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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

Church Bulletin: May 21, 2017

posted May 21, 2017, 2:31 PM by Saint Raphael of Brooklyn Antiochian Orthodox Church

Christ is Risen!  Jīdū fùhuó le!  Kristus aq ungwektaq!

 This Week's Services and Events

May 23, Tuesday
        + Office Hours, 1:15-2:45PM
        + 9th Hour Prayers, 3:00PM

May 24, Wednesday
        + Vesperal Liturgy for Ascension, 6:00PM

May 25, Thursday
        + Office Hours, 1:15-2:45PM; Lyra Concert, 7:30PM

May 27, Saturday
        + Great Vespers, 5:00PM

May 28, Seventh Sunday of Pascha (Sunday of the Afterfeast of the Ascension)
        + Matins, 8:45AM
        + Liturgy, 10:00AM followed by Coffee Hour and Sunday School

Upcoming Events and Announcements-         

Vesperal Liturgy for Ascension-
        Please join us as we mark the Feast of the Ascension of the Lord with Vesperal Liturgy at 6:00PM on Wednesday, May 24.

Sunday School Summer Break-
        Sunday School will resume in early September.  Enjoy the summer!

Russian Vocal Ensemble Lyra Returning for Concert, May 25-
        The Russian Vocal Ensemble Lyra will be performing a concert at church at 7:30PM on Thursday, May 25.  Refreshments to follow.  Admission is free but the suggested donation is $20-$35 for adults and $10-$15 for children and seniors. Tell your friends and neighbors!  When Lyra came two years ago, we all enjoyed a wonderful concert.   This is a fundraiser for our church.

Orthodox Christian Prison Ministry Awareness Sunday-
        The Assembly of Bishops of North America has designated today as Orthodox Christian Prison Ministry Awareness Sunday.  No matter how far someone has fallen, the image of God remains in them. We should see people not as they are, but as they could become through the Holy Orthodox Faith. The Church, through OCPM, offers those in prisons and jails across our country the Life that gives meaning to all life and that Life is able to bring healing to a broken humanity.  By assisting Orthodox Christian Prison Ministry each of us is able to visit Jesus in prison. Please remember “these the least of my brethren” by assisting OCPM with this vital ministry. Learn more about what the OCPM does and how you can help, go to: www.theocpm.org  “Never confuse the person, formed in the image of God, with the evil that is in him: because evil is but a chance misfortune, an illness, a devilish reverie. But the very essence of the person is the image of God, and this remains in him despite every disfigurement” (St. John of Kronstadt). 

"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

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, Jesus lifted up His eyes to heaven and said, “Father, the hour has come; glorify Thy Son that the Son may glorify Thee, since Thou hast given Him power over all flesh, to give eternal life to all whom Thou hast given Him. And this is eternal life, that they know Thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ Whom Thou hast sent. I glorified Thee on earth, having accomplished the work which Thou gavest Me to do; and now, Father, glorify Thou Me in Thy own presence with the glory which I had with Thee before the world was made. I have manifested Thy Name to the men whom Thou gavest Me out of the world; Thine they were, and Thou gavest them to Me, and they have kept Thy word. Now they know that everything that Thou hast given Me is from Thee; for I have given them the words which Thou gavest Me, and they have received them and know in truth that I came from Thee; and they have believed that Thou didst send Me. I am praying for them; I am not praying for the world but for those whom Thou hast given Me, for they are Thine; all Mine are Thine, and Thine are Mine, and I am glorified in them. And now I am no more in the world, but they are in the world, and I am coming to Thee. Holy Father, keep them in Thy Name, which Thou hast given Me, that they may be one, even as We are one. While I was with them, I kept them in Thy Name, which Thou have given Me; I have guarded them, and none of them is lost but the son of perdition, that the scripture might be fulfilled. But now I am coming to Thee; and these things I speak in the world, that they may have My joy fulfilled in themselves.” (John 17:1-13)

