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Church Bulletin: December 23, 2012

posted Dec 25, 2012, 7:07 PM by Saint Raphael of Brooklyn Antiochian Orthodox Church
December 23, 2012- The Sunday Before Nativity also known as Genealogy Sunday
This Week's Services and Events
Dec 24, Monday
        + Royal Hours, 9AM
        + Vesperal Liturgy, 6PM
Dec 25, Tuesday,
        + Matins, 8:30AM
        + Nativity Liturgy 10AM
Dec 29, Saturday
        + 9th Hour/Great Vespers, 6PM
Dec 30, Sunday, The Sunday after Nativity
        + Matins, 8:45AM
        + Divine Liturgy, 10AM and parish-wide potluck
        + Christmas Caroling, 7PM-8PM
Upcoming Events and Announcements
Nativity Services-
        December 24- Royal Hours, 9AM; Vesperal Liturgy, 6PM
        December 25- Matins, 8:30AM; Liturgy, 10AM
Our New Patriarch Has Been Chosen-
        On Monday, December 17, Patriarch John X, formerly the Metropolitan of Western and Central Europe, was chosen by the Holy Synod of Antioch to lead our Patriarchate. May God grant him many years! To read more about Patriarch John (Youhanna), go to:
Fr. Ignatius Will Be Travelling-
        Fr. Ignatius will be out of town from Wednesday December 26 until Saturday December 29, and leaving again on Sunday December 30 and returning on Tuesday, January 1. There will be no matins on Friday December 28 and no 3rd Hour Prayers on Tuesday, January 1. Fr. Elias Khouri will be serving matins and Liturgy on Sunday December 30. Please welcome him.
Feasting Following the Fast-
        In celebration of the Lord's Nativity, there is no fasting from December 25 through January 4. January 5 is a fasting day, in anticipation of the Feast of Theophany, January 6. Celebrate the Lord's birth with good food, good drink and family and friends!
No Sunday School on December 30 and January 6-
        Due to people's travels during the Christmas season, we will not have Sunday School on Sunday December 30. The feast of Theophany celebrating the Lord's baptism falls on a Sunday this year (January 6). Because of the longer service that we will have for this feast, there will be no Sunday School scheduled that day also.
Parish-wide Potluck on December 30-
        December 30 is the fifth Sunday of the month and as such, no particular food team is scheduled to bring food to share for coffee hour. Therefore, we invite everyone to bring food to share that Sunday. Let it be festive! There is no fasting.
Christmas Caroling-
        If you would like to participate in singing or at least listen to joyful Christmas carols at the church, you are invited to come on Sunday December 30, 7-8PM. Refreshments will be available afterward. Please save the date!
Memory Eternal-
        Bishop Anthony's father, Anthony, reposed in the Lord this past week after having fallen ill and been hospitalized. The funeral was this past Saturday in Ironwood, MI. Bishop Anthony, his sister Joanna, and brother Craig and their family appreciate all of your prayers and notes. If you would like to extend your condolences to His Grace, you may write him at: Bishop Anthony Michaels, 5315 Sorrento Blvd., Fort Wayne, IN 46845
Exhibit on St. Nicholas Now in Cedar Rapids-
        The National Czech and Slovak Museum in Cedar Rapids has an exhibit (including icons!) on St. Nicholas until January 6, 2013. For more
Russian Icon Exhibit in Mason City-
        From now until January 26, 2013, the exhibit "Windows to Heaven: Treasures from the Museum of Russian Icons" will be on display at the Charles H. MacNider Museum in Mason City, IA. For more information, go to: www.macniderart.org.
Memorial Resources for Patriarch Ignatius IV-
         To read articles, watch videos and view other material related to the life and death of Patriarch Ignatius IV, go to: http://www.antiochian.org/Patriarch_Ignatius_IV_Memorial
Let's Rethink our Holy-Jolly Christmas Songs-
Pan-Orthodox Outdoor Blessing of the Waters Service January 12-
        As we do each year near the feast of Theophany, we join with the clergy and laity of our Orthodox sister churches in Cedar Rapids (and elsewhere) for an Outdoor Blessing of the Waters service. This January, St. George Church is hosting and we will gather in Cedar Rapids on Saturday January 12 (time to be determined) to bless the waters and celebrate the feast. Please plan to participate.
2013 Liturgical Calendars Now Available-
        The 2013 liturgical calendars showing daily Scripture readings, saints of the days, feasts and fasts are now available to pick up in the narthex of church.
Church Cookbook Fundraiser-
        Thanks to all who have shown so much interest in the publication of our church cookbook. (1) If you’re on Twitter, please follow @EastWestMidwest. (2) Also email new ethnic recipes to Amy Spencer soon at eastwestmidwest@gmail.com. Americans can provide these too, such as old family recipes from Europe. (Recipes should *not* be straight out of a cookbook.) (3) If you or a friend would like to test a recipe or two (or more!), let Amy know as soon as possible at eastwestmidwest@gmail.com. It’s easy!
Introduction to Orthodoxy Classes Will Begin in January-
        Fr. Ignatius is planning on holding seven, weekly Introduction to Orthodoxy classes begining after the first of the year. We will plan a schedule that fits best with the schedules of those participating. If you are new to Orthodoxy and want to learn more, or if you have been in the faith for awhile and would like a refresher course, you are welcome to attend. Please contact Fr. Ignatius if you are interested.
House Blessing Season is Right Around the Corner-
        Fr. Ignatius will be making the rounds to your homes during the time between the Feast of Theophany (January 6) and the beginning of Lent (March 17). A sign-up sheet will be posted soon in the narthex.
Evangelism Bible Verse-
        This week's verse: "Consequently, faith comes from hearing the message, and the message is heard through the word of Christ." (Romans 10:17)
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.
Holy Bread-
        On Sunday, December 30, the holy bread will be provided by the Muste family. Thank you in advance. Anyone who would like to provide the holy bread may sign up to do so for future weeks. Please check the sign-up sheet in the narthex.
Coffee Hour-
        On Sunday December 30, the food for coffee hour and the clean-up of the fellowship hall will be provided by everyone who brings food to the parish-wide potluck.
Church Cleaning-
        During the week following Sunday December 23, the cleaning of the nave, narthex, bookstore/library, stairs, nursery and bathrooms will be provided by the St. Raphael team.
Food for Thought-
Make ready, O Bethlehem, for Eden hath been opened for all! Prepare, O Ephratha! For the Tree of Life hath blossomed forth, in the cave from the Virgin. For her womb didst appear as a spiritual paradise, in which is planted the Divine Plant. Wherefore, eating of it we shall live, and not die as Adam. Christ shall be born, raising the image that fell of old.
Troparion of the Prefeast of the Nativity of Christ