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Church Bulletin: June 12, 2016

posted Jun 13, 2016, 8:46 AM by Saint Raphael of Brooklyn Antiochian Orthodox Church
June 12, 2016- Sunday of the After-feast of the Ascension

 This Week's Services and Events

June 14, Tuesday
        + Parish Council Meeting, 6:30PM

June 15, Wednesday 
        + "The Gospel Message: The Heart of the Orthodox Christian" talk by Fr. Andrew Damick at St. George Church in Cedar Rapids, 7:00PM

June 17, Friday
        + Matins, 8:30AM
        + Office Hours, 9:30AM-11:30AM

June 18, Saturday
        + Great Vespers, 5:00PM 

June 19, Pentecost Sunday
        + Matins, 8:45AM
        + Divine Liturgy, 10:00AM followed by Coffee Hour
        + Kneeling Vespers, 6:00PM
Upcoming Events and Announcements- 

Food for All - Kalona
       Summer Lunch starts Monday, June 13, with our ICE CREAM SOCIAL FUNDRAISER AND FIRST LUNCH. This is a charity outreach with a strong Orthodox foundation. Please come--and if you can't, please pray for us. There will be a bounce house and other fun! It's at Kalona Methodist, 302 4th St., noon to 2. 
     Also, we've decided to end Kalona Vespers--at least for the summer. If you are interested in encouraging this effort, let us know. One of its purposes has been to introduce people to Orthodoxy and to encourage them to come to St. Raphael. More support is needed for it to continue. 
    Contact Amy and Bill at 656-3916, foodforallkalona@gmail.com. For more info, see our website, foodforallkalona.weebly.com.

The Gospel Message: The Heart of the Orthodox Christian-
        On Wednesday, June 15, Fr. Andrew Damick will be giving a talk at St. George Church in Cedar Rapids entitled, The Gospel Message: The Heart of the Orthodox Christian. Fr. Andrew is pastor of St. Paul Antiochian Orthodox Church in Emmaus, PA. He is the author of Orthodoxy and Heterodoxy (2011) and Introduction to God (2014), both from Ancient Faith Publishing. 

New Donation Boxes-
        Take note of and use the new donation boxes for your tithes and gifts to our parish.  One is mounted on each side of the back of the nave (main part of the church) above where the baskets were.  These are for your normal donations.  Donation for candles can be placed in the new box mounted near the candle stand in the narthex.  Another box will be mounted near the bookstore downstairs for when you want to leave payment for bookstore purchases.  Thank you to Christian Morey for making these beautiful boxes for us.

Statement From The Secretariat of the Antiochian Holy Synod-

Kneeling Vespers-
        Whereas, during the Lenten season, we make prostrations and we kneel, during the Paschal season we stand, for Christ is risen!  With the Paschal season now over, we sometimes kneel again.  Join us at 6:00PM on Sunday, June 19 for a continuation of Pentecost with Kneeling Vespers. 

        We resumed the weekly fast days of Wednesdays and Fridays on Friday, June 10.  However, the week following Pentecost (June 18-25) is also fast-free.  Additionally, the Apostle Fast is at the end of this month, being very short this year, June 27-28.

You Are Invited-
        Fr. Lev Smith invites all to attend St. John the Wonderworker Mission's Patronal Feast Day Liturgy at 10:00AM on Saturday, July 2.  A lunch will follow.  The mission meets at St. Mark's Episcopal Church, 3120 E. 24th St., Des Moines.

A Charitable Appeal From Karen Kuntz-
        I wanted to tell you about a challenge I’m taking in October. My sister-in-law, Maria Wiblin and I will be walking 60 miles over the course of three days in the Susan G Komen 3-Day Walk. Susan G. Komen® is the world’s largest breast cancer organization, funding more breast cancer research than any other nonprofit while providing real-time help to those facing the disease. Komen is the only organization that addresses breast cancer on multiple fronts such as research, community health, global outreach and public policy initiatives in order to make the biggest impact against this disease. My goal is to raise $3,200 to support the important work of fighting breast cancer.


Please consider making a donation to help defeat breast cancer!

Since the 3-Day Walk is a non-profit, gifts are tax deductible, and giving is easy.

 If you prefer to give online, my donation page is: http://www.the3day.org/goto/karenkuntz

Feel free to pass this information along to any of your friends who might be interested in supporting this cause!

Thank you for your encouragement and support.

Next Sunday's Gospel Reading-
        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 Catechumen-
       Please keep our catechumen Ilya Buchkin in your prayers as he prepares 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.  

Food for Thought- 

Truth is not a thought, not a word, not a relationship between things, not a law. Truth is a Person. It is a Being which exceeds all beings and gives life to all. If you seek truth with love and for the sake of love, she will reveal the light of His face to you inasmuch as you are able to bear it without being burned.

-St. Nikolai Velimirovich