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Church Bulletin: January 21, 2018

posted Jan 23, 2018, 10:41 AM by Saint Raphael of Brooklyn Antiochian Orthodox Church

Sunday January 21, 2018- Zacchaeus Sunday

This Week's Services and Events

January 23, Tuesday
        + Office Hours, 11:30AM-4:00PM
        + 9th Hour Prayers, 3:00PM

January 24, Wednesday
        + Office Hours, 11:30AM-3:00PM
        + 9th Hour Prayers, 3:00PM
        + Akathist, 7:00PM

January 25, Thursday
        + Office Hours, 12:00PM-4:00PM
        + 9th Hour Prayers, 3:00PM

January 26, Friday
        + Office Hours, 11:30AM-3:00PM
        + 9th Hour Prayers, 3:00PM
        + Vesperal Liturgy for St. Nina, 6:00PM

January 27, Saturday
        + Ss. Mary and Martha Women's Group, 3:00PM
        + Great Vespers, 5:00PM

January 28, Sunday of the Prodigal Son
        + Matins, 8:45AM
        + Divine Liturgy, 10:00AM followed by Fellowship Hour and Sunday School


Upcoming Events and Announcements-   

House Blessing Season-
        Fr. Ignatius is available to bless your home until February 17.  Father wants to come to your house, even if he came last year.  Meals or refreshments are not expected or necessary (but they will not be refused!)  If you haven't been contacted by him yet, contact him to set up a day and time for him to come.  

New Website-
        Our new website is now available!  Find it at www.raphaelchurch.org  Share it with your friends.  We are still working on having our old URL forward to our new page.  Thank you to Amy Spencer for all the hard work in developing this great looking site.

Good Words on the Sanctity of Life-
        As some Orthodox Christians were marching with many others in opposition to abortion this weekend, these words from Metropolitan Tikhon are worth pondering.  https://oca.org/holy-synod/statements/his-beatitude-metropolitan-tikhon/sanctity-of-life-sunday-2018

Food Pantry-
        Our food pantry will be open for a time on the third Saturday of each month. You can donate non-perishable items (food that doesn't need to be refrigerated) in the white box under the table in the narthex (church entry). Monetary donations are also welcome. Commonly needed items are ...
  • cereal and oatmeal
  • canned veggies, fruit, beans, etc.
  • nut butters, jellies, spreads
  • sauces, such as spaghetti
  • rice and pasta
  • boxed dinners (such as RiceARoni, Hamburger/Tuna Helper)
  • crackers
  • toiletries
  • canned fish and other meats
  • diapers and infant formula
  • whatever you eat that others might like to eat too
PLEASE DON'T bring dented cans or food past its expiration date.

Interested in helping hands-on? Talk to Subdeacon Anthony (Bill, edit@kctc.net) or Father. We're looking for someone to volunteer to provide coffee and donuts for our guests as well as someone to work with Table to Table and other food donors.

Liturgy for St. Nina, Enlightener of Georgia-
        We will celebrate Vesperal Liturgy for St. Nina of Georgia at 6:00PM on Friday January 26.

Ss. Mary and Martha Women's Group-
        Our women's group meets at 3:00PM on January 27.

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: “Two men went up into the temple to pray, one a Pharisee and the other a tax collector. The Pharisee stood and prayed thus with himself, ‘God, I thank Thee that I am not like other men, extortionists, unjust, adulterers, or even like this tax collector. I fast twice a week; I give tithes of all that I get.’ But the tax collector, standing far off, would not even lift up his eyes to Heaven, but beat his breast, saying, ‘God, be merciful to me a sinner!’ I tell you, this man went down to his house justified rather than the other; for everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, but he who humbles himself will be exalted.”  (Luke 18:10-14)

   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-

“The candles lit before icons of saints reflect their ardent love for God for Whose sake they gave up everything that man prizes in life, including their very lives, as did the holy apostles, martyrs and others. These candles also mean that these saints are lamps burning for us and providing light for us by their own saintly living, their virtues and their ardent intercession for us before God through their constant prayers by day and night. The burning candles also stand for our ardent zeal and the sincere sacrifice we make out of reverence and gratitude to them for their solicitude on our behalf before God.”

+ St. John of Kronstadt

Church Bulletin: January 7, 2018

posted Jan 7, 2018, 5:07 PM by Saint Raphael of Brooklyn Antiochian Orthodox Church

Sunday January 7, 2018- Synaxis of the Holy Prophet, Forerunner and Baptist John

This Week's Services and Events

January 10, Wednesday
        + Akathist, 7:00PM

January 13, Saturday
        + Great Vespers, 5:00PM

January 14, Sunday after the Theophany of Christ
        + Matins, 8:45AM
        + Divine Liturgy, 10:00AM followed by Fellowship Hour and Sunday School


Upcoming Events and Announcements-   

Fr. Ignatius Traveling-
        Fr. Ignatius will be out of town from Tuesday, January 9 until Monday, January 15.  He will be reachable by phone during this time (319-400-7522).  If you have an emergency and you need a priest during this time, contact Fr. Elias Khouri at 319-329-2562.  Fr. Elias will be serving liturgy on January 14.

