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Church Bulletin: June 5, 2016

posted Jun 6, 2016, 9:30 AM by Saint Raphael of Brooklyn Antiochian Orthodox Church
June 5, 2016- Sunday of the Blind Man (6th Sunday of Pascha)

Christ is risen!  Christos anesti!  Al-Maseeh Qam!
This Week's Services and Events

June 7, Tuesday
        + Free Lunch Program Volunteering, 11:30AM-1:30PM

June 8, Wednesday 
        + Vesperal Liturgy for Ascension, 6:00PM

June 10, Friday
        + Matins, 8:30AM
        + Office Hours, 9:30AM-11:30AM

June 11, Saturday
        + Great Vespers, 5:00PM 

June 12, Sunday of the After-feast of the Ascension
        + Matins, 8:45AM
        + Divine Liturgy, 10:00AM followed by Coffee Hour
Upcoming Events and Announcements- 

Free Lunch Program Volunteering-
        Our monthly opportunity to help serve food at the Free Lunch Program is approaching.  We will help on June 7 from 11:30AM-1:30PM.  Please let Fr. Ignatius know if you are interested in helping.

Vesperal Liturgy for Ascension-
        We celebrate our Lord's ascension into heaven forty days after Pascha.  Join us for a vesperal Liturgy at 6:00PM on June 8.

        We resume the weekly fast days of Wednesdays and Fridays beginning this Friday, June 10.  However, the week following Pentecost (June 18-25) is also fast-free.  Additionally, the Apostle Fast is at the end of this month, being very short this year, June 27-28.

Memory Eternal-
        Our condolences go to Gabriela Muste upon the death of her mother Viorica who passed away in Romania.  May her memory be eternal.

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.

Food for All - Kalona
       Summer Lunch starts Monday, June 13, with our ICE CREAM SOCIAL FUNDRAISER AND FIRST LUNCH. This is a charity outreach with a strong Orthodox foundation. Please come--and if you can't, please pray for us. There will be a bounce house and other fun! It's at Kalona Methodist, 302 4th St., noon to 2. 
     Also, we've decided to end Kalona Vespers--at least for the summer. If you are interested in encouraging this effort, let us know. One of its purposes has been to introduce people to Orthodoxy and to encourage them to come to St. Raphael. More support is needed for it to continue. 
    Contact Amy and Bill at 656-3916, foodforallkalona@gmail.com. For more info, see our website, foodforallkalona.weebly.com.

The Gospel Message: The Heart of the Orthodox Christian-
        On Wednesday, June 15, Fr. Andrew Damick will be giving a talk at St. George Church in Cedar Rapids entitled, The Gospel Message: The Heart of the Orthodox Christian. Fr. Andrew is pastor of St. Paul Antiochian Orthodox Church in Emmaus, PA. He is the author of Orthodoxy and Heterodoxy (2011) and Introduction to God (2014), both from Ancient Faith Publishing. 

Next Sunday's Gospel Reading-
        At that time, Jesus lifted up His eyes to heaven and said, “Father, the hour has come; glorify Thy Son that the Son may glorify Thee, since Thou hast given Him power over all flesh, to give eternal life to all whom Thou hast given Him. And this is eternal life, that they know Thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ Whom Thou hast sent. I glorified Thee on earth, having accomplished the work which Thou gavest Me to do; and now, Father, glorify Thou Me in Thy own presence with the glory which I had with Thee before the world was made. I have manifested Thy Name to the men whom Thou gavest Me out of the world; Thine they were, and Thou gavest them to Me, and they have kept Thy word. Now they know that everything that Thou hast given Me is from Thee; for I have given them the words which Thou gavest Me, and they have received them and know in truth that I came from Thee; and they have believed that Thou didst send Me. I am praying for them; I am not praying for the world but for those whom Thou hast given Me, for they are Thine; all Mine are Thine, and Thine are Mine, and I am glorified in them. And now I am no more in the world, but they are in the world, and I am coming to Thee. Holy Father, keep them in Thy Name, which Thou hast given Me, that they may be one, even as We are one. While I was with them, I kept them in Thy Name, which Thou have given Me; I have guarded them, and none of them is lost but the son of perdition, that the scripture might be fulfilled. But now I am coming to Thee; and these things I speak in the world, that they may have My joy fulfilled in themselves.”  (John 17:1-13)

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- 

In love did He bring the world into existence; in love does He guide it during this its temporal existence; in love is He going to bring it to that wondrous transformed state, and in love will the world be swallowed up in the great mystery of Him who has performed all these things; in love will the whole course of the governance of creation be finally comprised. And since in the New World the Creator’s love rules over all rational nature, the wonder at His mysteries that will be revealed then will captivate to itself the intellect of all rational beings whom He has created so that they might have delight in Him, whether they be evil or whether they be just."

  - St. Isaac of Syria