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Church Bulletin: July 17, 2016

posted Jul 17, 2016, 6:50 PM by Saint Raphael of Brooklyn Antiochian Orthodox Church
July 17, 2016- Sunday of the Holy Fathers of the 4th Ecumenical Council

 This Week's Services and Events

July 20, Wednesday
        + Akathist, 7:00PM

July 23, Saturday
        + Great Vespers, 5:00PM 

July 24, 5th Sunday after Pentecost
        + Matins, 8:45AM
        + Divine Liturgy, 10:00AM followed by Coffee Hour
Upcoming Events and Announcements- 

Prayers at the Grave of St. Raphael-
        Fr. Ignatius will be at the Antiochian Village in Western Pennsylvania this week to attend the Clergy Symposium, a biennial event that serves as continuing education for the clergy of the Antiochian Archdiocese.  Our patron, St. Raphael of Brooklyn is buried on the grounds of the Antiochian Village.  If you would like him to pray for your loved ones and friends, living and departed, please give or send him a list of names ASAP.  Please divide up your lists between the living and the departed.

Have You Ever Wondered What Goes on at the Annual Diocesan Parish Life Conference?
        Read this article to find out!  http://www.antiochian.org/basilica-st-mary-hosts-diocese-toledo-plc

Fr. Ignatius Travelling-
        Fr. Ignatius will  be out of town July 18-22 to attend the Clergy Symposium at the Antiochian Village.  If there is an emergency for which you need a priest during this time, please call Fr. Elias Khouri at 319-329-2562.

Meals on Wheels Needs Volunteers-
        Meals on Wheels, an organization which provides delivered hot meals and friendly visits to home bound seniors and disabled clients, is looking for more volunteers to drive routes and make deliveries between 11AM-1PM Monday through Saturday.  To learn more, call Cait Cigrand at 319-338-0515 or email her at ccigrand@elderservicesinc.com.

Worship and Celebrate With Our Brothers and Sisters in Dubuque-
        St. Elias the Prophet Greek Orthodox Church is celebrating their patronal feast this week with vespers on July 19 at 5:30PM followed by a potluck picnic (bring something to share!) and orthros (matins) and Divine Liturgy at 8:30AM on July 20.  All services at their temporary location- Hadley Chapel at Hillcrest Family Services at 2001 Asbury Rd., Dubuque.

Looking Ahead to August-
        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.  We will also have Vesperal Liturgy for the Feast of the Transfiguration of the Lord at 6:00PM on August 5.  Plan ahead and come to these life-sustaining services.

Mid-Year Financial Note From Our Treasurer-
        As of June 29, 2016, the financial situation still remains underfunded.  Currently, we are negative $2497.63 year to date.  This is $416.27/month that we are underfunded.  As you recall, a balanced budget was reached.  Please remember that the budget was based on pledges and fundraising events.  A few items are causing this situation - the Pascha appeal did not generate the amount that was anticipated, our Sunday Money has not reached anticipated amounts, and pledges are not being received.  Please remember if you have pledged to the church that a monthly donation is most appreciated to help alleviate any cash flow problems.  If you have any questions, please feel free to contact any Council member or Father.        

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.

Archdiocese Financial Report Available-
       The annual Archdiocese Financial Report is available for viewing.  A copy is in the narthex.

A Charitable Appeal From Karen Kuntz-
        I wanted to tell you about a challenge I’m taking in October. My sister-in-law, Maria Wiblin and I will be walking 60 miles over the course of three days in the Susan G Komen 3-Day Walk. Susan G. Komen® is the world’s largest breast cancer organization, funding more breast cancer research than any other nonprofit while providing real-time help to those facing the disease. Komen is the only organization that addresses breast cancer on multiple fronts such as research, community health, global outreach and public policy initiatives in order to make the biggest impact against this disease. My goal is to raise $3,200 to support the important work of fighting breast cancer.


Please consider making a donation to help defeat breast cancer!

Since the 3-Day Walk is a non-profit, gifts are tax deductible, and giving is easy.

 If you prefer to give online, my donation page is: http://www.the3day.org/goto/karenkuntz

Feel free to pass this information along to any of your friends who might be interested in supporting this cause!

Thank you for your encouragement and support.

Next Sunday's Gospel Reading-
           At that time, when Jesus came to the country of the Gergesenes, two demoniacs met Him, coming out of the tombs, so fierce that no one could pass that way. And behold, they cried out, “What have we to do to Thee, O Son of God? Art Thou come here to torment us before the time?” Now a herd of many swine was feeding at some distance from them. And the demons begged Him, “If Thou castest us out, send us away into the herd of swine.” And He said to them, “Go.” So they came out and went into the swine; and behold, the whole herd rushed down the steep bank into the sea, and perished in the waters. The herdsmen fled, and going into the city they told everything, and what had happened to the demoniacs. And behold, all the city came out to meet Jesus; and when they saw Him, they begged Him to leave their neighborhood. And getting into a boat He crossed over and came to His own city.  (Matthew 8:28-9:1)          

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-

Every man appears righteous to himself, but the Lord makes his heart right.

Proverbs 21:2