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Church Bulletin: August 20, 2017

posted by Saint Raphael of Brooklyn Antiochian Orthodox Church

Sunday August 20, 2017- The Eleventh Sunday after Pentecost

This Week's Services and Events

August 22, Tuesday
        + Office Hours, 1:15PM-2:45PM
        + 9th Hour Prayers, 3:00PM

August 23, Wednesday
        + Akathist, 7:00PM

August 26, Saturday
        + Great Vespers, 5:00PM

August 27, Twelfth Sunday after Pentecost
        + Matins, 8:45AM
        +Divine Liturgy, 10:00AM followed by Fellowship Hour


Upcoming Events and Announcements-            

Fr. Ignatius Will Be Out of Town-
        Fr. Ignatius will be visiting his parents in Wisconsin this week, Thursday- Saturday.  There will be no office hours on Thursday.  

Blessing the New School Year-
        Next Sunday, August 27 at the end of liturgy, all students (and teachers!) will have the opportunity to be prayed for, blessed and anointed with oil, asking God to bless the new school year.  

Vesperal Liturgy for the Beheading of the Forerunner-
        On Monday August 28, we will commemorate the Beheading of St. John the Forerunner with Vesperal Liturgy at 6:00PM.  

Expanded Office Hours and Ninth Hour Prayers-
        Beginning Tuesday, August 29, Fr. Ignatius plans to expand his office hours to the following schedule every week.
Tuesday- 9:30am-4pm
Wednesday- 11:30am-3pm
Thursday- 12pm-4pm
Friday- 11:30am-3pm
In addition, there will be 9th Hour Prayers at 3:00PM every Tuesday through Friday.  The church will be open during these times for you to talk with Father, make your confession, or to come in and light a candle and pray.  Occasionally, he may have to step out of the office during these times, and so emailing or calling or texting Father ahead of time if you plan to come in is suggested.  

Assembly of Bishops Statement on Charlottesville and Race-
        Through the Assembly of the Canonical Orthodox Bishops of the United States, all of our bishops, across jurisdictional lines, remind us that racism, which is a heresy, has no place in the life of a Christian and they urge us to seek peace and pray for reconciliation.  You can read the statement at: http://www.assemblyofbishops.org/news/2017/response-to-racist-violence-charlottesville-va

Sunday School Kick-off Picnic-
        This year, we will have a picnic during our coffee hour time following liturgy on Sunday, September 3.  There will be games and a piñata for the kids.  Parents, paperwork for Sunday School registration is now available in the narthex.  Pick up a copy. fill it out, and return it soon.  Please sign your children up and commit to bring them regularly for classes.  We have dedicated and talented teachers willing and ready to teach your children.  But they need to be present in order to learn about our precious faith.  Classes begin on September 10.  

Upcoming Bible Study: "The Biblical Odes: A Look at Nine Scriptural Songs of the Church-
        An Ode (Canticle) is a Scriptural Song not found in the Psalms.  In our liturgical tradition, there are nine passages from Holy Scripture that form the basis for the odes of the canon, which is chanted at matins.  Over five Sundays, we will explore these songs from the Bible.  We will meet September 10, 17, 24, and October 1 and 8, beginning at about 1:00PM and finishing up by 2:30PM at the latest.  Bring your Bible and a friend!

Monastery Pilgrimage-
        The Presentation of the Virgin Mary Women's Monastery and Holy Michael Archangel and All Angels Skete (Men's) are hosting a joint pilgrimage weekend at their location  in Missouri on Friday, September 15 and Saturday, September 16.  Information is posted in the narthex.

Orthodox Pilgrimage to the Holy Land, March 2018-
        Retired Antiochian Orthodox priest Fr. Constantine Nasr will be leading a ten day pilgrimage to the Holy Land in March of 2018.  Total cost from Cedar Rapids is $3190.   More information is posted in the narthex.  

Do You Shop Online?  Would You Like to a Percentage of What You Spend to Benefit the Church?-
        There is an easy program to sign up for, which allows you to designate that a certain percentage (usually 2-4%) of the cost of the items you are already buying (from thousands of vendors) gets donated both to St. Raphael Church and also to the Archdiocese's Clergy Retirement Fund.   To sign up, go to: antiochian.org/rewardsprogram.  Little flyers are available in the church narthex.  

Food for All--Kalona
        Please  continue to pray for our Orthodox-style, community-style charity work. Also ask our Lord to draw people to Himself and His Church through all our programs. Visit our website at foodforallkalona.weebly.com. For more info, email me at foodforallkalona@gmail.com.  Thanks! Amy Spencer  

Bishop Anthony's Visit and Jared Johnson's Ordination to the Diaconate-
        His Grace will be with us the weekend of October 28-29.  In addition to visiting with us, he will be ordaining former St. Raphael Church member Jared Johnson as a deacon.  Save the dates and plan to be with our bishop. 

Next Sunday's Gospel Reading-
        At that time, a young man came up to Jesus, kneeling and saying, Good Teacher, what good deed must I do, to have eternal life?” And He said to him, Why do you call Me good? No one is good but One, that is, God. If you would enter life, keep the commandments.” He said to Him, Which?” And Jesus said, “You shall not kill, you shall not commit adultery, you shall not steal, you shall not bear false witness, honor your father and mother, and you shall love your neighbor as yourself.” The young man said to Him, All these I have observed; what do I still lack?” Jesus said to him, If you would be perfect, go, sell what you possess and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, follow me.” When the young man heard this, he went away sorrowful; for he had great possessions. And Jesus said to his disciples, Truly, I say to you, it will be hard for a rich man to enter the Kingdom of Heaven. Again I tell you, it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God.” When the disciples heard this they were greatly astonished, saying, Who then can be saved?” But Jesus looked at them and said to them, With men this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.”  (Matthew 19:16-26) 

 Pray for our Catechumens-
       Please keep our catechumens Ilya Buchkin  and Jeremiah Kaufmann in your prayers as they prepare to be sacramentally joined to the Orthodox Church.

Do You Have a Prayer Request?
        Please give it to Fr. Ignatius and he will distribute it by email to all those on the Prayer Chain. If you wish to join the Prayer Chain, please let Fr. Ignatius know. 
       
Remember Your Departed Loved Ones With Flowers-
        Would you like to memorialize your departed loved ones with a bouquet of flowers to be placed in the church on the weekend of your choice?  Look for the new Memorial sign-up sheet.  Decide what weekend you would like your loved one(s) remembered, give $25 to the church, clearly marking it for "Memorial Flowers" and your loved one(s) will be mentioned during the Great Entrance prayers and in the weekly bulletin.  If your departed loved ones are Orthodox, and you would like Trisagion Prayers for the Departed to be offered at the end of Liturgy, you can indicate that on the sign-up sheet as well.

Keep Praying for Kidnapped Orthodox Bishops in Syria-
       Since April 22, 2013, the Orthodox Metropolitan of Aleppo, Metropolitan Paul, and the Syriac Metropolitan of Aleppo, Youhanna, have been in captivity and have not been heard from.  Please pray for their well being and release and also pray for their captors as well.  To sign a petition urging the US Government and others to work for their release, go to:
  
https://www.change.org/p/president-of-the-united-states-help-release-the-kidnapped-archbishops-of-syria

Food for Thought-

 But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far off have been brought near by the blood of Christ.  For He Himself is our peace, who has made both one, and has broken down the middle wall of separation, having abolished in His flesh the enmity, that is, the law of commandments contained in ordinances, so as to create in Himself one new man from the two, thus making peace, and that He might reconcile them both to God in one body through the cross, thereby putting to death the enmity.  And He came and preached peace to you who were afar off and to those who were near.  For through Him we both have access by one Spirit to the Father. 

