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Saint Peter Antiochian Orthodox Church
Madison, Mississippi
Wednesday, September 23, 2009
Announcements for Sunday, September 27, 2009
September 27, 2009
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 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 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, September 27  (Sixteenth Sunday after Pentecost)
 8:50 a.m. – Orthros
 9:00 a.m. – Christian Education
 10:00 a.m. – Divine Liturgy
 12: 00 noon – Brief meeting of Ladies of St. Peter
 5:30 p.m. – Youth Group
Monday, September 28   (Venerable Chariton)
 Office Closed – Father John's Day Off
Tuesday, September 29
 6:00 a.m. – Daily Orthros
Wednesday, September 30
 5:00 p.m. – Catechism Class
 6:30 p.m. – Daily Vespers, followed by Parish Council Meeting
 7:30 p.m. – Choir Practice
Thursday, October 1
 6:00 a.m. – Daily Orthros
Friday, October 2
 6:00 a.m. – Daily Orthros
Saturday, October 3
 5:45 p.m. – Ninth Hour, followed by Great Vespers
Sunday, October 4 (Seventeenth Sunday after Pentecost)
 8:50 a.m. – Orthros
 9:00 a.m. – Christian Education
 10:00 a.m. – Divine Liturgy
 5:30 p.m. – Young Adults

Eucharist Bread: ...was offered by the Freundts for the Divine Liturgy this morning. 
Please be very careful with the Blessed Bread when you take after communion or at the end of the liturgy.  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.
Eucharist Bread and Coffee Hour Schedule:
                    Eucharist Bread  Coffee Hour
 September 27     Freundts         Milnors
 October 4           Fahmys          POT LUCK
 October 11         Bakers            R. Roots
 October 18         Woods            Woods
 October 25         R. Roots         Algoods
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 27  Kh. Be'Be' Schelver     II Cor. 6:1-10         168
October 4        Brenda Baker              II Cor. 6:16-7:1      173
October 11      Tom Willingham          Titus 3:8-15           322
October 18      Tom Skirtech              Col. 4:5-18             324
October 25      Walt Wood                 Gal. 1:11-19          188
Memory Eternal!  Our thoughts and prayers continue to be with Charlotte Wood and with Ken Jones and their families. Ken's mother, Kathryn Alker, fell asleep in the Lord on Saturday, September 19th , and Charlotte's father, Bob Thayer, on Friday, September 18th .  Both had been battling cancer for several months.   May their memory be eternal!
Please remember the following in your prayers: Tom Skirtech, Amy and Brantley Oliver ;  Reader Basil's family (Dad, Bill; sister Betty; and uncle and aunt, James and Sarah Powell),  Aidan Milnor, the Milnor family; Penny and Dean Bruner and their family, Deborah and Paul Finley, Effie Johnson (Kh. Susan Cushman's mother) and the Cushman family (St. John's in Memphis), Jared and Stacy Autrey and their daughter Olivia Kate (St. Ignatius in Franklin).
Sunday School!  Sunday School has resumed!  Thanks to our teachers who volunteer for this important service to our church.  Parents are asked to have their children attend and be on time!
New Time for Great Vespers on Saturdays!!  We will begin to pray Ninth Hour on Saturday evenings prior to Great Vespers.  It was also decided by the Parish Council to move Great Vespers to an earlier time.  So, in the future, Ninth Hour will begin at 5:45 p.m., followed immediately by Great Vespers (around 6:00 p.m.).  Please make a note of this change in times.
Sunday Pot Luck!!  The Parish Council has agreed that we will begin having a Pot Luck meal on the first Sunday of each month instead of Coffee Hour.  There will be a sign-up sheet posted on the Bulletin Board in the Fellowship Hall in the weeks prior to the meal, so that we can have an idea of the food that will be brought.  If you can't bring a dish, sign up for set-up or clean-up.  Participation is open to all (men as well as children!!)  This is a wonderful chance for some fellowship.  Please be sure to mark it on your calendars!! 
Axios! He is Worthy!  Father Michael Dahulich has been elevated to the office of Bishop of New York and New Jersey in the OCA.  Please pray for him as he assumes this office and also for St. Thikon's Seminary where he has been serving as Dean.
Hay Ride!!!  Our annual Hay Ride is scheduled for Saturday, October 24th at the Nichols Boyd Pumpkin Patch where we have gone in the past.  We will not have Great Vespers that evening due to this activity.  Jennifer Skirtech is in charge and will have more information available shortly.  In the meantime, however, we need to get a head count.  A sign-up sheet is in the Fellowship Hall.  Please let us know if you are planning to attend.
St. Peter shirts....several of you placed an order for one of the shirts with our name on them.  They have arrived and the cost is $30.  If you ordered one of these, please see Fr. John.  We do have a few extras if someone wanted one but was unable to order it.
The Young Adults have begun meeting on Sunday evenings every other week at 5:30 p.m. They will begin reading the book Feast of Friendship by Fr. Paul O'Callaghan.  (The bookstore has a few copies, more will probably need to be ordered.)  Plans have also been made to have a meal with the meetings....bring your own "stuff" to grill, or whatever you'd like to eat.
Calendar Items:
 * Father Leo is serving the Divine Liturgy today at St. George in Vicksburg.
 * Father John is in Shreveport today for the consecration of the altar at St. Nicholas Orthodox Church where Father Daniel Bethancourt is serving as pastor.
 * Hay Ride at Nichols Boyd Pumpkin Patch!!
 * Future date for Stewpot is October 31st .
 * The MS Valley Deanery will hold its annual Teen Retreat the week-end of January 29-31, 2010 at John W. Kyle State Park in Sardis, MS.  Father James Coles, pastor of St. Ignatius Mission in Mesa, AZ, will be the speaker.  More details will be available at a later date.
Fasting Discipline for September/October
In September, and again in October, the traditional fasting (no meat, poultry, fish, eggs, dairy, wine and oil)  is observed on all Wednesdays and Fridays.
Major Commemorations During September/October
 September 28 Venerable Chariton
 October 1 The Protection of the Theotokos
 October 6 Apostle Thomas
 October 9 Apostle James, Son of Alphaeus
 October 18 Apostle Luke
 October 23 Apostle James, the Brother of the Lord
 October 26 Great Martyr Demetrios
Those hosting Coffee Hour or feasts MUST be sure to place fresh trash bags in the trash cans when cleaning up afterwards.  If this is not done, items get thrown into the empty trash cans and then dumped as is into the cans outside.  The trash people will NOT pick up loose trash from the cans and have even dumped it out in the past.  This means that Father John has to pick these items up by hand and bag them!  Please help us with this!!
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.
If you are the last to leave the building, please make sure that the heating and cooling unit in the Fellowship Hall is set to the optimum temperature for the building when unoccupied.  

