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Saint Peter Antiochian Orthodox Church
Madison, Mississippi
Friday, January 15, 2010
Announcements for Sunday, January 17, 2010
January 17, 2010
Commemoration of St. Anthony the Great
Hebrews 13:17-21:  Reading in Hebrews, we hear St. Paul encourage us to obey our spiritual leaders and obey them, for they watch over our souls.  He tells us that they should do so with joy, and conduct themselves honorably.
Luke 19:1-10:   In the story of Zaccheus we are reminded of why the Only-begotten Son of the Father became incarnate:  to save mankind from our sin and its consequences.
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 for St. Anthony the Great: Emulating the ways of Elias the zealot, and following the straight paths of the Baptist, O Father Anthony, thou madest the wilderness a city and didst support the world by thy prayers.  Wherefore intercede with Christ our God that our souls be saved.
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: Thou, O Christ God, who by your Birth, didst sanctify the Virgin's womb, and as is meet, didst bless Simeon's arms, and didst also come to save us, preserve thy fold in wars, and confirm them whom thou didst love; for thou alone art the Lover of mankind.
Sunday, January 17  (St. Anthony the Great)
 8:50 a.m. – Orthros
 10:00 a.m. – Divine Liturgy
 9:00 a.m. – Christian Education
 5:30 p.m. – Youth Group
Monday, January 18  (Sts. Athanasios and Cyril of Alexandria)
 Office Closed – Father John's Day Off
Tuesday, January 19
 6:00 a.m. – Daily Orthros
Wednesday, January 20 (St. Euthymios the Great) 
 5:00 p.m. – Catechism Class
 6:30 p.m. – Daily Vespers
 7:30 p.m. – Choir Practice
Thursday, January 21
 NO Daily Orthros
Friday, January 22
 NO Daily Orthros
Saturday, January 23
 9:00 a.m. – Orthros/Divine Liturgy
 NO Catechism Class
 5:45 p.m. – Ninth Hour and Great Vespers
Sunday, January 24 (Publican and the Pharisee)
 8:50 a.m. – Orthros
 9:00 a.m. – Christian Education
 10:00 a.m. – Divine Liturgy
 12:00 noon – Pot Luck Meal and Fund-raising Auction
 5:30 p.m. – Young Adults
Eucharist Bread: ...was offered by the Katools for the Divine Liturgy this morning.
Eucharist Bread and Coffee Hour Schedule:
                       Eucharist Bread      Coffee Hour
 January 17         Katools                     Strains
 January 24         Schelvers                  Pot Luck
 January 31         Morrises                   Milnors
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 #
January 17  Tom Skirtech      Heb. 13:17-21     343
January 24  Walt Wood         II Tim. 3:10-15     258
January 31  Warren Strain      I Cor. 6:12-20     265
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.
Memory Eternal!  The Reader Basil's father, Mr. Bill Baker, fell asleep in the Lord this past week after a long battle with illness.  Please remember the Bakers in your prayers.  May his memory be eternal!
Please remember the following in your prayers: Sh. Charlotte Algood, Deacon Terry and their family; Fr. James and Kh. Linda Ellison, Amy and Michael Surratt; Lee Greene; Bobby and Sue Webb (Deborah Finley's parents); Tom Skirtech, Amy and Brantley Oliver;  Reader Basil's family (sister Betty; 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).
The Sara Cooper Memorial Fund will remain open until further notice.  Please designate the fund on your checks if you are making donations.
House Blessings! A sign-up sheet is available in the fellowship hall to sign up for your house blessing.  Please schedule these as soon as possible.  Everyone should have their house blessed.  However, the responsibility for scheduling lies with individuals and not Father John.  No house blessings will be done once Great Lent starts (February 15th this year).
Auction.....the Ladies of St. Peter will hold their fund-raising auction next Sunday, January 24th, which will also be the date for our monthly Pot Luck meal.  Please plan to stay for the meal and the fun!!  The Ladies are raising money for the new monastery of St. Thekla that is being built at the Antiochian Village.
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.
Calendar Items:
 * Fr. John will be in St. Petersburg, FL for the Mid-winter Delegates Meeting, January 22 - 24th .
 * January 24th  – Pot Luck Meal and Fund-raising Auction for the Ladies of St. Peter.
 * 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.
Sunday Pot Luck!!  On the first Sunday of each month instead of Coffee Hour we have a Pot Luck meal.  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!!
Fasting Discipline for January
The traditional fasting (no meat, poultry, fish eggs, dairy, wine and oil) is observed on Wednesdays and Fridays of the month.  However, there is no fasting during the week following the Sunday of Publican and the Pharisee (January 25 - 30th).
Major Commemorations During January
 January 18  Sts. Athanasios and Cyril of Alexandria
 January 20  Venerable Euthymios the Great
 January 24  Sunday of the Publican and Pharisee
 January 25  St. Gregory the Theoplogian
 January 27  St. John Chrysostom
 January 30  Three Hierarchs
 January 31  Unmercenaries Cyros and John
   Sunday of the Prodigal Son and Sunday before the Presentation
   of our Lord in the Temple
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:  "Likewise, in the Church it is the person of the incarnate Logos who makes every human being a unique person, thus establishing a communion of persons in the image of the three divine Persons.  The incarnate Logos transferred the divine unity to the human level as a personal communion.  The incarnate Logos becomes the ontological foundation of the new people.  This means that there can be unity of the people because there is Christ.  It is the person of the incarnate Logos who reveals the authentic human person and makes every human person a unique person in communion with others."
    - Dr. Christopher Veniamin, Ecclesial Being
Weekly Quote:  "Prayer, fasting, vigil and all other Christian practices, however good they may be in themselves, do not constitute the aim of our Christian life, although they serve as an indispensable means of reaching this end.  The true aim of the Christian life consists in the acquisition of the Holy Spirit.  As for fasts, and vigils, and prayer, and almsgiving, and every good deed done for Christ's sake, they are only means of acquiring the Holy Spirit of God."
    - St. Seraphim of Sarov
WORSHIP: Sunday, January 24, 2010 (Publican and the Pharisee)
 Scriptures:  II Timothy 3:10-15; Luke 18:10-14
 Celebrant:  Father John
 Deacon:  Deacon Richard
 Epistle Reader: Walt Wood
 Prosphora:  Schelvers
 Coffee Hour: POT LUCK
posted by Daniel Root at 2:42 PM Parish Life

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