Epistle Reading Sign-up Sheet-
        Anybody is welcome to sign-up to read an Epistle reading on a Sunday: men, women and children.  A sign-up sheet for the whole year is posted at the top of the stairs.  If you are interested and want to know how to do it, talk with Subdeacons Panteleimon or Anthony (Todd and Bill) or Fr. Ignatius.  Readers of others languages (than English) are welcome too!  

House Blessing Season-
        Fr. Ignatius will be available to bless your home from January 16-February 17.  Father wants to come to your house, even if he came last year.  Meals or refreshments are not expected or necessary (but they will not be refused!)  If you haven't been contacted by him yet, contact him to set up a day and time for him to come.  

Food Pantry-
        The first date for our church food pantry is Saturday, Jan. 20, from 11:00 to 12:30. You can donate non-perishable items (food that doesn't need to be refrigerated) in the white box under the table in the narthex (church entry). Monetary donations are also welcome. Commonly needed items are ...
  • cereal and oatmeal
  • canned veggies, fruit, beans, etc.
  • nut butters, jellies, spreads
  • sauces, such as spaghetti
  • rice and pasta
  • boxed dinners (such as RiceARoni, Hamburger/Tuna Helper)
  • crackers
  • toiletries
  • canned fish and other meats
  • diapers and infant formula
  • whatever you eat that others might like to eat too
PLEASE DON'T bring dented cans or food past its expiration date.

Interested in helping hands-on? Talk to Subdeacon Anthony (Bill, edit@kctc.net) or Father. We're looking for someone to volunteer to provide coffee and donuts for our guests as well as someone to work with Table to Table and other food donors.

Do You Shop at Amazon.com?-
        If you make purchases on Amazon.com, there is a simple and easy way to benefit the church while doing so.  If you go to Amazon's companion site, smile.amazon.com, you will find all of the same items for purchase (at the same prices) as are found on the main site.  Once you sign in, you will be asked what charity you would like to benefit.  Enter "St. Raphael of Brooklyn Orthodox Christian Mission" and 0.5% of qualifying purchases will be given back to the church.  It's that simple.  

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, when Jesus heard that John had been arrested, he withdrew into Galilee; and leaving Nazareth he went and dwelt in Capernaum by the sea, in the territory of Zebulon and Naphtali, so that what was spoken by the prophet Isaiah might be fulfilled: “The land of Zebulon and the land of Naphtali, toward the sea, across the Jordan, Galilee of the Gentiles—the people who sat in darkness have seen a great light, and for those who sat in the region and shadow of death light has dawned.” From that time Jesus began to preach, saying, “Repent, for the kingdom of Heaven is at hand.”  (Matthew 4:12-17)

   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-

Today the grace of the Holy Spirit hath descended on the waters in the likeness of a dove. Today hath shone the Sun that setteth not, and the world is lighted by the light of the Lord. Today the moon shineth with the world in its radiating beams. Today the shining stars adorn the universe with the splendor of their radiance. Today the clouds from heaven moisten mankind with showers of justice. Today the Uncreated accepteth of His own will the laying on of hands by His own creation. Today the Prophet and Forerunner draweth nigh to the Master but halteth with trembling when he witnesseth the condescension of our God toward us. Today the waters of the Jordan are changed to healing by the presence of the Lord. Today the whole creation is watered by mystical streams. Today the stumblings of mankind are blotted out by the waters of the Jordan. Today hath paradise been opened to mankind, and the Sun of righteousness hath shone for us. Today the bitter water is changed by Moses to sweetness for the people at the presence of the Lord. Today are we delivered from the ancient mourning, and like a new Israel we have been saved. Today we have escaped from darkness and, by the light of the knowledge of God, we have been illuminated. Today the darkness of the world vanisheth with the appearance of our God. Today the whole creation is lighted from on high. Today is error annulled, and the coming of the Master prepareth for us a way of salvation. Today the celestials celebrate with the terrestrials, and the terrestrials commune with the celestials. Today the assembly of noble and great-voiced Orthodox rejoiceth. Today the Master cometh to baptism to elevate mankind above. Today the Unbowable boweth to his servant to deliver us from slavery. Today we have bought the kingdom of heaven, for the kingdom of heaven hath no end. Today the land and the sea have divided between them the joy of the world, and the world hath been filled with rejoicing.

- Excerpt from a Prayer during the Great Blessing of the Water

Church Bulletin: December 31, 2017

posted Jan 1, 2018, 8:48 AM by Saint Raphael of Brooklyn Antiochian Orthodox Church

Sunday December 31, 2017- Sunday before the Theophany of Christ

This Week's Services and Events

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

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

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

January 5, Friday
        + Royal Hours of Theophany, 9:00AM
        + Festal Matins of Theophany, 4:45PM
        + Liturgy of Theophany with Blessing of Water, 6:00PM

January 6, Saturday
        + Pan-Orthodox Outdoor Blessing of Water, 4:00PM
        + Great Vespers followed by Potluck Supper, 5:00PM

January 7, Sunday after the Theophany of Christ
        + Matins, 8:45AM
        + Divine Liturgy, 10:00AM followed by Fellowship Hour and Sunday School


Upcoming Events and Announcements-   

January/February Calendars Available-
        Calendars showing services and other events for the months on January and February are printed and now available at church.

