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Church Bulletin: October 13, 2013

posted Oct 13, 2013, 3:20 PM by Saint Raphael of Brooklyn Antiochian Orthodox Church
October 13, 2013- Sunday of the Fathers of the Seventh Ecumenical Council
This Week's Services and Events

October 14, Monday
        + Third Hour Prayers, 9AM
        + Office Hours, 9:30AM
October 16, Wednesday
        + Akathist, 7PM
        + "Orthodox Beliefs and Practices About Death" class, 7:45PM

October 17, Thursday
        + OCF dinner at Bill and Amy Spencer's home, 6:30PM

October 19, Saturday
        + Souls Saturday Liturgy, 10AM
        + 9th Hour/Great Vespers, 6PM
October 20, Seventeenth Sunday after Pentecost
        + Matins, 8:45AM
        + Liturgy, 10AM, followed by Sunday School and Coffee Hour
Upcoming Events and Announcements 

Special Voters' Meeting Results-
        Last Sunday, October 6, a quorum of the voting members of St. Raphael Church gathered to discuss and vote on proposed changes to our parish constitution.  The approved changes will be forwarded to our Archdiocese for ratification or nullification.  Thank you to all who participated.  Following, is a summary of the results:
       1. Shall the constitution be amended from requiring financial reports every six months to every year?
Approved by a 2/3 majority (23 to 3)
       2. Regarding the number of elected parish council members required, shall the constitution be amended from four to three?
Approved by 2/3 majority (20 to 6)
       3. Regarding the number of members of the nominating committee for parish council election (beyond the priest), shall the constitution be amended from requiring at least four to at least one?
Approved by a 2/3 majority (23 to 3)
       4. Requiring how many candidates for election the nominating committee must nominate, relative to the number of vacancies, shall the constitution be amended from twice as many to one more
Approved by 2/3 majority (23 to 3)
       5. Regarding timing of publication of agenda and meeting minutes, shall the constitution be amended from seven days prior and seven days after to two days prior and ten days after?
Approved by 2/3 majority (21 to 5)
       6. Regarding the term of parish council members, shall the constitution be amended from two years to three years?
Approved by 2/3 majority (24 to 1, 1 abstaining)
       7. Regarding the number of appointed parish council members required, shall the constitution be amended from two to three?
Approved by 2/3 majority (19 to 6, 1 abstaining)
       8. Regarding nominations from the floor for parish council elections, shall the constitution be amended from disallowing toallowing them?
Not approved by a 2/3 majority (14 to 10, 2 abstaining)

Thank You-
       To all who participated in making our last table at the Iowa City Farmer's market a success, thank you!

Orthodox Christian Fellowship College Group-
         On October 17, the OCF will meet for dinner at the Spencers at 6:30PM.  On October 24, they will meet at church for compline at 7PM and a discussion to follow.  Check the printed or online church calendars for future events and/or speak with the faculty advisor, Lori Branch, or the student leader, Tyler Fyotek.

Panel Forum on Relief for Syrian Refugees-
       The University of Iowa Center for Human Rights will be organizing a community-based forum to discuss potential relief efforts for Syrian refugees, to take place this Tuesday October 15 from 7:30PM-9:30PM in the Jones Commons of the Lindquist Center North (corner of Burlington and Madison).

No Friday Matins This Week-
       Fr. Ignatius will be in Madison, WI for the Upper Midwest Fall Deanery meeting on Thursday and Friday of this week.  There will be no matins on Friday, October 18.  

Wednesday Evening Class on "Orthodox Beliefs and Practices about Death"-
       Beginning October 16 and continuing October 23, 30 and November 6, Fr. Ignatius will lead a class titled "Orthodox Beliefs and Practices about Death."  The class will begin following the Akathist service (about 7:45PM) and go to 9PM.  Come and learn about the Orthodox funeral service, why we pray for the departed, traditional ways to care for a loved one at the time of death and more.  Fr. Ignatius hopes that this class will cause a discussion that will lead to a group of people at our church who will work to form an Orthodox burial society, if and when the need arises within our community.  Dovetailing nicely with the subject matter of this class, Lori Branch Peterson will be hosting a book discussion on "A Christian Ending: A Handbook for Burial in the Ancient Christian Tradition" by Deacon Mark and Elizabeth Barna on Sunday, November 17.  Copies of this book are available for purchase in our bookstore.  

Soul Saturday Liturgy-
       This Saturday, October 19 at 10AM, we will have a Soul Saturday Liturgy.  If you would like to have your deceased loved ones prayed for at this Liturgy, please give your list of names to Fr. Ignatius by October 18.

