, 2009 at John W. Kyle State Park.  Joel Finley, the Youth Director at St. Ignatius Orthodox Church in Franklin, will handling registration.  More details will be available at a later date.
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 be time to elect new officers.  Please think about volunteering for an office.
Fasting Discipline for October
The traditional fasting (no meat, poultry, fish, eggs, dairy, wine and oil)  is observed on all  Wednesdays and Fridays of  October.
Major Commemorations During October
 Oct 6  Holy Apostle Thomas
 Oct 9  Holy Apsotle James, the Son of Alphaeus
 Oct 17  Unmercenary Healers Cosmas and Damian
 Oct 18  Holy Apostle Luke the Evangelist
 Oct 23  Holy Apostel James, the Brother of the Lord
 Oct 26  Holy Great-martyr Demetrios the Myrrh-streaming
Calendar Items:

 * The wedding for Laura Algood and Oliver Yeattes will be celebrated here at St. Peter's on Saturday, October 18th .  Please remember them in your prayers as this day approaches.

 * The next meeting for the PLC 2009 Planning Committee will be Thursday, October 16th at 7:00 p.m. at the church.

 * Hay Ride at the Boyd Nicholls Pumpkin Patch in Madison County on Saturday, November 1st.  See Jennifer Skirtech for more information.

 * 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 be in touch with you about housing them for the retreat.
 * Annual Teen Retreat for the Lower MS Valley Deanery – February 20-22, 2009 at John W. Kyle State Park.
 * 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.
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!
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: "Love and self-control free the soul from passions; spiritual reading and contemplation deliver the intellect from ignorance; and the state of prayer brings it into the presence of God Himself."
    - St. Maximos the Confessor
Weekly Quote: "Love every man in spite of his falling into sin.  Never mind the sins, but remember that the foundation of the man is the same–-the image of God."
    - St. John of Kronstadt
WORSHIP: Sunday, October 12, 2008 (Seventeenth Sunday after Pentecost; Sunday of the Holy Fathers)
 Scripture:  Titus 3:8-15 (Holy Fathers); Luke 8:5-15
 Celebrant:  Father John
 Homily:  Father Leo
 Deacon:  Deacon Richard
 Epistle Reader  Teens (Warren Strain/backup)
 Acolytes:  TBA
 Prosphora:  Milnors
 Coffee Hour:  Chamblees
 Teen Hosts:  TBA

posted by Daniel Root at 2:38 PM Parish Life

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