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Church Bulletin: June 1, 2014

posted Jun 1, 2014, 5:36 PM by Saint Raphael of Brooklyn Antiochian Orthodox Church
June 1, 2014- Sunday of the Fathers of the First Ecumenical Council
This Week's Services and Events

June 3, Tuesday
        + Free Lunch Program volunteering, 11:30AM-1:30PM

June 4, Wednesday
        + Akathist, 7PM

June 6, Friday
         + Matins, 8:30PM
         + Father's Office Hours, 9:30AM-11:30AM

June 7, Saturday
          + Camping at F. W. Kent Park (after 2PM)
          + Vespers in the Park, 7:30PM, followed by campfire
June 8, 7th Sunday of Pascha, the Sunday of Pentecost
        + Matins, 8:30AM
        + Divine Liturgy, 9:30AM, followed by picnic
Upcoming Events and Announcements  

       Congratulations to Tyson Humphrey who was received into the Orthodox Church through the sacrament of chrismation today.  His patron saint is St. Alexis Toth and his sponsor is Newman Abuissa.  May God grant Tyson many years!

We Need Volunteers to Bake Holy Bread-
       If you can bake holy bread, please look over the sign-up sheet and sign up one or more times. 

Opportunity to Give-
        On Labor Day weekend this year, our mother church, St. George, is celebrating their 100th anniversary.  As part of their celebrations, they are issuing a souvenir journal and we would like to show our love and appreciation for them by sponsoring a congratulatory message in this journal.  Our cost will be $300 and we need to collect this money before July 1.  If anyone would like to donate, please make sure your donation is designated clearly for this gift.

Would you Like to Learn More about the Liturgy?-
       Spend 30 minutes watching this excellently produced and informative video on the Divine Liturgy, produced by the Media Office of the Eastern American Diocese (ROCOR) in collaboration with St. Tikhon's Orthodox Seminary.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hm2qSeiTCfI

Special Convention to Nominate Candidates for Metropolitan-
       Fr. Ignatius will be in Chicago this Thursday, June 5 to cast votes to help determine who our next metropolitan will be.  Lay and clergy delegates from around the archdiocese will choose the names of three candidates.  Those three will be forwarded on to the Holy Synod of Antioch which will choose our next metropolitan.  Please keep this process in your prayers. 

Parish Life Conference, Fort Wayne, IN, June 25-29-
       Our annual diocesan gathering, the Parish Life Conference, is not only for clergy.  There are engaging Bible studies, workshops, activities for children and teens, and daily opportunities for worship.  The events are presided over by His Grace, Bishop Anthony.  For more information, including how to register, go to:

My Life in Christ Youth Conference-
       The Bulgarian Orthodox Diocese invites all 15-30 year olds to attend their My Life in Christ youth Conference July 14-20 in the Chicago area.  Look for the poster advertising this event on the church bulletin board and/or visit www.mylifeinchristyc.com for more information.

Thoughts on Stewardship and Giving-      
        "As the Father knows me and I know the Father; and I lay down my life for the sheep. And I have other sheep, that are not of this fold; I must bring them also, and they will heed my voice. So there shall be one flock, one shepherd. I am the good shepherd; I know my own and my own know me." (John 10:14-16)

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, June 8 is: "On the last day of the feast, the great day, Jesus stood up and proclaimed, 'If anyone thirsts, let him come to Me and drink.  He who believes in Me, as the Scripture has said, 'Out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water.'"  Now this He said about the Spirit, which those who believed in Him were to receive; for as yet the Spirit had not been given, because Jesus was not yet glorified.  When they heard these words, many of the people said, 'This is really the prophet.'  Others said, 'This is the Christ.'  But some said, 'Is the Christ to come from Galilee?  Has not the Scripture said that the Christ is descended from David, and comes from Bethlehem, the village where David was?'  So there was a division among the people over Him.  Some of them wanted to arrest Him, but no one laid hands on Him.  The officers then went back to the chief priests and Pharisees, who said to them, 'Why did you not bring Him?' The officers answered, 'No man ever spoke like this man!'  The Pharisees answered them, 'Are you led astray, you also?  Have any of the authorities or the Pharisees believed in Him?  But this crowd, who do not know the Law, are accursed.'  Nicodemus, who had gone to Him before, and who was one of them, said to them, 'Does our Law judge a man without first giving him a hearing and learning what he does?'  They replied, “Are you from Galilee too?  Search and you will see that no prophet is to rise from Galilee.”  Again Jesus spoke to them, saying, 'I am the light of the world; he who follows Me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.'” (John 7:37-52, 8:12)

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, 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

Holy Bread-
        The Prachar family will provide the holy bread for next Sunday's liturgy.  Thank you in advance.

Choir Leadership-
        During the weekend of June 7-8. Lori will lead the choir.

Coffee Hour-
        On Sunday June 8, the food for coffee hour will be provided by all who provide food for our parish-wide picnic at Kent Park.   

Church Cleaning-
       During the week of June 1-7, the nave, narthex, bookstore, stairs, nursery and bathrooms will be cleaned by the St. Nina team.

Food for Thought-

O Thou that dwellest in the heav'ns,
I lift mine eyes to Thee.
Behold as servants' eyes do look
their masters' hands to see.

As handmaid's eyes her mistress' hand;
so do our eyes attend
Upon the Lord our God, until
to us He mercy send.

O Lord, be gracious to us,
unto us gracious be;
Because replenished with contempt
exceedingly are we.

Our soul is filled with scorn of those
that at their ease abide;
And with the insolent contempt
of those that swell in pride.

Psalm 123, from the Scottish Metrical Psalter