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Church Bulletin: August 11, 2013

posted Aug 11, 2013, 8:15 PM by Saint Raphael of Brooklyn Antiochian Orthodox Church
August 11, 2013- Sunday after the Transfiguration
This Week's Services and Events

August 12, Monday
       + 3rd Hour Prayers, 9AM
       + Office Hours, 9:30AM-11:30AM
       + Paraklesis, 7PM

August 13, Tuesday
       + Paraklesis, 7PM

August 14, Wednesday
        + Vesperal Liturgy for the Dormition of the Theotokos, 6PM

Aug 16, Friday
        + Matins, 8:30AM

Aug 17, Saturday
        + 9th Hour/Great Vespers, 6PM

Aug 18, Sunday After the Dormition
        + Matins, 8:45AM
        + Liturgy, 10AM, followed by Fellowship Hour
Upcoming Events and Announcements

Pray for the Staff and Campers of Camp St. George This Week-
       This week, August 11-17, our diocesan summer camp is in session.  Please keep Fr. Patrick, the visiting priests (including Fr. Ignatius,) all the staff and the campers in your prayers, that this experience would be for the strengthening of their faith and for the creation and deepening of friendships.  We are blessed to have such a camp only an hour drive away from Iowa City.  From our own parish, Anastasia and Luka Surguladze and Lizzy and Josiah Valentine are campers and Hannah Valentine is a counselor.  

Vesperal Liturgy for the Dormition of the Theotokos-
       On Wednesday, August 14 at 6PM, we will celebrate the Feast of the Dormition of the Holy Theotokos.  Please join us for these important feast days.

Charitable Projects
       Thanks to everyone who has helped with farmer's markets this month. We've  made $306 so far in August, with another visit to Willow Grove Market still to come. The profits (almost all of the income) go to the Crisis Center this year. If you haven't been involved and would like to be, please sign up on the bulletin board near the bookstore, or talk to Amy Spencer or Father Ignatius.
Teen SOYO Movie Night-
       Our teens will gather for dinner and a movie at 6:30PM on Monday, August 19.

August Parish Council Meeting-
       Our August 2013 Parish Council meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, August 20 at 7PM.

Vesperal Liturgy for the Beheading of the Forerunner-
       We will commemorate the solemn event of the beheading of the Prophet, Forerunner and Baptist John with a Vesperal Liturgy on Wednesday August 28 at 6PM.

Resolutions Which Were Passed at Recent Antiochian Archdiocese Convention-
       To read the various resolutions which were passed at last month's Antiochian Archdiocese Convention, including resolutions on the civil war in Syria, the canonical dispute in Qatar between the Patriarchate of Antioch and the Patriarchate of Jerusalem, and a reaction to the recent US Supreme Court decision to strike down part of DOMA, go to: http://www.antiochian.org/resolutions-2013-general-assembly

Words of Encouragement from Metropolitan Philip-
       As reported in his bi-monthly newsletter, Fr. Patrick Kinder, pastor of St. Ignatius Orthodox Church in Madison, WI, wrote,"On Monday evening July 22, 2013, His Eminence Metropolitan PHILIP met with Archdiocesan and Diocesan SOYO leaders during their summer leadership training at the Antiochian National Convention in Houston. His visit once again showed how much he cares for his teens as a most loving father-in-Christ. 
 After expressing his deep love and his pride over the dedication and hard work of these teens as leaders amongst their peers, he shared his sincere empathy and encouragement over the cultural challenges facing Christians – especially Christian youth – in today’s world. 
 In particular Saidna brought to their attention the recent “unfortunate” Supreme Court decision declaring the unconstitutionality of the Defense of Marriage Act, leading the way to further legal recognition of same-sex marriage. One of the teens asked Saidna how we can make a difference, how are we to face the open and subtle persecution from militant supporters of such immoral laws? Saidna’s answer was inspiring and clear: “We have the Bible and we have the Church. Just because a government declares something ‘legal’ doesn’t mean it is right. Live boldly, and when necessary speak boldly. We must and always will stand for morality. The times in which we live may at times seem dark, but this is not new and we are not alone in the history of darkness. We have the pure Church of early 
Christianity and the witness of faithful martyrs who refused to bow to any immoral decree of Caesar.” Saidna continued, “St. Peter told us that we are all priests. And we as priests, each one of us, are called to be lights to the 
world AND to bring the world to God.” 
 One could hear a pin drop as the youth sat transfixed, listening to their beloved father-in-Christ speak to them not as children but as young men and women, as Christians equal in the priesthood of believers fighting for what is true."

Would You Like to Help With Sunday School This Year?-
       Sunday School will start up again in early September.  Since we are blessed with many children in our parish, the Sunday School teachers rely on others to help out.  These helpers act as assistants to the teachers and occasionally may be asked to step in and teach a lesson if a teacher is absent.  If you are interested in working with our Sunday School program this year, please talk with Lori Branch.

