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Church Bulletin: September 6, 2015

posted Sep 7, 2015, 7:32 PM by Saint Raphael of Brooklyn Antiochian Orthodox Church
September 6, 2015- Fourteenth Sunday after Pentecost
This Week's Services and Events

September 7, Monday
        +  Vesperal liturgy for Nativity of the Theotokos, 6:00PM

September 8, Tuesday
        + Parish Council meeting, 7:00PM

September 9, Wednesday
        + Paraklesis with Unction for Healing, 7:00PM

September 10, Thursday
        + OCF compline followed by discussion of Becoming Truly Human, 7:00PM

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

September 12, Saturday
        +Sunday School Kick-off Potluck Picnic with games, 11:00AM-1:00PM
        + Great Vespers, 5:00PM

September 13, Transfer of the Feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross
        + Matins, 8:45AM 
        + Divine Liturgy, 10:00AM, followed by coffee hour and Sunday School
Upcoming Events and Announcements

Prayer Request-
       Former St. Raphael Church members Tony and Meghan Carter ask for your prayers.  In order to alleviate Tony's chronic liver failure due to an auto-immune disease, Meghan will be donating a large portion of her own liver to Tony.  She is a much closer match than any of Tony's relatives.  Their transplant surgeries are scheduled for September 8.  Please pray for God's peace upon them leading up to the day of the surgeries, for skill for their medical staff, and for successful outcome and healing.  A fundraising page has been set up by one of Meghan's sisters to further explain the medical situation and to raise money to help Tony and Meghan during what will be lengthy recovery times.  That page is at: http://www.youcaring.com/meghan-and-tony-carter-415834#  

Epistle Readers-
       We welcome new volunteers to read the Epistle at Liturgy, in English or any other language.  There is a sign-up sheet on the bulletin board at the top of the stairs.  If you have any questions about reading the Epistle, talk to Todd or Bill.  

Memory Eternal-
        Flowers and memorial prayers were offered today in memory of Olena Bezugla's grandmother Aleksandra, on the fifteenth anniversary of her repose.  May Aleksandra's memory be eternal.

Vesperal Liturgy for Nativity of Theotokos-
        On Monday, September 7, we will gather for Vesperal Liturgy at 6:00PM to commemorate the Nativity of the Theotokos.  Please join us!

Paraklesis with Holy Unction-
       On Wednesday, September 9, instead of Akathist, we will pray the Paraklesis service and at the end, Fr. Ignatius will anoint all those Orthodox who desire, with holy unction oil, for the healing of soul and body.

Orthodox Christian Fellowship-
       Our OCF college group will meet for compline on September 10 at 7:00PM.  Following, we will watch a short DVD from Becoming Truly Human and talk about this project. To stay up to date on OCF events, ask to be added to the University of Iowa Orthodox Christian Fellowship Facebook page.

Becoming Truly Human Series Begins September 25-
       This important way to present our Christian faith to inactive churchgoers (and non-Christians) will begin at the University of Iowa's IMU River Room I (103A) at 6:30PM-8:30PM.  Stay tuned.  The success of this program relies on all of us asking others to participate.  Word of mouth and direct and personal invitations are best.  Our Orthodox faith is a great gift.  Let's share it!

Sunday School Kick-off, September 12-
        On Saturday September 12, from 11AM-1PM, we will have a Sunday School kick-off potluck picnic with games.  Bring your Sunday School students.  Sunday school classes begin on September 13, following Liturgy.  We look forward to another excellent year!  Families of students, look for a letter from Alli asking you to fill out a registration form.  

Zedashe Ensemble Concert, September 16-
       Zedashe, from the Republic of Georgia, will be performing at St. Raphael Church at 7:30 on Wednesday, September 16.  They will perform both sacred music and folk music in the Georgian tradition.  Refreshments will follow.  Suggested donation for adults is $20-35 and for students is $10-15.  Spread the word.  Bring your friends.  

Help a Sister Orthodox Parish-
        St. Elias the Prophet Greek Orthodox Church in Dubuque suffered a huge setback last year when their roof nearly completely collapsed, due to built up stress over time from heavy snow load.  They have been worshipping in temporary quarters ever since.  While their insurance will cover the rebuilding of their roof, it was discovered that the building's walls are also not sound and insurance will not cover this.  At this link, you can learn more about their situation and have a chance to donate to their building fund.  https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1199299439/st-elias-dubuque 

Food for All - Kalona-
       Summer Lunch season is over. We're happy to report we provided 1,100 lunches: 700 sit-down lunches plus 400 packed to go. Plus lots of free milk and yogurt from Kalona SuperNatural as well as garden produce. But more important, our guests had fun getting to know each other, playing games, doing art, and volunteering. 
   Please pray for Amy, Bill, and some key volunteers as we explore ways to serve the community between summers. Amy plans to volunteer at the local elementary school to help kids read and to start making more community connections. 
  Meanwhile, Kalona Vespers on first and third Wednesdays (7 p.m.) continue, though we will miss Tania's beautiful singing! Join us at UCB Church, Highway 22 and 4th St., Kalona. Questions? Contact Amy at foodforallkalona@gmail.com.

