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Church Bulletin: August 17, 2014

posted Aug 17, 2014, 1:26 PM by Saint Raphael of Brooklyn Antiochian Orthodox Church
August 17, 2014- 10th Sunday after Pentecost
This Week's Services and Events

August 19, Tuesday
        +  Parish Council meeting, 7PM

August 20, Wednesday
        +  Akathist, 7PM

August 22, Friday
        + Matins, 8:30AM
        + Father's Office Hours, 9:30AM-11:30AM

August 23, Saturday
        + Teen SOYO Day at the Movies (Check with Alli for time)
        + 9th Hour/Great Vespers, 6PM
August 24, 11th Sunday after Pentecost
        + Matins, 8:45AM
        + Divine Liturgy, 10AM, followed by coffee hour
Upcoming Events and Announcements  

Sunday School is Starting Soon!-
       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.  Speak to Lori Branch or Alli Rockwell 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. 

Go to St. George Church, Cedar Rapids the weekend of August 30-31-
       There will be no services at St. Raphael Church on August 30-31.  Fr. Ignatius will be out of town.  Please go to our mother church, St. George (3650 Cottage Grove Ave. SE)  Bishop Anthony will be with them and they will be celebrating their 100th anniversary.  Arrive early if you want a seat and a parking space.  Vespers is at 4PM on Saturday and Sunday Matins starts at 8:45AM followed by liturgy at 10:00AM.  To read a local newspaper article on St. George's upcoming celebrations (which also mentions St. Raphael Church), go to: http://thegazette.com/subject/life/tradition-of-faith-20140816

Pray for St. Elias Greek Orthodox Church in Dubuque-
       Please keep our brothers and sisters at St. Elias Church in Dubuque in your prayers.  http://www.kcrg.com/subject/news/roof-issues-cause-problems-at-dubuque-church-20140814

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

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-      
        Fr. Thomas Zell … "One of my earliest childhood memories is of piling into the back of our family car on Sunday morning and heading off to our little Baptist church in Klamath Falls, Oregon. Along with ensuring that my brother and I were properly cleaned and dressed for the occasion, my father would always drop several coins into our hands, so that we in turn could drop them into the offering plate at church. Tithing was something Dad faithfully practiced all his life, and he wanted to make sure his sons followed suit. Having lived with this tradition for so long, and loving it so much, it is hard for me now to stop and look at it objectively. But since the concept has become somewhat an object of debate today, I would like to examine both the myth and the realities behind this practice, and to follow the trail of the tithe."

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 24 is: 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 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 23, the holy bread will be provided by the Van Dinter family.  Thank you in advance.

Choir Leadership-
       Tania Van Dinter will lead the choir during the weekend of August 23-24.

Coffee Hour-
        On Sunday August 23, the food for coffee hour and clean-up of the fellowship hall will be provided by the St. John the Baptist team.

Church Cleaning-
       During the week of August 17-23, the nave, narthex, bookstore, stairs, nursery and bathrooms will be cleaned by the St. Nicholas team.

Food for Thought-

God’s grace always assists those who struggle, but this does not mean that a struggler is always in the position of a victor. Sometimes in the arena the wild animals did not touch the righteous ones, but by no means were they all preserved untouched.

St. John Maximovitch