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Church Bulletin: January 20, 2013

posted Jan 23, 2013, 9:24 AM by Saint Raphael of Brooklyn Antiochian Orthodox Church
January 20, 2013- The Thirty-third Sunday after Pentecost
This Week's Services and Events
Jan 21, Monday
        + Teen SOYO dinner and movie, 6:30PM
Jan 23, Wednesday
        + Akathist, 7PM
Jan 24, Thursday
        + OCF compline and discussion, 7PM
Jan 25, Friday
        + Matins, 8:30AM
Jan 26, Saturday
        + Introduction to Orthodoxy class, 4PM
        + 9th Hour and Great Vespers, 6PM
Jan 27, Sunday, Thirty-fourth Sunday after Pentecost
        + Matins, 8:45AM
        + Divine Liturgy, 10AM, followed by coffee hour and Sunday School
Upcoming Events and Announcements
Change in Weekday Service Schedule-
        There will no longer be 3rd Hour Prayers offered at church on Tuesday mornings. Instead, beginning Monday, January 28, 3rd Hour Prayers will be offered at 9AM on Mondays.
Office Hours for Fr. Ignatius-
        Beginning Monday, January 28, Fr. Ignatius will hold weekly open office hours at church following 3rd Hour Prayers (9:15AM) and lasting until 11:30AM. If you want to drop in to see him between 9:15AM-11:30AM on Mondays, he is available.
2013 Parish Council Installed-
        With the blessing of His Grace, Bishop Anthony, the 2013 St. Raphael Parish Council was installed following Liturgy today. Your parish council members are: Matthew Arndt, chairman; Kristi Abuissa, treasurer; Meghan Gilpin, secretary; Alli Rockwell; Tariel Iberi and Jeremy Coffin. Please keep them in your prayers.
Are You Receiving the Word Magazine?-
        Our Antiochian Archdiocese produces a monthly magazine called The Word. This magazine is available free of charge to all church members. If you are not yet receiving this magazine and you would like to, please let Fr. Ignatius know and he will make arrangements for you to receive it.
Parish Constitution Revision Committee-
        Our current parish constitution was revised about 4 years ago. It has come to the attention of some parish council members that perhaps some more revisions need to be made. If you would like to serve on a small committee to help make suggested changes that will be presented to the parish for a vote, please see Fr. Ignatius. The time commitment for this committee should be no longer than two months.
Cookbook news-
        Thanks to everyone who is trying recipes for our church cookbook! Please get the test forms to Amy Spencer by January 30 so we can see how much progress has been made. If you want to try a recipe or two (or more!), please let Amy know at eastwestmidwest@gmail.com. The cookbooks will be sold so St. Raphael can give more to charities both near and far.
Farmers market news-
        As we've been exploring selling the our cookbook, lotion bars (which Karen Kuntz created), and food at the Iowa City farmers market, we've discovered that the city is now saying non-profits (which St. Raphael's is) can't participate. Please pray regarding this, as we plan to appeal for an exception this week.
Did You Know?
        Did you know that the Parish Council regularly assigns a certain percentage of our income to particular charities? Last year, each month about $200 went to a different charity. Based on our budget this year, the council will give about that same amount once a quarter to a different charity. If you would like to see where you money has gone and/or if you would like to see some of the charities that have been suggested as recipients of future giving, go to: www.straphaelorthodoxchurch.org/business. The Parish Council welcomes any suggestions of other charities to consider for the future.
Feast of Presentation of the Lord in the Temple-
        We will celebrate the Feast of the Presentation of the Lord in the Temple with vespers at 7PM on Friday, February 1 and matins and Liturgy at 8:30AM and 10AM on Saturday, February 2. Please join us.
Parish Directory Updates-
        Our last parish directory, containing members and friends names, addresses, phone numbers and email addresses was printed in 2011. It is time for an updated directory. Over the next few weeks, Fr. Ignatius will be contacting you and confirming the information he has for you, so that we can produce an accurate and updated 2013 directory.
An Orthodox Hierarch's Appeal for the Sanctity of Life-
        To read the thoughts of Metropolitan Tikhon (from the OCA) on the sanctity of life issued at the time when our nation is marking the 40th anniversary of legalized abortion, go to: http://oca.org/holy-synod/statements/his-beatitude-metropolitan-tikhon/sanctity-of-life-sunday-2013