Photo-essay on Georgian Stylite Monk-
      To see some wonderful pictures of a monk and his cell perched high atop a narrow column of rock, in the style of the ancient pillar dwellers or stylites, go to:  http://cnnphotos.blogs.cnn.com/2013/08/02/monk-takes-devotion-to-new-heights/?hpt=hp_bn14

Words from Pope Francis on the Orthodox Liturgy-
       While being interviewed recently by a Russian journalist, Pope Francis, head of the Roman Catholic Church had this to say: "In the Orthodox Churches they have kept that pristine liturgy, so beautiful. We have lost a bit the sense of adoration. They keep, they praise God, they adore God, they sing, time doesn’t count.  God is the center and this is a richness.... Consumerism, wellbeing, have done us so much harm. Instead  you keep this beauty of God at the center, the reference.  When one reads Dostoyevsky – I believe that for us all he must be an author to read and reread, because he has wisdom – one perceives what the Russian spirit is, the Eastern spirit. It’s something that will do us so much good. We are in need of this renewal, of this fresh air of the East, of this light of the East. John Paul II wrote it in his Letter. But so many times the luxus of the West makes us lose the horizon. I don’t know, it came to me to say this. Thank you."

We Are in the Dormition Fast-
       Please pay attention to the church calendar during the first two weeks of August.  There are many opportunities to come to the church and to pray throughout the week.  Beginning August 1, we will have nightly Paraklesis services at 7PM, except for Saturdays when we have vespers (at 6PM), August 5 when we have Vesperal Liturgy for the Transfiguration (6PM) and August 14, when we have Vesperal Liturgy for the Dormition (6PM.)  During this time we will be fasting in anticipation of the Feast of the Dormition of the Theotokos.  Check the printed church calendar for specifics on the fasting guidelines during these days, or speak with Fr. Ignatius if you have any questions.

Orthodox Women in the Healing Ministries Annual Retreat-
       The group Orthodox Women in the Healing Ministries will hold their annual retreat at Holy Dormition Monastery in Rives Junction, MI on October 4-6.  Dr. Gayle Woloschack will be leading several talks on Science and Faith: the Beginning of Life.  For more information, go to: http://owhm.org/schedule1.html

Information on Orthodox Monastery in Guatemala-
       To read the latest news on, see new photos of, watch video updates on or to make a donation to the Hogar Rafael Ayau Orthodox Monastery in Guatemala, go to: www.friendsofthehogar.org.

An Opportunity to Serve, Be a Greeter-
       Based on responses from the parish survey from a few months ago, the Parish Council has recognized a need to have greeters on duty at church on Sunday mornings.  The greeter's main responsibility will be to make newcomers feel welcome by warmly greeting them, asking them to sign our guestbook and/or newcomer information card, making sure they know bathrooms and coatroom are downstairs and ushering them into the nave of the church.   If you are interested in signing up to be a greeter for a Sunday, there is a sign-up sheet on the bulletin board just outside of the bookstore.  On the sheet, is a complete job description for this important position.  If you want our church to be more welcoming to visitors, consider volunteering as a greeter.
Keep Praying for Kidnapped Orthodox Bishops in Syria-
       Since April 22, the Orthodox Metropolitan of Aleppo, Metropolitan Paul, and the Syriac Metropolitan of Aleppo, Youhanna, have been in captivity and not heard from.  Please pray for their well being and release and also pray for their captors as well. 
Do You Have a Prayer Request?
        Please give it to Fr. Ignatius and he will distribute it by email to all those on the Prayer Chain. If you wish to join the Prayer Chain, please let Fr. Ignatius know.
Coffee Hour-
        On Sunday August 18, the food for coffee hour and the clean-up of the fellowship hall will be provided by the St. Nina team.
Church Cleaning-
        During the week of August 11-17, the cleaning of the nave, narthex, bookstore, stairs, nursery and bathrooms will be accomplished by the St. John the Baptist team. 

Holy Bread-
       On Sunday, August 18, the Padath family will provide the holy bread.  Thank you in advance.

Food for Thought-

Listen to Me, listen, O My people and kings, give ear to Me, for law shall proceed from Me, and My judgment as the light of the Gentiles.  My righteousness draws near quickly, and My salvation shall go forth as light, and the Gentiles will hope in My arm, and the coastlands shall wait for Me and hope in My arm.  Lift up your eyes to heaven and look to the earth below, for heaven is solid as smoke, and the earth will grow old like a garment; and the inhabitants of the earth shall die, as do these things.  But My salvation shall be forever, and My righteousness will not fail.  Listen to Me, my people who know judgment, in whose heart is My law.  Do not fear the reproach of men, nor be overcome by their contempt.  For as a garment will be devoured by time, and as wool will be devoured by a moth, so shall they be devoured.  But My righteousness shall be forever, and My salvation from generation to generation.

Isaiah 51: 4-8