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Church Bulletin: September 13, 2015

posted Sep 14, 2015, 9:03 AM by Saint Raphael of Brooklyn Antiochian Orthodox Church   [ updated Sep 14, 2015, 9:11 AM ]
September 13, 2015- The Exaltation of the Holy Cross (by transfer)
 
This Week's Services and Events

September 16, Wednesday
        + Zedashe Ensemble concert, 7:30PM

September 17, Thursday
        + OCF dinner at Branch-Peterson home, 6:30PM

September 18, Friday
        + Matins, 8:30AM
        + Office Hours, 9:30AM-11:30AM

September 19, Saturday
        + Great Vespers, 5:00PM

September 20, Sunday after the Exaltation of the Holy Cross
        + Matins, 8:45AM 
        + Divine Liturgy, 10:00AM, followed by coffee hour and Sunday School
        
Upcoming Events and Announcements

Zedashe Ensemble Concert, September 16-
       Zedashe, from the Republic of Georgia, will be performing at St. Raphael Church at 7:30 on Wednesday, September 16.  They will perform both sacred music and folk music in the Georgian tradition.  Refreshments will follow.  Suggested donation for adults is $20-35 and for students is $10-15.  Spread the word.  Bring your friends.  

September 16 Kalona Vespers Cancelled-
        Due to the Zedashe concert, there will be no vespers in Kalona on September 16.

Prayer Request Update-
       Former St. Raphael Church members Tony and Meghan Carter are recovering well following their transplant surgeries.  Thank God!.  A fundraising page has been set up by one of Meghan's sisters to further explain the medical situation and to raise money to help Tony and Meghan during what will be lengthy recovery times.  That page is at: http://www.youcaring.com/meghan-and-tony-carter-415834#  

Orthodox Christian Fellowship-
       Our OCF college group will meet for dinner on September 17 at 6:30PM at Lori and Robert's home. To stay up to date on OCF events, ask to be added to the University of Iowa Orthodox Christian Fellowship Facebook page.

Fr. Ignatius and Kh. Maria Speaking at Johnson County Right to Life Event-
       On Sunday, September 20 from 5:00PM-6:30PM, Johnson County Right to Life will be hosting an event to encourage local participation in a nationwide campaign called 40 Days for Life.  40 Days for Life is an effort to enlist participants to sign up for shifts to maintain a peaceful, prayerful  presence on public spaces (like sidewalks) outside of abortion facilities.  This event will be held in our St. Raphael fellowship hall and Fr. Ignatius and Kh. Maria will be the featured speakers.  All are welcome to attend.

Teen SOYO Movie Night-
       Our teens will meet for movie night at 6:30PM on Monday, September 21.

Becoming Truly Human Series Begins September 25-
       This important way to present our Christian faith to inactive churchgoers (and non-Christians) will begin at the University of Iowa's IMU River Room I (103A) at 6:30PM-8:30PM.   The success of this program relies on all of us asking others to participate.  Word of mouth and direct and personal invitations are best.  Our Orthodox faith is a great gift.  Let's share it!

Fall Sunday School Party and Vespers-
         Sunday school students and their families are invited to attend our Fall Party at the Morey's farm.  Russ and Becky Morey invite you to come to their home outside of Mt. Pleasant on Saturday, October 10 from 4PM-7PM (1397 Old Highway 34 West, Mount Pleasant, IA).  There will be food and fun.  Dress casually and plan on the kids running around outside, getting dirty and seeing some farm animals.  If it has rained recently, boots might be useful.  Food will be provided.  Vespers will be at 6PM.  There will be no vespers at church that day. 

