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Church Bulletin: February 7, 2016

posted Feb 8, 2016, 8:41 AM by Saint Raphael of Brooklyn Antiochian Orthodox Church
February 7, 2016- After-feast of the Presentation of Christ
This Week's Services and Events

February 9, Tuesday
        + Parish Council Meeting, 6:30PM

February 10, Wednesday 
        + Akathist, 7:00PM

February 11, Thursday
        + OCF Compline, 7:00PM

February 12, Friday
        + Matins, 8:30AM
        + Office Hours, 9:30-11:30AM

February 13, Saturday
        + Great Vespers, 5:00PM

February 14, 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.

Consider Supporting Hannah Valentine on Her Short-term Mission Trip to Mexico-
       Between March 26-April 2, Hannah will be traveling with a small team of short-term missionaries as part of the Orthodox Christian Mission Center to go to two remote villages in Mexico to teach the faith to the local Orthodox Christians there.  If you would like to support her, go to: https://www.ocmc.org/donate/donation_info.aspx?DonationType=MissionTeam&FundId=207&AppId=3332

Food and Fadwa- A Play-
        St. Raphael Church member Marina Bergenstock is directing the play Food and Fadwa for her Master's thesis at the University of Iowa.  There will be multiple performances of the play in February at the David Thayer Theatre, UI Theatre Building.  The remaining show dates are: 

February 10, 11, 12, 13 at 8:00 p.m.

For more info: https://www.facebook.com/events/1029736390412216/

Tickets are available through the Hancher Box Office.

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.  

Urgent Request for Doctors to Serve on Medical Mission Trips-
        OCMC is in urgent need of a physician and/or a physician’s assistant to join Medical Mission Trips to Uganda (May 9-21) and Guatemala (April 8-17 and August 26-September 4). Medical personnel are needed to conduct medical clinics and offer health instruction. 

OCMC invites you to join these opportunities to offer physical and spiritual care to people for whom medical care is virtually unattainable. For more information, please visit www.ocmc.org, e-mailteams@ocmc.org, or call 1-877 GO FORTH (ext. 141).

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.  

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!)

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-
       At that time, Jesus went to the district of Tyre and Sidon. And behold, a Canaanite woman from that region came out and cried, “Have mercy on me, O Lord, Son of David; my daughter is severely possessed by a demon.” But He did not answer her one word. And His disciples came and begged Him, saying, “Send her away, for she is crying after us.” He answered, “I was sent only to the lost sheep of the house of Israel.” But she came and knelt before Him, saying, “Lord, help me.” And He answered, “It is not fair to take the children’s bread and throw it to the dogs.” She said, “Yes, Lord, yet even the dogs eat the crumbs that fall from their master’s table.” Then Jesus answered her, “O woman, great is your faith! Be it done for you as you desire.” And her daughter was healed instantly.  (Matthew 15:21-28)

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-

Let the heavens rejoice and the earth be glad, for the Lord hath done a mighty act with His own arm. He hath trampled down death by death, and became the first-born from the dead. He hath delivered us from the depths of Hades, granting the world the Great Mercy. 

-Resurrectional Apolytikion in Tone Three