Ephesians 2:13-18

Church Bulletin: August 13, 2017

posted Aug 14, 2017, 7:58 AM by Saint Raphael of Brooklyn Antiochian Orthodox Church

Sunday August 13, 2017- The Tenth Sunday after Pentecost

This Week's Services and Events

August 14, Monday
        + Vesperal Liturgy for Dormition, 6:00PM

August 15, Tuesday
        + Office Hours, 1:15PM-2:45PM
        + 9th Hour Prayers, 3:00PM

August 16, Wednesday
        + Akathist, 7:00PM

August 19, Saturday
        + Book Group Discussion, "Know the Faith", 1:00PM
        + Parish Council Meeting, 3:00PM
        + Great Vespers, 5:00PM

August 20, Eleventh Sunday after Pentecost
        + Matins, 8:45AM
        +Divine Liturgy, 10:00AM followed by Fellowship Hour


Upcoming Events and Announcements-            

Thank Yous-
        Thank you to all those who helped with our Yard/Book/Bake Sale yesterday.  Many people donated books and other items for sale.  Several people helped with set-up and take down.  Others helped by staffing the sale.  Thank you especially to Amy Spencer for organizing it and being the driving force behind it.  We met many of our neighbors and got rid of a lot of stuff!
        Thank you to Irakliy, Luka and Newman and those who helped them with the painting, carpet removal and installation of updated flooring in what will become Father's office and the church library and meeting room.          

Camp St. George is This Week-
        Please pray for all campers and staff at Camp St.George this week.  We have six campers from our parish attending, and Lizzy Valentine and Fr. Ignatius will be on staff.  

Vesperal Liturgy for Dormition-
        We conclude the Dormition fast with Vesperal Liturgy for the Dormition at 6:00PM on August 14. 

Thoughts for the Dormition, Parallels Between Eve and the Theotokos (The New Eve)-
        Eve listened to the voice of the serpent, Satan       Mary listened to the voice of God
        Eve used her own will to seek after knowledge      Mary submitted to God's will and welcomed in the Wisdom of God
        Eve's flesh was taken from Adam                           Mary gave her flesh to the Son of God
        Eve brought corruption and death into the world    Mary brought salvation and life into the world
        Eve's disobedience led to living death                    Mary's obedience led to death-defying life
        Eve's body went to the grave, her soul to Hades    Mary's body and soul were taken to heaven
        Eve's body decayed in the earth                             Mary's body experienced no corruption

        Adapted from "Heaven Meets Earth: Celebrating Pascha and the Twelve Feasts" by John Kosmas Skinas

Vesperal Liturgy for the Beheading of the Forerunner-
        On Monday August 28, we will commemorate the Beheading of St. John the Forerunner with Vesperal Liturgy at 6:00PM.  

Sunday School Kick-off Picnic-
        This year, we will have a picnic during our coffee hour time following liturgy on Sunday, September 3.  There will be games and a piñata for the kids.  Parents, paperwork for Sunday School registration will be distributed soon.  Please sign your children up and commit to bring them regularly for classes.  We have dedicated and talented teachers willing and ready to teach your children.  But they need to be present in order to learn about our precious faith.  Classes begin on September 10.  

Monastery Pilgrimage-
        The Presentation of the Virgin Mary Women's Monastery and Holy Michael Archangel and All Angels Skete (Men's) are hosting a joint pilgrimage weekend at their combined campus  in Northwestern Missouri on Friday, September 15 and Saturday, September 16.  Information is posted in the narthex.

Orthodox Pilgrimage to the Holy Land, March 2018-
        Retired Antiochian Orthodox priest Fr. Constantine Nasr will be leading a ten day pilgrimage to the Holy Land in March of 2018.  Total cost from Cedar Rapids is $3190.   More information is posted in the narthex.  

Upcoming Bible Study: "The Biblical Odes: A Look at Nine Scriptural Songs of the Church-
        An Ode (Canticle) is a Scriptural Song not found in the Psalms.  In our liturgical tradition, there are nine passages from Holy Scripture that form the basis for the odes of the canon, which is chanted at matins.  Over five Sundays, we will explore these songs from the Bible.  We will meet September 10, 17, 24, and October 1 and 8, beginning at about 1:00PM and finishing up by 2:30PM at the latest.  Attached is a poster advertising the series.  Bring your Bible and a friend!

Do You Shop Online?  Would You Like to a Percentage of What You Spend to Benefit the Church?-
        There is an easy program to sign up for, which allows you to designate that a certain percentage (usually 2-4%) of the cost of the items you are already buying (from thousands of vendors) gets donated both to St. Raphael Church and also to the Archdiocese's Clergy Retirement Fund.   To sign up, go to: antiochian.org/rewardsprogram.  Little flyers are available in the church narthex.  

Food for All--Kalona
        Please  continue to pray for our Orthodox-style, community-style charity work. Also ask our Lord to draw people to Himself and His Church through all our programs. Visit our website at foodforallkalona.weebly.com. For more info, email me at foodforallkalona@gmail.com.  Thanks! Amy Spencer  

Bishop Anthony's Visit and Jared Johnson's Ordination to the Diaconate-
        His Grace will be with us the weekend of October 28-29.  In addition to visiting with us, he will be ordaining former St. Raphael Church member Jared Johnson as a deacon.  Save the dates and plan to be with our bishop. 

Next Sunday's Gospel Reading-
        The Lord spoke this parable: “The kingdom of heaven may be compared to a king who wished to settle accounts with his servants. When he began the reckoning, one was brought to him who owed him ten thousand talents; and as he could not pay, his lord ordered him to be sold, with his wife and children and all that he had, and payment to be made. So the servant fell on his knees,imploring him, ‘Lord, have patience with me, and I will pay you everything.’ And out of pity for him the lord of that servant released him and forgave him the debt. But that same servant, as he went out, came upon one of his fellow servants who owed him a hundred denarii; and seizing him by the throat he said, ‘Pay what you owe.’ So his fellow servant fell down and besought him, ‘Have patience with me, and I will pay you.’ He refused and went and put him in prison until he should pay the debt. When his fellow servants saw what had taken place, they were greatly distressed, and they went and reported to their lord all that had taken place. Then his lord summoned him and said to him, ‘You wicked servant! I forgave you all that debt because you besought me; and should not you have had mercy on your fellow servant, as I had mercy on you?’ And in anger his lord delivered him to the jailers, until he should pay all his debt. So also My heavenly Father will do to every one of you, if you do not forgive your brother from your heart.” (Matthew 18:23-35)

 Pray for our Catechumens-
       Please keep our catechumens Ilya Buchkin  and Jeremiah Kaufmann in your prayers as they prepare to be sacramentally joined to the Orthodox Church.

Do You Have a Prayer Request?
        Please give it to Fr. Ignatius and he will distribute it by email to all those on the Prayer Chain. If you wish to join the Prayer Chain, please let Fr. Ignatius know. 
       
Remember Your Departed Loved Ones With Flowers-
        Would you like to memorialize your departed loved ones with a bouquet of flowers to be placed in the church on the weekend of your choice?  Look for the new Memorial sign-up sheet.  Decide what weekend you would like your loved one(s) remembered, give $25 to the church, clearly marking it for "Memorial Flowers" and your loved one(s) will be mentioned during the Great Entrance prayers and in the weekly bulletin.  If your departed loved ones are Orthodox, and you would like Trisagion Prayers for the Departed to be offered at the end of Liturgy, you can indicate that on the sign-up sheet as well.

Keep Praying for Kidnapped Orthodox Bishops in Syria-
       Since April 22, 2013, the Orthodox Metropolitan of Aleppo, Metropolitan Paul, and the Syriac Metropolitan of Aleppo, Youhanna, have been in captivity and have not been heard from.  Please pray for their well being and release and also pray for their captors as well.  To sign a petition urging the US Government and others to work for their release, go to:
  
https://www.change.org/p/president-of-the-united-states-help-release-the-kidnapped-archbishops-of-syria

Food for Thought-

In thy birth-giving, O Theotokos, thou didst keep and preserve virginity; and in thy falling-asleep thou hast not forsaken the world; for thou wast translated into life, being the Mother of Life. Wherefore, by thine intercessions, deliver our souls from death. 

