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Church Bulletin: October 4, 2015

posted Oct 4, 2015, 5:10 PM by Saint Raphael of Brooklyn Antiochian Orthodox Church
October 4, 2015- The Eighteenth Sunday after Pentecost
 
This Week's Services and Events

October 6, Tuesday
        + Free Lunch Program Volunteering, 11:30AM-1:30PM

October 7, Wednesday
        + Akathist, 7:00PM
        + Vespers in Kalona, 7:00PM

October 8, Thursday
        + Becoming Truly Human, 6:30PM, IMU River Room I (103A)

October 10, Saturday
        + Fall Sunday School Party and Vespers, 4:00PM-7:00PM at Morey's farm (1397 Old Highway 34 West, Mount Pleasant)

October 11, Sunday of the Holy Fathers of the 7th Ecumenical Council
        + Matins, 8:45AM 
        + Divine Liturgy, 10:00AM, followed by coffee hour and Sunday School
        
Upcoming Events and Announcements

Fr. Ignatius Out of Town-
        Fr. Ignatius will be travelling to Minneapolis-St. Paul for semi-annual deanery meetings hosted by St. George Church in West St. Paul, MN.  He will be out of town from October 7-9.  There will be no matins or office hours on October 9.

Pledge Packets-
        The Parish Council is distributing material to members and friends of the parish asking for people to respond with their planned financial commitments to the church for 2016.  Please prayerfully consider what you can give to support our beloved church and return the pledge forms no later than November 8.  This is necessary so that the Parish Council can form a responsible budget to present at the annual voters' meeting in early December.

Orthodox Christian Fellowship-
       There will be no OCF compline this week due to Father's travels.  OCF will meet at 6:30PM on October 15 for dinner at the Abuissa home.

2015-2016 Sunday School Project-
        During our current Sunday School year, the 5-12 grade class is sponsoring two children in Ethiopia through the organization Partners With Ethiopia.  Sunday school teachers are asking the Sunday School students to bring in change or whatever they and their families can give each week.  The financial commitment is $38 per month per child.  We may need additional assistance from the parish to meet our goal each month.  Brochures explaining this project are available at church.

Fall Sunday School Party and Vespers-
         Sunday school students and their families are invited to attend our Fall Party at the Morey's farm.  Russ and Becky Morey invite you to come to their home outside of Mt. Pleasant on Saturday, October 10 from 4PM-7PM (1397 Old Highway 34 West, Mount Pleasant, IA).  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 6:00PM.  There will be no vespers at church that day. 

Free Lunch Program Volunteering-
        Our monthly opportunity to help serve meals at the Free Lunch Program is Tuesday, October 6, from 11:30AM-1:30PM.  Please let Fr. Ignatius know if you plan to attend.

Sunday, October 18 Parking-
       The annual Run for the Schools road races will be held in our neighborhood on Sunday, October 18.  College St., and other surrounding streets will be closed down to auto traffic.  This is a good day to walk or bike to church if possible.  If you need to drive, then the Chauncey Swan parking ramp is your best option.  You will need to enter off of Washington St. as the College St. entrance will be unusable.  Parking is free in the ramp on Sundays.  It is a 3-4 block walk from the ramp to the church.

Special Olympics Awareness Sunday, October 18-
       Our teens will be reminding us about the Special Olympics event that is hosted annually at the Antiochian Village, asking us to support this project with our financial gifts and handing out bookmarks featuring St. Porphyrios as tokens of gratitude.

Teen SOYO Dinner and Movie Night-
        Our teens will gather for dinner and a movie at 6:30PM on October 19.

Fall Clean-up Day-
        On Saturday, October 24 from 1:00PM-4:00PM, we will be cleaning the church building and grounds.  Please come and spend some time helping to keep our property beautiful.

Honoring our Patron Saint/Helping Refugees-
        This year, Saturday November 7 is St. Raphael's feast day.  In addition to services honoring our patron saint, we will be holding a special fundraising event at our church during the evening of November 7 to benefit Syrian refugees through International Orthodox Christian Charities (IOCC).  PEACE Iowa is co-sponsoring the event.   Event information, including online ticket ordering, can be found atwww.iocc.org/iowacity.  Invite your family and friends to go to this site and buy tickets.
       Kristi Abuissa is organizing this event.  She will need volunteers to prepare food, set up and clean up, and other organizational and advertising matters.  Specifically, she would like your feedback on menu items.  Attached is a list of possible menu items with their ingredients.  Please let her know which ones you would like to see included, in the order of your ranking.  Contact her at kristi@abuissa.net or 319-594-3686.  

Food for All - Kalona-
         Please continue to pray for Amy, Bill, and some key volunteers as we explore ways to serve the community between summers. Amy hopes to volunteer at the local elementary school to help kids read and to start making more community connections. 
  Also, great news! The Kalona Chamber of Commerce has chosen Food for All as the beneficiary of a fundraiser. Local businesses are creating decorative scarecrows for auction at the Fall Festival, all benefits will go to Food for All!          
     Meanwhile, Kalona Vespers are on the first and third Wednesdays (7 p.m.). Join us at UCB Church, Highway 22 and 4th St., Kalona. Questions? Contact Amy at foodforallkalona@gmail.com.

Informed Choices Medical Clinic Annual Banquet-
        Who:  Guest Speaker: Pam Stenzel
When: Tuesday, October 20th, 7:00pm-9:00pm
Where: Marriott Hotel & Conference Center
Cost: FREE- Register by Oct. 15th
Why: To raise money for this worthy effort.  Donations will be solicited.

Bishop's Visit, Save the Date!-
        Bishop Anthony plans to be with us the weekend of April 9-10, 2016.  Save the date!
       
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.  

Next Sunday's Gospel Reading-
         The Lord spoke this parable: “A sower went out to sow his seed; and as he sowed, some fell along the path, and was trodden under foot, and the birds of the air devoured it. And some fell on the rock; and as it grew up, it withered away, because it had no moisture. And some fell among thorns; and the thorns grew with it and choked it. And some fell into good soil and grew, and yielded a hundredfold.” And when His Disciples asked Him what this parable meant, Jesus said, “To you it has been given to know the secrets of the kingdom of God; but for others they are in parables, so that seeing they may not see, and hearing they may not understand. Now the parable is this: The seed is the word of God. The ones along the path are those who have heard; then the devil comes and takes away the word from their hearts that they may not believe and be saved. And the ones on the rock are those who, when they hear the word, receive it with joy; but these have no root, they believe for a while and in time of temptation fall away. And as for what fell among the thorns, they are those who hear, but as they go on their way, they are choked by the cares and riches and pleasures of life, and their fruit does not mature. And as for that in the good soil, they are those who, hearing the word, hold it fast in an honest and good heart, and bring forth fruit with patience.” As Jesus said this, He called out, “He who has ears to hear, let him hear.”  (Luke 8:5-15)
                                 
Pray for our Catechumens-
       Please keep our catechumens Ilya Buchkin, and Rob, Hannah and Nate Young in your prayers as they prepare to be sacramentally joined to the Orthodox Church. 

Choir Leadership-
         Matthew Arndt will lead the choir during the weekend of October 10-11.

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. 

Food for Thought-

"He who does not know the truth cannot truly have faith; for by nature knowledge precedes faith. What is said in Scripture is said not solely for us to understand, but also for us to act upon." 
-- St. Hesychios the Priest
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