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Church Bulletin: June 15, 2014

posted Jun 15, 2014, 2:32 PM by Saint Raphael of Brooklyn Antiochian Orthodox Church
June 15, 2014- Sunday of All Saints
This Week's Services and Events

June 16, Monday
        + Teen SOYO Dinner and Movie Night, 6:30PM

June 17, Tuesday
        + Parish Council meeting, 7PM

June 18, Wednesday
        + Akathist, 7PM

June 20, Friday
         + Matins, 8:30PM

June 21, Saturday
          + Farmer's Market table, 7:30AM-12:00PM
          + 9th Hour/Great Vespers, 6PM
June 22, 2nd Sunday after Pentecost
        + Matins, 8:45AM
        + Divine Liturgy, 10AM, followed by coffee hour
Upcoming Events and Announcements  

Thank You-
       Thank you to Kh. Irene Khouri for leading our choir this morning.

Happy Father's Day!-
       To all fathers and godfathers: Happy Father's Day.  You are appreciated.  May God grant you many years!

Congratulations to our Graduates-
       Some St. Raphael Church members have graduated from their educational programs in the last few weeks.  Tareq Abuissa graduated from Columbia University.  Lizzy Valentine graduated from Iowa City High School and Joshua Morey is graduating from high school, having been homeschooled. 

Help with Farmer's Market-
      Our monthly chance to raise money for Meals on Wheels and to introduce our church to our community by selling baked goods, cookbooks and lotion bars, is this Saturday, June 21 from 7:30AM-12:00PM.  Talk with Amy Spencer, Karen Kuntz or Alli Rockwell if you would like to help out.

Apostles' Fast-
       In honor of the Apostles, who fasted and prayed when they were preparing to go forth to all the nations to carry the message of the Gospel of Jesus Christ, we enter into the Apostles' Fast.  This fast begins on June 16 and ends on June 28.

No Office Hours this Week or Next Week-
       Fr. Ignatius will be traveling out of town on Friday, June 20 and will not be holding his weekly office hours that morning.  Matins will still take place.  He will also be travelling to the Parish Life Conference in Fort Wayne, IN from June 25-29.  There will be no matins or office hours on June 27.  Fr. Ignatius available to schedule appointments as necessary outside of office hours.  Contact him if you want to see him.

We Need Volunteers to Bake Holy Bread-
       If you can bake holy bread, please look over the sign-up sheet and sign up.  We specifically need a volunteer for next Sunday, June 22.

Parish Council Meeting-
       The June Parish Council meeting will be on Tuesday, June 17 at 7PM.

Parish-wide Potluck, June 29-
       Since June 29 is the fifth Sunday of the month, we will have a parish-wide potluck following Liturgy.  Please plan to bring some food or drink to share.  There will be no fasting restrictions on that day.

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:

Nutrition Class with Dr. Julia Buchkina-
       This summer, St. Raphael member Dr. Julia Buchkina is offering a four part class series on nutrition.  Dates are on Saturdays- July 12, July 19, August 12, and August 30.  Topics will be:  Food, Inc. documentary viewing and discussion; Nutrition for Chronic Disease Management; Practical Cooking Skills Workshop; Understanding Your Numbers.  All classes will be from 3:30PM-5:30PM.

Thoughts on Stewardship and Giving-      
        "For the husband is the head of the wife as Christ is the head of the church, His body, and Himself the Savior. As the church is subject to Christ, so let wives also be subject in everything to their husbands. Husbands, love your wives, as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her, that he might sanctify her, having cleansed her by the washing of water with the word, that he might present the church to himself in splendor, without spot or wrinkle or any such thing, that she might be holy and without blemish. For no man ever hates his own flesh, but nourishes and cherishes it, as Christ does the church."  (Ephesians 5:23-27, 29)

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 22 is: "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 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

Coffee Hour-
        On Sunday June 22, the food for coffee hour  and clean-up of the fellowship hall will be provided by the St. John the Baptist team.

Church Cleaning-
       During the week of June 15-21, the nave, narthex, bookstore, stairs, nursery and bathrooms will be cleaned by the St. Nicholas team.

Food for Thought-

Therefore I exhort first of all that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks be made for all men, for kings and for all who are in authority, that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and reverence.  For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Savior, who desires all men to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth. 
I Timothy 2:1-4