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Church Bulletin: August 28, 2016

posted Aug 28, 2016, 7:52 PM by Saint Raphael of Brooklyn Antiochian Orthodox Church
August 28, 2016- 10th Sunday After Pentecost

 This Week's Services and Events

August 30, Tuesday
        + Office Hours, 1:15PM-2:45PM
        + 9th Hour Prayers, 3:00PM

August 31, Wednesday
        + Akathist, 7:00PM


September 3, Saturday
        + Intro to Orthodoxy Class, 2:30PM
        + Great Vespers with Bishop Anthony at St. George (Cedar Rapids), 5:00PM 

September 4, 11th Sunday after Pentecost
        + Matins, 8:45AM
        + Divine Liturgy, 10:00AM followed by Coffee Hour
       
Upcoming Events and Announcements- 

September/October Calendars Printed-
        Calendars listing services and events for September and October are printed and available for pick up in the narthex.

Change in Office Hours-
        Due to new school and work schedules for Fr. Ignatius's family, it was necessary to shift office hours.  The new hours will be 1:15PM-2:45PM on Tuesdays and Thursdays.  There will be no office hours or matins on Fridays.  There will be 9th Hour Prayers at 3:00PM on Tuesdays.  If you want to meet with Father and these times don't work for you, he will work something else out.  Just ask.  

Orthodox Christian Fellowship-
        OCF begins again with dinner at Lori's at 6:30PM on September 1.  OCF will meet most Thursday evenings with dinner at 6:30PM on the 1st and 3rd Thursdays of each month, and compline at 7:00PM on the 2nd and 4th Thursdays of the month.

Saturday Vespers at St. George With Bishop Anthony This Week-
        We will not have vespers at St. Raphael on September 3.  Rather, you are encouraged to join with the faithful of St. George Church in Cedar Rapids as they welcome Bishop Anthony.  Vespers at St. George is at 5:00PM.

Our Church Bookstore Now Accepts Credit Card Purchases-
        We are able to accept credit cards for bookstore purchases now.  If you want to purchase anything with your card, see bookstore manager Robert Peterson.

Upcoming Mid-Week Liturgies-
        Two of the twelve Great Feasts fall during the month of September.  On September 7, we will have Vesperal Liturgy for the Nativity of the Theotokos and on September 13 we will have Vesperal Liturgy for the Elevation of the Cross, both at 6:00PM.

Parking Reminder-
        Since on-street parking near the church has been nearly impossible the last two Sundays, it is good to remember that there is a free parking garage west of the church on College St., about three blocks away.  There are always plenty of spaces there.

Intro To Orthodoxy Classes-
        Introduction to Orthodoxy classes are continuing on Saturdays at 3:00PM.  Remaining classes are on 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.  

Sunday School Program Starting Soon-
        Registration letters have been distributed and are also in the narthex.   Families, 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.

Take Advantage of Your Priest!-
        From a financial standpoint, a full-time priest is often the biggest investment a church makes.  Yet sometimes, people do not fully use this resource to the fullest.  Fr. Dustin Lyon from St. Elias the Prophet Church in Dubuque has some good thoughts to share regarding this. http://www.dustinlyon.org/?p=637 
 
        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-
        The Lord spoke this parable: “The kingdom of heaven may be compared to a king who wished to settle accounts with his servants. When he began the reckoning, one was brought to him who owed him ten thousand talents; and as he could not pay, his lord ordered him to be sold, with his wife and children and all that he had, and payment to be made. So the servant fell on his knees, imploring him, ‘Lord, have patience with me, and I will pay you everything.’ And out of pity for him the lord of that servant released him and forgave him the debt. But that same servant, as he went out, came upon one of his fellow servants who owed him a hundred denarii; and seizing him by the throat he said, ‘Pay what you owe.’ So his fellow servant fell down and besought him, ‘Have patience with me, and I will pay you.’ He refused and went and put him in prison until he should pay the debt. When his fellow servants saw what had taken place, they were greatly distressed, and they went and reported to their lord all that had taken place. Then his lord summoned him and said to him, ‘You wicked servant! I forgave you all that debt because you besought me; and should not you have had mercy on your fellow servant, as I had mercy on you?’ And in anger his lord delivered him to the jailers, until he should pay all his debt. So also My heavenly Father will do to every one of you, if you do not forgive your brother from your heart.”  (Matthew 18:23-35)

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-

Therefore if there is any consolation in Christ, if any comfort of love, if any fellowship of the Spirit, if any affection and mercy, fulfill my joy by being like-minded, having the same love, being of one accord, of one mind.  Let nothing be done through selfish ambition or conceit, but in lowliness of mind, let each esteem others better than himself.  Let each of you look out not only for his own interests, but also for the interests of others.

- Philippians 2:1-4
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