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Church Bulletin: September 16, 2012

posted Sep 16, 2012, 2:25 PM by Saint Raphael of Brooklyn Antiochian Orthodox Church

September 16, 2012- Sunday After the Exaltation of the Holy Cross

This Week's Services and Events
        Sept 17, Monday
             + Teen SOYO dinner and movie night, 6PM
        Sept 18, Tuesday
             + Third Hour prayers, 9AM
        Sept 19, Wednesday
             + Akathist, 7PM
        Sept 20, Thursday
             + OCF dinner at Robert Peterson and Lori Branch's home, 6:30PM
        Sept 21, Friday
             + Matins, 8:30AM

        Sept 22, Saturday
             + 9th Hour/Vespers, 6PM

        Sept. 23, Sunday, Conception of the Holy Prophet, Forerunner and Baptist John
             + Matins, 8:45AM
             + Divine Liturgy, 10AM followed by Sunday School and coffee hour

Upcoming Events and Announcements 

Today is Designated as College Student Sunday-

       The Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops has declared today, Sunday September 16 as College Student Sunday.  To read the full text of the letter issued which announces this recognition, go to: http://www.assemblyofbishops.org/files/news/2012%20OCF%20Sunday%20Letter.pdf  Being in a college town, we are thankful to have several college students as part of our parish and/or active in our Orthodox Christian Fellowship (OCF). 

Parish Survey to be Distributed Soon-

       The Parish Council has been diligently working on a brief survey which will soon be given to our members to be filled out.  The purpose of the survey is to get feedback regarding various church-related things.  This survey gives you a chance to let the council know what you like (or don't like) about the church and to make suggestions for improvement.  We value your opinions.  When the surveys are distributed (probably next Sunday) please take the time to fill them out and return them to church.

Our Windows Need Repairing-

       It was brought to the attention of the Parish Council that some of the windows on either side of the nave need repairing.  After consulting with a professional, we were given a quote of $885 to complete the repairs.  Since we have already used up the money that was designated for building repair and maintenance for the year, the Parish Council has decided to ask the members of the church to consider giving a special gift to help offset this cost.  Would you consider giving $20 or more toward this need?  If so, please make sure to designate your gift as "window repairs" so that it can be used as it was intended. 

Upcoming Teen SOYO Events-

       Our teen youth group has several activities coming up.  On Monday September 17, they will gather for a food and movie night at 6PM.  They will continue preparing to participate in the Ponseti 5K Walk/Run with practice at 10AM on Saturday September 22.  On Saturday September 29 at 10AM, they will take a trip to Wilson's Apple Orchard.  On Monday October 1 at 6PM, they will gather for their first Book Club discussion of J. R. R. Tolkien's "The Hobbit."  Finally, the Ponseti 5K races will take place at 8:30AM on Saturday October 6.

Geneva Lecture Series-

       The Geneva Lecture Series presents Art and the Care of Culture with Makoto Fujimura.  God calls us to be good stewards. So, how does this apply to art, culture, and the humanities? Come hear this engaging lecture by internationally renowned artist Makoto Fujimura at the University of Iowa's Phillips Hall Auditorium Tuesday, September 18, 2012 at 7:30 PM. Sponsored by Geneva Campus Ministry. More information at www.geneva-ui.org

"Mysteries of the Jesus Prayer" Film Showing-

       St. Raphael Church is sponsoring a free public showing of the 114 minute documentary film "Mysteries of the Jesus Prayer" at the Iowa City Public Library, Meeting Room A, at 7PM on Tuesday, September 25.  The filmmakers take their viewers to the Middle East, the Mediterranean area and Eastern Europe, introducing viewers to hermits, monks, nuns and clergymen as they seek to find out how and why the Jesus Prayer has been a mainstay of Orthodox spirituality for hundreds of years.  Fr. Ignatius will introduce the film and facilitate a brief discussion afterward.  Plan to come and bring some friends!

