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Church Bulletin: November 3, 2013

posted Nov 5, 2013, 7:03 PM by Saint Raphael of Brooklyn Antiochian Orthodox Church
November 3, 2013- Nineteenth Sunday after Pentecost
This Week's Services and Events

November 4, Monday
        + Teen SOYO Book Club, 6:30PM

November 5, Tuesday
        + Free Lunch Program Volunteering at Wesley Center, 11:30AM-1:30PM

November 6, Wednesday
        + Akathist, 7PM
        + "Orthodox Beliefs and Practices About Death" class, 7:45PM

November 7, Thursday
        + OCF Dinner, 6:30PM at Branch/Peterson's home

November 8, Friday
        + Matins, 8:30AM

November 9, Saturday
        + Choir Practice, 9AM
        + Sunday School Family Party and Vespers, 2PM-5PM at Morey's home
        + No vespers at church (see above)
November 10, Twentieth Sunday after Pentecost
        + Matins, 8:45AM
        + Liturgy, 10AM, followed by Sunday School and Coffee Hour
Upcoming Events and Announcements 

2014 Pledge Packets-
       Your parish council is distributing an informational packet asking you to consider pledging a regular financial gift to St. Raphael Church in 2014.  Regular giving, regardless the amount, is important for budgeting purposes.  Your parish council wants to propose a responsible and reasonable budget which the voting members will vote on at our annual meeting in December.  In order to do that, the council needs to know what the expected income will be for next year.  Please, if possible, return your pledge form to our new treasurer Jeremy Coffin by November 17.  Your support of our church is greatly appreciated.

No Office Hours November 4-
       Fr. Ignatius will be out of town November 4-5.  There will be no 3rd Hour Prayers and Fr. Ignatius will have no office hours on Monday, November 4.

Upcoming Teen SOYO Events-
       On Monday, November 4, the teens will meet at 6:30PM for book club.  On Monday, November 18, the will meet for movie night at 6:30PM.

Free Lunch Program Volunteering-
       On Tuesday November 5, we have the opportunity to help serve meals at the Free Lunch Program at 120 N. Dubuque St. from 11:30AM-1:30PM.  Please let Fr. Ignatius know if you plan to participate.

November-December Calendars Available-
       The print version of the St. Raphael calendar for November and December is now available at church.  You can also always check the church's website at http://www.straphaelorthodoxchurch.org/schedule  

Wednesday Evening Class on "Orthodox Beliefs and Practices about Death"-
       Continuing on November 6, Fr. Ignatius will lead the final class in the series "Orthodox Beliefs and Practices about Death."  The class will begin following the Akathist service (about 7:45PM) and go to 9PM.   Fr. Ignatius hopes that this class will cause a discussion that will lead to a group of people at our church who will work to form an Orthodox burial society, if and when the need arises within our community.  Dovetailing nicely with the subject matter of this class, Lori Branch Peterson will be hosting a book discussion on "A Christian Ending: A Handbook for Burial in the Ancient Christian Tradition" by Deacon Mark and Elizabeth Barna on Sunday, November 17.  Copies of this book are available for purchase in our bookstore.  

Orthodox Christian Fellowship College Group-
         On November 7 at 6:30PM, the OCF will meet for dinner at Robert Peterson and Lori Branch's home.  On Thursday, November 14, they will meet at church at 7PM for compline and a discussion to follow.

Sunday School Fall Party and Vespers, Nov. 9-
       Russ and Becky Morey invite all Sunday School students and their families to come to their home/farm outside of Mt. Pleasant, IA on Saturday, November 9 from 2PM-5PM.  There will be food and fun.  Dress casually and plan on the kids running around outside, getting dirty and seeing some farm animals.  If it has rained recently, boots might be useful.  Food will be provided.  Vespers will be at 4PM.  There will be no vespers at church that day.

Paraklesis Service with Holy Unction-
       The next Paraklesis service with the sacrament of holy unction (anointing) will be at 7PM on Wednesday, November 13.  

The Nativity Fast is Approaching-
       Beginning on November 15 and 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

"Meet the Old Testament Prophets" Sermon Series-
       On Sundays during the Advent season, Fr. Ignatius will be 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.  

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, November 10, the holy bread will be provided by the Van Dinter family.  Thank you in advance.

Coffee Hour-
        On Sunday November 10, the food for coffee hour and the clean-up of the fellowship hall will be provided by the St. Raphael team. 

Church Cleaning-
        During the week of November 3-9, the St. John the Baptist team will clean the nave, narthex, bookstore, stairs, nursery and bathrooms.      

Choir Leadership-
       On November 9-10, Matthew Arndt will lead the choir.

Food for Thought-

Beloved, let us love one another, for love is of God; and everyone who loves is born of God and knows God.  He who does not love does not know God, for God is love.  In this, the love of God was manifested toward us, that God has sent His only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through Him.  In this is love, not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son to be the propitiation for our sins.  Beloved, if God so loved us, we ought to love one another.

I John 4:7-11