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Church Bulletin: July 29, 2012

posted Aug 3, 2012, 1:05 PM by Saint Raphael of Brooklyn Antiochian Orthodox Church

July 29, 2012- Eighth Sunday after Pentecost

This Week's Services and Events

        Aug 1, Wednesday
            + Paraklesis, 7PM
        Aug 2, Thursday
            + Paraklesis, 7PM
        Aug 3, Friday
             + Matins, 8:30AM
             + Paraklesis, 7PM

        Aug 4, Saturday
             + 9th Hour/Vespers, 6PM

        Aug 5, 9th Sunday after Pentecost
             + Matins, 8:45AM

             + Divine Liturgy, 10AM followed by coffee hour

             + Vespers for Transfiguration, 6PM

Upcoming Events and Announcements 

No Third Hour Prayers This Week-

       There will be no Third Hour prayers this Tuesday, July 31.

August Services/Dormition Fast-
       The first two weeks of August are devoted to preparing for the glorious feast of the Dormition of the Mother of God on August 15.  From August 1-14, we fast from meat, dairy, eggs and on week days, also from wine and oil.  We also have an increased number of services during this time, including praying the Paraklesis (consolation) service on most evenings at 7PM.  The service schedule is as follows:

August 1-3 - Paraklesis, 7PM
August 4 - 9th Hour/Great Vespers, 6PM
August 5 - Matins/Liturgy, 8:45/10AM; Great Vespers for Transfiguration, 6PM
August 6 - Matins/Liturgy, 8:45/10AM for Transfiguration; Paraklesis, 7PM
August 7-10 - Paraklesis, 7PM
August 11 - 9th Hour/Great Vespers, 6PM
August 12 - Matins/Liturgy, 8:45/10AM; Paraklesis, 7PM

August 13- Paraklesis, 7PM

August 14- Vesperal Liturgy for the Dormition, 6PM

Free Lunch Program-

       We are scheduled to serve at the Free Lunch Program on Tuesday, August 7 from 11:30AM-1:30PM.  Please let Fr. Ignatius know if you can volunteer this month.

Memory Eternal-

       We extend our sympathy to Kh. Irene Khouri on the recent passing of her brother Alexander.  May his memory be eternal.  Condolences can be sent to Kh. Irene, Fr. Elias and family at: 3225 Elaine Dr. NW Cedar Rapids, IA 52405.

Save the Dates!-

       We plan to have a kick-off celebration for our Sunday School program on the afternoon of Saturday, September 8.  Sunday School for students pre-K through high school will begin Sunday, September 9.  More information about enrollment will be forthcoming.  The Sunday School program is in need of more helpers.  Please consider lending your time to make our Sunday School program even better than it was last year.  Speak with Lori Branch if you are interested in helping.

Prayer in Time of Drought-

       We are experiencing a serious drought.  If we do not get rain soon, the crops will fail and this will affect food and fuel prices, a great strain on an already fragile economy.  Following, is a prayer to be said during times of drought.

"O Master, Lord our God, Who didst hear Elijah the Tishbite because of his zeal for Thee, and for a time didst command that rain be held back from being sent unto the earth, and again at his prayer didst grant it fruit-bearing rain: Do Thou Thyself, O Master of all, Who art being entreated, out of Thy deep compassion grant abundant rain unto Thine inheritance; and, overlooking our sins, do Thou send down Thy rains upon every place entreating and praying for it. Make glad the face of the earth, for the sake of Thy poor people and infants, and animals and all others, for they trust in Thee, that Thou wilt give drink unto them in due season. For Thou art our God, a God Who showeth mercy and saveth, and unto Thee do we send up glory: to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit, now and ever, and unto the ages of ages, Amen." Great Book of Needs, Vol. 4

Evangelism Bible Verse-

       This week's verse:  "But what about you?" He asked.  "Who do you say I am?" Simon Peter answered, "You are the Christ, the Son of the Living God." (Matthew 16:15-16)  Knowing who Jesus is and being able to proclaim it is key to evangelism.

Meals of Wheels Needs Drivers-

       Drivers for regular weekly routes and substitute drivers are needed to bring meals to homebound individuals.  Volunteers use their own car and gas.  For more information, contact Heather Binggeli at hbinggeli@elderservicesinc.com or 319-338-0515.

"From the Little Mountain" Video-

       You can watch an excellent video on Orthodox monasticism, especially as it is lived out at the Hermitage of the Holy Cross in Wayne, West Virginia, by going to: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ooZiPrSm8sI

True Words on Abortion-

       In his inimitable, forthright and witty style, Fr. Patrick Reardon writes on abortion and the legal decision that foisted this travesty us, Roe v. Wade, in an article written a few years ago which can be read at this link: http://www.touchstonemag.com/archives/article.php?id=16-01-003-e

Daily Scripture Readings for the Week-

        Following are the readings for this week:

              July 29- Baruch 3-5; Psalms 118:97-112; Proverbs 26:14-17; I Peter 5

              July 30- Epistle of Jeremiah; Psalms 118:113-128; Proverbs 26:18-23; II Peter 1

              July 31- Lamentations 1; Psalms 118:129-144; Proverbs 26: 24-29; II Peter 2

              Aug 1- Lamentations 2; Psalms 118:145-160; Proverbs 27:1-5; II Peter 3

              Aug 2- Lamentations 3; Psalms 118:161-176; Proverbs 27: 6-10; I John 1:1-2:1

              Aug 3- Lamentations 4; Psalms 119-120; Proverbs 27:11-15; I John 2:2-27

              Aug 4- Lamentations 5; Psalms 121-122; Proverbs 27:16-20; I John 2:28-3:24

              Aug 5- Ezekiel 1-3; Psalms 123-124; Proverbs 27:21-24; I John 4:1-19

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 August 5, the food for coffee hour will be provided by the St. Nicholas team.

Holy Bread-

       On Sunday, August 5, the Chikhladze/Berimeladze family will provide the holy bread.  Thank you in advance.
Church Cleaning-
       During the week following Sunday July 29, the cleaning of the nave, narthex, bookstore/library, stairs, nursery and bathrooms will be provided by the St. Nina team.
Food for Thought-
Love does not depend on time, and the power of love continues always. There are some who believe that the Lord suffered death for love of man but because they do not attain to this love in their own souls it seems to them that it is an old story of bygone days. But when the soul knows the love of God by the Holy Spirit she feels without a shadow of doubt that the Lord is our Father, the closest, the best and dearest of fathers, and there is no greater happiness than to love God with all our hearts, with all our souls, and with all our minds, according to the Lord's commandment, and our neighbor as ourself. And when this love is in the soul, everything rejoices her; but when it is lost sight of man cannot find peace, and is troubled, and blames others as if they had done him an injury, and does not realize that he himself is at fault – he has lost his love for God and has accused or conceived hatred for his brother.

- St. Silouan the Athonite