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Church Bulletin: August 18, 2013

posted Aug 19, 2013, 12:31 PM by Saint Raphael of Brooklyn Antiochian Orthodox Church
August 18, 2013- Sunday after the Dormition
This Week's Services and Events

August 19, Monday
       + 3rd Hour Prayers, 9AM
       + Office Hours, 9:30AM-11:30AM
       + Teen SOYO Movie Night and Dinner, 6:30PM

August 20, Tuesday
       + Parish Council meeting, 7PM
August 21, Wednesday
        + Akathist, 7PM

Aug 23, Friday
        + Matins, 8:30AM

Aug 24, Saturday
        + 9th Hour/Great Vespers, 6PM
Aug 25, 9th Sunday after Pentecost
        + Matins, 8:45AM
        + Liturgy, 10AM, followed by Blessing of Students and Fellowship Hour
Upcoming Events and Announcements

Annual Blessing of the Students Next Sunday-
       Fr. Ignatius will pray for and bless and anoint all students (K-grad school!) following Liturgy next Sunday, August 25.  

Do You Want to Read Through the Whole Bible in One Year?-
       If you have an Orthodox Study Bible and would like to have an organized plan to read through the entire Bible in one year starting September 1, see Fr. Ignatius and he will give you a copy of the reading schedule.  For the average reader, using this plan will mean committing to reading the Bible for about 20-30 minutes a day for the whole year, September 1-August 31.
Teen SOYO Movie Night-
       Our teens will gather for dinner and a movie at 6:30PM on Monday, August 19.

August Parish Council Meeting-
       Our August 2013 Parish Council meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, August 20 at 7PM.

Vesperal Liturgy for the Beheading of the Forerunner-
       We will commemorate the solemn event of the beheading of the Prophet, Forerunner and Baptist John with a Vesperal Liturgy on Wednesday August 28 at 6PM.

Sunday School Kick-off Picnic and Beginning of School Year-
       We will have a kick-off celebration for our Sunday School program from 12PM-2PM on Saturday, September 7.  Sunday School for students pre-K through high school will begin after Liturgy on Sunday, September 8.  Please get your enrollment forms to Alli Rockwell as soon as possible.  The Sunday School program is in need of more helpers.  Please consider lending your time to make our Sunday School program even better than it was last year.  Speak with Lori Branch if you are interested in helping.

New Healing Service-
       Among the sacraments of our Church, one that is sometimes overlooked is Holy Unction, the anointing with oil for the healing of both soul and body.  Although this sacrament is available to any Orthodox Christian anytime, as needed, most of us are probably only familiar with experiencing it during Holy Week, when there is a special anointing service on Holy Wednesday.  In an attempt to make this sacrament more accessible and understood, Fr. Ignatius will be offering Holy Unction a few more times a year.  Beginning in September, and taking place every other month (outside of Lent,) on the 2nd Wednesday of the month we will  sing the Paraklesis service to the Theotokos, itself a service of healing and consolation, and conclude with an opportunity for anointing with oil.  We will hold this service on September 11, November 13, January 8, etc. The Scriptural basis for the sacrament is very clear: "Is anyone among you sick?  Let him call for the elders (presbyters) of the church, and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord.  And the prayer of faith will save the sick, and the Lord will raise him up.  And if he has committed sins, he will be forgiven." (James 5:14-15)  This sacrament is for physical healing and also spiritual healing, the forgiveness of sins.  Let us avail ourselves of these gifts that God has given us through His Church.

Olive Oil Donations Accepted-
       A very practical way to help the church is to donate olive oil, which we use in our oil lamps which sit on the altar and hang in front of the icons.  Regular grade (non-virgin) oil works best (and is less expensive!)  

Good Advice-
       From Fr. Stephen Freeman's blog, Glory to God For All Things (thanks to Andrew Ackell for pointing this out)-
1. Use fewer words – be silent if possible. (Eccles. 3:3)
2. Only speak the truth, though it is not necessary to be unkind. (Eph. 4:15)
3. Resist the effort to defend yourself. (Matt. 10:19)
4. It is not important to be right. (Proverbs 26:21)
5. Do not argue. Your effect on someone else’s ego will come to nothing. (Hos. 4:4)
6. Tell your anxieties that everything will be ok. (Phil. 4:6)
7. Don’t be in a hurry to speak. Let someone else finish their thought. (Proverbs 29:20)

Resolutions Which Were Passed at Recent Antiochian Archdiocese Convention-
       To read the various resolutions which were passed at last month's Antiochian Archdiocese Convention, including resolutions on the civil war in Syria, the canonical dispute in Qatar between the Patriarchate of Antioch and the Patriarchate of Jerusalem, and a reaction to the recent US Supreme Court decision to strike down part of DOMA, go to: http://www.antiochian.org/resolutions-2013-general-assembly

