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Church Bulletin: November 9, 2014

posted Nov 9, 2014, 3:13 PM by Saint Raphael of Brooklyn Antiochian Orthodox Church
November 9, 2014- St. Nektarios of Aegina and Pentapolis, Wonderworker
This Week's Services and Events

November 12, Wednesday
        +  Akathist, 7:00PM,

November 13, Thursday
        + OCF compline, 7:00PM

November 14, Friday
        + Matins, 8:30AM
        + Father's Office Hours, 9:30AM-11:30AM

November 15, Saturday
        + 9th Hour/Great Vespers, 6:00PM

November 16, Sunday, St. Matthew the Evangelist
        +Matins, 8:45AM
        + Divine Liturgy, 10:00AM, followed by fellowship hour and Sunday School
Upcoming Events and Announcements   

Return Your Pledge Packets ASAP-
       The Parish Council has distributed information on making regular financial pledges or tithes for 2015.  Copies will be handed out at church and mailed, and extra copies will be available in the narthex to take home and look at.  Please look over the information, pray about your giving to St. Raphael Church, and if you are able to give, return your pledge form to church as soon as you are able.  Prompt return of this information greatly helps the parish council set a realistic budget for the upcoming year.  Please return to our treasurer Jeremy or Parish Council Chairperson Matthew.

Wednesday Evening Service-
       Instead of the previously announced Paraklesis with Holy Unction, we will have an Akathist this Wednesday at 7:00PM.  There will be no unction.
Parish Council Meeting-
       The November parish council meeting is rescheduled for November 18 at 7:00PM.

Orthodox Christianity? An Evangelical's Journey-
       Fr. Ken DeVoie, from our archdiocese's Department of Missions and Evangelism, will be with us the weekend of November 22-23.  He will be giving a talk at the Iowa City Public Library (Meeting Room A) at 2:00PM on November 22.  His talk is titled, "Orthodox Christianity?  An Evangelical's Journey."  Invite your friends and help spread the word.  Fliers advertising the event are available in the narthex.  Fr. Ken will also be with us for vespers, matins and Liturgy.  He will address us as a parish during coffee hour on November 23, speaking to us about our mission to be outreach-minded.

St. Maria's Bread House-
       Please visit our new website at stmariasbreadhouse.org! Also, thank you very much for your prayers. We received news this week that a location we have been hoping to use (the United Christian and Baptist Church along Highway 22 in Kalona) has decided to let us use their basement on a trial basis. Please continue to ask the Lord for favor, as this is a sensitive situation. Talk to Amy Spencer if you'd like more information.

Nativity Fast Begins November 15-
       In preparation for the Great Feast of the Nativity of the Lord, we begin a time of fasting, lasting 40 days, and beginning on November 15.  The standard for this fast is a little less stringent than the Lenten fast.  We abstain from meat, eggs and dairy, wine and oil, but wine and oil are permitted on Tuesdays and Thursdays, and fish, wine and oil are permitted on Saturdays and Sundays.  As fasting goes hand-in-hand with repentance, this is a good time to schedule a confession with Fr. Ignatius.  If you have any questions about confession or fasting, please see Fr. Ignatius.

Teen SOYO Events-
       Our teens will meet for sinner and a movie at 6:30PM on November 17.

Vesperal Liturgy for Entrance of the Theotokos-
       We will mark the Feast of the Entrance of the Theotokos in the Temple with Vesperal Liturgy at 6PM on November 20.

Beowulf Book Discussion-
       Several of us are reading the epic Anglo-Saxon poem Beowulf and will be discussing it on Sunday, November 23, from 7:00PM-8:30PM at Lori and Robert's home.  If you are interested in participating, let Lori know.

Save the Date!-
       Our annual Voter's Meeting will take place following liturgy on Sunday, December 7.  Please plan to attend and participate.  More information will follow in the near future.

