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Church Bulletin: January 21, 2018

posted Jan 23, 2018, 10:41 AM by Saint Raphael of Brooklyn Antiochian Orthodox Church
Sunday January 21, 2018- Zacchaeus Sunday

This Week's Services and Events

January 23, Tuesday
        + Office Hours, 11:30AM-4:00PM
        + 9th Hour Prayers, 3:00PM

January 24, Wednesday
        + Office Hours, 11:30AM-3:00PM
        + 9th Hour Prayers, 3:00PM
        + Akathist, 7:00PM

January 25, Thursday
        + Office Hours, 12:00PM-4:00PM
        + 9th Hour Prayers, 3:00PM

January 26, Friday
        + Office Hours, 11:30AM-3:00PM
        + 9th Hour Prayers, 3:00PM
        + Vesperal Liturgy for St. Nina, 6:00PM

January 27, Saturday
        + Ss. Mary and Martha Women's Group, 3:00PM
        + Great Vespers, 5:00PM

January 28, Sunday of the Prodigal Son
        + Matins, 8:45AM
        + Divine Liturgy, 10:00AM followed by Fellowship Hour and Sunday School

Upcoming Events and Announcements-   

House Blessing Season-
        Fr. Ignatius is available to bless your home until February 17.  Father wants to come to your house, even if he came last year.  Meals or refreshments are not expected or necessary (but they will not be refused!)  If you haven't been contacted by him yet, contact him to set up a day and time for him to come.  

New Website-
        Our new website is now available!  Find it at www.raphaelchurch.org  Share it with your friends.  We are still working on having our old URL forward to our new page.  Thank you to Amy Spencer for all the hard work in developing this great looking site.

Good Words on the Sanctity of Life-
        As some Orthodox Christians were marching with many others in opposition to abortion this weekend, these words from Metropolitan Tikhon are worth pondering.  https://oca.org/holy-synod/statements/his-beatitude-metropolitan-tikhon/sanctity-of-life-sunday-2018

Food Pantry-
        Our food pantry will be open for a time on the third Saturday of each month. You can donate non-perishable items (food that doesn't need to be refrigerated) in the white box under the table in the narthex (church entry). Monetary donations are also welcome. Commonly needed items are ...
  • cereal and oatmeal
  • canned veggies, fruit, beans, etc.
  • nut butters, jellies, spreads
  • sauces, such as spaghetti
  • rice and pasta
  • boxed dinners (such as RiceARoni, Hamburger/Tuna Helper)
  • crackers
  • toiletries
  • canned fish and other meats
  • diapers and infant formula
  • whatever you eat that others might like to eat too
PLEASE DON'T bring dented cans or food past its expiration date.

Interested in helping hands-on? Talk to Subdeacon Anthony (Bill, edit@kctc.net) or Father. We're looking for someone to volunteer to provide coffee and donuts for our guests as well as someone to work with Table to Table and other food donors.

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

Ss. Mary and Martha Women's Group-
        Our women's group meets at 3:00PM on January 27.

Food for All--Kalona
        Please  continue to pray for our Orthodox-style, community-style charity work. Also 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   

Next Sunday's Gospel Reading-
        The Lord spoke this parable: “Two men went up into the temple to pray, one a Pharisee and the other a tax collector. The Pharisee stood and prayed thus with himself, ‘God, I thank Thee that I am not like other men, extortionists, unjust, adulterers, or even like this tax collector. I fast twice a week; I give tithes of all that I get.’ But the tax collector, standing far off, would not even lift up his eyes to Heaven, but beat his breast, saying, ‘God, be merciful to me a sinner!’ I tell you, this man went down to his house justified rather than the other; for everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, but he who humbles himself will be exalted.”  (Luke 18:10-14)

   Pray for our Catechumens-

        Please keep our catechumens Ilya Buchkin, Jeremiah Kaufmann, Scott Dorr, Brian and Rene Horak 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.  To sign a petition urging the US Government and others to work for their release, go to:

Food for Thought-

“The candles lit before icons of saints reflect their ardent love for God for Whose sake they gave up everything that man prizes in life, including their very lives, as did the holy apostles, martyrs and others. These candles also mean that these saints are lamps burning for us and providing light for us by their own saintly living, their virtues and their ardent intercession for us before God through their constant prayers by day and night. The burning candles also stand for our ardent zeal and the sincere sacrifice we make out of reverence and gratitude to them for their solicitude on our behalf before God.”

+ St. John of Kronstadt