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Church Bulletin: October 12, 2014

posted Oct 13, 2014, 11:00 AM by Saint Raphael of Brooklyn Antiochian Orthodox Church
October 12, 2014- The Sunday of the Fathers of the 7th Ecumenical Council
This Week's Services and Events

October 14, Tuesday
        + Parish Council meeting, 7:00PM

October 15, Wednesday
        +  Akathist, 7:00PM

October 16, Thursday
        + OCF dinner, 6:30PM

October 17, Friday
        + Matins, 8:30AM
        + Father's Office Hours, 9:30AM-11:30AM

October 18, Saturday
        + Iowa City Farmer's Market table, 7:30AM-Noon
        + Fall Sunday School Party and Vespers at the Farm, 4:00PM-7:00PM

October 19, Sunday, 19th Sunday after Pentecost
        +Matins, 8:45AM
        + Divine Liturgy, 10:00AM, followed by fellowship hour and Sunday School
Upcoming Events and Announcements   

2015 Stewardship Information Being Distributed-
       The Parish Council has begun to distribute information for making regular financial pledges or tithes for 2015.  Copies will be handed out at church and mailed, and extra copies will be available in the narthex to take home and look at.  Please look over the information, pray about your giving to St. Raphael Church, and if you are able to give, return your pledge form to church as soon as you are able.  Prompt return of this information greatly helps the parish council set a realistic budget for the upcoming year.  Please return by November 9.

Painting in Sunday School/Nursery room-
       Parents, please be aware that the room next to the women's bathroom, which we use for a Sunday School room for our high school class, and which has been used as a nursery/changing room, is being paintedExtra care may be needed in keeping eyes on younger children as there may be open vents, wet paint and other possible hazards in the room.

October Parish Council Meeting-
       Our monthly Parish Council meeting will be on October 14 at 7:00PM.

Farmer's Market Table this Saturday-
       This Saturday, October 18, from 7:30AM-Noon, we will be staffing a table at the Iowa City Farmer's Market, selling baked goods, lotion bars and cookbooks and interacting with our community.  All proceeds go to Elder Services Meals on Wheels program which brings hot meals and a friendly smile to shut-ins.  Come on down and say "hi" to the folks staffing the table and buy a few yummies. 

Sunday School Fall Party and Vespers at the Farm-
        Sunday school students and their families are invited to attend our Fall Party at the Morey's farm.  Russ and Becky Morey invite you to come to their home outside of Mt. Pleasant on Saturday, October 18 from 4PM-7PM (1397 Old Highway 34 West, Mount Pleasant, IA).  There will be food and fun.  Dress casually and plan on the kids running around outside, getting dirty and seeing some farm animals.  If it has rained recently, boots might be useful.  Food will be provided.  Vespers will be at 6PM.  There will be no vespers at church that day.
International Orthodox Christian Charities Race to Respond-
       Andrew Ackell, recently moved to Baltimore, is going to be running a half marathon as part of IOCC's Race to Respond fundraiser on October 18.  To learn more about the event and/or learn how to sponsor Andrew in this race, go to: http://www.iocc.org/racetorespond/baltimore/  Clicking on Andrew's name in the right hand column will allow you to see his page and sponsor him.

Free Citizenship Clinic October 18-
       Do you or somebody you know need some assistance in seeking US citizenship?  Call 319-354-7593 to pre-register.  Participants must be 18 years old or older, be a legal, permanent resident for 5 years, 3 years if married to a US citizen, be able to read, write and speak basic English, have no serious criminal history and have lived in Iowa for at least 6 months.  This event is sponsored by the Center for Worker Justice and will be held this Saturday, October 18, from 11:00AM-2:00PM at 940 S. Gilbert Ct.

Plan Ahead for Parking, October 19-
       We have been informed by the Johnson County Sheriff that the annual Run for the Schools will be taking place in our neighborhood and specifically on College St. on Sunday, October 19.  At 5:00AM, College St. will shut down from Linn St. to Muscatine Ave., and Gilbert St.  will be shut down from Burlington St. to Washington St.  At 5:30AM, Dodge St. will be shut down and southbound traffic will be rerouted onto Washington, and Governor St. will be shut down and northbound traffic will be rerouted onto Burlington St. 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.  All roads should be re-opened by 12:30PM.

Special Olympics Awareness Sunday is October 19-
        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. Rapahel as tokens of gratitude.

Upcoming Teen SOYO Events-
       Our teens will meet for dinner and a movie on Monday, October 20 at 6:30PM.

Synod of Antioch Issues Summary Statement from Recent Synod Meeting-

St. Maria's Bread House-
        Amy Spencer asks that you continue to pray for a location for the Bread House in Kalona and for the board of directors as they do their work. If you'd like more information, please contact her at kalonabreadhouse@gmail.com.

Pan-Orthodox Liturgy of St. James on October 22 at St. George Church-
       All are invited to witness a rarely used liturgy, the Liturgy of St. James as we commemorate St. James the Brother of the Lord on his feast day.  Liturgy is at 6PM on Wednesday, October 22. 

