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Church Bulletin: April 19, 2015

posted Apr 20, 2015, 9:48 AM by Saint Raphael of Brooklyn Antiochian Orthodox Church
April 19, 2015- Thomas Sunday

Christ is Risen!  Khristos voskrese!  Kriste aghsdga!
This Week's Services and Events

April 20, Monday
        + Teen SOYO Movie Night and Dinner, 6:30PM

April 21, Tuesday
        + Parish Council meeting, 7:00PM

April 22, Wednesday
        + Akathist, 7:00PM

April 23, Bright Thursday
        + OCF dinner at Morey's, 6:30PM

April 24, Friday
        + Matins, 8:30AM
        + Father's Office Hours, 9:30AM-11:30AM

April 25, Saturday
        + Great Vespers, 5:00PM

April 26, Myrhhbearers' Sunday
        + Matins, 8:45AM
        + Divine Liturgy, 10:00AM, followed by Sunday School and Fellowship Hour
Upcoming Events and Announcements

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 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  And plan to attend yourself!
Food for Hungry People Collection Boxes-
       If you took and filled a Food for Hungry People box during Lent, please bring it back to church as soon as possible, so that the money can be consolidated and sent to where it needs to go.

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.  The two patriarchates whose bishops were abducted have declared today, Thomas Sunday 2015, as a day dedicated to these two brave men of faith.  

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

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.

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 birth dates 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 

Orthodox Christian Fellowship-
       The University of Iowa OCF will meet for dinner at 6:30pm on Thursday, April 23 at the Morey's home.

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

Volunteer Language Proficiency Evaluator Needed-
       Volunteer language proficiency evaluators at Iowa Legal Aid play an important role in helping low-income Iowans with limited English proficiency (LEP) skills gain access to justice. Language proficiency evaluators will assess the translation and interpretation abilities of prospective volunteer translators and interpreters. In addition, they may also review and provide feedback on the materials translated by Iowa Legal Aid’s volunteer translators. We need volunteers to evaluate for languages of Iowa’s LEP low-income populations, including but not limited to Spanish, Arabic, Bosnian, Somali, Chinese, Vietnamese, French, German, Russian, Swahili and Laotian.  Qualified volunteer applicants will be language professors, translation studies graduate students and translators/interpreters holding certifications from government bodies such as state or federal courts or recognized professional associations such as the ATA, NAJIT, CCHI, NBCMI or RID.  Volunteer language proficiency evaluators may be asked to review materials such as website articles, outreach resources, legal forms or client letters. Based on their availability, volunteer evaluators will be given regular assignments which they can perform remotely.  To apply please fill out the volunteer application which is on our website at http://www.iowalegalaid.org/resource/volunteers-wanted-at-iowa-legal-aid 
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-
       At that time, Joseph of Arimathea, a respected member of the council, who was also himself looking for the Kingdom of God, took courage and went to Pilate, and asked for the body of Jesus. And Pilate wondered if He were already dead; and summoning the centurion, he asked him whether Jesus was already dead. And when he learned from the centurion that He was dead, he granted the body to Joseph. And he bought a linen shroud, and taking Him down, wrapped Him in the linen shroud, and laid Him in a tomb, which had been hewn out of the rock; and he rolled a stone against the door of the tomb. Mary Magdalene and Mary the mother of Joses saw where He was laid. And when the Sabbath was passed, Mary Magdalene, Mary the mother of James, and Salome, bought spices so that they might go and anoint Him. And very early on the first day of the week they went to the tomb when the sun had risen. And they were saying to one another, “Who will roll away the stone for us from the door of the tomb?” And looking up, they saw that the stone was rolled back—it was very large. And entering the tomb, they saw a young man sitting on the right side, dressed in a white robe; and they were amazed. And he said to them, “Do not be amazed; you seek Jesus of Nazareth, Who was crucified. He has risen, He is not here; see the place where they laid Him. But go, tell His Disciples and Peter that He is going before you to Galilee; there you will see Him, as He told you.” And they went out and fled from the tomb; for trembling and astonishment had come upon them; and they said nothing to anyone, for they were afraid.  (Mark 15:43-16:8)        

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

Coffee Hour-
       The St. John the Baptist team will bring food and do cleaning on Sunday, April 26.  

Food for Thought-

Christ is risen, and Life reigns!  Christ is risen, and not one dead remains in the grave.