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Church Bulletin: November 27, 2016

posted Nov 28, 2016, 10:18 AM by Saint Raphael of Brooklyn Antiochian Orthodox Church
November 27, 2016- Twenty-third Sunday after Pentecost

 This Week's Services and Events

November 29, Tuesday
        + Office Hours, 1:15PM-2:45PM
        + 9th Hour Prayers, 3:00PM
        + Parish Council meeting, 6:30PM

November 30, Wednesday
        + Nativity Paraklesis, 7:00PM
        + Bible Study- The Names of Jesus, 8:00PM

December 1, Thursday
        + Office Hours, 1:15-2:45PM
        + OCF Dinner, 6:30PM

December 3, Saturday
        + Great Vespers, 5:00PM 

December 4, Great-martyr Barbara
        + Matins, 8:45AM
        + Divine Liturgy, 10:00AM followed by Sunday School, Coffee Hour & Voter's Meeting

Upcoming Events and Announcements-       

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!

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.

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. 

A Note From Our Treasurer-
        If anybody needs to know how much they have given to date on their 2016 pledge, just ask Becky.  She can tell you.  Also, for cash flow purposes, it is preferred if those who pledge can give in monthly increments.  Thank you.

Thank You For Sponsoring Naser-
        If you have agreed to sponsor Naser, our child in Ethiopia, Becky says you can go ahead and send in the $38 to church now if you would like.

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.

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

Save the Dates!-
        We will host Anthony Bashir and Richard Robbat again for the second and final round of their leadership development training on February 17-18.  Like last time, it will be a Friday evening and Saturday morning and afternoon schedule.  If you participated last time, please plan to be involved again.  But even if you didn't participate last time, we welcome you and encourage you to get involved.  

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, Jesus was teaching in one of the synagogues on the Sabbath.  And there was a woman who had had a spirit of infirmity for eighteen years; she was bent over and could not fully straighten herself.  And when Jesus saw her, He called her and said to her, “Woman, you are freed from your infirmity.”  And He laid His hands upon her, and immediately she was made straight, and she praised God.  But the ruler of the synagogue, indignant because Jesus had healed on the Sabbath, said to the people, “There are six days on which work ought to be done; come on those days and be healed, and not on the Sabbath day.”  Then the Lord answered him, “You hypocrite!  Does not each of you on the Sabbath untie his ox or his ass from the manger, and lead it away to water it?  And ought not this woman, a daughter of Abraham, whom Satan bound for eighteen years, be loosed from this bond on the Sabbath day?”  As Jesus said this, all His adversaries were put to shame; and all the people rejoiced at all the glorious things that were done by Him.  (Luke 13:10-17)

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-

But we are not of those who shrink back and are destroyed, but of those who have faith and preserve their souls.

- Hebrews 10:39