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Church Bulletin: October 26, 2014

posted Oct 27, 2014, 12:19 PM by Saint Raphael of Brooklyn Antiochian Orthodox Church
October 26, 2014- The Great-Martyr Demetrios of Thessalonica
This Week's Services and Events

October 29, Wednesday
        +  Akathist, 7:00PM,

October 30, Thursday
        + OCF compline, 7:00PM

October 31, Friday
        + Matins, 8:30AM
        + Father's Office Hours, 9:30AM-11:30AM
        + Great Vespers with Litia and Artoklasia for St. Raphael, 7:00PM

November 1, Saturday
        + Divine Liturgy for St. Raphael, 9:00AM, followed by brunch
        + 9th Hour/Great Vespers, 6:00PM

November 2, Sunday, 21st Sunday after Pentecost
        +Matins, 8:45AM
        + Divine Liturgy, 10:00AM, followed by fellowship hour and Sunday School
Upcoming Events and Announcements   

St. Raphael Feast Day Services-
       We will meet for Great Vespers with Litia and Artoklasia at 7:00PM on Friday, October 31.  Divine Liturgy is at 9:00AM on Saturday, November 1, followed by brunch

Return Your Pledge Packets by November 9-
       The Parish Council has distributed information on 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.

We Need A Volunteer to Bake the Festive "Artos" Bread-
       We need a volunteer to make the festive artos bread to be used at St. Raphael vespers on October 31.  Please contact Fr. Ignatius if you want to do it.  A recipe is available.

Thank You-
       Thank you to Russ, Becky, Christian and Joshua Morey for repainting the nursery/Sunday School room.  It looks great!  Thank you also to Todd, Karen, Dmitri, Marina, Polina, Sanjoy, Kristi, Bill, Amy, Matthew, Tyler, Hannah, Lizzy and Josiah, who helped clean-up the building, and fix the sign at yesterday's very productive Fall Clean-up.

November-December Calendars Available-
       The calendars showing services and events for November and December are printed and now available to be picked up at church.

Free Lunch Program Volunteering-
       We will be assisting with the Free Lunch Program on Tuesday, November 4 from 11:30AM-1:30PM.  The Free Lunch Program is located at 1105 Gilbert Ct.  Please lend a hand if you are able.

Upcoming Teen SOYO Events-
       On November 8, meeting at 10:00AM, the teens will prepare and serve lunch at the Ronald McDonald House.       

St. Maria's Bread House-
       Please visit our new website at stmariasbreadhouse.org! Also, thank you very much for your prayers. We received news this week that a location we have been hoping to use (the United Christian and Baptist Church along Highway 22 in Kalona) has decided to let us use their basement on a trial basis. Please continue to ask the Lord for favor, as this is a sensitive situation. Talk to Amy Spencer if you'd like more information.

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.

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.

Nativity Fast Begins November 15-
       In preparation for the Great Feast of the Nativity of the Lord, we begin a time of fasting, lasting 40 days, and beginning on November 15.  The standard for this fast is a little less stringent than the Lenten fast.  We abstain from meat, eggs and dairy, wine and oil, but wine and oil are permitted on Tuesdays and Thursdays, and fish, wine and oil are permitted on Saturdays and Sundays.  As fasting goes hand-in-hand with repentance, this is a good time to schedule a confession with Fr. Ignatius.  If you have any questions about confession or fasting, please see Fr. Ignatius.

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-    
          "But woe to you Pharisees! For you tithe mint and rue and all manner of herbs, and pass by justice and the love of God. These you ought to have done, without leaving the others undone."  Luke 11:42

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, November 2 is:

The Lord said, “There was a rich man, who was clothed in purple and fine linen and who feasted sumptuously every day. And at his gate lay a poor man named Lazarus, full of sores, who desired to be fed with what fell from the rich man’s table; moreover the dogs came and licked his sores. The poor man died and was carried by the angels to Abraham’s bosom. The rich man also died and was buried; and in Hades, being in torment, he lifted up his eyes, and saw Abraham far off and Lazarus in his bosom. And he called out, ‘Father Abraham, have mercy upon me, and send Lazarus to dip the end of his finger in water and cool my tongue; for I am in anguish in this flame.’ But Abraham said, ‘Son, remember that you in your lifetime received your good things, and Lazarus in like manner evil things; but now he is comforted here, and you are in anguish. And besides all this, between us and you a great chasm has been fixed, in order that those who would pass from here to you may not be able, and none may cross from there to us.’ And he said, ‘Then I beg you, father, to send him to my father’s house, for I have five brothers, so that he may warn them, lest they also come into this place of torment.’ But Abraham said, ‘They have Moses and the prophets; let them hear them.’ And he said, ‘No, father Abraham; but if someone goes to them from the dead, they will repent.’ He said to him, ‘If they do not hear Moses and the prophets, neither will they be convinced if someone should rise from the dead.’”  (Luke 16-19-31)

Pray for our Catechumens-
       Please keep our catechumens: Ilya Buchkin, Rob Bergenstock and Daniel Welsh 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

Holy Bread-
       The Muste family will provide the holy bread for Sunday, November 2.  Thank you in advance.

Coffee Hour-
       The St. Nicholas team will bring food to share during coffee hour, and clean up the fellowship hall on November 2.

Church Cleaning-
       During the week of October 26-November 1, the St. Nina team will clean the nave, narthex, bookstore, stairs, nursery and bathrooms.

Food for Thought-

Today doth the general assembly of the fight-bearing ones call us. Hasten ye, therefore, O feastlovers, let us celebrate his memory in joy, saying, Hail to thee, who didst tear the robe of falsehood bravely, putting on the Spirit. Hail to thee who didst annul the spite of the law-transgressors by the power granted thee by God alone. Hail to thee, whose members were pierced, depicting in the spirit the blessed Passion of Christ. Wherefore, O Demetrios, the comeliness of strugglers, beseech him to save us from our invisible enemies, and to save our souls.

Doxastikon for vespers of St. Demetrios