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Church Bulletin: September 11, 2016

posted Sep 12, 2016, 7:27 AM by Saint Raphael of Brooklyn Antiochian Orthodox Church
September 11, 2016- Sunday before the Elevation of the Cross

 This Week's Services and Events

September 13, Tuesday
        + Office Hours, 1:15PM-2:45PM
        + 9th Hour Prayers, 3:00PM
        + Vesperal Liturgy for Elevation of the Cross, 6:00PM

September 14, Wednesday
        + Akathist, 7:00PM

September 17, Saturday
        + Intro to Orthodoxy Class, 3:00PM
        + Great Vespers, 5:00PM 

September 18, Sunday After the Elevation of the Cross
        + Matins, 8:45AM
        + Divine Liturgy, 10:00AM followed by Sunday School and Coffee Hour
Upcoming Events and Announcements- 

Thank You-
        Thank you to Deacon Edmund Abodeely, from St. George Church in Cedar Rapids, for serving the typica service this morning as Fr. Ignatius continues to recuperate from a sickness.

An Invitation to Help Firmly Establish Our Parish By Working to Discover Who We Are and What our Purpose Is-
        Leaders from both the Archdiocesan Departments of Lay Ministries and Stewardship will be coming to St. Raphael Church on October 7-8 for the first of two weekend sessions to work with parish leaders and all those interested to help us discern what our purpose, vision and goals are as the local expression of the Holy Orthodox Church in Iowa City.  All are welcomed to participate.  The more, the better.  This is for the building up of our church and its firm establishment for the future.  The commitment is for Friday evening and both morning and afternoon on Saturday.  A second similar weekend will be scheduled to continue the work.   

Vesperal Liturgy for Elevation of the Cross-
        We will commemorate the Elevation of the Cross with Vesperal Liturgy at 6:00PM on September 13.  Please join us!

A Prayer on the Fifteenth Anniversary of the Attacks of September 11-

Recent Address by Patriarch John on the Church in Syria-

On Funerals and Cremation-
        Orthodox Christian teaching is that cremation is a needless desecration of the human body and we do not permit it.  In a letter to his clergy, Metropolitan Joseph has recently reiterated this teaching and practice.  Specifically, Antiochian Orthodox priests are not permitted to conduct funeral services for someone who was or will be cremated.  The ashes of a cremated individual are not allowed in the church.    It is important for Orthodox Christians to understand this and to tell our loved ones, who may be making decisions concerning how our bodies are treated after death.   Put it in writing!  Tell your family!  To learn more why the Orthodox Church rejects cremation, go to: http://byztex.blogspot.com/2012/09/on-destruction-of-body-by-fire.html

Geneva Lectures Presents: Dr. Jennifer Wiseman, Astrophysicist-
        Dr. Jennifer Wiseman, a professional scientist and committed Christian, talks about the latest discoveries of how the universe has developed over a vast period of time into a place habitable for advanced life, and what the philosophical and theological implications of this can be.  September 26, 7:30PM, University of Iowa Van Allen Hall, LR1.       

Change in Office Hours-
        Due to new school and work schedules for Fr. Ignatius's family, it was necessary to shift office hours.  The new hours will be 1:15PM-2:45PM on Tuesdays and Thursdays.  There will be no office hours or matins on Fridays.  There will be 9th Hour Prayers at 3:00PM on Tuesdays.  If you want to meet with Father and these times don't work for you, he will work something else out.  Just ask.  

Orthodox Christian Fellowship-
        OCF will meet most Thursday evenings with dinner at 6:30PM on the 1st and 3rd Thursdays of each month, and compline at 7:00PM on the 2nd and 4th Thursdays of the month.

Our Church Bookstore Now Accepts Credit Card Purchases-
        We are able to accept credit cards for bookstore purchases now.  If you want to purchase anything with your card, see bookstore manager Robert Peterson.

Parking Reminder-
        Since on-street parking near the church has been difficult lately, it is good to remember that there is a free parking garage west of the church on College St., about three blocks away.  There are always plenty of spaces there.

Intro To Orthodoxy Classes-
        Introduction to Orthodoxy classes are continuing on Saturdays at 3:00PM.  Remaining classes are on September 10, 17, 24 and October 1 .  This class is open to all.  Do you have any friends, neighbors or co-workers who have asked you questions about your Orthodox Christian faith or have shown interest?  Invite them to come.  

Take Advantage of Your Priest!-
        From a financial standpoint, a full-time priest is often the biggest investment a church makes.  Yet sometimes, people do not fully use this resource to the fullest.  Fr. Dustin Lyon from St. Elias the Prophet Church in Dubuque has some good thoughts to share regarding this. http://www.dustinlyon.org/?p=637 
Food for All - Kalona
               The totals are in for Kalona Summer Lunch! 1,683 lunches were provided, averaging 55 a day (MWF). A total of 271 different guests joined us at one time or another, with 75 coming at least 7 times over the summer and 28 coming very regularly. 
Please pray for this Orthodox-style, community-style charity work as we start what we hope to be twice-a-month Sunday evening suppers in October. Also ask our Lord to draw people to Himself and and His Church through it. Visit our website at foodforallkalona.weebly.com. Ask Amy Spencer to take you out to coffee if you want to learn more. Email: foodforallkalona@gmail.com.  Amy will be taking a sabbatical from Food for All during the month of September to pray, particularly about new programs and Kalona Vespers, which has been on hold.

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 Catechumen-
       Please keep our catechumen Ilya Buchkin in your prayers as he prepares 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.  

Food for Thought-

This is a faithful saying and worthy of all acceptance, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners, of whom I am chief.  However, for this reason I obtained mercy, that in me first Jesus Christ might show all longsuffering, as a pattern to those who are going to believe on Him for everlasting life.  Now to the King eternal, immortal, invisible, to God who alone is wise, be honor and glory forever and ever.  Amen.

- I Timothy 1:15-17