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Saint Peter Antiochian Orthodox Church
Madison, Mississippi
Thursday, October 29, 2009
Announcements for Sunday, November 1, 2009
November 1, 2009
Saints Cosmos and Damian
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 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:  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 Unmercenary Healers: O holy unmercenaries and wonder-workers, visit our infirmities; freely have ye received, freely give to us.
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, November 1  (Saints Cosmos and Damian)
 8:50 a.m. – Orthros
 9:00 a.m. – Christian Education
 10:00 a.m. – Divine Liturgy, FOLLOWED BY POT LUCK LUNCH
 5:30 p.m. – Young Adults
Monday, November 2
 Office Closed – Father John's Day Off
Tuesday, November 3
 NO Daily Orthros
Wednesday, November 4
 NO Catechism Class
 6:30 p.m. – Daily Vespers
 7:30 p.m. – Choir Practice
Thursday, November 5
 NO Daily Orthros
Friday, November 6
 6:00 a.m. – Daily Orthros
Saturday, November 7
 9:30 a.m. – Sacrament of Holy Baptism for Simeon Root (in lieu of Orthros)
 10:00 a.m. – Divine Liturgy for feast of St. Raphael followed by reception for Simeon
 5:45 p.m. – Ninth Hour and Great Vespers
Sunday, November 8  (Archangels Michael and Gabriel)
 8:50 a.m. – Orthros
 10:00 a.m. – Divine Liturgy
 9:00 a.m. – Christian Education
 5:30 p.m. – Youth Group
Eucharist Bread: ...was offered by the Hendersons 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
 November 1                    Hendersons      POT LUCK
 November 7 (Sat. a.m.)    Algoods           Katools
  (St. Raphael)
 November 8                    Katools            Hendersons
 November 15                  Schelvers         Chamblees
 November 21 (Sat. a.m.) Morrises 
  (Entrance of the Theotokos into the Temple)
 November 22                  Joneses            Freundts
 November 29                  Milnors             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 #
November 1                    Sh. Charlotte Algood     Gal. 2:16-20           193
November 7 (Sat. am)     Kh. Sharon Meadows     Heb. 7:26-8:3         334
November 8                    Warren Strain               Heb. 2:2-10            332
November 15                  Mildred Morris               Eph. 2:4-10            202
November 21 (Sat. am)    Brenda Baker               Heb. 9:1-7              337
November 22                  Kh. Be'Be' Schelver       Eph. 2:14 to end     207
November 29                  Tom Willingham            Eph. 4:1-7              212
We rejoice with Daniel and Elizabeth Root on Simeon's reception into the Church through the Sacrament of Holy Baptism.  The Baptism will take place next Saturday morning at 9:30 a.m.  It will be followed by the Divine Liturgy for the feast of St. Raphael of Brooklyn and a reception afterwards. (There will be no Orthros due to the Baptism.)  The Reader Basil Baker will be Simeon's godfather.  Please pray for Simeon, his parents and godfather.
Please remember the following in your prayers: Amy and Michael Surratt; Brian and Robin Sellers and their unborn child ( she is scheduled to be induced on Nov. 11th); Mary Catherine Long; Bobby and Sue Webb (Deborah Finley's parents); 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; Jared and Stacy Autrey and their daughter Olivia Kate (St. Ignatius in Franklin).
New Time for Great Vespers on Saturdays!!  We are praying 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.
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.
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!!
Calendar Items:
 * Father John will be attending the MS Valley Deanery's annual Clergy Retreat November 2-4, 2009.  He will be going to Chattanooga from there to visit family and will be returning home late on the 5th.
 * Simeon Root's Baptism next Saturday (November 7th ) followed by the Divine Liturgy for the feast of St. Raphael.
 * The Fast of the Nativity will begin on Sunday, November 15th and run through December 24th .  During this time, instead of Daily Vespers on Wednesday evenings,we will pray the Advent Paraklesis to the Theotokos.
 * January 24th  – Pot Luck Meal and Fund-raising Auction for the Ladies of St. Peter. (Please note that the auction has been rescheduled)
 * 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.  His topic will be "How to Experience the Peace of God in a Chaotic World."  More details will be available at a later date.
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.
Auction Rescheduled.....the Ladies of St. Peter have rescheduled their fund-raising auction that was planned for November 1st .  It will now be held January 24th, which will also be the date for our monthly Pot Luck meal. (We will not be having Pot Luck on January 3rd, due to the business of the season.)
Fasting Discipline for November
 The traditional fasting discipline (no meat, fish, dairy, wine or oil)  in October is observed on all Wednesdays and Fridays in the first half of the month.  Then beginning on November 15th, the first day of the Nativity Fast, the traditional fasting is observed each day of the week.  Note, however, that through December 19 there is katalysis on Tuesdays and Thursdays when wine and oil are permitted, and on Saturdays and Sundays when fish, wine and oil are permitted.
Major Commemorations During November
 November 1 Saints Cosmos and Damian
 November 4 St. Raphael
 November 8 Archangels Gabriel and Michael
 November 9 St. Nektarios the Wonder-worker
 November 13 St. John Chrysostom
 November 14 Apostle Philip
 November 16 Apostle and Evangelist Matthew
 November 21 Entrance of the Theotokos into the Temple
 November 23 St. Amphilochios of Iconium
 November 25 St. Catherine the Great-martyr
 November 30 Apostle Andrew, the First Called
Quotable: "God in His goodness has granted us to see the sun and its light and allows us to enjoy it.  He will grant us also to enjoy His own inaccessible light.  Let the light of the sun be a pledge to us of this, but especially the tranquil light of the holy glory of the Heavenly Father, His only Son, and the Spirit of love bestowed upon our hearts."
    - St. John of Krondstadt 
Weekly Quote: "Nothing comes without effort.  The help of God is always ready and always near, but is given only to those who seek and work, and only to those seekers who, after putting all their powers to the test, then cry out with their whole heart: 'Lord, help us.'"
    - Saint Theophan the Recluse

WORSHIP: Sunday, November 8, 2009 ( Archangels Michael and Gabriel)
 Scriptures:  Hebrews 2:2-10; Luke 8:41-56
 Celebrant:  Father John
 Deacon:  Deacon Terry
 Epistle Reader: Warren Strain
 Prosphora:  Katools
 Coffee Hour:  Hendersons
posted by Daniel Root at 3:02 PM Parish Life

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