-Troparion of the Dormition

Church Bulletin: August 6, 2017

posted Aug 7, 2017, 9:36 AM by Saint Raphael of Brooklyn Antiochian Orthodox Church

Sunday August 6, 2017- The Transfiguration of the Lord

This Week's Services and Events

August 7, Monday
        + Paraklesis, 7:00PM

August 8, Tuesday
        + Office Hours, 1:15PM-2:45PM
        + 9th Hour Prayers, 3:00PM

August 9, Wednesday
        + Paraklesis, 7:00PM

August 10, Thursday
        + Office Hours, 1:15PM-2:45PM

August 11, Friday
        + Paraklesis, 7:00PM

August 12, Saturday
        + Parish Yard Sale, 8:00AM-4:00PM
        + Great Vespers, 5:00PM

August 13, Tenth Sunday after Pentecost
        + Matins, 8:45AM
        +Divine Liturgy, 10:00AM followed by Fellowship Hour


Upcoming Events and Announcements-            

Congratulations!-
        Congratulations to Irakli and Rachelle Naridze on the baptism of their daughter Sophia yesterday.  May God grant her many years!

Refrigerator Needed-
        Last week, our refrigerator suddenly died.  We want to purchase a replacement as soon as possible.  We have received some money as a gift toward the purchase of a new one.  If you would like to contribute toward this goal, please contact Becky Morey, our treasurer.

The Dormition Fast-
        August 1-14 is the time of preparation known as the Dormition Fast, during which we anticipate the Feast of the Dormition of the Theotokos on August 15.  We abstain from meat, eggs and dairy during these two weeks.  In addition, we pray the Paraklesis (a service of consolation for the living) several times.  This year, we will pray the Paraklesis on August 2, 4, 7, 9, 11, all at 7:00PM.  We conclude this fast with Vesperal Liturgy for the Dormition at 6:00PM on August 14. 

Do You Shop Online?  Would You Like to a Percentage of What You Spend to Benefit the Church?-
        There is an easy program to sign up for, which allows you to designate that a certain percentage (usually 2-4%) of the cost of the items you are already buying (from thousands of vendors) gets donated both to St. Raphael Church and also to the Archdiocese's Clergy Retirement Fund.   To sign up, go to: antiochian.org/rewardsprogram.  Little flyers are available in the church narthex.  

Food for All--Kalona
        Please  continue to pray for our Orthodox-style, community-style charity work. Also ask our Lord to draw people to Himself and His Church through all our programs. Visit our website at foodforallkalona.weebly.com. For more info, email me at foodforallkalona@gmail.com.  Thanks! Amy Spencer  

Bishop Anthony's Visit and Jared Johnson's Ordination to the Diaconate-
        His Grace will be with us the weekend of October 28-29.  In addition to visiting with us, he will be ordaining former St. Raphael Church member Jared Johnson as a deacon.  Save the dates and plan to be with our bishop. 

Next Sunday's Gospel Reading-
        At that time, a man came up to Jesus and kneeling before Him said, “Lord, have mercy on my son, for he is an epileptic and he suffers terribly; for often he falls into the fire, and often into the water. And I brought him to Thy disciples, and they could not heal him.” And Jesus answered, “O faithless and perverse generation, how long am I to be with you? How long am I to bear with you? Bring him here to me.” And Jesus rebuked him, and the demon came out of him, and the boy was cured instantly. Then the disciples came to Jesus privately and said, “Why could we not cast it out?” Jesus said to them, “Because you have no faith. For truly, I say to you, if you have faith as a grain of mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move; and nothing will be impossible to you. This kind never comes out except by prayer and fasting.” As they were traveling together through Galilee, Jesus said to them, “The Son of man is to be delivered into the hands of men, and they will kill Him, and He will rise on the third day.”  (Matthew 17:14-23)
 
 Pray for our Catechumens-
       Please keep our catechumens Ilya Buchkin  and Jeremiah Kaufmann in your prayers as they prepare to be sacramentally joined to the Orthodox Church.

Do You Have a Prayer Request?
        Please give it to Fr. Ignatius and he will distribute it by email to all those on the Prayer Chain. If you wish to join the Prayer Chain, please let Fr. Ignatius know. 
       
Remember Your Departed Loved Ones With Flowers-
        Would you like to memorialize your departed loved ones with a bouquet of flowers to be placed in the church on the weekend of your choice?  Look for the new Memorial sign-up sheet.  Decide what weekend you would like your loved one(s) remembered, give $25 to the church, clearly marking it for "Memorial Flowers" and your loved one(s) will be mentioned during the Great Entrance prayers and in the weekly bulletin.  If your departed loved ones are Orthodox, and you would like Trisagion Prayers for the Departed to be offered at the end of Liturgy, you can indicate that on the sign-up sheet as well.

Keep Praying for Kidnapped Orthodox Bishops in Syria-
       Since April 22, 2013, the Orthodox Metropolitan of Aleppo, Metropolitan Paul, and the Syriac Metropolitan of Aleppo, Youhanna, have been in captivity and have not been heard from.  Please pray for their well being and release and also pray for their captors as well.  To sign a petition urging the US Government and others to work for their release, go to:
  
https://www.change.org/p/president-of-the-united-states-help-release-the-kidnapped-archbishops-of-syria

Food for Thought-

The facts themselves bear witness and his divine acts of power teach those who doubt that he is true God, and his sufferings show that he is true man. And if those who are feeble in understanding are not fully assured, they will pay the penalty on his dread day.

If he was not flesh, why was Mary introduced at all? And if he was not God, whom was Gabriel calling Lord?

If he was not flesh, who was lying in the manger? And if he was not God, whom did the Angels come down and glorify?

If he was not flesh, who was wrapped in swaddling clothes? And if he was not God, whom did the shepherds worship?

If he was not flesh, whom did Joseph circumcise? And if he was not God, in whose honour did the star speed through the heavens?

If he was not flesh, whom did Mary suckle? And if he was not God, to whom did the Magi offer gifts?

If he was not flesh, whom did Symeon carry in his arms? And if he was not God, to whom did he say, “Let me depart in peace”?

If he was not flesh, whom did Joseph take and flee into Egypt? And if he was not God, in whom were words “Out of Egypt I have called my Son” fulfilled?

If he was not flesh, whom did John baptise? And if he was not God, to whom did the Father from heaven say, “This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well-pleased”?

If he was not flesh, who fasted and hungered in the desert? And if he was not God, whom did the Angels come down and serve?

If he was not flesh, who was invited to the wedding in Cana of Galilee? And if he was not God, who turned the water into wine?

If he was not flesh, in whose hands were the loaves? And if he was not God, who satisfied crowds and thousands in the desert, not counting women and children, from five loaves and two fishes?

If he was not flesh, who fell asleep in the boat? And if he was not God, who rebuked the winds and the sea?

If he was not flesh, with whom did Simon the Pharisee eat? And if he was not God, who pardoned the offences of the sinful woman?

If he was not flesh, who sat by the well, worn out by the journey? And if he was not God, who gave living water to the woman of Samaria and reprehended her because she had had five husbands?

If he was not flesh, who wore human garments? And if he was not God, who did acts of power and wonders?

If he was not flesh, who spat on the ground and made clay? And if he was not God, who through the clay compelled the eyes to see?

If he was not flesh, who wept at Lazarus’ grave? And if he was not God, who by his command brought out one four days dead?

If he was not flesh, who sat on the foal? And if he was not God, whom did the crowds go out to meet with glory?

If he was not flesh, whom did the Jews arrest? And if he was not God, who gave an order to the earth and threw them onto their faces.

If he was not flesh, who was struck with a blow? And if he was not God, who cured the ear that had been cut off by Peter and restored it to its place?

If he was not flesh, who received spittings on his face? And if he was not God, who breathed the Holy Spirit into the faces of his Apostles?

If he was not flesh, who stood before Pilate at the judgement seat? And if he was not God, who made Pilate’s wife afraid by a dream?

If he was not flesh, whose garments did the soldiers strip off and divide? And if he was not God, how was the sun darkened at the cross?

If he was not flesh, who was hung on the cross? And if he was not God, who shook the earth from its foundations?

If he was not flesh, whose hands and feet were transfixed by nails? And if he was not God, how was the veil of the temple rent, the rocks broken and the graves opened?

If he was not flesh, who cried out, “My God, my God, why have you abandoned me”? And if he was not God, who said “Father, forgive them”?

If he was not flesh, who was hung on a cross with the thieves? And if he was not God, how did he say to the thief, “Today you will be with me in Paradise”?

