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Church Bulletin: September 1, 2013

posted Sep 2, 2013, 1:04 PM by Saint Raphael of Brooklyn Antiochian Orthodox Church
September 1, 2013- The Indiction (Ecclesiastical New Year)
This Week's Services and Events

September 2, Monday
        + Teen SOYO Book Club and dinner, 6:30PM

September 3, Tuesday
        + Free Lunch Program Volunteering at Wesley Center, 11:30AM-1:30PM
September 4, Wednesday
        + Akathist, 7PM

September 5, Thursday
        + OCF dinner at Branch/Peterson home, 6:30PM

September 6, Friday
        + Matins, 8:30AM

September 7, Saturday
        + Sunday School Picnic Kick-off with Games, 12pm-2pm
        + 9th Hour/Great Vespers, 6PM
September 8, Nativity of the Theotokos
        + Matins, 8:45AM
        + Liturgy, 10AM, followed by Fellowship Hour and Sunday School
Upcoming Events and Announcements

Sept.-Oct. Calendars Now Available-
       The September and October 2013 St. Raphael calendar is now printed and available in the church narthex.

No Third Hour Prayers or Office Hours on September 2-
       Due to the Labor Day holiday, Fr. Ignatius will not offer the Third Hour prayers or hold office hours on Monday, September 2.

Upcoming Teen SOYO Events-
       Our teens will gather for Book Club and dinner on Monday, September 2 at 6:30PM.  On Monday, September 16 at 6:30PM, they will gather for Movie Night and dinner.  

Happy Ecclesiastical New Year!
       Why does the Church mark the beginning of the year on September 1?  Read this to find out.  http://www.johnsanidopoulos.com/2010/08/september-1-ecclesiastical-new-year.html

Free Lunch Program Volunteering-
       Our next opportunity to volunteer at the Free Lunch Program is this Tuesday, September 3 from 11:30AM-1:30PM.  If you are able to help serve a meal for all or even part of this time, please let Fr. Ignatius know.

Sunday School Kick-off Picnic and Beginning of School Year-
       We will have a kick-off celebration for our Sunday School program from 12PM-2PM on Saturday, September 7.  There will be a potluck picnic and games.  Families, please bring some food or drink to share.  Sunday School for students pre-K through high school will begin after Liturgy on Sunday, September 8.  Please get your enrollment forms to Alli Rockwell as soon as possible. 

We Need Volunteers to Provide Holy Bread-
       We are in need of several volunteers to provide holy bread for the liturgies to be held in September.  Please check the sign-up sheet at the top of the stairs and considering signing up for a date.

Official Statement from Patriarch John X on Situation in Syria-
       To read this important statement from our spiritual father, Patriarch John, go to: http://araborthodoxy.blogspot.com/2013/08/official-statement-from-patriarch-john.html

Update on Sign Project Fundraising-
       As of earlier this week, we have raised a total of $4585 toward our goal of $5300 to place a sign on the front of our building.  If you would like to donate to this project, please mark your gift "Sign Project" so that the money ends up in the right account.

Do You Want to Read Through the Whole Bible in One Year?-
       If you have an Orthodox Study Bible and would like to have an organized plan to read through the entire Bible in one year starting September 1, pick up a copy of the St. Raphael Orthodox Study Bible Reading Plan on one of the tables in the narthex.  For the average reader, using this plan will mean committing to reading the Bible for about 20-30 minutes a day for the whole year, September 1- August 31.

Vesperal Liturgy for the Feast of the Elevation of the Holy Cross-
       We will commemorate the Feast of the Elevation of the Holy Cross with a Vesperal Liturgy at 6PM on September 13.  

Charitable Project-
       The farmer's market season is winding down, so please take this opportunity to get involved. We're looking for people to help at the market itself on September 14, and others to help with packaging baked goods the night before. Oh, and we need someone to make Best-Ever Chocolate Chip Cookies. Please sign up on the bulletin board at the top of the stairs, or tell Amy.

