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Church Bulletin: December 4, 2016

posted Dec 5, 2016, 5:55 AM by Saint Raphael of Brooklyn Antiochian Orthodox Church
December 4, 2016- Great-martyr Barbara

 This Week's Services and Events

December 5, Monday
        + Vesperal Liturgy for St. Nicholas, 6:00PM

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

December 7, Wednesday
        + Nativity Paraklesis, 7:00PM
        + Bible Study- The Names of Jesus, 8:00PM

December 8, Thursday
        + Office Hours, 1:15-2:45PM
        + OCF Compline ans Study Break at IMU, 7:00PM

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

December 11, Sunday of the Ancestors of Christ
        + Matins, 8:45AM
        + Divine Liturgy, 10:00AM followed by Sunday School, Coffee Hour

Upcoming Events and Announcements-       

Wednesday Evening Bible Study-
        On November December 7, 14,  & 21 we will continue with a Bible study on the Names of Jesus at 8:00PM, following Nativity Paraklesis which begins at 7:00PM. Over these four sessions, we will study and discuss some of the various names and titles for Jesus that are all throughout the Scriptures.  Come and participate.  Bring your Bible. Let's learn together!

Annual Voters' Meeting Results-
        Bill Spencer was appointed to the Parish Council and a budget was approved.  Thank you to all who participated.  

Liturgies for St. Nicholas and St. Ignatius-
        We will commemorate St. Nicholas of Myra with a Vesperal Liturgy on Monday, December 5 at 6:00PM and St. Ignatius of Antioch with a Vesperal Liturgy on Monday, December 19 at 6:00PM.  

Christmas is Coming!
        If you want to donate poinsettia plants to decorate the church, purchase them on your own and bring them the weekend of December 17-18.  Christmas falls on a Sunday this year.  We will have Christmas Eve vespers at 5:00PM on Saturday, December 24 and Christmas day matins and liturgy at 8:30AM and 10:00AM on Sunday, December 25.  Bring your friends and family!

2017 Annual Calendars Are Here-
        The Church provides free calendars showing the daily saints and Scripture readings, plus the major feasts and fasting times of the church year.  The 2017 version is here and available for you to take.  Take one or take a couple, as many as you will use.  

Please Return Annual Pledge Forms ASAP-
        It's not too late!  We need everyone's support.  Talk to our treasurer Becky, if you have any questions. 

Honor Bishop Anthony for His Birthday and Name day-
        Bishop Anthony celebrates both his birthday and name day on January 17.  One of the efforts he has organized in our diocese is the creation of a speaker's fund, so that he can invite in speakers that will benefit the churches and people in his diocese.  The Midwest Antiochian Women's organization is once again heading up an effort to collect donations that will go to this fund with the intent that the funds be collected by January 6, so that special birthday and name day greetings can be sent from each donor to the bishop in time for January 17.  Cards with this information on them are available in the narthex, if you would like to participate.  

Thank You For Sponsoring Naser-
        If you have agreed to sponsor Naser, our child in Ethiopia, Becky says you can go ahead and send in the $38 to church now if you would like.

Nativity Fast-
       We are preparing for the coming of our Lord at His Nativity with the forty day Nativity Fast, November 15-December 24.  During this time, we pray the Nativity Paraklesis service on Wednesday evenings at 7:00PM.  Take some extra time out of the upcoming busy season to pray, repent, and thank God for all He has done for you.  If you have any questions about how we fast, ask Fr. Ignatius.

Food for All - Kalona
        Please continue to pray for our Orthodox-style, community-style charity work. Our Sunday Supper and Movie Nights are happening twice monthly until summer. Also, we hope to restart Kalona Vespers in the new year. Also please 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

Save the Dates!-
        We will host Anthony Bashir and Richard Robbat again for the second and final round of their leadership development training on February 17-18.  Like last time, it will be a Friday evening and Saturday morning and afternoon schedule.  If you participated last time, please plan to be involved again.  But even if you didn't participate last time, we welcome you and encourage you to get involved.  

A Possible Christmas Present-
        New Release!  Beautiful hymns sung by our Orthodox Christian teens from our archdiocese.  A CD titled "Grace Shining Forth" has been recently recorded and is available for purchase.  It features 14 tracks of sacred music in both Byzantine and Russian style.  It can be purchased at https://teensoyo.org/shop

Orthodox Christian Fellowship-
        OCF will meet most Thursday evenings during the school year,  with dinner at 6:30PM on the 1st and 3rd Thursdays of each month, and compline at 7:00PM on the 2nd and 4th Thursdays of the month.

Next Sunday's Gospel Reading-
        The Lord spoke this parable: “A man once gave a great banquet, and invited many; and at the time for the banquet he sent his servant to say to those who had been invited, ‘Come; for all is now ready.’ But, one by one, they all began to make excuses. The first said to him, ‘I have bought a field, and I must go out and see it; I pray you, have me excused.’ And another said, ‘I have bought five yoke of oxen, and I go to examine them; I pray you, have me excused.’ And another said, ‘I have married a wife, and therefore I cannot come.’ So the servant came and reported this to his master. Then the householder in anger said to his servant, ‘Go out quickly to the streets and lanes of the city, and bring in the poor and maimed and blind and lame.’ And the servant said, ‘Sir, what you commanded has been done, and still there is room.’ And the master said to the servant, ‘Go out to the highways and hedges, and compel people to come in, that my house may be filled. For I tell you, none of those men who were invited shall taste my banquet.’ For many are called, but few are chosen.”  (Luke 14:16-24)

Pray for our Catechumens-
       Please keep our catechumens Anna Baynton and Ilya Buchkin 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-

A most glorious mystery is accomplished today: nature is renewed, and God becomes Man.  What He was, He has remained; and what He was not, He has taken on Himself without suffering commingling or division.

- St. John of Damascus