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Church Bulletin: August 23, 2015

posted Aug 24, 2015, 11:06 AM by Saint Raphael of Brooklyn Antiochian Orthodox Church
August 23, 2015- Twelfth Sunday after Pentecost
This Week's Services and Events

August 26, Wednesday
        +  Akathist, 7:00PM

August 28, Friday
        + Matins, 8:30AM
        + Office Hours, 9:30AM-11:30AM
        + Vesperal Liturgy for the Beheading of the Forerunner, 6:00PM

August 29, Saturday
        + Great Vespers, 5:00PM

August 30, Thirteenth Sunday after Pentecost
        + Matins, 8:45AM 
        + Divine Liturgy, 10:00AM, followed by coffee hour
Upcoming Events and Announcements

       Today we are saying goodbye to the Van Dinter family, who is moving to Washington state.  Matt will be staying in town for awhile, in order to finish up business with their house, but Tania, Anna and Dasha are leaving this week.  We will miss them very much.  May God grant them many years!

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.  A fundraising page has been set up by one of Meghan's sisters to further explain the medical situation and to raise money to help Tony and Meghan during what will be lengthy recovery times.  That page is at: http://www.youcaring.com/meghan-and-tony-carter-415834#

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.

Parish-wide Potluck Next Sunday-
        Sunday, August 30 is the fifth Sunday of the month and that means that we ask all families to bring food to share after Liturgy as we have no designated team to provide food on fifth Sundays.  

Book Sale, Trial Run-
        Following liturgy next Sunday, August 30, the donated books will be displayed and available for purchase.  Spend a few minutes to browse and purchase.  Iulian Vamanu is giving us this exclusive sneak peek for our benefit, and so that we can practice for a future book sale to the public.  

Orthodox Christian Fellowship-
       Our OCF college group will begin meeting on Thursday, September 3 with dinner at 6:30PM, at the Boehm home in Cedar Rapids.  Throughout the school year, we will meet on Thursday evenings, alternating between dinner and compline.  To stay up to date on OCF events, ask to be added to the University of Iowa Orthodox Christian Fellowship Facebook page.

Becoming Truly Human Series Beginning Mid-September-
       This important way to present our Christian faith to lapsed and unchurched Christians (and non-Christians) will begin at the University of Iowa's IMU in mid-September.  Stay tuned.  The success of this program relies on you and me asking others to participate.

Sunday School Kick-off, September 12-
        On Saturday September 12, from 11AM-1PM, we will have a Sunday School kick-off potluck picnic with games.  Bring your Sunday School students.  Sunday school classes begin on September 13, following Liturgy.  We look forward to another excellent year!

Zedashe Ensemble Concert, September 16-
       Zedashe, from the Republic of Georgia, will be performing at St. Raphael Church at 7:30 on Wednesday, September 16.  They will perform both sacred music and folk music in the Georgian tradition.  Refreshments will follow.  Suggested donation for adults is $20-35 and for students is $10-15.  Spread the word.  Bring your friends.  

Food for All - Kalona-
       Summer Lunch season is over. We're happy to report we provided 1,100 lunches: 700 sit-down lunches plus 400 packed to go. Plus lots of free milk and yogurt from Kalona SuperNatural as well as garden produce. But more important, our guests had fun getting to know each other, playing games, doing art, and volunteering. 
   Please pray for Amy, Bill, and some key volunteers as we explore ways to serve the community between summers. Amy plans to volunteer at the local elementary school to help kids read and to start making more community connections. 
  Meanwhile, Kalona Vespers on first and third Wednesdays (7 p.m.) continue, though we will miss Tania's beautiful singing! Join us at UCB Church, Highway 22 and 4th St., Kalona. Questions? Contact Amy at foodforallkalona@gmail.com.

E-Version of Orthodox Prayer Book-
       The little red prayer book published by the Antiochian Archdiocese is now available online at: http://www.antiochian.org/orthodox-prayers

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-
      The Lord spoke this parable: “There was a householder who planted a vineyard, and set a hedge around it, and dug a wine press in it, and built a tower, and let it out to tenants, and went into another country. When the season of fruit drew near, he sent his servants to the tenants, to get his fruit; and the tenants took his servants and beat one, killed another, and stoned another. Again he sent other servants, more than the first; and they did the same to them. Afterward he sent his son to them, saying, ‘They will respect my son.’ But when the tenants saw the son, they said to themselves, ‘This is the heir; come, let us kill him and have his inheritance.’ And they took him and cast him out of the vineyard, and killed him. When therefore the owner of the vineyard comes, what will he do to those tenants?” They said to him, “He will put those wretches to a miserable death, and let out the vineyard to other tenants who will give him the fruits in their seasons.” Jesus said to them, “Have you never read in the Scriptures: ‘The very stone which the builders rejected has become the head of the corner; this was the Lord’s doing, and it is marvelous in our eyes?’”  (Matthew 21:33-42)       
Pray for our Catechumen-
       Please keep our catechumen Ilya Buchkin in your prayers as he prepares to be sacramentally joined to the Orthodox Church. 

Choir Leadership-
         Matthew Arndt will lead the choir on the weekend of August 29-30.

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-
O God, who shall be compared with You?  Keep not Your silence, O God!  Do not hold Your peace, and do not be still, O God!  For behold, Your enemies make a tumult; and those who hate You have lifted up their head.  They have taken crafty counsel against Your people, and consulted together against Your saints.
Psalm 82-1-3