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Church Bulletin: July 20, 2014

posted Jul 20, 2014, 4:09 PM by Saint Raphael of Brooklyn Antiochian Orthodox Church
July 20, 2014- Feast of St. Elias the Prophet and the 6th Sunday after Pentecost
This Week's Services and Events

July 21, Monday
        + Teen SOYO Dinner and Movie Night, 6:30PM

July 22, Tuesday
       + Parish Council meeting 7PM

July 23, Wednesday
        + Akathist, 7PM

July 26, Saturday
        + 9th Hour/Great Vespers, 6PM
July 27, Feast of Great-martyr and Healer Panteleimon and the 7th Sunday after Pentecost
        + Matins, 8:45AM
        + Divine Liturgy, 10AM, followed by coffee hour
Upcoming Events and Announcements  

Metropolitan Joseph's Address at Clergy Symposium-
       If you would like to learn a bit about what kind of man our new metropolitan is, and what his vision is for this archdiocese, go to: http://www.ancientfaith.com/specials/antiochian_archdiocese_2014_clergy/metropolitan_josephs_vision  An excerpt: "Tonight, I am going to utilize my time by sharing with you my vision for the future of this Archdiocese. I truly believe that each and every one of us is an important and integral part of this body. We are grateful for everything that our beloved Metropolitan Philip of thrice-blessed memory created over the past 48 years. We humbly accept the fruit of his labor, as well as the labor of the faithful who worked alongside him and the legacy upon which we will now build. We have serious work ahead of us. We don’t have time to waste. ...

Although we begin a new chapter, let me remind you that we are not starting from the beginning. As good stewards, we will only continue the work with which we have been entrusted, and my expectation is, that we continue to work as a team. … We are working together. We are one Body, and this is what unity means. 

As for myself, I promise you that every decision that is required of me will come by way of prayer, deliberation, and by the thorough consideration of all pertinent information. I can assure you that I will be acutely attentive to things requiring any significant decision, praying first for guidance in all matters. You need to know that I take very seriously that which our ecclesiology teaches. For direction, I will rely on St. Ignatius of Antioch. His vision for the Church is a oneness of mind."    

All are Invited to Joshua Morey's Graduation Party-
       It will be next Sunday, July 27, 2014, from 3 - 6PM at the Morey's house-  1397 Old Highway 34 West, Mount Pleasant.  Ask Becky for directions, if needed.

Looking Ahead to August-
       The first two weeks of August are a busy time in the Church.  The Dormition Fast is observed from August 1-14.  We will pray the Paraklesis Service to the Theotokos on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays during this period, at 7PM.  On August 6 at 6PM, we will have vesperal liturgy for the Feast of the Transfiguration.  We will have reader's vespers for the Feast of the Dormition on August 14 at 7PM.  Father Ignatius will be at Camp St. George serving assisting camp director Fr. Patrick Kinder from August 10 (after liturgy) through August16.   

Nutrition Class with Dr. Julia Buchkina-
       This summer, St. Raphael member Dr. Julia Buchkina is offering a four part class series on nutrition.  The remaining dates are Saturdays-  August 2, and August 30.  Topics will be:  Practical Cooking Skills Workshop; Understanding Your Numbers.  Classes are from 3:30PM-5:30PM.

Poison Ivy-
       We have recently noticed that we have several poison ivy plants growing on the western edge of the property and along the western wall of the porch and building.  Steps are being taken to eradicate these plants.  Please take care to keep children away from that area over the next several weeks.

Choir Platforms and our Nave-
        Recently, our choir has been trying out risers which allow members to be assembled in a way that they can more easily see the choir director.  These risers are along the rear wall of the nave.  It is hoped that this arrangement will benefit the choir and all of us who hear them, as well as open up space in our nave so that people feel more comfortable in coming fully into the nave and not lingering by the doors to the narthex.  Our space can easily fit two or three times the number of people we currently have on an average Sunday.  Fr. Ignatius says, "Don't be shy.  Come in, fill up the space. It's okay to stand in front of the choir."

