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Church Bulletin: September 10, 2017

posted Sep 10, 2017, 4:29 PM by Saint Raphael of Brooklyn Antiochian Orthodox Church
Sunday September 10, 2017- The Sunday before the Elevation of the Precious Cross

This Week's Services and Events

September 12, Tuesday
        + Office Hours, 11:00AM-3:45PM
        + 9th Hour Prayers, 3:00PM

September 13, Wednesday
        + Office Hours, 11:30AM-3:00PM
        + 9th Hour Prayers, 3:00PM
        + Vesperal Liturgy for the Elevation of the Precious Cross, 6:00PM

September 14, Thursday
        + Office Hours, 12:00PM-4:00PM
        + 9th Hour Prayers, 3:00PM
        + OCF Compline at IMU (Michigan State Rm 349)

September 15, Friday
        + Office Hours, 11:30AM-3:00PM
        + 9th Hour Prayers, 3:00PM

September 16, Saturday
        + "Know the Faith" book study, 1:00PM
        + Parish Council meeting, 2:30PM
        + Great Vespers, 5:00PM

September 17, Sunday after the Elevation of the Precious Cross
        + Matins, 8:45AM
        + Divine Liturgy, 10:00AM followed by Sunday School, Bible Study and Fellowship Hour

Upcoming Events and Announcements-  

A Note of Gratitude-
        "Dear Fr. Ignatius and members of St. Raphael Parish, 
Thank you for your support and prayers.  
Kallestinov and Yarovinsky Family"

Welcome Back to Fr. Elias Khouri-
        After leading the St. Nicholas Orthodox Mission (ROCOR) for the last several years in Cedar Rapids, Fr. Elias Khouri has been received back into the Antiochian Archdiocese and is now attached to St. Raphael Church, again.  We welcome Fr. Elias and Kh. Irene back to our parish and look forward to seeing them more regularly again.

Appeal for Hurricane Harvey Victims-
        Throughout the month of September, we are collecting funds at the request of Metropolitan Joseph, which will be forwarded to victims of Hurricane Harvey.  Please make any gifts "Hurricane Appeal" and place then in one of the collection boxes, or mail to church.

Can You Help a Family in Need?-
        A family with three children has approached the church asking for help with clothing needs as the weather turns cooler.  For the older son, they are asking for men's large size sweat pants or running pants, men's large hooded sweatshirts, casual long sleeve shirts, men's large socks, men's size 10 1/2 athletic shoes and a winter coat men's large of XL. No jeans!  For the younger son, they are asking for boys 10/12 long sleeve shirts, sweat shirts, long underwear and size 12/14 winter coat and gloves and a winter.  No jeans!  For the daughter, they are asking for girls size 8  jeans, and sweat pants, socks, winter boots size 13 and a winter coat size 10/12.  She loves Minnie mouse! 
If you can help by providing any of these items in new or good used condition, please contact Fr. Ignatius to coordinate.  

A Food Team Needs Volunteers-
        The "St. Raphael" food team which brings food on the 2nd Sunday of each month is in need of some more help. If you are not on a food team, and you would like to help out by joining this group to bring food once a month for our coffee hour, please let Fr. Ignatius or Alli know.  

Bible Study: "The Biblical Odes: A Look at Nine Scriptural Songs of the Church-
        An Ode (Canticle) is a Scriptural Song not found in the Psalms.  In our liturgical tradition, there are nine passages from Holy Scripture that form the basis for the odes of the canon, which is chanted at matins.  Over five Sundays, we will explore these songs from the Bible.  We will meet September 10, 17, 24, and October 1 and 8, beginning at about 1:00PM and finishing up by 2:30PM at the latest. Bring your Bible and a friend!

Vesperal Liturgy for the Elevation of the Precious Cross-
        We will celebrate the Feast of the Elevation of the Precious Cross on September 13 at 6:00PM.  

