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Church Bulletin: September 28, 2014

posted Sep 29, 2014, 8:42 AM by Saint Raphael of Brooklyn Antiochian Orthodox Church
September 28, 2014- The 16th Sunday after Pentecost
This Week's Services and Events

October 1, Wednesday
        +  Akathist, 7:00PM

October 2, Thursday
        + OCF dinner, 6:30PM

October 3, Friday
        + Matins, 8:30AM
        + Father's Office Hours, 9:30AM-11:30AM

October 4, Saturday
        + 9th Hour/Great Vespers, 6:00PM

October 5, Sunday, the 17th Sunday after Pentecost
        +Matins, 8:45AM
        + Divine Liturgy, 10:00AM, followed by fellowship hour and Sunday School
Upcoming Events and Announcements   

Holy Bread Bakers Needed-
       Most of the Sundays in October is available for someone to sign-up to provide the holy bread for Liturgy.  Please bless us with you baking!

Fr. Ignatius Travelling Next Weekend-
       Fr. Ignatius and family will be attending the 25th anniversary celebrations of St. Nicholas Church in Cedarburg, WI next weekend, October 4-5.  Please welcome Fr. Elias Khouri who will be presiding at the services that weekend. 

Fr. Ignatius Speaking on Icons at Iowa City Public Library-
       Are you looking for an event to invite your non-Orthodox friends to?  Or, do you want to learn more about icons yourself?  On October 6, Fr. Ignatius will be giving a presentation titled "Meeting God Through Icons" at the Iowa City Public Library, Meeting Room A, at 7PM.  Information can also be found at: www.straphaelorthodoxchurch.org/events

Free Lunch Program Volunteering-
        We will serve at the Free Lunch Program on October 7 from 11:30AM-1:30PM.  Please join us at 1121 Gilbert Ct.

Upcoming Teen SOYO Events-
       Our teens will meet for dinner and a movie on October 20 at 6:30PM.

St. Maria's Bread House-
        Amy Spencer asks that you continue to pray for a location for the Bread House in Kalona and for the board of directors as they do their work. If you'd like more information, please contact her at kalonabreadhouse@gmail.com.

Sunday School Fall Party and Vespers at the Farm-
        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 18 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.
International Orthodox Christian Charities Race to Respond-
       Andrew Ackell, recently moved to Baltimore, is going to be running a half marathon as part of IOCC's Race to Respond fundraiser on October 18.  To learn more about the event and/or learn how to sponsor Andrew in this race, go to: http://www.iocc.org/racetorespond/baltimore/  Clicking on Andrew's name in the right hand column will allow you to see his page and sponsor him.

Special Olympics Awareness Sunday is October 19-
        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. Rapahel as tokens of gratitude.

Pan-Orthodox Liturgy of St. James on October 22 at St. George Church-
       All are invited to witness a rarely used liturgy, the Liturgy of St. James as we commemorate St. James the Brother of the Lord on his feast day.  Liturgy is at 6PM on Wednesday, October 22. 
Save the Date!- St. Raphael Feast Day Services-
       We will celebrate our patron saint, St. Raphael of Brooklyn with services on Friday, October 31 and Saturday, November 1.

40 Days for Life-
        From September 24-November 2, churches in our community will join churches in hundreds of other cities participating in 40 Days for Life, a life-saving campaign made up of three components: prayer and fasting, community outreach and peaceful vigil.  40 Days for Life is a peaceful pro-life effort that has been embraced by more than 625,000 volunteers in 539 cities across 24 nations.  The Iowa City vigil will be on the sidewalk at the Emma Goldman Clinic (227 N. Dubuque St.)  For more information, contact Sheryl at 319-855-8475 or director@jcrtl.org or visit www.40daysforlife.com/iowacity    

Plan Ahead for Parking, October 19-
       We have been informed by the Johnson County Sheriff that the annual Run for the Schools will be taking place in our neighborhood and specifically on College St. on Sunday, October 19.  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.

Fall Clean-up Day, October 25-
       Our semi-annual clean-up day will be Saturday, October 25 from 1PM-4PM.  We will rake the yard (if needed) and clean the interior of the church, getting things ready for our patronal feast day the next weekend.

Informed Choice Medical Clinic Fundraiser Dinner-
       The Iowa City Informed Choices Medical Clinic, which does good work seeking to offer real alternatives to pregnant women who might be inclined to seek an abortion, is having their annual fundraising dinner and program on Tuesday, October 21 at 7PM, at the Marriott Hotel in Coralville.  Dinner is complimentary.  Donations will be accepted.  Please RVSP before October 17.  Online registration is available at www.informedchoiceia.org. 

Bible Bowl and Oratorical Festival-
       Each year, our diocese offers two different competitions for teens (and one for adults), held at the Parish Life Conference.  The 2015 Parish Life Conference will be held in Grand Rapids, MI in June.  Teens from our parish have participated in and done very well in the Bible Bowl is recent years, winning trophies each time they have competed.  Instead of focusing on one book of the Bible, the 2015 Bible Bowl will focus on the life of our patron, St. Raphael of Brooklyn, as found in the book "Our Father Among the Saints Raphael Bishop of Brooklyn: Good Shepherd of the Lost Sheep in America" published by Antakya Press.  This theme was chosen by Metropolitan Philip before his repose, because 2015 is the 100th anniversary of the repose of St. Raphael.  Fr. Ignatius challenges teens (ages 13-19) to form a team and study and compete.  Adults can form a team as well.  We can win this at the diocesan level and go on to compete on the archdiocesan level!  In addition, if giving speeches is your thing (teens only), consider writing a speech for the Oratorical Festival, the theme of which is also the life of St. Raphael.  Information is posted in the narthex.  Talk to Fr. Ignatius if you would like to learn more.

Thoughts on Stewardship and Giving-    
          "Now he who received seed among the thorns is he who hears the word, and the cares of this world and the deceitfulness of riches choke the word, and he becomes unfruitful." Matthew 13:22

Next Sunday's Gospel Reading-
        St. John Chrysostom urges Christians to preview the upcoming Sunday Gospel reading so that it may be fresh in your minds when you hear it next

The reading for Sunday, October 5 is: 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, Rob Bergenstock in your prayers as they prepare to be sacramentally joined to the Orthodox Church.
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 heard from.  Please pray for their well being and release and also pray for their captors as well.  One priest is also missing, having been kidnapped. 

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

Choir Leadership-
        Tania Van Dinter will lead the choir during the weekend of October 4-5.

Coffee Hour-
       The St. Nicholas team will bring food to share during coffee hour, and clean up the fellowship hall on October 5.

Church Cleaning-
       During the week of September 28-Oct 4, the St. Nina team will clean the nave, narthex, bookstore, stairs, nursery and bathrooms.

Holy Bread-
       For liturgy on Sunday, October 5, the Holy Bread will be provided by the Chikhladze/Berimeladze family.  Thank you in advance.

Food for Thought-

Thou Who for our sake wast born of a Virgin, and didst suffer crucifixion, O good One, and didst despoil death through death, and as God didst reveal Resurrection. Despise not those Whom Thou hast created with Thine own hand, show forth Thy love for mankind, O merciful One. Accept the intercessions of Thy mother, the Theotokos for us, and save Thy despairing people, O our Savior.

Resurrectional Theotokion in Tone 8