Sixteenth Sunday after Pentecost II Corinthians 6:1-10: In our reading from II Corinthians, St Paul commends his and the other apostles' ministry as servants of God, explaining the means by which they were able to endure all things for the glory of God. Luke 6:31-36: From St Luke's account of the Sermon on the Mount we hear our Lord teach us to love our enemies, to be unselfish in our giving, and to have mercy upon those who do us wrong rather than condemning them. 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 Heiromartyr Cyprian: As a sharer of the ways and a successor to the throne of the Apostles, O inspired of God, thou foundest discipline to be a means of ascent to divine vision. Wherefore, having rightly divided the word of the truth, thou didst also contest for the Faith even unto blood, O Hieromartyr Cyprian. 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 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, October 2 (Sixteenth Sunday after Pentecost) 9:00 a.m. -- Christian Education 10:00 a.m. -- Divine Liturgy 12:00 p.m. -- Pot Luck Meal 1:00 p.m. -- Young Adults Office Closed -- Father John's Day Off 6:00 a.m. -- Daily Orthros 5:00 p.m. -- Catechism Class 6:30 p.m. -- Daily Vespers 7:30 p.m. -- Choir Practice Thursday, October 6 (Apostle Thomas) 6:00 a.m. -- Daily Orthros 11:30 a.m. -- Men's Lunch 6:00 a.m. -- Daily Orthros 5:45 p.m. -- Ninth Hour followed by Great Vespers Sunday, October 9 (Seventeenth Sunday after Pentecost) 9:00 a.m. -- Christian Education 10:00 a.m. -- Divine Liturgy Eucharist Bread …was offered by the Algoods 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 October 2 Algoods POT LUCK MEAL October 9 Katools Hendersons October 16 Schelvers Woods October 23 Morrises Algoods October 30 Joneses 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. October 2 Sh. Charlotte Algood II Cor. 6:1-10 168 October 9 Warren Strain II Cor. 6:16 to 7:1 173 October 16 Kh. Sharon Meadows Titus 3:8-15 322 October 23 Mildred Morris Gal. 1:11-19 188 (The reading for the feast of St. James is the same as the 20th Sunday after Pentecost) October 30 Phillip Lasseter Gal. 1:11-19 188 Please be reminded that the Sacristy/Vestry which is adjacent to and behind the altar in our church is considered by the Orthodox Church to be part of the Sanctuary (Altar area) and should not be entered without the blessing of the priest for a specific purpose. If you need to speak with a member of the clergy while they are in the Sanctuary, please ask them to come to you in the nave. Please remember Fr. Joseph and Kh. Joanna Bittle and their daughter Abigail in your prayers. Abigail, who was born prematurely and only recently came home after months in the NICU, has developed meningitis. Please continue to pray for the health of His Grace, Bishop ANTOUN. Please remember the following in your prayers: Maria Costas; Amy and Michael Surratt and Amy's family; Tom and Jennifer Skirtech and Jennifer's mother, Jessamine Hinkson; Warren and Sandi Strain and Warren's mother, Ouida Strain; Fr. Leo, Kh. Be'Be', Stephen and Amy, Justyn and Jeffrey; Steve, Sheryl and Stephen Chamblee; Amy and Brantley Oliver; Aidan Milnor, the Milnor family; Sam and Lamia Dabit; David Turner's mother Mary Jean. 25th Anniversary Celebration: The Church is planning a celebration of our being received into the Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese in March 1987. The weekend of May 4th-6th, 2012, has been set aside for some special events, including visits from Bishop ANTOUN and V. Rev. Fr. Jon Braun, with a celebratory banquet planned at the Mississippi Museum of Art on Saturday evening, May 5th. The planning committee (composed of Dn. Terry, Kh. Janet, Sh. Charlotte, Brenda Baker, Elizabeth Root and Paul Katool) is working on some other projects and we need your help! An "Anniversary Book" is being compiled and will be printed and made available that weekend. It will contain, among other things, articles on the life of our church, our church's history, and photos (new and old) of church members and activities. We are asking you to look through your files and albums for pictures that can be included in the book and also in a special video presentation. These photos will of course be