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Church Bulletin: April 30, 2017

posted May 1, 2017, 6:28 AM by Saint Raphael of Brooklyn Antiochian Orthodox Church
April 30, 2017- 3rd Sunday of Pascha (Myrrhbearers Sunday)

Christ is Risen!  Khristos Voskrese!  Christus Resurrexit!

 This Week's Services and Events

May 2, Tuesday
        + Free Lunch Program Volunteering, 11:30AM-1:00PM
        + Office Hours, 1:15-2:45PM
        + 9th Hour Prayers, 3:00PM

May 3, Wednesday
        + Akathist, 7:00PM

May 4, Thursday
        + Office Hours, 1:15PM-2:45PM
        + OCF Dinner, 6:30PM

May 6, Saturday
        + Becoming Truly Human Film screening, 2:30PM
        + Great Vespers, 5:00PM

May 7, Fourth Sunday of Pascha (Sunday of the Paralytic)
        + Matins, 8:45AM
        + Liturgy, 10:00AM followed by Coffee Hour and Sunday School

Upcoming Events and Announcements-         

May/June Calendars Available-
        The calendars showing services and other events for May and June are printed and available in the narthex.

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.  Refreshments to follow.  Admission is free but the suggested donation is $20-$35 for adults and $10-$15 for children and seniors. Tell your friends and neighbors!  When Lyra came two years ago, we all enjoyed a wonderful concert.   This is a fundraiser for our church.

Annual Diocese of Toledo and the Midwest Parish Life Conference-
        From June 21-25, St. George Church in Cicero, Illinois, will be hosting our diocesan Parish Life Conference at the Oakbrook Marriott in Oak Brook, Illinois.  Attending this event gives one a great opportunity to meet with, learn with and worship with people from around our diocese.  To learn more, go to: http://www.antiochianevents.com/toledo.html

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, 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 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.  To sign a petition urging the US Government and others to work for their release, go to:  

Food for Thought-

"Humanity sentenced God to death; by his Resurrection, God sentenced humanity to immortality. In return for a beating, he gives an embrace; for abuse, a blessing; for death, immortality. Humans never showed so much hate for God as when we crucified him; and God never showed more love for humanity than when he arose. Humanity even wanted to reduce God to a mortal, but God by his Resurrection made man immortal. The crucified God is risen and has killed death. Death is no more. Immortality has surrounded humanity and all the world."

—St. Justin Popovich