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Church Bulletin: September 22, 2013

posted Sep 22, 2013, 2:17 PM by Saint Raphael of Brooklyn Antiochian Orthodox Church
September 22, 2013- The Thirteenth Sunday after Pentecost
This Week's Services and Events

September 23, Monday
        + Third Hour Prayers, 9AM
        + Office Hours, 9:30AM-11:30AM
September 25, Wednesday
        + Akathist, 7PM

September 26, Thursday
        + OCF compline and viewing of rest of "Hellbound?" with discussion

September 27, Friday
        + Matins, 8:30AM

September 28, Saturday
        + Wedding of Evan Prachar and Nora Martin, 5PM
        + no Vespers
September 29, Fourteenth Sunday after Pentecost
        + Matins, 8:45AM
        + Liturgy, 10AM, followed by Parish-wide Potluck and Sunday School
Upcoming Events and Announcements 

Orthodox Christian Fellowship College Group-
        On Thursday, September 26 at 7PM, the OCF will pray compline and finish watching the Hellbound? DVD and discuss it.  On Thursday, October 3, they will meet at Lori and Robert's home at 6:30PM for dinner.  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.

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.   

Free Lunch Program Volunteering-
       On October 1, we will volunteer at the Free Lunch Program which is located at the Wesley Center (120 N. Dubuque St.) from 11:30AM-1:30PM.  Please let Fr. Ignatius know if you plan to help out this month.

Orthodox Assembly of Bishops Concludes Annual Meeting and Issues Statements-
       In the final day of its annual meeting, the Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops agreed to issue two statements- one on the Church's unchanging position on marriage and one expressing grave concern over the escalating violence in the Middle East.  The Assembly also released a message to the faithful on the conclusion of the Assembly IV.  These can each be read at: http://assemblyofbishops.org/news/2013/assembly-iv-concludes-assembly-issues-statements-to-the-faithful

Upcoming Teen SOYO Events-
       Our teens will meet at the church at 8AM on Saturday October 5 to travel to Des Moines to participate in the Color Me Rad 5K race, a benefit for the Ronald McDonald House.  Talk to Alli about registration details.  The SOYO book club meets for dinner and a book discussion on Monday, October 7 at 6:30PM

Parish Council Meeting-
       The October parish council meeting will be held on October 8 at 7PM.  All are welcome to attend.

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.

Wednesday Evening Class on "Orthodox Beliefs and Practices about Death"-
       Beginning October 16 and continuing October 23, 30 and November 6, Fr. Ignatius will lead a class titled "Orthodox Beliefs and Practices about Death."  The class will begin following the Akathist service (about 7:45PM) and go to 9PM.  Come and learn about the Orthodox funeral service, why we pray for the departed, traditional ways to care for a loved one at the time of death and more.  Fr. Ignatius hopes that this class will cause a discussion that will lead to a group of people at our church who will work to form an Orthodox burial society, if and when the need arises within our community.  Dovetailing nicely with the subject matter of this class, Lori Branch Peterson will be hosting a book discussion on "A Christian Ending: A Handbook for Burial in the Ancient Christian Tradition" by Deacon Mark and Elizabeth Barna on Sunday, November 17.  Copies of this book are available for purchase in our bookstore.  

Soul Saturday Liturgy-
       On Saturday, October 19 at 10AM, we will have a Soul Saturday Liturgy.  If you would like to have your deceased loved ones prayed for at this Liturgy, please give your list of names to Fr. Ignatius by October 18.

Informed Choices Medical Clinics Fundraiser Dinner-
       On Tuesday October 22, the Eastern Iowa Informed Choices Medical Clinics will hold their annual fundraising dinner at the Marriott Hotel in Coralville.  Seating begins at 6:45PM, dinner and program is from 7PM-9:30PM.  No cost.  Sunday attire.  Adults only, as seating is limited.  Register by October 15 by calling 319-337-0575 or at www.informedchoicesia.org.  Informed Choices is a free medical clinic that provides sound medical care and Christian counseling, attempting to meet the needs of men and women who feel that abortion is their only option.

Thoughts on Death from Fr. Lawrence Farley-
       Orthodox priest Fr. Lawrence Farley shares some excellent thoughts on passing from this life to the next at http://oca.org/reflections/fr.-lawrence-farley/crossing-the-border

What is Worship For?-
       Kh. Frederica Mathewes-Green has written a good, two part piece in which she answers the question, "What is Worship For?  To read her thoughts, go to: http://www.frederica.com/writings/what-is-worship-for.html and http://www.frederica.com/writings/what-is-worship-for-part-2.html

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

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 have 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.

Holy Bread-
       On Sunday, September 29, the holy bread will be provided by the Rockwell/Gvarjaladze family.  Thank you in advance.

Choir Leadership-
      Tania Van Dinter will lead the choir on September 29.
Coffee Hour-
        On Sunday September 29, the food for coffee hour and the clean-up of the fellowship hall will be provided by all who bring food to the parish-wide potluck. 
Church Cleaning-
        During the week of September 22-28, the cleaning of the nave, narthex, bookstore, stairs, nursery and bathrooms will be accomplished by the St. Raphael team. 

Food for Thought-

We have been commanded by our Lord to love our neighbor as ourselves, but it is none of our business whether they love us or not!  The only thing for us to worry about is to make sure we truly love them!

Elder John Krestiankin, "Everyday Saints and Other Stories," p. 43