First OCF Meeting September 14-
        Our college group, the Orthodox Christian Fellowship, will begin our weekly Thursday meetings on September 14 at 7PM at the IMU (Michigan State Rm 349).  Our schedule will likely be: home cooked dinner on 1st and 3rd Thursdays (locations vary) , and compline/meeting at IMU on 2nd and 4th Thursdays.  Bring a friend!  Open to all college age people (undergrad and grad) regardless of where or if you attend college.  

Informational Meeting for Holy Land Pilgrimage-
        On Saturday September 16, all are invited to St. George Church (3650 Cottage Grove Rd. SE, Cedar Rapids) for an informational meeting on a March 2018 Pilgrimage to the Holy Land led by Fr. Constantine Nasr.  Following vespers at 5pm, there will be a meal (no charge) and then the presentation.  Fr. Constantine will show slides from his recent trip to the Holy Land earlier this year, and talk about the upcoming trip.    

Vespers in Kalona-
        All are welcome to come to Kalona for vespers at 7:00PM on Tuesday, September 19 at the United Christian and Baptist Church at 401 E. Ave in Kalona (Hwy 22).

Ladies Group Kick-off Meeting-
        All interested women are invited to the inaugural Ladies' Group meeting at 3:00PM on Saturday, September 23 at the church.  Bring snacks to share if you would like.

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 an valid solution to their perceived problem.  Pray to end abortion.  

Volunteers for Epistle Reading-
        Although our subdeacons usually read the Epistle selection each Sunday, this opportunity is available to anyone.  Please talk with Bill, Todd or Fr. Ignatius if you would like to read the Epistle for a particular Sunday.  

Church Lending Library-
        Did you know we have a lending library?  In the new office of Fr. Ignatius (the room to the right of the top of the stairs) the church has a lending library.  The shelves can be found in the southeast corner of that room.  We operate on the honor system.  Borrow a book and return it when you are done.  

Monastery Pilgrimage-
        The Presentation of the Virgin Mary Women's Monastery and Holy Michael Archangel and All Angels Skete (Men's) are hosting a joint pilgrimage weekend at their location  in Missouri on Friday, September 15 and Saturday, September 16.  Information is posted in the narthex.

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  

Bishop Anthony's Visit and Jared Johnson's Ordination to the Diaconate-
        His Grace will be with us the weekend of October 28-29.  In addition to visiting with us, he will be ordaining former St. Raphael Church member Jared Johnson as a deacon.  Save the dates and plan to be with our bishop. 

Next Sunday's Gospel Reading-
        The Lord said, “If any man would come after Me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow Me. For whoever would save his life will lose it; and whoever loses his life for My sake and the Gospel’s will save it. For what does it profit a man, to gain the whole world and forfeit his soul? For what can a man give in return for his soul? For whoever is ashamed of Me and of My words in this adulterous and sinful generation, of him will the Son of man also be ashamed, when He comes in the glory of His Father with the holy angels.” And He said to them, “Truly, I say to you, there are some standing here who will not taste death before they see the Kingdom of God come with power.” (Mark 8:34-9:1)

Pray for our Catechumens-
       Please keep our catechumens Ilya Buchkin, Jeremiah Kaufmann and Scott Dorr 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:

Food for Thought-

For the Church is not a barber shop, or a perfumer's shop, or any other merchant's store in the marketplace. Rather, it is a place of angels, a place of archangels, a palace of God, Heaven itself . . . For in truth, the things in this place are also a heaven. And if you do not believe this, look at this table, the altar, and call to mind for Whose sake it is set, and why. Consider Who it is Who is coming forth here; tremble with awe even before the time. When one sees the throne of an earthly king, doesn't he rise up in heart, expecting the king to come forth? And so, be thrilled with awe, even before that thrilling moment when Christ's Body and Blood are laid forth. Raise yourself up, and even before you see the veils drawn aside and the choir of angels marching in, ascend to the very Heaven itself" (St. John Chrysostom, Homily XXXVI on 1 Corinthians)