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Church Bulletin: August 10, 2014

posted Aug 10, 2014, 12:34 PM by Saint Raphael of Brooklyn Antiochian Orthodox Church
August 10, 2014- 9th Sunday after Pentecost
This Week's Services and Events

August 11, Monday
        +  Reader's Paraklesis, 7PM

August 13, Wednesday
        +  Reader's Paraklesis, 7PM

August 14, Thursday
        + Reader's Vespers for Dormition

August 16, Saturday
        + 9th Hour/Great Vespers, 6PM
August 17, 10th Sunday after Pentecost
        + Matins, 8:45AM
        + Divine Liturgy, 10AM, followed by coffee hour
Upcoming Events and Announcements  

The Dormition Fast is Upon Us-
       The first two weeks of August are a busy time in the Church.  The Dormition Fast is observed from August 1-14, during which we avoid meat, dairy, and eggs.  During the week, Monday-Friday, we also avoid wine and oil, the exception being August 6, the Feast of the Transfiguration, when wine and oil are allowed.  If you need any guidance regarding fasting, please speak with Fr. Ignatius.  The evening church service schedule during this time is as follows:
August 11- Reader's Paraklesis, 7PM
August 13- Reader's Paraklesis, 7PM
August 14- Reader's Vespers for Dormition, 7PM

Father Ignatius will be at Camp St. George assisting camp director Fr. Patrick Kinder from August 10 (after liturgy) through August 16.  He will not hold office hours on August 15.

Parents, Look for Sunday School Registration Info in Your Mailboxes-
       Our Sunday School program for ages 4-18 will begin on Sunday, September 7 following liturgy.  We will have a kick-off picnic in the backyard at church on Saturday, September 6 from 11AM-1PM.  We need volunteers to provide food and to help with games and activities for our children.  Speak to Lori Branch if you can help with any of this.
Sunday School Classroom Project - Help Needed-
       Our Sunday school teachers are looking for a volunteer or two to engineer a better learning environment in the younger children’s classroom. The goal is to make our happy coffee-hour fellowship less distracting to students & teachers, both in terms of sound and sight. Specifically, we need to install 2 curtain “doors” and also similar thick barriers between the ceiling and the top of the dividers. If you have some creative ideas about how to do this, or can help with creating and/or installing such curtains, please see Father or any of the Sunday school teachers. 

Pray for Camp St. George-
       This week Camp St. George is in session about an hour north of Iowa City.  We have four children from our church attending camp and three members serving on the staff all week.  Please keep the staff and campers in your prayers, asking God for safety spiritual blessings for everyone involved.

Next Farmer's Market Table, August 16-
       Our monthly presence at the Iowa City Farmer's Market will be Saturday, August 16 from 7:30AM-12:00PM.  We are in need of volunteers to bake certain items that will be sold.  We need people to staff the table.  We need people to package the baked goods on Friday evening.  Please sign up on the sheets downstairs near the food line.  Reminder: we do this to raise money for the Meals on Wheels program (this year) and to make ourselves more visible as a church to the greater Iowa City area. 

On the Ebola Crisis in West Africa-
       To read an interview with Fr. Themi Adams, an Orthodox priest who has lived and served in Sierra Leone for many years, go to: http://theorthodoxchurch.info/blog/news/2014/08/rock-star-turned-priest-shaken-by-ebola-crisis-makes-world-appeal/

Church Members Looking for Short-term Housing-
       St. Raphael Church members Justin and Rachel Cornett-Olsson and their son Aster need to find a place to live from the end of August until December.  They are interested in house-sitting possibilities, or subletting an apartment.  If you are aware of any possibilities for them, contact Justin at justinfromtx@gmail.com

St. George Cedar Rapids 100th Anniversary Celebrations-
       Our mother church, St. George Orthodox Church in Cedar Rapids is celebrating their centennial, 100 years of existence August 29-31.  We will not have matins or liturgy at St. Raphael Church on Sunday, August 31.  Please go to St. George for liturgy that morning.  Either Metropolitan Joseph or Bishop Anthony will be presiding.  In addition, if you want to attend one or both of the celebratory banquets, and/or the hafli, registration forms can be found at: http://www.stgeorgecedarrapids.org/files/centennial%20forms/RegistrationFormREV_0514.pdf

Nutrition Class with Dr. Julia Buchkina-
       This summer, St. Raphael member Dr. Julia Buchkina has been offering a  class on nutrition.  The remaining date is Saturday- August 30, 3:30PM-5:30PM.  The topic will be: Understanding Your Numbers. 

Teen SOYO Events-
       The teens will meet to see a movie at the Sycamore theatres on August 23. 