If he was not flesh, to whom did they offer vinegar and gall? And if he was not God, on hearing whose voice did Hades tremble?

If he was not flesh, whose side did the lance pierce, and blood and water came out?And if he was not God, who smashed to gates of Hades and tear apart it bonds? And at whose command did the imprisoned dead come out?

If he was not flesh, whom did the Apostles see in the upper room? And if he was not God, how did he enter when the doors were shut?

If he was not flesh, the marks of the nails and the lance in whose hands and side did Thomas handle? And if he was not God, to whom did he cry out, “My Lord and my God”?

If he was not flesh, who ate by the sea of Tiberias? And if he was not God, at whose command was the net filled?

If he was not flesh, whom did the Apostles and Angels see being taken up into heaven? And if he was not God, to whom was heaven opened, whom did the Powers worship in fear and whom did the Father invite to “Sit at my right hand”. As David said, “The Lord said to my Lord, sit at my right hand, etc.”

If he was not God and man, our salvation is a lie, and the words of the Prophets are lies.  But the Prophets spoke the truth, and their testimonies were not lies. The Holy Spirit spoke through them what they had been commanded.

+ St. Ephrem the Syrian, Excerpt from the Sermon on Transfiguration

Church Bulletin: July 30, 2017

posted Jul 31, 2017, 8:47 AM by Saint Raphael of Brooklyn Antiochian Orthodox Church

This Week's Services and Events

August 2, Wednesday
        + Paraklesis, 7:00PM

August 3, Thursday
        + Office Hours, 1:15PM-2:45PM

August 4, Friday
        + Paraklesis, 7:00PM

August 5, Saturday
        + Holy Baptism of Sophia Naridze, 11:00AM
        + Great Vespers, 5:00PM

August 6, The Transfiguration of the Lord
        + Matins, 8:45AM
        +Divine Liturgy, 10:00AM followed by Fellowship Hour


Upcoming Events and Announcements-            

Upcoming Baptism!  All Are Invited!-
        On Saturday, August 5 at 11:00AM, Sophia Naridze, daughter of Irakli and Rachelle, is being baptized.  All are welcome to attend.

Blessing of Grapes at Transfiguration- 
        August 6 is the Feast of the Lord's Transfiguration and it falls on a Sunday this year.  A traditional custom that happens at this feast is that the faithful bring grapes and other fruit to be blessed.  You are welcome to bring any fruit to be blessed at the end of liturgy.

The Dormition Fast-
        August 1-14 is the time of preparation known as the Dormition Fast, during which we anticipate the Feast of the Dormition of the Theotokos on August 15.  We abstain from meat, eggs and dairy during these two weeks.  In addition, we pray the Paraklesis (a service of consolation for the living) several times.  This year, we will pray the Paraklesis on August 2, 4, 7, 9, 11, all at 7:00PM.  We conclude this fast with Vesperal Liturgy for the Dormition at 6:00PM on August 14. 

Do You Shop Online?  Would You Like to a Percentage of What You Spend to Benefit the Church?-
        There is an easy program to sign up for, which allows you to designate that a certain percentage (usually 2-4%) of the cost of the items you are already buying (from thousands of vendors) gets donated both to St. Raphael Church and also to the Archdiocese's Clergy Retirement Fund.   To sign up, go to: antiochian.org/rewardsprogram.  Little flyers are available in the church narthex.  

Food for All--Kalona
        Please  continue to pray for our Orthodox-style, community-style charity work. Also ask our Lord to draw people to Himself and His Church through all our programs. Visit our website at foodforallkalona.weebly.com. For more info, email me at foodforallkalona@gmail.com.  Thanks! Amy Spencer  

Bishop Anthony's Visit and Jared Johnson's Ordination to the Diaconate-
        His Grace will be with us the weekend of October 28-29.  In addition to visiting with us, he will be ordaining former St. Raphael Church member Jared Johnson as a deacon.  Save the dates and plan to be with our bishop. 

Next Sunday's Gospel Reading-
        At that time, Jesus took with Him Peter and James and John his brother, and led them up a high mountain apart. And He was transfigured before them, and His face shone like the sun, and His garments became white as light. And behold, there appeared to them Moses and Elijah, talking with Him. And Peter said to Jesus, “Lord, it is well that we are here; if Thou wilt, I will make three booths here, one for Thee and one for Moses and one for Elijah.” He was still speaking, when lo, a bright cloud overshadowed them, and a voice from the cloud said, “This is My beloved Son, with Whom I am well pleased; hear Him.” When the disciples heard this, they fell on their faces, and were filled with awe. But Jesus came and touched them, saying, “Rise, and have no fear.” And when they lifted up their eyes, they saw no one but Jesus only. And as they were coming down the mountain, Jesus commanded them, “Tell no one the vision, until the Son of man is risen from the dead.”  (Matthew 17:1-9) 

 Pray for our Catechumens-
       Please keep our catechumens Ilya Buchkin  and Jeremiah Kaufmann in your prayers as they prepare to be sacramentally joined to the Orthodox Church.

Do You Have a Prayer Request?
        Please give it to Fr. Ignatius and he will distribute it by email to all those on the Prayer Chain. If you wish to join the Prayer Chain, please let Fr. Ignatius know. 
       
Remember Your Departed Loved Ones With Flowers-
        Would you like to memorialize your departed loved ones with a bouquet of flowers to be placed in the church on the weekend of your choice?  Look for the new Memorial sign-up sheet.  Decide what weekend you would like your loved one(s) remembered, give $25 to the church, clearly marking it for "Memorial Flowers" and your loved one(s) will be mentioned during the Great Entrance prayers and in the weekly bulletin.  If your departed loved ones are Orthodox, and you would like Trisagion Prayers for the Departed to be offered at the end of Liturgy, you can indicate that on the sign-up sheet as well.

Keep Praying for Kidnapped Orthodox Bishops in Syria-
       Since April 22, 2013, the Orthodox Metropolitan of Aleppo, Metropolitan Paul, and the Syriac Metropolitan of Aleppo, Youhanna, have been in captivity and have not been heard from.  Please pray for their well being and release and also pray for their captors as well.  To sign a petition urging the US Government and others to work for their release, go to:
  
https://www.change.org/p/president-of-the-united-states-help-release-the-kidnapped-archbishops-of-syria

Food for Thought-

"Theology without action is the theology of the devil."

- St. Maximos the Confessor

Church Bulletin: July 16, 2017

posted Jul 17, 2017, 8:09 AM by Saint Raphael of Brooklyn Antiochian Orthodox Church

This Week's Services and Events

July 18, Tuesday
        + Office Hours, 1:15-2:45PM
        + 9th Hour Prayers, 3:00PM

July 19, Wednesday
        + Akathist, 7:00PM

July 22, Saturday
        + Great Vespers, 5:00PM

July 23, 7th Sunday after Pentecost
        + Matins, 8:45AM
        +Divine Liturgy, 10:00AM followed by Fellowship Hour


Upcoming Events and Announcements-          

Services for the Prophet Elias, in Dubuque-
        Fr. Dustin Lyon and the faithful of prophet Elias Church in Dubuque invite you all to attend their patronal feast day services.  On Wednesday, July 19 at 6:00PM, vespers will be served followed by a community potluck.  On Thursday, July 20, matins is at 9:00AM followed by Divine Liturgy at 10:00AM.  The church is located at 419 N. Grandview Ave., Dubuque.  

Archdiocese Annual Financial Report-
        The latest annual financial report of the archdiocese has been released.  A copy is available for you to look at in the narthex.  

Food for All--Kalona
        Please  continue to pray for our Orthodox-style, community-style charity work. Also ask our Lord to draw people to Himself and His Church through all our programs. Visit our website at foodforallkalona.weebly.com. For more info, email me at foodforallkalona@gmail.com.  Thanks! Amy Spencer  

Bishop Anthony's Visit Date Change-
        His Grace will now be with us the weekend of October 28-29, not October 21-22, as previously reported.  Save the dates and plan to be with our bishop. 