Geneva Lecture Series Presents: Rediscovering the Redemptive Power of Beauty-
        In his novel The Idiot, Dostoyevsky penned the words, "Beauty will save the world."  But in the arts and contemporary culture in general, many people are suspicious of "beauty" as a denial of the harsh realities of life.  How can we experience and share the saving power of beauty?  How do creative works do their "work" to help us in this vital task?  Dr. Cecilia Gonzalez-Andrieu will share her insights and passion.  This lecture is free and open to the public and will be on Friday, October 24, 7:30PM-9:00PM at the University of Iowa's Becker Communications Building, Room 101.

Fall Clean-up Day, October 25-
       Our semi-annual clean-up day will be Saturday, October 25 from 1PM-4PM.  We will rake the yard (if needed) and clean the interior of the church, getting things ready for our patronal feast day the next weekend.        
Save the Date!- St. Raphael Feast Day Services-
       We will celebrate our patron saint, St. Raphael of Brooklyn with services on Friday, October 31 and Saturday, November 1.

40 Days for Life-
        From September 24-November 2, churches in our community will join churches in hundreds of other cities participating in 40 Days for Life, a life-saving campaign made up of three components: prayer and fasting, community outreach and peaceful vigil.  40 Days for Life is a peaceful pro-life effort that has been embraced by more than 625,000 volunteers in 539 cities across 24 nations.  The Iowa City vigil will be on the sidewalk at the Emma Goldman Clinic (227 N. Dubuque St.)  For more information, contact Sheryl at 319-855-8475 or director@jcrtl.org or visit www.40daysforlife.com/iowacity    

Informed Choice Medical Clinic Fundraiser Dinner-
       The Iowa City Informed Choices Medical Clinic, which does good work seeking to offer real alternatives to pregnant women who might be inclined to seek an abortion, is having their annual fundraising dinner and program on Tuesday, October 21 at 7PM, at the Marriott Hotel in Coralville.  Dinner is complimentary.  Donations will be accepted.  Please RVSP before October 17.  Online registration is available at www.informedchoiceia.org. 

Bible Bowl and Oratorical Festival-
       Each year, our diocese offers two different competitions for teens (and one for adults), held at the Parish Life Conference.  The 2015 Parish Life Conference will be held in Grand Rapids, MI in June.  Teens from our parish have participated in and done very well in the Bible Bowl is recent years, winning trophies each time they have competed.  Instead of focusing on one book of the Bible, the 2015 Bible Bowl will focus on the life of our patron, St. Raphael of Brooklyn, as found in the book "Our Father Among the Saints Raphael Bishop of Brooklyn: Good Shepherd of the Lost Sheep in America" published by Antakya Press.  This theme was chosen by Metropolitan Philip before his repose, because 2015 is the 100th anniversary of the repose of St. Raphael.  Fr. Ignatius challenges teens (ages 13-19) to form a team and study and compete.  Adults can form a team as well.  We can win this at the diocesan level and go on to compete on the archdiocesan level!  In addition, if giving speeches is your thing (teens only), consider writing a speech for the Oratorical Festival, the theme of which is also the life of St. Raphael.  Information is posted in the narthex.  Talk to Fr. Ignatius if you would like to learn more.

Thoughts on Stewardship and Giving-    
          "And you shall eat before the Lord your God, in the place where He chooses to make His name abide, the tithe of your grain and your new wine and your oil, of the firstborn of your herds and your flocks, that you may learn to fear the Lord your God always." (Deuteronomy 14:23)

Next Sunday's Gospel Reading-
        St. John Chrysostom urges Christians to preview the upcoming Sunday Gospel reading so that it may be fresh in your minds when you hear it next

The reading for Sunday, October 19 is: At that time, Jesus went to a city called Nain, and many of His disciples and a great crowd went with Him.  As He drew near to the gate of the city, behold, a man who had died was being carried out, the only son of his mother, and she was a widow; and a large crowd from the city was with her.  And when the Lord saw her, He had compassion on her and said to her, “Do not weep.”  And He came and touched the bier, and the bearers stood still. And Jesus said, “Young man, I say to you: arise.”  And the dead man sat up, and began to speak.  And Jesus gave him to his mother.  Fear seized them all; and they glorified God, saying, “A great prophet has arisen among us!” and “God has visited His people!”  (Luke 7:11-16)

Pray for our Catechumens-
       Please keep our catechumens: Ilya Buchkin, Rob Bergenstock in your prayers as they prepare to be sacramentally joined to the Orthodox Church.
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.  One priest is also missing, having been kidnapped. 

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

Holy Bread-
       The Valentine family will provide the holy bread for liturgy on October 19.  Thank you in advance. 

Choir Leadership-
       During the weekend of October 18-19, Kristi Abuissa will lead the choir. 

Coffee Hour-
       The St. Nina team will bring food to share during coffee hour, and clean up the fellowship hall on October 19.

Church Cleaning-
       During the week of October 12-18, the St. Nicholas team will clean the nave, narthex, bookstore, stairs, nursery and bathrooms.

Food for Thought-

If you would be simple-hearted like the Apostles, would not conceal your shortcomings, would not pretend to be especially pious, if you would walk free from hypocrisy, then that is the path.  While it is easy, not everyone can find it or understand it.  This path is the shortest way to salvation and attracts the grace of God.  Unpretentiousness, guilelessness, frankness of soul- this is what is pleasing to the Lord, Who is lowly of heart.  Except you become like children, you shall not enter into the Kingdom of God (Matthew 18:13). 

St. Leonid of Optina