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Church Bulletin: October 21, 2012

posted Oct 20, 2012, 7:54 PM by Saint Raphael of Brooklyn Antiochian Orthodox Church
October 21, 2012- Twentieth Sunday after Pentecost
This Week's Services and Events
Oct 23, Tuesday
+ Third Hour prayers, 9AM
Oct 24, Wednesday
+ Akathist, 7PM
Oct 25, Thursday
+ OCF reader's compline, 7PM

Oct 27, Saturday
+ Fall Clean-up Day, 1PM-5PM
+ Choir rehearsal, 5PM
+ 9th Hour/Great Vespers, 6PM

Oct 28, Sunday, Twenty First Sunday after Pentecost
+ Matins, 8:45AM
+ Divine Liturgy, 10AM followed by Sunday School and coffee hour

Upcoming Events and Announcements
Fr. Ignatius Traveling this Week-
Fr. Ignatius will be traveling to Wisconsin twice this week: first to attend a funeral on Monday and later to attend the semi-annual Deanery Meeting from Wednesday afternoon until Friday afternoon. If you need to contact him during this time, please don't hesitate to do so on his cell phone: 319-400-7522. There will be no Friday matins this week.
Parish Survey-
The Parish Council has created and distributed a survey to be taken by our members in order to gather your opinions regarding church activities, future plans, etc. If you received a survey, please consider answering as many questions as you would like and return the form (no need to put your name on it) to Fr. Ignatius or any Parish Council member (Todd Wiblin, Kristi Abuissa, Meghan Carter, Alli Rockwell or Matthew Arndt) as soon as possible. If you have not received a survey, please ask for one.
Upcoming Teen SOYO Events-
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.
Fall Clean-up Day-
This 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.
St. Raphael's Patronal Feast Day-
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.
Reminders from Fr. Ignatius about Politics and Voting-
We are just a few weeks away from another Presidential election. Given that politics often engender strong feelings and many different opinions, I am proud to say I have not heard anyone at church championing their candidate or criticizing their candidate's opponent or that opponent's supporters in a way that would be offensive to anyone. You have all been displaying good political behavior while at church, which is as it should be. We certainly do not all share the same politcal views but despite that, we are the local expression of the One Body of Christ and we can agree, I pray, to differ on some things in the realm of politics. Our love for each other should certainly be more important than any political differences we may have.
       Please keep in mind:
1. No matter who wins on November 6, Jesus Christ is still the King of Kings.
2. We are not electing a political messiah but rather a human being (whom we hope will do the best job for our country, but who will make mistakes.)
3. There is no party or candidate that is publicly endorsed by the Orthodox Church or by your priest.
4. If you are able to vote and plan to do so, educate yourself on the issues. The Orthodox Church takes great interest in several "political" issues, especially when these issues have to do with protecting the vulnerable and the outcast. Do your political homework, pray, and vote your conscience.
5. Absolutely allow your Orthodox faith to influence your vote. Orthodoxy is a way of life, not just something we do for an hour or two on Sunday morning. It is your right to vote specifically as an Orthodox Christian.
6. There will be more than just the two major candidates on the ballot.
Evangelism Bible Verse-
This week's verse: "Repent, then, and turn to God, so that your sins may be wiped out, that times of refreshing may come from the Lord." (Acts 3:19)
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 28, the food for coffee hour will be provided by the St. John the Baptist team.

Church Cleaning-
During the week following Sunday October 21, the cleaning of the nave, narthex, bookstore/library, stairs, nursery and bathrooms will be provided by the St. Nicholas team.

Food for Thought-
There is no prayer so quickly heard as the prayer whereby a man asks to be reconciled with those who are angry with him. For when he charges himself with the offense, this prayer is immediately answered.
St. Isaac of Syria, "The Ascetical Homilies of St. Isaac the Syrian", Homily 24