Orthodox Christian Fellowship College Group-
       On Thursday, September 5 at 6:30PM, the OCF will meet at the home of Robert Peterson and Lori Branch Peterson (831 Dearborn St.) for dinner.  On Thursday, September 12, they will pray the Little Compline service at 7PM, and begin viewing the DVD documentary Hellbound?  On Thursday, September 19 at 6:30PM, they will meet at Karen Kuntz and Todd Wiblin's home (4 Lynden Dr. NE.)  Check the printed or online church calendars for future events and/or speak with the faculty advisor, Lori Branch, or the student leader, Tyler Fyotek.

Celebrating Cultural Diversity Festival-
       The University of Iowa will hold its annual Celebrating Cultural Diversity Festival in Hubbard Park on Sunday, September 29 from 12:00PM-5PM.  Our OCF is planning to staff a table at which information on the Orthodox faith will be presented, and baked goods will be sold.  The OCF asks that parishioners help them by committing to make baklava, piroshkies and kourambedes (Greek wedding cookies.)  A sign-up sheet is posted on a bulletin board in the narthex.

Short Term Housing Needed-
       The son of a friend of Amy Spencer is a medical school student from Kansas University who will be doing a rotation at the University of Iowa Hospital September 23-October 18.  If anyone could offer housing to this student, please contact Amy.

Tariel Berimeladze Guitar Concert September 20-
       Tariel Berimeladze will give a concert of his guitar music at 7PM on Friday, September 20.  Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for students.  Proceeds will benefit the church's Building Fund.


Excellent Advice for Parents on Educating their Children From Bishop Thomas-
       In addition to being the bishop of the Diocese of Oakland, Charleston and the Mid-Atlantic, Bishop Thomas holds a doctorate degree in education.  He has written an excellent summary of various educational opportunities available to Orthodox families, including homeschooling, and he encourages parents to make it a priority to choose an educational environment for their children which will best help them to be not only well educated, but holy.  His article, titled "Sanctified Schooling: Working Out Salvation Within Schooling" is attached.  

New Healing Service-
       Among the sacraments of our Church, one that is sometimes overlooked is Holy Unction, the anointing with oil for the healing of both soul and body.  Although this sacrament is available to any Orthodox Christian anytime, as needed, most of us are probably only familiar with experiencing it during Holy Week, when there is a special anointing service on Holy Wednesday.  In an attempt to make this sacrament more accessible and understood, Fr. Ignatius will be offering Holy Unction a few more times a year.  Beginning in September, and taking place every other month (outside of Lent,) on the 2nd Wednesday of the month we will  sing the Paraklesis service to the Theotokos, itself a service of healing and consolation, and conclude with an opportunity for anointing with oil.  We will hold this service on September 11, November 13, January 8, etc. The Scriptural basis for the sacrament is very clear: "Is anyone among you sick?  Let him call for the elders (presbyters) of the church, and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord.  And the prayer of faith will save the sick, and the Lord will raise him up.  And if he has committed sins, he will be forgiven." (James 5:14-15)  This sacrament is for physical healing and also spiritual healing, the forgiveness of sins.  Let us avail ourselves of these gifts that God has given us through His Church.

Olive Oil Donations Accepted-
       A very practical way to help the church is to donate olive oil, which we use in our oil lamps which sit on the altar and hang in front of the icons.  Regular grade (non-virgin) oil works best (and is less expensive!)  

Orthodox Women in the Healing Ministries Annual Retreat-
       The group Orthodox Women in the Healing Ministries will hold their annual retreat at Holy Dormition Monastery in Rives Junction, MI on October 4-6.  Dr. Gayle Woloschack will be leading several talks on Science and Faith: the Beginning of Life.  For more information, go to: http://owhm.org/schedule1.html

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 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.
Coffee Hour-
        On Sunday September 8, 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 September 1-7, the cleaning of the nave, narthex, bookstore, stairs, nursery and bathrooms will be accomplished by the St. Nina team. 

Food for Thought-

We celebrate the Liturgy together.  But we must pay what this costs.  Each one must be concerned for the salvation of the others.  Our life is an endless martyrdom.

Elder Sophrony of Essex