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Church Bulletin: April 26, 2015

posted Apr 27, 2015, 1:54 PM by Saint Raphael of Brooklyn Antiochian Orthodox Church
April 26, 2015- Myrrhbearers Sunday

Christ is Risen!  Hristo a inviat!  Christu uyirthezhunnettu!
This Week's Services and Events

April 28, Tuesday
        + Lyra Concert and reception, 7:30PM

April 29, Wednesday
        + Akathist, 7:00PM

May 2, Saturday
        + OCF I-80 Highway Clean-up, 1:00PM
        + Great Vespers, 5:00PM

May 3, Sunday of the Paralytic
        + Matins, 8:45AM
        + Divine Liturgy, 10:00AM, followed by Sunday School and Fellowship Hour
Upcoming Events and Announcements

Lyra Concert is This Tuesday, April 28-
       Come, and bring a friend.  The concert starts at 7:30PM.  There will be refreshments afterward.  Suggested donations are $10-$15 for students and $20-$35 for adults.  

Memory Eternal-
       Memorial flowers were offered by Newman and Kristi Abuissa in memory of Kh. Lilija Veronica Vreeland, on the three year anniversary of her repose. Kh. Lilija was the wife of Fr. Philip, the first full time pastor of St. Raphael Church.  May her memory be eternal!

Fr. Ignatius is Traveling-
       Fr. Ignatius will be attending a deanery meeting in La Crosse, WI from Wednesday, April 29 through Friday, May 1.  There will be no OCF compline on Thursday, April 30, and no matins or office hours on Friday, May 1.
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.

OCF I-80 Highway Clean-up-
       Our Orthodox Christian Fellowship will clean up our one mile section of eastbound I-80 in Coralville beginning at 1:00PM this Saturday, May 2.

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.

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.  

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!

Annual Camping Weekend, Save the Dates!-
       We will gather at F. W. Kent Park on Highway 6 between Tiffin and Oxford on Saturday, June 20 and Sunday, June 21 for a weekend of camping, fellowship and divine services.  Vespers will be in the park at 7:00PM on Saturday, and matins and Liturgy, also in the park at 8:30AM and 9:30AM.  More information about registration and precise schedule will follow soon.

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 

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
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, Jesus went up to Jerusalem. Now there is in Jerusalem by the Sheep Gate a pool, in Hebrew called Bethsaida, which has five porticoes. In these lay a multitude of invalids, blind, lame, paralyzed, waiting for the moving of the water. For an angel of the Lord went down at certain seasons into the pool and troubled the water; whoever stepped in first, after the troubling of the water was healed of whatever disease he had. One man was there, who had been ill for 38 years. When Jesus saw him and knew that he had been lying there a long time, He said to him, “Do you want to be healed?” The sick man answered Him, “Sir, I have no man to put me into the pool when the water is troubled, and while I am going another steps down before me.” Jesus said to him, “Rise, take up your pallet, and walk.” And at once the man was healed, and he took up his pallet and walked. Now that day was the Sabbath. So the Jews said to the man who was cured, “It is the Sabbath, it is not lawful for you to carry your pallet.” But he answered them, “The man who healed me said to me, ‘Take up your pallet, and walk.’” They asked him, “Who is the man who said to you, ‘Take up your pallet, and walk’?” Now the man who had been healed did not know who it was, for Jesus had withdrawn, as there was a crowd in the place. Afterward, Jesus found him in the temple, and said to him, “See, you are well! Sin no more, that nothing worse befalls you.” The man went away and told the Jews that it was Jesus Who had healed him.  (John 5:1-15)            

Pray for our Catechumen-
       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. Nicholas team will bring food and do cleaning on Sunday, May 3.  

Food for Thought-

O Lord, verily, the gates of Death were opened to Thee for fear of Thee. And as the gate-keepers of Hades saw Thee they did tremble; for Thou didst break asunder its brazen gates; didst crush its iron bars; didst bring us out from the shadow and darkness of death; and didst break our bonds asunder.  

Sticheron from Vespers of the Sunday of the Myrrhbearing Women