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Church Bulletin: January 31, 2016

posted Feb 1, 2016, 9:10 AM by Saint Raphael of Brooklyn Antiochian Orthodox Church
January 31, 2016- Zacchaeus Sunday
This Week's Services and Events

February 1, Monday
        + Vesperal Liturgy for Presentation of Lord, 5:15PM

February 2, Tuesday
        + Free Lunch Program Volunteering, 11:30AM-1:30PM

February 3, Wednesday 
        + Akathist, 7:00PM
        + Kalona Vespers, 7:00PM

February 4, Thursday
        + OCF Dinner, 6:30PM

February 5, Friday
        + Matins, 8:30AM
        + Office Hours, 9:30-11:30AM

February 6, Saturday
        + Choir Rehearsal, 9:00AM-Noon
        + Great Vespers, 5:00PM

February 7, Sunday 
        + Matins, 8:45AM 
        + Divine Liturgy, 10:00AM, followed by coffee hour and Sunday School
Upcoming Events and Announcements- 

We Need Holy Bread Bakers-
        Sign-up sheets for the whole year are posted on the bulletin board at the top of the stairs.  Please sign up.

House Blessing Season-
       Fr. Ignatius is looking forward to blessing your home before March 13.  Contact him if you would like to plan a specific time for him to come.  If he doesn't hear from you, he will be contacting you soon.

Choir Rehearsal Rescheduled-
        Our choir will hold a rehearsal from 9:00AM-noon on February 6.  All are welcome to attend and sing in the choir.

Liturgy for the Presentation of Christ in the Temple, February 1-
        We will celebrate liturgy for the Feast of the Presentation of Christ in the Temple at 5:15PM on February 1.  Note rescheduled time!

Consider Supporting Hannah Valentine on Her Short-term Mission Trip to Mexico-
       Between March 26-April 2, Hannah will be traveling with a small team of short-term missionaries as part of the Orthodox Christian Mission Center to go to two remote villages in Mexico to teach the faith to the local Orthodox Christians there.  If you would like to support her, go to: https://www.ocmc.org/donate/donation_info.aspx?DonationType=MissionTeam&FundId=207&AppId=3332

Food and Fadwa- A Play-
        St. Raphael Church member Marina Bergenstock is directing the play Food and Fadwa for her Master's thesis at the University of Iowa.  There will be multiple performances of the play in February at the David Thayer Theatre, UI Theatre Building.  The show dates are: 

February 4, 5, 6, 10, 11, 12, 13 at 8:00 p.m.

February 7 at 2:00pm

For more info: https://www.facebook.com/events/1029736390412216/

Tickets are available through the Hancher Box Office.
Book of 30 Akathists to Beloved Saints-
        A new book containing the akathist services to 30 beloved saints has recently been published as a fundraiser by Three Hierarchs Orthodox Church in Washington state.  To learn more and to order go to: http://www.wenorthodox.com/product/book-of-akathists-god-is-wonderful-in-his-saints/

Anchiskhati Choir Quartet Concert-
        Save the date!  We are excited to announce that the famed Anchiskhati Quartet from Georgia will be performing a concert at St. Raphael Church at 7:30PM on February 25.  Do we have any volunteers to help with the cost of hotel rooms for the singers?  See Matthew or Nestan if you are able to help.  

Urgent Request for Doctors to Serve on Medical Mission Trips-
        OCMC is in urgent need of a physician and/or a physician’s assistant to join Medical Mission Trips to Uganda (May 9-21) and Guatemala (April 8-17 and August 26-September 4). Medical personnel are needed to conduct medical clinics and offer health instruction. 

OCMC invites you to join these opportunities to offer physical and spiritual care to people for whom medical care is virtually unattainable. For more information, please visit www.ocmc.org, e-mailteams@ocmc.org, or call 1-877 GO FORTH (ext. 141).

Church Camp Scholarship Opportunity-
        If your child or children (ages 9-17) want to attend Camp St. George or any of our Archdiocesan camps this summer, and you need some financial assistance to pay for the tuition, please let Fr. Ignatius know before February 21.  

2015-2016 Sunday School Project-
        During our current Sunday School year, the 5-12 grade class is sponsoring two children in Ethiopia through the organization Partners With Ethiopia.  Sunday school teachers are asking the Sunday School students to bring in change or whatever they and their families can give each week.  The financial commitment is $38 per month per child.  We may need additional assistance from the parish to meet our goal each month.  Brochures explaining this project are available at church.

Food for All -- Kalona (an outreach of St. Raphael)-
        We have abundant financial resources to work with this year--our third year. Praise God! Income has come primarily from the Kalona community as well as from Methodist and Catholic grants. We've also had lots of food donations.
    Please be praying primarily for (1) Summer Lunch planning and good volunteers. We're hoping to have some guests involved in planning and leading. (2) Strong connections with the local schools to help with outreach. (3) WednesdayVespers--possibly adding a community meal beforehand to feed people and encourage more participation. 
    You're welcome to join us however you'd like! Contact Amy atfoodforallkalona@gmail.com or 319-333-4738. (Wednesday Vespers are on first and third Wednesdays at the big church on Highway 22 and 4th Street, Kalona. Do come!)

Bishop's Visit, Save the Date!-
        Bishop Anthony plans to be with us the weekend of April 9-10, 2016.  Save the date!
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.  

Next Sunday's Gospel Reading-
           The Lord spoke this parable: A man going on a journey called his servants and entrusted to them his property; to one he gave five talents, to another two, to another one, to each according to his ability. Then he went away. He who had received the five talents went at once and traded with them; and he made five talents more. So also, he who had the two talents made two talents more. But he who had received the one talent went and dug in the ground and hid his master’s money. Now after a long time the master of those servants came and settled accounts with them. And he who had received the five talents came forward, bringing five talents more, saying: “Master, you delivered to me five talents; here I have made five talents more.” His master said to him, “Well done, good and faithful servant; you have been faithful over a little, I will set you over much; enter into the joy of your master.” And he also who had the two talents came forward, saying: “Master, you delivered to me two talents; here I have made two talents more.” His master said to him, “Well done, good and faithful servant; you have been faithful over a little, I will set you over much; enter into the joy of your master.” He also who had received the one talent came forward, saying: “Master, I knew you to be a hard man, reaping  where you did not sow, and gathering where you did not winnow; so I was afraid, and I went and hid your talent in the ground. Here you have what is yours.” But his master answered him, “You wicked and slothful servant! You knew that I reap where I have not sowed, and gather where I have not winnowed? Then you ought to have invested my money with the bankers, and at my coming I should have received what was my own with interest. So take the talent from him, and give it to him who has the ten talents. For to everyone who has will more be given, and he will have abundance; but from him who has not, even what he has will be taken away. And cast the worthless servant into the outer darkness; there men will weep and gnash their teeth.” As Jesus said these things He cried out: “He who has ears to hear, let him hear!”   (Matthew 25:14-30)

Pray for our Catechumen-
       Please keep our catechumen Ilya Buchkin in your prayers as he prepares 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. 

Food for Thought-

What the power of spring customarily does to earth's nature, this grace [of God] also does to the soul through purity.  The power of springtime causes even the delicate roots that grow in the valleys to sprout, warming the earth as a fire does a cauldron, so that it sends forth the treasures of verdure that God has planted in the earth's nature to gladden creation and for His own glory.  In like manner grace causes the manifest blossoming of all the splendor that God has concealed in the soul's nature, and it shows this to her and causes her to rejoice in its beauty.

St. Isaac of Syria