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Church Bulletin: January 22, 2017

posted Jan 23, 2017, 8:05 AM by Saint Raphael of Brooklyn Antiochian Orthodox Church
January 22, 2017- The 32nd Sunday after Pentecost

 This Week's Services and Events

January 24, Tuesday
        + Office Hours, 1:15PM-2:45PM
        + 9th Hour Prayers, 3:00PM

January 25, Wednesday
        + Akathist, 7:00PM

January 26, Thursday
        + Office Hours, 1:15-2:45PM
        + Vesperal Liturgy for St. Nina, 6:00PM
        + OCF meeting at IMU, 7:00PM

January 28, Saturday
        + Great Vespers, 5:00PM

January 29, Translation of the Relics of St. Ignatius of Antioch
        + Matins, 8:45AM
        + Divine Liturgy, 10:00AM followed by Sunday School and Coffee Hour

Upcoming Events and Announcements-       

Excerpt from Archpastoral Letter on Sanctity of Life Sunday-
        As today is the marking of the 44th anniversary of the companion US Supreme Court decisions that legalized abortion throughout the nation, the following is offered for your prayerful consideration.  It is excerpted from the OCA's Metropolitan Tikhon's pastoral letter released for Sanctity of Life Sunday.  
"And what, in fact, has legalized abortion led to? We need to ask this question and provide a frank, if only partial, answer, because in the nearly five decades since Roe, a deep cultural and moral cynicism has set in, and I fear that our ears, our minds and our hearts may have grown dull to the full horror of abortion. For many, this is but one among several political “issues”—stale, overemphasized, and divisive—while for others, it can bring long-hidden pain and grief to the surface. In either case, the Church, so it is sometimes suggested, is better off not speaking out.

The Lord, however, has endued His Church with a voice of mercy and truth, a voice of righteousness and peace (cf. Psalm 84:10). And as long as Rachel continues to weep for her children because they are no more, the Church’s voice cannot be silent (cf. Matthew 2:18)."  To read the whole letter, go to: https://oca.org/holy-synod/statements/his-beatitude-metropolitan-tikhon/sanctity-of-life-sunday-2017

Orthodox Men's Retreat-
        A Men's Retreat hosted by the Greek Orthodox Metropolis of Chicago is being held at the St. Iakovos Retreat Center in Southeastern Wisconsin on Friday evening, February 10 and all day Saturday, February 11.  Retreat leader is Fr. Timothy Sas and the retreat theme is "Humble Glory: Stories of Men Yearning for God".  For those who are sleeping in the bunk beds in the cabin (bring sleeping bag or blankets and pillow) there is no cost.  If you want a private room the cost is $99, $49 for double occupancy.  For information on how to register, go to:www.gocfamilysynaxis.org/mens-retreat

Scheduling 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 went to the district of Tyre and Sidon. And behold, a Canaanite woman from that region came out and cried, “Have mercy on me, O Lord, Son of David; my daughter is severely possessed by a demon.” But He did not answer her a word. And His disciples came and begged him, saying, “Send her away, for she is crying after us.” He answered, “I was sent only to the lost sheep of the house of Israel.” But she came and knelt before Him, saying, “Lord, help me.” And He answered, “It is not fair to take the children’s bread and throw it to the dogs.” She said, “Yes, Lord, yet even the dogs eat the crumbs that fall from their master’s table.” Then Jesus answered her, “O woman, great is your faith! Be it done for you as you desire.” And her daughter was healed instantly.  (Matthew 15:21-28)

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-

The Son of Man has come to seek and to save that which was lost.

Luke 19:10