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Church Bulletin: July 6, 2014

posted Jul 6, 2014, 1:24 PM by Saint Raphael of Brooklyn Antiochian Orthodox Church
July 6, 2014- 4th Sunday after Pentecost
This Week's Services and Events

July 9, Wednesday
        + Akathist, 7PM

July 11, Friday
        + Matins, 8:30AM
        + Office Hours, 9:30-11:30AM

July 12, Saturday
        + Nutrition Class, 3:30-5:30PM
        + 9th Hour/Great Vespers, 6PM
July 13, 5th Sunday after Pentecost
        + Matins, 8:45AM
        + Divine Liturgy, 10AM, followed by coffee hour
Upcoming Events and Announcements  

We Have a New Metropolitan-
       Archbishop Joseph, who had been serving as the bishop of the Diocese of Los Angeles and the West and also overseeing the Diocese of Eagle River and the Northwest, was elected by the Holy Synod of Antioch to be the Metropolitan of North America.  Axios!  He is worthy!  Mustahek!  Let us keep him in our prayers.  Also, there is an effort in our diocese to collect funds to purchase a new episcopal staff to present to His Eminence as a gift from the Diocese of Toledo and the Midwest.  If you would like to give to this effort, make checks out to the church and designate them for Metropolitan's gift.

July-August Calendars Available-
       The printed calendars which show services and other events for the months of July and August are available in the church narthex.

Press-Citizen Article Features Our Church's Charitable Projects Effort at Farmer's Market-

Speaking of the Farmer's Market...-
       We are scheduled to host a table at the Farmer's market again on Saturday, July 19 from 7:30AM-12PM.  Please sign up to help make food, package food or staff the table.  Sign-up sheet is at the end of the food line in our fellowship hall.

Nutrition Class with Dr. Julia Buchkina-
       This summer, St. Raphael member Dr. Julia Buchkina is offering a four part class series on nutrition.  Dates are on Saturdays- July 12, July 19, August 2, and August 30.  Topics will be:  Food, Inc. documentary viewing and discussion; Nutrition for Chronic Disease Management; Practical Cooking Skills Workshop; Understanding Your Numbers.  All classes will be from 3:30PM-5:30PM.

Does Anyone Have a Room to Available to Rent?-
       A priest in our diocese has contacted Fr. Ignatius, looking for some help to find a room for the son of a parishioner of his.  This student will be attending the University of Iowa this Fall, enrolled in an MFA program.  If you have a room available that you would consider renting to this young man, please contact Fr. Ignatius.

Choir Platforms and our Nave-
        Recently, our choir has been trying out risers which allow members to be assembled in a way that they can more easily see the choir director.  These risers are along the rear wall of the nave.  It is hoped that this arrangement will benefit the choir and all of us who hear them, as well as open up space in our nave so that people feel more comfortable in coming fully into the nave and not lingering by the doors to the narthex.  Our space can easily fit two or three times the number of people we currently have on an average Sunday.  Fr. Ignatius says, "Don't be shy.  Come in, fill up the space. It's okay to stand in front of the choir."

Teen SOYO Events-
       On Monday, July 14, our teens are meeting for Book Club at 6:30PM.  They are meeting for dinner and Movie Night at 6:30pm on Monday, July 21.  They are serving a meal at the Ronald McDonald House on Tuesday, July 29, meeting at the church at 3:45PM.  On Saturday, August 2, they will be going to the Adventureland amusement park. 

Ongoing Need for Olive Oil-
       Our church has an ongoing need for olive oil which we use in the vigil lamps that burn on the altar and before our icons. The more expensive extra virgin olive oil is unnecessary and less desirable as it burns too hotly.  Donated bottles can be left with Fr. Ignatius, Todd Wiblin or Bill Spencer. 

Are You on Facebook?-
       If you are on Facebook, check out and "like" the church's new Facebook page at St. Raphael Antiochian Orthodox Church.  Share with your friends!

