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Church Bulletin: October 8, 2017

posted Oct 9, 2017, 5:34 AM by Saint Raphael of Brooklyn Antiochian Orthodox Church
Sunday October 8, 2017- Seventeenth Sunday after Pentecost

This Week's Services and Events

October 10, Tuesday
        + Office Hours, 1:15PM-:45PM
        + 9th Hour Prayers, 3:00PM

October 11, Wednesday
        + Office Hours, 11:30AM-3:00PM
        + 9th Hour Prayers, 3:00PM
        + Akathist, 7:00PM

October 12, Thursday
        + Office Hours, 12:00PM-4:00PM
        + 9th Hour Prayers, 3:00PM
        + OCF Meeting, 7:00PM

October 13, Friday
        + Office Hours, 11:30AM-3:00PM
        + 9th Hour Prayers, 3:00PM

October 14, Saturday
        + Women's Group, 3:00PM
        + "Know the Faith" book study, 3:00PM
        + Great Vespers, 5:00PM

October 15, Sunday of the Fathers of the Seventh Ecumenical Council
        + Matins, 8:45AM
        + Divine Liturgy, 10:00AM followed by Sunday School, Bible Study and Fellowship Hour


Upcoming Events and Announcements-  

Memory Eternal-
        Bishop Antoun, who recently retired from active episcopal service in our Archdiocese, reposed in the Lord earlier this week.  May his memory be eternal!  He was the first bishop to visit St. Raphael Church when we were a young mission.  

Bishop Anthony's Visit Schedule-
        Saturday, October 28, 3:00-4:30PM- Talk by His Grace on Evangelism/Outreach and Growing the Church; 5:00PM- Great Vespers 
Sunday, October 29, 8:30AM- Matins; 10:00AM Hierarchical Divine Liturgy with ordination of Jared Johnson, followed by potluck meal.  Please plan to bring food to share!

OCF Meeting-
        Our OCF college group will meet at 7:00PM on Thursday, October 12.  

Next Sunday Is Special Olympics Awareness Sunday-
        Next Sunday, October 15, we will hear from one of our young people about Special Olympics Awareness Sunday.  Please consider financially supported this worthy endeavor that our Archdiocese supports.   

Run For The Schools Road Races October 15-
        The annual Run for the Schools races will take place on Sunday October 15 in the neighborhood of the church.  Surrounding streets, including College St., will be shut down early in the morning.  Parking will not be possible in our neighborhood.  Plan to park in the Chauncey Swan Parking Garage three blocks west of church, entering from Washington Ave.  Parking is free on Sundays.  

Women's Group-
        The newly formed Women's Group will meet on October 14 at 3:00PM.  All women are welcome.

St. Raphael Feast Day-
        We will commemorate our patron saint on his annual feast day with Vesperal Liturgy at 6:00PM on Friday, November 3, followed by a potluck.

Fall Party, Vespers in the Barn and Potluck Cookout-
        All are invited to the Morey's farm in Mt. Pleasant for an afternoon of fun on Saturday, November 4.  Arrive at 2PM or after.  We will have vespers in the barn at 4PM with hot dogs and s'mores at about 5:30PM.  Bring a dish to share.  There will be no vespers at the church that evening.  

40 Days For Life Prayer Campaign-
        The Johnson County Right to Life is once again spearheading local participation in a worldwide effort to provide a prayerful presence outside of facilities that murder unborn children through abortion.  The dates for thislatest effort are September 27- November 5 and the gathering place is the public sidewalk in front of the Emma Goldman Center abortion clinic at 227 N. Dubuque St.  A poster and prayer cards advertising this effort are in the narthex at church.  For more information, go to: www.40daysforlife.com/iowacity or call 319-855-8475.  If you are interested in praying on the sidewalk during this time and want some company, talk with Fr. Ignatius.  If you are not comfortable with that type of public presence, pray at home, that abortion-vulnerable women would get the help they need so that participating in the killing of their unborn children does not seem like a valid solution to their perceived problem.  Pray to end abortion.   

Food for All--Kalona
        Please  continue to pray for our Orthodox-style, community-style charity work. Also ask our Lord to draw people to Himself and His Church through all our programs. Visit our website at foodforallkalona.weebly.com. For more info, email me at foodforallkalona@gmail.com.  Thanks! Amy Spencer   

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, Jeremiah Kaufmann, Scott Dorr, Brian and Rene Horak in your prayers as they prepare to be sacramentally joined to the Orthodox Church.


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. 
       
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.  To sign a petition urging the US Government and others to work for their release, go to:
  
https://www.change.org/p/president-of-the-united-states-help-release-the-kidnapped-archbishops-of-syria

Food for Thought-

In the days of the creation of the world, when God was uttering His living and mighty "let there be," the word of the Creator brought creatures into the world.  But on that day, unprecedented in the history of the world, when Mary uttered her brief and obedient "so be it," I hardly dare say what happened then- the word of the creature brought the Creator into the world.

- St. Philaret of Moscow

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