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Church Bulletin: August 13, 2017

posted Aug 14, 2017, 7:58 AM by Saint Raphael of Brooklyn Antiochian Orthodox Church
Sunday August 13, 2017- The Tenth Sunday after Pentecost

This Week's Services and Events

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

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

August 16, Wednesday
        + Akathist, 7:00PM

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

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

Upcoming Events and Announcements-            

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 Pray for our Catechumens-
       Please keep our catechumens Ilya Buchkin  and Jeremiah Kaufmann in your prayers as they prepare to be sacramentally joined to the Orthodox Church.

Do You Have a Prayer Request?
        Please give it to Fr. Ignatius and he will distribute it by email to all those on the Prayer Chain. If you wish to join the Prayer Chain, please let Fr. Ignatius know. 
Remember Your Departed Loved Ones With Flowers-
        Would you like to memorialize your departed loved ones with a bouquet of flowers to be placed in the church on the weekend of your choice?  Look for the new Memorial sign-up sheet.  Decide what weekend you would like your loved one(s) remembered, give $25 to the church, clearly marking it for "Memorial Flowers" and your loved one(s) will be mentioned during the Great Entrance prayers and in the weekly bulletin.  If your departed loved ones are Orthodox, and you would like Trisagion Prayers for the Departed to be offered at the end of Liturgy, you can indicate that on the sign-up sheet as well.

Keep Praying for Kidnapped Orthodox Bishops in Syria-
       Since April 22, 2013, the Orthodox Metropolitan of Aleppo, Metropolitan Paul, and the Syriac Metropolitan of Aleppo, Youhanna, have been in captivity and have not been heard from.  Please pray for their well being and release and also pray for their captors as well.  To sign a petition urging the US Government and others to work for their release, go to:

Food for Thought-

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

-Troparion of the Dormition