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Church Bulletin: July 14, 2013

posted Jul 15, 2013, 9:55 AM by Saint Raphael of Brooklyn Antiochian Orthodox Church
July 14, 2013- Sunday of the Fathers of the Fourth Ecumenical Council
This Week's Services and Events

July 15, Monday
       + 3rd Hour Prayers, 9AM
       + Office Hours, 9:30AM-11:30AM
       + Teen SOYO dinner and movie night, 6:30PM

July 17, Wednesday
        + Akathist, 7PM

July 18, Thursday
        + Vesperal Liturgy for St. Seraphim, 6PM

July 19, Friday
       + Matins, 8:30AM

July 20, Saturday
        + 9th Hour/Great Vespers, 6PM
July 21, 4th Sunday after Pentecost
        + Matins, 8:45AM
        + Liturgy, 10AM, followed by Fellowship Hour
Upcoming Events and Announcements

Vesperal Liturgy for St. Seraphim on July 18-
       Join us for Liturgy at 6PM on Thursday, July 18 as we commemorate the Uncovering of the Relics of St. Seraphim of Sarov.

Feast of St. Elias at Prophet Elias Church in Dubuque-
      Fr. Dustin Lyon, priest of Prophet Elias Greek Orthodox Church in Dubuque (1075 Rockdale Rd.) announces that on Friday night (July 19th) they will host an open house starting at 6 pm. At the open house they will celebrate Great Vespers with His Grace Bishop Demetrios, after which Fr. Dustin will give a talk on "The Role of the Bible in the Ancient Church" and invite discussion and questions from the general public.  On Saturday July 20, Orthros will begin at 8:30 with Liturgy at 9:30. His Grace will preside. After the services there will be a parish picnic.  All are invited.

Charitable Projects
       We had another fine day at the Iowa City Farmer's market on Saturday, netting $247. Amy took some of our products to a new, small market (Willow Grove Farmer's Market at Geyer's Bake Oven) south of Oxford on Thursday and came back with $71. We're enjoying the ease of making money for charities this way (the Crisis Center for now) and are finding opportunities to talk with people about Orthodoxy and our church. Thanks to all who help and who pray for our projects.

Holy Bread Bakers Needed for July 28 and August 4-
       We need volunteers to provide the holy bread for two upcoming Sundays, July 28 and August 4.  If you would like to serve the Church in this way, please sign-up on the sheet in the narthex at the top of the stairs.  

Make Note!-
       Fr. Ignatius and family recently ended their home phone (land line) service.  Therefore, the number 319-248-0098 is no longer active.  If you wish to reach Fr. Ignatius by phone, use his cell phone number, 319-400-7522.  Other cell phone numbers for the Valentine family are listed in our church directory.

Fr. Ignatius Will Be Traveling-
       Fr. Ignatius will be out of town from Monday, July 22 through Friday July 26, to attend the Archdiocese Convention in Houston, TX.  He will be available by phone at 319-400-7522. There will be no matins on Friday July 26.  If you have a emergency and need pastoral assistance immediately, please call Fr. Elias Khouri at 319-329-2562.

Would You Like to Help With Sunday School This Year?-
       Sunday School will start up again in early September.  Since we are blessed with many children in our parish, the Sunday School teachers rely on others to help out.  These helpers act as assistants to the teachers and occasionally may be asked to step in and teach a lesson if a teacher is absent.  If you are interested in working with our Sunday School program this year, please talk with Lori Branch.

Teen SOYO Events for July-
       Our teens will meet at 6:30PM on July 15 for dinner and movie night.  On July 27, from 9:45AM-2:30PM, they will be staffing a table at the Eastside Hy-Vee on First Ave., to solicit donations to the Crisis Center. 

Dormition Fast is Approaching-
       Please pay attention to the church calendar during the first two weeks of August.  There will be many opportunities to come to the church and to pray throughout the week.  Beginning August 1, we will have nightly Paraklesis services at 7PM, except for Saturdays when we have vespers (at 6PM), August 5 when we have Vesperal Liturgy for the Transfiguration (6PM) and August 14, when we have Vesperal Liturgy for the Dormition (6PM.)  During this time, in anticipation of the Feast of the Dormition of the Theotokos, we will be fasting.  Check the printed church calendar for specifics on the fasting guidelines during these days, or speak with Fr. Ignatius if you have any questions.  

Sign Project Fundraising-
       We are in the midst of raising $5300 in order to put the words "Saint Raphael Orthodox Church" on the brick facade of our building.  If you would like to make a donation toward this project, please mark your gift "Sign Project."

Is Hell Real?-
       To read a solidly Orthodox answer to the question, "Is Hell Real?" go to: http://glory2godforallthings.com/2013/07/10/is-hell-real-2/

One Priest's Thoughts on American Religion-
       Fr. Patrick Reardon, pastor of All Saints Orthodox Church in Chicago, offers his thoughts on American religion at: http://www.allsaintsorthodox.org/pastor/ponderings/2013%2007%2007%20American%20Religion.pdf

St. George Church, Allentown, PA Asks for Help in Ministering to Syrian Refugees-
       The Allentown, PA area has one of the highest concentrations of Syrian immigrants in America.  As the Syrian civil war continues to batter the country and her people, more and more Syrians are ending up in America, and especially in this area of Pennsylvania.  To learn more about how St. George Church is helping them and the great opportunity they have to help even more, go to: http://www.antiochian.org/allentown-parish-reaches-out-displaced-syrians-lehigh-valley
The Saint Who Conquered the Passion of Smoking-
       To read about St. John of Kronstadt, and his struggle with, and eventual conquering of the habit of smoking, go to:http://www.johnsanidopoulos.com/2013/07/the-saint-who-conquered-passion-of.html

An Opportunity to Serve, Be a Greeter-
       Based on responses from the parish survey from a few months ago, the Parish Council has recognized a need to have greeters on duty at church on Sunday mornings.  The greeter's main responsibility will be to make newcomers feel welcome by warmly greeting them, asking them to sign our guestbook and/or newcomer information card, making sure they know bathrooms and coatroom are downstairs and ushering them into the nave of the church.   If you are interested in signing up to be a greeter for a Sunday, there is a sign-up sheet on the bulletin board just outside of the bookstore.  On the sheet, is a complete job description for this important position.  If you want our church to be more welcoming to visitors, consider volunteering as a greeter.
Keep Praying for Kidnapped Orthodox Bishops in Syria-
       Since April 22, the Orthodox Metropolitan of Aleppo, Metropolitan Paul, and the Syriac Metropolitan of Aleppo, Youhanna, have been in captivity and not heard from.  Please pray for their well being and release and also pray for their captors as well. 
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 21, the food for coffee hour and the clean-up of the fellowship hall will be provided by the St. Nina team.
Holy Bread-
       On Sunday July 21, the holy bread will be provided by the Muste family.  Thank you in advance.
Choir Leadership-
       During the weekend of July 20-21, the choir will be lead by Lori Branch.
Food for Thought-

“Like a bee one should extract from each of the virtues what is most profitable.  In this way, by taking a small amount from all of them, one builds up from the practice of the virtues a great honeycomb overflowing with the soul-delighting honey of wisdom.” 

- St. Gregory of Sinai – 14th Century, The Philokalia