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Saint Peter Antiochian Orthodox Church
Madison, Mississippi
Wednesday, October 31, 2012
11/4 announcements
November 4, 2012
Twenty-second Sunday after Pentecost
Galatians 6:11-18:  In the conclusion of his letter to the Galatians, St Paul reminds them that to be cir­cumcised or uncircumcised is not the issue, but rather to be a new creation in Christ Jesus.
Luke 16:19-31:  In the parable of the rich man and Lazarus, our Lord teaches us that giving mercy to others, regardless of the form, is essential to holiness.
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 Righteous Father Joannicus:  With the streams of thy tears, thou didst cultivate the barrenness of the desert; and by thy sighings from the depths, thou didst bear fruit a hundredfold in labours; and thou becamest a luminary, shining with miracles upon the world, O Joannicus our righteous Father.  Intercede with Christ 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, November 4   (Twenty-second Sunday after Pentecost)
            8:50 a.m.           -- Orthros
            9:00 a.m.           -- Christian Education   
         10:00 a.m.         -- Divine Liturgy
            5:30 p.m.           -- Youth Group
Monday, November 5   
Office Closed   -- Father John's Day Off
Tuesday, November 6   
            6:00 a.m.           -- Daily Orthros
Wednesday, November 7 
6:30 p.m.           -- Daily Vespers
7:30 p.m.           -- Choir Practice
Thursday, November 8    (Archangels Gabriel and Michael)
NO Daily Orthros
Friday, November 9    (Nektarios the Wonder-worker of Aegina)
NO Daily Orthros
Saturday, November 10    
7:30 a.m.           -- Bible Study with Breakfast
6:00 p.m.           -- Ninth Hour Prayers followed by Great Vespers
Sunday, November 11   (Twenty-third Sunday after Pentecost)
            8:50 a.m.           -- Orthros
            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
Eucharist Bread …was offered by the Freundts for the Feast of St. Raphael yesterday and by the Fahmys for the Divine Liturgy this morning.
Eucharist Bread and Coffee Hour Schedule:
                                    Eucharist Bread                      Coffee Hour
November 4                  Fahmy                                      Henderson/Baker/Lockhart
November 11                R. Root                                     POT LUCK MEAL     
November 18                Baker                                       Jones/Stewart/Habeeb
November 20 (Tues pm)  Katool (Artoklasia bread)        No Meal
         (Feast of the Entrance of the Theotokos into the Temple)
November 25                Algood                                      Meadows/Lasseter/Greene
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 4                    Tom Willingham                  Gal. 6:11-15                     198
November 11                  Tom Skirtech                         II Cor. 4:6-15                  163
November 18                  Walt Wood                           Eph. 2:14-22                   207
November 25                   Brenda Baker                       Gal. 3:23-29, 4:1-5          160-161
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.
Please remember the following in your prayers:  Steve, Sheryl and Stephen Chamblee; Amy and Brantley Oliver; Aidan Milnor, the Milnor family; Sam and Lamia Dabit and Sammie; Georgia Buchanan, George Johns (Georgia's grandson) and his family; Mary Greene (Lee and Kh. Sharon's sister); Fr. Stephen Tewfik; Sh. Gail Shannon; Dn. Sidney and Sh. Mary Elliot.
Please remember Fr. Joseph and Kh. Joanna Bittle, and their daughter Abigail, in your prayers. 
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 continue to pray for the health of His Grace, Bishop ANTOUN.
Father John will be having surgery on his hip on November 7th.  He will be out of commission for a few weeks afterwards and Fr. Leo and Fr. James will be filling in for him.  Please keep Fr. John and Kh. Janet in your prayers.
The Ladies of St. Peter will gather at the church on Saturday morning, November 17th at 10:00 a.m. to pray the Akathist to the Mother of God, Nurturer of Children.  There will also be a time of fellowship afterwards.  Please make plans to come, pray for our children and enjoy each other's company.
The Deanery Youth Retreat is scheduled for February 15-17, 2013.  Sister Magdalene from the Monastery of St. John in England will be the speaker.  Sister Magdalene will also be speaking at St. Peter's for two evenings around the time of the retreat.  More details will be available at a later date.  But be sure to mark your calendars now for the retreat and Sister Magdalene's talks!!
