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Church Bulletin: September 27, 2015

posted Sep 28, 2015, 6:31 AM by Saint Raphael of Brooklyn Antiochian Orthodox Church
September 27, 2015- The Seventeenth Sunday after Pentecost
This Week's Services and Events

September 30, Wednesday
        + Akathist, 7:00PM

October 1, Thursday
        + OCF dinner at Branch-Peterson's, 6:30PM
        + Becoming Truly Human, 6:30PM, IMU Minnesota (347)

October 2, Friday
        + Matins, 8:30AM
        + Office Hours, 9:30AM-11:30AM

October 3, Saturday
        + Teen SOYO Wilson's Orchard trip, 1:00PM-3:00PM
        + Great Vespers, 5:00PM

October 4, Eighteenth Sunday after Pentecost
        + Matins, 8:45AM 
        + Divine Liturgy, 10:00AM, followed by coffee hour and Sunday School
Upcoming Events and Announcements

Pledge Packets-
        The Parish Council is distributing 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.

Teen SOYO Orchard Outing-
       The teens will have an outing at Wilson's Apple Orchard on Saturday, October 3, from 1:00PM-3:00PM. 

Orthodox Christian Fellowship-
       Our OCF college group will meet for dinner on October 1 at 7:00PM at Lori and Robert's home. To stay up to date on OCF events, ask to be added to the University of Iowa Orthodox Christian Fellowship Facebook page.

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.

Free Lunch Program-
        Our monthly opportunity to help serve meals at the Free Lunch Program is Tuesday, October 6, from 11:30AM-1:30PM.  Please let Fr. Ignatius know if you plan to attend.

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.

Fall Clean-up Day-
        On Saturday, October 24 from 1:00PM-4:00PM, we will be cleaning the church building and grounds.  Please come and spend some time helping to keep our property beautiful.

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.

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: “As you wish that men would do to you, do so to them. If you love those who love you, what credit is that to you? For even sinners love those who love them. And if you do good to those who do good to you, what credit is that to you? For even sinners do the same. And if you lend to those from whom you hope to receive, what credit is that to you? Even sinners lend to sinners, to receive as much again. But love your enemies, and do good, and lend, expecting nothing in return; and your reward will be great, and you will be sons of the Most High; for He is kind to the ungrateful and the selfish. Be merciful, even as your Father is merciful.”  (Luke 6:31-36)
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 Padath family will provide the holy bread for liturgy next Sunday, October 4.  Thank you in advance.

Choir Leadership-
        Lori Branch will lead the choir during the weekend of October 3-4.

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-
"Just as the bee is attracted by the fragrance of the flower, people will be attracted to a church community by its spiritual beauty and fresh growth. Allow God to prosper your community by His grace, be open to the inquirer and minister to the suffering. In loving others, you allow God to love you all the more." 

-- His Eminence, Metropolitan JOSEPH