Next Sunday's Gospel Reading-
       At that time, as Jesus passed on from there, two blind men followed him, crying aloud: “Have mercy on us, Son of David.” When He entered the house, the blind men came to Him; and Jesus said to them, “Do you believe that I am able to do this?” They said to Him, “Yes, Lord.” Then He touched their eyes, saying, “According to your faith be it done to you.” And their eyes were opened. And Jesus sternly charged them, “See that no one knows it.” But they went away and spread His fame through all that district. As they were going away, behold, a dumb demoniac was brought to Him. And when the demon had been cast out, the dumb man spoke; and the crowds marveled, saying, “Never was anything like this seen in Israel.” But the Pharisees said, “He casts out demons by the prince of demons.” And Jesus went about all the cities and villages, teaching in their synagogues and preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and healing every disease and every infirmity.  (Matthew 9:27-35)
     
Pray for our Catechumens-
       Please keep our catechumens Ilya Buchkin  and Jeremiah Kaufmann in your prayers as they prepare to be sacramentally joined to the Orthodox Church.

Do You Have a Prayer Request?
        Please give it to Fr. Ignatius and he will distribute it by email to all those on the Prayer Chain. If you wish to join the Prayer Chain, please let Fr. Ignatius know. 
       
Remember Your Departed Loved Ones With Flowers-
        Would you like to memorialize your departed loved ones with a bouquet of flowers to be placed in the church on the weekend of your choice?  Look for the new Memorial sign-up sheet.  Decide what weekend you would like your loved one(s) remembered, give $25 to the church, clearly marking it for "Memorial Flowers" and your loved one(s) will be mentioned during the Great Entrance prayers and in the weekly bulletin.  If your departed loved ones are Orthodox, and you would like Trisagion Prayers for the Departed to be offered at the end of Liturgy, you can indicate that on the sign-up sheet as well.

Keep Praying for Kidnapped Orthodox Bishops in Syria-
       Since April 22, 2013, the Orthodox Metropolitan of Aleppo, Metropolitan Paul, and the Syriac Metropolitan of Aleppo, Youhanna, have been in captivity and have not been heard from.  Please pray for their well being and release and also pray for their captors as well.  To sign a petition urging the US Government and others to work for their release, go to:
  
https://www.change.org/p/president-of-the-united-states-help-release-the-kidnapped-archbishops-of-syria

Food for Thought-

We must always remember that the Lord sees us wrestling with the Enemy, and so we must never be afraid.  Even should all hell fall upon us, we must be brave.

St. Siouan the Athonite

Church Bulletin: June 25, 2017

posted Jun 25, 2017, 6:14 PM by Saint Raphael of Brooklyn Antiochian Orthodox Church

This Week's Services and Events

June 27, Tuesday
        + Office Hours, 1:15-2:45PM
        + 9th Hour Prayers, 3:00PM

June 28, Wednesday
        + Vesperal Liturgy for Sts. Peter and Paul, 6:00PM

June 29, Thursday
        + Office Hours, 1:15-2:45PM

July 1, Saturday
        + "Know the Faith" Book Study, 3:00PM
        + Great Vespers, 5:00PM

July 2, 4th Sunday after Pentecost
        + Matins, 8:45AM
        + Liturgy, 10:00AM followed by Coffee Hour 

Upcoming Events and Announcements-          

Vesperal Liturgy for Sts. Peter and Paul-
        We will end the Apostles' fast with Vesperal Liturgy at 6:00PM on Wednesday, June 28.

An Incorrupt American Saint-
        God is wondrous in His saints!  Last year, the Serbian Orthodox Church declared that Bishop Mardarije, who served the Serbian church in America in the early 20th century, is a saint.  Recently, his relics were uncovered and found to be incorrupt.  Pan-Orthodox Glorification services of Saint Mardarije of Libertyville and All-America are scheduled for July 14-16 at St. Sava Monastery in Libertyville, Illinois, which he founded.  To learn more about this important weekend for the life of the Orthodox Church in America, see the poster in the narthex.

Food for All--Kalona
        Please  continue to pray for our Orthodox-style, community-style charity work. Also ask our Lord to draw people to Himself and His Church through all our programs. Visit our website at foodforallkalona.weebly.com. For more info, email me at foodforallkalona@gmail.com.  Thanks! Amy Spencer  

Bishop Anthony's Visit Date Change-
        His Grace will now be with us the weekend of October 28-29, not October 21-22, as previously reported.  Save the dates and plan to be with our bishop. 

Next Sunday's Gospel Reading-
        At that time, as Jesus entered Capernaum, a centurion came forward to him, beseeching Him and saying, “Lord, my servant is lying paralyzed at home, in terrible distress.” And Jesus said to him, “I will come and heal him.” But the centurion answered Him, “Lord, I am not worthy to have you come under my roof; but only say the word, and my servant will be healed. For I am a man under authority, with soldiers under me; and I say to one, ‘Go,’ and he goes, and to another, ‘Come,’ and he comes, and to my slave, ‘Do this,’ and he does it.” When Jesus heard him, He marveled, and said to those who followed him, “Truly, I say to you, not even in Israel have I found such faith. I tell you, many will come from east and west and sit at table with Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob in the Kingdom of Heaven, while the sons of the kingdom will be thrown into the outer darkness; there men will weep and gnash their teeth.” And to the centurion Jesus said, “Go; be it done for you as you have believed.” And the servant was healed at that very moment.  (Matthew 8:5-13)
    
Pray for our Catechumens-
       Please keep our catechumens Ilya Buchkin  and Jeremiah Kaufmann in your prayers as they prepare to be sacramentally joined to the Orthodox Church.

Do You Have a Prayer Request?
        Please give it to Fr. Ignatius and he will distribute it by email to all those on the Prayer Chain. If you wish to join the Prayer Chain, please let Fr. Ignatius know. 
       
Remember Your Departed Loved Ones With Flowers-
        Would you like to memorialize your departed loved ones with a bouquet of flowers to be placed in the church on the weekend of your choice?  Look for the new Memorial sign-up sheet.  Decide what weekend you would like your loved one(s) remembered, give $25 to the church, clearly marking it for "Memorial Flowers" and your loved one(s) will be mentioned during the Great Entrance prayers and in the weekly bulletin.  If your departed loved ones are Orthodox, and you would like Trisagion Prayers for the Departed to be offered at the end of Liturgy, you can indicate that on the sign-up sheet as well.

Keep Praying for Kidnapped Orthodox Bishops in Syria-
       Since April 22, 2013, the Orthodox Metropolitan of Aleppo, Metropolitan Paul, and the Syriac Metropolitan of Aleppo, Youhanna, have been in captivity and have not been heard from.  Please pray for their well being and release and also pray for their captors as well.  To sign a petition urging the US Government and others to work for their release, go to:
  
https://www.change.org/p/president-of-the-united-states-help-release-the-kidnapped-archbishops-of-syria

Food for Thought-

Prayer is a refuge for those who are shaken, an anchor for those tossed by waves, a walking stick for the infirm, a treasure house for the poor, a stronghold for the rich, a destroyer of sicknesses, a preserver of health. He who can sincerely pray is richer than everyone else, even though he is the poorest of all. On the contrary, he who does not have recourse to prayer, even though he sit on a king’s throne, is the poorest of all….

--St John Chrysostom

Church Bulletin: June 18, 2017

posted Jun 19, 2017, 6:21 AM by Saint Raphael of Brooklyn Antiochian Orthodox Church

This Week's Services and Events

June 20, Tuesday
        + Office Hours, 1:15-2:45PM
        + 9th Hour Prayers, 3:00PM
        + Vespers in Kalona, 7:00PM

June 25, 3rd Sunday after Pentecost
        + Matins, 8:45AM
        + Liturgy, 10:00AM followed by Coffee Hour 

Upcoming Events and Announcements-          

Vespers in Kalona-
        Vespers will be served in Kalona at 7:00PM on Tuesday, June 20 at United Christian and Baptist Church (401 E. Ave.)  Come and join us!

Father Out of Town-
        Fr. Ignatius will be in Chicago attending the Midwest Diocese Parish Life Conference this Wednesday, June 21 through Saturday, June 24.  There will be no akathist on Wednesday evening, no office hours on Thursday and no vespers on Saturday.