Jesus Prayer Books Now Available in Church Bookstore-

       On Sunday, October 17 at 7PM Robert Peterson and Lori Branch will host a book discussion in their home.  The focus of the discussion will be Frederica Mathewes-Green's The Jesus Prayer: The Ancient Desert Prayer that Tunes the Heart to God.  This book is now available in our church bookstore for $17.  Buy a copy, read it and plan on attending the discussion!

Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops Concludes Third Annual Meeting-

       Recently, the Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops of North and Central America had their third annual meeting in Chicago.  Forty three hierarchs were present.  This body of bishops exists to promote unity between the various Orthodox jurisdictions in the region, with one of their chief goals being to come up with a plan which would essentially create one united Orthodox Church administration.  To read the full Statement to the Faithful released by the Assembly, go to: http://assemblyofbishops.org/files/news/2012%20AB%20Statement.pdf

A worthy excerpt from the statement is reproduced here:

       "As we assemble in Chicago, we also take this opportunity to encourage all of you, the People of God, in a world exploited and polarized by greed, godlessness and immorality.  We call upon all Orthodox Christians to be faithful to their calling to be the light of the world.

       We recognize the tremendous social pressures to conform to secular standards, but we exhort you to stand firm and hold fast to the traditions you were taught (2 Thess. 2:15) so that your light is not hidden under a bushel but placed on a stand (Matt. 5:15) in order for all to see.  Let our Orthopraxy attend our Orthodoxy.  In this respect:

       We must safeguard the sacrament of marriage in accordance with God's will for the sacred union between man and woman and the sanctity of family as the fundamental nucleus of a healthy society.  In this regard, we emphasize regular family worship, particularly at Sunday liturgy. 

       We must strive to eliminate the violence proliferated against innocents of every kind, particularly women and the unborn.  We call for responsibility by individuals, institutions and governments to ensure the welfare of every citizen.

       We must resist the wastefulness and greed that dominate our consumer society, confessing that our spiritual citizenship is in heaven (Phil. 3:20) in order that our witness be characterized by the compassion and mercy as well as the generosity and philanthropy that distinguishes our God who loves humankind."

A "Must-Read" Regarding Politics-

       We are in the midst of another presidential election campaign season, and this often means impassioned feelings for one's particular candidate and against "the other guy" and possibly his supporters.  Fr. Ignatius commends the following article to you all, lengthily titled, "Dear Christian: If the Thought of Either Romney or Obama Getting Elected Makes You Fearful, Angry, or Depressed, You Have What we Call a Theological Problem" which can be found at: http://www.patheos.com/blogs/peterenns/2012/09/dear-christian-if-the-thought-of-either-romney-or-obama-getting-elected-makes-you-fearful-angry-or-depressed-you-have-what-we-call-a-theological-problem/

Parish-wide Potluck on September 30-

       On Sunday, September 30, the fifth Sunday of the month, we invite everyone to bring food or drink to share during the post-Liturgy meal during fellowship hour.

Update on Bishop Mark-

       If you have been wondering how our former bishop has been doing in the OCA, here is a recent update on his new responsibilities: http://oca.org/news/headline-news/bishop-mark-to-assist-managing-work-of-oca-departments

Evangelism Bible Verse-

       This week's verse: "Whoever believes in Him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe stands condemned already because he has not believed in the name of God's Only-begotten Son. (John 3:18)

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 23, the food for coffee hour will be provided by the St. John the Baptist team.
Church Cleaning-
       During the week following Sunday Sept. 16, the cleaning of the nave, narthex, bookstore/library, stairs, nursery and bathrooms will be provided by the St. Nicholas team.
Food for Thought-

We usually think of the fall in juridical terms, in meaning which we have taken from the law courts.  We consider that Adam's sin was simply a transgression of a law, an external one, and that this trangression created great guilt in man, with the result that this guilt has been inherited in Adam's descendents.  But this view of sin is not orthodox.  In Orthodoxy we regard sin as an illness of man.  Man fell ill and this illness had an effect on the whole human race.  St. Kyril of Alexandria uses the image of a plant.  When the root of the plant has become ill, then the branches also fall ill.  We can interpret Adam's sin in this way as well.

Metropolitan Hierotheos of Nafpaktos, "The Mind of the Orthodox Church" p. 143