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Church Bulletin: October 15, 2017

posted Oct 16, 2017, 6:52 AM by Saint Raphael of Brooklyn Antiochian Orthodox Church

Sunday October 15, 2017- Sunday of the Fathers of the Seventh Ecumenical Council

This Week's Services and Events

October 17, Tuesday
        + Office Hours, 11:00AM-3:45PM
        + 9th Hour Prayers, 3:00PM
        + Vespers in Kalona, 7:00PM

October 18, Wednesday
        + Office Hours, 11:30AM-3:00PM
        + 9th Hour Prayers, 3:00PM
        + Akathist, 7:00PM

October 19, Thursday
        + OCF Dinner, 7:00PM

October 21, Saturday
        + Parish Council meeting, 2:30PM-4:30PM
        + Great Vespers, 5:00PM

October 22, Twentieth Sunday after Pentecost
        + Matins, 8:45AM
        + Divine Liturgy, 10:00AM followed by Sunday School and Fellowship Hour


Upcoming Events and Announcements-  

Bishop Anthony's Visit and Jared Johnson's Ordination to the Diaconate-
        His Grace will be with us the weekend of October 28-29.  He will be speaking to us at 3:00PM on Evangelism, Outreach and Growing the Church as well as for all services.  He will ordain Jared Johnson to the diaconate during liturgy on Sunday.

Father Will Be Out of Town-
         Fr. Ignatius will be out of town this Thursday and Friday, October 19 and 20.  There will be no office hours or 9th Hour Prayers on those two days.  

St. Raphael Feast Day-
        We will commemorate our patron saint on his annual feast day with Vesperal Liturgy at 6:00PM on Friday, November 3 followed by a potluck.

Fall Party, Vespers in the Barn and Potluck Cookout-
        All are invited to the Moreys' farm in Mt. Pleasant for an afternoon of fun on Saturday, November 4.  Arrive at 2:00PM or after.  We will have vespers in the barn at 4:00PM with hot dogs and s'mores and a campfireat about 5:30PM.  Bring a dish to share.  There will be no vespers at the church that evening.  

Message from the Assembly of Bishops-
        To read the message released by the Orthodox Assembly of Bishops, which recently convened their annual meeting, go to: http://assemblyofbishops.org/news/2017/message-assembly-2017

40 Days For Life Prayer Campaign-
        The Johnson County Right to Life is once again spearheading local participation in a worldwide effort to provide a prayerful presence outside of facilities that murder unborn children through abortion.  The dates for this latest effort are September 27- November 5 and the gathering place is the public sidewalk in front of the Emma Goldman abortion clinic at 227 N. Dubuque St.  A poster and prayer cards advertising this effort are in the narthex at church.  For more information, go to: www.40daysforlife.com/iowacity or call 319-855-8475.  If you are interested in praying on the sidewalk during this time and want some company, talk with Fr. Ignatius.  If you are not comfortable with that type of public presence, pray at home, that abortion-vulnerable women would get the help they need so that participating in the killing of their unborn children does not seem like a valid solution to their perceived problem.  Pray to end abortion.   

Food for All--Kalona
        Please  continue to pray for our Orthodox-style, community-style charity work. Also ask our Lord to draw people to Himself and His Church through all our programs. Visit our website at foodforallkalona.weebly.com. For more info, email me at foodforallkalona@gmail.com.  Thanks! Amy Spencer   

Next Sunday's Gospel Reading-
        At that time, Jesus arrived at the country of the Gadarenes, which is opposite Galilee. And as He stepped out on land, there met Him a man from the city who had demons; for a long time he had worn no clothes, and he lived not in a house but among the tombs. When he saw Jesus, he cried out and fell down before him, and said with a loud voice, “What hast Thou to do with me, Jesus, Son of the Most High God? I beseech Thee, do not torment me.” For Jesus had commanded the unclean spirit to come out of the man. [For many a time it had seized him; he was kept under guard, and bound with chains and fetters, but he broke the bonds and was driven by the demon into the desert.] Jesus then asked him, “What is your name?” And he said, “Legion”; for many demons had entered him. And they begged Jesus not to command them to depart into the abyss. Now a large herd of swine was feeding there on the hillside; and they begged Jesus to let them enter these. So He gave them leave. Then the demons came out of the man and entered the swine, and the herd rushed down the steep bank into the lake and was drowned. When the herdsmen saw what had happened, they fled, and told it in the city and in the country. Then people went out to see what had happened, and they came to Jesus, and found the man from whom the demons had gone, sitting at the feet of Jesus, clothed and in his right mind; and they were afraid. And those who had seen it told them how he who had been possessed with demons was healed. Then all the people of the surrounding country of the Gadarenes asked Jesus to depart from them; for they were seized with great fear; so He got into the boat and returned. The man from whom the demons had gone begged that he might be with Jesus; but Jesus sent him away, saying, “Return to your home, and declare all that God has done for you.” And he went away, proclaiming throughout the whole city all that Jesus had done for him.  (Luke 8:26-39)

 Pray for our Catechumens-

        Please keep our catechumens Ilya Buchkin, Jeremiah Kaufmann, Scott Dorr, Brian and Rene Horak in your prayers as they prepare 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.  To sign a petition urging the US Government and others to work for their release, go to:
  
https://www.change.org/p/president-of-the-united-states-help-release-the-kidnapped-archbishops-of-syria

Food for Thought-

Then little children were brought to Him that He might put His hands on them and pray but the disciples rebuked them.  But Jesus said, "Let the little children come to Me, and do not forbid them; for of such is the kingdom of heaven."  And He laid His hands on them and departed from there.

Matthew 19:13-15

Church Bulletin: October 8, 2017

posted Oct 9, 2017, 5:34 AM by Saint Raphael of Brooklyn Antiochian Orthodox Church

Sunday October 8, 2017- Seventeenth Sunday after Pentecost

This Week's Services and Events

October 10, Tuesday
        + Office Hours, 1:15PM-:45PM
        + 9th Hour Prayers, 3:00PM

October 11, Wednesday
        + Office Hours, 11:30AM-3:00PM
        + 9th Hour Prayers, 3:00PM
        + Akathist, 7:00PM

October 12, Thursday
        + Office Hours, 12:00PM-4:00PM
        + 9th Hour Prayers, 3:00PM
        + OCF Meeting, 7:00PM

October 13, Friday
        + Office Hours, 11:30AM-3:00PM
        + 9th Hour Prayers, 3:00PM

October 14, Saturday
        + Women's Group, 3:00PM
        + "Know the Faith" book study, 3:00PM
        + Great Vespers, 5:00PM

October 15, Sunday of the Fathers of the Seventh Ecumenical Council
        + Matins, 8:45AM
        + Divine Liturgy, 10:00AM followed by Sunday School, Bible Study and Fellowship Hour


Upcoming Events and Announcements-  

Memory Eternal-
        Bishop Antoun, who recently retired from active episcopal service in our Archdiocese, reposed in the Lord earlier this week.  May his memory be eternal!  He was the first bishop to visit St. Raphael Church when we were a young mission.  

Bishop Anthony's Visit Schedule-
        Saturday, October 28, 3:00-4:30PM- Talk by His Grace on Evangelism/Outreach and Growing the Church; 5:00PM- Great Vespers 
Sunday, October 29, 8:30AM- Matins; 10:00AM Hierarchical Divine Liturgy with ordination of Jared Johnson, followed by potluck meal.  Please plan to bring food to share!

OCF Meeting-
        Our OCF college group will meet at 7:00PM on Thursday, October 12.  

Next Sunday Is Special Olympics Awareness Sunday-
        Next Sunday, October 15, we will hear from one of our young people about Special Olympics Awareness Sunday.  Please consider financially supported this worthy endeavor that our Archdiocese supports.   

Run For The Schools Road Races October 15-
        The annual Run for the Schools races will take place on Sunday October 15 in the neighborhood of the church.  Surrounding streets, including College St., will be shut down early in the morning.  Parking will not be possible in our neighborhood.  Plan to park in the Chauncey Swan Parking Garage three blocks west of church, entering from Washington Ave.  Parking is free on Sundays.  

Women's Group-
        The newly formed Women's Group will meet on October 14 at 3:00PM.  All women are welcome.

St. Raphael Feast Day-
        We will commemorate our patron saint on his annual feast day with Vesperal Liturgy at 6:00PM on Friday, November 3, followed by a potluck.

Fall Party, Vespers in the Barn and Potluck Cookout-
        All are invited to the Morey's farm in Mt. Pleasant for an afternoon of fun on Saturday, November 4.  Arrive at 2PM or after.  We will have vespers in the barn at 4PM with hot dogs and s'mores at about 5:30PM.  Bring a dish to share.  There will be no vespers at the church that evening.  