Consider Supporting Our Sister Orthodox Churches in Cedar Rapids-
       St. John the Baptist Church is holding their Greek Fall Dinner on Sunday, October 13 from 11AM to 7PM at the Scottish Rite Temple on A Ave. NE in Cedar Rapids.  St. George Church is holding their Annual Bake Sale on Saturday, October 19 from 7:30AM to 1PM at their church.

Upcoming Teen SOYO Events-
     The Teen SOYO will meet for dinner and a movie at 6:30PM on Monday, October 21.  They will participate in the semi-annual Adopt-A-Highway clean-up of I-80 from 1PM-5PM on Saturday, November 2.

Plan Ahead for Difficult Parking on October 20-
       The Johnson County Sheriff's office has once again, notified us of street closures that will affect our ability to get to church on Sunday, October 20.  The annual Run for the Schools races will be held that morning, and several streets in our church's neighborhood, including College St., will be shut down to vehicle traffic early that morning.  Specifically, College St. will be shut down from Linn St. to Muscatine Ave., Gilbert St. will be shut down from Burlington St. to Washington St., Dodge St. will be shut down and southbound traffic rerouted on to Washington St., and Governor St. will be shut down and northbound traffic will be rerouted onto Burlington St.  All roads should be re-opened by 12:30PM.  Plan ahead and be prepared to walk a few extra blocks to get to church that morning.  Access to the Chauncey Swan Parking Garage off of Washington St. (not College St.) should be possible.

Special Olympics Awareness Day is October 20-
       October 20 is Special Olympics Awareness Day across our Archdiocese.  On that day, a members of our Teen SOYO will ask for your help in funding the 2014 Special Olympics Sports Camp to be held at the Antiochian Village August 8-16, 2014.  

Fall Clean-up Day is October 26-
       We will have our semi-annual church cleaning day on Saturday, October 26 from 1PM-4PM.  On that day, please consider coming for all or part of the afternoon to help polish metal liturgical items, rake our yard and do other cleaning chores.  Help us beautify our church!

An Orthodox Priest Interviews Evangelical Pastor Rick Warren-
       To listen to Fr. John Parker's interview of Evangelical mega-church pastor Rick Warren, go to: http://www.ancientfaith.com/podcasts/lordsendme/a_conversation_with_rick_warren

Informed Choices Medical Clinics Fundraiser Dinner-
       On Tuesday October 22, the Eastern Iowa Informed Choices Medical Clinics will hold their annual fundraising dinner at the Marriott Hotel in Coralville.  Seating begins at 6:45PM, dinner and program is from 7PM-9:30PM.  No cost.  Sunday attire.  Adults only, as seating is limited.  Register by October 15 by calling 319-337-0575 or at www.informedchoicesia.org.  Informed Choices is a free medical clinic that provides sound medical care and Christian counseling, attempting to meet the needs of men and women who feel that abortion is their only option.

St. Raphael Feast Day Services Nov. 1 and 2-
       We will observe the patronal feast of our parish with Great Vespers/Litia/Artoklasia on Friday, November 1 at 7PM and matins and Divine Liturgy at 8:30AM and 10AM on Saturday, November 2.  Please come to one or more services and celebrate our patron saint!  

The Epistles as Scripture-
       To read Fr. Lawrence Farley's enlightening post on why it is that we consider the New Testament Epistles to be Scripture, even though they are not filled with direct commands from God, but are rather (largely) St. Paul's instructions to specific local churches, go to: http://oca.org/reflections/fr.-lawrence-farley/the-epistles-as-scripture

Sign Project Update-
       We have now raised $5000 (!) toward purchasing and placing the "Saint Raphael Orthodox Church" sign on the front of our building.  Thank you to all who have given.  We will hopefully be able to adorn our building with the sign soon.

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.

Choir Leadership-
       During the weekend of October 19-20, Tania Van Dinter will be leading the choir.

Holy Bread-
       On Sunday, October 20, the holy bread will be provided by the Padath  family.  Thank you in advance.

Coffee Hour-
        On Sunday October 20, 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 October 13-19, the St. Nicholas team will clean the nave, narthex, bookstore, stairs, nursery and bathrooms.      

Food for Thought-

Christianity is not reconciliation with death.  It is the revelation of death, and it reveals death because it is the revelation of Life.  Christ is this Life.  And only if Christ is Life, is death what Christianity proclaims it to be, namely the enemy to be destroyed, and not a "mystery" to be explained.

Fr. Alexander Schmemman, "O Death, Where is Thy Sting?" pp. 99-100