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Church Bulletin: October 6, 2013

posted Oct 7, 2013, 8:44 PM by Saint Raphael of Brooklyn Antiochian Orthodox Church
October 6, 2013- The Fifteenth Sunday after Pentecost
This Week's Services and Events

October 7, Monday
        + Third Hour Prayers, 9AM
        + Office Hours, 9:30AM-11:30AM
        + Teen SOYO dinner and book club, 6:30PM

October 8, Tuesday
        + Parish Council meeting, 7PM
October 9, Wednesday
        + Akathist, 7PM

October 10, Thursday
        + OCF compline and discussion on "Proving God's Existence", 7PM

October 11, Friday
        + Matins, 8:30AM

October 12, Saturday
        + Farmer's Market, 7:30AM-12:00PM
        + 9th Hour/Great Vespers, 6PM
October 13, Sunday of the Fathers of the Seventh Ecumenical Council
        + Matins, 8:45AM
        + Liturgy, 10AM, followed by Sunday School and Coffee Hour
Upcoming Events and Announcements 

Orthodox Christian Fellowship College Group-
         On Thursday, October 10, the OCF will meet for compline prayers at 7PM at the church, and have a discussion on "proving" God to doubters, especially in an online context.  On October 17, they will meet for dinner at the Valentines at 6:30PM.  Check the printed or online church calendars for future events and/or speak with the faculty adviser, Lori Branch, or the student leader, Tyler Fyotek.

       Congratulations to our teens who ran in a 5K race in Des Moines on Saturday.  The race benefited the Ronald McDonald House charity.  Good job racers!

Upcoming Teen SOYO Events-
     The SOYO book club meets for dinner and a book discussion on Monday, October 7 at 6:30PM.  They will meet for dinner and a movie at 6:30PM on Monday, October 21.

Parish Council Meeting-
       The October parish council meeting will be held on October 8 at 7PM.  All are welcome to attend.

Farmer's Market-
      We will host a table at the Iowa City Farmer's Market this Saturday, October 12 from 7:30AM-12:00PM.  Come on down and buy some food and support the Crisis Center.

Wednesday Evening Class on "Orthodox Beliefs and Practices about Death"-
       Beginning October 16 and continuing October 23, 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.  

Soul Saturday Liturgy-
       On Saturday, October 19 at 10AM, we will have a Soul Saturday Liturgy.  If you would like to have your deceased loved ones prayed for at this Liturgy, please give your list of names to Fr. Ignatius by October 18.

Consider Supporting Our Sister Orthodox Churches in Cedar Rapids-
       St. John the Baptist Church is holding their Greek Fall Dinner on Sunday, October 13 from 11AM to 7PM at the Scottish Rite Temple on A Ave. NE in Cedar Rapids.  St. George Church is holding their Annual Bake Sale on Saturday, October 19 from 7:30AM to 1PM at their church.

Plan Ahead for Difficult Parking and Church Access on October 20-
       The Johnson County Sheriff's office has once again, notified us of street closures that will affect our ability to get to church on Sunday, October 20.  The annual Run for the Schools races will be held that morning, and several streets in our church's neighborhood, including College St., will be shut down to vehicle traffic early that morning.  Plan ahead and be prepared to walk a few extra blocks to get to church that morning. 

Special Olympics Awareness Day is October 20-
       October 20 is Special Olympics Awareness Day across our Archdiocese.  On that day, a members of our Teen SOYO will ask for your help in funding the 2014 Special Olympics Sports Camp to be held at the Antiochian Village August 8-16, 2014.  

Informed Choices Medical Clinics Fundraiser Dinner-
       On Tuesday October 22, the Eastern Iowa Informed Choices Medical Clinics will hold their annual fundraising dinner at the Marriott Hotel in Coralville.  Seating begins at 6:45PM, dinner and program is from 7PM-9:30PM.  No cost.  Sunday attire.  Adults only, as seating is limited.  Register by October 15 by calling 319-337-0575 or at www.informedchoicesia.org.  Informed Choices is a free medical clinic that provides sound medical care and Christian counseling, attempting to meet the needs of men and women who feel that abortion is their only option.

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!  Does anyone want to volunteer to provide the special artos bread for Friday's vespers?

The Process of Frescoing a Church with Large-scale Icons-
       To get a glimpse of the the process of painting large icons with the fresco technique, read this brief article and view the accompanying pictures at: http://www.orthodoxartsjournal.org/dome-fresco-underway-in-santa-rosa-ca/

What is Worship For?-
       Kh. Frederica Mathewes-Green has written a good, two part piece in which she answers the question, "What is Worship For?  To read her thoughts, go to: http://www.frederica.com/writings/what-is-worship-for.html and http://www.frederica.com/writings/what-is-worship-for-part-2.html

Sign Project Update-
       We have now raised $5000 (!) toward purchasing and placing the "Saint Raphael Orthodox Church" sign on the front of our building.  Thank you to all who have given.  We will hopefully be able to adorn our building with the sign soon.

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.

Choir Leadership-
       During the weekend of October 12-13, Lori Branch will be leading the choir.

Holy Bread-
       On Sunday, October 13, the holy bread will be provided by the Abuissa family.  Thank you in advance.

Coffee Hour-
        On Sunday October 13, the food for coffee hour and the clean-up of the fellowship hall will be provided by the St. Raphael team. 

Church Cleaning-
        During the week of October 6-12, the St. John the Baptist team will clean the nave, narthex, bookstore, stairs, nursery and bathrooms.      

Food for Thought-

As the minister of the Word and of His ineffable Incarnation, O Apostle Thomas, thou drewest forth from the depth of wisdom; and with the fishing-rod of the Cross, thou didst search out souls from the deep of delusion, and caughtest them unto life.  Hence, with the net of thy doctrines, thou didst enlighten the whole world, and with the light of knowledge, thou madest the darkened souls of the Hindus to shine.  Wherefore, since thou delightest manifestly in the glory of Christ, entreat Him to have mercy on our souls.

Doxastikon from Vespers of October 6, the feast day of St. Thomas the Apostle