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Church Bulletin: October 16, 2016

posted Oct 16, 2016, 4:46 PM by Saint Raphael of Brooklyn Antiochian Orthodox Church
October 16, 2016- Sunday of Fathers of the Seventh Ecumenical Council

 This Week's Services and Events

October 18, Tuesday
        + Office Hours, 1:15PM-2:45PM
        + 9th Hour Prayers, 3:00PM

October 19, Wednesday
        + Akathist, 7:00PM

October 22, Saturday
        + Great Vespers, 5:00PM 

October 23, Apostle James, Brother of the Lord
        + Matins, 8:45AM
        + Divine Liturgy, 10:00AM followed by Sunday School and Coffee Hour
Upcoming Events and Announcements-       

Parish Mission and Vision Statements-
        Last weekend, about a dozen of us went through a structured and guided process to produce both a mission and a vision statement for our parish.  You will be hearing more about this effort and future related efforts at the annual meeting in December, and you will be invited to participate. Here are the statements.

Mission Statement-  St. Raphael Orthodox Christian Church worships one God in Trinity and shares the Good News of Jesus Christ with each other, with people from all backgrounds, our neighbors and the world.  We do this through worshiping beautifully, connecting in fellowship, serving those in need, and providing spiritual teaching for daily living.

Vision Statement-  The parish of St. Raphael of Brooklyn is committed to:
1. Increase the membership of the parish and regular attendance at all services
2. Develop outreach and welcoming ministries for those in need
3. Develop and implement engaging Orthodox Christian formation programs for young people and adults
4. Fully fund the needs of the parish through financial growth programs

No Thursday Office Hours-
        Fr. Ignatius will be attending a Clergy Retreat on October 20-21 in Madison, Wisconsin.  Therefore, he will not be available for normally scheduled office hours this Thursday.

Special Fall Appeal-
        A generous benefactor has stepped forward and offered to match, dollar for dollar, up to $1000, donations that are given to the church to make up for the lack of previously planned festival income.  Please consider giving a donation to the church for this appeal.  Mark that it is for the Fall Special Appeal so that your funds can be matched.  This is a separate effort from the annual fall appeal to fund our 2017, which you will be hearing about shortly.  Deadline is November 1.

Annual Pledge Packets-
        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 are being 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!

Food for All - Kalona
        Please continue to pray for our Orthodox-style, community-style charity work. Our first Sunday Supper in Kalona will be on October 23 and twice monthly. Also, we are planning to restart Kalona Wednesday Vespers once a month and would appreciate attendance by choir members. (Though we'll do one-tone chant if necessary, we'd love people to experience the wonderful music.) Also, please ask our Lord to draw people to Himself and and His Church through all our programs. Visit our website at foodforallkalona.weebly.com. Email: foodforallkalona@gmail.com.  Thanks! Amy Spencer

Fall Party and Vespers-
        Russ and Becky Morey are opening up their home to us once again to enjoy a fall party on their farm in Mt. Pleasant on Saturday, October 29 from 4:00PM-7:00PM.  We will plan to eat around 5 and have vespers at 6.  There will be no vespers at church that day.  

Fall Clean-up Day-
        All who came come and volunteer a few hours, please come to church on Saturday, October 29 from 1:00PM-4:00PM to help with cleaning, polishing, raking and any other projects that will need tending to.  We value your efforts to keep our building and grounds clean and in good order.

Patronal Feast Day-
        We will honor our patron St. Raphael of Brooklyn with vespers with litia and artoklasia at 7:00PM on Friday, November 4 and matins and liturgy at 8:30AM and 10:00AM on Saturday, November 5.  Come and thank God for our patron saint!  We need a volunteer to bake the festal artos bread.  There will be a potluck following liturgy.  Please bring food to share.  Finally, come and hear Amy Spencer talk about her ministry work in Kalona with Summer Lunch and Sunday Suppers.  We will take a freewill offering to support these efforts.

40 Days for Life-
         One opportunity to defend the unborn and show love to their mothers is the 40 Days for Life effort which  lasts through November 6.  This is a prayerful, peaceful presence on the sidewalk in front of one local abortion clinic.  A poster advertising this effort and prayer cards to be used during this effort are available in our narthex.  For more information, go to: http://www.jcrtl.org/40-days-for-life.html  Fr. Ignatius will be participating occasionally during this time.  If you are interested in joining him, let him know.  If you can't or don't want to come out to the sidewalk to pray for unborn children and their abortion-minded mothers, pray at home! 

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, Jesus arrived at the country of the Gadarenes, which is opposite Galilee. And as He stepped out on land, there met Him a man from the city who had demons; for a long time he had worn no clothes, and he lived not in a house but among the tombs. When he saw Jesus, he cried out and fell down before him, and said with a loud voice, “What hast Thou to do with me, Jesus, Son of the Most High God? I beseech Thee, do not torment me.” For Jesus had commanded the unclean spirit to come out of the man. [For many a time it had seized him; he was kept under guard, and bound with chains and fetters, but he broke the bonds and was driven by the demon into the desert.] Jesus then asked him, “What is your name?” And he said, “Legion”; for many demons had entered him. And they begged Jesus not to command them to depart into the abyss. Now a large herd of swine was feeding there on the hillside; and they begged Jesus to let them enter these. So He gave them leave. Then the demons came out of the man and entered the swine, and the herd rushed down the steep bank into the lake and was drowned. When the herdsmen saw what had happened, they fled, and told it in the city and in the country. Then people went out to see what had happened, and they came to Jesus, and found the man from whom the demons had gone, sitting at the feet of Jesus, clothed and in his right mind; and they were afraid. And those who had seen it told them how he who had been possessed with demons was healed. Then all the people of the surrounding country of the Gadarenes asked Jesus to depart from them; for they were seized with great fear; so He got into the boat and returned. The man from whom the demons had gone begged that he might be with Jesus; but Jesus sent him away, saying, “Return to your home, and declare all that God has done for you.” And he went away, proclaiming throughout the whole city all that Jesus had done for him.  (Luke 8:26-39)

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 forceful practice of self-control and love, patience and stillness, will destroy the passions hidden within us.

-St. Thalassios the Libyan