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-

When we speak of the wife obeying the husband, we normally think of obedience in military or political terms: the husband giving orders, and the wife obeying them. But while this type of obedience may be appropriate in the army, it is ridiculous in the intimate relationship of marriage. The obedient wife does not wait for orders. Rather, she tries to discern her husband’s needs and feelings, and responds in love. When she sees her husband is weary, she encourages him to rest; when she sees him agitated, she soothes him; when he is ill, she nurses and comforts him; when he is happy and elated, she shares his joy. Yet such obedience should not be confined to the wife; the husband should be obedient in the same way. When she is weary, he should relieve her of her work; when she is sad, he should cherish her, holding her gently in his arms; when she is filled with good cheer, he should also share her good cheer. Thus a good marriage is not a matter of one partner obeying the other, but of both partners obeying each other.

-St John Chrysostom

Church Bulletin: May 14, 2017

posted May 15, 2017, 7:43 AM by Saint Raphael of Brooklyn Antiochian Orthodox Church

Christ is Risen!  Christu uyirthezhunnettu! Krishti u ngjall!

 This Week's Services and Events

May 16, Tuesday
        + Office Hours, 1:15-2:45PM
        + 9th Hour Prayers, 3:00PM
        + Vespers in Kalona, 7:00PM

May 17, Wednesday
        + Akathist, 7:00PM

May 18, Thursday
        + Office Hours, 1:15-2:45PM

May 20, Saturday
        + Meeting with architect, 1:00PM
        + Parish Council meeting, 3:00PM
        + Great Vespers, 5:00PM

May 21, Sixth Sunday of Pascha (Sunday of the Blind Man)
        + Matins, 8:45AM
        + Liturgy, 10:00AM followed by Coffee Hour and Sunday School

Upcoming Events and Announcements-         

Happy Mother's Day!-
        To all mothers and godmothers.  May God grant you many years!

Congratulations!-

       Congratulations to parents Iulian and Alina Vamanu and big brother Oliver on the baptism of Emilia yesterday.  Her godparents are Robert Peterson and Lori Branch.  May God grant her many years!


Sunday School Summer Break-
        Next Sunday, May 21, will be the final day for Sunday School until we resume in early September.

News From Fr. Ioasaph-
        Many of you know Fr. Ioasaph, the monk who had visited our church multiple times over the last few years.  He has recently moved to Kodiak, Alaska where he has been accepted as a hieromonk (priestmonk) by Bishop David, the bishop of Alaska for the OCA.  Axios!

Russian Vocal Ensemble Lyra Returning for Concert, May 25-
        The Russian Vocal Ensemble Lyra will be performing a concert at church at 7:30PM on Thursday, May 25.  Refreshments to follow.  Admission is free but the suggested donation is $20-$35 for adults and $10-$15 for children and seniors. Tell your friends and neighbors!  When Lyra came two years ago, we all enjoyed a wonderful concert.   This is a fundraiser for our church.

