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St. Peter Newsletter September 6, 2016 — Nativity of the Theotokos Liturgy on September 7, Thank you to our barbecue chieftains, Sunday School starts this Sunday

Jesus teaching the children

The announcement that there would be a bible study on Wednesday, September 7, 2016 was incorrect. Instead we will hold the Divine Liturgy for the Nativity of the Theotokos starting at 6:30pm.

Nativity of the Theotokos

This year begins a full cycle of Liturgical Services at St. Peter’s. Most will be held on the eve of the Feast Day in order to enable more people to attend.

About the Nativity of the Theotokos

The Nativity of the Theotokos is one of the Great Feasts of the Orthodox Church, celebrated on September 8.

The Holy Virgin and Theotokos Mary was born to elderly and previously barren parents by the names of Joachim and Anna, in answer to their prayers. Orthodox Christians do not hold to the Roman Catholic doctrine of the Immaculate Conception of Mary, in which it is supposed that Mary was preserved from the ancestral sin that befalls us all as descendents of Adam and Eve, in anticipation of her giving birth to the sinless Christ.

The Orthodox believe that Mary indeed received the ancestral sin, having been conceived in the normal way of humanity, and thus needed salvation like all mankind. Orthodox thought does vary on whether Mary actually ever sinned, though there is general agreement that she was cleansed from sin at the Annunciation.

Read more on the Orthodoxwiki website.

Liturgies in September

Two Feast Day Liturgies are scheduled for September:

  • Wednesday, September 7 at 6:30pm — Nativity of the Theotokos (celebrated on the eve)
  • Tuesday, September 13 at 6:30pm — Elevation of the Cross (celebrated on the eve)

Please mark your calendars. More details of these important day forthcoming.

Thank you to Everyone Helping at the Barbecue Last Sunday

A special thank you to everyone who made the barbecue last Sunday such a great success. Good food and good fellowship! Our parishes is blessed with men and women of many talents and giving hearts. Their contributions add to the life, health, and vibrancy of St. Peter’s and we are grateful for it.

Events This Fall

Don't forget!

As we enter into the new Ecclesiastical Year, St. Peter’s will hold at least one monthly parish social event. Please mark you calendars.

  • October 22 (Saturday, 6pm) New Members Welcome pot luck.
  • November 12-13 Christmas Lent Retreat with Fr. Gregory Jensen on “Building an Intentional Community.” Fr. Gregory will speak on our calling and vocation as Christians and how to live it especially in the Church.

More details as we move closer to the dates.

What Happens to the Names We Offer When Entering Church?

All the names you offer for the health and help of loved ones or prayers for the departed are read by Fr. Hans and included in the commemorations before the Great Entrance in the Divine Liturgy (when the priest and altar servers process through the church and place the gifts on the altar).

Sometimes the lists are a bit longer and so there is a slight delay before the procession begins.

Receive the Daily Readings in your Inbox

You can read the daily scripture readings in two ways:

  1. Follow the calendar on the website, or
  2. Have them delivered to your inbox by signing up (scroll to bottom of page).

You can also download apps for your mobile device for daily readings.

Reading scripture is important. Our hearts have to be purified but so do our minds. Holy Scripture contains what our Lord wants us to know and understand. It shapes how we think, and how we think is how we see the world. Read scripture and the eyes of our mind will open to see Jesus Christ working around us more clearly.

Sunday School Begins This Sunday!

Let the Children Come unto Me

Let the Children Come unto Me

Sunday School begins September 11, 2016 — the first Sunday after Labor Day and parents need to register their children!

You can register you child in three ways:

  • Fill in the registration online on the website or…
  • Download and print the registration form, fill it in and bring it to Church or…
  • During Social Hall on Sundays.

Choir practice on Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Choir practice cancelled this Wednesday, September 7.

We will be celebrating the Feast of the Nativity at 6:30pm.

Bible Study on Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Bible study cancelled this Wednesday, September 7.

We will be celebrating the Feast of the Nativity at 6:30pm.

Wisdom from the Elders

And when any kind of sorrow from demons and men comes upon us, or an affliction or disease or misfortune, then especially let us diligently pray to God. Let us cry out with tears without anxiety and concern over how we should be delivered from this need, for there is no sorrow that comes to us without God’s providence.

—St. Paisius Velichkovsky

God descends to the humble as waters flow down from the hills into the valleys.

—St. Tikhon of Voronezh

Learn patience, patience, and patience, and humility will sprout with it -“grow out of it”. Out of this comes true spiritual life, and not an imitation of it.

—Fr. John Krestiankin

I have heard from elders experienced in the practice of the virtues that evil thoughts are engendered in the soul by showy clothes, the belly’s repletion and bad company.

—St. Theodoros the great ascetic

Prayer List on the St. Peter website

The Prayer List is now available on the St. Peter website. You can add or remove names using the form provided. More important is that you can print out the names periodically to keep on your family altar or near your icons and bible and reference the names whenever you pray.

Remember in Your Prayers

Robert Jarvis
Petronia (Wife of Phil Pappas)
Anna Marie Smith Baker
Harry Zifiris
Iris Kuring (Bettina Zifiris’ mother)

Constantine Houpis
Gerhard Kuring (Bettina Zifiris’ father)
Ron Chromulak
Beverly Chromulak
Loucine Kassis
Mary Kassis
Baby Maximus
Annette Star
Claire Livaditis
Eva Chandilles
Baby Dani
Scott Nedoff
Anthony Mourgis
John Hansen
Constandina James
James Hord
Bob Smith
Tom and Jean, parents of Patty and Jerry.

How should we pray for the sick? Remember them daily. Say their names (first names are sufficient) and ask God to bestow mercy and grace on them.

Add or remove names and print this list for easy reference during your prayer time on the St. Peter website.

Sunday Readings

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For the Sunday before the Elevation of the Holy Cross

O Lord, save Thy people and bless Thine inheritance.
To Thee, O Lord, I have cried, O my God.

The Reading from the Epistle of St. Paul to the Galatians. (6:11-18)

Brethren, see with what large letters I am writing to you with my own hand. It is those who want to make a good showing in the flesh that would compel you to be circumcised and only in order that they may not be persecuted for the cross of Christ. For even those who receive circumcision do not themselves keep the Law, but they desire to have you circumcised that they may glory in your flesh.

But far be it from me to glory except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, by which the world has been crucified to me and I to the world. For neither circumcision counts for anything, nor uncircumcision, but a new creation. Peace and mercy be upon all, who walk by this rule, upon the Israel of God. Henceforth let no man trouble me; for I bear on my body the marks of Jesus. The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with your spirit, brethren. Amen.


For the Sunday before the Elevation of the Holy Cross

The Reading from the Holy Gospel according to St. John. (3:13-17)

The Lord said, “No one has ascended into heaven but He who descended from heaven, the Son of man. And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, so must the Son of man be lifted up, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life. For God sent His Son into the world, not to condemn the world, but that the world might be saved through Him.”