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Church Bulletin: November 20, 2016

posted Nov 21, 2016, 8:39 AM by Saint Raphael of Brooklyn Antiochian Orthodox Church
November 20, 2016- Feast of the Entrance of the Theotokos into the Temple (Transferred)

 This Week's Services and Events

November 22, Tuesday
        + Office Hours, 1:15PM-2:45PM
        + 9th Hour Prayers, 3:00PM

November 26, Saturday
        + Great Vespers, 5:00PM 

November 27, Twenty third Sunday after Pentecost
        + Matins, 8:45AM
        + Divine Liturgy, 10:00AM followed by Sunday School and Coffee Hour
Upcoming Events and Announcements-       

Happy Thanksgiving-
        There will be no Wednesday evening service this week and Fr. Ignatius will not have office hours on Thursday due to the Thanksgiving holiday.  Enjoy time with family and friends and give thanks to God for all He has provided for you.

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, following Nativity Paraklesis which begins at 7:00PM. Over these four sessions, we will study and discuss some of the various names and titles for Jesus that are all throughout the Scriptures.  Come and participate.  Bring your Bible. Let's learn together!

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. 

On Racism and Nationalism-
        The Orthodox Church strongly rejects any political ideology which promotes racial or ethnic supremacy or separatism.  Given the current divisiveness in our nation over such issues as multi-culturalism, immigration, religious pluralism and related issues, and the manifestation of outright racism, we must remember that all human beings are infinitely valuable based on the truth that each of us bears the image of God.  While it is acceptable and even commendable to be patriotic, any form of nationalism that breeds disdain of foreigners or any class of people that is different from us, is contrary to the Christian belief that we must love both our neighbors and even our enemies.  In Christ, all are on equal footing.  To read articles that address racism, go to: http://www.pravmir.com/racism-no-place-life-christian/http://www.pravmir.com/racism-from-the-church-s-perspective/http://www.pravmir.com/recognizing-racism-subtle-forms/

Nativity Fast-
       We have started our preparations for the coming of our Lord at His Nativity by beginning the forty day Nativity Fast which is from November 15-December 24.  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.  If you have any questions about how we fast, ask Fr. Ignatius.

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

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 hope to restart Kalona Vespers in the new year. 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

A Possible Christmas Present-
        New Release!  Beautiful hymns sung by our Orthodox Christian teens from our archdiocese.  A CD titled "Grace Shining Forth" has been recently recorded and is available for purchase.  It features 14 tracks of sacred music in both Byzantine and Russian style.  It can be purchased at https://teensoyo.org/shop

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, a man came testing Jesus and asking, “Good Teacher, what shall I do to inherit eternal life?” And Jesus said to him, “Why do you call Me good? No one is good but God alone. You know the commandments: ‘Do not commit adultery. Do not kill. Do not steal. Do not bear false witness. Honor your father and mother.’” And the man said, “All these I have observed from my youth.” And when Jesus heard it, he said to him, “One thing you still lack. Sell all that you have and distribute to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, follow Me.” But when the man heard this he became sad, for he was very rich. Jesus, seeing him sad, said, “How hard it is for those who have riches to enter the kingdom of God! For it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God.” Those who heard it said, “Then who can be saved?” Jesus said, “What is impossible with men is possible with God.”  (Luke 18:18-27)

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-

We give thanks unto Thee, O Lord, that Thou hast chosen us from the barren church of the Gentiles, and hast grafted us, a young olive shoot, upon the root and stock of righteous Abraham; and we pray Thee to open our ears, that we might heed the prophet's warning and "prepare the way of the Lord."

- From Nativity Paraklesis