Feasting After Fasting-
        We fasted for forty days to prepare for the celebration of the Nativity of Christ.  And now, we feast.  From December 25 through January 4, there are no fasting restrictions.  Let us be thankful to God for good food and for friends and family to share it with!

No Office Hours on Friday-
        Fr. Ignatius will not be holding office hours on Friday, January 5.

Theophany-
        We will have Royal Hours at 9:00AM on Friday, January 5.  Later that day, at 4:45, we will have festal matins followed by Liturgy with Blessing of the Water (indoors) at 6:00PM.  On Saturday, January 6 at 4:00PM, we are hosting pan-Orthodox vespers at the pedestrian bridge spanning the Iowa River near Iowa River Power Restaurant on 1st Avenue in Coralville.  Vespers will follow at St. Raphael Church at 5:00PM.  We will be hosting a potluck dinner following vespers, for our visiting guests from other parishes.   A sign-up sheet is posted in the narthex.

Epistle Reading Sign-up Sheet-
        Anybody is welcome to sign-up to read an Epistle reading on a Sunday, men, women and children.  A sign-up sheet for the whole year is posted at the top of the stairs.  If you are interested and want to know how to do it, talk with Subdeacons Panteleimon or Anthony (Todd and Bill) or Fr. Ignatius.  Readers of others languages (than English) are welcome too!  

House Blessing Season-
        The 2018 House Blessing season will be short due to Father's travels early in January and an early start of Lent.  Fr. Ignatius will be available to bless your home from January 16-February 17.  Father wants to come to your house, even if he came last year.  Meals or refreshments are not expected or necessary (but will they be refused!)  Contact him to set up a day and time for him to come.  

2018 Annual Calendars Available-
        The yearly calendar which shows daily saints commemorated, daily Scripture readings, festal celebrations and fasting days and seasons, is available in the narthex at church.  Take one or more home with you. 

Do You Shop at Amazon.com?-
        If you make purchases on Amazon.com, there is a simple and easy way to benefit the church while doing so.  If you go to Amazon's companion site, smile.amazon.com, you will find all of the same items for purchase (at the same prices) as are found on the main site.  Once you sign in, you will be asked what charity you would like to benefit.  Enter "St. Raphael of Brooklyn Orthodox Christian Mission" and 0.5% of qualifying purchases will be given back to the church.  It's that simple.  

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, John saw Jesus coming toward him, and said, “Behold, the Lamb of God, Who takes away the sin of the world! This is He of Whom I said, ‘After me comes a man Who ranks before me, for He was before me.’ I myself did not know Him; but for this I came baptizing with water, that He might be revealed to Israel.” And John bore witness, “I saw the Spirit descend as a dove from heaven, and it remained on Him. I myself did not know Him; but He Who sent me to baptize with water said to me, ‘He on Whom you see the Spirit descend and remain, this is He Who baptizes with the Holy Spirit.’ And I have seen and have borne witness that this is the Son of God.” (John 1:29-34) 

   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-

Today is born of the Virgin, Him Who holdeth all creation in the hollow of His hand.
He Whose essence is untouchable is wrapped in swaddling clothes as a babe.
The God Who from of old established the heavens, lieth in a manger.
He Who showered the people with manna in the wilderness feedeth on milk from His mother's breasts.
And the bridegroom of the Church calleth the Magi, and the Son of the Virgin accepteth gifts from them.
We worship Thy Nativity, O Christ. 
We worship Thy Nativity, O Christ.
We worship Thy Nativity, O Christ.
Show us also Thy divine Theophany!

Doxastikon of the 9th Hour of the Royal Hours of Nativity

Church Bulletin: December 24, 2017

posted Dec 26, 2017, 6:17 AM by Saint Raphael of Brooklyn Antiochian Orthodox Church

Sunday December 24, 2017- Sunday before the Nativity of Christ

This Week's Services and Events

December 24, Sunday
        + Christmas Eve Vespers, 6:00PM

December 25, Monday
        + Festal Matins, 8:30AM
        + Nativity Liturgy, 10:00AM

December 26, Tuesday
        + Office Hours, 11:30AM-3:45PM
        + 9th Hour Prayers, 3:00PM

December 27, Wednesday
        + Office Hours, 11:30AM-3:00PM
        + 9th Hour Prayers, 3:00PM
        + Akathist, 7:00PM

December 28, Thursday
        + Office Hours, 12:00PM-4:00PM
        + 9th Hour Prayers, 3:00PM

December 29, Friday
        + Office Hours, 11:30AM-3:00PM
        + 9th Hour Prayers, 3:00PM

December 30, Saturday
        + Great Vespers followed by Lives of the Apostles, 5:00PM

December 31, Sunday after the Theophany of Christ
        + Matins, 8:45AM
        + Divine Liturgy, 10:00AM followed by Fellowship Hour
        + "Sunday Dinner" in Kalona, 5:30PM


Upcoming Events and Announcements-  

Sunday School Christmas Break-
         There will be no Sunday School classes on December 31.   

Feasting After Fasting-
        We have fasted for forty days to prepare for the celebration of the Nativity of Christ.  And now, we feast.  From December 25 through January 4, there are no fasting restrictions.  Let us be thankful to God for good food and for friends and family to share it with!

