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Church Bulletin: January 8, 2017

posted Jan 9, 2017, 11:06 AM by Saint Raphael of Brooklyn Antiochian Orthodox Church
January 8, 2017- The Sunday after Theophany

 This Week's Services and Events

January 10, Tuesday
        + Office Hours, 1:15PM-2:45PM
        + 9th Hour Prayers, 3:00PM

January 11, Wednesday
        + Paraklesis with Unction, 7:00PM

January 12, Thursday
        + Office Hours, 1:15-2:45PM

January 14, Saturday
        + Outdoor Blessing of Waters at 1st Ave. bridge in Cedar Rapids, 4:00PM, followed by 5:00PM vespers at St. John the Baptist Orthodox Church (501 A Ave NE, Cedar Rapids)- No vespers at St. Raphael Church

January 15, Twenty-ninth Sunday after Pentecost
        + Matins, 8:45AM
        + Divine Liturgy, 10:00AM followed by Sunday School and Coffee Hour

Upcoming Events and Announcements-       

Holy Water Available-
        If you would like some holy water to take home and use, ask Fr. Ignatius for some.  

Scheduling Annual House Blessings-
        Fr. Ignatius would like to come to all church member's homes before the beginning of Lent (February 27) for a house blessing.  If there is a specific day and time you would like Father to come, please contact him and let him know.  If he doesn't hear from you, he will contact you and schedule a time.  

Holy Unction-
        One of our sacraments, anointing with holy unction, is linked with healing, the healing of both body and spirit.  This Wednesday, January 11 at 7:00PM, we will pray the paraklesis service and all Orthodox Christians who desire to be anointed with unction can do so at the end of the service.

Donations for Wine and Olive Oil-
        The church uses olive oil to burn in the vigil lamps that hang before the icons, and wine for Holy Communion.  We gladly accept monetary donations for the purchase of these necessary supplies (mark donation clearly if this is your intention), or, in the case of the oil, in-kind donations of regular, not extra-virgin olive oil.   

We Need Holy Bread Bakers-
        As we have come to a new year, we have also come to a new sign-up sheet for providing holy bread for each weekly liturgy.  If you bake holy bread, please look at the sign-up sheet and put your name down.  The next several Sundays are open and available.

Outdoor Blessing of Waters-
        St. John the Baptist Church in Cedar Rapids invites us to join them in blessing the Cedar River at 4:00PM on Saturday, January 14, at the 1st Ave. bridge in downtown Cedar Rapids.  Vespers follows at the church at 5:00PM.

Serve on a Short-term Mission-
        OCMC Mission Teams need volunteers in 2017.  There are openings for hard workers in Albania, Guatemala, Kenya, Indonesia, Alaska and Mexico.   Details are available on the OCMC website www.ocmc.org.   Please consider these opportunities to serve in missions.

Food for All - Kalona
        Please continue to pray for our Orthodox-style, community-style charity work. Our Sunday Supper and Movie Nights are happening twice monthly until summer. Also, we hope to restart Kalona Vespers in the new year. Also please 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

Save the Dates!-
        We will host Anthony Bashir and Richard Robbat again for the second and final round of their leadership development training on February 17-18.  Like last time, it will be a Friday evening and Saturday morning and afternoon schedule.  If you participated last time, please plan to be involved again.  But even if you didn't participate last time, we welcome you and encourage you to get involved.  

Bishop Anthony's Next Visit-
        His Grace will be with us the weekend of October 21-22.  Save the dates and plan to be with our bishop.

Orthodox Christian Fellowship-
        Our OCF is taking some time off during winter break.  They will resume in late January.  

Next Sunday's Gospel Reading-
        At that time, as Jesus entered a village, He was met by ten lepers, who stood at a distance and lifted up their voices and said, “Jesus, Master, have mercy on us.” When He saw them He said to them, “Go and show yourselves to the priests.” And as they went they were cleansed. Then one of them, when he saw that he was healed, turned back, praising God with a loud voice; and he fell on his face at Jesus’ feet, giving Him thanks. Now he was a Samaritan. Then Jesus said, “Were not ten cleansed? Where are the nine? Was no one found to return and give praise to God except this foreigner?” And He said to him, “Rise and go your way; your faith has made you well.”  (Luke 17:12-19)

Pray for our Catechumens-
       Please keep our catechumens Anna Baynton and Ilya Buchkin 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.

Food for Thought-

In the valley of tears You brought dead bones to life, O Divine Son.  Let the prophet rejoice, for You fulfilled his prophecy.  All the strength, all the beauty and all the wisdom, for which the whole of mankind has been yearning from the beginning, is found in You, the Ultimate Man....
Through You, the Triradiate Ray dared to project itself into the darkness of death and the shadow of nonexistence.  Beneficence was in that Ray and, like every benefaction, it was abused.  Therefore the Ray withdrew, and the darkness of death and the shadow of nonexistence reigned.  
Then you came with a new Ray and a new beneficence.  And those who accepted You began to shine like newly kindled suns.  But those who did not accept You, remained dead bones in the valley to an even greater degree.
You opened up a bakery for the hungry and a tavern for the thirsty, and You invite all those who hunger and thirst to eat and drink and to be living beings.

- St. Nikolai Velimirovich, "Prayers by the Lake", XCIV