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Church Bulletin: August 21, 2016

posted Aug 21, 2016, 7:33 PM by Saint Raphael of Brooklyn Antiochian Orthodox Church

August 21, 2016- 9th Sunday After Pentecost

 This Week's Services and Events

August 23, Tuesday
        + Parish Council meeting, 6:30PM

August 24, Wednesday
        + Akathist, 7:00PM

August 27, Saturday
        + Intro to Orthodoxy Class, 3:00PM
        + Great Vespers, 5:00PM 

August 28, 10th Sunday after Pentecost
        + Matins, 8:45AM
        + Divine Liturgy, 10:00AM followed by Coffee Hour
Upcoming Events and Announcements- 

Olive Oil Donations Accepted-
        We use olive oil in the lamps that hang before the icons.  We rely on donations and our oil supply is currently low.  We have found that a mid-grade oil (not extra-virgin) burns best.  Please consider donating a bottle or two.  

Intro To Orthodoxy Classes-
        Introduction to Orthodoxy classes are continuing on Saturdays at 3:00PM.  Remaining classes are on August 27, September 3, 10, 17, 24 and October 1 .  This class is open to all.  Do you have any friends, neighbors or co-workers who have asked you questions about your Orthodox Christian faith or have shown interest?  Invite them to come.  

Blessing of Students, August 28-
       Since we are at the beginning of the school year once again, all students, from pre-K through post graduate, will be prayed for and anointed with oil following liturgy on August 28.

Sunday School Program Starting Soon-
        Soon, registration letters will be distributed.  When you receive one, please fill it out and return it.  This will help our teachers to know who they will have in their classes.  This year, we will have three classes: pre-K through 3rd grade, 4th through 6th grade, and 7th through 12th grade.  Our kick-off picnic will be on Saturday, September 10 from 11:00AM-1:00PM with classes starting after liturgy on Sunday, September 11.

An Invitation to Help Firmly Establish Our Parish By Working to Discover Who We Are and What our Purpose Is-
        Leaders from both the Archdiocesan Departments of Lay Ministries and Stewardship will be coming to St. Raphael Church on October 7-8 for the first of two weekend sessions to work with parish leaders and all those interested to help us discern what our purpose, vision and goals are as the local expression of the Holy Orthodox Church in Iowa City.  All are welcomed to participate.  The more, the better.  This is for the building up of our church and its firm establishment for the future.  The commitment is for Friday evening and both morning and afternoon on Saturday.  A second similar weekend will be scheduled to continue the work.   

Food for All - Kalona
               The totals are in for Kalona Summer Lunch! 1,683 lunches were provided, averaging 55 a day (MWF). A total of 271 different guests joined us at one time or another, with 75 coming at least 7 times over the summer and 28 coming very regularly. 
Please pray for this Orthodox-style, community-style charity work as we start what we hope to be twice-a-month Sunday evening suppers in October. Also ask our Lord to draw people to Himself and and His Church through it. Visit our website at foodforallkalona.weebly.com. Ask Amy Spencer to take you out to coffee if you want to learn more. Email: foodforallkalona@gmail.com.  Amy will be taking a sabbatical from Food for All during the month of September to pray, particularly about new programs and Kalona Vespers, which has been on hold.

Next Sunday's Gospel Reading-
        At that time, a man came up to Jesus and kneeling before Him said, “Lord, have mercy on my son, for he is an epileptic and he suffers terribly; for often he falls into the fire, and often into the water. And I brought him to Thy disciples, and they could not heal him.” And Jesus answered, “O faithless and perverse generation, how long am I to be with you? How long am I to bear with you? Bring him here to me.” And Jesus rebuked him, and the demon came out of him, and the boy was cured instantly. Then the disciples came to Jesus privately and said, “Why could we not cast it out?” Jesus said to them, “Because you have no faith. For truly, I say to you, if you have faith as a grain of mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move; and nothing will be impossible to you. This kind never comes out except by prayer and fasting.” As they were traveling together through Galilee, Jesus said to them, “The Son of man is to be delivered into the hands of men, and they will kill Him, and He will rise on the third day.”  (Matthew 17:14-23)

Pray for our Catechumen-
       Please keep our catechumen Ilya Buchkin in your prayers as he prepares to be sacramentally joined to the Orthodox Church.

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.  

Food for Thought-

Ready is my heart, O God, ready is my heart; I will sing and chant in my glory.  Awake, O my glory; awake, O psaltery and harp; I myself will awake at dawn.  I will confess Thee among the peoples, O Lord, I will chant unto Thee among the nations.  For great above the heavens is Thy mercy, and even unto the clouds is Thy truth.  Be Thou exalted above the heavens O God, and Thy glory above all the earth.

- Psalm 107:1-5