Antiochian Midwest Diocese Young Adult Retreat-
       A retreat in the Chicago area is being planned for young adults on December 5-7.  For more information, go to: https://www.facebook.com/groups/134232843345634/ or email midwestfellowship@gmail.com. The registration deadline is November 15.

Orthodox Christian Fellowship College Conference and Real Break-
       The annual OCF College Conference is taking place at the Antiochian Village in Western Pennsylvania from December 27-30.  To learn more or to register, go to: http://www.ocf.net/college-conference/.  One week mission trips, known as Real Break are scheduled for Spring 2015 to both domestic and international destinations.  To learn more about these opportunities, go to: http://www.ocf.net/real-break-2015/
Enthronement of Metropolitan Joseph-
       Information on the Enthronement weekend services in Brooklyn, NY December 5-7 can be found at: http://www.antiochian.org/enthronement

Bible Bowl and Oratorical Festival-
       Each year, our diocese offers two different competitions for teens (and one for adults), held at the Parish Life Conference.  The 2015 Parish Life Conference will be held in Grand Rapids, MI in June.  Teens from our parish have participated in and done very well in the Bible Bowl is recent years, winning trophies each time they have competed.  Instead of focusing on one book of the Bible, the 2015 Bible Bowl will focus on the life of our patron, St. Raphael of Brooklyn, as found in the book "Our Father Among the Saints Raphael Bishop of Brooklyn: Good Shepherd of the Lost Sheep in America" published by Antakya Press.  This theme was chosen by Metropolitan Philip before his repose, because 2015 is the 100th anniversary of the repose of St. Raphael.  Fr. Ignatius challenges teens (ages 13-19) to form a team and study and compete.  Adults can form a team as well.  We can win this at the diocesan level and go on to compete on the archdiocesan level!  In addition, if giving speeches is your thing (teens only), consider writing a speech for the Oratorical Festival, the theme of which is also the life of St. Raphael.  Information is posted in the narthex.  Talk to Fr. Ignatius if you would like to learn more.

Thoughts on Stewardship and Giving-    
         "When we stand in church, we stand among a gallery of stewards. Everywhere you look you will see the face of a steward. On the iconostasis there are many stewards. In fact, all of the saints were stewards. Their lives stand as models for all of us."  Nick Hathaway, "Stewardship" Word magazine, February 2003

Next Sunday's Gospel Reading-
        St. John Chrysostom urges Christians to preview the upcoming Sunday Gospel reading so that it may be fresh in your minds when you hear it next

The reading for Sunday, November 16 is: At that time, as Jesus passed on from there, He saw a man called Matthew sitting at the tax office; and He said to him, “Follow Me.”  And he rose and followed Him.  And as He sat at table in the house, behold, many tax collectors and sinners came and sat down with Jesus and His disciples.  And when the Pharisees saw this, they said to His disciples, “Why does your teacher eat with tax collectors and sinners?”  But when Jesus heard it, He said, “Those who are well have no need of a physician, but those who are sick.  Go and learn what this means, ‘I desire mercy, and not sacrifice.’  For I came not to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance.”  (Matthew 9:9-13)

Pray for our Catechumens-
       Please keep our catechumens: Ilya Buchkin, Rob Bergenstock and Daniel Welsh in your prayers as they prepare to be sacramentally joined to the Orthodox Church.
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 heard from.  Please pray for their well being and release and also pray for their captors as well.  One priest is also missing, having been kidnapped. 

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

Holy Bread-
       The Van Dinter family will provide the holy bread for Sunday, November 16.  Thank you in advance.

Coffee Hour-
       The St. Nina team will bring food to share during coffee hour, and clean up the fellowship hall on November 16.

Choir Leadership-
       Kristi Abuissa will lead the choir on November 15-16.

Food for Thought-

With thy noble Cross, O Christ, thou hast put the devil to shame, and with thy Resurrection thou hast annihilated the thorn of death.  Thou hast saved us too from the gates of death.  Wherefore, do we glorify thee, O only One. 

Aposticha from Vespers of November 9