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Church Bulletin: July 8, 2012

posted Jul 9, 2012, 11:42 AM by Saint Raphael of Brooklyn Antiochian Orthodox Church

July 8, 2012- 5th Sunday after Pentecost

This Week's Services and Events

        July 10, Tuesday

            + 3rd Hour Prayers, 9AM

            + Parish Council meeting, 7PM

        July 11, Wednesday

            + Akathist, 7PM

        July 13, Friday

            + Matins, 8:30AM

        July 14, Saturday

            + 9th Hour/Vespers, 6PM

        July 15, Sunday of the Holy Fathers of the 4th Ecumenical Council
             + Matins, 8:45AM

             + Divine Liturgy, 10AM followed by fellowship hour

Upcoming Events and Announcements 

 Memory Eternal-

       The V. Rev. Peter E. Gillquist reposed in the Lord on Sunday, July 1 after a struggle with metastatic melanoma.  He recently retired from 25 years of service as the Chairman of the Antiochian Archdiocese's Department of Missions and Evangelsim.  His story of conversion from Protestant Evangelicalism to Orthodoxy as told in his book "Becoming Orthodox" inspired and influenced many, including Fr. Ignatius.  Fr. Peter was indispensible in helping St. Raphael Church raise money during the winter of 2008-2009 as we were striving to purchase our church building.  In his last days, he was surrounded by family and friends, and he was able to sing and pray, to a confession and receive the Eucharist very soon before he lost all consciousness.  His missionary zeal accomplished great things for the Orthodox Church in North America.  He will be greatly missed. 


       Deacon Maximos Herman was ordained to the holy priesthood by the hand of Bishop Jerome at St. John the Wonderworker Mission in Des Moines, IA on Saturday, June 30.  Father Maximos is a friend of St. Raphael parish and a former member.  Axios!  He is worthy!  Mustahek! 

Special Voters' Meeting Results-

       Following Liturgy today, during the Special Voters' Meeting, Matthew Arndt was elected to fill the vacancy on the parish council. 

 Prayers at St. Raphael's Grave-

       Fr. Ignatius will be travelling to the Antiochian Village in Pennsylvania for the bi-annual Clergy Symposium which takes place July 16-20.  On the grounds of the Antiochian Village, is the gravesite of our patron saint, St. Raphael of Brooklyn.  Fr. Ignatius plans to pray the Akathist to St. Raphael at his grave.  If you have names of people, either living or departed that you would like Fr. Ignatius to ask St. Raphael to pray for at this time, please provide Father with a list of those names by next Sunday, July 15.   

Holy Bread Sign-up-

       To those of you who provide holy bread for Liturgy, please look at the sign-up sheet in the narthex and sign-up for future weeks.  The next several months have many opportunities available.  We especially need a volunteer for next Sunday, July 15.

Vesperal Liturgy for St. Panteleimon-

       We will commemorate St. Panteleimon with a Vesperal Liturgy on Thursday, July 26 at 6PM.

Inner River Book Group Meeting, Sunday, July 29-

       Lori Branch and Robert Peterson will host a book group meeting on Kyriacos Markides' new book, Inner River: A Pilgrimage to the Heart of Christian Spirituality, on Sunday, July 29, from 7-8:30 pm at their home, 831 Dearborn St., in Iowa City.  Inner River continues Markides' series of uplifting books on the Orthodox spiritual life, based on detailed conversations with a charismatic Athonite monk in Cyrpus. It especially focuses on prayer, inner peace, and the fruits of the Holy Spirit, with practical spiritual advice that can be applied to everyday life. Books are now available for purchase in our bookstore ($15, exact cash or checks made out to "Raphael Books & Gifts"), and everyone is invited to read the book and come prepared to share their thoughts and some good fellowship and conversation.

Are You Saved?-

       To read the excellent reply of Fr. Jonathan Tobias to this oft-asked religious question, go to: http://janotec.typepad.com/terrace/2012/07/are-you-saved.html

Did You Know?-

       Did you know that the Antiochian Archdiocese has a philanthropic organization that financially supports many activites, both within and outside the Archdiocese.  This organization is called the Order of St. Ignatius.  Among the many things that the Order funds, is travel costs for mission priests to go to events such as the annual diocesan Parish Life Conference, and the biennial Archdiocese Convention and Clergy Symposium.  Recently, the Order gave a very generous gift to enable Fr. Ignatius to attend two of these events this summer.  The Order depends on member's dues to fund the various projects they support.  If you would like to learn more about the Order of St. Ignatius, their mission, and membership requirements, go to: http://www.antiochian.org/node/20588

Daily Scripture Readings for the Week-

        Following are the readings for this week:

              July 8- Isaiah 48-51; Psalms 105:32-48; Proverbs 23:13-18; Hebrews 4

              July 9- Isaiah 52-57; Psalms 106:1-14; Proverbs 23:19-23; Hebrews 5

              July 10- Isaiah 58-62; Psalms 106:15-30; Proverbs 23:24-27; Hebrews 6

              July 11- Isaiah 63-66; Psalms 106:31-43; Proverbs 23:28-32; Hebrews 7

              July 12- Jeremiah 1-3; Psalms 107; Proverbs 23:33-36; Hebrews 8

              July 13- Jeremiah 4-6; Psalms 108:1-20; Proverbs 24:1-6; Hebrews 9

              July 14- Jeremiah 7-9; Psalms 108:21-31; Proverbs 24:7-12; Hebrews 10:1-18

              July 15- Jeremiah 10-13; Psalms 109-110; Proverbs 24:13-18; Hebrews 10:19-39

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.

Choir Leadership-

       On July 14-15, Kristi Abuissa will lead the choir.

Coffee Hour-
      On Sunday July 15, the food for coffee hour will be provided by the St. Nina team. 
Church Cleaning-
       During the week following Sunday July 8, the cleaning of the nave, narthex, bookstore/library, stairs, nursery and bathrooms will be provided by the St. John the Baptist team.
Food for Thought-

On the charge that the Church is full of hypocrites and fanatics, which is often used by critics as a reason for why they are not part of the Church:

"The Ecclesia [Church] should be judged on the basis of those who have been healed by its pedagogy.  A hospital cannot be evaluated by the number of sick persons taken care of inside its walls.  Can we say that because a hospital houses sick people, it is sickly and useless and must be closed down?  Wouldn't that be absurd?  You judge the effectiveness of a hospital by the quality of its doctors and the number of sick people who have been restored to health, not by the number of patients who reside there. That's how we must see the Ecclesia [Church], as a healing institution, with all of us as its inmates.  It is the presence of the saints among us that authenticates its therapeutic efficacy."

Kyriacos Markides quoting "Fr. Maximos" [Archbishop Athanasius of Limassol] in "Inner River" pp. 67-68