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Church Bulletin: August 20, 2017

posted Aug 21, 2017, 6:50 AM by Saint Raphael of Brooklyn Antiochian Orthodox Church
Sunday August 20, 2017- The Eleventh Sunday after Pentecost

This Week's Services and Events

August 22, Tuesday
        + Office Hours, 1:15PM-2:45PM
        + 9th Hour Prayers, 3:00PM

August 23, Wednesday
        + Akathist, 7:00PM

August 26, Saturday
        + Great Vespers, 5:00PM

August 27, Twelfth Sunday after Pentecost
        + Matins, 8:45AM
        +Divine Liturgy, 10:00AM followed by Fellowship Hour

Upcoming Events and Announcements-            

Fr. Ignatius Will Be Out of Town-
        Fr. Ignatius will be visiting his parents in Wisconsin this week, Thursday- Saturday.  There will be no office hours on Thursday.  

Blessing the New School Year-
        Next Sunday, August 27 at the end of liturgy, all students (and teachers!) will have the opportunity to be prayed for, blessed and anointed with oil, asking God to bless the new school year.  

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.  

Expanded Office Hours and Ninth Hour Prayers-
        Beginning Tuesday, August 29, Fr. Ignatius plans to expand his office hours to the following schedule every week.
Tuesday- 9:30am-4pm
Wednesday- 11:30am-3pm
Thursday- 12pm-4pm
Friday- 11:30am-3pm
In addition, there will be 9th Hour Prayers at 3:00PM every Tuesday through Friday.  The church will be open during these times for you to talk with Father, make your confession, or to come in and light a candle and pray.  Occasionally, he may have to step out of the office during these times, and so emailing or calling or texting Father ahead of time if you plan to come in is suggested.  

Assembly of Bishops Statement on Charlottesville and Race-
        Through the Assembly of the Canonical Orthodox Bishops of the United States, all of our bishops, across jurisdictional lines, remind us that racism, which is a heresy, has no place in the life of a Christian and they urge us to seek peace and pray for reconciliation.  You can read the statement at: http://www.assemblyofbishops.org/news/2017/response-to-racist-violence-charlottesville-va

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 is now available in the narthex.  Pick up a copy. fill it out, and return it 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.  

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.  Bring your Bible and a friend!

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 location  in 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.  

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-
        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 19:16-26) 

 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-

 But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far off have been brought near by the blood of Christ.  For He Himself is our peace, who has made both one, and has broken down the middle wall of separation, having abolished in His flesh the enmity, that is, the law of commandments contained in ordinances, so as to create in Himself one new man from the two, thus making peace, and that He might reconcile them both to God in one body through the cross, thereby putting to death the enmity.  And He came and preached peace to you who were afar off and to those who were near.  For through Him we both have access by one Spirit to the Father. 

Ephesians 2:13-18