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Church Bulletin: April 16, 2017

posted Apr 18, 2017, 9:44 AM by Saint Raphael of Brooklyn Antiochian Orthodox Church
April 16, 2017- Great and Holy Pascha

Christ is Risen!  Christos anesti!  Al-Masih Qam!

 This Week's Services and Events

April 18, Tuesday
        + Vespers in Kalona, 7:00PM

April 19, Wednesday
        + Paschal Hours, 7:00PM

April 20, Thursday
        + OCF Dinner, 6:30PM

April 22, Saturday
        + Parish Council meeting, 3:00PM
        + Great Vespers, 5:00PM

April 23, Second Sunday of Pascha (Thomas Sunday)
        + Matins, 8:45AM; Liturgy, 10:00AM followed by Coffee Hour and Sunday School

Upcoming Events and Announcements-         

        Anna Baynton was received into the Church through Holy Baptism on Holy Saturday.  May God grant her many years!

No Office Hours or Ninth Hour Prayers This Week-
        Due to Father's need for some recovery following Holy Week, he will not be holding office hours during the week of  April 16-22.  However, he is still reachable and happy to respond to any pastoral need you may have.  

Bring Your Food For Hungry People Boxes Back--
        As soon as possible, please bring your collection boxes back so that we can consolidate the funds and send them where they need to go.

Food for All--Kalona
        Kalona Vespers is this Tuesday, April 18 at 7pm.  All are welcome.   Please  continue to pray for our Orthodox-style, community-style charity work. Also ask our Lord to draw people to Himself and His Church through all our programs. Visit our website at foodforallkalona.weebly.com. For more info, email me at foodforallkalona@gmail.com.  Thanks! Amy Spencer  

Becoming Truly Human Film Screening-
        Plan to come to church at 2:30PM on Saturday, May 6 for a screening of the new Becoming Truly Human film.  It is approximately 90 minutes long.  Following the film and before vespers at 5:00PM, we will have a short discussion about it and future plans to implement the revamped Becoming Truly Human program.

Bishop Anthony's Next Visit-
        His Grace will be with us the weekend of October 21-22.  Save the dates and plan to be with our bishop. 

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 Catechumens-
       Please keep our catechumens Ilya Buchkin  and Jeremiah Kaufmann in your prayers as they prepare 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. 
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.

Food for Thought-

Christ is risen from the dead, trampling down Death by death, and upon those in the tombs bestowing life!