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Church Bulletin: January 6, 2013

posted Jan 5, 2013, 6:16 AM by Saint Raphael of Brooklyn Antiochian Orthodox Church
January 6, 2013- The Theophany of our Lord God and Savior Jesus Christ
This Week's Services and Events
Jan 8, Tuesday
        + 3rd Hour Prayers, 9AM
        + Parish Council Meeting, 7PM
Jan 9, Wednesday
        + Akathist, 7PM
Jan 11, Friday
        + Matins, 8:30AM
Jan 12, Saturday
        + Pan-Orthodox Outdoor Blessing of the Waters service, 3:30PM on First Ave. bridge in downtown Cedar Rapids
        + Vespers at St. George in Cedar Rapids, 5PM
Jan 13, Sunday, The Sunday after the Theophany
        + Matins, 8:45AM
        + Divine Liturgy, 10AM, followed by coffee hour and Sunday School
Upcoming Events and Announcements
        On December 31, Tyler Fyotek and Hope Callahan participated in the Sacrament of Marriage, being joined together in a wedding service at St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church in Ann Arbor MI with Fr. Ignatius presiding. Congratulations! May God grant them many years!
Holy Bread Need for Next Sunday-
        We need a volunteer to bring holy bread for Liturgy next Sunday, January 13. Please let Fr. Ignatius know if you can provide the bread.
Pan-Orthodox Outdoor Blessing of the Waters Service January 12-
        As we do each year near the feast of Theophany, we join with the clergy and laity of our Orthodox sister churches in Cedar Rapids (and elsewhere) for an Outdoor Blessing of the Waters service. This January, St. George Church is hosting and we will gather in Cedar Rapids on Saturday January 12 at 3:30PM to bless the waters and celebrate the feast. We will meet at the First Ave. bridge spanning the Cedar River, across from City Hall. Please plan to participate. Following the Blessing service, we are invited to vepsers at St. George Church at 5PM.
40 Day Memorial for Patriarch Ignatius IV on January 13-
        It is customary for Orthodox Christians to remember a departed soul on the 40th day after his or her death. As such, Metropolitan Philip has asked all churches in the Antiochian Archdiocese of North America to pray the Trisagion Memorial Prayers for the Departed on Sunday January 13. We will do so at the end of liturgy next Sunday. Please join us.
Upcoming Teen SOYO Events-
        On Monday, January 14, at 6:30PM, the teens will gather for dinner and a discussion of C. S. Lewis's The Screwtape Letters. This is a rescheduled date. The original date was January 7. On Monday, January 21, at 6:30PM, the teens will gather for dinner and a movie.
Introduction to Orthodoxy Classes-
        We will begin this seven week series of classes on Saturday, January 19 at 4PM and continue each Saturday, at the same time. The dates will be January 19, 26; February 2,9,16,23 and March 2, All are welcome to attend.
House Blessing Season is Now-
        From now until the beginning of Lent (March 17), is the season during which Fr. Ignatius is available to come to your home to bless it. A sign -up sheet is posted in the narthex. Suggest a date and time and Fr. Ignatius will check his calendar and arrange the visit.
Why We Bless Our Homes at Theophany-
How Christians Need to Be talking with the World-
        Fr. Ignatius strongly encourages you to take the time to watch this 18 minute video of a presentation given at a TEDx Conference. Iconographer Lynette Hull speaks on the aesthetic of beauty, Steve Jobs, ancient Christian icons and modern computer icons. Fascinating and very compelling! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JET4H9MhQRw&feature=share
Loving the Children, Being a Father to the Fatherless-
To feed your soul with an inspiring and faith-filled documentary film on the holy work being done at a men's monastery and orphanage in the Ukraine
Russian Icon Exhibit in Mason City-
        From now until January 26, 2013, the exhibit "Windows to Heaven: Treasures from the Museum of Russian Icons" will be on display at the Charles H. MacNider Museum in Mason City, IA. For more information, go to: www.macniderart.org.
Church Cookbook Fundraiser-
        Thanks to all who have shown so much interest in the publication of our church cookbook. (1) If you’re on Twitter, please follow @EastWestMidwest. (2) Also email new ethnic recipes to Amy Spencer soon at eastwestmidwest@gmail.com. Americans can provide these too, such as old family recipes from Europe. (Recipes should *not* be straight out of a cookbook.) (3) If you or a friend would like to test a recipe or two (or more!), let Amy know as soon as possible at eastwestmidwest@gmail.com. It’s easy!
Evangelism Bible Verse-
        This week's verse: "For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith- and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God- not by works, so that no one can boast. (Ephesians 2:8-9)
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.
Coffee Hour-
        On Sunday January 13, the food for coffee hour and the clean-up of the fellowship hall will be provided by the St. Raphael team.
Church Cleaning-
        During the week of January 6-13, the cleaning of the nave, narthex, bookstore, stairs, nursery and bathrooms will be accomplished by the St. Nina team.
Food for Thought-
"This is the sum of the Christian Kerygma [message]: life has been manifested in Jesus Christ, the incarnate Word of God, and this life is communicated to us through His Death and Resurrection."
-- His Beatitude, Patriarch IGNATIUS IV
O Master, Lord our God, the Source of life and immortality, the Author of all created things both visible and invisible, Who hast established all seasons and times by Thine own authority and dost direct all things with Thine all-wise and all-gracious providence: We thank Thee for Thy bounties, which Thou hast poured out upon us during our life that is past. And we entreat Thee, O all-bountiful Lord: Bless the crown of the New Year by Thy goodness. Bestow Thy good things from above upon all Thy people, as also health, salvation and good furtherance in all things. Deliver Thy Holy Church, this city and all cities and countryside from every evil assault, and vouchsafe unto them peace and tranquility; and grant that we may always offer thanksgiving unto Thee, the unoriginate Father, together with Thine only-begotten Son and Thine all-holy, good and life-giving Spirit, now and ever, and unto ages of ages. Amen.
--Prayer for the Beginning of the New Year