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Church Bulletin: June 19, 2016

posted Jun 20, 2016, 8:10 AM by Saint Raphael of Brooklyn Antiochian Orthodox Church
June 19, 2016- Pentecost Sunday

 This Week's Services and Events

June 25, Saturday
        + Great Vespers, 5:00PM 

June 26, All Saints Sunday
        + Matins, 8:45AM
        + Divine Liturgy, 10:00AM followed by Coffee Hour
Upcoming Events and Announcements- 

Happy Father's Day-
        Happy Father's day to all fathers and godfathers.  You are making a difference in your children's and godchildren's lives.  May God grant you many years!

We Need a Holy Bread Baker for Next Sunday (and beyond!)-
        If you can bake holy bread for liturgy on June 26, please let Fr. Ignatius know.  There are many openings in the coming months as well.  Please sign up.  

Looking for More Greeter Volunteers-
        One way that we can make guests and newcomers feel welcome is through our greeters who spend time in the narthex, keeping an eye out for people who might be new to our parish.  Since we will be losing one of our greeters, Hannah, in a few Sundays due to her upcoming move,  we could use one or more others to fill this important role.  If you are interested, speak with Matthew, our Parish Council chair.

Fr. Ignatius Is Traveling-
       Fr. Ignatius will be attending the Midwest Diocese Parish Life Conference in  Michigan this week.  He will be leaving on June 22 and returning June 25.  There will be no Akathist on Wednesday, and no matins or office hours on Friday.

Missing Tools-
        A bag full of tools went missing during the liturgy last Sunday.  Among them were 1 - 20 v. Dewalt drill, 2 - 20 v. lithium batteries, 1 carpenter's knife, screwdriver bit set, drywall and screw supplies, tape measure - 30' and a drill bit set- all in a yellow bag.  If you know where this went, please let Christian Morey know.

Food for All - Kalona
       Thanks to all who supported our community Ice Cream Social and First Summer Lunch Monday in your prayers and with your presence. 150+ people from the Kalona area attended, and 128 lunches were provided! On Wednesday andFriday (our two other serving days of the week), our guest numbers were considerably greater than the first lunch week of the past two years. Also, support from the Kalona community is almost overwhelming this year, as individuals and churches are helping in many practical ways.
     Please come down sometime, have lunch, and see what's happening--and what Orthodox-style, community-style charity can look like. Also, volunteering is easy. Go online to our signup at goo.gl/7oeaHB to see what you can do.

Desiring Him Who is Hidden-
        Have you ever wonder why God seems so hidden, why He is not more obvious?  Fr. Stephen Freeman offers his thoughts on these questions in an article in the June issue of Word magazine which can be found online at: http://www.antiochian.org/sites/default/files/june_2016_word.pdf

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.

        This week following Pentecost (June 18-25) is fast-free.  Enjoy! The Apostles Fast is June 27-28 this year.

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-
        The Lord said to His disciples, “Everyone who acknowledges Me before men, I also will acknowledge before my Father Who is in heaven; but whoever denies Me before men, I also will deny before My Father Who is in heaven. He who loves father or mother more than Me is not worthy of Me; and he who loves son or daughter more than Me is not worthy of Me; and he who does not take his cross and follow Me is not worthy of Me.” Then Peter said in reply, “Lo, we have left everything and followed Thee. What then shall we have?” Jesus said to them, “Truly, I say to you, in the New World, when the Son of Man shall sit on His glorious throne, you who have followed Me will also sit on twelve thrones, judging the twelve tribes of Israel. And every one who has left houses or brothers or sisters or father or mother or wife or children or lands, for My Name’s sake, will receive a hundred fold, and inherit eternal life. But many that are first will be last, and the last first.”  (Matthew 10:32-33, 37-38; 19:27-30) 

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- 

The Holy Spirit hath ever been, is and ever shall be; for He is wholly withoutbeginning and without end. Yet He is in covenant with the Father and the Son, counted as Life and Life-giver, Light and Light-giver, good by nature and a Fountain of goodness, through whom the Father is known and the Son glorified. And by all it is understood that one power, one rank, one worship are of the Holy Trinity. 

- From the Praises of Matins of Pentecost