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Church Bulletin: August 2, 2015

posted Aug 2, 2015, 1:45 PM by Saint Raphael of Brooklyn Antiochian Orthodox Church
August 2, 2015- Ninth Sunday after Pentecost
This Week's Services and Events

August 3, Monday
        + Paraklesis, 7:00PM

August 4, Tuesday
         + Free Lunch Program Volunteering, 11:30AM-1:30PM

August 5, Wednesday
        +  Vesperal Liturgy for Transfiguration, 6:00PM
        + Vespers in Kalona, 7:00PM

August 7, Friday
        + Matins, 8:30AM
        + Office Hours, 9:30AM-11:30AM
        + Paraklesis, 7:00PM

August 8, Saturday
        + Great Vespers, 5:00PM

August 9, Tenth Sunday after Pentecost
        + Matins, 8:45AM 
        + Divine Liturgy, 10:00AM, followed by coffee hour
        + Paraklesis, 7:00PM
Upcoming Events and Announcements

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

What to Expect in August-
        These first two weeks of August are a busy time in the life of our church.  We fast for two weeks (Aug 1-14) and celebrate two major feast days, Transfiguration and Dormition.  In addition, we have several extra services, including the comforting Paraklesis service.  Here is our schedule of services:
August 1- Great Vespers, 5:00PM
August 2- Matins/Liturgy, 8:45AM/10:00AM; Paraklesis, 7:00PM
August 3- Paraklesis, 7:00PM
August 5- Vesperal Liturgy for Transfiguration, 6:00PM
August 7- Matins, 8:30AM; Paraklesis, 7:00PM
August 8- Great Vespers, 5:00PM
August 9- Matins/Liturgy, 8:45AM/10:00AM; Paraklesis, 7:00PM
August 10- Paraklesis, 7:00PM
August 12- Paraklesis, 7:00PM
August 14- Great Vespers for Dormition, 7:00PM

Fr. Ignatius Will Be at Camp August 9-15-
       Fr. Ignatius will be on staff at Camp St. George from the evening of August 9 until the morning of August 15.  All services during that time at St. Raphael will be done reader's style without a priest.  Fr. Ignatius should be reachable on his cell phone during this time.  Please pray for all campers and staff, that we would receive God's blessings during this time.

Thank You-
       Thank you to all those who helped prepare and set-up and take down and staff our table at the Johnson County fair including Matthew, Alexia, Irakliy, Josiah, Hannah, Lizzy, Kh. Maria, Lena, Natasha, Dale and Roberta.  It is always good to make the effort to present our church and our faith to the public.  

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.  Please direct any questions you have to Iulian.  

Food for All-Kalona-
       Summer Lunch is growing in both attendance and community support. Come on down for lunch anytime (MWF, noon to one). Amy asks for prayer especially as she is beginning to have opportunities to share about the Orthodox faith.  Also please support Kalona Vespers however you can; prayer for this outreach is appreciated too. Our regular attendees are Orthodox, with an occasional non-Orthodox person (or group of people) visiting. We gather on first and third Wednesdays at 7 p.m., United Christian and Baptist Church, Kalona.

Addresses from His Beatitude Patriarch John X and His Eminence Metropolitan Joseph-
       To read the addresses given by Patriarch John and Metropolitan Joseph to the Archdiocese Convention General Assembly, go to:

"The pro-choice worldview is a form of iconoclasm that leads to death and despair"-
       Planned Parenthood, the largest abortion provider in the US, has been in the news of late, since undercover videos have shown high level officials from that organization negotiating financial compensation for the harvesting of organs and other parts of aborted unborn babies.  To read a powerful and prophetic Orthodox response  to this tragedy and to abortion in general, go to:  http://myocn.net/when-death-comes-to-dinner/

Benefits of Silent Prayer at Night-
       To read a beautiful meditation on the benefits of waking in the middle of the night for brief, silent prayer, go to:  http://www.mullmonastery.com/monastery-blog/prayer-by-night/

A Recently Released Video from our Patriarchate-
       To watch a well done and powerful 8 minute video on the suffering Church in Syria and what they are doing in the Name of Christ to relieve the suffering of others, go to: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3GyjdcCGJgE
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 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. 

Holy Bread-
       The Rockwell/Gvarjaladze family will provide the holy bread for liturgy on Sunday, August 9.  Thank you in advance.

Choir Leadership-
        Matthew Arndt will lead the choir on the weekend of August 8-9.

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-

"When the Spirit of God descends upon a man and overshadows him with the fullness of His outpouring, then his soul overflows with a joy not to be described, for the Holy Spirit turns to joy whatever He touches." 

- St. Seraphim of Sarov