Teen SOYO Events-
       The teens are meeting for dinner and Movie Night at 6:30pm on Monday, July 21.  They are serving a meal at the Ronald McDonald House on Tuesday, July 29, meeting at the church at 3:45PM.  On Saturday, August 2, they will be going to the Adventureland amusement park. 

Spiritual Retreat at New Gracanica Monastery in Chicago-
       "Thoughts in the Service of Sanctity" is the title of an upcoming retreat to be held at New Gracanica Serbian Orthodox Monastery in the Chicago area, co-sponsored by the monastery and the St. Paisius Missionary School.  The retreat will be held August 8-11.  For more information, look for the poster in the church narthex, or go to: http://www.stpaisius.org/conferences/

An Invitation-
       Fr. Fred and Kh. Michelle Shaheen invite you to be with them for
the Baptism of Harry Demetrios Shaheen on Thursday, August 21, 2014 at 5:30 pm at St. George Orthodox Church in Cedar Rapids.  Dinner reception to follow in the Michael G. Nassif Education and Cultural Center.

Are You on Facebook?-
       If you are on Facebook, check out and "like" the church's new Facebook page at St. Raphael Antiochian Orthodox Church.  Share with your friends!

Thoughts on Stewardship and Giving-      
        "Then He spoke a parable to them, saying: ‘The ground of a certain rich man yielded plentifully. And he thought within himself, saying, ‘What shall I do, since I have no room to store my corps? So he said, ‘I will do this: I will pull down my barns and build greater, and there I will store all my corps and my goods. And I will say to my soul, ‘Soul, you have many goods laid up for many years; take your ease; eat, drink, and be merry.’ But God said to him, ‘Fool! This night your soul will be required of you; then whose will those things be which you have provided?’ So is he who lays up treasure for himself, and is not rich toward God." (Luke 12:16-21)

Next Sunday's Gospel Reading-

       St. John Chrysostom urges Christians to preview the upcoming Sunday Gospel reading so that it may be fresh in your minds when you hear it next
Sunday.  The reading for Sunday, July 27 is: 

"At that time, as Jesus passed on from there, two blind men followed him, crying aloud: “Have mercy on us, Son of David.” When He entered the house, the blind men came to Him; and Jesus said to them, “Do you believe that I am able to do this?” They said to Him, “Yes, Lord.” Then He touched their eyes, saying, “According to your faith be it done to you.” And their eyes were opened. And Jesus sternly charged them, “See that no one knows it.” But they went away and spread His fame through all that district. As they were going away, behold, a dumb demoniac was brought to Him. And when the demon had been cast out, the dumb man spoke; and the crowds marveled, saying, “Never was anything like this seen in Israel.” But the Pharisees said, “He casts out demons by the prince of demons.” And Jesus went about all the cities and villages, teaching in their synagogues and preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and healing every disease and every infirmity."  (Matthew 9:27-35)

Pray for our Catechumens-
       Please keep our catechumens: Ilya Buchkin and Rob Bergenstock in your prayers as they prepare to be sacramentally joined to the Orthodox Church.
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.  One priest is also missing, having been kidnapped. 

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

Holy Bread-
       For the liturgy on July 27, the holy bread will be provided by the Branch/Peterson family.  Thank you in advance.

Coffee Hour-
        On Sunday July 27, the food for coffee hour and clean-up of the fellowship hall will be provided by the St. John the Baptist team.

Church Cleaning-
       During the week of July 20-26, the nave, narthex, bookstore, stairs, nursery and bathrooms will be cleaned by the St. Raphael team.

Choir Leadership-
       During the weekend of July 26-27, Kristi Abuissa will lead the choir. 

Food for Thought-

"We regard falling from God's friendship as the only thing dreadful and we consider becoming God's friend the only thing worthy of honor and desire.  This...is the perfection of life."

St. Gregory of Nyssa, "Life of Moses"