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Church Bulletin: April 12, 2015

posted Apr 12, 2015, 6:59 PM by Saint Raphael of Brooklyn Antiochian Orthodox Church
April 12, 2015- Great and Holy Pascha

Christ is Risen!  Christos Anesti!  Al Massih Qam!
This Week's Services and Events

April 12, Pascha
        + Agape Vespers, 12:30PM, followed by potluck picnic at Scanlon Gym/Mercer Pool (2701 Bradford St., Iowa City)

April 15, Bright Wednesday
        + Paschal Hours, 7:00PM

April 16, Bright Thursday
        + OCF Compline, 7:00PM, followed by book discussion

April 17, Bright Friday
        + Matins, 8:30AM
        + Father's Office Hours, 9:30AM-11:30AM

April 18, Bright Saturday
        + Baptism of Inga Gvarjaladze, 11:00AM
        + Great Vespers, 5:00PM

April 19, Thomas Sunday
        + Matins, 8:45AM
        + Divine Liturgy, 10:00AM, followed by Sunday School and Fellowship Hour
Upcoming Events and Announcements

Holy Week Pictures-
       Several groups of pictures taken during Holy Week services are posted on the church's Facebook page.  If you are on Facebook, go to: St. Raphael Antiochian Orthodox Church and check them out.

Pascha Season Fasting/Feasting-
       According to Antiochian custom, there is no fasting during the entire forty day Paschal season, including on Wenesdays and Fridays.  Celebrate the Lord's Resurrection and enjoy good food!

        Daniel Welsh was received into the Orthodox Church through the sacrament of chrismation at the Holy Saturday liturgy.  Bill Spencer was his sponsor.  Daniel took the Hieromartyr Polycarp of Smyrna as his patron saint.  May God grant him many years!

April is Russian Outreach and Appreciation Month-
       The Outreach and Evangelism Working Group is declaring April to be Russian Outreach and Appreciation Month at our church.  We hope to have the epistle reading to be read in Russian (following the reading in English) each Sunday, and the month culminates with the Russian ensemble Lyra's concert on April 28.  If you know of anybody with a Russian background that isn't yet familiar with our church, invite them to join us during this month. Looking ahead, May is Georgian month.

Please Help Us Promote April 28 Lyra Concert-
       This is a fundraiser for the church.  It is part of our plan to help get our church's finances on more solid ground for the year.  We depend on you to share the information about the concert with your friends, families and co-workers.  Please find ways to direct them to our church's events page at http://www.straphaelorthodoxchurch.org/events  or to the Facebook event page at https://www.facebook.com/events/411645679007389/ We also need volunteers to put up posters on various bulletin boards around town.  There is a list of locations on a sign-up sheet at church.  We are excited to have the opportunity to host the touring Russian Choral group Lyra at our church on Tuesday, April 28 at 7:30PM.  A free-will donation will be taken, proceeds to go to our church's general fund.   A poster advertising the event can be found at: https://www.dropbox.com/s/tbhkab074l8qvhj/PosterLYRA.JPG?dl=0
Food for Hungry People Collection Boxes-
       If you took and filled a Food for Hungry People box during Lent, bring it back to church as soon as possible, so that the money can be consolidated and sent to where it needs to go.

Parish Electronic Directory-
       To foster greater awareness of each other and to strengthen our connections, we are starting a voluntary parish directory on Google Docs.  Use this link to log in, add whatever contact information you want to share, including birthdates and occupation or any skill or service that you might be able to share with other members from the parish.  https://docs.google.com/document/d/1PHVXe1GGgaeoO5GNrIWhur2YkAQb0zGSoElGQFnIPF0/edit?usp=sharing 

The Geneva Lecture Series Presents-
       "The Religious Turn: Postsecular Approaches for Literature and the Humanities", a lecture by our own Dr. Lori Branch will be given on Tuesday, April 14 at 7:30PM at 107 EPB (English-Philosophy Building, 251 W. Iowa Ave.) at the University of Iowa.  In the mid-1990s, academia started buzzing about the "religious turn" in the humanities. Some predicted it would be a short-lived fad, but  something more substantial has slowly emerged: what scholars are starting to call "postsecular studies." In this talk, Professor Branch overviews the most important currents of thought in the religious turn in literature, sociology, anthropology, history, and philosophy.  She explains how these developments should change our intellectual operating assumptions and breathe new life into the study of the humanities.

