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posted Feb 4, 2013, 10:51 AM by Saint Raphael of Brooklyn Antiochian Orthodox Church
February 3, 2013- The Thirty-fifth Sunday after Pentecost
This Week's Services and Events
Feb. 4, Monday
        + 3rd Hour Prayers, 9AM
        + Father's Office Hours, 9:15AM-11:30AM
        + Teen SOYO dinner and book discussion, 6:30PM
Feb. 5, Tuesday
        + Free Lunch Program Volunteering at Wesley Center, 11:30AM-1:30PM
Feb 6, Wednesday
        + Akathist, 7PM
Feb 7, Thursday
        + OCF dinner, 7PM
Feb 8, Friday
        + Matins, 8:30AM
Feb 9, Saturday
        + Introduction to Orthodoxy class, 4PM
        + 9th Hour and Great Vespers, 6PM
Feb 10, Sunday, Thirty-sixth Sunday after Pentecost
        + Matins, 8:45AM
        + Divine Liturgy, 10AM, followed by coffee hour and Sunday School
Upcoming Events and Announcements
Free Lunch Program Volunteering-
        We are scheduled to help at the Free Lunch Program (at the Wesley Center at 120 Dubuque St.) this Tuesday, February 5 from 11:30AM-1:30PM. If anybody plans to join Fr. Ignatius to help, please let him know.
Are You Receiving the Word Magazine?-
        Our Antiochian Archdiocese produces a monthly magazine called The Word. This magazine is available free of charge to all church members. If you are not yet receiving this magazine and you would like to, please let Fr. Ignatius know and he will make arrangements for you to receive it.
You Can Now Donate to Church Through Paypal-
        If you use the online payment service Paypal, you can now use it to donate to our church. From time to time, it was requested that we make this option available and so we have. On the church's website (www.straphaelorthodoxchurch.org) near the top right of the home page, you will notice two different links, one for our general fund and one for our building fund. Check or cash donations are still preferred from our members because Paypal charges a processing fee of $0.30 + 2.2% on every transaction.
Parish Council Meeting-
        Our February Parish Council meeting is Tuesday, February 12 at 7PM. All are welcome to attend.
Parish Constitution Revision Committee-
        Our current parish constitution was revised about 4 years ago. It has come to the attention of some parish council members that perhaps some more revisions need to be made. If you would like to serve on a small committee to help make suggested changes that will be presented to the parish for a vote, please see Fr. Ignatius. The time commitment for this committee should be no longer than two months.
Cookbook News-
        The recipe testing is coming along well. If you're past your deadline for testing, Amy will be getting in touch with you. If you'd like a recipe to try, let her know at eastwestmidwest@gmail.com today! We especially need cooks who have gluten-free ingredients, but some non gluten-free recipes are still available.
Farmer's Market-
        Good news! We got some clarity from the city attorney and a kind welcome from the farmer's market coordinator. We're in ... as long as we get our registration done and approved. Thanks for praying!The market starts in May. All the full-time vendor spots are taken, so at first we will be there on an occasional basis. If you're interested in helping in any way, please let Father, Amy Spencer, Allison Rockwell, Tania Van Dinter, or Karen Kuntz know.
Archdiocesan Church Camp Scholarships Available-
       Through the generosity of the Order of St. Ignatius, our church has the opportunity to utilize up to $700 in scholarships to help our children attend any of the Archdiocese-sponsored church camps this summer. If you have a child ages 9-17 who would like to attend a camp, and you would like to apply for a scholarship, please let Fr. Ignatius know before the February 24th deadline. We are blessed to have Camp St. George only about one hour away. Although the 2013 dates have not yet been announced, the camp session will probably be August 11-17.
Book Study Dates-
        Lori Branch and Robert Peterson will be hosting two book studies in their home over the next several weeks. On Sunday, February 24, A Scent of Holiness by Constantina Palmer will be discussed and on Sunday March 31, St. Seraphim of Sarov by Valentne Zander will be discussed. These books will be available for purchase at our church bookstore.
Parish Directory Updates-
        Our last parish directory, containing members and friends names, addresses, phone numbers and email addresses was printed in 2011. It is time for an updated directory. Over the next few weeks, Fr. Ignatius will be contacting you and confirming the information he has for you, so that we can produce an accurate and updated 2013 directory.
Mormonism and Orthodox Christianity-
          The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, commonly referred to as the Mormon Church, is quickly growing in America and around the world. Perhaps you have seen or talked with winsome young LDS missionaries who travel in pairs and share their faith door to door. The Mormon Church is very missionary-minded and currently has over 55,000 full-time missionaries around the world. Think of that! That is about twice the number of people than are present in Antiochian Orthodox Churches on a typical Sunday all over America. It is a common misunderstanding that the Mormon Church is just another Christian denomination. However, Mormon doctrine puts them so far outside the scope of what is commonly shared by Orthodox, Roman Catholic and Protestant Christians, that the Mormon Church cannot accurately be called Christian. At best, the Mormon Church is a pseudo-Christian sect. If you would like to hear what Mormons believe, from former Mormons who are now Orthodox, listen to this podcast from Ancient Faith Radio. http://ancientfaith.com/podcasts/aftoday/mormonism_and_orthodox_christianity
Invitation to a Baptism-
       Fr. Fred and Khourieh Michelle Shaheen invite all the faithful of St. John the Baptist/St. Raphael to be with them for the baptism of Zoe Marie Shaheen on Sunday, March 3 at 3:00 pm at St. George Church in Cedar Rapids. Reception following.RSVP to 319-363-3449 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting 319-363-3449 end_of_the_skype_highlighting or venetias@hotmail.com.
Introduction to Orthodoxy Classes-
        We have begun a seven week series of classes on Saturdays at 4PM. The remaining dates are February 9,16,23 and March 2, All are welcome to attend.
House Blessing Season is Now-
        From now until the beginning of Lent (March 17), is the season during which Fr. Ignatius is available to come to your home to bless it. A sign -up sheet is posted in the narthex. Suggest a date and time and Fr. Ignatius will check his calendar and arrange the visit.
Why We Bless Our Homes at Theophany-
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.
Holy Bread-
        On February 10, the holy bread will be provided by the Padath/Paul family. Thank you in advance. Anyone can sign up to provide holy bread for upcoming liturgies. Check the sheet in the narthex and sign-up.
Choir Leadership-
        During the weekend of February 9-10, Tania Van Dinter will lead the choir.
Coffee Hour-
        On Sunday February 10, the food for coffee hour and the clean-up of the fellowship hall will be provided by the St. Raphael team.
Church Cleaning-
        During the week of February 3-9, the cleaning of the nave, narthex, bookstore, stairs, nursery and bathrooms will be accomplished by the St. John the Baptist team.
Food for Thought-
When our life stops being a continuation of the Divine Holy Liturgy, we cease being Orthodox Christians.
Archimandrite Roman Braga in his Editor's Introduction printed in The Psalter, published by HDM Press.