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Church Bulletin: October 19, 2014

posted Oct 19, 2014, 6:00 PM by Saint Raphael of Brooklyn Antiochian Orthodox Church
October 19, 2014- The Nineteenth Sunday after Pentecost
This Week's Services and Events

October 20, Monday
        + Teen SOYO Dinner and Movie Night, 6:30PM

October 22, Wednesday
        +  Liturgy of St. James, 6PM (at St. George Church in Cedar Rapids)

October 23, Thursday
        + OCF compline, 7:00PM

October 24, Friday
        + Matins, 8:30AM
        + Father's Office Hours, 9:30AM-11:30AM

October 25, Saturday
        + Fall Church Clean-up, 1:00PM-4:00PM
        + 9th Hour/Great Vespers, 6:00PM

October 26, Sunday, 20th 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 to our treasurer Jeremy by November 9.

Thank You-
       Thank you to all who helped with yesterday's Farmers Market table, the last of the season. 

We Need Holy Bread Bakers-
       We need volunteers to provide holy bread for October 26 and November 2.  Please sign up!  We also need a volunteer to make the festive artos bread to be used at St. Raphael vespers on October 31.

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.

Do You Like to Work for and With Children?-
       Fr. Patrick Kinder, the director of Camp St. George, is in need of additional help with staffing for the camp, which takes place for one week in mid-August each year.  For more than ten years, a small group of volunteers from St. Ignatius Church in Madison, WI, along with some help from those at St. George Church in Cedar Rapids, have been the administrative and leadership center of this camp.  They need help.  They are getting tired.  Here is a list of positions that Fr. Patrick has determined are essential for a well running camp.  Please consider the following as a wish list of camp staff:

2 - Assistant Directors (to provide general coordination of all activities)

2 - Medical Staff (including one licensed physician)

1- Morning Program Director (organize Christian Education and any service/craft projects)

1- Afternoon Program Director (organize outdoor physical activities)

1 - Evening Program Director (organize social activities)

2 - Head Counselors (one male/one female to provide cabin counselor leadership/support)

1-2 – Session priests (full-time on camp for services, education, confessions, fatherly presence)

24 - Cabin Counselors (to provide direct care and leadership for campers)


     There are also many other potential needs to support the camp in areas of registration, promotion, web site development, arts & crafts activities, monitoring American Camp Association accreditation requirements and the like, that would greatly reduce pressure on the demands of day-to-day staffing both prior to, during and post-camp.

Upcoming Teen SOYO Events-
       Our teens will meet for dinner and a movie on Monday, October 20 at 6:30PM.  On November 8, meeting at 10:00AM, the teens will prepare and serve lunch at the Ronald McDonald House.

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.  St. George Church is located at 3650 Cottage Grove Ave. SE, Cedar Rapids.

No Akathist on October 22-
       Due to the Liturgy of St. James being held at St. George Church, there will be no akathist at St. Raphael Church in 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.  We will have vespers at 7:00PM on Friday, October 31 and Liturgy at 9:00AM on Saturday, November 1.  Come and celebrate our patron saint!

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.

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    

November 2 is International Day of Prayer for the Persecuted Church-
       In our Orthodox services, we routinely pray for those who are being persecuted for their faith, and the stories of the martyrs and others who have suffered for Christ are always with us.  With the media beginning to report some of the religious persecution that is going on in the world, other churches are starting to become more aware that in many parts of the world, Christians suffer daily because of Who they worship.  It is simply not safe to be a Christian in places like Iran, Iraq, North Korea, parts of Indonesia, northern Nigeria, Cameroon, northern Syria and elsewhere. The Anglican priest in Baghdad, Iraq, Canon Andrew White reports, "Last year alone, ninety three members of my congregation were killed. The threat is particularly great for those who convert to Christianity. I baptized thirteen adults secretly last year. Eleven of them were dead within a week.”  On November 2, look for a new poster in the fellowship hall, encouraging us to pray for the persecuted Church, and look for special newsletters on the situation of some Christians in Syria.

Antiochian Midwest Diocese Young Adult Retreat-
       A retreat in the Chicago area is being planned for young adults on December 5-7.  For more information, go to: https://www.facebook.com/groups/134232843345634/ or email midwestfellowship@gmail.com. The registration deadline is November 15.

Orthodox Christian Fellowship College Conference and Real Break-
       The annual OCF College Conference is taking place at the Antiochian Village in Western Pennsylvania from December 27-30.  To learn more or to register, go to: http://www.ocf.net/college-conference/.  One week mission trips, known as Real Break are scheduled for Spring 2015 to both domestic and international destinations.  To learn more about these opportunities, go to: http://www.ocf.net/real-break-2015/
Enthronement of Metropolitan Joseph-
       Information on the Enthronement weekend services in Brooklyn, NY December 5-7 can be found at: http://www.antiochian.org/enthronement

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-    
          "As soon as the commandment was circulated, the children of Israel brought in abundance the first fruits of grain and wine, oil and honey, and of all the produce of the field; and they brought in abundantly the tithe of everything."  (II Chronicles 31:5)

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 26 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

Choir Leadership-
       Tania Van Dinter will lead the choir during the weekend of October 25-26.

Holy Bread-
       On October 26, the Holy Bread will be provided by the Melchin family.  Thank you in advance.

Coffee Hour-
       The St. John the Baptist team will bring food to share during coffee hour, and clean up the fellowship hall on October 26.

Church Cleaning-
       During the week of October 19-25, the St. Raphael team will clean the nave, narthex, bookstore, stairs, nursery and bathrooms.

Food for Thought-

"There is nothing impossible unto those who believe; lively and unshaken faith can accomplish great miracles in the twinkling of an eye. Besides, even without our sincere and firm faith, miracles are accomplished, such as the miracles of the sacraments; for God's Mystery is always accomplished, even though we were incredulous or unbelieving at the time of its celebration. "Shall their unbelief make the faith of God without effect?" (Rom. 3:3). Our wickedness shall not overpower the unspeakable goodness and mercy of God; our dullness shall not overpower God's wisdom, nor our infirmity God's omnipotence."

St. John of Kronstadt— My Life in Christ