Potluck After Liturgy on December 31st-
        Next Sunday is the fifth Sunday of the month.  That means there is no assigned food team to provide food to share after Liturgy.  Please plan to bring something to share.  We will not be fasting!

What Are You Doing On New Year's Eve?-
        St. Raphael folks are invited to a Kalona Sunday Supper on New Year's Eve, sponsored by Lori Branch's siblings and our church. Come to Kalona Methodist (302 4th Street) at 4:00 to volunteer or at 5:30 to eat. The tentative menu is pork loin, baked yams, salad, dessert, and other fine fixin's--topped off with festivities including games, a possible piñata, and sparkling drink. As always, the supper will be free or by donation. 
Sunday Suppers are twice-monthly events hosted by Food for All, an Orthodox-inspired food charity organized by Amy Spencer. 

Looking Ahead to Theophany-
        After Nativity, the next major church feast is Theophany, the celebration of the baptism of the Lord.  We will have Royal Hours at 9:00AM on Friday, January 5.  Later that day, at 4:45, we will have festal matins followed by Liturgy with Blessing of the Water (indoors) at 6:00PM.  On Saturday, January 6 at 4:00PM, we are hosting pan-Orthodox vespers at the pedestrian bridge spanning the Iowa River near Iowa River Power Restaurant on 1st Avenue in Coralville.  Vespers will follow at St. Raphael Church at 5:00PM.  We will be hosting a potluck dinner following vespers, for our visiting guests from other parishes.   A sign-up sheet is posted in the narthex.

Can You Help St. Raphael Church Financially in 2018?-
        If you haven't yet returned a pledge form to our treasurer Becky, it's not too late to do it.  No amount is too small!  We appreciate everyone who is able to give, and those who give regularly through a pledged amount, help us to anticipate our income so that we can be wise with our expenses. 

Renegotiation of Mortgage Loan Rate-
        We recently lowered our mortgage loan rate from 4.5% to 4.35% to save us a modest amount in our monthly payments.

Epistle Reading Sign-up Sheet-
        Anybody is welcome to sign-up to read an Epistle reading on a Sunday.  A sign-up sheet for the whole year is posted at the top of the stairs.  If you are interested and want to know how to do it, talk with Subdeacons Panteleimon or Anthony (Todd and Bill) or Fr. Ignatius.  Readers of others languages (than English) are welcome too!  

Holy Bread Sign-Up Sheet-
        The holy bread sign-up sheet for 2018 is posted.  Please sign up!

House Blessing Season-
        The 2018 House Blessing season will be short due to Father's travels early in January and an early start of Lent.  Fr. Ignatius will be available to bless your home from January 16-February 17.  Father wants to come to your house, even if he came last year.  Meals or refreshments are not expected or necessary (but will they be refused!)  Contact him to set up a day and time for him to come.  

2018 Annual Calendars Available-
        The yearly calendar which shows daily saints commemorated, daily Scripture readings, festal celebrations and fasting days and seasons, is available in the narthex at church.  Take one or more home with you. 

Do You Shop at Amazon.com?-
        If you make purchases on Amazon.com, there is a simple and easy way to benefit the church while doing so.  If you go to Amazon's companion site, smile.amazon.com, you will find all of the same items for purchase (at the same prices) as are found on the main site.  Once you sign in, you will be asked what charity you would like to benefit.  Enter "St. Raphael of Brooklyn Orthodox Christian Mission" and 0.5% of qualifying purchases will be given back to the church.  It's that simple.  

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 beginning of the Gospel of Jesus Christ, the Son of God. As it is written in the prophets, “Behold, I send My messenger before Thy face, who shall prepare Thy way; the voice of one crying in the wilderness: Prepare the way of the Lord, make His paths straight.” John the Baptizer appeared in the wilderness, preaching a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins.  And there went out to him all the country of Judea, and all the people of Jerusalem; and they were baptized by him in the river Jordan, confessing their sins. Now John was clothed with camel’s hair, and had a leather girdle around his waist, and ate locusts and wild honey. And he preached, saying, “After me comes He Who is mightier than I, the thong of whose sandals I am not worthy to stoop down and untie. I have baptized you with water; but He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit.” (Mark 1:1-8)

   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-

"Christ is not ashamed of the poverty of the lowliest of places, a cave, and prefers its peacefulness over the crowded inn where dwelt those who welcomed him not.  May we too not be ashamed of the condition of the cave of our heart, and welcome Him with sincere love.  O, the miracle!  The more I lovingly magnify Christ and welcome Him with love, so much the more is this little heart of mine transformed, enlarged and made wondrously spacious enough for Him, in His unbounded humility, to enter therein and to bless me with His peaceful presence.  Christ our Savior is born!  Let us, therefore, welcome Him, glorify Him, and make a little bed of straw in our hearts to comfort Him."

