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Saint Peter Antiochian Orthodox Church
Madison, Mississippi
Wednesday, July 20, 2011
7/24 announcements

July 24, 2011
Sixth Sunday after Pentecost
Romans 12:6-14:  In the reading from Romans, St Paul encourages us to practice the use of the gifts which the Lord has given to us and to serve the Lord with diligence.
Matthew 9:1-8:  Jesus demonstrates His authority by both healing the physical illness of a paralytic and by forgiving him of his sins.
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 Great Martyr Christina:  O Lord Jesus, unto Thee Thy lamb doth cry with a great voice: O my Bridegroom, Thee I love; and seeking Thee, I now contest, and with Thy baptism am crucified and buried.  I suffer for Thy sake, that I may reign with Thee; for Thy sake I die, that I may live with Thee:  accept me offered out of longing to Thee as a spotless sacrifice.  Lord, save our souls through her intercessions, since Thou art great in mercy.
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 Theotokos:  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, July 24   (Sixth Sunday after Pentecost)
            8:50 a.m.         -- Orthros
            10:00 a.m.       -- Divine Liturgy
            5:30 p.m.         -- Youth Group
Monday, July 25  (Dormition of Righteous Anna)
            Office Closed  -- Father John's Day Off
Tuesday, July 26  
            NO Daily Orthros
Wednesday, July 27   (Great-martyr Panteleimon)
NO Catechism Class
6:30 p.m.         -- Daily Vespers
7:30 p.m.         -- Choir Practice
Thursday, July 28   
NO Daily Orthros
Friday, July 29          
NO Daily Orthros
Saturday, July 30  
7:30 a.m.         -- Bible Study at the Church
5:45 p.m.         -- Ninth Hour followed by Great Vespers
Sunday, July 31   (Seventh Sunday after Pentecost)
            8:50 a.m.         -- Orthros
            10:00 a.m.       -- Divine Liturgy
            5:30 p.m.         -- Youth Group
Eucharist Bread …was offered by the Katools for the Divine Liturgy today.  
Please be reminded of the following:
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.
         Also, at the end of the liturgy, maintain a prayerful disposition during the veneration of the cross as the prayers of thanksgiving after communion are still underway.  Please exchange your greetings with each other in the Fellowship Hall during Coffee Hour.
Eucharist Bread and Coffee Hour Schedule:
                                                      Eucharist Bread                     Coffee Hour
         July 24                                  Katools                                    Algoods
         July 31                                  Algoods                                   Hendersons
         August 6 (Sat. a.m.)              Morrises                                  Joanna/Rebecca
                  (Feast of the Transfiguration)
         August 7                               Jones                                       Schelvers
         August 14                             Meadows                                 Pigotts
         August 15 (Mon. a.m.)        Joanna Meadows                     Meadows
         August 21                             D. Roots                                  POT LUCK           
                                                                                                      Set-up Schelvers/Algoods
         August 28                             Dansereaus                              D. Roots/Dansereaus
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#
July 24                        Sh. Charlotte Algood          Rom. 12:6-14                          113
July 31                        Walt Wood                          Rom. 15:1-7                            119
August 6 (Sat. a.m.)    Kh. Sharon Meadows         II Pet. 1:10-19                         401
August 7                      Warren Strain                     I. Cor. 1:10-17                        124
August 14                    Mildred Morris                   I Cor. 3:9-17                           130
August 15 (Mon. am)  Kh. Sharon Meadows         Phil. 2:5-11                             403
August 21                    Kh. Be'Be' Schelver           I Cor. 4:9-16                           135
August 28                    Phillip Lasseter                   I Cor. 9:2-12                            141
Please pray for Maria Costas who is recovering from heart surgery.
Please remember the following in your prayers:  Fr. Leo, Kh. Be'Be', Stephen and Amy, Justyn and Jeffrey; Steve, Sheryl and Stephen Chamblee; Maria Costas; Amy and Brantley Oliver; Aidan Milnor, the Milnor family; Sam and Lamia Dabit; David Turner's mother Mary Jean; Fr. Joseph Bittle, Kh. Joanna, their daughter Abigail and the rest of their family.
Please continue to pray for the health of His Grace, Bishop ANTOUN.
Congratulations and Many Years!  On Sunday, August 14th we will have a special POT LUCK meal in honor of Dorin and Carolina Lavric.  More information will be available shortly.
Breakfast and Bible Study:  we have begun a Bible Study of  I Peter.  The Bible Study will meet every 2-3 weeks on Saturday morning at 7:30 a.m. with breakfast. This is open to all who are interested.  Be sure to come and enjoy the fellowship.  The next Bible Study will be Saturday, July 30th.
With Father John's blessing, Carl Boschert has decided to pursue his catechesis at Holy Trinity and St. John the Theologian Orthodox Church in Jackson.  Please keep him in your prayers.
Calendar Items:
*    The Men of the parish meet for lunch and fellowship on the first Thursday of the month.
*    Father John will be out of town July 21-31st for the Archdiocese Convention in Chicago.
