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Church Bulletin: June 7, 2015

posted Jun 8, 2015, 1:15 PM by Saint Raphael of Brooklyn Antiochian Orthodox Church   [ updated Dec 11, 2017, 6:57 AM ]
June 7, 2015- Sunday of All Saints
This Week's Services and Events

June 9, Tuesday
        + Parish Council Meeting, 7:00PM

June 10, Wednesday
        + Akathist, 7:00PM
        + Bible Study on II Peter, 7:45PM

June 12, Friday
        + Matins, 8:30AM
        + Office Hours, 9:30AM-11:30AM

June 13, Saturday
        + Great Vespers, 5:00PM

June 14, Second Sunday after Pentecost
        + Matins, 8:45AM
        + Divine Liturgy, 10:00AM, followed by Fellowship Hour
Upcoming Events and Announcements

Bible Study, Partakers of the Divine Nature-
       We will finish up the Bible study on II Peter on Wednesday, June 10 at 7:45PM.  Bring your Bibles!  We will finish by 9:00PM at the latest.

Fasting During June-
       The Apostles' Fast begins this year on June 8 and goes through June 28, the eve of the Feast of Sts. Peter and Paul.  During the Apostles' Fast, we abstain from meat, eggs and dairy.  On Tuesdays and Thursdays, wine and oil are allowed and on Saturdays and Sundays, fish, wine and oil are allowed.  This feast was instituted to recall how the twelve apostles fasted, following Pentecost, in preparation for their upcoming missions which would take them to the ends of the world to proclaim the Gospel.  If you have any particular questions about fasting, please speak with Fr. Ignatius.

Summer is Here.  Please Dress Appropriately for Church-
       The general rule for worship: Dress so as not to call attention to yourself, neither overly fancy nor overly casual. Please, no sloppy or distracting clothing, and no shorts (except for very young children). Thank you.

Epistle Reading During June-
       Sanjoy Paul will be reading the epistle in some of the languages of India during the month of June.  

Parish Council Meeting-
        Our monthly Parish Council meeting will be on Tuesday, June 9 at 7:00PM.  All are welcome to attend.

St. Raphael Family Camping Weekend and Worship in the Park-
       Come enjoy camping and outdoor worship Sat. June 20 - Sun. June 21 at F. W. Kent Park (northwest of Iowa City on Hwy. 6, between Tiffin and Oxford). All activities will be at the Youth Camp Ground, the same location as the last previous years. Campers can arrive anytime after 2PM on Saturday; families will bring their own picnic dinner, and we'll have outdoor vespers at 7:30PM followed by a campfire and s'mores. Sunday morning we'll have Matins at 8:30AM, Liturgy at 9:30AM, and a cookout afterward.  There is hiking and fishing at the lake. Sign-up sheets for camping and food are at the church. If you plan to camp overnight, please sign up.  Our reserved campground can hold about 25 people, so if more are planning to camp than that, we need to know so that we can reserve another nearby site.  Come share the fun and fellowship!

Food for All-Kalona-
        Kalona Summer Lunch starts on Monday, June 8, as an Orthodox and ecumenical charitable outreach to the community. You're invited to come have lunch any Monday, Wednesday, or Friday, noon to 1:00, at Kalona Methodist Church (4th Street and C Avenue) through August 19. You're also invited to Orthodox Vespers on the first and third Wednesdays of the month at 7 p.m. at Kalona's UCB Church, 4th Street and Highway 22. 

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.

Parish Electronic Directory-
       To foster greater awareness of each other and to strengthen our connections, we are starting a voluntary parish directory on Google Docs.  Use this link to log in, add whatever contact information you want to share, including birth dates and occupation or any skill or service that you might be able to share with other members from the parish.  https://docs.google.com/document/d/1PHVXe1GGgaeoO5GNrIWhur2YkAQb0zGSoElGQFnIPF0/edit?usp=sharing 
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.  

Midwest Parish Life Conference-
       The annual Midwest Diocese Parish Life Conference will be held in Grand Rapids, MI on June 24-28.  To learn more, go to: www.midwestplc2015.com.

Next Sunday's Gospel Reading-
       At that time, as Jesus was walking by the Sea of Galilee, He saw two brothers, Simon who is called Peter and Andrew his brother, casting a net into the sea; for they were fishermen. And He said to them, “Follow Me, and I will make you fishers of men.” Immediately they left their nets and followed Him. And going on from there He saw two other brothers, James the son of Zebedee and John his brother, in the boat with Zebedee their father, mending their nets, and He called them. Immediately they left the boat and their father, and followed Him. And He went about all Galilee, teaching in their synagogues and preaching the gospel of the Kingdom and healing every disease and every infirmity among the people. (Matthew 4:18-23)     

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. 

Holy Bread-
        The Van Dinter family will provide the holy bread for liturgy on June 14.  Thank you in advance.

Food for Thought-

Nothing is more pitiful, nothing more disastrous, than to be one's own spiritual director.

St. Dorotheos of Gaza