- Abbess Michaila

Sunday Bulletin: December 17, 2017

posted Dec 18, 2017, 6:22 AM by Saint Raphael of Brooklyn Antiochian Orthodox Church

Sunday December 17, 2017- Sunday of the Forefathers of Christ

This Week's Services and Events

December 19, Tuesday
        + Office Hours, 11:30AM-3:45PM
        + 9th Hour Prayers, 3:00PM
        + Vesperal Liturgy for St. Ignatius, 6:00PM

December 20, Wednesday
        + Office Hours, 11:30AM-3:00PM
        + 9th Hour Prayers, 3:00PM
        + Nativity Paraklesis, 7:00PM

December 21, Thursday
        + Office Hours, 12:00PM-4:00PM
        + 9th Hour Prayers, 3:00PM

December 22, Friday
        + Royal Hours, 9:00AM
        + Office Hours, 11:30AM-3:00PM

December 23, Saturday
        + Great Vespers followed by Lives of the Apostles, 5:00PM

December 24, Sunday before the Nativity of Christ
        + Matins, 8:45AM
        + Divine Liturgy, 10:00AM followed by Fellowship Hour
        + Christmas Eve Great Vespers, 6:00PM


Upcoming Events and Announcements-  

St. Ignatius of Antioch Feast Day-
        We will commemorate St. Ignatius of Antioch with Vesperal Liturgy at 6:00PM on December 19.  Please join us!

Can You Help St. Raphael Church Financially in 2018?-
        If you haven't yet returned a pledge form to our treasurer Becky, it's not too late to do it.  No amount is too small!  We appreciate everyone who is able to give, and those who give regularly through a pledged amount, help us to anticipate our income so that we can be wise with our expenses. 

Confessions-
        There is still time to make your confession before the Nativity of our Lord.  Contact Fr. Ignatius if you would like to do so.   

Sunday School Christmas Break-
         There will be no Sunday School classes on December 24 and December 31.       

Give the Gift of Olive Oil to the Church for Christmas-
        We use a lot of olive oil in the lamps that burn before our icons at church.  Regular grade (not extra virgin) olive oil is best.  Please consider picking up a bottle or two to give to church during this season.

Bring in a Poinsettia or Two to Decorate the Church-
        The church is accepting poinsettia plants to decorate the church during the Christmas season.  

Looking Ahead to the Nativity of Christ-
        The following lists the special services for the Lord's Nativity this year.  
Royal Hours- Friday December 22, 9:00AM
Great Vespers of Nativity, Sunday December 24, 6:00PM
Festal Matins of Nativity, Monday December 25, 8:30AM
Divine Liturgy of Nativity, Monday Deccember 25, 10:00AM

What Are You Doing On New Year's Eve?-
        St. Raphael folks are invited to a Kalona Sunday Supper on New Year's Eve, sponsored by Lori Branch's siblings and our church. Come to Kalona Methodist (302 4th Street) at 4:00 to volunteer or at 5:30 to eat. The tentative menu is pork loin, baked yams, salad, dessert, and other fine fixin's--topped off with festivities including games, a possible piñata, and sparkling drink. As always, the supper will be free or by donation. 
Sunday Suppers are twice-monthly events hosted by Food for All, an Orthodox-inspired food charity organized by Amy Spencer. 

Looking Ahead to Theophany-
        After Nativity, the next major church feast is Theophany, the celebration of the baptism of the Lord.  We will have Royal Hours at 9:00AM on Friday, January 5.  Later that day, at 4:45, we will have festal matins followed by Liturgy with Blessing of the Water (indoors) at 6:00PM.  On Saturday, January 6 at 4:00PM, we are hosting pan-Orthodox vespers at the pedestrian bridge spanning the Iowa River near Iowa River Power Restaurant on 1st Avenue in Coralville.  Vespers will follow at St. Raphael Church at 5:00PM.  We will be hosting a potluck dinner following vespers, for our visiting guests from other parishes.   

Epistle Reading Sign-up Sheet-
        Anybody is welcome to sign-up to read an Epistle reading on a Sunday.  A sign-up sheet for the whole year is posted at the top of the stairs.  If you are interested and want to know how to do it, talk with Subdeacons Panteleimon or Anthony (Todd and Bill) or Fr. Ignatius.  Readers of others languages (than English) are welcome too!  

Holy Bread Sign-Up Sheet-
        The holy bread sign-up sheet for 2018 is posted.  Please sign up!

House Blessing Season-
        The 2018 House Blessing season will be short due to Father's travels early in January and an early start of Lent.  Fr. Ignatius will be available to bless your home from January 16-February 17.  Father wants to come to your house, even if he came last year.  Meals or refreshments are not expected or necessary (but will they be refused!)  Contact him to set up a day and time for him to come.  

2018 Annual Calendars Available-
        The yearly calendar which shows daily saints commemorated, daily Scripture readings, festal celebrations and fasting days and seasons, is available in the narthex at church.  Take one or more home with you. 

Do You Shop at Amazon.com?-
        If you make purchases on Amazon.com, there is a simple and easy way to benefit the church while doing so.  If you go to Amazon's companion site, smile.amazon.com, you will find all of the same items for purchase (at the same prices) as are found on the main site.  Once you sign in, you will be asked what charity you would like to benefit.  Enter "St. Raphael of Brooklyn Orthodox Christian Mission" and 0.5% of qualifying purchases will be given back to the church.  It's that simple.  

