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Saint Peter Antiochian Orthodox Church
Madison, Mississippi
Thursday, November 19, 2009
Announcements for Sunday, November 18, 2009
November 22, 2009
Twenty-fourth Sunday after Pentecost
Ephesians 2:14-19: In our reading from Ephesians, we are reminded that Christ not only brought us into union with Himself, but also into union with each other and the faithful saints who have gone before us to be with the Lord.
Luke 12:16-21:  In the parable of the rich landowner the Lord teaches us that material possessions are worthless when valued more than knowing God.
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 Presentation of the Theotokos:  Today the Virgin is the prelude of the good will of God, of the preaching of the salvation of mankind.  The Virgin appears in the temple of God, in anticipation proclaiming Christ to all.  Let us rejoice and sing to her: rejoice, fulfillment of the Creator's dispensation!
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 Presentation of the Theotokos:  The all-pure temple of the Saviour, the most precious bridal-chamber and Virgin, the treasure-house of the glory of God, today enters the Temple of the Lord, bringing with her the grace which is in the divine Spirit; whom also the angels of God do celebrate in song; for she is the heavenly tabernacle.

Sunday, November 22 (Twenty-fourth Sunday after Pentecost)
 8:50 a.m. – Orthros
 10:00 a.m. – Divine Liturgy
 9:00 a.m. – Christian Education
 5:30 p.m. – Youth Group
Monday, November 23
 Office Closed – Father John's Day Off
Tuesday, November 24
 6:00 a.m. – Daily Orthros
Wednesday, November 25  (Great-martyrs Catherine and Mercurios)
 NO Catechism Class
 NO Advent Paraklesis to the Theotokos
Thursday, November 26
 NO Daily Orthros
Friday, November 27
 NO Daily Orthros
Saturday, November 28
 5:45 p.m. – Ninth Hour and Great Vespers
Sunday, November 29  (Twenty-fifth Sunday after Pentecost)
 8:50 a.m. – Orthros
 10:00 a.m. – Divine Liturgy
 9:00 a.m. – Christian Education
 6:00 p.m. – Young Adusts
Eucharist Bread: ...was offered by the Joneses for the Divine Liturgy this morning and by the Morrises for the Divine Liturgy yesterday for the Feast of the Entrance of the Theotokos into the Temple.
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 22                          Joneses                  Freundts
 November 29                          Milnors                   Schelvers
 December 6                           Meadows                Joneses/Stewarts
 December 13                         Joanna Meadows     Fahmys
 December 20                         D. Roots                 Dansereaus
 December 24 (Thursday p.m.) Dansereaus             Sh. Charlotte Algood
  (Nativity of our Lord)              Cheryl Pigott
 December 27                         Freundts                 Morrises
 December 31 (Thursday p.m.) Bakers – Artoklasia Bread (Great Vespers)
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 22       Kh. Be'Be' Schelver         Eph. 2:14 to end                 207
November 29       Tom Willingham              Eph. 4:1-7                          212
December 6        Tom Skirtech                  Heb. 13:17-21                     343
December 13      Walt Wood                     Col. 3:4-11                          233
December 20      Sh. Charlotte Algood       Heb. 11:9-10; 17:23,32-40    348
December 24      Warren Strain                 Gal. 4:4-7                            351
December 27      Kh. Sharon Meadows      Gal. 1:11-19                        188
Remember to schedule a time for confession with your priest during the fast of the Nativity.
Please remember the following in your prayers: His Grace, Bishop ANTOUN, Resa Ellison and her parents Fr. James and Kh. Linda, Amy and Michael Surratt; Brian and Robin Sellers; 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).
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!!
Schedule of services during Thanksgiving weekend: Due to number of people who will be out of town with family, WE WILL NOT HAVE Catechism class or the Paraklasis service on Wednesday evening, November 25th.  Daily Orthros is also cancelled for Thursday and Friday morning, November 26th and 27th.  We WILL HAVE Ninth Hour Prayers and Great Vespers as usual on Saturday evening, November 28th.
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.)
Calendar Items:
 * The Fast of the Nativity began on Sunday, November 15th and runs through December 24th .  During this time, instead of Daily Vespers on Wednesday evenings, we will pray the Advent Paraklesis to the Theotokos.
 * Instead of our monthly Pot Luck Meal on December 6th , we will celebrate the feast of St. Nicholas with a special coffee hour, hosted by the Joneses and the Stewarts.
 * 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.
Fasting Discipline for November
 The traditional fasting discipline (no meat, fish, dairy, wine or oil)  in November 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 23 St. Amphilochios of Iconium
 November 25 St. Catherine the Great-martyr
 November 30 Apostle Andrew, the First Called
New Time for Great Vespers on Saturdays!!  We have begun to pray Ninth Hour on Saturday evenings beginning at 5:45 p.m., followed immediately by Great Vespers (around 6:00 p.m.).  Please make a note of this change in times.
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.

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: "Let us become like Christ, since Christ became like us.  Let us become gods because of Him, since He for us became man.  He took upon Himself a low degree that He might give us a higher one.  He became poor, that in His poverty we might become rich."
    - St. Gregory of Nazianzus   
Weekly Quote: "Study then, O men, the life according to God, and no one shall conquer you at any time; and although you may be accounted the most insignificant of men, you shall be more powerful than all."
    - Saint John Chrysostom
WORSHIP: Sunday, November 29, 2009 ( Twenty-fifth Sunday after Pentecost)
 Scriptures:  Ephesians 4:1-7; Luke 18:18-27
 Celebrant:  Father John
 Deacon:  Deacon Richard
 Epistle Reader: Tom Willingham
 Prosphora:  Milnors
 Coffee Hour: Schelvers
posted by Daniel Root at 4:08 PM Parish Life

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