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Church Bulletin: June 8, 2014

posted Jun 9, 2014, 8:45 PM by Saint Raphael of Brooklyn Antiochian Orthodox Church
June 8, 2014- Pentecost Sunday
This Week's Services and Events

June 11, Wednesday
        + Akathist, 7PM

June 13, Friday
         + Matins, 8:30PM
         + Father's Office Hours, 9:30AM-11:30AM

June 14, Saturday
          + 9th Hour/Great Vespers, 6PM
June 15, 1st Sunday after Pentecost, the Sunday of All Saints
        + Matins, 8:45AM
        + Divine Liturgy, 10AM, followed by coffee hour
Upcoming Events and Announcements  

Results of Special Convention to Nominate our Next Metropolitan-
        Bishop Basil, Bishop John and Archbishop Joseph were nominated to be considered by the Synod of Antioch to be our Archdiocese's next Metropolitan.  It is possible that we will know the Synod's choice soon after they meet in early July.  To read the official announcement, go to:  http://www.antiochian.org/three-candidates-office-metropolitan-chosen     

Pentecost Greetings from Orthodox Christian Mission Center-
       The staff, missionaries, and board of the Orthodox Christian Mission Center (OCMC) pray that you have a blessed Feast of Pentecost. At Pentecost the Holy Spirit came down like tongues of fire upon the Apostles, empowering them to preach the Gospel and establish Christ’s Church. May the gifts of the Holy Spirit enable you and your community to continue this work by sharing the Orthodox Faith with people around the world!

A Fast-free Week-
       In anticipation of the upcoming Apostles' Fast (June 16-28) there is no fasting this week.

We Need Volunteers to Bake Holy Bread-
       If you can bake holy bread, please look over the sign-up sheet and sign up one or more times.  We specifically need a volunteer for June 22.

Parish Council Meeting-
       The June Parish Council meeting will be on Tuesday, June 17 at 7PM.

Opportunity to Give-
        On Labor Day weekend this year, our mother church, St. George, is celebrating their 100th anniversary.  As part of their celebrations, they are issuing a souvenir journal and we would like to show our love and appreciation for them by sponsoring a congratulatory message in this journal.  Our cost will be $300 and we need to collect this money before July 1.  If anyone would like to donate, please make sure your donation is designated clearly for this gift.

Would you Like to Learn More about the Liturgy?-
       Spend 30 minutes watching this excellently produced and informative video on the Divine Liturgy, produced by the Media Office of the Eastern American Diocese (ROCOR) in collaboration with St. Tikhon's Orthodox Seminary.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hm2qSeiTCfI

Parish Life Conference, Fort Wayne, IN, June 25-29-
       Our annual diocesan gathering, the Parish Life Conference, is not only for clergy.  There are engaging Bible studies, workshops, activities for children and teens, and daily opportunities for worship.  The events are presided over by His Grace, Bishop Anthony.  For more information, including how to register, go to:

My Life in Christ Youth Conference-
       The Bulgarian Orthodox Diocese invites all 15-30 year olds to attend their My Life in Christ youth Conference July 14-20 in the Chicago area.  Look for the poster advertising this event on the church bulletin board and/or visit www.mylifeinchristyc.com for more information.

Thoughts on Stewardship and Giving-      
        "For this reason I bow my knees before the Father, from whom every family in heaven and on earth is named." (Ephesians 3:14-15)   

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, June 15 is: "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 Name’s 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 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

Choir Leadership-
        On Sunday June 15, Kh. Irene Khouri will lead the choir.

Coffee Hour-
        On Sunday June 15, the food for coffee hour  and clean-up of the fellowship hall will be provided by the St. Nina team.

Church Cleaning-
       During the week of June 8-14, the nave, narthex, bookstore, stairs, nursery and bathrooms will be cleaned by the St. John the Baptist team.

Food for Thought-

“Through the Holy Spirit comes our restoration to paradise, our ascension into the kingdom of heaven, our return to the adoption of sons, our liberty to call God our Father, our being made partakers of the grace of Christ, our being called children of light, our sharing in eternal glory, and, in a word, our being brought into a state of all “fulness of blessing,” both in this world and in the world to come, of all the good gifts that are in store for us, by promise hereof, through faith, beholding the reflection of their grace as though they were already present, we await the full enjoyment.”

St. Basil the Great, “On the Holy Spirit”