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 book of the genealogy of Jesus Christ, the son of David, the son of Abraham. Abraham was the father of Isaac, and Isaac the father of Jacob, and Jacob the father of Judah and his brothers, and Judah the father of Perez and Zerah by Tamar, and Perez the father of Hezron, and Hezron the father of Aram, and Aram the father of Amminadab, and Amminadab the father of Nahshon, and Nahshon the father of Salmon, and Salmon the father of Boaz by Rahab, and Boaz the father of Obed by Ruth, and Obed the father of Jesse, and Jesse the father of David the king. And David was the father of Solomon by the wife of Uriah, and Solomon the father of Rehoboam, and Rehoboam the father of Abijah, and Abijah the father of Asa, and Asa the father of Jehoshaphat, and Jehoshaphat the father of Joram, and Joram the father of Uzziah, and Uzziah the father of Jotham, and Jotham the father of Ahaz, and Ahaz the father of Hezekiah, and Hezekiah the father of Manasseh, and Manasseh the father of Amon, and Amon the father of Josiah, and Josiah the father of Jechoniah and his brothers, at the time of the deportation to Babylon. And after the deportation to Babylon: Jechoniah was the father of Shealtiel, and Shealtiel the father of Zerubbabel, and Zerubbabel the father of Abiud, and Abiud the father of Eliakim, and Eliakim the father of Azor, and Azor the father of Zadok, and Zadok the father of Achim, and Achim the father of Eliud, and Eliud the father of Eleazar, and Eleazar the father of Matthan, and Matthan the father of Jacob, and Jacob the father of Joseph the husband of Mary, of whom Jesus was born, Who is called Christ. So all the generations from Abraham to David were fourteen generations, and from David to the deportation to Babylon fourteen generations, and from the deportation to Babylon to the Christ were fourteen generations. Now the birth of Jesus Christ took place in this way. When His mother Mary had been betrothed to Joseph, before they came together she was found to be with child of the Holy Spirit; and her husband Joseph, being a just man and unwilling to put her to shame, resolved to divorce her quietly. But as he considered this, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream, saying, “Joseph, son of David, do not fear to take Mary your wife, for that which is conceived in her is of the Holy Spirit; she will bear a son, and you shall call His Name Jesus, for He will save His people from their sins.” All this took place to fulfill what the Lord had spoken by the prophet: “Behold, a virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and His Name shall be called Emmanuel” (which means, God with us). When Joseph woke from sleep, he did as the angel of the Lord had commanded him; he took his wife, but knew her not until she had borne a son; and he called His Name Jesus.  (Matthew 1:1-25)

   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-

“Since this heavenly birth cannot be described, neither does His coming amongst us in these days permit of too curious scrutiny. Though I know that a Virgin this day gave birth, and I believe that God was begotten before all time, yet the manner of this generation I have learned to venerate in silence and I accept that this is not to be probed too curiously with wordy speech. For with God we look not for the order of nature, but rest our faith in the power of Him who works. What shall I say to you; what shall I tell you? I behold a Mother who has brought forth; I see a Child come to this light by birth. The manner of His conception I cannot comprehend.”

- St. John Chrysostom

Church Bulletin: December 10, 2017

posted Dec 11, 2017, 6:52 AM by Saint Raphael of Brooklyn Antiochian Orthodox Church

Sunday December 10, 2017- Twenty-seventh Sunday after Pentecost

This Week's Services and Events

December 12, Tuesday
        + Free Lunch Program Volunteering, 11:30AM-1:00PM
        + Office Hours, 1:15PM-3:45PM
        + 9th Hour Prayers, 3:00PM

December 13, Wednesday
        + Office Hours, 11:30AM-3:00PM
        + 9th Hour Prayers, 3:00PM
        + Nativity Paraklesis, 7:00PM

December 14, Thursday
        + Office Hours, 12:00PM-4:00PM
        + 9th Hour Prayers, 3:00PM

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

December 16, Saturday
        + Great Vespers followed by Lives of the Apostles, 5:00PM

December 17, Sunday of the Forefathers of Christ
        + Matins, 8:45AM
        + Divine Liturgy, 10:00AM followed by Sunday School and Fellowship Hour


Upcoming Events and Announcements-  

Today is Choir Appreciation Sunday-
        Throughout our archdiocese, churches are recognizing and thanking their choirs and chanters and we want to do the same.  We are blessed with a committed and capable choir which helps us to worship God in song.  Thank you to all choir members for giving of your selves to us in this way, and special thanks to choir leaders Lori Branch, Matthew Arndt and Kristi Abuissa.

A Statement By Metropolitan Joseph on Jerusalem-

Congratulations!-   
        Congratulations to Fr. Elias and Kh. Irene on the arrival of their fourth grandchild!  Daughter Juliana and son-in-law Frank recently welcomed the birth of their third son, Luke.  May God grant him many years!

St. Ignatius of Antioch Feast Day-
        We will commemorate St. Ignatius of Antioch with Vesperal Liturgy at 6:00PM on December 19.  Please join us!

Can You Help St. Raphael Church Financially in 2018?-
        If you haven't yet returned a pledge form to our treasurer Becky, it's not too late to do it.  No amount is too small!  We appreciate everyone who is able to give. 

Confessions-
        There is still time to make your confession before the Nativity of our Lord.  Contact Fr. Ignatius if you would like to do so.  

2018 Annual Calendars Available-
        The yearly calendar which shows daily saints commemorated, daily Scripture readings, festal celebrations and fasting days and seasons, is available in the narthex at church.  Take one or more home with you.  

