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Saint Peter Antiochian Orthodox Church
Madison, Mississippi
Friday, November 06, 2009
Announcements for Sunday, November 8, 2009
November 8, 2009
Archangels Michael, Gabriel and all of the Heavenly Hosts
Hebrews 2:2-10:  On this day which we commemorate to the Angels and Archangels, we read in Hebrews how the Lord made man to be for a little while lower than the Angels; but, thanks to the sacrifice of our Lord Jesus Christ, man shall one day rule over the Angels.
Luke 8:41-56:  From the Gospel of Luke we hear of Jesus healing a woman with a hemorrhage and raising a young girl from death;  showing His desire to heal suffering and to respond to the faith of those who come to Him.
Troparion of the Resurrection:  Let us believers praise and worship the Word, co-eternal with the Father and the Spirit, born of the Virgin for our salvation; for he took pleasure in ascending the Cross in the flesh, to suffer death, and to raise the dead by his glorious Resurrection.
Troparion of  the Archangels:  O you foremost of the heavenly hosts, we who are unworthy, beseech you that by your petitions you may encompass us with the shadow of your immaterial glory, preserving us who kneel and cry ceaselessly, Deliver us from oppressions, since you are the princes of the ranks of dominions on high.
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 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
Monday, November 9   (St. Nektarios of Aegina)
 Office Closed – Father John's Day Off
Tuesday, November 10
 6:00 a.m. – Daily Orthros
Wednesday, November 11
 5:00 p.m. – Catechism Class
 6:30 p.m. – Daily Vespers
 7:30 p.m. – Choir Practice
Thursday, November 12
 6:00 a.m. – Daily Orthros
Friday, November 13 (St. John Chrysostom, repose)
 6:00 a.m. – Festal Orthros
Saturday, November 14
 5:00 p.m. Catechism Class
 5:45 p.m. – Ninth Hour and Great Vespers
Sunday, November 15 (Apostle Philip)
 8:50 a.m. – Orthros
 10:00 a.m. – Divine Liturgy
 9:00 a.m. – Christian Education
 5:30 p.m. – Young Adults
Eucharist Bread: ...was offered by the Katools for the Divine Liturgy this morning and by the Algoods yesterday for the feast of St. Raphael of Brooklyn.

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 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 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
Welcome and Many Years to Simeon Root who was baptized yesterday.   The Reader Basil Baker is 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).
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!!
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.)
Calendar Items:
 * 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.
 * We will celebrate the feast of the Entrance of the Theotokos into the Temple with Orthros and Divine Liturgy, followed by a meal, on Saturday morning, November 21st , beginning at 9:00 a.m.
 * 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 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
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.
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: "Do not hate the sinner.  We are, indeed, all laden with guilt.  If for the sake of God you are moved to oppose him, weep over him.  Why would you hate him?  Hate his sins and pray for him, that you may imitate Christ, who was not wroth with sinners, but interceded for them."
    - St. Simeon, Bishop of Persia
Weekly Quote: "Faith and hope are not merely casual or theoretical matters.  Faith requires a steadfast soul, while hope needs a firm will and an honest heart."
    - Saint Theognostos of Alexandria

WORSHIP: Sunday, November 15, 2009 ( Twenty-third Sunday after Pentecost))
 Scriptures:  Ephesians 2:4-10; Luke 10:25-37
 Celebrant:  Father John
 Deacon:  Deacon Terry
 Epistle Reader: Mildred Morris
 Prosphora:  Schelvers
 Coffee Hour: Chamblees
posted by Daniel Root at 3:48 PM Parish Life

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