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Church Bulletin: October 28, 2012

posted Oct 28, 2012, 3:12 PM by Saint Raphael of Brooklyn Antiochian Orthodox Church
October 28, 2012- Twenty First Sunday after Pentecost
This Week's Services and Events
Oct 30, Tuesday
        + Third Hour prayers, 9AM
        + Teen SOYO serving meal at Ronald McDonald House, 4PM
Oct 31, Wednesday
        + Akathist
Nov 1, Thursday
        + OCF dinner, 6:30PM at Branch-Peterson's home
Nov. 2, Friday
+ Great Vespers with Litia and Artoklasia for St. Raphael, 7PM

Nov 3, Saturday
        + Matins for St. Raphael, 8:30AM
        + Liturgy for St. Raphael, 10AM
        + Alexandra Chifan Baptism, 1PM
        + Teen SOYO Roadside Cleaning Service Project, 2PM
        + 9th Hour/Great Vespers, 6PM

Nov 4, Sunday, Twenty Second Sunday after Pentecost
        + Matins, 8:45AM
        + Divine Liturgy, 10AM followed by Sunday School and coffee hour

Upcoming Events and Announcements
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.
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 begun to distribute pledge packets. 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.
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.
Upcoming Teen SOYO Events-
        Two upcoming service projects are scheduled. On Tuesday, October 30, our teens will prepare and serve a meal at the Ronald McDonald House. On Saturday, November 3 at 2PM, they will participate in their first roadside clean-up service project. Talk with Alli Rockwell, our Teen SOYO advisor, if you would like to learn more information about any of these events.
Thank You-
        Thank you to all who helped during yesterday's Fall Clean-up Day at church. Irakliy Surguladze and Tariel Berimeladze raked and mowed the lawns. Todd Wiblin, Karen Kuntz, Lizzie Kimball and Hannah Valentine cleaned and polish metal liturgical items. Lizzy Valentine painted the mailbox. And Fr. Ignatius and Jeremy Coffin cleaned the carpets. Thank you also to Alli Rockwell, for the loan of the carpet cleaner.
St. Raphael's Patronal Feast Day-
        We will celebrate our church's patron, St. Raphael of Brooklyn with Great Vespers with Artoklasia on Friday November 2 at 7PM and Matins and Liturgy at 8:45AM and 10AM on Saturday November 3. Come and celebrate our patron saint!
Daylight Savings Time-
        Remember to set back your clocks one hour when you go to bed on Saturday November 3. Daylight Savings time is ending.
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 yesterday's 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.
Reminders from Fr. Ignatius about Politics and Voting-
        We are less than ten days away from another Presidential election. Given that politics often engender strong feelings and many different opinions, I am proud to say I have not heard anyone at church championing their candidate or criticizing their candidate's opponent or that opponent's supporters in a way that would be offensive to anyone. You have all been displaying good political behavior while at church, which is as it should be. We certainly do not all share the same politcal views but despite that, we are the local expression of the One Body of Christ and we can agree, I pray, to differ on some things in the realm of politics. Our love for each other should certainly be more important than any political differences we may have.
Please keep in mind:
1. No matter who wins on November 6, Jesus Christ is still the King of Kings.
2. We are not electing a political messiah but rather a human being (whom we hope will do the best job for our country, but who will make mistakes.)
3. There is no party or candidate that is publicly endorsed by the Orthodox Church or by your priest.
4. If you are able to vote and plan to do so, educate yourself on the issues. The Orthodox Church takes great interest in several "political" issues, especially when these issues have to do with protecting the vulnerable and the outcast. Do your political homework, pray, and vote your conscience.
5. Absolutely allow your Orthodox faith to influence your vote. Orthodoxy is a way of life, not just something we do for an hour or two on Sunday morning. It is your right to vote specifically as an Orthodox Christian.
6. There will be more than just the two major candidates on the ballot.
To read the pastoral letter that Fr. Patrick Reardon sent out to his parish regarding the upcoming election, go to: http://www.allsaintsorthodox.org/pastor/ponderings/2012%2010%2024%20%20This%20Years%20Elections.pdf
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.
Evangelism Bible Verse-
        This week's verse: "Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to men by which we must be saved." (Acts 4:12)
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 4, the food for coffee hour will be provided by the St. Nicholas team.

Church Cleaning-
        During the week following Sunday October 28, the cleaning of the nave, narthex, bookstore/library, stairs, nursery and bathrooms will be provided by the St. Raphael team.
Holy Bread-
        On Sunday November 4, the holy bread will be provided by the Valentine family. Thank you in advance. We are always looking for volunteers to bake the holy bread each week.

Food for Thought-

To say that God turns away from the wicked is like saying that the sun hides itself from the blind.

_St. Anthony the Great

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