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Church Bulletin: October 7, 2012

posted Oct 6, 2012, 8:00 PM by Saint Raphael of Brooklyn Antiochian Orthodox Church
October 7, 2012- The Eighteenth Sunday after Pentecost
This Week's Services and Events
Oct 9, Tuesday
+ Third Hour prayers, 9AM
+ Parish Council meeting, 7PM
Oct 10, Wednesday
+ Akathist, 7PM
Oct 11, Thursday
+ OCF compline, 7PM followed by discussion
Oct 12, Friday
+ Matins, 8:30AM

Oct 13, Saturday
+ 9th Hour/Vespers, 6PM

Oct 14, Sunday, Holy Fathers of the Seventh Ecumenical Council
+ Matins, 8:45AM
+ Divine Liturgy, 10AM followed by Sunday School and coffee hour

Upcoming Events and Announcements
Please Stay in Church Until the End of Liturgy-
Everyone is asked to stay in the main portion of the church (the nave) until the dismissal of the Liturgy is given and you are asked to come forward to venerate the icon and receive a blessing. When people leave right after receiving Communion, they deprive themselves of the final blessings given at the Dismissal. Also, it is disrespectful to others in our church family to leave before the service is over.
Parking Next Sunday-
The Johnson County Sheriff's office has informed us that the annual Run for the Schools races are scheduled for Sunday, October 14, next Sunday. The races on College St. begin at 8AM and many streets in the neighborhood of the church will be closed down to vehicle traffic and parking. Please plan accordingly. Parking will be very difficult within several blocks of church. You may want to plan to walk or bike to church (if you live close enough) or else plan on walking several blocks once you have parked your car. Traffic patterns should return to normal by the time our morning services are over.
New Church "Billboard" on I-80-
Thanks to the Iowa Department of Transportation's Adopt-A-Highway program and the willingness of St. Raphael's Teen SOYO group to clean a stretch of highway, the name of St. Raphael Church is on a roadside sign along a busy stretch of eastbound I-80 in Coralville, IA. Now, thousands of people each day will have the opportunity to be aware of our church's existence. Our teens will clean this segment of the road on Saturday, November 3 at 2PM. They would welcome help from anyone in the parish. A picture of the new sign is attached.
Shelter House Documentary Premiere-
“We Are Shelter House,” a new documentary video about Johnson County’s only general-use homeless shelter, will be the centerpiece of a community-wide event to be held on Wednesday, October 10, from 7:30-8:30PM at The Englert Theatre. The 20-minute documentary, produced by City Channel 4, Iowa City’s Cable TV Division, includes interviews with Shelter House clients, staff and supporters, as well as information about Shelter House services and transitional resources. According to Shelter House Executive Director Crissy Canganelli, the Englert event—titled “Question Your Assumptions”—not only will showcase the new documentary, but provide an opportunity to discuss and dispel some common misperceptions about the homeless.
Upcoming Teen SOYO Events-
On Monday October 15 at 6PM, the teens will gather for a dinner and movie night. Two upcoming service projects are scheduled. On Tuesday, October 30, our teens will prepare and serve a meal at the Ronald McDonald House. On Saturday, November 3 at 2PM, they will participate in their first roadside clean-up service project. Talk with Alli Rockwell, our Teen SOYO advisor, if you would like to learn more information about any of these events.
Parish Council Meeting-
The October Parish Council meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, October 9 at 7PM. All are welcome.
Coat Closet to be Useable Very Soon-
Thanks to the hard work of Amy Spencer, the coat closet opposite the entrance to the fellowship hall will be useable very soon. Previously, this area had been used for storage. It has recently been cleaned and repainted by Amy. Thank you!
Vesperal Liturgy for the Evangelist Luke-
On Wednesday, October 17 at 6PM, we will celebrate a vesperal Liturgy for the Holy Apostle and Evangelist Luke. Please join us!
Fr. Ciprian Sas and Family are Leaving Iowa-
Fr. Ciprian Sas, the pastor of one of our Eastern Iowa sister churches, St. John the Baptist Greek Orthodox Church in Cedar Rapids, has been reassigned by his bishop and will be the new pastor of All Saints Greek Orthodox Church, Peoria, IL in a few weeks. Many of you have come to know Fr. Ciprian during the time he has been in Cedar Rapids. He has been a wonderful friend of our parish and we have enjoyed the times, especially during Lent, when he has prayed with us in our church, and we have prayed with him in his church. We wish Fr. Ciprian and his family God's blessings as they begin this new chapter in their lives.
Jesus Prayer Books Now Available in Church Bookstore-
On Sunday, October 21 at 7PM Robert Peterson and Lori Branch will host a book discussion in their home. The focus of the discussion will be Frederica Mathewes-Green's The Jesus Prayer: The Ancient Desert Prayer that Tunes the Heart to God. This book is now available in our church bookstore for $17. Buy a copy, read it and plan on attending the discussion!
Informed Choices Medical Clinic Annual Fundraising Banquet-
If you want to support a medical clinic that offers free help to pregnant women in need, and which does not violate our Church's stance on the sanctity of the life of the unborn, but rather supports it, you may want to consider attending the Informed Choices Medical Clinic's Annual Fundraising Banquet on October 16 at 7PM to learn more about their mission. For more information, go to: http://www.ministrysync.com/event/home.php?e=3508
Special Olympics Awareness Sunday is October 21-
On Sunday October 21, our teens will share with us about the Special Olympics camp that our Archdiocese hosts each year at the Antiochian Village and ask us to consider financially helping this worthy project.
Fall Clean-up Day-
On Saturday October 27, we will have a Clean-up Day at the church from 1PM-5PM. Among the priorities will be to get the carpets cleaned, the lawn raked (if needed), the mailbox painted and liturgical items polished and cleaned. Please plan to volunteer and help us keep our building and property looking beautiful.
Mark Your Calendars-
We will celebrate our church's patron, St. Raphael of Brooklyn with Great Vespers with Artoklasia on Friday November 2 at 7PM and Matins and Liturgy at 8:45AM and 10AM on Saturday November 3.
Parish Survey-
The Parish Council has been diligently working on a brief survey which will soon be given to our members to be filled out. The purpose of the survey is to get feedback regarding various church-related things. This survey gives you a chance to let the council know what you like (or don't like) about the church and to make suggestions for improvement. We value your opinions. When the surveys are distributed, please take the time to fill them out and return them to church.
Appreciating Vespers-
Each Saturday evening, in anticipation of Sunday, the Lord's Day, we begin our litugical celebration with the evening service called Vespers. It is during this service that we are introduced to the themes of that particular Sunday. We hear of the saints commemorated, and the other things the Church is bringing to our attention. This peaceful service helps us to prepare us for the Liturgy the following day. To learn more on the meaning and beauty of vespers, read this article written by Fr. Lawrence Farley. http://oca.org/reflections/fr.-lawrence-farley/appreciating-vespers
The Conversion of a Samurai-
The Orthodox faith is universal, for all peoples at all times. To read the account of the baptism and eventual ordination to the priesthood of a Japanese Samurai warrior, go to: http://journeytoorthodoxy.com/2012/09/12/the-conversion-of-a-samurai/
A Plea From the Orthodox Metropolitan of Homs, Syria-
The Greek Orthodox archbishop of Homs, who has fled to Aleppo, is pleading with Western nations not to arm either side of the Syrian conflict. “I took refuge here after the offensive on Homs,” said Archbishop George Tauma Abu Zakhem. “”I left a city in flames and now I’m again in a city in flames. You need to refer my appeal to the West and world: stop sending weapons to Syria! They are destroying a beautiful country, cradle of civilization and ancient traditions, in addition to killing thousands of innocent people.” “Some are sending weapons to one side or the other, without anyone saying anything,” he added. “They destroyed a pearl of beauty that attracted millions of visitors from around the world. They pillaged, devastated and killed innocent people, and all this without anyone lifting a finger to stop this senseless madness. Disgrace has fallen on this poor nation.”
On the Destruction of the Body by Fire-
The Orthodox Church has a very clear teaching regarding cremation based on the Scriptural view of the human body as the Temple of the Holy Spirit. Abbot Tryphon, of the All-Merciful Saviour Monastery (OCA) on Vashon Island, WA speaks of this and the reasons why Orthodox Christians insist on burial at: http://byztex.blogspot.com/2012/09/on-destruction-of-body-by-fire.html
A Young Woman's Perspective on Confession-
To watch a 10 minute video on a Young Woman's Perspective on Confession and Priest Abraham Wassef's thoughts on the importance of confession, go to: http://youtu.be/IOvAH3Sp9Ik
How Did the Scriptures Become the Scriptures?-
Fr. Stephen Freeman gives the answer to this fascinating question at his blog Glory to God for All Things, here: http://glory2godforallthings.com/2012/09/28/how-the-scriptures-became-the-scriptures/
Evangelism Bible Verse-
This week's verse: "But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to th ends of the earth." (Acts 2:38)

