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Church Bulletin: August 16, 2015

posted Aug 19, 2015, 5:56 AM by Saint Raphael of Brooklyn Antiochian Orthodox Church
August 16, 2015- Eleventh Sunday after Pentecost
This Week's Services and Events

August 17, Monday
        + Teen SOYO Movie Night, 6:30PM

August 18, Tuesday
        + Parish Council meeting, 7:00PM

August 19, Wednesday
        +  Akathist, 7:00PM
        + Vespers in Kalona, 7:00PM

August 21, Friday
        + Matins, 8:30AM
        + Office Hours, 9:30AM-11:30AM

August 22, Saturday
        + Great Vespers, 5:00PM

August 23, Twelfth Sunday after Pentecost
        + Matins, 8:45AM 
        + Divine Liturgy, 10:00AM, followed by coffee hour
Upcoming Events and Announcements

We Need Holy Bread Baking Volunteers-
       Opportunities to bake holy bread are available for future Sundays.  Please sign up if you are able and willing.

Planned Parenthood National Day of Protest-
        On Saturday August 22, people will be gathering nationwide outside of their local Planned Parenthood clinics to protest this organization which is the largest provider of abortions in America and which has been recently exposed to be participating in various unethical and possibly illegal behaviors including  the selling of organs and other parts from these aborted babies.  Locally, there will be a peaceful protest at 850 Orchard St., Iowa City, from 9:00AM-11:00AM.  For more information, contact Sheryl at Johnson County Right to Life at (319) 855-8475  or director@jcrtl.org.

Prayers for the Start of the School Year, August 23-
       Following liturgy on Sunday August 23, Fr. Ignatius will offer prayers and a blessing for all students (pre-K- post graduate) as they begin the school year.  Please bring your students to liturgy that day!

Prayer Request-
       Former St. Raphael Church members Tony and Meghan Carter ask for your prayers.  In order to alleviate Tony's chronic liver failure due to an auto-immune disease, Meghan will be donating a large portion of her own liver to Tony.  She is a much closer match than any of Tony's relatives.  Their transplant surgeries are scheduled for September 8.  Please pray for God's peace upon them leading up to the day of the surgeries, for skill for their medical staff, and for successful outcome and healing.  

Vesperal Liturgy for the Beheading of St. John the Forerunner-
       We will commemorate this solemn event with Vesperal Liturgy on August 28 at 6:00PM.

Sunday School Start Date-
        We will restart Sunday school classes on September 13.  We look forward to another excellent year!

Food for All-Kalona-
       (1) Kalona Summer Lunch will end Wed., August 19. It has been a great summer with lots of participation and community building. Please be praying for wisdom and insight regarding future programs, particularly for Amy Spencer, the organizer.
(2) GOOD NEWS regarding Kalona Vespers: First, United Christian and Baptist Church, which hosts it, decided to let us use their beautiful sanctuary rent-free from June through August. Second, the pastor of Kalona Methodist, which provides an account and financial accountability for Food for All, encouraged us to tithe to Kalona Vespers off all dollars donated to that account. You bet we will! 

Looking for Book Donations-
        Parishioners are asked to bring any unwanted books in used but good condition to church (they can be left on the table in the bookstore room).  Iulian Vamanu will be organizing them and the parish council will consider how and when to host a book sale to benefit the church.  Iulian asks that all books be brought to church by the end of August so that he can start organizing them for the sale.
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 heard from.  Please pray for their well being and release and also pray for their captors as well.  

Next Sunday's Gospel Reading-
          At that time, a young man came up to Jesus, kneeling and saying, “Good Teacher, what good deed must I do, to have eternal life?” And He said to him, “Why do you call Me good? No one is good but One, that is, God. If you would enter life, keep the commandments.” He said to Him, “Which?” And Jesus said, “You shall not kill, you shall not commit adultery, you shall not steal, you shall not bear false witness, honor your father and mother, and you shall love your neighbor as yourself.” The young man said to Him, “All these I have observed; what do I still lack?” Jesus said to him, “If you would be perfect, go, sell what you possess and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, follow me.” When the young man heard this, he went away sorrowful; for he had great possessions. And Jesus said to his disciples, “Truly, I say to you, it will be hard for a rich man to enter the Kingdom of Heaven. Again I tell you, it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God.” When the disciples heard this they were greatly astonished, saying, “Who then can be saved?” But Jesus looked at them and said to them, “With men this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.”  (Matthew 19:16-23)
Pray for our Catechumen-
       Please keep our catechumen Ilya Buchkin in your prayers as he prepares to be sacramentally joined to the Orthodox Church. 

Holy Bread-
       The Rockwell/Gvarjaladze family will provide the holy bread for liturgy on Sunday, August 23.  Thank you in advance.

Choir Leadership-
        Tania Van Dinter will lead the choir on the weekend of August 22-23.

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. 

Food for Thought-

By divine command, the God-bearing Apostles were caught up in the air and carried on the clouds from everywhere. Reaching your most pure and life originating body they venerated it exceedingly. Present were the highest powers of heaven with their own Master. Seized with reverent awe they escort your pure body which received God. They proceeded in a transcendent and invisible way, crying out to the heavenly ranks above, “Behold, the divine Maiden, the Queen of all is here”. Open the gates and receive the Mother of the everlasting light in a manner beyond this world. Through her has come the salvation of the whole race of mortals. We are unable to look upon her and cannot render honor worthy of her. Her excellence surpasses all understanding. Wherefore, O pure Theotokos, who live with your Son and life-bearing King forever, ceaselessly intercede that your newborn people be protected and saved from every adverse assault; for we have your protection. We brightly bless you forever.

Doxastikon of Great Vespers of the Dormition of the Theotokos