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Church Bulletin: September 8, 2013

posted Sep 8, 2013, 7:33 PM by Saint Raphael of Brooklyn Antiochian Orthodox Church
September 8, 2013- The Nativity of the Theotokos
This Week's Services and Events

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

September 10, Tuesday
        + Parish Council, 7PM
September 11, Wednesday
        + Paraklesis with Unction, 7PM

September 12, Thursday
        + OCF Little Compline followed by Viewing of Hellbound? DVD,

September 13, Friday
        + Matins, 8:30AM
        + Vesperal Liturgy for the Feast of the Elevation of the Holy Cross, 6PM

September 14, Saturday
        + St. Raphael Table at Farmer's Market, 7:30AM-12PM
        + Holy Baptism and Chrismation of Justin Cornett-Olsson and his son Aster, 11AM
        + 9th Hour/Great Vespers, 6PM
September 15, Sunday after the Elevation of the Cross
        + Matins, 8:45AM
        + Liturgy, 10AM, followed by Fellowship Hour and Sunday School
Upcoming Events and Announcements

       Congratulation to Evan Prachar who was received into the Orthodox Church today through the sacrament of Chrismation.  Evan takes St. Symeon the New Theologian as his patron.  His sponsor is Tariel Berimeladze.  May God grant Evan many years!     

Dismissal Reminder-
       With Sunday School now having started up, we follow a different procedure at the end of Liturgy, with regard to the order of singing to those celebrating special days, listening to announcements and being dismissed.  As soon as Liturgy ends, we will sing to all those celebrating birthdays, patronal feastdays and anniversaries.  Then, only the Sunday School children and their teachers and helpers will be invited to come forward, venerate the icon and cross, receive a blessing, and be dismissed. Next, the announcements will be given and once they are done, those who remain will be invited forward to venerate the icon and cross, to receive a blessing and to be dismissed.  All those who wish to, can choose to stay in the nave of the church to participate in the post-Communion prayers.  However, if you want to talk with others, please leave the nave, staying in the narthex, on the porch, or in the area just outside of the fellowship hall and Sunday School rooms.  Finally, please respect the need for our Sunday School to have quiet at the beginning of their lesson.  The doors leading into the fellowship hall and Sunday School area are meant to stay closed until Fr. Ignatius comes downstairs and is ready to bless the food.  Only the Sunday School and those preparing the food should be in the fellowship hall before the blessing of the food.

Parish Council Meets September 10-
       Our parish council will hold its monthly meeting on Tuesday, September 10 at 7PM.
Intervention in Syria: Law, Ethics and Policy-
       The University of Iowa Center for Human Rights is sponsoring a forum titled "Intervention in Syria: Law, Ethics and Policy" this Wednesday, September 11 from 7:30PM-9PM.  The event will be located in the conference room on the upper level of the Old Capitol Mall.  Our own Newman Abuissa is one of the participants. 

Vesperal Liturgy for the Feast of the Elevation of the Holy Cross-
       We will commemorate the Feast of the Elevation of the Holy Cross with a Vesperal Liturgy at 6PM on Friday September 13.  

Orthodox Christian Fellowship College Group-
        On Thursday, September 12, the OCF will pray the Little Compline service at 7PM, and begin viewing the DVD documentary Hellbound?  On Thursday, September 19 at 6:30PM, they will meet at Karen Kuntz and Todd Wiblin's home (4 Lynden Dr. NE.)  Check the printed or online church calendars for future events and/or speak with the faculty advisor, Lori Branch, or the student leader, Tyler Fyotek.

September 15 is Designated Antiochian Solidarity Day by Patriarch John-
       In support of humanitarian and relief work that is necessary due to the suffering caused by the ongoing Syrian civil war, Patriarch John has issued a statement that can be read at: http://www.antiochian.org/antiochian-day-solidarity-scheduled-september-15-2013  His Eminence Metropolitan Philip is asking all of our churches and missions in North America to give our full support to this appeal, and to make a special collection on Sunday September 15th, 2013 which will benefit the victims in Syria who are suffering so terribly.

Upcoming Teen SOYO Events-
       On Monday, September 16 at 6:30PM, our teens will gather for Movie Night and dinner.  

Tariel Berimeladze Guitar Concert September 20-
       Tariel Berimeladze will give a concert of his guitar music at 7PM on Friday, September 20.  Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for students.  Proceeds will benefit the church's Building Fund.

Choir Rehearsal September 21-
       Our choir will meet at church at 9AM on Saturday September 21 for rehearsal.

Wilson's Apple Orchard Trip-
       The Sunday School invites all parishioners to join them on an excursion to Wilson's Apple Orchard between 2PM-5PM on Saturday, September 21. 

Official Statement from Patriarch John X on Situation in Syria-
       To read this important statement from our spiritual father, Patriarch John, go to: http://araborthodoxy.blogspot.com/2013/08/official-statement-from-patriarch-john.html

Update on Sign Project Fundraising-
       As of earlier this week, we have raised a total of $4585 toward our goal of $5300 to place a sign on the front of our building.  If you would like to donate to this project, please mark your gift "Sign Project" so that the money ends up in the right account.

Celebrating Cultural Diversity Festival-
       The University of Iowa will hold its annual Celebrating Cultural Diversity Festival in Hubbard Park on Sunday, September 29 from 12:00PM-5PM.  Our OCF is planning to staff a table at which information on the Orthodox faith will be presented, and baked goods will be sold.  The OCF asks that parishioners help them by committing to make baklava, piroshkies and kourambedes (Greek wedding cookies.)  A sign-up sheet is posted on a bulletin board in the narthex.

Parish-wide Potluck on Sunday, September 29-
       There are five Sundays this year in September so this means that on Sunday, September 29, we ask that all members consider bringing some food to share at the potluck following Liturgy.  

Short Term Housing Needed-
       The son of a friend of Amy Spencer is a medical school student from Kansas University who will be doing a rotation at the University of Iowa Hospital September 23-October 18.  If anyone could offer housing to this student, please contact Amy.


Excellent Advice for Parents on Educating Their Children From Bishop Thomas-
       In addition to being the bishop of the Diocese of Oakland, Charleston and the Mid-Atlantic, Bishop Thomas holds a doctorate degree in education.  He has written an excellent summary of various educational opportunities available to Orthodox families, including homeschooling, and he encourages parents to make it a priority to choose an educational environment for their children which will best help them to be not only well educated, but holy.  His article, titled "Sanctified Schooling: Working Out Salvation Within Schooling" is attached.  

Orthodox Women in the Healing Ministries Annual Retreat-
       The group Orthodox Women in the Healing Ministries will hold their annual retreat at Holy Dormition Monastery in Rives Junction, MI on October 4-6.  Dr. Gayle Woloschack will be leading several talks on Science and Faith: the Beginning of Life.  For more information, go to: http://owhm.org/schedule1.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 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.

Choir Leadership-
       Matthew Arndt will lead the choir during the weekend of September 14-15.
Coffee Hour-
        On Sunday September 15, the food for coffee hour and the clean-up of the fellowship hall will be provided by the St. Nina team. 
Church Cleaning-
        During the week of September 8-14, the cleaning of the nave, narthex, bookstore, stairs, nursery and bathrooms will be accomplished by the St. John the Baptist team. 

Food for Thought-

“It is futile, in fact it is precisely absurd, to speak of reforming society, of changing the path of history, of emerging into an age beyond absurdity, if we have not Christ in our hearts; and if we do have Christ in our hearts, nothing else matters.”

Fr. Seraphim Rose