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Church Bulletin: October 5, 2014

posted Oct 6, 2014, 7:55 AM by Saint Raphael of Brooklyn Antiochian Orthodox Church
October 5, 2014- The 17th Sunday after Pentecost
This Week's Services and Events

October 6, Monday
        + "Meeting God Through Icons" at Iowa City Public Library, 7:00PM

October 7, Tuesday
        + Free Lunch Program Volunteering, 11:30AM-1:30PM

October 8, Wednesday
        +  Akathist, 7:00PM

October 9, Thursday
        + OCF compline, 7:00PM

October 10, Friday
        + Matins, 8:30AM
        + Father's Office Hours, 9:30AM-11:30AM

October 11, Saturday
        + 9th Hour/Great Vespers, 6:00PM

October 12, Sunday, the Sunday of the Fathers of the 7th Ecumenical Council
        +Matins, 8:45AM
        + Divine Liturgy, 10:00AM, followed by fellowship hour and Sunday School
Upcoming Events and Announcements   

Holy Bread Bakers Needed-
       We need volunteer bakers to provide holy bread for the rest of the Sundays in October .  Please bless us with your baking!

Fr. Ignatius Speaking on Icons at Iowa City Public Library-
       Are you looking for an event to invite your non-Orthodox friends to?  Or, do you want to learn more about icons yourself?  On October 6, Fr. Ignatius will be giving a presentation titled "Meeting God Through Icons" at the Iowa City Public Library, Meeting Room A, at 7PM.  Information can also be found at: www.straphaelorthodoxchurch.org/events

Free Lunch Program Volunteering-
        We will serve at the Free Lunch Program on October 7 from 11:30AM-1:30PM.  Please join us at 1121 Gilbert Ct.

October Parish Council Meeting-
       Our monthly Parish Council meeting will be on October 14 at 7:00PM.

Upcoming Teen SOYO Events-
       On Saturday, October 11, our teens will go on a field trip to St. Mark's Lutheran Church in Marion to experience the exhibit called "Compassion Experience"- an interactive exhibit following the lives of children who have been released from poverty. Viewers are presented with a unique opportunity to experience third-world living spaces, markets and schools without having to leave the country. They will also meet for dinner and a movie on Monday, October 20 at 6:30PM.

St. Maria's Bread House-
        Amy Spencer asks that you continue to pray for a location for the Bread House in Kalona and for the board of directors as they do their work. If you'd like more information, please contact her at kalonabreadhouse@gmail.com.

Sunday School Fall Party and Vespers at the Farm-
        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 18 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 6PM.  There will be no vespers at church that day.
International Orthodox Christian Charities Race to Respond-
       Andrew Ackell, recently moved to Baltimore, is going to be running a half marathon as part of IOCC's Race to Respond fundraiser on October 18.  To learn more about the event and/or learn how to sponsor Andrew in this race, go to: http://www.iocc.org/racetorespond/baltimore/  Clicking on Andrew's name in the right hand column will allow you to see his page and sponsor him.

Plan Ahead for Parking, October 19-
       We have been informed by the Johnson County Sheriff that the annual Run for the Schools will be taking place in our neighborhood and specifically on College St. on Sunday, October 19.  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 is October 19-
        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. Rapahel as tokens of gratitude.

Pan-Orthodox Liturgy of St. James on October 22 at St. George Church-
       All are invited to witness a rarely used liturgy, the Liturgy of St. James as we commemorate St. James the Brother of the Lord on his feast day.  Liturgy is at 6PM on Wednesday, October 22. 

Geneva Lecture Series Presents: Rediscovering the Redemptive Power of Beauty-
        In his novel The Idiot, Dostoyevsky penned the words, "Beauty will save the world."  But in the arts and contemporary culture in general, many people are suspicious of "beauty" as a denial of the harsh realities of life.  How can we experience and share the saving power of beauty?  How do creative works do their "work" to help us in this vital task?  Dr. Cecilia Gonzalez-Andrieu will share her insights and passion.  This lecture is free and open to the public and will be on Friday, October 24, 7:30PM-9:00PM at the University of Iowa's Becker Communications Building, Room 101.
Save the Date!- St. Raphael Feast Day Services-
       We will celebrate our patron saint, St. Raphael of Brooklyn with services on Friday, October 31 and Saturday, November 1.

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    

Fall Clean-up Day, October 25-
       Our semi-annual clean-up day will be Saturday, October 25 from 1PM-4PM.  We will rake the yard (if needed) and clean the interior of the church, getting things ready for our patronal feast day the next weekend.

Informed Choice Medical Clinic Fundraiser Dinner-
       The Iowa City Informed Choices Medical Clinic, which does good work seeking to offer real alternatives to pregnant women who might be inclined to seek an abortion, is having their annual fundraising dinner and program on Tuesday, October 21 at 7PM, at the Marriott Hotel in Coralville.  Dinner is complimentary.  Donations will be accepted.  Please RVSP before October 17.  Online registration is available at www.informedchoiceia.org. 

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-    
          "You shall tithe all the yield of your seed, which comes forth from the field year by year."  (Deuteronomy 14:22)

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, October 12 is: 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, Rob Bergenstock 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

Coffee Hour-
       The St. Raphael team will bring food to share during coffee hour, and clean up the fellowship hall on October 12.

Church Cleaning-
       During the week of October 5-11, the St. John the Baptist team will clean the nave, narthex, bookstore, stairs, nursery and bathrooms.

Food for Thought-

O Lord, You have searched me and known me.
You know my sitting down and my rising up;
You understand my thought afar off.
You comprehend my path and my lying down,
And are acquainted with all my ways.
For there is not a word on my tongue,
But behold, O Lord, You know it altogether.
You have hedged me behind and before,
And laid Your hand upon me.
Such knowledge is too wonderful for me;
It is high, I cannot attain it.

Where can I go from Your Spirit?
Or where can I flee from Your presence?
If I ascend into heaven, You are there;
If I make my bed in hell, behold, You are there.
If I take the wings of the morning,
And dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea,
10 Even there Your hand shall lead me,
And Your right hand shall hold me.
11 If I say, “Surely the darkness shall fall[a] on me,”
Even the night shall be light about me;
12 Indeed, the darkness shall not hide from You,
But the night shines as the day;
The darkness and the light are both alike to You.

13 For You formed my inward parts;
You covered me in my mother’s womb.
14 I will praise You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made;[b]
Marvelous are Your works,
And that my soul knows very well.
15 My frame was not hidden from You,
When I was made in secret,
And skillfully wrought in the lowest parts of the earth.
16 Your eyes saw my substance, being yet unformed.
And in Your book they all were written,
The days fashioned for me,
When as yet there were none of them.

17 How precious also are Your thoughts to me, O God!
How great is the sum of them!
18 If I should count them, they would be more in number than the sand;
When I awake, I am still with You.

19 Oh, that You would slay the wicked, O God!
Depart from me, therefore, you bloodthirsty men.
20 For they speak against You wickedly;
Your enemies take Your name in vain.[c]
21 Do I not hate them, O Lord, who hate You?
And do I not loathe those who rise up against You?
22 I hate them with perfect hatred;
I count them my enemies.

23 Search me, O God, and know my heart;
Try me, and know my anxieties;
24 And see if there is any wicked way in me,
And lead me in the way everlasting.

Psalm 139, NKJV