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Church Bulletin: September 25, 2015

posted Oct 26, 2015, 6:01 AM by Saint Raphael of Brooklyn Antiochian Orthodox Church
October 25, 2015- The Twenty First Sunday after Pentecost
 
This Week's Services and Events

October 28, Wednesday
        + Akathist, 7:00PM

October 30, Friday
        + Becoming Truly Human, 6:30PM, IMU River Room I (103A)

October 31, Saturday
        + Reader's Vespers, 5:00PM

November 1, Holy Unmercenaries Cosmas and Damian
        + Matins, 8:45AM 
        + Divine Liturgy, 10:00AM, followed by coffee hour and Sunday School
        
Upcoming Events and Announcements

Welcome Fr. Maximos Herman-
       Fr. Ignatius will be out of town October 30-November 1.  There will be reader's vespers on October 31 and Fr. Maximos Herman will serve matins and liturgy on Sunday, November 1.  Please welcome him!  If you have an emergency and need to talk with a priest, call Fr. Elias Khouri at 319-329-2562.

Daylight Savings Time Ends November 1-
        Remember to set your clocks back one hour before going to bed on Saturday, October 31.

Thank You-
        Thank you to all who helped us clean up our building and grounds on Saturday, including Irakliy, Mike, Sanjoy, Kristi, Bill, Amy, Todd and Karen. 

November-December Calendars-
        The calendars showing services and other events to take place during November and December are now printed and available in the narthex.

Orthodox Christian Fellowship-
        There is no OCF this week.  They will meet for dinner at 6:30 on November 5.

Free Lunch Program Volunteering-
        We will volunteer at the Free Lunch Program on Tuesday, November 3 from 11:30AM-1:30PM.  Please let Fr. Ignatius know if you can help out.

October 25 Is College Student Sunday-
        In conjunction with Orthodox Christian Fellowship's Orthodox Awareness Month,October 25th has been designated as "College Student Sunday" by the Assembly of Bishops. College Student Sunday offers parishes an opportunity to recognize their college students as well as support the vital ministry of Orthodox Christian Fellowship. Our college students are an important and integral part of our parish community.  Let them know they are appreciated and encourage them in their studies and in life!

Pledge Packets-
        The Parish Council has distributed material to members and friends of the parish asking for people to respond with their planned financial commitments to the church for 2016.  Please prayerfully consider what you can give to support our beloved church and return the pledge forms no later than November 8.  This is necessary so that the Parish Council can form a responsible budget to present at the annual voters' meeting in early December.

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 to benefit Syrian refugees through International Orthodox Christian Charities (IOCC).  PEACE Iowa is co-sponsoring the event.   Event information, including online ticket ordering, can be found atwww.iocc.org/iowacity.  Invite your family and friends to go to this site and buy tickets.
       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.  

Patronal Feast Day Services, Nov. 6 and 7-
       In the Antiochian Archdiocese, our patron St. Raphael is always remembered on the first Saturday of November.  This year, we will have vespers with litia and artoklasia at 7:00PM on Friday, November 6 and matins and liturgy at 8:30AM/10:00AM on Saturday, November 7.

St. George Church Annual Breakfast, Luncheon and Bake Sale-
        St. George Church in Cedar Rapids (3650 Cottage Grove Ave. SE) is holding their annual Breakfast, Luncheon and Bake Sale on Saturday, November 7 from 7:00AM-2:00PM, 
 
Teen SOYO- 
        On November 14, the teens will be serving a meal at the Ronald McDonald House.  They will be meeting at church at 9:30AM to head over to the site.

Nativity Fast Book Study-
        Following Paraklesis service on Wednesday evenings during the Nativity/Advent fast, we will have four book study sessions from 8:00PM-9:00PM.  On December 2, 9, 16, and 23, we will be discussing the book, "Meditations for Advent: Preparing for Christ's Birth" by Archimandrite Vassilios Papavassiliou.  Copies of this book will be available to purchase at the church in a few weeks.  Please sign up on the sheet posted in the narthex so we know how many books to order.

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.

Food for All - Kalona-
      The Kalona Chamber of Commerce's scarecrow auction made $995 for Food for All at Fall Festival! It's wonderful to have such community support. Amy has had several opportunities to speak to local groups recently as well. We pray more people from the area south of Iowa City will become interested in and be blessed by the Orthodox Church--and even become members of St. Raphael.         
     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.

OCMC 2016 Mission Teams Now Available-
        2016 Orthodox Mission Teams are now available! Please prayerfully consider joining one of the teams that will be serving in Alaska, Albania, Guatemala, Indonesia, Kenya, Mexico, and Uganda. Spend two weeks volunteering at a youth camp, teaching the faith, empowering Orthodox women, restoring a church, or providing healthcare. All are needed, and anyone over 18 can serve! Visitwww.ocmc.org, e-mail teams@ocmc.org, or call 1-877-463-6784 for more information or to volunteer.

Bishop's Visit, Save the Date!-
        Bishop Anthony plans to be with us the weekend of April 9-10, 2016.  Save the date!
       
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-
          The Lord said, “There was a rich man, who was clothed in purple and fine linen and who feasted sumptuously every day. And at his gate lay a poor man named Lazarus, full of sores, who desired to be fed with what fell from the rich man’s table; moreover the dogs came and licked his sores. The poor man died and was carried by the angels to Abraham’s bosom. The rich man also died and was buried; and in Hades, being in torment, he lifted up his eyes, and saw Abraham far off and Lazarus in his bosom. And he called out, ‘Father Abraham, have mercy upon me, and send Lazarus to dip the end of his finger in water and cool my tongue; for I am in anguish in this flame.’ But Abraham said, ‘Son, remember that you in your lifetime received your good things, and Lazarus in like manner evil things; but now he is comforted here, and you are in anguish. And besides all this, between us and you a great chasm has been fixed, in order that those who would pass from here to you may not be able, and none may cross from there to us.’ And he said, ‘Then I beg you, father, to send him to my father’s house, for I have five brothers, so that he may warn them, lest they also come into this place of torment.’ But Abraham said, ‘They have Moses and the prophets; let them hear them.’ And he said, ‘No, father Abraham; but if someone goes to them from the dead, they will repent.’ He said to him, ‘If they do not hear Moses and the prophets, neither will they be convinced if someone should rise from the dead.’”  (Luke 16:19-31)

Holy Bread-
        The Herman family will provide the holy bread for liturgy on Sunday, November 1.  Thank you in advance.

Choir Leadership-
        Matthew Arndt will lead the choir during the weekend of October 31-November 1.
                                        
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.

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-

"The Church of Christ is alive and free. In her we move and have our being, through Christ Who is her Head. In Him we have full freedom. In the Church we learn of truth and the truth will set us free (John 8:32). You are in Christ's Church whenever you uplift someone bent down in sorrow, or when you give alms to the poor, and visit the sick. You are in Christ's Church when you cry out: "Lord, help me." You are in Christ's Church when you are good and patient, when you refuse to get angry at your brother, even if he has wounded your feelings. You are in Christ's Church when you pray: 'Lord, forgive him.' When you work honestly at your job, returning home weary in the evenings but with a smile upon your lips; when you repay evil with love—you are in Christ's Church. Do you not see, therefore, young friend, how close the Church of Christ is? You are Peter and God is building His Church upon you. You are the rock of His Church against which nothing can prevail....Let us build churches with our faith, churches which no human power can pull down, a church whose foundation is Christ....Feel for your brother alongside you. Never ask: 'Who is he?' Rather say: 'He is no stranger; he is my brother. He is the Church of Christ just as I am.'

-Fr. George Calciu
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