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Church Bulletin: February 5, 2017

posted Feb 6, 2017, 8:36 AM by Saint Raphael of Brooklyn Antiochian Orthodox Church
February 5, 2017- Sunday of the Publican and the Pharisee

 This Week's Services and Events

February 7, Tuesday
        + Free Lunch Program volunteering, 11:30AM-1:00PM
        + Office Hours, 1:15PM-2:45PM
        + 9th Hour Prayers, 3:00PM

February 8, Wednesday
        + Akathist, 7:00PM

February 9, Thursday
        + Office Hours, 1:15-2:45PM
        + OCF compline and meeting, 7:00PM

February 11, Saturday
        + Intro to Orthodoxy class, 3:00PM
        + Great Vespers, 5:00PM

February 12, Sunday of the Prodigal Son
        + Matins, 8:45AM
        + Divine Liturgy, 10:00AM followed by Sunday School and Coffee Hour

Upcoming Events and Announcements-       

No Fasting This Week-
        As a pre-Lenten treat (yes, Lent is coming soon!) there is no fasting this week on Wednesday or Friday so that after we just heard the Parable of the Publican and the Pharisee (Luke 18:10-14) this morning, we would not fall into the same delusion as the Pharisee, thinking that our fasting somehow justifies us before God.  

Introduction to Orthodoxy Classes-
        A new series of Intro to Orthodoxy classes has started.  All are welcome.  The remaining schedule is as follows:  
Saturday, February 11- 3pm
Saturday, February 25- 1:30pm
Saturday, March 4- 3pm
Saturday, March 11- 3pm
Saturday, March 18- 1:30pm
Saturday, March 25- 3pm

Free Lunch Program Volunteering-
         Join Fr. Ignatius to serve a meal at the Free Lunch Program from 11:30AM-1:00PM on February 7. 

Orthodox Men's Retreat-
        A Men's Retreat hosted by the Greek Orthodox Metropolis of Chicago is being held at the St. Iakovos Retreat Center in Southeastern Wisconsin on Friday evening, February 10 and all day Saturday, February 11.  Retreat leader is Fr. Timothy Sas and the retreat theme is "Humble Glory: Stories of Men Yearning for God".  For those who are sleeping in the bunk beds in the cabin (bring sleeping bag or blankets and pillow) there is no cost.  If you want a private room the cost is $99, $49 for double occupancy.  For information on how to register, go to:www.gocfamilysynaxis.org/mens-retreat

Leadership Training, Round II-
        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. 

 It's Time to Start Preparing for Lent-
        We have now entered into the usage of the Triodion with our services.  The Triodion is a liturgical book that provides hymns and prayers for the three pre-Lenten weeks, and all of Lent.  Coming up on the horizon is Meatfare Sunday, February 19, the last day to eat meat, and Cheesefare Sunday, February 26, the last day to eat dairy and eggs.  The first Lenten service is Forgiveness Vespers at 6:00PM on February 26.  During the first week of Lent, February 26-March 4, we will have services each evening.  The Church gives us an abundance of opportunities to enter into the spirit of Lent and to journey toward Holy Week and Pascha.  Plan accordingly.  

Special Voters' Meeting, February 26-
        We will vote and fill two vacancies on our parish council.  Tyler Fyotek and Rob Young are the candidates. 

St. Raphael's Thesis Translated into English and Published-
        While our patron saint was studying theology at the Theological School of Halki near Constantinople, he wrote a thesis titled, "The True Significance of Sacred Tradition and It's Great Worth: A Nineteenth Century Orthodox Response to Roman Catholic and Protestant Missionaries in the East".  To learn more about this new book and how to order a copy, go to: www.store.antiochianvillage.org.

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

Bishop Anthony's Next Visit-
        His Grace will be with us the weekend of October 21-22.  Save the dates and plan to be with our bishop. 

Next Sunday's Gospel Reading-
        The Lord spoke this parable: “There was a man who had two sons; and the younger of them said to his father, ‘Father, give me the share of property that falls to me.’ And he divided his living between them. Not many days later, the younger son gathered all he had and took his journey into a far country, and there he squandered his property in loose living. And when he had spent everything, a great famine arose in that country, and he began to be in want. So he went and joined himself to one of the citizens of that country, who sent him into his fields to feed swine. And he would gladly have fed on the pods that the swine ate; and no one gave him anything. But when he came to himself he said, ‘How many of my father’s hired servants have bread enough and to spare, but I perish here with hunger! I will arise and go to my father, and I will say to him, “Father, I have sinned against heaven and before you; I am no longer worthy to be called your son; treat me as one of your hired servants.”’ And he arose and came to his father. But while he was yet at a distance, his father saw him and had compassion, and ran and embraced him and kissed him. And the son said to him, ‘Father, I have sinned against heaven and before you; I am no longer worthy to be called your son.’ But the father said to his servants, ‘Bring quickly the best robe, and put it on him; and put a ring on his hand, and shoes on his feet; and bring the fatted calf and kill it, and let us eat and make merry; for this my son was dead, and is alive again; he was lost, and is found.’ And they began to make merry. Now his elder son was in the field; and as he came and drew near to the house, he heard music and dancing. And he called one of the servants and asked what this meant. And he said to him, ‘Your brother has come, and your father has killed the fatted calf, because he has received him safe and sound.’ But he was angry and refused to go in. His father came out and entreated him, but he answered his father, ‘Lo, these many years I have served you, and I never disobeyed your command; yet you never gave me a kid that I might make merry with my friends. But when this son of yours came, who has devoured your living with harlots, you killed for him the fatted calf!’ And he said to him, ‘Son, you are always with me, and all that is mine is yours. It was fitting to make merry and be glad, for this your brother was dead, and is alive; he was lost, and is found.’”  (Luke 15:11-32)

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-

As the publican, let us bring cries of sorrow to the Lord, and let us fall before Him as sinners at the Master’s feet. For He desires the salvation of all men; He grants forgiveness unto all that repent, and He has for our sakes taken flesh, though He is God coeternal with the Father. Let us all humble ourselves, brethren; groaning and lamenting, let us beat out conscience, that at the eternal judgment we may be numbered with the faithful and the righteous, receiving forgiveness. Let us pray to see the true peace of the Age to Come, where there is no more pain, no sorrow, no groaning from the depths, in the wondrous Eden fashioned by Christ, for He is God coeternal with the Father.

- Kontakion and Oikos for Sunday of Pharisee and Publican