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Saint Peter Antiochian Orthodox Church
Madison, Mississippi
Friday, January 10, 2014
1/12 announcements
January 12, 2014
Sunday after Theophany
Ephesians 4:7-13:  From our reading in Ephesians we hear St Paul explain how Christ gave apostles and prophets to the Church in order that through their work we might attain maturity in Christ Jesus.
Matthew 4:12-17:   Jesus settles in Capernaum after the imprisonment of John the Baptist and there began His public ministry, preaching a gospel of repentance.
Troparion of the Resurrection:  Having learned the joyful message of the Resurrection from the angel, the women Disciples cast from them their parental condemnation, and proudly broke the news to the Disciples, saying, Death has been spoiled.  Christ God is risen, granting the world Great Mercy.
Troparion of Theophany:  By thy baptism, O Lord, in the River Jordan, worship to the Trinity has made its appearance; for the voice of the Lord didst come forth to thee with the testimony, naming thee beloved Son; and the Spirit in the likeness of a dove, confirming the truth of the word. Wherefore, O thou who didst appear and light the world, 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 Theophany:  Today thou hast appeared to the universe, O Lord, and thy light hast been shed upon us, who praise thee with knowledge, saying, Thou hast come and appeared, O unapproachable Light.
Sunday, January 12   (Sunday after Theophany)
            8:50 a.m.         -- Orthros
            9:00 a.m.         -- Christian Education
            10:00 a.m.       -- Divine Liturgy
            12:00 p.m.       -- Pot Luck Meal
            4:00 p.m.         -- Blessing of the Waters at Ross Barnett Reservoir
Monday, January 13   
            Office Closed -- Father John's Day Off
Tuesday, January 14   
            6:00 a.m.         -- Festal Orthros
Wednesday, January 15    
            6:00 p.m.         -- Orthros followed by Divine Liturgy
Thursday, January 16   (Veneration of the Chains of St. Peter)
            NO Daily Orthros
Friday, January 17    
            NO Daily Orthros
Saturday, January 18   (Athanasios and Cyril of Alexandria)
            7:30 a.m.         -- Bible Study with Breakfast
            9:00 a.m.         -- Workday at the Church
            5:45 p.m.         -- Ninth Hour followed by Great Vespers
Sunday, January 19   (Twenty-ninth 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 Algoods 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
January 12                   Algood                                     POT LUCK MEAL     
                                                                                       set-up: Pigott/Brock/Strain
January 15 (Wed. p.m.)  Schelver                          Anastasia Jones
         (Feast of the Veneration of the Chains of St. Peter)
January 19                   Morris                                      Skirtech/Skirtech/Parker
January 26                   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#
January 12                         Mildred Morris                      Eph. 4:7-13                     364
January 15 (Wed. p.m.)   Sh. Charlotte Algood           Acts 12:1-11                   50-51
January 19                         Warren Strain                        Col. 3:4-11                      233
January 26                         Kh. Sharon Meadows           I Tim. 4:9-15                   252
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.
Terrorists have abducted 12 Orthodox nuns from the Convent of St. Thekla in Syria.  Please keep them in your prayers.
Please continue to pray for the health of His Grace, Bishop ANTOUN.
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; Walt and Charlotte Wood and their family; Tom and Jennifer Skirtech and their family; Tom and Kathy Willingham.

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.
Mary Guy is still at home recovering from back surgery.  Please keep her in your prayers.
Welcome and Many Years!! to Adrian Lavric who was baptized last Saturday morning.  Please keep him, his parents Dorin and Carolina, and his godparents Silviu and Anna Maria Andrei in your prayers.
House Blessings!  A sign-up sheet is available in the Fellowship Hall to sign up for your house blessing.  You may also e-mail Father John at with 3 dates for your blessing.  Please schedule these as soon as possible.  Everyone should have their home blessed.  However, the responsibility for scheduling lies with individuals and not Father John.  No House blessings will be done once Great Lent starts (March 3rd this year).
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.
*    The Youth Group will meet for a meal and Christian Education with Father John on Sunday evenings, January 26th, February 9th and 23rd beginning at 5:30 p.m.
*    As is our custom, we will hold the Annual Blessing of the Water at Old Trace Park at the Ross Barnett Reservoir with the other Orthodox Churches in the area on Sunday, TODAY, beginning at 4:00 p.m.  Those who are interested will go to Cock of the Walk for supper afterwards.
*    We will celebrate our patronal feast of the Veneration of the Chains of St. Peter on Wednesday evening, January 15th with Orthros followed by Divine Liturgy beginning at 6:00 p.m.
*    The Young Adults will meet at the church Sunday, January 19th from 5:00-6:30 p.m.
*    Parish Creative Arts Festival – Saturday, February 1st from 9:00-11:30 a.m.
*    Deanery Youth Retreat with Sister Magdalene – February 14-16th.
Metropolitan Philip has given the Antiochian Women the project of raising money for the orphans of the war in Syria.  He has asked them to raise $200,000 towards this project.  All monies raised are to be distributed directly to the affected areas.  Please read information regarding "Help the Orphans of War in Syria" posted on the bulletin board in the Fellowship Hall.  If you wish to contribute to this project, please make your donation to the Ladies of St. Peter noting it is for "Help the Orphans of War in Syria."  They will be collecting money for this project through the coming months.

