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Church Bulletin: November 13, 2016

posted Nov 14, 2016, 8:07 AM by Saint Raphael of Brooklyn Antiochian Orthodox Church
November 13, 2016- St. John Chrysostom

 This Week's Services and Events

November 15, Tuesday
        + Office Hours, 1:15PM-2:45PM
        + 9th Hour Prayers, 3:00PM

November 16, Wednesday
        + Nativity Paraklesis, 7:00PM

November 19, Saturday
        + Great Vespers, 5:00PM 

November 20, Transfer of the Feast of the Entrance of the Theotokos in the Temple
        + Matins, 8:45AM
        + Divine Liturgy, 10:00AM followed by Sunday School and Coffee Hour
Upcoming Events and Announcements-       

Please Return Annual Pledge Packets ASAP-
        The Parish Council relies on our members to give them their best idea of what each family plans to give each year, in order to responsibly draw up a budget.  Regular giving, ie., monthly, if possible, is ideal for a smooth cash flow.  Annual pledge packets have been distributed.  Please read through the material and consider what you plan to give and return the form to our treasurer Becky as soon as possible.  We value your financial pledges and also your gifts of your time and your abilities.  This is your church!  In lieu of returning the form, you can send an email to Becky at bmorey3156@gmail.com, letting her know the specifics of your pledge.  

        Congratulations to Irakli and Rachelle Naridze upon the birth of their daughter Sophia Lou.  May God grant her many years!

The Nativity Fast Begins This Tuesday-
       We will start our preparations for the coming of our Lord at His Nativity by beginning to fast on November 15.  During this time, we will pray the Nativity Paraklesis service on Wednesday evenings at 7:00PM.  Take some extra time out of the upcoming busy season to pray, repent, and thank God for all He has done for you.

Sunday School Project-
        The Sunday School program is looking to consistently have funds to provide for our sponsor child, Naser.  In order to accomplish this, we are looking for ten families who will provide one monthly sponsorship.  The other two months will be covered by the Sunday School kids.  The monthly sponsorship is just $38 for Naser to receive a hot meal six days a week, medical attention, attend school, receive supplies, and other incidentals as needed.  If you are interested, please contact one of the Sunday School teachers or Father.

Orthodox Marriage Retreat-
        Do you and your spouse need encouragement and support in your marriage?  St. Ignatius Church in Madison, Wisconsin is hosting a free marriage retreat November 18-20.  The speaker will be Bishop John, Antiochian bishop of Worcester and New England, editor of the Word magazine, and pastoral counselor.  Attached is a poster with more information.  Take your spouse and go to this!  Every marriage needs support and encouragement.  

Wednesday Evening Bible Study-
        On November 30, December 7, 14, 21 we will have a Bible study on the Names of Jesus at 8:00PM.

Food for All - Kalona
        Please continue to pray for our Orthodox-style, community-style charity work. Our Sunday Supper and Movie Nights are happening twice monthly until summer. Also, we are restarting Kalona Vespers on third Tuesdays. Join us! Also please 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

Save the Date!-
        Our annual Voters' Meeting will follow liturgy on Sunday, December 4.  Please plan to stay and vote and discuss the issues at hand.

Orthodox Christian Fellowship-
        OCF will meet most Thursday evenings during the school year,  with dinner at 6:30PM on the 1st and 3rd Thursdays of each month, and compline at 7:00PM on the 2nd and 4th Thursdays of the month.

Next Sunday's Gospel Reading-
        At that time, Jesus entered a certain village; and a woman named Martha received Him into her house. And she had a sister called Mary, who sat at the Lord’s feet and listened to His teaching. But Martha was distracted with much serving; and she went to Him and said, “Lord, dost Thou not care that my sister has left me to serve alone? Tell her then to help me.” But the Lord answered her, “Martha, Martha, you are anxious and troubled about many things; one thing is needful. Mary has chosen the good portion, which shall not be taken away from her.” As He said this, a woman in the crowd raised her voice and said to Him, “Blessed is the womb that bore Thee, and the breasts that Thou didst suck!” But He said, “Blessed rather are those who hear the word of God and keep it!”  (Luke 10:38-42, 11:27-28)

Pray for our Catechumens-
       Please keep our catechumens Anna Baynton and Ilya Buchkin 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.

Food for Thought-

So Jesus came to Nazareth, where He had been brought up.  And as His custom was, He went into the synagogue on the Sabbath day, and stood up to read.  And He was handed the book of the prophet Isaiah.  And when He had opened the book, He found the place where it was written:
"The Spirit of the Lord is upon Me,
Because He has anointed Me
To preach the gospel to the poor;
He has sent me to heal the brokenhearted,
To proclaim liberty to the captives
And recovery of sight to the blind,
To set at liberty those who are oppressed,
To proclaim the acceptable year of the Lord."
He then closed the book, and gave it back to the attendant and sat down.  And the eyes of all who were in the synagogue were fixed on Him.  And He began to say to them, "Today this Scripture is fulfilled in your hearing."

- Luke 4:16-21