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Church Bulletin: November 10, 2013

posted Nov 10, 2013, 5:14 PM by Saint Raphael of Brooklyn Antiochian Orthodox Church
November 10, 2013- Twentieth Sunday after Pentecost
This Week's Services and Events

November 11, Monday
        + 3rd Hour Prayers, 9AM
        + Office Hours, 9:30AM-11:30AM

November 13, Wednesday
        + Paraklesis with Holy Unction (Anointing for Healing), 7PM

November 14, Thursday
        + OCF Compline followed by discussion, 7PM

November 15, Friday
        + Matins, 8:30AM

November 16, Saturday
        + 9th Hour and Great Vespers, 6PM
November 17, Twenty First Sunday after Pentecost
        + Matins, 8:45AM
        + Liturgy, 10AM, followed by Sunday School and Coffee Hour
        + Book Discussion on "A Christian Ending", 7PM at Branch-Peterson's home
Upcoming Events and Announcements 

        Congratulations to Tyson Humphrey who became at catechumen at Liturgy this morning.  Please keep Tyson and our other catechumens Ilya, Rachelle and Andrew in your prayers.  

2014 Pledge Packets-
       Your parish council is distributing an informational packet asking you to consider pledging a regular financial gift to St. Raphael Church in 2014.  Regular giving, regardless the amount, is important for budgeting purposes.  Your parish council wants to propose a responsible and reasonable budget which the voting members will vote on at our annual meeting in December.  In order to do that, the council needs to know what the expected income will be for next year.  Please, if possible, return your pledge form to our new treasurer Jeremy Coffin by November 17.  Your support of our church is greatly appreciated.

Holiday Market on November 16-

       The St. Raphael Charitable Committee will be at the Iowa City Holiday Market this Saturday, November 16, 8am-1pm, in the Iowa City Recreation Center gymnasium and game room. We will be selling cookbooks, lotion bars, and possibly some yummy holiday treats! The Holiday Market is a great way to get some early Christmas shopping done. As always, all proceeds from our sales will go to the Crisis Center of Johnson County. Please stop by to say hi!

SOYO Serving Brunch at Ronald McDonald House November 23-

       Our SOYO youth group will be serving brunch to the residents of our local Ronald McDonald House on Saturday, November 23rd. We will be preparing a fasting meal for about 50 people. Donations of groceries would be greatly appreciated. Additionally, if anyone would like to accompany the group on Saturday morning (9-noon) to help prepare food, you are more than welcome! Please let Father Ignatius or Alli Rockwell know you’d like to make a donation or join in the cooking.

Orthodox Christian Fellowship College Group-
         On Thursday, November 14, the OCF will meet at church at 7PM for compline and a discussion to follow.  On Thursday, November 21, they will meet at the Valentine home for dinner at 6:30PM.

The Nativity Fast is Approaching-
       Beginning this Friday, November 15 and continuing through the evening of December 24, we observe the Nativity or Advent fast, one of the four fasting seasons of the church year.  We fast, to prepare ourselves to be more receptive to the joyous coming of our King Jesus at the celebration of His nativity at Christmas.  We are asked to refrain from meat, dairy, eggs each day, and on some days, fish, wine and oil.  For specifics, take a look at the printed St. Raphael Church calendar for November and December or speak with Fr. Ignatius.  As you do your grocery shopping over the next several weeks, consider buying some extra non-perishable groceries and place them in the donation box in the church narthex.  The donated food goes to the local food bank at the Crisis Center.  

"Meet the Old Testament Prophets" Sermon Series-
       On Sundays during the Advent season, Fr. Ignatius will be giving a sermon series titled "Meet the Old Testament Prophets."  It is during this time of year, that many of the Old Testament prophets are commemorated on our church calendar.  Several of their prophecies foretold of the coming of the Messiah, Jesus Christ.  Get ready to learn a little more about these wonderful men of God.  

Book Discussion: "A Christian Ending"-
       There will be a book group discussion of "A Christian Ending: A Handbook for Burial in the Ancient Christian Tradition" by Deacon Mark and Elizabeth Barna on Sunday, November 17 at 7PM at Lori Branch and Robert Peterson's home.  All are welcome.  