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

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, when Jesus was passing, He saw a man blind from his birth. And His Disciples asked Him, “Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind?” Jesus answered, “It was not that this man sinned, or his parents, but that the works of God might be made manifest in him. I must work the works of Him Who sent me, while it is day; night comes, when no one can work. As long as I am in the world, I am the light of the world.” As He said this, he spat on the ground and made clay of the spittle and anointed the man’s eyes with the clay, saying to him, “Go, wash in the pool of Siloam” [which means Sent]. So he went and washed and came back seeing. The neighbors and those who had seen him before as a beggar, said, “Is not this the man who used to sit and beg?” Some said, “It is he”; others said, “No, but he is like him.” He said, “I am the man.” They said to him, “Then how were your eyes opened?” He answered, “The man called Jesus made clay and anointed my eyes and said to me, ‘Go to Siloam and wash’; so I went and washed and received my sight.” They said to him, “Where is He?” He said, “I do not know.” They brought to the Pharisees the man who had formerly been blind. Now it was a Sabbath day when Jesus made the clay and opened his eyes. The Pharisees again asked him how he had received his sight. And he said to them, “He put clay on my eyes, and I washed, and I see.” Some of the Pharisees said, “This man is not from God, for He does not keep the Sabbath.” But others said, “How can a man who is a sinner do such signs?” There was a division among them. So they again said to the blind man, “What do you say about Him, since He has opened your eyes?” He said, “He is a prophet.” The Jews did not believe that he had been blind and had received his sight, until they called the parents of the man who had received his sight, and asked them, “Is this your son, who you say was born blind? How then does he now see?” His parents answered, “We know that this is our son, and that he was born blind; but how he now sees we do not know, nor do we know who opened his eyes. Ask him; he is of age, he will speak for himself.” His parents said this because they feared the Jews, for the Jews had already agreed that if anyone should confess Him to be Christ, he was to be put out of the synagogue. Therefore his parents said, “He is of age, ask him.” So for the second time they called the man who had been blind, and said to him, “Give God the praise; we know that this man is a sinner.” He answered, “Whether He is a sinner, I do not know; one thing I know, that though I was blind, now I see.” They said to him, “What did He do to you? How did He open your eyes?” He answered them, “I have told you already, and you would not listen. Why do you want to hear it again? Do you too want to become His disciples?” And they reviled him, saying, “You are His disciple, but we are disciples of Moses. We know that God has spoken to Moses, but as for this man, we do not know where He comes from.” The man answered, “Why, this is a marvel! You do not know where He comes from, and yet He opened my eyes. We know that God does not listen to sinners, but if anyone is a worshiper of God and does His will, God listens to him. Never since the world began has it been heard that anyone opened the eyes of a man born blind. If this man were not from God, He could do nothing.” They answered him, “You were born in utter sin, and would you teach us?” And they cast him out. Jesus heard that they had cast him out, and having found him He said, “Do you believe in the Son of God?” He answered, “And Who is He, Sir, that I may believe in Him?” Jesus said to him, “You have seen Him, and it is He who speaks to you.” He said, “Lord, I believe”; and he worshiped Him.   (John 9:1-38)

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-

"Don’t pressure your children. In your prayers say the things that you want to tell them. Children don’t listen through their ears, but only when divine grace comes to enlighten them do they listen to the things we want to tell them. When you want to say something to your children, tell it to the Panagia [the Virgin Mary] and she will bring it to pass. This prayer of yours will be like a spiritual caress which embraces your children and will grab their attention. Sometimes we try to caress them and they react against it, but they never react against the spiritual caress."

- Saint Porphyrios the Kapsokalyvite, +1991



Church Bulletin: May 7, 2017

posted May 8, 2017, 7:03 AM by Saint Raphael of Brooklyn Antiochian Orthodox Church

Christ is Risen!  Tha Crìosd air èiridh!  Christos tensiou!

 This Week's Services and Events

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

May 13, Saturday
        + Holy Baptism of Emelia Vamanu, 11:00AM
        + Great Vespers, 5:00PM

May 14, Fifth Sunday of Pascha (Sunday of the Samaritan Woman)
        + Matins, 8:45AM
        + Liturgy, 10:00AM followed by Coffee Hour and Sunday School

Upcoming Events and Announcements-         

Father Will Be Out of Town-
        Fr. Ignatius will be travelling to Madison, Wisconsin to attend a deanery meeting and will be gone from Wednesday afternoon, May 10, through Friday afternoon, May 12.  He will not be holding office hours on Thursday, May 11.  There will be no akathist service on Wednesday evening.

Russian Vocal Ensemble Lyra Returning for Concert, May 25-
        The Russian Vocal Ensemble Lyra will be performing a concert at church at 7:30PM on Thursday, May 25.  Refreshments to follow.  Admission is free but the suggested donation is $20-$35 for adults and $10-$15 for children and seniors. Tell your friends and neighbors!  When Lyra came two years ago, we all enjoyed a wonderful concert.   This is a fundraiser for our church.

