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Church Bulletin: November 6, 2016

posted Nov 7, 2016, 7:19 AM by Saint Raphael of Brooklyn Antiochian Orthodox Church
November 6, 2016- Twentieth Sunday after Pentecost

 This Week's Services and Events

November 8, Tuesday
        + Office Hours, 1:15PM-2:45PM
        + 9th Hour Prayers, 3:00PM

November 9, Wednesday
        + Paraklesis with Holy Unction, 7:00PM

November 12, Saturday
        + Great Vespers, 5:00PM 

November 13, John Chrysostom, Patriarch of Constantinople
        + Matins, 8:45AM
        + Divine Liturgy, 10:00AM followed by Sunday School and Coffee Hour
Upcoming Events and Announcements-       

        Congratulations to Iulian and Alina Vamanu upon the churching of their daughter Emilia Sophia at liturgy today.

November-December Calendars-
        The calendars showing services and other events for the next two months are printed and available in the narthex.

Please Return Annual Pledge Packets By Next Sunday-
        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 before November 13.  We value your financial pledges and also your gifts of your time and your abilities.  This is your church!  If you forget to mail it in or bring the form next Sunday, send an email to Becky at bmorey3156@gmail.com, letting her no the specifics of your pledge.  

"Holy Unction: Call the Presbyters of the Church"-
        Such is the advice of St. James, the brother of the Lord, written down in his epistle, when somebody is in need of healing and desires to be anointed and prayed for.  This Wednesday, November 9, Fr. Ignatius will offer the sacrament of holy unction for healing of body and soul following a paraklesis service at 7:00PM.

The Nativity Fast is Approaching-
       We will start our preparations for the coming of our Lord at His Nativity by beginning to fast on November 15.  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.

Sunday School Project-
        The Sunday School program is looking to consistently have funds to provide for our sponsor child, Naser.  In order to accomplish this, we are looking for ten families who will provide one monthly sponsorship.  The other two months will be covered by the Sunday School kids.  The monthly sponsorship is just $38 for Naser to receive a hot meal six days a week, medical attention, attend school, receive supplies, and other incidentals as needed.  If you are interested, please contact one of the Sunday School teachers or Father.

Orthodox Marriage Retreat-
        Do you and your spouse need encouragement and support in your marriage?  St. Ignatius Church in Madison, Wisconsin is hosting a free marriage retreat November 18-20.  The speaker will be Bishop John, Antiochian bishop of Worcester and New England, editor of the Word magazine, and pastoral counselor.  Take your spouse and go to this!  Every marriage needs support and encouragement.  

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.

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 are restarting Kalona Vespers on third Tuesdays. Join us! 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 Date!-
        Our annual Voters' Meeting will follow liturgy on Sunday, December 4.  Please plan to stay and vote and discuss the issues at hand.

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, 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 Catechumen-
       Please keep our catechumen Ilya Buchkin in your prayers as he prepares 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-

The prayerful calling upon the sweetest name of Jesus must be the breath of our soul, must be more frequent than the beating of our heart.

- Elder Anthony of Optina