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Church Bulletin: April 13, 2014

posted Apr 24, 2014, 11:26 AM by Saint Raphael of Brooklyn Antiochian Orthodox Church
April 13, 2014- Palm Sunday
This Week's Services and Events

April 13, Palm Sunday evening
        + Bridegroom Matins, 7PM

April 14, Holy Monday
        + Bridegroom Matins, 7PM

April 15, Holy Tuesday
        + Bridegroom Matins, 7PM

April 16, Holy Wednesday
        + Liturgy of Pre-Sanctified Gifts, 9AM
        + Service of Holy Unction, 7PM

April 17, Holy Thursday
        + Vesperal Liturgy of Holy Thursday, 9AM
        + Rite of Foot-washing, 6PM
        + 12 Passion Gospels Service, 7PM

April 18, Holy Friday
         + Royal Hours, 9AM, followed by decoration of the Lord's Funeral Bier and lunch (11AM-1PM-RSVP to Lori for lunch) and a movie, The Gospel of John, 1PM-3PM
         + Holy Friday Vespers, 3PM (Taking the Lord Down from the Cross)
         + Lamentations Service, 7PM, followed by all-night Psalm-reading vigil

April 19, Holy Saturday
        + Vesperal Liturgy of Holy Saturday, 9AM
        + Rush Service, 11:40PM
April 20, Great and Holy Pascha
        + Paschal Matins/Liturgy, 12AM, followed by Paschal Feast
        + Agape Vespers, 12:30PM, followed by Paschal Picnic at Coralville Rec. Center, 2pm-4PM
Upcoming Events and Announcements  

Palm Sunday Letter from Patriarchal Vicar Metropolitan Silouan-
       Metropolitan Silouan's Palm Sunday letter is attached.

Holy Week Resources-
       In order to learn more about the services and themes of Holy Week, you can access the following informative section on our archdiocesan website at: http://www.antiochian.org/lent/holy-week

Fasting and Feasting-
        We continue with the Lenten fast during Holy Week with Holy Friday and Holy Saturday being days when we especially ought to eat very modest amounts of food, if possible.  The fast is broken at our potluck feast following the midnight Paschal service.  According to Antiochian custom, there is an allowance to not fast from any foods during the entire Paschal season, including on Wednesdays and Fridays, until after the Feast of Ascension (May 29).  We will resume weekly Wednesday/Friday fasting on Friday, May 30. 

Easter Lilies-
       If you would like to bring an Easter Lily plant or two to beautify the church for Pascha, please bring it/them on Holy Saturday morning, April 19.  We will gladly accept donated plants.

Paschal Feast and Picnic Sign-ups-
        We must celebrate the Resurrection of our Lord and so, to do so properly, we will truly feast. On Sunday April 20, Holy Pascha, there are two opportunities to share a festive meal with others. First, we will gather at church following the Paschal Liturgy, at about 3AM or so, and break the Lenten fast. Later in the day, after some sleep (?!) and after Agape Vespers at 12:30PM, we will go to the Coralville Rec. Center (1506 8th St.) to share a meal and enjoy each other's company.  Please check the bulletin boards for related food sign-up sheets. 

Other Holy Week/Pascha Sign-up Sheets-
        With all of the activity in church during Holy Week and Pascha, there are plenty of opportunities to help out around church. Please check the bulletin boards for sign-up sheets that cover the decorating of the funeral bier on Holy Friday, the reading of Psalms through the night after the Holy Friday Lamentations service, bringing dyed red eggs to Pascha, bringing and the reading of the Agape Vespers Gospel in various languages. 

Palestine: The Beauty of Resistance-
       Abdelfattah Abusrour will present a program as Director of the Al Rowwad (Pioneers for Life) Culture and Theatre Society centered at the Aida refugee camp near Bethlehem in occupied Palestine.  Created in 1998, Al Rowwad provides a safe and healthy environment for children to creatively cope with the war conditions they are forced to live under. Al Rowwad's mission is to use art, theatre and music as creative alternatives to destructive violence.  St. Raphael Church is a co-sponsor of this event. 
Monday, April 14, 7:00PM
Iowa City Public Library
Meeting Room A
For information call 319-338-3290

Teen SOYO Asks for Help-
       Teen SOYO is asking the whole parish to donate items by April 27, that will make up the contents of "Restoration Bags" to be used by an organization called Restore Innocence.  This group works works with women and girls who have been rescued from trafficking, especially forced prostitution.  See www.restoreinnocence.org and www.restoreinnocence/restoration-bags for more information.  Items being accepted for donation include: new "yoga" pants, new sweatshirts, new T-shirts, Boy cut style underwear, sports bras, slippers, shampoo, conditioner, body wash, face wash, luffa, lotion, deodorant, chapstick, toothbrush, toothpaste, hair brush, hair ties, blanket, huggable stuffed animal, snacks, chewing gum.

Upcoming Teen SOYO Events-
       Our teens are meeting on April 21 at 7PM for Movie Night.

Free Kittens!  Yes, Free Kittens-
       St. Raphael church members Jeremy Coffin and Olena Bezugla have four kittens that they need to find homes for.  These kittens are 7 months old.  If interested, please contact Olena at olena.coffin@yahoo.com or 319-512-8491.

Patronal Feast of St. George Church-
       All are invited to go to St. George Church (3650 Cottage Grove Ave. SE, Cedar Rapids) to celebrate their patronal feast day with Liturgy at 10AM on Wednesday, April 23. 

Book Group Discussion-
       On Sunday April 30 at 7PM, the St. Raphael Book Group will have a discussion on Fr. John Behr's "The Mystery of Christ: Life in Death."  Copies are available in the church bookstore.  We will meet at the Robert and Lori's home.