40 Days For Life Prayer Campaign-
        The Johnson County Right to Life is once again spearheading local participation in a worldwide effort to provide a prayerful presence outside of facilities that murder unborn children through abortion.  The dates for thislatest effort are September 27- November 5 and the gathering place is the public sidewalk in front of the Emma Goldman Center abortion clinic at 227 N. Dubuque St.  A poster and prayer cards advertising this effort are in the narthex at church.  For more information, go to: www.40daysforlife.com/iowacity or call 319-855-8475.  If you are interested in praying on the sidewalk during this time and want some company, talk with Fr. Ignatius.  If you are not comfortable with that type of public presence, pray at home, that abortion-vulnerable women would get the help they need so that participating in the killing of their unborn children does not seem like a valid solution to their perceived problem.  Pray to end abortion.   

Food for All--Kalona
        Please  continue to pray for our Orthodox-style, community-style charity work. Also ask our Lord to draw people to Himself and His Church through all our programs. Visit our website at foodforallkalona.weebly.com. For more info, email me at foodforallkalona@gmail.com.  Thanks! Amy Spencer   

Next Sunday's Gospel Reading-
        The Lord spoke this parable: “A sower went out to sow his seed; and as he sowed, some
fell along the path, and was trodden under foot, and the birds of the air devoured it. And some fell
on the rock; and as it grew up, it withered away, because it had no moisture. And some fell among
thorns; and the thorns grew with it and choked it. And some fell into good soil and grew, and
yielded a hundredfold.” And when His Disciples asked Him what this parable meant, Jesus said,
“To you it has been given to know the secrets of the kingdom of God; but for others they are in
parables, so that seeing they may not see, and hearing they may not understand. Now the parable
is this: The seed is the word of God. The ones along the path are those who have heard; then the
devil comes and takes away the word from their hearts that they may not believe and be saved.
And the ones on the rock are those who, when they hear the word, receive it with joy; but these
have no root, they believe for a while and in time of temptation fall away. And as for what fell
among the thorns, they are those who hear, but as they go on their way, they are choked by the
cares and riches and pleasures of life, and their fruit does not mature. And as for that in the good
soil, they are those who, hearing the word, hold it fast in an honest and good heart, and bring forth
fruit with patience.” As Jesus said this, He called out, “He who has ears to hear, let him hear.”  (Luke 8:5-15)

 Pray for our Catechumens-

        Please keep our catechumens Ilya Buchkin, Jeremiah Kaufmann, Scott Dorr, Brian and Rene Horak in your prayers as they prepare 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.  To sign a petition urging the US Government and others to work for their release, go to:
  
https://www.change.org/p/president-of-the-united-states-help-release-the-kidnapped-archbishops-of-syria

Food for Thought-

In the days of the creation of the world, when God was uttering His living and mighty "let there be," the word of the Creator brought creatures into the world.  But on that day, unprecedented in the history of the world, when Mary uttered her brief and obedient "so be it," I hardly dare say what happened then- the word of the creature brought the Creator into the world.

- St. Philaret of Moscow

Church Bulletin: October 1, 2017

posted Oct 2, 2017, 8:02 AM by Saint Raphael of Brooklyn Antiochian Orthodox Church

Sunday October 1, 2017- Seventeenth Sunday after Pentecost

This Week's Services and Events

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

October 4, Wednesday
        + Office Hours, 11:30AM-3:00PM
        + 9th Hour Prayers, 3:00PM
        + Akathist, 7:00PM

October 5, Thursday
        + Office Hours, 12:00PM-4:00PM
        + 9th Hour Prayers, 3:00PM
        + OCF Dinner, 7:00PM

October 6, Friday
        + Office Hours, 11:30AM-3:00PM
        + 9th Hour Prayers, 3:00PM

October 7, Saturday
        + Great Vespers, 5:00PM

October 8, Seventeenth Sunday after Pentecost
        + Matins, 8:45AM
        + Divine Liturgy, 10:00AM followed by Sunday School, Bible Study and Fellowship Hour


Upcoming Events and Announcements-  

Congratulations!-
        Brian and Rene Horak became catechumens at liturgy today.  May God grant them many years!

Bishop Anthony's Visit and Jared Johnson's Ordination to the Diaconate-
        His Grace will be with us the weekend of October 28-29.  In addition to visiting with us, he will be ordaining former St. Raphael Church member Jared Johnson as a deacon.  Save the dates and plan to be with our bishop.  

Bible Study: "The Biblical Odes: A Look at Nine Scriptural Songs of the Church-
        An Ode (Canticle) is a Scriptural Song not found in the Psalms.  In our liturgical tradition, there are nine passages from Holy Scripture that form the basis for the odes of the canon, which is chanted at matins.  Over five Sundays, we will explore these songs from the Bible.  We will continue meeting October 8, beginning at about 1:00PM and finishing up by 2:00PM at the latest. Bring your Bible and a friend!

OCF Dinner-
        Our OCF college group will meet for dinner at Lori and Robert's house at 7:00PM on Thursday, October 5.  

Run For The Schools Road Races October 15-
        The annual Run for the Schools races will take place on Sunday October 15 in the neighborhood of the church.  Surrounding streets, including College St., will be shut down early in the morning.  Parking will not be possible in our neighborhood.  Plan to park in the Chauncey Swan Parking Garage three blocks west of church, entering from Washington Ave.  Parking is free on Sundays.  

Women's Group-
        The newly formed Women's Group will meet on October 14 at 3:00PM.  All women are welcome.

St. Raphael Feast Day-
        We will commemorate our patron saint on his annual feast day with Vesperal Liturgy at 6:00PM on Friday, November 3.

Fall Party, Vespers in the Barn and Potluck Cookout-
        All are invited to the Morey's farm in Mt. Pleasant for an afternoon of fun on Saturday, November 4.  Arrive at 2PM or after.  We will have vespers in the barn at 4PM with hot dogs and s'mores at about 5:30PM.  Bring a dish to share.  There will be no vespers at the church that evening.  

40 Days For Life Prayer Campaign-
        The Johnson County Right to Life is once again spearheading local participation in a worldwide effort to provide a prayerful presence outside of facilities that murder unborn children through abortion.  The dates for thislatest effort are September 27- November 5 and the gathering place is the public sidewalk in front of the Emma Goldman Center abortion clinic at 227 N. Dubuque St.  A poster and prayer cards advertising this effort are in the narthex at church.  For more information, go to: www.40daysforlife.com/iowacity or call 319-855-8475.  If you are interested in praying on the sidewalk during this time and want some company, talk with Fr. Ignatius.  If you are not comfortable with that type of public presence, pray at home, that abortion-vulnerable women would get the help they need so that participating in the killing of their unborn children does not seem like a valid solution to their perceived problem.  Pray to end abortion.   

Food for All--Kalona
        Please  continue to pray for our Orthodox-style, community-style charity work. Also ask our Lord to draw people to Himself and His Church through all our programs. Visit our website at foodforallkalona.weebly.com. For more info, email me at foodforallkalona@gmail.com.  Thanks! Amy Spencer   

Next Sunday's Gospel Reading-
        At that time, Jesus went to a city called Nain, and many of His disciples and a great crowd went with Him. As He drew near to the gate of the city, behold, a man who had died was being carried out, the only son of his mother, and she was a widow; and a large crowd from the city was with her. And when the Lord saw her, He had compassion on her and said to her, “Do not weep.” And He came and touched the bier, and the bearers stood still. And Jesus said, “Young man, I say to you, arise.” And the dead man sat up, and began to speak. And Jesus gave him to his mother. Fear seized them all; and they glorified God, saying, “A great prophet has arisen among us!” and “God has visited His people!”  (Luke 7:11-16)

 Pray for our Catechumens-

        Please keep our catechumens Ilya Buchkin, Jeremiah Kaufmann, Scott Dorr and Brian and Rene Horak in your prayers as they prepare 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.  To sign a petition urging the US Government and others to work for their release, go to:
  
https://www.change.org/p/president-of-the-united-states-help-release-the-kidnapped-archbishops-of-syria

Food for Thought-

Let no one think, my brother-Christians, that it is the duty of only priests and monks to pray without ceasing, and not of laymen. No, no! It is the duty of all us Christians to remain in prayer always.