Notes on Fasting-
        The Apostles fast begins on June 12 and goes through June 28.  We are asked to abstain from all meat, dairy and eggs throughout this time.  We abstain from wine and oil on Monday, Wednesdays and Fridays.  Fish is allowed on the weekends.  If you have any specific questions or concerns about fasting, ask Fr. Ignatius.

Vesperal Liturgy for Sts. Peter and Paul-
        We will end the Apostles' fast with Vesperal Liturgy at 6:00PM on Wednesday, June 28.

An Incorrupt American Saint-
        God is wondrous in His saints!  Last year, the Serbian Orthodox Church declared that Bishop Mardarije, who served the Serbian church in America in the early 20th century, is a saint.  Recently, his relics were uncovered and found to be incorrupt.  Pan-Orthodox Glorification services of Saint Mardarije of Libertyville and All-America are scheduled for July 14-16 at St. Sava Monastery in Libertyville, Illinois, which he founded.  To learn more about this important weekend for the life of the Orthodox Church in America, see the poster in the narthex.

Food for All--Kalona
        Please  continue to pray for our Orthodox-style, community-style charity work. Also ask our Lord to draw people to Himself and His Church through all our programs. Visit our website at foodforallkalona.weebly.com. For more info, email me at foodforallkalona@gmail.com.  Thanks! Amy Spencer  

Bishop Anthony's Visit Date Change-
        His Grace will now be with us the weekend of October 28-29, not October 21-22, as previously reported.  Save the dates and plan to be with our bishop. 

Next Sunday's Gospel Reading-
        The Lord said, “The eye is the lamp of the body. So, if your eye is sound, your whole body will be full of light; but if your eye is evil, your whole body will be full of darkness. If then the light in you is darkness, how great is the darkness! No one can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and mammon. Therefore, I tell you, do not be anxious about your life, what you shall eat or what you shall drink; nor about your body, what you shall put on. Is not the soul more than food, and the body more than clothing? Look at the birds of heaven: they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they? And which of you by being anxious can add one cubit to his stature? And why are you anxious about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow; they neither toil nor spin; yet I tell you, even Solomon himself in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. But if God so clothes the grass of the field, which today is alive and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will He not much more clothe you, O men of little faith? Therefore, do not be anxious, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For the Gentiles seek all these things; and your heavenly Father knows that you need them all. But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things shall be yours as well.”  (Matthew 6:22-33)
   
Pray for our Catechumens-
       Please keep our catechumens Ilya Buchkin  and Jeremiah Kaufmann in your prayers as they prepare to be sacramentally joined to the Orthodox Church.

Do You Have a Prayer Request?
        Please give it to Fr. Ignatius and he will distribute it by email to all those on the Prayer Chain. If you wish to join the Prayer Chain, please let Fr. Ignatius know. 
       
Remember Your Departed Loved Ones With Flowers-
        Would you like to memorialize your departed loved ones with a bouquet of flowers to be placed in the church on the weekend of your choice?  Look for the new Memorial sign-up sheet.  Decide what weekend you would like your loved one(s) remembered, give $25 to the church, clearly marking it for "Memorial Flowers" and your loved one(s) will be mentioned during the Great Entrance prayers and in the weekly bulletin.  If your departed loved ones are Orthodox, and you would like Trisagion Prayers for the Departed to be offered at the end of Liturgy, you can indicate that on the sign-up sheet as well.

Keep Praying for Kidnapped Orthodox Bishops in Syria-
       Since April 22, 2013, the Orthodox Metropolitan of Aleppo, Metropolitan Paul, and the Syriac Metropolitan of Aleppo, Youhanna, have been in captivity and have not been heard from.  Please pray for their well being and release and also pray for their captors as well.  To sign a petition urging the US Government and others to work for their release, go to:
  
https://www.change.org/p/president-of-the-united-states-help-release-the-kidnapped-archbishops-of-syria

Food for Thought-

"Temptations come so that hidden passions may be revealed and so that it will be possible to fight them, and so that the soul may be rid of them. They are also a sign of God's mercy. So give yourself with trust into God's hands and ask his help, so that he will strengthen you in your struggle. God knows how much each one can bear and allows temptations according to the measure of our strength. Remember that after temptation comes spiritual joy, and that the Lord protects them that endure temptations and suffering for the sake of His love".

- Saint Nektarios of Aegina

Church Bulletin: June 11, 2017

posted Jun 12, 2017, 5:33 AM by Saint Raphael of Brooklyn Antiochian Orthodox Church

This Week's Services and Events

June 13, Tuesday
        + Office Hours, 1:15-2:45PM
        + 9th Hour Prayers, 3:00PM

June 14, Wednesday
        + Akathist, 7:00PM

June 15, Thursday
        + Office Hours, 1:15-2:45PM

June 17, Saturday
        + "Know the Faith" Book Study, 1:00PM
        + Parish Council meeting, 3:00PM
        + Great Vespers, 5:00PM

June 18, 2nd Sunday after Pentecost
        + Matins, 8:45AM
        + Liturgy, 10:00AM followed by Coffee Hour 

Upcoming Events and Announcements-         

"Know the Faith" Book Study-
        All are welcome to join in on a book study focusing on "Know the Faith: A Handbook for Orthodox Christians and Inquirers" by Fr. Michael Shanbour.  We began on Saturday, June 3 and will continue on June 17 at 1:00PM.  Participants should purchase a copy of the book at the church bookstore (available soon- $20.95) and have chapter 1 read by the first class, chapter 2 by the second class, and so on.  We will meet twice a month, discussing one chapter per class until we finish all 11 chapters.  Chapter titles include: The Church, Grace, Salvation, Justification by Faith, Tradition and Scripture, Eucharist and Liturgical Worship, Confession and Repentance and more.  

Parish Council Meeting-
       All are welcome to sit in on the monthly parish council meeting which will be held on June 17 at 3:00PM.

Notes on Fasting-
        The Apostles fast begins on June 12 and goes through June 28.  We are asked to abstain from all meat, dairy and eggs throughout this time.  We abstain from wine and oil on Monday, Wednesdays and Fridays.  Fish is allowed on the weekends.  If you have any specific questions or concerns about fasting, ask Fr. Ignatius.


Annual Diocese of Toledo and the Midwest Parish Life Conference-
        From June 21-25, St. George Church in Cicero, Illinois, will be hosting our diocesan Parish Life Conference at the Oakbrook Marriott in Oak Brook, Illinois.  Attending this event gives one a great opportunity to meet with, learn with and worship with people from around our diocese.  To learn more, go to: http://www.antiochianevents.com/toledo.html

St. John the Baptist Church Building Project-
        St. John the Baptist in Cedar Rapids is in the final stages of planning for a facilities improvement project that will greatly improve the accessibility and functionality of the building. The ground-breaking is expected this summer. Current plans and additional details are available at: http://www.stjohncr.org/Home/building-project Please keep the project in your prayers. If you are able to help in other ways - if you are able to recommend companies to be considered for some of the work or are part of such a company, or through a financial donation - that help would also be greatly appreciated.

An Incorrupt American Saint-
        God is wondrous in His saints!  Last year, the Serbian Orthodox Church declared that Bishop Mardarije, who served the Serbian church in America in the early 20th century, is a saint.  Recently, his relics were uncovered and found to be incorrupt.  Pan-Orthodox Glorification services of Saint Mardarije of Libertyville and All-America are scheduled for July 14-16 at St. Sava Monastery in Libertyville, Illinois, which he founded.  To learn more about this important weekend for the life of the Orthodox Church in America, see the poster in the narthex.

Food for All--Kalona
        Please  continue to pray for our Orthodox-style, community-style charity work. Also ask our Lord to draw people to Himself and His Church through all our programs. Visit our website at foodforallkalona.weebly.com. For more info, email me at foodforallkalona@gmail.com.  Thanks! Amy Spencer  

Bishop Anthony's Visit Date Change-
        His Grace will now be with us the weekend of October 28-29, not October 21-22, as previously reported.  Save the dates and plan to be with our bishop. 

