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Church Bulletin: June 17, 2012

posted Jun 19, 2012, 8:05 PM by Saint Raphael of Brooklyn Antiochian Orthodox Church

June 17, 2012- Sunday of All Saints of North America

This Week's Services and Events

        June 19, Tuesday

             + Third Hour, 9AM

        June 20, Wednesday

             + Akathist, 7PM

        June 22, Friday

             + Matins, 8:30AM

             + IARGUS Guitar Festival concert, 6PM

        June 23, Saturday

             + 9th Hour/Great Vespers, 6PM

        June 24, 3rd Sunday after Pentecost
             + Matins, 8:45AM

             + Divine Liturgy, 10AM followed by fellowship hour

Upcoming Events and Announcements

Father's Day-

       Today, we honor all fathers and godfathers.  Our fathers have given us much.  A good example of earthly fatherhood is so very helpful to a person when he or she encounters God the Heavenly Father.  May God grant all of our fathers and godfathers many years!  

Good News on Mortgage!-

       Thanks to the diligence of our treasurer, Kristi Abuissa, and the cooperation of our bank, we have recently renegotiated the interest rate on our mortgage loan (again), dropping it from 5% to 4.5%.  This will save us about $84 per month (over $1000 a year!) in interest costs.

Opportunity to Serve-

       A vacancy has opened up on our parish council as one of our current members recently decided to resign.  The vacant position is an elected position, which means at least two candidates need to agree to stand for election.  Voting members of the parish will make the selection at a special voters' meeting to be scheduled in the near future.  The term will end in December 2013.  Our parish constitution stipulates that in order to be a member of the parish council, one must be at least 18 years of age, a member in good standing in the Church for at least the last six months, and not a spouse, son, daughter or parent of any current council member.  If you are interested in learning more about the parish council and the responsibilities that a council member has, please speak with Fr. Ignatius and/or Todd Wiblin, our council chair.  Please contact Fr. Ignatius soon if you are interested in standing for election.

Holy Bread Sign-up-

       To those of you who provide holy bread for Liturgy, please look at the sign-up sheet in the narthex and sign-up for future weeks.  The next several months are wide open, including next Sunday, June 24.  We can't have liturgy without holy bread!


       Catechumens are those who are formally moving toward becoming members of the Church through the sacraments of baptism and/or chrismation.  Today, Russ, Becky, Christian and Joshua Morey became the most recent catechumens at St. Raphael. 

Apostles' Fast-

       The Apostle's Fast began June 11 and continues until June 28.  This fast is a bit more relaxed than the Lenten fast.  We are allowed wine and oil on Tuesdays and Thursdays and fish, wine and oil on Saturdays and Sundays.  We abstain from meat, dairy and eggs throughout the whole fast in honor of the Holy Apostles.  This fast ends on Friday, June 29, the Feastday of Sts. Peter and Paul.  Being a feastday that falls on a Friday, we abstain from meat, eggs and dairy on that day, but not fish, wine and oil.  The easiest way to keep this straight is to look at the printed St. Raphael Church calendar or to check online at: www.straphaelorthodoxchurch.org/schedule and download the June calendar .pdf file.

IARGUS (Russian Seven-String Guitar Festival) June 21-24-

       The International Annual Russian Guitar Festival and Seminar, in its 7th year, will take place June 21-24.  This year, St. Raphael Church is hosting one of the many concerts to be held over those days.  On Friday, June 22 at 6PM, a concert titled "The Origins of the Russian Guitar" will be performed by Oleg Timofeyev and Doc Rossi.  Admission is $15.  Other concerts will be held in various venues in Eastern Iowa.  For more details on the festival and a full schedule of concerts, go to: http://www.iarmac.org/IARGUS.html

2012 Midwest Parish Life Conference-

       St. Mary Orthodox Church in Palos Heights, IL is hosting the 65th annual Diocese of Toledo and the Midwest Parish Life Conference June 27-July 1.  All are welcome!  This is not just a conference for clergy.  For information on tickets and schedule, go to: www.2012midwestplc.org

Pan-Orthodox Family Picnic and Liturgical Item Bonfire Event-

       Event Details: 4 pm, Saturday, July 7- St. John, St. George. and St. Raphael, welcomes all young families for a Liturgical Bon Fire Burning event. We will be educating the youngest members of our Orthodox Faith, on respectfully destroying liturgical items of past years. A picnic will take place shortly afterwards, please look for the sign up sheet, to find out how you can give your time, talent or treasure to this event. This event will be held at the home Marie Svatek, a St. George Steward, please contact Alexia Slauson at alexiaslauson@gmail.com, for more details or to RSVP.

