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Church Bulletin: September 15, 2013

posted Sep 17, 2013, 10:03 AM by Saint Raphael of Brooklyn Antiochian Orthodox Church
September 15, 2013- The Sunday After the Elevation of the Cross
This Week's Services and Events

September 16, Monday
        + Third Hour Prayers, 9AM
        + Office Hours, 9:30AM-11:30AM
        + Teen SOYO dinner and movie night, 6:30PM
September 18, Wednesday
        + Akathist, 7PM

September 19, Thursday
        + OCF dinner at Todd Wiblin and Karen Kuntz's home (4 Lynden Dr.), 6:30PM

September 20, Friday
        + Matins, 8:30AM
        + Benefit Concert of Tariel Berimeladze's Guitar Music, 7PM

September 21, Saturday
        + Choir practice, 9AM
        + Wilson's Apple Orchard Trip, 2PM-5PM
        + 9th Hour/Great Vespers, 6PM
September 22, Sunday after the Elevation of the Cross
        + Matins, 8:45AM
        + Liturgy, 10AM, followed by Fellowship Hour and Sunday School
Upcoming Events and Announcements

       Congratulations to Justin and Aster Cornett-Olsson. On Saturday, Aster was received into the Orthodox Church through the sacraments of baptism and chrismation, and Justin through chrismation.  Aster's patron saint is St. Anthony the Great and Justin's is St. Silouan the Athonite.  Tyler Fyotek is Justin's sponsor and both Tyler and Hope Fyotek are Aster's sponsors.  Congratulations also to Nora Martin who was received into the Orthodox Church through the sacrament of chrismation today.  Nora took the Great-martyr Anastasia as her patron saint.  Tania Van Dinter is her sponsor.  May God grant Aster, Justin and Nora many years! 

Thank You!-
       Once again, thank you to all those who worked hard to make our presence at the Iowa City Farmer's Market a success this month.  We are raising our profile in the community while benefiting a local charity.  

September 15 is Designated Antiochian Solidarity Day by Patriarch John-
       In support of humanitarian and relief work that is necessary due to the suffering caused by the ongoing Syrian civil war, Patriarch John has issued a statement that can be read at: http://www.antiochian.org/antiochian-day-solidarity-scheduled-september-15-2013  His Eminence Metropolitan Philip is asking all of our churches and missions in North America to give our full support to this appeal, and to make a special collection on Sunday September 15th, 2013 which will benefit the victims in Syria who are suffering so terribly.  Please consider giving, and if you do so, make sure your gift is clearly marked "Syrian Relief."

Orthodox Christian Fellowship College Group-
        On Thursday, September 19 at 6:30PM, the OCF will meet at Karen Kuntz and Todd Wiblin's home (4 Lynden Dr. NE.)  On Thursday, September 26, they will pray Little Compline at 7PM and then finish watching the Hellbound? DVD and discuss it.  Check the printed or online church calendars for future events and/or speak with the faculty adviser, Lori Branch, or the student leader, Tyler Fyotek.

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.

Choir Rehearsal September 21-
       Our choir will meet at church at 9AM on Saturday September 21 for rehearsal.

Wilson's Apple Orchard Trip-
       The Sunday School invites all parishioners to join them on an excursion to Wilson's Apple Orchard between 2PM-5PM on Saturday, September 21. 

College Student Sunday-
       The Assembly of Bishops has designated today, September 15, as College Student Sunday in order to honor and recognize the many Orthodox Christian Fellowship chapters around the country and to emphasize the need for Orthodox parishes to strengthen their outreach and ministry to college students.  In recognition of this special day, a prayer is offered on behalf of college students. "Again we pray, for the hearts, the minds, and the lips of our college students, that they may receive the power of Thy law and successfully comprehend the useful things which will be taught them, and so they will understand Thy perfect will and contribute to the building up of Thy Holy Church. Deliver them from every snare of the enemy, preserve them in the true faith in righteousness and purity all the days of their lives, that they may grow in wisdom and in the observance of Thy commandments, and may be revealed as worshipers of Thy name and heirs of Thy Kingdom. Bless also their teachers, O Lord, bless the Orthodox Christian Fellowship, its chaplains, student leaders and beneficiaries; and may they always proclaim the word of Thy truth."

