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Church Bulletin: October 14, 2012

posted Oct 14, 2012, 4:50 PM by Saint Raphael of Brooklyn Antiochian Orthodox Church
October 14, 2012- The Sunday of the Holy Fathers of the Seventh Ecumenical Council
This Week's Services and Events
Oct 15, Monday
+Teen SOYO dinner and movie night
Oct 16, Tuesday
+ Third Hour prayers, 9AM
Oct 17, Wednesday
+ Vesperal Liturgy for St. Luke the Evangelist, 6PM
Oct 18, Thursday
+ OCF dinner, 6:30PM at the Branch-Peterson's home
Oct 19, Friday
+ Matins, 8:30AM

Oct 20, Saturday
+ 9th Hour/Vespers, 6PM

Oct 21, Sunday, Twentieth Sunday after Pentecost
+ Matins, 8:45AM
+ Divine Liturgy, 10AM followed by Sunday School and coffee hour

Upcoming Events and Announcements
Please Stay in Church Until the End of Liturgy-
Everyone is asked to stay in the main portion of the church (the nave) until the dismissal of the Liturgy is given and you are asked to come forward to venerate the icon and receive a blessing. When people leave right after receiving Communion, they deprive themselves of the final blessings given at the Dismissal. Also, it is disrespectful to others in our church family to leave before the service is over.
New Church "Billboard" on I-80-
Thanks to the Iowa Department of Transportation's Adopt-A-Highway program and the willingness of St. Raphael's Teen SOYO group to clean a stretch of highway, the name of St. Raphael Church is on a roadside sign along a busy stretch of eastbound I-80 in Coralville, IA. Now, thousands of people each day will have the opportunity to be aware of our church's existence. Our teens will clean this segment of the road on Saturday, November 3 at 2PM. They would welcome help from anyone in the parish. A picture of the new sign is attached.
Upcoming Teen SOYO Events-
On Monday October 15 at 6PM, the teens will gather for a dinner and movie night. Two upcoming service projects are scheduled. On Tuesday, October 30, our teens will prepare and serve a meal at the Ronald McDonald House. On Saturday, November 3 at 2PM, they will participate in their first roadside clean-up service project. Talk with Alli Rockwell, our Teen SOYO advisor, if you would like to learn more information about any of these events.
Window Repairs Completed-
A few weeks ago, it was announced that we needed some repairs down on the windows in the nave of the church. Several of you donated to help cover the costs of these repairs. The repairs were completed last week. Thank you to all who gave in order to make these repairs possible.
Vesperal Liturgy for the Evangelist Luke-
On Wednesday, October 17 at 6PM, we will celebrate a vesperal Liturgy for the Holy Apostle and Evangelist Luke. Please join us!
Fr. Ciprian Sas and Family are Leaving Iowa-
Fr. Ciprian Sas, the pastor of one of our Eastern Iowa sister churches, St. John the Baptist Greek Orthodox Church in Cedar Rapids, has been reassigned by his bishop and will be the new pastor of All Saints Greek Orthodox Church, Peoria, IL in a few weeks. Many of you have come to know Fr. Ciprian during the time he has been in Cedar Rapids. He has been a wonderful friend of our parish and we have enjoyed the times, especially during Lent, when he has prayed with us in our church, and we have prayed with him in his church. We wish Fr. Ciprian and his family God's blessings as they begin this new chapter in their lives.
Jesus Prayer Book Discussion October 21-
On Sunday, October 21 at 7PM Robert Peterson and Lori Branch will host a book discussion in their home. The focus of the discussion will be Frederica Mathewes-Green's The Jesus Prayer: The Ancient Desert Prayer that Tunes the Heart to God. This book is now available in our church bookstore for $17. Buy a copy, read it and plan on attending the discussion!
Special Olympics Awareness Sunday is October 21-
On Sunday October 21, our teens will share with us about the Special Olympics camp that our Archdiocese hosts each year at the Antiochian Village and ask us to consider financially helping this worthy project.
Fall Clean-up Day-
On Saturday October 27, we will have a Clean-up Day at the church from 1PM-5PM. Among the priorities will be to get the carpets cleaned, the lawn raked (if needed), the mailbox painted and liturgical items polished and cleaned. Please plan to volunteer and help us keep our building and property looking beautiful.
St. George Church Bake Sale-
St. George Church in Cedar Rapids will hold their semi-annual Bake Sale fundraiser on Saturday, October 27 from 8AM-2PM. Stock up on your favorite Middle Eastern foods and support our mother parish. If you have any questions, call the church at 319-363-1559.
Mark Your Calendars-
We will celebrate our church's patron, St. Raphael of Brooklyn with Great Vespers with Artoklasia on Friday November 2 at 7PM and Matins and Liturgy at 8:45AM and 10AM on Saturday November 3.
Parish Survey-
The Parish Council has been diligently working on a brief survey which was given today to our members to be filled out. The purpose of the survey is to get feedback regarding various church-related things. This survey gives you a chance to let the council know what you like (or don't like) about the church and to make suggestions for improvement. We value your opinions. Please take the time to fill them out and return them to church. If you did not receive one, please contact our Parish Council chairperson, Todd Wiblin, or Fr. Ignatius.
Appreciating Vespers-
Each Saturday evening, in anticipation of Sunday, the Lord's Day, we begin our litugical celebration with the evening service called Vespers. It is during this service that we are introduced to the themes of that particular Sunday. We hear of the saints commemorated, and the other things the Church is bringing to our attention. This peaceful service helps us to prepare us for the Liturgy the following day. To learn more on the meaning and beauty of vespers, read this article written by Fr. Lawrence Farley. http://oca.org/reflections/fr.-lawrence-farley/appreciating-vespers
How Did the Scriptures Become the Scriptures?-
Fr. Stephen Freeman gives the answer to this fascinating question at his blog Glory to God for All Things, here: http://glory2godforallthings.com/2012/09/28/how-the-scriptures-became-the-scriptures/
Evangelism Bible Verse-
This week's verse: Peter replied, "Repent and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins. And you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit." (Acts 2:38)
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.
Coffee Hour-
On Sunday October 21, the food for coffee hour will be provided by the St. Nina team.

Church Cleaning-
During the week following Sunday October 14, the cleaning of the nave, narthex, bookstore/library, stairs, nursery and bathrooms will be provided by the St. John the Baptist team.

Food for Thought-
God is our refuge and power; a help in afflictions that severely befall us. Therefore we will not fear when the earth is troubled, and when the mountains are removed into the hearts of the seas.
Psalm 45:2-3