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Church Bulletin: September 29, 2013

posted Sep 30, 2013, 6:10 AM by Saint Raphael of Brooklyn Antiochian Orthodox Church
September 29, 2013- The Fourteenth Sunday after Pentecost
This Week's Services and Events

September 30, Monday
        + Third Hour Prayers, 9AM
        + Office Hours, 9:30AM-11:30AM

October 1, Tuesday
        + Free Lunch Program Volunteering (Wesley Center), 11:30AM-1:30PM
October 2, Wednesday
        + Akathist, 7PM

October 3, Thursday
        + OCF dinner at Branch/Peterson's, 6:30PM

October 4, Friday
        + Matins, 8:30AM

October 5, Saturday
        + Teen SOYO meets at church to travel to Color Me Rad 5k in Des Moines, 8AM
        + 9th Hour/Great Vespers, 6PM
October 6, Fifteenth Sunday after Pentecost
        + Matins, 8:45AM
        + Liturgy, 10AM, followed by Sunday School, Coffee Hour and Special Voters' Meeting
Upcoming Events and Announcements 

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.

       Congratulations to Evan and Nora Prachar, joined together in the sacrament of Marriage at St. Raphael Church yesterday.  Their sponsors are Bill and Amy Spencer.  May God grant Evan and Nora many, many years!

Orthodox Christian Fellowship College Group-
         On Thursday, October 3, the OCF  will meet at Lori and Robert's home at 6:30PM for dinner.  On Thursday, October 10, they will meet for compline prayers at 7PM at the church, and have a discussion on "proving" God to doubters, especially in an online context.  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.

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.

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.

News From and On Patriarch John-
       To read the latest statement from Patriarch John X on the situation in Syria, especially on the St. Thekla Convent in Maaloula, go to: http://www.antiochian.org/appeal-patriarchate-antioch-monastery-st-thekla-maloula-syria  also, to read about the Patriarch's recent visit to Rome to meet with the Pope, go to: http://antiochian.org/his-beatitude-patriarch-john-x-meets-pope-francis-vatican

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.

Plan Ahead for Difficult Parking and Church Access on October 20-
       The Johnson County Sheriff's office has once again, notified us of street closures that will affect our ability to get to church on Sunday, October 20.  The annual Run for the Schools races will be held that morning, and several streets in our church's neighborhood, including College St., will be shut early that morning.  Plan ahead and be prepared to walk a few extra blocks to get to church that morning.  More specific information will be posted over the next few weeks.

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.

The Process of Frescoing a Church with Large-scale Icons-
       To get a glimpse of the the process of painting large icons with the fresco technique, read this brief article and view the accompanying pictures at: http://www.orthodoxartsjournal.org/dome-fresco-underway-in-santa-rosa-ca/

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

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, October 6, the holy bread will be provided by the Van Dinter family.  Thank you in advance.

Coffee Hour-
        On Sunday October 6, the food for coffee hour and the clean-up of the fellowship hall will be provided by the St. Nicholas team. 

Church Cleaning-
        During the week of September 29- October 5, the St. Nina team will clean the nave, narthex, bookstore, stairs, nursery and bathrooms.      

Food for Thought-

Reading the Holy Scriptures is like a treasure. With a treasure, you see, anyone able to find a tiny nugget gains for himself great wealth; likewise in the case of Sacred Scripture, you can get from a small phrase a great wealth of thought and immense riches. 

St. John Chrysostom