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Church Bulletin: February 10, 2013

posted Feb 10, 2013, 6:12 PM by Saint Raphael of Brooklyn Antiochian Orthodox Church
February 10, 2013- The Thirty-fifth Sunday after Pentecost
This Week's Services and Events
Feb. 11, Monday
        + 3rd Hour Prayers, 9AM
        + Father's Office Hours, 9:15AM-11:30AM
Feb. 12, Tuesday
        + Parish Council meeting, 7PM
Feb 13, Wednesday
        + Akathist, 7PM
Feb 14, Thursday
        + OCF compline and discussion, 7PM
Feb 15, Friday
        + Matins, 8:30AM
Feb 16, Saturday
        + Introduction to Orthodoxy class, 4PM
        + 9th Hour and Great Vespers, 6PM
Feb 17, Sunday, Thirty-sixth Sunday after Pentecost
        + Matins, 8:45AM
        + Divine Liturgy, 10AM, followed by coffee hour and Sunday School
Upcoming Events and Announcements
Parish Council Meeting-
        Our February Parish Council meeting is Tuesday, February 12 at 7PM. All are welcome to attend.
No 3rd Hour Prayers of Offie Hours February 18-
        Father will be taking a vacation day on Monday, February 18. Therefore, there will be no office hours or 3rd Hour Prayers scheduled that day.
Archdiocesan Church Camp Scholarships Available-
        Through the generosity of the Order of St. Ignatius, our church has the opportunity to utilize up to $700 in scholarships to help our children attend any of the Archdiocese-sponsored church camps this summer. If you have a child ages 9-17 who would like to attend a camp, and you would like to apply for a scholarship, please let Fr. Ignatius know before the February 24th deadline. We are blessed to have Camp St. George only about one hour away. Although the 2013 dates have not yet been announced, the camp session will probably be August 11-17.
Will Everyone Be Saved?-
        The belief in universalism, which is that because of God's overwhelming love, everybody will be saved and nobody will spend eternity apart from God has been considered an attractive doctrine by many people, including some in the Orthodox Church. If you would like to learn more about this question from an Orthodox perspective, Ancient Faith Radio will be broadcasting live tonight (7PM CST), their Anceint Faith Today show which will deal with this very topic. Log on to http://ancientfaith.com/ancientfaithtoday to listen to it live, or to listen to the recorded podcast later.
Shelter House Annual Used Book Sale-
        The Shelter House, our local homeless shelter, is once again holding their annual Used Book Sale, which serves as a fundraiser for them. The sale will be held at the Sycamore Mall on Saturday, March 2 (10:30AM-4:30PM) and Sunday, March 3 (Noon-4PM). To donate used books before the sale, you may drop them off at the Sycamore Mall (back side- look for a sign on the door) on February 17 or 24 from 10AM-3PM) or during the week at the Shelter House at 429 Southgate Ave.
Book Study Dates-
        Lori Branch and Robert Peterson will be hosting two book studies in their home over the next several weeks. On Sunday, February 24, A Scent of Holiness by Constantina Palmer will be discussed and on Sunday March 31, St. Seraphim of Sarov by Valentine Zander will be discussed. These books will be available for purchase at our church bookstore.
Official Website for the Enthronement of Patriarch John X-
         Today, February 10, is the day that newly elected Antiochian Patriarch John X is officially installed as patriarch in his enthronement ceremony. To read more about our patriarch and the enthronement, go to: http://john-x-enthronement.com/en/
Are You Receiving the Word Magazine?-
        Our Antiochian Archdiocese produces a monthly magazine called The Word. This magazine is available free of charge to all church members. If you are not yet receiving this magazine and you would like to, please let Fr. Ignatius know and he will make arrangements for you to receive it.
You Can Now Donate to Church Through Paypal-
        If you use the online payment service Paypal, you can now use it to donate to our church. From time to time, it was requested that we make this option available and so we have. On the church's website (www.straphaelorthodoxchurch.org) near the top right of the home page, you will notice two different links, one for our general fund and one for our building fund. Check or cash donations are still preferred from our members because Paypal charges a processing fee of $0.30 + 2.2% on every transaction.
Video for Building of New Temple for St. Ignatius Orthodox Church, Franklin, TN-
        Excited to see and hear about another church growing and thriving so much that expansion of their facilities is necessary, Fr. Ignatius shares with you the following video which captures so well, what the Church is for us in our lives: http://player.vimeo.com/video/29962476?byline=0&portrait=0
When to Contact the Priest (Adapted from Fr. John Peck)-
        (This ran in the bulletin a few years ago. Fr. Ignatius hopes that by repeating it, many will profit from it.) Many are confused about when they should call the parish priest in the many events of life. Calling the priest is necessary to maintain the bond of love in our community and to bring the Grace of God into our lives through the Holy Sacraments. The priest should be aware of the spiritual and physical needs of all our families in order to be the pastor. The priest should not be seen as “too busy”! He is here to shepherd us and his first priority is the people of the parish. Should any of the following needs or situations arise, call Fr. Ignatius at 319-400-7522 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting 319-400-7522 end_of_the_skype_highlighting or email him at frignatius@straphaelorthodoxchurch.org:

