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Church Bulletin: June 14, 2015

posted Jun 15, 2015, 10:26 AM by Saint Raphael of Brooklyn Antiochian Orthodox Church
June 14, 2015- Second Sunday after Pentecost
 
This Week's Services and Events

June 17, Wednesday
        + Akathist, 7:00PM
        + Vespers in Kalona, 7:00PM 

June 19, Friday
        + Matins, 8:30AM
        + Office Hours, 9:30AM-11:30AM

June 20, Saturday
        + Great Vespers, 7:30PM at Family Campground in Kent Park

June 21, Third Sunday after Pentecost
        + Matins, 8:30AM at Kent Park
        + Divine Liturgy, 9:30AM, at Kent Park, followed by Potluck Picnic
        
Upcoming Events and Announcements

St. Raphael Family Camping Weekend and Worship in the Park-
       Come enjoy camping and outdoor worship Sat. June 20 - Sun. June 21 at F. W. Kent Park (northwest of Iowa City on Hwy. 6, between Tiffin and Oxford). All activities will be at the Youth Camp Ground, the same location as the last previous years. Campers can arrive anytime after 2:00PM on Saturday; families will bring their own picnic dinner, and we'll have outdoor vespers at 7:30PM followed by a campfire and s'mores. Sunday morning we'll have Matins at 8:30AM, Liturgy at 9:30AM, and a cookout afterward.  There is hiking and fishing at the lake. Sign-up sheets for camping and food are at the church. If you plan to camp overnight, please sign up.  Our reserved campground can hold about 25 people, so if more are planning to camp than that, we need to know so that we can reserve another nearby site.  Come share the fun and fellowship!  There will be no services at the church this weekend.

Financial Update from our Treasurer-
       Jeremy Coffin, our parish treasurer, shares the following update of our current financial situation.  "We have continued to receive new and increased pledges in response to our recent appeal.  As of June 9, we have a total of 5 new pledges and 6 increased pledges, with a total annual increase in giving of $6155.  Our total number of pledging families now stands at 24."

Teen SOYO-
       Our teens are meeting for Movie Night at 6:30PM on June 22.

Looking for Book Donations-
        Parishioners are asked to bring any unwanted books in used but good condition to church (they can be left on the table in the bookstore room).  Iulian Vamanu will be organizing them and the parish council will consider how and when to host a book sale to benefit the church.  Please direct any questions you have to Iulian.

Please Read This Article-
       The June issue our our Archdiocesan magazine The Word, has an important article in it (pp.6-8).  Titled, "An Invitation to Become Truly Human," it details the new archdiocese sponsored evangelism program, Becoming Truly Human, which we familiarized ourselves with by going through it ourselves last winter.  We are now making plans to roll out this program to the public later this year.  We will need parish-wide involvement in order for this to be a success.  Specifically, and most importantly, we need people to pray for this effort.  We also will need our members to be bold and to invite family, friends and neighbors to come and attend the sessions when they are scheduled.  If you received your copy of The Word, go and read this article so that you are more familiar with what we will be doing.  You can also find it online at:  http://www.antiochian.org/sites/default/files/june_2015_word.pdf  Hard copies are also available in the narthex.

Fasting During June-
       The Apostles' Fast begins this year on June 8 and goes through June 28, the eve of the Feast of Sts. Peter and Paul.  During the Apostles' Fast, we abstain from meat, eggs and dairy.  On Tuesdays and Thursdays, wine and oil are allowed and on Saturdays and Sundays, fish, wine and oil are allowed.  This fast was instituted to recall how the twelve apostles fasted, following Pentecost, in preparation for their upcoming missions which would take them to the ends of the world to proclaim the Gospel.  If you have any particular questions about fasting, please speak with Fr. Ignatius.

Summer is Here.  Please Dress Appropriately for Church-
       The general rule for worship: Dress so as not to call attention to yourself, neither overly fancy nor overly casual. Please, no sloppy or distracting clothing, and no shorts (except for very young children). Thank you.

Fr. Ignatius Will Be Travelling-
       Fr. Ignatius will be out of town from June 22-28, attending the diocesan Parish Life Conference in Grand Rapids, MI and visiting family in Wisconsin.

Why Do the Faithful Kiss the Priest's Hand?-
       To read an article on why Orthodox Christians kiss the hands of their priests and bishops, go to: http://www.stgabrielashland.org/on-kissing-the-priests-hand/

Food for All-Kalona-
        Kalona Summer Lunch starts on Monday, June 8, as an Orthodox and ecumenical charitable outreach to the community. You're invited to come have lunch any Monday, Wednesday, or Friday, noon to 1:00, at Kalona Methodist Church (4th Street and C Avenue) through August 19. You're also invited to Orthodox Vespers on the first and third Wednesdays of the month at 7 p.m. at Kalona's UCB Church, 4th Street and Highway 22. 

Outreach at Johnson County Fair-
       St. Raphael Church will have a booth in one of the exhibition halls at the Johnson County Fair July 27-30.  70,000 people attend this fair annually.  We will present information about our church and our faith to passersby and engage them in conversation if they show interest.  We need volunteers to staff this table in shifts during the days of the fair.  Sign-up sheet will be posted soon.  Please consider if you can represent our church at the fair as we seek to engage our community in this way.

Archdiocese Annual Financial Report-
       A copy of the Archdiocese Financial Report for fiscal year ending January 31, 2015, plus proposed budgets for future fiscal years is available for your perusal in the narthex.
       
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 heard from.  Please pray for their well being and release and also pray for their captors as well.  

Midwest Parish Life Conference-
       The annual Midwest Diocese Parish Life Conference will be held in Grand Rapids, MI on June 24-28.  To learn more, go to: www.midwestplc2015.com.

Next Sunday's Gospel Reading-
         The Lord said, “The eye is the lamp of the body. So, if your eye is sound, your whole body will be full of light; but if your eye is evil, your whole body will be full of darkness. If then the light in you is darkness, how great is the darkness! No one can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and mammon. Therefore I tell you, do not be anxious about your life, what you shall eat or what you shall drink; nor about your body, what you shall put on. Is not the soul more than food, and the body more than clothing? Look at the birds of heaven: they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they? And which of you by being anxious can add one cubit to his stature? And why are you anxious about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow; they neither toil nor spin; yet I tell you, even Solomon himself in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. But if God so clothes the grass of the field, which today is alive and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will He not much more clothe you, O men of little faith? Therefore do not be anxious, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For the Gentiles seek all these things; and your heavenly Father knows that you need them all. But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things shall be yours as well.”  (Matthew 6:22-33)
      
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. 

Holy Bread-
        The Abuissa family will provide the holy bread for liturgy on June 21.  Thank you in advance.

Choir Leadership-
       During the weekend of June 20-21Tania Van Dinter will lead the choir during vespers and Matthew Arndt will lead the choir during matins and liturgy.

Food for Thought-

"If you are making something, you must call to mind the Creator of all things; if you see the light, remember the Giver of it. If you put on your clothes, recall whose gift they are and thank Him who provides for your life. In short, let every action be a cause of your remembering and praising God, and lo! you will be praying without ceasing and therein your soul will always rejoice."

 -- St. Peter of Damascus
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