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Church Bulletin: July 3, 2016

posted Jul 4, 2016, 6:43 PM by Saint Raphael of Brooklyn Antiochian Orthodox Church
July 3, 2016- 2nd Sunday after Pentecost

 This Week's Services and Events

July 6, Wednesday
        + Akathist, 7:00PM

July 9, Saturday
        + Great Vespers, 5:00PM 

July 10, 3rd Sunday after Pentecost
        + Matins, 8:45AM
        + Divine Liturgy, 10:00AM followed by Coffee Hour
Upcoming Events and Announcements- 

Please Welcome Fr. Maximos Herman-
        Fr. Maximos Herman, from St. John the Wonderworker Mission, will be serving matins and liturgy on Sunday, July 10.  Please welcome him!

July-August Calendars Printed-
        Calendars listing services and events for July and August are printed and available in the narthex.

Holy Bread Bakers-
        The calendar is wide open.  We need volunteers for many upcoming Sundays and beyond.  Please sign up!

        Today is the last Sunday Hannah Valentine will be with us.  She is moving to St. Paisius Monastery in Arizona.  May God grant her many years!

Fr. Ignatius Travelling-
        Fr. Ignatius and family will be out of town July 4-15 on vacation and to take Hannah to the monastery.  Fr. Ignatius will also be out of town July 18-22 to attend the Clergy Symposium at the Antiochian Village.  If there is an emergency for which you need a priest during this time, please call Fr. Elias Khouri at 319-329-2562.

        Congratulations to Julia Buchkina and her daughter Tatiana who were churched during liturgy today.  May God grant them many years!

Mid-Year Financial Note From Our Treasurer-
        As of June 29, 2016, the financial situation still remains underfunded.  Currently, we are negative $2497.63 year to date.  This is $416.27/month that we are underfunded.  As you recall, a balanced budget was reached.  Please remember that the budget was based on pledges and fundraising events.  A few items are causing this situation - the Pascha appeal did not generate the amount that was anticipated, our Sunday Money has not reached anticipated amounts, and pledges are not being received.  Please remember if you have pledged to the church that a monthly donation is most appreciated to help alleviate any cash flow problems.  If you have any questions, please feel free to contact any Council member or Father.        

Links to Documents Signed at the Recent Orthodox Council in Crete-
        Although the Antiochian Patriarchate was not present at this council which involved many Orthodox bishops from around the world, it is important to know what the bishops discussed and proclaimed.  The Message, the Encyclical and various documents on topics like Fasting, Relations with other Christians, Autonomy and How it is Proclaimed, the Diaspora, Marriage, and the Mission of the Church are available to read at www.holycouncil.org.

Official Stance of the Patriarchate of Antioch Regarding the Council in Crete-

The North American Thebaid: A Photographic Pilgrimage to Monastic Life on Our Continent-
       To learn about this new project, which is inspired to present monastic life in the United States and Canada to a greater audience, go to: www.thebaid.organd/or watch this video: https://youtu.be/EJuhTrL_4l4  Note: "Thebaid" was a desert area in Egypt known for a great concentration of monasteries and hermits.

Food for All - Kalona
       Summer Lunch continues on strongly, and guests are talking about how much they enjoy it. Please come down sometime, have lunch or volunteer, and see what's happening--and what Orthodox-style, community-style charity can look like. (Kalona Methodist Church, 4th St. and C Ave., MWF, noon to 1+) Also, volunteering and helping provide food are easy. Go online to our signup at goo.gl/7oeaHB to see what you can do.

Archdiocese Financial Report Available-
       The annual Archdiocese Financial Report is available for viewing.  A copy is in the narthex.

A Charitable Appeal From Karen Kuntz-
        I wanted to tell you about a challenge I’m taking in October. My sister-in-law, Maria Wiblin and I will be walking 60 miles over the course of three days in the Susan G Komen 3-Day Walk. Susan G. Komen® is the world’s largest breast cancer organization, funding more breast cancer research than any other nonprofit while providing real-time help to those facing the disease. Komen is the only organization that addresses breast cancer on multiple fronts such as research, community health, global outreach and public policy initiatives in order to make the biggest impact against this disease. My goal is to raise $3,200 to support the important work of fighting breast cancer.


Please consider making a donation to help defeat breast cancer!

Since the 3-Day Walk is a non-profit, gifts are tax deductible, and giving is easy.

 If you prefer to give online, my donation page is: http://www.the3day.org/goto/karenkuntz

Feel free to pass this information along to any of your friends who might be interested in supporting this cause!

Thank you for your encouragement and support.

Next Sunday's Gospel Reading-
           The Lord said, “The eye is the lamp of the body. So, if your eye is sound, your whole body will be full of light; but if your eye is evil, your whole body will be full of darkness. If then the light in you is darkness, how great is the darkness! No one can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and mammon. Therefore I tell you, do not be anxious about your life, what you shall eat or what you shall drink; nor about your body, what you shall put on. Is not the soul more than food, and the body more than clothing? Look at the birds of heaven: they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they? And which of you by being anxious can add one cubit to his stature? And why are you anxious about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow; they neither toil nor spin; yet I tell you, even Solomon himself in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. But if God so clothes the grass of the field, which today is alive and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will He not much more clothe you, O men of little faith? Therefore do not be anxious, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For the Gentiles seek all these things; and your heavenly Father knows that you need them all. But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things shall be yours as well.”  (Matthew 6:22-33)            

Pray for our Catechumen-
       Please keep our catechumen Ilya Buchkin in your prayers as he prepares 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-

Now may our Lord Jesus Christ Himself, and our God and Father, who has loved us ad given us everlasting consolation and good hope by grace, comfort your hearts and establish you in every good word and work.

- II Thessalonians 2:16-17