Next Sunday's Gospel Reading-
        At that time, as Jesus was walking by the Sea of Galilee, He saw two brothers, Simon who is called Peter and Andrew his brother, casting a net into the sea; for they were fishermen. And He said to them, “Follow Me, and I will make you fishers of men.” Immediately they left their nets and followed Him. And going on from there He saw two other brothers, James the son of Zebedee and John his brother, in the boat with Zebedee their father, mending their nets, and He called them. Immediately they left the boat and their father, and followed Him. And He went about all Galilee, teaching in their synagogues and preaching the gospel of the Kingdom and healing every disease and every infirmity among the people.  (Matthew 4:18-23)
   
Pray for our Catechumens-
       Please keep our catechumens Ilya Buchkin  and Jeremiah Kaufmann in your prayers as they prepare to be sacramentally joined to the Orthodox Church.

Do You Have a Prayer Request?
        Please give it to Fr. Ignatius and he will distribute it by email to all those on the Prayer Chain. If you wish to join the Prayer Chain, please let Fr. Ignatius know. 
       
Remember Your Departed Loved Ones With Flowers-
        Would you like to memorialize your departed loved ones with a bouquet of flowers to be placed in the church on the weekend of your choice?  Look for the new Memorial sign-up sheet.  Decide what weekend you would like your loved one(s) remembered, give $25 to the church, clearly marking it for "Memorial Flowers" and your loved one(s) will be mentioned during the Great Entrance prayers and in the weekly bulletin.  If your departed loved ones are Orthodox, and you would like Trisagion Prayers for the Departed to be offered at the end of Liturgy, you can indicate that on the sign-up sheet as well.

Keep Praying for Kidnapped Orthodox Bishops in Syria-
       Since April 22, 2013, the Orthodox Metropolitan of Aleppo, Metropolitan Paul, and the Syriac Metropolitan of Aleppo, Youhanna, have been in captivity and have not been heard from.  Please pray for their well being and release and also pray for their captors as well.  To sign a petition urging the US Government and others to work for their release, go to:
  
https://www.change.org/p/president-of-the-united-states-help-release-the-kidnapped-archbishops-of-syria

Food for Thought-

“God, not being a bloodthirsty God, did not require or desire the sacrifice of his Son to himself. Nor was it an offering to ‘pay’ the devil in order to ‘buy’ man's freedom, since nothing was owed to the devil. But the empirical result of Christ's death was the destruction of sin, the destruction of him who had the power of death (the devil) and the destruction of death. The death of the sinless one and his resurrection, had these results.”

- St Gregory Nazianzus

Church Bulletin: June 4, 2017

posted Jun 5, 2017, 8:47 AM by Saint Raphael of Brooklyn Antiochian Orthodox Church

This Week's Services and Events

June 4, Sunday
        + Kneeling Vespers, 6:00PM

June 6, Tuesday
        + Free Lunch Program Volunteering, 11:30AM-1:00PM
        + Office Hours, 1:15-2:45PM
        + 9th Hour Prayers, 3:00PM

June 7, Wednesday
        + Akathist, 7:00PM

June 8, Thursday
        + Office Hours, 1:15-2:45PM

June 10, Saturday
        + Great Vespers, 5:00PM

June 11, All Saints Sunday
        + Matins, 8:45AM
        + Liturgy, 10:00AM followed by Coffee Hour 

Upcoming Events and Announcements-          

"Know the Faith" Book Study-
        All are welcome to join in on a book study focusing on "Know the Faith: A Handbook for Orthodox Christians and Inquirers" by Fr. Michael Shanbour.  We began on Saturday, June 3 and will continue on June 17 at 3:00PM.  Participants should purchase a copy of the book at the church bookstore (available soon- $20.95) and have chapter 1 read by the first class, chapter 2 by the second class, and so on.  We will meet twice a month, discussing one chapter per class until we finish all 11 chapters.  Chapter titles include: The Church, Grace, Salvation, Justification by Faith, Tradition and Scripture, Eucharist and Liturgical Worship, Confession and Repentance and more.  

Notes on Fasting-
        There is no fasting on Wednesday and Friday this week following Pentecost.  The Apostles fast begins on June 12 and goes through June 28.  


Annual Diocese of Toledo and the Midwest Parish Life Conference-
        From June 21-25, St. George Church in Cicero, Illinois, will be hosting our diocesan Parish Life Conference at the Oakbrook Marriott in Oak Brook, Illinois.  Attending this event gives one a great opportunity to meet with, learn with and worship with people from around our diocese.  To learn more, go to: http://www.antiochianevents.com/toledo.html

Calling All Medical Personnel-
        Do you work in the medical field? Have you ever wondered if you can offer your medical skills in a region of the world where access to primary care is limited? Have you heard God speak in your heart about serving Him but you really weren’t sure whether that was practical? If so, OCMC Health Care Teams need you! By participating on an OCMC health care outreach, you will treat illnesses, care for the poor and needy, offer public health training and be a witness of our Orthodox Faith. Health care providers are needed! Participate in an outreach of the local Church in Guatemala or Indonesia, and serve as a living witness of Christ, our Lord and Savior. If God is calling you, then call the OCMC today (904.829.5132 ext 141) to see how you can be part of a Health Care Outreach Team.

St. John the Baptist Church Building Project-
        St. John the Baptist in Cedar Rapids is in the final stages of planning for a facilities improvement project that will greatly improve the accessibility and functionality of the building. The ground-breaking is expected this summer. Current plans and additional details are available at: http://www.stjohncr.org/Home/building-project Please keep the project in your prayers. If you are able to help in other ways - if you are able to recommend companies to be considered for some of the work or are part of such a company, or through a financial donation - that help would also be greatly appreciated.

An Incorrupt American Saint-
        God is wondrous in His saints!  Last year, the Serbian Orthodox Church declared that Bishop Mardarije, who served the Serbian church in America in the early 20th century, is a saint.  Recently, his relics were uncovered and found to be incorrupt.  Pan-Orthodox Glorification services of Saint Mardarije of Libertyville and All-America are scheduled for July 14-16 at St. Sava Monastery in Libertyville, Illinois, which he founded.  To learn more about this important weekend for the life of the Orthodox Church in America, see the poster in the narthex.

Food for All--Kalona
        Please  continue to pray for our Orthodox-style, community-style charity work. Also ask our Lord to draw people to Himself and His Church through all our programs. Visit our website at foodforallkalona.weebly.com. For more info, email me at foodforallkalona@gmail.com.  Thanks! Amy Spencer  

Bishop Anthony's Visit Date Change-
        His Grace will now be with us the weekend of October 28-29, not October 21-22, as previously reported.  Save the dates and plan to be with our bishop. 

Next Sunday's Gospel Reading-
        The Lord said to His disciples, “Everyone who acknowledges Me before men, I also will acknowledge before my Father Who is in heaven; but whoever denies Me before men, I also will deny before My Father Who is in heaven. He who loves father or mother more than Me is not worthy of Me; and he who loves son or daughter more than Me is not worthy of Me; and he who does not take his cross and follow Me is not worthy of Me.” Then Peter said in reply, “Lo, we have left everything and followed Thee. What then shall we have?” Jesus said to them, “Truly, I say to you, in the New World, when the Son of Man shall sit on His glorious throne, you who have followed Me will also sit on twelve thrones, judging the twelve tribes of Israel. And every one who has left houses or brothers or sisters or father or mother or wife or children or lands, for My Names sake, will receive a hundred fold, and inherit eternal life. But many that are first will be last, and the last first.” (Matthew 10:32-33, 37-38; 19:27-30)
  
Pray for our Catechumens-
       Please keep our catechumens Ilya Buchkin  and Jeremiah Kaufmann in your prayers as they prepare to be sacramentally joined to the Orthodox Church.

Do You Have a Prayer Request?
        Please give it to Fr. Ignatius and he will distribute it by email to all those on the Prayer Chain. If you wish to join the Prayer Chain, please let Fr. Ignatius know. 
       
Remember Your Departed Loved Ones With Flowers-
        Would you like to memorialize your departed loved ones with a bouquet of flowers to be placed in the church on the weekend of your choice?  Look for the new Memorial sign-up sheet.  Decide what weekend you would like your loved one(s) remembered, give $25 to the church, clearly marking it for "Memorial Flowers" and your loved one(s) will be mentioned during the Great Entrance prayers and in the weekly bulletin.  If your departed loved ones are Orthodox, and you would like Trisagion Prayers for the Departed to be offered at the end of Liturgy, you can indicate that on the sign-up sheet as well.