- St. Gregory Palamas

Church Bulletin: September 17, 2017

posted Sep 18, 2017, 5:04 AM by Saint Raphael of Brooklyn Antiochian Orthodox Church

Sunday September 17, 2017- The Sunday after the Elevation of the Precious Cross

This Week's Services and Events

September 19, Tuesday
        + Office Hours, 11:00AM-3:45PM
        + 9th Hour Prayers, 3:00PM
        + Vespers in Kalona, 7:00PM

September 20, Wednesday
        + Office Hours, 11:30AM-3:00PM
        + 9th Hour Prayers, 3:00PM
        + Akathist, 7:00PM

September 21, Thursday
        + Office Hours, 12:00PM-4:00PM
        + 9th Hour Prayers, 3:00PM
        + OCF Dinner at Branch-Peterson home, 7:00PM

September 22, Friday
        + Office Hours, 11:30AM-3:00PM
        + 9th Hour Prayers, 3:00PM

September 23, Saturday
        + Ladies' Group Kick-off meeting, 3:00PM
        + Great Vespers, 5:00PM

September 24, St. Thekla the Protomartyr
        + Matins, 8:45AM
        + Divine Liturgy, 10:00AM followed by Sunday School, Bible Study and Fellowship Hour


Upcoming Events and Announcements-  

Appeal for Hurricane Harvey Victims-
        Throughout the month of September, we are collecting funds at the request of Metropolitan Joseph, which will be forwarded to victims of Hurricane Harvey.  Please make any gifts "Hurricane Appeal" and place then in one of the collection boxes, or mail to church.

Can You Help a Family in Need?-
        A family with three children has approached the church asking for help with clothing needs as the weather turns cooler.  For the older son, they are asking for men's large size sweat pants or running pants, men's large hooded sweatshirts, casual long sleeve shirts, men's large socks, men's size 10 1/2 athletic shoes and a winter coat men's large of XL. No jeans!  For the younger son, they are asking for boys 10/12 long sleeve shirts, sweat shirts, long underwear and size 12/14 winter coat and gloves and a winter.  No jeans!  For the daughter, they are asking for girls size 8  jeans, and sweat pants, socks, winter boots size 13 and a winter coat size 10/12.  She loves Minnie mouse! 
If you can help by providing any of these items in new or good used condition, please contact Fr. Ignatius to coordinate.  

A Food Team Needs Volunteers-
        The "St. Raphael" food team which brings food on the 2nd Sunday of each month is in need of some more help. If you are not on a food team, and you would like to help out by joining this group to bring food once a month for our coffee hour, please let Fr. Ignatius or Alli know.  

Bible Study: "The Biblical Odes: A Look at Nine Scriptural Songs of the Church-
        An Ode (Canticle) is a Scriptural Song not found in the Psalms.  In our liturgical tradition, there are nine passages from Holy Scripture that form the basis for the odes of the canon, which is chanted at matins.  Over five Sundays, we will explore these songs from the Bible.  We will meet September 10, 17, 24, and October 1 and 8, beginning at about 1:00PM and finishing up by 2:15PM at the latest. Bring your Bible and a friend!

OCF Dinner-
        Our OCF college group will meet for dinner at the Branch-Peterson home at 7:00PM on Thursday, September 21.  

Vespers in Kalona-
        All are welcome to come to Kalona for vespers at 7:00PM on Tuesday, September 19 at the United Christian and Baptist Church at 401 E. Ave in Kalona (Hwy 22).

Ladies Group Kick-off Meeting-
        All interested women are invited to the inaugural Ladies' Group meeting at 3:00PM on Saturday, September 23 at the church.  Bring snacks to share if you would like.

Volunteer Opportunity-
        Table to Table relies on volunteers to help deliver food to more than 40 area organizations that serve the hungry, homeless, and at-risk populations and we are looking for help. For more information about volunteering, email: katie@table2table.org or give us a call at 319-337-3400.

40 Days For Life Prayer Campaign-
        The Johnson County Right to Life is once again spearheading local participation in a worldwide effort to provide a prayerful presence outside of facilities that murder unborn children through abortion.  The dates for thislatest effort are September 27- November 5 and the gathering place is the public sidewalk in front of the Emma Goldman Center abortion clinic at 227 N. Dubuque St.  A poster and prayer cards advertising this effort are in the narthex at church.  For more information, go to: www.40daysforlife.com/iowacity or call 319-855-8475.  If you are interested in praying on the sidewalk during this time and want some company, talk with Fr. Ignatius.  If you are not comfortable with that type of public presence, pray at home, that abortion-vulnerable women would get the help they need so that participating in the killing of their unborn children does not seem like an valid solution to their perceived problem.  Pray to end abortion.  

Volunteers for Epistle Reading-
        Although our subdeacons usually read the Epistle selection each Sunday, this opportunity is available to anyone.  Please talk with Bill, Todd or Fr. Ignatius if you would like to read the Epistle for a particular Sunday.  

Church Lending Library-
        Did you know we have a lending library?  In the new office of Fr. Ignatius (the room to the right of the top of the stairs) the church has a lending library.  The shelves can be found in the southeast corner of that room.  We operate on the honor system.  Borrow a book and return it when you are done.  

Food for All--Kalona
        Please  continue to pray for our Orthodox-style, community-style charity work. Also ask our Lord to draw people to Himself and His Church through all our programs. Visit our website at foodforallkalona.weebly.com. For more info, email me at foodforallkalona@gmail.com.  Thanks! Amy Spencer  

Bishop Anthony's Visit and Jared Johnson's Ordination to the Diaconate-
        His Grace will be with us the weekend of October 28-29.  In addition to visiting with us, he will be ordaining former St. Raphael Church member Jared Johnson as a deacon.  Save the dates and plan to be with our bishop. 

Next Sunday's Gospel Reading-
        At that time, Jesus was standing by the lake of Gennesaret. And He saw two boats by the lake; but the fishermen had gone out of them and were washing their nets. Getting into one of the boats, which was Simon’s, Jesus asked him to put out a little from the land. And He sat down and taught the people from the boat. And when Jesus had finished speaking, He said to Simon, “Put out into the deep and let down your nets for a catch.” And Simon answered, “Master, we toiled all night and took nothing! But at Thy word I will let down the nets.” And when they had done this, they enclosed a great shoal of fish; and as their nets were breaking, they beckoned to their partners in the other boat to come and help them. And they came and filled both the boats, so that they began to sink. But when Simon Peter saw it, he fell down at Jesus’ knees, saying, “Depart from me, for I am a sinful man, O Lord.” For he was astonished, and all that were with him, at the catch of fish, which they had taken; and so also were James and John, sons of Zebedee, who were partners with Simon. And Jesus said to Simon, “Do not be afraid; henceforth you will be catching men.” And when they had brought their boats to land, they left everything and followed Him.  (Luke 5:1-11)

Pray for our Catechumens-
       Please keep our catechumens Ilya Buchkin, Jeremiah Kaufmann and Scott Dorr in your prayers as they prepare 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.  To sign a petition urging the US Government and others to work for their release, go to:
  
https://www.change.org/p/president-of-the-united-states-help-release-the-kidnapped-archbishops-of-syria

Food for Thought-

“The more we go out into the world, the more we give ourselves to the world, the less we are of the world, because what is of the world does not give itself to the world.” 

+St Maria of Paris

Church Bulletin: September 10, 2017

posted Sep 10, 2017, 4:29 PM by Saint Raphael of Brooklyn Antiochian Orthodox Church

Sunday September 10, 2017- The Sunday before the Elevation of the Precious Cross

This Week's Services and Events

September 12, Tuesday
        + Office Hours, 11:00AM-3:45PM
        + 9th Hour Prayers, 3:00PM

September 13, Wednesday
        + Office Hours, 11:30AM-3:00PM
        + 9th Hour Prayers, 3:00PM
        + Vesperal Liturgy for the Elevation of the Precious Cross, 6:00PM

September 14, Thursday
        + Office Hours, 12:00PM-4:00PM
        + 9th Hour Prayers, 3:00PM
        + OCF Compline at IMU (Michigan State Rm 349)

September 15, Friday
        + Office Hours, 11:30AM-3:00PM
        + 9th Hour Prayers, 3:00PM

September 16, Saturday
        + "Know the Faith" book study, 1:00PM
        + Parish Council meeting, 2:30PM
        + Great Vespers, 5:00PM

September 17, Sunday after the Elevation of the Precious Cross
        + Matins, 8:45AM
        + Divine Liturgy, 10:00AM followed by Sunday School, Bible Study and Fellowship Hour


Upcoming Events and Announcements-  

A Note of Gratitude-
        "Dear Fr. Ignatius and members of St. Raphael Parish, 
Thank you for your support and prayers.  
Sincerely,
Kallestinov and Yarovinsky Family"

Welcome Back to Fr. Elias Khouri-
        After leading the St. Nicholas Orthodox Mission (ROCOR) for the last several years in Cedar Rapids, Fr. Elias Khouri has been received back into the Antiochian Archdiocese and is now attached to St. Raphael Church, again.  We welcome Fr. Elias and Kh. Irene back to our parish and look forward to seeing them more regularly again.

Appeal for Hurricane Harvey Victims-
        Throughout the month of September, we are collecting funds at the request of Metropolitan Joseph, which will be forwarded to victims of Hurricane Harvey.  Please make any gifts "Hurricane Appeal" and place then in one of the collection boxes, or mail to church.