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

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 Next Visit-
        His Grace will be with us the weekend of October 21-22.  Save the dates and plan to be with our bishop. 

Next Sunday's Gospel Reading-
        At that time, Jesus came to a city of Samaria, called Sychar, near the field that Jacob gave to his son Joseph. Jacob’s well was there, and so Jesus, wearied as He was with his journey, sat down beside the well. It was about the sixth hour. There came a woman of Samaria to draw water. Jesus said to her, “Give Me a drink.” For His Disciples had gone away into the city to buy food. The Samaritan woman said to Him, “How is it that Thou, a Jew, ask a drink of me, a woman of Samaria?” For Jews have no dealings with Samaritans. Jesus answered her, “If you knew the gift of God, and Who it is that is saying to you, ‘Give Me a drink,’ you would have asked Him, and He would have given you living water.” The woman said to Him, “Sir, Thou hast nothing to draw with, and the well is deep; where do you get that living water? Art Thou greater than our father Jacob, who gave us the well, and drank from it himself, and his sons, and his cattle?” Jesus said to her, “Everyone who drinks of this water will thirst again, but whoever drinks of the water that I shall give him will never thirst forever; the water that I shall give him will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life.” The woman said to Him, “Sir, give me this water, that I may not thirst, nor come here to draw.” Jesus said to her, “Go, call your husband, and come here.” The woman answered Him, “I have no husband.” Jesus said to her, “You are right in saying, ‘I have no husband’; for you have had five husbands, and he whom you now have is not your husband; this you said truly.” The woman said to Him, “Sir, I perceive that Thou art a prophet. Our fathers worshiped on this mountain; and Thou sayest that in Jerusalem is the place where men ought to worship.” Jesus said to her, “Woman, believe Me, the hour is coming when neither on this mountain nor in Jerusalem will you worship the Father. You worship what you do not know; we worship what we know, for salvation is from the Jews. But the hour is coming, and now is, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth, for such the Father seeks to worship Him. God is spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth.” The woman said to Him, “I know that Messiah is coming [He Who is called Christ]; when He comes, He will tell us all things.” Jesus said to her, “I Who speak to you am He.” Just then His Disciples came. They marveled that He was talking with a woman, but none said, “What dost Thou wish?” or, “Why art Thou talking with her?” So the woman left her water jar, and went away into the city, and said to the people, “Come, see a man Who told me all that I ever did. Can this be the Christ?” They went out of the city and were coming to Him. Meanwhile the Disciples besought Him, saying, “Rabbi, eat.” But He said to them, “I have food to eat of which you do not know.” So the Disciples said to one another, “Has anyone brought Him food?” Jesus said to them, “My food is to do the will of Him Who sent Me, and to accomplish His work. Do you not say, ‘There are yet four months, then comes the harvest’? I tell you, lift up your eyes, and see how the fields are already white for harvest. He who reaps receives wages, and gathers fruit for eternal life, so that sower and reaper may rejoice together. For here the saying holds true, ‘One sows and another reaps.’ I sent you to reap that for which you did not labor; others have labored, and you have entered into their labor.” Many Samaritans from that city believed in Him because of the woman’s testimony, “He said to me all that I ever did.” So when the Samaritans came to Him, they asked Him to stay with them; and He stayed there two days. And many more believed because of His words. They said to the woman, “It is no longer because of your words that we believe, for we have heard for ourselves, and we know that this is indeed the Savior of the world.”  (John 4:5-42)

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-

There have been approximately 727,264 days since Christ rose from the dead. God is still in charge. One day at a time. Our God reigns.  Another way of calculating this is to say that there has only been One day ever since, that same day. This (This!) is the Day the Lord has made.

Sing to the LORD, bless His name; Proclaim the good news of His salvation from day to da

y.



- Fr. Stephen Freeman

Church Bulletin: April 30, 2017

posted May 1, 2017, 6:28 AM by Saint Raphael of Brooklyn Antiochian Orthodox Church

April 30, 2017- 3rd Sunday of Pascha (Myrrhbearers Sunday)

Christ is Risen!  Khristos Voskrese!  Christus Resurrexit!

