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Saint Peter Antiochian Orthodox Church
Madison, Mississippi
Wednesday, November 14, 2012
11/18 announcements
November 18, 2012
Twenty-fourth Sunday after Pentecost
Ephesians 2:14-19: In our reading from Ephesians, we are reminded that Christ not only brought us into union with Himself, but also into union with each other and the faithful saints who have gone before us to be with the Lord.
Luke 12:16-21:  In the parable of the rich landowner the Lord teaches us that material possessions are worthless when valued more than knowing God.
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 Martyrs:  Thy Martyrs, O Lord, in their courageous contest for Thee received as the prize the crowns of incorruption and life from Thee, our immortal God.  For since they possessed Thy strength, they cast down the tyrants and wholly destroyed the demons= strengthless presumption.  O Christ our God, by their prayers, save our souls, since Thou art merciful.
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 of the Theotokos:  The all-pure temple of the Saviour, the most precious bridal-chamber and Virgin, the treasure-house of the glory of God, today enters the Temple of the Lord, bringing with her the grace which is in the divine Spirit; whom also the angels of God do celebrate in song; for she is the heavenly tabernacle.
Sunday, November 18   (Twenty-fourth 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 19   
Office Closed   -- Father John's Day Off
Tuesday, November 20   
            NO Daily Orthros
            6:30 p.m.           -- Great Vespers with Litia and Artoklasia
Wednesday, November 21   (Entrance of the Theotokos into the Temple)
6:30 p.m.           -- Advent Paraklesis
Thursday, November 22    
NO Daily Orthros
Friday, November 23    
NO Daily Orthros
Saturday, November 24    
6:00 p.m.           -- Ninth Hour Prayers followed by Great Vespers
Sunday, November 25   (Twenty-sixth Sunday after Pentecost)
            8:50 a.m.           -- Orthros
            9:00 a.m.           -- Christian Education   
10:00 a.m.         -- Divine Liturgy
Eucharist Bread …was offered by the Bakers for the Divine Liturgy this morning.
Eucharist Bread and Coffee Hour Schedule:
                                    Eucharist Bread                      Coffee Hour
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
December 2               Wood                               Ellis/Zouboukos
December 5 (Tues pm) Henderson (Artoklasia Bread)    No Meal
         (Feast of St. Nicholas)
December 9              Schelver                                Fahmy/Brock/Stephanie Baker
December 16            Morris                                         Skirtech/Skirtech/Parker
December 23            Jones                                           D. Root/Dansereau/Dale Cooper
December 24 (Mon pm) Meadows                            Katool/Strain/Dabit/Dabit
         (Feast of the Nativity of our Lord)
December 30            Davis                                          Pigott/Freundt/Turner
December 31 (Mon pm) Baker (Artoklasia Bread)          No Meal
         (Feast of the Circumcision of our Lord and Feastday of St. Basil the Great)
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 18                   Walt Wood                         Eph. 2:14-22                    207
November 25                   Brenda Baker                       Gal. 3:23-29, 4:1-5           160-161
December 2                     Warren Strain                       Eph. 5:8-19                     217
December 9                      Kh. Sharon Meadows        Gal. 4:22-27                     314
December 16                    Mildred Morris                    Col. 3:4-11                       233
December 23                    Phillip Lasseter                    Heb. 11:9-10, 32-40        348
December 24 (Mon pm)  Kh. Be'Be' Schelver           Gal. 4:4-7                         351
December 30                     Brenda Baker                       Gal. 1:11-19                    188
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 is at home recovering from surgery on his hip.  He will be out of commission for the next few weeks and Fr. Leo and Fr. James will be filling in for him.  Please keep Fr. John and Kh. Janet in your prayers.  (There will be no Daily Orthros for the remainder of November.)
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.
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. 
Calendar Items:
*    The Men of the parish meet for lunch and fellowship on the first Thursday of the month.
*    As is our custom we will celebrate the Advent Paraklesis in place of Daily Vespers on Wednesday evenings during the Fast of the Nativity.  (However, on the evening of December 5th, we will celebrate Great Vespers with Litia and Artoklasia for the Feast of St. Nicholas instead of the Paraklesis Service.)   This is a very beautiful service.  Please make plans to attend.
*    Stewpot schedule (together with Holy Resurrection) – December 29th.
*    Deanery Youth Retreat is scheduled for February 15-17, 2013.  More details later.

His Eminence, Metropolitan PHILIP has sent out an appeal to all the churches of our Archdiocese for financial assistance for the victims of Hurricane Sandy.  If you would like to contribute to this cause, please make your checks out to St. Peter's and mark it for the Hurricane Sandy Relief effort.  Please do this as soon as possible.  We will be sending a single check from our parish in the very near future.
The Madison Christmas Parade is scheduled for 9:00 a.m. on Saturday morning, December 1st.  We are looking for volunteers to ride on the float and to walk along with it.  There is a sign-up sheet posted on the bulletin board in the Fellowship Hall.  You may check with Cliff Stewart for more information.
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.
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 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 (#15!)
         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:  "Nothing in this world but God can fill our heart or fully satisfy our desires.  a fire cannot be put out with brushwood and oil, because only water will put it out.  In exactly the same way, the desires of the human heart cannot be satisfied with the goods of this world, because only the Grace of God can quench the thirst of our desires."
                                                            St. Innocent of Alaska
Worship:         Sunday, November 25, 2012 (Twenty-sixth Sunday after Pentecost;
Leave-taking of the Presentation of the Theotokos; St. Catherine the Great-martyr )
         Scripture:                                 Galatians 3:23-29; 4:1-5; Luke 18:18-27
         Celebrant:                                Father James
         Epistle Reader:                        Brenda Baker
         Prosphora:                               Algood
         Coffee Hour:                            Meadows/Lasseter/Greene           
posted by Daniel Root at 10:15 AM Parish Life

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