Can You Help a Family in Need?-
        A family with three children has approached the church asking for help with clothing needs as the weather turns cooler.  For the older son, they are asking for men's large size sweat pants or running pants, men's large hooded sweatshirts, casual long sleeve shirts, men's large socks, men's size 10 1/2 athletic shoes and a winter coat men's large of XL. No jeans!  For the younger son, they are asking for boys 10/12 long sleeve shirts, sweat shirts, long underwear and size 12/14 winter coat and gloves and a winter.  No jeans!  For the daughter, they are asking for girls size 8  jeans, and sweat pants, socks, winter boots size 13 and a winter coat size 10/12.  She loves Minnie mouse! 
If you can help by providing any of these items in new or good used condition, please contact Fr. Ignatius to coordinate.  

A Food Team Needs Volunteers-
        The "St. Raphael" food team which brings food on the 2nd Sunday of each month is in need of some more help. If you are not on a food team, and you would like to help out by joining this group to bring food once a month for our coffee hour, please let Fr. Ignatius or Alli know.  

Bible Study: "The Biblical Odes: A Look at Nine Scriptural Songs of the Church-
        An Ode (Canticle) is a Scriptural Song not found in the Psalms.  In our liturgical tradition, there are nine passages from Holy Scripture that form the basis for the odes of the canon, which is chanted at matins.  Over five Sundays, we will explore these songs from the Bible.  We will meet September 10, 17, 24, and October 1 and 8, beginning at about 1:00PM and finishing up by 2:30PM at the latest. Bring your Bible and a friend!

Vesperal Liturgy for the Elevation of the Precious Cross-
        We will celebrate the Feast of the Elevation of the Precious Cross on September 13 at 6:00PM.  

First OCF Meeting September 14-
        Our college group, the Orthodox Christian Fellowship, will begin our weekly Thursday meetings on September 14 at 7PM at the IMU (Michigan State Rm 349).  Our schedule will likely be: home cooked dinner on 1st and 3rd Thursdays (locations vary) , and compline/meeting at IMU on 2nd and 4th Thursdays.  Bring a friend!  Open to all college age people (undergrad and grad) regardless of where or if you attend college.  

Informational Meeting for Holy Land Pilgrimage-
        On Saturday September 16, all are invited to St. George Church (3650 Cottage Grove Rd. SE, Cedar Rapids) for an informational meeting on a March 2018 Pilgrimage to the Holy Land led by Fr. Constantine Nasr.  Following vespers at 5pm, there will be a meal (no charge) and then the presentation.  Fr. Constantine will show slides from his recent trip to the Holy Land earlier this year, and talk about the upcoming trip.    

Vespers in Kalona-
        All are welcome to come to Kalona for vespers at 7:00PM on Tuesday, September 19 at the United Christian and Baptist Church at 401 E. Ave in Kalona (Hwy 22).

Ladies Group Kick-off Meeting-
        All interested women are invited to the inaugural Ladies' Group meeting at 3:00PM on Saturday, September 23 at the church.  Bring snacks to share if you would like.

40 Days For Life Prayer Campaign-
        The Johnson County Right to Life is once again spearheading local participation in a worldwide effort to provide a prayerful presence outside of facilities that murder unborn children through abortion.  The dates for thislatest effort are September 27- November 5 and the gathering place is the public sidewalk in front of the Emma Goldman Center abortion clinic at 227 N. Dubuque St.  A poster and prayer cards advertising this effort are in the narthex at church.  For more information, go to: www.40daysforlife.com/iowacity or call 319-855-8475.  If you are interested in praying on the sidewalk during this time and want some company, talk with Fr. Ignatius.  If you are not comfortable with that type of public presence, pray at home, that abortion-vulnerable women would get the help they need so that participating in the killing of their unborn children does not seem like an valid solution to their perceived problem.  Pray to end abortion.  

Volunteers for Epistle Reading-
        Although our subdeacons usually read the Epistle selection each Sunday, this opportunity is available to anyone.  Please talk with Bill, Todd or Fr. Ignatius if you would like to read the Epistle for a particular Sunday.  

Church Lending Library-
        Did you know we have a lending library?  In the new office of Fr. Ignatius (the room to the right of the top of the stairs) the church has a lending library.  The shelves can be found in the southeast corner of that room.  We operate on the honor system.  Borrow a book and return it when you are done.  

Monastery Pilgrimage-
        The Presentation of the Virgin Mary Women's Monastery and Holy Michael Archangel and All Angels Skete (Men's) are hosting a joint pilgrimage weekend at their location  in Missouri on Friday, September 15 and Saturday, September 16.  Information is posted in the narthex.

Food for All--Kalona
        Please  continue to pray for our Orthodox-style, community-style charity work. Also ask our Lord to draw people to Himself and His Church through all our programs. Visit our website at foodforallkalona.weebly.com. For more info, email me at foodforallkalona@gmail.com.  Thanks! Amy Spencer  

Bishop Anthony's Visit and Jared Johnson's Ordination to the Diaconate-
        His Grace will be with us the weekend of October 28-29.  In addition to visiting with us, he will be ordaining former St. Raphael Church member Jared Johnson as a deacon.  Save the dates and plan to be with our bishop. 

Next Sunday's Gospel Reading-
        The Lord said, “If any man would come after Me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow Me. For whoever would save his life will lose it; and whoever loses his life for My sake and the Gospel’s will save it. For what does it profit a man, to gain the whole world and forfeit his soul? For what can a man give in return for his soul? For whoever is ashamed of Me and of My words in this adulterous and sinful generation, of him will the Son of man also be ashamed, when He comes in the glory of His Father with the holy angels.” And He said to them, “Truly, I say to you, there are some standing here who will not taste death before they see the Kingdom of God come with power.” (Mark 8:34-9:1)

Pray for our Catechumens-
       Please keep our catechumens Ilya Buchkin, Jeremiah Kaufmann and Scott Dorr in your prayers as they prepare 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.  To sign a petition urging the US Government and others to work for their release, go to:
  
https://www.change.org/p/president-of-the-united-states-help-release-the-kidnapped-archbishops-of-syria

Food for Thought-

For the Church is not a barber shop, or a perfumer's shop, or any other merchant's store in the marketplace. Rather, it is a place of angels, a place of archangels, a palace of God, Heaven itself . . . For in truth, the things in this place are also a heaven. And if you do not believe this, look at this table, the altar, and call to mind for Whose sake it is set, and why. Consider Who it is Who is coming forth here; tremble with awe even before the time. When one sees the throne of an earthly king, doesn't he rise up in heart, expecting the king to come forth? And so, be thrilled with awe, even before that thrilling moment when Christ's Body and Blood are laid forth. Raise yourself up, and even before you see the veils drawn aside and the choir of angels marching in, ascend to the very Heaven itself" (St. John Chrysostom, Homily XXXVI on 1 Corinthians)

Church Bulletin: September 3, 2017

posted Sep 4, 2017, 3:39 PM by Saint Raphael of Brooklyn Antiochian Orthodox Church

Sunday September 3, 2017- The Thirteenth Sunday after Pentecost

This Week's Services and Events

September 5, Tuesday
        + Office Hours, 11:00AM-3:45PM
        + Free Lunch Program Volunteering, 11:30AM-1:00PM
        + 9th Hour Prayers, 3:00PM

September 6, Wednesday
        + Office Hours, 11:30AM-3:00PM
        + 9th Hour Prayers, 3:00PM
        + Akathist, 7:00PM

September 7, Thursday
        + Office Hours, 12:00PM-4:00PM
        + 9th Hour Prayers, 3:00PM
        + Vesperal Liturgy for the Nativity of the Theotokos, 6:00PM

September 8, Friday
        + Office Hours, 11:30AM-3:00PM
        + 9th Hour Prayers, 3:00PM

September 9, Saturday
        + Great Vespers, 5:00PM

September 10, Sunday before the Elevation of the Precious Cross
        + Matins, 8:45AM
        + Divine Liturgy, 10:00AM followed by Sunday School, Bible Study and Fellowship Hour


Upcoming Events and Announcements-  
           
Memory Eternal-
       We mourn the loss of Tatyana Pyasetskaya while rejoicing that she has found her eternal rest in Jesus Christ.  May her memory be eternal!  Our condolences go out to her family: husband Dmitry, daughter Elena, son Dmitry, son-in-law Timur and granddaughters Kristina and Veronica.

Letter from Metropolitan Joseph Regarding Hurricane Harvey-

        Beloved in Christ:

Greetings to you and your families as we prepare for the beginning of a new Church year.