Prayer for All North American Orthodox Bishops-
       The Assembly of Bishops, a body comprised of all canonical Orthodox bishops in North America will be meeting for their annual gathering this week, September 17-19 in Chicago.  Among the many things that the bishops continue to work on in these meetings is formulating a plan to present to the patriarchs of the mother Churches, which would correct the canonical anomaly of multiple, overlapping ethnic jurisdictions in America, by seeking to create one administratively united Orthodox Church in America.  The bishops commend the following prayer to be prayed by the faithful this week, in support of their important work.  "O Lord of Heaven and Earth and of all who dwell therein, we beseech you on behalf of all the Hierarchs of the Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops of North and Central America who are gathering this week in solemn convocation. Make their travel to and from their meeting safe and sound; direct their deliberations to the glory of Your Holy Name and the benefit of Your Holy Church; grant them a fraternal spirit founded in Your love and Your grace, that in all they do and say, they may bring all honor, praise and glory to Your Name, of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, now and ever, and unto the ages of ages. Amen."  To listen to an interview of Bishop Basil, the Secretary of the Assembly of Bishops, in which he explains what he expects to happen at this important meeting, go to: http://www.myocn.net/index.php/201309124622/ocn-now/4622-assembly-of-canonical-orthodox-bishops-of-north-and-central-america.html

Special Voters' Meeting October 6-
       Following Liturgy on Sunday, October 6, we will meet for a brief Special Voters' Meeting to discuss some proposed changes to our parish constitution.  Packets of information have been emailed to voting members and hard copies are printed and available in the church narthex.  If you want to participate in this vote but cannot be present at the meeting, you may ask a voting member who is present to cast your vote by proxy.  However, if you plan to vote by proxy, please let Fr. Ignatius know.

Sign Project Update-
       We have now raised $5000 (!) toward purchasing and placing the "Saint Raphael Orthodox Church" sign on the front of our building.  Thank you to all who have given.  We will hopefully be able to adorn our building with the sign soon.

Resources for Understanding the Syrian Conflict and Antiochian Orthodox Perspectives on Possible US Military Intervention-
       Ancient Faith Radio has produced two excellent podcasts giving background and explanation to what is currently happening in Syria and why so many Antiochian Orthodox Christians are against US military intervention in this instance.  These podcasts can be accessed at http://www.ancientfaith.com/podcasts/aftoday/crisis_in_syria and http://www.ancientfaith.com/podcasts/features/syria_assad_and_the_us.  Also, Bishop Basil has given an informative and impassioned address on the subject which can be read at: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1DOJQauIyPe0jgwBD-nHDDToe1Aw0_pvVFsEqedj6AOE/edit and Metropolitan Philip has given an interview on the Orthodox Christian Network regarding Syria which can be listened to at: http://www.myocn.net/index.php/201309114620/ocn-now/4620-metropolitan-philip-on-syria.html

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.

Parish-wide Potluck on Sunday, September 29-
       There are five Sundays this year in September so this means that on Sunday, September 29, we ask that all members consider bringing some food to share at the potluck following Liturgy.   

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 22, the food for coffee hour and the clean-up of the fellowship hall will be provided by the St. John the Baptist team. 
Church Cleaning-
        During the week of September 15-21, the cleaning of the nave, narthex, bookstore, stairs, nursery and bathrooms will be accomplished by the St. Nicholas team. 

Food for Thought-

O Lord save Thy people and bless Thine inheritance, granting to Thy people victory, over all their enemies, and by the power of Thy Cross, preserving Thy commonwealth.

Troparion of the Feast of the Elevation of the Cross