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Church Bulletin: August 26, 2012

posted Aug 26, 2012, 5:25 PM by Saint Raphael of Brooklyn Antiochian Orthodox Church

August 26, 2012- Twelfth Sunday after Pentecost

This Week's Services and Events

        Aug 28, Tuesday
             + Third Hour prayers, 9AM
             + Vesperal Liturgy for St. John the Forerunner, 6PM
        Aug 29, Wednesday
             + Akathist, 7PM
        Aug 30, Thursday
             + OCF Compline followed by Discussion on "Beginnings: Keeping a Fresh Perspective", 7PM
        Aug 31, Friday
             + Matins, 8:30AM

        Sept 1, Saturday
            + 9th Hour/Vespers, 6PM

        Sept. 2, 13th Sunday After Pentecost
             + Matins, 8:45AM
             + Divine Liturgy, 10AM followed by coffee hour

Upcoming Events and Announcements 

Vesperal Liturgy for the Beheading of St. John the Forerunner-

       On Tuesday, August 28, we will gather for Vesperal Liturgy at 6PM to commemorate the Beheading of St. John the Forerunner. Please join us!

Sept.-Oct. Calendars Available-

       Calendars for the next two months of services and events are now available to be picked up in the church narthex.

Holy Bread Needed-

       The opportunity is available to provide the holy bread for next Sunday, September, 2.  Please contact Fr. Ignatius if you can do so.

Happy Ecclesiastical New Year!

       Did you know that the Orthodox Church year begins on September 1 and ends on August 31?  So, this Saturday, we mark the beginning of another liturgical year.  Happy New Year!

Free Lunch Program Volunteering-

       We will volunteer at the Free Lunch Program on Tuesday September 4 from 11:30AM-1:30PM.  Please let Fr. Ignatius know if you can help this month.

Commemoration of the Nativity of the Theotokos-

       The first of the twelve major feasts of the church year is the Nativity of the Theotokos on September 8.  We will celebrate this feast with vespers at 6PM on Friday September 7 and matins and Liturgy at 8:45AM and 10AM on Saturday September 8.  Please join us!

Sunday School Kick-off Picnic and Beginning of School Year-

       We plan to have a kick-off celebration for our Sunday School program from 1PM-4PM on Saturday, September 8.  Sunday School for students pre-K through high school will begin after Liturgy on Sunday, September 9.  Please get your enrollment forms to Alli Rockwell as soon as possible.  The Sunday School program is in need of more helpers.  Please consider lending your time to make our Sunday School program even better than it was last year.  Speak with Lori Branch if you are interested in helping.

Art and Flower Festival to Benefit Habitat for Humanity-

            You are invited to the 9th Annual Art & Flower festival to benefit Iowa Valley Habitat for Humanity.  The festival will be held on September 15th from 10:00 am - 4:00 pm at Anna's Cutting Garden at 1259 Rohret Rd SW, Oxford, Iowa.  Guests may pick fresh flowers, purchase local artwork, participate in children's activities and enjoy homemade ice cream and pizza from the wood-fired oven. Freewill donations taken for food, activities and flowers will benefit Iowa Valley Habitat for Humanity. Come rain or shine and bring a friend! 

Geneva Lecture Series-

        The Geneva Lecture Series presents Art and the Care of Culture with Makoto Fujimura.  God calls us to be good stewards. So, how does this apply to art, culture, and the humanities? Come hear this engaging lecture by internationally renowned artist Makoto Fujimura at the University of Iowa's Phillips Hall Auditorium Tuesday, September 18, 2012 at 7:30 PM. Sponsored by Geneva Campus Ministry. More information at www.geneva-ui.org

"Mysteries of the Jesus Prayer" Film Showing-

       St. Raphael Church is sponsoring a free public showing of the 114 minute documentary film "Mysteries of the Jesus Prayer" at the Iowa City Public Library, Meeting Room A, at 7PM on Tuesday, September 25.  The filmakers take their viewers to the Middle East, the Mediterranean area and Eastern Europe, introducing viewers to hermits, monks, nuns and clergymen as they seek to find out how and why the Jesus Prayer has been a mainstay of Orthodox spirituality for hundreds of years.  Fr. Ignatius will introduce the film and facilitate a brief discussion afterward.  Plan to come and bring some friends!