We have all witnessed with a heavy heart the catastrophic destruction and massive flooding in Southeast Texas (and now Western Louisiana) as a result of Hurricane Harvey. Some of the scenes of suffering have been beyond words. I have been in constant contact with our clergy and the parishes of the area and am waiting for an assessment from them in order to help in any way we can. Although things are still unfolding, we want to be proactive in our appeal to all of you so we can respond as quickly as possible.

As people of God and the Church of Christ, we feel compelled to help our brothers and sisters in need. Therefore, I am asking every parish and mission of the archdiocese to appeal to their faithful and hold special collections throughout the month of September so that we can alleviate a little of the pain and suffering the good people of that area are enduring. Immediately after the last Sunday of September, please send your offerings to the archdiocese and put in the memo of the check "Hurricane Harvey Appeal". Once we have assessed the needs of our parishes and their faithful who have suffered losses, we will distribute your offerings to them on your behalf.

If there are funds remaining after our distributions to our parishes in need, we will forward them to IOCC (International Orthodox Christian Charities) to help with their work in that area as they are already on the ground helping all Texans on behalf of the Orthodox Church.

Please be as generous as possible so that we are able to help those in need as much as we can.

Wishing you all a blessed beginning of the new ecclesiastical year and praying that God's healing hand will touch the people who have suffered as a result of this destructive hurricane,
I remain,

Your Father in Christ,

+JOSEPH 
Archbishop of New York and Metropolitan of all North America

Expanded Office Hours and Ninth Hour Prayers-
        Fr. Ignatius has expanded his office hours to the following schedule every week.
Tuesday- 11:00AM-3:45PM
Wednesday- 11:30AM-3PM
Thursday- 12PM-4PM
Friday- 11:30AM-3PM
In addition, there will be 9th Hour Prayers at 3:00PM every Tuesday through Friday.  The church will be open during these times for you to talk with Father, make your confession, or to come in and light a candle and pray.  Occasionally, he may have to step out of the office during these times, and so emailing or calling or texting Father ahead of time if you plan to come in is suggested.  

Congratulations!-
       Congratulations to Scott Dorr upon becoming a catechumen this week.  

Sunday School Starting September 10-
         Parents, paperwork for Sunday School registration is now available in the narthex.  Pick up a copy. fill it out, and return it soon.  Please sign your children up and commit to bring them regularly for classes.  We have dedicated and talented teachers willing and ready to teach your children.  But they need to be present in order to learn about our precious faith.  Classes begin on September 10.  

New Calendars Available-
        The calendars showing services and events for September and October are printed and ready for your use.

Upcoming Bible Study: "The Biblical Odes: A Look at Nine Scriptural Songs of the Church-
        An Ode (Canticle) is a Scriptural Song not found in the Psalms.  In our liturgical tradition, there are nine passages from Holy Scripture that form the basis for the odes of the canon, which is chanted at matins.  Over five Sundays, we will explore these songs from the Bible.  We will meet September 10, 17, 24, and October 1 and 8, beginning at about 1:00PM and finishing up by 2:30PM at the latest. Bring your Bible and a friend!

Vesperal Liturgy for the Elevation of the Precious Cross-
        We will celebrate the Feast of the Elevation of the Precious Cross on September 13 at 6:00PM.  

First OCF Meeting September 14-
        Our college group, the Orthodox Christian Fellowship, will begin our weekly Thursday meetings on September 14 at 7PM at the IMU (Michigan State Rm 349).  Our schedule will likely be: home cooked dinner on 1st and 3rd Thursdays (locations vary) , and compline/meeting at IMU on 2nd and 4th Thursdays.  Bring a friend!  Open to all college age people (undergrad and grad) regardless of where or if you attend college.  

We Are on Facebook-
        If you are on Facebook, "like" St. Raphael Antiochian Orthodox Church to get various announcements and to read articles related to our faith.

Church Lending Library-
        Did you know we have a lending library?  In the new office of Fr. Ignatius (the room to the right of the top of the stairs) the church has a lending library.  The shelves can be found in the southeast corner of that room.  We operate on the honor system.  Borrow a book and return it when you are done.  

Monastery Pilgrimage-
        The Presentation of the Virgin Mary Women's Monastery and Holy Michael Archangel and All Angels Skete (Men's) are hosting a joint pilgrimage weekend at their location  in Missouri on Friday, September 15 and Saturday, September 16.  Information is posted in the narthex.

Orthodox Pilgrimage to the Holy Land, March 2018-
        Retired Antiochian Orthodox priest Fr. Constantine Nasr will be leading a ten day pilgrimage to the Holy Land in March of 2018.  Total cost from Cedar Rapids is $3190.   More information is posted in the narthex.   

Food for All--Kalona
        Please  continue to pray for our Orthodox-style, community-style charity work. Also ask our Lord to draw people to Himself and His Church through all our programs. Visit our website at foodforallkalona.weebly.com. For more info, email me at foodforallkalona@gmail.com.  Thanks! Amy Spencer  

Bishop Anthony's Visit and Jared Johnson's Ordination to the Diaconate-
        His Grace will be with us the weekend of October 28-29.  In addition to visiting with us, he will be ordaining former St. Raphael Church member Jared Johnson as a deacon.  Save the dates and plan to be with our bishop. 

Next Sunday's Gospel Reading-
        The Lord said, “No one has ascended into heaven but He who descended from heaven, the Son of man. And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, so must the Son of man be lifted up, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life. For God so loved the world that He gave His only Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life. For God sent His Son into the world, not to condemn the world, but that the world might be saved through Him.”  (John 3:13-17)

Pray for our Catechumens-
       Please keep our catechumens Ilya Buchkin, Jeremiah Kaufmann and Scott Dorr in your prayers as they prepare 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.  To sign a petition urging the US Government and others to work for their release, go to:
  
https://www.change.org/p/president-of-the-united-states-help-release-the-kidnapped-archbishops-of-syria

Food for Thought-

O Thou Creator of the whole universe, Who didst appoint times by Thine own power, bless the crown of the year with Thy goodness, O Lord. Preserve in safety Thy rulers and Thy city, through the intercessions of the Theotokos, and save us.

- Troparion of the Indiction (Church New Year)

Church Bulletin: August 27, 2017

posted Aug 27, 2017, 6:25 PM by Saint Raphael of Brooklyn Antiochian Orthodox Church

Sunday August 27, 2017- The Twelfth Sunday after Pentecost

This Week's Services and Events

August 28, Monday
        + Vesperal Liturgy for Beheading of the Forerunner, 6:00PM

August 29, Tuesday
        + Office Hours, 11:00AM-3:45PM
        + 9th Hour Prayers, 3:00PM

August 30, Wednesday
        + Office Hours, 11:30AM-3:00PM
        + 9th Hour Prayers, 3:00PM
        + Akathist, 7:00PM

August 31, Thursday
        + Office Hours, 12:00PM-4:00PM
        + 9th Hour Prayers, 3:00PM

September 1, Friday
        + Office Hours, 11:30AM-3:00PM
        + 9th Hour Prayers, 3:00PM

September 2, Saturday
        + "Know the Faith" Book Study, 3:00PM
        + Great Vespers, 5:00PM

September 3, Thirteenth Sunday after Pentecost
        + Matins, 8:45AM
        + Divine Liturgy, 10:00AM followed by Sunday School Kick-off Picnic


Upcoming Events and Announcements-             

Farewell to Anna Baynton-
        Anna Baynton will be moving to Massachusetts for college this week.  May God grant her many years!      

Vesperal Liturgy for the Beheading of the Forerunner-
        On Monday August 28, we will commemorate the Beheading of St. John the Forerunner with Vesperal Liturgy at 6:00PM.  

Expanded Office Hours and Ninth Hour Prayers-
        Beginning Tuesday, August 29, Fr. Ignatius plans to expand his office hours to the following schedule every week.
Tuesday- 11:00AM-3:45PM
Wednesday- 11:30AM-3PM
Thursday- 12PM-4PM
Friday- 11:30AM-3PM
In addition, there will be 9th Hour Prayers at 3:00PM every Tuesday through Friday.  The church will be open during these times for you to talk with Father, make your confession, or to come in and light a candle and pray.  Occasionally, he may have to step out of the office during these times, and so emailing or calling or texting Father ahead of time if you plan to come in is suggested.  

Sunday School Kick-off Picnic-
        This year, we will have a picnic during our coffee hour time following liturgy on Sunday, September 3.  There will be games and a piñata for the kids. Parents, paperwork for Sunday School registration is now available in the narthex.  Pick up a copy. fill it out, and return it soon.  Please sign your children up and commit to bring them regularly for classes.  We have dedicated and talented teachers willing and ready to teach your children.  But they need to be present in order to learn about our precious faith.  Classes begin on September 10.  

New Calendars Available-
        The calendars showing services and events for September and October are printed and ready for your use.

