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Church Bulletin: November 2, 2014

posted Nov 3, 2014, 11:33 AM by Saint Raphael of Brooklyn Antiochian Orthodox Church
November 2, 2014- Twenty-first Sunday after Pentecost
This Week's Services and Events

November 4, Tuesday
        + Free Lunch Program Volunteering, 11:30AM-1:30PM

November 5, Wednesday
        +  Akathist, 7:00PM,

November 6, Thursday
        + OCF dinner at Branch-Peterson's, 6:30PM

November 7, Friday
        + Matins, 8:30AM
        + Father's Office Hours, 9:30AM-11:30AM

November 8, Saturday
        + Teen SOYO Meal at Ronald McDonald House, 10AM
        + 9th Hour/Great Vespers, 6:00PM

November 9, Sunday, St. Nektarios of Aegina and Pentapolis, the Wonderworker
        +Matins, 8:45AM
        + Divine Liturgy, 10:00AM, followed by fellowship hour and Sunday School
Upcoming Events and Announcements   

Return Your Pledge Packets by November 9-
       The Parish Council has distributed information on making regular financial pledges or tithes for 2015.  Copies will be handed out at church and mailed, and extra copies will be available in the narthex to take home and look at.  Please look over the information, pray about your giving to St. Raphael Church, and if you are able to give, return your pledge form to church as soon as you are able.  Prompt return of this information greatly helps the parish council set a realistic budget for the upcoming year.  Please return to our treasurer Jeremy by November 9.

Today is International Day of Prayer for the Persecuted Church-
       In our Orthodox services, we routinely pray for those who are being persecuted for their faith, and the stories of the martyrs and others who have suffered for Christ are always with us.  With the media beginning to report some of the religious persecution that is going on in the world, other churches are starting to become more aware that in many parts of the world, Christians suffer daily because of Who they worship.  It is simply not safe to be a Christian in places like Iran, Iraq, North Korea, parts of Indonesia, northern Nigeria, Cameroon, northern Syria and elsewhere. The Anglican priest in Baghdad, Iraq, Canon Andrew White reports, "Last year alone, ninety three members of my congregation were killed. The threat is particularly great for those who convert to Christianity. I baptized thirteen adults secretly last year. Eleven of them were dead within a week.”  Look for special newsletters on the situation of some Christians in Syria.

November-December Calendars Available-
       The calendars showing services and events for November and December are printed and now available to be picked up at church.

Free Lunch Program Volunteering-
       We will be assisting with the Free Lunch Program on Tuesday, November 4 from 11:30AM-1:30PM.  The Free Lunch Program is located at 1105 Gilbert Ct.  Please lend a hand if you are able.

Upcoming Teen SOYO Events-
       On November 8, meeting at 10:00AM, the teens will prepare and serve lunch at the Ronald McDonald House.       

St. Maria's Bread House-
       Please visit our new website at stmariasbreadhouse.org! Also, thank you very much for your prayers. We received news this week that a location we have been hoping to use (the United Christian and Baptist Church along Highway 22 in Kalona) has decided to let us use their basement on a trial basis. Please continue to ask the Lord for favor, as this is a sensitive situation. Talk to Amy Spencer if you'd like more information.

Do You Have Extra Children's Clothes Up to Size 2?-
       Zoe for Life!, an Orthodox ministry that provides emotional, spiritual and material support for women who are pregnant and may be considering an abortion, or who have recently given birth, and need assistance, is in desperate need of baby and toddler clothes to share with their clients.  If you want to help, you can contact ZOE House at 440-888-9990, or the National Office at 440-893-9990

Nativity Fast Begins November 15-
       In preparation for the Great Feast of the Nativity of the Lord, we begin a time of fasting, lasting 40 days, and beginning on November 15.  The standard for this fast is a little less stringent than the Lenten fast.  We abstain from meat, eggs and dairy, wine and oil, but wine and oil are permitted on Tuesdays and Thursdays, and fish, wine and oil are permitted on Saturdays and Sundays.  As fasting goes hand-in-hand with repentance, this is a good time to schedule a confession with Fr. Ignatius.  If you have any questions about confession or fasting, please see Fr. Ignatius.

Beowulf Book Discussion-
       Several of us are reading the epic Anglo-Saxon poem Beowulf and will be discussing it on Sunday, November 23, from 7:00PM-8:30PM at Lori and Robert's home.  If you are interested in participating, let Lori know.

Save the Date!-
       Our annual Voter's Meeting will take place following liturgy on Sunday, December 7.  Please plan to attend and participate.  More information will follow in the near future.

Antiochian Midwest Diocese Young Adult Retreat-
       A retreat in the Chicago area is being planned for young adults on December 5-7.  For more information, go to: https://www.facebook.com/groups/134232843345634/ or email midwestfellowship@gmail.com. The registration deadline is November 15.

