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Saint Peter Antiochian Orthodox Church
Madison, Mississippi
Friday, October 11, 2013
10/13 announcements
October 13, 2013
Sixteenth Sunday after Pentecost
Sunday of the Holy Fathers of the Seventh Ecumenical Council
    Today the Church remembers the 350 holy Fathers of the Seventh Ecumenical Council under the holy Patriarch Tarasius (February 25). The Council of 787, the second to meet at Nicea, refuted the Iconoclast heresy during the reign of Empress Irene and her son Constantine Porphyrogenitos.
    The council decreed that the veneration of icons was not idolatry (Exodus 20:4-5), because the honor shown to them is not directed to the wood or paint, but passes to the prototype (the person depicted). It also upheld the possibility of depicting Christ, Who became man and took flesh at His Incarnation. The Father, on the other hand, cannot be represented in His eternal nature, because "no man has seen God at any time" (John 1:18).
Titus 3:8-15:  On this Sunday we read from St. Paul's letter to Titus, whom he warns to avoid delv­ing into unprofitable and foolish questions about doctrine, and to reject heretics after two admonitions.
Luke 8:5-15:  Our Lord tells the parable of the sower in which he teaches us that the believer who perseveres with honest and good hearts will bear much fruit.
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 Holy Fathers: Thou, O Christ, art our God of exceeding praise who didst establish our holy Fathers as luminous stars upon earth, and through them didst guide us unto the true Faith, O most merciful One, glory to thee.
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 13   (Sixteenth Sunday after Pentecost)
            8:50 a.m.         -- Orthros
            9:00 a.m.         -- Christian Education
            10:00 a.m.       -- Divine Liturgy
Monday, October 14   
            Office Closed -- Father John's Day Off
Tuesday, October 15   
            NO Daily Orthros
Wednesday, October 16    
            6:30 p.m.         -- Daily Vespers
            7:30 p.m.         -- Choir Practice
Thursday, October 17   
            NO Daily Orthros
Friday, October 18    (Apostle Luke)
            NO Daily Orthros
Saturday, October 19   
            5:45 p.m.         -- Ninth Hour followed by Great Vespers
Sunday, October 20   (Seventeenth Sunday after Pentecost)
            8:50 a.m.         -- Orthros
            9:00 a.m.         -- Christian Education
            10:00 a.m.       -- Divine Liturgy
            5:00 p.m.         -- Young Adults
Eucharist Bread …was offered by the Bakers for the Divine Liturgy this morning.
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 13                   Baker                                       Henderson/Baker/Lockhart
October 20                   Wood                                      Jones/Stewart/Meadows
October 27                   R. Root                                    Baby Shower for Dorin & Carolina
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#
October 13                         Walt Wood                           Titus 3:8-15                    322
October 20                         Brenda Baker                        II Cor. 6:16-7:1                173
October 27                         Sh. Charlotte Algood          II Cor. 9:6-11                   178
Please remember Fr. Joseph and Kh. Joanna Bittle, and their daughter Abigail, in your prayers. 
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;
Fr. Alexander Atty, the Dean of St. Thikon's who is battling cancer.
Continue to pray for Metropolitan Paul (who is also the brother of our Patriarch) and the Syriac Archbishop John of Aleppo who were abducted recently while on a humanitarian mission in Syria.

Please continue to pray for the health of His Grace, Bishop ANTOUN.
Our condolences go to Cheryl Pigott and their family on the death of her sister, Paula Vivona, last week.  Paula's husband, Peter, passed away the preceding week.    Please keep their children, Meredith and Janice, in your prayers.  Please also keep Meghan, Ben and their unborn child in your prayers as they are travelling for the funeral.
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.
Young Adults Study Group:  The Young Adults will meet once a month on Sunday evening from 5:00 – 6:30 p.m. (time will be strictly adhered to) for a meal, fellowship and teaching.  The next meeting will be October 20th.  Please let Father John know by text or e-mail if you will be there, so that plans may be made for the meal.
Quarterly Schedule and Meals for Feasts:  The Quarterly Schedule is available on the table in the hallway.  We need three volunteers to help with the Meal for the feast of the Nativity.  If you would like to volunteer for this or for other feasts during the coming year, please see the sign-up sheet located on the Bulletin Board in the Fellowship Hall.
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 meet at 10:00 a.m. on the second Saturday of each month to pray the Akathist to the Mother of God, Nurturer of Children.  Those who are able will go out for lunch and fellowship afterwards.
*    Young Adults will meet at the church Sunday, October 20th from 5:00-6:30 p.m.
*    The Ladies of St. Peter will meet for lunch and fellowship on the fourth Tuesday of each month.  The next lunch will be Tuesday, October 22nd at 11:30 a.m. at the King Edward Hotel in downtown Jackson.  Free valet parking is available.
