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Church Bulletin: August 7, 2016

posted Aug 8, 2016, 7:04 AM by Saint Raphael of Brooklyn Antiochian Orthodox Church
August 7, 2016- Seventh Sunday after Pentecost

 This Week's Services and Events

August 8, Monday
        + Paraklesis, 7:00PM

August 10, Wednesday
        + Paraklesis, 7:00PM

August 12, Friday
        + Paraklesis, 7:00PM

August 13, Saturday
        + Great Vespers, 5:00PM 

August 14, Dormition of the Theotokos (Transferred)
        + Matins, 8:45AM
        + Divine Liturgy, 10:00AM followed by Coffee Hour
Upcoming Events and Announcements- 

        Congratulations to the faithful of St. Nicholas Mission in Davenport.  They have recently moved into larger space for their church.  Their new address is: 2841 Brady St., Davenport, Iowa.

More Congratulations!-
        Congratulations  to Presbytera Magda and Fr. Peter Andronache and family, upon the birth of their new daughter Kassiani, born on July 29.  May God grant her many years!

Church Library-
        Did you know that we have a church library?   There is no formal check-out.  It's on the honor system.  We have gotten several new titles in.  Feel free to browse the shelves and borrow any books that interest you.  The library is on the eastern wall of the room to the east of the top of the stairs.

Olive Oil Donations Accepted-
        We use olive oil in the lamps that hang before the icons.  We rely on donations and our oil supply is currently low.  We have found that a mid-grade oil (not extra-virgin) burns best.  Please consider donating a bottle or two.  

We Are In the Dormition Fast-
        The Dormition Fast, in honor of the Theotokos, is August 1-14, culminating in the feast of the Dormition on August 15.   During this time of repentance and spiritual preparation, we will pray the Paraklesis service on Sunday, Monday, Wednesday and Friday evenings at 7:00PM.   Plan ahead and come to these life-sustaining services.

       Making regular confessions is essential to our spiritual health.  Fr. Ignatius is available to hear confessions at about 9:45AM on Sunday mornings, following most Saturday vespers services and by appointment.  Don't hesitate to schedule a time if it has been awhile since your last one.

Intro To Orthodoxy Classes-
        Fr. Ignatius will be offering a seven part Introduction to Orthodoxy class beginning soon.  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.  Schedule will be announced soon.  

Blessing of Students, August 28-
       Since we are at the beginning of the school year once again, all students, from pre-K through post graduate, will be prayed for and anointed with oil following liturgy on August 28.

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.  

Table to Table Volunteering-
        Table to Table's mission is to keep wholesome, edible food from going to waste by collecting it from donors and distributing it to those in need through agencies that serve the hungry, homeless and at-risk population in the Johnson County area.  Volunteers are needed to drive pick-up and delivery routes.  Most routes are in the morning.  Contact Volunteer Manager David Wellendorf at 319-337-3400 or t2tvolunteers@gmail.com for more information.         

Food for All - Kalona
       Summer Lunch continues on strongly, and guests are talking about how much they enjoy it. Please come down sometime, have lunch or volunteer, and see what's happening--and what Orthodox-style, community-style charity can look like. (Kalona Methodist Church, 4th St. and C Ave., MWF, noon to 1+) Also, volunteering and helping provide food are easy. Go online to our signup at goo.gl/7oeaHB to see what you can do.

Next Sunday's Gospel Reading-
        At that time, Jesus entered a certain village; and a woman named Martha received Him into her house. And she had a sister called Mary, who sat at the Lord’s feet and listened to His teaching. But Martha was distracted with much serving; and she went to Him and said, “Lord, dost Thou not care that my sister has left me to serve alone? Tell her then to help me.” But the Lord answered her, “Martha, Martha, you are anxious and troubled about many things; one thing is needful. Mary has chosen the good portion, which shall not be taken away from her.” As He said this, a woman in the crowd raised her voice and said to Him, “Blessed is the womb that bore Thee, and the breasts that Thou didst suck!” But He said, “Blessed rather are those who hear the word of God and keep it!”    (Luke 10:38-42, 11:27-28)

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-

To God's Birthgiver let us run now most earnestly we sinners all and wretched ones, and fall prostrate in repentance, calling from the depths of our soul, Lady come unto our aid, have compassion upon us.  Hasten thou for we are lost, in a throng of transgressions.

- From Canon of Small Paraklesis service