 This Week's Services and Events

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

May 3, Wednesday
        + Akathist, 7:00PM

May 4, Thursday
        + Office Hours, 1:15PM-2:45PM
        + OCF Dinner, 6:30PM

May 6, Saturday
        + Becoming Truly Human Film screening, 2:30PM
        + Great Vespers, 5:00PM

May 7, Fourth Sunday of Pascha (Sunday of the Paralytic)
        + Matins, 8:45AM
        + Liturgy, 10:00AM followed by Coffee Hour and Sunday School

Upcoming Events and Announcements-         

May/June Calendars Available-
        The calendars showing services and other events for May and June are printed and available in the narthex.

No Fasting During Paschal Season-
        According to Antiochian custom, there is no fasting on Wednesdays and Fridays during the Paschal Season, which lasts until Ascension, May 25.  Enjoy!

Bring Your Food For Hungry People Boxes Back--
        As soon as possible, please bring your collection boxes back so that we can consolidate the funds and send them where they need to go.

Becoming Truly Human Film Screening-
        Plan to come to church at 2:30PM on Saturday, May 6 for a screening of the new Becoming Truly Human film.  It is approximately 90 minutes long.  Following the film and before vespers at 5:00PM, we will have a short discussion about it and future plans to implement the revamped Becoming Truly Human program.  If anyone has a TV larger than 27", that they can bring in for us to use on that day, please contact Fr. Ignatius.

Russian Vocal Ensemble Lyra Returning for Concert, May 25-
        The Russian Vocal Ensemble Lyra will be performing a concert at church at 7:30PM on Thursday, May 25.  Refreshments to follow.  Admission is free but the suggested donation is $20-$35 for adults and $10-$15 for children and seniors. Tell your friends and neighbors!  When Lyra came two years ago, we all enjoyed a wonderful concert.   This is a fundraiser for our church.

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

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 Next Visit-
        His Grace will be with us the weekend of October 21-22.  Save the dates and plan to be with our bishop. 

Next Sunday's Gospel Reading-
        At that time, Jesus went up to Jerusalem. Now there is in Jerusalem by the Sheep Gate a pool, in Hebrew called Bethsaida, which has five porticoes. In these lay a multitude of invalids, blind, lame, paralyzed, waiting for the moving of the water. For an angel of the Lord went down at certain seasons into the pool and troubled the water; whoever stepped in first, after the troubling of the water was healed of whatever disease he had. One man was there, who had been ill for 38 years. When Jesus saw him and knew that he had been lying there a long time, He said to him, “Do you want to be healed?” The sick man answered Him, “Sir, I have no man to put me into the pool when the water is troubled, and while I am going another steps down before me.” Jesus said to him, “Rise, take up your pallet, and walk.” And at once the man was healed, and he took up his pallet and walked. Now that day was the Sabbath. So the Jews said to the man who was cured, “It is the Sabbath, it is not lawful for you to carry your pallet.” But he answered them, “The man who healed me said to me, ‘Take up your pallet, and walk.’” They asked him, “Who is the man who said to you, ‘Take up your pallet, and walk’?” Now the man who had been healed did not know who it was, for Jesus had withdrawn, as there was a crowd in the place. Afterward, Jesus found him in the temple, and said to him, “See, you are well! Sin no more, that nothing worse befalls you.” The man went away and told the Jews that it was Jesus Who had healed him.  (John 5:1-15)

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-

"Humanity sentenced God to death; by his Resurrection, God sentenced humanity to immortality. In return for a beating, he gives an embrace; for abuse, a blessing; for death, immortality. Humans never showed so much hate for God as when we crucified him; and God never showed more love for humanity than when he arose. Humanity even wanted to reduce God to a mortal, but God by his Resurrection made man immortal. The crucified God is risen and has killed death. Death is no more. Immortality has surrounded humanity and all the world."