Upcoming Bible Study: "The Biblical Odes: A Look at Nine Scriptural Songs of the Church-
        An Ode (Canticle) is a Scriptural Song not found in the Psalms.  In our liturgical tradition, there are nine passages from Holy Scripture that form the basis for the odes of the canon, which is chanted at matins.  Over five Sundays, we will explore these songs from the Bible.  We will meet September 10, 17, 24, and October 1 and 8, beginning at about 1:00PM and finishing up by 2:30PM at the latest. Bring your Bible and a friend!

First OCF Meeting September 14-
        Our college group, the Orthodox Christian Fellowship, will begin our weekly Thursday meetings on September 14 at 7PM at the IMU (Michigan State Rm 349).  Our schedule will likely be: home cooked dinner on 1st and 3rd Thursdays (locations vary) , and compline/meeting at IMU on 2nd and 4th Thursdays.  Bring a friend!  Open to all college age people (undergrad and grad) regardless of where or if you attend college.  

Parking Reminder-
        As the school year has begun, parking becomes a lot more difficult in our neighborhood.  If you cannot find on street parking, the Chauncey Swan parking garage is located about 3 blocks to the west on College St.  Parking is free on Sundays.  

Monastery Pilgrimage-
        The Presentation of the Virgin Mary Women's Monastery and Holy Michael Archangel and All Angels Skete (Men's) are hosting a joint pilgrimage weekend at their location  in Missouri on Friday, September 15 and Saturday, September 16.  Information is posted in the narthex.

Orthodox Pilgrimage to the Holy Land, March 2018-
        Retired Antiochian Orthodox priest Fr. Constantine Nasr will be leading a ten day pilgrimage to the Holy Land in March of 2018.  Total cost from Cedar Rapids is $3190.   More information is posted in the narthex.  

Do You Shop Online?  Would You Like to a Percentage of What You Spend to Benefit the Church?-
        There is an easy program to sign up for, which allows you to designate that a certain percentage (usually 2-4%) of the cost of the items you are already buying (from thousands of vendors) gets donated both to St. Raphael Church and also to the Archdiocese's Clergy Retirement Fund.   To sign up, go to: antiochian.org/rewardsprogram.  Little flyers are available in the church narthex.  

Food for All--Kalona
        Please  continue to pray for our Orthodox-style, community-style charity work. Also ask our Lord to draw people to Himself and His Church through all our programs. Visit our website at foodforallkalona.weebly.com. For more info, email me at foodforallkalona@gmail.com.  Thanks! Amy Spencer  

Bishop Anthony's Visit and Jared Johnson's Ordination to the Diaconate-
        His Grace will be with us the weekend of October 28-29.  In addition to visiting with us, he will be ordaining former St. Raphael Church member Jared Johnson as a deacon.  Save the dates and plan to be with our bishop. 

Next Sunday's Gospel Reading-
         The Lord spoke this parable: “There was a householder who planted a vineyard, and set a hedge around it, and dug a wine press in it, and built a tower, and let it out to tenants, and went into another country. When the season of fruit drew near, he sent his servants to the tenants, to get his fruit; and the tenants took his servants and beat one, killed another, and stoned another. Again he sent other servants, more than the first; and they did the same to them. Afterward he sent his son to them, saying, ‘They will respect my son.’ But when the tenants saw the son, they said to themselves, ‘This is the heir; come, let us kill him and have his inheritance.’ And they took him and cast him out of the vineyard, and killed him. When therefore the owner of the vineyard comes, what will he do to those tenants?” They said to him, “He will put those wretches to a miserable death, and let out the vineyard to other tenants who will give him the fruits in their seasons.” Jesus said to them, “Have you never read in the Scriptures: ‘The very stone which the builders rejected has become the head of the corner; this was the Lord’s doing, and it is marvelous in our eyes?’”  (Matthew 21:33-42)

Pray for our Catechumens-
       Please keep our catechumens Ilya Buchkin  and Jeremiah Kaufmann in your prayers as they prepare 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.  To sign a petition urging the US Government and others to work for their release, go to:
  
https://www.change.org/p/president-of-the-united-states-help-release-the-kidnapped-archbishops-of-syria

Food for Thought-

For God created man for immortality and made him an image of His own eternity.

- Wisdom of Solomon 2:23

Church Bulletin: August 20, 2017

posted Aug 21, 2017, 6:50 AM by Saint Raphael of Brooklyn Antiochian Orthodox Church

Sunday August 20, 2017- The Eleventh Sunday after Pentecost

This Week's Services and Events

August 22, Tuesday
        + Office Hours, 1:15PM-2:45PM
        + 9th Hour Prayers, 3:00PM

August 23, Wednesday
        + Akathist, 7:00PM

August 26, Saturday
        + Great Vespers, 5:00PM

August 27, Twelfth Sunday after Pentecost
        + Matins, 8:45AM
        +Divine Liturgy, 10:00AM followed by Fellowship Hour


Upcoming Events and Announcements-            

Fr. Ignatius Will Be Out of Town-
        Fr. Ignatius will be visiting his parents in Wisconsin this week, Thursday- Saturday.  There will be no office hours on Thursday.  

Blessing the New School Year-
        Next Sunday, August 27 at the end of liturgy, all students (and teachers!) will have the opportunity to be prayed for, blessed and anointed with oil, asking God to bless the new school year.  

Vesperal Liturgy for the Beheading of the Forerunner-
        On Monday August 28, we will commemorate the Beheading of St. John the Forerunner with Vesperal Liturgy at 6:00PM.  

Expanded Office Hours and Ninth Hour Prayers-
        Beginning Tuesday, August 29, Fr. Ignatius plans to expand his office hours to the following schedule every week.
Tuesday- 9:30am-4pm
Wednesday- 11:30am-3pm
Thursday- 12pm-4pm
Friday- 11:30am-3pm
In addition, there will be 9th Hour Prayers at 3:00PM every Tuesday through Friday.  The church will be open during these times for you to talk with Father, make your confession, or to come in and light a candle and pray.  Occasionally, he may have to step out of the office during these times, and so emailing or calling or texting Father ahead of time if you plan to come in is suggested.  

Assembly of Bishops Statement on Charlottesville and Race-
        Through the Assembly of the Canonical Orthodox Bishops of the United States, all of our bishops, across jurisdictional lines, remind us that racism, which is a heresy, has no place in the life of a Christian and they urge us to seek peace and pray for reconciliation.  You can read the statement at: http://www.assemblyofbishops.org/news/2017/response-to-racist-violence-charlottesville-va

Sunday School Kick-off Picnic-
        This year, we will have a picnic during our coffee hour time following liturgy on Sunday, September 3.  There will be games and a piñata for the kids.  Parents, paperwork for Sunday School registration is now available in the narthex.  Pick up a copy. fill it out, and return it soon.  Please sign your children up and commit to bring them regularly for classes.  We have dedicated and talented teachers willing and ready to teach your children.  But they need to be present in order to learn about our precious faith.  Classes begin on September 10.  

Upcoming Bible Study: "The Biblical Odes: A Look at Nine Scriptural Songs of the Church-
        An Ode (Canticle) is a Scriptural Song not found in the Psalms.  In our liturgical tradition, there are nine passages from Holy Scripture that form the basis for the odes of the canon, which is chanted at matins.  Over five Sundays, we will explore these songs from the Bible.  We will meet September 10, 17, 24, and October 1 and 8, beginning at about 1:00PM and finishing up by 2:30PM at the latest.  Bring your Bible and a friend!

Monastery Pilgrimage-
        The Presentation of the Virgin Mary Women's Monastery and Holy Michael Archangel and All Angels Skete (Men's) are hosting a joint pilgrimage weekend at their location  in Missouri on Friday, September 15 and Saturday, September 16.  Information is posted in the narthex.

Orthodox Pilgrimage to the Holy Land, March 2018-
        Retired Antiochian Orthodox priest Fr. Constantine Nasr will be leading a ten day pilgrimage to the Holy Land in March of 2018.  Total cost from Cedar Rapids is $3190.   More information is posted in the narthex.  

Do You Shop Online?  Would You Like to a Percentage of What You Spend to Benefit the Church?-
        There is an easy program to sign up for, which allows you to designate that a certain percentage (usually 2-4%) of the cost of the items you are already buying (from thousands of vendors) gets donated both to St. Raphael Church and also to the Archdiocese's Clergy Retirement Fund.   To sign up, go to: antiochian.org/rewardsprogram.  Little flyers are available in the church narthex.  

Food for All--Kalona
        Please  continue to pray for our Orthodox-style, community-style charity work. Also ask our Lord to draw people to Himself and His Church through all our programs. Visit our website at foodforallkalona.weebly.com. For more info, email me at foodforallkalona@gmail.com.  Thanks! Amy Spencer  

Bishop Anthony's Visit and Jared Johnson's Ordination to the Diaconate-
        His Grace will be with us the weekend of October 28-29.  In addition to visiting with us, he will be ordaining former St. Raphael Church member Jared Johnson as a deacon.  Save the dates and plan to be with our bishop. 

