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Church Bulletin: July 5, 2015

posted Jul 6, 2015, 4:34 PM by Saint Raphael of Brooklyn Antiochian Orthodox Church   [ updated Dec 11, 2017, 6:55 AM ]
July 5, 2015- Fifth Sunday after Pentecost
This Week's Services and Events

July 6, Monday
        + Intro to Orthodoxy class, 7:00PM

July 7, Tuesday
        + Free Lunch Program volunteering, 11:30AM-1:30PM

July 8, Wednesday
        +  Akathist, 7:00PM

July 10, Friday
        + Matins, 8:30AM
        + Office Hours, 9:30AM-11:30AM

July 11, Saturday
        + Great Vespers, 5:00PM

July 12, Sixth Sunday after Pentecost
        + Matins, 8:45AM 
        + Divine Liturgy, 10:00AM, followed by coffee hour
Upcoming Events and Announcements

The Missing Quote-
       Fr. Ignatius lost the last page of his sermon this morning.  Here is the quote from St. John of Kronstadt, that he wanted to share.  "Never confuse the person formed in the image of God, with the evil that is in him: because evil is but a chance misfortune, an illness, a devilish reverie. But the very essence of a person is the image of God, and this remains in him despite every disfigurement."

Thank You-
        Thank you to Christian and Joshua Morey, who recently repaired the candelabra which sits on the altar.  Thank you to Irakliy Surguladze who recently fixed our vandalized light post in front of the building and who regularly mows our grass.  We are blessed with so many people who share their time and talents for the building up of our church.  Thank you!

Intro to Orthodoxy Class Starting Now-
       Fr. Ignatius will be 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.

Statement from Assembly of Bishops on Same-Sex Marriage Decision-
       Bishop Anthony has asked this this statement be published in the bulletin and read by the faithful.  http://assemblyofbishops.org/news/2015/response-of-assembly-of-bishops-to-obergefell-v.-hodges Additionally, our bishops encourage the faithful to approach their priests if they have any questions regarding the Church's teaching on marriage or sexuality.  Fr. Ignatius is happy to talk with you about his sermon, any of the recent bishop's statements on same-sex marriage and sexuality, or any related issue.  

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.

Food for All-Kalona-
        Kalona Summer Lunch is going well, with our busiest day involving 24 guests plus 22 lunches packed to go--plus a very active activities table. Come down for lunch anytime (MWF, noon to one). Please support Kalona Vespers however you can; prayer for this outreach is appreciated. 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.

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.  We need volunteers to staff this table in shifts during the days of the fair.  Sign-up sheet will be posted soon.  Please consider if you can represent our church at the fair as we seek to engage our community in this way.
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 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. 

Holy Bread-
        On July 12, the holy bread will be provided by the Valentine 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-

Save me, O God, for the waters are come in unto my soul.  I am stuck fast in the mire of the deep, and there is no sure standing.  I am come into the deeps of the sea, and a tempest hath overwhelmed me.

Psalm 68:1-2