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Church Bulletin: July 26, 2015

posted Jul 28, 2015, 2:19 PM by Saint Raphael of Brooklyn Antiochian Orthodox Church
July 26, 2015- Eighth Sunday after Pentecost
This Week's Services and Events

July 27, Monday
        + Intro to Orthodoxy class, 7:00PM

July 29, Wednesday
        +  Akathist, 7:00PM

July 31, Friday
        + Matins, 8:30AM
        + Office Hours, 9:30AM-11:30AM

August 1, Saturday
        + Great Vespers, 5:00PM

August 2, Ninth Sunday after Pentecost
        + Matins, 8:45AM 
        + Divine Liturgy, 10:00AM, followed by coffee hour
        + Paraklesis, 7:00PM
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. 

Shout it From the Rooftops: Give Peace a Chance-
       On July 28 at 6:30 at the Coralville Public Library, all are invited to "Shout it From the Rooftops: Give Peace a Chance" an event in support of Al Rowwad, an organization doing humanitarian work in a Palestinian refugee camp by promoting theatre and the arts.  Al-Rowwad founder Abdul Fattah Abu Srour will be present, sharing about his organization.  

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

       Axios!  He is worthy!  Stephanos Bibas, one of the founding members of St. Raphael Church, was ordained as a deacon last week.  He attends and serves at St. Elizabeth the New Martyr Orthodox Church in Somerville, New Jersey.  May God grant him and his family many years!

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.

Parish Council Changes-
       Iulian Vamanu has agreed to serve out the rest of Tariel Berimeladze's term, which ends in December 2015.  

Food for All-Kalona-
       Summer Lunch is growing in both attendance and community support. Come on down for lunch anytime (MWF, noon to one). Amy asks for prayer especially as she is beginning to have opportunities to share about the Orthodox faith.  Also please support Kalona Vespers however you can; prayer for this outreach is appreciated too. 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.

Addresses from His Beatitude Patriarch John X and His Eminence Metropolitan Joseph-
       To read the addresses given by Patriarch John and Metropolitan Joseph to the Archdiocese Convention General Assembly, go to:

"The pro-choice worldview is a form of iconoclasm that leads to death and despair"-
       Planned Parenthood, the largest abortion provider in the US, has been in the news of late, since undercover videos have shown high level officials from that organization negotiating financial compensation for the harvesting of organs and other parts of aborted unborn babies.  To read a powerful and prophetic Orthodox response  to this tragedy and to abortion in general, go to:  http://myocn.net/when-death-comes-to-dinner/

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.  Please stop at our table and say hello.

Benefits of Silent Prayer at Night-
       To read a beautiful meditation on the benefits of waking in the middle of the night for brief, silent prayer, go to:  http://www.mullmonastery.com/monastery-blog/prayer-by-night/

A Recently Released Video from our Patriarchate-
       To watch a well done and powerful 8 minute video on the suffering Church in Syria and what they are doing in the Name of Christ to relieve the suffering of others, go to: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3GyjdcCGJgE
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, Jesus made the Disciples get into the boat and go before Him to the other side, while He dismissed the crowds. And after He had dismissed the crowds, He went up on the mountain by Himself to pray. When evening came, He was there alone, but the Disciples’ boat by this time was many furlongs distant from the land, beaten by the waves; for the wind was against them. And in the fourth watch of the night He came to them, walking on the sea. But when the Disciples saw Jesus walking on the sea, they were terrified, saying, “It is a ghost!” And they cried out for fear. But immediately He spoke to them, saying, “Take heart, it is I; have no fear.” And Peter answered Him, “Lord, if it is Thee, bid me come to Thee on the water.” He said, “Come.” So Peter got out of the boat and walked on the water and came to Jesus; but when he saw the wind, he was afraid, and beginning to sink he cried out, “Lord, save me!” Jesus immediately reached out His hand and caught him, saying to him, “O man of little faith, why did you doubt?” And when they got into the boat, the wind ceased. And those in the boat worshiped Him, saying, “Truly, Thou art the Son of God.” And when they had crossed over, they came to land at Gennesaret. (Matthew 14:22-34)
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 August 2, the holy bread will be provided by the Van Dinter family.  Thank you in advance.

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-

"Tithing is not just for converts. It is not just for the rich. It is for all of us. It brings us peace, knowing that we have given to God what is rightfully His. It makes our parishes strong by providing the support it needs. It builds up our youth, who see our gratitude to God and are in turn grateful to their parents. Yes, if you really want your children to appreciate what you do for them, try being an example of gratitude." 

-- His Eminence, Metropolitan JOSEPH