*    The next Bible Study of I Peter is scheduled for Saturday morning, July 30th at 7:30 a.m.
*    The Fast of the Dormition will begin August 1st and last until the feast of the Dormition on August 15th.  During this time we will once again have the Paraklesis Service on Monday, Wednesday and Friday evenings (with the exception of August 5th) beginning at 6:30 p.m.  Please make an effort to attend these beautiful services.
*    We will celebrate the Feast of the Transfiguration of our Lord with Great Vespers on Friday evening August 5th and Orthros followed by Divine Liturgy on Saturday morning, beginning at 9:00 a.m.
*    The Feast of the Dormition of the Theotokos will be celebrated on Monday morning, August 15th with Divine Liturgy only, beginning at 6:00 a.m.
*    The Annual Knucklehead Family Reunion (aka Men's Fishing Trip) will be held in
      Arkansas, on September 16-23 this year.
*    We will be serving our next meal at the Stewpot in Jackson on November 19th.
*    His Grace, Bishop ANTOUN will be here the weekend of May 6, 2012 to help us celebrate our 25th anniversary as a parish.  The planning committee is working very hard to make our celebration a memorable one.  There will be an evening event at the MS Museum of Art on Saturday, May 6th.  Other events are being planned and more information will be available in the coming months.
We are looking for new faces in the choir….anyone 7th grade or older who is interested should contact Karen or Sh. Margaret.
Fasting Discipline for July/August
The traditional fasting discipline (no meat, poultry, fish, eggs, dairy, wine and oil) is observed on all Wednesdays and Fridays of July.  From August 1st  through 14th (the Dormition Fast), the traditional fasting observed on all days, except on August 6th (the Feast of the Transfiguration) when fish and wine are permitted.  After the 15th, the traditional fasting is observed on the remaining Wednesdays and Fridays of the month.  August 29th is also a strict fast day in remembrance of the beheading of the Forerunner.
Major Commemorations during July/August
July 25             Dormition of Righteous Anna
July 27             Great-martyr Panteleimon
August 1          Procession of the Holy Cross
August 6          Transfiguration of our Lord
August 15        Dormition of the Theotokos
August 29        Beheading of the Forerunner
New Parish Directory:   The Parish Council has decided to implement a new Directory with family pictures.  If you have not yet had your picture taken, please make arrangements with Daniel Root.  A group picture will be taken at a later date for the cover of the Directory.
If you are the last to leave the building, please make sure that the heating and cooling unit in the Fellowship Hall is turned off.
Happy Birthdays in July/August:
         July 22                   --    Zachary Freundt
                                       --    Walt Wood
                                       --    Thomas Wood
                                       --    Amy Oliver
         August 1                --    Stephen Schelver
         August 4                --    Simeon Root (#2!)
         August 7                --    Joseph Katool  (#20!)
         August 14              --    John Algood
         August 15              --    Patti Buckles
         August 20              --    Suzi Fino
         August 24              --    Anastasia Jones
         August 31              --    Elizabeth Root
Happy Anniversaries in July/August:
         July 25                   --    Reader Basil and Brenda Baker (#30!)
         July 30                   --    Clyde and Mary Ellis (#17!)
         August 16              --    Rick and Kay Carlton (#36!)
         August 17              --    Steve and Sheryl Chamblee (#20!)
         August 18              --    Jesse and Sarah Milnor (#9!)
         August 25              --    Nimr and Mona Fahmy (#37!)
         August 27              --    Alfred and Christina Katool (#23!)
Quotable:      "How does the forgiving of sins occur?---through the Sacrament of Confession.  The Christian burdened with sins goes to the priest with deep repentance in his soul and with a sincere desire to change and reveals to him in a detailed, frank, and full confession the secrets of his heart and conscience.  The priest, convinced of the sincere repentance of the Christian and after  suitable introductory prayers, reads to him the sacramental prayer:  'May our Lord Jesus Christ, according to the grace and kindness of His love for man, forgive you, child [name], all your transgressions; and I, the unworthy priest, trough the power given to me by Him, forgive you and free you of all your sins, in the name of the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Amen.'
                         In that moment, whatever the priest is forgiving on earth is also being forgiven in heaven!  Is there a greater mercy than this?  We would not have believed that this is possible, if it had not been told us by the One Who never spoke an empty word or a lie (cf. I Peter 2:22)."
                                                                        Archimandrite Seraphim Aleksiev
Worship:         Sunday, July 31, 2011 (Seventh Sunday after Pentecost)
         Scripture:                                Romans 15:1-7; Matthew 9:27-35
         Celebrant:                               Father John
         Epistle Reader:                       Walt Wood
         Prosphora:                               Algoods
         Coffee Hour:                           Hendersons

posted by Daniel Root at 9:49 AM Parish Life

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