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Church Bulletin: October 2, 2016

posted Oct 2, 2016, 7:30 PM by Saint Raphael of Brooklyn Antiochian Orthodox Church
October 2, 2016- Fifteenth Sunday after Pentecost

 This Week's Services and Events

October 4, Tuesday
        + Free Lunch Program Volunteering, 11:30AM-1:00PM
        + Office Hours, 1:15PM-2:45PM
        + 9th Hour Prayers, 3:00PM

October 5, Wednesday
        + Akathist, 7:00PM

        + Leadership Training, 6:30PM-9:00PM

October 8, Saturday
        + Leadership Training, 9:30AM-4:00PM (Lunch break at noon)
        + Great Vespers, 5:00PM 

October 9, 16th Sunday After P
        + Matins, 8:45AM
        + Divine Liturgy, 10:00AM followed by Sunday School and Coffee Hour
Upcoming Events and Announcements- 

An Invitation to Help Firmly Establish Our Parish By Working to Discover Who We Are and What our Purpose Is-
        Leaders from both the Archdiocesan Departments of Lay Ministries and Stewardship will be coming to St. Raphael Church on October 7-8 for the first of two weekend sessions to work with parish leaders and all those interested to help us discern what our purpose, vision and goals are as the local expression of the Holy Orthodox Church in Iowa City.  All are welcomed to participate.  The more, the better.  This is for the building up of our church and its firm establishment for the future.  The commitment is for Friday evening and both morning and afternoon on Saturday.  Bring your own lunch!  A second similar weekend will be scheduled to continue the work.         

Free Lunch Program Volunteering-
        Fr. Ignatius will be helping to serve a meal at the Free Lunch Program this Tuesday, October 4 from 11:30AM-1:00PM.  Contact him if you want to join him.

Special Fall Appeal-
        We were not able to organize a Fall Festival, as originally planned.  We had hoped that this effort, in addition to raising the church's profile in our community, would also be a fundraiser.  We planned our budget, assuming that the festival would make the church some money.  As was announced following liturgy today, a generous benefactor has stepped forward and offered to match, dollar for dollar, up to $1000, donations that are given to the church to make up for the lack of the festival income.  If you were planning to help out by making food or otherwise volunteering for the festival, please consider giving a donation to the church instead.  Mark that it is for the Fall Special Appeal so that your funds can be matched.  This is a separate effort from the annual fall appeal to fund our 2017, which you will be hearing about shortly.  Deadline is November 1.

Food for All - Kalona
        Please continue to pray for our Orthodox-style, community-style charity work. Our first Sunday Supper in Kalona will be on October 23 and twice monthly. Also, we are planning to restart Kalona Wednesday Vespers once a month and would appreciate attendance by choir members. (Though we'll do one-tone chant if necessary, we'd love people to experience the wonderful music.) Also, please ask our Lord to draw people to Himself and and His Church through all our programs. Visit our website at foodforallkalona.weebly.com. Email: foodforallkalona@gmail.com.  Thanks! Amy Spencer

Do You Like to Cook?-
        Did you know that we have four food teams who are assigned to bring food to share after liturgy each Sunday?  If you are not currently on a food team and would like to be, please see Becky Morey or Fr. Ignatius.  We will gladly help you to find a team that needs some additional help.

40 Days for Life-
        In giving a charge to the women of our archdiocese, Metropolitan Joseph recently listed several areas he would like them to focus on raising funds for and awareness of, and one of them was helping unborn children and their mothers.  There is tremendous pressure on some women to end their pregnancies in abortion, an act that the Church has always considered as tragic and akin to murder.  One opportunity to defend the unborn and show love to their mothers is the 40 Days for Life effort which begins September 28 and lasts through November 6.  This is a prayerful, peaceful presence on the sidewalk in front of one local abortion clinic.  A poster advertising this effort and prayer cards to be used during this effort are available in our narthex.  For more information, go to: http://www.jcrtl.org/40-days-for-life.html  Fr. Ignatius will be participating occasionally during this time.  If you are interested in joining him, let him know.  If you can't or don't want to come out to the sidewalk to pray for unborn children and their abortion-minded mothers, pray at home!

