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Church Bulletin: April 20, 2014

posted Apr 25, 2014, 12:18 PM by Saint Raphael of Brooklyn Antiochian Orthodox Church
April 20, 2014- Great and Holy Pascha

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

April 21, Bright Monday
        + Teen SOYO Movie Night, 7PM

April 23, Bright Wednesday
        + Paschal Hours, 7PM

April 24, BrightThursday
        + OCF Compline, 7PM

April 25, Bright Friday
         + Matins, 8:30PM
         + Father's Office Hours, 9:30AM-11:30AM

April 26, Bright Saturday
        + 9thHour/Great Vespers, 6PM
April 27, Thomas Sunday
        + Matins, 8:45AM
        + Divine Liturgy, 10AM, followed by Sunday School and fellowship hour
Upcoming Events and Announcements  
Thank You-
       Thank you to all who helped with so many things at church this past week: our choir leaders and singers, our altar servers, those who brought food, those who decorated the funeral bier, those who dyed eggs, those who read the Agape Vespers Gospel reading, those who cleaned, and so much else.  Whew!  It was a great week.

Many Years!-
       On Holy Saturday, Rachelle Naridze was received into the Holy Orthodox Church through the sacrament of chrismation.  Her patron saint is St. Philonella of Tarsus, kinswoman of the Apostle Paul and an Unmercenary Healer.  Rachelle's sponsor is Karen Kuntz.  May God grant Rachelle many years!

        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. 

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.

Return Your Food for Hungry People Program Boxes-
       If you have been collecting spare change in your Food for Hungry People box, now is the time to return it to church so that we can consolidate the funds and send them in to our Archdiocese.

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 27 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.

Paschal Season Resources-
        The website Feast of Feasts is a wonderful resource of information on the Feast of Pascha and the Paschal season.  http://www.feastoffeasts.org/

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 posted in the fellowship hall 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.

8th Annual Russian 7-String Guitar Festival (IARGUS 2014)-
       May 1-4, 2014, Iowa City and Cedar Rapids

Thursday, May 1
7:30 p.m., Semistrunka! –– solo and duet music for the Russian Guitar
Oleg Timofeyev (Iowa City), Stefan Wester (Sweden), Dan Caraway (Dubuque, IA)
Old Brick Church, 26 E. Market St., Iowa City

Friday, May 2
5:30 p.m., “Yiddishkeit!”
Natalia Timofeyeva (Iowa City), Oleg Timofeyev, Yuri Vedenyapin, Stefan Wester, Fedor Kondenko
Iowa Hillel, 122 E. Market St., Iowa City

7:30 p.m., The Russian Guitar Quartet
Oleg Timofeyev (Iowa City), Vladimir Sumin (Moscow), Alexei Stepanov (Moscow), Dan Caraway (Dubuque, IA)
Unitarian Church, 10 S. Gilbert St., Iowa City

Saturday, May 3
2:00 p.m., Romanes! Russian-Gypsy Guitar Songs
Fedor Kondenko (Moscow), Eugenia Zolotariova (New York)
St. Paul United Methodist Church, 1340 3d Ave. SE, Cedar Rapids

7:30 p.m., Romanes! Russian Gypsy-Guitar Songs
Fedor Kondenko (Moscow), Eugenia Zolotariova (New York)
Old Brick Church, 26 E. Market St., Iowa City

Sunday, May 4
3:00 p.m.,
“Classics of Russian Guitar Music”
John Schneiderman (Santa Ana, CA)
Congregational Church, 30 N. Clinton St., Iowa City

7:30 p.m., “Grand Concluding Gala Concert”
(John Schneiderman, Daria Stepashkina, The Czar’s Guitar, Russian Guitar Quartet, Yuri Vedenyapin, Stefan Wester)
Congregational Church, 30 N. Clinton St., Iowa City

Admissions for all concerts: $12 for adults, $10 for students and seniors.
More information at

The 2014 Russian Guitar Festival is brought to you by the International Academy for Russian Music, Arts, and Culture (IARMAC), with major support from Iowa Arts Council, UI International Programs, and local businesses in Cedar Rapids and Iowa City.

Informed Choices Medical Clinics Walk for Life-
       Sign-up to benefit the Informed Choices Medical Clinic through their annual Walk for Life fundraiser, May 10th at Kent Park near Tiffin on Hwy. 6.  Registration begins at 8:30AM and the walk begins at 9Am.  For more information, go to: www.iowawalkforlife.org.

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.

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.

Thoughts on Stewardship and Giving-      
       In the Creed we recite during every Divine Liturgy, we say, "…And was crucified also for us under Pontius Pilate, and suffered and was buried; And the third day He rose again, according to the Scriptures…" God’s ultimate sacrifice of His Only Begotten Son is our constant reminder of his unwavering love for us. We must acknowledge this love by our prayers, our conduct, and our deeds. Tithing, sacrificial giving, or proportional giving is but one of the many expressions of worship through which we can demonstrate our commitment to Our Lord’s word.

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 27 is: "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, 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 27, the food for coffee hour and the clean-up of the fellowship hall will be provided by the St. John the Baptist team.   

Church Cleaning-
       During the week of April 20-26, the nave, narthex, bookstore, stairs, nursery and bathrooms will be cleaned by the St. Nicholas team.

Food for Thought-

Come let us drink a new drink, not one marvellously brought forth from a barren rock, but the Fount of incorruption, which pours out from the tomb of Christ, in whom we are established.

Irmos of Ode three from the Paschal Canon