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Church Bulletin: November 1, 2015

posted Oct 29, 2015, 11:21 AM by Saint Raphael of Brooklyn Antiochian Orthodox Church
November 1, 2015- The Holy Unmercenaries Cosmas and Damian
This Week's Services and Events

November 3, Tuesday
        + Free Lunch Volunteering, 11:30AM-1:30PM

November 4, Wednesday
        + Akathist, 7:00PM
        + Kalona Vespers, 7:00PM

November 5, Thursday
         + Becoming Truly Human, IMU Rm 103A, 6:30PM
        + OCF Dinner, 6:30PM

November 6, Friday
        + Matins, 8:30AM
        + Office Hours, 9:30AM-11:30AM
        + Great Vespers with Litia and Artoklasia for St. Raphael, 7:00PM

November 7, Saturday
        + Matins and Liturgy for St. Raphael, 8:30/10:00AM
        + Great Vespers, 4:30PM
        + Syrian Refugee Fundraiser and Presentation, 6:00PM

November 8, Sunday- Synaxis of the Archangels Michael, Gabriel, Raphael and all the Bodiless Powers
        + Matins, 8:45AM 
        + Divine Liturgy, 10:00AM, followed by coffee hour and Sunday School
Upcoming Events and Announcements

November-December Calendars-
        The calendars showing services and other events to take place during November and December are now printed and available in the narthex.

Orthodox Christian Fellowship-
        OCF will meet for dinner at 6:30 on November 5.

Free Lunch Program Volunteering-
        We will volunteer at the Free Lunch Program on Tuesday, November 3 from 11:30AM-1:30PM.  Please let Fr. Ignatius know if you can help out.

Pledge Packets, Please Return Them Soon!-
        The Parish Council has distributed material to members and friends of the parish asking for people to respond with their planned financial commitments to the church for 2016.  Please prayerfully consider what you can give to support our beloved church and return the pledge forms no later than November 8.  This is necessary so that the Parish Council can form a responsible budget to present at the annual voters' meeting in early December.

Honoring our Patron Saint/Helping Refugees-
        This year, Saturday November 7 is St. Raphael's feast day.  In addition to services honoring our patron saint, we will be holding a special fundraising event at our church during the evening of November 7 to benefit Syrian refugees through International Orthodox Christian Charities (IOCC).  PEACE Iowa is co-sponsoring the event.   Event information, including online ticket ordering, can be foundatwww.iocc.org/iowacity.  Invite your family and friends to go to this site and buy tickets.
       Kristi Abuissa is organizing this event.  She will need volunteers to prepare food, set up and clean up, and other organizational and advertising matters. Contact her at kristi@abuissa.net or 319-594-3686.  

Patronal Feast Day Services, Nov. 6 and 7-
       In the Antiochian Archdiocese, our patron St. Raphael is always remembered on the first Saturday of November.  This year, we will have vespers with litia and artoklasia at 7:00PM on Friday, November 6 and matins and liturgy at 8:30AM/10:00AM on Saturday, November 7.

St. George Church Annual Breakfast, Luncheon and Bake Sale-
        St. George Church in Cedar Rapids (3650 Cottage Grove Ave. SE) is holding their annual Breakfast, Luncheon and Bake Sale on Saturday, November 7 from 7:00AM-2:00PM.

Parish Council Meeting-
        Our monthly Parish Council meeting is scheduled for November 10 at 7:00PM.
Teen SOYO- 
        On November 14, the teens will be serving a meal at the Ronald McDonald House.  They will be meeting at church at 9:30AM to head over to the site.

Archiepiscopal Directive on "So-Called" Same-Sex Marriage-
        Metropolitan Joseph, in cooperation with the diocesan bishops of our Archdiocese, has recently issued a document entitled "Archiepiscopal Directive on 'So-Called' Same-Sex Marriage" which is directed toward both the clergy and the laity of our Archdiocese.  Please take the time to read it all.  Here are two excerpts.  There is much more that is said.

"[T]he Church recognizes the word, “marriage,” as designating only one datum: the fleshly union of one man and one woman....  It is this exclusive union of love which alone is fertile and thus the nursery of the human race until the end of time. Any other so-called “marriage,” including so-called “same-sex marriage,” is a forgery and death-dealing, sterile and doomed to frustration and the ruin of body and soul of its participants. Therefore, the Church cannot recognize or countenance any other definition of marriage by any human law, since any such “law” contrary to God’s own created ordinance cannot stand as law, but is and will be a dead letter. 'There is a way which seemeth right to a man, but the end thereof is death.' This, then, is the Church’s word to our North American people. "

"Though all the clergy of this God-protected Archdiocese are directed to avoid any condoning or encouraging or supporting in word or action of so-called 'same-sex marriage,' we remind our pastoral clergy that we all have a calling to reconcile all men to Christ. Therefore, all persons who come to us must be treated with respect and dignity. Pastoral communications in personal contact with persons who profess to be homosexual must be positive and compassionate. Any of our spiritual children, the Orthodox faithful, who come to us as pastors to discuss their own personal struggle with homosexuality, must be treated with care as children needing the therapy of the Gospel. The pastoral relationship is basic for us, who are called to 'seek out the lost sheep.'"