Honoring our Patron Saint/Helping Refugees-
        This year, Saturday November 7 is St. Raphael's feast day.  In addition to services honoring our patron saint, we will be holding a special fundraising event at our church during the evening of November 7.  We will be serving food and listening to a representative from International Orthodox Christian Charities (IOCC) share with us the latest on the refugee crisis in the Middle East.  IOCC works with the Patriarchate of Antioch to coordinate relief efforts in war torn Syria and refugee camps in nearby Lebanon and elsewhere in the Middle East.  You can learn more about IOCC's work in Syria by going to http://www.iocc.org/countries/countries_syria.aspx.  
       Kristi Abuissa is organizing this event.  She will need volunteers to prepare food, set up and clean up, and other organizational and advertising matters.  Contact her at kristi@abuissa.net or 319-594-3686 if you would like to help.  All proceeds will go to IOCC for refugee relief.  Both our Lord and our patron saint were refugees at one point in their lives. Let us live our Christian faith by supporting those who have had to travel far from their homelands, in search of safety and stability.

Help a Sister Orthodox Parish-
        St. Elias the Prophet Greek Orthodox Church in Dubuque suffered a huge setback last year when their roof nearly completely collapsed, due to built up stress over time from heavy snow load.  They have been worshipping in temporary quarters ever since.  While their insurance will cover the rebuilding of their roof, it was discovered that the building's walls are also not sound and insurance will not cover this.  At this link, you can learn more about their situation and have a chance to donate to their building fund.  https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1199299439/st-elias-dubuque 

Have You Ever Wondered Why Orthodox Church Interiors Are Not Brightly Lit?-
       In our Orthodox faith, church architecture serves our worship experience.  We have a theology of architecture.  But did you know that we have a theology of lighting, of sorts?  To read more on why Orthodox churches often have low levels of interior lighting, go to: http://www.orthodoxartsjournal.org/lighting-in-orthodox-churches-liturgical-principles-and-practical-ideas/#comments

Food for All - Kalona-
       Summer Lunch season is over. We're happy to report we provided 1,100 lunches: 700 sit-down lunches plus 400 packed to go. Plus lots of free milk and yogurt from Kalona SuperNatural as well as garden produce. But more important, our guests had fun getting to know each other, playing games, doing art, and volunteering. 
   Please pray for Amy, Bill, and some key volunteers as we explore ways to serve the community between summers. Amy plans to volunteer at the local elementary school to help kids read and to start making more community connections. 
  Meanwhile, Kalona Vespers on first and third Wednesdays (7 p.m.) continue, though we will miss Tania's beautiful singing! Join us at UCB Church, Highway 22 and 4th St., Kalona. Questions? Contact Amy at foodforallkalona@gmail.com.
       
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 heard from.  Please pray for their well being and release and also pray for their captors as well.  

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, and Rob, Hannah and Nate Young in your prayers as they prepare to be sacramentally joined to the Orthodox Church. 

Choir Leadership-
         Matthew Arndt will lead the choir during services on September 19-20.

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. 

Food for Thought-

Witnessing for Christ
If you wish to share the truth of the Orthodox Faith, and Christ Who is her head, you must give witness to the love of Christ by loving everyone. Without Christ, Orthodoxy is just another religion, devoid of the power to transform and deify the human heart. Without Christ the Church is nothing but a human institution, no different than a political party. For the Church to be herself, Christ must be visible in the love of her bishops and priests. Christ must be seen in the love of her people, and the charity and kindness that is displayed by all who call themselves Orthodox.

Without Christ our world is devoid of hope, and for others to know this Christ, they must be able to see Him in us. The light of this very Christ must shine forth through the love of His Church and be made manifest in the works of His people. Without this love there is only darkness upon the face of our world, and the world will remain without hope

Others can not know they need Christ if they do not see Him in us. They do not know this Christ fills hearts and transforms lives if they do not see transformation in us. If we are fearful, angry, judgmental, arrogant or aloof, the world will see nothing in our Christian faith worthy seeking.

If others do not see in you a forgiving heart, how will they know there is forgiveness in Christ? If others do not see in you a heart filled with joy, how will they know they need the very Christ whom you proclaim as your Lord and Savior? If others see in you a judgmental, narrow minded, unhappy person, why would they be drawn to the Orthodoxy you claim is the true faith?

With love in Christ,
Abbot Tryphon

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