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.
Coffee Hour-
On Sunday October 14, the food for coffee hour will be provided by the St. Raphael team.

Church Cleaning-
During the week following Sunday October 7, the cleaning of the nave, narthex, bookstore/library, stairs, nursery and bathrooms will be provided by the St. Nina team.

Food for Thought-
A vision of St. Andrew the Fool-for-Christ: Once, St. Andrew was sitting with his disciple Epiphanius, talking about the salvation of the soul. Just then, a demon approached Epiphanius and began setting traps to distract his thoughts, but did not dare to approach Andrew. Andrew cried out: ``Depart from here, impure adversary!'' The devil drew back and replied maliciously: ``You are my adversary, such as no other in all of Constantinople!'' Andrew did not drive him away immediately, but permitted him to speak. And the devil began: ``I feel that the time is coming when my work will be finished. At that time, men will be worse than I, as children will be even more wicked than adults. Then I will rest and will not teach men anything anymore, since they themselves will carry out my will in everything.'' Andrew asked him: ``In what sins do your kind rejoice the most?'' The devil replied: ``The service of idols, slander, malice against one's neighbor, the sodomite sin, drunkenness and avarice-in this we rejoice the most.'' Andrew further asked him: ``And how do you tolerate it when someone who first served you rejects you and your works?'' The devil replied: ``You know that better than I do; we find it difficult to tolerate, but we are comforted by this: we will probably bring them back to us-for many who have rejected us and turned to God have come back to us again.'' After the evil spirit had said this and much more, St. Andrew breathed on him and he disappeared.
From the Prologue of Ochrid for October 7