returned to you as soon as they are scanned, etc. We need photos of church events going back 25 years or longer – but also events and photos from recent activities – from newer church members as well as the "old heads!" These can include our chrismation weekend in '87, teen retreats, work-days, our renovation project, ladies'/men's activities, feast day celebrations, etc., etc., etc. Please put your photos in an envelope –CLEARLY LABELED WITH YOUR NAME, AND ON THE BACK OF EACH PHOTO INCLUDE YOUR NAME, DATE OF PICTURE (IF KNOWN) NAMES OF THE PEOPLE, AND WHAT THE EVENT WAS. Give these either to Deacon Terry or Kh. Janet NO LATER THAN TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 1ST. We will also need a host of volunteers to help with various things over the next several months. If you would like to help, please contact Deacon Terry. THANK YOU!!! Breakfast and Bible Study: we are continuing our Bible Study of 1st 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. Bright Sadness: A 40 Day Lenten Journey to Pascha: In our bookstore, we have 15 copies of a book prepared by Sh. Myrna Martin of St. Ignatius Orthodox Church in Franklin, TN. It contains meal plans and quotations for all days during Great Lent. The cost of the book is $15, with ALL proceeds going to the Hogar Raphael, the orphanage in Guatemala supported by our church. Great idea for Christmas gifts, etc!! 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. Church Photo: We will be taking a group photo of the parish on Sunday, October 30th following the Divine Liturgy. This will be used as the cover for our new Directory. Also, if you have not had your individual/family photo taken, please contact Daniel Root. Supper Clubs: Several members of the parish have expressed interest in a supper club again this year. If you would be interested in participating, please sign-up on the sheet available in the Fellowship Hall. * The Men of the parish meet for lunch and fellowship on the first Thursday of the month. * A Fall Festival is scheduled here at the church on Sunday afternoon, October 30th from 4:00-6:00 p.m. More details will be available at a later date. * We will be serving our next meal at the Stewpot in Jackson on November 19th. * His Grace, Bishop ANTOUN will be at St. Andrew Orthodox Church in Pensacola the weekend of December 4th to consecrate their church. Father John and others from our parish plan to attend. * The Annual Deanery Youth Retreat will be held on February 10-12, 2012 at John W. Kyle State Park in Sardis. Joel and Sarah Finley will be addressing the topic of the Culture of Dating. More information will be available as the time draws near. * 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. Happy Birthdays in October: October 1 -- Emily Parker October 3 -- Reader Basil Baker October 7 -- Glenn Morris October 8 -- Brantley Oliver October 10 -- Phillip Lasseter October 16 -- Jesse Milnor October 20 -- Anna Kathryn Stewart October 23 -- Anne Habeeb October 24 -- Jean Kafoury October 25 -- Kathy Willingham October 28 -- Lamia Dabit October 29 -- Kh. Be'Be' Schelver Happy Anniversaries in October: October 17 -- Phillip and Nikki Lasseter (#2!) October 18 -- Oliver and Laura Yeatts (#3!) October 22 -- Walter and Charlotte Wood (#28!) Fasting Discipline for October In October the traditional fasting (no meat, poultry, fish, eggs, dairy, wine and oil) is observed on all Wednesdays and Fridays of the month. Major Commemorations for October October 9 Apostle James, Sin of Alphaeus October 23 Apostle James the Brother of the Lord October 26 Great-martyr Demetrios Quotable: "It turns out that those who think they do not have any great sins are actually blind. They must pray to God to enable them to perceive their sins and to save themselves from the extremely fatal spiritual delusion that they do not have any particular sins. Even if their sins are as small as specks of dust, if they are not cleaned with constant Confession, they pile up and dirty the room of the heart so that the high heavenly Guest cannot enter there." Archimandrite Seraphim Aleksiev Worship: Sunday, October 9, 2011 (Seventeenth Sunday after Pentecost) Scripture: II Corinthians 6:16-7:1; Luke 7:11-16 Epistle Reader: Warren Strain