Informed Choices Medical Clinic of Iowa City-
        To watch a short video on this local organization that is working to make abortion an unnecessary option for women with unwanted pregnancies, go to: http://informedchoiceia.org/videos/ and watch the video about the Iowa City Clinic. Did you know that roughly as many people die each year in Iowa from abortion as die from either heart disease or cancer?
Church Cookbook Fundraiser-
        As we fix up our church cookbook for publication, Amy Spencer is looking for five people to try four recipes apiece between now and January 31. (That's one recipe per week.) If you'd like to be one of those people, email her at eastwestmidwest@gmail.com We have a total of 90 recipes to check--and as the saying goes, many hands make light work.
Upcoming Teen SOYO Events-
        On Monday, January 21, at 6:30PM, the teens will gather for dinner and a movie.
Introduction to Orthodoxy Classes-
        We have begun a seven week series of classes on Saturdays at 4PM. The dates are January 19, 26; February 2,9,16,23 and March 2, All are welcome to attend.
Double CD of Syro-Byzantine Liturgical Music Available from Archdiocese-
        Recently, the Choir of St. Romanos the Melodist from the Antiochian Archdiocese of Beirut toured the United States. Several concerts were professionally recorded including one during which they were joined by the Archdiocesan Byzantine Choir of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of North America. These recordings are now available for purchase from our Archdiocese. For more information, look at the attached flier:
House Blessing Season is Now-
        From now until the beginning of Lent (March 17), is the season during which Fr. Ignatius is available to come to your home to bless it. A sign -up sheet is posted in the narthex. Suggest a date and time and Fr. Ignatius will check his calendar and arrange the visit.
Why We Bless Our Homes at Theophany-
Russian Icon Exhibit in Mason City-
        From now until January 26, 2013, the exhibit "Windows to Heaven: Treasures from the Museum of Russian Icons" will be on display at the Charles H. MacNider Museum in Mason City, IA. For more information, go to: www.macniderart.org.
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 January 27, the holy bread will be provided by the Van Dinter family. Thank you in advance. Anyone can sign up to provide holy bread for upcoming liturgies. Check the sheet in the narthex and sign-up.
Choir Leadership-
        During the weekend of January 26-27, Matthew Arndt will lead the choir.
Coffee Hour-
        On Sunday January 27, the food for coffee hour and the clean-up of the fellowship hall will be provided by the St. John the Baptist team.
Church Cleaning-
        During the week of January 20-26, the cleaning of the nave, narthex, bookstore, stairs, nursery and bathrooms will be accomplished by the St. Raphael team.
Food for Thought-
Grant us, O Lord, to imitate the watchfulness of those who waited for your Resurrection, so that day and night our souls may be turned towards you.
St. Ephrem the Syrian



Through Athanasius, wisdom shown,

And the truth of God enlightened men.

Wisdom is not bitter, the people recognized;

But, to everyone who drinks of it to the bottom, it is sweet,

To everyone who suffered for it, it is dear.

To whomever, in the world, all hope is first extinguished,

Who walks throughout the world as over an old cemetery,

Who thinks about men as about weak slavery,

Who thinks about five earthly dry lands [continents] as about five threshing floors,

Who thinks about five puddles, as about five oceans -

To him, Christ is the measure by which eternity is measured'

Adhere to that measure, confirmed in faith;

Whoever recognizes this measure [Christ] will never abandon it,

For the mysteries of the world, he will find no other;

Every other measure, inspite of exertion

Does not reach to the Alpha nor the Omega,

But is as deceiving as the moon which crawls over the water.

But appears that it reaches to the bottom of the water.

Christ surpasses both ends of the world,

Where the drama ends and where it began.

Of all the mysteries, the greatest mystery is He.

From His Nativity to His Crucifixion on the Cross,

From His Crucifixion on the Cross to His Resurrection -

He is the true measure of all God's creation.

By Him, measuring sufferings in the midst of worldly rumbling

The saints of God suffered -- without pain.

From the Prologue from Ohrid, January 18th entry