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Church Bulletin: October 15, 2017

posted Oct 16, 2017, 6:52 AM by Saint Raphael of Brooklyn Antiochian Orthodox Church
Sunday October 15, 2017- Sunday of the Fathers of the Seventh Ecumenical Council

This Week's Services and Events

October 17, Tuesday
        + Office Hours, 11:00AM-3:45PM
        + 9th Hour Prayers, 3:00PM
        + Vespers in Kalona, 7:00PM

October 18, Wednesday
        + Office Hours, 11:30AM-3:00PM
        + 9th Hour Prayers, 3:00PM
        + Akathist, 7:00PM

October 19, Thursday
        + OCF Dinner, 7:00PM

October 21, Saturday
        + Parish Council meeting, 2:30PM-4:30PM
        + Great Vespers, 5:00PM

October 22, Twentieth Sunday after Pentecost
        + Matins, 8:45AM
        + Divine Liturgy, 10:00AM followed by Sunday School and Fellowship Hour

Upcoming Events and Announcements-  

Bishop Anthony's Visit and Jared Johnson's Ordination to the Diaconate-
        His Grace will be with us the weekend of October 28-29.  He will be speaking to us at 3:00PM on Evangelism, Outreach and Growing the Church as well as for all services.  He will ordain Jared Johnson to the diaconate during liturgy on Sunday.

Father Will Be Out of Town-
         Fr. Ignatius will be out of town this Thursday and Friday, October 19 and 20.  There will be no office hours or 9th Hour Prayers on those two days.  

St. Raphael Feast Day-
        We will commemorate our patron saint on his annual feast day with Vesperal Liturgy at 6:00PM on Friday, November 3 followed by a potluck.

Fall Party, Vespers in the Barn and Potluck Cookout-
        All are invited to the Moreys' farm in Mt. Pleasant for an afternoon of fun on Saturday, November 4.  Arrive at 2:00PM or after.  We will have vespers in the barn at 4:00PM with hot dogs and s'mores and a campfireat about 5:30PM.  Bring a dish to share.  There will be no vespers at the church that evening.  

Message from the Assembly of Bishops-
        To read the message released by the Orthodox Assembly of Bishops, which recently convened their annual meeting, go to: http://assemblyofbishops.org/news/2017/message-assembly-2017

40 Days For Life Prayer Campaign-
        The Johnson County Right to Life is once again spearheading local participation in a worldwide effort to provide a prayerful presence outside of facilities that murder unborn children through abortion.  The dates for this latest effort are September 27- November 5 and the gathering place is the public sidewalk in front of the Emma Goldman abortion clinic at 227 N. Dubuque St.  A poster and prayer cards advertising this effort are in the narthex at church.  For more information, go to: www.40daysforlife.com/iowacity or call 319-855-8475.  If you are interested in praying on the sidewalk during this time and want some company, talk with Fr. Ignatius.  If you are not comfortable with that type of public presence, pray at home, that abortion-vulnerable women would get the help they need so that participating in the killing of their unborn children does not seem like a valid solution to their perceived problem.  Pray to end abortion.   

Food for All--Kalona
        Please  continue to pray for our Orthodox-style, community-style charity work. Also ask our Lord to draw people to Himself and His Church through all our programs. Visit our website at foodforallkalona.weebly.com. For more info, email me at foodforallkalona@gmail.com.  Thanks! Amy Spencer   

Next Sunday's Gospel Reading-
        At that time, Jesus arrived at the country of the Gadarenes, which is opposite Galilee. And as He stepped out on land, there met Him a man from the city who had demons; for a long time he had worn no clothes, and he lived not in a house but among the tombs. When he saw Jesus, he cried out and fell down before him, and said with a loud voice, “What hast Thou to do with me, Jesus, Son of the Most High God? I beseech Thee, do not torment me.” For Jesus had commanded the unclean spirit to come out of the man. [For many a time it had seized him; he was kept under guard, and bound with chains and fetters, but he broke the bonds and was driven by the demon into the desert.] Jesus then asked him, “What is your name?” And he said, “Legion”; for many demons had entered him. And they begged Jesus not to command them to depart into the abyss. Now a large herd of swine was feeding there on the hillside; and they begged Jesus to let them enter these. So He gave them leave. Then the demons came out of the man and entered the swine, and the herd rushed down the steep bank into the lake and was drowned. When the herdsmen saw what had happened, they fled, and told it in the city and in the country. Then people went out to see what had happened, and they came to Jesus, and found the man from whom the demons had gone, sitting at the feet of Jesus, clothed and in his right mind; and they were afraid. And those who had seen it told them how he who had been possessed with demons was healed. Then all the people of the surrounding country of the Gadarenes asked Jesus to depart from them; for they were seized with great fear; so He got into the boat and returned. The man from whom the demons had gone begged that he might be with Jesus; but Jesus sent him away, saying, “Return to your home, and declare all that God has done for you.” And he went away, proclaiming throughout the whole city all that Jesus had done for him.  (Luke 8:26-39)

 Pray for our Catechumens-

        Please keep our catechumens Ilya Buchkin, Jeremiah Kaufmann, Scott Dorr, Brian and Rene Horak 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. 
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.  To sign a petition urging the US Government and others to work for their release, go to:

Food for Thought-

Then little children were brought to Him that He might put His hands on them and pray but the disciples rebuked them.  But Jesus said, "Let the little children come to Me, and do not forbid them; for of such is the kingdom of heaven."  And He laid His hands on them and departed from there.

Matthew 19:13-15