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Church Bulletin: November 4, 2012

posted Nov 4, 2012, 6:50 PM by Saint Raphael of Brooklyn Antiochian Orthodox Church
November 4, 2012- Twenty Second Sunday after Pentecost
This Week's Services and Events
Nov 6, Tuesday
+ Third Hour prayers, 9AM
+ Free Lunch Program volunteering (11:30AM-1:30PM) at Wesley Center
Nov 7, Wednesday
+ Akathist
Nov 8, Thursday
+ OCF compline and discussion, 7PM
Nov. 9, Friday
+ Matins, 8:30AM

Nov 10, Saturday
+ 9th Hour/Great Vespers, 6PM

Nov 11, Sunday, Twenty Third Sunday after Pentecost
+ Matins, 8:45AM
+ Divine Liturgy, 10AM followed by Sunday School and coffee hour

Upcoming Events and Announcements
Holy Bread Needed Next Sunday-
        We need a volunteer to bake the holy bread for next Sunday, November 11.
2013 Pledge Packets Are Being Distributed-
        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.
Free Lunch Program Volunteering-
        We will serve lunch at the Free Lunch Program on Tuesday November 6 from 11:30AM-1:30PM. Please let Fr. Ignatius know if you can help out.
Parish Survey-
        The Parish Council has created and distributed a survey to be taken by our members in order to gather your opinions regarding church activities, future plans, etc. If you received a survey, please consider answering as many questions as you would like and return the form (no need to put your name on it) to Fr. Ignatius or any Parish Council member (Todd Wiblin, Kristi Abuissa, Meghan Carter, Alli Rockwell or Matthew Arndt) as soon as possible. If you have not received a survey, please ask for one.
November-December Calendars Available-
        The November and December calendars showing services and other events are now printed and available to pick up in the narthex of the church.
        On Saturday November 3, Alexandra Silvia Chifan was baptized. Her parents are Ionut and Valeria Chifan. Congratulations, and may God grant the newly-illumined handmaid of God Alexandra many years! Also on the same day, at St. John Chrysostom Church in Grand Rapids, MI, Hunter Michael Watkins, son of Gareth and Michelle Watkins was baptized. Congratulations to the Watkins family and may God grant the newly-illumined servant of God Hunter Michael many years!
Nativity Fast Begins November 15-
        For Orthodox Christians, the weeks leading up to Christmas or 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
An Inspiring Story from the Life of St. Raphael-
         The following story gives us a clue as to how tirelessly our patron saint worked on behalf of the Church and for the people.

Once, on the return trip to New York from a grueling cross-country missionary journey, St. Raphael arrived by train in a Midwestern town late one evening and, carrying his own luggage, quietly made his way to a nearby hotel to await a connecting train early the next morning. Physically exhausted from several months of travel and living out of suitcases, St. Raphael found himself in the unique circumstance of not having the name or address of a single contact in the area; thus he could, at long last, enjoy an evening of undisturbed and well-deserved rest. Instead, after placing his luggage in the simple room, St. Raphael went out to roam the dark streets, hoping to discover even one Orthodox Christian to whom he could minister. After several hours and numerous inquiries, he happened upon a handful of young Orthodox Arabs and joyfully spent the entire night and early morning hours comforting them in their loneliness, offering them fatherly counsel and advice, instructing and encouraging them in the faith, and hearing their confessions. Only at the last moment did he reluctantly leave their company in order to rush back to the hotel, retrieve his suitcases and hurry to his train. Out of breath, he arrived at the station in time to board the train as it pulled away from the platform. But before he closed his eyes to steal a few minutes of rest on the crowded and noisy train, St. Raphael carefully inscribed in his notebook the names and addresses of his new-found spiritual children, placing next to each a notation of what he promised to send – to one a prayer book, to another an icon, to yet another a prayer rope, and, to all, assurance of his paternal love, prayers and blessings.

Fr. Peter Gillquist Remembers St. Raphael on his Feast Day in 2007-
        If you would like to hear a 10 minute homily given by Fr. Peter Gillquist on St. Raphael, given on St. Raphael's feast day on 2007, go to: http://www.antiochian.org/audio_old/FrPeterGillquist-11-03-2007.mp3
A New Priest-Martyr in Syria-
        A priest of our Patriarchate, who pastored a church near Damascus has been recently martyred. While attempting to ransom a kidnapping victim, Fr. Fadi Haddad was kidnapped by armed men, held for ransom, tortured and killed. To make matters worse, during his funeral, at which Patriarch Ignatius IV presided, a bomb was detonated, killing to civilians and some soldiers. To read the statement from our Patriarchate about Fr. Fadi's martyrdom, go to: http://araborthodoxy.blogspot.com/2012/10/the-patriarchate-of-antiochs-statement.html Please continue to pray for the people of Syria.
The Blood of the Martyrs is the Seed of the Church-
        The early Christian writer Tertullian once wrote that "the blood of the martyrs is the seed of the Church." The following article demonstrates that exact point. It explains how after Russian Orthodox priest Daniil Sisoyev was gunned down in his church a few years ago because of his missionary work among Muslims in Russia, the result of his murder was vastly different from what his killers were hoping for. Because of the strong and bold witness for Christ that the martyr Fr. Daniil gave both in his life and by his death, many Muslims have come to the Christian faith and have been baptized since his death. The article can be read at: http://www.pravoslavie.ru/english/57085.htm
Annual Parish Voters' Meeting is December 3-
        Following Liturgy on Sunday December 3, 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.
Evangelism Bible Verse-
        This week's verse: "They replied, 'Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved- you and your household.'" (Acts 16:31)
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.
Coffee Hour-
        On Sunday November 11, the food for coffee hour will be provided by the St. Raphael team.

Church Cleaning-
        During the week following Sunday November 4, the cleaning of the nave, narthex, bookstore/library, stairs, nursery and bathrooms will be provided by the St. Nicholas team.
Holy Bread-
        On Sunday November 11, the holy bread will be provided by the family. Thank you in advance. We are always looking for volunteers to bake the holy bread each week.

Food for Thought-
He who busies himself with the sins of others, or judges his brother on suspicion has not yet even begun to repent or to examine himself so as to discover his own sins.
St. Maximos the Confessor

Rising from the east like a brilliant sun, thou, O holy hierarch, dost enlighten and comfort all who with faith flee unto thy paternal lovingkindness. Do thou now intercede for us, Ogood shepherd Raphael.

Megalynarion of St. Raphael