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Church Bulletin: September 3, 2017

posted Sep 4, 2017, 3:39 PM by Saint Raphael of Brooklyn Antiochian Orthodox Church
Sunday September 3, 2017- The Thirteenth Sunday after Pentecost

This Week's Services and Events

September 5, Tuesday
        + Office Hours, 11:00AM-3:45PM
        + Free Lunch Program Volunteering, 11:30AM-1:00PM
        + 9th Hour Prayers, 3:00PM

September 6, Wednesday
        + Office Hours, 11:30AM-3:00PM
        + 9th Hour Prayers, 3:00PM
        + Akathist, 7:00PM

September 7, Thursday
        + Office Hours, 12:00PM-4:00PM
        + 9th Hour Prayers, 3:00PM
        + Vesperal Liturgy for the Nativity of the Theotokos, 6:00PM

September 8, Friday
        + Office Hours, 11:30AM-3:00PM
        + 9th Hour Prayers, 3:00PM

September 9, Saturday
        + Great Vespers, 5:00PM

September 10, Sunday before the Elevation of the Precious Cross
        + Matins, 8:45AM
        + Divine Liturgy, 10:00AM followed by Sunday School, Bible Study and Fellowship Hour

Upcoming Events and Announcements-  
Memory Eternal-
       We mourn the loss of Tatyana Pyasetskaya while rejoicing that she has found her eternal rest in Jesus Christ.  May her memory be eternal!  Our condolences go out to her family: husband Dmitry, daughter Elena, son Dmitry, son-in-law Timur and granddaughters Kristina and Veronica.

Letter from Metropolitan Joseph Regarding Hurricane Harvey-

        Beloved in Christ:

Greetings to you and your families as we prepare for the beginning of a new Church year.

We have all witnessed with a heavy heart the catastrophic destruction and massive flooding in Southeast Texas (and now Western Louisiana) as a result of Hurricane Harvey. Some of the scenes of suffering have been beyond words. I have been in constant contact with our clergy and the parishes of the area and am waiting for an assessment from them in order to help in any way we can. Although things are still unfolding, we want to be proactive in our appeal to all of you so we can respond as quickly as possible.

As people of God and the Church of Christ, we feel compelled to help our brothers and sisters in need. Therefore, I am asking every parish and mission of the archdiocese to appeal to their faithful and hold special collections throughout the month of September so that we can alleviate a little of the pain and suffering the good people of that area are enduring. Immediately after the last Sunday of September, please send your offerings to the archdiocese and put in the memo of the check "Hurricane Harvey Appeal". Once we have assessed the needs of our parishes and their faithful who have suffered losses, we will distribute your offerings to them on your behalf.

If there are funds remaining after our distributions to our parishes in need, we will forward them to IOCC (International Orthodox Christian Charities) to help with their work in that area as they are already on the ground helping all Texans on behalf of the Orthodox Church.

Please be as generous as possible so that we are able to help those in need as much as we can.

Wishing you all a blessed beginning of the new ecclesiastical year and praying that God's healing hand will touch the people who have suffered as a result of this destructive hurricane,
I remain,

Your Father in Christ,

Archbishop of New York and Metropolitan of all North America

Expanded Office Hours and Ninth Hour Prayers-
        Fr. Ignatius has expanded his office hours to the following schedule every week.
Tuesday- 11:00AM-3:45PM
Wednesday- 11:30AM-3PM
Thursday- 12PM-4PM
Friday- 11:30AM-3PM
In addition, there will be 9th Hour Prayers at 3:00PM every Tuesday through Friday.  The church will be open during these times for you to talk with Father, make your confession, or to come in and light a candle and pray.  Occasionally, he may have to step out of the office during these times, and so emailing or calling or texting Father ahead of time if you plan to come in is suggested.  

       Congratulations to Scott Dorr upon becoming a catechumen this week.  

