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Church Bulletin: April 23, 2017

posted Apr 24, 2017, 5:34 AM by Saint Raphael of Brooklyn Antiochian Orthodox Church
April 23, 2017- 2nd Sunday of Pascha (Thomas Sunday)

Christ is Risen!  Hristos a inviat!  Kriste Agsdga!

 This Week's Services and Events

April 25, Tuesday
        + Office Hours, 1:15-2:45PM
        + 9th Hour Prayers, 3:00PM

April 26, Wednesday
        + Akathist, 7:00PM

April 27, Thursday
        + Office Hours, 1:15-2:45PM
        + OCF Compline, 7:00PM

April 29, Saturday
        + Great Vespers, 5:00PM

April 30, Third Sunday of Pascha (Myrrhbearers Sunday)
        + Matins, 8:45AM
        + Liturgy, 10:00AM followed by Coffee Hour and Sunday School

Upcoming Events and Announcements-         

Camper Fundraiser Coffee Hour Next Sunday-
        On Sunday, April 30, those who are planning on attending Camp St. George, our diocesan camp, this summer, will be preparing and presenting our coffee hour food.  Donations will be accepted to help off set tuition costs for camp.  Please support our campers!

No Fasting During Paschal Season-
        According to Antiochian custom, there is no fasting on Wednesdays and Fridays during the Paschal Season, which lasts until Ascension, May 25.  Enjoy!

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.

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.  If anyone has a TV larger than 27", that they can bring in for us to use on that day, please contact Fr. Ignatius.

Russian Vocal Ensemble Lyra Returning for Concert, May 25-
        The Russian Vocal Ensemble Lyra will be performing a concert at church at 7:30PM on Thursday, May 25.  Ticket information will be publicized soon.  Tell your friends and neighbors!  When they came two years ago, we all enjoyed a wonderful concert.

Food for All--Kalona
         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  

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-
        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 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-

God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that, while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.

Romans 5:8