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Church Bulletin: November 29, 2015

posted Nov 29, 2015, 2:44 PM by Saint Raphael of Brooklyn Antiochian Orthodox Church
November 29, 2015- Twenty Sixth Sunday after Pentecost
This Week's Services and Events

December 1, Tuesday
        +Free Lunch Program volunteering, 11:30AM-1:30PM

December 2, Wednesday
        + Nativity Paraklesis followed by Advent Book Study, 7:00PM
        + Kalona Vespers, 7:00PM

December 3, Thursday
        + OCF Dinner at Branch-Peterson's, 6:30PM

December 4, Friday
        + Matins, 8:30AM
        + Office Hours, 9:30AM-11:30AM

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

December 6, Sunday- St. Nicholas
        + Matins, 8:45AM 
        + Divine Liturgy, 10:00AM, followed by coffee hour and Sunday School and Annual Voters' Meeting
Upcoming Events and Announcements- 

Orthodox Christian Fellowship-
        OCF will have dinner at 6:30PM on December 3 at Lori and Robert's home.

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.  We will discuss and vote on a budget and we will fill two parish council vacancies.  We will talking about the future of our parish.  This is important!

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.

Teen SOYO-
       Our teens will be meeting for diner and a movie at 6:30PM on December 14.

Feast of St. Ignatius-
        We will have Vesperal Liturgy for St. Ignatius at 6:00PM on December 18.

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.

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, 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) 

Choir Leadership-
       Lori will lead the choir during the weekend of December 5-6.
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-

Everyone capable of thanksgiving is capable of salvation and eternal joy.

Fr. Alexander Schmemann, in his last sermon given before his death, a sermon giving on Thanksgiving