Sunday School Starting September 10-
         Parents, paperwork for Sunday School registration is now available in the narthex.  Pick up a copy. fill it out, and return it soon.  Please sign your children up and commit to bring them regularly for classes.  We have dedicated and talented teachers willing and ready to teach your children.  But they need to be present in order to learn about our precious faith.  Classes begin on September 10.  

New Calendars Available-
        The calendars showing services and events for September and October are printed and ready for your use.

Upcoming Bible Study: "The Biblical Odes: A Look at Nine Scriptural Songs of the Church-
        An Ode (Canticle) is a Scriptural Song not found in the Psalms.  In our liturgical tradition, there are nine passages from Holy Scripture that form the basis for the odes of the canon, which is chanted at matins.  Over five Sundays, we will explore these songs from the Bible.  We will meet September 10, 17, 24, and October 1 and 8, beginning at about 1:00PM and finishing up by 2:30PM at the latest. Bring your Bible and a friend!

Vesperal Liturgy for the Elevation of the Precious Cross-
        We will celebrate the Feast of the Elevation of the Precious Cross on September 13 at 6:00PM.  

First OCF Meeting September 14-
        Our college group, the Orthodox Christian Fellowship, will begin our weekly Thursday meetings on September 14 at 7PM at the IMU (Michigan State Rm 349).  Our schedule will likely be: home cooked dinner on 1st and 3rd Thursdays (locations vary) , and compline/meeting at IMU on 2nd and 4th Thursdays.  Bring a friend!  Open to all college age people (undergrad and grad) regardless of where or if you attend college.  

We Are on Facebook-
        If you are on Facebook, "like" St. Raphael Antiochian Orthodox Church to get various announcements and to read articles related to our faith.

Church Lending Library-
        Did you know we have a lending library?  In the new office of Fr. Ignatius (the room to the right of the top of the stairs) the church has a lending library.  The shelves can be found in the southeast corner of that room.  We operate on the honor system.  Borrow a book and return it when you are done.  

Monastery Pilgrimage-
        The Presentation of the Virgin Mary Women's Monastery and Holy Michael Archangel and All Angels Skete (Men's) are hosting a joint pilgrimage weekend at their location  in Missouri on Friday, September 15 and Saturday, September 16.  Information is posted in the narthex.

Orthodox Pilgrimage to the Holy Land, March 2018-
        Retired Antiochian Orthodox priest Fr. Constantine Nasr will be leading a ten day pilgrimage to the Holy Land in March of 2018.  Total cost from Cedar Rapids is $3190.   More information is posted in the narthex.   

Food for All--Kalona
        Please  continue to pray for our Orthodox-style, community-style charity work. Also ask our Lord to draw people to Himself and His Church through all our programs. Visit our website at foodforallkalona.weebly.com. For more info, email me at foodforallkalona@gmail.com.  Thanks! Amy Spencer  

Bishop Anthony's Visit and Jared Johnson's Ordination to the Diaconate-
        His Grace will be with us the weekend of October 28-29.  In addition to visiting with us, he will be ordaining former St. Raphael Church member Jared Johnson as a deacon.  Save the dates and plan to be with our bishop. 

Next Sunday's Gospel Reading-
        The Lord said, “No one has ascended into heaven but He who descended from heaven, the Son of man. And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, so must the Son of man be lifted up, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life. For God so loved the world that He gave His only Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life. For God sent His Son into the world, not to condemn the world, but that the world might be saved through Him.”  (John 3:13-17)

Pray for our Catechumens-
       Please keep our catechumens Ilya Buchkin, Jeremiah Kaufmann and Scott Dorr 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. 
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.  To sign a petition urging the US Government and others to work for their release, go to:

Food for Thought-

O Thou Creator of the whole universe, Who didst appoint times by Thine own power, bless the crown of the year with Thy goodness, O Lord. Preserve in safety Thy rulers and Thy city, through the intercessions of the Theotokos, and save us.

- Troparion of the Indiction (Church New Year)