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Church Bulletin: September 17, 2017

posted Sep 18, 2017, 5:04 AM by Saint Raphael of Brooklyn Antiochian Orthodox Church
Sunday September 17, 2017- The Sunday after the Elevation of the Precious Cross

This Week's Services and Events

September 19, Tuesday
        + Office Hours, 11:00AM-3:45PM
        + 9th Hour Prayers, 3:00PM
        + Vespers in Kalona, 7:00PM

September 20, Wednesday
        + Office Hours, 11:30AM-3:00PM
        + 9th Hour Prayers, 3:00PM
        + Akathist, 7:00PM

September 21, Thursday
        + Office Hours, 12:00PM-4:00PM
        + 9th Hour Prayers, 3:00PM
        + OCF Dinner at Branch-Peterson home, 7:00PM

September 22, Friday
        + Office Hours, 11:30AM-3:00PM
        + 9th Hour Prayers, 3:00PM

September 23, Saturday
        + Ladies' Group Kick-off meeting, 3:00PM
        + Great Vespers, 5:00PM

September 24, St. Thekla the Protomartyr
        + Matins, 8:45AM
        + Divine Liturgy, 10:00AM followed by Sunday School, Bible Study and Fellowship Hour

Upcoming Events and Announcements-  

Appeal for Hurricane Harvey Victims-
        Throughout the month of September, we are collecting funds at the request of Metropolitan Joseph, which will be forwarded to victims of Hurricane Harvey.  Please make any gifts "Hurricane Appeal" and place then in one of the collection boxes, or mail to church.

Can You Help a Family in Need?-
        A family with three children has approached the church asking for help with clothing needs as the weather turns cooler.  For the older son, they are asking for men's large size sweat pants or running pants, men's large hooded sweatshirts, casual long sleeve shirts, men's large socks, men's size 10 1/2 athletic shoes and a winter coat men's large of XL. No jeans!  For the younger son, they are asking for boys 10/12 long sleeve shirts, sweat shirts, long underwear and size 12/14 winter coat and gloves and a winter.  No jeans!  For the daughter, they are asking for girls size 8  jeans, and sweat pants, socks, winter boots size 13 and a winter coat size 10/12.  She loves Minnie mouse! 
If you can help by providing any of these items in new or good used condition, please contact Fr. Ignatius to coordinate.  

A Food Team Needs Volunteers-
        The "St. Raphael" food team which brings food on the 2nd Sunday of each month is in need of some more help. If you are not on a food team, and you would like to help out by joining this group to bring food once a month for our coffee hour, please let Fr. Ignatius or Alli know.  

Bible Study: "The Biblical Odes: A Look at Nine Scriptural Songs of the Church-
        An Ode (Canticle) is a Scriptural Song not found in the Psalms.  In our liturgical tradition, there are nine passages from Holy Scripture that form the basis for the odes of the canon, which is chanted at matins.  Over five Sundays, we will explore these songs from the Bible.  We will meet September 10, 17, 24, and October 1 and 8, beginning at about 1:00PM and finishing up by 2:15PM at the latest. Bring your Bible and a friend!

OCF Dinner-
        Our OCF college group will meet for dinner at the Branch-Peterson home at 7:00PM on Thursday, September 21.  

Vespers in Kalona-
        All are welcome to come to Kalona for vespers at 7:00PM on Tuesday, September 19 at the United Christian and Baptist Church at 401 E. Ave in Kalona (Hwy 22).

Ladies Group Kick-off Meeting-
        All interested women are invited to the inaugural Ladies' Group meeting at 3:00PM on Saturday, September 23 at the church.  Bring snacks to share if you would like.

Volunteer Opportunity-
        Table to Table relies on volunteers to help deliver food to more than 40 area organizations that serve the hungry, homeless, and at-risk populations and we are looking for help. For more information about volunteering, email: katie@table2table.org or give us a call at 319-337-3400.

40 Days For Life Prayer Campaign-
        The Johnson County Right to Life is once again spearheading local participation in a worldwide effort to provide a prayerful presence outside of facilities that murder unborn children through abortion.  The dates for thislatest effort are September 27- November 5 and the gathering place is the public sidewalk in front of the Emma Goldman Center abortion clinic at 227 N. Dubuque St.  A poster and prayer cards advertising this effort are in the narthex at church.  For more information, go to: www.40daysforlife.com/iowacity or call 319-855-8475.  If you are interested in praying on the sidewalk during this time and want some company, talk with Fr. Ignatius.  If you are not comfortable with that type of public presence, pray at home, that abortion-vulnerable women would get the help they need so that participating in the killing of their unborn children does not seem like an valid solution to their perceived problem.  Pray to end abortion.  

Volunteers for Epistle Reading-
        Although our subdeacons usually read the Epistle selection each Sunday, this opportunity is available to anyone.  Please talk with Bill, Todd or Fr. Ignatius if you would like to read the Epistle for a particular Sunday.  

Church Lending Library-
        Did you know we have a lending library?  In the new office of Fr. Ignatius (the room to the right of the top of the stairs) the church has a lending library.  The shelves can be found in the southeast corner of that room.  We operate on the honor system.  Borrow a book and return it when you are done.  

Food for All--Kalona
        Please  continue to pray for our Orthodox-style, community-style charity work. Also ask our Lord to draw people to Himself and His Church through all our programs. Visit our website at foodforallkalona.weebly.com. For more info, email me at foodforallkalona@gmail.com.  Thanks! Amy Spencer  

Bishop Anthony's Visit and Jared Johnson's Ordination to the Diaconate-
        His Grace will be with us the weekend of October 28-29.  In addition to visiting with us, he will be ordaining former St. Raphael Church member Jared Johnson as a deacon.  Save the dates and plan to be with our bishop. 

Next Sunday's Gospel Reading-
        At that time, Jesus was standing by the lake of Gennesaret. And He saw two boats by the lake; but the fishermen had gone out of them and were washing their nets. Getting into one of the boats, which was Simon’s, Jesus asked him to put out a little from the land. And He sat down and taught the people from the boat. And when Jesus had finished speaking, He said to Simon, “Put out into the deep and let down your nets for a catch.” And Simon answered, “Master, we toiled all night and took nothing! But at Thy word I will let down the nets.” And when they had done this, they enclosed a great shoal of fish; and as their nets were breaking, they beckoned to their partners in the other boat to come and help them. And they came and filled both the boats, so that they began to sink. But when Simon Peter saw it, he fell down at Jesus’ knees, saying, “Depart from me, for I am a sinful man, O Lord.” For he was astonished, and all that were with him, at the catch of fish, which they had taken; and so also were James and John, sons of Zebedee, who were partners with Simon. And Jesus said to Simon, “Do not be afraid; henceforth you will be catching men.” And when they had brought their boats to land, they left everything and followed Him.  (Luke 5:1-11)

Pray for our Catechumens-
       Please keep our catechumens Ilya Buchkin, Jeremiah Kaufmann and Scott Dorr in your prayers as they prepare 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.  To sign a petition urging the US Government and others to work for their release, go to:

Food for Thought-

“The more we go out into the world, the more we give ourselves to the world, the less we are of the world, because what is of the world does not give itself to the world.” 

+St Maria of Paris