Sister Magdalene from the Monastery of St. John the Baptist in Essex, England will be the speaker at the Deanery Youth Retreat, February 14-16th.  The topic of the Retreat will be "Our Faith, My Life."  Following the Retreat, she will be at St. Peter's Sunday evening and Monday and will fly home to England on Tuesday, the 18th.  Father John will be arranging times for speaking engagements and meetings during her stay.  More information will be available at a later date.
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 January 19th.  Please let Father John know by text or e-mail if you will be there, so that plans may be made for the meal.
Parish Creative Arts Festival:  The Christian Education classes will have a festival to work on their entries for this year's Creative Arts Festival on Saturday morning, February 1st from 9:00-11:30 a.m.  There will be teaching about this year's conference theme and then time to work on the projects themselves.  Please make plans now for your children to attend.
Pledge Letters have gone out.  Please fill these out and return them to the office as soon as possible.  Your pledges make it possible to plan a budget for the coming fiscal year.
Fasting Discipline for January
The traditional fasting(no meat, poultry, fish, eggs, dairy wine or oil) is observed on the remaining Wednesdays and Fridays of the month.
Major Commemorations for January
January 18             Athanasius and Cyril of Alexandria
January 20             Euthymios the Great
January 25             Gregory the Theologian
January 27             John Chrysostom
January 31             Cyros and John the Unmercenary Healers
Canned food drive:  The Christian Education classes are collecting canned good s for the needy. 
Tuesday morning, December 24th, a $10 bill was found on the floor of the Narthex.  If you lost this bill, please see Kh. Sharon.  If no one claims the money, it will be placed in the Tithe Box.
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).
Happy Anniversaries in January:
         January 10             --    Bob and Georgia Buchanan (#27!)
         January 17             --    Chris and Rebecca Dansereau (#5!)
         January 19             --    Ramzi and Jean Kafoury (#11!)

Happy Birthdays in January:
         January 1               --    Dn. Richard Root
         January 5               --    Sarah Anne Milnor
         January 10             --    Georgia Buchanan
         January 11             --    Nicholas Henderson
         January 12             --    Cheryl Pigott
         January 13             --    Nader Dabit
         January 19             --    Saliba (Sam) Dabit
         January 20             --    Alfred Katool
         January 22             --    Tatiana Lavric
         January 24             --    Oliver Yeatts
         January 26             --    Jay Davis
         January 29             --    Michelle Pigott
         January 30             --    Chris Dansereau
Quotable:  "Of all parental duties that of bringing up their children in the Faith is the most important, and the temporal and eternal happiness both of parents and children will depend on the manner in which this duty is carried out.  The Apostle compares parents who fail to bring their children to Christ to unbelievers:  'If any man have not care of his own, and especially those of his house, he hath denied the faith and is worse than an infidel' (I Tim. 5:8).  On the other hand a rich reward is promised hereafter to those who have brought up their children well.  The eternal bliss of a mother depends on the manner in which she has trained her offspring (I Tim. 2:L15).  Good parents who have conscientiously fulfilled their duties will, when they appear before God, be able to say:  'Behold, those whom Thou gavest me, I have kept, and none of them is lost' (John 17:12)."
                                                Rev. Fr. David F. Abramtsov, The Orthodox Companion
Worship:         Sunday, January 12, 2014 (Twenty-ninth Sunday after Pentecost)
         Scripture:                                Colossians 3:4-11; Luke 17:12-19
         Celebrant:                               Father John
         Epistle Reader:                      Warren Strain
         Prosphora:                              Morris
         Coffee Hour:                          Skirtech/Skirtech/Parker
posted by Daniel Root at 11:27 AM Parish Life

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