Orthodox Christian Fellowship College Conference and Real Break-
       The annual OCF College Conference is taking place at the Antiochian Village in Western Pennsylvania from December 27-30.  To learn more or to register, go to: http://www.ocf.net/college-conference/.  One week mission trips, known as Real Break are scheduled for Spring 2015 to both domestic and international destinations.  To learn more about these opportunities, go to: http://www.ocf.net/real-break-2015/
Enthronement of Metropolitan Joseph-
       Information on the Enthronement weekend services in Brooklyn, NY December 5-7 can be found at: http://www.antiochian.org/enthronement

Bible Bowl and Oratorical Festival-
       Each year, our diocese offers two different competitions for teens (and one for adults), held at the Parish Life Conference.  The 2015 Parish Life Conference will be held in Grand Rapids, MI in June.  Teens from our parish have participated in and done very well in the Bible Bowl is recent years, winning trophies each time they have competed.  Instead of focusing on one book of the Bible, the 2015 Bible Bowl will focus on the life of our patron, St. Raphael of Brooklyn, as found in the book "Our Father Among the Saints Raphael Bishop of Brooklyn: Good Shepherd of the Lost Sheep in America" published by Antakya Press.  This theme was chosen by Metropolitan Philip before his repose, because 2015 is the 100th anniversary of the repose of St. Raphael.  Fr. Ignatius challenges teens (ages 13-19) to form a team and study and compete.  Adults can form a team as well.  We can win this at the diocesan level and go on to compete on the archdiocesan level!  In addition, if giving speeches is your thing (teens only), consider writing a speech for the Oratorical Festival, the theme of which is also the life of St. Raphael.  Information is posted in the narthex.  Talk to Fr. Ignatius if you would like to learn more.

Thoughts on Stewardship and Giving-    
          "Now consider how great this man was, to whom even the patriarch Abraham gave a tenth of the spoils. And indeed those who are of the sons of Levi, who receive the priesthood, have a commandment to receive tithes from the people according to the law, that is, from their brethren, though they have come from the loins of Abraham; but he whose genealogy is not derived from them received the tithes from Abraham and blessed him who had the promises." (Hebrews 6:4-6)

Next Sunday's Gospel Reading-
        St. John Chrysostom urges Christians to preview the upcoming Sunday Gospel reading so that it may be fresh in your minds when you hear it next

The reading for Sunday, November 9 is: At that time, there came to Jesus a man named Jairus, who was a ruler of the synagogue; and falling at Jesus’ feet, he besought Him to come to his house, for he had an only daughter, about twelve years of age, and she was dying. As Jesus went, the people pressed round Him. And a woman, who had had a flow of blood for twelve years, and had spent all her living upon physicians, and could not be healed by anyone, came up behind Him, and touched the fringe of His garment; and immediately her flow of blood ceased. And Jesus said, “Who was it that touched Me?” When all denied it, Peter said, “Master, the multitudes surround Thee and press upon Thee! And Thou sayest, ‘Who touched Me?’” But Jesus said, “Someone touched Me; for I perceive that power has gone forth from Me.” And when the woman saw that she was not hidden, she came trembling, and falling down before Him declared in the presence of all the people why she had touched Him, and how she had been immediately healed. And Jesus said to her, “Daughter, your faith has made you well; go in peace.” While Jesus was still speaking, a man from the ruler’s house came and said, “Your daughter is dead; do not trouble the Teacher anymore.” But Jesus on hearing this answered him, “Do not fear; only believe, and she shall be well.” And when Jesus came to the house, He permitted no one to enter with Him, except Peter and James and John, and the father and mother of the child. And all were weeping and bewailing her; but Jesus said, “Do not weep; for she is not dead but sleeping.” And they laughed at him, knowing that she was dead. But taking her by the hand Jesus called, saying, “Child, arise.” And her spirit returned, and she got up at once; and Jesus directed that something should be given her to eat. And her parents were amazed; but He charged them to tell no one what had happened.  (Luke 8:41-5

Pray for our Catechumens-
       Please keep our catechumens: Ilya Buchkin, Rob Bergenstock and Daniel Welsh in your prayers as they prepare to be sacramentally joined to the Orthodox Church.
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 heard from.  Please pray for their well being and release and also pray for their captors as well.  One priest is also missing, having been kidnapped. 

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

Holy Bread-
       The Valentine family will provide the holy bread for Sunday, November 9.  Thank you in advance.

Coffee Hour-
       The St. Raphael team will bring food to share during coffee hour, and clean up the fellowship hall on November 9.

Church Cleaning-
       During the week of November 2-8, the St. John the Baptist team will clean the nave, narthex, bookstore, stairs, nursery and bathrooms.

Food for Thought-

Today the martyric company of fivefold splendor, shining on the faithful like a constellation of blazing stars, hath called us to mystical gladness. For as the servants of the spiritual Sun and destroyers of the Persian doctrines, they guided to piety those who served the visible sun and worshipped the fire; they mingled to the full the wine-bowl of their victory, they have crowned us with the blood they shed for Christ, and they urge on the lovers of piety, saying: Come, partake of the feasts of our contests, and behold our crowns and our rewards; for he that endureth to the end, the same shall be saved, as Christ the Truth hath declared; that ye may become sharers of our crowns, and have us as intercessors with the Lord.

Doxastikon for the Persian martyrs, Vespers of November 2