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Church Bulletin: July 15, 2012

posted Jul 16, 2012, 11:03 AM by Saint Raphael of Brooklyn Antiochian Orthodox Church

July 15, 2012- Sunday of the Fathers of the 4th Ecumenical Council

This Week's Services and Events

        July 18, Wednesday

            + Akathist, 7PM

        July 21, Saturday

            + 9th Hour/Vespers, 6PM

        July 22, 7th Sunday after Pentecost
             + Matins, 8:45AM

             + Divine Liturgy, 10AM followed by fellowship hour

Upcoming Events and Announcements 

Fr. Ignatius is Travelling-

       Fr. Ignatius will be out of town from Monday, July 16 through Friday, July 20, attending the bi-annual Clergy Symposium at the Antiochian Village in Pennsylvania.  There will be no 3rd Hour Prayers on Tuesday, July 17 and no Matins on Friday, July 20.  He can be reached at 319-400-7522.

Vesperal Liturgy for St. Panteleimon-

        We will commemorate St. Panteleimon with a Vesperal Liturgy on Thursday, July 26 at 6PM.

Thank You from Fr. Maximos-

       "Thank you all for participating in our liturgy and ordinations at St. John the Wonderworker Orthodox Church in Des Moines.  We were very blessed by the singing of the choir members of St. Raphael’s together with the people of our mission.  Your presence at the liturgy brought fullness to the music and helped to make it very beautiful and moving.  Many people came to me afterwards and shared how they loved the service!  A special thanks to Lori Branch-Peterson for directing the choir and practices for our hierarchical service. May the relationship of our two parishes continue with love into the future. You all are in my regular prayers. The Lord bless you and keep you!

Fr. Maximos"

Parish-Wide Potluck, July 29-

       Instead of one of the four regular food teams, all members are encouraged to bring a dish or drink to share for our fellowship hour following Liturgy, July 29- the fifth Sunday of the month.

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 are now available for purchase in our bookstore ($15, exact cash or checks made out to "Raphael Books & Gifts"), and everyone is invited to read the book and come prepared to share their thoughts and some good fellowship and conversation.

Are You Saved?-

       To read the excellent reply of Fr. Jonathan Tobias to this oft-asked religious question, go to: http://janotec.typepad.com/terrace/2012/07/are-you-saved.html

Daily Scripture Readings for the Week-

        Following are the readings for this week:

              July 15- Jeremiah 10-13; Psalms 109-110; Proverbs 24:13-18; Hebrews 10:19-39

              July 16- Jeremiah 14-16; Psalms 111-112; Proverbs 24:19-23; Hebrews 11:1-22

              July 17- Jeremiah 17-19; Psalms 113:1-11; Proverbs 24:24-27; Hebrews 11:23-40

              July 18- Jeremiah 20-22; Psalms 113:12-26; Proverbs 24:28-34; Hebrews 12:1-27

              July 19- Jeremiah 23-26; Psalms 114; Proverbs 24:35-39; Hebrews 12:28-13:25

              July 20- Jeremiah 27-28; Psalms 115-116; Proverbs 25:1-5; James 1

              July 21- Jeremiah 29-31; Psalms 117:1-16; Proverbs 25:6-11; James 2

              July 22- Jeremiah 32-35; Psalms 117:17-29; Proverbs 25:12-16; James 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.

Choir Leadership-

       On July 21-22, Kristi  will lead the choir.

Coffee Hour-
      On Sunday July 22, the food for coffee hour will be provided by the St. John the Baptist team. 

Holy Bread-

      On Sunday, July 22, the Thomas/Padath family will provide the holy bread.  Thank you in advance.
Church Cleaning-
       During the week following Sunday July 15, the cleaning of the nave, narthex, bookstore/library, stairs, nursery and bathrooms will be provided by the St. Nicholas team.
Food for Thought-

 We continually justify ourselves saying, "This is just a trivial sin", and we reassure ourselves: "I will not allow myself to do anything worse."  But bitter experience has shown us all, many times, that once we have begun to give way to sin, it takes possession of us: and then scarcely anyone has the strength to turn back.

Fr. Alexander Elchaninov, "The Diary of a Russian Priest" p. 75.