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Church Bulletin:August 30, 2015

posted Aug 31, 2015, 8:02 AM by Saint Raphael of Brooklyn Antiochian Orthodox Church
August 30, 2015- Thirteenth Sunday after Pentecost
This Week's Services and Events

August 31, Monday
        +  Intro to Orthodoxy, 7:00PM

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

September 2, Wednesday
        + Vespers in Kalona, 7:00PM

September 3, Thursday
        + OCF dinner at Boehm home in Marion, 6:30PM

September 4, Friday
        + Matins, 8:30AM
        + Office Hours, 9:30AM-11:30AM

September 5, Saturday
        + Great Vespers, 5:00PM

September 6, Fourteenth Sunday after Pentecost
        + Matins, 8:45AM 
        + Divine Liturgy, 10:00AM, followed by coffee hour
Upcoming Events and Announcements

September/October Calendars-
       The September/October calendars are printed and available in the narthex.

       Rob, Hannah and Nate Young were welcomed into the catechumenate today during liturgy.  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#

Free Lunch Program-
       It is our monthly turn to volunteer at the Free Lunch Program this Tuesday, September 1.  Anyone who is able to help out between 11:30AM-1:30PM, please let Fr. Ignatius know.

No Akathist on Wednesday-
       Fr. Ignatius will be serving vespers in Kalona on Wednesday and other regular participants in our weekly akathist will be absent, so there will be no akathist this Wednesday, September 2.

Thank You-
       Thank you to Kristi Abuissa, who has agreed to step into the place left by Tania Van Dinter (who recently moved away) in our choir leadership, sharing responsibilities with Matthew Arndt and Lori Branch.  It is a tremendous blessing to have the number of willing and skilled choir leaders and members that we do at St. Raphael Church.   

Non-Perishable Food Collection-
       As a reminder, we continually collect non-perishable food items which are then donated to the Crisis Center's food bank for helping to alleviate hunger in our area.  The collection box is under one of the tables in the narthex.

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.

Vesperal Liturgy for Nativity of Theotokos-
        On Monday, September 7, we will gather for Vesperal Liturgy at 6:00PM to commemorate the Nativity of the Theotokos.  Please join us!

Paraklesis with Holy Unction-
       On Wednesday, September 9, instead of Akathist, we will pray the Paraklesis service and at the end, Fr. Ignatius will anoint all those Orthodox who desire, with holy unction oil, for the healing of soul and body.

Becoming Truly Human Series Begins September 25-
       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 River Room I (103A) at 6:30PM-8:30PM.  Stay tuned.  The success of this program relies on all of us asking others to participate.  Word of mouth and direct and personal invitations are best.  Our Orthodox faith is a great gift.  Let's share it!

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!  Families of students, look for a letter from Alli asking you to fill out a registration form.  

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.

Fr. Ignatius and Kh. Maria Speaking at Johnson County Right to Life Event-
       On Sunday, September 20 from 5:00PM-6:30PM, Johnson County Right to Life will be hosting an event to encourage local participation in a nationwide campaign called 40 Days for Life.  40 Days for Life is an effort to enlist participants to sign up for shifts to maintain a peaceful, prayerful  presence on public spaces (like sidewalks) outside of abortion facilities.  This event will be held in our St. Raphael fellowship hall and Fr. Ignatius and Kh. Maria will be the featured speakers.  All are welcome to attend.

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
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: “The kingdom of heaven may be compared to a king who gave a marriage feast for his son, and sent his servants to call those who were invited to the marriage feast; but they would not come. Again he sent other servants, saying, ‘Tell those who are invited, Behold, I have made ready my dinner, my oxen and my fat calves are killed, and everything is ready; come to the marriage feast.’ But they made light of it and went off, one to his farm, another to his business, while the rest seized his servants, treated them shamefully, and killed them. The king was angry, and he sent his troops and destroyed those murderers and burned their city. Then he said to his servants, ‘The wedding is ready, but those invited were not worthy. Go therefore to the thoroughfares, and invite to the marriage feast as many as you find.’ And those servants went out into the streets and gathered all whom they found, both bad and good; so the wedding hall was filled with guests. But when the king came in to look at the guests, he saw there a man who had no wedding garment; and he said to him, ‘Friend, how did you get in here without a wedding garment?’ And he was speechless. Then the king said to the attendants, ‘Bind him hand and foot, and cast him into the outer darkness; there men will weep and gnash their teeth.’ For many are called, but few are chosen.”  (Matthew 22:2-14)       
Pray for our Catechumens-
       Please keep our catechumens Ilya Buchkin, and Rob, Hannah and Nate Young in your prayers as they prepare to be sacramentally joined to the Orthodox Church. 

Holy Bread-
       The Valentine family will provide the holy bread for liturgy on Sunday, September 6.  Thank you in advance.

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-
"If a man has on one side of him fire, and on the other side a vessel with water, then if he starts burning from the fire, he takes water from the vessel and extinguishes the fire. Like to this are the evil thoughts, suggested by the enemy of our salvation, which like a spark can enkindle sinful desires within a man. It is necessary to put out these sparks with the water, which is prayer and the yearning of the soul for God." 
- Abba Poemen