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Church Bulletin: June 9, 2013

posted Jun 14, 2013, 10:15 AM by Saint Raphael of Brooklyn Antiochian Orthodox Church
June 9, 2013- 6th Sunday of Pascha (Sunday of the Blind Man)
 
Kristus ir augsham sales!  Christus resurrexit!  Kristo gesso!
This Week's Services and Events
June 10, Monday
       + 3rd Hour Prayers, 9AM
       + Office Hours, 9:30-11:30
 
 
June 11, Tuesday
       + Parish Council meeting, 7PM
 
 
June 12, Wednesday
       + Vesperal Liturgy for the Ascension, 6PM
 
 
June 14, Friday
       + Matins, 8:30AM
 
June 15, Saturday
        + 9th Hour/Great Vespers, 6PM
                                                                                                                                      
June 16, Sunday of the Holy Fathers
        + Matins, 8:45AM
        + Liturgy, 10AM, followed by Fellowship Hour
 
Upcoming Events and Announcements
 
 
June Parish Council Meeting this Tuesday-
       The June Parish Council meeting is this Tuesday, June 11, at 7PM.  All are welcome. 
 
 
Vesperal Liturgy for the Ascension-
        On Wednesday, June 12 at 6PM, we will have a Vesperal Liturgy for the Feast of the Ascension of our Lord.  Please join us. 
 
 
Help Out a Church Family-
       Most of you probably know that Lori Branch recently had surgery.  She will be recovering for many weeks.  Robert and Lori would welcome any families from church contacting them and arranging a time to take Nina and Nicole for a few hours on a play date or other adventure.  This will give the girls a chance to get out of the house and enjoy the summer, and give Lori a chance to rest.
 
  
Thank You to our Farmer's Market Volunteers-
       We had another successful table at last Saturday's Farmer's Market.  Thank you to those who baked, packaged, staffed the table and helped in other ways to make this the successful outreach and fundraising for charity event that we want it to be.
 
 
Mortgage Loan Update-
       As was announced last Sunday during the informational meeting that coincided with coffee hour, we have successfully renegotiated our building's mortgage loan again.  We have dropped the interest rate, lowering it from 4.5% to 3.95% (locked in until June 2017) and we made a payment of $10,000 toward the principal.  Since we are continuing to pay the same amount each month ($1786) this means that we have shaved 31 months of payments off the end of our loan.  Thank you to Kristi Abuissa, our treasurer, for initiating this, and to Hills Bank, our mortgage lender, for being a good partner to work with. 
 
 
Sunday June 9 is Prison Ministry Awareness Sunday-
       The Assembly of Bishops has designated today, Sunday, June 9, as Prison Ministry Awareness Sunday.  The Orthodox Christian Prison Ministry works with many prisoners around the country to encourage them in the faith and to otherwise minister to them.  To learn more about this important effort, go to http://theorthodoxprisonministry.org/wp-content/uploads/2012/05/2013PrisonMinistryAwarenessSundayEncyclical.pdf
 
 
Teen SOYO Waterpark Trip-
       On Saturday, June 15, the teens will travel to Waterloo, IA, and enjoy the day at Lost Island Water Park.  Teens will meet at church at 9AM to carpool to Waterloo and plan to stay until about 3PM, arriving back at church at about 4:30PM.  Tickets are $25 + tax and will be purchased at the gate.  Teens should also plan to bring at least $10 for lunch/snacks.  If you haven't yet signed up on the sign-up sheet, contact Alli Rockwell and let her know you are coming.
 
 
Congratulations!-
       Congratulations to Fr. James Mackoul and the faithful of our daughter Antiochian mission in Davenport, IA.  They were recently informed by the Archdiocese that they now have a patron saint.  They are now known as St. Nicholas the Wonderworker Antiochian Mission.  Through the prayers of St. Nicholas the Wonderworker, may the Lord Jesus Christ bless and prosper them!
 
 
 
Fr. Ignatius Will Be Travelling-
       Fr. Ignatius will be attending the annual Midwest Diocese Parish Life Conference, this year, held in Louisville, KY.  He will be out of town from Wednesday, June 19 through Sunday, June 23.  Fr. Elias Khouri will lead services the weekend of June 22-23.  Please welcome him.
 