Teen SOYO Special Olympics Awareness Sunday is October 16-
        Be prepared to hear from our teens on this day and to support their effort to raise funds for our Archdiocesan effort to host an annual Special Olympics Event at the Antiochian Village in Pennsylvania.

Parking on Sunday October 16-
        The annual Iowa City Road Races "Run for the Schools" will be taking place on College St. and elsewhere in our church neighborhood on the morning of October 16.  Streets in the area will be shut down to vehicle traffic until 12:30PM.  Plan to park in the Chauncey Swan Parking Garage a few blocks to the west of church.  The accessible entrance is on Washington St.  

Fall Party and Vespers-
        Russ and Becky Morey are opening up their home to us once again to enjoy a fall party on their farm in Mt. Pleasant on Saturday, October 29 from 4:00PM-7:00PM.  We will plan to eat around 5 and have vespers at 6.  There will be no vespers at church that day.  

Fall Clean-up Day-
        All who came come and volunteer a few hours, please come to church on Saturday, October 29 from 1:00PM-4:00PM to help with cleaning, polishing, raking and any other projects that will need tending to.  We value your efforts to keep our building and grounds clean and in good order.

    A Charitable Appeal From Karen Kuntz-
        I wanted to tell you about a challenge I’m taking in October. My sister-in-law, Maria Wiblin and I will be walking 60 miles over the course of three days in the Susan G Komen 3-Day Walk. Susan G. Komen® is the world’s largest breast cancer organization, funding more breast cancer research than any other nonprofit while providing real-time help to those facing the disease. Komen is the only organization that addresses breast cancer on multiple fronts such as research, community health, global outreach and public policy initiatives in order to make the biggest impact against this disease. My goal is to raise $3,200 to support the important work of fighting breast cancer.

Please consider making a donation to help defeat breast cancer!  Since the 3-Day Walk is a non-profit, gifts are tax deductible, and giving is easy.  If you prefer to give online, my donation page is: http://www.the3day.org/goto/karenkuntz

Feel free to pass this information along to any of your friends who might be interested in supporting this cause!  Thank you for your encouragement and support. 

Orthodox Christian Fellowship-
        OCF will meet most Thursday evenings with dinner at 6:30PM on the 1st and 3rd Thursdays of each month, and compline at 7:00PM on the 2nd and 4th Thursdays of the month.

Next Sunday's Gospel Reading-
          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 Catechumen-
       Please keep our catechumen Ilya Buchkin in your prayers as he prepares 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.

Food for Thought-

For the Christians are distinguished from other men neither by country, nor language, nor the customs which they observe. For they neither inhabit cities of their own, nor employ a peculiar form of speech, nor lead a life which is marked out by any singularity. The course of conduct which they follow has not been devised by any speculation or deliberation of inquisitive men; nor do they, like some, proclaim themselves the advocates of any merely human doctrines. But, inhabiting Greek as well as barbarian cities, according as the lot of each of them has determined, and following the customs of the natives in respect to clothing, food, and the rest of their ordinary conduct, they display to us their wonderful and confessedly striking method of life. They dwell in their own countries, but simply as sojourners. As citizens, they share in all things with others, and yet endure all things as if foreigners. Every foreign land is to them as their native country, and every land of their birth as a land of strangers. They marry, as do all [others]; they beget children; but they do not destroy their offspring. They have a common table, but not a common bed. They are in the flesh, but they do not live after the flesh. They pass their days on earth, but they are citizens of heaven. They obey the prescribed laws, and at the same time surpass the laws by their lives. They love all men, and are persecuted by all. They are unknown and condemned; they are put to death, and restored to life. They are poor, yet make many rich; they are in lack of all things, and yet abound in all; they are dishonoured, and yet in their very dishonour are glorified. They are evil spoken of, and yet are justified; they are reviled, and bless; they are insulted, and repay the insult with honour; they do good, yet are punished as evil-doers. When punished, they rejoice as if quickened into life; they are assailed by the Jews as foreigners, and are persecuted by the Greeks; yet those who hate them are unable to assign any reason for their hatred.

- From the Epistle to Diognetus, 2nd century AD