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Church Bulletin: November 5, 2017

posted Nov 6, 2017, 7:16 AM by Saint Raphael of Brooklyn Antiochian Orthodox Church
Sunday November 5, 2017- Twenty-second Sunday after Pentecost

This Week's Services and Events

November 7, Tuesday
        + Free Lunch Volunteering, 11:30AM-1:00PM
        + Office Hours, 1:15PM-3:45PM
        + 9th Hour Prayers, 3:00PM

November 8, Wednesday
        + Office Hours, 11:30AM-3:00PM
        + 9th Hour Prayers, 3:00PM
        + Vespers for St. Nektarios, 6:00PM (St. George Church in Cedar Rapids)

November 9, Thursday
        + Office Hours 12:00PM-4:00PM
        + 9th Hour Prayers, 3:00PM
        + OCF Compline and Meeting, 7:00PM

November 10, Friday
        + Office Hours 11:30AM-3:00PM
        + 9th Hour Prayers, 3:00PM

November 12, Sunday, St. John the Merciful
        + Matins, 8:45AM
        + Divine Liturgy, 10:00AM followed by Sunday School and Fellowship Hour

Upcoming Events and Announcements-  

Please Return Your Pledge Packets By Next Sunday-
        Packets of information explaining the financial needs of the church for 2018 are now printed and available for all who are interested in considering supporting St. Raphael parish in the coming year.  If you have not received one, there are extra packets available at church to pick up any time.  Please return your financial pledge by November 12 at the latest so that the parish council can present a responsible budget to be voted on in December.  We appreciate your support of our church!

No Vespers November 11-
       There will be no vespers on Saturday, November 11 since most of those who regularly attend will be absent.

November/December Calendars Printed-
        The print version of the calendar listing all services and events for November and December is printed and available for you to pick up in the narthex.

Advent/Nativity Fast Begins November 15-
        Starting on November 15, we begin a time of preparation for the celebration of the Incarnation of Christ at His Nativity.  From November 15-December 24, we fast by abstaining from meat, dairy, eggs, and on some days, from wine and oil.  Our bishops have given a dispensation for Thanksgiving, especially if one is celebrating that American holiday with others who are not fasting.  The printed calendar shows the specifics of the fast for each day.  During this time of abstaining from certain foods, we are also called to examine ourselves and repent, so that we may ready to receive our King at Christmas.  If you have any questions about how to fast of why we fast, ask Fr. Ignatius.  

Women's Group Meeting, November 18-
        The next Women's Group meeting will be at 3:00PM on November 18.  The topic is Fasting.  Bring recipes to share.

New Lives of the Apostles Series Following Saturday Vespers-
        Beginning on November 18, Fr. Ignatius will start a new, weekly series at the end of vespers each Saturday, which will replace the reading that we have traditionally done.  Each talk will be short, just 15 minutes long.  Come to vespers and stay to learn about the apostles.

Food for All--Kalona
        Please  continue to pray for our Orthodox-style, community-style charity work. Also 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   

Next Sunday's Gospel Reading-
        At that time, a lawyer stood up to put Jesus to the test, saying, “Teacher, what shall I do to inherit eternal life?” Jesus said to him, “What is written in the Law? How do you read?” And the lawyer answered, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your strength, and with all your mind; and your neighbor as yourself.” And Jesus said to him, “You have answered right; do this, and you will live.” But the lawyer, desiring to justify himself, said to Jesus, “And who is my neighbor?” Jesus replied, “A man was going down from Jerusalem to Jericho, and he fell among robbers, who stripped him and beat him, and departed, leaving him half dead. Now by chance a priest was going down that road; and when he saw him he passed by on the other side. So likewise a Levite, when he came to the place and saw him, passed by on the other side. But a Samaritan, as he journeyed, came to where he was; and when he saw him, he had compassion, and went to him and bound up his wounds, pouring on oil and wine; then he set him on his own beast and brought him to an inn, and took care of him. And the next day he took out two denarii and gave them to the innkeeper, saying, ‘Take care of him; and whatever more you spend, I will repay you when I come back.’ Which of these three, do you think, proved neighbor to the man who fell among the robbers?” The lawyer said, “The one who showed mercy on him.” And Jesus said to him, “Go and do likewise.”  (Luke 10:25-37)

   Pray for our Catechumens-

        Please keep our catechumens Ilya Buchkin, Jeremiah Kaufmann, Scott Dorr, Brian and Rene Horak 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.  To sign a petition urging the US Government and others to work for their release, go to:

Food for Thought-

"All of us are subject to spiritual deception.  Awareness of this fact is the greatest protection against it.  Likewise, the greatest spiritual deception of all is to consider oneself free from it.  We are all deceived, all deluded; we all find ourselves in a condition of falsehood....  With tears let us cry out to the Lord Jesus to bring us out of prison....'For this cause did the Lord Jesus Christ descend to us,' says the venerable Symeon the New Theologian, 'because he wanted to rescue us from captivity and from most wicked spiritual deception.'"

- St. Ignatius Brianchaninov