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Church Bulletin: July 31, 2016

posted Aug 1, 2016, 8:10 AM by Saint Raphael of Brooklyn Antiochian Orthodox Church
July 31, 2016- Sixth Sunday after Pentecost

 This Week's Services and Events

August 1, Monday
        + Paraklesis, 7:00PM

August 2, Tuesday
        + Free Lunch Program Volunteering, 11:30AM-1:30PM

August 3, Wednesday
        + Paraklesis, 7:00PM

August 5, Friday

August 6, Saturday
        + Great Vespers, 5:00PM 

August 7, 7th Sunday after Pentecost
        + Matins, 8:45AM
        + Divine Liturgy, 10:00AM followed by Coffee Hour
Upcoming Events and Announcements- 

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

Free Lunch Program Volunteering-
        On August 2, we will volunteer at the Free Lunch Program from 11:30AM-1:30PM.  Please contact Fr. Ignatius if you can join him.

Church Library-
        Did you know that we have a church library?   There is no formal check-out.  It's on the honor system.  We have gotten several new titles in.  Feel free to browse the shelves and borrow any books that interest you.  The library is on the eastern wall of the room to the east of the top of the stairs.

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.

       Making regular confessions is essential to our spiritual health.  Fr. Ignatius is available to hear confessions at about 9:45AM on Sunday mornings, following most Saturday vespers services and by appointment.  Don't hesitate to schedule a time if it has been awhile since your last one.

Intro To Orthodoxy Classes-
        Fr. Ignatius will be offering a seven part Introduction to Orthodoxy class beginning soon.  This class is open to all.  Do you have any friends, neighbors or co-workers who have asked you questions about your Orthodox Christian faith or have shown interest?  Invite them to come.  Schedule will be announced soon.  

An Invitation to Help Firmly Establish Our Parish By Working to Discover Who We Are and What our Purpose Is-
        Leaders from both the Archdiocesan Departments of Lay Ministries and Stewardship will be coming to St. Raphael Church on October 7-8 for the first of two weekend sessions to work with parish leaders and all those interested to help us discern what our purpose, vision and goals are as the local expression of the Holy Orthodox Church in Iowa City.  All are welcomed to participate.  The more, the better.  This is for the building up of our church and its firm establishment for the future.  The commitment is for Friday evening and both morning and afternoon on Saturday.  A second similar weekend will be scheduled to continue the work.  

Table to Table Volunteering-
        Table to Table's mission is to keep wholesome, edible food from going to waste by collecting it from donors and distributing it to those in need through agencies that serve the hungry, homeless and at-risk population in the Johnson County area.  Volunteers are needed to drive pick-up and delivery routes.  Most routes are in the morning.  Contact Volunteer Manager David Wellendorf at 319-337-3400 or t2tvolunteers@gmail.com for more information.         

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.

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.

Next Sunday's Gospel Reading-
           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 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-

"The Church cures people so that when they see God, they see Him as light rather than fire.  The Church is like a mother who has two hands.  With one hand she points the way to truth and life, and with the other, she embraces the sinner and moves them to repentance."

Metropolitan Hierotheos of Nafpaktos