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Church Bulletin: April 10, 2016

posted Apr 11, 2016, 8:50 AM by Saint Raphael of Brooklyn Antiochian Orthodox Church
April 10, 2016- Sunday of St. John Climacus (4th Sunday of Lent)
This Week's Services and Events

April 11, Monday
        + Great Compline, 7:00PM

April 12, Tuesday
        + Parish Council meeting, 6:30PM

April 13, Wednesday 
        + Compline with Canon of St. Andrew and Life of St. Mary of Egypt, 7:00PM

April 14, Thursday
        + OCF Compline, 7:00PM

April 15, Friday
        + Matins, 8:30AM
        + Office Hours, 9:30AM-11:30AM
        + Little Compline with Akathist Hymn, 7:00PM

April 16, Saturday
        + Parish Council Lunch with Bishop, Anthony 2:30PM
        + Great Vespers, followed by talk given by Bishop Anthony, 5:00PM 

April 17, Sunday of St. Mary of Egypt
        + Matins with ordinations, 8:45AM 
        + Hierarchical Divine Liturgy, 10:00AM, followed by coffee hour and Sunday School 
        + Pan-Orthodox Vespers and supper, 5:30PM at St. Demetrios Church, Waterloo
Upcoming Events and Announcements- 

Bishop's Visit Rescheduled-
        Bishop Anthony could not safely drive from Toledo, Ohio to be with us this weekend.  He has rescheduled to be with us next weekend, April 16-17.  He will be speaking after vespers on Saturday, ordaining Todd Wiblin and Bill Spencer to the subdiaconate during matins, and serving Hierarchical Divine Liturgy.  Please plan to be with us and our bishop for the weekend.  We will gather for a group picture following liturgy.

Spring Cleaning Day Rescheduled-
        We will clean the church building and grounds on Saturday, April 23 from 1:00PM-4:00PM to get it all ready for Holy Week.

Lent, Fasting and Confessions-
    We are fasting from meat, dairy, eggs, oil and wine (wine and oil okay on the weekends).  If you have any questions about the fasting guidelines of the Church, ask Fr. Ignatius.  Also, remember to make your confessions before Pascha.  Fr. Ignatius is available to hear confessions after most services, 10-15 minutes before Liturgy on Sunday, and during office hours on Friday morning.  If possible, please do not wait until Holy Week.

New Bookstore Location-
        Our bookstore have moved from the room it shared with the library and the older students' Sunday School room, downstairs between the coatroom and the men's bathroom.  Check out the books and other items.  If there is something you are interested in having us carry, talk to Robert Peterson, our bookstore manager.

Word Magazine-
       The Word Magazine is our archdiocese's monthly publication and it is made available, free-of-charge to all members of Antiochian parishes.  If you are not receiving this magazine at home and you would like to, please let Fr. Ignatius know.  

Lenten Sunday Evenings-
        The Iowa Orthodox Christian Clergy Association is sponsoring pan-Orthodox lenten vespers services on Sunday evenings at 5:30PM.  Each host parish provides a meal following the service.  The faithful from each parish are encouraged to visit their sister parishes in Eastern Iowa. The remaining schedule is as follows:
April 17- St. Demetrios Church  (Waterloo)

Plan Ahead for Holy Week and Pascha-
       During this holiest time of the church year, we enter deeply into the life, sufferings, death and resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ.  The many services of the Church help us to do this together, as a family.  Please look over this schedule and plan to come as you are able. Copies are printed, and available in the narthex to take home.
Friday, April 22- Little Compline with Canon of St. Lazarus, 7PM
Lazarus Saturday, April 23- Matins and Liturgy, 8:45AM/10AM; Vespers, 5PM
Palm Sunday, April 24-  Matins and Liturgy, 8:30AM/10AM; Bridegroom Matins, 7PM
Holy Monday, April 25- Bridegroom Matins, 7PM
Holy Tuesday, April 26- Bridegroom Matins, 7PM
Holy Wednesday, April 27- Pre-Sanctified Liturgy, 9AM; Holy Unction Service, 7PM
Holy Thursday, April 28- Vesperal Liturgy, 9AM; Rite of Footwashing, 6PM; 12 Passion Gospels Service, 7PM
Holy Friday, April 29- Royal Hours, 9AM; Great Vespers (Taking the Lord Down from the Cross), 3PM; Lamentations, 7PM followed by Psalm-reading vigil overnight
Holy Saturday, April 30- Vesperal Liturgy, 9AM; Rush Service, 11:40PM
Great and Holy Pascha, May 1- Paschal Matins and Liturgy, 12AM followed by feast; Agape Vespers, 12:30PM followed by picnic, 2PM-4PM   

