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Saint Peter Antiochian Orthodox Church
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Wednesday, February 09, 2011
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February 13, 2011
Sunday of the Publican and the Pharisee
II Timothy 3:10-15:  In St Paul's second letter to Timothy we are reminded that godliness will bring persecutions;  and we are encouraged to continue doing those things that we have been taught so as to gain the wisdom that leads to salvation in Christ.
Luke 18:10-14:  In the parable of the Pharisee and the tax-gatherer, Jesus teaches us that justification does not come to those who are proud and arrogant, but rather to those who are humble and repen­tant.
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 St. Martinian: Thou didst quench the flame of temptation with the streams of thy tears, O blessed Martinian; and having checked the waves of the sea and the attacks of wild beasts, thou didst cry out: Most glorious art Thou, O Almighty One, Who hast saved me from fire and tempest.
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 Pharisee and the Publican:   Let us flee from the boasting of the Pharisee and learn the heights of humility from the publican's words. Let us cry out in repentance: O Savior of the World, be gracious to thy servants.
Sunday, February 13   (Sunday of the Publican and the Pharisee)
            NO Fasting this week
            8:50 a.m.         -- Orthros
            9:00 a.m.         -- Christian Education
            10:00 a.m.       -- Divine Liturgy
Monday, February 14   
            Office Closed  -- Father John's Day Off
Tuesday, February 15   
            6:00 a.m.         -- Daily Orthros
Wednesday, February 16   
5:00 p.m.         -- Catechism Class      
6:30 p.m.         -- Daily Vespers
7:30 p.m.         -- Choir Practice
Thursday, February 17   
            6:00 a.m.         -- Daily Orthros
Friday, February 18  
            6:00 a.m.         -- Daily Orthros
Saturday, February 19   
            5:00 p.m.         -- Catechism Class
            5:45 p.m.         -- Ninth Hour Prayers followed by Great Vespers
Sunday, February 20   (Sunday of the Prodigal Son)
            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 Hendersons for the Divine Liturgy today.  
Please remember to keep Fr. Leo, Kh. Be'Be', Stephen and Amy, Justyn and Jeffrey in your prayers.
Please remember the following in your prayers:  Joanna Meadows, Mary Jeanne Turner, David and Lou Turner; Sandra Strain, Warren, Tiffany and Brandon; Mrs. Gouras, Ken, Anastasia and their family; the Longa and Dn. Sidney Elliott families from St. John's in Memphis; Sh. Charlotte Algood,   Dn. Terry and their family; Fr. James and Kh. Linda Ellison; Bobby Webb (Deborah Finley's father); Tom Skirtech, Amy and Brantley Oliver; Reader Basil's family; Aidan Milnor, the Milnor family; Jared and Stacy Autrey and their daughter Olivia Kate  (St. Ignatius in Franklin).
Please continue to pray for the health of His Grace, bishop ANTOUN.
Please be very careful with the Blessed Bread when you take it after communion.  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
         February 13                          Hendersons                              Jones/Stewarts
         February 20                          Algoods                                   Morrises
         February 26 (Sat. a.m.)         Katools
         February 27                          Schelvers                                 R. Roots
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#
February 13                 Warren Strain                     II Tim. 3:10-15                           258
February 20                 Kh. Sharon Meadows         I Cor. 6:12-20                            265
February 26 (Sat am)   Kh. Sharon Meadows         I Cor. 10:23-28                          271
February 27                 Mildred Morris                   I Cor. 8:8-13; 9:1-2                    273
Camp St. Thekla:   Please consider donating to Camp St. Thekla by putting your donation in the offering tray, tithe box, or giving to Deacon Terry, noting on the check or envelope that it's for Camp St. Thekla.   This camp as been very meaningful for many, many of our children, and they are in need of our support to continue their wonderful work!
House Blessings!  A sign-up sheet is available in the Foyer 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 (March 7th this year).
Baby Shower for the Dansereaus at the Algoods on Sunday, February 20th  from 2-4pm.   RSVP to Sh. Charlotte Algood.
Antiochian Women's Scholarship:  Each year AOCWNA is able to award scholarships, usually in the amount of $500 each, to help women continue their education in order to improve their circumstances and those of their families.  In order to be eligible, a woman must be over 25 years of age, a member in good standing and active in her parish, registered in an academic or trade program of study, and demonstrate financial need.  The application deadline is May 27, 2011.  If you are interested in applying for this scholarship, please see Fr. John for an application.
Calendar Items:
·         The Men of the parish meet for lunch and fellowship on the first Thursday of the month.  The next meeting will be March 3rd at 11:15 a.m. at Hal and Mal's on South State Street in Jackson.
·         The day before Meatfare Sunday is designated as Saturday of the Souls.  This year it will fall on Saturday, February 26th.  We will celebrate Orthros followed by the Divine Liturgy, beginning at 9:00 a.m. that morning.
·         The Youth Group will hold its annual Cheesefare Fund-raising Luncheon on Sunday, March 6th following the Divine Liturgy.  They will be raising money to cover their expenses for the upcoming Parish Life Conference in June.  Please plan to stay and enjoy the fellowship.
·         The Youth Group will also be having a Garage Sale on Saturday morning, April 2nd.   More information (concerning when and where to bring items) will be available later.
I f you have not yet returned your pledge slip, please do so as soon as possible, either by mail in the enclosed envelope, or by placing your pledge slip in the Tithes box at the back of the nave.  We need this information to prepare our budget for the year.
Directory Updates:  With changes in people's information and with new families being added, we need to update our Parish Directory.  The information slips will be mailed shortly.  Please take the time to look over your information and return the slip by the date listed on the form.  If your information has not changed, please mark the slip with a check mark and return it.  This is very important, so that we will be able to have our new directories soon.
Fasting Discipline for February
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 the Publican and the Pharisee (February 13th).   Following Meatfare Sunday (February 27th) meat will not be eaten again until Pascha.
Major Commemorations during February
February 13     Sunday of the Publican and the Pharisee
February 20     Sunday of the Prodigal Son
February 24     The Forerunner (1st and 2nd Discoveries)
February 26     Saturday of the Souls
February 27     Meatfare Sunday
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.
Happy Birthdays in February:
         February 4             --    Chris Carlton
         February 11           --    Cassie Freundt (#18!)
                                       --    Zoe Freundt (#18!)
         February 15           --    Mary Guy Lockhart
         February 22           --    Kh. Sharon Meadows
         February 24           --    Nimr Fahmy
         February 28           --    Cole Parker (#6!)
Happy Anniversaries in February:
         February 7             ---  Ben and Meghan Brock (#2!)
         February 18           --    David and Lou Turner (#5!)
         February 21           --    Michael and Amy Surratt (#13!)
         February 25           --    Daniel and Elizabeth Root (#5!)
Quotable:  "We are given churches to pray in, and in church the holy offices are performed according to books.  But we cannot take a church away with us, and books are not always to hand, but interior prayer is always and everywhere possible.  The Divine Office is celebrated in church, and the Spirit of God dwells therein, but the soul is the finest of God's churches, and the man who prays in his heart has the whole world for a church.  However, this is not for everyone."
                                                                                    Saint Silouan   
Worship:         Sunday, February 20, 2011 (Sunday of the Prodigal Son)
         Scripture:                                    I Corinthians 6: 12-20; Luke 15: 11-32
         Celebrant:                                   Father John
         Epistle Reader:                            Kh. Sharon Meadows
         Prosphora:                                  Algoods
         Coffee Hour:                                        Morrises

posted by Daniel Root at 1:47 PM Parish Life

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