Keep Praying for Kidnapped Orthodox Bishops in Syria-
       Since April 22, 2013, the Orthodox Metropolitan of Aleppo, Metropolitan Paul, and the Syriac Metropolitan of Aleppo, Youhanna, have been in captivity and have not been heard from.  Please pray for their well being and release and also pray for their captors as well.  To sign a petition urging the US Government and others to work for their release, go to:
  
https://www.change.org/p/president-of-the-united-states-help-release-the-kidnapped-archbishops-of-syria

Food for Thought-

For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war according to the flesh. For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds, casting down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ, and being ready to punish all disobedience when your obedience is fulfilled.

II Corinthians 10:3-6

Church Bulletin: May 28, 2017

posted May 29, 2017, 8:46 AM by Saint Raphael of Brooklyn Antiochian Orthodox Church

This Week's Services and Events

May 30, Tuesday
        + Office Hours, 1:15-2:45PM
        + 9th Hour Prayers, 3:00PM

May 31, Wednesday
        + Akathist, 7:00PM

June 1, Thursday
        + Office Hours, 1:15-2:45PM

June 3, Saturday
        + "Know the Faith" Book Study, 3:00PM
        + Great Vespers, 5:00PM

June 4, Pentecost Sunday
        + Matins, 8:45AM
        + Liturgy, 10:00AM followed by Coffee Hour 
        + Kneeling Vespers, 6:00PM

Upcoming Events and Announcements-         

Congratulations Graduates!-
        Congratulations to Natalie Deister upon graduation with a BA in English from Mount Mercy University and to Kati Toft who graduated from West High School and to Katie Valentine and Anna Baynton who both graduated from City High School.  

Thank You-
        Thank you to everyone who helped bring about our Lyra concert fundraiser, especially Matthew Arndt the coordinator for this fundraising event.  Many of you helped with advertising, providing food, hosting singers, setting up and taking down chairs, ushering, taking donations at the door and making various other arrangements.

"Know the Faith" Book Study begins on June 3-
        All are welcome to join in on a book study focusing on "Know the Faith: A Handbook for Orthodox Christians and Inquirers" by Fr. Michael Shanbour.  We will begin on Saturday, June 3 at 3:00PM.  Participants should purchase a copy of the book at the church bookstore (available soon- $20.95) and have chapter 1 read by the first class.  We will meet twice a month, discussing one chapter per class until we finish all 11 chapters.  Chapter titles include: The Church, Grace, Salvation, Justification by Faith, Tradition and Scripture, Eucharist and Liturgical Worship, Confession and Repentance and more.  


Annual Diocese of Toledo and the Midwest Parish Life Conference-
        From June 21-25, St. George Church in Cicero, Illinois, will be hosting our diocesan Parish Life Conference at the Oakbrook Marriott in Oak Brook, Illinois.  Attending this event gives one a great opportunity to meet with, learn with and worship with people from around our diocese.  To learn more, go to: http://www.antiochianevents.com/toledo.html

Calling All Medical Personnel-
        Do you work in the medical field? Have you ever wondered if you can offer your medical skills in a region of the world where access to primary care is limited? Have you heard God speak in your heart about serving Him but you really weren’t sure whether that was practical? If so, OCMC Health Care Teams need you! By participating on an OCMC health care outreach, you will treat illnesses, care for the poor and needy, offer public health training and be a witness of our Orthodox Faith. Health care providers are needed! Participate in an outreach of the local Church in Guatemala or Indonesia, and serve as a living witness of Christ, our Lord and Savior. If God is calling you, then call the OCMC today (904.829.5132 ext 141) to see how you can be part of a Health Care Outreach Team.

St. John the Baptist Church Building Project-
        St. John the Baptist in Cedar Rapids is in the final stages of planning for a facilities improvement project that will greatly improve the accessibility and functionality of the building. The ground-breaking is expected this summer. Current plans and additional details are available at: http://www.stjohncr.org/Home/building-project Please keep the project in your prayers. If you are able to help in other ways - if you are able to recommend companies to be considered for some of the work or are part of such a company, or through a financial donation - that help would also be greatly appreciated.

An Incorrupt American Saint-
        God is wondrous in His saints!  Last year, the Serbian Orthodox Church declared that Bishop Mardarije, who served the Serbian church in America in the early 20th century, is a saint.  Recently, his relics were uncovered and found to be incorrupt.  Pan-Orthodox Glorification services of Saint Mardarije of Libertyville and All-America are scheduled for July 14-16 at St. Sava Monastery in Libertyville, Illinois, which he founded.  To learn more about this important weekend for the life of the Orthodox Church in America, see the poster in the narthex.

Food for All--Kalona
        Please  continue to pray for our Orthodox-style, community-style charity work. Also ask our Lord to draw people to Himself and His Church through all our programs. Visit our website at foodforallkalona.weebly.com. For more info, email me at foodforallkalona@gmail.com.  Thanks! Amy Spencer  

Bishop Anthony's Visit Date Change-
        His Grace will now be with us the weekend of October 28-29, not October 21-22, as previously reported.  Save the dates and plan to be with our bishop. 

Next Sunday's Gospel Reading-
        On the last day of the feast, the great day, Jesus stood up and proclaimed, “If anyone thirsts, let him come to Me and drink. He who believes in Me, as the Scripture has said, ‘Out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water.’” Now this He said about the Spirit, which those who believed in Him were to receive; for as yet the Spirit had not been given, because Jesus was not yet glorified. When they heard these words, many of the people said, “This is really the prophet.” Others said, “This is the Christ.” But some said, “Is the Christ to come from Galilee? Has not the Scripture said that the Christ is descended from David, and comes from Bethlehem, the village where David was?” So there was a division among the people over Him. Some of them wanted to arrest Him, but no one laid hands on Him. The officers then went back to the chief priests and Pharisees, who said to them, “Why did you not bring Him?” The officers answered, “No man ever spoke like this man!” The Pharisees answered them, “Are you led astray, you also? Have any of the authorities or the Pharisees believed in Him? But this crowd, who do not know the Law, are accursed.”  Nicodemus, who had gone to Him before, and who was one of them, said to them, “Does our Law judge a man without first giving him a hearing and learning what he does?” They replied, “Are you from Galilee too? Search and you will see that no prophet is to rise from Galilee.” Again Jesus spoke to them, saying, “I am the light of the world; he who follows Me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.”  (John 7:37-52, 8:12)
 
Pray for our Catechumens-
       Please keep our catechumens Ilya Buchkin  and Jeremiah Kaufmann in your prayers as they prepare to be sacramentally joined to the Orthodox Church.

Do You Have a Prayer Request?
        Please give it to Fr. Ignatius and he will distribute it by email to all those on the Prayer Chain. If you wish to join the Prayer Chain, please let Fr. Ignatius know. 
       
Remember Your Departed Loved Ones With Flowers-
        Would you like to memorialize your departed loved ones with a bouquet of flowers to be placed in the church on the weekend of your choice?  Look for the new Memorial sign-up sheet.  Decide what weekend you would like your loved one(s) remembered, give $25 to the church, clearly marking it for "Memorial Flowers" and your loved one(s) will be mentioned during the Great Entrance prayers and in the weekly bulletin.  If your departed loved ones are Orthodox, and you would like Trisagion Prayers for the Departed to be offered at the end of Liturgy, you can indicate that on the sign-up sheet as well.

Keep Praying for Kidnapped Orthodox Bishops in Syria-
       Since April 22, 2013, the Orthodox Metropolitan of Aleppo, Metropolitan Paul, and the Syriac Metropolitan of Aleppo, Youhanna, have been in captivity and have not been heard from.  Please pray for their well being and release and also pray for their captors as well.  To sign a petition urging the US Government and others to work for their release, go to:
  
https://www.change.org/p/president-of-the-united-states-help-release-the-kidnapped-archbishops-of-syria

Food for Thought-

Thou hast ascended in glory, O Christ our God, and gladdened Thy Disciples with the promise of the Holy Spirit, having become confident of the blessing. Verily, Thou art the Son of God, and Deliverer of the world.

Troparion of the Ascension

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