Whenever you, or someone you know, needs prayer

Whenever there is a major medical procedure or visit to the hospital

Whenever there is an emergency room visit to the hospital (before, or during, not only after please!)

Whenever a family member is close to death or has a life threatening illness

When a baby is born

Prior to a medical procedure- ask to be anointed at the end of the Divine Liturgy

Prior to a major travel event- ask for travel prayers at the end of the Divine Liturgy

When a family is making a major family decision- advice can be sought

When opening a new office, moving to a new home or you buy a new car

When getting engaged or making marriage plans

When you are having struggles with the Faith

When you would like to schedule time for confession

When you would like to have a pastoral visit

When you have questions about the Faith

When you have a conflict with someone that you cannot resolve

Whenever you have an unexpected trip to the hospital or spend the night in the hospital

When you need help with funeral plans (everyone does)

When you have a question about the Scriptures

When you have a question about God

When you have a question about yourself

Parish Constitution Revision Committee-
        Our current parish constitution was revised about 4 years ago. It has come to the attention of some parish council members that perhaps some more revisions need to be made. If you would like to serve on a small committee to help make suggested changes that will be presented to the parish for a vote, please see Fr. Ignatius. The time commitment for this committee should be no longer than two months.
Parish Directory Updates-
        Our last parish directory, containing members and friends names, addresses, phone numbers and email addresses was printed in 2011. It is time for an updated directory. Over the next few weeks, Fr. Ignatius will be contacting you and confirming the information he has for you, so that we can produce an accurate and updated 2013 directory.
Lenten Pan-Orthodox Sunday Vespers-
        As has been the tradition for several years, we are invited to attend vespers at various Orthodox churches in Eastern Iowa on Sunday evenings during Lent and in turn, we will be hosting clergy and the faithful from these churches at St. Raphael. Each vespers service is followed by a fellowship meal provided for by the hosting church. The dates are: March 24, 31, April 7, 14, 21. Each vespers begins at 5:30PM. St. Raphael is hosting on March 31. A schedule with all the locations and dates is attached.
Mormonism and Orthodox Christianity-
        The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, commonly referred to as the Mormon Church, is quickly growing in America and around the world. Perhaps you have seen or talked with winsome young LDS missionaries who travel in pairs and share their faith door to door. The Mormon Church is very missionary-minded and currently has over 55,000 full-time missionaries around the world. Think of that! That is about twice the number of people than are present in Antiochian Orthodox Churches on a typical Sunday all over America. It is a common misunderstanding that the Mormon Church is just another Christian denomination. However, Mormon doctrine puts them so far outside the scope of what is commonly shared by Orthodox, Roman Catholic and Protestant Christians, that the Mormon Church cannot accurately be called Christian. At best, the Mormon Church is a pseudo-Christian sect. If you would like to hear what Mormons believe, from former Mormons who are now Orthodox, listen to this podcast from Ancient Faith Radio. http://ancientfaith.com/podcasts/aftoday/mormonism_and_orthodox_christianity
Invitation to a Baptism-
       Fr. Fred and Khourieh Michelle Shaheen invite all the faithful of St. John the Baptist/St. Raphael to be with them for the baptism of Zoe Marie Shaheen on Sunday, March 3 at 3:00 pm at St. George Church in Cedar Rapids. Reception following.RSVP to 319-363-3449 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting 319-363-3449 end_of_the_skype_highlighting or venetias@hotmail.com
 
