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Church Bulletin: January 29, 2017

posted Jan 30, 2017, 12:20 PM by Saint Raphael of Brooklyn Antiochian Orthodox Church
January 29, 2017- Translation of the Relics of St. Ignatius

 This Week's Services and Events

January 31, Tuesday
        + Office Hours, 1:15PM-2:45PM
        + 9th Hour Prayers, 3:00PM

February 1, Wednesday
        + Vesperal Liturgy for the Presentation of the Lord, 6:00PM

February 2, Thursday
        + Office Hours, 1:15-2:45PM
        + OCF dinner, 6:30PM

February 4, Saturday
        + Intro to Orthodoxy class, 3:00PM
        + Great Vespers, 5:00PM

February 5, Sunday of the Publican and the Pharisee
        + Matins, 8:45AM
        + Divine Liturgy, 10:00AM followed by Sunday School and Coffee Hour

Upcoming Events and Announcements-       

Vesperal Liturgy for the Presentation of the Lord in the Temple-
        We will celebrate the Presentation of the Lord in the Temple with Vesperal Liturgy at 6:00PM on February 1.

Introduction to Orthodoxy Classes-
        A new series of Intro to Orthodoxy classes are starting this Saturday, February 4.  All are welcome.  The schedule is as follows:  
Saturday, February 4- 3pm
Saturday, February 11- 3pm
Saturday, February 25- 1:30pm
Saturday, March 4- 3pm
Saturday, March 11- 3pm
Saturday, March 18- 1:30pm
Saturday, March 25- 3pm

Free Lunch Program Volunteering-
         Join Fr. Ignatius to serve a meal at the Free Lunch Program from 11:30PM-1:00PM on February 7.

2016 Donation Reports-
        Next Sunday, our treasurer Becky will distribute 2016 donation reports for tax purposes, for those who gave last year.  

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

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.  

Special Voters' Meeting, February 26-
        We will vote and fill two vacancies on our parish council.  Tyler Fyotek and Rob Young are the candidates. 

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-
        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 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-

Therefore if there is any consolation in Christ, if any comfort of love, if any fellowship of the Spirit, if any affection and mercy,  fulfill my joy by being like-minded, having the same love, being of one accord, of one mind. Let nothing be done through selfish ambition or conceit, but in lowliness of mind let each esteem others better than himself. Let each of you look out not only for his own interests, but also for the interests of others. Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus, who, being in the form of God, did not consider it robbery to be equal with God, but made Himself of no reputation, taking the form of a bondservant, and coming in the likeness of men. And being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself and became obedient to the point of death, even the death of the cross. Therefore God also has highly exalted Him and given Him the name which is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of those in heaven, and of those on earth, and of those under the earth, and that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.

Philippians 2:1-11