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Church Bulletin: January 12, 2014

posted Jan 12, 2014, 4:19 PM by Saint Raphael of Brooklyn Antiochian Orthodox Church
January 12, 2014- The Sunday After Theophany
This Week's Services and Events
January 14, Tuesday
        + Parish Council Meeting, 7PM

January 15, Wednesday
        + Akathist, 7PM

January 16, Thursday
        + Choir Practice, 7PM

January 17, Friday
         + Matins, 8:30AM
         + Office Hours, 9:30AM-11:30AM

January 18, Saturday
        + 9th Hour/Great Vespers, 6PM
January 19, Sunday
        + Matins, 8:45AM
        + Liturgy, 10AM, followed by Sunday School and coffee hour
        + Supplication Service for the Victims of Abortion, 6PM
Upcoming Events and Announcements 

Holy Water Available-
       If you would like to take some holy water home with you, please ask Fr. Ignatius for some.  Holy Water is available for your use, anytime during the year. 

House Blessing Season is Here-
       Fr. Ignatius will be available to come to your home to bless from now until the beginning of Lent (March 3).  A sign-up sheet is posted at church.  Please suggest a date and a time and Fr. Ignatius will confirm with you. 

Office Hours Are Changing-
        Beginning this week, January 12-18, Fr. Ignatius's office hours have switched from Mondays at 9:30AM-11:30AM, to Fridays at 9:30AM-11:30AM.  Monday 3rd Hour Prayers will discontinue beginning this week also.

        Congratulations to the Dancer and Khouri families!  Zachary John Dancer was recently born to Frank and Juliana Dancer.  The proud grandparents are Fr. Elias and Kh. Irene Khouri.  May God grant Zachary many years!

January Parish Council Meeting-
        The January 2014 Parish Council meeting will be January 14 at 7PM.

Supplication for Victims of Abortion Service-
        The 41st anniversary of the US Supreme Court decision that legalized abortion on demand in America is approaching later this month.  Our Archdiocese has always declared the Sunday preceding this sad anniversary to be Sacred Gift of Life Sunday.  In recognition of our duty to love our neighbors as ourselves and to defend the oppressed and pray for the departed, we will have a Supplication Service for the Victims of Abortion at 6PM on January 19. 

Upcoming Teen SOYO Event-
       Our teens will gather at church on January 20 at 6:30PM for a movie night. 

Choir Practice-
       The Choir will practice January 16 from 7PM-9PM and January 25 from 10AM-12PM. 

Fundraiser to Benefit Suffering People of Syria-
       St. Raphael Church is co-sponsoring a fundraising event featuring Middle Eastern food and music, to benefit the suffering people of Syria.  This event will be held at 6:30PM on Thursday January 23 at Old Brick (26 E. Market St.)  Suggested donation for adults is $20 and children is $15. We are looking for volunteers to help provide Middle Eastern food for this evening.

Introduction to Orthodoxy Class-
       All are welcome to attend a seven week Introduction to Orthodoxy class that will meet on 7 consecutive Saturdays at 4PM starting on January 25.

Raise Your Awareness of Human Trafficking-
       Genesis Church is hosting a free, experiential walk-through exhibit called Journey to Freedom, at The Big White House (1246 12th Ave., Coralville) from February 17- March 1, (M-F, 12PM-8PM; Sat. Feb. 22 10AM-8PM; Sat. Mar. 1 10AM-4PM).  Note: the exhibit is rated PG-13. Parents please use discretion when deciding whether the exhibit is age appropriate for your children. For more information, go to:  http://www.bigwhitehouse.org/bwh/JOURNEYTOFREEDOM/tabid/93/Default.aspx.
Upcoming Movies of Interest-
       In 2014, there will be at least three movies released that deal with historical figures important to our Christian faith.  "Son of God", to be released next month, tells the story of Jesus from the Gospels.  To view a trailer, go to: http://www.sonofgodmovie.com/.  A trailer for the Spring-release "Noah" can be viewed at www.noahmovie.com.  "Katherine of Alexandria" is set to be released soon.  It is the last film that Peter O'Toole appeared in before his death last month.  See a trailer at www.katherineofalexandria.com.  Finally, "Mary of Nazareth" has been released but without a distributor and so won't be in theatres except by special arrangement.  To see a trailer, go to: www.maryfilm.com.  Disclaimer: Fr. Ignatius has not seen any of these movies (beyond their trailers)and can't vouch for their worth!

On the Supernatural and Transfigured Look of Icons-
        Iconographer Aidan Hart explains, "We notice that trees, mountains, birds, are not depicted as a naturalist would: trees, especially in mosaics such as those in Ravenna, are shown flecked with gold, shot through with light as in their true Paradisical state; mountains bow towards the saints; birds often have colour combinations not seen in this world.  The whole arrangement of each person and thing in an icon reveals the poetical harmony of a redeemed creation, each thing operating according to its inner logos or essence, inclining toward its Maker."

Save the Date!-
        On Friday, April 4 at 7PM, we will pray the Akathist Hymn to the Theotokos in front of a large copy of the ancient and revered "Our Lady of Czestochowa" icon, also known as the Black Madonna.  As part of the "From Ocean to Ocean Pilgrimage" this icon has been travelling around the world and has appeared in hundreds of Orthodox and Catholic churches.  To learn more about this icon and pilgrimage, go to: www.fromoceantoocean.org

Thoughts on Stewardship and Giving-
         "This is how one should regard us, as servants of Christ and stewards of the mysteries of God. Moreover it is required of stewards that they be found trustworthy." 1 Corinthians 4:1-2

Pray for our Catechumens-
      Please keep our catechumens: Ilya Buchkin, Rachelle Naridze and Tyson Humphrey in your prayers as they prepare to be sacramentally joined to the Orthodox Church.
An Opportunity to Serve, Be a Greeter-
       The greeter's main responsibility is to make newcomers feel welcome by warmly greeting them, asking them to sign our guestbook and/or newcomer information card, making sure they know bathrooms and coatroom are downstairs and ushering them into the nave of the church.   If you are interested in signing up to be a greeter for a Sunday, there is a sign-up sheet on the bulletin board just outside of the bookstore.  On the sheet, is a complete job description for this important position. 
Keep Praying for Kidnapped Orthodox Bishops, Priest, Nuns and Orphans in Syria-
       Since April 22, the Orthodox Metropolitan of Aleppo, Metropolitan Paul, and the Syriac Metropolitan of Aleppo, Youhanna, have been in captivity and have not heard from.  Please pray for their well being and release and also pray for their captors as well. Since December 2, 12 nuns and three orphans have been removed by force from their convent and held captive.  One priest is also missing, having been kidnapped. 
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 Sunday January 19, the Chikhladze/Berimeladze family will provide the holy bread.  Thank you in advance.
Coffee Hour-
        On Sunday January 19, the food for coffee hour and the clean-up of the fellowship hall will be provided by the St. Nina food team. 

Choir Leadership-
       On January 19,  Matthew Arndt will lead the choir.
Food for Thought-

Some people read books in order to find God.  Yet there is a great book, the very appearance of created things.  Look above you; look below you! Note it; read it! God, whom you wish to find, never wrote that book with ink.  Instead, He set before your eyes the things that He had made.  Can you ask for a louder voice than that? Why, heaven and earth cry out to you: "God made me!"

St. Augustine of Hippo