Would You Like to Help Establish an Orthodox Monastery in the Midwest?-
       Holy Archangel Michael and All Angels Skete, a new men's monastic community under Bishop Longin of the Midwestern Diocese of the Serbian Orthodox Church, seeks to raise funds before September 30, to help them purchase a beautiful plot of land in Northwest Missouri upon which they will build their monastery.  To learn more, go to: http://www.archangelmichaelskete.org/

Art and Flower Festival Benefit for Habitat for Humanity-
       Art. Food. Flowers. Family Fun! A day in the country at the 11th Annual Art & Flower Festival, taking place Saturday, September 6, 2014 from 10 am - 4 pm at Dave and Anna Geyer's farm, 20 miles west of Iowa City. This free admission, family-friendly event will include 20+ local artist booths selling everything from pottery to fiber art and metal works. Festival attendees can enjoy a slice of wood-fired oven pizza or a homemade ice cream cone while sitting at a picnic table under the trees watching live music. All are welcome to gather flowers and herbs in Anna's Cutting Garden, creating their own bouquets to take home and admire.  Artist registration fees, food proceeds and free-will donations will help support Iowa Valley Habitat's mission to provide safe, decent and affordable housing for families in our area.  Questions or need help registering as a vendor? Contact Laura Shoemaker at 319-337-8949 or laura@iowavalleyhabitat.org

Bible Bowl and Oratorical Festival-
       Each year, our diocese offers two different competitions for teens (and one for adults), held at the Parish Life Conference.  The 2015 Parish Life Conference will be held in Grand Rapids, MI in June.  Teens from our parish have participated in and done very well in the Bible Bowl is recent years, winning trophies each time they have competed.  Instead of focusing on one book of the Bible, the 2015 Bible Bowl will focus on the life of our patron, St. Raphael of Brooklyn, as found in the book "Our Father Among the Saints Raphael Bishop of Brooklyn: Good Shepherd of the Lost Sheep in America" published by Antakya Press.  This theme was chosen by Metropolitan Philip before his repose, because 2015 is the 100th anniversary of the repose of St. Raphael.  Fr. Ignatius challenges teens (ages 13-19) to form a team and study and compete.  Adults can form a team as well.  We can win this at the diocesan level and go on to compete on the archdiocesan level!  In addition, if giving speeches is your thing (teens only), consider writing a speech for the Oratorical Festival, the theme of which is also the life of St. Raphael.  Information is posted in the narthex.  Talk to Fr. Ignatius if you would like to learn more.

An Invitation-
       Fr. Fred and Kh. Michelle Shaheen invite you to be with them for
the Baptism of Harry Demetrios Shaheen on Thursday, August 21, 2014 at 5:30 pm at St. George Orthodox Church in Cedar Rapids.  Dinner reception to follow in the Michael G. Nassif Education and Cultural Center.

Thoughts on Stewardship and Giving-      
        "Therefore, brethren, stand fast and hold the traditions which you were taught, whether by word or our epistle. Now may your Lord Jesus Christ Himself, and our God and Father, who has loved us and given us everlasting consolation and good hope by grace, comfort your hearts and establish you in every good word and work." (II Thessalonians 2:15-17)

Next Sunday's Gospel Reading-

       St. John Chrysostom urges Christians to preview the upcoming Sunday Gospel reading so that it may be fresh in your minds when you hear it next
Sunday.  The reading for Sunday, August 17 is:

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 Rob Bergenstock in your prayers as they prepare to be sacramentally joined to the Orthodox Church.
Keep Praying for Kidnapped Orthodox Bishops in Syria-
       Since April 22, 2013, the Orthodox Metropolitan of Aleppo, Metropolitan Paul, and the Syriac Metropolitan of Aleppo, Youhanna, have been in captivity and have not heard from.  Please pray for their well being and release and also pray for their captors as well.  One priest is also missing, having been kidnapped. 

Do You Have a Prayer Request?
        Please give it to Fr. Ignatius and he will distribute it by email to all those on the Prayer Chain. If you wish to join the Prayer Chain, please let Fr. Ignatius

Holy Bread-
       For the liturgy on August 17, the holy bread will be provided by the Melchin family.  Thank you in advance.

Coffee Hour-
        On Sunday August 17, the food for coffee hour and clean-up of the fellowship hall will be provided by the St. Nina team.

Church Cleaning-
       During the week of August 10-16, the nave, narthex, bookstore, stairs, nursery and bathrooms will be cleaned by the St. Nicholas team.

Food for Thought-

The soul that loves God has its rest in God and in God alone. In all the paths that men walk in in the world, they do not attain peace until they draw nigh to hope in God.

St. Isaac the Syrian