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Church Bulletin: November 25, 2012

posted Nov 26, 2012, 8:07 AM by Saint Raphael of Brooklyn Antiochian Orthodox Church
November 25, 2012- Leavetaking of the Entrance of the Theotokos into the Temple
This Week's Services and Events
Nov 27, Tuesday,
        + 3rd Hour Prayers, 9AM
        + Parish Council meeting, 7PM
Nov 28, Wednesday
        + Nativity Paraklesis, 7PM
Nov 29, Thursday
        + OCF dinner, 6:30PM
Nov 30, Friday
        + Matins, 8:30AM

Dec 1, Saturday
        + 9th Hour/Great Vespers, 6PM

Dec 2, Sunday, Twenty Sixth Sunday after Pentecost
         + Matins, 8:45AM
         + Divine Liturgy, 10AM followed by Sunday School and coffee hour and Annual Voters' Meeting

Upcoming Events and Announcements
Do You Want to Serve on the Parish Council?-
        At our December 2 Annual Voters' Meeting, we will hold an election to fill a vacancy that will be opening up on the parish council. Another position will be filled by pastoral appointment. Both positions are for three year terms. If you are interested serving on the parish council or at least learning what that might entail, please speak with Fr. Ignatius.
Please Return Your 2013 Pledge Packets-
        This is the time of year, when St. Raphael Church asks our members and friends to consider financially pledging to the church for the following year. Our treasurer, Kristi Abuissa, has distributed pledge packets. If you have not received one and would like to, please speak to her or Fr. Ignatius. In order to set a responsible budget for 2013, it is important that we know what to expect for income and that is why we ask you to commit to a specific amount. Of course, if at any time after you make your pledge you feel a need to adjust the amount you give based on your circumstances, you may do so. All giving is voluntary and there is no dollar amount that is too small or too great. We are reminded by our Archdiocese that historically a tithe of 10% of one's income has been the ideal. Please consider and pray about what you can give, and return your pledge forms over the next few weeks to Kristi. If you have any questions about the finances of the church, please do not hesitate to ask. Please return your form in the next week or two, if possible.
Church Cookbook Fundraiser-
        We are planning to publish our church cookbook East, West and Midwest, on Amazon by May. If you'd like to test recipes to make sure they work well, let Amy Spencer know. Also, if you have promised to give her a recipe, please do that as soon as possible. Contact Amy about the cookbook at eastwestmidwest@gmail.com
Nativity Fast-
        For Orthodox Christians, the weeks leading up to Christmas are a time of spiritual preparation, a time of repentance, and time of almsgiving. In anticipation of the coming of our King Jesus as a babe in the manger, we fast from meat, dairy, eggs throughout the forty days leading up to the Feast of the Nativity of our Lord; and fish, wine and oil on some of the days. For specifics, consult the printed November/December calendar available at church or check it online at: http://www.straphaelorthodoxchurch.org/schedule If you have any questions about the Orthodox practice of fasting, please speak with Fr. Ignatius. Metropolitan Philip has given a dispensation from the fast to celebrate the American holiday of Thanksgiving.
Non-Perishable Food Donations-
        We collect food all year round for the Crisis Center food pantry. The collection box is located under one of the tables in the narthex. As we enter into the Nativity fast, let us also keep almsgiving in mind. There are many people in our community who do not have enough food.
November Parish Council Meeting-
        Our November 2012 Parish Council meeting is on Tuesday, November 27 at 7PM.
Annual Parish Voters' Meeting is December 2-
        Following Liturgy on Sunday December 2, we will hold our annual voters' meeting at which we will vote to fill two vacancies on the parish council, discuss and vote on our 2013 budget and hear a pastoral report from Fr. Ignatius. If you are a voting member, please plan to attend.
Vesperal Liturgy for St. Nicholas-
        On Wednesday, December 5 at 6PM, we will celebrate St. Nicholas with a Vesperal Liturgy. Please plan to attend in order to commemorate this wonderful saint!
Upcoming Teen SOYO Events-
        The Teen SOYO group will meet at 6PM on Monday, December 3 for dinner and Book Group. They will also be going to the movies on Sunday, December 16 to see the new Hobbit movie.
2013 Liturgical Calendars Now Available-
        The 2013 liturgical calendars showing daily Scripture readings, saints of the days, feasts and fasts are now available to pick up in the narthex of church.
Reading Through the New Testament During the Nativity Fast-
        If you are interested in reading through the whole New Testament from November 15 through December 24, you can find a schedule of readings at: http://goodguyswearblack.org/2012/11/09/the-2012-new-testament-challenge/.
Evangelism Bible Verse-
        This week's verse: "But God demonstrates His own love for us in this: while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us." (Romans 5:8)
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.
Choir Leadership-
        During the weekend of December 1-2, Tania Van Dinter will be leading the choir.
Holy Bread-
        On Sunday, December 2, the holy bread will be provided by the Van Dinter family. Thank you in advance. Anyone who would like to provide the holy bread may sign up to do so for future weeks. Please check the sign-up sheet in the narthex.
Coffee Hour-
        On Sunday December 2, the food for coffee hour will be provided by the St. Nicholas team.

Church Cleaning-
        During the week following Sunday November 25, the cleaning of the nave, narthex, bookstore/library, stairs, nursery and bathrooms will be provided by the St. Raphael team.
Food for Thought-
Man is mud whom God has commanded to become god.

- St. Gregory of Nyssa