—St. Justin Popovich

Church Bulletin: April 23, 2017

posted Apr 24, 2017, 5:34 AM by Saint Raphael of Brooklyn Antiochian Orthodox Church

April 23, 2017- 2nd Sunday of Pascha (Thomas Sunday)

Christ is Risen!  Hristos a inviat!  Kriste Agsdga!

 This Week's Services and Events

April 25, Tuesday
        + Office Hours, 1:15-2:45PM
        + 9th Hour Prayers, 3:00PM

April 26, Wednesday
        + Akathist, 7:00PM

April 27, Thursday
        + Office Hours, 1:15-2:45PM
        + OCF Compline, 7:00PM

April 29, Saturday
        + Great Vespers, 5:00PM

April 30, Third Sunday of Pascha (Myrrhbearers Sunday)
        + Matins, 8:45AM
        + Liturgy, 10:00AM followed by Coffee Hour and Sunday School

Upcoming Events and Announcements-         

Camper Fundraiser Coffee Hour Next Sunday-
        On Sunday, April 30, those who are planning on attending Camp St. George, our diocesan camp, this summer, will be preparing and presenting our coffee hour food.  Donations will be accepted to help off set tuition costs for camp.  Please support our campers!

No Fasting During Paschal Season-
        According to Antiochian custom, there is no fasting on Wednesdays and Fridays during the Paschal Season, which lasts until Ascension, May 25.  Enjoy!

Bring Your Food For Hungry People Boxes Back--
        As soon as possible, please bring your collection boxes back so that we can consolidate the funds and send them where they need to go.

Becoming Truly Human Film Screening-
        Plan to come to church at 2:30PM on Saturday, May 6 for a screening of the new Becoming Truly Human film.  It is approximately 90 minutes long.  Following the film and before vespers at 5:00PM, we will have a short discussion about it and future plans to implement the revamped Becoming Truly Human program.  If anyone has a TV larger than 27", that they can bring in for us to use on that day, please contact Fr. Ignatius.

Russian Vocal Ensemble Lyra Returning for Concert, May 25-
        The Russian Vocal Ensemble Lyra will be performing a concert at church at 7:30PM on Thursday, May 25.  Ticket information will be publicized soon.  Tell your friends and neighbors!  When they came two years ago, we all enjoyed a wonderful concert.

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 Next Visit-
        His Grace will be with us the weekend of October 21-22.  Save the dates and plan to be with our bishop. 

Next Sunday's Gospel Reading-
        At that time, Joseph of Arimathea, a respected member of the council, who was also himself looking for the Kingdom of God, took courage and went to Pilate, and asked for the body of Jesus. And Pilate wondered if He were already dead; and summoning the centurion, he asked him whether Jesus was already dead. And when he learned from the centurion that He was dead, he granted the body to Joseph. And he bought a linen shroud, and taking Him down, wrapped Him in the linen shroud, and laid Him in a tomb, which had been hewn out of the rock; and he rolled a stone against the door of the tomb. Mary Magdalene and Mary the mother of Joses saw where He was laid. And when the Sabbath was passed, Mary Magdalene, Mary the mother of James, and Salome, bought spices so that they might go and anoint Him. And very early on the first day of the week they went to the tomb when the sun had risen. And they were saying to one another, “Who will roll away the stone for us from the door of the tomb?” And looking up, they saw that the stone was rolled back— it was very large. And entering the tomb, they saw a young man sitting on the right side, dressed in a white robe; and they were amazed. And he said to them, “Do not be amazed; you seek Jesus of Nazareth, Who was crucified. He has risen, He is not here; see the place where they laid Him. But go, tell His Disciples and Peter that He is going before you to Galilee; there you will see Him, as He told you.” And they went out and fled from the tomb; for trembling and astonishment had come upon them; and they said nothing to anyone, for they were afraid.  (Mark 15:43-16:8)

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.

Food for Thought-

God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that, while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.

Romans 5:8

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