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Church Bulletin: November 15, 2015

posted Nov 16, 2015, 8:31 AM by Saint Raphael of Brooklyn Antiochian Orthodox Church
November 15, 2015- Twenty Fourth Sunday after Pentecost
 
This Week's Services and Events

November 18, Wednesday
        + Nativity Paraklesis, 7:00PM
        + Kalona Vespers, 7:00PM

November 19, Thursday
        + OCF Dinner 6:30PM at Wiblin/Kuntz home

November 20, Friday
        + Matins, 8:30AM
        + Office Hours, 9:30AM-11:30AM
        + Vesperal Liturgy for Entrance of the Theotokos, 6:00PM

November 21, Saturday
        + Great Vespers, 5:00PM

November 22, Sunday- 25th Sunday after Pentecost
        + Matins, 8:45AM 
        + Divine Liturgy, 10:00AM, followed by coffee hour and Sunday School
        
Upcoming Events and Announcements

Syrian Refugee Fundraiser Tally-
        Thanks to the hard work of so many people in our parish and beyond, we raised about $6300 for IOCC's relief work with Syrian refugees.  According to what IOCC Development Director Nick Kasemeotes shared with us at the event, each dollar given to IOCC results in about $7 in total aid, as other organizations partner with and funnel their resources through IOCC.  So, based on this, our effort was the catalyst for approximately $45,000 in total aid.  Glory to God!

Words From Bishop Anthony In Response to Recent Terrorism-
        As the Sinai, Beirut, Paris and Baghdad have all been scenes of very recent terrorism in which many innocent lives were slaughtered, Bishop Anthony gives us the following words.
       "We will not allow ourselves to slip down the slope of a descent into barbarism, and with it, suffer a real loss to our own humanity in the aftermath of yet another terrorist attack which we see continually before our eyes and which most recently we witness in Paris. Therefore let us be as relentless in prayer and help, and whatever advances goodness and peace which is within our ability, as others are in the abuse of power and in spreading death and sorrow."
The Assembly of Bishops has also released a statement regarding the latest terror attacks in France which can be read at: http://www.assemblyofbishops.org/news/2015/assembly-of-bishops-offers-prayers-to-the-people-of-france

 Teen SOYO Movie Night-
        Our teens will gather for Movie Night on November 16 to see the film "Woodlawn" at Sycamore Theatres.  Talk to Hannah for details.

Orthodox Christian Fellowship-
        OCF will have dinner at Todd Wiblin and Karen Kuntz's home at 6:30PM on November 19.

Vesperal Liturgy for the Entrance of the Theotokos-
        We will celebrate the feast of the Entrance of the Theotokos in the Temple with Vesperal Liturgy at 6:30pm on Friday, November 20.

Pledge Packets, Please Return Them Soon!-
        The Parish Council has distributed material to members and friends of the parish asking for people to respond with their planned financial commitments to the church for 2016.  Please prayerfully consider what you can give to support our beloved church and return the pledge forms ASAP.  This is necessary so that the Parish Council can form a responsible budget to present at the annual voters' meeting in early December.

Annual Voters' Meeting December 6-
        Following liturgy on Sunday, December 6, we will hold our annual voters' meeting.  Please plan to come and participate.  

Nativity Fast Began on November 15-
        As part of our preparation for the great feast of the Nativity of Christ, we alter our diet and abstain from meat, dairy, eggs until December 25.  Fish, wine and oil are permitted on Saturdays and Sundays and wine and oil are permitted on Tuesdays and Thursdays.  If you have any questions about fasting, please ask Fr. Ignatius.

Nativity Fast Book Study-
        Following Paraklesis service on Wednesday evenings during the Nativity/Advent fast, we will have four book study sessions from 8:00PM-9:00PM.  On December 2, 9, 16, and 23, we will be discussing the book, "Meditations for Advent: Preparing for Christ's Birth" by Archimandrite Vassilios Papavassiliou.  Copies of this book will be available to purchase at the church in a few weeks.  Please sign up on the sheet posted in the narthex so we know how many books to order.

