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Church Bulletin: June 28, 2015

posted Jun 30, 2015, 10:46 AM by Saint Raphael of Brooklyn Antiochian Orthodox Church
June 28, 2015- Fourth Sunday after Pentecost
This Week's Services and Events

July 1, Wednesday
        +  Akathist, 7:00PM
        + Vespers in Kalona, 7:00PM (at United Christian Baptist Church)

July 3, Friday
        + Matins, 8:30AM
        + Office Hours, 9:30AM-11:30AM

July 4, Saturday
        + Great Vespers, 5:00PM

July 5, Fifth Sunday after Pentecost
        + Matins, 8:45AM 
        + Divine Liturgy, 10:00AM, followed by coffee hour
Upcoming Events and Announcements

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."

Intro to Orthodoxy Class Starting in July-
       Fr. Ignatius will be offering a 7 part Introduction to Orthodoxy class beginning July 6 at 7:00PM and continuing weekly on Monday evenings.  All are welcome.  Invite a friend.

Official Orthodox Christian Views on Marriage-
       This week, there has been much dialogue in our country regarding the meaning of marriage in light of the recent US Supreme Court decision legalizing same-sex marriage.  Although our society is changing in its views regarding this innovation, the Orthodox Church's position has remained the same.  To read official declarations from our bishops on this important issue, go to: http://blogs.ancientfaith.com/onbehalfofall/the-official-orthodox-christian-position-on-marriage-equality/

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/invitation-become-truly-human  Hard copies are also available in the narthex.

Food for All-Kalona-
        Kalona Summer Lunch is going well, with our busiest day involving 24 guests plus 22 lunches packed to go--plus a very active activities table. Come down for lunch anytime (MWF, noon to one). Please support Kalona Vespers however you can; prayer for this outreach is appreciated. Our regular attendees are Orthodox, with an occasional non-Orthodox person (or group of people) visiting. We gather on first and third Wednesdays at 7 p.m., United Christian and Baptist Church, Kalona.

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.
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.  

Next Sunday's Gospel Reading-
           At that time, when Jesus came to the country of the Gergesenes, two demoniacs met Him, coming out of the tombs, so fierce that no one could pass that way. And behold, they cried out, “What have we to do to Thee, O Son of God? Art Thou come here to torment us before the time?” Now a herd of many swine was feeding at some distance from them. And the demons begged Him, “If Thou castest us out, send us away into the herd of swine.” And He said to them, “Go.” So they came out and went into the swine; and behold, the whole herd rushed down the steep bank into the sea, and perished in the waters. The herdsmen fled, and going into the city they told everything, and what had happened to the demoniacs. And behold, all the city came out to meet Jesus; and when they saw Him, they begged Him to leave their neighborhood. And getting into a boat He crossed over and came to His own city.  (Matthew 8:28-9:1)          
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. 

Food for Thought-

"He who does not know the truth cannot truly have faith; for by nature knowledge precedes faith. What is said in Scripture is said not solely for us to understand, but also for us to act upon."
- St. Hesychios the Priest