Vespers in Kalona-
        On Wednesday, April 15, there will be vespers at 7pm in Kalona at the United Christian and Baptist Church (401 E Ave.).  All are welcome!

Orthodox Christian Fellowship-
       The University of Iowa OCF will continue its book discussion of C. S. Lewis's Mere Christianity, on April 16.  We will meet for compline at 7:00PM and start the discussion afterward, at about 7:30PM.

St. George Day Services-
        The feast of the Great-Martyr George is April 23.  St. George Church in Cedar Rapids (3650 Cottage Grove Ave. SE) invites you to join them for matins at 8:00AM and Liturgy at 9:00AM.

Iowa City Hospice Walk for Dignity, April 26-
       To learn more about this opportunity to raise funds for Iowa City Hospice, go to: http://iowacityhospice.org/2015-walk-for-dignity/ 

Bible Study, Partakers of the Divine Nature-
       Following Akathist (7:00PM) on Wednesdays, Fr. Ignatius will lead a brief, 3 week Bible Study on St. Peter's 2nd Epistle.  The dates will be May 13, 20, 27.  Bring your bibles!  We will finish by 9:00PM at the latest.

Walk for Life to Support Informed Choices Medical Clinic-
       On May 16 in Kent Park outside of Tiffin, Informed Choices Medical Clinic will be hosting a fundraiser Walk for Life.  Registration begins at 8:30AM and the walk starts at 9:00AM.  For more information, go to: https://secure.ministrysync.com/ministrysync/event/website/home/?e=6978
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.

Midwest Parish Life Conference-
       The annual Midwest Diocese Parish Life Conference will be held in Grand Rapids, MI on June 24-28.  To learn more, go to:www.midwestplc2015.com.

Next Sunday's Gospel Reading-
         On the evening of that day, the first day of the week, the doors being shut where the Disciples were, for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood among them and said to them, “Peace be with you.” When He had said this, He showed them His hands and His side. Then the Disciples were glad when they saw the Lord. Jesus said to them again, “Peace be with you. As the Father has sent me, even so I send you.” And when He had said this, He breathed on them, and said to them, “Receive the Holy Spirit. If you forgive the sins of any, they are forgiven; if you retain the sins of any, they are retained.” Now Thomas, one of the Twelve, called the Twin, was not with them when Jesus came. So the other Disciples told him, “We have seen the Lord.” But he said to them, “Unless I see in His hands the print of the nails, and place my finger in the mark of the nails, and place my hand in His side, I will not believe.” Eight days later, His Disciples were again in the house, and Thomas was with them. The doors were shut, but Jesus came and stood among them, and said, “Peace be with you.” Then He said to Thomas, “Put your finger here, and see My hands; and put out your hand, and place it in my side; do not be faithless, but believing.” Thomas answered Him, “My Lord and my God!” Jesus said to him, “Have you believed because you have seen Me? Blessed are those who have not seen and yet believe.” Now Jesus did many other signs in the presence of the Disciples, which are not written in this book; but these are written that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that believing you may have life in His Name.  (John 20:19-31)

Pray for our Catechumen-
       Please keep our catechumen Ilya Buchkin in your prayers as he prepare to be sacramentally joined to the Orthodox Church.

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.  One priest is also missing, having been kidnapped. 

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-
       The Valentine family will provide the holy bread for liturgy on April 19.  Thank you in advance.

Coffee Hour-
       The St. Nina team will bring food and do cleaning on Sunday, April 19.