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Saint Peter Antiochian Orthodox Church
Madison, Mississippi
Saturday, August 15, 2015
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August 16, 2015
Eleventh Sunday after Pentecost
Sunday after the Dormition of the Theotokos
I Corinthians 9:2-12:  In our reading from I Corinthians, we hear St Paul respond to those in who    questioned his apostleship and his lifestyle as such.
Matthew 18:23-35:  The Lord Jesus uses a parable to teach that forgiveness is an action to be per­formed by all who follow Him as well as a gift to be received from God.
Troparion of the Resurrection:  When thou, O immortal Life, didst humble thyself unto death, then didst thou destroy death by the brightness of thy Godhead; and when thou didst raise the bowels of the earth, then all the heavenly powers exclaimed, O Christ, thou art the Giver of life!  Glory to thee, O our God!
Troparion of the Icon of Christ: Thy pure image do we venerate, O good One, asking forgiveness of our sins, O Christ our God; for by thine own will thou didst ascend the Cross in thy body, to save thy creatures from the bondage of the enemy.  Thou hast truly filled all with joy, since thou didst come, O our Saviour, to save the world.
Troparion of the Dormition:  In thy birth-giving, O Theotokos, thou didst keep and preserve virginity; and in thy falling-asleep thou hast not forsaken the world; for living thou wast translated, being the Mother of Life.  Wherefore, by thine intercessions, deliver our souls from death.

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 Dormition:  Verily, the Theotokos, who is ever watchful in intercessions, who is never rejected, neither tomb nor death could control.  But being the Mother of Life, he who dwelt in her ever-virgin womb didst translate her to life.
Sunday, August 16   (Eleventh Sunday after Pentecost)
            8:50 a.m.         -- Orthros
            10:00 a.m.       -- Divine Liturgy
            12:00 p.m.       -- Pot Luck Meal
            5:00 p.m.         -- Young Adults
Monday, August 17   
            Office Closed -- Father John's Day Off
Tuesday, August 18  
            6:00 a.m.         -- Daily Orthros
Wednesday, August 19   
            6:30 p.m.         -- Daily Vespers
            7:15 p.m.         -- Choir Practice
Thursday, August 20  
            6:00 a.m.         -- Daily Orthros
Friday, August 21   
Saturday, August 22   
            5:45 p.m.         -- Ninth Hour followed by Great Vespers
Sunday, August 23   (Twelfth Sunday after Pentecost)
            8:50 a.m.         -- Orthros
            10:00 a.m.       -- Divine Liturgy
            5:30 p.m.         -- Youth Group           

Eucharist Bread …was offered by the Morrises for the Feast of the Dormition of the Theotokos yesterday morning and by the Joneses for the Divine Liturgy today. 
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.
Eucharist Bread and Coffee Hour Schedule:
                                         Eucharist Bread                   Coffee Hour
August 16                       Jones                                       POT LUCK MEAL     
                                                                                          (set-up:  R. Root/Abraham/Habeeb)
August 23                       Meadows                               Schelver/Lavric/Turner
August 30                       Brock                                      Henderson/Baker/Lockhart
September 6                    Davis                                      Karam/Stewart/Meadows
September 7 (Mon pm  Meadows (Artoklasia Bread)   No Meal
                  (Feast of the Nativity of the Theotokos)
September 13                 Karam                                      POT LUCK MEAL
September 14 (Mon am) Brock                                    Kh. Sharon Meadows
                  (Feast of the Elevation of the Holy Cross)
September 20                Fahmy                                      Pigott/Strain/Osborne
September 27                Baker                                       Skirtech/Skirtech/Parker
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#
August 16                          Sh. Charlotte Algood            I Cor. 9:2-12                   141
August 23                          Warren Strain                         I Cor. 15:1-11                 146
August 30                          Kh. Sharon Meadows            I Cor. 16:13-24              152
September 6                       Mildred Morris                       II Cor. 1:21-2:1-4           158
September 13                     Phillip Lasseter                      Gal. 6:11-18                   198
September 14 (Mon am)  Brenda Baker                          I Cor. 1:18-24                 311-312
                     (Feast of the Elevation of the Holy Cross)
September 20                     Kh. Be'Be' Schelver             Gal. 2:16-20                   193
September 27                     David Turner                          II Cor. 6:16-7:1             173
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 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;
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 continue to pray for the health of His Grace, Bishop ANTOUN.
Please remember Fr. Joseph and Kh. Joanna Bittle, and their daughter Abigail, in your prayers.
Sad Farewells!  We say a sad farewell to
            Robert and Deb Abraham who will be moving to Oklahoma in the next few weeks;
and also to
            Rick and Kay Carlton who will be moving to Oxford, MS in September.  They will be greatly missed!
August Ladies' Lunch:  The Ladies Lunch in August will be held at the Meadows' home on Saturday morning, August 29th, beginning at 11:30 a.m.  Fr. John will be giving a short teaching and we will be discussing plans for the upcoming year.  Please mark your calendar!
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 the 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 Ladies Lunch in August will be held at the Meadows' home on Saturday morning, August 29th, beginning at 11:30 a.m.  Fr. John will also be giving a short teaching.
*    Father-Son Prayer Breakfast at the church, Saturday morning, September 12th, beginning at 8:30 a.m.
*    Our parish Fall Festival will be held at the church on Saturday afternoon, October 31st.