*    Church Hayride at Nichols-Boyd Farm on Saturday October 26th, beginning at 6:00 p.m.  Please see the sign-up sheet on the Bulletin Board in the Fellowship Hall.
*    We will celebrate the Feast of St. Raphael of Brooklyn with Orthros followed by Divine Liturgy on Saturday, November 2nd, beginning at 9:00 a.m.
*    We will also be serving at Stewpot Ministries on Saturday, November 2nd, beginning at 11:30 a.m. in conjunction with Holy Resurrection and Holy Trinity/St. John the Theologian Orthodox Churches.
*    Father John will be attending the Deanery Fall Clergy Retreat November 4th-6th.
Canned food drive:  The Christian Education classes are collecting canned good s for the needy. 
Parents, please supervise your children with food  in the Fellowship Hall.  We are getting stains on the new carpet (and also the chairs in the nave).
Church Hayride:  We will be having a church hayride on Saturday, October 26th at the Nichols-Boyd Farm on Highway 43 above the reservoir.  Cost is $12 for hayride, campfire and meal.  Marshmallows will also be provided for roasting.  You can bring ingredients for s'mores, etc. if you so desire.  Please be sure to sign up on the sheet located on the Bulletin Board in the Fellowship Hall.
Camping trip for Youth Group:  The camping trip for the Teens has been moved to the week-end of November 8-9.  Please make a note of the change in dates.
The website of the Episcopal Assembly has recently posted important statements concerning Orthodoxy.  (Two of these statements are located on the Bulletin Board in the Fellowship Hall.  Please be sure to take a look at them.)  The website is an important source of information on the Orthodox Church.
Need a bookcase or small storage cabinet??  We have recently purchased matching bookcases and storage cabinets for the Sunday School rooms.  The light-colored bookcase and small cabinet located in the St. Athanasius Sunday School room are no longer needed.  If anyone would like to have the old bookcase or cabinet, please let Father John know.  If no one wants them, they will donated to Goodwill.
Supper Clubs are being re-formed.  If you would like to participate, please sign-up on the sheet located on the Bulletin Board in the Fellowship Hall (as soon as possible).  We hope to get the groups organized in the next few weeks, so that they may begin meeting in November.
Fasting Discipline for October
The traditional fasting (no meat, dairy, fish, wine or oil) is observed all Wednesdays and Fridays of the month. 
Major Commemorations for October
October 18             Apostle Luke
October 23             Apostle James Brother-of-the-Lord
October 26             Great-martyr Demetrios
October 28             Protection of the Theotokos
Happy Anniversaries in October:
         October 17             --    Phillip and Nikki Lasseter (#4!)
         October 18             --    Oliver and Laura Yeatts (#5!)
         October 22             --    Walter and Charlotte Wood (#30!)
Happy Birthdays in October:
         October 1               --    Emily Parker
         October 3               --    Reader Basil Baker
         October 4               --    Rod Parker
         October 5               --    Antonina Karam (#1!)
         October 7               --    Glenn Morris
         October 8               --    Brantley Oliver
         October 10             --    Phillip Lasseter
         October 16             --    Jesse Milnor
                                       --    Rola Karam
         October 17             --    Max Baker
         October 20             --    Anna Kathryn Stewart
                                       --    Justyn Schelver
         October 23             --    Anne Habeeb
         October 24             --    Jean Kafoury
         October 25             --    Kathy Willingham
         October 28             --    Lamia Dabit
                                       --    Mona Fahmy
         October 29             --    Kh. Be'Be' Schelver
Quotable:  "God has not merely advised, but has commanded us to turn to prayer:  'We ought always to pray and not lose heart' (Luke 18:1); "Ask, and it will be given to you' (Matt. 7:7).  We are dependent creatures, and as such are bound to render honor and gratitude to the Author of our being.  We are frail creatures, subject to all kinds of infirmities and unable to do anything deserving of eternal life without God's grace.  Since, therefore, God has decreed to give His special help only to those who seek it, prayer becomes a necessity, if we are to save our souls.  However, prayer is grounded on faith.  Where faith was lacking, Christ 'did not do many mighty works there, because of their unbelief' (Matt. 13:58).  When a suppliant besought Christ, 'If you can do anything, have pity on us and help us,' Jesus corrected his 'if' by another:  'If you can believe!'  It was not the power that was lacking, but faith on the part of the suppliant:  for He added, 'All things are possible to him who believes' (Mark 9:23)."
                                                Rev. Fr. David F. Abramtsov, The Orthodox Companion
Worship:         Sunday, October 20, 2013 (Seventeenth Sunday after Pentecost)
         Scripture:                               II Corinthians 6:16-7:1; Luke 8:26-39
         Celebrant:                              Father John
         Epistle Reader:                     Brenda Baker
         Prosphora:                             Wood
         Coffee Hour:                         Jones/Stewart/Meadows
posted by Daniel Root at 12:53 PM Parish Life

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