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Church Bulletin: December 30, 2012

posted Dec 29, 2012, 12:49 PM by Saint Raphael of Brooklyn Antiochian Orthodox Church
December 30, 2012- The Sunday After Nativity
This Week's Services and Events
Jan 2, Wednesday
        + Akathist, 7PM
Jan 4, Friday
        + Royal Hours for Theophany, 9AM
Jan 5, Saturday
        + 9th Hour/Great Vespers, 6PM
Jan 6, Sunday, The Theophany of the Lord
        + Matins, 8:45AM
        + Divine Liturgy and Blessing of the Waters, 10AM, followed by coffee hour
Upcoming Events and Announcements
Patriarch John's Nativity Letter-
        To read Patriarch John X's Nativity letter, go to: http://www.antiochian.org/sites/antiochian.org/files/pastoralletter_nativity-eng.pdf
Fr. Ignatius Will Be Travelling-
        Fr. Ignatius will be out of town on Sunday December 30 and returning on Tuesday, January 1. There will be no 3rd Hour Prayers on Tuesday, January 1. Thank you to Fr. Elias for serving matins and liturgy today.
Theophany is Sunday, January 6-
        This year, the Feast of Theophany, on which we celebrate the Lord's baptism, falls on a Sunday. At the end of Liturgy, we will have a Blessing of the Water service. Water will be blessed to become holy water. If you have holy water bottles that you would like to have filled, bring them to church. Other bottles will be available for you to use and take home.
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!
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 at 3:30PM to bless the waters and celebrate the feast. Please plan to participate. Following the Blessing service, we are invited to vepsers at St. George Church at 5PM.
St. Raphael January/February Calendars Available-
        The church calendars showing services and events for January and February 2013 are printed and now available in the narthex.
No Sunday School on 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.
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.
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: "For he says, 'In the time of my favor I heard you, and in the day of salvation I helped you.' I tell you, now is the time of God's favor, now is the day of salvation.'" (II Corinthians 6:2)
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 January 6, the food for coffee hour and the clean-up of the fellowship hall will be provided by the St. Nicholas team.
Food for Thought-
The body of the Word, then, being a real human body, in spite of its having been uniquely formed from a virgin, was of itself mortal and, like other bodies, liable to death. But the indwelling of the Word loosed it from this natural liability, so that corruption could not touch it. Thus is happened that two opposite marvels took place at once: the death of all was consummated in the Lord's body; yet, because the Word was in it, death and corruption were in the same act utterly abolished.

― St. Athanasius of Alexandria, On the Incarnation