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Church Bulletin: June 10, 2012

posted Jun 12, 2012, 8:30 AM by Saint Raphael of Brooklyn Antiochian Orthodox Church

June 10, 2012- Sunday of All Saints

This Week's Services and Events

        June 12, Tuesday

             + Third Hour, 9AM

             + Parish Council, 7PM

        June 13, Wednesday

             + Akathist, 7PM

             + "The Icon" series video and discussion, 7:45PM

        June 15, Friday

             + Matins, 8:30AM

        June 16, Saturday

             + 9th Hour/Great Vespers, 6PM

        June 17, Sunday of All Saints of North America
             + Matins, 8:45AM

             + Divine Liturgy, 10AM followed by fellowship hour

Upcoming Events and Announcements

Apostles' Fast Begins-

       Beginning Monday, June 11 and continuing until Thursday, June 28, we observe the Apostles' fast.  This fast is a bit more relaxed than the Lenten fast.  We are allowed wine and oil on Tuesdays and Thursdays and fish, wine and oil on Saturdays and Sundays.  We abstain from meat, dairy and eggs throughout the whole fast in honor of the Holy Apostles.  This fast ends on Friday, June 29, the Feastday of Sts. Peter and Paul.  Being a feastday that falls on a Friday, we abstain from meat, eggs and dairy on that day, but not fish, wine and oil.  The easiest way to keep this straight is to look at the printed St. Raphael Church calendar or to check online at: www.straphaelorthodoxchurch.org/schedule and download the June calendar .pdf file.

Parish Council Meeting-

       The June 2012 Parish Council meeting is this Tuesday, June 12.  All are welcome to attend.      

Opportunity to Serve-

       A vacancy has opened up on our parish council as one of our current members recently decided to resign.  The vacant position is an elected position, which means at least two candidates need to agree to stand for election.  Voting members of the parish will make the selection at a special voters' meeting to be scheduled in the near future.  The term will end in December 2013.  Our parish constitution stipulates that in order to be a member of the parish council, one must be at least 18 years of age, a member in good standing in the Church for at least the last six months, and not a spouse, son, daughter or parent of any current council member.  If you are interested in learning more about the parish council and the responsibilities that a council member has, please speak with Fr. Ignatius and/or Todd Wiblin, our council chair.  Please contact Fr. Ignatius soon if you are interested in standing for election.

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 are wide open.  We need a volunteer for this Sunday, June 17.

Wednesday Evening Class, "The Icon" video series-

       On June 13, we conclude our watching of the video series called "The Icon" and discuss what we have seen.  This excellent series is produced by Serbian Bishop Jovan Puric.  It is visually stunning and very informative.  You won't want to miss it!  We will begin at 7:45PM each week, immediately after the Akathist and end at about 9PM.  Episodes are:  Holy Images, Canons and Freedom, Image of God?, Struggle for the Icons, Forms of Icon, Power of the Name, Teaching and Exaltation.  If you are not able to come to the viewings and discussion, but are still interested in viewing this series, the episodes can be found online at: http://ikona.eparhijaniska.rs/index_eng.html

2012 Midwest Parish Life Conference-

       St. Mary Orthodox Church in Palos Heights, IL is hosting the 65th annual Diocese of Toledo and the Midwest Parish Life Conference June 27-July 1.  All are welcome!  This is not just a conference for clergy.  For information on tickets and schedule, go to: www.2012midwestplc.org

Pan-Orthodox Family Picnic and Liturgical Item Bonfire Event-

       Event Details: 4 pm, Saturday, July 7- St. John, St. George. and St. Raphael, welcomes all young families for a Liturgical Bon Fire Burning event. We will be educating the youngest members of our Orthodox Faith, on respectfully destroying liturgical items of past years. A picnic will take place shortly afterwards, please look for the sign up sheet, to find out how you can give your time, talent or treasure to this event. This event will be held at the home Marie Svatek, a St. George Steward, please contact Alexia Slauson at alexiaslauson@gmail.com, for more details or to RSVP.

Camp St. George Needs Qualified Counselors-

       Pleasevisit CSG's web site at: www.campstgeorge.org to learn more about Camp St.George and download a counselor application. Counselor training will be held at St. George Antiochian Orthodox Churchin Cedar Rapids, IA beginning Friday afternoon, August 10th.  If you are 18 years of age or older and ableto give of yourself to the important ministry of summer camp we welcome yourapplication!  Applications are due JUNE 30th!

Report on Syrian Christians-

       To read an article and see a video on the situation of Christians in Syria, go to: http://globalpublicsquare.blogs.cnn.com/2012/06/08/syrias-christian-conundrum/?hpt=hp_bn2

In the Event of a Natural Disaster or Civil Unrest-

        In some of the services of our Church, we pray that God would deliver us from "wrath, famine, pestilence, earthquake, flood, fire, the sword, foreign invasion, civil war, and sudden death...."  While we must always depend upon God for His mercy and protection, we can also takes some reasonable steps to minimize the pain that any of these events might cause us.  The International Orthodox Christians Charities (IOCC) responds to natural disasters by bringing relief to those who suffer from them by providing them both material goods and spiritual comfort.  They also recommend that people be proactive by making an action plan for you and your family, by assembling certain supplies and by protecting one's finances through sound record keeping and other steps.  For IOCC's advice on this, go to: http://www.iocc.org/emergency/emergency_prepare.aspx#step1

Daily Scripture Readings for the Week-

        Following are the readings for this week:
              June 10- Hosea 8-9; Psalms 85; Proverbs 18:1-5; Colossians 2
              June 11- Hosea 10:1-12:7; Psalms 86; Proverbs 18:6-11; Colossians 3:1-4:1
              June 12- Hosea 12:8-14:10; Psalms 87; Proverbs 18:12-17; Colossians 4:2-18
              June 13- Amos 1:1-5:3; Psalms 88:1-19; Proverbs 18:18-23; I Thessalonians 1
              June 14- Amos 5:4-9:15; Psalms 88:20-38; Proverbs 19:1-6; I Thessalonians 2
              June 15- Micah 1-4; Psalms 88:39-53; Proverbs 19:7-12; I Thessalonians 3
              June 16- Micah 5-7; Psalms 89; Proverbs 19:13-18; I Thessalonians 4
              June 17- Joel 1-4; Psalms 90; Proverbs 19:19-24; I Thessalonians 5

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.

Coffee Hour-
      On Sunday June 17, the food for coffee hour will be provided by the St. Nina team. 
Church Cleaning-
       During the week following Sunday June 10, 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-

When Abba Isaac the Syrian was asked, "What is a merciful heart?" he replied with these amazing words: "It is a heart that burns for the entire creation, for humans, for birds, for animals, for the demons and for all created things.  At the recollection and sight of them,tears fall from such a person's eyes.  From the great and intense love that constrains his heart he cannot bear to hear of or to see any injury or any slight sorrow occuring in creation.  At every moment he prays with tears for the dumb beasts and for the enemies of truth and for those who harm him and for the reptiles, that God will preserve them and have mercy on them."

"Man and the Environment" by Anestis Keselopoulos, p. 120