Resources for Great Lent-

        On our archdiocesan website at http://www.antiochian.org//lent there are plenty of wonderful teaching resources about the season of Great Lent.  Read and learn!

Food For Hungry People Program-
        Once again this Lent, our Archdiocese is highlighting the Food For Hungry People Program.  Collection boxes are available for you to take home and fill up.  Put in your loose change during Lent and return the box at Pascha.  The three pillars of the season of Lent are fasting, repentance and almsgiving.  Let us be generous with those who have much less than us.

Geneva Lecture Series Presents "Charity is Not Enough: Why Justice Matters"-
       On April 24 at 3:00PM in the Shambaugh Auditorium at the Main UI Library, Dr. Nicholas Wolterstorff will present a lecture with the above-mentioned title.  For more information, go to: http://geneva-ui.org/   

Food for All -- Kalona (an outreach of St. Raphael)-
        Community involvement in Summer Lunch is increasing rapidly! Please be praying primarily for the planning of new programs, being done by small groups. 
        NO KALONA VESPERS during Lent. Also, we are looking for singers who can come on the first Wednesday of the month. All we need is one at a time, though more are always welcome. And the singing is simple (Russian tones).
    Contact Amy at foodforallkalona@gmail.com or 319-333-4738

2016 Antiochian Women's Retreat-
        A retreat for women is being hosted by St. John Chrysostom Orthodox Church in Fort Wayne, Indiana- May 13-15.  Information is posted on the bulletin board in the narthex.  
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.  

Next Sunday's Gospel Reading-
        At that time, Jesus took His twelve Disciples, and began to tell them what was to happen to Him, saying, “Behold, we are going up to Jerusalem. And the Son of man will be delivered to the chief priests and the scribes, and they will condemn Him to death, and deliver Him to the Gentiles. And they will mock Him, and scourge Him, and spit upon Him, and kill Him; and after three days He will rise.” And James and John, the sons of Zebedee, came forward to Him, and said to Him, “Teacher, we would that thou shouldest do for us whatsoever we shall desire” And Jesus said to them, “What do you want Me to do for you?” And they said to Him, “Grant us to sit, one at Thy right hand and one at Thy left, in Thy glory.” But Jesus said to them, “You do not know what you are asking. Are you able to drink the cup that I drink, or to be baptized with the baptism with which I am baptized?” And they said to Him, “We are able.” And Jesus said to them, “The cup that I drink you will drink; and with the baptism with which I am baptized, you will be baptized. But to sit at My right hand or at My left is not Mine to grant, but it is for those for whom it has been prepared.” And when the ten heard it, they began to be indignant at James and John. And Jesus called them to Him and said to them, “You know that those who are supposed to rule over the Gentiles lord it over them, and their great men exercise authority over them. But it shall not be so among you; but whoever would be great among you must be your servant, and whoever would be first among you must be servant of all. For the Son of man also came not to be served but to serve, and to give His life as a ransom for many.”  (Mark 10:32-45)

Pray for our Catechumen-
       Please keep our catechumen Ilya Buchkin in your prayers as he prepares 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. 

Food for Thought-  

Ascend, brothers, ascend eagerly, and be resolved in your hearts to ascend and hear him who says: Come and let us go up to the mountain of the Lord, and to the house of our God, who makes our feet like hind’s feet, and sets us upon high places, that we might be victors with His song.  
- St. John Climacus, Ladder 30.36