Weekly Bulletin‎ > ‎

Church Bulletin: January 18, 2015

posted Jan 19, 2015, 10:42 AM by Saint Raphael of Brooklyn Antiochian Orthodox Church   [ updated Jan 19, 2015, 10:49 AM ]
January 18, 2015- Sts. Cyril and Athanasius of Alexandria
This Week's Services and Events

January 19, Monday
        + Teen SOYO dinner and movie night, 6:30PM

January 21, Wednesday
        + Akathist, 7:00PM

January 23, Friday
        + Matins, 8:30AM
        + Office Hours, 9:30AM-11:30AM

January 24, Saturday
        + Becoming Fully Human, 3:00PM
        + Great Vespers, 5:00PM

January 25, Sunday, Zacchaeus 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.

Teen SOYO-
        Our teens are meeting for dinner and a movie at 6:30PM on Monday, January 19.

Orthodox Christian Fellowship-
       Our college students start meeting again during this Spring semester, with dinner at 6:30PM on Thursday, January 22 at the Valentine house. 

Sacred Gift of Life Sunday-
       Today, the Sunday before the anniversary of the Roe v. Wade US Supreme Court decision which legalized abortion-on-demand in America, has been designated as Sacred Gift of Life Sunday in our archdiocese.  Since 1973, over 56 million unborn children have died as a result of legalized abortion and countless women have been traumatized and victimized.  If you are looking for a way to support life and make a difference in the lives of women who may find themselves contemplating abortion, then consider supporting the local Iowa City effort, Informed Choices Medical Clinic- http://informedchoiceia.org/

Orthodox Christians to Participate in Pro-Life Marches-
       To read the article, "Orthodox Christians to Participate in Pro-Life Marches," which includes mention of our Bishop Anthony who is scheduled to speak at a march in Chicago, go to: http://oca.org/news/headline-news/orthodox-christians-to-participate-in-pro-life-marches

January 19, 2015 is Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day-
       To read the article "Four Orthodox Christian Lessons from Martin Luther King Jr." go to: http://myocn.net/four-orthodox-christian-lessons-martin-luther-king-jr/

St. Nina Liturgy-
       We will have vesperal liturgy for St. Nina on Monday, January 26 at 6:00PM.

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.

St. Maria's Bread House-
        Come to Vespers in Kalona, and please be praying for this effort to bring Orthodoxy south! Starting Wednesday, Feb. 4, we plan to have Vespers on the first and third Wednesday of every month. It will be at United Christian and Baptist Church, a big brick church at Highway 22 and 4th Street in Kalona. Talk to Father or Amy if you have questions. Amy can be reached at kalonabreadhouse@gmail.com or 319-656-3916. Board members from our church are Newman, Becky, Julia, and Bill.

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.

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!

St. Raphael of Brooklyn Resources-
       Our Archdiocese has gathered together a wealth of information about our patron, St. Raphael at: http://antiochian.org/straphaelofbrooklyn

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.

Midwest Parish Life Conference-
       The annual Midwest Diocese Parish Life Conference will be held in Grand Rapids, MI on June 24-28.  To learn more, go to: www.midwestplc2015.com.

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
The reading for Sunday, January 25 is:

At that time, Jesus entered Jericho and was passing through.  And there was a man named Zacchaeus; he was a chief tax collector, and rich.  And he sought to see Who Jesus was, but could not, on account of the crowd, because he was small of stature.  So he ran on ahead and climbed up into a sycamore tree to see Jesus, for He was to pass that way.  And when Jesus came to the place, He looked up and said to him, “Zacchaeus, make haste and come down; for I must stay at your house today.”  So he made haste and came down, and received Him joyfully.  And when they saw it they all murmured, “He has gone in to be the guest of a man who is a sinner.”  And Zacchaeus stood and said to the Lord, “Behold, Lord, the half of my goods I give to the poor; and if I have defrauded anyone of anything, I restore it fourfold.”  And Jesus said to him, “Today salvation has come to this house, since he also is a son of Abraham; for the Son of man came to seek and to save the lost.”  (Luke 19:1-10)

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

Coffee Hour-
       The St. John the Baptist team will bring food to share and will clean-up the fellowship hall on Sunday January 25. 

Food for Thought-

Come, O ye feast-lovers, and as we gather, let us extol with spiritual praises those chiefs of hierarchs and pinnacles of patriarchs, the all-bright luminaries of the whole world, and expositions of the mind of Christ, and let us say: Rejoice, O wise Athanasius, namesake of immortality, who with the sling of thy divinely-wise doctrines didst hurl from Christ’s flock the trifler Arius as a wolf. Rejoice, O all-blessed Cyril, star bright with all splendor, champion of the Ever-virgin, who with stentorian voice in the midst of the sacred assembly at Ephesus didst illustriously proclaim her to be the Theotokos, and didst refute the nonsense of Nestorius. Rejoice, ye well-springs of theology, everflowing rivers of the wisdom of God, and gushing fountain of divine knowledge. O thrice-blessed Fathers, cease not to intercede with Christ for those who celebrate with faith and love your all-sacred and divine festival.

Doxastikon of Sts. Athanasius and Cyril, January 18