II Timothy 2:1-10: Through the example of the soldier, athlete and farmer, St. Paul reminds us that faithful ministry requires discipline, obedience, self-denial and struggle.
Luke 8:27-39: 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: Let the heavens rejoice and the earth be glad; for the Lord hath done a mighty act with his own arm. He hath trampled down death and become the First-born from the dead. He hath delivered us from the depths of hades, granting the world the Great Mercy.
Troparion of the Earthquake: O Thou Who didst look upon the earth and make it tremble, deliver us from the fearful threat of earthquake, O Christ our God, and by the intercessions of the Theotokos, send upon us Thy rich mercies through the intercessions of the Theotokos, O Thou only Lover of mankind.
Troparion of St. Demetrios, the Myrrh-streaming: Verily, the inhabited world found thee a great help in tribulations and a vanquisher of nations, O victorious one. Wherefore, as thou didst demolish the arrogance of Lyaeus, and on the battlefield didst hearten Nestor, O Saint Demetrios, beseech Christ God to grant us the Great Mercy.
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 26 (Twentieth Sunday after Pentecost; Great-martyr Demetrios)
8:50 a.m. -- Orthros
9:00 a.m. -- Christian Education
10:00 a.m. -- Divine Liturgy
5:30 p.m. -- Youth Group
Monday, October 27
Office Closed -- Father John's Day Off
Tuesday, October 28 (Protection of the Theotokos)
6:00 a.m. -- Daily Orthros
11:15 a.m. -- Ladies Lunch
Wednesday, October 29
6:30 p.m. -- Daily Vespers
7:30 p.m. -- Choir Practice
Thursday, October 30
Friday, October 31
Saturday, November 1 (St. Raphael, Bishop Brooklyn)
9:00 a.m. -- Orthros followed by Divine Liturgy
5:45 p.m. -- Ninth Hour followed by Great Vespers
Sunday, November 2 (Twenty-first 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 Davises for the Divine Liturgy today.
Eucharist Bread and Coffee Hour Schedule:
Eucharist BreadCoffee Hour
October 26 Davis D. Root/Dansereau
November 1 (Sat. a.m.) D. Root Rebecca Dansereau
(St. Raphael, Bishop of Brooklyn)
November 2 Abraham Algood/Yeatts/Lasseter
November 9 Karam POT LUCK MEAL
set-up: R. Root/Abraham/Habeeb
November 16 Fahmy Schelver/Lavric/Turner
November 20 (Wed. p.m.) D. Root (Artoklasia Bread) Great Vespers with Litia & Artoklasia
(Feast of the Presentation of the Theotokos in the Temple)
November 23 Wood Henderson/Baker/Lockhart
November 30 R. Root Karam/Stewart/Meadows
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.
October 26 Kh. Be'Be' Schelver II Tim. 2:1-10 328
November 1 (Sat. a.m.) Tom Skirtech Heb. 7:26-8:2 334
November 2 David Turner Gal. 2:16-20 193
November 9 Tom Willingham Gal. 6:11-18 198
November 16 Walt Wood I Cor. 4:9-16 135
November 23 Sh. Charlotte Algood Eph. 2:14-22 207
November 30 Warren Strain I Cor. 4:9-16 135
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 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.
Continue to pray for Metropolitan Paul (who is also the brother of our Patriarch) and the Syriac Archbishop John of Aleppo who were abducted 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;
Walt and Charlotte Wood and their family; Tom and Jennifer Skirtech and their family; Tom and Kathy Willingham; Athena and Anthony Zouboukos and their family.
Please remember Fr. Joseph and Kh. Joanna Bittle, and their daughter Abigail, in your prayers.
Please continue to pray for the health of His Grace, Bishop ANTOUN.
The icons of the Platytera and the Nativity of our Lord have been ordered for the sanctuary.
* 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.
* Fr. Patrick Henry Reardon will be speaking at Holy Resurrection Orthodox Church in Clinton on November 4-6th. His topic will be Christ in the Old Testament.
* We will be serving a meal at the Stewpot Ministries on Saturday, November 29th in conjunction with members of Holy Resurrection and Holy Trinity/St. John the Theologian Orthodox Churches.
* The enthronement of His Eminence, Metropolitan JOSEPH is scheduled for the weekend of December 5-7th at the Cathedral in Brooklyn, NY. Fr. John and Kh. Janet will be attending.
Young Adults Study Group: The Young Adults agreed to begin meeting twice a month. One of these meetings will feature a teaching by Fr. John on various aspects of the Orthodox Christian faith. Topics will include education, ethics and parenting children. The next meetings will be Sunday, November 2nd and 16th.
Lower Mississippi Valley Teen Retreat: The Teen Retreat will be February 13-15, 2015 at Roosevelt State Park. The speaker for the retreat will be Heiromonk Benedict (Josuah Armitage). His topic will be "Dealing with Doubts about God." We are very excited to have Fr. Benedict come to address this important topic with our teens! Be sure to mark your calendars now.
Fasting Discipline for October/November
The traditional fasting (no meat, dairy, eggs, fish, wine or oil) is observed on all Wednesdays and Fridays of the month. Beginning November 15th, the first day of the Nativity Fast, the traditional fasting 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 October/November
October 23 Apostle James Brother-of-the-Lord
October 26 Great-martyr Demetrios
October 28 Protection of the Theotokos
November 1 St. Raphael of Brooklyn
Sts. Cosmas and Damian of Asia
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. Amphilochios of Iconium
November 25 St. Catherine the Great-martyr
November 30 Apostle Andrew, the First-called
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 Birthdays in October/November:
October 28 -- Lamia Dabit
-- Mona Fahmy
October 29 -- Kh. Be'Be' Schelver
November 5 -- Alexia Parker (#17!)
November 8 -- Jude Brock (#1!)
November 11 -- Beth Ann Baker
-- Adrian Lavric (#1!)
November 13 -- Sophia Skirtech (#6!)
-- Summer Goss
November 16 -- Melissa Curtis
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 (#48!)
November 28 -- Dn. Terry and Sh. Charlotte Algood (#43!)
Thermostats in the Fellowship Hall: There are two thermostats in the Fellowship Hall—one in the main room to control the air in the main room, and a second one in the Nursery room that controls the air in all four of the Sunday School rooms. Please be sure that both thermostats are set to 80 degrees when you leave the building
Suggestions on use of the Cry Room:
-- Please remember you're in liturgy when you're in the cry room.
-- Its main purpose should be a place for parents to take their children if they're being disruptive during liturgy, staying for 5-10 minutes (or until the child is calmed down) and then returning to liturgy.
-- It should not be used as a main sitting area during the liturgy.
-- Children should not be eating snacks or watching electronic devices while in the cry room.
Quotable: "The activity of taking up the cross is twofold, in conformity with the duality of our nature, which is divided into two parts. The first is patient endurance of the tribulations of the flesh which is accomplished by the activity of the soul's incensive part, and this is called righteous activity (praxis). The second is to be found in the subtle workings of the intellect, in steady divine rumination, in unfailing constancy of prayer, and in other such practices."
St. Isaac the Syrian
Worship: Sunday, November 2, 2014 (Twenty-first Sunday after Pentecost)