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Church Bulletin: July 1, 2012

posted Jul 5, 2012, 12:34 PM by Saint Raphael of Brooklyn Antiochian Orthodox Church

July 1, 2012- 4th Sunday after Pentecost

This Week's Services and Events

        July 3, Tuesday

            + Free Lunch Program volunteering, 11:30AM-1:30PM

        July 7, Saturday

             + Pan-Orthodox family picnic and bonfire, 4PM in Cedar Rapids

             + no vespers at church

        July 8, 5th Sunday after Pentecost
             + Matins, 8:45AM

             + Divine Liturgy, 10AM followed by fellowship hour

Upcoming Events and Announcements 

Free Lunch Program Volunteering-

       This Tuesday, July 3, it is our turn to help serve a meal at the Free Luch Program (120 N. Dubuque St.) from 11:30AM-1:30PM. 

Father Ignatius Is Travelling-

       Fr. Ignatius will be out of town until the evening of Wednesday July 4 to attend the Midwest Diocese Parish Life Conference in the Chicago area and to visit Holy Dormition Monastery in Michigan.  There will be no 3rd Hour prayers on Tuesday July 3 and no Akathist on Wednesday, July 4.  If you need immediate pastoral care during this time, please call Fr. Elias at 319-329-2562.

July-August Calendars Now Available-

       The calendars showing upcoming services and other events for July and August 2012 are now available in the church narthex.

Special Voters' Meeting-

       On Sunday, July 8, we will meet briefly during coffee hour to have a special voters' meeting during which we will have an election to fill a vacancy on the parish council.  Matthew Arndt and Tariel Berimeladze are our two candidates.  Please plan to stay and vote, if you are a voting member.  An email reminder will go out to all voting members shortly before the meeting.

Holy Bread Sign-up-

       To those of you who provide holy bread for Liturgy, please look at the sign-up sheet in the narthex and sign-up for future weeks.  The next several months have many opportunities available.  We can't have liturgy without holy bread! 

Pan-Orthodox Family Picnic and Bonfire Event, This Saturday-

        Event Details: 4 pm, Saturday, July 7- St. John, St. George. and St. Raphael, welcomes all young families for a Liturgical Bon Fire Burning event. We will be educating the youngest members of our Orthodox Faith, on respectfully destroying liturgical items of past years. A picnic will take place shortly afterwards, please look for the sign up sheet, to find out how you can give your time, talent or treasure to this event. This event will be held at the home Marie Svatek, a St. George Steward, please contact Alexia Slauson at alexiaslauson@gmail.com, for more details or to RSVP.

"Inner River" Book Group Meeting, Sunday, July 29-

       Lori Branch and Robert Peterson will host a book group meeting on Kyriacos Markides' new book,Inner River: A Pilgrimage to the Heart of Christian Spirituality, on Sunday, July 29, from 7-8:30 pm at their home, 831 Dearborn St., in Iowa City.Inner River continues Markides' series of uplifting books on the Orthodox spiritual life, based on detailed conversations with a charismatic Athonite monk in Cyrpus. It especially focuses on prayer, inner peace, and the fruits of the Holy Spirit, with practical spiritual advice that can be applied to everyday life. Books will soon be available in our bookstore, and everyone is invited to read the book and come prepared to share their thoughts and some good fellowship and conversation.


       Congratulations to Hannah and Lizzy Valentine, 2/3 of the Midwest Diocese 2nd place Bible Bowl team.  Hannah and Lizzy and a friend from another parish competed against 13 other teams at the Parish Life Conference in Chicago last week, answering questions relating to the Book of Romans.  Great job!

Do You Find it Hard to Pay Attention During Church?-

       Take heart, you're not alone.  Read Acts 20 about the young lad Eutyches who fell asleep during one of St. Paul's sermons.  Unfortunately, he was up high on a ledge, and once he fell asleep, he fell to his death.  Don't worry, the story ends on a happy note.  God worked through the Apostle and raised the boy from the dead.  Orthodox blogger Theron Mathis has done us a service by listing nine ways to help us pay more attention in church.  You can read these good suggestions at: http://blog.myocn.com/orthodoxy-basics/9-ways-to-stay-awake-during-church-from-sleepy-to-sober.html

Did You Know?-

       Did you now that the Antiochian Archdiocese has a philanthropic organization that financially supports many activites, both within and outside the Archdiocese.  This organization is called the Order of St. Ignatius.  Among the many things that the Order funds, is travel costs for mission priests to go to events such as the annual diocesan Parish Life Conference, and the biennial Archdiocese Convention and Clergy Symposium.  Recently, the Order gave a very generous gift to enable Fr. Ignatius to attend two of these events this summer.  The Order depends on member's dues to fund the various projects they support.  If you would like to learn more about the Order of St. Ignatius, their mission, and membership requirements, go to: http://www.antiochian.org/node/20588

Daily Scripture Readings for the Week-

        Following are the readings for this week:

              July 1- Isaiah 15-21; Psalms 103:1-18; Proverbs 22:6-10; Titus 1

              July 2- Isaiah 22-26; Psalms 103:19-35; Proverbs 22:11-15; Titus 2

              July 3- Isaiah 27-30; Psalms 104:1-15; Proverbs 22:16-20; Titus 3

              July 4- Isaiah 31-36; Psalms 104:16-27; Proverbs 22:21-26; Philemon

              July 5- Isaiah 37-40; Psalms 104:28-45; Proverbs 22:27-31; Hebrews 1

              July 6- Isaiah 41-43; Psalms 105:1-15; Proverbs 23:1-5; Hebrews 2

              July 7- Isaiah 44-47; Psalms 105:16-31; Proverbs 23:6-12; Hebrews 3

              July 8- Isaiah 48-51; Psalms 105:32-48; Proverbs 23:13-18; Hebrews 4

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 July 8, the food for coffee hour will be provided by the St. Raphael team. 
Church Cleaning-
       During the week following Sunday July 1, the cleaning of the nave, narthex, bookstore/library, stairs, nursery and bathrooms will be provided by the St. Nina team.
Food for Thought-

A brother asked Abba Sisoes: "Why did you leave Scetis, where you lived with Abba Or and come to live here?" The old man said: "At the time when Scetis became crowded, Iheard that Antony was dead and I got up and came here to this mountain. Finding the place peaceful, I have settled here for a little while." The brother asked him: "How longhave you been here?" The old man replied: "Seventy-two years."

"In the Heart of the Desert: The Spirituality of the Desert Fathers and Mothers" by Dr. John Chryssavgis