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Church Bulletin: June 4, 2017

posted Jun 5, 2017, 8:47 AM by Saint Raphael of Brooklyn Antiochian Orthodox Church
This Week's Services and Events

June 4, Sunday
        + Kneeling Vespers, 6:00PM

June 6, Tuesday
        + Free Lunch Program Volunteering, 11:30AM-1:00PM
        + Office Hours, 1:15-2:45PM
        + 9th Hour Prayers, 3:00PM

June 7, Wednesday
        + Akathist, 7:00PM

June 8, Thursday
        + Office Hours, 1:15-2:45PM

June 10, Saturday
        + Great Vespers, 5:00PM

June 11, All Saints Sunday
        + Matins, 8:45AM
        + Liturgy, 10:00AM followed by Coffee Hour 

Upcoming Events and Announcements-          

"Know the Faith" Book Study-
        All are welcome to join in on a book study focusing on "Know the Faith: A Handbook for Orthodox Christians and Inquirers" by Fr. Michael Shanbour.  We began on Saturday, June 3 and will continue on June 17 at 3:00PM.  Participants should purchase a copy of the book at the church bookstore (available soon- $20.95) and have chapter 1 read by the first class, chapter 2 by the second class, and so on.  We will meet twice a month, discussing one chapter per class until we finish all 11 chapters.  Chapter titles include: The Church, Grace, Salvation, Justification by Faith, Tradition and Scripture, Eucharist and Liturgical Worship, Confession and Repentance and more.  

Notes on Fasting-
        There is no fasting on Wednesday and Friday this week following Pentecost.  The Apostles fast begins on June 12 and goes through June 28.  


Annual Diocese of Toledo and the Midwest Parish Life Conference-
        From June 21-25, St. George Church in Cicero, Illinois, will be hosting our diocesan Parish Life Conference at the Oakbrook Marriott in Oak Brook, Illinois.  Attending this event gives one a great opportunity to meet with, learn with and worship with people from around our diocese.  To learn more, go to: http://www.antiochianevents.com/toledo.html

Calling All Medical Personnel-
        Do you work in the medical field? Have you ever wondered if you can offer your medical skills in a region of the world where access to primary care is limited? Have you heard God speak in your heart about serving Him but you really weren’t sure whether that was practical? If so, OCMC Health Care Teams need you! By participating on an OCMC health care outreach, you will treat illnesses, care for the poor and needy, offer public health training and be a witness of our Orthodox Faith. Health care providers are needed! Participate in an outreach of the local Church in Guatemala or Indonesia, and serve as a living witness of Christ, our Lord and Savior. If God is calling you, then call the OCMC today (904.829.5132 ext 141) to see how you can be part of a Health Care Outreach Team.

St. John the Baptist Church Building Project-
        St. John the Baptist in Cedar Rapids is in the final stages of planning for a facilities improvement project that will greatly improve the accessibility and functionality of the building. The ground-breaking is expected this summer. Current plans and additional details are available at: http://www.stjohncr.org/Home/building-project Please keep the project in your prayers. If you are able to help in other ways - if you are able to recommend companies to be considered for some of the work or are part of such a company, or through a financial donation - that help would also be greatly appreciated.

An Incorrupt American Saint-
        God is wondrous in His saints!  Last year, the Serbian Orthodox Church declared that Bishop Mardarije, who served the Serbian church in America in the early 20th century, is a saint.  Recently, his relics were uncovered and found to be incorrupt.  Pan-Orthodox Glorification services of Saint Mardarije of Libertyville and All-America are scheduled for July 14-16 at St. Sava Monastery in Libertyville, Illinois, which he founded.  To learn more about this important weekend for the life of the Orthodox Church in America, see the poster in the narthex.

Food for All--Kalona
        Please  continue to pray for our Orthodox-style, community-style charity work. Also ask our Lord to draw people to Himself and His Church through all our programs. Visit our website at foodforallkalona.weebly.com. For more info, email me at foodforallkalona@gmail.com.  Thanks! Amy Spencer  

Bishop Anthony's Visit Date Change-
        His Grace will now be with us the weekend of October 28-29, not October 21-22, as previously reported.  Save the dates and plan to be with our bishop. 

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 Names 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 Catechumens-
       Please keep our catechumens Ilya Buchkin  and Jeremiah Kaufmann in your prayers as they prepare 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.  To sign a petition urging the US Government and others to work for their release, go to:
  
https://www.change.org/p/president-of-the-united-states-help-release-the-kidnapped-archbishops-of-syria

Food for Thought-

For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war according to the flesh. For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds, casting down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ, and being ready to punish all disobedience when your obedience is fulfilled.

II Corinthians 10:3-6
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