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Church Bulletin: October 22, 2017

posted Oct 23, 2017, 5:53 PM by Saint Raphael of Brooklyn Antiochian Orthodox Church
Sunday October 22, 2017- Twentieth Sunday after Pentecost

This Week's Services and Events

October 24, Tuesday
        + Office Hours, 11:00AM-3:45PM
        + 9th Hour Prayers, 3:00PM

October 25, Wednesday
        + Office Hours, 11:30AM-3:00PM
        + 9th Hour Prayers, 3:00PM
        + Akathist, 7:00PM

October 26, Thursday
        + Office Hours
        + 9th Hour Prayers, 3:00PM
        + OCF Meeting, 7:00PM

October 27, Friday
        + Office Hours
        + 9th Hour Prayers, 3:00PM

October 28, Saturday
        + Bishop Anthony's Talk, 3:00PM
        + Great Vespers, 5:00PM

October 29, Twenty-first Sunday after Pentecost
        + Matins, 8:30AM
        + Hierarchical Divine Liturgy, 10:00AM followed by Sunday School and Potluck Fellowship Hour

Upcoming Events and Announcements-  

Bishop Anthony's Visit and Jared Johnson's Ordination to the Diaconate-
        His Grace will be with us next weekend.  On Saturday, he will be speaking to us at 3:00PM on "Evangelism, Outreach and Growing the Church."  He will ordain Jared Johnson to the diaconate during liturgy on Sunday.  Please bring food to share for a potluck during coffee hour on Sunday.

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.  

Stewardship Information Now Available-
        Packets of information explaining the financial needs of the church for 2018 are now printed and available for all who are interested in considering supporting St. Raphael parish in the coming year.  If you have pledged recently and did not pick up a packet after liturgy today, one will be mailed to you soon.  There are extra packets available at church to pick up any time.  Please return your financial pledge by November 12 at the latest so that the parish council can present a responsible budget to be voted on in December.  We appreciate your support of our church!

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, there came to Jesus a man named Jairus, who was a ruler of the synagogue; and falling at Jesus’ feet he besought Him to come to his house, for he had an only daughter, about twelve years of age, and she was dying. As Jesus went, the people pressed round Him. And a woman, who had had a flow of blood for twelve years, and had spent all her living upon physicians, and could not be healed by anyone, came up behind Him, and touched the fringe of His garment; and immediately her flow of blood ceased. And Jesus said, “Who was it that touched Me?” When all denied it, Peter said, “Master, the multitudes surround Thee and press upon Thee! And Thou sayest, ‘Who touched Me?’” But Jesus said, “Someone touched Me; for I perceive that power has gone forth from Me.” And when the woman saw that she was not hidden, she came trembling, and falling down before Him declared in the presence of all the people why she had touched Him, and how she had been immediately healed. And Jesus said to her, “Daughter, your faith has made you well; go in peace.” While Jesus was still speaking, a man from the ruler’s house came and said, “Your daughter is dead; do not trouble the Teacher anymore.” But Jesus on hearing this answered him, “Do not fear; only believe, and she shall be well.” And when Jesus came to the house, He permitted no one to enter with Him, except Peter and James and John, and the father and mother of the child. And all were weeping and bewailing her; but Jesus said, “Do not weep; for she is not dead but sleeping.” And they laughed at him, knowing that she was dead. But taking her by the hand Jesus called, saying, “Child, arise.” And her spirit returned, and she got up at once; and Jesus directed that something should be given her to eat. And her parents were amazed; but He charged them to tell no one what had happened.  (Luke 8:41-56)

  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-

Think nothing and do nothing without a purpose directed to God. 
For to journey without direction is wasted effort.

+Saint Mark the Ascetic