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Church Bulletin: October 11, 2015

posted Oct 12, 2015, 5:25 AM by Saint Raphael of Brooklyn Antiochian Orthodox Church
October 11, 2015- The Eighteenth Sunday after Pentecost
This Week's Services and Events

October 13, Tuesday
        + Parish Council meeting, 7:00PM

October 14, Wednesday
        + Akathist, 7:00PM

October 15, Thursday
        + Becoming Truly Human, 6:30PM, IMU River Room I (103A)
        + OCF Dinner at Abuissa home, 6:30PM

October 16, Friday
        + Matins, 8:30AM
        +Office Hours, 9:30AM-11:30AM

October 17, Saturday
        + Great Vespers, 5:00PM

October 18, Nineteenth Sunday after Pentecost
        + Matins, 8:45AM 
        + Divine Liturgy, 10:00AM, followed by coffee hour and Sunday School
Upcoming Events and Announcements

Pledge Packets-
        The Parish Council is distributing 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.

Monthly Parish Council Meeting-
       Our October Parish Council meeting is October 13 at 7:00PM.  All are welcome.

Orthodox Christian Fellowship-
      OCF will meet at 6:30PM on October 15 for dinner at the Abuissa home.  OCF will be cleaning up a mile long stretch of Eastbound I-80 from 11:00AM-1:00PM on Saturday, October 24.

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.

Sunday, October 18 Parking-
       The annual Run for the Schools road races will be held in our neighborhood on Sunday, October 18.  College St., and other surrounding streets will be closed down to auto traffic.  This is a good day to walk or bike to church if possible.  If you need to drive, then the Chauncey Swan parking ramp is your best option.  You will need to enter off of Washington St. as the College St. entrance will be unusable.  Parking is free in the ramp on Sundays.  It is a 3-4 block walk from the ramp to the church.

Special Olympics Awareness Sunday, October 18-
       Our teens will be reminding us about the Special Olympics event that is hosted annually at the Antiochian Village, asking us to support this project with our financial gifts and handing out bookmarks featuring St. Porphyrios as tokens of gratitude.

Teen SOYO Dinner and Movie Night-
        Our teens will gather for dinner and a movie at 6:30PM on October 19.

Fall Clean-up Day-
        On Saturday, October 24 from 1:00PM-4:00PM, we will be cleaning the church building and grounds.  Please come and spend some time helping to keep our property beautiful.

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 found at www.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.  

Food for All - Kalona-
      The Kalona Chamber of Commerce's scarecrow auction made $995 for Food for All at Fall Festival! It's wonderful to have such community support. Amy has had several opportunities to speak to local groups recently as well. We pray more people from the area south of Iowa City will become interested in and be blessed by the Orthodox Church--and even become members of St. Raphael.         
     Meanwhile, Kalona Vespers are on the 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.

Informed Choices Medical Clinic Annual Banquet-
        Who:  Guest Speaker: Pam Stenzel
When: Tuesday, October 20th, 7:00pm-9:00pm
Where: Marriott Hotel & Conference Center
Cost: FREE- Register by Oct. 15th
Why: To raise money for this worthy effort.  Donations will be solicited.

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-
         The Lord said, “He who hears you hears Me, and he who rejects you rejects Me, and he who rejects Me rejects Him who sent Me.” The Seventy returned with joy, saying, “Lord, even the demons are subject to us in Thy Name!” And Jesus said to them, “I saw Satan fall like lightning from heaven. Behold, I have given you authority to tread upon serpents and scorpions and over all the power of the enemy; and nothing shall hurt you. Nevertheless do not rejoice in this, that the spirits are subject to you; but rejoice that your names are written in heaven.” In that same hour Jesus rejoiced in the spirit and said, “I thank Thee, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, that Thou hast hidden these things from the wise and prudent and revealed them to babes; yea, Father, for such was Thy gracious will.”  (Luke 10:16-21)
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-

Of course, it would be easier to get to paradise with a full stomach, all snuggled up in a soft feather-bed, but what is required is to carry one’s cross along the way, for the kingdom of God is not attained by enduring one or two troubles, but many!

St. Anthony of Optina