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Church Bulletin: November 22, 2015

posted Nov 23, 2015, 9:03 AM by Saint Raphael of Brooklyn Antiochian Orthodox Church
November 22, 2015- Twenty Fifth Sunday after Pentecost
This Week's Services and Events

November 28, Saturday
        + Great Vespers, 5:00PM

November 29, Sunday- 26th Sunday after Pentecost
        + Matins, 8:45AM 
        + Divine Liturgy, 10:00AM, followed by coffee hour and Sunday School
Upcoming Events and Announcements-

Happy Thanksgiving-
        As we celebrate the American holiday of Thanksgiving, let us take plenty of time to give God thanks for the many blessings He has given us.  

Orthodox Christian Fellowship-
        Due to the Thanksgiving break, there is no OCF event this week.

No Wednesday Evening or Friday Morning Services, Or Office Hours-
        Because of Thanksgiving, there will be no Wednesday evening service this week, and no Friday morning service this week.  There will be no office hours on Friday morning.  However, if you need to meet with Fr. Ignatius, as always, just ask, to set up an appointment.  

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 and 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.  According to Archdiocese custom, fasting guidelines can be relaxed to celebrate the Thanksgiving Holiday.

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.

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-
      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)

Choir Leadership-
       Kristi Abuissa and Matthew Arndt will lead the choir during the weekend of November 28-29.
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-

For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Romans 8:38-39