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Church Bulletin: February 14, 2016

posted Feb 15, 2016, 9:37 AM by Saint Raphael of Brooklyn Antiochian Orthodox Church
February 14, 2016- Sunday of the Canaanite Woman
This Week's Services and Events

February 17, Wednesday 
        + Akathist, 7:00PM
        + Vespers in Kalona, 7:00PM

February 18, Thursday
        + OCF Dinner, 6:30PM
        + Teen SOYO Dinner and Movie Night, 6:30PM

February 19, Friday
        + Matins, 8:30AM
        + Office Hours, 9:30-11:30AM

February 20, Saturday
        + Great Vespers, 5:00PM

February 21, Sunday 
        + Matins, 8:45AM 
        + Divine Liturgy, 10:00AM, followed by coffee hour and Sunday School
Upcoming Events and Announcements- 

House Blessing Season-
       Fr. Ignatius is looking forward to blessing your home before March 13.  Contact him if you would like to plan a specific time for him to come.  If he doesn't hear from you, he will be contacting you soon.

Announcement from our Treasurer-
       Becky Morey has mailed out 2015 giving statements for tax purposes.  If you don't receive yours soon, contact her and she will make sure you get it.

Anchiskhati Choir Quartet Concert-
        The famed Anchiskhati Quartet from Georgia will be performing a concert at St. Raphael Church at 7:30PM on February 25 as a fundraiser.  We need volunteers to distribute posters around town to advertise the concert.  Copies are printed and available at church. The Facebook page is https://www.facebook.com/events/481306735386681/ Please share with your friends.  Talk it up and come!

Church Camp Scholarship Opportunity-
        If your child or children (ages 9-17) want to attend Camp St. George or any of our Archdiocesan camps this summer, and you need some financial assistance to pay for the tuition, please let Fr. Ignatius know before February 21.  

Shelter House Book Sale Fundraiser-
        The Shelter House Book Sale has been scheduled for March 5 and 6, at 1925 Boyrum St., near the intersection of Southgate Avenue and just behind the Waterfront Hy-Vee. It will be open from 10:30 a.m. (10 a.m. for early birds who pay $20) to 4 p.m. on March 5 and noon to 4 p.m. on March 6.

Food for All -- Kalona (an outreach of St. Raphael)-
        We have abundant financial resources to work with this year--our third year. Praise God! Income has come primarily from the Kalona community as well as from Methodist and Catholic grants. We've also had lots of food donations.
    Please be praying primarily for (1) Summer Lunch planning and good volunteers. We're hoping to have some guests involved in planning and leading. (2) Strong connections with the local schools to help with outreach. (3) Wednesday Vespers--possibly adding a community meal beforehand to feed people and encourage more participation. 
    You're welcome to join us however you'd like! Contact Amy at foodforallkalona@gmail.com or 319-333-4738. (Wednesday Vespers are on first and third Wednesdays at the big church on Highway 22 and 4th Street, Kalona. Do come!)

Atlas of American Orthodox Christian Monasteries Now Published-
          Now available from Amazon.com for $19.95 this book is an enticing travel guide for those seeking to visit American monasteries and to "sample" monastic life.  In addition, twenty-three featured monasteries share their "personal stories" and offer a glimpse in the surprising spiritual appeal of monastic life in 21st century America.  Edited by Alexei Krindatch. 150 pages of text are accompanied by four sets of color maps and more than one hundred photographs depicting everyday lives of US Orthodox monasteries. The Atlas is "album size," 9" by 11." 

Bishop's Visit, Save the Date!-
        Bishop Anthony plans to be with us the weekend of April 9-10, 2016.  Save the date!
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.  

Next Sunday's Gospel Reading-
        The Lord spoke this parable: “Two men went up into the temple to pray, one a Pharisee and the other a tax collector. The Pharisee stood and prayed thus with himself, ‘God, I thank Thee that I am not like other men, extortionists, unjust, adulterers, or even like this tax collector. I fast twice a week; I give tithes of all that I get.’ But the tax collector, standing far off, would not even lift up his eyes to heaven, but beat his breast, saying, ‘God, be merciful to me a sinner!’ I tell you, this man went down to his house justified rather than the other; for every one who exalts himself will be humbled, but he who humbles himself will be exalted.”  (Luke 18:10-14)

Pray for our Catechumen-
       Please keep our catechumen Ilya Buchkin in your prayers as he prepares 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. 

Food for Thought-

Just before his death, St. Simeon the Myrrh-gusher summoned St. Sava, placed his hands on him, and blessed him saying: “My beloved child, light of my eyes, comfort and protector in my old age! Behold, the time of our separation has arrived. Behold, the Lord is releasing me in peace. But you, my child, do not mourn because of our separation. For parting is the common cup of each and all; here we part from one another, but we will meet there, where there is no separation.”