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Madison, Mississippi
Friday, October 02, 2009
Announcements for Sunday, October 4, 2009
October 4, 2009
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 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 4 ( Seventeenth Sunday after Pentecost)
 8:50 a.m. – Orthros
 9:00 a.m. – Christian Education
 10:00 a.m. – Divine Liturgy followed by Pot Luck Meal
 5:30 p.m. – Young Adults
Monday, October 5
 Office Closed – Father John's Day Off
Tuesday, October 6   (Apostle Thomas)
 NO Daily Orthros
Wednesday, October 7
 NO Catechism Class
 6:30 p.m. – Daily Vespers
 7:30 p.m. – Choir Practice
Thursday, October 8
 NO Daily Orthros
Friday, October 9   (Apostle James, Son of Alphaeus)
 NO Daily Orthros
Saturday, October 10
 5:00 p.m. – Catechism Class
 5:45 p.m. – Ninth Hour, followed by Great Vespers
Sunday, October 11  (Eighteenth Sunday after Pentecost and Sunday of the Holy Fathers of the Seventh Ecumenical Council)
 8:50 a.m. – Orthros
 9:00 a.m. – Christian Education
 10:00 a.m. – Divine Liturgy
 5:30 p.m. – Youth Group
Eucharist Bread: ...was offered by the Dansereaus 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
 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 #
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
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; 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.
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!! 
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.
Calendar Items:
 * October 24th – 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 October
In October, the traditional fasting (no meat, poultry, fish, eggs, dairy, wine and oil)  is observed on all Wednesdays and Fridays.
Major Commemorations During October
 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
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: "True faith does not contradict its words by its conduct.  That is why Paul said of certain false believers: 'They profess that they know God, but they deny him by their deeds;' and why John said that 'He who says that he knows God and does not observe his commandments is a liar.'"
  "Since this is so, we must confess the reality of our faith by expressing it in our lives.  Then are we true believers when we fulfill by our works what we promise by our words.  On our baptismal day we promised to renounce all the works of the devil, our ancient enemy, and all his delights.  We must all of us recall this before our minds.  If you are sure that you are preserving after baptism what you promised before it, you can rejoice that you are believers!"
    - St. Gregory the Great
Weekly Quote: "Obedience is the only virtue that implants the other virtues in the heart and preserves them after they have been so planted."
    - Saint Gregory the Great

WORSHIP: Sunday, October 11 (Eighteenth Sunday after Pentecost and Sunday of the Holy Fathers of the Seventh Ecumenical Council)
 Scriptures:  Titus 3:8-15; Luke 8:5-15
 Celebrant:  Father John
 Deacon:  Deacon Terry
 Epistle Reader:  Tom Willingham
 Prosphora:  Bakers
 Coffee Hour:  R. Roots
posted by Daniel Root at 12:11 PM Parish Life

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