Next Sunday's Gospel Reading-
        At that time, a young man came up to Jesus, kneeling and saying, Good Teacher, what good deed must I do, to have eternal life?” And He said to him, Why do you call Me good? No one is good but One, that is, God. If you would enter life, keep the commandments.” He said to Him, Which?” And Jesus said, “You shall not kill, you shall not commit adultery, you shall not steal, you shall not bear false witness, honor your father and mother, and you shall love your neighbor as yourself.” The young man said to Him, All these I have observed; what do I still lack?” Jesus said to him, If you would be perfect, go, sell what you possess and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, follow me.” When the young man heard this, he went away sorrowful; for he had great possessions. And Jesus said to his disciples, Truly, I say to you, it will be hard for a rich man to enter the Kingdom of Heaven. Again I tell you, it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God.” When the disciples heard this they were greatly astonished, saying, Who then can be saved?” But Jesus looked at them and said to them, With men this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.”  (Matthew 19:16-26) 

 Pray for our Catechumens-
       Please keep our catechumens Ilya Buchkin  and Jeremiah Kaufmann in your prayers as they prepare 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.  To sign a petition urging the US Government and others to work for their release, go to:
  
https://www.change.org/p/president-of-the-united-states-help-release-the-kidnapped-archbishops-of-syria

Food for Thought-

 But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far off have been brought near by the blood of Christ.  For He Himself is our peace, who has made both one, and has broken down the middle wall of separation, having abolished in His flesh the enmity, that is, the law of commandments contained in ordinances, so as to create in Himself one new man from the two, thus making peace, and that He might reconcile them both to God in one body through the cross, thereby putting to death the enmity.  And He came and preached peace to you who were afar off and to those who were near.  For through Him we both have access by one Spirit to the Father. 

Ephesians 2:13-18

Church Bulletin: August 13, 2017

posted Aug 14, 2017, 7:58 AM by Saint Raphael of Brooklyn Antiochian Orthodox Church

Sunday August 13, 2017- The Tenth Sunday after Pentecost

This Week's Services and Events

August 14, Monday
        + Vesperal Liturgy for Dormition, 6:00PM

August 15, Tuesday
        + Office Hours, 1:15PM-2:45PM
        + 9th Hour Prayers, 3:00PM

August 16, Wednesday
        + Akathist, 7:00PM

August 19, Saturday
        + Book Group Discussion, "Know the Faith", 1:00PM
        + Parish Council Meeting, 3:00PM
        + Great Vespers, 5:00PM

August 20, Eleventh Sunday after Pentecost
        + Matins, 8:45AM
        +Divine Liturgy, 10:00AM followed by Fellowship Hour


Upcoming Events and Announcements-            

Thank Yous-
        Thank you to all those who helped with our Yard/Book/Bake Sale yesterday.  Many people donated books and other items for sale.  Several people helped with set-up and take down.  Others helped by staffing the sale.  Thank you especially to Amy Spencer for organizing it and being the driving force behind it.  We met many of our neighbors and got rid of a lot of stuff!
        Thank you to Irakliy, Luka and Newman and those who helped them with the painting, carpet removal and installation of updated flooring in what will become Father's office and the church library and meeting room.          

Camp St. George is This Week-
        Please pray for all campers and staff at Camp St.George this week.  We have six campers from our parish attending, and Lizzy Valentine and Fr. Ignatius will be on staff.  

Vesperal Liturgy for Dormition-
        We conclude the Dormition fast with Vesperal Liturgy for the Dormition at 6:00PM on August 14. 

Thoughts for the Dormition, Parallels Between Eve and the Theotokos (The New Eve)-
        Eve listened to the voice of the serpent, Satan       Mary listened to the voice of God
        Eve used her own will to seek after knowledge      Mary submitted to God's will and welcomed in the Wisdom of God
        Eve's flesh was taken from Adam                           Mary gave her flesh to the Son of God
        Eve brought corruption and death into the world    Mary brought salvation and life into the world
        Eve's disobedience led to living death                    Mary's obedience led to death-defying life
        Eve's body went to the grave, her soul to Hades    Mary's body and soul were taken to heaven
        Eve's body decayed in the earth                             Mary's body experienced no corruption

        Adapted from "Heaven Meets Earth: Celebrating Pascha and the Twelve Feasts" by John Kosmas Skinas

Vesperal Liturgy for the Beheading of the Forerunner-
        On Monday August 28, we will commemorate the Beheading of St. John the Forerunner with Vesperal Liturgy at 6:00PM.  

Sunday School Kick-off Picnic-
        This year, we will have a picnic during our coffee hour time following liturgy on Sunday, September 3.  There will be games and a piñata for the kids.  Parents, paperwork for Sunday School registration will be distributed soon.  Please sign your children up and commit to bring them regularly for classes.  We have dedicated and talented teachers willing and ready to teach your children.  But they need to be present in order to learn about our precious faith.  Classes begin on September 10.  

Monastery Pilgrimage-
        The Presentation of the Virgin Mary Women's Monastery and Holy Michael Archangel and All Angels Skete (Men's) are hosting a joint pilgrimage weekend at their combined campus  in Northwestern Missouri on Friday, September 15 and Saturday, September 16.  Information is posted in the narthex.

Orthodox Pilgrimage to the Holy Land, March 2018-
        Retired Antiochian Orthodox priest Fr. Constantine Nasr will be leading a ten day pilgrimage to the Holy Land in March of 2018.  Total cost from Cedar Rapids is $3190.   More information is posted in the narthex.  

Upcoming Bible Study: "The Biblical Odes: A Look at Nine Scriptural Songs of the Church-
        An Ode (Canticle) is a Scriptural Song not found in the Psalms.  In our liturgical tradition, there are nine passages from Holy Scripture that form the basis for the odes of the canon, which is chanted at matins.  Over five Sundays, we will explore these songs from the Bible.  We will meet September 10, 17, 24, and October 1 and 8, beginning at about 1:00PM and finishing up by 2:30PM at the latest.  Attached is a poster advertising the series.  Bring your Bible and a friend!

Do You Shop Online?  Would You Like to a Percentage of What You Spend to Benefit the Church?-
        There is an easy program to sign up for, which allows you to designate that a certain percentage (usually 2-4%) of the cost of the items you are already buying (from thousands of vendors) gets donated both to St. Raphael Church and also to the Archdiocese's Clergy Retirement Fund.   To sign up, go to: antiochian.org/rewardsprogram.  Little flyers are available in the church narthex.  

Food for All--Kalona
        Please  continue to pray for our Orthodox-style, community-style charity work. Also ask our Lord to draw people to Himself and His Church through all our programs. Visit our website at foodforallkalona.weebly.com. For more info, email me at foodforallkalona@gmail.com.  Thanks! Amy Spencer  

Bishop Anthony's Visit and Jared Johnson's Ordination to the Diaconate-
        His Grace will be with us the weekend of October 28-29.  In addition to visiting with us, he will be ordaining former St. Raphael Church member Jared Johnson as a deacon.  Save the dates and plan to be with our bishop. 

Next Sunday's Gospel Reading-
        The Lord spoke this parable: “The kingdom of heaven may be compared to a king who wished to settle accounts with his servants. When he began the reckoning, one was brought to him who owed him ten thousand talents; and as he could not pay, his lord ordered him to be sold, with his wife and children and all that he had, and payment to be made. So the servant fell on his knees,imploring him, ‘Lord, have patience with me, and I will pay you everything.’ And out of pity for him the lord of that servant released him and forgave him the debt. But that same servant, as he went out, came upon one of his fellow servants who owed him a hundred denarii; and seizing him by the throat he said, ‘Pay what you owe.’ So his fellow servant fell down and besought him, ‘Have patience with me, and I will pay you.’ He refused and went and put him in prison until he should pay the debt. When his fellow servants saw what had taken place, they were greatly distressed, and they went and reported to their lord all that had taken place. Then his lord summoned him and said to him, ‘You wicked servant! I forgave you all that debt because you besought me; and should not you have had mercy on your fellow servant, as I had mercy on you?’ And in anger his lord delivered him to the jailers, until he should pay all his debt. So also My heavenly Father will do to every one of you, if you do not forgive your brother from your heart.” (Matthew 18:23-35)

 Pray for our Catechumens-
       Please keep our catechumens Ilya Buchkin  and Jeremiah Kaufmann in your prayers as they prepare 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.  To sign a petition urging the US Government and others to work for their release, go to:
  
https://www.change.org/p/president-of-the-united-states-help-release-the-kidnapped-archbishops-of-syria

Food for Thought-

In thy birth-giving, O Theotokos, thou didst keep and preserve virginity; and in thy falling-asleep thou hast not forsaken the world; for thou wast translated into life, being the Mother of Life. Wherefore, by thine intercessions, deliver our souls from death. 

