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Church Bulletin: January 15, 2017

posted Jan 17, 2017, 7:58 AM by Saint Raphael of Brooklyn Antiochian Orthodox Church
January 15, 2017- The Twenty-ninth Sunday after Pentecost

 This Week's Services and Events

January 17, Tuesday
        + Office Hours, 1:15PM-2:45PM
        + 9th Hour Prayers, 3:00PM

January 18, Wednesday
        + Akathist, 7:00PM

January 19, Thursday
        + Office Hours, 1:15-2:45PM

January 21, Saturday
        + Parish Council meeting, 3:00PM
        + Great Vespers, 5:00PM

January 22, Thirty-second Sunday after Pentecost
        + Matins, 8:45AM
        + Divine Liturgy, 10:00AM followed by Sunday School and Coffee Hour
        + Abraham's Walk, 12:00PM-5:00PM, various locations including St. Raphael Church at  4:15PM-5:00PM

Upcoming Events and Announcements-       

Abraham's Walk, January 22-
       Multiple faith groups, student groups, and community organizations are participating in this interfaith, multi-ethnic community-building event.  Participants will be talking to, learning from, sharing thoughts, food, music and stories with other members of our colorful and diverse community as they walk from one location to the next. At each location, refreshments will be offered and a short program given by the host organization.

Schedule:
12:00PM- Robert A. Lee Community Rec Center (220 S. Gilbert St.) Multiple Community Organizations
1:00PM- Hillel House (122 E. Market St.) UI's Jewish Student Center
2:00PM- Iowa Memorial Union (125 N. Madison St.) UI Muslim Student Association and/or Arab Student Association
3:00PM-Latino-Native American Cultural Center (308 Melrose Ave.) Various Student Ethnic Groups
4:15PM-St. Raphael Orthodox Church (722 E. College St.) Orthodox Christians

Our choir will be offering a short selection of hymns and Fr. Ignatius will speak briefly on St. Maria of Paris.
All are welcome to participate in all or part of the event.

Parish Council Meeting-
        Our Parish Council will meet at 3:00PM this Saturday, January 21.

Scheduling Annual House Blessings-
        Fr. Ignatius would like to come to all church member's homes before the beginning of Lent (February 27) for a house blessing.  If there is a specific day and time you would like Father to come, please contact him and let him know.  If he doesn't hear from you, he will contact you and schedule a time.  

Liturgy for St. Nina of Georgia-
        We will commemorate St. Nina of Georgia with Vesperal Liturgy at 6:00PM on January 26.

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.  

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-
        At that time, Jesus entered Jericho and was passing through. And there was a man named Zacchaeus; he was a chief tax collector, and rich. And he sought to see Who Jesus was, but could not, on account of the crowd, because he was small of stature. So he ran on ahead and climbed up into a sycamore tree to see Jesus, for He was to pass that way. And when Jesus came to the place, He looked up and said to him, “Zacchaeus, make haste and come down; for I must stay at your house today.” So he made haste and came down, and received Him joyfully. And when they saw it they all murmured, “He has gone in to be the guest of a man who is a sinner.” And Zacchaeus stood and said to the Lord, “Behold, Lord, the half of my goods I give to the poor; and if I have defrauded anyone of anything, I restore it fourfold.” And Jesus said to him, “Today salvation has come to this house, since he also is a son of Abraham; for the Son of man came to seek and to save the lost.”  (Luke 19:1-10)

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-
 
True humility is not thinking less of yourself; it is thinking of yourself less.

C. S. Lewis
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