Announcements for October 4-10, 2009

Today:  8:30 am Matins; 9:30 am Liturgy, Church School Classes & Brunch

Each Sunday the Primary Class (ages 4-7) and the Junior Class (ages 8-11) will be dismissed automatically when we finish singing “Many Years.” Please direct your child to their designated teacher or accompany them to class at that time.

Monday:  7:15 pm Church History Class

Tuesday:  6:00 pm Vespers

Thursday: 6:00 pm Vespers & Choir

Saturday:  3:00 pm Women’s Tea; 5:00 pm Inquirers’ Class; 6:00 pm Vespers; 7:00 pm Outreach Planning Meeting

Sunday:  8:30 am Matins; 9:30 am Liturgy, Classes, Brunch

If you do NOT currently receive The Orthodox Vision (Diocese of the West) or The Orthodox Church (OCA) publications, please fill your name and address in on the list provided at the candle desk.  Members in good standing of the parish are supposed (!) receive these publications.

A note from one of the medical doctors in our parish:  I spent 4 hours this morning learning about the new influenza we are presently experiencing.  Normal seasonal flu affects about 5-20% of the population, hospitalizes 200,000 and kills about 36,000 people per year.  The new flu will probably infect close to 50% of the population (40 million) – hospitalize 200,00 and kill 14,000.  It does not seem to be as lethal in general as regular flu. But, it is infecting younger people, thus also killing younger people.  That is because there hasn’t been a flu similar to it since 1957, so people born before that have some immunity.  Children, as usual, are the spreaders of influenza.

Some things to consider…

• Handmaidens preparing the antidoron need to sterilize their hands before cutting the bread.

• No one should touch food if they have an influenza-like illness for 1 week preceding.

• Teplota / zapivka wine after communion…we should all use individual cups.

• Venerating icons…

• The Kiss of Peace…

• Coughing and sneezing…