Reflections on the Liturgy from an Orthodox Military Chaplain-

       Nearly 2,000 US troops have died in the war in Afghanistan, and many more enemy combatants and civilians.  Currently 80,000 US troops are stationed there, many of them engaged in frequent combat.  It is easy for us to forget this far-away, decade-old war unless we know someone who is there on the front lines.  Fr. Sean Levine, a military chaplain and priest in the OCA, has written an excellent article from the field where he is currently serving in Afghanistan.  You can read this article which focuses on God acting through the Divine Liturgy and which appears in the OCA's Wonder blog, by going to: http://ocawonder.com/2012/08/17/it-is-time-for-the-lord-to-act-liturgy-in-southern-afghanistan/

Church Teachings on Pre-Marital Sex-

       Go to: http://www.johnsanidopoulos.com/2012/08/what-elder-epiphanios-said-about-pre.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+Mystagogy+%28MYSTAGOGY%29 to read what elder Epiphanios says about pre-marital sexual relations.

Oil and Wine Donations Accepted-

        We use a lot of olive oil (regular, not "extra-virgin" or "light") in our vigil lamps that burn on the altar and before the icons.  The church will always gladly accept donations of oil.  We are also accepting donations to purchase a case of wine.  We use Mavrodaphne of Patras, a sweet red Greek wine.  If you have any questions or would like to know specifically how to donate, talk with Todd Wiblin of Fr. Ignatius.

Evangelism Bible Verse-

       This week's verse:  "In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.  The Word became flesh and made His dwelling among us.  We have seen His glory, the glory of the One and Only, Who came from the Father, full of grace and truth." (John 1:1,14)

Daily Scripture Readings for the Week-

       Following are the readings for this week:

              Aug 26- Daniel 3:67-4:18; Psalms 146; Proverbs 31:6-9; Revelation 18

              Aug 27- Daniel 4:19-6:29; Psalms 147; Proverbs 31:10-15; Revelation 19

              Aug 28- Daniel 7-8; Psalms 148; Proverbs 31:16-20; Revelation 20

              Aug 29- Daniel 9:1-11:28; Psalms 149; Proverbs 31:21-25; Revelation 21

              Aug 30- Daniel 11:29-Bel 42; Psalms 150-151; Proverbs 31:26-30; Revelation 22

       Congratulations to all those who stuck with this year-long reading plan and completed the whole Bible (Psalms and Proverbs twice!) in one year.  If anyone would like to start this plan beginning September 1, please ask Fr. Ignatius for a copy of the reading plan schedule.

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.

Coffee Hour-
      On Sunday September 2, the food for coffee hour will be provided by the St. Nicholas team.
Church Cleaning-
       During the week following Sunday Aug 26, the cleaning of the nave, narthex, bookstore/library, stairs, nursery and bathrooms will be provided by the St. Raphael team.
Food for Thought-

God does not come near to where flesh is in charge: God's contact with man is through his spirit, and the spirit in such a person is out of its proper order. He will feel God's calling for the first time when his spirit begins to claim its rights in the voice of conscience and the fear of God. And when a man finally makes his free deliberate choice for the spirit, then God will join that man and dwell in him. From that moment on begins the conversion of his soul and body, the whole inner and outer man, until "God may be all in all" (1 Cor. 15:28), and the man which once was carnal, transforms into a spiritual being and becomes sanctified. What a marvelous privilege of mankind, and how few of us know about it, appreciate it and seek it!

 St. Theophan the Recluse