Give the Gift of Olive Oil to the Church for Christmas-
        We use a lot of olive oil in the lamps that burn before our icons at church.  Regular grade (not extra virgin) olive oil is best.  Please consider picking up a bottle or two to give to church during this season.

Bring in a Poinsettia or Two to Decorate the Church-
        On Sunday December 17, the church is accepting poinsettia plants to decorate the church with during the Christmas season.  

Looking Ahead to the Nativity of Christ-
        In addition to the regular services that we have each weekend on Saturday evening and Sunday morning, the following lists the special services for the Lord's Nativity this year.  
Royal Hours- Friday December 22, 9:00AM
Great Vespers of Nativity, Sunday December 24, 6:00PM
Festal Matins of Nativity, Monday December 25, 8:30AM
Divine Liturgy of Nativity, Monday Deccember 25, 10:00AM

What Are You Doing On New Year's Eve?-
        St. Raphael folks are invited to a Kalona Sunday Supper on New Year's Eve, sponsored by Lori Branch's siblings and our church. Come to Kalona Methodist (302 4th Street) at 4:00 to volunteer or at 5:30 to eat. The tentative menu is pork loin, baked yams, salad, dessert, and other fine fixin's--topped off with festivities including games, a possible piñata, and sparkling drink. As always, the supper will be free or by donation. 
Sunday Suppers are twice-monthly events hosted by Food for All, an Orthodox-inspired food charity organized by Amy Spencer. 

We Are In the Nativity Fast-
        Until December 24, we fast by abstaining from meat, dairy, eggs, and on some days, from wine and oil.  The printed calendar shows the specifics of the fast for each day.  During this time of abstaining from certain foods, we are also called to examine ourselves and repent, so that we may ready to receive our King with a pure heart at Christmas.  If you have any questions about how to fast or why we fast, ask Fr. Ignatius.  

The Essence of Fasting-
        St. John Chrysostom said, "It is necessary most of all for one who is fasting to curb anger, to accustom himself to meekness and condescension, to have a contrite heart, to repulse impure thoughts and desires, to examine his conscience, to put his mind to the test to verify what good has been done by us in this or any other week, and which deficiency we have corrected in ourselves in the present week.  This is true fasting."

Do You Shop at Amazon.com?-
        If you make purchases on Amazon.com, there is a simple and easy way to benefit the church while doing so.  If you go to Amazon's companion site, smile.amazon.com, you will find all of the same items for purchase (at the same prices) as are found on the main site.  Once you sign in, you will be asked what charity you would like to benefit.  Enter "St. Raphael of Brooklyn Orthodox Christian Mission" and 0.5% of qualifying purchases will be given back to the church.  It's that simple.  

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 man once gave a great banquet, and invited many; and at the time for the banquet he sent his servant to say to those who had been invited, ‘Come; for all is now ready.’ But, one by one, they all began to make excuses. The first said to him, ‘I have bought a field, and I must go out and see it; I pray you, have me excused.’ And another said, ‘I have bought five yoke of oxen, and I go to examine them; I pray you, have me excused.’ And another said, ‘I have married a wife, and therefore I cannot come.’ So the servant came and reported this to his master. Then the householder in anger said to his servant, ‘Go out quickly to the streets and lanes of the city, and bring in the poor and maimed and blind and lame.’ And the servant said, ‘Sir, what you commanded has been done, and still there is room.’ And the master said to the servant, ‘Go out to the highways and hedges, and compel people to come in, that my house may be filled. For I tell you, none of those men who were invited shall taste my banquet.’ For many are called, but few are chosen.”  (Luke 14:16-24)

   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-

O Bethlehem, receive Christ: for, made flesh, He comes to dwell in thee, opening Eden to me.  Make ready O cave, to behold most strangely contained in thee, Him who cannot be contained, who now is made poor in the wealth of his tender mercies.  

From the Nativity Paraklesis service, Ode 1

Church Bulletin: November 5, 2017

posted Nov 6, 2017, 7:16 AM by Saint Raphael of Brooklyn Antiochian Orthodox Church

Sunday November 5, 2017- Twenty-second Sunday after Pentecost

This Week's Services and Events

November 7, Tuesday
        + Free Lunch Volunteering, 11:30AM-1:00PM
        + Office Hours, 1:15PM-3:45PM
        + 9th Hour Prayers, 3:00PM

November 8, Wednesday
        + Office Hours, 11:30AM-3:00PM
        + 9th Hour Prayers, 3:00PM
        + Vespers for St. Nektarios, 6:00PM (St. George Church in Cedar Rapids)

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

November 10, Friday
        + Office Hours 11:30AM-3:00PM
        + 9th Hour Prayers, 3:00PM

November 12, Sunday, St. John the Merciful
        + Matins, 8:45AM
        + Divine Liturgy, 10:00AM followed by Sunday School and Fellowship Hour


Upcoming Events and Announcements-  

Please Return Your Pledge Packets By Next Sunday-
        Packets of information explaining the financial needs of the church for 2018 are now printed and available for all who are interested in considering supporting St. Raphael parish in the coming year.  If you have not received one, there are extra packets available at church to pick up any time.  Please return your financial pledge by November 12 at the latest so that the parish council can present a responsible budget to be voted on in December.  We appreciate your support of our church!

