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Tradewinds December 2016 CC Web Final

December 2016

Orthodox Christianity

Orthodox Christianity ORTHODOX CHRISTIAN REFLECTIONS AT ADVENT In Orthodox Christianity, the ancient Faith, the forty days before Christmas (Advent) is a preparatory season of fasting and introspection. The festive Christmas season begins on December 25 and lasts twelve days, through Theophany on January 6. He who created us without our help, will not save us without our consent. Augustine of hippo, 354-430 AD Why do you increase your bonds? Take hold of your life before your light grows dark and you seek help and do not fi nd it. This life has been given to you for repentance. Do not waste it in vain pursuits. St. Isaac the Syrian, 7th century Compel yourselves; say the prayer; stop idle talk; close your mouths to criticism; place doors and locks against unnecessary words. Time passes and does not come back, and woe to us if time goes by without spiritual profi t. Elder Ephraim of Philotheou, B 1927 AD “...those who have suffered for Christ are adorned forever with their wounds… Their wounds become for those who bear them windows to let in the light that is without evening… Their scars will not be obliterated when suffering comes to an end, in so far as they procure immortality.” St. Gregory Palamas, 1296-1359 AD. Homily 19 amily n and Shoin or ll! nties oos nie its Clothin reat Eateries Historic s! Come Enjoy the Holiday Season in Historic Downtown Elizabeth City! here yo are the ost mortant art o or day! “I shall repeat again: Maintain the conviction that our disorderliness is not natural to us, and do not listen to those who say, ‘It is no use talking about it, because that is just how we are made, and you cannot do anything about it.’ That is not how we are made, and if we undertake to cure ourselves, then we will be able to do something about it.” St. Theophan the Recluse, 1815-1894 AD; The Spiritual Life: And How to Be Attuned to It. Abba John the Dwarf said, ‘We have put the light burden on one side, that is to say, self-accusation; and we have loaded ourselves with a heavy one, that is to say, self-justifi cation.’ The Sayings of the Desert Fathers (Abba John ca.339-ca.405 AD) Almost everyone feels more or less uneasy most of his life in this earthly existence. This is a part of the cross that we all must bear. Elder Sergei of Vanves The Albemarle Tradewinds reaches 60k readers each month in printed and social media ...... call Ken and learn how. 252-333-7232 All chapters copyright © 2016 by author Nick. Martone.; inquiries c/o St. George’s Church, P.O. Box 38, Edenton, NC. (252) 482-2006. Joseph H. Forbes, Jr. Attorney at Law lolttoneitoe edeoeiene rsonal nr ivil iiaion ronl a raic ncs Aviaion a orkrs omnsaion L FAX 252-335-476 100% homemade soap with only natural ingredients. This one is an olive oil soap with zest from different citrus fruits. Super skin-nourishing with an excellent fresh scent and light lather. $4 per bar lily.paige.w@ gmail.com Have you lost your firearms rights due to a criminal conviction in the past? If you have had a clean record for 15 years we may be able to help! Call Today! E S E N 8 Albemarle Tradewinds December 2016 albemarletradewinds.com

Awareness Is the Key to Self-Defense By: Scott Perry The best way to defend yourself is to avoid putting yourself in a dangerous situation, to begin with. When out about town or even in their own home, a person needs to be aware of what is going on around them and who is around them. Keep your eyes open, and look ahead of you and behind you. Recognize a possible threat before it is close enough to you to bring you harm. Invest in a security system for your home and keep pepper spray with you when you go out. Keep pepper spray in places around the home (out of reach of children) in places where you can get to them in case of emergency. Remember pepper spray also works on animals like an aggressive dog. Start defending yourself when you arrive at a shopping mall before you ever exit your vehicle. You should park in a well-lighted area. Always park as close to the front of the building as possible. Look around before you unlock and get out of your vehicle; determine the safest route to the building. Be certain to have all your belongings gathered together and be ready to exit the vehicle as soon as you unlock the door. Keep your keys in your hand, space the keys between your fi ngers so that if attacked, you can use this as a defense weapon. Identify possible threats to you as you walk and avoid walking near them. When you leave a shopping mall, the same rules apply. You must be aware of those standing around outside, and notice if someone is watching you or near your car. If you feel there is a possible threat, do not second-guess your instinct. Go back inside and ask a security guard to escort you to your car. Have your keys ready to open your vehicle and enter it, locking the doors immediately once you are in it. If you have an electronic key on your keyring, use that only when you are standing next to the door. If it unlocks more than the driver door, do not use it at all. Keep your car doors locked while driving and your windows up, be aware of people around you when you are stopped at traffi c lights or intersections. You must be aware of your surroundings at all times. Being aware of possible threats can help you avoid them and keep you and your loved ones safe. Scott Perry is a concealed carry and self defense instructor. He owns Personal Security Academy and can be reached at 252-312-2302 Loft Gardens Intimate gatherings at the loft gardens Sleeps up to 10 Book your holidays events with loft gardens Call Doris at 252 339 6317 for rates. 1002 Halstead Blvd Elizabeth City, NC 27909 facebook.com/AlbemarleTradingPost Albemarle Tradewinds December 2016 9