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Church Bulletin: December 9, 2012

posted Dec 10, 2012, 10:37 AM by Saint Raphael of Brooklyn Antiochian Orthodox Church
December 9, 2012- The Conception of the Holy Theotokos by Righteous Anna
This Week's Services and Events
Dec 11, Tuesday,
+ 3rd Hour Prayers, 9AM
+ Parish Council meeting, 7PM
Dec 12, Wednesday
+ Nativity Paraklesis, 7PM
Dec 14, Friday
+ Matins, 8:30AM
Dec 15, Saturday
+ 9th Hour/Great Vespers, 6PM
Dec 16, Sunday, The Sunday of the Forefathers
+ Matins, 8:45AM
+ Divine Liturgy, 10AM followed by Sunday School and coffee hour
Upcoming Events and Announcements
Memory Eternal-
        We mourn the loss of our Patriarch Ignatius IV of Antioch, who died on December 5, after suffering from a stroke. Patriarch Ignatius was 92 years old and had served as patriarch since 1979. Please pray for his soul and pray the the Holy Spirit would guide the Synod of Antioch when they convene in the future to choose a new patriarch. Attached is Bishop Anthony's letter concerning His Beatitude's repose.
        We rejoice that Hope Callahan was received into the Orthodox Church during Liturgy today through the sacrament of chrismation. Her sponsor is Lori Branch. Her patron saint is St. Moses the Ethiopian. May God grant Hope many years!
Sunday December 9 is Chanter/Choir Appreciation Sunday in our Archdiocese-
       Our choir is one of the strengths of our parish. Many visitors comment on the quality of our our choir and how the choir helps them to worship by doing their job so well. We appreciate all of the hard work that our choir does, and we especially appreciate our three choir leaders: Lori Branch, Tania Van Dinter and Matthew Arndt. A letter from Metropolitan Philip commemorating this Sunday is attached.
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 information, go to: http://www.ncsml.org/Content/Exhibitions/St-Nicholas-Discovering-the-Truth-About-Santa-Claus.aspx
New Iconostasis Installed at St. George Church, Cedar Rapids-
        To read and view a Cedar Rapids Gazette article and video on the new hand-carved stone iconostasis being installed at St. George Church in Cedar Rapids, go to: http://thegazette.com/2012/12/10/syrian-artist-puts-his-soul-into-his-work/
Reminder Regarding Confession-
        Repentance is at the heart of our Christian faith. Fasting seasons, like the one we are currently in, are natural times to avail yourself of the Sacrament of Repentance or Confession. Fr. Ignatius is available to hear confessions following Saturday Vespers, at the end of Sunday matins or by appointment. If it has been awhile since you have made a confession, consider how participating in this sacrament now might more thoroughly prepare you to celebrate the Lord's Nativity later this month.
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.
Upcoming Teen SOYO Events-
        Teen SOYO will be going to the movies on Sunday, December 16 to see the new Hobbit movie.
Vesperal Liturgy for St. Ignatius-
        On Wednesday, December 19 at 6PM, we will remember St. Ignatius of Antioch with a Vesperal Liturgy. Please plan to attend.
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!
Nativity Fast-
        For Orthodox Christians, the weeks leading up to Christmas are a time of spiritual preparation, a time of repentance, and a time of almsgiving. In anticipation of the coming of our King Jesus as a babe in the manger, we fast from meat, dairy, eggs throughout the forty days leading up to the Feast of the Nativity of our Lord; and fish, wine and oil on some of the days. For specifics, consult the printed November/December calendar available at church or check it online at: http://www.straphaelorthodoxchurch.org/schedule If you have any questions about the Orthodox practice of fasting, please speak with Fr. Ignatius.
Non-Perishable Food Donations-
        We collect food all year round for the Crisis Center food pantry. The collection box is located under one of the tables in the narthex. As we enter into the Nativity fast, let us also keep almsgiving in mind. There are many people in our community who do not have enough food.
Nativity Services-
        December 24- Royal Hours, 9AM; Vesperal Liturgy, 6PM
        December 25- Matins, 8:30AM; Liturgy, 10AM
Decorating for Nativity Season-
        Anyone who would like to bring poinsetta plants to decorate around the iconostasis or evergreen boughs for our window ledges in the nave should plan to bring them on Sunday, December 23.
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!
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.
The True Cross Circles the Earth 16 Times a Day-
        To read an article about how some Russian Cosmonauts have brought icons, crosses and relics of saints, and also a relic of the True Cross of Christ in the International Space Station which orbits our earth, go to:http://www.johnsanidopoulos.com/2012/12/the-true-cross-circles-earth-16-times.html
Evangelism Bible Verse-
        This week's verse: "That if you confess with your mouth, 'Jesus is Lord,' and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you confess and are saved." (Romans 10:9-10)
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 16, the holy bread will be provided by the Valentine 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 16, the food for coffee hour and the clean-up of the fellowship hall will be provided by the St. Nina team.
Church Cleaning-
        During the week following Sunday December 9, the cleaning of the nave, narthex, bookstore/library, stairs, nursery and bathrooms will be provided by the St. Nicholas team.
Food for Thought-
The mighty work that was kept hidden from Angels and men, that marvelous mystery foretold in oracles from the beginning of time, is today formed as a babe in the loins of chaste Anna: Mary, the Child of God, is prepared as the habitation of the Sovereign King of the ages, for the refashioning of our race. With conscience clear, let us make entreaty, crying unto her: Since thou art the protection of us Christians, intercede with thy Son and God that our souls be saved.
Doxastikon from Vespers of the Conception of the Holy Theotokos by Righteous Anna, December 9