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Church Bulletin: September 20, 2015

posted Sep 21, 2015, 11:07 AM by Saint Raphael of Brooklyn Antiochian Orthodox Church
September 20, 2015- The Sunday after the Exaltation of the Holy Cross
 
This Week's Services and Events

September 21, Monday
        + Intro to Orthodoxy Class, 7:00PM
        + Teen SOYO Dinner and Movie, 6:30PM

September 23, Wednesday
        + Akathist, 7:00PM

September 24, Thursday
        + OCF compline, 7:00PM

September 25, Friday
        + Matins, 8:30AM
        + Office Hours, 9:30AM-11:30AM

September 26, Saturday
        + Great Vespers, 5:00PM

September 27, Seventeenth Sunday after Pentecost
        + Matins, 8:45AM 
        + Divine Liturgy, 10:00AM, followed by coffee hour and Sunday School
        
Upcoming Events and Announcements

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.

Thank You-
        We had a wonderful concert last week as we hosted Zedashe Ensemble.  Many, many people in our parish worked hard to make sure this was a success including Nestan Tsiskaridze, the Macharashvili/Grigalashvili family, the Nodia/Tskhakaia family, the Morey family, the Abuissa family, Matthew Arndt, the Tsilosani family, the Darjania/Natenadze family, Tata Kavlashvili, the Surguladze/Boriuk family, the Naridze family, the Gvarjaladze/Rockwell family and others.  We counted over 100 in attendance, including many visitors to our church.  

Teen SOYO Movie Night-
       Our teens will meet for movie night at 6:30PM on Monday, September 21.  The teens will have an outing at Wilson's Apple Orchard on Saturday, October 3, from 1:00PM-3:00PM.

Intro to Orthodoxy Class-
        Our final Intro to Orthodoxy class meets on Monday, September 21 at 7:00PM.  

Orthodox Christian Fellowship-
       Our OCF college group will meet for compline on September 24 at 7:00PM. To stay up to date on OCF events, ask to be added to the University of Iowa Orthodox Christian Fellowship Facebook page.

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!

2015 Assembly of Bishops Message to the Faithful-
        The annual meeting of the Assembly of Bishops, which is comprised of all canonical bishops in the United States, recently concluded.  They issued a statement to all the faithful which can be read at: http://www.assemblyofbishops.org/assets/files/docs/Assembly%20Message%2C%202015%20Final.pdf  A statement issued in response to these recent meetings by our Antiochian Archdiocese can be read at: http://www.antiochian.org/statement-antiochian-orthodox-christian-archdiocese-north-america-assembly-canonical-orthodox-bishop

2015-2016 Sunday School Project-
        During our current Sunday School year, the 5-12 grade class is sponsoring two children in Ethiopia through the organization Partners With Ethiopia.  Sunday school teachers are asking the Sunday School students to bring in change or whatever they and their families can give each week.  The financial commitment is $38 per month per child.  We may need additional assistance from the parish to meet our goal each month.  Brochures explaining this project are available at church.

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. 

Geneva Lectures Presents "American Injustice: Mercy, Humanity, and Making a Difference"-
        Sunday October 4, 2015 from 2:00 PM to 3:30 PM.  America has the largest prison population in the world – and a criminal justice system that is broken. An inspiring and unflinchingly honest speaker, Bryan Stevenson will talk about defending some of America’s most rejected and marginalized people. The stories he tells are heartbreaking, yet inspiring, and motivate us to make a change.

Sunday, October 18 Parking-
       The annual Run for the Schools road races will be held in our neighborhood on Sunday, October 18.  College St., and other surrounding streets will be closed down to auto traffic.  This is a good day to walk or bike to church if possible.  If you need to drive, then the Chauncey Swan parking ramp is your best option.  You will need to enter off of Washington St. as the College St. entrance will be unusable.  Parking is free in the ramp on Sundays.  It is a 3-4 block walk from the ramp to the church.

Special Olympics Awareness Sunday, October 18-
       Our teens will be reminding us about the Special Olympics event that is hosted annually at the Antiochian Village, asking us to support this project with our financial gifts and handing out bookmarks featuring St. Porphyrios as tokens of gratitude.

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.

Food for All - Kalona-
         Please continue to pray for Amy, Bill, and some key volunteers as we explore ways to serve the community between summers. Amy hopes to volunteer at the local elementary school to help kids read and to start making more community connections. 
  Also, great news! The Kalona Chamber of Commerce has chosen Food for All as the beneficiary of a fundraiser. Local businesses are creating decorative scarecrows for auction at the Fall Festival, all benefits will go to Food for All!          
     Meanwhile, Kalona Vespers are on the first and third Wednesdays (7 p.m.). Join us at UCB Church, Highway 22 and 4th St., Kalona. Questions? Contact Amy at foodforallkalona@gmail.com.

Informed Choices Medical Clinic Annual Banquet-
        Who:  Guest Speaker: Pam Stenzel
When: Tuesday, October 20th, 7:00pm-9:00pm
Where: Marriott Hotel & Conference Center
Cost: FREE- Register by Oct. 15th
Why: To raise money for this worthy effort.  Donations will be solicited.
       
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.  

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

Holy Bread-
        The Muste family will provide the holy bread for liturgy next Sunday, September 27.  Thank you in advance.

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-

Today the Cross of the Lord goeth forth, and the faithful welcome it with longing, and they receive healing of soul and body and every malady. Let us kiss it with joy and fear: with fear, because of sin, for we are unworthy; with joy, because of the salvation granted to the world by Him Who was crucified thereon, Christ the Lord, Who hath Great Mercy. 

Doxastikon of the Holy Cross
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