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Church Bulletin: January 7, 2018

posted Jan 7, 2018, 5:07 PM by Saint Raphael of Brooklyn Antiochian Orthodox Church
Sunday January 7, 2018- Synaxis of the Holy Prophet, Forerunner and Baptist John

This Week's Services and Events

January 10, Wednesday
        + Akathist, 7:00PM

January 13, Saturday
        + Great Vespers, 5:00PM

January 14, Sunday after the Theophany of Christ
        + Matins, 8:45AM
        + Divine Liturgy, 10:00AM followed by Fellowship Hour and Sunday School

Upcoming Events and Announcements-   

Fr. Ignatius Traveling-
        Fr. Ignatius will be out of town from Tuesday, January 9 until Monday, January 15.  He will be reachable by phone during this time (319-400-7522).  If you have an emergency and you need a priest during this time, contact Fr. Elias Khouri at 319-329-2562.  Fr. Elias will be serving liturgy on January 14.

Epistle Reading Sign-up Sheet-
        Anybody is welcome to sign-up to read an Epistle reading on a Sunday: men, women and children.  A sign-up sheet for the whole year is posted at the top of the stairs.  If you are interested and want to know how to do it, talk with Subdeacons Panteleimon or Anthony (Todd and Bill) or Fr. Ignatius.  Readers of others languages (than English) are welcome too!  

House Blessing Season-
        Fr. Ignatius will be available to bless your home from January 16-February 17.  Father wants to come to your house, even if he came last year.  Meals or refreshments are not expected or necessary (but they will not be refused!)  If you haven't been contacted by him yet, contact him to set up a day and time for him to come.  

Food Pantry-
        The first date for our church food pantry is Saturday, Jan. 20, from 11:00 to 12:30. You can donate non-perishable items (food that doesn't need to be refrigerated) in the white box under the table in the narthex (church entry). Monetary donations are also welcome. Commonly needed items are ...
  • cereal and oatmeal
  • canned veggies, fruit, beans, etc.
  • nut butters, jellies, spreads
  • sauces, such as spaghetti
  • rice and pasta
  • boxed dinners (such as RiceARoni, Hamburger/Tuna Helper)
  • crackers
  • toiletries
  • canned fish and other meats
  • diapers and infant formula
  • whatever you eat that others might like to eat too
PLEASE DON'T bring dented cans or food past its expiration date.

Interested in helping hands-on? Talk to Subdeacon Anthony (Bill, edit@kctc.net) or Father. We're looking for someone to volunteer to provide coffee and donuts for our guests as well as someone to work with Table to Table and other food donors.

Do You Shop at Amazon.com?-
        If you make purchases on Amazon.com, there is a simple and easy way to benefit the church while doing so.  If you go to Amazon's companion site, smile.amazon.com, you will find all of the same items for purchase (at the same prices) as are found on the main site.  Once you sign in, you will be asked what charity you would like to benefit.  Enter "St. Raphael of Brooklyn Orthodox Christian Mission" and 0.5% of qualifying purchases will be given back to the church.  It's that simple.  

Food for All--Kalona
        Please  continue to pray for our Orthodox-style, community-style charity work. Also 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   

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 Catechumens-

        Please keep our catechumens Ilya Buchkin, Jeremiah Kaufmann, Scott Dorr, Brian and Rene Horak 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.  To sign a petition urging the US Government and others to work for their release, go to:

Food for Thought-

Today the grace of the Holy Spirit hath descended on the waters in the likeness of a dove. Today hath shone the Sun that setteth not, and the world is lighted by the light of the Lord. Today the moon shineth with the world in its radiating beams. Today the shining stars adorn the universe with the splendor of their radiance. Today the clouds from heaven moisten mankind with showers of justice. Today the Uncreated accepteth of His own will the laying on of hands by His own creation. Today the Prophet and Forerunner draweth nigh to the Master but halteth with trembling when he witnesseth the condescension of our God toward us. Today the waters of the Jordan are changed to healing by the presence of the Lord. Today the whole creation is watered by mystical streams. Today the stumblings of mankind are blotted out by the waters of the Jordan. Today hath paradise been opened to mankind, and the Sun of righteousness hath shone for us. Today the bitter water is changed by Moses to sweetness for the people at the presence of the Lord. Today are we delivered from the ancient mourning, and like a new Israel we have been saved. Today we have escaped from darkness and, by the light of the knowledge of God, we have been illuminated. Today the darkness of the world vanisheth with the appearance of our God. Today the whole creation is lighted from on high. Today is error annulled, and the coming of the Master prepareth for us a way of salvation. Today the celestials celebrate with the terrestrials, and the terrestrials commune with the celestials. Today the assembly of noble and great-voiced Orthodox rejoiceth. Today the Master cometh to baptism to elevate mankind above. Today the Unbowable boweth to his servant to deliver us from slavery. Today we have bought the kingdom of heaven, for the kingdom of heaven hath no end. Today the land and the sea have divided between them the joy of the world, and the world hath been filled with rejoicing.

- Excerpt from a Prayer during the Great Blessing of the Water