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Church Bulletin: August 27, 2017

posted Aug 27, 2017, 6:25 PM by Saint Raphael of Brooklyn Antiochian Orthodox Church
Sunday August 27, 2017- The Twelfth Sunday after Pentecost

This Week's Services and Events

August 28, Monday
        + Vesperal Liturgy for Beheading of the Forerunner, 6:00PM

August 29, Tuesday
        + Office Hours, 11:00AM-3:45PM
        + 9th Hour Prayers, 3:00PM

August 30, Wednesday
        + Office Hours, 11:30AM-3:00PM
        + 9th Hour Prayers, 3:00PM
        + Akathist, 7:00PM

August 31, Thursday
        + Office Hours, 12:00PM-4:00PM
        + 9th Hour Prayers, 3:00PM

September 1, Friday
        + Office Hours, 11:30AM-3:00PM
        + 9th Hour Prayers, 3:00PM

September 2, Saturday
        + "Know the Faith" Book Study, 3:00PM
        + Great Vespers, 5:00PM

September 3, Thirteenth Sunday after Pentecost
        + Matins, 8:45AM
        + Divine Liturgy, 10:00AM followed by Sunday School Kick-off Picnic

Upcoming Events and Announcements-             

Farewell to Anna Baynton-
        Anna Baynton will be moving to Massachusetts for college this week.  May God grant her many years!      

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- 11:00AM-3:45PM
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.  

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.  

New Calendars Available-
        The calendars showing services and events for September and October are printed and ready for your use.

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!

First OCF Meeting September 14-
        Our college group, the Orthodox Christian Fellowship, will begin our weekly Thursday meetings on September 14 at 7PM at the IMU (Michigan State Rm 349).  Our schedule will likely be: home cooked dinner on 1st and 3rd Thursdays (locations vary) , and compline/meeting at IMU on 2nd and 4th Thursdays.  Bring a friend!  Open to all college age people (undergrad and grad) regardless of where or if you attend college.  

Parking Reminder-
        As the school year has begun, parking becomes a lot more difficult in our neighborhood.  If you cannot find on street parking, the Chauncey Swan parking garage is located about 3 blocks to the west on College St.  Parking is free on Sundays.  

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-
         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 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-

For God created man for immortality and made him an image of His own eternity.

- Wisdom of Solomon 2:23