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Church Bulletin: January 11, 2015

posted Jan 11, 2015, 1:58 PM by Saint Raphael of Brooklyn Antiochian Orthodox Church   [ updated Jan 11, 2015, 2:03 PM ]
January 11, 2015- Sunday After Theophany
 
This Week's Services and Events

January 13, Tuesday
        + Parish Council meeting, 7:00PM

January 14, Wednesday
        + Paraklesis with Unction, 7:00PM

January 16, Friday
        + Matins, 8:30AM
        + Office Hours, 9:30AM-11:30AM

January 17, Saturday
        + Teen SOYO Ice Skating at Coralridge Mall, 1:00PM
        + Becoming Fully Human, 3:00PM
        + Great Vespers, 5:00PM

January 18, Sunday 
        +Matins, 8:45AM
        + Divine Liturgy, 10:00AM, followed by fellowship hour and Sunday School
        
Upcoming Events and Announcements  

Becoming Truly Human Series-
       We are meeting for six consecutive weeks on Saturdays from 3:00PM-4:45PM.  Snacks are provided.  Come to as many of these sessions as you are able.  Please plan to participate in this series so that we may become better equipped to honor our patron, St. Raphael, during this centennial year of his repose, by being more knowledgeable about our faith so that we can be more outreach-minded.  If you need childcare, let Fr. Ignatius know.

Focusing on our Patron Saint in 2015-
       February 27, 2015 is the 100th anniversary of the repose of St. Raphael.  Our Archdiocese has produced a series of informative posters showing some of the missionary work he did all around North America.  We have posted these above the water cooler in the fellowship hall at church.  Check them out!

Table-to-Table Needs Volunteers-
       Volunteers needed for Iowa City, Coralville, and North Liberty Routes: Tuesday 8:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m., Wednesday 8:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Thursday 8:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m., Thursday 8:30 a.m. to 10:30, Thursday 10:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., and Friday 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. In 2014, Table to Table has rescued over 1,390,000 lbs. of wholesome edible food that would have otherwise gone to waste. This figure translates to 1,160,000 equivalent meals, with an economic impact of over 6,300,000 dollars to our communities, and over 30 agencies that we serve.  For more information, contact: David Wellendorf at T2tvolunteers@gmail.com or 319-631-6179.

Local Newspaper Coverage of Outdoor Blessing of Waters-

Of Interest to Orthodox Healthcare Professionals-
       To learn about the new St. Panteleimon Fellowship: A Society for the Practice of Orthodox Christian Healthcare, go to: http://www.antiochian.org/st-panteleimon-fellowship-society-practice-orthodox-christian-healthcare


St. Maria's Bread House-
        If you're interested helping in any way with Vespers in Kalona, whether it's just being there, helping find or buy liturgical supplies, or singing, please contact Amy or Father. If you'd like to buy beeswax tealight candles--great stocking stuffers recycled from St. Raphael's candle stubs--to support the Bread House, let Amy know at kalonabreadhouse@gmail.com, or visit our website: stmariasbreadhouse.org. 

We Need a Volunteer to Coordinate New Flower Memorial Program-
        We all miss our departed loved ones and it is comforting to us to memorialize them in some way.  Beginning in 2015, we are going to have a weekly sign-up sheet available which will give people the opportunity to purchase a bouquet of flowers through the church, in memory of departed loved ones.  The donor's name, and the name(s) of their memorialized departed loved ones will be printed in the weekly emailed bulletin.  In order to organize this new effort to both remember our loved ones and beautify the nave of our church with more flowers, we need a volunteer who can approach a local florist to arrange a relationship which will facilitate such a program.  This person will also be responsible for picking up the bouquets of flowers and bringing them to church each week that somebody has arranged to have loved ones memorialized.  If this task interests you, please speak with Fr. Ignatius.


St. Raphael Sermon Series-
       Since 2015 is the centennial of the repose of our patron St. Raphael of Brooklyn, Fr. Ignatius will start the year preaching an eight week sermon series on Sundays during liturgy, focusing on the titles we ascribe to St. Raphael in his troparion.
1. Adornment of the Holy Church
2. Champion of the True Faith
3. Seeker of the Lost
4. Consolation of the Oppressed
5.  Father to Orphans and Friend of the Poor
6. Peacemaker and Good Shepherd
7. Joy of all the Orthodox
8. Son of Antioch/Boast of America

A Different Approach to House Blessings in 2015-
       The time between Theophany (January 6) and the beginning of Lent (this year, February 23) is traditionally, the time for Orthodox priests to do house blessings.  Fr. Ignatius will be doing house blessings during this time.  However, he is going to be contacting all parishioners directly, and scheduling a time to come and bless.  It is not necessary to feed the priest when he visits!  However, you are encouraged to invite others from the parish to your home during the blessing.  Let us renew our social bonds and forge new friendships during this season.

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.
        
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
Sunday.
The reading for Sunday, January 18 is:

At that time, as Jesus entered a village, He was met by ten lepers, who stood at a distance and lifted up their voices and said, “Jesus, Master, have mercy on us.”  When He saw them He said to them, “Go and show yourselves to the priests.”  And as they went they were cleansed.  Then one of them, when he saw that he was healed, turned back, praising God with a loud voice; and he fell on his face at Jesus’ feet, giving Him thanks.  Now he was a Samaritan.  Then Jesus said, “Were not ten cleansed?  Where are the nine?  Was no one found to return and give praise to God except this foreigner?”  And He said to him, “Rise and go your way; your faith has made you well.” (Luke 17:12-19)



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
know. 

Coffee Hour-
       The St. Nina team will bring food to share and will clean-up the fellowship hall on Sunday January 18. 

Food for Thought-

Today the creation is enlightened. Today all nature is glad, things of heaven and things of earth. Angels and men mingle with one another, for where the King is present, there His army also goeth. Let us run, then, to the Jordan; let us all see how John baptizes a sinless and uncreated head. Therefore, let us cry aloud with one accord, echoing the voice of the apostle: The grace of God that bringeth salvation to all men hath appeared, shining upon the faithful and granting them Great Mercy!

Doxastikon of Afterfeast of Theophany

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