Weekly Bulletin‎ > ‎

Church Bulletin: June 16, 2013

posted Jun 17, 2013, 11:59 AM by Saint Raphael of Brooklyn Antiochian Orthodox Church
June 16, 2013- Sunday of the Holy Fathers
This Week's Services and Events
June 17, Monday
       + 3rd Hour Prayers, 9AM
       + Office Hours, 9:30-11:30
June 19, Wednesday
       + Akathist, 7PM
June 22, Saturday
        + 9th Hour/Great Vespers, 6PM
June 23, Feast of Pentecost
        + Matins, 8:45AM
        + Liturgy, 10AM, followed by Fellowship Hour
Upcoming Events and Announcements
Happy Father's Day-
       May God bless all fathers, godfathers and future fathers.  Good fathers, like good mothers, are so important to families, the Church and all of society. 
Fr. Ignatius Will Be Travelling-
       Fr. Ignatius will be attending the annual Midwest Diocese Parish Life Conference, this year, held in Louisville, KY.  He will be out of town from Wednesday, June 19 through Sunday, June 23.  There will be no matins on June 21.  Fr. Elias Khouri will lead services the weekend of June 22-23.  Please welcome him.
       Congratulations to Christian Morey who graduated from high school this weekend!  May God grant you many years, Christian.  Congratulations also to Fr. Philip Vreeland, a former pastor of St. Raphael Church, who was tonsured a monk by Bishop Basil in Wichita last weekend.  Hieromonk Philip will continue to pastor Three Hierarchs Mission in Garden City, KS.
Results from June 2 Meeting on Signage Fonts and Materials-
       The Parish Council has tabulated the results of the voting that took place during coffee hour on June 2 regarding what font and material we want to use for our sign to be put on the façade of the church.  The overwhelming favorite in font was "architectural" which has a bit of a 3-D look to it, and bronze was the favored material.  The council will be working on a letter to be sent out to our members and others who attend and have ties to us which will explain the need for funds and will make an appeal for those funds. 
What is the Feast of Pentecost?-
       Next Sunday, June 23, we celebrate a great feastday of the church, Pentecost.  If you would like to learn more about what we are celebrating on this day, go to: http://www.antiochian.org/Pentecost
Parish-wide Potluck, Sunday, June 30-
       Being the fifth Sunday of the month, we will have a parish-wide potluck following Liturgy on Sunday, June 30.  Please plan to bring some food to share.
Thank You-
       Thank you to Karen Kuntz, who sewed our new green altar covering  which we will be using this summer during Pentecost and for several weeks after.
Mortgage Loan Update-
       As was announced during a recent informational meeting, we have successfully renegotiated our building's mortgage loan again.  We have dropped the interest rate, lowering it from 4.5% to 3.95% (locked in until June 2017) and we made a payment of $10,000 toward the principal.  Since we are continuing to pay the same amount each month ($1786) this means that we have shaved 31 months of payments off the end of our loan.  Thank you to Kristi Abuissa, our treasurer, for initiating this, and to Hills Bank, our mortgage lender, for being a good partner to work with. 
News from Davenport Mission-
       Congratulations to Fr. James Mackoul and the faithful of our daughter Antiochian mission in Davenport, IA.  They were recently informed by the Archdiocese that they now have a patron saint.  They are now known as St. Nicholas the Wonderworker Antiochian Mission.  Through the prayers of St. Nicholas the Wonderworker, may the Lord Jesus Christ bless and prosper them!
An Opportunity to Serve, Be a Greeter-
       Based on responses from the parish survey from a few months ago, the Parish Council has recognized a need to have greeters on duty at church on Sunday mornings.  The greeter's main responsibility will be to make newcomers feel welcome by warmly greeting them, asking them to sign our guestbook and/or newcomer information card, making sure they know bathrooms and coatroom are downstairs and ushering them into the nave of the church.   If you are interested in signing up to be a greeter for a Sunday, there is a sign-up sheet on the bulletin board just outside of the bookstore.  On the sheet, is a complete job description for this important position.  If you want our church to be more welcoming to visitors, consider volunteering as a greeter.
Pray for Kidnapped Orthodox Bishops in Syria-
        On April 22, while attempting to free two priests who had been kidnapped 4 months ago, Metropolitan Paul of Aleppo, and Metropolitan Youhanna of Aleppo were kidnapped by armed men. Metropolitan Paul is an Antiochian bishop of our Patriarchate and the brother of Patriarch John. Metropolitan Youhanna is from the Syriac Orthodox Church. Their driver and another man riding in the car were released, but their driver, a deacon, was later killed. Our Archdiocesan website, www.antiochian.org is providing updates as is the Notes on Arab Orthodoxy blog, www.araborthodoxy.blogspot.com. May the Lord have mercy! Metropolitan Philip encourages the faithful of our Archdiocese to consider signing a petition urging President Obama's administration to make it a priority to work for the release of these two bishops. To sign the petition, go to: https://petitions.whitehouse.gov/petition/appeal-president-obama-and-his-government-release-two-abducted-orthodox-christian-archbishops-syria/xNskxL1q 
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.

Choir Leadership-
       During the weekend of June 22-23, the choir will be lead by Matthew Arndt.
       On Sunday June 23, Alli Rockwell will be our greeter.
Coffee Hour-
        On Sunday June 23, the food for coffee hour and the clean-up of the fellowship hall will be provided by the St. John the Baptist team.
Holy Bread-
       On Sunday, June 23, the Holy Bread will be provided by the Chikhladze  family.  Thank you in advance.
Church Cleaning-
        During the week of June 16-22, the cleaning of the nave, narthex, bookstore, stairs, nursery and bathrooms will be accomplished by the St. Nicholas team.

Food for Thought-
The truly blessed are not the ones who can work miracles or see angels; the truly blessed are the ones who can see their own sins.
St. Anthony the Great, of Egypt