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Saint Peter Antiochian Orthodox Church
Madison, Mississippi
Wednesday, September 09, 2015
second set of announcements for 9/20
September 20, 2015
Sunday after the Elevation of the Holy Cross
Galatians 2:16-20:  We hear from St Paul's letter to the Galatians that we are justified by faith in Christ, not by works of the Law; and that we now live our lives by faith in the Son of God.
Mark 8:34-9:1:  In our reading from the gospel of Mark we hear our Lord tell His disciples that self-denial is required for true spirituality.
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 Cross:  O Lord, save thy people and bless Thine inheritance, granting to Thy people victory over all their enemies, and by the power of thy Cross preserving Thy commonwealth.
Troparion for St. Eustathios and his Family:  Thy Martyrs, O Lord, in their courageous contest for Thee received as the prize the crowns of incorruption and life from Thee, our immortal God.  For since they possessed Thy strength, they cast down the tyrants and wholly destroyed the demons= strengthless presumption.  O Christ God, by their 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 Holy Cross:  Do thou, who of thine own good will wast lifted up upon the Cross, O Christ our God, bestow thy bounties upon the new nation which is called by thy Name; make glad in thy might those who lawfully govern, that with them we may led to victory over our adversaries, having in thine aid a weapon of peace and a trophy invincible.
Sunday, September 20   (Sunday after the Elevation of the Cross)
            8:50 a.m.         -- Orthros
            9:00 a.m.         -- Christian Education
            10:00 a.m.       -- Divine Liturgy
            5:00 p.m.         -- Young Adults
Monday, September 21   
Office Closed -- Father John's Day Off
Tuesday, September 22  
            6:00 a.m.         -- Daily Orthros
            11:30 a.m.       -- Ladies Lunch
Wednesday, September 23   (Conception of the Forerunner)
            6:30 p.m.         -- Daily Vespers
            7:15 p.m.         -- Choir Practice
            7:30 p.m.         -- Parish Council Meeting
Thursday, September 24   (Proto-martyr Thekla)
            6:00 a.m.         -- Daily Orthros
Friday, September 25  
Saturday, September 26   (Apostle John the Theologian)
            5:45 p.m.         -- Ninth Hour followed by Great Vespers
Sunday, September 27   (Seventeenth Sunday after Pentecost)
            8:50 a.m.         -- Orthros
            9:00 a.m.         -- Christian Education
            10:00 a.m.       -- Divine Liturgy
            5:30 p.m.         -- Youth Group
Eucharist Bread …was offered by the Brocks for the Feast of the Elevation of the Holy Cross last Monday morning and by the Fahmys for the Divine Liturgy today. 
Eucharist Bread and Coffee Hour Schedule:
                                       Eucharist Bread                  Coffee Hour
September 20               Fahmy                                     Pigott/Strain
September 27               Baker                                       Skirtech/Skirtech/Parker
October 4                     Wood                                       D. Root/Dansereau
October 11                   R. Root                                    POT LUCK MEAL
                                                                                    (set-up:  Algood/Lasseter)
October 18                   Henderson                               R. Root/Habeeb
October 25                   Algood                                     Schelver/Lavric/Turner
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#
September 20                     Kh. Be'Be' Schelver           Gal. 2:16-20                   193
September 27                     David Turner                        II Cor. 6:16-7:1              173
October 4                           Walt Wood                            II Cor. 9:6-11                 178
October 11                         Sh. Charlotte Algood           Titus 3:8-15                   322
October 18                         Warren Strain                        Col. 4:5-18                     324
October 25                         Kh. Sharon Meadows          Gal. 2:16-20                   193
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 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.

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.
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 men of the parish will meet at the church once each quarter for a Saturday morning Father-Son Prayer Breakfast.
*    Mary Brock will be baptized on Saturday morning, October 17th.
*    On October 18th, Niko Petrogeorge will be with us to give a presentation about FOCUS ministries.
*    Our parish Fall Festival will be held at the church on Saturday afternoon, October 31st.
Stewpot Ministries:  We will be serving our next meal at the Stewpot NEXT Saturday, September 26th along with volunteers from Holy Resurrection and Holy Trinity/St. John the Evangelist.  St. Peter will be providing desserts and drinks this time.
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 Sundays, October 4th and 18th.
Special Olympics Awareness Day is Sunday, October 18th.  The youth Group will be collecting donations for the Special Olympics Camp that is held each year at the Antiochian Village.
Fall Festival!  We will hold our parish Fall Festival on Saturday afternoon, October 31st, beginning at 4:00 p.m.  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 September
The traditional fasting discipline (no meat, dairy, eggs, fish wine or oil) is observed on all Wednesdays and Fridays of the month. 
Major Commemorations for September   
September 23         Conception of the Forerunner
September 24         Proto-martyr Thekla
September 26         Apostle John the Theologian (repose)
September 28         Venerable Chariton
Pan-orthodox Ladies RetreatIn conjunction with Holy Resurrection and Holy Trinity/St. John the Theologian, we will be hosting a one day women's retreat at St. Peter.  The date is Saturday, November 14.  Mother Nectaria will be our keynote speaker and will be talking on "How Can I Live a Christian Life in a Culture that Embraces Non-Christian Values".  We should have brochures out later this month so we can register.  The registration fee will be $20.00 in advance or $25.00 at the door.  This includes a continental type breakfast and a catered lunch.  We will meet from 9 a.m. until about 3:00 p.m.  If for any reason you cannot afford the registration fee, just let Christina know.  We want all of our ladies to have the chance to attend.
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.
Happy Anniversaries in September:
         September 4           --    Ben and Jenna Skirtech (#14!)
         September 15         --    Tom and Kathy Willingham (#25!)
         September 26         --    Rod and Emily Parker (#11!)
Happy Birthdays in September:
         September 1           --    Adelina Lavric (#3!)
         September 3           --    Lee Greene
                                       --    Hannah Strange (#9!)
         September 4           --    Fr. John Henderson
         September 8           --    Nikki Lasseter
         September 9           --    Rebecca Dansereau
         September 10         --    Dorin Lavric
         September 12         --    Alvin Buckles
         September 15         --    Lynda Costas
         September 17         --    Jeffrey Schelver
         September 18         --    Carolina Lavric
         September 25         --    Rick Carlton
         September 30         --    Laura Algood
Quotable:        "'Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits, whether they are from God; because many false prophets have gone out into the world.  By this you know the spirit of God:  Every spirit that confesses that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is of God, and every spirit that does not confess that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is not of God.  And this is the spirit of the Antichrist, which you have heard was coming; and is now already in the world.' (I John 4:1-3)
                       If such a warning by the beloved disciple of Christ, the Holy Apostle and Evangelist John the Theologian, was necessary in apostolic times, then it is all the more timely now.  For it is unlikely that at any time in human history have so many false prophets captivated people with the specter of good as now, in our times.  If we approach this spirit with the standard indicated by the Apostle, then it can be shown that they 'do not confess that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh,' even if certain of them do not display open hostility to our Lord and Saviour."
                                                The Struggle for Virtue
                                                by Archbishop AVERKY
Worship:         Sunday, September 27, 2015 (Seventeenth Sunday after Pentecost)
         Scripture:                               II Corinthians 6:16-7:1; Luke 5:1-11
         Celebrant:                              Father John
         Epistle Reader:                      David Turner
         Prosphora:                              Baker
         Coffee Hour:                          Skirtech/Skirtech/Parker
posted by Daniel Root at 11:54 AM Parish Life

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