Camp St. George Needs Qualified Counselors-

       Please visit CSG's web site at: www.campstgeorge.org to learn more about Camp St.George and download a counselor application. Counselor training will be held at St. George Antiochian Orthodox Churchin Cedar Rapids, IA beginning Friday afternoon, August 10th.  If you are 18 years of age or older and able to give of yourself to the important ministry of summer camp we welcome your application!  Applications are due JUNE 30th!

IOCC Responds to Urgent Needs of Syrian Families-

       To read the latest report from the International Orthodox Christian Charities (IOCC) regarding their relief work in Syria, go to: http://www.antiochian.org/content/iocc-responds-urgent-needs-syrian-families

Did You Know?-

       Did you now that the Antiochian Archdiocese has a philanthropic organization that financially supports many activites, both within and outside the Archdiocese.  This organization is called the Order of St. Ignatius.  Among the many things that the Order funds, is travel costs for mission priests to go to events such as the annual diocesan Parish Life Conference, and the biennial Archdiocese Convention and Clergy Symposium.  Recently, the Order gave a very generous gift to enable Fr. Ignatius to attend two of these events this summer.  The Order depends on member's dues to fund the various projects they support.  If you would like to learn more about the Order of St. Ignatius, their mission, and membership requirements, go to: http://www.antiochian.org/node/20588

Interview with Romanian Orthodox Priest Fr. Roman Braga-

       Fr. Roman Braga, a hieromonk who resides at the Holy Dormition Monastery in Rives Junction, MI, gives an interview in which he speaks of suffering and forgiveness in light of his experiences in the Communist prisons and labor camps of Romania in the mid-twentieth century.  The interview can be read at: http://ocawonder.com/2012/05/29/god-is-always-with-you-an-interview-with-father-roman-braga/

Scientific Testing Supports Authenticity of Relics of St. John the Baptist-

       Recently, some important achaelogical excavatons have been taking place at an ancient church site in Bulgaria linked to St. John the Baptist.  To read about the ongoing scientific analysis of bones purported to be relics of St. John found at the site, go to: http://www.johnsanidopoulos.com/2012/06/new-evidence-supports-authenticity-of.html

Archdiocese Annual Report and Budget Information Available-

       If you are interested in reading the Archdiocesan Annual Report for fiscal year ended January 31, 2012, and/or the Archdiocese budget for fiscal year ending January 31, 2014, this information is available to look at in the church narthex.

Daily Scripture Readings for the Week-

        Following are the readings for this week:

              June 17- Joel 1-4; Psalms 90; Proverbs 19:19-24; I Thessalonians 5

              June 18- Obadiah; Psalms 91; Proverbs 19:25-29; II Thessalonians 1

              June 19- Jonah 1-4; Psalms 92; Proverbs 20:1-5; II Thessalonians 2

              June 20- Nahum 1-3; Psalms 93:1-15; Proverbs 20:6-10; II Thessalonians 3

              June 21- Habukkuk 1-3; Psalms 93:16-23; Proverbs 20:11-15; I Timothy 1

              June 22- Zephaniah 1-3; Psalms 94; Proverbs 20:16-20; I Timothy 2

              June 23- Haggai 1-2; Psalms 95; Proverbs 20:21-25; I Timothy 3

              June 24- Zechariah 1-5; Psalms 96; Proverbs 21:1-5; I Timothy 4

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.

Coffee Hour-
      On Sunday June 17, the food for coffee hour will be provided by the St. Nina team. 

Choir Leadership-

       During the weekend of June 23-24, Matthew Arndt will lead the choir.
Church Cleaning-
       During the week following Sunday June 17, the cleaning of the nave, narthex, bookstore/library, stairs, nursery and bathrooms will be provided by the St. Nicholas team.
Food for Thought-  

We celebrate your great works, All Saints of North America.  We offer thanks to Christ for the wondrous deeds you have accomplished through Him for the enlightenment of all men, women and children living in this new land.  Together with God's elect, we sing to you these words of praise:

Rejoice, O divine exaltation of the Rocky Mountains and the Pacific West,

Rejoice, O gracious adornments of New England and the Atlantic states,

Rejoice, O joyful beacons of the Great Lakes and Midwestern plains,

Rejoice, O heavenly constellation of the Canadian provinces,

Rejoice, O wondrous aurora of Alaska and the Arctic North,

Rejoice, O shining stars of the North American continent,

Rejoice, O brilliant flowers of the Southwestern deserts,

Rejoice, O fragrant blossoms of the American South,

Rejoice, All Saints of North America!

Oikos 12 from the Akathist to All Saints of North America