Building Fund:  As we proceed with the plans for the approval by the City of Madison and Metropolitan PHILIP for our addition/renovation, we are reviewing our Building Fund.  We currently have over $150,000 in the fund and are regularly adding to it.  The Parish Council has decided to apply cash donations from the Sunday offering to the Building Fund – UNLESS it is specified or otherwise apparent that these are intended as a regular tithe/donation.  Of course, other donations by check, etc., specified for the Building Fund are always welcome!  So feel free to chip in a little (or lot!) extra as you are able.  With God's grace, we look forward to this next phase of our building program and beyond to the next phase of building a new main church building/temple.
The Women of St. John's Orthodox Church in Memphis are hosting their annual women's retreat November 9-10.  Mother Melania of St. Barbara's Monastery in Santa Paula, CA is this year's speaker.  If you are interested in going, registration deadline in November 4th and you may call 907-274-4119 to register.
Coffee Hour guidelines have been posted on the refrigerator in the kitchen.  These list the items to be set out for Fasting and Non-fasting Coffee Hours along with guidelines for setting out the food and for storage afterwards.  Please be sure that the power switch on the dishwasher is turned off when you are through with clean-up.  (It has been left on the last two weeks).
When you host Coffee Hour or the meal for a Feast, please make sure that the oven, warmer, and coffee maker are turned off afterwards.  On several occasions in the past, the cleaning ladies have found the oven still on when they came in to clean later during the week.
Calendar Items:
*    The Men of the parish meet for lunch and fellowship on the first Thursday of the month.
*    The Ladies of St. Peter will gather at the church on Saturday morning, November 17th, at 10:00 a.m. to pray the Akathist to the Mother of God, Nurturer of Children.
*    Stewpot schedule (together with Holy Resurrection) – December 29th.
*    Deanery Youth Retreat is scheduled for February 15-17, 2013.  More details later.
Fasting Discipline for November
The traditional fasting is observed on all Wednesdays and Fridays of the month.  Beginning November 15th, the first day of the Nativity Fast, the traditional fasting (no meat, poultry, fish, eggs, dairy, wine and oil) is observed each day of the week.  Note, however, through December 19th there is a katlysis on Tuesdays and Thursdays when wine and oil are permitted, and on Saturdays and Sundays when fish, wine and oil are permitted.
Major Commemorations for November
November 8            Archangels Gabriel and Michael
November 9            St. Nektarios the Wonder-worker
November 13          St. John Chrysostom (repose)
November 14          Apostle Philip
November 16          Apostle and Evangelist Matthew
November 21          Entrance of the Theotokos into the Temple
November 23          St. Amphilocios of Iconium
November 25          St. Catherine the Great-martyr
November 30          Apostle Andrew, the First-called
Happy Birthdays in November:
         November 5            --    Alexia Parker (#14!)
         November 11          --    Beth Ann Baker
                                       --    Lorencz Quirk
         November 13          --    Sophia Skirtech (#4!)
         November 16          --    Melissa Curtis (#19!)
         November 17          --    Karen Cooper
         November 21          --    Ken Jones
         November 24          --    Mildred Morris
         November 29          --    Mike Pigott
Happy Anniversaries in November:
         November 26          --    Glenn and Mildred Morris (#46!)
         November 28          --    Dn. Terry and Sh. Charlotte Algood (#41!)
Quotable:  "Do not grudge anything to your brother, but do unto him as unto the Lord; especially as you do not know in whom the Lord will come and visit you; be impartial to all, be kind to all, sincere and hospitable."
                                                            St. John of Kronstadt
Worship:         Sunday, November 11, 2012 (Twenty-third Sunday after Pentecost)
         Scripture:                              II Corinthians 4:6-15; Luke 10:25-37
         Celebrant:                             Father John
         Epistle Reader:                    Tom Skirtech
         Prosphora:                            R. Root
         Coffee Hour:                         POT LUCK MEAL
                                                         set-up:  Morris/Algood/Willingham             
posted by Daniel Root at 11:46 AM Parish Life

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