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Church Bulletin: November 17, 2013

posted Nov 17, 2013, 8:03 PM by Saint Raphael of Brooklyn Antiochian Orthodox Church
November 17, 2013- Twenty First Sunday after Pentecost
This Week's Services and Events

November 18, Monday
        + 3rd Hour Prayers, 9AM
        + Office Hours, 9:30AM-11:30AM
        + Teen SOYO Movie Night, 6:30PM

November 20, Wednesday
        + Vesperal Liturgy for Feast of Entrance of the Theotokos in the Temple, 6PM

November 21, Thursday
        + OCF Dinner at Valentine home, 6:30PM

November 22, Friday
        + Matins, 8:30AM
        + Parish Council meeting, 5:30PM

November 23, Saturday
        + Teen SOYO Serving Brunch at Ronald McDonald House, 9AM-12PM
        + 9th Hour and Great Vespers, 6PM
November 24, Twenty Second Sunday after Pentecost
        + Matins, 8:45AM
        + Liturgy, 10AM, followed by Sunday School and Coffee Hour
Upcoming Events and Announcements 

2014 Pledge Packets-
       Your parish council is distributing an informational packet asking you to consider pledging a regular financial gift to St. Raphael Church in 2014.  Regular giving, regardless the amount, is important for budgeting purposes.  Your parish council wants to propose a responsible and reasonable budget which the voting members will vote on at our annual meeting in December.  In order to do that, the council needs to know what the expected income will be for next year.  Please return your pledge form to our new treasurer Jeremy Coffin as soon as possible.  Your support of our church is greatly appreciated.

Feast of the Entrance of the Theotokos in the Temple-
       We will celebrate this feast with Vesperal Liturgy on Wednesday, November 20 at 6PM.  

SOYO Serving Brunch at Ronald McDonald House November 23-

       Our SOYO youth group will be serving brunch to the residents of our local Ronald McDonald House on Saturday, November 23rd. We will be preparing a fasting meal for about 50 people. Donations of groceries would be greatly appreciated. Additionally, if anyone would like to accompany the group on Saturday morning (9-noon) to help prepare food, you are more than welcome! Please let Father Ignatius or Alli Rockwell know you’d like to make a donation or join in the cooking.

Orthodox Christian Fellowship College Group-
         On Thursday, November 21, the OCF will meet at the Valentine home for dinner at 6:30PM.

Charitable Projects
       Christmas shopping? Don't forget St Raphael's cookbooks and lotion bars, available in the bookstore. They make great stocking stuffers and gifts, for $10 and $8 each. All profits go to Crisis Center this years.  Please buy soon, so we can restock the shelves as needed! If you have any questions or plan to buy more than just a few, please talk to Amy Spencer or Karen Kuntz. Thanks for your support!

The Nativity Fast is Here-
       Beginning November 15 and continuing through the evening of December 24, we observe the Nativity or Advent fast, one of the four fasting seasons of the church year.  We fast, to prepare ourselves to be more receptive to the joyous coming of our King Jesus at the celebration of His nativity at Christmas.  We are asked to refrain from meat, dairy, eggs each day, and on some days, fish, wine and oil.  For specifics, take a look at the printed St. Raphael Church calendar for November and December or speak with Fr. Ignatius.  As you do your grocery shopping over the next several weeks, consider buying some extra non-perishable groceries and place them in the donation box in the church narthex.  The donated food goes to the local food bank at the Crisis Center.  To learn more about the Nativity season, including the Advent Fast, go to: 

Typhoon Devastation in the Philippines-

       How can you help? You can help the victims of Super Typhoon Haiyan by making a financial gift to the IOCC's Philippines Disaster Relief Fund, which will provide immediate relief as well as long-term support through the provision of emergency aid, recovery assistance and other support to help those in need. To make a gift, please visit their website at www.iocc.org, call toll free at 1-877-803-IOCC (4622), or mail a check or money order payable to: IOCC, P.O. Box 17398, Baltimore, Md. 21297-0429 If you would like to give to a charity tied in with an Orthodox Christian family from Iowa with direct ties to the Philippines, go to: www.giftoflovecharity.org/home.html

"Meet the Old Testament Prophets" Sermon Series-
       On Sundays during the Advent season, Fr. Ignatius is giving a sermon series titled "Meet the Old Testament Prophets."  It is during this time of year, that many of the Old Testament prophets are commemorated on our church calendar.  Several of their prophecies foretold of the coming of the Messiah, Jesus Christ.  Get ready to learn a little more about these wonderful men of God.  

Domestic Violence Intervention Program Needs Volunteers-
       It's that time of year when families and friends celebrate each other.  But the holiday season can be difficult for families running away from domestic violence.  You can help- share your time and compassion.  Call DVIP at 319-351-1042 to volunteer.

How Has Christianity Made the World a Better Place?-
       This question could be answered in a variety of ways.  Many positive developments, from the creation of hospitals and orphanages, to the general protection of women, to the abolition of infanticide, have been attributed to followers of Jesus Christ.  In the ancient world, nearly every culture accepted slavery.  As we know, slavery was practiced here in America even 150 years ago.  Did you know that the first recorded opposition to slavery was made by an Orthodox saint in the 9th century?  The basis of this opposition was the biblical teaching that all are made in the image of God.  To learn more, go to: http://www.johnsanidopoulos.com/2013/11/the-first-recorded-stand-against-slavery.html

Consider Joining an OCMC Orthodox Mission Team in 2014-
       Consider joining an OCMC Orthodox Mission Team in 2014. Mission Teams serve our Holy Orthodox Church’s unending mission effort that all people may come to know the saving love of our Lord. Be a living witness on a Healthcare team to Tanzania or Uganda, work with youth in Albania or Moldova, or offer your talents on other OCMC Teams in 2014. Team applications and details are available online at www.ocmc.org or call the OCMC at 1.877.463.6787 (ext 142) for more information.

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.
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. 
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-
        On Sunday November 24, the Rockwell/Gvarjaladze family will provide the holy bread.  Thank you in advance.

Coffee Hour-
        On Sunday November 24, the food for coffee hour and the clean-up of the fellowship hall will be provided by the St. John the Baptist team. 

Church Cleaning-
        During the week of November 17-23, the St. Raphael team will clean the nave, narthex, bookstore, stairs, nursery and bathrooms.      

Choir Leadership-
       On November 23-24, Matthew will lead the choir.

Food for Thought-

…Therefore, we must most carefully look after the field of our heart, lest the tares of evil, slothfulness, luxuriousness, self-indulgence, unbelief, avarice, envy, hatred, and others, should grow within it; we must daily weed the field of our heart—at least, at morning and evening prayers, and refresh it by salutary sighs, as by healthful winds, and water it with abundant tears, as by early and late rain.

+Saint John Kronstadt