Fr. Ignatius and Kh. Maria Speaking at Johnson County Right to Life Event-
       On Sunday, September 20 from 5:00PM-6:30PM, Johnson County Right to Life will be hosting an event to encourage local participation in a nationwide campaign called 40 Days for Life.  40 Days for Life is an effort to enlist participants to sign up for shifts to maintain a peaceful, prayerful  presence on public spaces (like sidewalks) outside of abortion facilities.  This event will be held in our St. Raphael fellowship hall and Fr. Ignatius and Kh. Maria will be the featured speakers.  All are welcome to attend.

E-Version of Orthodox Prayer Book-
       The little red prayer book published by the Antiochian Archdiocese is now available online at: http://www.antiochian.org/orthodox-prayers
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 heard from.  Please pray for their well being and release and also pray for their captors as well.  

Next Sunday's Gospel Reading-
          At that time, the chief priests and the elders of the people took counsel against Jesus to put Him to death. And they came to Pontius Pilate saying, “Crucify Him, crucify Him!” Pilate said to them, “Take Him yourselves and crucify Him, for I find no crime in Him.” The Jews answered him, “We have a law, and by that law He ought to die, because He has made Himself the Son of God.” When Pilate heard these words, he was the more afraid; he entered the praetorium again and said to Jesus, “Where art Thou from?” But Jesus gave no answer. Pilate therefore said to Him, “Wilt Thou not speak to me? Knowest Thou not that I have power to release Thee, and power to crucify Thee?” Jesus answered him, “You would have no power over Me unless it had been given you from above. When Pilate heard these words, he brought Jesus out and sat down on the judgment seat at a place called “The Pavement”, and in Hebrew, “Gabbatha.” Now it was the day of Preparation of the Passover; it was about the sixth hour. He said to the Jews, “Behold your King!” They cried out, “Away with Him, away with Him, crucify Him!” Pilate said to them, “Shall I crucify your King?” The chief priests answered, “We have no king but Caesar.” Then he handed Him over to them to be crucified. So they took Jesus and led him away, and He went out, bearing His own Cross, to the place called the place of a skull, which is called in Hebrew “Golgotha.” There they crucified Him, and with Him two others, one on either side, with Jesus between them. Pilate also wrote a title and put it on the Cross; it read, “Jesus of Nazareth, the King of the Jews.” Many of the Jews read this title, for the place where Jesus was crucified was near the city; and it was written in Hebrew, in Latin, and in Greek. Now standing by the Cross of Jesus were His mother, and his mother’s sister, Mary the wife of Cleopas, and Mary Magdalene. When Jesus saw His mother, and the Disciple whom He loved standing near, He said to His mother, “Woman, behold, your son!” Then He said to the Disciple, “Behold, your mother!” And from that hour the Disciple took her to his own home. After this, Jesus, knowing that all was now fulfilled, said, “It is finished’; and He bowed His head and gave up the spirit. Since it was the day of Preparation, in order to prevent the bodies from remaining on the cross on the Sabbath (for that Sabbath was a high day), the Jews asked Pilate that their legs might be broken, and that they might be taken away. So the soldiers came and broke the legs of the first, and of the other who had been crucified with him; but when they came to Jesus and saw that He was already dead, they did not break His legs. But one of the soldiers pierced His side with a spear, and at once there came out blood and water. He who saw it has borne witness—his testimony is true.  (John 19:6-11, 13-20, 25-28, 30-35)
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 Abuissa family will provide the holy bread for liturgy on Sunday, September 13.  Thank you in advance.

Choir Leadership-
        Lori Branch will lead the choir during services on September 12-13.

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-
       Fasts and vigils, the study of Scripture, renouncing possessions and everything worldly are not in themselves perfection, as we have said; they are tools.  For perfection is not to be found in them; it is acquired through them.  It is useless, therefore, to boast of our fasting, vigils, poverty, and reading of Scripture when we have not achieved the love of God and our fellow men.  Whoever has achieved love of God within himself and his intellect is always with God.
- St. John Cassian