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Church Bulletin: October 27, 2013

posted Oct 28, 2013, 11:03 AM by Saint Raphael of Brooklyn Antiochian Orthodox Church
October 27, 2013- Eighteenth Sunday after Pentecost
This Week's Services and Events

October 28, Monday
        + Third Hour Prayers, 9AM
        + Office Hours, 9:30AM

October 30, Wednesday
        + Akathist, 7PM
        + "Orthodox Beliefs and Practices About Death" class, 7:45PM

November 1, Friday
        + Great Vespers with Litia and Artoklasia for St. Raphael feast day, 7PM

November 2, Saturday
        + Matins and Liturgy for St. Raphael, 8:30AM/10AM
        + Teen SOYO I-80 Highway Clean-up, 1PM-5PM
        + 9th Hour/Great Vespers, 6PM
November 3, Nineteenth Sunday after Pentecost
        + Matins, 8:45AM
        + Liturgy, 10AM, followed by Sunday School and Coffee Hour
Upcoming Events and Announcements 

Thank You-
       Thank you to all those who spent time to help clean up our church building and property yesterday during our Fall Work Day.  

St. Raphael Feast Day Services Nov. 1 and 2-
       We will observe the patronal feast of our parish with Great Vespers/Litia/Artoklasia on Friday, November 1 at 7PM and matins and Divine Liturgy at 8:30AM and 10AM on Saturday, November 2.  Please come to one or more services and celebrate our patron saint! 

November-December Calendars Available-
       The print version of the St. Raphael calendar for November and December is now available at church.  You can also always check the church's website at http://www.straphaelorthodoxchurch.org/schedule  

Wednesday Evening Class on "Orthodox Beliefs and Practices about Death"-
       Continuing on October 30 and November 6, Fr. Ignatius will lead a class titled "Orthodox Beliefs and Practices about Death."  The class will begin following the Akathist service (about 7:45PM) and go to 9PM.  Come and learn about the Orthodox funeral service, why we pray for the departed, traditional ways to care for a loved one at the time of death and more.  Fr. Ignatius hopes that this class will cause a discussion that will lead to a group of people at our church who will work to form an Orthodox burial society, if and when the need arises within our community.  Dovetailing nicely with the subject matter of this class, Lori Branch Peterson will be hosting a book discussion on "A Christian Ending: A Handbook for Burial in the Ancient Christian Tradition" by Deacon Mark and Elizabeth Barna on Sunday, November 17.  Copies of this book are available for purchase in our bookstore.  

Charitable Projects
       The farmer's market season is over. Thanks to all who helped. We're pleased with the outcome and will give a report soon. Meanwhile consider giving lotion bar and cookbooks at Christmastime. They are available in the church bookstore.

Upcoming Teen SOYO Events-
       Our Teen SOYO will participate in their semi-annual Adopt-A-Highway clean-up of a one mile section of I-80 in Coralville from 1PM-5PM on Saturday, November 2.  If you would like to join them, they would be happy to have help.   On Monday, November 4, they will meet at 6:30PM for book club.  

No Office Hours November 4-
       Fr. Ignatius will be out of town November 4-5.  There will be no 3rd Hour Prayers and Fr. Ignatius will have no office hours on Monday, November 4.

Free Lunch Program Volunteering-
       On Tuesday November 5, we have the opportunity to help serve meals at the Free Lunch Program at 120 N. Dubuque St. from 11:30AM-1:30PM.  Please let Fr. Ignatius know if you plan to participate.

Orthodox Christian Fellowship College Group-
         On November 7 at 6:30PM, the OCF will meet for dinner at Robert Peterson and Lori Branch's home.

Sunday School Fall Party and Vespers, Nov. 9-
       Russ and Becky Morey invite all Sunday School students and their families to come to their home/farm outside of Mt. Pleasant, IA on Saturday, November 9 from 2PM-5PM.  There will be food and fun.  Dress casually and plan on the kids running around outside, getting dirty and seeing some farm animals.  If it has rained recently, boots might be useful.  Food will be provided.  Vespers will be at 4PM.  There will be no vespers at church that day.

Family to Family Partnership Program is Looking for Volunteer Families-
       Family-to-Family Partnership Program (F2F) is a peer mentoring program of the Consultation of Religious Communities. It is a non-faith based family empowerment program that partners successful families (Support Families) with those needing help in attaining or maintaining pro-social community involvement (Partner Families). They are focused on providing companionship, support, and resource referrals to families new to Johnson County.  F2F is looking for support families to make a one year commitment to mentor a new family in the area that may be struggling.  For more information, call Abby Jessen at 319-329-1492 or email family2familyic@gmail.com  

An Opportunity to Serve, Be a Greeter-
       Based on responses from the parish survey from a few months ago, the Parish Council has recognized a need to have greeters on duty at church on Sunday mornings.  The greeter's main responsibility will be to make newcomers feel welcome by warmly greeting them, asking them to sign our guestbook and/or newcomer information card, making sure they know bathrooms and coatroom are downstairs and ushering them into the nave of the church.   If you are interested in signing up to be a greeter for a Sunday, there is a sign-up sheet on the bulletin board just outside of the bookstore.  On the sheet, is a complete job description for this important position.  If you want our church to be more welcoming to visitors, consider volunteering as a greeter.
Keep Praying for Kidnapped Orthodox Bishops in Syria-
       Since April 22, 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. 
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.

Holy Bread-
       On Sunday, November 3, the holy bread will be provided by the Valentine family.  Thank you in advance.

Coffee Hour-
        On Sunday November 3, the food for coffee hour and the clean-up of the fellowship hall will be provided by the St. Nicholas team. 

Church Cleaning-
        During the week of October 27-Nov.2, the St. Nina team will clean the nave, narthex, bookstore, stairs, nursery and bathrooms.      

Choir Leadership-
       On November 2-3, Tania Van Dinter will lead the choir.

Food for Thought-

Those whom you call poor and beggars, these I proclaim my masters and helpers. For they, and they only, are really able to help us and bestow upon us the kingdom of heaven.

St. John the Merciful, patriarch of Alexandria

Let creation rejoice and the heavens have joy; and let the nations clap their hands together with gladness; for Christ our Savior did nail our sins upon His Cross; and in causing death to die, did grant us life and did raise fallen Adam and all his descendants; for He is the Lover of mankind.

From the Aposticha of Vespers of the Eighteenth Sunday after Pentecost