-Troparion of the Dormition

Church Bulletin: August 6, 2017

posted Aug 7, 2017, 9:36 AM by Saint Raphael of Brooklyn Antiochian Orthodox Church

Sunday August 6, 2017- The Transfiguration of the Lord

This Week's Services and Events

August 7, Monday
        + Paraklesis, 7:00PM

August 8, Tuesday
        + Office Hours, 1:15PM-2:45PM
        + 9th Hour Prayers, 3:00PM

August 9, Wednesday
        + Paraklesis, 7:00PM

August 10, Thursday
        + Office Hours, 1:15PM-2:45PM

August 11, Friday
        + Paraklesis, 7:00PM

August 12, Saturday
        + Parish Yard Sale, 8:00AM-4:00PM
        + Great Vespers, 5:00PM

August 13, Tenth Sunday after Pentecost
        + Matins, 8:45AM
        +Divine Liturgy, 10:00AM followed by Fellowship Hour


Upcoming Events and Announcements-            

Congratulations!-
        Congratulations to Irakli and Rachelle Naridze on the baptism of their daughter Sophia yesterday.  May God grant her many years!

Refrigerator Needed-
        Last week, our refrigerator suddenly died.  We want to purchase a replacement as soon as possible.  We have received some money as a gift toward the purchase of a new one.  If you would like to contribute toward this goal, please contact Becky Morey, our treasurer.

The Dormition Fast-
        August 1-14 is the time of preparation known as the Dormition Fast, during which we anticipate the Feast of the Dormition of the Theotokos on August 15.  We abstain from meat, eggs and dairy during these two weeks.  In addition, we pray the Paraklesis (a service of consolation for the living) several times.  This year, we will pray the Paraklesis on August 2, 4, 7, 9, 11, all at 7:00PM.  We conclude this fast with Vesperal Liturgy for the Dormition at 6:00PM on August 14. 

Do You Shop Online?  Would You Like to a Percentage of What You Spend to Benefit the Church?-
        There is an easy program to sign up for, which allows you to designate that a certain percentage (usually 2-4%) of the cost of the items you are already buying (from thousands of vendors) gets donated both to St. Raphael Church and also to the Archdiocese's Clergy Retirement Fund.   To sign up, go to: antiochian.org/rewardsprogram.  Little flyers are available in the church narthex.  

Food for All--Kalona
        Please  continue to pray for our Orthodox-style, community-style charity work. Also ask our Lord to draw people to Himself and His Church through all our programs. Visit our website at foodforallkalona.weebly.com. For more info, email me at foodforallkalona@gmail.com.  Thanks! Amy Spencer  

Bishop Anthony's Visit and Jared Johnson's Ordination to the Diaconate-
        His Grace will be with us the weekend of October 28-29.  In addition to visiting with us, he will be ordaining former St. Raphael Church member Jared Johnson as a deacon.  Save the dates and plan to be with our bishop. 

Next Sunday's Gospel Reading-
        At that time, a man came up to Jesus and kneeling before Him said, “Lord, have mercy on my son, for he is an epileptic and he suffers terribly; for often he falls into the fire, and often into the water. And I brought him to Thy disciples, and they could not heal him.” And Jesus answered, “O faithless and perverse generation, how long am I to be with you? How long am I to bear with you? Bring him here to me.” And Jesus rebuked him, and the demon came out of him, and the boy was cured instantly. Then the disciples came to Jesus privately and said, “Why could we not cast it out?” Jesus said to them, “Because you have no faith. For truly, I say to you, if you have faith as a grain of mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move; and nothing will be impossible to you. This kind never comes out except by prayer and fasting.” As they were traveling together through Galilee, Jesus said to them, “The Son of man is to be delivered into the hands of men, and they will kill Him, and He will rise on the third day.”  (Matthew 17:14-23)
 
 Pray for our Catechumens-
       Please keep our catechumens Ilya Buchkin  and Jeremiah Kaufmann in your prayers as they prepare 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.  To sign a petition urging the US Government and others to work for their release, go to:
  
https://www.change.org/p/president-of-the-united-states-help-release-the-kidnapped-archbishops-of-syria

Food for Thought-

The facts themselves bear witness and his divine acts of power teach those who doubt that he is true God, and his sufferings show that he is true man. And if those who are feeble in understanding are not fully assured, they will pay the penalty on his dread day.

If he was not flesh, why was Mary introduced at all? And if he was not God, whom was Gabriel calling Lord?

If he was not flesh, who was lying in the manger? And if he was not God, whom did the Angels come down and glorify?

If he was not flesh, who was wrapped in swaddling clothes? And if he was not God, whom did the shepherds worship?

If he was not flesh, whom did Joseph circumcise? And if he was not God, in whose honour did the star speed through the heavens?

If he was not flesh, whom did Mary suckle? And if he was not God, to whom did the Magi offer gifts?

If he was not flesh, whom did Symeon carry in his arms? And if he was not God, to whom did he say, “Let me depart in peace”?

If he was not flesh, whom did Joseph take and flee into Egypt? And if he was not God, in whom were words “Out of Egypt I have called my Son” fulfilled?

If he was not flesh, whom did John baptise? And if he was not God, to whom did the Father from heaven say, “This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well-pleased”?

If he was not flesh, who fasted and hungered in the desert? And if he was not God, whom did the Angels come down and serve?

If he was not flesh, who was invited to the wedding in Cana of Galilee? And if he was not God, who turned the water into wine?

If he was not flesh, in whose hands were the loaves? And if he was not God, who satisfied crowds and thousands in the desert, not counting women and children, from five loaves and two fishes?

If he was not flesh, who fell asleep in the boat? And if he was not God, who rebuked the winds and the sea?

If he was not flesh, with whom did Simon the Pharisee eat? And if he was not God, who pardoned the offences of the sinful woman?

If he was not flesh, who sat by the well, worn out by the journey? And if he was not God, who gave living water to the woman of Samaria and reprehended her because she had had five husbands?

If he was not flesh, who wore human garments? And if he was not God, who did acts of power and wonders?

If he was not flesh, who spat on the ground and made clay? And if he was not God, who through the clay compelled the eyes to see?

If he was not flesh, who wept at Lazarus’ grave? And if he was not God, who by his command brought out one four days dead?

If he was not flesh, who sat on the foal? And if he was not God, whom did the crowds go out to meet with glory?

If he was not flesh, whom did the Jews arrest? And if he was not God, who gave an order to the earth and threw them onto their faces.

If he was not flesh, who was struck with a blow? And if he was not God, who cured the ear that had been cut off by Peter and restored it to its place?

If he was not flesh, who received spittings on his face? And if he was not God, who breathed the Holy Spirit into the faces of his Apostles?

If he was not flesh, who stood before Pilate at the judgement seat? And if he was not God, who made Pilate’s wife afraid by a dream?

If he was not flesh, whose garments did the soldiers strip off and divide? And if he was not God, how was the sun darkened at the cross?

If he was not flesh, who was hung on the cross? And if he was not God, who shook the earth from its foundations?

If he was not flesh, whose hands and feet were transfixed by nails? And if he was not God, how was the veil of the temple rent, the rocks broken and the graves opened?

If he was not flesh, who cried out, “My God, my God, why have you abandoned me”? And if he was not God, who said “Father, forgive them”?

If he was not flesh, who was hung on a cross with the thieves? And if he was not God, how did he say to the thief, “Today you will be with me in Paradise”?

If he was not flesh, to whom did they offer vinegar and gall? And if he was not God, on hearing whose voice did Hades tremble?

If he was not flesh, whose side did the lance pierce, and blood and water came out?And if he was not God, who smashed to gates of Hades and tear apart it bonds? And at whose command did the imprisoned dead come out?

If he was not flesh, whom did the Apostles see in the upper room? And if he was not God, how did he enter when the doors were shut?

If he was not flesh, the marks of the nails and the lance in whose hands and side did Thomas handle? And if he was not God, to whom did he cry out, “My Lord and my God”?

If he was not flesh, who ate by the sea of Tiberias? And if he was not God, at whose command was the net filled?

If he was not flesh, whom did the Apostles and Angels see being taken up into heaven? And if he was not God, to whom was heaven opened, whom did the Powers worship in fear and whom did the Father invite to “Sit at my right hand”. As David said, “The Lord said to my Lord, sit at my right hand, etc.”

If he was not God and man, our salvation is a lie, and the words of the Prophets are lies.  But the Prophets spoke the truth, and their testimonies were not lies. The Holy Spirit spoke through them what they had been commanded.

+ St. Ephrem the Syrian, Excerpt from the Sermon on Transfiguration

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