 
An Opportunity to Serve, Be a Greeter-
       Based on responses from the parish survey from a few months ago, the Parish Council has recognized a need to have greeters on duty at church on Sunday mornings.  The greeter's main responsibility will be to make newcomers feel welcome by warmly greeting them, asking them to sign our guestbook and/or newcomer information card, making sure they know bathrooms and coatroom are downstairs and ushering them into the nave of the church.   If you are interested in signing up to be a greeter for a Sunday, there is a sign-up sheet on the bulletin board just outside of the bookstore.  On the sheet, is a complete job description for this important position.  If you want our church to be more welcoming to visitors, consider volunteering as a greeter.
 
 
Fasting-
       In celebration of this season of Pascha, we have been allowed to refrain from the usual Wednesday and Friday fasting these last several weeks.  However, as the Paschal season comes to a close with the Feast of the Lord's Ascension this Thursday, June 13, we resume our Wednesday and Friday fasting this Friday, June 14.  Furthermore, unlike most years, there will be no Apostle's Fast this year.  Normally we have a period in June, of varying length depending on when Pascha and Pentecost fall that year, when we are fasting.  But because Pascha was late this year, and the date of Pascha affects when the fast begins, it would be beginning after it will have had to end with the feast of Sts. Peter and Paul on June 29.  So, no Apostle's Fast in 2013.
 
 
Epistle Readers Always Welcome-
       Anyone who would like to read the Sunday Epistle reading in English or any other language can sign up to do so.  The sign-up sheet is at the top of the stairs, near the bookstore.  If you have any questions, check with Bill Spencer, Todd Wiblin or Fr. Ignatius.      
 
 
Olive Oil Donations Welcomed-
       The church would welcome donations of olive oil as our supply is low right now.  Regular grade, and not extra virgin, is preferred, as it burns better in our oil lamps. 
 
Pray for Kidnapped Orthodox Bishops in Syria-
        On April 22, while attempting to free two priests who had been kidnapped 4 months ago, Metropolitan Paul of Aleppo, and Metropolitan Youhanna of Aleppo were kidnapped by armed men. Metropolitan Paul is an Antiochian bishop of our Patriarchate and the brother of Patriarch John. Metropolitan Youhanna is from the Syriac Orthodox Church. Their driver and another man riding in the car were released, but their driver, a deacon, was later killed. Our Archdiocesan website, www.antiochian.org is providing updates as is the Notes on Arab Orthodoxy blog, www.araborthodoxy.blogspot.com. May the Lord have mercy! Metropolitan Philip encourages the faithful of our Archdiocese to consider signing a petition urging President Obama's administration to make it a priority to work for the release of these two bishops. To sign the petition, go to: https://petitions.whitehouse.gov/petition/appeal-president-obama-and-his-government-release-two-abducted-orthodox-christian-archbishops-syria/xNskxL1q 
 
 
Parish Life Conference is June 19-23-
        PLC registration is now OPEN! To register online, please visit www.antiochianevents.org/95. Look for additional information and The Galt House Hotel reservation link on our church website www.stmichaelorthodoxchurch.org/plc. If you would prefer to speak with someone, please call the church office at (502) 454-3378 Option 8, or you may send an email to stmichaelplc@gmail.com. If you would like a packet of forms mailed to you, please call the church office at the number listed above. We also have a Facebook page titled St. Michael the Archangel Orthodox Church – 2013 Parish Life Conference and we encourage you to “like” it.
 
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.
 
Coffee Hour-
        On Sunday June 16, the food for coffee hour and the clean-up of the fellowship hall will be provided by the St. Nina team.
 
 
Holy Bread-
       On Sunday, June 16, the Holy Bread will be provided by the Valentine  family.  Thank you in advance.
 
Church Cleaning-
        During the week of June 9-15, the cleaning of the nave, narthex, bookstore, stairs, nursery and bathrooms will be accomplished by the St. John the Baptist team.

Food for Thought-
 
Love Christ and put nothing before His love.  Christ is everything.  He is the source of life, the ultimate desire. 
 
Elder Porphyrios
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