Quotable: "Evil does not exist by nature, nor is any man naturally evil, for God made nothing that was not good.  When in the desire of his heart, someone conceives and gives form to what in reality has no existence, then what he desires begins to exist.  We should therefore turn our attention away from the inclination to evil and concentrate it on the remembrance of God; for good, which exists by nature, is more powerful than our inclination to evil.  The one has existence while the other has not, except when we give existence through our actions." 
    - St. Diadochos of Photiki 
Weekly Quote: "As the unborn babe in his mother's womb is not at once fashioned into a man, but the image is formed by degrees and born, and even then is not full grown, but takes many years to develop and become a man; and, again, as the seeds of barley or of wheat do not rot the moment they are put into the ground, but cold and wind pass over them, and then in due time the ears form; and the man who plants a pear tree does not at once partake of the fruit; so likewise in spiritual things, where there is so much wisdom and delicacy employed, it is only by little that a man grows and comes to a perfect man, to the measure of the stature (Eph. 4:13), not, as some say, 'Off with one coat, and on with another'."
    - Saints Basanuphius and John
WORSHIP: Sunday, October 4 (Seventeenth Sunday After Pentecost)
 Scriptures:  II Corinthians 6:16-7:1; Luke 6:31-36
 Celebrant:  Father James
 Deacon:  Deacon Richard
 Epistle Reader:  Brenda Baker
 Prosphora:  Fahmys
 Coffee Hour:  POT LUCK
posted by Daniel Root at 2:54 PM Parish Life

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