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Church Bulletin: August 5, 2012

posted Aug 8, 2012, 3:42 PM by Saint Raphael of Brooklyn Antiochian Orthodox Church

August 5, 2012- Forefeast of the Transfiguration

This Week's Services and Events

        Aug 6, Monday
             + Matins, 8:45AM, Liturgy, 10AM
             + Paraklesis, 7PM
        Aug 7, Tuesday
             + Third Hour prayers, 9AM
             + Free Lunch Program Volunteering, 11:30AM-1:30PM
             + Paraklesis, 7PM
        Aug 8, Wednesday
             + Paraklesis, 7PM
        Aug 9, Thursday
             + Paraklesis, 7PM
        Aug 10, Friday
             + Matins, 8:30AM
             + Paraklesis, 7PM

        Aug 11, Saturday
             + 9th Hour/Vespers, 6PM

        Aug 12, Sunday after Transfiguration
             + Matins, 8:45AM
             + Divine Liturgy, 10AM followed by coffee hour
             + Paraklesis, 7PM

Upcoming Events and Announcements 

 An Appeal from the Primate of the Antiochian Orthodox Church-

       A countless number of Christians and Muslims are victims of the violence; the hospitals are full with injuries and the pain is endless. Syrians, in spite of their religious backgrounds, have the right to live in their country with pride and dignity. During the past fifteen months, we have lost many people and a large number of Syrians were forced to evacuate from their homes. Christians had to flee their towns, cities and everything they own, and our beloved priests had to leave their churches.
We call all Syrians, in the name of God, to accept each other and live as one nation in our beloved Syria, the cradle of prophets and religions. We urge the United Nations and all Arab organizations to understand and respect our beloved country and to work together in order to achieve peace and stability in Syria.

Ignatius IV

Patriarch of Antioch and All the East

August Services/Dormition Fast-
       The first two weeks of August are devoted to preparing for the glorious feast of the Dormition of the Mother of God on August 15.  From August 1-14, we fast from meat, dairy, eggs and on week days, also from wine and oil.  We also have an increased number of services during this time, including praying the Paraklesis (consolation) service on most evenings at 7PM.  The service schedule is as follows:

August 5 - Matins/Liturgy, 8:45/10AM; Great Vespers for Transfiguration, 6PM
August 6 - Matins/Liturgy, 8:45/10AM for Transfiguration; Paraklesis, 7PM
August 7-10 - Paraklesis, 7PM
August 11 - 9th Hour/Great Vespers, 6PM
August 12 - Matins/Liturgy, 8:45/10AM; Paraklesis, 7PM
August 13- Paraklesis, 7PM
August 14- Vesperal Liturgy for the Dormition, 6PM

Free Lunch Program-

       We are scheduled to serve at the Free Lunch Program this Tuesday, August 7 from 11:30AM-1:30PM.  Please let Fr. Ignatius know if you can volunteer this month.

"Children of Abraham" Interfaith Discussion-

       On Sunday, August 26 at 2PM, Fr. Ignatius will participate in an interfaith discussion (Jewish, Christian, Muslim) on the subject of fasting.  This discussion is part of an ongoing series of interfaith discussions known as the Children of Abraham.  The dialogue will be held in Hickock Hall at Coe College (1220 First Ave. NE, Cedar Rapids).  A poster advertising the event is attached.    

Save the Dates!-

       We plan to have a kick-off celebration for our Sunday School program on the afternoon of Saturday, September 8.  Sunday School for students pre-K through high school will begin Sunday, September 9.  More information about enrollment will be forthcoming.  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.

Threat to Religious Freedom-

       Compared to citizens of many of the other countries in the world, Americans enjoy a tremendous amount of religious liberty.  Thank God for that!  However, as all 65 Orthodox bishops in North America reminded us back in February (see http://assemblyofbishops.org/news/releases/protest-against-hhs) the US federal government has initiated a significant erosion of religious freedom against Christians and others who believe that contraception and/or abortifacient birth control is immoral or at least does not rise to the level of health care.  The Department of Health and Human Services began to implement this mandate last week, on August 1.  Employers who do not comply, including, for example, Catholic hospitals, evangelical colleges and even Christian-owned small businesses, face stiff daily fines.  Hundreds of faith-based employers have felt their only recourse is to join with one of the several dozen federal lawsuits that have been initiated to stop this process.  This is not a Roman Catholic-only issue, as our Orthodox bishops make clear, when they even go so far in the above-referenced statement to encourage Orthodox faithful to make contact with their federal legislators to urge the lawmakers to rescind this decision.  The fundamental issue in this case is not the morality or immorality of birth control, but whether the federal government has the right to force religious institutions and other employers motivated by their faith to violate their religiously held beliefs by providing healthcare coverage for contraception and/or abortion. 

Evangelism Bible Verse-

       This week's verse:  "Then Jesus came to them and said, "All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me.  Therefore, go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you.  And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age."  (Matthew 28:18-20)

Meals of Wheels Needs Drivers-

       Drivers for regular weekly routes and substitute drivers are needed to bring meals to homebound individuals.  Volunteers use their own car and gas.  For more information, contact Heather Binggeli at hbinggeli@elderservicesinc.com or 319-338-0515.

On Those Who Publicly Advocate for Social Positions Which Oppose Church Teaching-

       “In Orthodoxy, communicants in the sacramental mysteries are not only obliged to be steadfast in the Christian faith and perpetually repentant over their failures, they are also obliged to take full responsibility for the Church’s teachings and practices, and to be ready, at least in intention, to defend them unto death. For this reason, those who publicly affirm and promote homosexual behavior (like those who publicly advocate abortion) cannot be sacramental communicants in the Orthodox Church”

Fr. Thomas Hopko (Christian Faith and Same-Sex Attraction, 106)

Daily Scripture Readings for the Week-

        Following are the readings for this week:

              Aug 5- Ezekiel 1-3; Psalms 123-124; Proverbs 27:21-24; I John 4:1-19

              Aug 6- Ezekiel 4-7; Psalms 125-126; Proverbs 27:25-29; I John 4:20-5:21

              Aug 7-  Ezekiel 8-11; Psalms 127-128; Proverbs 28:1-5; II John

              Aug 8- Ezekiel 12-14; Psalms 129-130; Proverbs 28:6-11; III John

              Aug 9- Ezekiel 15-16; Psalms 131; Proverbs 28:12-15; Jude

              Aug 10- Ezekiel 17-19; Psalms 132-133; Proverbs 28:16-20; Revelation 1

              Aug 11- Ezekiel 20-21; Psalms 134:1-12; Proverbs 28:21-25; Revelation 2

              Aug 12- Ezekiel 22-23; Psalms 134:13-21; Proverbs 28:26-30; Revelation 3

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 August 12, the food for coffee hour will be provided by the St. Raphael team.
Church Cleaning-
       During the week following Sunday Aug 5, the cleaning of the nave, narthex, bookstore/library, stairs, nursery and bathrooms will be provided by the St. John the Baptist team.
Food for Thought-

Beloved, do not think it strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you, as though some strange thing happened to you; but rejoice to the extent that you partake of Christ's sufferings, that when His glory is revealed, you may also be glad with exceeding joy.  If you are reproached for the name of Christ, blessed are you, for the Spirit of glory and of God rests upon you.  On their part He is blasphemed, but on your part He is glorified.  But let none of you suffer as a murderer, a thief, and evildoer, or as a busy body in other people's matters.  Yet if anyone suffers as a Christian, let him not be ashamed, but let him glorify God in this matter.

I Peter 4:12-16