No Vespers November 11-
       There will be no vespers on Saturday, November 11 since most of those who regularly attend will be absent.

November/December Calendars Printed-
        The print version of the calendar listing all services and events for November and December is printed and available for you to pick up in the narthex.

Advent/Nativity Fast Begins November 15-
        Starting on November 15, we begin a time of preparation for the celebration of the Incarnation of Christ at His Nativity.  From November 15-December 24, we fast by abstaining from meat, dairy, eggs, and on some days, from wine and oil.  Our bishops have given a dispensation for Thanksgiving, especially if one is celebrating that American holiday with others who are not fasting.  The printed calendar shows the specifics of the fast for each day.  During this time of abstaining from certain foods, we are also called to examine ourselves and repent, so that we may ready to receive our King at Christmas.  If you have any questions about how to fast of why we fast, ask Fr. Ignatius.  

Women's Group Meeting, November 18-
        The next Women's Group meeting will be at 3:00PM on November 18.  The topic is Fasting.  Bring recipes to share.

New Lives of the Apostles Series Following Saturday Vespers-
        Beginning on November 18, Fr. Ignatius will start a new, weekly series at the end of vespers each Saturday, which will replace the reading that we have traditionally done.  Each talk will be short, just 15 minutes long.  Come to vespers and stay to learn about the apostles.

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, a lawyer stood up to put Jesus to the test, saying, “Teacher, what shall I do to inherit eternal life?” Jesus said to him, “What is written in the Law? How do you read?” And the lawyer answered, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your strength, and with all your mind; and your neighbor as yourself.” And Jesus said to him, “You have answered right; do this, and you will live.” But the lawyer, desiring to justify himself, said to Jesus, “And who is my neighbor?” Jesus replied, “A man was going down from Jerusalem to Jericho, and he fell among robbers, who stripped him and beat him, and departed, leaving him half dead. Now by chance a priest was going down that road; and when he saw him he passed by on the other side. So likewise a Levite, when he came to the place and saw him, passed by on the other side. But a Samaritan, as he journeyed, came to where he was; and when he saw him, he had compassion, and went to him and bound up his wounds, pouring on oil and wine; then he set him on his own beast and brought him to an inn, and took care of him. And the next day he took out two denarii and gave them to the innkeeper, saying, ‘Take care of him; and whatever more you spend, I will repay you when I come back.’ Which of these three, do you think, proved neighbor to the man who fell among the robbers?” The lawyer said, “The one who showed mercy on him.” And Jesus said to him, “Go and do likewise.”  (Luke 10:25-37)

   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-

"All of us are subject to spiritual deception.  Awareness of this fact is the greatest protection against it.  Likewise, the greatest spiritual deception of all is to consider oneself free from it.  We are all deceived, all deluded; we all find ourselves in a condition of falsehood....  With tears let us cry out to the Lord Jesus to bring us out of prison....'For this cause did the Lord Jesus Christ descend to us,' says the venerable Symeon the New Theologian, 'because he wanted to rescue us from captivity and from most wicked spiritual deception.'"

- St. Ignatius Brianchaninov

Church Bulletin: October 22, 2017

posted Oct 23, 2017, 5:53 PM by Saint Raphael of Brooklyn Antiochian Orthodox Church

Sunday October 22, 2017- Twentieth Sunday after Pentecost

This Week's Services and Events

October 24, Tuesday
        + Office Hours, 11:00AM-3:45PM
        + 9th Hour Prayers, 3:00PM

October 25, Wednesday
        + Office Hours, 11:30AM-3:00PM
        + 9th Hour Prayers, 3:00PM
        + Akathist, 7:00PM

October 26, Thursday
        + Office Hours
        + 9th Hour Prayers, 3:00PM
        + OCF Meeting, 7:00PM

October 27, Friday
        + Office Hours
        + 9th Hour Prayers, 3:00PM

October 28, Saturday
        + Bishop Anthony's Talk, 3:00PM
        + Great Vespers, 5:00PM

October 29, Twenty-first Sunday after Pentecost
        + Matins, 8:30AM
        + Hierarchical Divine Liturgy, 10:00AM followed by Sunday School and Potluck Fellowship Hour


Upcoming Events and Announcements-  

Bishop Anthony's Visit and Jared Johnson's Ordination to the Diaconate-
        His Grace will be with us next weekend.  On Saturday, he will be speaking to us at 3:00PM on "Evangelism, Outreach and Growing the Church."  He will ordain Jared Johnson to the diaconate during liturgy on Sunday.  Please bring food to share for a potluck during coffee hour on Sunday.

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.  

Stewardship Information Now Available-
        Packets of information explaining the financial needs of the church for 2018 are now printed and available for all who are interested in considering supporting St. Raphael parish in the coming year.  If you have pledged recently and did not pick up a packet after liturgy today, one will be mailed to you soon.  There are extra packets available at church to pick up any time.  Please return your financial pledge by November 12 at the latest so that the parish council can present a responsible budget to be voted on in December.  We appreciate your support of our church!

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

  Pray for our 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-

Think nothing and do nothing without a purpose directed to God. 
For to journey without direction is wasted effort.

+Saint Mark the Ascetic

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

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