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Church Bulletin: January 5, 2014

posted Jan 5, 2014, 6:54 PM by Saint Raphael of Brooklyn Antiochian Orthodox Church
January 5, 2014- The Theophany of the Lord (by transference and anticipation)
This Week's Services and Events
January 6, Monday
        + 3rd Hour Prayers, 9AM
        + Office Hours, 9:30AM-11:30AM
        + Teen SOYO Book Club, 6:30PM

January 7, Tuesday
        + 11:30AM-1:30PM Free Lunch Program Volunteering at 1105 Gilbert Ct.

January 8, Wednesday
        + Paraklesis with Holy Unction, 7PM

January 10, Friday
         + Matins, 8:30AM

January 11, Saturday
        + 9th Hour/Great Vespers, 6PM
January 12, Sunday
        + Matins, 8:45AM
        + Liturgy, 10AM, followed by Sunday School and coffee hour
Upcoming Events and Announcements 

Holy Water Available-
       Following this morning's liturgy, we had the Blessing of the Water service.  If you would like to take some holy water home with you, please ask Fr. Ignatius for some.  Holy Water is available for your use, anytime during the year. 

Minor Liturgical Changes-
       Metropolitan Philip has made it known that he is striving for more liturgical uniformity across our Archdiocese, so that all of our parishes are doing the divine services in the same way that the rest of our Patriarchate is doing them.  The most noticeable changes for us will be: fewer verses sung during the antiphons at liturgy, no verses at the singing of "Alleluia" just before the Gospel, and no more litany of the catechumens following the sermon.  In order that we continue to keep our catechumens in our prayers as they progress toward being sacramentally united to the Orthodox Church, Fr. Ignatius will include the catechumens in those who are prayed for at the Great Entrance, and he will list the catechumens in the weekly email as a reminder to pray for them.

January-February Calendars Available-
       The calendars detailing services and other events at St. Raphael Church are printed and now available to pick up at church.

Free Lunch Program Volunteering-
       On January 7, we are scheduled to help serve lunch from 11:30AM-:1:30PM at the Free Lunch Program.  The location has moved.  The new location is 1105 Gilbert Court, next to the Crisis Center.  Please let Fr. Ignatius know if you can help out this month.
House Blessing Season is Here-
       Fr. Ignatius will be available to come to your home to bless it between the Feast of Theophany (January 6) and the beginning of Lent (March 3).  A sign-up sheet is posted at church.

Office Hours To Change-
        Beginning next week, January 12-18, Fr. Ignatius's office hours will switch from Mondays at 9:30AM-11:30AM, to Fridays at 9:30AM-11:30AM.  Monday 3rd Hour Prayers will discontinue beginning next week also.
2014 Annual Calendars Available-
       The yearly 2014 calendar, which lists fasting days and seasons, feast days, daily Scriptural reading and daily saints, is available in the church narthex.

January Parish Council Meeting-
        The January 2014 Parish Council meeting will be January 14 at 7PM.

Supplication for Victims of Abortion Service-
        The 41st anniversary of the US Supreme Court decision that legalized abortion on demand in America is approaching later this month.  Our Archdiocese has always declared the Sunday preceding this sad anniversary to be Sacred Gift of Life Sunday.  In recognition of our duty to love our neighbors as ourselves and to defend the oppressed and pray for the departed, we will have a Supplication Service for the Victims of Abortion at 6PM on January 19. 

Upcoming Teen SOYO Event-
       Our teens will gather at church on January 20 at 6:30PM for a movie night. 

Choir Practice-
       The Choir will practice January 16 from 7PM-9PM and January 25 from 10AM-12PM. 

Out of the Mouths of Babes-
       During an art project at St. Herman School, and Orthodox K-8 school in Boston, MA, students were coloring icons of the archangels Michael and Gabriel.  When the students were asked what color of pencil they would use to color the angels' skin, one student replied, "They don't have skin because they are made of light...but it is not their light but God's and the more they obey the brighter they become."

Orthodoxy and Beauty Through the Arts-
       Do you want to learn more about our Orthodox Christian faith and how it intersects with the arts?  Go check out the Orthodox Arts Journal at www.orthodoxartsjournal.org.  This blog has a wealth of information from Orthodox authors on everything from icons to architecture, to church music to textiles and more.  

Fundraiser to Benefit Suffering People of Syria-
       St. Raphael Church is co-sponsoring a fundraising event which is being organized by the Iowa City Emergency Committee for Syria and co-sponsored by many other local organizations.  This event will be held on the evening of Thursday January 23 at Old Brick.  When more information is available, it will be shared.
Introduction to Orthodoxy Class-
       All are welcome to attend a seven week Introduction to Orthodoxy class that will meet on 7 consecutive Saturdays at 4PM starting on January 25.
Thoughts on Stewardship and Giving-
         "Honor the Lord with your substance and with the first fruits of all your produce; then your barns will be filled with plenty, and your vats will be bursting with wine." - Proverbs 3:9-10

Pray for our Catechumens-
      Please keep our catechumens: Ilya Buchkin, Rachelle Naridze and Tyson Humphrey in your prayers as they prepare to be sacramentally joined to the Orthodox Church.
An Opportunity to Serve, Be a Greeter-
       The greeter's main responsibility is to make newcomers feel welcome by warmly greeting them, asking them to sign our guestbook and/or newcomer information card, making sure they know bathrooms and coatroom are downstairs and ushering them into the nave of the church.   If you are interested in signing up to be a greeter for a Sunday, there is a sign-up sheet on the bulletin board just outside of the bookstore.  On the sheet, is a complete job description for this important position. 
Keep Praying for Kidnapped Orthodox Bishops, Priest, Nuns and Orphans in Syria-
       Since April 22, the Orthodox Metropolitan of Aleppo, Metropolitan Paul, and the Syriac Metropolitan of Aleppo, Youhanna, have been in captivity and have not heard from.  Please pray for their well being and release and also pray for their captors as well. Since December 2, 12 nuns and three orphans have been removed by force from their convent and held captive.  One priest is also missing, having been kidnapped. 
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.
Holy Bread-
        On Sunday January 12, the Padath family will provide the holy bread.  Thank you in advance.
Coffee Hour-
        On Sunday January 12, the food for coffee hour and the clean-up of the fellowship hall will be provided by the St. Raphael food team. 

Choir Leadership-
       On January 12, Tania Van Dinter will lead the choir.
Food for Thought-

When Thou O Lord, was baptized in the Jordan, worship of the Trinity was made manifest.  For the voice of the Father bore witness to Thee, calling Thee His beloved Son; and the Spirit in the form of a dove, confirmed the truthfulness of His Word.  O Christ our God, who hath appeared to us, and hast enlightened the world, glory to Thee.
Troparion of Theophany