Feast of the Entrance of the Theotokos in the Temple-
       We will celebrate this feast with Vesperal Liturgy on Wednesday, November 20 at 6PM.  

Iowa City Chambers Singers Concert November 17-
       Chamber Singers finished last season with a May performance of "Spring" and "Summer" from Haydn's immortal oratorio The Seasons.  This season begins where the last one left off, with a performance of the other two seasons, "Fall" and "Winter."  From the joys of food and drink to the thrill of the Austrian hunt, you will not want to miss this unique opportunity to hear Haydn's masterpiece for chorus, soloists, and orchestra...seasonally!  Join us Sunday, November 17, 2013 at Opstad Auditorium in Iowa City High School (1900 Morningside Drive).  Tickets are $17 for adults, $14 for seniors, $5 for students and can be bought online at www.icchambersingers.org or at the door.

What is Hell Like?-
       Anglican bishop N.T. Wright gives a good three minute explanation on what hell is like and includes an endorsement of Orthodox Christian thinking on the subject.  To watch this 3 minute video, go to: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vggzqXzEvZ0

Consider Joining an OCMC Orthodox Mission Team in 2014-
       Consider joining an OCMC Orthodox Mission Team in 2014. Mission Teams serve our Holy Orthodox Church’s unending mission effort that all people may come to know the saving love of our Lord. Be a living witness on a Healthcare team to Tanzania or Uganda, work with youth in Albania or Moldova, or offer your talents on other OCMC Teams in 2014. Team applications and details are available online at www.ocmc.org or call the OCMC at 1.877.463.6787 (ext 142) for more information.

An Opportunity to Serve, Be a Greeter-
       Based on responses from the parish survey from a few months ago, the Parish Council has recognized a need to have greeters on duty at church on Sunday mornings.  The greeter's main responsibility will be to make newcomers feel welcome by warmly greeting them, asking them to sign our guestbook and/or newcomer information card, making sure they know bathrooms and coatroom are downstairs and ushering them into the nave of the church.   If you are interested in signing up to be a greeter for a Sunday, there is a sign-up sheet on the bulletin board just outside of the bookstore.  On the sheet, is a complete job description for this important position.  If you want our church to be more welcoming to visitors, consider volunteering as a greeter.
Keep Praying for Kidnapped Orthodox Bishops in Syria-
       Since April 22, 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. 
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.

Holy Bread-
        On Sunday November 17, Anna Sullivan will provide the holy bread.  Thank you in advance.

Coffee Hour-
        On Sunday November 17, the food for coffee hour and the clean-up of the fellowship hall will be provided by the St. Nina team. 

Church Cleaning-
        During the week of November 10-16, the St. Nicholas team will clean the nave, narthex, bookstore, stairs, nursery and bathrooms.      

Choir Leadership-
       On November 16-17, Lori Branch will lead the choir.

Food for Thought-

Parental Advice from the Scriptures-
       "My son, if I die, bury me, but do not disregard your mother. Honor her all the days of your life. Do what is pleasing to her, but do not grieve her. Remember, my son, that she experienced many dangers for you while you were in the womb… Remember the Lord our God all your days, and do not desire to sin or to disobey His commandments… if you walk in the truth, you will be successful in your works. Do almsgiving from your possessions to all who do righteousness… Do not turn your face away from any poor man, so the face of God will not be turned away from you… Do not be afraid to give according to the little you have. You are storing up a good treasure for yourself in the day of necessity. For almsgiving delivers us from death and prevents us from entering into the darkness… Do not keep overnight the wages of any man who works for you, but pay him immediately… Be disciplined in your conduct. What you yourself hate, do not do to anyone… From your bread, give to him who is hungry, and from your clothing, give to the naked… Seek counsel from every sensible man, and do not treat any useful advice with contempt. At every opportunity bless the Lord God, but more than this ask that your ways may become straight, and that all Your paths and purposes may prosper… Let none of my commandments be removed from your heart."

Book of Tobit 4:3-19