Words of Encouragement from Metropolitan Philip-
       As reported in his bi-monthly newsletter, Fr. Patrick Kinder, pastor of St. Ignatius Orthodox Church in Madison, WI, wrote,"On Monday evening July 22, 2013, His Eminence Metropolitan PHILIP met with Archdiocesan and Diocesan SOYO leaders during their summer leadership training at the Antiochian National Convention in Houston. His visit once again showed how much he cares for his teens as a most loving father-in-Christ. 
 After expressing his deep love and his pride over the dedication and hard work of these teens as leaders amongst their peers, he shared his sincere empathy and encouragement over the cultural challenges facing Christians – especially Christian youth – in today’s world. 
In particular Saidna brought to their attention the recent “unfortunate” Supreme Court decision declaring the unconstitutionality of the Defense of Marriage Act, leading the way to further legal recognition of same-sex marriage. One of the teens asked Saidna how we can make a difference, how are we to face the open and subtle persecution from militant supporters of such immoral laws? Saidna’s answer was inspiring and clear: “We have the Bible and we have the Church. Just because a government declares something ‘legal’ doesn’t mean it is right. Live boldly, and when necessary speak boldly. We must and always will stand for morality. The times in which we live may at times seem dark, but this is not new and we are not alone in the history of darkness. We have the pure Church of early Christianity and the witness of faithful martyrs who refused to bow to any immoral decree of Caesar.” Saidna continued, “St. Peter told us that we are all priests. And we as priests, each one of us, are called to be lights to the world AND to bring the world to God.” 
One could hear a pin drop as the youth sat transfixed, listening to their beloved father-in-Christ speak to them not as children but as young men and women, as Christians equal in the priesthood of believers fighting for what is true."

Would You Like to Help With Sunday School This Year?-
       Sunday School will start up again in early September.  Since we are blessed with many children in our parish, the Sunday School teachers rely on others to help out.  These helpers act as assistants to the teachers and occasionally may be asked to step in and teach a lesson if a teacher is absent.  If you are interested in working with our Sunday School program this year, please talk with Lori Branch.

Words from Pope Francis on the Orthodox Liturgy-
       While being interviewed recently by a Russian journalist, Pope Francis, head of the Roman Catholic Church had this to say: "In the Orthodox Churches they have kept that pristine liturgy, so beautiful. We have lost a bit the sense of adoration. They keep, they praise God, they adore God, they sing, time doesn’t count.  God is the center and this is a richness.... Consumerism, wellbeing, have done us so much harm. Instead  you keep this beauty of God at the center, the reference.  When one reads Dostoyevsky – I believe that for us all he must be an author to read and reread, because he has wisdom – one perceives what the Russian spirit is, the Eastern spirit. It’s something that will do us so much good. We are in need of this renewal, of this fresh air of the East, of this light of the East. John Paul II wrote it in his Letter. But so many times the luxus of the West makes us lose the horizon. I don’t know, it came to me to say this. Thank you."

Orthodox Women in the Healing Ministries Annual Retreat-
       The group Orthodox Women in the Healing Ministries will hold their annual retreat at Holy Dormition Monastery in Rives Junction, MI on October 4-6.  Dr. Gayle Woloschack will be leading several talks on Science and Faith: the Beginning of Life.  For more information, go to: http://owhm.org/schedule1.html

An Opportunity to Serve, Be a Greeter-
       Based on responses from the parish survey from a few months ago, the Parish Council has recognized a need to have greeters on duty at church on Sunday mornings.  The greeter's main responsibility will be to make newcomers feel welcome by warmly greeting them, asking them to sign our guestbook and/or newcomer information card, making sure they know bathrooms and coatroom are downstairs and ushering them into the nave of the church.   If you are interested in signing up to be a greeter for a Sunday, there is a sign-up sheet on the bulletin board just outside of the bookstore.  On the sheet, is a complete job description for this important position.  If you want our church to be more welcoming to visitors, consider volunteering as a greeter.
Keep Praying for Kidnapped Orthodox Bishops in Syria-
       Since April 22, the Orthodox Metropolitan of Aleppo, Metropolitan Paul, and the Syriac Metropolitan of Aleppo, Youhanna, have been in captivity and not heard from.  Please pray for their well being and release and also pray for their captors as well. 
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.
Coffee Hour-
        On Sunday August 25, the food for coffee hour and the clean-up of the fellowship hall will be provided by the St. John the Baptist team.
Church Cleaning-
        During the week of August 18-24, the cleaning of the nave, narthex, bookstore, stairs, nursery and bathrooms will be accomplished by the St. Nicholas team. 

Holy Bread-
       On Sunday, August 25, the Van Dinter family will provide the holy bread.  Thank you in advance.

Food for Thought-

Concepts create idols; only wonder grasps anything.

St. Gregory of Nyssa