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Church Bulletin: January 10, 2016

posted Jan 10, 2016, 7:18 PM by Saint Raphael of Brooklyn Antiochian Orthodox Church
January 10, 2015- Sunday after Theophany
This Week's Services and Events

January 12, Tuesday
        + Parish Council meeting, 7:00PM

January 13, Wednesday 
        + Paraklesis with Unction, 7:00PM

January 16, Saturday
        + Reader's Vespers, 5:00PM

January 17, Sunday (St. Anthony the Great)
        + Matins, 8:45AM 
        + Divine Liturgy, 10:00AM, followed by coffee hour and Sunday School
Upcoming Events and Announcements- 

We Need Holy Bread Bakers-
        We need volunteers to bake holy bread the next several Sundays.  Sign-up sheets for the whole year are posted on the bulletin board at the top of the stairs.  Please sign up.

Many Years!-
       Congratulations to Anton and Volha Kananovich and on the baptism of their son Simon.  His godfather is Roman Belousov.  May God grant Simon many years! 

Fr. Ignatius is Traveling-
        Fr. Ignatius will be visiting St. Paisius Serbian Orthodox Monastery in Arizona.  He will be out of town from January 14-23, returning in time for vespers on the 23rd.  If you need to reach him, call him at 319-400-7522.  If you need the services of a priest immediately, call Fr. Elias Khouri at 319-329-2562.

Welcome Fr. Maximos Herman-
        Fr. Maximos Herman will be serving matins and liturgy on January 17.  Please welcome him when you see him.

Youth Service Trip Fundraiser on Sunday-
        Our youth will host the meal during coffee hour following the service on January 17.  Please be prepared to make a donation.  Money collected will be used to fund a service/mission trip, perhaps later this year.

Coming to Liturgy on Time-
        We can do better.  Liturgy is the most important event we will participate in during the week.  The Church depends on all of us being present to be healthy and vibrant.  Make it a priority to come to liturgy in a more timely fashion so that we can honor the Lord together as a full community.

Planning for House Blessing Season-
       Fr. Ignatius is looking forward to blessing your home between January 7 and March 13.  He will be out of town January 14-23.  Contact him if you would like to plan a specific time for him to come.  

Liturgy for St. Nina, January 26-
        We will celebrate liturgy for St. Nina of Georgia at 6:00PM on January 26.

12 Things The Normal Orthodox Christian is Doing-

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.  

2015-2016 Sunday School Project-
        During our current Sunday School year, the 5-12 grade class is sponsoring two children in Ethiopia through the organization Partners With Ethiopia.  Sunday school teachers are asking the Sunday School students to bring in change or whatever they and their families can give each week.  The financial commitment is $38 per month per child.  We may need additional assistance from the parish to meet our goal each month.  Brochures explaining this project are available at church.

Food for All - Kalona-
    Please continue to pray as we seek ways to encourage Vespers attendance as well as explore food charity programs, such as cooking classes and a Christmas bread event. Input and help is always welcome.
   Kalona Vespers are on first and third Wednesdays (7 p.m.). Join us at UCB Church, Highway 22 and 4th St., Kalona. Questions? Contact Amy at foodforallkalona@gmail.com.

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, as Jesus entered a village, He was met by ten lepers, who stood at a distance and lifted up their voices and said, “Jesus, Master, have mercy on us.” When He saw them He said to them, “Go and show yourselves to the priests.” And as they went they were cleansed. Then one of them, when he saw that he was healed, turned back, praising God with a loud voice; and he fell on his face at Jesus’ feet, giving Him thanks. Now he was a Samaritan. Then Jesus said, “Were not ten cleansed? Where are the nine? Was no one found to return and give praise to God except this foreigner?” And He said to him, “Rise and go your way; your faith has made you well.”  (Luke 17:12-19)
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 as at sea those who are carried away from the direction of the harbor bring themselves back on course by a clear sign, on seeing a tall beacon light or some mountain peak coming into view, so Scripture may guide those adrift on the sea of the life back into the harbor of the divine will.”
- St. Gregory of Nyssa