Farmer's Market 2014-
       It's that time of year again, to start planning to be involved with St. Raphael Church's presence at the Iowa City Farmer's Market, which this year, will raise money for the Meals on Wheels charity, which provides meals delivered to the homes of seniors.  Last year, we gave over $2000 to the Crisis Center based on what we sold at the Farmer's Market.  Here are some ways you can help this year: 
  • Pray.
  • Buy.
  • Make a batch of baked goods for our table at the Iowa City Farmers Market, using a recipe out of our cookbook (Apple Pirozhki, Baklava, Kourambiedes, Best-Ever Chocolate Chip Cookies, or Oatmeal Bars with Browned Butter Frosting). 
  • Help at the Iowa City market. (We have spots on the third Saturdays, May–October.)
  • Work at the Thursday-evening Willow Grove market (a beautiful and fun venue).
  • Tell your friends. 

Sign-up sheets are now making the rounds at church. 

Post-Pascha Bible Study-
       For four Wednesday evenings after Pascha, Fr. Ignatius will be leading a Bible Study on Old Testament "Types" of Christ in which we will discuss how Old Testament figures such as Moses, Joseph, David and others prefigure, foreshadow and point to Jesus Christ in their actions and character.  The Bible study will meet following Akathist, beginning at 7:45PM and finishing by 9PM on April 30, May 7, 14, and 21.

Antiochian Women Scholarship-
       If you are a female 25 years old or older, an active member in good standing of a parish in the Antiochian Archdiocese, applying for or registered in an academic or trade program of study, and able to demonstrate financial need, and you are interested in applying for a $500 scholarship, please see Fr. Ignatius.  Scholarship deadline in June 1, 2014.

Iowa City Hospice Walk for Dignity 2014-
       The 15th annual Walk for Dignity fundraiser for Iowa City Hospice is Sunday, April 27, 1PM, at Willow Creek Park.  For more information, go to: http://iowacityhospice.org/walk-for-dignity/

Friends of Historic Preservation Parade of Historic Homes Fundraiser-
       Our lovely church building will be one of five buildings in our neighborhood featured in the Friends of Historic Preservation's Parade of Historic Homes, a fundraiser for their organization.The Parade of Historic Homes is an annual event that features unique historic homes in Iowa City. Participants are invited to enter and explore houses of various styles, all within walking distance of each other.

When: Sunday May 11, 1-5pm, Where: College Green neighborhood in Iowa City  Admission: $10 per person, 12 years and under free. Purchase tickets at the door.  More information to follow.

Almsgiving (Food For Hungry People Program)-
       Along with fasting, prayer and repentance, almsgiving is one of the pillars of the Lenten time.  Look for ways to be generous with others and let your giving be as anonymous as possible.  One easy way to give something to those in need is to participate in the Archdiocesan Food For Hungry People Program which collects money for all of the Antiochian parishes and gives it to various programs that serve the hungry.  Look for collection boxes at church in the narthex.  

Thoughts on Stewardship and Giving-
       “What is the tithe? Simply put, the tithe is a voluntary offering of ten percent of one’s income, given to God. That’s right, ten percent, taken off the top. In both Hebrew and Greek the word tithe comes directly from the word ten. It is a practice established long ago whereby God’s people have the opportunity to participate in the sacramentality of life by offering back a portion of what God has given to them, As such, tithing is more than just an act of obedience. It is an act of worship.”  Tithing by Fr. Richard Ballew
 Next Sunday's Gospel Reading-
        St. John Chrysostom urges Christians to preview the upcoming Sunday Gospel reading so that it may be fresh in your minds when you hear it next Sunday.  The reading for Sunday, April 20 is: In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.  He was in the beginning with God.  All things were made through Him, and without Him nothing was made that was made.  In Him was life, and the life was the light of men.   And the light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not comprehend it.  There was a man sent from God, whose name was John.  This man came for a witness, to bear witness of the Light, that all through him might believe. He was not that Light, but was sent to bear witness of that Light. That was the true Light which gives light to every man coming into the world.  He was in the world, and the world was made through Him, and the world did not know Him.  He came to His own, and His own did not receive Him.  But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, to those who believe in His name:  who were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.  And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth.  John bore witness of Him and cried out, saying, “This was He of whom I said, ‘He who comes after me is preferred before me, for He was before me.’”  And of His fullness we have all received, and grace for grace.  For the law was given through Moses, but grace and truth came through Jesus Christ. (John 1:1-17)

Pray for our Catechumens-
      Please keep our catechumens: Ilya Buchkin, Rachelle Naridze, Tyson Humphrey and Rob Bergenstock in your prayers as they prepare to be sacramentally joined to the Orthodox Church.
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 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.

Coffee Hour-
        On Sunday April 20, the food for coffee hour and the clean-up of the fellowship hall will be provided by all who bring food to our Pascha feast.   

Church Cleaning-
       During the week of April 13-20, the nave, narthex, bookstore, stairs, nursery and bathrooms will be cleaned by the St. John the Baptist team.

Food for Thought-

"Though I lie in bonds, O Savior," Lazarus cried from below to Thee his Deliverer, "yet shall I not remain forever in the depth of Hell, if Thou wilt only call to me, ‘Lazarus, come out;’ for Thou art my Light and my Life."

"I implore thee, Lazarus," said Hell, "Rise up, depart quickly from my bonds and be gone. It is better for me to lament bitterly for the loss of one, rather than of all those whom I swallowed in my hunger."

Shaking the gates and iron bars, Thou hast made Hell tremble at Thy voice. Hell and Death were filled with fear, O Savior, seeing Lazarus their prisoner brought to life by Thy word and rising from the tomb.

From the Canon of the Raising of St. Lazarus