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Saint Peter Antiochian Orthodox Church
Madison, Mississippi
Wednesday, October 16, 2013
10/20 announcements
October 20, 2013
Seventeenth Sunday after Pentecost

II Corinthians 6:16-7:1:  St Paul reminds us that as God has promised to dwell with us, we are to be holy, cleansing ourselves from ungodliness.
Luke 8:26-39:   From the reading in St Luke, we see Jesus heal a man possessed by demons; in   doing so, Jesus demonstrates His authority over His creation, even when it rebels against Him.
Troparion of the Resurrection:  O compassionate One, thou didst descend from the heights; thou didst submit to the three-day burial, that thou might deliver us from passion.  Thou art our Life and our Resurrection, O Lord, glory to thee.
Troparion of the Martyr Artemius:   Thy Martyr Artemius, O Lord, in his courageous contest for Thee received as the prize the crown of incorruption and life from Thee, our immortal God.  For since he possessed Thy strength, he cast down the tyrants and wholly destroyed the demons= strengthless presumption.  O Christ our God, by his 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 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 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
Monday, October 21   
            Office Closed -- Father John's Day Off
Tuesday, October 22   
            6:00 a.m.         -- Daily Orthros
            11:30 a.m.       -- Ladies' Lunch
Wednesday, October 23    (Apostle James, Brother of the Lord)
            6:30 p.m.         -- Daily Vespers
            7:30 p.m.         -- Choir Practice
            7:30 p.m.         -- Parish Council Meeting
Thursday, October 24   
            NO Daily Orthros
Friday, October 25    
            NO Daily Orthros
Saturday, October 26   
            7:30 a.m.         -- Bible Study with Breakfast
            NONinth Hour followed by Great Vespers
            6:00 p.m.         -- Church Hayride and cookout at Nichols Boyd Pumpkin Patch
Sunday, October 27   (Eighteenth Sunday after Pentecost)
            8:50 a.m.         -- Orthros
            9:00 a.m.         -- Christian Education
            10:00 a.m.       -- Divine Liturgy
            12:00 p.m.       -- Baby Shower for Dorin and Carolina
Eucharist Bread …was offered by the Woods 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 20                   Wood                                       Jones/Stewart/Meadows
October 27                   R. Root                                     Baby Shower for Dorin & Carolina
November 2 (Sat. a.m.)                                                 Henderson       Christina Katool
         (St. Rapahel of Brooklyn)
November 3                 Algood                                     Ellis/Zaboukos/Fahmy
November 10               Katool                                      POT LUCK MEAL     
                                                                                    (Set-up:  Skirtech/Skirtech/Parker)
November 17               Schelver                                   Pigott/Brock/Strain
November 20 (Wed. p.m.)  Meadows (Artoklasia Bread)        No Meal
         (Presentation of the Theotokos in the Temple)
November 24               Jones                                        D. Root/Dansereau/Dale Cooper
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 20                           Brenda Baker                        II Cor. 6:16-7:1               173
October 27                           Sh. Charlotte Algood          II Cor. 9:6-11                  178
November 2 (Sat. a.m.)      Warren Strain                        Heb. 7:26-8:2                  334
November 3                         Kh. Sharon Meadows         II Cor. 11:31-33; 12:1-9  183
November 10                       Mildred Morris                     Gal. 1:11-19                    188
November 17                       Phillip Lasseter                     Gal 2:16-20                     193
November 20 (Wed. p.m.) NO Reading
November 24                      Kh. Be'Be' Schelver             Gal. 6:11-18                    198
Please remember Fr. Joseph and Kh. Joanna Bittle, and their daughter Abigail, in your prayers. 
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 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.
Please continue to pray for the health of His Grace, Bishop ANTOUN.
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 TONIGHT.  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 tonight 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.
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 23             Apostle James Brother-of-the-Lord
October 26             Great-martyr Demetrios
October 28             Protection of the Theotokos
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.
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:  "People often find it difficult to pray because they have an exaggerated notion of prayer, not really understanding what it means and erroneously believing that it consists in very lofty thoughts which must be expressed in correspondingly elevated words and sentences; whereas the very opposite is the truth.  How simple are the 'Our Father,' the 'Hail Mary' and other prayers!  How unaffected the thoughts and words of the centurion, the leper, the blind man, and others mentioned in the Gospel who sought help from Our Lord and were heard!  For our private prayer no special form is required, no particular words or expressions are necessary, although the most beautiful prayers are those which have been handed down to us from Our Lord, the Holy Scriptures and the Church.  Neither is it necessary for a prayer to be long to be perfect; it need not be said in any particular place or at any special time; nor need it be said kneeling or standing.  We may turn our hearts to God at all times, in all places, and in any posture of body, whether we be in the street, at home or abroad."
                                                Rev. Fr. David F. Abramtsov, The Orthodox Companion
Worship:         Sunday, October 27, 2013 (Eighteenth Sunday after Pentecost)
         Scripture:                               II Corinthians 6:9:6-11; Luke 8:41-56
         Celebrant:                              Father John
         Epistle Reader:                      Sh. Charlotte Algood
         Prosphora:                              R. Root
         Coffee Hour:                           Baby Shower for Dorin and Carolina
posted by Daniel Root at 9:13 AM Parish Life

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