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Church Bulletin: July 30, 2017

posted Jul 31, 2017, 8:47 AM by Saint Raphael of Brooklyn Antiochian Orthodox Church
This Week's Services and Events

August 2, Wednesday
        + Paraklesis, 7:00PM

August 3, Thursday
        + Office Hours, 1:15PM-2:45PM

August 4, Friday
        + Paraklesis, 7:00PM

August 5, Saturday
        + Holy Baptism of Sophia Naridze, 11:00AM
        + Great Vespers, 5:00PM

August 6, The Transfiguration of the Lord
        + Matins, 8:45AM
        +Divine Liturgy, 10:00AM followed by Fellowship Hour

Upcoming Events and Announcements-            

Upcoming Baptism!  All Are Invited!-
        On Saturday, August 5 at 11:00AM, Sophia Naridze, daughter of Irakli and Rachelle, is being baptized.  All are welcome to attend.

Blessing of Grapes at Transfiguration- 
        August 6 is the Feast of the Lord's Transfiguration and it falls on a Sunday this year.  A traditional custom that happens at this feast is that the faithful bring grapes and other fruit to be blessed.  You are welcome to bring any fruit to be blessed at the end of liturgy.

The Dormition Fast-
        August 1-14 is the time of preparation known as the Dormition Fast, during which we anticipate the Feast of the Dormition of the Theotokos on August 15.  We abstain from meat, eggs and dairy during these two weeks.  In addition, we pray the Paraklesis (a service of consolation for the living) several times.  This year, we will pray the Paraklesis on August 2, 4, 7, 9, 11, all at 7:00PM.  We conclude this fast with Vesperal Liturgy for the Dormition at 6:00PM on August 14. 

Do You Shop Online?  Would You Like to a Percentage of What You Spend to Benefit the Church?-
        There is an easy program to sign up for, which allows you to designate that a certain percentage (usually 2-4%) of the cost of the items you are already buying (from thousands of vendors) gets donated both to St. Raphael Church and also to the Archdiocese's Clergy Retirement Fund.   To sign up, go to: antiochian.org/rewardsprogram.  Little flyers are available in the church narthex.  

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  

Bishop Anthony's Visit and Jared Johnson's Ordination to the Diaconate-
        His Grace will be with us the weekend of October 28-29.  In addition to visiting with us, he will be ordaining former St. Raphael Church member Jared Johnson as a deacon.  Save the dates and plan to be with our bishop. 

Next Sunday's Gospel Reading-
        At that time, Jesus took with Him Peter and James and John his brother, and led them up a high mountain apart. And He was transfigured before them, and His face shone like the sun, and His garments became white as light. And behold, there appeared to them Moses and Elijah, talking with Him. And Peter said to Jesus, “Lord, it is well that we are here; if Thou wilt, I will make three booths here, one for Thee and one for Moses and one for Elijah.” He was still speaking, when lo, a bright cloud overshadowed them, and a voice from the cloud said, “This is My beloved Son, with Whom I am well pleased; hear Him.” When the disciples heard this, they fell on their faces, and were filled with awe. But Jesus came and touched them, saying, “Rise, and have no fear.” And when they lifted up their eyes, they saw no one but Jesus only. And as they were coming down the mountain, Jesus commanded them, “Tell no one the vision, until the Son of man is risen from the dead.”  (Matthew 17:1-9) 

 Pray for our Catechumens-
       Please keep our catechumens Ilya Buchkin  and Jeremiah Kaufmann 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-

"Theology without action is the theology of the devil."

- St. Maximos the Confessor