Sunday School Christmas Play on December 13-
        Following Liturgy and during coffee hour, our Sunday School students will perform a play for us.  Please plan to stay for this.

Be A VA Medical Foster Home Caregiver-
        Do you have a desire to "give back" to veterans?  Do you have caregiving experience (formal or informal)?  Do you feel satisfaction caring for others?  Do you have an extra room in your home?  A Medical Foster Home provides a safe, supportive, long-term care option for veterans in a comfortable home environment.  MFH's are an alternative to nursing home care and may be an option for veterans who are unable to live alone, or don't have a caregiver.  Caregivers are compensated by the veteran, generally between $1500-$3000 monthly.  For more information, please call MFH Coordinator Angie Gerot at (319) 358-5974.

2015-2016 Sunday School Project-
        During our current Sunday School year, the 5-12 grade class is sponsoring two children in Ethiopia through the organization Partners With Ethiopia.  Sunday school teachers are asking the Sunday School students to bring in change or whatever they and their families can give each week.  The financial commitment is $38 per month per child.  We may need additional assistance from the parish to meet our goal each month.  Brochures explaining this project are available at church.

Food for All - Kalona-
    Please continue to pray as we seek ways to encourage Vespers attendance as well as explore food charity programs, such as cooking classes and a Christmas bread event. Input and help is always welcome.
   Kalona Vespers are on first and third Wednesdays (7 p.m.). Join us at UCB Church, Highway 22 and 4th St., Kalona. Questions? Contact Amy at foodforallkalona@gmail.com.

Volunteers Needed to Offer Healthcare and Education in Guatemala-
         The Orthodox Christian Mission Center (OCMC) is seeking medical/dental professionals, students, and those interested in providing medical/dental care for two upcoming short-term mission teams to Guatemala. These teams, serving from April 8th to the 17th(1st team) and August 26th to September 4th (2nd team), will offer healthcare and education to the Mayan people of Aguacate. This rural village is home to a growing community of Orthodox Christians that do not have access to basic medical/dental services. Please prayerfully consider joining one or both of these vital teams! For more information or to apply, visit http://www.ocmc.org/about/open_teams.aspx, e-mailteams@ocmc.org, or call 1-877-463-6784 ext. 141.
      
Bishop's Visit, Save the Date!-
        Bishop Anthony plans to be with us the weekend of April 9-10, 2016.  Save the date!
       
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.  

Next Sunday's Gospel Reading-
        The Lord spoke this parable: “The land of a rich man brought forth plentifully; and he thought to himself, ‘What shall I do, for I have nowhere to store my crops?’ And he said, ‘I will do this: I will pull down my barns, and build larger ones; and there I will store all my grain and my goods. And I will say to my soul, Soul, you have ample goods laid up for many years; take your ease, eat, drink, be merry.’ But God said to him, ‘Fool! This night your soul is required of you; and the things you have prepared, whose will they be?’ So is he who lays up treasure for himself, and is not rich toward God.” As He said this, Jesus called out, “He who has ears to hear, let him hear.”  (Luke 12:16-21)

Choir Leadership-
        Lori will lead the choir during the weekend of November 14-15.
                 
Pray for our Catechumens-
       Please keep our catechumens Ilya Buchkin, and Rob, Hannah and Nate Young 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. 

Food for Thought-

The powers of darkness were rendered impotent! The wiles of Satan were set at naught! The hordes of ungodly Attila withdrew. The savage Franks were rendered meek; and the precious Cross triumphed when dread Clovis descended into the grace-filled font, won for Christ by the preaching of the holy Geneviève, whom we, her children in the Faith, ever praise with hymns as is meet.

Shepherds who tended their flocks once beheld Christ our Savior; and thou, O godly maiden, as a shepherdess pure of heart, didst worship the Great Shepherd of the reason-endowed sheep. Fend off the wolves that come in sheep's clothing to devour us, and in thy love lead us to the pastures of heaven, O venerable mother Geneviève.



Verses from Vespers for the Feast of St. Genevieve, patron of Paris

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