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Church Bulletin: November 24, 2013

posted Nov 24, 2013, 6:24 PM by Saint Raphael of Brooklyn Antiochian Orthodox Church
November 24, 2013- Twenty Second Sunday after Pentecost
This Week's Services and Events

November 25, Monday
        + 3rd Hour Prayers, 9AM
        + Office Hours, 9:30AM-11:30AM

November 27, Wednesday
        + Nativity Paraklesis, 7PM

November 30, Saturday
        + 9th Hour and Great Vespers, 6PM
December 1, Twenty Third Sunday after Pentecost
        + Matins, 8:45AM
        + Liturgy, 10AM, followed by Sunday School and Coffee Hour
Upcoming Events and Announcements 

Annual Meeting is December 8-
       Please plan to stay during coffee hour after liturgy to participate in our Annual Voters' Meeting at which we will elect a member to the parish council and discuss and vote on our 2014 budget.

Fr. Ignatius Will Be Travelling-
       Fr. Ignatius will be out of town November 28-December 1.  Happy Thanksgiving!  There will be no OCF event on November 28 and no matins on November 29.  Please welcome Fr. Elias Khouri, who will be serving in place of Fr. Ignatius on November 30 and December 1.
Sunday School Christmas Pageant-
       We are happy to announce that our Sunday School students will be putting on their first ever Christmas pageant performance this year!  They will be assigned roles and have an initial read-through of the script next Sunday, December 1.  During our annual meeting on December 8, the Sunday School students will practice upstairs (in the nave) while the meeting is going on.  The performance will be during coffee hour on December 15.  Please have your children present at Sunday School on these Sundays so that they can participate in this performance. 

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!
Free Lunch Program Volunteering-
       Our chance to help with the Free Lunch Program is coming up on Tuesday, December 3 from 11:30AM-1:30PM.  Please let Fr. Ignatius know if you can volunteer to help this month.

The Nativity Fast is Here-
       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: http://www.antiochian.org/nativity
Vesperal Liturgy for St. Nicholas-
       On Thursday, December 5 at 6PM, we will celebrate St. Nicholas with a Vesperal Liturgy.  Please plan to attend in order to commemorate this wonderful saint!  In honor of St. Nicholas, our children will receive a treat in their shoes if they are at Liturgy on Sunday December 8.
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

And Now For Something Completely Different...-

       To read Fr. Lawrence Farley's article titled "Liturgy According to Monty Python" go to: http://oca.org/reflections/fr.-lawrence-farley/liturgy-according-to-monty-python


St. John Chrysostom on Fasting-

       To read St. John's excellent teaching on fasting, go to: http://stanthonylc.org/2013/05/st-john-chrysostom-fasting/

"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 December 1, the Branch/Peterson family will provide the holy bread.  Thank you in advance.

Coffee Hour-
        On Sunday December 1, the food for coffee hour and the clean-up of the fellowship hall will be provided by the St. Nicholas team. 

Church Cleaning-
        During the week of November 24-30, the St. Raphael team will clean the nave, narthex, bookstore, stairs, nursery and bathrooms.      

Choir Leadership-
       On November 30-December 1, Tania will lead the choir.
Food for Thought-

Grant unto us, Lord, that we may set our hope on Thy name…and open the eyes of our hearts, that we may know Thee.  We beseech Thee, Lord and Master, to be our help and succour. Save those among us who are in tribulation; have mercy on the lowly; lift up the fallen; show Thyself to those in need; heal the sick; turn again the wanderers of Thy people; feed the hungry; ransom our prisoners; raise up the weak; comfort the faint-hearted. Let all nations know that Thou art God alone, and that Jesus Christ is Thy Son, and that we are Thy people and the sheep of Thy pasture. We praise Thee who art able to do these and better things than these, through Jesus Christ the High Priest and Guardian of our souls, through whom be glory and majesty to Thee, both now and throughout all generations, for ever and ever. Amen

St. Clement of Rome