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Church Bulletin: July 21, 2013

posted Jul 21, 2013, 2:10 PM by Saint Raphael of Brooklyn Antiochian Orthodox Church
July 21, 2013- 4th Sunday after Pentecost
This Week's Services and Events

July 22, Monday
       + 3rd Hour Prayers, 9AM
       + Office Hours, 9:30AM-11:30AM

July 24, Wednesday
        + Akathist, 7PM

July 27, Saturday
        + Teen SOYO table at Eastside Hy-Vee for Crisis Center Donations, 9:45AM-2:30PM
        + 9th Hour/Great Vespers, 6PM

July 28, 5th Sunday after Pentecost
        + Matins, 8:45AM
        + Liturgy, 10AM, followed by Fellowship Hour
Upcoming Events and Announcements

Holy Bread Baker Needed for July 28-
       We need  a volunteer to provide the holy bread for this coming Sunday, July 28.  If you are able to do this, please contact Fr. Ignatius and let him know. 

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  Therefore, the number 319-248-0098 is no longer active.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.  He will be on vacation beginning Monday July 29 and returning Friday August 2.  He will be keeping his normal office hours on both Monday July 22 and Monday July 29.  There will be no matins on Friday July 26 or Friday August 2.  If you have an emergency and need pastoral assistance immediately during these times, 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-
        On July 27, from 9:45AM-2:30PM, our teens will be staffing a table at the Eastside Hy-Vee on First Ave. to solicit donations to the Crisis Center. 

Ames, Iowa Mission Re-start-
       The Orthodox mission in Ames, IA has recently been restarted, and is  named Holy Transfiguration Mission.  It is a mission under the Bulgarian Diocese of the OCA and pastored by Fr. Marty Watt.  If you know of anybody in the Ames area who might be interested in the Orthodox faith or who is already Orthodox, please share with them the mission's website: www.amesorthodox.org.  There are now 13 Orthodox churches or missions in our state.  May there be many more some day.  

A Story of Beer, Icons and Patron Saints-
       To read the sometimes humorous true story of how an Orthodox priest and iconographer from Russia came to Houston to paint a frescoed icon of St. Arnold, patron saint of beermakers, go to: http://www.orthodoxartsjournal.org/texan-brewery-russian-iconographer/

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 we will be fasting in anticipation of the Feast of the Dormition of the Theotokos.  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/
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 28, the food for coffee hour and the clean-up of the fellowship hall will be provided by the St. John the Baptist team.
Church Cleaning-
        During the week of July 21-28, the cleaning of the nave, narthex, bookstore, stairs, nursery and bathrooms will be accomplished by the St. Nicholas team. 

Choir Leadership-
       Kristi Abuissa will lead the choir during the weekend of July 27-28.

Food for Thought-

Some quotes from C. S. Lewis

My idea of God is not a divine idea.  It has to be shattered time after time.  He shatters it Himself. - A Grief Observed

I know now, Lord, why you utter no answer.  You are yourself the answer.  Before your face questions die away.  What other answer would suffice? - Till We Have Faces

If I find in myself a desire which no experience in this world can satisfy, the most probable explanation is that I was made for another world. - Mere Christianity

God is eternal, not perpetual.  Strictly speaking, He never foresees; He simply sees.  Your 'future' is only an area... of His infinite Now. - The Discarded Image