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Church Bulletin: July 24, 2016

posted Jul 25, 2016, 1:46 PM by Saint Raphael of Brooklyn Antiochian Orthodox Church
July 24, 2016- Fifth Sunday after Pentecost

 This Week's Services and Events

        + Parish Council meeting, 6:30PM

July 27, Wednesday
        + Akathist, 7:00PM

        + Great Vespers, 5:00PM 

July 31, 6th Sunday after Pentecost
        + Matins, 8:45AM
        + Divine Liturgy, 10:00AM followed by Coffee Hour
Upcoming Events and Announcements- 

Parish Council Meeting-
        The Parish Council meets at 6:30PM on July 26.

Potluck Next Sunday, July 31-
        Since next Sunday is the fifth Sunday of the month and we do not have an assigned food team for that Sunday, all are encouraged to bring food to share for coffee hour.

We Need Holy Bread Volunteers-
        We need volunteers to bake holy bread for many upcoming Sundays.  Please sign up.

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.

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.

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.

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, Jesus got into a boat, crossed over and came to His own city. And behold, they brought to Him a paralytic, lying on his bed; and when Jesus saw their faith He said to the paralytic, “Take heart, my son; your sins are forgiven.” And behold, some of the scribes said to themselves, “This man is blaspheming.” But Jesus, knowing their thoughts, said, “Why do you think evil in your hearts? For which is easier, to say, ‘Your sins are forgiven,’ or to say, ‘Rise and walk’? But that you may know that the Son of man has authority on earth to forgive sins”— He then said to the paralytic—“Rise, take up your bed and go home.” And he rose and went home. When the crowds saw it, they marveled, and they glorified God, Who had given such authority to men.  (Matthew 9:1-8)      

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-

Let us understand that God is a physician, and that suffering is a medicine for salvation, not a punishment for damnation.

- St. Augustine of Hippo