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Church Bulletin: October 30, 2016

posted Oct 31, 2016, 5:49 AM by Saint Raphael of Brooklyn Antiochian Orthodox Church
October 30, 2016- Nineteenth Sunday after Pentecost

 This Week's Services and Events

November 1, Tuesday
        + Free Lunch Program Volunteering, 11:30AM-1:00PM
        + Office Hours, 1:15PM-2:45PM
        + 9th Hour Prayers, 3:00PM

November 2, Wednesday
        + Akathist, 7:00PM

November 5, Saturday
        + Matins and Liturgy for St. Raphael, 8:30AM/10:00AM, followed by potluck
        + Great Vespers, 5:00PM 

November 6, 20th Sunday after Pentecost
        + Matins, 8:45AM
        + Divine Liturgy, 10:00AM followed by Sunday School and Coffee Hour
Upcoming Events and Announcements-       

November-December Calendars-
        The calendars showing services and other events for the next two months are printed and available in the narthex.
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.  During the potluck Amy Spencer will talk about her ministry work in Kalona with Summer Lunch and Sunday Suppers.  We will take a freewill offering to support these efforts.

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!

Thank You-
        Thank you to everyone who came to help clean the church building yesterday!

Memory Eternal-
        Following liturgy today, we prayed the Trisagion Prayers for the Departed for Gabriela Muste's mother Viorica, on the six month anniversary of her repose.  Flowers adorn the church in her memory.

Looking Ahead to November-
       We will begin 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-
        Our Sunday School students are continuing to sponsor Naser, a boy in Ethiopia, at $38 a month.  Please consider giving toward this effort if and when you are asked by our Sunday School children.

Special Fall Appeal-
        We met our financial goal through this appeal.  Thank you to all who donated!

Parish Mission and Vision Statements-
        Recently, 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

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 in Kalona began last week and continues 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

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.

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, there came to Jesus a man named Jairus, who was a ruler of the synagogue; and falling at Jesus’ feet he besought Him to come to his house, for he had an only daughter, about twelve years of age, and she was dying. As Jesus went, the people pressed round Him. And a woman, who had had a flow of blood for twelve years, and had spent all her living upon physicians, and could not be healed by anyone, came up behind Him, and touched the fringe of His garment; and immediately her flow of blood ceased. And Jesus said, “Who was it that touched Me?” When all denied it, Peter said, “Master, the multitudes surround Thee and press upon Thee! And Thou sayest, ‘Who touched Me?’” But Jesus said, “Someone touched Me; for I perceive that power has gone forth from Me.” And when the woman saw that she was not hidden, she came trembling, and falling down before Him declared in the presence of all the people why she had touched Him, and how she had been immediately healed. And Jesus said to her, “Daughter, your faith has made you well; go in peace.” While Jesus was still speaking, a man from the ruler’s house came and said, “Your daughter is dead; do not trouble the Teacher any more.” But Jesus on hearing this answered him, “Do not fear; only believe, and she shall be well.” And when Jesus came to the house, He permitted no one to enter with Him, except Peter and James and John, and the father and mother of the child. And all were weeping and bewailing her; but Jesus said, “Do not weep; for she is not dead but sleeping.” And they laughed at him, knowing that she was dead. But taking her by the hand Jesus called, saying, “Child, arise.” And her spirit returned, and she got up at once; and Jesus directed that something should be given her to eat. And her parents were amazed; but He charged them to tell no one what had happened.  (Luke 8:41-56)

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-

Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.

Philippians 4:6-7