An Introduction to FOCUS North America-
       There are many people with many needs in our midst, especially in our big cities across America.  One growing effort to "love our neighbors" and to show love to Christ by providing for "the least of these" is known as FOCUS, which "focuses" on Food, Occupation, Clothing, Understanding, Shelter.  This effort by Orthodox Christians is active in over 50 cities in North America.  In 2013, a total of 7500 FOCUS volunteers served 129,000 meals, trained and/or employed 1,100 people, distributed 332,000 articles of clothing, and gave shelter and housing support to 900 people.  To learn more about this worthy effort, go to: http://www.focusnorthamerica.org

Pray for Ukraine-
       From a press release from the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the USA- "As the world community continues to watch the continued atrocities committed by Russian sponsored and armed “separatists” against the population in Eastern Ukraine, the images of thousands of people fleeing their homes (as was the case with all too many other atrocities throughout Ukraine’s history) weigh heavily on our minds.As we have throughout this present crisis, we Hierarchs of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the USA call upon the world wide Orthodox and Christian community to continue to pray for peace in Ukraine, at the same time offering every possible means of assistance to those that suffer."
Also, the Ukrainian Orthodox Church just lost their chief hierarch, Metropolitan Volodymyr of Kiev and all Ukraine, who fell asleep in the Lord at age 79.  Let us keep the Ukrainian Church and all of the people of Ukraine in our prayers.

An Orthodox Christian Scholar's Thoughts on the Situation of Christians in the Middle East-
       To read an article by Dr. Elizabeth Prodromou on the current situation of Christians in the Middle East and what Western Christians can do about it, go to: http://myocn.net/elizabeth-prodromou-room-lukewarm-mideast-christians-die/

Thoughts on Stewardship and Giving-      
        "And in this I give advice: It is to your advantage not only to be doing what you began and were desiring to do a year ago; but now you also must complete the doing of it; that as there was a readiness to desire it, so there also may be a completion out of what you have. For if there is first a willing mind, it is accepted according to what one has, and not according to what he does not have. For I do not mean that others should be eased and you burdened; but by an equality, that now at this time your abundance may supply their lack, that their abundance also may supply your lack – that there may be equality. As it is written, ‘He who gathered much had nothing left over, and he who gathered little had no lack." (II Corinthians 8:10-15)

Next Sunday's Gospel Reading-

       St. John Chrysostom urges Christians to preview the upcoming Sunday Gospel reading so that it may be fresh in your minds when you hear it next
Sunday.  The reading for Sunday, July 13 is:  The Lord said to His Disciples: “You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hid. Nor do men light a lamp and put it under a bushel, but on a stand, and it gives light to all in the house. Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father Who is in heaven. Think not that I have come to abolish the law and the prophets; I have come not to abolish them, but to fulfill them. For truly, I say to you, until heaven and earth pass away, not an iota, not a dot, will pass from the law until all is accomplished. Whoever then relaxes one of the least of these commandments, and teaches men so, shall be called least in the kingdom of heaven; but he who does them and teaches them shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven.”  (Matthew 5: 14-19)

Pray for our Catechumens-

       Please keep our catechumens: Ilya Buchkin and Rob Bergenstock in your prayers as they prepare to be sacramentally joined to the Orthodox Church.

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 heard from.  Please pray for their well being and release and also pray for their captors as well.  One priest is also missing, having been kidnapped. 

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

Coffee Hour-
        On Sunday July 13, the food for coffee hour and clean-up of the fellowship hall will be provided by the St. Raphael team.

Church Cleaning-
       During the week of July 6-12, the nave, narthex, bookstore, stairs, nursery and bathrooms will be cleaned by the St. John the Baptist team.

Food for Thought-
“If you would be simple-hearted like the Apostles, would not conceal your human shortcomings, would not pretend to be especially pious, if you would walk free from hypocrisy, then that is the path. While it is easy, not everyone can find it or understand it. This path is the shortest way to salvation and attracts the grace of God. Unpretentiousness, guilelessness, frankness of soul – this is what is pleasing to the Lord, Who is lowly of heart. Except ye become like children, ye shall not enter into the Kingdom of God (Matt. 18:13).”

--Elder Leonid of Optina