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, 16th and 30th.
Fall Festival!  We will hold our parish Fall Festival on Saturday afternoon, October 31st.  Ninth Hour and Vespers will be cancelled that day.  There will be a petting zoo and bouncy house for the children, along with other fun activities.  Be sure to mark your calendars now!
Fasting Discipline for August
After the 15th, the traditional fasting discipline (no meat, dairy, eggs, fish wine or oil) is observed on the remaining Wednesdays and Fridays of the month.  August 29th is also a strict fast day in remembrance of the beheading of the Forerunner.
Major Commemorations for August  
August 25              Apostles Bartholomew and Titus
August 29              Beheading of the Forerunner
August 31              Depostion of the Belt of the Theotokos
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 when you leave the building that both thermostats are set to 80 degrees in warm weather or 60 degrees in cold weather.
Father-Son Prayer Breakfast:  The men of the parish will begin meeting at the church once each quarter for a Saturday morning Father-Son Prayer Breakfast.  The first prayer breakfast is scheduled for Saturday morning, September 12th, beginning at 8:30 a.m.
Happy Birthdays in August:
         August 4                --    Simeon Root (#6!)
         August 7                --    Joseph Katool 
         August 18              --    Virginia Stewart (#5!)
         August 20              --    Suzi Fino
         August 24              --    Anastasia Jones
         August 26              --    Bob Buchanan
         August 27              --    Eli Dabit (#5!)
         August 31              --    Elizabeth Root

Happy Anniversaries in August:
         August 16              --    Rick and Kay Carlton (#40!)
         August 17              --    Steve and Sheryl Chamblee (#26!)
         August 18              --    Jesse and Sarah Milnor (#13!)
         August 25              --    Nimr and Mona Fahmy (#41!)
         August 27              --    Alfred and Christina Katool (#27!)
Quotable:  "All of the philosophers' views were rejected by the Fathers of the Church. In the Church we do not accept the teaching about ideas, nor the ontology of God as the philosophers describe it, nor the pre-existence of the soul, nor the eternity of the world and of time, nor what is said about man's release, that the soul must leave the body, which is the soul's prison—nor that God is the prime unmoving mover, etc.  By contrast the holy Fathers express the Church's truth that God is not an idea of the good, as Plato said, but the personal God who was revealed to the Prophets, Apostles and saints.  The soul did not pre-exist, but is created by god simultaneously with the body.  The body is not the prison of the soul, but together with the soul it constitutes the man, because the body is not the whole man, but the body of the man, and the soul is not the whole man, but the soul of the man.."
                                                The Person in the Orthodox Tradition
                                                by Metropolitan NAFPAKTOS Hierotheos
Worship:         Sunday, August 23, 2015 (Twelfth Sunday after Pentecost; Leave-taking of   the Dormition of the Theotokos)
         Scripture:                                I Corinthians 15:1-11; Matthew 19:16-26
         Celebrant:                               Father John
         Epistle Reader:                      Warren Strain
         Prosphora:                               Meadows
         Coffee Hour:                           Schelver/Lavric/Turner
posted by Daniel Root at 10:35 AM Parish Life

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