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Church Bulletin: June 11, 2017

posted Jun 12, 2017, 5:33 AM by Saint Raphael of Brooklyn Antiochian Orthodox Church
This Week's Services and Events

June 13, Tuesday
        + Office Hours, 1:15-2:45PM
        + 9th Hour Prayers, 3:00PM

June 14, Wednesday
        + Akathist, 7:00PM

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

June 17, Saturday
        + "Know the Faith" Book Study, 1:00PM
        + Parish Council meeting, 3:00PM
        + Great Vespers, 5:00PM

June 18, 2nd Sunday after Pentecost
        + Matins, 8:45AM
        + Liturgy, 10:00AM followed by Coffee Hour 

Upcoming Events and Announcements-         

"Know the Faith" Book Study-
        All are welcome to join in on a book study focusing on "Know the Faith: A Handbook for Orthodox Christians and Inquirers" by Fr. Michael Shanbour.  We began on Saturday, June 3 and will continue on June 17 at 1:00PM.  Participants should purchase a copy of the book at the church bookstore (available soon- $20.95) and have chapter 1 read by the first class, chapter 2 by the second class, and so on.  We will meet twice a month, discussing one chapter per class until we finish all 11 chapters.  Chapter titles include: The Church, Grace, Salvation, Justification by Faith, Tradition and Scripture, Eucharist and Liturgical Worship, Confession and Repentance and more.  

Parish Council Meeting-
       All are welcome to sit in on the monthly parish council meeting which will be held on June 17 at 3:00PM.

Notes on Fasting-
        The Apostles fast begins on June 12 and goes through June 28.  We are asked to abstain from all meat, dairy and eggs throughout this time.  We abstain from wine and oil on Monday, Wednesdays and Fridays.  Fish is allowed on the weekends.  If you have any specific questions or concerns about fasting, ask Fr. Ignatius.

Annual Diocese of Toledo and the Midwest Parish Life Conference-
        From June 21-25, St. George Church in Cicero, Illinois, will be hosting our diocesan Parish Life Conference at the Oakbrook Marriott in Oak Brook, Illinois.  Attending this event gives one a great opportunity to meet with, learn with and worship with people from around our diocese.  To learn more, go to: http://www.antiochianevents.com/toledo.html

St. John the Baptist Church Building Project-
        St. John the Baptist in Cedar Rapids is in the final stages of planning for a facilities improvement project that will greatly improve the accessibility and functionality of the building. The ground-breaking is expected this summer. Current plans and additional details are available at: http://www.stjohncr.org/Home/building-project Please keep the project in your prayers. If you are able to help in other ways - if you are able to recommend companies to be considered for some of the work or are part of such a company, or through a financial donation - that help would also be greatly appreciated.

An Incorrupt American Saint-
        God is wondrous in His saints!  Last year, the Serbian Orthodox Church declared that Bishop Mardarije, who served the Serbian church in America in the early 20th century, is a saint.  Recently, his relics were uncovered and found to be incorrupt.  Pan-Orthodox Glorification services of Saint Mardarije of Libertyville and All-America are scheduled for July 14-16 at St. Sava Monastery in Libertyville, Illinois, which he founded.  To learn more about this important weekend for the life of the Orthodox Church in America, see the poster in the 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 Date Change-
        His Grace will now be with us the weekend of October 28-29, not October 21-22, as previously reported.  Save the dates and plan to be with our bishop. 

Next Sunday's Gospel Reading-
        At that time, as Jesus was walking by the Sea of Galilee, He saw two brothers, Simon who is called Peter and Andrew his brother, casting a net into the sea; for they were fishermen. And He said to them, “Follow Me, and I will make you fishers of men.” Immediately they left their nets and followed Him. And going on from there He saw two other brothers, James the son of Zebedee and John his brother, in the boat with Zebedee their father, mending their nets, and He called them. Immediately they left the boat and their father, and followed Him. And He went about all Galilee, teaching in their synagogues and preaching the gospel of the Kingdom and healing every disease and every infirmity among the people.  (Matthew 4:18-23)
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-

“God, not being a bloodthirsty God, did not require or desire the sacrifice of his Son to himself. Nor was it an offering to ‘pay’ the devil in order to ‘buy’ man's freedom, since nothing was owed to the devil. But the empirical result of Christ's death was the destruction of sin, the destruction of him who had the power of death (the devil) and the destruction of death. The death of the sinless one and his resurrection, had these results.”

- St Gregory Nazianzus