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Church Bulletin: July 19, 2015

posted Jul 20, 2015, 4:42 PM by Saint Raphael of Brooklyn Antiochian Orthodox Church
July 19, 2015- Sunday of the Fathers of the Fourth Ecumenical Council
This Week's Services and Events

July 20, Monday
        + Teen SOYO Movie Night, 6:30PM
        + Intro to Orthodoxy class, 7:00PM

July 22, Wednesday
        +  Akathist, 7:00PM

July 24, Friday
        + Matins, 8:30AM
        + Office Hours, 9:30AM-11:30AM

July 25, Saturday
        + Great Vespers, 5:00PM

July 26, Eighth Sunday after Pentecost
        + Matins, 8:45AM 
        + Divine Liturgy, 10:00AM, followed by coffee hour
Upcoming Events and Announcements

Intro to Orthodoxy Class-
       Fr. Ignatius is offering a 7 part Introduction to Orthodoxy class beginning July 6 at 7:00PM and continuing weekly on Monday evenings.  All are welcome.  Invite a friend. 

What to Expect in August-
        The first two weeks of August are a busy time in the life of our church.  We fast for two weeks (Aug 1-14) and celebrate two major feast days, Transfiguration and Dormition.  In addition, we have several extra services, including the comforting Paraklesis service.  Here is our schedule of services:
August 1- Great Vespers, 5:00PM
August 2- Matins/Liturgy, 8:45AM/10:00AM; Paraklesis, 7:00PM
August 3- Paraklesis, 7:00PM
August 5- Vesperal Liturgy for Transfiguration, 6:00PM
August 7- Matins, 8:30AM; Paraklesis, 7:00PM
August 8- Great Vespers, 5:00PM
August 9- Matins/Liturgy, 8:45AM/10:00AM; Paraklesis, 7:00PM
August 10- Paraklesis, 7:00PM
August 12- Paraklesis, 7:00PM
August 14- Great Vespers for Dormition, 7:00PM

Looking for Book Donations-
        Parishioners are asked to bring any unwanted books in used but good condition to church (they can be left on the table in the bookstore room).  Iulian Vamanu will be organizing them and the parish council will consider how and when to host a book sale to benefit the church.  Please direct any questions you have to Iulian.

Food for All-Kalona-
        Kalona Summer Lunch is going well, with our busiest day involving 24 guests plus 22 lunches packed to go--plus a very active activities table. Come down for lunch anytime (MWF, noon to one). Please support Kalona Vespers however you can; prayer for this outreach is appreciated. Our regular attendees are Orthodox, with an occasional non-Orthodox person (or group of people) visiting. We gather on first and third Wednesdays at 7 p.m., United Christian and Baptist Church, Kalona.

Outreach at Johnson County Fair-
       St. Raphael Church will have a booth in one of the exhibition halls at the Johnson County Fair July 27-30.  70,000 people attend this fair annually.  We will present information about our church and our faith to passersby and engage them in conversation if they show interest.  We need volunteers to staff this table in shifts during the days of the fair. A sign-up sheet is now posted.  Please consider if you can represent our church at the fair as we seek to engage our community in this way.
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 heard from.  Please pray for their well being and release and also pray for their captors as well.  

Next Sunday's Gospel Reading-
         At that time, when Jesus went ashore he saw a great throng; and he had compassion on them, and healed their sick. When it was evening, the disciples came to Him and said, “This is a lonely place, and the day is now over; send the crowds away to go into the villages and buy food for themselves.” Jesus said, “They need not go away; you give them something to eat.” They said to Him, “We have only five loaves here and two fish.” And He said, “Bring them here to Me.” Then He ordered the crowds to sit down on the grass; and taking the five loaves and the two fish He looked up to Heaven, and blessed, and broke and gave the loaves to the disciples, and the disciples gave them to the crowds. And they all ate and were satisfied. And they took up twelve baskets full of the broken pieces left over. And those who ate were about five thousand men, besides women and children. Then Jesus made the disciples get into the boat and go before Him to the other side, while He dismissed the crowds. (Matthew 14:14-22)    
Pray for our Catechumen-
       Please keep our catechumen Ilya Buchkin in your prayers as he prepares to be sacramentally joined to the Orthodox Church. 

Holy Bread-
        On July 26, the holy bread will be provided by the Padath family.  Thank you in advance.

Choir Leadership-
        Lori Branch will lead the choir during the weekend of July 25-26.

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. 

Food for Thought-

Illumine our hearts, O Master who lovest mankind, with the pure light of thy divine knowledge, and open the eyes of our mind to the understanding of thy Gospel teachings; implant in us also the fear of thy blessed commandments, that trampling down all carnal desires, we may enter upon a spiritual manner of living both thinking and doing such things as are well pleasing unto thee: for thou art the illumination of our souls and bodies, O Christ our God, and unto thee we ascribe glory, together with thy Father who is from everlasting, and thine all-holy, good, and life-giving Spirit: now and ever, and unto ages of ages. Amen.

A Prayer to be Said Before Reading Holy Scripture