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Church Bulletin: June 29, 2014

posted Jun 29, 2014, 6:26 PM by Saint Raphael of Brooklyn Antiochian Orthodox Church
June 29, 2014- 3rd Sunday after Pentecost and Feast of Sts. Peter and Paul
This Week's Services and Events

July 2, Wednesday
        + Akathist, 7PM

July 5, Saturday
          + 9th Hour/Great Vespers, 6PM
July 6, 4th Sunday after Pentecost
        + Matins, 8:45AM
        + Divine Liturgy, 10AM, followed by coffee hour
Upcoming Events and Announcements  

Thank you-
        Thank you to Fr. Maximos Herman for serving matins and liturgy this morning. 

        Congratulations to Lizzy Valentine and her teammates who came in second place in the Diocese of Toledo and the Midwest Bible Bowl competition recently held at the annual Parish Life Conference. 

No Matins or Office Hours this Friday-
       Due to the Independence Day holiday, Fr. Ignatius will not offer matins or hold his office hours this Friday, July 4.  Fr. Ignatius is available to meet at other times.  Call or email him to set up an appointment.

Final Statement of the Antiochian Unity Conference-
        To read the statement that was released at the Antiochian Unity conference recently held at the Balamand in Lebanon, go to: http://www.antiochian.org/final-statement-antiochian-unity-conference-dimensions-and-exigencies

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 2, 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-      
        "But you have come to Mount Zion and to the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem, and to innumerable angels in festal gathering, and to the assembly of the first-born who are enrolled in heaven, and to a judge who is God of all, and to the spirits of just men made perfect, and to Jesus, the mediator of a new covenant, and to the sprinkled blood that speaks more graciously than the blood of Abel." (Hebrews 12:22-24)

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, July 5 is:

At that time, as Jesus entered Capernaum, a centurion came forward to him, beseeching Him and saying, “Lord, my servant is lying paralyzed at home, in terrible distress.” And Jesus said to him, “I will come and heal him.” But the centurion answered Him, “Lord, I am not worthy to have you come under my roof; but only say the word, and my servant will be healed. For I am a man under authority, with soldiers under me; and I say to one, ‘Go,’ and he goes, and to another, ‘Come,’ and he comes, and to my slave, ‘Do this,’ and he does it.” When Jesus heard him, He marveled, and said to those who followed him, “Truly, I say to you, not even in Israel have I found such faith. I tell you, many will come from east and west and sit at table with Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob in the Kingdom of Heaven, while the sons of the kingdom will be thrown into the outer darkness; there men will weep and gnash their teeth.” And to the centurion Jesus said, “Go; be it done for you as you have believed.” And the servant was healed at that very moment.  (Matthew 8:5-13)

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 July 6, the food for coffee hour and clean-up of the fellowship hall will be provided by the St. Nicholas team.

Church Cleaning-
       During the week of June 29-July 5, the nave, narthex, bookstore, stairs, nursery and bathrooms will be cleaned by the St. Nina team.

Food for Thought-

O most glorious Apostles Peter and Paul, who laid down your lives for Christ and beautified His pasture with your blood! Hearken unto the prayers and sighs of your children which are now offered up with contrite heart.  For, lo! we have darkened ourselves with iniquities, and for this cause have we been covered with misfortunes as with showers; and we have become exceeding poor in the oil of a good life, and we cannot fend off the ravening wolves which boldly strive to lay hands on the inheritance of God.  O ye mighty ones! bear ye our infirmities and separate yourselves not from us in spirit, that we not depart utterly from the love of God; but with your mighty assistance defend us, that the Lord have mercy on us all for the sake of your prayers, that He rend asunder the handwriting of our countless sins, and that He vouchsafe us with all the saints the blessed kingdom and the wedding feast of His Lamb, to Whom be honor and glory, thanksgiving and worship, unto the ages of ages.  Amen.

From the Akathist to Sts. Peter and Paul