Nativity Fast Book Study-
        Following Paraklesis service on Wednesday evenings during the Nativity/Advent fast, we will have four book study sessions from 8:00PM-9:00PM.  On December 2, 9, 16, and 23, we will be discussing the book, "Meditations for Advent: Preparing for Christ's Birth" by Archimandrite Vassilios Papavassiliou.  Copies of this book will be available to purchase at the church in a few weeks.  Please sign up on the sheet posted in the narthex so we know how many books to order.

2015-2016 Sunday School Project-
        During our current Sunday School year, the 5-12 grade class is sponsoring two children in Ethiopia through the organization Partners With Ethiopia.  Sunday school teachers are asking the Sunday School students to bring in change or whatever they and their families can give each week.  The financial commitment is $38 per month per child.  We may need additional assistance from the parish to meet our goal each month.  Brochures explaining this project are available at church.

Food for All - Kalona-
    Please continue to pray as we seek ways to encourage Vespers attendance as well as explore food charity programs, such as cooking classes and a Christmas bread event. Input and help is always welcome.
   Kalona Vespers are on first and third Wednesdays (7 p.m.). Join us at UCB Church, Highway 22 and 4th St., Kalona. Questions? Contact Amy at foodforallkalona@gmail.com.

OCMC 2016 Mission Teams Now Available-
        2016 Orthodox Mission Teams are now available! Please prayerfully consider joining one of the teams that will be serving in Alaska, Albania, Guatemala, Indonesia, Kenya, Mexico, and Uganda. Spend two weeks volunteering at a youth camp, teaching the faith, empowering Orthodox women, restoring a church, or providing healthcare. All are needed, and anyone over 18 can serve!Visitwww.ocmc.org, e-mail teams@ocmc.org, or call 1-877-463-6784 for more information or to volunteer.

Bishop's Visit, Save the Date!-
        Bishop Anthony plans to be with us the weekend of April 9-10, 2016.  Save the date!
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.  

Next Sunday's Gospel Reading-
        At that time, there came to Jesus a man named Jairus, who was a ruler of the synagogue; and falling at Jesus’ feet he besought Him to come to his house, for he had an only daughter, about twelve years of age, and she was dying. As Jesus went, the people pressed round Him. And a woman, who had had a flow of blood for twelve years, and had spent all her living upon physicians, and could not be healed by anyone, came up behind Him, and touched the fringe of His garment; and immediately her flow of blood ceased. And Jesus said, “Who was it that touched Me?” When all denied it, Peter said, “Master, the multitudes surround Thee and press upon Thee! And Thou sayest, ‘Who touched Me?’” But Jesus said, “Someone touched Me; for I perceive that power has gone forth from Me.” And when the woman saw that she was not hidden, she came trembling, and falling down before Him declared in the presence of all the people why she had touched Him, and how she had been immediately healed. And Jesus said to her, “Daughter, your faith has made you well; go in peace.” While Jesus was still speaking, a man from the ruler’s house came and said, “Your daughter is dead; do not trouble the Teacher any more.” But Jesus on hearing this answered him, “Do not fear; only believe, and she shall be well.” And when Jesus came to the house, He permitted no one to enter with Him, except Peter and James and John, and the father and mother of the child. And all were weeping and bewailing her; but Jesus said, “Do not weep; for she is not dead but sleeping.” And they laughed at him, knowing that she was dead. But taking her by the hand Jesus called, saying, “Child, arise.” And her spirit returned, and she got up at once; and Jesus directed that something should be given her to eat. And her parents were amazed; but He charged them to tell no one what had happened. (Luke 8:41-56)
Choir Leadership-
        Matthew Arndt and Kristi Abuissa will lead the choir during the weekend of November 7-8.

Holy Bread-
        The Valentine family will provide the holy bread for liturgy on Sunday, November 8.  Thank you in advance.
Pray for our Catechumens-
       Please keep our catechumens Ilya Buchkin, and Rob, Hannah and Nate Young in your prayers as they prepare 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. 

Food for Thought-

What sort of praise can I give Thee? I have never heard the song of the Cherubim, a joy reserved for the spirits above. But I know the praises that nature sings to Thee. In winter, I have beheld how silently in the moonlight the whole earth offers Thee prayer, clad in its white mantle of snow, sparkling like diamonds. I have seen how the rising sun rejoices in Thee, how the song of the birds is a chorus of praise to Thee. I have heard the mysterious mutterings of the forests about Thee, and the winds singing Thy praise as they stir the waters. I have understood how the choirs of stars proclaim Thy glory as they move forever in the depths of infinite space. What is my poor worship! All nature obeys Thee, I do not. Yet while I live, I see Thy love, I long to thank Thee, and call upon Thy name.


Glory to Thee, giving us light
Glory to Thee, loving us with love so deep, divine and infinite
Glory to Thee, blessing us with light, and with the host of angels and saints
Glory to Thee, Father all-holy, promising us a share in Thy Kingdom

Glory to Thee, Redeemer Son, who hast shown us the path to salvation! 
Glory to Thee, Holy Spirit, life-giving Sun of the world to come
Glory to Thee for all things, Holy and most merciful Trinity
Glory to Thee, O God, from age to age.

Ikos 12 from Akathist of Thanksgiving "Glory to God for All Things"