Introduction to Orthodoxy Classes-
        We have begun a seven week series of classes on Saturdays at 4PM. The remaining dates are February16, 23 and March 2, All are welcome to attend.
House Blessing Season is Now-
        From now until the beginning of Lent (March 17), is the season during which Fr. Ignatius is available to come to your home to bless it. A sign -up sheet is posted in the narthex. Suggest a date and time and Fr. Ignatius will check his calendar and arrange the visit.
Why We Bless Our Homes at Theophany-
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 February 17, the holy bread will be provided by the Van Dinter family. Thank you in advance. Anyone can sign up to provide holy bread for upcoming liturgies. Check the sheet in the narthex and sign-up.
Coffee Hour-
        On Sunday February 17, 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 of February 10-16, the cleaning of the nave, narthex, bookstore, stairs, nursery and bathrooms will be accomplished by the St. Nicholas team.
Food for Thought-
A letter to a certain engineer who complained about his boring job:

You complain that you are tired of your job. All other activities seem more interesting to you, and you are troubled and anguished about not being able to find something better. I thought about this for a long time before picking up my pen to answer you. I tried to put my self in your place, and to play your part. I imagined myself at your worksite, in the locomotive car, in the midst of the roar of the machine and the pounding of the wheels. Sweaty, covered in soot, I cheerfully looked ahead. Behind me was arrayed an entire little people: old people, parents and children, nobility, diplomats, officials, peasants, workers, and day laborers. They had all been thrown together by circumstance, and they all depended on me. Some talked among themselves and some were lost in thought, but each was mentally striving to get to his final destination. Whether he gets to that station depends on me, and I depend only on God. The passengers could not even imagine how much they depended on me. They were not thinking of me - they didn't even know me. And that is precisely what made me happy. When the train was ready to move, no one came to look at me, or to make my acquaintance. No one asked, "Is our engineer crazy? Is he intoxicated? Is he blind? After all, we have entrusted him with our lives! He is the most important person in the galloping city of which we have become residents for a time." Such thoughts did not even occur to them, and that made me immeasurably happy. It makes me happy that so many people without even a glance entrusted their lives to me, to me, a stranger hidden in the heart of the locomotive. Trembling with joy, I began to thank the Lord: - O great and wondrous God! Glory and praise to Thee, for giving me life, and intellect, and such an important job! You gave me a task very much like Thy work, o God. After all, Thou o Lord, hidden, invisible and unknown, operate the machine of the world with Thine Holy Spirit. It is enormous, Thy passengers are without number. Thou art the [locomotive] Engineer for the entire world. Many, many travelers do not even think about Thee, do not consider the Mystery of Thine existence, but with trust sit down in Thy train and go, and go. And that most gladden Thee, immeasurably gladden Thee. Thou knowest where to grant rest to Thy passengers, where to feed them, and whom to discharge, and where. Frankly, they know little about the remarkable final destination toward which Thy marvelous train is moving, but they trustingly enter, trustingly travel, and trustingly alight. They put their trust in Thee, to the hidden, invisible, unknowable! I thank Thee a thousand times and bow before Thee, my All-seeing and All-powerful Creator and Engineer. In all of the dangers threatening this my journey, I place my hope in Thee alone. Only Thou canst help me bring it to its final destination without losing any of my passengers.

My young friend, what better job are you seeking? Is there any other better than yours? The Apostle Peter was a fisherman, and the Apostle Paul wove mats. Consider how much more important and interesting your job is than theirs, and thank Providence Who entrusted you with such an occupation.

Wishing you health, and may the blessings of the Lord be upon you!

"On Boring Jobs" by St. Nikolai Velimirovic'

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