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Church Bulletin: October 18, 2015

posted Oct 18, 2015, 6:32 PM by Saint Raphael of Brooklyn Antiochian Orthodox Church
October 18, 2015- The Holy Apostle and Evangelist Luke
This Week's Services and Events

October 19, Monday
        + Teen SOYO Dinner and Movie Night, 6:30PM

October 21, Wednesday
        + Akathist, 7:00PM
        + Kalona Vespers, 7:00PM

October 22, Thursday
        + Becoming Truly Human, 6:30PM, IMU River Room I (103A)

October 23, Friday
        + Matins, 8:30AM
        +Office Hours, 9:30AM-11:30AM

October 24, Saturday
        + OCF Highway Clean-up, 11:00AM-1:00PM
        + Church Building and Grounds Clean-up, 1:00PM-4:00PM
        + Great Vespers, 5:00PM

October 25, Twenty first Sunday after Pentecost
        + Matins, 8:45AM 
        + Divine Liturgy, 10:00AM, followed by coffee hour and Sunday School
Upcoming Events and Announcements

Today Was Special Olympics Awareness Sunday-
       In our Archdiocese, each year, our teens remind us of a wonderful annual event that we are called upon to support, a gathering and competition of athletes in the Special Olympics, held each year at the Antiochian Village.  A collection was taken today.  If you would like to give to this cause, please send your check to church soon and clearly mark that it is for Teen SOYO Special Olympics.  

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

Divine Liturgy of St. James-
        At 6:00PM on October 22, join the faithful of St. John the Baptist Church (501 A Ave. NE, Cedar Rapids) and visiting priests, to participate in a unique and rare liturgy of our faith, the Liturgy of St. James, the Brother of the Lord.  

Orthodox Christian Fellowship-
      There is no OCF event this Thursday.  OCF will be cleaning up a mile long stretch of Eastbound I-80 from 11:00AM-1:00PM on Saturday, October 24.  We need volunteers.

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.

October 25 Is College Student Sunday-
        In conjunction with Orthodox Christian Fellowship's Orthodox Awareness Month,October 25th has been designated as "College Student Sunday" by the Assembly of Bishops. College Student Sunday offers parishes an opportunity to recognize their college students as well as support the vital ministry of Orthodox Christian Fellowship. Our college students are an important and integral part of our parish community.  Let them know they are appreciated and encourage them in their studies and in life!

Pledge Packets-
        The Parish Council has distributed 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.

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.  

Nativity Fast Book Study-
        Following Paraklesis service on Wednesday evenings during the Nativity/Advent fast, we will have four book study sessions from 8:00PM-9:00PM.  On December 2, 9, 16, and 23, we will be discussing the book, "Meditations for Advent: Preparing for Christ's Birth" by Archimandrite Vassilios Papavassiliou.  Copies of this book will be available to purchase at the church in a few weeks.  Please sign up on the sheet posted in the narthex so we know how many books to order.

Bishop Anthony's Recommended Reading and A Prayer Before Reading Scripture-
       From today's sermon, the 5 chapters of the New Testament that Bishop Anthony commended to be read when one wants to find the will of God for one's life are: Matthew 5-7, Luke 6 and Romans 12.  And here is a prayer to be said before reading the Scripture. "Illumine our hearts, O Master Who lovest mankind, with the pure light of Thy divine knowledge. Open the eyes of our mind to the understanding of Thy gospel teachings. Implant also in us the fear of Thy blessed commandments, that trampling down all carnal desires, we may enter upon a spiritual manner of living, both thinking and doing such things as are well-pleasing unto Thee. For Thou art the illumination of our souls and bodies, O Christ our God, and unto Thee we ascribe glory, together with Thy Father, Who is from everlasting, and Thine all-holy, good, and life-creating Spirit, now and ever and unto ages of ages. Amen."

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.

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.

OCMC 2016 Mission Teams Now Available-
        2016 Orthodox Mission Teams are now available! Please prayerfully consider joining one of the teams that will be serving in Alaska, Albania, Guatemala, Indonesia, Kenya, Mexico, and Uganda. Spend two weeks volunteering at a youth camp, teaching the faith, empowering Orthodox women, restoring a church, or providing healthcare. All are needed, and anyone over 18 can serve! Visit www.ocmc.org, e-mail teams@ocmc.org, or call 1-877-463-6784 for more information or to volunteer.

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-
         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)       
Choir Leadership-
        Lori Branch will lead the choir during the weekend of October 24-25.

Holy Bread-
        The Rockwell/Gvarjaladze family will provide the holy bread for liturgy on Sunday, October 25.  Thank you in advance.
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-

Since we [Christians] must needs attain to the life to come through virtue, our attention is to be chiefly fastened upon those many passages from the poets, from the historians, and especially from the philosophers, in which virtue itself is praised. For it is of no small advantage that virtue become a habit with a youth, for the lessons of youth make a deep impression, because the soul is then plastic, and therefore they are likely to be indelible.

- St. Basil the Great in "Address to Young Men on the Right Use of Greek Literature"