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Church Bulletin: January 3, 2016

posted Jan 3, 2016, 4:34 PM by Saint Raphael of Brooklyn Antiochian Orthodox Church
January 3, 2016- Sunday before Theophany
This Week's Services and Events

January 5, Tuesday (Eve of Feast of Theophany)
        + Royal Hours, 9:00AM
        + Free Lunch Program Volunteering, 11:30AM-1:30PM
        + Vesperal Liturgy with Blessing of Water, 6:00PM

January 6, Wednesday (Feast of Theophany)
        + Festal Matins, 8:30AM
        + Divine Liturgy, 10:00AM
        + Kalona Vespers, 7:00PM and Akathist, 7:00PM

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

January 9, Saturday
        + Outdoor Blessing of Waters, 4:00PM at First Ave. bridge in Cedar Rapids, followed by vespers and refreshments at St. George Church at 5:00PM  (no vespers at St. Raphael)

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

Many Years!-
       Congratulations to Evgeny Arshava and Yulia Matveeva on the baptism of their son Aleksey, yesterday at St. Raphael Church.

Theophany Services-
       We will celebrate the baptism of our Lord with Royal Hours at 9:00AM on January 5, and Vesperal Liturgy with Blessing of the Water at 6:00PM on January 5.  On January 6, we will continue to mark the feast with matins at 8:30AM and Liturgy at 10:00AM.  

Free Lunch Program Volunteering-
       Our monthly opportunity to help serve meals at the Free Lunch Program is Tuesday, January 5 from 11:30AM-1:30PM.  Please let Fr. Ignatius know if you can help out.

St. John the Baptist Church Patronal Feast Day-
       We are invited to join the faithful of St. John the Baptist Greek Orthodox Church as they celebrate their patronal feast with vespers at 6:00PM on January 6 and matins and Liturgy at 9:00AM on January 7.  The church is located at: 501 A Ave. NE, Cedar Rapids.

Pan-Orthodox Outdoor Blessing of the Waters-
        St. George Church in Cedar Rapids will host a pan-Orthodox Outdoor Blessing of the Waters service on the 1st Ave. bridge at 4:00PM on Saturday, January 9.  Afterward, all are invited to vespers and refreshments  at St. George Church (3650 Cottage Grove Ave., SE) beginning at 5:00PM.

Coming to Liturgy on Time-
        We can do better.  Liturgy is the most important event we will participate in during the week.  The Church depends on all of us being present to be healthy and vibrant.  If we showed up at our jobs with the same lack of regard to time as we show up at Liturgy, many of us would get fired.  Make it a priority to come to liturgy in a more timely fashion.   

January/February Calendars are Printed-
        Pick up a copy of the January/February calendar which shows all upcoming services and activities for the next two months.  

Honor Bishop Anthony on His Name Day-
       Bishop Anthony celebrates both his birthday and his name day on January 17, the feast of St. Anthony the Great.  If you would like to honor him, one way to do it is to make a donation to his newly established Speaker's Fund, which will help parishes in his diocese to be able to host speakers.  Envelopes and cards are available in the narthex and should be sent in this week.

Planning for House Blessing Season-
       Fr. Ignatius is looking forward to blessing your home between January 7 and March 13.  He will be out of town January 14-23.  Contact him if you would like to plan a specific time for him to come.  

12 Things The Normal Orthodox Christian is Doing-

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-
    Please continue to pray as we seek ways to encourage Vespers attendance as well as explore food charity programs, such as cooking classes and a Christmas bread event. Input and help is always welcome.
   Kalona Vespers are on first and third Wednesdays (7 p.m.). Join us at UCB Church, Highway 22 and 4th St., Kalona. Questions? Contact Amy at foodforallkalona@gmail.com.

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-
        At that time, when Jesus heard that John had been arrested, he withdrew into Galilee; and leaving Nazareth he went and dwelt in Capernaum by the sea, in the territory of Zebulon and Naphtali, so that what was spoken by the prophet Isaiah might be fulfilled: “The land of Zebulon and the land of Naphtali, toward the sea, across the Jordan, Galilee of the Gentiles—the people who sat in darkness have seen a great light, and for those who sat in the region and shadow of death light has dawned.” From that time Jesus began to preach, saying, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.”  (Matthew 4:12-17)
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-

O Life-giving Lord, when Thou didst come to the Jordan in the flesh, in the likeness of man, willing to be baptized to lighten us who have erred, delivering us from all the wiles of the dragon and his snares, since Thou art compassionate, the Father testified of Thee, and the divine Spirit did come to Thee in the likeness of a dove. Dwell Thou, therefore, in our souls, O Lover of mankind.  

Idiomelon of the Third Hour on the Eve of Theophany